Beautiful, Badescu Skin

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January 29, 2015
by Jill
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Reminder: Why We Need To Exfoliate

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I was recently re-reading my favorite skin care textbook (like you do) and I came across this friendly reminder of the importance of exfoliation: the Cell Renewal Factor (CRF). 
The CRF refers to the process that keeps the cells of the body from building up. We’re constantly shedding and regenerating, although this process slows with age. Babies have a cell turnover rate of about 14 days whereas those who are 50+ require anywhere from 42-84 days to accomplish the same task.

This is why we need to get increasingly savvy about exfoliation as we get older—to keep skin looking as fresh and new as possible.

How are you exfoliating? Are you using a scrub? Or something more like this

January 28, 2015
by Jill
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How-To: DIY Facial Massage

facial-massageWhen I was training to be an aesthetician, one of my favorite parts of school were the facials. As students, we were required to perform facials on our fellow students (and, later, on real-life clients), which meant that we acted as both facialist and guinea pig for quite some time.

This meant getting a lot of facials. My favorite part? All that facial massage. Even now, I add a little facial massage to my daily routine between professional facials. And why not? Not only does it feel amazing, it’s also really good for your skin.

If you’re just putting skin care products on your skin with no thought to their physical application, you’re really missing out. For one thing, massage increase circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin while helping to whisk away waste products. It also assists in product absorption and sends relaxing signals to your brain.

You can use facial massage when cleansing your skin or applying moisturizers, night creams, or protective creams. Start by making upward motions on your forehead with the middle and ring fingers of each hand. (Use the pads of your fingers, curving the fingers upward to keep your nails away from your skin). Then, make little circles with your fingers, working outward from the middle of your forehead to your temples.

Slip your fingers down the sides of your face and make little circles on your cheekbones (this feels especially good when you’re congested!), working from the temples toward your nose. Then, go around and around your eyes a few times, being careful not to get anything actually in your eyes.

Now, take your middle finger and swoop back and forth on the skin under your nose. Finally, use the pads of your thumbs to massage product into your chin. Don’t neglect your neck, either! Make gentle upward motions with your hands, again using your middle and ring fingers.

January 27, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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#SkinSpeak: What are Emollients?

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An emollient, typically some type of oil or lipid, fills in any gaps between skin cells. It directly softens and smooths the skin’s surface, giving the complexion a plumper, healthier, more radiant appearance. In doing so, an emollient helps strengthen the outer barrier: those cracks are “mended,” so to speak, and thus prevents against the dryness, inflammation, and redness caused by external factors (heat, air conditioning, sun exposure, etc.)

Emollients are best suited for drier or mature skin types which are lacking in oil. These lipids help restore the outermost layer of skin, smoothing fine lines and/or gaps to create an occlusive, protective barrier.

Popular emollients include:

January 26, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Under-the-Radar: Dermonectin Eye Cream

eye-cream-for-dry-skinWHO: Dermonectin Eye Cream

WHAT: Azulene, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Dermonectin, Glycerin, Peanut Oil

WHY: Designed specially for dry skin, our nutrient and antioxidant-rich Dermonectin Eye Cream delivers intense moisture for dry skin types while fighting free radicals. It’s formulated with an emollient blend of Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E Oil, Peanut Oil, and Beeswax to lock in hydration. The skin around the eyes is left moisturized and plump as calming Azulene helps soothe delicate skin.

The star ingredient, however, is Dermonectin, a powerful peptide (Oligopeptide-5) that boasts incredible anti-aging benefits for skin. Peptides play a crucial role in helping replace depleted collagen stores and encouraging Collagen production, thereby helping you achieve a more even and youthful-looking complexion.

HOW: Apply gently around the eye day and night. Less is more with this incredibly emollient product; lightly pat a small amount along the orbital bone, focusing on the under-eyes and the outermost corners where “crow’s feet” tend to appear.

Beauty Tip: Got excess product? Use any remaining cream left on your fingertips as an evening treatment for the lip area, applying it around the outside of the lips (especially the outer corners) to help nourish skin while smoothing the look of any fine lines.

January 24, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Healthy Food for Healthy Skin: The Recipe Roundup

If there’s something we love more than skin care (believe us, there are very few things that top the list), it’s food. And while we’re willing to admit that yes, you should eat to live, mindful eating allows you to live to eat. We can be happy and healthy and have beautiful skin! Here’s what’s on our anti-aging, skin-brightening menu this week: 

BREAKFAST

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Green Monster Smoothie (via Naturally Ella)

Another smoothie to add to our breakfast blend-and-go repertoire. The perfect wake-me-up that gets you all the greens you need and the energy you crave, thanks to banana and spinach.

LUNCH

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Raw Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Lemon & Oil (via Skinny Taste)

Another super simple meal to whip up, meaning lunch prep the night before (or even the morning of!) is easy-peasy, lemon-squeeze-y. Literally.

Brussels sprouts are one of the most underrated of greens – they are high in antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin C and folic acid (a B vitamin).  Just shred and toss with olive oil (more antioxidants!) and lemon juice (for pH balance).

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, and Arugula (via Naturally Ella)

The ultimate meal come winter that’s every bit healthy as it is hearty. The arugula superfood base provides antioxidants and vitamins, while the baked butternut squash and quinoa mix turns this entire dish into a bowl of warm comfort food.

DINNER

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Glowing Green “Pasta” Primavera (via Oh She Glows)

Let’s get to the technical stuff right off the bat: it’s vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, and soy-free. What we love, though, is just how many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other good-for-you things there are in one plate. Just pure veggie goodness that makes you rethink primavera as you once knew it.

Carrot pasta? We’ll take another serving, please.