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CHEMICAL VS. MINERAL
June 8, 2016

CHEMICAL VS. MINERAL

written by Lorna Pulver – Natural Beauty Expert & Master Facialist at Jennie Fresa

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As the temperatures begin to soar outdoors we are all ready to have our fun in the sun! Every year we learn a little bit more about sun care and sunscreens, so let’s go back to school for a moment and take a short course in sunscreen 101:

 

First, what is the difference between Chemical sunscreen and Mineral sunscreen?

 

Chemical sunscreens do not sit on the surface of the skin.  They must be absorbed into the skin to become effective. Therefore they must be applied at least 20 minutes before sun exposure in order to provide adequate protection. These chemicals then absorb the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays to protect us from sun damage. So… if you wait until you arrive at that glorious beach or that happening backyard barbeque before applying your chemical SPF, you run the risk of not being protected. Always apply these types of sunscreens well before going out in the sun.

Now here’s something to keep in mind, those chemicals are being absorbed directly into the bloodstream. They scatter all over the body without being detoxified by the liver and can be detected in the blood, urine, and breast milk for up to two days after a single application. This would be fine if all chemical sunscreens were equally safe, but they are not. Studies have found chemicals such as Oxybenzone to be hormone disruptors mimicking estrogen and interfering with thyroid function, they can cause skin mutations, free radical damage and can also become a skin allergen. Some chemical sunscreens can go so far as to actually trigger hyperpigmentation! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected Oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of the American population.  Luckily there are some chemical sunscreen ingredients that are safer than Oxybenzone. The best ingredients to look for are Avobenzone, and Mexoryl SX and XL. They both rate#2 on the EWG safety scale.  

 

On the other hand mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, do not get absorbed into your body. They sit on top of your skin and reflect the sun’s rays and they begin to work the moment you apply. Mineral sunscreens do well to protect against both UVA and UVB rays and provide a more stable protection from harmful UV radiation. Ingredients to look for include Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Micronized particles are the newest technology in zinc formulations allowing better consistency and solving the dreaded white cast they were known for in the past.  On a side note, avoid nanotechnology as it is still very controversial and more studies need to be done.

 

Physical sunscreens are the perfect choice for those of us with very sensitive or reactive skin.  People who suffer from rosacea, have sensitive eyes, are pregnant or breast feeding should use mineral sunscreen since they are unlikely to cause any irritation to the skin and will not build up toxicity in the body.  Mineral sunscreens are my choice for everyday routine sun care and to lessen our toxic load to our bodies. My number one choice of products is by Suntegrity. I religiously use our 5 in 1 Suntegrity moisturizing face cream. It is a tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, and anti-aging product all in one.

 

Chemical sunscreens have their place too and may be a better choice for those who exercise in the sun and/or are swimming at the beach. They hold up to water and sweat much better than many mineral sunscreens.  Chemical sunscreens can also be formulated in a much thinner consistency which may be easier for some of us to apply liberally and more evenly. It is recommended that we apply one ounce or one shot glass of sunscreen to our entire body every two hours when in direct sun. Chemical sunscreens can be very unstable in sunlight, so a well formulated product with anti-oxidant protection like Coola’s  Sport 50 Unscented Moisturizer for the body is a great choice for summer.  It is water resistant up to 80 minutes, is fortified with phyto-protection from plankton, soothes with arnica, vitamins and organic avocado and linseed oils. We have a wonderful selection of good for you products to choose from!

 

Some quick sunscreen tips and interesting findings!

  •         Throw away last year’s bottle of sunscreen! It has already expired and will not give you the protection you and your family are looking for.
  •         Avoid Oxybenzone! A hormone disruptor and skin sensitizer. Look for Avobenzone and Mexoryl SX instead.
  •         Avoid vitamin A also known as retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, or retinyl linoleate in your sunscreen. This ingredient may trigger development of cancerous skin lesions or tumors.
  •         Don’t be fooled by high SPF ratings! Higher than 50+ rating gives a false sense of protection and is not proven to provide extra safety against burns and exposure.  Instead reapply often.
  •         Don’t forget your lips! Try Suntegrity lip CPR SPF 30.
  •         Wear a hat and sunglasses for added protection! Harmful radiation can affect your delicate eyes and often tops of ears, tops of feet and scalps go unprotected.
  •         UVA rays are present during all hours of daylight, even on the cloudiest of days. In fact, these rays can penetrate glass windows making it necessary to incorporate SPF into your everyday routine.
  •         New study reveals SPF30 prevents melanoma by 80 percent.
  •         A continuous spray SPF needs 30 – 90 seconds of time, enough to create a glistening sheen to the skin.  Try our selection of Coola sunscreen spray with plant protection and organic ingredients.
  •         Boost your skins ability to ward off damage by eating a diet including lycopene found in many red fruits and vegetables. They contain phytochemicals to improve skin’s ability to recover from UV damage.

 

Shop the COOLA!

Shop the Suntegrity!

XO,

Team JF

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Get the Look: Easy, Breezy, Bronzed- Summer Beauty Tutorial
May 17, 2016

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Summer is on it’s way!  We can’t wait for iced coffee, sun dresses and pretty summer makeup!  Today, I’m sharing one of my all time favorite looks for summer.  It’s easy, breezy and…….. BRONZED!  We all love to look a little sun-kissed this time of year, right?!  A BIG thank you to our beauty contributor, Ell, for sitting in as my model for this tutorial.  The best part about this look– you guessed it!  Everything I used is totally healthy and completely good for you!  Check out our previous post on Natural Self-Tanner by Ell, here.

Step 1: Prime your skin with Coola Daydream Primer to be sure your makeup stays fresh in the hot, humid climate.  And, it minimizes the look of pores. 😉

Step 2:  Fill in brows with Jennie Fresa brow powder in Blonde.  I used an angle brush and set with clear gel.  I love the bold brows and simple makeup.

Step 3:  Apply Ilia Eye Shadow Stick  in AND SHE WAS on your lower lids for a soft (but long-lasting) wash of shimmering champagne color.

Step 4:  Apply 2 coats of Ilia Mascara in Nightfall to really make the whites of your eyes twinkle.

Step 5:  Dab a touch of Ilia concealer where needed.  On Ell, I used C3 just under her eyes and around her nose.

Step 6:  Apply Coola BB Cream all over your face.  One pea size dollop is enough.  I LOVE this BB cream because it’s your moisture, sun protection and even skin tone all in one!

Step 7:  Using your finger, apply just a tad of Kjaer Weis cream blush in HAPPY just on the apples of your cheeks.

Step 8:  Dazzling Cream Bronze is then applied to all the high points of the face– forehead, bridge of nose, high cheek bones and chin.  {I also dabbed a bit on her eye sockets to create a little depth).

Step 9:  To give Ell a beautiful glow, we finished the look with a little luminizing cream by Ilia called Polka Dots and Moonbeams, just on her temples & cupids bow (right above her top lip).

Step 10:  Lastly, we used RMS Lip2Cheek in Promise (not pictured here– I took the photos before I swapped out the color I actually used). with Ilia lipgloss in Butterfly on top.  The gloss is also pretty alone.

How fun!  I’m excited to hear what you think about this look. Have fun and be sure to share your selfies if you try this look at home!  You can shop the entire look here!

Xo,
Jennie
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Product Review: Suntegrity 5 In 1 Natural Self Tanner
May 3, 2016

Why Risk Wrinkles: By Jennie Fresa Beauty Contributor: Ell Sherwood

Hey Beauties!  Today we’re sharing a Product Review of one the best Self-Tanners out there.  Check it out & Enjoy!

{Click here} to grab the Suntegrity Self Tanner we love so on our online boutique!

About our Contributor: El is a fitness, health and green beauty enthusiast residing in New Haven, CT with her veggie-loving orange cat, Razz, and her football-coaching fiancé, Jordan. She is a lifestyle and documentary photographer and co-owns a creative company, E&H Creates, with her sister Hannah. Together, the dynamic duo makes the world a little more beautiful.

Etsy Website: eandhcreates.etsy.com

Insta : @eandhcreates

I made a New Years Resolution to never use a tanning bed for the rest of my life. In my college years, I did enough fake-and-baking for my entire Freshmen English 101 class — and then some. As I became older and entered my early, mid and now late (AHHH) twenties I started shifting towards a healthy lifestyle.

I have always loved working out and eating well. I know, annoying, right? In college, I attempted to stay on track, but lets be real – it was impossible! I felt physically awful and exhausted almost all of the time, but I did have a ton of fun.. and a lot of pizza! After college, my lifestyle changed little by little and I began working towards the healthy lifestyle I embrace today.

Now, I am a yoga-hiking-running-biking-kale-beet-loving fanatic. Working out and eating well is what I do best. If you ask any of my gal pals, “Who is your healthiest friend?” I think they would roll their eyes and say, “El. She loves kale.”

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Yet, even with all of these healthy changes, up until recently, I was still tanning! I would knock out a solid spin class, drink my green juice, practice some yoga, eat my organic free-ranged chicken and then hit the tanning bed? Like, what? One of these things is not like the other. Hmmm. 😕

I was not tanning often and would typically only try and catch a nice bronze in preparation for an upcoming event. Similar to any lady in her 20’s I have roughly 250 weddings, bachelorette parties and bridal showers to look good for. So, not tanning as often and for events only, is acceptable right? NICE TRY El – WRONG! WRONG WRONG!

We are all well aware of the risks associated with tanning. We all also know that our skin is our largest organ. Yet, I feel like a lot of us (myself included) choose to ignore the truth because having a bronze glow makes us feel more beautiful. We need to stop putting our skin on the back burner and start incorporating skincare into healthy living.

I had to think about why giving up tanning was hard for me. Similar to many people, I have always enjoyed being a bit tan because I feel more confident showing my legs and wearing less makeup. I also was often hesitant to use self-tanners because of the harsh and dangerous chemicals. If a pregnant woman cannot use it – why would I want to?

During one of my trips to the JF Brow & Beauty Bar, Jennie introduced me to Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner. It was love at first…tan — wow so corny! This product is an organic natural self tanner ideal for sensitive skin, non toxic and vegan. IT IS AMAZING. The product description says “healthier and better than a real tan” and I couldn’t agree more. This product is part of the Suntegrity line which was developed after the owner lost her mother to melanoma. The owner is a big advocate for wearing sunscreen and taking care of your skin, but found that most of the products on the market actually contain chemical UV blockers and toxic ingredients. Therefore, she developed her own skincare line which includes the fabulous Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner. I cannot recommend the product enough and I also cannot recommend the Jennie Fresa Beauty Bar in Madsion enough, either! What I can recommend though is making a trip to the Beauty Bar, getting your eyebrows done by Jennie (I like to call her the eyebrow wizard) and picking up some Suntegrity. :o)

Here’s my Suntegrity How-To:

Step 1

Exfoliate

Gently exfoliate your entire body.

Step 2

COFFEE!

Have a cup of coffee..or 3. Check out my CT Vibes mug. So cute, right?

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Step 3

Apply 5 in 1 Suntegrity

Evenly apply Suntegrity all over body and wait a few mixtures before dressing. I decided to apply right before bed since you need to avoid showering, sweating and shaving for 8 hours. Make sure to was your hands immediately after. I applied the 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner right to my face and loved how it came out! If you are too nervous to do this, make sure to try the 5 in 1 Tinted Face Sunscreen.

Step 4

Enjoy your glow!

I woke up the next morning and immediately jumped out of bed to check out my glow. I loved what I saw! I did see a couple of spots that seemed darker and once I showered everything evened out. I am so impressed with how long the tan has lasted! I applied the self tanner Thursday evening took a shower Friday morning, went for a run Friday afternoon, showered again, did a spin class Saturday morning, showered, went out for Bachelorette party Saturday evening in Boston, danced the night away, woke up Sunday (with a minor headache) went for a walk with my girlfriends, showered, went out for brunch and my tan is STILL glowing!

XO,

Team JF

If you want to shop the Suntegrity Self Tanner, check it out {here}!

El glowing from head to toe!

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or view all Suntegrity products here.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil
February 19, 2016

Coconut Oil has many incredible health and beauty benefits. The nutritional content in coconut oil is what truly makes this the ultimate must have! Coconut oil is packed with anti-oxidants, medium-chain triglycerides, lauric acid and caprylic acid that make so many great changes to your overall health. When buying Coconut Oil make sure to look for Virgin, Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil.

Here are some of the truly amazing benefits of coconut oil:

Beauty Benefits:

  • Fights Acne
  • Natural Skin Moisturizer
  • Wrinkle Reducer
  • Natural Makeup Remover
  • Homemade Toothpaste
  • Natural Chapstick or Lipgloss
  • Personal Lubricant
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Gentle Face Wash
  • Soothing Shaving Cream
  • Hair Deep Conditioner
  • Nail Cuticle Oil
  • In-Grown Hair Treatment
  • Stretch Mark Reducer

Health Benefits:

  • Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
  • Can Cure UTI and Kidney Infections
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Improves Brain and Memory Function
  • Improves Memory and Endurance
  • Improves Digestion, Reduces Ulcers and Colitis
  • Helps Gallbladder Disease and Pancreatitis
  • Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
  • Improves Type II Diabetes
  • Benefits Hair Health
  • Prevents Osteoporosis
  • Helps Weight Loss
  • Anti-Aging
  • Balances Hormones

 

Looking to pick up your very own coconut oil? Stop by our boutique and experience the luxury of our RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream. 

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The 411 on SPF
May 19, 2014

Hi Beauties!

There’s a lot of buzz going around on sunscreens and SPF and it’s easy to get confused with what we should use and what is potentially harmful to our skin. Enjoy these quick tips I’ve selected for you so you can continue on and enjoy that sunshine carefree!

1. Use a Broad Spectrum. What does this mean you may ask. Broad spectrum protects against BOTH UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays)

2. Stay between SPF 20 and 50. Studies show there is no greater protection above 50, therefore it may be misleading that higher protection means more protection from prolonged exposure.

3. What to look for? We suggest you shop for sunscreens that are Oxybenzone free. Oxybenzone is a chemical used in most “sport” and waterproof sunscreens that may contribute to cell damage which can cause skin cancer. Super Goop is our favorite non toxic oxybenzone free and broad spectrum sunscreen.

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If you have any SPF concerns feel free to stop in for a visit, we would be happy to answer any questions and introduce you to the Super Goop sunscreen we carry!

XO

8 Stylish Gift Ideas for Mom
May 5, 2014

Stylish Gift Ideas for Mom

1.) Jennie Fresa Gift Certificate

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2.) Aquinnah ‘name plate’ necklace {$85}

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3.) Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask {$55}

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4.) Kai Body Buffer {$40}

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5.) Tokyo Milk Perfume in Bittersweet {$36}

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6.) Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm {42}

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7.) Lollia Candle 15 Another Quiet Day {$30}

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8.) Rosa Baroque Body Creme {$62}

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Shelly's Top 10 Pink Lipsticks
April 21, 2014

Hi beauties! Is there any better accessory this time of year than a pop of pink? I don’t know about you but adding a pink pout to any outfit not only makes me feel good but even adds a little pep in my step. Today I am here to share with you my top 10 favorite pink lipsticks.updated lipstick photo

 

Starting from the top we have,  JF pink diamond, JF Pink Truffle, Becca Valentina, Stila Yum Berry Crush, JF Grace  JF Love Struck, JF Socialite  JF Pink Flamingo, JF GiGi and last but certainly not least…Stila Raspberry Crush. A little tip when playing with pinks, don’t be shy to use more than one, mixing pinks and corals is a fun a flirty way to create something different and add that little something to brighten your day!

Be sure to share some of your favorite pinks, I always love to hear from you beauties!

XoPink lips

Shelly

Jennie Fresa's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
November 26, 2013

holiday gift guide

{Gifts & deals available through December 21st while supplies last}

1. Lollia Candle $30  | 2. Tokyomilk Handcreme $22  | 3. Sara Happ Lip Scrub $24
{all three products – buy 1 get one ½ price}
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| 4. Stila 5 piece Brush Sets $28 | 5. Stila 3 Lip Gloss Sets $12 | 6. Stila In the Light Palette $38  |
7. Becca Shimmers $38 (25% OFF) | 8. Jennie Fresa Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet $20
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9. Aquinnah vintage rings $38 with chain $48 | 10. Aquinnah stackable bracelets $38
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11. Ban.do head wraps $20 | 12. Ban.do Iphone case $25 | 13. Knit Scarves $25 | 14. Makeup Bags $15
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15. Kat Burki Soaps $12 | 16. Tata Harper Lip Treatments $28 |
17. Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Body Scrub $28 |
{all three products – buy 1 get one ½ price}
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18. Finn & Co White/Black Sand Perfume $38 (buy 2 perfumes, get a FREE body polish)
19. Kai Body Lotion $37 (get a FREE travel size with any lotion or fragrance)
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Jennie Fresa Gift Certificates available too!

Happy Holidays!  XO, Jennie

Fight Frizz!
June 13, 2013

Does the humidity have you fighting some ferocious frizz? Us too! From preventing blotchy foundation, combating makeup meltdowns, to frustrating frizz we feel like we’re in a constant battle with this uncomfortable climate. Get ready to finally tame those tresses this summer with the help of Blowpro’s Weather Girl Anti-Frizz Serum! Infused with soy and silk proteins, this serum eliminates any future frizz plus flyaways with only a few drops!  What we really love about this product is the lightweight and residue-free properties, so you’re hair is left feeling soft and sleek. From oils, mousses, hairspray, the works we’ve tried it all; but Blowpro’s serum has really got the smoothing secret!

(www.blowpro.com)

Get Ready To Take it All Off – Kai Body Buffer
May 24, 2013

That’s right, we’re getting ready to take it all off…for bikini season that is! With Memorial Day weekend upon us, it’s time to buff away those winter woes and say hello to sexy summertime skin. So listen up beauties because Kai’s Body Buffer is the product for the job! This buffer works wonders as it transforms your skin from dull to divine! Once damp in the shower this sponge gently lathers, exfoliates and even moisturizes the body, leaving you feeling polished, soft and refreshed! And forget the perfume this summer, these buffers are infused with Kai’s signature scent, so after scrubbing away you are left with beautiful skin and a fresh fragrance that lasts! Kai’s Body Buffer is truly a summertime beauty essential that will last you the whole season! So don’t be afraid to bare that beach bunny bod and get ready to show off your best skin this summer!

(www.treschicnow.com)