Protecting Yourself and the Coral Reefs

I recently visited Hawaii and while snorkeling, noticed far too many of the naturally gorgeous and bountiful coral had mostly either turned white or died off. The culprit here is a chemical known as benzophenone-2 (BP-2) used in most sunscreens. Usually something that is always an extremely beneficial no-brainer, sunscreen has been harming coral reefs all over the world.


This chemical causes viruses in the symbiotic algae that live inside the coral. These chemicals then continue the damage by replicating the viruses until the coral’s tissue actually explodes, leaving a mere skeleton behind. So all this white looking coral that I had seen was almost dead. The worst part of all of this is that the coral reefs house such a rich array of oceanic organisms.


Our solution here at UltraLuxe? Our MicroVenom Daily Defense SPF 30 Face & Body lightweight sunscreens. These high functioning formulas protect your skin from the sun’s immediate damage in addition to working against the clock, acting as a wrinkle and aging blocker. Synthetic snake venom and apple stem cell technology work in tandem to provide maximum protection for even the most sensitive complexions, free from environmentally harmful chemicals.

Hollywood's Skincare Secret

Hollywood's hottest have a secret weapon that battles blemishes overnight. Here's how they make it happen:

Two words: Drying. Potion.

For years, this tried and true product has stayed a favorite within Hollywood's elite for one reason: it works! This genie in a bottle truly banishes blemishes overnight, making it the go-to for celebs who can't afford NOT to have flawless skin. Whether they have problem skin or an occasional breakout, this little blue bottle has - and continues to- save your favorite stars' skin the night before they hit the red carpet for a premiere or awards season, pose for a cover shoot or any other special appearance!

Known for its purifying powers, Dead Sea Sulfur works harmoniously with Camphor, an antibacterial and cooling agent, to calm congested areas while you sleep. Proven disinfectants Lavender and Sage, detoxify and soothe while Peppermint stimulates skin, promoting circulation to quickly heal breakouts and banish blackheads.

To use, simply dot on blemishes and leave on overnight for an instanly clear complexion come morning!

For an added boost, daily use of our Acne Fighter, applied in the morning (with sunscreen!) or at night undearneath the Drying Potion, will not only aid in the speedy healing of current breakouts, but also prevent more from forming, too. Colloidal Sulfur draws and purifies, while Benzoyl Peroxide's antibacterial powers work with Aloe Vera to hydrate and calm blemish prone skin and larger problem areas. This dynamic duo has a proven track record both together and as individual products.

Healthy Skin Ahead,


Get Fabulous Skin for Fall!

Can you believe how quickly summer came and went? In that amount of time we’ve enjoyed the sun with beach trips and pool days but the sun also took a huge toll on our skin!The change of weather with the new season is also bringing up a slew of skincare concerns we have to address – and quickly too. We have to constantly remember to update our skincare regimen to compensate for dry skin with a mixture of different products. Read on for my insider tips to make sure you put your fabulous face (and body) forward for fall!

High-Powered Hydrator: It’s time to switch up your regular moisturizer to something with more substance! My top pick is our Hydrasoft Creamwhich provides intense hydration for dry, chapped, or mature skin. Formulated with Shea Butter to replenish dehydrated skin and Vitamin E to reduce irritation, this cream is ideal for dry, windy, or cold climates.

Red Carpet-Ready Peel: Your summer tan is fading away and your skin is lacking luster and craving a great exfoliator. I highly recommend our Enzyme Peeling Cream to reveal fresher and brighter skin.Pumpkin enzymes and Cardamom extract help to gently dissolve dead skin and sebum, preventing breakouts and reinstating a healthy glow to your complexion! Also, our cream prepares skin for maximum absorption of serums and moisturizers and increases the effectiveness of those products too.


Healthy Skin in Your 30’s & 40’s

Healthy Skin in Your 30’s& 40’s

Healthy skin is a top priority for every age – there’s no doubt about that! But as we age, each new decade brings up new skin concerns and revamping your skin care regimen is crucial to combat problem areas. Even if you have taken good care of your skin, you’ll notice parts that need improvement and I have the perfect guide for you!

Skincare Tips for Your 30’s& 40’s

When you’re in your thirties it’s time to update your skin care regimen focus from treating breakouts to anti-aging prevention. As you age, your skin becomes thinner and finer, there’s some loss of collagen, and since cell turnover has begun to slow down you’ll notice a duller complexion too. If you incorporate a great exfoliator in your routine, I guarantee you’ll see immediate improvement in your skin! This is the time to make a moisturizer your best friend because your skin becomes drier as you age, continue to protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 is my recommendation), and incorporate a retinol serum which increases collagen production.

Healthy Skin in Your 20’s

 It’s tough enough to figure out the right type of products for your skin type but are you also paying attention to your age? Yes, I agree that age is just a number but when it comes to effective skincare, age truly matters here! We all want healthy, radiant skin but are you adopting a regimen that addresses the common skin concerns that come with your age? I would say that a majority of women are either using certain types of products at the wrong phase of their lives or they just are not aware what to use in general. What age do you need exfoliation the most? When you should start adopting anti-aging products? These are all important questions to be asked and I have the answers for you!

Skincare Tips for Your 20’s 

Did you know that your 20’s are considered to be the most important decade for your skin? At this phase your skin can basically bounce back from a lot of damage you put it through pretty quickly (late night partying, not enough sleep, poor diet etc.) but that’s not why this is a definitive time. The answer is because the skincare regimen you apply now will determine what your skin will look like for the rest of your life!

DIY Summer Facial Masks

Sarah’s Secrets: 5 Easy Beauty DIY Treatments

Summer is my favorite time of the year but it definitely takes a toll on my skin.  With all the outdoor activities and sunshine you’ll be enjoying, don’t neglect your skin of the crucial nutrients it needs to stay healthy and vibrant. It’s important to always update your skincare regimeto focus on moisturizing and hydrating your skin in the warmer seasons. What’s the best way to hydrate your skin? I recommend incorporating a facial mask into your beauty schedule at least once a week to revitalize your skin. Want to be adventurous and try some of my top DIY masks? Each mask is all natural with a simple recipe to follow that will get your skin glowing in no time!

Rejuvenate Your Skin: 

Ingredients & Directions

o 1 tbsp. honey

o 3-4 mashed grapes

Sarah’s Secrets: Summer Skin Ready


Sarah’s Secrets: Summer Skin Ready

It’s finally time to shed the layers and to break out the new wardrobe –summer has unofficially started!The days are starting to get longer and the weather is warming up but is your skin ready for the new season? As the seasons change, we have to be mindful about updating our skincare regime to keep our skin beautiful all year long. The change in weather can do a number on your skin but if you have the right products at hand, you can get glowing summer skin in no time!

Here are my top tips to jumpstart your summer skincare routine:

Sarah’s Secrets: 5 Easy Beauty DIY Treatments

Sarah’s Secrets: 5 Easy Beauty DIY Treatments

Do you have what it takes to be your own beautician? Of course you do – it’s not as hard as it sounds. Sometimes the best beauty treatments are the easiest and you can even master them in the kitchen! Everyone has a favorite beauty tip that their grandmother passed down to them, their mother swears by, or their girlfriends can’t stop gushing about. I’ve put together some of my favorite do-it-yourself remedies – did any of your tricks make my list?

1. Say Goodbye to Dark Eye Circles!

  • Chop and crush a sprig of mint leaves
  • Apply the mashed leaves to dark under eye circles, leave for 20 minutes and then rinse

Bridal Skincare Secrets: For the Bride-to-be & Bridesmaids!


Sarah’s Secrets: Something Green, Something Gold, and Something Lucky

Wedding season is right around the corner! But are the brides-to-be ready to walk down the aisle – with less than perfect skin? Blushing brides have a million things on their wedding to-do lists and good skincare definitely should be one of them. How do you get thatNewlywed glow ladies? You can say “I Do” to radiant skin just remember to follow these “vows” and prep months ahead of time for lasting results. 

The 4 Vows of Skincare Prep

1. Cherish&exfoliate: To get that desired glowing complexion, exfoliating is a must! I recommend exfoliating 3 times to get rejuvenated skin perfect for any close-up!

Sarah’s Secrets: How to Recover After a Day in the Sun


Sarah’s Secrets: Something Green, Something Gold, and Something Lucky

Whether bouncing back from a spring break BBQ or recouping from a long hike on a beautiful day, our skin needs some extra attention after time spent in the sun.  Waiting months, or even years, to deal with the damaging effects of UV rays can prove much less effective than actually nipping the dark spots, dryness, and inflammation in the bud right away. 

Here are 3 simple steps for skin recovery after a day of sun:

Sarah’s Secrets: Get Glowing Gams like Nicole, Blake and Cameron

Sundress season is around the corner, which means we are all eager to get our gams glowing again.  However, acquiring healthy, glowing legs like Nicole Scherzinger’s, Blake Lively’s or Cameron Diaz’s doesn’t mean you have to resort to baking in the sun or applying streaky sunless tanners.  In fact, this year I’d like us to make a pact, a pact that says goodbye to orange streaks, sun damage, and pasty legs.  Seem impossible?  It’s easier than you think. 


To give your legs (and body) a vibrant boost that screams spring sunshine, try these 3 easy steps:

Sarah’s Secrets: Something Green, Something Gold, and Something Lucky

Sarah’s Secrets: Something Green, Something Gold, and Something Lucky

Changes in seasons may also mean changes in the way our skin behaves. As the weather warms and our habits shift from indoor fireside chats and hardy dinners to outdoor picnics and pool parties, it is always a good idea to reassess your skincare needs. So, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s talk the green, the gold, and the lucky: here are 3 spirited products to get skin glowing in time for spring break.


The Green Tea Mask.  Try using this free radical-fighting, skin smoothing and rejuvenating mask 2 times a week for 10 minutes.  The potent green tea extracts will help strengthen and detoxify skin, leaving you with a soft, bright, and healthy looking complexion all season long.

Sarah’s Secrets: Spring Cleaning for your Skin

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The weather is warming and the flowers are in bloom, but how allergic is your skin?  

If you are one of the “lucky” many to suffer from red, itchy, irritated skin come the solstice, then your complexion may benefit from a little spring cleaning.


To combat the breeze, the pollen, and the blooms try these three easy steps:



Sarah’s Secrets: The Award for Best Skin Goes To…

It was no surprise to see the Oscar red carpet flooded with beautiful, flawless complexions. After all, these beauties take weeks of preparation using quality products and treatments to get their skin in glowing perfection. However, there were a few standout faces last night, a few non-nominated stars that would have been up for UltraLuxe Skincare’s award for best skin had we officially created one. Here are our top 3 skin favorites:


1. Charlize Theron. Rumored to be wearing little more than moisturizer and a BB cream, a dewy, glowing complexion like Ms. Theron’s is all about long term prep. To achieve a similar healthy luminosity, we suggest a nightly dose of a retinol-enhanced serum to keep skin youthful and spotless. During the day, try a stem cell infused SPF like MicroVenom Face & Body SPF 30 to keep skin protected and vibrant.



Sarah’s Secrets: Oscar Complexion Prep

 The 2013 Academy Awards are only days away, which no doubt implies celebs everywhere are all a flurry, trying to prep their skin and bodies for this Sunday.  However, achieving the flawless, glowing complexions that are synonymous with Oscar night takes some effort.  Whether you are one of the lucky few who will be sauntering down the red carpet or whether you are hosting an Academy party of your own, I want to share my 3 day red carpet prep for award winning skin by Sunday.




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