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Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Super Sun Protection: Get Vitamin D Safely

Super Sun Protection: Get Vitamin D Safely

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Summer means outdoor fun and lots of Vitamin D exposure. That’s good. But it’s important to get that Vitamin D safely and to protect your skin from the harm that the sun can do.
Right now I’m trying a product that is truly unique: the Hydrating Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 formulated with Iceland’s mineral-rich geothermal seawater.
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When I visited Iceland a few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit the Blue Lagoon and to actually enjoy the revitalizing powers of geothermal seawater, in an otherworldly volcanic setting. The geothermal water feels wonderful on the skin–and it opens the pores and allows them to un-clog and absorb bacteria-fighting minerals (a bonus for those who suffer from acne).
Now, as I apply the Hydrating Cream made with that amazing geothermal seawater, I find that not only does it offer broad spectrum sun protection, it also moisturizes my skin and leaves it feeling soft and dewy.
The Hydrating Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 has been dermatologically tested and is paraben-free, color-free and fragrance free. It is part of a line of fine  Blue Lagoon products, including skin, body and and hair care.
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Another excellent chemical-free sun protection option is TiZO3® Facial Mineral Sunscreewith SPF 40 , which includes a universal tint so you can avoid the ghostly white finish often associated with physical blocks. The light weight mineral sunscreen doubles as a complexion-evener and primer, delivering a matte silky finish that looks fine as-is–or it can be used under makeup.

The photo-stable SPF won’t break down in intense sunlight and remains water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it perfect for any outdoor activity. It uses only Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for sun protection and is free of chemical sunscreen filters, dyes, fragrances, oils and preservatives. The mineral sunscreen ingredients found in TIZO products block both UVA (responsible for “A”ging) and UVB (responsible for “B”urning) rays.

In fact, Zinc Oxide, found in all TIZO Protection products, has the broadest UV coverage range of any FDA-approved sunscreen ingredient.The chemical UV filters found in the majority of available sunscreens (including some combination of oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate) work by absorbing UV rays.

Unfortunately, some of these chemicals are also absorbed by the body. The biggest offender is oxybenzone, a known allergen and hormone disruptor that enters through the skin. TIZO mineral-based products are completely free of chemical sunscreen filters.

In addition to potential harm to the body, in 2015, it was estimated that around 14,000 tons of sunscreen are ending up in the world’s coral reefs causing major damage. The chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate are the main culprits. TIZO’s mineral sunscreens are free of these harmful ingredients as well as all chemical absorbers.

When you’re outdoors in the summer sun, you don’t want to use your usual lip gloss–because lips, too, are susceptible to sunburn and sun damage. With SPF 45, TIZO® Tinted Lip Protection offers serious protection and has a light sheer tint that delivers a low maintenance high style look. The subtle kiwi lime and ginger flavor makes it pleasant to use.

 Both products are part of an extensive skin care line and are available at Amazon.

 

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in News | 0 comments

ISPA Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipient

ISPA Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipient

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Christine Muchemu to Receive ISPA Foundation Scholarship

The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation will award Christine Muchemu from Ithaca, New York, the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship onstage during the General Session at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, from Sept. 24-26.

 Muchemu will receive $5,000 to offset her education expenses, a complimentary registration, travel stipend and hotel accommodations to attend the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo, a one-year ISPA student membership and will be assigned a one-year mentor to help navigate her career aspirations.

“Words cannot express the awe-inspiring gratitude I feel for having been honored as a recipient of the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship,” said Muchemu. “This scholarship represents an immense opportunity for me to network with and be mentored by leaders in the health and wellness industry. Because of this award, I believe that I am one step closer to furthering my goal to launch a family-owned business with my sisters that formulates and manufactures cosmetic products containing no synthetic ingredients. Thank you.”

Muchemu is in her second year in the Master of Business Administration program at Cornell University, where her concentration is in business management. Upon her expected graduation in May 2019, Muchemu plans to establish a family-owned, clean label hair and beauty brand.

“We are incredibly honored to be able to recognize a student like Christine as the ISPA Foundation Mary Tabacchi Scholarship recipient,” said ISPA Foundation Chairman Frank Pitsikalis. “Christine’s educational background and strong work ethic are the exact qualities the Scholarship Committee looks for when selecting a recipient. We welcome Christine to the ISPA community and cannot wait to see what she will do in the years to come.”

 The scholarship was created in 2006 and later named in honor of Mary Tabacchi, Ph.D., RD, Professor Emerita for the School of Hotel Administration in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Dr. Tabacchi is a beloved spa industry veteran and pioneer in spa education. With a doctorate in biochemical nutrition and biostatistics, she has published numerous books on nutrition, spa and related subjects.

To learn more about the scholarship and the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo, visit the website.

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Posted by on Jun 16, 2018 in Product Reviews | 0 comments

Showaflops Sandals: Fashionable and Functional

Showaflops Sandals: Fashionable and Functional

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Summertime means the beach, the pool or maybe camp. All places where flip-flops are preferred footwear–and where lots of germs live. The solution: Showaflops! These fashionable and trendy sandals are quick drying and are easy to wear at the pool or on the street. It’s time to enjoy the summer sun and hit the water! Complete your beach look with fun, fresh patterns from Showaflops! The secret: Showaflops have unique drainage holes, antimicrobials and slip-resistant soles to help protect your feet from any bacteria on the ground. So you can look trendy while your feet are protected.

Showaflops are perfect for the beach.

Showaflops are perfect for the beach.

So no matter where you’ll be enjoying summer fun, these fashionable and functional flip-flops will keep you looking good while they keep away germs. The slip-resistant soles are great when you shower at the gym or spa. They come in both adult and kid sizes, so you can protect the entire family.

 

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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Product Reviews | 0 comments

Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers: Silver Infused Toothbrushes

Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers: Silver Infused Toothbrushes

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Spring is a good time to remember that we’re supposed to get a new toothbrush every three months. But with Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers, you get an extra month. That’s because the Mouth Watchers have  have long-lasting dual layered polyester bristles. While the outer bristles ensure complete cleaning of teeth and gums, the inner bristles, which are as thin as a human hair (ten times thinner than those in  most other brushes), gently brush away food and plaque in areas that other brushes miss.

Even better yet, Dr. Plotka’s toothbrush has antimicrobial bristles infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows  between uses, leaving your toothbrush clean and ready for the next use.

Dr. Plotka developed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40-year practice. Its technology has helped hundreds of his patients prevent cavities and achieve better oral health.

So when I tried this brush for myself, I had high expectations. I wasn’t disappointed. The brush was gentle, just the way I liked. I could actually tell that the bristles were very different from what I was used to.

And when I was finished, I had to agree with what some of Dr. Plotka’s patients said: “It feels like I just had a professional dental cleaning.”

So this spring, you can, at a very reasonable cost, upgrade your oral care with this innovative toothbrush. A year’s supply of the adult manual toothbrush (shipped every 3 months) is $20.99. Check the website for more information.

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Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Product Reviews | 0 comments

DefenAge Skincare Really Turns Back the Clock

DefenAge Skincare Really Turns Back the Clock

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 DefenAge® products promise results — and deliver

A commercial that’s currently airing references beauty products that are in no hurry to work. That’s the story with so many beauty products; they promise a lot–and then fail to deliver.

However, when I had the opportunity to try the DefenAge Power Trio, I was actually expecting to see results. That’s because I saw this recent announcement:

Progenitor Biologics®, LLC, the manufacturer and distributor of the cutting-edge anti-aging skin care products, DefenAge® Skincare, recently announced the results of a new comprehensive clinical study of the line’s breakthrough ingredient Age-Repair Defensins®. The defensin-based three-step system “globally improves the visual appearance of aging skin without irritation, dryness, or inflammation,” concludes the peer-review article published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD). Target-specific Age-Repair Defensins represents the latest generation of anti-aging technology and is the first of a kind.

“The defensin skin care regimen resulted in statistically significant improvements in ALL five parameters in patients simultaneously including decreased visible fine and coarse wrinkles, pore size and visible pigmentation. Study participants also demonstrated improvement in skin’s oiliness, evenness, hydration and a number of other crucial skin’s qualities” shares the study’s principal investigator and correspondence author, Amy Forman Taub, MD. “DefenAge results in profound improvements in the visible health and beauty of the skin that are readily apparent to even the untrained eye.”

“The results showed that the defensin-containing trio of prod­ucts offer most of the advantages of time-honored retinols as well as newer but widely used growth-factor containing cosme­ceuticals, without irritation or inflammation, sun-sensitivity, or concerns about neoplasia of the treated skin,” adds the study’s co-investigator, Vivian Bucay, MD. “The observed clinical results put DefenAge Skincare into the best-in-class category without doubt, this is a landmark product.”

The earlier-published pre-clinical research shows that defensins activate dormant preserve of “fresh” cells in the body, LGR6-positive stem cells. “After activation, LGR6-positive stem cells physically migrate into the basal layer of the skin and create a new epidermis, and eventually, new, younger-acting skin,” explains the study’s co-investigator, Gregory Keller, MD. “The defensin-based anti-agingtechnology is an authentic paradigm shift that I see only once per decade.”

DefenAge made an initial soft launch in the summer of 2015,” comments Progenitor Biologics’ CEO, Nikolay Turovets, PhD. “Today, more than 300 US-based aesthetic physicians and medi-spas offer DefenAge. Since the launch, DefenAge’s annual growth exceeded 100 percent three years in a row, having sales in 2017 that exceeded $2.4M. Now having such solid clinical proof of the product’s performance, we will continue our expansion in the aesthetic market and deliver the best technologies to consumers.”

I’ve been using the DefenAge trio for just a few weeks, and I already see visible results: Smoother, firmer, more hydrated skin, softening of lines and wrinkles, etc. It’s clear that these powerhouse products are in a hurry to work!

For more information, visit the website.

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