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3 Sure Ways to Get Bookings in Direct Sales by Becky Spieth

Becky Spieth is a world renowned, award-winning direct sales consultant, mentor and speaker. With over 20 years of experience, she helps develop some of the top leaders in sales and recruiting in the industry. Lemongrass Spa is honored to announce Becky as the keynote speaker for leadership at the Grand Hyatt Tampa, Florida on Friday, July 22.

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There are people that you are friends with that want to book parties with you RIGHT NOW! Then, why are they not on your calendar? You just haven’t created a great enough need for your product, in their opinion.

Now… please don’t go and start spamming everyone on Facebook with ad after ad or desperate begging on your timeline or business page.

Instead of this unproductive vomiting of information and harassment, come from a place of service and post before and afters if that works you’re your product line, or post – “What’s your biggest “skin” challenge?” (if you sell skincare) or “What’s your biggest “meal time” challenge?” (if you sell food items or items for meal prep), “What’s your biggest challenge with accessorizing your wardrobe?” (if you sell jewelry), or “What’s your biggest “cleaning” challenge? (if you sell cleaning products).

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Ingredient Spotlight: Evening Primrose Oil

A bright yellow North American wildflower, evening primrose’s name comes from the plant’s blooming in the evenings. This common wildflower was a dietary and medicinal staple in Native American cultures. The stems and roots were cooked and eaten while parts of the plant were used in medicinal treatments from wound compresses to tinctures and teas for a variety of ailments including digestive and menstrual issues. Renowned for it’s skin-rejuvenating quality, evening primrose oil has become a natural skin care star.

Evening primrose oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant. The oil is comprised of omega-6 essential fatty acids Linolenic and Gamma Linolenic and omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids Oleic, Palmitic and Stearic. Omega-6 fatty acids are important structural components of cell membranes but are not produced by the body, and evening primrose oil contains one of the highest concentrations of Linolenic Acid in the family of natural oils with concentrations typically between 55-72%. Fatty acids are integral to maintain the structural integrity of the skin, which reduces the signs of aging, and topical application has been found to be as effective for the skin healthy as oral supplements.

Antioxidants vitamin E and vitamin C are also packed into this golden oil; they help protect skin against environmental stressors and oxidation, which causes fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Evening primrose oil’s anti-inflammatory properties have made it an essential ingredient in creams and lotions to help soothe dryness, itchiness and redness associated with skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Evening primrose oil is also considered to help those suffering from hormonal acne. The oil absorbs into the skin quickly, reduces transepidermal water loss and is considered hypoallergenic because skin irritation is rare.

Lemongrass Spa harnesses the benefits of evening primrose oil in a variety of products. For anti-aging benefits try Gentle Face Crème, Face Crème with Botanicals, Tea Tree Face Crème or Organic Anti Aging Serum. For all your moisturizing needs choose from Whipped Body Butter, Hand & Body LotionHand & Body Lotion and Ultra Hydrating Body Crème.

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Sheer Minerals Spotlight: Serenity Eye Shadow

Serenity…Don’t you just love the sound of it. It emotes visions of light blue clear skies, softly lapping ocean waves, a light blue cotton sundress blowing in a light breeze and all things gentle, calm, soft and soothing. It is befitting our newest shade of Sheer Minerals eye shadow. It is a lovely color on blondes, brunettes and redheads and complimentary to all skin tones as well as all ages.

Some may look at it and think of the 70’s and polyester. While it is a pretty “groovy” color, I encourage those afraid of the hippie/disco/grandma stigma, to try it. It is crisp, clean and everything summer in one shade. Plus, if you felt like feathering your hair and throwing on your white polyester bell bottoms…there’s nothing wrong with a little throwback!

One of the two Pantone Color of the Year, Serenity is a must-have for your summer eye shadow collection.

A few techniques for different looks with Serenity:

Line with it: If you are a little intimidated by sweeping the color dramatically across your lids, pair Serenity Blue with a complimentary color, such as Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow, and simply use Serenity Blue as a liner. Wet your brush for more intense color and precision. 

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Skincare Tips for Men

Men’s grooming and maintenance habits are not always at the top of the list to talk about when discussing elaborate skincare routines. However, when I was in school, a teacher made a statement that has made a huge impact on how I view skincare as a whole. She stated that “Skin is skin is skin.” Meaning whether you are male or female, oily or dry, or all types of different skin tones, all skin needs basic care and can benefit from a daily routine.  It ensures the skin stays healthy, nourished and youthful. Men’s skin experiences issues such as irritation from shaving, acne, dry or oiliness and also aging. Below is a four-step simple skincare routine geared towards men using products from our Men’s Essentials and Private Reserve collections. Our Private Reserve line is scented with notes of sandalwood and musk using safe phthalate free fragrance. The Men’s Essential line is an all essential oils blend of spruce, birch and sandalwood. You can share this information with any man in your life when gifting him any of our men’s products.

Step One

Cleanse the skin with either our Men’s Essentials Cleansing Gel or Private Reserve Bar Soap. The cleansing gel soothes and calms irritated skin, but is good for all skin types, and the Private Reserve Bar Soap is an all in one cleanser for face and body.

Step Two

If you are planning to shave, apply our Men’s Essentials Shaving Crème formulated with shea butter and aloe for the smoothest shaving experience.

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Benefits of Exfoliation

Exfoliation is one the easiest steps you can add to your skincare routine to see immediate results; it instantly brightens and evens out your complexion, giving you a more youthful appearance. There are three different forms of exfoliation. The first two are chemical and enzymatic exfoliation. The third is manual, which is the category Lemongrass Spa Facial Polish and Microdermabrasion Crème fall under. Manual exfoliation is the process of using ingredients such as pumice, walnut shells, salt, sugar or even jojoba beads to manually buff away dead skin cells. Manual exfoliation can also mean using different types of materials such as washcloths, sponges or boucle pads to physically eliminate dead skin.

Exfoliating products have recently been in the spotlight due to the negative impact of toxic ingredients such as microplastic beads are having on the environment. Microplastic beads are used for exfoliation , and these beads are not biodegradable or environmentally friendly. They wash down the drain and into waterways, and biologists are finding these beads in fish and other marine animals and are documenting the negative impact on our ecosystems. Lemongrass Spa uses one hundred percent natural, biodegradable and environmentally friendly exfoliating ingredients in their body and facial polishes and Microdermabrasion Crème. We also offer a cotton boucle pad to use with our cleansing gels or soaps as another form of exfoliation. During the months of June and July enjoy one of our three exfoliating facial products below at Buy One, Get One Half Off!

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Soften age spots and smooth fine lines with deep exfoliating, volcanic microcrystals suspended in a conditioning crème. Gently polish skin at home once or twice per week. This is a gentle alternative to chemical peels and harsh resurfacing. Enhanced with green tea, chamomile, licorice root and sunflower seed oil for added nutrients and anti-aging properties. Not recommended for extra-sensitive or thinning skin.

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Five Steps to Summer Ready Skin

You’ve booked your tickets to that summer getaway but before you leave town, you realize that your skin isn’t beach ready! Here are five easy steps to glowing arms, legs and even feet!

  1. Use our Body Polish before you remove unwanted hair to prepare skin for the smoothest shave. The polish will remove any dull skin and hydrate with its natural oils leaving you with a healthy summer glow. To subtly enhance your skin’s color and add a touch of sparkle and shine, follow with one of our Bronzing Butters in two seasonal scents, Coconut Cream and Mandarin Orange.
  2. During outdoor summer activities don’t forget to apply one of our Lemongrass Spa sunscreens to shield your skin from sun damaging rays. Help protect the environment with our natural sunscreen sticks. The Sunscreen Sport Stick SPF 30 is easy for traveling or touch ups through out the day. The Tinted Sunscreen Sport Stick SPF 30 or BB Crème is easy to wear with our Sheer Minerals Makeup for extra protection for everyday use. For the safest sunscreens on the market, including Lemongrass Spa’s Ocean Friendly and Sport Stick, check out the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 Guide to sunscreens. 
  3. If you have experienced too much sun, place our Hand and Body Lotion, Body Icing or Ultra Hydrating Body Crème in the refrigerator before applying. This will not only moisturize sun-damaged skin, but also soothe and cool down the burn. You can even add a couple drops of our certified organic Peppermint Essential Oil to the lotion to help draw the heat out of sunburned skin. Another Lemongrass Spa product that is refreshing to place in the fridge is the Hydrating Body Spritz. Misting the refreshing spritz on the go or after a day of outdoor adventures is another great way to cool down.
  4. Beach walks, flip flips, sandals and being barefoot can take a toll on your feet during warm weather months. Our Complete Cucumber or Herbal Foot Care Kits are the perfect answers for feet in need of some attention. For deep moisturizing, places socks over your feet for a couple hours or over night after using the foot balms. While getting your feet sandal-ready, consider blessing a deserving service member stationed overseas with a foot spa by purchasing a Freedom Feet Foot Kit; click here to learn more about the Freedom Feet program.
  5. These are some other important tips that are often overlooked to keep your skin summer ready. Your underarm area can be very sensitive especially if you are shaving more often. Our new all Natural Deodorant Paste and Deodorant Spray are gentle on skin and will help keep odor away. We also have a Natural Deodorant Stick for those who like a more traditional deodorant. The last summer skin tip is to wear a bug spray. There is nothing worse then having itchy bug bites during the summer. Take Bug-a-Boo Insect Repellent with you to all your outdoor activates to keep those pests away. If you happen to get a bite, place our Healing Elements Balm on it as soon as possible to help soothe the itch and irritation.

With these five steps your skin will be ready for warm weather! We hope that you take Lemongrass Spa with you throughout all your summer activities. Have a happy, healthy and safe skin summer!

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Don’t Sweat It…We’ve Got You Covered!

I don’t know about you, but having underarm odor is one of the most embarrassing things for a girl or a guy. Having to avoid someone with bad body odor is hard to cover up. As a teenager or as an adult, this awkward situation is something that can be avoided with the right combination of products.

Did you know that sweat is actually odorless inside the body?

When perspiration is exposed to the atmosphere chemical changes happen. Bacteria on the surface processes the perspiration, causing odor. On average people have 3 to 4 million sweat glands! It’s no wonder Americans are obsessed with great smelling sprays, perfumes, deodorants and antiperspirants!

There are two sweat glands, the eccrine and apocrine. Things like exercise, stress, eating spicy food, hormones, diseases, taking strong medication, running a fever, gastro problems and prolonged infections cause these glands to work overtime to cool off our bodies.

To reduce odor, bacteria on the skin should either be eliminated or out run by good bacteria to create a friendly, less odiferous environment. Good hygiene can go a long way in reducing odor as well as avoiding caffeine, spicy foods and even red meat.

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Dear Mom…Stories Celebrating MOMS

Pictured: Heidi (right) with her Mom, Karen

Heidi Leist, a mom on a mission to provide a fresh, clean & natural pampering skin care option for her family as well as yours, founded Lemongrass Spa fourteen years ago. In honor of Mother’s Day, we want to help celebrate the beautiful, amazing women who have shaped our Lemongrass Spa ‘family’.

We’d love to hear about how your mom, grandmother or stepmother pampered her family. Let us know in the comments!

Christa, McAlisterville, PA

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Lemongrass Spa Essentials for Moms

Lemongrass Spa was founded by a mom on a mission to provide fresh, clean & natural pampering skin care options for her family as well as yours. Families continue to be the inspiration behind developing safe, effective and luxurious skin care. Every mom has her favorites, but these are some of our basics for mom, dad and kids.

Healing Elements – #1 best seller four years in a row!

What began as a quest to formulate the perfect diaper rash cream, free from talc and other irritating and potentially dangerous ingredients, turned into the development of a comforting balm for every member of the family. Non-nanoparticle zinc oxide, the #1 pediatrician recommended rash-healing ingredient, combined with anti-inflammatory calendula oil and the restorative blend of shea butter, mango butter and coconut oil helps calm minor skin conditions like rashes, burns and bites. Healing Elements Balm is available in a Family Sized 6 oz jar, travel sized 2 oz jar and purse-friendly Glide-on-Stick.

On-the-Go Foaming Liquid Soap

Diaper bag, travel and purse friendly, the On-the-Go Foaming Liquid Soap Dispenser keeps hands clean without drying sodium laureth sulfate or damaging triclosan. Moms take their favorite Foaming Liquid Soap to school, sport and other kids’ events.

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Pampering Parties for Moms

 Let’s be real here - mom does it all. She manages the house, soothes skinned knees and cuddles away the nightmares. Ask any mom when she last took time for herself, and she’ll probably say "Time for me? What’s that?" 

Most moms can’t get away for a spa weekend, but you should carve out, at least, some time from your busy life that’s just for you and your friends too!  At a Lemongrass Spa Party, whether you’re a mom, wife, grandma or a ‘mom-to-be’ we know that most women love the gift of pampering. Our Mother’s Day themes and bundles are designed with all sorts of goodies that moms especially love healthy and natural!

Here are a few entertaining party ideas to pamper those special women in your life.

Smoothies and Smooth Skin

Feed your skin inside and out by sipping antioxidant packed smoothies for smooth summer skin.

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Keep Mature Skin Young, Bright and Healthy with Sheer Minerals

Hello Natural Beauties,

Recently I have seen many questions regarding more mature skin and its appearance with powdered mineral makeup. To this topic, I can speak with a bit of experience. A few precious months away from the big Five-Oh, I can tell you that I, like some of you, cannot wear the powdered minerals by themselves. Living in Colorado, my skin tends to be on the dry side and the powder alone can make my skin appear a little less youthful than I would like. I would LOVE to have the wrinkle and fine line free skin of my youth, but alas, those days are in my rearview mirror. However, hydrating and smoothing out the appearance of my skin with the Lemongrass Spa’s line of skin care and Sheer Minerals cosmetics is instrumental in keeping my skin healthy, moisturized and youthful.

Here are ten keys to keeping more mature skin looking young, bright and healthy:

  1. Dehydration is a wrinkles best friend. Drink plenty of water, herbal tea and juice.
  2. Pore Cleansing. When pores become congested with makeup, dead skin cells and dirt, they can appear larger and disrupt the smooth appearance of the skin. Using Microdermabrasion Crème and our clay-based facemasks once a week, as well as a daily toner, can cleanse and tighten the pores resulting in a smoother more youthful surface.
  3. Nightly Serum regime. I cannot express enough the difference I have seen in my skin since I began using the Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum. It has been astounding to see the change from dull and dry to bright and supple.
  4. Eye makeup remover. Pulling and stretching the skin around our eyes to remove makeup can damage the very delicate skin. Be gentle around this area that is so prone to damage. Use our emollient rich Organic Eye Makeup Remover for a dual-purpose eye makeup remover and vitamin rich healing moisturizer.
  5. Primer OR BB Crème. I wouldn't recommend using both since the BB crème acts as a primer serum and foundation in one and can create a little too much "slip" for your blush and eye color to stay in place. The last thing you need is to look like you are melting.
  6. If the BB Crème is not enough coverage for you, you can use both the powder and the BB Crème for a flawless finish. You can also combine your mineral foundation and your primer for the same effect. I like to tap a little bit of the powdered foundation into my Minerals Mate Mixing and Application Tray and then pump a small amount of BB Crème into a separate spot on the tray. Using my Kabuki Brush, I dab the brush into the BB Crème and then dip it into the powdered foundation and blend in a circular motion on my face. They blend beautifully and create a nice, light matte coverage without the tendency to "crack" in the wrinkles and fine lines.
  7. Onward and upward. Whatever you are putting on your face after the foundation, blend UP. Whether its eye shadow, blush or bronzer, defy the effects of gravity by blending color upward.
  8. Highlight to create a dewy look. Whatever blush or bronzer you have applied, mix it with a couple shakes of White Diamond Eye Shadow and dust on the prominent areas of your face (forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin) for a youthful sheen.
  9. Ending on the same note I began, hydration: Use your Mineral Setting Spray frequently throughout the day. Bring your makeup and skin back to life with a spritz of setting spray multiple times daily. It brightens the look of your makeup as well as moisturizes and plumps the skin. Neroli is also a fantastic anti-aging ingredient for the skin.
  10. Smile!! Nothing looks more youthful than a bright, welcoming smile. 

 “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” Audrey Hepburn

Shelley

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4 Uses for Mango Butter

Mango butter is traditionally used in tropical regions to moisturize and heal skin but has found its way into Western skin care treatments. This fast absorbing, non-greasy fat is lightly scented, off-white in color and a solid at room temperature. Mango butter is extracted from the pulp of the mango seed, which is rich in oleic and stearic acids and omega-9. It is similar to cocoa butter with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and antiseptic properties.

Mango butter is often used in wound care due to its ability to regenerate skin. In a study performed to test the effectiveness of mango butter on wound healing, specifically cracked skin, results demonstrated mango butter to completely repair skin and predominantly be “antiseptic, healing, soothing and cooling in most of the clinical subjects” as well as “actively replenish[ing] moisture, leaving the skin looking silky smooth and hydrated.”

Dry Skin

Mango butter increases hydration and is presumed to prevent drying of skin by reducing water loss from the epidermis. It’s used to treat dryness caused by eczema and psoriasis plus itchiness from rashes and bug bites.

Products to try: Almond or Mandarin Orange Body Polish, Nourishing Lip Butter and Ultra Hydrating Body Crème

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Using Essential Oils for Your Home Spa

Used across the globe for centuries, plant essences played a substantial role in medicinal preparations and religious ceremonies. These essences evolved to what we now know as essential oils. While still used for medical and religious purposes, essential oils developed a contemporary following for relaxation, massage and skincare and as a mood booster. Lemongrass Spa Products mission is not only to provide fresh, clean & natural products for the entire family but also to provide an indulgent spa experience from the comfort of your own home. Here are some tips and recipes for enhancing your home spa experience using essential oils.

Diffusing

Create a romantic, uplifting, relaxing or other desirable ambiance by diffusing essential oils in your home or car. People diffuse oils purely for the love of a scent, aromatherapy benefits or both. Whatever your reason, it is recommended you use an electric nebulizer or diffuser (steam or fan) to maintain the molecular integrity of the compound because essential oils can breakdown if exposed to heat. Lemongrass Spa Products now offers three diffuser choices: Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser (steam), Aroma to Go Portable Diffuser (fan) and a new Car Diffuser (fan). Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the diffuser to enjoy the aroma throughout your home or car. As an added bonus, a study published in t

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he Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy suggests diffusing essential oils could be effective in fighting certain air born bacteria.

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Phthalate-Free Fragrance

People are more aware now than ever of what ingredients are being put onto their skin. There are so many harmful chemicals found in everyday products, such as sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals and fragrances. One of the ingredients that raises the most questions and concerns are phthalates.

“What are phthalates?” Phthalates are found in many scented and cosmetic products, such as perfumes, lotions, creams, powders, deodorants, nail polish and hair spray. They help stabilize the fragrance, increase spreadability and enhance absorption. This causes the chemicals to be absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream. The many types of phthalates include DBP, DEP, DEHP, BzBP and DMP, but don’t bother memorizing them because they will usually appear under the name “fragrance” or “parfum” on labels. Unless the label specifically states “no synthetic fragrance”, “scented with only essential oils”, or the product specifically claims to be phthalate-free then it is possible that at least one of the phthalates listed above is included.

“Why are phthalates bad for you?” The dictionary definition of a phthalate is “a salt or ester of phthalic acid that is commonly used as plasticizers in PVC; when ingested they can cause kidney and liver damage.” Based on this definition it is clear to see why people would be hesitant in using products containing phthalates. Research has also proven that phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and can cause an array of problems from infertility to genital birth defects and possible carcinogens. There are still unknown side effects being tested as a result of these concerns.

Considering the new information about adverse health effects, Lemongrass Spa Products decided to switch all their fragranced items over to phthalate-free versions in 2008 and has since been an entirely phthalate-free company. When enjoying our scented products, such as Hydrating Body Mist, Body Icing and Hand and Body Lotion, we can assure you that we are using reputable essential oils and phthalate–free fragrances, keeping you and your family’s health and safety in mind.

Click here to read the Top 10 Ingredients to Avoid.

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Sheer Minerals Makeup: The Eyes Have It!

When it comes to makeup, the area we can have the most fun, and be the most creative with, are our eyes. We can simply apply a little mascara to sport a natural look, or go for the drop dead diva smokey eye, the trendy winged look or create a look all our own. There are so many ways to highlight, frame, enhance, shape and bring out the windows to our soul. Below are just a few!!

 The Natural Look

Sweep the entire eyelid in a nude colored eye shadow such as Sand Pearl or Matte Mocha and apply Brown or Black Organic Mascara to the upper lashes only, concentrating on the outer lashes to uplift the eye. Using your Eyeliner Brush, use the same nude shadow to line the lower lash line to both corners to open the eye.

Smokey Eye

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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 4: Expanding Essential Oil Collection

Plant essences have been used for thousands of years to harmonize mind, body and spirit. It is believed the aroma produced by a plant’s essential oil stimulates the sections of the brain responsible for emotions and memory to positively effects mood plus interacts with the body’s hormones to influence specific functions. As a compliment to our home spa experience, Lemongrass Spa unveiled an organic essential oil collection last year, and to further our commitment to providing both purposeful and indulgent products for the entire family, we’re introducing four divine new essential oils to the lineup.

Certified Organic Essential Oils

  • Frankincense Oil (boswellia rivae). Steam distilled. Aroma: clean, woody and spicy aroma.
    • Soothe mind, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, supports immune and respiratory systems

Frankincense blends well with Geranium, Lavender and Lemon. Its spicy aroma also pairs with the Balancing Act blend.

  • Geranium Oil (pelargonium graveolens). Steam distilled. Aroma: floral, sweet, slightly herbal aroma with soft notes of rose.
    • Relaxing, anti-inflammatory, helps calm nerves and fatigue, balances hormones, astringent for skin

Geranium blends well with most essential oils but blends especially well with Frankincense, Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender essential oils.

  • Lemongrass Oil (cymbopogon flexuosus). Steam distilled. Aroma: citrus, herbaceous and smoky.
    • Anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, reduces cellulite, insect repellant, soothes headaches

Lemongrass blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Lemon and Tea Tree. It also compliments the Immune Boost blend.

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Transport Yourself to a Tropical Oasis this Spring

From the moment you lay eyes on the new catalog you’ll quickly be transported to a tropical paradise complete with the scents and sights of the spring season! Over thirty new items have been added to the lineup to get you and your family ready for outdoor fun in the sun.

Nothing says warm weather and sunshine like freshly-squeezed lemonade! We’ve captured the essence of this classic beverage in our new Strawberry Lemonade collection. The Hand & Body Lotion, Prebiotic Hand Wash, Prebiotic Body Wash, Hydrating Body Spritz and Body Polish were created using a combination of phthalate-free fragrance, organic lemongrass and lemon essential oils. Kids of all ages will enjoy Strawberry Lemonade, offered in a Kids Gift Set. This convenient travel sized set includes Kids Lip Balm Quartet with new Strawberry Lemonade Lip Balm and two-ounce bottles of Hand & Body Lotion, Prebiotic Body Wash and Hydrating Body Spritz.

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Inspired by one of the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year, new Serenity Blue Eye Shadow is a shimmery light blue hue reminiscent of ocean water or the eyes of a fair-haired child. Pairs beautifully with either Ballerina Pink or Dazzle Eye Shadow for a pastel fashion statement.

At Lemongrass Spa we continually improve the products for our customers. Our new formula Ocean Friendly Sunscreen lotion offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of 30. Features non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for a natural, physical barrier. It goes on smoother, appears less ‘white’ on skin and smells better than our original sunscreen lotion. Take the two-ounce bottle in your carry-on and pack the family-sized eight-ounce bottle for lazy days at the beach or pool.

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Mixing it up for Spring and Summer

There has been a lot of interest in mixing Sheer Minerals, and why not?!  Whether you’re interested in creating a sweet pastel for Spring, or a bright and bold shade for Summer, it's always good to start out with the right tools to mix your colors. 

Palette

My preference for the perfect palette is the Minerals Mate mixing tray. It has several small bowls to play with different options.  The  shallow divots make it easier to mix your colors thoroughly without spilling, and if you make one you really love, you can simply place one of the covers over it and save it. If you don’t have a Mineral Mates, you can use a small jar. An empty Sheer Minerals jar would be a great way to recycle. Be sure and make note of the amounts of each color you have combined so it is easier to re-create your masterpiece.

Scooping and Mixing

If you have access to a small cosmetic spatula, they make great scoops and blenders for your colors. Scoop and tap a little color into your pallet or jar and stir and “chop” them together OR If you are using a recycled jar, you can simply put the cap on and shake to mix your colors.

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How to Determine Your Skin Type and Choose the Right Products for Your Skin

Determining your skin type is simple but very important when figuring out what products to use and how to treat your skin. Knowing your skin type and conditions allows you to create your own skincare routine based on your skin’s personal needs. Keep in mind that our skin changes daily, seasonally, yearly and so on. It is always beneficial to evaluate where your skin is from time to time and make sure you are taking care of it properly. This will help lessen the frequency of skin problems. If your skin is not in the condition you would like it to be in, use the information below as a guide to help you.

There are four different skin types, normal, oily, dry and combination. The way you figure out what type of skin you have is your pore size. Do not look at any other skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, redness, and sensitivity. I will be going over those shortly. Normal skin, which is the ideal skin type, means you can see your pores, but they are not enlarged. If you are up close in a mirror and can see your pores, take a couple steps back and see if you can still see them. If you can’t, you have normal skin. If you step back from the mirror and can still see your pores, you have enlarged pores which means you have oily skin. If you can’t see any pores at all on your skin, then your skin type is dry. The most common skin type is combination, meaning that you have two different pore sizes on your face. Most people have a larger pore size in their T -zone (chin, nose and forehead) and that is why you see skin care companies market to combination/oily and combination/dry skin types; they gear their ingredients towards being beneficial for all skin types.

Contrary to what most people believe, you cannot change your pore size. Your pore size is genetic and it can change over time, but topical ingredients will not change the actual size. There are certain ingredients and precautions you can take to make them appear smaller and keep them clear, but the size you are born with is what you have to work with. Keep in mind that each skin type has its own battles (even dry and normal). Large pores, when kept clear, can produce enough oils on your skin to keep you looking youthful longer. There are pros and cons to every skin type, but accepting what you have and working with it is what will help you achieve your best skin.

Once you have determined your skin type, the next step is to look at what conditions you have. The most common skin conditions are acne, hyperpigmentation, skin texture, redness, sensitivity, scarring, wrinkles and fine lines. There are many companies that gear entire skin care lines towards these conditions. The easiest way to determine whether or not you need an entire line based on your condition is how much of your face it covers. If the condition covers the majority of your skin, I advise you to treat the condition first. I will use acne as an example. If acne is covering the majority of your face, then I would suggest using an acne line first. Most companies build their lines to work together and are more effective when used together. For instance an acne line may have a cleanser with tea tree oil in it to treat the acne and a skin lightener in the face crème to help with scars. Once that line has helped clear your skin and acne is no longer a condition (or covering the majority of the your face) go back to using skincare products for your skin type and spot treat if necessary. The most common mistake I see people make is they have one or two blemishes which leads them to think they have oily acne prone skin, therefore use an entire acne line. Their skin then becomes dry and irritated, normally causing the problem to get worse because they went about treating their skin wrong. You don’t have to have oily skin to have acne; this is why it is very important to know your skin type first. If you only have a couple of blemishes and the condition is not covering the majority of your skin, I advise using the skincare line based on your skin type and just spot treat for the condition; this way the majority of your skin stays balanced. You can, however, treat different conditions at the same time. If you have a couple lines on your forehead and some acne on your chin, go ahead and use a skincare line based on your skin type, and use a treatment for wrinkles on your forehead and a different treatment for acne on your chin.

By plugging in different skin conditions and types to the scenario above you should be able to come to a pretty clear conclusion on how to go about treating your skin. When in doubt always ask an esthetician or dermatologist to help guide you in the right direction.

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6 of the Best Winter Skin Care Ingredients

Flaking, redness, cracking and acne are a few problems your skin could be struggling to fight during winter months unless you live in a tropical climate. Low precipitation, dry indoor air heat and hot showers zap moisture from skin leading to these challenges, but you can restore balance and hydration to parched skin, while soothing itchy irritated areas, with a few of Lemongrass Spa’s preferred healing ingredients.

Avocado Oil

Avocados are known to contain vitamins and fats essential for a well balanced diet, but when applied to the skin, avocado oil has amazing benefits. It is packed with nutrients vital for glowing, youthful skin such as monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. Avocado oil penetrates deep into the dermis delivering these nutrients and drawing in moisture, providing long-lasting hydration. As we age, collagen, the main component of connective tissue, breaks down and production decreases; avocado oil is thought to help boost collagen production leading to smoother, younger looking skin. Avocado oil also helps soothe irritations caused by skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Products to try: Organic Anti Aging Serum, Organic Skin & Nail Balm and Gentle Face Crème

Cocoa Butter

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