Friday, January 27, 2012

The Biggest Sunscreen Myth

MYTH: You only need to wear sunscreen in the summer.

FACT: Sunscreen should be worn year-round to protect against sunburns, ultraviolet radiation, and skin cancer.

Many people mistakenly assume that they only need to wear sunscreen when enjoying a day at the beach. However, just because the sun seems farther away, doesn't mean that it's stopped shining.

The sun's rays come in two forms: UVA and UVB. Ultraviolet A rays are called aging rays, because they can cause premature aging, wrinkles, and age spots. And ultraviolet B rays are called burning rays because they are the primary cause of sunburn. UVA rays can pass through glass, but UVB rays cannot. Nevertheless, all rays become stronger when they are reflected on things like windows in downtown metropolitan areas and stretches of snow on the slopes. Another little-known fact is that up to 80 percent of all rays can pass through clouds on a cloudy day. So just because you can't see the sun as well in the winter, doesn't mean that it can't harm your skin.

To stay protected The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing a sunscreen that is is broad spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays), SPF 30 or greater, and water-resistant. Explore what sunscreens glo therapeutics has to offer.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Protein Each Day Keeps Hair Breakage at Bay

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A quality shampoo and conditioner are the foundation of any good hair care regimen. But if you're like most women, then sometimes your hair requires a little more oomph to keep it looking its best. That's where protein treatments come in. These simple, at-home remedies can play a vital role in repairing some of the damage done to your hair everyday like refusing to leave your house without using a flat-iron (Guilty!)

If you're unfamiliar with them, here's a little info on how they work. Protein treatments are specialized conditioners meant to fortify and rebuild the structure of the hair. Your hair is mostly made from protein and when it becomes stressed from styling, chemicals--yes, hair coloring counts--and aging, some of that protein is lost, creating gaps along the hair shaft. These weak spots are sensitive to breakage, which can create a challenge if you're trying to grow your hair out. What protein treatments do is fill these gaps just like concrete on a cracked sidewalk to increase hair's strength and structure.

If your hair is fairly healthy, try incorporating a protein treatment in after a wash at least once a week. But if you have chemically-treated hair or hair that is prone to breakage due to genetics, health deficiencies, etc., then you want to up it by throwing one in every-other to every wash.

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All About Oil

Don't you sometimes wish there was a magical product out there that could make your hair, nails, and skin look fabulous in one swoop? Well there is, and it's called oil. Oil can take the sting out of chapped skin (clove), detangle your hair (coconut) and refresh your senses (lavender).

Yes, we know, oil can be messy, confusing to use, and not everyone loves its slippery feel. But is is the ultimate, all-purpose conditioner, and when combined with the right ingredients, oil creates long-lasting smoothness wherever it is applied. And here's why:

Just like a bandage, oil works by keeping the good stuff (water) in and the bad stuff (drying conditions) away from your skin, which makes it a moisturizer. Oil is also an emmolient which is just another fancy word for skin softener. But don't get it confused with a hydrator. Contrary to popular belief, oils do not rehydrate your skin--only water can do that. Instead oils work with water to plump up your skin and keep it that way.

Here is a list of some popular glo products that contain oil and how you can use them.

glo essentials Infinite Shine Smoothing Oil: Contains argan and coconut oil to reduce dryness, frizz, and fly-aways. Also reduces drying time.

glo therapeutics Smoothing Salt Scrub: Grape seed oil, wheat germ oil, lavender oil, and peppermint oil all work together to lock in bath-time moisture

glo minerals Lip Ritual: Sweep apricot kernal oil, peppermint oil, thyme oil, and clove oil smooth lips underneath your favorite gloss or when worn alone.

Kate's Go-To Day Look

Watch and learn as Kate McCarthy walks us through her go-to look for daytime makeup! We love her tips and tricks for application and the simplicity of this gorgeous easy-to-wear look.

Put a Stop to Over-Processing

If what you want is runway-ready hair, but what you've got is a mop of ragged strands, than chances are you're dealing with a case of over-processing. Over-processing is when the integrity of the hair fiber has been compromised by chemical treatments like relaxers, texturizers, perms, color processing, or bleaching. Read on to find out how these processes can affect your hair and what you can do to go from "don't look!" to "look at me now!":

Hair is a fibrous (i.e. stringy) protein made up of three layers: the medulla, inner cortex, and outer cuticle. Chemical treatments work by interacting with the various layers to achieve specific results. For example, when you lighten your hair, a bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide goes deep into the cuticle where your natural pigment is stored to remove it--unlike a temporary dye that merely sits on top. Over time, these processes can create create weak points that can lead to breakage and dull locks.

Do a quick strand test to see if this describes you. Part your hair into several sections as if you were getting a blow-out and give it a good look. If it is rough, brittle, broken, split, or unintentionally discolored, you may have a hair mishap on your hands. Not to worry, with the right pampering treatments, you can rehabilitate damaged locks and get your hair back to healthy and fabulous.

Quick Hair Rehab Remedy
It is important to nourish hair to keep it healthy and beautiful from scalp to tips. Protein is important for strength, and moisture for pliability. Grab a product that fits your hair's specific needs and apply it generously after you wash. Cover hair with a plastic cap, and either sit under a hooded dryer* for 15-20 minutes on medium heat, or let hair and treatment product sit for 30 minutes after it's been warmed and wash it out. Follow up with a leave-in conditioner and style normally.

We recommend glo essentials Reparative Keratin Leave-in Treatment, Intense Replenish Hydro-Nourish Conditioner

*Heat expands the hair cuticle so nourishing ingredients can be delivered to where they are needed most.

Chemical Peels, Why Now's a Great Time to Get One

What is it?
A technique used by skincare professionals to improve the quality of skin. It involves applying a chemical solution containing various active ingredients like salicylic acid to remove the top layers of dead skin revealing fresh, rejuvenated cells. On one end of the spectrum are medical-grade peels that can cause sloughing or flaking closely associated with peels; and on the other end are exfoliants like glo therapeutics products that create microscopic transformations.

Who Should Get it?
Almost anyone can benefit from a peel. gloProfessional offers a variety of peels that come in different strengths and utilize different acids and enzymes to treat every skin type and concern.

Who Should Think Twice Before Getting It?
People with darker skin or who are prone to hyperpigmentation as the healing process can cause additional dark spots, and scarring. As a precaution, gloProfessional’s National Educator Kristin Walker recommends using glo therapeutics Lightening, Brightening, or Triple Action serum for several weeks before a treatment to suppress the melanocytes (pigment-producing cells)

What are the Benefits?
Improved skin texture, tone, and overall appearance. Chemical peels can be especially helpful for acneic skin, aging skin, or unevenly-pigmented skin.

When Should You Get One
Walker says, “as long as sunscreen is worn and sun is avoided, milder forms can be administered at any time of the year.” But you might want to consider saving an aggressive peel for when your skin is least likely to encounter additional environmental aggressors that can damage the new, sensitive, layers (hint hint, the winter). Also, when you can afford follow-up time to completely heal.

Where Can You Get One
Your local dermatologist’s office, day spas, or medical spas depending on the strength of the peel.Contact customer service for more details.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kiss Chapped Lips Goodbye

Chapped lips are to winter what sunburns are to summer--a predictable nuisance that you "cure" by reaching into your bag for a good ole' tube of goop to slap on it. But when it comes to taking care of your skin--and yes your lips count--the best cures are often what comes beforethe issue, not after. For instance,

Did you know that lip balms work best when applied to moist lips? Counter intuitive, we know, but when you consider that lip balms work by replacing your skin's natural oils to lock water in, it makes perfect sence. So instead of habitually reaching for your favorite flavor every few minutes, drink water to get hydrated and glide on some oils like sunflower, soybean, and hemp found in glo minerals Mint Balm to keep it that way.

Did you know that licking your lips makes dryness worse? Your saliva contains acids and enzymes that aid in digestion, and when you douse your lips in it, you're literally dissolving their natural moisture barrier. Resist the urge!

Did you know that what you eat is just as responsible for drying out your lips as the environment? Acidic foods and drinks like coffee, orange juice, and sodas melt away moisture. But no one expects you to give up your morning latte. Simply create a buffer with water-resistant wax or oil-containing balms.

Did you know that biting your lips to remove dry skin can lead to scar tissue? That's right, when you're unconciously gnawing away on a pesky flake you're also damaging healthy skin cells, which your body can recreate in excess to compensate. As an alternative, gently exfoliate them away with a soft toothbrush, washcloth, or scrub made specifically for delicate skin like glo minerals Exfoliating Lip Wand.

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Hot Cross Buns

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Plenty of women out there toss their hair up in a bun only on two occasions: a formal affair, or a few hours at the gym. But in the wintertime, wrapped up strands are a perfect way to preserve your hair’s health until it’s time to let it hang long and loose again in the summer. And here’s why:

Buns protect the oldest and most fragile part of the hair fiber—the ends—from exposure to dryness and friction which could lead to breakage and shorter length overtime.

Buns, when styled with nourishing aids like glō•essentials Infinite Shine Smoothing Oil, lock in moisture all day long for a boost of hydration

Buns prevent mechanical damage from brushing, and heat damage from irons, because they don’t require either.

Still not convinced that you can rock a bun without looking like you’re going to Prom or the evil substitute teacher? Then try these tips for putting a modern spin on a classic

If your hair is long enough, ditch the hair tie altogether and use your ponytail like a rope to create a boy scout knot

Embrace your hair's natural, wavy texture, and only pull back the longest layers of your hair for a laid-back bun with loose bangs

Add a French braid to where you part your hair and continue it into a braided bun

Include a few accessories like a headband, flower, or eye-catching jeweled pin

Learn more about how our hair care line, glo essentials, can help you achieve this sleek and chic look

Get a Handle on Dry Hands

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  1. Wash your hands in warm—not hot—water to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils. Oils act as a barrier to environmental stressors like low temps, low humidity, and strong, harsh winds so the more you have the better.
  2. Use a mild exfoliant as needed to remove dead skin and keep your hands from appearing ashen or flaky.
  3. Don't forget to apply moisturizers to areas where skin is thinner like cuticles and between your fingers as these spots are more likely to crack.
  4. Remove hangnails and skin tears with a sanitized nail clipper to avoid these painful splits from spreading
  5. Apply a heavier moisturizer that contains petrolatum (aka petroleum jelly) like glo therapeutics Barrier Balm at night or underneath gloves for an ultimate dose of moisture.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Winter Hair Care Tips

Embrace Humidity with Humectants
Combat winter dryness with frequent use of water-based conditioners like glō•essentials Moisture Enhance Hydrating Conditioner that contain humectants. Humectants are hygroscopic (absorbent) substances that help retain moisture by attracting water molecules from the environment.

Avoid Rough Fabrics
Popular winter fabrics like faux fur and velvet may do wonders for your figure, but can wreck havoc on your hair. The word is friction. For instance, if you have at least shoulder-length hair and wear it down frequently, you are more prone to split-ends due to the follicle chafing against your clothes. So you should either create a buffer by wearing a soft scarf, or embrace up-dos like braids, buns, and ponytails—anything that gets your hair off your shoulders.

Don't Forget to Trim
Speaking of split ends, the only way to truly repair them is to remove them. So invest in regular trims to prevent tears from traveling up the hair shaft and creating fly-aways.

Try to Dry
Finally, always try to leave your house in the morning with dry hair, especially if you live in areas that can reach below-freezing temperatures. Wet strands when combined with cold weather are more prone to breakage, which makes your hair appear shorter overtime.

All About Antarcticine

What is it?
A bacterial strain isolated from the bottom of a glacier in Antarctica. It prevents skin dryness, protects the epidermis from extreme cold, and stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin.

Who should use it?
Those with mature, dry skin.

Where can I find it?
In glō•therapeutics, Cyto-luxe Eye Cream

Get Inspired for Spring

"The best color in the world, is the color that looks best on you!" --Coco Chanel

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MBP is the MVP of Hair Care

Jade Powder
Jade Powder

Intensely nourishes and moisturizes hair, blocks humidity, and adds shine shine

Promotes follicle health, for hair that is uinfused with body, thickness, and antioxidants

Protein-enriched grain that absorbs quickly and deeply to promote fullness, volume, and manageability

Our Exclusive Mineral Botanical Peptide Complex is present in all of our shampoos and conditions and in our Reparative Keratin Leave-In Treatment. The tri-phase complex is designed to topically fortify and strengthen the hair while nourishing and protecting the scalp and hair follicle where the health of the hair originates.

Learn more about glo essentials hair care

Out with the Old...

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If you're a beauty junkie like us, then there's no better way to start off the New Year than by clearing out the clutter on your bathroom shelves! That means, letting go of barely-used or expired products.

When's the last time you opened the blue bottle you keep underneath the sink? Can't remember? Then it's probably time to toss it out. We know, we know, sometimes it's hard to part with quality products you spent your hard-earned money on. But just like food, beauty products have a shelf life and the longer you keep them (as in months and years) the less likely their active ingredients are to work making them less effective anyway. So how do you know when it's time for your purple liquid eyeliner to go? Use your senses:

  1. How does it smell? If it's rancid, pungent, or sour, toss it out
  2. How does it look? If it's layered, unusually thick, or discolored, toss it out
  3. How does it feel? If it's sticky, or watery, toss it out
Another rule of thumb is to check the period after opening (aka hatbox) symbol on the back of the container. This often overlooked code gives you the approximate time period, in months, that your product should last after it's opened. Keep in mind though, that improper storage, using dirty applicators, and extreme heat or cold can accelerate the expiration date.

But, "hold on!" you say, your product is still in good shape. Then consider handing off one of your many splurges to a friend who is more likely to use a body bronzer than you are. And who knows, maybe they'll give you that new eye shadow you've been wanting to try in return.

Post-Holiday Detox

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Indulged too much over the holidays?

Quench the thirst of your dry skin with Pure Hydration Serum

Apply Eye Revitalize to reduce puffiness

Drink Plenty of Water

Who Had the Best Makeup in 2011?

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