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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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  • 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!



  • Time for your Fall Update

    Time for your Fall Update

    Now ladies and gents it’s not summer anymore and you know what that means?  Time to get some new beauty products and start a new regimen!  Here are our 4 tips to help you through the fall and winter!

     Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize!

    Fall is starting which means it’s going to get colder, and all the cold and wind is going to dry and crack your skin! You need to moisturize ASAP!  Malin + Goetz has your back!  Take a look at the Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, It’s a gentle moisturizer that will do wonders for the sensitive areas that are dryer than most.

    Ditch the Gel and Go Cream!

    In cold weather gel body washes and soaps can dry out your skin more.  Consider looking into some different body cleansers and creamy body washes!  Never fear for LATHER is hear with their Bamboo Crème Body Wash!  This wash is ideal for nourishing and softening dry skin.  It’s perfect for those who have sensitive skin who need a relaxing and soft body wash.

     Scrub a Dub Dub!

    You might be thinking who would want to use scrub during the fall? Wouldn’t that just make my dry skin worse?  Well I’m here to tell you it’s time to get your scrub on! Oily based scrubs are absolutely perfect for fall and winter.  Not only are you exfoliating the skin, but also hydrating it.  Juara has a fantastic selection of scrubs that will make your skin feel like new again.  Juara’s Invigorating Coffee Scrub is just the product to do the trick! This product is perfect for using in the shower or bath and is good for the entire body head to toe!

    Sunscreen!

    It may not be summer anymore but that doesn’t mean that the sun isn’t there! We all may be bundled up but our faces are still exposed.  Hampton Sun’s Super Hydrating Daily Face Cream is perfect for your face.  It acts as both a sunscreen and reduces the signs of premature aging.  It is Hypo-allergenic and oil and fragrance free!



  • Cosmetic Ingredients - A Primer: Part 1

    Have you ever visited a cosmetic counter or skin care specialist to fix a specific problem with your skin, only to be bombarded with a bunch of sales jargon and a list of ingredients that are supposed to help you, but you have NO IDEA what they are or why you should use them? ME TOO!


    I have compiled a list of ingredients used in the best and most popular skin care brands. I sorted them according to what they actually DO for your skin and what exactly they ARE.skincareclassphotoThe categories are Anti-Aging, Antioxidants, Exfoliators, Hydrators, Anti-Inflammatories and Essential Oils. Some ingredients fit into 2 or even 3 categories, so I listed them by which category suits them best, and explain in the definition what other benefits each ingredient offers. I tried to be as unscientific as possible to be understandable. Are you ready? Let's get started!


    ANTI-AGING INGREDIENTS:

    ALPHA LIPOIC ACID - This is one of the most powerful anti-aging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatories available. ALA is both fat and water soluble which means that it is easily absorbed through the lipid layers of the skin and works equally well as a free radical fighter in the cell plasma membrane and in the watery interiors of the cell.

    VITAMIN C ESTER - Unlike the ascorbic acid form of Vitamin C, this ester is fat soluble and realizes this essential nutrient's full potential as an anti-aging agent. It displays greater antioxidant activity in the cells and works at lower doses. Vitamin C Ester delivers 8 times higher levels of vitamin c activity. It continuously regenerates the Vit. E that is depleted and possesses superior ability to stimulate growth of the cells that help produce collagen and elastin.Anti-Aging-Products

    (NEURO) PEPTIDES - Incorporating neuropeptides dramatically improves the appearance of skin's resilience, tone and texture, while decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It combats the appearance of crepiness by re-energizing and hydrating the skin, while increasing firmness.

    COLLAGEN - Collagen works in tandem with elastin to give skin its texture, structure, and appearance. Sun damage (extrinsic aging) and aging (intrinsic aging) causes collagen in the skin to deteriorate. In any form, collagen is a good water-binding agent.


    ANTIOXIDANTS:

    VITAMIN E - Considered an antioxidant superstar. It is one of the most well-known and researched antioxidants, both when taken orally and when used in skin-care products. It isVitamin E fat-soluble and available in various forms, with the most biologically active being alpha-tocopherol.

    CoQ10 - Also known as ubiquinone, it is a vitamin-like, fat-soluble substance present in all human cells. It is responsible for cell protection and production of the body’s energy. The latest research suggests that topical application of CoQ10 has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.


    VITAMIN A - Otherwise known as Retinyl Palmitate (pure Vit. A) Years of research suggests that retinoids are helpful in reducing your risk for skin cancer. The bottom line is that people should continue vigilantly using sunscreens along with other sun-safe practices such as limiting sun exposure, seeking shade, and wearing sun-protective clothing, hats and sunglasses to reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging."

    ARGAN OIL - Argan oil contains several beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and especially linoleic acid. It is also a good source of vitamin E (Tocopherol) and, like several other plant oils, is a source of antioxidant compounds. Argan oil is a natural source of the antioxidant ferulic acid.


    EXFOLIATORS:

    GLYCOLIC ACID - Also known as alpha hydroxy acid,  AHAs are derived from various plant sources or from milk. In low concentrations (less than 3%) AHAs work as water-binding agents. At concentrations over 4% and in a base with an acid pH of 3 to 4, these can exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together. The most effective and well-researched AHAs are glycolic acid and lactic acid.

    SALICYLIC ACID: Referred to as beta hydroxy acid (BHA), it is a multifunctional ingredient that addresses many of the systemic causes of blemishes   For decades dermatologists have been prescribing salicylic acid as an effective exfoliant, but it also is an anti-irritant This is because salicylic acid is a derivative of aspirin (both are salicylates—aspirin’s technical name is acetylsalicylic acid), and so it also functions as an anti-inflammatory   Another notable aspect of salicylic acid for treating breakouts is that it has antimicrobial properties  It is also well documented that salicylic acid can improve skin thickness, barrier functions, and collagen production. In concentrations of 0.5% to 2%, and, much like AHAs, can exfoliate the surface of skin. In addition, BHA has the ability to penetrate into the pore (AHAs do not), and thus can exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of the skin, which makes it effective for reducing blemishes, including blackheads and whiteheads.

    I know this is a lot to take in, but at least you are starting to get the idea of what to look for when buying any new skin care product.  I'm breaking it down into 2 parts, so look for my next blog where I will discuss Hydrators, Anti-Inflammatories and Essential Oils! Cosmetic Ingredients, Part Deaux!



  • Keeping It Simple

    sensitiveskin-1024x682Did you know that over half of all Americans suffer from some sort of sensitive skin? Whether it be sensitivity to dyes, fragrances, colorants, or a skin condition such as rosacea, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis or just plain acne; people with sensitive skin often have a really hard time finding skin care regimens that really work.

    MalinGoetzEnter Malin+Goetz, a New York based, family owned, apothecary brand of skin care that is formulated for all skin types, especially sensitive skin! This brand offers straight-forward,uncomplicated skin care regimens for men and women. While Malin+Goetz is fantastic for all skin types, the needs of the sensitive skin client are put first and foremost. As a result, none of their products contain any synthetic fragrances, colorants or harsh detergents and contain no pore clogging oils and the entire line is Paraben free.

    The reason behind all this? Well, there are two. First, one of the founders, Matthew Malin, suffers from skin conditions including, eczema, rosacea, and fragrance allergies. The second reason is SIMPLICITY. Skin care in and of itself has become overly complicated and it can be difficult to know what to buy. In the Malin+Goetz line, each of the categories of face, body and hair, have a single best 2 step regimen including a single best cleanser and a single best moisturizer, with a clear focus on balance!

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    he key to their great cleansers is a gentle, amino acid based cleansing agent that purifies, hydrates and maintains a natural ph balance on the skin.

    To compliment that technology, their advanced moisturizers are rooted in blending nourishing fatty acids instead of greasy pore clogging oils and waxes. This leaves the skin perfectly hydrated.

     

     

     

    Likewise, the Peppermint Shampoo and Cilantro Hair Conditioner also maintains a perfect balance on the scalp and in the hair shaft itself.

    How easy is that? A few things to remember when shopping for products for sensitive skin:

    • Simplicity is key. The less preservatives and chemicals in a product the better.
    • Be gentle! Exfoliation is a must for any skin type, but let the product do the exfoliating! Don't tug or pull at delicate skin.
    • Stay away from extremes. No extreme sun exposure, no washing with extremely hot water, no scrubbing with brushes or wash cloths.
    • Avoid ingredients such as alcohol, sulfates, parabens, perfumes and dyes.
    • Hydrate!!! Drink plenty of water and carry a spritzer in your purse that you can spray every so often on your face. It's refreshing, sets your makeup, and puts the best moisturizer right into the skin, water!

     



  • Drink It In - Hydrating Your Skin

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    Did you know that "moisturizing" your skin and "hydrating" your skin are two different things? Yep, it's the truth.

    We have all seen the ads for cosmetic creams and moisturizers that promise to "penetrate deeply" into the skin, and yet, you apply these creams and two or three hours later, your skin feels dry, tight and stretched again.

    The reason for that feeling is this: Hydration is something that occurs within the skin, and while creams and moisturizers may grease it up, lubricate it so to speak, it doesn't really give your skin what it really needs, and that is water.

    So, what's a girl to do?

    Take, for instance, the Erno Laszlo system of "splashing". When using any of their facial cleansing soaps, they recommend 30 splashes. 20 splashes of "treatment water" (water that has had the soap itself dipped in it) and then 10 splashes of clean water.This may seem excessive and time consuming, however, it allows the minerals in the product to be delivered to the skin with water, which is the best delivery method.

    One of my very favorite products, and one that is under utilized, is a spritz toner.

    These spritzes can be used all day long to impart healing organic juices, aloe, calendula and water to the skin for instant hydration! Carry them in your purse and liberally spritz during the day for a refresher and let your skin drink it in!

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    When using as a toner in the morning, spritz on, leaving the skin slightly damp and follow with a moisturizing cream that is loaded with Vitamin E, Evening Primrose Oil, and powerful antioxidants that fight free radical production in the skin and mimic our natural acid mantle, which our body loses the ability to produce on its' own as we age. Voila! now you're hydrated!

     

     

    Two Moisturizers that I highly recommend for all of the reasons listed above are Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer and Elemental Herbology's Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator. Both of these moisturizers are chock full of the good stuff. Antioxidants, Organic juices, Aloe, Argan Oil and Royal Jelly.

     

     

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    I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the Kneipp line of bath products and essential oils for the body. The skin on our bodies is just as important as the skin on our face as far as hydration is concerned. Interesting story: The Kneipp line of products was developed by a German Monk by the name of Sebastian Kneipp who in 1890 cured himself of tuberculosis with homeopathic herbal remedies and water therapy!

    The word "essential" means something that has to come from an outside source, not made by the body, and in the case of keeping the skin moist and hydrated, essential fatty acids must be stepped up on a daily basis orally – to help bring back elasticity and thickness to the skin. Evening Primrose Oil is and excellent source of EFA's!

    drinking-waterOne last tip... and it's a big one. Make sure that you are drinking the maximum amount of water that you can during the day! There is nothing better for your skin and for your health!

     



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