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A Beginners Kit to Healthy Skincare

I have three older sisters, and when I was a little girl, naturally I wanted to be just like them. I remember sneaking into their rooms when they were out and trying on their clothes, wearing their shoes, and applying their makeup. When it came time to wash my face (before my sisters got home and caught me), I would use whatever soap I found in the bathroom. Looking back, I cringe thinking how drying that was for my sensitive skin, but at the time I didn’t know any better. To help young girls avoid a similar scenario, Good For You Girls has introduced the Complete Starter Kit, which contains all natural and organic products for girls between the ages of 9-14. The kit includes:

• Gel Cleanser, a soap-free face wash containing green tea, organic chamomile, and vitamin E to gently remove daily dirt and excess oil

• Purifying Toner, an alcohol-free toner containing witch hazel and organic aloe vera to balance the skin’s pH level

• Moisturizer, a gentle nourishing cream moisturizer that maintains healthy moisture balance without clogging pores

Simple and easy to use, these products are the perfect start to help young girls learn the importance of proper skincare–a valuable lesson best taught early.

Tips for Treating Winter Skin

If your clients are anything like me, this winter has done a number on their complexions. Freezing temps, dry indoor heat, and steamy commutes have pretty much ravaged my skin, and I’m doing everything I can to whip it back into shape for spring. When I received these tips for soothing sallow, flaky, itchy skin from Sella Skincare, I was thrilled and wanted to pass them along. Share these simple solutions with your clients and help them achieve a gorgeous face before the ground thaws.

  • Don’t Let Your Skin Get Thirsty. Hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of water. Carry a bottle with you when you go outside, sip at your desk, and keep a glass next to your bed at night. Herbal tea is also a great way to give your body and skin an antioxidant boost during cold winter months. Drink up—your skin will soon have a healthy glow!
  • Think Like the Rain Forest – Humidify. Another good option is to put the moisture back into the air. A humidifier (placed in your bedroom, living room, or office) can help your skin remain supple instead of cracked and dry. Even the inexpensive drugstore models can change the air quality of an entire room.
  • Glove Love. It’s simple but it works! Why expose your hands to the cold? Choose a good quality pair that does not irritate the skin and moisturize before heading out the door.
  • You Are What You Eat. Both flaxseed and fish oil can moisturize your body from the inside out. The oils are rich in vital fatty acids and work wonders for healthy skin, as well as promoting shine and growth of nails and hair. They’re each available in liquid and capsule form.

And don’t forget to encourage your clients to step up their skincare regimens. Looking for an ideal option? Check out Sella’s all natural skincare products, which lock the moisture in the skin to keep a healthy glow. For more information, visit

Skincare Solutions: What is an Environmental Aggressor?

By Guest Blogger | Jan 31, 2011

I throw the phrase “environmental aggressors” around a lot because Bioelements creates formulas that are designed to counteract them. But every once in a while, someone will look at me with a puzzled expression and ask, “Who in the world are these environmental aggressors?”

Well first off, they’re not mean-spirited humans on a nasty environmental mission. But they are skin destroyers that will make your clients look older than they should. Let’s take a look at the worst of the worst:

  • SMOKE – This goes for cigarette smoking, and to a lesser extent, second-hand smoke. It chokes your skin’s tissues, causing blood vessels to constrict, which leads to wrinkles, sallow tone, rough texture and I’ll say it again…wrinkles!  Seriously, I can’t repeat it enough – smoking is one of the most preventable skin agers, and one of the worst environmental aggressors.
  • UV RAYS – No matter if it’s summer or winter, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are there. The skin’s epidermis is literally paper-thin, so UV rays can pierce through it easily. UVA rays (the ones that cause premature aging) penetrate the deepest, all the way to the dermis, where blood vessels and nerves are found. Who knew?
  • POLLUTION – There are just some places where you can actually see the pollution. Remember that grimy-looking air during the Beijing Olympics? But you don’t have to see pollution for it to harm to your skin. Clogged pores and a dull complexion will tell the story.
  • STRESS – Skin stress can come in different forms. External stress from harsh weather or overly-strong product usage can redden and irritate. Internal stress—work, family, relationships—can show up as blotchy patches or overall sensitivity.

So, now that I’ve told you about the environmental villains, what about the heroes? Protect your clients’ skin during the day with a UVA/UVB sunscreen (try Bioelements’ SPF 50 FaceScreen), and a topical antioxidant serum (like Urban Detox) to fend against smoke and pollution. To combat the effects of smoke, nothing beats quitting (click here:  As for stress…when you figure out the answer, let me know. In the meantime, try Stress Solution so at least the skin can cope!

Do your clients do battle with any of these environmental aggressors? Share your comments here.

—Barbara Salomone, founder and president of Bioelements Professional Skin Care

Waxing Poetic at Boom Boom Brow Bar

At the risk of sounding like a braggart, I can honestly say that I have an extremely high threshold for pain. This comes in especially handy every 4-6 weeks when I get my eyebrows waxed. But although I don’t feel a thing during the process, I often leave the spa with blotches and a bit of swelling above my eyes, which not exactly attractive.  To ensure this doesn’t happen to her clients, Malynda Vigliotti, owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar in New York City, follows these rules:

• Wax should never be kept at a hot temperature, just warm. The eye area is the thinnest skin on the body and should be treated gently. If burning does occur, the area should be treated with Neosporin and kept moist so it doesn’t scab.

• Always find out if clients are on any medications before the service. Do not wax them if they are on Accutane, any Retin A derivative, Benzoyle Peroxide, or any over-the-counter acne product, because their skin will be too sensitive.

• Post-waxing, make sure to keep the area clean by using non-stinging antiseptic wipes and then something antibiotic like Neosporin. The hair follicle has just been removed, leaving it open for dirt and bacteria.

One More Reason to Kick Butts

You would have to be living under a rock to not know by now all of the damage smoking cigarettes causes. In addition to the obvious health risks, smoking also wreaks havoc on the skin, causing wrinkles, a dull complexion, and dehydration. And now, a recent study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reveals that smoking cigarettes is also linked to comedonal postadolescent acne (CPAA), a type of acne most common in adult females. The study determined that nearly 73 percent of the adult women with CPAA who participated were smokers. Writes the authors, “According to our results, CPAA appears as the most frequent clinical form of postadolescent acne and seems to be strictly correlated with cigarette smoking.”

Oscar Blandi Salon Introduces Somme Institute Facials

With the onset of fall and the colder weather it brings, I’ve noticed quite a difference in my skin. In desperate need of hydration, it calls out for attention. Unfortunately, despite a closet full of skin-quenching products, I’m somewhat at a loss to get it back on track. That’s when I heard that the Somme Institute, a skincare company known for its proprietary technology, was teaming up with Oscar Blandi, the Naples-born renowned hairstylist, to offer a host of facial treatments at his namesake New York City salon. Last week, I decided to give my skin a break and went to check it out. The Somme Institute is offering three Vitamin Infusion Professional Treatments, all containing Somme’s MDT5 (Molecular Dispersion Technology 5), a compound of five essential vitamins that are highly engineered to penetrate the skin and treat sun damage, discoloration, acne, and fine lines and wrinkles. I experienced The Somme Institute “Miracle” Vitamin Infusion Treatment ($135, 50 minutes), which focuses on the face, neck, décolleté, shoulders, and hands. While you wouldn’t think getting a facial in the midst of a noisy salon would be a relaxing experience, esthetician Michelle Reid had me calm as can be in the cozy cabin in no time.  And even more importantly, she had my skin glowing like the picture of good health.

Put Your Best Foot Forward with the Help of Weleda

While organizing my closet over the weekend, I came across a pair of 4-inch red patent-leather heels I bought on a whim last year. I was so happy to be reunited with them, I couldn’t wait to wear them yesterday. I have to say, I have a very high threshold for pain, and I wear heels all the time (the higher, the better), but by noon, my feet were throbbing, reminding me exactly why those shoes were buried in the back of my closet. The second I got home, I scoured my beauty closet for Weleda’s Foot Balm. Containing myrrh extract to calm the feet, anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce swelling, and calendula flower extracts to help soften and soothe calluses, this cure-all balm is a staple in my apartment. By this morning, my aching feet were back to normal, just in time for me to slip into some 3-inch boots for the day.

Physicians Formula Gives Picture-Perfect Advice

I am not a photogenic person, so when it is time for me to find photos of myself for online purposes, I actually cringe. During my search, I always wish that I had gotten those “glamour shots” from the mall. Physicians Formula has come to the rescue for all women like me who are longing to be picture-ready with the launch of their expert advice tool, the Profile Picture Guide. By following this step-by-step online guide, posting your photo on social networking and professional sites can now be something to look forward to. Designed with the help of top experts in the beauty industry like celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip and fashion photographer Andrew Matusik, the guide is divided into social, dating, and professional categories to get your profile ready for uploading. Here’s a peek at some of the informative topics covered:

• How to find the perfect makeup for you and learn the correct way to apply it.

• How to get your best photo with the right lighting.

• How to strike a pose and what to wear.

• How to properly apply concealers and bronzers to enhance your best features.

After you have taken your beautiful profile shot, you can submit your photos in an exclusive Physicians Formula contest. Dozens of prizes will be awarded, including a grand prize trip for two to Los Angeles for a one-on-one makeup session with Joanna Schlip, followed by a glamorous photo shoot. Your picture-perfect profile awaits! For information about the guidebook, contest ,and rules, click here.

Clarisonic Introduces Esthetician Super Fan Contest

Recognizing estheticians nationwide for their commitment to skincare. Clarisonic recently unveiled its Esthetician Super Fan program, which invites estheticians to share their hands-on experiences using the Clarisonic Pro Cleansing Brush or the Opal Sonic Infusion for a chance to win a spa day getaway or trip packages valued at $6,500. Spa-goers can also take part for the chance to win a Clarisonic Spa Gift Basket valued at more than $500 by nominating the esthetician who introduced them to Clarisonic. Those interested in participating can submit their entries here through October 23, 2010. For more information, check out

How Do You Think Spas Can Improve Their Skincare Menus to Give Their Clients More Value?

By Guest Blogger | Jul 27, 2010

“One suggestion is to have a separate menu for men’s and teen’s skin treatments. The spas I have advised on this simple but effective approach have noted higher activity with respect to these two important client demographics to boost their clientele. Another suggestion is to have a smaller menu printed for these two categories, which you can then hand out to your female clients to take home to their husbands, boyfriends, teens, friends, and co-workers. The point is to get your message out to as many individuals about the treatments your spa offers. And what better way is there? Think about how you take a food menu home or to the office and order accordingly because it is so convenient and right there at your disposal. It makes total marketing sense that can translate into dollar cents.”—Christine Heathman, CEO, president, and founder, Glymed Plus Skincare

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