Wednesday, June 19, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: FDA Update on Chemical Suncreens


The below information is part of Beauty Care Choices ongoing commitment to providing our customers with the latest in product and ingredient information.  Please note:  the FDA and Beauty Care Choices are NOT advocating to discontinue the use of sunscreens.  They are essential.  Melanoma (Skin cancer) incidence rates continue to rise, making risk from excess sun exposure an important public health priority.1 Yet despite what we know about prevention, skin cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Used with other sun protective measures, broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of at least 15 are critical elements for preventing skin cancer and protecting the skin from sunburn and other UV damage.  

As published in the May 6, 2019, Journal of the American Medical Association, Matta et al,2 describe the results of an exploratory maximal usage trial (MUsT) evaluating the systemic absorption (through the skin and into the body) of sunscreen active ingredients using four commercially available sunscreen products applied under maximal use conditions. Objective To determine whether the active ingredients (avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule) of 4 commercially available sunscreens are absorbed into systemic circulation.

A MUsT study evaluates the systemic absorption of a topical drug (i.e., one applied to the skin) when used according to the maximum limits of the product’s directions for use. Because sunscreens are formulated to work on the surface of the skin, some have argued that sunscreens would not be absorbed in appreciable quantities and therefore that MUsT studies are unnecessary. In this pilot study, all four active ingredients tested were absorbed from each formulation tested, showing that absorption of sunscreens is not just a theoretical concern. 

The sunscreens tested were all chemical.  As a reminder, there are two types of sun blockers:
  • Physical - these sunscreens contain extremely fine particles of minerals that stay on the skin's surface and create a barrier to reflect the sun's rays. They have a tendency the last a little longer on the skin. Look for the active ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
  • Chemical sunscreens are made of synthetic compounds that absorb ultraviolent radiation. They are good for drier skin types and offer more coverage against both UVA and UVB rays. You need to wait at least 20 minutes after applying to receive adequate sun protection.
The FDA's proposed rule is asking for additional safety data on 12 active sunscreen ingredients.   FDA expects that sunscreen active ingredients that are absorbed into the bloodstream at a level of 0.5 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter) or higher, or that have potential safety concerns, would generally need to undergo further testing to help determine if they increase the risk for cancer, birth defects, or other adverse effects. All of the active ingredients in the study noted above were absorbed in levels substantially higher than the 0.5 ng/mL threshold value cited in the proposed rule. However, without further testing, FDA does not know what levels of absorption can be considered safe.

This video is from the FDA, 2012, when labeling for sunscreens changed.  Once studies are completed in the next year, the FDA will update labeling requirements.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Your feet are showing! Show them off!



Summer is here! Break out the sandals and flip-flops! STOP Look at those feet. If you're feeling that way, we have some suggestions to get them toes to twinkling and the feet velvety smooth! Painted toenails and flashy footwear cannot disguise rough calluses. So let's get started.

Exfoliate: The first thing you are going to want to do is exfoliate. Scrub and file those calluses. There are several really good products that you can use. One of the best is Baby Foot. It comes as two booties. You put one on each foot and leave it on for an hour, then rinse off. Peeling will begin within 3-7 days.

Keep Toenails Clipped Correctly:  Clip toenails once a week. Long toenails increase your chances of ingrown toenails, which can be painful and require medical attention. Long toenails are also uncomfortable when you wear shoes with closed toes because the nails dig into the shoe, placing pressure on your toenails. Trimming regularly also helps to keep your toenails from splitting.
Trim your toenails until they are about the length of your toes. If they are too long, they will split.
Square off your toenails rather than curving them. Squaring off your toenails helps prevent ingrown toenails, as the edges keep the skin from crowding back over the toe.

Keep the Nail Clean
:  Clean under your nails with a toothbrush. The toothbrush helps remove any dirt under your toenails. In the shower, add a little soap to the toothbrush, and then scrub your toenails clean. Be sure not to scrub too hard, as you could break the skin.  TIP:  If you want your toenails whiter, use a whitening toothpaste in addition to the toothbrush.

Use a foot file when needed. An essential for keeping feet in sandal shape is a foot file. Before using, give your feet a good soak in warm, soapy water.  If you want a more spa-like soak, you might want to try Essie Foot Alert or CND's SPA Bright Citron Soak.  Dry them and then use gentle pressure to slough away dead skin cells,  If the callus is too thick, you might want to apply a callus remover first.  Qtica Smart Spa Callus Gone Quick Gel is great.

Moisturize Daily with a good Foot Cream. Keep your feet looking their best with a good foot moisturizer. Products made specifically for the foot are better at penetrating the soles of your feet than a normal body lotion. If you're on your feet all day and want both moisturizing and relief, then Spa Ritual's Sole Mate Foot Balm is perfect!

See all of our foot care products...click here!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Exfoliate - but do it right!

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. While some people believe that this improves the appearance of their skin, it’s not for everyone and – if not done properly – could do more harm than good.

If you choose to exfoliate, it’s important to do so safely so that it does not damage your skin or lead to increased redness or acne breakouts. Since every type of exfoliation may not work for every skin type, it’s important to consider your skin type before choosing an exfoliation method:
  • Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
  • Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
  • Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough
  • Oily skin is shiny and greasy
  • Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others
There are two main methods for at-home exfoliation – mechanical and chemical – and the method you choose should be guided by your skin type. Mechanical exfoliation uses a tool, such as a brush or sponge, or a scrub to physically remove dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation uses chemicals, such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, to gently dissolve dead skin cells.
There are exfoliating products that are made specifically for every body part, including feet, face, lips and scalp.  Be sure to select a product that is correct for what you want to achieve.  A chemical exfoliator for your feet will likely be much too harsh for your face or lips.  (Beauty Care Choices has a wide selection of Exfoliating Products & Tools.)

To prevent skin damage while exfoliating, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

  1. Consider the skin care products you already use: Some medications and even over-the-counter products may cause your skin to be more sensitive or peel, such as prescription retinoid creams or products containing retinol or benzoyl peroxide. Exfoliating while using these products may worsen dry skin or even cause acne breakouts.

  2. Select an exfoliation method that suits your skin type: Those with dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin may prefer just a washcloth and a mild chemical exfoliator, as mechanical exfoliation may be too irritating for this skin type. Those with oily, thicker skin may want to use stronger chemical treatments or mechanical exfoliation. However, avoid strong chemical or mechanical exfoliation if you have a darker skin tone or notice dark spots on your skin after burns, bug bites or acne breakouts. For some people, especially those with darker skin tones, more aggressive forms of exfoliation may result in dark spots on the skin.

  3. Be gentle to your skin: If you use a scrub or chemical exfoliator, apply the product gently using small, circular motions. Do this for about 30 seconds, and then rinse off with lukewarm – not hot – water. If you use a brush or sponge, use short light strokes. Never exfoliate if you have open cuts or wounds or if your skin is sunburned.

  4. Follow with moisturizer: Exfoliating can be drying to the skin. Apply moisturizer immediately after exfoliating to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

  5. Find the right schedule for you: How often you exfoliate depends on your skin type and exfoliation method. Generally, the more aggressive the exfoliation, the less often it needs to be done. Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this could lead to skin that is red and irritated.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week?

Surfrider Dry Texture Spray

Give yourself a perfectly imperfect look with this dry texture spray. A dry texture spray enriched with mimosa flower and moonstone to provide definition and texture to your hair. Easy to layer for a more full-bodied look and provides a hold factor of 4.


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Kerasilk Control De-Frizz Primer

Keep your hair under control with this de-frizz primer. A primer made with keratin and liquid silk to easily prep the hair for easy blow-dry styling. Prolongs the smoothing effect of the De-Frizz service. Great for those with frizzy, unmanageable hair.

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Glassgow Sea Salt Spray  

Enhance your natural hair's beauty with this sea salt spray. Infused with sea salt and sea kelp extract to give your hair volume, texture and a light hold while promoting naturally healthier and stronger hair. Non-drying and enhances natural definition and waves in the hair for a fun beachy look. Vegan and sulfate-free, making it great for all hair types.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

5 great hair tips from top stylists!


Fall in love with your Dry Shampoo
Using dry shampoo is a seemingly simple process. You take your hair, spray it in at the roots to soak up any grease and oil, and then you walk around with a totally refreshed look. Apply thoroughly at the roots then blast [it] out with a dryer. Most people rub it into the hair and leave it, but you need to remove the product to get rid of excess dirt and oils.

Apply Hair Mask before Exercise
Typically, people like using hair masks after hitting the gym to revive their strands, but the opposite is actually more beneficial for your hair health.  The salt from your sweat can actually dry out your hair. If you apply a mask before your workout, the ingredients push moisture into your strands and seal it in before the salt has a chance to dry your hair out. Also, the heat from your workout will allow the mask the work deeper, then all you have to do is rinse and go!

Bangs with Style
Bangs can be hard to deal with—especially if you let them air-dry after a shower, allowing them to get all sorts of kinky and frizzy. Instead of waiting to style them, start working on them immediately for the most flawless results. When styling bangs, you have to do it right out of the shower. Use a little mousse then lightly blow-drying them with the nozzle aimed downward. To finish them off, pin them to one side for a few minutes using a clip and a tissue to avoid creasing, then switch to the other side. This gives your bangs the perfect amount of movement and natural bend.

Your blow dryer's cold setting is there for a reason.
Yep, there’s a reason your blow-dryer has a cold air setting. Using it throughout the entire time you’re drying your hair can make your strands greasy. The key is giving your hair a few quick blasts. After your hair is totally dry, you can use the cold air in sections to lock in your look.

Applying conditioner correctly
If your hair feels greasy immediately after a fresh wash, it might be because of how you apply conditioner. Instead of soaking it into your entire head of hair, avoid the scalp: You should actually only work it in up to three to four inches away from your scalp, which helps prevent the conditioner from weighing down your hair. As for your scalp, it has natural oils that will keep it properly hydrated.

Friday, June 14, 2019

BRAND PROFILE: Enjoy

At ENJOY, we are firm believers in practical solutions for success without gimmicks. We are ENJOY, with a profound commitment, passion and love for our industry. We change as often as needed to ensure that every ENJOY product remains at the forefront of hair care technology and consumer demand. 
  • Luxe:  Pamper your strands with luxurious, luster enhancing cleansing, conditioning and deep conditioning options that leave hair smooth, shiny and frizz free.
  • Repair: Clarifies, repairs and protects damaged, brittle and chemically treated hair while preparing it for any chemical service
  • Hydrate: Designed to quench dry, coarse, curly, and chemically treated hair with advanced moisturizing agents it so desperately craves.
  • Volume: Offering an array of robust, stimulating solutions for much stronger, fuller, thicker and healthier-looking hair.
  • Style: Providing unlimited cocktailing possibilities with styling and finishing solutions for every hair type, texture and desired finish.
Select your perfect ENJOY hair solution for color perfection!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Update your Bob


If we learned one thing in life, it’s that everything old is new again. When it comes to hairstyles specifically, the bob haircut that was so popular in the 1960s came surging back in popularity  and it shows no signs of going away. Of course, not all bobs are the same—and if yours is feeling a little tired, take a look at some ways you can keep that easy-to-style bob fresh!

Keep It Blunt

If you really want to be hip, ask your stylist for a blunt bob haircut—even better if you pair this cut with blunt bangs. This bob style is particularly perfect for those with fine to medium hair, as it can help add the look of volume to hair that tends to fall flat. That being said, blunt bobs look best when they’re smooth, so use a smoothing system of shampoo and conditioner in the shower, then apply a heat protectant and blow-dry your hair with a paddle brush.


Add an Accessory



Remember how just about every one of your favorite TV characters sported headbands in the mid-2000s? Well, we have good news: These accessories are totally back in favor! Headbands are not only an easy way to take a bob haircut to the next level—they can also be especially useful if you’re experiencing frizzy hair or static. Just pop a thick one on to disguise flyaways and look chic at the same time.





Change Your Part


A side part can be especially flattering for curly hair types, from loose to tight. Show off your hair’s natural texture by laying off the heat tools. Create a side part, then let your hair air dry. Once your hair has dried completely, rake your fingers through it to tousle your bob haircut for a beachy effect. This is also a great option if you have damaged hair and want to give your hair a break from the heat tools.



Pin Your Ends



For those times when you have a special event to attend or just want to amp up the glamour factor for some reason, pin your ends. While you might not think you’d be able to rock an updo on a short bob haircut, it turns out you can—with the help of some bobby pins. After you've washed and dried your hair, curl the ends.  Then pin the bottom of your curls in with bobby pins and spray to help secure your hairstyle.




Wear It Wavy - Go for Volume


Bob haircuts look beautiful whether they’re straight or wavy—but if you’ve got natural texture, why not play it up from time to time?  A voluminous bob haircut is something you can’t go wrong with, particularly if you have fine or thin hair, so ask your stylist for inverted layers if a voluminous bob is something you want to try.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Salicylic Acid



What is salicylic acid?
Salicylic acid is one of acne's biggest enemies. You reach for a product within the second you see a zit invading your face. You slather it on a pimple overnight and oftentimes, you wake up in the morning with a pimple that is dried up and much less noticeable.

Salicylic Acid is a little complicated, but the exact structure of salicylic acid is important in explaining why (and how) it works so well. When it comes to skin-care products, there are two classes of acids you'll see often: beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid.  This means the hydroxy part of the molecule is separated from the acid part by two carbon atoms, as opposed to an alpha hydroxy acid where they're separated by one carbon atom.  Furthermore, salicylic acid is actually derived from willow bark.  It belongs to a class of ingredients called salicylates. This structure is important because it makes salicylic acid more oil-soluble so it can penetrate into the pores of the skin.

Both alpha and beta hydroxy acids exfoliate the skin, but AHAs are water-soluble, while BHAs are oil-soluble  Examples of AHAs, for reference, include glycolic and lactic acids. Generally, oil-soluble ingredients like salicylic acid penetrate through the lipid layers between the skin cells more readily. This means they can penetrate the skin at a deeper level than their water-soluble counterparts. AHAs work well on the skin's surface to loosen old, dead skin and reveal fresh newer skin.. Salicylic acid works deeper and is able to penetrate into the pores to unclog them.

What does salicylic acid do for the skin?
What all of this means is that salicylic acid can get deep into your skin to do its job. This quality is precisely what makes salicylic acid such a potent ingredient for targeting acne — especially for blackheads and whiteheads.

Once it penetrates the skin, salicylic acid dissolves skin debris that clogs pores and acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps red inflamed pimples and pustules go away faster. The ingredient can penetrate so deeply into skin that actually breaks down the connections between skin cells. Once it has penetrated the skin, the acid part of the molecule can dissolve some of the intracellular 'glue' that holds skin cells together.

Salicylic acid is also an exfoliant
This breaking down of skin cells also promotes exfoliation. Salicylic acid is considered a keratolytic medication, which means that it's perfect for supreme exfoliation. Keratolytic medications cause softening and sloughing of the top layer of skin cells.  Salicylic acid also loosens and breaks apart desmosomes (attachments between cells in the outer layer of skin). "This 'desmolytic' action encourages exfoliation of skin and unclogging of pores.

Bonus: Salicylic acid can help with dandruff
Salicylic acid isn't just for blackheads, according to experts. At lower levels, salicylic acid can speed up the desquamation process and aid in conditions such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, which are caused by a slowing down of skin cells sloughing off.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Summer Spatter for nails!

Now this is a fun summer look and surprisingly easy - you just blow through a coffee straw to create the effect.  Just be sure you cover your work area surface with protective paper.  We love these colors, but don't let that stop you from getting creative.  A dark blue base with red and white spatters would be fab for July 4!

Monday, June 10, 2019

TRENDING: Clean Beauty

Back in September we posted a "Beauty Science" article called Fragrance. We started Beauty Science because we want to improve the beauty industry by making consumers more aware of what is in their products; which may be harmful, which are good and which have the potential to cause problems for those with sensitive skin or allergies.  This video from Good Morning America (6-7-2019) brought these concerns to millions.  If you missed it, take a look.

Of special note is the difference between the same product sold in Europe and in the US.  Europe's version listed 33 ingredients, the US version 22That's 11 more ingredients.  Why? Because in Europe all ingredients must be listed.  In the US, the term Fragrance is allowed as a cover all for those additional 11 ingredients!

The agency responsible for making regulating and making changes to labeling requirements is the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  Maybe it's time for them to take a closer look.  Those ingredients are missing from hair care, skin care and cosmetic labels.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week.


Mirabella Amp Lash Brown Enhancing Serum


Enhance your lash and brows with this serum. A hydrating serum formulated with a rich blend of quick-delivering peptides to absorb at the roots to restore the appearance of thick-looking lashes and brows. Great for amping up your look. Paraben-free, gluten-free and cruelty-free.


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Full & Thick Shape Building Spray




My Amazing Full & Thick Secret is lifted full body and reducesed blow dry times.  It's a secret you won't be able to keep for long with bounce like this! Hair is lifted, giving it full body and brilliant texture. Plus, get this! It speeds up drying time so you can get out there and show off those weightless locks of yours!






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Color Pomade Black

Don't let grey bring you down. This color pomade in black provides the perfect blending coverage for your hair, beard and eye brows. Covers up those stubborn grey hairs, giving you a fuller and more youthful look. Does not stain clothes or skin and washes out with ease.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Fade away those age spots ... with a little patience!


Age spots — also called liver spots and solar lentigines — are flat tan, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots are caused primarily by years of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. The use of commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can also contribute to the development of age spots. The pigment in the upper layer of skin (epidermis) that gives your skin its normal color is called melanin. UV light accelerates the production of melanin, creating a tan that helps protect deeper layers of skin from UV rays.

Dark spots and patches often appear when: 
  • A pimple or patch of psoriasis clears
  • A wound caused by an insect bite, cut, burn, or other injury heals
  • You take (or apply) certain medications
  • A skin or hair care product irritates your skin
  • Changes due to hormones occur, such as during pregnancy
True age spots are harmless, however, if you are unsure about a spot on your skin, have it checked by your doctor. In the meantime, if you want to fade these spots, there are products that will help. Just be sure you have patience. You didn't develop these spots overnight (although it may seem so) and even a good fade cream will take 4-6 weeks to be effective.

When choosing a skin-lightener, look for a product that contains one of the following ingredients: 
  • 2% hydroquinone
  • Azelaic acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Kojic acid
  • Retinoid (retinol, tretinoin, adapalene gel, or tazarotene)
  • Vitamin C
These ingredients can lighten existing spots. In some cases, the ingredient can also slow down production of melanin, which is what causes the dark spots and patches.

CAUTION:  Some skin lighteners do more harm than good. When buying a skin-lightening product, you want to choose carefully. Some contain ingredients that can be very harmful to your skin and your health. Researchers have found steroids or mercury, which weren’t listed on the product’s label, in skin lighteners from other countries.  The steroids in these products can cause pimples and rashes. If you unknowingly apply it to your skin for a long time, the steroids can cause thin and fragile skin or permanent discoloration. To protect your health, you want to buy a skin-lightening product made in the United States or one recommended by your dermatologist.

Friday, June 7, 2019

BRAND PROFILE: Aquage


"Innovative salon haircare with nourishing sea botanicals."
Aquage has perfected priming, styling, thermalizing, texturizing and finishing hair care products so hair looks fabulous no matter your hair type or style! 

The Algaeplex sea botanicals in the Aquage collection are a carefully selected blend of algae, seaweed and kelp, to nourish, hydrate, strengthen and protect hair. Aquage products help beautify your hair by containing the best possible ingredients. These ingredients combine the healing, nutritive powers of eight different organic seaweeds and algae to increase hair's moisture retention, body, strength, and elasticity.

Aquage's line-up of products include:
  • Priming - shampoos & conditioners
  • Styling - wet styling products to prepare hair for any textural transformation
  • Thermalizing - designed for use with heat styling tools.
  • Texturizing - products that enhance the texture & movement of your cut.
  • Finishing - products that lock-in your style