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The holiday season is upon us and while it may look a little different this year, there are plenty of cozy gifts to make the home feel full of holiday spirit. We asked the founders of Wonder Valley, Alison & Jay Carroll to share a few of their go-to gifts this holiday season. Below are their picks!

Donabe

Al’s been wanting one of this all-purpose Japanese hot pots for some time, perfect for braising, curries and cooking rice. 

Signet

We’ve both been eyeing a custom signet ring from our talented pal, Kate Jones of Ursa Major 

Jay wants all the indigo, always, from Japanese Tunics to Old French workwear, and I love to get it from Marston House

Two nights fly fishing at Dunton River Camp next spring

RTH belt

A favorite belt but with a pop of leopard print.

Jacques Marie Mage

Al’s been on the hunt for the right lens to ditch the contacts, JMM is always the way to go

 

Let’s face on any given day your skin is battling pollution, hormonal breakouts, stress, sweat, and clogged pores. With COVID-19 changing our lives on a daily, there’s a new type of acne that has been added to the list this year, called maskne –(mask acne). As we continue to wear our masks outdoors and indoors, there’s a high chance that the increased moisture-rich environment of bacteria could affect your skin. Meaning you’re most likely to deal with clogged pores now more than ever. It’s not just you, over 56K women on Instagram are using the hashtag #maskne to raise awareness around this skincare concern. Though it’s pretty impossible to banish clogged pores for life, it’s important to make sure they’re clean and free of debris that makes them less visible. Though those with oily skin are most prone to have an increase of clogged pores which lead to whiteheads, blackheads, and unwanted bumps — read ahead, as this applies to all skin types during this current climate. 

In order to achieve smooth and glowing skin, using ingredients with gentle detoxification elements is key. It’s important to note that, when you try to extract at home, it can cause hyperpigmentation, permanent scarring, and additional breakouts. Therefore, I urge you to step away from the mirror and refrain from squeezing away at your t-zone. This causes stress on the skin tremendously. For those with truly congested skin, investing in a deep pore cleansing product will be a major game changer as it reduces blemishes and pore visibility. Try Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Foam Wash, $35, to reach deep into pores and target stubborn dirt and oils. The magic in a bottle cleanser consists of two Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which are Latic and Glycolic. Both acids dissolve excess oil and dead skin which builds up insides your pores over time. This helps to achieve a smoother and clear complexion. The daily wash also has a blend of White Horehound, Acai Palm Extract, Date Palm, and Gotu Kola, the Detox Complex which will help aid against environmental stresses. This revolutionary combination of ingredients not only unclogs your pores but also, fights against pollution and texture. Using this cruelty-free product daily will result in slowly eliminating large pores, blackheads, and breakouts. 

Now let’s talk about exfoliation, you’ll have two main options such as a physical exfoliator or chemical exfoliator. Here’s the main difference between the two, a physical exfoliator is usually gritty and polishes away dead cells from the surface of your skin, while the chemical exfoliator usually consists of acids to breakdown debris and provide anti-aging benefits. This all depends on your skin type and sensitivity.   

For those interested in a physical exfoliator, I recommend Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub, $75, which provides hydration while removing dead surface skin revealing brighter, radiant, healthier-looking skin. According to a consumer study with 82 participants over the course of 28 days, ninety-five percent agreed that their skin feels smoother after use. Crafted with hyaluronic acid to deliver long-lasting hydration and ruby crystals to target unclean pores, this scrub is a must-have for all skin types. If you’re looking for a chemical exfoliation, try Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel, $85, which polishes away dead skin cells while reducing the appearance of lines, pores, and imperfections. The plant-based actives within this peel will result in a more radiant and youthful appearance. Packed with lactic acid and multi-fruit enzymes, the powerful combination will have others asking if you just got a facial.

When it comes to clearing clogged pores consistency will help you achieve the glow of your dreams. Partner these skincare recommendations with a well-balanced healthy meal plan that’ll not only create a flawless canvas but also promote a fruitful lifestyle.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Ashley Jimenez is a multi-media journalist and Co-Founder of LatinaWatch. She oversees LatinaWatch.com and all of the website’s editorial and video content and strategy, as well as social media channels. As the former Beauty Director of HOLA! USA, the Puerto Rican-Dominican reporter, is an expert in identifying trends, highlighting multicultural content, and exploring thoughtful conversations within the influential Latina beauty segment. Her past roles include Senior Beauty Editor at Latina Magazine, where she created beauty, wellness, and lifestyle content specifically for women of color. She explored intersections of vision, Afro-Latina identity within the hair industry, socially conscious skin care, mental health topics. Ashley’s dedication to storytelling has created groundbreaking content that speaks to the duality women face as they navigate the world while honoring traditions and crafting new age customs.

My name is Sarah Michaelson and I’m a mom, wife, and owner of ROE Caviar, a stylish and sustainable caviar company harvested in Northern California. Our goal has always been to make caviar fun, easy, and accessible to all, whether for a great occasion or no occasion at all. With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m going to share some of my go-to brands that I love to gift the people in my life.

C and the Moon Candle

Handcrafted in Los Angeles, the C & The Moon Sugar Cookie Candle is my automatic go-to for the best smelling candle. 

Jennifer Meyer Jewelry

My favorite jewelry company that also does great things for the betterment of the world. 100% of the proceeds from their “Change” necklace goes directly to Color of Change, a nonprofit Civil Rights advocacy group.

Lady and Larder

Not only is this company run by two amazing women, but their products are just as good. Their DIY Cheese and Cured Meat Board is a favorite to send to my girlfriends with some ROE Caviar for a Zoom party.

Heather Taylor Home  

A company that is easy to get behind. Not only do they carry my favorite home linens, but they also launched an initiative in March that has donated over 85,000 masks to those in need. 

Helen’s Wines

My favorite place to go in LA for all of my wine needs. She also has a Caviar Dreams gift box, equipped with ROE Caviar, Crème Fraiche, Lays Potato Chips, and Champagne.