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4 ways to make your moisturizer better

Applying moisturizer or creams seems like a common sense detail, right? We put a bit on  our hands, rub it on our faces and go about our day. This lassiez-faire attitude  can lead to using your products ineffectively. If you’re going to buy a quality moisturizer, make it work for you!

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The best Makeup Primer

What is a makeup primer and why do I need to use one?  Do ingredients really matter?  Whether you wear full coverage makeup or simple, barely-there color, makeup primer is an important player in your beauty routine.

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5 Beauty Travel Essentials for Summer

Are you planning any trips this summer?  If you’re anything like me you just wanna get out of the office and want to spend some carefree downtime in the sun and by the water.  When I travel for fun, I tend to also be carefree in my packing (read: lazy) but there are a few beauty products I never, ever travel without.

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Skincare for Men

Men are becoming increasingly more and more aware of their skincare needs.  While shaving has been an issue for most of their lives, men neglect the important part of hydrating and nourishing the skin to keep them looking their very best.

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Spring Clean the Skin

It seems that Spring has *finally* arrived, summer isn’t too far away!  If your skin looks like it’s still in winter, it’s time for a Skin Cleanse.  Deep cleaning the skin helps to slough away dead skin cells that are hanging on (like extra weight from the holidays) and prepares the skin to readily accept the hydration you apply, allowing for radiant skin that helps you look younger!

Step 1: Deep Cleansing

Washing away the surface bacteria, oil and grime every day is critical to a good skincare routine.  But sometimes, we need to go deeper.  Thoroughly cleanse the skin with a powerful, but gentle cleanser.  Preferably a dual-action cleanser that will give you both the surface clean and has an exfoliator for pores and deep seated oil.  Once the skin is clean we like to use the TEI Spa Sonic Spatula with a lavender mist to further eradicate contaminants that may lead to breakouts or a dull appearance.

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Step 2: Ingredients Matter

Using cheap moisturizers puts cheap ingredients on your skin.  While not all cheap ingredients are necessarily bad, they can open the opportunity for bad things to happen to your skin.  Cosmetic grade products may contain upto 70% bacteria (gross!!); Pharmaceutical grade products are required by law to contain less than 1%.  Make sure you’re using a product that doesn’t have just 1 or 2 great ingredients, but all of them!

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Step 3: Layers

Two is better than 1.  No matter how amazing and effective your moisturizer might be, you’ll get the most functionality out of it by pairing it with an equally powerful serum. A great rule of thumb to follow; always apply the lightest products first.  By applying the targeted serum first, you allow the moisturizer to help lock in additional moisture. This is incredibly important for those with very dry and/or mature complexions!

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Step 4: Specialty Skincare

Are you particularly concerned about a specific area?  The fine lines around the eyes? Maybe the hyper-pigmentation on your cheeks?  Or the lines on your neck?  Adding a specialty cream to your skincare cocktail is recommended, even in our 20-30’s to help prevent the irreversible breakdown of collagen and elastin.  Be sure to pick a product that is developed for your skin type and avoid products with hydroquinone.

Step 5: Fiercely Protect

Sun block is a girls very best friend.  Men and Children too!  Protect your skin from ultraviolet rays that can cause discoloration and lead to skin cancer.  Free radicals attack your skin cells and lead to a breakdown in the skin, allowing the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles.  Remember to wear sunblock everyday, and reapply if you have continued outside sun exposure.

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3 steps to your best skin

There are so many companies that make promises their products just can’t keep.  So how do you reach your skin’s most beautiful potential?  It’s really pretty easy… 3 steps easy.

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Spring Break Skincare

Finally Spring Break has arrived!  All winter I have been looking forward to returning the beaches and warming up in the sunshine!  It’s also the first time my skin will be exposed to the great outdoors for any extended amount of time.  How do we protect our winter skin on these gorgeous sunny spring days?

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How do Amino Acids help your skin?

Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins. Amino acids and proteins are the building blocks of life. When proteins are digested or broken down, amino acids are left. So what do they do in our skincare products? Continue reading “How do Amino Acids help your skin?”

The Best Anti-Aging Eye Cream

“The eyes are the window to the soul”.  Have you heard that before?  How important is skincare around the eyes?   It’s so important to people that plastic surgery on the eyelids or skin surrounding the eyes is one of the top 5 most requested surgery procedures (source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons)

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RAO: Facial Oil for dry skin

Do you have dry, cracked or damaged skin?  Maybe the cold temperatures this year are effecting your skin more than ever?  Use RAO (Renaissancob deoe Active Oil) to give your skin immediate relief with long-lasting results.

This dry face oil allows the unique blend of 100% highly refined essential oils; Sesame Seed Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Citrus Fruit Oil, and Vitamin E, to promote moisture retention and act as a barrier against dryness and harmful environmental irritants.

 

RAO-New-Packaging-SmallThe use of organic, botanical essential oils allows R.A.O. to be a non-greasy, fast absorbing formula that will not leave your skin feeling heavy or oily. Individuals with severely dry, mature or damaged skin can begin to see a balanced, moisturizing effect on their skin after just the first application. It also helps to reduce discomfort & redness from sunburn, treatments, or shaving-for men & women! Especially great for sensitive skin!

Daily use of the R.A.O. and circular massage can also help to soothe away acne scars, burns, stretch marks and deep cracks in the heels or elbows by sealing in moisture, preventing any further loss of critical hydration necessary for the skin to regenerate itself.

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