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March 26, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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What’s a Ceramide? And Other Skin Care Ingredients

Clarise pool-3961. ALLANTOIN

Allantoin is a natural chemical compound found in botanical extracts of the comfrey plant. It’s known for its keratolytic (exfoliating) and anti-irritating properties. Additional benefits include Allantoin’s ability to moisturize, soothe, and promote healing.

We recommend: Buttermilk Moisturizer, Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin, Oil Free Moisturizer, Revitalin Moisturizer, After Shave Moisturizer, Protein After Shave

 

2. CERAMIDE

Ceramide is the lipid (fat) materials that make up 20 percent of our intercellular matrix; it’s the “glue” that binds skin cells together for that firm, smooth appearance while protecting it against sun damage and dehydration. In skin care, ceremides are highly valued for their ability to boost hydration and are often popular in products targeting anti-aging, dry, and sensitive complexions.

We recommend: AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer, Ceramide Complex with NMF & AHA, Ceramide Eye Gel, Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream

 

3. ISODECYL SALICYLATE

Also known as Keratoplast, Isodecyl Salicylate is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) extracted from the bark of willow trees. It’s actually an ester of Salicylic Acid, which lends it anti-inflammatory and gentle exfoliating properties.

We recommend: Kera Moist Cream, Kera Moisturizer, Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion, Keratoplast Cream Soap

 

4. LECITHIN

Extracted from soy beans, Lecithin is a lipid that acts as both an emulsifier and moisturizer. As the former, it adds body to cream products and volume to hair when used in shampoo and conditioners. What makes it a great moisturizing agent, however, is its high Oleic and Linoleic Acid content lends Lecithin its antioxidant properties and skin-softening benefits.

We recommend: Lecithin Nourishing Shampoo

 

5. THYME EXTRACT

Often overlooked, Thyme Extract actually boasts potent acne-fighting abilities given its antibacterial effect on Propionibacterium, the bacterium known to cause breakouts. Thyme also possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (Thyme contains Vitamin C) properties that make it especially ideal for inflamed, acne-erupted skin.

We recommend: Acne Facial Cleanser, Anti-Acne Serum, Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater, Hydrating Hand Cream

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Which ingredients have you tried?

 

March 25, 2015
by Jill
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For Beautiful Skin, Avoid These Foods

beautiful skinI’m not a big potato-chip eater, but on the rare occasions I DO indulge, I’m obsessed with making sure I don’t touch my face with my greasy potato-chip fingers. Acne! Shine! These are things I don’t need more of.

Unfortunately, most of our unwise-food decisions affect our skin on a much deeper level than that. What you put in your body is crucial for the health of every part of you—including your appearance. We’ve talked at length about foods that are great for your skin. (We’ve even shared some favorite recipes!)

Could your food choices be accelerating the aging process? Is it possible your diet is leading to breakouts? Spring clean the contents of your refrigerator! (And, in the meantime, zap blemishes with this tried-and-true acne solution.)

But which foods should you avoid?*

1. We’re sad to report that white breads, cake, pasta, and the like cause your body to experience a high glycemic index—and potentially more acne, accelerated aging, and inflammation.

The good news? You can still enjoy your favorite carbs. Just be sure to choose/make them with whole grains instead. Whole grains are anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants.

2. Sugar is another culprit that speeds up the aging process and weakens immunity, thereby making skin less able to fight bacteria.

The solution: choose ‘naturally’ sweet foods (fruits) instead of cake and cookies.

3. Fried foods may cause an oil buildup in your body and may trap bacteria, causing you to break out more.

Instead: put down the fries and choose snacks wisely.

4. Excess salt can make you look puffy and unhealthy by causing your tissues to swell. It also aggravates acne.

Be sure to check the sodium labels on all processed food, and stay away from the salt shaker whenever possible.

*Be sure to consult with your doctor regarding any and all dietary changes.

 

March 24, 2015
by Jill
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Let’s Talk: Lip Wrinkles

iStock_000001193247_LargeA few tips and tricks for reducing the appearance of lip wrinkles:

  • Keep them hydrated- at all times. The last thing I do before bed is to slather on a generous amount of lip balm.  (My favorite is our Lip Wax.) It helps keep my lips soft and makes any fine lines less noticeable.
  • Stop smoking. (And stay away from tanning while you’re at it, too.) Here’s how smoking affects the lips.
  • Use lipliner to prevent lipstick bleeding. When your lipstick color bleeds into the fine lines on and around your lips, it exaggerates their appearance. First, apply a hydrating balm to your lips. Then, outline your lips with a neutral shade that matches your lipcolor, and fill in your lips to create a solid base for your lipstick or gloss.
  • Choose all lips colors in neutral or light shades. Darker shades will draw attention to lips wrinkles and makes the lips look smaller. w_lip_wax_stick

March 23, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Better Skin In 10 Minutes (Yes, It’s Possible!)

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In the age of instant gratification – one click to like, two taps to love – it’s hard not to want everything ASAP.

While we still stand by that ancient traditional thing where equal parts consistency and hard work are celebrated, sometimes a quick fix is what you’re after.

You want instantly better skin? You got it.

Transform your complexion in just 10 minutes. Our Temporary Lifting Mask literally lifts and tones in little to no time at all, thanks to the Egg Albumin found in this unique formula. Skin feels and looks visibly firmer, tighter, and smoother as pores are instantly minimized. Any redness is soothed with calming Calamine and Zinc Oxide, so by the time you rinse off the mask, you’re left with a more perfect complexion.

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What’s your favorite quick skin fix?

 

March 20, 2015
by Jill
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10 Acne Treatment Mistakes

acne treatmentAcne treatment can be really frustrating. We know that it can sometimes feel like you’ll never get clear skin. Worse, some of the most common acne treatment mistakes feel like common sense, even though they’re really making your skin worse.

[Read: Is this the reason you’re still breaking out?]

Are you unintentionally making your acne worse? You might be if you’re doing any of the following: