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

How Meditation
Benefits Your Skin

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. read more

Villain Ingredient Concern: Neurotoxins

A neurotoxin is a substance that causes damage to your brain. These dangerous toxins can harm the central nervous system, interfering with normal brain development and neurotransmitters, among other detrimental effects. There is alarming evidence in several studies that found more than 200 neurotoxins in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, demonstrating not only how common they are but also the extent to which they’re being passed down to children. The neurotoxins studied are most commonly found in seafood polluted by mercury, flame-retardants, pesticides, many wood preservatives and varnishes, and skincare products.read more

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