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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Your Anti-Aging Arsenal
Looking for products that target your aging skin can be quite overwhelming. There are a ton of creams, cleansers, serums, and sprays that all claim to be regular fountains of youth. You may find yourself wondering where to start in your battle against time.
Let's get down to the basics of anti-aging. You're going to want to stop the damage from occurring, heal the damage that has already begun, and give your skin the power to become smoother and healthier than ever before. Prevent, maintain, and reverse the signs of aging with these three secret weapons:
The number one anti-aging product is sunscreen. It is crucial to wear sunscreen every single day. Daily use of sunscreen reduces photo-aging and slows the development of wrinkles and sagging skin. The gloTherapeutics SPF 40 Facial Moisturizer is one of my favorite daily sunscreens. This facial sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection from the sun’s damaging rays while nourishing hydrators and antioxidants fortify the skin.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that not only protects your skin from environmental damage and prevents the formation of free radicals, but it also provides your skin with the components necessary for collagen production. When used as part of a daily regimen, it helps create firm, younger looking skin while reducing the appearance of sun damage and red marks. It's best to use this in the morning along with your sunscreen since it's been known to increase the effectiveness of sunscreen. iS Clinical C-15 Serum Advance contains a powerful 15% concentration of scientifically-advanced stabilized vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), the optimal dosage for balancing maximum efficacy with minimal irritation. With daily use, it's been proven to even skin tone to help control the visible signs of aging.
Topical Vitamin A comes in a few different forms. The most common forms are retinol, retinyl palmitate, and retinylaldehyde. When applied topically, Vitamin A promotes cell turnover, stimulates collagen production, and dramatically reduces wrinkles by smoothing out your skin. It's best to use this product at night because it has the potential to make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Osmosis Correct Vitamin A Serum is specially formulated to set up the ideal environment for aging skin to remodel itself through increased skin nutrients, collagen production and elasticity.
Now that you know the top three defenders against aging skin, it's smooth sailing from here. Sit back, relax, and let your skin repair itself. Remember, beauty is ageless!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Alright, ladies. Let’s talk.
Thinning hair is a thing. It’s a thing we don’t want to think about, let alone talk about, but it is a reality. One estimate suggests that 40% of the people who experience hair loss are women. This forum is a lighthearted beauty blog not intended to delve into the mysteries of the universe or the intricacies of social perceptions, but the reality is that how we look matters not only to us, but to the world around us. Shifts in those appearances are earth-shattering for our self-perception. When the subject is as sensitive as hair, considered one of our most feminine traits, any change feels infinitely more threatening. How do we cope with hair loss?
Thinning hair can be caused by any number of things, including up to 30 illnesses alone. All vanity aside, if you are experiencing sudden hair loss in conjunction with ANY other symptom, talk to a healthcare professional. Seriously. Other causes of hair loss run the gamut from stress and trauma to pregnancy and medications or to heredity. The causes are numerous. Addressing thinning hair is usually best dealt with after learning the specific cause.
About a month after I started working for beautystoredepot, a wonderful customer called and asked me a question I had no idea how to answer: “What’s the difference between chronic thinning hair and temporary thinning hair?”
She was asking in reference to two of the Phyto treatments we carry, the Phytocyane treatment and the Phytolium treatment. While at first glance, the answer seemed clear (chronic means it’s a constant problem, temporary means it is due to a specific event), the details remained hazy. When did your thinning hair start? It’s hard to pin down, right? Maybe you think it has to do with pregnancy or menopause, but how can you really be sure? And if it is menopause, is the hair loss a temporary thing, or is it chronic from now on? At this point I’m assuming you’re going to take my advice from above – Go talk to a Doctor! I, instead, called Phyto.
The Phyto rep and I had a long conversation both about my customer’s question (she had been using Phytocyane for years and was curious about switching to Phytolium) and about hair treatments in general. Here’s what I learned: If you don’t know what the underlying issue is, it’s going to be that much harder to address it. The fact that her hair loss had been going on for years indicated that Phytocyane, for temporary hair thinning, was not the best choice for that situation. Further, as fantastic as Phyto treatments are, please, please follow the directions. The products are expensive and high quality and they are designed to work in really specific ways. They do not need to be applied to your scalp every day – and they won’t be more effective if you use them incorrectly. The directions for both of these treatments suggest 2 – 3 times per week for a cycle. For Phytocyane, that cycle is one month for an intensive treatment, 2 – 3 months for a maintenance treatment. For Phytolium, that cycle is 3 months. At the end of that period, both treatments suggest a rest period of at least one month before you begin treatment again.
Beyond treatments, there are all sorts of supplements and products for you to try, but getting at the (excuse the pun) root of the problem is going to help you figure out what will work best. With some illnesses, getting healthy could be all you need to do to grow your hair back. If your hair loss is caused by a nutritional deficiency, maybe supplements are the way to go. If a lack of circulation to the skin in your scalp is the issue, maybe a topical treatment will work. If a hormonal imbalance is the problem, you can potentially explore a whole range of options. But the key is to know why it’s happening in the first place.
There’s a whole can of worms there. Until you’re ready to explore those, maybe use Volumizing sprays or dusts and dry shampoos to boost your hair (and your confidence).
Whatever you do, do it gently. You ARE beautiful, and you ought to treat yourself that way.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
I seem to be at the age where everyone I know is getting married. Everyone. On top of that, it’s wedding season. Whether this makes you sigh heavily in despair or squeal in delight, here are a few tips for making the day(s) you spend at weddings as easy as possible!
1. Never stay in the same hotel as wedding events. This goes doubly for those of us who typically run late, those who are maybe less than social, those who value their sanity, etc. Granted, most weddings are organized to death, but sometimes, when you're more of a peripheral guest, all of said organization does not get fully communicated. This is understandable from the perspective of the bridal party. It is, however, no less awkward when you come traipsing into your hotel after traveling for twenty-six hours expecting to finally put your bags down, shower, maybe even sleep before all the coming excitement...and then. Then you see that the entire wedding party, plus guests, are enjoying cocktails (and have been for hours) in your hotel lobby. Oh, goodie! “Sorry, why was I not at the rehearsal dinner? Hahahahaha - um. What rehearsal dinner?! Hahaha, oh I smell like plane. Lovely.” All of which would have been avoidable if you had just stayed in a hotel down the road. In the meantime, freshen up with a few spritzes of GloMinerals Revive Hydration Mist to hydrate after your flight, throw on some mascara, and dust your cheeks with the Pur Minerals Marble Powder in Pink (it looks good on everyone, I promise). Even after traveling forever, these three go-to’s will convince everyone you’re human. Even you!
2. Go to the rehearsal dinner.
3. There is a better time to figure out the dress code than two hours before the wedding, when pictures are being taken. I don't know when, exactly, but there is a better time. At the very least, have the appropriate make-up with you. The Osmosis Eye Shadow Trios give you a bit of versatility to mix and match with your various clothing options while still being compact enough to throw in a make-up bag. The Pur Minerals Waterproof Mascara WILL NOT BUDGE, no matter how hot and sweaty you get outside waiting for the photographer. I mean, really, it won’t move. You might even have trouble getting it off that night (try this Osmosis Colour Melt Away Gelee, Make-up Remover), but at least you won’t have crazy, dripping mascara in those pictures. And speaking of pictures, you can have gorgeous, flawless skin that will last forever even if you maybe don’t have perfect skin in real life. gloMinerals Luxe Liquid Foundation is amazing and, when used in combination with the Luxe Setting Powder, is specifically designed to be flash-friendly. All of those pictures with all of that ‘diamond technology’ means you will look perfect. Forever. I’m not going to call it an optical illusion, but that’s exactly how it works, bending the light around imperfections to leave your skin looking smooth and glowing. Did I mention how amazing this stuff is?
4. You filled out the little online form and now you can legally officiate weddings! Don't. Not for a friend's wedding. Tell her you are honored she asked, then don't do it. Pay for a real officiant as her wedding present if you must, but don’t do it yourself. You know her too well and love her too much to want to be associated with this pressure-filled day. The same, obviously, does not go for the Maid of Honor position. There aren't any legal requirements for that one, and often there are fun perks! Like this gloMinerals Bridal Kit (I’m so jealous!). You can play up the perfectly prepared Maid of Honor role by carrying this with you, prepared to stop any and all make-up disasters. Alternatively, give this to the bride as a gift OR get one for each member of the bridal party. However you play it, this kit will be a life-saver. Shimmer, Perfecting Powder, Blotting Papers, gloss…this kit has everything to ensure that everyone stays lovely.
5. Do wear subtle indications of how you really feel. The key word here is SUBTLE. Think the marriage is a trap? Wear a tiny, tasteful gold handcuff necklace that you will be able to laugh off if noticed. In love with love and sure this will last forever? Wear your grandmother's wedding ring. There in support of another friend? Wear an accent in exactly the same shade as her dress. In all the flurry of photos, hugs, smiles and instructions, keep that little reminder that you're a person, too. It helps.
Whatever you do to survive this wedding season, do it beautifully. As my grandmother always said, “Pretty is as pretty does.”
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