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If acne breakouts are still pestering you even though it's been years since you had to cram for a mid-term or final, you're not alone. According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology 54% of women 25 and older experience adult acne.
One powerful natural ingredient that hasn't been widely promoted to treat this annoying issue is black cumin seed oil, which is the main ingredient in Zaman Skincare's new Sleeping Beauty Serum.
Completely different from the cumin you cook with, this cumin comes from a plant called Nigella sativa. An antibacterial beast, black cumin seed oil helps eradicate acne since it's bacteria that exacerbates pimples in the first place. It's also rich in anti-inflammatory properties and contains high amounts of thymoquinone, which helps heal acne and acne lesions.
Why else is black cumin seed oil an amazing pimple popping preventer? It's one of the richest oils on earth comprised of over 100 valuable chemicals elements, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals including the nutritional powerhouse Zinc.
Remember, the skin is the last organ in the body to receive any nutrients we take internally, so its important to supplement topically with skincare. Many practitioners suggest taking a Zinc supplement if you’re acne-prone, so black cumin seed oil is a great way to also treat your skin topically.
Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum is a blend of Cumin Seed and Organic Vitamin C. While the Black Cumin Seed acts as an anti-inflammatory to prevent and heal acne, the Vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness.
I was given the chance to review Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum and I am completely in awe of it. (I don't tend to break out much, except around my time of the month.) Regardless, I wanted to try this beauty serum due to the fact that I love products that are designed to use while I am asleep. I first tried this product about two weeks ago, after cleansing my face at night. After I applied it, (to my face and neck) it appeared to be very greasy! I was worried for a moment, but my worries quickly subsided after about ten minutes when the serum completely absorbed into my skin. It was not the least bit oily or greasy.
I was amazed at how nicely hydrated my skin felt. I did not even feel the need to apply any additional nightly moisturizing cream. My skin rarely feels this soft with the use of only one product. I awoke to perfectly supple skin that looked very well rested and extremely healthy.
Along with Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum, I was given the opportunity to try out Zaman Skincare's Rise & Shine Serum. I use this serum on my face and neck after cleansing in the morning, before applying my usual makeup. I was immediately in love with this amazing formula. It creates the most perfect primer for my foundation! The serum absorbs completely into my skin, and I am able to feel a very nice tightening effect. It also supplies my skin with the daily dose of moisture it needs without a hint of oil or grease.
I am not kidding, my skin looks so much younger after using this serum for a couple of weeks now. I really cannot even see any wrinkles or lines on my face.
Rise & Shine Moisturizing Serum is a highly effective formula that noticeably penetrates the deep layer of the dermis, to effectively repair damaged skin while visibly enhancing collagen and promoting elastin production. This scientific formula is geared towards helping tighten and smooth fine lines, wrinkles while delivering radiant moisturized skin.
Available for $80 on Zamanskincare.com, Amazon.com and Ahalife.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
A visit to the spa is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences ever. You can take in the soothing scents of essential oils that calm the senses and help to lift toxins out of the body. You’ll enjoy the sounds of nature or tranquil music that helps to put you in a sleep-like state as you receive a facial that will leave your skin glowing and youthful.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time to visit the spa as often as we would like. However, there are some spa treatments you can try at home that are just as relaxing. It’s also important to give your skin spa-quality treatment as much as possible because of the pollutants that are found in the air that affect our bodies daily. To find out more about how to improve the condition of your skin at home, read more at Facing Acne. These treatments are also designed to give you glowing skin, so you’ll look like you had a spa weekend without leaving the comfort of your home.
Chocolate Face Mask
Not only can you enjoy some of your favorite gourmet chocolate as you indulge in your homemade spa, you can save a little for your facial as well. Chocolate has properties that renew and hydrate the skin, and there are also antioxidants in chocolate that help to combat cell damage and the negative effects of free radicals on the skin. To make this chocolate mask, you’ll need cocoa, honey, heavy cream, cottage cheese and oatmeal. The cream and cottage cheese contain lactic acid, which can even your skin tone and deep-clean your pores. Mix the ingredients together until the mixture looks similar to a batter. Use a facial spatula or brush to apply the mask to your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. When rinsing, use small circular motions to take the mask off and to get the exfoliation benefits of the oatmeal.
A scrub made from sugar or salt is often used in spas as a way to exfoliate the face and body. If you’ve ever experienced a scrub before a facial or massage, you know how soothing it can be. Now, you can make your own scrub at home using brown sugar, oatmeal, and olive or coconut oil. Brown sugar is beneficial for the skin because it protects the skin from bacteria and can get rid of dark circles under the eyes. Oatmeal contains beta glucans which are beneficial for tightening the skin, and the oats gentle exfoliate to remove debris and dead skin cells so that newer skin cells can thrive. Use a cup of each ingredient to create the scrub, and apply it all over your face and body, using small circular motions. Rinse the scrub off in the shower using lukewarm or tepid water. You’ll notice a difference right away – your skin will be smooth, supple and soft to the touch.
Papaya Enzyme Facial
Papain, the enzyme in papaya has the ability to improve the texture of the skin and help to reverse some of the effects of aging and sun damage. Papaya enzyme also serves as a gentle exfoliator and leave your skin glowing after use. You can take the enzyme internally, but you can also apply papaya to your face in the form of a DIY spa treatment.
After washing your face with a quality cleanser, put a pot of water on the stove to boil and mash up half a papaya to form a paste. Once the water gets hot, remove it from the stove and place your face over it to feel the steam for about five minutes. Then, apply the mashed papaya to your face. You can move away from the steam and even go lie down for about 10 minutes while the fruit enzyme does the work of lifting impurities from your skin. This is actually a treatment that is used in actual spas, so you can save money and be completely comfortable while you give yourself this four-star treatment.
Now that you know some of the beneficial spa treatments you can try at home, you can set aside time for a spa day without having to travel anywhere. This may make it easier to make time for quality skin treatments. The more you treat your skin with quality ingredients, the sooner you’ll see a youthful and glowing complexion.
The weekend will be upon us before we know it. (Not soon enough, actually.) Sunday is the perfect time to relax as much as possible and get yourself focused for the week ahead. Face masks and hair treatments are just a few of the much needed pampering sessions that are perfect for this special day.
Below, I’ve listed some of my very favorite, head-to-toe beauty rituals (perfect for lazy Sundays!) that you can do right from the comfort of your couch or bed! Sounds blissful, doesn't it?
1. Green Tea & Carrot Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment: If your hair is in need of some extra TLC, after the hot tools and extreme weather conditions of the week, try this mask treatment from the Mane Choice! Enriched with biotin, green tea, and carrot oil, this product will immediately begin to repair and restore dry and damaged strands. Formulated to penetrate the hair shaft and infuse your hair with high-quality vitamins and nutrients. After shampooing, apply a generous amount from root to end. Massage gently into hair, especially the ends and distribute evenly. Leave on for 15min or an hour! $17.99, themanechoice.com, Target, Sally Beauty Supply, Rite Aid.
Incorporate deep conditioning and leave-in conditioners into your regimen every 7 to 14 days to ensure that your strands stay hydrated, longer. Always rinse out your conditioner with cool water. It helps lock in moisture, close the cuticle, and boosts shine!
– Ebony Bomani, Master Cosmetologist & Educator of The Mane Choice Hair Solution
2. fango ESSENZIALI Mud Mask Treatment for Face + Body: Get an at home spa experience with this mineral-rich mud mask designed to calm and soothe problematic, irritated and tight feeling skin. Providing a revitalizing surge of skin soothing ingredients, the CALM mud mask transforms skin from tight and dull to luminous and healthy in as little as five minutes. $32.50 (7 oz. jar) at Macy’s and Macys.com.
- Mineral-Rich Mud: Derived from the earth, this powerful ingredient is infused with minerals that work to purify pores, exfoliate and clarify the skin without drying it out.
- Lavender Extract: Eases the appearance of fine lines while reduces tightness, calming the skin and soothing the senses.
- Lemon Seed Extract: Helps fight against pollutants on the skin with powerful antioxidants.
3. neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum and neuBROW Brow Enhancing Serum: Treat the sometimes forgotten hair on your face with these serums formulated to enhance and moisturize brows and lashes.
neuLash This nutrient-rich formula delivers benefits beyond conditioning. neuLASH is fortified with Active Eyelash Technology® to dramatically improve the weak appearance of eyelashes in just 30 days. Pumpkin seed extract nourishes the lashes and helps lashes look more luxurious than ever. $150, skinresearchlabs.com or Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s
neuBROW This potent serum is formulated with an exclusive Dual-Weight Protein Complex™ that restores the appearance of youthful brows, promoting suppleness and shine. It delivers beautiful, more defined eyebrows in just 60 days. Sweet almond protein creates a protective layer, bringing softness and brilliance to the brow line. $150,skinresearchlabs.com or Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s.
4. Arbonne Intelligence® Lip Treatment: Give your lips some love with this targeted formula that features the proprietary ingredient Phytinol™, which helps soften the appearance of fine lines on the lips and contours, and supports the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Lips feel replenished, hydrated and moisturized. Also enhances the appearance of lip volume and multitasks as a primer for lipstick or gloss. $38, purchase here.
*Product received. Any opinions are my own
The summer is behind us, the leaves are starting to change, and now is the time to renew your commitment to wellness. Ready, Set, Spa! Reset your aspirations and your attitude, revitalize your body and mind and begin to embrace a healthier lifestyle during Spa Week’s Fall Event October 17th-23rd.
Dive into top full-service $50 treatments and you will come out feeling invigorated and inspired!
Spa Week, the go to spa, beauty and wellness leader, announces its Fall Spa Week Event from October 17th-23rd. Spa Week is back and hundreds of spa, wellness and fitness facilities nationwide will be offering premium full-service treatments at a major discount of $50 each (normally $100-$500). These services will provide consumers a path to optimal living and will serve as a preventative and alternative health approach. Routine spa visits now will aid in preventing future diagnoses and unwanted medical procedures. “Taking care of your body today will slow down the aging clock of tomorrow,” Founder of Spa Week, Cheryl Reid shares, “Incorporating spa and wellness practices into your daily regimen will preserve your mental and spiritual well-being, help maintain your youthful appearance, aid in managing your stress levels, improve your energy and enhance your life.” This results-driven wellness approach has created a higher consumer demand for attainable spa and wellness services for the masses.
Spa Week has successfully spread this wellness message for over a decade and their biannual events enable millions to immerse themselves into a healthier lifestyle. Treat yourself for your health and take advantage of some of the amazing $50 Spa Week Treatments available nationwide from October 17th-23rd. In order to receive exclusive information on participating spa and wellness locations and their $50 services, spa-goers should register on www.spaweek.com as early as possible.
The complete list of treatments are available on September 19th at which time consumers can begin booking their desired services. It is recommended that spa enthusiasts sign up and book in advance to ensure they reserve their top treatment choices.
Below is a sampling of some of the TOP FULL-SERVICE TREATMENTS available for the Fall Spa Week Event from October 17th-October 23rd.
Elizabeth Adam Salon & Day Spa in Chicago offers a 60 Minute French Wine Facial with Extractions and Sound Wave Treatment (Reg. $125, Spa Week $50). Your skin will drink in the full benefits of this exclusive French Wine Facial. This indulgent seasonal treatment will transport you across the Atlantic to the vineyards of France just in time for harvest. It incorporates European techniques and uses Tannins for collagen regeneration and Resveratrol, an antioxidant in red wine that provides anti-aging benefits for your skin. Say Bonjour to this mini-escape that will leave you with a softer and clearer complexion. Extractions and/or sound wave cleansing included.
Penelope and the Beauty Bar in Seattle provides a 60 Minute Hydrating Body Wrap with Dry Brushing Techniques and Warming Balm Moisturizer (Reg. $195, Spa Week $50). This hydrating body wrap starts with a dry body brushing and is followed by an application of a rich, warming balm with natural moisturizers. The body is then cocooned in a wrap to aid in absorption and rehydration, leaving skin silky-smooth and radiant. The active botanicals bind in moisture for long-lasting hydration and protection.
Daphne in NYC offers a 45 Minute Non-Surgical Lift Facial with Micro Current Treatment (Reg. $225, Spa Week $50). The most intensive and results-oriented facial offered, the facial is specifically designed for mature, neglected, and tired skin. In one session, a combination of a customized peel application and a non-surgical facelift is used. The treatment includes a personalized mask, an eye treatment, and finishes with an oxygen infusion. Immediate results are noticed and skin tone, texture, clarity, and elasticity are dramatically improved and restored. This also includes an anti-aging hand treatment.
Holistic 360 in Modesto, California offers a 60 Minute Deep Tissue Laser Therapy and Massage for Pain Management (Reg. $100, Spa Week $50) This treatment includes a therapeutic massage and up to 20 minutes of lightforce therapy; an infrared and heat laser treatment to target pain for acute and chronic issues. The treatment provides a pain evaluation and treatment plan for ongoing pain management.
The Spa at the Victory Club in Buckeye, Arizona boasts a 50 Minute Vitamin C Facial with 20% Vitamin C and Kombucha Cocktail (Reg. $85, Spa Week $50). Blending a 20% solution of Vitamin C with Kombucha, known as the “elixir of life” proves to effectively and dramatically enhance the tone and texture of the skin. This powerful vitamin tea “cocktail” works to bring radiance to the skin and to balance the pigmentation.
Euro Laser in Westchester developed a new 50 Minute Forever Young Facial Treatment with Growth Factor (Reg. $125, Spa Week $50).This facial is a deeply hydrating facial that encourages the skin's healthy cellular turnover with our growth factor mask by providing an immediate softer, smoother feel on the skin, restoring the moisture level from within.
Red Door Spas Nationwide are offering their 50 Minute De-Stress Body Treatment (Reg. $225, Spa Week $50) inspired by their signature stress-melter ritual. It includes exfoliation, an aroma-therapeutic body wrap and relaxing scalp massage to melt stress and rebalance spirit.
The Organic Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, California has a 60 Minute Award Winning Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial with Extractions (Reg. $150, Spa Week $50). The Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial is a luxurious treatment that begins with Lavender-infused deep breathing exercises, followed by deep cleansing, exfoliation, steaming and extraction. Four luxurious masks of Rosehip, Seaweed, Honey & Jasmine and Collagen are applied, with intensive hands, arms, feet, face, décolleté and scalp massage (using a nourishing Hair Serum). This indulgent treatment leaves you in a completely renewed state, ready to face the world. The lymphatic system is awakened using Rose Crystals and Acupressure massage lifts and firms the skin. The result is re-energized, glowing skin.
Amethyst Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona has a 60 Minute Upland Yuman Native American Detox Body Treatment with Poultice (Reg. $140, Spa Week $50) created to uplift your soul and balance using a Native American detoxifying treatment. Your ritual experience is introduced with a poultice that is combined with an ancient secret blend of herbs to ensure the ultimate experience. While calming the body you will eliminate unwanted toxins that can build up, due to unwanted stress.
Holistic Touch in Alexandria, Virginia offers Cupping (Reg. $100, Spa Week $50) an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin to create suction. People use cupping to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Visitors to www.spaweek.com also have the opportunity to spread the “Gift of Wellness” by conveniently purchasing the Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week Accepted at over 8,000 spas and wellness locations across North America, Spa & Wellness Gift Card. may be used during Spa Week or any time of the year without expiration. Recipients will have the freedom to choose from thousands of locations and services, all while knowing that you have their long-term health, balance and happiness in mind. Spa Week was created and founded by Cheryl Reid, who hails from successful careers within the luxury spa industry and publishing spheres.
About Spa Week Media Group, Ltd.
Spa Week Media Group, Ltd. is the leading health, beauty and wellness marketing company across North America. Through its website www.spaweek.com, millions of consumers from coast to coast benefit from an abundance of resources necessary to experience a healthier, well-rounded lifestyle, 365 days a year. Since its inception in 2004, Spa Week has continued to revolutionize the industry with the success of its biannual spring and fall events with signature $50 spa services, life-changing promotions and a robust gift card program.
Spa Week continues its dedication of delivering the best in health and wellness year round with its Spa & Wellness Gift Card, the premier spa gift card of choice by consumers. This gift card is accepted at over 8,000 spa and wellness locations across North America and is sold in over 60,000 retail stores nationwide including Target, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and on www.spaweek.com. It's never been more convenient to give and enjoy the gift of wellness.
A Spa Day at Home? Yes, Please!
Hop in the shower with Lavanila Laboratories’ Healthy Vanilla Bean Cream Body Scrub. Blended with whipped shea butter and five nourishing essential oils, it whisks away dead skin cells—revealing soft, hydrated and, glowing skin ($40; Lavanila.com).
Wrap up your wet hair with DreamDry’s Dream Turban™, and cut drying time in half. Made from an incredibly plush, extra-absorbent fabric, the Dream Turban™ gets the job done, leaving your hair healthy and shiny ($30; DreamDry.com).
Keep your skin looking and feeling great with KORRES Body Oils. They come in an assortment of scents that will leave your skin feeling it’s best. Moisturize with a spritz after showering for smoother looking skin. This lightweight body oil provides a soft glow and fresh scent. With an easy-to-apply spray, it's perfect for trouble spots and dries quickly so you can get going on your day ($28; HSN.com).
Treat your feet with PediSpa by Look Beauty Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask. This non-traditional masque contains a foot exfoliate plus treatment filled in a pair of wearable socks. Found in the Pharmacy Foot Care Aisle, the effective treatment contains key ingredients like chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts to help control callus build-up for visibly smooth feet within two weeks ($9.99; Target in the Pharmacy Foot Care Aisle and Target.com).
*Products received. All opinions are my own.