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Tierney Gearon: World Renown Artist and Photographer

As one of the most influential photographers of our time—having been discovered by Charles Saatchi,Tierney Gearon has established a career capturing moments, timelessly and accurately. Little did I know, before meeting her a few years ago when she took photos for my website, she also traveled the world for half a decade modeling. While she was pursuing her first passion, Ballet in Utah, a European modeling agency discovered her and helped ignite a life into the modeling world. Over time her interests grew and it was through her pastime of taking photos that she was encouraged to extend and grow her skills into and beyond the industry, ultimately to become a professional photographer. Not only does her resume and accolades within photography blow me away, she also is a woman with a powerful story that has inspired me deeply. As a professional working on the other side of the lens—and successfully, it’s apparent she is a woman of true talent. But In addition to it all, her dedication to her family is what I might admire the most. With four beautiful children whom she has evidently encourages to follow their passion no matter what, It’s apparent in the way she speaks of them that they are her gold. When you are in her home you can even feel the free spirit of great energy and greater love and it’s absolutely contagious. I had a chance to catch up with Tierney and ask her a few questions! Here is what we talked about…..

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JL: How would you describe your style?
Tierney Gearon: Creative, artistic, bohemian and colorful.
 
JL: What are your must-have beauty products?
TG: I have terribly dry skin—so all my organic oils are a must.
 
JL: Do you have any daily rituals that you can’t live without?
TG: Exercise is an absolute must. I mostly hike and do yoga–we also just moved to a beach farm
lifestyle and so my new favorite thing is to walk the goats and sit with the chickens; it keeps me grounded continually.

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JL: What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?
TG: Commercial photography wise, the biggest challenge I have ever had to do is when I had to shoot the Oscar Issue for the New York Times Magazine; we had to also shoot little vignette videos. I had an hour to do each person and it was the first time I had ever done film so I had to come up with the concepts and make it all happen. Working with such a large crew was also not easy, I am a one woman show, but we did it and we did an amazing job!
 
JL: Being a mother of four, how do you balance your work, creativity and motherhood?
TG: I don’t know, some how I just do it! I just don’t think about it. I take care of myself but my children come first hands down.
 
JL: As a woman who has achieved so much, how important has the support of other women been to your career?
TG: I think the biggest support is the belief in one’s self and taking care of yourself. I know what it feels like to support my female friends and I am very empowered by it, in turn I’m encouraged to support myself.

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JL: Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life?
TG: My own life story. My family and children inspire me.
 
JL: What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you?
TG: Learn how to take care of yourself and to say “yes” to as much as you can without hurting yourself or others!

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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

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!

 

 

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Less of Stress

Though we believe in keeping ourselves externally healthy, this week we want to focus on some simple suggestions that can help us maintain a healthy mind and spirit—the well being of our insides! Without a doubt, the biggest factor that affects us is stress. So, how does one strive towards a stress-free life (or at least a life that isn’t dictated by it)?

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Here are some thoughts and helpful tips.

  1. Morning cup of tea. Though this may be difficult, swap out your morning coffee with some ginseng tea. A chemical compound in ginseng is said to soothe anxiety.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Though obvious, it’s worth noting, feeding your body the right foods is essential for managing stress. During stressful situations, people have a tendency to skip meals. Try to avoid this at all cost.
  3. Blow off steam. It’s recommended we exercise least three to four times a week for at least 30 to 45 minutes each session.
  4. Turn on the jams. Listening to music is proven to reduce stress-induced conditions such as high blood pressure and elevated heart rate.
  5. Sit up straight. Good posture helps you take in more oxygen and perform better during stressful activities that may be time consuming—such as deadlines.
  6. Plant it. Studies have shown that people working near plants reacted 12 percent faster and were less stressed. Plus it can liven up your workspace.
  7. Encouraging others. Whether writing a letter or emailing a friend, social support has been proven to lower stress.
  8. Pick up a hobby. Research has found that repetitive activities can help calm your nerves. Instead of watching a movie, grab some knitting or the guitar.
  9. Rest. A proper amount of rest will make it easier to cope with whatever challenges life throws your way tomorrow. Most people need at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night to function at their best.
  10. Just breathe. As simple as it sounds, using deep breathing can be one of your greatest weapons against stress. By closing your eyes and breathing deeply and quietly for as little as three to five minutes, a natural sense of decompression will follow.

 

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Royal Goodness

Known as a miraculous super food, royal jelly is buzzworthy in its powerhouse abilities to benefit your skin. Royal jelly is a 100% natural product that is derived from the secretions of male worker bees and is commonly used in a variety of skin care products.

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This substance consists of mostly water, protein and sugars (fructose and glucose) and also includes healthy fats, salts and amino acids–fully packed with antioxidants, minerals and proteins and is a nutrient that is sure to rejuvenate.

Because it’s main qualities protect the skin (especially from damaging effects from ultraviolet radiation from the sun), this nutrient has been a main contender for researchers and skin experts, especially since the amino acids found in the jelly is notably a basic ingredient in collagen (it powerfully maintains the skin’s firmness by supporting the skin’s connective tissue and protects the skin from harmful radiation—from damaging rays). What this means is that this jelly essentially protects us from unwanted discoloration of the skin and inevitable outcomes such as wrinkles, age spots etc.

Additionally, clinical research has found royal jelly to be effective in managing eczema, neurodermatitis and impetigo. Royal jelly benefits goes beyond skincare and into internal health too. Taking royal jelly (as a pill, or eaten as fresh jelly) may also lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL) which ultimately can help prevent aging which domino effects into lowering the risk towards a multitude of other potential health problems, such as heart attack and stroke.

There are many benefits to using royal jelly for the skin—and all skin types, including dry, irritated or sensitive skin, as well as oily and acne-prone skin, can benefit from using royal jelly. This is surely just the beginning as you can tell from a long list of what royal jelly can do for you!

 

 

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Sweetness for Your Skin

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Honey is undoubtedly one of my favorite and simple ingredients of life that go a long, long way. It’s extensive ability to be used for a variety of tasks that include anything from cleaning wounds due to it’s antibacterial qualities, as a dietary supplement, as a gel for super sleek hair or to the perfect condiment for tea, it’s dynamic ability proves importance when concerning everyday living. And while everyday honey is great for all of these things, I’ve learned not all honey is created equal.

There is a newer type of honey that is quickly gaining popularity and for its purity and potency: Manuka honey—produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the Manuka tree. The more potent the honey, the stronger and more dynamic it is. So as a honey that contains an extra and natural occurring active ingredient that makes it distinct from other honeys, Manuka honey stands strong. (Most honeys’ benefits are easily restrained and/or destroyed when exposed to heat and light—where Manuka’s potent powers maintains it’s abilities). This is why my current obsession is Manuka honey.

Its special quality is known as UMF and the higher the UMF, the more potent the honey and its powers (enthusiasts say that you need a UMF of 10 or higher for the honey to be properly effective). So when doing your honey research, take this measurement and apply it towards your discoveries and findings.

When considering Manuka honey in skin care products, this is an ingredient you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Because it contains an ingredient with powerful antibacterial, anti microbial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties, it benefits are dynamically endless and favorable, especially because Manuka honey can:

• Treat skin blemishes/acne
• Promote glowing skin
• Protect skin from sun damage
• Treat Burns
• Moisturize severely dry skin
• Provide vitamin and mineral rich goodness, including copper, iron, silica, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminum and magnesium
• Prevent scarring
• And tone the skin and tighten pores

The benefits don’t stop there and are endless. Our everyday living can be affected greatly when we understand honey and it’s various forms and how it can be best applied to our specific needs and towards our health. Luckily, we can be certain that it’s definitely good for breakfast–but we should feel encouraged, honey can definitely go beyond that.