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Friday, October 15, 2021

Review: DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub

 (product photo courtesy of www.dermae.com)

2 oz./56g $26.00

I have always posted that exfoliation is very important and one of the key elements to good skincare. And microdermabrasion is one of the best ways to get results. It's a salon or medispa treatment which uses various types of crystals that are smoothed along the skin to exfoliate it and remove the upper layers of the epidermis. Proven to be quite effective, but quite costly, some scrubs that are used at home can mimic some of the results that microdermabrasion provides. Today I will be discussing a scrub which helps to rid the skin of dead skin cells in a natural way and that helps skin to regenerate itself without irritation, while leaving your skin glowing. 

DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub is an excellent choice if you choose to use a scrub for exfoliation in your skincare routine. This wonderful smelling scrub (it smells like lemon, lime and orange), is a great way to get a salon treatment at home. Microdermabrasion is usually reserved for salons, medispas and dermatologists' offices, however this scrub gives you similar results with continued use. It helps to clear up clogged hair follicles (pores), which in turn prevents acne lesions, buffs aways dullness, removes fine lines and wrinkles, and helps to lighten the look of acne scars. Skin looks and feels smoother, and more radiant. 

It contains a mixture of Dead Sea Salt and crystals (such as pumice and alumina) that combine to form a paste, which smoothes the skin without being overzealous. I would recommend this product for skins that are dry, normal, combination and oily but not acneic in nature. If you have a acneic skin and want to use this, make sure you do not have active breakouts on your face. This is something that would help to get rid of blackheads but it is not meant skin that has lesions already on it.  Also, I would definitely not recommend it for really sensitive skin or skin that has been using chemical exfoliants on it (AHAs, Retin-A, etc.) under any circumstance. That type of skin is already thin enough and could become thinner with use of this product. Too much exfoliation erodes the natural moisture barrier and causes damage to the skin. Then the natural ceramides are damaged and need to be replaced. It becomes a vicious cycle. If your skin is mildly sensitive then if might work for you, but I would be cautious. 

To use: apply to clean, wet skin and gently scrub desired areas in a circular motion, for up to 1 minute. Less pressure is recommended for more sensitive areas. Rinse well with lukewarm water and pat dry. Skin will likely be pink or red from use and is perfectly normal. Use twice a week. 

The ingredients in this product are what really sell it. Dead Sea Salt helps to detoxify the skin and buff away dead skin cells (along with the pumice and alumina crystals) to reveal smoother, softer skin that looks and feels younger with each use. Citrus oils such as lemon, orange, and lime peel oils helps to energize and refresh the complexion so that it radiates with a beautiful glow. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and moisturizer that helps the skin look plump and dewy. Grape Seed Oil is abundant is vitamins and nourishes the skin. Kaolin clay helps to absorb excess oil and prevent further breakouts. Jojoba Seed Oil is an oil that helps to intensely nourish and moisturize the skin. Finally, Sweet Almond Oil intensely moisturizes and nourishes the skin, making is feel petal soft. When combined all together these ingredients make a killer scrub that leaves the skin feeling beautiful, soft and glowing. 

DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub retails for $26.00 and is available on  www.dermae.com and exclusively at www.ulta.com and ULTA Stores. Like Derma E on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dermaenaturalskincare; Follow Derma E on Twitter: @derma_e; Subscribe to Derma E on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/DermaEBodycare; Follow Derma E on Instagram:http://instagram.com/dermae# and Follow Derma E on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/dermae/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this was sent for consideration)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Review: DERMA E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30

 (product photo courtesy of www.dermae.com

0.14 oz/4g $17.56

Just because it is October does not mean it is time to put away the sunscreen. No, you always need to keep the sunscreen out. Wear it year round. Yes, you heard me correctly. I may sound preachy but if you want to keep your skin looking amazingly young and beautiful or to keep skin cancer away, you will definitely wear sunscreen daily. All year during the year. 

Now just because you need to wear sunscreen that doesn't mean that is has to be heavy and smell like sunscreen does it? No, there are so many options now. One that I am particularly fond of is mineral sunscreen powder from called DERMA E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF30 that you can apply to your face on top of your makeup. How much fun is that? And it is a SPF30 broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect against UVA/UVB rays. That makes it even better. So not only does it protect against skin cancer but it helps to protect you against aging. 

This product is a collaboration with makeup artist and Instagram influencer Ash Deleon. It contains the following ingredients to help keep your skin in tip top condition:
  • Green Tea- helps to deliver vital antioxidants to the skin that prevent aging.
  • Chamomile Flower Extract- helps to soothe the skin, which makes this product ideal for those with sensitive skin too.
  • Vitamin E- another antioxidant and also provides moisturizing properties.
The best thing about this product to me is that it is a mineral sunscreen. Yes, you read that correctly, It is a SPF30 mineral sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection for the skin while also helping to soothe it too, all the while providing mineral sunscreen protection for those with allergies to chemical sunscreens. This product contains 17.29% Titanium Dioxide and 20% Zinc Oxide. If you suffer from allergies to normal chemical sunscreens and have been looking for a fresh new powder formula, try this one out.

What are some of the advantages to using this over a regular sunscreen? This can be used over makeup, it can be reapplied easier, it can be reapplied over makeup whereas regular sunscreen cannot, as I mentioned it is soothing to the skin, I also mentioned it has anti-aging ingredients and it works on any skin tone. Are there any disadvantages to using this over any regular sunscreen? The only one I can see it that it only comes in a SPF30. I think that is minimal considering the circumstances. I happen to love products like this and was happy to receive it and try it out. I love the way it feels on the skin, it mattifies some like regular powder. It is easy to use and easy to reapply. 

DERMA E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF30 retails for $17.56 and is available on  www.dermae.com and exclusively at www.ulta.com and ULTA Stores. Like Derma E on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dermaenaturalskincare; Follow Derma E on Twitter: @derma_e; Subscribe to Derma E on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/DermaEBodycare; Follow Derma E on Instagram:http://instagram.com/dermae# and Follow Derma E on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/dermae/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this was sent for consideration)

Monday, September 27, 2021

What Are The 'Rules' For Wedding Makeup?

What Are The 'Rules' For Wedding Makeup? 

It is likely that you have had thousands of dreams about your wedding day whilst growing up. You have fantasised about the stunning princess dress you are going to wear down the aisle. You have thought about all of the spectacular venues you could choose to host your special day. You have considered all of the beautiful hair designs and makeup styles. 

Oh, and you may have even thought about who your prince charming might be as well! If you are reading this blog post, then it is likely that the moment has come whereby these dreams have turned into a reality. So, first of all – congratulations! But let’s get down to business. As they say, there is nothing more difficult to plan than your wedding day! 

This blog post is here to help you by presenting all of points you need to consider when choosing your wedding makeup. After all, you want to look back at your photos and smile, not cringe! So, read on to discover some top tips for achieving the perfect wedding look…

  • Start early - This is especially the case if you are considering cosmetic treatments or trying some new cosmeceutical products. Find out more online about the different treatments that are available prior to your wedding day. 

  • Look online and in magazines for inspiration – First and foremost, you should do as much research as possible. By looking on the Internet and in wedding magazines you will be able to pick up on some incredible ideas. This is always a good starting point, especially for those who haven’t got a clue regarding what they want. 

  • Look like you – One mistake a lot of individuals make is that they go for a makeup style that is so different from what they would usually wear. Why is this an error? Well, there is a big chance that you will fall out of love with this look a lot quicker than you would like to. 

  • Find the best beauty professionals for your big day – The next thing you need to do is make sure you find the best beauty technicians for your wedding day. After all, your image is going to be in their hands. It needs to be someone you trust. 

  • Do a trial run – The next thing you have to do is ensure you book a trial run. This is imperative. Do you really want to leave everything to chance on your wedding day? 

  • Consider the overall theme of your wedding – Last but not least, the final thing you must consider when choosing your wedding make up is the theme of your big day. After all, if you are having a classic wedding, you will look a bit misplaced walking down the aisle with a bold style of make up. 

So there you have it: some essential wedding day makeup tips to follow! If you follow the advice mentioned above, you can be sure you will get your wedding makeup just right. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis


Friday, September 24, 2021

Ways to Help Your Body Recover From Back Pain Without Surgery

 Ways to Help Your Body Recover From Back Pain Without Surgery

Back pains are one of the most common injuries. Muscle strains and spinal degeneration are the leading causes of back pains. You may have experienced mild backaches, which healed in a few days. However, if you struggle with chronic backaches, then you have come to the right place. Read on to learn some of the ways you can enhance your body’s recovery without surgery.

Incorporate Healthy Foods Into Your Diet

While healthy foods are essential in avoiding sickness, they also play a crucial part in boosting your body’s recovery. If you are experiencing back pain, incorporate foods with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Bromelain, which repairs skin and bones, helps form collagen, and reduces swelling and pain.

Also, consider adding adequate proteins to your diet as they optimize healing. Ensure you take all your meals, breakfast, lunch, and supper to fasten your recovery. If possible, take at least three small-size meals a day coupled with two healthy snacks.

Carbohydrates provide your body with the energy needed to recover. However, avoid taking complex carbohydrates that may cause a blood sugar strike, leading to inflammation. Vitamins and minerals also provide nutrients that can promote body recovery. Taking dark-colored fruits and vegetables fastens the recovery process as they offer richer nutrients than light-colored ones.

Schedule an Appointment With a Chiropractor

Chiropractic Care is essential in addressing the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.  It incorporates manual therapy sessions that are effective in reducing backaches. These therapies are nonsurgical, reducing your recovery time and risk of further complications.

Chiropractic therapies involve manual manipulation of the back, which improves functionality, restores body motion in the back and reduces nerve irritability. It would be best if you considered chiropractic treatment if you have lower back pain.

Get Enough Sleep

Back pains can be relieved by getting enough sleep. Consider getting seven to eight hours each night if you are experiencing back pains. The body is known to heal itself while you sleep.

Several hormones get produced during sleep which boost your immune system and correct damaged cells in your body. Sleep allows your brain to trigger the release of these hormones, which enhances your recovery.

It also helps your body create more white blood cells that fight any bacteria that hinder healing. Ensure you get enough sleep to help your body recover from back pains without the need for surgery.

Practice Meditation

Chronic back pain may also be due to physical, mental, or emotional strains. Chronic contraction and prolonged muscle tensions in the back may lead to backaches which affect your health. Meditation can help you stress and relieve physical tensions. It can also help you relax your mind and recognize how your body feels in the present moment.

 You can sit on a mat or a bed in a comfortable position and take controlled deep breaths. With this, you can relax any tensed muscles, reducing your back pains. You can also incorporate deep muscle relaxation techniques that help you to contract and relax your back muscles. 


You may have experienced mild backaches at least once. While these pains fade away within a few days, chronic back pain may last over three months, affecting your performance. However, you can trigger your body to heal itself, enhancing recovery. Hopefully, you will consider these tips to help deal with back pains without the need for surgery.

Until Next Time~

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

6 Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying Hair Cutting Scissors

6 Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying Hair Cutting Scissors

Scissors are one of the most important tools that a barber possesses and they can directly affect the quality and feel of the haircut. Choosing the right barber shears is not as easy as it sounds. You have to make sure the size is right, the quality is up to the recent standards, the build material is strong, and many other such key things.

So, if you are looking for the best barber scissors, you need to ask some specific questions and see for yourself whether the product you have chosen meets your criteria.

Here are some of the most important things to ask while buying barber scissors for yourself or your business.

1. What type of Scissors Do You Need?

This is important since scissors used by barbers come in various shapes and styles. Consider things like your hair cutting style, technique, and ease of movement with all scissors, and choose the one that gives you flexibility in all these areas.

You can choose between straight-bladed, texturizing, long/short-bladed, and wide-tooth scissors, etc depending upon your needs. It is always a good idea to buy scissors that can be used for more than one purpose since they can save you a bunch of money.

2. What Size Are Your Hands?

There is no standard size for barber scissors since different people have different sizes and thicknesses of their hands. A general trick is to put the scissor in the palm of your hand and see if the blade extends a few inches away from your middle finger.

If your hands are bigger and you choose scissors that are smaller, you will hurt your fingers, and the accuracy with which you cut hair will be reduced. On the other hand, using heavier scissors with wider fingerholes gives you little control over the movement of scissors and hurts your wrists, which can lead to cuts.

That is why it is important that you try various scissors and try to feel which one suits you best. It can make the whole hair cutting process easier, quicker, and more productive.

3. Do the Products Has a Warranty?

Buying barber scissors with no warranty is such a big risk that you just cannot afford to take. Having no warranty means if your scissors get damaged or they don’t perform up to the standards, you will not have any other option than to buy a new one.

That is why always ask if the scissors you have purchased come with a warranty or not. This way you can exchange or ask for a new one in case the product doesn’t meet your standards.

4. What Cutting Blade Suits Your Style?

Figure out if you can use the serrated scissors well or not. If you can then the next step is to choose between micro-serrated or normal scissors. You can try each one of these and see what helps you the most.

Micro-serrated Haircutting scissors offer more precision and make the cutting process faster. They can untangle the hair and cut them with swiftness. This way the overall result looks more consistent.

You can use wide-teeth or narrow-teeth scissors as well and compare the results and once you have enough information you can make your choice.

6. Strong Build Material

The barber scissors undergo extensive usage and that is why it is important that you pick one that is durable and strong. Look on the protective case or cover of the product and see if the scissors are made up of stainless steel, or a mixture of stainless steel, molybdenum, and cobalt, etc.

If that is true then go ahead and buy the product. But if the cover indicates that scissors are made of some other elements or metals, it is better to keep on looking.

Buying barber scissors is a long-term commitment and purchasing an expensive one can save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run. If you are looking for more durable products, you can visit Cintura Orciani for that.


Final Thoughts

No doubt the method and technique with which you cut hair is important and can contribute a lot to your overall performance, but owning the right scissors is also equally important. It can make your job so much easier, and faster while ensuring the complete satisfaction of your customers.

We hope with the help of this article, you are able to find the best barber shears/scissors for you without wasting so much of your precious time and energy. Stay tuned for more useful stuff regarding the latest haircutting accessories and trends. 

Until Next Time~

Underrated Ways To Boost Your Appearance

Underrated Ways To Boost Your Appearance

It pays to look your best. And we mean that literally. Studies have shown that more attractive people earn more money than anyone else (though if you’re too attractive, then you earn less). But looking your best has value beyond the amount of money you’ll be paid each month. It gives us confidence, we feel good, we’re more outgoing, and so on. While no one’s going to pretend that appearances are everything, we all know that they mean something, even if it’s just to us at an individual level. While you can’t change your genetic makeup, you can subtly guide your appearance in the right direction. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the most effective methods.

Avoid All Toxins

There are toxins everywhere. The most common ones that we consume are caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. For most people, the idea of having a few coffees, and especially having a few alcoholic drinks, is no big deal. However, while those things won’t drag down your appearance to a significant degree, they will drag it down somewhat. Take a break, and you’ll see that you have more energy (which is good for going to the gym) and that your skin looks better, particularly under your eyes (we all know how big our panda eyes can be after a night out!). 

Take a Cold Shower

Another good way to enhance your appearance, and in fact enhance your life in general, is to look at taking cold showers. Yes, it can sound pretty brutal, and in many ways, it is -- but only for the two minutes that you’re in the shower. Once you’re out, you’ll be buzzing with energy. And once you’ve been doing it for a few weeks, you’ll notice that your skin and hair are looking better than they have in ages.

Learn About Beauty Products

There’s no shortage of beauty products out there. But, as with all things, there’s a big disparity in quality. And in any case, not all types of beauty products will be appropriate for your needs. Rather than just buying what you think you need, conduct some research, and learn about which products will be right for you. There can be a lot of value in knowing about emulsion vs serum, for example. Once you’ve got the correct products in your cabinet, you’ll be on your way towards looking your best.

Stand Up Straight

Sometimes, it’s the small things that make a massive difference. Think about standing up straight, for example. This doesn’t sound like something that would make a big difference to how you look, but it does. Standing up tall, and having good posture, is a sign of confidence -- and is there anything more attractive than confidence? If you have bad posture, then look up taking up yoga or working on your core strength. It’s easy to fall into bad posture when you work at a computer all day long, but happily, it’s something that you can get out of relatively easily, too. 

Until Next Time~

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Review: DERMA E Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Paste

DERMA E Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Paste 
4 oz./113g $13.95

This month is a great time for skin renewal. With summer coming to a close, skin has been through a lot. Heat, sweat and some sun (likely). One of the best things to do is to actually use a combination of a scrub and mask to give yourself a more radiant complexion. Get rid of some of the sun damage you might have accumulated during the summer. Vitamin C is the perfect ingredient to do it with too. 

Try DERMA E Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Paste. This product is a light exfoliant that helps to get rid of dead skin cells and uneven skin tone, revealing a more beautiful, radiant complexion. The paste is a multi-tasking, skin-brightening, antioxidant-rich facial cleanser and mask which gently cleanses and exfoliates impurities to reveal soft, smooth skin, It contains ingredients such as Golden Turmeric (reduces the appearance of blemishes, calms skin and enhances the skin's natural glow) and Ancient Rice (gently removes dirt, brightens skin and exfoliates dead skin cells while nourishing the skin). Glycerin is also included, which is a humectant that helps to keep skin nourished no matter what skin type you have. Bentonite is a clay that purifies the skin and gets rid of dead skin cells, congestion and oil. Panthenol (also known as ProVitamin B3) provides soothing moisture to the skin. Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) is an antioxidant that soothes the skin and provides moisture. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) is an antioxidant that helps even out the skin tone, as mentioned above. Echinacea root extract helps to boost skin's moisturizing properties by increasing epidermal lipids, ceramides and cholesterol. These keep the protective outer layer of the skin strong, meaning less moisture is able to escape over time. 

This product can be used two ways, as a cleanser or a mask. To use as a cleanser, gently lather over a dampened face and neck, then rinse thoroughly with water and pat dry. Use in the morning and evening. It is gentle enough for daily use. As a mask, you will see more intense results. Apply generously to face, hands and other areas. Leave on for 3-5 minutes until dry and rinse off by moistening and massaging to activate exfoliants. Pat dry. 

To me this cleanser/mask does a great job of helping to cleanse the skin, even out skin tone and decongest the skin.  I find that this is not an everyday cleanser. I prefer it for an alternative cleanser on days when I need some extraneous exfoliation and evening out of my skin tone. I like this cleanser and would not have tired it had it not been for Pride Month. So, there is that. It works great and makes skin feel soft and smooth, look brighter after several uses. DERMA E is proven clean beauty. 

DERMA E Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Paste retails for $13.95 and is available on  www.dermae.com and exclusively at www.ulta.com and ULTA Stores. Like Derma E on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dermaenaturalskincare; Follow Derma E on Twitter: @derma_e; Subscribe to Derma E on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/DermaEBodycare; Follow Derma E on Instagram:http://instagram.com/dermae# and Follow Derma E on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/dermae/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this was sent for consideration)

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