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Understanding Cellulite

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Understanding CelluliteOne of the most dreaded body issues is cellulite, and the difficulty to banish it. Cellulite can create unsightly dimpling that usually forms on the upper part of the legs. It is caused by irregular fatty deposits below the skin’s surface. Unfortunately cellulite can affect anyone; it does not discriminate by age or by weight. Cellulite has more to do with the composition of fat cells, our level of collagen and the surrounding tissues.

There are several known treatments for cellulite. One of the most common ingredients used in topical products is caffeine, which helps to stimulate the skin, increasing blood flow and reducing the fatty deposits. When applying a cellulite treatment, such as Bliss Fat Girl Slim, be sure to massage it into the skin for 30 seconds to a few minutes. This will stimulate blood flow in the area and promote even more circulation. Another form of treatment is Endermologie which uses rollers to help stretch out the fibrous bands of tissues and helps to release localized fat cells. For this form of treatment, take a look at the Wellbox Machine.


Photo Light Therapy

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Tanda Clear Plus Professional Acne Clearing DevicePhoto therapy, is an application of light in specific wavelengths, red and blue. This type of therapy has been proven effective in treating Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, wound healing, and aging. There is also no down time when using light therapy devices.

When treating acne, blue light therapy waves are absorbed into the skin and the P.acne bacteria absorbs the rays causing them to self-destruct. Once the acne causing bacteria is removed, inflammation and pustules clear up.

Red photo light therapy penetrates deeper into the skin and stimulates collagen to create new, healthier cells. In addition, red light therapy also slows down inflammation, what some dermatologists think causes wrinkling of the skin.

Device Recommendations:

- Tanda Clear Plus Professional Acne Clearing Device

LightStim Anti-Aging Light

Baby Quasar PLUS


Get Summer Ready Hair

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Summer is officially here, and with the warm weather brings an opportunity to pay extra special attention to our hair. The sun and chlorine damages our hair, fades our color, and we do little to protect our hair the way that we protect our bodies from the damaging sun. The new Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist is your solution for gorgeous summer hair.

The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist protects your hair from harmful elements during the warm months, by providing a veil of protection and shine. It contains UV protection to protect the scalp and help the hair stay vibrant. The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist also contains peppermint oil and sea kelp to help condition and shield the hair, providing shine and vibrancy. The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist is an easy to apply aerosol spray that you can use with any other styling products, and can reapply throughout the day as needed.

To control frizz and add more shine, we like the Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream. This creates a barrier on the hair to protect it against humidity, salt water, and chlorine. To further protect your hair color from fading we recommend the Frederic Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. It contains an anti-fade color complex and natural UV protection for long lasting color and shine.

With all of these great products your hair will look its best for the warm months ahead!


T3 Source Shower Filters

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T3 is a well-known and trusted brand in the industry for producing high quality styling tools which improve the condition of your hair, and help you to look your best. T3 uses tourmaline which is a gemstone that naturally produces negative ions to smooth and condition the hair follicle. This same technology is used in T3’s new line of beauty showerheads. The new beauty showerheads are the first shower filters that are clinically proven to improve the health of your hair while adding body and shine.  They have a patented filtration technology that removes up to 95% of chlorine and other impurities in the water to condition and protect your hair and skin. This filtration is ideal for color-treated hair and extensions.

The T3 filters come in three different convenient options: The hand-held which attaches to the shower for mobility and ease, the source showerhead, and the inline which can attach to any existing shower head; as one-size-fits-all design for easy use. Anyone who washes their hair will benefit from using the source showerhead or hand-held source showerhead because chlorine and frequent washing will strip and damage your hair. The beauty shower actually transforms the chlorine by combining copper, zinc, and calcium into a larger element that the hair can’t absorb.  The results have been amazing at reducing frizz by 64%, an increase in body by 47%, and a 28% increase in shine.

Aside from being a cutting edge hair tool, the rainfall of the shower is soothing and relaxing to the body and great for your skin.  The T3 source shower filter showerhead has 8 different spray settings for a customized shower. It is recommended to change the filter about every 3-6 months for optimal results depending on which shower you decide to go with.  The indicator light will indicate when you need to change the filter and are easily replaced. All three beauty showers come with a 2 year warranty and repair options for customers.

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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.

We would also recommend trying out the NIA24 Depigmentation Spot Repair. This spot treatment addresses dark spots due to sun damage and aging to help brighten skin tone, while providing antioxidant protection with Vitamin C. You just dab a little on to the area of concern twice daily for a brighter complexion. This skin corrector also contains willowbark which will work great for breakouts and inflammation.

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.


Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body [GIVEAWAY]

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Summer is just around the corner and a lot of us want that perfect tanned and glowing skin, but we don’t want the harsh side effects of the sun. Do you want to look like you went on a long tropical vacation without the burning and skin irritation? The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body may be your solution!

The original formula of the Glow Pads worked so effectively, customers wanted the same luminous glow for their bodies, so Dr. Gross came out with the Glow Pad for Body. The new Glow  Pads for the body will provide a safe and natural tan while exfoliating your skin and providing anti-aging benefits. This innovative self tanner is the only one of its kind that exfoliates, tans, and firms the skin while smoothing out the texture, and reducing hair growth. Capislow is a natural ingredient that is effective for slowing down hair growth, so this will reduce shaving frequency and in turn help your tan last longer.  The Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body also contains Vitamin D to provide a natural glow as well as Vitamins A and C to protect the skin against environmental damage. You will also find caffeine and AHA’s in this product to help stimulate and firm the skin while providing that signature glow the peel pads are known for.

The application is so easy! You just open the towel and apply to your body in circular motions until the towel is dry. For best results you will want to apply the product on clean dry skin then follow with a moisturizer to help keep the skin hydrated and seal in the product. For maximum results you will want to apply 2-3 times per week.  The natural looking tan will begin to develop within 1 hour, so you can quickly be on your way to gorgeous glowing skin.

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Quick Tip: Conceal Acne

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So you wake up and notice a huge imperfection on your skin, you’re already running late for work and hardly have any time to get dressed let alone put on makeup. So what do you do with this red, inflamed angry blemish on your skin? Try the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer; that’s right I said treatment concealer so it actually heals your skin and covers up blemishes; talk about a multi-tasker!

The Murad Acne Treatment Concealer is an Allure best in beauty award winner, and it really is no surprise. The concealer comes in two colors, light and medium to cover any flaw. It contains 2% salicylic acid which helps to decongest the pore while preventing bacteria from spreading; and bisabolol derived from chamomile to help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.  It’s oil-free and provides long lasting coverage, helping to clear active breakouts while preventing new ones. It comes in a perfectly sized stick applicator that easily fits into your purse or makeup bag, for a quick application. For a more precise application use a concealer brush or a Q-tip will do the trick!

The next time your skin has a reaction, treat and conceal the problem with the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer, so you can go on with your busy day!


Brighten Up With Arcona

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The warm weather is approaching so it’s time to get our skin back in shape. The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel will work wonders for dull and tired skin, and you only need to use it once a week to get glowing and healthy skin.

This brightening peel uses orange zest, glycolic and lactic acid to gently but effectively exfoliate the skin, revealing a much healthier complexion. It will help to improve the clarity, texture, and brighten your skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles that are caused by environmental damage. The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel also contains lycopene and mandarin extract which are powerful antioxidants that help keep our skin protected.  This easy-to-use at home peel will deliver professional results at a fraction of the cost. Many of us we are looking for a topical and safe product to use that will help address hyperpigmentation. The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel contains Nonapeptide-1 and Sepiwhite which will help to even out skin tone, while reducing the formation of unwanted pigmentation. Both ingredients provide a more natural approach to skin lightening that has been proven to be highly effective.

The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel can be used once a week in the AM or PM. We highly suggest using an SPF in conjunction with this peel or any other skin brightening products. We recommend the Arcona Reozone SPF 30. The Arcona Reozone sunscreen contains hyaluronic acid and green tea to hydrate and protect your skin as well as Vitamins A and C to help fight sun damage.


Detox and Refresh Your Skin with FarmHouse Fresh

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The warmer weather is here so it’s time to shed your dull winter skin and get it in shape for Spring. We think the FarmHouse Fresh Spendid Dirt Mud Mask will do just the trick. It is a nutrient mud mask with organic pumpkin puree that will refresh and revitalize your dull tired skin. It will address red, sensitive and blotchy skin by helping to calm and soothe while removing impurities. It also contains live yogurt cultures which will help to boost your skin’s radiance and deep cleanse your pores.

If you suffer from redness and broken capillaries, this mask will help to lessen the appearance and even out skin tone, by using Ho Wood Essential Oil to calm the skin and reduce redness. Splendid Dirt is nutrient rich in Llite and Bentonite clays to nourish and purify the skin by deep cleansing pores and improving circulation.

As you use the Splendid Dirt Mud Mask you will notice a mild tingling sensation which is oxygenating the skin and increasing circulation, and as the mask dries your skin will be smooth and skin blotchiness will be reduced.  The Splendid Dirt Mud Mask is ideal for sensitive, dehydrated, fragile or acne prone skin types, and can be used 2-3 times per week for best results.

The Splendid Dirt Mud Mask is 99.6% natural, gluten free and like all FarmHouse Fresh products is paraben and sulfate free. It also would make a perfect gift for anyone who wants to detox and refresh their skin.


Key Ingredient: Safflower Oil

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Safflower oil is light in texture and gets extracted from the seeds of the safflower plant.  Safflower oil is nutritionally similar to olive oil, and variations of safflower produce different types of oils.  There are two types of safflower oil monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated oil is high in oleic acid and polyunsaturated is high in linoleic acid. Both types are used for cosmetic purposes as an emollient.

Linoleic acid oils are recommended to use in cold recipes like salad dressings or butter spreads, to prevent safflower oil from losing its nutrients.  Linoleic acids are considered polyunsaturated fatty acids and can easily spoil or turn rancid. This type of oil should be stored in a cool and dark place to extend the life of your oil.

Safflower oil is an excellent source of omega-6 fatty acids which help to keep the heart and cardiovascular system healthy.  Safflower oil can also help our bodies burn fat instead of store it, so it can be used as a successful tool for weight management. Since safflower oil is rich in Vitamin E when taken internally or applied topically, this will help our bodies fight off free radial damage, keeping our bodies and skin healthy and protected. Safflower is used a lot as carrier oil for body treatments, essential oil blends and soaps. The oil can also be used as deep conditioning oil for the hair and scalp to stimulate circulation and add nutrients while hydrating the hair.

Safflower has many uses from adding it to a delicious stir fry or luxurious body treatments to hydrate and condition the skin.  Safflower oil dries faster than any other type of oil and does not evaporate easily so it is even used in oil paintings to extend the life of the paint.

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