Vitamin 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 Tri-Retinol Complex ES
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 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 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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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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Bright colors are all over the runway this season and adding a pop of color to your makeup routine is one Spring beauty trend you don’t want to miss out on. You can add a little color to your eyes, lips, or cheeks that may turn out to be your best accessory this season!
Bright Spring colors are always a must, but taking it a step further and adding some shine and color to your lips, will be unforgettable. Tangerine is one of this season’s must wear colors. We like the Jane Iredale PureGloss in Apricot Fizz to brighten up your lips and add a little shimmer and shine. The Jane Iredale PureGlosse’s will add shine, soothe and protect the lips, and let’s not forget they will add amazing color! They contain extracts of green tea, grape seed, and pomegranate to condition and protect those luscious lips.
If you are looking for a more muted tangerine color for the eyes, we suggest the Jane Iredale PurePressed Triple Eye Shadow in Pecan Chocolate. You can blend the colors together to create a custom fun look or apply the brighter color all over the lid, and you’ll be ready for any Spring event.
For cheeks this season we love the Full Bloom Cheek and Lip Color by Too Faced in Prim and Poppy. This pigment rich creamy warm coral blush will blend in and make you stand out all in one application. It is long wearing, just perfect for tiring work days or exciting weekends.
Whatever the trend is, it’s important to experiment with new makeup colors and techniques to create a custom look that’s all your own!