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February 13, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Love Letters to Beauty Things Loved, Lost & Found Again

In which we write love letters to our very favorite beauty items…. 

love lettersDearest Vitamin C Serum,

Girl, you are an INSPIRATION! How do you do it, brightening up every face in the room just like that?

I don’t know what it is, but it’s pretty magical. I can’t help but want to hang around you all the time – you’re an incredible influence and me and my complexion. What used to be dull and lackluster has been revived and renewed. You’ve changed my perspective: the future’s looking pretty radiant from where I’m standing.

Thanks for making me feel that much better about everything. I’d say more, but I think you may have gotten the gist of how I feel here.

xo,

Kim

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My fluffy bathrobe, wherever you are:

I can’t believe I lost you.

I could make all the excuses in the world – you were camouflaged by the pile of hotel terry cloth towels; why’d you have to be the same shade of cream? I was in such a rush to make the early checkout time; I was late for a meeting! – but the truth of the matter is that I was the one who left you behind when you’ve been nothing but good to me.

I’ve yet to replace you; none I’ve met have been as warm or fluffy or perfectly off-white as you. Instead, I’ve been forced to face the consequences. I’m reminded of my carelessness every time I step out of the shower and freeze (it’s a brutal winter this year), or have my clothing splashed with soap/water/cleanser/something twice daily, morning and evening. No DIY facial feels as self-pampering or luxurious as they used to with you. I mean, who does spa night without a bathrobe?

I’m sorry.

Kim

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Dear Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17,

Phew, what a long name. I have to admit – if we were to judge a book by its cover, I’d come to exactly one conclusion about you: you’re just not that exciting.

Straightforward and minimalist and delivering exactly what you claim to d0. You’re the stuff girls dream about; how often is it that we get exactly what we crave? No funny business, no gimmicks: just you, me, and my very, very happy complexion.

You see, before you came into my life I was terrified of commitment. (In fact, I never used moisturizer before you – that’s how scared I was.) But you were just so calm, so unassuming, so patient. Even through dry, rough patches and angry breakouts you were steadfast and true. You stood up for me on even the sunniest of days; you were my foundation no matter what I did or wore over you.

Hey, OFM SPF 17, I love you. Will you move into my beauty drawer permanently?

Anxiously awaiting your answer,

Kim

(P.S.: Can we just keep things easy and call you BAE? Thanks!)

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Hey, Drying Mask

I’ve had my first nasty breakout breakup in months since we last hung out. It wasn’t until I was two days into feeling super self-conscious (yet stubbornly anti-concealer) that I suddenly remembered just how incredible you are at fixing these kinds of things. I saw the empty container on my bathroom countertop; I’d used you down to every last bit. There was maybe one crusty speck left at the bottom of the jar, a reminder of just how good you were to me.

Are you free later? Where should I pick you up (is it more convenient for you here or here?)

This breakout’s a bit of a messy one, but I trust that you’ll help dry those tears and heal those blemishes ‘til I’m feeling every bit clear of heart of and mind.

See ya soon,

Kim

February 12, 2015
by Jill
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Q & A: Is Foundation Bad For My Skin?

foundationA. Good news: it’s not! There’s a really popular misconception that wearing foundation clogs your pores and ages your skin. Some believe that it’s necessary to allow your skin to ‘breathe’ throughout the day, unhampered by damaging foundations.*

Here’s the truth: Should you choose to wear foundation, you’re not harming your skin and it’s likely you’re actually helping it. Foundation provides an additional physical barrier against the sun, pollution, and free radical damage. Of course, it’s important to use the right type of foundation for your skin. If you’re using a heavy, oil-based foundation on oily, acne-prone skin, it will likely clog your pores and cause breakouts.

[Read more: Our secret for perfect foundation application]

It’s also absolutely essential that you wash your makeup off at the end of the day. Your skin has been battling against a lot of nasty elements throughout the day, including the aforementioned pollution and free radicals. Be sure not to go to bed with the day’s residue still on your skin.

[Q&A: Do I need sun protection if I wear foundation?]

*It’s worthwhile to note that your skin does not experience respiration and thus does not feel suffocated under makeup. 

February 11, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Q&A: How Do I Get Rid Of Acne Scars?

get rid of acne scarsFirst and foremost, it’s important to clarify the term ‘acne scars.’

‘Acne scars’ is often used as an umbrella term to refer to any marks left behind by acne breakouts. True acne scars are actually permanent: these occur when normal skin tissue is destroyed and replaced with either too little or too much tissue. There’s a physical (not just superficial) change in collagen and tissue; acne scars are usually raised bumps or indents in the skin.

There are a lot of solutions, however, for acne marks, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Skin is discolored where the blemish once was, and what’s left behind is a temporary brown or red mark that can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to fade naturally.

So, how do you get rid of acne marks?

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1. Don’t pick at your blemishes.

Fight the urge to squeeze! It’s one of the main causes behind acne scar and PIH formation. When you pick and tear at skin, it becomes much more susceptible to infection and inflammation. When it tries to heal itself, the new skin forming over the open wound is often a different color and tone, thus leaving behind a darker mark.

Keep your hands off and you immediately decrease chances of scarring or PIH!

2. Wear sunscreen consistently.

To help facilitate the fading of hyperpigmented spots, choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer with broad spectrum protection to prevent further darkening of acne marks.

We recommend: Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

3. Cleanse and exfoliate with AHAs and BHAs regularly.

An Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Beta Hydroxy Acid-based cleanser (e.g.: Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid, respectively) acts as a chemical exfoliant that gently dissolves away the outermost layer of skin to help encourage cell turnover, thus revealing the newer, pigment-free skin beneath.

This helps promote quicker fading of PIH while revealing more even skin tone and texture.

We recommend: Acne Facial Cleanser, Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

4. Add an AHA-based toner to your regimen, too.

If you’re no longer acne-erupted (relatively clear and/or experiencing just a few spots here and there), it’s highly recommended that you try incorporating an AHA-based toner to help further boost cell turnover rate.

We recommend: Glycolic Acid Toner, Glycolic-Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion

If you’re still experiencing regular breakouts, continue using your Cucumber Cleansing Lotion or Special Cucumber Lotion.

5. Choose skin-brightening treatments.

Look for products containing Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Mulberry Extract, and Vitamin C to help fade hyperpigmentation and brighten your complexion. Our Vitamin C Serum contains antioxidant Ascorbic Acid, which is known to help encourage cell turnover and collagen production. Our Whitening Mask features a host of ingredients (Kojic Acid and Extracts of Licorice and Mulberry) known for their ability to inhibit melanin production, and thus prevent further discoloration.

Keep in mind that these types of products are most effective for use on relatively clear skin. Acne-erupted or acne-prone skin is often too sensitive. Treat existing spots first using Salicylic Acid or Sulfur-based skin care before targeting acne marks.

February 10, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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I Found My First Wrinkle, Now What?

first wrinkleFine lines tend to make their first appearance anywhere from your early 20s to mid-30s. Typically found around the forehead, mouth, or outer corners of the eyes, these debut signs of aging always seem to come when you least expect it. Was it during that routine inspection in your magnified mirror? (A habit we don’t condone, to be clear – but if it’s just one of your SSBs, who are we to tell you to stop?)

We’ll abstain from judgment so long as you refrain from squeezing…) Was it during a quick touch-up in your rear view mirror (when parked, of course)? Or was it when you glanced at your reflection in the window on the way to work – and did a double-take when you realized that no, it wasn’t the (usual) imprint of crinkled bed sheets from a rushed morning, but instead, the faintest beginning of a wrinkle.

The truth is, when and where you start to see wrinkling is actually largely predetermined by genetics. Curious as to how you’ll age? Take a look at your parents and grandparents: the likelihood of wrinkle onset, depth, and overall appearance is greatly influenced by familial lines. Literally.

[QUIZ: How well will your skin age?]

That said, you can prevent premature wrinkling. You can also minimize the appearance of wrinkles – where they develop, their depth and length, etc. – with the right care. You may have found your first wrinkle, but there’s a way to keep visible aging at bay:

1. Apply SPF protection daily, without fail.

Make a broad spectrum moisturizer and body sunscreen an indubitable must in your daily routine. Aging free radicals are the number one cause behind sun damage that leads to premature fine lines, sagging, dark spots, and the development of even more wrinkles.

2. Take extra precautions when you’re driving.

We all know the importance of sunscreen application and, if spending longer periods of time outdoors, reapplication. What most people overlook is just how much sun damage is done while driving. UVA rays can still easily penetrate windows (tinted or not) of vehicles – so if you’re a daily commuter or spending more than a few minutes in the car (driving or not), you’d better be sure that you’ve got SPF protection. Be sure to focus on the face, neck, décolletage, and hands.

3. Sleep on your back.

Favoring one side can actually cause those seemingly innocuous sheet imprints to turn into permanent lines and wrinkles. We spend at least one third of our life sleeping – which means we spend at least one third of our life etching those lines into our face.

The best thing you can do? Sleep on your back. Other ways to help reduce this kind of extrinsic wrinkling include swapping out your usual pillow case for a silk one (which is less likely to pull at or leave marks on skin) and varying your sleeping position.

4. Wearing proper eye gear.

…which means getting your eyes checked regularly and investing in a pair of polarized sunglasses. Repetitive squinting can actually exacerbate any existing lines – or promote the formation of new ones – around the eyes, between the brows, and on the forehead.

5. Drink more water.

Hydrating from the inside out is crucial to overall skin health and appearance. Dehydrated skin cells give the skin a sallow, sometimes ashy appearance, thus exaggerating the look of any visible signs of aging. When cells are properly hydrated, however, skin appears (and feels!) softer and more supple.

6. Make moisturizing a priority.

You want to hydrate from both the inside out and the outside in. Look for moisturizers and night creams to help deliver essential hydration and lock moisture into the skin. Humectants and/or emollients can actually help smooth fine lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin for a more youthful appearance.

7. Incorporate anti-aging products into your regimen.

If you haven’t started already – start now. Serums and creams formulated with any of these powerhouse anti-aging ingredients can help slow signs of aging by defending your skin any environmental and free radical damage while reducing the look of all visible signs of aging.

February 9, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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What’s In Your Skin Care: Peanut Oil

Peanut oil for skinPeanut Oil is an emollient plant oil best known for its incredible skin-softening and antioxidant properties. In fact, it’s considered an ideal moisturizing agent for dry and/or mature skin types.*

When applied topically, Peanut Oil for skin hosts numerous benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties help calm skin – especially skin is experiencing discomfort, tightness, or itchiness in extremely drying conditions. Peanut Oil can help relieve skin of minor irritations while reducing redness.
  • Antioxidant powers found in its Vitamin E content help fight aging free radicals.
  • As a rich emollient, Peanut Oil is able to help condition and moisturize for skin that looks and feels softer, smoother, and more radiant.
  • Occlusive properties enable it to act as an outermost barrier that locks in natural moisture while protecting skin against external factors like harsh weather or drying indoor heat.

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We recommend:

→ Eye Creams:Chamomile Eye Cream, Dermonectin Eye Cream, Special Eye Cream V

→ Moisturizers: Honey Moisturizer, Hydrating Moisturizer with Biocare and Hyaluronic Acid

→ Protective Creams: Enzyme Protective Cream, Hyaluronic Day Cream, Hydro-Emollient Cream, Skin Renewal Complex

→ Night Creams:Elasto-Collagen Night Cream, Bee Pollen Night Cream

→ Special Face Creams: Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex, Ceramide Complex with NMF & AHA, Cream X

→ Body Care: Summer Shine Body Lotion, Vitamin E Body Lotion, Apricot Super Rich Body Lotion, Elasto-Seamollient Hand Cream, Fruit & Vitamin Hand Cream, Vitamin A & E Hydrating Balm

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* Avoid products formulated with Peanut Oil if you have nut allergies.