Friday, March 22, 2019

Wedding Countdown: 6 Ways to Prep Your Skin for the Big Day

If you’re a bride-to-be, you know there’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding. And developing a pre-wedding beauty routine is just another part of the planning! After all, your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and you want your skin to look its absolute best. If you plan ahead, you can definitely have the gorgeous, glowing skin every bride dreams of on your big day. Keep reading for our guide to prepping skin for your wedding.

1. See a Dermatologist 

If you have any skin concerns (i.e. hyperpigmentation, scarring, acne, etc.), you’ll want to see a dermatologist as soon as possible, ideally one year before the wedding. Why so early? Because some skin issues take at least six months to treat. You want to get a head start!

2. Create a Skincare Routine 

If you don’t already have a solid skincare routine, now is the time to start one. Talk to your dermatologist about what kinds of products will work best for your skin type and concerns. Then stick to it! Consistency makes all the difference when it comes to great skin.

3. Exfoliate! 

Exfoliating removes dull, dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. As a result, your skin will look gorgeous and radiant. Make sure your pre-wedding skincare regimen includes exfoliating two or three times per week.

You’ll also want to make sure that you’re exfoliating your entire body, especially if your dress shows off your skin. If your dress is backless, purchase a dry brush with a long handle. This will help you to exfoliate those hard-to-reach areas. After exfoliating, make sure to moisturize! Herbacin Kamille Body Lotion with Argan Oil nourishes skin with vitamin A and E, so your skin will be extra soft on the big day.

4. Start Getting Facials 

If you’ve never had a facial before, now is the time to start! An aesthetician can help you get your skin into shape before your wedding. Just make sure you don’t get a facial too close to your wedding, since your skin needs time to heal. Let your aesthetician know your wedding date so they can help you schedule that last pre-wedding facial.

5. Change Your Diet 

Make sure you’re incorporating plenty of skin-loving foods into your diet in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Think lots of leafy greens, fresh fruits, lean proteins, and healthy fats like avocado. You may also want to take a supplement like a multivitamin to make sure your skin is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs for a healthy glow.

6. Manage Stress 

Stress can worsen skin conditions like eczema and acne. To keep your symptoms under control, try to reduce your stress levels in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding. Easier said than done, right? Start an exercise routine, learn how to meditate, start journaling, or engage in another activity that helps you to blow off some steam. Your skin will thank you!

Are you a bride-to-be? How are you prepping your skin for your wedding? Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Facial Massage: Its Benefits & How to Do It at Home

Just like the rest of your body, your facial muscles require exercise to keep them strong and youthful. So how do you exercise your facial muscles? Facial massage!

Facial massage has long been a staple of professional spa treatments, but you don’t have to leave this youth-giving practice to the pros. You can actually incorporate facial massage into your everyday beauty routine! Not only is it relaxing, but it also helps to improve the condition of your skin.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of facial massage, and how to do it at home.

The Benefits of Facial Massage 

1. Prevents Wrinkles 

Tense facial muscles can lead to the formation of a certain type of wrinkle called stress lines. Massage can help to relieve tension in the facial muscles, thus preventing wrinkles.

2. Increases Circulation 

Facial massage increases blood flow to your facial tissues. This helps to bring more oxygen to the area, which in turn can help improve collagen production. Collagen is an important protein which gives skin a youthful, smooth texture. However, our skin’s collagen production declines as we age. Since facial massage stimulates the production of this youth-giving molecule, it can actually slow the aging process.

3. Reduces Puffiness 

Do you ever wake up with a swollen, puffy face? Since facial massage stimulates circulation, it can also help to drain some of that excess fluid from your face. As a result, your skin looks more radiant and wide-awake.

4. Promotes Relaxation 

If the benefits for your personal appearance weren’t enough, facial massage just feels nice! Performing a facial massage in the evening is a good way to unwind after a stressful day at work, and can even help you to fall asleep.

How to Do a Facial Massage at Home 

Follow these simple steps to perform a facial massage:

  1. Cover your fingers and face with a small amount of non-comedogenic oil to lubricate your skin, preventing wrinkle-causing tugging and pulling. We like coconut oil, argan oil, or rosehip oil. You could also use our 2-Phase Makeup Remover, which will allow you to cleanse your face while you massage. 
  2. Starting at the center of your face, gently sweep your fingers across your skin from your nose to your hairline, following the contours of your cheeks in an upward motion. 
  3. Knead out worry lines by repeating the same sweeping motion on your forehead, from the center of your forehead to your hairline. 
  4. Use only your ring fingers to massage your eye area, since this area is more delicate and requires less pressure. 
  5. And don’t forget your neck! Use light, upward strokes from the neck to the jawline to lift and firm. 
  6. Rinse your face with cold water, then continue on with your regular skincare routine. 

You can also experiment by using facial massage tools. Jade or quartz rollers are an easy, inexpensive way to get started. But if you’re looking for something more high end, you can also buy a facial massage device that does the work for you.

Do you massage your face daily? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Eczema: What It Is and How to Treat It

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes periodic flare-ups of itchy, red, and dry patches of skin. Eczema is most common in children, with around 60 percent of cases clearing up on their own by the age of six.

But there’s good news for those of us who continue to suffer from eczema well into adulthood: eczema flare-ups can be prevented with certain lifestyle changes. We hope this brief guide to eczema will help to bring you some relief.

What is Eczema? 

Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin condition characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Dry skin 
  • Itchiness 
  • Red patches or bumps 
  • Thickened, cracked, or scaly skin 

Scientists have yet to identify the cause of this itchy skin condition. It’s thought that people with eczema don’t have a strong protective skin barrier, which makes it easier for their skin to be irritated by environmental factors. Eczema is genetic in origin, so if one or both of your parents had eczema, you’re more likely to have it as well.

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for eczema. However, these lifestyle tweaks may prevent flare-ups and relieve some of the uncomfortable symptoms:

1. Moisturize Frequently 

Using moisturizing lotions or creams can help protect the skin by reinforcing its protective layer. Herbacin Kamille Intensive Moisture protects skin as it hydrates, preventing moisture loss and locking out irritants.
You may need to apply lotion several times per day in order to keep skin adequately moisturized. 

2. Avoid Triggers 

Oftentimes, allergies can encourage flare-ups of eczema. Common eczema-causing allergies include laundry detergent, soap, pet dander, pollen, and food allergies. Keeping a diary can help you to identify your triggers, and avoid them accordingly.

3. Change Your Shower Habits 

Bathing in hot water dries out your skin, which makes it more prone to an eczema flare-up. Shorten your shower time and use lukewarm water rather than scalding hot. Pat skin to dry, then apply a hydrating lotion to damp skin immediately after showering.

4. Use Gentle Soaps 

Some soaps can zap the moisture right out of your skin, so it’s important to always choose gentle cleansing options. Look for soaps that contain zero dyes or perfumes, which are common eczema irritants.

5. Try a Humidifier 

Dry, indoor air can also trigger an eczema flare-up. A humidifier adds moisture to the air in your home, which can help keep your skin from becoming dehydrated. Try using one in your bedroom while you sleep.

6. Avoid Wearing Wool 

Wool has corkscrew-shaped fibers, which can irritate sensitive skin. Thus, you should avoid wearing wool whenever possible. But if you do choose to wear wool, try layering a cotton shirt underneath to protect your skin.

7. Focus on Treating Eczema 

First Products that are formulated to treat acne, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging can actually worsen eczema. During eczema flare-ups, drop products from your routine that contain harsh ingredients like retinol or salicylic acid. One your eczema clears up, you can start to slowly add these products back into your regular skincare regimen.

8. Visit Your Doctor 

If simple lifestyle changes don’t clear up your eczema, you can also visit your doctor for a prescription-strength cream. Your doctor may also be able to diagnose certain allergies or irritants that are triggering your eczema.

Do you have eczema? What do you do to prevent flare-ups, and how do you treat the itchiness? Share your experience with other readers in the comment section below.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Gym Bag Beauty: 7 Ways to Streamline Your Post-Workout Beauty Routine

Do your New Year’s resolutions include exercising more? That’s great! Regular exercise boosts both your physical and mental health. However, it can be tough to fit trips to the gym into an already jam-packed schedule.

While we can’t make recommendations on how to trim down your workout routine, we can help you with what comes after. Follow these tips to streamline your post-workout beauty routine so you’ll have no excuses not to hit the gym!

1. Remove All Makeup 

Taking off all of your makeup before working out will help prevent breakouts (and keep mascara from running down your face while you exercise). Swipe face with 2-Phase Makeup Remover pre-workout, and again post-workout to remove sweat and dirt.

Flushed skin requires gentle products, and with an ingredient list that includes sweet almond oil and aloe vera, 2-Phase Makeup Remover is about as gentle as it gets. Plus, this product doesn’t require rinsing, which will further cut down on your grooming time.

2. Condition While You Sweat 

If you’re planning on washing your hair after working out, spritz your hair pre-workout with a leave-in conditioner. The heat from exercising will open up your hair’s cuticles, allowing the product to penetrate the hair shaft better and moisturize.

After your workout is over, wash hair with shampoo, then use a couple sprays of leave-in conditioner to help detangle hair.

3. Get Clean 

Leaving sweat on your skin can lead to acne on both your face and body. So if you have time, take a quick shower to rinse away sweat, dirt, and bacteria. Choose a gentle body wash with an energizing scent like citrus or eucalyptus for a little post-workout boost.

4. Wipe Down 

Don’t have time for a full shower? No worries. Settle for cleaning up with baby wipes instead. Pay special attention to areas that tend to sweat more, then apply a deodorant to fight off odors.

5. Rehydrate Skin 

Sweating zaps the moisture right out of your skin, so replenish your skin’s hydration levels with nourishing moisturizers. Use Day Cream to moisturize your face and Kamille Body Lotion with Argan Oil everywhere else.

6. Dry Shampoo 

If you don’t have time to wash your hair, use dry shampoo to soak up excess oils and odors. Just spritz roots with dry shampoo, rub in with your fingertips, and blast with a blow dryer to finish. It may not be a professional blowout, but it will certainly help!

As an added bonus, you can also use dry shampoo to deodorize your gym shoes post-workout. 

7. Simplify Your Makeup Routine 

Chances are, you don’t have time to apply a full face of makeup post-workout. Try this pared down makeup routine instead:

  1. Apply tinted moisturizer (make your own by mixing equal parts foundation and Day Cream) to neutralize redness. 
  2. Apply concealer to disguise under eye circles and blemishes. 
  3. Apply waterproof mascara, which is less likely to smear on warm skin. 
  4. Use a tinted lip balm to hydrate lips. 

What are your gym bag beauty tips? Let us know in the comments!

Monday, January 21, 2019

How to Detox Your Skin in 5 Days

Is your skin suffering from dullness, breakouts, or overall sallowness? It might be time for a skin detox. Overindulging during the holidays or while on vacation can lead to a less-than-glowing complexion when it’s all said and done.

That’s why we put together this easy skin detox! Follow these tips for five days to cleanse your pores of impurities, remove dead skin, and revitalize your complexion.

Why a Skin Detox? 

Your skin is your largest organ, and through perspiration, it’s also one of the major ways your body rids itself of toxins and impurities. Poor skincare habits, like not drinking enough water or sleeping in makeup, can lead to a backup in this system.

A skin detox aims to help your skin get back on track by kickstarting the removal of toxins through the skin.

6 Ways to Detox Your Skin 

1. Begin with a Facial 

Start your your skin detox by treating yourself with a visit to your local spa. A professional facial’s combination of pore extraction, nourishing ingredients, and gentle massage is a great way to regain your glow.

Or, you can DIY a facial at home by following these simple steps:

  1. Remove all makeup using 2-Phase Makeup Remover
  2. Cleanse skin with gentle soap and water. 
  3. Gently exfoliate skin using a scrub. 
  4. Tone skin with an alcohol-free toner. 
  5. Steam skin by placing a towel over your head and hovering your face over a steaming bowl of water for ten minutes. 
  6. Apply a face mask. 
  7. Rinse off face mask with lukewarm water and a soft cloth. 
  8. Apply Night Cream to hydrate and restore skin. 

2. Draw Out Toxins with Clay 

Face masks made with mud or clay draw impurities out of the skin, helping to unclog congested pores and clear up breakouts. Apply a clay mask onto your skin in a thin layer, and allow to sit until the clay has become soft (not dry and cracked). Then gently remove with lukewarm water and a soft washcloth.

3. Cut Out the Junk

The foods we eat have a big impact on our outer later. Indulging in junk foods is fine in moderation, but they can still wreak havoc on your skin.

During your skin detox, avoid sweets, white bread, fried foods, dairy, and salty snacks. Instead, choose skin-loving, antioxidant-rich superfoods like berries, green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, and fish. The antioxidants in these foods will help soothe inflammation brought on by poor diet choices.

Focus on Hydration Drinking water keeps skin hydrated while flushing out waste and toxins from the body. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, women should aim to drink 2.7 liters of water daily, while men should drink 3.7 liters.

Sip on filtered water with lemon throughout the day. Avoid caffeine, sugary juices, and alcohol, as these have a dehydrating effect on the skin that makes fine lines more pronounced.

4. Break a Sweat 

Exercise boosts circulation and gets you sweating, which also helps to remove toxins from the body. Any exercise you enjoy that allows you to boost your heart rate and break a sweat will work for this skin detox. For increased detoxification, try hot yoga or visit a sauna.

5. Draw a Bath 

A nice hot bath not only feels amazing, but it can also be a great way to detox your skin. Draw a bath, then add a cup of Epsom salts, a cup of unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and a few drops of lavender oil. These will draw out dirt and impurities from your pores all over your body.

Would you ever try a skin detox? Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

How to Choose the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type is a two-step process that first requires you to determine which skin type you actually have. Thankfully, everything you need to know about your skin type can be found in our skin type guide. Before you approach your dermatologist or start browsing the internet to buy the best moisturizers for your skin, we recommend for you to check out that guide first.

While the anatomy of our skin is the same from one person to the next, our skin can behave very differently. Skin types are determined by how much sebum, or natural oils, our sebaceous glands produce. The most common skin types are dry, combination, and oily. Dry skin does not produce enough natural oil, oily skin produces too much, and combination skin is somewhere in between. 

Since each skin type has different levels of natural hydration, they require different kinds of moisturizers to stay healthy. Keep reading to find out which moisturizer is right for your skin type! 

Moisturizers for Dry Skin 

Dry skin does not produce enough natural oils, and is thus prone to flakiness, itchiness, and fine lines. And while you cannot swap out your genetics, there have been breakthroughs in skin moisturizing technology that are proven to hydrate dry skin types. Our readers with dry skin should embrace the richest and most hydrating moisturizers that trap moisture in the skin.

Look for thick creams formulated with natural oils and butters that fortify your parched skin with extra hydration and nutrients. Our Night Cream’s rich texture soothes and nourishes dry skin with vitamin E, almond oil, avocado oil, and shea butter.

Moisturizers For Combination Skin 

Combination skin is defined as an oily T-zone with dry cheeks. Combination skin presents a challenge to find the right balance of moisture without encouraging acne. That’s why the best moisturizers for combination skins are water-based, so the product does not block pores.

Use a light gel moisturizer in the T-zone to hydrate the area without extra shine. However, a gel moisturizer might not provide enough hydration for the dry areas of your skin. Thus, if your cheeks feel dry or tight when using a gel moisturizer, swap it out for a lightweight day cream formula and apply to your cheeks only. Using two types of moisturizers may be the answer for balancing your skin’s delicate hydration levels while minimizing acne.

Moisturizers For Oily Skin 

It may seem counterintuitive, but oily skin does still require a moisturizer. In fact, the right moisturizer can actually reduce oily shine while helping to control acne. Look for oil-free moisturizers with descriptors like “non-acnegenic”, “non-comedogenic”, and “water-based”.

The best ingredient to look for in a moisturizer for oily skin is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a lightweight hydrator found naturally in our dermis. Applying a serum or lotion that contains hyaluronic acid will replenish this vital ingredient without encouraging excess sebum production or clogging pores.

How do you choose the proper moisturizer for your skin type? Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

5 Simple Tricks to Fix Dry Hands This Winter

The winter season is filled with wonders, but the family joy and holiday cheer is only half as fun when the dry and frigid weather leaves your hands feeling like sandpaper.

With the cold winter weather, your skin also undergoes some major changes and requires special care to keep it hydrated and healthy. Read on to discover five simple tricks to moisturize and soften dry, rough hands from the wrists to the fingertips.

1. The Every Hour Rule 

Make it a habit to apply hand moisturizer by the hour and after each hand wash and shower. The winter elements are ruthless, and the best way to battle them is to periodically nourish your hands.

It really is a whole lot easier than you think, and it becomes second nature after the first day! Keep a miniature bottle of hand moisturizer by your side at all times: in your car, in your purse, at your desk, and even on your nightstand. That way, you’ll always have lotion on hand when you need it. Remember to leave no patch behind, and to lather the lotion throughout your knuckles and cuticles, too!

2. Wear Gloves 

Wearing gloves give the glycerin and natural elements in our products more time to absorb in your skin which enhances the performance of the lotion. While it's not always possible to wear gloves throughout the day, you'll be grateful you did during the times you can, especially right after you apply your moisturizer.

3. Avoid Old Fashioned Soap 

Today's popular commercial soap cleansers are in fact quite detrimental to your skin. Just because it's convenient doesn't mean it's the healthiest for your hands. A great alternative to reaching out for a glob of chemical-infused soap is to carry a travel-size bottle of gentle hand cleanser. Pair this with lukewarm water and be sure to use lotion on your hands after washing to restore moisture. Most of the commercial soaps slow down the natural process of skin healing, and a gentle cleanser will become your best friend, followed by a shea butter hand and nail balm to coat on after washing.

4. Say Hello to the Humidifier 

Unless you live in the tropics, it's a challenge to make it through winter without indoor heating. You're literally in good hands if your home is heated with steam heat radiators, since the steam keeps your home’s humidity at a healthy level. However, most indoor heating systems suck the moisture from the air, which is the leading cause of skin irritation in the winter.

A simple humidifier prevents your indoor living environment from getting too dry and will keep your hands in a soft and moist condition. It's a small investment that brings you a big return for your skin.

5. Hydrate Sans Grease 

While the feeling of dry and dehydrated hands is awful, having a greasy film on your hands isn’t much better. That’s why it’s important to choose a hand moisturizer made with an intensive and soothing silicone agent like Kamille Hand Cream. This hand cream absorbs quickly, so your hands feel soft and smooth without any greasiness.

Don't wait until you experience cracking or flaky hands before practicing the above simple tricks. These are preventative methods to help you be preemptive about healthy hands, not solutions to cure skin damage.

So, what's your tried and tested secret to a happy holiday season with beautiful hands? Let us know in the comments below!