Monday, 26 August 2013


Pear Facial Mask
1 ripe pear
½ teaspoon of honey
1 tablespoon of heavy cream
Start by peeling and coring the pear. Cut the pear into small pieces and place them in a small dish. Using a fork, mash the pear fruit into a smooth paste. Next, add the honey and heavy cream. Spread the mixture evenly over the skin on the face and neck. Let it sit on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinse the pear facial mask off with warm water. Follow up with a splash of cool water and pat dry with a clean towel. 

Papaya Fruit Facial Mask
¼ of a ripe papaya
4 teaspoons of green cosmetic clay
1 ½ teaspoons of aloe vera gel
Purée the papaya fruit, clay, and aloe vera gel together. Smooth the mixture over the face and neck regions and leave it on the skin for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. 

Apple Mask
1 cored apple cut into quarters
2 tablespoons of honey
½ teaspoon of sage 
Chop up the apple quarters in a food processor. Add the honey and sage and then refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Lightly pat the mixture onto the face until the honey feels tacky. Leave it on the skin for 30 minutes and then rinse the face mask off with cool water.

Peach Facial

1 medium peach
1 tablespoon of honey
oatmeal (as needed)
Take the peach and cook it until it is soft. Mash the cooked peach using a fork. Next, add the honey and enough oatmeal until the mixture is thick. Apply the mask to the skin and let it sit on the skin for about ten minutes. Rinse off the peach facial masque with cool clean water. 

Banana Fruit Facial Mask Recipe
2 ripe medium bananas

Mash the ripe bananas with a fork and avoid over mashing. Too much mashing will cause the banana mixture to become runny. Add about one tablespoon of honey. Smooth the mixture over the skin and leave it on for approximately ten minutes. Follow with a cool clean water rinse and gently pat dry the face. 

Grape Facial Mask Recipe
1 cup of green grapes
1 teaspoon of honey or 1 egg yolk 
Crush the green grapes into a pulp. Next, add the honey or egg yolk (whichever is desired). Place the mixture on dampened skin for 15 minutes and then rinse off. This mask is ideal for faces that have been exposed to too much sun.

Strawberry Mask

½ cup of very ripe strawberries
¼ cup cornstarch 
Mix the strawberries and cornstarch together to make a paste. Apply the facial mixture to the face. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse with cool water.

Avocado Fruit Mask Recipe
¼ of a ripe avocado
½ cup of buttermilk
1 egg yolk

Beat the egg yolk and blend in the mashed avocado and buttermilk. Apply to the face and leave it on for five minutes. After the five minutes, spread on a little more of the facial mask mixture. Leave on for an additional five minutes. Rinse the face with warm water.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

All in the Family

All in the Family -

A recent study in the British Medical Journal found that children of a parent with a history of melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) have a greatly increased risk of developing these skin cancers themselves, even if the parents developed their skin cancers at an advanced age.

On average, those with a parent who has been diagnosed with melanoma are almost 300 percent more likely to develop the disease than children who do not have a parent with a history of melanoma

Since about 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers can be attributed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, it is essential for children of parents with a history of skin cancer to practice daily sun protection. For more information, read The Skin Cancer Foundation’s complete sun safety regimen.

Monday, 19 August 2013


Peptides are simply small chains of amino acids - the building blocks of the proteins within your skin. Peptides are present in every living cell and they play a crucial role in the physiological and biochemical functions of life.
Peptides can have a variety of different sequences of amino acids and these various sequences can cause different results within the body. Peptides can calm inflammation, regulate the immune systemrepair tissue, treat hyperpigmentation and stimulate the growth of collagen, leading to the restructuring of the skin. What's more, some peptides can even communicate with the body's cells, telling them how to react and what to do!

So it's no surprise that peptides are being used in a huge number of skincare and haircare products. The peptides found in most products are usually synthetic, however there are a few brands, such as NUDE Skincare, that are now using naturally derived peptides.

There are three common types of peptides used in skincare:

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 (aka Matrixyl): Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 is one of the most powerful peptides available. It works to stimulate the production of collagen within the deeper layers of the skin. It also increases the skin's elasticity and promotes skin strength, helping the skin to heal quickly.  

Acetyl Hexapeptide-3: This peptide works to relax certain types of facial lines and wrinkles. When topically applied, acetyl hexapeptide-3 treats the same type of wrinkles as Botox.

Copper Peptides: Copper peptides combine with molecules of copper to carry out their activity. The combination of peptide and copper molecules make their way into the deep layers of the skin. Here, they stimulate skin regeneration and healing and reduce scar tissue formation. Some argue that copper peptides may slow down the signs of ageing, as they are able to limit the effects of daily wear and tear on the skin. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

40% Off Sitewide and More!

50% OFF Select Body Butter at The Body Shop! Offer valid 8/12-9/8

50% OFF Bath & Body at The Body Shop! Offer valid 8/14

Now through September 8th, your customers will enjoy 50% off select Body Butter at The Body Shop!

Plus, for one days only, take 50% off Bath & Body! Offer valid August 14th only.

4 Days Only! August 15th–18th, enjoy 40% off sitewide!

Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sitewide continues through August 21st! Offer not valid during the 40% off sitewide event.

And don't forget, shipping is always $5 on orders of $50 or more and free on orders of $75 or more.

Friday, 9 August 2013


Getting gorgeous glowing radiant skin is easier than you think.   Ditch the dull skin promoting processed foods and try these skin perfecting whole fruits and vegetables.  “You are what you eat” isn’t just a cute phrase.  Our skin cells regenerate every 7 days, and the food you eat fuels new cell production.  You could be just one week away from healthier glowing skin!
One of the healthiest veggies around, Kale is full vitamins & minerals that promote a healthy glow.  Compared to other vegetables, this leafy green has one of the highest levels of magnesium and calcium around.  It is also rich in vitamins A, C, E & K all of which promote new cell growth.
Hydration is a key ingredient for healthy skin and cucumbers are full of a healthy enzyme containing water.  Other skin boosting vitamins and minerals in cucumbers are magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium and vitamins B & C.    This nutrient rich food is a key ingredient to smooth, glowing skin.
We’ve all heard the term “healthy fat”, and avocados are just that.  The healthy fat in avocados helps our skin to retain its moisture.   Avocados contain vitamins A & E as well as riboflavin & niacin and have even been show to help with conditions like eczema and psoriasis when used both internally & topically.
Remember, you literally are what you eat!  So eat well and try incorporating these green power foods every day.  Your skin will thank you!
By Amy Satterfield:
Amy Satterfield is a Certified Natural Trainer, Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist in Troy Michigan.  She is passionate about all things health and fitness.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Blueberry and Dark Chocolate Big at Burt’s Bees

The latest creation from Burt’s Bees is a Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry and Dark Chocolate ($3.30). According to the company, this latest balm is packed with natural butters, oils and waxes to help nourish and replenish lips. 

Enriched with blueberry seed oil, sweet cocoa powder and rich cocoa seed butter, the SKU also gives back and is accepted at the Preserve Gimme 5 bins in Whole Foods Markets. 

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The Experts Reveal Why Your Skin Is Dry

The cornerstone of healthy skin lies in the moisture content of your complexion. While multiple factors go into preventing the most common signs of aging, one that can’t be disregarded is the importance of keeping skin hydrated. “Moisture is important. Without it, the epidermis can’t act as a barrier and protect the skin from infection,” says San Francisco dermatologist Vic Narurkar, MD. Whether your skin is oily, dry or somewhere in between, moisturizing it from the outside in and the inside out is key to keeping it smooth, plump and youthful. Not sure what’s causing your dry skin?  It probably has to do with at least one of these factors:
The weather. When air is void of moisture, dry skin can ensue. “Dry air causes an evaporation of moisture in the skin,” says New York dermatologist Anne Chapas, MD. Low humidity levels force skin enzymes to look for a source of hydration, leading to dry patches 
The sun. UVA and UVB rays deplete the skin of moisture. Even though the sun may seem to have a drying effect on the outer layer of skin, UV rays break down collagen and elastin levels at the lower level which makes the skin rough to the touch.
Chronic skin conditions. Regular skin conditions like eczema can disturb moisture levels and skin texture. “It’s an inflammatory process that disrupts the barrier and alters the metabolic processes of the skin cells,” says West Palm Beach dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer, MD.
Overwashing. Cleansing the skin too much strips away moisture. “Soaps can be very drying,” says New York dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. “It’s best to use a mild cleanser.” Too much detergent, soap or alcohol throws off the skin’s pH, resulting in a lack of hydration. 
Ingredients that are drying. Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), glycolic and salicylic acids, and retinol can dry out skin, leaving it flaky. “Use products with ingredients in their purest form and provide nutrients to heal and strengthen,” says celebrity aesthetician Tammy Fender. 
The aging process. With age, the skin’s ability to naturally hold onto moisture depletes. The less water in the skin cell, the drier it becomes. Inflammation and free radicals are partially responsible for inhibiting the skin’s ability to retain water.
by NewBeauty Editors

Monday, 5 August 2013

RejudiCare Synergy

2CRM+ The Ultimate Solution to Fight Signs of Aging

Appearance of the aging skin results from Intrinsic Factors (natural aging due to cell senescence) and Extrinsic Factors (UV exposure, lifestyle, smoking).
Protection against Extrinsic Factors as well as slowing Intrinsic Factors are both needed to effectively help slow and reverse the appearance of aging.

Vitamin C
• 2 forms of Vitamin C
- fast acting L-Ascorbic Acid
- slow release AAP for sustained protection
• Part of the skin’s own antioxidant protection
• Repairs collagen
• Ensures proper collagen cross-linking
• Evens complexion by inhibiting tyrosinase

Vitamin E
• Fat soluble antioxidant
• Synergistic with Vitamin C F3Acetyl Tripeptide-2
• Repairs cell senescence
• Slows natural aging signs at the cellular level

• Protects against external aging factors (vitamins)
• Slows key internal aging factors
(F3Acetyl Tripeptide-2)
• Helps reduce the signs of aging
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin appears firmer and healthier
- Evens Skin Tone
- Smoothes skin texture
• Lightweight, fast-absorbing and cosmetically elegant
• Custom, hypoallergenic fragrance
• Compliments any anti-aging system

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Camellia Oil

Camellia Oil has been used in East Asia for centuries to protect, heal, and nourish the skin and hair – it has long been celebrated for its antioxidant and anti-aging qualities.
Derived from the seeds of camellias, an evergreen shrub with beautiful rose-like flowers, the oil is extracted by (cold) pressing the seeds, followed by advanced scientific refining processes to purify the oil.
To find out more about this amazing oil we went to – here is what we learned:

Why Is Camellia Oil So Effective

It is most like our skin. Oleic acid is the main fatty acid in human skin lipids (ingredients found in skin including fatty acids and fats). As we age, lipid and fatty substances diminish, imparing the skin’s ability to retain moisture and so the skin begins to dry, then wrinkle and sag.
Camellia oil has very high Oleic acid content, making it one of those natural ingredients that is most compatible with the skin. As a result, camellia oil can be easily and effectively absorbed into the skin to work in synergy with the skin’s own natural system to nourish cell membranes, replenish skin lipids and accelerate skin rejuvenation. Camellia oil’s natural ingredients are able to restore and revitalize skin from the inside out.
Iskin layerst is highly penetrative. Studies have demonstrated that Oleic acid has unparalleled penetration power, capable of permeating deeply into the lower layers of the stratum corneum to greatly enhance the beneficial effects of collagen and elastin. This simply means that it is able to rejuvenate cell growth and give the skin support and flexibility, repair the damage caused by dryness, sun exposure and other factors. The result is restoration of the skin’s elasticity, significant improvement in skin texture as well as elimination or remarkable reduction of fine lines and small wrinkles.

Uses for Camellia Oil

As an Anti-Aging Treatment – Because of its ability to affect cell rejuvenation at the deepest layers of the skin, camellia oil is an effective anti-aging treatment. Its natural composition does not cause any irritation or allergic reactions such as stinging, peeling, flaking and rash, associated with Retinol, AHA and chemical acid based anti-aging creams. It’s completely safe and gentle, and can be used for all skin types.
After cleansing, apply 3-4 drops of camellia oil to face and throat every morning and night – it can be used around the eyes to diminish puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. Massage gently and thoroughly until completely absorbed. Use alone or follow with a sunscreen as desired.
Use it as a Sunblock – Camellia oil has strong ultraviolet absorption blocking attributes.  As a sunblock thecolorless Camellia oil protects the skin from UVB rays.
There are two types of UV rays that reach the earth – UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays have a long wavelength that penetrates deep into the skin causing damage that results in wrinkles and sagging. UVB rays have a short wavelength that is more powerful, causing reddens and inflammation that you notice immediately (sunburn).  Damage from UVB rays results in dark spots, freckles, and carcinogens that lead to skin cancer – camellia oil can help protect the skin from UVB rays.  Once again, Camellia oil protects the skin from UVB rays, not from UVA rays. For the best sun protection, use a broad spectrum sunscreen containing camellia oil that blocks UVA and UVB rays.
Use it to Treat Acne – Surprisingly, camellia oil is an effective natural remedy for treating and healing acne.  It helps promote wound healing, soothes irritation and moisturizes the skin. Those who have discovered Camellia oil for acne have high praise for it:
“This is my holy grail product to battle acne. I had terrible acne for the past 10 years… I bought this Camellia Oil with literally zero expectations and I’m overjoyed now because my active acne is virtually gone, as is my hyperpigmentation – all within the past 3 months…”
Read more reviews like this from Makeup Alley.
To heal acne, lightly apply the oil to the affected areas twice a day until the blemishes heal and then disappear. Remember to continue to treat acne-prone skin with a daily regimen of cleansing and regular exfoliation to keep pores clean and clear in order to prevent future blockages that lead to acne.
Use it to Diminish Acne Scars and Stretch Marks – Because of the deep penetrating, hydrating and restorative qualities of camellia oil it has the unique ability to prevent acne scarring and stretch marks from forming.
Those who suffer from inflammatory acne are especially prone to developing acne scars. By incorporating camellia oil into your daily routine, you can heal damaged skin and prevent scar from forming.
If you are pregnant, or someone who does weight training or body building (sometimes resulting in stretch marks), massaging camellia oil into your skin daily will prevent the skin from tearing as it stretches.
For those with old scars and stretch marks, camellia oil has demonstrated some ability to minimize their appearance with regular use.

Choosing the Right Camellia Oil

Not all camellia oils are the same. Like many natural extracts, Camellia oil is classified into different grades based on its quality and intended use.  Look for oils that are optimized for cosmetic use for the face camellia_japonica_plantand around your eyes. Ultra refined camellia oil is deficient in moisturizing and revitalizing power. Crude or unfiltered camellia oil will leave unpleasant residue and greasiness and will not penetrate or rejuvenate the skin effectively.  Look for 100% pure organic camellia oil similar to the skin produced by Silkia ® which is composed of the Triglyceride of Oleic and Linoleic acid, of which Oleic acid accounts for over 82%.
When it comes to the maintenance of healthy skin, prevention is key. Select a quality product and incorporate it into your daily skincare routine.  Then let us know how you use Camellia oil and what it has done to maintain, heal and restore your skin.
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