Archive for the ‘Body Cleansers & Treatments ’ Category

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.

Tips on selecting skincare products based on your ethnicity

       
Friday, August 13th, 2010

Tips on selecting skincare products based on your ethnicityWhile skin color often dictates the shade of foundation that women wear, few ladies may be aware that one’s heritage can also dictate her skincare routine requirements. “Even beyond color, recent research shows that race and ethnicity play an important role in how the skin will respond to products and procedures,” Jessica Wu, clinical instructor of dermatology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, told Allure magazine.

But finding the right types of products for your skin based on your ethnicity doesn’t have to be difficult – with a bit of advice from industry experts, it can be easy.

According to Fran Cook-Bolden, director of the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group in New York City, pigment-making cells are highly productive in black skin. “Harsh cleansers are just one more thing that can upset black skin and excite pigment cells,” Cook-Bolden told the news source.

A gentle face wash, like Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, will clean skin without irritating chemicals that can cause inflammation. SkinMedica Skin Polisher features “ultrafine jojoba beads [that] allow you to use this [product] at least twice a week without irritation,” the publication reports.

Women who have white skin must deal with pigment issues of their own. The news outlet reports that white skin is prone to redness, sometimes caused by rosacea. Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, swears by B. Kamins Chemist Booster Blue Soothing Skin Concentrate. “I use this when my skin flares up with redness,” she told the magazine, as the blue-green tint counteracts redness while bisabolol tempers irritation.

“Rich moisturizers are a must, because as light skin thins, it gets drier,” added Graf. L’Occitane 24 Hours Ultra Rich Face Cream contains 25 percent shea butter and is formulated to help replenish skin’s hydrolipidic film.

According to Allure, South Asian and Middle Eastern women’s skin is susceptible to melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. “As this skin ages, everything drops,” Hema Sundaram, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, told the news provider, who recommends SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. “There are good studies showing that it stimulates new collagen formation to improve elasticity and also helps with hyperpigmentation,” she added. “One Indian patient calls it ‘liquid gold for the skin.’”

Sundaram also recommends Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30. “This is the one sunscreen that really helps prevent my melasma – because it’s broad-spectrum, it’s easy to reapply and it gives complete coverage,” she told the magazine.

East Asian and Southeast Asian women should opt for exfoliants that boast lactic acid, like Kinerase Pro+Therapy Advanced Radiance Facial Peel, as Wu reports that lactic acid is less likely to irritate Asian skin than stronger salicylic acid.

“Studies show that Asian skin is more sensitive than other types,” Wu told the news source, adding that she usually recommends a soap-free cleanser. Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme is a soap-free formula designed to remove makeup, dirt and surface oils without stripping skin of lipids.

Latin ladies looking for clear skin, however, may want to select a treatment that contains salicylic acid. Because Latinas are a diverse mix of ethnicities, their skin can have issues associate with light complexions, like lines and rosacea, and dark skin, like melasma. Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, which benefits Latinas with rosacea. “[It] redistributes pigment, which makes the skin look more even-toned,” Vivian Bucay, dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, told the new source.

Murad offers a few products that contain salicylic acid. The brand’s Clarifying Cleanser boasts 1.5 percent salicylic acid and is formulated to eliminate surface bacteria. Their AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser brightens skin by dissolving skin cell buildup, and features licorice extract, which is reported to have anti-irritant and anti-inflamatory properties.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19925048-ADNFCR