6 Apps that Help You Be Your Most Beautiful

1) Zeel

Consider it the Uber of at-home massages, Zeel delivers a masseuse to your doorstep with the tap of a button. The app allows users to book same-day appointments directly to your location—from the office to your home. You can choose from a variety of treatments—including Swedish and invigorating deep tissue—as well as the length of your massage, 60 or 90 minutes. The ultimate at-home pampering session is paid through the app and confirmed with a text message that provides your masseuse's information so all you have to do is relax and unwind.

2) PRIV

The PRIV app brings at-home pampering to a whole new level of luxury. Order a masseuse, personal trainer, yoga instructor, hairstylist, manicurist or makeup artist straight to your doorstep. Your at-home beauty delivery isn't limited to just one service, users can book haircuts, pedicures, and massages all at the same time for your own mini spa day. Available in both New York and Los Angeles, the at-home services can be delivered in as fast as an hour or booked up to 48 hours in advance.

 

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3) Beautified

If you're looking to get out of the house for a pampering beauty treatment, Beautified lets users book last-minute appointments at the best local salons, spas and fitness studios to get a little rest and relaxation services from the most recommended places in your area.

4) Calm

To decompress and relax your mind, the Calm app is a mental getaway through the screen of your phone. Meditate and unwind by selecting a scenic background (think exotic beaches and tropical rainforests) to go along with soothing sounds or a guided "7 Steps of Calm" meditation. Specialized programs can help with anxiety, confidence, energy, sleep and relaxation.

5) House Account

What better way to treat yourself than retail therapy without actually leaving your house? House Account puts a luxe spin on online shopping by allowing you to peruse boutiques across the country that don't always have e-commerce available. Shop through Instagram-like posts of fashions and directly message or call boutique sales associates to learn more or purchase the product and have it delivered to your doorstep. It's high end boutique shopping without actually leaving your couch.

6) Madison Reed

Perfect for those who love to pamperself themselves with a little DIY beauty, this major at-home hair coloring service saves you a trip to the salon. Madison Reed's color advisor helps you to select which hair color is right for you, whether you're trying highlights or full hair dye, with a free hair specialist consultation through the app. Once your hair color is delivered, the app then provides step-by-step video tutorial for applying the color to your hair (bonus: you can listen to a hair stylist talk you through the steps or a playlist of your choice).

6 Anti-Aging Skin Care Ingredients That You Should Never Mix Together

If your anti-aging skin care routine isn’t quite working the way you want it to, it might have something to do with the products you’re using. In an attempt to stay on top of all the latest anti-aging skin care advice, many people end up using a heap of different products and treatments at the same time. While layering products can be useful to address multiple skin concerns, too much overlap can sometimes do more harm than good. What a lot of anti-aging skin care advice doesn’t mention is that certain ingredients can actually clash with and counteract each other.

Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, so when it comes to picking the right products and treatments for you, your own doctor or dermatologist will really be able to give you the best anti-aging skin care advice. Still, it’s important to be aware of the ingredients you’re using and how they work with each other. Here is some ingredient-related anti-aging skin care advice to help point you in the right direction.

Vitamin C + Alpha Hydroxy Acids

A lot of anti-aging skin care advice these days will include vitamin C, and for good reason. Its antioxidant properties make it an effective wrinkle treatment, thanks to the role it plays in stimulating collagen production. It also makes for good anti-aging skin care advice because, in addition to reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles, vitamin C can enhance skin tone,improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin, prevent and reduce acne marks, and minimize the appearance of age spots, as various studies have shown. Furthermore, vitamin C has been shown to be effective for anti-aging skin care because of its ability to neutralize free radicals that would otherwise deteriorate skin health.

When seeking out anti-aging skin care advice, you may also have heard a lot about alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), like glycolic acid, citric acid, or lactic acid. These are often used as a wrinkle treatment by way of exfoliating the skin. The problem is that AHAs and vitamin C are both acid-based, and using both can irritate sensitive skin. The other problem is that because vitamin C is so pH-sensitive, the AHAs can actually alter its pH level and diminish its antioxidant power, which means that it won’t be as effective anymore.

Retinol + Benzoyl Peroxide

Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is another popular recommendation in anti-aging skin care advice. It was originally marketed to treat acne, but is now being used to treat a wide range of skin concerns. Retinols work by boosting the skin renewal process to minimize the look of wrinkles and discoloration. Experts refer to retinol as a “cell-communicating” ingredient, because it latches to skin cells and encourages them to function like healthier cells. Although they do work for anti-aging skin care purposes, retinols, specifically a prescription-strength retinoid, can cause some redness, peeling, and dry skin, but this is normal because it’s how the retinol promotes cell turnover.

Many adults who suffer from acne use benzoyl peroxide, which works by causing skin to peel in order to clear pores and reduce the bacteria that cause the breakouts. However, when benzoyl peroxide is used simultaneously with retinol, they can counteract each other. Both of these powerful anti-aging skin care ingredients are useful on their own, but both cause drying, peeling, and slight redness. So, when you combine the two, it can lead to excessive peeling, prolonged irritation, lasting redness, and even scarring or blistering. If you want to use both, the best anti-aging skin care advice would be to alternate between the two so that your skin isn’t too overloaded.

Glycolic Acid + Exfoliator

Glycolic acid is one type of milder AHA. This particular anti-aging skin care ingredient is usually found in the form of a chemical peel, although smaller concentrations may be added to creams and serums. Glycolic acid works as an exfoliator for the top layer of your skin by helping to wear down the lipids that keep dead skin cells together. Removing these dead skin cells will make way for healthy new ones—the result is smoother, brighter-looking skin.

Because using an exfoliant like glycolic acid can sometimes have a drying effect on skin, you might be tempted to scrub it away with your traditional exfoliator or scrub. Avoid the temptation, because this would just exacerbate dry skin. Exfoliating is certainly good anti-aging skin care advice, but over-exfoliation can have the opposite effect. You’ll just end up stripping away your skin’s natural oils. If you start to notice that your skin is constantly red, irritated, and/or flaky, you may be over-exfoliating.

How to Fix Skin Problems on a Vegan or Vegetarian Diet

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Undergoing a vegan or vegetarian diet comes with a unique set of challenges.

On the one hand, you want to respect the environment by keeping a low carbon footprint, whilst also avoiding products made and tested on animals. Then of course you have to be more creative in your choice of food, and eating out becomes more difficult.

However, in the midst of tackling all of these issues, it can be challenging to also take in needed nutrition. Falling short on essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids can negatively affect the skin. We’ve seen people even write about these problems, which is precisely why we’ve decided to address this topic today.

In desperation, many vegans and vegetarians transitioning to a new diet look to skincare products to fix these issues. And we've all been there; nobody wants to walk around with a big zit on their face.

However, not only is it challenging to find vegan friendly products, but many times these products make problems worse.

The industry is beginning to catch on to the demand for natural skincare. The problem, however, is that many still champion the “natural” marketing term, whilst still containing harmful ingredients and preservatives. Most are not, in fact, vegan at all. This not only deceives consumers, but also makes it difficult for us to determine which products are truly natural and which are not.

Secondly, of those that are natural, there are few of these products on the market that show much topical efficacy, if at all.

FINDING NATURAL SKINCARE

We tried to create a range of products to combat precisely this problem. We call it ‘Live’ and we’ve put many hours of love into it.

Our objective with Skin Nutrition Live range was to not only offer a chemical free alternative, but also a 100% vegan, gluten free and fully organic range of products that actually works.

Even the packaging on Live products is designed to be fully environmentally friendly. We use only recyclable Kraft paper on our boxes, and all of our containers are made from recycled glass. Other components include vegetable derived inks, and compostable and recyclable pumps and caps.

MAKING NATURAL SKINCARE WORK

Using natural ingredients, however, is only part of the equation. We also want to create a skincare product that works, and shows tangible efficacy in treating common skin problems.

One of the key differences in our natural products is that we use active plant cells. What this means, is that we use live materials derived from a variety of superfoods, including berries, kale, broccoli and other nutritional superstars, that leaves their enzymatic activity and other nutritional properties intact.

We also use organic, cold pressed, extra virgin plant, fruit, nut, and seed oils for their prized fatty acid profiles, rich sources of phytonutrients & anti-oxidants, and ease of skin utilization.