Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Back On The Basics - Natural Skincare Essentials from Borghese & Sublime Beauty

Natural Skincare Essentials for cleansing, toning and moisturizing this fall.
Autumn in New York and nearly everywhere else means a change in both heat and humidity. Fall mornings are generally cooler and less humid than those lazy summer days we've become accustomed to. This means upping your skincare game to off-set these harsher conditions.
I'm sharing some of my favorite spa inspired treatments from the French and Italian Royal Courts of beauty. That's because France and Italy put more emphasis on skincare than makeup. This is a good trend! So let's start with a clean slate as all the best treatments in the world are ineffective otherwise.

Remove ALL traces of makeup every night: Clarisonic Brush & Borghese Gentle Makeup Remover

1.) Deep Cleanse and Remove Your Makeup Each Night
I really can't stress this enough due to the fact that our skin needs to breathe. Not removing primers, sunblock and foundation each night is just asking for breakouts and enlarged pores. You don't want to strip your skin so use something gentle like this Gel Delicato Gentle Makeup Remover from Princess Marcella Borghese. Oil Free, it can be used around the eyes, (even for contact lens wearers) and lips to dissolve eyeliner and lipstick. I pump a few squirts on my Clarisonic Mia and it does an incredible job of removing all traces of makeup. Get this Gentle Makeup Remover at

Sublime Beauty Balance + Nourish Toner 

2.) Restore Your Skin's pH with a Natural Toner
Many women use Witch Hazel as a toner which is better than one with added colorants and chemicals. Try one like this with natural ingredients as well as plant extracts. I prefer the Balance + Nourish Toner with Rose Geranium by Sublime Beauty as it has Witch Hazel but also aloe vera, raspberry, sweet cherry, green tea, lavender, tea tree, essential oils and much more.  As it is a SPRAY MIST, no need for cotton balls or pads which only waste product. After a thorough cleansing and rinse, I spray on this refreshing TONER and go! Purchase it at

Daily Moisturizer: Face Whisperer Day with Argireline

3.) Moisturize Daily + Use Sunscreen
The last step in your daily or morning routine after cleansing is to moisturize. I like something light and fast absorbing that won't interfere with my sunblock/primer or makeup application. Face Whisperer Day with Argireline is ultra light while giving your skin that shot of moisture it needs. It does not bead up or roll off but sinks down into your skin leaving it plump and moist. It is full of natural vitamins, herbs, fruit extracts and peptides with NO added perfume or scent so it is perfect for those with sensitive skin. Take care of your skin with this last step of a Day Moisturizer and you're makeup will look 100 times better! See it at


Fango Mud Treatments from Italy's Princessa Marcella Borghese
Princess Marcella Borghese's Fango Mud Treatments have been some of my favorites for years. I would purchase jars of her Fango when I was in New York City at Bloomingdales. Marcella Fazi married into a very old royal Italian family and acquired the title, "Princess".  She consigned the making of her own beauty treatments from natural ingredients found around her family villa in Rome. Two of her main spa treatments which stand today are her Aqua Vita and Fango Mud. These are two new treatment additions to her line:

Fango Restorative Hydrating Mud Mask - I like using this mask because unlike many other kaolin-bentonite or mud-based masks, it is relatively non-drying. It does impart moisture due to the addition of seed butters but still draws enough impurities from the skin to make it effective. It is a light aqua color and made with sea water, so it is not nearly as dark and drying as her original Fango Active Mud which was the first product I purchased from her line (see the jar below). Available at most department store cosmetic counters. See both versions of Fango Mud at

Original Fango Active Mud is darker and dries harder than the Restorative version.

Fango Treatment Sheet Mask - This mask contains Mango & Pomegranate and claims to offer a turbo boost for tired dull skin. Open it up and lay it on your face for up to 25 minutes. Bliss! I like this idea but you will only get at most two uses out of it. However, as it can be used between mud treatments or while traveling, it may have a place in your beauty routine. Purchase all Borghese products online at


Collagen Antioxidant Mask by Sublime Beauty
Collagen Antioxidant Mask by Sublime Beauty is what I use more than all my other facial masks combined. It contains White French Clay which is quite a bit more gentle and refined than the Mediterranean clays that make up Fango. So due to its gentleness and high moisturizing qualities, I am able to use it more often. Non-drying due in part to the high presence of safflower seed oil, vitamin E and hydrolyzed collagen, it stays on in the bath or shower until you take it off.  It really leaves your skin soft and pampered, just like an exclusive spa treatment. I should know! Now you do too so you can enjoy high quality skincare treatments like these to kick off the fall season. Purchase this luscious Collagen Antioxidant Mask online at

Key Skincare Products for Fall

Skincare products c/o Borghese and Sublime Beauty respectively. Reviews and opinions are strictly my own.

1 comment:

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