Thursday, March 25, 2010

Prepare Your Skin For SPRING

I am sure your spirit is singing the praises of Spring, but it is likely that your skin is still crying the Winter blues. Winter leaves our skin feeling rough, overheated, undernourished and parched. Do not fret, I have some fabulous tips that will unlock your natural glow and ease the transition into Spring.

1. Choose a facial cleanser that is gentle and free of harsh chemicals. Make sure you choose one appropriate for your skin type. If you have Dry/Sensitive skin, choose a creme based facial cleanser. Cleansers that contain rose, calendula and aloe are healing and help lock in moisture. If you are Oily/Combination skin type, choose a foaming gel cleanser with ingredients such as, chamomile, rosemary, salcylic acid and/or lactic acid. I believe it is important that you cleanse your facial skin two times a day, especially at night to remove dirt, oil and makeup prior to bedtime. Avoid cheap bar soaps for your facial cleansing. The bar soap's PH is wrong for out delicate facial area.

2. Good food choices also make a difference in the skin. Cleanse and hydrate your inner body and your skin will show it. Eat vegetables with a high water content and juicy fruits. Choose light foods. Avoid rich sweets, deep fried foods and heavy cheese. Enjoy plenty of farm fresh veggies, asparagus, baby greens, carrots, etc. Always drink lots of pure water instead of sodas and artificial juice drinks.

3. Exfoliate both the face and the body. Dry/Sensitive skin types should exfoliate the facial skin once a week, while Oily/Combination skin types can exfoliate more often such as 2-4x a week. Again choosing the right ingredients is key. Ingredients such as oatmeal and jojoba beads tend to be more gentle. More aggressive ingredients for the body are coarse sea salt, crushed nuts, apricots, and sugars. For some, this may be the most important step in easing the seasonal transition. Exfoliating properly will speed up your natural, cellular turnover. By speeding this up, your skin will look cleaner, refreshed and even younger. This will also help with clogged pores and breakouts.

4. Hydrate your face and your body daily. Be more choosy when it comes to your face creme. All skin types should lock in your natural moisture by using a combination of chemical free ingredients such as aloe, calendula, rose, rosehip seed oil and jojoba oil. As far as tackling our body's dry skin, use a heavy body butter or body oil morning and before bed. You will immediately see a difference.

5. Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. It is imperative that you plan sunscreen into your beauty routine. The key to sunscreen is to reapply every 2-3 hours. Try using a makeup product that contains sunscreen for daily protection instead of a face creme or lotion. Most of us are more likely to reapply our loose powder that contains SPF 20+ rather than a heavy lotion or face creme.

6. Special skin care treatments administered by a Licensed Esthetician (facialist) will make a dramatic difference in your overall skin's health and appearance. Look for advice from a professional when you find yourself between seasons and are seeking a new beauty routine.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New From Norabloom...

Lemongrass Face & Body Bar: Our first face and body cleansing bar. This rough cut bar of Lemongrass Soap is easy-breezy to use and ultra-convenient to tote about. Use it for travel, or part of your daily routine. You will love the after-feel! Our beauty bar contains, olive oil, calendula, lemongrass, and safflower petals. Be careful not to get in your eyes. At 10 bucks a bar, everyone can afford natural skin care. $10

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bulgarian Rose Water

Norabloom's Bulgarian Rose Water is DELICIOUS! Typically we suggest using as a hydrating spritz after cleansing. Did you know that our Rose Water actually has many other uses?

-Uplifts your spirits, harmonizes your mind
-Fantastic in your bath for stress relief
-Room or Linen Spray
-Natural Flavor enhancer for exotic beverages and cocktails
-All-purpose, earth friendly household cleaner
-Perfect for freshening your pet's bed

100% natural, free of synthetics, chemicals, parabens and petroleum

Norabloom Bulgarian Rose Water, 4oz $30

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Melt Your Winter Skin Blahs

Hey locals, do you have the WINTER SKIN BLAHS? Are you looking as gray as the weather? I invite you to cozy up under the warm blanket at Norabloom Beauty Lounge. All Signature Facials Level 2 and 3 are $65 until Friday, March 11th. Spring is indeed around the corner, so come in and let me brighten your look. It is also a great time to freshen your beauty basket and begin a new spring ritual.

1. After a luke warm shower or bath (avoid piping hot water) pat your skin almost dry. Next, slather on Organic Clary Sage Body Oil. The base is Organic Jojoba, so it will nourish our winter skin.

2. Treat your facial skin, neck and other delicate areas with our Organic Rosehip Seed Oil. It will soothe, nourish and heal dry, itchy and inflamed areas due to the icy blast of Winter.

3. Prior to bedtime, rub your feet with our Green Tea Citrus Scrub (add sea salt for extra exfoliation power) then smother your tootsies in our Safflower Body Butter. Wear heavy socks to bed. Do this every night until it is flip flop weather.
4. Stop hiding under the bushy brows and keeping warm with those hairy legs. It is time to lift the blanket of hair and reveal your soft smooth skin underneath. We offer waxing for all body parts, so ladies- really there is no excuse.