October 30, 2015
by Jill
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When You Don’t Exfoliate


…if you’re not happy with the way your skin looks, I have to wonder if you’re exfoliating properly… or if you exfoliate at all.

What does skin that’s NOT exfoliated look like?

Children are the only people with skin that renews itself continuously, which is why their skin is usually incredibly soft and luminous. As we get older, our skin cells shed and renew themselves at a slower pace, leading to skin that looks dull and congested.

Adult skin that’s not regularly exfoliated may experience acne and more rapid visible aging. It is often not very vibrant in tone, and easily becomes clogged with dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells. Blackheads are also more likely to occur.

Worse, other skin care products (like serums and moisturizers) are unable to penetrate skin, so non-exfoliating folks tend to end up with dry, irritated skin.

exfoliateIf you’re still skipping this crucial step, we have to ask: why? Not sure where to start? Check out our newest product (it was launched this past spring!), an exfoliant that’s loaded with natural ingredients like Coconut, Ginger, Ginkgo, Green Tea, and Aloe. It’s the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub.

(Even better? This scrub doesn’t include plastic microbeads,  a known environmental pollutant.)

October 29, 2015
by Jill
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Are There More People With Sensitive Skin Than Ever?

sensitized skinProbably not. But there are more people with sensitized skin.

Let me explain.

  • Sensitive skin is based on internal factors—things about yourself which make you more prone to sensitivity, such as having fair skin, allergies, and light eyes/hair.
  • Sensitized skin is caused by external factors such as diet, pollution, climate, stress, or smoking.

Before you go reaching for products meant for sensitive skin, consider the factors that may be irritated your skin. Are you eating a lot of sugar? Try to cut back if possible. Of course, issues like pollution and climate you don’t have as much control over!

Because we love natural botanicals, we use a lot of Chamomile and Aloe on skin that is sensitive or sensitized. If you’re interested, a toner is a good place to incorporate some skin-soothing ingredients. For example, we’re always recommending our alcohol-free Aloe Vera Toner or Chamomile Cleansing Lotion.

October 29, 2015
by Jill
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Avocado For Better Skin

avocado for skin

While there aren’t any certified nutritionists roaming the halls of Mario Badescu, we have a pretty impressive stable of aestheticians under our roof. What they know for a fact is that dry, fragile skin greatly benefits from the restorative properties of certain super foods.

At the top of that list? The AVOCADO for skin. All that good, healthy fat works to hydrate your skin from the inside out, helping you to really glow.

Favorite ways to enjoy it:

  • Spread on sprouted-grain toast and sprinkled with a little sea salt
  • Blended into a batch of vegan chocolate pudding
  • Mashed into a sauce and mixed with zoodles (zucchini noodles!)
  • Sliced over a bowl of brown rice and beans
  • Added to literally ANY sandwich or burger

You can also use avocado oil topically. For example, our rich, protective, cold-weather favorite, the Kera Moist Cream, takes advantage of avocado’s highly emollient properties to moisturize dry, sensitive skin.
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October 28, 2015
by Jill
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Does Exercise Help Acne?

does exercise help acneWe all know we need to exercise for our health… but what about our skin? Any activity that promotes healthy circulation is obviously going to be good for your skin. After all, increased blood flow helps to nourish skin cells with oxygen and nutrients while simultaneously carrying waste products away.

Exercise may also be able to help reduce oil production during stressful times. After all, oil production is directly influenced by certain stress hormones. We know that the sebaceous (oil) glands produce more sebum (oil) during stressful times. This is why you may experience oily skin and increased acne breakouts during times of high anxiety.

So… does exercise help acne? Exercise eases stress, which may help to reduce acne and excess oil production as well.

Note: If you’re dealing with Acne, you should also check out our Acne Repair Kit.does exercise help acne

October 27, 2015
by Jill
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How To: Make Hands Look Younger

make hands look youngerOur hands really take a beating, don’t they? We’re constantly washing them, and they’re one of the few parts of our bodies that are nearly always exposed. I mean, there’s a reason women used to wear gloves all the time.

make hands look youngerOf course, I’m not suggesting a return to Victorian times, just a little tweaking of our routines to help hands look younger. You’re probably already keeping them pretty hydrated with an excellent hand cream. But what about age spots and brown splotches on the skin?

If you’re interested in reducing those areas of discoloration, you can do what we do around here: use the Vitamin C Serum. It’s meant for face but can certainly be used on your hands’ skin as well. Vitamin C has powerful skin-brightening properties to help fade areas of discoloration.

It also provides antioxidant protection to help guard against aging free radicals and delivers Collagen to help support skin’s structure (i.e., make it look less crepey).