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Are you looking for a fun, practical and affordable gift idea for that special man in your life? Maybe you are a guy looking for an affordable brand that will work great, and is designed for every skin type. Ready, set, go for the Ultimate Guy Duo presented by Jack Black.
This duo includes the Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub, (3oz.). Face Buff clears the way for an easier shave by smoothing the surface of your skin. Menthol and Vitamin C help wake-up and invigorate skin while micro-fine scrubbing particles open congested pores and sweep away deep-down oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. Why? Because removing oil, dirt and dead cells helps your razor get closer for a smoother, easier shave – so less chance of razor drag and razor burn. Getting rid of those dead cells also helps prevent future ingrown hairs.
Also included is the Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, (6oz.). Beard Lube is really different from whipped-cream style foams and gels. It is a pre-shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner, all in one. Jojoba and macadamia nut oil help prepare your beard by penetrating and softening whisker growth. The lightweight formula provides a thin, lubricating layer to hold-in moisture so the blade glides easily through your whiskers, while eucalyptus and peppermint refresh your skin. This means an easier, smoother shave, and less razor burn. The unique see-through texture lets you see your face while you’re shaving, helping to prevent nicks and cuts (its also great to shave around the line of facial hair, such as side burns or a mustache.) And, Beard Lube won’t clog your blade, because it’s super light and rinses easily.
We’re sure any guy would be pleased with this great duo!
The affliction of acne can be worrisome, painful, and can affect self-esteem. Acne has physical, psychological, and emotional consequences. There are many tools that can be utilized to ease the condition. Acne requires a lifestyle shift in order to aid in getting it in control. The following are recommendations that will have a positive influence in treatment of acne.
Get more sleep: According to a study in Sleep, the risk of psychological stress increases by 14% for every hour of sleep you lose a night. So what does this have to do with acne?
“Stress increases glucocorticoid production, which can lead to abnormalities in skin structure and function,” says Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, a dermatologist in Danville, CA. And that can make conditions like acne worse.
To get your beauty sleep, crank your thermostat down to between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. French researchers found that a cooler body temperature makes it easier to fall asleep after you’ve hit the sack. (WebMD)
Change your diet: Some foods cause your blood sugar to raise quickly, triggering a boost in insulin. Too much insulin in your bloodstream can trigger changes in your body that can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells. It can also boost action in your oil glands.
So make some changes to your meals. A study in the American Journal of Nutrition suggests you may have fewer breakouts if you add more whole grains, beans, and veggies and cut back on pasta, white rice, white bread, and sugar. (WebMD)
Exercise: Exercise helps cut stress, which may contribute to acne outbreaks.
Physical activity also helps your skin by increasing your blood circulation, which sends more oxygen to your skin cells and carries away cell waste.
But keep in mind that sweat from exercise can also lead to breakouts by irritating your skin. So it’s important to shower right after a workout. (WebMD)
H2O: Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. Although there is no definitive research that shows toxins lead to breakouts. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that having about 2 cups of water significantly boosted blood flow throughout the body and skin. (WebMD)
Sunscreen: You may hesitate to put sunscreen on your face because you’ve noticed that after a day in the sun, your complexion looks clear and breakout-free. But the inflammation from sunburn can make your acne worse or cause more dark spots. Plus, staying out in the sun without sunscreen raises your risk of skin cancer.
Use sunscreen every time you’re in the sun. Read the ingredients list on the back of your sunscreen, and if you’re acne-prone, look for lighter chemical ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, octocylene, and zinc oxide. If you have acne, look for “non-comedogenic” on the label, which means it should not clog your pores. (WebMD)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3s have been shown to control the production of leukotriene B4, a molecule that can increase sebum and cause inflammatory acne.
Omega-3s can be found in supplements or in foods like walnuts, avocados, flaxseed oil, and salmon. (WebMD)
Cleanse 2X a day: The face has more oil-producing glands than any other part of the body, says Carolyn Jacob, MD, a Chicago dermatologist. Top that with a day’s worth of makeup, sweat, smog, dust, and dirt and you’re left with a pore-clogging concoction that, if not washed away regularly, will seep into and fill pores, resulting in blackheads and pimples.
Even if you don’t shower twice a day, it’s important to wash your face thoroughly — and gently — in the morning and at night. Look for cleansers that say “non-comedogenic” on the bottle. (WebMD)
Exfoliate: Sure, overzealous oil glands can lead to breakouts, but so can underperforming oil glands. Dry skin has tiny cracks in which bacteria can breed; plus, excessive flaking can lead to clogged pores.
The fix: Gently exfoliate your skin a few times a week with a scrub designed for the face and follow up with a non-comedogenic moisturizer. (WebMD)
Clean your phone: Several studies have shown that cell phones are breeding ground for germs. Throughout any given day your phone can be exposed to thousands of bacteria, which spread from your fingers (via texting) to your face (via talking) and vice versa.
In addition, the heat produced by your phone can help bacteria to multiply. To keep the germs from landing on your face, wipe the surface of your phone with a little hand sanitizer each day. It’s best to use headphones. (WebMD)
Are you tired of shaving your legs? Do you suffer from ingrown hair, irritation, and/or razor burn? The following tips may help you in your journey to the perfect shave.
Exfoliate: Want a seriously close shave? Exfoliate first with a scrub. For your legs, choose a sugar scrub: it’s strong enough to get the job done, leaving skin and body hair ready for a smooth shave.
Soften your follicles: Resist the urge for a super steamy shower: keep water warm, not hot, which dries out skin. Instead of lathering up with hand soap, choose a body wash that will quench skin. Take your time—let your pores open up for a few minutes before breaking out the razor and shaving cream.
Getting a Smooth Shave: You can exfoliate, scrub, and moisturize but it will be of little consequence if you use a bad razor. Using the right razor will make all the difference. Skip the dollar store disposables and choose a razor with at least three blades… and throw it away after a few uses. How do you know it’s time for a new blade? A good razor should glide smoothly and effortlessly along your skin, especially after you’ve exfoliated and applied shaving gel. If you feel like you have to push down to get a smooth shave, it’s time for a new razor.
Prevent Ingrown hairs: Exfoliating before shaving is the first step to preventing ingrown hairs, but it might not get the job done if you’re prone to them. Cortisone cream will help treat irritation and ingrown hair that already exist. If you have sensitive skin, make it a habit to use a product specially formulated to prevent ingrown hairs right after shaving.
Moisturize: The best way to lock in moisture is to lotion up right after the shower while your skin is still damp—it’ll trap and seal in the moisture already on your skin. Next, air dry for a few minutes, letting the lotion sink in. It may feel a little slimy going on, but you’ll notice difference all day: your skin will look healthier and feel softer.
Many skincare products that are labelled for sensitive skin are formulated for dry skin types but not all of us who have sensitivity have dry skin. Thus, the hunt begins for products that are gentle, but won’t drown us in excess hydration.
ARCONA White Tea Purifying Cleanser is an amazing gel cleanser that will remove make-up, gently exfoliate with enzymes, refine pores, and calm redness. This lightly-foaming gel cleanser will leave no dryness or tight feeling after washing. You will have clean, soft skin that is ready to soak up all the nutrients in your favorite serum. This 5-Star rated cleanser will certainly become a staple in your regimen. Ideal for: Normal/Combo skin types with sensitivity, but can be used for all skin types that want a refreshing, non-stripping, clean feeling.
Juara Candlenut Body Creme
Do you want skin that looks and feels soft, smooth, and supple? This rich, luxurious body crème provides the nourishing benefits of candlenut oil, known for its high content of essential fatty acids, which has been used for centuries in Indonesia to treat dry, rough skin. The unique properties of candlenut oil allow for superior skin penetration with a comfortable, velvet finish. It contains a powerhouse of ingredients that will satisfy the thirstiest of skins. This Body Crème contains:
Moisturizes and softens. Rich in linoleic and linolenic acid, candlenut oil moisturizes and helps mend rough, chapped skin without any greasiness. Used widely in Indonesian in spas, in baby care, hair care, and cooking.
Moisturizes and protects. It provides a cushiony barrier to protect skin from water and harsh elements.
RICE BRAN OIL
It maintains elasticity and suppleness in your skin. Rich in natural Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, rice bran oil intensely hydrates and helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity.
Nourishes and moisturizes skin. Traditionally used in Indonesia to relieve dry skin and treat the scalp, Avocado oil is highly nourishing and hydrating.
Customer loved with a 5 star rating, this body crème has a lovely natural fragrance and soothing texture. It lasts all day and helps the skin maintain a healthy and strong skin barrier function.
The use of aloe vera dates back to the ancient Egyptians. They called the plant the “plant of immortality”. It was presented to dead pharaohs as burial gifts. Stone carvings still exist depicting its uses. The ancient Egyptians utilized the Aloe plant to heal infections, burns, and to clear up the existence of parasites on the body. Since those times, the use of aloe vera has expanded. We know it’s a leading therapy for sunburns; however, the additional uses of this magnificent plant may astonish you. Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries. The plant can grow anywhere from several inches in height to several feet, depending on its growing environment. Ancient Greeks, Spaniards, and Arabs applied aloe to the body to minimize the occurrence of perspiration and body odor. During the sixteenth century, aloe made its way to the West Indies and shortly thereafter arrived in the Caribbean and America. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, American herbalists relied heavily on Aloe Vera for many of their treatments.
Aloe leaves secrete, a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin. The leaves of this plant contain a high percentage of water, essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, essential fatty acids, and glycoproteins. Aloe Vera has been credited with the following capabilities: antibacterial (minimizing the presence of bacteria), antimicrobial (minimizing microbes), antifungal (minimizing the existence of fungus), anthelmintic (reduction in number of parasites and worms), anti-inflammatory (easing of swelling), antiviral (destruction of viruses), vulnerary (wound healing), purgative (performance as an aggressive laxative), and emollient (acts to moisturize and soothe).
Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found that aloe vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, and hair and scalp problems. Aloe vera has been credited with the ability to promote cell renewal as it soothes the skin. Taken orally, it is used to cleanse and support the digestive system, infuse energy, and support the immune system. Aloe vera juice is taken internally to provide relief from common digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn. It is also taken orally to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, epilepsy, asthma, and diabetes. Topical applications revolve primarily around the treatment of sunburn, burns obtained from sources other than the sun, and psoriasis.
As an antibacterial substance, it offers relief from the redness associated with acne while helping to heal breakouts. Enhancing the skin’s natural levels of moisture, aloe vera is particularly helpful to use on sensitive or dry skin. Its moisturizing capabilities have led to its use in anti-dandruff shampoos. A rich source of many vitamins including A, B, and C, it is used to brighten skin tone and minimize minor pigmentation issues. We hope you add aloe vera to your list of “must try” ingredients!
Most of us are aware of the importance of serums and masks to maintain healthy skin. Karuna is an evolution and combination of eastern wisdom and modern western knowledge. Karuna believes mask plus serum equals instant beauty results. Karuna is designed to bring compassion to your skin. Karuna sheet masks help restore skin’s vitality by pushing serum deeper onto the skin surface where ingredients are needed the most and are clinically proven to increase hydration by 40%.
The mask + serum duo offers so much more than serum, clay or gel does on its own:
– Deeply conditions skin
– Creates visibly hydrated, softer, smoother skin
– 100% all-natural fiber cloth
Made from biodegradable wood pulp natural cloth that retains 50% more moisture than synthetic material, Karuna Sheet Masks help pores fully absorb nourishing ingredients that help create instantly visible results: Providing deeper masking benefits.
This mask contains Natto, a Japanese Soybean, which helps to retain the skin’s natural moisture levels as it exfoliates to re-boost dehydrated and dull skin. This one-step, no-rinse formula continues to absorb into the skin long after removal. This mask leaves skin visibly hydrated, softer and smoother.
Natto retains skin moisture levels.
Hyaluronic Acid infuses hydration.
Chinese Licorice helps to renew damaged skin.
Formula is 100% all natural fiber cloth, paraben free and dye free.
Recommended for dry, dull, dehydrated or sensitive skin.
Regardless of the Karuna Sheet Mask you choose, you always get the full skin care benefits. Karuna masks are paraben and dye free.
The days of pencil thin brows are over and full brows are here to stay! Every celebrity has an eyebrow guru to give them the desired natural but styled brow. Anastasia of Beverly Hills has been the front runner of the eyebrow movement. Anastasia is an actual esthetician and brow technician who still runs her practice at her Beverly Hills salon. If you can’t afford the airfare, don’t fret! You can create a perfectly groomed eyebrow at home with her world famous Dipbrow Pomade or Brow Wiz.
The question is, which one is for you??
The Dipbrow Pomade is a waterproof, pot of highly pigmented eyebrow crème which comes in twelve shades. This is deal for sculpting existing hair or creating the illusion of hair where it may be lacking. If using a makeup brush isn’t your forte or time is of the essence, you may prefer the Brow Wiz. The Brow Wiz mechanical pencil comes in nine shades. The fine tip to mimic the appearance of small brow hairs and the bottom of the pencil is equipped with a spooley brush to effectively blend the product for a natural look. For optimal results, use short strokes and a light touch to fill in the brow, and extend where needed. Always blend pencil with the spooley for even color distribution.
Both are amazing products and will leave you with Hollywood style brows that will be the envy of all your friends!
Alchimie Forever is an effective yet gentle skincare brand. This family owned and operated brand is great for all skin types, but especially wonderful for sensitive skin. All of the products in the brand are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, paraben-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dye-free AND safe for pregnant and nursing women (except for Brightening Peel)! They have recently added a new product that addresses hyperpigmentation and sun damage, just in time for summer. The Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum combines blueberry, vitamin C and E to fight off free radical damage and rejuvenate the skin. This serum may be used morning and evening underneath a moisturizer. You will see noticeable improvement in skin tone and redness relief. It will reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. This would be a fabulous addition to any skincare regimen.
Caring for curly hair does not have to be stressful or complicated….relax, step away from your flat iron and read on! We totally empathize with our readers who tell us they feel as though they are at war with their luscious locks! We say…no more battling the frizz, waging war against humidity, or having hand to hair combat in front of the mirror every morning. Here are a few simple tips and tricks that we feel every woman with curly hair should know.
Understand why you have curly hair. Chances are you received your curly hair from one of your parents or some other relative…genetics aside, at the root (pun intended) of the curly hair mystery is the hair follicle. The size and shape of your hair follicle determines your hair thickness and whether or not you will have curly or straight hair. Individuals with curly hair will have an oval to nearly flat shaped follicle. An oval follicle produces wavy hair, whereas a flatter follicle produces more coiled hair or tighter curls. On the contrary, individuals with rounded follicles have straight hair.
Nurture your curls through hydration and gentle care. First, washing your hair every day can be very drying. Second, many drug store shampoos can be damaging or harsh to your hair. Solution – because curly hair tends to be damaged easily, consider washing your hair with a shampoo made for curly hair every other day, or even less. Here is a tip – condition your hair daily, but wash no more than 2-3 times per week. At first the new routine may cause what feels like oiliness, but this is just your hair adjusting to a new regimen. Try to stick to the new regimen for two weeks before deciding if this is right for you. The benefits of this change may take a couple of weeks to notice, BUT it will save you time and you will still benefit from that fresh washed feeling everyday.
Condition, condition, condition. Find a hydrating conditioner to use daily. You want something light, but conditioning enough for daily use without ugly build-up, which can weigh your hair down. Find a daily conditioner made for curly hair and deep condition once per week. Leave in conditioners work well. If you are concerned about build-up or product residue, incorporate a clarifying apple cider rinse or shampoo that will remove residue without stripping the hair. Tip – if your hair tends to get tangled, comb (not brush) through your hair while conditioning. Avoid combing or brushing dry, unconditioned hair as much as possible. Shower time is a great time to get the tangles out!
Avoid heat. Flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers should be used sparingly. Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible and blow dry only when absolutely necessary. Seriously, when you minimize shampooing and hydrate your curls, you will find that minimizing your blow-dryer time gets easier…it is no longer just a styling tool; rather it becomes a way to get body without achieving the big-poofy over worked look. Instead, try to incorporate a high quality curl enhancing product, which eliminates frizz and defines your curls. Alterna, Oscar Blandi, Phyto and Briogeo all have fantastic products to choose from. Once your curls are managed and under control, your desire to straighten them is lessened and your curling iron and flat iron may not be as appealing for everyday styling.
Finally, it is important for curly haired vixens to find a superb stylist, one who understands curly hair. The right hair cut is crucial! I saved this tip for last because this subject can be sensitive. We have all experienced a bad hair cut…good news is your hair grows back eventually right?! Tip – find a stylist that knows curly hair. Get referrals if you can. In addition to the right cut, regular trips to the salon for a trim can make a huge difference in the appearance of your hair. Regular trims will reduce split ends and will help keep the hair looking healthy.
Looking for product suggestions?
Shampoo’s & Conditioners: Phyto Phytospecific Curl Hydration Shampoo Naturally Curly Hair, Frederic Fekkai Essential Shea Shampoo, Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Shea Curl Defining Conditioner
Curl Enhancers: Phyto Phytospecific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Curls Anti-Frizz Curl Defining Cream, Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Shea Leave-In Defining Cream