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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.

The Essential Value of Double Cleansing

Friday, June 12th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Double cleansing is a natural and gentle method that maintains skin rather than scouring it. It is a better alternative for those who are prone to dry skin. It is an especially good friend to thin skin.

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.

5 Top Self-Tanning Tips

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

5 Top Self-Tanning TipsSelf-tanning is a nice way to get a warm glow, but, to do it right, requires a little time and preparation. Fortunately, the process isn’t difficult, just read up on the instructions ahead of time, and plan your self-tanning for a time when you are not rushed.

Don’t Neglect a Test Patch

Allergic reactions to self-tanning products are rare, but not unheard of. Considering how uncomfortable a rash or other allergic reaction could be over your entire body, however, it makes sense to perform a patch test 24 to 48 hours before you self-tan. You can make sure you don’t have a reaction, and get an idea on how the color looks on your skin.

Prep First

Don’t self-tan irritated skin, so wax at least 24 hours before self-tanning, and shave at least 12 hours in advance. Stay away from deodorant, essential oils and perfumes as well during this time, as all of these items can interfere with the self-tanners ability to process evenly. Use an exfoliating product before you self-tan, to remove dry skin, which will absorb the tanning product unevenly. Follow up with a water based moisturizer to hydrate skin so it will absorb the product nicely.

Have The Right Supplies

In addition to the self-tanner of your choice, have tight fitting, disposable gloves, a water based moisturizer and cotton swabs on hand. You don’t want to go searching for these items once you get started. Ideally, once you start self-tanning, you will have several uninterrupted hours. Once you apply the tanner, the longer you can allow it to process before doing anything else, the better your results will be.

Start at the Bottom

Apply your preferred tanner, starting at your feet and working your way up. This keeps you from smudging still damp tanner by leaning over. If you are not using disposable gloves, wash your hands frequently during the application process. If you wait until the very end, your palms will probably be stained orange. Once you have applied self-tanner to your entire body, go back and use a towel to lightly buff the areas such as your knees and ankles, that may accumulate self-tanner.

Give it Time

Most people find self-tanning best as a evening time event. After you apply the self- tanner, you want to let it dry completely before getting dressed. Even then, some transfer is likely, so loose fitting, dark colored clothes are best. You also don’t want to sweat, swim, shower or bathe for at least six hours after applying self-tanner. Tanning at night allows you to sit around for a bit to dry, then go to bed, minimizing the chances of smudging your tan.

Guide to At Home Electrotherapy Devices

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Guide to At Home Electrotherapy DevicesWhen searching for a device that will help you regain your youthful appearance of the face, eliminating wrinkles and tightening skin, you may want to consider purchasing an electrotherapy device such as the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner device. While electrotherapy devices may be seen at doctors’ offices and high end spas, the Stri-Vectin and other at-home devices offer the same quality facial toning in the comfort of your own home.

How do electrotherapy devices work?

Just as the muscles in your arms and legs may lose definition as you age, the same can be said about your face. Unlike other muscles of the body, however, you can’t simply start a workout routine to help tone and tighten these lax muscles. This is where electrotherapy devices come into the picture. By applying gentle electrical impulses into your facial muscles, your body starts to respond by exercising the targeted muscles. This results in the tightening of facial muscles as well as a reduction in wrinkles.

Do at home electrotherapy devices work?

You might be skeptical in regard to whether electrotherapy devices such as the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner will work at home. This particular machine is USDA approved and offers the same electrotherapy found in doctors’ offices and spas throughout the world. Therefore the Stri-VectinLABS toner is a safe and effective device to use in your home.

What are the benefits of the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner?

The Stri-VectinLABS toner helps remove the hollows and wrinkles from your face while you’re at home. Operated with batteries, you will place a headset on which will serve to deliver electrical impulses to the targeted muscles. This device offers a full range of impulses from 0-99 and can be dialed back or increased for your personal comfort. While the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner is targeting the main muscles of the face which tend to atrophy after the age of 30, you can even choose to catch up on your favorite television shows as the device is soothingly quiet when in operation.

How soon will I see results?

Using an at-home electrotherapy device at least five days a week for 20 minutes a session, you should expect to see results within 12 weeks of operation. You may however notice a smoothing and tightening of the skin sooner, but generally the best results are noticed after 12 weeks of usage.

What do at home electrotherapy devices generally include?

If you decide to bring an electrotherapy device home, you will generally receive a headset-like facial toner, a handheld controller, medical grade gel pads, an instruction manual and a quick start guide. The gel pads should be replaced on a weekly basis due to their propensity to dry out and pick up minuscule particles from your skin during use.

If you’ve been considering a doctor’s visit in order to remove fine lines and wrinkles from your face, you may want to invest in an at-home electrotherapy device. These devices are convenient, easy to use and can help you regain your youthful appearance with a minimal investment.

Treatment Foundations

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Treatment FoundationsWhen it comes to your beauty regimen, nothing is more important than your skin. As the most visible part of your face, your skin is your beauty “base”; nothing lets your health and beauty shine through like smooth, glowing skin. However, even the most stunning, well-maintained complexions have flaws that need to be covered. But with so many products on the market–moisturizers, anti-aging serums, foundations, concealers–getting a dewy, flawless look with healthy skin underneath can involve some very long shopping trips!

Luckily, many of the biggest names in beauty have devised a solution to this problem. Treatment foundations–a new generation of foundations that improve your skin’s condition as well as its appearance–debuted on the beauty scene this past summer. As you go about your day, these multi-tasking foundations reverse the passage of time with anti-aging ingredients, such as candle bush extract, an active ingredient in Sothys Teint Satine Age-Defying Foundation. With continued use, treatment foundations plump up fine lines and soften wrinkles. They also protect skin from free radicals (harmful chemicals in the environment) with ingredients like vitamin E, as seen in Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Foundation, and often contain SPF, further minimizing the number of bottles on your bureau.

They may work hard to make your skin look better in the future, but treatment foundations also do wonders for 8 AM meetings and nights on the town. Sothys Teint Satine Age-Defying Foundation uses a wide range of Omega acids to revitalize and moisturize skin, leaving behind a youthful, sculpted appearance. As you’d expect from a foundation, these products also provide color coverage in a variety of tones. Their liquid formula is ideal for layering, and the coverage is lightweight and natural–a perfect embodiment of the “no-makeup makeup” look that has been sweeping both Hollywood and the runways, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal.

As the first rays of Spring sunshine trickle through our windows, expect to see some new treatment foundation converts. After all, with the sun beckoning and temperatures rising, who wants to spend precious minutes routing through the medicine cabinet? Just smooth on a treatment foundation, swipe on some mascara, and head out the door!

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.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Facial Care

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series- Facial CareValentine’s Day is swiftly approaching. Whether you have big romantic plans or you’re just going out with your girlfriends, do yourself a favor and give your skin some extra loving. There’s guaranteed to be pictures, so why not look your best for you?


You’d be surprised at the difference in your complexion when you’re scrubbing away those dead, useless layers of skin. You don’t have to get really fancy and go to a spa; sometimes an acid toner is all you need to remove the dull layers. Regular exfoliation will reveal the younger, healthier skin cells for a brighter overall complexion. If you’re looking for an excuse for a spa day, a professional facial will give you a deeper exfoliation using a variety of masks, serums, and tools.


You’re probably already being good about getting enough water every day, but are you putting enough moisture into your skin in other ways? Winter is harsh on your skin, especially your face, and can lead to redness, peeling, and a dull complexion. Introduce intense moisture in the form of oil. You might think oil means acne, but oil based serums that are specially formulated for skincare won’t lead to breakouts. Proper moisturizing keeps your skin firm, supple, and more resilient.

Nourish While You Sleep

You can take care of your skin while you slumber? You sure can! The first step is removing all of your makeup and the day’s dirt from your face. Start with a good makeup remover to get all traces of makeup from your face. Follow it up with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser to get rid of any dirt or other residue. Exfoliate with something like gycolic acid to remove the dead skin that’s built up throughout the day. If you need an extra beauty boost, try a sleep mask. Skin experts agree that your skin goes through a lot of regeneration as you sleep so your skin is quite receptive to products introduced during this period. You’ll wake up with softer and smoother skin just from sleeping!

Acne Prone Skin?

If your skin is prone to acne, you’re probably used to waking up the morning of a big event with a few blemishes. If your acne isn’t hormonal or diet related, you’re probably used to juggling different skin care routines. Try a new skin care routine that a lot of people swear by. Try to be dedicated to a morning routine of cleansing, exfoliation (with an acid toner), and a moisturizer. At night, double cleanse! Wash your face twice with a non-foaming cleanser, follow it with your toner, and then moisturize. You might see a huge difference in your breakouts!

Your face is the first thing people notice, so why not add a few skin care tweaks to give yourself the utmost confidence? Whether you’re staring at your beloved over candlelight or you’re sipping wine with your best friend this Valentine’s Day, you’re guaranteed to glow both inside and out.

Products to Help with Those New Years Resolutions

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Products to Help with Those New Years ResolutionsAs the year 2015 gains momentum, more and more people are ready to start realizing their beauty-based New Years Resolutions. If this is the case for you, it’s important to note that there are several products available that can help you look and feel absolutely amazing. To learn more about which products can help you accomplish specific beauty objectives, be sure to review the brief outline that appears below:

1. SeroVital-hgh

Women and men who are interested in reducing wrinkles, firming their skin, increasing their lean muscle mass, developing stronger bones, and decreasing body fat should note that they can accomplish their objective with SeroVital-hgh. This product works through the use of a scientifically proven hGH booster that increases hormone levels.

2. Karin Herzog – The 7 Creams of The Week

Individuals who are ready to give their skin the ultimate beauty treatment should note that Karin Herzog – The 7 Creams of The Week is right up their alley! This seven-day treatment contains a distinct set of absolutely amazing products that will address each and every skin-based need you have. The products function as a holistic skin treatment, including goods that assist you with hydration, exfoliation, energizing, firming, nourishment, oxygenation, and rejuvenation.

3. Kneipp – Bath Benefit Kit

If you know that external beauty is all about internal peace, it’s time to recognize that Kneipp’s Bath Benefit Kit can help induce the state of relaxation which heightens your aesthetic appeal. It’s no secret that stress and anxiety can detract from our physical appearance, so make sure you’re unwinding with a wonderful product that helps you maintain the internal calm that will facilitate external beauty.

4. EVE LOM – Travel Essentials Collection

Oftentimes, people are able to maintain their beauty routine until it’s time to travel. If this is your predicament, know that the solution can be found in EVE LOM – Travel Essentials Collection. This amazing product provides you with a top notch cleanser, radiance cream, and rescue mask that will keep your skin in amazing condition. With this product, you can be sure that you’ll look your best during your next vacation or business trip.


If you’re serious about looking and feeling your absolute best in 2015, note that finding the right products to help you keep your New Years Resolutions is a must. By using the wonderful products highlighted here, you will likely find that you grow confident in your appearance and begin to lead a healthier, happier life. Good luck!

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.