Do you have friends or family members who seem to never age? No matter how old they get, their appearance is youthful and glowing. While genes play a role in how the body ages, they are not the only factor in aging gracefully. In fact, erasing years from your appearance is actually simpler than most people think. I caught up with Veronica Barton-Schwartz, a leading expert in skin care with more than 30 years of experience and owner of Veronica Malibu Skin and Body Care Center in Malibu, California for tips on how to turn back the age-effects in our bodies. Barton-Schwartz’s clientele includes everyone from surfers who have sun-damaged skin to aging Hollywood actresses who are trying to maintain an edge in their career. She notes that repairing skin must happen from the inside out. Here are her top recommendations for maintaining that coveted youthful glow: Steer clear of skin saboteurs “Smoking and sun damage accelerate aging and put you at risk for certain cancers,” says Barton-Schwartz. “Apply sunscreen faithfully. Opt for broad-spectrum formulas with antioxidants, such as vitamin C, to offset ultraviolet light. Be sure to wear a 4-inch brim hat, UV sunglasses and UV clothing when in the mid-day sun.” Stay hydrated “I can always tell when someone isn’t drinking enough water from the condition of their skin,” says Barton-Schwartz. “Water protects cardiovascular health, keeps the brain in top working condition, facilitates weight loss and promotes detoxification. Water also transports oxygen to our cells, removes waste and protects our joints and organs.” Eat smart “What benefits the skin the most is eliminating sugar and white flour from your diet. You should also increase your consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein, ” Barton-Schwartz says. “Then, add in an omega-3 supplement every day. My favorite brand is Nordic Naturals. Most associate omega-3s with cardiovascular health, but the benefits go far beyond the heart. Omega-3s benefit brain and cognitive function, joint mobility, eye health and healthy skin and hair, too. My skin looks better and I feel better when I take my omega-3 supplements.” Exfoliate regularly “A weekly buffing of the skin gets rid of dead skin and stimulates cell turnover,” says Barton-Schwartz. “This helps your skin produce new collagen, leaving your face and body feeling smooth and refreshed. I recommend nonabrasive peels.” Break a sweat “Exercise improves circulation, increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells and tissues, and it also reduces wrinkle-causing inflammation,” Barton-Schwartz says. Apply food-based nutrients “Research has shown that many food-based nutrients provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity when applied topically,” says Barton-Schwartz. “Topical antioxidants work synergistically to enhance the natural health of the skin alongside a healthy diet and supplements. Our most popular antioxidant moisturizer contains ingredients like grape seed oil, orange flower, neroli, chamomile, sage, bergamot tea, avocado oil and soy.” Sleep well Barton-Schwartz notes the term “beauty sleep” actually has some science behind it. “Certain hormones are released during specific stages of sleep. A lack of consistent sleep disrupts the normal release of those hormones, impacting every single biological process,” she says. “This leads to an increase in inflammatory substances in your blood stream that damage your skin on a cellular lever, as well as accelerate aging.” Now that you know these effective tips that will turn back the hands of time, which tips are you excited to implement first?
[Get deets on this Versatile Vacation Dress That Every Girl Must Own HERE]Senegalese twists are the perfect style for any vacation destination. From classic top buns to flowing strands caught in the beach breeze - it's truly a style that every woman must experience at least once in her lifetime. I'm glad I took the leap to try a new style and I'm sure you will too! Now that I'm stocked with Strength of Nature products, I can't wait to share my created Senegalese styles on the blog next. From updos to sleek flowing strands, Strength of Nature carries products for practically every hair type and style. For the last few weeks, I've been experimenting with a few stylish looks using the Beautiful Textures curl defining mousse and Soft and Beautiful Botanicals Coconut Oil and I can't wait to show off my latest styled creation on the blog soon... [Stay Tuned!]
It’s almost that time of year again, the time of year when you find yourself frantically in search of the perfect last minute stocking stuffers and gifts for friends and family. While you're out shopping for last minute stocking stuffers, check out CVS for beauty gifts (and earn rewards for yourself via the CVS Beauty Club) to give the gift of beauty and healthy looking skin no matter what the winter weather brings. Since I'm a CVS Beauty Club member, I'm always stopping in to discover new beauty trends to try, and with locations practically everywhere, I'm sure to find something I love no matter who I'm gifting (like my latest buy - the CVS brand power cleansing brush below) quick, fast and in a hurry. Here are just a few of my tips when shopping for beauty gifts:
This power cleansing brush rivals the expensive brands and for only $19.99 - it's a must-have for the season!
Nurture your face and lips.The cooler months are hard on your face and lips. Not only are they exposed to cooler temperatures daily, behavioral habits like biting or licking your lips can also be damaging. People don’t realize is that common behaviors such as drinking wine or coffee and eating salty or acidic foods can dry out the lips, but drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and applying a moisturizing lip balm can help counteract the effects of these activities and improve your lip health.
Everyone hates chapped lips! Buy ChapStick lip balms in stock for $1.99+ and fill those stockings to the brim.
Remember the time of day. Don’t use the same skincare products for day and night. Instead, use products with protective, moisturizing benefits to guard your skin during the day. At night, switch to heavier creams that offer more hydration. Your skin will absorb this extra moisture while you sleep.
Protect your hands. Your hands are often left exposed during the cooler months, especially if the cold air has dried your skin, making gloves or mittens painful to wear. Make sure you check out products that contain shea butter and lanolin are great for counteracting the abuse your hands endure.
Moisturize right with a Cocoa Radiant Vaseline Gift Set from CVS for $9.99
On those coldest days when you’re bundled in layers, remember your skin needs extra protection and these simple tips will help you with last minute stocking stuffer ideas and help your skin stay healthy during the cold weather season (well beyond the holidays).
The best part is if you’re a Beauty Club member, you can save on these last minute gift ideas. As a member, you can earn $5 ExtraBucks Rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty products including cosmetics, skincare, haircare/accessories and more! I’ve been shopping at CVS for years, but now I love shopping at CVS even more for the amazing Beauty Club ExtraBucks Rewards that I score. From last minute lip colors to styling tools in a crunch, everytime I score a $5 ExtraBucks Reward it comes in handy for my next purchase. Click here to sign up for CVS Beauty Club, you could be saving on your next holiday gift today!Looking for more last-minute gift ideas? CVS Beauty Club offers access to new beauty products from leading brands, including dermatologist-approved brands in the Healthy Skincare Center and exclusive-to-CVS brands like Essence of Beauty, Makeup Academy and the Nuance Salma Hayek beauty collection too. CVS also has amazing gifts like bath robes , chic jewelry boxes and more all under $20! With convenient locations, you can easily discover last minute gifts for the entire family!
Pampering yourself with skin and beauty treatments is important, but going to the salon or buying expensive products are not always the most convenient – or wallet-friendly – options. In fact, 82 percent of women prefer to save than splurge, spending less than 50 dollars each month on their beauty and skincare regimen, according to a recent study from Poshly Insights on behalf of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda. As an alternative, women can look to the following simple, beauty DIY solutions to care for their skin. It might surprise you how many beauty treatments you can create from ingredients you already have in your home.
1. Facial scrub – For smooth, radiant skin, combine three parts baking soda with one part warm water. Using your fingers, rub the mixture gently on your face in a circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. Be careful to avoid your eye area. Rinse off with warm water and you’ll notice your skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
2. Bath soak – Help soothe skin irritations, bug bites or mild sunburn with a relaxing, long soak in the bathtub. Swirl one-half cup of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda into warm water to help soften and soothe the skin and clean away any oils and perspiration that accumulated during the day.
3. Manicure and pedicure – Before painting your nails, give your hands and feet a little TLC with exfoliating treatments. For manicures, use a brush to scrub the nails and cuticles in a gentle, circular motion with baking soda. Rinse clean with warm water and apply your favorite shade of nail polish. For pedicures, soak feet in a basin with a mixture of two tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda and warm water. After your soak apply a scrub of three parts baking soda and one part water. Rinse clean with warm water and follow with an application of a rich moisturizer and a warm towel foot wrap – your feet will feel smooth and clean. Finish the treatment by applying your favorite shade of polish to your toenails.
4. Hair care – Use baking soda to help remove residue that styling products leave behind for cleaner and more manageable hair. To achieve this, sprinkle a quarter-size amount of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Wash as usual and rinse thoroughly. Just be careful to avoid the eye area when rinsing.
Avoid costly visits to the salon and expensive beauty products with gentle and simple at-home treatments. For even more fun, invite your friends over for a spa-themed get together and try out the tips above. How do you relax at home during this busy holiday season? Share the favorite beauty DIY and ways you relax and pamper yourself at home below!
[Hanging out with my good "curl"friends Kéla and Ty...]Who doesn't want big, buxom and bold curls for the next huge holiday party or family gathering? There's just something that screams holiday festive when a girl is wearing beautiful, round ringlets of curls. This week, the InStyler creators introduced the NEW TULIP Auto Curler to beauty bloggers, editors and more. With live demos within the SOHO Cutler Studio salon, guests received complementary demonstrations and styling services using the new hair tool innovation.
[Say Hello to the New TULIP InStyler Auto Curler]With never before seen technology the TULIP gives you perfect curls and waves in seconds. It's lightweight, ergonomic, open barrel design and groundbreaking dual rotating, ceramic barrel create natural, long=lasting beautiful curls and waves for hair of all types. Women can achieve a multitude of looks with this new heat styling tool. Beachy waves, soft curls, and even tight curls are sculpted within seconds. The open design and space surrounding the barrel keep hair visible at all times to prevent unwanted tangling.
[The New TULiP InStyler Auto Curler is easy to use and leaves you with big, beautiful curls]During my initial experience using the TULIP InStyler, I first noticed how light-weight and easy it was to maneuver while positioning it to curl my hair. Since the TULIP InStyler Auto Curler has 3 different rotation settings, it can easily switch the barrel right, left or to auto which alternations rotation left to right after each completed curl. That means, matter if you're a lefty or a righty - you can get perfectly luxe curls no matter what! Check out the TULIP InStyler Auto Curler demo below:
Jergens BB Perfecting Skin Cream rubs in sheer and available for lighter and darker skin tones.The all-in-one moisturizer contains an exclusive blend of natural Shea Butter, skin-smoothing emollients, and Firm Perfecting Complex to enhance texture and luminosity. It also contains patent-pending Self Adjusting Tone Technology to give skin a perfectly even tone. While the cream may not appear to match all skin tones when first dispensed from the tube, don’t worry—unlike facial BBs, which sit on top of skin and are matte like cosmetic foundations, Jergens BB Perfecting Skin Cream rubs in sheer and absorbs into the skin just like a body moisturizer. BB Body Cream delivers varying benefits depending on your skin tone. It goes on sheer and then adjusts differently to a range of shades. To choose the best BB shade for your skin, consult the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream chart below. Once you've found the shade that suits you, discover more from Jergens on Facebook today or take the filter free for the holidays challenge with Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream from Target or CVS stores today. Are you ready to discover flawless, filter-free skin for the holidays? Share what skin-baring looks you're ready to appear flawless in below! #JergensBBBody #BBGoesBody
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The BB Gel, Blemish Treatment Primer, Blemish Treatment Concealer and Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment.The Blemish Treatment Primer ($22) is your first step to treating your unsightly pimples on the spot. The primer preps blemishes perfectly, creating a smooth surface for flawless concealer application and long-lasting coverage. Salicylic acid and tea tree oil treats the blemish while vitamin E and Aloe Vera soothe inflammation during wear. The Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment ($38) smooths and gives you that airbrushed, flawless look while battling fine lines, blemishes and pores. The lightweight, water-resistant primer facilitates blending and extends foundation wear while preventing and healing acne blemishes and more. Blemish Treatment Concealer ($25) treats and flawlessly conceals blemishes with long-lasting, all-day wear. This full coverage formula reduces redness and inflammation,minimizes pore size and helps prevent future breakouts. BB Gel - Mattifying Anti-Blemish Treatment ($45) is a triple-threat BB gel that treats blemishes and reduces inflammation, hydrates and improves skin elasticity. The lightweight, blemish-busting formula provides buildable coverage leaving a matte-finish and is available in 10 full-coverage shades. I couldn't wait to put Cover FX blemish banishing products to the test on my skin. The clinically tested, vegan line is paraben-free-, fragrance-free, gluten-free and free of mineral oils and talc. For more information and to find the perfect shade for you visit CoverFX.com.