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Hydration For Skin With the Winter Blues

If you live where you have to weather a cold season, then you know all too well the toll it can take on your face.  This time of year I see a lot of clients who suffer from dehydrated skin caused by the cold and wind outdoors, and the dry heat indoors.  One way to rehydrate skin in need is to add a gel mask to your regime during the winter/spring season.  Gel masks will cool, sooth and infuse the skin with water leaving the skin plump, and soft as a baby’s bottom. Here are a few gel masks that I love working with.

Astara: Golden Flame Hydration Mask- Contains Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Cucumber and Chamomile to sooth. Hyaluronic Acid helps draw and bind moisture to the skin. Leave on for 30 minutes then rinse, or can be left on overnight. It’s great for all skin types. Price: 2 oz. Jar $44.00 and 1.3 oz. Jar $31.00 Available at:

Peter Thomas Roth: Cucumber Gel Masque- Contains Cucumber and other plant extracts to soften the skin, Sodium PCA to help bind moisture to the skin and prevent dehydration.  Allantoin, Chamomile, and Aloe Vera help to calm and sooth.  This is a quick 10 minute mask.  For a cooler application which is appreciated on sunburn skin, store your gel mask in the refrigerator.  It can be used by all skin types. Price: 5.3 oz. Jar $45.00 Available at:

Bio Elements: Gel Therapy Hydrating Mask- This mask contains essential minerals for healthier looking skin.  Plant extracts help strengthen, and balance the levels of water and oil in the skin.  It’s also great for all skin types including sensitive skin.  Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse using twice weekly. Price: 2.5 oz. Jar $38.00 Available at

* Using a gel mask is a quick way to address surface dehydration that you may experience occasionally. If you experience on going dryness, then it is time to graduate to a richer moisturizer.

A Bride Bucks Tradition

Right from the start, I knew I was going to like Katy. There was such a relaxed way about her that you couldn’t help but be immediately drawn to her. She’s a woman who’s comfortable in her skin, and it came across in the way she planned her wedding. She didn’t go with a traditional wedding theme; instead she planned her wedding around the things that are a part of her everyday life.

Cooking and entertaining is something near and dear to Katy. When she decided to take her wedding photos at Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, I thought it was a cool and unexpected move for a bride.

Her photos have a casual air about them as she walks the aisles selecting regular staples like fresh fruit, cheese, wine, and let’s not forget something to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Have you ever seen a basketball and a bride in the same photo? Well, you can see just how awesome this bride is because she decided to get in a game of hoops in her wedding dress on her wedding day!

For her ceremony and reception, she chose the location A New Leaf Studio and Garden. This lovely location was perfect for her intimate affair.

At the reception, she again tied in her love for food and entertaining.

She kept her guests busy by asking that they write words of wisdom for the newlyweds to live by. We can all agree that this bride walks to the beat of her own drum and bucked tradition all the way.