Beautiful Skin Starts Within

We all want glowing skin and shiny hair, and this all begins within. What we put IN our bodies is just as important as what we put ON our bodies. Yes, you may have mastered your daily skincare routine, but how about your daily intake routine?

First things first, Drink. More. Water. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. UW Health reports that many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more *radiant glow.* JUST by increasing your daily water intake! So pause. Before you continue reading, go fill up a glass with water and come back to continue reading! We’ll be here when you get back.

1. Dark Chocolate

Cocoa actually HYDRATES your skin, making it firmer and smoother. Dark Chocolate actually contains potent antioxidants. So yes, this is your green light to add a few squares a day to your diet to improve radiance and luminosity.

2. Walnuts

Walnuts contain high levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids, known to improve elasticity in the skin. Who knew that walnuts are also loaded with copper! Yes copper! So snack on handful of walnuts a day, and sleep on our copper-infused beauty boosting textiles at night. 😉

3. Salmon

“There are absolutely no risks associated with eating too much fish” – Dr. Nazarian of Scheiger Dermatology Group in New York told HuffPost. She even considers salmon to be one of key superfoods for skin health. It’s. That. Good. Known to help calm inflammation, preventing the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.

4. Spinach

Include this in your everyday diet. Packed with iron, folate, cholorphyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber, plant protein and Vitamin C. When people say “eat more color” or “add color to your plate,” they are really just talking about spinach!

5. Pumpkin Seeds

Because, #FALL. And also because they’re rich in selenium and protein to keep wrinkles away and rich in Vitamin E to enhance the moisture in your skin. It allll comes back to staying hydrated to keep the wrinkles away! Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to your smoothies or sprinkle them in your yogurt.

Of course, there are also things we should not be eating and drinking, and please note that it’s truly all about balance and moderation here. Consuming salt and alcohol leads to water retention and swelling in the face, throwing off your body’s water balance and leads to puffy eyes and under-eye circles. But hey, we get it, you’re not going to stop treating yourself to that glass of wine after a hard days work – just remember to accompany it with a tall glass of refreshing water to help counter any adverse effects.

What are YOUR superfoods for skin that you swear by? Or foods to stay AWAY from? Let us know over on our instagram!

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Updating Your Skincare for Fall

One thing that drives us crazy about skincare is that it’s always focusing on “what’s your skin type?” To which you respond: Oily, A Little Oily (but, just in the T-Zone!), Combination (Whatever that means? Normal?), Dry, Extra Dry. But that’s not the only thing that should play a role in your skincare purchases. You need to take into account your climate, the weather, and most importantly the changing of seasons

Think about it.

Everyone rotates their clothing with the changing of seasons. Think of your medicine cabinet as your closet – and every closet needs a season “refresh”! Even the slights adjustments to your skincare routines will make a difference in how your skin looks and feels.

With Autumn fast approaching (hello, PSL!), dry, cooler air is just around the corner. This, in addition to the drop in humidity levels, causes skin to lose moisture, resulting in skin irritation, chapped lips, and dry, flaky skin.

So what do we do?

Change up your Moisturizer.

Moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE. Moisturizing is not only important during any season, it’s that much more important during Autumn. During the Summer months, we, of course, recommend a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. Unfortunately that’s just not going to cut it in the Fall. Slather on (face AND neck) a heavier, thicker moisturizing cream. Better yet, choose one with ceramides that form a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture.

Apply Sunscreen.

Just because you can’t FEEL the heat from the sun doesn’t negate the fact that the sun is still shining. If you live in a colder climate where you see snow, the sun is even harsher, reflecting off the snow. Dermatologists recommend wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, blocking 97% of the sun’s harmful UVB rays.

Lay off the Exfoliation.

But not entirely. Gently exfoliating once a week during the colder months helps remove any dry, flaky skin. Over exfoliating can often result in stripping the skin of any moisture and essential oils, leading to breakouts in the dry, colder months. So again, opt for something on the gentler side. And hey, don’t forget to exfoliate those lips too!

Use a Hydrating Serum.

That is, if you don’t already! Apply a Hydrating Serum every night as a part of your nightly routine. Select a hydrating serum that lists Hyaluronic Acid as one of it’s main ingredients. In fact, our Deep Hydrating & Brightening Serum is packed with nourishing Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, and Aloe Vera to soothe and enhance your skin’s moisture balance. It’s as if it was made for the colder months. 😉 Our Deep Hydrating & Brightening Serum is also available in mask-form to deliver 1 full ounce of serum into the skin within 30 minutes(!). One question we often get asked is when to apply serum in your skincare product line-up. We recommend applying serum after cleansing your skin and before layering on your moisturizer. We even recommend going to bed feeling a little “greasy” and “over-hydrated” as your skin loses moisture FAST while you sleep.

Most importantly, pay extra attention to how your skin reacts to the change in weather and adjust your skin care routine to what YOUR skin NEEDS. Your skin is just as unique as YOU are.

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How to Rock the Natural Look (With A Little Help!) This Summer

The natural look – what does that even mean? Summer is officially here and all we want to do is deep dive into our fav summer activities that include endless amounts of rosè, brunch with our friends, lounging by the beach, and getting our summer tan on. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about being tan and sun kissed that makes me feel like I can conquer the world. Is it that every part of our body looks more toned when we’re tan? Or maybe because we feel like we need less makeup when we’re tan because our skin seems to naturally glow and cover up blemishes??

But let’s be real. We love our skin too much and read too many articles about the negative effects of baking in the sun. So, how can we make a compromise? We want this effortless, summer chic look but where do we start? We’ve heard it everywhere…”natural beauty”, “makeup free”, “look flawless always”, “easy as 1,2, 3” but stepping into summer in our most confidence skin sounds way easier than it actually is!

 

Sometimes it’s way harder than just rolling out bed, running a brush through our hair and strutting into the day with minimal effort…but still looking like a runway model.

 

Let’s focus on our skin for now and take a look at our current situation.

 

Expectation for Summer: Flawless clear complexion, sculpted brows, luscious eyelashes, smooth skin, even tan all over  

Reality For Summer:  Frizzy hair due to unbearable humidity, makeup melting off our face as we run to make the subway (again!), tiny pimples popping up every day from constantly being sweaty, shorts tan

 

So, how do we rock this natural look with the most minimal effort while still feeling good?!

 

Firstly,  I feel like we should also take into account that it will absolutely take makeup for some of us to  to rock the natural “no makeup” look. It’s not hypocritical, it’s just fact.

 

For that sun kissed, even skin tone…

Instead of slapping on your thick foundation this summer, opt for a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Our fav, the Philosophy’s Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint with 20 SPF that’ll leave you protected & looking fresh.

 

To combat your humid frizzy hair…

Try sleeping on a silk pillowcase. We love it because it works to smooth our skin and calm our crazy morning hair.

 

To get the glossy lips and sculpted brows…

We have two major favs that won’t break the bank but will make you the envy of natural beauties everywhere. Aquaphor Lip Repair can be purchased at your local pharmacy and gives just enough gloss + shine to get you noticed.  Glossier Boy Brow comes in 4 different shades, including clear. PSA: Ladies, if you weren’t sculpting your brows before, you better get on it ASAP as you’ll be blown away by how much more put together you look. Even better, this doesn’t sweat off your brows so you can have those stylin’ brows in the gym too!

 

For those annoying pimples that pop up overnight….

We love this acne system that not only cleanses our skin, but uses a gentle blue light to literally kill off the acne causing bacteria. And it’s compact so we take it with us on all our summer adventures.

 

For smooth armpits and bikini lines…

We really forget how quickly our hair grows until we are lounging poolside and have that “Oh no” moment when you realize you forgot your weekly lady upkeep. For this, look no further than at-home hair removal. All you do is treat the desired area for a few weeks and your hair follicles will be disabled and you’ll never have to worry again about forgetting to shave pre-pool party.

 

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An Exciting Addition to At-Home Hair Removal

What makes this technology different? How does iluminage capture this energy for effective hair removal?! This technology is safe for usage on all skin tones and the widest range of hair colors because it brings together Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radio Frequency (RF) energies. These groundbreaking technologies use the intense pulsed light (IPL) to target and warm the melanin in hair follicles. Once follicles are warmed up, it applies radio frequency pulses (RF). RF seeks out these warmed follicles and delivers a second round of growth reducing energy. The combination of IPL and RF can deliver permanent hair removal for the widest variety of hair colors and skin tones – with impressive results in as little as 7 weeks.

What Makes IPL Better with the Addition of RF?

Together, the two technologies work in concert to produce highly effective hair removal results safe for users of all skin tones.

The benefits of combined IPL + RF hair removal technology include:

Trustworthy results: Combination of IPL and RF energy make hair removal both effective and safe – FDA cleared; clinically proven.

-Quick results: Results are fast and lasting – get smooth skin in as little as 7 weeks.

-Universally effective results: It is safe for use on all skin tones and the widest range of hair colors.

-Pain-free results: Combined IPL+RF hair removal technology is pain-free (users experience a gentle warming sensation).-Widely applicable results: Clinically proven to be safe and effective for sensitive face and body areas.

We saved the best for last…

For the first time ever, now that Iluminage is part of the Tria Brand Family, we are thrilled to offer two at-home hair removal technologies, Tria Laser and Iluminage DUAL WAVE (IPL+RF). Different technologies. Equally effective. Both for you when you need them. With this welcome addition to at-home hair removal, we can all be sure to step out with our softest, smoothest skin this summer. What are you waiting for?! Take our online quiz to figure out what device will work for you!! 

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Silk vs. Copper Infused Pillowcases: Why We Love One More Than The Other

Fact: Everyone needs to sleep

Whether you get 8+ hours of beauty rest or 6 hours of tossing and turning, it is part of your life and part of your body’s natural rejuvenation process. And as evolved, blessed humans we have the luxury of resting our precious heads on the cloud-like fluffs known as pillows. You spend a large majority of your life with your face planted into your pillow… so why have we never talked about the importance of your pillowcase?

If you are like a majority of the population, you’ve probably been sleeping on a regular cotton pillowcase because it matches your cotton sheets. No problem with that, but did you know there are pillowcases that make you MORE beautiful as you sleep?

Literally, pillowcases that smooth hair, soften skin, fight acne, keep oil at bay, and even prevent those little face creases you have when you wake up. As if beauty sleep itself wasn’t already so worth it, now you have the option to wake up radiant just by switching out your pillowcase.

Yes, this is exciting news I know. Feel free to squeal with happiness!! While there are many pillowcases existing today, we want to highlight two of the most popular kind: silk vs. copper.

Silk Pillowcases

The benefits of sleeping on silk are numerous. For one, silk is…silky. It is without a doubt a luxurious sensation that you’re able to sleep on each night. It’s pretty and looks great on your bed too!

Besides feel and aesthetic, silk works to retain moisture in your skin and is naturally hypoallergenic. The most noticeable benefit however is the way it makes you look. The softness of the silk helps your skin stay smooth and healthy, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines!

Think this all sounds great?  Just wait until you read about the copper infused cases.

Copper Infused Pillowcases

Let’s think of copper infused pillowcases as silk pillowcases, but with clinically proven technology. Clinically. Proven. Technology. Have you ever even considered such a phenomenon? While the pillowcases are made of a rich, unique silky smooth blend, the delicately infused copper threads work overtime to deliver results. When the skin is in contact with the copper fibers, copper ions are liberated into the moisture found in the skin’s upper layers.  These released copper ions support the skin’s natural self-renewal process and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promote healthier-looking, glowing skin. Sleep on these for 4 weeks and you’ll be sure to see results.

Silk vs. Copper Infused: So, We Love Copper More

Overall, we prefer copper because it works overtime to make you look your best while still feeling great. It has the feeling and benefits of silk PLUS the added benefits of copper.

The feeling of crawling into your cozy bed after a long day to get your quality beauty sleep is an experience unlike anything else! Make sure your pillowcase is benefiting you as you rest your beautiful face on it each night.

Pick copper. Choose copper. Love copper.

#notjustasilkpillowcase

 

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