B Well – Saving Face!

THE TRUTH ABOUT SPF & UVA/B. Healthy Skin Care - Copy   sun2 Listen up, ski bunnies! 

You may not think you have to worry about wearing sunscreen in the winter, but the most damaging rays are still wreaking havoc on your face.  Save your skin with both UVA and UVB protection.  The latest scoop on keeping your skin happy, healthy and younger looking all year long.

When the FDA recently announced it was updating labelling guidelines for sun-protection products, beauty companies noticed.  What’s new?  The buzz is all about UVA – which has been proven to cause the most long-lasting damage to skin health.  Research shows that these rays are the real culprits behind premature wrinkles, dark spots, uneven complexion, inflammation, sagging – even skin cancer.sun1

Right now most products focus on SPF, or Sun Protection Factor as most of you know by now.  But we’re learning SPF measures only UVB levels (the rays that cause sunburn).  So if you’re concerned with aging (and really, who isn’t?), you need to tune in to UVB and UVA protection.  The problem is even if you use broad-spectrum sunscreen, which claims to protect against UVB and UVA, there’s no way of knowing just how much UVA you’re getting because standard guidelines don’t exist in North America.

Enter the FDA’s new labelling regulation, which proposes that suncare products list the UVA protection right on the bottle.  You may already be familiar with this practice if you’ve been shopping in a Paris or Tokyo drugstore, where sunscreen bottles feature one important extra symbol: PA+, PA++ or PA+++.  Also, in the U.K., they’ve embraced the Boots five-star rating

Now Health Canada is re-evaluating its labelling requirements too, and expects to establish its own guidelines for UVA protection soon.  .  Until then, look for products that have science behind them like the following:

La Roche Posay I personally recommend & use: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ tinted extreme fluid.  It’s feels weightless, does the trick and gives a nice sheer tint.

neutrogenaAlso good & less expensive is Neutrogena age shield repair sunscreen with SPF 55.  It goes on light but doesn’t feel sticky or make your face look white.

Clinique broad spectrum moisture surge and Biotherm Skin-Vivo both with SPF 15 were also recommended by Chatelaine Magazine.

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INtrigue INsider – Healthy skIN


MicaBeauty Cleanser
MicaBeauty Cleanser

For my usual evening skin care ritual I’m partial to using milky cleansers  for makeup removal as they’re usually the most gentle.

Mica Beauty Natural Cleansing Milk is a heavenly scented detergent free cleanser that’s extra gentle for the skin on your face. The unique formula contains orange blossom extract for cleansing, softening, and toning your skin as it effectively removes all makeup and surface impurities.

Other nourishing ingredients include jojoba and sunflower seed oils, honey and ginseng seed extracts and cucumber.  Works wonderfully.

Available at http://intrigueimports.com  250 ml bottle for $35.00

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INtrigue INsider – getting spOILed!

Get SpOILed – Be SpOILed – Feel SpOILed!

I’m excited to share with you our brand new product line: spOILed face oil & ÉtOILe facial mist. It’s so new that in fact we are just in the process of getting proper labelling and our shopping cart set up to take orders.  SpOILed face oil was formulated as an overnight luxe comfort product, incorporating 17 of the most sumptuous and vital ingredients for the well being of your skin. There is nothing out there quite like it. It’s a complete blend of  indispensable certified organic essential oils mixed with lush organic carrier oils; basically a “complete” veil of luxury for your face.

SpOILed ultra facial oil was tailor made for someone passionate about skincare but extremely fussy and not completely satisfied with what was already out there on the mass skincare market.           

Étoile is a delightfully hydrating facial mist / toner with exotic floral waters of rose and orange blossom and lavender, geranium, eucalyptus and orange essential oils. Spritz over entire face and instantly feel refreshed.  Voie de Luxe.

Do you use oils in your skincare regime?  If so which ones do you use?

Next week I plan to do a post about all the benefits of every single ingredient in the oil and mist.  In the meantime if you are eager to know more please don’t hesitate to drop a comment.  Until then….

INtrigue INsider – skIN


This time of year we can use a little help for making our moisturizer work better.

MicaBella Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel provides gentle exfoliation and Vitamin C in one. As we have taken advantage of a new technology to formulate the ”Vitamin C beads”. Our Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel removes dead skin cells, leaving the skin with a healthy glow.

Net Wt 1 fl oz..30 ml
MicaBella exfoliating Vitamin “C” Gel for face.

Use Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel once or twice per week after cleansing the skin. Apply over wet face and neck in light circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Rinse well with lukewarm water. (For best results, use after a hot shower, when your pores are open.)

Ingredients: Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 80, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polysorbate 60, Methylparaben, Cellulose, Triethanolamine, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium, Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Lactose, Fragrance

Available at http://www.intrigueimports.com

INtrigue INsider – Skin Repair Serum


They contain a high concentration of active ingredients that are used to target wrinkles, dark spots and many other concerns.  Plus in general they smooth your skin and feel like silk.  Do you use one?

MicaBella Skin Repair Serum.  You  can use it alone or under your regular or MicaBella moisturizer.

Mica Bella’s Skin Repair Serum is an ultra-moisturizing serum, formulated with a unique blend, including Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins, Botanicals and *Proline.

Our unique formula is designed to promote the natural elasticity of the skin, help reduce skin damage caused by the environment, and help minimize the visible signs of wrinkles – providing a healthy glow and younger looking skin.

*Proline is an amino acid that helps maintain healthy skin and connective tissue.

available at http://www.intrigueimports.com

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