If there’s one thing we’ve learned recently, it’s that the only constant is change. Adaptation is necessary for survival, and this holds true for our skin as well. And when it comes to skincare, Blissoma Founder Julie Longyear is our resiliency coach.
And the best coaches are those who’ve been there, done that – failed and alas, succeeded. Years ago, when Julie discovered her ‘healthy’ beauty was hurting her skin, her most creative instincts kicked in. The artist-turned-activist-turned-entrepreneur set out on a quest for a clear complexion and a clean conscience, using only plant-based, organic ingredients that didn’t further confuse her skin. One successful recipe and an economic crash was enough to inspire her to pursue formulating full-time, and within a year, Julie had created Blissoma, a botanical-based skincare brand that meets skin where it’s at, and takes it where it needs to go.
Blissoma, based in St. Louis, Missouri, is built around the philosophy that skin isn’t static. It’s constantly receiving and responding to influences inside and outside of the body. From stress to pollution, many factors contribute to skin confusion. And while our skin is smart – it knows how to defend, repair, and recover – we can make its job easier by reducing its burden and replenishing its natural oils and essential nutrients so it can adapt to change with ease. This simple recipe for skin success is the soul of Blissoma.
With a deep understanding of skin’s dynamic nature and the broad applicability of botanical ingredients, Julie created Blissoma’s collection of multi-disciplinary products that support your skin’s ecosystem. Blissoma features five unique ranges – Sustain, Rescue, Soothe, Renew and Defend – that adapt to meet the skin’s needs and guides it to a clearer, brighter and happier place.
This month’s Hero, Photonic Light Shifting Solution SPF 25, is summer’s skin savior, supporting skin’s natural function by providing a lightweight veil of protection, hydration and antioxidant nourishment. A base of nutrient-rich oils including argan, tamanu, sesame and red raspberry soften and condition the skin, giving this SPF it’s silky texture. Non-nano zinc oxide provides a stable source of broad spectrum protection while niacinamide helps blur and fade the appearance of dark spots and seals in skin’s natural moisture. Black tea, gotu kola and hydrangea support a resilient skin barrier. Finally, this bioadaptive formula is naturally tinted with Astaxanthin but glides on sheer, leaving no residue on even the darkest skin tones.
Formulated to support optimal performance of Photonic Light Shifting Solution, Aura Phyto Brightening Serum is a vitamin-packed powerhouse that is both protective and reparative; it safeguards skin with superior antioxidant protection, and helps skin rebound and repair after UV exposure. Crafted with 14 minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to deliver brightening benefit, the superpower ingredients include jin shin, uva ursi, and cranberry seed oil which work together to diminish signs of melasma and hyperpigmentation, and mineral-rich rooibos tea which provides an antioxidant boost.
We highly recommend wearing it under this month’s Hero product, Photonic or your favorite SPF to support your skin’s response to the sun..
This month, we invite you to follow your bliss. We’ve crafted a 4-step morning ritual with Blissoma’s bio-adaptive formulas that are designed to gently greet your skin where its at (puffy? Inflamed? no problem!), and guide it to where it wants to go (we see clear, calm skin in your future!) Celebrate the dynamic nature of your skin while supporting its natural functioning with this daily routine. Try it as instructed, or create your own with other beauty must-haves.
DISCOVER IT YOURSELF. HERE’S HOW:
Wake Up dull skin with Fresh Mild Facial Cleanser, a gentle polishing cleanser that uses whole brown rice flour to remove dirt without stripping skin’s natural oils. Apply a thin layer to face, neck, and décolleté with your fingertips. Add a splash of warm water to your hands and massage skin in circular motions, taking your time to polish face, neck and chest. Rinse and pat dry.
Stimulate freshly exfoliated skin with a spritz of Intense Ion Hydration Tonique. Holding the sprayer about 12 inches away from your face, close your eyes and generously mist face for a fresh burst of stimulating, cool-brew herbs. This essence is non-astringent, so it will not disturb the acid mantle.
Boost skin’s brilliance and brightness Aura Phyto Brightening Serum. Gently spread a dime-size portion over face, neck and décolleté until evenly distributed. It absorbs quickly, leaving skin looking taut and matte, and ready for your daily dose of SPF.
Protect from UVA/UVB rays with Photonic Light Shifting Solution SPF 25, Blissoma’s sheer mineral-based broad spectrum sunscreen. Its silky texture spreads on thin and light, leaving no residue behind. Use in lieu of a daily moisturizer, or on top of a serum or lotion. Reapply every 2 hours spent outside.
Take It Over The Top with Lavish Loving Recovery Beta-Glucan Mask. If following your bliss feels too good to stop, give you skin a little reparative TLC at night with this intensely hydrating mask once a week. Scoop, spread and let the goodness in for 20 minutes, then gently remove with warm water.