GROCERY LIST for the SKIN: MILK, SOAP and MUD:
Molton Brown Nurture Desert Bloom Bathing Milk ($34, moltonbrown.com) Supercharge dry and under-nourished skin with heavy-duty moisture and comfort with this amazing bath milk. Desert bloom bathing milk uses natural oils and sugar-based cleansers to gently ease sensitivity, enhance softness and soothe the effects of environmental stress. By the time you step out of the bath your skin will be more hydrated and softer than ever. Plus, soaking in this milk bath is ultra comforting.
Suki Soap ($10, sukipure.com) Suki is an organic and natural beauty line that creates gorgeous skin care products. This invigorating cleansing soap bar is just one of many Suki products that will leave skin naturally healthier and alive. This all natural, solid shea butter bar for the face and body awakens the senses with a tantalizing citrus scent and imparts an all over sensual cleansing experience with organic shea butter, lemongrass, Vitamin E and ginger. The Suki Soap comes in a handy travel size so you can take it with you no matter how far from home you are.
FRESHLY SCRUBED SKIN:
Bath & Body Works Optimism Sudsing Body Scrub ($13, bathandbodyworks.com) This sudsing body scrub does double duty working both as a cleanser and an exfoliater. The scrub also has an aromatherapy blend of Jasmine, Tuberose, Maté absolutes and uplifting essential oils to lift your mood and instill a sense of optimism. The formula is great for all skin types, even sensitive skin because it contains sugar to leave skin silky-smooth–a real treat for your skin.
Exfoliating Skin Cleanser by M2 ($22.50, m2skincare.com) This gentle refining gel cleanser features 12 percent mandelic and malic acids for exfoliating and purifying the skin. It gently removes impurities, helps prevent blemishes, and helps the skin to look clearer and healthier-looking. Antioxidants neutralize age-accelerating free radicals while natural antibacterial and humectant properties refresh and hydrate the complexion. I love it because it is formulated without the use of SLS or harsh soaps, making it great for all skin types.
Alba Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub ($12, drugstore.com) Feel good about this purchase because this amazing scrub is formulated with 80 percent Certified Organic Ingredients. Created with the best nature has to offer, this scrub will leave skin clear, clean and radiant. It contains pineapple enzymes, certified organic aloe vera and gentle exfoliating granules that smooth away dull surface cells and impurities. And this hypoallergenic facial scrub is gentle enough for all skin types.
The Body Refiner by LA MER ($110, lamer.com) They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but what about a body scrub that uses over a carat and a half of pure diamond powder to re-texturize and revitalize dull skin? Now that sounds like the type of best friend I want. The Body Refiner is a multi-faceted treatment that instantly polishes the skin to reveal a soft new surface. This spa-like treatment is embedded within La Mer’s legendary emollients to cushion the skin while protecting its delicate moisture barrier. As it is massaged into the skin, La Mer’s piezoelectric minerals—tourmaline and sea quartz—convert the massage action into energy, helping to stimulate circulation and awaken the skin. Once you rinse, tiny flecks of diamonds are revealed creating a subtle sheen and shimmer to the skin. Beautiful.
AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Mud ($25, ahavaus.com) 100 percent pure Dead Sea mud is comprised of an extremely high concentration of minerals, scientifically proven to be essential in maintaining healthy skin. The Mineral Mud works deep to clean, exfoliate and restore skin’s natural moisture balance to leave it smooth, radiant and revitalized. Your skin will feel fresh and rejuvenated. You won’t believe how clean and smooth your skin will feel after just using it once. Plus, you can heat the mud to relief aching muscles and joints.
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Oil-Free Day Lotion SPF 15 ($95, lauramercier.com) Flawless Skin Oil-Free Day Lotion is a luxurious moisturizer infused with powerful Deep Sea Water to help strengthen your skin, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while new ones are prevented. It works to deeply hydrate and refresh tired skin. It even helps to boost cell renewal. Your skin will look smoother, radiant and exceptionally flawless.
Lierac Paris Morpho-Slim Anti Cellulite Concentrate ($55, lierac-usa.com) The Anti-cellulite Concentrate is an alcohol-free gel serum formulated to combat the appearance of cellulite and loss of skin firmness. It contains Lierac’s exclusive Lipo-Reverse complex, a combination of super-concentrated active caffeine (10%) and glaucine complex (2.5%) for simultaneous action on the appearance of cellulite and skin firmness. And in just 15 days, the look of “dimpled skin” is reduced, the skin feels smoother and the figure appears more refined.
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Neck ($100, peterthomasroth.com) I moisturize from head to toe every morning but I always forget to do my neck. If you are like me then this product is for you. Un-Wrinkle Neck features an incredible blend of powerful anti-aging ingredients to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and crepe-like skin on the neck and décolleté. Ingredients such as Matrixyl 3000, Syn-Coll, Syn-Tacks and others thoroughly tone, tighten and firm while encouraging collagen and elastin for a more youthful appearance. Un-Wrinkle also evens discoloration and brightens skin on the neck and décolleté. You are left with skin that is brighter, smoother and suppler than you could even have imagined. So stop forgetting this area and make this area a highlight.
Ambi Soft & Even Stretch Mark Diminishing Body Oil ($7.99, walgreens.com/ambiskincare.com) No one likes stretch marks. We just learn to live with them. But now we might not have to with this amazing Stretch Mark Diminishing Body Oil. It has been clinically shown to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks in as little as four weeks. This fast-absorbing formula locks in moisture to help improve skin’s firmness and elasticity on the body, leaving softer, smoother skin. It works by using a customized blend of emollient rich oils with Vitamin E to condition the skin and visibly reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Decleor’s Nutri-Delice – Delicious Ultra-Nourishing Cream($58, decleor.com) This is a new-generation moisturizer. Totally unlike anything you have ever tried. It is a rich moisturizer that provides instant and lasting comfort to very dry and fragile skin while repairing and protecting. Using botanical extracts and essential oils it restores the balance of vitamins and trace elements. The Nourishing Cream preserves and protects against harsh external factors by reconstituting the skin barrier You are left with skin that is strong, supple and extremely soft.
After Sun Body Butter ($7.99, drugstore.com or Drugstores Nationwide) Quench thirsty skin with the rich and creamy touch of Hawaiian tropical, exotic, natural flora and fruit extracts. This luxurious, intensely hydrating body butter will leave skin unbelievably soft and moisturized. Formulated for daily use, this all-over body butter moisturizes for up to 12 hours to help maintain skin’s health throughout the day. Infused with rich coconut oil and special island skin conditioners including mango, shea and cocoa butters, avocado oil and aloe vera.
Melange Apothecary Body Lotion in Coconut and Guava ($20, melangeapothecary.com) This lotion feels like a special treat made by a friend just for your skin. From the first scent of this decadent body lotion you will be in love. The smell of coconut and guava is sweet but not overpowering. Melange Apothecary keeps quality high by only using the finest ingredients and fragrances, meticulously blended to order. After using the lotion my skin felt as wonderful as it smelled.
ShimmyShea Diamond Ice Shimmer ($25, shimmyshea.com) There are very few products made especially for women of color. Finding this body shimmer cream made for women with olive to mahogany skin tones was a breath of fresh air. ShimmyShea comes in several different shades that will give your skin beautiful sparkle, shimmer and glow. It is a natural mineral shimmer cream that goes on easily and melts right into your skin. And because ShimmyShea is created with the most premium shea butter on earth, your skin will not only look good it will feel good.
Bobbi Brown Shimmering Body Oil ($34, qvc.com/bobbibrowncosmetics.com) This could easily be called Radiance in a Bottle because of the radiant glow that this oil gives to skin. The radiance is in part caused by the infusion of pink and platinum pearls in the oil. This shimmering body oil helps give skin a radiant glow as it moisturizes and conditions with a blend of essential oils. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it soft to the touch. Perfect for beautiful touchable skin.