Category Archives: PREVENT

Sun Bum will keep you from looking like a teenager in the 80’s or just 80.

May 5, 2015

I took my kids to the sweltering hot desert this weekend at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Somehow I managed to pack every crayon, walkie-talkie and Pokemon card for my kids but totally forgot sunblock and any kind of hair “primping” product for myself. Fortunately for me, the simple yet totally awesome “Feel Good Spa” at the Ace Hotel carries the Sun Bum line. So, as soon as we arrived, I got myself waxed by a lovely tatted up Jewish girl from San Diego with a San Fernando Valley Girl accent and stocked up on some Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On ($19.99) lightweight oil for the hair and SPF 50 Original Spray Sunscreen ($15.99) .


I have naturally thick curly hair with a soft texture that thrives in humidity and gets brittle in dry weather. I decided to just condition my hair this weekend and to continually reapply the Sun Bum Shine On. By the time I left the desert, my curls, which would normally be reminiscent of Alphaba’s broom, were their normal soft silky selves. It wasn’t necessarily a “scientific” experiment, but I’m definitely going to have to credit that to Shine On. Or maybe it was the many margaritas poolside and the endless supply of incredibly average beige colored kid food I inhaled.

Shine On

The SPF 50 Original Spray Sunscreen was the first sunscreen that my 11 year old was willing to apply without a fight. Unprompted, he blurted, “this smells good and it doesn’t feel oily.” And apparently it is not too stingy either, because two margaritas in, I accidentally sprayed it near his eyes and was met with very little complaining.

Ultimately, the crayons melted all over the car seat, channel 1 on the walkie talkies was intercepted by some freaky pervert trucker dude, and the Pokemon cards just caused endless grief and hostile negotiations. But, I’m pleased to say, I left the desert with my kids free of sun burns, my legs as white as paste and my curls as soft as a baby’s ass. That’s a pretty good showing for Sun Bum and a darn good weekend overall.


Written by Meredith Morton

Meredith is a mom of three perfectly behaved and always impeccably dressed boys who never cuss or fight. She prefers exercise to the side effects of lithium. You can follow her on Instagram @meredithmorton but don’t expect too much.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and what better way to raise awareness of pro-active skin defense than with environmentally safe sunblock!

April 30, 2015

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is the nation’s first and largest chain of integrative pharmacies.

What they offer is the best selection of natural sunscreens in-store and online – available in lightly-scented and scent-free options!

Here are our picks but please view a full range of sunblock products here!

All products are sold at Pharmaca Stores and on


Spring Peeling: HydroPeptide Peel: Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel

April 3, 2015

Spring is here – what better a way to get rid of winter’s dry skin then a fresh peel you can do at home? I did this one twice this week and my skin is glowing like crazy.


WHAT:  HydroPeptide Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel is a gentle, yet effective, two-step peel formulated to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles while instantly illuminating the skin by delivering the benefits of microdermabrasion with zero downtime.

Moisture-binding peptide rich in protein : increases moisture retention, elasticity and nourishment while improving skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF).

Plumping and relaxing peptides:  minimize wrinkle depth & appearance by boosting collagen production. Additionally, oxygenating crystals exfoliate, brighten and speed cell renewal while vitamin C multi-tasks to protect skin from future wrinkles and mottled pigmentation.

HydroPeptide Peel: Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel ($78.00

La Muse Beauty high quality, all-natural beauty vitamins.

March 10, 2015

la muse

La Muse Beauty is a premium beauty brand that is focused on providing the highest quality of all-natural beauty vitamins. Their flagship product, Hair La Vie, is designed to change the face of the hair supplement industry, which currently includes a lot of unhealthy, unnecessary fillers, binders and artificial ingredients.

Today, La Muse Beauty has three all-natural products in the marketplace: Hair La ViePhytoCera and Moroccan Oil. The brand also donates over 10% of profits to charity, supporting organizations like Global Fund for WomenSave the Children, and Heifer International. They will also be launching a new hair repair serum and deep hydrating hair mask towards the end of the month.

1. Hair La Vie Vitamin – An  all-natural vitamin that helps repair and stimulate your hair’s growth from the inside out, leaving you with longer and fuller hair. The vitamin contains 20 all-natural, clinically proven ingredients with 92% of users seeing results in the first month.

2. La Muse PhytoCera Anti-Aging Capsules – Phytoceramides are super-strong antioxidants that drastically reduce wrinkles, lines, bags under your eyes and any dry skin, all while firming, lifting and hydrating. Referred to as the “facelift in a bottle”, their phytoceramides are not only clinically proven, but they are also one of the only gluten-free options on the market.
3. La Muse Moroccan Oil  100% pure argan oil carefully extracted fresh from the kernels of organically cultivated argan trees from the sun-kissed coasts of Morocco.  As a non-greasy, all-natural moisturizer derived from healthy fatty acids and vitamin E, this oil will restore your hair’s natural shine and bounce.

Be The Best You: Individualized Nutritional Supplements from FORU

February 18, 2015


foru International is leading the way  in eliminating the “one-size-fits-all” approach to health and wellness products and I cannot wait to jump into trying this.

foru International (foru), the leader of personalized health, beauty and wellness products  is revolutionizing the industry with a completely individualized dietary supplement called Core+. This personalized formula is tailored to help meet the nutritional needs of an individual’s body providing targeted support to promote health and well being.

“There is nothing else like this on the market,” said Sharon Tahaney, President of foru International. “What the scientists behind foru products have developed is not something you can purchase in a department store, health specialty shop, or anywhere over the counter. It is something unique just to you.” 

Each Core+ formula is designed based on the results of 12 key genetic variants in an initial DNA assessment. With over 500,000 possible combinations, each formula includes a personalized comprehensive blends of nutrients and vitamins in a base of plant-based ingredients, prebiotic fiber, digestive enzymes and B vitamins designed to support: digestive and intestinal health; mental and physical energy; resistance to oxidation and the body’s reaction to stress; immune health; cardiovascular health; circulatory system health and healthy mood.

“I feel like Core+ has renewed my life, said Michael Irvin, spokesperson for foru International and three-time Super Bowl champion. “The personalized formula designed to supplement what my body’s needs was key for me.”

Core+ is limited to adults eighteen and over. In order to maximize the effectiveness of Core+, users take five capsules in the morning and five capsules in the evening, with or without food.

About foru International:

Founded in 2012, foru International is at the forefront of the field of personalized nutrition and wellness. By using a proprietary DNA assessment as a basis for personalizing health, beauty and wellness products, foru International’s mission is to support health conscious consumers as they strive to live longer, healthier lives. The first company to offer wellness and beauty products personalized based on certain individual genetic variations, foru’s premium products are exclusively available through Independent Brand Partners.  To learn more about opportunities with foru International or their personalized products visit