The Golden Rules to a Golden Glow

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When you reach for your sunscreen, are you 100% certain you know what you are applying? Here are a few tidbits of knowledge to help you through the summer without getting burned.

Did you know that sunscreen loses its efficacy after 12 months? Ingredients that contain sun protection factors such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are active ingredients so they can’t be expected to last forever. They have a shelf life just like your peanut butter so be sure to purchase a new bottle every summer.

*Helpful tip: Mark your bottle of sunscreen with the date you bought it!

Did you know you should apply sunscreen (no matter then SPF) every TWO hours? Sunscreen does not block the sun entirely and although you may have slathered yourself with sunscreen, it is not meant to last you a whole day exposed to the Sun’s harmful rays.

*Helpful tip: If you out and about, set an alarm on your phone every two hours to remind you!

Are you covering all the necessary spots or just your nose? Ears, eyelids, the scalp, lips and feet are the most often forgotten body part when applying sunscreen. Be sure to cover these areas to protect yourself from sun damage and possible health concerns.

Helpful tip: Spray sunscreens are incredibly convenient and you can cover yourself in seconds without greasy hands! A few of our faves are La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Spray and Supergoop SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C.

 

You can find these and many other SPF options on SkinStore.com!




Tammy’s Summer Skin Eating Tips

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Summer is the perfect time to breeze into healthfulness. There are so many ways to maintain and nourish the body, mind and spirit, while protecting and enhancing your complexion. But let’s keep it simple! Caring for skin is never as delicious as it is in the summertime, when some of our best defenses come directly from the garden and when easy is always best.

Here are some of our favorite tips to care for summer skin effortlessly.

-Staying hydrated is key in the warmer months. Eating local, seasonal fruit—like watermelon—not only provides excellent hydration, but contains crucial enzymes and nutrients for skin.

-Introducing plenty of raw vegetables to your diet gives skin a real boost. Carrots contain major antioxidants. Avocados are rich in fatty acids. Tomatoes and lemons are packed with collagen-supporting Vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant source.

-Plant butters and plant oils—including avocado and shea—are great for summer cooking, but also benefit dry skin when applied directly. Found in formulations throughout our collection, and providing a strong base for Antioxidant Crème and Intensive Repair Balm, they provide excellent hydration and an extra layer of UV protection when worn under sunscreen.

-Stirring a little coconut oil into your favorite fresh fruit smoothie, or into a hot cup of tea, can actually reduce your body’s need for antioxidants, and can help prevent damage to body tissues, and slow skin’s aging.

You can find Tammy Fender’s Skincare line on SkinStore.com.



Sundari Neem and Green Tea Cleansing Mask [GIVEAWAY]

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Sundari Neem and Green Tea MaskIs your skin feeling congested and in need of a deep clean? We have the perfect mask to rid your skin of dirt, oil and impurities. Sundari Neem and Green Tea Cleansing Mask purifies congested skin. Neem Extract, a powerful healer, provides deep cleansing while normalizing skin tone. Green Tea, a potent anti-oxidant, detoxifies and protects, restoring health and clarity.

Benefits:

-Deep cleans oily, acne prone skin

-Reduces TWEL (trans-epidermal water loss)

-Antiseptic and balances sebum production

-Promotes skin tissue regeneration

-Destroys harmful bacteria in oily areas while soothing dry areas

-Protects the skin from aggressive free radicals

 

Sound amazing?! Enter our Facebook giveaway for a chance to win one of your very own. Click HERE to enter!



Dangers of Sleeping in Eye Makeup

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You crawl into bed after an exhausting day. Your sleepy head hits the pillow and you are snuggled up for a much deserved restful night’s sleep when you realize you forgot to wash your face. You may think “what harm can one night of sleeping in my makeup really do?” A lot actually! Knowing what I know now about sleeping in eye makeup I can promise you I will NEVER do it again. There are the obvious drawbacks from sleeping in makeup like dirty pillow cases and waking up with makeup all over your face, but there are some more serious repercussions.

Mascara dries out eye lashes and if you are not taking the time to remove it at night your lashes are just getting brittle. They’re actually thinning, breaking and falling out. Mascara and liner cause bacteria to build up in the eye which can cause irritation, bloodshot eyes and styes. A stye is a painful bump formed in the gland of the eye. They are noticeable and to be honest quite ugly. These reasons alone are enough to make me drag my lazy butt out of bed to wash my face. But wait…there is more! EYE MITES! Eye mites are tiny microscopic bugs that live in the hair follicles of your lashes and brows. Everyone has them unfortunately, but if you don’t wash your face than you are giving them a chance to multiply. Now they have all that yummy eye makeup to munch on so they can get bigger, stronger and lay more eggs. Within a few days those eye mites have hatched, grown and are laying their own eggs. Stop the madness and wash your face!

A few of our favorite eye makeup removers and cleansers are Kate Somerville True Lash- Lash Enhancing Eye Makeup Remover, Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, ARCONA Triad Pads. You can find these products on SkinStore.com.



Shiny, Scented Locks

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What do you get when you combine a hair styling product with a perfume? HEAVEN! Frederic Fekkai has just introduced a new line of hair perfumes that pull double duty as a styling product by also preventing static and adding shine. Inspired scents from his Full Blown Volume Collection, PrX Reparatives Collection and Technician Color Care Collection. There is a fragrance that will suit any person or mood. Fekkai even put together a handy little kit Frederic Fekkai Hair Perfume Collection with all 3 perfumes in small travel friendly mists. This kit is a great way to find your favorite scent so you can Frederic Fekkai Hair Perfume Collectionpurchase the larger 1.7 ounce size for home. This would make a great gift for anyone and priced affordably. The Citron et Menthe is a fresh scent that is “crafted with crisp mint and bright citron notes”. The Creme Vanillee is a warmer scent that has “undertones of luscious cream, it gives hair a seductive touch of exotic, sweet scent” and the Rose Fraiche is a romantic scent with “fresh rose notes, it gives hair a seductive touch of floral”. That fact that these fragrances don’t dry out hair and add shine makes it the perfect product to add to your hair care regimen.

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.



Easy Hair Removal with MOOM

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Looking for a pain free, cheaper alternative to professional waxing? Aren’t we all? Look no further! MOOM Organic Hair Removal Kit amazingly does just what it says! MOOM is an alternative to expensive professional waxing treatments with the same great benefits and more. Hair is removed for up to eight weeks, it’s less painful than traditional waxing, and doesn’t leave the skin irritated. Your skin is actually more hydrated and softer than before without the need of after repair lotions. MOOM removes the hair from the root, cleansing the hair follicle, making ingrown hairs less frequent. MOOM can be used on the whole body including the face, under arms, legs, and bikini area.

Kit Includes:

• 100% Natural Hair Remover, 6oz
• 12 body washable reusable Fabric Strips
• 6 face washable reusable Fabric Strips
• 4 wooden applicators



Hair Care 101

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Shiny hair is sexy. Shiny hair signals youth and fertility, so instinctively men love a woman with luscious locks. Here are a few simple and easy steps that every woman can take to keep her hair shiny, and to keep those boys breaking their necks.

People with oily hair tend to over wash their hair. When the hair is stripped of its essential oils it goes into overdrive to produce more oils, so it’s a never ending battle to keep oily hair clean. Instead, wash only a few times a week if your hair is oily. The oils in your hair condition the roots and lengths of your hair, and will keep the hair shiny and supple. If the root area looks greasy, use a dry shampoo to keep it immaculate. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is a great choice.

If you have normal to dry hair and a dry scalp, it’s likely that your hair stays fresh for quite some time. Once weekly washings are appropriate to those that don’t produce much oil at the scalp and the oil that is produced will be beneficial and hydrating to the hair, so use a soft boar bristle brush to pull the oils from the roots through the lengths of the hair.

Don’t overuse heat tools. Stick straight hair is so 2005, so don’t flat iron your hair to its death. Instead, embrace the natural texture that you were born with. Air dry hair when possible, and if you need to use a blow-dryer, opt for a cool setting instead of high heat. My therapist (I mean stylist) has taught me some great hair care tricks over the years, but one of my favorites is a blow-drying tip. Part the hair and spritz with heat-protective spray, then blow dry only at the roots, let the ends of the hair air-dry… this always gives my hair a lot of natural movement but doesn’t leave the top of my head kinked. If you like your hair curly, then traditional curling rods are a better choice than a high-heat curling iron, so if you’re sporting ringlets let dry hair set in curlers for a few hours.

Lay off the chemical processing for a change. Highlights, lowlights, double processing, triple processing, you’ve done it all. Every chemical process does a bit of damage, and when color is constantly pulled out and deposited in, the hair strand becomes more and more damaged. Color only the hair that hasn’t been colored, we advise professional root touch ups every 6-8 weeks. And quit with the drama already… If you don’t have naturally light hair, the peroxide that you use will eat up your healthy dark tresses. And light haired girls that go uber-dark can end up with those grey-looking roots (nobody wants to look like they have a receding hair line). Many colorists say that the most flattering color you can have as an adult is the hair color that you had as a child. Was it sunny and blonde, but turned a little brassy and mousy as you got older? Pump up the volume on the developer and lighten up! Did you have gorgeous black hair as a baby but it looks a little worn and ashen? Deposit a rich hue to bring out the vibrancy!

One of the most important rules in hair care is to trim your hair regularly. Hair that has split ends (no matter how well cared for) can look dry and brittle. Regular trims keep the hair looking slick and smooth, not bushy and unruly.

Remember that hair care products play a huge role in the way your hair looks. Using quality shampoo and conditioner that are made for your specific hair type will be beneficial to the health of your hair. Yes, a shampoo and conditioner made for color-treated hair can improve and prolong your hair color. A shampoo and conditioner made for oily hair will help to balance the production of sebum in the scalp. A shampoo and conditioner made for normal to dry hair will condition the hair thoroughly to provide greater manageability.

Leave-in treatment products are very beneficial to the hair. Leave-in conditioners (in spray or cream form) help to condition the hair and seal the cuticle so it’s pliable and elastic, therefore less prone to break. Leave-in products such as shine enhancing sprays and serums seal the hair cuticle and impart shine, so hair not only feels healthier, it also looks better.

Deep conditioners are intense and really beneficial to thirsty hair. Because I have platinum hair that requires a lot of color developer to lift the ashy-ness out of my roots, and A LOT of toner to keep it neutral instead of brassy, my hair is always thirsty. In addition to using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner and leave-in products I love a once-weekly deep conditioner, and you will too once you try one. When you can’t afford to have it in-salon (or just have no time or desire to sit in a salon chair for two hours) use a hair masque at home instead! After washing and conditioning the hair, apply a generous amount of hair masque that’s appropriate to your hair type (I LOVE the Alterna TEN Hair Masque), put on a shower cap and use your blow-dryer to warm up the hair (make sure the cap isn’t the type that melts), this will allow for your hair cuticle to open up and absorb more of the active ingredients. Then rinse, dry and voila! Shiny, bouncy, smooth hair that’s manageable and silky.

Find more Hair Care products on SkinStore.com.

 



How to Get Smooth, Frizz-Free Hair

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Want shiny, smooth, frizz-free hair?  You can get it with Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist. This weightless mist is not only great for strengthening your hair with nutrients; its organic ingredients reverse damage and extend the life of a blow-out. Brilliant!

Its wonderful, light fragrance makes it easy to spray in liberally and it can be used on damp hair as a leave-in treatment or on dry hair to boost shine.  This product is made for fine-to normal hair so if you have medium to thick hair you’ll want to use Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment. Both formulas offer color hold protection and humidity resistance.

After reading some pretty amazing reviews, I decided that I had to try it for myself. Boy, I am I glad I did! I saw a noticeable improvement with my very first use.  You’ll love having “Hair Confidence” in any situation with this little winner.

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com.



5 Skin Care Products Causing Your Oily Skin

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Think you know what’s causing your excess oil? It could be caused by seasonal transitions, hormones, or even medications. But before you make any lifestyle change, learn about the 5 common products in your daily skin care routine that may be the culprit, and find out how to control oily skin.

1. Your scrub. Over-doing it when it comes to exfoliating can rob your skin of its natural moisture, causing it to produce even  more oil to compensate. There can be “too much of a good thing” with exfoliation, so I recommend using physical exfoliants up to 3 times a week, and keep your pressure light when massaging physical scrubs into your skin.

2. Your inadequate sunscreen. Although it might temporarily dry out your skin, a tan damages the DNA inside your skin cells and triggers an injury response that causes oil production to surge so your skin stays protected. Make sure you choose an SPF that’s labeled “broad spectrum” to keep UVA and UVB rays from doing damage, so oil production stays under control. And make it a daily habit, rain or shine – up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate through clouds!

3. Your “squeaky” clean cleanser. You might think it’s helping your oil control cause, but using a cleanser that makes your skin feel dry and tight is doing anything but! The result is skin that’s stripped of its protective hydrolipidic barrier, causing it to rapidly produce more oil to compensate for what’s missing. Make sure you’re using a cleanser formulated for your exact skin type, to provide the moisture-to-oil balance it needs.

4. Your “one-size-fits-Bioelements Oil Control Sleepwearall” anti-ager. Anti-aging ingredients like retinol or peptides are meant to target skin aging concerns like wrinkles or firmness. If you have an Oily skin type, these formulas may be just too emollient. So choose an anti-aging night creme that’s designed specifically for oilier skin, and offers oil control along with anti-aging benefits, like Bioelements Oil Control Sleepwear.

5. Your oil blotters. A common pseudo-solution to remove excess oil is to blot it away – and not just with the blotting papers you find skin care aisles. I’ve heard people recommend everything from coffee shop napkins to toilet seat covers to beat an oily t-zone! No matter what you’re using to blot, it only pushes most of the day’s dirt, oil and makeup back in deep into your pores, where it causes breakouts, congestion, and even more oil. Stop oil at its source with an Oil Control Mattifier that balances oil production within the pore, and absorbs excess oil as it develops. Apply it under your makeup, before your SPF, to keep skin shine-free, and apply it over your makeup as needed for a pore-friendly solution to control oil throughout the day.

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com.



Combat Thinning Hair

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The world seems to be obsessed with the question on how to get thin quicHairk. How can I get thinner arms, a thinner waist or thinner legs? But the one thing we don’t want is thinner hair.

As we mature, hormones in our scalp begin to produce higher levels of DHT, the primary toxin that clogs hair follicles and causes hair to grow back weak and thin. This puts us on a different quest on how to get thick – quick.

To combat the root of the problem, ingredients like Red Clover Extract, Nettle Root and Saw Palmetto help detoxify the scalp and block the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. These ingredients, along with a mix of other nutrients, were combined to create Red Clover Growth Complex, which is found exclusively in the Alterna Caviar Clinical system.

The collection is recommended by our hair loss and thinning expert Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. “These products are extremely effective as the system is clinically proven to promote fuller, thicker, denser-looking hair,” says Dr. Jaliman.

She is internationally recognized for her research and work in clinical and cosmetic dermatology, and authored the chapter Skin and hair in the book “Women’s Health for Life.”  If you are trying to decide if the system is right for you, she says, “All products in the Caviar Clinical System are specially formulated for people suffering from hair loss or thinning, and leave no build-up or residue on the scalp or hair if used as directed.”

How to get thick-quick:

Cleanse: Help reduce the levels of DHT, sebum and other residue from your scalp by cleansing with Alterna’s Caviar Clinical Daily Detoxifying Shampoo. It doesn’t have harmful chemicals like sulfates & parabens that further damage hair and irritate the scalp. What it does have is Red Clover Growth Complex, to help unclog hair follicles and promote instantly thicker hair.

Stimulate: Energize the scalp by using a leave in treatment like the Daily Root & Scalp Stimulator. It’s enriched with Vitamin B6 an ingredient known to help promote healthy blood flow to the scalp. Spray directly to the roots and massage in for a soothing mini scalp exercise to help improve hair’s strength and density from the inside out.

Reinforce: Boost the effectiveness of cleansing and stimulating with the Weekly Intensive Boosting Treatment. Apply directly to the scalp to deliver a turbo-dose of concentrated soy proteins and keratin to help reinforce hair’s natural structure.

All three of these strand-saving formulas are available in the Alterna Caviar Clinical Starter Kit. It’s so effective that 8 out of 10 people said their hair felt thicker and fuller, and would recommend this system to a friend with thinning hair or hair loss.

Now you can say bye-bye to thin, waify strands and embrace your restored thick and full bodied hair.




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