EXCLUSIVE Perfume Launch at Target

At Target, they know what guests love new, incredible beauty products …

From exclusive-to-Target brands to the latest trends, they're curating an assortment of beauty products that they believe guests will love to find during their Target runs. With last year’s launches including a K-beauty collection, a celebrity haircare line and a major natural skincare brand, 2018 has some big shoes to fill … so they're kicking off the new year with an exciting announcement: Target’s launching a new fragrance brand exclusively available at Target, Good Chemistry!

Created specifically with beauty guests in mind, the niche fragrance brand includes four collections inspired by different personalities: Confident and Charming, Good and Grounded, Vibrant and Playful and Cool and Collected. Each collection then includes four unique scents that come in perfume, body sprays and rollerballs, so there’s truly something for everyone.

“Beauty at Target is all about the joy of discovering products that work best for you, and we want to ensure this philosophy rings true in fragrances,” said Christina Hennington, senior vice president of Beauty and Essentials at Target. “That’s why we are reinvigorating our fragrance collection by introducing Good Chemistry, an exclusive brand that is all about inspiring our guests to find unique scents that they love.”

The vegan and paraben-free scents are made with essential oils and will be available in all Target stores starting Jan. 21. To help guests find their best scent, they can test out the different fragrances in store before selecting a favorite.

Also launching on Jan. 21 are eight new fragrances from Pacifica, a fan-favorite specialty beauty brand. 

Events: Amin & Co. Chats with Francis Kurkdjian

Look for the FULL interview in DFW Beauty Guide (www.dfwbeautyguide.com), later this month. If you haven't read my "Meet the Expert" interview with Francis from last summer, click HERE.

Beauty: Rose Oil

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Rose oil is a known body treat from the country of Bulgaria. The oil is a popular choice for aromatherapy with its rich scent. Recently, rose oil is making a lot of noise in the beauty world. The oil proves to contain rich hair care and skin care nutrients. Today, the market for skin care is continuously growing. More and more brands are introducing their own versions of the precious rose oil.

Healthy Hair Lifestyle is everyone’s reliable guide to total hair care. The site gives the people an idea of how some of the newest hair care products work. Consumers and beauty junkies will find helpful information about the latest hair care and skin care products like essential oils.

Essential oils in cosmetics

The rise of essential oils in the beauty market comes shortly after serums made a mark in sales. These serums prove to be highly effective and they provide faster results. Beauty brands started doing the same treatments with the precious essential oils. Now the market offers beauty oils that are advanced when it comes to treatment quality. One highly popular brand that shows a promising start in the essential oils market is the brand called Shiny Leaf. The brand released its first line of products which are the castor oil, rose absolute oil, and pomegranate seed oil. These oils are highly popular, especially to the beauty enthusiasts.

The popularity of these oils brings more way for counterfeit products. Knockoff products swarm the market together with the best oils you’re you can get. This is exactly where pages like Healthy Hair Lifestyle are highly important in choosing the right products. Studies have found that counterfeit products consist of chemicals that are extremely harsh for the skin. There are also findings that some of these products contain wastes and other unhygienic components.

The hype for rose oil

One of the most popular oils that came out along with the rise of essential oils is the well-known essence of rose oil. This oil contains rich chemicals that are great not just for calming the senses. Studies found that rose oil contains rich hair care and skin care properties.

Using rose oil for the hair can help keep and soothe the hair and skin’s dryness. The oil contains rich moisturizing properties that are needed to by the skin and hair regularly. For more skin and hair care benefits of the rose, look for more guides and tips at Healthy Hair Lifestyle https://www.healthyhairlifestyles.com/

Beauty: Orly Breathable Nails

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Los Angeles-based ORLY debuted its new ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color, an all-in-one, long-lasting formula that allows your nails to breathe without needing to go totally bare.

ORLY's technology resembles that of a contact lens, allowing oxygen and hydration to pass through. Their halal-compliant, healing polish includes a blend of argan oil, vitamin B5, and vitamin C, and it eliminates the need for a basecoat and a topcoat thanks to shine additives and adhesion promoters. Just apply two coats, and you're good to go!

In a survey of 500 women, 99% saw a noticeable difference in the overall health and appearance of their nails (compared to traditional polish), and felt their nails were stronger or healthier after using Breathable for a week. They also reported less chipping and peeling, and faster nail growth.

ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color is available in 15 shades (plus a clear Treatment + Shine) starting today at ULTAORLYbeauty.com, JCPenney, and salons around the country.

This launch comes at a time when halal beauty is making serious waves across the beauty industry. Islam states that in order to pray properly, followers must wash every part of their body, which includes nails. 

For many Muslim women, wearing nail polish becomes a daunting task, with having to remove it each time before each daily prayer (5).

This new technology could change EVERYTHING.

Beauty: Organic Personal Care Market Expected To Reach $16 Billion by 2020

Global trends in the organic personal care market is growing, where the market is expected to reach $15.98 billion by 2020, according to a new report by Grand View Research. An increasing amount of consumers are opting for organic and natural hair care, skin care and cosmetic products, which is anticipated to grow throughout the projected time period.

Retailers all over the country are expanding their personal care items to include more organic and natural products to meet the growing demands of consumers. Consumer perceptions are changing to embrace environmentally sustainable and natural products that can deliver results without the use of chemicals or toxins. Along with the market expansion, more approvals for human health and safety regulatory bodies like the USDA and the FDA will also see a correlating rise in certified personal care products.

The projected increase in market worth comes as no surprise as natural and organic products provide consumers with anti-oxidation properties and improved skin immunity advantages compared to chemically-formulated products. On top of that, there's an increase in awareness of the harmful effects that are associated with chemical substances found in traditional personal care products, which is fueling the demand of natural and organic alternatives.

Roger Gore, founder and owner of G Natural Products, a national brand of natural personal care products, can attest to the benefits and changing dynamic of the growing organic market. First and foremost, chemically-formulated products are a recipe for allergic reactions and skin/scalp irritation. With the use of natural and organic products, the consumer gets peace of mind and a safer-to-use product. Second, chemically-treated products might give the individual a temporary result now, but it damages the health of the hair in the long run. On the other hand, natural products will not only give them the results they want, but it will also make the hair and skin much healthier.

"One of the biggest issues people have is adding moisture to their hair and the chemically-treated products just can't deliver the desired results today's consumers are looking for," said Gore. "Natural, organic products made from key ingredients like aloe vera extract, grapeseed oil, milk thistle extract and other naturally found oils can nourish the scalp, hair and skin to promote all-day moisture and shine."

To meet the needs of customers who are looking for natural hair care, Gore developed the L.O.C. moisture product system that's available nationwide in stores like CVS, Target, Wegmans and online. Since the global market for natural hair care products is booming, G Natural is expanding into the European and African markets within the next 12 to 24 months.

Key benefits of the L.O.C. moisture system:

  • L.O.C. represents (L) liquid, (O) oil and (C) crème which is a comprehensive system that focuses on adding moisture to hair to transition away from chemically-treated hair to 100% natural.
  • It includes Oh So Clean Shampoo, Conditioner, All Day Leave In Condition, Hair Grow Oil and more.
  • The L.O.C. moisture system is a part of the entire line of natural hair and skin products that G Natural offers and aims to give consumers an economical and healthy alternative to go natural.

Marketing: 'Magic' Beauty BUZZ Word

Beauty fans world over will agree that when it comes to our favourite products seeing is believing. We’re wowed by before and afters on Instagram, are clued up on clinical studies and will take recommendations from our most trusted girlfriends before parting with our hard-earned cash. The latest beauty trend, however, is turning all that on its head. ‘Magic’ has become beauty’s new buzzword and has little to do with statistics or even science. Instead, it’s something that chooses faith over facts by repackaging the cues of mysticism. Is it a much needed extension of the wellness trend that makes us feel special by transporting us away from an overbearing digital existence or, is all just a bunch of hocus pocus?

“Magic is fun and makes you smile,” explains Julie Bell, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing at Benefit Cosmetics. Their latest and largest brow collection launches this week and includes packaging that’s peppered with images of a magician’s assistant and playful taglines such as ‘the wave of a micro-wand’ and ‘fuller looking brows magically appear’. "For us brows transform your face more than any other feature” continues Bell. “When we were working on the positioning of our new brow collection we thought long and hard about what is the most transformative thing and the answer “magically” appeared. Magic! It’s the most transformative and powerful way to transform yourself and at Benefit we believe that laughter is the best cosmetic and what’s more fun than magic?"

  Image Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

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Benefit aren’t alone in conjuring up links between their cosmetics and magic. Amanda Bell, Makeup Artist for Pixi Beauty, reveals its part of the brand’s DNA. "The founder of Pixi is from Sweden where there is much joy derived from passing down from generation to generation stories about fairies, trolls, pixies and of course magic." Elsewhere and makeup sorceress Charlotte Tilbury launched her beauty line with leading products such as the Magic Cream and Magic Foundation, recently followed up by her Magic Eye Cream and Magic Night RescueHonest Beauty's Magic Balm owned by Jessica Alba is a US best-seller while Korean Spa's Magic Peeling Mitt and Starskin’s Magic Hour Foot Masks have been hailed as the new cult classics in the UK.

Big brands are in the act on too. “L'Oreal Paris loves the word magic or ‘magique’ and has attached it to everything from Revitalift Magic Blur to the entire Nude Magique range” explains BeautyMart founder Anna-Marie Solowij. She also believes the presence and use of magic within beauty isn't a new thing, instead it was a comeback of an old favourite jumpstarted the trend. “The first was Egyptian Magic, a heavy duty moisturiser made of beeswax, olive oil, honey and propolis. This 20 year-old sleeper, mainly popular with makeup artists, came back on the radar a couple of years ago, having been rediscovered by a new generation of bloggers and the smart buying team at Liberty who put it back on the map”.

The popularity of magical products may also be linked to our age. “This generation's interest and excitement about magic grew up with Harry Potter and Manga. They love unicorns, believe in crystals, the supernatural, meditation and other esoteric stuff such as Tarot and astrology” continues Solowij’. On a deeper level, it also appears to be form of escapism. “We’re living during a time that is unnerving – the recent economic crisis, global warming, terrorism, the refugee crisis. To many, the world seems spinning out of their control. Millenials see the world moving in a direction that is frightening and the idea of magic provides an escape”, explains Beauty Psychologist Dr Vivian Diller. The sense of childlike wonder that the idea of magic conveys also takes beauty fans to a world that is less knowing and cynical. In an overwhelming digital world where we constantly reinforce everything with imagery, that is a very appealing idea.

However, there is caution to be had with beauty’s new fairytale. “Promises of magic can lead a consumer to desire a product, but only real results will make consumers feel good and special in the long run. Broken promises actually make women feel duped, so brands have to be careful about making ones they can’t keep,” warns Diller. You have to wonder, why brands aren't allowed to claim a cream will reduce their wrinkles without evidence yet there are no rules when it comes to magic. Soweji feels a more light-hearted approached is best. “Magic is a belief, rather than a claim and adds an element of imagination for the consumer”. Only time will tell whether we’ll get bored of beauty’s new tricks. As for right now, with all its promises of magic and mysticism, the beauty world has us completely spellbound.

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Beauty: Garlic for Acne

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Garlic is a common herb which is generally used to flavor food, however it can also be used as a medicine. You can use garlic to treat acne that is caused by bacteria or oily skin.

Does Garlic Help To Cure Acne?

  • Garlic has anti – bacterial, anti-fungal, anti – viral and anti – septic properties that help to prevent clogged pores and thus, reduces the acne. However make sure it is diluted.
  • It’s anti – oxidant property helps to fight against free radicals which can damage the body or skin cells.
  • Allicin is a compound in garlic which gives pungent taste and smell. It will decompose into the antioxidant called sulfenic acid, which will react very quickly with radicals, limited only by the time in which the two molecules will take to come into contact with each other.
  • Regular intake of garlic will help to strengthen the immune system.
  • It has anti – inflammatory properties which help to reduce the pain, irritation and the discomfort caused by acne.
  • It helps to improve the blood circulation that allows the skin tissues to properly receive all the vitamins and minerals which are essential for healthy skin.
  • It has sulfur compounds called thiacremonon, which acts as a drying agent and also removes acne scars on the skin.
  • Using garlic regularly also prevents the formation of pimples.
  • It has an excellent source of various acne combating nutrients like vitamins (C and B6), minerals, selenium, copper, allicin, zinc (used to control sebum) and other phyto-nutrients.
  • It fights the insulin resistance which is linked to acne. The use of garlic oil helps to improve the insulin sensitivity.

How To Use Garlic For Acne:

Garlic can be used in many different ways to treat acne effectively. However, garlic is a strong compound and can cause a burning sensation when applied on the skin.

1. Garlic

Be sure while following this process, you are applying this garlic directly on the skin. Only use if you do not have sensitive skin.

  • Finely crush garlic cloves.
  • Apply to the affected areas of the skin.
  • This will destroy the bacteria causing acne.
  • Leave for a few minutes and then remove the crushed garlic.
  • Remove if the garlic starts to sting.
  • Wash it off with cold water and pat dry.
  • Apply moisturizer and repeat regularly.
  • Or include garlic in diet but avoid eating too much raw garlic as it can overheat the body.

2. Garlic Cloves in Water

Process 1:

  • Crush 3 garlic cloves to extract its juice.
  • Add to 1 cup of water and stir well, leave for 10-12 minutes.
  • Soak a cotton ball in the water for a few minutes.
  • Apply on the acne affected areas of skin.
  • Leave on for few minutes until it dries completely.
  • Rinse it off with water.
  • Continue this process regularly.
  • Note: You can also use warm water.

Process 2:

  • Crush 3 raw garlic cloves which will trigger the allicin production.
  • Mix with 1 tablespoon of water (more water for those with sensitive skin).
  • Rub the mixture over the acne.
  • Allow it to sit for about 10 – 15 minutes (if using garlic for the first time) or leave overnight.
  • Wash off with water and pat the skin dry.
  • Repeat this process regularly.

3. Garlic Cloves in Aloe Vera

  • Mix equal quantities of garlic juice and add aloe vera gel.
  • Gently rub it for a minute or two.
  • Let it sit for few minutes.
  • Rinse it off with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat regularly.

4. Garlic with Yogurt

  • Wash the face and pat dry.
  • Blend 4 garlic cloves to make a fine paste and add 1 tablespoon of yogurt.
  • Stir well and apply all over the affected area.
  • Let it sit for few minutes to dry.
  • Rinse the area with clean water and pat dry.
  • Repeat this process regularly.

5. Garlic with Vinegar

  • Finely crush garlic cloves and squeeze to extract the juice.
  • Add an equal amount of vinegar and stir well.
  • Dip a cotton ball in the solution.
  • Apply on the acne affected areas of the skin.
  • Let it sit for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat daily.

6. Homemade Garlic Chemical Peel

Using this garlic mask as a chemical peel for the face is a good option to get rid of acne, as it helps to correct sun damage, removes pimples and blackheads, reduces excessive skin oils, aging, etc.

  • Peel the garlic cloves and then grate them.
  • Press the flat end of the spoon on the garlic pieces and smear it onto the bowl to form a fine garlic paste.
  • Apply a thin layer of garlic paste on all the acne affected areas.
  • Do not get into the eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Leave on for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Put the lid on the bowl and place in the fridge.
  • After it dries completely, wash the face with warm water.
  • Dry your face with clean towel and moisturize.
  • Regularize this process to get relief from the acne within few days. But discontinue if there is any burning sensation

7. Garlic with Olive Oil

The mixture of garlic and olive oil helps to clear up the acne from inside out.

  • Peel and blend 4 garlic cloves and 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Transfer into an air tight container, you can store in the fridge for 48 hours.
  • Eat a tablespoon of this, with water, twice a day.
  • For more effective results, drink 8 oz glasses of water every day with this process.

8. Garlic Oil

  • Pour natural garlic oil into a bowl.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply to the acne affected areas of the skin.
  • Massage it gently for few minutes.
  • Leave on for few minutes to overnight.
  • Wash with warm water and a mild cleanser.
  • Continue doing this process regularly.

9. Garlic with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps to regulate the pH levels of the skin.

  • Smash a few garlic pods with a mallet.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of raw and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
  • Stir it well and apply this mixture on the acne affected skin areas.
  • Massage it for few minutes and then allow it to dry naturally.
  • Wash it off with water and pat the skin dry.
  • Follow this process once a day.

10. Garlic with any Carrier Oil

  • Peel a few garlic cloves and allow to air dry for a few minutes.
  • Pour carrier oil into a pan and heat for a few minute.
  • Add these garlic cloves in it.
  • Allow it to heat for 15 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir until the cloves change to brown and then to blackish.
  • Strain the oil and discard the cloves.
  • Let the oil cool before applying to the affected areas of skin.
  • Leave it for few minutes to overnight.
  • Store the remaining oil in an airtight container for further usage.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water and mild cleanser.
  • Continue this same process daily.

11. Garlic with Honey and Fresh Comfrey Leaves

Honey moisturizes and soothes the skin and cures the irritation. Comfrey is good for treating acne.

  • Peel and mash 3 garlic cloves
  • Pound handful of fresh comfrey leaves and add sufficient amount of warm honey and mashed garlic.
  • Warm a cloth and dip it in the mixture.
  • Apply as a mask on the face and leave overnight.
  • Wash it off with cool to lukewarm water.
  • Or you can use this mixture particularly on the acne breakouts.
  • Do this process regularly.

12. Garlic with Honey and Yogurt

This process is especially useful for those people who are unable to bear the stinging sensation of garlic when applied on the skin.

  • Crush garlic pods.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of yoghurt and stir well.
  • Apply this as a mask all over the face.
  • Wait for about 20 – 30 minutes or till it dries completely.
  • Wash it off with water.
  • Or you can also use garlic oil (2 – 4 drops) or garlic powder (1/2 teaspoon).
  • Repeat regularly.

13. Garlic with Turmeric and Manuka Honey Face Mask

Turmeric has an anti – inflammatory which helps to soothe the inflammation and the discomfort caused by acne. Manuka honey helps to heal the blemished skin and thus prevents the acne breakouts.

  • Crush 6 garlic cloves.
  • Add 3 teaspoons of manuka honey and ¼ teasponn of turmeric powder and stir well.
  • Apply this paste on the acne prone areas of the skin.
  • Let it sit for few minutes to dry completely.
  • Wash it off with water and pat the skin dry.
  • Regularize this process.

14. Garlic Oil with Salicylic Acid

These ingredients are high in antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties which help to get rid of the bacteria causing acne.

  • Mix 2 drops each of garlic oil and salicylic oil.
  • Pour on a cotton ball.
  • Apply on the acne affected area.
  • Leave it for few minutes and then rinse off completely.
  • Repeat the same process regularly.

Eating Garlic for Acne:

Eating or drinking garlic will work as an effective remedy for curing acne from the inside out. It fights internally the root cause of acne to prevent it completely. This will help to strengthen the immune system and thus improves the overall health and beauty. It is advisable to take three cloves of garlic once daily for a month to clear this problem.

Process 1:

  • Crush 2 garlic cloves to extract its juice.
  • Add this juice to either water or V8 juice etc.
  • Drink this slowly.
  • Brush your teeth to get rid of the smell.
  • Drink once before going to bed..

Process 2:

  • Cut garlic cloves into small pieces.
  • Eat these pieces throughout the day.
  • Or you can add these to soups, salads, curries, gravies, etc.

Process 3:

  • Mince garlic cloves and add sufficient amount of applesauce.
  • Stir it well to make a fine paste.
  • Consume this paste daily.
  • You can use cottage cheese or yogurt in the place of apple sauce.
  • Garlic can be in the form of minced, crushed or chopped.

Process 4:

  • Peel a few garlic cloves and crush into small pieces.
  • Place in a pan and sauté to get a mild, roasted flavor.
  • Add olive oil, parmesan cheese and black pepper.
  • Stir it well and use as a dip regularly.

Is Garlic Good for Acne Scars?

Acne can sometimes cause permanent scarring. These scars will appear as pockmarks or sunken areas of the skin. Garlic cloves will gives long lasting results and minimal side effects.

  • It has anti-oxidants which help to prevent free radicals that leave scars on the skin.
  • It has sulphur, zinc, calcium, vitamin E which helps for proper skin tissue formation by clearing the old and dead skin cells.
  • It enhances for the proper circulation of blood throughout the body that also helps for the scars removal and regenerating new skin cells for proper pH balance of the skin.

Here are the processes that help you to remove the scars from the skin.

1. Garlic with Olive Oil and Honey

  • Wash the face with mild cleanser and warm water and pat dry.
  • Grate 2 garlic clove and mix with water.
  • Apply this on the acne affected areas of the skin.
  • Massage it gently for few minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  • The garlic exfoliates the dead skin cells and removes the top layer of the scarred tissues.
  • It also removes any bacteria or oil in the skin.
  • Do not to leave the garlic on the skin for longer than 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Wash with warm water.
  • Crush 2 more garlic cloves and add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Mix well and apply on the acne affected skin areas.
  • Let it sit for about 20 – 25 minutes before washing off with warm water.
  • Be sure to wash it immediately if you get a stinging sensation.
  • Apply aloe vera to help not to aggravate the acne while moisturizing and to get some hydration back.
  • Regularize this process.

2. Boiled Garlic

This process helps you to get rid of all the acne scaring and blemishes. Here the boiled garlic is not as strong as raw to avoid any burning.

  • Hit 4 – 5 cloves of peeled raw garlic with a mallet.
  • Pour 250 ml of water into a pan and place on the heat.
  • Bring it to boil and add the garlic.
  • Boil for about 30 – 35 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes.
  • Mash into a paste and apply on the entire face.
  • Let it sit for few minutes to dry.
  • Wash it off with water and pat dry.
  • Apply some moisturizer and repeat the process regularly.

Garlic Pills or Capsules for Acne:

Make sure to check the allicin level in the garlic capsules as the higher allicin in the capsule the more powerful the capsule will be.

One suppliment is called Allimax, one of the most powerful and safest garlic supplements for treating acne. It is rich in allicin in stabilized form which helps to get rid of the bacteria in the body. So take allimax pills everyday or use Allimax cream.

A second supplement is Garlicin, which is also a very effective garlic supplement but with a special property which leave your body smelling neutral. It is specially coated with organic film that helps to preserve the garlic powder.

You can get them from a herbalist or pharmacy for taking garlic tablets. You will still get the benefits from taking them, but they are not as effective as the fresh form.

Tips and Precautions:

Here are few simple tips and precautions to follow while using these remedies.

  • Make sure to dilute the garlic or its juice with other substance like rose water or water to prevent the burning or stinging sensation on the applied skin.
  • Never leave garlic on the skin for a long time as it can cause blisters.
  • Possible side effects are nausea, bad breath, skin irritation, vomiting, burning sensation in mouth, etc. so do a trial run first.
  • Pregnant women should not try these garlic remedies before consulting the dermatologist and gynecologist. Also do not use on children.
  • Add these garlic cloves in your favorite dinner recipes to get a delicious taste and to prevent these acne breakouts. Try garlic bread.
  • Its always better to use fresh garlic rather than stored garlic as it contains more anti – oxidants.
  • Those suffering from acne rosacea might experience some rosacea symptoms after eating this garlic as it is a trigger.
  • It has blood thinning properties which may cause bleeding problems. Pregnant women and people who have had surgery should avoid or limit this garlic usage. Also people who are on certain medications are strictly advised not to eat garlic in large amounts.
  • Avoid applying pure garlic to the skin or leaving it for long periods.
  • To clear the garlic smell, use with honey or lemon, or soak the cloves in milk for at least an hour before consumption.
  • Make sure to consult your doctor before using all these garlic remedies.
  • Remember to brush your teeth after the intake of garlic cloves to get rid of the bad breath.

All these garlic remedies for acne are natural and effective. It won’t give results overnight, you have to continue applying garlic on acne regularly.

Beauty: Signs of Dehydration

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1. Your mouth and lips are dry.

When you’re dehydrated, saliva production decreases, leaving your mouth and lips feeling dry. Dry mouth can also make your breath stinky, because bacteria has the chance to linger longer when it’s not being washed away on the reg.

2. Your pee is dark.

The color of your pee can tell you a lot about your health. Healthy, hydrated pee should be light yellow or clear, a sign that it’s properly diluted. If yours is medium yellow, dark yellow, or orange, it’s likely because your body isn’t getting enough water so your urine is more concentrated, Robert Korn, M.D., medical director of GoHealth Urgent Care in the New York area, tells SELF. Less water intake also means you’ll have to go less often, too.

3. Your energy levels are low.

“The defense mechanism of the body in the face of dehydration is to shut down blood supply to ‘non-vital’ organs,” Korn explains. This means the rest of your body, and your muscles specifically, may start to operate at a slower pace, making you feel sluggish and sleepy.

4. You have a headache.

The exact way dehydration causes a headache isn’t known. But experts believe that when hydration levels drop, so does blood volume, which leads to lower blood flow to the brain. This reduces the brain’s oxygen supply and causes the blood vessels to dilate, leading to headaches and even lightheadedness. 

5. You don’t have enough tears.

Similarly to saliva, the amount of tears you have can actually decrease if your body is using every last drop of water to support its basic functions. If your eyes are dry, or just not producing much liquid when you’re crying, it could mean you’re dehydrated.

6. Your skin is dry.

Water is essential for plump, hydrated skin. When your body’s tank is low, and using all the water available for basic functions, your skin gets the short end of the stick. Over time, it can lead to dryness. 

7. You get muscle spasms or “Charley horses.”

You know those super painful muscle spasms that wake you up in the middle of the night after your whole calf seizes up? They typically occur when a muscle is overused, and exercising when your fluid levels are low can spark one. 

8. Your body is cramping.

There are lots of things that can cause cramping, and muscle fatigue is the most likely culprit. But another type of cramping has been connected to dehydration and a sodium deficit in the body. “Exertional heat cramping, or full body cramping, may be related to sodium depletion and fluid loss especially in individuals who are ‘salty sweaters,'” Pritchett says. In this case, sipping on an electrolyte sports drink can be helpful to restore the natural mineral balance in the body.

9. You feel hungry even after you just ate.

Thirst and hunger cues come from the same part of the brain, so it’s easy to confuse the two. If you feel hungry even when you know you’ve eaten enough, there’s a good chance your body’s actually telling you it needs water, not food.

Important note: The following symptoms could be a sign of severe dehydration: rapid heartbeat or breathing, sunken eyes, fever, confusion, or delirium. If you experience any of these, go to the hospital.

Beauty: Oud Meets West

 

Being originally from East Africa and having been raised in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), I've always been familiar with the Oud (Agarwood) scent. Whether it was sampling oud oils in the souk with my mother or burning oud wood chips at home in the evening; so, to find countless brands carrying the note in luxury department stores has not only brought on nostalgia, it got me wondering what other Islamic and MENA (Middle East and North African) beauty and wellness trends that may cross-over into the western world! 

My encounter was not only a coincidence, recently listed in Spafinder's detailed annual top 10 spa and wellness trends report it seems as though we can all expect to continue to see more from MENA throughout 2015 and beyond! 

Oud is said to be the most expensive wood in the world; oud oil’s value is estimated to be 1.5 times the value of gold, and it is sometimes referred to as ‘liquid gold’. Rich and powerful, oud’s sweet, woody scent is instantly recognisable. From Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Intensa d’Oud to Tom Ford’s Oud Fleur, our favourite oud perfumes can be found in this gallery – the definitive guide to the best oud fragrances to shop for.

Below are some of the most popular brands on the market using the notorious luxury wood.

Wellness: Citrus Fruits

Girl's Guide to Wellness: Citrus Fruits

When we talk about “superfoods“, we typically mention unusual-sounding items like chia seeds, matcha powder, and green algae. But some of the most beneficial foods you can eat–and use in your beauty routine—are not quite as glamorous: We’re talking about good old citrus fruits.

From grapefuit to lemons, clementines to oranges, citrus does your body and face good. Here are seven ways you can use these pulpy fruits to your benefit, according to the experts.

1. To fight infection.

Grapefruit seed extract can be used to fight infections and can rid the body of unhealthy bacteria, according to holistic nutritionist Sally Pansing Kravich (who’s worked with Kerry Washington).

Grapefruit—and citrus in general—can also promote kidney health, adds dermatologist Michael Lin, who’s based in California. “Citrus fruits are packed with folic acid, a type of vitamin B that can aid in preventing kidney disease and birth defects among pregnant women,” he explains. “Good kidney health helps the body filter blood, remove waste and regulate the balance of electrolytes. Maintaining balanced levels of electrolytes helps prevent dehydration and dry, dull skin.”

2. To get rid of cellulite.

Yep, that’s what the experts say! Certified aromatherapist Gina Kamburowski, founder of GoodLivingIsGlam.com, says that grapefruit especially, which has a super high concentration of vitamin C, stimulates collagen production and helps skin retain elasticity.

Kravich and Kim Laudati, of Kim Laudati Skin Care & Laser in Manhattan, agree that grapefruit also helps smooth those annoying cellulite bumps as well. Laudati suggests cutting off the ends of a grapefruit (so a round “end” is exposed) and rubbing it in tight circular motions using pressure over your cellulite pre-shower—this will drive in natural vitamin C and help to improve the appearance of your skin. “If you sleep in pajamas, you can rub a grapefruit in tight circular motions across cellulite post-shower, too,” she says. “Wipe the area(s) with a damp cloth in the morning and apply a natural vitamin C body cream.” (ProDerma Light has a great skin brightening cream with 25% vitamin C.)

3. To improve your immune system and digestion.

Skincare expert Adrienne Shostak recommends starting your day with hot lemon water rather than coffee or tea. “Lemons are rich in vitamin C and potassium,” she says. “Vitamin C is an excellent fighter against colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve functions, while regulating the blood pressure. Lemons also aid in digestion and clean toxins from the blood, which keeps the skin clean.” She suggests drinking the juice of half a lemon with hot water, adding a bit of honey or turmeric (another potent antioxidant) first thing when you wake up. Then, wait 30 minutes before eating (if you can!) to maximize the benefits. (You’ll want to drink the concoction fairly quickly though, says wellness expert Cassie Sobelton, as lemon water can be harmful to your teeth’s enamel if it sits there for too long.)

Clementines are another great digestion aid, Kamburowski says. “Although they’re tart and acidic, they also contain essential alkaline minerals that are key to helping balance the body after digestion,” she explains. “Add them to your daily juice or smoothie, or simply eating them piece-by-piece as an energy-boosting afternoon snack.

4. To jumpstart your metabolism.

It might sound crazy but citrus fruits can actually raise your metabolic rate while resting, says Jolie Martin, Laser Medical Esthetician and skincare expert at NYC’s SKINNEY Medspa. “The phytonutrient load found in citrus fruits can burn additional calories making them an ideal addition to your fitness…or resting plan,” she explains.

According to Beth Shaw, author of YogaLean, grapefruit is especially great for metabolism boosting: it’s high in enzymes, which burn fat, and has a high water content as well, keeping you hydrated.

5. To brighten your skin.

“If you are looking to achieve clear, glowing and blemish-free skin, make sure citrus fruits such as lemons, limes or grapefruits are part of your daily diet and beauty routine,” says Dr. Roshini Raj, gastroenterologist and founder of TULA skincare. “Citrus fruits are a rich natural source of vitamin C, which helps destroy free radicals in your body while providing a radiant glow to your skin and rejuvenating skin from the inside.”

If you have sun spots or uneven skin tone, citrus can help with those, too. “The retinol antioxidant in grapefruit helps treat this condition, renewing damaged skin,” says Kamburowski. “The potassium in grapefruit helps to smooth wrinkles and age spots and provides a protective shield against UV rays, while amino acids makes the skin firm and soft.” (Check out Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant: Pink Grapefruit & Glucomannan Extract to reap the benefits of this superfood on your skin.)

6. To purify.

Citrus essential oils provide exceptional cleansing benefits to the skin as well as some anti-inflammatory ones, which make them extremely beneficial for healing blemishes or even razor cuts, says Julia Teren of Thesis Beauty.

These oils not only clean, though, they can also deodorize. “Oils like lime and lemon enjoy popularity in deodorants as they also help inhibit odor-producing bacteria,” she explains. “They do a great job deodorizing armpits, feet and hands and controlling sebum production on an over-reactive scalp.” (Kind of gross…but also pretty awesome.)

7. To lift your spirits.

Try citrus as mood-boosting aromatherapy, Teren suggests. “Citrus oils such as bergamot, petitgrain, mandarin and grapefruit are incredibly aromatic and uplifting when used in mists, diffusers, and natural candles,” she says. “They help relieve signs of stress and fatigue, promote relaxation and elevated mood.” For a spa-like unwinding experience, soak in your bathtub with Thesis Beauty’s Dead Sea Bath Salt Citrus Grove, which will benefit your senses and your skin.

Beauty: LUNA™

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LUNA™ - $199

FOR STUNNINGLY SMOOTHER-LOOKING, RADIANT SKIN

Transform your daily skincare routine into an invigorating 2-minute ritual. In just 3 days, the LUNA™ facial-cleansing brush will bring you skin that appears visibly healthier and more radiant, and continued use will leave your skin looking enviably younger and smoother.

FACIAL CLEANSING & ANTI-AGING IN 1 DEVICE

The LUNA™ skincare brush channels T-Sonic™ pulsations for deep facial cleansing that’s gentle enough to use every day while also incorporating anti-aging technology into its groundbreaking design.

Every LUNA™ comes with a 2-Year Limited Warranty and 10-Year Quality Guarantee.

Beauty: Moroccanoil Skincare

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Beauty brand Moroccanoil made its debut at last month’s TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes with the mission of convincing people that it is more than just a haircare brand. 

The company revealed that it will be adding two new scents to its Body Collection, which are due to launch in travel retail in spring/summer 2016. Fleur d’Oranger and Fleur de Rose ranges both comprise five products: Cleansing Bar, Body Souffle, Body Buff, Body Butter and Hand Cream. 

Fleur d’Oranger is a collection inspired by the orange blossom flowers and botanicals of the Mediterranean while Fleur de Rose, described as “modern and sensual”, takes inspiration from the scent of fresh roses. 

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The brand also highlighted in Cannes its Sun Collection, which will make its travel retail debut in spring/summer 2016. The range includes two Sun Lotions (SPF 30 and 50) and a Sun Oil (SPF 15), all three feature vitamin E and argan oil to hydrate and nourish skin. Rounding-off the collection is After-Sun Milk which also includes argan oil and vitamin E as well as coconut and passion fruit oils and aloe to soothe skin. 

Moroccanoil Vice President Retail and Travel Retail Sales John Gates said that the brand’s Sun Collection, which was introduced to the domestic USA and Caribbean market in spring/summer this year, has recorded “fabulous” results so far, with both the Sun Lotion SPF 30 and After-Sun Milk selling out. 

“The unique point of difference with our Sun Collection compared to others out there is that ours contains argan oil which is a rich anti-oxidant. What better ingredient do you need when taking the sun than an anti-oxidant that protects against UVA/UVB rays,” noted Gates. 

Gates added that Moroccanoil’s challenge now is to convince customers that the brand offers much more than just haircare products. “The thing for us to do now is to get consumers to know that although we began in the professional haircare channel, we are now a lifestyle head-to-toe beauty brand. That’s our challenge and our opportunity for 2016 and 2017.” 

The brand also revealed that it will be introducing a skincare range in 2017 which will focus on a sensorial journey of transporting consumers to the Mediterranean through scent. 

Moroccanoil’s launch strategy for travel retail is to focus on opening conventional points of sale within airports in Europe and the Americas now through the first half of 2016. In Q2 of 2016, the brand will target premium airport and inflight opportunities in the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions, and will end 2016 by reviewing opportunities in the emerging markets in Africa. 

Moroccanoil supplies products to over 300 spa destinations globally, primarily in the USA and the Caribbean, and has recently been listed in John Lewis on Oxford Street in London, eight locations in Switzerland as well as Hyundai Department Store in South Korea. 

Beauty: Wander Beauty

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Wander Beauty Parisian Collection

ABOUT WANDER BEAUTY

Wander Beauty is the first travel-inspired, luxury color cosmetics experience.

Their deluxe products are made of high performance (and cruelty free!) formulas that deliver internationally inspired innovation. Bringing you internationally-inspired multitasking makeup essentials. Co-founded by Lindsay Ellingson and Divya Gugnani.

For more information and to purchase your own Wander Beauty products click HERE.

Beauty: Cocoa Body Exfoliant

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FRESH BEAUTY: COCOA BODY EXFOLIANT - $45

A skin-softening exfoliant made from crushed cocoa and cocoa butter with a luxurious, velvety texture and seductive scent.

Cocoa Body Exfoliant is a euphoric experience for the skin and the senses. The cocoa bean has been revered for centuries, as cocoa butter is known for its nourishing properties, and cocoa extract is said to have a pleasure-inducing effect. The seductive scent, luxurious, velvety texture, and skin-softening results will satisfy any craving for a beautiful body.


KEY INGREDIENTS            

  • Crushed cocoa and coconut shells are naturally-sourced exfoliants that help to gently buff away dry, dull skin.

  • Cocoa butter helps nourish and provide suppleness.

  • Cocoa extract is rich in protective flavonoids.

  • Coconut oil is known for its softening and nourishing properties.

HOW TO USE

Massage onto skin in a circular motion, then rinse. Use 2-3 times a week.

To purchase click HERE.





Beauty: Healing Bouquet by Kypris

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Retail Value - $200.00

Flower Power for combination skin. Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet is a 100% active formula replete with free radical-quenching CoQ10, collagen-inspiring Vitamin C ester, and a rainbow of phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, and natural actives from select plant sources to continually calm, soothe, and inspire radiant, supple skin. 

Size: 47 mL

For: Most skin types

Especially beneficial for: Essential oil lovers with combination or inflamed, fussy skin due to blemishes or over exposure to the environment.

Best Used: Daily AM and PM by itself or in combination with other KYPRIS products

Directions: Gently press 2 to 3 drops into face, neck, and décolleté morning and night. Offer your Self honest compliments as you anoint your skin. Allow time for Elixir to melt into skin. May be layered with other KYPRIS products, make-up, or sun care. For external use only. 

Full Ingredient List:

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Adansonia digitata (baobab) Oil, Aleurites moloccans (Kukui) Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin Seed) Oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Opuntia engelmannii (Prickly Pear Seed) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Extract, Hippophae rhamonides (Seabuckthorn Berry) Extract, Punica granatum (Pomegranate Seed) Extract, Rubus occidentalis (Black Raspberry Seed) Oil, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry Seed) Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (From Licorice), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Rosamarinus officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Extract Non- GMO Mixed Tocopherols, 100% Natural Essential Oil Blend ( Geranium, Jasmine, Patchouli, Lavender)

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Beauty: Carrot Oil

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Oils are saving our skin one drop at time. Coconut, avocado and rose hip oils have all had their time in the spotlight. But one that's flown under the radar for decades is carrot oil. In fact, you probably have on a skin-care product with carrot oil in it right now and you had no idea. So why is it worth using? 

Carrot oil, like whole raw carrots, is loaded with beta-carotene and, therefore, vitamin A. Amandine Isnard, head of product development for cult skin-care brand Eve Lom, explains: “Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A when applied topically, as the necessary enzymes and conditions for this process are also present in the skin."

Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant that helps slow the signs of aging through cell regeneration, and helps protect your skin from environmental damage like UV rays and pollution. On top of that, it is a powerful moisturizer and has high levels of lycopene, which have been proven to help balance oily skin.

Isnard uses the most concentrated and pure form of carrot oil in many of the Eve Lom products, like their best selling Radiance Lift cream, as one of their (not-so) secret skin-care weapons, because vitamin A "stimulates general metabolism of cells and their mitosis, increases skin elasticity and softness…contributes to proper skin metabolism, improves scars and dryness, and it also notably diminishes the effects that age cause on skin."

Interested? Try these carrot-loaded products: 

Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser, $60

Famacy Hydrating Mask, $24

Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream, $235

bareMinerals Ready Bronzer, $24

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LUXE Branding: Sensory Marketing

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Involuntary Memory describes how everyday life triggers like sounds and smells can recall memories of the past without conscious effort. Elements such as scents, sounds and color can make someone feel like they are a place worlds away, when in actuality, they are physically elsewhere. For example, a coconut scent can jog our memories to a tropical beach getaway, while we are actually at home, just trying to survive sub-zero temperatures in the middle of a Midwestern winter.

This powerful memory tool can be utilized in spas or salons to create sensory experiences that your clients will recall long after their visit. The experts at Universal Companies share their advice of how you can build your own brand through this marketing technique.

Scent Branding:  Using scents in your spa business can create desired moods and impressions. The spa experience becomes the nostalgic memory sparked by a particular scent. Karen Short, vice president of marketing says, “Using our ESS Aromatherapy blends, you can layer a signature scent throughout your spa, immediately sending your clients back to their last experience in your spa whenever they smell your brand scent. Coordinate with retail items that allow clients to take a bit of the spa home with them." Scents can trigger an emotional response, which can then create a deeper connection between clients and their experience.

Sound Branding: Waves gently crashing, wind rustling the leaves and gently falling rain may quickly bring to mind your favorite vacation spots or a relaxing backyard oasis. Your spa can use sounds of nature, chiming tones, chanting, or signature music to tie in with your specific brand. Using speakers that are built into massage headrests is a simple way to replicate the feel of an expensive sound system. “The Zenvi is a face cushion offering little pockets for an iPod to slip into and flat panel speakers built in,” Short says. “The head rest is angled so that only the clients can hear the music in about a one foot area. Outside that span, it is quiet and does not interfere with other rooms or the hallway. You can create a completely customized sound system for your spa.”

Elemental Branding: Wind, water and fire create a dramatic ambiance at your salon or spa. Fountains, ambient lighting, wind chimes, candles and fire effects, or anything you can think of that plays off the four elements can create a unique look and feel to your space.

Color Branding: A consistent color scheme creates a one-of-a-kind pallet for your salon or spa, whether that be through the room’s paint, linens or hardware. Coordinate the look of your brand and show consistency by choosing colors and patterns that reflect your spa. Or use pops of color or exotic prints for international treatments or elegant damask patterns for a luxurious feel. “Selecting a linen line that feels opulent to the touch will increase your client’s sensory experience,” Short says.

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Tech: Think Dirty

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You may know what you're putting in your body, but do you know what you're putting on it? A new app called Think Dirty is here to help.

Available for free in the App Store, Think Dirty lets you scan barcodes of personal care items in the store and analyze the ingredients. The Dirty Meter then rates the product using third-party data from nonprofit science, environmental and government organizations—to determine whether it's dirty or clean and recommending alternatives. If a product isn't in the database, you can submit it by entering the product name and taking a picture of the back label.