Celebrating National Aesthetician Month this October!

The journey to a healthy, clear, radiant-looking complexion is often marked with many highs and lows. From unused products and failed attempts, many of us have dealt with troublesome skin concerns at one point in our lives. From suffering from mild issues to taking preventative measures and treating severe challenges, skincare professionals are there to help us navigate through this journey to achieving a healthier complexion. With unique, skin-transforming products and results-driven treatments, their work helps guide us to a place of self-confidence that’s more than just skin deep. Whether you’re a teen looking to tackle active breakouts or a bride-to-be prepping for your big day—aestheticians are right there to help improve the look and condition of your skin for total confidence.

That’s why COSMEDIX invites you to celebrate the skincare professional with National Aesthetician Month and National Aesthetician Day, October 15th. This annual, month-long celebration allows us to give thanks and shine the spotlight on those who help transform and protect the body’s largest organ—the skin.

We’re kicking off the celebrations with a Contest + Giveaway that you won’t want to miss!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit cosmedix.com/nam2018.
  2. Fill out the quick nomination form and tell us what you love most about your aesthetician. We would love to hear about your personal skin transformion journey.
  3. Nominations will close on September 30th, and voting begins October 1st. Rally your friends, family and followers to vote for your aesthetician. After all, they deserve to be recognized.
  4. If your aesthetician makes the top 3 after voting closes on October 14th, you will win $400 worth of COSMEDIX products, and your aesthetician will win a special prize and award from COSMEDIX!

This contest is the perfect opportunity to build your fall/winter regimen with moisturizing products that will keep skin glowing and radiant as we head into the cooler temperatures. If you win, check out three nutrient-rich products that we’ll be reaching for this season.

Reboot | Overnight Hydration Complex
Drench your skin in this probiotic-packed, luxurious night serum that helps balance, hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. The ultra-nourishing formula is packed with good-for-skin ingredients like Aloe, which helps soothe and nourish skin and Lactobacillus and coconut extract to help bring hydration and balance back to your complexion.

Glow | Bamboo Brightening Mask
Don’t let the harsh, cooler temps impact your skin. This brightening mask helps improve the appearance of discoloration and uneven skin tone by exfoliating away dead surface skin with the help of bamboo stem extracts. Suitable for all skin types, the gentle exfoliation allows for optimal absorption of brightening ingredients for a smoother, brighter and more luminous-looking complexion.

Purity Detox Scrub | Multi-Layer Detoxification System with Salicylic Acid
Nothing says fall like an at-home spa night with warm hot chocolate and your favorite pumpkin-scented candles. Treat your skin to this total body exfoliating cocktail that combines physical and chemical exfoliators for smoother skin from head to toe. The poppy, jojoba and date seeds gently scrub away dead skin cells, while the salicylic acid provides intensive renewal for clearer-looking skin.


Finding the right cleanser for YOU!

We’ve all been there! Standing in the aisle of a drugstore with thousands of products staring right back at us, as we try to find the best cleanser for our skin’s needs. With bold, exaggerated marketing claims, over-the-top ingredient lists and hundreds of harsh additives, finding the right cleanser can become quite the daunting task. As the first step in the skincare regimen, it’s imperative that you find a cleanser that supports your overall skin health goals and this post will guide you through that process.

COSMEDIX has four, skin-transforming cleansers that are the building block for helping you achieve healthy, radiant-looking skin. Whether you’re looking to reduce visible signs of aging, fight against environmental aggressors, wave goodbye to acne blemishes or gently cleanse skin without irritation—COSMEDIX has you covered! With the perfect blend of ingredients, these cleansers are packed with clinical level actives to promote visible change and clean botanicals to preserve the overall health of skin.

Purity Clean
If you struggle with excess oil, acne-prone and problematic skin, this is for you! This Exfoliating Cleanser helps unclog congested pores, cleanse away impurities and remove excess oil for a visibly healthier-looking complexion. Waking up to new, active blemishes is no fun and this morning and night cleanser contains Chirally Correct L-Lactic Avid (5%) that effectively exfoliates away cellular debris and pore-clogging impurities to promote an even skin tone. Unlike many acne-fighting cleansers, Purity Clean contains both tea tree oil and peppermint essential oil to help balance, refresh, cool and calm agitated skin.

Benefit Clean
This Gentle Cleanser makes taking care of your skin a breeze with a mix of antioxidants and soothing oils. The light, foaming formula delicately removes debris and environmental pollutants from the skin, making it the perfect everyday cleanser. From removing stubborn makeup to cleansing skin post-treatment, this formula is equal parts effective and gentle. The herbal amaranth encourages balanced hydration, while sandalwood works to cool and soothe the skin.

Purity Solution
Oil cleansers have become all the rage and this Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil is no exception. From dry and dehydrated to combination and oil, oil cleansers work well to gently break down dirt, excess oil and impurities, while nourishing the skin with vitamins. Get cleansing effects without stripping your skin of its natural oils with this nutrient-rich blend of olive, moringa, kukui, safflower, sesame and argan oils. The best part? Purity Solution doubles as a makeup remover and is effective at dissolving sunscreen.

Purity Detox Scrub
Every so often, our skin needs a quick pick-me-up and this award-winning Multi-Layer Detoxification System is formulated with a cocktail of gentle physical exfoliators combined with salicylic acid to deep cleanse skin and polish away imperfections. Packed with poppy, jojoba and date seeds to slough off dead skin, this cleanser works as a total body reboot to keep skin visibly clearer and smoother.

Between 9/21-9/23, get a FREE COSMEDIX cleanser with purchases $75 or more!


Skincare secrets…straight from the runway!

New York Fashion Week is an action-packed week in the Big Apple where industry officials, top influencers, major boutiques and style bloggers alike gather to report on emerging trends within the industry. As a fashion and lifestyle blogger myself, I packed my bags and headed to the city that never sleeps to soak up as much knowledge as possible from industry standouts, like Jeremy Scott and Alice + Olivia, to up and coming designers within the CAAFD. I watched closely as designers filled their shows with vibrant bursts of color, 90’s inspired pieces, bold accessories, various textures and loud metallics. With each show came a new trend, theme, focus and look, which kept influencers and media on their toes as designers incorporated major trends in their own, unique way. While the fashion was captivating, I couldn’t help but notice a reoccurring theme as I bounced from venue to venue—flawless, minimalistic makeup looks.

For years, the ongoing trends in the makeup industry have shown up on major runways, but this year the skin did all the talking. Models proudly showcased bold, fun fashion pieces with little-to-no makeup on their face. Bold lashes, intense, creamy contours and overdone highlight was few and far between, as artist focused on creating a fresh, dewy complexion that appeared near-flawless under the lights. In fact, major fashion bloggers like Aylin Koenigand Brittany Xavierwere seen taking a more natural route to glam this year, as well.

As my trip progressed, I found myself inspired to ditch my false lashes and liquid foundation and emulate that effortless, radiant glow that appeared in each show. I’ve spent years covering up and blotting away my natural oils for a matte, high-coverage finish, but NYFW encouraged me to find supporting products that leave behind a healthy, blemish-free finish.

From long, event-filled days in the city to my everyday life, these COSMEDIX products keep my skin ready for lights…camera…action!

Opti Crystal
Liquid Crystal Eye Serum
There’s a reason this is a best-selling eye treatment, as it instantly works to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and crow’s feet with the help of soothing coconut and liquid crystal technology. This serum keeps my eyes looking—and feeling—hydrated and refreshed, while protecting them from harmful free radicals that could cause further damage.

Pro Tip:After placing a pine-sized drop on your ring fingers, hold your fingers together to warm up the product for easy distribution and application.

Purity Clean
Exfoliating Cleanser
With bright lights and constant flash photography, models must take care of their skin health to ensure their skin looks refreshed without unwanted oil or dryness. This morning and night cleanser has been a gamechanger, as it works to improve the look of uneven texture and discoloration. With occasional breakouts, this cleanser helps unclog congested pores, remove excess oil and cleanse away impurities, leaving behind a healthy-looking complexion.

Pro Tip:If you have a major event or trip coming up, use this cleanser as a mask for up to ten minutes for additional exfoliation and deep cleansing.

Antioxidant Firming Serum
While models tend to air on the younger side, who says our skin can’t look that way? This award-winning serum is packed with vitamin E, resveratrol and age-defying biopeptides to help eliminate the look of environmental damage and improves the look of photodamaged skin for a firmer, youthful-looking complexion.

Pro Tip:Pair with your favorite sunscreen in the morning for added protection.

Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask

Moisturizing is the key to achieving an effortless glow and this facial balm helps restore hydration to agitated, inflamed or extremely dry skin. As we transition into the cooler months, this blend of argan oil and shea butter helps rapidly relieve a chapped complexion.

Pro Tip:Use this thick mask as an overnight treatment to help rejuvenate the look of skin while you sleep.


In the Press: 15 Beauty Products The Men in Our Lives Always Steal

Back in June, COSMEDIX Purity Clean was featured on Byrdie.com in a story titled, “15 Beauty Products The Men in Our Lives Always Steal”


“Some will openly admit it and some will openly deny it, but we’ll go ahead and say it for them. The majority of men in our lives are fascinated by our beauty routines—spellbound by the products, rituals, and treatments they watch us apply over and over again right in front of them. And typically, it only takes so long before their interest becomes so piqued that they start asking questions like, What is that? What does it do? Why do you put it on like that? Does it hurt? And eventually… Can I try? (For the record, sometimes the products work better on them than us—just look what happened when I applied this cult-loved Korean mask all over my dad’s 70-year-old skin.)

So to celebrate our June theme of Men and Makeup, we thought we’d open the floor to Byrdie HQ, you, and all your favorite men to discover which beauty products the main men in our lives always steal—i.e., which products they’ve become 100% hooked on. And may we just note the universally excellent taste? Keep reading for 15 beauty products that might just go missing if you leave them out too long.”

Check out the full story down below!


Serums…Your Skincare Regimen’s Best Friend

Just as our best friends are there to go through life’s ups and downs with us, serums are the one skincare product to help support your overall skin health goals. From battling active breakouts, reversing the look of hyperpigmentation, fighting visible signs of aging and protecting the skin from environmental aggressors, serums have become a must-have step in any proper regimen. In fact, in a NewBeauty article discussing celebrity skincare hacks, Carrie Underwood admitted to ditching moisturizers and doubling up on facial oils and serums to achieve a healthy, radiant-looking complexion. Depending on the individual needs of your skin, COSMEDIX has a host of serums that will quickly become your skin’s best friend. Check out the full product line below featuring several options that are jam-packed with natural botanicals, clinical level actives and environmental protectants to keep your skin looking—and feeling—its best!

Clarity | Skin-Clarifying Serum

This morning and night serum fights back against stubborn blemishes with a gentle blend of salicylic acid and retinol that exfoliates dead skin cells and deep cleans congested pores. Complete with soothing Willowherb, tea tree oil and aloe vera, this acne-fighting serum is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. Have an event or feel a breakout coming through? Clarify doubles as a fast-acting spot treatment to stop blemishes in their steps. 

Refine | Refinishing Treatment 

This clarifying facial serum is must-have for problematic skin types. It works to visibly reduce the signs of aging, enlarged pores and blemishes for oily, combination and blemish-prone skin types. Its retinol complex and key amino acids help refine and visibly reduce the look of enlarges pores and blemishes with gentle exfoliation. Over time, watch as this serum helps promote a healthier, clearer-looking complexion. 

Refine Plus | High-Potency Refinishing Treatment 

Featured in COSMEDIX’s tight-knit Elite system is this powerful concentration of retinol that enhances skin-clearing results. Combining its proprietary retinol complex with amino acids and high-performance hydrators, Refine Plus is sure to deliver next-level results for blemish-prone skin. Packed with sodium hyaluronate and sodium PCA, Refine Plus works to prevent moisture loss as it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, imperfections and uneven skin texture. 

Reboot | Overnight Hydration Complex

This former spa-exclusive serum works overnight to balance, hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for all skin types. With a luxurious, lightweight formula, Reboot redefines beauty sleep, as it quickly absorbs into the skin to improve the look of firmness and elasticity. 

Affirm | Antioxidant Firming Serum 

As we go about our daily lives, our skin is constantly exposed to environmental aggressors that can leave a negative impact on the look and feel of our skin. This serum is enriched with vitamin E, resveratrol and age-defying biopeptides to eliminate the appearance of environmental damage, improve the look of photo-damaged skin and promote a firmer, healthier-looking complexion. The chirally-correct L-Superoxide Dismutase works to fight harmful free radicals. 

Serum 16 | Rapid Renewal Serum 

This ingredient-rich serum is clinically proven to improve visible signs of aging while protecting the skin’s moisture barrier function with the help of intense hydrators and retinol. The innovative formula works to smooth wrinkles and boost moisture without the unwanted redness, dryness or irritation. 

Simply Brilliant | 24/7 Brightening Serum

This transformative serum is formulated with 10 skin-specific brightening ingredients to improve the look of dull, discolored and uneven skin tone. Perfect with those looking to reverse the look of hyperpigmentation, Simply Brilliant also helps to prevent future sunlight-induced pigmentation. Coupled with lactic and salicylic acids, this serum helps to gently refine texture and improve penetration of brightening ingredients for lasting results. 

Radiance | Age Restorative Serum

Time is moving quickly, but who says our skin has to look that way? This vitalizing serum is packed with therapies, peptides and antioxidants to help skin appear plump, smooth and healthy. Radiance works to minimize the look of sagging skin with each use to help you achieve a radiant, fuller and firmer-looking complexion over time. 

To learn more about COSMEDIX serums, visit www.cosmedix.com/spalocator to meet with an aesthetician near you!

National Aesthetician Month featured on American Spa!

Get Ready to Celebrate National Aesthetician Month this October!


Cosmedix, the professional skincare brand created for estheticians by estheticians, is celebrating the industry it loves with its third annual National Aesthetician Month, coming this October to a spa near you. Though the whole month will celebrate the professionals within the skincare industry, the brand has also dubbed October 15 National Aesthetician Day, which coincides with the kick of date of the Face & Body Show, located in Cosmedix’s home town of Atlanta, GA.

Developed to celebrate the essential role all estheticians play in their client’s journey towards healthy skin, the brand also hopes the campaign will spark conversation outside of the skincare community about the importance of visiting an esthetician to tackle ongoing skincare issues, correct previous damage, build an at-home regimen, receive a spa treatment, and more.

As the sponsor of National Aesthetician Day and National Aesthetician Month, Cosmedix plans to create programs and platforms to drive awareness and engagement for the skincare professional, including developing plans to further educate consumers, media, and other industry professionals on the importance of using professional skincare products and visiting a licensed skincare professional.

To celebrate National Aesthetician Day this year, Cosmedix is also launching a new product that will mark the brand’s entrance into a new skincare category. In honor of the other initiative that is also celebrated in October—breast cancer awareness—a portion of this new product will be donated to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer nonprofit organization. Be on the look out for the product’s launch in mid-September.

Check out the full story here!

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite aesthetician here for a chance to win a COSMEDIX regimen for you and a fantastic prize for your aesthy!

A Multi-Cultural Skin Care Journey…

…as told by Crysten Curry

Let’s take it back to the 90’s when I was a little girl watching my mother apply her skincare products each morning. I was always in awe of her beautiful, brown shade with hues of gold that matched her shining personality. I would watch as she experimented with endless cleansers, toners and moisturizers—trying to find the perfect combination for her individual needs. Her bathroom cabinets quickly filled with products that were either too light, harsh or uncomfortable for her to use on a regular basis. As the years went by, she began seeking professional guidance to find products that contained ingredients that were gentle enough to preserve her pigment, yet effective enough to treat her concerns. The love she displayed for her pigment and dedication to finding the right products inspired me to go on a skin care journey of my own.

Since the 90’s, there has been an influx in skin care products geared towards the melanin-enriched consumer, but I wanted to know exactly what that meant. I wanted to know how my skincare needs differ from those with lighter pigment and how to identify products that support my skin’s natural tone. My skin is deep in color with hints of gold and yellow and I was looking for a brand that could simultaneously care for my specific needs without altering the vibrancy of my color. The most important part? I wanted a brand that prioritized the multi-cultural approach in the product development phase. I knew that COSMEDIX delivered clinical results with clean ingredients, so I enlisted their Regional Educator, Sonia Barrow-Conerly, to help answer a few questions along the way.

Having a skincare professional in your corner is a luxury that I would never trade. While many skincare concerns like acne, aging skin and dry spots transcend racial barriers, it’s important to consult with a professional that understands how different products and treatments can stimulate the melanocyte cells. Sonia helped identify key areas of concern and curated a regimen that’s customized for treating my needs. A 2016 study compiled by the Environmental Wellness Group (EWG) determined that only 25% of personal care products on the market today are considered safe for a person of color, which makes it imperative to seek a professional to guide you through this journey. To find a spa near you, visit https://www.cosmedix.com/store-locator.

While 24/7 access to the internet is amazing, there’s also a surplus of false information out there about skin health. When speaking with Sonia, I wanted to debunk some of the common misconceptions that I’ve heard about multi-cultural skin care, like the need to apply sun protectant.

One condition that’s common amongst people of color is hyperpigmentation, or excess melanin in the skin that produces dark spots and uneven tone. Unfortunately, many products in the market contain harsh, bleaching ingredients that are harmful to the skin and can compromise our beautiful melanin. Simply Brilliant and Pure C is a dynamic duo that helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots and improve overall skin tone without the use of irritating ingredients, such as hydroquinone, that can damage the skin. These products are packed with natural botanicals and gentle actives for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.

In addition to hyperpigmentation, I struggle with occasional breakouts that I wanted to treat without the extreme brightening chemicals. Sonia recommended Refine, a Refinishing Treatment that helps refine and visibly reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and blemishes for a smoother, clearer-looking complexion.

After taking the time to conduct my own research and go on a personal skin care journey, I found myself embracing my pigment even more. With COSMEDIX, I’m able to resolve some of my most troublesome concerns without harsh additives that could damage my pigment. In addition, the product line is 100% free of parabens, formaldehyde donors, mineral oil, petrolatum, PEGs, sodium lauryl sulfate, hydroquinone, and glycolic acid.

Thanks to COSMEDIX, I’ll be able to recommend a multi-cultural product line to my daughter someday.

Check out Crysten’s IG and blog!