Archive for the ‘Bath, Body & Fragrance’ Category

Step Up Your Moisturizing Routine for Winter

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AH281-ahava-precious-desert-oilsIs winter wreaking havoc on your skin? If so, swap out your usual body moisturizer for a silky and soothing body oil instead. When applied right after a shower, oil absorbs quickly to instantly hydrate and comfort dry skin while locking in moisture to protect it from the bitter cold.

Since 1988, AHAVA has been the definitive Dead Sea Minerals beauty expert. Advocating a healthy, natural lifestyle, AHAVA harnesses the restorative benefits of the Dead Sea to create innovative skin-friendly products that are paraben-free, SLS- and SLES-free, allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin.

AHAVA is inspired by its environment and the flora and fauna that naturally thrive in the desert area surrounding the Dead Sea. Its Desert Precious Oils is formulated with a pure blend of nourishing plant oils that hail from desert regions – legendary Myrrh, Desert Date and Jojoba oils to immediately replenish moisture, smooth and nourish skin.

Desert Date Oil naturally contains a high content of essential fatty acids with unparalleled regenerating and repairing properties. It plumps the skin and helps promote an even skin tone.
Myrrh Oil has been used for centuries for its healing properties and is valued for its ability to prevent the signs of aging and soothe cracked or chapped skin.
Jojoba Oil is unique since it closely resembles the skin’s natural oils with strong antioxidant properties. Unlike most oils, its lightweight texture penetrates the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy after-feel.

AHAVA’s Desert Precious Oils is a truly luxurious treat and remedy for dry winter skin. This lightweight oil pampers the skin with a subtle scent, leaving it glowing and radiant.


Strawberry Scrub Obsession!

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PT268-peter-thomas-roth-strawberry-scrubMy newest skin care obsession: this scrub! Not only does this stuff smell amazing, it leaves the skin soft, supple, and refreshed. Gentle enough for daily use and effective on the body as well, this is a delight to use in the morning or at night. I use it nightly after I remove my makeup and cleanse, and I have to say it does what it says it will. I haven’t experienced any breakouts or irritation, and my complexion is overall more even in tone and texture.
Strawberries contain alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic and ellagic acid, as well as Vitamin C. Alpha hydroxy acids eliminate dead skin cells and help reverse signs of aging, while salicylic and ellagic acids tighten pores, reduce blemishes and help lighten hyperpigmentation over time. Vitamin C helps boost collagen production and give the skin an overall brighter appearance. Many different skin types can benefit from the cocktail of acids and finely ground almonds Peter Thomas Roth used in this scrub.
You should be exfoliating at least twice a week to keep your skin healthy and maintain a youthful “glow.” Not only will you be getting rid of dull skin cells, but your other skin care products will penetrate better on freshly exfoliated skin. The benefits of exfoliation are numerous and this scrub contains both physical and chemical exfoliation properties. To get your skin glowing for spring, give this stuff a try.


NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Spray

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Want to achieve that beautiful glow that many Parisian women have? One of their beauty secrets is the Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse. Parisian women are known for being chic but very minimalist. This is why Nuxe dry oil fits perfectly into their skin care regimens. It can be used on the face, hair and body. This multifaceted oil is number one in pharmacies in France.
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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a multi-usage oil that smells of orange blossom, rose, and vanilla. It also contains Vitamin E and six precious botanical oils to hydrate, repair, and soften the body, face, and hair. All women can benefit from using this product in the winter to replenish the moisture that is often lost due to hot showers and indoor heat. This dry oil will not leave a greasy after feel because it will instantly absorb into the skin. Try using this product by adding it to a serum on no-make up days for quick hydration. A great trick is to even try using this oil to calm down flyways on damp or dry hair!


Why Beauty Sleep Is Important

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Want to know an insider tip that will dramatically decreases wrinkles, stress and improve your health? The best part is, it’s free to everyone! It won’t cost any of us a dime, but maybe an extra hour or so of your time. The trick is getting a full 8 hours of sleep. Seems simple right?!

Studies have proven time and time again that during your sleep cycle you skin naturally repairs itself due to the growth hormone (A.K.A the youth hormone) that is released during sleep. Also, during the hours of 11pm- 7am (or whatever you time of slumber may be) levels of cortisol are lowered that were most likely heightened during the hectic daytime hours. High levels of cortisol will; increase body fat, cause depression, thin the skin, and are toxic to the body.  Falling into a deep sleep causes your body to release more melatonin in the body which has positive effects on your skin and immune system. Melatonin helps regulate the body’s internal clock to keep the body in rhythm trying to balance out any negative levels of cortisol. So its best encourage this process at night by applying hydrating moisturizes to support the repair process.

Anyone of us can testify that when we do not get a good night sleep it shows. It’s more difficult to focus and we become easily stressed which in turn causes those bad levels of cortisol to rise. Just remember when those levels increase your only aging yourself, so it’s important to take time to relax before bedtime. Receiving an adequate amount of sleep will restore the glow and luminosity in your skin and you wake feeling more alert and recharged.

 


Keratosis Pilaris

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Chicken skin, skin bumps, call it what you will. The medical name for this condition is “Keratosis Pilaris” or “KP”.  I have had KP since I was a little girl. I would get teased about it constantly and it made me grow very insecure about my skin. I have it pretty bad on my upper arms and thighs. It has improved with age, but it will never go away. Luckily, I am able to keep the inflammation to a minimum with a few topical products, similar to the ones I have listed below.

What is KP? Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless genetic skin condition that appears as small bumps on the upper arms and thighs, Although it can be present anywhere on the body (except the palms of the hands and feet.) KP is a build up of keratin (the material our hair, skin and nails is made up of), causing the hair follicles to clog, forming a bump on the skin’s surface. KP can worsen during the cooler months when the skin becomes drier or with hormonal changes, such as pregnancy.

There is no cure for KP, but there are a few treatment options. Results do vary, based on the severity of the KP. You want to look for creams and lotions containing Lactic Acid and/or Glycolic Acid.  Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid exfoliates the skin helping to smooth the bumps and slough off dead skin cells. Extra Virgin Coconut oil is an alternative treatment, for those of you who prefer a more natural product. Lather extra virgin coconut oil on your skin before you take a shower and gentle scrub with a loofah. You may also use the extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer after you shower.

Skinstore.com carries a few products specifically designed to help treat KP;

Glytone KP Kit

M2 Skin Technologies Body Refinish 15%


Rinse Away Your Woes

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Stress can wreak havoc during the week for any of us. Between work, kids and other life activities, we work ourselves into the ground. We can become easily tired and neglect to keep our health in priority. Luckily you can obtain your worth back within not more than your daily shower or pampered bath time. Raise your spirits and rinse away the day’s filth by incorporating one of your favorite scents in your cleansing routine. Between fruits, flowers, sweets, spices and musks, there are a variety of choices that Philosophy provides in bath and shower products. I mean, wouldn’t you like to splash away in some Melon Daiquiri shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath?! What about indulging yourself in romance with their Falling in Love Perfumed shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath?! You can even dream about that tropical vacation with the Coconut Frosting shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. So why wait? Pick your favorite scent and enhance your mind, body & spirits!


The At Home Peel: Real Chemistry 3 Minute Peel

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ty002There was a day that you had to visit your local spa or dermatologist office to get a good skin peel. Those days are gone and at home peels are the way to go, if you want to bring your skincare regimen to a new level. If you’re already using great skincare products, you’re probably wondering if a peel is even necessary. Skincare products work better after a peel since the skin is freshly exfoliated and more receptive of the ingredients that are applied onto it.

One peel that we really love right now is the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel.  This peel is a gel that is thinly applied on your face and décolleté. After just 15 seconds, dead skin begins to solidify as you massage the peel onto your skin. Once all of the gel has been worked in, rinse your face, and pat dry.

Keep in mind if you are already using an exfoliating product, there is no need to use that and the peel on the same day. In fact, we recommend that you refrain from using any retinol, glycolic, or lactic ingredients the day before or after doing the at home peel. And as always, be sure to follow up with an SPF. We do not want sun exposure to reverse the results you’ve worked hard for. We recommend that you apply this peel at night. This will allow any redness to calm before exposure to daylight.


Ginger, and Ginseng, and Biotin, Oh My!

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Flat hair? We care! Don’t let your summer look fall flat. Instead, give it an easy boost with Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray. Our trifecta of hair-lovin’ ingredients, including ginger, ginseng, and biotin, work together to strengthen, smooth, and protect your strands.

There’s no need to sacrifice your summer fun to save your hair. Simply spray on a few blasts of Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray onto damp, post-shower hair, focusing on the roots. Using a round brush, blow your hair dry and watch it come back to life.

So how does it work? Three key ingredients combine their superpowers to take your hair to the next level.

Ginger doesn’t just accompany your sushi dinner! Rich in fatty acids, this powerful ingredient helps to prevent hair loss and thinning for fuller, healthier looking hair. It delivers a powerful punch of vitamins and nutrients essential to hair growth.

Ginger also helps to boost circulation, which is said to stimulate the hair follicles to grow hair longer and stronger.

 

Ginseng, another main ingredient in Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Spray, strengthens your strands from root to tip by increasing the absorption of nutrients. Yes, your hair needs its vitamins to grow healthy and strong! Make sure they are delivered right where they are needed with ginseng.

 

Biotin, the third ingredient in this strand-strengthening trifecta, is a B-vitamin known for fortifying hair by improving the keratin structure for glossier, voluminous hair.

Wave goodbye to thin, split-ended, sun-damaged hair, and say hello to full, beautiful locks. Spray it in, blow it out, and turn some heads with your gorgeous hair, Briogeo babes!


Exfoliate Your Body

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Since we exfoliate our face to remove dead skin and help promote cell turnover, there’s no question that we shouldn’t also exfoliate our body! The body is just as equal to the face and you don’t want your skin to age quicker on certain areas. Of course we want smooth, glowing, healthy skin…everywhere!

With a plethora of products available, there isn’t a reason not to try one… or ten! There are body products which are a liquid consistency and ones which are a grainy scrub consistency. Some offer a scent-sational experience or you can opt in for one with a cooling/warming sensation.

 

Here are just a few different products which will help you to scrub your way to radiant skin!

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Bliss Lemon and Sage Body Scrub Reviews

FarmHouse Fresh Butter Rum Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Anthony Blue Sea Kelp Body Scrub

What are your favorite body exfoliating products? We’d love to know!


Day Five: NuFace Trinity Giveaway!

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NuFace GiveawayRejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin in just minutes a day with the award-winning, multi-solution NuFace Trinity micro-current device. Just in time to enhance your fall wardrobe with the ultimate accessory – beautiful skin – we’re giving away a NuFace Trinity (a $325 value) once a day for seven days!

The NuFace Trinity is an FDA-cleared, portable micro-current facial toning device that gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face to improve your appearance.

Along with the device, the NuFace Trinity kit includes Gel Primer, charging cradle, power adapter and a one-year warranty. Clinical studies showed improvements in facial contour, firmness, and tone, making NuFace Trinity the perfect way to “exercise” your face.

Every weekday we will post the names of the winners on our FaceBook page by 8:30 PM EST. (Weekend/holiday winners will be posted Tuesday, September , 2015)

See the complete contest rules here.



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