Why Be A Natural Beauty?

Taking a more wholesome approach to beauty is no longer just a trend.  No only are you exposing yourself to fewer chemicals, but the benefits go beyond better skin and a healthier lifestyle, as many natural and organic products also create a smaller environmental footprint.

The common misconception is that if a product is “natural” then it won’t work.  The fact is natural ingredients deliver results and can be as effective as synthetic ones! You actually can heal your skin more on a cellular level through flowers, plants and herbs without damaging your skin.  If you think botanicals and herbs aren’t powerful, you are really missing out.

We know that swamping everything out can be tough…you might not be ready to toss out all the brands and go clean, but if you try just one nontoxic anti-aging product, you’ll be convinced it works just as well as your regular serum.  So go slow with the transition and it is easier. For instance when going clean with your eating, you can’t expect to just toss everything out and start fresh. It is overwhelming to do that. Clean out things as you run out or can invest in clean, safe nontoxic options.

People are starting to realize what we put into our body and on our skin is just as important. Our skin is an organ and we absorb 60% of what sits on our skin. Just think about that. Make safe choices for your skin and really why not if you are getting the same benefits it is sort of a no-brainer.

What is amazing about many of the big ingredients coming out right now is that they are plant derived and bio-identical options! The days of stripping the skin with acne with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are over!  We can now actually heal the skin of acne with plant oils!

Do your research too, because just because a product is natural doesn’t mean it has the proven technology behind it. Founded over 20 years ago, SMD Cosmetics was one of the first Korean natural, luxury skin care companies to powerfully combine advanced technology with ancient herbal medicine. We are proud to have between 35-65 powerful and, active ingredients in a single formulation, compared to most products on the market that have 1-3 active ingredients. Everything about SMD Cosmetics is meticulous, and held to the highest standard of excellence. In South Korea we continue to be the only cosmetic company to have been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence. We remain dedicated to being all-natural, safe, non-toxic, dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, cruelty free, paraben free, and environmentally friendly. We never test on animals.

SMD Cosmetics is vertically integrated; we own every step of the process from research, to manufacturing which means our advanced technology is years ahead of other skin care brands. In addition, our Inhyunjin line has been certified by the Korean FDA to be an attested and proven anti-aging group of products. While SMD manufactures over 400 different products in South Korea, we are proud to be launching 14 exclusive formulations, here in the United States.  So get your natural beauty on!!  SMD Cosmetics

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Before and Afters…

I love sharing our before and after posts…it is so exciting and rewarding to see people skin heal of acne, scarring, age or sun spots from SMD Cosmetic products.  Here are some that came through today on FB!

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OK, my sweet daughter is such a sport for letting me share her before and after pics! THIS DRASTIC TRANSFORMATION HAS TAKEN PLACE IN TWO WEEKS!!! We are so thrilled with the results of the SMD Cosmetic’s AloGel Skin Perfecting Botanical and the Replenishing Volcanic Ash Mask from Fenix that she isn’t bothered by her teenage acne anymore!! This hit her out of nowhere! We tried everything! Who would have thought? The partners of SMD both experienced this miraculous transformation (adult acne) with this product and told me that I had to try this on her. It is FABULOUS! This gel is all natural and non toxic. And, it’s a rare aloe formula that absorbs into the skin so you can apply makeup over it. She puts this on morning and night. And the mask by Fenix draws out impurities and is also toxin free. She is thrilled and so am I!!! The direct links are below. If you have a membership you get 25% off all of your orders! www.shopmkc.com/carolinebryan

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Post number #2 Liliana has been using the Saromae Brightening line for age and sun spots for just 3 weeks now!  She has has the Inhyunjin travel set!  They are rocking!!

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Angelina Jolie in Harper Bazaar…

Angelina Jolie on cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s 150th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE, using SMD’s full line of skincare, including INHYUNJIN and Saromae Snail Serum Concentrate, for beautiful, healthy, glowing skin! Thanks to her personal make up artist Toni’ G. who has been using SMD Cosmetics for over a year now!  Toni knew how important safe and non toxic skincare was important for Angelina so took the liberty of introducing her the products.  Here are some of our favorite images from the shoot done in Africa…

As Harper’s Bazaar celebrates its 150th anniversary, Jolie shares her thoughts on women’s rights and our responsibility toward the environment.

 

Rag & Bone t-shirt; Ralph Lauren Collection pants; Beladora earrings; Ariat Two24 boots; Jill Heller vintage bangles; Jolies own necklace and ring.

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Gabriela Hearst blouse; Jolies own earrings.

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Atelier Versace gown. Alexi Lubomirski
Dior dress and rings. Alexi Lubomirski

Ralph Lauren Collection dress; K. Jacques sandals. Alexi Lubomirski

Angelina Jolie is a filmmaker, a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and a cofounder of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. The Breadwinner will be in North American theaters on November 17, with worldwide release dates to follow.


Women’s Rights

International law requires that women and girls must be equal with men and boys. This means full equality in:

  • The right to participate in international, national and local politics and society.
  • The right to education, work, and access to the economy.
  • The right to health, including sexual and reproductive health.
  • The right to life, and not to be subjected to violence, especially rape and domestic violence.
  • The right to equality in their relationships among families, communities, and religions

This legal duty to ensure gender equality is obligatory on all States in the world.

Source: London School Of Economics Centre for Women Peace and Security; Further information available also on unwomen.org.

The Story Behind SMD Cosmetics…

After a decade of a friendship Lauren Ing and Amoreena Berg had gone through years of struggling with acne prone skin. Together, they had tried all types of products: expensive, mass, organic, prescription and cosmaceuticals, loaded with harsh chemicals, and even concoctions prepared at home, such as coconut oil. They changed their diet, cleansed, cut out dairy, and still they faced irritated angry skin. And, unfortunately, nothing showed lasting results. Lauren started to see real results with Saimdang Cosmetics’ line of natural, herbal-medicinal based products, which she shared with Amoreena. When both of them saw AMAZING results, they were hooked!! Coincidentally, Saimdang Cosmetics was exploring the idea of launching its premium, natural, herbal medicinal based skincare products in the United States. Saimdang, founded over 20 years ago, was one of the first natural skincare companies based on herbal medicinal formulations. This began the start of SMD Cosmetics International.

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LAUREN’S SKIN STORY

My vision was to provide EFFECTIVE, UNIQUE, PREMIUM, LUXURY skincare
that was also natural, safe and non-toxic. I knew there was natural skincare out there
and also luxury skincare, but nothing that provided both of these qualifications in a
way that didn’t feel like a sacrifice of one or the other. I want women to feel that they
are making their skin more beautiful, youthful, radiant but without sacrificing peace
of mind and health.

I am like many of you, I, too, struggled with terrible skin. I suffered from acne, acne-
scarring, allergic-reactions, sensitive skin, dry-patches, oily-patches, redness, and breakout. It caused me to feel self-conscious, depressed and hopeless about myself
and my skin. I had tried all types of products: expensive, mass, organic, prescription
and cosmaceuticals, loaded with harsh chemicals, and even concoctions prepared at
home. I changed my diet and cleansed and cut out dairy and still I faced irritated and
angry skin. And, unfortunately, nothing showed lasting results. I started to see real
results with Saimdang Cosmetics’ line of natural, herbal-medicinal based products.
When I saw AMAZING results, I was hooked!! Coincidentally, Saimdang Cosmetics,
was exploring the idea of launching its premium, natural, herbal medicinal based
skincare products in the United States. Saimdang, founded over 20 years ago, was one
of the first natural skincare companies based on herbal medicinal formulations. This
began the start of SMD Cosmetics International.

 

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AMOREENA’S SKIN STORY
I found myself as an adult fighting acne, so by the time I met Lauren, I was already deep
into my search to find relief. I sought out weekly facials, dermatologists, medication,
supplements, eliminated food groups, experimented with chemical peels…ect.. You name
it, I have tried it! I was truly at my wits end. After testing positive for the BRCA cancer
genetic gene several years ago I decided I needed to take a walk down the natural, safe and non toxic path. I found out that natural meant that it was not only ineffective, but it still caused breakout! It was starting to effect my self-esteem, which made me feel depressed. I finally resorted to using organic coconut oil and organic sunscreen. It did somewhat help, in the sense that it wasn’t harming my skin, but it never gave me a youthful radiant glow… One of my fears, when starting this journey, was how my skin would react to SMD Cosmetic’s products. My first reaction was, “ I can’t sell skincare! My face is a wreck!” To my shock and surprise, my skin has never looked or felt this good! I am continually amazed that I no longer have to fight the constant acne war. It is now my passion to share with others my story and help others feel good about their skin!

For further information on SMD’s Products.

K Beauty Trend Hits Mainstream Hollywood

K Beauty Skin Care Products Wows Mainstream Hollywood Makeup Artists

I am always on the hunt for amazing skin care products and I had to look into this  Korean Beauty or #Kbeauty trend. What’s all the hype about? Why is it such a topic of conversation?

The trend is referred to as K beauty, and it’s all about the ingredients. Celebrity make-up artists are using it more and more too. Well, I got to speak with 2 notable celebrity MUAs that shared with me their favorite #Kbeauty product and also gave us some tips on trends to watch for this summer!

Here is Elizabeth Hoel-Chang Celebrity Make UpArtist for the hit TV show This Is Us, on her summer skin care tips and tricks:

Celeb MUA Elizabeth Hoel-Chang“I spritz a spray of rose water on my clean face before I put on my favorite natural Korean skin care products from SMD Cosmetics. I use Khiel’s SPF 50 facial sunscreen every day under my makeup. I’ve been using SMD Cosmetics religiously since November, and now I’ve completely stopped wearing any foundation because I don’t need it. The SMD Cleansing Oil is the perfect cleanser because it doesn’t strip my face of all the oil and disrupt my PH balance. It has been a life-saver for breakouts. Usually, I’d have 4X the hormonal or summer breakouts using a stripping cleanser. I then apply a dusting of mineral powder on my face, concentrating mainly on my cheek area to correct my rocesa. Simple eyeliner and mascara, and fill in my brows. I apply a bit of bronzer or light pink blush on my cheeks and am on my way. I will sometimes blot my face with a light blotting powder, otherwise just let my face be as it is. Even if my mineral powder wears off over a long day at work, it doesn’t bother me now because my skin has repaired, plumped and become so hydrated from the help of SMD Saromae Snail Serum I also make sure I drink plenty of water and implicate more organic avocadoes in my diet since they are in season and are SO GOOD for your skin!! Along with strawberries, grapes, and kale.”

So I did a little bit of digging and found out, SMD Cosmetics produces one of the most popular prestigious skin care lines in South Korea, formulated on over 2,000 years of herbal medicine wisdom! It’s a natural (which I LOVE) premium herbal medicinal-based line that is fairly new to the US! I heard that SMD products are being used by top celebrity make-up artists, and are also now being sold at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in Hollywood.

I got to interview celebrity make-up artist and photographer, Troy Jensen, to give us this summers hottest skin care and make-up tips and this is what he had to say: Lisa-Vanderpump-The-Housewives-of-Beverly-Hills-Clarissa_Burt

“I like my “muses” to come to me with radiant glowing clear skin…I love SMD Cosmetics, a K-beauty brand new to the US…some of my clients and I use the Saromae Snail Serum on the skin under make-up for radiance. I ease my clients (Jordan Sparks, Giuliana Rancic, and Mariah Carey to mention a few) into summer makeup by first warming up their complexion. I choose a sheer foundation that will give them a warm wash of color. At the moment I’m obsessed with Dior Skin Nude Air Serum foundation. It’s so sheer, it literally looks invisible on the skin. Next I will add a peachy glow to the skin with Two Faced Cosmetics “sweet peach glow” pallet… it has a bronzer, a highlighter and a beautiful peach blush, to give you that instant beach babe look! I even dust a little highlighter and bronzer on the eyes and top of with this seasons IT beauty trend: tinted mascara (I love Benefit Cosmetics “there real mascara” in Beyond Blue. On the lips this summer, shimmer is a big trend and rose gold is really hot. Jouer Cosmetics has created a beautiful rose gold collection for the lips: I love “the long wear lip cream liquid lipstick in rose gold” and I go over it with Jouer’s lip topper in rose gold, focusing on the center of the lip and upper bow of the lip.”

After speaking to the Troy and Elizabeth I want in! I can’t wait to get my INHYUNJIN anti-aging set for myself! #Kbeauty !!!

Finally a Night Cream that will Brighten Your Day

SMD Cosmetics night cream unlocks power of ancient herbs,
enhances natural effects of “beauty sleep”

Following the tremendous success of their celebrity-coveted Inhyunjin collection, award-winning skin care company SMD Cosmetics’ breakthrough night cream enhances the body’s own natural processes to restore beauty and reverse signs of aging. The first of its
kind, the Inhyunjin Cream Intensive Night Repair harnesses the medicinal
benefits of over 30 patented, active ingredients, processed 9 times over a
period of 50 days for a uniquely potent formula that absorbs easily, and works
exactly when skin needs it most: at night.

While you sleep, skin enters recovery mode. Body temperature lowers,
making the skin more permeable, and natural hormones go to work boosting
collagen production, detoxifying and reconstructing cells, and counteracting
damage from UV rays, pollution, and free radicals. Scientifically formulated to
penetrate deep into cells, Inhyunjin Cream Night Intensive Repair has 6 unique
and powerful active ingredients that boost the recovery and renewal process
while maintaining skin’s essential moisture to prevent signs of aging, and
restore radiance.

Packed with amino acids that protect skin from damage and improve cell
reconstruction, SMD’s patented night cream contains herbal to medicinal anti-
inflammatory tannins to reduce redness and irritation, while strengthening
capillaries to improve skin texture and tone. Upon waking, skin is healthier,
firmer, and silky smooth. For best results, use with complete Inhyunjin skin care
ritual, massaging cream on face and neck in an upward and outward motion
following Inhyunjin Emulsion. A little goes a long way with this powerful formula,
and one jar can last up to 6-8 months with nightly use. Visit

http://www.SMDCosmetics.com to learn more about the Inhyunjin collection, and to
purchase Inhyunjin Cream Intensive Night Repair.

About SMD Cosmetics:
SMD Cosmetics offers a premium line of award-winning, natural skincare
products from South Korea. Founded over 20 years ago, SMD Cosmetics has
perfected their patented formulas by using the most advanced natural skincare
technology in combination with Asian herbal medicinal wisdom that is truly
authentic. SMD Cosmetics is one of Korea’s most prestigious, top-selling
skincare lines formulated by a team of researchers and chemists to revive,
replenish and rejuvenate your skin using the power of nature and innovative
technology. For more information, visit the site at: www.SMDcosmetics.com.

What really happens when you sleep in makeup?

You don’t need a degree in dermatology to realize that sleeping with your makeup on is a horrible idea. It’s not good for your skin or your sheets. You might think, It’s late. I’m tired. What’s the harm of crashing out without washing my face just this once? Well, it causes more harm than you might think. Going to be bed without washing your face is bad news and can have a cumulative harmful effect. Here’s the icky stuff that happens to your skin, your lashes, and beneath the surface when you nix removing your makeup before bedtime.

Pores get clogged
Sleeping with makeup on is murder on your pores. “Going to bed with makeup on will leave you with clogged pores, since so many makeup [products] have ingredients like silicones that block the pores,” Debra Jalman, a New York City-based, board-certified dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From A Top New York Dermatologist, tells me. “When the pores are blocked, your skin gets bumpy. If you are acne-prone, it can even lead to breakouts.” You are effectively damaging skin by neglecting to remove makeup at the end of the day.

You get acne
Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer points to the fact that our skin never stops working, just like our hearts never stop beating. He tells me, “Just like our internal organs, our skin is always at work. Skin is made up of water, protein, lipids, and different minerals and chemicals. Skin is also covered in pores, which allow us to sweat and secrete sebum, a natural lubricant that moisturizes skin and removes dead skin cells and other irritants from our pores. When you apply makeup, you block your pores from releasing sebum, which may lead to visibly larger pores and acne overtime.”

Dr. J. Matthew Knight of FAAD Knight Dermatology Institute also notes that “the mechanical pressure of your face on a pillow can grind makeup into hair follicles, leading to clogged pores acne.” Losing a few minutes of shut eye in favor making use of some cold cream and face wash doesn’t seem like such a hassle when you think of it from that perspective, does it?

You damage skin cells
Skin cells are also damaged by the practice of sleeping in makeup. Dr. Knight sums it up best, saying, “Makeup can trap environmental pollutants and free-radicals that can damage skin cells, including collagen, leading to premature skin aging.” So not only does crashing out with your concealer on ultimately clog pores and lead to zits, but it can also speed up the aging process. Ack.

Your skin becomes dull
Dewy, glowing, soft, and smooth skin is usually a desired trait. Dull, sallow, or parched skin is not. If you use a makeup product, like a highlighter, to impart some peachy pink glow, that’s great. But sleeping in it can cause the opposite effect. “Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it performs vital functions for our body, like secreting sweat, excreting lipids, healing wounds and heat regulation,” New York-licensed esthetician and makeup artist Liz Donat tells me.

“So it is imperative that we cleanse and exfoliate it regularly and we especially do not sleep in our makeup! Clogged pores and blackheads, aka comedones, are formed when dead skin cells, oil and makeup get trapped in the pores and suffocate the skin,” she continued. “These clogged pores are the pre-cursor to acne-like breakouts and make the skin look dull and lifeless.” That’s reason enough to reach for a makeup remover wipe or a washcloth, no matter how late it is or no matter how tired you are.

You interfere with the reparatory process
Our bodies regenerate while we are at rest. The same holds true for our skin. Lancer says, “Skin repairs itself while we sleep, so taking off your makeup at night is important because it allows your pores to release sebum that rehydrates and protects your skin from free radicals in the air.” If you leave makeup on, it disrupts these critical processes.

You set yourself back
As stated, when you sleep, skin regenerates and heals itself. One night of sleeping with makeup on can and will disrupt the delicate balance of your skin and set you back. Dermatologist Dr. Kathy Taghipour of Savana Urban Spa tells me, “When you sleep, your skin regenerates. When your pores are blocked, your skin can’t breathe, and thus it can’t regenerate. The oil in your pores build-up and transform itself into a bacteria, which can lead to various skin problems. After a night with your makeup on, your skin will need about a week to restore its previous condition and to balance again everything.” A whole week? It’s not worth it. Take that makeup off, people!

You can speed up the aging process, aka get wrinkles faster
Andrea Rodriguez of Chalet Cosmetics points to another bad byproduct of this habit — premature aging! “Sleeping in makeup clogs pores causing breakouts, dries out the skin causing redness and sensitivity, and speeds up the aging process leading to premature wrinkles,” she tells me.

Murat Evin, Creative Director at The London School of Make-Up, also warns about sleeping in makeup leading to the onset of wrinkles. “Not removing makeup before you go to bed means that it cakes onto your face,” he tells me. “As wonderful as makeup is, if it is not properly removed before bed, it can lead to a collagen breakdown. If collagen cannot be produced properly, it means your skin ages faster than it is supposed to; drying out, it creates more wrinkles and helps to deepen existing ones.”

Your skin dries out
Leaving makeup on overnight, even if you wash your face in the morning, causes flakiness, unevenness, and dryness, according to Evin. He says, “If you properly cleanse your face at night, and moisturize with products that include ingredients like aloe or witch hazel, this gives your skin chance to repair and replenish itself at night.” He continued, “Not removing your makeup will deny your skin this chance and instead cause it to dry out. As a result, every time you wrinkle your forehead or squint in your sleep, the impression will stay there for longer.”

He furthers his previous point, saying, “Dry skin means a loss of elasticity… making wrinkles and impurities more prominent than ever. If your skin continues to be neglected like this frequently and for long periods of time, it can make wrinkles look more like scars, they become that deep.”

You end up with an uneven skintone
Jennifer Yen, an actress and beauty expert who founded purlisse, tells me that in addition to the aging factor and lack of hygiene, “skipping out on proper skincare can also make an already uneven skin tone worse. This is because your skin regenerates at night as you sleep, so depriving it of ingredients known to combat pigmentation means that any recourse for skin damage has been removed. The same principal applies to age spots/dry spots too.”

Your cell regeneration is interrupted
Sleep doesn’t only rest our bodies and our bones — there is more at play. “Cell regeneration happens overnight when you sleep,” Lauren Ing, the president of SMD Cosmetics, a natural skin care from South Korea, tells me. “So sleeping with makeup on interrupts this process and clogs pores! It literally prevents cell turnover, which you need for youthful skin, thus you look old, tired, dry and unhealthy. Skin is an organ and most makeup is full of toxic chemicals, so it’s a MUST to wash your skin before you sleep.”

Your eyes get irritated
Puffy and irritated eyes can be a result of sleeping in makeup, as well. Donat says, “Eye makeup, like shadows, kohl liners, and mascara, must be washed off every single night before bed. Otherwise, the eye area will respond by being puffy and red. Lashes protect our eyeballs from dust, pollen, and environmental pollutants. So when we don’t wash them thoroughly, that debris, mixed with makeup, will trigger our immune response to kick in to fight off a possible infection. The result: swollen, red, irritated and tired eyes.” Long, curled, and voluminous lashes pair best with smoky eyes or a cat-eye flick, not irritated, bloodshot, and puffy peepers!

Eyelashes can break off
Another negative result of sleeping in your eye makeup, like mascara and eyeliner, is that the product can rub into your lashes, causing breakage. That’s why it’s important to take it all off, per Lancer. Rodriguez of Chalet Cosmetics concurs, saying, “Failing to properly remove eye makeup causes lashes to break.” Use a gentle remover. Your lashes will thank you.

You can get styes
“Sleeping with mascara on can not only cause your luscious lashes to become brittle and break off, but can also clog your lash follicles creating styes. Yikes,” Sydney Ziverts, Health & Nutrition Investigator for ConsumerSafety.org, tells me.

Eyelid eczema
Eczema is a common skin issue for many, but on the eyelid? Yep! “Failing to properly remove eye makeup and leaving shadows,liners, and mascara on could result in causing an irritant dermatitis, essentially eczema of the eyelid areas,” Dr. Robin Evans of Southern CT Dermatology tells me. “It could result in a rash, scaliness, itching, and sometimes a burning sensation in the area. Treatment with a dermatologist would be indicated if this occurs, usually using a low potency topical steroid.”

You can scratch you corneas
Brendan O’Brien, Vision Direct’s Chief Operations Officer and former optometrist, broke down the deeper damage that sleeping in makeup can cause. “Removing eye makeup, especially mascara, before you go to sleep is important both for general hygiene and your eye health,” he tells me. “Mascara tubes are prone to the build-up of bacteria and the constant push and pull of the wand can make this worse. It’s a good idea to change your mascara every three months to avoid bacteria from growing in the tube and ending up in your eyes.”

But beyond that, O’Brien says, “Repeatedly sleeping in eye makeup may also lead inflammation in the eyes as it can block sensitive pores and glands such as the Meibomian Gland pores. When left on overnight, mascara can dry up and cause your lashes to break or fall off. This is problematic as eyelashes are essential for protecting our eyes from any dust and debris. A broken eyelash could also end up getting in your eye and scratching your cornea, so it really is important to remove your mascara before going to bed.”

You make a mess of your sheets
Sarah Brown, a sleep wellness expert with Mattress Firm, realizes that it’s somewhat common knowledge that going to bed with makeup on can cause wrinkles and dry skin. But there is a bigger problem. “When you wear your makeup to bed, you’re actually spreading the problem. Not only are you causing dry skin and wrinkles, but you’re leaving behind makeup residue on your bed. This is a nasty cycle because on nights when you do clean your skin, you’ll be resting it on bacteria filled, makeup covered, pillows and sheets. Think of it like walking the streets of New York barefoot and then crawling into bed.” Ick! Gross! If you needed another reason to never break your routine of washing your face and removing makeup before bed, you just go it.

You get chapped lips
Chapped lips are the worst. They are painful. Plus, cracked, flaky lips are not the surface you look for when applying gloss or lipstick. So if you fall asleep with lipstick on, they suck out the moisture and lead to chapping, according to Ziverts.

Don’t break with routine
Routines and regimens are critical for your skin’s health. Cynthia Bailey, MD, dermatologist and founder of DrBaileySkinCare.com, stresses the importance of keeping your routine and not slipping into the habit of sleeping in makeup. She also offered these tips for how to take the best care of your skin and how to remove your makeup.

“Your face should be washed twice daily to remove oil, dead cell buildup and product that’s mixed in with the oil and cells,” Bailey tells me. “When we look at facial skin biopsies under the microscope, you would be shocked at how much makeup and product gets stuck in pores and between dead skin flakes,” she says. “This ‘gook’ makes your complexion look dull and pores look even more clogged that normal. Eye makeup will also irritate eyes and clog the many oil glands around the lash line with particulate matter from product, pigments and mineral particles.”

She concludes, “Night time is the best time for retinoids — anti-wrinkle fighters that also help improve uneven skin pigment, fight clogged pores and acne too. Retinoids, like retinol, break down with light, so apply them before turning off the light for sleep.”

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What is in your skin lightening, brightening, whitening products?

There definitely is a trend in skin lightening and brightening products so I wanted to take some time to educate on the differences out there and what a consumer should be aware of.

Hydroquinone, in the past, was the standard ingredient for skin lightening treatments. Until recently, it was thought to be the safest and most effective treatment for hyperpigmentation, including age spots, melasma, sun damage and other discolorations. However, new research suggests that there may be serious side effects associated with long term use of synthetic hydroquinone. Just recently the FDA also announced its plans to possibly remove hydroquinone based products from store shelves and limit its use to only prescription based medications. Consequently, many manufacturers have begun to produce natural alternatives which mimic the skin lightening properties of hydroquinone. Ingredients such as kojic acid and licorice have become quite popular along with more advanced ingredients like Alpha-Arbutin. When combined, these ingredients can often produce results that even surpass hydroquinone but without the associated risks. Skin lighteners have come a long way in the past few years!! There is no reason to use these harsh chemicals that are just truly a hazard to your skin and health!

The process of lightening the skin occurs in several stages. Most of the current skin lightening ingredients on the market work at different stages of the process and typically provide the best results when combined together into one product. Listed below are a few of the more popular ingredients used by manufacturers of skin whitening products.

Alpha Arbutin:
Alpha-Arbutin is a bio-synthetic active ingredient that is pure, water-soluble and is manufactured in a powder form. As one of the most advanced skin lightening ingredients on the market, it has been shown to work effectively on all skin types. It is the epimer of arbutin, and research has proven that it has a stronger inhibitory action than that of (beta) arbutin. Though it is a very expensive ingredient to manufacture, even at very low concentrations, a-arbutin has shown to inhibit the activity of tyrosinase. Alpha Arbutin’s inhibitory mechanism is different from that of arbutin and can be up to 10 times more effective. The a-glucosidic bond found in alpha Arbutin offers higher stability and efficancy than the B form found in the related Beta-Arbutin. This leads to a skin whitening active that acts faster and more efficiently than existing single components.

Beta-Arbutin (Bearberry Extract):
Beta-Arbutin is often referred to as just Arbutin. As a natural extract found in bearberry (Uva Ursi) plants, Arbutin also provides a skin lightening effect on the skin by inhibiting tyrosinase activity. Though arbutin is a natural derivative of hydroquinone, it does not possess the same risks or side effects. Arbutin has been shown to be a very safe ingredient and does not break down into hydroquionone very readily. Though it is cheaper to manufacture than Alpha-Arbutin, the skin lightening effect is much less than that of its counterpart. For this reason, many new skin whitening products now use Alpha Arbutin as opposed to only beta-Arbutin.

Kojic Acid:
Kojic acid, often used as an ingredient in Asian diets, is a more recent discovery for the treatment of pigmentation problems and age spots. Discovered in 1989, kojic acid is now used extensively as a natural alternative to hydroquinone. Kojic acid is derived from a fungus, and studies have shown that it is effective as a lightening agent, inhibiting production of melanin (brown pigment). Kojic acid is a by-product in the fermentation process of malting rice for use in the manufacturing of sake, the Japanese rice wine. There is convincing research, both in vitro (in a test tube) and in vivo (on a live subject), showing kojic acid to be effective for inhibiting melanin production.

Licorice Extract:
The licorice plant serves many purposes in skin care. The ingredient that is responsible for the skin whitening aspect of the plant is known as glabridin. Glabridin inhibits pigmentation by preventing tyrosinase activation. Studies have shown that it can provide a considerable skin brightening effect while remaining non-toxic to the melanin forming cells. Glabridin is found in very small traces and therefore it is important to ensure that the correct part of the licorice plant is used. Licorice’s anti-inflammatory properties (due to ihibition of superoxide anion production and cyclooxygenase activity) also make it a very popular ingredient in the skin care industry.

Niacinamide:
Niacinamide is commonly known as Vitamin B3 and is an effective skin lightening compound that works by inhibiting melanosome transfer from melanocytes to keratinocytes. Often this ingredient works best when combined with other skin lightening treatments. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is also known to be effective in reducing acne.

Mulberry Extract:
Paper Mulberry extract, is obtained from the root of Broussonetia kazinoki, Siebold. or B. papyrifera, Vent. Tabl. Regn. Veget. or hybrids of both, family Moraceae. Extracts of this root are potent inhibitors of Tyrosinase enzyme. The active constituents present in the extract are Prenylated, polyhydroxylated mono-and bis-phenylderivatives. A 0.4% concentration of paper mulberry extract inhibits tyrosinase by 50% compared to 5.5% for hydroquinone and 10.0% for kojic acid. At 1% paper mulberry extract is not a significant irritant.

Glycolic Acid:
Glycolic Acid is a AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which promotes exfoliation and a natural brightening of the skin tone. By encouraging cell turnover, glycolic acid not only evens out skin discolorations, but also helps to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. AHA’s such as Glycolic Acid can assist other ingredients in skin lighteners by allowing them to penetrate farther into the skin.

Lactic Acid:
Also an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), Lactic acid mimics the properties of Glycolic acid but is typically better suited for individuals with sensitive skin. AHA’s such as Lacic Acid can assist other ingredients in skin lighteners by allowing them to penetrate farther into the skin.

Lemon Juice Extract:
Lemon juice is one of nature’s most potent skin bleaching ingredients. Unfortunately it is also very irritating to the skin and should only be used at small concentrations in skin lighteners. Lemon juice is also known to be extremely drying to the skin if applied directly.

Emblica:
Emblica is a patented composition extracted from the plant Phyllanthus emblica. The extract uses a multilevel cascade of antioxidant compounds resulting in a long-lasting and stable antioxidant activity. Recent studies have shown that this natural antioxidant also provides significant skin lightening properties when used in moderate concentrations.

Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that occurs in many different forms (some stable and others unstable) each with distinct properties. Several of these forms have been shown to reduce melanin formation and provide a skin whitening effect when applied topically. These include l-ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and sodium ascorbyl phosphate. These forms when used individually or together can assist in slowing down hyperactive melanocytes and thus resulting in lighter skin.

At SMD Cosmetics we only use safe, natural brightening ingredients such as beta-arbutin bearberryry (Uva Ursi) plant, licorice extract, mulberry extract, niacinamide, and vitamin C. The Saromae Radiance Line is the brightening line with almost all of these ingredients, however the Saromae Snail Serum and Inhyunjin Line do contain some of these ingredients.  IF skin brightening is your main goal definitely go for Saromae Radiance!

Meet Lauren Ing of SMD Cosmetics

Article in Voyage LA Magazine:

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Ing.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lauren. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My vision was to provide EFFECTIVE, UNIQUE, PREMIUM, LUXURY skincare that was also natural, safe and non-toxic. I knew there was natural skincare out there and also luxury skincare, but nothing that provided both of these qualifications in a way that didn’t feel like a sacrifice of one or the other. I want women to feel that they are making their skin more beautiful, youthful, radiant but without sacrificing peace of mind and health.

I am like many of you, I, too, struggled with terrible skin. I suffered from acne, acne-scarring, allergic-reactions, sensitive skin, dry-patches, oily-patches, redness, and breakout. It caused me to feel self-conscious, depressed and hopeless about myself and my skin. I had tried all types of products: expensive, mass, organic, prescription and cosmeceuticals, loaded with harsh chemicals, and even concoctions prepared at home. I changed my diet and cleansed and cut out dairy and still I faced irritated and angry skin. And, unfortunately, nothing showed lasting results. I started to see real results with Saimdang Cosmetics’ line of natural, herbal-medicinal based products. When I saw AMAZING results, I was hooked!! Coincidentally, Saimdang Cosmetics, was exploring the idea of launching its premium, natural, herbal medicinal based skincare products in the United States. Saimdang, founded over 20 years ago, was one of the first natural skincare companies based on herbal medicinal formulations. This began the start of SMD Cosmetics International.

Has it been a smooth road?
SMD Cosmetics is one of Korea’s most prestigious, top-selling skincare lines formulated on over 2,000 years of herbal medicine wisdom by a team of researchers and chemists to revive, replenish and rejuvenate your skin using the power of nature and innovative technology. Since it was founded over 20 years ago under the name Saimdang, the challenge has been launching it under a new name, SMD Cosmetics, here in the US.

Despite this re-launch challenge we have been honored that top celebrity make-up artists have discovered how powerful our products are and how their skin can transform with the right products. The challenge is in communicating and having to educate people from scratch about what they should be putting on their skin and why. The product really sells itself in Korea because of all the accolades and awards won, we even won the prestigious Presidential Award in 2011.

Another obstacle SMD faces is the award-winning packaging is in Korean, and although it’s authentic to the brand origin it has been an obstacle to have English labels added. It helps that the “K-beauty” trend is a big movement in the US and people are craving Korean skincare but SMD is taking the already exalted status of “K-beauty” to the next level!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with SMD Cosmetics – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
SMD Cosmetics is a luxurious skincare company with 20 years of history and patented formulas. It’s the attention to meticulous detail that goes into making each product that sets SMD apart. The premium products are made with the VIP, elite clientele in mind. From every exclusive ingredient, the careful selection of the environmentally friendly glass bottles, to the top-fashion designers that helped craft the award-winning design and packaging, no detail is overlooked. And I am most proud of the fact that industry professionals are recognizing this. That’s why we are proudly sold in Nigel’s Beauty Emporium, a destination for Hollywood’s best.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Elizabeth Hoel-Chang is a big fan of the brand now and uses the SMD Inhyunjin collection, and she sent me this quote: “You and your family have a gift to really be able to help people. It’s not only about great skin, but also giving people the confidence and knowledge of what they are putting on their skin… a healthy, nutritional element to help preserve themselves. In a day and age of snake oil tonics and empty promises, this line of skin care is the miracle and truth people need to know about and have the ability to get it for themselves because they deserve it. !!”

The creation of the exclusive Inhyunjin anti-aging line that Elizabeth Hoel-Chang is referring to is true labor of love; with six rare ingredients that are processed nine times over fifty days. The process includes fermentation, resulting in powerful probiotics that preserve the product, naturally. I’m proud to give people a natural product that lends results!

Our best-selling product, the Saromae Quintessential Snail Serum Concentrate, is the perfected result of combining the precise formulation of natural ingredients and ancient herbal science. It contains 62% pure snail filtrate extract, which is the perfect balance of efficacy and texture. This cruelty-free, all-in-one formula reduces wrinkles, dullness, sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, and acne scarring. It also deeply hydrates, reverses signs of aging, and brightens the skin. It’s truly a GAME CHANGER!

Pricing:

  • Perfect for summer try the AloGel Skin Perfecting Botanical $30
  • Best selling Saromae Snail Serum Concentrate $70
  • Try the 5 piece anti-aging Inhyunjin travel set for $125

Contact Info:

http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-smd-cosmetics-headquarters-san-francisco/

Become a Beauty Expert and Gain Access to the Best-Kept Secret in Luxury Skin Care

SMD Cosmetics unveils Beauty Master’s Certification Program, allows industry insiders access to innovative product suite

In today’s skin care market, the best way to understand a product is through trial-and-error. “Try before you buy” is the battle cry of the American public, and for good reason: they demand the best, and they aren’t going to take just anyone’s word for it. As a skin care professional, clients look to you for advice about their skin care regimen, placing their trust in you to know which products are worth their time and money. Your reputation and career depend on choosing top-of-the-line skin care that produces results, but with so many products on the market, that choice is a daunting one.

Faced with this challenge, industry insiders like Elizabeth Hoel-Chang, celebrity makeup artist on the set of television show “This Is Us,” and Toni G., makeup artist for Angelina Jolie, trust the innovative, unprecedented science behind SMD Cosmetics. SMD originated and flourished in the Korean market, growing in popularity among women with access to some of the best skin care products in the world.

Relying on cutting edge research and safe, non-toxic ingredients, SMD developed patented formulas that artfully synthesize over 2,000 years of ancient medicinal herbal wisdom with the most advanced skin care science, making their award-winning collection a top-pick among the most discerning clients. Their anti-aging INHYUNJIN line is a fast-growing celebrity favorite, and along with the multi-functional Saromae and super hydrating Snail Serum, deliver a powerful blend of time-tested herbal ingredients used for generations in Korean culture, and previously unavailable to American consumers.

Formerly sold only at the prestigious Nigel Beauty Emporium in North Hollywood, SMD now offers access to their unique and innovative collection through a groundbreaking certification program, available exclusively to industry insiders and beauty professionals. SMD Cosmetics invites you to become a Certified Beauty Master, and be the first to experience the powerful benefits of these natural products that even the most skeptical consumers are calling “the real deal,” and “worth every penny.” Certification gives you access to professionals-only pricing on their full suite of luxury products, plus additional exclusive member benefits. Makeup Artists, Dermatologists, Estheticians, Plastic Surgeons, and many other beauty influencers and professionals are invited to certify online at http://www.smdcosmetics.com/beauty-masters.

About SMD Cosmetics:

SMD Cosmetics offers a premium line of award-winning, natural skincare products from South Korea. Founded over 20 years ago, SMD Cosmetics has perfected their patented formulas by using the most advanced natural skincare technology in combination with Asian herbal medicinal wisdom that is truly authentic. SMD Cosmetics is one of Korea’s most prestigious, top-selling skincare lines formulated by a team of researchers and chemists to revive, replenish and rejuvenate your skin using the power of nature and innovative technology. For more information, visit the site at: www.SMDcosmetics.com.

Source:

Racked.com. The Way We Buy Beauty Now.

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