We've had many people ask us about the Environmental Working Group. We strongly support and commend the Environmental Working Group on their efforts to create awareness around skin care ingredients and lobby for change. We believe this effort is much needed here in the US to help women and men become more aware of what ingredients are going into their bodies....
Jan 19, 2011 3:00:47 PM
Keratosis pilaris is a common genetic skin condition which appears as rough, bumpy, sometimes red skin most often found on upper arms, thighs, and cheeks. These bumps are due to a buildup of keratin, a hard protective protein found in skin, hair, and nails. This built up keratin forms a plug which blocks the opening of hair follicles. When these plugs, or bumps, become irritated it causes redness.
Keratosis pilaris usually presents in childhood, often at its worst during puberty, but can continue into adulthood. The condition usually improves in warmer weather, while dry weather seems to exacerbate symptoms.
There is no known cure for Keratosis pilaris, though steps can be taken to keep minimize bumps and redness.
Jan 14, 2011 3:55:33 PM
Winter presents new issues for our skin. Dry, cold air and indoor heating can quickly parch skin of necessary moisture, resulting in a dry, flaky, sallow complexion. This flakiness can also lead to breakouts.
To keep skin happy and healthy this season, rely on these three simple steps: Drink lots of water, remove makeup each night, and protect and moisturize.
Ok, the first step is a no-brainer. Drinking plenty of water hydrates the body from the inside out, keeping skin supple and glowing. And while water is essential to healthy skin and body, taking good care of your skin is key in warding off dryness and blemishes...
Dec 3, 2010 3:30:32 PM
Cancer Lifeline offers emotional support, resources, educational classes and exercise programs designed to support people in all stages of the cancer process. All of Cancer Lifeline's services are offered at no cost to participants and supported by private donations. For more information on Cancer Lifeline, please visit www.cancerlifeline.org.
Participants of these workshops, which are led by licensed aestheticians, learn about healthy alternatives for feeling beautiful, using the non-toxic Lavera skin care and...
Nov 19, 2010 12:45:52 PM
Once colder weather hits, so does dry, dull skin. What works in warmer months just won't do for chillier climates. Not to worry, a few simple fixes to your skin care arsenal and your skin will be happy, healthy and glowing in no time.
Let's take it from the top. Our face is our window to the world and tells a story of its happiness whether we are smiling or not. Dry, irritated skin is lack-luster and tends to show more redness. This is a sign that skin is upset. While covering with more makeup may be a tempting quick fix, it is ...
Nov 5, 2010 8:56:29 AM
Essentials oils have been used throughout history medicinally and as fragrance, and interest has revived over the past several years with an increase in the popularity of aromatherapy. Natural essential oils stimulate our mind and body, promote circulation and support skin cell function, and contain fungicidal and anti-bacterial properties making them a valuable component in beauty and health products. In fact tea tree oil for example, is the strongest known antibiotic in the world...
Oct 8, 2010 10:50:01 AM
Last week, Rebecca, our in-house esthetician spoke with a customer to help him find a self tanner for his daughter. In the process, Rebecca learned that this customer had develop a severe chemical sensitivity, despite the fact that he lived a fairly clean, healthy lifestyle. Now, many of us have developed sensitivities to food and other allergens as we age and we learn to avoid those substances. But when Allan shared the consequences of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity with us, we were quite shocked and felt we should share his story with you. Read Allan's story...
Jul 29, 2010 11:49:34 AM
The meat and dairy sections of your local supermarket are not the only places GMO ingredients show up. Beauty products often contain plant or animal ingredients with GMO derivatives.
Genetically modified organisms are plants and animals that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA through genetic engineering techniques. These modifications serve to yield higher crops or growth, or to insert a certain trait, like natural pesticide.
Jul 16, 2010 10:30:59 AM
Argan oil is deemed by many a super-ingredient when it comes to skin care. This is due to its anti-aging and restorative benefits which come from high levels of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E .
Argan kernel oil (Argania spinosa) comes from the nuts of the argan tree, which grows only in southwestern Morocco. Women there have been using the oil for its healing and age-defying effects for centuries. But argan is a bigger part of these women’s lives than just a beauty remedy. It is the women of the Berber culture from this region who traditionally, and exclusively, produce the argan oil which is then exported to other countries.
Jul 1, 2010 7:04:01 AM
Conventional sunscreens were created to do one thing and one thing only, protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Over time, extended use of conventional sunscreens formulated with harsh chemicals may have an entirely different effect not only on your skin but also on natural plant and aquatic life living in our oceans, rivers and lakes. On the contrary, sunscreens formulated with entirely natural, chemical-free substances utilizing mineral-based ingredients are completely safe for the environment as well as gentle on skin.