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OSEA Bath Products: January Product Feature 2013

bathA good soak in a warm bath is a wonderful wintertime ritual 

It really is hard to beat the relaxing, cathartic effects of lounging in a warm tub of water, where the mind can so easily find peace and calm. These simple moments of indulgence are a great way to end the day, as well.

The winter months can be harsh on our skin, regardless of our moisturizing regimens. But when done correctly, a nice bath can actually hydrate and re-mineralize your skin.

Ideally, your tub water is not too warm, as that can dehydrate your skin. Around 100 degrees Fahrenheit is where you want it. Turn off the phone, turn on some soft music, and close the door to the day’s problems.

Here are some of my favorite ways to make bathing (or showering) a spa experience

  •   Undaria Algae Oil – We use this for the body massage during Facials at Star Brows! This lightweight marine-based body oil is rich in organic botanical oils, sea minerals, and antioxidants. This is the ultimate skin repair, loaded with luscious seed oils–acai, babassu, passion fruit, sesame–and Undaria Algae, to deliver powerful antioxidant vitamins and essential fatty acids to dry, sun-damaged skin. Check this out for use with tattoos.

 

  •  Gigartina Beauty Bath – “I wanted to bring the ocean into the home,” says OSEA Skincare owner Jennifer Palmer. “In Patagonia, I took a fresh seaweed bath and really wanted to recreate that experience. Most seaweed baths are either straight powders that are difficult to dissolve and smell like low tide, or they are water-based, diluted and laden with preservatives, or they are nothing more than Epsom salts with fragrance. The Gigartina Beauty Bath performs as a true bath therapy product that is tied to the water and the sea – the core concept of spa.”

 

  • Green Marine Detox Bath – This is a potent bath powder that helps heal eczema and psoriasis and is rich in minerals, enzymes, and vitamins that the skin is able to absorb, including phosphorous, zinc, potassium, and calcium. USDA Certified Organic Undaria Seaweed from the pure waters of Patagonia. This purifying, powerful, antioxidant-rich seaweed helps with hormonal imbalance and water retention.

 

  • Salts of the Earth Scrub – Spiked with certified organic botanical oils from around the globe. Salts of the Earth come from the Dead Sea, the Bolivian coast, the Utah desert and the Himalayas. This exotic blend of the purest salt on Earth contains 84 trace minerals and gets its unique pink color from the rich ores they contain. The ingredients in these salts plump up the skin, enticing it to soak up nutrients and look more youthful.

 

  • Undaria Body Polish – Natural exfoliants feel gentle on the skin while delivering a stimulating scrub action. Small and powerful pumice grains help remove dead cells along with a bio-scrub blend of acai and guaraná. Guaraná is recognized for it’s tonifying and astringent properties, as well as reducing cellulite. Acai delivers a powerful synergy of healthy-aging properties to skin, plus hemp and passionfruit seed oils feed the skin Omega 3-6-9 essential fatty acids.

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free Service Enhancements, like Raindrop Therapy, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, like the OSEA Bath Products this month, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards.

See you at the spa!

 

Essential Oils – September Product Feature 2012

This month’s Product Features are OSEA and Tu’el essential oils. As anyone who has had a service at Star Brows knows, we use essential oils in every single service we do! They are truly essential to the spa experience, and I believe irreplaceable in a personal-care routine.

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aromatic compounds from plants. My favorite application is for the facial skin, and there is one for every skin type and condition.

The oils have many benefits, and each oil has different attributes. Our collection is targeted to skin types, but they are also relaxing, detoxifying, sleep-inducing, and generally tonic for the entire body. Once applied to the facial skin, they actually enter the bloodstream and go to work throughout the body.

The Tu’el lineup of essential oil synergy blends for each skin type are explained in detail here. New to our family of essential oils are the OSEA blends:

Essential Corrective Complex is a pure blend of essential oils that create a disinfecting, absorbent treatment to rapidly heal blemishes.

Essential Hydrating Oil is a 30% blend of pure essential oils that provides deep hydration, working to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about the Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free service Enhancements, like Raindrop Therapy, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards! Oils range in price from $28-$31, with Rewards points totaling $6. Prices quoted may not be valid after September 2012.

See you at the spa!

 

Cleansing Milks by Tu’el

 

Eva’s Esthetics Skincare by Tu’el brings us gentle morning cleansers that soothe and clean without disturbing the pH mantle. They are formulated for dry, combination, and dry-reactive skin types. The Cleansing Milks are wonderfully scented with essential oils and may be used with our silky-smooth Herbalizers. 4oz. $24

Watch a How to Cleanse the Skin demo.

CHAMOMILE CLEANSING MILK –  DRY-REACTIVE SKIN

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hybrid Safflower Oil, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Chamomile Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chamomile Oil, Cypress Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Sorbic Acid, Triethanolamine.

VITAMIN CLEANSING MILK – DRY SKIN

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hybrid Safflower Oil, Sorbitol, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Chamomile Extract, Mandarin Oil, Green Tea Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Vitamin E, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.

AZULENE CLEANSING MILK –  COMBINATION SKIN

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hybrid Safflower Oil, Sorbitol, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Chamomile Extract, Grapefruit Oil, Green Tea Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.

See you at the Spa!

 

My 4 Favorite Bodycare Products for Dry Winter Skin

This time of year, it gets dark so early and has been so cold lately – even in California! I just want to snuggle up in my PJs and one of the afghans mom made me and read a book as soon as I get home from work.

But before “I in my cap settle down for a long winter’s nap,” I need to get my bedtime beauty rituals done.

You know the drill. My dad used to call it “wash, brush, and comb”! I wish it were that fast and easy, but I do love being a woman…in the beauty business. Still, as I’ve said before, “Faut souffrir pour être belle”:  One must suffer to be beautiful.

Here are my 4 bootylicious bodycare favorites;

1. De-Tox Bath Gel by Tu’el is a refreshing, stimulating eucalyptus-scented gel for bath and shower that tones, cleanses, and exfoliates skin tissue. Use it with pumice gloves after body waxing for bump-free skin or ingrown hair prevention. It’s invigorating, fresh, and very “spa feeling”.

What’s in it?

Purified Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fragrance, Magnesium Sulfate, Polysorbate 20, Bladderwrack Extract, Lauramide MEA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbat $24

2. Hydrating  Body Tonic by Tu’el is a toning liquid that helps retain your body’s natural moisture and improves skin elasticity. It’s essential to capture and retain your own body’s natural moisture after a dehydrating hot shower or bath.

3. Hempz Body Lotion by Supre is enriched with 100% Pure Organic Hemp Seed Oil and blended with natural extracts to provide dramatic skin hydration and nourishment and help improve the health and condition of skin. Use this over Hydrating Body Tonic. Men and women like the smell too – choose from Pomegranate or Original.

4. Smooth by OPI is a deep-penetrating, alpha hydroxy acid treatment for the feet that softens calluses while you sleep.

Good bye dry winter skin!

See you at the spa!

Hempz Body Lotion – December Product Feature 2010

I came up with the Product Feature for this month because it makes a great gift – and you get spa service dollars for yourself! Men and women alike love this lotion. Among beauty professionals, it is the biggest selling body lotion on the market to date.

Introducing Hempz Body Lotion: this herbal body moisturizer is enriched with 100% Pure Organic Hemp Seed Oil and blended with natural extracts to provide dramatic skin hydration and nourishment to help improve the health and condition of skin.

Hemp seed oil is one of nature’s richest sources of essential fatty acids and key amino acids, containing natural proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals vital for healthy skin conditioning.

I’ve carried Hempz Original Lotion for many years; you are guaranteed to love it. 17 oz. pump $23

At Christmas I also carry the stocking-stuffer size, it’s darling and oh so purse-sized.;) 2.5 oz. $4.50

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all of your product purchases go toward free

Service Enhancements , like Raindrop Therapy, Deep Muscle Work, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When the product is the Monthly Feature, you’ll get a whopping 20% back in Rewards! This month’s feature, Hempz Body Lotion, is $23 – that means $5 toward a free service Enhancement. Hurry though, supplies are limited.

See you at the spa!

Chamomile Cream for Dry and Product Sensitive Skin

Chamomile Cream by Tu’el is a soothing, healing day and night cream for dry reactive skin. Not artificial fragrances are used to scent Tu’el products, roman chamomile gives this cream a calming and soothing effect.

The Chamomile line of skincare products addresses dry skin: The characteristics of a “true dry skin type” have to do with genetic pore size. You may be water-dry but have plenty of oil.

Dry skin types have small pores with very few large pores that make up less than 1/3 of the face. It could appear flaky around the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, or have large pores in the nose area.

This skin type can age early. It may be congested and look dehydrated. Dry skin can feel rough because of a buildup of dry skin.

In addition to being dry, the skin type Chamomile Cream addresses is reactive to skincare products and cosmetics. The reaction may be mild to severe and may include swelling, pain, burning, itching or welts. This skin type needs to be treated gently with calming and soothing products.

Intact, healthy skin is your body’s primary defense against infection – so keeping your skin in the best condition possible is really important. Healthy skin is coated in a layer of natural lipids, or fatty substances. This keeps your skin soft and supple. This is where Hy-Drate comes in, it contains sodium hylauronate which binds the moisture found naturally in the skin.

I recommend Hy-Drate to be worn like underwear, before your sunscreen or night cream.

There are a few tips for using moisturizers: 1.) Apply all moisturizers to moist (not wet) skin. 2.) Always apply the thinnest, lightest product first. Hy-Drate is a clear, light, serum-like substance – it ALWAYS goes down first (unless you use toner). Chamomile Cream is thicker so it would follow, and sunscreen last.

What’s in Chamomile Cream?

Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Avocado Oil, Hybrid Safflower Oil, Glyceryl
Stearate, Chamomile Extract, Algae Extract, Polysorbate 60,Cetyl Ricinoleate, Shea Butter,
Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Green Tea Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate
(Vitamin A), Jojoba Oil, Allantoin, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic
Acid, Disodium EDTA, Roman Chamomile Oil. 2 oz. $41
See you at the spa!