We are all aware that we need to protect our skin from the harmful Ultra Violet Aging (UVA), Ultra Violet Burning (UVB), and Ultra Violet Cancer (UVC) rays. They can come from the sun and other light sources like the UV Lights in our grocery stores, offices, computers, and almost anything that emits light. Sometimes we hear customers say, “I hate the way sunscreen can feel heavy or sticky, turns me white or just smells horrible. No, no I just can’t do it.” Well now you can! With sun protection available in just about every formulation, there’s bound to be that suits you perfectly.
You say, “I wish it smelled good and just melted into my skin like lotion.” You want ARCONA Rezone SPF 20 or SPF 40 is a product like I’ve never used. It’s a whipped mouse texture that is so lightweight that you won’t notice you have it on. With a great tropical fruit fragrance you’ll be excited to add this step in your regimen.
You say, “I just want to quickly apply it and be out the door with great protection for my outdoor lifestyle.” You want La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It gives a matte finish, so no oily shine later in the day. It also comes in an SPF 45, or in a SPF 50 with a mineral formulation, if you prefer that.
You say, “I like the tan I get from the sun but I do want to protect from the UVA rays.” You want Hampton Sun SPF 8, SPF 15, or SPF 30 Tanning Gel will give you that nice glow that makes you look and feel so good but minimize the fine lines and wrinkles that can occur from sun worshipping. You will look hot – and smart!
You say, “I don’t want to feel it, smell it, or know it’s even on me.” You want Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen – Translucent is a great toss-and-go option. It comes in a jar with a sponge-tip applicator you just dab this on generously for clear weightless protection. Great for the hubby and kids too. It won’t melt in your purse so you can take it with you on all your outdoor summer getaways.
You say, “I just want to spritz it on and bring it with me so I can re-apply.” You want Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Ultra Light Oil Free SPF 30 Mist is your answer. You can use this ultra-fine mist even over makeup! It also has antioxidants to help protect from cell damaging free radicals. Plus, it is oil free so you can feel free to apply liberally and often.
You say, “I prefer a brush applicator.” ARCONA Nearly Invisible SPF 30 Dry Mineral Powder is your BFF, one-and-done kind of SPF. It is a loose, translucent powder that comes in this super-handy pen with a brush. Simply click the button at the top to release the product and brush on – voilà! You are covered! This great packing also comes in ARCONA Sunsations Mineral Makeup SPF 25.
We say: Prevent future damage and protect yourself. Re-apply every few hours for maximum benefits. Don’t let your day at the beach be ruined by a painful and potentially dangerous sunburn.
Be safe, be healthy, and be happy!
OK, I’m not going to lie. What first attracted me to this line was the sparkly, 2015 award-winning, packaging design. The brown box design with warm, iridescent tones hone true to this brands Nashville roots. I love how the Daily Serum’s cap looks like it was strung with white lights.
But, BETTER than that, this brand delivers on its promises. I recently had a chance to try three of the products: the Luminous 3 Minute Peel, the Environmental Rescue Mask and the Daily Serum. I started with the peel. I love that it is one step with nothing to mix. You apply a layer of the gel peel over your entire face and neck; it foams up slightly which is bringing oxygen to the skin. Then you massage in small circles all over. You will feel skin particles forming under your fingers. Simply, rinse with a washcloth and you’re left with soft, radiant skin. As an esthetician, this is the first product that I have found that is truly getting rid of my red blotchy cheeks (mild case of rosacea). No irritation or downtime. I’m Impressed!
Then I followed it up with the Environmental Rescue Mask. This is a mask you will want to apply at night, before bed so your skin can soak in the repairing ingredients. The refreshing sheet mask folds out and drenches the skin with the hero ingredient MTHV Complex®, which really works to repair unhealthy skin cells and reverses the damage caused by free radicals. If you can get some much deserved down time, this is the way to do it. I found it cooling on my face and totally relaxing, it’s a great way to end a summer day.
Finally, my new go-to serum, the Daily Serum, offers all the benefits of the mask in a daily dose. This brightens; reduces redness instantly and dark spots over time and helps with elasticity. I can honestly say my skin is firmer since using this product religiously. It also imparts luminosity to the skin that’s perfect under foundation. It is a new brand line that will be launching more products in the future. I really can’t wait for them to have a cleanser and moisturizer.
In my experience, REAL CHEMISTRY=REAL RESULTS.
Many skincare products that are labelled for sensitive skin are formulated for dry skin types but not all of us who have sensitivity have dry skin. Thus, the hunt begins for products that are gentle, but won’t drown us in excess hydration.
ARCONA White Tea Purifying Cleanser is an amazing gel cleanser that will remove make-up, gently exfoliate with enzymes, refine pores, and calm redness. This lightly-foaming gel cleanser will leave no dryness or tight feeling after washing. You will have clean, soft skin that is ready to soak up all the nutrients in your favorite serum. This 5-Star rated cleanser will certainly become a staple in your regimen. Ideal for: Normal/Combo skin types with sensitivity, but can be used for all skin types that want a refreshing, non-stripping, clean feeling.
Sandal season is upon us and what makes your sandals look even better? Painted tootsies, of course!
Our fave pedi polish just got even better. Butter LONDON just rolled out their latest Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer. The amazing original formula stayed chip-free and shiny for the life of you pedicure, yes even several weeks in between. But, the latest launch kicks it up several notches by offering a formula that strengthens, smoothes, and has a gel –like cushion with superior shine! Best of all, this polish is free of all the nasty chemicals that we don’t want like: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide or xylene.
Try some fun summer colours brilliant for rocking your socks off! Jolly Good – opaque, bright coral crème (pictured above). Flusher Blusher – opaque, fuchsia pink crème (pictured right) and Broody – opaque, raspberry crème. And of course they come in classic tones excellent for a perfect mani too!
You can find butter LONDON products on SkinStore.com.
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If you are extremely sensitive to scents and suffer from migraines at one whiff of a potent fragrance, you can rest assured that Zents will not cause pain or overwhelm your senses.
Born out of a true story of healing, the founder of Zents was in a tragic car accident leaving him without the sense of smell. After doctors told him they couldn’t do anything more for him he went on a holistic journey to wellness and regained his ability to smell. Highly concentrated, synthetic fragrances that once were a mere annoyance, now triggered migraines. Thus, Zents was born. Combining the words Zen and Scents, the founder created a line of fragrances with no synthetics, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, petroleum and dyes. In the Zents Eau de Toilette Sample Set, you can layer or mix and match with no fear. There is something for everyone in this kit. From earthy to fresh and fruity to floral you will be sure to find a few that you love within the ten clean scents. Once you find your favorite, you will be happy to know that these aromas also come in lotions, concretas (solid fragrance) and oil concentrates in rollerball bottles. Ooh la la!
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If you have ever had red, irritated, inflamed skin that just hurts you may have a condition called Rosacea. Although the cause for it is not known you can get relief from the embarrassment of unwanted rosiness and painful pustules that may exist. A great regimen for this would be Pevonia Soothe and Restore Value Set. Pevonia is one of our natural brands that has been around for 20 years, almost a pioneer in the botanical skincare arena. This kit offers Pevonia’s RS2 line that soothes delicate skin.
This top-seller comes with a rose-infused cleanser, lotion (the French word for toner), and care cream. Roses give it a fresh scent and are very calming to the skin. We would recommend using an SPF Product during the day. You can also enhance it with
Pevonia Speciale Enzymo-Spherides Peeling Crème. This exfoliant is perfect for sensitized skin. Pineapple and papaya enzymes act like tiny pac-mans to gently eat away dead skin cells. Use the peeling crème twice weekly to give you an instant glow.
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All that you love about your Clarisonic just got better! The latest model now has all the bells and whistles you can ask for on one convenient sonic cleansing device. Now you can cleanse your face, body and give yourself a pedicure all with one machine!
First, let’s talk about the face. You can choose from four speeds to cleanse your complexion. One is the gentlest, four being more invigorating. All the Clarisonic brush heads fit on the Smart Profile however the Dynamic brush head comes standard with it. The new Dynamic brush head is micro chipped for two reasons. It has a built-in indicator to illuminate the brush with a red light when it is time to replace it. Also, when used in Smart Mode, the brush head automatically adjusts for a deeper cleanse in the T-zone and a more gentle cleanse for your cheeks, that is smart! The texture of this brush is somewhere in between a sensitive brush head and the deep pore brush head. There is also a Turbo mode that accelerates for a deeper clean as long as you hold it down, which is great for cleansing congested areas.
The Turbo Massage Body Brush head also comes in this kit. When used in Smart mode it will give you a short massage and then it cleanses and exfoliates and finishes with another short massage. It had us at hello. You also get the Refining skin polish to really renew and slough off the dry, dead skin that causes that “ashy” look. This will be perfect to use to prepare the body for a self-tanner. Turbo off those rough heels and elbows!
Last, but not least you can get your feet, sandal ready for spring! The Pedi Smoothing Disc and Pedi Wet Dry Buffing Brush Head are sold separately, but can be utilized with the Smart Profile. You will still want to keep your appointment with your pedicurist however; this system will extend the life of a professional pedicure. With all those functions in one, your friends will say that you’re a smart one!
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Have these arctic winter blasts got you down? As we look forward to welcoming spring; we can renew the body by sloughing off that dry, dead skin with Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub. With wet hands, just a smooth a little dollop over your body while in the shower. As the brown sugar, crushed grape seeds, and pure Gironde honey melt into the skin they create a creamy emulsion that deeply hydrates. Rinse in the shower. This also contains six organic essential oils that give the extra benefit of having a draining effect to help smooth out cellulite. You will have exfoliated and softer skin with a satiny finish. Follow with your favorite body moisturizer. Have a glass of cabernet with it! Aaah, now that’s what we call Vinotherapie!
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Do you have a Clarisonic and love the cleaning power you get from it, but you’re not sure which brush head is right for you? Let’s shed some light on this!
Clarisonic brush heads vary in bristle length and density. The longer and more dense the bristles are the softer the brush. Granted, all brushes are equally effective at cleansing regardless of comfort level. Keep in mind all of the brush heads are interchangeable except for the body brush attachments. Here’s the breakdown:
Normal: Comes standard with the Gray Mia 1 and Mia 2. It’s an invigorating brush great for thicker or oily skin, without sensitivity. Men’s skin is a typical fit for this brush head. This brush is generally used with speed 2 or speed 3 on devices.
Deep Pore: Sold separately. A purifying brush that will help congested areas like the T-zone and tops of the cheeks. If you have blackheads, whiteheads or milia use this to help clear those out. Generally used on speed 2 or 3.
Sensitive: Comes standard with Mia 1, Mia 2 and Mia 3. This balancing brush head is most commonly used. Great for makeup removal and daily grime use with speed 1, 2, 3, or 4.
Delicate: Sold separately. More gentle than the sensitive brush head. Ideal for those who have some sensitivity and no dryness. Typically used with the lowest speed, speed 1.
Acne: Comes with the Mia 2 Clarifying Collection. This clarifying brush is super gentle for cleansing the delicate and sometimes inflamed blemishes. Best used on speed 1 or 2.
Radiance: Sold separately. Even more gentle than the acne brush head. Wonderful for dry and sensitive types used on speed 1.
Dynamic: Comes with the Smart Profile. The texture is somewhere between the sensitive and deep pore brush heads. It also, has a microchip in it so it lights up with a red light when it is time to change it. This brush can be used on all of the 4 speeds this device offers.
Turbo Massage Body: Comes with the Smart Profile. This is a stiffer brush that will help exfoliate your rough patches on the body and elbows. Use with the body mode.
**Clarisonic recommends that you change the brush on your device every 3 months for efficacy**
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