Beautiful, Badescu Skin

"Putting your best face forward."

October 6, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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What’s In Your Skin Care? Gardenia Extract

ferulic acidGardenia Extract is derived from the fruit of the Gardenia Florida. Once prized in traditional Asian folk medicine, Gardenia Extract functions as an antioxidant in skin care products.

Ferulic Acid is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants; in plants, it serves as a self-preservation mechanism in which it helps strengthen cellular walls against damage from microbes or the sun.

When applied topically, Ferulic Acid helps enhance tone, texture, and overall elasticity by supporting Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid content in the skin. Skin’s natural moisture is better retained, giving skin a healthier, plumper, and more youthful-looking glow. In addition, Ferulic Acid helps fight aging free radicals, thus preventing further UV damage to the skin.

Gardenia Extract also boasts mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making it a favorite for skin care products aiming to help refresh, revive, and soothe dry or tired skin.

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We recommend: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater
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October 4, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Healthy Recipes for Healthy Skin: The Saturday Roundup

If there’s something we love more than skin care (believe us, there are very few things that top the list), it’s food. We’re willing to admit that yes, you should eat to live, but mindful eating allows you to live to eat. Yes, we can have it all: we can be happy and healthy and have beautiful skin!

Here’s what’s on our anti-aging, skin-brightening menu this week. Check out these healthy recipes:

BREAKFAST

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Red Immunity Smoothie (Into the Gloss)

Practically bursting with powerful antioxidants and vitamins, this smoothie has surely earned its name. It’s packed with red fruits and veggies, all of which are full of Vitamin A and C to help boost your immune system, fight disease, and give your skin a healthy lit-from-within glow. We’re all about starting every day with our best face forward – and this is just the way to do it.

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Jumbo Chickpea Pancake (Oh She Glows)

High-protein and vegan, this recipe makes for a super filling breakfast (we all have those days that call for a power breakfast) or satisfying lunch. Best of all (aside from the deliciousness and undeniable health benefits), it’s quick and easy to whip up: it only takes 10 minutes to make, and even less time to eat. The savory chickpea base is packed with protein and fiber, and tastes incredible with any topping you love. We’re a fan of eating ours with avocado (to help encourage a smoother, more radiant complexion), red peppers and tomatoes (for antioxidants), and a spoonful of hummus for extra flavor.

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LUNCH

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Grilled Tuna over Arugula with Lemon Vinaigrette (Skinny Taste)

Though (unfortunately) often overlooked, tuna is a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acids necessary for helping keep the skin looking youthful. Top it over fresh arugula for a serving of rich antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that all lend to skin-brightening, anti-aging benefits.

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Curry Roasted Vegetable & Avocado Naan-wich (Naturally Ella)

With fall fast just starting we can’t help but turn to warm spices and comfort food favorites. There’s nothing like curried vegetables – but in a naan wrap and paired with creamy avocados? It’s deliciously good for you. Avocados are a favorite for those healthy fats that keep skin glowing, smooth, and youthful-looking. All those veggies – red pepper, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, red onion – tossed in olive oil make for a fiesta of Vitamin A and C-rich serving of antioxidants.

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DINNER

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Lemon Kale Salad with Seared Salmon (Sprouted Kitchen)

This recipe is a staple in our kitchen, making an appearance at least a few times every week. It’s not because it’s good (it’s actually great) – it’s because it’s a powerhouse of anti-aging and antioxidant benefits. You’ve got Vitamin A and C, copper, and omega-3 fatty acids all in one meal, all of which contribute to enhancing collagen stores, reducing inflammation (for clearer, wrinkle-free skin), and encouraging a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion.

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Sesame-Almond & Avocado Spinach Salad (Naturally Ella)

You know we love our radiant-boosting avocado. But seriously – if you’re in the mood for a light yet filling meal to end the day, this is it. Packed with Vitamin C, E, K, and beta carotene, this colorful salad boasts all the antioxidant vitamins and minerals needed for a wrinkle-fighting, skin-smoothing boost.

October 3, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Skin Solutions: Last-Minute Makeover

Need a quick lift, fast?

makeoverWe’ve all been there. School, work, kids, life gets in the way (you know the drill) and before you know it (seemingly out of nowhere) everything that’s anything important creeps up all at once. There’s this, that, this and that – all of which demands to be done yesterday – in addition to event XYZ that you RSVP’d to months ago because you figured you deserved a fun night out.

Right. But you haven’t had the chance to prepare for this occasion! Stop right there: before you even think about canceling because ABC, remind yourself that you deserve it. You have half an hour to get ready? Fifteen minutes? Less than that? Worry not: it’s all about prioritizing. The goal is glowing, radiant skin, even if you only have a minute for a makeover. Forget the hair – a je ne sais quoi, natural look is always in – and focus on perfecting your complexion and enhancing your best features.

Here’s how:

  1. Breathe. Inhale for three, exhale for four. Inhale for five, exhale for six. Are you calm yet? Good. Now head on over to the sink and splash your face with cold water. It serves a twofold purpose: one, to give you a jolt back to reality; and two, it provides an instant refresh that helps get your circulation going. You get some vivaciousness back in your complexion plus some de-puffing action.
  2. Cleanse. Nothing like a fresh start, eh? All-in-one is the stuff we love and exactly what we’re after when we have little-to-no time on our hands, so the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is our failsafe go-to. It deep cleans and exfoliates all at once, revealing a brighter, smoother, and more even complexion. It’s what last-minute preparations call for: an instant refresh that helps perfect the skin and prepare it for flawless makeup application later on.
  3. Brighten and moisturize. Toning post-cleanse is highly recommended, but when you’re in a pinch, every last minute counts. Instead, use that time for applying a radiance-boosting serum for added hydration and glow. Follow with an oil-free moisturizer for simple, lightweight moisture that won’t slip and slide under makeup.
  4. Perfect. Spot conceal wherever needed and focus on eliminating any redness. Let your skin shine through! (Plus, this method saves tons of time.) Add a bit of color (blush, bronzer, highlighter, whatever you need and have time for) and set your face with powder.
  5. Enhance. Time’s a tickin’ but you’re already looking gorgeous! A well-curled lash can instantly lift your face – it makes you look awake, refreshed, and doe-eyed. Give each set of lashes a good curl and follow with two coats of mascara.
  6. Eyes or lips? Take your pick. The secret to looking instantly put together and effortless all at once? Beautiful, glowing skin – and a little something extra for a pop of glamour. This is a special event, no? Spend your last few minutes on your eyes or face: a bright lipstick, smoky eye, or graphic liner? The choice is yours.

Beauty tip: Got the luxury of a full hour? Set aside 15 minutes for an instant, perfecting lift with the Temporary Lifting Mask. Congested, dull skin will feel revitalized with immediate firming, pore-minimizing effects.

All that’s left? Getting dressed. And that’s the easy part.

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October 2, 2014
by Jill
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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Blackheads?

You know that you want to get rid of Blackheads, but how much do you really know about them? We believe that knowledge is power—the better informed you are about your enemy, the better equipped you’ll be to fight back!

Take our quiz and discover what you know about Blackheads.

get rid of blackheads1. Blackheads are pores clogged with what?
(a) Excess oil
(b) Dirt
(c) Dead skin cells and sebum (oil)

2. Blackheads are more technically known as:
(a) Open comedones
(b) Closed comedones
(c) Clogged comedones

3. What’s the best way to get rid of Blackheads?
(a) Scrubbing
(b) Using an extractor tool
(c) Squeezing
(d) None of the above
(e) Use a treatment product that absorbs excess oil.

4. What’s the difference between Blackheads and Sebaceous Filaments?
(a) They are the same thing
(b) Blackheads can be removed
(c) Sebaceous filaments are darker in color.

Scroll down to see the answers!

get rid of blackheadsAnswers:

1. (c) Dead skin cells and sebum. Blackheads are not caused by dirt or poor hygiene. Rather, they are the result of a buildup of excess oil and dead skin cells.

2. (a) Open comedones. Blackheads are a hardened mass of oil and skin cells in an open follicle (pore). When this mass is exposed to oxygen, it darkens—hence the name ‘Blackhead.’  When the comedone is closed, the result is not a Blackhead, but rather a whitehead or pimple. 

3. (d) None of the above and (e) Use a treatment product that absorbs excess oil. One of the best ways to remove a Blackhead is to have it extracted by a licensed professional such as an esthetician. In fact, regular facials are an excellent way to keep Blackheads at bay. Never pick or squeeze at your skin. Using an extraction tool is also a bad choice; it may cause permanent scarring. Use a clay-based treatment product specifically designed to absorb oil and help prevent/remove Blackheads.

[We recommend: SILVER POWDER]

4. (b)  Blackheads can be removed. 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.

Blackheads, on the other hand, can be removed and will not necessarily return in the same spot.

 

October 1, 2014
by Jill
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How To Reverse Sun Damage

If you spend time in the sun (particularly if you’re purposely tanning), eventually you will incur some sun damage. Worse, your skin might trick you for years, hiding dark spots and hyperpigmentation until you reach your mid-thirties. Pretty soon all of the sun mistakes you’ve made over the years may become far more evident.

sun damageYou can’t exactly reverse sun damage, but there is a lot you can do to prevent future sun-related hyperpigmentation while working to brighten up existing areas of discoloration.* Here’s your plan of action:

  • Take advantage of Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Glycolic Acid, for example, is a chemical exfoliant that works by accelerating your skin’s turnover rate, helping you to reveal newer, fresher, more radiant skin. You can find Glycolic Acid in a number of forms, including in eye creams, gels, and exfoliating cleansers.
    [We recommend: Glycolic Foaming Cleanser]
  • Use a Vitamin C Serum. Vitamin C works to visibility brighten the skin and even out skin tone.
  • Prevention. Never leave home again without first applying sun protection with a factor of at least 15. Be sure to do this whether you’re spending the day at the beach or simply driving to work on a cold winter morning. Sun protection is vital at all times in order to help prevent further sun damage. [Check out: The Moisture Magnet SPF 15 or Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30]
  • Treat sunspots using skin-brightening ingredients such as Kojic Acid and Licorice Extract. Apply a brightening mask 2-3 time each week to gradually help start the process of reversing sun damage.

*Be sure to visit your dermatologist for a full-body skin exam to check for the possibility of more serious conditions such as skin cancer.
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