What are your 3 favorite skin care products Amira?
Retinol night cream by NYC dermatologist Lori Polis, SkinPolish Facial Wash by Lori Polis, Brown Sugar body scrub by Fresh.
Tips to protect your skin from the hot summer months ahead?
I wear a moisturizer with SPF 15 every day, and a BB cream by Smashbox that also has SPF. When I’m at the beach, I wear SPF on my entire body of course, and always a hat to protect my face from the sun, as I am quite fair. But I do love getting a very gradual glow throughout the Summer months.
How do you prepare for beach time?
As one of the Flywheel Dubai owners, I am of course a huge Flywheel and FlyBarre addict, and I exercise 6 to 7 days a week. I mix my Flywheel /Flybarre routine with circuit training with my personal trainer, and in Summer I enjoy running outdoors too. I try to do one or two half marathons a year.
What are the colors or trends for Summer 2013?
There is a move from punk rock and late 80s neons to a more earthy feel this Spring/Summer. I feel like tribal prints, bohemian jet set, and western/native american looks are in this Summer, which I love, as I enjoy bringing in unique pieces, beading and fun accessories to an outfit. Strong colors are also in. Denim cut off shorts with cool tops, and fun summer dresses are my go to outfits. Maxi dresses are huge this summer also! And the color turquoise….my absolute favorite!
Must have accessories this summer?
I think we’ve moved away from one single it-bag. Women are showing their more unique side with tribal print bags, wedge sneakers by Nike in unique prints, and accessories that look like they were found on a trip or an adventure.
I eat a lot of salads,fruit and fish in the Summer. They are my favorite foods throughout the year, but when it gets warmer outside, light and flavorful in-season food is what I enjoy eating and cooking. I try to buy seasonal organic ingredients from the Union Square market, which isn’t too far from my house.
How do you keep a balance in your busy life and schedules?
The only way I make it work (and it doesn’t always work every day), is by being very disciplined and organized. I never make an excuse when it comes to my family, my duties as a mother, my duties toward my businesses in Dubai, and my exercise routine. I also volunteer at my sons’ school (the Lycee Francais de New York), and will be co-chairing the Spring Gala in 2014, which I am thrilled to do, as I love our school. I believe that keeping busy and getting involved whenever you can, is both the key to success and happiness. I love interacting with people, and working creatively, so I always enjoy meeting new and inspiring people, whether my riders at Flywheel, mothers at apple seeds or at my sons’ school, or the people I work with every day in my team. That being said, I’ve learnt to say no at times, as there are only so many hours in the day. I do all the majority of my work on my Blackberry (where I have been known to be able to type faster than anyone I know! Ha!) but I am sure to turn it off every day from 6pm to 11pm, when it’s time to be with my husband and children.
Other favorite wellness tips for our audience?
I have discovered drinking green juices over the last 3 years, and I drink one or 2 juices (kale, parsley, ginger, green apple, lemon and spinach) every single day. I also take whole food supplements like fish oil, chlorella (which is an algae that has amazing effects on sustaining our immune system and cleansing our bodies from toxins), astaxanthin (a derivative of an algae), E3Live, and Aloe Vera drinks which again strengthen our bodies. What you eat and drink is definitely reflected in your skin and body, and I’ve noticed a much healthier glow since I’ve been taking in more greens! I also drink gallons of water every day.
I enjoy working out almost every day, which keeps me strong, healthy of mind and body, and gives me confidence. I think the most important asset a woman can have is feeling confident and happy in her skin…..and a good blush, BB cream, and waterproof mascara!