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Beauty Cures for the Winter

www.ilonashine.comCooling temperatures and windy days can be a delight to the senses, but they also have a tendency to wreak havoc on your skin. The good news is that there are lots of ways to prep your face for colder weather. If you have winter blues, consider these beauty innovations and brighten up even the darkest of wintery days. Read More

Skincare Routine For Fall

Close-up of a Young Woman Getting Spa Treatment. Cosmetic CreamSince November is already here, I figured I’d kick off the month with some useful tips on how to update your skincare routine for fall. Just because fall is here doesn’t mean you can slack up on your skincare regimen.  Your skin actually produces more oil in the summertime, so it’s super important to change things up for fall and winter. Harsh weather can do a number on your delicate skin. There are several important things you should know when the temperatures start to drop. Read on to find out what you can do to get primed for the new season. Read More

What is Silicone?

siliconeHave you noticed that more and more products on the market contain an interesting ingredient called dimethicone (aka silicone). Shampoos and conditioners are loaded with it. Our facial creams and eye creams list it as one of the first ingredients. But what is so special about this important ingredient?

What is Silicone?

According to Wikipedia, Silicones are inert, synthetic compounds with a variety of forms and uses. Typically heat-resistant and rubber-like, they are used in sealants, adhesives, lubricants, medical applications (e.g., breast implants), cookware, and insulation. They normally end in -cone, -conol or -xane, and are abundantly found in hair shampoos, hair conditioners, and even in sunscreens. Read More

Miracle Oils

082012-Hair-Oils-Lead-400Almost everyday I find myself suggesting different types of oils to my clients to use for dry skin or hair. Using oils for beautifying purposes dates back hundreds, if not thousands of years. For centuries women have sworn by all-natural hair oils. Beauty oils once forgotten are experiencing a resurgence, quickly becoming a favorite. It’s no surprise that they are the first choice for fighting common skin, hair and body problems. So whether you have fine or coarse tresses, oily or dry skin, check out a few of Mother Nature’s best moisture-rich serums for your hair type. The best oil formulations are those that are “cold-pressed”- they retain integrity of ingredients and freshness. Beware of bad oils that are heavy and greasy and contain large amounts of heavier oils like mineral, lanolin, and petroleum oil, that sit on the surface of the skin and clog pores. Below are the oils to look for in your beauty and hair products. Read More