Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hydrating Serums containing Aloe

Here is a list of a few hydrating serums that contain aloe to soothe your dry winter skin. A serum is a treatment for your skin and works well alone or under your moisturizer.


Yes to Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum

Ingredients:
VACCINIUM CYANOCOCCUS (BLUEBERRY) JUICE, WATER, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT*, GLYCERIN, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL OIL, ALCOHOL, XANTHAN GUM, ONOPORDUM ACANTHIUM (COTTON THISTLE) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRANT) SEED OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT*, LECITHIN*, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, FRAGRANCE**

$19.99 at Yes to Carrots and select drug and superstores


The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum

Ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lanolin, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hydroxide, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract.

$21.00 at The Body Shop.com and Ulta

Antho Unscented Organic Face Serum with Seabuckthorn for Sensitive Skin

Ingredients:
organic aloe oil* , organic jojoba oil* , organic sunflower oil* , organic grapeseed oil* , organic sea buckthorn extract* , natural GMO free tocopherols (natural vitamin E, not synthetic tocopheryl acetate) , * USDA certified organic

$17.95 at AbesMarket.com
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John Masters Organic Green Tea and Rose Hydrating Face Serum

Ingredients
Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, glycerin*, rosa damascena (rose) flower water*, cocoglucoside, coconut alcohol, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, oryza sativa (rice) extract*, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract*, spirulina platensis (algae) extract*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil*, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower oil, boswellia carterii (frankinscense) resin extract, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, linalool†, geraniol†

$26.00 at John Masters.com



Avalon Organics Essential Lift Lifting Serum

Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Sea Silt Extract, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Dehydroxanthan Gum , Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract(1), Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract(1), Tapioca Starch(1), Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cabin (Patchouli) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil , Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(1), Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract(1), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract(1), Panax Ginseng Root Extract(1), Alcohol(1), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool.

(1)Certified Organic Ingredient

$29.95 at Avalon Organics


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Friday, February 14, 2014

The color of Love


The colors we wear represent moods and emotions. It is known as color psychology.

Red is known as the color of love. It is stimulating, energizing, passionate and romantic. It quickens the pulse and stimulates the senses. Men are attracted to women wearing red!

Red is the color of good luck in eastern cultures. It can stimulate the appetite. The bold exciting color of red commands attention and gives a feeling of strength.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

How often should I wash my dry skin?

face wash

Q. My face is so dry this winter. Should I still wash it in the morning and at night?

A. You can if you are using a moisturizing facial cleanser. Wash your face at night with a moisturizing facial cleanser, not a soap, to remove dirt and makeup. Pat dry, apply toner and moisturizer.


In the morning, you can use the moisturizing facial cleanser or you can just splash your face with warm water, pat dry, apply a toner formulated for dry skin, then finish with a moisturizer.




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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pastel Polish for Spring 2014

This winter is just dragging on! 
I am looking forward to some fresh pastel nail colors for spring.

Here are some beautiful soft colors from Julie G
julie g nail polish pastels

And some from Seche Vite
seche vite colors pasrels

And some from Orly.
orly polish pastels

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Red Bump on Lash Line: Ingrown Eyelash Pictures, Treatments and Prevention



ingrown eyelash
An ingrown eyelash can be very painful. The lash grows into the skin instead of growing outward. The technical name is Trichiasis.  The ingrown lash causes a red bump on the lash line that can be itchy and painful. The inflamed  bump can develop a pimple like infection and may feel like there is something in the eye. It can also cause some swelling on the whole eye lid.

It is important to address the problem quickly since an infection around the eye can spread and turn into serious problem. See your eye doctor for treatment. The doctor will free the hair and treat the infection, usually with an antibiotic. 


Permanent removal of the lash may be in order if the lash frequently gets ingrown. This can be done with electrolysis or cryotherapy.  Electrolysis uses an electric current to destroy the hair. Cryotherapy destroys the hair follicle by freezing with liquid nitrogen.

ingrown eyelash
Home Remedies:
Warm Compress
Ease the pain and irritation with a warm wash cloth. Gently hold a clean very warm wash on the area that has the ingrown lash. Repeat frequently though out the day. Try cotton baby wash cloths. They are soft and gentle. See my Amazon picks at the bottom of this post for purchasing organic cotton baby wash cloths.

The wash cloth may also be used to help free an ingrown lash. Gently rub a warm clean wash cloth back and forth over the ingrown lash. The wash cloth will gently exfoliate possibly releasing the ingrown lash. 


Do not do this if you have the pimple like infection, because you can spread bacteria to the surrounding areas of your eye. A doctor is definitely in order in there is any infection!


Tea Bag Compress

Use a green tea bag as a compress. Wet the tea bag with warm water and place it on the eye with the ingrown lash for about 15 minutes twice a day. The tannin in the tea will help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Cucumber Slices

Use cucumber slices on the eyes to reduce inflammation, swelling and promote healing for about 15 minutes twice a day.

Artificial Tears 

Use artificial tears to ease the discomfort and keep the lash line moist. Softened moist skin allows an ingrown hair break through the surface of the skin easier than tougher dry skin. Moist skin also heals quicker. 

Tweezers

If you can see the hair poking through the skin, close your eyes and have someone with a steady hand carefully tweeze the hair out. 

Prevention:

Remove makeup
Reduce the chance of getting an ingrown eyelash by removing eye makeup thoroughly at night with an effective eye makeup remover.

Gently Exfoliate

Use a wash cloth to gently rub back and forth on the lash line daily to help reduce build up of dead cells that can trap hairs under the skin.

Moisturize
Apply coconut oil for it's hydrating, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Use a cotton swab to apply a very thin layer of coconut oil to the lash line at night to hydrate and help keep the lash line soft to make it easier for the lashes to come through the surface of the skin as they grow.


Hope this helps you with those annoying and painful ingrown eyelashes.


Have a Healthy, Beautiful Day!

xo 
Jill
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