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SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

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Get your skin in shape for summer!  You have a multitude of skincare concerns, so you need to purchase a vast array of products to treat them, right?

Not so fast. With a do-it-all treatment like the SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, you can undergo a skin transformation with just one product and send your wrinkles packing!

This all-in-one anti-aging product has won multiple awards, and for good reason: This first-of-its-kind serum combines powerful antioxidants, anti-aging peptides and an exclusive blend of growth factors to deliver real results. This targeted treatment fights the signs of aging and rejuvenates the skin.

The unique dual-chamber design releases a combination of ingredients that work synergistically to improve the overall appearance of the skin. TNS Recovery Complex contains a patented blend of growth factors that work to reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, discoloration, roughness, photo damage and improve skin texture. APS Corrective Complex blends antioxidants and peptides to fight free radical damage and help support the foundation of the skin.
A potent blend of antioxidants such as vitamin E, green tea leaf extract and blackberry extract prevent free radical damage for healthier skin now and in the future. Hyaluronic filling spheres visibly plump the skin, while alpha-arbutin brightens and lightens age spots for a more radiant complexion.
Synergistically these ingredients work together to transform your skin!  TNS Essential Serum can deliver results in just 30 days, with continued skin improvement over time, as demonstrated in clinical studies. Here’s to your future of more beautiful skin!

*TNS Essential Serum was voted “Best Decollete Anti-Aging Product” by New Beauty readers, editors and experts and was named “Best Anti-Aging Serum” by skin care experts to earn the product an InStyle Best Beauty Buy for a second year in a row TNS Essential Serum received the honor for the “Wrinkle Treatment” category!


Stress and Skin

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Beauty starts from the inside. How we handle stress varies from person to person. Some of us eat more, others eat less, and some of us binge on sweets while another might turn to caffeine or alcohol. Both stress and poor nutrition can suppress the immune system. So the next time you reach for a quick fix to combat stress, remember, now is not the time to short change your diet.

In addition to sleep, exercise and drinking water, nutrition is critically important to relieving stress, boosting the immune system and maintaining healthy skin.   I get asked so often ‘what can I eat to help relieve stress and improve my beautiful skin? The answer is A LOT…here are some quick tips:

“The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating When You’re Stressed”:

Don’t reach for carbohydrates when you’re stressed.   They release serotonin in the brain and literally make us feel better.  Instead, reach for healthy comfort foods like air popped popcorn (with a bit of canola oil spray, salt and spices), raw almonds or cashews, multi-grain snacks, green tea lemonade (my personal favorite!) and berries (high in antioxidants.  Great for breakfast too!)

Do eat foods high in Essential Fatty Acids to reduce internal inflammation (this is increased by stress and leads to disease and aging).   You can take Omega supplements (Nordic Naturals is the best choice, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, which our body does not make), or incorporate foods into your diet such as salmon, trout, raw nuts and flaxseed.

Do cut back on white bread, refined sugar and pasta. This will help lower the secretion of Cortisol, which contributes to breakouts and is the hormone we release when we’re stressed.    Plus, you can add beans/legumes to the diet, which are high in Zinc to further decrease the inflammation, which contributes to inflamed acne.

Do channel a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, tomatoes and red wine (in moderation) because it is high in antioxidants, which help block the chemical reactions that lead to sun damage in skin.  (We have to think about environmental stress on our skin, too).  This can help prevent melanoma.

Don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water to detox the body and keep skin hydrated!

Do eat a diet high in antioxidants and minerals.  A deficiency in vitamins or antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamin C makes us more susceptible to disease. Without enough essential minerals, like magnesium and zinc, our immune system is compromised. Reports show vitamin and mineral levels dropping up to 33% during a stressful week, despite an adequate diet.

After you have taken care of the inside, don’t forget to care for the outside with skin care products to relieve the visible signs of stress on your skin (aging, acne, sensitivities).   Did you know that when you are stressed your body temperature increases?  Skyn ICELAND products go on with a cooling sensation to bring skin back into balance and to bring back the youthful glow you left behind!  Great for summer are:

Glacial Cleansing Cloths (take them to the beach!)
Arctic Face Mist (replenishes skin with those vitamins depleted by stress)
Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (to reduce puffiness in TEN minutes)
Antidote (a cooling lotion that decongests, detoxifies and calms stressed skin)
Pure Cloud Cream (great for replenishing, healing and soothing sun burned skin)

When we look better, we feel better.  Have a healthy, stress-free summer.

Prevention is the Best Treatment

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We all know that sunscreen is vital to skin health, but many may not consider it to be a true anti-aging product. In fact, it is the most important age control product available to the skin care professional. Above retinoids, vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, which undoubtedly improve the appearance of aging skin, sunscreen can singlehandedly prevent damage from occurring.

As we move into fall, it is critical to remember the importance of year-round sunscreen use. Remember that unlike UVB, the strength of the sun’s UVA rays (responsible for aging) remains constant throughout the day and throughout the year. These rays are able to penetrate through clouds and windows, and their effects target everyone, regardless of skin type, tone or condition. Many patients have an “it won’t happen to me” mentality when it comes to skin cancer, but most are frightened of the inevitable aging process. This fall, change your way of thinking about preventing and treating visible aging with year-round daily use of broad spectrum sunscreen.

The suite of PCA SKIN sun protection formulas is truly revolutionary. The virtually undetectable Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 for oily, acneic skin; Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for post-procedure care and those prone to hyperpigmentation; Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for normal to oily skin; Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for normal to dry skin; and Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant for use during outdoor activities. Their combination of ultra-sheer, micronized zinc oxide and octinoxate provide unsurpassed broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage. Silybin, also known as milk thistle, and caffeine provide superior antioxidant action to help maintain skin health during exposure.  PCA SKIN has perfected year-round protection.

Wave Bye-Bye to Crows Feet!

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OS062Are you ready for some serous age correction for your crow’s feet?  Osmotics Renovage Cellular Eye Repair is an innovative product formulated to treat those pesky lines and wrinkles that become more and more profound as we age.   Renovage Cellular Eye Repair is the next generation in age-defying technology. This rich emollient formula helps correct and prevent aging around the eyes by repairing DNA and increasing cellular life span.

Since aging begins on the cellular level, this amazing eye treatment helps extend the lifespan of the cells to enhance the skin’s natural protection and repair factors. This enhanced cell function improves tissue quality and visibly corrects and prevents fine lines and sun damage. To insure maximum results this revolutionary new technology includes age fighting antioxidants and natural sources of Resveratrol to prevent glycation – which smoothes wrinkles, reduces skin sensitivity, corrects and brightens uneven skin tone.

This youth extending formula has everything you need to see visible results in 4 to 6 weeks!


Visibly reduces wrinkles, fine lines, redness, and sun damage.

Fights free radical damage and promotes healthier skin.

Diminishes the appearance of age spots.

Softens and nourishes the eye area.

Improves overall texture, restores younger looking skin.

Recommended for all skin types, including sensitive, concerned with preventing and repairing signs of aging, fine lines, redness and sun spots.

Ginger, and Ginseng, and Biotin, Oh My!

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Flat hair? We care! Don’t let your summer look fall flat. Instead, give it an easy boost with Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray. Our trifecta of hair-lovin’ ingredients, including ginger, ginseng, and biotin, work together to strengthen, smooth, and protect your strands.

There’s no need to sacrifice your summer fun to save your hair. Simply spray on a few blasts of Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray onto damp, post-shower hair, focusing on the roots. Using a round brush, blow your hair dry and watch it come back to life.

So how does it work? Three key ingredients combine their superpowers to take your hair to the next level.

Ginger doesn’t just accompany your sushi dinner! Rich in fatty acids, this powerful ingredient helps to prevent hair loss and thinning for fuller, healthier looking hair. It delivers a powerful punch of vitamins and nutrients essential to hair growth.

Ginger also helps to boost circulation, which is said to stimulate the hair follicles to grow hair longer and stronger.


Ginseng, another main ingredient in Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Spray, strengthens your strands from root to tip by increasing the absorption of nutrients. Yes, your hair needs its vitamins to grow healthy and strong! Make sure they are delivered right where they are needed with ginseng.


Biotin, the third ingredient in this strand-strengthening trifecta, is a B-vitamin known for fortifying hair by improving the keratin structure for glossier, voluminous hair.

Wave goodbye to thin, split-ended, sun-damaged hair, and say hello to full, beautiful locks. Spray it in, blow it out, and turn some heads with your gorgeous hair, Briogeo babes!

Baby Quasar: Teal Deal Bundle

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TealDeal BundleTake advantage of the Teal Deal Bundle by Baby Quasar featuring the Baby Quasar PLUS LED light therapy skincare tool for the treatment of wrinkles. This teal-colored dynamo is a limited edition and available only for $399 while supplies last. Help build natural and durable collagen with the anti-aging at-home tool. Lifetime warranty and comes with a free Hydraplenish Collagen Creme, goggles and a travel bag. Follow Gregory Dylan Beauty at @GreggersLA to get amazing tips and tutorials.

Caring for curly hair – taming of the frizz!

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Caring for curly hair does not have to be stressful or complicated….relax, step away from your flat iron and read on! We totally empathize with our readers who tell us they feel as though they are at war with their luscious locks! We say…no more battling the frizz, waging war against humidity, or having hand to hair combat in front of the mirror every morning. Here are a few simple tips 7503410892_deded1338f_zand tricks that we feel every woman with curly hair should know.

Understand why you have curly hair. Chances are you received your curly hair from one of your parents or some other relative…genetics aside, at the root (pun intended) of the curly hair mystery is the hair follicle. The size and shape of your hair follicle determines your hair thickness and whether or not you will have curly or straight hair. Individuals with curly hair will have an oval to nearly flat shaped follicle. An oval follicle produces wavy hair, whereas a flatter follicle produces more coiled hair or tighter curls. On the contrary, individuals with rounded follicles have straight hair.

Nurture your curls through hydration and gentle care. First, washing your hair every day can be very drying. Second, many drug store shampoos can be damaging or harsh to your hair. Solution – because curly hair tends to be damaged easily, consider washing your hair with a shampoo made for curly hair every other day, or even less. Here is a tip – condition your hair daily, but wash no more than 2-3 times per week. At first the new routine may cause what feels like oiliness, but this is just your hair adjusting to a new regimen. Try to stick to the new regimen for two weeks before deciding if this is right for you. The benefits of this change may take a couple of weeks to notice, BUT it will save you time and you will still benefit from that fresh washed feeling everyday.

Condition, condition, condition. Find a hydrating conditioner to use daily. You want something light, but conditioning enough for daily use without ugly build-up, which can weigh your hair down. Find a daily conditioner made for curly hair and deep condition once per week. Leave in conditioners work well. If you are concerned about build-up or product residue, incorporate a clarifying 16782288678_84e157f22e_zapple cider rinse or shampoo that will remove residue without stripping the hair. Tip – if your hair tends to get tangled, comb (not brush) through your hair while conditioning. Avoid combing or brushing dry, unconditioned hair as much as possible. Shower time is a great time to get the tangles out!

Avoid heat. Flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers should be used sparingly. Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible and blow dry only when absolutely necessary. Seriously, when you minimize shampooing and hydrate your curls, you will find that minimizing your blow-dryer time gets easier…it is no longer just a styling tool; rather it becomes a way to get body without achieving the big-poofy over worked look. Instead, try to incorporate a high quality curl enhancing product, which eliminates frizz and defines your curls. Alterna, Oscar Blandi, Phyto and Briogeo all have fantastic products to choose from. Once your curls are managed and under control, your desire to straighten them is lessened and your curling iron and flat iron may not be as appealing for everyday styling.

Finally, it is important for curly haired vixens to find a superb stylist, one who understands curly hair. The right hair cut is crucial! I saved this tip for last because this subject can be sensitive. We have all experienced a bad hair cut…good news is your hair grows back eventually right?! Tip – find a stylist that knows curly hair. Get referrals if you can. In addition to the right cut, regular trips to the salon for a trim can make a huge difference in the appearance of your hair. Regular trims will reduce split ends and will help keep the hair looking healthy.


Looking for product suggestions?

Shampoo’s & Conditioners: Phyto Phytospecific Curl Hydration Shampoo Naturally Curly Hair, Frederic Fekkai Essential Shea Shampoo, Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Shea Curl Defining Conditioner

Curl Enhancers: Phyto Phytospecific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Curls Anti-Frizz Curl Defining Cream, Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Shea Leave-In Defining Cream


Zents: What Exactly is our Concreta?

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Trainings and events are my absolute favorite part of my job with ZENTS. I get to meet and learn from amazing people in the spa and skincare industry and share our rich history. ZENTS is a fusion of the words “Zen” and “Scent” and during our trainings I often ask the question: What does the word Zen mean to you?

I love hearing everyone’s answers and the way their whole body often becomes more relaxed as they think upon the question. You can almost see the words floating in their mind’s eye. Peaceful, calm, attuned, mindful… These words create a symphony of relaxation when we think them. The word that I like to call out the most is “mindful.” ZENTS is an incredibly mindful company, from our charitable giving arm, SEVA, to the way we source our ingredients. We procure our shea butter from women’s co-ops in Ghana, directing and positively affecting the lives of women and families.

One of the ZENTS products that embodies mindfulness the most to me is our Concreta. The Concreta is a rich reparative balm, made for dry, problem areas like cuticles, elbows, heels, feet. It is full of organic shea butter and touched lightly with a spa-grade aroma to create a feeling of delight and relaxation when applying it. Shea butter is incredibly hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and zents2helps to protect the skin’s barrier from dehydration. We source our shea butter from women’s co-ops in Ghana, voting with our dollars, and listening to all our customers who tell us how much they appreciate it. The organic shea butter in the Concreta is housed in a hand-carved stone box, and the story behind that box is symbolic of all that embodies ZENTS.Zents

Founder Cord Coen was in a car accident 19 years ago that left him with debilitating injuries, both to mind and body. After two years of rehabilitation in Boulder, Colorado, his Western doctors told him that they could do no more. He would get no better.

Cord and his family refused to believe this and broadened their search until they found a doctor in India who had helped others in the Boulder community. Cord spent a year and half in recovery in India, performing pranayama for his brain rehabilitation and yoga for his body. He took Tibetan medicine and worked every single day at recovery. Slowly, slowly, his mind and body began to heal. Upon his return to the United States, he knew he wanted to be a part of other people’s healing journeys, and ZENTS was born.

To this day, our Concreta boxes are hand-carved by the family that Cord lived with in India. Every time someone purchases a Concreta, they are helping to put food on a family’s table.

It’s when we take care of ourselves that we are best able to take care of others. Thank you for allowing ZENTS to be a part of your healing journey.

Balanced and Blemish-Free Summer Skin

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Elemental Herbology Facial Detox MaskElemental Herbology incorporates the integral philosophy of the Chinese Medicine’s Five Elemental Theory. Summer is the element of fire and symbolizes outward movement, warmth, vitality and energy.

When the fire element is in excess, skin can become excessively oily and congested. The humid summer months can lead to breakouts and irritated skin, making it an essential time to incorporate balancing products into your skincare regimen. We suggest adding into any existing skincare regimen the Facial Detox Mask.

Formulated with mineral rich organic Amazonian clay to deep clean skin that is prone to blemishes and resolve congestion. Manuka honey, aloe and calendula provide anti-inflammatory relief while eucalyptus, cedarwood, lavender and rosemary essential oils help to balance sebum production. Use once weekly for normal skin or up to three times weekly for oily skin.

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Summer Protectors: SPF and Topical Vitamins

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The summer months can take a toll on the skin. From sunny vacations to outdoor activities and the sun’s harsh rays beating down during your daily commute, sun protection is extra important during these warmer months. The summer season finds the sun the highest in the sky causing UVA/UVB rays to be stronger and more direct, especially during the 10 am – 4 pm hours.

Adding a broad spectrum sunscreen into your daily routine — no matter what time of day you are out — dramatically improves your level of protection. If the sun is out, a broad spectrum sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin. Broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging, while UVB rays result in sunburn.

PCA SKIN® offers five broad spectrum sunscreens — Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant — designed for different skin needs, but all approved by The Skin Cancer Foundation for active and daily use.

To supplement direct sun care, C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max offer maximum percentages of pure vitamins C and E to aid the skin’s ability to support itself against external damages while improving fine lines and wrinkles. The unique delivery system in these products allow for the vitamins to be safely encapsulated and provide maximum effectiveness.

Ultimately, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to avoid these harsh rays whenever possible. Rearranging your outdoor activities and chores to before or after the hottest point of the day and staying away from artificial tanning is the number one method of protection.

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