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Thursday, September 28, 2006

It's a bird. It's a plane. No-It's a Wrinkle! So you'd much rather it be a bird or even a plane crashing right into that new entertainment center, but to your dismay it isn't. That's right, it's your first noticeable wrinkle. Your grandmother used to warn you about 'crows-feet', but alas you thought you were invincible. Plummeting back into reality you realize that maybe sunscreen ten years ago would have been a good thing...but since you missed out on preventative medicine there's always Skin Amnesty's Regenerating Eye Cream to help erase some of the damage.

While we're pretty sure you don't come with the ability to reverse time, we would like to recommend that you speed on ahead with daily applications of our Eye Cream... Better late, than never.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Autumn is here and with winter fast approaching it's going to be time to switch your skincare routine. Typically, skintypes are more dry in the winter and more oily during the summer months. For this reason, we should alter our skin care practices accordingly so we can properly protect ourselves from the ever changing elements.

It is important to use a sunscreen regularly regardless of what season it is. Many don't realize that we are just as likely to sunburn in the winter months as we are during the summer. You should use a sunscreen and moisturizer combination all year round. Make sure you also protect your lips by wearing lip balm or a lipstick that includes sun protection.

It is also important to maintain a consistent level of moisture within the skin whether we are at work or at home. Moisture can be added to the air inside the home or office by using a simple humidifier. As for adding moisture to our bodies, we can easily do so by using an emollient based soap, cream or lotion.

Another simple tip to aid our skin is to take shorter warm showers. If you use hot water while showering or taking a bath, you end up stripping away your bodies natural oils. Taking long showers or bathes also causes us to lose even greater amounts of our natural body oils because we stay submerged in water for to long.

One should also note that it is best to use a toner product that has no alcohol or a low level of alcohol content. Gentle exfoliation of the skin using a soft scrub is also vital to keeping skin healthy and vibrant but be sure you aren't drying out your skin by exfoliating too often.

Depending on your skin type you may want to switch your cleanser during the winter months to compensate for the effects the weather will have on your skin. If you typically have Oily skin, you may want to switch to a Normal or Combination cleanser so that you are not stripping too many of the good oils from your skin. If you are a Normal to Combination skintype, you may want to switch to a Dry formula.

Whatever your skin type, be sure to pay attention to the differences in moisture level or dryness. It will surely make for a more comfortable winter.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

If the rain and cooler months ahead make you a little melencholy then it's about time that you get a head start on cheering yourself up!

Why not rejuvenate those senses with a soothing bubble bath or perhaps a mini-at home facial?

Here are a few easy tips for your own do it yourself mini-facial:

First: Begin by gently cleansing your face and neck area

Second: Use a facial scrub to gently buff away dull and dry skin.

Next: Apply a deep pore penetrating mask. (We recommend Skin Amnesty's Exfoliating Face Mask- it's an exfoliator and mask in one so you can just combine steps 2 and 3!) Leave on for up to 15 minutes.

Lastly: Rinse and Apply a Moisturizer with sunscreen.

*If you feel up to going the extra distance, a few cucumber slices on the eyes are certainly very soothing as well!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

They say precious and fragile things need special handling...but as we all know it hasn't kept you out of the sun, the tanning bed, or from forgetting your morning moisturizer or sunscreen... Regardless of what you've been neglecting to do, whether it be that ever increasing pile of laundry or scrubbing the is certainly* about time that you actually take the bull by the horns with your skin.

Alright, so this is no rodeo or Spanish bull fighting tournament so we don't really recommended that you play rough with your skin, but what we do mean is that you should be caring for it as delicately as possible...

And step to it. There's no better time than right now to start better caring for yourself.

Afterall, it isn't anyone else's responsibility but your own*

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

So today, has been one of THOSE days. You know the kind. The sort of day where the mustard squirts on your favorite jacket. The kind of day where you seem to run into everyone you haven't wanted to see in ages and everything that happens to be immobile seems to run into you. You really just couldn't wait to get home to settle into your favorite chair and pick up the paper or your favorite magazine when...your mother calls...and your brother...and by the time you're off the phone it's really just too late to do much pampering besides crawling into bed and hopefully waking up to a day that isn't one of THOSE days...
However, there is something you can do for yourself before you jump into that sea of blankets called bed. You can take a few deep breaths and listen to your breathing. Try not to control it, but just listen to the rhythmic patterns and slowly relax your muscles starting with your feet...then your legs...followed by your stomach, arms, hands, fingers...lastly your neck and head. At least by listening to your body and letting it go before bed you can release all of those tensions before taking them with you under those covers. Now you can really dive into a good night's rest.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Mineral makeup is popping up everywhere. It seems the amount of good press that it is getting may be better than that of even Martha Stuart (pre-stocktrade of course). And although there are very few studies in the cosmetic industry as of yet which can actually testify to their benefits, it's true that this new market of makeup seems to be tackling sales shelves at a stampedes pace. So what's the big deal already? The newly found popularity of mineral makeup is astounding considering minerals are actually old as well, dirt... So with this new resurgence of admiration for something that's been literally under our noses for years, what are you waiting for? Jump on the mineral mine bandwagon and hold on...Minerals were around long before you and they are sure to be around long after you've turned to dust*.

So your interest is piqued* but what is all the hocus-pocus about? Well, not only is mineral makeup highly recommended by dermatologists and plastic surgeons alike, it's extremely gentle on your skin, it has it's own built in SPF and it can actually help problem skin*(as in anyone with blemishes can aid in it's use). So what isn't there to fuss about? Ditch the old heavy creams and liquids you've been drowning your face in and try a Liquid Mineral Foundation like Jane Iredale's or even one of her breezily light powders. You'll be amazed at how light and silky they go on and you'll sure to be a Mineral Makeup convert in no time*.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Do you have any particular skin and beauty concerns? Feel free to comment us and we'll try to answer some of your questions in our upcoming Blogs!

We know that skincare and bodycare are just as important to you as they are to us, so we'd be delighted to discuss issues that interest you.

*Just let us know what you're curious about!