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Perfect Sun Protection

You just couldn’t ask for better weather here in Minnesota. Yesterday, the hubby and I went kayaking down the Minnesota river. Kayaking! On St. Patrick’s Day! In Minnesota! Unheard of and absolutely amazing. But as many people have learned the hard way, just because it’s March doesn’t mean those sun rays won’t burn you. As one who suffers from sun damage (I was a child in the 70’s and 80’s. Baby oil was the name of the game), I knew I would need sunscreen. Good thing too. I have a very nice tan going, but that would have been red if not for sunscreen. While I don’t mind putting it on my body, I always hated applying it to my face. It always seemed greasy and not very attractive. But a couple of years ago I discovered the ultimate sunscreen for faces from Peter Thomas Roth. A renowned skin guru, he has created the perfect protection that gives you a youthful glow and protects you from damaging rays. There are many formulations, but these are my favorites. I never leave home without one in my bag.

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Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 $30
This is a transparent mineral powder that comes with a convenient brush applicator. It blocks UVA, UVB, and infrared rays, and prevents sunburn, skin damage, freckling, and discoloration. This matte powder is so easy to apply-just twist and brush over your face. It’s talc-free and mess free. There is no residue either.

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Bronze Instant Mineral Powder SPF 30 $35
This is my favorite. I use this as my powder all summer long. It has a dual chamber that allows you to blend your perfect color. It mixes transparent powder with a mineral bronzer and you can choose light, medium, or dark. It’s a finely milled powder that gives you a soft, residue-free layer of sunblock. You get a build-able, sun-kissed glow and ultimate protection.

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Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral Powder SPF 30 $30
This has all the sun protection you could need plus it’s blemish-fighting and oil-free. This matte powder absorbs oil, helping to reduce shine and prevent future breakouts. And don’t we all need some help with shine in the summer?

All products by Peter Thomas Roth and are available at Sephora

These powders really last too. I have had the matte powder for years. The bronzer I used all the light color in one summer, but still-it got me through several months. Of course, now I have a lot of the medium and dark left. Oh well. There really is no better sunscreen for your face. It’s convenient, easy to use, and gives you a wonderful, youthful glow!

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Thicker Hair With Invati

I have fine hair that seems to be thinning as I get older. My biggest beauty fear is losing my hair, and finding a handful in the shower drain can be very depressing. So when Aveda unveiled their new Invati line I was very intrigued. This three piece collection claims to reduce hair loss and improve and thicken thinning hair. I was hesitant. It is not the cheapest collection and I was very skeptical. But, I forked over the money and was on my way to being a guinea pig.
Here are the vitals. Invati means “invigorate”. Formulated with the power of Densiplex (an invigorating blend of ayurvedic herbs such as turmeric and ginseng), the Invati line basically claims to help you keep the hair you have longer. It does this by using the densiplex to energize and rehabilitate the scalp. A healthier scalp equals healthier hair. It also restores strength and elasticity which reduces breakage. Here’s a breakdown of each product.

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Invati Exfoliating Shampoo $24
This shampoo cleanses, exfoliates, and renews the scalp. It is clinically proven to remove build-up of sebum and product residue.

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Invati Thickening Conditioner $24
This conditioner is clinically proven to restore strength and improve hair elasticity, reducing breakage. It thickens hair with a blend of guar, palm, and rapeseed-derived ingredients.

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Invati Scalp Revitalizer $60
This helps energize and rehabilitate the scalp around follicles when massaged in (8 sprays on each side of head, massage in. I do this in the am and the pm. It doesn’t make hair feel dirty). This spray creates the optimum environment for healthy hair.

Okay, so how do I really like it? Love the conditioner and the scalp revitalizer. The only reason I’m not crazy about the shampoo is because it doesn’t lather, but my hair does get clean. I can say in all honesty that I have seen a huge drop in the amount of hair in the drain. Because I don’t wash my hair every day, there would be a good amount of hair left in the shower. Now, there are days I don’t even have to clean the hair trap. My hair does look and feel thicker, especially on the days I wash my hair. Usually, after rinsing the conditioner out of my hair, my hair felt pretty thin. Now, it’s noticeably thicker when wet and you can feel it “thickening” when rinsing out the conditioner. I’ve been using it about a month and I do have to give it “two thumbs up”. It is worth the price tag if you suffer from thin hair. I will suggest shopping around. I’ve found salons that offer a discount if you buy all three items, which I recommend. It is truly a “system” and for optimal results you need to use all the products.

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Please visit Aveda to order or find salons near you.

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Does my hair look thicker?

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