Thursday, December 12, 2019

BCC goes live on Facebook!

Mark your calendar for this Friday, December 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  CEO of Beauty Care Choices, Jennifer Coy, goes live on Facebook to discuss blonde hair care.  

Body Exfoliation - Essential in Winter

Skin feeling more like sandpaper?  Got the itchies? Cold weather, heavy clothing and dry heating can take a toll on more than just your face.  All of your skin can feel it.  Doing a full body exfoliation each week will leave your skin with a much more youthful glow and help eliminate those dry patches and ugly little skin bumps.  Below is step-by-step instructions to get the most benefit from your efforts. 
  1. Apply oil to skin.  Cover all skin lightly with an oil like Earthly Body Hemp Seed Glow Oil which is a spray so it's easy to cover hard to reach places. Moroccanoil's Dry Body Oil is also a good one.
  2. Take a dry brush to skin from the feet up, brushing in short, light strokes.  Yes, that long-handled, soft bristled brush that comes with bath sets and hangs in your shower actually has a function.  Just don't hang it in the shower...use it dry.
  3. Step in the shower and, using a body scrub, start at the feet again and massage the skin in a circular motion on up the body.
  4. Rinse off using lukewarm water, then apply a salicylic acid body wash to skin  paying more attention to heels, elbows and knees. If you have a tendency towards back and butt acne, make sure to apply there as well.
  5. Pat skin dry and apply your favorite moisturizer while skin is slightly damp.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is oil distilled from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus globulus). The tree is known for its fast growth, making eucalyptus oil a sustainable ingredient. The leaves are dried, crushed, and distilled to release the essential oil. After the oil has been extracted, it must be diluted before it can be used in products. The Eucalyptus tree is native to Australia; it is now grown all around the world! Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, and herbicidal properties. It is also said that Eucalyptus oil can improve the overall health of your hair by stimulating the hair follicles promoting hair growth. It also relieves itchy scalp and treat head lice!
Originating in Australia,
 the Eucalyptus tree has spread around the world. 
 Koala's have made them their home and food source.  
Do they know something

Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Although not proven by clinical research, advocates of eucalyptus oil for hair believe that the oil can help reduce scalp inflammation to create an ideal environment for hair growth. Eucalyptus also helps dry up blemishes and acne outbreaks, reducing inflammation and pain. The oil's anti-bacterial properties also help reduce the chance of future outbreaks, who doesn’t love that!

Eucalyptus is believed to have a number of medicinal properties, although not all of them have been confirmed yet by research. In the late 19th century, eucalyptus oil was used in most hospitals in England to clean urinary catheters. It is also believed to help with colds and respiratory symptoms. Herbal remedies recommend using fresh leaves in a gargle to relieve a sore throat, sinusitis, and bronchitis. Also, eucalyptus oil vapor can be used as a decongestant when inhaled.

Do you suffer from muscle and joint pain? Eucalyptus may help! Pure eucalyptus extract may act as a pain reliever, and research indicates that the oil may have analgesic (pain relieving) properties. It is a common ingredient in a lot of CBD products because of this.

Other conditions that eucalyptus may help with include:
  • Arthritis - potentially due to its anti-inflammatory properties
  • A blocked nose
  • Wounds and burns
  • Ulcers
  • Cold sores - perhaps due to its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Bladder diseases
  • Diabetes - eucalyptus might help lower blood sugar
  • Fever and Flu symptoms 
Eucalyptus products can generally be used safely on the skin, as long as the oil is diluted. It should not be applied directly onto the skin until it is diluted with a carrier oil, such as olive oil. The dilution should be between 1 percent and 5 percent eucalyptus oil to between 95 percent and 99 percent carrier oil; this equates to roughly one to five drops of essential oil in an ounce of carrier oil. Eucalyptus can produce irritation and a burning sensation. If you have sensitive skin, we suggest trying a patch test before use. Still with all of these wonderful (and sustainable) benefits we highly recommend looking for eucalyptus globulus leaf oil in your ingredient list!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Shake yourself morning & night!

Holiday foods, shopping, baking, wrapping and kids out of school.  It can all add up to stress and exhaustion and it shows on your face! Plus, it seems we have even less time to sit & eat a healthy meal. What's the answer.  A healthy, energy boosting shake in the morning and a soothing, relaxing shake in the evening.  Good nutrition = healthy, glowing skin!  We've got one of each!

Energy Boosting Berry Vanilla Banana for morning:

8 oz. non-fat milk
1∕3 cup 1 percent fat cottage cheese
¼ unsweetened blueberries, frozen
¼ cup unsweetened blackberries, frozen
¼ cup red grapes, frozen
½ banana, sliced and frozen
¼ tsp. vanilla extract

Relaxing Bedtime Kiwi Banana for nighttime:

2 oz. tart cherry juice concentrate
1 banana
1 kiwi fruit
1-cup coconut or almond milk
10 ice cubes

Monday, December 9, 2019

Elegant & Easy - Waterfall Braid

Holidays can be hectic and there's not always time to wash & style hair.  Simple braids are the answer.  Kenra's video how-to for a double waterfall braid is perfectly elegant.  You can dress it up with a holiday hair clip or even at a bit of temporary color to a strand or two to feel more festive!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Root Touch Up

Nothing worse than roots showing and you're too busy to get to the salon.  No Problem! 
 Style Edit has your solution.  Take a look!

Friday, December 6, 2019

BRAND PROFILE: Abba Pure Performance

If you are looking for a hair care brand that is 100% vegan, then you will love Abba.  In fact, their shampoo products are so gentle you could use them as a body wash.  Abba products are also free of gluten, paraben, DEA, Phthalates, synthetic color additive, sulfates and sodium chlorides.

Abba is also cruelty free.  Not just in their products, but also with the raw materials they use to formulate them.  Any supplier they use must sign a commitment stating what they are selling to Abba has never been tested on animals.

Abba has formulas for every hair and style.
Choose from:
  • Moisture
  • Volume
  • Color Protection 
  • Gentle
  • Detox
Plus styling products that perform without harsh chemicals or additives and protect your hair.

What's in their products that make them so effective.  It's their ProQuinoa Complex -  a blend of three powerful proteins.

ABBA Ingredients Quinoa
QUINOA: Eight essential amino acids make this a complete protein that adds moisture and strength to each strand of hair.

ABBA Ingredients Barley
BARLEY: Infuses hair with a food-grade protein that brings lasting moisture to your hair.

ABBA Ingredients Soy
SOY: You get body and control with this special protein plus added control for even the most unruly hair.  It contains no gluten either.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Soft Pin Curls for Long Hair

Just want a gentle curl to your hair...a lovely flow that's easy to achieve.  Wella Professional shows you how.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Snail Essence (Mucin)

Snail Essence remains a hot ingredient in skin care because it is full of good nutrients and leaves skin with a dewy glow.  But don't go out after a rain and start wiping up those snail trails.  It needs to be processed and companies that sell snail essence keep their procedures proprietary.  You can go collect a couple of snails and let them crawl across your face, but...eeeew!

So, what exactly is it?  It's that mucin emitted by the snail as it moves along the ground as a way to protect itself.  The common garden snail (Cryptomphalus aspera) is most often used.  Snail farmers put snails over a mesh in dark room.  They are left there for 30-40 minutes to roam around excreting their slime, then put back in their usual home.  The mucin from the mesh is then collected.  There are many ways of then processing the mucin to make it stable for skin care. 

So, why is it so popular?  Snail essence has been used in various parts of the world for centuries.  In ancient Greece through the middle ages it was used as a skin inflammation treatment.   More recently, it was popularized by Korean skin care products as it is purported to be hydrating, helps prevent aging skin and improves wrinkles and scars.  The ingredients in the slime are hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes and peptides.  These ingredients are also found in many other skin products.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Pretty Holiday Nails

Even if you rarely paint your nails, somehow it seems like the finishing touch to your holiday outfit.  Festive holiday events mean you glam up.  Here Essie show you a simple technique for truly festive nails even a novice can do.  If you don't like the Red and White...switch it up to Green & White or Red & Gold or ????

Monday, December 2, 2019

Winter Skin Rash

It's dry, it's itchy, it may be red or flaking, there may be rough, scaly patches. It happens most often when climate changes.  Winter skin rash can normally be treated at home with some simple steps.  However, if the rash becomes painful or these steps do not help, consult your doctor.

Winter rash strikes when the skin loses too much moisture.  Winter's cold, dry air and central heating can literally suck moisture from the skin.  Winter rash most often appears on the hands and feet, but in can occur anywhere on the body.

What can you do?
  • First and foremost, moisturize often using skin care products that contain urea or lactic acid. Apply moisturizer after taking a shower while skin is still damp.
  • Avoid fragranced skin care products.  These may contain harsh chemical that further irritate the skin.
  • Natural products like aloe vera gel and coconut oil both contain antibacterial properties, as well as being moisturizing and both are safe to use on cracked skin.  
    • Coconut oil can also improve the skin's barrier function.  
    • Avoid olive oil.  Although it has anti-inflammatory properties, it promotes water loss in the skin.
    • Avocado oil has vitamin C, D, and E.  These are especially nourishing for dry skin.
  • Avoid harsh soaps.  Avoid cleansers and body washes that contain alcohols, parabens or synthetic dyes.
  • Turn down the heat.  Just a couple of degrees can make a difference.  
  • Keep a humidifier running.  This can offset the dryness of the heated air.
  • Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.  Drink lots of water.  

Sunday, December 1, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week?

What's new?  Gift sets!  Every year our best beauty product manufacturers create wonderful gifts sets, perfect for all your beauty divas.  You can find wonderful, thoughtful gifts for just about everyone on your list and great stocking stuffers too!  While we can't list every set on this page, we've put together a great sample selection.  Take a look!  Want to see all of our great gift ideas?  Click here.