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Turning Back The Hands of Time With Norwegian Salmon Roe

Turning Back The Hands of Time With Norwegian Salmon Roe

While many anti-aging skin care lines boast having a cocktail of antioxidants promising to rejuvenate skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines, the truth is that antioxidants alone are not enough. I’m not knocking antioxidants, they are an important part of a well rounded skin care regimen. However, while they help stabilize already sustained skin damage born of braving the elements and pollution, they have a minimal affect on building and strengthening the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. In other words, they don’t do much in the way of actually turning back the hands of time.

Skin science basics

As we age, our skin’s ability to produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid wanes. We see the visible signs of this in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, irregular pigmentation and sagging skin.

What’s a girl to do?

The reality of the situation is that every 365 1/4 days, our skin, along with the rest of our body, ages another year. Enter Sapelo Skin Care Spring Tide Serum. My mother discovered this skin care line, literally as it was launching, two years ago in Savannah, Georgia. At first, I wouldn’t even look at it. “Savannah, Georgia”, I said, “you’ve got to be kidding me”. I’m a serious skin care snob and, with few exceptions, won’t let anything near my face that is not from Europe or Asia.

A month later, I had lunch with my mom, who was then 66, and noticed a significant change in her skin. It looked really taught and radiant, like she had just sat for a microcurrent facial. I mentioned that her skin looked great and she said “it’s Sapelo. I’ve been using it for a month now and can’t believe the results.” I couldn’t either. I’ve never seen results like this from a topical skin care range.

Naturally, when I heard that Sapelo Skin Care had launched a new revolutionary anti-aging serum, I had to learn more. This silky serum combines the power of nature with science to visibly reduce wrinkles and fine lines by retraining signals in the skin to manufacture increased collagen and elastin. Spring Tide Serum is the latest addition to this all natural, wonder anti-aging line. Similar to the other products in the range, the science is rooted in its Southern heritage.

Founders Cindy Edwards and Stephanie Duttenhaver explained:

“In Savannah, the Southern spring tide signals the season of rebirth and renewal. This nourishing surge tide coincides with a full moon, flooding the wetlands of Savannah with nutrients to last the year through.”

This sounds like exactly what my skin needs! In addition to high concentrations of a potent cocktail of proteins, peptides, amino acids, active Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E, as well as selenium, magnesium, copper and zinc, the fourth ingredient in the formula is 5% highly blenderized, unfertilized, organic Norwegian Salmon Roe Extract.

Warning! We are about to get a little science geeky…

If you think about the purpose of roe, it is to provide all the nutrition that a zygote needs to become a baby fish – right? Molecules that stimulate growth are concentrated in the egg. Similarly, this extract stimulates growth in the dermis boosting the skin’s ability to build collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Why is this so important? The skin’s capacity to produce these vital anti-aging proteins and acids begins to diminish at the age 25 and by the time our 80th birthday rolls around our skin has lost 32% of its ability to carry out these cellular activities. So even if you are 25 and still look twelve, listen up! The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better positioned it will be to age beautifully.

Spring Tide Antiaging Serum

 

The best part is that there is real science to back this up. The highly-concentrated extract that Sapelo uses is taken from the unfertilized salmon roe by an all natural organic solvent which stabilizes this extraordinary biologic activity. The effectiveness has been proven in a Phase 3 Randomized Clinical Trial (The gold standard of scientific proof of principle – we are talking the very same standard that is used to test prescription drugs y’all) to dramatically increase collagen and elastin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and minimize redness and irritation. I won’t get into a scientific dissertation but I can tell you that using the 5% concentration of this new ingredient, dramatically increases collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production by up to 350%. That’s huge! Results can begin to be seen in as little as two weeks and have proven to transform skin in eight weeks. It is also worth noting that Sapelo Skin Care Spring Tide Serum is the only product on the US market to contain this powerful ingredient.

Spring Tide Serum can be used as a stand-alone product at night or as part of a bedtime skin care regimen prior to applying face cream. I have been using it morning and night as the second step in a cleanse, treatment, moisturizer regimen. It is so gentle, you can even work it around the eye area.

Spring Tide Serum has multiple applications

It is an excellent, non-abrasive alternative to undergoing a chemical peel, microdermabrasion or laser treatment. These procedures burn and damage the skin in order to initiate repair whereas this serum works to naturally repair the dermis without harming it.

Not convinced enough to forego these abrasive therapies?

Spring Tide Serum is also prescribed as an ideal post-procedure treatment product. It is extremely gentle and can be applied to nourish and protect your skin as it undergoes the healing process.

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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Q & A With The Women Behind Sapelo Skin Care

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One of the benefits of working with niche brands is the opportunity to develop relationships with these brands’ founders. Case in point: I recently had the opportunity to speak with Stephanie Duttenhaver and Cindy Edwards, the lovely founders of Savannah, Georgia based Sapelo Skin Care.

Sapelo Skin Care is Travel Beauty’s latest luxury brand addition. We here at TBHQ instantly fell in love with Sapelo’s unique story and quintessentially Southern heritage: Two Southern women who developed the skin care products they wanted and needed for their own skin, drawing inspiration from the Southern marshes, tides, marine and plant botanicals and the legacy of beautiful Southern women.

A 3-Step, 28-Day Recovery System

This isn’t just a genius piece of marketing, though. All Sapelo products are developed, manufactured and filled at a high quality cosmetic laboratory right in Savannah, GA. The impeccable packaging is evocative of a lush Southern garden —  these products would make a stunning addition to any vanity or shelf. Most importantly, however, these products WORK. Sapelo merges state-of-the-art breakthroughs in recent research with long passed-down knowledge of native plants to understand the biological mechanisms of healthy skin rejuvenation. This is a 3-step, 28-day recovery system that gently hydrates, nourishes and improves skin quality at the cellular level.

You met each other in 2009 while serving as board members of the Savannah Book Festival. How did this meeting lead to Sapelo?

CE: I had spent the past twenty years as a “stay-at-home” mom and had a relatively normal life in Savannah. I had been very involved in various community projects, but really wanted to return to a career. Without “real employment” on my resume it proved to be a challenge to reenter the workforce. In 2009 I joined the board of the Savannah Book Festival and met Stephanie Duttenhaver. We hit it off right away.

SD: I had been thinking about developing a skin care line for years. Having worked with Cindy for three years to build brand awareness for the nationally acclaimed Savannah Book Festival, I realized in 2012 that I had found my partner. We shook hands sitting in front of the great Pat Conroy and began our own story: Sapelo Skin Care.

Sapelo-skin-care-at-Travel-BeautyHow did you develop Sapelo’s 3-Step System?

Living in coastal Savannah, we drew inspiration for our products from the twice-daily high tides that bring life-sustaining nutrients and water to our environment. Our complete and simple 3 Step regimen mimics the rejuvenating effects of the tides with hydration, stimulation and revitalization of the skin. This regimen contains all the ingredients and molecular compounds needed to hydrate skin and renew collagen, elastin and skin cells.

Step 1

Our Renewing Serum creates a ‘flood tide’ deep into the basement layer of your skin. The serum is infused with gardenia stem cells and hyaluronic acid, the goddess of all humectants. The water-based ‘flood tide’ prepares the way for our star product, the Rejuvenating Cream.

Step 2

The Rejuvenating Cream launches peptides, humectants and micronutrients on the ‘flood tide’. Infused with 5 peptides, the platinum peptide targets inflammation caused by UV damage while the other 4 peptides work to boost collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production at the cellular level. The Rejuvenating Cream has all the building blocks needed to build collagen, elastin and skin cells. Being oil based, the ingredients in the cream easily glide through the water channels, created by Step 1, to effortlessly deliver all the goodness needed to build up collagen and elastin.

Step 3

The Softening Emollient is infused with essential oils and stops the evaporation of the dermal saturation of peptides, stem cells, hyaluronic acid and micronutrients that are in Steps 1 and 2. The essential oils also add extra hydration to your skin – you will love how it moisturizes, especially the dry areas around your eyes and brow! Our emollient contains only natural and breathable oils and there are no silicones or ingredients that stop the skin from breathing.

How does an eye cream fit into your system? Can any of Sapelo’s products be used on the eye area?

CE:   I use all three products around my eyes. During development, our cosmetic chemist advised us that it would be all that we would need. There are no retinoids or harsh ingredients that can cause irritation to the sensitive eye area — which is the only reason to have a separate eye cream.

Your next product launch will be the Seaweed Cleanser…tell me more!

SD: We are so excited! For decades, I have grumbled about cleansers and how they leave my dry skin feeling more dry and tight. Finally, we have developed a very gentle cleanser that contains seaweed and coconut sugar. It leaves your skin feeling fresh, soft and hydrated. The seaweed adds moisture to your skin while the coconut sugar helps to gently lift chemicals, pollutants and makeup. Feedback has been so positive on this product that we cannot wait to bring it to market!

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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Emma Hardie Skincare & Beauty

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It must be something in the water. First, we brought you British beauty brand Heaven Skincare by Deborah Mitchell…and it immediately became our best selling brand. Now we are bringing you yet another female-founded, luxury UK skin care brand, already a cult classic across the pond. Allow us to introduce you to Emma Hardie Skincare.

About Emma Hardie

Emma Hardie’s passion and commitment to advancing new approaches in the field of alternative health developed from her own experiences during a long and debilitating period of illness which left her with a serious loss of muscle tone. Choosing to forge her own naturally-minded path back to health, Emma healed and rejuvenated not just her body, but also her face, using nothing more than her body’s own self-healing process. Inspired by her restored health and renewed, lifted and reshaped facial contours, Emma became an aesthetician specializing in aromatherapy and restorative health and beauty. She then went on to research the science behind cell healing.

It All Started With a Facial

In 1996, Emma introduced her highly acclaimed, non-invasive Natural Lift and Sculpting Facial, which delivers firmer, plumper skin without harsh ingredients or invasive techniques. Emma’s goal was (and is) to end the search for a “miracle in a bottle” product, and to instead focus on natural alternatives that make the skin more resilient during the aging process.

Amazing Face Skincare System

In 2009, Emma introduced her award-winning Amazing Face skincare system – a complete natural facial rejuvenation collection. Designed to help instantly smooth and lift tired, stressed skin, Amazing Face is Emma’s capsule skincare system of multi-tasking, essential daily products. These products combine Emma’s passion for skin care with the benefits of using natural botanicals. Emma’s in-depth knowledge of the skin’s anatomy has made her one of the UK’s pioneering facial specialists.

Travel Beauty Favorites

Here are just a few of Emma Hardie’s standout products now available at Travel Beauty.

Moringa Cleansing Balm – Just as Heaven Skincare has its superstar Bee Venom Mask, so too does Emma Hardie have a standout, must-have product. The multiple award-winning Moringa Cleansing Balm was a cult classic and celebrity favorite almost instantly. One use and you’ll see why…I’ve been raving about this cleanser for months! You can use it as a cleanser, face mask, hair mask/serum and even to soothe sunburnt skin. Every Balm comes with a washable, dual-textured cleansing cloth for deep cleaning and exfoliation. Its impressive list of active botanical ingredients (from Sweet Almond Oil to Wild Sea Fennel Extract), makes it the most pampering and nourishing facial cleanser you will ever use. If you have a skin care addict in your life, it makes a wonderful gift.

Midas Touch Face Serum – This super-serum is the latest addition to the Emma Hardie Amazing Face collection. It contains a potent blend of firming, toning and radiance boosting botanicals. It can be used on the entire eye area – including the eyelid – to firm, tone and brighten the delicate skin there.

Luxury Superskin Face & Body Hamper – This set covers every beauty base, from face to feet, with eight products in all: Moringa Cleansing Balm, an eye cream, night cream, hand and nail cream, body wash, body lotion, body oil and an exfoliating body towel. Emma’s body care products are every bit as luxurious as her face products and all have her signature jasmine-infused scent. You – or anyone you gift this to – is in for a treat.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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Mio Skincare – Fit Skin For Life

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Adding new products to our curated collection is a true labor of love. From the seemingly infinite number of beauty products available, we select what we consider not only the finest, most effective brands, but also the most unique and artfully crafted as well. When we add a new brand, we do so with much fanfare and excitement because we truly are so jazzed to bring these treasures to you.

We Care About Body Care

I’ve long been interested in body care that “does stuff”. I’ve never quite understood why my face moisturizer was designed to firm, brighten and de-line my face, but my body moisturizer just made me smell pretty (for about half an hour). Hello…my firming/tightening/toning needs didn’t end at my neck! If you’re a body care lover, too, you know that the French have always been at the forefront of body firming innovations. European pharmacy shopping sprees yielded bottles, vials, creams, brushes, oils, gels and more to make all my thigh hopes come true. Unfortunately, at the time when I needed these products mostafter having two kidsI was definitely not hopping on a plane for a Parisian pharmacy raid. C’est la vie!

Luckily, brands all over the globe have woken up and smelled the coffee body scrub, and you can now find firming and toning body products just about anywhere. The question is, though, do they work? Let us introduce you to one that really, truly, does. Travel Beauty is excited to add Mio Skincare to our virtual shelves.

The Best in Body Care

Mio Skincare is a comprehensive line of facial quality skin care…for your body. These products were created to energize and fortify your skin. This is body care for real women with real bodies. Instead of promising some unattainable airbrushed ideal, these products are designed to give you “fit skin for life”, your skin at its very best. Many of the products are made to be used in conjunction with an active lifestyle, and/or promise more pronounced results when combined with regular workouts. However, you will see results even if you’d only ever “hit” the gym with your car. I’ve been using these products for a few weeks now and I am beyond impressed with both the quality and the results. As mentioned above, I’ve been on a quest to find the most effective body care products for over a decade now. When I say these products are top-knotch, I mean French pharmacy level firming, toning and tightening.

Another Reason to Love Mio Skincare?

Mio Skincare adheres to a strict “no nasties” policy. This means you won’t find any parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, artificial colorants, sodium laureth or lauryl sulphate, xenoestrogens, phthalates, PEGs or glycols in ANY of their products. Just the most effective ingredientsmany plant-basedthat actually produce real results. Every product also happens to smell amazing, due to a slew of essential oils and other yummy natural active ingredients.

Full Size Products and Travel Kits

In addition to select full size Mio Skincare products, we have also added two of Mio Skincare’s travel kits. If you are curious about the brand (and how can you not be?), these kits are the perfect introduction to these truly excellent products. If you already love Mio and want to take these firming and toning wonders with you on your next vacation, these perfectly-prepared packs are just what you need. Check them out!

Strong Is The New Skinny Kit

Mio really imbues all their products with empowerment, yet another reason to love the brand. You already know that you are strong and beautiful…now your skin will be, too. No diet required. This kit has 3 perfect trial or travel sizes to give you smooth, strong, resilient FIT skin. This kit comes with:

The Activist™ firming active body oil in 1 fl oz

Double Buff™ dual action enzyme exfoliator in 1.7 fl oz

Future Proof™ firming active body butter in 1.7 fl oz

Your Fit Skin Kit

Never stress about your pre- or post-workout body care regime again. Pack this kit in your gym bag and you’ll have everything you need for skin that’s good to go – north, not south, bouncy not slack. This is a trio of skin firming and muscle fortifying products for a body that’s smooth, gorgeously fit and happy.  This kit comes with:

Boob Tube+® multi-action bust firmer in 1 fl oz

The Activist™ firming active body oil in 1 fl oz

Workout Wonder® invigorating muscle motivating gel in 1 fl oz

Have Questions?

We hope you’ll love Mio Skincare as much as we do. We’d love to hear from you!

Words: Claire McCormack: Twitter & Instagram

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Phylia de M. Organic Hair & Scalp Care and Sebaceous Cysts

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In Part One of my ode to Phylia de M., I gushed about how effectively the products did what they said they would do – namely providing a potent and powerful remedy for hair loss, slow growth, thinning, limp or lifelessness and chemical treatment damage. But the results went way beyond that; these products caused another unexpected, though very, VERY much welcome, result.

Sebaceous Cysts on the Scalp

Since my teen years I had been getting sebaceous cysts on my scalp; a hereditary condition. These cysts would literally sprout up anywhere on my scalp, with no rhyme or reason. Though they were mostly painless, they could – and did – become inflamed and/or infected, which was rather unpleasant. I went to countless doctors to find out how I could prevent these cysts from forming, and was told time and again that there was no help to be had. One doctor recommended I go on Accutane. I was apprehensive since Accutane is such a harsh drug with serious side effects, but if it meant no more cysts, I was game. When I went to get a second and third opinion on this course of therapy, however, it was vehemently shot down by other doctors. I was partly relieved…but mostly frustrated.

In Treatment

With no preventative measure available, the only “treatment” was excision once a cyst had formed. This entailed going to my derm’s office, getting my scalp partially anesthetized, then cut open, the cyst “popped out”, then the incision stitched back up (usually 3-4 stitches per cyst). The surgery site throbbed like the dickens for at least 24 hours, and was very tender for a week. For the 2 weeks I had the stitches in, shampooing, conditioning, brushing or in any way touching my head or hair was something to be done with extreme caution, lest I experience extreme pain. Two weeks later, I had to go back to my derm to get the stitches removed. The process itself was quick, but like all highly sought after NYC dermatologists, the wait was 30-45 minutes for this 5 minute visit. Also, not being a hair stylist, my derm was not so indiscriminate with the scissors he used to cut out the stitches, he also removed some chunks of hair!

You can imagine my dismay when I looked ahead to a life of endless minor scalp surgeries…the pain, the stitches, the inconvenience. It was my only choice, however. And in a way I was glad to even have that choice: had I not had excellent health insurance, the medical expenses probably would have prevented me from getting many of the cysts removed. Over the years, these cysts had become a hopeless situation for me. I told myself there were much worse medical conditions to have and I should just get over it, but every time I sat in the shampoo chair at the salon, I would literally cringe with embarrassment at having my head touched.

Phylia de M. to the Rescue

Enter Phylia de. M Clean, Connect and ReConnect. I immediately delved more deeply into the science behind the brand.

The Science Behind the Products

Phylia de M.’s science defines scalp & hair care as an integral part of optimum total health. The brand’s proprietary formula restores the body’s inherent ability to grow its best hair and help activate and maintain hair’s vital role in maintaining overall well being. Hair is a barometer of one’s health; internal disease and dysfunction are reflected in the condition of your scalp and hair. Whether we are conscious of it, (and whether it’s fair or not) we certainly cast aspersions on someone with thinning, greasy, stringy and/or fried hair, no?

Hair Health is an Indicator of Overall Health

Though hair is considered a “nonessential” tissue, the action of growing hair is an essential mechanism for optimum health. Hair helps to draw toxins, such as heavy metals, out of the body. (There’s a Def Leppard/Poison/Motley Crue joke to be made here…) When our internal health is in balance, skin (including the scalp), hair and nails look healthy and effectively play their part in maintaining overall health. For me, using Phylia products kickstarted my hair’s ability to properly detoxify, which helped inhibit new cyst growth.

When I spoke to Phylia de M. founder, Kazu Namise, she said I wasn’t the first person to tell her that Phylia products helped cure his/her cyst issue, or cyst-ssue, if you will. She recommended that I add Phylia’s Fulphyl nutritional supplement to my personal care regimen to further support my body’s detoxification process, which of course, I did. It’s only been a week, but I am excited to see just how much better my results can get.

By Claire McCormack Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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