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.”

http://www.thelist.com/67696/really-happens-sleep-makeup/

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Sorry, But Korean Sunscreens Are Better Than Western Ones

I absolutely love this article so I had to repost!

There’s not much that makes a whole lot of us feel like a little kid being force-fed vegetables like the constant reminders to apply sunscreen — every day, several times a day, and also all over. Sunscreen is probably one of the most inelegant beauty or health necessities — sometimes it smells weird, but mostly it feels like a layer of pore-clogging grease that rarely if ever plays nicely with makeup or moisturizers. But you’ve got to use it! We’re all pretty caught up on how important sun protection is not only for our health, but also for the purpose of “anti-aging” if that’s a concern of yours.

Speaking of prioritizing sun protection, Koreans are the most extra folks in terms of skin care (think 10-step daily skin care routines and weekly facial visits as standard practice) so they would be the ones most likely making the most top shelf sunscreens. Korean beauty culture prizes smooth even dewy skin as the epitome of conventional beauty, so it makes a lot of sense that their competitive beauty market is constantly innovating sunscreen formulas to give consumers the protection they require with the texture, feel, and wear that any makeup-wearing (or makeup-hating) person would demand. If you’re use to the goopy white cast of most sunscreens you find in a lot of western drugstores or beauty shops, going so far to even skip the SPF in favor of a more preferable complexion feel, a) what are you even DOING, and b) get thee a Korean sunscreen and have your sun protection bases properly handled.

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As someone who’s been singing the praises of Korean sunscreens for the past few years now, I can tell you that I’ve tried a handful and the most noticeable difference is the texture and wear. Sun protection should always be the outermost layer of your skin care routine, topping your moisturizer, and I find that Korean sunscreens are always light, easily spreadable and leave no visible trace or cast behind. Many even incorporate skin care benefits like hydration, antioxidants and skin tone-evening ingredients as a one-step product to do heavy lifting on top of your moisturizer and serums.

I consulted Toronto-based cosmetic chemist, Stephen Ko, as to what exactly makes Korean sunscreens dare-I-say “superior” to Western ones — at least in terms not sacrificing protection for texture.

“It’s not that South Korea has something specifically unique that allows them to create better sunscreens,” Ko says, “They just have access to more sunscreen ingredients to work with.” In the US, sunscreens are a considered a drug under the FDA so they’re tested for their ability to protect skin from UVB and UVA rays but aren’t required to go through the formal drug approval process. “Sunscreen chemicals on the other hand do need to go through the formal drug approval process, and because of this there hasn’t been a new one approved for use in sunscreens in the US since 1999,” Ko explains.

In countries like South Korea, that approval process is much quicker. These newer innovative sunscreen formulas improve on issues older formulas have, like “photostability, a larger molecular size to reduce skin penetration and a broader absorption spectrum — especially into UVA.” In the US, the main chemicals that protect against UVA are avobenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

“We are terribly behind the rest of the world in approving sunscreens that are superior to those we have,” says Dr. Vivian Bucay, MD at the Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics. “Sunscreen formulations undergo a standardized testing method to determine what degree of protection it offers.” She agreed that the list of approved sunscreen ingredients by the FDA hasn’t been updated in years.

Dermatologist and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, added that “outside of the United States there are many sunscreen ingredients that cannot be used here yet. Many of these may be coming to the United States in the next few years [that] offer high quality protection against long range UVA rays which may be superior to some of the currently used sunscreen blockers in the US.” He reminds us that SPF only refers to protection from UVB — not UVA — rays. If you want to cover both, you need to use a sunscreen that’s labeled “broad spectrum.”

If you’ve ever seen a sunscreen offered by a Korean beauty brand, you may see that instead of “SPF” it’ll say “PA” with a number of “+” afterwards.

“PA is a based on the PPD test, or the persistent pigmentation darkening test. It measures the multiple increase of UVA a person can theoretically be exposed to without tanning or darkening of the skin,” Ko explained. “The PA system ranges from PA+ to PA++++. PA++++; the maximum rating means it has a PPD value of 16. This means that a person can theoretically withstand at least 16 times more UVA radiation before tanning with the sunscreen on compared to without.”

But how does that compare to the SPF rating we’re all use to seeing? Dr. Zeichner chimed in, “When used properly there is little difference between sunscreens above SPF 30. However, in the real world we apply less sunscreen than we should and we do not reapply. That is why I recommend using sunscreens with higher SPF values, as it serves as a safety net to ensure the highest quality protection for the longest period of time.”

As to why many western sunscreens insist on the condiment-like consistency, Dr. Bucay surmises, “I suspect that it’s probably because it’s less expensive to produce less cosmetically elegant sunscreen formulations.” She does have a few tips for getting your SPF right though: “SPF’s are not additive, meaning that wearing an SPF 20 moisturizer and an SPF 30 makeup does not equal SPF 50. The clock starts ticking once the products are applied, so the SPF 30 will keep working longer than the 20,” she warns. As for what order to apply when layering sunscreens, “I recommend that patients apply serums and lightweight products first and sunscreen as the last thing before makeup. Many of the newer and more elegant sunscreens are tinted and feel like primers, making them easy to use.”

http://www.allure.com/story/korean-sunscreen-compared-to-western-sunscreen?mbid=nl_tailored_06042017


This Just In: Joico Blonde Life Brightening Masque, Chanel Ombre Premiere Eyeshadow Cream and SMD Cosmetics Inhyunjin collection

Joico's Blonde Life Brightening Masque.
 

Joico’s Blonde Life Brightening Masque. Handout photo / PNG

JOICO

Blonde Life Brightening Masque

They say: To help with the high maintenance of a blond mane, Joico says it delivers a product specially formulated to keep the horrible Bs (brassiness, brittleness and breakage) at bay.

We say: This masque is a moisturizing machine. Our tester’s hair, thanks to an abundance of beachy blond highlights and its natural curl, is as dry as an Arizona acreage. Top-notch conditioners are the only way she can combat the frizz, and this masque lived up to its smoothing hype. Our tester especially liked that she could rinse lightly, leaving in some of the non-greasy, fresh-smelling (very light vanilla and citrus) masque as a styling product.

$25.95 for 150 mL | Select salons

CHANEL

Ombre Premiere Eyeshadow Cream

They say: A long-wearing cream eyeshadow that “glides on effortlessly to leave an elegant satin finish.”

We say: Our tester tried the hue Scintillanc, a shimmery champagne colour that gave lids a dreamy, slightly shiny appeal. Think all cream shadows end in a creasy mess? Think again. These eyeshadow pots deliver fully saturated colour that lasts all day without crinkles and creases, even on greasy lids.

$40 | Chanel counters

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SMD Cosmetics

Inhyunjin collection

They say: A collection of skin care products that harness the power of, “premium and rare natural Asian herbs and probiotics” to help improve skin’s hydration, regeneration and overall radiance.

We say: We could all use a bit of a boost in the moisture and radiance department after a long, wet spring. This collection left our tester’s skin feeling soothed and happy post-use.

From $82 USD | Smdcosmetics.com

What’s all the rage about #Kbeauty?! SMD Cosmetics has the answer

Blog: Groomed LA

We got wind of an amazing skin care line and had to look into this #Kbeauty trend ASAP!  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. We 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 Up Artist for the hit TV show This Is Us, on her summer skin care tips and tricks:

“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 everyday 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 we 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.

We 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.

We also interviewed 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:

“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 make up 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 Elizabeth and Troy Groomed LA wants in!

I can’t wait to get my INHYUNJIN anti-aging set for myself! #Kbeauty !!! WOOT!!

http://www.groomed-la.com/7374-2/

What are Chic Luxuries Editors’ Picks?!

CHIC LUXURIES

We haven’t tried a Molton Brown scent we didn’t like. The Limited Edition Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel is among our favorites for Spring. A mix of tart rhubarb and citrus blends with delicate rose for an unforgettable fragrance. Gently cleanses and leaves skin soft and lightly scented. The limited edition 10-oz bottle with pink cap is $30 at moltonbrown.com

Found this gorgeous “Amelia” Set at pinXsilver. The hammered double silver circles necklace is 18″ with a 2″ extender and includes matching french wired hammered circle earrings. If pinXsilver is not carried at a store near you, you can order through their secure shopify site on Facebook. Click the “shop now” button at the top of their page to see all of their beautiful, on-trend offerings. Amelia is $18.95 for the set…hurry, limited quantities.

Tula Multi-Spectrum Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment with probiotic technology works with skin’s natural repair process to nourish, hydrate and combat signs of aging as we sleep. The ultra moisturizing cream increases cell turnover as it plumps skin and softens fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. A 1.7-oz jar retails for $85 at tula.com

For a luxurious spa-like treatment at home or on-the-go, give WEN by Chaz Dean Pink Jasmine Peony Ultra Nourishing Intensive Body Treatment a try. Packed with soothing extracts and essential oils to hydrate and smooth dry skin. Apply the rich and delightfully fragrant cream after showering in the morning to start your day with a burst of Spring. This is a limited edition scent so get it before it’s gone! An 8-oz. jar retails for $80 at chazdean.com

Add an extra touch of femininity to your tank tops with  skinnytees™ Lace Camisole. Layered under a cardigan it instantly kicks an outfit up a notch. The seamless camisole is super soft and ultra stretchy to comfortably fit sizes 2-12. Available in White, Black, Ivory and Blush. $40 skinnytees.com

Turn back time with Inhyunjin Eye Cream Reversing Miracle Eye Concentrate from SMD Cosmetics. This luxurious cream provides intense hydration, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and works to reduce puffiness, crepiness, and dark circles. $125 smdcosmetics.com
Vivanco Rioja Seleccion de Familia Reserva 2010 is a bold, ruby red wine with aromas of cherry, redcurrant and blackberry and hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Lush red fruit flavors complement red meat, slow cooker meals, and chocolate desserts. $25 at wine.com

 

INOAR Thermoliss Shampoo and Conditioner was created for frizzy, wavy and unmanageable hair. Formulated with argan oil, amino acids, and vitamins, it gently cleanses and fortifies each strand while reducing frizz and leaving hair smooth and silky. The Shampoo retails for $14 and the Conditioner $16 for an 8.1 oz. tube. inoarprofessional.com

 

Style Edit Root Touch-Up instantly covers gray with a paraben-free powder that lasts until washed out. Easy to apply and mess-free. A sponge applicator is included. Available for brunettes, blondes and redeads. SRP: $24.50 A salon locator is available at styleedit.com
glō minerals Tinted Primer SPF 30 is perfect for beach and pool days when you don’t want to wear foundation. The Tinted Primer evens out skin tone, corrects any imperfections, provides a touch of color and protection from damaging rays. Use the pure mineral primer alone for protection with a healthy looking glow or as a primer for a flawless complexion. Available in Fair, Light, Medium and Dark. A 1-oz. tube retails for $36. glominerals.com
 
Everyone™ Aromatherapy Blend Pure Essential Oil Relax is just what the doctor ordered. A few drops in a diffuser at bedtime and you’ll be drifting off to sleep in no time. The combination of ylang ylang, lavender and orange relaxes the senses and is positively addicting. A glass dropper is included. A .45-oz bottle retails for $11.99 at eoproducts.com.
Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Toothpaste is made with naturally-derived ingredients to white teeth safely and quickly. The minty-fresh toothpaste also helps prevent tartar buildup. Available in Clean Mint and Spearmint. SRP for a 4.7 oz. tube is $4.99 tomsofmaine.com
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe & Sleep with Lavender does more than just relax and soothe aching muscles. According to a recent study by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at Loughborough University, an hour-long hot bath can boost metabolic health and cause an anti-inflammatory response similar to exercise. Effective immediately, I will be taking a LOT of baths!☺ SRP for a 3-lb. bag is $5.99. A store locator is available at drteals.comhttp://www.chicluxuries.com/
Here is a pretty comprehensive information about Epsom Salt; The Magnesium-Rich, Detoxifying Pain Reliever.
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Why Korean Skincare?!

The earlier you understand how to treat your skin the better and there is no set age to start incorporating an effective daily anti-aging routine. Korean’s have some of the most beautiful skin in the world due to the way they treat their skin from an early age and the advanced technology they use in skincare. We Americans can learn a thing or two from what they have been doing for decades.

From what we can tell the days of the all-in-one skin creams found in drug store shelves are over. Made with synthetic petroleum based products and ingredients like formaldehydes, parabens and phthalates, they can actually damage your skin permanently. Why do these companies use such chemicals as ingredients? Because they are cheap, readily available and make their products last longer on store shelves.

At SMD Cosmetics, we find the that most effective skin care products are ones that use natural ingredients to offer a step by step methodology to heal, regenerate and repair the skin to produce natural and long term skin health. It’s not about covering up, it’s about healing.

Korean brands have been doing this for decades and now. Our philosophy is much different compared to North American brands. It’s less about promising you a miracle and more about pampering your skin, much like an in-home spa treatment.

“Search “Korean Skin Care” in Google and you will be inundated with articles from Vogue to New York Times extoling the virtues of Korean Skin care. Forbes Magazine and Sephora, the world’s largest retailer of cosmetics and skincare recently named South Korea as the most innovative country for anti-aging solutions. In 2014 Korea exported $3 Billion USD of anti-aging products to the United States alone. In 2017, that figure will reach $15 Billion.”

What we want to avoid is covering up the problem areas with oils and fillers which will just lead to more damage over time. We need to consistently cleanse our skin of toxins and free radicals that accelerate skin damage and support the skin natural healing process by supplying the right nutrients and building blocks at the right time and in the right amount.

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10-step Korean skin care routine

The first key to understanding the Korean skin care industry is to understand the legacy behind it. Koreans have among the longest documented historical civilized legacies (dating back to 8000 BCE) in the world. Skincare interest has been documented since the earliest Korean writings (700 BCE) and the Dongui Bogam, an ancient Korean medicinal text, has an entire section on preparation and use of herbal ingredients, including for skin concerns.

Korean beauty is a little breath of relaxing joy…this may also stem from the centuries-old tradition of spa and self-care in Korean culture. The Korean spa is also primarily about relaxing with other women and hanging out, rather than just ‘go to the spa, get these things done to you, leave.’ It’s frequently a family affair.

Korean routine is not merely about results (although they are certainly happy about the results). Instead, similar to the Korean spa experience itself, it’s also about the ritual: the precise order of layering; the time necessary to let essence or serum penetrate before the next product can be applied; the special patting motion for the eye cream, etc. This particular form of self-care can be empowering for women.

Korean skincare regimen sounds a bit extreme, but it all boils down to cleansing, exfoliating, treating, intensely moisturizing and applying plenty of SPF during the day. I guess the real differentiating factor between how Koreans take care of their skin and more Western routines is that in Korea, you’re programmed to start early— well before your first training bra—while our more American version of skincare tends to be a sudden mad dash to Nordstrom to buy $100 eye cream, hoping it will reverse some of the teenage UV damage when we hit the age of 30.

Step 1: The Eye Makeup Removal

Remove your eye makeup gently with good makeup remover because expecting a normal cleanser to do a detailed job is what leaves you with week-old mascara on your lashes.

Step 2: The Cleanse

Rule of thumb is, if you’re going to spend 30 minutes putting on your face, you should spend the same amount of time are take the same amount of care when cleaning it off.

Step 3: The Refresher

What we in America think of as “toning’ is an essential step. It’s believed to help remove pollutants along with any residue from your cleansers, while also restoring your skin’s pH balance. It soothes and preps your skin to absorb the next step—the essence. I’ve found Korean toners are less harsh and drying than other kinds that I’ve tried, which is maybe why they’re called “refreshers.”

Step 4: The Essence

Considered the most important step to Korean women, yet still a mystery to many.  It affects skin on a cellular level, speeding your cell turnover rate which makes skin smoother and brighter. I’ve had the most noticeable results from adding this this to my regimen.

Step 5: The Ampoule

Ampoules are super-concentrated versions of essences, and are often referred to as serums and boosters out West.

Step 6: The Sheet Mask

Sheet masks are a twice-a-week ritual, or more if your face is very dry. The wet, papery, masks (makes you look like a serial killer), are soaked in ingredients like collagen, which they in turn soak into your skin. The fun is in the variety; some masks contain avocado extracts (containing tons of antioxidants) or Vitamin E (anti-aging). The secret to sheet masks? They force your skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture better than if you just applied a cream or serum—before the product has a chance to evaporate. The immediate effects are addicting, after one use your face is slightly more plump and much brighter due to all the moisture your skin just absorbed.

Step 7: Snail Cream

You can’t skip the snail serum concentrate!!  The snail mucus solves a multiple amount of skin issues from anti-aging, acne, to evening out one’s skin.

Step 8: The Eye Cream

This is a self-explanatory product, but take note of the technique.  This leads to better absorption of the product, and of course eliminates any of that tugging and pulling.

Step 9: The Moisturizer

Really, another layer? If you haven’t noticed, Korean women are all about layering, to the point you feel your skin has been mummified.

Step 10: The Night Cream

By this point your face feels like a 6-tiered cream cake and your skin has major shine—or as Korean women like to call it, a dewy, “moist glow.” The point is, your skin needs to stay hydrated as you recharge overnight. If it’s morning time skip this step and go with plenty of SPF.

Like I tell all my girlfriends, this routine only takes about 15 minutes out of my evening (sheet masks and exfoliating packs are not really a daily thing), and it’s actually a bit therapeutic to pamper my face as I wind down for the night. The key is daily prevention and nurturing, which eliminates any need for expensive facials. Sure, if you’re stumbling home a bit toasty, barely able to take off your triple-strapped sandals, do yourself a favor and at least wipe off the day’s makeup with some cleansing tissues. Sleeping in your makeup is the universal ultimate skincare sin—whether you’re in California or Seoul.

The miracle of Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey…

Apple cider vinegar and honey are very powerful natural ingredients. If you consume them in their unprocessed, raw farm, they are very beneficial for your overall health. Combined together, they are more powerful and the benefits will be even greater. The honey is great addition for improving the taste of your drink.

The health benefits of a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey Raw honey and apple vinegar has positive effects on our body due to its capacity to protect against infections and treatment of different conditions that affect the quality of life. By consuming them together, you will get these benefits:
  • Improved health and removing the pain in the joints (good for arthritis pain)
  • Removing acid and eases heartburn
  • Improves digestive health, effective against constipation
  • Decreases cholesterol levels and reduces blood pressure
  • Weight loss Eases sore throat
  • Boost of energy Younger look and improved skin health
  • Fights against bad breath
  • Diminishing inflammation
Why is it so successful combination? This combination is so powerful because of its chemical characteristics and interaction with the human body. According to the experts we become ill when our body rapidly increases the acidity (pH below7). Although vinegar is naturally sour, it becomes alkaline once it is ingested. The honey has very low pH, but increases the alkalinity of the body after consummation.

Keep in mind that your ingredients need to be unfiltered and in their raw forms. If you are using processed honey and apple vinegar, you will not get all benefits that you could have if you use them in raw and unfiltered forms.
Mix together: 1 teaspoon of raw honey 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (you can use 1 tablespoon if you can bear the taste) 1 cup of hot water

When you should drink it? The best time for consuming is in the morning on an empty stomach. Take this mixture 20-30 minutes before breakfast and consume it every day. Some people are recommending consumption twice or three times daily, in dependence of your needs and tolerance for taste. Try this mixture on yourself and see how it will benefit your body. Keep in mind that high intake of apple vinegar can lead to lower potassium levels and reduced bone density.
The vinegar can affect diuretics, laxatives and medicines for diabetes and heart ailments, so if you intend to use it for every day you should ask your doctor for advice.

Why do you need to Moisturize?!

You wouldn’t go a day without drinking water, right? Well, you shouldn’t go a day without hydrating your skin. It’s not just meant to help you today—the benefits of hydrating your skin will be visible years in the future. Here are the most important reasons to keep moisturizer close at hand.

In the short term, proper hydration makes skin look healthy. Moisturizers lock in water with ingredients like “occlusives,” which prevent water loss in heat or wind, “humectants,” which attract water to skin cells, and “emollients,” which smooth rough and flaking skin. A day after using facial lotion you’ll find skin is smoother, softer, and fresher-looking.

Using moisturizer has proven benefits for the skin over the long haul. Hydration is what allows skin to function at peak performance. Skin cells in this condition can rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells, which means huge anti-aging benefits down the road. In this study from the British Journal of Dermatology, those who used moisturizer were found to develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin. For men, moisturizing is particularly important. In another study, researchers found that being a male makes one more likely to show signs of aging.

If the above wasn’t enough to compel you to moisturize, consider this: it’s insanely refreshing. Along with a quick teeth brushing, there’s no better way to transition from the office to the bar. While there are options for every skin concern, you really can’t go wrong: any moisturizer at all is better than none.

Moisturizing reduces the chances of skin problems. Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like acne start to pop up.

Moisturizing can reduce the appearance of other blemishes. Freshly moisturized skin has a healthy sheen, which can even out any existing blemishes.

Moisturizing helps your skin stay young. The most sensitive areas of your skin – the face, ears, neck, and chest – replace themselves more often than any other area on your skin. This daily loss of skin cells leaves these areas vulnerable to the dryness and the elements – in fact, they are highest-risk areas for skin cancer. Moisturizing can help give your sensitive skin the boost it needs to repair itself and stay healthy.

Moisturizing fights wrinkles. That plump, firm feeling in your face after moisturizing isn’t an illusion. According to the British Journal of Dermatology, people with properly moisturized skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.

Make sure you’re choosing a moisturizer that works for your skin. SMD Cosmetics has moisturizing products that work for any kind of skin, from dry to oily. If you’re unsure of what direction to go with in our vast range of products reach out and ask one of us…we want you to have the best outcome for your skin!

Super-Easy Homemade Face Masks for Glowing Skin!

Oh face masks, let us count the ways we love thee. In sheet form, in splash form, in clay form, and now we’re adding in DIY form because sometimes we’re  too lazy to get to a store or wait for our online shipment to arrive!

These DIY masks can work wonders for a variety of skin issues—from dry, cracked cheeks and dull foreheads to acne breakouts. Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible, as the skin on your face is thinner than other parts of your body and can soak up toxins much more easily. So, when you want to give your skin some TLC but don’t want to wander farther than your kitchen, try this favorite of mine for tightening and glowing skin…

The DIY Lemon, Honey, Olive oil mask…

Honey is a natural antibacterial and anti-infammatory. It absorbs impurities from the pores and the skin. Ancient beauties used honey and milk on their skin regularly to keep their complexion looking young, radiant and smooth. You can use honey as a wash, toner or mask. And you can mix it with so many other ingredients depending on your needs (apples, pumpkin, papaya. yogurt). It’s quite versatile.

Lemon brightens and exfoliates. It’s great for acne prone skin, age and sun spots or uneven skin tone. It is also a natural source of vitamin C and rich in alpha hydroxy acids.

Olive oil isn’t just good for you’re insides, it’s good for your outsides too. It’s no secret that a diet high in Olive Oils from Spain will help you shine from the inside out. But when applied directly to the skin, the powerful antioxidants help restore the skin’s elasticity and gives you a gorgeous glow.

Olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to help cleanse, moisturize and protect our skin: Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Polyphenols and Phytosterols. Each of these powerful antioxidants help to neutralize the free radicals that cause skin damage and prevent them from doing harm. The lipid profile of Olive Oil is very similar to that of our skin, so it works harmoniously to add moisture and deliver much needed vitamins and nutrients to our pores.

Here’s how to make the DIY Honey/ Lemon/Olive Oil Mask:

  • Squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon (organic is always better) into a bowl
  • Add 1 tbsp of honey (0rganic, raw, natural )
  • Add 1 tbsp of olive oil (organic is always better)
  • Mix it with a spoon until it’s a liquid consistency. Apply it all over a clean face avoiding eye area.
  • Also make sure that  your hair is pulled back away from your face as the mask is rather sticky!  Leave on for 15-20 min and rinse off.

I would love to hear your results!

 

 

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