Archive for the ‘Body Scrubs, Exfoliants, and Moisturizers’ Category

How to prevent your skin from drying out this fall

       
Friday, August 24th, 2012

Softer skin starts in the shower this fall!During the summer, your skin was probably a lot moister than usual. In fact, it might have been downright greasy! But now that September's creeping up on us and colder weather beckons on the horizon, you'll need to take some preventative measures to ensure that your complexion stays dewy. Here's how.

First, lather up in the shower with a creamy body wash with plenty of moisturizing ingredients that'll strengthen the moisture barrier of your skin and soften rough spots. The temperature of the water shouldn't be too hot, even if you're trying to warm up on a cold fall morning. Hot steam sounds like it'd moisturize, but it actually sucks the moisture from your skin.

Exfoliation is also important, and you should do it once a week to slough off dead skin cells. Use a body scrub, a loofah or a body brush to accomplish this task.

Finally, using a rich body lotion when your skin is still damp after the shower will help seal in the moisture and keep your skin soft all day. If you have trouble remembering, just store the lotion in the shower along with your other products – you'll see it and have no excuse!

Three tips to help you nix body acne

       
Friday, June 1st, 2012

Body acne doesn't have to be a concern this summer!Now that the weather is starting to warm up, you’ll probably be sweating more than you were in the past few months. According to Allure Magazine, the higher temperatures mean you’ll be producing not only more sweat, but more oil, which increases the chance that your pores will become clogged – resulting in body acne. Here are a few ways you can combat the issue.

1. Use a body wash with salicylic acid. Look for one with at least 1.5 percent, like Murad – Acne Body Wash.

2. Exfoliate on a regular basis. Getting rid of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin will prevent them from clogging up your pores and trapping in bacteria, oil and sweat. Every other day or so, use an exfoliant like Dermalogica – Exfoliating Body Scrub.

3. Use a benzoyl peroxide cream. Just like you would on your face, smooth on a thin layer of an acne treatment cream to stop zits in their tracks.

With these tips, you should notice clearer skin in a couple of weeks – and if you start now, you’ll be ready to rock that bathing suit once summer hits!

How to feel more confident in less clothes

       
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

There's no reason to feel self-conscious when you're wearing a bikini this summer!With summer almost here, you might be staring at your seasonal wardrobe wondering how you’re going to feel pulling off barely-there bikinis, short shorts and skirts. While frequent exercise is a surefire way to feel more confident, there are ways you can boost your mood when you’re wearing skimpy clothes with skincare products. Here are some ideas.

1. Get on the self-tanning train. A hint of color can help hide imperfections and make you look more toned, reports Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog, so pick up a self-tanner like Too Faced – Tanning Bed In A Tube and get to work!

2. Go for shimmer. A hint of sparkle from a body lotion like GloMinerals – Body Glisten will highlight your favorite areas and leave your skin touchably soft. You won’t even remember why you were feeling hesitant about that bathing suit.

3. Stop cellulite in its tracks. Use a body brush before the shower to smooth out your skin and plump up areas with cellulite to reduce the appearance of the dimples. Then, use a firming cream with caffeine all over. Instant tightness!

Pretty Piggies and Nail Polish Trends – Spring/Summer 2012

       
Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Prefect Pedicure and Nail Polish Trends - Spring/Summer 2012

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Five Steps for perfect pedicure:
1) Soak: Add essentials oils to water for an at-home spa experience.
2) Scrub: Slough off those rough spots with a sugar or salt-based exfoliant.
3) Trim & file: Clip toenails straight across, then smooth the edges with a nail file.
4) Moisturize & Massage: Giving your feet a mini-massage will relax your feet and reduce swelling.
5) Polish: After applying a basecoat, swipe polish center, left and right.

Bring in 2012 with a few beauty resolutions

       
Monday, December 19th, 2011

Make a few of these New Year's beauty resolutions!There’s nothing quite like New Years to bring out the best in people. Everyone wants to start off the new year afresh, whether it means amping up your workout routine, vowing to cut down on your chocolate intake or even to take a few more risks in life. If you’re already creating a list of resolutions for 2012, you might want to include a few beauty-related tasks to ensure that your skin, nails, hair and body get the treatment they deserve. Here are some ideas to consider, inspired by The Beauty Department.

1. Wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. Although many women have been bombarded by the media when it comes to how damaging the sun’s rays are, that hasn’t stopped some from skipping the sunscreen. Ensure the protection of your skin by slathering it on in the morning as part of your routine – not just before you’re going to the beach. Makeup like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 will ensure that you’re getting coverage in more ways than one.

2. Fake it, don’t bake it. If you’re still heading to the tanning bed to get your glow on, cut it out already! Tanning beds are no safer than the sun, and some experts argue that they can do even more damage since you’re receiving direct exposure. Get a faux bronze look by using self-tanners like TanTowel – Self-Tan Towelette. These make the application process a breeze and they won’t leave any tell-tale streaks.

3. Exfoliate at least once a week. Getting rid of dead skin cells is the key to a glowing complexion that’s not dull or flaky. Use an exfoliating scrub for your face once or twice a week, and a rich scrub for your body in the shower. Get Fresh – SPA Sugar Body Scrub is the perfect treat.

4. Find your signature scent. There’s nothing like a fresh fragrance to remind people of you even when you’re not around, but it’s not possible if you’re always switching up your perfume. Take the time to find out what smells best on you, then invest in a few different products in the scent to ensure that you’re always exuding the aroma.

5. Don’t go to sleep without taking off your makeup. Leaving makeup on while you’re in bed at night is never a good idea. Your pores can become clogged, leading to acne, irritation and an overall messy complexion. Even if you’re too tired to wash it all off, keep a stash of wipes near your bed and use it to gently remove any product. Rilastil – Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are the perfect thing.

6. Clean out your collection. Now’s the perfect time to go through your medicine cabinet, makeup bag and toiletry stash and get rid of anything old. Most products have an expiration date on them, but if you can’t remember when you got it, it’s definitely worth tossing. Expired products won’t work as well and could cause problems for your skin if you continue to use them.

7. Embrace your hair’s natural texture. Your strands could use a break from heat tools every now and then, so you should become comfortable with your hair’s natural state. That doesn’t mean you have to skip products altogether – a great anti-frizz serum like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur can do wonders.

8. Stop biting your nails. Every now and then, we all slip up and go to town nibbling that pesky jagged edge or hangnail – but you have to stop! Carry a nail file in your bag for on-the-go fixes and keep your nails polished and cute so you won’t feel the urge to bite them.

As long as you incorporate some or all of these beauty resolutions, 2012 should be your most beautiful year yet!

Give the gift of ‘women’s gold’ this holiday season

       
Friday, December 9th, 2011

Give the gift of 'women's gold' this holiday seasonWhen the dryness of winter sets in, ladies across the country look for thick, creamy moisturizers to rejuvenate their skin. Gift givers are practically guaranteed to receive a good response when giving the women in their lives a high-quality shea butter product.

By purchasing the L'Occitane Shea Butter Gift Set, you'll not only be providing a generous gift, you'll also be supporting a group of women across the globe in the country of Burkina Faso. Citizens of this African nation often refer to shea butter as "women's gold" because the majority of women harvest the fruit of karite trees (which are abundant in the region) to create the miraculous moisturizer.

Burkina Faso frequently has harsh winds that quickly dry the skin, creating the need for a highly effective emollient. As the ladies dry the karite fruit and grind them into a fine paste, they are financially supporting their families. L'Occitane has partnered with several cooperatives of the region to ensure the women receive as much profit as possible in return for their efforts.

By purchasing one of L'Occitane's numerous top-shelf shea butter products, you will be getting an irreplaceable beauty product that is providing an invaluable benefit to the women who made it.

How to look fabulous at your high school reunion

       
Friday, November 4th, 2011

You should look amazing for your high school reunion!High school reunions are a great way to get in touch with your former classmates and see what’s going on in everyone’s lives. You can get reacquainted with your old friends and maybe even make a few new ones that you never would’ve expected. If you’re nervous about what you should wear or what people will think of the older you, there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of ways to ensure that you’ll look fabulous and younger for the big event. Here are a few from Allure magazine.

Amp up your eyes
Eyes are usually the feature that people notice first, so it’s important to make sure yours are giving off the right first impression. You want bright, wide-awake eyes that look young and vibrant. The key to pulling this off is by de-puffing them and eliminating dark circles on the day of the event. Use a cold compress or even a frozen bag of peas to cool down your lids for ten minutes, then use a product like Sothys – Active-Contour Age-Defying Cream (Eyes). It will reduce the depth of wrinkles and fine lines, and if you keep it in the fridge, it’ll have extra de-puffing powers. Afterwards, use Jane Iredale – Active Light Under-eye Concealer to hide dark circles and signs of fatigue without any creasing.

Steer clear of acne
Even if your high school days are over, that doesn’t mean that your acne has completely gone away. If you’re still prone to the occasional breakout, it’s important to take preventative measures before the event. Wash your face twice daily with a cleanser meant for acne-prone skin, and consider using a product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid afterwards. If you already have a breakout close to the event, do some damage control by warming up your skin with a warm compress, like a damp washcloth, for several minutes. Once your pores have opened, use two clean Q-tips to press on either side of a pimple to get rid of it, then use a zit-sapping product on top before concealer.

Get a dewy glow
You don’t want to look drab and burned out or oily on the day of your reunion, so use a product like BABOR – Advanced Biogen Intensive Repair in the days leading up to the event. Your face will have a smoother texture immediately and the formula will help with any scarring, abrasions and excess oil. Make sure to use plenty of moisturizer, and a facial spritzer like GloMinerals – gloMoist Hydration Mist can give you a quick pick-me-up, even in the bathroom of the venue!

Whiten your smile
There’s nothing like yellowing teeth to make you look older, so turn up the brightness of your smile with a kit like Supersmile – Professional Whitening System (Large). You’ll have much more confidence without even having to step foot in the dentist’s office. To get rid of any stains, you may want to try using hydrogen peroxide. Just dip a washcloth in it, then use it to scrub stains from the surface of your teeth. GoSMILE – TOUCH UP Mini (pear-licious) can also help you get rid of stains from coffee or wine on the day of the reunion.

Shine up your hair
Dull, dry hair can make you look much older, so it’s important to pamper your locks before the big day so your tresses will be glowing along with your face. Use a luxurious masque like BORGHESE – Fango Active Mud for Hair and Scalp, which will give you plenty of body and moisture. When you’re styling, use a shine spray like Hamadi – Shea Spray to get soft, luscious hair that your girlfriends will be jealous of.

Avoid subjecting your feet to torture

       
Monday, October 17th, 2011

Are your shoes killing your feet?If you care more about how your shoes look than how they feel on your feet, you're probably doing yourself a huge disservice. Allure magazine recently pointed out how models' feet were badly beaten-up after the spring fashion shows, then offered a few tips to help you avoid the same ugly, painful fate.

1. Don't wear shoes that don't fit. This seems obvious, but many times women chose a size too small simply because their normal size wasn't available. Shop for shoes later in the day when your feet are a bit more swollen – you'll get a more realistic fit.
2. Prevent blisters by placing a blister guard or a piece of tape over areas that are being rubbed by your shoes.
3. Keep your heels low if you know you're going to be walking for long distances, or opt to bring a pair of sneakers. Leather shoes are breathable and provide just the right amount of support. If you do wear heels, wear chunky ones or shoes with platforms.

If you do end up with any calluses, blisters or other painful foot issues, treat them with plenty of TLC. Caswell-Massey – Dr. Hunter Foot Comfort Creme will help soothe your soles, while a product like Lippmann Collection – Get Off Callus Softener can help them look their best again.

Easy and effective body scrubs

       
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Sugar scrubs will leave your skin smoother than you thought possible!There’s nothing like a bit of exfoliation to brighten up a dull complexion. Not only does a body scrub work to get rid of dead, dry skin cells – it moisturizes too. If you use it a couple times a week, you’ll be on your way to having the smoothest body ever in no time.

Here’s an easy DIY recipe you can make at home with ingredients you probably already have, inspired by Glamour magazine.ap. Mix together regular or raw sugar with a bit of oil (vegetable, safflower or coconut will do) until it has a paste-like texture. Add a few drops of essential oil if you want to and use to scrub off in the shower.

For an even easier way to slough off dead cells, try something like Bioelements – Cactus Cloth, which is made of natural cactus fibers and is meant to smooth the skin and increase circulation.

If you’re worried about a scrub for aging skin, there are plenty of options with anti-aging ingredients, like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Anti-Aging Buffing Beads. It uses aloe vera, jojoba beads, lemon and other natural ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. Your skin will look radiant!

What you need with bare toenails

       
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Your toes don't have to be painted to look good in sandals!Lately, tons of fashion runways, streets and celebrity-packed events have been teeming with ladies who are sporting bare toenails. It may sound pretty crazy not to polish your toes, especially when wearing fancy shoes, but obviously there's something going on.

Perhaps some people are realizing that pedicures just aren't in the budget anymore. Maybe girls are a little lazier in the summer and can't bring themselves to paint their toenails. Whatever it is, bare toenails seem to be a new trend, which is good news for anyone who'd like a break from polish.

To show off bare nails, it's imperative to keep them perfectly groomed. Your feet should look practically perfect before you even think about going without color. Get rid of unsightly calluses with a product like Lippmann Collection – Get Off Callus Softener, which will make it easier to rub them off with a pumice stone. Then use a moisturizer like Miss Oops – Pedicure In A Bottle, which smooths, exfoliates and hydrates while giving your tootsies a subtle scent. Slip on a pair of sandals and head out feeling like a minimalist.