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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.

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

       
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other
Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

Neocutis is a line of skin care specifically formulated for its anti-aging effects on the skin. Neocutis products have been thoroughly researched and developed by credited Swiss scientists using the very latest in product development technologies.

PSP

PSP stands for Processed Skin Cell Proteins and was discovered first for its wound healing properties. PSP can also be used as an active ingredient in cosmetics and skin care products such as Neocutis, making the Neocutis skin care line the newest generation of naturally balanced products available. PSP produces a balanced combination of polypeptides and skin nourishing proteins which utilizes the power of cytokines and human growth factors for advanced skin revitalization.

Melaplex

Melaplex is another active ingredient found in Neocutis skin care products. It is a proprietary blend of skin brightening ingredients which diminishes dark spots and uneven skin tone, restoring the complexion to a more youthful state of clarified brightness. Melaplex is a combination of four key ingredients that help target pigmentation spots in the skin:

• Phenylethyl Resorcinol

• Leucine

• Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

Melaplex has been clinically tested and proven to improve skin tone by forty three percent in a twelve week, twice daily application.

Rosaplex

Rosaplex is a redness balancing formula that boosts skin’s natural ability to reverse and prevent redness in the skin. Redness can be caused by acne, rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis. The latest research confirms that the skin’s own innate immune system can cause redness and is linked to an over production of anti-microbial peptides. Neocutis products containing Rosaplex restores the skin’s balance and boosts the skin’s defense against redness by combining:

• Sodium Dextran Sulfate

• Zinc PCA

• Caffeine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

• Glycerin

Rosaplex helps to manage and diminish redness in the skin, blemishes and blotchiness and delivers results in less than eight weeks with twice daily application.

Vita-Plex C

Vita-Plex C assists in managing oxidative stress which increases the activity of free radicals on the skin. These free radicals directly contribute to aging of the skin. Vita-Plex C neutralizes free radicals and supports regeneration with its anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidents in Vita-Plex C include hydrophilics and lipophilics blended with an amino acid metabolite which preserves cellular preservation.

Neocutis products are an extremely advanced line of anti-aging and restorative skin care products that target and treat many of the symptoms and signs of aging most often reported by dermatologic patients. Often Neocutis is recommended as a preferred alternative to more invasive treatments such as acid peels or laser skin resurfacing.

The Beauty Benefits of Caffeine

       
Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Beauty Benefits of Caffeine
Caffeine is perhaps one of the most consumed substances in the world. It is found naturally in foods and drinks such as chocolate, coffee and tea and is a stimulant that can benefit the body in a variety of ways. One of these benefits is that it can help to enhance beauty. Consuming caffeine can be good for both your insides and your outside and you will be delighted to know that it can benefit you in the following ways.

Detoxifies the Liver

Your liver can be cleansed thanks to caffeine. This is because caffeine is what is known as a natural enema. As a result, your liver is cleared of toxins and your colon benefits as well. In fact, a study at Duke University has proven that caffeine may even be capable of reducing fatty liver in individuals who suffer from fatty liver disease that is unrelated to alcohol.

Lowers Risk for Diabetes

Caffeine can reduce your risk for developing diabetes when you consume five cups of coffee per day. The favorite beverage is high in antioxidants and has healing properties. However, to truly gain this benefit, only drink coffee that is free of sugar.

Weight Loss Aid

Caffeine can also help you to lose weight. Drinking caffeinated coffee and eating dark chocolate – in moderation, of course – can assist you in losing weight when you decide that it is time to shed those extra pesky pounds. Caffeine tends to naturally curb your appetite, meaning you will eat less and can avoid overeating.

Improves Skin Condition

The use of caffeine in skincare products is growing increasingly popular. Such products can make the skin smoother and more toned. It can also fight the effects of aging by giving the skin better elasticity. It is also good at treating dark circles under the eyes that come as a result of lack of sleep and soothing redness and inflammation.

Reduces Cellulite

Caffeine can help to reduce cellulite due to its natural diuretic properties. Skin cream that includes caffeine can reduce fluid retention, which can eliminate this unsightly and embarrassing problem. It is even possible to reduce cellulite by using instant or ground coffee by rubbing it directly on the affected areas of the body.

The Road to Baby Soft Feet

       
Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The Road to Baby Soft FeetSummer is approaching, and it’ll be time to slip on your sandals before you know it. If you’ve ignored your hard-working feet during the cold-weather months, it’s time to give them the attention they deserve, and we’re here to make your journey down the road to baby soft feet a fast one in three easy steps:

1. Start Off with a Relaxing Soak

Pull out a tub, slip into your most comfortable robe and prepare to pamper yourself. To make it extra special, light a few candles and turn on some soft music. When you have the room just right, fill your tub with warm water and add an aromatic solution like Babor’s Feetness Refreshing Bath. Designed especially for your feet, this product also fights bacteria and foot odor . The soothing scent of eucalyptus will relax your mind and your body while the foot bath cleanses and moisturizes your rough skin.

2. A Good Exfoliation Works Wonders

Why should your face have all the fun? Follow your foot bath with a good scrub like Get Fresh’s Down ‘n Dirty Foot Scrub. Use a pumice stone on any stubborn calluses or rough spots. This removes the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal the smooth, soft skin below. Most foot scrubs use salt, sugar or apricot to buff your skin or mild acids that peel the dead skin away. Always choose an exfoliation product such as Baby Foot Callus Remover that includes a moisturizing agent that conditions the new skin as the old skin is removed.

3. Finish with a Moisturizer Designed Especially for Feet

As active women, our feet take a beating on a daily basis. That means they have special needs that typical hand and body lotions just can’t satisfy. Atopalm Moisturizing Foot and Heal Balm is a particularly good choice. It’s rich but light so that you can drench your feet in this cream without spending what feels like hours waiting for it to dry. In clinical trials, this balm corrected even the most severely dry, cracked skin in just five to 10 days of regular use.

Save a little money for those pretty new sandals and a new bottle of toenail polish by choosing the Lucky Chick Perfectly Pedicured Sampler from BeautyBridge.com. The people at Lucky Chick thought of everything with this sample pack. It includes a full range of foot care products formulated with peppermint and eucalyptus oils plus a combination pumice stone and file to complete the package. You’ll be ready to show off your newly smooth feet in no time!

Top Cellulite Busters for Serious, Targeted Treatment

       
Monday, May 5th, 2014

Top Cellulite Busters for Serious, Targeted Treatment
If you’re a female, and you have areas on your thighs, buttocks or stomach that remind you of orange peels or cottage cheese, take heart. You’re not alone. Cellulite is an embarrassing and extremely common problem among women. It occurs when fat deposits build up just below the skin’s surface. Unlike other forms of body fat, cellulite doesn’t respond to dieting. However, a diet high in carbs and low in fiber is thought to encourage cellulite development. Estrogen levels, genetics and circulation problems can also contribute. Fortunately, you don’t have to sit idly by, and let cottage cheese thighs ruin your confidence and limit your summer wardrobe. Cellulite busters can help by dissolving fat cells under the skin’s surface, toning and detoxifying skin and improving elasticity. Here are some of our top product recommendations for reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Bliss Cellulite Products

Bliss Fatgirlsleep restores your skin while you get your beauty sleep. The ultra-rich cream formula targets the underlying causes of cellulite like fat storage, water retention and loss of skin elasticity. Used with other Bliss skin-firming products such as Fatgirlslim and The Love Handler, it can help minimize the appearance of cellulite and give you back your bikini-worthy confidence. For an extra boost, add Bliss Serious Seaweed Cellulite Soap to your regimen.

Babor Stop Cellulite Set

Babor’s Stop Cellulite Set includes two products that work together to fight cellulite at its source. The Morning Activator Cellulite Gel breaks down fat cells during the day by increasing microcirculation and encouraging the elimination of toxins and waste matter from skin tissues; this action helps the active ingredients penetrate deep into skin layers. The Evening Eliminator further flushes out toxins, breaks down fatty acids and makes skin smoother and firmer.

Murad– The Cellulite Solution

If you have a serious cellulite problem and need in-depth advice, it’s time to do your research. Murad– The Cellulite Solution, written by acclaimed dermatologist and author Dr. Howard Murad, explains the science behind cellulite and offers a simple, three-pronged approach to combating and preventing it. Murad’s approach combines nutritional changes, lifestyle modifications and topical treatments to help repair skin and restore a healthy, smooth appearance.

Don’t Give Up

Winning the war against cellulite takes time and dedication, and products that work for one person may not work as well for another. With determination and consistent treatment routines, you can smooth out the cottage cheese, and look and feel better in even the most revealing fashions.

7 Beauty Treatments to Give Yourself Every Week

       
Monday, April 21st, 2014

7 Beauty Treatments to Give Yourself Every WeekWomen love to spend quality time in the bathroom doing the things that make us beautiful. To ensure that this time is well-spent, we need to be doing things that have a real impact on the way we look and how we feel about ourselves. The seven following beauty treatments fit into those categories, and you can do them on a weekly basis.

1. Face Masques

With so many different types of masques in existence, you will be able to find a product that can reduce any particular problem. For example, if you have acne, a clay masque has the effect of reducing the amount of oil and grease in the skin. One excellent example is Exuviance Purifying Clay Masque. By using a clay masque, your skin will receive essential anti-oxidants as well as a moisturizer that gives your skin a soft and smooth look and feel.

2. Hair Treatments

Some people recommend that you do a hair treatment every month. In order to have the best results, a weekly treatment is going to be necessary. You may wish to try theBalm Enroot Conditioning Treatment Mask that brings anti-oxidants, rice proteins and bamboo extracts to your hair. Bamboo extracts have the effect of strengthening your hair while it restores moisture and increases the hair’s volume.

3. Microdermabrasion

As an anti-aging product, microdermabrasion is placed near the top. However, if used to often, microdermabrasion can have harsh side effects. When used on a weekly basis, it is extremely effective as an exfoliator and is even known as an alternative to the face lift. Sothy’s Renewal Microdermabrasion Mask is one example that will brighten your skin after every use.

4. Body Scrubs

The rest of your body needs to be exfoliated as much as your face does. For this purpose, people travel all the way to the Dead Sea to experience its therapeutic effects. You only need AHAVA Deadsea Salt Softening Butter Salt Scrub that contains Dead Sea salt to have similar results. Dead Sea salt has the effect of reducing deep wrinkles and making your skin feel nourished, clean and soft.

5. Whiten Your Teeth

As we age, our teeth become stained with the food we eat and the beverages that we drink. To combat this reality, a weekly teeth whitening routine that restores your smile to its former brilliance is warranted. However, teeth whitening doesn’t have to be a difficult procedure. The GoSmile On the Go Teeth Whitening Pen makes whitening your teeth simple with an easy-to-use pen that you can apply and go or take with you.

6. Brow Grooming

Sometimes, we neglect our eyebrows, but this will be less likely to occur if you have something like Youngblood’s Brow ARTISTE Kit. You will be able to ensure that your eyebrows are perfectly groomed every week with this product’s botanical brow wax that does not contain any parabens. The kit also comes with pigmented brow powder. This makes it possible for you to groom your eyebrows and end with a natural look.

7. Upper Lip Wax

The hair on the upper lip is a constant thorn in the sides of women especially if they color their hair. A weekly upper lip wax will eliminate this problem. It can be a simple matter of applying a wax strip to the area and quickly removing the unwanted hair. To achieve this goal, Bliss Poetic Waxing Wax Strips Face is an excellent choice because it is hypoallergenic and contains aloe vera. Aloe vera is a substance that has been known to ease the pain of wounds and also aids in healing.

7 Tips on How to Have Thicker Hair

       
Friday, April 18th, 2014

1. Use The Right Shampoo and Conditioner
The first step to having thick and luxurious looking hair is to use the right products in the shower. Many shampoos and conditioners focus on hydrating hair, which is a good thing, but thin hair can be weighed down and made to look limp. Replacing your current cleanser with either Hamadi – Honey Soymilk Hair Wash or Leonor Greyl – Bain Volumateur Aux Algues, both of which offer lightweight moisture and a volume boost, may make a huge difference in how full your hair appears.

7 Tips on How to Have Thicker Hair2. Don’t Let Long Hair Weight You Down
When it comes to making your hair look thicker, less can be more. The longer your hair is, the more weight it has, which can make it appear flat. Not only are shorter looks easier to manage, they also tend to look fuller. Getting a blunt cut with bangs or going for artfully arranged layers makes can make even baby fine hair appear full of volume.

3. Blow Dry Your Hair With The Right Tools
For many people with thin hair, blow drying is a must. However, you want to be sure that you are using the right tools and products when doing so. You should be using a product that will both protect your hair as well as add volume, such as Fekkai – COIFF Defense Pre-Style Thermal/UV Protectant. These types of products will help you get volume without also making hair appear brittle or lifeless due to heat damage.

4. Use Curlers and Rollers
Curls are a great way to pump up the volume in your hair, and you can easily achieve this using a curling iron or hot rollers. If you don’t want to go with ringlets, you can also add extra oomph to your hair by using large rollers that create a more wavy or tousled look.

5. Add Volume With Extensions
One way that a lot of models and actresses get extra volume is by using falls or extensions in their hair. There are both synthetic and natural hair pieces available, and most can be dyed to match your exact hair color. Additionally, you can choose your level of commitment; salons can put in extensions that last for months or you can purchase clip-ins for daily use.

6. Maintain Your Hair’s Health
If you’ve already got hair that is fine, it’s important to keep it looking healthy and shiny. Hair with numerous split ends and that looks dull will appear even flatter, and you are looking for volume, not frizz. Treatments like Leonor Greyl – Creme Regeneratrice can undo the effects of damage from heat and styling as well as adding volume to naturally thin hair.

7. Consider Your Diet
Getting fuller hair is more than about what you put on your head, it’s also about what you put in your body. Adding certain items to your diet or taking supplements can improve the building blocks your body has to work with when it comes to growing hair. Biotin, Zinc and B-Vitamins are all essential to healthy and full hair, so adding them to a diet that is lacking can speed up the growth of hair as well as improving its overall appearance.

Dry Brushing for Health

       
Saturday, April 12th, 2014

As technology advances, there are a variety of options to choose from when investing in one’s health and beauty, but sometimes the simplest methods are the most efficient. If silky smooth skin is the goal, and it usually is, one of the best ways to achieve it is through dry brushing. This technique is used at spas throughout the world to brighten and tighten skin, leaving it with a healthy glow, but this practice is perfect for those who prefer to treat themselves at home. Investing just a few minutes a day can help improve circulation, toxin elimination and exfoliation.
Dry Brushing for Health
Exfoliation
The most obvious benefit of dry brushing is the sloughing away of dead skin cells. By eliminating the rough, dry patches, the skin’s overall appearance will show noticeable improvement. It also preps the epidermis for any further treatment, such as moisturizers or body masks, by removing a barrier and allowing skin care products to penetrate.

Lymphatic Drainage and Cell Renewal
While the body has systems in place that naturally filter and detoxify, dry brushing helps to speed up the process. The pressure of the brush, when moved in the proper direction, pushes the lymph through the body to aid in waste elimination.

Cellulite
Many spas use dry brushing as a part of cellulite treatment. Opinions are varied as to the usefulness of the procedure and whether or not eliminating toxins actually reduces the appearance of cellulite. Some critics claim that the results are only a temporary plumping, but for some clients, even that may be enough.

When dry brushing at home, always start at the feet and work up, using long upward motions towards the heart. A stiff brush with natural bristles is the best choice, but watch that the skin does not become irritated or inflamed and be sure to avoid areas with abrasions or cuts. While it is important that the brush is slightly rough, very little pressure is needed for positive results.

To clean the brush, simply use mild shampoo and warm water, then let it air dry completely to avoid a gathering of bacteria. Dry brushing can make a dramatic difference in any skincare routine and still remain simple and cost effective.

Winter Haircare Must-Haves

       
Monday, February 10th, 2014

Winter Haircare Must-Haves
From frigid temperatures to bone-chilling winds and harsh storms, winter weather is full of dangers that can wreak havoc on your hair’s health and style. Fortunately, just because seasonal changes are unavoidable doesn’t mean that you should give up and throw your hair up in a bun until balmy spring weather makes a comeback. Stocking your beauty cabinet with the smart winter must-haves below can help you keep your locks smooth, strong and shiny through the coldest days of the year.

Fortifying Shampoo
Your light summer shampoo probably isn’t strong enough to combat damage and dryness that can be caused by severe winter weather. Although a shampoo is technically used to remove dirt and buildup, it can play a key role in preparing your hair to handle all types of harsh outdoor elements. For ultimate protection, look for moisturizing formulas with nutrient-enriched blends. If your scalp feels especially dry during the winter season, pick up an anti-dandruff shampoo to ward off flakes. Since powerful anti-dandruff cleansers can contain drying chemicals, use yours with every other wash and only when necessary.

Hair Conditioner
Relentless winter winds can leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. To prevent damage and lock in 24-hour moisture protection, look for hair conditioning treatments with long-lasting staying power. Leave-in conditioners can do wonders for keeping frizz under control on thicker manes. If you have thinner locks, use a deep conditioning treatment twice a week to banish split ends and revitalize your scalp for faster hair growth.

Alcohol-Free Styling Products
Do your smooth summer strands turn into a stiff, frizzy nightmare as soon as winter weather hits? Alcohol, commonly used in over-the-counter styling creams and sprays, could be the culprit behind the drastic change. Since hair is especially susceptible to dryness and flyaways during the colder months of the year, you want to use nourishing products that seal in moisture and fight static. If sleek and smooth hair is on your winter wish list, make the switch to alcohol-free styling serums with silicone or essential oils.

Heat Protectant
When you already have a busy schedule, letting your hair air dry is rarely an option. While you can get away with styling your hair wet in the summer, using heat tools becomes unavoidable once winter rolls around. Over time, exposure to concentrated heat can dry your hair out and cause breakage. To minimize the risk of damage, coat your wet locks with a lightweight heat protectant before using hair dryers and other heat styling tools. For an extra bonus, look for heat-activated serums that add shine and tame frizz.

Say goodbye to chapped lips

       
Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Say goodbye to chapped lips

Chapped lips are an inevitable side effect of winter but they can really put a damper on your look, not to mention they're rather uncomfortable. Trying to keep your pout smooth so you can rock the matte lips trend? Or, are you just hoping for a smooch under the mistletoe?

Either way, these tips will help you to protect your lips against the dry, cold air:

Hydrate
You've heard time and again that you're supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day. Hydration isn't just essential for your health, it's also important for ensuring that your lips don't dry out. Even if you drink plenty of water throughout the day, you may notice some cracks. In that case, you may want to invest in a humidifier for your home.

Exfoliate
Just as you exfoliate your face to get rid of flakes, you should to do the same on your lips. However, it's critical to be careful when you're buffing your pout or you could make dryness worse. A damp washcloth or a soft bristled toothbrush can certainly be used to slough off the dead skin. For the best results, though, use a gentle solution like the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. Simply smooth it on a circular motion and the natural oils, butters and vitamins in the formula will nourish your skin while the the exfoliants get rid of dry surface cells. The result? A flawless canvas for all your favorite lip colors.

Moisturize
A moisturizing treatment is essential for avoiding chapped lips, particularly right after you exfoliate. The only bummer about a lip balm is that sometimes you want a little pigment to amp up the color of your pout. In that case, reach for the Lip Treatment Moisturizer SPF 15 by BORGHESE. This rich formula is infused with an innovative Acqua di Vita Complex to maximize moisture, and even protects your pout against damage from UV rays. Plus, it comes in four lustrous shades that are flattering on nearly any skin tone, including the perfectly peach Naturale and the alluring deep Berry.

Treat
Hopefully after treating them with care, you won't experience chapped lips. However, sometimes harsh conditions prevail and you need to alleviate the discomfort. Rue La La recommended making a DIY remedy by steeping a green tea bag in warm water and applying it to your pout. The calming tannins in this solution will help to soothe any burning sensation. Alternatively, the source suggested letting rose petals soak in milk for a few hours, mashing them into a paste and applying the mixture to your lips several times a day to calm them down and even enhance their natural pigment.