While shopping at one of my favorite places, a drugstore, I started taking pictures of all the products I think are indispensable: those items every woman needs in her medicine cabinet.
I decided to add THE CORNER DRUGSTORE feature to my newsletters and introduce you to some surprising and essential products to add to your beauty regimen!
One I have written about before in previous blogs and several newsletters is Minoxidil, brand name Rogaine. I have used this since 1995 to grow my eyebrows in thicker and wider. About three months ago, my Makeup Artist daughter, Katie Kahoun Go to Her Website! , suggested I rethink the shape of my brows. She said they aged my face and, of course, when she showed me this picture, I completely agreed.
The problem was that I would have to extend and lift the arch of my brows, which meant I would have to tweeze out the entire outside third of them!
Rogaine to the rescue!
I applied Men's Rogaine every night with a Q-Tip™ under the inner two thirds of my brows and to the outside third where no eyebrow had ever grown before!
Below are the results after about two months. (These have a tiny amount of eyebrow pencil, just enough to sharpen the shape.) DO NOT USE ON EYELASHES!
Ever woke up with a crease on your face? While creases go away eventually (hours later😬) the same day, they are an indication of the damage done to your face from sleeping on a cotton pillowcase. This damage seems temporary, but through the years these creases are ‘ironed’ into your face.
We spend a third of our lives in bed. By the time we are 60, we will have slept for an average of 20 years! That’s 87,600 days of perpetual damage to the skin! Unlike lines from expressing ourselves, this damage occurs passively, yet with deep, permanent purpose.
That’s just the beginning of the problem. Cotton is so absorbent, it can hold up to 27 times its weight in water! It actually draws moisture away from you skin, drying it out and absorbing your expensive night crème in the process! And that’s not all: Cotton grabs your hair and twists it at the root throughout the night, damaging hair, drying it out, encouraging split ends and as if that wasn’t enough, causing bad hair day!
Movie stars and hairdressers have known for decades that silk pillowcases are exquisitely gentle for your hair. Listen up those of you with hair extensions, curly hair, fine and fragile hair and anyone wanting to maintain the integrity of their hair, 100% silk preserves the integrity of your hair, extends the time between shampoos and allows your hairstyle or blow-dry to last and last.
Silk is a natural temperature regulator, so it's cooler in the summer, naturally hypo-allergenic and mold and mite resistant. While copies abound such as synthetic satin, nothing has ever come close to the health and beauty benefits of real silk. There are 18 amino acids and copper naturally found in silk, enabling it to actually treat your complexion, restoring its youthfulness and strength as well as increasing your hair's elasticity, luster, body, and shine!
Not all silk pillowcases are created equal though! My personal preference is for at least a 22 momme Mulberry Silk with a Charmeuse finish. (Similar to thread count, momme is the standard measure for silk weight. It indicates the weight of a piece of fabric 110 yards by 45 inches.) Listed below are some websites I found that carry quality silk pillowcases:
With Mother’s Day in a week, I’m pondering the advice I’ve heard from clients over the years given them from their mothers. I’ve compiled a list of the the top 3 best and worst advice I’ve ever heard.
- “ Wash your face before you go to bed.” This was a big one with my Mother and from a very early age my sister and I mimicked her nightly ritual, even down to eye cream, which for us was vaseline.☺️
- “Don’t look at the sun.” I know, right? Yet I grew up with kids that dared each other to see how long they could look at the sun. Those kids all have cataracts now. My Mother made it simple for us. She told us we’d go blind.
- “Eat your vegetables.” Again, easy for me as I loved vegetables. Not so easy for the hamburger patty, cooked rare, I was served for dinner every night to cure my anemia. Anyone remember the saying, “Blood feeds blood?” I heard it nightly from my Mom in response to my protests. Eck. It still gags me to someone with a steak floating in blood on their plate. What, they missed the invention of fire?
Not So Great Advice:
- “Go outside and get some color, you look like a ghost.” Yep, I have several clients who grew up with this one. It harkens back to the fifties and sixties when suntans were supposedly a sign of health and vitality. Those people are now getting basal and squamous cell carcinomas burned off their skin every three months. I grew up in Arizona. Going outside to play lasted two minutes, max.
- “All you need is soap and water.” Come On! Just typing this advice makes my face itch. Thirty years ago I would get clients whose whole protocol was soap and water. “Squeaky Clean,” remember? Read: Stripped of precious pH balance mantle. Thankfully magazines, beauty books and blogs have educated most of us to the error of that advice.
- “Freckles are cute.” R-i-g-h-t. I remember cringing hearing my daughter’s Stepmother telling that to her ten year old twin girls, their faces covered with freckles after a summer of sunburns. They’re just a little over thirty now and one can pass for her mother. In case you didn’t get the memo: Freckles are sun damage. Period. Not cute.Now it’s your turn. Go to my Facebook Book Page at https://www.facebook.com/BryantRushingBeauty/ and post the best and worst advice you ever got from your mother.
The highly touted Korean Beauty Routine has some similarities to my own skin care philosophy. In brief, a multi-step beauty regimen. (Not to mention a bee-venom moisturizer and sheet masques.) And as someone who believes firmly in the benefit of snail slime (Tensage Ampoules and Serums), Gel sheets for temporary wrinkle removal (Patchology), Micro Needling devices for home use to amplify product absorption, daily shaving of the complexion and Clinical Depth Micro Needling to seriously tighten and firm the skin as well as erase wrinkle and brown spots…I felt some affinity here and had to do some serious investigation into the Asian phenomenon.
The Korean skincare regimen can be upwards of 10+ steps in a routine. Yep, that would be me! We both agree on separate and distinct targeted treatment steps for your skin concerns, followed by strict daily sunscreen use. I’m in all the way!
One thing I adamantly agree with in the Korean skin care philosophy is the Double Cleansing. This is imperative if you wear foundation makeup. (Which I hope that you do!) Even so, every skin type is deeply benefited from Double Cleansing. That can look like a makeup cleanser (such as Innocently Clean or Naturally Clean) followed by a scrub (such as Happy Face Microdermabrasion Scrub or Sunny Day Creamy Gentle Scrub). Or introducing an AHA cleanser (such as the low-lather Virtuously Clean or the dreamily delicious Dangerously Clean volcanic mud cleanser). It can even be a specific toner applied with gauze sponges ($24) or cotton pads.
My newest product I am just crazy about are my new facial washcloths. Made from fine muslin in 100% cotton, they provide a thorough cleansing process for removal of any type cleansers, eye makeup and masques. Finely woven without the bacteria-hiding loops of terry cloth washcloths, you’ll find these new cloths are a fabulous introduction to full facial cleansing. They are excellent for steaming the face to deeply remove cleansing product and they are mild and yet gently exfoliating. Just $23 for a package of eight.
So back to this 10-step skincare regimen…I’ve been doing this for forty five years and and firmly believe in a multi-step approach to caring for your priceless complexion. Since I have so much in common with the Asian approach, including shaving the face daily, I guess I’ll have to check out that Bee-Venom Moisturizer!
I learned I had two faces at thirty eight years of age. I don't know why I never noticed it before. It had just never occurred to me to look. My husband at the time brought it to my attention. He said, “Why are you ‘getting a little color’ on your chest but covering up your face? They don’t match and it looks strange. Here, look at this photo…”
I took the picture from him and gasped. My head and neck looked like they were floating above my chest, strangely disembodied. Here I was thinking ‘a little color’ was attractive and so right on my décolletage when it fact it was five ways from wrong. It was like I had a second and not so attractive face. And it was definitely stealing all the attention. Not only that, there were vertical wrinkles in the center of it and the ‘little color’ turned out in reality to be assorted and discordant shades of brown, mottled and dehydrated looking.
That was it. I threw away my convictions that the body needed to have some color and henceforth devoted myself to making sure that all my parts matched. It was harder than I thought…It took time and lots of experimentation.
Twenty eight years later, I can confidently share with you my secrets for reversing décolletage damage and making your other face blend beautifully with your perfect complexion.
If, upon appraisal, your décolletage looks five or more years older than your face, here are 7 Beauty Rules to make those faces match.
1. Bring all your products you use on your face down to at least the top of your breasts. If you are severely sun-damaged (brown spots, lines, creepiness), apply my Deliberately Beautiful Truly Transformational Creme morning and night.
2. Wear shirts or tops that cover this very delicate, very vulnerable and fragile skin. If you insist on succumbing to fashionista fun, wear a scarf over your chest while you are running around. Do double duty and bring it up around your neck too.
3. Wear a sunscreen every single day. Think you won’t be going outside? Put it on anyway. Wearing a crew neck top? Put it on anyway—sun rays can travel through fabric. I prefer mineral based sunscreens on the décolletage. They are non-irritating, won’t stain fabrics and provide insta-protection.
4. Add my Stagelights Gel Creme to Deliberately Beautiful (you can mix them together and apply if you want) to add plushness and vibrancy back into the thinning skin on the décolletage.
5. Sleep on your back. You already know you should be for the sake of your face. If, however, sleeping on your side is non-negotiable, read Beauty Rule #6. Also, go to www.VasseurSkincare.com and purchase Melanie Vasseur’s amazing Beauty Pillow for $49.95. It will give you a ten year reprieve on aging within ten days.
6. Get a Sleep Bra. Trust me. Sleep with one on for a week and you’ll never want to flop around again. Those ugly vertical lines down the middle of your décolletage will go away. Oh, and you’ll stave off sagging, no small feat. I buy the Coobie Comfort Bra at www.shopcoobie.com.
7. Do Microneedling on your décolletage when you do your face. This little roller will significantly half the time it takes to get where you want to go. I carry the only USA made, FDA approved medical device. They are $160 and last for a year, and that’s micro needling twice daily. This week only, I’ll throw in the Cleansing Solution Kit.
Do NOT think it is too late for your décolletage! It is NEVER too late. Try these six rules for a year and you will be astonished. Improvement is inevitable!
I don’t know a woman who doesn't have one body part they are less than happy with. We read articles in magazines about how to improve it, surgically correct it, enhance it or just hide it. There is some established critical order of beauty which publishes guidelines for acceptability that we consciously (or unconsciously) compare ourselves up against. We see it in print advertising, read about it on websites or magazines or we hear it from our friends and family members.
I grew up with my mother telling me I had her hands. This was a confusing comment to a young girl because in the next few sentences she would describe her hands: large, knuckly, veiny, thin-skinned and freckled. As a little girl I didn’t see those things but as I grew up, I modeled my mother’s hands.
I envied smooth, seemingly knuckle-less hands, princess hands I called them, soft and puffy, no sign of veins showing, seamless, capable of only casting a spell. No amount of cream or glove wearing could give me those perfect hands. I was destined to hide my hands, rings embarrassing me, not adorning me.
Single mother for thirteen years, one day I was installing a dimmer switch into one of my light switches and the thought occurred to me, these hands support me. These hands are mother and father to my daughter. These hands are building a present and a future.
Strong, capable, nurturing.
And in a moment all was changed. I saw the evolution of my critical self judgement evaporate. These hands held my baby. They decorated birthday cakes and guided that tiny mouth to suckle. They changed diapers and brushed her fine angel hair into a diminutive ponytail. They calmed fevers and made French Toast for breakfast. They drove to dance classes and the movies and took shoes off at the end of the day. They bathed and tucked in at night. They caressed her when her heart was broken and held her up during chemotherapy.
And these hands have given me a livelihood from which to do these things. To inspire, to heal and to lead other women into believing they are perfect, just as they are, with all the gifts they were given to go and make a life.
Last Thursday morning I picked up my daughter to eat at one of our favorite breakfast places, Chompie’s. As we pulled into the crowded parking lot, she said, “Let’s run into Starbucks and get coffee in case we have to wait."
As usual, I was wearing a long-sleeved crew neck t-shirt, scarf, gloves and big sunglasses. Katie wore her signature camisole top with a winter-worthy sweater, ponytail and big sunglasses. As we strolled into Starbucks I casually said, “Do you have sunscreen on?” It was early in the morning and I just had this foreboding premonition that she got ready in a hurry. Her head swung around to face me with a look of horror which I then mirrored back to her.
“Don’t brush your teeth!” I said, way too loud. We'd just entered Starbucks. Several kids looked up from their iPhones at us. I whisper-screamed, “If you only have time to do one thing, Put On Sunscreen! Don’t brush your teeth!”
People began to worry amongst themselves. I imagined they thought I had read some breaking news they weren’t privy to about the high mortality rate of people who practiced regular teeth brushing.
“What are we going to do?” Katie said frantically. “We have to get back across the parking lot!”
I lifted the collar of her sweater. “That will cover your neck,” I said. She pulled it up around and under her eyes, saying, “I’ll hold it up like this.”
I lifted the collar of her sweater. “That will cover your neck,” I said. She pulled it up around and under her eyes, saying, “I’ll hold it up like this.”
“But what about your forehead!” I exclaimed. I looked hopefully at her, knowing the look that would be coming when I said, “Would you tie my scarf around your face?” Unlike her mother, there is a limit to her public nerdiness.
“Ok, Ok!” I said, “We’ll walk really fast and you keep your head down!”
We grabbed our coffees and slid through the shop, shuffling quickly across the parking lot like two refugees crossing the Sahara.
In the summer when I am out running errands, I often get the question, posed by an incredulous stranger, “Are you cold?” I’ve stopped proselytizing. I no longer preach about the evils of UV radiation. I’ve come to realize people either don't really care, don’t think it applies to them, or believe tomorrow will never come. Nowadays I simply smile and say, “No, I’m allergic to the sun.”
I’m reminded of one of my favorite movies, “My Cousin, Vinny.” Chided by the judge for the third time on his inappropriate judicial attire, an astonished Vinny blurts out, “You were serious about that?”
Yes, I’m serious about that. SUN
I have been so lucky to work in a career that I love for more than thirty years. In devotion to my faithful clients I continue to investigate new ingredients, home care techniques and professional modalities that keep skin young looking: firm, soft, supple, clear and porcelain smooth. That being said, I’m excited to announce new products and home care tools coming this spring. . .
Since adding the USA made home care Microneedling Device from MTS to my skin care line in 2011 and witnessing stunning observable improvement in my skin and my client’s complexions, I’ve been investigating other substantially transforming tools and breaking news ingredients into my inventory of skin care miracles.
A cooling, soothing serum for rosacea, ultra sensitive or compromised complexions will be arriving soon. By May, expect to see my ground breaking oxygen infused serum that encourages healthy metabolism as well as increased absorption and effectiveness of other serums.
I’ve often said that my best ideas come from my clients who share their discoveries with me. The following tip comes from Lynne N. who encouraged me to try a new product she had discovered to render the eye area smooth and wrinkle free!
Lynne N. brought in a product called Patchology. They are gel under eye pads infused with five exclusive moisturizing ingredients. She suggested to keep in the refrigerator and I totally agree with that! Apply in the morning after rising and leave on while you drink your coffee. The infusion goes completely into the under eye tissue, eliminating puffiness and fine lines! Have contacted the company to include into my Bryant Rushing Beauty Skin Care Line!
Will keep you posted. In the meantime, is it time for your spring ampoule therapy? Both Tensage 40 and Tensage 50 ampoule therapies are available this week only for 10% off.
There are dozens of remarkable skincare ingredients having multiple benefits for skin, but Retinol stands out as the Star. Why? Because unbiased, clinical evidence supports Retinol’s amazing benefits.
Just for starters, how about an ingredient that simultaneously can stimulate collagen production, reduce wrinkles, fade unsightly pigmentation, treat breakouts (even acne), build elastin and just for giggles, function as a powerful anti-oxidant, interrupting free-radical damage, the primary cause of premature aging. Wow!
What is Retinol? How is it related to Retin-A?
Retinol is a non-prescription type of Retinoic Acid. Prescription Retinoic Acid is available by generic and brand names such as Tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, MicroGel), Adapalene (Differin), Tazarotene (Tazorac) and a few others.
Retinol is molecularly once removed from Retin-A. Retinol is converted into trans-Retinoic Acid as it is absorbed by the skin. This one extra step means that the skin has time to assimilate the action of it gradually. Consequently, it is kinder and more user friendly than Retin-A. Think of it as whispering to the complexion.
Conversely, Retinoic Acid, delivered directly to the complexion yells at the skin: “BAM! There’s your Retinoic Acid, now deal with it!” Bottom line: Retinol used in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals has the same ability to radically stop and reverse the aging process and is available without a prescription. It is the single most important ingredient to have in your anti-aging arsenal and used appropriately to the skin type, everyone can tolerate it.
Bryant Rushing Beauty Products containing Retinol:
My Daily Vitamin Serum 1 oz $69
Clearly, sitting on a horse prancing naked through the streets is not what most women dream about. But in the famous painting by John Collier, one can’t help but marvel that Lady Godiva took very good care of her hair! So is it possible to grow your hair to such lengths? Is it even conceivable that some simple changes in how you care for it could render your hair thick and lustrous? Listed below are some of my must dos for beautiful, healthy hair.
Wash your hair no more that two to three times a week. Your hair’s natural oils are designed to self condition and protect your strands. (If you work out every day, just rinse your hair in the shower the other days of the week. Invest in several quality shampoos and conditioners. Alternate with a different one every time you wash and condition your hair.
Shampoo your scalp, not your hair, massaging it with your fingertips. This increases circulation which makes hair grow thicker and faster. Hair will be automatically cleansed as the shampoo runs off the strands. Always wash your hair in the sink, not in the shower. Holding your head down in the sink also increases circulation and gives you the flexibility of cleansing each section thoroughly. Gently towel dry your hair before applying conditioner and leave on at least ten minutes. Rinse with cold water to remove excess, seal the cuticle hair shaft and give the hair a beautiful shine.
And condition every single time you wash hair! Apply product to ends of hair, not scalp and roots. Deep condition it once a week with a hair mask or oil conditioner. Heat intensifies penetration, and believe it or not, bouffant hair dryers are still available. Made by Conair, they can be found at JC Penny, Walmart or ordered from Drugstore.com. Apply a plastic cap over the hair before the bouffant cap to keep the hair from drying out.
Keep in mind that when your hair is soaking wet, it is weaker, fragile and more susceptible to breakage. Therefore, comb out tangles from the bottom of your strands up and use a wide toothed comb.
Daily brush your hair with your head down morning and night for one minute. Be gentle. Go slowly. Imagine your hair is spun gold. Concentrate on stroking the scalp. Use a natural bristle brush. My favorite? The inimitable Mason Pearson. Wash your brushes monthly with a mixture of shampoo, water and baking soda. Use a toothbrush to clean deep into the bristles.
Let your hair air dry for fifteen minutes before blow drying it. Use a mild to moderate heat temperature, not hot. Keep hair dryer nozzle at least two or more inches away from the hair. Apply hair protector products before using heat. Don’t use heat styling tools such as flat irons, hot rollers or curling irons daily.
Take hair supplements. Biotin 5,000 mg daily. Nature’s Bounty Extra Strength Hair, Skin and Nails Vitamins, Viviscal Professional Strength Hair and Skin Supplements.
Replace your cotton pillowcase with a silk pillowcase. Silk allows the hair to slide across the pillowcase while it adds a mysterious moisturizer to the hair and skin. lilysilk.com has the 100% long strand mulberry silk in charmeuse, the most desirable of all silks.
There is growing evidence that supports micro needling the scalp encourages new hair growth.( I can attest to this with my husband's success!) There are also laser treatments which, though costly, do increase the number of hairs and promote quicker growth. I’ve also had tremendous improvement in hair growth with ultraviolet comb therapy, performed at most beauty schools. Commit to once a week for several months and enjoy the relaxation and incredible benefits for about $5-$10 per treatment.
Last, be patient. Hair grows a quarter of an inch once a month. With these instructions you could possibly get half an inch a month as well as new growth!