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GETTIN’ WITCHY WITH IT

Posted by 11.08.12

Witch hazel may sound like a tonic straight out of your great grandfather’s medicine cabinet, but it is actually a potent astringent used in modern day beauty products. Its use dates back hundreds of years; in fact, Native North Americans taught the Puritans how to extract the plant derived remedy. Today, witch hazel is used for treating skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, insect bites, and poison ivy because of its naturally astringent and anti-inflammatory benefits. Found in everything from body lotion to eye cream, witch hazel is best for oily, combination, or problematic and temperamental skin.

Boscia Pore Purifying Strips ($15-28)

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GO TO THE MATTE!

Posted by 07.26.12

We love shiny hair, glossy lips and the occasional lustrous eye, but oil slicks on the face are not such a good look. With summer in full swing, controlling oily skin, particularly across the T-zone, can become a full time job. Never fear, the beauty makers are on the case with mattifying products to keep you grease free.

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Dr. Brandt pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion ($60) – Apply this fast-absorbing, oil-free lotion after cleansing to control excess oil and mattify shine. It also works as an anti-aging hydrator. Infused with apple stem cells, the mattifying lo

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THE PEPTIDES OF MARCH

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Posted by 03.19.12

Long touted as the magic bullet in many anti-aging products, peptides are actually short chains of amino acids that occur naturally in our bodies where they regulate the activity of other molecules, play a part in hormonal balance and offer antibiotic benefits. In skincare, peptides stimulate collagen production and help prevent the breakdown of proteins in cell membranes – which means they work to reduce the signs of aging like sagging, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of tone. With regular use, products formulated with peptides can improve smoothness, combat wrinkles and promote cell turnover. Anti-aging treatments containing peptides run the gamut from drugstore scores to high-end indulgen

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VANILLA SOOTHES BODY AND SOUL

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Posted by 03.12.12

For many, vanilla is one of the loveliest scents on the planet. After all, who can resist the aroma of cookies baking in an old-fashioned kitchen? The wonderful scent comes by its aromatic beauty naturally, as it is derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla. Not only does the aroma make us feel warm, fuzzy and hungry, but the active ingredient in vanilla, called vanillin, is an antioxidant that is useful in helping the body repair damage. In addition, it contains sedative like properties, great for relaxing your mind and helping you drift off to sleep. A favored ingredient in the beauty market, vanilla is featured in many body, hair and fragrance products – just check out the group we’ve

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