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summerglowDare we say it? Summer is coming to an end, and that means saying goodbye to sunlit evenings, breezy beach days and picnics in the park. But just because some of the summertime perks are coming to a end, it doesn’t mean that you have to say adieu to all things summer. While you’re ok with trading cute sandals for stylish fall boots, you’re not down with giving up your sun-kissed skin. And the good news is, you don’t have to.

Below are 4 sun-safe ways to stay naturally radiant the whole year through:

1. APPLY TINTED MOISTURIZER ON THE DAILY
We get it, applying several layers of product in the mornings can be daunting – that’s why tinted moisturizers are the way to go. Not only do they deliver lightweight sheer coverage, Éminence tinted moisturizers also provide SPF 25 sun protection and add an extra layer of hydration to your skin. LNE Magazine recommends our Cocoa Latte Tinted Moisturizer which “softens and protects skin with an antioxidant-rich non-clogging moisturizer”. This daily beauty staple is available in two additional shades (Vanilla Latte & Caramel Latte) so you can pick your level of post-summer glow.

2. EAT YOUR WAY TO A RADIANT COMPLETION
Autumn harvest is upon us and that means tons of nutritious fruits and veggies for the taking.

A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health found that “eating more fruit and vegetables can change skin tone, lending it a healthier glow, within a matter of weeks” (Medical News Today).

How is this change in skin tone possible? Apparently it all comes down to carotenoids, orangy-red pigments that give fruits and vegetables like carrots, yams and squash varieties their colour. Even if you’re not completely sold on this theory, it’s definitely worth a try. You’ve got nothing to lose – even if your skin doesn’t change in shade, eating antioxidant and nutrient-rich fruits and veggies will do wonderful things for your skin and health.

3. INVEST IN A NATURAL BRONZER
There’s a fake tan gone wrong and then there’s a real tan gone wrong (a.k.a. a burn). The latter is more dangerous for your skin, but both are equally unappealing. To give your skin a post-summer glow the natural way, Vancouver Magazine’s Amanda Ross suggests our Sun Defense Minerals SPF 30 – “the darker shades can be used as a bronzer—but I stick to the lighter side for a wholly natural, unblemished finish”. According to Amanda, “this magic wand is the holy grail of beauty goods… it works as a completely natural mineral-based sunscreen, but I also use it as a powder to give that flawless look that only mineral-based make-up really seems to achieve”.

Application tip: Once you’ve used your Éminence Tinted Moisturizer, dust your skin with your choice of Sun Defense Minerals. Apply it to your face as well as other exposed regions like your neck and chest area. And finally, for extra definition, we suggest contouring around your cheek area with one of our Mineral Illuminators (Chai Berry Glow or Mocha Berry Bronzer) for a sheer, sun-kissed glow that lasts.

4. ADD A STIMULATING MASQUE TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
To bring out your inner glow – try one of our stimulating masques. A hot masque like our Eight Greens Phyto Masque (HOT) uses paprika to produce a
natural, healthy and rosy glow. The antioxidant and vitamin-rich ingredients work together to bring out the look of radiance in your skin. If you have sensitive skin (or if spicy simply isn’t your thing), then you can try mixing our Eight Greens Phyto Masque (HOT) with another complementary masque like our Calm Skin Arnica Masque. This is a good way to bring down the heat factor a few notches, but still receive the glow-y benefits.

What are your tricks to keeping your summer glow? Tell us in the comments below.

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

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If you’re anything like us, you would need rolling luggage to carry all of your makeup with you on-the-go. Instead of playing the constant traveler, try paring your makeup bag down to these six essential items:

Powder Foundation + Travel Brush: Powder foundation (like PurePressed Base or Amazing Base) is extremely versatile and can be used as a foundation, concealer or even finishing powder. Ours even contain SPF to protect from the sun. Keep the inside of your bag clean by bringing a travel foundation brush that’s either retractable or can be filled with the loose powder.

Cream Blush: A cream blush stick makes reapplication easy. You can apply it with your finger, so there’s no need for a blush brush!

One or Two Lip Products: We know how easy it is to carry a collection of lip products for every occasion, but that can weigh down your bag. Lighten the load by only bringing the lipstick or lip gloss used in your makeup look that day, and swap out the products each day or so.

Liquid Eye Shadow: If you usually touch up your eye shadow midday, toss a creamy, liquid eye shadow in your bag. Use the built-in brush for easy application and to cut down on the number of brushes you have to carry.

Brown Eyeliner: A brown eye pencil can be used in a number of different ways. Apply it over your current eyeliner (black or brown) to touch up your look after a long day work or use it as an eyebrow pencil to define your brows before you go out.

Want to know what Jane carries in her tote? Here are the products she always has in her bag during the summer:

Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush filled with Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder
Clarity In Touch Cream Blush
Champagne Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow
Nectar PureGloss Lip Gloss
Terra Cotta Lip Pencil

This post was written by Chelsea Simmons from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

You can find their blog here

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When you’re heading to the shore, it’s important to have makeup that is versatile and fits in beach bag. You want to look natural, as if you aren’t wearing any makeup, but still feel confident that you look your best. For an effortless no makeup, makeup look, all you need is five products, a couple of brushes/tools and your fingers:

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Mineral Foundation
(Alternate Uses: Concealer and SPF)
Great mineral foundations, like our PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, can be used as both a foundation and a concealer. It also contains broad spectrum SPF to protect you from harmful UV rays and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes!

Peach Eye Shadow & Cream Eye Shadow
(Alternate Uses: Highlighter, Blush and Lip Color)
Select a peach and a cream eye shadow with a little shimmer (we suggest our PurePressed Eye Shadow in Peach Sherbet and Cream). You can use the two colors in multiple ways; in addition to adding color to your eye lids, they quadruple as a highlighter, blush and lip color!.

Pencil Eyeliner
(Alternate Use: Brow Pencil)
A natural brown eyeliner, like our Basic Brown Eye Pencil, is great for lining your eyes, but if you’re a brunette, you could also get away with using it as an eyebrow pencil. If you have lighter hair, we recommend using a lighter colored eyeliner, like taupe.

 Lip Balm
(Alternate Use: SPF)
Lip Balm is the best finishing touch to any look. It moisturizes your lips for a supple pout, and if you use our LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15, you also get the added bonus of sun protection!

Follow the below steps to learn how to get the perfect, natural beach makeup look in 10 easy steps:

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  1. First, use your Retractable Handi Brush to apply your foundation.
  2. Then, use a Flocked Sponge to layer foundation over any areas that may need a little extra concealing.
  3. Using your ring finger apply the cream eye shadow to the lid of your eye and as a highlighter on your brow bone.
  4. Next, use your finger again to apply the peach shade to the outer corners of your eyes and into the crease.
  5. Starting from the inner corner of your eye and working your way out to a slight wing, line your upper lash line with your Brown Eye Pencil.
  6. Also, use the eye pencil to define your brows by filling in your eyebrows using small, hair-like strokes.
  7. With your index and middle finger, lightly swipe the cream eye shadow on your cheek bone as a highlighter.
  8. Then, with the same two fingers, apply the peach shade to the apples of your cheek with light strokes.
  9. Dab the peach shade onto your lips using your middle finger for a soft pop of color.
  10. Finish your look with a swipe of lip balm on your lips.

This post was written by Chelsea Simmons from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

You can find their blog here

 

 

 

beard careMen have skin care needs too, so in honor of the bearded (and clean shaven) men out there, we’re sharing a few of our quick and easy tips on how to get that perfect shave.

For the clean shaven man

The Shave Prep:  

The key to a good shave is preventing those inflamed, post-shave bumps. One thing that men can do to avoid ingrown hairs and raised bumps is proper exfoliation. “Deflake with an exfoliating facial scrub. It will help you get a closer shave while reducing ingrown hairs,” suggests Men’s Health Magazine.

Prior to shaving, we suggest our Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser (named Best Facial Exfoliator for Men by Harper’s Bazaar). This cleanser and exfoliant combo will help wash and buff away dead skin and unclog pores.

The Shave:
Shaving creams don’t necessarily make a good shave. Some shaving creams are filled with unnecessary perfumes and foaming agents which can irritate the skin. Instead, we suggest opting for a cream-based cleanser like our Lemon Cleanser and our Calm Skin Chamomile Cleanser which are both free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes and petrochemicals. These cleansers have a pleasant herbal scent and contain antioxidant-rich ingredients that help hydrate and nourish the skin while softening the pre-shave stubble.

The After-Shave:
Serums are light-weight in consistency but high in concentrated nutrients so they are the perfect option to help calm, hydrate and protect the look of skin post-shave. Our Calendula Oil and Couperose-C Serum are a couple of great options. Couperose-C Serum contains peppermint which provides a soothing and cooling sensation to freshly shaved skin while our Calendula Oil is loaded with alpha and beta carotenoids that enhance your skin’s natural healing systems.

For men that are prone to ingrown hairs – our Facial Recovery Oil is another great after-shave treatment as it contains the anti-bacterial qualities of tea tree.

For the bearded man:
Beards are back, and we know a good beard when we see one. Keeping a beard sleek and well-groomed can sometimes involve just as much maintenance as shaving every day. When it comes to a dapper looking beard, any type of conditioning care would be beneficial for softening and smoothing coarse facial hair as well as the skin underneath.

We suggest adding a few drops of our Facial Recovery Oil in the palm and then gently smoothing over the beard for a hydrated and shiny finish.

Another one of our product picks is our Apricot Body Oil. A key ingredient in this hydrating solution is jojoba oil which mimics the activity of your body’s natural oils and contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair (Wellness Today).  And with the honeyed scent of apricot, this is a great option for men who aren’t afraid to show off their “sweeter” side.

The SPF Factor
Beard or no beard, SPF protection is a must every day, especially after a shave when exfoliated skin tends to be more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays. If you’re looking for an SPF moisturizer with a fresh, masculine-friendly scent, we suggest our Tomato Day Cream – SPF 16 or for a higher protection factor, our Bright Skin Moisturizer with SPF 30.

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

31 May 2016

Melanoma Awareness

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If you didn’t already know, May was Melanoma Awareness Month! With a quest to spoil your skin with the most pure and eco-conscious products as possible we want to help keep you protected from the sunlight’s damaging effects.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States. Rates of incidence have been rapidly rising, in fact, they have increased fifteen times over the past 40 years. It is estimated that in 2016 there will be about 76,000 new cases of melanoma and around 10,000 deaths in the United States alone. Referred to as a “skin” cancer disease, many disregard melanoma as merely remaining on the surface of our bodies and therefore do not realize the seriousness in contracting this deadly disease.

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young women ages 20-39 and second most common cancer in young men. While you can’t turn back time, you can take preventative measures from here on out and help spread the message for raising sun protection awareness! Here are some precautions you can take for preventing Melanoma:

1. Apply SPF Every. Single. Day.
Even on cloudy days or days when you are going to work or running errands, it is pertinent that you still wear sun protection as UV rays can penetrate through the windows of your car, office, or even home. It’s this daily exposure that adds up and resulting in not only premature aging, but sun damage as well!

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2. Wear clothing to further protect your skin
Today’s trends make it easy to be stylish yet sun safe at the same time! Kimono tops, linen beach pants, and a wide-brimmed hats are perfect for adding that extra layer of protection when out at the beach or pool this summer.

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3. Consider a Self-Tanner
Can’t live without a tan? Consider a self-tanning formula (one that is as natural as possible, as many can be filled with harmful chemicals) and continue to layer on SPF daily. Some of these formulas can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to take extra precaution! Whatever you do, avoid indoor tanning at all costs, as tanning beds can increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75%.

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4. Limit sun exposure from 10am – 2pm
Seek shade or limit sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 2pm when the sun’s rays are strongest. If your shadow is shorter than your height, you know the sun’s rays are at their peak!

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5. Check for signs of skin cancer at least once a month
At least once a month, take 10 minutes to check your skin, from head to toe, for signs of skin cancer. Catching melanoma in its early stages can increase the chance of being cured by 98%.
Here are the ABCDE’s for detecting melanoma:
A
Asymmetry – one half of the mole does not match the other
B
Borders – borders of the mole are rugged, notched, or blurred
C
Color – color varies from one area to another of the mole
D
Diameter – melanomas are usually 6mm in diameter when diagnosed, but can be smaller
E
Evolving – continues to change in size, shape, or color

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Happy Sun-Blocking!

This post was written by Coola Suncare

You can find their blog here

Title image taken from eminenceorganics.com

All article images were taken from coolasuncare.com and curemelanoma.org

It’s that time of year where snowflakes and the polar vortex seemed like they never happened. But what comes extra exposure to the sun’s rays is the threat of premature aging and skin cancer. I know to sounds harsh but thousands of people are diagnosed in the US with skin cancer every day. And most people receive the most sun damage in their first 18 years of life. We want you to enjoy the sun safely. In fact, the sun is your most valuable resource for Vitamin D. If you sit in the sun without sunscreen for 10 minutes you receive all the Vitamin D you need for the day and then some.

After those SPF-free ten minutes, being out in the sun isn’t an issue if you use SPF 15-30. Make sure the bottle is labeled ‘broad spectrum’ to protect you from both UVB and UVA rays. Each year buy new sun screen. Despite the printed expiration date, the ingredients that protect you from harmful rays lose their effectiveness over a year. Always spring for a new bottle.

At the Green Spa we run a one-on-one Summer Lovin’ SPF Clinic where an expert gives you advice on what sunscreens to use and how you can maintain great skin at any age. We also carry our favorite and most effective SPF’s from Eminence, La Bella Donna, and Jane Iredale. Here why we think you’ll love them:

This 2-in-1 powder and sun screen from Eminence should be your summer jam! We sell a variety of colors at the spa and can match your skin tone. It’s one of our faves because it’s non-greasy like lotion and gives your skin a matte finish.

 

 

Another SPF/ powder combo  we carry at the spa is La Bella Donna, mineral make-up. Also SPF 30, it comes in a variety of colors and a great easy-to-apply tube. Stop by and try the two out. We’d love to hear which one you prefer and why.

 

 

Jane Iredale’s  Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream covers, conceals and illuminates the skin for a flawless glow. Aloe leaf calms irritation while sunflower seed oil moisturizes to keep the skin soft.

 

This all-organic sunblock from Eminence not only protects but has an ample amount of shea butter that soothes the skin. Its sweet smell will sure have you reapplying!

 

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