Beauty Picks

Beauty and Fashion Editor Yana Mandeville

Yana Beauty Editor

Yana Beauty Editor

1. Dr Sharp Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

dr sharp

dr sharp

Ever thought about the ingredients used in your oral care? Over 95% of the toothpaste sold in the US contains fluoride. The negative effects of using fluoride toothpaste include permanent tooth discoloration, stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes and impairment in glucose metabolism, and these risks are particularly high in children. Sounds pretty serious, doesn’t it? Dr Sharp Dentistry has developed an alternative to fluoride products. Also free of sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, gluten, alcohol and GMOs. Their products featured green tea, aloe vera and other soothing herbs. Dr Sharp toothpaste is concentrated, therefore lasts longer. Dr Sharp Wild Berry Kids is the only children’s eco-friendly toothpaste developed by a dentist— bottles and tubes are BPA-free and the whole line of products is PETA certified cruelty-free.

Anti-Aging Bomb

2. Eminence Organic Skincare Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant

eminence

eminence

Not your usual exfoliator, Eminence is in a powder form, which, when mixed with a drop of water, turns into a thick and soft substance. It’s suitable for daily use and all skin types. Strawberry, rhubarb, lactic acid, rice, chickpea flour, thermal mud and oats all help expel dead skin cells and brighten skin, shrink pores, cleanse and moisturize. Antioxidant vitamins, Co-Q10 and alpha lipoic acid help reduce wrinkles and smooth the skin, and its base component, rice powder, absorbs excess oil. Thumbs up for being a voted winner of Best Exfoliator, Product Awards, Spa Professional Mexico in 2014.

3. Marie d’Argan Argan Oil

marie d' argan

marie d' argan

This is not the first time I am talking about argan oil, as have people all around the world for centuries. Argan oil has been used for hydrating skin, repairing damaged hair and nails and is particularly adept for dry, sensitive and aging skin. Marie d’Argan’s oil is produced from handpicked organic argan seeds in Morocco and formulated in France. Based on personal experience I recommend argan oil as nighttime under eye treatment; it absorbs quickly and will not leave oily residue by morning. It is sensitive to delicate skin around the eye and helps smooth out wrinkles. With use of retinol cream, dry skin can quickly become a problem, so apply argan oil in the same area in between retinol use, which will both heal the dry patches and continue the anti-wrinkle process. Argan oil also helps prevent stretch marks when used during pregnancy and weight loss. It is safe to apply on cracked and chopped lips and particularly useful in the winter when skin is especially dry. Argan oil can also heal razor bumps and burns, dry or cracked lips, used as whole body moisturizer by itself or added to body lotion. One thing to remember is that oil-based moisturizers remove spray tan and tanning creams. Another bonus point to Marie d’Argan is that a portion of the proceeds funds a woman’s cooperative in Morocco that hand picks the argan kernels used in the products.

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4. No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Anti-Aging Serum

No7

No7

A well-known British pharmacy chain develops this serum. Don’t let the fact that the manufacturer isn’t focused predominantly on skin care put you off. There have been clinical trials to back No7’s claims to reduce wrinkles. Targeted specifically for wrinkles, and not other signs of aging such as age spots, users have found that the most effective area to be treated with this serum is the skin around the eyes. However, after about three weeks I observed positive changes in the texture and color of the skin on the entire face. Try using for 2-4 weeks for prominent results.

5. Sunlighten

sunlighten

sunlighten

If you’re wondering what a sauna has to do with beauty, well… everything. As an avid sauna goer myself I can testify about the shift it has had on my skin’s appearance, elasticity, as well energy levels and mood; which also reflect on our appearance. Sauna helps open up pores and through perspiration, helps the body flush out toxins we carry from the environment and the food and water we consume. Body temperature rises and increases blood flow, which speeds up metabolism and the detoxification process. In order to increase the amount of perspiration and decrease the time spent inside the saunas, the best time for a sauna session is right after some cardio, be it a group class at the gym, cycling, dancing or even running for 10 minutes on the treadmill. Sunlighten is a portable sauna you can mount any place in or outside your home. Sunlighten uses their own, patented infrared heating technology Solocarbon®, which is proven to raise core temperature, lower blood pressure and aid in weight loss.

6. Dermasilk Oxygenating Spa Facial Mask

Dermasilk

Dermasilk

TV Series “Awkward” Star Jillian Rose Reed recommended this mask in her interview to me and in her words: “I’m pretty specific about what I put on my face, and this product did not disappoint. You can feel it working on your skin, and, after a few uses, it really made my skin look fresh and glowy. Perfect for those no makeup days!”

7. Zing Anything

Zing Anything

Zing Anything

Coolers containing merely pure water with lemon, lime, cucumbers or even watermelon have become a popular and irresistible element at parties, offices and at health and fitness oriented facilities. Zing Anything has created a simple, convenient and inexpensive way to relish this water anywhere you go and as fresh as you want it to be. Zing Anything is a bottle juicer for freshly made citrus, vegetable and fruit water. Made for elementary juicing, the bottom part of the bottle is easily screwed off a cup, where pieces of either fruit or cucumber and ice can be placed. Each bottle comes with three applicators: one for juicing limes, second for juicing kiwi and third is a cucumber cutter. Once the fruit is pulped, you may leave them to soak in the bottom cup if you prefer a richer flavor.

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