Archive: Skincare

Enjoy a pomegranate – for the sake of your skin!

From healthy, beautiful skin to lower stress levels, the pomegranate is a valuable resource in helping jumpstart your complexion and your mood.

Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, shows us six ways pomegranates can help your skin look younger and your body feel healthier.

Build Youth Back into Your Skin

Summer berries aren’t the only way to get your antioxidant fix. The pomegranate, a winter fruit, has powerful antioxidants that assist in the cellular renewal process and help cells stay plump with water. It also boosts anti-aging agents, helping to maintain skin’s collagen levels, and fights oxidative stress that ages us internally and externally. You can eat pomegranate to reap the benefits but also look for topical products that contain Pomegranate Extract to help fight free radical damage and promote overall skin health.

Decrease Inflammation

Winter weather is known to inflict a mild inflammatory reaction in exposed skin, like the face and hands. Studies have shown that Pomegranate Extract significantly reduces the activity of proteins that cause inflammation. It also reduces the production of pro-inflammatory compounds produced by cells isolated from cartilage.

Increase Your Oxygen Intake

Exercise is great way to increase oxygen flow. However, the cold winter weather can make it challenging to get daily exercise. Research shows that eating organic pomegranate seeds and drinking pure pomegranate juice can increase oxygen levels to the heart and skin cells, making the skin look fresh and smooth–without having to hit the gym!

Minimize Cultural Stress

A study found that having pomegranate juice every day resulted in lower stress hormones and a reduction in blood pressure, which leads to healthier, happier skin. Volunteers in the study reported feeling less distressed and more enthusiastic in their general well-being after consuming pomegranate juice.

Boost Your Natural SPF

Many people think that sun damage is only prevalent during summer months, yet the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage skin even through overcast weather. One of the most important foods to combat sun damage is pomegranate, which contain polyphenols, like ellagic acid. Murad’s clinical trials show roughly a 25% improvement in SPF when a pomegranate extract supplement is added to a diet because it boosts natural sunscreen levels. If topical sunscreen also contains pomegranate extract, there is an additional improvement in SPF by 20%. Studies have also shown the application of pomegranate to the skin minimizes the risk of developing skin cancer.

Help Banish Breast Cancer

Murad recently partnered with City of Hope to help raise funds for breast and women’s cancers research, education and treatment. So it only makes sense that the internationally acclaimed hospital would find the pomegranate to be as amazing of a superfruit as Murad did. City of Hope researchers identified six chemicals in the pomegranate that suppress aromatase — a substance in the body that helps produce estrogen. About 70 percent of breast cancers need estrogen to grow, so pomegranate is a prime candidate as a breast-cancer-blocking super food. Other scientists have also detected two substances in the fruit with the potential to fight both colon cancer and diabetes.

Check out Murad’s pomegranate line of beauty products below!!

Avon and Estée Lauder under fire as Peta reveals cosmetic brands ‘ordered animal testing’

PETA has lashed out at Avon and Estee Lauder after finding the cosmetic companies are paying for animal testing. The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals announced on their website today that the skincare companies are no longer “cruelty-free” because they are being forced to follow regulations enforced by the Chinese government.

According to PETA, Mary Kay was also included in the list of companies that “harm animals” in the Asian country.

British brand Avon, who recently hired Alesha Dixon as the face, branded the claims ‘misleading’ but admit they are forced to conduct testing in China due to health laws.

A spokesperson said: ‘Some select products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, which potentially includes animal testing, under the directive of a government or health agency.

‘In these instances, Avon will first attempt to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data.

‘When those attempts are unsuccessful, Avon must abide by local laws and submit the products for additional testing. In 2011, this affected three tenths of one percent of Avon’s products.’

‘There have been some incorrect and misleading claims made by animal rights organisations. Avon neither conducts nor requests animal testing.’

Estée Lauder have yet to comment.

Both brands have been ‘cruelty-free’ for two decades following campaigns by Peta in the late 80′s.

Does this new revelation by PETA make you want to stop using the brands? Does it affect your decision making?

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New set from Votre Vu: On Holiday!

Book your “playcation” today with no regrets or extra baggage! A veritable pleasure trip, this fantasy-inspiring foursome transports your senses to a virtual beach even faster than a mouse click. Pop up in Bali, Monaco, Cabo or Tahiti with these seductive, seaside-inspired spa essentials that pamper and prepare your form. This skin-softening set of French-crafted scrub, cleansing gelée, nourishing body oil and luxe lotion makes it très easy to “stay another day or two.” Why, everyday, your email reply could say you’re ON HOLIDAY!

Items included in this set*:
On Holiday Gentle Scrub de Corps
On Holiday Gelée de Corps
On Holiday Huiler Pour Le Corps
On Holiday Lait Pour de Corps

I’ve been making my way through this set for the last couple weeks or so, and I can’t even tell you how much I love it. I think my favorite is the moisturizing body spray. It just makes my skin feel so amazing. After hitting the gym, and then the shower – this is the perfect end to a stressful day! Treat yourself to this set today!

$69 for the whole set!


Caffeine-infused tights that reduce cellulite while you wear them?

Look what I came across today! While surfing around, I saw an ad for Skin Kiss tights.  Apparently, they are tights that are impregnated with microcapsules of caffeine to break down cellulite. Women wear the tights daily for a three week period, and during that time, wearers have reported a 2cm reduction on each thigh, and their skin appeared smoother!

Speaking about the product, a spokesperson for the UK brand said: ‘The demand that we have seen for these tights is truly unprecedented.

‘The technology and clinical tests have shown positive results.’

But due to the ‘technical sophistication’ of the product, the spokesperson added that the tights – priced at  £25.48.for a pack of three – are ‘by no means cheap’.

These revolutionary tights use caffeine as an active ingredient, which is introduced into the fibre using micro capsules and the body temperature causes them to act on the skin. Wearing SKIN KISS on a daily basis for up to 28 days, it has been shown that the caffeine can reduce the thigh measurement by up to 2 cm and tightens the tissue of the legs in particular. Further results seen are smoother and suppler skin, improvement of the skin elasticity, visibly improved appearance of the skin and comfort.

Dermatological tested. The effect lasts up to 5 washes.

What do you think? Interested? Go here for more info!