SPOTLIGHT ON: JOSH ROSEBROOK

joshrosebrook.jpg

 

Let's just say I'm having a serious Josh Rosebrook moment. And I'm kicking myself that it wasn't until this year that I started using his products! From a young age Josh knew his calling was in hair. He was skilled in styling and cutting, and by his early 20's he was working in high end salons in LA. But he grew frustrated with the lack of natural products on the market. Josh explains, "driven by desire for what I wanted and fascination with natural ingredients, I expanded my background in hair and scalp to the biochemistry of the skin. I began creating my own skin care and the results were astounding." So there you have it. All of Josh's products are centered around plants and he guarantees that all plant ingredients are 100% organic, certified organic or wildcrafted. 

I haven't tried his hair products yet, but I am loving his skin care line. Below I highlight some of my favorites.

HYDRATING ACCELERATOR
While it's true I almost never meet a face mist I don't like, this one stands apart from the rest. It's chock-full of fabulous ingredients like evening primrose oil, sea buckthorn oil, goji berry, ashwaganda, alfalfa, turmeric, and the list goes on. It comes in a full size and travel size bottle (I have one of each) and I love the pressure of the spray (a nice, light mist) and how evenly it distributes on the face. I like to spritz a few times right after using toner (if you don't use toner, use this right after cleansing) before applying serum.

ACTIVE INFUSION SERUM
I recently purchased this serum when my prior one ran out, and I am more than impressed. It penetrates right into skin and shares a lot of the fabulous ingredients in the hydrating accelerator like turmeric, alfalfa and ashwaganda, to name a few. The main carrier oils used are avocado and jojoba oils. The combination of ingredients in the serum work to hydrate, brighten, calm and firm the skin. The instructions on the packaging say to apply one pump but I find it distributes a pretty small amount (or at least my bottle does) so I tend to go a few. Overall I'm loving it!

VITAL BALM CREAM
I just tried a sample of this from Credo Beauty and have been using it nightly for the past week. A little goes a long way. It. is. fabulous. It does wonders for dry or dehydrated skin (yes, they are different!). I've been waking up with very balanced feeling skin and I must say, a little glow! I usually use an oil as a final step in my nightly routine (on top of moisturizer) but I haven't even been needing it with this. It contains blue tansy oil, a type of chamomile oil, which gives the balm a natural pale blue color.

NUTRIENT DAY CREAM TINTED
I have only sampled this product but I liked it so much that I confess to going back to Credo for a second one! In total I used it for two weeks this summer. It is definitely a splurge, which is why I haven't purchased full size yet, but I think it's a fabulous investment. With SPF 30, it's a wonderful addition to your daily routine. It's not quite makeup - it's so sheer - but I swear it makes your skin look so much better. I used it under my Vapour Organics foundation on weekdays but on its own for casual errands or yoga on the weekends.

ACTIVE ENZYME EXFOLIATOR
This is another one I've only sampled so far but definitely plan to purchase down the road. I used it three times and found it to be very effective. It's a gentle scrub that's applied as a mask and can be left on from 10 min - 1 hour. I left it on for about an hour each time. I recommend wearing an old tee shirt as some particles may fall down if you are active while masking. When you remove it with warm water you get a gentle scrub and the result is baby soft skin. It's dual action, containing fruit and herbal enzymes which help ease off dead skin cells while the finely ground walnut shells act as a physical exfoliant. If you are masking consecutively, I recommend using this one first and either follow directly or the next night with the mask below.

ADVANCED HYDRATION MASK
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, this is the mask for you! I'm totally hooked. It is so gentle, yet effective, and can be used daily. I generally apply it after washing my face at night and hang out in it. I also read that Josh likes to apply it to clean skin before showering, allowing the steam of the shower to open the pores so the mask can penetrate even deeper. I haven't tried that yet but I definitely plan to! Like the vital balm, this mask contains blue tansy oil. The formula is blue in the jar but goes on clear. Unlike a lot of masks, this one does not dry down. Because of this, I don't recommend sleeping in it since it would rub off on your pillow. The formula is so advanced that you don't even need water to take it off. You can use a dry towel or cotton pad with a hydrating toner to remove the excess and then follow up with your normal skincare regimen. 

SEEING SPOTS?

Polka dots and leopard print - I'm a big fan. But when it comes to my face I prefer a clear canvas. (With the exception of freckles which I happen to like.)

I think most of us can relate to the dreaded feeling we get when we realize that a blemish has taken residency on our face. And in attempt to drive the intruder out, we often pick and prod so much that we are left with a nasty battle scar. Sound familiar?

Here's a list of hand picked options to keep you clear and radiant:

1. UNCLE HARRY'S COLLOIDAL SILVER ALOE SPRAY, $16
Colloidal silver can be used as an antibacterial treatment. The silver can help kill acne causing bacteria and is thought to promote healthy healing as well. Aloe vera works as an anti-inflammatory and stimulates cell generation, in addition to moisturizing skin. Spray on skin just after cleansing and before applying serum and moisturizer. Also available for purchase on UrbanOutfitters.com and at Elm Health in the West Village.

2. REN'S CLEARCALM 3 REPLENISHING GEL CREAM, $30
Tried and true. I've been using this every night for years. If I use a serum, I will apply this on top. Great for preventing new breakouts and for diminishing the appearance of previous ones. Press lightly to pump, as a full pump supplies more than enough. One bottle lasts me around 6 months.

3. YULI'S CELL PERFECTO PM, $98
If you are willing to pay a pretty penny, this is a sound investment. I asked for a bottle for my birthday this spring and can say with confidence that it lightened all my pre-existing scars and marks. I did, however, find that the bottle does not travel well, so I lost some volume from leakage. Keep it at home and shake before using. The good stuff's at the bottom.

4. KYPRIS' CLEARING SERUM, $55
This brand is relatively new, but it has already won the green beauty brand award in 2014! This serum boasts an impressive recipe of potent ingredients which help heal existing irritation, prevent new acne from forming, and fade any marks. And it doesn't hurt that the packaging is easy on the eyes!

5. EVOLOGIE'S INTENSIVE BLEMISH SERUM, $35
Feel a blemish surfacing? Fear not, I have your solution. Introducing the intensive blemish serum from Evologie. While the name "intensive" might sound intimidating, I assure you it is gentle, yet still effective. And it doesn't dry your skin out like so many harsh spot treatments do. Use day and night on problem areas, applying under your moisturizer.

6. 
EVOLOGIE'S STAY CLEAR CREAM, $62
Which brings me to... The stay clear cream from Evologie. If your concern is all over, this is a great daytime moisturizer, and it works well in conjunction with the intensive serum. For in store Evologie purchases, head to Space NK and Birchbox flagship in Soho.

MAY MUST-HAVES

RMS SMILE:
Many studies show that we are more attractive to others when we smile. So take advice from this punchy peach lip hue and flash those pearly whites! Smile is a sheer shade of coral/pink that conveniently looks fabulous with glowing skin! Main ingredients include coconut oil, castor seed oil, beeswax and shea butter. Hello hydration! Your lips will thank you. (Can also be used on cheeks.)


FLATTER ME:
We all know summer bodies are made in spring. This blend of digestive enzymes from HUM Nutrition is best taken right before meals, twice a day. Expect improved digestion and reduced bloating (flatter stomach!!). The first three to purchase can use code F52FC for a $10 discount at checkout.

COOLA SUNSCREEN:
Sun's out, fun's out! As soon as the weather warms up I find myself outside as much as possible on weekends. I'm well aware of the negative effects of sun damage, however, so I do my best to protect my skin as much as possible. This year I started using Coola Sunscreen on my face. This non-greasy formula contains great ingredients: organic primrose oil, plankton extracts, and organic acai oil, to name a few. Learn more on the Coola website and explore their whole range of products. They also make mineral based sunscreen, tinted sunscreen for faces, spf 30 makeup setting spray for all you beauty junkies, and an assortment of spf body sprays and lotions.

CLEANSING NECTAR:
Outdoor activity in warmer weather can lead to increased sweat and clogged pores, so be sure to cleanse thoroughly. I've been loving this cleansing nectar from Fig + Yarrow. I started with a travel/trial size bottle and loved it so much I ordered a full size. (Tip: always hang on to your travel size bottles to re-fill for future trips! To avoid wastage, use a small funnel if transporting liquids between bottles.) I use it on a cotton pad as a toner after my cleanser. Order through Fig and Yarrow or Urban Outfitters, which surprisingly has a great offering of natural skin and hair products!

FEED STORAGE BOWLS:
Picnic season is upon us! Pick up a set of these glass tupperware bowls and support a good cause. West Elm has partnered with FEED in their mission to end world hunger. Each set of 4 bowls purchased will provide 16 meals to American families in need. These are great for toting berries, guacamole, tuna salad and other goodies to your outdoor destination. Plus they're dishwasher safe (not to mention adorable)!