Posts Tagged ‘exfoliate’

New! GlamGlow Tingling Exfoliating Mud Mask

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Do you want to have glowing radiant skin like some of our favorite celebrities? But, you don’t have pockets as deep as theirs to spend on fancy skincare treatments? Don’t fret my dear! GlamGlow Tingling Exfoliating Mud Mask is a less expensive alternate that is a favorite of Hollywood’s entertainment, music, and fashion elite. Glamglow is a rapid yet gentle exfoliating mud mask for both men and women alike. The mask contains high percentages of volcanic pumice rock, minerals and antioxidants. Collagen synthesis is activated, impurities are removed without striping the skin’s natural oils, discoloration is improved, and skin texture is smoother. With continued use twice a week for 15 minutes skin is softer, brighter, and tighter. You’ll have red carpet ready skin in no time!

Grapefruit Healthy from Head to Toe

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Do you want to quench your skin’s thirst? Are you looking for something fresh and revitalizing?

Think about fresh citrus scents  this season. Imagine bright and smooth skin. You can give attention to the body from head to toe with grapefruit products from Archipelago Botanicals. Since grapefruit is packed with vitamin C, it will help to give your skin that healthy glow and antioxidant protection to shield from oxidative stress. Grapefruit also contains natural exfoliants to rid of dead skin cells and even works as a natural antiseptic. So when your looking to spoil yourself or maybe even surprise someone with a luxurious gift, try the grapefruit products offered by Archipelago Botanicals.

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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

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Dr.Dennis Gross is a New York City dermatologist to the elite, and he’s famous worldwide for his Alpha Beta Daily Face Peels. This year Dr.Gross took his innovation even further and created Alpha Beta Glow Pads. Not just any self-tanning pads, mind you, they’re exfoliating alpha and beta hydroxyl acid pads that are enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and a self-tanning compound. Each pad nourishes the skin, provides anti-aging, brightening, and anti-acne benefits while giving the skin a natural, sun-kissed, radiant look.

This revolutionary product works in four ways:
1. Prep Step
Exfoliates the skin with an alpha and beta hydroxyl acid blend, which keeps the pores clear and acne breakouts at bay (while also inducing collagen production! Wow!)
2. Treat Step
Nourishes the skin with antioxidants and vitamins. The Glow Pads have vitamins A, C and E that help to prevent collagen breakdown. Vitamin B helps to promote skin healing and cell regeneration.
3. Color Step
Saturates the skin with encapsulated DHA that provides a believable sun-kissed look, while soy proteins guarantee a natural hue and a long-lasting color.
4. Radiance & Luminosity Step
Adds radiance and glow to the skin with vitamin D. Vitamin D gives the skin a sun-kissed look without sun exposure, and helps for the other vitamins to perform better.

The Dr.Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads never leave your skin orange, streaky, or smelly (no more of that maple-syrup self-tanner smell!). These pads can be used in conjunction with the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel (or with the Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel) on a daily basis, or when you need that little pick-me-up! Who wouldn’t want believable, natural color, anti-aging benefits and exfoliation in a streak-free self-tanning formula?! Everyone at (even the guys) can attest to just how wonderful this product is.

If you’ve tried it, we’d love to know what you think! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

Himalayan Pink Salt

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At first glance, the beauty of this rare mineral is undeniable. The different shades of pink, red and white would make any girl swoon for a spa treatment. Not only is this crystalline salt pretty, it’s also really beneficial as a body treatment. This wonderful mineral can be used in a bath soak or as a body scrub. Loaded with more than 80 different purifying minerals, this salt covers the scale from helping to purge toxins and fluid build-up to helping to slow down the aging process.

Looking for your own piece of the ancient Himalayan Mountains salt beds? Bliss Fat Girl Scrub is 60% Himalayan Pink Salt and assists in diminishing lumps and bumps due to cellulite. Enjoy!

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Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin

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Exfoliation is an important element of any skin care routine.  However, if you are dealing with sensitive skin you may feel your options are limited.  Well, I have good news for you. Those wonderful folks at Juice Beauty have formulated a version of their for sensitive skin.*

The Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive is a gentler, but just as effective version of the original.  This weekly exfoliating peel combines a 10% blend of alpha-hydroxy acids with raw cane sugar to revive your complexion and reveal a fresh new you.  This peel is also full of vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients designed to hydrate and nourish your skin.

Check out this video for even more information and step-by-step instructions.

*A patch test behind the ear is recommended prior to first use.

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ARCONA Review– The Basic Five

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Recently I had the pleasure of meeting one of the Arcona representatives while completing training on their products. My first question to be answered was, “What does Arcona mean?” Arcona is the name of the lady chemist that developed this line of skin care products based on natural cosmeceutical grade ingredients in 1989.

My second question to be answered was, “with so many “natural” products out there what makes Arcona different?” The answer to that question is that Arcona products contain natural ingredients such as antioxidants, active enzymes, amino acids at a high concentration level that are designed to assist your skin’s renewal process. These cosmeceutical grade ingredients are obtained through cold-processing for maximum ingredient concentration without reducing the effectiveness.

I was also pleased to find out that Arcona products are vegan, with the exception of a couple of products containing honey! Arcona products also do not contain any fillers, parabens, perfumes, dyes or sodium lauryl sulphates.

I had the pleasure of trying The Basic Five Program for Normal Skin. The kit contains the Golden Grain Gommage (Morning Exfoliant.), Magic White Ice (Hydrator), Desert Mist (Protective Serum), Toner Tea Bar (Night time Cleanser), and Gentle Solution (Night time Repair Serum).

My first delight was applying the Golden Grain Gommage. The blend of distilled water, jojoba beads along with Cranberry, Blueberry White Tea and Grapefruit Seed Extracts gently exfoliated my skin leaving it fresh and smooth.

Next I applied the Magic White Ice. Because I have dry skin I was skeptical that this thin moisturizing lotion would be able to quench my skin’s thirst. I remembered during the training how we were informed that the Arcona products don’t have heavy creams. Their philosophy is to balance your skin’s hydration level and you won’t need heavy creams to compensate. I was very pleased with the results! My skin felt hydrated and renewed and I had a satisfaction in knowing that this had been achieved through natural ingredients and without harmful chemicals.

Finally I applied the Desert Mist. My first thought was this serum appeared oily and would sit on my face creating a shiny complexion. Absolutely the opposite! It quickly absorbed into my skin within a minute creating an antioxidant barrier that helped strengthen my collagen level and acted as a humectant to bind moisture to my skin.

In the evening I followed up by using the Toner Tea Bar. I ran a clean washcloth under warm water and rubbed it on the bar and proceeded to cleanse my face in upward outward circles as the directions suggested. The organic smell of the blend of black tea, green tea, honey, and essential oils by itself was already soothing and relaxing. I found the Toner Tea Bar to be deeply cleansing without drying my skin. I tend to have dry skin and this bar was wonderful on my skin even though this is the bar for Normal Skin!
I completed the night time treatment by applying the Gentle Solution as a night time treatment to nourish and repair my skin with its antioxidants.

After having used these products for two weeks now I can honestly say I enjoy them! I am very pleased with how my skin looks and feels and would highly recommend this line of products for the most scrupulous customer searching for a line of natural based products that are customer and environmentally friendly!

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Top Five Favorite Pads

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A pad provides an easy and convenient way to exfoliate the skin, remove excess oils and residue while supplying the skin with antioxidants. Peel pads are used on clean, dry skin once daily. With use of a peel pad you’ll notice that your skin appears smoother, more even toner, brighter and you’ll also notice that your other products penetrate deeper and therefore, work much better!

Our top selling Philosophy Multi Use Peel Pads always get rave reviews. Lactic acid, emollients and vitamins in an easy-to-use daily pad provide exfoliation, hydration, and antioxidant protection in one easy step. This formula also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce swelling associated with rosacea or eczema.

What about those of us that are super acne prone? Someone that tends to get acne (whether it’s a teen, or a 35 year old going through hormonal changes) favors peel pads because they’re easy to use, sanitary and effective. ZO Skin Health Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment is an outstanding peel pad for treating and preventing acne. These pads are hydrated in 2% salicylic acid, the highest over-the-counter concentration, which gently exfoliates pore-clogging dead skin cells while botanical extracts calm the skin and glycolic acid provides anti-aging properties.

If someone is looking for a super exfoliating anti-aging treatment, we recommend Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads. They promote cellular turnover, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, brighten and infuse the skin with vitamins A, C, E and D. These unique peel pads contain a blend of alpha, beta, gamma hydroxyl acids and amino acids (the building blocks of peptides) to provide comprehensive anti-aging benefits in one easy step. Win!

Those of you that are super sensitive, or if you simply don’t want to have any excess exfoliation (if you’re already using glycolic or retinol) there is a peel pad for you too! ARCONA Triad Pads cleanse, tone and hydrate the skin while infusing it with antioxidants and clarifying cranberry extract.
Guys love peel pads too. Men’s Health magazine voted Anthony Logistics Astringent Toner Pads their favorite peel pad in 2008 and our male customers keep this bad boy in their favorites. Anthony Logistics Astringent Toner Pads help eliminate impurities, tighten pores and control shine. The special blend of ingredients provides calming effects on skin while providing oil control, and working to heal any nicks post-shave.

What’s your favorite peel pad? Why do you love it? We’d love to know!

Exfoliating Your… Hair?!

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We’re sure that you endlessly hear about the importance of exfoliation. Your skin looks and feels better when it’s free of dead skin cells, residue and pore-clogging debris. We’re also sure that you know all about alpha hydroxyl acids and beta hydroxyl acids and enzymes and manual exfoliants, like scrubs. But… do you know about exfoliating your hair? Yes… hair! Dead skin cells, product residue, minerals from hard water and other pollutants build up in your hair, dull the shine, and make your hair brittle and more susceptible to breakage. No good!

Thank goodness that there are amazing products that you can use to ensure shiny, bouncy, healthy hair! So, here’s a simple and easy guide on keeping your scalp clear of baddies.

Begin with a clarifying scalp treatment. We’re obsessed with Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Regenerating Plant Extract. Its unique concentration of over 50% orange and lavender essential oils stimulates microcirculation and invigorates the scalp to enhance the growth of healthy, beautiful hair, while providing a deep cleanse. Use a clarifying scalp treatment once every one to two weeks to maintain a clear scalp.

Eliminate rubbish with a shampoo. Phyto Phytosylic is a twice-a-week shampoo for all types of hair that effectively eliminates flaking and treats dandruff problems. Its gentle formulation combines the benefits of essential oils with willow bark extract enriched with salicylic acid. Use Phytosylic on alternate days to Rene Furterer Complexe 5, or use this shampoo instead of the treatment if you’re a busy bee and can’t commit the time to Rene Furterer Complexe 5.

Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo is another great choice for a purifying shampoo. It gets rid of impurities, removes build-up and enhances shine!

Once your hair is purified and clear of all the bad stuff, deposit some good stuff! Your freshly exfoliated scalp will drink up hair-growth boosting treatments! Try Phyto Phytoaxil Fortifying Treatment; Phytoaxil is exclusively formulated with natural active principles and is proven to help hair growth!

What are some of your favorite hair and scalp-purifying treatments? Maybe a trusty home-made remedy? We’d love to know!

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Do It Yourself: Home Facials

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So it’s nothing new that money may be tight for everyone these days, even for the avid spa goers. There are priorities like kids, appointments, friends and family to attend to. Relaxing a little usually falls to the bottom of our to-do list. Here are some great products and tips for an at home facial, that will guarantee refreshing results.

The DIY facial consists of a few main components. You need just an hour of your day, a few products, and a calm mind. It is important to relax and have a little fun. You may want to get your kids involved by putting a mud or clay mask on them. Otherwise your spa getaway can be a solo project, or a fun time with your girlfriends.


  • Warm towels (hand towels work perfectly)
  • Cleanser, toner, exfoliator, mask, treatment, moisturizer, eye cream.
  • Tea bags or cucumbers for the eyes. To use up the leftovers, you can make an iced tea or sip on some cucumber water while you relax.
  • Hand or body lotion and cuticle oil if you have it. (olive oil is a great alternative to soften hands and cuticles).
  • Essential oil of your choice. Any health food or specialty store should have a selection. Pick the scent that speaks to you and enjoy.
    Applicators for products: A paint or nylon foundation brush will work great for your applying your mask.
  • Quiet place to lay down with relaxing music. This is simply a must!

Tip: You can store very hot towels inside of a large ziploc bag by rolling them up; this will keep them warm for a little while. For a longer lasting approach, try putting water on the bottom of your crock pot, enough to cover the bottom and fold up a few wet hot towels. Then put the lid on and presto… instant hot towel cabby! You can also put a few drops of essential oil into the pot for an aromatic experience.

While you’re masking you can give yourself a nice hand and arm massage. First apply your cuticle oil generously, and then follow with the body moisturizer of your choice. You also may have one of those spa foot tubs lying around from a few Christmas’ ago, now is the perfect time to dust it off and put it to use. You can place a few drops of essential oil in the water and enjoy a relaxing foot soak. For some bubbles add a teaspoon of bubble bath or shower gel to the water and enjoy. Hot towels will also come in handy for your foot bath.

After you cleanse remove with hot towel. Then apply a toner or water to your skin. You then will want to apply an exfoliator of your choice. For something quick, easy and non messy try an exfoliating peel pad. The Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel/2 Steps is an amazing two step treatment with real results. For the lips you can use a little brown sugar and a few drops of water or olive oil (if you have some honey you can a little to the paste), this will give you a smooth finish for soft,  healthy lips. After you have exfoliated and cleansed your skin and lips off with a towel you will want to apply a mask of your choice for 10-15 minutes.

Click here for some ideas on homemade masks.

After masking in pure bliss you will want to apply a treatment serum of your choice. You will need to go out into daylight and face the world after your relaxing facial so choose an antioxidant serum like Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. This will hydrate and protect your skin from free radical damage. Lastly, don’t forget the moisturizer preferably one that contains an SPF and an eye cream. Moisturizing your skin will seal in the benefits of the facial and also soften and hydrate your skin. An eye cream will do the same and will make your under eyes feel hydrated all day long. Try the Lisa Hoffman Spa Facial Eye Treatment. This is a weekly eye treatment just perfect for that spa facial experience. In every good facial your Esthetician will finish off with a lip balm or treatment, don’t forget this step just because you’re at home. The lips are important too!

We hope you take steps to put yourself first sometimes. You can try these simple tips and tricks for a luxurious facial all in the comfort of your own home.

At Home Microdermabrasion

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For those of you wanting the benefit of microdermabrasion without all the cost involved we have some excellent choices for you. But what exactly is the definition of this fancy word? Dermabrasion is the use of a physical exfoliant to remove or rub off the top layer of dead skin cells. The result is a fresh layer of newer skin cells revealing a more glowing, healthy skin, less fine lines and wrinkles, and fewer sun spots or hyperpigmentation.

Microdermabrasion is usually done at either a dermatologist’s office or estheticians salon or spa. The “micro” part comes with the use of micro aluminum oxide crystals that are blasted onto the skin with air pressure and immediately vacuumed off the skin. Microdermabrasion has little if any down time.

SkinStore has some wonderful at home tools that provide you the opportunity to get similar results to microdermabrasion without the office or spa appointments, or the associated cost.

If you prefer a tool instead of a product you can use this by itself:

The Personal Microderm Tool Kit
Removes the thin layer of dead skin cells so that rejuvenation creams and serums can sink deeper into the skin and work more effectively…Greatly enhances poor, dull skin texture by gently resurfacing the superficial skin layers…Polishes and reduces fine, crêpe lines on the cheeks generally caused by aging and sun damage…DVD and written directions included.

If you prefer a product instead of a tool you can use one of the following by themselves:

ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish
Round magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells, increase epidermal turnover and create a clearer, smoother, more even-toned complexion.

Lierac Paris Micro Abrasion Exfoliating Smoothing Cream
This stimulating smoothing cream contains alumina crystals for deep-down exfoliation and urea for optimum comfort, giving an immediate radiance-boosting effect, refined skin texture and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
Magnesium oxide crystals polish away dead skin cells leaving skin radiant. These diamond shaped crystals exfoliate evenly without scratching or irritating the skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and improving the overall texture of the skin. Helps clear acne prone skin and improves scars. Ideal for the face, arms, hands and neck.

As with any skin resurfacing product, either chemical or physical, it is imperative to use an SPF of 20 or higher after having a resurfacing done. Not protecting your newly revealed skin cells can cause damage from UVA/UVB rays and cause your skin to rapidly age. SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20  is a great choice.

Restore that youthful healthy glow to your skin and have everyone wondering how you did it!

Which do you prefer: “in office” microdermabrasion or “at home” microdermabrasion? Leave us a comment below!


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