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January 14, 2015
by Jill
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Let’s Talk: Shaving With Acne

iStock_000012077183_Large (2)Shaving with acne can be pretty tricky. For more serious acne breakouts, shaving often aggravates the skin and may lead to bleeding and (potentially) infection.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the difficulty of shaving when you have acne. Here’s what you can do:

  • Use the right cleanser. Using a daily cleanser with Salicylic Acid will accomplish two goals: (1) it will help clear up and prevent acne breakouts and (2) it will reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs by encouraging skin cell turnover.
  • Steam it up! Soften the skin and hair using steam—either shave after taking a shower OR soak a washcloth in warm water and place over your face. There’s a reason that old-school barbers do this!
  • Condition the hair. Using a pre-shave conditioner will further soften the hair and help reduce shaving irritation.
  • Shave in the direction of hair growth. It may seem counterproductive, but this is the best way to get a close shave without further aggravating your skin. Don’t make too many passes in the same area, and use gentle motions to prevent rupturing acne breakouts.
  • Avoid shaving during a serious acne breakout. There may be times when you’ll have to make a judgment call. If your skin is particularly broken out and irritated, skipping a shave or two may be necessary.

January 13, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Natural Skin Care For Soothing Sensitive Skin

Natural ingredients are no joke– they can have powerful results. Here are our top 5 ingredients for helping to calm red, sensitive skin. 
natural skin care1. ALOE VERA

Extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice/extract (more commonly known as ‘Aloe Vera’) is packed with amino acids, active enzymes, fatty acids, minerals, Salicylic Acid, and vitamins. It yields an incredible list of medical and beauty benefits – Aloe Vera is an antibacterial, antiseptic, healing, moisturizing, etc. agent – but is most commonly known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Topical application instantly cools skin, reducing redness and soothing any irritation while encouraging faster healing.

We recommend: Aloe Lotion, Aloe Vera Toner, Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

2. CHAMOMILE EXTRACT

Another powerful anti-inflammatory, Chamomile Extract fosters calming abilities that make it especially ideal for sensitive and/or inflamed, irritated skin.

Azulene, a derivative of Chamomile, also boasts anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness and soothe any irritation and sensitivity.

We recommend:Azulene Calming Mask, Chamomile Cleansing Lotion, Chamomile Eye Cream, Chamomile Night Cream

3. CUCUMBER EXTRACT

Cucumber Extract has known soothing and refreshing properties. Anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling and soothe irritation; plus, Cucumber has shown to have a cooling and tightening effect on skin that leaves the complexion refreshed.

         We recommend: Cucumber Cream Soap, Cucumber Make-Up Remover Cream

4. HONEY

Honey is one of the oldest remedies in health and beauty. As a natural cleanser and humectant, it boasts antimicrobial, antioxidant, healing, moisturizing, and skin-softening properties that make it especially effective in anti-aging and anti-acne skin care – all the while leaving the complexion with a healthy, radiant glow.

We recommend: Honey Moisturizer

5. OATMEAL

Another time-tested, natural beauty and health remedy, Oatmeal is best known as an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve itchiness and soothe inflammation and irritations. It’s composed of fats, polysaccharides, proteins, and saposins, which enable it to help moisturize skin, prevent against moisture loss, enforce skin’s natural barrier function, and cleanse pores (respectively).

We recommend: Kera Moisturizer, Super Collagen Mask

January 12, 2015
by Jill
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What Type Of Exfoliation Is Right For You?

exfoliationExfoliation is crucial. I’m tempted to say that it’s the most important part of any skin care regimen, but it’s the entire package that makes the difference. So I’ll say this instead: nearly every part of your skin care routine will work better if you’re regularly exfoliating.

All of our exfoliants may be used by ALL skin types. However, we do tend to recommend certain products for various skin scenarios. Here’s the breakdown:

 

  • Almond & Honey Face Scrub works best for Dry/Sensitive/Mature skin. 
  • If your skin is Oily or Combination/Oily, choose between the Kiwi Face Scrub and Strawberry Face Scrub. 
  • However, if you’re experiencing an active acne breakout, use the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser instead. Oily and Combination/Oily skin types should use this 2-3 times a week in place of their usual cleanser. Those with Normal and Dry skin will benefit from using this cleanser 1-2 times a week in place of their usual cleanser. Use only once a week if the skin is very sensitive.
  • If your skin is Dry or Combination/Dry and does not experience acne or sensitivity, the Rolling Cream Peel with AHA is an unusual option; you’ll apply a thin layer of this product and then gently rub in circles until the buildup of dead skin cells simply rolls away.

 

January 9, 2015
by Jill
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Q & A: Do I Need Sun Protection If I Wear Foundation?

foundationQ. If my foundation gives me sun protection, do I need a moisturizer with SPF?

A. Probably not. If your foundation has an SPF of 15 or higher, and you’re applying it all over, it’s likely that you won’t need to use both. What happens if you apply both products? Not much, really. SPF is not cumulative, so if your foundation has an SPF of 30, and your moisturizer has an SPF of 17, you’re still getting the protection of SPF 30, not 47.

However, keep in mind that sunscreen needs to cover the skin completely to work. If you’re applying just the tiniest bit of foundation, you’ll still need to use a moisturizer with broad spectrum sun protection first to ensure that the skin is covered.

Remember that like goes with like: if your foundation is water-based, your moisturizer should be too. Try the Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30. Makeup artists are partial to The Moisture Magnet SPF 15 for oil-based makeup.

See more:

How can I get rid of acne marks and scars?
What causes large pores
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Why can’t use my night cream during the day?
When should I start using a skin care regimen?
What’s the difference between whiteheads and blackheads?

 

January 7, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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How To Hide Dark Circles

dark circlesAh, dark circles. Those shadowy rings around the eyes, forever an indicator (and constant reminder) of just how little sleep we’ve gotten.

Just what are dark circles – and how do we get rid of them?

Dark circles occur when (1) blood vessels are visible through the delicate skin under the eyes, giving the appearance of a blue-purple, shadow-y cast, or (2) when hyperpigmentation leaves skin both under and (usually) on the lids a darker shade.

Though typically hereditary, studies have shown that their presence is often linked to allergies, atopic or contact dermatitis, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiency, sleep deprivation, and excessive sun exposure. Dark circles become more prominent with age; as skin thins, collagen loss leaves eyes looking hollow or deeply set.

Dark circles aren’t something you can get rid of, unfortunately – but with good lifestyle habits in place, it’s entirely possible to minimize their appearance:

  1. Clock in enough beauty sleep. Bright eyes (and good skin) call for at least 7-10 hours of rest. When we’re deprived of sleep, the vessels under our eyes dilate, creating a dark tint. The thinner and paler the skin, the more prominent the blood vessels.
  1. Splash the eye area with cold water. Cucumber slices or cold spoons (stored in the fridge) work like a charm too. The instant hit of cold encourages those blood vessels to constrict, thus reducing darkness or any puffiness.
  1. Use eye cream twice daily. Eye creams are a necessity in every skin care regimen; they’re formulated specifically for the delicate under-eye area to help keep it nourished 24/7. For dark circles, we recommend choosing a formula with brightening properties. Our Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream contains Rose Hips Oil, a natural and potent source of Vitamin C.

But we get it – sometimes you just need an instant pick-me-up (although all the aforementioned tips are crucial to improving the look of dark circles). A peach or salmon color-correcting concealer can help counteract the bluish-purple shadows. Follow with a concealer that matches your skin tone over top and set with a powder. Going for an even more perfected, illuminated look? Line your waterline with a flesh-colored eye pencil for an instant, brightening effect.