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  • Jack Black MP 10 Nourishing Oil - A Quick Fix for Parched Skin & Hair

    Jack Black MP 10 Nourishing Oil combines ten of the world’s best known oils for rejuvenating, hydrating and soothing dry skin and hair. This multi-tasking, hydrating oil gives instant relief to parched skin, face, body and hair by infusing skin and hair with penetrating moisture, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. The oil has a sheer, light feel and absorbs quickly. It can be used as a shaving aid, too.

    You'll see a difference in the improved health and more youthful appearance of your skin and hair in no time.

    Jack Black MP 10 Oil

    Here are the MP10 Oils and how they work:

    • Argan Oil: This Moroccan oil is packed full of antioxidants and gives your skin the deep moisture treatment it needs.
    • Moringa Seed Oil: A product of seedpods found in the Himalayas, this oil is known for its anti-aging & firming properties.
    • Marula Seed Oil: Chocked full of fatty acids, this oil comes from the fruit kernels of the Marula tree in Africa and calms redness.
    • Watermelon Seed Oil: Used for its restorative and nourishing properties.
    • Plum Seed Oil: A product of plums and native to several countries in Europe and Asia, its high moisture content hydrates.
    • Baobab Seed Oil: Produced from the Baobab tree in Africa to rejuvenate and repair skin.
    • Olive Fruit Oil: Originating from Greek olive trees, olive oil has been praised for its moisturizing and soothing properties.
    • Grape Seed Oil: Obtained from grape seeds, this oil calms redness.
    • Jojoba Oil: Produced from the seeds of the Jojoba plant, this oil moisturizes and heals.
    • Rice Bran Oil: Obtained from rice, this oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants & improves skin elasticity while keeping skin soft and hydrated.

    MP 10 Nourishing Oil is one of the natural Jack Black Epic Moisture products for men and women. Try it. You'll be so happy you did!



  • 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.



  • 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!



  • 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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