Favorite Products of the Month!

Enfleurage -Serene Spirit Essential Oil Blend

Great for mediation and relaxation!

 

Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 - 15ml

NIOD – Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1

Great Anti-aging serum to stimulate collagen!

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Matte Magic Mist & Set

Best Makeup Setting Spray to fight April showers!

 

 

Chocolate as a Skin Care Ingredient!

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A study in the Journal of Nutrition gave women high or low flavanol powder dissolved in water and discovered that flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin and improve skin’s hydration and complexion [Source: Journal of Nutrition].

Check out few outstanding benefits of dark chocolate for skin here:

Contains antioxidants protect your skin from free radical damage and uv rays.

Has skin toning and brightening caffeine.

Has stress-relieving qualities reducing elevated stress hormones that can cause breakouts and dull skin, as well as anti-inflamatories.

Boosts blood circulation giving your skin a healthy glow and the scalp which may help your hair.


Making Homemade?

Keep in mind……..

Store bought chocolate may contain salt or sugar particles with jagged edges that can scratch your skin as well as other ingredients added to the chocolate. Look for pure coco powder the darker the chocolate the better!

Mask:  Mix plain yogurt with dark chocolate powder and a small amount of oil (ex. olive, sesame, rice bran, or almond).


Eating Chocolate:

From a brand of scientifically designed chocolate called Esthechoc; accordinging to the brand their chocolate does the following:

A 7.5-gram piece of the seemingly magic chocolate packs in more antioxidants than 100 grams of regular dark chocolate and 300 grams of Alaskan salmon. During clinical trials, 50- to 60-year-old participants ate a piece a day of the 70 percent dark chocolate “Esthechoc” and watched it boost blood supply and reduce inflammation to the skin within four weeks — resulting in healthier skin. Sugar levels are low enough for it to be safe for diabetics, and each piece of edible goodness adds up to only 38 calories, making it a safe choice for moderate consumption.

Guess what just eating a small piece of regular store bought dark chocolate still has a lot of health benefits too!

Must Have Products For February!

FacePlace Original Daily Face Shampoo

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Renewal Treatment

Ambra di Venezia by AEDES

Nars Single Eye Shadow, Daphne – matte deep violet

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner in Cobalt Ink

Butter 3 Free Nail Lacquer in British Racing Green

Roxisomes For DNA Repair: The New It Ingredient!

Roxisomes

What they are: A type of liposome (a tiny bubble with an aqueous solution) that limits the effects of damage incurred by delicate skin cells.

How they work: In their role as mitochondrian protectors, roxisomes are thought to be able to repair DNA-related damage done to the skin cells. They contain a special enzyme that fixes cellular damage and limits the amount of stress on skin cells, especially those that are linked to wrinkle-inciting inflammation.

Pro Therapy MD Advanced Ultra Rich Day Repair

Via New Beauty

Watermelon in Skin Care

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When we think of watermelon, we think of summertime barbeques or an afternoon picnic in the park. However, we’ve never really thought of it as a way to make our skin look gorgeous. But it turns out, there’s more to this tasty fruit than we thought.

Watermelon extract is touted for being rich in vitamin C, amino acids and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that’s great for sun-damaged skin. It’s also said to promote cell regeneration, moisturize, cleanse and exfoliate. 

That said, experts are a little hesitant to recommend it. While it’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C, the concern is the high levels of sugar it contains. So if you tend to break out easily or have sensitive skin, you need to be a little more cautious. And if you’re using it on your body (like in a body wash), the sugars can potentially cause irritation in some areas.

“How the ingredient is derived and the carrier it’s put in is very important,” says celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy. “What you need to look for is that your active ingredients are getting to where they need to go and are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Watermelon extract, or any other ingredient for that matter, can be effective if it’s in a good carrier that can deliver its benefits to the skin. One line that would be safe to use is Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty skin-care line. “The company is very serious about how the watermelon is derived and the work that goes into it creating the product. They have a phenomenal lab, and it’s also very affordable,” says Joy.

Another tip, if the watermelon is being used for the smell, that’s usually a red flag that it’s not a good product to use. You should also consider if the watermelon used is organic or if it’s been treated with pesticides. What it really comes down to is that there are many other ingredients out there that are more beneficial and safer than watermelon extract.

Click here for nutritional data on raw watermelon

Via NewBeauty

 

8 Diet and Exercise Mistakes That Age You

From The Editors of Prevention

 

Eating too much sugar certainly isn’t wise for your waistline, but did you know that overindulging in dessert can add years to your face? And even if you do strenuous cardio workouts each week, you’ll be missing out on potential anti-aging body benefits if your schedule doesn’t include yoga, weight training, and rest.

 

“Good nutrition is a fundamental building block of healthy skin,” explains Leslie Baumann, MD, a Miami Beach dermatologist. The natural ingredients in whole foods such as romaine lettuce and strawberries help increase cell turnover, and boost production of collagen fibers to help keep skin smooth and firm. Conversely, foods with little-to-no nutritional benefits, like sugar-packed doughnuts, can actually damage the collagen and elastin that keep skin firm and youthful. These aging effects start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that, according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

 

Even if your diet is wholesome, you could be making exercise mistakes that age you as well. For example, if you only do cardio at the expense of other types of exercise, like yoga and strength-training, you could be missing out on skin-protective benefits.

 

Find out if you’re making one of these 8 common aging diet and exercise mistakes, and get smart prevention strategies that can keep you slim and youthful for years to come.

 

The breakdown of sugars, called glycation, damages the collagen that keeps skin smooth and firm. To prevent this natural process from careening out of control, Naila Malik, MD, a derm in Southlake, TX, sticks to low-glycemic carbs like whole grains; they’re naturally low in sugar, and the body processes them slowly to limit the loss of collagen. If you want to sweeten up your tea or oatmeal without making your skin look older, try all-natural stevia.

 

English: Stevia rebaudiana flowers

English: Stevia rebaudiana flowers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It’s an easily digested herbal sweetener that doesn’t trigger glycation, according to board-certified dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, an adjunct professor of medicine at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

 

Taking your work angst out on the Spinning bike or treadmill might make you feel better for a little while, but incorporating yoga into your fitness routine regularly may help you look younger and prevent breakouts while whittling away stress. Sounds like a winning workout to us! “Yoga moves like Child’s Pose, Downward-Facing Dog, and Sun Salutations improve circulation–the boost of oxygen is what gives skin that lovely yoga glow,” says Hema Sundaram, MD, a Washington, DC – area dermatologist. New research finds regular yoga practice may reduce the inflammation and stress that speed skin aging. If you need another reason to om away your stress: High levels of tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. “Controlling stress keeps your skin calm,” says Annie Chiu, MD, a derm in LA.

 

Research suggests that green and black tea contain protective compounds–like EGCG and theaflavins–that help prevent skin cancers and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles.

 

Following a regular strength-training routine that creates better, more supportive muscle tone will help you firm sagging skin from the neck down. “I am religious about strength-training, and I always tell patients to do it more as they get older,” says Patricia Farris, MD, a dermatologist in Metairie, LA. “It’s like adding volume to the face with fillers, except on your body,” says Dr. Farris.

 

“Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry, and meat may contribute to acne,” says Katie Rodan, MD, a dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay area. She says that her patients who eat those less frequently–or at least choose grain-fed beef and poultry and organic dairy–often notice their skin looks better.

 

When your exercise routine is so intense that you’re tired all the time but can’t sleep at night, you’re setting yourself up for overuse injuries–not to mention dark circles and bags under your eyes from those sleepless nights. These symptoms could be a sign of overexhaustion, says Ryan Halvorson, personal trainer, IDEA Health and Fitness Association expert, and author. Other clues that you’re working out too much include extreme muscle soreness that persists for several days, unintended weight loss, an increased resting heart rate, interruptions in your menstrual cycle, or decreased appetite. “Plan your rest as well as you plan exercise,” says Polly de Mille, RN, a registered clinical exercise physiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. “If there is no balance between breakdown and recovery, then the muscle is in a state of chronic inflammation and what may start as a simple case of soreness after a hard workout can turn into an actual overuse injury.”

 

When your diet isn’t balanced, your skin, hair, and nails will suffer. Cutting calories can deprive your body of certain nutrients that promote healthy cell division, cell regeneration, and overall skin tone and texture, explains David E. Bank, MD, FAAD, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY. “The skin also requires essential fatty acids–which the body can’t produce on its own–to maintain hydration. A diet that’s too low in fat could cause dry skin, hair loss, and brittle nails.” Other key youth-boosting nutrients include vitamins A, C, and E. Being deficient in A can cause acne, dry hair, dry skin, and broken fingernails. Get your daily vitamin A fix by eating five baby carrots each day. A lack of vitamin C can affect collagen synthesis (the “glue” that binds our ligaments, bones, blood vessels, and skin), impair wound healing, and make you more likely to bruise. Incorporate vitamin C – rich foods in the form of citrus fruits, brussels sprouts, peppers, and leafy greens. Low levels of vitamin E can result in easy bruising and cause chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis to flare up. Get more vitamin E in your diet by eating almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, spinach, and fortified cereals.

 

Kimberly Snyder, a Los Angeles nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution, says she sees a big improvement in her clients’ skin and hair when they eat more alkaline-forming foods, such as parsley, almonds, kale, pears, lemons, and apples. “If your body is too acidic, which can happen when your diet is unbalanced, it leaches the alkaline minerals, such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, that allow us to have strong, healthy bones, teeth, and hair,” Snyder explains.

 

What is an Alginate Mask? Or Seaweed Anyone?

Pevonia Plantomer Lift-off Mask

An alginate mask is a setting mask usually made derived from seaweed.  In powdered form it is mixed with water or some times a serum.  They are great for applying over creams, serums, or ampules to seal in the products to allow it to penetrate the skin better.  They must be applied to the skin quickly they set fast, avoid the nostrils and eye area when applying.  Once dry they have a rubbery texture and peels off in one piece.  If you are allergic or sensitive to marine life or iodine you should avoid an alginate mask.

Seaweed

Seaweed (Photo credit: Mark Bridge)

 

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