Monday, October 31, 2011

Product of the Week #2

This week I am going to highlight a wonderful moisturiser which is suitable for normal to combination skin, and anyone with excess oil production, called Active Moist. 

To use, apply about a one euro sized amount to your palms and spread over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area and blend in with your fingertips.  This moisturiser works brilliantly following the application of  Multi-Active Toner, but can also be used on its own.

The benefits of this moisturiser are that it provides oil-free hydration, does not leave a greasy after-feel, it smoothes and helps to improve skin texture and it absorbs easily into the skin, so you can apply a foundation very shortly afterwards.

Special Offer: This moisturiser comes in 2 sizes - 50ml and 100ml and normally retails at €34.80 and €49.60 respectively.  For this week only (31 October - 5 November) the 50ml size is on offer for €25.00 - that's a saving to you of €9.80 on the rrp. 

In addition, and while stocks last, you can buy the 100ml size for €42.15 and receive 2 free gifts of Multi-Active Toner and Skin Hydrating Booster.

So why not stock up now for yourself or buy as a Christmas gift for a friend or family member. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Product of the Week

From this week I am starting a 'Product of the Week' series where I will highlight a Dermalogica product and give a special offer discount for the week.

Ok, so I'm going to start with the basics - Cleansers, and in particular, Precleanse.  This cleanser is the first step in Dermalogica's Double Cleanse routine, used here in the salon and for home use.  Precleanse is suitable for all skin types and works to dissolve make up, including waterproof mascara, so you can save money by not having to purchase a seperate eye make up remover product.  It removes oil, sunscreen and environmental pollutants from the skin without clogging pores. 

To use - Pour approximately a 2 euro sized amount into your hands.  Massage over face, eyes and neck to dissolve surface oil and dirt.  Next, wet your hands and continue massaging into the skin to create a light, milky emulsion.  Rinse with lukewarm water, or use The Sponge Cloth.  Follow with a second cleanse using your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser.

Note - Precleanse is not suitable for anyone with nut allergies.

Special Offer - From Monday 24th - Saturday 29th October 2011, Precleanse is on offer at €30.00.  That's a saving of €9.20 off the recommended retail price.  Plus, you will also receive a FREE gift of the Power Duo Exfoliation Pack*, valued at €22.60 with each purchase. 

To order, contact me at Kokoro Beauty on 045 909777, 087 6629418, email me at or reply to this blog.

*while stocks last

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Is your STRESS written all over your face?

We all know that stress is famous for making necks tight, heads ache and stomachs upset and now stress is becoming a recognised trigger to redness, itching, burning and flare-ups commonly classified as skin sensitisation.

Just as irritating chemicals and excess exfoliation can trigger inflammation and red, itching, stinging skin, researchers recognise neurogenic inflammation (stemming from the nervous system), is also triggered by emotional and physical stress.  It yields the same red, stinging, itching response and could even be responsible for severe skin disorders including psoriasis, rosacea and atopic dermatitis.

It has been estimated that 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress.  Job stress is the leading source of stress for adults.  Stress levels have also escalated in children, teenagers, college students and the elderly.  Stress is difficult for scientists to define because it is a highly subjective phenomenon that differs for each of us.  Things that distress some people can be pleasurable for others.  We also respond to stress differently – some people blush, some eat more while others grow pale or eat less.


Stress causes a litany of health issues, and now you know even skin can be affected.  When your blood pressure rises along with your temper, try these simple techniques to fend off stress – and a potential skin flare-up!

Regain your focus: simply shutting your eyes takes your source of frustration out of sight.

Walk it off: physically burning though the adrenaline can prevent stress from manifesting into tension in your neck, mind or skin.

Drop it: are your shoulders up around your ears?  Is your jaw clenched?  Roll your shoulders back down your spine and drop your jaw; just focusing on correcting these things can smooth out your thoughts.

Don’t be shallow:  stress causes short, shallow breaths from the chest.  Take some deep breaths to bring adrenal levels down; sit down, put one hand on your belly and one hand on your forehead, breathe in through your nose and feel your belly rise before exhaling.

When you see and feel the effects of stress on your face look for powerful ingredients that soothe, cool, reduce redness, inflammation and flare-ups.  The Dermalogica UltraCalming™ range of products has been extended and improved and the three key ingredients in most of the products in their range include:

Ø  Avena Sativa (Oat Kernal) Extracts – rich in active avenathramides, which have been widely studied and proven to have natural anti-irritant and anti-redness properties.
Ø  Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Extract and Bisabolol (derived from Chamomile) – work together to reduce inflammation induced redness and irritation.
Ø  Boerhavia Diffusa (Red Hogweed) Root Extract – targets neurogenic inflammation while soothing properties restore skin to a normal sensitivity level, providing immediate and long-lasting effects.

If you would like more information about the Dermalogica UltraCalming™ range of products please feel free to contact me at Kokoro Beauty.

Monday, October 3, 2011

2 FREE Gifts - Reminder

Don't forget you can still get a FREE Power Duo Exfoliation Pack* (containing travel sizes of Daily Microfoliant & Gentle Cream Exfoliant) when you purchase any of the following Dermalogica products:

Daily Microfoliant
Skin Hydrating Booster
Total Eye Care SPF15
Intensive Eye Rapair

*offer available while stocks last

October Offer, with a difference

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kokoro Beauty is encouraging you to help out with the Action Breast Cancer Charity - by treating yourself!

For all treatments booked during October Kokoro Beauty will donate 10% of the cost of each treatment to the Action Breast Cancer Charity so why not look good from head to toe, from facial & eye treatments to pedicures, and feel good knowing you are helping a worthwhile cause. We all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer, especially breast cancer, so let's help by fundraising to find a cure for cancer and give the best medical and holistic care to women & men dealing with the challenge of cancer.