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  • 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!

     



  • Taking Care of the Earth and You!

     

    why-earth-loves-organic-farming1-242x300In honor of Earth Day and Earth Week, I wanted to focus attention on our wide variety of natural, organic and Certified Organic products. Elements Beauty Shop has been very conscious of choosing product lines that include natural, organic and Certified Organic ingredients, use sustainable farming practices, and of course are animal friendly. (Meaning: No Animal Testing)

    In our research, we believe that we have come up with some of the finest companies, using the best, most ethical practices, and producing the finest natural products available. I would like to introduce you to 80 Acres.

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    80AcresNat80 Acres Body oils, butters, balms and bath salts were born on the McEvoy Ranch in beautiful Petaluma, California. In 2012 the New York International Gift Fair recognized 80 Acres for being the best in eco-friendly products and business practices. In order to be included, the products must meet the following criteria:

    • “Green” Products: products that are manufactured or constructed with only recycled, recycleable and/or sustainable materials
    • Environmentally-Friendly Production Practices: manufacturers who are using renewable or alternative sources of energy in production, including wind, sun and alternative fuels
    • Socially Responsible Business Practices
    • Meet NYIGF’s “zero tolerance” policy for toxic products: VOC; Lead: PVC, without recommendation for use and disposal, and unless repurposed; and Aniline dyes, formaldehyde, chlorine (for textiles)

    The entire 80 Acres Body Care collection is made locally in small batches using USDA-certified organic olive oil and a rich variety of botanically sourced ingredients. They use recycled packaging as much as possible and operate a wind turbine at their olive ranch which is designed to meet 100% of their energy needs. All of their products are paraben, pthalate and sulfate-free and never tested on animals.

    Well done, 80 Acres!


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  • Organic Beauty

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    As a nation, we sure have come a long way in the way we treat Mother Earth. More people upcycle, recycle, build greener, more efficient homes, reduce our energy consumption.....and the list goes on.


    But what about what we put on our skin? Did you know that over 60% of what we put ON our skin is absorbed into our bodies? Yep, it's true! What exactly is a phthalate or sodium laurel sulfate, PEG's, DEA's and butylene glycol? And do we really want it in our bodies?


    Most consumers have started purchasing organic food because they don't want to be exposed to harmful pesticides and chemicals. That’s the same reason millions of consumers have turned to natural and organic beauty products made with certified organic ingredients; they want to have all the benefits of great beauty products without any unhealthy ingredients.


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    Introducing JUICE BEAUTY! The skincare created in an antioxidant rich juice base, which means that every drop feeds your skin with powerful antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins and minerals! clinically validated and authentically organic.

    Clinically Validated Instrument Measured Results (in just 6 weeks):

    • 100% improved hydration
    • 96% improved dark circles and puffiness around eyes
    • 88% reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
    • 88% improved skin tone and luminosity
    • 75% improved elasticity of the skin
    • Before

    Before and after

    Clinically Validated Results (in just 4 weeks):

    • Green Apple Age Defy Serum: Reduces free radical damage by 68% with significant brightening properties
    • Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer: Reduces free radical damage up to 59%

    Before and After 2After 4 Weeks with an Independent Focus Group, Results Show:

    • 94% saw improvement to complete clearing
    • 88% of participants saw significant enhanced skin tone and texture with the Green Apple Peel treatment immediately

    My list of favorites:

    Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

    Stem Cellular Repair Booster Serum

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    Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream

    (in Natural Glow or Warm Glow)

    What is CC Cream? Think BB Cream on Steroids! A color correcting 12 in 1 multi-tasking cream for your skin that leaves it fresh and glowing and beautiful!

    Use this with just a hint of concealer on those hard to cover blemishes and there is no need for foundation! Perfect for summer!

    HELP YOUR SKIN AND HELP MOTHER EARTH! THEY BOTH WILL THANK YOU FOR IT!



  • Beauty from the Sea

    The Dead Sea is our home at the bottom of the world. It's a strikingly beautiful and peaceful place - a geological wonder filled with the kind of contrasts that only Mother Nature could create.

    It's mysterious: An oasis in the middle of the wilderness; a unique salty lake and muddy shoreline that holds the Earth's greatest concentration of skin-moisturizing minerals; sea water filled with a one-of-a-kind, age- delaying algae; and skin-soothing plants that grow in the driest desert conditions.

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    I don't know about you, but if I could  bathe in lotion, I would. I can't stand the feeling of dry skin! As many brands of lotion that are out there, it is really hard to find one that actually works. Some have too much fragrance, they smell great but don't really moisturize. Some are too greasy, some too light to make a difference. I wanted a skin moisturizer that leaves my skin feeling velvety soft, nothingmore,nothing less. And then I discovered AHAVA...

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    Deadsea Mud

    Black mineral mud found in the Dead Sea region rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron is essential to maintaining healthy, supple skin. The natural properties of mud have been scientifically proven to restore suppleness and moisture levels in overly dry skin while relieving and soothing symptoms such as soreness, roughness, redness and cracking.

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     Shea Butter

    Made from the nut of the African Shea Tree, Shea Butter provides the skin with essential vitamins needed to soften, smooth, and improve health. Its therapeutic properties aide in protecting skin from wind, cold, sun and helps heal wounds faster.
    These are only two of many ingredients in the Ahava line that gaurantee this is the best moisturizer for your dry skin. Other ingredients include Goji Berries, Date Extract, Icelandic Moss and Vitamin C.
    Over the years that I have been using this product, I have met many devotees who won't use anything else. I know that all of us here at the shop are now addicted! My absolute favorite is the AHAVA Caressing Body Sorbet. It has a fresh, buttery wonderful scent that is so rich. If you couple the Sorbet with the Softening Butter Salt Scrub, which is Jeanie's favorite, your skin feels like butter. Sherry prefers the Dermud Nourishing Body Cream for the winter. Any of the Dermud products are loaded with minerals from the mud of the Dead Sea and give your skin the ultimate quenching kiss.
    Until next time!
    Happy Moisturizing!


  • Erno Laszlo Skin Care

    Imagine for a moment the ultra glamorous movie stars and female icons of the 1950’s and 60’s. Such awe inspiring beauties as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and the fiercest of them all Jacqueline Kennedy O’Nassis. Their photos were taken BEFORE the age of air brushing and Photoshop, so when they were having a "bad skin day", well, what was a girl to do? They each owned their own particular brand of beauty, and I want to share with you their secret….Erno Laszlo.

    A little history:

    Erno LaszloIn 1921, Erno Laszlo completes his studies in skin pathology and skin disease with Professor Max Joseph, "the father of modern dermatology".

    In 1927, Dr. Laszlo heals Hungary's Princess Stephanie of acute acne, restoring her self esteem. He also successfully treats Frida Gombaszogl, one of Hungary's most celebrated actresses after she is shot in the face at point blank range by a rejected suitor.Frida Gombaszogl

    Encouraged by his successes, Dr. Laszlo opens the first Erno Laszlo Institute of scientific cosmetology in Budapest.

    Years later, after opening a skin institute on Fifth Avenue in New York and building a clientele that included Hollywood's most elite, Women's Wear Daily would announce that Erno Laszlo skin care  was "in demand" and the most "pivotal line now".

    Marilyn Monroe was not only a devotee of the line but also a close personal friend of the Dr.'s. When newspapers around the world carried photos of her death bed, jars of Erno Laszlo Active Phelityl Cream could be seen on her nightstand.

    During the 1960's, the list of clients seeking treatment from Erno Laszlo grows to include Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister, and the luminous Audrey Hepburn who is famously quoted as saying "I owe 50% of my beauty to my mother and 50% to Erno Laszlo."

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    In 2009, Laszlo again revolutionized the skincare market with the introduction of its Firmarine line which contains the super- nutrient algae Spirulina Maxima to firm, nourish and moisturize the skin.

    And today, in 2013, the rich tradition continues. The famous Erno Laszlo Institute has re-opened and will also be featuring a display of some of Marilyn Monroe's personal effects, including that iconic jar on her nightstand.

    I, personally, have fallen in LOVE with this line. I have been truly amazed by the intense healing power of the 3-9 Formula cream, the Timeless Skin Serum, Hydraphel Day Cream, and one of my favorites, the Phelityl Cleansing Bar. It's soap! Yes, soap. I have always just felt, I don't know, cleaner, when I wash with soap and this bar washes away ALL traces of my make-up so Im not left with those yucky brown streaks on my white towels when I dry my face.

    The best news? I am offering FREE skin care consultations with the Erno Laszlo line during January and February. Hopefully you are reading this and live in the Richmond area. If you don't live in the area, don't worry, we aren't leaving you out! A $150 qualifying purchase on the web site will get you a free gift of the Firmarine cream! A $100 value! BUT, not only am I offering the FREE consultation, if you make a purchase of at least $150, I will be giving FREE mini-facials! I give a pretty good facial massage, if I do say so myself! And, if you cant make it by, please feel free to call the shop and ask me any question you may have about the Erno Laszlo line. I'm out to turn you in to a fan just like I am!

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