Thursday, August 29, 2019

5 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Eyes

Dark circles under your eyes don’t just make you look tired. They actually make you look older than you really are! Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to reduce under eye circles and puffiness for a more youthful, wide-awake appearance. Keep reading to learn more!

What Causes Dark Circles Under Eyes? 

Most people associate dark circles with a lack of sleep, but under eye circles are actually caused more by genetics and skin tone. Dark circles under the eyes are very common in people with fair skin tones. The skin under our eyes is very thin, and if you have fair skin, the veins underneath your eyes may actually be visible.

Those veins show up as blue, purple, or green underneath the eyes. People with darker skin tones may produce more pigment around their eyes, which can also create the appearance of dark circles. 

How to Brighten Under Eye Circles  

1. Get Plenty of Sleep 

Dark circles are genetic in origin, but lack of sleep makes them worse. Sleep deprivation makes skin more pale, which can make dark blood vessels appear more pronounced. Plus, when we’re exhausted, fluids build up underneath the eyes and darken those under eye circles.

Aim to get at least 7 hours of rest each night. If you have a hard time remembering to go to bed, try setting an alarm 8 hours before you need to wake up in the morning. This will give you time to wind down and fall asleep.

2. Drink Plenty of Water 

Dehydration makes your eyes appear sunken and dull, so drinking at least 2 liters of water each day is key to looking wide awake.

Struggling to drink enough water? Try making your own flavored water. Add cut fruits (watermelon, berries, lemons, limes), vegetables (like cucumber) and herbs (like mint or basil) to your water to give it a little extra flavor.

3. Lay Off the Sodium 

Have you ever eaten dinner at a restaurant, only to wake up the next day with tired, puffy eyes? That’s from sodium! Sodium creates unwanted puffiness, worsening shadows under the eyes.

Most restaurants use a lot of salt in their cooking, so try eating at home more often and using salt-free seasonings.

4. Address Your Allergies 

Seasonal allergies may also be the cause of dark circles under the eyes. Fall is a big time for outdoor allergies, so the remedy for your dark circles may be as simple as taking an antihistamine!

5. Try Hyaluronic Acid 

Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our skin. When we’re young, our skin has plenty of hyaluronic acid, which gives youthful skin that healthy, plumped look. But as we age, we start to lose that hyaluronic acid. Wrinkles begin to form, and our skin looks tired.

Luckily, topical use of hyaluronic acid can plump up skin again, making it appear younger. Herbacin Eye Cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid to plump up the delicate skin of the under eye area, disguising under eye circles and diminishing wrinkles. For best results, apply a small amount of eye cream around the eyes in the AM and PM.

Do you have any secrets for diminishing under eye circles? Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

What’s Next in Beauty: Trends to Look for This Fall

Fall 2019 is just around the corner, and along with cooling temps and the reemergence of pumpkin spice everything, this new season promises to deliver a whole new slew of beauty products and trends to keep on your radar. Want to know more? Keep reading to find out about next season’s top incoming trends!

1. The Barely-There Look 

If you’ve been keeping up with the beauty sphere, you’ll know that the I-woke-up-like-this look has been quickly gaining popularity online. To achieve this look and let your natural beauty shine, skip the foundation altogether and spot-conceal, or use a tinted moisturizer for a dewy finish. For extra glowy skin, use cream products instead of powder, and set the final look with a few spritzes of finishing mist. ViolĂ !

2. Multitasking Skincare 

Fall’s a busy season, and with everyone on the run, who’s got time to stick to a 10-step skincare routine? Thankfully, brands are catching on. Expect to see more minimalist-inspired hybrid products that opt for a two-(or even three)-in-one approach.

3. Pollution Protection 

In addition to multitasking skincare products, we’re predicting a bigger focus on natural barrier boosting formulas. With pollution and air-quality concerns on the rise in urban areas, it’s becoming more and more important to incorporate microbiota-balancing ingredients into your everyday routine, especially if you live in a big city!

4. Hand Treatments 

With the cooler months naturally come drier weather, which can wreak havoc on your skin if you’re not well-prepared. This year, expect to see more products devoted to an often overlooked area of skincare – your hands. To keep your hands soft and supple long after the heat of summer is gone, try our Kamille Hand & Nail Balm which is formulated with rich jojoba oil, shea butter, and other skin and nail-nurturing ingredients.

5. Glossy Lids 

Along with the barely-there makeup look, this fall is all about glossy eyelids. A trend that first made its debut a few years prior, this unique eye look is being made all the easier this season with new layerable eye glosses that allow you to wear whatever eyeshadow color you want underneath. Wear this trend bold or keep it subtle - this trend’s versatility means it’s all up to you to unleash your creativity.

6. A Focus on Sustainability 

One trend we particularly hope sticks around long-term is the beauty industry’s growing focus on creating sustainable and all-natural products. With campaigns like #PassionPlastic, we’re seeing more brands ditch unnecessary packaging, while coming up with creative new ways to reduce water-usage and create more environmentally-friendly launches!

7. Facial Mists 

Who doesn’t love the feeling of a good face mist? As a makeup finisher and another layer of protection against fall dryness, we’re excited to see more face mist options coming out in the upcoming months. Our tip for an even more luxurious experience? Pop your mist in the fridge overnight for a refreshingly cool application in the a.m!

What trends are you excited to try this fall? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!

Friday, June 14, 2019

What Are Antioxidants?

“Antioxidant” is a big buzz word in the health and beauty industry. But what exactly are antioxidants, and what do they do for your skin? Keep reading to find out!

What Are Antioxidants? 

Before we get into antioxidants, let’s talk about free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that can damage our body’s cells, leading to premature aging and even cancer.

Some free radicals come from outside sources like UV rays, smoking, or pollution. But some free radicals occur naturally in our bodies, as a defense against viruses and harmful bacteria. However, this can be a case of “too much of a good thing”, and any extra free radicals can bind to and damage the cells in your body.

While we can reduce our exposure to excess free radicals by following healthy habits, we can’t avoid them entirely. That’s why it’s so important to incorporate plenty of antioxidants into your lifestyle.

Antioxidants are compounds that stop or delay damage to cells by neutralizing harmful free radicals. Antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E are found in many foods, especially plant-based foods. Thus, eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits can increase your antioxidant intake and reduce free radical damage to your cells.

Benefits of Antioxidants for Skin 

Free radicals can also cause damage that leads to premature aging and even skin cancer. Luckily, there are some ways to lower the amount of free radicals that interact with your skin, like:

  • Wearing sunscreen daily, even if the weather is cloudy 
  • Not smoking cigarettes and avoiding secondhand smoke 
  • Limiting your alcohol intake 
  • Washing your face after spending extended periods outdoors if you live in an area with a lot of air pollution 

Of course, your daily habits can only do so much to diminish your free radical exposure. Free radicals are everywhere! Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can definitely help to neutralize free radicals, thus fighting inflammation and visible signs of aging. But using skincare products formulated with antioxidants can also effectively delay skin aging.

How to Incorporate Antioxidants into Your Skincare Routine 

When shopping for skincare products with antioxidants, look for the below ingredients. Since oftentimes the antioxidants are contained in a botanical ingredient, we’ve also added the names of plant-based ingredients to search for.

Vitamin C - Boosts collagen production and fades dark spots. Vitamin C may also appear as ascorbic acid. Melon fruit extract is an example of a botanical ingredient that is rich in vitamin C.  
Vitamin A - Boosts cell renewal and repair. Sweet almond oil, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and melon fruit extract are all excellent sources of vitamin A. 
Vitamin E - Promotes skin healing. Look for vitamin E in the form of plant oils like avocado oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, and jojoba seed oil.  
Coenzyme Q10 - Stimulates collagen production.  
Niacinamide - Improves skin texture and tone.  
Polyphenols - Prevent UV-induced skin damage. Some examples of plant-based ingredients that include polyphenols include aloe, Lupinus albus (white lupin) seed extract, Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, and Vitis vinifera (grape) leaf extract.  
Carnosine - Prevents glycation, one of the top causes of premature aging. 
Flavonoids - Reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. To add more flavonoids into your skincare routine, look for ingredients like Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, Nelumbium speciosum (lotus) flower extract, and Vitis vinifera (grape) leaf extract. 

Our goal is to keep your skin healthy, which is why Herbacin skincare products are formulated with plenty of plant-based antioxidants.

How do you incorporate more antioxidants into your lifestyle? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comment section below.

Monday, April 22, 2019

The 10 Best Essential Oils for Skin (and Which Ones to Avoid)

You’ve probably heard about the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils, but can they help your skin? Essentials oils, which are extracted from various parts of plants, contain some skin-loving compounds. But even though they might be completely natural, some essential oils can actually harm your skin. So how do you determine which essential oils can help your skin, and which cause irritation? Keep reading to learn which essential oils to use for skin, and which to avoid.

The Best Essential Oils for Skin 

1. Helichrysum Essential Oil 

Helichrysum has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an excellent choice for treating acne. Plus, its healing properties can help to diminish the appearance of acne scarring.

2. Lemongrass Essential Oil 

Lemongrass essential oil acts as an astringent, balancing sebum production and shrinking enlarged pores. Dilute 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil into 2 ounces of a carrier oil and distilled water to make a refreshing face mist.

3. German Chamomile Essential Oil 

German chamomile essential oil is extra gentle, which makes it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin. German chamomile is calming, and soothes irritation from skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. Plus, since it promotes moisture retention, it can also be used to hydrate dry skin.

4. Clary Sage Essential Oil

If you wake up with puffy skin, try clary sage. This essential oil has the ability to reduces facial puffiness. Plus, it helps to fight signs of aging.

5. Rose Otto Essential Oil 

Rose otto oil is an excellent choice for dry skin because of its impressive moisturizing abilities. Rose otto is also rich in antioxidants, which helps to protect skin from aging free radical damage.

6. Tea Tree Essential Oil 

Tea tree’s antibacterial and antifungal properties make this essential oil and excellent choice for acne-prone skin. Tea tree can also be used to treat bug bites.

7. Geranium Essential Oil 

Geranium oil has the ability to balance oil production, which means that it’s beneficial for both dry and oily skin types. Geranium oil can also act as an astringent to reduce the appearance of fine lines by temporarily tightening the skin.

8. Cypress Essential Oil 

Cypress essential oil can reduce facial redness by shrinking swollen blood vessels and repairing capillary damage.

9. Lavender Essential Oil 

Lavender’s soothing and moisturizing properties make this essential oil a great choice for dry or irritated skin. Plus, lavender oil can be used for cleansing cuts and scrapes.

10. Frankincense Essential Oil 

Frankincense can fight one of the biggest signs of aging: hyperpigmentation. This essential oil evens the skin tone by fading age spots and scars. Frankincense also strengthens the skin, which can protect against sagging.

Which Essential Oils to Avoid 

Not all essential oils have benefits for the skin. Avoid using these essential oils on the skin:

  • Peppermint 
  • Wintergreen 
  • Lemon 
  • Tangerine 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Mandarin 
  • Eucalyptus 

Tips for Using Essential Oils Safely 

  • Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil like jojoba oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. 
  • Do a patch test before trying a new essential oil on your skin. 
  • Do not apply essential oils near the eyes or mouth. 
  • If irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Double Cleansing: What It Is & Why It’s So Important for Your Skin

Double cleansing is more than just a buzzy phrase circling the beauty blogosphere. In fact, double cleansing is a small change you can make to your skincare routine that can have big results. But this South Korean beauty practice isn’t just washing your face twice! Keep reading to learn more about double cleansing, and how to incorporate double cleansing into your daily skin regimen.

What is Double Cleansing? 

Double cleansing uses oil-based and water-based cleansers to thoroughly cleanse the face. Why? As you may recall from chemistry class, like dissolves like. Sebum, an oily substance produced by our skin, clings to dead skin cells and holds them in our pores. An oil cleanser gently dissolves excess sebum and any impurities caught in that sebum. Oil cleansers are also effective at dissolving oil-based products like makeup and sunscreen. Once this layer of grime has been cleared away, you can use a water-based cleanser to wash away water-based impurities like pollution and sweat.

So why should you double cleanse? Here’s a few reasons:

  • Double cleansing makes your other skincare products more effective. By completely cleansing the face of excess oil, dead skin, and other impurities, you’re creating a completely blank canvas. This allows your other skincare products to better penetrate into the skin and work their magic. 
  • It may sound counterintuitive, but double cleansing is actually a great way to help treat acne. Acne skin types produce more oil. Many people use harsh astringents and acids to remove this excess sebum. However, this can cause the skin to produce even more oil to compensate. On the other hand, oil cleansing gently removes that excess sebum without drying out the skin. Thus, double cleansing can help to balance oil production and reduce breakouts in acne skin types. 

How to Double Cleanse 

Many bloggers tout coconut, argan, or olive oil as oil cleansers. However, pure oils can actually clog pores when used for double cleansing. A true oil cleanser must include a surfactant, which traps makeup and other impurities on the skin and washes it away. Otherwise, the impurities will stay on the surface of the skin, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

Instead, use a cleanser that’s infused with oils like Herbacin 2-Phase Makeup Remover. 2-Phase Makeup Remover uses sweet almond oil to gently cleanse the skin, leaving it velvety soft.

Next, follow with a gentle, water-based cleanser to rinse away water-based impurities, as well as residue from the oil cleanser. Then follow the rest of your skincare routine as normal.

You should double cleanse twice per day, both in the morning and in the evening. And yes, you should double cleanse, even if you don’t wear makeup! Makeup is just one type of oil-based impurity. Double cleansing balances excess oil production and also rinses away SPF (which you should always be wearing). The oil cleansing step is essential for rinsing away non-makeup impurities and balancing oil production for all skin types.

Have you tried double cleansing yet? Let us know in the comments!

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!