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October 20, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

Cubicle Surival Kit: Look Amazing All (Work) Day Long

cubicleWhen clocking in (at least) eight hours per day, five days a week, it’s safe to say that – like it or not – our cubicles become our second home. They are the only areas of the office we can decorate to our little hearts’ content (unless you’re like me and have yet to start even after three years…) so our little office spaces often start to feel like our little sanctuary. Our home-away-from-home.

But sometimes insta-collages and teeny-tiny succulents aren’t enough when the clock strikes 3 p.m. If you’re a glass-half-full kind of person, then sure, we’re well into the home stretch. But unless you’ve been subsisting on espresso IV drips or have been blessed with the best night’s sleep ever, it’s nearly inevitable to start feeling drone-like.

Was it the late night? Is it the never-ending pile of work with deadlines practically screaming today? Was it the two pizza slices you had during lunch because you forgot to pack your usual tuna-over-spinach salad? I can  actually hear you thinking: My goodness, is all that dairy and grease going to give me a pimple right before my four o’clock meeting with the big guns?! You swear you feel it coming.

Quick, before give yourself a conniption: pizza will not make you break out. (Nor will eating chocolate. It’s a little more complicated than one tiny indulgence.)

But just in case you do feel a little bugger surfacing, it’s paramount to keep your desk well-stocked so you can survive the nine-to-five workday no matter what.

1. WAKE UP! Stand up, shake it out, and resist round two at the coffee machine. Opt for a decaf tea instead. You want to be able to sleep later tonight to avoid perpetuating this cycle of drabness, no? Grab a banana, steep a cuppa, and refresh with a few generous spritzes of our Rosewater Facial Spray. It’ll rejuvenate your day’s makeup so it looks freshly applied; plus, natural botanical and herbal extracts will give your skin the boost it needs.

2. Drink up. You need more than just tea: good ol’ H20 is crucial for mental and physical health, so keep hydrated throughout the day. In fact, we count it as one of the best beauty products of all time. Our tip? Keep a big bottle of water (1.5 – 2 L, because if we shoot for the moon, we’ll land in the stars) at your desk and make it a priority to finish at least one fill-up between answering all those emails.

3. Plump your pout. The secret to healthy, fuller-looking lips is keeping them well-moisturized. Keep a Lip Wax (or two) handy for easy re-application.

4. Wake up those tired eyes. Computer work is hard on the eyes! Renew dry, puffy under-eyes with our Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream. It’s a lightweight, creamy formula that provides instant, easily absorbed hydration. Plus, it’s packed with nourishing oils and antioxidant-rich Rose Hips to help brighten and plump up the delicate eye area for an instant reboot.

5. Get your glow on. Sometimes we need a little help in the radiance department; hours of air conditioning can often leave skin dry and tight, and fluorescent lighting certainly isn’t helping the situation. You have two options: the ultra-lightweight Herbal Hydrating Serum or easily-absorbed Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. Both are easy to apply (only a few drops are needed) and are designed to help instantly reduce surface dehydration, minimize flakiness, and restore a natural, healthy glow.

Still craving a little more brightening action? (Trust. We all do.) Stash a highlighting concealer pen in your pencil cup. It’s quick, no-fuss application: simply apply under the eyes, around the nose, under the brow, and/or on the cheekbones and tap to blend. Look ma, no hands brushes! Just make sure you keep a bottle of hand sanitizer nearby pre-blending and after application to avoid causing breakouts.

6. Color me mine. Sometimes a pop of color is just what the doctor ordered. Since we prefer things as simple as possible, we’re partial to multi-purpose cream products that – you guessed it! – don’t call for brushes. Plus, creamy formulas lend a hand in creating that dewy, fresh finish we’re all after. A bright peach or pink blended onto the cheeks and lightly dabbed over the lips will instantly perk up your complexion. You’ll look and feel brighter and fresher.

7. The sky’s the limit. Sure, it’s a good motivational quote to tack onto your bulletin board. But we’re talking you: if your hair is showing the day’s wear (again, central air is not friendly), it’s time to give it quick lift. A few spritzes of our Nucleic Moisturizing Hair Rinse followed by some strategic tszuj-ing is fantastic for restoring moisture, shine, and body to limp hair. Locks feeling a little more greasy than you’d like? A travel-size dry shampoo will help refresh instantly. Give your hair a quick flip (careful not to bang your head on the desk, though) and voila, volume a la a blow-dry in less time than it takes to say “Is it time to go yet?”

And if you’re really in need of a lift, let’s get literal. Hair-ties and bobby pins should always be kept at your desk in case you need a high pony or topknot to save the day.

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What in YOUR at-the-desk survival kit?

October 15, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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What Is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) refers to any type of skin discoloration left behind after inflammation (including the inflammation associated with acne). Often referred to as acne marks or macules, this form of hyperpigmentation occurs when inflammation triggers melanin production during the healing process. As blemishes start to clear up, reddish or brown spots take their place.

Although PIH is often (misleadingly) grouped with acne scars, PIH is not acne scarring. Acne scars are permanent fixtures that result from irreparable damage to collagen and skin tissue, leaving behind thicker, raised lumps (called hypertrophic scars) or indents (appearing as keloid or atrophic scars). Acne marks, however, are simply changes in pigmentation. The discoloration is only temporary; these marks naturally fade over time.

Post inflammatory hyperpigmentationHow to Prevent PIH

It’s important you know that cystic acne and other under-the-skin bumps are more likely than other types of acne to result in PIH. The deeper and more inflamed the blemish, the more likely it is to leave a mark; such is the natural course of the skin’s healing process.

That said, it’s still possible to prevent acne marks. To start with, leave your pimples alone. Picking at your skin will not only leave it more susceptible to infection and inflammation, but will also increase your chances of causing scarring. Instead, let acne heal naturally with the help of gentle yet effective skin care products.

Start by wearing sunscreen daily. UV rays actually trigger melanin production, so prevent PIH from occurring (or further darkening) with proper sun protection.

Be sure to incorporate regular exfoliation into your skin care regimen. Using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) like fresh fruit extracts or Salicylic Acid (respectively) can actually help speed up the fading process. These chemical exfoliants slough away dulling, discolored buildup and are incredibly efficient at killing two birds with one stone: future breakouts can be prevented by ridding the skin of pore-clogging buildup as cell turnover is encouraged to reveal the newer, pigment-free skin beneath.

#MBSkinTip: No granular scrubs for acne-erupted skin; those might be too abrasive for already sensitive skin. Instead, supplement with a Salicylic Acid facial cleanser to help deep clean pore while fighting existing blemishes.

To brighten, look for serums and other treatments featuring ingredients like Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Mulberry Extract, and Vitamin C, all of which are known for their ability to minimize PIH with regular use.

Wondering if a professionally-administered treatment will amp-up your efforts to regain an even complexion? Speak to your aesthetician to see if you are a good candidate for a skin brightening glycolic peel or Vitamin C treatment.

October 13, 2014
by Jill
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What’s In Your Skin Care? Vitamins

You already know you need to eat ingest certain vitamins for excellent health and beautiful skin. But what happens when you apply vitamins topically? What do they do for your skin? And which are the best vitamins for skin health?

best vitamins for skin Vitamin A and Vitamin A derivatives
(i.e., retinoids) are used to fight wrinkles, reduce age spots (hyperpigmentation), and help smooth the skin. Vitamin A also helps fight against aging free radical damage.

Find Vitamin A in:
Hydrating Moisturizer With Biocare & Hyaluronic Acid
Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream
Elasto-Collagen Night Cream

Vitamin C works to brighten up skin discoloration (age spots) while providing protection against free radicals.

Find Vitamin C in:
Vitamin C Serum
Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C

Vitamin E works to fight dryness and neutralize free radicals that can age your complexion.

Find Vitamin E in:
The Moisture Magnet SPF 15
Vitamin E Night Cream
Vitamin E Body Lotion

October 10, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Before Bed: Skin Care Routine For Combo-Oily Skin

skin care routineIf there’s one thing I can count on, it’s my evening routine. It’s relaxing, dependable, and always does good things for my skin. I don’t consider myself high-maintenance in the very least, but this is one thing I refuse to compromise on – even when on vacation.

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Here’s my nightly skin care routine. I have Combination Skin (a slightly oily T-zone, some dry patches every now and then).

  1. Clothes off, PJs on. I do not – and simply cannot – function in what I’ve dubbed “outside” clothes. Has anyone ever been able to successfully curl into a ball on the couch in jeans? Or cook dinner without having their silk blouse stained and/or smelling a la carte? I think not (and if you answered yes, we need to talk you and I – I need to learn your ways!). Few things relax me quicker than a viscose-jersey blend.
  2. Hair gets pulled up, too. Just a quick topknot so all my hair is pulled out of my way. If stray pieces are misbehaving more than usual, a terry headband solves this problem in one clean swoop.
  3. Makeup gets removed ASAP. I can’t be alone in finding a clean face incredibly refreshing. Freeing even! I love using oil (like the Carnation Eye Make-Up Remover Oil, for example) to remove everything: makeup glides off effortlessly, including my heavy-duty waterproof mascara.
  4. Smooth on a clarifying mask. This step happens once or twice a week as needed. If it’s particularly hot and I’m especially oily (and feeling blackhead or blemish-prone), I’ll work a thin, even layer of the Cucumber Tonic Mask over my T-zone only. I smooth the product on and around my nose, on the cheeks, and a little on the center of my forehead. I then putz around the house (quick cleaning, some organizing, start steeping a cup of sleepy tea, etc.) until the mask fully dries and I can return to my regimen.
  5. Cleanse. The Seaweed Cleansing Soap: it’s the perfect evening cleanser to wind down with. This cleanser nourishes the skin with mineral-rich and anti-inflammatory Seaweed Extract while gently exfoliating away any buildup, makeup, or excess oil.
  6. Tone. I’ll be honest: I’m a bit toner-crazy in that I have a different one for every season or situation. (In my defense, skin is dynamic and thus deserves tailored care!) For the current season, the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion is my go-to: it leaves skin clean without over-drying my skin, and is what I believe to be the secret to keeping blemishes at bay even when I’m at my oiliest.
  7. Brighten & prevent! My secret to a noticeably more radiant, perfect complexion is the Vitamin C Serum. I get the benefits of maintaining a luminous complexion while giving my skin the antioxidant, anti-aging protection it needs.
  8. Hydrate, nourish, and soothe. Until fairly recently, I’ve always resigned to using my daily moisturizer for evening under the impression that most night creams were designed for drier or more mature skin types. The Seaweed Night Cream, however, offers similar lightweight, oil-free hydration in addition to Bladderwrack Extract, Collage, Elastin, and Hyaluronic Acid to nourish skin overnight for a dewy – not greasy! – glow the next morning.
  9. Never forget your delicate under-eyes. At 22 years old with combination-oily skin, I find that a lightweight eye cream is optimal for me. The Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream is just a step up from the Ceramide Eye Gel (I use this to help de-puff tired, morning eyes) and offers the hydration and anti-aging prevention I need after a long day in front of a computer screen.
  10. Slather on body lotion. I pride myself in never going to bed without having moisturized from tip to toe. The Vitamin E Body Lotion is an essential in my nightly regimen, keeping my skin soft, smooth, and supple year-round.

October 8, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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8 Tips & Tricks For Preventing Shaving Irritation

Shaving irritation1. Be careful, always. Common sense, yes, but some things just have to be said when it comes to wielding sharp products in not-so-ideal (i.e., very slippery) conditions. Shave as if you were using a straight razor- even when you’re not- because carelessness and haste are typically the culprits behind unnecessary shaving irritation.

2. Check your razor blades. Shaving with a dull blade actually increases chances of cutting and irritating the skin. Using a disposable razor? Switch every two to three uses to ensure a pristine and sanitary blade. With all razors – disposable, electric, straight, etc. – you must clean well after each use. Make sure that the blades are completely dry before storing in a cool, dry place. (So no, keeping your razor in the shower is not a good idea!)

3. Never dry shave. Don’t even think about it. It’s the quickest route to razor burn, bumps, cuts, and ingrown hairs. Only shave after the area is damp and softened (for body hair, shave in the shower; for facial hair, shave after skin is softened by pressing a hot towel to the face for 30 to 50 seconds).

4. Always prep your skin. It’s the extra step that makes all the difference in the world. Never skip using shaving cream. (Bonus points if you add a pre-shave conditioner to your regimen; it’ll further soften the skin and hairs for an even smoother, more perfect shave.

5. Shave in the direction of hair growth. Shave with long, even strokes, applying minimal pressure so the blade glides over the skin (and reduces risk of cuts or skin irritations). Be sure to rinse the blade in between strokes. Remember: multiple passes allow for a close shave, whereas shaving against the grain increases risk of irritation.

6. Check the label. Look for shaving products packed with anti-inflammatory benefits. Ingredients like Aloe Vera, Chamomile Extract, and Lavender Extract offer cooling and soothing relief.

7. Re-hydrate post-shave. Shaving tends to dry skin out, making moisturizer essential to the grooming process. Restore hydration with a lightweight yet nourishing balm or cream to help the skin retain natural moisture levels.

8. Reduce and help heal irritations. Skin still a little raw or sensitive? Apply an antibiotic ointment cream on affected areas to help heal the skin, prevent infection, and reduce any redness and inflammation.