Glow on the Go this Summer with DIY beauty recipes and travel tips from Jennifer Yen.
Tis the Season for travel and bright and beautiful skin! These recipes and tips will keep your skin gorgeous in skin-exposing sun-dresses and open toe shoes and glow on arrival!
Before traveling, eliminate dead skin cells with:
Coconut and Rice Body Smoother:
½ cup of ground rice (can be ground in blender)
½ cup of coconut milk
¼ cup of brown sugar
1 ½ tbsp of ginger
Mix together for a paste
Polish entire body and feet/soles by using circular motion
Rinse and moisturize.
Make a toner to carry on flight with:
Soothing White Tea Toner
1 tsp peppermint leaves
4 tsp white tea leaves
4 ounces distilled water
2 drops lavender oil
4 ounce spray bottle atomizer
1. Combine the tea leaves in a French press.
2. Pour boiled water into the press.
3. Add lavender oil and steep for 10 munutes.
4. Pour into glass container and let cool.
5. Pour aloe vera gel into the atomizer, then pour the tea infusion.
Can also be refrigerated for more soothing benefits. Spray and notice how refreshed your skin is.
*Use a atomizer that is under 2.5 ounces and carry on flight while you travel to refresh and hydrate skin.
*White Tea, powerful antioxidant
*aloe vera, helps draw in moisture
*lavender oil, soothing anti-inflammatory, carrier oil
Being on a flight takes toll on skin, varied temperatures and airplane environment, depletes moisture, leaving skin dehydrated and dull. Pack a travel-friendly kit such as pur~lisse jet~set starter kit.
Try not to wear makeup on flight which can make drier skin even drier and turn oily skin oilier because skin is producing excess oil.
Keep skin hydrated and clear throughout your flight: Drinking water with lemon has amazing health and beauty benefits: hydrate and beautify skin from within, detoxifies body, aids digestion, purifies blood and relieves bloating.
Continue to moisturize throughout flight to keep skin hydrated and balanced.
Keep lips luscious by applying pur~lip comfort or a lip balm throughout flight. This is especially since lips doesn’t have any oil glands.
Brightening Facial Scrub at your hotel
1 ½ tbs brown sugar
½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tsp of your favorite cleanser
Upon arrival at hotel, ask room service for above ingredients.
mix together, lightly wet skin, and exfoliate with gentle circular motion (no tugging) for 45 to 60 seconds.
Rinse then cleanse with Pur~lisse Delicate gentle soymilk cleanser. Then moisturize.
Always protect your skin: SPF is always important, regardless of skin type. Keep in mind the higher the SPF, the more irritating it can be for sensitive skin. SPF 30 blocks 97% and SPF 50 blocks 98%
Boost your internal sunscreen and reinforce sun protection by by consuming blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, red pepper, White Tea, Green Tea.
There is a wise Chinese saying, “a woman’s second face is in her hands” so don’t forget sunscreen on your hands while you’re driving and when you’re outdoors.
Turn Fashion into function: with a wide-brimmed hat for extra sun protection on face, neck and décolletage.
Remember your chest and neck is a part of your face, treat it the same. Wear a light scarf around neck area to protect and look stylish too.
Turn glamour into protection by wearing large sunglasses that cover more of your face and eyes to prevent squinting, which causes more wrinkles!
Boost your internal sunscreen and reinforce sun protection by by consuming blueberries, tomatoes which has lycopene, broccoli, cabbage, red pepper, White Tea, Green Tea.
We are so excited to announce our latest giveaway! Starting now, through April 10th you can enter for a chance to win a Yonka Violet Bon Voyage Bag with Creme Teintee, Hydralia, and Serum Vital. ($300 Value!)
CRÈME TEINTEE: Go from drab to fab in an instant! This lightweight tinted and protective crème also leads to a healthier complexion due to pumpkin seed oils and a power packed cocktail of antioxidant vitamins a, c and e. A golden glow and protected, healthy skin is just a dab away.
HYDRALIA: A few drops of this super-hydrating concentrate are enough to eliminate rough spots and the feeling of tautness. Also eases fine lines and crepiness caused by dehydration. Mix with your favorite crème for best results.
SERUM VITAL: Is stress and fatigue showing up on your skin? Yon-Ka Paris to the rescue…this unique dual phase serum (oil & water so shake well!) is highly concentrated in botanical extracts and 24 amino acids. An essential beauty serum for regenerating and boosting healthy radiance all year long.
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The signature ingredient found in all B. Kamins products is Bio-Maple™ Compound. It is a simple, yet complex, compound that is derived from the resin of maple trees. Bio-Maple™ Compound is a clear liquid that looks like water, but contains small amounts of acids, antioxidants and sugars. It absorbs well, is well-tolerated, and has the benefits of plumping the skin, mildly exfoliating, improving radiance and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
What Makes Bio-Maple™ Compound Highly Efficacious?
- Binds to water when applied to the skin.
- Brings water to the surface of the skin for ultimate hydration.
- Allows even oily and acne-prone skin types to be hydrated without feeling heavy and does not cause a breakout.
- Improves the skin’s barrier function by binding water to the skin’s surface.
- Leaves skin hydrated, healthy and looking beautiful.
Malic Acid (an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA):
- Offers a low level of exfoliation to speed up the rate of cell renewal, promoting healthy replication.
- Balances skin’s pH. Normal skin pH is around 5.5. An unbalanced pH caused by oil, for example, leaves the skin vulnerable to infection and bacterial attack.
- Acids have a low pH and oils have a high pH, so acids work to neutralize excess oils that are disrupting the skin’s pH.
- Results in smooth, soft and radiant skin.
Bio-Maple™ Compound compliments the other ingredients used in B. Kamins skincare (active and inactive), because of its unique composition. It is more polarized than water, so creams and serums bind to it easily and the result is that they feel less thick and are more absorbable. The B. Kamins award-winning acne line is very hydrating due to Bio-Maple™ Compound. Bio-Maple™ Compound hydrates acneic skin, reduces oil and does not over-dry the skin.
The 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.
Every year, more than 6 million children are infected with these harmless yet pesky parasites. There are often so many fears, concerns and questions regarding head lice. Kate Solomon, the founder of Babo Botanicals, has addressed the most prevalent questions and formulated a clinically proven solution to help repel lice.
What are lice?
Head lice are tiny insects that develop in three stages: from nit to nymph to full-blown louse.
“Nits are eggs that attach themselves to the hair shaft; they’re hard to see because they’re so small, and also because they can be confused with dandruff or shampoo residue,” Says Katie Shepherd, author of the book, “Lice Advice.”
Yellow to white in color, a nit takes about a week to hatch into a baby louse called a nymph, which grows to adult size in another week or so. The louse is about as big as a sesame seed and has a tan to grayish color. It needs human blood to live and can survive up to 30 days in a person’s hair.
Head lice do not come out of the air or from the ground. They are human parasites and have probably been here since the beginning of time. Desiccated (dried up) head lice and their eggs (nits) have been found on the hair and scalps of Egyptian mummies.
Having head lice does NOT mean the person has poor hygiene or low social status.
Having head lice causes intense itching, but does not lead to serious medical problems. Unlike body lice, head lice never carry or spread diseases.
Do pets get head lice?
Head lice cannot be “caught” from pets and cannot survive on pets. They are human parasites and require human blood for survival.
What is the life cycle of the head louse?
Head lice can survive on a human host for approximately 30 days.
A female louse lays 3-5 eggs a day. The eggs hatch in 7-10 days and it takes another 7-10 days for the louse to mature and lay its own eggs.
Head lice do not jump or fly and generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours off the host.
Can you catch head lice in a pool, pond or lake?
Swimming with someone who has lice carries no greater risk of transmission than any other activity. When lice are in water, they go into a state of suspended animation, but remain firmly locked onto the hair – literally hanging on for dear life. This is how they survive shampooing, rain, seawater and swimming pools. Risk of transmission will occur with the sharing of towels, piling clothing or towels, storing personal items in close
Learn about Babo Botanicals Lice products on SkinStore.com.
Hot off the presses! Alterna Haircare recently announced that the iconic and beautiful actress and entrepreneur Katie Holmes has joined the company as co-owner and haircare spokesperson. In her role, Katie will be sharing her creative and consumer insights to help the Alterna brand continue to grow and expand its presence around the world. Consumers will get their first glimpse at the partnership with the Spring 2013 integrated marketing campaign, featuring Katie and the brand’s top selling Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oils.
Love Katie’s sleek, frizz-free locks? Here’s how you can get the look at home:
What You’ll Need:
BAMBOO Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner
BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil
BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist
Step 1: Care
Cleanse & condition with BAMBOO Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner
Step 2: Style
Apply a small amount of BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil on towel dried hair. Working with a blow dryer and a flat paddle brush, angle the dryer down your hair strands to help smooth the cuticle. Be sure to move the blow-dryer with brush in tandem to minimize frizz and fly-aways.
Step 3: Finish
Complete your look and seal in style with BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist. Lightly mist to smooth split-ends for sleek frizz-free hair.
A new year means a new beginning, a time to make changes to become a better version of yourself. It’s a time when many people start a new diet or begin a new workout routine. We all make vows to ditch bad habits, take better care of ourselves, and be nicer to the people that we love. This is a great time to get tough with yourself and say, “It’s time to get serious! No more slacking off, falling into bad habits or not taking proper care of myself, inside and out!”
As a hairdresser in a salon, the frustration I hear the most often from clients is, “I can’t get my hair to look the way you do at home.” Have you ever struggled with this?
As we are beginning a new year and turning over a new leaf, as your “virtual stylist”, I’m going to give you a little bit of tough love. I ask you, “What are you doing to make yourself healthier, look better, feel better about yourself, and ensure a good hair day every day?”
Every stylist, artist, musician, technician, carpenter (you get the picture) knows the importance of high-performance tools that get the job done. No hairdresser worth their salt would trust your blowout to a $25 hair dryer they bought at the local drugstore, and you shouldn’t either. With almost 30 years of blowdrying under my belt, I cannot imagine doing my job without my tried-and-true T3 Featherweight Dryer. If you’ve never used a T3 Featherweight Dryer, you have to experience it to believe it. This wonder-tool has enhanced technology to style hair up to 75% faster than other leading dryers, is totally effortless to use (with a lightweight, ergonomic design), and is clinically proven to improve the health, body and shine of your hair every time you use it. Unlike regular dryers that use high heat and a hurricane-like airflow to blast water off the hair (which can dry fast but damages the cuticle and causes frizz and flyaways), T3 Featherweight Dryers use negative ions and far infrared energy to break apart water drops into smaller molecules which can be absorbed into the hair, then seal the cuticle for a smooth, shiny, frizz-free finish. My stylists (and all our clients) are so in love with the amazing results this tool delivers. I’m not just a spokesperson, but a user as well. I don’t know if my head shot will be attached to this blog, but if it is, check out my coif! You think that fantasy happens on its own?!
So, make yourself a little promise in 2013. “No more bad hair days”. Sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it?
XO, Dan Sharp – T3 Lead Stylist
Now you can enter to win this fabulous dryer! ($200 value) Don’t miss out! ENTER HERE
Need a bit of drama to spice up your lifeless locks? Your dream of Blake Lively’s glam Gossip Girl hair slowly becoming as impossible as avoiding the bread basket before dinner? Think again.
Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture & Volume Spray is your one-stop-shop for instantly tousled hair, no beauty school required! Oscar wanted to create a product that made it easy for women to get his signature red carpet look in an instant with just one product. Voila! Introducing Pronto Texture & Volume Spray. For a sexy, undone style, use a curling iron and curl your entire head in 1-inch sections. Then, kick it up a notch by spraying Pronto Texture & Volume Spray throughout the entire head. Tilt hair away from head and spray from ends to roots while lifting. For added oomph, flip head upside-down while spraying. Or, skip the curling iron and spray Pronto Texture & Volume Spray throughout your style (whatever it may be) to take your uninspiring ‘do to the next level. The result is a light hold without the stick, volume that competes with any Victoria’s Secret runway model, and a truly sexy, roughed up finish.
Feeling bold? Your Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Styling Kit includes a Pronto Styling Pin! Trade in your dozens of bobby pins for one (yes, I said one) styling pin for any updo you desire. Custom contoured design fits comfortably on the head while 3 prongs anchor your style for all day (and night) hold. Pronto Texture & Volume Spray provides just enough grit so there’s no slip while styling with your new favorite Styling Pin.
Every woman deserves to feel sexy so let’s just start from the top. The bottom line is: channel your inner diva with Pronto Texture & Volume Spray for head turning drama and cascading movement with just enough hold. Step aside Blake Lively…
Everyone knows that most melanoma skin cancer and skin photo-aging is caused by the UVA and UVB rays in sunlight, right? Maybe not. According to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic, melanoma cancers have increased eightfold for young US women in the period 1970-2009.
So why do we ignore the advice of the Skin Cancer Foundation when it says that everyone over the age of six months should use sunscreen daily all year round, in any weather? Perhaps it’s because, as some people say that they’re afraid of the chemicals in sunscreens, or that sunscreens make them break-out; or they’re afraid they won’t get enough Vitamin D; or because sunscreens can be so thick they won’t rub in. For some of these reasons, many women have turned to moisturizing SPFs, but used as the only UV protection, most of these products simply cannot provide adequate protection. Again according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, an SPF of 15 or higher is acceptable for everyday activity, and an SPF of 30 or higher is acceptable for extended or intense outdoor exposure.
It’s for exactly these reasons Snowberry broad spectrum (meaning they protect against UVA and UVB) Everyday SPF15 and Active Outdoor SPF30 were created by Snowberry’s Soraya Hendesi in New Zealand – in a land where UV intensity is comparatively high. These are 100% natural sunscreens that absorb quickly, avoid potentially harmful chemicals, and can be safely used at any age. Snowberry sunscreens containing coffee bean oil and Shea butter do moisturize, and with Inga Oil extract help to counter inflammation, and Siberian Larch extract is an effective anti-oxidant, but they are sunscreens first and moisturizers second and this is what makes them so very effective against photo-aging and the risk of melanoma cancer.
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.