February 24, 2014
by Lee Ann
Those with oily skin often don’t dare to dream about seriously matte skin. (And yes, we know you’ve tried everything.) But have you used our Special Mask for Oily Skin yet?
(Read: 7 ways to get oily skin under control)
The Special Mask for Oily Skin contains purifying Kaolin Clay and soothing Calamine to help lift impurities and absorb excess oil. Treat your skin to this mask up to three times a week to reveal a more mattified, balanced complexion.
(Further reading: How to reduce the appearance of large pores)
With the proper regimen and Special Mask for Oily Skin, your oily skin will be more balanced and beautiful!
February 23, 2014
February 22, 2014
Thanks to the fad diets of the 1980s and 90s, some of us have had a hard time shaking the notion that fats are universally ‘bad for you.’ The good news is that certain fats are not only great for your health, they’ll also help your skin look even more beautiful.*
Fats are also known as ‘lipids,’ which just sound so much better, don’t they?
Omega-3s, in particular, are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These essential polyunsaturated fatty acids are required by the body but cannot be produced by the body; it is essential to consume Omega-3s through food.
(Read: 5 foods to add to your diet today)
Polyunsaturated fats play an important role in keeping the skin hydrated and plump. They help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier and some studies suggest that these types of fats may also work to help reduce inflammation associated with acne. Without essential fatty acids, the skin can become inflamed, dry, and more prone to acne.
Good sources of Omega-3s include (but are not limited to) the following:
(Read: Juicing for more beautiful skin)
I’m pescetarian, so eating more fish comes naturally to me. Tonight for dinner, I’m making walnut-crusted salmon, something I’d eat even if I didn’t think it would help my skin!
*Discuss all dietary choices with your doctor or licensed nutritionist.
February 21, 2014
It may be a bit dreary in New York today (weather-wise at least), but we’re feeling bright and spring-y this Friday. After all, winter can’t last much longer, can it?
In honor of our budding love for all things tropical and non-winterish, we’re giving away the Kiwi Face Scrub today!
It’s simple to enter today’s beauty giveaway. Simply ‘like’ or ‘follow’ us on any of our social media pages (here’s us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) and let us know which one you ‘liked’ or ‘followed’ in the comments section below! Remember, these must be new ‘likes’ and ‘follows’ to qualify!
We’ll announce the winner on Monday, February 24th!*
(This contest is closed. Kate C is the lucky winner! Thanks to everyone who participated!)
But first! Check out this week’s blog highlights:
7 Ways To Improve Your Skin Instantly
Discover why nails-on-a-chalkboard is the worst sound! (And other nail facts.)
Is hormonal birth control the secret to clear skin?
Do you know your skin type?
* This contest will run from February 21st through the morning of February 24th, 2014 and is open to residents of the United States and Canada. Contest winner will be picked at random and will be contacted privately via email and announced publicly on Facebook.
February 20, 2014
There’s a reason your nails look so great in the summer—they’re growing faster! The nails on your dominant hand also grow faster than on your non-dominant appendage.*
Scroll down to discover the truth behind those white spots you sometimes get on your nails and to learn why nails-on-a-chalkboard is one of the most-hated noises!
- Onychopagia is the term for persistent, chronic nail biting.
- Your nails need to breathe- literally. It’s important to go polish-free occasionally to allow the nails to better fight infection and to prevent them from becoming too dry.
- White spots on your nails don’t necessarily indicate that you are suffering from a calcium deficiency. Mom might be wrong—white spots on the nails are typically harmless and don’t signify anything in particular.
- The sound of nails on a chalkboard is incredibly unpleasant for most of us. But why? Anatomy works against us in this case: our ear canals are shaped in such a way that they naturally amplify noises that hit at this particular frequency.
- Your cuticles serve a real purpose: they help seal in moisture and keep nasty things from the environment (like bacteria) out of the body.
- The younger you are, the faster your nails will grow. Nail growth speeds up during pregnancy as well.
- The Ancient Egyptians loved a good manicure. Well, the upper classes did, with the darkest nail colors reserved for the most elite.
- Your toenails grow a lot more slowly than your fingernails, which definitely explains why it’s so much easier to maintain a pedicure than a manicure!
Mario Badescu Cuticle Cream
*The nail on your middle finger grows faster than any other, but we felt it was impolite to include this fun fact on the blog!