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February 20, 2015
by Jill

Fan Friday Giveaway: Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

glycolic acidIt’s Friday! We’re celebrating by giving away one of our Holy Grail customer favorites– the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. This exfoliating cleanser uses Glycolic Acid to dissolve dulling dead skin cells while extracts of Chamomile, Yarrow, Sage, and St. John’s Wort soothe and rejuvenate your skin.

To enter to win it, simply comment on our blog, below! This contest ends Monday, February 23th and is open to residents of the US and Canada!

But first, check out this week’s blog highlights:

How to treat Forehead Wrinkles
Is Winter destroying your skin?
Acne myths, busted.

February 19, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Acne Myths, Busted

acne myths1. You can cure acne.

BUST! We hate to be the bearer of bad news – don’t shoot the messenger! – but unfortunately, there’s no cure for acne.

The good news is that there are plenty of skin care treatments available. From spot treatments to deep-cleaning solutions, it is possible to help minimize spots, speed the healing process, and prevent future breakouts in order to achieve a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

2. You’re breaking out because you’re ‘dirty.’

BUST! A few factors go into acne formation: sebum production and the rate at which your skin is able to (naturally) shed dead skin cells. In fact, surface dirt or oil does little in causing breakouts, though not cleansing regularly or touching your face often can worsen the condition if you’re predisposed.

You’re not dirty if you’re breaking out: acne formation is dependent on skin type and chance.

3. Washing your face more often will zap those zits.

BUST! This one goes hand in hand with Myth #2, so with that one busted, this one’s de-bunked too. You are not dirty – there’s no need to over-wash.

In fact, cleansing more than the recommended two-times-a-day prescription can actually lead to more breakouts. It’s as they say: too much of any good thing can all too easily become a bad thing. Over-washing will only dehydrate and irritate already aggravated skin, throwing it out of balance.

Oil glands will try to compensate the lack of moisture by producing excess sebum, thus clogging pores and increasing chances of breakouts.

4. Only teens get acne.

BUST! Acne affects everyone, period. In fact, at least 20 percent of adults experience regular breakouts well into their 30s and 40s.

5. The stronger the acne products, the better (and faster) they’ll clear you up.

BUST! In the same vein as debunking Myth #3, being too aggressive can actually worsen rather than improve your skin.

Somehow, somewhere, someone got us thinking that ‘the stronger the better.’ We then assume that any tingling or stinging sensation is a sign that the product is working.

The secret to an effective acne regimen? Gentle formulas. Keep in mind that easy does it, and the simpler the better. Anything too harsh can easily dry out or even burn the skin –  leaving it in worse condition.

6. Junk food makes you break out.

BUST! Hold the phone – we can’t just blame chocolate!

Sure, your skin is a reflection of internal health, but skin clarity has more to do with the combination of hormonal fluctuations (from puberty, PMS, menopause, or stress), oil production, the rate at which dead skills are shed from the surface, and external factors (smoking, sun, humidity, high altitudes, etc.).

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February 18, 2015
by Jill

Let’s Talk: Forehead Wrinkles

forehead wrinklesWrinkles, as a rule, are a pretty ordinary part of aging— forehead wrinkles being no exception. Whether vertical or horizontal, forehead wrinkles are super-common. (I like to call my furrow lines my ‘elevens’ but they are more technically known as glabellar lines) These wrinkles are caused by the repetition of normal facial expressions as well as exposure to the sun.

Here’s what you can do about forehead wrinkles:

  • Exfoliate with a chemical exfoliant such as Glycolic Acid. We love this exfoliating cleanser.
  • Use skin care products with ingredients such as Collagen (or ingredients that help boost Collagen, such as Peptides). Other things to look out for: Hyaluronic Acid and Elastin.
  • Keep your skin well-hydrated. Even young people look a bit wrinkly without proper hydration. If your usual moisturizer isn’t enough, you may want to switch to a night cream or specific anti-aging cream before bed (we love this one with Peptides).
    [Have we mentioned that we love Peptides for fighting wrinkles? Here’s why]
  • Keep the sun off your face as much as possible and wear a daily moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15. Definitely invest in a few cute sun hats. Having bangs likely doesn’t hurt either (not that we’re suggesting you cut your hair!).


February 17, 2015
by Jill
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Cold Weather And Winter Skin Care Woes

winter skin I spent my morning brushing snow off my car, bundled up from head-to-toe in layer upon layer of warm clothing. It was 17 degrees when I left home this morning, and I’m officially over winter weather.

Even when it’s not snowing, February (and March!) can be a little… blah sometimes, can’t they? You’re already tired of all your winter clothes, but you know you’re stuck with them for a few more months. For those of us in colder climates, it can sometimes just feel like a waiting game until the real event—spring and summer.

Here’s what you can do to perk up your skin: try something new! Never used a serum before? Check out the Vitamin C Serum (it can even help you undo the sun damage/ hyperpigmentation you incurred last summer!).

[Check this out: What’s a serum?]

Or, try a mask. The Enzyme Revitalizing Mask is amazing for, well, revitalizing your skin, especially if it’s looking a little dry right now. If your skin’s a little oilier, the Flower & Tonic Mask might be just the thing to take you out of your winter blahs while perking up your skin’s appearance.

[Read more: Our top 5 winter skin care tips]

February 15, 2015
by Jill
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Mario Badescu And The American Dream

iStock_000042177672_Large (1)For hundreds of years, people have been coming to the United States in search of the American Dream. Chemist and cosmetologist Mario Badescu was one such person.

Nearly 50 years ago, he left his native Romania and found himself in New York City. With a dream to create a signature skin care line, he opened a one-room skin care salon in his midtown Manhattan apartment. Today, his products are used throughout the world and that one-room salon has expanded to become a 36-room full-service skin care salon—and a classic Manhattan institution.

His story is at the heart of the American Dream.

It’s President’s day! To celebrate this patriotic holiday, we’re offering up to $20 off your entire order and free shipping! Shop now to claim this offer.