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This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 Image credit: Hairspray & High Heels We have major love here at A Girl's Gotta Spa! for makeup. From makeup trends to makeup tips, when to spend and when to splurge, as well as the latest products for each season, you can count on us to bring that info to you. Read more

Spa Week 2014 A Girl's Gotta Spa! and Giveaway

It's that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we've reviewed like The French Read more

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Garnier’s Clean + Balancing Daily Exfoliator Review

Garnier Balancing Exfoliator #review #skincare

I’m all over the place when it comes to skin care. I’ve been brand loyal with my daily moisturizer since I was 12, (my mom’s favorite is still my favorite,) but when it comes to face wash, I can safely say I’ve tried every product on the shelf at least once. After years of experimenting with pretty much every face cleanser under the sun, I can safely say Garnier’s new  Clean + Balancing Daily Exfoliator was the most pleasant morning pick me up (besides coffee) I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

There’s lots of exciting stuff coming from Garnier for Spring 2014. I think they are trying to target a young buyer with their new collection and I’m all about it. The new Garnier Clean + Skincare Collection is available with newly launched cleansers, a new moisturizer and a facial primer. Read more

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Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care

Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care #boys #skincare

Proper skin care is not something that you only teach your daughter or the female in your life, but is something I feel boys need to learn, as well.

Of course, I’m biased having four sons and all.

Yet, we know it’s true. Where are the ads on TV or in magazines marketing exfoliators, moisturizers, serums and sunscreen to men? (With the exception of acne products like Proactiv, of course.) When have you ever seen teen boys incorporated in skin care commercials? You simply don’t. So how does a young man know how to treat blemishes, or how to exfoliate his face or know the right products for his skin type?

Moms: It begins with you. Read more

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Acne Treatments with MYA UK

#Acne Treatments

Although some individuals experience acne and manage to successfully treat it with various lotions and potions, for the majority of the general public, the everyday off-the-shelf, and sometimes even prescribed treatments, simply won’t do the job. Many of those who struggle with acne also struggle to feel confident to show off their natural skin due to acne scarring.

Acne isn’t just delegated to the face, but can also appear on your chest and back. Furthermore, the effects of the acne can vary from whiteheads to blackheads, pustules to milia and cysts, each with their own unique skin treatment. Keeping a regular and thorough skin care routine can help those who suffer from acne-prone skin. Daily cleansing of the skin both day and night, as well as, removing makeup before bed are vitally important. Exfoliation is another key element to your skin and body care routine that should not be forgotten. Exfoliating 1-2 times per week will help keep pore-clogging debris at bay. Read more

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Stay Beautiful Naturally

Stay Beautiful - Naturally! (Includes a DIY lip balm recipe!)

We all want to stay looking our best, but sometimes you have to wonder exactly what is in the products that you buy at the beauty counter. We always advise to read the label and know your ingredients. With more and more people looking towards more natural ingredients, it’s good to know which one’s work best for your skin according to the season.

One of the many winter skin ailments we all deal with is dry, cracked lips. This is because the humidity is very low in the winter and when you turn your thermostat up, you’re depleting moisture which further dries out your skin. What you really need is a good lip scrub and lip balm to nourish and protect your lips!

Here’s a DIY Lip Balm recipe: Read more

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Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask Review


Even in my late 30′s I get acne. Sometimes nothing for months at all, sometimes repeatedly for months on end. Does this happen to you?

I learned a long time ago that charcoal (sulfur) is really effective at banishing blemishes, so I was immediately smitten with MAC Cosmetics Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. But not everyone (i.e. Me) can afford a $28 tube all of the time, so I was thrilled when Freeman came out with their Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask ($4). I can tell you in complete honesty, that this is a fantastic MAC dupe. Read more

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Review: Proactiv Oil Blotting Sheets

It’s been a hot, muggy summer here in NYC, and the time spent underground on the subway has taken a serious toll on my skin. I hate having to re-apply my makeup every time I emerge from the depths below (also known as the NQR line), so I’m always in the market for a quick fix.

Oil blotters are a great option for removing excess oil and pore-clogging dirt. Curently, I’m carrying around Proactiv’s Oil Blotting Sheets to take care of any midday shine that comes my way – and it’s been doing a great job so far. I was a loyal Proactiv customer in my youth (hel-lo, awkward teen years), so I already knew that it would work for me.  Read more

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Acne Treatment Review: Rx for Brown Skin Hydrating Acne Lotion and Acne Spot Treatment

My skin, for the most part, is pretty problem free but every once in a while…or more like once every month without fail…I tend to develop a serious case of acne that always seems to appear right before a big event or a photoshoot.  As soon as I notice that tiny red bump or feel that all too familiar tender spot on my skin, I start to attack it with lotions and potions intended to treat and prevent those bumps from transforming into pimples.  This plan of attack has resulted in one of two scenarios thus far; either it does not work and I just deal with a ginormous pimple for a few days…or a full week, or it works but also turns my skin into a dry flaky mess.

During this month’s battle of the breakouts, I used Rx For Brown Skins’ Clear Luminosity Acne Lotion and Precise Clarity Acne Spot Treatment as my weapons of choice and am ecstatic to say that I emerged victorious from this battle…finally.  The Clear Luminosity Acne Lotion did not leave my skin feeling dry and flaky like every other acne treatment lotion I’ve used in the past.  It was actually very hydrating and left my skin feeling softer and smoother, it also seemed to soothe my skin instead of irritating it.  The Precise Clarity Acne Spot Treatment helped to clear up my pimples, and while it was noticeably more drying than the lotion it still did not leave my skin a flaky, irritated mess.  With both of these products, the suggested application frequency is one to three times daily but I only needed to use it once a day and I generally used it at night, which worked out really well for me.   Read more

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Review: LARA Polishing Microderm Abrasion for Sensitive Skin

I absolutely love traveling, there’s nothing better than seeing and experiencing new places and getting out of my comfort zone for a few days, weeks or as my last traveling adventure would have it…an entire month.  One of the pitfalls of traveling for me though is that my skin always throws a tantrum.  The change in temperature, altitude, different water and change in region causes my pores to become clogged and I break out like I am still going through puberty.  As mentioned above, the last trip I took lasted for an entire month and I thought that just maybe since it was a road-trip my skin would behave, but I thought wrong.  I once again had clogged skin, which led to breakouts which in turn led to acne scars…ughhh.  Just my luck that modeling season in Miami was in full swing and the week after returning home I had three castings lined up, I needed help big time.

I thought about doing a series of microdermabrasion treatments, but was scared that my skin would be even more irritated, peels were not an option either as I have yet to find one that is not too aggressive.  So I opted to try LARA Beauty Polishing Microderm Abrasion for sensitive skin.  LARA Beauty is a line of anti-aging skincare for sensitive skin that contains natural and botanical ingredients, clinically proven anti-aging  compounds, a blend of antioxidants and peptides and is also free of retinol, phthalates, synthetic color, synthetic fragrance, parabens, GMOs, petrochemicals, sulfates or triclosan.  With such a cocktail of goodies, I hoped my skin would return to its usual clear, glowy state and the acne scars that I had picked up on my travels would begin to fade.

It’s important to also state that before exfoliating with the Polishing Microderm Abrasion, I could clearly see the blackheads that were clogging my pores.  I could not be happier with this scrub/polishing treatment.  It did not feel  abrasive or rough on my skin at all.  After using it, my skin looked immediately brighter and a lot more refreshed.  My face also felt smoother, I could no longer see, nor feel, the blackheads that were very noticeable before using the Polishing Microderm Abrasion.  The tiny acne scars that are a result of me picking at my face (I know a big no no but I always think it’ll be better if I pick…yet another habit to break) are still present but they do seem to be slowly fading, I think exfoliating twice a week for the next month will definitely erase them.

I absolutely love the Polishing Microderm Abrasion and cannot wait to see how a few other products from this line perform.  One thing I did forget to mention is that LARA Beauty also lists each ingredient used in their products so that you can test for allergies and also better understand why their products work the way they do…definitely a fan of this skincare line. Have you used it?

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Salma Hayek Nuance Spot Correcting Treatment

I recently got to know Salma Hayek’s new Nuance range by starting with the Facial Serum.  After three weeks, I gave up on it, concluding that it nothing for me. Nothing bad, but nothing good. Just nada. I wasn’t surprised that the touted skin lightening didn’t happen, but it didn’t even moisturize. Still I feel that I should give Salma Hayek the benefit of the doubt and so I’ve been looking at a more targeted product in the range, the Salma Hayek Nuance Correcting Spot Treatment 10% Sulfur ($16.99).

Although I haven’t tried it, Nuance Correcting Spot Treatment looks as if it may be an effective and well-priced treatment for zapping zits. The key active is sulfur at a 10% concentration, plus a couple of clays that will help control oily breakout-prone skin.

Sulfur has a mild antifungal and antibacterial activity, yet its precise mechanism of action on acne is unknown. Some researchers, according SkinCarePhysicians.com, believe sulfur can actually make acne worse by promoting blackhead and whiteheads through increased cell adhesion and can be a little drying to the skin. However, a double-blind study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, done over six weeks on acne-free volunteers, found that after applying a 5% it didn’t clog the skin (the study did not say whether it helped with acne). Overall, though most studies show sulfur to be successful in the treatment of acne and rosacea as well as safe (dryness and irritation can be experienced though).

There are a few of Salma Hayek’s signature botanicals, including mimosa (albizzia julibrissin), which seems to have exciting possibilities as a free radical scavenger that is more potent than L-ascorbic acid, and cactus pear (opuntia).  However, since they were also in the Facial Serum that I tested to no avail, I suspect that they are in quantities too small to be effective.

One really off-putting ingredient is the magnesium-aluminum-silicate, especially as this comes high up the ingredient list. Generally concentrations must be limited since there is a known risk of any ingredient containing aluminum compounds, which are neurotoxins. At the end, thankfully, is o-cymen-5-ol, a neurotoxin that is restricted in Japan and Europe.

Ingredients: Sulfur 10%, water, glycerin, bentonite, kaolin, magnesium aluminum silicate, octyldodecyl neopentanoate, sorbitan stearate, butylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, xanthan gum, isopropyl myristate, shea butter, aloe extract, green tea extract, albizia julibrissin bark extract, opuntia ficus indica stem extract, physalis angulata extract, agave, tequilana extract, zinc glyconate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, o-cymen-5-ol

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Murad Acne Complex Kit

With a hint of insomnia last night, I lay awake transfixed on an infomercial for a new acne treatment called Murad Acne Complex. It is not endorsed by big name celebrities that I have never believed to have skin care issues to begin with, it is endorsed by real users of the product. The before and after pictures were quite amazing, however, I realize that in this day and age “touch ups” happen all the time. From an untrained eye, I cannot tell if these are true-to-life before and after pictures or a little bit doctored. The only thing obvious to me is that they were makeup-less in the before picture and done up in the after picture. What is undeniable is that their acne is gone.

The Acne Complex system is designed by Howard Murad, a board certified dermatologist and trained pharmacist.

The Acne Complex consists of a Clarifying Cleanser with Green Tea and Salicylic Acid, the Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel with Glycolic Acid and Retinol and the Skin Perfecting Lotion that contains Retinol, Queen of Meadow Extract and Arnica.

How they say it works:

The Clarifying Cleanser: Salicylic Acid clears skin and helps prevent future breakouts and the Green Tea Extract and Menthol calm and cool irritated skin.

The Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel: Patented delivery system allows for maximum treatment penetration, while the Retinol and Glycolic Acid exfoliate to control breakouts.

The Acne Spot Treatment: Treats breakouts while promoting healing with anti-inflammatory ingredients that soothe and reduce redness.

The Skin Perfecting Lotion: Retinol and Queen of Meadow Extract reduce oil production and tighten pores. Arnica helps to heal and calm irritated skin.

The kit costs about $60. Has anyone used this? If so, what are your thoughts?

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