Indoor tanning salons are just as popular as fast food restaurants in some cities. They promise the bronzed beauty that comes with a great tan. I am guilty of baking myself in tanning beds for years. I would listen to the teenage girl that worked at the tanning salon tell me how the UVA rays from the beds were safe and it was even smart to get a base tan in the summer to help protect my skin from the Sun. I knew better than to believe all this nonsense, but I just wanted to look tan. Now, I am older and wiser, but I have awful sun damage as a result of my poor tanning decisions. I no longer tan and am diligent about wearing proper SPF. I wish I knew all the harmful effects that I know now.
Here is some real and true information about tanning beds. UVA rays are not safe. In fact UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin, cause melanoma and premature aging. A typical tanning bed emits about 95% UVA rays and about 5% UVB rays. The UVA rays from a tanning bed are 12 times stronger than what we are exposed to from the Sun. The reason for this is because UVA rays make the skin darker faster. They also cause sagging skin, skin cancer and eye damage, including ocular melanoma (eye cancer). This information was never mentioned while I was shelling out money for my tanning service. I wish I knew that just one tanning session increased my chances of getting melanoma by 20%. And each additional session within that year tacked on another 2% risk. Tanning beds have been moved to “carcinogenic to humans” category which is the highest risk category for cancer. Shockingly, there are more cases of cancer due to indoor tanning than cases of lung cancer due to smoking (study by JAMA dermatology). No, tan is worth the risk. There are plenty of great self-tanners available now that are a safe alternative to tanning. Your future, older self will thank you! A couple of our staff favorites are Kate Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Blow Pads.
The delicate, soft skin of a baby is so beautiful. Yet, a cranky baby with irritated skin by diaper rash, cradle cap, or another skin condition can be a nightmare for baby and parent alike. Many babies are prone to skin irritations and conditions in the first few months after birth. What is a parent to do?
The good news is that many of these conditions cause no harm and go away on their own. All a parent needs to know is which condition can be treated at home, which needs medical treatment, and how can you prevent any skin condition. Here are a few tips:
If a baby has red skin around the diaper area, it is probably a diaper rash. Diapers that are too tight, wet, or left on for too long cause diaper rash. But brand of detergent, diapers, or baby wipes can cause diaper rash as well. Ways to avoid diaper rash include keeper the diaper area open to the air, changing the diaper more often, and applying a cream. Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Barrier Cream is a great choice because it is infused with calendula and aloe vera. These ingredients will soothe and protect baby’s most delicate areas.
Baby acne is not really acne, not like the type teenagers get. Recent studies relate it to yeast not oil production. Do not pick on baby’s skin if you notice this condition. It will go away on its own. No treatment is necessary.
Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis is another skin condition that babies are afflicted with often. Eczema is an itchy, red rash. Over time it becomes thick, dry, and scaly. It may be seen on elbows, chest, arms, or behind the knees. To treat these conditions, you must identify and avoid any triggers. Use gentle soaps and detergents and apply moderate amounts of moisturizers. Stiefel Sarna Sensitive Anti-Itch Lotion will help alleviate the itch-scratch cycle that often makes eczema and atopic dermatitis worse. In addition, a product like La Roche Posay Lipikar Lipid Replenishing Body Milk will help to restore moisture, provide relief, and help with itch.
You probably shouldn’t worry if your newborn has peeling, dry skin — it often happens if your baby is born a little late. The underlying skin is perfectly healthy, soft, and moist. If your infant’s dry skin persists, talk to your baby’s pediatrician.
Cradle cap can show up during baby’s first or second month, and usually clears up within the first year. Also called seborrheic dermatitis, cradle cap is caused in part by excess oil and shows up as a scaly, waxy, red rash on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, the sides of the nose, or behind the ears. Your pediatrician will recommend the best treatment for cradle cap.
Prickly heat is another common skin irritation. Prickly heat appears on the parts of a baby’s body that is prone to sweat. Plenty of parents, including yours truly, over dress and over heat baby’s thinking we are helping them. In fact, we are over heating their little bodies. Dress baby in layers that can be removed when things heat up.
The sun may feel great, but it could be exposing your baby’s skin to the risk of damaging sunburn. Baby sunscreen is imperative. Coola Mineral Baby Organic SPF 50 is a great choice. It is 100% natural environmental shield that is full spectrum and it is 70%+ certified organic with zero chemicals or preservatives. Paraben free and preservative free this lotion is also water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
You can avoid baby skin problems at bath time. Due to baby’s skin being soft and sensitive, bath time should only be for 3-5 minutes. Avoid letting your baby sit or play or soak for long in soapy water. Follow bath with a baby lotion or moisturizer like Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Moisturizing Cream. Naturally formulated with no harsh chemicals or preservatives, this lotion will help retain moisture in baby’s delicate skin. Mustela Bebe Bathtime Bubbles Set has all you need to make baby bath time fun, efficient, easy, and convenient. Their products are also free of parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol.
Most baby skin rashes and problems aren’t serious but, for parents, it could be worrisome. It is important to keep close attention and to watch for any signs of infection such as small, re-purplish dots, yellow fluid-filled bumps, or if baby has a fever or lethargy. Any of these signs, take baby to the pediatrician. Also, when in doubt, contact your pediatrician.
If you are extremely sensitive to scents and suffer from migraines at one whiff of a potent fragrance, you can rest assured that Zents will not cause pain or overwhelm your senses.
Born out of a true story of healing, the founder of Zents was in a tragic car accident leaving him without the sense of smell. After doctors told him they couldn’t do anything more for him he went on a holistic journey to wellness and regained his ability to smell. Highly concentrated, synthetic fragrances that once were a mere annoyance, now triggered migraines. Thus, Zents was born. Combining the words Zen and Scents, the founder created a line of fragrances with no synthetics, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, petroleum and dyes. In the Zents Eau de Toilette Sample Set, you can layer or mix and match with no fear. There is something for everyone in this kit. From earthy to fresh and fruity to floral you will be sure to find a few that you love within the ten clean scents. Once you find your favorite, you will be happy to know that these aromas also come in lotions, concretas (solid fragrance) and oil concentrates in rollerball bottles. Ooh la la!
“Lumpy” is never a term any woman wants used when describing her body. Cellulite is something that affects most women and some men. Even though it’s very common, cellulite is extremely undesirable. People will go to great lengths to banish the “cottage cheese” looking fat in hopes of a more smooth toned appearance. Laser procedures and liposuction have been popular for cellulite reduction however, there are more affordable and practical methods that can help break down these fat deposits. One proven treatment is staying hydrated by drinking water. When your body is properly hydrated it is able to flush out toxins and improve circulation. Once again, drinking plenty of water has another wonderful health benefit. It is a cheap and easy way to stay beautiful. Ditch the caffeine in your drinks and start applying caffeine topically to your skin. Body products that contain caffeine stimulate blood flow and break down fat. In addition to body treatments with caffeine, try a coffee body scrub to help smooth out skin with proven results. A body scrub made with coffee grinds can stimulate and exfoliate the skin. Also, body rollers are a convenient way to help massage out those lumps in your legs and butt. Multi-task by applying some body cream to your legs and use a hand held massager while brushing your teeth, remembering to switch hands so you can massage both sides. Massaging your problem areas regularly really helps decrease the appearance of cellulite. mybody Fitting Room Skinny Quick Duo has a great body serum and easy-to-hold massager to provide an incredible tightening effect. Another clever body massager is the Bliss FatGirl Slim Slimulator. It is a great tool to take in the shower and massage cleansers or shower gels into the skin while it helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. These methods are easy and can be introduced into your daily routine without taking up much time or money. In about 4 weeks you should start seeing noticeable results from your efforts. It will be just in time to put away your winter pants and pull out your summer shorts!
I have dry skin, doesn’t matter the season or how often I slather myself with moisturizer. My skin is just dry. I tried yet another product to help quench my dry skin thirst. This time I have found success! The L’Occitane Almond products are life changing. There is a Shower Oil, Skin Oil and Almond Milk Concentrate. All the products in this line are amazing. The Shower Oil actually cleans and moisturizes the skin. It slightly foams up and leaves such a soft warm scent of almonds. After my shower I apply the Skin Oil, it absorbs well and doesn’t make my skin greasy. My final step is the Almond Milk Concentrate, which has not only cured my dry skin; it also has a firming effect. These products are loaded with vitamin E and a little really goes a long way. It is the perfect answer for dry skin, plus it smells fabulous. Enjoy!
All that you love about your Clarisonic just got better! The latest model now has all the bells and whistles you can ask for on one convenient sonic cleansing device. Now you can cleanse your face, body and give yourself a pedicure all with one machine!
First, let’s talk about the face. You can choose from four speeds to cleanse your complexion. One is the gentlest, four being more invigorating. All the Clarisonic brush heads fit on the Smart Profile however the Dynamic brush head comes standard with it. The new Dynamic brush head is micro chipped for two reasons. It has a built-in indicator to illuminate the brush with a red light when it is time to replace it. Also, when used in Smart Mode, the brush head automatically adjusts for a deeper cleanse in the T-zone and a more gentle cleanse for your cheeks, that is smart! The texture of this brush is somewhere in between a sensitive brush head and the deep pore brush head. There is also a Turbo mode that accelerates for a deeper clean as long as you hold it down, which is great for cleansing congested areas.
The Turbo Massage Body Brush head also comes in this kit. When used in Smart mode it will give you a short massage and then it cleanses and exfoliates and finishes with another short massage. It had us at hello. You also get the Refining skin polish to really renew and slough off the dry, dead skin that causes that “ashy” look. This will be perfect to use to prepare the body for a self-tanner. Turbo off those rough heels and elbows!
Last, but not least you can get your feet, sandal ready for spring! The Pedi Smoothing Disc and Pedi Wet Dry Buffing Brush Head are sold separately, but can be utilized with the Smart Profile. You will still want to keep your appointment with your pedicurist however; this system will extend the life of a professional pedicure. With all those functions in one, your friends will say that you’re a smart one!
With Spring Break around the corner I am sure there are plenty of college students and families gearing up for a week off of school and a much deserved break from the day-to-day. Whether you are heading to the beach or a mini vacay the key to packing for a Spring Break trip is to pack light. Bathing suit, sandals and just the beauty basics are all you need for a care-free week off from life. I have provided some super simple ways to lighten the load for your trip.
First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes are a natural, quick and easy way to wipe down after a day in the sun to cleanse the skin. They are gentle enough for any skin type and contain Aloe to help soothe sunburns and calm skin. Speaking of sunburns, another Spring Break essential is a quality sunscreen. Coola is a great organic brand that offers a wide range of sunscreens. My favorite is the Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 35 in the Pina Colada scent. Just the scent alone makes this product Spring Break worthy. It is easy to apply and last for 40 minutes while in the water. Pair it with the Coola Sport Liplux SPF 30 to protect and nourish your lips. After a day outside a nice shower is just what you need to continue the relaxation. Instead of lugging around your large shampoo and conditioner bottles take the Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Starter Kit. It is the perfect size for travel and gives your hair a wonderful clean scent and shine. If your beachy waves are just too fantastic to shower away than try a dry shampoo to refresh your hair, add volume and absorb oil. Alterna BAMBOO Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo may be sprayed on the roots and works with all hair colors. To finish packing, throw in a toothbrush and some clothes and you are set for a fabulous week of sunshine!
Have these arctic winter blasts got you down? As we look forward to welcoming spring; we can renew the body by sloughing off that dry, dead skin with Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub. With wet hands, just a smooth a little dollop over your body while in the shower. As the brown sugar, crushed grape seeds, and pure Gironde honey melt into the skin they create a creamy emulsion that deeply hydrates. Rinse in the shower. This also contains six organic essential oils that give the extra benefit of having a draining effect to help smooth out cellulite. You will have exfoliated and softer skin with a satiny finish. Follow with your favorite body moisturizer. Have a glass of cabernet with it! Aaah, now that’s what we call Vinotherapie!
Do you have a Clarisonic and love the cleaning power you get from it, but you’re not sure which brush head is right for you? Let’s shed some light on this!
Clarisonic brush heads vary in bristle length and density. The longer and more dense the bristles are the softer the brush. Granted, all brushes are equally effective at cleansing regardless of comfort level. Keep in mind all of the brush heads are interchangeable except for the body brush attachments. Here’s the breakdown:
Normal: Comes standard with the Gray Mia 1 and Mia 2. It’s an invigorating brush great for thicker or oily skin, without sensitivity. Men’s skin is a typical fit for this brush head. This brush is generally used with speed 2 or speed 3 on devices.
Deep Pore: Sold separately. A purifying brush that will help congested areas like the T-zone and tops of the cheeks. If you have blackheads, whiteheads or milia use this to help clear those out. Generally used on speed 2 or 3.
Sensitive: Comes standard with Mia 1, Mia 2 and Mia 3. This balancing brush head is most commonly used. Great for makeup removal and daily grime use with speed 1, 2, 3, or 4.
Delicate: Sold separately. More gentle than the sensitive brush head. Ideal for those who have some sensitivity and no dryness. Typically used with the lowest speed, speed 1.
Acne: Comes with the Mia 2 Clarifying Collection. This clarifying brush is super gentle for cleansing the delicate and sometimes inflamed blemishes. Best used on speed 1 or 2.
Radiance: Sold separately. Even more gentle than the acne brush head. Wonderful for dry and sensitive types used on speed 1.
Dynamic: Comes with the Smart Profile. The texture is somewhere between the sensitive and deep pore brush heads. It also, has a microchip in it so it lights up with a red light when it is time to change it. This brush can be used on all of the 4 speeds this device offers.
Turbo Massage Body: Comes with the Smart Profile. This is a stiffer brush that will help exfoliate your rough patches on the body and elbows. Use with the body mode.
**Clarisonic recommends that you change the brush on your device every 3 months for efficacy**
You can find Clarisonic brush heads and devices on SkinStore.com.
Warm weather is approaching so, that means hem lines will be getting shorter! Have you ever wanted a body product that gives you color, a flattering glow and helps lift, firm, tighten, all while diminishing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and varicose veins? Well, here’s your product! The Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion addresses all those concerns. It is natural, vegan, certified gluten free, toxin free, paraben-free, cruelty free and fragrance free. It contains exceptionally high quality and beneficial ingredients that anyone can use. The lotion comes in shades: light, medium, dark, deep dark or plain if you do not want to add color. People have been raving about this product since it came out and have referred to it as “photo shop in a pouch”. All you have to do is shake the pouch, apply a very small amount, wait 5 minutes and you are ready to go. The solution will not rub off on clothing or bedding and stays on until your next shower!