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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 Mar 13, 2018 in Product Reviews, Tips | 1 comment

NDC Beauty: Natural, Cruelty-Free and Vegan

NDC Beauty: Natural, Cruelty-Free and Vegan

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Noix de Coco (NDC Beauty) is a line of all natural cruelty free, vegan beauty products, free of chemicals and based on the benefits of superfood ingredients.

More than ever, I look for beauty products that are cruelty free and free of chemicals and preservatives. After reading about Noix de Coco (NDC Beauty), a line that includes skincare, body products, hair care and makeup, I decided to try two of their products.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse appealed to me because so many conditioners, shine-producing products, etc. leave a film on the hair. Applying this after shampooing left my hair clean and shiny, so I will use it on a regular basis. This eliminates the need for an occasional clarifying shampoo to eliminate product build-up. The rinse, which contains Ayurveda herbs, is said to have anti-microbial and blood purifying properties to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. A bonus!

 

Ingredients: Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Burdock Root Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Neem Extract, Green Tea Extract

The second product I tried–the Organic Lash and Repair Serum–is said to repair and promote growth of both lashes and brows. It addressed a couple of concerns. With time, my lashes and brows had thinned out. I suspected that the lashes were probably damaged when I used mascara regularly. After using this serum for a few weeks on both my lashes and eyebrows, I noticed visible results: both seemed fuller and healthier looking. The recommended use is to apply at night, before bed time and wipe off any residual product in the morning. Alternatively, it can be applied and left on for a minimum of 20 minutes and then wiped off. On the days when I wasn’t planning to wear any makeup, I applied the serum in the morning and left it on all day. I think this consistent use may account for the results I saw.

Ingredients: Organic Raw Castor Oil, Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil, Vitamin E

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Vernal Organic Skincare: Pure and Powerful Natural Ingredients–And Cruelty Free!

Vernal Organic Skincare: Pure and Powerful Natural Ingredients–And Cruelty Free!

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As I choose only organic foods to put into my body, I’m interested in effective beauty products that will provide the same kind of natural care for my skin. The super antioxidant products by Vernal Beauty provide this kind of care, with a custom-formulated organic formula that is USDA certified, with ingredients derived from exotic cold-pressed oils, super-fruits and plant-based botanical extracts, all of which are ethically and sustainably sourced, as well as safe and non-toxic.

So many products today bear labels that can make you wince, as you scan the lists of parabens, sulfates, synthetics and other ingredients you definitely don’t want on your skin.

Contrast this kind of product with those of Vernal’s, where the labels list some of Mother Nature’s purest and most powerful ingredients: for example, bee propolis, maqui fruit, Indian gooseberry, sumac berry and mango.

Even better, the label assures me that the products are made fragrance-free and cruelty-free as well as  free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicone, petroleum, and artificial colors.

Bee Radiant Organic Face Oil ($45)

Combining the power of super antioxidants such as Sumac, Rosehip and Bee Propolis,Vernal Bee Radiant Booster Oil performs as a vitamin-packed, antioxidant-rich superfood for the skin.

  • The Sumac Super AntioxidantComplex has 3X the amount of antioxidants of acai and 60X that of blueberriesSumac is widely considered the most powerful superfood on the planet. It is packed with vitamin C to help fight free radicals and also has strong anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent acne and clear up skin.
  • Used as a natural healer and restorative compound for over 5,000 years, Bee Propolis is rich in nutrients and vitamins, known to help prevent acne, decongest pores and stimulate cell renewal. It assists in balancing, healing and soothing problematic skin.

Hydra-Glow Serum with Hyaluronic & Vitamin C ($46):

This multi-benefit serum combines the hydrating power of hyaluronic acid with the healing power of vitamin C to protect and repair the skin and to deliver a radiant glow.

  • Known locally as Amla, Indian Gooseberry has been a common ingredient in the ancient Indian medicinal practice of Ayurveda. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, it takes charge of free radicals and repairs damaged skin while visibly lifting, toning and brightening. Packed with vitamins, it boosts collagen production and hydration that leads to more plump, youthful and smoother skin. A recent double-blind study found that Amla contained powerful dark-spot correcting and skin brightening properties that worked better than those achieved by conventional, non-organic skin-lighteners such as hydroquinone.
  • A natural element of the skin, Hyaluronic acid is known for its ability to attract and retain 1000x its own weight in moisture. With ultra-hydrating abilities, this acid promotes more nutrient absorption and penetrates the deepest levels of the dermis.

In addition to these excellent and effective products, the Vernal line also includes:

SKINourish Super Antioxidant Organic Moisturizer, a rich but lightweight daily moisturizer containing vitamins E and C, to feed the skin with superfruits, hydrate with exotic butters and provide natural cellular renewal. In addition to smoothing the skin, it locks in moisture, increases elasticity and diminishes and prevents skin discoloration from acne, free radicals and sun damage.  ($44)

SKInourish Super Antioxidant Organic Eye Cream is formulated with potent doses of sumac, mango and evening primrose and is designed to help nourish, protect, brighten and repair the orbital area. The silky cream leaves a thin, yet dense protective layer that preps the eye contour area for a smoother makeup application. Its multitasking benefits help to hydrate, boost elasticity, diminish puffiness, dark circles and signs of aging. ($43)

For more information or to purchase Vernal products, visit the website.

 

 

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Health and Wellness, News, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils?

How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils?

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How Do I Choose And Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are Nature’s gift to mankind. A multitude of qualities has made essential oils make their way into cosmetics, healthcare and more. But to enjoy their benefits, knowing how to use and choose them is extremely important.

Firstly, the choice of oil depends on the purpose for which it will be used. Next, its purity and therapeutic value are essential to stay safe and reap the effectiveness. Once you have bought the right essential oil, next step is to use it properly for the problem you need to address.

Let’s take a look in the ways essential oils are used to help you make a decision.

  • A direct application on the skin
  • Inhalation
  • Sprays and Bathing
  • Compresses and more.

Applying Topically – For applying essential oils topically you must know your skin type. Some of the essential oils for topical use are:

  1. Neat oils – The oils that can be applied without any diluter are the neat oils. Because of their mild chemistry, they are not harmful for the skin. Frankincense, lavender, melissa and sandalwood are good examples of neat oils.
  2. Dilute or sensitive – Those oils which need to be diluted with carrier oil before use. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger and peppermint are examples of dilute topical oils.

How to Use

  • Always dilute the essential oil first, then apply it on your skin.
  • Massage the essential oil on your joints, muscles and relax your body. While applying on arms and legs, massage in upward direction, move hands gently over the spine and the sensitive areas.
  • Choose mild, non-irritating oils for topical use. Beware of adulterated, re-distilled and rectified essential oils.

Inhalation  – Inhalation is a fast and secure method of using essential oils. This is an excellent method of relief from stress and anxiety, as well as respiratory issues. Some of the most effective essential oils for inhaling are:

  1. Lavender – Use to release nervous tension, to fight anxiety and depression.
  2. Chamomile – It improves digestion and leaky gut.

How to Use

  • Direct palm inhalation – Take 1 to 2 drops of essential oil, add a diluter and rub it gently on your palms before inhaling it.
  • Diffusers – The easiest way to inhale essential oil is to use candle diffusers. Take a heat-resistant vessel and pour a little water and essential oil before heating it over a candle. This will diffuse the aroma.
  • While choosing essential oils for inhalation, beware of synthetic fragrances. They are not good for you.

Bath – It is the most popular and effective way of using essential oils. Use it to increase circulation, alleviate stress, tension, insomnia, menstrual spasms and more. The best way to use essential oils in the bath is to mix them with emulsifiers like milk or sesame oil. Essential oils that can be used for bathing are:

  1. Lemon and Sweet Orange – It benefits all skin types and lightens up the mood.
  2. Frankincense – It soothes the skin and is the best known stress buster.  Jasmine, rose and sandalwood are effective as bathing essential oils.

How to Use

  • While choosing essential oils for bathing, choose the one that has a calming and gentle effect on the skin and also suits your skin type. If you have a sensitive skin, test it before applying.
  • Add 4 to 5 drops of essential oils to one tablespoon of carrier oil, then add the mixture to the bath water. OR add 5 drops of essential oil to a cup of milk and pour it into your bath water.
  • Using it overtly can cause skin irritation.

Compresses

These are highly effective for both emergency first aid and pain relief. Compresses can be applied with pressure on specific body parts. It supports the body against infections. Essential oils that can be used for compresses are:

  1. Grapefruit essential oil – If you are feeling stressed and tired, use grapefruit oil to enhance positivity and power.
  2. Fennel essential oil – It reduces and prevents spasms in the gut. Its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties are good for healing wounds and infections. Defense Pure Essential Oils also provide protection against bacteria causing infections.

How to Use

  • To select an essential oil for compress use, look at its therapeutic properties first.
  • Add 10 drops of selected essential oil in 9 oz of water. Soak and then wrap.
  • Use cold water for sprains, insect bite and headache and hot water for boils, cystitis and dysmenorrhea.

Parting Thoughts

Essential oils are good, but only when you know how to choose and use them. It’s also import to take some precautions.

  • Use pure essential oils only;
  • Do not use internally;
  • Know that they can be harmful for the eyes and mucous membrane;
  • Don’t use them for kids;
  • Don’t use citrus oils if you are going to venture outside in a while.

 

Author Bio:

Amanda Dawson is a fitness coach with a Master’s degree. Her passion revolves around encouraging others rediscover their lifestyle and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle. Her keen interest in health can be seen in her writing. You can read her views on the use of tea tree oil soap, body wipes and sports-specific products.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Tips | 0 comments

Skincare Tips From Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Super Models

Skincare Tips From Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Super Models

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Skincare Tips From celebrity facialist Ildi PekarPekar

Ildi Pekar, who cares for skin of supermodels Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk, offers important tips for keeping your skin fresh and lovely during the harsh months of winter.

Diet is most important

During the summer we eat a lot of light foods including vegetables and fruits which contain water so we are more hydrated. During the cooler months we feel a little more lethargic and it shows in your skin because we eat foods that are hot and heavy for comfort, rather than the light and refreshing foods of summer.

Lack of moisture. 

Since central heat dries out skin, this is a great time to change your skin care routine and maybe double up on the moisture.

 Not getting your daily dose of Vitamin D?

This is so important to keep your skin happy and radiant.

How to shift your  skincare routine? What should you do, and what warm-weather habits can you skip?

       Change to a milder cleanser

–       Avoid using harsh toners which can dry out your skin too much and cause irritation.

–       Switch to a heavier moisturizer during the cooler months

–       For fall it’s perfect to exfoliate more to unclogged trapped pores

–       This is the BEST time to get a Deep Cleansing Facial or peel. It keeps your skin soft and clean and helps treat the skin damage which occurred during the summer.

The number one product everyone needs in their arsenal this fall is: A good moisturizer!

How to combat breakouts in the fall season and Dry Skin:

A Deep Cleansing facial would keep your skin in check. Get your pores cleaned  regularly to reduce white heads black heads and acne.

Exfoliating skin and increasing intake of fish oil will also help.

 

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Tips | 0 comments

NATURA BISSÉ: Year-Round Protection For Your Skin

NATURA BISSÉ: Year-Round Protection For Your Skin

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Sun protection that also protects, repairs and hydrates

Once the temperature drops and sunshine gives way to snow, it’s easy to assume that sun protection is no longer needed.  And that, any dermatologist will tell you is a mistake. Sometimes a very serious mistake, as I found out the hard way. That’s why I look for the best possible sun protection year round, and why I was pleased to discover NATURA BISSÉ’s  C+C Oil-Free MacroAntioxidant Sun Protection SPF 30.

This is said to be the only cosmetic in the world to incorporate Macro-Antioxidants®, powerful and recently discovered natural macromolecules.

Whenever I go outdoors, I apply the product after cleansing my skin and using serum and eye cream. It is a “dry oil” that feels silky and smooth and has a delicious citrus-y aroma. In addition to providing protection against the ravages of ultraviolet radiation—freckles, hyperpigmentation, photosensitivity and general aging—it has ingredients that repair and strengthen and hydrate the skin.

One is Provitamin D. Vitamin D is essential in preserving the skin’s natural self-defense system. It provides intense hydration and helps prevent sagging and wrinkles. However, Vitamin D is compromised and inhibited by many, if not most of the sun-filtering  products currently available.

This sun protection also contains MacroAntioxidants®, powerful antioxidant macromolecules that defend the skin against the free radicals that cause premature aging. (Discovered and patented by the CISC–Spanish Council for Scientific Research–MacroAntioxidants® are obtained from the skin of fruit and are bound to its natural dietary fiber.)

Unlike most drugstore products that contain only the basic sun-filtering ingredients, NATURA BISSÉ’s  C+C Oil-Free MacroAntioxidant Sun Protection SPF 30 is a powerful cocktail of multivitamins and antiaging, firming and repairing ingredients, such as vitamin E, vitamin F, hydrolized collagen, arginine, glycerin, bio-fermented Zea mays oil and alpha-bisabolol.

Priced at $65, it is available at fine stores and online.

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