Tag Archives: Favorite Skincare Products

Fabulous Facial Masks – Product Feature

BLACK ALGAE MASK
NORMAL / COMBO / BLEMISH-PRONE
Detoxifying 2-in-1 Mask + Exfoliant for a Brighter Complexion
This dual action mask detoxes and gently exfoliates lackluster skin for a visibly brighter and exceptionally smooth complexion. Fig, Pineapple, and Pumpkin enzymes naturally polish away dead skin, reducing the appearance of surface impurities; eco-friendly Jojoba Beads provide gentle manual exfoliation for an immediate glow. Hematite and Organic Algae replenish moisture, firm and minimize visible signs of aging. Skin is left feeling smooth, softened and revived.

RED ALGAE MASK
NORMAL / COMBO / BLEMISH-PRONE

7 Rules of Layering Your Skincare Products

skin-care-product-layeringBefore we dive-in to skincare product layering tips remember this: DON’T strip your skin of it’s lipid barrier function and healthy PH when you wash it, that will make everything you do afterward a big.fat.waste of time (check out my favorite cleansers)!

1. Start light. Serums—the thinnest products—go first, because a) that just makes sense and b) they deliver active ingredients into the skin most efficiently. Pick two or three serums that each treat one of your skincare health concerns: wrinkles/fine lines, acneic or oily (Power Peel Glycolic Gel, Clear It), water or oil-dry (Hydrate Super Serum), sensitive/irritable to calm redness (Calm Down ).

2. Add an antioxidant. Vitamin C is one ingredient every skin type needs. It brightens, protects against sun damage, and promotes collagen production (C Power Vitamin C Serum).

3. Take a coffee break. If you give each product a minute to dry, it won’t pill. I flow my skincare in with the rest of my morning routine. For example, I put on a product, have coffee, then put on a second product, then brush my teeth.

4. Lock it down. Moisturizer is key to any layering routine because it seals serums on your skin, which can make them more effective (Atmosphere Protection Cream).

5. Know when to go in reverse. If your sensitive skin reddens at the thought of using even one treatment product, try putting on a simple, fragrance-free moisturizer first and then serums on top. The cream will reduce the potency of the serums but they’ll also be less likely to cause irritation.

6. Add an oil. In small doses, oils make skin radiant. Put them on dry areas after creams—as a rule, oils can penetrate moisturizers, but not vice versa. Skip the oil if you’re wearing more than two serums under your moisturizer (Botanical Booster).

7. Don’t forget protection. Sunscreen is your last step in the morning. It sits on top of your skin, so if it goes on first, it prevents other ingredients from penetrating (Oil-Free Daily Protect).

See you at the spa!

Botanical Serums: November Product Feature 2013

boostFight the dryness that comes with season changes and earn double Rewards for the month of November!

Serums from Tu’el and OSEA Skincare companies are packed with essential oils, plant extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins. They are an AM and PM skincare must for every skin type!

Tu’el offers Antioxidant Power Blends for Dry, Combo/Oily, Reactive, Aging, and Acne Skin. $32

These antioxidant essential oil blends are pure plant extracts and nothing else. It’s the power of Mother Nature packed into a tiny bottle delivering concentrated vitamins and nutrients directly to your skin. Get ready to experience botanicals on a mission!

 

Remember: We have both oil and water in our skin cells, so everyone needs help with skin hydration. Even oily, acne-prone skin. Actually, possibly more so because this unbalanced skin condition is more challenged. Oily skin may be dumping extra oil because it is water-dry, and active lesions (zits) are skin wounds which compromise the skin’s barrier integrity, thus facilitating dehydration.

 

brightOSEA‘s lineup includes

  • Brightening Serum: A blend of natural ingredients that reduces hyper-pigmentation and revives sun damaged skin. $56
  • Essential Corrective Complex: A pure blend of essential oils that create a disinfecting, absorbent treatment to rapidly heal blemishes. $14/$28
  • Essential Hydrating Oil: A 30% blend of pure essential oils that provides deep hydration, working to reduce the appearance of fine lines. $14/$28
  • Undaria Argan Oil: A unique blend of Argan Oil infused with the healing properties of USDA Certified Organic Undaria Algae that’s perfect for sensitive skin. $28

 

“I’ve been using essential oils in my spas and at home for over 30 years – with amazing success! Kelli and I use them in every treatment we offer. If you’ve been to the spa, you have experienced their magical powers and amazing, transformative aromas. If you use them at home already, you know they are a holistic approach, not only to skincare, but to general health and wellness.” bb

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 and Tu’el Serums this month, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards.

*Prices quoted are not guaranteed after this offer expires.

See you at the spa!

Linda “Brow Boss” Ruberto & Skincare Specialist Kelli June

Organic Gigartina Algae & Beauty Bath Kit: Product Feature August 2013

Hi! It’s Kelli, bringing you this month’s Product Feature: Gigartina Beauty Bath (large size pictured here) Kelli June, Skincare Specialistis a soothing therapeutic soak to soften the skin, relax the body, and ease the mind. It is paired with certified USDA organic and hand harvested seaweed to make this month’s special offer!

gigartinaWhy do we love OSEA’s Gigartina Algae and Beauty Bath Kit?

  • OSEA’s algae is cultivated in one of the purest parts of our ocean: the waters off the coast of Patagonia. The current that moves the sea water through this area helps create some of the most nutrient-rich algae on our planet. The outcome is an extremely hydrating and healing organic seaweed that stimulates cell regeneration.
  • The second reason is because OSEA’s ultra soothing and therapeutic Beauty Bath mixture helps soften the skin, relax the body, and ease the mind. When combined with the Gigartina Algae, the mix serves up a little slice of heavenly bliss.
  • For those lucky enough to have a bath, I highly recommend setting aside some time for yourself to enjoy a long soak. If you’re like me and don’t have a bath, create a steamy foot soak or a sea foam envelopment! Take a capful of the powder and mix it in a jar with hot water and then rub on your body with the Gigartina Seaweed.
  • You can also do a hair and scalp treatment overnight with the sea foam and/or seaweed gel.
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Give back to your skin while racking up double Rewards this August. Your skin will look and feel better than it did at the beginning of summer! Available now at Star Brows.
See you at the spa!

Essential Oil Synergy Blends

I have been using essential oils at home as medicine since I had my first baby (30 years ago)!

So, when I started my first skincare business, I fell in love with Eva’s Esthetics Essential Oil Blends and the company, many of whose products are plant-based.

As anyone who has had a service with me knows, I use essential oils in every single service I do.

Until now however, these proprietary blends have only been available to you by special order. I’m proud to announce that they are now in the product line-up at Star Brows!

What is an essential oil?

Essential Oils are made primarily of terpenoid compounds, which are volatile and can be readily absorbed through penetration, inhalation, and skin permeation. These oils are stored in the outer part of the plant so when you “crack” the skin of an orange the smell is released, or when you break an aloe plant leaf the serum oozes. Essential Oils are volatile, evaporating when exposed to air.

Essential Oils help to protect the skin barrier function and also retain moisture, regulate capillaries, eliminate waste matter and dead cells, promote regeneration, and tone skin cells.

Eva’s Esthetics Synergy Blends complement each skin type within each line and are formulated to achieve a specific therapeutic result. The retail size is 15% pure essential oil. ½ oz.

Vitamin Essential Oil: Formulated for dry, small-pored skin.

What’s in it? Lavender, Bergamot, Mint, Rose, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Grape Seed Oil

Azulene Essential Oil: Formulated for combination to oily, large-pored skin.

What’s in it? Lavender, German Chamomile, Bergamot, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon Grass, Palma Rosa, Ylang Ylang, Grape Seed Oil

Purifying Essential Oil: Formulated for acne-prone skin with any size pore.

What’s in it? Spike Lavender, Bergamot, Tea Tree, Rose Geranium, Lemon, Atlas Cedar, Palma Rosa, Grape Seed Oil

Chamomile Essential Oil: For dry, small-pored skin that is “product sensitive”.

What’s in it? Lavender, Rose Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Copal, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Grape Seed Oil

Regenerative Essential Oil: For mature skin of any type or pore size.

What’s in it? Cypress, Rosewood, Carrot Seed, Marjoram, Vetiver, Lavender, Apricot, and Avocado Oil

The results you’ll get from using these oils at home will amaze you, and I know you will love them as much as I do.

See you at the spa!

October Product Feature 2010

I am so excited to bring you this month’s special Product Feature. (It’s a 2-fer!)  Tu’el’s Cleansing Oils and Herbalizers and the new Travel Pack, which includes the Tu’el cleansing system for A.M. and P.M.,  Hy-Drate,  (both in 1 oz. bottles), a sample of Peeling Cream and a sample of the appropriate evening moisturizer for your skin-type.

These products are a delight to use  because they bring “spa” home to you. I don’t choose to carry products at Star Brows on performance alone. I want to use skincare that inspires me, works, is as close to “natural” as possible, is a good value and is enjoyable to use.

Taking care of your skin is sometimes perceived as drudgery, but personal care can be renewing. It’s simply a matter of perspective. If you are in the former camp, are you open to thinking about skincare in a new way?

Last month we launched Star Brow’s Rewards and I couldn’t keep September’s feature, Youngblood’s Pressed Mineral Compacts, on the shelves! I ended up happily doing  rain checks!

I’m so glad you’re all enjoying the new Rewards perks.  I appreciate all of you!

The beautiful model in this picture is a friend and client,  Amanda De Bello. She brings the customer testimonial for this month’s feature:

“Linda was kind enough to answer many of my questions by simply “trying out” Tu’el products on my face, which ended in a purchase I do not regret.  The Cleansing Oil is such a relief to my skin (it even gently removes makeup!) & I can feel my face literally getting softer each day I use it.  The Herbalizer is like nothing I’ve ever tried before; my skin seems to “drink it up” and the herbs smell so good! I have been known to spend money on high quality, big name products, and honestly just wasn’t getting the results I was happy with. What I realized is that previously I was willing to spend whatever it took to “fix” what damage was done to my skin–and now I am on a preventive path to consistent care and nurturing my skin daily with the entire Tu’el cleansing system. Thank you Star Brows!”

The Product Feature(s) of the month give you Double Rewards. The Cleansing Oil and Herbalizer are each in 4 oz sizes and are $50 for the set. The Travel Pack (seen right)  is $48. That’s $5 in Star Brows Rewards regularly, but ($10 this month).  And who doesn’t love FREE spa services?

And as dear old dad says, “I didn’t just save $10, I MADE $10!”

As many of you know, I won an award for a new treatment called Star Massage which utilizes the Tu’el Hydrophilic Cleansing Oil System.  This link will take you to the YouTube I produced–as well as to Tu’el’s founder Lori Nestori’s YouTube–on the Oil and Herbalizer cleansing system.

See you at the spa!

Going to the Beach? Tips to Save Your Skin

It’s a fact: The Ocean is one big sun reflector. You’re more at risk for sunburns and sun damage on the shore than anywhere else.

Here are my expert tips to keep your skin safe this summer:

  • Discontinue use of AHA’s:Using exfoliants regularly (such as Glycolic Acid) have been shown to increase sun sensitivity by 45 percent. It’s best to discontinue use of AHA’s seven days prior to the beach.
  • Sunscreen: It’s not the SPF number that is as important, it is how often and generously you apply.  When it comes to SPF, I prefer SPF 30 reapplied as often as every hour.

My pick: Tu’el Oil Free Protection SPF 30. It’s an oil-free, lightweight full spectrum sun block for oily or impure skin or for those in hot and/or humid climates.

It contains a key moisturizing ingredient, Sodium Hyaluronate as well as nourishing Cucumber Extract, Calendula Extract, Chamomile Extract, Green Tea
  • Be aware of oily skinned areas: The areas of your face where you have larger pores will always produce more oils.  These natural oils can breakdown sunscreens more quickly, so pay attention and reapply more often.  For example, the nose area acts as a natural reflectant.  Pay attention to your nose, or any area, that is getting shiny…
  • Apply sunscreen in forgotten areas: hairline, ears, tops of feet, toes, eyelids.
  • Don’t think you are safe in the shade: You still get sun under an umbrella, especially by the ocean. Because the water reflects light you still need to apply and re-apply sunscreen.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses: If the goal is to help protect your skin from premature aging, a hat and sunglasses can be the extra coverage you need for your face.
  • Got acne? Go for a swim: The salt in the ocean water helps destroy bacteria, which can clear up your breakouts.
  • Rinse off the saltwater: The same water that is destroying bacteria is also very dehydrated (great for blemishes, not for dry skin). Make sure to rinse off before leaving beach.
  • Wear mineral makeup: For extra protection, Youngblood mineral powders has an SPF protecting factor and will give you a finished look without being too heavy for the beach.

What if you applied sunscreen but still got sunburn? The most common problems are:

  • Too little sunscreen applied
  • Not applied every hour for intense exposure
  • Not the right formulation

Sunscreens wear off, sweat off and wash off.  Applying 20 minutes before exposure, liberally and often makes all the difference.  If you want to look young, avoid the sun. A little sun means a little damage; a lot of sun means a lot of damage.

Click here if you want to learn more about sun protection.

Summer means fun at the beach – relax and enjoy but be safe with your skin!

See you at the spa!