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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

Arbutin: New Generation Skin Brightener

imageIn a recent study, researchers found that the number one skin concern that made women appear older is uneven skin tone- age spots and ruddy skin texture actually age you more than fine lines. Many products that promise to brighten, tone, and add luminosity can be too harsh or drying for those with sensitive skin. For a while, hydroquinone was the “miracle” skin-lightening ingredient—until it was declared a carcinogenic by the FDA. So the new lightener took its place, Arbutin, the secret skin brightener you’ve never heard of. Vitamin C, kojic acid, licorice are all great natural brighteners, but there are a few reasons why arbutin is so much better. While hydroquinone works by killing the cells that produce pigmentation and melanin, arbutin inhibits the enzymes that stimulate pigment-producing cells. Read More

5 Best Face Scrubs

body scrubMost of us tend to stick to the same skin care routine: cleanser, moisturizer and sun protection (if we remember). Sure, a lot of women splurge on expensive masks but there is one important step many tend to forget too often: exfoliating. If it’s a radiant skin you are after, then just cleansing and moisturizing is not enough. By adding exfoliation to your skin care routine helps the natural shedding process of the skin and encourages healthier, smoother, more even-toned, and clearer skin. So, what are the benefits of exfoliation?

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