The Power of Scent

Essential oils and herbs add a hint of fragrance to your beauty products, but there’s more to them than that. Did you know that they actually serve a functional purpose, too? At TheBeautyPlace.com, we’re serious purveyors of scent—and the powerful effects they have on our skin and spirits. Here’s, a selection of our favorite products:

 

John Masters Organics Lavender & Palmarosa Body Scrub ($15.99): Summer is skin-baring season, which means you’re probably shaving daily and (hopefully) moisturizing regularly. One way to ensure that your skin stays smooth is to use a body scrub that gently sloughs off dead skin. This scrub contains organic sugar, hydrating palmarosa leaf, and calming lavender.

 

Did you know? Lavender helps relax the body and mind. Studies show that it may help reduce blood pressure and promote better sleep. To reap the benefits of this scrub, enjoy a shower before bedtime (well worth it if you’ve spent the entire day at the beach!) and breathe in its aromatic scent. You’ll notice a remarkable change in how well you sleep.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Chamomile Cleansing Lotion ($25.99): Sensitive skin types demand a gentle cleanser that will effectively remove oil and makeup without stripping the skin. This formula is non-drying and designed to soothe skin and leave it smoother and softer. It contains natural herbal extracts, as well as gentle chamomile to help calm redness and irritation.

 

Did you know? Chamomile is a natural healing agent. The plant’s leaves contain a variety of therapeutic oils and potent, free radical-busting antioxidants. For skin that inflamed or otherwise irritated, it may help reduce the symptoms and promote quicker healing.

 

Jane Iredale Smell The Roses Hydration Spray ($25.99): Few scents capture romance, peace, and elegance as well as hypnotic rose. This spray is more than a traditional perfume—it’s designed to drench your complexion with hydration and reduce redness and irritation that may develop after a long day of sun exposure. Use it to brighten your skin throughout the day, set your makeup, or as a fragrance when you want something light and pleasant.

 

Did you know? Rose is considered one of the most powerful essential oils in the world. It’s known as an antiseptic, and it can help control excess oil production and balance your skin’s pH levels.

 

Rusk Sensories Clarify Rosemary & Quillaja Detoxifying Shampoo ($10.99): Do you ever look in the mirror and wish there was a personal stylist behind you working her magic? Consider this shampoo a substitute. It’s enriched with quillaja (a natural soap) and rosemary, which may help stimulate your hair’s growth. At the very least, it will give your hair a little boost at the root and help revive it.

 

Did you know? Rosemary is thought to nourish and treat damaged scalps, which is why it’s often found in various hair care formulas. In addition to stimulating growth, it might even delay hair loss, treat dandruff, or reduce graying. If your scalp is typically dry or flaky, rosemary makes an excellent addition to your routine.

 

Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Oil Serum ($37.79): Nourishing facial oils can have an incredible effect on the skin, particularly this one that is designed to reduce oil buildup and balance your complexion. As an addition to your regular routine, add two drops twice a day to your skin and gently massage it into the skin to reap its rewards.

 

Did you know? Ylang ylang boosts circulation and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It may help reduce inflammation, treat skin infections, and even normalize skin that suffers from eczema or seborrhea. Both conditions are the result of irregular oil production, which in turn creates the conditions’ telltale itchy, peeling patches.

Why You Should Add Vitamin C To Your Skincare Routine

Did you know that adding Vitamin C to your skincare routine can really be beneficial? Adding this powerful ingredient to your daily routine, provides a range of benefits, from evening out your skin tone, shielding skin from visible impacts of pollution, significantly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer!

It is a Great Anti-Aging

Did you know that Vitamin C could help to visibly reduce the skin’s signs of aging? Skin naturally begins to show more signs of photoaging as we age. However, one of the ways our skin can help keep itself renewed and healthy-looking is with antioxidants like Vitamin C. The John Masters Organics Vitamin C Anti-Aging Face Serum ($26.89) works deep into skin to diminish signs of aging, crow’s feet andpremature aging.

Brightens skin

We all want a beautiful glowing skin! Vitamin C creates a brighter complexion and evens out skin tone. When we don’t produce sufficient amount of collagen and elastin, our skin can look dull and can be more susceptible to acne scarring. We truly recommend SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex ($56.99) as a great source of Vitamin C. It utilizes water-soluble silicon gel, aqueous form of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), to be gradually released throughout the day. It is amazing products that Fights, improves, prevents sun damage and also improves skin tone, texture, and firmness.

 

Complements Collagen

One of the ways that skin renews itself, providing for a more youthful look, is through the production of the protein, collagen. As we age, our skin naturally produces less collagen than it did in our youth. Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Vitamin C Day Cream ($39.99) is the perfect option revive fatigued, sallow, stressed skin and give it that just-stepped-out-of-the-shower sheen. The unique pairing of Oxygen reinforces collagen synthesis, helps the skin rebound from external and internal stresses, improves skin hydration, and breathes new life into lackluster complexions.

 

Retains Moisture

You probably already know that adding and sealing in moisture is an important part of your daily skin care routine, but did you know that Vitamin C can also help keep skin hydrated by enhancing moisture content? Add Vitamin C serum every day, like the Glo Therapeutics 15% Vitamin C Serum ($65.99) that improves skin’s elasticity, promotes collagen production, reduces erythema, and reduces hyperpigmentation.

 

4 Sunscreen Myths You Need to Stop Believing

It’s no secret that sunscreen is essential. What does seem to cause some confusion, though, are the many myths and half-truths surrounding this essential beauty product. Which are facts, and which would best be described as complete fiction? Here are four common sunscreen myths you need to stop believing.

 

Myth: You Don’t Need Full Body Coverage

Truth: Many people feel they’re sufficiently protected so long as they slather sunscreen on the face. But sun damage can affect any area of the body, from foreheads to toes, and eventually lead to skin cancer. That’s why it’s so critical to apply sun protection everywhere. Think of the wrinkly hands and aging necks that are often dead giveaways of a person’s true age—they’re also highly indicative of poor sun care habits.

Try: Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Lotion SPF 50+ (Face and Body), $24.99

 

Myth: You Need Sun Exposure for Optimal Vitamin D Levels

Truth: Vitamin D is the “feel good” nutrient all healthy humans need. While the sun helps skin produce vitamin D, it’s not the only source—and certainly not a reason to skimp on sunscreen in an effort to soak up as much D as possible. In fact, that’s counterproductive because your skin only produces so much of the vitamin within a certain time frame before it stops. (Imagine if your skin generated vitamin D during every waking moment spent in the sunlight—it would quickly reach overdosed levels!) Keep wearing that sunscreen, and rely on a combination of supplements, a healthy diet, and brief sunlight exposure to enjoy optimal levels.

Try: Dr. Brandt XYY Power Dose D Sunshine Vitamin for Skin, $30.99

Myth: You Only Need Sunscreen During Peak Hours

Truth: Peak sunlight time is typically defined as 10 am to 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are especially powerful. Naturally, it’s vital to wear sunscreen during these hours, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the day is precluded from harming your skin. Harmful UVA rays are present throughout the day, and can lead to skin damage and some forms of skin cancer. Even cloudy days aren’t enough to protect skin. In fact, those are the days that often produce some of the worst sunburns because people neglect to wear sunscreen altogether. Clouds block only a small percentage of UV rays, meaning that you can still suffer even if you don’t necessarily see or feel the sun.

Try: La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen, $24.99

 

Myth: You Can Wear Any Sunscreen to Prevent UVA and UVB Damage

Truth: Sunscreens that are labeled “broad-spectrum” are the only ones that prevent damage from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for producing visible signs of aging, including spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, while UVB rays cause sunburns. Both of them can ultimately lead to skin cancer, so it’s best to wear a product that effectively combats them equally.

Try: Elta MD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45, $38.89

Why we Should Change our Skincare During the Warmer months

Days get longer, weather gets warmer, and there are so many outdoor activities to do. Oh yes, the summer season is finally here! With the excitement of beach trips, barbecues, and music festivals crowding your headspace, your skin — and taking care of it — cannot take a backseat on your list of to-dos. Our skin has different needs with the change of seasons. Temperature, humidity, and sun exposure play a role in how skin behaves, so pay attention to the following tips and learn how to keep your skin on fleek during this summer.

Use a lighter moisturizer

We wear lighter clothes when it gets warm out, so naturally, we should be doing the same for our skin. One of our favorite recommendations is the bareMinerals Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion ($31.99), it replenishes combination to normal skin types with oil-free hydration to leave it feeling incredibly soft and ultra-smooth.

Don’t forget the sunscreen, please don’t!

We all know sun exposure and sunburns increase in the summer months. We also know that the sun can be the worst enemy of our skin. Sunscreen application (and re-application) shouldn’t just be relegated to the pool or beach areas. Wear sunscreen daily – even if you’re just driving or riding in the car. Try La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Face Mineral Sunscreen Fluid ($23.39), it is recommended for sensitive skin and atopic skin and it will give you a beautiful matte finish!

Keep it clean

Washing your face is probably something that you’re already doing on a regular basis, but clean skin during the long summer months is extremely important. During the summer heat, skin gets oilier and becomes more exposed to the elements, especially the sun. Having some Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes ($9.99) with you all the time will be very helpful to keep your skin clean throughout the day. Also, don’t forget to exfoliate at least twice a week; the SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($27.99) can be the perfect because unlike rougher scrubs, this one won’t damages the skin or cause surface lacerations.

Try Clay Masks

Sweat and just more oil production, in general, tends to clog pores and make our skin feel dirty. We all know that this season is the prime time for breakouts, so try using clay masks to help absorb excess oil, deep clean your pores and prevent breakouts. John Masters Organics Moroccan Clay Purifying Mask 2 ($22.89) encourages collagen production and increased cellular turnover while natural antioxidants neutralize free radical damage.  It’s the perfect product for the summer!

5 Ways to look Younger in less than 5 minutes

We all do what we can to make sure we don’t look older. Night creams, wrinkle-reducing serums, and under-eye creams aren’t the only ways to blur the lines of aging. For those of you who might have missed the anti-aging memo, check out this makeup tips that can make you look younger in less than 5 minutes!

Illuminate your faceHighlighter not only gives you that nice glow, it can be used strategically to lift and contour the face, making it look more youthful! Try a little highlighter like the Jane Iredale Eye Highlighter Pencil ($11.99) on the inner and outer corners of the eyes and along the brow bone to brighten up the eye area. You can also use the Glo Minerals ($12.99) highlighter to lift the cheeks. This will draw your cheeks upward.

 

Warm It Up!

Nude lipstick and matte bronzer look lifeless on skin that’s dull. Instead, a neutral rose color applied to the lips like the Tigi Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick “Bliss DL” ($12.99) really brightens it up. For the cheeks, try the Youngblood Pressed Mineral Blush – Plumberry ($15.99) this mineral based sleek blush formulated with mica and jojoba oil to deliver a smooth application and cheeky glow

 

Open those eyes!

As your skin loses elasticity, your eyelids begin to droop. To fake lifted eyes, go for a good mascara. This product is one of the easiest things you can apply to make your eyes look bigger—and therefore younger. We couldn’t think of a better option to add that volume to your eyes better than the bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara – Intense Black ($17.99)

 

Go for a Liquid- Base Foundation

There is a time and a place for matte skin. However, powders can make your skin look dull and give you a cakey finish that accentuates lines and wrinkles. Go for a liquid-based foundation with a dewy finish, something like or similar to Youngblood Liquid Foundation ($26.99). The moisture and illuminating properties will minimize those pesky lines and make your skin look fresh and youthful. Plus, it is recommended to go for a yellowish foundation. Yellow warms up the skin, and the warmer your skin looks, the younger it looks!

 

Fill in your Brows

Because your brows thin out and droop at the ends as you get older, fill them out to look way younger! Lift your brows by applying a powder or brow pencil with a brush-through spoolie along the top line of the tail of your brows. Then, fill in any sparse areas lightly and brush through for a soft but defined look. We recommend the Glo Minerals Precision Brow Pencil ($12.99) since it works to fill in, sculpt, and shape your brows just how you like them.

 

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day will be here soon enough! Because you love your mom, and your mom loves cool presents. We want to help you find the perfect gift to commemorate her! Whether your Mom is super stylish or is the woman who already has everything, we’ve got just the right Mother’s Day gift ideas to put a smile on her face!

 

Tantowel Endless Tan Classic Kit

If mom’s a fan of having this sun-kissed tan, but she’s also very skin-conscious, the Tantowel Endless Tan Classic Kit ($16.99) can be the perfect option! This combination of the TanTowel Classic self-tanning towelettes and the clear liquid Tanning Mist will add that extra sexy touch that every mom loves to have! Trust me, she’ll thank you this one!

Jane Iredale Starter Kit

If you’re a beauty guru and you really want to share with your mom your beauty obsession, start by giving her this Jane Iredale Starter Kit ($39.99) it has the essentials needed for everyday makeup and comes with a handy cosmetics travel case too. Also, it includes a beautiful cosmetic bag with a mirror!

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Precious Cream

We all know “Don’t get me anything” and “I don’t need anything” really mean “It’s going to be extremely difficult for you to find something I’ll like.” But the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Precious Cream ($52.99) is something she’ll love! This is a twenty-four hour moisturizing and age repair cream featuring a full bouquet of a dozen roses. The proprietary blend of six rose stem cells and six rose extracts helps repair, regenerate and rejuvenate skin.

Decleor Hydrating Starter kit

We love Decleor for its high ingredient standards, natural formulations, and the fact that the products totally deliver. This combo Decleor Hydrating Starter kit ($26.99) will pamper the woman who deserves it most—even if she claims that all she really wants is for you and your siblings to get along.

Clarisonic Mia FIT Sonic Cleansing System

There are the years where getting a card and a bouquet of flowers is the perfect Mother’s Day present. And then there are the years where you want to treat your mom to something extra special. Clarisonic Mia FIT Sonic cleansing device ($154.99) is compact, lightweight and waterproof for on-the-go sonic cleansing for smooth, more radiant skin. This product is ideal for removing impurities, sunscreen, and makeup.

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask 

Treat your mom to the anti-aging mask beloved by beauty editors, dermatologists, and former supermodels alike. In fact, it’s the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask ($54.99) This product helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion. Plus, the 24K gold imparts an opulent, radiant glow and locks in moisture for the ultra-hydrated skin.

Youngblood Red Lips Kit

Every woman is a lipstick lover, and your mom it’s also on the list! Trust me, lipsticks are like shoes; we’ll never have enough! The Youngblood Red Lips Kit ($47.99) includes everything she needs to complete her makeup and make her simply fabulous!

 

 

4 Products to Soothe Sensitive Skin

Coping with sensitive skin is, well, a sensitive issue. There’s lots of trial and error involved, and it can often result in unnecessary dollars spent, tons of product wasted, and endless frustration. Anyone who regularly wages war with ruddy skin, irritation, and itchiness knows this all too well.

In the interest of alleviating your stress (which, by the way, can make those sensitive skin woes even worse) and easing your skin’s discomfort, we’ve rounded up four of the most effective products for sensitive skin. The next time your cheeks, nose, and forehead decide to flare up, you’ll have just the thing in your beauty arsenal to put an end to the misery.

Moisturize Gently

A healing moisturizer is the key to soothing inflamed skin that doesn’t respond to traditional products. Pevonia Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream ($48.79) is formulated specifically to treat redness resulting from irritation and rashes. Its cocktail of aloe and propolis helps relax oversensitive patches and decongestion. Your skin does its best work overnight, so apply it liberally before bed and enjoy softer, more comfortable skin by morning.

 

Treat Specifically

Sometimes it’s just a few select areas that need a little TLC. Keep a tube of Avene Antirougeurs FORT Relief Concentrate ($29.99) in your medicine cabinet for those moments when your skin really freaks out and needs immediate treatment. Free of parabens and fragrances, it diminishes ruddiness and calms the symptoms of rosacea. It’s also hypoallergenic, so you can feel safe using it when your skin needs some serious help.

 

Cleanse Softly

Avoid cleansers that strip your skin and opt for a milder product, like bareMinerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam ($19.99). Infused with gentle elderflower and rosemary extracts, it drenches skin with moisture will leaving it soft and refreshed. A little bit goes a long way—that’s important to remember when your skin is sensitive. Avoid overusing products or doing too much to your skin in general.

Cover Up

Sometimes you have no option but to conceal sensitive skin before you head out the door. It’s a good idea to keep a potent product like Dermablend Cover Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($26.99) on hand for such emergencies. Available in a whopping 21 shades (there is truly one for every skin tone!), it provides instant full coverage on even the most difficult spots. Long-lasting coverage means you’ll never have to worry about it smudging or budging, and essential sunscreen protects your skin from those harmful ultraviolet rays.

Easy & Fast Eye Makeup Look For Everyday

Long gone are those days of spending hours getting ready in the morning. We’ve taken our favorite eye products and have made a few short videos showing you just how easy it is to get this perfect everyday eye look.

The items use in the video are: Jane Iredale Smooth Affair for Eyes ; Glo Minerals Jeweled Eye Pencil in Bejeweled Bronzed; Jane Iredale Purepressed Eyeshadow in Taupe; Glo Minerals Graphic Eyeliner in Black/Brown; and Jane Iredale Purelash Mascara in Black Onyx

Let us know what you think of this look and what other looks you would love to see?

The Best Sunscreens for Every Situation

The importance of wearing sunscreen has been hammered into us for as long as we can remember. Most would say it’s beauty rule number one—the one rule you absolutely should not break. That’s why it’s so important to choose one that you can use daily before you head outdoors.

That said, not all sunscreens are alike. Some are more suited for the body, and others are designed exclusively for the face. Here are some of the best sunscreens available on TheBeautyPlace.com for every warm-weather situation you may encounter.

For Your Makeup

Some foundations are infused with sun protection, but they don’t provide sufficient coverage against harmful ultraviolet rays. You would need to pile on the foundation in order to reap the benefits, which is why it’s a good idea to wear a separate sunscreen underneath your foundation. Try broad-spectrum John Masters Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($30.99), a lightweight formula enriched with hydrating and nourishing green tea and shea butter.

For the Beach

It’s no secret that some sunscreens literally stink. The key to choosing a great sunscreen for the beach is to find a formula that works overtime to protect you from damaging UV rays while also adding a nice tropical fragrance to the mix. COOLA Classic Sport SPF 50 ($26.99) ticks every box on the list—it contains an anti-inflammatory dose of organic arnica extract, hydrating oils of omegas 3 and 6, plus a cocktail of nourishing vitamins. All that, plus a juicy mango scent, makes it the ultimate beachwear option.

For Outdoor Fitness

 If you’re an outdoor fitness maven, you’ve probably lost count of the number of sunscreens you’ve tried. There’s got to be at least one that won’t streak away while you’re out there getting fit, right? It’s safe to say you need a tube of La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Body Milk Sunscreen ($28.99). In addition to high-performance sun protection, it’s water-resistant for better wear in the sweltering heat. It also contains moisturizers and antioxidants to protect your skin from dryness and free radicals.

For Sensitive Skin

 If you can barely use fragrances without breaking out into hives, you may find it difficult to find a sunscreen that really suits your sensitive skin. To the rescue comes Murad Redness Therapy Correcting Moisturizer SPF 15 ($28.89). It’s formulated to improve the appearance of ruddy, inflamed skin while drenching it with moisture and protecting it from dangerous UV rays. It also has a hint of tint to correct discoloration, and may even help minimize flakiness that could result from summer dryness.

For Combating Aging

Fine lines and wrinkles are no match for a potent sunscreen with built-in anti-aging ingredients. Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 ($51.99) is essentially the superhero of the skin care world. It combats even stubborn lines while preventing the formation of new ones, all while protecting skin from sunlight. You’ll notice an improvement in your skin’s texture and elasticity over time, both of which are key in reducing the visible signs of aging. 

For Daily Use 

Who wants to wear a face full of makeup when it’s hot outside? Treat yourself to a two-in-one product that actually works: Peter Thomas Roth Radiant Instant Mineral Brush-On Bronzer Sunscreen SPF 30 ($19.99). Tucked inside this discreet bottle is a powder that leaves your skin beautifully bronzed. That healthy glow, though, comes second to the product’s potent, broad-spectrum sunscreen. A little color and a ton of sun protection is all you need to get through the day, and this delivers perfectly.

Get the Look for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the most wonderful days of the year for beauty junkies. Whether or not you’re part of a duo, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the fabulous selection of pretty pinks and reds at TheBeautyPlace.com. Shop for date night, for a special friend (Valentine’s Day can easily be GALentine’s Day for your BFFs!), or for your very special self, and enjoy these picks that are destined to make this Valentine’s Day the best yet.

Give the gift of perfect skin! The Clarisonic Mia 1 in Electric Pink ($97.79) is designed to reduce impurities that may contribute to troubled skin. With regular use, it diminishes the appearance of pores, helps eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothes the complexion to leave behind a more radiant finish. If you’re a little lazy about your skincare routine or know someone who is, this is the ultimate kick needed to get into the habit—and see real results quickly.

You’ve always been told not to brush wet hair, but things have changed with the advent of the Wet Brush Detangle in Punchy Pink ($7.99). Not only is it sure to be the cutest thing on your vanity, it’s also guaranteed to be one of the most useful. Use it to detangle wet or dry strands by simply running it through from your roots down. It’s designed specifically not to damage, and it won’t tug or break your strands. Instead, it makes hair even more manageable and easier to style. So you can rock that glam Valentine’s Day ‘do you’ve been envisioning.

When better than date night to sport flushed cheekbones? Achieve the look with Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush in Brilliance ($15.99), a warm pink with a golden finish. The result is natural, colorful, and effortlessly pretty—it’s not unlike the glow you might experience after jogging around the neighborhood. In a pinch, you can even use this color on your eyelids to brighten up your entire look. The formula is light, but you can build it up easily for a more intense finish.

Wanted: A creamy lipstick with a stay-put formula that you can slick on and go. Found: Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick ($19.99), which ticks all of the boxes and goes well beyond expectation to deliver gorgeous results. It’s available in dozens of colors, but if you’re feeling especially festive you might want to try Margi, a brazen, no-fuss red that will probably turn a few heads. If you love the Valentine’s Day color spectrum but want to play it a bit safer, try Lucy, a soft, juicy pink that flatters nearly every skin tone.

The warm, alluring scent of vanilla adds the perfect finishing touch to your Valentine’s Day routine. At this time of year, a thick, nourishing moisturizer is practically law, and we think the Bliss Vanilla + Bergamot Body Butter ($21.69) is an essential that really stands up to the challenge. It delivers lasting hydration and is loaded with free radical-busting vitamins. It also exudes a light, pleasant scent that combines a hint of vanilla with sweet almond. It lingers but isn’t overpowering, and your skin will feel amazing.

 

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