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  • How to Keep Your Summer Skin’s Dewy Glow All Year ‘Round

    Goodbye to summer heat and full body sweating, frizzy hair, and running makeup.

    Hot but glowing! Thanks to all that Humidity! Hot but glowing thanks to all that humidity!

    We won’t miss you much…except for the lazy days and cloudless blue skies and the natural help your humidity gave our skin’s dewy glow.

    But, now it’s time to take action against the lack of humidity and colder temperatures of fall and winter.

    We need to boost our hydrating beauty regimen to avoid dull skin, premature (or otherwise) fine lines and wrinkles and a loss of bounce and glow. Here are some steps to take:

    1.) Cleanse morning and night – Find a routine you can stick to. This may include a single foaming or creamy cleanser from the Organic Pharmacy, a nighttime balm from the Queen of Clean, Eve Lom, or the iconic double cleanse of cleansing oil and face bar from Erno Laszlo. ERNO LASZLO WASHING FACE WITH HYDRATING CLEANSERmaxresdefault

    2.) Incorporate exfoliation in your routine. – Exfoliate with a salt or sugar body scrub to wash away flaky dull skin, soften skin and help moisturizers penetrate deeper.
    See the Pacific Sea Salt Scrubs from ODE.

    ODE Citrus Oro, Bohemian Rose, Lavender or Verde Sea Salt Scrubs with Olive Oil ODE Citrus Oro, Bohemian Rose, Lavender or Verde Sea Salt Scrubs with Olive Oil
    Find a gentle facial exfoliant to use several times a week like One Fine Day Sugar Scrub from FarmHouse Fresh
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    or Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub.
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    3.) Use a facial toner. A simple sweep of toner will prepare your face for deeper penetration of your serums and creams and whisk away any residual dirt, makeup or residue from your cleansers. Try the pH balancing Citrus Toner from LATHER or the Oasis Hydrating Tonic from ODE.

    A 10 Second Sweep with toner on a cotton pad can make all the difference in your level of hydration. A 10 Second Sweep with toner on a cotton pad can make all the difference in increasing your level of hydration.

    4.) Always moisturize - And then do it again. Apply moisturizing products immediate after bathing or showering and then again, at night. Check out ODE Natural Beauty

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    or LATHER Body Care.
    LATHER Bamboo Lemongrass Body Creme LATHER Bamboo Lemongrass Body Creme

    Apply treatments and moisturizers immediately after washing the face while the skin is still warm.
    The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream for hydrating and strengthening skin The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream for hydrating and strengthening skin

    5.) Plan on masking at least once a week. A mask concentrates on your specific skin concern such as hydration, detoxing, brightening, or clarifying. You get instant results whether you use a cream, a clay or a sheet mask. ERNO LASAZLO Firming Hydrogel Mask

    6.) Turn down the temperature - Avoid hot baths or showers. Hot temperatures dry out the skin and break capillaries. Keep water "hand hot."

    7.) Always protect your skin. Even on the coldest, gloomiest days, UVA rays penetrate the cloud cover to cause sunburns, skin cancer, and speed up aging. And, don't forget to reapply.

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    8.) Hydrate often and Change Your Diet - Drink plenty of water. Eat fruits and vegetables and look for foods high in essential fatty acids such as olive oil, salmon and avocados.Food to Improve Brain Cognitive Functions

    Follow these suggestions and you'll maintain well-hydrated, radiant skin all year long.



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

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

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

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

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


    3.) Apply Sunscreen Liberally and Frequently. 

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

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

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

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

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



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  • Protect Your Skin from the Sun

    Our List of 10 Great Natural Sunscreens

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    The Sun is Not Our Friend

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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



  • 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.



  • 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.



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