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Who Misses Hand Soap?

October 5, 2021

Who misses a good ol’ fashioned bar of soap?

Yes, the omnipresent liquid, anti-bacterial soaps are imperative – I get it!  How wild is it that a classic bar of hand soap can feel reminiscent of pre-Covid times? I am craving the nostalgia of everything pre-Covid. Who would have thought that hand soap would give me so many warm fuzzies of simpler times?

This is why I keep a bar of my favorite Caswell-Massey bar soap next to every sink in my house.

I already have holiday gifting on the brain and this time I’m conjuring fun ideas of all things pre-Covid. The Caswell-Massey’s Master Collection Year of Soap keeps coming to mind. There is nothing like opening a stunning blue box of these beauties.

This gorgeous box allows you to try the most iconic soaps: sweet Almond, fresh Lavender, citrusy Verbena, invigorating Cucumber, comforting Oatmeal, warm Sandalwood, marine-inspired Newport, dapper Tricorn, rugged Greenbriar, refined Number Six, sophisticated Jockey Club, and spicy Woodgrain Sandalwood.

It’s $98 and you can grab it now right here:

A little history:

Caswell-Massey is America’s Original Apothecary and Perfumery, with historic, bespoke formulations enjoyed for nearly 300 years. Today, Caswell-Massey produces both new and archival recipes with modern, clean and sustainable ingredients and manufacturing methods to offer some of the finest American-made personal care products available.

Inside the Acne Bootcamp to the Stars like Miley Cyrus

September 20, 2021

If you’ve ever wondered how celebrities and mega influencers like Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd and Blair Imani fix their severe acne breakouts, I found your answer. 

It’s Face Reality’s Acne Bootcamp.  With over a 90% success rate, celebrities and acne sufferers nationwide rely on this customized acne program to clear their skin. Here is a breakdown of what clients can expect during the program.

I could not wait to take my teen to see Zaida’s studio, Skintegrity, at her cute little studio over in Glendale, where she follows this Face Reality Acne Bootcamp protocol, that WORKS!

During the initial consultation, the Zaida, evaluated Aria’s skin – and discussed all possible acne triggers such as hormones, digestive system, stress levels, diet, medications, cosmetics and lifestyle. 

Her facial was next level – Aria has had many facials to address her teen acne and all have left her a MESS. Zaida treated Aria with extra care while doing a supremely thorough extraction portion. For the first time, Aria’s skin has totally cleared up – IN A WEEK – after the facial and using the products Zaida outlined for her protocol. She is glowing and more important HAPPY!!!

We are definitely going back and Zaida is Aria’s new facialist. Now of course I cannot wait to get it for myself. While I don’t have acne, many women my age have massive hormonal issues, and I can certainly use a facial from an expert who knows what they are doing. As far as I’m concerned, being trained as an acne specialist prepares you for everything.

SKINTEGRITY
116 E. Broadway
Glendale CA 91205
(424) 256-9299
Suite 204 (@nd floor)

Check out the treatments here

The 411 on the Acne Bootcamp to the Stars:
  • After the consultation, clients will receive a customized skincare regimen and treatment plan. Face Reality products are pharmaceutical-grade, designed specifically for acne-prone skin, with different strengths for all levels of acne. Expert guidance is given on how to use the products to ensure skin is not getting irritated.

  • The actual professional acne treatments are customized for the condition of the skin at the time of treatment. Sometimes the skin will need hydration and other times you will need corrective peels to facilitate the clearing of your acne and dark spots. They will perform extractions at every treatment so your skin clears more quickly.

  • Depending on the severity of your acne, it typically takes 3-4 months to get clear. Many people see a noticeable difference in their acne within the first two months.

The amazing Zaida below who I love love love…

 

More details about Zaida’s Face Reality Acne Bootcamp HERE!

Some intense before and after’s of the Face Reality Acne Bootcamp:

The skincare for the protocol – it is WORKING.

Ollie Belle Is The Acne Cover Dot That Actually Works

September 14, 2021

Peel, Set And Forget

If you are a mom, then you know about teen acne – There is nothing worse for a kid’s self-esteem – especially now, with in-person learning. (YAY!).

Enter the cover dot! And the line of acne dot’s by Ollie Belle is proving to be my teen’s top contender.

So what about us adults? Hormonal acne, maskne – we are not immune to the occasional flare-up!  Ollie Belle keeps my monthly pimples at bay. Hooray!

What is Cover Dot?

Cover Dot Acne Care is an adhesive that promotes fast healing of pimples, acne & small wounds. Acting as a second skin, Cover Dot contains hydrocolloid which creates the perfect environment for the pimple to heal and regenerate skin.

Maskne Duo: Fight maskne with a breathable mask & acne absorbing patch

 

Why Cover Dot?

With tapered edges, Cover Dot Acne Care is a thin & waterproof dot that stays in place & acts as a layer of skin to help heal acne and reduce scarring. Cover Dot was the first hydrocolloid acne patch to be made and sold in the United States.

Features

Heat and humidity, which increase oil production, are popular acne triggers. Try using these easy and effortless FDA-registered acne dots from Ollie Belle to absorb pus and oil. They will help reduce the blemish size and redness without any irritation.

Designed to cover and treat breakouts, the Cover Dot Acne Patches from Ollie Belle are great for subtly healing pimples and other facial wounds while out and about this summer. The ultra-thin patches are nearly invisible and will withstand the heat while supporting the skin…
A maskne duo with a reusable face mask designed to absorb excess moisture off your face. Bonus: It has phytoncide, which is an organic natural plant compound with anti-inflammatory properties. The material feels so soft on your skin and will *not* irritate it in any way! Huzzah!

Back To School With Botox Myths Busted 101

August 18, 2021

Researchers estimate that the global Botox market will reach 7.9 billion in 2026, after showing a post COVID-19 compound annual growth rate of 8.6%. These numbers show that the pandemic did little to slow the growth of the Botox industry, which is now shedding its image of exclusivity and achieving greater levels of social acceptance.

The normalization of Botox can be attributed to its increased affordability and the accessibility of information about its benefits, properties, and effects. Therefore, for the industry to gain complete mainstream acceptance, it’s important to dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding Botox and other minimally invasive procedures.

Myth 1: Botox will freeze your facial muscles

When injected, Botulinum toxin type A, the drug that makes up Botox, blocks nerve signals from reaching facial muscles. The procedure, in effect, relaxes the muscles, and only limits movement within the targeted area. The rest of your muscles retain their full range of motion.

Myth 2: Botox injections are painful

Most people don’t feel any pain when going through the procedure. Of course, this can be different depending on the individual and their level of pain tolerance, but in general, Botox needles are too small to cause any significant discomfort.

Myth 3: Botox treatments are toxic

Botulinum toxin type A is considered a neurotoxin, but because it’s administered in small doses, it is generally harmless, and the risks are extremely minimal.

Online health and wellness website SymptomFind has many articles on skincare, and outlines that Botox injections are in fact safe. The treatment has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, and is a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure that also serves as an approved treatment for chronic migraines, overactive bladders, and excessive underarm sweating. That being said, you need to ensure that a licensed professional administers your treatment, such as a physician or cosmetologist, to ensure the procedure is performed correctly.

Myth 4: Botox is permanent

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that Botox treatments last for about 3-4 months on average. Results vary, and it’s possible for the treatment to last longer (6 months), or shorter (2 months), depending on the individual. After that, the nerves regain their ability to send signals to the facial muscles.

Your body might even develop a resistance to Botox after a long period of repeated dosage. If you are worried about Botox losing its effect on your muscles, there are similar alternatives like Dysport and Xeomin. Xeomin also contains Botulinum toxin A, but unlike Botox, it contains no other additives. This reduces the risk of developing neurotoxin resistance.

Myth 5: Wrinkles will worsen when Botox fades

When the neurotoxin wears off, the facial muscles simply return to their natural state. Muscles can weaken after repeated dosage over a long period of time, but this does little to exacerbate the appearance of wrinkles.

Myth 6: Botox can be addictive

Botox contains no addictive properties or elements. It’s possible to develop an addiction to cosmetic procedures, but Psychology Today explains that these addictions are never caused by the procedures themselves. Instead, they are rooted in psychological issues like Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), which is a condition characterized by an extreme preoccupation with perceived physical flaws. The causes of BDD include genetics, experiences with abuse or bullying, or other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and OCD.

The High-Performance Vegan, Non-Yoxic Hair Products That Work

August 17, 2021

Hairloss Happens and here’s why:

As we age, the anagen (growth) phase can shorten due to decreased levels of IGF-1 and microRNA31. Hair moves into the resting phase more quickly, causing excess shedding and thinning of hair. Also, as we age, our hormone levels change which often results in increased levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which can damage the dermal papillae, resulting in inflammation, reduced circulation and follicle miniaturization.

STRESS & LACK OF SLEEP: Anxiety, fear and poor sleep can cause cortisol levels to spike. Increased cortisol levels can cause hair to prematurely exit the anagen phase and enter into the shedding phase. Cortisol can also trigger proinflammatory cytokines, increase interleukin 1, 6 levels and cause weight gain.

POOR NUTRITION: A diet low in zinc, iron, vitamin A, B6 &12, C, D, E, biotin, folic acid and natural collagen boosters can also lead to hair thinning and loss.

‘DIRTY’ HAIR CARE PRODUCTS & ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION: Use of hair products containing synthetic chemicals, fragrances and silicones can damage & dehydrates hair while blocking pores, irritating the scalp and inhibiting healthy sebum production. Environmental pollution can also cause growth signals to weaken over time.

ENTER VEGAMOUR…. to restore hair growth

There are many factors that can contribute to poor hair health and subsequent hair fallout. Oftentimes, it’s a combination of two or more internal concerns that are further exacerbated by external issues such as environmental pollution or ‘dirty’ hair care and/or styling products.

Hair, like anything else that grows in nature, requires a healthy ecosystem in order to thrive. Therefore, any successful approach to hair concerns requires a holistic (or comprehensive) solution that not only addresses the symptoms of poor hair health (shedding follicles, irritated scalp, damaged cuticles, split ends, toxicology, etc.) but also the underlying causes (hormonal changes, stress, poor sleep, lack of essential vitamins & minerals, UV & environmental pollution as well as all of the horrible things we do to our hair like bleaching, dying, curling , straightening, washing and styling with harmful chemicals).

VEGAMOUR studied the most common causes of our most sensitive hair concerns and developed a truly holistic approach to hair wellness that incorporates powerful phytoactives in clean, vegan supplements, topical serums, hair care & styling products that work in tandem to help address both the symptoms and underlying causes of poor hair health & fallout.

They take an inside-out approach into consideration the health of the entire follicular ecosystem and works to promote a healthy environment for hair to flourish naturally.

The Hair Breakthrough: Karmatin™

Daily hair wellness from a non-toxic, 100% vegan ingredient that leaves hair smooth as glass.

What is Karmatin™?

Karmatin™ is an innovative, encapsulated vegan b-silk™ protein that replaces traditional keratin, a building block that occurs naturally in the hair. Many hair care products contain keratin, an animal protein that rinses away before it can repair damaged hair. But Karmatin™ bonds to the hair, nourishing it instantly for a glass-like feel. A true miracle and the hero ingredient in Vegamour’s shampoos, conditioners & masks, Karmatin™ deeply nourishes, repairs and protects hair from external aggressors like chlorine and sun, and keeps color vibrant without hurting animals or the planet.

Growth Without Compromise

Here’s what is in the formulas.

Synthetic Prostaglandins, Steroids

Finasteride

Bimatoprost

Isopropyl Cloprostenate

Minoxidil

Keratin

Safe, Vegan Formulas

Their formulas are clean, safe and healthy to use every day. There are no known harmful side effects or long-term health risks associated with anything we put in Vegamour products.

Vegamour products are cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny) and 100% vegan (Vegan Action), so they don’t hurt animals either.

Witness the growth.

Here is how hair works.

We dig deep into the field of molecular biology to create breakthrough processes and high-performance products that have been optimized for maximum efficacy. Each bio-active ingredient is clinically tested and incorporated into each of our formulas at the appropriate levels to achieve optimal benefits.