Monday, June 29, 2015

Under the Surface: The Importance of Sun Protection

Under the Surface: The Importance of Sun Protection

Approximately 90% of the visible signs of aging are caused by sun exposure. Also known as photoaging, these pesky signs of aging can be prevented with the right tools and knowledge. Together with our Director of Education, Kristin Cristiano, and Product Manager, Anna De La Cruz, we’ve compiled a simple Q&A to help give you the tools you need to make educated suncare decisions.  

What are the differences between UVA and UVB rays?
Understanding the different forms of ultraviolet radiation is important when researching the right sunscreen for your skin.
  • UVB Rays - These are burning rays and are the primary cause of sunburns and skin cancer.
  • UVA Rays - These rays penetrate deeper into the dermis. These rays also contribute to skin burning and skin cancer, in addition to being the main culprits of wrinkles and premature aging.

It’s crucial to find a formula such as Solar Shade SPF 50 or Oil Free SPF 40 that provides broad spectrum UVB and UVA protection.
Why is unprotected sun exposure so harmful for my skin?
Prolonged and unprotected sun exposure causes chemical changes in our skin. These changes include the activation of free radicals, which cause cell damage, and the activation of enzymes such as Collagenase. Collagenase inhibits the formation of new collagen which can lead to increased wrinkles and the loss of elasticity.

What are the visual effects sun damage can have on my skin?
The list of undesirable effects of sun damage includes:
  • Dry, rough and damaged skin
  • Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging due to loss of elasticity
  • Actinic Keratosis - precancerous, red, scaly patches of skin

This list includes the cosmetic results of photoaging but it’s critical to remember the potentially larger, more serious effect of unprotected sun exposure: skin cancer. Be sure to schedule regular visits with your dermatologist and always investigate suspicious moles and discoloration.

What is the difference between a chemical and mineral sunscreen?
Both chemical and mineral sunscreens are effective in providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. glo offers both formulas and choosing the right one for you is a matter of personal preference and skin type. Here are some of the key differences:
  • Chemical Sunscreen - These sunscreens are absorbed by the skin to filter and absorb the sun’s rays
  • Mineral Sunscreen - These sunscreens lay on the surface of the skin and deflect the sun’s rays like a mirror.

What are the benefits of Solar Shade SPF 50?
Solar Shade SPF 50 is an all mineral, sheer sunscreen that contains micronized mineral ingredients. This enables the sunscreen to be transparent and sheer while still providing a high level of protection. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are blended into fine particles and then added to antioxidants like Vitamins A and E for a luxurious feel. In addition, this sunscreen is free of dyes, fragrances, parabens, gluten and soy - making it the ideal choice for those with sensitive skin.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Exclusive Sneak Peek: glo minerals Flawless Foundation

We are excited to announce that new video tutorials are coming soon! Visit our YouTube channel for an exclusive sneak peek!

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look straight from the studio:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Product Highlight: Solar Shade SPF 50

Solar Shade SPF 50 Physical Sunscreen

For those of us with sensitive skin, finding a sunscreen that won't irritate our skin can be a difficult task. With the launch of Solar Shade SPF 50 to our sensitive skincare line, we are excited to offer a special solution designed specifically for delicate and sensitive skin. Solar Shade SPF 50 is formulated with a lightweight blend of natural, mineral sunscreens such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide plus antioxidants and conditioners like Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

This unique combination glides on the skin and absorbs quickly while also helping soften and smooth our skin. Not only does Solar Shade SPF 50 provide broad spectrum protection but it helps prevent photoaging which helps preserve skin’s youthful glo. We suggest applying liberally at least 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapplying every two hours or as needed. Another great benefit? It can be worn under makeup! You can find Solar Shade SPF 50 here or at your local glo retailer*.

*To find a local glo retailer in your area please call 1-800-232-0398 or send us a Facebook message with your zip code.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

glo How-To: Summer Look Featuring Jetset

Heading on vacation this summer? Whether you are headed to the beach or touring Europe, this summer tutorial featuring the all new Cream Glaze Crayon in jetset is perfect for adding a pop of pretty color to your vacation look. Jetset is a beautiful, vibrant red that adds the perfect amount glamour and sophistication while still being playful and flirty! Pair this bold lip with Eye Shadows in graphite and dove and your summer holiday look is complete!

1. Apply Eye Shadow in coy to lid as a base.
2. Blend Eye Shadow in dove in crease and smudge along lower lashline.
3. Line upper and lower lashline with Eye Shadow in graphite.
4. Coat upper and lower lashes with Volumizing Mascara in black.
5. Define brows with Precision Brow Pencil.

6. Apply Cream Blush in guava to apples of cheek.

7. Apply Cream Glaze Crayon in jetset.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

glo How-To: Summer Look Featuring Dahlia

glo How-To: Summer Look Featuring Dahlia

Berry stained lips were a staple on this year's runways and we’ve carried this popular trend through for summer! This look features the all new Cream Glaze Crayon in dahlia which is a gorgeous deep berry hue that looks fresh and gorgeous on all skin tones. When paired with a sheer wash of Eye Shadows in coy and dove, this look is a breath of fresh summer air!

1. Apply Eye Shadow in coy to inner half of lid
2. Apply Eye Shadow in dove to outer half of lid and along lower lashline.
3. Thinly line upper lashline with Precise Micro Eyeliner in black.
4. Coat upper and lower lashes with Lash Boosting Mascara in black.
5. Fill in brows with Brow Powder Duo.

6. Apply Blush in papaya to apples of cheek.

7. Apply Cream Glaze Crayon in dahlia.

Monday, June 15, 2015

glo How-To: Summer Look Featuring Mimosa

glo How-To: Summer Look Featuring Mimosa
This season is all about fresh, vibrant colors and signature color combinations. With the launch of our new Cream Glaze Crayons and four new Eye Shadow hues, our take on this season’s fresh face pairs a sheer wash of matte eye color and a high shine lip shade. The results are effortless and versatile - perfect for wherever this summer takes you! We created this tutorial featuring the beautiful new Cream Glaze Crayon in mimosa to help inspire you to find your own summer glo.  

1. Apply Eye Shadow in coy to lid and blend along lower lashline.
2. Blend Eye Shadow in vintage in crease.
3. Press Eye Shadow in dove close to the lashes along lower lashline.
4. Thinly line upper lashline with Liquid Ink in black.
5. Coat upper and lower lashes with Lash Lengthening Mascara in black.
6. Fill in brows with Brow Powder Duo.

7. Apply Cream Blush in fig to apples of cheek.

8. Apply Cream Glaze Crayon in mimosa.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

glo How-To: Get the Luxe Look

glo How-To: Get the Luxe Look
Luxe Liquid Foundation offers a truly unique solution to finding ageless beauty. Formulated with light-diffusing diamond powder, broad-spectrum UV protection and specialized moisturizing agents to deliver a flawless, youthful complexion- Luxe Liquid Foundation is an exceptional choice for all skin types. We created this look with the Luxe lover in mind- it’s sophisticated and elegant with just the right amount of drama. Follow the steps below to recreate this look.

1. Apply Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15+ using the Luxe Foundation Brush. Follow with Luxe Liquid Bright Concealer to conceal and highlight and finish by applying Luxe Setting Powder over entire face with the Luxe Setting Powder Brush.

2. Apply Lid Primer from lashline to brow bone.
3. Fill in outer corner of eye with Jeweled Eye Pencil in merlot, followed by antique on center of lid.
4. Apply Jeweled Eye Pencil in baroque on inner corner of eye then blend all colors together.
5. Add base color of Metallic Smoky Eye Kit to center of lid then add depth to crease with liner shade of Metallic Smoky Eye Kit.
6. Apply liner and crease shades of Metallic Smoky Eye Kit to lower lashline then blend together.
7. Apply a thin line of Liquid Ink Eyeliner in black to upper lashline.
8. Coat upper and lower lashes with Volumizing Mascara in black.
9. Fill in brows with Precision Brow Pencil in brunette and Brow Powder Duo in brown.

10. Apply Cream Blush in guava to apples of cheeks.

11. Line lips with Precision Lip Pencil in vino followed by
Suede Matte Stick in port.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Under the Surface: Acne Answers

June is Acne Awareness Month and we are dedicated to helping clients with all types of acne find the answers and treatments they are looking for. We created this simple infographic to help answer some of the most common questions we receive about the cause and treatment of acne.

For more info, schedule a personal skincare consultation with a licensed esthetician. To find a local glo retailer please call 1-800-232-0398.

  • glo therapeutics Acne Answers

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Perfect Pair: Luxe Liquid Foundation and Luxe Foundation Brush


Since the launch of Luxe, one of the most common questions we receive is “Which brush should we use to apply Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15?” While both the Texture Brush and Ultra Brush were great choices, neither were exactly right. Enter the Luxe Foundation Brush. We tested many different versions, shapes, sizes as well as synthetic and natural hair for the Luxe Foundation Brush and are confident this flat top kabuki is the perfect applicator for Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15.

The shape helps you achieve full coverage while delivering a smooth, even application with a soft focus finish. Plus, the synthetic hair only picks up the perfect amount of product meaning nothing goes to waste! We are thrilled with this beautiful brush and are excited to finally launch the perfect tool for Luxe Liquid Foundation application.

For a limited time, receive a free Luxe Foundation Brush with the purchase of a Luxe Liquid Foundation using the code FREELUXEBRUSH15. For promo details click here.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bridal Beauty Diary: Professional Treatment #2

Bridal Beauty Diary: Professional Treatment #2
Guest post by glo employee and bride-to-be, Amy Foster.

First, let me just say that while fun, exciting and fulfilling, planning a wedding is hard work! I’d heard it a thousand times from brides and they were right! I am so thankful for my monthly skin care appointments with Amanda, glo’s National Educator, where I get to take time to relax, feel pampered and do something good for my skin.

I’m not sure if it’s the added stress or the change in seasons, but my skin has definitely been acting up over the past weeks. Amanda created this customized treatment to help balance and moisturize my skin - just what I needed!

First, Amanda removed my makeup using the Essential Cleansing Oil. This pre-cleanse is an amazing product that I also added to my nightly skincare routine. I love how gently it removes my makeup. Next, Amanda thoroughly cleansed my skin with our brand new Gentle Cream Cleanser. This cleanser removes any additional trace of makeup and is perfect for sensitive skin like mine. She followed the cleanser with a few spritzes of our new Calming Flower Mist to tone my skin.

Amanda wanted to take a gentle approach for my first peel in the series. First, she applied two layers of the Pro 5 Exfoliant* to help prep my skin for the chemical exfoliant. She then selected glo therapeutics Flower Enzyme* to remove dead skin cell buildup with fruit acids and flower enzymes. Bonus: it smells fantastic!

She applied the Flower Enzyme* with a Fan Mask Brush and left it on with steam for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes was up she turned off the steam and removed the peel with a cool, steamed towel and applied the Cucumber Recovery Mask to soothe my skin and replenish moisture.

Once completely removed, she applied our Cyto-luxe Hydration+ to help boost my skin’s water content and then applied Cyto-luxe Eye Serum (another one of my favorite products!) with her ring finger to assist with dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.

For even more moisture (I have very dry skin!), she applied our Balancing Moisture Remedy and SPF 40 Facial Moisturizer.

Over the next couple of days my skin looked and felt healthy, nourished and hydrated. While the Flower Enzyme is technically a peel there was no peeling. I think this would be a great treatment, not only for brides-to-be who don’t want a lot of down time after a treatment, but for anyone who is new to peels and professional treatments!

**Professional only products.

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