It’s time to buy sun protection and people may be confused between sunscreen and suntan lotion. Are they the same thing? What are the differences between these two products?
Sun protection has become more complicated than it has to be. Marketing strategies have used the words “suntan lotion” for many years, targeting people who would like to get a nice tan without getting sunburn or skin damage. However, a suntan lotion is nothing but a sunscreen with an SPF of less than 15. In other words, it’s a weak sunscreen that theoretically should help you tan more and better than if you are using a stronger sunscreen.
The majority of suntan lotions are just tanning sunscreens with an SPF between 4 and 8 and don’t provide enough sun protection, particularly for people with lighter skin and especially for kids. Since suntan lotion doesn’t provide enough sun protection, kids should only use a sunscreen or a sunblock that provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection instead of a suntan lotion or tanning oil.
Additionally, it gets more complicated. Some sun care products are labeled sunblocks and there are also a few differences between these and the traditional sunscreens.
Sunscreens work by filtering the sun’s rays, whereas sunblocks work as a physical sunscreen, reflecting the sun’s rays. Both sunscreens and sunblocks offer good protection against the sun, though sunblocks may be undesirable cosmetically as most of these are opaque.
Lucky Vitamin is adding another top quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Florapy.
Florapy offers a unique line of beauty products designed by aromatherapy enthusiasts who have intensely studied Flower Essence Therapy and Aromatherapy to select the most powerful flower ingredients and healing essential oils. The company truly believes nature heals all and is fully committed to ensure this amazing product can become a staple in beauty routine.
All Florapy products are paraben-free, contain no synthetic fragrance, harsh dyes or pigments, and are never tested on animals. A safe choice for those with sensitive skin, Florapy products are also vegan friendly.
Florapy is a brand created and developed by a beauty product obsessed team that has been coveting the South Korea sheet mask trend for years. As lovers of this skincare concept and true experienced believers in the powerful hydration benefits this product provides, the company is proud to bring this premium product to the United States.
This new therapeutic skincare collection has a very special sheet mask delivery system, which contain floral ingredients proven to aid in skin health, along with essential oils proven throughout history to enhance mood and improve mind and body balance.
The primary function of Florapy is to provide extreme hydration to your skin along with a unique combination of ingredients help to restore, replenish and protect the skin from all the damaging elements we encounter in our everyday lives.
The coconut’s status as one of those elusive “good fats” has skyrocketed in recent years, with the tropical stone fruit being repurposed as a dairy substitute (think coconut milk and butter), beauty product (hair masks, skin lotion) and household cleaner among countless other uses. Coconut oil even has an SPF of 8! Check out some additional ways that the coconut can be added to your health, beauty and healing regimens.
Heart Health According to many studies, lauric acid—a protective type of fatty acid—has been linked with improved cholesterol levels and heart health. Because coconuts contain minerals important for circulation and controlling blood flow, coconut milk is also useful for lowering blood pressure and keeping blood vessels flexible, elastic and free from plaque buildup.
Digestion The Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) in coconuts can help rid your gut of harmful microorganisms. Coconut oil, which can be used in baking and as an alternative to butter and oil for sautéing, is considered an anti-inflammatory food. Those anti-inflammatory benefits help heal injury to the digestive tract in patients who suffer from diseases like Crohn’s. Finally, coconut fats fight candida yeast that lives within the digestive tract.
Skin It’s no wonder that coconut products make the perfect natural additions to add to your beauty regimen. Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil is an excellent body moisturizer and it penetrates hair better than other “typical” hair conditioners. However, be careful not to overdo it when applying it to your skin. Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it may clog pores.
Immunity Monolaurin and Monocaprin are the naturally occurring fatty acids in coconuts than can boost the immune system. For an example of what they can do, consider that Monolaurin is found in breast milk as a way for mothers to boost the immune strength of babies.
Energy Compared to the long-chain fatty acids found in most of your diet, the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are metabolized a bit differently, heading from your digestive tract straight to the liver. There they are converted to energy which helps nourish and rejuvenate the body.
Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds that have been around for centuries. Frankincense was even used to anoint Jesus upon birth. A hydrophobic, concentrated liquid of plants and flowers can be used to heal, clean and do just about anything else for the body, mind and soul that you can imagine. Here’s how you can introduce these “magical” healing oils into your home.
Aches & Pains The analgesic compounds in essential oils are their secret to easing a variety of common pains and ailments. Our winner for headache relief is lavender by a landslide. If you suffer from arthritis, then frankincense can help limit the production of inflammatory molecules. If your back is causing you pain try several drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil to cool inflamed joints. We always recommend using a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil to help dilute the essential oil and strongly advise that you never apply it directly to the skin!
Cleaning Did you know that some essential oils have the power to kill bacteria and mold? Oh yes! But remember, a little can go a long way, so don’t overdo it. Try lemon, tea tree, rosemary and eucalyptus oils combined with hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar for an all purpose, DIY cleaner.
Personal Care Free yourself of the harmful chemical and phony fragrances found in most personal care products. Make them over with essentials oils! Lavender, which can be applied directly to the skin, makes a great perfume. Tea tree is great for acne-prone or oily skin and clary sage fights fine lines. Many natural personal care brands incorporate essential oils into their products, or you can experiment with your own mixes and blends!
Topically As mentioned above, you want to use a carrier oil when applying most essential oils topically to the skin. Tea tree and lavender are great for topical use, however, you’ll want to do a small, isolated skin test to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction before going all-in on a major application. Some great areas of the body to apply oils are your temples for stress, the bridge of your nose for a sinus infection and between the eyebrows when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Gardening Yup, that’s right, you can control garden pests with essential oils! Throw out your chemical-laden garden bug killer. Just combine 8 ounces of water with a teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s soap and 6 drops of essentials oil (like peppermint) to repel unwelcome garden guests such as beetles and aphids. Apply every few days to keep the pesky guys at bay.
Remember that essential oils are derived from plants and can cause a reaction if you are allergic! Like we mentioned earlier, always test a small patch of skin before using all over. Also, like with any major change in your routine, consult a professional before making the long term switch!
How do you use essential oils in your daily life? Share below!
Lucky Vitamin is now offering a new brand of personal care products that can help improve the quality of our lives, our animals, and our planet: Polyn.
Polyn offers 100% plant-based products that are 100% pure, cruelty-free, synthetic ingredient-free, GMO-free and safe for adults, children, babies, animals and our planet. The company wants to educate costumers on how our skin is a living organism to our health. With focus on the difference between synthetic ingredients, natural ingredients and what we call pseudo-natural ingredients, Polyn wants to supply the world with information of products that will improve lives by helping people feel better (aromatherapy of products), look better (healthier skin), and be more confident through education.
For the last 20 years, Polyn has been following standards in the product line using only 100% food-grade ingredients which are verified by Natural Ingredient Resource Center. Plus, nothing is ever tested on animals, which is certified by PETA. Polyn has sourced ingredients, created packaging, and forged partnership to ensure the best, highest quality products to all customers. Unlike companies that outsource formulation, sourcing, and manufacturing, Polyn manages the entire supply chain to ensure products you can trust.
Let’s not forget the environment. 100% plant-based and food grade ingredients that are so safe you can eat them. 100% Non-GMO from inception (we don’t need to modify what nature has perfected. 100% Cruelty-free, never using products tested on animals. 100% of our packaging is made with recycled, reusable or compostable materials.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of products to our customers: Air Repair.
Air Repair offers a unique line of products designed to meet the specific issues of skin care for the traveler. Air Repair was created specifically to combat environmental stresses that affect the health of the skin including travel and flight fatigue. Each of the five naturally inspired products contain a ground breaking combination of ingredients to help heal chronic inflammation which can cause pre-mature aging. The company has researched highly effective skin care brands and successful performance regiments with the goal of creating unique and effective products that are luxurious and effortless.
The Air Repair Kit is the only system available in the market specifically created to combat the effects of flying and environmental changes that are directly related to one’s skin. Dry and dehydrated skin, fine lines, redness, dull appearance and irritation are quickly and effectively treated with the kit. The Air Repair Kit uses a ground-breaking formulation which contains no petroleum, mineral oil and parabens. Targeted ingredients such as hyaluronic acid for moisture retention, the powerful anti-oxidant cloudberry seed oil, and heat shock proteins (climate-adjusting) deliver superior results that are ideal for any and all skin types. Whether in the air or on the ground, Air Repair is the premiere “take care anywhere” skincare kit choice available. The kit is packaged in a see-through travel bag for carry-on convenience.
Discover ways to care for your skin both internally and externally with science driven skin nutrition from MyChelle Dermaceuticals and NeoCell. During this informative webinar we will discuss how to keep your skin “instantly ageless & hydrated” through the use of Vitamin C, Peptides, and Hyaluronic Acid featuring active products from MyChelle and Neocell. Join us to learn how to enhance your daily routine to keep your skin healthy and glowing!
It has become quite difficult to buy personal care products. With more and more dangerous ingredients being used, everyone should be checking labels to ensure products do not contain any harmful ingredients. A quick way to start this is checking for these 5 common personal care ingredients to avoid.
This ingredients should be labeled as “100% avoid” as it contains estrogen-mimicking properties known to increase the risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are easily absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. Parabens can be found in cosmetic products such as makeup and facial cleansers but also in deodorants, shampoos and conditioners.
2. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants, sodium lauryl sulfate can cause kidney and respiratory damage. SLS is often found in shampoos, conditioners, body wash products, mascara, and acne-treatment products.
Found in cosmetics, antiperspirants, lipsticks, lip-gloss, and toothpaste, aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases as well as lung cancer, and skin irritation.
A common ingredient in cosmetics and other personal care products such as deodorants, moisturizers, nail polish, perfumes, lotions, and hair spray, phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, as well as reproductive birth defects in males and females.
Tricolson is a widely used antimicrobial chemical known as an endocrine disruptor, especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.
The quest for skin-perfecting ingredients will never cease, but dermatologist-recommended Hyaluronic Acid and its tried-and-true beauty benefits should always play a starring role in your skin care routine.
Naturally occurring in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful humectant with the unique ability to retain more than 1,000 times its weight in water, but as we age, our skin loses this, causing our complexion to gradually become drier and less firm. Luckily, the use of topical Hyaluronic Acid can help counteract some of these effects by increasing hydration, helping to improve elasticity, and protecting the skin barrier from the effects of the environment and pollution.
3 Ways to Hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid
Pioneering skin care brand MyChelle Dermaceuticals has formulated three clean, advanced products featuring Hyaluronic Acid as a star ingredient.
Bio-Firm Hydrogel Concentrate is a 2% Hyaluronic Acid moisture-binding gel with a potent dose of Alpine Nunatak™ Plant Stem Cells and Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract. Dot sparingly to provide incredible nourishment and help restore healthy skin tone. The melt-away formula is lightweight enough for all skin types.
Serious Hyaluronic Moisturizing Gel is a fast-absorbing, oil-free, lightweight gel containing a generous formulation of 1% Hyaluronic Acid, Copper Mineral, and the amino acid Proline. In addition to its hydration benefits, it helps control oil production while repairing and rejuvenating skin, making it the perfect fit for oily and blemish-prone skins.
Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serumis an active blend of 1% Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, Squalane, Phospholipids, and Organic Rosehip Oil. It absorbs instantly and provides non-stop nourishment to hydrate even the driest complexion. In addition, fortifying Amino Acids deliver anti-pollution and antioxidant benefits.
Without question, Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most beneficial and high-performance ways to support and supplement overall skin health. Consider these options carefully and then clear some space at your beauty counter! With consistent use, a healthier-looking complexion will no longer be just a dream but your new reality.
Let your outer beauty shine with MyChelle and NeoCell and stay instantly ageless.
Did you know our skin is the largest organ and is made up of mostly water and collagen, which is the foundation for our skin’s structural support and thickness? Collagen consists of proteins made of long chains of amino acids fastened together like chains on a linked fence. In our youth we have an abundance of collagen giving us firm, even skin; however, as early as 25 collagen production naturally declines causing fine lines and wrinkles.
To support, nourish and protect all layers of the skin, incorporate these two essential ingredients into your daily skin care routine.
Topical Vitamin C is one of the best anti-aging ingredients, and everyone can benefit from using it! Thousands of independent clinical studies show that L-Ascorbic Acid, naturally found in the skin, is the BEST skin care ingredient for promoting skin health. Be sure to select the L-Ascorbic acid version of Vitamin C, as it is chirally correct and better absorbed by the skin. Additionally, you want to look for concentrations of 10% or higher to get all of the excellent benefits vitamin C offers. Lastly, you want to make sure your topical vitamin C is always formulated with other great antioxidants.
As a supplement, Vitamin C is also critical in the formation of healthy collagen within the skin, allowing interlaced collagen fibers to remain strong and flexible. Nearly all forms of Vitamin C found in supplements are in the correct L-Ascorbic Acid form, but daily supplementation is essential to maintaining healthy levels within the skin. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it is eliminated from the body quickly, so to protect against deficiency – and therefore decreased collagen production – incorporate Vitamin C into your daily routine.
C The Difference with these awarding-winning MyChelle products:
Perfect C PRO™ Speed Peel 10% – A professional-level, one-step, one-minute, fast-acting 25% Citrus Fruit puree peel. Formulated with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid blended with L-Lactic Acid, Plant C-Stem™, and Retinal to deliver youthful, soft, and glowing skin.
Perfect C™ Serum 17% – Advanced multi-tasking Vitamin C formula reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 17% L-Ascorbic Acid and Buddleja Plant Stem Cells brighten and protect against photo-damage and combat the visible signs of aging. Non-irritating. Dermatologist and Allergy Tested.
Perfect C™ Radiance Lotion 12% – This velvety-rich, nutrient- and moisture-restoring lotion deliver a potent 12% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid combined with Plant C-Stem™ and Licorice Extract to help brighten and protect skin from the effects of environmental pollution for a smoother and more luminous complexion.
Be your best you with these NeoCell products containing Vitamin C:
NeoCell Beauty Bursts are a delectable way to get your collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid for skin hydration, and Vitamin C in a soft chew you’ll actually look forward to eating! Choose either the Super Fruit Punch or Chocolate Mint to snack your way to a beautiful day!
NeoCell Beauty Infusion is a comprehensive formula that infuses your body with beauty nutrients. High dose collagen, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, Biotin, and ALA are included in this refreshing collagen drink mix, which comes in two delicious flavors Tangerine Twist or Cranberry Cocktail.
NeoCell Super Collagen Tablets are tried and true best-selling collagen supplements for over two decades. The convenient tablets contain a healthy dose of Vitamin C along with clinically proven NeoCell Collagen Peptides for outstanding skin health.
Powerhouse Peptides – It’s ideal to start incorporating peptides into your routine as early as your 20’s. Peptides are long or short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of collagen (proteins) within the skin. Since peptides are tiny amino acids, they are able to penetrate the skin’s protective barriers and work their magic. Peptides are intrinsically linked to proteins, allowing the user to see powerful results quickly. As an internal supplement hydrolyzed collagen peptides have been shown to work at the cellular level to naturally boost collagen production and support skin beauty from within.
Pump up your daily peptide routine with these MyChelle and NeoCell fan favorites:
Supreme Polypeptide Cream – This multi-peptide, nutrient-rich cream is enriched with four powerful anti-aging peptides: Matrixyl® Synthe’6™, Syn-Coll®, AC DermaPeptide Revitalizing PF, and Proteasyl® TP Pea Peptide to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore tone and texture.
Peptide+ Anti-Wrinkle Serum – This concentrated, multi-peptide serum helps visibly improve skin’s texture and reduce the telltale signs of aging. Argan Plant Stem Cells and Crocus Chrysanthus extract help promote natural skin renewal while Squalene and Rapeseed Oil increase moisture retention for long-lasting hydration.
NeoCell Super Collagen Powder is the choice of millions of Glow Getters worldwide for their collagen peptide beauty routine. The high dose, affordable and clinically-proven hydrolyzed collagen peptide powder is unflavored, making it an ideal addition to beverages like coffee or tea, or recipes like soups, dressings or sauces.
NeoCell Glow Matrix makes the ideal complement to Super Collagen powder or tablets by working internally to hydrate the skin for a dewy, soft complexion. Containing clinically proven Ceramosides, high dose hyaluronic acid, and many other activated moisturizing nutrients, Glow Matrix is being hailed as the most effective hydration supplement on the market!
How often should you actually be washing your hair? It might qualify as a “million dollar question” but this one does not have just one single answer. In fact, it has many answers as multiple factors should be considered.
Your hair gets greasy because glands in the skin produce an oily product called sebum, which keeps hair moist and prevents it from drying out.
Sebum is created by sebaceous glands located next to hair roots which distribute the sebum into the hair follicle. It seeps out of the follicle and onto the scalp and hair.
Washing your hair every day isn’t really necessary as it may dry your hair out, leaving it prone to breakage. Shampoo is an emulsifier that captures and traps excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which you then rinse out to clean the hair. Since it takes on average 2-3 days for the hair to “get dirty” with excess oil, most people do not need to wash it every day, but there are some exceptions. People who exercise a lot should wash their hair daily to remove sweat as well as those with very fine hair, people with oily scalp, and people living in very humid places.
The type of hair is another important factor to be considered. People with thicker and long hair may only need to wash it once or twice a week. For the average person, every other day, or every 2 to 3 days, without washing is generally fine but if you have fine hair that it’s more likely to look limp the day after a wash, you may want to wash it more frequently.
Another important aspect is the environment. For example, people living and working in big cities (urban areas) are exposed to more fumes from cars and pollution and daily shampoo and conditioning may be a good idea.
Rounding up our list, the quality of shampoos and conditioners. Today, these products are much better than 20-30 years ago as companies have developed different formulas for each and every type of hair. Most shampoos and conditioners use good ingredients putting goodness back into the hair in the form of proteins or moisture rather than being just a plain detergent.
So, the final answer is up to you. Check the type and length of your hair, how dirty it gets from environment and exercise and the type of products you use to decide how often you should be washing your hair.
If you’re a habitual label reader like me, then you’ve probably spent an embarrassing amount of time poring over every ingredient in your beauty and skin care products as if hidden among the glycerins, acids and glycols was the secret to life itself, always on alert for anything synthetic or gross-sounding. Wouldn’t it be great to have that time back and to eliminate the worry and obsessing? Then why not make your own?
Not only will you know everything single ingredient that goes into your homemade product, but you can take pride in knowing that you created something totally on your own, and on the cheap, too.
This super-easy, DIY soap recipe requires no lye (a common soap ingredient that can be pretty dangerous if mishandled), can be whipped up under 30 minutes and features nothing but safe, natural ingredients. Goat’s milk soap has caprylic acids which allows the milk’s emollients to be absorbed without stripping away your skin’s natural protective oils. Honey boasts some serious skin-saving and anti-aging properties while bringing the moisture in a big way. And who doesn’t love the soothing aroma of lavender?
Add expert “soaper” – ie, someone who makes soap, duh – to your bag of tricks with this simple and rejuvenating recipe.
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Alma K.
Alma K specializes in exclusive, naturally based formulas in skin care products from the Dead Sea, the world’s most wondrous spa. Infused with botanical oils, extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea, Alma K products are formulated to enrich life with pampering and relaxing wellness.
Alma K products are manufactured in Israel near the Dead Sea, according to strict international quality standards. The company is accredited by the Association of Craft and Industry in Israel, attesting to the authenticity of the Dead Sea minerals contained in all its products and comply with relevant European regulations.
Created to help revive the skin and revitalize the soul, Alma K products contain a unique blend of minerals, salts and water, which is fortified with pure herbal extracts and abundant natural plant oils, to enrich the skin with replenishing moisture and soothe the soul with natural balancing support.
All Alma K products are 100% nature-based and do not contain parabens, mineral oils or paraffin. This unique line of personal care products can help reduce dryness and inflammation, improve skin elasticity and firmness, minimize pores and calms redness, replenish lost hydration, and minimize the appearance of fine lines
The days of mixing masks and clogging sinks with mud are mercifully coming to an end. In the wake of their demise, peels made with plant essences, vitamins and nutrients are popping up all over the natural scene. Try our favorites below to get that glow, naturally.
Lost Baggage Eye Emergency Repair Masks
It’s time to say goodnight to under eye bags and dark circles. The skin under your eyes is very delicate so it’s important to use gentle and natural products that get the job done without causing any irritation. Lost Baggage repair masks contain a restorative infusion of peptides, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E and doesn’t contain any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and triclosan. Even better, it’s cruelty-free so you can feel good about getting results the humane way.
Do you have 20 minutes to spare to reduce wrinkles? If so, than we’ve got Twenty Minute Miracle Mask from Bio Miracle for you. It firms, rejuvenates and moisturizes which gives an instant lift effect after just one use. Defy the hands of time with this mask that fights free radical damage and smooths away fine lines and wrinkles by pumping your skin with collagen essence and CoQ10.
Lighten, tighten and brighten with this mask from Andalou Naturals. The Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask targets UV sun damage by activating collagen for a smooth and silky complexion. This peel is great for targeting skin problems such as dark spots, uneven tone, texture and dryness, plus it’s totally sustainable, too! The mask’s ingredients are sourced from fiber grown in responsibly managed forests, which should make feel good inside and out.
Relaxus – Spa Bamboo Charcoal Facial Mask
Charcoal and tea tree oil are the main attractions in this mask from Relaxus. Both are tough on toxins leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed after every application. Anyone who has ever tried a charcoal mask knows they can be quite messy to apply and clean off, but not this pre-moistened one, which easily unfolds for mess-free applications and removals. Simple, clean and easy!
The skin appearance deteriorates as we age and this process can be divided in two different types: intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging.
Intrinsic aging refers to the natural aging process that, unfortunately, we cannot do much about. As we age, we get lines in our skin, particularly in our faces, and the skin tend to lose its youth, firmness and fullness. The skin is likely to become thinner and drier and isn’t as smooth or tight as it once was. Additionally, the skin gets more fragile and can bruise more easily due to loss of support around blood vessels walls, which normally happens as we age.
Extrinsic aging is the second type and this one we actually have some control over. This one refers to other factors that affect our skin such as the environment and lifestyle choices. By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects this type of aging has on our skin and possibly prevent our skin to age prematurely.
The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin and sun protection is essential at all times. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching, making you look older than you are.
In addition, healthy lifestyle habits are extremely important to maintain healthy skin. Drink plenty of water, avoid smoking and alcohol, and eat a well-balanced diet. Those are important tips to reduce the aging of the skin.
What else can you do? Washing your face at least twice a day, especially after sweating heavily as perspiration irritates the skin. Exercise frequently as it can improve circulation and boost the immune system. Apply a facial moisturizer every day, even better, before bed time as night cream products seem to provide the best results.