February 19, 2014
February 19, 2014
February 18, 2014
by Lee Ann
1. Get a Facial
Treat yourself to a professional facial. (If you’re around New York City, book yourself a fabulous facial at our skin care salon.) Monthly facials will yield optimal results, but you will notice a difference in your skin almost immediately after one facial—typically your skin will look brighter and clearer due to extractions, a professional-grade exfoliant, and treatment mask. It’s worth it, trust us!
2. Use Toner
Toner is often overlooked, but a few swipes of it on your face will instantly refresh the skin. Choose one according to your skin type.
(Read: 5 skin care habits to break)
3. Apply Glow-Enhancing Serum
Give your skin a ‘shot a glow’ by applying a serum packed with skin-boosting ingredients such as vitamin c, peptides, and collagen. (We love this super-hydrating, oil-free serum)
4. Soothe and Hydrate Tired Eyes with Eye Gel or Cream
Moisturize and revive the eye area with an eye cream or gel. We like to store our eye products in the refrigerator for an instant, cooling method of helping to reduce eye puffiness.
6. Apply a Mask
Treating your skin 2 to 3 times a week with a face mask will quickly target your biggest skin issues. For example, a hydrating mask can perk up dry skin while an oil-absorbing treatment can help reduce acne.
February 17, 2014
by Lee Ann
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to acne treatment. When choosing the right cleanser for your acne-prone skin, it’s imperative to take other factors into consideration (such as your skin type, the type of acne you’re getting, and whether or not your skin is sensitive).
Discover which cleanser is right for your skin:
This daily acne cleanser contains superstar acne-fighting ingredient Salicylic Acid to help control whiteheads, blackheads, and those annoying pimple eruptions that can be painful (cystic) or that just linger until they turn into a whitehead. This formula is most suitable for those with combination or oily skin types.
This cleanser/exfoliant-in-one is an exfoliant designed to be used in place of a daily cleanser 1-2 times a week (for dry or combo/dry skin) or 2-3 times a week (for oily or combo/oily skin). Glycolic Acid is the holy grail of alpha hydroxy acids to help deep clean pores, prevent blackheads and congestion, and to promote a smoother complexion.
For those with combination/oily skin who get the occasional breakout, this daily cleanser contains Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts to exfoliate the skin very mildly, prevent breakouts, and promote a clearer complexion.
For those with dry and/or sensitive skin, stick with a cream-based, gentle cleanser such as our Seaweed Cleansing Soap and spot treat blemishes accordingly.
Which cleanser is right for you?
February 16, 2014
February 15, 2014
Acne and hormones are intrinsically linked—ask any teenager and they’ll tell you it’s true. A lot of teenage girls and grown women experience acne breakouts around ‘that time of the month.’ It almost feels inevitable, doesn’t it? This is, after all, the reason so many of us keep the Drying Lotion handy
What’s happening during that monthly breakout? What’s causing it?
Basically, a quick rise in the hormone progesterone causes the skin to produce more oil just before menstruation.This additional oil often clogs pores and leads to acne (as you’ve likely experienced at some point). As your skin breaks out, both progesterone and estrogen will sharply drop, causing the mood changes, concentration issues, and physical symptoms associated with PMS.
(Read: The survival guide to PMS acne)
Does hormonal birth control help acne? There are a number of reasons to choose to take hormonal birth control; acne management is a major one. It works to stop acne by directly targeting the source of monthly acne—hormonal changes. It is successful enough that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of some hormonal birth control methods for the treatment of acne.(*Please read the disclaimer below.)
Here’s the downside: hormonal birth control doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, some women experience even worse acne while using this method. Furthermore, hormonal birth control also makes the skin more sensitive to the sun and more likely to incur melasma—patches of dark skin on your face that are generally associated with pregnancy.
In the meantime, be sure that you’re using the right skin care products for your skin—whether you have acne all month long or only during your period. Spot treatments are important, of course, but the best way to have clear skin consistently is to stick to an appropriate regimen.
*This blog post is for entertainment purposes and is not intended to replace medical advice. Please speak to your doctor if you have questions about hormonal birth control.