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Spring Sunscreen 101

       
Friday, April 10th, 2015

Spring Sunscreen 101In spring the danger of sun damage may be unexpected if the weather is still cool. While the rays of the sun are not as powerful as they are during the summer months, prolonged exposure will nonetheless harm unprotected skin. To avoid a spring sunburn, keep this information in mind:

There Is No Such Thing As A Waterproof Sunscreen

So-called “Waterproof” sunscreens are deceptive because sweat, water, and most other types of moisture will cause them to wash off. Instead of falling for this marketing ploy, consider sunscreens that use the more realistic descriptive “Water Resistant”. A good water resistant one like this sunscreen from PCA Skin will help keep the protection on longer than ordinary sunscreens.

SPF Can Be Deceiving

Though the SPF numbers come in a wide variety of ranges, the higher numbers do not actually block rays longer. The SPF number only refers to the percentage of rays blocked. This means an SPF 30 sunscreen will allow only 1/30th of the sun’s rays to reach the skin. It does not mean that it will last 30 times longer than SPF one, so it will need to be reapplied as directed on the container.

Even Cloudy Spring Days Can Cause Sun Damage

A common assumption is that when it is cloudy, there is no danger of sun damage. Much of the solar intensity on cloudy days has to do with the type of clouds involved. The sun’s rays can pass through thinner clouds, while it is mostly blocked by thicker clouds. Even in the spring when the rays are not as damaging, it is a good idea to just apply sunscreen instead of trying to figure out if the clouds above are thick enough to block solar damage.

Sunscreen Is All That Is Necessary To Avoid Sun Damage

Of course sunscreens are good idea when spring rolls around, but it should not substitute for common sense. When wearing swim apparel outdoors, it is a good idea to cover up or find shade when not in the water. It is always wise to use clothing to help prevent sun damage along with a sunscreen.

The spring is a great time of year with all the budding plants, warmer temperatures, and longer days. Just be sure to use a good sunscreen to avoid hidden sun damage.

New Products From SeroVital

       
Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

New Products From SeroVital

Clinical Strength Dark Spot Corrector

SeroVital Skin Care has introduced a number of diverse products recently, all with the aim of keeping the skin youthful and revitalized. People who are tired of looking exhausted can use the Clinical Strength Dark Spot Corrector from SeroVital. This formula, which is centered around amino acids, is packed with chromatic enhancers that make the complexion appear brighter and more glowing. It’s designed to do away with dark spots and discoloration of the skin. Twice daily application is optimal. Users must place tiny blots of the corrector to the desired sections of their faces. They then must rub it into their skin with gentle circular movements.

Total Facial Rejuvenation Day Cream

The Total Facial Rejuvenation Day Cream from SeroVital is an amino acid formula that boasts a light feel. It absorbs into the skin rapidly and with ease. The goal of this skincare product is to halt the emergence of indications of aging, namely wrinkles and fine lines. It also aims to do away with existing indications. Users must apply tiny blots of this day cream onto their complexions each morning. They must rub it into their skin with soft circular movements.

Total Facial Revejunation Night Cream

The Total Facial Rejuvenation Night Cream is similar to the day cream, although it’s intended for nighttime use, as the name indicates. This amino acid formula is extremely concentrated. People can apply this night cream before they sleep to rejuvenate the skin overnight. The objective of this night cream is also to eliminate existing aging signs and stop new ones from popping up. People who are beginning to see fine lines, wrinkles and sagging on their complexions might want to consider using this SeroVital product. Application of this formula is similar to that of the aforementioned day cream.

Ultra-Concentrate Hydrothermal Deep Wrinkle Serum

The Ultra-Concentrate Hydrothermal Deep Wrinkle Serum from SeroVital is yet another product that’s chock-full of amino acids. This thermophilic serum is specifically designed to tone and lift skin. It’s beneficial for skin that is displaying clear indications of the aging process. This serum is also useful for skin that needs toning. People who are frustrated by intense creases, wrinkles and conspicuous pores might benefit from using the Ultra-Concentrate Hydrothermal Deep Wrinkle Serum. People must apply between six and eight drops of this serum directly to the parts of their faces that require it the most, specifically the smile lines, neck, jowls and forehead, to name a couple key examples.

Complete Eye Area Renewal Complex

The Complete Eye Area Renewal Complex from SeroVital emulsion consists of amino acids and is made to significantly minimize the look of dark circles under the eyes. It’s also made to make the eye area markedly brighter and more resilient. Users must apply this eye cream twice per day, rubbing it in with soft circular movements.

Spring Clean Your Skin

       
Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Spring Clean Your SkinLooking good gives you the confidence to best ensure you are able to succeed in both your business and personal life. While you can try new cosmetics and different hairstyles, getting to the base of your appearance is the best way to ensure you always look your best. This season, take the time to spring clean your skin following these helpful tips.

Electrotherapy

With technology expanding, we are constantly witnessing the introduction of new and exciting innovation, and this stands true in the area of personal aesthetics. We all crave an smooth, even tone, and you can now achieve that goal with the use of electrotherapy. Products such as the Innovative Facial Toner have been approved by the FDA and are open for consumer purchase. These devices are able to target facial muscles susceptible to atrophy after age 30, and they help slow down the development of wrinkles. For less than $200, you can purchase one at Beauty Bridge.

Fun Without the Sun

Whether you have exceptionally pale skin or just wish to add a sun-kissed glow to your appearance, it can be tempting to go use a tanning bed or hit the beach for a session. While this may temporarily increase your aesthetic appeal, the long-term effects are not worth it. Aside from skin cancer, excessive exposure to the sun can also cause wrinkles, freckles, fine lines, and discoloration. However, this does not mean you can’t enjoy the boost a tan provides. Purchase a bronzer. It is applied like foundation and gives you that sun-kissed look without the dangers.

Treat Yourself

A little attention can do a lot for your appearance, and treating your skin to a spa-day at home can provide nourishment that will leave you feeling refreshed. First, identify what type of skin you have, and then purchase a mask that is appropriate for you. For example, if you have normal skin, a botanical mask would be suitable. Other skin types include:

  • Oily skin: opt for a mud mask
  • Dry skin: choose an avocado mask

Despite your skin type, there is a mask anyone can make at home and use. Simply combine one cup of oatmeal and two tablespoons of honey and stir in warm water. Apply and allow mixture to sit for ten minutes for a noticeable boost.

Refresher

While our regular beauty regimen is beneficial, taking the time to employ further techniques is a great way to both look and feel great. An effective way to refresh your skin after a busy day is to mix one part alcohol with six parts water and place it in a spray bottle. A quick spritz will leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated.

Matcha Green Tea- An Antioxidant Powerhouse!

       
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Matcha Green Tea- An Antioxidant Powerhouse!One of the most fascinating things about modern medicine is how scientists are discovering that old folk remedies are actually effective. The recent interest in matcha green tea is a great illustration.
What is matcha green tea
Matcha is green tea leaves that have been milled down to a fine powder. This process was first seen in the Chinese Tang Dynasty, with leaves steamed and formed into bricks for shipment. The method was brought to Japan in the 12th century and the drinking of matcha became a central part of the traditional tea ceremony.
What is matcha used for?
In addition to drinking, the fine powder of matcha is used for flavoring noodles, ice cream and a variety of other edible products. It lends a vegetal flavor followed by a sweet aftertaste. In addition, matcha has started to find a foothold in the cosmetics industry.
What are the health benefits of matcha?
The bright green color of tea leaves comes from a particularly high concentration of chlorophyll, the pigmentation that allows plants to process sunlight. Chlorophyll is a powerful antioxidant, helping your body purge toxins and dampen inflammation. In addition, matcha is high in the amino acid L-theanine, a natural mood enhancer.
What kind of cosmetics products use matcha?
Right now, there are only a few products that incorporate matcha into their formulation, mostly face masks and cleansers. Pangea Organics’ Facial Mask is a popular choice, as it also includes goji berry and acai berry for extra effectiveness. The Dr. Weill for Origins Matcha Bath Soak is another good way to expose all of your skin to the restorative power of matcha.
Can I make my own matcha products
An easy way to create your own matcha face mask is to mix equal parts high-grade matcha powder with honey and yogurt, then apply. It will clear out your pores and remove unsightly inflammation. And, of course, don’t forget about the time-honored custom of drinking a hot cup of matcha tea. One serving a day can have a number of positive effects on your circulation and health.

Guide to At Home Electrotherapy Devices

       
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Guide to At Home Electrotherapy DevicesWhen searching for a device that will help you regain your youthful appearance of the face, eliminating wrinkles and tightening skin, you may want to consider purchasing an electrotherapy device such as the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner device. While electrotherapy devices may be seen at doctors’ offices and high end spas, the Stri-Vectin and other at-home devices offer the same quality facial toning in the comfort of your own home.

How do electrotherapy devices work?

Just as the muscles in your arms and legs may lose definition as you age, the same can be said about your face. Unlike other muscles of the body, however, you can’t simply start a workout routine to help tone and tighten these lax muscles. This is where electrotherapy devices come into the picture. By applying gentle electrical impulses into your facial muscles, your body starts to respond by exercising the targeted muscles. This results in the tightening of facial muscles as well as a reduction in wrinkles.

Do at home electrotherapy devices work?

You might be skeptical in regard to whether electrotherapy devices such as the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner will work at home. This particular machine is USDA approved and offers the same electrotherapy found in doctors’ offices and spas throughout the world. Therefore the Stri-VectinLABS toner is a safe and effective device to use in your home.

What are the benefits of the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner?

The Stri-VectinLABS toner helps remove the hollows and wrinkles from your face while you’re at home. Operated with batteries, you will place a headset on which will serve to deliver electrical impulses to the targeted muscles. This device offers a full range of impulses from 0-99 and can be dialed back or increased for your personal comfort. While the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner is targeting the main muscles of the face which tend to atrophy after the age of 30, you can even choose to catch up on your favorite television shows as the device is soothingly quiet when in operation.

How soon will I see results?

Using an at-home electrotherapy device at least five days a week for 20 minutes a session, you should expect to see results within 12 weeks of operation. You may however notice a smoothing and tightening of the skin sooner, but generally the best results are noticed after 12 weeks of usage.

What do at home electrotherapy devices generally include?

If you decide to bring an electrotherapy device home, you will generally receive a headset-like facial toner, a handheld controller, medical grade gel pads, an instruction manual and a quick start guide. The gel pads should be replaced on a weekly basis due to their propensity to dry out and pick up minuscule particles from your skin during use.

If you’ve been considering a doctor’s visit in order to remove fine lines and wrinkles from your face, you may want to invest in an at-home electrotherapy device. These devices are convenient, easy to use and can help you regain your youthful appearance with a minimal investment.

Treatment Foundations

       
Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Treatment FoundationsWhen it comes to your beauty regimen, nothing is more important than your skin. As the most visible part of your face, your skin is your beauty “base”; nothing lets your health and beauty shine through like smooth, glowing skin. However, even the most stunning, well-maintained complexions have flaws that need to be covered. But with so many products on the market–moisturizers, anti-aging serums, foundations, concealers–getting a dewy, flawless look with healthy skin underneath can involve some very long shopping trips!

Luckily, many of the biggest names in beauty have devised a solution to this problem. Treatment foundations–a new generation of foundations that improve your skin’s condition as well as its appearance–debuted on the beauty scene this past summer. As you go about your day, these multi-tasking foundations reverse the passage of time with anti-aging ingredients, such as candle bush extract, an active ingredient in Sothys Teint Satine Age-Defying Foundation. With continued use, treatment foundations plump up fine lines and soften wrinkles. They also protect skin from free radicals (harmful chemicals in the environment) with ingredients like vitamin E, as seen in Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Foundation, and often contain SPF, further minimizing the number of bottles on your bureau.

They may work hard to make your skin look better in the future, but treatment foundations also do wonders for 8 AM meetings and nights on the town. Sothys Teint Satine Age-Defying Foundation uses a wide range of Omega acids to revitalize and moisturize skin, leaving behind a youthful, sculpted appearance. As you’d expect from a foundation, these products also provide color coverage in a variety of tones. Their liquid formula is ideal for layering, and the coverage is lightweight and natural–a perfect embodiment of the “no-makeup makeup” look that has been sweeping both Hollywood and the runways, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal.

As the first rays of Spring sunshine trickle through our windows, expect to see some new treatment foundation converts. After all, with the sun beckoning and temperatures rising, who wants to spend precious minutes routing through the medicine cabinet? Just smooth on a treatment foundation, swipe on some mascara, and head out the door!

New Too Faced Products for Spring!

       
Saturday, March 28th, 2015

New Too Faced Products for Spring!All Winter long you’ve been waiting for the cold to thaw out so you can put your hair up, slip on a short dress, and sit on the patio with your gal pals. You’ve also been longing for the day when your skin isn’t dry and your face looks young and fresh again. But all you need to get there, just a little bit sooner, are three little products.

First, you’ll want to smooth your skin over with Too Faced’s new Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. Think of your face as a canvas, for a piece of art you’re going to show the world. Every good artist knows you have to use a primer. But Too Faced’s new primer does more than act as a primer. It hydrates and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy-looking finish, so you can wear it alone like a moisturizer. The formula combines coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers, which work together to perk up your face for a wide-awake look. No one will ever wonder if you got enough sleep the night before, even if you were out all night on the town or up all night preparing for finals.

The next step is to brush on a pretty bronzer-blush duo like Too Faced’s Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in “Ross and Rachel”. This product works double duty to create a natural look with a pop of color. Start by using a brush to apply a light layer of bronzer to your face, avoiding the cheeks, the center of your forehead, and the bridge of your nose. This will give you a natural contour and warmth. For your cheeks, you’ll brush on the bright pink blush for a flushing, sun-kissed glow.

The third step, which you won’t want to skip, is to give yourself a soft, kissable lip with one application. Too Faced’s new Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in “Melted Chihuahua has a funny name but offers serious results. If you want the staying power of a stain without the dryness, this lipstick will give your lips a smooth, healthy appearance all day. Don’t bother starting with a liner because you don’t need it. The stain comes packed in a precision-tip applicator to give you that clean line you need. The neutral shade offers a glossy contrast to your bold cheeks and looks natural without looking drab.

Add just a touch of mascara and tie your hair into a simple low ponytail, and you’re ready to face the new season.

Spring Hair Color Trends

       
Friday, March 27th, 2015

Spring Hair Color TrendsAs the doldrums of winter fade and Spring heats up, new hair color trends abound to compliment the season. Several shades and styles are gaining popularity, such as white-blonde shades, copper and the intermingling styles of ombre and ecaille.

Platinum Blonde

Dyeing hair platinum blonde is the perfect trend for Spring, as a brighter color can correspond to the brighter, longer days. If a trendsetter has the skin tone to be able to rock this super-light blonde, it is gorgeous. People with fair, cool skin tones look lovely with the platinum blonde hue. Dark skin tones should generally steer clear, although certain warm and olive tones can pull of this style beautifully. Check with a beauty and hair consultant before making your final decision, as going platinum blonde can be a drastic change regardless of skin type or previous experimentations with color.

Platinum blonde hair also has a tendency toward dryness, so those donning this type of coif will want to keep their tresses extra moisturized with conditioners and oil-based styling products.

Copper Red

Once considered a rarity amongst celebrities and in salons, this fiery hue has been making its way onto the scalps of many consumers and A-listers. Coppery reds are especially popular right now, although there are several different shades and ranges of intensity within the red color family. Consult with a stylist to find out which shade is best for your skin stone.

Gorgeous and vibrant, red color dyes are–sadly–the fastest hue to fade and/or wash out. To preserve the color as long as possible, choose some quality color protective shampoos and products.

Ombre

The nation mourned when Jared Leto chopped off his signature ombre cascade. This Spring, many will want to continue the trend, which features darker hair at the roots fading into lighter hues at the ends. When selecting a stylist, be sure it is someone who has experience with this type of dye job and leaf through some different photos of your preferred ombre look beforehand. When done correctly, ombre is a beautiful, natural look that offers body and dimension to color. If done wrong, the look can simply appear as an exaggerated display of one neglecting root touch-ups.

Ecaille

Similar to ombre, ecaille is a style that originated in France and features various intermingling tones throughout the hair. This look normally features colors within the different family of different shades. A caramel brown can be laced with golden blondes in order to create natural dimension. Talk to a stylist about best colors to match your skin tone before deciding which hues to request in order to achieve the look.

How to Incorporate Gingham into Your Spring Wardrobe

       
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

How to Incorporate Gingham into Your Spring WardrobeSeen heavily on the runways during Spring 2015 fashion week, gingham is hotter than ever for the upcoming season. Many of the most well known fashion designers in the industry incorporated this pattern into their Spring 2015 line. While you may not necessarily be interested in a head to toe gingham ensemble, this fun pattern can add a refreshing touch to just about any outfit.

The simplest way to add a little gingham into your life is by purchasing a classic, button up shirt in the pattern. A gingham button up pairs easily with your favorite jeans. Tuck it in, roll the sleeves up, add a cute belt, and you are set. However, if winter is over staying its welcome in your area, gingham shirts look stylish layered beneath pullover sweaters and chic blazers. Statement necklaces are the perfect accessory to pull this layered look together.

On the pulse of trending styles is the full swing skirt, especially if it is of the gingham variety. The flared skirt that hits typically just below the knees also tends to flatter most body shapes, which adds to its universal appeal. In a classic gingham pattern, a swing skirt looks amazing paired with a vintage tee or chambray button up shirt. As for footwear, a gingham midi skirt is typically at its most flattering with a pair of high-heeled sandals or pumps.

If incorporating gingham seems a bit overwhelming, you can always add a small splash of the pattern with accessory pieces. A large purse in the pattern would add interest to any ensemble without overdoing it. Additionally, a gingham belt would set off a solid dress nicely, and a headband in the checked pattern could complement many different outfits. For an interesting bit of a flare for your feet, gingham ballet flats are fun and whimsical.

It’s important to note that there is a broad range of colors and sizes that can be classified as a gingham check, and the sky is the limit when it comes to pairings. Black and white or red larger scaled ginghams are just as gorgeous as tiny checks in pastel pinks and blues. The gingham pattern can also be printed or woven into numerous textiles, adding to its versatility.

Incorporating gingham into your wardrobe this spring should be a snap, whether you are wanting to add just a touch with accessories, or you want to go bold with a gingham dress or matching top and shorts set. With so many different options available, you can add this fun, classic pattern into your spring wardrobe and easily put your own personal spin on this hot, new trend.

Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To Toe

       
Friday, March 20th, 2015

Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To ToeIf you’re gearing up for prom, then you probably want to look your absolute best on the big night. While hair and makeup will certainly help you to look like your very best you, the best way to truly be glowing on prom night is by preparing ahead of time. Here is a guide on how to prep for prom from head to toe.

Hair Prep
If you want your hair to look stunning in its prom night style, then you need to give it some TLC in the weeks leading up to your salon appointment. Great hair is hair that is healthy and moisturized. In the weeks leading up to prom, use a deeply repairing hydrating mask twice a week. The Hamadi Shea Hair Mask will help to put moisture back into hair and to seal split ends.

Face Prep
No one wants to go to prom with a face full of blemishes. It’s important to stick to a good skincare regimen in the months leading up to prom. However, be sure not to overdo it, as adding too many new skincare products at once can lead to breakouts. For a simple nightly routine, remove all makeup and cleanse with a gentle cleanser like the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Cleanser. Follow up with a treatment that contains salicylic acid, such as the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Acne Treatment Pads. Always follow up an anti-acne treatment with a great hydrating moisturizer to beat dryness. Philosophy Hope in a Jar is a great nighttime moisturizer for all skin types.

Body Prep
If your dress shows a little skin, then you need to banish winter dryness and flakiness. The best way to do this is by using an exfoliating scrub in the shower, like the Get Fresh SPA Sugar Body Scrub. Rub in circular motions all over the skin, including the hands and feet. When you get out of the shower, use a super heavy body butter to truly seal in moisture. The JAQUA Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter is not only super moisturizing, but smells absolutely heavenly.

Pick The Perfect Fragrance
Prom is the perfect excuse to splurge on a new perfume. If you’re a body spray kind of girl, it’s time to give perfume a try on prom night. Pick something youthful but sophisticated. Viva La Juicy La Fleur by Juicy Couture is a perfect young, floral scent.

Prom is one of the biggest nights of any young woman’s life. If you follow these tips in the months leading up to the big day, you’ll be absolutely glowing and beautiful at prom. As a final tip, make sure to book your hair and makeup appointments early. The more prepared you are, the more you’ll glow on that big night.