December 20, 2014
I love getting ready for parties, don’t you? Here’s my go-to mask: the Temporary Lifting Mask. It helps reduce the appearance of large pores and works to tighten up your skin. It also helps clear out congested pores. I consider it my little secret for looking radiant at parties!
What’s your ritual before a big event?
December 19, 2014
It’s holiday season! For a lot of us, it’s time to watch all of our favorite holiday movies. From It’s a Wonderful Life to Scrooged, it just doesn’t feel right to watch them any other time of year, does it?
My favorite is Love, Actually. It’s just one of those movies that just makes you love everybody. It also makes you realize how much we underestimate the power of love.
[Read: Beauty lessons from our favorite girls-night-in movies]
We should practice this on ourselves. So often, we’re hard on ourselves based entirely on appearances. Has your skin been breaking out recently? Are you developing crow’s feet? Should either of these issues affect how you feel about yourself, deep down?
Maybe it’s time to say to yourself, ‘To me, you are perfect.’ After all, whose opinion matters more than yours?
Because love, actually, is all around us. Including within yourself!
[Read more: 4 skin care lessons from TV and movies]
December 18, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
Flying is all very glamorous and adventurous until logistics come into play. It’s a funny thing about reality; it’s always getting in the way. There’s packing (ugh), TSA constraints (good thing for these guides!), long queues, overpriced food courts…
And then there’s the inevitable waiting period: that ticking clock between take-off and rushing to the nearest bathroom at arrival to check the state of your skin.
If there’s one thing worse than inconsiderate neighbors encroaching on personal space, it’s the havoc that cabin air seems to always wreak on every complexion.
So – why does skin freak out when you fly?
All skin types – even oily ones – are vulnerable to experiencing discomfort. Recycled cabin air, refreshed only by air taken from the surrounding low-humidity, high altitudes atmosphere, is incredibly drying on skin. Without the moisture needed to help skin feel comfortable, air on board just seems suffocating.
Combat it: prevent dryness, flakiness, and tightness by keeping hydrated and well-moisturized.
If you have…
- Combo skin, oily skin, OR a short flight: A few spritzes of our Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater will help instantly hydrate and refresh skin. Use as needed throughout your flight and just before landing for an impossibly dewy complexion.
- Combo skin, dry skin, OR a long flight: Nourish dry, sensitive, flaky complexions with a few drops of our Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. Rose Hips has antiseptic and healing properties in addition to a high Vitamin C content. Apply under your moisturizer before taking off, and re-apply as needed wherever needed.
- Dry skin, maturing skin, OR a long flight: Prevent dehydration with our Hydro Emollient Cream. Also famously known as the go-to “in-flight” cream for dry skin types or frequent flyers, this rich formula helps guard against moisture loss and environmental stress.
Skin doesn’t just experience dryness, unfortunately. Breakouts are also incredibly common for two reasons:
- Imbalance. When skin is thrown into extreme conditions and suddenly experiences intense dehydration, oil glands are kicked into high gear in an attempt to compensate for lack of moisture. Dead skin cell buildup and excess oil clog pores, making way for – you guessed it – pimples.
- Stress. When the body experiences stress, a hormone called cortisol is released. Studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between increased cortisol levels and acne breakouts. Plus, stress-related habits (poor eating habits, lack of sleep, etc.) only add to the problem, causing sebum glands to secrete an oily, pore-clogging substance. Travel stress and long flights are simply no good.
Keep your skin in check with these essentials:
- Bobbi pins, clips, and hair ties. Keeping hair off your face can help prevent breakouts.
- Drying Cream. Feel a bump coming up? Dab a tiny amount onto the spot and blend well. Our Drying Cream is effective in helping dry up those small, under-the-skin blemishes and prevent them from getting any larger.
- Drying Lotion… and clean Q-tips. We’re all for dabbing this Salicylic Acid and calamine treatment on the plane (especially for red-eyes or long-haul flights) during flight, but rocking pink polka dots might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Pack a bottle in your suitcase should any pesky whiteheads pop up during the flight.
December 17, 2014
Here’s a really gross fact: Your phone has 18 times more bacteria on it than a public toilet.
You’re always touching dirty things like money, grocery carts, uncooked meat and fish, etc. And then you touch your phone. Think about how often you wash your hands, and then try to remember the last time you disinfected your phone.
Our dirty phones can cause acne and potentially make us sick.
Here’s our friendly acne-fighting reminder—clean your phone!
(And if you forgot and got a breakout on the side of your face– the Drying Mask and Drying Lotion to the cheek acne rescue!)
December 16, 2014
I always have the easiest time shopping for my sister, probably because our conversations go something like this:
“Hey, what do you want for Christmas?”
“I want XYZ from this store and here’s a coupon.”
But I also like to get her something she’s not expecting. A little surprise that shows her just how well I really know her.
During thanksgiving, my sister mentioned that she was starting to see some sun spots (age spots) on her face and hands. You better believe I’m wrapping up the Vitamin C Serum for her this year!
Other ideas for your sister:
Choose the MB Favorites gift set if you’re psyched about Mario Badescu and want to share our line with her!