My Interview for Globus Magazine

My interview for Globus Magazine is out featuring my must-have skincare tips to spring prep your skin.

Spring is a time for rejuvenation, especially for your skin. Over the winter you focus on protecting your skin from cold, dry weather but when the sun is back, your skincare routine should have a different goal. As spring turns to summer, you want to develop a skincare routine that focuses on hydration and defense against sun damage, pollution, and other environmental stressors.

Here are 5 simple ways to get your skin ready for spring:

One of the best ways to prep your skin for the new season is to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells and gives your complexion a brighter, more radiant appearance. It also helps to unclog pores and improve circulation. As a result, your skin will be better able to absorb moisture and nutrients.

One of the best exfoliators I know: The Renewal Oil Exfoliator by LA MER.

Powerful duo: Hydro-Softening Lotion, The Serum by Clé de Peau Beauté (for more information, click here please for the detailed post).
One of my favorite masks as it is so easy to use: The Intensive Vitalizing Mask by LA MER.

Apply a hydrating serum or essence to replenish moisture levels in your skin. Hydration is key to help prevent excessive dryness or irritation. At least once a week, use a mask to intensify the effect.

Follow your routine with your favorite moisturizer. In my case I am a huge fan of the The Moisturizing Cream by LA MER.

UV Protective Cream by Clé de Peau Beauté

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. This step is essential, especially if you’ll be exposing your skin to the sun after a peeling.

Add a long-lasting and moisturizing primer that blends makeup and skincare so the your foundation will stay in place the whole day.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your skin is properly prepped and cared for, leading to a smoother, brighter complexion in spring.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography and Courtesy of the Brands
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Transcend Time with LA MER

«Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.» – Mark Twain

January is my birthday month and I love having my big day. My friends keep wondering why I don’t fear turning one year older. Personally speaking, aging is a gift not everyone gets to receive in life. Happiness is a mental and emotional state of being; it comes as a result of the choices we make. It’s all about attitude, perspective, and what we make age mean to us. We all are what we believe. If nobody sees how old you really are, how can you be afraid of aging?!

Time is the most precious asset we’ve got. It means life, and it’s never coming back. So use it wisely. Invest in yourself, in your wellbeing, treat your body as your precious vehicle that gets your everywhere you want to go. I have always invested in me-time and taken care of my skin. My skincare routine is precious to me.

My favorite product line is with no doubt GENAISSANCE DE LA MER™. This ultimate time-transcending collection accelerates skin’s renewal and means total transformation. It is exceptionally crafted with the potent Crystal Miracle Broth™, which is the purest expression of LA MER’s legendary Miracle Broth™ elixir. It infuses your skin with the healing energies of the sea, transporting it to a more ageless dimension. For me, it is an elevated ageless ritual that turns back time all day long and deeply into the night.

The Infused Lotion
The velvety primer softens, nourishes, and begins the power of Genaissance de la Mer™.

The Serum Essence
This silken serum measurably reduces the look of lines and wrinkles and boots skin’s elasticity.

The Eye & Expression Cream
The ultra-sumptuous cream visibly fades fine lines and dark circles with plumping, healing hydration.

The Concentrated Night Balm
This ampoule-strength treatment gives skin a firmer feel and helps visibly reverse lines and wrinkles while you sleep.

The Concentrated Night Balm is such a game changer for the skincare routine. Each evening before sleep, I apply it with the moon-shaped applicator to scoop a small amount and apply the product to the face and neck, gently smoothing into the skin. My morning and evening routines are always followed by the application of my favorite moisturizer, the iconic The Moisturizing Cream. Don’t forget to warm up the product between your fingertips before applying it.


«Growing older is inescapable; aging is optional.»

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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How to Self-Tan at Home

Today I would like to give you my tips and how to self-tan at home and get professional-looking results. Enjoy these tricks, and product recommendations that will make you look sun-kissed as if you just got back from holidays. Let’s get started…

If you need to get a wax or shave your legs (do it at least one day in advance), get a manicure or touch up your hair color, do it before applying any self-tanner, as those treatments could remove the self-tanner.

The most important thing to do in advance is exfoliate in order to achieve an even self-tan! Self-tanner sinks easily into dry skin, leaving dark patches that look horrible. I use the Aromatherapy Associates Rose Triple Exfoliator for my face and body. Don’t forget too focus on rough spots like the knees, elbows, ankles, and heels.

First of all, let your skin be completely dry after showering. Then I like to moisturize my skin before the application with a light texture (The Reparative Body Lotion). For the rough spots (knees, elbows, and ankles), I dab Crème de la Mer The Moisturizing Cream and rub it well in. For the face, I mix it with self-tan drops. You will be amazed how well the self-tan application works afterwards. Say goodbye to those orange tones …

For my Swiss readers, don’t forget my special promo code VSASANDRALAMER, that is only valid until May 30, 2021. You will receive CHF 40 off any purchase of minimum CHF 200. This code is a one time use and not combinable with other offers or codes. It works only in the Swiss La Mer website. Just use vsasandralamer at checkout. It will be applied automatically.

After La Mer discontinued their amazing self-tan lotion (still furious about this), I have been looking for something equally easy to use. My search ended when I tried TAN-LUXEicon for the first time. The brand has seriously changed the tanning game with its product range. It is all about personalization as their cult self-tan drops can be added to your favorite skincare. Developed by a team of chemists at its lab, the formulas are odorless and enriched with organic active complexes to create the most natural sun-kissed glow. I use them daily to build my desired tan tone. The revolutionary dropper system allows for total control; the more you drop, the more you glow!

Customize your self-tan routine (from left to right): The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops (my favorite), The Face Anti-Age Rejuvenating Self-Tan Drops, (both are available for different skin tones), and Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum.icon

First thing, I do in the  morning, I start by tanning my face because it’s the easiest area to apply self-tanner with your bare hands, especially as the drops can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer. Like this, you can customize the intensity. However, wash your hands immediately to prevent any staining. Don’t forget to tan everywhere, including under the eyes, over eyelids, on the tips of the ears, on the neck, and even around the back of the ears, which can be seen when long hair is tied back.

You can also customize also your body self-tan routine: Hydra-Mousse Hydrating Self-Tan Mousse (my favorite, no stains on clothes or bedding!)icon, The Water Hydrating Self-Tan Water, (bothe are available for different skin ones), and The Gradual Illuminating Gradual Tan Lotionicon.

Starting the self-tanner application process way down your ankles is probably one of the most important tips to give when it comes to doing your own faux glow. Another great one is to tan the feet with any excess self-tanner from that initial application. Then work your way up the body. Take your time and blend it well. By using the moisturizer on the rough spots, you will see how much easier the application becomes. Wash your hands in between and extensively after the application is finished.

For the lazy ones among you, mix a few drops of The Body Illuminating Self-Tan Drops with your body lotion.

Just as moisturizer is important for priming the skin for self-tanner, it can help perfect the results after you’re done applying it. Apply your moisturizer (Crème de la Mer The Moisturizing Cream) over the tan from the palm up to the crease in the wrist and over the heel and up to the crease to finish.

Self-tanner mistakes happen, but there’s no need to start from scratch when they do. Use Nannette de Gaspé’s Treating & Cleansing Facial Cloths (you can also use baby wipes) for quick clean-ups during the application process. They can also help you to clear your nails and cuticles of self-tanner.

For dark streaks and patches, you can start exfoliating them off during your first shower after with circular motions on wet skin to help lift the color.

No time to self-tan? Here is your savior! Perfect for parties and events, TAN-LUXE’s Instant Hero
icon is the secret to flawless, sun-kissed skin in seconds. This quick-drying formula delivers a full-coverage tan that can be washed off at the end of the night. The light-reflecting nanoparticles and micro-pigments blur imperfections like redness, cellulite and spider veins, while Aloe Vera smooths and hydrates.

After you achieve the flawless, sunless tan you sought, certain measures can be taken to prolong it. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, make sure your skin, also on your body, is always well moisturized, and avoid using retinols and acne treatments, which can dissolve color on your face. This will guarantee a flawless, seamless, professional result every time.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, © Sandra Bauknecht
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Tips and Tricks from Mary Phillips

As promised, here is the full list of LA MER products that celebrity makeup artist and LA MER ambassador Mary Phillips used in her IG Live Talk with me. You can watch it here again. At the end of this post, you will also find a special promo code.

For Mary, skincare is the most important and the base for any great makeup look. Her motto is «less is more». She explains, that «if the canvas is good, the makeup is going to look good. If the skin is dry, then the makeup will look dry.» You will be amazed how little product she is using, which means your LA MER products will last much longer and are a great investment.


Depending on your skin type or the moment, city and season, there is a moisture regimen for you. You can also mix and mach the products. Personally speaking, I use The Moisturizing Cream in winter and in summer at night, and The Moisturizing Soft Cream during the day when it is warm outside. The famous Miracle Broth Elixir is infused into all of the LA MER products. It is extremely healing, hydrating, and has anti-aging benefits.


When Mary created her healthy «Glowy La Mer Spring Look», she used the following products:

First, she starts off using The Mist, for her it is the perfect spritz to refresh, hydrate, and energize skin. Turn the bottle before applying it as the internal magnet charges the ingredients to maintain optimum potency for a more energized and revived appearance. After, she’ll apply The Renewal Oil, which is one of her favorites, as it gives your skin immediately this amazing glow. She also uses it around her eye area. In general, Mary taps on all the products instead of rubbing them into the skin. For ultimate hydration, she opts for the ever so popular The Moisturizing Cream or as it is very warm in Los Angeles, where she resides, The Moisturizing Soft Cream.

Surprisingly, primer is the one prep product that she is not including in her routine. LA MER products provide such a great base already, that there is no need for it in her opinion.

For this glowy look, she suggests keeping makeup light and not so set in powder, so it doesn’t get caked from the warm temperatures. After her moisturizing routine, she applies – if needed The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – followed by her favorite summer product The Radiant Skin Tint SPF 30. She adores its lightweight formula that provides a sheer, healthy glow and SPF 30 which is perfect for warmer weather. Afterwards she corrects blemishes, dark spots and the under eye area with The Concealer.

«I like to apply the skin tint first, and then if there are any little areas I’ll use concealer instead of going in with more foundation everywhere,» she explains. «I would also apply bronzer and blushes before foundation to contour the face more naturally

 If needed, she recommends just very lightly powdering the T-zone area to set and finish. «I would rather people be too shiny than matte. It looks healthier,» Phillips says.

Another trick up her sleeve includes a non-makeup product. «Sometimes I’ll take a little bit of The Moisturizing Cream and pat it on the cheekbones or down the nose as it has a highlighting effect,» she notes. «It rehydrates the foundation and gives everything a glow

My favorite makeup trick I learnt from her and I was astounded by is the following: after applying foundation, she likes to apply a pea-size amount of The Moisturizing Cream with The Powder Brush all over the face for an instant, hydrated, creamy glow. She also does this application trick to refresh the glow of her makeup during the day.

The talk with Mary was so inspiring. She looks so natural  and her skin is glowing. Thank you, Mary, for all your tips and tricks!


Here is my special promo code vsasandralamer for you. You will receive CHF 40 off any purchase of minimum CHF 200. The offer will end on May 30, 2021.  This code is a one time use and not combinable with other offers or codes. It works only in the Swiss La Mer website. Just use vsasandralamer at checkout. It will be applied automatically.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, © Mary Phillips © David Biedert Photography
DISCLOSURE: This is a paid collaboration with LA MER.