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5 Best Tips to Transition from Fall to Winter Skin Care

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

5 Best Tips to Transition from Fall to Winter Skin CareWinter is well-known for wreaking havoc on our skin. The cold and the wind dry and chap our faces, causing flakiness, dullness, redness, irritation, and more. Fortunately, there are easy skincare solutions that will ensure your skin stays smooth, radiant, and healthy this winter. Here are some tips to ensure that the transition from fall to winter is easy on your skin.

Don’t neglect sun care.

While it’s true that the sun doesn’t shine as bright during winter, that doesn’t mean you should forgo sunscreen. Protecting your skin from UV damage is important all year round. Keep using sunscreen throughout the winter months, and your skin will thank you for it. To get the best sun protection, it’s recommended to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that has both UVA and UVB protection. Find a sunscreen that is also formulated for your skin type. For example, an anti-aging sunscreen if you have mature skin, or an oil-free sunscreen if you are prone to breakouts. Find an extra-gentle sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. Use a generous amount of sunscreen when applying, to ensure that every area of the skin receives adequate protection. A sunscreen from Exuviance fulfills those requirements, while also providing other great benefits including antioxidants and green tea extract, which help your skin to repair itself and stay youthful.

Consider your skin’s changing needs.

Our skincare needs simply don’t stay the same for the rest of our life. One is likely to have oily skin in their teenage years, normal skin in their adult years, and dry, wrinkling skin when they get older. It’s a good idea to always make sure your skin’s needs are being met. If you’re starting to get wrinkles this year, start the winter right by maintaining an anti-aging skincare routine. Pretty much every kind of skincare product is also available in an anti-aging formulation. Ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, and beneficial plants such as bamboo or green tea, are all important ingredients to look for when shopping for anti-aging skincare products. For example, you can use an anti-aging cream from Babor, with four different active ingredients to firm up your skin and give it a youthful glow. Or, consider a serum from iS CLINICAL, which will repair your skin using proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, and more. It’s never too late to start taking care of your skin, so why not start this winter season?

Stay hydrated.

The colder air and harsh winds of winter tend to dry out many people’s skin. For this reason, it’s important to keep your skin well-moisturized to combat the drying effects of the cold. Sometimes, your regular moisturizer might not be enough. A moisturizer that works well for you the rest of the year might not be rich enough to protect your skin from the cold. Look for ingredients such as beeswax, glycerin, dimethicone, and natural oils such as coconut oil, grape seed oil, and sweet almond oil. These are all ingredients that help moisturize and protect the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, consider a rich moisturizing cream such as this moisturizer from Dermalogica, which also contains vitamins, antioxidants, and plant extracts to keep your skin in the best condition possible. Moisturize at least once a day to maintain supple, smooth skin that doesn’t flake or itch.

Get into the spirit of winter.

One of the best small joys about the changing of the seasons is new seasonal fragrances. There are many things associated with each season, from colors to plants to foods. Incorporating seasonal scents into your life is a very simple way to get the most out of the experience of the seasons. Spring is associated with fresh floral scents, summer is often represented by fruit or citrus fragrances, and fall is exemplified by the scent of pumpkin pie. Try using products with winter-themed aromas, to enjoy the full experience of winter. Peppermint is one such wintery scent. There are many peppermint-scented beauty products out there, including this exfoliating body balm from REN Skincare, with peppermint and Tuscan olive oils to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. Other popular choices might include peppermint lip balm and peppermint shampoo. Why not add a touch of winter joy to your day?

Skincare isn’t just for the face.

Although it’s true that the skin on your face is what people see first, that doesn’t mean you should neglect the skin on your body. The skin on your body is just as prone to wrinkles, sun damage, dryness, and for some people, blemishes, as the rest of the skin. Help your entire body keep its radiant glow this winter by staying on top of your whole-body skincare routine. It’s important to exfoliate and moisturize on a regular basis, as well as using sunscreen every morning on any areas of exposed skin. Ways to exfoliate your body include using a tool such as a bath brush or loofah, using a body scrub, or using a moisturizer with AHA. Exfoliating regularly will keep your skin from getting dull or rough, especially on areas like your elbows and knees. Moisturizing your body after exfoliating will lock in moisture to prevent dryness and wrinkles. Try getting a specialized body moisturizer such as Body Therapy by PCA Skin, which moisturizes, exfoliates, brightens, and fights aging all at once.

Don’t settle for less-than-perfect skin this winter. By staying on top of your skincare routine, you can ensure that your youth and radiance won’t fade away.

FALL Into Beautiful Skin With Bliss Triple Oxygen

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

FALL Into Beautiful Skin With Bliss Triple OxygenAutumn is a gorgeous time of year, the favorite season of many women. However, it’s unfortunately also the time of year when the weather gets colder and the air gets drier, which can wreak havoc on your skin.

When it comes to products that prevent aging and put moisture back into dull and dry skin, we’re obsessed with the Bliss Triple Oxygen line. Here are our favorite products from the line, plus some tips on how they should be used.

The Ready, Set, Glow! Kit ($58)

This kit is the best way to become acquainted with the Bliss Triple Oxygen line. It contains a face wash, a mask, a serum and a day cream. This is the perfect way to begin a new skin care regimen.

Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask ($56)

Foaming products are the best way to really get into your pores and remove dirt, oil and impurities. Typically we think of cleansers when we think of foam, but this mask takes things to a whole new level. It will clean out your pores without the drying affect that many people experience with clay masks.

Triple Oxygen to The Rescue! Facial in a Box ($14)

Want the effects of a facial without rushing to the spa? This mini-kit will give you the results of a spa facial in the comfort of your own home. The kit contains a single use face mask, two resurfacing peel pads and a deluxe sample of vitamin C day cream. It will give you the quick skin boost that you need for that big event.

Triple Oxygen Energizing Vitamin C Day Cream ($56)

Vitamin C is the ingredient you need in your morning routine. Not only does it help to reduce impurities and fade sun damage and acne scarring, but it can also boost the effects of your sunscreen. This day cream is the perfect addition to your morning regimen and will give you a smoother and more even complexion.

Triple Oxygen Facial in a Box ($12)

If your skin feels dry or dull, give it some love with these facial kit. Use the mask and resurfacing peel pads to wipe away any imperfections, then use the extra hydrating cream to put some much-needed moisture back into your skin. This kit is the best way to beat the winter skin blues.

With the Bliss Triple Oxygen line, you can finally get skin that glows and is free of blemishes or dryness. All of these products will be a fabulous addition to your winter skin regimen.

Potent Pumpkin Enzyme : Botanical Enzyme Treatment The HOT Product for Fall

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Potent Pumpkin Enzyme : Botanical Enzyme Treatment The HOT Product for FallNobody has perfect, normal skin so everyone needs the help of a pumpkin enzyme treatment to have one.

If you don’t see any problems on your face you probably do have what we call normal skin. But even if you have normal skin, you can never be sure that it will stay that way. You have to have a daily skin care routine to be able to maintain your normal skin. You have to be aware of your skin’s long-term smoothness and youthfulness.

Caring for Your Skin

Your skin will definitely change with time because that’s how nature works. There are many factors affecting the skin, like age, environment, health and lifestyle. Make sure you are taking good care of your skin, by using products that will enhance and not harm it.

In the world of skin care, there are a lot of choices and options right at your fingertips! Choose those beauty products that will maintain your youthful look by removing dead skin cells, preventing the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. The goal is for the product to leave your skin brighter, smoother and well-hydrated. One such outstanding skin product now in the market is the pumpkin enzyme.

Introducing the Pumpkin Enzyme

It is a botanical enzyme treatment that penetrates the layers of the skin, boosting the renewal of the cells and bringing newer cells to the surface by cleansing the skin of dirt and dead cells. It is applied to form a layer that works on the skin and leaves it clear, smooth and young-looking.

The pumpkin contains a very high concentration of beta-carotene or Vitamin A, an active oxidant which stimulates the growth of new skin. It also contains potent proteolytic enzymes which break down the bond of dead cells, and Vitamin C, another oxidant which keeps the skin healthy.

Below are some of the benefits that you will get from the treatment:

  1. It is anti-inflammatory
  2. It reduces the growth of acne breakouts and other problems
  3. It helps the skin produce more collagen and elastin
  4. It diminishes the appearance of aging lines and wrinkles
  5. It helps to lighten pigmentation
  6. It leaves skin smooth, tight and younger-looking

The ingredients and antioxidants combined make the skin stronger in fighting the ravages of aging by stimulating and rejuvenating collagen and elastin production. As a result, the skin feels smooth and tight after the treatment.

The Essential Value of Double Cleansing

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The Essential Value of Double CleansingOriginally a treatment attached to Japan, double cleansing has entered the broader world of skin care with its solid scientific foundation. The skin contains both water moisture and oil, and stripping one creates an imbalance that can make it harder to wash other types of particles away. A good example is oil-based makeup, which might leave an impermeable residue if washed with a solvent or with soap.

It is important to wash with both oils and soaps in order to fully remove the wide range of substances that make skin soil. A careful use of oils also preserves the balance of the skin, so it does not become dry and therefore prone to other skin conditions. Healthy oil should replace sebum, and a topical application of oil contributes many essential fatty acids.

Alcohol pads can dissolve the natural oils of the skin, which are unfortunately responsible for blackheads, but alcohol also leave the skin dry. This is unnatural and does not replace sebum with other oils or moisture. Alcohol pads also do not defoliate tougher skin cells. Dessicated proteins might be left on the skin surface as hardened knots that craves moisture. Skin must be flexible to avoid cracking.

The success of double cleansing is that it saturates the skin surface with oil before stripping oil away. Lipids can penetrate the skin in ways that water cannot, because the skin is designed to repel moisture. The oil penetrates the skin without being invasive, because organic oils are used by the body and because dead skin cells are designed to loosen in the presence of oil.

Washing with a cleanser is more effective when the skin is prepared this way, because the oil loosens the skin. The result is soft skin that is cleansed of excess sebum while remaining moist and supple through the benefits of botanical oils. Since youth and softness are desired by women of many cultures, double cleansing is increasing in popularity.

A less effective alternative is to soak the skin in water or a hot shower and then scrub the waterlogged skin surface. While this quickly strips skin cells, it often removes too many. It is possible to excessively defoliate, and skin affected this way becomes dry, red, and tender. The response of aggravated skin is to build thicker skin. This is highly undesirable on the face, and many women prefer softer hands.

Double cleansing is a natural and gentle method that maintains skin rather than scouring it. It is a better alternative for those who are prone to dry skin. It is an especially good friend to thin skin. Remember to always test out new products first before committing, or just stick to the proven skincare brands you already know.

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.

Skincare Benefits of Oxygen

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Skincare Benefits of OxygenCells need oxygen to survive, and skin cells are no different. The unfortunate effects of smothering skin under layers of makeup– or, even worse, sleeping with makeup on– are well known, but it turns out that topically applying skin can help it stay fresh, youthful, and healthy.

Oxygen was first found to help heal people with severe burns. Oxygen gas, which is naturally present in a stable, bonded form, helps increase cell turnover and speeds up cellular metabolism. This makes it helpful for anyone that wants to maintain healthy skin.

Oxygen Therapy vs. Oxidative Damage

Oxygen isn’t always friendly to skin. Oxidative stress, an imbalance between reactive forms of oxygen and the body’s ability to neutralize them, leads to free radical damage. This damage is partially associated with signs of aging, including dull, sagging, and wrinkled skin. Oxygen therapy doesn’t contribute to this kind of skin damage, since is uses stable diatomic oxygen molecules rather than unstable, unpaired oxygen atoms.

How Oxygen Is Delivered to Skin

Hospitals have access to oxygen tents and gas tanks, but these aren’t remotely practical for home use. Fortunately there are skincare products containing oxygen on the market that offer it in a stabilized liquid form, which converts to oxygen gas once the product is applied. This lets users get the benefit of fresh, oxygenated skin without having to resort to gas tanks and expensive trips to specialty spas.

Antioxidants and Oxygen

Much has been made of antioxidants when it comes to fighting aging and preventing free radical damage. One of the benefits of using skincare products that contain oxygen is that they can be combined with antioxidants like vitamin E, botanical ingredients, or other compounds that have their own skin-saving virtues. In the end, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds– improved skin health with oxygen, and prevention of free radical damage.

Maintaining healthy skin means protecting it from damage and providing all of the nutrients it needs, including oxygen. By thoroughly cleansing skin every night to remove oxygen-blocking debris and clear out pores, and applying oxygen-containing skincare products afterward, you can have a brighter, clearer, more youthful complexion.

The Beauty of Cleansing Oils

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Beauty of Cleansing OilsAny beautician will attest to the benefits of cleansing oils for skin care. They contain a broad range of healthy antioxidants, can relieve specific skin conditions and have incredible moisturizing properties. They are also exceptional for cleaning skin without clogging pores, a serious issue with most soaps and other cleansing products.

Methods for Cleansing with Oil

  1. Select an oil suited to your skin type.
  2. Run yourself a nice steamy bath and get a clean wash cloth.
  3. Place eight to 10 drops in your palm and rub it carefully between the palms to warm the cleansing oil.
  4. Massage the oil thoroughly into the skin. You want to remove all traces of sebum and makeup impurities. Perform the act for no less than two minutes.
  5. Dip the wash cloth into the steamy water. Do not ring out water. Instead drape it across your face.
  6. After the wash cloth cools, gently pat away excess oil.
  7. Repeat the process up to five times or until your skin feels clear of oil and impurities.
  8. Tone and moisturize.

Choosing a Cleansing Oil

Talk with a beautician or other skin care specialist about how to determine what cleansing oil is best for your situation. Still, here are a few of the best oil cleansers and moisturizers for cleaning skin and effectively combatting issues like acne.

Argan Cleansing Oil

Besides not clogging pores, argan oil is a sound solution for preventing stretch marks and restoring skin elasticity, rehydrating skin and regenerating skin cells. It’s helpful in the reduction of brown spots and acne. It also provides a healthy dose of Vitamin E, which is great for skin care.

Coconut Cleansing Oil

It’s important to note that despite its benefits, coconut oil can clog pores. You should test it for a couple of days before deciding if it is the best cleansing option for your skin. Otherwise, it has exemplary moisturizing, anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-aging properties. Coconut oil also provides a pleasant soothing and softening feel to the skin and touch.

Jojoba Cleansing Oil

Jojoba is a popular cleansing ingredient because it is similar to the natural oil that skin produces. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, helping to balance acne and oily skin. Great for dry skin as well, it treats skin infections and doesn’t clog pores.

They say oil and water don’t mix. That doesn’t apply when it comes to caring for your skin. Cleansing oil and water is an ideal solution for even the most problematic skin.

Health and Beauty Benefits of Nutmeg

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Health and Beauty Benefits of NutmegMost people are familiar with nutmeg as a common kitchen spice. However, few people realize that its benefits go far beyond making tasty treats. Nutmeg is also has potent benefits for health and beauty. Here are just a few of the things you can try it for.

Tooth Pain

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s strongly advised that you see your dentist. However, you can’t always get to the dentist right away. In that case, you can temporarily control the pain by placing some nutmeg oil or powder on the affected tooth. Eugenol, a substance also found in cloves, will numb the area for a time. This can keep you more comfortable until you can make a dentist appointment.

Even Complexion

Are you looking for a natural, inexpensive way to enhance your complexion? If so, just combine honey and powdered nutmeg into a paste and rub it gently onto your skin. Within days, you’ll notice a clearer complexion and reduced appearance of acne scars. Furthermore, nutmeg contains powerful antiseptic properties that can help prevent additional breakouts caused by bacteria.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Clear skin isn’t the only thing nutmeg’s antiseptic properties are good for. It can also help prevent tooth decay through the same action. Eugenol is highly toxic to the harmful oral bacteria that eat away at tooth enamel, which is why it’s so often added to toothpastes. However, you can get the same effect just by sprinkling a little nutmeg powder onto your toothbrush during your regular brushing routine.

Digestive Aid

You’ve enjoyed a big meal of pizza with drinks and dessert, and now you’re bloated and it feels like your dinner is just sitting in your stomach. This happens to everyone occasionally, especially when overindulgence in unhealthy foods is involved. Fortunately, nutmeg offers an easy and delicious solution to these problems. The spice has been used for thousands of years as a digestive tonic to relieve gas, indigestion, bloating and heartburn. One easy way to use nutmeg for this purpose is to steep a quarter teaspoon of the powder in a cup of hot water and drink it as a tea.

Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is a common problem that affects millions of people, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing or unsightly. Furthermore, these fungal infections can be notoriously difficult to treat, and many over-the-counter drugs have unreliable effects. If you’ve tried other treatments only to have them fail, give nutmeg a try. It contains a number of potent antifungal compounds that can help thwart stubborn nail fungus.

With all of the things nutmeg can do, it’s no wonder that it’s long been one of the world’s most prized spices. Try adding it to your daily health regimen and beauty routine to take advantage of its numerous benefits.

Using Retinol 101

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Using Retinol 101You’ve heard of retinol as a skin care revolution, but is it right for your skin? This compound, also known as Vitamin A, is added to skin creams and potions as an anti-aging miracle, with beauty-boosting properties that range from unclogging pores to boosting collagen and reducing fine lines to evening discoloring and smoothing skin. Read on to learn more about whether you should use retinol and how to find the right product for you.

Experts say that retinol is the single most important skin care ingredient to combat the effects of aging. However, although it really works, it may take time for you to see a dramatic effect. Retinol is best used as a long-term method to protect the youthful look and feel of your skin, not as a fast fix measure to hide damage that has already occurred. Most dermatologists recommend that women start using retinol in their 30s, and definitely by the time they hit 40, for maximum protection against the effects of aging.

While the strongest forms of retinol are available only with a prescription, you should first test out an over-the-counter version to see if you like the results. Look for brands that specifically list retinol high in the ingredient list, as related compounds may be less effective.

Start off by using a small amount of retinol at night in conjunction with a moisturizer to see how your skin responds. Because retinol increases skin cell turnover, some users may experience redness and stinging, particularly with frequent use. If you have sensitive skin, start out slow and discontinue use of this product if you experience irritation or discomfort. These symptoms are more likely to occur with the prescription form of retinol.

An important caution, particularly for those who begin using retinol products in their 20s, is that the compound can actually thin skin over time. This makes you more susceptible to the effects of sun damage, which is not only dangerous but will counteract any anti-aging effects you’ve gained from use of the product. Make sure to always wear SPF on your face, especially if you’re using retinol products.

Dermalogica Training

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Dermalogica TrainingThis week we were so excited to have our Dermalogica training here at Beauty Bridge! The Dermalogica line is super popular with our customers and has many different products to address pretty much any concern one could have. Our trainer, Ariel, was extremely knowledgeable and is both an esthetician and a Dermalogica teacher who teaches at the Institute in New York. She made everything really easy to understand and even gave us some pointers on her favorite product concoctions as the products can be combined in many ways.

The line has eight systems, all made to address concerns of the client that falls in that category and all can be boosted by products from a different range. The line was founded by an esthetician so it focuses on skin health. This means there are no fragrances, mineral oil, chemicals, lanolin or any other ingredients that could compromise the skin or cause allergic reactions. In fact some of the products smell so good you would want to bathe in them!

The most basic system, and the one Ariel suggested we start with, is the Daily Skin Health. The products in the line are the essentials for your everyday skin routine. They keep your skin clean, healthy and moisturized so you can then tackle more intense concerns like aging or breakouts.

The next line is the Age Smart. This line aims to slow down the process of aging before it starts. It has scientifically advanced ingredients that have been proven to stop aging triggers before they start. This line contains retinols, which we all know are the holy grail of ingredients for skin aging, that have been buffered so they do not cause any stinging, peeling or irritation.

The Ultracalming line contains wonderful ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile to soothe the skin and can be used pretty much by anybody but is most beneficial to ultrasensitive skin. We especially loved this line for the wonderful smell and universal usage.

The Medibac and Clear Start lines are both for acne and Ariel said they can both be mixed and matched since sometimes the Medibac line is a little bit stronger than the Clear Start. The Medibac is generally more for adult acne while the Clear Start is for teenage acne. I especially loved the Clearing Booster from the Medibac line because you can add it to any moisturizer and it automatically makes it an acne fighting product.

The Chroma-White line is truly wonderful. It brightens any pigmentation without being harsh or damaging the skin which can lead to premature aging. It does not bleach or lighten the skin, rather brightens it so it is suitable for all skin colors and types. With this system however we were told you have to be very patient since pigmentation is one of the harder things to get rid of in the skin.

Dermalogica also has bodycare products, suncare and moisture tints, all made to compliment the effects you are getting from your skincare products.

We truly enjoyed our training with Ariel and learned a lot about this wonderful line. We can now diagnose and make skin recommendations to all of our wonderful customers and maybe do a little shopping for ourselves!