Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall: Make your Makeup Pop with Primetime's New Leading Ladies

The fall television season is in full swing, and we are loving the gorgeous looks of the leading ladies in  ABC’s Pan Am and NBC’s The Playboy Club.  Steal the oh-so-irresistible looks pulled straight from America's past for a touch of retro-inspired glam.

The Playboy Club’s Carol-Lynn (Laura Benanti) is the cunning and beautiful Bunny Mother who supervises all of the younger women without losing a bit of her signature sultriness.

Get the Look
Wine-Stained Lips: glo minerals Lipstick in Cabaret, Vixen, Siren
Jet-black Lashes: Lash-Lengthening Mascara in Black
Winged-Eyeliner: Liquid Eyeliner in Coal

Maggie Ryan (Christina Ricci) Jumps on board Pan Am to fulfill her thirst for exotic places, fascinating people, and opportunity. Although she may appear naive, don’t be fooled by her sweet exterior.

Get the Look
Petal-Perfect Lips: Sheer Lipstick in  Aruba, Bora Bora, Capri
Natural Lashes: Brown Volumizing Mascara
Engaging Eyes: Eyeshadow Trio, Napoli

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall: Revamping your Skincare Routine

Lip Ritual (above) keeps lips lovely even when cold, dry weather comes.

As we all know, the color of the leaves is not the only thing that changes during September. Weather shifts often mean skin shifts since environment has a significant influence on our skin’s needs. That means the cleanser you loved during the summer might not be as effective once colder temperatures roll around. So here are some things to keep in mind to keep your skin glo-ing all year long.

Rethink your Skin Type
Before you begin to revamp your skincare routine, take stock of your skin’s current needs. Those with oily skin during the summer might notice smaller pores, and those with normal skin might notice flakes and tightness. This is because warmer temps cause your skin to increase oil production which subsides as the heat does.

Adjust your Cleanser
After you determine what type of products you should use, consider adjusting your cleanser. While oil-absorbing cleansers are a must during the heat, they can be too drying during the cold. You may want to try Conditioning Milk Cleanser or glo's new Hydrating Gel Cleanser which are full of conditioning and antioxidant ingredients.

Moisturize Daily
This is a time when moisturizing your skin daily is more important than ever because your skin’s natural protection (think natural oils) are in short supply.

Switch to a Richer Moisturizer
Speaking of moisture, think about switching from your summer lotion to something richer like Restorative Cream or Moisture Rich Cream (for very dry skin types). Rich creams are typically thicker in consistency and are infused with oil, which means they provide more protection for skin in dry climates.

Protect your Lips
No one likes the look and feel of chapped lips and though licking them is a natural instinct, it actually makes them dryer. So invest in a new lip balm like Lip Ritual. It’s full of pure essential oils like peppermint, clove, and thyme to keep your lips supple and smooth.

Continue to use Sun Protection
Just because you’ve switched from sundresses to sweaters does not mean the sun has stopped shining. UVA and UVB rays still have their sights set on your skin so make Daily Defense SPF30+ a staple. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Top Ten Skin Sins: Ignoring your Neck, Chest, and Shoulders

When it comes to skincare, many women focus on putting their best face forward, that is, cleansing, toning and moisturizing daily and treating skin concerns. Unfortunately the jaw line is often where the TLC ends. But since the skin along your neck, chest, and shoulders is just as thin as the skin on your face, it is vulnerable to the same hazards (ahem, sun damage), and deserves the same attention. So when boosting your body skincare regimen beyond the requisite bar of soap, keep these goals in mind:

Preventing Sun Damage
As you enjoy these last days of summer, remember that warm weather fashions are cut to flaunt the skin, not conceal it, meaning your chest, neck, and shoulders are often left defenseless against the sun. So in order to keep these areas freckle, age-spot, and burn free, always apply an adequate amount of sunscreen before heading out. And don’t worry about clogging your pores or having your skin appear oily: glo therapeutics Protecting Powder SPF 30 provides dust-on protection.

Removing Impurities
Blemishes can crop up anywhere on the body where skin becomes irritated from contact with rough surfaces such as clothing. For example, ever notice how your collarbone or wrists might itch after trying on a wool sweater? Add this to the fact that fabric traps sweat and oil to the body and you’ll understand how body breakouts can come about. As a result, extend the use of your Purifying Gel Cleanser down to your neck and décolleté for blemish-free pores.

Building Collagen
Collagen is a protein-based connective tissue that supports the various layers of skin. As we age, it begins to breakdown causing the skin to lose its firmness. While we like to think sagging skin is limited to the eyes it chin, it extends to every area of the body. So for a truly youthful appearance, find ways to add antioxidants to your skin like Vitamin C Serum, to increase collagen production. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Top Ten Skin Sins: Picking at your Blemishes

No one likes waking up to a zit; and now that it’s common for acne to persist decades beyond the teenage years, it seems like more of us are. So what’s your first instinct when confronted with a white or black-headed monster? Well if you’re like most women, it’s to take matters into your own hands and pop it.

Even though most of us know better, picking at our blemishes is a popular method of treating acne because of its immediate results. Because truth, be told, who wants to wait around for days for a treatment to take effect when the date/event/presentation is only hours away? Well if you understood picking’s possible effects—and valued the long-term appearance of your skin—it would be clear that waiting is the best option.

Acne is the result of oil, bacteria, and dead cells becoming trapped within the skin’s pores. Overtime, this accumulation of buildup causes whiteheads, blackheads, papules (raised areas of skin), postules (pimples), cysts, and nodules. Nodules are the most difficult to treat because they are dense lesions located deep within the skin. For that reason, if you were to place pressure on these sensitive areas, you risk:

  • Spreading the infection deeper within the skin’s tissue, which could lead to more breakouts
  • Rupturing blood vessels, which could lead to bruising
  • Damaging your skin’s cells, which could lead to scarring.

So how do you effectively banish breakouts without harming the integrity of your skin?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top Ten Skin Sins: Not Wearing Sunscreen Everyday

glo minerals Protecting Powder SPF 30

Sunscreen is a staple in any beach bag, but often gets left there once the seasons change, which is a disservice to your skin. Because even though the likelihood of getting a sunburn decreases in cooler temps when skin is covered, areas of the body that are almost constantly exposed—think face, neck, and hands—are still at risk for sun damage. To understand the daily need for sunscreen, consider these facts*:

  • Sunlight is composed of two types of damaging rays: Ultraviolet A (UVA), and Ultraviolet B (UVB). Both are considered carcinogens by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.   
  • UVA rays are capable of passing through glass and inclement weather; accelerating visible signs of aging; and suppressing your body’s ability to combat the development of skin cancer.
  • UVB rays cannot pass through glass, but are the primary cause of sunburn. Many studies have found a link between sunburns and risk for melanoma.

To decrease the possibility of permanently damaging your skin—and your health—wear a sunscreen every day that has these qualities:

Then, make sure you....

  • Always apply sunscreen on dry skin 15-30 minutes before going outdoors
  • Use at least one ounce (approximately enough to fill a shot glass) of sunscreen per application
  • Reapply every two hours
  • Wear protective clothing whenever possible
  • Don’t forget to neglect your  lips by using an SPF-containing lip balm like glo minerals Mint Balm 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Top Ten Skin Sins: Not Getting Enough Sleep or Exercise

Many Americans are always on the move, but ironically, few of us are actually moving according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 35 percent of adults in 2009 reported getting regular exercise. This low statistic is cause for concern considering how vital frequent physical activity is to maintaining optimal health and, not to mention, optimal skin.

Contrary to popular belief, great skin starts from the inside out—not the outside in. So focus on your health and start by breaking a sweat. For adults 18 to 64-years-old, the CDC recommends at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise a week in addition to a few muscle-strengthening activities. If that sounds impossible to fit into your busy schedule, understand that moderate aerobic exercise can mean something as simple as taking a brisk walk or as fun as a dance class—not necessarily braving the gym.

How does exercise help your skin? It increases blood circulation. The more you move, the more your blood has a chance to transport oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells, which means a more luminous appearance.

Another thing Americans don’t seem to be getting enough of is sleep. In their 2010 Bedroom Poll, The National Sleep Foundation found that only 42 percent of respondents reported getting a good night’s sleep almost every night. As for the rest, they reported squeezing in a refreshing rest only a few times per week, to a few times per month, and for some, almost never. As a result, many Americans are not feeling or looking their best.

Sleep promotes cell turnover, which is when dry, UV-damaged, skin cells are replaced with fresh ones. Furthermore, it allows skincare products that contain vitamins and retinoids to perform at their best since sunlight can reduce their potency.

What These Two Have in Common:
Both adequate exercise and sleep promote healthy skin in their own way, but what they have in common is that they reduce another skincare culprit—stress. Stress makes the skin more sensitive and reactive, meaning that preexisting conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, and acne can become worse, or issues like dryness and irritation can crop up. To prevent these concerns, and   camouflage them should they occur, consider these tips:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Top Ten Skin Sins: Using Dirty Makeup Applicators

When it comes to makeup, most women focus on the finished product. Just as important are the tools used to create that flawless face which include makeup brushes and sponges. These tools are vitally important for expert makeup application but are often tossed in a bathroom drawer or squished at the bottom of a makeup bag where they can collect dust, debris, and worst of all—bacteria.

Some of the icky things that can be passed through contaminated cosmetics applicators include conjunctivitis (pinkeye), cold sores, and colds. When you share a friend’s mascara or a few pans of blush, you may be swapping more than just makeup tips. Microorganisms from eyes, noses, mouths, blemishes, and minor abrasions can be transferred as well, making you vulnerable to an infection or a breakout.

Even if you don't share cosmetics with anyone, you can still be at risk if you rarely clean your applicators or clean them improperly. So if you want to make sure you’re putting your best face forward, follow these tips and give your tools a little TLC.

General Tips
  • Always wash your hands before applying makeup.
  • Avoid sharing makeup applicators
  • Store makeup applicators separately from makeup containers
  • Know the shelf-life of your cosmetics to avoid cross-contamination
  • Make sure moist and thick products like mascara, liquid foundation, and lip-gloss are closed properly after each use.
  • Toss disposable applicators like eye-shadow sponges after each use. 

How to Clean your Makeup Brushes
  • Clean your makeup brushes at least once a week or once a month depending on frequency of use, and the oiliness of your skin.
  • When cleaning your makeup brushes, use warm water, and a gentle anti-bacterial soap or shampoo, and rinse the fibers until the water runs clear. For quick, easy, more frequent cleanliness, use glo minerals Brush Cleaner.
  • After washing, hang wet makeup brushes by the handle to make sure that that they dry completely and that water does not enter the component.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Top Ten Skin Sins: Forgetting to Clean your Cell Phone

Now that digital technology is an essential of modern life, many people carry their cell phones with them at all-times for fear of missing an office update, family announcement, or the latest viral video. But despite the importance of these small, sleek devices, these same people often forget to clean them, which is bad news for your skin.

Consider how cell phones are a magnet for bacteria; they come into contact with a variety of surfaces on a daily basis and then are placed near your mouth causing heat, friction, and blocked pores. Overtime, these conditions create the perfect foundation for a breakout that is often attributed to other factors like hormones or stress.

So how can you tell if your cell phone is encroaching on your complexion? It’s simple; check the side of your face where you normally use your cell phone and look for signs of irritation along your ear, cheek, and jaw-line. In younger adults, it’s normal for irritation to take the form of blackheads and whiteheads, while cyst-like bumps are more common amongst the mature crowd.

To get rid of them, invest in products that contain salicylic acid, sodium chlorite, and antioxidants to effectively remove bacteria and oil from pores. And don’t forget to clean your cell phone with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide at least once a week! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

National Skincare Awareness Month: Skincare Tips for your 40s and Beyond

Once you reach midlife and menopause, your estrogen levels are in steady decline. Estrogen is critical in maintaining the elasticity and moisture-retaining properties of skin. Also, oil production decreases, which leads to dryness.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

National Skincare Awareness Month: Skincare Tips for your 30s

During your 30s, cell renewal begins to decline causing uneven texture, dullness, and fine lines. Environmental factors and life habits (smoking, tanning, etc.) begin to manifest.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

National Skincare Awareness Month: Skincare Tips for your 20s

Your 20s are a time of rapid change that can cause stress. Stress triggers your body to release cortisol, which increases your skin’s oil production and leads to breakouts.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

National Skincare Awareness Month: How to Create a Skincare Regimen

“Nature gives you the face you have at 20. Life shapes the face you have at 30. But at 50, you get the face you deserve,”—Coco Chanel.

September is National Skincare Awareness Month and Healthy Aging Month, which means it’s time to revamp your skincare regimen. While there are general guidelines everyone should follow, an effective regimen must be customized to your skin’s particular needs in order to achieve maximum results. Naturally, a vital factor in determining those needs is age, so be sure to check-in during the month to find where you fit and learn how to create a regimen that's simple and easy to remember. In the meantime, check out these timeless tips!

Timeless Tips

  • Wash your face twice a day using your hands to remove excess oils, and makeup residue. Wash clothes and sponges are often too abrasive and can cause irritation.
  • Exfoliate as needed to remove dead skill cells which increases your skin’s radiance and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Follow up with a toner to purge pores, which makes them appear smaller.
  • Apply a moisturizer with UV filters or a light oil-free sunscreen before heading outside
  • Use specialty treatments like masks and serums to ensure refinement and the delivery of cell-enhancing ingredients.

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