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September 15, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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What’s In Your Skin Care: Rose Extract

rose extractRoses have a long history of use for therapeutic benefits. Every part of the flower was – and still is – used; its fragrance is known for helping to calm and re-balance the mind and body, and its extract helps provide astringent and soothing benefits.

When the rose has swollen to seed (which is then called Rose Hips), it’s laden with anti-aging and antioxidant Vitamins A, C, D, and E in addition to essential fatty acids – all of which are known to help reduce fine lines, plump up skin, and help encourage collagen strength and production.

 [We recommend: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater]

For dry, mature, and (especially) sensitive skin types, Rose Extract is ideal; this ingredient is most highly touted for harboring intensive hydrating properties.

But that’s not all. With such a complex array of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, Rose Extract boasts incredible benefits when used in skin care. As a gentle antiseptic and astringent, it can help cleanse skin and prevent blemishes. Anti-inflammatory properties enable Rose Extract to help minimize redness and soothe irritation – making it ideal for all skin types (acneic, dry, mature, sensitive) because of its calming and healing abilities. In addition, Rose Extract is believed to be able to help reduce spots and discoloration.

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September 6, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Top 10 Things to Do in NYC Before Summer Ends

It’s all a bit bittersweet, but if there’s one thing we know for sure it’s that our city is beautiful no matter the season. Luckily, it’s especially magical in fall. Here are 10 things to do in NYC before fall weather is really upon us. 

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The iconic Jeff Koons sculpture, via @abitcoquettish.

1. Jeff Koons: A Retrospective. It’s Jeff Koons, it’s the Whitney, and the exhibit ends October 19. There’s something about modern art – particularly Koons – that elicits interesting conversation, but if art isn’t quite your speed, just think of all the amazing #selfie opportunities you’ll get…

[Read: How to take the perfect selfie]

2. Plan a Perfect Picnic in Central Park. You won’t even have to do that much planning – Perfect Picnic will make that perfect, Central Park picnic happen.

3. Go to an outdoor movie. Bryant Park, McCarren Park, and plenty of other iconic parks are screening free films. All that’s left for you to do is pack a few blankets, grab some wine, and convince a few friends to come along.

4. Get a sweeping view of beautiful, beautiful NYC. Hop on the Staten Island Ferry (it’s free!) for a scenic view of Lady Liberty, the harbor, and the iconic Manhattan skyline. Perfect to go alone or as a date with a special someone.

5. Float in a pool…on the river. From now until September 1, celebrate the all that’s sun and summer. The Floating Pool at Barretto Point Park (in the Bronx) is a huge pool that rests atop a barge, so it’s almost like you’re floating in the river. But safely, in the comfort of chlorinated, filtered water.

6. Socrates Sculpture Park. Milk the sun and warmth while you can (while wearing broad spectrum SPF protection, of course) and explore this beautiful park. It’s one of the only places in the city to showcase such a great amount of large-scale sculptures and other multimedia installations. Visit for the art experience just because, or look up their calendar for any upcoming special events.

[We recommend: Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30]

7. Coney Island. Undoubtedly a quintessential New York City destination, it’s a must-do to spend an entire summer’s day enjoying the beautiful beach and historic boardwalk of Coney Island.

8. Smorgasburg. So technically it’s open every weekend, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from now until November 23, but eating out on the waterfront for some local flavor is best done on a summer day. It’s something you can do for more than just a day with friends and family; 100 vendors are featured every weekend, plus, there’s plenty of outdoor activities in between all the taste testing you’re bound to do.

9. Enjoy all the best rooftop bars in NYC. Few things are better than good drinks, good friends, and good conversation, all shared atop beautiful rooftops overlooking the NYC skyline.

10. Rockaway Beach. When in doubt, escape toward the sea. Relax on the beach or wander the boardwalk. Whatever it is, enjoy. After all, summer only comes around once every year.

 

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Not in NYC? Let us know how you’ll be spending the end of summer in your neck of the woods!

September 2, 2014
by Jill
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Let’s Talk About: Jowls

Loss of elasticity around the jawline (drooping jowls) and on the rest of the face is a very common sign of aging. It is part of the natural aging process. HOWEVER, there are a number of things you can do to prevent the early loss of elasticity and reduce the speed at which the skin loses elasticity.

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Tight jawlines change as we age.

But first, let’s talk about how our skin begins to lose elasticity.

When you’re young, you can pull at your skin and it will quickly pop right back into place. (Note: never pull at your skin if you can help it.) As we age, the skin takes an increasingly longer amount of time to retain its original shape.

Collagen helps youthful skin remain firm and support’s the skin’s structural matrix. However, it’s the aptly named Elastin that is more closely related to your skin’s elasticity. Unfortunately, both Collagen and Elastin’s functions begin to decline as we age, causing loose skin and drooping jowls.

[We Recommend: Temporary Lifting Mask]

To some degree, genetics play an important role in how well you’ll age. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can treat your skin poorly if you have good genetics. The opposite is true as well: good skin care and proper preventive measures can help you age better than Mom or Dad.

Smoking, for example, speeds up the skin’s loss of elasticity; certain substances in cigarettes can increase the breakdown of Collagen and negatively affect its synthesis. Furthermore, smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and diminishes the delivery of nutrients.

Sugar is another culprit. Eating too much sugar causes Glycation, the process by which the sugar you consume starts to attach to proteins in the body, formingAdvanced Glycation End Products (AGEs), causing the proteins to become malformed. Collagen and Elastin are the proteins most likely to be affected by Glycation. The result? Fine lines, wrinkles, and the loss of elasticity.

Other factors that affect the skin’s elasticity include: Sun damageSleep, and Stress. (Yes, we also noticed that all of these start with the the letter S!)

August 31, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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No Wearing White After Labor Day?

No wearing white after Labor Day? As if. We’re forever adding to our mood board because we all know nothing brings out a summer glow like an all-white look; we’re milking it for as long as possible, even if it means breaking some sartorial rules.
wearing white after labor day

Whites are neutral, and thus basic, and therefore essential. We’re partial to white high-waist, wide-legged trousers, crisp shirts, and gorgeous flowing dresses, but truth be told, these are the little white essentials that we can’t get enough of year-round:

  • Cream Soap, because its uber-mild, non-drying, oil-free formula is gentle even on the most sensitive of skin days;
  • Oil-Free Moisturize SPF 30, because we simply could not live without our daily dose of broad spectrum sun protection and antioxidant Green Tea;
  • Vitamin E Body Lotion, because soft, smooth, and touchable skin is a necessity whether we’re covered tip-to-toe or baring skin; and
  • Whitening Mask, because we are forever perfecting our skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion.

Do we need another reason? (Didn’t think so.)