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NIA24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum

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NIA24 is known for addressing hyperpigmentation with the key ingredient Pro-Niacin. This same star ingredient is in NIA24’s new product the Rapid Depigmentation Serum as well as Vitamin C and Hexylresorcinol. Hexylresorcinol is a skin brightening enzyme that helps to even out blotchy skin tones and age spots by breaking up excess melanin. The Rapid Depigmentation Serum will help to even out skin tone and reduce existing hyperpigmentation while evenly distributing the pigment in the skin for a more even appearance. The serum is very light-weight and can be used in combination with any other treatment products that you may be using. It is recommended to apply either the NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex or Intensive Recovery Complex over top of the serum for added benefits.

Of course we would suggest a great SPF to use with your brightening products to help keep your skin healthy and protected. We like the NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 which is lightweight and oil free; perfect for daily use.

Go Bare… BareMinerals, That Is!

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bareminA lot of us are switching to mineral makeup these days for the flawless coverage that it provides. It is important to know the proper techniques when applying bareMinerals, because if you apply too much it can often look messy and cakey. You are also wasting money by overusing the product, when in fact bareMinerals is actually very cost effective.

bareMinerals uses only the finest quality ingredients in their products, the entire line is a perfect blend of makeup and skincare. That is why people of all skin types and concerns can use this product. bareMinerals offers a diverse range of 20 shades, and you can also custom blend shades to get the perfect look for any season or skin concern.

bareMinerals also comes in a matte finish so if you have skin that is oilier or you really like a matte finish, this is your ideal choice. With so many color options, and such quality ingredients, it’s no wonder that bareMinerals has attracted millions of loyal fans!

Keep in mind that bareMinerals also makes great eye shadows, mascaras, concealers, and beautiful lip products.


Stay Hydrated While in Flight

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Long flights not only invade your sense of comfort, but they also aggressively deplete your levels of moisture, leaving your skin looking dull and lackluster. Here are a few product recommendations to soothe and hydrate your skin while you’re traveling:

NUXE Serum Creme Fraiche 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Concentrate. This product absorbs nicely and provides 24 hour moisture leaving the skin toned, refreshed and hydrated all day long. Use morning and night a few days before and after you flight for prevention and maintenance.

Phytomer Marine Breeze (Souffle Marin) Energizing Oxygenating Serum.
This is a smart choice. Considering the less than great air circulating through the main cabin on a plane, this marine based serum actively neutralizes environmental aggressors and helps to defend the skin by re-oxygenating itself for a fresher appearance.

Jane Iredale Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray.
Stow this baby in your purse and use it throughout the flight. A quick spritz and the antioxidant compound will help for your skin to resist any microbial and free radical harm.

Key Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is a powerful little thing. It’s necessary for healthy eye function; our retina simply can not do without vitamin A. When vitamin A is converted into retinoic acid it functions like a growth factor for our cells. Vitamin A is also commonly known as retinol in dermatological use. Vitamin A is converted into a few different byproducts, and is commonly produced as retinyl acetate or palmitate.

Vitamin A is naturally found in many foods. Liver, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, eggs, milk, and many other foods are rich sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A, once absorbed by our body, is converted into the appropriate form and utilized by our bodily functions. Vitamin A plays a role in eye health, immune system health, gene transcription, antioxidant activity, and of course, skin health.

Vitamin A is very beneficial to the skin, so a diet rich in vitamin A abundant sources provides for healthy skin that’s firm, clear, radiant and resilient. Vitamin A, when applied topically (in retinol form) is very beneficial to the skin as well. Retinol is often used in the treatment of acne as it dramatically reduces the size and secretion of the sebaceous glands. It also helps to reduce inflammation and induces collagen production. As retinol induces collagen production it helps to firm and tone the skin, so aged skin will become more resistant to drooping and sagging. Retinol is an outstanding treatment for acne, enlarged or clogged pores, as well as prematurely aged skin. As retinol induces exfoliation and cell renewal it also assists in lightening hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration.

Here are some outstanding products that contain retinol and address acne and aging concerns:

Top 5 Hair Care Picks for Fall

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As we move into the cooler weather, it’s important to make sure our hair is not left out in the cold. After the sun, wind and hot weather have taken their toll, it’s time to nourish and protect our gorgeous locks.

1. Rene Furterer Repairing After Sun Mask – This is a great mask for your hair after it has been sun baked and fried. It contains palm butter and soybeans to hydrate and nourish your post sun locks. Leave in for a few minutes once a week, and presto – instant perfection!

2. Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo and Conditioner – This combo is a must have for the new season ahead. It will immediately repair your hair after it’s been heat styled or sun damaged. You can use the shampoo and conditioner daily or as needed, and they will help to restore moisture, strengthen the hair and protect it from future damage.

3. Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum – As the cold weather approaches our hair can get frizzy and dry. This serum will condition the hair with its blend of jasmine, almond oil, and vitamin E, without weighing your hair down. This serum gets rid of frizz, adds shine and smells wonderful!

4. Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo – This is a powerful reconstructing shampoo that will improve the condition of any hair type. It works by restoring your hair’s bounce and shine and is intensely reparative. Concentrated amounts of Vitamin B5 help strengthen and protect the hair. This is definitely worth the price, as it smells amazing and makes you feel like you are treating your hair to something magnificent.

5. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Extra Hold Hair Spray – This hairspray has real staying power. It will hold your new Fall style all day, without that stiff and sticky feel. It is humidity resistant and will also protect your color with antioxidant-rich ingredients. A definite must for all hair types!

Be excited about the upcoming season because as colors change and styles transform, your hair will be healthy and protected. Now that your hair is ready for Fall, are you?

Why is Vitamin A so Important in My Skin Care Regimen?

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SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0Vitamin A (also known as retinol, Retin-A, renova, retinyl palmitate, tretinoin, ETC) is not only an excellent antioxidant, it is also cell-communicating (talks to your skin cells). When an antioxidant is cell-communicating, such as Vitamin A, it means that it helps your cells create healthier skin cells and increase the amount of support tissues like collagen and/or elastin. The body lacks the ability to produce Vitamin A, so it is important to gain Vitamin A through foods and skin care products. Vitamin A products are most recommended to individuals that have damaged skin. It is very important to make sure that Vitamin A is packaged correctly; otherwise, the product could be no good. The product should be in a closed, dark colored container. If sunlight penetrates the product it can promote problems with its efficacy. When using Vitamin A based products it is very important that you use a sunscreen daily. When using exfoliating products it makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Also, the sun depletes the skin of Vitamin A, which can cause sunbathers to age faster.

Some people will experience irritation from using Vitamin A products for the first time, which is completely normal. To make the best experience, start out using a Vitamin A based product 1 to 2 times weekly and gradually work your way up to 5 to 7 days a week.

Here are a few recommendations of Vitamin A based products:

– SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0

– Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Smoothing Serum 3X

– SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0


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Alterna Overnight Hair Rescue

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Alterna-Hair-CareEnriched with natural amino acids, Alterna Overnight Hair Rescue works in synergy with your own hair protein. This elegant  formula is the white knight your damaged stands have been waiting for. Apply at night, and feel the silkiness absorbs quickly and easily with no sticky residue. No worries about damaging pillow cases or bed sheets as this treatment doesn’t leave any traces behind. Look forward to awaking to soft, luscious locks and styling without effort.


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Melanoma Guide: Know your ABC’s

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dreamstime_5149749Skin cancer is a widely spread type of cancer that affects millions of people each year. The most common form of cancer is melanoma and it is caused from the sun. There are four basic categories of melanoma which includes: superficial spreading, lentigo maligna, acral lentiginous, and nodular melanoma. The most common form is superficial spreading melanoma. Other types of skin cancers are basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. By protecting yourself, especially from the hours of 10:00am to 4:00 pm, you can greatly lower your risk because this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Each time your skin   burns you are damaging your DNA, which can greatly increase your chances of getting skin cancer. In fact if you have had five or more sunburns at any age of your life, the risk of you getting melanoma doubles. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of melanoma because early detection means a greater chance of survival and recovery. The first sings of skin cancer are usually atypical moles, so it is important to be able to recognize a potential problem.

Here’s a simple guide to help you spot melanoma is using the ABCDE method:

A= Asymmetry: Melanoma is typically irregular in shape, where as benign (non cancerous) moles are usually round.

B= Border: This is where the outside edges of the mole are not smooth; they appear to be jagged or have notched edges.

C= Color: This one can be tricky because melanoma can look like many shades of brown. The main difference is melanoma will have many shades of brown in one mole and not be one solid color like benign moles. Also if the mole is very dark (almost black), with uneven and jagged edges you may want to get it checked out.

D= Diameter: Typically melanoma lesions are more than ¼ inches wide. As a reference this is about the size of a pencil eraser. If your mole is larger then this, you may want to consult a dermatologist.

E= Evolving: If there is any change in the size, color, or shape this may be potentially dangerous. Also if you have any other symptoms such as bleeding, itching, or crusting of the area you will want to have it looked at by a medical professional.

The most common areas that melanoma can be found are on the torso, head, neck, and lower legs.  It is suggested that you check your skin every 6-8 weeks on your own for suspicious moles. It is also important to make an appointment with your dermatologist to do a full body mole check once a year. Especially if you have had cancer in the past, you are more susceptible to getting it again. Also if you have a family history of cancer, this could greatly increase the risk of developing melanoma. If your doctor has any suspicions that a mole may be cancerous, they may perform a biopsy to better determine the outcome.

The number one way to protect your skin from the sun is to use sunscreen daily. A few of our favorite SPF products are La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 and SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50.

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Source: American Cancer Society


Men’s Skin Care: Billy Jealousy

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billy-jealousyWe’re here to tell you what all the hype is with Billy Jealousy products. The name may not say it all because it sounds mysterious, but let me tell you the products are certainly memorable with straight forward results. The company started out with the aspiration of finding the perfect shaving products. The founder Pat Parsi, who we got to sit down with, told us of his constant struggle with finding the right shaving products. He and his wife started the company in 2004, since then Billy Jealousy has become a highly recognized brand with large department stores, online retailers, men’s magazines, and even George Clooney! While we didn’t get to meet the celebs that use these products, we definitely found out why they are so popular. The brand offers not just shaving products but face and body care items that are skin and budget friendly.

The #1 best seller for Billy Jealousy has been theBilly Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream.This shave cream won the best shave cream by Esquire magazine and we know why. Men and ladies alike will love this rich cream for shaving because it will prevent razor bumps, nicks, and those pesky ingrown hairs. It has a nice light cool citrus scent that is a universal crowd pleaser. It is also an excellent buy, as one 8 oz tube can last you for 6 months. For maximum results you will want to apply theBilly Jealousy Hot Towel Pre-Shave Treatmentand combine it with an equal amount of the hydroplane shave. This will soften the hair follicles to make your shave effortless. For men and women who have hair that is less coarse, try the Billy Jealousy Whipped Cream.This gives you more of a lather as opposed to using a regular shaving cream. For the finale you will want to put on the Billy Jealousy Shaved Ice After Shave Balm.This treatment also works great for sunburn skin and post waxing because of its soothing benefits.

Aside from award winning shave products Bill Jealousy offers excellent face treatments and body products as well. One product that is offered called Billy Jealousy Sucker Punch Face Scrubis a must try.This product is 100% organic and can be used a few times per week for an excellent exfoliation. You can use this product before you shave and the mixture of volcanic black sand, walnut shell, and alumina will lift away dead skin cells and dirt. This product also contains antioxidants to protect your skin and improve elasticity. While were talking anti aging we should mention Billy Jealousy About Face Anti-Aging Serum.This serum contains glycolic acid to help with fine lines and skin discoloration. It also has immune system boosting Echinacea extract, and aloe to moisturize and restore the pH levels in your skin. This serum is priced very well for an anti aging serum at only $48.00 for a 1 oz bottle.

A great body wash to try would be the Billy Jealousy Ocean Front Body Wash.We loved the smell of this one. It had an intoxicating citrus and bergamot smell that left your skin smelling clean and fresh. This body wash also contains salicylic acid, so it works great for people who struggle with break outs on the body area. It’s also beneficial for men who want soft body hair because it contains panthenol to strengthen and condition hair.

These are just a few samples of the line that you may like. We enjoyed all of the products for the refreshing scents and the entertaining names. Billy Jealousy may be a fun and trendy line, but it looks like it is here to stay.

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Pool Party Prep

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Pool Party Prep

BBQ’s and pool parties go hand in hand during these summer months. While most men don’t even flinch about summer time, women tend to go into full detox mode. All we need is a little bit of preparation tips & tricks to get the ball rolling and come prepared when that pool party arrives. So instead of biting your finger nails and becoming a detox princess, follow these guidelines…

After you’ve marked your special date on your calendar, the preparation can begin. You know you will be in a bikini soon, so what immediately comes to mind? Maybe we need a little bit of color, or spot treatments to concern areas? With the few weeks leading up to the event, we can exfoliate our body  just like our faces a few times a week. This will get rid of all of the dead skin on the surface so that when we are ready to reveal our skin it will look healthy and smooth. In between exfoliation sessions, don’t forget about shaving. I know I am probably not the only one who likes to borrow good men’s shaving products. Grab some Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather. I say if it’s strong and comfortable enough for a man, then it would be bliss for a woman. After you shave, don’t forget to prevent and protect your freshly shaved areas with some ingrown hair/ bump fighters! For a suggestion, try Whish Flawless Bump Fighter.

The next prep step would be to pick out and apply a self tanner. We want to look golden and sun kissed at our events but without harm from the sun! We suggest that you take a look at the following self tan products:

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

Decleor Aroma Sun SPF 8 Hydrating Self- Tanning Milk

Pevonia Self- Tanning Emulsion

TanTowel Plus Full Body Self- Tanning Towelettes

They are all different options for different types of needs. They range from creams, to lotion/milk textures and even gel textures. These will get you glowing quickly and what a way to help slim up your figure too! Now that you are pretty much ready to flaunt your pool party body and smile, there are a few other items you should remember to stay flawless. Be sure you remember to always wear your preferred SPF products for the face and the body! If you need, there are always some relaxing and soothing after sun products as well.

You can also protect your hair during these weekend water & sun celebrations with products like:

Alterna BAMBOO UV Color Protection Vibrant Color Shampoo

Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid

Phyto Protective Sun Veil

Well I think we’ve pretty much covered as much as possible on how to prepare from head to toe. You should feel tan, toned, smooth and fit to stun when you arrive at your summer soiree. Oh, and don’t forget those designer shades!

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