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Korres Overnight Beauty Booster

Korres Overnight Beauty Booster

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Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil

Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil

Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil

Of all the available beauty and anti-aging therapies, there is none so appealing as one that will do its work while you’re asleep. That’s the promise of Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil–and it delivers on that promise by its firming, lifting and anti-wrinkle action while replenishing essential skin moisture overnight.

 

Though the product is an oil, it is not greasy; it’s quickly absorbed into the skin. A little–just a couple of drops–will do the job.

There are no “bad” ingredients in this beauty booster: no petrolatum, no parabens, no proplyene glycol, no ethanolamines. Read the label and you’ll find only “good” ingredients: black pine oil, spilantes acmella extract, apricot, jojoba, grape seed, argan and sweet almond oils.

This blend of six oils help restore lipids naturally. Soy bean and wild yam complex strengthens skin while activating lipid production for increased skin elasticity, smoothness, and hydration.

Facial contour is visibly improved, density is restored, and skin is instantly visibly lifted with spilanthes acmella, a natural plant extract. Apple seed extract supports natural collagen synthesis while alaria esculenta extract improves skin elasticity. Black pine polyphenols help restore skin suppleness, volume and contour for noticeable results by morning.

 

Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil is $62, available at Sephora.

 

 

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Holiday Gifts by Carole Shashona

Holiday Gifts by Carole Shashona

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Carole Shashona Blue Products

Carole Shashona Blue Products

 

Holiday gifts from Carole Shasona’s collections

Feng Shui master Carole Shashona’s mantra of “better health, wealth and life” guided her creation of a line of candles and sprays. Formulated from ancient Chinese recipes given to Shashona by her feng shui master during an apprenticeship in Hong Kong, the sprays and candles can be used to uplift the spirits or to enhance and assist meditation. (The sprays can also be used as personal fragrances.)

I sampled the Purify Mist ($50, which is infused with wild sage and cedar essential oils that give it a clean and natural earthy scent meant to cleanse your home of negative energy, to reduce personal stress and enhance relaxation and focus.

The Purify Mist can be used in several ways. First I simply sprayed it into my right hand, massaged it into my palms and applied it to my pulse points. I found it very pleasant to be enveloped by this fragrance.

Later in the day, I added about eight drops to my bath water, stepped in and felt my body soaking up the essential oils; I imagined them doing their detoxifying work. (Though I’m not much on showers, the mist can be sprayed on the floor of the shower stall and inhaled for some easy aromatherapy.)

After a bath or shower or to start the day or after a not-so-pleasant experience, you can spray the mist and just step into it, again for some quick healing and to dispel negative energy.

All these functions in just one container make Purify Mist a welcome personal gift or a gift for the home.

A bracelet from Carole's Spirit Warrior collection

A bracelet from Carole’s Spirit Warrior collection

Carole Shashona’s Blue collection of luxurious jewelry is intended to empower while creating balance and harmony. The luminescent Blue color of Carole’s collection is inspired by the Blue Grotto Cave in Capri, Italy where the interior sea walls glow. The magical color activates and purifies, allowing for stress-free serenity. The jewelry includes a signature coin amulet which serves as protection from stress this season. It’s a reminder to take a calming moment throughout the day.

Carole’s mists and candles allow for meditation when you only have a few minutes – at home or on-the-go. Carole understands the stressors among us and aims to alleviate any ill effects with her line of useful and beautiful wellness reminders. Her Blue jewelry collection and on-the-go wellness line is featured in Barney’s New York and Montage Hotel Spa. Some of the world’s most distinguished therapists use her candles and sprays to relax their clients.

A portion of the proceeds from these products goes to such charities as Doctors Without Borders.

 Carole Shashona is a fashion and wellness expert, celebrity stylist and author of Feng Shui Chic. Her career began when she became the first American Grand Master in the art of Feng Shui. She uses her design expertise to bring harmony and peace to her clients. Her jewelry collection is a favorite among such stars as Melissa McCarthy, Julie Chen, Beverly Johnson and many others.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Envisage Renew: Natural Facial Toning

Envisage Renew: Natural Facial Toning

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Envisage Renew

Envisage Rene Envisage Renew: A Natural Toning Device

 

Until recently, I believed that the only way to stimulate collagen was to cause injury to the epidermis. But when I was presented with a sample of the envisage device, I learned that it could stimulate collagen by exercising the facial muscles, just as I would (theoretically) exercise abdominal muscles in the gym. (I say theoretically because it has been a long time since I hit any gym.)

I have tried some invasive and somewhat-invasive anti-aging options: various forms of dermabrasion, acupuncture and filler injections So I was  eager to experience any non-invasive method that promised to work six key areas of the face: forehead lines, saggy eyelids, smile lines, double chin and saggy outer jaw line and neck.

I didn’t have major problems in all these areas, but I was interested in perking up the eyelids and smoothing out the smile lines and those between the brows (the  so-called “Number 11s”). However, since there was bound to be some synergy in the results, I decided I would do all the exercises.

As explained in the instructions and the online videos, the exercises were fairly straightforward. With a commitment of five minutes twice a day I could expect results in about four weeks; with five minutes once a day, results would show in six or eight weeks.  (envisage actually gives a three-month guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the results, the company will refund your money, minus any shipping charges.)

As I knew I would not sit still to work my face out twice a day, I made a mental commitment to one time.

Unlike the many devices that use micro-currents to stimulate muscles, envisage doesn’t require the use of creams or gels. The battery is quickly and easily rechargeable and the two pads on the device need to be replaced every eight to twelve months.

According to the instructions (there’s also a video on the website), I only needed to spend five minutes doing the exercises. If I did them twice a day, I could expect results in about four weeks. (Envisage offers an impressive three-month trial!)

My commitment was to once a day. So on day one, I began with the Cheek Lifter.  I would have to work this area to see results as the cheek muscles are somewhat weak. As instructed, I squinted, felt the muscle, then tipped the envisage and placed the pads on the cheekbone just below the eyes, pressed the pads into my cheeks and down toward my chin. I pressed the vibration button, raised my cheeks up by squinting my eyes and maintained pressure for 10-15 seconds. I did this 15 times. (As always, the recommendation is for 10-15 times or until muscle fatigue occurs.)

Next, Droop Defeater had me working on my forehead. This had me placing the pads above my eyes over the outside edge of my browline – then pulling my forehead muscles up, as if I had been surprised. Again, as with all the exercises, I held for 10-15 seconds, repeating 10 times. I could really feel the vibration on the first round on this exercise.

For the Jowl Lifter, the pads went below my mouth, on either side of the lip area. For the exercise, I had to lift my lower lip up, toward the tip of my nose. This was easily accomplished by imagining I was sliding my lower up over my upper lip. I found this difficult to repeat for the requisite 15, so I stopped after nine.

There’s a second, similar but more intense, Jowl Lifter for more tightening around the jaw, but as this was not an area of concern, I skipped it.

For the Chin Smoother, I placed the pads under my chin at the bend of my jaw, pressed the vibrator button, opened my mouth and pressed my jaw back against the pads. I definitely felt the muscles tensing around my jaw and neck. First time out, I was only able to do this 10 times.

There were a couple of complementary exercises – for the lips and eyes– that didn’t require the envisage. These were simple, so I did them when I had time.

First time out, it took me considerably longer than five minutes to do the requisite exercises, mainly because it took time to place the envisage correctly. When I became more adept at getting started, I usually finished in under 10 minutes.

I started to see some results after about three weeks. By six weeks, my facial lines had definitely smoothed out considerably and my eyes seemed to open wider. I thought these were great results for something that was non-invasive, chemical free – and which felt so “healthy” to do.

The challenge now is to keep up maintenance faithfully, just as I would at a (theoretical) gym. As the envisage does not require any travel, I’m confident I’ll be able to do it.

Envisage is priced at just under $150, though Amazon often runs special promotions that offer considerable savings. For more information, check the website or call  855-924-4343

 

Before using Envisage

Before using Envisage

 

After using Envisage

After using Envisage

 

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Improve Your Health With Tea Tree Essential Oil

Improve Your Health With Tea Tree Essential Oil

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Tea tree oil comes from the island continent of Australia where it has been used by the Aborigines for a very long time. The oil is extracted from the leaves of Camella alternifolia, a tree belonging to the family Myrtaceae. You can recognize it by its smell, which is fresh and camphor-like. Aboriginal tribes drank boiled leaves of tea tree and also prepared poultices to treat cuts, skin infections and wounds.

What Does This Mean For Us?

Numerous researches have been done on tea tree oil. There is evidence to show that this oil has strong antibacterial properties which can be harnessed for improving the health of our skin.

Are you eager to know about the health issues it may help you banish? Read below to know more:

Top 3 Uses Of Tea Tree Oil:

The Pesky Pimples

A teenage/ adult problem of acnes can be resolved with the use of tea tree oil. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has found out that for treating acne, 5% tea tree oil is as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil doesn’t irritate the skin though the action is slower than benzoyl peroxide. In an another study, tea tree oil was shown to reduce acne symptoms to a significant level, if applied two times in a day for 45 days.

Fungus Fury

Apply tea tree oil when your nails are infected. A study done on the use of tea tree oil showed some promising results: 100% tea tree oil when taken twice a day for 6 months can treat fungal toenail infection in nearly 18% of people. 56% of people noticed a visible change in the appearance of their nails in three months and 60% of patients in six months. This is at par with application of clotrimazole application twice daily.

Athletes’ Foot (Tinea Pedis)

Tea tree oil can cure foot infection. A clinical study showed that 10% tea tree oil brings out similar results as tolnafate 1% cream for curing Athletes foot. These include burning, itching, scaling and inflammation. But 25% or 50% must be used for 4 weeks to cure the infection completely. Also, bathing with a tea tree oil body & soap is good as it helps you stay safe from various infections.

Other Health BeneFits Of Tea Tree Oil

 Lice And Dandruff

Washing hair with warm water and just 2 drops of tea tree oil can prevent lice growth. Using  5% tea tree oil shampoo every day for 4 weeks can minimize greasiness in people with dandruff, itchiness of the scalp and lesions too. A research suggests that lice eggs can be killed by combining tea tree oil with lavender oil. The same practice can reduce lice population too. In addition, it moisturizes skin, lessening chances of dandruff.

Hair Fall

A common problem like this can be subsided with tea tree oil massage. It stimulates blood circulation thus promoting healthy hair growth. Tea tree oil is also useful in preventing premature hair graying.

Scar Removal

Tea tree oil is useful in reducing the scar marks and spots that may be seen after boils, eruptions, pox and acne leave your skin.

Anti-Viral

Virus form cysts on the body to avert death. Tea tree oil help break the cyst walls to kill the virus and prevent future infection. Some of the viruses it is useful against include measles, mumps, influenza, common cold and small pox.

Open Wounds

Open wounds are at a higher risk of getting infected by microbes like fungi and bacteria. Tea tree oil is the ideal antiseptic. The oil should be applied directly to the wounds like cuts, eruptions, insect bites, stings, boils, sores and more to save them from getting infected. The best part is that there are no side effect.

Immune Booster

It is often used as an essential oil in aromatherapy. It forms a barrier against a large number of microbes and foreign particles. It can be blended with a lot of other oils like almond oil and olive oil.

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Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

Patients who do not respond to medications such as flucanazole should try tea tree oil to treat thrush. This is fruitful in the case of people who are suffering from HIV/AIDS. Swishing tea tree oil regularly for 2-4 weeks helps a lot.

Contraindications

Some people may develop a minor allergy to tea tree oil. It should never be consumed as it can cause drowsiness, hallucination, severe rashes, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhoea, general weakness, unsteadiness, confusion and blood cell abnormalities. It should be kept out of the reach of kids and pets.

 And More

Tea tree oil can be added to vinegar to make your own household cleaner. A clean house is also important for a healthy you.

Author Bio:

Evie Dawson is a fitness coach and health writer based in Boston, MA. Her passion is to encourage others to rediscover their lifestyle and get inspired for organic living.

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Day Spas, Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Sothys’ Facials and Products Offer Remedies for Sensitive Skin

Sothys’ Facials and Products Offer Remedies for Sensitive Skin

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Sothys Sensitive Skin products

Sothys Sensitive Skin products

Sothys products and facials offers remedies for sensitive skin. 

Many factors, including weather and drastic anti-aging treatments, cause or exacerbate sensitive skin sensitivity. To address and remedy this problem, Sothys has developed a special product line for sensitive skin as well as a facial treatment.

L’Institut Sothys in midtown New York is the flagship of the luxury French line of spa products; it is represented by thousands of spas worldwide, in well over one hundred countries.

In the city, the Sothys spa is a relaxing oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle just outside, and I was more than happy to accept an invitation to experience their 50-minute professional facial treatment for sensitive and reactive skin.

From the moment I stepped inside the spa on a cool, rainy day, the welcome was soothing, low-key and very inviting. My coat and umbrella were quickly removed and I was given a locker in the quiet changing room. Robed and slippered, I was met by my esthetician, taken to a very quiet (hard to believe the city was right outside) treatment room and settled comfortably on the cushioned table.

Though my skin runs normal to oily in the T-zone, it is not hyper-sensitive. But on this day, after a bout of cold weather, it was dry – and more than ready for the soothing treatment that featured the trademarked Spa Thermal Water which comes from the Belgian Ardennes and has been used by spas since the 16th century because of its unique balancing properties. My face was gently yet thoroughly cleansed, and treated with rich and effective botanical products. The highlight of the treatment was the decongesting facial massage with chilled porcelain spoons.

The facial left my skin feeling soothed and ready for whatever lay outside the protection of the spa. Armed with samples of the products that were used, I was ready to maintain to the soothing, cosseting effects of the facial at home.

Micellar Cleansing Water $28: featuring Spa™ Thermal Water and micelles to gently remove eye make-up and effectively cleanse the skin. An effective yet gentle 2-in-1 cleanser for the face and eyes.

Soothing SOS Serum $46: fresh fluid featuring Spa™ Thermal Water, Wild Jasmine leaf extract and Tetra-Peptide to protect, soothe and balance sensitive/combination skin. Formulated with a unique Moisturizing Complex, this fluid softens, balances and hydrates the skin.Neutralizes sensations of discomfort and limits their appearance.

Nutri-Soothing Mask $42: With a melt-in texture, this product softens and maintains the balance of sensitive skin and relieves sensations of discomfort. Blue ageratum leaf and red algae extracts visibly reduce redness, decongest and soothe all symptoms of discomfort.

Soothing Velvet Cream $52: This rich cream Spa that includes™ Thermal Water, Wild Jasmine leaf extract and Tetra-Peptide protects and comforts sensitive skin prone to dryness. A rich cream featuring to protect, soothe and comfort sensitive skin prone to dryness.

Sothys’ sensitive line and treatments are available at spas throughout the United States. For more information, visit the website.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Bargains, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Magical Oils Take Their Place in Skincare

Magical Oils Take Their Place in Skincare

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With at least a dozen uses, oils are taking their place in skincare

There was a time when you couldn’t persuade women to use oils, except in the bathtub, but all that has changed radically.

The most important development is the recognition that the animal and mineral oils of yesterday really did clog pores and irritate some delicate skin. However, today’s broad range of plant-based oils is another kettle of fish.

The light, easily penetrating moisturizing products are offered through a variety of companies, and one product usually serves a number of needs. There are oils that have proven successful in minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, and the same oils can be used as a scalp treatment, a serum for fly-away hair, massage oil, lip moisturizer, brow grooming, even makeup remover, simplifying the number of bottles on the skincare shelf and benefitting the pocketbook. Well-known names from Kiehls to L’Oreal are promoting oils, as well as medical and natural care companies. Many offer a full size container and travel-size bottles of the product.

Bio-Oil

Bio-Oil, with vitamins A & E, Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile extracts, is one that offers some very strong claims: in a clinical study 50% of people who used it for eight weeks recorded an improvement on stretch marks, and uneven skin tone was reduced by 93% in six weeks’ use. The product ahs received a long list of awards, from Most Easily Absorbed Body Moisturiser by Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Awards to Best product for pregnant women in Poland, both in 2014. I tried it on my hands, face, neck, and on body scars from surgery years ago, and within three weeks saw improvement in skin tone and texture – definitely anti-aging effective – and the scarring was less visible. A two-oz. bottle runs from $11.99, and can be found at GNC, Target and other outlets.

CapriClear

After a series of long plane rides, I used CapriClear Spray-on Moisturizer made from 100% fractionated coconut oil, which is thought to be more effective than virgin oil in penetrating the skin, and it doesn’t have to be warmed or stirred before using it. The all-natural, paraben-free product turned out to be one of the fastest absorbed oils I have ever tried; I could use it just before getting dressed without worrying about it staining my clothing, and it feels incredibly gentle and skin becomes very silky, even after dehydration from time in the air. And being able to spray it on makes it so easy, good for hard to reach spots like the middle of the back.

The company reports that it was proven in testing to relieve symptoms of eczema and atopic dermatitis including flaking, cracks, itching, scaling and redness, and reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

The full-size 5.2 fl. oz. bottle at $19.99 and TSA-friendly travel size 1.9 oz. $10.99 bottles are available at Bed Bath & Beyond and other retail stores as well as Amazon.com and drugstore.com.

Australian Jojoba

Natural Australian Jojoba from The Jojoba Company Australia is made exclusively with 100% natural Australian jojoba grown and harvested on the company’s own farm. Jojoba is really not an oil, but a wax ester, matching a component of healthy human skin, which allows the body to accept it for deep hydration. This is incredibly gentle and effective, and the company also makes a baby oil. The 1 fluid oz. bottle is $19.95 online and in health food stores.

 Seaberry

People who have had problems with other oils rave about Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, a blend of pure oils—seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond— that reportedly increases the skin’s smoothness and elasticity and works against free radicals as an anti-aging product. Used traditionally in Siberia, the product was discovered by co-founder Lev Glazman when used by a doctor to heal her arm after it was burned by boiling water.  It certainly has a positive effect on skin tone; fortunately, I didn’t have to try it as an agent for healing burns.

At $50 for 1.6 fluid oz., it is available at Sephora and Amazon.

Pulling

A completely different application of oil is pulling, This is an Ayurvedic technique to remove toxins from the mouth, a key to heart health. Devotees say it provides benefits from whiter teeth and fresher breath to joint pain relief, energy boosts, weight loss, relief from gum disease and tooth decay.

Although most of these rely on single oils, GuruNanda Pulling Oil contains a proprietary blend of sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and peppermint oil, which have different properties. The process of pulling involves putting a tablespoon of oil in the mouth and swishing it around without swallowing it, building up to 20 minutes. The oils attract bacteria, which then are removed when the user spits out the oil (in the trash, as it can clog drains). I found it difficult to get up to the 20 minute mark, but even using it for 10 minutes made my teeth whiter and, together with flossing and brushing, my mouth feel much fresher.

The generous 8.45 fluid oz. bottle is $14.99; you can buy it on their own site or on Amazon.com

 

 

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