Sunless Tanner, Clear Skin, & Healthy Hair ~ All Your Beauty Questions Answered!
Hey gorgeous girl!! Last week on Insta, we asked you to tell us your top beauty questions — everything you want to know about hair, skincare, makeup, getting a natural glow, our favorite products, and more. We’ve had beauty on the brain lately (you may have seen we’re working on a little somethin’ somethin’ for you to promote beautiful hair, skin, and nails. Hint, hint: your Tone It Up Marine Collagen is coming SO soon! 😉)
You asked us so many amazing questions and now we’re here to answer….from getting gorgeous glowing skin, to healthy hair advice, and how to get rid of cellulite, we’ve got ya covered! We also asked our pros for their best tips! Our girlfriend and makeup artist Ashley is sharing her genius makeup advice, my stylist and colorist Abby has all the hair tips, and we called up a top dermatologist to answer your skincare questions.
Anything else you want to know?! Tell us in the comments! We love hearing from you
~ Skincare ~
What is the best self tanner to use?!?
Our go-to sunless tanners are Coola and St. Tropez! During my pregnancy, I’m not using using tanner so I’ve been getting natural sun on the boat ☀️ and mixing Coola sunscreen with a little Tarte bronzer.
How do you apply self tanner?
We have a full tutorial for you here! The key: exfoliate first and always use gloves. Avoid your wrists, knuckles, ankles, and neck. Once you’re done, take the little bit of tanner left on your gloves and rub just a little in those areas. A really good girlfriend can give ya a hand too! 😉
Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of cellulite?
As women, most of us have cellulite. I have cellulite, Karena has cellulite, and so do more than 90% of women. It’s completely natural! Over the years, we’ve learned a few tricks to reduce the appearance of cellulite and even get rid of it over time.
Cellulite is the dimpling appearance of fat underneath the skin. Dimpling occurs underneath the many layers of your skin, showing a bumpy appearance. To reduce cellulite, start from the inside out! Nutrition is everything! Some foods like protein actually have a thermic effect on the body, burning more fat throughout the day. Reach for plenty of vegetables, greens, fresh fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and clean proteins. The Tone It Up Nutrition Plan is based on all of these principles. Always make sure you’re hydrated too — hydration helps lessen the appearance of cellulite and it increases your metabolism!
Foam rolling and exfoliating also increase circulation to stimulate skin and get rid of toxins. Roll it out and then relax with a DIY spa night!
What are your favorite pregnancy safe / natural/ organic skincare products @katrinaascott?
These are some of my faves right now ~
*Stretch mark oils~ I’ve been trying a few! I love Era, but it’s sold out! I also love the Mama Mio Oil and Lotions~ it smells ahhmazing and feels super soft
*I use this Vitamin C serum
*You girls know I love the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Eye Patches!
*I also love the PTR cloud lotion~ it feels amazing
I never had acne until I turned 20 and now I have bad flare ups with hormonal cystic acne around my jawline and cheeks. Any tips for getting those flare-ups under control?
Hey babe! I’ve dealt with acne my whole life too and we saw so many questions about hormonal acne on this post. Lots of girls in the community are dealing with this too so we asked a top expert, Jessica Wu M.D., Los Angeles dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face, for her tips.
Dr. Wu ~ “Hormonal acne is common when you hit your 20s. Smaller cysts and pimples may sometimes respond to salicylic acid. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to try a product with willow bark extract, a natural, less harsh version of salicylic acid. Try Juice Beauty Blemish Be Gone.
It’s also a good idea to avoid dairy and sugary/starchy foods when you’re PMS’ing, since these can worsen breakouts. For very large, stubborn cysts, some patients come to my office for an injection of dilute cortisone. If your periods are irregular, and/or you have more facial hair along with hormonal acne, be sure to see your doctor, since it may be a sign of polycystic ovaries.”
Do you have any suggestions for how to treat melasma?
I’ve been dealing with melasma (dark patches on the face) a lot during my pregnancy. Because of my melasma, I’ve been extra careful and I wear 50 SPF every day! I use this organic 50 by Coola.
Dr. Wu also suggests using products with vitamin C, which helps to lighten spots and brighten skin tone (I use this serum). Melasma can be aggravated by heat so she recommends keeping your skin cool or using a cold damp towel after hot yoga or intense workout sessions.
~ Makeup ~
Your favorite clean skincare and makeup?!
I love Beauty Counter! I use their lip balm before bed. Here are some more faves from me and Ashley ~
*RMS Beauty anything is amazing!
*Beauty Counter Cream Blushes. Their colors are just right!
What are your best tips for under eyes bags and dark circles?
Ashley has amazing advice for this!!
Ashley ~ “You can de-puff your eyes with ice or cucumber slices in the freezer. You know I also swear by Peter Thomas Roth eye patches! They’re both brightening and moisturizing and their hyaluronic acid seals moisture in. Moisture is going to be key when you apply concealer because you don’t want it to be cake-y.
When you cover dark circles, make sure to choose the right concealer that’s going to correct the coloring and complement your complexion. I always suggest going into Sephora or a makeup counter and asking the girls there for help! Try on a few different options. The perfect one will just disappear — you won’t need to apply a lot of layers. Also opt for creamier concealers instead of products with a powdery finish because your skin will pick up the product more.”
Good bronzers!? I don’t like tanning my face so maybe what’s a good facial tanner lotion?
Ashley ~ “I don’t recommend using sunless tanner on your face because it can look a little funny so it’s best to just match your body with makeup. My favorite bronzers are from Bobbi Brown. I love the Golden Light Bronzer and the Shimmer Brick in Bronze for more of a shimmery look. If you swipe it directly form the brick, it will give you highlight and bronze in one swoop!”
What are your favorite drug store finds for a babe on a budget?
Makeup tips for covering up breakouts?
Ashley ~ “Breakouts happen to all of us! I’ve been using these acne patches and they work better than anything I’ve ever seen! As for as makeup, you want to let your skin breath as much as you can.
When you need to cover it, choose something pigmented. One of the biggest mistakes I see is just using an all-over matte foundation and then you lose all the luminosity in the skin and you look too covered and dry. Instead, lightly cover your whole face with a lighter foundation and then go in with a heavier concealer and dab it on any trouble spots with a plain concealer brush. Then use a clean, fluffy brush and dab it to blend.”
~ Hair ~
Short hair styling tips from @karenadawn 👑 her hair is always fabulous!
Thanks babe!! 🤗 I shared some of my fave hairstyles here!
I was wondering about the best tips for getting thicker hair? My hair could use some ooomph!
We gotchu girl! We asked our girl Abby ~
“Brushing your hair from roots to ends every night before bed will get the circulation flowing and stimulate hair growth.
You also may want to cool it with hot tools ;) Using hot tools on slightly damp or sweaty hair can cause breakage. Daily flat ironing and curling on too high of a temperature will also damage your locks. Less is more! It’s always good to give your hair a break from hot tools and deep condition it once a week.”
And thicker hair starts from within! Make sure you’re staying hydrated and eating plenty of nutrient-packed foods like leafy greens and healthy fats. We have all the info on foods for strong and healthy hair here! And your Tone It Up Collagen is AMAZING for gorgeous hair!!
What’s the best purple shampoo for blonde hair? And what’s the best shampoo for brunettes?
There are lots of options for purple shampoo these days. Here are my top pics ~
Brunette babes, you can use these same brands. Brunettes don’t need to use purple shampoo as often as blondes do — maybe once or twice a month depending on how often you’re coloring your hair. Purple shampoo can be drying on the hair so always finish it off with a great conditioner!
How do you get your beach waves?!?!
How do you keep the ends of your long locks moisturized and healthy?
Abby ~ “PRODUCT, PRODUCT, PRODUCT! Serums are great to polish off a simple blow dry. And getting 2 – 3 haircuts a year makes a huge difference! You don’t need to cut off much each time. For me, I can’t keep my hands out of my hair after a fresh cut. It’s so soft! Trims are the best thing to maintain healthy hair!!”