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7 Tips for Beautiful Lips

orchid on shoulderSore, dry, peeling…If you’re like many of us, your lips may not be in the greatest shape this winter. Because they’re always exposed, lips are prone to dehydration, particularly during the cold, windy, winter months. Lip skin is thinner and lacks oil glands found on many other parts of the body. This leaves them without a natural protective barrier. Add sun damage to the mix, and you can understand why our lips deserve a little extra TLC.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and unappealing lips just won’t do. Here are 7 tips to help keep your lips moisturized, protected and plumped for this special occasion and through the rest of winter.

1. Stay Hydrated. Drinking enough water will keep the body, skin and lips hydrated and help to treat dryness from within.

2. Don’t Lick! Licking your lips damages its protective barrier, which can dry out the lips. If lips feel dry, regularly apply lip balm instead.

3. All Lip Balms are Not Created Equally. Look for hydrating ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E and almond, jojoba or coconut oils. If you’re not averse, good old petroleum jelly (think: Vaseline) works well too. If you have sensitive skin, use camphor-based medicated lip balms sparingly as they can be irritating. We love Flexitol Lip Balm which is formulated to protect lips, moisturize and relieve pain associated with chapped lips.

4. Plug in a Humidifer. Humidifiers can replace moisture in dry indoor air, keeping your lips (and your skin) hydrated.

5. Exfoliate. Lip exfoliators (products that contain fruit-acid-based alpha or beta hydroxy acids or even sugar granules) slough off dead skin — much like the ones you’d use on your face. If you have sensitive skin or your lips are severely chapped or cracked, use these products cautiously  - no more than once weekly as the acids can irritate skin. For a quick, cheap and easy fix, gently rub your lips with a warm, damp washcloth in a circular motion to remove flaking skin.

6. Protect, Protect, Protect. Lips are susceptible to sunburn. Apply a layer of a sun-protective product daily like Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Lip Stick or Ombrelle Lip Balm SPF 30 to deliver UVA and UVB protection.

7. Skip the Matte Lipstick. Matte lipsticks might give you a cutting edge look, but they can be extremely drying to the lips. For this reason, use them sparingly when your lips are extremely chapped. Instead, opt for something like Neostrata Anti-Wrinkle Lip Enhancer for light gloss while reducing the appearance of fine lines around the lip area.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Get Ready to Pucker Up!

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Family Day

couple on benchWISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY AND RELAXING FAMILY DAY!

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Pressed Serums and Splash Masks

asian face splash

Just when we got comfortable with their multi-step routines that forced us to slow down and use one product for one purpose, the genius skin care innovators in Korea have done it again: changed the game plan with pressed serums and splash masks. They’ve managed to turn traditional routines on their heads by coming up with products that embrace the multi-functionality and time-saving benefits of the products that North Americans tend to reach for with the inventiveness and originality for which the East is becoming famous.

 

If you haven’t already heard of pressed serums and splash masks, brace yourself. Korean skin care products continue to infiltrate North American markets in the best way, bringing in not only new ideas about what is essential for healthy skin but new products that make that goal infinitely more attainable.

Here are two of the newest and brightest to watch out for:

 

  1. Pressed Serums: The perfect blend of hydrating moisturizer and skin-feeding serum in one unique product. A hybrid of cream and gel, online reviewers have described the consistency as jelly-like, spongey and even bouncy. The beauty of this new formulation is that it is able to maintain the potency of a traditional serum while improving on the ease of application. Unlike a moisturizer that needs to be rubbed in, pressed serums should be lightly tapped into the skin until absorbed. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way.
  2. Splash Masks: If the idea of relaxing for 30 minutes with a cute animal sheet mask on your face doesn’t appeal, you may want to consider the splash mask. Building on the practice of using rice water as toner and facial rinse, the splash mask is a concentrated solution of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic acid and sugar cane extract along with antioxidants and botanical extracts. Simply add one capful of solution to a large, clean bowl or sinkful of water, splash onto the face for 30 seconds as though rinsing, then pat the skin dry. The potential return on investment for this low-effort gem makes it irresistible to skin care fanatics.

Can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

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Top 4 Gym Bag Beauty Essentials

treadmillWe’re just about a month into the New Year, and for those of you who haven’t given up on the resolution to exercise more, we’ve put together our top 4 list of beauty essentials for the workout bag that will, hopefully, make it a little easier to get into the gym more regularly and get out looking as fresh as a daisy:

1. Dry Shampoo: Initially developed for hospital patients unable to do a full shampooing of their hair, dry shampoo has gone mainstream and more. Not only does it soak up excess oil when there’s just no time to jump in the shower, it can also be used for adding volume to naturally flat hair, for extending time between regular shampoos if you’re going the “no-poo” route, and even for giving your hair a bit of “grip” when creating a complicated up-do. If that weren’t enough to get you hooked, dry shampoo now comes in different forms such as powder, aerosol spray and mousse to best suit your personal preferences. Pure genius.

2. Micellar Cleanser: The science behind this cleanser is simply mind-boggling: molecule clusters are made up of a water-loving half on the outside and a water-hating half on the inside. When the solution is applied to the skin with a bit of pressure, the molecule breaks apart, grabs anything off your skin that isn’t water, then closes back up, essentially trapping the dirt and oil inside the molecule and removing it from your skin. The practicality of this cleanser, however, cannot be easier to understand: apply with cotton pad, wipe face and say goodbye to oil, dirt, sweat and even makeup. No rinsing required.

3. Anthelios XL BB Cream: I’ve got to say it: the love affair continues with the newest of the Anthelios line! Not only does it provide very high facial sun protection with Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S but it absorbs quickly, never feels sticky and feels feather light. While the slight tint helps even out the skin tone, the finish isn’t matte to the point of leaving my face looking completely devoid of any, well, life. The skin looks naturally fresh, and with that post-workout glow, you won’t even need blush.

4. Tinted Lip Balm with SPF: Doing cardio at the gym, yoga at the local studio or getting out for a run can dehydrate the body and leave you with dry, dry lips – especially in winter. I always make sure to carry an SPF lip balm to soothe and provide sun protection on one of the most neglected parts of the body. Although a tinted product is completely optional, it’s a foolproof and effortless way to look more finished, even on the go.

If you’re part of the 33% of people who have already fallen off the fitness wagon by the beginning of February, no worries. There’s no law that says you can’t jump back on.

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