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.

Road-Teste​d at NYFW: Klorane Floral Gel Eye Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

By now we all know better than to go to bed without taking off our eye make-up. Far worse than waking up with raccoon eyes is the potential for irritation, redness, itching and even possible bacterial infection. Mascara can harden and break off, flaking into your eyes. As you toss and turn on your pillow or rub your eyes while snoozing, any bacteria lurking in liner, shadow and mascara can work its way into your eyes. All are excellent reasons to make carefully removing our eye make-up an essential part of our bedtime ritual.



Because our eyes are exquisitely sensitive to begin with, we want to make sure that the remover we choose is not only efficient at whisking away eye make-up but is also pure, safe and gentle. And when it comes to removing stubborn waterproof products we want an option that does not require rubbing and tugging. Enter Klorane Floral Gel Eye Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower ($16). Infused with KLORANE floral water with organically-farmed cornflower, this exceptionally mild, paraben-free formula is specially made to remove even the most resistant waterproof eye make-up without irritating the eyes. With a pH identical to that of tears, this gentle, hypoallergenic gel is safe for contact lens wearers and leaves a fresh sensation. The travel-friendly 100 mL tube is also earth-friendly, made with 100% recycled PET, another eco-conscious step KLORANE takes to shrink its carbon footprint by reducing the amount of waste going into landfills.

For more than 30 years, KLORANE Laboratories’ signature cornflower collection has been gently caring for sensitive skin and eyes. Organically-farmed cornflower — grown exclusively on parent company Pierre Fabre’s land in France — is harvested when the brilliant blue flowers are in full bloom. After the blossoms are dried in special clay ovens, KLORANE Laboratories applies its botanical expertise to produce the exceptionally soothing floral water, using a unique distillation technique that preserves the precious active ingredients and purity of the cornflower. Thanks to the power of pure cornflower, the new refreshing floral gel eye make-up remover formula naturally soothes, reduces puffiness and provides proven anti-inflammatory benefits as it quickly dissolves stubborn waterproof eye make-up. Formulated with a minimum of ingredients for maximum tolerance, the new gel is free of parabens and phenoxyethanol to optimize purity, safety and gentleness.

Just how well does Klorane Floral Gel Eye Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower perform? Perhaps one of the truest tests took place during the frenzy of New York Fashion Week for the 2014 fall collections, when many models arrived backstage with heavy liner and layers of mascara from the previous show. A-List make-up artists with the new floral gel formula in their kits found that a dab or two on a clean cotton pad made light work of wiping away all traces of eye make-up with no stinging or irritation. It also left the eye contour area soothed and softened. Just as it worked for models going through multiple eye make-up changes within the course of one day of back-to-back NYFW shows, Klorane Floral Gel Eye Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower can work for you, too, to get lashes and lids perfectly clean and the eye area beautifully refreshed in a New York nanosecond.

National Share the Health Day at The Vitamin Shoppe



The Vitamin Shoppe is inviting like-minded health enthusiasts across the country to join in for National Share the Health Day on Saturday, March 1st. From 11AM – 2PM (local time) every Vitamin Shoppe store nationwide will offer specialized festivities, such as free product samples and consultations with wellness partners in their communities. The first 50 shoppers at each location will also be treated to a complimentary gift bag full of great health and wellness products. For a list of Vitamin Shoppe locations in your area, please click here.

DIY Recipe for Thai Herbal Poultice

The Thai Herbal Poultice is a DIY treatment that is designed to help draw out infection and speed up healing. An old-time Thai remedy that is still used today, the Six Senses Thai Herbal Poultice, offered in Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives, increases blood flow and circulation, relaxes tense muscles, and alleviates pain and inflammations when applied directly onto the skin.



As temperatures continue to fluctuate following the polar-vortex, making your own herbal poultice is a great way to fight off the common cold, the flu, and viruses. The skin, our body’s largest organ and one of the first lines of defense against disease, quickly absorbs the herbs’ medicinal benefits for instant relief of stress, aches and pains.

All ingredients are found on the islands of the Maldives, as well as in many of our supermarkets and pantries!

Six Senses Thai Herbal Poultice Recipe

Ingredients:


• Fresh or dried herbs including Kaffir Lime, Galangal, and Lemongrass. Before making your poultice with other herbs, be sure to research their properties to ensure they aren’t irritants.

• Yarn/Thread

• White Cloth

• Bowl for mixing

Steps:

· Put 1 cup of each herb in a bowl and mix it well.

· Take a large handful of the herbal mixture and place it into the center of your cloth, making a firm bundle (no bigger than a tennis ball in size).

· Tie the top with yarn or thread to create a handle for your poultice, keeping it tight so it will not become loose when in use.

· Using a steamer or a hot pot, boil water and drop in the poultices until steamed, about 30-45 minutes.

· For application, first check the heat of poultice on the inner forearm. Once the temperature is to your liking, place with pressure on the body on areas that are tense and or painful up to 30 minutes.

· Use your Thai Herbal Poultice up to 4-5 times each before making a new one!