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Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Get Healthy Looking Skin with Essential Oils

Get Healthy Looking Skin with Essential Oils

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Neroli oil

Neroli oil

Modern day life takes its toll on your skin with pollution, stress and the sun. Your skin takes a beating each day. This leads to a tired looking epidermis and can often result in a skin that looks prematurely aged.

Many people turn to artificial toners and moisturizers for relief; however, others prefer to take a more natural path towards vibrant, healthy looking skin by using essential oils. These oils don’t have harsh chemicals and have stood the test of time as a better way to restoring that youthful glow. Even better, you can mix and match essential oils in order to find the right combination that will leave your skin radiant.

Perhaps one of the most important decisions that anyone wanting to take advantage of the skin revitalizing properties of essential oils is the selection of the correct carrier oil. It’s important to never use essential oil directly on the skin but instead mix it with a carrier to dilute it. The best way to be safe is to make a 2% dilution. You can do this by adding 12 drops of the essential oil to each fluid ounce (30 ml) of your preferred carrier oil.

Carrier oils have been extracted from seeds or nuts and used in combination with essential oils. Carrier oils serve to provide a sort of base for the use of the many types of essential oils. Carrier oils range from the very popular Jojoba oil to carriers such as Evening Primrose oil, Argan oil and Rosehip Seed oil. Avocado and Olive oil are also popular choices that are used as a base for essential oils when they are used for skincare.

Once you’ve selected the carrier oil that suits your individual needs, then it’s time to choose which essential oils will bring your skin that healthy glow which comes with adequate moisturizing and care.

Some essential oils worth considering are listed here:

#1 Frankincense

Anyone familiar with the Bible would know that Frankincense has been known to have healing properties for thousands of years. Frankincense essential oil is a fabulous anti-inflammatory. This essential oil also acts as a natural toner and as a bonus, Frankincense essential oil also encourages the growth of new skin cells.

Lavender and massage oil

Lavender and massage oil

#2 Lavender Essential Oil

This is one essential oil that everyone should have in their armory. It smells wonderful and eases stress. It’s also a great aid to skin rejuvenation, especially for tired and stressed skin. It can reduce the appearance of age spots and the tired appearance and damage of sun ravaged skin.

#3 Myrrh Essential Oil

This is another essential oil that has history behind it. Myrrh essential oil is particularly good for aging skin. This oil helps smooth out wrinkles and firm up the skin. It’s also effective at repairing sun damaged skin. This is definitely one that should be in your essential oil toolkit.

#4 Neroli Essential Oil

 

If you have sensitive skin or are struggling with oily skin this is the essential oil for you. Neroli essential oil helps with tired, sagging skin, and the ingredient citral helps to lift and tone the skin. It also shrinks pores and can help with the appearance of stretch marks and scarring.

There are a myriad of essential oils that will help anyone in search of that youthful appearance. Choose the right carrier oil and then mix and match your essential oils until you find a combination that’s just perfect for your own needs.

Marilyn Reid is a successful business owner and natural health enthusiast. She owns a site, TarunaOils.0rg, which is dedicated to providing tips, ideas, and recipes for use with essential oils and aromatherapy.

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Bargains, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Director of Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Offers DIY Beauty Tips

Director of Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Offers DIY Beauty Tips

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Lapis Spa

Spa treatments can provide therapy for tired hair, rough hands or less-than-perfect skin. But what about all those times when a spa visit just isn’t possible?

Luckily,  there are DIY treatments that you can do at home to handle those problems. Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau  offers advice on how to maintain skin, hair and hands in great shape without leaving home.

DIY Treatment For A Touchable Face:

  • Prepare pot of boiling water with several bags of chamomile tea – allow tea to steep and release benefits into water
  • Place face over steaming pot and cover head with towel to trap steam.  You are stimulating the benefits of a steam room.
  • Place cucumbers or icy chamomile tea bags well squeezed – on eyes to reduce puffiness
  • Dab off excess moisture and apply scrub cream to face in gentle circular and upward motions to face, neck and chest.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm moist washcloth and apply witch hazel or rose or lavender water with spray or cotton pad
  • Apply moisture lotion or cream in upward, relaxing massage strokes placing slight pressure on temples and under forehead bridge line to release tension and ease pain
  • Instant result is clean, shiny skin with improved texture and appearance

Lapis comparable service: Facial

DIY Treatment For Healthy Hair: 

  • Take lemon juice and warm green tea and mix mixture; apply mixture to scalp with brush or applicator as you separate hair and pour remaining amount through hair
  • Allow mixture to remain on scalp for a few minutes- the tea and lemon work as an astringent to cleanse scalp and hair follicles
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water and apply a combination of plain yogurt and avocado –mix 2 parts fresh avocado and 2 parts yogurt and massage into the hair in circular motions to relax the scalp and stimulate hair growth
  • Gently massage temples and base of scalp line.  Place plastic shower cap on hair and wrap in warm towel for 10 minutes or until towel cools off
  • Rinse thoroughly.  Instant result is hair that’s softer, shinier and improved circulation to scalp which is an aide to healthy hair growth

Lapis comparable service: Rescue My Hair

DIY Treatment For Soft Hands:

  • Buff and moisturize rough skin using a scrub cream and oil or body lotion
  • Mix 4 parts kosher or sea salt with 1 part warm grape seed oil, canola oil or olive oil and mix into a paste
  • Massage into hands in upward strokes and in circular motion
  • Remove with warm/wet towel and follow with nail care by pushing back cuticle using an orange stick and filing rough nail edges with Emory board.  Follow hand massage with body or hand lotion
  • Wrap hands in warm cotton gloves or place in plastic bags and wrap with warm towels – instant result is skin that’s clean, soft and luxurious

Lapis comparable service: Spalicious Manicure

 

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Bargains, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Spa Week: Pamper Yourself for $50

Spa Week: Pamper Yourself for $50

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During Spa Week, many spas offer $50 massages.

During Spa Week, many spas offer $50 massages.

What could be better on a dreary Monday than the prospect of a spa treatment–maybe even a spa getaway–for $50? Not much–and it’s all possible during Spa Week, April 11-17, 2016. So right now, it’s possible to book facials, massages, nail services and more all over the United States for just $50.

And — this is the best part: if you live near a resort property or major hotel (with a pool) that is participating in Spa Week, you can turn that treatment into an entire spa getaway, with a steam/sauna and even a spa lunch (that would be extra).

For example, if you live near Atlantic City, New Jersey, you can book a $50 service (a facial, a De-Stress Body Treatment or a spa pedicure) at the Red Door Spa at Harrah’s Resort, a luxurious retreat with lots of amenities. Heading west, the Red Door Spa at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona offers the same trio of choices along with such amenities as a lap pool,

In San Diego, California, the Blue Marble Spa at the Hyatt Regency Mission offers an organic massage, a facial or a pedicure ritual for $50. The spa has eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, rainfall showers, outdoor pools, a hot tub and complimentary valet parking. (It was named one of the “Top Ten Spas Around the World” by Organic Spa magazine.)

To find a great getaway (or simply a pampering oasis) near you, just go to the Spa Week website, give your zip code or city name and the site will show you which spas are participating in the event and what treatments they offer for $50.

 

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Wally’s Natural Candles: Spa Therapy for Your Ears

Wally’s Natural Candles: Spa Therapy for Your Ears

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Of all the holiday gifts that were exchanged among my family members, the ones that generated the most excitement were — Wally’s Natural ear candles.

Now that might not sound terribly exciting or glamorous, given that other gifts included electronic toys and cashmere sweaters. But for family members who’d experienced swimmer’s ear and similar issues, the candles were like spa therapy.

They had all tried ear candling with other brands, with often less-than-satisfactory results. Wally’s Natural candles, however, were emphatically pronounced “the best!”

For those who have never heard of ear candling (also known as ear coning), it’s a holistic practice that has been around for  hundreds of years. The burning candle sends warm air and rhythmic sounds down through the hollow chute, massaging the ear canal via small vibrations, which is why it has a calming effect. It also dries out the ear.

Ear candling has been criticized as dangerous and ineffective, so I can’t recommend its use to others; I can only speak to my family’s experiences. They have used the candles carefully for several years and have found the use to be beneficial.

I think one of the reasons for the negatives is that exaggerated claims are made for candling. No doubt they can damage the eardrum if they are poked into the ear. And since the practice involves a lit candle, care must be taken to avoid getting burned.

That said, we have found the quality of Wally’s Natural candles to be superior to others on the market. They are hand-crafted and are available in three different collections: the Luxury Collection made of pure beeswax; Spa Collection made of soy wax; and Professional Collection made from paraffin wax. All come in plain, lavender and herbal scents.

The company also makes Wally’s Natural Organic Ear Oil, which contains garlic oil, tea-tree oil and mullein extract to help support healthy ears.

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

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 10, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Tips | 0 comments

DIY Skin Care Tips from Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Miranda Kerr and the Victoria’s Secret Models

DIY Skin Care Tips from Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Miranda Kerr and the Victoria’s Secret Models

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Ildi Pekar, celebrity facialist to Miranda Kerr and many of the Vicky S models gives you some innovative skincare tips that ANYONE can do, at home; Call it your supermodel DIY skincare routine

With the Victoria’s Secret show coming to New York in December,  this would be a good time to share some DIY skin care tips from celebrity facialist Ildi Pekar, who takes care of Miranda Kerr’s lovely skin, as well as ministers to the facial needs of the Vicky S models.

Supermodel Approved Tips to Hydrated Fall and Winter Skin:

1. Use krill oil/fish oil to hydrate the skin

2. Say NO to over-drying. Avoid scorching hot water. This over dries your skin when the weather is already doing the job.

3. Hello Honey. Use gentle products, anything that is soothing. Honey is a good example.

4. Say NO to coffee. Lay off the caffeine; it dehydrates you and your skin.

5. Hydrate from within. Almonds/Avocados/walnuts are great to eat, and the oils hydrate your skin from within.

6. We love seeds. Pumpkin seeds are also very high in oil. Add some to your diet.

7. Supermodel Skin Mask. Try a DIY Winter Mask (once a week for hydration).

Recipe:

½ Banana, smashed

3 tsp. of raw honey

3 tsp. of sour cream or yogurt (with fat!)

Blend the ingredients

Apply to face

Let sit for 15 Minutes

Rinse with cool water

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