One Love Organics: The Summer Collection



The Summer Skin Collection is here! So is summer and we are headed to the beach, the lake, the pool…anywhere there is a body of water to play in. We love summer! However, summer is a veritable onslaught of heat, pollution, chlorine, water, sun and salt — all of which can damage skin and cause unsightly problems. One Love Organics' developed their Summer Skin Limited Edition Collection to address the most common summer skin concerns to keep skin clear and radiant all summer long.



Gardenia Daily Body Serum, $39

Lazy summer days at the beach, by the pool or in the garden can lead to parched, dull skin. Apply Gardenia Daily Body Serum immediately after each shower or bath to help to keep skin smooth, hydrated and beautifully scented all summer long.This convenient spray on body oil dissolves into skin within mere seconds thanks to its fine mist spray applicator and lightweight, non-sticky/greasy formula. Bonus: the beautiful gardenia aroma is all natural, amazing and is simply not to be missed!


Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder, $12

If there’s ever a time for shiny, vibrant, luscious hair, it’s summer. But precious locks may actually take a serious hit during the summer months. Sun, water, heat and chlorine can be damaging, leading to faded color, split ends and a brittle, dry texture. Hair color is such an investment; they recommend that you wet your hair before sunning or swimming and coat hair with a small amount of oil or balm to create an emollient barrier to help protect strands. Finally, they recommend washing as infrequently as possible during the summer months, using Healthy Locks Powder to freshen hair between shampoos. Their unique formula featuring silica rich bamboo extract leaves hair feeling soft, refreshed and beautifully scented and promotes hair and scalp health.


Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist, $28

100% pure fruit water extracted from the heart of organic pink grapefruits, Pretty Pores Mist is purifying, naturally astringent and offers the antioxidant power of Vitamin C to energize skin for a healthy summer glow. This material was made fresh for One Love Organics and they cannot get another batch until next summer! The mist has a very faint aroma of fresh grapefruit and it infuses the skin with valuable plant nutrients such as bioavailable vitamins, antioxidants, trace elements and mineral salts found naturally in the fruit. With a natural pH of 4.9, Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist is perfect for spritzing the skin post cleansing to help skin return to its natural acidic state and to infuse the skin with nutrients before moisture application. It is best for oily, blemish-prone and combination skin.


Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser, $29

Typically, hot summer weather means that the skin may produce excess oil that can leave the skin shiny and prone to breakouts. This cleanser is an in-house OLO favorite! It has a beautiful and all natural aroma of freshly cut green apples and a fluffy foaming lather. To help prevent excess oil and breakouts, they recommend a cleanser with a gentle blend of acids to help break down oil and impurities, leaving pores clean and unclogged. Using a cleanser with aggressive acids, particularly in the summer, can contribute to accelerated sun damage, so be sure and use a cleanser that has a low, not high, concentration of acids. Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser has a pH of 5.3 and contains a low percentage of malic, glycolic and lactic acids for a product that is effective over time but is not too harsh or drying.

Norabloom Evening Primrose Eye Cream

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.





I thought I'd be the last one to ever get dark circles since I get the required amount of sleep, yet I have been experiencing them ever since the birth of my daughter. That has been almost 2 years now. Believe me, I have tried several eye creams to help diminish the appearance of dark circles. Some somewhat helped, but not enough to make them completely disappear. I have also tried tried the tried and true cucumber method to no avail. The only thing that seems to temporarily "help" is swipe some concealer underneath my eyes.

Lately, I have been using Norabloom's Evening Primrose Eye Cream ($42). The key ingredient (evening primrose) softens and soothes. It also contains coenzyme q10, which is an antioxidant that boosts cellular activity. I haven't noticed any significant changes, but I have at least noticed some slight changes. One thing I really like about it that it smells divine, yet it doesn't cause any irritation in the least. Since I have very sensitive skin, it is important for me to use an eye cream that is soothing and gentle. Even though it is well hydrating, it quickly absorbs due to being lightweight. Another plus!



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Tips to Revitalize Your Skin after a Night Out from Josie Feria

With Memorial Day behind us, it’s time to gear up for summer. The warm weather can tempt us to stay out longer and have a few more drinks than usual. Unfortunately, late nights combined with alcohol can take a toll on your skin and leave some obvious indicators. Josie Feria, Director of Operations at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, is all-too familiar with customers who are drawn to Miami for its fabulous nightlife with parties that don’t end until the sun rises. See below for some tips that Josie practices at Lapis Spa and recommends you do at home to revitalize your skin after a night out.



1. Dry Brush – Make long, sweeping brush strokes towards the heart to buff away dry and dead skin as well as to increase circulation and rid your body of toxins.

2. Take a Bath – Add 1 cup of Epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda to warm bath water to detoxify. Alternatively, add 10 drops of ginger essential oil to warm bath water and soak for at least 20 minutes. Post bath, wrap your body in a blanket and your head in a towel so as to induce further perspiration to aid in detoxification.

3. Exfoliate – Achieve the same great results from dry brushing on your face using an exfoliating cleanser. Buff away dry and dead skin while enhancing blood flow, leaving your face smooth and radiant. For an easy DIY overall body exfoliant, combine coconut oil with sea or rock salt and gently rub over body in circular strokes. For sensitive skin, mix with sugar instead.

4. Moisturize – One of the most noticeable side effects of alcohol is dehydration, so make sure to replenish your skin with nourishing lotion. To make your own refreshing and hydrating face moisturizer, melt 3 tablespoons of mango butter and mix with 1 tablespoon of almond oil or jojoba oil. Blend thoroughly and refrigerate until it sets and apply to skin while still cool.

5. Green Tea Bags – Puffy eyes are a dead giveaway of a late night, so use green tea bags to reduce them:

A. Steep 2 green tea bags in boiling water

B. Remove and place in freezer for a few minutes

C. Apply to eyes to diminish swelling and dark circles

6. Hydrate – Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day to counteract the dehydrating effects of alcohol. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 ounces of water per day. Additionally, squeeze an entire lemon into 8 ounces of tepid water to create a strong diuretic that will aid in flushing out alcohol from your system.

Natural Skincare: Apiel Skin Rejuvenating Cream

Many people dread of turning the age of 30, but I guess that puts me in the minority since I actually look forward to this age. Honestly, there is hardly anything that I'd miss about being in my twenties. However, I do know taking care of my skin is more important than ever if I want to look and feel good about my age. I want to age gracefully and naturally as some of those who have, such as Jennifer Aniston, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Cybill Shepherd, Sophia Loren, Iman, and Raquel Welch.

Some of the most well known, yet most neglected ways to ensure this is exercising regularly, or staying active in some form, even if it's going for long walks or dancing; making healthy eating and beverage choices (I steer clear from alcohol, soda, and sugary juices), stay away from tanning beds, limit our sun exposure and protect our skin with sunscreen when we're out in the sun; getting plenty of rest, avoid negativity much as possible, and drinking plenty of water. This sage advice may have been given many times before me, but I'll state these tips again since they are good reminders. :)



Another surefire way to age gracefully is incorporating a skin care regimen in your daily routine, using high quality skin care products, such as the Skin Rejuvenating Cream with Clinical Strength Apple Stem Cells ($80) by Apiel Skincare. The price may be steep for some, especially for those who prefer budget-conscious beauty products. However, if it is quality that you seek, quality you will get with this cream! Needless to say, it is well worth the price. Although I'm not showing any signs of aging yet, this cream has been helping me achieve healthy looking skin. Also, I have mentioned many times before about how selective I am with skin care products since I break out easily (I have sensitive combination skin), especially any moisturizing products. However, this clearly hasn't been the case with this cream. It balances my skin well and gives it the moisture that it needs without provoking a breakout. It also has a light, scrumptious scent that is reminiscent of green apples.



The Lowdown:


apiel Skin Care uses only the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple, an 18th century variety of apple grown only in Switzerland. Though very rare today, this unique variety was known for its remarkable capacity to keep fresh for long periods of time.

In fact, this variety of apple could be stored for months without becoming shriveled or losing flavor.

Over the past couple of hundred years, the Uttwiler Spätlauber lost its popularity to sweeter apples because of its bitter taste.

As a result, this type of apple is both special and rare today.

Due to the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple’s special characteristics, specifically its long-lived green apple stem cells, researchers and scientists in Switzerland studied and applied these characteristics for cosmetic use (PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica).

Today, technology has made it possible to cultivate these highly effective green apple stem cells, and include them in the apiel products.

Skip the Spa Trip with These DIY Spa Treatments

After this long winter, us ladies need to take some extra precaution before flaunting our new bathing suits, shorts and even tank tops. Luckily, Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau’s Director of Spa operations Josie Feria came up with a few DIY spa treatments design to be your summer saver - renewing your skin and mind so that you are summer ready.

RESCUE ME SCRUB

This exfoliates the dry surface skin and increases hydration.

Ingredients:

► ½ cup mineral salts
► 2 tbsp of any carrier oil such as avocado, jojoba, grapeseed or kukui
► 5 drops lemongrass oil

Directions:

► In bowl using a metal spoon blend mineral salt with carrier oil – thoroughly mix until it becomes a paste.
► Gradually add in lemongrass oil, blending after each drop.
► If scrub is too thick add a few drops of water and remix.
► Moisten the body in a warm bath or shower and apply scrub to body by hand or using a moist loofah pad in circular motions. Using a loofah pad or other textured body sponge or brush will increase the effects of the exfoliation. Skin will be rosy and feel energized.
► Thoroughly rinse skin and apply body lotion.

RESCUE SOAK

This promotes elaxation, detoxification and mineralization of body.

Ingredients:

► 4 oz mineral salts
► 1 cup baking soda

Directions:

► Add mineral salts to bath as warm water is running. Caution should be taken with hot water as may cause lightheadedness.
► Add baking soda.
► Using a bristle brush, loofah or sisal mitt, dry brush the body in upward strokes – this will exfoliate the skin, make the treatment more effective and increase blood circulation at the skin’s surface, which is key to skin regeneration.
► Lower lights and burn a candle at the edge of the tub. Have a glass of cool mineral water and lemon slices nearby to refresh and rehydrate your body. Play soothing, calming music.
► Soak at least 15 minutes adding warm water as needed – the longer the soak the greater the benefits.
► Rinsing is optional – towel dry and apply body lotion.
► Optional - Add in drops of lemongrass oil to increase aromatic benefits, provide pain relief and soften skin.

While enjoying your soak try on these complementary experiences:

► Hair mask – Massage in a hydrating oil or cream into hair and wrap in shower cap.
► Face treatment – Apply a hydrating mask or clay mask to the face with a small amount of water.
► Eye treatment – boil a chamomile tea bag, chill and moisten 2 cotton eye pads. Apply to eyes and place a sleep make over eyes to secure – this treatment will not only reduce puffiness and dark circles but will enhance relaxation benefits due to the exclusion of light and vision.

RESCUE MY FEET

This beauty recipe is perfect for soft, touchable feet. Ingredients:

► 2 tsps mineral salts

Directions:

► Soak feet in warm water with mineral salts.
► Massage scrub (see recipe above) to onto feet and wrap in warm wet towels, allowing towels to cool off To warm towels – put under very hot faucet /squeeze out excess water and place in microwave unrolled for 1 minute on high (or more time if needed).

► Using wet towels remove scrub.
► Use pumice stone or other callous reducer on any tough, thick skin – be careful not to overdo it and over sensitize your feet.
► Rinse off.
► Apply body lotion and place feet in plastic bags and cotton socks. Follow towel recipe to warm the socks but use a lower microwave setting and less time for maximum benefit. Leave socks on overnight.

While enjoying your feet treatment try on these complementary experiences:

► Warm a hand towel and place around your neck to increase relaxation.
► Apply scrub to hands, thoroughly rinse and apply a body lotion and tuck into cotton gloves or mitts for the night.