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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

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Friday, September 10, 2021

What You Can Do To Improve Your Life Right Now

What You Can Do To Improve Your Life Right Now


Life can be hard at times, and it’s not always easy to find the right way to start moving - especially when you feel stuck. However, there are always things you can do to improve your life, no matter the situation. It’s not easy to get going again, but that doesn’t mean you should wait around for something to happen - there are some things that will be produced towards your mood and mental health even if you can’t see how you can move forward. So even if you feel like you’re going nowhere, you should still find ways to improve your situation.



Sign up for a new hobby


One thing you can do to help your situation is signing up for something new. It’s important that we’re all able to find things that entertain us and keep us mentally active. Having a hobby on our minds can add to the things that we enjoy. Whether it’s something that you do alone or something that you do with others - it’s a great way to spend your energy! Also, doing hobbies with others can be a great way to meet new people who share the same interests as you - so it’s a win-win no matter how you look at it!


Work on your health


No matter where you are in life, your health is always going to be an important thing for you to work on. Whether you’re feeling down, stressed, or struggling with other things - your health isn’t going to be on hold. So it could be making sure to keep exercising, making sure to eat right or even your skincare routine. Check out this oil cleansing method for beautiful skin - it’s just one more thing to add to your list of positives. Ideally, you have more things in life that make you feel positive than negative, and you can never have too many positives.


Learn a new skill


If you find yourself wasting away your free time, it can be alarming - but it’s not always easy to do something about it. When you feel drained, you might only feel like spending your free time just lazing around. With that said, it’s important that you’re able to drive yourself to spend it doing something productive. When it comes to learning a new skill, it can be anything, so long as you can gain something for it. Not only will you be able to benefit from what you’ve learned, but the satisfaction of learning something new can be very rewarding - and it’s something to be proud of!


Drink more water


One of the easiest things we can do, but many of us struggle with; drinking a healthy amount of water throughout the day. Unless you’re in the habit of frequently drinking water, it’s something that can easily escape you. There are so many refreshing beverages that are just so much more tempting - but you have to understand what your body needs. We’re mostly made of water, which is why it’s so important that you make sure to stay hydrated. Your body and mind can function much better when you’re properly hydrated.

Until Next Time~

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Enhance Your Appearance Without Surgery

Enhance Your Appearance Without Surgery



Everyone wants to look their best, and most people have parts of their appearance they would like to change. For many people, their first thought when improving their appearance is to opt for surgery to perfect their looks. Surgery often provides a fast route to achieving results. But, surgery is a drastic option and can sometimes not go as you plan. Not getting the results you wanted is bad news when you have committed to something as permanent as cosmetic surgery. This means surgery should be considered carefully. The good news is you don’t need to resort to drastic measures to improve your appearance significantly. Instead, there are loads of ways that you can look great and feel better about the way you look without surgery. Take a look at these suggestions that will make a massive difference to your appearance and provide a real confidence boost:


Improve Your Silhouette 

Sometimes, no matter how hard you exercise, it can be impossible to remove stubborn pockets of fat from your body. This can feel incredibly frustrating when you have tried really hard to focus on your diet and fitness and still have not achieved the results you wanted. Luckily, there is a way to remove this stubborn fat without needing to undergo invasive surgery. Treatments such as Coolsculpting Elite can provide an effective solution for eliminating stubborn fat on your body. Unlike traditional cosmetic fat removal, you will not need to spend lots of time recovering from the treatment, which is a distinct advantage of using a treatment such as Coolsculpting Elite. After getting a non-surgical treatment for your body, it will be so much easier for you to enjoy wearing the clothes that you love and gain a confidence boost without subjecting yourself to surgery.


Change Up Your Makeup

It is so easy to become stuck in a makeup rut and continually use the same cosmetics day after day. If you tend to replace your products with the exact same ones every time you shop for makeup, now could be the time to make a change. Switching up your makeup and opting for a new look is a great way to refresh your appearance and make a real difference to the way you look. Experimenting with different makeup techniques, products and colors is a lot of fun and will give you the opportunity to road test what suits you and what doesn’t. Once you have found a look you love, you should find that you feel far more confident.


Switch Styles

Your hair plays such a crucial role in your appearance, but sometimes it can get overlooked. If you are bored with the way you look and want to make a change, choosing a new hairstyle is a perfect way to do it. Opting for a new haircut can make the shape of your face look entirely different. Selecting a style to suit your face shape can be a real gamechanger and make you feel like a whole new person. 

Until Next Time~


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Seasonal Skincare Changes To Make From Summer To Autumn

Seasonal Skincare Changes To Make From Summer To Autumn


Back during the spring I wrote a blog article about skincare and how important it is to change your skincare routine when the season changes from winter to spring. Well, it is just as important for you to change your skincare when the season changes from summer to autumn. Changing your skincare to suit the seasons is very important, always. 

When the seasons change, skin changes as well. How? Usually from summer to autumn it starts to produce less sebum as the humidity levels in the air plummet. Also, as the air starts to take on a wonderful chill that we all love, our skin will start to get somewhat dehydrated. Therefore serums that we had using during the winter and spring become an integral part of our routine again. Finally, skin might look somewhat haggard after having been in the sun for some part of the summer. No matter how much sunscreen we may have been wearing! It is time to undo some of that damage. And undo it we will. We are going to make our skin glow and look radiant again. 

As I mentioned above, the first sign of a change to skin is the decrease in humidity levels and a decrease in sebum levels in the skin. To help counteract this, make sure to use products with enough of a protective barrier on the outside that mimics sebum. A good moisturizer will help do the trick. And you might as well make it a moisturizer that works for your age and has sunscreen in it too during the day, right? So how do you know what is good for your skin type? If you have very dry skin or dry skin all year round and you don't really make much sebum during the summer months then you probably switch out your moisturizer for something lighter that doesn't feel like it is as heavy. Pick something for dry skin that is a cream to gel formula. Also make sure it has other ingredients in it like peptides, antioxidants and possibly retinol in it for the nighttime. However you could be someone like myself who has dry skin during the winter and normal skin during the summer. If you are like that, I also generally like to recommend trying out a gel-cream moisturizer during this time of year, as it goes on well in the heat, sinks into the skin and actually doesn't make your skin feel too heavy. There are so many brands out there that make these kinds of moisturizers but the majority of the great ones are Korean or Japanese. I like Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream. It is the best of all the gel-cream moisturizers. 

I would also recommend a gel-cream moisturizer for normal skin, combination skin and even oily skin but ones that are specifically made for those skin types. Farmacy Beauty has one specially made for normal to oily skin, Daily Greens Oil-Free Moisturizer. Notice these are just moisturizers not sunscreens. So, these can be used alone at night or with a sunscreen on top. However if you want a good lightweight moisturizer with a sunscreen in it, then try No 7 Lift and Luminate Day Cream with SPF30 Fragrance-Free

As your sebum levels adjust and your skin adjusts to the weather, your skin should stay well hydrated. You may find that you have some dehydration in your skin from the elements of summer such as sun, sea and salt. What does dehydrated skin look like? It generally looks shiny but without any sebum on it. Imagine skin that looks like it has a shiny "Saran Wrap" like appearance. To counteract this I would recommend a very light exfoliation on the skin to help get rid of any extraneous dead skin cells and then a series of hydrating sheet masks that will help to increase the hydration of the skin again. With these you can add serious moisture to the skin in a short amount of time without sacrificing much money. Sheet masks can be purchased for very little money. TONYMOLY has some wonderful sheet masks that I LOVE and work very well for the skin. After a very light exfoliation of a scrub such as TATCHA The Rice Wash, which is a cleanser and exfoliant in one, use a sheet mask. Apply a sheet mask and leave on for 20-30 minutes daily for one week to rehydrate the skin. This is a session that will rehydrate the skin in one week as opposed to waiting around at least 30 days for skin to replace itself and heal. 

If your skin STILL has not healed after all of this, then it is likely you will need  something to repair the natural moisture barrier, which has been compromised. This happens when the ceramides in the natural moisture barrier have evaporated from the skin when the skin is compromised in some way or another (usually do to damage from excessive exfoliation such as peels or scrubs). It can also happen due to damage from excessive sun exposure that causes blistering or peeling of the skin. What can repair the natural moisture barrier? Moisture and an occlusive product. You need to replace the ceramides lost in the skin. My favorite product is CeraVe Healing Ointment, which contains both moisture and an occlusive in one fell swoop. This product is a thick, rich ointment that can be slathered on skin that is broken, cut, scraped, abraded or compromised and almost immediately heals & softens the skin. It works so well that it is often the darling of dermatologists and is sold out everywhere. 

The key to successfully navigating the seasons between your skin and the change in the weather is to actually pay attention to your skin, letting your skin show you what it needs. You are more likely to break out in some acne lesions due to the change in weather. If this happens to you, break out the salicylic acid and apply daily to the area where you tend to break out. Salicylic acid contains both an antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory agent, which means it actually treats the bacteria in the lesion and breaks down the inflammation. It also helps to get rid of some of the PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). 

If you have anymore questions, please feel free to send me a Tweet or an email. I hope that this has been educational to you. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis







Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Makeup Trends You Need to Know in 2021

Makeup Trends You Need to Know in 2021



With the pandemic, makeup trends have taken many turns, which makes it hard to predict the future. However, this also means a variety of cool trends that suit all types of styles and preferences with some opting for full, expressive glam while others looking for a more natural look. 

Regardless of your preferred style, there is a trend for you. Here are some of the top makeup trends in 2021. 

Flashback 

Makeup, just like clothes, appears to be going back in time. It has been noted that 2021 is the year of the '90s with matte and muted colors, such as cool and warm grays, browns, purples, and blues. Makeup artists are also seeing a range of cat-winged eyes, glitter, and dark lipsticks emerging. 

Artists have reported a surge in 60’s makeup too, with graphic shapes with liner and eyeshadow. 

Expressive 

It could be because of the pandemic, with more time at home, or the urge to make the most of heading out, but there has been a huge rise in expressive makeup. Makeup that follows no particular trend, but is a statement of personal expression from the individual. These are often bold and bright, extenuating features and using a range of patterns and techniques. People are not shy and use makeup to express how they feel, enhance features and increase confidence. 

Natural

Some people are opting for the complete opposite, and creating a more natural look that enhances the texture of your skin, and natural colors and features, while leaving a skin-like finish. Neutral colors are used in this beautiful, minimalist trend that plays on your natural beauty to create the perfect look. 

Cruelty-free

Many beauty gurus are beginning to turn away from corporate makeup products and instead look towards cruelty-free products. The rise in non-toxic makeup is demonstrating that you have the power to create change by switching out your daily products and reducing the testing on your favorite furry animals. People often think the quality is different when in fact, cruelty-free products are just as good, they are generally healthier due to the natural ingredients and can lead to more mindful beauty practices. 

Sustainable makeup products 

2021 has also seen a push for more sustainable product use, and it is working. Stats show that brands with a green feature in their cosmetic range play a significant role in a consumers decision to purchase a brand's products. Sustainable makeup products mean less toxic elements in ingredients, less damage to the environment, and less damage to personal health. But it is not just the product consumers are interested in, it is also the process behind the product from formulas to production, suppliers, and packaging. Many consumers, much like cruelty-free makeup, feel that sustainable makeup is out of reach and not of good quality. However, makeup that has been made in a socially and environmentally responsible way produces higher quality makeup that lasts longer, and is sourced from natural ingredients that are better for your long-term health. 

As you can see, makeup in 2021 is taking many turns that support individual expression and the health of the planet. 

Until Next Time~

Monday, August 30, 2021

5 Tips to Select Online Pharmacies with Authentic Medical Supplies

5 Tips to Select Online Pharmacies with Authentic Medical Supplies

People can find medication from the many stores selling the drugs on the internet. The best pharmacies have many of years of experience working for different customers and delivering quality results. You can check out different features from the websites to find stores selling authentic medication for all types of treatments. Many customers enjoy services from online stores and can attest to the good services. The following are tips you can use to find the best medications for treatments from online stores with the help of their customer care teams.

Medical Details for Customers and Research Resources

Online pharmacies use their websites to share details with the customers. Spare enough time to check out the details from the different medication stores have. You can also use the manufacturer websites to find information on the medication you want. The doctors can direct you on where to find information on medication and the best places selling them. Insist on buying medication after knowing more details and ensuring the stores sell authentic products to all customers. The medical manufacturers can also direct you to the best stores.

Brand Suppliers and Quality-check Marks

Find marks from manufacturers of medication and buy medicine from stores with authentic products. The stores will have different products and customers can check the quality of medication using the instructions from the manufacturers. You can also call customer care teams to find the marks they have for medication for verification for customers. Expand your research and find information on how to check for authentic products from different websites before buying medicine for your treatments from online pharmacies.

Packaging and Transportation for Medical Products

Stores selling medication at discount prices use different packaging methods to deliver quality products for the customers. Check for information on the websites on how stores handle deliveries and transportation for their customers. Only buy from stores after ensuring you know how they handle the packaging and transportation process. The best stores will also show customers pictures and videos of how the things handle the packing and loading process. Visit different websites to learn more on how teams implement safety measures for transporting medicine.

Regulation from Industry Authorities and Compliance for Pharmacies

The medical industry regulators provide working certificates for pharmacies that comply with the standards set for consumers. Always find them registration documents from the website and social media pages online pharmacies use to communicate with the customers. Some stores will give customers directions to registration authorities showing them they comply with regulations set for the market. Always find this information when researching on the different websites of online pharmacies.

Reviews and Customer Comments on the Products

The best online stores have comment sections where customers can comment and interact after buying medication from their websites. Find comments from different customers and compile more information to make informed decisions when selecting online pharmacies for your medical shopping. You can also consult with industry experts to find the best stores selling medication. Social media pages will also have feedback you can use to find the best online pharmacies.

Until Next Time~

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Skincare Trends of 2021 by Tatcha

Skincare Trends of 2021 by Tatcha



Skincare Trends of 2021

The difficulties of 2020, and the early part of 2021, have taught us to be more self-reliant. That applies to a whole host of things, including your beauty routine. Here’s what you can expect to see in terms of skincare trends for the remainder of 2021…

More Emphasis on Eyes & Eyebrows

There has been a huge decline in the sales of cosmetic and fragrance products during the pandemic, with major brands reporting a 55% decrease in cosmetics sales and a 75% drop in the sales of fragrances. However, this hasn’t been the case across the board and doesn’t look like it applies to eye products. Alibaba, for example, reported a 150% increase in the sales of eye-level cosmetics. While mask-wearing is still common and obligatory in some places, your eyes are pretty much the only thing people see! So, it looks like this trend is set to continue.

Treating Maskne

The irritation and dirt brought about by wearing masks have seen a spike in blotchy skin outbreaks. Treating these issues has been a popular trend so far this year, and is very likely to carry on. As a result, there will be lots of interest in products that enhance skin clarity, texture, and tone. The sorts of products that you want to look out for are barrier repairing moisturizers, congestion-busting clay masks, and vitamin C serums.

Increasing Hand Care

With us washing hands more regularly and constantly applying sanitiser, our hands have taken some real punishment! Our hands are dryer, and we haven’t been able to access salons to receive manicures or other treatments. This has led to a 300% increase in the sales of skin, nail, and hair products. Even with restrictions easing, hand washing and sanitizing are likely to stick around for a while, so be prepared to see more and more hand and nail products hitting the market.

Active Ingredients

Lockdown forced people to take their skincare routines into their own hands. This meant that many people learned about the active ingredients that were good for their skin and those that help combat infections and bacteria. As a result, 2020 saw a 37% increase in products containing vitamin C (an antioxidant that reduces signs of ageing and repairs damaged skin) and a huge 193% increase in those with niacinamide (which boosts hydration and improves skin texture). People have gotten a taste for understanding more about the products they’re using, and there’s nothing to suggest that this trend won’t continue.


This article was provided by Tatcha Skincare.

And The Business of Beauty: How To Build A More Attractive Brand

And The Business Of Beauty: How To Build A More Attractive Brand


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Let’s face it; appearances count for all modern businesses. However, they take on an even greater significance when you work in the field of cosmetics. After all, your entire company revolves around image and helping customers unlock their best look. They will not trust you to do this if your brand doesn't set the right tone.


There are many ingredients to consider in the formula for starting a successful beauty brand. Nonetheless, making appearances count is essential. Here are three simple steps that will lead you to success.


Build a strong web presence

In today’s climate, it is increasingly likely that consumers will come across your brand via online interactions. Or at the very least, they’ll see a printed advert and then head to your website. Either when they get home or the next time they take their smartphone out of their pocket. 


Therefore, it’s advised that you focus heavily on building a strong website and social media strategy. Of course, a great looking website with attractive product photos and descriptions will aid the cause. However, you must also remember the value of SEO marketing to boost your presence on Google. If you have a physical store, local SEO will be needed too. Optimization for mobile and voice search will be necessary too. 


A strong web presence will give you a more professional brand image. However, if you are selling items online, you may wish to provide a small samples service too. This ensures that consumers have an authentic shopping experience while it can also build trust.



Let your packaging do the talking

Whoever said you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover was talking nonsense. Consumers will instantly form opinions about your products based on their packaging. After all, they have little else to go by until they’ve tried it. That is, of course, unless you have used influencers to build interest in the brand. Or utilized testimonials. 


Beauty products should stand out on the shelf with colors that also reflect what the product stands for. This could mean using bold and invigorating colors for shampoos or pastels for natural makeup. Visit Plaspack.com to learn more about the importance of having product packaging that stands out from the crowd. You will not regret it.


The right packaging products will give consumers a much better idea of what to expect from the products.


Sell the people behind the brand

You are the company’s biggest USP and you should not forget it. When consumers can buy into the people behind the company, they will be far more likely to view your products in a positive light too. Building that connection is what helps customers resonate with the brand and leads to long-term loyalty.


If you are a responsible company, you should make the most of this fact too. Many consumers like to use vegan or cruelty-free beauty products. You can learn more about these items at EthicalElephant.com and can subsequently use this as a way to promote your brand and its products in style.


Finally, you must not forget that employees are a huge asset. If they represent your brand in the right way, it will lead to more sales and greater loyalty. Crucially, you’ll have a far better chance of understanding your consumers with long-term rewards.

Until Next Time~

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