~ 24k gold cosmetics ~

Natural skin care is more complicated than you may think. It starts with natural ingredients, like vitamins, minerals, and herbs. But it doesn’t stop there. Formulas must work together for the benefit of the skin. To do that, they must contain ingredients that can actually penetrate skin and go to work underneath the surface.
Geisha’s have long relied on gold to give their skin an incandescent glow. No matter the skin tone, pure gold adds a glow and a touch of luxury to the beauty ritual. This upcoming Festive Season, why don’t you spoil a loved one with the following Gold infused beauty sets from luxury beauty brands, Euphorie, Le Royale and D'or 24k Cosmetics.
This rejuvenating luxurious mask provides long-lasting firming and lifting results. It increases the production of collagen and melanin, providing the perfect elasticity and skin tone. Its cleansing properties shrink pores and revitalize skin. The face is immediately refreshed and renewed. It is the instant youthful skin look. Comes in 12 pieces per pack.
Application – After cleansing, apply all over face and gently massage with light circular motions. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Moisturize your skin with the leftovers. Use once a week or as the skin specialist advice. Comes in 12 pieces per pack.
Please visit www.euphoriecosmetics.com for more info.
Le Royale

The Golden Beauty Kit
($ 339.99)
24K Gold Infused Facial Serum:
Hey tired, dehydrated skin...this is your chance to start over! LE' ROYAL 24K Gold Infused Facial Serum boosts the youthful look of skin.The fast-absorbing formula with gold tr-radiance complex helps protect against visible signs of aging. Tired skin looks plumped and hydrated and feels firmer, smoother...energized. Dramatically boosts the effectiveness of any skincare routine.

24K Gold Infused Day Moisturizer:
Say good-bye to dry skin and hello to "total moisture." LE' ROYAL 24K Gold Infused Day Moisturizer provides concentrated immediate & long-term hydration for a radiantly refreshed complexion. Exclusive tri-radiance complex helps develop   skin's moisture barrier. For normal to dry skin.

24K Gold Infused Night Cream:
Say good-bye to dry skin and dream with LE' ROYAL 24K Gold Infused Night Cream. Relaxes the skin, nourishes dry areas for a refreshed everlasting youthful look while catching up on your beauty sleep. For normal to dry skin.

24K Gold Infused Facial Peeling Gel:
Peel the layers of damage away with LE' ROYAL 24K Gold Infused Facial Peeling Gel! A lightweight treatment that gently exfoliates the skin,reduce the appearance of fine-lines & wrinkles, balances skin tone, & minimizes pores.
For additional information please visit: https://leroyal24k.com/
D'or 24K

Gold Products With Sonic Device
$ 17,500.00
Capture all of the anti-aging benefits of 24-karat pure gold with the ultimate gold bundle. This set of products is expertly combined to work collaboratively to reduce surface lines and wrinkles, while stimulating cellular growth of the basal layer to regenerate healthy, firm, rejuvenated skin cells.
Your Bundle Includes:
Collagen Serum
Specially formulated to hydrate and fight free radicals, D'OR 24K Collagen Serum simultaneously stimulates your own skin to produce more natural collagen, diminishing lines and wrinkles, while re-vitalizing and illuminating your skin. Designed to penetrate deep within the dermis to rebuild damaged cells, it generates layers of smooth, supple skin that create a radiant glow.
Collagen Cream
A rich, fresh smelling, daily cream formulated to work on a cellular level to speed up collagen production and fight the ravaging damage caused by free radicals. D’OR 24K Collagen Cream contains 24 karat gold, along with other natural collagens, that not only promote collagen growth but actively prevent moisture loss, enhance elasticity, reverse skin discoloration, and improve circulation to delay the aging process.
Collagen Mask
Infused with gold and collagen to improve tissue elasticity, D/OR 24K collagen mask replenishes on a cellular level by nourishing the deep tissues of your skin with a boost of vitamins and minerals that work to hydrate and plump cells, while stimulating fresh new cell growth.
Twelve 24K Gold Facial Masks
Comprised of pure gold infused with high-density plant collagen, hyaluronic acid, arbutin, and minerals that are nearly identical to the skin's own composition, D'OR 24K's Gold Facial Masks work to build a natural protective layer against free radicals. When activated by moisture, the mask quickly transfers these powerful nutrients into the skin, making it plumper, tighter, and more radiant.
Twelve 24K Gold Neck & Decollate Lifting Treatment Masks
The 24-karat gold within this year supply of neck and decollate mask works to slow collagen depletion and elastin breakdown, while other natural collagens and vitamins plump and rejuvenate the neck and chest to reduce sagging, wrinkles, and age spots.
Neck and Decollate Cream
Firm and re-define subtle neck and jaw line contours that are lost when skin begins to sag with the daily application of D’OR 24K Neck & Decollete Cream. By boosting the skin's ability to regenerate natural collagen and thereby retain moisture, aging skin transforms on a cellular level to become more youthful, firmer and brighter.
Sonic Device
Realize the full restorative and age defying benefits of the 24K gold product line through advanced application of facial and neck creams and serums. Use the Sonic Device's heat setting to increase blood circulation, allowing the skin to more deeply drink in and deliver the powerful essential elements through the dermis, followed by the cold compress to shrink pores and tighten skin. Apply sonic vibration to either the hot or cold compress settings to further magnify results.

~ choosing the right perfume ~

Choosing the right perfume is essential to defining your personal style through scent. A scent can be memorable, flirty, or overpowering. What do you want your perfume to say about you? What fragrances are better for summer? Where should I apply my perfume? The scent experts at GetYourPerfume.com have put together some quick tips and an accompanying infographic to help you flaunt your signature scent and wear it with finesse.

The Basics
A lot goes into selecting a fragrance. Humans were designed to be attracted to the scent of other human beings. When we find a person’s scent to be appealing, we may seek out closer bonds. Scents can also have a powerful influence over our emotions when it comes to choosing people we want to be close to. Take time to choose the right scent to attract the right people into your inner circle.

Characteristics of the 5 Types of Perfume
There are five types of perfume based on the perfume’s “tenacity” or how long the scent will linger on the skin. These types are based on the concentration of fragrance oils and price. The scent categories are as follows:

·         Perfume, also called parfum or extrait, has 20-40% concentration of fragrance and can last up to 8 hours.
·         Eau de Parum has a slightly lower concentration of 15-20% oils and will be detectable for up to 6 hours.
·         Eau de Toilette offers a lighter scent with a concentration of 7-15% that will last on the skin for about 4 hours.
·         Eau de Cologne has 3-7% concentration and may last 2-3 hours.
·         Eau Fraiche has the least amount of concentration at 1-3% and will last less than 2 hours. 

Fragrance Notes
Fragrances are comprised of many complex layers of scents or “notes.”  Perfumes contain layers of notes to create each unique bouquet. They can be classified in three basic categories:
·         Top Notes – These are the scents that immediately hit your senses when you apply the perfume, but they evaporate quickly.

·         Middle Notes – Also referred to as heart notes, emerge as the Top Notes dissipate and comprise the essence of the scent. 

·         Base Notes – Are not detected for several hours of wearing the perfume. They are the rich overtones that create the overriding theme of the scent.

Essence Wheel
Michael Edwards inspired the Essence Wheel that classified fragrances according to their predominate scent characteristics. The four basic fragrance types are listed below:
·         Oriental Notes are a mixture of Floral Oriental, Soft Oriental, and Woody Oriental oils. These scents may be comprised of florals and spices.
·         Woody Notes are earthier in nature and are derived from Woods, Mossy Woods, and Dry Woods. 
·         Floral Notes are a mixture of soft and traditional florals like rose or lavender.
·         Fresh Notes make up a large part of the Essence Wheel by incorporating Fruity, Green, Water, Citrus, and Aromatic notes to create layers of scent.

Note, perfumes can smell different on different people based on their body chemistry. The same scent can vary based on skin type. For instance, if someone has dry skin, oily skin, or are prone to excessive sweating, the oils in the perfume will react differently.

How to Wear Perfume
Perfume is best worn on parts of the body where natural body heat will slowly release the perfume’s ingredients. Keep in mind that when it comes to your personal scent, less is more. Apply the perfume to dry, freshly showered skin. Avoid spraying perfume on clothing. To sustain the fragrance’s note, avoid rubbing the perfume into your skin.

Men and women have different body temperatures therefore fragrance placement will be different for each gender.

·         Hot Zone – Men produce more heat near the lower jaw, neck and shoulders. Women produce more heat behind the ears, neck and chest.  Placing perfume in these regions will allow for the scent to release more quickly.

·         Warm Zone – Men tend to have less heat generation near their chest and wrist. Women produce less heat on their shoulders, wrist and behind the knees. Dabbing some perfume in these regions will help the scent last longer with a slower release time.

·         Medium Zone – The inner elbow and forearm are the coolest regions on a man’s extremities. Women tend to have a lower body temperature on their inner elbow, below their midriff, calves and ankles.  Applying a touch of fragrance in these areas will help the scent linger.

Perfume Wearing Tips

·         Winter time is the time to wear stronger more powerful fragrances. When the air is dry and cold, there is less oil for the body to react with to carry the scent.

·         Summertime is the best time to wear soft fragrances comprised of fresh herbs, citrus and florals.

·         It is advisable to have an everyday scent for work, outdoor events, shopping or holidays.

·         Don’t wear fragrances when exposed to direct sunlight.  Ingredients may react to UV rays and affect the scent notes and irritate or stain the skin where the scent was applied.

~ belly bloating busters for summer ~

Avoiding Foods That Make You Look & Feel Fat 
When planning for a fun get-together with friends everything goes through your mind, from your wardrobe to jewelry and make-up. What many of us don’t plan for, however, is our meals.  Eating the wrong foods before an event can sabotage your beauty plan. Certain foods can give your gut an instant bloat that looks and feels awful. However, there is a solution to this dilemma. Instead of skipping dinner to squeeze into your LBD or grabbing bagels for a quick morning bite, there are belly bloat busters. Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine. Here are some of his suggestions:
For a girl’s night out: Don’t be afraid to have a large meal beforehand (large meaning more than just a PB&J). If you are planning for an active night, whether dancing, bowling or party hopping, you will need the fuel. Dr. Calapai has created the perfect meal for this situation:
-      1 grilled chicken breast (approx 4 oz)
-      1/2 cup cooked brown rice and lentils
-      1 cup steamed string beans
This combo will fill you up without weighing you down, and will give you the energy you need to dance the night away!
For a dinner- date: You’re wearing a stunning new BCBG dress that already had to be zipped up by your roommate. When you’re at the restaurant with your guy refrain from ordering a salad to make it look like you’re being healthy. All the veggies in the salad will actually cause your stomach to bloat more. Dr. Calapai  advises that a fish dish with one side of grilled veggies is the way to go! “Wild Salmon is jam-packed with heart healthy vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. If Salmon is not an option, mackerel, sea bass and lemon sole are all good options as well. As for the veggies, try to steer clear of cruciferous veggies (such as cauliflower, broccoli) that can cause bloating. Instead opt for grilled zucchini, asparagus, or carrots - which will keep your tummy tamed!”
For a day at the beach: It’s finally getting warm out and you can take that bathing suit out of hiding. If you’re going to the beach you need a healthy, energizing meal to get you through the morning but you don’t want it to show in your stomach.  You’re probably thinking that the easiest thing to eat before you head out is some Special K with skim milk. It’s low in calories after all, right? It doesn’t matter how low-cal it is, the dairy and multi-grains will expand in your intestines, causing your gut to stick out. Instead of cereal, Dr. Calapai has an awesome recipe for oatmeal pancakes. Take 1/2 cup raw oats, 3 egg whites, 1/2 apple, and a dash of cinnamon and throw in a blender to create the pancake mix. This high fiber non-fat breakfast choice offers whole grain fiber plus additional fiber from the apple, and protein from the egg whites. It's a great filling way to start the day, and will not create any abdominal gas or bloating, so you can go bikini-bare with ease!
For an afternoon luncheon: Eating a well-balanced lunch is essential for boosting energy and productivity; giving you power over that mid-day slump and keeping your metabolism active.  A lot of times people want to skip lunch in hopes of losing weight and grab an energy drink to keep them going. This is so bad! The carbonation from an energy drink will make you more bloated then a light lunch. Dr. Calapai says, “For a mid-day luncheon, your best bet is a salad chock-full of fresh veggies and greens, and topped with a piece of grilled fish, low-fat tuna salad, or fresh turkey breast slices. Throw a few walnuts or almonds on top and dress with a low fat/low sugar dressing, to finish off your delicious salad creation!”
Before Sex: Luckily, you can eat your dinner or dessert (or both, on good dates) and enjoy sex too. Just lay off the foods that can trigger digestive issues, a real problem if you have a sensitive stomach or suffer from date-related anxieties, which can amplify digestive issues, according to Dr. Calapai. An 8-ounce piece of meat could trigger gas that's particularly foul-smelling. "Gas associated with red meat is more odorous because of chemicals it produces in the colon," Dr. Calapai explains. That's because when you overeat protein, it goes straight to the colon for fermentation where it creates some seriously offensive byproducts.  A safer bet is salad greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms. Instead of a Margarita drink: Tequila straight up, or wine (a safer bet). This way, you're only up against naturally occurring sugars.
For traveling days: These days airports are getting bigger and so are the food courts. It’s tempting to give in to the convenience of fast travel food, but the combination of a high-sodium smorgasbord and air travel equals a very bloated body from head to toe. You absolutely must resist because there are better options. Eat before you leave for the airport.  Dr. Calapai suggests packing your carry-on with fruits, veggies, and granola bars. Believe it or not these are available at kiosks. Also, avoid the beverage service on board. Stick to water, you will have a happier flight and feel revived upon arriving at your destination!
Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.
Anti-Aging Physician and "The Stem Cell Guru

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy. Proclaimed as the "The Stem Cell Guru" by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.
His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's.
Dr. Calapai started his practice in New York City in 1986 and for over 25 years he has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM, where he offers health and medical advice. He has a show on Saturday morning 8-9am and Sunday evening from 6-7pm. He has consulted with numerous high-profile individuals including Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham's, Donal Logue and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.
Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.
He is the author of E-books Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can't Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website, www.drcal.net.

~ smooth, moisturized summer skin ~

No matter what your skincare concern is – everyone should show off smooth, moisturized summer skin! Whether you have chapped skin, suffer from eczema or have flaky patches, Curél Skincare has you covered with intense hydration for healthy looking skin from head to toe!  
For skin that feels parched from being out in the sun, choose Curél Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion. Ideal for severely dry skin, this formula has been clinically proven to repair and renew extra dry skin two times better than the leading intensive lotion. It contains extra-strength, naturally hydrating agents so skin feels soft, supple, and restored ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers).
Ultra Healing® Lotion for Extra Dry Skin
Calm dry, itchy and eczema prone skin with Curél Itch Defense Calming Lotion. This moisture rich formula helps relieve dry, itchy skin and control flare ups as you rebalance pH levels, moisture levels and cellular turnover for healthy skin. Dermatologist recommended and pediatrician tested, this calming lotion soothes eczema prone skin while being gentle enough for babies 6 months and up! ($8.99; Drug and mass merchants)
Itch Defense® Lotion for Dry Itchy Skin
Uncover healthy, smooth skin under dry patches with Curél Rough Skin Rescue! This smoothing lotion works with skin’s natural exfoliating process to gently loosens flakes without irritation, allowing essential hydration to reach the areas that need it most. The dermatologist-recommended formula uses natural ingredients to relieve roughness and help prevent it from returning. ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers)

~ shedding some light on sunscreen protection ~

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Summertime is heating up and that means another confusing trip to the sunscreen aisle. But not all sunscreens meet the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) criteria. A recent study found that 40 percent of top consumer rated sunscreens sold on Amazon did not adhere to AAD guidelines, including not being water and sweat resistant. Many others are also facing legal challenges alleging they are not performing up to their marketing claims. Board Certified New York Dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou gives you what you need to know before you lather or spray.
Do you really need SPF 50 or higher?
SPF refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburns, but not UVA rays, which are more closely linked to deeper skin damage. Both UVA and UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer.
Dr. Papantoniou explains that, “The SPF rating is a measure of the time it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen. “SPF is not a consumer-friendly number,” says Dr. Papantoniou. "It is logical for someone to think that an SPF of 30 is twice as good as an SPF of 15 and so on. But that is not how it works." According to Dr. Papantoniou, “An SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. "After that, it just gets superfluous,” she says. Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but none offers 100% protection. Dr. Papantoniou recommends SPF 30 - 50 products to her patients, depending on their skin type and medical history.
How much sunscreen should you use?
You’ve probably heard people say to use an amount the size of a quarter. Wrong! You’re supposed to use a shot glass full of sunscreen on all exposed areas to get the full benefit. “And here’s something else you probably don’t know,” says Dr. Papantoniou.  “SPF only refers to UVB rays. There is no ratings scale for UVA protection. So look for the words “Broad Spectrum” on the label and specific ingredients. The most important ingredients to for UVA protection are avobenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.”
DO wear sunscreens rich in antioxidants
Natural antioxidants are the latest breakthrough in sunscreens and are a safe way to boost our natural immunity to the sun's harmful rays. When layered or combined with a sunscreen, they add an extra level of protection. Some known antioxidants are green tea polyphenols, vitamin C, raspberry seed oil, astaxanthin, ferulic acid and reishi mushrooms.
MYTH: Your daily facial moisturizer needs to have SPF.
FACT: “Only one of the products you use each morning needs to have SPF of 30 or higher,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “SPF is SPF, regardless of whether it’s in your foundation or moisturizer.”
MYTH:  Using multiple products with SPF gives you greater protection.
FACT: “SPF isn’t an equation,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “You can’t use an SPF 15 primer and an SPF 20 foundation and get SPF 30 coverage. Your sun protection is only as strong as your highest SPF, which in this case would be 20.” Of course, if you’re dabbing foundation or moisturizer on only small areas of your face, it’s wise to double up on products that contain SPF to ensure total coverage.
MYTH: "If you're wearing foundation, you don't need sunscreen. A layer of makeup will protect your skin from the sun."
FACT: Makeup will not act as a barrier for UV rays, even if it has an added SPF. "Testing has shown that the SPF protection from a makeup product alone is insufficient. That small amount of SPF is always a nice addition, but not enough to protect your skin," says Dr. Papantoniou. Always apply sunscreen (or a moisturizer with broad-spectrum sun protection) under your makeup. If you're worried about your skin looking greasy, there are plenty of great mattifying options for the face.
Here's a reminder of how to properly protect yourself:
1. Always wear a hat and sun protective clothing if you're going to be out for long periods of time.
2. Avoid the mid-day sun.
3. Don't be tempted to use that tube of sunblock you didn't quite finish last year.  New summer, new sunblock.
4. Slather on generous quantities of sunblock at least 30 minutes before you head outdoors: To achieve the SPF level on the label, you need a teaspoon on your face, and a shot glass-worth for your body. Don't forget your ears, your lips, your hairline, and your scalp or part lines.
5. Reapply every couple of hours, especially if you've been swimming or exercising.
Dr. Kally Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in Injectables, Lasers, Body Contouring, Surgical and Medical Dermatology. Dr. Papantoniou is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City. She applies expert techniques and the newest technologies to treat her patients. Dr. Papantoniou focuses on providing her patients with the highest level of care, with special interests in natural and healthy alternatives to treatments and disease prevention. Connect with Dr. Papantoniou  via twitter @DrPderm or her website www.DrPapantoniou.com

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