Oil and Water:
The Yin and Yang
of Skincare

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. read more

Ingredient Intel: Turmeric is Beauty’s Best Bet

The secret is out. Turmeric is a holistic active that is as good taken in as it is when applied topically. Few single ingredients boast as many health benefits as this little golden nugget, making it a sure bet for health and beauty. Between beauty and nutrition, turmeric, Curcuma Longa, is probably the most common ingredient I come across when reading labels. These days, you don’t need to look far to find a turmeric latte, kombucha, tonic or tea. And the highly concentrated antioxidant is one of the most prevalent ingredients in beauty masks, oils and washes. Brands and formulators alike are adding turmeric into recipes every opportunity they get, and for good reason. Though conclusive studies are still preliminary, the research on turmeric to aid in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, ulcers and Alzheimer’s disease is promising. I’ve known for some time that turmeric was effective, but I didn’t fully realize its potential until I discovered it’s multi-functioning effect on my body and skin. read more

The Beauty Of Body Oils

It’s no secret that here at Beauty Heroes HQ, we love our oils. We feature many oil-based products in our Clean Beauty Shop, from cleansers like In Fiore’s Lustra Illuminating Cleansing Essence, to serums like Antioxidant Facial Serum by Laurel. And this month, we introduced one for the body – Beautycounter’s Lustro. From cleansers to treatments to moisturizers to hair masks, oils are proving to be the new 10-in-1 wonder ingredient. But, while we’re past the point of consumer confusion (i.e.,“Wait, won’t an oil on my skin make me breakout?”), there is still a lot to learn – and love – about this staple ingredient.read more

Extended Maceration: The Vintner’s Daughter Process

This month’s Hero Product Selection from Active Botanical Serum by Vintner’s Daughter is complex, concentrated and potent; it’s no wonder that the process used to craft it was informed by the intense detail involved in fine winemaking. Intrigued by how this skin-transforming blend achieves it’s multi-correctional and stunning results, we asked April Gargiulo, founder of Vintner’s Daughter to go deeper into the process of extended maceration, which she uses to impart the potent actives into this blend.read more

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea, also known as ‘Golden Root’ or ‘Arctic Root’ is a yellow flowering plant that can be found growing on sea cliffs in the high altitude mountains of the Arctic, Europe, Asia and North America. It’s a well-documented medicinal plant used historically to treat fatigue, stress, depression, fertility and even gastrointestinal disorders. Rhodiola has a unique set of phytochemicals called rosavins that aren’t found in any other plant, making it a very unique and carefully studied botanical. Classified as an adaptogen, an herb that boosts your own ability to respond to stress, rhodiola root is gaining awareness and popularity by complimentary medicine practitioners and herbalists in the West. When used in skincare products, it boosts microcirculation, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and protects skin from environmental stressors like UV rays.read more

Q + A With Sean
Patrick Harrington
Previse SkinCare

It’s always exciting to meet someone in the beauty and skincare space who takes an innovative approach to treating real-life skin concerns. So meeting Sean Patrick Harrington, the visionary behind Previse SkinCare, has been rewarding and enlightening. What I love about Sean’s approach in developing Previse – which by definition means to know or see in advance – is that he set out to do more than treat a current skin condition, but prevent skin damage and ultimately skin cancer. The beauty of Previse lies in its customized formulas that correspond to your specific skin type as rated on the Fitzpatrick UV index scale. If you want to up your skin type IQ you can complete this short questionnaire that evaluates your genetics, behavior, history, and geographic location and get recommendations appropriate for your type. I’ve enjoyed several conversations with Sean and recently learned of his commitment and work as an environmentalist, and philanthropist. Whether he’s hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for skin cancer prevention or working with Global Green to protect the environment, Sean stays busy making a difference on our planet. I’m pleased to share a glimpse into his little corner of Cape Cod from our most recent conversation.read more

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