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OATMEAL: MORE THAN JUST A HEALTHY BREAKFAST

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Posted by 10.31.14

But my favorite way to enjoy oats is in beauty treatments. Oatmeal is a key ingredient in beauty products because it a skin soother, a natural acne remedy, relieves itchiness, gently cleanses, and more. Here are four products that uses oatmeal to provide beauty fixes.

 

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Jurlique Nutri-Define Superior Retexturizing Facial Serum ($120) targets sagging skin, deep lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity and dehydration with it’s groundbreaking formula including Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Biosome5, Ginseng Root Extract, and Licorice Root Extract. It firms, contours, and boosts luminosity and moisture for a radiant, ageless complexion.

 

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Klorane Shampoo with Oat Milk ($15) gently cleanses, detangles, and softens with soothing, protective oat milk properties so scalp and hair stay properly balanced.

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Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment ($6.99 for 8 packets) is the perfect fix for dry, itchy, or irritated skin. Mix this finely milled pure colloidal oatmeal packet with warm bath water and soak for instant relief.

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Aubrey Calming Skin Therapy Hydrating Mask ($14.95) is formulated with organic aloe and sea aster to combat redness and restore the skin’s natural moisture balance, oatmeal and rice spheres for gentle exfoliation, and prickly pear to firm, protect, and prevent the formation of free radicals.

 


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5 ANTI-AGING HAIR TIPS

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Posted by 10.30.14

So what is Ammon Carver’s latest chapter? He was recently named Creative Director for L’Anza Healing Haircare and has just opened a new eponymous salon in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The Ammon Carver Studio is a hybrid hair salon/photo studio, designed to perfectly marry the two worlds he’s most passionate about — behind-the-chair work with salon clients and high-energy editorial work. With floor to ceiling windows and painted brick walls, it’s sleek and modern with a classic loft style. I was treated to L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Intensive Hair Masque ($79.95) and I can vouch for how reparative it is. It made my somewhat fried hair healthier looking, super shiny, and full of body.

 

“There is something to be said for finding your signature style and sticking with it. However, every few years, especially after big milestone birthdays, it’s a good idea to change up your look to keep things fresh,” says Carver. He also recommends small changes to color (think highlights or seasonal tweaks) throughout the year, to keep yourself feeling on point.

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Here, he shares 5 Anti-Aging Hair Dos:

REPLENISH KERATIN –  Natural keratin depletion occurs as the hair gets older. Use products like the Keratin Healing Oil line by L’ANZA to replace the hair’s naturally occurring keratin protein for hair that has more strength, shine, and vitality.

GIVE HAIR A BREAK – Always use heat protection before using any heat appliance and cut down on styling wear and tear by stretching out the time between styling sessions with “day two” and “day three” styling options.

BE CAUTIOUS WITH COLOR – For the healthiest hair, opt for low maintenance highlights like ombre or go for translucent or demi-permanent glazes on ends, processes that don’t lift the cuticle layer.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, HEALTHY HAIR  Your food/nutrition intake shows up quickly in your hair so eat a well-balanced diet. Don’t skimp on sleep. Get your blood pumping with cardiovascular exercise. You’ll feel great and all this clean living will help your locks look their most youthful.

PRACTICE GOOD GROOMING  Regular trims will banish the dead ends and keep your hair looking fresh. If hair is damaged, use reparative treatments like Trauma Treatment by L’ANZA to help heal your hair. The beauty of this one is that it can also be used in your color formula to improve color attachment.


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BEAM ME UP!

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Posted by 10.28.14

Stop shaving and get smooth skin and stubble-free 365/year. Enter Beam Laser Spa, the chic boutique laser hair removal spa in Columbus Circle. Founded by the lovely Brazilian sister duo Andréa and Liza Young, Beam Laser Spa is the ultimate laser hair removal destination for cutting edge technology, laser expertise, and superb friendly service.

Admittedly a few minutes late (Thank you NYC gridlock traffic), I walked into the serene Beam Laser Spa waiting room with ambient lighting and views of Central Park. I was cheerfully greeted and offered a cold beverage as I filled in my paperwork and mentally prepared myself for the bikini line-laser session I fretted about all day.

Feeling quite vulnerable in my knickers with a seemingly 1000-wattage light shining on my lady bits, my aesthetician Amanda prepped for my treatment by thoroughly cleaning the area with witch hazel. She carefully outlined — yes, literally outlined with a white pencil — exactly where she was going to laser by using the edge of an index card to make precise measurements and straight edges. Yeah, I’m pretty sure Kim K. would be jealous at how up close and personal Amanda got down there.

The prep for the procedure was actually much longer than the procedure itself. Within a few minutes, the entire area had been painlessly lasered and was minimally pink. There was no need for aloe or a cooling gel, which meant I could go shopping after my appointment without cold goop slathered all over my undies (#winning!).

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You can expect to feel a hot sensation immediately followed by a very cool sensation. Most people tend to describe laser hair removal as feeling like a rubber band being snapped against the skin. However, Beam exclusively uses only the top of the line Syneron Candela’s Gentle Max Lasers, which are known as state-of-the-art devices that reduce pain, increase efficacy, and are safe for your skin. The Gentle Max Laser shoots a cold blast of cryogen gas that immediately cools the laser site — so it’s a less painful and virtually mess-free experience compared to other hair removal lasers that require gel to cool the skin first.

A few things to remember:

  1. Permanent results take time. After just one treatment, I’ve already noticed a difference in the rate that my hair grows back. However, permanent results require at least 4-6 treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart. You may need touch up sessions every year or so, too. I would trade the inconvenience of shaving, ingrown hairs, razor burn, and lifelong purchases of razors and shaving cream for permanent results any day!
  2. Stop using self tanner for at least 2-3 weeks in advance. My aesthetician needed to clean (and by clean, I mean scrub) the to-be-lasered area multiple times to remove all traces of self tanner. The laser targets melanin in the hair shaft and then damages the follicle — the laser could mistakenly target the pigment from self tanner and potentially cause damage to the surrounding skin.
  3. Most importantly, relax! No one is judging you for what you have or what you want down there, and no one is going to critique you after you leave (Come on, I’m not the only one who swears that my dentist made fun of my bad breath, or that my dermatologist made a crack about my monster zit). Your Beam aesthetician has zapped hair follicles in places you didn’t even know hair could grow! And, as Amanda put it, “It’s just hair!”

So ladies, book yourself into Beam Laser Spa for your Gentle Laser treatments, and look forward to smooth, stubble-free underarms, legs, bikini line, and anywhere else you don’t want hair.

 


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