Archive for the ‘Body Cleansers & Treatments ’ Category

When was the last time you indulged in a bath treat?

       
Thursday, June 30th, 2011

When was the last time you indulged in a bath treat?There's nothing overly indulgent about letting yourself slip into a fragrant, scented bath from time to time, especially if those 10-15 minutes you have in the shower every day are among your only chances to really relax all day. If you're feeling over-stressed and over-worked, make it a priority to carve out some time in your day for a luscious bath.

This would require you to put your regular shower gels and body soaps away and replace them with something a bit more, shall we say, exotic? Bubble baths, bath oils, bath bombs as well as salts and pearls are all among the numerous items you can indulge in after a long day of work.

Using a mixture of said ingredients isn't an altogether bad idea, either. A good helping of bath salts added to your moisturizing bath oil or bubble bath will be the perfect way to help exfoliate your skin and heal any imperfections, while the soothing properties of the latter will nourish your skin and give it a healthy, hydrated glow.

Don't forget to invest some thought into the mood you create. If you're going to carve out some time in your day for a relaxing bath, you might as well make it count with some music, candles and all the fixings.

Do not neglect thy decolletage

       
Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Do not neglect thy decolletageWhere beauty is concerned, it's easy to treat the face and the body as entirely separate matters. The problem with this approach is that the middle ground often gets neglected, leaving the necks and decolletage of many women lacking in moisture, sun protection and care.

"The décolletage is the forgotten area," New York dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, told Glamour.com. "Even women who wear SPF on their face daily forget that their chest and neck are just as exposed. So apply the same sunscreen-antioxidant combo as on your face – it'll do the job a few inches down."

It's extremely important to wear sun protection all over, and the chest is no exception. But caring for your decolletage involves more than just applying an SPF product on a regular basis. Exfoliating, moisturizing and applying anti-aging products as needed is extremely beneficial and valuable.

Young ladies may not think about it now, but the delicate skin near their necks will be especially susceptible to aging as they grow older. Use a moisturizer with retinol to help delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.

Essential oils are Earth-friendly and oh-so-luxurious

       
Friday, April 29th, 2011

Essential oils are Earth-friendly and oh-so-luxuriousNext time you duck into the shower, reconsider your routine – there are so many more natural alternatives to the highly processed products weighing down your shower rack, and beyond that, they’re less damaging to the environment.

“Using oil to cleanse and hydrate is an ancient tradition,” beauty expert Josie Maran told StyleList.com. “I love it because it’s 100 percent natural, it’s rich with nutrients like fatty acids and vitamin E, and the oils balance out your skin, so it doesn’t produce too much or too little oil. Oils also clean deeper than detergents, but it doesn’t strip the skin.”

Because oils are entirely natural, they don’t leave nearly as harmful an impact on the environment as some popular synthetic beauty products do. Plus, they’re a total head trip, offering all kinds of benefits for your mental state (and environmentally-conscious peace of mind).

L’Occitane Aromachologie Organic Purifying Essential Oil Blend contains the healing power of eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon and tea tree to help cleanse body of mind of all unwanted energies. For a healthy dose of relaxation, try L’Occitane Aromachologie Organic Relaxing Essential Oil Blend and let the heady lavender do its fragrant trick.

Would you use makeup to enhance your cleavage?

       
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Would you use makeup to enhance your cleavage?Yep, you heard us right – there's apparently a way to create the illusion of fuller breasts using just a bit of bronzer and shadow.

According to BecomeGorgeous.com, the technique is similar to those used to contour one's face. Choose a bronzer that looks natural on your complexion and blend it into your existing cleavage (and the keyword here is blend!). Next, apply a lighter-colored eyeshadow to the top of your breasts to bring out the contrast, making sure to blend it all in extra well.

Some of you may have doubts about the effectiveness of this trick, however, and we're not about to bust your bubble. There are other ways to enhance one's chest that don't involve makeup.

Look for skin-firming creams designed for the neck and decolette area – these may not make you grow a cup size, but they will help create the appearance of firmer skin, ultimately enhancing the visage of your ta-tas. Weight-lifting and toning exercises for your pectoral muscles should also do a little bit of magic.

Neck and neck with good skincare tips

       
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Neck and neck with good skincare tipsBetween products that are designed especially for your face and skincare treatments made for the body, it's easy to forget your neck and decollete region. This, in fact, may be one of the biggest beauty mistakes women can make, according to Allure.com.

"These areas are almost always exposed, and yet they rarely receive same level of hydration and sun protection as the face," Los Angeles dermatologist Howard Fein told the news source. "But the skin there is more delicate and just as vulnerable to photoaging."

Beyond applying your normal face products to your neck and chest region, there are other steps that women can take. Reaching for a product that's developed to treat this area of your body can help address the unique needs of your decolletage.

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion is specially designed to help you achieve uniform texture and skin tone around your neck and chest area. The formula contains retinol and arnica to help reduce redness and create soft, balanced skin around your most delicate parts.

Shaving treats to bring you to the razor’s edge of delight

       
Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Shaving treats to bring you to the razor's edge of delight We know shaving is a routine task for most men and women, but who said it had to be a droll, monotonous activity? You can turn your grooming sessions into regular treats for yourself by investing in a few choice products.

Ladies may well be tired of their razor routine, and for good reason. Many products just aren’t designed to keep up with the needs of women with sensitive skin. Why not opt for something along the lines of a MOOM Organic Hair Removal Kit with Rose Essence? These formulas are gentle, and with aromatic rose, you’ll get the pampering experience you secretly crave.

If you’re not so ready to ditch the shaving cream, it’s highly recommended that you indulge your senses with a fragrant product – Whish Shave Crave Shave Cream comes in intoxicating lemongrass, pomegranate and almond scents.

As for men, you may not only need a new lather to bring you to shave heaven, but an after-shave upgrade may be in the works for you. Take Caswell-Massey‘s After Shave Balm for a spin – its formula contains a blend of natural oils, sea kelp and algae with natural extracts and vitamin.

We must, we must, we must enhance our busts

       
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

We must, we must, we must enhance our bustsIn this case, we're not referring to any bust-increasing antics. We're talking about real, pertinent skincare that addresses the anti-aging concerns of your delicate decolletage, which is one part of your body you don't always expect to require this kind of attention.

For one, cosmetic dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told Glamour.com that some of the same ingredients that minimize the signs of aging on your face can also be your ____ (breast friend, bosom pal, you fill in the blank). Applying nighttime treatments rich in retinol and antioxidants will help you retain your youthful looks.

Not sure where to look to find such specialized products? Many retailers make skin treatments and anti-aging products specifically for the neck – these work quite well to address the needs of the delicate skin below.

Miss Oops Goblet Goop Firming Neck & Chest Cream is designed with your decolletage in mind, containing SPF, moisturizing and firming properties that all work together to give you younger-looking skin.

Drawing your ultimate Valentine’s Day bubble bath

       
Monday, February 14th, 2011

Drawing your ultimate Valentine's Day bubble bathIf you're like the rest of us, you probably don't need to be told twice to pamper yourself. That being said, what better occasion to draw a luxurious bubble bath than the ever-notorious February 14?

The best part about submerging yourself in bubbles is you can enjoy this just as well whether you're single or attached. After all, it's all about loving yourself, and feeling fresh and relaxed is never an unworthy goal.

For nature-heads, an herbal bath is the ultimate treat for both mind and body. Kneipp Herbal Bath comes in intoxicating all-natural scents such as eucalyptus, juniper and rosemary, delivered in the form of heady essential oils.

If your dream vision involves a sky-high layer of bubbles, L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Lavender Foam Bath is probably right for you. With authentic essential oils that hail straight from the fields of Provence, the formula packs a lot of punch, as you'll only need a little to get a lot of the bubbly.

Bamboo: A great ingredient in beauty products

       
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Bamboo: A great ingredient in beauty productsBamboo has long been praised as a great material for those looking to go green – flooring, furniture and fabrics have all been produced from the fast-growing grass. Now, it seems as though the plant is being used in another innovative way – as a key ingredient in beauty products.

According to Allure magazine, bamboo has "antioxidants to protect skin and hair from environmental exposure, plus polyose, a carbohydrate that helps moisturize." Ahava Mineral Botanic Bamboo & Pansy Body Wash is an intensely hydrating formula, and even contains proteins to reduce the affects of aging.

Bamboo is also a great ingredient for hair products. "Bamboo contains large amounts of silicon and amino acids, which make the hair harder to damage," Jim Hammer, a cosmetic chemist, told the news source.

Leonor Greyl Shampooing Creme Moelle de Bambou is a nourishing shampoo formulated for dry and thick strands. It provides locks with volume and shine without weighing hair down.

Don't forget that your lashes may benefit from this natural ingredient as well! GloMinerals gloWater Resistant Mascara contains bamboo to help seal in moisture and regenerate lash growth.

Change up your skincare routine for winter

       
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Change up your skincare routine for winterWith the hot days of summer far behind, people across the country are beginning to watch the leaves change color as the air turns cooler. And, in the not too distant future, temperatures will drop even further and snowflakes will begin to fall.

While many women prepare themselves for the impending seasonal change with a new wardrobe filled with sweaters, jackets and scarves, few may realize that they should be updating their skincare routine as well. However, it can be difficult to figure out which products should be switched and why.

The best place to start is at the very beginning of your beauty routine – the shower. While a long, hot shower may seem especially novel on a cold winter day, the hot water could be doing damage to your skin. In fact, according to Allure magazine, after 15 minutes the heated H20 begins to breakdown your skin’s lipid layer that holds in moisture. Instead, take a warm shower – it will be just as soothing but won’t compromise your skin.

“In the winter, when there isn’t as much moisture in the air, absolutely everyone needs a nonfoaming cleanser,” dermatologist Leslie Baumann told the news source, which recommends Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream for dry skin.

A good facial moisturizer is imperative because the dry winter air and chapping wind can wreak havoc on your skin. However, you should look for more than just a moisture-rich formula. While many women are aware of the importance of sun protection in the summertime, few may realize that they should don SPF in the winter as well.

“The sun’s rays still exist in winter – your skin will still absorb them and be slowly damaged over time,” dermatologist Ariel Ostad told the publication. “Even if you’re only outside for a total of 30 minutes, five times per week – such as walking to work or taking a lunch break – over a year, that adds up to 7,800 minutes in the sun.” Murad Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 provides great hydration and sun protection.

While it’s likely you will often be wearing gloves, thick socks and boots, you shouldn’t forget to take care of your hands and feet as well. With cold and flu season, there’s a good chance you will be washing your hands often and using antibacterial products, which are known to be drying. To combat cracked cuticles and peeling palms, carry a small tube of hand cream at all times, such as L’Occitane Mini Shea Butter Hand Cream, which contains 20 percent shea butter.

To keep the skin on your feet from becoming dry and rough, Allure recommends following a specific routine once a week. “Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes, then buff the soles with a foot file such as Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone. To soften and help seal cracks, slick on an ointment [like Babor Spa Mediterranee Feet Smoothing Balm] then wear cotton socks while you sleep.”

Finally, don’t forget to guard your lips from the harsh winter weather as well. Whether you are skiing down a mountain or simply walking to work, a chapped pout is almost a guarantee in the colder months without proper protection. According to the magazine, you should look for a lip balm that is viscous, not waxy, so that the formula can penetrate cracked skin. Additionally, you should avoid balms that are heavily scented, as they may be more likely to irritate skin.

B. Kamins Chemist Lip Balm SPF 20 is a hydrating treatment that softens and protects lips from sun, wind and cold. It can be worn alone, underneath lipstick and even applied over lip color throughout the day to keep your pout protected.