Love and ALL it’s Beauty

This month, though inspired by a national holiday we were reminded by a sustaining truth that love is truly what reflects beauty in it’s most whole and pure form. We at January Labs want to provide not only the best, conscious and purifying products for your skin, but also to provide you with an overall sense of beauty in it’s external AND internal facets.

With that, we want to share a video our founder had the chance to be a part of and ask you a question. What makes your heart beat? For us, it’s the beauty around and inside of each and every one of us. We hope you feel the love. Here is 90 seconds of some inspiration.

Directed and written by Nathanael T. Presley brought to you by Darling Magazine.

 

 

Why Workout?

As the New Year is upon us, working out may be on the forefront on most of our minds so we are here to help and make sure you’re working towards your goal with the most efficiency and effectiveness. The trick? Work out in the morning. Here are a few quick facts that may help you skip the snooze.

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  • Easily, the rush of endorphins you feel after a great workout boosts your mood and energy. This will start your day off the right way in both your interactions with friends, co-workers, etc. AND you’ll be less likely to snack on junk food in this healthy state of mind.
  • After long hard day at work, it’s nice to get your exercise done since a glass of wine might seem more appealing than a long, hard run. Plus, when you exercise, your body uses glucose that’s stored in your liver for fuel. The problem with alcohol is that when you drink, the alcohol also gets metabolized in your liver (the same one!), which means that alcohol inhibits your ability to use your glucose stores effectively. The result, you’re not going to get the energy you need, and you simply won’t be as good.
  • Simply put, gyms are usually a bit less crowded super early in the morning. Avoid the mayhem if you can.
  • Because when you start your physical routine early, your metabolism is revved up which means you’re going to burn through the food you eat during the day, rather than when you’re sleeping
  • Lastly, this minimizes the excuses and tasks that will be at hand that will likely distract you from ever getting your push-ups and mile run in! Start your day earlier and feel the value from a full day of productivity.

 

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Latest Obsession: Colostrum

I recently spent 2 nights at my family’s house for the holidays. The day before I arrived I found myself getting sick…. cold and sorethroat. My dad, who has become a huge believer in the holistic approach to diet, recommended that I try a colostrum powder he had been taking. All I can say is wow! I was healthy and symptom free in one day!

Colostrum is the “first milk” produced by mammals for their offspring prior to actual milk production. It is loaded with antibodies, immunoglobulins, and other immune-boosting nutrients. It is also known to increase energy levels, protect the intestinal tract, ward off infection, and even reverse aging. (You can also use the powder on your face as a mask)

It is best to take colostrum on an empty stomach with a good amount of water so that it will reach your small intestine without being damaged by saliva and stomach acids. Colostrum is a food more than a supplement, so there are no side effects. Just consume as much as you feel your body needs.

The best way to get colostrum into you is to buy it in powdered or capsule form. Make sure you are buying colostrum from pasture-fed cows that are pesticide and rBST free, and that is processed with very low heat. This is actually one instance where the processed version (although very minimal processing is best) is better for us than the raw version. Raw colostrum needs to be refrigerated and consumed within a reasonably short time. Plus the immune factors of raw colostrum come from just one cow where as processed colostrum comes from a pool of hundreds or thousands of cows and provides a broad spectrum of immune factors. I recommend this one: http://www.surthrival.com/colostrum-kilo.html

 

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This recipe is healthy and delicious:

*Best used in a Vitamix or blender

1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of colostrum powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 large date

 

 

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Deity Divine Skincare

As always, we like to keep January Labs users up to date on what is going on with us as a company. A lot of that growth stems around new accounts and we are extremely thankful to continue to grow and couldn’t be more delighted than to have a place in the Northwest corner of the U.S., Seattle, Washington!

Deity Skincare opened their full skincare service in 2012 and is run by two women, Heather and Stephanie who hold extensive esthetician experience under their belts. With a passion to provide a space for women to unwind, and “reconnect with themselves and their inner deity,” Heather and Stephanie hope Deity Divine Skincare can be a go-to place for many; a place also to share story and to be treated with a spark, so to speak.

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When we connected with them, we absolutely adored their business mantra and related with them so closely, it was our hope to be a part of their space of wellness and of definite beauty. And not only does this duo believe in looking good, but also in feeling good in the first place—something we at January Labs absolutely aim to communicate through our lifestyle and products.

Deity says it best, “Deity Skincare is a blend of beauty, inspiration, health, and well being. We believe that being good to yourself is good for the soul and spirit. Our goal is to help you feel and look beautiful.” So here’s to our new account and here to hoping we can be a part of making women feel and look beautiful too!

December: Straying from Holiday Stress

Below are some tips on how to conquer a whole day, avoiding the anticipation of stress!

A.M.

Forget the snooze. Wake up when you say you’re going to wake up, and start your morning out with a calm mind. Being rushed will only enhance stress. In addition to avoiding the sleep button, get up and exercise.

Most people tend to put off workouts until the end of the day (and end up skipping them). Don’t leave it up to chance and try to kick off the day with a workout—yoga, a walk, a little joy—anything to get your endorphins running!

Afternoon

It might go without saying, but this time of day can be a rushed one—whether with work or managing the family schedule. Take your time and do one thing at a time. Also try and incorporate laughter in your afternoon (and everyday!).

Laughing soothes tension in your body and relieves any of your stressed-out responses on the spot. The long-term benefits have been proven too to even improve your immune system.

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P.M.

Reflect. Remember, quality time to unwind is not selfish. Try creating a ritual in the evening that is free of technology and allow your body to calm down and rest. To enhance this unwinding, try a cup of hot tea, read few chapters in your book, or a long bath to wind down solo.

Whether it’s understanding these simple efforts in creating a stress-less environment or even a process of rethinking your habits that may not be as healthy, ie: caffeine intake or running on no sleep, it’s important to know a huge difference in our day can be made with intentional effort and prioritizing your health and wellness rather than over stimulating your mind and schedules with distractions! Here’s a living the day better.

 

Photo Cred: Marnie Harris by Piczo Photography (http://picpicpiczo.tumblr.com/)

Skins 6|2 + January Labs

As a cosmetics co. that actively pursues the best in skin care products, we are thrilled to share our collaboration with Skins 6|2! This amazing beauty boutique offers brands known for passion in craftsmanship so we are to say the least, completely flattered and excited to be displayed at this Las Vegas based location (at The Cosmopolitan to be exact)!

As we continue to grow, Skins 6|2 further establishes the prime example of a what a likeminded brand to January Labs looks like. It’s an honor to share with our followers and product users the heart behind Skins 62 and we hope to be able to shed both beauty and skincare knowledge and products for you all.

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So if you’re ever in the neighborhood of Vegas, check them out. A place where you can find specialty skin care, exclusive makeup and even fragrances! And if you aren’t, experience this brand through their active media and indulge in their beautiful feed of their daily doings on Instagram found at @skins62. In addition, be sure to check out their inspirations by viewing their Pinterest!

Here’s to growing our company and growing it through lovely people like Skins 6|2!

 

 

 Photo cred: Skins 6|2 Instagram

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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A List of Treats, Not a Trick

Heading into the holiday season, there will be many occasions where we find our kitchens stocked with goodies. And though our current spooky holiday doesn’t necessarily boast health benefits for our skin (candy is primarily just good for our taste buds) here is a list of foods that can provide a good source of nutrient and benefits for your overall health.

  • Lemon — A common good in the kitchen functions by it’s acidity that can whiten nails, give your hair natural-looking highlights, and help slough off dry, flaky skin.
  • Egg white — For the extra healthy conscious, egg whites can go beyond your omelet and can be used as an egg white mask that can improve tone and texture.
  • Olive oil —A household name as an ingredient that packs a lot of nutrients, olive oil is great for hydrating hair and smooth dry spots on skin.
  • Sugar — The sweetest natural exfoliate, sugar does well when mixed with a little olive oil, almond or apricot oil for a body scrub or great lip.
  • Green tea — To soothe skin, rinse your face in this cool green elixir. This full of antioxidants tea is also helpful for reducing redness and easing stress.
  • Avocado — An excellent moisturizer, avocado is great as a face mask, mashed up in your hair, or used just about anywhere, where a little extra hydration may be needed.
  • Oatmeal — For a fast-acting soother, look no further than oatmeal, which has major anti-inflammatory properties. You can even drop it in the bath, slather it on your face, or even use it as a gentle scrub.
  • Papaya — One of the more unknown goodies in our kitchens, papaya has the power to decongest your skin, and fast! Needless to say, the papain in this fruit makes one of the best enzyme masks around.
  • Honey — This natural antimicrobial also soothes and draws moisture into skin. Use it in masks or as a spot treatment.

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