In the vitamin world, the first big innovation for adults was gummy vitamins. Those little tart or sweet and fruity gems taste like Haribo candies, and are actually good for you. They may taste like a sweet treat, but it is important to remember that tasty vitamins should not be consumed like candy. Don’t be tempted to take more than the recommended dose found on the label.
Enter VitaMelts® from Nature Made. These little vitamin supplements not only taste good, but they literally melt in your mouth. You don’t need water to swallow them, as with capsules or mega pills. Just pop them in your mouth and they dissolve rapidly. It’s that simple. Instead of rushing out the door in the morning and forgetting to take your daily vitamins, VitaMelts come in handy little yellow tins that fit in your bag so you take them whenever you think of it. If you have trouble swallowing pills, these will make getting your daily dose of Vitamin C or Multivitamin blend a breeze.
The newest variation of VitaMelts was developed to encourage healthy hair, skin, and nails. Formulated with 60 mg of the skin loving antioxidant vitamin C to support collagen production and 2500 mcg of biotin to promote healthy hair, skin and nails, these little beauties come in a delish Strawberry Lemonade flavor.
Another favorite is VitaMelts Sleep, which delivers 3mg of melatonin to help promote sleep. And did we mention that they come in a decadent Chocolate Mint flavor? VitaMelts Sleep is perfect to take with you on long flights and when you have the luxury of sleeping in the next morning.
VitaMelts come in 8 varieties; Vitamins C, D, B12, Zinc, plus a Multi, Hair, Skin & Nails, Relax and Sleep.
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It’s National Cocoa Day today, December 13, and time to celebrate the yummy cold weather treat’s beauty benefits as well as soul warming flavor. Derived from the cocoa bean, cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants and moisturizing benefits, and has been used for years to prevent stretch marks.
While the verdict is still out on its effectiveness in fighting stretch marks, cocoa butter is supremely moisturizing and soothing, especially on winter chapped lips and skin. Here are a few new and classic cocoa products to help keep your skin soft and hydrated.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil for the Face (ARV $12.99): The granddaddy of all cocoa butter lines, Palmer’s has just launched this face oil that combines cocoa butter with a blend of 10 oils, retinol, and vitamin C to help fight the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The cocoa butter and oils smooth wrinkles, while the retinol and vitamin C improve dark spots and uneven skin tone. The brand’s proprietary Cetesomate Complex helps deliver valuable nutrients past the skin’s outer layers to the epidermis.
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Deep Conditioning Minute Mask in Cocoa Butter (ARV $8.99): A 100% vegetarian line, Alba Botanica makes products for face, body, hair, lip, and sun. This new mask provides a perfect touch of TLC for dry, damaged hair. The formula features cocoa butter, argan oil, and plant-sourced keratin to create a protective barrier around each hair strand so your locks will be soft, smooth, and utterly manageable.
Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuacu Butters Body Lotion (ARV $10): Butters from cupuacu, a tropical rain forest cousin of cocoa, and cocoa provide intense moisturization in this lotion that also contains sunflower and olive oil. Non-greasy and quick absorbing, this lotion has been clinically tested and proven to hydrate for 24 hours. Wonderful for dry, winterized skin.
Boots Extracts Body Wash, Cocoa Butter (ARV $6.99): Boots uses sustainable sourced and community traded organic cocoa butter from the Dominican Republic. This wash cleanses, conditions, and moisturizes to leave skin soft, smooth, and free of dirt and debris. It’s especially helpful to counteract the drying effects of hot water showers in the winter.
Eve Lom Cleanser (ARV $50): Vogue loves this multi award-winning cleanser from the London-based facialist. It’s practically a cult classic, thanks to its combo of cocoa butter and four essential oils. Massage it into the skin with the provided muslin cloth for an at-home treatment that decongests, cleans, and softens the skin, without drying or stripping natural oils. Just possibly the best facial cleanser ever, and it is formulated for all skin types!
Turmeric, a spice known for its bright yellow color as well as it’s warm, peppery taste, is crossing boundaries and cropping up in beauty products. Used extensively in Asian home-made skincare recipes, the anti-inflammatory root is also an ideal antiseptic, and helps heal and prevent blemishes while improving radiance of the skin. Check out these three new products that feature the versatile root:
Photo Credit: Juara Skincare
An Indonesian skincare brand founded by quartet Metta Murdaya, Jill Sung, Tami Chuang, and Yoshiko Roth, Juara uses turmeric in its silky Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum. Roth explains that the spice is bit of a royal affair: “A princess would receive an elaborate body treatment before her wedding with turmeric and herbs to help look glowing and beautiful,” she says. Ingredients, including antioxidants clove flower, and goji berry coexist with palm peptide in this anti-aging serum to enhance luminosity and also brighten. Editor’s tip: use before applying makeup as a primer.
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This 30-year old luxury,spa beauty line started by esthetician June Jacobs now has a new blemish control collection targeting the over-18 crowd. The cleanser offers a blend of broccoli, blue daisy, willow bark extracts and—of course—turmeric. It also contains tea tree oil and camphor to help ward off acne.
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Created by holistic teacher and writer Dr. Andrew Weil, this lip balm uses the Oriental spice with a blend of cocoa butter and other seed oils that help moisturize and condition. It is recommended for severely dry and rough lips, so it’s an ideal choice to stock up on during the colder months.