Juice for Better Skin

The safest route to naturally clear and glowing skin is through juicing—heed this advice from a top dermatologist.

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Juicing is all the rage these days, and we can’t say we haven’t hopped on board this bandwagon. We’ve already scouted out the best juice bars in NYC and shared the recipe for Stacy Stowers’ Happy Shake. This week, we chatted with renowned dermatologist, Dr. Ariel Ostad, on the beauty-boosting benefits of juicing for the skin.

Dr. Ostad says, “the best juice ingredients for clear, glowing skin include leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, cucumber, celery and the veggie of the moment, kale. Adding beets for natural sugar and fresh lemons are great additions for the skin. These vegetables are not only great for your skin, but they also help with weight loss. Blueberries, green tea, and protein are also great ingredients for juices to add nutritional value that will allow for anti-aging and metabolism boosting benefits.”

Specifically, Dr. Ostad filled us in on the fact that green leafy veggies are high in antioxidants (a skincare superstar). Blueberries and green tea are also rife with skin-loving ingredients. Dr. Ostad shared with us the below recipe for his “Morning Mix” juice that will leave your skin healthy and glowing all day long!

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Dr. Ostad’s Morning Mix

Ingredients

  • 4 Crushed Ice Cubes
  • ½ cup Iced Green Tea
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Blue Berry Juice
  • ½ Frozen Unsweetened Acai’ Smoothie Pak
  • 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder

Directions

In a blender place crushed ice cubes, blueberry juice (enough to just cover the ice, approx. ½ cup), half a frozen Acai smoothie pak, and protein powder.  Blend until smooth.  Add the frozen blueberries and Green Tea.  Blend until smooth, pour and enjoy!

This recipe is only about 75 calories, low in natural sugar, and is loaded with antioxidants (Blueberries & Green Tea), anti-aging and metabolism boosting Acai’, and protein…making it the perfect way to start your day!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Mani Monday: New Nail Launches You’ll Love

Your favorite nail brands are launching new collections that you’ll surely swoon over.

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If there’s anything more fun than poring through the nail polish aisle and picking out your favorite new shade, we certainly haven’t discovered it.  Our obsession with manicures and nail polish unwavering, we are devoted to scoping out the hottest news finds each and every season. Some of your favorite brands have recently launched (or will be soon launching) new polish collections for the summer and fall that you need to get your hands on.

Deborah Lippmann

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Always a favorite in the beauty world, Deborah Lippmann’s Fall 2014 line does not disappoint. Called New York Marquee, the collection is comprised of six shades that come in a luxe chrome finish that feels so fresh you’ll want to buy them all. They will be flying off the shelves come launch in August 2014, so don’t forget to mark your calendars now!

New colors: Take the “A” Train, Autumn in New York, Lullaby of Broadway, 12th Street Rag, Harlem Nocturne, I’ll Take Manhattan, $20 each at deborahlippman.com

Pacifica

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Just last month, popular vegan skincare line Pacifica made a foray into the nail world. The polish collection launched with a full line of 25 shades in all of your favorite colors. The best part? They are all 7-free!

25 new colors available, $9 each pacificaperfume.com

Dermelect

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Coming Fall 2014, Dermelect’s new Bejeweled collection was inspired by precious gems. These richly pigmented lacquers are perfect for fall and come in all of the hottest colors of the season. Each lacquer is uniquely textured, some with sugar-like particles to give a rougher finish, and others with a velvety gloss. All of Dermelect’s polishes are peptide-infused to treat weak nails.

New colors: Lustrous, Gilded, Heirloom, Belle Epoque , $14-16 each at dermelect.com/ME

Crabtree & Evelyn

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The newly launched Nud-est Collection contains for perfect nude shades. Ideal for year-round wear, nude polish is never out of style! Crabtree & Evelyn’s polish is quick-drying and formulated without harmful ingredients.

New colors: Alabaster, Peaches & Cream, Almond, Mocha, $6 each, crabtree-evelyn.com

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Summer Must-Try: Oil Blotters

Not all oil-blotters are created equal. Check out five to keep on-hand to combat every sweaty situation you might come across this season.

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There are so many things we love about summer…namely the weather, the sun, and the chance to spend every free second we have enjoying the great outdoors. There is only one downside to all of this time spent away from the AC: the excessive heat.  Yes, we’ll admit it, even for lovely, polished ladies like ourselves, the summer can get pretty sweaty. Luckily, when the dreaded face-shine strikes, we know exactly where to turn. Oil blotters gently remove excess oil from the skin, without messing up your perfect makeup application. These are our five favorite oil blotters—we’d recommend keeping your favorite nearby all summer long!

Earth Therapeutics Shine-Free Spot Blots

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These super thin oil blotters are made from hemp paper and are ideal for sensitive skin. With just a light press, spot blots will absorb excess oil from skin’s crevices and leave your face shine-free. A great product to keep in your purse for a quick fix!

80 sheets, $4.99 at earththerapeutics.net

Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens

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If you are a fan of the effects of charcoal on the skin, these blotting linens are an absolute must-have. Boscia’s Blotting Linens are made from Abaca Tree fiber and are infused with black bamboo charcoal. Not only will they remove oil from the skin’s surface, these sheets will clean pores for clear, beautiful skin.

100 sheets, $10 at sephora.com

Paula’s Choice Oil Blotting Papers

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You don’t have to worry about messing up your makeup with the Paula’s Choice Oil Blotting Papers. These thin papers don’t add powder to the skin, just gently absorb excess oil for a matte look.

Case of 100, $7 at paulaschoice.com

NYX Blemish Control Blotting Paper

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If long summer days leading into hot summer nights leave your skin prone to sweat-induced breakouts, this is one product you’re going to want to stock up on. NYX’s ultra-absorbent pulp papers will soak up the excess oil on your skin, and leave a dose of salicylic acid behind to banish blemishes.

100 count, $5.99 at ulta.com

Palladio Rice Paper          

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These unique, dual-purpose oil-absorbers are actually made from rice. They are two-sided—a matte side to de-shine and a powdered side for primping! They come in three shades to match varying skin tones. Keep Palladio Rice Paper on hand for in-cab touch-ups on hot days!

1 package, $4 at palladiobeauty.com

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Mani Monday: The Celeb Color of the Summer

Celebrity manicures have one thing in common this summer—they’re all sporting different shades of pink!

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We’re noticing a pattern when it comes to celeb manis this summer. Everything is coming up roses—or different shades of rosy pink! From bold brights to sheer pales, one thing is clear: pink is this summer’s “it” polish color!

Lauren Conrad is sporting Essie’s Bachelorette Bash, the perfect hot pink. If LC is wearing it, you know its on-trend!

Lucky magazine’s EIC Eva Chen is rocking MAC in Delicate—a super sheer pink just perfect for the hot summer months.

We’re not sure which part of this snap is more swoon-worthy…Jessica Alba’s perfect pink mani/pedi combo or her gorgeous stacked rings!

Carrie Underwood opted for Sweet Daisy, a Nicole by OPI shade, as her CMT manicure polish of choice. She’s a big fan of the color, and we have to say that she has great taste—it’s the perfect peach!


Kerry Washington is class all the way. The Scandal star makes chic and understated look easy in this Tutti Frutti by Chanel polish.

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

How To Avoid Dangerous Ingredients in Beauty Products

Find out what dangerous chemicals are hiding in your beauty products, and how to avoid them with safe and natural ingredient alternatives.

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Several countries have banned dangerous ingredients found in beauty products that are still allowed on U.S. shelves – but why? The FDA maintains that it is actively investigating several potentially toxic ingredients that are commonly used in cosmetics, but you’re likely still being exposed to dangerous ingredients during your daily beauty routine.

Find out exactly what we know about some of the most harmful chemicals used in beauty products today, and discover the safe alternatives that are toxin-free:

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Phthalates

Just last year a study uncovered the dangers of phthalates exposure during pregnancy. “The odds of preterm delivery appear to increase for pregnant women exposed to phthalates, chemicals people are exposed to through contaminated food and water and in a variety of products including lotions, perfurmes and deodorants,” said the study published by JAMA Pediatrics. Because there are so many lymph nodes in the underarm area, it’s especially important to nix this ingredient in deodorant. Try Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit, available for $14.50 at dermstore.com.

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Oxybenzone

Think you’re protecting your skin by slathering up in sunscreen before you hit the beach? Maybe not. Oxybenzone is a potentially toxic ingredient, most commonly found in SPF products, which is believed to disrupt the hormones and affect fertility. Stick with an oxybenzone-free sunscreen like Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40, available for $16.99 at kissmyface.com.

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Triclosan

We broke the news last month when Minnesota banned Triclosan from consumer hygiene products because of a study that found it disturbs the role of hormones in the body. The chemical is found in about 75 percent of antibacterial liquid soaps, and even in toothpaste and body wash. Caldrea Sea Salt Neroli Hand Soap incorporates aloe vera gel, olive oil and other safe ingredients that you can view on their site. Available for $10.50 at caldrea.com.

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Formaldehyde

The same chemical used for embalming is also used in mainstream beauty products, despite the fact that formaldehyde has been deemed a human carcinogen. One of the most common beauty products containing formaldehyde is nail polish, but companies have caught on and are now offering toxic-free lacquers. We like Butter London lacquer  because it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP. Try this polish in All Hail The Queen, available for $15 at butterlondon.com.

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Hydroquinone

Despite the fact that dermatologists often prescribe this skin lightening ingredient to treat dark spots, it can cause a condition called ochronisis, which is seriously scary. Individuals with the skin condition have developed blue-black skin discoloration and tiny yellowish brown bumps. Paula’s Choice Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment, available for $22.50 at paualaschoice.com offers a safe alternative and they even site the science that backs it up!

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Lead

There’s little explanation needed for this beauty offender – but you may be shocked to know that lead may be hiding in your lipstick! In 2012, the FDA found traces of lead in 400 lipsticks, including top brands like Maybelline, L’Oreal and Cover Girl. Stay on the safe side with an au naturel lipstick like Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-hour Lipstick that’s clay-infused and contains hydrating ingredients like mango, avocado and shea. Available for $26 at tartecosmetics.com  

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.