Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Hand Care

So, as anyone in the beauty business knows, the Creative Nail Design "Shellac" has hit the market and has just been HUGE! I see women all day who spend countless hours and dollars on having perfect, beautiful nails, but the skin on the hands around their nails gets no attention at all. A few tips on how to keep your nails and your hands moisturized and perfectly manicured this Holiday season are:

1. Exfoliate! I know it seems like this word is in every one of our blogs numerous times, but it is such an important step that so many people skip. My number one favorite product for this is the One Minute Manicure. I almost think the name sells this product short as it is so amazing on your hands, feet, legs, etc. I would skip the sensitive facial skin, but it is truly amazing at moisturizing and exfoliating in one simple step. My second favorite product, which is a bit newer, but just as amazing, would be the ZO Skin Health Oraser Microderm Hand Renewal. This product is a bit more delicate as its' grains are much finer than the One Minute Manicure, so it may be better for aging or sensitive skin.

2. Moisturize daily! So many people wash and sterilize their hands so many times a day, but so few replenish that moisture that the alcohol in hand sanitizer and soap depletes. For day time, I religiously use the Dermalogica AGEsmart MultiVitamin Hand and Nail Treatment. This product does a great job of moisturizing without leaving my hands so greasy that they feel like they are just attracting more dirt after using it. I also think the ZO Skin Health Oraser Daily Hand Repair with SPF 20 is great for people who are outside or exposed to UVA/UVB rays frequently. Many people don't realize how much aging can happen on your hands in such a short period of time. This is very thin and delicate skin you are dealing with and it has to be treated with care.

3. Night treatments! The one solid 8 hours most people manage to go without washing their hands is while they sleep. So why you're catching your Zzzzz, why not do a little repair with the ZO Skin Health Oraser Overnight Hand Recovery. This product will restore elasticity and original texture, and you can really see the results in a matter of a week or so!

To try these great products, you can purchase the ZO Skin Health Oraser Anti-Aging Hand Care Program ($50) or try out all these other great products at!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Lip Care - What to Use?

I always feel like my lips are chapped, dry, flaky... always. But what can you do in these especially dry seasons to help combat this issue?

Step One, don't overdo it! The one thing many don't realize when applying chap stick, etc is that the more you apply, the less your skin creates natural moisture. A few products I really like that create a nice moisture barrier are Soothing Touch Peppermint Lip Balm. I put this on maybe once a day instead of 5-6 times like most others. I also really love the Bioelements Instant Emollient.

Step Two, Exfoliate! Your lips are just like any other parts of your skin and they need exfoliation. There are a lot of great products out there for this such as Bioelements Lip Buff. Another product that can help from the inside out is the Dermalogica AGEsmart Renewal Lip Complex. It not only moisturizes but help with smoothing fine lines on and around your lips. The results are amazing.

Step Three... Protect. Try to always look for a lip moisturizer like the Brave Soldier Lip Defender. Another good one is by gloMinerals called the Mint Balm (spf 15). The sun and other environmental effects can really wreak havoc on the thin sensitive skin on and around your lips.

Whatever you choose to use, don't apply too much or too frequently and your lips should be soft, smooth and moisturized in no time. You can find these great products and many more at


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sircuit Cosmeceuticals

So, we recently received an awesome new Skincare line, Sircuit Cosmeceuticals!

I have to say, in all my years, I've always been hesitant trying new skincare products. When it came to Sircuit, I was just anxious to clean out the old and try out the new! They have so many great products, and all with amazing basic formulas. Here are just a few that I think are "Must-Haves!"

1. X-Trap, Gentle Daily Cleanser: Refreshing baby soft daily facial cleanser that is gentle enough for post-laser & post-surgery cleansing. Non-drying, mild cleansing agents (No Sodium Laurel Sulfates) restores balance, elasticity and tone. Shea butter enriched to soften & smooth the skin. Contains caged Zeolite anti-pollutant boosters that help capture impurities so they are completely rinsed away. This will leave your face clean, pH balanced, and hydrated while it also optimizes the skin for other facial treatments. X-Trap is suitable for all skin types, including those with rosacea.

2. Molecular Mist: This evaporation resistant, all natural "Heavy Water" D20 hydrating skin complex will plump and hydrate your skin, while protecting against dryness and dehydration. Refreshing and stimulating, Molecular Mist contains ingredients to help improve the skin environment, and is an ideal light moisturizing agent. Molecular Mist is suitable for all skin types

3. Sircuit Addict: Sircuit Addict provides your skin with superior firming and moisturizing properties that help to fight against the ongoing effects of aging. Fortified with the powerful antioxidant D-Boldine, and rich in highly active age defying ingredients such as D-Alpha Tocopherol, and L-Superoxide Dismutase, along with a host of other state-of-the-art ingredients including Spin Trap, and D2O, all formulated to nourish and protect your skin from free radical damage by helping to restore your skins dewy moisture. Instantly your skin will feel firmer and soft and you'll soon become addicted to the way it makes you look and feel! Sircuit Addict is a potent serum that far surpasses any other antioxidant or firming serum on the market today. Suitable for all skin types.

4. Day Care: Day Care is an amazing multi-active protective day moisturizer. This silky, light, quick-absorbing emulsion replenishes your skin's natural moisture balance as it guards against environmental abuse and the harmful effects of free radicals that can lead to accelerated aging. Bursting with appeal this non-comedogenic cream with L-Chamomile complex for soothing, D-Glucuronic for deep moisturizing, and D-Alpha Tocopherol for its antioxidant and skin protective properties helps to extend the vitality and tone resulting in a smooth, hydrated complexion. Titanium Dioxide, a natural mineral, helps to protect from environmental damage. Lavish the soft vanilla scent while this lightweight moisturizer quickly penetrates into your skin leaving you with a touchable, soft finish and a beautifully radiant appearance.

And Last but definitely not least!
5. Sir Active Deep Cleansing Scrub: Sir Activ is an invigorating, deep cleansing scrub that adds vitality and radiance to dull and lifeless skin. Sweep away dead skin cells with the small Jojoba beads that gently exfoliate while the Zeolites (silicates from volcanoes) help to remove the impurities leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft. The intoxicating essence of Cranberry and Apple botanicals will leave your senses wanting more. City dwellers exposed to harmful pollution (from cigarette smoke to urban smog) should make this special, deep cleansing scrub a regular part of their skin care regime.

Sircuit Skin Cosmeceuticals and many other great brands can be found at!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Anti-Aging Skin Tips

Skin is the largest organ in the human body playing a vital role as the first line of protection, securing the most delicate organs in the body.
Ways in nurturing the skin is considered essential for a person’s total wellness.
Skin aging is a very usual problem a person encounters with the years.
There are two types of aging categorized as intrinsic and extrinsic skin aging. The intrinsic aging is the natural aging process brought by the genes one has inherited.
The extrinsic skin aging is caused by environmental factors like sun exposure and unhealthy lifestyle.
To treat skin aging, one should know the reasons of this problem and find possible means to address this issue.

Extrinsic skin aging is caused by several external factors that go together with the normal aging process that results to premature aging.

Here are 5 top tips to prevent the skin from premature aging.

*A person who is exposed in the sun without putting any skin protection is prone to develop skin problems that later contribute to skin aging. Uneven and rough skin, freckles, age spots, loose skin, facial spider veins, blotchy complexion and skin cancer can be traced to serious unprotected sun exposure.

*Dermatologists recommend that a person should apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 20 minutes before sun exposure. The higher the SPF it has, the more protection it offers against ultra-violet radiation.

*Another prevalent cause is cigarette smoking which initiates biochemical changes in the body accelerating skin aging. People who smoke for several years are found to develop a complexion with unhealthy yellowish hue, a significant sign of skin deterioration. Deeply wrinkled and leathery skin is noticeable among smokers compared to those who are non-smokers.

But these signs can be reduced when a person decides to avoid and even completely stop the habit. Individuals who decide to quit smoking show less facial wrinkling and improved skin tones are becoming visible upon breaking off the cigarette smoking.

*Also, a daily intake of retinol which is a fat soluble vitamin can help in preventing rapid skin aging. One of the most usable forms of Vitamin A, retinol is important in vision, normal bone & tooth development, reproduction and maintaining a healthy skin.

*Another pointer to delay signs of aging is exfoliation. A regular session of exfoliating helps a person to have a glowing skin as it removes the first layer of dead skin that may cause blackheads, whiteheads and worst, acne. It gently removes the visible fine lines caused by excessive dirt, oil and dead skin cells.

*Finally, one is encouraged to invest in antioxidants that help in repairing damages allowing rejuvenation in the damaged areas of the skin. There are many natural skin care products that contain antioxidants which help in fighting free radicals. Fruits and vegetables are also good sources of antioxidants.

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