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Let's be honest; dark underarms happen to healthy people and can be a frustrating beauty problem to deal with. In general, your underarms should be about the same skin tone as the rest of your body, but sometimes, this is not the case. The good news is that underarm whitening can be safely done and deliver excellent results.
Dark underarm pits can come about from a variety of factors like genetics and a pigment condition called AN (acanthosis nigricans). Other causes can include obesity, constant razor shaving, medications and hormonal changes.
Today, there are a variety of methods for underarm lightening, and armpit bleaching creams are one of the most popular ways to see amazing results.
For example, some of these formulas feature ingredients that are superior at exfoliating the dead skin cells as they perform underarm lightening. Salicylic acid, licorice extract, glycolic acid and glycerin are just a few found in gel formulas that also moisturize as they work to armpit lighten the area.
A lot of the armpit bleaching creams available today contain hydroquinone, a chemical that halts the production of melanin in the skin. It works well, but some people fear that overuse of hydroquinone formulas for underarm whitening can cause potential health risks. A few of these are redness, itching, burning and skin cancer. Skin care experts recommend using a cream that has no more than two percent hydroquinone in the ingredient base.
Because of the hydroquinone rumors, a number of brands have developed successful creams, serums and gels to armpit lighten without the chemical. Instead, these advanced formulas contain whiteners such as kojic acid, a natural element found in fungi species like mushrooms.
Asian women rave about kojic acid and its ability to safely lighten the skin better than over-the-counter armpit bleaching creams. The unique ingredient can eliminate dark patches and brighten uneven skin tone without causing irritation or breakouts. Kojic acid is also said to feature anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Some dermatologists advise using prescription retinoic acid for underarm whitening. Tretinoin has most often been used for the face and neck to get rid of uneven pigment, exfoliate vigorously and produce a brighter, more radiant complexion. Retinoic acid cream has been shown to lighten and thin the skin in the armpits. It is especially effective on those with AN because their armpit skin can also thicken as it darkens and creates folds.
Other women have found success with natural formulas they make from their kitchen cabinets. For instance, baking soda is one of those ingredients that seems to perform underarm lightening with good results.
The DIY recipe calls for just two ingredients. Mix one spoon of bicarbonate of soda with one spoon of coconut oil. Apply to the underarms in a gentle scrubbing motion, and allow the paste to stay on the skin for five to ten minutes before rinsing it off.
According to fans of this most natural method, baking soda is a very good exfoliator and removes discoloration when used consistently.
Dealing with darkened skin, especially under the arms is annoying for most women, but it is a treatable condition. There are a variety of creams, gels and serums to try, and hydroquinone is not always the formula to reach for. Natural ingredients like kojic acid work, and you can always head to your kitchen and make up a batch of DIY treatments.
The cold air can wreak havoc on your skin (hello wind burn, chapped, dehydrated flaky skin), but with our lineup of products for National Winter Skin Relief Day (January 8th ) , it doesn’t have to. Get ahead of the game this winter and stay looking and feeling extra nourished. Take the steps to protect and prevent dryness, and treat your skin.
The below is the ultimate defense against the harsh, cold air:
Miss Bud’s Hemp Body Butter ($13.99; Amazon.com): Keep your skin moisturized while discovering the incredible skincare benefits of pure hemp seed oil. This coconut-scented quick absorbing Hemp Seed Oil formula deeply penetrates the skin to provide long lasting hydration.
IMAGE VITAL C hydrating hand and body lotion ($38; IMAGESkincare.com): Featuring four highly active forms of vitamin C, this luxurious moisturizer uses anti-aging ingredients that are often reserved just for the face. This lotion goes beyond hydration to treat telltale signs of aging on the body.
KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturiser ($45; Sephora.com): The ultimate way to lock in hydration before applying your makeup. This all-in-one perfecting makeup primer, moisturizer and skin brightener leaves skin hydrated and glowing, and prepped for all-day makeup wear.
IOPE Super Vital Cream Bio Excellence Rich ($100; Us.aritaum.com): This rich, concentrated formula deeply nourishes skin for long-lasting effects, while alleviating dryness and brightening complexion. Containing BIO Glycan ™ technology, this cream hydrates dull skin while effectively reducing visible signs of aging.
Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99; Target.com): This unique formula is activated by water on just-showered skin and takes advantage of the peak moisture moment – when your skin is still wet, it is most receptive to hydration. The application to wet skin allows the formula to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface delivering proven itch soothing ingredients like Vitamin E & Oatmeal Extract to the source of dryness.
Wondering what to get for the kid on your list who seems to be a video game addict? Move over screen time, outdoor play is the way to go! Children need to engage in physical activities to keep their minds sharp and their bodies in shape.
Flybar has the perfect gift ideas for kids that make exercising a blast! They have everything from skateboards to the most innovative pogo sticks.
Flybar, the Original Pogo Stick Company has been around since 1918 and from then on, has become the standard by which all pogos are measured. They are the world’s largest pogo stick manufacturer and are constantly innovating and improving the pogo stick.
To date, Flybar has since moved beyond just being the top pogo stick company, into an all-around sporting goods company. New research and development continues to bring you fun and exciting new products.
Imagine how happy the lucky recipient will be when they unwrap something as cool as a Flybar pogo stick on Christmas morning! With a Flybar gift, you can count on countless hours of fun!
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Dandelion Sun Launches "be free", a 4 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF
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Dandelion Sun, a new leading anti-aging moisturizer brand made in California, has launched its first product in a vegan line to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun's be free: 4 in 1 Face Moisturizer is an instant essential to be included in your daily skincare regimen. This multi-tasking moisturizer helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles, hydrate and brighten uneven skin tones, as well as provide Broad Spectrum SPF 30. be free is available now for $29.99 at dandelionsun.com and Amazon.
"90% of skin aging is caused by daily sun exposure," says Co-Founder and Head of Product, Marlena Chang, "incorporating a daily SPF can combat this." Combined with clean and effective ingredients like Vitamin C & E, Squalane from Avocado Oil, Japanese Green Tea Leaf extract (and more), makes this clinically proven formulation very powerful. be free is cruelty-free and contains no Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.
"Dandelion Sun was created with women like ourselves in mind," says Co-Founder and CEO, Stephanie Marks. "We have fast-paced, active lifestyles but are also mindful about our health and the products we use. If you remember to use only one skin care product in the morning, make it be free."
I have been getting facial peels recently, and my facial specialist could not stress enough the importance of sunscreen. I used to think that the sunscreen in my foundation was enough, but she told me that I was wrong! I need a stronger sunscreen, a broad spectrum SPF. Thankfully, Dandelion Sun provides that. The first thing I thought when I applied this product to my skin was that it smells very fresh and uplifting! It has a much lighter feel than sunscreen products usually do, and it completely absorbs into my skin. I apply it to my entire face, neck and upper chest area first thing in the morning. The formula feels extremely hydrating without leaving behind any shine or greasiness, which I love. Dandelion Sun keeps my skin feeling supple all day long.
ABOUT DANDELION SUN
Founded in Sonoma County, California, Dandelion Sun is an anti-aging moisturizer brand made to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun is about an experience. Everything from the product to the packaging and fragrance are designed to evoke feelings of confidence, knowing your skin is nourished and protected. Delivering on the promise of healthy, beautiful skin using clean and effective ingredients is what drives Dandelion Sun. As innovators in antioxidant and sun protection technology,the clinically proven formulation has been shown to dramatically improve skin health by protecting against environmental damage and visibly improving skin's tone, brightness, and the appearance of wrinkles.
For additional information, please visit www.dandelionsun.com.
At the rate this month is going by, it will be New Year's before we know it! Make sure you are prepared to wind-down after all of the festivities with these relaxing spa-treatments.
NEW YEAR’S EVE RECOVERY MUST-HAVES
Have a relaxing spa day in by giving your skin the hydration it needs after your New Year’s Eve celebrations with these refreshing masks from Erborian and MegRhythm.
Erborian BB Shot Mask ($8, Sephora.com)
Bring your skin to life with this instant beauty-boosting sheet mask that acts like a true concentrate for a flawless complexion. Delivering results comparable to those of a serum, it immediately helps to plump skin with moisture, smooth and refine skin’s texture and illuminate the complexion, leaving you and your skin ready to take on the new year.
Erborian Ginseng Shot Mask ($7.50, Erborian.com)
Start 2019 off right by enriching your skin with this refreshing Ginseng Shot Mask. This mask helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, enhance the complexion’s radiance, smooth the skin, and leaves the skin with a firmer and fresher feel.
Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask ($43, Sephora.com)
Refresh your skin after a long night of celebrations with this hydrating mask. It utilizes a complex of Bamboo Sap and Fibers to help moisturize and plump the skin with water, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. This mask can be used in two ways - either as a daily mask or as a moisturizing leave-on treatment.
MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask ($10.99, Amazon.com)
Decompress and de-stress with this innovative, 10 minute, self-heating mask. It helps to heighten relaxation, hydrate surrounding skin and relieve tired eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
Available in three scents: Lavender, Citrus and Unscented
Christmas is around the corner! Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? I haven't! I need to get a few more gifts for the men on my list. Have you noticed that men are not easy to shop for? At least that rings true for the men in my life! They prefer high-end electronics or expensive gadgets that they really don't need.
There is one thing that I cannot go wrong with, however. I know of the perfect gift idea for that hard to-buy-for man in your life! It is a Kore Essentials Track belt. I know this because I had purchased one for my husband a few years ago, and he has raved about it ever since. In fact, he told me that what he wants for Christmas this year is another Kore Track belt! So, guess what he is getting? You guessed it! In three different styles! Same with my oldest son......and my dad!
Here is WHY Kore Track belts are the BEST:
Any belt can hold up your pants… but only a KORE belt can give you a perfect fit, unmatched quality and a classic style all your own. That’s why KORE Belts are the #1 RATED MEN’S BELT by Amazon.com customers. What's the secret to KORE'S perfect fit? No belt holes. That's right. Instead of holes, Kore belts use a hidden track sewn into the back of the belt with over 40+ micro size positions (1/4” increments) to adjust with. The net result - Kore belts are 800 percent more adjustable than regular belts with holes.
To release or adjust, just pull the small tab under the buckle. All Kore belts are Premium Full-Grain or Top-Grain Leather and fit any waist from 24" up to 44" (XL up to 54”). Buckles release easily to swap belts, or pass thru airline security. And they have a 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee and Full 1 Year Warranty.
Here's a video that explains why Kore Track belts are so amazing:
Enter to win: One winner will receive a Kore Essentials Track belt of their choice.
How? It's easy! Enter to win by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
See the full collection of men's track belts at: http://www.KoreEssentials.com
For the Lip Balm Fanatic
For the holiday season, Burt’s Bees are making things PERSONAL! Create a custom gift for your family and friends that everyone will be raving about. Simply go on www.BurtsBees.com, pick your flavor and customize with a name or message!
Price: 4 Pack for $20
Where to Buy: www.BurtsBees.com
For the Skin Care Junkie:
With the dry winter season upon us, everyone needs to add some extra hydration to their skin care routine. The newest gift set from Laneige is SURE to give you intense hydration to your skin and lips all winter long. The Dream and Glow Set includes a full size Water Sleeping Mask, a travel size Moisture Cream and, of course, our #1 selling Lip Sleeping Mask!
Where to Buy: us.laneige.com
For the Beauty Queen:
Who doesn’t love Mini Lip Glosses? Buxom Cosmetics has just launched their Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault for the holidays and it is flying off the shelves! The limited edition vault comes with 12 pieces including four lip liners and eight shimmery glosses. Get the $125 value vault for only $49!
Where to Buy: www.BuxomCosmetics.com
For Your Man Candy:
Can’t think or something for the special man in your life? The Proraso Beard Tin is the perfect go-to gift for any man in your life! The set includes, Beard Wash, Beard Oil and Beard Balm. The set also comes in three different scents, Wood & Spice, Cypress & Vetiver and Azur Lime.
Where to Buy: wwww.BigelowChemists.com
Combating a winter climate and seasonal changes can do damage to skin, leaving it dry, rough, and with a visually aged appearance. There is a proven solution where in clinical studies, 100 percent of users realized an improvement in skin texture/roughness; improvement in skin firmness/elasticity; and overall moisturization of the skin. Discover the ultimate skin health and wellness with BREVENA Skin care with Macro βComplex®.
This power duo of BREVENA’s Daily Hydration Moisturizer and Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream rescues overall skin health by improving the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles; improving skin texture, tone and firmness; improving skin hydration; and improving skin luminosity.
BREVENA is a clinical grade skin care line designed to address the needs of normal to sensitive skin types with the utmost care and concern for improved skin health. Macro βComplex® is a powerful, proprietary ingredient effortlessly restores dry, rough, aging and environmentally damaged skin leaving your skin soft, healthy and luminous.
Daily Hydration Moisturizer: Featuring the Macro β Complex®, this formula locks in moisture while visibly plumping and softening skin, boosting luminosity and bounce.
Products are dermatologist tested. Fragrance-free, dye-free, and steroid-free.
In a clinical study, users of the Daily Hydration Moisturizer realized:
- 100% showed improvement in skin texture/roughness
- 100% showed improvement in skin firmness/elasticity
- 100% showed improvement in moisturization of the skin
- 90% showed improvement in skin luminosity
- 97% showed improvement in crow’s feet wrinkle texture
The Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream : This formula, with Macro βComplex®, hyaluronic acid, shea butter and potent antioxidants works to replenish and infuse the skin with moisture for a visibly softer, smoother complexion by morning.
In a clinical study, users of The Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream realized:
- 100% showed improvement in skin texture/roughness
- 100% showed improvement in skin firmness/elasticity
- 100% showed improvement in moisturization of the skin
- 97% showed improvement in skin luminosity
- 100% showed improvement in crow’s feet wrinkle texture
My skin gets so very dry during these cold winter months! I definitely require both a day AND a night cream that are extra rich and hydrating. I use BREVENA’s Daily Hydration Moisturizer every morning after cleansing and applying my sunscreen. It is rich and hydrating, yet does not cause shine or greasiness. My skin looks and feels firmer and beautifully supple. I use the Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream each night. I awaken to skin that looks and feels refreshed and youthful.
These products seem to be so much more hydrating than most other skin care products I have been using, and that is perfect for winter. No more flaky, dry, chaffed skin on my face! Thank you, Brevena for giving me the confidence to take selfies!
Try them both, packaged together as “The Perfect Pair” and value priced at $159, a $9 savings! Order at:
Christmas is almost here! Do you have a mommy- to- be, or a new mommy on your holiday list? Fill her stocking with baby essentials from Baby Magic! Baby Magic is my very favorite baby skin care brand. I always used Baby Magic products on my own babies. There is nothing sweeter to me than that fresh Baby Magic fragrance.
Baby Magic has been loved by mommies for 65 years! "Baby Magic is a true legacy brand – we believe in tradition. and that nothing bonds parents together like shared experiences. Take comfort in knowing that when you bathe your little one with Baby Magic, that just a few short years ago – your parents were probably doing the same. For over 65 years, we’ve been creating magical baby smiles from one generation to another, and bonds that last a lifetime."
Baby Magic's Original Hair & Body Wash have always been staples in my household when my babies were born. Now my children are grown (the years truly do fly by quickly!) and I have a baby grand daughter. I have been using Baby Magic products on her, too!
Below are a few of my favorite Baby Magic Products.
Baby Magic's Original Hair & Body Wash~ Baby Magic Original Hair & Body Wash has the original scent that moms have loved for generations. This easy-rinse baby wash is gently formulated to preserve the natural moisture of your baby’s skin, and is enhanced with vitamins for extra care. It is also a very nice body wash for mommies to use as well. (It is perfect for shaving your legs!)
Creamy Baby Oil~ Extra sensitive and dry skin needs extra moisturizing with Baby Magic Creamy Baby Oil. This unique blend of oil and lotion helps to soften and seal in the natural moisture of your baby’s skin, and is gentle enough for even the most delicate skin. It is scented like sweet baby rose. I love using it on my own skin, too.
Baby Magic’s Calming Lotion~ Baby Magic Lavender and Chamomile Calming Baby Lotion is a rich and creamy baby lotion enhanced with Vitamins and Aloe formulated with real Lavender and Chamomile extracts to calm your baby. When bedtime is near, a tender massage with our Calming Baby Lotion will help your baby sleep while keeping skin moisturized all through the night.
Enter to win! One winner will receive the following Baby Magic products:
- Baby Magic's Original Hair & Body Wash
- Baby Magic’s Creamy Baby Oil
- Baby Magic’s Calming Lotion
Retail value: $30
Stay tuned! Giveaway will start in a few hours!
As temperatures continue to drop, ensure you're layering up - and that includes your skin! These moisturizing must-haves from Jergens and Curél are sure to keep your skin hydrated all throughout the cold winter months:
Jergens Oil-Infused Deep Restoring Argan 24-Hour Moisturizer is a deep-hydrating, ultra-rich lotion designed to soften and condition skin - and is is essential for getting through these brutal cold months. Nourishing ingredients like essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin e, and of course, restoring argan oil, leaving your skin feeling healthy and hydrated.
WHERE TO BUY: Available at grocery, mass retailers and drugstores nationwide
Jergens Shea Butter Wet Skin Moisturizer deeply conditions skin, relieving dryness and replenishing moisture with nourishing shea oil. The hydrating formula locks in hydration as it is applied when skin is most receptive to moisture - and absorbs right into the skin, without leaving a sticky residue.
Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer is designed to be applied in the shower, during your skin's peak moisture moment. This water-activated formula penetrates deep into the skin, providing all-day moisture in half the time. It is fast absorbing and has zero drying time, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth, and seriously hydrated.
For the record, this is my favorite body moisturizer ever!
Where to Buy: Select food, drug and mass merchant stores nation-wide