Archive: Skincare

Miranda Kerr launches a new skin-care line, Kora Organics!

Supermodel Miranda Kerr has launched her own line of skincare products! The Victoria’s Secret Angel said “I was looking for an organic product that really worked for me, but I couldn’t find one.” The 28-year-old model grew up rolling around her grandfather’s vegetable garden in rural Australia, and studied nutrition before taking up modeling full-time.

Kerr has gone back to her roots, with a new skin-care line, Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr, inspired by her family’s own health and beauty remedies. A play on the word core, the concept for Kora ties into Kerr’s holistic approach to well-being—nourishing the body “from the inside and outside,” as she puts it. Along with natural ingredients like rose-hip oil, olive oil, and pomegranate, the secret to her line is Noni juice, an elixir said to aid cell renewal, which is made from a fruit indigenous to Tahiti, that Kerr has been drinking daily since she was a teenager. “I used to put it on my skin if I had a pimple or sunburn. It’s like food for the skin,” she says. Indeed, it is featured throughout the range of the line, in products from her Blemish Gel and Hydrating Day and Night Cream, to a gentle, paraben-free Essential Body Wash, which she uses to bathe her eleven-month-old son, Flynn.

Kora has been a huge hit since debuting in Australia in 2009, and stateside, fans like Gwyneth Paltrow will soon be able to shop her Ecocert–certified products locally as well as online. Manhattan dermatologist Dr. David Colbert will stock her range in his sleek Flatiron office, and Kerr is in talks with several department stores as well.

“I was really the guinea pig for Kora; I tested everything,” says Kerr, who had each formula flown to her from the organic laboratory in Melbourne where it was developed. The Rejuvenating Foot Balm proved exceptionally fun to try out. “Being on my heels all the time, I wanted to create a cream to put on after a long day,” she says. “And it doesn’t hurt that my husband, Orlando, is very good at massaging it into my feet.”

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Glee’s Naya Rivera Named New Proactiv Spokesperson

Even cheerleaders struggle with their skin.

Glee star Naya Rivera, who plays the fresh-faced (yet potty-mouthed) Santana Lopez on the hit TV show, recently revealed that she suffered from bad breakouts earlier this year, making it uncomfortable to be on camera each week.

The 24-year-old turned to Proactiv’s acne products to clear up her complexion, and now she’s the brand’s new spokesperson.
“The makeup artist on the set of Glee gave it to me and I kept it using it because I knew it worked for other people,” she says. “I really wanted to work with Proactiv because the products really helped me.”

She joins a star-studded lineup of current Proactiv celebrity customers-turned-spokespeople, including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne and Julianne Hough.

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New Yale study reveals if you tan in a tanning bed, you have a 69% increased chance of skin cancer!

I think every one of us already knows how bad tanning beds really are, yet even in my circle of friends I still know women who use them! We know they have been linked to an increased risk of the deadliest type of skin cancer, and a new study by Yale reveals they ALSO raise the odds of developing the most common forms of skin cancer.

Scientists at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut found that young people who tanned on the indoor beds had a 69 per cent increased chance of suffering from early-onset basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

“Indoor tanning was strikingly common in our study of young skin cancer patients, especially in the women, which may partially explain why 70 per cent of early-onset BCCs are in females,” Susan T. Mayne, the senior author of the study and a professor at the School of Public Health, said in a statement.

The findings, which are reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, support earlier research from the University of Minnesota, where scientists discovered that people who used tanning beds, regardless of the type or for how long, were 74 per cent more likely to develop melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

Mayne and her colleagues interviewed 750 people younger than 40 years old. They analyzed the type of tanning beds used, for how long and how often, any burns that resulted and the age when the beds were first used.

They noted that the risks increased with the number of years the tanning beds had been used.

“We were also surprised to find that one-third of our study participants with BCC had already had at least one additional BCC before age 40, which is very alarming as skin cancers increase in frequency in age,” Mayne added.

About 30 million people in the United State use indoor tanning beds, which the World Health Organization classifies as a human carcinogen. In the United States tanning beds are considered a medical device.

Medical experts in the United States have called for stronger regulations on the use of tanning beds.

Cases of melanoma have been rising for the past three decades. Although it only accounts for about for five per cent of skin cancer cases it causes the majority of death from the disease. About 70,230 new cases will be diagnosed this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Cases of basal cell cancers are also on the rise but they are likely to be cured if detected and treated early.

“Importantly, indoor tanning is a behavior that individuals can change,” said Leah M. Ferrucci, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Public Health and a co-author of the research.

“In conjunction with the findings on melanoma, our results for BCC indicate that reducing indoor tanning could translate to a meaningful reduction in the incidence of these two types of skin cancer,” she added.

So I gotta ask…. do you use a tanning bed? If so – what would it take to convince you NOT to use one? Why is a tanning bed worth the risk?

Speak up in the comments below!

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BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector is a must-have!

Introducing BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector, a water-based moisturizer with an SPF of 20+ and light-diffusing particles of shimmer that creates instant radiance and vitality and reduces imperfections.

  • Contains ultra-fine mica to reflect light, making the skin appear healthy and glowing
  • The shimmering properties help illuminate darkened patches of the skin and even out skin tone
  • Contains broad spectrum SPF 20+ to protect against 96% of both UVA and UVB rays
  • Contains anti-oxidant vitamins A, B, D, and E to aid in tissue repair, increase collagen renewal and moisture holding capacity, while simultaneously protecting against pollution and free radical damage
  • Contains soothing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients
  • Apply as a base over the entire face using Foundation Brush #18, Foundation/Concealer Brush #58, or Multi-Use Brush #59 and add a touch of Compact Concealer to blemishes if required.
  • Set with Fine Loose Finishing Powder for a natural looking glow.
  • Mix with a small amount of Luminous Skin Colour for a radiant complexion.
  • Apply all over the face, then swirl Mineral Powder Foundation on all over the face for a “glow from within” look.
  • Use to highlight cheekbones, brow bones, and temples by dabbing over foundation and powder for an extra-dewey look using your fingers or Extra Small Polishing Brush #55, Small Polishing Brush #56 or Multi-Use Brush #59.
  • For maximum shimmer and radiance, apply over a BECCA Primer and leave skin unpowdered.

Like I said earlier, I’m not much of a foundation person. This product is just for people like me! It’s the perfect lotion if you want your face to glow a little bit – without applying foundation! My face shimmers – NOT sparkles. You can hardly even tell the shimmer is there, your skin just looks glowy. (I know it’s not a word, but I’m using it anyway.)

I like how natural it looks. It doesn’t look cheap – or like I should be heading to a club. It just makes my skin look healthy! You should try it!

PS: It also has this really light, barely-there-scent that just smells amazing!

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