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  • LaNatura

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    LaNatura's shampoos and conditioners, handmade in small batches under strict quality control, are power packed with natural antioxidants, sun protection and moisturizers to cleanse and condition hair without stripping while natural proteins keep hair healthy and strong. Color-safe and sulfate-free formulas invigorate your scalp and smooth and soften your hair without weighing it down. You’ll have healthy hair with shine, volume and bounce - as nature intended!

    Below is a Wonderful article Written By Drew Parisi about Sabina Chazanas The founder of LaNatura:

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  • NOMINOË

    NOMINOË embodies a high quality and effective range of natural and organic skincare and beauty products based on the unique, natural, hand-harvested plant sources organically and naturally grown along the sea coast of Brittany in northwest France. All of NOMINOË botanical formulas are exclusive to the brand. All products and packaging are designed with care and attention to the environment and are compatible with an environmentally-conscious lifestyle. The lightly scented gorse flower gives each product its own unique, delicate fragrance note. All NOMINOË skin care products are certified natural and organic and carry the seal of Ecocert.

     

    Key Ingredients used in NOMINOË Products at a glance:

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Mason Pearson Hair Brushes

    Why is a Good Hairbrush Essential?

    Correct brushing with a quality hairbrush is the best way to help maintain good hair condition and repair the damage done to hair by exposure to sun, wind, pollutants and use of hair coloring or other chemicals. Daily brushing with a good brush that meets the individual’s needs is essential in keeping the hair clean, glossy and healthy looking.Why Mason Pearson? Hair brushes by Mason Pearson are recognized by discriminating consumers as unique in both design and quality.  They are a luxury beauty product that truly delivers.IMG_2996

    • The Mason Pearson Hair Brush is designed to provide many years of quality usage.
    • The Mason Pearson Hair Brush maximizes the health and appearance of the hair and scalp through its unique patented design.
    • The Mason Pearson Hair Brush cleans the hair and stimulates the scalp without irritation, increasing the blood flow to the hair roots and spreading the sebum from the scalp’s sebaceous glands.
    • The sebum naturally gives the hair strength, suppleness and a healthy sheen.

    Mason Pearson's ingenious brush construction achieves the desired type of scalp stimulation by adjusting automatically to the contour of the scalp without irritation.

    • The distinctive design incorporates spired, uneven tufts of boar bristle and nylon mixture set in a pneumatic rubber pad that enables each individual tuft to penetrate through to the scalp.
    • The hairbrush massages and stimulates the scalp activating the release of sebum, the natural oil that increases hair’s shine, strength and manageability.
    • Equally important is the quality of the bristles.  Mason Pearson uses only the finest quality natural bristle from the wild boar - preferably from the colder climates, where boar bristle grows heavy and strong for protection.  Animals are not harmed in the collection of bristle.

     

    Handcrafted Tradition of Excellence

    Mason Pearson Hairbrushes of London, England retain their desirability as an elegant cosmetic accessory. In 1865, Mason Pearson invented and patented the pneumatic cushion for the hairbrush, thus creating a unique brush. To maintain the quality of the Mason Pearson Hairbrush it is not mass produced. The brush is produced in the "old world" manner, with many steps executed by hand and extra care taken to create a magnificent hair product.
    The Mason Pearson bristle is just right!  If the bristle is too soft, it cannot penetrate to the scalp completely.  If the bristle is too hard, it can cause inflammation and soreness of the scalp. Customers quickly discover that a Mason Pearson brush feels terrific and performs beautifully.
    In addition to the all-natural boar bristle, Mason Pearson offers a mixed bristle version for normal to thick hair.

    • These brushes contain a nylon strand in each tuft of pure boar bristle to afford better penetration to the scalp.
    • The durable nylon strand, with specially rounded ends, is longer than the boar bristle and serves primarily to massage and stimulate the scalp, bringing out the natural oils.
    • The company also offers all-nylon brushes designed to gently brush out the hair after shampooing.

    Proper Care for the Mason Pearson Brushes:

    A Mason Pearson hair brush is designed to provide many years of quality usage.  Each brush comes with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects, but not against normal wear and tear.Proper care is the key to preserving the integrity of the brush. Never apply hair sprays and mousses directly to the pad.  This will accelerate its deterioration.

    • Do not direct a hot hair dryer directly onto the bristles.  Extended heat from a hair dryer can damage the brush.  The bristle can snap, the rubber and nylon can begin to melt and perish, and the plastic can bend out of shape.
    •  Do not use the hairbrush on applications for which it was not designed.  e.g. it is not designed to be used on animals.
    • The brush should not be left continuously in strong sunlight.  The rubber perishes more quickly due to the ultraviolet light.  The sun's heat can also distort the handle.

    Cleaning:

    There are two recommended cleaning methods. Each of the brushes, except pocket size and child’s brushes, comes with a boar bristle Cleaning Brush.

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    • Dry Clean it frequently. Draw the Cleaning Brush across the bristles from end to end.to remove dead hair and scalp scales that can clog the pad and bristles.
    • NEVER USE A COMB as this may pull out the bristles and harm the rubber pad.
    • Wet Cleaning. Wash it occasionally. Here's how:
    • a.  Dip the Cleaning Brush Only in a lather of lukewarm, soapy water using a mild soap. Do not use detergents or ammonia. Use the Cleaning Brush to brush the bristles of your hairbrush the same way as in dry cleaning. Hold the hairbrush so that it is sloping downward and no water can enter the little air hole at the end of the pad. The air hole should never be blocked, either when cleaning or when the brush is in use. 
    • b.  Dip the Cleaning Brush in clean rinsing water and repeat the brushing movement.
    • c.  Shake the hairbrush to remove moisture and leave to dry with handle up and pad pointing down. Never dry bristles with a towel.

    NOTE: NEVER SOAK THE BRUSH OR LAY IT ON ITS BACK TO DRY.
    Full cleaning instructions are included with each brush. Follow them for many years of superior service from your brush. Failure to comply with these care instructions will not only lessen the years of superior use but will render the manufacturer’s warranty null and void.

    How to Select the Mason Pearson Hairbrush that Suits You.

    Mason Pearson Hair Brushes are a handmade, luxury beauty item designed to meet your individual hair style and hair type needs. They give years of excellent service when you choose the brush that’s right for you.

    Type of Bristle for your Hair Type at a Glance:

    • For Normal to Fine Hair: Pure Boar Bristle is recommended. mason_pearson_small_extra_brush_b2_350w_1
    • For Normal to Thick Hair: Mixed Bristle Brush is recommended. large_MASB002009038N3_105 Handy Mix
    For Very Thick or Coarse Hair: All Nylon is recommended. 

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    Brush-size Designations:

    • Small is called “Pocket.”
    • Medium is called “Handy.” 
    • Large is called “Popular,” “Large Extra,” “Small Extra,” or “Junior.” The name is determined by the number of rings of bristle and type of bristle (soft, stiff, mixture, etc.).

    The size of the brush determines the length of the bristle and the number of rings. The bristle must be long enough to reach the scalp and stimulate the sebum for you to get the benefit from the brush.


    The following chart will help you determine which brush will be best for your hair type and hair style.

    Brush Instructions



  • Put Your Best Face Forward for Fall: Skincare Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin

    I know you’ve been feeling it. Dryer hands, face and lips.

    The weather is changing big time and your skin is a barometer that says,Dry Face - cracked

    “I’m thirsty!”

    What’s a woman or a man to do?! Here are a few tips to get your skin ready for the coming harsh climate of winter.

    TIP 1: Use Creamier Facial Cleansers.


    Put away the gels and use creamier cleansers that help retain moisture. Be gentle when cleansing. Use a light circular motion. Avoid harsh rubbing and never pull at your skin. Look for sulfate-free and soap free products. Soap-free formulations prevent moisture loss and will leave your skin feeling super soft.

    Juara Rice Facial Cleanser is a foaming, sulfate-free, rinse-off cleanser that removes make-up and skin-dulling debris with gentle cleansers.

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    Men like their products to do more than one thing so they really like Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser with Aloe and Sage Leafdownload (5)

    This natural, dual -purpose liquid cleanser and toner gently removes deep-down dirt and oil for clear, hydrated, shave-ready skin. Aloe and Sage Leaf are Certified Organic ingredients. 

    Speaking of toners...

    TIP 2: Don’t forget the Toner!


    Because it’s really important! Toner balances skin’s pH, hydrates skin by binding moisture to your skin, tightens facial pores and increases your moisturizer's absorption. Toners may be used with a cotton ball or sprayed in a mist directly on the face.

    All natural Elemental Herbology Flower Harmonizing Mist, for sensitive skin, is made from pure Rose Damask petals collected at dawn when the oil is at its peak. The luxurious facial tonic tones, hydrates, soothes and limits potential reactions to sun, wind, cold, flying and pollution.El Herb flower-harmonising-mist-ref

    Jurlique Balancing Mists are toners that come in a variety of natural ingredients to serve your skin type and concerns. The mists contain a wide variety of natural ingredients including marshmallow and glycerin to help prevent moisture loss and intensely hydrate and soften the skin.

    Jurlique Mist CitrusThe mists can travel with you and be applied anytime you feel the need for extra moisture.

    TIP 3: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!


    Use a richer, creamier moisturizer to seal in moisture, ease the signs of aging and repair sun damage, reduce redness and dark spots. Your skin needs richer, more emollient creams (especially at night) that keep the skin elastic and moisturized.

    Also, if you notice your skin is dull looking with dark spots, or uneven tone, look for a brightening cream. Brighteners, such as Erno Laszlo Luminous Intensive Cream for daily hydration, prevent discoloration and diminish the appearance of dark spots to even skin tone and illuminate your skin for a fresh, youthful look.download (6)EL Intensive crm

     

    Men will like Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer with SPF 20 and Blue Algae extract to visibly improve skin's overall appearance and hydration. download (7) JBlk moisturBlue Algae extract, a rich source of vitamin E, helps keep skin supple and reduces inflammation and redness.

    TIP 4: Exfoliate Gently and Frequently.


    Summer environmental aggressors can leave skin dry, dull and flaky. In order to remove the dead skin cells, revive dull skin and repair any damage, you need to exfoliate frequently – probably twice a week with a gentle, natural exfoliator.

    AHAVA Facial Mud Exfoliator is a gentle, natural face scrub, formulated with Dead Sea download (6)Mud exfoliatormud to remove dead dulling skin cells while stimulating cellular renewal to reveal brighter, even toned skin.

    TIP 5: Mask that Face! Once A Week.


    Your skin will thank you.Use a leave-on mask once a week for a more complete and deeper hydrating treatment. You'll get a wide range of skin benefits by giving yourself a facial mask once a week. The mask deeply cleanses, moisturizes, and clarifies. And, can be a very relaxing experience.

    Try Juara Avocado Banana Moisture Mask. Avocado strengthens skin's natural barrier while banana helps draw water to the skin to maintain optimal hydration. download (6)banaa mask

     

    If blemishes are a concern, tryJuice Beauty Blemish Clearing Mask with a clarifying blend of exfoliating organic hydroxy-fruit acids, purifying clay and healing bamboo. This weekly mask treatment helps control oil and clears blemished skin for a fresh, radiant complexion.JBty mask

    TIP 6: Ditch the Wax:


    Avoid waxy lip balms that keep you licking your lips, which just leads to chapping.

    Try Malin+Goetz Lip Moisturizer, a fragrance, flavor and color free lip balm full of absorbent fatty acids.M +G lipUnlike traditional oils and drying waxes and silicones that are often licked off or wiped away, this lip balm nourishes upon impact while offering a continual layer of hydrating protection throughout the day and night.

    Hampton Sun Sport Lip Balm has a hydrating formula with an SPF of 30, includes natural and organic ingredients such as pomegranate, aloe vera, grapefruit, cucumber, green tea, and many other calming additives to protect and hydrate lips.

    TIP 7: Wear Sunscreen! Wear it every day the sun is out


    It’s not the temperature that causes skin damage, premature aging and skin cancer. It’s the UV rays. Avoid the danger, the tell-tale leathery looking skin, deep wrinkles, uneven skin tone and age spots. Apply sunscreen after finishing your makeup. Keep some in your car. Keep some by the front door so you can apply it before you leave the house. No excuses. Wear sunscreen.

    HAMPTON SUN’s Smart Serious Sunbathing images (5)offers a complete line of luxury sun protection products in light and silky formulations that combine the most effective moisturizers, anti-oxidants and UVA/UVB sun protection to help reduce premature signs of aging.



  • Skin Care Health and Breast Cancer Awareness

    oct-breast-cancer-awareness-month-ibmc-college-1As trees turn from their summer green to the more dazzling colors of fall, websites, retailers and even football teams follow suit by turning themselves brilliant pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

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    But, we need to be aware every month of the year.

    Awareness is our first important weapon against this dreadful disease. We need awareness to educate ourselves because early detection makes the difference in having a successful outcome. Knowing our family history, doing monthly self-exams from your 30’s on and getting annual mammograms after age 40 are important pro-active and life-saving steps. images (3) Breast Exam

    Lifestyle can also affect your risk for breast cancer. All the rules for good health apply: Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, exercise, and wear sunscreen every sunny or partly sunny day of the year. Yes, any sunny day of the year. overcast-sunLimit alcohol, eat a well-balanced diet, don’t smoke and read the labels on your skin care products. Why? Because our skin absorbs over 60% of what we put on it. It stands to reason topical substances will have a direct impact on our skin health as well as on our looks.

    Skin Health during Breast Cancer Treatments

    Many of us know about the chemotherapy and radiation side effects of nausea and fatigue but don’t realize that our skin can really suffer when we undergo these difficult but life-saving therapies. Chemotherapy causes skin to become very dry and irritated and the target areas of radiation can become red and feel burned.

    download (2) Woman Itching Neck Patients rate skin irritation and dry skin as their most annoying side effects. These side effects are not just an annoyance. Dry and irritated skin can become inflamed, rash-y, uncomfortable and susceptible to infection. All skin reactions need to be discussed with your healthcare team as most skin reactions are expected and can indicate the therapy is working.

    What Can You Do to Ease the Discomfort?

    If you don’t have a skin care routine already, it’s a good idea to get one before you start your therapy. A good routine can ease the effects by preparing your skin before, during and after treatment. The number one rule is to be gentle with your skin. Know your ingredients and use the best possible skincare products you can afford. It’s perfectly fine to use over the counter beauty brands as long as they don’t irritate.

    Erno Laszlo to the Rescue

    When your skin is dehydrated and stressed, it’s recommended you move away from lotions to more hydrating creams and balms. I want to tell you about the Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Collection because this line was specifically created to promote the repair and healing of stressed and dehydrated skin.

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    Erno Laszlo PHORMULA 3-9 BALM - The Health Dome ™ download (3)

    The most famous cream in the line is Phormula 3-9 Balm, a rich reparative moisturizer and healing balm. The ultimate remedy for scars, wounds, burns and sun exposed skin, this iconic nourishing balm works to strengthen skin and reduce irritation. Perfected over almost 100 years of research and development, and used in its many iterations by some of the most iconic beauties of the last century including Marilyn Monroe, this highly advanced formula restores skin that is stressed, dulled and dried by lifestyle and environmental factors.

    How It Works

    Formulated with rich botanical oils and advanced nourishing active ingredients, the 3-9 Balm creates a healing Health Dome™ around the skin to improve oxygenation and reverse dehydration. It’s like a second skin. The formula's smoothing and hydrating properties are effectively and quickly absorbed, boosting your skin's own natural healing properties. It reduces irritation, redness and puffiness. You can use the balm for face and body, as a spot treatment or all over. Use it to treat everything from dry patches to sunburn and to improve post-surgical scars. It’s very effective in treating burns, too and is fragrance free.

    What It Does

    • Heals: Reduces scarring and helps to heal burns with rich, tropical Tamanu Oil that boosts skin health while soothing irritation and inflammation.
    • Restores: Glycosaminoglycans promote collagen production for increased smoothness and elasticity.
    • Protects: Rich formula seals in vital nutrients and protects against harsh environment aggressors.

     

    Erno Laszlo PHORMULA 3-9 REPAIR CREAM Daily Help for Stressed Skin 4-laszlo-Phormula-3-9-Repair-Cream-32500-euro

    Phormula 3-9 Repair Cream is a daily nutritional supplement for the skin, offering superior hydration, strong anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties for renewed skin cell energy and a more hydrated, youthful appearance. The 3-9 Repair Cream delivers healing and helps diminish scars by encouraging strong cell turnover.

    What It Does
    • Repairs: Rare blend of oils including wild-harvested African Marula Oil boosts cell turnover to diminish scars and promote healing.
    • Hydrates: Kuikui Nut Oil rapidly improves skin moisturization, leading to healthier cellular processes and skin suppleness.
    • Protects: Superior delivery system of cultured Raspberry Stem Cells provide potent antioxidant protection.

     Erno Laszlo PHORMULA 3-9 REPAIR SERUM A Liquid Therapuetic Bandage

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    A daily radiance-boosting serum that encourages healthy skin metabolism and strong skin cell turnover for improved brightness, texture and glow. Collagen and elastin production is boosted, resulting in greater elasticity, hydration, and evenness of tone. This strengthening formula acts as a liquid therapeutic bandage, gently releasing nutrient-rich active ingredients into the skin to elicit the skin’s natural healing response.

    What It Does
    • Brightens: Extract of Kombucha improves skin clarity and radiance.
    • Smooths: Rapidly improves skin moisturization with Red Algae and soothing botanical oils leading to healthier skin.
    • Strengthens: Chuchuhuasi Extract stimulates the skin’s natural immune response while powerful peptides stimulate cell renewal.

     



  • 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!

     



  • I Scream, You scream, We all scream for Sunscreen!

    When I first decided to write this blog, I didn't realize that to fully understand how and why we need to protect our skin would require a biology and chemistry course! If you care to look it up, there are a plethora of articles written by dermatologists and scientists that will break down each and every aspect of which atoms are affected, light energy movement within the cells, etc..... SO, I decided to break this down to , well, easy to understand terms. Translation:

    UV light (ultraviolet light) from the sun contains both UVA and UVB rays.

    UV(A) rays are responsible for AGING the skin.

    UV(B) rays are the cancer causing rays. Think Basal Cell Carcinoma.sun

    How do we protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun? There are several ways to avoid sun damage. Obviously, staying out of the sun and/or wearing sensible protective clothing are two ways. But really, who wants to do that? Summertime is FUN time! For those of us who want to enjoy the benefits of the sun, there are products that can afford some protection. It is important to understand that no product will give you 100 percent protection from UV light from the sun.

    hampton-suncare Hampton Sun Sunscreens. Smart. Serious. Sunbathing.

    Hampton Sun and Ahava sunscreens utilize agents such as Avobenzone, Oxybenzone and Octocrylene as their active ingredients. These are chemical agents which absorb the rays of the sun (both kinds). Many people are allergic to certain ingredients and should always check labels. Our Elemental Herbology line has products which contain Methoxycinnamate, which is an organic sunscreen. (Click the picture to take you to our full selection of these products.)

    Ahava-Sun-Protection-Anti-Aging-Facial-Moisturizer-SPF-50-697045001699And one thing you definitely don't want to forget is your lips! There is nothing worse than dry, cracked, sore lips. Some people with sun sensitivity are also prone to cold sores from sun exposure.



  • Happy Birthday Norma Jean!

    marilyn_monroe_casual_attire[1]HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORMA JEAN!

    Model, actress, style and beauty icon, loyal user of Erno Laszlo skin care products. Marilyn Monroe truly possessed the "Laszlo Glow". Before Photoshop and air-brushing ever existed, movie stars like Marilyn had flawless skin. How did they do it? Surely, just like all women, they had blemishes, dark circles, sun damage; all of the skin problems that we all experience at one time or another. And yet, they managed to maintain an almost flawless look time and time again.

    As for Marilyn, she was a close friend and devotee of Erno Laszlo. Famous dermatologist to the stars in that era. Dr. Laszlo's products have been with us for 85 years, and of them all, Phormula 3-9 Balm is head and shoulders above the rest.

    This amazing balm has been through 8 formulations between the early 1920's and 1973. The 1st Phormula was made expressly for Princess Stephanie of Hungary. The Princess suffered from acute acne, and only this balm could help her poor skin.

    Princess Stephanie

    Next came the celebrated actress Frida Gombaszogi who was shot  in the face by a rejected suitor. Scandalous! Dr. Laszlo created a Phormula for her scars and restored her to near normal.

    Others to enjoy the benefits of the Phormula included Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, The Duchess of Windsor, Hubert DeGivenchy, Audrey Hepburn and finally Marilyn, for whom Phormula 3-8 was specially formulated to treat a post surgical abdominal scar. And finally,  Phormula 3-9, the culmination of a lifelong pursuit of balancing the power of nature and science in the protection and healing of the skin.

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    You may not even be aware of the top factors that can stress your skin – we call them the "Seven Skin Sins." Phormula 3-9 is a specialized collection with an unparalleled capacity for repairing and protecting skin that is stressed, dulled, and dehydrated by lifestyle and environmental factors.

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    Indoor & outdoor UV exposure, air pollution, caffeine & alcohol, sleeping in your make-up, lack of sleep, and stress all contribute to stressed out, damaged, dehydrated skin.I would add to those, illness, medications and injury. Fortunately, Phormula 3-9 provides the answer. Yes, this little gem of a cream is a bit pricey at $245 a jar, but I would argue that it is well worth it!

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    The human skin leads a very complex life. It breathes, thinks and works. It registers and reflects all that we experience – fear, joy, pain and pleasure. It surrounds and protects us as we move through the world and, miraculously, when it is injured, it can heal and renew itself.

    Dr. Laszlo believed that healthy, beautiful skin did not require “miracle treatments.” He understood that it is the skin itself that is the miracle, and he conceived a healing, protective formula in direct response to this basic truth. That phormula is 3-9.

    By sealing technologically advanced ingredients within a Health Dome™ that acts as a second skin, Phormula 3-9 Balm provides intense oxygenation and thorough re-hydration.



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