Friday, February 5, 2016

10 Skincare Myths: Facts vs. Fiction

10 Skincare Myths: Facts vs. Fiction
With so much conflicting information out there about skincare, it can be hard to get the facts! From toothpaste on blemishes to sunscreen on a rainy day, we're setting the record straight on these common skincare myths.

  1. MYTH: Apply toothpaste to your breakouts to dry them out. While toothpaste does contain ingredients that can dry out acne, it can also overdry and irritate your skin, causing redness and inflammation. It's best to use real acne-fighting ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide. Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and clears dead skin cells from follicles. As new breakouts pop up, apply Clear Anti-Blemish Treatment daily as a spot treatment until the breakout heals.
  2. MYTH: You don't need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day. Sunscreen should be worn year-round to protect against UV radiation, regardless of the weather. Many people think they only need to wear sunscreen on a sunny day, but up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds. Even during winter the sun can harm your skin. To stay protected The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection, SPF 30 or greater every day.
  3. MYTH: Always pop your pimples. An inflamed breakout can be hard to resist, but don’t give into temptation! Picking or popping can lead to the spread of bacteria, creating new blemishes. It can also lead to scarring and can delay your skin’s natural healing process. Leave extractions up to the professionals. At the first sign of a breakout, spot treat with a medicated formula and use a full coverage, mineral concealer like Camouflage Oil Free to cover up any blemish or skin imperfection.
  4. MYTH: Products with a higher percentage of Benzoyl Peroxide are best for treating acne. More is better, right? Wrong! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, studies show higher concentrations of Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) don't necessarily yield better results. The reason why BPO is so effective is because it targets and reduces acne-causing bacteria, causing the skin to dry, peel and heal. It can be so effective in drying that overuse can lead to overdrying and peeling, potentially irritating the skin. Limit use and frequency of BPO and apply with care directly on an inflamed lesion, avoiding surrounding skin areas, to target where it is most needed. Wash your hands thoroughly after application. BPO can bleach colored towels and linens, so be careful.
  5. MYTH: Alcohol is bad for your skin. While many claim alcohol is bad for the skin, the truth is some alcohols can be drying, but in a properly-formulated product, alcohol helps increase penetration of key ingredients. Fatty alcohols are non-irritating and very beneficial for the skin.
  6. MYTH: Parabens cause cancer. There's a lot of mixed information about parabens! Parabens were commonly used as a preservative in makeup and skincare products. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) reviewed paraben safety in 1984 and concluded they were safe for use in cosmetics products at levels up to 25% (Typically, parabens are used at levels ranging from 0.01% to 0.3%). After a 2004 study (Darbre, in the Journal of Applied Toxicology) revealed that parabens can be found in breast tumors, everyone decided they'd had enough of this long-used preservative. Soon after the panic began the researcher who conducted the study responded with a clear statement, “Nowhere in the manuscript was any claim made that the presence of parabens had caused the breast cancer…” The CIR Panel holds firm behind their original findings, and the FDA has shared this statement: “FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens.”
  7. MYTH: Rosacea is contagious. The misconceptions that rosacea is caused by poor hygiene and that it is contagious are false. Even though there are no scientifically proven causes of rosacea, we do know that there are certain conditions or factors that can trigger rosacea flare ups, like eating spicy food, drinking certain types of alcohol, intense exercise, dramatic changes in weather or extended exposure to wind or sunlight. While rosacea can affect anyone, it is most common in fair skinned individuals and most symptoms begin to develop after the age of 30. If you think you might have rosacea, find a doctor or dermatologist for treatment of this chronic skin disorder.
  8. MYTH: Dimethicone clogs your pores. It’s often said that dimethicone, often found in makeup primers and skincare products, suffocates your skin, causing breakouts and preventing other skincare ingredients from absorbing. Dimethicone’s semi-permeable natural is often misunderstood! Contrary to popular belief, the barrier provided is breathable while preventing water loss. Dimethicone also has an incredibly low allergic reaction rate of 1 in 100,000, the same odds as a child becoming an NFL quarterback.
  9. MYTH: If you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it. There are so many incredible ingredients that are a little hard to pronounce, so don’t hold it against them! A few hard-to-pronounce ingredients that are hard not to love: Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (from the fatty acids of coconut oil, gently cleanses), Methylsulfonylmethane (a natural compound used to ease arthritis pain), Glycyrrhetinic Acid (an organic compound derived from shredded licorice roots, great for dry, damaged skin), Isodecyl Neopoentonate (an emollient with high spreadability that softens the skin).
  10. MYTH: At home facials are just as effective as professional facials. While at-home skincare is a vital part to maintaining beautiful skin, professional estheticians use products only available to licensed and trained professionals that are more active than a retail homecare product. Learn more about how often you should get a facial.

Monday, February 1, 2016

How-to: Jeweled Eye Crayon Box Looks

glo minerals Jeweled Eye Crayon Box

It’s time to mix up your makeup! The new, limited edition Jeweled Eye Crayon Box creates extraordinary depth for modern, earthy eye statements. Jeweled Eye Pencil in bark, a rich, matte brown, grounds a trio of vibrant shimmer, for arresting looks and a new take on the neutral eye.

Jeweled Eye Pencils deliver rich, buildable pigment in a soft, blendable formula. Use the shades individually or pair together for irresistible eyes, blending with your fingers or a brush. Layer Eye Shadow on top for even more intense color payoff.

Jeweled Eye Crayon Box Includes:

  • Jeweled Eye Pencil in antique (bronze shimmer)
  • Jeweled Eye Pencil in bark (matte brown)
  • Jeweled Eye Pencil in baroque (gold shimmer)
  • Jeweled Eye Pencil in sterling silver (silver shimmer)
  • Crayon Sharpener

Jeweled Eye Crayon Box Look I

Eye Crayon Box Look I

This modern, neutral eye brings together all four shades for a beautiful mix of warm and cool shades, making this look perfect for all skin tones. Apply a light coat of mascara for daytime or add drama with winged liner (try Liquid Ink Eyeliner) and Volumizing Mascara for a night out.
  1. Apply Jeweled Eye Pencil in bark to the waterline and upper lashline.
  2. Apply Jeweled Eye Pencil in sterling silver to lid.
  3. Shade crease of the eye using Jeweled Eye Pencil in baroque and blend with the Eye Blender Brush.
  4. Apply Jeweled Eye Pencil in antique to lower lashline. 

Jeweled Eye Crayon Box Look II

Eye Crayon Box Look II

Warm up your look with this rich, gold and bronze eye look. Pair with highlighted skin and a neutral lip to keep the focus on your eyes.

  1. Apply Jeweled Eye Pencil in baroque to lid.
  2. Apply Jeweled Eye Pencil in antique to lower lashline. 
  3. Shade crease of the eye using Jeweled Eye Pencil in antique.
  4. Blend the crease with the Eye Blender Brush.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Color Melt: Ombré Lips in 2 Steps

Color Melt: Ombre Lips in 2 Steps

Why choose one lip color when you can have two? The ombré effect is when you create a color gradient, transitioning from one color to the next. We’ve seen this gorgeous look on hair, nails and lips, and we can’t get enough of it.

While ombré traditionally goes from light to dark, a beautiful color melt blends two or more colors together, creating a smooth, seamless transition. We’ll show you how to take this bold, high-fashion trend and make it wearable for a night on the town or a fun Valentine’s Day lip.

A perfectly blended lip is hard to keep in place, so go for a longwear, matte lipstick like Suede Matte Crayon. Once you apply this velvety formula, it will set in place for all day wear. After playing with several color combinations, we’ve found our favorite with sorbet, a vibrant fuchsia, and crimson, a deep, vampy red. For a classic light-to-dark look, pair crush with crimson, or monogram with demure. Experiment until you find your perfect color melt!

How to Create an Ombré Lip

  1. Start with the lighter of the two shades, applying to the center portion of the lips. Leave the outer corners bare.
  2. Take the darker of the two shades and line the lips all the way around and fill in the outer corners. Tap the color gently against your lips to blend as you go where the colors overlap, leaving the inner portion of the lips with a pop of color. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Best Orange Lipstick For Your Skin Tone

Orange is beautiful to wear in the spring, and thanks to Pantone’s 2016 fashion color report, we will see a lot more of this fun color! Orange comes in a variety of shades, so there are many ways to wear this trend. The three hues you should explore first are peach, orange and red-orange.

If you haven’t found your favorite shade, start with a lippie that flatters your skin’s undertone. Your skin’s undertone is created by both melanin, or pigment, and blood under the top skin layer. Even if your complexion changes, how light or dark your skin is, your undertone will be the same for life. Finding the right orange lipstick is very much like finding your perfect red. Match the undertone of your lipstick to the undertone of your skin for a fool proof match or try opposite undertones for a statement lip.

Orange Lipstick for Cool Undertones

If you have a cool undertone (pink/blue, peach), oranges with a touch of pink will look best. A soft, pastel coral or cool peach shade like Lipstick in spark will complement fair skin in particular. This sweet, playful color is similar to Pantone's Peach Echo, so you will be right on trend this season. Add a touch of peachy-pink blush to your cheeks to subtly play up your lips.

For a statement lip, try a red-orange like Suede Matte Crayon in crush. This vintage shade is a beautiful blend of red and orange and will flatter all complexions from fair to deep. Pair it with winged liner, a few swipes of mascara, and you’re ready to go!

Orange Lipstick for Warm Undertones

True orange, like Suede Matte Stick in pop, is the option for you if you want a color that will wow. Yellow and olive undertones can pull off this electric, tangerine shade best. Olive skin will also look incredible in Lipstick in spiced rum, a warm, copper shade with a bronze glow.

A sheer, red-orange, like Cream Glaze Crayon in jetset, will warm up lighter complexions or pair perfectly with medium to deep skin. For a bold, matte option, try Suede Matte Crayon in crush, a match for Pantone’s Fiesta. Keep your eye makeup neutral and let these fiery shades have the spotlight.

Orange Lipstick for Every Undertone

If you still think you can’t pull off orange, go for a sheer wash of color. You can make your lipstick sheer by applying it with a light hand or mixing it with a clear gloss. Start with a peach that leans toward the pink end of the spectrum, or a red-orange that’s mostly red. You can also blend a few colors together until you get your ideal, custom orange. Too warm? Mix in peach or coral. Too cool? Add a little red.

No matter what, the best shade is going to be the one that makes you feel the best!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

How to Multi-Mask to Treat Multiple Skin Concerns

How to Multi-Mask to Treat Multiple Skin Concerns

Masking nourishes the skin, providing hydration and delivering active ingredients beyond the superficial layers of the epidermis. After cleansing, you can use a mask to treat your specific skin concerns: a moisturizing mask for dry skin, a refining mask for oily or acneic skin, an anti-aging mask for mature skin, a soothing mask for sensitive skin. Chances are, you’re battling more than one problem area at a time. Multi-masking, when you use multiple masks at once, can help you effectively fight your skin concerns.

How to Multi-Mask

Strategically apply each mask on different areas of the face for a different result. There are four main areas to focus on: forehead, under eye, cheeks and the chin and jawline area.
  • Forehead: Breakouts on the forehead can be caused by anything from improper removal of hair products to genetics. Focus on deep cleansing and purifying the skin. If you have pigmentation and fine lines, try an anti-aging mask.
  • Under Eye: Dark circles in the delicate eye area may be caused by lack of sleep, dehydration or genetics. Use calming and hydrating products for tired, puffy eyes.
  • Cheeks: Breakouts and congestion in the cheek area can be a result of irritating, comedogenic cosmetics, resting your hands on your face or conditions relating to the lungs, like asthma or allergies. Look for refining masks that will address your acne.
  • Chin & Jawline: Breakouts along the jaw and chin are associated with hormone changes and stress. Target breakouts and excess oil with a mask designed to treat acne.

Multi-Masking Combinations

Try these multi-masking combinations for great results. Masking after exfoliating will help to soothe and calm the skin, aid in its recovery time and limit irritation. Learn more about layering your skincare.
  • Recover & Restore: For dry, sensitive skin, apply Restorative Mask to 1, 3 and 4. Apply Cucumber Recovery Mask to 2.
  • Refine & Recover: For combination skin, apply Refining Mask to 1 and 4 and Cucumber Recovery Mask to 2 and 3. If you breakout on your cheeks as well, apply Refining Mask to 3 instead.
  • Restore & Rejuvenate: For aging skin in need of hydration, apply Cyto-luxe Mask to 1 and 4, Restorative Mask to 2 and Cucumber Recovery Mask to 3.

Monday, January 18, 2016

How Often Should I Get a Facial?

How often should I get a facial?

Facials aren’t just a luxury, they’re an incredibly effective way to transform your skin. For aging skin you can increase elasticity and minimize fine lines, or for acneic skin you can treat blemishes and refine the appearance of your pores.

One of the reasons why facials are so effective is because they incorporate products only available to licensed and trained professionals, such as chemical exfoliants, serums and masks, that are stronger (more active) than a retail homecare product. And the power of touch, including massage techniques, is an important aspect of a facial that cannot be overlooked, the benefits include reducing stress which helps provide relaxation to improve our overall well being. Incorporating a daily regimen with professional facial treatments can create serious change in the skin.

Establishing an at-home routine is easy enough, but how often should you get a facial? Depending on your skin type, skin concerns and other factors, the answer can vary. On average, getting a facial every four to six weeks can help keep your skin balanced and healthy. With specific skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation or acne, many clients will see the most significant results with a series of treatments, usually either three or six. Treatments that affect only the top layer of your skin can be applied up to once a week while more aggressive treatments should be performed less frequently, two to four times annually.

Skin Type & Skin Concerns

Young, healthy skin regenerates quickly, so if you care for your skin with a daily homecare regimen, you may not need regular monthly facials. Once your cell turnover slows down and you find yourself in need of a little something extra, look for treatments that address your skin concerns.

If you have congested, acne-prone skin, you might seek treatments more frequently. However tempting it is (and we know it is) do not pick at or pop your pimples at home! This spreads bacteria, often leading to additional breakouts, extends the life of current breakouts and can lead to scarring. Leave the extractions up to the pros. When your acne becomes more manageable, you can go in for maintenance treatments less often.

Levels of Chemical Exfoliation

Gentle, very superficial exfoliants stay within the uppermost layers of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, and can generally be performed as often as once a week to once a month.

Professional facials often feature superficial chemical exfoliants, meaning the exfoliant impacts all or part of the epidermis down to the basal layer, resulting in mild flaking. As a general rule, you can get this type of facial every 30 days, depending on how your skin reacts to the treatment.

With stronger peels that penetrate down to the dermis, you will have longer downtime and should plan for more time between treatments, three to six months.

General Health

Everyone’s skin is different! Your skin therapist should ask you detailed questions about your lifestyle, health and skincare routine to understand how to best treat your skin for the results you desire. A chemical exfoliation causes a controlled wound to the skin, and a healthy body will heal faster. After your consultation and treatment, follow up with your skin therapist to check in on the healing process.

Find a glo retailer near you and ask about glo therapeutics in the treatment room.

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Best Makeup for Dry or Dehydrated Skin

Skin type is defined by two things: genetics and oil production. Your predisposition to a skin type is not something that you can change, so it's important to balance your skin with nourishing products. You want your makeup to be an extension of your skincare, so if you have dry or dehydrated skin, look for hydrating, moisturizing mineral makeup that will cover, correct and protect your skin.

The Best Makeup for Dry Skin

Foundation for Dry Skin

The key to a perfect base application is using primer. Face Primer creates a smooth, even canvas for foundation by blurring fine lines and visible pores.

Next, select a foundation that has skin-healthy, hydrating ingredients and a finish that will work with your skin’s dry texture. glo minerals has five base options for dry skin with three different finishes: semi-matte, satin or dewy.

  • Pressed Base is great for all skin types and gives a flawless, semi-matte finish with sheer to full coverage. 
  • Protective Liquid Foundation Satin is suitable for normal to dry skin and offers medium to full coverage with a smooth, satin finish.
  • Loose Base is great for normal to dry skin and gives a dewy finish with medium to full coverage.
  • Sheer Tint Base is ideal for all but oily skin. This dewy finish foundation provides sheer coverage with a dewy finish. 
  • Luxe Liquid Foundation works for all but oily skin and provides sheer to medium coverage with a dewy finish. 
If you’re looking for a multitasker, try glo therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 for moisturizer, sunscreen and color all-in-one.

glo minerals Base Formulas

Set your foundation to last all day with a light finishing powder. Avoid anything mattifying or oil-absorbing. Finish your look with a spritz of a hydrating setting spray made with Hyaluronic Acid for added surface hydration. You can spray the skin before or after makeup application refresh your skin throughout the day.

Blush for Dry Skin

Creamy products will look and feel the best. Cream Blush gives you a long-lasting flush of color with a dewy look. Apply with the Texture Brush or your fingers, dabbing the product on the apples of your cheeks and blending towards the temple. This blendable formula is forgiving, so if you apply too much you can just keep blending until you get a look you love.

Lipstick for Dry Skin

Before you start your makeup application, prep your lips with a thin layer of balm. Let the nourishing oils sink in while you do the rest of your makeup. Once your foundation, eye and cheeks are done, you can apply a moisturizing lip color. Lipstick and Sheer Lipstick are both great for dry lips, but if you like an ultra-moist lip, try Liquid Lips for a high-shine look.

If your lips are properly conditioned and cared for, you may find that creamy matte lipsticks are wearable. Try exfoliating once a week with a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cell build-up. After rinsing the scrub off, immediately apply a rich balm to hydrate and protect.

It’s an amazing feeling to find makeup that works for you, but make sure you care for your skin with a daily regimen tailored to your skin’s needs. Learn about the difference between dry and dehydrated skin and how to treat both.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ingredient Spotlight: Benzoyl Peroxide

 Ingredient Spotlight: Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide, a strong, acne-fighting ingredient, has long been the go-to for targeting and treating breakouts. Though powerful, it can actually be so effective at drying and clearing breakouts that it leads to over-drying the skin, causing dehydration and irritation. Knowing when and how often to use Benzoyl Peroxide is key to keeping your skin balanced.

Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and clears dead skin cells from follicles. Strength of this ingredient varies anywhere from 2-10%, but according to the American Academy of Dermatology, studies show higher concentrations don't necessarily yield better results. Since Benzoyl Peroxide can be drying to the skin, it’s not recommended for regular, long-term use. It can even bleach your sheets and towels, so be careful when applying.

Do we need to avoid this ingredient? Not at all! It is a proven and effective acne-fighting ingredient when used properly. As new breakouts arise, apply a Benzoyl Peroxide cream, like Clear Anti-Blemish Treatment, daily as a spot treatment. If your skin becomes irritated, reduce use. When the breakout heals, discontinue use.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Fun & Flirty Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

Fun & Flirty Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re going on a date with Prince Charming, hanging out with your girlfriends or flying solo, it’s fun to dress for the occasion. If you’re all about lips and lashes, you will love this soft, romantic makeup.

For the look we’re using light pinks on the eyes and a fun, flirty pop of color for the lips. For a more natural look, swap the bright lips for a nude shade, or go from day to date night with a matte crimson lip and a deep brown shadow in the crease. Either way, you’ll be ready for romance.

Get this Valentines Day Look

  1. Apply Eye Shadow in diamond lashline to brow bone using the Eye Blender Brush.
  2. Blend Eye Shadow in water lily through the crease using the Eye Blender Brush.
  3. Use the Mini Crease Brush to line the lower lashline with Eye Shadow in vintage.
  4. Line upper lashline with Liquid Ink Eyeliner in black.
  5. Prime the lashes with Lash Thickener & Conditioner.
  6. Coat the lashes with Lash Boosting Mascara.
  7. Apply Blush in rosebud to the apples of the cheeks using the Blush Brush.
  8. Finish off the look with Gloss in flamingo.

Monday, January 4, 2016

How to Get Flushed Cheeks

How to Get Flushed Cheeks

The rosy, flushed cheek look can be easily achieved with a vibrant, cream blush and an illuminating, sheer foundation. Choose a blush shade that best complements your skin tone. For fairer complexions, go for soft pinks and corals and for medium to deep complexions try vibrant, warm pink, red, orange and bronze.

Get the Flushed Look

  1. Apply the cream blush with a fluffy, soft haired blush brush or powder brush. Avoid blushes with shimmer to keep the look natural. Lightly feather the blush on to the apples of the cheeks blending up towards the temple to create diffused color. 
  2. Next, using a flat, synthetic foundation brush, apply a very small amount of sheer foundation over top of the blush 
  3. Blend the foundation out with your blush brush so it sheers out. This mutes the blush and adds a slight highlight to the cheek and upper cheekbone.

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Cream blush is very pigmented and melts into the skin creating that rosy flush. The trick is to pick a vibrant blush but apply with a light hand. Layering sheer foundation over top softens the look to make the flushed glow look natural.
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