Sunday, January 27, 2013

IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB CRÉME SPF15 for Ethnic Skin


The hottest innovation in skin care takes the effective evening and brightening properties of the number one selling IMAN skin care product….IMAN Skin Tone Evener, and combines it with the benefits of SPF 15 and the light, satiny coverage of a botanical & vitamin enriched tinted moisturizer! •Evens complexion and minimizes appearance of imperfections long term with IMAN Skin Tone Evener, Acai, Licorice & Grape Seed • PROTECTS with SPF 15 and natural antioxidants •Hydrates and soothes skin with Paraben-free formula enriched with Kokum, Almond, Aloe and Vitamins A,E & C •COMPLIMENTS skin of color with a natural hint of pigment •Available in FIVE shades at retail (6 shades on line)

What are the basics of IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Crème SPF 15?

Color: IMAN BB Crème is available in 6 shades that compliment skin of color in the IMAN Sand, Clay & Earth color families: Sand Light (Available on-line), Sand Medium, Clay Medium, Clay Medium Deep, Earth Medium, Earth Deep Coverage: Semi sheer tint that blends undetectably into the skin. Texture: Goes on with a creamy, luxurious feel. Dries down to a satiny finish Usage: Perfect for daily use before or without foundation. Ideal for all skin type: Normal, Oily, Combination and Dry. Packaging: Packaged in an elegant, easy to use 1 oz. tube with clear window for accurate shade identification and a folding carton.

BB Creams can be used as a moisturizer and can be worn under all IMAN Cosmetics or alone for women who don’t wear foundation.

Source: IMAN Cosmetics

Friday, January 25, 2013

When Seasons Change, So Should Your Skin-Care Routine


Brrrrrr! Can you feel winter in the air? Even here in sunny Los Angeles we've been having extremely brisk temperatures as of late. Now, I know 40 degrees is nothing compared to what many of you are enduring, chill-wise, but it's still cold (especially to us Southern California folk) and still warrants taking precautions to make sure that the chilly temps don't get the best of us. Therefore, I'm sharing some tips on keeping your cool (skin care-wise) during the... well... cool.

H2O a go-go
Just because you're not feeling as hot (temperature-wise) doesn't mean you should ease up on the necessary amount of water you should drink per day (depending on your individual needs). Consuming water is good for your internal system year round. When that's operating at peak capacity, your skin (and everything else) is going to reflect it with a healthy glow. So even if you're not feeling as parched as you might in the middle of July, keep up the water-drinking habit 24/7/365. (Well, not while you're asleep -- but you get the idea.) To help calculate how much water you should be drinking a day, click here.

Kiss Better
When it comes to protecting your lips, not all lipbalms are created equal. Look for a formula with shea butter, which goes on soft (as opposed to waxy). If you're wearing color on your lips, choose a lipstick with lip balm built in (you want to moisturize while you glamorize).

Hair Care
Most hairstylists will tell you that during the winter your hair doesn't need washed as often as it does during the warmer months of the year. This doesn't mean you shouldn't "clean" your hair. But try using shampoo on one day, conditioner on the next and then just hot water (along with a vigorous scalp massage) on the day after. Try this routine out and your hair just might thank you for it -- by looking healthier (please don't expect a verbal thank you from your hair).

Thursday, July 19, 2012

5 Worst Beauty Moves

July 19, 2012
by Karina Giglio

When it comes to beauty, there can be a fine line between right and wrong. Take makeup, for example. The right foundation can transform your face into an image of poreless perfection and the wrong one can morph it into a masky mess. Here are the most common self-inflicted grooming catastrophes and how to avoid them.

Worst Beauty Move #1: Wearing Foundation on Flaky Skin
Not unlike paint, foundation needs a smooth surface. Otherwise it looks cracked, dry, dull and—worse—obvious, which is the exact opposite of what you want your foundation to do for you. “Foundation should absorb into the skin, disappearing into it,” says Fabiola, a makeup artist who works with Emma Stone and Mila Kunis. To even out the surface of your skin, gently scrub it to remove dead cells and flakes. Try: The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator. Then spritz on Kiehl’s Açaí Damage-Protecting Toning Mist. Finish by applying a moisturizing lotion or, if you have extremely dry skin, suki oil. Avoid zinc-based makeup and powders, since they have a mattifying effect that draws even more moisture out of the skin.

Worst Beauty Move #2: Not Blending Your Makeup
This issue applies to everything you put on your face, whether it's foundation, blush, eye shadow or eyeliner. “No one looks good with hard lines on their skin, eyes or lips,” says Heather Cummings, a makeup artist who works on So You Think You Can Dance. “My motto has always been blend, blend, blend." Use brushes or fingers to gently massage color into the skin everywhere you put it. Don’t forget your jawline, chin and other areas of your face that may be slightly hidden when you look in the mirror.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Solutions to Dark Circles

Dark circles under the eye area are caused by a combination of factors, including age, genetics and lifestyle. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to address the causes and minimize the appearance of dark circles.

Address Your Skin's Natural Aging Process

As we age, our skin becomes thinner, making the blood vessels appear more noticeable. Diminished fat pads under the eyes can exacerbate the problem.

What you can do:

1. Take Vitamin C Ester supplements to help strengthen the walls of your blood vessels to minimize the appearance of dark circles.

2. Choose topical treatments formulated with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C Ester. Alpha Lipoic Acid has the unique ability to promote the healthy production of nitric oxide, which helps control the blood flow to the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of dark circles. Vitamin C Ester will help with thinning skin and collagen production.

Avoid Dehydration

Even slight dehydration can increase the appearance of dark circles.

What you can do:

Stay well-hydrated with pure spring water and add an Omega-3 supplement to your diet to keep skin supple. Avoid sodas and coffee drinks that can further dehydrate skin.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ow, sunburn: Scientists figure out what's going on in our skin

By Rosie Mestel
Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2012, 4:26 p.m.

Sunburn is painful. What goes on in the skin when you get it, and could the cascade somehow be stopped? Should it be stopped?

A group of scientists have figured out (at least in part) why overexposure to UV light makes our skin get sore, red and swollen. Reporting in the journal Nature Medicine, they showed in a set of experiments that exposure to UV-B rays damages a tiny molecule inside skin cells -- a little piece of RNA with no known function. The damage alters that little RNA’s shape, and the sunburn cascade begins.

It goes like this:

You sit out in the sun too long. (As if you haven’t been told.)

Inside your skin cells, that little RNA molecule is damaged by UV-B -- and its shape gets altered.

Damaged skin cells release altered pieces of RNA.

The RNA, in its altered shape, can bind to a receptor in undamaged skin cells and immune cells called peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

These cells, as a result, start pumping out chemicals called cytokines that induce inflammation.

Redness and swelling follow.

That’s not the end of it, though. Even though there’s a short term ramp-up in immune activity during sunburn, later on the immune system is suppressed for a period of time.

“That is why people sometimes have flares of cold sores after excess sun exposure and why UV is used in medicine to treat inflammatory diseases like psoriasis,” explains study senior author Rich Gallo of UC San Diego in an email.

Since people who burn their skin too many times are known to be at higher risk of developing skin cancer, would it be a good idea to use this new information to suppress the inflammation reaction?

Not necessarily. The reaction might be making damaged cells -- ones that would otherwise turn cancerous -- self-destruct. “If that is true, then the inflammation after sunburn might be helping us clear away bad cells,” Gallo writes.

The findings might help refine psoriasis treatments, Gallo adds. Treating psoriasis with UV rays could be putting patients at heightened risk for skin cancer; the new knowledge could point to a way to induce immune suppression without the need for UV.

“We are actively studying both of these possibilities,” Gallo says. In the meantime, there are always hats and sunscreen.

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