Be your inner fox with Glossy Box!

SONY DSCGlossy Box is an innovative after care product using completely natural ingredients to combat inflammation, redness and ingrown hair associated with waxing and shaving. This rich cream dries to a powder like finish to not only protect you from unwanted irritation, but to also provide an anti-chaffing barrier to keep you dry and fresh. The scent is reminiscent of fresh cucumber and Tahitian gardenia

Cucumber oil:  The oil itself is rich in linoleic, or omega-6, fatty acids, as well as vitamins B1 and C, tocopherols, and phytopherols. These nutrients, both collectively and individually, are believed to be effective for detoxifying the skin, retaining moisture, preventing aging, and deep cleansing pores. Since the acids found in cucumber oil also have anti-inflammatory properties, when applied topically, cucumber oil can help reduce the inflammation caused by those skin ailments and others.

Monoi oil:  Monoi is an indulgent fragrant concoction made by steeping Tiare flowers, a variety of gardenia indigenous to French Polynesia, in locally sourced coconut oil. The flowers contain high levels of methyl salicylate, known for its purifying and anti-inflammatory qualities (it’s related to salicylic acid, from which aspirin and many acne treatments are derived), and during the typically 15-day maceration, those active properties are transferred to the oil. The salicylate will naturally exfoliate the top layer of skin, helping to keep ingrown at bay.

Hazelnut has been called the pore-reducing oil and acne-fighting oil because of its unique properties. A high content of catechins and tannins (healthy flavonoids) make this oil a dry or astringent oil that feels smooth and toning on the skin. The astringent properties help absorb oils and shrink pores, while the antibacterial components go to work battling skin bacteria to help reduce blocked pores and keep ingrown hairs from infection.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids such as capric acid, caprylic acid and lauric acid. The fatty acids have disinfectant and anti-microbial properties, perfect ingredient to avoid infections after waxing. Coconut oil is high in vitamin E, which is known for its skin healing properties. The triglycerides in coconut oil help to keep moisture from escaping from the skin, which aids in retaining softness and suppleness

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February 22, 2014 · 1:45 PM

MMMMMM….Chocolate for Beauty

You have probably already heard how good Raw, organic chocolate is for your skin, but have you read why exactly?

Dark chocolate and cocoa powder are rich in antioxidants and have more of these natural compounds than green tea, red wine, and blueberries. Because antioxidants in cacao defend against these free radicals, they might be able to keep off lines, wrinkles and skin discoloration. Cocoa powder is high in antioxidant flavenols, which are found in red grapes and tea, noted for their antioxidant components.

So what’s a free radical?
An unstable molecule that hijack  electrons from nearby stable molecules. As a result, the pre-stable molecules turn into free radicals, and a chain reaction perpetrates. They can cause wrinkles, elasticity loss, and skin damage.

This is how antioxidents fight off free radicals:

Antioxidants help by donating one of their own electrons. This donation neutralizes the unhealthy chain reaction of free radicals. After donating an electron, antioxidants don’t become free radicals but Instead, they remain stable and unaffected. Canceling out the pending damage.

All of this sounds incredible right? Now, let’s remember, we are not talking about processed chocolate – to receive the full benefits of what raw chocolate can do, it should be in an unprocessed state.

Lyck has two delicious bodyscrubs that contain this wonder ingredient

Naughty Girl and Maui Morning. Both have heaping amount of skin softening raw, ORGANIC Cocoa powder!

go to http://www.lyckbodycare.com and check out the benefits of these amazing scrubs!

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February 22, 2014 · 1:16 PM

Scrub off the dead BEFORE you bed!

Scrub off the dead before you bed!

Why exfoliation is important before tanning

Exfoliating gets rid of the top layer of dead skin cells to provide an even tan. When you go into a bed with dry flaky skin, the rays bounce and can cause a “blotchy” tan. Not only will scrubbing help provide a  sexy , even glow, it will help keep your skin healthy…read on…

 

 

Importance of exfoliation:

As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.

“Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy”. – from woman’s health

-Rids skin surface of dead cells so moisture has a chance to properly hydrate the skin

-Brings blood to the surface of the skin, carrying vital nutrients and oxygen, essential for the maintenance of healthy cells

Can I exfoliate with oily skin?

Exfoliation is especially helpful to those with oily skin. In addition to smoothing, improving skin tone and enhancing skin’s receptiveness of oil-controlling ingredients, exfoliation helps rid oily skin of dulling skin cells to help keep skin clear.

Why sugar and not salt?

There is nothing wrong with salt scrubs at all!! In fact they are every little bit as great as sugar. I prefer sugar because i find it less harsh than salt, which can tend to be sensitizing and drying at times Also, sugar is a humectant, meaning it cannot draw water out of the skin like salt can. Sugar contains glycolic acid and alpha hyd

hyroxy acids – so important with the exfoliation of our skin

When, where and how?

The most convenient time to use a Sugar Scrub is when you’re showering or bathing. After your initial rinse, and your skin is sufficiently wet, use a scoopful amount of the Sugar Scrub and message the scrub into your skin – arms, elbows, knees, face, heels etc. It is effective for all parts of the body. With only a small bit of pressure, your body will begin to feel the positive effects of the Sugar Scrub. After you rinse the scrub off your skin, notice there is no oily reside left behind. Run your hand along your newly soften skin; you will be amazed at how it feels. Some people like to follow up with a small amount of rich, organic body butter (which i recommend) to complete the experience. You can use Lyck scrubs everyday of you really wanted too, but twice a week will keep your skin healthy and glowing!

 

 

 

 

Lyck’s organic Sugar Scrubs

Lyck carries seven types of organic sugar scrubs!! All made with organic sugar and oils – no synthetics!

Maui Morning – a coffee based scrub made with organic coffee, dark organic chocolate and macadamia nut oil

Benefits:  macadamia nut oils contain catechins, which behave as free-radical scavengers and anti-oxidents. This oil also contains squalene, which can benefit chapped and cracked skin, help with cell regeneration and have some anti-bacterial properties. Macadamia is a delicious smelling oil, reminisant of the true nut. Also, The word is satisfying to say…macadamia, macadamia, macadamia…..

Coffee:   The main chemical in coffee is caffeine, a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants have many benefits, including cancer-fighting properties. Antioxidants also neutralize the effects of free radicals, which can damage the inner layer of skin. This damage is often reflected in age spots and wrinkles. When a coffee body scrub is applied, the skin absorbs this antioxidant and can help prevent premature aging. I am not beyond drinking coffee and then using the scrub to top up – that’s how much I like the smell, and i am not ashamed.

Chocolate is well known to have intense sensory properties. According to a New York Times article, just the smell of chocolate will activate pleasure-anticipation and food-reward neurons. Its absorption through the skin, coupled to smell activation, will increase endorphins. This, along with the caffeine and  from coffee will elevate the mood and improve how the person feels.

NOTE: obviously if you or anyone in your house has any allergies to nuts, i wouldn’t make this your go too scrub.

Vanilla coconut crème – vanilla & coconut

This scrub is really for the pure pleasure of the smells. I use a blend of 100% natural and organic flavor oils to give this scrub it’s rich, sweet flavor.

Benefits: will put a smile on your faceJ  ALSO – vanilla has been known for it’s aphrodisiac qualities, so please use this with caution!!

Awaken

Blood orange – my favorite citrus!! Deep, sweet and bold

Bergamot – juicy Italian bergamot…mmmm…so refreshing

Pink pepper – spicy and revitalizing!!! Yes, real pink peppercorns are added!

Very uplifting and energizing!! Perfect for citrus lovers!

citrus scrubs have Vitamin C, which is an essential ingredient that helps protect skin from ultraviolet light and other environmental toxins. Vitamin C works to convert inactivated Vitamin E into an antioxidant.. It also plays a role in reducing wrinkle visibility by boosting the creation of collagen. Other benefits of regular Vitamin C application include creating melanin to reduce pigmentation and helping to reduce the appearance of scars.

 

Secret crush

Sweet and mellow – has added cranberry seeds for extra exfoliation and natural flavor oils of honey dew melon and tangerine essential oil!

Naughty girl

Chocolate, raspberry and hibiscus

Chocolate – benefits are above(maui morning) did i mention that it smells absolutely delicious??

Hibiscus -Whether derived from the flowers or seeds of this tropical plant, the extract has antioxidant and exfoliating powers. It is also used to complement hydrating, antiaging and oil-control actions

Iced amour

Peppermint – think refreshing and invigorating? You sure do!! Peppermint has always been used as an ingredient to freshen up. It is another one of my favorite ingredients as it is so enjoyable.

Lavender  – this ingredient has been studies and used for so many benefits.  it can be used to treat a number of skin problems such as acne, burns, dry skin, eczema, itchy skin, sunburn, seborrhea, and skin inflammation. It’s smell is calming and earthy – great for skin care and the emotional senses!

Lemon – another cheery and bright ingredient! Lemon peel contains citric and plant acids that work to cleanse, lighten and brighten the skin; remove dead skin; and stimulate new skin growth.

Naked

Naked is excellent with any skin sensitivities. I originally made this for my friend who’s husband can’t be near any scent at all. Because of this, she really never used any products because even the unscented ones seemed to contain scent. During my research i found there wasn’t much in the way of scrubs that came unscented. This to me was a great opportunity to delieve the benefits of a scrub to those who can’t have the scent.

Naked is also great for hands, feet and children. Yes, kids too!! Sometimes kids can get little bumps on their bodies called milla. This scrub is great for helping combat dry ,bumpy and flaky skin. Because there is no essential oils/or flavors, it’s perfect for sensitivitiesJ
 

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Scrub of the Dead be

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Antioxidants make sense!!!

Benefits of antioxidants for your skin

“Do you have anything for wrinkles?”
I have been asked this question numerous times in the last few months. I cannot personally do anything But YOU can do things that help prevent wrinkle formation and treat the ones you have.
First thing is first WHY do wrinkles appear? Sun, smoking, aging, stress, lack of sleep, lack of vitamins, improper facial care, genetics ect…..There are an abundant reasons why our skin wrinkles and you, yourself will know what has caused yours. I have to say this though, Why are we so concentrated on our wrinkles in the first place?
True Story: After a Show last weekend, i went to the liquor store (another cause of aging…alcohol ….um….ya..)to buy my lovely dark beer. The woman behind the counter was talking to a tall girl looking to be in her early 20’s. After checking her I.D. she was telling her to wait until she has kids, that will put wrinkles on her face! This lead into conversation to the next person in line about kids, wrinkles and crows feet and how you can’t escape them. Next in line was me. I joined in and had to agree that children definitely help scar up your face. She looked at me with a blank stare. “How old are you?” She asked, losing her enthusiasm quickly. “I’m 38” I responded. “I was just about to I.D. you” She looked at me with question. “Really? Wow, thanks” Then she asked me to smile. ????????? So i did. “Where are your wrinkles?” Again staring at me “Oh they are there, Just not as deep yet. I use one of my products that seems to be helping, but aging has so many factors. Wrinkles are a popular thing, everyone’s doing it.” She seemed to like the distraction and laughed.
Suddenly she was super happy again. She started talking about her eye wrinkles and i told her about my serum (of course, seemed like a set up opportunity really) She then started getting giddy again. Now this lady was so beautiful. You could tell she loved to laugh and smile. She told me that she laughs so much that she has now permanently given herself wrinkles. What’s wrong with that!!! Why should she be so self conscience about her wrinkles, especially due to laughter? I told her she was beautiful regardless and to hold her head up high. I gave her a card and wished her a good night.
I felt pretty good about being I.D I must admit. I believe i look my age, whatever that really means. The only thing I had been doing differently all month was use my serum every day. This brings me to the use of antioxidants.
What is an antioxidant?
Antioxidants are dietary substances including some nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins C and E and selenium, that can prevent damage to your body cells or repair damage that has been done.
Antioxidants work by slowing or preventing the oxidative – or damage from oxygen – process caused by substances called free radicals that can lead to cell dysfunction . Antioxidants may also improve immune function and perhaps lower your risk for infection and cancer.
Please read the information written By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD:

All living organisms utilize oxygen to metabolize and use the dietary nutrients in order to produce energy for survival. Oxygen thus is a vital component for living. Oxygen meditates chemical reactions that metabolize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to produce energy.
Dark side of oxygen
While oxygen is one of the most essential components for living, it is also a double edged sword. Oxygen is a highly reactive atom that is capable of becoming part of potentially damaging molecules commonly called “free radicals.”
Free radicals
These free radicals are capable of attacking the healthy cells of the body. This may lead to damage, disease and severe disorders. Cell damage caused by free radicals appears to be a major contributor to aging and diseases like:
• cancer
• heart disease
• decline in brain function
• decline in immune system etc.
Overall, free radicals have been implicated in the pathogenesis of at least 50 diseases.
Since free radicals contain an unpaired electron they are unstable and reach out and capture electrons from other substances in order to neutralize themselves. This initially stabilizes the free radical but generates another in the process. Soon a chain reaction begins and thousands of free radical reactions can occur within a few seconds on the primary reaction.
Reactive oxygen species (ROS)
ROS is a term which encompasses all highly reactive, oxygen-containing molecules, including free radicals. Types of ROS include the hydroxyl radical, hydrogen peroxide, the superoxide anion radical, nitric oxide radical, singlet oxygen, hypochlorite radical, and various lipid peroxides. These can react with membrane lipids, nucleic acids, proteins and enzymes, and other small molecules.
Oxidative stress
Oxidative stress means an unbalance between pro-oxidants and antioxidant mechanisms. This results in excessive oxidative metabolism. This stress can be due to several environmental factors such as exposure to pollutants, alcohol, medications, infections, poor diet, toxins, radiation etc. Oxidative damage to DNA, proteins, and other macromolecules may lead to a wide range of human diseases most notably heart disease and cancer.
Control of free radicals
Normally free radical formation is controlled naturally by various beneficial compounds known as antioxidants. When there is deficiency of these antioxidants damage due to free radicals can become cumulative and debilitating.
Antioxidants are capable of stabilizing, or deactivating, free radicals before they attack cells.
Antioxidants from food
There are several nutrients in food that contain antioxidants. Vitamin C, vitamin E, andbeta carotene are among the most commonly studied dietary antioxidants.
Vitamin C is the most important water-soluble antioxidant in extracellular fluids. Vitamin C helps to neutralize ROS in the water or aqueous phase before it can attack the lipids.
Vitamin E is the most important lipid soluble antioxidant. It is important as the chain-breaking antioxidant within the cell membrane. It can protect the membrane fatty acids from lipid peroxidation. Vitamin C in addition is capable of regenerating vitamin E.
Beta carotene and other carotenoids also have antioxidant properties. Carotenoids work in synergy with vitamin E.
Antioxidant deficiencies
A diet low in fats may impair absorption of beta carotene and vitamin E and other fat-soluble nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are important sources of vitamin C and carotenoids. Whole grains and high quality vegetable oils are major sources of vitamin E.
Many plant-derived substances are known as “phytonutrients,” or “phytochemicals”. These also possess antioxidant properties. Phenolic compounds such as flavonoids are such chemicals. These are found in several fruits, vegetables, green tea extracts etc.
Antioxidants within the human body
Apart from diet, the body also has several antioxidant mechanisms that can protect itself from ROS mediated damage. The antioxidant enzymes – glutathione peroxidase, catalase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) are such enzymes. They require micronutrient cofactors such as selenium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese for their activity. It has been suggested that an inadequate dietary intake of these trace minerals may also lead to low antioxidant activity.

This doctor has an way better understanding of this topic as it is a wee bit more complex then citing different benefits.
What to look for in skin care?
When I was creating my Fantastic Face serum, i wanted to use ingredients that had high levels of antioxidents and vitamins to help prevent the formation of new wrinkles and treat the ones already settled. Research had led me to the ingredients chosen specifically for my formula and to work synergistically together to create a wonderful, nourishing serum.
You can find the benefits of the ingredients on my webpage and encourage you to read up on all ingredients to see what benefits you reap
I must go.
Cheers, Tyree

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Let’s get Naked!!!

I have been running into a few people who have been very interested to know that i carry a completely fragrance free line called Naked. Thanks to the over abundance of pollution, detergents and synthetic fragrances, more and more people are becoming ‘sensitive’ to anything containing perfume (this includes essential oils)Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most or all, are synthetic. Symptoms reported have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, coughing spells, nausea and sometimes vomiting,Most common is an allergic skin irritation/reaction. From the moment you wake up to the last thing at night you are exposed to fragrance.
Thankfully, i can work with essential oils and reap the benefits and come up with wonderful blends for my products, but i also wanted people who were sensitive to also benefit.
So, if it’s you are someone you know who are really sensitive to any thing perfumes, tell them to get Naked;)

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Bodylicious Butters!!!

Please read an article I wrote for a health and beauty magazine about on of my all time favorite product, body butters

http://www.beaureview.net/2011/12/the-benefits-of-butters-and-what-they-do-for-our-skin-in-their-own-but-similar-ways/

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