How to Transition Your Skin from Winter to Spring

It’s that time of the year again. As you begin to swap your cozy coats and over-the-knee boots for lightweight cardigans and cute wedges, it’s time to rethink your skin care products. Daylight savings is this week (finally), and unless a last-minute winter surprise hits the forecast you can probably safely stow away the heavy-duty moisturizers and familiarize yourself with your warmer-weather favorites. Here’s how to make a seamless transition from winter to spring


Spring Clean Your Pores

Preparing your skin for warmer weather begins with a fresh canvas. Once or twice a week, swap your daily cleanser for a penetrating product formulated to purge oil, dirt, debris, and other impurities from the skin. Ingredients such as mud and clay are ideal for purifying the skin and dissolving oil that could otherwise leave your skin shiny for hours. We love Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser.

Exfoliate Twice a Week

If you have dry skin, you may exfoliate regularly already in an effort to reduce those telltale flakes. Otherwise it’s worth adding a quality facial scrub to your routine to renew your complexion just in time for spring. Skin may appear a bit lackluster after months spend indoors in dry heat. A scrub revives your skin, boosts circulation, and leaves it softer, too. Try Glo Skin Beauty Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub  for a smoothing treat that smells great, too.

Try a Lighter Moisturizer

Unless your skin is extremely dry on a regular basis, you don’t need to stick with the same heavy-duty moisturizer that saw you through fall and winter. A lighter emulsion is just right for hydrating skin without leaving skin greasy. You can also easily wear makeup over these formulas. Try bareMinerals Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion  for instant softness without the weight.

Never Forget Your SPF

No matter what the time of year, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the ravages of potent ultraviolet rays. Be sure to select a broad-spectrum formula that combats both UVA and UVB rays to prevent both skin cancer and signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots. Remember to do this last—and make it a point not to skimp. If you’re short on time, try a moisturizing SPF product infused with a hint of color. We like Avene Complexion Correction Shield SPF 50+.

How to Get Rid of Dull Skin—Just in Time for Spring!

After a long winter, it wouldn’t come as a total shock if your skin seemed a little sallow and lackluster. Whether you spent months cooped up inside or just haven’t soaked up much sunshine lately, we have the solution for you. Here are our suggestions for eliminating that dull skin just in time for spring.

Start with an Exfoliating Product

No question about it: Dull skin needs exfoliation. The problem is that dead skin cells collect on the skin, disturbing the natural appearance of a healthy visage and instead contributing to the slightly washed out look you’re trying to avoid. Unless you get rid of the cells that don’t naturally come off on their own, you won’t be able to truly enjoy that healthy glow. Try La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($15.99), a gentle exfoliate that minimizes buildup without causing irritation.

Brighten Up with the Right Cleanser

Don’t make the mistake of using the wrong product when you cleanse your face. Some are so harsh that they can cause dryness, while others just aren’t effective enough to target your specific concerns. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($28.99) is formulated to rid your skin of impurities, dirt, debris, and makeup while smoothing rough spots. The result is a more refined complexion that glows.

Treat It with a Targeted Mask

Masks are everywhere these days, of course, and it might be overwhelming to choose the perfect one if your goal is strictly to get rid of dullness. To the rescue comes Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask ($34.89), a deeply nourishing treatment that provides the kinds of results you’d expect at a spa. Simply smooth it on for a near instantaneous boost. It’s filled with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking more youthful and healthier.

Don’t Forget Heavy-Duty Moisturizer

While it may seem counter-intuitive to use a heavy-duty facial moisturizer when the weather is finally warmer, it’s actually what many of us need to rescue our skin from a season of complete dullness. The reason is simple: the more moisture your skin needs, the more tired and sallow it looks. Your skin essentially appears thinner and less lively, resulting in that less-than-healthy look you’re sporting. Try PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator ($28.99), which contains soothing almond oil, shea butter, and olive fruit oil. The trio pack a punch and deliver much-needed moisture on contact, giving your skin that healthy glow you’ve been craving.

 
Add Retinol to the Mix

Another reason your skin might be looking a little less than fab lately is because your body is producing less collagen. That’s one of the unfortunately natural downsides of aging, but there are tons of fantastic collagen-boosting products out there that actually work. One we love is PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment ($55.99). It’s enriched with retinol, which helps protect your existing collagen and boost the production of new collagen—in other words, your skin will look a lot healthier if you use it.

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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!