Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Did you know that one in eight women in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer? That’s according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF), which also reports that it’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women—and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women.bca-1

Sobering statistics like these are enough to stop any woman in her tracks. That’s why it’s so important that we all do our part to help during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. By raising awareness, instilling hope and courage, and being supportive of affected loved ones, you’re doing a world of good.

 

eltamd_20lotion-1341764-3Here, we’ve chosen a few of our favorite products straight from TheBeautyPlace.com—products that we hope will brighten spirits, raise awareness, and help the unique needs of those who undergo cancer treatments.

Dry skin is a common side effect of chemotherapy. The treatment can also worsen existing dry skin, and may also cause itchiness. A rich moisturizer designed to improve the skin’s moisture barrier and impart continuous hydration is key. We love the soothing texture of Elta MD Lotion ($14.29), because it helps strengthen skin while delivering continuous moisture for hours. Best of all, it can be used safely from head to toe (yes, even on your face).

 

avene-cold-cream-balmLips can also dry out considerably as a result of cancer treatment. A rich, highly moisturizing product like Avene Cold Cream Lip Cream ($12.99) infuses lips with deeply hydrating thermal spring water. It also feels incredibly luxurious and leaves lips pillow soft—almost suede-like, in fact. A little bit goes a long way, and because it’s hypoallergenic it’s safe even for those with sensitive skin.

 

Some cancer patients report that their skin feels remarkably smoother after using Egyptian Magic ($26.99) to soothe especially dry, cracked areas of the skin. It contains olive oil, honey, royal jelly, bee pollen, and beeswax, among other nourishing ingredients. The formula is designed to attack that dryness at its root, coating skin in deep moisture as it works overtime to minimize dryness and scaling. It can even be used on the hair, cuticles, after shaving, and just about anywhere else on the body.

Hair loss is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy. Some other types of cancer treatments may cause the hair to thin. In that case, or in the event of partial hair loss, Toppik Colored Hair Thickener ($19.75) may be a viable solution. This spray product conceals thinning spots, touches up roots, and creates an illusion of fuller, richer hair. It’s available in several colors and is very easy and quick to use.

Cancer treatments can have an emotional impact on women. The side effects can be alarming, and the physical changes that affect the body, from hair loss to excessive dryness, can be disturbing. Remind her that she’s beautiful through it all and surprise her with a day-brightening beauty product, such as Tigi Cosmetics Brilliance Glow Blush ($15.99). It illuminates the complexion and can even be used as eye shadow in a pinch.

At TheBeautyPlace.com, our goal is simple: to do our own small part to help this very important cause. We’re hosting our Pink Sale from Saturday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct.7 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We hope it serves a strong reminder that early detection is the key.

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Self-Tanning 101: How to Achieve a Flawless Golden Glow

tumblr_nt7fg8QHAS1thynt0o1_500Summertime is crazy-fun time – a chance to soak up the sunshine, laze over lazy evening drinks on sidewalk patios, and hit the beach. But it’s also that time of year when a golden glow seems to take precedence over every other beauty goal. Here’s how to make a flawless self-tan come to life (we promise, it’s easy).

bliss-blood-orange-scrubBegin with freshly exfoliated skin. This is the most important step of all! Without sloughing off those dead skin cells and rough spots, you risk applyingself-tanner to areas that aren’t ready for it – and your self-tanning product will definitely show up as darker patches in those areas, too. A product like Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Sugar Scrub ($31.59) is a dream in so many ways: it smells lovely, lathers up just like your favorite shower gel, and gentle scrubs away rough spots with mild sugar granules.

Dry off completely. Your skin shouldn’t be damp when you apply a self-tanning product, so towel off your body thoroughly and wait several minutes until you’re completely dry. (Use that time to dry your hair!)

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Next, moisturize any dry areas on your body. A lightweight body lotion, such as Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream ($25.89), sinks into rough spots like elbows, knees, and ankles, creating an instantly smooth canvas for your self-tanner. Don’t forget your face! Smooth an equally light moisturizer like Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion ($28.89) onto dry areas, such as the corners of your nose and around your mouth.

avene-self-tannerIt’s time to tan! Choose an effortless product that takes the guesswork out of thewhole process. We love Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion ($20.99), which applies just like – you guessed it – a body lotion. Smooth on this vitamin E-enriched product to achieve a fresh, natural-looking glow (and much softer skin). Use it for at least three days to reach your optimal shade preference.

 

tantowel-faceWho knew tanning your face could be this easy? Thanks to the TanTowel Face Tan Towelette ($30 for 15), you can enjoy a sun-kissed glow all season long – without worrying about damaging UV rays. Apply it as you would a moisturizer, buffing the towelette in a circular fashion over your entire face. Voila – a streak-free, gorgeous tan from head to toe.

 

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If you’ve made any mistakes, don’t fret – and please don’t attempt to remove all of your hard work by vigorously scrubbing your face and body! Instead, run a slice of lemon over the area and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The citric acid in the lemon will break down the tan and rid your skin of color, so you’ll have a fresh canvas on which to work.

Slopes vs Sand: Your Spring Break Beauty Tips Are In!

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Apply, Re-apply your Sunscreen – The sun is bright up on the mountain and it reflects off the powder. Don’t let sunburn or, even worse, sun poisoning ruin your Spring Break on the slopes. Pack a good sunscreen to protect … Continue reading 

AVOID TOXIC SUNSCREENS

sunscreenAs the summer sun continues to heat things up, UVA and UVB protection should be a priority. As the leading cause in skin cancer, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, UVA/UVB rays are extremely harmful.

According to Skin Cancer Foundation, the sun protection factor, or SPF, indicates the length of time it takes for UV rays to redden skin. For example, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will take 30 minutes longer to redden the skin. Sunscreens with SPF 15 protection screen 93% of the sun’s UVB rays; SPF 30 screens 97%; SPF 50 screens 98%.

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, identified some of the most harmful ingredients found in sunscreens in department store brands and drug store brands.

By sorting through the level of toxicity of FDA-approved ingredients commonly found in sunscreens, the EWG’s sunscreen guide noted Oxybenzone as one of the most toxic ingredients. With a skin penetration level of 1% to 9%, Oxybenzone interferes with the body’s hormone system.

The most important part of the guide? EWG’s approved brands that scored well in regards to chemical penetration from ingredients, skin allergies and other toxicity concerns.

Jan Marini, La Roche-Posay, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (formerly MD Skincare), NIA24 and Skinceuticals are all available on TheBeautyPlace.com at competitive prices.

Below are some of the best SPF picks that are EWG approved and TBP Editor approved:

La Roche Posay Anthelios 30 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen

La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Face Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50

NIA24 Sun Damage 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB Sunscreen SPF 30

Have a question about your sunscreen? Let us know!

Tutorial Tuesday – Burn Relief

We recently tackled this summer’s bandit – sunburns – what it can cause. For serious burns that sting, try this remedy.

You will need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • 100% Pure Coconut Oil
  • Old T- Shirt
  • Spray Bottle/Washcloth

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Instructions:

Note: The apple cider portion can be done at any point during the day for pain relief. The oil portion should be done before bed.

Step 1: To address the pain, mix ¼ of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of cold water in a spray bottle or bowl. Shake the bottle or mix the two liquids really well.

Step 2: Spray it liberally over your sunburned skin. If using a washcloth, dampen the washcloth with the mixture and dab it on. Let it dry.

Step 3: After the apple cider vinegar and water mixture has dried, use your fingers to apply the coconut oil. The coconut oil will begin to melt as you rub it gently on your sunburned skin. Use a paper towel to catch the falling drops. The oil will help your skin heal but needs time for absorption, thus this should be done before bedtime. To avoid getting your bed sheets oiled up, wear an old t-shirt and/or old sweatpants to bed.

This DIY tutorial can be done daily until your skin recovers.

Remember to always apply SPF before sun exposure whether it be a run in the park, the beach or errands.

Stay beautiful!

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Quick Beauty Tip – Prevent A Sun Damaged Scalp

quicktip-avoid-sunburn-scalp Floppy Hats & Beachy Ponytails are stylish and adorable looks for the beach, but they actually serve a very important purpose in addition to their cute look. Wear a slick back ponytail to eliminate the risk of getting a sun burn on your part, or opt for a floppy hat or even baseball cap to cover your scalp all together. There are even some hair care brands that offer scalp protectant spray with SPF, but these are quick, easy fixes!

At Home Sunburn Remedy

how to cure a sunburnAs much as we preach about skincare & sun protection, we know some of you beauties will still show up to work on Monday morning with a wicked sunburn! This may seem like a Mediterranean recipe, but it isn’t. Combine 1/2 an avocado peeled & pitted with 3 tbsp olive oil. Mash it together and smooth it onto your burn. Let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse.

The avocado is a natural anti-inflammatory so you can skip the Advil, and it hydrates the skin too. The olive oil softens the sun damaged skin immediately upon contact. Both ingredients add essential oils back into your skin. Ahhhhhhh!

Take A Fake-Cation With us!

At-Home Spa Essentials at TheBeautyPlace.com

At-Home Spa Essentials at TheBeautyPlace.com

Today is officially the first day of Summer! Some of us are lucky enough to be sailing, flying or driving to their favorite getaway this summer, escaping their mundane daily routines, but those of us left behind deserve a little “me” time too. We wouldn’t want any of our beautiful readers to feel that longing for a vacay, so this year instead of taking a mainstream stay-cation, we’re giving you the tools to take a full on fake-cation! Everything you need to get a sunkissed skin, fresh out of the salon mani, and beachy waves is right here. Your coworkers will think you spent the weekend in the Bahamas! Your secret is safe with us!”

Start with a sleek moisturizing hair mask. It will repair badly damaged hair from hot tools and chemical services. Because it’s enriched with anti oxidants, vitamin E and keratin protein, it will nourish and mend split ends, leaving your hair touchable, soft and smooth. Then apply a Cucumber Face Mask. Nothing says beach vacation like the cooling sensation of a cucumber mask. It will leave your skin calm, smooth and hydrated. You can apply it under the eye area to reduce puffiness leaving your face completely rejuvenated. Next, get your tan on! Either you can use the Luminess air brush system to spray to get a flawless tan or the easy to apply TanTowel. Either way you will be left with an amazing just off the boat tan without any of the negative side effects associated with skin damage. While that amazing tan is soaking into your pastey skin… Manicure time! This Nail Fix is the perfect kit to leave your nails looking manicure perfect. This kit contains OPI Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil which is rich in therapeutic, skin-loving Avocado Oil and is 1000 times more powerful than regular Vitamin E – plus feather-light Grape Seed, Sunflower, Sesame and Kukui Nut oils and Lecithin to restore essential moisture and lipids and nourish dry cuticles. Additionally it contains Tweezerman Cuticle Pusher and Nail Cleaner which is a 2-in-1 nail tool for manicures and pedicures. It combines the famous “Pushy” cuticle pusher with a nail cleaner and features super-thin edges buffed smooth to prevent scratching. Lastly, the BioSwiss Nail Brush which will leave your nails squeaky clean! Now that your palate is rejuvenated with a moisturizing face and hair mask, clean nails and a great tan it’s time to top off this crisp, rested vacation look. Monday morning spay Blow Pro Beach Blow Texturizing Mist to give yourself that amazing voluminous beachy hair look. Then dab TIGI Cosmetics Blush – Awaken on the apples of your cheeks. You’ll look refreshed from head to toe. Who needs a vacation to revive yourself when you can look even better staying where you are? Fake it until you make it!!

Quick Beauty Tip – What To Apply Around Your Eyes

Apply Higher SPF Around The Eyes

You don’t have to be a total beauty maven to know the importance of applying SPF to your skin before sun exposure, but you may not have realized that you should be applying a higher SPF around your eyes. Since the skin is much more delicate and thin in this area, dab on a drop of higher SPF 30 minutes before going in the sun!

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