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  • Join us September 13th for a fundraiser to benefit Richmond Triangle Players. You will have the opportunity to speak with specialists for Erno Laszlo and Jack Black skincare. 10% of your purchases will go to the theatre. There are many door prizes and giveaways. We look forward to seeing you. 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

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  • The Laszlo Glow

    The Laszlo Glow

    Imagine telling the most beautiful women in the world,  “You need to wash your face.”

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    That's exactly what Dr. Erno Laszlo did and it made him one of the most sought after dermatologists in New York and Hollywood.

    Erno Laszlo, a pioneer in 20th Century skin care, believed beautiful skin was no miracle. Beautiful skin, he said, was the result of a commitment to a proper cleansing ritual and the use of prescribed skincare products to match his client's concerns - a bespoke approach to skincare.

     

    The Age of Cold Cream and One Face Cream Fits All

    Up until that period, women didn't generally wash their faces. They used pore clogging cold cream to remove makeup and the grime of the day. Gina Lollobrigida Applying Face Cream

    If they did wash their face, it was with harsh soaps that stripped the skin of natural oils. Their moisturizers were almost always one face cream fits all. Dr. Laszlo put a stop to that.

    Erno Laszlo to the Rescue

    Erno Laszlo introduced American women to the concept of the Double Cleanse with its facial cleansing oil, beauty cleansing bar and its splashing technique. He analyzed women's (and men's) skin giving them precise techniques for their personal cleansing and prescribed the exact products for their particular skin type and concern. The results were startling. Beautiful, radiant skin emerged everywhere.

    Thus was born “The Laszlo Glow.” And, everyone wanted it.

    The Influencers of the day, celebrities, socialites and stars of Broadway and Hollywood, flocked to his office. Everyone from Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn to Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe were his devotees.

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    Audrey Hepburn once famously said, “I owe 50 per cent of my beauty to my mother and the other 50 per cent to Erno Laszlo."

    Today, Erno Laszlo Skincare continues the pioneering work of Dr. Laszlo by offering five new versions of the Double Cleanse to meet the needs of the modern beauty client. Double Cleanse Bars & Oils

    Each Double Cleanse is concern specific and full of powerful actives to deliver instant, visible results.

    Proper cleansing is the foundation of beautiful skin. When the compliments start, just say, “It’s the Erno Laszlo Glow.”

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  • SAVE YOUR SKIN! 5 Simple Sunscreen Rules to Avoid Premature Aging

    “Yikes! Where did these lines come from? And, is that a dark patch on my cheek? But I wear sunscreen!” But, do you wear enough, reapply often and wear it all year around?

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    The sad truth is any amount of tanning, indoors or out, will damage the skin and cause premature aging and possible health problems. But, we can take steps to minimize sun damage by following these Five Simple Sunscreen Rules. 

    1.) Look for “Full-Spectrum” or “Broad Spectrum” Sunscreen Protection. This is extremely important as you need to protect yourself from the sun’s two types of ultraviolet (UV) rays known as UVA and UVB wavelengths. UVA is the long-wavelength that penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin and causes skin damage such as wrinkles and dark spots, over time. It also causes melanoma. UVB is shorter wavelengths of light that penetrate to the surface of the skin and is the cause of sunburn. Sunburn doesn’t just feel awful but it can cause permanent skin damage overtime. These two forms of light are not dependent on air temperature or if the sun is shining. You can get sunburn in the snow or on a cloudy day, if you’re not properly protected.

    2.) Look for an SPF of 15 to 50. The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) will tell you how well the sunscreen blocks UVB rays and for approximately how long. Experts agree that you need a minimum of SPF 15 but no more than 50 for protection. An SPF higher than 50 only provides a minimum more of protection and may not be worth the added cost. The ideal seems to be an SPF of 30. But, as always, it depends on your skin type.


    3.) Apply Sunscreen Liberally and Frequently. 

    Reapply often and use lots! Reapply often and use lots!

    20 minutes before before going outside into the sun, disrobe and apply your sunscreen all over your body. Don't forget your ears, the back of your neck, underarms and top of your feet. Use lots of sunscreen. Don't skimp! Apply using a circular motion so you won’t miss any spots. Contrary to what you may have heard, about 2 ounces or a shot glass full, is only enough for your face, neck and the back of your hands. So, slather it on! Finally, apply a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher.

    4.) Reapply! Reapply! Reapply! When you’re out in the sun anytime of the year, you need to reapply your sunscreen at least every 90 minutes or less. If you go in the water or are perspiring, reapply sooner. Use a water-resistant sunscreen in these cases but remember you still have to reapply often. They are not waterproof, only resistant. Reapply your lip balm often, too.

    5.) Limit Sun Exposure. Seek shade. Wear a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and long pants. Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm. And, remember, to protect yourself while driving. UVA rays penetrate glass and will burn.

    If you follow these Five Simple Sunscreen Rules, you’ll really help your skin stay healthy and younger looking longer.



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  • Protect Your Skin from the Sun

    Our List of 10 Great Natural Sunscreens

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    The Sun is Not Our Friend

    Despite our need for Vitamin D and the mood enhancement that comes with sunny days, I hope we’ve all come to realize sun exposure can be too much of a good thing. After genetics, sun exposure determines how well or badly our skin ages. Sun exposure can also affect our immune system, lowering our ability to fight certain diseases. Summer colds or fever blisters, anyone? So, don’t go into the sun without wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to 50.

    Here’s a list of ten of our favorite sunscreen products.

    Jack Black Sun Guard Sunscreen SPF 45 Oil-Free & Very Water Resistant

    If you are very active in the sun either swimming, sailing or playing beach volley ball, this is the sunscreen for you! It’s oil-free and water resistant formula forms a barrier on the skin and offers superior broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. The cream absorbs quickly without greasy or heavy residue and, best of all, won't drip or run in your eyes.

     

    COOLA Signature Travel Kit is perfect for travel or as an introduction to the line. This award-winning product assortment comes with a limited edition clutch for convenient packing and includes everything you could need: Sport SPF 30 Piña Colada Sunscreen Spray (3.4 oz.), Environmental Repair Plus® Radical Recovery® After-Sun Lotion (2 oz.), Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer (0.85 oz.) & Liplux® SPF 30 Original.

    Coola Face SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray is the answer we’ve been waiting for to protect our makeup and faces at outdoor weddings and garden parties. This no-touch, weightless, matte finish mist protects the sensitive skin of your face while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day. It allows you to apply sunscreen the way you're supposed to - LAST! Take it with you for reapplying to stay safe. The natural Green Tea & Aloe scent is very refreshing.

     

    Coola Daydream SPF 30 Mineral Makeup Primer is a silky makeup primer for every skin tone and for everyday use. Wear it alone or under makeup. Its light weight texture, with photo-reflective technology, blurs fine lines, evens out skin tone and minimizes pores for a flawless look.

     

    REN Satin Perfection BB Cream with SPF 15 is a silicone free BB cream that leaves skin looking flawless, even toned and luminous with a perfect non-oily, satin finish. This truly multi-tasking BB cream gives SPF and antioxidant protection and adapts to any light to medium skin tone. Its antiaging properties help rejuvenate, firm, tone and repair skin.

     

    Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream is ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles. The skin-perfecting 12-in-1 multi-tasker offers broad spectrum protection in SPF 30, is anti-aging, moisturizing, firming, evens tone. It’s available in five shades to match and enhance any skin type and color from very light to dark.

     

    Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl Hand Cream with SPF 25 is a quick absorbing, rich, multi-tasking hand cream. SPF 25 protects from sun damage and the rich formula restores moisture for a youthful appearance. A botanical brightening complex helps even skin tone and lighten dark spots. Remember to use this on your hands when you’re driving. That’s when sun damage can sneak up on you.

     

    Malin + Goetz SPF 30 Face Moisturizer gives you UVB + UVA Broad Spectrum sun protection with antioxidants that help create a barrier against further sun damage, environmental toxins and free radicals. It’s great for moisturizing all skin types, is lightweight, clear, quick absorbing and is water-resistant.

    COOLA Sport Continuous Spray in Citrus Mimosa, or Plumeria SPF 30 and in Unscented SPF 50. Vegan friendly and cruelty free, this classic style sunblock is ideal for those with an active outdoor lifestyle and suitable for all skin types. The spray works in any direction, is approved by the American Lifeguard Association, contains organic ingredients and is easy to reapply - so important for complete protection.

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    COOLA Classic Body Sport SPF 50 Unscented Moisturizer is a non-greasy, lightweight formula designed specifically for those who love being active. Fragrance free, cruelty free, and gluten free, this full-spectrum protection sunscreen is suitable for all skin types and a variety of skin conditions.

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    Stay protected. Give these natural products a try and let us know what you think. We hope you’ll love them as much as we do. 



  • Capital Award of Excellence for ElementsBeautyShop.com Blogger Campaign.

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    ElementsBeautyShop.com and Elements of Carytown found a gem when we began working with Christina M. Dick of TFB agency and Tiramisu For Breakfast. She has worked to help us grow our social media presence and event planning for the store.

    One of the most important things that Christina has done for us is to set up a Blogger program with local bloggers. They have helped us so much by reviewing the products that we sell and letting their readers know about store events.

    Christina's Beauty Blogger Campaign was nominated for an award with the the Public Relations Society of America. She won! May 18,2016 she was given the Capital Award of Excellence for her work with Elements Beauty Bloggers. We are so proud to work with such a talented person.



  • The Organic Pharmacy's Collagen Boost Mask In The NY Times

    The New York Times just called The Organic Pharmacy's Collagen Boost Mask "Spanx For The Face."  Check out the full article here and get it at Elements!

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  • Beauty In Bloom!

    Elements invites you to join Erno Laszlo skincare expert Julie Glazer and the Elements Beauty Bloggers at our spring beauty event on Tuesday, April 19th from 5:30 –8pm.

    RSVP on Facebook. We can't wait to see you there!

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  • VAPOUR Organic Beauty FAQs

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    Q: I understand that all Vapour products contain a minimum of 70% Organic ingredients. What is the other 30%?
    A: The other 30% is reserved primarily for the beautiful mineral pigments that color the products. It also includes Vitamin E, and other beneficial botanicals not yet available with an organic designation. So the other 30% is natural, just not organic.

    Q: Will Vapour's oil/wax base make my skin break out?
    A: No. Everyone's skin is different, and diet has much to do with the underlying health of our skin. All  Vapour products are designed with non-comedogenic ingredients that are very compatible with the skin. Vapour will not make your skin break out. Vapour doesn’t obscure the skin. Vapour makes it glow!

    Q: Do your products contain any nano-particles?
    A: No. Your health and safety is Vapour’s highest priority. They do not use any ingredients that could be potentially harmful. All minerals and pigments are cosmetic-grade particle size – much larger than micronized or nano-particles and will not pass through your skin.

    Q: Why isn't there any water in the Vapour products?
    A. Water is really important to skin health but not necessarily when applied topically to "moisturize" the surface. You are better off eating moisture-laden fruits and vegetables and drinking your daily 64 oz. of water, and then, locking that moisture in with a plant oil/beeswax based moisturizer like Stratus. Beeswax lets the skin breathe and does not block pores. Vapour plant oil and beeswax base locks in the skin's own moisture and is anti-oxidant and skin softening.

    Another important reason that Vapour does not use water is that water is where bacteria grow. By not using water, Vapour does not have to use harsh "killer" preservatives. Water is also a precious resource that should be conserved.



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  • The Joy of Tossing: When to Clean Out Your Beauty Products

    We all have products and beauty tools that are half used, forgotten or cast aside lurking under the bathroom sink or in a vanity drawer. Products under the bathroom-cabinets-and-shelves

    And, even the products and tools we use daily may need an overhaul. But, when is it time to toss out products, clean our tools and refresh our supply? And, why is it so hard to do? It’s quite an investment so we hang on to the products like they're gold. We want to get the very last drop from them and hesitate to throw them out…just in case. But, we need to safe-guard our looks, our eyes and our skin at every age and, especially, as we get older.

    Spring and fall are the perfect times to take stock of your beauty products and become aware of the few simple rules to keep your products fresh, safe and effective.

    #1: All beauty products expire and can go bad.
    As soon as you open a beauty product - even just to take a little sniff – it begins to degrade. That’s because good quality products have active ingredients. The oxygen in the air causes them to degrade.

    Plus, heat and humidity promote the growth of mold and yeast. And, where do most of us keep our makeup and skin care? In the Petri dish known as our bathroom! It’s convenient so we do it even though the better place to store them is a cool, dry linen closet or drawer outside the bathroom. Take them out of the bathroom! Your products will be safer and more effective longer.

    In addition to oxygen and heat and humidity degrading certain ingredients, every time you touch your make-up or skin care lotions and creams, you transfer germs to them. Make sure your hands and tools are clean. Close the products tightly as soon as possible after use. Keep all products out of the sun or away from heat or cold. Don’t store your skin care in the refrigerator. Constant cold, like heat, degrades your products.

    #2: Expiration Dates
    The only beauty products that have official expiration dates by law in the United States are those for acne treatments and sunscreen, as these are deemed drugs. Many US products sold in Europe may have expiration dates but everything can depend on handling, storage and when the product is first opened. So, what can we do? Make our own!

    #3: Take Charge of Your Products!

    Know the look, feel and smell of your products when new. Be aware of when they were purchased and opened. Mark the date on the product in permanent ink near the Period After Opening (PAO) symbol. This date will be more helpful than the PAO date. To find the PAO: Look at the back of your product for an open jar symbol with a number followed by a capital M.

    PAO-Period-After-Opening-Symbol  This PAO symbol suggests how long a product remains effective after opening. It doesn’t tell you when to throw it away, however. That’s why you need to write the “Opened Date” on your product.

    #4 Take Charge of Your Beauty Tools

    Always check your makeup brushes and tools, too. Brushes should be cleaned regularly, at least twice a month, or more often, with a gentle soap intended for use with your tools. Brushes should be dried in a drying rack facing downward or laid down to air dry with the brush end extending beyond the surface it’s resting on. Don’t let water go down into the barrel of the brush as this will weaken the glue and aid in bacteria growth

    The wedge-type, disposable makeup sponges are meant to be thrown away after each use to prevent bacteria growth and possible infection. A non-disposable make-up applicator sponge, such as the anti-microbial Beautyblender™, can be washed after each use with a gentle cleanser. An ideal cleanser is the solid or liquid Beautyblendercleanser™ that's specifically made for gentle, safe cleansing. Any non-disposable applicator sponge including the Beautyblender™ should be replaced after 3-4 months depending on use.

    Proper cleaning of your tools will prolong their life. Most good brushes should last a lifetime if cared for properly.

    #5: The Beauty Product Tossing Guide:

    • Most skincare products are good for 6 months to a year after opening.
    • Most make-up foundations and concealers are good up to one year.
    • Most powder-based products are good for 2-3 years (as long as you don’t wet them).
    • Most lipsticks, glosses and lip pencils are good for 2-3 years.

    The BIG Exception is Eye Makeup:

    • Mascara (regular or waterproof), liquid, pencil or, gel eyeliners are good for 4 to 6 months.
    • If you have sensitive eyes, toss after 3 months.
    • Never keep dried out mascara. And, never add water to extend its life.
    • If you get an eye infection, throw all your eye make-up away. Sorry. No exceptions.

    And, Furthermore:

    • If you haven't used a liquid product in over a year, toss.
    • If it’s expired, toss.
    • If it doesn't look right, feel right or, smell right, toss.
    • If you didn't like it the first time you used it but it was so expensive you can’t seem to part with it, or, you're thinking maybe this eye shadow color will come back into fashion, or, you’re saving it for your mother, etc., etc., etc., … Toss! Toss!! Toss!!!

    You'll feel better and it’s better to be safe than sorry!



  • Baby Foot FAQs - Be good to your feet…and they'll be good to you!

    Does Baby Foot contain 2 plastic booties for use?
    Yes, Baby Foot pack contains a sock for each foot. Suitable for women sizes 4 -12 and men sizes 4-13.
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    Is Baby Foot re-usable?
    No. It’s “Single Use” only.

    Do I need to stay seated while I am using Baby Foot?
    It’s best to stay seated as the booties can be slippery. If you must walk, keep it limited. Enhance your experience by adding a pair of socks over the plastic booties and a pair of shoes. As long as your feet are soaking in the gel, you will get results.

    Do I wash my feet after the 1 hour treatment?
    Yes. After using the 1 hour treatment, remove and discard the plastic booties. Then, rinse feet thoroughly and wash with soap. It's best to sit in the shower or on the edge of the bathtub as you remove the booties. Use caution as your feet will be slippery from the gel.

    After my treatment, how do I take care of my feet?
    Bathe as usual. After bathing, gently rub your feet with your hands to begin the peeling process. Do not use a foot file and do not add lotion.

    My feet are dry. Why can't I use lotion?
    Lotion will interfere with the peeling process. If your feet are too dry, you may use a little oil-free lotion from time to time. You may use lotion as you normally would after the process is completed.

    Will a daily foot soak accelerate the peeling process?
    Yes. It's not required but it will really help.

    Can I use Baby Foot when tinea, corns or psoriasis is present?
    Baby Foot may be applied when skin conditions like tinea, corns or psoriasis are present. We recommend that you spot test an area to make sure that you don't experience stinging of the skin.

    Do I need to use Baby Foot every day for two weeks?
    No, only one application is necessary, which involves a one hour soaking time. It may take 3-7 days for peeling to start. The peeling process could take approximately two weeks. (Results will vary between individuals.)

    I like having pedicures so why should I use Baby Foot?
    Baby Foot is an additional treatment for your feet. We still love to have our toes polished and our feet massaged! Pedicures do not remove the dead layers of skin and the friction caused by scraping the dead skin cells creates a vicious spiral of accumulating more dead skin cells.

    My heel is very rough. Is it ok to use Baby Foot?
    Baby Foot is widely used by people who experience dry and rough skin on their soles or old, dead skin cells on their heels and toes.

    It has been one week since I used Baby Foot, but no dead skin cells have peeled off. How long do they take to peel off?
    Results will vary among individuals due to the thickness of the dead skin cells on the soles of the feet. Peeling usually begins within 3 - 7 days, but could be as long as 14 days. Soaking your feet daily will speed up this process. After bathing, gently rub your feet with your hands to begin the peeling process. Do not use a foot file or lotion.

    After using Baby Foot, I noticed that I still had some dead skin cells on my soles. When can I use Baby Foot again?
    You can use Baby Foot 2 weeks after your initial application.

    How often do you recommend the use of Baby Foot?
    Baby Foot can be used whenever you notice the buildup of dead skin cells. We recommend using it every 2 months. Remember, each individual timeframe will vary.

    Will I experience other benefits by using Baby Foot?
    Absolutely. You may experience the following: better balance, increased blood circulation, decrease in foot odor as well as improvement in Athlete’s foot.

    Should I remove my nail polish before using Baby Foot?
    You do not need to remove your nail polish. However, the fruit acids could possibly dull the polish.

    Will Baby Foot fade my tattoo?
    Baby Foot is a skin peel, so there is a possibility of fading. Most people, however, do not have a lot of peeling on the tops of their feet.

    Can I use Baby Foot on my hands?
    Yes, but the peeling will be on the palms of your hands.

     



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