Have I told you about how much I love the beach? Well yesterday I was able to share some of summer's beauty innovations inspired by, you guessed it ... the sea! Thank you Arizona Midday for letting me channel some of the best elements of the ocean from these must have beauty trends of the season.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Always fun to stop by Arizona Midday to talk about my favorite subject - New beauty releases!
Breathable waterproof makeup with SPF 25 -official makeup of 17 Hollywood studios
The Makeup Bullet ($15)
HiDef Cosmetic Finger Sponge
A makeup blender that offers precise control.
DermaSilk’s Flawless ($30)
Use as last step in your makeup routine to "blur" fine lines and wrinkles.
A drinkable sunscreen - UV neutralizer
Four Season's Hotel puts this on buckets of ice by the pool
Skip the self tanning - get bronzed in 60 seconds - stays on until you wash it off
Bronze Buffer ($10)
Eraces self tanning marks even if you applied it days before
Detangling protective spray with SPF 10 for your hair
Freshen up your hair without washing
Saturday, June 14, 2014
A drinkable sunscreen that can achieve the same protection as my SPF 30 lotion? For Shizzle!
I can't wait to tell you all about it - Plus keep reading because there are some foods you can eat that also offer an inner SPF boost.
|$30 at Dermstore.com|
Skincare's Harmonized Water UV Neutralizer - Physician endorsed, non toxic with no chemicals. Very simply this is a purified water that has been imprinted with vibrational waves at precise frequencies that have a cancellation effect of UV radiation.
You must plan ahead and use this an hour before you go in the sun but just a small dose (2 mls) is all you need to cover you for 3 hours - so small of an amount that a dropper at the top of the bottle is used to take it.
My almost 17 year old son and his friends offered to try this out for me on their way to the pool on a 100 degree day here in Arizona. I instructed each of them to take this one hour before going and then to put sunscreen on every part of their body except one arm. They swam and laid out for about 2 1/2 hours and then reported back to me for inspection :)
The results? I couldn't tell the difference between the two arms, one with the sunscreen and the one without. The friend I was most interested to verify had that pale looks-like-it burns-easily skin and remarkably he wasn't even pink on the unprotected arm. What I love is that if you go swimming you don't need to reapply!
SPF INCREASING FOODS
These foods can increase your body's sun defenses naturally:
- Foods with beta-carotene can protect your skin from the sun by giving it a darker tint. Remember the story your mother told you that if you eat too many carrots you will turn your skin orange - yes, that is true! Other foods like sweet potatoes will also be effective as an antioxidant from the sun.
- Lycopene is an antioxidant that absorbs free radicals and reduces your skin's sensitivity to a sunburn. Watermelon, tomatoes and berries ( raspberries, blueberries, blackberries ) contain Lycopene and this is what gives them their bold reddish color.
- Leafy Green vegetables and the vitamins in foods like raw spinach also give you a natural skin protection. Studies show that people with a history of skin cancer that ate one serving of leafy greens every day decreased their risk of developing more tumors by 50 percent!
- It is also well known that eating omega 3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon or trout and nuts like walnuts, will lower your risk for melanoma because it offers sun protection and reduces inflammation if you've spent too much time in the sun accidentally.
- Drinking one or two cups of green or black tea which contain polyphenols has shown to decrease your risk of carcinoma skin cancer by 30%.
- Something sweet, Dark chocolate, also makes the list! Real cocoa can make the skin up to 25% less sun sun-sensitive!
Friday, June 13, 2014
Thanks to the Morning Blend for inviting me on the show today to talk a little more about some beach beauty secrets! One DIY tip we explored was using Cocoa powder as a bronzer. This little trick has been getting a lot of hype lately and it's super easy to do, but does it really work?
Here is a post that has pretty much gone viral on Pinterest showing a before and after photo which appears pretty promising. Just mix 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder with your favorite lotion and apply evenly for these results:
However, this photo seems to be the exception rather than the rule of what real life results are likely to be.
Case in point below appears to be more of a pudding like-mess.
The cocoa powder/lotion bronzer will work - but it will not last long if you sweat and it will transfer easily on your clothes or anything that you happen to have skin contact with. Fun but not very practical! Would love to hear what sort of results some of you have experienced.
Next time you are at the beach - instead of running away from the seaweed that's washed ashore, try using it to your beauty advantage. Spas love seaweed for baths and beauty treatments because it is rich in vitamins B-1. B-2, B-3, B-6 and B-12, a natural anti-inflammatory. Seaweed can also help restore the moisture levels to your skin. If you can't get the beach - no worries, just pick up some dry seaweed and make your own hair and face mask for a fraction of the price.
If you are using dried seaweed just crumble it up - You need at least 2 Tablespoons, but I like to use at least double that. One of the wonderful things about making this mask yourself is that you aren't limited to a small amount of seaweed's and it's benefits. I feel like in most of the products you buy at the store, the amount of seaweed in their seaweed masks is not very significant, in fact it is often one of the last ingredients listed or it they will use seaweed extract instead. The cost of most of these products increases depending on the amount of seaweed used.
Next you will want to add 1-2 Tablespoons of water to mix into a thick paste. I like to use rose water but plain tap water is fine. You can use any type of blender for this but I find the hand blender is best.
1 whole Avocado
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Yogart
Optional: 1 Tablespoon of Honey (This acts as a preservative)
FINAL product will look like this. You should apply this to your face and/or hair to help restore moisture levels. Leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off.