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Organic Products

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We got lots of feedback and comments on S.O’s post and advice on organic make up so here we are with more information.

Stefanie what ingredient one should look at while choosing an organic makeup product?

Personally, I suggest looking out for USDA organic-certified products and be aware of so called “natural” products, which only claim to be natural and they are in fact petroleum based and contain in fact only very little plant extracts and lots of artificial fragrances.

What are the advantages of using organic makeup products for long term use?

I believe that using organic makeup and skincare can definitely improve the condition of your skin but also help to limit the amount of toxins we are exposing ourselves to. By detoxing and absorbing less toxins, you start looking more beautiful and believe it or not begin to lose weight considering that you are following a healthy diet as well.

Which organic products do you recommend to keeping skin healthy and fresh?

I have begun washing with face with Manuka honey and using Organic Argan Oil as a night cream and organic Shea butter whipped with Argan Oil for Daytime. I also really love Dr. Hauschka products which I buy at the Organic Shop.

An Interview With Dubai’s Beauty Dannielle Blaker

Dannielle Blaker

What do you love most about Dubai Dannielle?

There are so many things I love about Dubai, but the main thing for me is beach living! The weather has had a tremendous impact on me and has made outdoor activities easy accessible which has become a big part of my lifestyle and makes me happy. I’ve spent most of my life in cold weather cities with a lot of rain (Vancouver, London, Luxembourg) and until I moved to Dubai, I had no idea how much weather affected my mood. I’m more positive and I’ve finally become a morning person who loves waking up, as I’m greeted with sunshine!

Tell us about your beauty routine Dannielle!

I’m a firm believer that what you eat and your lifestyle contribute to a person’s beauty. For me, I try to incorporate eating well (lots of greens and water) into my routine along with weekly reflexology to keep the energy flowing. As for skincare, I use a gentle face scrub 4 times a week followed by a toner with 2% salicylic acid as I’m a little obsessed with getting rid of dead skin. I have several night creams on rotation depending on level of moisture needed and I always wear at least 30 SPF on my face everyday.

What are 3 of your favorite beauty products?

- I really like Alba Botanica products and I’ve recently discovered their Deep Clean Astringent toner.

- The Faceshop ( South Korean brand) BB Cream Power Perfection.

- Natura Bisse C+C vitamin scrub

Best Makeup tip you d like to share with our audience?

This is a really big secret but it’s the best tip I’ve ever been told so I’ll share it. There’s a liquid solution called Latisse and if you apply it to your eyelashes regularly, they grow crazy long! I get it from the US and it’s usually by prescription only, however I think it’s become available over the counter now due to popularity.

How do you stay in such great shape?

I run a lot. I find it’s the best way to keep fit and it’s a great stress relief for me. I like to mix up the running with yoga, Cross Fit and I love trying all the new fitness trends/ classes that come to Dubai. I get bored easily and I find this keeps exercise interesting. I also go horse riding 2 times a week and play on a competitive beach volleyball team.

Anything else you’d like to share?

This wonderful city is new but it’s growing up so fast and it’s great to be a part of it. I work in digital advertising and this is somewhat new to the Middle East compared to North America or Europe. I love being part of an industry that is learning, pushing the boundaries and trying new things everyday. It allows us to be innovative within this region.

Dannielle Blaker

 

Mastering Dewy Looking Skin

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Dewy skin effect is difficult to fake. You can’t just dust on shimmer powder and hope for the best. Because what’s really beautiful about dewy skin is that it is a natural glow that looks like it’s coming from within your complexion, not on top. The key is hydration, hydration, hydration. Your skin is constantly craving moisture so if you give it the right mix it will perk up instantly. 

Exfoliate Whether you use a peel, scrub, or glycolic-infused cleanser, nothing helps plump up dull skin like sloughing off dead skin cells. Try to exfoliate in one way or another at least twice a week to keep your complexion looking fresh.

Use a hydrating mask Here’s one step that gets skipped far too often. Even if you never forget to apply moisturizer, worship night cream, and practically bathe in serum, you’re skin still needs the special kind of TLC that can only come from a hydrating mask. Why? Think of it like this: even if you eat relatively healthy you still probably need to take vitamins. Well, a mask once a week is an intense, concentrated dose of all the medicines (antioxidants, vitamins, and acids) your skin needs in one sitting. Opt for a brightening one, which will instantly give skin a natural glow.

 

 

Quick Way to Smooth Skin: Dry Brushing

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Dry brushing is a great way to slough flaky, dead skin off your body, especially as prep before applying self-tanner.

Spas have offered the service forever, and doing it at home is ridiculously easy. All you need is a soft natural-bristle brush. ”When you give people brushes of all sorts, they think it’s a scrub brush—like you’re cleaning pots and pans,” says  dermatologist Karyn Grossman. “But this is your skin, and you need to be gentle. You’re not supposed to be red or scratched after.” She recommends rubbing in a light, circular motion before hopping into the shower, taking it easy on your chest and avoiding your face completely.  ”You can be a little tougher on your knees, elbows, ankles, and the tops of your feet, where the skin is thicker.”

Then, when you’re ready to shower, cleanse with a mild body wash and follow up with an equally mild moisturizer; a bolder scrub or anti-acne wash may leave the skin stinging. “You’re removing that surface layer, which temporarily makes your skin more sensitive. Otherwise, for two minutes of dry brushing, you will be rewarded with skin that feels soft, smooth, and instantly refreshed.