Monthly Archives: November 2013

Keep Clean: How Bacteria Gets into Your Makeup

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Makeup bag

Not cleaning your makeup bag even if you clean every product, brush and sponge doesn’t put you in the clear. Your makeup bag needs to be cleaned out (at least once a month!) Either put it in the washing machine with your towels or in the dishwasher (this works really well if the bag is made of canvas) to get any loose, bacteria-laden products out of the bottom of the bag. Organization is key—so is cleanliness.

Tubes > Jars

If you’re using lotion that comes in a jar or tub as opposed to a tube, be sure not to dip in your fingers in it. The same goes for exfoliators, lip balms and anything that comes in a jar. Go for a tube version of your favorite lotion or jar-ridden product (or anything packed in an airless tube like JanLabs) to avoid potential irritants of the skin!

Lipstick Post a Meal

An act that happens daily, it’s important to know, if you immediately reapply your lipstick with any lip product after eating food, you’re pressing left over food particles into your lips, and into the product itself. The bacteria can then live on the surface of lipstick or inside the tube of lip gloss, which will eventually spread onto your lips in the next application. To avoid this, make sure you fully wipe off any food on your lips and if possible, brush your teeth, before reapplying lip color.

Mascara Pumping

Every time you pump mascara to “get more product on the brush,” you’re drying out the mascara, which creates a dry, dark breeding ground for germs. The mascara onto your wand that’s inevitably put into your eye (back and forth again) passes germs from your eye to the tube, where they’ll continue to live. It’s important to make sure you’re only using mascara for no longer than 3 months—and swirl the brush inside instead of pumping it up and down.

Sharing Your Goods

The most sensitive type of make to share is anything eye-related, since they are susceptible to getting bacteria in them. In general, sharing any beauty products with your friends naturally puts any of their germs into your products and vice versa. This may be the hardest to abide by, but in the long wrong, it’s advised not to share your make-up with your bff!

Double-dipping

When applying makeup, it’s best to use specific brushes for specific uses. But often, many of us are guilty of using one brush for multiple products. If you’re likely use one brush to apply powder to your face, then dip it into your blush, you’re transferring any oils from your face into your blush compact, and then redistributing those oils onto your cheeks when you apply blush. Use separate brushes for each product, and remember to clean your brushes about once a week to avoid any bacteria.

 

 

7 Powerful Foods for Fabulous Skin

We want to continue to curate your kitchen to be one of the best sources for keeping your skin in its best condition. Granted our products are considerably one of the best ways to do so, we also want to be sure to provide diet information that can also go a long way. See below for a list of some random goods that pack a punch in the fight against keeping your skin in its most  gorgeous condition.

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  1. Almonds-This vitamin E brightens and livens up your skin by neutralizing free radicals—molecules that dull your look. In addition, almonds’ fatty acids also make you gleam.
  2. Apricots-This vibrant fruit throws wrinkles into reverse. The vitamin A found in this gem is converted by our bodies to retinol, a compound that helps produce new cells.
  3. Sunflower oil-Even well-hydrated skin can look cracked without this unique oil’s linoleic acid—a  fatty acid that helps create a lax outer layer of cells. Even consider sautéing or baking with it for a baby-smooth complexion.
  4. Whole-wheat bread-The niacin found in whole grains can reduce any redness from acne, rosacea and other skin irritant inducers, and all by its power to inhibit  inflammatory agents.
  5. Salmon-Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon’s healthy fat  hydrates dry patches, and may also help increase the production of collagen and elastin, two essentials for soft, no-flake skin.
  6. Crab-One of our most interesting picks, crab has much to offer—especially with it’s zinc. Crab zinc helps reduce inflammation to decrease any pimple-making damages.
  7. Oranges– The banisher of bags, vitamin C is highly potent in this delicious fruit. Not only does it provide a scent that refreshes, it also strengthens collagen too—which aids the skin’s supportive structure thus lifting sunken areas that create shadows.

The Usual Suspects

There are many things we can assume that will keep our skin well and healthy. But as an avid fan of keeping skin in its best condition, we wanted to share some easily unnoticed suspects that can harm the epidermis.

 

Over washing— If your skin has been dry lately or feels like it has an extra layer of dead skin built up, it could be because of over-washing. When we over-wash, it dries your skin out, which can lead your sebaceous glands to respond by overproducing. Skin then becomes simultaneously dehydrated and superficially oiled up, leading to breakouts and a rougher surface.

Choosing “maximum strength” ingredients — Just because it’s stronger doesn’t make it always better, and that’s especially true with skin care. For most users, there’s no appreciable difference between the efficacy of low-strength benzoyl peroxide and maximum strength, but the high-strength version is a lot more likely to irritate skin and cause dryness.

Buying an allergenic shampoo or conditioner — If you’re having a bad breakout or notice your skin becoming easily sensitivity be sure to take note of any new products recently purchased—especially hair care. Skin allergies to hair products can also show up on your back, chest, and anywhere else the product is exposed to.

Switching up skin care frequently — Speaking of beauty products, our epidermis is very delicate, and although trying the latest cream or serum might fulfill your desire for something new, it could also throw off your skin’s moisture balance, pH and a slew of other factors. So instead of switching over all at once, introduce new products gradually for the smoothest and healthiest transition.

 

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