Monday, August 29, 2011

Summer Skin Care: Sunburn SOS

During the summer there often comes a moment when you look at your skin and notice a subtle—or dramatic—shift in pigment in areas exposed to the sun. Whether it’s on your arms and legs after a long day at the beach, or on your back and shoulders from an afternoon working in the yard, the fact is that sunburns* are the often painful result of too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Think you’re more safe using a tanning bed? Think again, because as the Skin Care Foundation points out, a tanning bed's artificial rays can be just as harmful as the sun itself.

Of course, your first line of defense is to avoid exposure to direct sunlight for long periods of time, drink plenty of water, and slather on a hefty dose of sunscreen like glo therapeutics Oil-Free SPF 40+. But here’s what you can do if your skin does become inflamed.
  • Stay out of the sun
  • Resist the urge to agitate peeling skin so as to reduce the possibility of scarring
  • Apply cold compresses to the affected areas

Product Recommendations:

Daily Defense SPF 30+: Sheilds against a broad-spectrum of UV rays with a smooth finish.

10% Vitamin C: A lightweight serum that utilizes antioxidants found in ascorbic acid to slow skin-cell deterioration caused by exposure to environmental hazards. Also aids in collagen production and tissue repair.

Advanced B5 Hydration: A lightweight serum that includes the eight organic compounds found in Vitamin E to provide exceptional nourishment and hydration to parched skin.

Barrier Balm: A thick moisturizing balm that makes peeling and flaking skin less noticeable. It can also be used on lips or on any other area prone to irritation.
*If you notice burns over a significant portion of your body, or your sunburn is accompanied by fever, nausea, or chills, please consult your doctor.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Summer Skin Care: How To Treat Razor Bumps

Summer fashion trends may come and go, but the one thing that remains in season is soft and smooth skin. Unfortunately, the razors, waxes, and depilatories used to achieve such results often cause enough irritation to make you choose denim jeans over a short sundress.

Razor bumps--formally known as Psuedofolliculitis barbae--can crop up anytime and anywhere that hair is removed. But more specifically, they are often caused by hair that is cut at an angle causing it to retract into the skin, which responds by treating it like a pollutant. The good news is, there is no need to cover up for long because gloProfessional makes treating razor bumps easy.

Sooth irritation with an intense moisturizer like Barrier Balm. The essential oils and vitamins have antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria while hydrating the skin.

Stop razor bumps from forming by waiting two to three days between hair removal treatments and using Soothing Salt Scrub. The Dead Sea salts and essential oils draw out toxins, reduce inflammation, and most importantly, remove the dead skin cells that are blocking pores.

Smooth out existing razor bumps with Ingrown X-It Solution. The salicylic and lactic acids help to open pores, which release trapped follicles.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer Skin Care: Oily Skin

Many women want luminous skin during the summer, but often end up with an oil slick instead of a youthful glow. This is because the sebaceous glands--microscopic groups of cells below the skin's surface--are sensitive to seasonal shifts and tend to produce more sebum in the summer.

In small amounts, this waxy substance is beneficial in preventing water loss, minimizing oxidation, and exorcising debris. Yet in greater quantities, sebum can cause breakouts, blackheads, and enlarged pores. The greasiest spot of all is the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) because it has the highest concentration of sebaceous glands. Unfortunately, this means that the damage is often front and center on your face.

While there is no permanent solution for oily skin, there are plenty of quick fixes to get your "glo" back--minus the shine.

Clean your skin twice a day with a mild cleanser that contains glycerin and salicylic acid to moisturize and open pores. (glo therapeutics Purifying Gel Cleanser).

Be careful not to wash too often or scrub aggressively as it can increase oil production.

Follow up with a dose of antioxidants, which act as a barrier between your skin and environmental hazards. glo therapeutics Purifying Tonic contains totorol, grape seed, and bilberry fruit extract--all natural antioxidants.

Reduce the production of sebum and increase cell renewal with D-cholic acid, and anti-inflammatories. (glo therapeutics Oil Control Emulsion).

Absorb excess oil, kill bacteria, and boost your skin's health with a nourishing face mask that contains sulfur, zinc, and tea tree oil. (glo therapeutics Clear Refining Mask).

Prevent future break outs while protecting your skin with an oil-free SPF. (glo therapeutics Oil-Free SPF 40+)

Reduce shine by using a liquid or powder foundation with a matte finish. (glo minerals Protective Liquid Foundation-Matte II, glo minerals Pressed Base*)

Finally, preserve your appearance with a translucent, oil-absorbing powder. (glo minerals Perfecting Powder), or blotting papers (glo minerals Blotting Papers).

* Voted Best Pressed Mineral Foundation 2011 by New Beauty Magazine

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Can You Spot Sun Damage?

Soaking in the sun’s rays might feel great, but as we all know, it can wreck havoc on your complexion. Discoloration, dark patches, and inflammation are just some of the effects overexposure to ultraviolet rays can cause. Think you know the difference between a freckle and a sunspot? Check out this chart, and check your skin to see where you stand. Then invest in preventative measures like glo therapeutics Oil Free SPF 40+

The Culprit: Sun Spots

Description: Dark marks that range from pinhead to nickel size that usually start out a little darker than the rest of your skin. Can appear in patches due to years of UV exposure
Product Recommendation: Brightening Serum

The Culprit: Freckles

Description: Small brown spots (smaller than sun spots) scattered across the nose, cheeks, and forehead. Caused by genetics and active pigment-enhancing melanocytes.
Product Recommendation: Daily Defense SPF 30+

The Culprit: Melasma

Description: Dark patches on your forehead, cheeks, and upper lip caused by high levels of hormones (birth control/pregnancy) and UV exposure.
Product Recommendation: Lightening Serum

The Culprit: Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Description: Blemishes, cuts, or discolored scars caused by acne or irritation. More common in those with darker skin tones.
Product Recommendation: Tretinol 0.5%

The Culprit: Dull Complexion

Description: Lackluster appearance that forewarns the appearance of sunspots.
Product Recommendation: Retinol CS
Brightening Polish

Summer Skin Care: Heat Rash

Working up a sweat during the summer can improve your body, but wreck havoc on your skin. Case in point miliaria*—not to be confused with malaria—is a familiar midyear malady that crops up during moments of intense perspiration.
More commonly known as heat rash, this prickly problem arises from damaged skin cells that trap sweat and bacteria below the skin surface causing red and pink bumps, irritation and swelling. Therefore, these splotches are more likely to appear on areas of the body covered by clothing such as the back, chest, and abdomen. However, they can also turn up on the face and neck. Turn down their temperature by following these tips.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear breathable fabrics like cotton
  • Avoid oil-based topical ointments as they can exacerbate inflammation.
  • Clean the affected area with a mild exfoliant that contains salicylic acid to kill bacteria. (glo therapeutics Clear Acne Cleanser)
  • Invest in skin products with anti-inflammatory ingredients like rutin to calm redness. (glo therapeutics Soothing Gel Mask)
*Miliaria appears in different severities. If your condition does not improve in 3-4 days, consult your doctor.

Monday, August 8, 2011

How to: Camouflage Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

Learn how to camouflage melasma or other forms of hyperpigmentation using glo minerals' award winning mineral makeup by reading the tips below! Plus check out the before and after pictures. Our goal in the how-to is to camouflage the darker areas of the skin and create an even skin tone.

STEP 1: Lighten and neutralize
Use the yellow shade from the Corrective Camouflage Kit to lighten dark areas of the skin.
Recommended Tools: Camouflage Brush, Precision Camouflage Brush

STEP 2: Blend
Blend yellow with Camouflage Oil Free in golden as needed to create a natural looking skin tone.
Recommended Tools: Camouflage Brush, Precision Camouflage Brush

STEP 3: Foundation
Apply Pressed Base or your favorite glo minerals foundation.
Recommended Tools: Ultra Brush, Powder Brush

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How to: Camouflage Acne

Acne is (unfortunately) something most of us know a thing or two about. It causes redness, uneven skin tone and blemishes. Here we share our expert's tips for camouflaging acne plus before and after photos! Our goal is to create an even, flawless skin tone and to neutralize redness caused by acne. Begin glo mineral makeup application after cleansing. We recommend Clear Acne Cleanser and Clear Complexion Pads for daily use and Anti-Blemish Cleanser and Anti-Blemish Treatment during flare-ups. The Clear Refining Mask is a fabulous skin-balancing mask that's great for regular use as well.

STEP 1: Neutralize
Use the mint shade from the Corrective Camouflage Kit to neutralize red tones from blemishes.
Recommended Tools:Camouflage Brush, Precision Camouflage Brush

STEP 2: Even and tone
Use Camoulfage Oil-Free Concealer in natural to even lighter areas of pink discoloration the apply foundation.
Recommended Tools:Camouflage Brush, Precision Camouflage Brush

STEP 3: Foundation
Apply Pressed Base or your favorite glo minerals foundation.

STEP 4: Finish
Using Camouflage Oil-Free in natural, touch up any blemishes on top of foundation (only where needed).
Recommended Tools Ultra Brush and Powder Brush
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