How Does the Sun Age Your Skin?

We all love when the sky is a pretty blue with a scattering of puffy clouds and a heaping helping of bright sunshine. Many of our best memories are made outdoors. From early afternoon picnics to lazy days spent at the beach to fun outings at the park, sunny days are the best kind of days. However, in all the busyness of those fun times in the sun, sometimes we forget to protect ourselves from the sun’s rays. Here is a quick look at how the sun ages your skin and what you can do to protect yourself from that damage.

What are three signs that your skin may have aged due to sun exposure?

  • The first sign you may notice is loss of moisture in the skin. Skin that has been damaged by the sun often loses some of its moisture and essential oils. This results in skin that is dry and can be scaly or itchy.

  • Another sign that your skin has been damaged is sunburned skin. Skin that has been exposed to the sun for too long can redden and hurt. Not only is this sort of sun injury painful, but frequent sunburns can increase your risk of skin cancer.

  • A third sign that your skin has been damaged by the sun is an increase in wrinkles. Sun-exposure damages the elastin in your skin, making your skin sag and loosen. It is no longer as elastic and doesn’t spring back when stretched, which increases skin wrinkling.

What are some ways you can prevent your skin from aging prematurely?

  • Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm, when the sun’s rays are at their strongest and most damaging.

  • Slather on the sun block. Choose a sun block with an SPF of at least 30. Also, be sure that your sun block is broad spectrum, which means that it doesn’t just protect against one type of the sun’s rays, but instead protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays.

  • Reapply sun block after swimming, toweling off or excessively sweating.

  • Don’t forget to protect your lips. Many lip balms now come with sunscreen in them. Choose one in a scent you like which will make reapplying often more enjoyable.

How can you minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles?

  • There are several ways to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Although injections are an option, many people prefer using a peptide cream both for its convenience and its exceptional results. Here is a website you can visit for more information on this type of cream and its benefits: http://eliteserumrx.com/anti-wrinkle-formula/argireline/ .

Now that you know how simple it can be to take good care of your skin and to prevent it from being damaged in the sun, you will be able to implement these ideas into your daily skin care regimen, which will give your skin a more youthful and glowing appearance that you’ll love.

Make Valentine’s Gift Giving a (Tropical) Breeze

Looking for something special for your Valentine?  There are gift sets from Key West Aloe that include luxuriously blended products made with 100% lab certified aloe vera, which delivers soothing properties all while moisturizing, softening and promoting cell growth and even nourishing hair. Made in Florida, the brand’s 5 in 1 aloe foundation superfood naturally contains amino acids, antioxidants, immunity boosters, DNA & cell builders, as well as vital minerals.

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TROPICAL ESCAPES KEY LIME ESSENTIALS

Feel refreshed from head to toe with Key Lime hair and skin products – complete with travel bag.
Set includes:

Key Lime Shampoo, 8 oz.

Key Lime Conditioner, 8 oz.

Key Lime Bath & Shower Gel, 8 oz.

Key Lime Lotion, 6 oz.

$55 via www.keywestaloe.com

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ALOETHERA ESSENTIALS

Receive four full size products, a travel bag and a free Travel Size Aloethera Intensive Hand Lotion.

Set includes:

6 oz. Aloethera Facial Scrub

6 oz. Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer

8 oz. Aloethera Body Wash

12 oz. Aloethera Intensive Hand Lotion

FREE 1 oz. Aloethera Intensive Hand Lotion ($6 Value)

$55 via www.keywestaloe.com

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ALOE TWICE A DAY

Begin and end the day with a dose of Lab Certified Aloe Vera, complete with a free travel bag, facial sponge and a travel size Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser.

Set includes:

  • Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser
  • Day Moist
  • Night Moist
  • Oatmeal Facial Scrub
  • Free Facial Sponge
  • Free Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser

$85 via www.keywestaloe.com

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MANGO ESSENTIALS TO GO

No need to be in the tropics to enjoy the sweet smell of Mangos. Let these travel-sized products bring the tropics to you, no matter where the destination.

Set includes:

  • Mango Shampoo- 2 oz.
  • Mango Conditioner- 2 oz.
  • Mango Bath & Shower Gel- 2 oz.
  • Mango Lotion- 2 oz.

$25 via www.keywestaloe.com

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ALOE GREAT SHAVE

Specially formulated for men, this collection meets every guy’s grooming needs – free travel bag included.

Set includes:

  • Excel Shave Cream- Tough Beard- 6 oz
  • Zele Aftershave Gel- 6 oz
  • Quench EX Face & Body Scrub 2 oz

$39 via www.keywestaloe.com

7th Heaven Face Masks for Beautiful Skin

There is a new UK-based beauty company, 7th Heaven (www.my7thheaven.com), that have some masks that you will want to try out. They specialize in the face mask category and have one for just about every skin care issue or wish imaginable from hydrating to brightening.  Also, the masks come in easy-to-transport single serve sachets, so it’s easy to try several and find your favorite (not to mention it’s easy to take these instant beauty boosters on vacation.)

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Blemishes be gone.  The newest all-natural, high performing facial treatment from 7th Heaven — Tea Tree Oil Peel Off Mask  — has arrived, bringing with it clearer, cleaner, calmer skin.  Just apply it all over the face, indulge in your favorite 20  25 minute relaxing activity and then peel it off for a fresh look! It really does peel off- it has the texture of when you get glue on your fingers, and it came off almost in one piece for me. They show it green on the package, but as you can see, it goes on clear.  Dries that way as well, but it’s not sticky once dry.
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  – A de-stressing mask that delves deep into pores and takes impurities with it when you
peel it off
-Targets the T-zone and other problem areas; ideal
for all skin types
Tea tree oil is known for its anti-blemish properties; in this deep penetrating mask these benefits are
maximized
Other key ingredients include crushed witch hazel
and pressed Canadian willow herb
Calms and soothes skin 
-Comes in single-serve pouches; perfect for travel 
Just cleanse skin, apply mask, relax for 20 to 25 minutes, peel off the mask, and enjoy fresh, fabulous skin.

You can also try the Argan Oil Mud Mask.

Argan oil has long been considered one of beauty’s miracle ingredients.  Now this gift of nature from Morocco stars in a new Argan Oil Mud Mask, a luxurious face treat from 7th Heaven. Coupled with antioxidant-rich acai berries, this wonder mask is the perfect solution to bring the most fatigued face back to life.
A weekly mask formulated for combination and oily
skin
-Deeply cleanses pores, balances oil levels and revives tired skin
-Features vitamin-rich, hydrating and balancing pressed argan kernels, antioxidant rich acai berries,
and squeezed rosehip

After use, skin is pristinely clean yet hydrated and supple, never stripped of natural oils or tight 

-Comes in single-serve pouches; perfect for travel
Both are $1.99 for a generous single 0.5 oz use , available for purchase at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon Discount and Kmart .  They are cruelty-free, and members of BUAV/Leaping Bunny and PETA.

 

Liquid Oxygen For Your Skincare Routine

Disclosure- I received the below in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own and honest.

Many people suffer from acne, from teenagers and continuing. I still get acne on a regular basis, both with my “special” time and when my skin is irritated.  Fun things!  As an adult, I assumed I wouldn’t get acne anymore, but I was quite wrong.  When I was pregnant, it was crazy, too.  For other people who suffer with it, let me tell you about the all-natural skincare line  Liquid Oxygen.

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Liquid Oxygen, an oxygenated skincare line, was designed to be gentle while also combating acne. It is the ideal solution for those seeking clearer skin. Liquid Oxygen starts working from the first application, so it is great for special occasions or anytime you want your skin to look and feel flawless.

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It also has no harsh smells or orders, and feels nice on your skin. It has three steps- first you use the cleanser, then the astringent, then the moisturizer.  Your skin will feel smooth all day long, and the products did not irritate my skin at all.   I’ve been using the product for a few days now, and can say that the skin on my face has improved.  I get many “tiny bumps” (for lack of better explanation) all over my hairline, and those have diminished quite a bit, which I am thrilled by. I also get larger ones on and around my nose often, and they are almost gone as well.  I am very happy with this product so far.

I also like that it is all natural- that is hard to find.  It’s so much better for your skin and the environment then all those harsh chemicals some other brands use.

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According to Liquid Oxygen, here is why they are different and better for you-

“Bacteria and viruses associated with acne find it difficult to grow in an oxygen rich environment. 

Liquid Oxygen acne products contain Oxygen, Salicylic Acid, Vitamins A C D & E, and essential ingredients to deliver clinically proven results.

In a double blind independent Clinical Study, Liquid Oxygen was proved effective by reducing acne in 100% of the people in the study from Day 1 through 3 – when you want it and need it most – And then each and every day for the 30 day test.

NO OTHER ACNE PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET CONTAIN OUR SCIENCE OF OXYGEN.

If you want to try these products for yourself, head to http://www.liquidoxygen.com/ . They have free shipping going on for orders over $40 right now, which is always nice. You can also get $50 credit if you submit before and after photos- that’s something to take advantage of.  Head over and start your journey to better skin now!

 

SoCozy Kids Hair Products Now at Target

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for SoCozy. I received Target gift cards to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

20150311_151633Trips to the salon for kids can be a bit unnerving. With boredom a constant nag, and hair dressers who are better with adults then kids, it is easy to see why this could be stressful for little ones. With this in mind, Cozy Friedman started salons catered toward the younger clientele, children. More recently, Cozy has branched out into a salon quality hair product line geared toward kids. The line is now available at Target stores. These hair products use the finest ingredients that are also gentle for kids and strong enough to address their hair care needs.

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We really like the fact that SoCozy is versatile and can grow along with your kids, “Red hair, short hair, pink, curly hair. Being you is SoCozy’s idea of cool. Be you!” SoCozy is So Smart, So Safe, So Easy, So Cool.
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Winter Skin Care

With the weather this season doing a number on skin, leaving it dry, chapped, burned, and in general feeling terrible, here are some great products to try out that can help ease winter’s woes.

pic5Hyaluronic Shea Mask ($15)

The mask feels like a lotion going on, and after the recommended 15-20 minutes drying time, is still wet.  It is pretty much entirely clear at that time, and feels gel-like.  It wipes off with warm water and a washcloth.  Formulated with the moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, this deep conditioning mask prevents water loss, dryness and roughness, providing intensive, long-lasting hydration. A rejuvenating blend of soothing oils and botanical extracts deeply nourish dry, damaged and mature skin, while improving elasticity.

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Phyto-Nutrient Cleansing Gel ($24)

Featuring phytonutrient mirco-bubbles, this lightweight foaming gel removes makeup and surface impurities, while maintaining the skin’s natural, essential moisture balance and improving hydration, tone and texture. The Phyto-Nutrient Cleansing Gel also features brown, green and red algae extracts that smooth and nourish skin.
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Jan Marini Holiday Skin Exfoliators

This holiday season, get skincare into the spirit – add a little sugar and spice with Jan Marini Skin Research’s (JMSR) limited edition Holiday Exfoliator in Cranberry Orange and Sugar Cookie.  This exfoliant is softer then most are, it doesn’t have the “scratchy-ness” that many of them do.  The scent is not at all overpowering- in fact, there is little smell until you are in the shower, actually using it. It’s sort of s strange consistency- my son called it “peanut butter”, but it worked well and had a great aroma that lingered on the skin for quite a while.

pic4 This uniquely designed scrub eliminates harsh abrasives to gently and safely scrub and resurface the skin.  The popular, clinical-strength resurfacer that immediately refines texture, leaving skin with a radiant, polished glow has two new scents for the season.
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Aveda Naturally Straight Hair Supplies

Disclosure- I received complimentary product from SheSpeaks/Aveda but all opinions are my own.

Hair can be a bit of a shot in the dark this time of year. With rainy days, followed by cold days, then humid hot days, your hair is at a loss, mostly due to frizz out. Normally reaching out far the stars is a good thing, but with hair not so much. Ideally we want hair that stays where we put it. One such way to do this is with hair straighteners. Hair straighteners take frizzy, curly, or wavy hair and make it straight. This is particularly helpful for people with these kinds of hair but also helps ease the frizz due to weather and other odd occurrences.

Other hair straightening processes are just that a processes, which takes time, energy and money. One of the great aspects of Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, is its ease of use.
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