Wednesday, February 19, 2020

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Zinc Oxide

What's that white stuff on your nose on a hot summer day?  Zinc Oxide is a mineral.  When zinc is heated with oxygen, the chemical reaction makes the zinc oxidize. As the elements vaporize, what's left is crystals of zinc oxide.

It has many uses besides as a sunscreen in medicine (both internal and topical) as well as in rubber manufacturing, paints, ceramic glaze and as a food additive.  When combined with the mineral hemimorphite, it is calamine.  The fine particles in the oxide are both  deodorizing and antibacterial.  They are, however, not soluble in water, they must be mixed with an oil to work effectively.

Zinc Oxide applied to the skin remains on the skin's surface, protecting the skin from UV exposure and environmental irritants which is why it is found in so many creams and ointments.  As well, it works in products that soothe or prevent itching and infections.  The coating properties of zinc oxide block the bacteria by reducing the skin's permeability.

In cosmetics, zinc oxide helps keep the skin hydrated and slow the appearance of fine lines.  It also helps keep the skin's oil production in balance and enhances collagen synthesis.

You can even find zinc oxide in a rainbow of colors.  Manufacturers created these to make them more fun to use and wear.  Because zinc oxide doesn't mix with water, it lasts much longer as a sunscreen.  Colors also make it more fun for children who sometimes balk at applying sunscreen but love getting their face "painted".


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Make-up tips for those who wear glasses

Whether you need your glasses or you're making a fashion statement by wearing them, your glasses can be a glam accessory.  There's just one problem that many overlook.  Lenses distort the look of our eyes, especially mature eyes.  It's important to know this to create your best eye look.  So, let's take a look at common distortions and what to do.

You're farsighted...you wear your glasses to see the close-up things.  This means your glasses magnify your eyes so they look bigger (yeah!), but this magnifications extend to the crepe-y lid, circle, lines and make-up that is sloppy.
  •  Get yourself a 10X dual-sided magnification mirror.  It will help with the make-up application skills and help you to keep things more precise...like your eyeliner, or gloppy mascara.  Be sure you blend.
  • You can do a great smoky eye with this type of glasses and even line your lower inner and outer rim.
You're nearsighted...you wear your glasses to see in the distance.  These glass lenses will make your eyes look smaller.  If you have deep-set or hooded eyes, this makes this issue worse.
  • Black eyeliner is your best friend.  Just be sure to do the right size line...thin line for thin frames, thick lines for thick frames.  Get the liner as close to the lashes as possible, even lining under the upper rim.  
  • Shadows should be soft and shimmery in light tones like sand or peach.  Dark shades or matte ones just close up the eyes.
  • Line the lower waterline with a very light color, even ivory, to open your eyes even more.
You need to wear progressive lenses or bi-focal...you're lenses have two or three different prescriptions in the single lens.  Your make-up has to be as multi-functional as your lenses.
  • Select a light and neutral contoured look for your eyes.  Avoid a very dark smoky look.
  • Blend a shimmery light shadow across the lids.  You can use a medium brown or taupe in the crease.  Select a gel liner in black, charcoal or dark brown to help shape the upper lash line.
Finally, some general guidelines:
  • Your frame color has an impact on your cosmetic looks
    • Dark color frames (black, tortoise shell, navy, etc.) define and strengthen the eyes, almost like an instant eyeliner.  
    • Soft colored frames gently sculpt the eyes and can help better highlight the cheekbones and slim the face, so of like a contour make-up.
    • Opaque or sheer fames in amber, pink or rose will brighten the complexion like an instant blush.
  • Big frames = big bold make-up choices.  Small frames = delicate, lighter make-up.
  • Glasses means using a eyelash curler and using a volumizing mascara instead of a lengthening mascara.  You don't need your eyelashes batting your lenses all day!
  • Eyebrows a re important.  They frame your frames.  Be sure they are in good shape.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Oily Skin Care

All skin has oil in it.  The oil comes from the sebaceous gland under the skin's pores.  The sebaceous gland produces a natural oil - sebum.  It's what keeps skin healthy and hydrated.  When your skin constantly looks shiny, it's because the sebaceous gland is producing too much oil.  Oily skin doesn't have to be a problem but your first have to identify why your skin is producing too much sebum.

Age - younger skin may produce more oil.  As you age you may outgrow this.  As skin ages it loses proteins - collagen - and the sebaceous gland begins producing less oil.  This is why younger skin tends to have acne more often.  The sebum mixes with the dead skin and clogs your pores.  There is, however, a benefit too:  oily skin does not usually show signs of aging as soon as those with drier skin.

Genetics - if you parent had active sebaceous glands, it's likely you will too.

Your Environment - if you live in a hot, humid climate your more likely to have oily skin, especially in the summer.  If this is your problem, you may need to have different skin care routines for summer and winter.  Using a matte foundation will also help as it soaks up excess oils.

Large Pores - whether natural or due to age or previous acne or even weight fluctuations, these can also produce more oil.  Blotting oily areas throughout the day can help.

Using Incorrect Skin Care products.  If you think your skin is a combination skin instead of oily, you may be using creams that are too heavy.  While a heavier cream or moisturizer may work in fall and winter, you may need to change to more lightweight products for spring & summer. 

Over-cleansing or excessive exfoliation can also make your skin more oily.  When you strip away too much of the sebum, the sebaceous gland will go into overdrive, producing even more oil.  Even very oily skin only needs to be washed twice a day.

Thinking your oily skin doesn't need a moisturizer.  It's simply not true, especially when you are using acne treatments like salicylic acid.  Instead of not using a moisturizer, select a lightweight, water-based product.  The key is to cleanse, tone and then moisturize.

There are some steps you can take to minimize oily skin:
  • Wash your face every morning and evening using a gentle, foaming cleanser that is labeled "oil free" and "noncomedogenic" so your pores are unclogged.  That means making sure you remove all make-up too.
  • Moisturize every day with a product that contains an SPF of 30 or higher.  Your sebaceous gland will produce more oil as the sun dries out the skin.
  • Use make-up that is oil-free, water based.
  • Use blotting papers throughout the day, pressing one gently against your face and leave in placed for a few seconds to absorb the oil.  If you rub with the paper it will only spread the oil to other areas.
  • Avoid touching your face.  This only spreads dirt and oils from your hands to your face.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

WHAT'S NEW this week?

Talyoni Cannabis Sativa Tincture Multipack.



Experience the multi-faceted health benefits of concentrated, CBD-infused hemp seed oil. Our blend of raw and steam distilled CBD is minimally refined; retaining the plant's terpenes and phytocannabinoids to deliver a comprehensive, full spectrum formula.  It includes 3 formulas: Inner Harmony, Youthful Glow and Digestive Aid.  Just fill the dropper and release the oil under your tongue.  Hold it for 30-90 seconds and then swallow.




Matrix Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion Multi-Benefit Spray

Nurture your hair with the best with this multi-benefit spray. A multi-benefit treatment spray made with coconut infusion to enhance shine in the hair and fight off frizz. Protects from heat and prevents split ends. Great for all hair types, textures and lengths!  Its paraben and sulfate free, vegan friendly with no artificial color.




Dermalogica Active Clay Cleanser



Balance your skin with this cleanser. A prebiotic, mineral rich clay cleanser formulated with charcoal to actively cleanse and purify your skin. Infused with kaolin clay and activated binchotan charcoal to absorb excess oil and powerfully absorb impurities from the skin. Protects the skin's natural lipid barrier and promotes a healthy microbiome. A bioflavonoid-rich complex of citrus, aloe and broccoli extract help purify pores while leaving skin smooth, refined and revitalized.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

FB Live: L'Anza with Jen and Jamie



Join us on Facebook every Friday at 11 a.m. PST for information, tips, and beauty education!

Friday, February 14, 2020

BRAND PROFILE: La Bella Donna

This high-performing make-up line has products for every beauty need that are free of harsh chemicals and non-nano SPF 50.  They use only pure minerals from ricks that are beneficial to your skin.  They don't dilute the ingredients, making sure your skin is getting the positive benefits of the minerals.

It's clean beauty with no oils dyes or talc.  The Loose Mineral Foundation contains only inorganic minerals from rock so they are not absorbed into the skin.  Plus it provides full spectrum natural sunblock (UVA & UVB).  It won't clog pores.  The incredible staying power means it lasts all day, even after a workout or swim.  The protection lasts until you wash it off.  10 shades means you be able to perfectly blend your foundation with your skin tones.

The minerals used in La Bella Donna refract the light to help reduce the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles.  Four ingredients work synergistically to balance the moisture content in skin so they work for every age and skin type.  You'll find blushes, shadows, lipsticks and everything else you need to create that beautiful you without any ingredients that are harmful.  It's a lifestyle choice to a cleaner, healthier skin.

P.S.  There's FREE shipping on this brand.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Can I pull off Red hair?



Less than 2% of the world's population is a natural redhead!  That's why it is so attention grabbing.  So if you want some of that spotlight and are thinking of going red, let us give you some tips.

Before we talk about some red hair care tips, let's learn a little about color pigments. In the final run, the mixture of only two pigment groups determines the color of our hair, namely eumelanin and pheomelanin. Only a minimal amount of the small pheomelanin molecule will cause the red tinge. Quite a bit of this small pigment is however necessary for a gorgeous flaming red head.

In case you or your hair stylist has created the red coloring of your hair, you'll know that keeping red hair vibrant is a struggle. The red color will readily disappear and even slowly leach out when you merely rinse your hair with water. Born redheads certainly know how light will quickly bleach their hair color. This is due to the fact that pheomelanin is degraded faster in the presence of UV light. Mere hair care and protection will not preserve the copper red color. It takes active care and knowledge of how to maintain red hair to keep the red hair color brilliant.

Red pigments are light-sensitive, especially those that come in a bottle. Both natural and other redheads should stay out of the midday sun, use hair care products that are made for red hair and that protect against UV rays.

If your hair is dyed red, you should not use a swimming pool for at least two weeks after dyeing your hair because chlorinated water is much harder on those red pigments.

As your hair starts to fade, you should use a red color rinse. It will help maintain the brilliance. Products like Celeb Luxury Colorwash or Tressa Watercolors are perfect for this.

Use an intensive mask/treatment on your hair weekly. Using a conditioner on red hair is not enough. Intensive treatments contain ingredients that penetrate the hair and can fill out gaps in the hair cuticle. This keeps the red pigments in the hair for a longer time. Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed is great for this. 

Now, what shade of red to choose?

Fair, cool skin tones look best with a ginger or cinnamon shade of red.  Make sure to balance the copper and gold and avoid any orange tones.  They are too abrasive.

Fair to medium neutral skin tones will love the classic auburn with touches of warm toffee.  Brunettes will find this a great way to transition to this warm color. 

Medium neutral skin tones will look should choose the pink-red shades.  You can warm up your blonde with a metallic red.  Apricot shades really flatter the pink undertones in your skin.

Medium to deeper skin tones an really rock the fire engine reds and scarlets.  The cooler red shades are flattering to skin with yellow undertones.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Beta Hydroxy

We most often hear the term Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA).  So what is Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)?  It is an exfoliating agent like alpha hydroxy, but its molecule is smaller.  In the ingredients list on your skin care products and cosmetics it may be listed as salicylic acid, salicylate, sodium salicylate or willow extract.  It may also be called tropic acid or trethocanic acid.  BHA's are not as strong as AHA's.

Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic acid) is most often used in skin creams to combat acne and help smooth signs of aging.  BHA's weaken the "glue" that holds dead skin cells together and on your skin.  Weakening this helps the skin discard these dead cells (exfoliation) so the newer skin underneath is revealed.  BHA's are also oil-soluble so they are very effective on oily-skin types.  It also has the ability to get deep into the skin's pores to unclog and clean them out.  It can also help lighten dark spots.

Is it safe?  Willow bark is the most common extract for BHA's (is the same willow bark used to make aspirins).  The FDA and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) both find it to be safe when it is formulated and tested to make sure it does not cause increased sensitivity to sunlight.  They recommend when using a product with a BHA to be sure to use sunscreen daily.  Because your skin because more sensitive to UV light when using a BHA, you should also be careful to follow the directions for use.  Products with BHA should not be used on infants and children.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Eat a Rainbow everyday!

Beauty Care Choices may sell products for the outside...hair, skin & nails, we also know that healthy beauty starts from the inside.  Eating the right foods can make your hair shine and your face glow. So, why eat a rainbow?

Purple & Blue
The color in eggplant, plums and blueberries is due to their anthocyanin content which provide lots of antioxidants.  They also give you Vitamin E, iodine and potassium to help keep the oxygen flowing.

Green
These veggies are rich in chlorophyll.  They also contain isothiocyanates that help reduce carcinogens from the liver.  Besides the antioxidants, the broccoli, cabbage, and other leafy greens are full of Vitamin K, folic acid and potassium.  They also contain lost of micronutrients like iron, plus lots of B vitamins.

Green/Yellow
Things like avocado, kiwi, pistachio nuts are rich in lutein - very important for eye health.  They are also rich in Vitamin C.

Yellow/Orange
They get their color from carotenoids or beta carotene.  These are full of vitamin A which the body turns to retinol; exactly what your skin needs to help prevent acne and wrinkles.  Eating mangos, apricots, carrots & squashes will also help build your immune systems.

Red
It's the lycopene that gives cranberries, tomatoes, watermelons & guava red.  It's also what makes the pink grapefruit pink.  Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant.  Include pomegranates, radishes, red peppers in your diet extra Vitamin C, anthocyanins, and beta carotene.

Monday, February 10, 2020

10 Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos

Sulfates are what cause the sting when you get some shampoo in your eyes. They can strip hair of natural oils. However, sulfates do a really great job of cleaning your hair. It’s a trade off. So, if you are prone to itchy flaky scalp or skin, have eczema, have chemically damaged or color treated hair, it’s is probably best to avoid products with sulfates.

If you have normal, healthy hair, then using a shampoo that contains sulfates is a matter of preference. If you just don’t feel clean without lots of suds, then look for less irritating sulfates. The least irritating sulfate is Sodium Myreth Sulfate, followed by TEA Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. The most likely to irritate is Ammonia Laureth Sulfate. Just be sure to condition hair after shampoo. 

If you decide sulfate-free is for you, you don't need to worry about finding one that will work for your hair.  Our Top 10 list includes moisturizing, volume, color protection, restore and even a weekly clarifying shampoo - all without sulfates.  Take a look!  

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

WHAT'S NEW this week?



Bonblissity brings you Shower Sprinkles Moisturizing Body Scrub.  These tubs are full of a head-to-toe treat.  Made from pure cane sugar and super-fine salt, they gently exfoliate the skin.  Just scoop out this rich blend of cocoa, shea and avocado butters.  Your skin will be so soft and smooth.

Shower Sprinkles come in scents of Fresh Lemongrass, Lavender Luxury, Mango Sorbet, Ocean Mist, Sweet Satsuma, Vanilla Brown Sugar plus an unscented scrub.




Jane Iredale Bronzer gives your face a natural, shimmering look.  Four shades come in the refillable compact.  Add gorgeous highlights to your face as you build, blend and illuminate.  It's light diffusing, which makes it great for sweeping across the lips, eyes and cheeks.

Choose from Moonglow, Peaches & Cream, Rose Dawn or Sunbeam.


Nioxin - Hair Restore Products







Set the perfect foundation for your scalp with this scalp exfoliator. Made with NIODerma Technology  to normalize a flaky scalp. Removes scalp flakes, debris and build-up to give your scalp a fresh and clean feel. Good for dry scalp and is recommended to use every 30 - 45 days.


Saturday, February 8, 2020

FB Live: Why Choose Healium 5.

Beauty Care Choices CEO Jennifer Coy is chatting with Healium founder Beth Di Maio. They will be talking about the amazing Healium products that are all enhanced with sunscreen, cruelty-free, paraben-free and sulfate-free. This family owned and operate business is sure to steal your heart and your hair!



Be sure to tune in on Facebook every Friday at 11:00 a.m. (PST) for "You have Beauty Care Choices Live"

Friday, February 7, 2020

BRAND PROFILE: Alfaparf Milano

Born in Italy, Alfaparf Milano is now an international beauty brand, selling on six continents (they don't have products in stores in Antarctica).   They use the very best raw materials to create hair care products that meet the needs of every individual and style.
  • Lisse Design Keratin Therapy enhances and maintains your professional keratin straightening process.  Its shampoo and conditioner maintenance care and rehydrating mask keep hair strong and prevent dryness.
  • Semi di Lino products let your hair shine with the brilliance of diamonds.  One of their most popular lines, has solutions for every hair issue and provide the nourishment hair needs.  One of the most desired products - Cristalli Liquidi - is a serum that truly works wonders.  The oil works to protect hair fibers and instantly produces a brilliant shine.
  • Precious Nature is your choice if you love the effects of botanicals and natural ingredients like pistachio, almond, grape and lavender oils.
  • Style Stories is Alfaparf's complete line of styling products, everything from hairsprays to mousse to gels and pomades, all made to let you tackle any style.