In the realm of luxury, it doesn’t get more expensive than diamonds, and some beauty brands have capitalized on the precious stone’s reputation to include them in their products. But despite some applications — like Kelly Osbourne’s $250,000 black diamond-encrusted manicure — diamonds can offer skin-care benefits.
“There’s a microdermabrasion treatment we perform that uses fine diamonds to exfoliate the stratum corneum to slough off dead skin,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, founder and medical director of DLK on Avenue. “If you look at the thickness of the skin before and after, the Diamond Peel is very effective.”
In this case, the diamonds are used in the wand that polishes the skin. The innovative device is effective for sloughing skin, and is far more gentle than past versions that used harsher particles and sand that were more aggressive on skin.
When used in skin care, diamond powder is credited with creating a brightening effect. And while this undoubtedly adds to the product’s cost, some experts warn that its inclusion doesn’t always deliver results. For one thing, Randy Schueller, author of It’s Ok to Have Lead in Your Lipstick said to The Cut, for a diamond powder to produce luminosity, it needs to comprise about five per cent of the formula, and for another, it’s not an active ingredient, so its benefits won’t last after you’ve washed off the product.
We often wear gold around our faces, but some brands encourage you to use it on your face, too. Luxury beauty brand Rodial has a Rose Gold and Bee Venom range that both use the precious metal for its anti-aging benefits.
“Gold helps to rejuvenate the skin cells and has an anti-wrinkle effect,” said Maria Hatzistefanis, company founder. “In the Bee Venom collection, we use nanotechnology to conjugate peptides to gold particles that act on the collagen synthesis, providing a powerful anti-wrinkle effect.”
It turns out, there’s some truth to these claims.
as an anti-aging ingredient, as it can help reduce inflammation, which is a cause of acne and hyperpigmentation,” Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a New York-based dermatologist, said to InStyle. “When applied topically, it also helps brighten the skin.”
However, much like the purported brightening benefits of diamonds, gold in skin care is an inactive ingredient, which means it won’t do much in terms of effecting long-term change to the skin.
“It’s safe as an ingredient, but it’s inert, which questions its biological mechanism of action,” says Dr. Jaggi Rao, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Alberta and medical director of Rao Dermatology. “Clinical studies demonstrating its utility are limited.”
Apparently, the salty delicacy that evokes images of Russian oligarchs is a very effective beauty ingredient. In fact, Catherine Zeta-Jones’ shiny, lush locks are reportedly thanks to regular caviar hair treatments that run almost $350 a pop.
The fish eggs are touted for their nutrient-rich composition that includes omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Switzerland-based luxury skin care brand La Prairie has been using the wild ingredient for 30 years in its Skin Caviar range, and hair care brands like Kerastase use it for its hydrating, restorative and shine-boosting properties.
“Caviar extract contains antioxidant properties to protect skin against dangerous UVA and UVB rays,” Dr. Michelle Henry, a New York-based dermatologist, said to Women’s Health. “Omega-3 and omega-6 play an important role in the integrity and barrier function of the skin, [and] the UV protective and moisturizing properties that help improve the texture and quality of the skin also help the hair.”
However, the skin care website FutureDerm says that the benefits of caviar might best be mined by taking the inside-out approach.
“Certain constituents, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, have been shown to reduce inflammation from UVB-irradiation when topically applied. But the data suggests that the best benefits come from eating them, rather than applying them topically. For maximum benefits, it might be better to have caviar as a luxurious snack than to spread it all over your face.”
This may come as a surprise, but saffron is the most expensive spice in the world that rings in at approximately $2,800 per kilogram. But its delicate flavour and the vibrant hue it bestows on traditional dishes like Spanish paella and risotto alla Milanese aren’t its only strong points.
Although luxury beauty brands credit saffron with skin brightening and moisturizing properties, a study published in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Researchfound that its real strength is in combatting UV rays.
“Saffron can be used as a natural UV absorbing agent,” the study claimed. “The four per cent saffron lotion showed an SPF value equivalent to the eight per cent homosalate lotion.”
However, researchers found, “there were no significant differences of skin moisture contents after application of the saffron lotions and the control base lotion without saffron.”
So, are these products and their luxurious ingredients really worth it?
The answer to that question depends on how much science trumps the lush sensorial experience, and perceived benefits of a high price tag, that these luxury beauty products deliver.
“As these ingredients are known to be expensive and novel, they will increase the perceived value of anything containing them,” Rao says. “They may indeed provide improvement, either by their own properties or the vehicle which carries them, but one wonders why, if the ingredients are so amazing, they aren’t available in more diluted forms in more accessible skin-care products.”
Good morning DFW Beauties 🍋 don't forget to treat yo' self this easy Sunday ... why not start with the lemon? Read below for amazing tips on ho to turn this sunny fruit into your "Beauty BFF"!
Clarifying moisturizer: Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it.
Elbow and knee bleacher: "If your elbows and knees appear dark, simply rub them with half of a lemon," says Patrice Coleman, owner of DaBlot Beauty. "It's like magic!"
Blackhead treatment: It may sound too good to be true, but because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne. Just slice a lemon, and squeeze the juice on your face. Your blackheads will start to fade before you know it.
Cleansing wipes: "I like to mix a couple drops of lemon and tea tree essential oil in about 6 ounces of distilled water. I recommend it as a toner or for use with cotton pads as a cleansing wipe for problematic skin," says Becky Sturm, founder of StormSister Spatique.
Teeth whitener: Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse. It's way cheaper than going to your dentist's office.
Canker sore treatment: Sturn also uses a few drops of the lemon essential oil on her canker sores to help them heal faster.
Skin brightener: Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production, says Marina Peredo, M.D., a dermatologist. That means it can help lighten age spots, dark spots, or a fake tan gone wrong. Remember to wear SPF when using lemon juice on your skin, though, since the citrus fruit can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.
Shine eliminator: Lemon is great for reducing excess oil.
Lip exfoliator: Put a little lemon juice on your lips before bedtime, and wash it off in the morning to help remove dead skin cells and dried skin. One caveat: "Obviously, if you already have severely chapped lips that have any cuts, do not try this," says Gary Goldfaden, M.D., a dermatologist.
Nail strengthener: Have you been getting too many gel manicures? Make a mixture of your favorite cooking oil (try olive oil) with lemon juice, and soak your nails. This is a good practice if your nails are dry and brittle, but it's also a great way to help fix nails that have yellowed.
Hair Lightener: Score dye-free DIY highlights with lemon juice. Apply it before you expose your hair to sunlight to score a sun-kissed color. The lemon juice can also help treat a dry scalp and dandruff, so apply it liberally.
Negative emotions often cause people to eat when they are bored, angry or already full, says New York Times-bestselling author Dr.Susan Albers, a nationally recognized psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness.
Improving your emotional intelligence (EI) will help you make smarter food decisions, eat healthier and better manage your weight, says Dr. Albers. Too often, people have kneejerk reactions to food, mindlessly consuming calories, rather than taking a breath and consciously thinking through their options.
“I have had numerous clients tell me that when they become more mindful of their bodies and tune in closely to their emotions, not only does it help with their eating, it helps them enjoy their relationships and jobs more,” says Albers, whose work has been featured in many of the nation’s top media outlets, including O, the Oprah Magazine, Health, Self, Fitness, Family Circle, Natural Health, The Wall Street Journal and The Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Albers recommends a variety of simple practices to increase mindfulness which can lead to reduced stress, better food choices and improved emotional intelligence including:
- Enjoy an Epsom salt soak - Add two cups of Epsom salt and half a cup of olive oil into warm bathwater and soak for 15 minutes. “Soothing water therapy, which has been around since ancient times, helps quiet and relax the body,” Albers says. “Even a short soak helps you to center and make better choices.”
- Another bath time option is a warming mustard soak - Mix ¼ cup mustard seed powder, ¼ cup Epsom salt, ½ cup baking soda and six drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour the mixture in a hot bath. “A mustard soak helps relax and detox your body as well as soothe tired or torn muscles – two issues that often lead to emotional eating,” Albers says. (NOTE: Here’s a video demonstration.)
- Give your eyes a break – Rest and reset tired eyes by rubbing your hands together then gently placing your warm palms over closed eye lids for 1-3 minutes.
- Practice Child’s Pose – Kneel on a carpet or soft mat, drop your bottom to your knees and lean forward, stretching your arms out in front of you and resting your forehead on either a pillow or the floor. Breathe deeply in and out for five minutes.
- Warm Up - Improve your sleep by warming your pajamas in the dryer for 5 minutes and slipping into them just before bed.
- Tea Time – Enjoy a daily cup of cinnamon or black tea. Both have been proven to help reduce cortisol, a hormone responsible for fight-or-flight stress and often weight gain.
- Self-Massage – Use a tennis ball to relax and release muscles after a long day. Gently roll tired feet over the tennis ball or place it between your shoulders, lean against a wall and slowly move from side-to-side.
- Take a Stand - Take a break from sitting by placing your hands on either side of an open doorway, then leaning gently forward on your weight. “Sitting is the new smoking – it can take years off your life,” Albers says. “Standing periodically gives you a natural energy boost without having to go for a candy bar, and the shoulder stretch and chest opening helps relieve tension from sitting at a keyboard.”
- Nutrition Boost - Stock up on magnesium, vitamin D and iron. “Magnesium, vitamin D and iron help our bodies run smoothly,” Albers says. “People notice when they’re dragging, and these are helpful for reenergizing your body.” Eating spinach is key for all three minerals and vitamins, Albers says. Other items to eat: Vitamin D-fortified foods, such as cereal, orange juice and mushrooms; foods rich in iron, such as chicken liver and quality beef; and foods that help with magnesium, such as pumpkin seeds, almonds and leafy greens.
Makeup is often celebrated as a form of self-expression, but you'd be hard pressed to see mainstream beauty considered a form of cultural expression. Until Reina Rebelde hit the scene, that is. The new beauty brand—whose name translates to "rebellious queen" in English—aims to celebrate the unique beauty of Latina women. Launched a few months ago by former corporate lawyer Regina Merson, the cosmetics company is on a mission not only to provide flattering cosmetics for Latina women, but also to unite all of the mujeres from all Latina cultures through the medium of makeup.
Mexican-born Founder and CEO of Reina Rebelde, Regina Merson (based in Dallas) left an establish career as a bankruptcy attorney in order to follow her passion and fill the void in the market for a makeup line that truly celebrates and honors Latinas at every step of their beauty rituals with products such as “Atrevida” for the Bold Lip Pencil in a daring black color to “Brava” one of the Bold Lip Color Sticks in an insanely pigmented red and “Tapatia” for one of the 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color quads to honor the women from Guadalajara, and much more. Each product was carefully curated and developed over the past three years and aims to give Latinas a beautifully, bold makeup collection that celebrates the unique cultural dualities that Latinas in the U.S. currently live.
Depil Brazil Waxing School by Andrea Wissing offers a series of classes for body and facial waxing tailored to both experienced and unexperienced professionals wanting to become specialists. Trainees must be licensed in your home state and have strong interest in continuing your education in beauty, health, and wellness.
Bare the Brazilian September 18th & 19th: They don’t call it a Brazilian for nothing. Take a deep dive below the belt into the world of Brazilian Waxing with a Waxing School that uses authentic techniques from the homeland itself. In this two-day course, DBWS will teach you how to wax the Brazilian area with near perfect results under 20 minutes, while keeping your client as comfortable as possible. With completion the course, you will master the art of an express and clean style service with no paper or sticky wax involved. Bring two female models and we will bring the rest to help you refine your performance. This course includes a waxing kit with a month-long supplyto get you started on any avenue you decide to take.
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What is Zero Waste Beauty?
Zero waste means that we aim to send nothing to a landfill. This lofty goal may sound impossible to achieve, but is worth serious consideration when you realise that the average person in the United States throws away their body weight in rubbish every month. Experts predict that global solid waste generation will exceed 11 million tonnes per day by 2100. The drive towards zero waste beauty is a necessary requirement to help prevent pollution.
How does it work in skincare? Simple - we must start by reducing the products we use, reusing as much as we can, sending little to be recycled and composting wherever possible.
If you want to buy from a zero waste beauty brand, what should you be looking for? Let’s go through the life cycle of a beauty product and unpick its journey from cradle to grave so that we can build up a clearer picture.
Start at the Source: Cosmetic Ingredients
The challenge of achieving zero waste starts right at the beginning, as soon as the ingredients for our skincare formulations are plucked, harvested, pressed or even synthesised in the lab.
Any responsible zero waste beauty brand should know exactly where their skincare ingredients originate and how waste is managed throughout this process.
It’s not enough for a brand to buy ingredients from a retailer and hope for the best, they’ll need to understand their supply chain and know exactly how the ingredients for their formulations were farmed or produced. They should also proudly give you this information on their website.
Buy Smaller Bottles of Skincare
Next, let’s look at the formulation itself. Organic skincare products have a shorter shelf life so can spoil quicker than mainstream synthetic formulations. If your formulations aren’t used up in time, you have to throw them away or risk using contaminated creams and lotions.
A zero waste formulator should consider how much lotion will be used by their customer, how long it will take to use it up and what type of packaging will be used.
They should then create smaller lotions, scrubs and cleansers which you can use up in a reasonable time before they go bad. That way when we buy our bottle of face cream, it is more likely that we will use all of it during its shelf life.
Choose Responsible Beauty Packaging
We’ve all bought skincare products before that come in elaborate tubes, bottles and boxes. Let’s face it: the packaging is part of the experience of buying lovely creams and lotions. Would it be possible to do away with all beauty packaging?
Maia Robert Singletary of Astrida Naturals, a US-based clean beauty brand, thinks that zero waste packaging might be feasible for brands that rethink the formulations they sell:
“I think it can be possible for some brands but it depends on your products. Products that are all oil based or solid format like soap bars, dry face masks and solid perfumes can be packaged in biodegradable containers, but I don’t think products that contain water can truly be 100% zero waste.”
In other words, beauty brands might need to radically rethink their formulation and packaging choices if they want to move into zero waste beauty. As consumers, we also need to rethink our skincare choices to accommodate less packaging. Instead of buying a lotion, would you instead be prepared to buy a solid lotion bar which doesn’t need a bottle or jar?
A zero waste beauty brand should also challenge each and every one of their packaging choices to see if they can think smarter. Can packaging be recycled? Has it already been recycled? Can they use a returns system, perhaps as part of a customer reward scheme?
Go Zero Waste in all Areas of the Business
The concept of zero waste goes way beyond skincare packaging - it’s part of a wider philosophy on how a skincare brand manages the environmental footprint of its business.
A zero waste beauty brand should run their entire operation to zero waste principles - that means their formulation lab, their manufacturing processes, their administration, their shipping warehouses, everything.
If you want to buy from a truly zero waste beauty brand, look at the credentials on their website: do they talk about their carbon footprint, their environmental impact and how they manage their company’s waste management processes?
Heather Urquhart from Huna Natural Apothecary agrees: “We can use wind or solar energy, carbon offsets for CO2 emissions, go digital with record-keeping, recycle, reuse, and reduce waste in virtually every area of the business. It is difficult to achieve but zero waste can be possible for a beauty brand.”
Do you think it’s possible for a skincare brand to achieve zero waste? Leave us a comment below and tell us your views.
After much anticipation, Rihanna's makeup line, Fenty Beauty, launched worldwide on Sept. 8 at Harvey Nichols and Sephora. Luckily, the singer didn't want to keep the makeup obsessees and lip-gloss aficionados waiting for too long, so she and Sephora took to Instagram Friday afternoon to tease the campaign.
Fenty Beauty, the highly anticipated (to put it extremely mildly) makeup collection from Rihanna, is finally upon us. The 91-SKU product line — which is touted as the most inclusive beauty range ever, with a noteworthy 40 shades of foundation alone — officially launched midnight PST on Thursday. If ever there was a time to truly freak out over makeup, this is it. In addition to the aforementioned 40 foundation shades, there's also lip gloss, brushes, blotting papers, primer, contour sticks, mattifying powder, a sponge and a whole host of glimmery, glittery, mesmerizing highlighters that will help you physically manifest Rihanna's concept of shining bright like a diamond. And everything is housed in blush pink packaging that would make any millennial Instagirl swoon.
Rihanna, who is perfect, challenged Fenty Beauty's parent company Kendo (which is owned by LVMH) to not only make the product range groundbreakingly inclusive for every skin tone, but also to make the products available around the world simultaneously. The products launched in 17 different countries at once and will be available in Sephora stores, on Sephora.com and at FentyBeauty.com.
The Shops at Park Lane continues to expand its curated mix of experiential retail with the addition of VITALIV Infusion Therapies, its newest health and fitness focused tenant. Located across from Bowl & Barrel and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, the 2,464-square-foot store is the first location for the brand.
VITALIV specializes in injectable nutrient infusion therapies designed to naturally recover, cleanse, fortify, rebalance, and restore the body. Studies have shown that injectable nutrient therapy works faster with sustained improvement, and causes considerably fewer side effects than conventional therapies.
VITALIV’s team of pharmacists and physicians have formulated and developed a wide range of therapies to be the safest and most efficient possible. Injections are mixed in-house the day of treatment inside a sterile double hood. Different combinations of nutrients can be administered to improve athletic performance, eliminate hangovers, effectively combat viral and bacterial illness such as the common cold and the flu, increase energy and endurance, alleviate seasonal allergies, provide vital nutrients during pregnancy, reduce the symptoms of asthma, alleviate migraines and cluster headaches, and have shown signs of reducing the risk of cancer and cardiac diseases.
VITALIV is open Monday - Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-8pm, and Sunday 9am-5pm. For a complete list of services, visit www.vitalivtherapies.com and follow @vitalivtherapies on Facebook and Instagram.
THE SHOPS AT PARK LANE
The Shops at Park Lane, operated by Northwood Retail, is a 33.5-acre mixed-use development that includes 550 luxury residential units, 500,000-square-feet of upscale office space, and 550,000-square-feet of unique retail, restaurants and entertainment. Located at the most-shopped intersection in Dallas, The Shops at Park Lane attracts an affluent mix of smart shoppers by pairing stylish shopping with the best in designer-value, boutique fitness, distinctive dining, and entertainment offerings, all in a modern, urban environment. For more information, visit www.shopsatparklane.com.
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