health and beauty

Spilling the tea: The Skin Benefits of Green Tea

What’s a better way to relax than sipping on some hot tea, especially green tea? Green tea originated in China and spread throughout Asia due to its many health benefits. You can also find green tea in many cosmetic products because Camellia Sinensis leaves are loaded with antioxidants. Here are some great beauty benefits that green tea contains:

Reduced Inflammation

Did you know that you can drink your way to perfect skin? Recent studies show that drinking two cups of green tea a day will protect you from the sun’s UV rays. Too much sun exposure can irritate and inflame your delicate skin. Luckily, green tea contains anti-inflammatory properties that combats the harmful rays.

Gentle Exfoliator

Applying the tea leaves on your face makes a great exfoliator. The tea leaves have a slightly abrasive texture, which is good for eliminating dead skin cells. The end result is a brighter and smoother complexion.

Anti- Aging

Aging gracefully is a wonderful thing, but if there was a way to rewind the clock, would you take it? If yes, then green tea has been proven to provide anti-aging elements. The catechin EGCG can reactivate dying skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin. This means wrinkles and age spots caused by free radicals damage can fade away!

Acne

You may have noticed that many skincare products contains green tea or that green is their main ingredient. Well, when used topically, green tea has been proven to dissipate the appearance of pimples, zits, and blackheads. The reason being, green tea is antimicrobial and astringent.

We hope these beauty benefits will help you achieve a clearer and smoother complexion.


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21 Days Before The Wedding (Part 1)

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So imagine it, you’re three weeks till your big and magical day and you are in high stress and panic mode! You’re second guessing your look; your bride’s maids all have an opinion about something that drives you crazy. Nobody is on the page and you are thinking... this is my BIG day, why should I listen to any of them? Maybe… OR maybe you are just overwhelmed and stressed. You are sweating the small stuff with how close this magic day is. Don’t worry.

We highly recommend during the next three weeks before the big day, take some time and pamper yourself. Here are some recommendations we think can help relieve stress, feel productive. (Make it girls day)!

1.    Have a spa party 

            Spend time with your bride’s maids. Gossiping is always fun and in the end you feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Book a on location SPA party

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2.    Eyebrow waxing – Definitely want to do this 2-3 days before the big day. Why not make it a girl’s day with brunch as well.

3.    Spray Tan – I definitely recommend (if you want) to do a spray tan try it out three weeks before to make sure you like it. If everything went well go back in for your spray tan 3 days before the wedding. 

Tanning is always relaxing if you can do it out in the sun. But watch out for sun damaged. 

Tanning is always relaxing if you can do it out in the sun. But watch out for sun damaged. 

 

4.    Nails – You definitely want to do all your Mani-Pedi’s at least 4-5 days before the wedding. We definitely recommend using Gel for a longer lasting color. If your doing a regular manicure this needs to be done the day before your wedding otherwise you risk chipping on the day of. 

5.   Lastly but definitely not least – eye lashes. If you are looking for extensions its best to actually try them out a month in advance and retouch it the week before.

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Love you ladies! Hope you enjoyed my bridal tips before your big day! 

Prep Time: 6 Months Before Your Wedding

Gorgeous Lindsey, glowing before her wedding. 

Gorgeous Lindsey, glowing before her wedding. 

 

It's six months before your wedding, your stress, over thinking, running around like a crazy person and you realized, how am I ever going to get EVERYTHING done in time? Of course, this is probably one of the most stressful things of your life, but remember it is also supposed to be one of the most exciting things of your life! (And let's face it, stress does not look cute on anyone) We here at Krystal Rose Studios have some tips for you to not only get the perfect wedding but also get a more relaxed and glowing you.

At BPure Beauty Bar with Krystal S. 

At BPure Beauty Bar with Krystal S. 

 

We here at Krystal Rose Studios, highly recommend preparing for your wedding at least six months before (earlier the better). Consult with a professional for the best opinions and treatments. We definitely recommend a hydrating facial before the big day. Having skin that is hydrated not only feels good for you but also makes makeup look and feel light. At Krystal Rose Studios, have aesthetician Rebecca D'Aquila who definitely knows how to leave your skin feeling radiant and soft before, and on the big day.

As the bride to be, make sure you drink plenty of water. Not only does it help you stay healthy and hydrated, it also helps your skin stay young, hydrated and refreshed. We also recommend following this skincare regimen.

Five-step program for great skin:

Cleanser: We recommend using BPure's Exfoliate  & Renew Cleanser. Compared to Murad's Aha-BHA exfoliating cleanser and Peter Thompson Cleanser, it is sulfate free and parabran free with botanical fragrances (Pricing comparison: Peter Thompson $38 8.2oz BPure Exfoliate & Renew Cleanser $28 for 8oz and no artificial fragrances). Remember you must get a cleanser that fits with your specific skin type, whether you have dry, oily or combination skin. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types, may be used everyday or 3 times a week along with your regular cleanser. 

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Toner: Our Renew & Awaken Toner is a perfect addition to your skin regimen. Our toner comes with ginseng & chamomile giving the skin a healthy glow, hydrating, and maintaining elasticity. We definitely recommend this product if you have dry, normal or combination skin. If you have a problem more with acne, toners with witch hazel will be a great option. 

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Serum: BPure Beauty's Serum is a great anti-aging remedy. Apply after toner to help keep a young and healthy glow. (Remember to target your skin type when looking for the perfect serum). 

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Eye Cream: BPure Beauty's Belle Vie Lifting Creme reduces the dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes as well as the neck area. It is packed with antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E and protects against free radicals, promotes cell energy production & acts as an anti-inflammatory

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Firming/moisturizing Creme:  BPure Beauty's Firming Beauty Creme is a great essential for your skin regimen. It is great for all skin types and clinically proven to reduce lines, leaving skin soft, firm and glowing. Our creme is light but hydrating.

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Small recap:

       Remember all you brides-to-be, drink plenty of water (if you are working out, which we will talk about next time) remember a gallon a day.

       Consult an aesthetican to plan out a series of facials and peels best suited for your skin type AT LEAST 6 months before the wedding. If your only able to get in one facial before your wedding day go in for a hydrating facial at least 2 weeks or more before your wedding date. 

        Get on a great 5 step skin care regimen.

These are the best steps to maintaining beautiful skin for your wedding (or for your everyday life).

 

 

 

 

A Guide to Self-Improvement in 2018

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When a new year rolls around, many of us look for ways we can improve ourselves. For a lot of people, that mostly means getting in shape or finding a healthier lifestyle, but self-improvement can encompass a lot of things, from learning how to be a better parent to finding ways to help others in your community. The great thing about these changes is that they don’t just affect you; they touch the people in your life and can often inspire them to follow the same path.

 

The first step is to think about how you want to change your life for the better; second, think of ways you can implement those changes that will allow you to stick with them. For instance, it’s great to set a goal to lose weight by exercising every day, but if you don’t get specific with the steps you’ll take to achieve your goal, there’s a greater chance that you’ll get busy or tired and lose your motivation.

 

Plan ahead, then implement. Here’s how to get started.

 

Choose something that’s attainable

 

In many cases, it’s wonderful to dream big. However, if you want to set a goal and achieve it, sometimes it’s best to start small and go with something you know you can attain, then work your way up. There’s no rulebook that says you have to limit yourself to one goal; just work on one at a time. Check out this Men’s Health article, which talks about the best ways to prioritize your goals and tasks.

 

Garner support

 

Once you’ve figured out what it is you want to achieve, garner support from friends and family. If you’re on a mission to live a healthier lifestyle, talk to your family at home about getting everyone on the same page so you aren’t unintentionally sabotaged by your spouse when he or she brings home cookies and soda from the supermarket. Having those who love you in the loop when it comes to your goals will ensure you have cheerleaders to help keep you going when things get hard or when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone.

 

Help others

 

For some, helping others is the best way to start improving their lives. This can mean being active in your community by volunteering at a local animal shelter or library, preparing food for a homeless shelter, or baking some sweet treats for a lonely senior or the local fire department.

Sometimes, being able to give back allows us to see that our own lives aren’t as stressful as we once thought. Putting things in perspective—and helping someone else out in the process—can be a wonderful way to push the stress and anxiety away and focus on the good things in your life.

 

It’s okay to focus on yourself

 

While self-improvement can often include learning how to be better in the service of others, its core is exactly those words: improving yourself. That can mean any number of things, from setting a goal to go to the gym for daily workouts to cleaning out your closet and starting over with a new wardrobe. It can also mean learning how to handle stress, something that can benefit most people these days. When you’re more relaxed, you’re able to be the best parent, partner, employee, or student you can be. Find ways to cut out the stress in your life, such as heading to the spa for a day of pampering or meeting up with friends once a week for lunch, and do them as often as you can. Read this wonderful guide to find out how to escape stress no matter where you are.

Article by Paige Johnson

Self-improvement might be a very different path for you than it is for someone else, and that’s okay! Remember that it’s all about what’s right for you, and that achieving goals takes time. Be patient with yourself and keep communication open with your loved ones so you’ll have their support.