Why Inside-Outside Skin Care Works

According to Dr. Oz’s YouBeauty.com, an inside-outside skin care routine could cure your classic beauty woes!

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What if we told you that instead of turning to pricey beauty products promising miraculous results, you could simply balance your skin care routine and diet to enjoy the same, if not more, benefits? According to YouBeauty.com, backed by Dr. Oz’s authority on wellness, it really is that easy!

It makes sense that what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it, which got us wondering about what yummy concoctions we could cook up using the superfoods that science says cures classic beauty woes.

We know you’ll be impressed by the no nonsense science that supports these effective skin remedies, and if you want more you can head over to YouBeauty.com. If you’re inspired to try out some tricks, you can also check out BeautySage.com, where you’ll find only beauty and wellness products that are proven to work.

And of course we can’t forget to remind you that you can still enter to win a $1,000 Beauty Sage shopping spree! There will be 5 runners up who will also win a $100 gift card, so you’re chances are pretty good! Click here for easy entry.

In the meantime, check out these food and product pairings, and let us know what recipes you’ll be trying out first!

Sun Spots

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Outside: Verso Dark Spot Fix is a dark spot corrector that contains retinol, which has been shown to lighten hyperpigmentation.

Inside: Tomato Paste contains lycopene, which is a carotenoid that increases the skin’s natural ability to protect itself. In one study, subjects were 40 percent less likely to get sunburned after eating 2.5 tablespoons of tomato paste every day for 10 weeks.

Recipe:  Chickpea Tomato Minestrone via Vegetarian Ventures

Acne

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Outside: Philosophy Miracle Worker Anti-Aging Moisturizer For Blemish-Prone Skin contains a combination of salicylic acid and retinol, which minimizes pores and blemishes while stimulating rejuvenation.

Inside: Oysters fight acne thanks to their high zinc content, which accelerates skin regeneration and stabilizes oil production. In fact, oysters contain the most zinc of any food.

Recipe: Oysters Rockefeller via Primal Palate

Wrinkles

Citrus Salad

Outside: Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil can replenish lipids in the skin barrier, that are essential for preventing fine lines and sagging.

Inside: Kiwis have more vitamin C than oranges, surprisingly, which is crucial in wrinkle prevention. In fact, a survey of more than 4,000 women showed that vitamin C deficiencies were linked to wrinkles and dryness.

Recipes: Citrus Sunshine Salsa via Tablespoon

For more information on inside-outside skin care, click here!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Workout Wednesday: Get Trim with TAO

Introducing a new exercise device both compact and high-tech enough to allow you to workout anytime, anywhere. 

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What’s your number one excuse for not working out? No time? The gym is too expensive? You can’t fit the needed equipment into your 400 sq. ft. studio apartment? We feel ya, but April is officially on the outs, which means Memorial Day Weekend (the unofficial summer kickoff) is just a few weeks away. Luckily for those of us who can’t seem to drag ourselves out of bed to exercise (or stick with any of the above excuses–they work, too), TAO Wellness has created a new device ready to revolutionize your fitness routine.

TAO Wellness includes a handheld device, called the TAO WellShell, and an app which you can use on Android and iOS devices. The app is loaded with over 50 isometric exercises, which contract muscles in static positions.  The flexibility of only needing your TAO and your body to perform these motions allows you to work out on YOUR time, which is what we all really need.

Not only does TAO help tell you what to do, but the TAO WellShell monitors your fitness progression as well, even providing feedback. The sensors track heart-rate, sleep and pedometer steps. It also measures pressure, helping you vary your motions even in an isometric exercise.

TAO is an especially useful tool for video game lovers, because the device also works as a controller. TAO will really help you get into your game while providing a suitable core workout at the same time!

Confused? Check out this video and it makes the whole thing way easier to visualize:

Sound intriguing? We certainly think so! This device sounds like the perfect thing to bring on a trip, where it’s always so hard to stay focused on wellness, and a way for those who can’t (or won’t) work out any other way to get some training done at home. TAO was available on Kickstarter earlier this month, but for anyone who missed out, you’ll have to wait a bit to purchase your own device. Keep checking the website for updates!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Travel Tuesday: Midnight in Marrakesh

Traveling to Marrakesh? Here’s what to do and sights to see to make your Moroccan vacation unforgettable! 

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Of all of the exotic cities of Morocco, it is Marrakesh that draws the most tourists and not without reason. Between the winding souks, rooftop restaurants and locals armed with tricks straight from the circus, there’s no shortage of sights to be seen in this mesmerizing city behind walls.

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Our visit to Marrakesh was all the more anticipated because it would be our first time staying at a riad – a traditional Moroccan home (more like palace!) with an interior courtyard garden, pictured above. Simply put, we were not disappointed. When we entered through the 12-foot tall ancient looking doors into Al Fassia, a luxurious riad featuring a stunning pool lined with a mosaic of aqua and teal tiles, we were in awe.

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In fact, as we sat poolside enjoying fresh squeezed orange juice that put all others to shame, I’ll admit it was tempting not to forgo prior plans in favor of simply soaking up the divine relaxation. Yet, as Moroccans so frequently point out, Americans stick to their schedule! And so on we went to explore the famed Majorelle Gardens.

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The stunning gardens that are home to the ashes of Yves Saint Laurent were simultaneously striking and serene. Intricate cactuses grew as tall as trees, and some stood isolated in a sea of sandy pebbles. Meanwhile, stunning blue and yellow tiled fountains and painted gazebos created an incredible vibrancy against the sharpness of the prickly plants.

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After getting lost through the gardens we made our way to what one could only be described as the heart of Marrakesh, Jamaa el Fna, the city’s main square. With sunset fast approaching, the medina began to transform into a scene straight from Aladdin.

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It was nearly impossible not to be seduced by the assault on the senses. Black-hooded cobras were hypnotized by their snake charmers’ calls. Monkeys posed for pictures on the shoulders of strangers. Henna tattoos were impeccably designed. And rhythmic drums echoed endlessly through the sea of it all.

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After soaking in the scene, we climbed the stairs of a nearby restaurant just in time to watch the sun dip down below the Atlas Mountains that sat in the distance. Hours later and thoroughly satisfied after a feast of Chicken Tagine and Cous Cous Royale, we set our sights on the sparkling square that looked absolutely irresistible at dark, lit only by lanterns.

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It immediately became apparent that midnight in Marrakesh was, quite literally, a whole new world. Gone were the slithering snakes and monkeys milling about. Underneath the moonlight, the dazzling scene was saturated with sound. Circles of performers sat playing instruments, and easily moving with the music. The effect was as toxic as it was tremendous, and we were so fully entranced that we found ourselves forgetting where we were. Later, I realized that it was the magic of the moment that would continue to linger in memory.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

 

6 Earth Day Events Happening In NYC

Celebrating Earth Day in NYC? We’ve got you covered with ways to show your love for the planet!

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The Union Square Green Market is typically home to vendors selling local and organic products ranging from hard to find veggies to freshly caught fish. Yet, today, in celebration of Earth Day, the bustling hub is hosting supporters of the planet in endless ways. Here’s what’s worth checking out:

Yoga in the Park

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From now until 3pm, you can enjoy a free asana yoga session in the North Plaza of Union Square Park. Stuck at your desk for the day? There’s an after work concert from 3-7 pm and other environmental exhibits.

Fashion Revolution

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Stop by Fashion Revolution where you can purchase a Who Made Your Clothes? T-shirt in tribute of last year’s tragic garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. If you’re not in NYC, click here to find out how you can take part in Fashion Revolution Day on April 24th.

H&M Conscious

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Stop by the H&M Conscious booth and donate unwanted clothes to receive a discount on your next purchase. If you’re not in New York, you can also take part at all H&M locations where you can donate your clothes in any condition.  More info here.

Surya Brasil

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Looking to switch up your beauty routine in favor of products that are natural and sustainable? Visit Surya Brasil, where you can test out their organic, vegan and natural cosmetics. Go to suryabasilproducts.com to shop online.

E-Cycle NYC

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Have old electronics that are collecting dust in your drawer? You can conveniently drop them off today, and feel good that your old cell phone isn’t taking up space in a land fill.

Get Up and Ride Brooklyn

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Looking for a way to get involved in the eco-friendly community? Why not take part in a bike ride that takes advantage of local outdoor areas. Next up is a ride through Brooklyn and beach volleyball game. Get more info at getupandride.com.

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

An Exciting Way To Celebrate Earth Day

Find out how you can celebrate Earth Day by joining the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange!

Earth DayWe love Earth Day for several reasons, but we just added one more to our list and we think you may want to follow suit. This year we invite you to celebrate Mother Earth by taking part in the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange, which is going on now through April 28th.

You may be wondering how exactly the Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange works. It’s actually insanely easy and it benefits you and the Earth because Zoya properly disposes of your unwanted bottles in exchange for their super-safe nail polish that’s free of harmful chemicals – at a 50 percent discount!

Here’s the details you need to save the Earth one nail polish bottle at a time:

  1. Visit zoya.com and add at least 6 bottles of nail polish to your cart
  2. Apply the code: ZDAY2014
  3. Enjoy a 50% discount (funds are used to safely dispose of old nail polish)
  4. Complete check-out and submit order
  5. Zoya ships you new Earth-friendly nail polishes
  6. Once you receive your order, ship back the equivalent number of unwanted bottles to the address below:

Art of  Beauty, Inc
c/o Polish Exchange
5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D
Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA

To get all the terms and conditions for the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange, click here.

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Dangerous Beauty Products Exposed In Free App

The most dangerous chemicals in beauty products are being uncovered in a new app called Think Dirty.

Dangerous Beauty ProductsWhile organic diets have become increasingly common in the U.S. thanks to startling information about the dangers of chemicals and pesticides, consumers are still being exposed to toxins in an unlikely place.

That’s because many of us remain blindly unaware of the hidden dangers that lie within our beauty products. Think of it this way – our skin is the largest organ in the body, so what we put on it has a pretty widespread effect. And if we’re slathering up with harmful chemicals, some of which are even believed to cause cancer, than this poses a serious threat to our health and wellness.

This is what Lily Tse, a Toronto entrepreneur, was thinking when she came up with her new app called Think Dirty. With a breast cancer surviving mom, Tse quickly became aware of the potential dangers of beauty products. “I pay a lot of attention to food and a lot of other stuff, but then I realized that cosmetics and beauty are like a taboo,” she explained.

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Tse’s new app breaks the silence on beauty products, however, providing consumers with an easy to use way of detecting unsafe ingredients. The free app not only gives information about almost 70,000 products from North America and Europe, but it also provides safer alternatives to products that are deemed high on the ‘Dirty Meter’.

While Tse’s invention will certainly serve to keep beauty consumers informed, another alternative is to commit to using organic products that are free of hazardous ingredients. Many spas have taken an oath to offer organic products during treatments, and some are even participating in Spa Week! Find one in a city near you, and book now before it’s too late!

There’s still time to book your Spa Week treatment – but not much! Head over to SpaWeek.com to find a treatment today!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

The Ten Commandments of Spa Week

Spa Week is finally here! Here are a couple of things to remember as you venture off to your $50 treatment this week.

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Happy Spa Week! We couldn’t be more excited that it has finally arrived. Now that this good fortune has been bestowed upon you ($50 spa treatments–duh), we feel that it is only responsible of us to to make sure that you are well prepared for the relaxation ahead. To make the most of your experience, see our Ten Commandments of Spa Week:

  1. Thou Shall Take A Vow Of Wellness. Spa Week’s mission is to spread wellness, and after you see how amazing you feel at the spa, mental and physical relaxation and rejuvenation will be your mission too.
  2. Thou Shalt Not Be Nervous. There’s no need, the spa is a welcoming place and your esthetician or therapist will always make you feel comfortable and at-home!
  3. Thou Shall Give Praise. If you loved your Spa Week service, we want to know! You can rank your spa experience at SpaWeek.com.
  4.  Remember the Keep Spa Time Holy. Leave your cell phones (and worries!) at home, or check them in your locker.
  5. Honor Thy Therapist/Esthetician. Tip on the full price if you are satisfied with your service!
  6. Thou Shalt Not Arrive Late. Spa Week is, naturally, a very busy time! If you come late it could throw off the spa’s entire schedule.
  7. Thou Shalt Not Forget To Cancel an Appointment (if you cannot make it). It’s just common courtesy!
  8. Thou Shall Always Share. Make your spa day extra-special by sharing it with friends or family who could also use some pampering.
  9. Thou Shalt Not Wait Til the Last Minute ….appointments COULD get all booked up!
  10. Thou Shalt Not Covet Another Person’s Spa Treatment. Hey, they’re $50 each – get your own!

Now you are ready to travel yonder, into the Promised Land full of hot stones, eucalyptus aromatherapy oil, Himalayan salt scrubs and every other type of soothing bliss your heart desires. We hope you thoroughly enjoy your spa day!

PS—if you haven’t booked your treatment yet, better hurry on over to SpaWeek.com now!

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Celebrate #SpaWeekis10 On Instagram!

Remember to share an Instagram pic during Spa Week for a chance to win a $200 Spa & Wellness Gift Card! 

Insta Contest

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for – Spa Week has officially commenced! The occasion certainly calls for a celebration, after all, when else can you indulge in ridiculously luxurious spa treatments for just $50?! But that’s not the only thing we’re celebrating, because in case you forgot, this spring #SpaWeekis10!

We hope you’re ready to party – at the spa, that is, because from April 21-27 we’re kicking off our 10th Birthday Insta-Contest. While you’re getting pampered during Spa Week at your favorite relaxing retreat, don’t forget to share an Instagram picture so we can all see how you spa. You’ll be happy you did because we’re showing our love by giving away a $200 Spa & Wellness Gift Card! Here’s how to enter to win:

  • Instagram a picture from one of your $50 Spa Week treatments (during April 21-27)
  • Location tag the spa you are in
  • Use the hashtag #SpaWeekis10 and tag @SpaWeek

See you on Instagram, Spa Week-ers!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Spa Week Daily’s Friday Favorites

Check out our Friday Favorites to see what we’re loving this week! 

Friday FavoritesClockwise from Left: Dark Amber Kitten Cat Eye Sunglasses available at chicwish.com, Pinned by Sandra Young via tumblr.com, Weaver Finch Sandals available at anthropologie.com, Pinned by Danielle Maxson via flickr.com, Rose Love Balm available at jurlique.com,  5-Minute Abs (Proven in a Lab!) via self.com, Pinned by Brandy Leann via tumblr.com, Pinned by Jessica Lea Dunn via jossandmain.com, Pinned by Spa Week via yogainspiration.co

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Bloggers Dish—Spa Week 2014’s Top Treatments

Haven’t booked a Spa Week service yet? Some lucky people across the country got a sneak-preview, and reported about it for your benefit. Read on!

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It’s official, Spa Week’s Spring 2014 Event kicks off on Monday and the anticipation is really starting to build. Except for the lucky few bloggers across the country who got to experience their service early—yeah, it’s safe to say they are already sitting pretty, at ease with a calmed mind and body. Jealous? Then read on to decide based on first-hand reviews which service is right for you!

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Orange County, CA

Ciaran of Momfluential visited Clarins Spa for an Anti-Aging Facial. She said it was so relaxing that she almost fell asleep, and left with skin “soft and perfect as a baby’s bottom, with no irritation whatsoever.” Sounds like a great experience to us!

Read the full review here and book your service!

San Bernadino, CA (LA area)

Kristin of Our Ordinary Life stopped into Rosina’s Beauty and Wellness Center  for an algae body wrap. Of the great treatment she said “the detox really allows your body to feel great and it’s so relaxing sitting under the warm blankets.”

Read the full review here and book your service!

Los Angeles, CA

Caryn from Rockin’ Mama visited goddesslynneBODYandSKIN for a customized facial and brow shaping, and was thrilled with the results. The personalized attention you’ll receive at this location is second to none!

Read the full review here and book your service!

Santa Monica, CA

Janis from Mommy Blog Expert was treated to a traditional Thai Massage at The Raven Spa. This mom of four teenagers was “pleasantly surprised how fast thoughts of my every day chaotic life escaped my mind” during her soothing treatment.

Read the full review here and book your service!

Carlsbad, CA (San Diego area)

We sent Danielle from Simm Works Family into Bella D’ora Spa for some Spa Week-style pampering in honor of her big 3-0. She loved how the spa allowed her some kids-free time and the chance to truly relax!

Read the full review here and book your service!

East

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St. James, NY (Long Island)

Janene of Bella NYC got to experience a combo hot stones/aromatherapy massage at Purity Spa and left “pretty much left speechless.” Not much more to say on that front, besides you better hurry and book one!

Read the full review here and book your service!

Newfoundland, PA

To check out the gorgeous French Manor Inn and Spa we sent in a true spa vet, Shannon of A Girls Gotta Spa! She described the location as a “peaceful hideaway that is elegant, a place to simply retreat.”

Read the full review here and book your service!

Pottstown, PA (Philly suburb)

In honor of Spa Week, Cathi, of Chester County Moms, got her very first massage at Salon Twenty Two. Let’s just say, she wasn’t disappointed.

Read the full review here and book your service!

North Andover, MA (Boston suburb)

To tackle a review at Bliss Spa and Salon, we sent in Katrina from Lollipops and High Heels. She left her Stress Relieving Back Treatment “smiling, I had patience, and everything seemed calmer despite the chaos that comes from being an autism mom.”

Read the full review here and book your service!

Mid-West

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Canton, MI (Detroit area)

Gwen from Vacation Maybe was treated to not one but TWO of the services at Nature Cure Ayurvedic Spa. It was her first time at an Ayurvedic spa and she said “very impressed by the focus on balance as well as relaxation.”

Read the full review here and book your service!

Westlake, OH (Cleveland area)

Patricia of Akron Ohio Moms got to treat her sensitive skin pre-Spa Week at Destiny Derma Spa & Salon. She got the Signature Facelift treatment and loved how it was “pleasantly citrus scented and not painful.”

Read the full review here and book your service!

Mokena, IL (Chicago suburb)

Lisa from My Thoughts Ideas and Ramblings went to Southwest Laser and MedSpa for the Organic Lemongrass Body Scrub. Not only was the treatment relaxing, but over a week later her skin was still baby soft!

Read the full review here and book your service!

Chicago, IL

Alison from Sassy Moms in the City got to check out Sempurna Restoration Clinic, a location that is new to Spa Week. She said that her chemical peel was “beyond miraculous.” Sounds like a must-try to us!

Read the full review here and book your service!

Nashville, TN

Kasandria from Southern Bella’s Ways to Save is showing her readers how to score big next week at The Woodhouse Day Spa of Franklin. She received a facial AND massage, and left feeling completely refreshed!

Read the full review here and book your service!

In case there was any doubt in your mind, there you have it, from real people just like you all across the county. Spa Week is the can’t-miss event of the spring…so check out SpaWeek.com today to be sure that you don’t miss out!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.