Posts Tagged ‘skincare’

Indulgent Essentials For An At-Home Spa Day

       
Monday, June 13th, 2016

There is nothing more relaxing and blissful than a day spent at the Spa, pampering yourself with the most indulgent of the services, having every beauty whim attended to and coming out feeling rejuvenated head to toe.

The drawbacks?

The weeping wallet at the exorbitant spa costs and the fact that work requires us to be at office 6 days a week and not at some remote spa.

Luckily for you, we have listed down all the at-home spa day essentials for you to recreate the effect at home without having to shell out a mortgage payment and enjoy the beauty bliss without leaving the comfort of your home.

Ambiance Essentials

Start off by lighting a few candles to create a relaxing, soothing environment. BORGHESE – Tuscan Home Candle Collection (Arezzo, Pisa & Siena)  is a perfect set for the purpose with its intoxicating blends of Italian-inspired aromatic fragrances in three flavors with notes ranging from fruity and floral to tart and citrusy to sweet and subtle.

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Skincare Essentials

Next up, begin your pamper session by removing your makeup with REN – Rosa Centifolia Express Make-Up Remover and give it a good cleanse with REN – Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser.

Once your skin is thoroughly cleansed, pop off your favorite, indulgent mask to give your skin some deep nourishment.

Depending on your skin type and age, choose a mask that best fits your requirements from GLAMGLOW – Flashmud Brightening Treatment  (A Hollywood cult favorite), PETER THOMAS ROTH – 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask (formulated with activated gold, Caffeine, Peridot, Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin) or PETER THOMAS ROTH – Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask (a gorgeous aquamarine blue colored mask for a healthy dose of hydration).

PETER THOMAS ROTH - 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask

Hair care Essentials

Cleanse your hair with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all the grime, dirt and product build-up and apply a deep conditioning mask like Fekkai – Essential Shea Riche Moisture Masque to give your hair extreme nourishment and intense moisture.

Fekkai - Essential Shea Riche Moisture Masque

Bath Essentials

While your indulgent masks work to hydrate and nourish your skin for that gorgeous, dewy glow and your hair for the silky, glossy look, prepare a relaxing bath for your body.

You can use a variety of options for your bath including bath oils, bubble baths and bath salts to transform your tub into a haven of splendor.

Fill your tub with warm water and add your favorite scent and formula of for some body indulgence. Our favorites include Kneipp – Thermal Spring Bath Salts (Lavender) (the lavender scent is perfect to combat mental and physical fatigue)  REN – Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil (for relieving stress and soothing the skin, also reducing inflammation), Le Couvent des Minimes – Lavender & Acacia Relaxing Foaming Bath (for deep cleansing while your mind and body relax with its soothing scents) and Philosophy – Melon Daiquiri or French Vanilla Bean Bubble Bath (simply, because it smells delicious!).

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After giving yourself a good soak in the hot water bath, buff away dull, dry skin with a body scrub to leave your skin silky smooth and lastingly nourished.

Some refreshingly soothing and effective options include JUARA – Candlenut Body Polish, Whish – Vanilla Spice Sugar Scrub (available in other flavors too), Bliss – Hot Salt Scrub and Archipelago Botanicals – Black Honey Sugar Scrub.

After Bath Essentials

Once you are all good soaked and squeaky clean, it’s time for some after-bath indulgence.  Wash away the facial and hair masks to reveal a more gorgeous you and move on to pamper your body a little more.

While your skin is still damp, give your face a good massage with PETER THOMAS ROTH – Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cream. Formulated with cutting-edge plant biotechnology, t he proprietary blend of six rose stem cells and six rose extracts helps repair, regenerate and rejuvenate skin. Next up, massage your orbital region (the bone around your eyes) with Exuviance – Brightening Bionic Eye Creme to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.

Once the moisturizer has sunken in for a good five minutes, apply a layer of PETER THOMAS ROTH – Camu Camu Power C X 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask – an intensive nighttime treatment that not only brightens but moisturizes skin while you sleep.

PETER THOMAS ROTH - Camu Camu Power C X 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask

Don’t forget to pay attention to your neck and décolleté: massage a firming cream like Whish – Rice Milk Decollete Firming Complex, formulated with five powerful, clinically proven anti-aging compounds and peptides, to deliver a powerhouse performance to improve your neck’s elasticity and tone.

Moving further, opt for a rich, luxurious body crème like JUARA – Candlenut Body Creme with the nourishing benefits of candlenut oil, known for its high content of essential fatty acids, for body massage. Massage well a generous amount of the heavenly scented luxe crème for silky, smooth skin with a comfortable, velvet finish.

Finish off your pamper routine by applying Exuviance – Heel Repair formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acids to help revive dry, cracked heels overnight.

There you go, the ultimate spa experience right within the comforts of your home and without the extortionate spa costs!

Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad is Sure to Love

       
Monday, June 6th, 2016

He is your hero. He is your mentor. He is your friend. He is your provider. He is your protector. He is the first man who ever loved you unconditionally.

It’s your turn to express your love for him.

If your dad thinks he has everything he ever needed, surprise him with these indulgent gifts to prove him wrong.  Here are 10 amazing brands that your dad is sure to love!

  1. Jack Black

Help your Dad reverse signs of aging with the power-packed Jack Black – The Defensive Line Anti-Aging Triple Play system.

Jack Black - The Defensive Line Anti-Aging Triple Play

The $138 value set, available for $100, contains Jack Black’s most powerful technologically advanced trio, Protein Booster Skin Serum, Protein Booster Eye Rescue and DIY Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads. Formulated with peptides and anti-oxidants, the set works to repair visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, skin firmness and discoloration.

If your Dad loves more of a basic skincare routine, sets like Jack Black – The Core Collection (available for $52) and Jack Black – Dream Team Duo (available for $18) would be perfect for him, helping him sort out his daily cleansing routine.

If his skincare routine is all sorted out, give him a top of the line grooming kit to leave his skin and facial hair looking their best.

Formulated with wheat proteins, jojoba, eucalyptus, Kalahari melon oil and Vitamin E, the Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit (available for $35) includes All-Over Wash For Face, Hair & Body, Beard Lube® Conditioning Shave and Beard Oil, to help your Dad cleanse, shave and condition facial hair on the go.

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The kit also includes a travel-friendly Handcrafted Beard Comb to comb and style his beard as he wish!

If your Dad is a traveler by nature, he would love Jack Black – PureScience Jet Set Traveler  for his cleansing routine on the go. The $25 set ($40 value) includes Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather and Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20.

If you can’t decide what to give, Jack Black has a set that features five of its best-sellers that provides healthy, hydrated and youthful-looking skin to keep him feeling his best.

Jack Black – The Jack Pack, available for $49 ($75 value), includes True Volume Thickening Shampoo, Turbo Body Bar® Scrubbing Soap, Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 and Industrial Strength Hand Healer.

  1. The Art of Shaving

The leader in The Perfect Shave® arena, The Art of Shaving has a tonne of grooming options for your Dad. From a full-sized kit to starter ones, all available in a variety of gorgeous scents, choose one that your father would love the most.

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If you want to splurge, The Art of Shaving – Full Size Kit Sandalwood with Pure Badger Black Brush (available for $120) is a great option. Featuring Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, After-Shave Balm and a Pure Badger Black Shaving Brush, the kit is perfect for optimal shaving results while helping against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks & cuts.

If you are looking for something more affordable, opt for mid-sized kits (available for $60). The Art of Shaving – Mid-Size Unscented Kit is perfect for those who like their facial products unscented while The Art of Shaving – Mid-Size Sandalwood Kit is suitable for those looking for a musky sandalwood scent. Both the kits are TSA approved for travelling (a bonus for your wanderlust dad!) and include Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, Genuine Badger Shaving Brush and After-Shave Balm.

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For an even more affordable option or simply if you want your dad to try different scents before deciding on a favorite, The Art of Shaving has starter sets available in different flavors too.

Retailing for $30, the options in the starter range include The Art of Shaving – Starter Kit Sandalwood, The Art of Shaving – Starter Kit Lemon, The Art of Shaving – Starter Kit Unscented and The Art of Shaving – Starter Kit Lavender.

  1. Baxter of California

One of the pioneer men grooming brands, Baxter of California has a huge number of high-tech products tailored exclusively for men’s skin.

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From hair care to body care and from skin care to shaving essentials, the evolutionary brand has a number of options for you to gift your beloved dad this Father’s Day.

The Baxter of California – Hair 1.2.3. Kit includes the basic hair essentials to cleanse, condition and prepping your dad’s hair for styling. For $55, the kit offers Daily Protein Shampoo, Daily Moisturizing Conditioner and Grooming Lotion.

For the skincare obsessed dad, Baxter of California – Skin 1.2.3. Kit, available for $55 and Baxter of California – Skin Upgrade Kit, available for $75 are simply perfect. The Skin 1.2.3. Kit contains the basic essentials needed to cleanse, tone and hydrate the skin while the Skin Upgrade Kit takes the skincare regimen a step ahead by featuring targeted skincare products.

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The Skin 1.2.3. Kit includes Daily Face Wash, Herbal Mint Toner and Oil Free Moisturizer and the Skin Upgrade Kit includes Clay Mask, Under Eye Complex, Night Cream AHA and Hydro Salve Lip Balm to repair and rejuvenate skin.

For the more indulgent dad, Baxter of California – Body 1.2.3. Kit, available for $50, is more appropriate with the complete set of essentials to groom your dad from head to toe. The Kit includes Invigorating Body Wash – Italian Lime & Pomegranate Essence, Exfoliating Body Bar and Hand & Body Moisturizer.

For the traveler in your father, a combination of all of Baxter’s best-selling products in travel-friendly, leak resistant and TSA-approved bottles are the way to go. Baxter of California – Travel Kit, available for $50, includes 2 oz units of Daily Face Wash, Oil Free Moisturizer, Super Close Shave Formula, After Shave Balm and Daily Protein Shampoo.

4. Miscellaneous Brands

Apart from these amazing brands, Beauty Bridge has a number of other on offers if you are looking for more variety.

The Anthony Logistics Face Duo Kit  is a super affordable gift set while still delivering outstanding skincare results for your father. The Kit features Glycolic Facial Cleanser, which helps cleanse and exfoliate and All-Purpose Facial Moisturizer, formulated with Wheat Proteins and Vitamins A, C and E to help nourish and rejuvenate skin.

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If your Dad is a fragrance fan, choose from these sumptuous Fragrance Gift Sets to give your father the gift of scentPopular choices of fragrance brands include Caswell-Massey, No.9 Bask, Aramis and Le Couvent des Minimes.

You know you can do better than World’s Best Dad coffee mugs and those godawful ties. This Father’s Day, give him something he deserves and something that he won’t return (not this year, no he wouldn’t).

4 Skincare Ingredients You Need to Try for Glowing Skin

       
Monday, May 23rd, 2016

With beauty products being introduced left, right and center, it’s quite easy to achieve the once impossible task of flawless, glowing skin. However, with products literally being produced in bulk, how do you choose the one that’s perfect for you?

You look into the ingredients.

While you need to stay away from harsh ingredients like alcohol, sulphates, fragrances and mineral oils (their harmfulness being debatable), you actively need to find ingredients that are going to do the world of good to you.

Read on to reveal 4 skincare ingredients that you NEED to try to get your skin glowing once again:

Caffeine

You love your morning Joe but did you know that this simple ingredient can do amazing stuff for your skin?

Caffeine has anti-oxidants (which we all know are the key to fighting signs of aging) and has anti-inflammatory properties. Just like the caffeine in your beverages acts as a stimulant for your body, the caffeine in your skincare products acts as a stimulant for your skin.

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It increases blood circulation and decreases fluid build-up in your facial skin when applied topically, which is why it is one of the most common and approved ingredients for eye creams. Not only does its presence help reduce the appearance of dark circles but also, helps de-puff the under-eye bags and tighten the skin around the eyes.

Some of our favorite eye care products that use caffeine to boost their effectiveness include PETER THOMAS ROTH – 24k Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, GLAMGLOW – BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment and Philosophy – Full of Promise Restoring Eye Duo For Upper-Lid Lifting And Under-Eye Firming.

Other star skincare products that use caffeine as one of their ingredients to help tone the skin and control excess sebum production include Dermalogica – mediBac Sebum Clearing Masque, PETER THOMAS ROTH – Laser-Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel-Cream and PETER THOMAS ROTH – Firmx Firming Night Moisturizer, the latter two being award winning products.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

The game changers of this decade, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, more popularly known as AHAs, are the key to the new gen exfoliation.

AHAs are acids – glycolic acid and lactic acid, the two most popular ones – that help gently exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin, stimulate collagen production and help minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles.

While these acids are THE key to glowing skin in a flash, they need to be formulated in a particular way to be effective without harming the skin. Moreover, an essential point to note is that AHAs increase the photosensitivity of the skin – which in turn means that applying sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.

There are a tonne of products featuring AHAs nowadays so you need to choose depending on your skin type and condition.

If you are opting for glycolic acid, start off with a low percentage, that is, 5%, and then move on to higher percentages. Lower percentages can be applied daily while higher percentages should be applied with caution and only once or twice a week. Also, be sure to do a patch test before covering your face in acids to ensure that you are not allergic to any.

Philosophy - The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel

Start off with something gentle like REN – Clarimatte Clarifying Toner, CANE+AUSTIN – 10 Percent Retexture Pad . You can then move on to high strength acids like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, Philosophy – The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel and CANE+AUSTIN – 20 Percent Miracle Pad. Apart from exfoliating toners and pads, you can also invest in creams that help deliver AHAs to your skin and rejuvenate them from within like Philosophy – Hope In A Jar Night and Exuviance – Age Reverse Night Lift.

Side Note: Beta Hydroxy Acids work to help exfoliate skin too; but are more targeted towards oily skin since they help de-clog pores and fight acne. The most popular one is salicylic acid. However, please use caution while using it because of its property to thin blood consistency if absorbed by the skin. Also, do a patch test before using it to check if you are not allergic to it.

Vitamin C

Known for its skin lightening properties, Vitamin C can help you illuminate your skin tone by decreasing hyper-pigmentation, fighting off uneven skin tone and by boosting collagen production.

While your DIY gurus might suggest you to use lemon juice directly as your source of vitamin C, it is best to leave the lemons for dietary purposes. As with all ingredients, vitamin C needs to be formulated in a certain way to avoid being harsh to the skin and cause more harm than good.

If formulated correctly, not only can vitamin C products give you the much coveted glow but can also help you ward off signs of aging with their anti-oxidant properties.

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Try products like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Camu Camu Power C X 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, Bliss – Triple Oxygen Energizing Vitamin C Day Cream and REN – Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial.

Hyaluronic Acid

A water based ingredient, Hyaluronic acid is usually a key ingredient in most good quality moisturizers, targeted at anti-aging.

Hyaluronic acid is effective because of its ability to retain moisture in huge quantities. Thereby, when included in your skincare regimen, this gem of an ingredient helps retain moisture and give your skin its natural soft, plump look – a key sign of youthful skin.

Hyaluronic acid also works to repair the outermost barrier of your skin, which is usually damaged by the sun’s harmful rays and the daily wear and tear.

While Hyaluronic acid is obviously beneficial to drier skin types, it also works equally well for oily skin because of its light-weight texture and for sensitive skin types, because of its gentleness and the fact that it already is a natural part of our skin’s makeup.

Hyaluronic Acid

PETER THOMAS ROTH – VIZ-1000 Hydrating Serum packs a power punch of 75% Hyaluronic acid making it one of the best options to include in your skincare routine. Other equally good options include Beauty Bridge – Anti-Aging Lifting Serum, Dermalogica – Intensive Moisture Balance and Beauty Bridge – Anti-Aging Revitalizing Night Cream.

Ingrown Hair SOS!

       
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Ingrown Hair SOS!There’s nothing more irritating — not to mention painful — than discovering an unsightly ingrown hair has set up shop underneath your skin. Ingrown hairs are raised, pus-filled red bumps that occur when dead skin becomes trapped inside the hair follicle, forcing the hair to grow underneath the skin. Though sometimes, ingrown hairs, just like zits, can go away in their own time, if left to their own devices for too long there is a chance they could become infected and lead to scarring. So remember: hands off! We’ll show you the steps and products you’ll need to banish ingrown hairs for good.

Often, the best way to treat ingrown hairs is to prevent them from showing up in the first place. This means taking your time when shaving, and using a high-quality shaving cream. For ladies, I like the Whish Coconut Milk Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor, which is perfect for sensitive skin and is formulated to ensure it won’t dry out skin. For the gentlemen, I’d recommend anything from The Art of Shaving, especially their luxurious Sandalwood Essential Oil Shaving Cream. If you really want to indulge, treat yourself to a complete shaving overhaul by picking up their Starter Kit, which includes a shaving brush, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and aftershave balm. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even apply Dermalogica’s Pre-Shave Guard before you get started. It’s marketed towards men, but women can certainly benefit from it as well. Of course, certain types of hair, especially coarse and curly locks, are more prone to ingrown hairs than finer strands.

After shaving, immediately apply a balm to the area. I have two favorites to ensure post-shaving bliss. The first is Dermalogica’s Post-Shave Balm, which is formulated to specifically prevent ingrown hairs and is fragrance-free. If I’m in the mood for something a bit scented, I slather on Shaveworks’ Cool Fix, which helps to free trapped hair as well as to kill any bacteria underneath the skin.

Still, sometimes you can do everything right and still get an ingrown hair, especially if you have sensitive skin. If one shows up, we recommend not trying to dig it out yourself. If you just can’t resist, be sure to place a hot towel on the affected area to open the pores and soothe the skin, then remove the hair with tweezers like the ones in this Anthony grooming tool kit. Still, it’s really better to see a doctor, who may recommend antibiotics or other medication to reduce swelling and prevent infection.

Don’t let an ingrown hair get in the way of a day at the beach this summer!

5 Ways to Use Honey as a Beauty Product

       
Friday, June 19th, 2015

Not only does honey taste great, but it also has a wide range of skin and hair benefits. Honey, which is a natural humectant, so it has the ability to attract and retain moisture, making it the perfect addition to your beauty regimen. It is packed with antioxidants, nutrients and healing compounds which help to moisturize, fight bacteria and fight the signs of aging. Here are 5 “head to toe” ways to utilize the benefits of honey.

5 Ways to Use Honey as a Beauty ProductBath Soak
There is nothing more relaxing than soaking in a hot bath, but when you add honey to the warm water, you will also reap the rewards of softer, healthier skin. For skin that is as smooth and soft as Cleopatra’s, mix 2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of honey and a few drops of essential lavender oil. Add to a hot bath and soak for as long as you wish.

Hydrate Dry Cuticles
If your hands are starting to show a few signs of aging, reach for the honey to transform your dry hands into softer, more youthful looking and feeling hands. To hydrate dry cuticles, mix 1 teaspoon each of honey, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Massage the mixture over each cuticle, let it sit for about ten minutes and rinse in lukewarm water. For added softness on your hands, gently massage an even mixture of honey and coconut oil into your hands and let it soak in while soaking your cuticles, rinse well and pat hands dry.

Skin Clarifying
Raw honey is packed with enzymes that will help clean and clear pores and the antioxidants are excellent for preventing a buildup of bacteria that may cause breakouts and skin imbalance. To deep clean pores, mix one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil and stir to a smooth consistency. Apply the mixture to clean, dry skin by gently massaging in a circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Acne Treatment
Acne is not only embarrassing, but it can also be extremely difficult to get rid of. Many people attempt to get rid of acne by using products that dry their skin out, but in reality, this only makes the problem worse. Honey contains natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help to reduce the inflammation, irritation and redness, without drying your skin out. Make a honey mask with a mixture of 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/2 tablespoon of milk. Mix ingredients until smooth, apply to face and relax for about 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. The coconut oil helps draw the impurities out of your skin, while the honey and milk smooths your skin and kills the bacteria.

Shampoo and Conditioner Booster
The nutrients and natural enzymes in raw honey will give your hair shine and bounce, without weighing it down. To strengthen your hair, while adding fullness and shine; mix 1/2 tablespoon of raw honey to your usual shampoo and rinse well. Add one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil to your usual conditioner, applying thoroughly to the bottom half of damp hair, starting with the ends and working up. Let the mixture remain in your hair for about 20 minutes and rinse well.

There are several types and brands of honey to choose from, but the best honey for your health and to use as beauty products is raw honey. Raw honey has not been treated, so it contains more natural enzymes and antibacterial properties.

Brand Spotlight – Lavanila

       
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Brand Spotlight - LavanilaPrepare to be body-pampered and skin-nourished! Lavanila produces effective luxury beauty products based on plants and other natural ingredients that support what skin truly needs. The company’s name “Lavanila” comes from the word for vanilla on the island of Madagascar, where much of the world’s vanilla is produced. Vanilla is used in many of Lavanila’s products because it is a powerful antioxidant as well as an aromatherapy ingredient that comforts and soothes.

Not only are these formulations ideal for people with sensitive skin, but the products have a delightful fragrance without being cloying or overpowering. They work by allowing skin to breathe and utilize the benefits of their natural ingredients, as opposed to those that smother the skin. The company also has fragrance-free versions of its deodorant and body butter.

Lavanila does no animal testing and labels items that are gluten-free. Some of the chemicals they do not use include silicon, phthalates, aluminum, parabens, synthetic dyes, and propylene glycol — all of which are listed in most beauty products sold through retail outlets ranging from drug stores to high-end exclusive department stores.

The founder of Lavanila, Danielle Raynor, made a career of trying beauty products from every type of retail store. She wanted toxin-free items for her daughters and realized that even high-priced luxury brands contained ingredients to be avoided. Danielle was also allergic to traditionally-formulated perfumes, so she worked with chemists to develop fragrances that did not include ingredients that exacerbated allergy symptoms.

Lavanila began selling its products in 2007 when it offered the first organic fragrance in the industry. The company developed a sugar-based alcohol for its perfumes, and savvy women everywhere welcomed the skin-friendliness of the formulations and the exclusive combinations of essential oils for a truly personal signature fragrance. Packaging included regular sizes and a mini roll-on to tuck into an evening bag.

Other items intentionally designed to nourish and protect skin include aluminum-free deodorants with essential oils — also available in mini sizes for travel — and sunscreen that keeps harsh chemicals away from sensitive areas. Consider the possibility of actually enjoying using sunscreen because it has an amazing smell and nourishes skin with its vitamins!

Discerning women around the world are taking control of what they put on their skin, and the products from Lavanila are helping them revitalize their bodies through the best of nature.

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.

Spring Clean Your Skin

       
Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Spring Clean Your SkinLooking good gives you the confidence to best ensure you are able to succeed in both your business and personal life. While you can try new cosmetics and different hairstyles, getting to the base of your appearance is the best way to ensure you always look your best. This season, take the time to spring clean your skin following these helpful tips.

Electrotherapy

With technology expanding, we are constantly witnessing the introduction of new and exciting innovation, and this stands true in the area of personal aesthetics. We all crave an smooth, even tone, and you can now achieve that goal with the use of electrotherapy. Products such as the Innovative Facial Toner have been approved by the FDA and are open for consumer purchase. These devices are able to target facial muscles susceptible to atrophy after age 30, and they help slow down the development of wrinkles. For less than $200, you can purchase one at Beauty Bridge.

Fun Without the Sun

Whether you have exceptionally pale skin or just wish to add a sun-kissed glow to your appearance, it can be tempting to go use a tanning bed or hit the beach for a session. While this may temporarily increase your aesthetic appeal, the long-term effects are not worth it. Aside from skin cancer, excessive exposure to the sun can also cause wrinkles, freckles, fine lines, and discoloration. However, this does not mean you can’t enjoy the boost a tan provides. Purchase a bronzer. It is applied like foundation and gives you that sun-kissed look without the dangers.

Treat Yourself

A little attention can do a lot for your appearance, and treating your skin to a spa-day at home can provide nourishment that will leave you feeling refreshed. First, identify what type of skin you have, and then purchase a mask that is appropriate for you. For example, if you have normal skin, a botanical mask would be suitable. Other skin types include:

  • Oily skin: opt for a mud mask
  • Dry skin: choose an avocado mask

Despite your skin type, there is a mask anyone can make at home and use. Simply combine one cup of oatmeal and two tablespoons of honey and stir in warm water. Apply and allow mixture to sit for ten minutes for a noticeable boost.

Refresher

While our regular beauty regimen is beneficial, taking the time to employ further techniques is a great way to both look and feel great. An effective way to refresh your skin after a busy day is to mix one part alcohol with six parts water and place it in a spray bottle. A quick spritz will leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated.

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.

Karora

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

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.

Medical Grade vs. Regular Skincare

       
Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Medical Grade vs. Regular SkincareEveryone wants the youthful glow of beautiful skin; however, achieving that smooth, healthy look can be hard to do. As skin care develops, the market is overloaded with products promising to provide the answers. Many are wading through the excess looking for the right product, while some are turning to skincare products developed by dermatologists. But what’s the difference?

Regular, or over the counter, skincare products are available to everyone. The concentrations of their effective ingredients are relatively low and fairly gentle. Over the counter skincare aids have the benefit of being both inexpensive and widely varied. Most major companies have products which can be found in any drugstore and cater to all skin types. Some regular skincare products are even able to treat mild cases of skin conditions such as eczema and acne. The downside of a regular skincare aid is the guesswork. Establishing an effective regimen may require months of trial and error, while you mix and match products in order to create a process that works for you. If you are not careful, you could aggravate your skin and exacerbate any problems you may have.

Some people who find that regular skincare just can’t cope with their needs report success with their medical grade prescription. Medical grade skincare products are developed by dermatologists and have stronger formulas than OTC skincare. They can be purchased online, but it is recommended that you consult a dermatologist before you buy; misuse can be damaging to your skin. For those with extreme cases of acne, eczema, or psoriasis, and even those simply looking to reverse the signs of aging, these products can be a lifesaver. However, they can also be expensive and are sometimes harsh on the delicate skin of your face.

The most important element of skincare is knowing what your skin needs to be healthy. Diet, exercise, and hormone levels can be just as critical as biological factors when it comes to your skin’s health. Try increasing your water intake, or getting more sleep before you change your skincare regimen. To avoid frustration when choosing an over the counter skincare aid, do research before purchasing – know your skin type, read product reviews, and have an idea of what you are looking for before you shop. If you are still unsure, or are interested in designer brands, visit your local department store and ask a consultant; they may be able to assemble the right products for you, or at least give good advice. If you are truly concerned about your skin, meet with a dermatologist to determine if medical grade products can be the next step.