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Get the Look: BodyBuilder Waves

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By T3 Lead Stylist, David Lopez

This season is all about big, loose, voluminous waves that look natural and effortless, but still polished. T3 has created two new tools which I absolutely love, because they make creating this trending look fast and easy. The key to this style is waves that start lower down the hair section (at lip to chin level), which adds incredible body and movement to the bottom half of the hair. Here’s how to get the look:

Start by prepping hair with your favorite body building product (Mousse, Thickening Spray, Texturizing Spray), then rough dry hair until it is 100% dry.

Divide hair into four sections. Start with your part, divide hair all the way to the back and split into pig tails. Split those pig tails into two sections divided from the top right behind the ear.

Using the T3 Micro BodyWaver  wrap 1″ sections of hair flat along on the barrel, then gently unwind into a long coil. Pro Tip: Curl all hair with sections being fed over the barrel and towards the face, as pictured. This ensures perfect symmetrical waves on both sides.

After allowing coils to cool, gently rake through hair from roots to tips with a large comb or your fingers.  Detail the crown and hairline with the T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Wand using the 1” barrel attachment. Gently wrap 1/2″ sections away from the face to create more texture and polish.

Finally, spritz on your favorite texturizing spray.

You can find T3 products on SkinStore.com.

About David Lopez

T3 Lead Stylist, David Lopez, is a rising session and celebrity hair stylist based in NYC. David has lived all over the world and learned at an early age to appreciate the beauty of different cultures and hair types. He started out studying film but quickly transitioned to his true passion, beauty school. David was trained in the French technique of hair cutting and educated by Aveda, Goldwell, Redken & Wella, before going to work for New York’s top salons, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and today’s most prominent magazines. David’s expertise is sought after by media outlets the world over from national television to web series, and is known for being  creative and always enthusiastic, with an infectious passion for his craft. He is represented by NEXT Artists in NYC & FORD Artists in Miami.


Respond to the Changing Seasons

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Elemental Herbology combines the ancient holistic healing know-how of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Five Element philosophy with high-performing and nutritious natural botanical ingredients. Each of the UK-based ranges mElemental Herbology Purify and Soothe Cleansing Balmeets your skin’s needs as the seasons change.

As we move into fall, nurture sun parched summer skin with Elemental Herbology’s star product, Purify & Soothe Cleansing Balm. This oil-rich cleansing balm deeply cleanses the pores without stripping the skin’s own natural protections. The natural oils penetrate the skin delivering vital nutrients and are super-hydrating, for silky, soft and glowing skin.

As featured on MSN GLO in “13 Skin & Makeup secrets from Kate Hudson” quoted “If I’m not wearing much makeup that day, I’ll use Elemental Herbology’s purifying cleanser at night.”

Elemental Herbology Purify and Soothe Cleansing BalmFollow with the go-to moisturizer throughout the fall & winter, Cell Plumping Facial Moisturizer, which is packed with moisture-boosting Royal Jelly, Argan, Sacha Inchi and Evening Primrose oils which plump, nourish and deliver instant hydration.

Post-summer and throughout the colder months skin can become dull and dry, so exfoliating weekly with the Facial Glow Radiance Peel to shed dryness and stimulate cell turnover is really important!

These three simple steps to create your at-home spa facial will leave your skin radiant, healthy and hydrated!

You can find Elemental Herbology products on SkinStore.com.


Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads

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Rejuvenate lackluster skin with Juice Beauty’s GREEN APPLE™ Peel Nightly Brightening Pads and watch as hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles fade away.Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel

Juice Beauty’s GREEN APPLE™ Peel Nightly Brightening Pads are full of antioxidant-rich organic fruit acids, algae extracts, Vitamin B3 and hyaluronic acid packed into an eco-friendly bamboo pad that’s easy to use every night. After cleansing your face, simply apply one peel pad in a circular motion, avoiding the eye area, then follow with Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Age Defy Serum and Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer.

Benefits and Ingredients:

-Reduces the appearance of dark spots with dulse algae.

-Corrects skin tone and texture with Vitamin B3, organic sugar cane and licorice root.

-Brightens with antioxidant-rich organic fruit acids (malic from apple and citric from lemon).

-Plumps & improves skin’s moisture with hyaluronic acid.

-Hydrates and nourishes with organic aloe and algae.

-Eco-Friendly bamboo pads for sustainable exfoliation.

 

You’re on your way to brighter, lighter, and tighter skin!

 

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.


Pumpkin… It’s Not Just For Pie Anymore!

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Fall is in the air and it brings to mind many things: colorful leaves, cooling temperatures, longer shadows and, of course, pumpkin!

Not only does pumpkin smell and taste good, it is a very effective ingredient commonly used in the skin health industry. This incredible ingredient can be used as an effective mask or fermented into a “pumpkin wine” to release multiple nutrients and antioxidants that are beneficial for most skin types and conditions. The fermentation process releases additional nutrients and vitamins within pumpkin, and can be formulated into toners or applied topically to protect and nourish the skin throughout the day.

One use for pumpkin wine has been realized in Nutrient Toner by PCA SKIN, which utilizes a powerhouse of vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids to help refine pores and remove superficial dead skin cells.

The pumpkin enzyme is an effective proteolytic, meaning it will dissolve – or digest – protein or keratin. This mechanism of action makes it an excellent ingredient for sluggish skin conditions that typically result in an excessive amount of skin cell debris, which leads to a complexion that looks dull and uneven. Excessive cellular buildup can also impede the ability of topical products and serums to effectively penetrate the skin. By keeping the skin free of this extra buildup, products that are applied directly after the pumpkin enzyme will be able to work their way into the lower layers of the epidermis more easily.

Vitamins A and C are also ingredients found in pumpkin, both of which are essential to healthy skin function. In addition, pumpkin also contains a high percentage of naturally occurring salicylic acid, making this a great ingredient for acneic skin types as well.


Vichy Idéalia Battles Behavioral Aging

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Skin is subject to many influences, both internal and external. Behavioral Aging is the impact of lifestyle and environment on your skin. It can defy genetic factors and resist some of the most powerful anti-aging treatments. Your skin is up against lifestyle choices that cause damage in ways you may not realize:Vichy Idealia Life Serum

Stress and lack of sleep: side effects include overstressed skin marked by sagging and lack of firmness

Environmental pollution: side effects include polluted skin marked by dull, yellowing complexion

Unbalanced diet: side effects include imbalanced skin marked by large pores, oiliness and shine

UV rays: side effects include uneven skin tone marked by dark spots, fine lines and loss of firmness

With its many years of expertise, Vichy research has discovered new and effective ways of looking after the health of your skin. To combat behavioral aging Vichy has introduced the Idéalia Life Serum and Idealia Eye.

Vichy surveyed 2,600 women and asked them what was standing between them and ideal skin– they responded:

Skin texture (smooth skin, free from bumps and pores) 34%

Skin tone (radiant skin, free from dark spots & pigmentation) 25%

Skin elasticity (supple skin, free from wrinkles, lines & sagging) 25%

Skin balance (well-hydrated skin, free from shine & oily/dry patches) 16%

Vichy Idéalia Life Serum helps with the skin quality parameters that matter most to women. Take the challenge and let us know how Vichy Idéalia Life Serum worked for you and addressing these parameters. It’s not a free pass, but it’s a second chance to transform your skin quality in 8 days. Use Idéalia Life Serum twice daily for 8 days, and experience a visible skin transformation.

You can find Vichy Idéalia Life Serum  on SkinStore.com.

 


Vitamin C & E Synergy

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There are certain ingredient sPCA Skin C and E Strengthtaples everyone should have in their daily care regimen to maintain a healthy complexion. Two of the most important are vitamin C and vitamin E; potent antioxidants, they both help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting an even skin tone. When used together in a formulation, vitamins C and E take part in a synergistic relationship that provides even more health benefits to the skin than using each alone.

UV-exposure causes free radicals to be produced, which in turn attack cells’ lipid membranes, trying to get to the DNA where cell damage and mutations can occur. Since vitamin E (tocopherol) is lipid-soluble, it has the ability to neutralize these free radicals before any damage to the skin cells takes place. Through this neutralization process, however, the vitamin E becomes a free radical, requiring the water-soluble vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) to react with the vitamin E, turning it into a stable molecule once more.

Because equal amounts of vitamin C are used to neutralize the unstable vitamin E, the most effective formulations will have lower percentages of vitamin E and higher percentages of vitamin C.

Skincare line PCA SKIN® has just launched two new breakthrough products containing maximum amounts of pure 5% vitamin E (tocopherol) that boast dramatic, visible results in as little as one week of daily use. C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max contain 15% and 20% vitamin C, respectively, along with pure 5% vitamin E, offering rapid, visible results within one to five weeks of daily use.

 

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.


Peel Appeal – The Right Way to Exfoliate

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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel/2 StepsThe idea of getting a peel can be scary to newcomers — it’s easy to visualize painful, peeling, flaky skin, or think of what happened to Samantha on Sex and the City. But we at Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare  know that our patented two-step Alpha Beta Peel is the easy, quick, pain-free way to get firmer skin, smaller pores, and a radiant complexion. Did you know, though, that it’s also the safest way to exfoliate your skin?

The benefits of regular exfoliation are hard to ignore — brighter skin, decreased skin imperfections (including fine lines and wrinkles!) and a clearer, healthier complexion are just a few perks — but it’s easy to overexfoliate when using a scrub. Harsh scrub products can be abrasive on the skin, leading to irritation and redness. What does Dr. Gross recommend? He doesn’t advise physical or mechanical exfoliation because he’s found microexfoliation to not just be gentler, but more effective.

The Alpha Beta Peel requires two steps to work – the surface refining first step and the deep treating second step work together for an immediate difference in your skin with no downtime. Get Dr. Gross’ #1 clinical procedure in the comfort of your home daily! Choose between Original, for sensitive skin or first-time peel users, or Extra Strength, for normal to less sensitive skin.

You can find Dr. Dennis Gross products on SkinStore.com.


Tammy’s Summer Skin Eating Tips

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Summer is the perfect time to breeze into healthfulness. There are so many ways to maintain and nourish the body, mind and spirit, while protecting and enhancing your complexion. But let’s keep it simple! Caring for skin is never as delicious as it is in the summertime, when some of our best defenses come directly from the garden and when easy is always best.

Here are some of our favorite tips to care for summer skin effortlessly.

-Staying hydrated is key in the warmer months. Eating local, seasonal fruit—like watermelon—not only provides excellent hydration, but contains crucial enzymes and nutrients for skin.

-Introducing plenty of raw vegetables to your diet gives skin a real boost. Carrots contain major antioxidants. Avocados are rich in fatty acids. Tomatoes and lemons are packed with collagen-supporting Vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant source.

-Plant butters and plant oils—including avocado and shea—are great for summer cooking, but also benefit dry skin when applied directly. Found in formulations throughout our collection, and providing a strong base for Antioxidant Crème and Intensive Repair Balm, they provide excellent hydration and an extra layer of UV protection when worn under sunscreen.

-Stirring a little coconut oil into your favorite fresh fruit smoothie, or into a hot cup of tea, can actually reduce your body’s need for antioxidants, and can help prevent damage to body tissues, and slow skin’s aging.

You can find Tammy Fender’s Skincare line on SkinStore.com.


5 Skin Care Products Causing Your Oily Skin

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Think you know what’s causing your excess oil? It could be caused by seasonal transitions, hormones, or even medications. But before you make any lifestyle change, learn about the 5 common products in your daily skin care routine that may be the culprit, and find out how to control oily skin.

1. Your scrub. Over-doing it when it comes to exfoliating can rob your skin of its natural moisture, causing it to produce even  more oil to compensate. There can be “too much of a good thing” with exfoliation, so I recommend using physical exfoliants up to 3 times a week, and keep your pressure light when massaging physical scrubs into your skin.

2. Your inadequate sunscreen. Although it might temporarily dry out your skin, a tan damages the DNA inside your skin cells and triggers an injury response that causes oil production to surge so your skin stays protected. Make sure you choose an SPF that’s labeled “broad spectrum” to keep UVA and UVB rays from doing damage, so oil production stays under control. And make it a daily habit, rain or shine – up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate through clouds!

3. Your “squeaky” clean cleanser. You might think it’s helping your oil control cause, but using a cleanser that makes your skin feel dry and tight is doing anything but! The result is skin that’s stripped of its protective hydrolipidic barrier, causing it to rapidly produce more oil to compensate for what’s missing. Make sure you’re using a cleanser formulated for your exact skin type, to provide the moisture-to-oil balance it needs.

4. Your “one-size-fits-Bioelements Oil Control Sleepwearall” anti-ager. Anti-aging ingredients like retinol or peptides are meant to target skin aging concerns like wrinkles or firmness. If you have an Oily skin type, these formulas may be just too emollient. So choose an anti-aging night creme that’s designed specifically for oilier skin, and offers oil control along with anti-aging benefits, like Bioelements Oil Control Sleepwear.

5. Your oil blotters. A common pseudo-solution to remove excess oil is to blot it away – and not just with the blotting papers you find skin care aisles. I’ve heard people recommend everything from coffee shop napkins to toilet seat covers to beat an oily t-zone! No matter what you’re using to blot, it only pushes most of the day’s dirt, oil and makeup back in deep into your pores, where it causes breakouts, congestion, and even more oil. Stop oil at its source with an Oil Control Mattifier that balances oil production within the pore, and absorbs excess oil as it develops. Apply it under your makeup, before your SPF, to keep skin shine-free, and apply it over your makeup as needed for a pore-friendly solution to control oil throughout the day.

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com.


Combat Thinning Hair

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The world seems to be obsessed with the question on how to get thin quicHairk. How can I get thinner arms, a thinner waist or thinner legs? But the one thing we don’t want is thinner hair.

As we mature, hormones in our scalp begin to produce higher levels of DHT, the primary toxin that clogs hair follicles and causes hair to grow back weak and thin. This puts us on a different quest on how to get thick – quick.

To combat the root of the problem, ingredients like Red Clover Extract, Nettle Root and Saw Palmetto help detoxify the scalp and block the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. These ingredients, along with a mix of other nutrients, were combined to create Red Clover Growth Complex, which is found exclusively in the Alterna Caviar Clinical system.

The collection is recommended by our hair loss and thinning expert Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. “These products are extremely effective as the system is clinically proven to promote fuller, thicker, denser-looking hair,” says Dr. Jaliman.

She is internationally recognized for her research and work in clinical and cosmetic dermatology, and authored the chapter Skin and hair in the book “Women’s Health for Life.”  If you are trying to decide if the system is right for you, she says, “All products in the Caviar Clinical System are specially formulated for people suffering from hair loss or thinning, and leave no build-up or residue on the scalp or hair if used as directed.”

How to get thick-quick:

Cleanse: Help reduce the levels of DHT, sebum and other residue from your scalp by cleansing with Alterna’s Caviar Clinical Daily Detoxifying Shampoo. It doesn’t have harmful chemicals like sulfates & parabens that further damage hair and irritate the scalp. What it does have is Red Clover Growth Complex, to help unclog hair follicles and promote instantly thicker hair.

Stimulate: Energize the scalp by using a leave in treatment like the Daily Root & Scalp Stimulator. It’s enriched with Vitamin B6 an ingredient known to help promote healthy blood flow to the scalp. Spray directly to the roots and massage in for a soothing mini scalp exercise to help improve hair’s strength and density from the inside out.

Reinforce: Boost the effectiveness of cleansing and stimulating with the Weekly Intensive Boosting Treatment. Apply directly to the scalp to deliver a turbo-dose of concentrated soy proteins and keratin to help reinforce hair’s natural structure.

All three of these strand-saving formulas are available in the Alterna Caviar Clinical Starter Kit. It’s so effective that 8 out of 10 people said their hair felt thicker and fuller, and would recommend this system to a friend with thinning hair or hair loss.

Now you can say bye-bye to thin, waify strands and embrace your restored thick and full bodied hair.



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