Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Exfoliate and Moisturize

Fleur's Organic Equavie Gentle Scrub.Two new products from Fleur's Organic Equavie: Intense Wrinkle Cream and Gentle Scrub.

Effective Exfoliation.

Awaken your skin with the NEW Organic Gentle Scrub - a delicate exfoliant with a light blueberry scent that smooths, refines and respects the skin.

Fleur's Organic Equavie Intense Wrinkle CreamRestore your youth, organically.

Intense Wrinkle Cream - Soften the signs of aging and restore youth with this revitalizing cream. With a velvety feel and delicate lotus scent, Intense Wrinkle Cream helps skin appear firm and regain radiance.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Next Beauty Breakthrough?

Horst Rechelbacher - Founder and CEO of INtelligent Nutrients
Thanks to Nancy Ngo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press for such a great article on Horst Rechelbacher.

There isn't a person I admire and respect more in my industry than Horst.

When I was a young girl and knew I wanted to go to "beauty school", I asked my grandmother where I should go. Without a moments hesitation she said, "Horst" (now known as the Aveda Institute). I remember researching everything I could on Horst. I'll never forget how nervous my father was when we toured the campus - a beautiful, historic mansion in a sketchy area of Minneapolis. All was "right" in my world and the beauty industry was my home.

I began selling INtelligent Nutrients in the salon and spa I owned with my sister, when IN was first only dietary supplements. IN has continued to grow into an expanding organic aromatherapy, hair, and skincare brand. Their work with the Uof M and Mayo is exciting and unlike any other beauty brand. IN is special and unique in every way. Believe it.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Selby Avenue Jazz Fest

Selby Avenue Jazz Fest
Stop by and see us at the 2013 Selby Avenue Jazz Fest this Saturday, September 14th from 11-8.

StormSister Spatique will be there along with 3waybeauty. Come and get your pucker done up with Elixery lipstick and pick up a grooming bar for your pooch or one for yourself.

We're sharing a booth with fellow HAMMS Event vendor, Got Knot.

Since 2002, the intersection of Selby and Milton Avenues becomes a wondrous gathering that celebrates the positive path taken by neighborhood residents and business owners. People from all walks of life, cultures, backgrounds and professions interact together through music, food and activities to become an engaged community.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Rahua in MSP Mag

Rahua Voluminous ShampooRahua Voluminous Shampoo is featured in the September 2013 issue of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine as Elizabeth Dehn's favorite volumizing shampoo. So there.

Pronounced (ra-wa).

And, if your pocketbook can handle it, it makes a decadent body wash.

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine (September 2013)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Antioxidant Truth

antioxidants in skincare
via American Spa Magazine

Every company claims that antioxidant-rich products combat the signs of aging, but are there really benefits behind the hype? That depends.

People often equate antioxidants with  anti-aging. Just about every advertisement for a skincare cream claims that its antioxidant ingredients turn back the hands of time and that they’re a panacea to wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. But what are they exactly? Produced by the body and also found in vitamins, enzymes, and botanicals, antioxidants are best known for fighting free radicals, the unstable molecules that cause damage to healthy cells and genetic material, over time accelerating the signs of aging and contributing to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Yet as antioxidants have increasingly pervaded our culture, they have also produced myths. Is the antioxidant fountain of youth too good to be true? Yes and no. The subject of recent scrutiny, a number of studies have shown that taking high doses of antioxidant supplements have produced the opposite effect of their purported benefits: they increase the risks of cancer. And according to a report published by the Harvard School of Public Health, clinical trials on antioxidants and disease prevention have had mixed results, though that hasn’t stopped product companies from beefing up marketing claims and banking on the hype, while others distort data.  

As far as the beauty industry goes, “antioxidants are good for the skin,” says Ariel Ostad, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist. But, he cautions, not all are created equal. “Different antioxidants excel at fighting certain types of free radicals, while others are effective in only specific parts of the cell. Still others can only battle free radicals under the right conditions. Your body needs a variety of antioxidants to stay healthy.” Another misconception is that these free-radical fighters are quick fixes for mature skin. “Antioxidants will not ‘cure’ wrinkles or aging skin overnight. There is no one antioxidant that is going to stop aging,” says Marina Peredo, M.D., founder of Spatique Medical Spa (Smithtown, NY). Instead, she notes, “They prevent future damage to skin.”

But, just because a cream contains antioxidants doesn’t mean that it carries their beneficial properties. Products are often tested for safety but not for effectiveness and for the best results, antioxidants need to be present in sufficient concentrations of their purest and most stable form. In this regard, stem cell technology, which is used to obtain plant extracts (a source of antioxidants), has made great strides. According to Doris Day, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Center, most antioxidants included in skincare products come from specimens grown outdoors, which may contain contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, and fungal toxins. In addition, due to the variation of soil conditions, weather, and the use of fertilizers, plant materials contain inconsistent concentrations of antioxidants. This new technology, says Day, tackles both of these issues, resulting in purer, more potent ingredients.

According to Ostad the quality of an antioxidant-rich skincare product also depends on proper absorption vehicles. “You can have a list of amazing ingredients, but if there is no delivery system, they are not going to be effective,” he says. “About 98 percent of ingredients are wasted without an effective absorption strategy.” Among the best absorption systems? “Phosphatidylcholine liposomes, which increase penetration up to 1,000 percent, and coenzyme Q10, which stabilizes the product.”

Ostad also points out that the most powerful age-defying products combine a variety of antioxidants. “Antioxidants work as a team and not in isolation,” he says. For example, explains Patricia K. Farris, M.D., clinical associate professor at Tulane, a combination of vitamins C and E were found to be a better photoprotector than vitamin C alone. “Also, vitamins  C and E and ferulic acid were tested together and had added protective effects,” she says.

Though cosmeceutical companies are always on the lookout for the best antioxidant ingredients, the most popular ones on the market are berry extracts (blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries), which contain powerful anti-inflammatory anthocyanins, and soy, a rich source of isoflavones, which function as phytoestrogens, known to increase skin thickness and promote collagen production. Studies have also proven that niacin (vitamin B3) has yielded many skincare benefits, according to Ostad. “It has anti-inflammatory properties, helps to keep pores open, and protects the skin from UV damage caused by the sun,” he says. “It has been shown to reduce water loss in the skin and retain fatty acid levels for younger, plumper, firmer skin.” Other major players? “Vitamin C is key to the production of collagen, and vitamin A keeps the skin and mucous membrane cells healthy.” Meanwhile, Farris’s favorite antioxidant comes from the sea: astaxathin, or algae, which has been making its way into topical skincare. Whatever the ingredient du jour, antioxidants may not be able to rewind the hands of time completely, but they are certainly making headway.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Night Peel

Vie Collection Night Peel
A dual time-release action to peel while you sleep.

Vie Collection NIGHT PEEL - Progressive Resurfacing Cream As the Cosmeceutical Expert, VIE revolutionizes skin regeneration with the NEW NIGHT PEEL - It’s initial glycolic peel action is followed by a time-release gradual acid peel for gentle, continuous resurfacing throughout the night.

This ultra-soft night version of the chemical peel is a modern balm with a creamy texture that offers complete exfoliation to the skin. Its formula is enriched with benchmark acids and has a progressive diffusion to act continuously all through the night. Each morning the complexion appears more luminous and even. After one month the skin looks renewed.

VISIBLE RESULTS - watch video.
- Brightness of complexion increases by up to +300%*
- Evenness of skin tone increases by up to +300%*
*Clinical scoring carried out to assess the effect of Nigh Time Peel on the brightness and evenness of the complexion after applying it once a day in the evening for 28 days

Ingredients: ENCAPSULATED GLYCOLIC ACID: progressive and controlled exfoliation night after night.
GLYCOPERFECT: skin enhancing complex designed to accelerate cell renewal.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fall's here. Look alive.

This ultralight eye gel targets dark circles and puffiness as it cools, hydrates and soothes. Scientifically advanced formula combines antioxidant powerhouse Intellimune® with their exclusive Meristematic Plant Stem Cell Complex and naturally derived plant actives to safely and actively reduce lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. Clinically proven results. Dermatologst tested.

INtelligent Nutrients Renewal Complex Eye Gel

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Girl Meets Geek - Kate-Madonna Hindes
This sure put a spring in our step - Thanks so much, Kate!

I walked into a Ulta Beauty after meeting with an esthetician to talk about the gruesome reality my skin had become. She suggested a full-redo of my make-up, (don’t they always,) and I suggested we start with the basics. While glaring at the Dermalogica wall, I looked longingly to what I knew, just on the other side of the store. My early twenties were defined in brown eyeliner and lip gloss. The Maybelline, Covergirl and Ulta brands begged me to stop taking myself so seriously. It dawned on me when I realized, “they want me to spend small amounts of money on lots of things. They want me to try it and then want to try something else. It’s disposable and harmful.” Quality skincare products are much more expensive than their drugstore counterparts. This much, I’m learning....... more here.