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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Soothe, Tone and Restore Moisture for Glowing Summer Skin

Luxury Korean Beauty Gel Naturally Replenishes and Restores

It’s irresistible. The warmth of summer and the sensation of sun-kissed skin call to you. Still, there’s a cost. The sun drains moisture, leaving skin dry and vulnerable. SMD Cosmetics, the company that recently began sharing its Korean beauty secrets in the U.S., has a solution: “SMD’s AloGel Skin Perfecting Botanical.” An exclusive, premium aloe vera gel formulation that combines the anti-aging qualities of aloe with a unique and patented blend of powerful herbal antioxidants to help soothe, tone and restore moisture while giving you that radiant summer glow.

SMD Cosmetics (www.SMDcosmetics.com), from South Korea, has been the leader in innovative, natural and effective skin care products for decades, and only now is
releasing its luxurious products in the United States. SMD collections and unique
formulations are based on 2,000 years of Korean herbal skin care wisdom, which has
become the envy of the world in the art of defying age and retaining pristine skin.

Toni G., Makeup Artist for Angelina Jolie, puts her trust in SMD’s collection. “I’m very health conscious and aware that what you put on your body is as important as what you
put in your body,” she says. “So, when I discovered this natural skincare brand that was
not only good for my skin but fulfills its promises, I knew it was the real deal.”

SMD’s AloGel Skin Perfecting Botanical serum is a unique formula that takes the
already exalted status of Korean skincare, to the next level. AloGel’s premium formula
nourishes skin with over 75 beneficial nutrients that immediately help erase the
appearance of dry or irritated skin brought on by sun exposure. Some of the exclusive
natural ingredients in the AloGel are:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, commonly known as aloe vera, is synonymous with soothing sunburns. This powerful and nutrient dense gel is at the core of the formula that reduces the appearance of dry skin by restoring suppleness. Vitamins C, E and beta carotene absorb directly and quickly for immediate results.

Morus Alba Bark Extract, or mulberry, is loaded with antioxidants known for brightening properties that produce smoothness and even tones.

Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract has one of the densest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids of any natural substance at 54 to 64 percent. The natural oil helps soothes sensitive skin and minimizes pores while helping to clean out clogged pores.

Wild Sesame Leaf Extract is a natural antioxidant that absorbs into skin and boosts energy to rejuvenate cells.

Propolis extract provides an antibacterial quality in addition to its antioxidant
properties to build skin health.

Mulberry root extract improves skin tone and protects and soothes skin
tone.

Ingredients are everything. Bloomberg News recently reported, “No evidence of Aloe
Vera found in the Aloe Vera at Walmart, CVS,” which should be concerning to
consumers expecting to use the soothing botanical gel on their skin. 1 SMD’s AloGel
Skin Perfecting Botanical serum delivers on unmatched quality. SMD Cosmetics is
“nature perfected,” because their products use the power of nature’s ingredients
combined with the wisdom of ancient herbal science. Their advanced, patented
technology gives us the difference of innovative, active components that make SMD’s
products so different from anything else on the market.

Men and children may also benefit from AloGel. It may help to soothe skin after some
fun in the sun, and it helps to prevent the look of dry, dehydrated, tired skin after
summer travel. AloGel can be used after cleansing and before moisturizing to enhance
any skincare regimen. Keep it in the refrigerator and apply cold AloGel to a clean face to
maximize absorption, minimize pores and restore a youthful radiant suppleness to your
skin.

Celebrity makeup artist for the hit TV show “This Is Us,” Elizabeth Hoel-Chang,
understands the importance of natural Korean skincare. “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,” she says. “In a day
and age of snake oil tonics and empty promises, this SMD Cosmetics line is the miracle
and truth people need to know about and have the ability to get it for themselves
because they deserve it!”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11- 22/no-evidence- of-aloe- vera-found- in-the-aloe-vera- at-wal- mart-cvs

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 its patented
formulas by using the most advanced natural skincare technology in combination with
Asian herbal medicinal wisdom that is truly authentic. SMD has over 39 patents and
has created over 26 ingredients. It is still the only company in the whole cosmetic
industry in Korea to have ever been awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for
excellence. 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 FINE Magazine has to say about SMD Cosmetics…

By Leigh-Anne Anderson

K-Beauty Trends

2017 is the year of gorgeous skin, and that’s why we had to look into this #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. We spoke with two notable celebrity makeup artists (MUAs) that shared their favorite #Kbeauty product and 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 avocados in my diet since they are in season and are so good for your skin!”

Elizabeth Hoel-Chang

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, premium herbal medicinal-based line that is fairly new to the United States. 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 got to interview celebrity make-up artist and photographer, Troy Jensen, to give us this summer’s 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.”

K-Beauty

Jensen continues, “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.”

K-beauty is constantly rising to new levels of ease and innovation, and after speaking to Elizabeth Hoel-Chang and Troy Jensen, I want in!

http://www.finehomesandliving.com/New-k-beauty-Trend-Here-to-Stay/

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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The Powerful Connection Between Psychology and Skin

Having good skin has more to do with psychological well-being than just sheer vanity.
For the millions of people who struggle with their skin, it’s something that can have a major impact on their life. Skincare problems can lead to serious psychological issues, that have long-term effects. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that millions of people are affected by skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and that each of these issues are linked to depression and anxiety. The emotional impacts can continue to impair the individual long after their skin condition has cleared up. Our body image accounts for a large part of a person’s self-esteem and our overall psychological well-being.

“Skin problems can be the source of extreme distress in people, causing a loss of self-
confidence, anxiety, feelings of shame and embarrassment, which often results in a
sense of hopelessness and helplessness. Poor skin quality has been linked to everything from suicidal thoughts, PTSD, social isolation to higher unemployment rates,” explains Lauren Ing, president of SMD Cosmetics International, who is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. “The mind/body connection between skin and psychological well-being is strong. We know that when we feel good about our skin, it directly links to feeling better about ourselves.”

Psychodermatology, an emerging area of science, looks at the relationship between psychology and one’s skin, because it has been identified in numerous studies as such
an important issue.

“We know the psychological damage that skin problems can lead to,” states licensed
psychotherapist and vice president of SMD Cosmetics International, Amoreena Berg.
“The good news is that with products like SMD Cosmetics, we can help just about
anyone’s skin look more radiant, helping them to love what they see when they look in
the mirror.”

South Koreans are known for taking great care of their skin, using up to 10 to 18
products on their face, twice a day. Their dedication to their skin may be the reason why
they are known for having some of the most beautiful skin in the world. It is a
preventative approach, because the Korean beauty philosophy is to use top quality,
natural ingredients that are safe and non-toxic, like those found in SMD Cosmetics,
which products are based on over 2,000 years herbal medicinal wisdom.

The SMD Cosmetics exclusive line is considered one of the most popular and
prestigious skin care lines in South Korea, and is now available in the United States. In
addition to the Saromae Snail Serum, SMD Cosmetics also offers the celebrity favorite
INHYUNJIN collection, which is a natural, anti-aging line that includes a purifying cream
toner, “essence” age defying serum, “emulsion” refining moisturizer, intensive night
repair cream, and their reversing miracle eye cream. The innovative collection is
patented, award-winning, and uses Asian herbals along with probiotics to help reverse
the signs of aging and provide skin renewal. They also offer specialty products like the
skin perfecting AloGel and the Saromae Collection, which uses beer yeast and bear
berry extracts to help brighten the skin and help the look of acne scars and/or dark
spots. The luxurious line of skin care products is now available in the U.S., online. They
are sold at Hollywood's premier beauty supply company, Nigel Beauty Emporium in
North Hollywood, Ca. For more information, visit the site at: www.smdcosmetics.com.

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: American Academy of Dermatology. Acne. https://www.aad.org/media/stats/conditions
American Academy of Dermatology. Eczema. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/eczema-resource-center/what-to- watch-for/mood

American Academy of Dermatology. Psoriasis. https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/research- links-psoriasis-depression
Psychology Today. The Emotional Impact of Skin Problems. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/skin-deep/201001/the-emotional- impact-skin- problems

Animal Testing in the Cosmetic Industry

Animal cruelty and the cosmetic industry…a sad subject most of don’t know much about.  After some lengthy research today I came across some eye opening information and wanted to share since I personally would rather be informed than not. Here at SMD Cosmetics we are animal cruelty free and all products are made in South Korea, but apparently that is not the case with many cosmetic companies.

Humane Society International estimates that as many as 500,000 animals are still being used each year around the world in cruel and outdated tests for cosmetic ingredients and products. By far the largest proportion of these animals—more than 375,000 in 2015—are used to meet pre-market test requirements in China alone.

“China’s Food and Drug Administration requires all imported cosmetics, new cosmetic ingredients, and “special-use” cosmetics such as hair dyes, deodorants and sunscreens, to undergo animal testing before being sold. Companies are required to submit finished product samples to the government for testing in a CFDA-recognized laboratory. Once approved for sale, provincial authorities also conduct post-market inspections of cosmetic products, which can include a further layer of animal testing.”

In 2012 it was discovered that China was requiring animal tests for cosmetics to be funded by cosmetics companies—including Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay. In June 2014, the CFDA introduced regulatory reform that removed the mandatory requirement for pre-market animal testing for non-special-use or “ordinary” cosmetics manufactured in mainland China but little movement has been made.

After four years of hard work persuading the Chinese government to accept non-animal methods for cosmetics testing, scientists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, whose work in China was first funded by a grant from PETA, are celebrating an important victory!  Chinese government officials have stated that they will soon, for the first time ever, be recognizing data from a completely non-animal test method for safety evaluations of cosmetics.  Currently, the Chinese government requires cosmetics companies to pay for cruel tests on animals in order to sell imported and special-use cosmetics in China – a practice PETA exposed in 2012.  The government’s acceptance of the 3T3 Phototoxicity assay means that cosmetic companies selling in China will be able to submit data on cosmetics for this particular test, involving exposure to light, without having to harm animals.  PETA is proud to have contributed to this effort, and congratulates the scientists at IIVS for their critical work helping to end the Chinese government’s requirements for tests on animals for cosmetics. Yey PETA!!

Here is a list of companies that DON’T test on animals:

http://www.peta.org/blog/3-companies-booted-cruelty-free-list/

While we all look to the day when cosmetics animal testing is relegated to the history books, we’re not there yet, especially in China. By continuing to uphold the integrity of cruelty-free standards we can applaud the progress China has made while continuing the necessary pressure to facilitate further change and put an end to cosmetics cruelty around the world, once and for all. Caring consumers, and the suffering of hundreds of thousands of animals each year, demand nothing less.

 

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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SMD’s Alogel…when and why to use it?

At first I was wondering myself what is this SMD Alogel…do I put it on a sunburn, what?  I don’t burn!  So you can…but…that’s definitely not it’s primary use.

Aloe Vera Gel naturally soothes and hydrates the skin for anti-aging and antioxidant benefits.

  • Lightweight formula with soothing and calming properties
  • Boosts hydration for dry skin, while restoring natural suppleness
  • Helps reduce the appearance of skin bumps
  • Acts as a booster to enhance your skin care regimen
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, youthful-looking and luminous

So that all sounds fabulous!  I want all of that, no?!  So I gave it a shot…I was told my the President of SMD to use it after my toner and at the time I had some weird bumpy reaction who knows what going on by the side of my face.  She said I needed to put the Alogel on it…I do what she says most of the time.  It worked!  A few weeks later it was gone!  Love it. Further looking into what was in this product I was happy to note it was natural with natural preservatives and some great ingredients. Here are some to highlight.

KEY INGREDIENTS + BENEFITS:

Morus Alba Bark Extract – loaded with antioxidants which provides soothing and brightening benefits to the skin

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder – enhances the appearance of dry and irritated skin by smoothing, refining and restoring suppleness

Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract – natural oil containing high levels of essential fatty acids for soothing, cooling and calming, while also boosting plumpness, hydration and youth-enhancing benefits to the skin

It’s great to use on the whole family as well!

You can find it at SMD Cosmetics Alogel

The I N H Y U J I N Multi-Step Regimen

Let’s SIMPLIFY and breakdown the steps for INHYUNJIN!!  It will feel like when you were first learning how to drive… At first, it feels complicated and perhaps overwhelming and, once you get the hang of it, it will feel like second nature!  Just remember the shortcut, start with the lightest and most watery formulation and then end with the thickest, in texture.

For those of you who have been lucky enough to get your hands on the INHYUNJIN set, and are READY for the instructions, here it is:

1.)  First cleanse your face, thoroughly with any product that is natural and not too harsh.  (We recommend, our Saimdang Cleansing Oil).

2.)  Second step is to use the Toner.  It will be the largest of all of the bottles and it should be a white watery texture.  It is VERY healing and nourishing.  Typically, toners are used to wipe away any excess dirt and oil, but our Inhyunjin Toner is not be wasted in this manner!!  Throw away your cosmetic pads, girls (and guys, who are lucky enough to share with their very generous partners)!   Gently squirt a single pump in the palm of your hand and pat it gently into your skin.  It is super hydrating and nourishing, so your skin will just drink it up!  The heat from your hands will aid the absorption of this precious liquid, so pat away…  The Inhyunjin Toner cleanses, softens and tones the skin naturally with fermented cork tree bark extract, purifies and refines pores, while gently awakening the skin with deep hydration.  It actually helps to create a thin protective membrane on the skin to combat environmental damage.

3.)  The third step is the MOST important of all of the steps!!!  The Inhyunjin Essence is the GAME-CHANGER!!!  It’s vitamin rich formula will help to turn back time and truly change the texture and tone of your skin.  Again, take one small pump onto your fingertip and smooth it onto your face and neck, using an upward and outward motion.

4.) Fourth step is the Inhyunjin Emulsion will look and feel like a lotion, because it is.  Except like no other lotion you have EVER used!  All of SMD’s products are multi-active and multi-function.  Meaning that there are over 35-40 premium, active ingredients in each formulation, whereas most of the other products out there have only 1-3 active ingredients!  What?!   Your skin will feel like it took a deep, refreshing gulp of water after being lost in the Mojave Desert!

5.)  The Final Step for you skincare routine is the Inhyunjin Night Creme.  This last step is the MOST hydrating of all of the steps.  It is also the thickest, and creamiest of all of the steps.  It is also in the beautiful screw off top, so there is no mistaking it.  I recommend you use it in the evening, as directed, BUT, it is also AMAZING during the day, especially when the weather is particularly harsh and unforgiving.  The skin on our face is so delicate, but yet we expose it such detrimental elements like the sun, the snow, the wind and the impossibly drying indoor heater!  Please, help your skin be protected from these dreadful elements and use this cream at night to heal, hydrate and help reverse the signs of aging as you sleep.  This is the time when there is actual cell-turnover and you can really take advantage of the nourishing  properties of Inhyunjin’s PATENTED 6 medicinal ingredients that are processed 9TIMES OVER 50DAYS!!!!   The Inhyunjin Night Creme instantly drives moisture deep into the skin for long­ lasting hydration, while addressing visible signs of aging with exclusive fermented Chinese matrimony vine extracts.  You will be amazed how this powerful formula works while you sleep, to achieve silky­ smooth skin by morning!!!

The FINAL bonus is that with normal and recommended daily use, the products are designed to last about 6-8 months!!  Each product is so potent and effective that only a small amount is needed to obtain the results!

And, there you have it!  The steps to using the INHYUNJIN SET!  Please feel free to document how your skin changes with before and after pictures of yourself!  If you submit them to us, we would love to feature you!  Don’t be SHOCKED if people start stopping you on the street about your AMAZING skin!!

 

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.