Friday, July 31, 2009

Sothys - Face and Body Self Tanner

Sothys France launched a new sun line this year and it includes this incredible self tanner. It has both DHA (from canola) and erythrulose (from sugar). The combination of these two self tanning ingredients gives an impressive, longer-lasting color (not orange). Erythrulose minimizes the dehydrating effects DHA can have on the skin, . . . this slows desquamation keeping the color longer. The polyphenols of jasmine contribute to the pleasant, soft fragrance of the product, but also help increase antioxidants in the skin, which is always a very good thing. Our skin needs an arsenal of anti-oxidants to deal with the free radicals that continually attack.

The velvety texture of this product makes it easy to apply and spread. Like all self tanning products, follow the guidelines to get the best and longest lasting results . . . exfoliate, hydrate, then apply. Within a few hours you will have a beautiful tan and a sunny glow without the sun. For a darker tan simply apply a few days in a row. This product gives incredible results on the face as well, but remember, it will not last as long on your face as it will on your legs. The continual cleansing exfoliates the skin on your face faster.

FYI . . . the new Sothys sun line also has a Progressive Sunny Glow lotion that has a lower concentration of DHA and Erythrulose that is designed to be used daily to gradually give color or to keep your color.

* Skin Care Hint - It is a great idea to apply a serum under the self tanner to treat your skin type at the same time. Double up!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tanning Bed Warning Released

Tanning beds pose a substantial risk to its die-hard tan-fans, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). On Wednesday (today), tanning beds were elevated to the highest cancer risk category available. This is a huge leap since 1992, when the fake bake beds were listed as a "probable" cancer agent.

Vincent Cogliano, an IARC researcher clearly states, "the use of sunbeds is carcinogenic to humans. It causes melanoma of the skin, and melanoma of the eye." He goes on to say, "a tan is not a sign of good health, it is a sign of damaged skin." According to this study, melanoma, (the most lethal form of skin cancer), increases by 75% when the use of a tanning bed begins before the age of 30. Doctors have welcomed this warning and have called for tighter regulations for the multi-billion dollar industry. Knowing the risks, it is just plain common sense to find your tan in a bottle.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cellex-C Bio-tan Sunless Tanning Gel

This oil-free, peach colored gel has the benefits of DHA and erythrulose, . . . the winning combination for a self-tan product. Both of these self-tanning ingredients react with the keratin in the stratum corneum to form brown polymers called melanoids. DHA works a little faster than the erythrulose. The combination of the two allows for a more natural tan color, a longer lasting color, and less possibilities of streaking. Say good-bye to the unmistakable orange glow of a bad self-tanning product.

Dihydroxyacetone on its own can be dehydrating, but erythrulose helps to counter this negative. It is still highly recommended to keep the skin hydrated to slow down the sloughing off of the dead skin cells. The hyaluronic acid in this product also helps to boost the hydration of the skin. The lecithin functions as an anti-oxidant in its ability to help protect and keep the skin soft.

This is an incredible self-tanner, but there is a little more to the application than some other self-tanning products. The gel is applied, left to dry on the skin for about twenty minutes, and then worked into the rest of the skin. After three or four hours a moistened cloth can be used to remove the excess product, eliminating the potential for color to transfer to your clothing. It might seem a little finicky, but the result will definitely hit the wow factor.

Friday, July 24, 2009

JAN MARINI - Bioglycolic Sunless Self-Tanner

It goes without saying that when using products within a line that believes in serious skin care you can be assured the self tanning product is not going to trash your skin and will more than likely offer other beneficial ingredients. Bonus time.

Jan Marini's self-tanner is a pleasant, fast drying product with a creamy texture that is easy to apply. This self-tanning product not only has DHA (Dihydoxyacetone - a sugar that reacts with the dead skin cells of the stratum corneum causing a color change), but the benefit of some coupled glycolic that facilitates the interaction of the DHA with the skin cells. Confused? Simply put, . . . a natural and personalized self-tan color appears sooner and lasts longer. Excellent. Squalene not only keeps the skin soft and protected, but along with vitamin C and E, it ensures this product also offers great anti-oxidant properties. The dimethicone gives the silky feel to this self-tanner and makes it a good choice for all skin types, including oily, and has been formulated for the face and body. As the saying goes, "exfoliate, hydrate and your tan will look great."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Self Tanning Hints

The myth that a self-tanning product will offer some UV protection, much like that from a UV induced tan, is simply not so. Self-tanning products do not induce a melanin response in the skin, do not offer any UV protection, and do not offer SPF unless specified. They simply oxidize proteins in the surface layers of the skin producing the tanned color. This is why it is always a great idea to exfoliate and hydrate before each application. Exfoliation makes the application easier and more even. It will also ensure that drier areas like the elbows and knees will not absorb more product (which result in more color) and offer a longer lasting color. Perfect.

Exfoliate, hydrate, apply the self-tanner before you go to bed and wake up looking like you have spent a week at the beach. If you want more color apply the self tanner a couple if nights in a row. Remember . . . whenever you apply a self tan product you MUST wash your hands well after applying otherwise your stained hands will give away the secret of your gorgeous tan. If you have your legs waxed, wait at least a day before applying a self tanner as it will sit in the pores where the hair was removed and give you an awkward 'speckled' look.

The easier route? Find a spa that offers a “buff and tan” service. They will exfoliate, hydrate, and apply your self-tan for you. This is an 'all over' experience and will get areas you cannot reach yourself. Or, if you want to walk out the door with a tan that very minute . . . request a spray tan. You could even ask for body contouring . . . six-pack anyone? No matter which method you choose, make sure to use a body lotion to keep the skin hydrated. A good lotion will not only make your skin look great, it will keep your color longer. Which self tanner should you try? Stay tuned.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Self Tanning Products - Intro

Self-tanning products have come along way from the 'oh-so-orange' body parts, the 'yikes' dark streaks, or the stains in between the fingers. And who can forget about the unmistakable tell-tale odor that came with the color? Honestly, that smell was enough to send everyone screaming back to their old sun worshipping ways or 'do the horizontal' in tanning bed tombs. Ah, . . . but that was then. Now there are newer versions of self tanning products that have not only improved in composition, but have made the application much easier.

There are spray applicators, creams, lotions, even aerosol foams. Some lines offer a few choices in color tones, some give instant color with the application, and by the time it washes off, the self-tanner has done its work. Magic. The instant color type is popular as it shows where the product has been applied. These products work great especially when you want to hide some tan lines or simply colorize yourself. The down side is that the instant color may transfer onto areas where clothing rubs, but hey, nothing is perfect.

Why risk baking in the sun when you don't have to? Although the sun provides a myriad of healthy benefits both physically and emotionally, too much of a good thing is not a good thing at all! But then, we all know this. Stay tuned, we are going to spend a little time looking at some great products on the market that will make your world a whole lot more rosy.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lumigan vs Latisse - Eyelash Enhancement

Q. What is the difference between Lumigan and Latisse?

A. Lumigan (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%) is formulated as an eyedrop to treat glaucoma and ocular hypertension. The unexpected side effect of Lumigan is the sudden growth and thickening of the eyelashes. Once this side effect was discovered and researched, Latisse was created to be specifically used for eyelash growth. Latisse is not an eyedrop but is carefully applied to the base of the eyelash. Allergan manufactures Latisse and Lumigan. Both are each categorized as a drug and require prescriptions. Lumigan is considered "off label" and is less expensive than Latisse. It is reported they are the same product, although some say Latisse is a more diluted formulation. Lumigan is not approved by the FDA for cosmetic purposes. Clinical data clearly shows Lumigan and Latisse grow eye-popping, thick and lustrous eyelashes. B-l-i-n-k!

Note: Email us for more information on Lumigan or Latisse and we will forward a link to an in-depth forum on the topic.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Latisse - Eyelash Enhancement Growth Cycle

Q. How long will it take for me to see any results from using Latisse?

A. This diagram illustrates the expected growth cycle. Results may be seen around Week 4, but most will need to be a little more patient. After using the product for 8 weeks most users report new lashes and longer eyelash hair. Week 16 shows lashes were 25% longer, 100% fuller and 18% darker.

Note: Contact lenses must be removed prior to an application of Latisse.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Latisse - Eyelash Enhancement

Long, lustrous eyelashes. Allergan, the company that manufactures Botox, received approval from the FDA to market an eyelash growth drug, Latisse, at the beginning of this year. The active ingredient, bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03, was initially used to treat glaucoma. During trials, it was found to have a positive side effect that increased the amount of hair in the lash as well as keeping the hair in a prolonged growth phrase. This was great news for those who have sparse eyelashes related to a condition called hypotrichosis, or for those who have lost their lashes due to chemotherapy. Since then, thousands of women have attested to the success of this product and are sporting long and lustrous lashes.

Since it is classified as a drug, Latisse is only available through a doctor's prescription. The product comes in a mascara tube and is applied once daily to the base of the upper lashes with a one-time use sterile, disposable applicator. It is not to be used on the lower lashes. In as little as 4 weeks, throughout a full course of 16 weeks, the lashes are expected to be longer, thicker and darker.

The cost? Approximately $120 for a 30 day supply. Save your pennies . . . the eyelash enhancing properties of Latisse is not permanent. The minute you stop using the product your lashes will return to the length and condition they were before the treatment began. There are reports of a small risk to an irreversible brown spots within the iris of the eyes for those with blue or light colored eyes. There have also been reports of the darkening of the eyelid skin, which will disappear once the product is no longer used. Other common side effects are itchy eyes in approximately 4% of users, redness around the eyelids, and dry eyes.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Spa Sweepstakes - Spa Magazine

CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla
Enter by July 31st
ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: Five Days, Four Nights Beachfront Junior Suite Accommodation at CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Continental Breakfast Daily, Two Anguilla Water Journey Treatments, One Ladies Pampering Package, One Gentleman's Rendezvous Package, Two Warmed Seashell Massages, One Lunch for Two and One Dinner for Two. Approximate Retail Value $4,400.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sothys C Double Renewal System

Sothys offers a two part cosmeceutical for those who are serious about changing their skin, not only by promoting cell regeneration, but for boosting the health of the cells going through a renewal process. Research on the C-Renewal line shows a significant boost in the pool of healthy cells.

The Double Renewal System is made up of two products specifically focused on detoxifying, repairing and reconstructing the skin. The target specific glycolic acid promotes cell renewal, exfoliation, and brightening the complexion. Quercetine flavonoids decongest the skin, rice phytosterols repair, and water lilly soothes. The trademarked ingredient, H2CR™, is composed of two peptides and an antioxidant more powerful than vitamin E. These powerhouse ingredients trigger a great line of defense protecting the cells from damage caused by free radicals and then get on with the serious business of repair. If all of this sounds impressive, . . . that is because it is.

The Double Renewal System contains two products to be used on clean skin at night. Apply the Peeling Serum (step 1) and the Comfort Solution (step 2) on top of it. While you sleep your skin will be detoxified, repaired, and rejuvenated and a difference should be noted by morning. Of course, for best results use the products nightly for 4 weeks. Our recommendation? This simple to use product gets two thumbs straight up.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Blueberries: The Jewels of Beauty Food

The Department of Agriculture crowned blueberries as the number one rock star in the world of powerful antioxidants. These blue jewels go straight to work and protect the skin against free radical damage that destroys collagen and connective tissue. A recent study also found that blueberries support the health of the skin's elastin, and if that isn't enough, have the ability to "reverse brain aging."

Blueberries are high in Vitamin C and contain fibre, folate, iron, manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium, zinc, copper, B vitamins, vitamin E, and silicon. They also contain a power packed list of phytochemicals with the potential to inhibit the growth of tumors while offering anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Talk about the power of blue! Stock up . . . these blue beauties are in season. Buy them in bulk and freeze them for off-season luxury. Yum!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Top Ten Summer Skin Care Survival Tips

1. Add a new product to boost your skin care routine to increase its defense mechanisms and minimize damage from the extra exposure outdoors. This may be an oil control serum if you find your skin is oiler in the summer, an antioxidant product, a deep nourishing product for emolliency, and always hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
2. Drink more water. Many of us tend to be more active during the summer, which can lead to dehydration.
3. Wear sun protection. Be careful with extreme SPF numbers as they will have more chemical screens that can irritate the skin. A SPF 30 gives you about 98%. Select a good sun protection product that does more than provide SPF. Some contain other great ingredients to benefit the skin, i.e., anti-oxidants, dermal protein boosters, etc.
4. If applying SPF on top of your day cream feels too heavy, put a treatment serum under your sun protection. This will be lighter on the skin while still caring for your skin type. Don’t forget, when layering products always wait a minute or so between applications otherwise the products will build up on the skin surface and feel heavy.
5. Exfoliation for face and body will also benefit your skin as the skin thickens in the summer months as a defense action. Exfoliate once a week to improve the penetration of products you are using. It will also ensure a tan lasts longer.
6. Always use an after sun product. These products are designed to minimize the damage UV causes.
7. Body lotions will keep your skin hydrated and looking great and will help your tan (real or artificial) last longer.
8. Wear sunglasses with UV protection for your eyes. This will not only protect your eyes, but also minimize squinting which promotes crows feet. Larger sunglasses will cover the delicate eye area better preventing damage and concealing those fine lines that may already exist.
9. Hats can be fun and functional, add a little shade for our eyes and face, and protect hair from UV damage.
When you have had your limit of sun exposure, cover up or get out of the sun . . . applying more sun protection does not work.
10. Don’t forget to protect your lips, especially if you are prone to fever blisters (cold sores).

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Summer Skin Care

Ah . . . that warm summer air and the glow of the sunshine is simply exhilarating. It also means it is definitely time to change up your skin care products and daily routine. The warmer air may mean there is a little more moisture in the air (for most areas), which plumps the skin a little and minimizes those fine lines adding softness and a healthy fresh glow to the skin.

This is all well and good until you turn on the air conditioning or go and stretch out in the sun. The sun's warm breezes and the the coolness of air conditioning may feel great, but they cause major moisture loss for the skin. Remember, moisture loss leads to aging of the skin. The increase in sebum during the summer can make many feel a day cream is unnecessary. This is far from the truth. The hotter months are a perfect time to change to lighter textures of creams, cold emulsions (between a cream and a gel) and introduce a serum to be used under a product with SPF. Make no mistake . . . your skin needs to be hydrated and protected at all times. No exceptions.