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Break The Habits

A new month, a new beginning to remind yourself, your skin needs protecting, so here are some tips to refresh your mind with as you step into the new Spring Season and how breaking your habits can make all the difference.

 

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Washing too much

If your skin is dry skin, try and lather up less often, since doing so strips away natural oils. A creamy or oil-based cleanser at night (they’re gentler on dry skin) is best to use and be sure to rinse with just water when you wake up. (This way, you’ll retain more of your own moisturizing oils). Side note: removing make up will always be key in keeping your skin in the best condition.

Turn the TV off

Bright screens have the power to suppress melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy and regulates our circadian rhythms. When melatonin levels decrease, your circadian rhythm gets thrown off which make your skin cells work inefficiently, causing more wrinkles and dullness over time. And because sleep is also important when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, try and wind down by reading a book or meditating.

Tell us about your pillow

Speaking of sleep, what kind of pillow do you sleep on? Believe it or not, but our pillows collect oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess night creams so as we toss and turn, all of that is deposited right into our pores. Tip: change your pillowcases at least once a week and also be sure to swap out the regular cotton version for something smoother, like satin, silk, or Egyptian cotton. Rough pillowcases can actually cause wrinkles.

 In moderation, your favorite things: alcohol and sugar

Unfortunately, consuming too much sugar, salt, caffeine, and alcohol will show on your face.  Take alcohol, a huge dehydrator and inflamer for your skin. This will consequently make your skin dull and blotchy. In addition, try and avoid sugary foods since they break down collagen and elastin in the skin which can and will produce wrinkles.

Last but not least…

This is often overlooked, but be sure to get your moles check each year. If you’re forgetful, schedule it near events you’ll remember, like your anniversary or birthday. No matter how thorough you may be when examining your own skin, mole checks are nonnegotiable. A little effort for a lot of cause.

 

 

Photo for Elle Sweden, by Andreas Ohlund

Jan Thoughts: The Oscars

From time to time, we will be sharing a quick thought from our founder, January Olds. To kick off this introductory series, what better way than to talk about the magic that is the Oscars? Here are some glitzy thoughts:

 

This last Sunday, most circled around their television to watch the annually celebrated Oscars. Whether a movie lover or a fashionista,  I know I loved watching the Oscars because of it’s overall presentation of both beauty and talent. Strangely enough, it’s a time a year I pay extra close attention to skin; yep, of course; I just can’t help it.

A woman who caught my eye specifically was Cate Blanchett. I love her in general for her brilliant acting and presence on film but couldn’t help notice how stunning she was (AND WITH BARELY ANY MAKE UP!)

Cate BlanchettI think that it just proves our philosophy at January Labs… less is more.

Lets perhaps take note from the lovely Cate who has inspired others (and me) in so many ways. Whether it in the media and striving to be a positive influence to women, or it’s the effortless style and poise she so displayed especially a couple nights ago, may we be women who strive and focus on the kind of beauty that is just that. Let’s not try and look younger over looking good and healthy for our age. And let’s remember that beauty is from within–with or without an Oscar in your hand.

 

 

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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.