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Spring Cleaning Your Skin with Drunk Elephant

Written by: Carissa Abraham

Spruce up your Skincare Routine

Spring is finally here! And by ‘Spring’ I mean whatever Mother Nature decides for the next few weeks -welcome to New Jersey! We can finally start “spring cleaning” to reveal that beautiful glow our skin has been trying to achieve all winter!

One of my go-to and most trustworthy brands is Drunk Elephant. Naturally, what attracted me was the name. Founder Tiffany Masterson said, “The name Drunk Elephant is rooted in a myth that says the elephants love to eat the fruit that has fallen from Marula trees. Once eaten, fermentation occurs inside their very large tummies and the elephants become drunk!”

Every  product is formulated with NO oils, silicones, drying alcohols, chemical screens, fragrances/dyes, or SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). Masterson calls these ingredients the “Suspicious 6”. 

The Drunk Life!

Drunk Elephant provided me with a care package of their best-selling products (thanks Drunk Elephant!). I can confidently say I’m hooked on The Drunk Life – particularly because the combination of these products revealed the most glow I’ve ever seen my skin have.

Skin Spring Cleaning Steps

After removing  my makeup with BeautyConcepts face wipes (Amazon – $13), I jumped right into the Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser ($32). This clear gel cleanser foams well and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, without the squeak.

I follow up with the C-Firma Day Serum ($80). It’s a day serum, but nighttime application helps avoid photo-sensitivity. If used in the morning, use an SPF to strengthen your skin’s protection (the Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is lightweight and not greasy).

My next step to anti-aging is the A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream ($72). Retinol helps produce new skin cells and aids in diminishing fine lines. Be careful – retinol requires being gradually added into a routine; I use it once per week at nighttime.

If you choose to use it during the day, you should use a broad spectrum sunscreen because retinol makes our skin ultra-light sensitive. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should avoid retinol products and consult with your physician.

The Holy Grail

One of the greatest creations I’ve ever used in my entire life is the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum ($90). It’s the gift that keeps on giving my skin a texture-free feel.

It is a lightweight gel that dissolves dead skin cells with an “AHA/BHA blend of glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids.” This serum cleared up my often-textured forehead in THREE DAYS!

Since it is an AHA/BHA blend, I recommend pairing with some hydration, like their Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($40) or my preference of the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum ($52).

Lock in the Glow

I sealed my skin with the popular Protini™ Polypeptide Cream ($68), which is notorious for improving our skin’s tone, texture and firmness. An alternate to Protini™ is my favorite moisturizer, Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream ($60). It’s loaded with six rare African oils and locks in moisture like there’s no tomorrow. Finally, I always top off my nighttime routine with Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask in Vanilla.

There’s still a few other goodies that I’ve yet to try. I’m definitely going to invest in these and will report back on my next Drunk Life adventure!

ZOE Bliss

Introducing the ZOE™ Bliss

By: Carissa Abraham

My favorite way to celebrate my twice-weekly skin detox is by exfoliating, so it’s no surprise that I have a ton of exfoliating cleansers. However, I’ve never actually hopped on the exfoliating brush bandwagon….until now. Introducing you to my skin’s new bestie, the ZOE™ Bliss by QYKSONIC.

ZOE™ Bliss is QYKSONIC’s latest beauty device that “cleanses, massages and applies skincare for optimum short and long-term results.” One side is used for cleansing and the other side for massaging serums and moisturizers into the skin. What is particularly unique about this product and brand is that the brush is made of antimicrobial silicone, which makes it easy to clean dirt AND there’s no dirty buildup! It has 7,500 super powerful T-Sonic pulsations per minute, so I’m sure you can only imagine the deep-clean that it gives your skin. It is also great for all skin types – my recommendation is to use it for less time on a low setting for sensitive skin until you can find what works best for you. ZOE is also gentle enough to use daily, however, I only recommend this twice per week because your skin does not require this deep of a cleanse every day.

While all of this sounds fantastic, the most important aspect of this brush is that it is a healthy way to deep clean your skin. Think about this: the beads in an exfoliating cleanser are scrubbing away dirt and buildup above and underneath the surface. As we continue to scrub, this creates micro-tears in the skin. This makes your skin more vulnerable to instant and long-term issues such as sun damage, aging, and environmental damage like pollution (just think about all of the pollution that can clog your pores). This is why I love the ZOE™ Bliss because the silicone brush is gentle enough to not cause this kind of damage – which is my number one reason to continue using it. It’s never too early to start the anti-aging routine!

#ZoeSquad QYK Tips and Tricks:

  • Using the ZOE in circular motions at the temples will relieve tension.
  • Placing the tip of the ZOE under the arch of the brow while gently pressing upward for 15 seconds will give you an immediate lift.
  • Stuffed up? No worries – place the ZOE tip at the nasal touch points on the side of your nose to help alleviate congestion.
  • The curved side of the ZOE can be used to knead and roll at the nape of the neck to decrease tension.
  • False lashes stuck? Set the ZOE to a very low pulse, add a gentle cleanser to the tip and swipe over your lash line for an easy removal!

Products used in the tutorial:

For more information, visit QYKSonic.com.

Lisa Marie Latino and Aspiring Beauty Blogger Carissa Abraham

Lisa Marie Latino had 1010 WINS radio traffic reporter and aspiring beauty blogger Carissa Abraham in the #HipNJ studio to talk about her incredible radio career and newly realized love of everything skincare. Carissa dishes out the reality check everyone needs to hear about keeping skin healthy and maintaining a youthful glow!

Before Carissa began her passionate skincare journey, she first cultivated her successful radio career. She started out as a DJ during her undergrad years at Seton Hall where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting. She went on to land a job with the iHeartMedia, Inc. subsidiary Total Traffic & Weather Network. Her connections here helped her land a job as a substitute traffic reporter and an eventual full-time spot at Z100, New York’s #1 Hit Music Station.

Carissa’s impressive professional career is just one aspect of her resume. She is using her personal love of skincare to start a beauty blog focusing on maintenance and makeup. Her passion began when she noticed her own skin in need of some TLC. She used home remedies and facial mask treatments at first but eventually sought the help of a licensed aesthetician.

After receiving microdermabrasion treatments, Carissa realized how important it is to devote funds to treating bad skin. “Your skin is an investment” she says, “and it’s probably the best investment I’ve ever made!”. Carissa endorses starting treatments early and using quality makeup, like vegan and cruelty-free brands, to maintain fresh results.

See Carissa demo her homemade hair mask made from shea butter and coconut oil. The mask will keep your hair healthy through the dry, unforgiving winter months. It’s so important that you keep your hair clean and toxin-free any time of the year!

You can find Carissa on Instagram (@radiocarissa) and on SnapChat (@radiobellezza) where she posts cool beauty tips daily. Keep up to date so you don’t miss the premiere of her personal beauty blog and updates on her exciting radio career!