When I think about how to be achieve super hydrated skin, images of water come to mind. Splashing my face in the morning, drinking my required 32 liters per day, even spritzing my skin with a refreshing hydrosol. What doesn’t come to my mind is oil. Oils deliver many important benefits to the skin, but they don’t penetrate into the deepest cellular layers the way water, or an emulsion that contains water as an ingredient, does. While oils are excellent to nourish and protect the top layer of our skin, lock in our natural moisture and prevent water from evaporating, oils do not actually hydrate. Only water can do this. But one needs the other, which is why oil and water are the two most fundamental ingredients for healthy skin.
We get a lot of skin questions sent to us at Beauty Heroes, sometimes accompanied with pictures and pleas for help. We always respond with product recommendations, and often a warning; skin conditions are rarely solved by just putting something ON your skin. Diet, hormones and lifestyle often underlie the most common skin concerns. In my personal experience, chronic skin conditions complex and triggered by a combination of factors. I battled cystic acne for 20 years and tried putting anything and everything on my skin to treat it before I discovered a major hormone imbalance, that once addressed, resolved my acne for good.Lately, we have been receiving questions about a skin condition that looks like a cross between eczema and acne around the mouth called Perioral Dermatitis.
In Fiore debuted in 1999, and today it is the epitome of natural luxury. Founder and creator, Julie Elliott has maintained a cultish culture around her brand, due in part to it’s niche status and exotic blends that are truly one-of-a-kind. While the brand and its devotees have steadily grown, In Fiore blossomed into its fullest expression with the creation of the 4-2-4 ritual.
A spa is a sacred space. It is a destination for health, restoration, celebration and moments of peace. Over the course of a 17 year career as a Spa Director, I also began to appreciate spa as a lifestyle, one … Continued
While seasonal skincare is not a new concept, we seem to be embracing it more than ever. Perhaps its a sign of our collective ‘return to nature.’ Indeed, as something becomes scarcer, it also becomes more valuable and celebrated. As we have evolved to spend less time amidst nature, we are seeking new ways to reconnect to it, and one way is through how we care for our skin. Just as fruits and vegetables are seasonally appropriate, so is our skincare. When we tune in to the natural rhythms of nature, and how our body responds to these shifts, we should adjust our skincare routine accordingly. Ask yourself, ‘how does my skin feel now?’ and ‘what is my skin craving’? If you listen closely, your skin will communicate exactly what it needs.
Ever since I was a young girl, I saw skincare as a healer in my life. The scents, the textures, the rituals. Something about a beauty “routine” made me feel good, inside and out. Creams, oils, and masks were responsible … Continued
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past two years, face oils are still en vogue. In the winter, they are the beauty equivalent to a cozy cashmere sweater. In the spring, they can feel as light as silk against the skin. So why do some folks still hold dear to their phobia of oils? Partly because of the myths surrounding oils. Julie Elliott, founder of In Fiore, helps debunk three commonly heard fallacies of using a face oil…..
Skin is a fantastic communicator that often reveals our unspoken emotions to the world. Our faces turn pink with embarrassment or white with fear. Complexions can appear sallow, dry or as if aged overnight, especially during difficult times. Meditation addresses the underlying issues that create skin problems in the first place. An emerging field of research called psychodermatology studies the interaction between mind and skin, looking at the effects of emotions on the skin as well as disorders that have skin manifestations. By bridging the gap between our emotional and mental states with our overall health, meditation has many benefits.
Isn’t washing your face every day a detox program for your skin? Well, yes – but it’s not everything. Removing make-up and residue from the surface of skin is an important step in helping allow skin to naturally detox through your pores and prevent blemishes.Just as in a body detox, ingredients that clear the path and support your skin’s natural cleansing mechanisms – by physically removing debris from the surface and boosting circulation to stimulate removal of waste from tissues and cell regeneration – are worth incorporating into your everyday routines.
There’s a lot of talk these days about the toxic ingredients in beauty and skin care products – those nasties that are simply not good for you and have no place in a healthy lifestyle. While you may have the best of intentions to clean up your beauty act, it takes a little know-how and effort. The truth is, yes, it does take a minute to evaluate what you already have – but it’s not that much time and it’s so worth it. Here’s why: