Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 American Made

Martha Stewart - American Made 2014 - Nominee BadgeIt's official, 3waybeauty is a 2014 American Made Audience Choice Award nominee.

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American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.

We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Our country’s makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Phytomer Skin and Body Care for Summer 2014

Phytomer XMF Reset Eye Fluid
Phytomer XMF Reset Eye Fluid

XMF RESET EYE FLUID is a concentrate of true biotechnology.
Dark circles and puffiness become less visible, eyelids are lifted, wrinkles are lifted, wrinkles are softened and radiance is enhanced.

Visible Youth Efficacy in 28 Days!

*Clinical test on 24 Volunteers after twice daily application for 1 month, best visual results obtained.

Phytomer Remodele Tonic Body Gel

Phytomer Remodele Tonic Body GelSplash into summer feeling more firmed & toned skin in one month!

Tightening effect: + 33.9%**
tone of the skin: +32.4%**
Sculpted Silhouette: +29.8%**
** Self-scoring by 54 volunteers, percentage of improvement in the appearance of the skin. Twice-daily application for 28 days.

Remodele Tonic Body Gel's high performance, firming, marine peptides restore elasticity and tone the skin. Delivering the invigorating experience of a dip in the ocean, the skin's youthful firmness is restored. Proven to reshape, tighten and sculpt the figure by 30-40% in just one month!

Phytomer Cryotonic Soothing Leg Gel

First-Aid for tired and heavy feeling legs!

With a relaxing and ultra fresh formula, Cryotonic Soothing Gel works hard to immediately cool tired legs, reduce swollen legs and relaunch drainage and microcirculation to give your legs an immediate and long lasting feeling of well-being.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Burn Notice

via American Spa Magazine—Maya Stanton

From facials and massages to body wraps and pedicures, aloe vera is a time-tested skin soother and after-sun remedy.

It’s commonly recognized as a bit of eye-catching greenery, but its benefits run deeper than its decorative appeal: Aloe vera, or “true aloe,” as the name translates, is a wellspring of nutrients. One of hundreds of aloe species in the lily family, this succulent’s thick, pointed leaves protect a middle layer of bitter yellow latex (harvested primarily for use as a laxative) and, beneath that, a fleshy gel that boasts amino acids, lipids, sterols, and a veritable alphabet of vitamins and minerals. According to the National Library of Medicine, some of these elements appear to kill bacteria and increase circulation in the blood vessels in the skin; more research is necessary to say for certain, but current findings suggest that aloe gel may help speed the body’s healing process.

Additional scientific analysis might be required to determine its efficacy, but that hasn't stopped businesses from mining aloe vera’s inner riches for everything from pharmaceuticals and burn-care remedies to makeup and dietary supplements. Aruba Aloe, one of the only companies in the world to grow and harvest its own plants, was an early pioneer in the field of aloe-based cosmetic goods. Its first crops were planted in 1890, and today the company manufactures 70-plus skin-, sun-, and haircare products, with new formulas in development every year. “Aloe vera thrives in very hot and dry climates on a variety of soils, as long as the soil is not continuously moist—hence its successful growth in Aruba,” says creative director Zena Neme.

The island’s optimal conditions prompted the landscaping team at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino (Palm Beach) to plant a small aloe garden so that the hotel’s ZoiA Spa would always have the skin-saver on-hand. “Aloe is a core component in our wellness approach, so we are developing a plan that permits us to use our own resources,” says spa manager Ady Toro, who hopes to incorporate home-grown aloe into the treatment menu by the end of the year. “Aloe is great for soothing relief, making it the perfect ingredient to treat sun-damaged skin,” says Toro. Boldijarre Koronczay, president of Éminence Organic Skin Care, agrees. “Aloe’s superior healing qualities—its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action, as well as its ability to promote cell growth—make it ideal for after-sun care,” he says.

Given its widespread reputation as a sunburn curative, aloe vera is unsurprisingly integral to spa menus in many warm-weather locations. “Aloe-based products are very popular with our clients in sunny destinations year-round and during the summer in other areas,” says Koronczay.  “Being in Hawaii, guests love enjoying the sunshine and hanging out at our pool, but they tend to forget how strong the sun is here,” says spa manager Makiko Braxton. “Even though they apply sunscreen, it is very easy to get too much exposure.”

No one-trick pony, the plant’s palliative properties alleviate discomfort from myriad other complaints, as well. “Aloe naturally provides relief for common issues such as cuts, scrapes, and abrasions, minor burns, insect bites, eczema, and psoriasis,” says Mark Smith, director of sales and marketing for Zim’s. Aloe is even purported to promote hair growth and treat thinning hair, according to global beauty and nutricosmetics expert Paula Simpson. “The antibacterial, pro-circulatory, and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe are key factors in encouraging a healthy scalp and hair,” she says. “And it has also been clinically shown to effectively treat dermatitis and dandruff.”

Aloe vera dovetails nicely with any number of traditional treatments, thanks to its inherent healing and strengthening qualities. Ciaté chose the plant for its pedicure-worthy Coconut & Kukui Foot Oil for just those characteristics, says founder and CEO Charlotte Knight. “Aloe contains antioxidants, such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, which improve the skin’s firmness, and it slows down inflammation and eases swollen joints,” says Knight. “Aloe deeply moisturizes the skin,  stimulates healthy cell renewal, and aids in the healing process, especially for sensitive skin,” says says Amala founder Ute Leube.  “Aloe has wonderful anti-irritant properties,” says Bethany Hilt, Vertere’s founder, president, and CEO. “It’s also a great water-binding agent and an antioxidant with more than 200 nutritional substances.”

 From simple to more complex treatments, the quintessential cure for a sunshine overdose adds a universally soothing, healing note to any spa menu. The early Egyptians called it the plant of immortality; modern-day spa-goers might simply describe it as a multitasking miracle-worker. But any way you slice it, aloe vera is a timeless classic.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The 7 Worst Foods for Your Skin

Worst Foods for Your Skin
Thanks to Aly Walansky for featuring my tip on Beauty High.

The 7 Worst Foods for Your Skin to Avoid At All Costs

If you have problematic skin (i.e., acne) acne loves sugar. “When there is an imbalance (out of control yeast presence), redness and inflammation will continue and be constant factors if sugar isn’t removed from the diet,” says Becky Sturm, CEO/Founder of StormSister Spatique. This is the hardest ingredient to remove from the diet as most of us are addicted and when you begin to look at every food label, you’ll be surprised by how many products sugar is in.

Read about the other 6 here: