The end of summer justifies a new wardrobe, haircut and makeup…and as the canvas for your new Fall hues, your skin deserves some attention, too. Whether your goal is to reverse the effects of too much fun in the sun or prevent those dreaded dark spots from cropping up in the first place – with the ever-evolving assortment of available pigment-correcting products out there, what makes a pigment corrector stand out from the bunch? One that lightens age spots, discoloration from sun overexposure, melasma and acne scarring without causing skin irritation. The following five skin lightening mechanisms to look for include:
1. Beta White – a skin-brightening peptide designed to address both genetic and environmental causes of hyperpigmentation. Peptides are specific amino acid sequences that mimic the natural signals of cell communication and repair so their biological properties can target different areas – in the case of Beta White, that property is skin lightening. Beta White produces results without irritation as it is identical to the skin’s own structure and composition. Studies show that after only 4 weeks, 87% of subjects felt their skin was more uniform and after 8 weeks, 100% noticed their complexion looking more evenly pigmented.
2. Chromabright – a brightening molecule with the capacity to inhibit the activity of skin-darkening enzyme reactions and performed comparably to Hydroquinone in clinical studies.
3. Licorice – a treat for your taste buds and your complexion that offers an additional defense against dark spots caused by enzyme reactions.
4. Vitamin C – in the form of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a skin lightening agent and multi-tasking antioxidant that also fights wrinkles and elasticity loss by helping to optimally nourish collagen.
5. Lactic acid – a natural exfoliator that promotes a more even skin tone by speeding fresh new skin to the surface while simultaneously brightening surface-level skin.
From a peptide at clinical strength to a botanical extract, this diverse skin lightening cocktail is setting a new standard for results that can be achieved by pigment correctors. For the benefits of all five dark spot-correcting ingredients together, try HydroPeptide’s Even Out Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector. Spice up your Fall beauty routine with radiant, even toned skin and look flawlessly chic season after season!
Bold, perfectly defined brows are simple and easy if you have the right tools. Even when you don’t have time to put any other makeup on, perfectly defined brows will pull any look together in an instant.
At Anastasia Beverly Hills, our beauty must-haves include 3 best-sellers that we couldn’t live without. Brow Wiz, Brow Duality, and Clear Brow Gel.
Here’s how to achieve bold brows in five minutes (or less) and transform the look of your entire face, complete with some tips from brow expert, Anastasia Soare.
Use Brow Wiz to gently outline your ideal brow shape. Then, fill in your brow with tiny, hair like strokes with its ultra-slim mechanical tip. Blend with the attached spooley brush for a natural finish.
“Make sure to create clean lines on the top and bottom of the brows when outlining your ideal brow shape with Brow Wiz. This is my favorite pencil because you can create a perfectly precise brow that still looks natural once you blend.”
Use Brow Duality to highlight the brow bone and corners of the eyes. Anastasia’s favorite trick to use on celebrities is to apply the shimmer side of Brow Duality to the brow bone from the middle of the brow to the end of the tail and blend. Then, she applies the matte side of the Brow Duality over the same spot and blends for a soft, luminous look that gives the eye an instant lift.
Finish up by using the shimmer side on the corners of the eyes for a gorgeous finish.
Set your brows and brow color in place all day with Clear Brow Gel in short upward strokes. It will set and condition your bold brows all day without flaking.
Skin as soft as a rose petal? Yes, it’s possible.
Roses are by far the most sensorial of all flowers. They look beautiful, smell divine, and rosewater infused cupcakes taste like heaven! And nothing’s better than the joy of surprising someone with roses.
The rose aroma is known for its balancing and calming effects. It is believed that the aroma of essential oils can transmit messages to the limbic system (a brain region responsible for controlling emotions and influencing the nervous system). These messages affect biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure and breathing. Experience the scent of fresh cut roses with Jurlique Essence of Rose Roll-on Fragrance Oil.
Roses have a long history of therapeutic benefits, but today it is most noted for its benefits in skin care. Rose extract is partially beneficial for dry, sensitive or aging skin concerns. It provides a calming and astringent effect which helps diminish redness and skin irritation. A gentle mist of rosewater rehydrates and soothes skin any time of day. Try Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist.
Not only do the flowers hold special properties, but the Rose hips (the flowers which have swollen to seed) contain Vitamins A, B3, C, D and E, as well as essential fatty acids. These essential fatty acids quickly absorb into the skin help with tissue regeneration. Rose hip oil contains trans-retinoic acid which aids in skin regeneration plus it helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Get the benefits of Rose hips in Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cream.
The Art of Layering Fragrance
To optimize Jurlique’s amazing signature Rose scent try layering with:
- Shower with Rose Shower Gel
- Maintain hydration with Rose Body Oil
- Massage Rose Hand Cream onto hands and cuticles.
- Apply Rose Roll-on Fragrance Oil to pulse points.
- Mist face with Rosewater Balancing Mist
- Apply Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cream to face and neck.
- Soften lips with Rose Love Balm
- Dust on Rose Silk Finishing Powder in t-zone area.
Bali….who wouldn’t want to be in Bali, especially now after a harsh winter, and enjoy a make-over of body and soul, getting pampered at one of the island spas and seeing your skin transformed by spa recipes that have made the natural beauty of Balinese women so famous. JUARA, the skincare authority that counts Amy Adams, Christina Hendriks, Brooke Shields, Julian Margulies and Rosario Dawson amongst its fans, has been spreading the word on beauty secrets from Bali with its line of natural spa products. With its latest launch, the Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum, JUARA is bringing a brand new botanical anti-aging recipe to you that will brighten and smooth skin, bring out the glow and restore a visibly healthier, more vibrant complexion.
By now, many of us know that Turmeric is a powerful health ingredient not only when eaten but also when applied to the skin. Combine that with Clove Flower and other active botanicals including Palm Peptide, Goji, Sea Algae, Watermelon and Hyaluronic Acid and you get a unique ingredient complex that not only has a long history in Bali, but boasts active botanicals that have been clinically proven to deliver visible anti-aging results.
After a few applications, you will notice an increase in skin smoothness, luminosity, plumpness and firmness. And the results get even better with prolonged use. Then there is also how applying just a few drops of this serum make you feel. The Sea Algae not only provides soothing hydration and plumps up little lines, but it also imparts a feeling of instant freshness. The Turmeric, Clove Flower, Palm Peptide and Goji, while all very effective, are also very gentle, making the serum suitable for sensitive skin.
Women in Bali are just as eager to keep their skin youthful looking as they are around the world, and we at JUARA are excited to launch this product that is based on Balinese recipes at Skinstore.com because Skinstore is a true pioneer of unique brands and products just as JUARA is a pioneer of a unique beauty tradition using exotic, natural ingredients.
We hope you fall in love with JUARA’s Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum!
Essential Oil of Neroli is derived from the blossom of the Seville orange tree. Its feminine, fresh, youthful and pure fragrance is named after a noblewoman, the Duchess of Neroli. It stimulates cell regeneration and is said to promote restful sleep, primarily due to its soothing effect on the nervous system. A symbol of purity and at the same time reputed to be an aphrodisiac. This might explain why orange tree blossom is used in boutiques and garlands at weddings.
In Sicily, when the orange trees are in blossom, the island’s inhabitants are said to become “drunk on love!” Its yield is low: it takes one entire ton of orange blossom to produce just 2.2 lbs. of pure Neroli Essential Oil!
DECLÉOR’s Aromatherapy skincare for all skin types is based on this humble ingredient for its softening, relaxing, restoring and radiance enhancing properties. The star product within this collection is Aromessence Neroli Essential Serum, which is a multi-active serum of Essential Oils that treat all skin types exposed to daily stress. It’s 100% natural and pure and free from preservatives, mineral oil and colorants. We pair this skin balancing treatment with Hydra Floral, which protects the skin from pollution and dehydration.
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.
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.