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Do You Really Need A Neck Cream?

In beauty, skincare on January 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm
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How many times have you done your skin care routine and completely skipped your neck? If that’s what you’ve been doing, then listen up. First of all, your face, jawline, neck and decolletage all go together -literally – and should be cared for as one. Your neck, like your hands and under eye area, shows the first signs of ageing so it important to apply your skincare there too. In addition, your neck has fewer oil glands so it is more prone to dryness and sagging. Also with the repeated actions of our heads hovering over our computers and cell phones, crepiness, fine lines and even tech neck is inevitable. Suffice it to say that what you put on your face should be brought down to your neck and chest to keep skin smooth and glowing and to address concerns that you may be having. Ageing is a part of life but it can be done gracefully. Start taking care of your neck now so you won’t have to continuously hide behind turtlenecks and scarves later.

So about that neck cream. Does it matter if you use one or not? What will this extra cream do that your other serums and creams aren’t already doing? The fist thing you should determine is if you are even paying attention to and caring for your neck in the first place. If you aren’t, then a new potion won’t help you. Consistency is the key so start there. Next is to consider the ingredients. Do the ingredients in your current skincare routine address preventative as well as ageing neck concerns? This skin is very delicate – thinner than the skin on your face (similar to the skin under the eyes) so a good blend of ingredients that are gentle yet effective is necessary. With all of that said, a dedicated neck cream can be a good thing because it is formulated specifically for the area. The choice is yours.

Ahead are several creams consider…

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus + Neck & Chest SPF 25 $89 Perricone MD has always been synonymous with effective skincare and this cream is no different. Key ingredients include Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin B3 and peptides to address dullness, discoloration, sun damage and loss of elasticity.

Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus $95 This neck cream has a lifting complex that will also address the delicate needs of the decolletage. Key ingredients include peptides, a brightening complex and Gravitite-CF lifting complex to help diminish fine lines, sagging and loss of elasticity.

iS Clinical NeckPerfect Complex $95 is Clinical neck perfect complex is also formulated for the jawline and chest area to help with firmness and elasticity. It also contains antioxidants to help with free radical damage and gently exfoliates to help reveal smoother brighter skin.

Skinceuticls AGE Interrupter $162 This alcohol and dye free formula helps to restore hydration as it improves the appearance of texture, fine lines and wrinkles.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Neck Cream $54 iT Cosmetics has a straightforward approach to skincare and this neck cream proves just that. It contains shea butter, elastin, and collagen for a smoother, firmer, more supple appearance.

Estee Lauder Resilience Multi Effect Tri – Peptide Face And Neck Cream $98 Resilience Multi Effect is a rich night cream that helps skin to look more youthful, firmer, radiant with more volume and can also be used as a weekly mask.

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8 Fragrances That Are Perfect For This Winter Season

In fragrance on January 12, 2022 at 12:00 pm

What do you think of when it comes to fragrance? Is it something that you wear only for special occasions or on a daily basis? Is it something that you hurriedly spray on when you are running out of the door? Do you shy away from fragrance altogether because it brings back unpleasant memories or because you haven’t found a scent that excites you? Whatever the case, fragrance is deeply personal and means different things to different people. And if you think of it as merely a scent instead of an experience to be had, you can miss out on the the significance and the power of what wearing a fragrance can do for you. Think of it as an invisible accessory. A mood.

Wearing fragrance is just as important as getting dressed. And, as we have approached this time of the year, many people not only make changes to their wardrobe but also to their fragrances to accommodate the on the the cooler temperatures. Winter is one of the best times of the year for getting warm and cozy with your favorite blanket or person and the perfect fragrance can lend itself to wonderful memories. Fragrances worn during the cooler months are usually more rich, full bodied, warm and sensual. They should feel like a hug and linger – on a scarf, a sweater, or someone’s mind. Winter fragrances should also be timeless enough to wear year after year as well as carry you through the colder month up until the emergence of spring. Below are 8 fragrances to consider adding to your winter fragrance collection.

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum. The bottle is so beautiful, you might find yourself purchasing this fragrance just for that reason alone. Like a mini sculpture, the bottle is just as beautiful as the warm floral fragrance it contains.

Key Notes: Lavender Essence, Orange Blossom, Musk Accord

Valentino Uomo Born In Roma. Edgy, sexy and unapologetic, one spritz of this fragrance will make you feel like a Boss. The beautiful bottle is adorned with the iconic Valentino stud and contains what some may consider to be a more masculine fragrance but can be worn by anyone who wants to feel powerful and in control.

Key Notes: Violet, Vetiver, Ginger

Nest New York Midnight Fleur Eau de Parfum. A late evening stroll on a clear, crisp winter night hand in hand with your crush is the image this fragrance evokes. This scent, which is enchanting and whimsical yet sophisticated, makes you want to cozy up to your lover while watching the stars.

Key Notes: Exotic Woods, Patchouli, Amber

Chanel COCO Noir. Sensuality and allure in a fragrance could invite the best kind of trouble. Not for the faint at heart, COCO Noir is deep and moody without being overbearing. It is as sophisticated as the woman who wears it.

Key Notes: Jasmine Absolute, Bourbon Vanilla Rose Absolute

Atelier Cologne Paris Vanille Incensee. Unlike many vanilla based fragrances that have a more adolescent sweetness, Vanille Incensee tempers and contrasts the vanilla with notes of woody moss for a more grown up interpretation. This fragrance is also a great layering fragrance, bringing qualities of softness and warmth to any fragrance you layer this with.

Key Notes: Madagascar Vanilla, Lime Woody Moss

Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum. Bottled up glamour with sensual, mysterious dark accords, Black Orchid is as sophisticated as the bottle it comes in. Strategically applied to all pulse points, this fragrance blooms slowly and beautifully and lasts for hours.

Key Notes: Black Truffle, Black Orchid, Plum

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum. This is not your mother’s fragrance. The modern day twist on a classic fragrance is full bodied yet luminous and soft with a hint of sweetness.

Key Notes: Black Coffee, White Flowers, Vanilla

Jo Malone Scarlet Poppy Cologne Intense. The eye catching shiny red bottle looks like delicious candy in a beautiful jar. Or beautiful, meticulously painted red nails. Scarlet Poppy is warm and sweet in a very sophisticated and enticing way.

Key Notes: Scarlet Poppy, Ambrette, Tonka Bean

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Cleansing Balms And Oils

In skincare on December 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm

So much is involved when it comes to adulting. There are many repetitive mundane tasks and responsibilities to tend to on the regular: wake up, brush your teeth, get dressed, walk the kids, take the dogs to school, go to work. BLAH BLAH BLAH REPEAT. Adulting can be overwhelming. And just think, at some point during your day, you have to DO YOUR SKIN CARE. Case in point: cleansing your face, especially in the evening. It’s one of many necessary steps in your skin care routine to ensure clear, smooth, beautiful skin. There are endless options when it comes to face wash and regardless of the formula you use (foam, cream, gel, wipes) you want to make sure it cleanses without stripping your face and is the right choice for your skin type and lifestyle.

In addition to the traditional cleansers previously mentioned, an option that is popular and continues to grow in prominence is cleansing balms and oils. Balms and oils can be partnered with your existing cleanser and is perfect because to get the cleanest skin possible it is important to double cleanse, especially if you wear heavy makeup, sunscreen, etc.

5 More Reasons Why You Should Consider Using A Cleansing Balm or Oil:

1. Ensures complete, thorough cleansing. Balms and oils will break down dirt, oil, makeup, and sunscreen before you even get to your regular cleanser. And because your skin is properly cleansed, the rest of your skin care products will work more effectively. If you are wearing (heavy) eye makeup it is still advised to use a separate waterproof eye makeup remover.

2. It can keep skin hydrated regardless of skin type but especially if you are dry and sensitive. Balms and oils are very emollient and contain ingredients that hydrate, nourish and protect the skin.

3. A little goes a long way. You only need a dime sized amount to get the job done. You will also use less of your regular cleanser.

4. It’s great for oily skin. “Hold up!” you might say because your skin is an everlasting greaseball. Trust me when I say that oil attracts oil and cleanses everything off of your face. And even though you are oily, you don’t need to strip your skin because that will actually cause your skin to become more unbalanced which then leads to more oiliness. Hydration and protection for combo/oily skin and everlasting greaseballs like you and me is still important.

5. It can be relaxing because you have to take the time to thoroughly massage it in. This is one of those times of the day where you have to stop and take a moment for yourself. To take the time to care for yourself is quite rejuvenating and can be something to look forward to after a long day.

How To Use A Cleansing Balm Or Oil

Scoop/pour a small amount to hands and apply to dry face.

Massage slowly and thoroughly, avoiding the eye area. Take your time. Breathe deeply. Thank me later.

Rinse off with warm water or wipe off with a cloth.

Follow up with regular cleanser and remaining skin care.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm. This balm is power packed with ingredients that not only cleanses but makes your skin better. Green Clean turns into a milky texture once it comes in contact with water. Key ingredients include papaya enyzmes for gentle exfoliation and tumeric for antioxidants and brightening. Perfect for all skin types and great for removing eye makeup as well.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover. This non drying formula which turns into an oil when mixed with water will remove even the most stubborn makeup without stripping the skin and without leaving residue. It is also effective for removing eye makeup

Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser. Removes all dirt and makeup and addresses concerns of redness and dullness. Slaai turns from oil to milk and contains a wonderful combination of fruit extracts and fruit oils including blueberry, strawberry, acai fruit oil and cranberry seed oil for nourishing, brightening and comfort. Slaai comes with a handy spatula that is magnetic and stays on the lid for easy, mess free scooping of the product.

Tatcha The Camellia Cleansing Oil. A beautifully packaged product that will adorn many a vanity, this cleansing oil will gently melt all makeup, dirt and impurities away. The Camelia Oil is great for all skin types and addresses the main concern of dryness. It also contains Japanese camelia oil which is rich in omegas and vitamins. And like all Tatcha products, this cleansing oil contians the hadesei- 3 complex of rice (exfoliation and moisture), green tea (antioxidant protection) and algae (antioxidant protection and soothing).

Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil. This cleansing oil is antioxidant rich and contains squalane that is derived from sugarcane. It also contains various oils to ensure moisture, radiance and smooth skin with effective cleansing. Not only addresses dryness but also dullness and uneven skin texture.

Caudalie Vinoclean Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil. Antioxidant enriched and non-comedogenic, this oil contains several oils to insure the ultimate gentle clean including sweet almond oil (softening, strengthening), grape seed oil (nourishment and antioxidant) sunflower and castor oil (dissolves makeup).

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