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Indie Brands We Love

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Indie Brands We LoveThe internet has changed the way we shop for all sorts of products, including skincare. Thanks to online shopping, high-quality independent skincare brands can now compete with more well-known brands that have larger advertising budgets. This means that savvy beauty consumers now have more product choices than ever before, including excellent but perhaps lesser-known independent skincare lines from around the world. But how do you know which ones might work best for you? We sell some indie brands that we love, and we want to introduce them to you.

Skin and Co Roma

This advanced skincare line from Italy features products infused with rich antioxidants from the melanosporum truffle. Native to southern Europe, this rare truffle has natural compounds that safely and effectively feed and protect your skin. Skin and Co Roma formulations combine these natural antioxidants with other beneficial plant-based ingredients such as olive oil, rosemary, Sicilian orange, and shea butter for a complete skin treatment. Skin and Co Roma has been a favorite among skincare enthusiasts around the world, including Hollywood celebrities, since 1950.


For a naturally beautiful bronzed look, turn to Karora. This award-winning brand offers bronzing products that actually benefit your skin, all while looking fresh and natural and smelling great. Karora’s innovative products have safe, natural formulas that give you a streak-free bronzed appearance, every time. These products are our favorite way to touch up a fading natural tan or add a healthy-looking glow to any skin tone.


SimySkin products are formulated with Vitamin B12. This signature ingredient is naturally regenerating. SimySkin products treat and relieve inflammation, effectively hydrate dry skin, and deeply moisturize to help prevent wrinkles. SimySkin’s products are age-specific and targeted to the skin’s needs during every life phase. But even though these skincare products, made in France and the United States, feature advanced formulas with high-quality ingredients, they are still affordable.

Here at Beauty Bridge, we have the privilege of exploring many brands of top-notch skincare from around the world. These brands range from generally well-known beauty products to lesser-known independent lines. A skincare brand’s overall popularity is not proof that it is your only–and best–option. That’s why we’re pleased to be able to introduce you to our favorite indie brands of skincare. Sourced from natural, beneficial ingredients from around the world, the skincare lines of Skin and Co Roma, Karora, and SimySkin are definitely worth looking at–and exploring.

Going Gluten Free

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Going Gluten Free
The benefits of going gluten free are vast. The foods you eat and the beauty products you use can be seen immediately in your skin health. Read on to see what possibilities await you.

Lets start with the basics; your diet. The foods you put in your body will definitely show on your skin. Unhealthy foods will result in an unhealthy skin appearance which comes as no surprise, right? And we know that healthy foods generally produce a nicer complexion to the skin. There is a way to take it one step further and see even better results. Or maybe you haven’t seen results at all with this technique. The answer very well may be to go gluten free. Gluten is the substance that holds food together, somewhat like a glue, and a surprising amount of individuals are either allergic to this ingredient, or sensitive to it. Unfortunately, gluten is in almost everything, and it will take a bit of effort to avoid it. It’s in almost all breads and also in so many other things from candy to sauces. Really get into the practice of reading your food labels. One of the serious issues gluten can cause is a problem with digestion. When your body can’t effectively digest the foods you’re putting in it, the excess may appear on your skin in the form of breakouts, eczema, psoriasis, or plain irritation. When you remove this substance, your body will not have to work so hard to break down the foods, and your entire digestive systems will get a break. Beautiful skin starts there on the inside.

Once you’ve gotten your diet under control and gluten free, move on to your topical skincare and beauty products. Finding products that exclude this ingredient will assist in further keeping your skin clear, smooth, and beautiful. Start with the EOS Lipbalm since that is one of the products we apply the most during the cold winter months. Even trace amounts of gluten in topical products can be absorbed into the skin and cause problems with someone sensitive to it. Think about lotions, hair products, cosmetics, even nail polish.

Keep in mind that gluten hides in so many unlikely places, and you’ll need to be quite the detective to find it. Start slowly if you have to, but gradually make the switch to being completely gluten free and your body will rush to thank you. Health will abound on the inside and out!

Wintertime Skin Repair

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Wintertime Skin Repair

Repair Your Skin When It’s Cold Out

The colder winter months make an excellent opportunity to repair and revitalize your skin every year. This is because excessive sun exposure during the wintertime is generally minimized. While the sun is undeniably beautiful and pleasant at times, exposure to it can often be extremely problematic to skin, especially as far as the aging process goes. Thankfully, the winter months give people the chance to repair and restore the skin, whether they have problems with stretchmarks, uneven tone, acne scars or anything else.

Skin Restoration

If you want to restore your skin in the winter, you might be interested in a product Bio-Body Bio-Restorative Cream from Neocutis. This cream aims to make the skin on the body look and appear firmer, more supple and more resilient. It also aims to give the body a brighter and healthier look. If your skin tends to look dull and lackluster, then you might want to look into a restorative cream such as this one. This type of product can also be highly effective for hydrating dry skin, as it contains soothing ceramides that replenish the body’s moisture barrier. While the winter months can be excellent for skin repair, the frigid temperatures can often introduce unsightly skin dryness. If you suffer from dehydrated skin in the wintertime, this type of cream can be helpful as it contains salicylic acid that exfoliates. The salicylic acid does away with dead skin cells that give the skin an uneven, flaky and rough appearance.

Gorgeous Skin Free of Dullness and Flakes

If you want to promote youthful looking skin on your body in the wintertime, the 5 Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel from StriVectinLABS is one option to consider. This glycolic peel works to energize the skin via exfoliation. If you want to breathe new life into tired and dry skin in the wintertime, this product might be able to help you out. Not only can glycolic peels be beneficial for keeping the skin smooth and devoid of pesky dry patches and spots, but they can also be beneficial for making the pores look smaller and for decreasing the appearance of unwelcome wrinkles and fine lines.

Goodbye to Signs of Aging on the Skin

Products with retinol like Neocutis’ Nouvelle + Retinol Correction Cream can also be useful for keeping the skin looking youthful and wrinkle-free all year long, as it decreases fine lines and keeps the complexion looking soft and even. Many people appreciate products like this one because they don’t tend to cause irritation.

Top 5 Beauty Myths Debunked!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Top 5 Beauty Myths Debunked!We all know there out there: those beauty myths we all wish were true. In reality, most beauty myths are a scam to get us to spend more money on products and regimens we don’t need. The following are the top five beauty myths – DEBUNKED! Let’s not get fooled again.

Myth 1: Avoid Oils If You Have Oily Skin

We’ve all heard them say it: “You have oily skin? Putting more oil-based products on your body will only make it oilier!” MYTH. On the contrary, using oils on skin that is naturally oily can actually help your skin to slow down its oil production, thus evening out your skin tone in the long run. Rather than using products intended for oily skin, promising to reduce the amount of oil production your body naturally produces, use products that are meant for “dry skin.” The oils in them will help your body to regulate itself.

Myth 2: Always Use the Same Line of Cosmetics

Um, no? Always use the cosmetics that work for you. If one brand works as your foundation but another works better for your cleanser, you do you, girl! All reputable cosmetic lines have professional scientists working to develop their products. Ignore what others tell you and use what you like!

Myth 3: Cutting Your Hair Makes It Grow Longer

Sorry, short haired babes, but it’s just not true. Cutting your hair does not actually make it grow faster. It makes you notice the growth faster. The key to making your hair grow longer faster is all about maintenance. The more you process your hair, the slower it will repair itself and grow. If you take care of your hair (and take those vitamins!), it will grow over time. Time.

Myth 4: Shaving Makes the Hair Come Back Thicker

Shaving, like cutting your hair, makes you notice the growth. It will not make your hair come back thicker, nor will it make it come back darker. It does not decrease the size of the follicle, as waxing does, nor does it increase growth. It just temporarily removes the hair on the surface. Temporarily. Such as sad word.

Myth 5: You Can Make Cellulite Disappear

We wish, right? Although there are creams that will diminish their appearance for a short period of time, once cellulite is visible, it’s visible. As of right now, there is no way to completely eliminate cellulite. So, love yourselves, ladies! There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s genetic. On the plus side? Tanning – albeit unsafe for the skin – does camouflage cellulite very well.

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.