teeth whitening

4 Ways To Instantly Love The Skin You’re In

VAlentine's skin prep guide

love the skin you're in with Bronzedberry

EXFOLIATE

The winter is dreadful on our skin! Unevenness, patchy, dry and itchy are all common winter skin complaints. Removing the top layer of your skin is called exfoliation, sloughing, or what we like to joking refer to as 'epidermis removous'.  

Whatever you call it, we all know that this needs to be removed because you can't "fix" or "cure" the skin...it's already dead folks. The only thing that's truly going to make a difference is to remove it. 

So, how do we do that? Many people DIY there own sugar or salt scrub, which almost always includes an oil of some kind. Here's the thing, should you really be mixing and trying a new combination of ingredients on your skin prior to an event? Same goes for the ones you buy in the store, many of those are full of ingredients you can even say...go ahead we dare you to try! 

Avoid the hassle, use a Glove that is designed to be used in your shower or bath over and over again. Typically lasts 6 months and can be washed with your laundry (avoid the dryer). 

So, when you are ready for glowing, radiant skin, put on the Glove

GLOW

"No matter what, everyone looks good with a BronzedBerry tan", according to makeup artist Lindsay Shields. We couldn't agree more! Loving the skin you're in is our jam. 

All of our tanning products are made in the USA, using European approved ingredients (bc EU has higher toxicity standards than the USA). We make our tanning solutions, tanning cream and spray tan products in small batches using only natural preservatives and pure essential oils for fragrances. 

Whether you see an Artist before Valentine's Day or you give your self a pep in your step with one of our self-tanning products, we guarantee you'll love it (see our amazing return policy). 

Nervous about a DIY tan? Don't be, baby steps...try Extend. It's a colorless cream that smells like coconut (infused with Hawaiian monoi de tahini oil). Results show up in as little as 8 hours and can be applied like regular lotion. 

HYDRATE

No rocket science here, one of the first steps to radient skin is hydration. This is the largest pore on your body, water it well. Did you realize that dehydrated skin accentuates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Ugh, no woman wants that. 

Contributing Factors:

  • Low humidity ( like in winter bc of running the furnace)
  • Not Drinking Enough Water
  • Trans Epidermal Water Loss ( your natural moisture leaving your skin)

Avoid this by drinking plenty of water and using quality moisturizers. The best moisturizers contain an occlusive agent, humectant, and emmioliant.* Add a few drops of our Replenish Serum to your routine and begin seeing almost immediate improvements in the appearance of your skin. 

*According to Dr. Hunt, Women's Health Mag

SMILE

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you!* 

We have not left that out of our bag of tricks, this is an annual 'Must Do' for every woman. And might we suggest men too? 

Brighten it up easily, without the pain in as little as one hour...at home! We've put to the test the most common whitening systems on the market and compared them, see the result here

A nice natural white smile is one of the easiest and fastest ways to melt years off your appearance. 

*According to Cosmopolitan.com


Want more Valentine's Advice? Read Our: 3 Ways To Get In The Mood

LED Teeth Whitening | Get The Most Out Of It

led teeth whitening example

Want pearly whites in one hour without significant gum sensitivity? Use the tips below to get the most out of LED gel teeth whitening kits.

We recently posted an article regarding teeth whitening and the latest trends. We review other options and what results you can expect from you each. Check it out here.

1. Watch The How To Video - Let us walk you through unpacking your kit and explain the items inside and how to use them. While some companies contents may vary slightly, most kits will be significantly similar. Kits will always include an LED light and gel at it's most basic level. 

BronzedBerry Pro-Tip: Ditch the tray. If your kit comes with a tray, avoid using it altogether (follow our video and apply the gel directly to your teeth). This will help eliminate sensitivity from the gel overlapping your gums and you'll use about the half the gel!

2. How Much Gel To Use - In each treatment you'll roughly use about 1mL of gel, but don't focus on that. Apply enough gel to completely cover your top and bottom teeth. We suggest you apply gel to all the teeth that show when you smile. Don't waste your gel by going too far back, remember it's LED light activated so if the light can't reach it, you are wasting your product.  

BronzedBerry Pro-Tip: Use this picture guide (below) as a reference for how much gel to apply to your teeth before a treatment. Only overlap gums slightly. 

led teeth whitening gel guide

3. How Many Treatments Can I Do - Always refer to the manufacturers guide first. Most take home kits with an LED light are intended to be used in multiple treatments, each treatment lasting between 15-20 minutes. Beyond that the LED activated ingredients do not work so there is zero use in keeping it on longer. After each 20 minute session, you'll reapply the gel and begin the process over again. The higher the concentration of peroxide the stronger the bleaching agent and the more you'll need to be careful not to overdo it. We recomend NO more than 3 consecutive treatments lasting no more than 20 minutes each. If you are using a high quality gel the results will last you between 6-12 months!  

BronzedBerry Pro-Tip: Put gel in fridge and discard within 12 months, or less if package indicates an expiration date. Refrigeration will help keep bacteria from growing inside your gel syringe. Always discard if something smells or looks suspicious. 

Disclaimer: This post is NOT medical or dental advice. Seek professional guidance if you have questions about the safety of teeth whitening for your teeth or that of a minor. This is intended as a reference for kits available for purchase off the internet with 16% or less peroxide concentration. 

Pearly Whites Without The Pain | Options

teeth whitening with bronzedberry

I can’t think of anyone that doesn’t want a bright white smile. Life happens (including coffee & wine) and our teeth can lose that youthful brightness. Getting it back requires the use of a product that can lift and remove the stains. There are so many options to chose from.

As an avid teeth whitener myself, I’ve tried and researched them all. Most everyone is familiar with whitening strips (cost up to $80+) and kits with trays from a dentist that can cost upwards of $300. I’m focusing this article on recent trends in the teeth whitening world and analyzing the costs, claims and research. 


Source: trustdentalcare.com

That Charcoal Thing

Holy cannoli, I can barely be on Facebook without seeing a picture of someone with black charcoal running down their face.

The Claim: "Charcoal will remove stains from teeth"

The Price: $4.99-$20.00 Per Tube AVG $80 per year

The Research: Activated Charcoal is amazing for many things but be cautious using this on your teeth. It can be abrasive and depending on the condition of your teeth and enamel it can cause more harm than good. It may lift temporary stains, like today's coffee, but the 'sins' of yesteryear require a bleaching agent to permanently remove stains. Charcoal toothpaste requires consistent use in order to keep any of the minimal results you could expect to receive. If this is your jam, check out this blog for comparisons and how to use charcoal toothpaste.

The Problem: I'm just not into cleaning my sink out every day so making it myself out of capsules is a no go for me. The pastes themselves seem fine enough but I just don't like using abrasives on my family's teeth. I'd rather a permanent solution that is quick. 

AP 24 Toothpaste By Nu Skin

"Magic" Natural Toothpaste

If I could brush away years of stains off my teeth naturally, I'd be all about it. But recently I've been seeing claims from friends on Facebook about a toothpaste that will permentatnly remove stains, whiten teeth naturally and is gentle enough for children. But, none of their pictures included the brand name or ingredient list so I was on a mission to figure this trend out. 

The Claim: Naturally Whiten Teeth | Safe Enough For Children

The Price: $20 Per Tube $200 Per Year

The Research: It works temporarily, but just like the charcoal paste, it's an abrasive agent in the paste that is scrubbing away surface stains. This can be problematic for anyone who is concerned with their enamel and especially for children. Everyone needs to decide for themselves if the price is worth it, considering you have to keep using it to keep up the results, results are NOT permanent. This toothpaste is produced by multi-level marketing company, Nu-Skin. Just google Nu-Skin toothpaste complaints and you'll see a slew of info and research on this brand. Ultimately, if the toothpaste works for you and you are willing to purchase on an ongoing basis go for it! 

My Problem: Nu Skin does NOT say it's natural however it's distributors often say "it's safe for kids and it's natural". My issues are not with the company, they are free to product and make whatever they want however they are still liable for what their sales people are saying. I'm hopeful they'll buckle down and educate them a bit more on the use of the word "natural" and "safe". My biggest gripe is why are the sales people not disclosing the company name and what it is? Is it a secret?  If you actually look at the ingredients (click to read), there are many that are questionable for ingesting. Personally I would never let my child ingest these, especially on a regular basis! Teeth whitening, in my oppinion is something that should be done and marketed for adults and teens only, it makes me cringe to hear people advocating this to children. But, to be fair, the ingredients are not really any different then other whitening pastes on the market so if you would be comfortable using those on your kiddos then this should be no different. If the results and price are worth it to you, go for it! 

bronzedberry teeth whitening kits

LED Teeth Whitening Kits

In choosing a whitening kit for myself I require safe ingredients,  great results and a fair price.   LED teeth whitening kits are all the rage and for good reason. Whiten your teeth in as little as one hour with results that last up to a year! Depending on brand these kits can even be good for those suffering from teeth sensitivity as well. 

The Claim: Naturally Whiten Teeth In One Hour

The Price: $20 - $120 Per Kit/Per Year (one kit lasts entire year)

The Research: These kits are availble for purchase from many companies. We found the widest rage, for our research on Amazon. Peroxide and Non-Peroxide formulas are available. Peroxide formulas achieve the best most permanent result (up to a year) by actually bleaching your teeth. Those worrying about tooth enamel erosion from abrasive toothpastes will find these kits more satisfactory. Peroxide kits are NOT recommend for children and best suited for adults. Non Peroxide kits are perfect for anyone with teeth sensitivity, the results are not as good as peroxide based gels but improvement is definitely noticeable. 

My Problem: Many companies provide teeth whitening trays and do not disclose the ingredients or where the gel comes from. Many gels are made in China and dropped shipped using companies like Amazon for distribution. Be careful and research each kit, find out where the gel is made and the peroxide percentage. The highest strength availble for retail sale is 16% Hydrogen Peroxide. Teeth gel trays will use up unessary amounts of gel and increase tooth sensitivity because the gel is wrapping around the back side of the teeth and surrounding the gum line. Most of tooth sensitivity can be avoided by simply not using a tray and applying the gel directly to your teeth with only a slight overlap of the gum line. Find a company whose gel is made in USA and one that you can trust and enjoy the ease of at home teeth whitening that actually works, lasts and is reasonably priced. THe fact that is can be accomplished in one hour is a total bonus and reason to buy right away! 

BronzedBerry is proud to offer LED Teeth Whitening Kits with 16% gel made in the USA.Our ingredients are reviews are worth a look too!  Check them out here.