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April 8, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Got Baggage?

We all do.

eye bags

A part of growing up means acknowledging the baggage we all carry. It doesn’t necessarily mean we have to accept it but it does mean coming to terms with it. Once you face your baggage eye to eye, you can change it.

Yes, really. Don’t you ever let eye bags bring you down.

It starts at the beginning. Want to minimize darkness, puffiness, and under-eye bags? Drink up and sleep more! Make sure you clock in at least seven to eight hours of sleep every day. Beauty sleep is called that with good reason: it’s about getting the rest your body needs and sleeping the right way.

Drink more water. All day, every day. Dehydration and inconsistent sleeping habits (or just plain bad ones) can seriously make you tired. You’ll feel it, sure, but you can bet those bags will get bigger. Not only will your complexion look (depending on your undertones) dull or sallow, but any fine lines, puffiness, and discoloration will be highlighted.

Give it a day or two. Is the difference already incredible or what?

Other tips and tricks we love for minimizing bags:

  • Stash your eye cream in the fridge. We love our Ceramide Eye Gel and Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream: both are lightweight formulas that hydrate effectively and efficiently. The hit of cold eye cream instantly helps wake up tired eyes and minimize any morning puffiness; plus, these two are easily absorbed and grease-free, making them ideal for wearing under makeup.
  • Make room in the fridge for a metal spoon, too. Why not? If de-puffing is what you’re after, this is sure to further help. Place the back of the spoon gently against your eye and hold still until the spoon no longer feels cold to the touch.
  • Green tea bags and cucumber slices are great, too. Make a morning cuppa’ tea and remove the tea bag once it’s steeped. Let it cool just for a little, squeezing out excess water before placing over your (closed) eye. The warm bag is a little less shocking than the cold spoon trick, but still effective. If you’re craving a little anti-inflammatory action or something more suited for an R&R spa feel rather than a wake-me-up, the cucumber slices will be more your speed.

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How do YOU de-puff your bags?

 

April 7, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Spring Skin Care: 5 Ways To Banish Dull Winter Skin

We’re leaving winter behind. Every last dull, flaking bit of it.spring skin

1. Glycolic’s the name of the game.

Bringing life back to lackluster winter starts at the beginning. Your path to radiance starts with our Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. A few times a week, supplement your usual cleanser for this deep-cleaning, exfoliating cleanser to help break down dulling, pore-clogging dead skin cell buildup.

What you’re left with is brighter, smoother, more even skin.

2. #Treatyoself.

A treatment like our Enzyme Revitalizing Mask can do wonders in delivering intense moisture to post-winter skin. Plus, it’s packed with Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which means spring skin gets a revitalizing boost.

Twenty minutes in and you’re already on your way to spring-ready skin.

3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

When you exfoliate regularly (chemical exfoliants, granular scrubs, or both – take your pick!), you’re allowing your skin to better absorb all the skincare you put on it later. Moisturizers absorb so much more quickly; plus, all the good ingredients get to work more effectively. No buildup, no extra work to get into the skin.

Simple, right?

Now it’s about choosing the right moisturizer. With warmer weather and more sun (so much yay!), switching to a more lightweight, broad spectrum formula is highly recommended. Leave the heavier stuff for night: skin repairs and regenerates while you sleep, so it’s the perfect time to indulge your skin. Investing in a night cream ensures your skin is getting the right care throughout the evening so you wake up looking – and feeling – brighter, refreshed, and more radiant.

Want to learn more about moisturizers? Read this!

4. Layer up to boost your glow!

Your skin care, not your clothes! (Can we get a woot-woot for retiring bulky sweaters and puffy jackets?)

It’s the secret to achieving that dewy – never oily – youthful looking glow. When skin is properly hydrated, it’s not just more radiant: skin looks smoother and plumper, which helps minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Boost your glow with these secret weapons:

  • Herbal Hydrating Serum. This versatile, oil-free gel can be used alone (for oily skin types) or layered over day (or night!) moisturizers for an extra kick of hydration.

Why it works: Nourishing Ceramides plus rejuvenating Ginseng and Gingko Extracts leave skin soft and hydrated.

  • Rose Hips Oil. It’s a step up from our Herbal Hydrating Serum. Though lightweight in formulation, this oil helps provide the skin with intense moisture wherever needed. It’s a great one to tote around if ever you experience pesky flaky bits (around the nose, between the brows, cheeks) that crave hydration.

Why It Works: Rose Hips Extract, made from Rose Hips Oil (a natural source of Vitamin C), has a high Linoleic Acid content that helps hydrate skin while delivering antioxidant protection against free radicals.

Why It Works: This serum packs all the good stuff. Vitamin C helps brighten uneven skin tone and reduce visible signs of aging; Hyaluronic Acid helps preserve skin’s natural moisture; and Collagen helps plump the complexion for enhanced firmness and elasticity.

5. Still craving even more glow?

We won’t stop you. (Dewy skin is always the end game here at Mario.) Here are some of our beauty tricks and tips:

  • Liquid and cream products tend to better mimic (or in some cases, enhance) the skin’s natural glow.
  • There’s nothing like a good radiance-boosting primer and highlighter. Coupled with good skin care, the results are the-bomb-dot-com.
  • A little bit of shimmer and shine never hurt anybody. Our Summer Shine Body Lotion gives you that subtle yet beautiful glow; dab it on your collarbones, shoulders, and down the front of your legs to make all winter drab a thing of yester-year.
  • Keep a bottle of our facial spray. Give your skin an instant boost of hydration whenever, wherever. Hydrated skin is happy skin. And healthy, happy skin glows, glows, glows.

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How are YOU prepping for spring?

Which beauty products are you excited to bring out again?

April 6, 2015
by Jill
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Stop Doing THIS To Your Skin: Squeezing Blackheads

squeezing blackheadsSometimes it seems like the pores on your nose are just begging to be squeezed, doesn’t it? Especially if you have really harsh lighting in your bathroom or you’re using a magnifying mirror.

What do you see? Blackheads and Sebaceous Filaments (see definition, below). It’s always really tempting to try to empty all your pores in an attempt to achieve smooth, poreless, perfect skin.

For one thing (as I’m sure you’ve discovered), this plan never works. Instead, your skin often ends up looks red and spotchy. Worse, you could easily damage your skin with your fingernails or by squeezing too hard, swapping a temporary problem for a permanent scar.

Even when squeezing does make your skin look better, it’s a short-term solution. You’re likely to end up back at square one soon enough. It’s a slippery slope, too: you start by squeezing blackheads and, before you know it, you’ve waged full-on war with your skin, picking and squeezing everything in sight.

Instead, make sure you’re taking steps to eliminate blackheads and excess oil the right way, including

  • Eliminating pore-clogging makeup and skin care products.
  • Exfoliating properly.
  • Using a product specifically meant to clear blackheads. [See: Silver Powder]
    squeezing blackheads

* Sebaceous filiments are hair-like formations that help facilitate the movement of oil in the lining of the pore. This is a necessary function that helps keep your skin lubricated and protected. For those with more oily skin, sebaceous filaments will be more prominent. The oil in your pores will always return to help replenish your skin’s healthy protective barrier.

 

April 3, 2015
by Jill
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Bacne Emergency Survival Kit

bacneI had a bacne emergency last year. Without going into the gory details, I’ll just say this: I was one week away from being a bridesmaid—and the dress was strapless.

Happily for me, I have a whole arsenal of body acne-fighting weapons at my disposal, and I didn’t hesitate to use them. When the day of the wedding arrived, my skin was perfectly clear.

Want to fight body acne? Need to be prepared in case of body acne breakouts?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Body Wash: AHA Botanical Body Soap (This is the #holygrail of bacne-fighting body washes.)
  • Body Toner: Special Cleansing Lotion O (for back and chest only)
  • Mask: Drying Mask (Yes, you can use this for body acne, too! It’s not just for your face!)
  • Acne Spot Treatments: Acne Repair Kit
    The acne repair kit has spot treatments for every type of acne, from whiteheads to cystic blemishes.

 

April 2, 2015
by Jill
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#skinspeak: What’s A Ceramide?


Here’s the thing about getting older: all of the substances in your skin that keep it looking young (such as Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid) begin to deplete. With less of these substances, the skin begins to look drier and less firm.

Ceramides are one such substance. These natural lipids (fats) work as the glue that hold skin cell’s together on the surface of your complexion. With fewer ceramides, the skin becomes dry, irritated, and sensitive. It also becomes more vulnerable to aging environmental factors (like free radicals) as well as weather conditions. (This is the reason why the skin has a worse reaction to bad weather conditions as we age.)

Boosting your skin’s natural protective barrier is probably a good idea, right? That’s where ceramide based care products come in. They work to lock moisture into the skin while safeguarding it against aging forces and irritating factors.

You’ll find ceramides here:

AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer

Ceramide Eye Gel

Ceramide Complex with NMP and AHA

Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream