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Le Beurre shop: shea butter skin care review

I recently received some amazing skin care products from Le Beurre shop, which included a variety of body butters, face cream, and lip balm. The main ingredient in all of them being shea butter. I was very excited about trying out these products, simply because of the fact they are cruelty-free and made of all natural products.

Shea butter is a fatty substance derived from the nuts of a shea tree. It’s a very popular ingredient in cosmetics, and lotions due to its hydrating and healing properties. It keeps skin soft and moisturized, and is also used to prevent stretch marks, and help diminish scars. Le Beurre shop focuses on “celebrating, honoring, and highlighting” shea butter by using it in all its products, so if you love a great and natural skin care product check out the review below and visit their site to browse their selection.

 

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I received a pretty little box filled with products from Le Beurre shop to try and review. As i mentioned, I was very excited about trying out these all-natural products, because I know shea butter is a necessity when you are pregnant and trying to keep stretch marks away. With a growing belly, your skin stretches quickly and loses elasticity which in turn causes stretch marks. One way to battle them, is by keeping your skin hydrated which shea butter is very well known for doing. Below are pictures of the pretty packaging, and shea butter goodies included inside!

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Le Beurre shop products

SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM

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Besides a growing belly, I have also had to deal with extra chapped lips. No matter how often i re-applied a few lip-balms, all tailored for dry-chapped lips, they just didn’t seem to be cutting it. Which is why I was very excited to see a small shea butter lip balm sample included.

I really liked the fact that this lip balm kept my lips moisturized, but didn’t feel heavy or greasy. Within a few days of wearing it, I noticed my lips didn’t feel as as chapped as they had previously been with other lip balms. I also didn’t need to re-apply as often as other lip balms because the shea butter really penetrated my lips to keep them from cracking and feeling dry. I Loved this lip balm, and highly recommend it to all of you who suffer from constant chapped lips, or for the winter season when dry lips are very common.

SHEA BUTTER FACE CREAM

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I prefer light lotions when it comes to my face, so I was a bit worried I wasn’t going to like this face cream simply because it’s heavier than a lotion. I was also worried about the fact sometimes creams with shea butter can leave a greasy feeling behind, but I am glad to say Le Beurre delivered with this product. As mentioned a cream is heavier than a lotion, but it wasn’t as much as I had expected. It was buttery to the touch, and non-greasy after applying. Throughout the day, I could feel the cream remained on my face and kept it hydrated without that greasy feeling.

SHEA BUTTER BODY CREAM

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 Le Beurre offers shea butter creams for the body in various scents including the original unscented above, and the ones pictured below:lavender, vanilla, lemongrass, and sage. All the creams left my skin feeling baby-soft, and the scented ones offered a nice and subtle fragrance. They do their job at keeping skin super moisturized, and have a buttery texture- to best describe it.

The unscented one still had a nice and natural scent to it, and I loved how smooth all the creams felt. My skin is already soft as is, but the shea butter creams gave it a silky-soft feel that stayed put throughout the whole day. My husband even noticed, and kept complementing me on how extra soft my skin was feeling.

Le Beurre’s shea butter creams are the perfect cure for dry skin, especially extra dry areas like elbows, knees and heels. They also work as cuticle moisturizers for your nails, in other words they are the perfect prescription for soft skin from head to toe.

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beurre lemongrass shea butter

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If you love shea butter, and are looking for a luxurious cream to try check out Le Beurre Shop. You will not be disappointed by the skin-softening results this all-natural product delivers.

5 quick homemade fixes for dry skin

Dry skin can become an issue around colder seasons, especially if you already have dry or combination skin. Just like your lips can get chapped from too much wind, it can have the same effect on your skin. If you notice skin flaking around your face, try one of the five homemade remedies below before spending money on store-bought products.

1. Mash and warm up aloe vera  ( olive oil can also be used) in a microwave-safe glass container for 5-10 seconds. Test first on your arm to be sure it’s warm but not hot. Massage aloe vera on face  in circular motions and leave on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and apply a light moisturizer or face serum to seal in moisture. Do this once a week for baby soft skin.

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2. Got chapped lips but no lip balm around? Grab some olive oil and mix it with sugar, then massage onto lips. Rinse off with warm water, dry off, and apply a thin layer of aloe vera (natural works best if available) to lips. The sugar scrub works to get rid of dry skin, and the aloe vera will help heal as well as add moisture to your lips.

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3. Boil a bowl of green or chamomile tea, and use it to steam your skin. Place your face a few inches over the bowl and put a towel over your head so it dangles over and traps the steam. Let the steam hit your face for a few minutes keeping eyes and lips closed, if it feels too hot take breaks outside of the towel. Steam for as long as the tea remains warm, then rinse of with cool water. Grab your favorite face moisturizer and pour a quarter-sized amount on the palm of your hand, then grab the tea bag, and squeeze a few drops on the moisturizer and mix together. Massage the moisturizer-tea mix onto your face.

Or, you can also purchase a facial steamer like the one below. They aren’t too expensive and are a great tool for clean and blemish-free skin if used at least once a week. The Conair steamer below works great and includes an exfoliating brush, it’s also currently on sale for $29.99 at Amazon.com =)

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4. Grab one Tbsp. of ground coffee and mix with 1/2 Tbsp. of milk. Use the coffee paste as a facial mask and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and seal in moisture with a light lotion or facial serum. The caffeine in the coffee has antioxidants which can be good for your skin and the milk provides moisture.

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5. Play with your fruit and veggies! Mash up half  an avocado or tomato and mix in one tsp. of olive oil. Massage over face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and seal in moisture with a light serum/ moisturizer. You can also use papaya, a banana, peaches or cucumbers.

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Be sure to remove any makeup and wash face prior to  applying these homemade recipes. As well as testing for any allergic reactions prior to using. You can find small aloe vera plants at your local hardware store or occasionally grocery store. It’s very convenient to have one or two plants around the house since aloe vera is great for keeping skin clear & glowing, and is the best natural cure for sunburns.

 

The best and worst cities for your skin

Everyone would love to have a clear and glowing complexion. Unfortunately, it’s not just up to our genes. Many factors affect skins appearance including: beauty products, weather, what we eat, and even where you live. Check out the infographic below with the best and worst cities to live in when it comes to your skins health.

Did your city make the list?!

 

infographic via Dailyglow

 

Top tips for summer skincare

Summer can be such a euphoric experience with the sun shining and more relaxed atmosphere. Maybe you have a vacation planned or need to go out of town. Your attitude becomes more carefree and in all that, you may let your skincare routine slip. So, let me help you to keep your skin looking gorgeous, with our simple guide to summer skincare.

A Face Mask

Face masks are a genius way of keeping your skin looking gorgeous. There are some brilliant ones in the stores and you could even make your own face mask right at home.

Try to use one once a week and relax, while it’s on.  Why not create a  spa experience right at the comfort of your home?!  Put some soothing music on , light some candles and run a scented bath.

Water

It’s important to stay hydrated at all times,  not just in summertime. Make water work for you. Drink water continuously, throughout the day – not just when you’re thirsty.  Don’t forget the amazing benefits water has for your skin; like it helps to flush out toxins and also aids tissue rejuvenation.

Moisturize

After drinking water, moisturizing is the best thing you can do for your skin.
Why not buy a moisturizer with an SPF? Check out the top 5 here.

Don’t use sun beds

Sun beds don’t seem like a big deal but they are the worst thing you can do for your skin – not just in summer but year round. They massively increase the risk of skin cancer, and over time affects skins texture.

If you really can’t live without that sun kissed glow, why not fake it?! Nobody ever has to know and it’s much better for you. Check out the best ones here.

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Do use sun lotion

Not to be confused with moisturizing. Did you know that UV rays can affect your skin, even through the clouds? So in summertime, it’s twice as important to wear sunscreen. Sunburn may result in a golden tan but the truth is: sunburn = damage. Irreversible damage.

 

Author Bio:

This article was written by Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence – Online Content Writer, in the Internet Development team, at The Jewel Hut (at T H Baker), leading UK online jewellery store. The Jewel Hut are top online retailers of leading brands such as Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Links of London and Tresor Paris. All the latest in Jewellery news can be found here.

Melissa’s obsessions are fashion and styling. She loves creating looks for occasions and is generally obsessed with shoes and accessories. But also loves to write about health and beauty, to help other women to be at their most gorgeous.

7 tips for glowing skin

Your skin is one of the first things that people notice about you, so shouldn’t you take the best possible care of it?!

Here are some easy to follow steps on getting beautiful skin all year round!
• Start your week off by using a gentle exfoliator that will remove dead skin cells and leave you with beautiful skin.
• Follow this up by applying a face mask. Be sure to use one that is made for your skin type and follow the instructions closely. This will leave your skin smooth as a baby’s bottom.
• Every morning use a cleanser that is made for your skin type to wash away and dirt and residue from your skin.

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• Be sure to apply SPF or moisturizer with SPF in it every day. Although you may think that you don’t need protection on cloudy days, studies show that you are still exposed to a lot of rays that can cause long term damage to your skin.
• Change your moisturizer when the weather goes from cold to hot. Your skin will need a thicker moisturizer during the winter, but using a thick cream during the summer will make you glow with perspiration.
• Got pimples? Leave them alone. Popping pimples can cause damage to your skin and is a bad practice.
• Before you go to bed remove all of your makeup so that you have less of a chance of breaking out and so that your skin can breathe. Follow this up by wiping your skin with toner to get rid of anything that may be left over.

This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t suggest that you maintain a healthy diet filled with low fat dairy and fresh fruits and veggies. Part of a healthy diet also includes the consumption of eight glasses of water every day. Drinking water is as important if not more than any of the other tips on this post and will benefit you in many ways.

This post was written by Aleya who’s the owner of Spontaneous Chick where you can find beauty tips for women , health tips for women and other women’s issues.

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Coffee for Glowing Skin

Less Coffee for your Cup, More for Glowing Skin…

I love coffee. I should say… I love good coffee. Real freshly brewed coffee, with a splash of steamed (non-dairy because I’m allergic) milk, is my favourite. Coffee is one of my favourite vices. Some days it seems like the singular most important part of my morning, after having a shower. Unfortunately, drinking coffee in the excess of which I enjoy it the most is not entirely beneficial to my health or my skin. I know this; I’ve known it for years.

The last time I tried to give up coffee I succeeded only until one friend invited me out to chat at a coffee shop and ordered the sexiest latte I had ever seen. The smell alone sent me over the edge. It was 3 months, 2 days after my coffee fast had begun. I had switched to green tea. But the tea was only effective if combined with steamed milk and a little bit of Splenda (I was steering clear of refined sugars too). Coffee addiction isn’t just about caffeine after all; it’s the psychological attachment that is the hardest to shake. But when you’re trying to be healthy, and seek after that natural healthy glow, coffee addiction is something that really must be dealt with. Despite my love of the flavour of good coffee and the warmth, taste, and perfect texture of a good “cup o’ joe”, I have noticed that when I drink too much coffee on a regular basis my energy actually depletes at a rapid pace, I get sick more often and my skin appears duller. Seeing as I have a condition which affects my energy levels and immunity anyway I decided that limiting anything that could cause me to feel and look tired was a definite necessity. I used to go to the spa to help deal with this – and it was there they reminded me that too much coffee could cause problems with energy levels.

But is coffee really all bad? Well, no. It turns out coffee is good in moderation (hooray!). One cup a day is actually beneficial which means you don’t have to give it up altogether (nor do I!). It has antioxidants that can be good for your skin and allegedly can help reduce cancer. One great alternative use for coffee is in skincare. It has been known to reduce redness, even-out your skin tone, and increase skin firmness, helping you look younger and certainly not tired. But that’s if the coffee is used as part of skincare regime, not drunk in large quantities. For a coffee lover, knowing that I can cut down on my unadulterated addiction to coffee but still benefit from its sweet smell and better-for-me qualities is a happy revelation.

I’ve decided to cut down on my intake of coffee, and as I did four years ago, switch it up with green teas and fruit smoothies instead to get my hydration up and give my immune system a better chance – not to mention hydration helps my skin from looking dull. A quick recipe I discovered for a great, exfoliating coffee mask is below. If you aren’t in the mood to try a somewhat messy face mask on your own, a facial as part of a spa break can be a great way to try one out, and let someone else deal with the mess!
For those who’d like to try it at home, here’s how it works:

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INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons of used finely ground coffee (grab the leftover from your daily cup)
  • 1 small glass of milk (if you have an allergy soy, goat, or hemp milk work just as well as cow’s)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Put the used coffee into a bowl. Slowly pour in the milk of your choice while stirring regularly, keep stirring until it achieves a think pasty texture. Avoid stirring too much, or the paste will be too diluted. If mixture becomes too runny, simply add more coffee.
  2. When ready, apply the paste onto your face and neck and smooth it all over your face. Avoid eyes and lips.
  3. Slowly massage the mixture to your skin, and then allow yourself to relax for around 20 minutes. You’ll feel your skin tighten as the mask dries.
  4. Wash off the mask with warm water. While washing, massage the paste to your skin. This will provide further exfoliation, and it feels good! Be gentle with this if you have sensitive skin.
  5. Pat your face dry with a towel and apply a good moisturizer while your skin is still damp. This will help seal in moisture.

This is a guest post by K Newey. Her favourite type of coffee comes from Canada and a coffee shop in Los Angeles. She recommends spa vouchers for friends and coffee lovers alike who need a little extra caffeine-free time spent taking care of their bodies and souls.

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