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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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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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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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