Celebrate Earth Day with 5 Clean Ingredients You Need in Your Skincare Routine, Now!

Earth Day is here and now is the time to thank Mother Nature for all the natural ingredients she provides to help benefit our mind, skin and spirit.

As the world continues to become more and more aware of the health of our environment—plus the ingredients that go in and on our bodies—both the fashion and beauty industry have risen to the occasion by offering clean and sustainable options for consumers. Of course, COSMEDIX has been in the business of clean skincare for over 20 years, so we like to think ourselves pretty seasoned when it comes to providing products that are good for skin—and the globe. COSMEDIX knows that creating a clean beauty routine should be simple, which is why we choose to source our clinical-level skincare ingredients from the Earth.

So, if you are looking to dive into the world of clean beauty—or just want to learn more about the plant-based ingredients we personally love—keep on scrolling to discover 5 earth-loving ingredients you should add into your skincare routine:

Sandalwood

Sandalwood doesn’t just smell good in a candle, it’s also a multi-tasking wonder for your skin. Available in both powder and oil forms, this tree-derived skincare ingredient is filled with antioxidants and soothing properties to help reduce the look of redness and protect the skin from environmental stressors. Sandalwood is also a popular addition to a blemish-prone cleanser, as well as a daily serumand facial oil, thanks to its ability to help:

  • Soothe the look of blemish-prone and uneven skin tone
  • Improve the appearance of skin texture
  • Soften the look of the complexion
  • Protect skin from potentially age-accelerating environmental stressors

Find It In: Benefit Clean and Benefit Balance

Cranberry

Loved for age-defying skin care properties, Cranberry is a refreshing staple to any clean skincare routine. Not only are cranberries packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, but they also contain a gentle acid that works as a chemical exfoliator to help slough away dry skin. Incorporating this fruit into your weekly regimen is an easy way to help:

  • Lift away dull, dead skin
  • Promote a softer, smoother-looking complexion
  • Plump the look of skin and improve the look of fine lines
  • Brighten the overall look of the complexion

Find It In: Pure Enzymes

Green Tea

Go green this Earth Month with a dose of Green Tea. Another antioxidant-rich superstar, Green Tea is packed with skin-sational properties that help protect and improve the overall appearance of skin.  Powered by naturally occurring nutrients that help minimize oil production, Green Tea is a vital skin care ingredient that helps balance the look of skin, along with these other benefits:

  • Hydrates and nourishes the look of skin
  • Helps prevent the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps protect the complexion from environmental stressors, like pollution
  • Refreshes the look of skin

Find It In: Simply Brilliant and Recovery Face and Body CBD Lotion

Sunflower

Yep, beautiful and uplifting flowers can be used to benefit your complexion, too. The rich oil derived from sunflowers is a popular hydrator found in skin care products thanks to its high-level of Vitamin E. Sunflower seed oil is also a great source of nutrients and antioxidants that help address skincare concerns like blemishes, general redness and irritation. Beyond that, sunflower is also shown to help:

  • Maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier
  • Soothe the look of dryness with added hydration
  • Plump the appearance of skin to minimize the look of fine lines

Find It In: Affirm, Clarity and Define

Turmeric

Get glowing with a global ingredient that has been praised for centuries for it’s “healing” properties. Turmeric might not be new to the kitchen, but it has seen a recent surge in popularity within the skincare industry. The orange-colored spice is said to tote a long list of “anti” benefits (antioxidant, anti-redness, etc.), though COSMEDIX loves it for its ability to help brighten the look of skin with a natural-looking glow. When used in skincare, Turmeric is also known to help:

  • Even the look of skin tone and texture
  • Improve balance of both oily and dry skin
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Encourage a brighter, more radiant-looking complexion

Find It In: Pure Enzymes, Clear, Opti Crystal and Purity Balance

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Ingredient 101: Understanding Skincare Ingredient Lists and How to Read Them

So, you come across a sleek, nicely packaged skincare box that promises clearer, brighter and healthier-looking skin. You pick it up and turn it over, only to be met with a long list of unidentified words typed across the back. Ah, the ingredient list.

Ingredients can feel a little overwhelming at first, but with a good search engine or—even better—a great aesthetician, you too can make sense of all the technical jargon. Of course, investing in a skincare brand that is clean, cruelty-free and free of additives (hi, we’re COSMEDIX), is a great place to start. And while is it easy to get caught up on all the things to “avoid” on an ingredient list, is also important that you understand what to look for.

To help you discover the ingredients that are right for your skin type, COSMEDIX has put together a quick list of 5 common ingredients you should add to your skincare routine, plus how you can spot them on the back of the box:

Oily Skin Look For: Beta Hydroxy Acid

Don’t let the word “acid” scare you away. A BHA is a chemical exfoliant that is ideal for oily, combination and acne prone skin types. This is because BHAs are oil soluble, meaning they can dive deep into the pore to help refine the look of congested skin, improve the look of enlarged pores and reduce oil production. Beta Hydroxy Acids are also gentle enough for everyday use and are often found in both a cleanser and toner that are specially formulated for blemish-prone skin.

What it Looks Like on an Ingredient List: Salicylic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, or Salix Alba

Dry Skin Look For: Ceramides

If you find yourself constantly slathering on moisturizer yet still have dry skin and rough patches, Ceramides are about to become your new best friend. Ceramides appear by many different names on an ingredient list, but all you need to understand is their hydrating and moisturizing skincare goodness. While Ceramides occur naturally in the skin, they tend to deplete over time, which is why it is so important to use them in a skincare routine. Applying a moisturizer 1-2x a day that is formulated with Ceramides will help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier, lock in hydration and soothe the look of skin.

What it Looks Like on Ingredient List: Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide NG, Phytosphingosine or Sphingosine

All Skin Look For: Niacinamide

We’ve highlighted Niacinamide in the past and we are here to do it again! This holy grail ingredient has quickly risen to the top of trending skincare thanks to its diverse list of skin-loving benefits. Perfect for all skin types, Niacinamide helps maintain oil production in oily skin types, hydrate dry skin types and boost Ceramides (reference last paragraph) for mature skin types. Not to mention it is super easy to spot on an ingredient list since it appears under one name and one name only: Niacinamide.

What it Looks Like on Ingredient List: Niacinamide

Prevention Skin Look For: Peptides

Retinol gets a lot of attention when it comes to wrinkle reduction (as it should), but if you are in the game of prevention there is one ingredient you don’t want to sleep on: peptides. Simply put, peptides act like tiny building blocks in the skin that help boost the look of elasticity while helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give skin it’s “bounce.” Peptide skincare also helps support the overall health of the skin by soothing and hydrating the complexion.

What it Looks Like on Ingredient List: Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Acetyl Hexapeptide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, or Tripeptide 1

Anti-Aging Skin Look For: Alpha Hydroxy Acid

We’ll start with an acid and end with an acid. AHA’s share many similarities with BHA’s: they both help reduce the look of fine lines and improve the overall look of skin texture and tone. The key difference is that AHA’s are primarily praised for their exfoliating and anti-aging properties. For that reason, they are commonly used in a skincare routine that aims to promote healthy cell turnover while helping reduce the visible signs of dark spots and wrinkles.

What it Looks Like on Ingredient List: Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, and Mandelic Acid

Skin Quiz: Find the Best Cleanser for Your Skin Type!

We’ve all been there. Staring at the computer with an endless collection of cleansers to choose from staring right back, anxiously contemplating which face wash was ACTUALLY made for you.

The game of skincare can feel like a complicated journey, but it doesn’t have to be. Like most things in life, finding your perfect match starts with knowing yourself—and cleansers are no different.

If you are looking to add a new cleanser to your AM and PM routine, or just want to learn a little more about your complexion, keep on scrolling to take our skin quiz and discover which cleanser is right for you!

1. Let’s start simple… What Is Your Skin Type?

A.) Dry: You have dry skin on the cheeks, forehead, and nose

B.) Combination: You have an oily T-zone with normal to dry skin everywhere else

C.) Oily: You have a shiny complexion and have tried every blotting sheet on the market

D.) Normal: You have skin that is perfectly balanced—congrats!

2. What Is Your Top Skin Concern?

A.) Dehydrated skin with a dry, flakey texture

B.) Uneven skin tone and large pores

C.) Congested skin, blackheads or blemishes

D.) Maintaining moisture and balance

3. What Type of Texture Do You Like in a Cleanser?

A.) Cream Cleanser

B.) Cooling Cleanser

C.) Foam Cleanser

D.) No preference

4. What COSMEDIX Ingredient is Your Skin OBSESSED With?

A.) Liquid Crystal Technology

B.) L-Lactic Acid

C.) Salicylic Acid

D.) Essential Oils

5. What Benefits Are You After?

A.) Moisture that lasts throughout the day

B.) Balanced skin that is hydrated and smooth

C.) Clearer-looking skin that is refreshed and refined

D.) Soothing ingredients that help maintain healthy-looking skin

Mostly A: NEW! CRYSTAL CLEANSE Hydrating Liquid Crystal Cleansing Cream

You’re the lucky winner of COSMEDIX latest launch! Formulated for all skin types (but a match made in heaven for dry skin), this cream cleanser helps wash away impurities while quenching the skin with moisture. Prickly Pear Seed and Liquid Crystal Technology combine to lock in moisture throughout the day and soften the look of skin for an uber-hydrated appearance.

Mostly B: PURITY CLEAN Exfoliating Cleanser

Give your skin the pick-me-up it’s been waiting for with this cult-favorite cleanser. Purity Clean is powered by L-Lactic Acid to help gently exfoliate the skin as it washes away dirt, oil and pore-clogging impurities. Featuring Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil, this invigorating face wash works into a rich lather to help minimize oil and prevent shine while encouraging an overall smoother, more balanced-looking complexion.

Mostly C: Clarify Salicylic Acid Foaming Cleanser

This gentle, foaming cleanser was specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin types! With a light-as-air texture, Clarify lathers away oil and impurities while Salicylic Acid helps exfoliate the skin. This multi-tasking cleanser works to soothe the look of the complexion as hydrating ingredients encourage a clearer, more balanced-looking complexion.

Mostly D:  BENEFIT CLEAN Gentle Cleanser

Perfect for your morning and night skin care routine, Benefit Clean is a gentle gel cleanser that lifts away dirt, oil and stubborn makeup without stripping the skin. Featuring a soothing blend of Grapefruit and Sandalwood, this lightweight face wash indulges the skin to refreshing ingredients and leaves the complexion feeling soft and smooth.

The Ultimate Guide to Tech Neck: How to Prevent Those Deep Lines on Your Neck

Dear screen lovers. Try to remain calm because we are about to drop a skincare bomb.

Did you know that the constant thumb scrolling and internet surfing done on your favorite devices could be contributing to early signs of aging? It’s true. With the tech industry booming and many of us sitting at a desk all day long, it’s no wonder we often find our shoulders slouching and neck creasing.

So, if you’ve started to notice two parallel lines making their way across your neck at a steady pace, you aren’t alone. These deep wrinkles, which have been fondly dubbed “tech neck”, are usually the result of sitting, lying and standing with your head tilted down. And while there might not be a magic cure, there are preventative measures you can take to help prevent these lines from running deeper:

Reset Your Posture

Incorrect posture is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to tech neck. Sitting with your shoulders hunched and your chin down can often lead to neck pain and neck wrinkles. So, to help reduce these results, check in with your posture throughout the day. Sending your shoulders back and holding your head high with help reduce creasing in the neck—not to mention it makes you look more confident. Also, when you do scroll through your phone, try to hold it up at face level rather than looking down.

Bring SPF and Vitamin C Down to the Neck

Skincare does not stop at your neck! Now that we all understand the importance of a good SPF and Vitamin C, it’s time to ensure that you are applying it below the chin. The skin on your neck is thinner than the skin on your face, which means it requires extra attention to prevent thinning. Applying Vitamin C to the neck in the morning will help protect the skin from environmental stressors while a SPF will help protect from UVA and UVB rays that could potentially cause aging.

Protect UV | Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray that adds hydration and helps prevent future sun damage.

Pure C | Vitamin C Mixing Crystals that boosts skincare while helping to brighten and protect the complexion.

Apply Retinol Every Other Night

Next to SPF, Retinol is the holy grail of skin prevention. Derived from Vitamin A, Retinol helps prevent a handful of skincare imperfections including wrinkles, dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Because the neck area is delicate, try incorporating Retinol into your neck-care routine 1-2x times a week. Once your skin adjusts to the new addition, feel free to bump your application up every other night. This will help prevent wrinkles and encourage healthy skin renewal.

Invest in a Neck and Décolleté Cream

While you’re stocking up on trendy blue light glasses to help protect your eyes from the screen, we suggest doing the same for your neck and décolleté area. Applying a moisturizer that is specially formulated to address the thin, delicate skin on your neck and chest is a foolproof way to help prevent the effects of tech neck. Try to stock up on a formula that features ingredients to help reduce the look of fine lines and firm the look of skin. This will help improve deep lines in the neck and chest that can form from gazing at screens or sleeping on your side.

Illuminate & Lift | Neck and Décolleté Treatment helps encourage smoother, firmer-looking skin and minimize the look of age spots and hyperpigmentation.

Are You Making the Most of Your Nighttime Skincare Routine?

We get it. The sun has gone down on a long day of working, cleaning, driving, eating, gym(ing)and more and that big comfy bed is practically singing your name. 

While COSMEDIX personally finds a nighttime skincare routine utterly indulgent, we understand that many people see it as the one thing standing between them and a night of beauty sleep. But hear us out. The truth is that your PM skincare is mega important to the overall well-being of your complexion and COSMEDIX wants to ensure you’re making the most of it.

So, if you’re looking to boost your night skincare routine—or just want to make sure your bedtime skin care habits are at their best—keep on scrolling to discover 4 COSMEDIX tips for the ultimate nighttime skincare routine:

Use Active Ingredients

Remember: A morning skincare routine is all about protection and a nighttime skincare routine is all about prevention. Because our skin hits “reset” at night, incorporating active ingredients like Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid and Salicylic Acid into your bedtime ritual is vital for optimal skincare results. This allows the skin to work it’s magic while you sleep as active ingredients soak in below the surface—ultimately giving the complexion an extra preventative boost.

Apply Skincare 1-2 Hours Before Bed

After a long day, we know it can be tempting to slather on skincare and jump right into bed… but you might want to think twice before slipping straight into the comfy pjs. No matter how “fast-absorbing” your skincare might it, it still takes time for those benefits to soak into the skin. And there is nothing worse than treating your complexion to indulgent ingredients, only to have them wind up on your pillowcase. Take it from us—apply your skincare 1-2 hours before bed to give your skin the time it needs to drink up active ingredients.

Don’t Sleep on Skincare Tools

Who says you can’t boost skin care product absorption and indulge in a bedtime massage? Easily add a little oomph to your nighttime routine by incorporating invigorating skincare tools. A facial roller and under eye applicator are both popular skincare tool picks, as they help revitalize the look of the complexion while massaging serums and moisturizers into the skin. Using a jade or Rose Quartz Facial Roller before bed can also help stimulate the complexion by reducing puffiness and rolling away tension.

Invest in a Night Cream

Sure, a daily moisturizer might have cut it in your teen years, but adult skin calls for adult skin care products. *Enter a Revitalizing Night Cream*. Night creams are typically thicker than your traditional daytime moisturizer and are packed with rich ingredients that encourage healthy skin renewal. Using a night cream to top off your night skin care routine not only helps restore the look of skin but helps replenish the complexion with necessary vitamins and nutrients.

And the good news? If you are on the market for your new favorite night cream, COSMEDIX has just the thing for you. Meet our latest launch: Resync Revitalizing Night Cream. This lightweight cream features antioxidant-rich extracts to help deeply hydrate the skin—making it the perfect before bed pick-me-up. Let your skincare do the work while you sleep while improving the look of fine lines, dark spots and uneven skin tone with true beauty sleep in a bottle! Not to mention, this Revitalizing Night Cream is packed with COSMEDIX signature clean ingredients:

South Korean Lespedeza Capitate | A nature-inspired extract that helps restore radiance and revitalize the look of dull, tired skin

Australian Kakudu Plum | High in Vitamin C, helps reduce the appearance of skin redness and encourages brighter-looking complexion

Teprenone | Refines the look of skin texture and tone by helping to reduce the appearance of age spots and improving the firmness and elasticity of skin

Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract | A Snow Mushroom Extract that helps improve skin softness and reduce the look of fine lines by delivering an unprecedent amount of moisture and hydration to dry skin

Discover more about COSMEDIX first overnight treatment, Resync Revitalizing Night Cream here.

The Complete Guide to Niacinamide: What is it and What is it Actually Doing for Your Skin

Hard to say, but easy to love, Niacinamide is as vital to your skincare routine as an effective Retinol and Vitamin C. This multi-tasking skincare ingredient has flown under the radar for quite some time, but thanks to dermatologists and influencers, it has finally arrived to stake it’s claim in the beauty game.

If you, like many, have noticed this ingredient popping up left and right and want to learn more, keep on scrolling to discover what this popular ingredient is actually doing below the surface:

First Things First, What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is the technical term for Vitamin B3. Just like other common vitamins found in skincare, this skin-loving ingredient serves its own special purpose when it comes to caring for the complexion. When applied topically to the skin, Niacinamide packs a multipurpose punch that helps address a variety of skin concerns. It’s gentle nature also makes it a great ingredient for people who struggle with acne-prone skin types.

What Are the Benefits?

  • Minimize Oil: Niacinamide helps balance the look of skin by encouraging less oil production. It is also a gentle skincare ingredient that is non-irritating to most skin types, making it a must-have addition for anyone after a clearer-looking complexion.
  • Improves the appearance of uneven skin tone and texture: If you are looking for a streamlined skin care routine, add Vitamin B3 into your skincare collection, pronto. Niacinamide is known to improve the overall look of skin by helping to refine the look of pores, reduce the appearance of sun spots and improve the look of hyperpigmentation.
  • Strengthens the skin natural barrier: Just like the body, the skin needs vitamins to function properly. Niacinamide works below the surface of the complexion to help improve skin barrier function and lock in moisture. This also helps protect the skin from age-accelerating environmental stressors, like pollution.
  • Softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles: Because of it’s hydrating properties, Niacinamide works to keep the skin soft and supple. This, in turn, helps plump the look of skin and prevent the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

How Do I Add Niacinamide Into My Skincare Routine?

Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that can be applied as a serum, moisturizer, or powder. This lightweight ingredient is extremely versatile and won’t react to active ingredients, like Vitamin A, Vitamin C or Acids. This means you can use it both morning and night, as it absorbs quickly and easily into the skin—no sticky residue here! So, go ahead. Add Niacinamide into your skin care routine and discover the benefits first hand:

Vitamin B Boosting Powder

Using a Boosting Powder with hydrating ingredients—like Niacinamide, Coconut Powder and Yogurt—is an easy way to amplify your skin care routine with customized benefits. Simply sprinkle the Booster Powder into your favorite serum or moisturizer for an added dose of moisture and clarifying properties.

Hydrating Serum

A Niacinamide serum is another popular way to add this buzzworthy ingredient into your skincare routine. COSMEDIX Simple Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum and Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster are two best sellers that are each formulated with Niacinamide to help brighten the complexion, hydrate the skin and refine the look of pores for an overall clearer, more radiant-looking appearance.

What to Do When Your Moisturizer Just Isn’t Cutting It Anymore

Everyone’s skin journey looks a little different, but I’d be willing to bet my extensive skincare collection that many of our paths began at the same corner of a Gentle Cleanser and Hydrating Moisturizer. In fact, this dynamic duo is practically the adolescent gateway into the world of skincare—so it is no wonder some of us might feel a little betrayed when one of these tried-and-true products decides to turn its back on us.

What are we talking about, you ask? Your moisturizer.

Despite its skincare staple status, moisturizer can be a little finicky when it comes to a long-term skin care routine. If you are constantly slathering on a moisturizer, but still feel like your skin is dry and flakey, have no fear! Check out these 4 tips to help boost moisture and get one step closer to skin that is more soft and supple:

Exfoliate More (or Less)

So, what does scrubbing your skin have to do with moisture? Well, skin exfoliants work by helping to polish away dull, dry skin that sits at the surface of your complexion. Think of the day’s dirt and grime as a barrier. Using a manual scrub or chemical exfoliant helps to break this barrier down, ultimately boosting softness and skincare product absorption.

Like most things in skincare… or life in general, your exfoliating skin care routine should focus on balance. Over-exfoliating can lead to even more dryness, while under-exfoliating can sometimes prevent your moisturizer from absorbing into the skin. Just make sure to stay in tune with your complexion and keep exfoliation between 1-3 times a week.

Add Moisture-Locking Ingredients

Moisturizer is great… but pairing your daily moisturizer or night cream with a hydrating serum is a skincare must. While moisturizers are typically formulated with emollients and plant-based oils, the best skincare serum products tend to feature a concentrated blend of moisture-locking hydrators, such as Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerin. Incorporating these skin-loving ingredients into a skincare routine will amp up moisture, while helping to lock in the nourishing benefits of your moisturizer.

Give It a Powdered Boost

Powered skincare has quickly grown in popularity thanks to its lengthy shelf life and sustainability. But did you know that it is also an easy way to help optimize your moisturizer? Like a serum, powdered skincare boosters are packed with key ingredients that cater to different skin concerns. Mixing your moisturizer with a booster that features nourishing properties—like Coconut and Yogurt Powder—practically gives you free reign over your hydrating skin care routine. Add as little, or as much of a boost as you choose!

Check in With the Seasons

Wouldn’t it be nice if our skin needed the same thing year-round? Unfortunately, like our wardrobe and mood, our complexion also changes with the season. If you have started to notice that your moisturizer just isn’t working like it used to, try to experiment with a different formula. Winter skin usually craves a bit more hydration, where summer skin loves a lightweight formula and Vitamin C. And if your skin still feels dry or flakey, a rich night cream is always a good idea… no matter what the season.

Backne Be Gone! Help Make Body Acne and Blemishes Disappear with These Simple Skincare Steps

Oh, Backne—the unwanted blemish (or blemishes) that pop up just in time to trample our open-back dreams. Though not as often discussed as facial blemishes, body acne is a common skin concern for many. Body blemishes aren’t confined to the back either—most of us experience these pesky pimples on our arms, chest and lower back, too.

So, what is there to do? The truth is, everything from hormones and diet—even tight-fitting clothes—can affect the clarity of your skin, so it is important to understand the cause and treatment for body blemishes. And, that’s why we’re here!

If you are on a mission to help improve the look of body blemishes, keep on scrolling to learn more:

What Is Body Acne?

Simply put, body acne is the result of congested pores that appear on… well, the body. These blemishes tend to play by the same rules as your face, meaning there are many different factors that can contribute to this type of acne (lucky us). Body acne also comes in many different forms (yes, some of us are already aware of that), with some people experiencing minor red blemishes, while others may avoid wearing a tank top at all costs. Areas like the back and chest are also personal favorites for these blemishes, thanks to the common friction and sweat that they undergo all in a day’s work.

Why Might the Pandemic Be Making It Worse?

There is a reason ‘Quaraskin’ has become an official coined term. Like we said, diet, stress and hormones all play into the clarity of the complexion—or lack of—and it’s no secret that we’re all experiencing unique ups and down in our day-to-day life. Personally, my bed has become my new best friend, and we already know that friction can boost blemishes. So basically, that extra time spent on the couch, as well as the change to our diet and workouts, can all be contributing factors to an increase in body acne.

How Can I Help Reduce Body Blemishes?

Cleanse Your Body AFTER Conditioner: Conditioner is great for hydrated locks, but not so much for your chest and back. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse the skin after rinsing out your conditioner to help remove dirt, oil and other pore-clogging impurities.

Exfoliate the Skin: Dry skin is a huge culprit when it comes to body blemishes. The good news is you can easily Polish away dull skin by adding a body exfoliator to your shower ritual. A Dual- Action Body Scrub with ingredients like Lactic Acid, Jojoba Beads and Pumice can help wash away sweat and impurities while leaving the skin velvety-smooth.

Cut the Stress: We know, easier said then done. But if you can take some time for you, do it! Anything as simple as a warm bubble bath and face mask can help you reset and relax. A little “me time” is always necessary.

Moisturize! Preferably with a Vitamin A Lotion: Whether you have oily skin or dry skin, you need to moisturize! Again, dryness can play a huge factor in clogging pores, and ensuring your skin is hydrated from head-to-toe is an easy way to help improve uneven texture. If you are on the market for a new body lotion or Overnight Body Treatment, try to snag one with Vitamin A. This multi-tasking ingredient not only exfoliates the skin, but also helps improve the appearance of skin clarity and fine lines (yes, you get those on your body, too). So, lather up and stay hydrated!

3 Holygrail Products You Need to Tame Dull Skin and Get that Vday Glow

Ready, set, prep your way to Valentines Day skin that glows! Between the chocolate, candles and romance of it all, it is easy to overlook one of THE most important parts of a good Valentine prep—your skincare.

Whether you are celebrating with the girls or plan to put on a full face of glam, your skin needs to be ready. Show your skin some love the night before and achieve a smooth makeup application the next day with 3 easy skincare steps that add a little love and affection to your nightly skincare routine:

Use an Exfoliating Face Mask

Get your complexion ready for the day of L-O-V-E with an exfoliating face mask. Using a chemical exfoliant or gentle facial scrub before bed will help polish away dull, dry skin and reset the complexion for the swoon-worthy day ahead. If you struggle with blemishes, give them some extra valentine attention by applying a Detox face mask with purifying ingredients like charcoal. And if you are looking to amp up the glow, incorporate a face scrub that contains brightening ingredients like the ever-popular Vitamin C.

Indulge Your Skin to Rich Moisture

Now that the dry skin layer has been washed away, let your complexion drink up ultimate hydration. Applying an Intensely Hydrating balm or mask after you exfoliate is a simple way to help boost product absorption and quench the complexion. Look for skincare products that are rich in moisturizing  ingredients such as Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid and plant-based extracts to help soften and plump the look of skin, so you can wake up to a complexion that is ready to glow for your vday fun.

Apply a Lip Treatment

We get it. Sometimes we’re so focused on that star-crossed glow that we forget our lips are actually part of our skincare. But honestly, is there anything more important on Valentines Day than a kissable pout and cupid’s bow? We think not. Prep your lips for Valentine pucker with  hydrating lip products the night before. We love to use a lip exfoliator to gently scrub away dull skin before coating the lips in a rich lip balm or Lip-Plumping Mask to help deeply condition, improve the look of fine lines and reveal a fuller-looking put in the AM.

BONUS! The Day Of:

Add a Vitamin C Boost | Don’t forget to add a dose of Vitamin C into your skincare routine on the day of love. Vitamin C Powder and serum is known to help brighten the look of skin while improving the appearance of skin texture so that you can glow, baby, glow.

Get Rolling | Are you feeling a little puffy before your Galentine’s party or Date Night in? No problem. Use a facial tool—like a Rose Quartz Facial Roller—to help roll away the look of tension and puffiness for a more radiant-looking complexion.

Amp Up Hydration | Give your skin a little pick-me-up throughout the day (or night) with a refreshing facial mist or Hydrating Face Treatment. These are a great and on-the-go way to add the lightweight hydration our skin craves throughout the day—plus they naturally add a dewy appearance to the skin for the ultimate Vday glow!

Time to Think Beyond Basics: A Next-Level Way to Help Transform the Look of Blah, Winter Skin

Parched winter skin got you down?

Winter is truly a lively time for our complexion, with dry and flakey skin making the comeback we never asked for. Not to mention, the cold weather trifecta of heated rooms, frigid temps and dry air can breed a less than ideal environment for skin—especially for those with sensitive or dehydrated skin types. No, thanks.

So, how do we combat these winter skin woes? With hydrating skincare products, of course! Just like you would bundle up in your favorite winter coat to help cut the chill, you need to bundle up your skin, too. And incorporating hydrating skincare ingredients that actually lock-in moisture (not just sit on top of the skin) is the perfect place to start.

Liquid Crystals are one of the hottest hydrators to pop up on the skincare market, and if you are looking for a wintertime (or any time) boost, adding these skin-quenching ingredients to your skincare routine is a must. Not only do these eye-catching crystals make for an aesthetically pleasing Instagram pic, but they also boast a plethora of hydrating skincare benefits that cater to all skin types. 

Keep on scrolling to learn more about these dazzling, skin-quenching crystals and why Liquid Crystal Technology needs to be your next skincare investment:

1. Liquid Crystals are Super Hydrating

In a nutshell, Liquid Crystal Technology is designed to work below the skin to help restore hydration and quench the complexion with essential moisture. Liquid Crystals work by nourishing the component of the skin that encourages a healthier-looking skin barrier, ultimately helping to lock in moisture and help ensure that the complexion remains hydrated and plumper-looking. The good news is, adding these moisturizing benefits to your skincare routine is as easy as incorporating a liquid crystal-based serum or moisturizer.

Try: Emulsion | With Liquid Crystals, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil, this Intense Hydrator is a moisturizing face cream helps restore moisture and renew the look of dry skin for a face that is softer and smoother-looking.

2. Liquid Crystals Help Improve the Look of Dark Circles

Thanks to their uber-hydrating properties and iridescent shine, Liquid Crystals are also excellent for helping improve the look of undereye circles. Dark circles can be the “lucky” outcome of anything from genes or sun exposure to lack of shut eye (guilty). So, if you are looking for an uber-nourishing skincare ingredient to help your tired eyes appear more rested and awake looking, choose a skincare product that is infused with Liquid Crystal Technology. 

Try: Opti Crystal | This Liquid Crystal Sye serum isspecially formulated with powerhouse ingredients to radically reduce the look of dark circles and improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging around the eyes.

3. Liquid Crystals Help Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines

Fine lines and wrinkles are often at the top of the list for skincare concerns. If you (like many) are invested in helping prevent fine lines and wrinkles, why not incorporate Liquid Crystal Technology into your skincare routine. The hydrating properties of Liquid Crystal Technology not only nourishes a complexion in need of a moisturizing pick-me-up, but it also helps to plump the look of skin for a smoother appearance. This also makes this skincare ingredient a must-have for often overlooked and delicate areas of the complexion, like the lips.

Try: Lumi Crystal | Coat your lips in an iridescent shine that helps protect your pout from environmental stressors while helping to plump the look of lips and improve the appearance of fine lines.