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Need a Good Scrub Down?

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I’m a big fan of using body scrubs, sometimes even on a daily basis. Since I use buildable tanning products, I need a scrub that will slough away dull, dead skin. Even when I am not using my tanning products, I love how my skin feels extra smooth and silky after using a scrub. We all know that facial exfoliation is a big part of our skin care routine, but body exfoliation can be just as important. An effective scrub detoxifies, stimulates blood circulation, and even helps drain lymph nodes. When using a scrub, make sure you are massaging the product upwards and really concentrating on the areas where the skin seems to be tougher. I really work the areas like my feet, knees and elbows. When looking for a body scrub, choose one that is abrasive enough to achieve exfoliation, but not so much that it can damage the skin.

GK013-soap-and-glory-sugar-crush-body-scrubOne of my daily body scrubs is Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub. It’s a blend of mashed brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil, and macadamia grains. This scrub leaves my body revitalized and my skin glowing. I follow it with my body moisturizer since the dead skin cells have been removed allowing for easy absorption.

The Nuxe Fondant Gentle Body Scrub is another one of my favorites. It’s a creamy scrub that contains different size grains to achieve a gentle but effective exfoliation treatment. My legs can be very sensitive from shaving and the almond and orange flower petals soothe my skin, helping to calm any irritation. The product is paraben-free and the ingredients are from natural sources. This is the one I use when I want something more on the gentle side, but that will still give me healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Always remember when using a body scrub to avoid applying a lot of pressure; the granules are there to provide the right amount of exfoliating. The benefits of using a scrub on the body are immediate and will leave you wondering why you hadn’t been using one all along. Summer is almost here and because more skin will be showing, we want to make sure it is always looking its best!


My Favorite Multi-Functional Products

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YD024-skin-authority-daily-defense-moisturizer-spf-30When taking preventative measures with my skin care, I’m very diligent, but let’s face it; there are only so many hours in the day. So I love multi-tasking products that save time as well as money. Since I never leave the house without sunscreen, I look for moisturizers that contain SPF and skin-nourishing ingredients. Most mornings leave precious little time for pampering, so finding a product I like that takes the place of two leaves me overjoyed.

A few months back, SkinStore had a visit from the Skin Authority brand. Their product presentation went into great detail about the products that they carry. I went from not being very familiar with this line to being extremely impressed with what they have to offer.

I decided to try their Skin Authority Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, and I have to say this little gem has found a home in my skin care regimen. This moisturizer with SPF is very lightweight, which is extremely important to me when looking for a hydrating/protective product. Even though I wear it under makeup all day, my skin still feels like it can breathe.  This moisturizer offers both UVA and UVB protection and can be used on all skin types.

Another multi-tasking product that I treasure is Hydroxatone’s Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad-Spectrum SPF 40. This product doesn’t just make my skin look amazing as a cosmetic; it gives me SPF protection and hydration benefits as well! This BB cream offers the perfect amount of coverage but gives me that no- makeup look that I strive for. Facial make-up is increasingly becoming more than just cosmetics, and many products offer ingredients to address skin care concerns as well. With a little streamlining to your skin care routine, you can become a lot more consistent when it comes to using your preventative products on a daily basis.

 


More than Make Up

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Jane Iredale is not your typical make up. It is an extension of skin care. I have always wondered why some women spend all this time and money making sure their skin regimen is ideal for their skin but the makeup ingredients are not always as important. With Jane Iredale you do not have to compromise the coverage or the beautiful make up products. This line is recommended to patients by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and skin care professionals.

Jane Iredales line avoids harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrance, and chemical sunscreens wherever it is possible. Make up can also cause acne. Most cosmetics contain certain oils that will cause or worsen acne. The type of acne that is caused from makeup is referred to as acne cosmetic. It is characterized by blocked pores and reddened bumps. Acne cosmetica occurs when oils from the makeup product collect and clog your pores.  acne1

This line will not only make your skin look wonderful, but it is actually good for your skin. This is the first make up line that that includes skincare benefits in their formulations. When looking for a great make up product it is not only about what looks best on the skin. Products that have the great coverage are usually the most likely to clog your pores. In result you will find yourself using more make up to cover the imperfections that you have created. This will not be the case in this line and you will not be compromising in the look you want to achieve with your make up. Jane Iredale gives you everything you want out of a cosmetic line and your skin will thank you.


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!


Final Day: 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.


Day Two: 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.

See the complete contest rules here.


Hot Off the Press: Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Facial Cleansing Device

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CS196Most of us know all about the Clarisonic Cleansing System.  However, Clarisonic’s newest addition is designed especially for men’s skin needs. The Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Facial Cleansing Device promotes skin clarity and health by clearing away dirt, sweat, oil, and dead skin. The Alpha Fit cleanses the skin 6 times better than the hands alone.  The face and neck are also prepped for a smooth and close shave during the process.

The set includes the Alpha Cleanse Men’s Facial Cleanser that does an effective job at removing dead skin, oil, and debris with lactic acid, aloe, and caffeine. It is a fast lathering gel formula, contains aloe to soothe skin post shave and cleanse an existing beard. The Men’s Daily Cleanse Brush Head, provides a deeper more invigorating cleanse and is also included in the set.

In clinical testing, 100% of men felt their skin was cleaner, more comfortable and smoother. Over 90% of men experienced less shaving nicks, razor bumps, and a closer shave. Over 90% of men with beards felt a cleaner, softer, and more comfortable beard.


Lowdown on the Scrub Down

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GK015As we all know, beautiful skin takes a little work.  It’s easy to be reminded that we need to exfoliate our face.  We look in the mirror each day and can easily see if there are dry patches of skin or breakouts forming on our face.  What about the rest of our body? Just because we can’t easily see the skin on our backs or behind our arms doesn’t mean that dead skin cells aren’t there.  So what do we do? Keep exfoliating. But this time include your body and not just your face.

Exfoliating the entire body has many benefits. It can prevent acne on the body and help prevent dead skin cells from clogging freshly shaved or waxed skin.  This will ultimately reduce those pesky and sometimes painful ingrown hairs. It can also leave your skin smooth, soft, and hydrated.GK013

There are several different types of scrubs out there that will do a great job exfoliating your skin. Our current favorites are from Soap and Glory.  The Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub and Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub both do the trick with sweet, fresh, and delicate fragrances.  The Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub contains oat, shea butter, and sugar.  Banana, honey, and almond extracts are added to gently moisturize the skin.  The Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub contains lime, lemon, almond oil, and brown sugar. Vanilla musk and macadamia oils leave skin smooth and delicately scented.  Simply exfoliating at least once a week will instantly improve the look and feel of your skin.


Beauty on a Budget: The Perfect at Home Peel

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RC PeelThere 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.



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