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Ring in the New Year with a Glow!

       
Friday, December 26th, 2014

Ring in the New Year with a Glow!New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it. In addition to picking a great outfit and styling your hair, it is important to do your makeup just right. If you apply the right makeup product, you will have a glow that everyone will be envious of. Here are some great tips for achieving a glow for New Year’s Eve.

Treat Your Skin With Microdermabrasion Face Polish

A few days before your New Year’s Eve party, you should treat your skin with a microdermabrasion face polish from Exuviance. It will remove the dead skin cells from your face and leave you with smooth and silky skin.

Brighten Your Eyes With an Eye Mask

A good eye mask can really brighten up your eyes and make them look more energized on New Year’s Eve. The Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask from Bliss will revive tired eyes and make them glow on New Year’s Eve.

Apply an Anti-Aging Moisturizer to Your Skin

If you want your skin to look young and fresh on New Year’s Eve, you should start using an anti-aging moisturizer. The anti-wrinkle moisturizer from the Philosophy – The Spirit of Miracles Set can reduce discoloration and other signs of aging.

Apply Bronzer

Your skin tends to be paler in the wintertime, so you should apply bronzer for New Year’s Eve. It will give your face a natural and sun-kissed glow. Just apply the bronzer along your cheekbones, across your forehead and chin and down the bridge of your nose. If you are looking for a high-quality bronzer, try the Chocolate Soleil or Sunny Bronzer from the Too Faced Beauty Wishes and Sweet Kisses Palette.

Warm Up Your Complexion With Blush

If you really want to warm up your complexion, you should apply a blush to the apples of your cheeks. If you are looking for a good blush, you should try Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush. It has a cream texture and will give your cheeks a beautiful glow. Jut apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks with your fingers.

Put a Shiny Lip Gloss on Your Lips

A shiny lip gloss will really help your lips stand out on New Year’s Eve. Eclissare Color Eclipse ColorGlass Lip Gloss from BORGHESE will give your lips some beautiful color and shine.

Wear a Volumizing Mascara

Applying a volumizing mascara to your lashes will really make your eyes stand out. GloMinerals Lash Boosting Mascara will lengthen, strengthen and thicken your lashes.

If you follow these helpful tips and use these great products, you will look gorgeous on New Year’s Eve.

Hand Healers for A Cold Winter

       
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Hand Healers for A Cold WinterAs soon as the temperature changes, our skin reacts to the shift in the elements. You may notice your skin drying along with the air. That’s because low humidity levels draw moisture from your skin, and if you are compensating the cold weather with hot baths and showers, you are actually causing the water to wash away natural oils that help keep you moisturized. So, how do you combat threatening skin conditions in the colder months?

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water should be a priority year-round, but is especially beneficial during the winter. Not only are you hydrating your body, but you’re also hydrating your skin, eliminating cases of dryness and itchiness. Drinking four 16 fl.oz. glasses of water per day is almost 2 liters of water, though caffeine-free tea can also count toward your fluid intake, as well as sports drinks, which replace any sodium your body may have lost during the day. Keep in mind that exercise, illness, pregnancy, and breast-feeding affect your overall fluid consumption, so remember to compensate for these factors when calculating daily fluid ounces.

Moisturize Your Skin

Using lotion on a daily basis is always beneficial, especially after shaving and during winter. Consider lotions such as Dr. Hunter’s Rosewater & Glycerine Hand Creme and Gardener’s Hand Healer. The ingredients in these lotions are easily absorbed, diminish blemishes from sun damage, and protects against cracks and chapped skin. Though if you have sensitive skin, consult with your dermatologist. It may be better for you to opt for a non-scented lotion. When researching lotions this time of year, make sure you are looking for reparative moisturizers with ingredients such as Shea butter, glycerin, plant extracts, and Vitamin A.

Eat Healthy

WebMD suggests eating foods like sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, grapes, spinach, olives, whole wheat pasta, and green tea to keep your skin healthy during the winter. Ingesting fatty acids such as Omega-3s and Omega-6s will replenish your skin’s protective oils, as well as canola, salmon, walnuts, and flax.

Incorporate foods and drinks high in antioxidants to keep skin healthy, moisturize every day, and make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids. The change in elements can cause for premature wrinkling and aging, so make sure you’re caring for your skin to preserve the conditions of your cells to stay healthy throughout winter.

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.

Skincare Benefits of Pumpkin

       
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Skincare Benefits of PumpkinWhen most people think of pumpkins, they think of all the delicious foods they can make in the kitchen. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads, and pumpkin soup are just a few of the wonderful dishes many love to enjoy. Others might think of the fall, pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns and roasted pumpkin seeds. However, there is a little beauty secret behind the orange shell. Pumpkins are excellent for the skin! Who knew? Many cosmetics brands know and incorporate pumpkin into their exfoliating masks and lotions. There are lots of different ways to use pumpkin on the skin and produce a glowing complexion. Listed below are a few ways pumpkins can help give anyone gorgeous, glowing and flawless skin.

1. Erases Blemishes

For those who are acne-prone, the struggle with blemishes is all too familiar. It can be very frustrating to deal with the everlasting effect of a pimple. Unsightly scars and pimples may seem like they will never go away, but they can. It is best to apply pumpkin to the face once the pimple is on its way out. This will help diminish the potential for scarring and more pimples. Vitamin E, which is found in pumpkins, is notorious for providing relief and healing effects to the skin.

2. Controls Oily Skin

When applied as a paste or a mask on the skin, pumpkin can have a positive effect for those who struggle with oily skin. Due to the amount of zinc found in pumpkins, they hold the ability to absorb a lot of the excess oil on the skin and prevent excess production.

3. Eliminates Dry Skin

People who suffer from dry skin have a difficult time with exfoliating the dead skin cells. Pumpkin naturally completes the exfoliation of the skin. There are natural enzymes as well as really strong antioxidants found such as beta-carotene. Alpha hydroxy acids are also found and can soothe dry skin tremendously. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C add more nutrients to the skin and soften dry skin as well. The application of pumpkin isn’t just for the face. Those with dry and cracked hands and feet can really benefit from applying a mask to those areas as well. This is primarily because pumpkin holds the ability to hydrate and soften the rough, dry skin so well.

These are just a few of the many different ways that pumpkin can adequately benefit the skin. The next time a pesky pimple rears its ugly head, head for the grocery store and grab the best pumpkin available!

Anti-aging Tips By Age

       
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Anti-aging Tips By AgeLet’s face it, we all get older. You can kick, cry, and scream that you don’t want to say good-bye to your youthful appearance, but that won’t stop the calendar from moving forward. However, by taking a proactive approach and starting an anti-aging routine when you’re young, you can hold on to those youthful years just a little bit longer. We’ve taken the liberty of breaking out simple routines based on age to help you get started.

- If you’re in your 20′s
Lucky you to still have a youthful face. However, that youth can also be a curse if you don’t take the time to think about anti-aging. Right now you should be wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to save yourself a lot of grief later one. Additionally, skip the tanning beds. Self tanners are getting better than ever and they won’t give you wrinkles.

- If you’re in your 30′s
While in your 30′s, water may quickly become your best friend. Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the easiest ways to keep skin looking young. In addition, make sure that you’re using a daily moisturizer and taking plenty of vitamin D (at least 1,000 IUs per day).

- If you’re in your 40′s
Anti-aging in your 40′s isn’t just about healthy skin; it’s also about a healthy you. Be sure that you’re eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and cut back on the processed sugar. Regular exercise will also give you a healthy glow. If you haven’t started yet, then it’s time to use retinol to minimize fine lines around your eyes.

- If you’re in your 50′s
This can be a busy age where sleep takes a back seat to higher priorities, but this will wreak havoc on your skin. Make sure you carve at least 8 hours of shuteye a night for yourself. Additionally, consider start using hyaluronic acid if you’re noticing fine lines around your mouth; this product will help hide them.

- If you’re in your 60′s
Starting to worry about anti-aging in your 60′s isn’t too little too late; after all, it’s never too late to start taking proper care of your skin. At this age, the right eye make up can hide drooping eyelids and use products with white or green tea extracts to help fight swelling. Additionally, check that the air in your home isn’t too dry; the lack of moisture is bad for your 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!

All-Over Beauty: A Practical Guide To Bust and Decollete Care

       
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

All-Over Beauty: A Practical Guide To Bust and Decollete CareMany of us have detailed and complicated skincare regimens, full of targeted creams and serums meant to treat our biggest skin concerns. However, for as much love as we give the skin on our faces and necks, we often neglect the delicate skin on our busts and decolletes. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be using products meant to target concerns in this area. To help you get a more lovely bust, here is a practical guide to bust and decollete care.

Protect Against The Sun

Too many women who take painstaking care to protect their faces and necks from sun damage fail to provide the same level of attention to their decollete. Sun damage on the decollete area can cause permanent scarring and discoloration, which can thereby ruin your appearance whenever you want to rock a low-cut dress. Protect your decollete skin by applying sunscreen to the area whenever you go outside. We love the DCL Super Sheer Sunscreen in SPF 50+ for this area.

Buff Away Impurities

If you struggle with an uneven skin tone on your decollete, buff away those impurities and irregularities by using an exfoliating treatment in the shower. However, be careful with what product you choose. Fine facial scrubs might be too gentle to do any real resurfacing, but coarse body scrubs can be too irritating. Try a finely milled exfoliating wash that is designed for the body but free of any rough, sugar-like granules, such as the Philosophy Microdelivery Micro-Massage Exfoliating Wash.

Treat With The Right Products

You use the appropriate serums and moisturizers for your face. So why not give your bust and decollete the same love? There are a myriad of products specifically designed to treat and target problems in the decollete area. If you’re trying to combat signs of aging, try an anti-aging bust serum, such as the BABOR Skinovage PX Intensifier Firming Neck and Decollete Cream. If you long for a fuller bust, try a plumping and firming serum like the Talika Bust Phytoserum.

As with any skincare concern, the best way to get a beautiful finish is by combining the right beauty regimen with the right lifestyle choices. As always, get enough water, sleep and nutrients, and you will be all the more closer to a beautiful bust and decollete.

Waxing Do’s and Don’ts

       
Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Waxing Do's and Don'tsTired of the constant expense of disposable razors, the pain of knicks and cuts, and the constant acrobatic display of flexibility while shaving in a tiny shower? Then it’s time you venture into the smooth world of waxing. If you’re a waxing newbie, here are a few things you need to know to get the most out of your waxing appointment.

Don’t Apply Ice Before Waxing

Having a frozen and numb area sounds appealing, especially if you’re getting a bikini wax. But having ice applied to your skin is actually one of the worst things you can do because the ice is going to constrict your pores. Constriction=tightening, and you don’t want your skin clinging to those hairs any more than they already are. If you’re getting a bikini wax, the last thing you want to see is your technician pull out the tweezers to get out any “difficult” hairs. We’re crossing our legs just thinking about it.

Do Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

Trust us on this one: no matter where you’re being waxed, you don’t want tight clothes rubbing on angry skin. This is especially true if you are getting a bikini wax. Skip the cute undies and go for billowing granny panties. Even better is to go commando under a generously sized skirt. You’ll thank yourself when you’re waddling out of the office. Tight clothes chafe skin raw and can lead to ingrown hairs. If you find yourself getting ingrowns, try an ingrown hair product.

Don’t Shave Between Sessions

If you’re wanting to be a full time waxer, you’re going to have to ditch the razor for good. Your hair will probably come back in thicker after a wax, and if your hair is short and stubbly, the wax isn’t going to be able to remove as much of it, making for a messy and patchy wax job. Keep your waxing appointments consistently, and you won’t feel the need to get a quick shave in between sessions.

Do Take Some Pain Relief

Nobody likes a hero, and you’re not getting any medals by bearing an intense waxing without any medicinal relief. Pop some ibuprofen or acetaminophen 30 to 45 minutes before your appointment. This will help with swelling and discomfort afterwards. You can do this no matter where you’re getting waxed, but seasoned waxees agree this works best when you’re getting body waxed.

Don’t let your first waxing session turn into that “Kelly Clarkson!” moment (you know what we’re talking about). With some proper pre-care and careful care after waxing, you can have a smooth, hair free body without the tears.