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PROTECT & REPAIR: all eyes on eye cream

Doug Arnaudin


Fun facts for your next dinner party (Ok, ok, only if your dinner party is full of beauty nerds!)

  • The skin around your eyes is the most delicate on your entire body
  • It lacks sebaceous (oil) glands
  • It lacks collagen & elastin fibers
  • The eye blinks about 10,000 times per day
  • There are 22 muscles in constant motion
  • Because it's thinner, this skin is the first to show dehydration
  • Eye strain, lifestyle, stress, and aging can cause sluggish micro-circulation 
  • This area ages 36 percent faster than other areas of your face

It's important to understand how the skin around the eyes differs from the rest of the face in order to treat it properly. First and foremost, a good sunscreen and fierce pair of sunglasses are key! I've gone a step further and added a protective UVA & UVB shield to my reading glasses, too. The last piece in the trifecta is eye cream! SPF & protective eyewear are preventative. Eye cream is for any damage already done. 


My fave is Om Aroma & Co Caviar Eye Cream. It's loaded with omega 3 & 6 (from caviar extract), organic botanicals, CoQ-10, and an energizing dose of caffeine to increase circulation of blood & lymph (which helps with those pesky under eye circles). 

Here's an at home ritual for perky peepers: 

  1. Leave two spoons in the freezer overnight
  2. In the AM, rinse face with cool water & apply eye cream
  3. Gently massage inward with your ring finger (weakest on hand)
  4. Use rounded side of chilled spoons on eyes as cool compress. 
  5. Zen out for 10 minutes, then enjoy a warm green tea with lemon/

I wish you all a lifetime of laughter & joy (and hey, perhaps a laugh-line or two). May we always look deeply and see beauty in the most unexpected places. Our eyes are a delicate gift. Let's protect them always! 



Seeing Green: from celtic ancestry to green beauty

Jess Arnaudin

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, eco-beauties! Today is the day for whipping up matcha green tea DIY face masks, unironically drinking green juice (and the occasional green beer), and avowing love for all things verdant! It's also a day to celebrate Irish heritage and culture --  which for me, means taking a look back at my ancestry. 

There's beauty found in a sense of belonging. It's empowering to know our history. To feel connected to our ancestors. To find kinship in this magnificent tapestry of the world. My family came from Celtic lands. They traveled from Scotland to Ireland thanks to the British government's initiative giving away plantation acreage to anyone willing to uproot their families for the sake of expansion and promise of abundance. 

Fast forward to the 1700's. Times were tough in Ireland. My family immigrated across the Atlantic to ports in Philadelphia & New York. Historians describe this voyage as arduous and daunting, but thus, they endured and later found their new home in the swampy southern states of America. 

View from inside Lady Liberty's crown. If you're interested in seeing the statue from this vantage, sign up in advance! It took us three months to secure one of the limited spots!

When I visited the Statue of Liberty last summer, I wept. She loomed above me, patina green and iron strong. I saw her through the eyes of the hope-filled immigrants who sought new beginnings on a new shore.  How courageous they must have been! No matter what your heritage, we are all sons and daughters of immigrants (of the human race!). Through their stories, timeworn wisdom is passed on through the ages, and we stand united.

Cheers to St. Patricks day, green beauty goodness, gratitude, and (of course!) Guinness.