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Dry, Damaged Hair that feels lifeless?

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Alterna BAMBOO Volume Abundant Shampoo and Conditioner may be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Bamboo infuses hair with weightless moisture and nutrients to add volume and shine. In addition, Bamboo is filled with silica which is an important trace mineral that can stimulate blood flow to the scalp and encourage growth. Organic Maca root also encourages hair growth while adding strength and flexibility to hair follicles. One use of the abundant shampoo and conditioner and I saw a dramatic difference in the moisture and texture of my frizzy, dry, chemically treated hair. My hair was smooth and frizz was almost nonexistent and in its place was bouncy voluminous hair! The smell is a divine mixture of Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel and something my boyfriend would wear.

The weightless formula is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and GMOs. Alterna’s unique color hold technology infuses hair with a plant based melanin which protects color wash out and provides rinse resistant UVA and UVB protection. What more can I say? Buy a bottle today, you’ll thank me later.

The Hand That Launched a Thousand Famous Faces

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phelityl_pre-cleansing_oil_6_8oz_1“50% of my beauty I owe to my mother, 50% to Erno Laszlo”, Audry Hepburn. Erno Laszlo has been known as the authority in skincare since 1927. He developed the fundamental beauty ritual that taught women how to properly cleanse and nourish their face. Famous women like Grace Kelley, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Stephanie of Hungary used his products and became devotees to his philosophy.

It all begins with Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil. This is the first step to Erno Lazslo’s magic ritual. This magical oil prepares the skin for effective cleansing. Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil penetrates pores to dissolve trapped oils, impurities, and makeup on contact. When combined with a cleansing bar, this treatment oil creates a conditioning lather which improves the epidermal barrier and maximizes the cleansing process. Phelityl indicates Erno Laszlo’s unique moisturizing complex with a pH level nearly identical to that of the skin, which maintains the fatty acids essential for skin function.
Pour a dime-size drop of Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil into the palm and smooth over the face. Follow with your prescribed cleansing bar.



Helps dissolve impurities.

Nourishes and soothes skin.

Can double as a makeup remover and cuticle moisturizer.

Recommended for normal to dry skin.


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.

Sugar vs Salt

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A common question, when talking about body scrubs, is whether to use a sugar scrub or a salt scrub?  What is the difference?  The main difference between sugar particles and salt particles is the size of the exfoliating granule.  Sugar has smaller granules than salt.  These scrubs are suited for sensitive skin and the face.  Because of the smaller, finer granules, sugar scrubs make a gentle 6055133234_da96dcf9a3_bexfoliator that is suitable for all skin types and conditions. The glycolic acid content of sugar is another plus, helping to protect the skin against harmful toxins. Vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, this acid works to both condition and moisturize. Even for seriously rough and dry skin, sugar scrubs are great because sugar sizes come in fine, medium and course.  Sugar also, has the benefit of melting as you use it, from the heat of your skin, so you can customize the product based on your personal skin type and need.  A sugar scrub is especially beneficial for the lips.

Salt scrubs are generally more abrasive because of their sharper edges and therefore, do a better job at smoothing the rough skin of the body. What really separates salt scrubs from sugar scrubs is that they offer therapeutic, mineralization benefits. Most salt scrubs use sea salts, which are natural purifiers that remove the toxins that block the pores of the skin. It helps the skin breathe easier, promotes better circulation, tightens the skin and improves skin texture. There are many sea salts used in scrubs including: Himalayan, Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Dead Sea Salts from Israel. These various salts have different trace minerals, which include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. The minerals help to promote circulation, reduce the inflammatory response, and act as a detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant.   Salt scrubs are very helpful for treating Keratosis Pilaris.

Both sugar and salt scrubs are customizable and easy to prepare from home.  Here is a fun recipe to get you started: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar or salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Open Your Eyes to Sun Protecting Eye Creams

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SupGoopAre you using an eye cream each day and night? Does your eye cream offer sun protection as well? If you haven’t considered the effects of the sun near your eyes, now is the time to start.  The skin around our eyes is so thin and delicate.  It deserves just as much sun protection, if not more, than our face does.

Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a light formula that easily blends in the eye area almost immediately.  This eye cream helps defend the eye area from future sun damage with its mineral based UVA and UVB sunscreen.  Mica is used to diffuse light and illuminate the skin while reducing the appearance of dark circles.  Natural oat peptides help boost collagen levels in this thin and delicate area. It immediately cools and soothes the skin with its cold metal tip applicator. The formula is also non allergenic and cruelty free. Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream would make a great addition to your daily routine!

Vitamin D and Skin Health

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The “sunshine” vitamin, also known as Vitamin D, is extremely important for skin health.  Vitamin D is well-known for its role in calcium absorption.  We know that physically, Vitamin D 12057682265_d568e9030f_zdeficiency can cause rickets, osteomalacia, skeletal diseases, metabolic disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease and many others.  It also affects skin conditions, including acne and psoriasis, both of which can be caused by an insufficient amount of vitamin D.

While hormonal balance and overall hygiene are causes of acne, a poor immune system due to low amounts of vitamin D in your system can also increase oil production in your skin cells. Acne forms when the sebaceous glands are clogged and these blocked, oil-producing cells lead to the unsightly blemishes that can afflict you at any time in your life. Sun exposure raises your vitamin D levels as your skin releases a chemical that produces vitamin D. This reduces the amount of bacteria in your system by boosting your immune system, reducing the level of acne.

For skin conditions like psoriasis, Vitamin D plays a crucial role.  The condition is associated with a poor immune system and, in certain instances, low vitamin D levels. The “Journal of Investigative Dermatology” showed that when exposed to ultraviolet-B rays, the element of sunlight that kick starts the vitamin D production system in the body, vitamin D levels increased significantly, and the symptoms of psoriasis disappeared. Similarly, a study in “Rheumatology International” also found that increasing vitamin D levels helped improve psoriasis symptoms.

Vitamin D is important in the rate of cell renewal and division.  A lack of vitamin D can lead to thinner skin that is fragile and sagging.  Vitamin D-3’s presence in your system is known to support the healing of wounds.  Some people use vitamin D for skin conditions including vitiligo, scleroderma, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and lupus vulgaris.  Some studies have found that both children and adults with eczema are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D. Lower vitamin D levels are also linked to more severe skin symptoms. Research has found that people who have eczema and low levels of vitamin D are more likely to get infections on their skin.

The Last Straw: Dry Summer Hair!

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FFShampooIs your hair feeling dry and frizzy this summer? We get so busy protecting our skin from the sun that we often forget about the damage the sun can cause to our hair. Our once shiny locks can take a serious beating from the summer sun.  Chlorine can strip hair of its protective oils while the salt water of the ocean strips both hair and skin of its hydration.  As refreshing as a plunge in the pool or a swim in the ocean may be, they can both cause our hair to look and feel stripped, fried, and parched.

The summer sun does not have to be the cause of a bad hair day.  You can restore the shine in your hair by simply giving your locks some additional TLC this summer.  Frederic Fekkai PrX Shampoo and Conditioner both help repair and protect hair daily with effective care. Fekkai’s masterfully crafted repair shampoo and conditioner fortify and provide strength against damage.3 minute mask

The Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives 3 Minute Mask is a great product to use on a weekly basis, all year long, for a more intensive and rich hair repair treatment.  This mask protects against Keratin loss with restoring smoothness and shine.  By using this system, your hair will look beautiful during those warm and sunny summer vacations!


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Melasma and Zinc Oxide

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Dealing with Melasma can be challenging and frustrating.  The bad news is that there’s no cure in the horizon for this common and often chronic disorder, which recent research suggests may have both an epidermal and dermal component as well as a genetic component that is not just based on race or skin type. Estrogen and progesterone seem to play a role in Melasma.  Prescription obagitopical medications with hydroquinone, Tretinoin and a range of acids, and possibly corticosteroids, have long been the main stream way of Melasma treatment. Today, sufferers are receiving a boost from chemical peels and microdermabrasion and, of late, targeted laser therapy using both new and standard devices. This combination appears promising as a new avenue for Melasma treatment.

SK077In addition to those treatments, studies recently have shown that Zinc Oxide has been very successful in the prevention and treatment of Melasma.  Many report great results according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  Zinc Oxide is a common ingredient is sunscreen.  The key is to have the highest percentage of Zinc Oxide in the sunscreen in order to protect, prevent, and heal Melasma.  Will it get rid of all the Melasma?  No.  Remember there is no cure at this time.  However, it has proven to be of great help.

We recommend for those that suffer from Melasma to use physical sunscreens vs chemical sunscreens.  Since chemical sunscreens absorb and disperse the harmful UV rays, this may trigger Melasma vs calming it down.  Physical sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are best suited for those with Melasma since they repel the harmful UV rays. Look for options like the SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 or the Obagi Sunshield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50.


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