Face Masks Beauty Bloggers Swear By

Cosmedix Face Masks - Glow, Detox, Restore Face Masks

Being selfie-ready at all times is their job, so fitting in spa time may be minimal due to their maximalist schedules. Bloggers have turned to at-home facials, masks and treatments to keep themselves photo-ready when they need it most. Here are the masks some beauty bloggers are adding to their regimen for spa-like results at home.

Glow, Detox, Restore

Activated charcoal in the Detox Mask acts as a magnet to draw out grime from your pores, while kaolin clay soaks up oil and impurities. Think of it as a vacuum for your skin that whisks away all the dirt and pollutants that you may not immediately see until they stimulate a breakout. “This mask definitely left my skin feeling clean and soft, and best of all, breakout-free,” said Blaire of PeachesInAPod.com.

Blaire is also a fan of the Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask. “After using this mask, my makeup looked flawless!” said Blaire. Glow utilizes bamboo extract to exfoliate the skin, improving texture and allowing the brightening ingredients to work their magic on a better surface instead of rough, dry, hard-to-penetrate skin. The result is reduced discoloration and a brighter, more luminous appearance. “I could not believe the improved texture of my skin after using this mask,” Blaire said. “If you are going to start out with one of these masks, this is the one I recommend.”

Serein Wu of the YouTube channel Dress Yourself Happy uses the Restore Moisture-Rich Mask as an early morning pick-me-up. If there was such a thing as vitamin water for your skin this would be it. The Restore Mask has a cocktail of vitamins and essential fatty acids that moisturize the skin and improve the lipid barrier to lock in moisture for smoother, plumper and more hydrated skin. “I like to use it during the day if I wake up feeling really dry,” Serein said. “It's just a really nice, comfortable cream. You can use it as a sleep mask if you wanted to, but I just apply it for a quick hydrating treatment.”+

Local influencers learned first-hand the beauty of layering masks at the COSMEDIX Mask + Mingle event held at the COSMEDIX headquarters. Multi-masking is the art of applying different masks to different parts of your face or using one mask, washing it off and then using another (or two!) to get the results you want.  It is the best anytime fix in lieu of a spa treatment that allows you to spot treat problem areas and refresh the rest. Influencers tested the Detox, Restore and Glow masks and customized their application based on their skin needs, such as applying Detox to their t-zone and Restore to the rest of their face and following that mask duo with a full-face Glow Mask. “Never had my skin felt so soft!” said Cat of CatGalletti.com. The next day some of our guests were still glowing. Molly of @MissMollyMoon said, “My skin is feeling super hydrated and healthy after a little multi-masking and mingling yesterday. I’ve gotta say I'm already loving these new masks from COSMEDIX.”

Cosmedix Face Masks - Mask & Mingle Event

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Spring Forward with COSMEDIX

Spring Forward with COSMEDIX

The onset of spring means more time spent outside. Fresh air and outdoor activity are vital to our health and well-being, but can also leave skin exposed to the destructive effects of solar radiation and free radicals. Here is how you can take care of your skin during the summer months.

Q: What external dangers threaten my skin during the warmer months?

A: The skin and body change with each season, especially from winter to spring. It is important that we adjust our skin care program to reflect those changes. When spending time outdoors, wear a hat, apply sunscreen and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fresh water. Geographic location also plays a large part in choosing how we are to take care and protect the skin. The closer to the equator we live, the stronger the sun’s rays.  Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Although we have to be aware of environmental conditions such as pollution and strong sunlight, it is also important to spend time outside away from inside stale air found in offices and homes. Spend more time in the gardens, parks woods or in areas away from road pollution.

Q: How can I restore radiance to skin that has been overexposed to environmental stressors?

A: Correcting the skin through a series of professional programs that include chirally correct clinical treatments €” such as COSMEDIX’s Benefit Peel€” along with home care will help rebuild and strengthen skin tissue. Encapsulated retinol, vitamin C, enzymes and anti-inflammatory ingredients are all formulated to be gentle yet effectively restore the skin.

Q: What additional steps can I take to help prevent skin damage?

A: Beauty begins from within. The immune system is a remarkable mechanism that consistently reacts on our behalf. It protects us from outside interlopers and assists in keeping us healthy. The body should be kept in a state of alkalinity. This can be achieved through a diet rich in vitamin C and antioxidants€”found in fresh fruits and vegetables€”to help boost the immune system and balance the acidic effects of meats, refined sugars, alcohol, soft drinks, artificial colors, sweeteners, coffee, and cigarette smoking. Fifteen minutes of daily walking helps increase circulation, boosts our immune system and increases a positive state of well-being.

 

Spring Weather Skin Saviors Changes to Make Right Now!

Cosmedix Spring-Ready Skincare

Finally! It's the time of year we can shed the winter layers and show off some skin. While fresh air and outdoor activity are vital to our health and well-being, they can also leave skin exposed to the destructive effects of solar radiation and free radicals. According to the education team at COSMEDIX professional skincare, here are some quick and easy tips on how you can take care of your body's largest organ as we transition into warmer months.

Q: What external dangers threaten my skin during the warmer months?

A: The skin and body change with each season, especially from winter to spring. It is important that we adjust our skin care program to reflect those changes. When spending time outdoors, wear a hat, apply sunscreen and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fresh water. Geographic location also plays a large part in choosing how we are to take care and protect the skin. The closer to the equator we live, the stronger the sun’s rays.  Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.

Although we have to be aware of environmental conditions such as pollution and strong sunlight, it is also important to spend time outside away from inside stale air found in offices and homes. Spend more time in the gardens, parks woods or in areas away from road pollution.

Q: How can I restore radiance to skin?

A: Early spring is still a fantastic time to correct the skin through a series of professional programs such as facials and peels coupled with a home care regimen. Look for a skincare professional that offers skincare protocols that are gentle on the skin and not harsh such as chirally correct clinical treatments. One of the most popular peels available is created by COSMEDIX called Benefit Peel. This treatment, along with a home care regimen consisting of a gentle cleanser such as Benefit Clean and a topical serum such as Define, will help rebuild and strengthen skin tissue. The professional product boasts encapsulated retinol, vitamin C, enzymes and anti-inflammatory ingredients, all formulated in a gentle way to effectively restore the skin.

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Q:  What additional steps can I take to help prevent skin damage?

A: Beauty begins from within. The immune system is a remarkable mechanism that consistently reacts on our behalf. It protects us from outside interlopers and assists in keeping us healthy. The body should be kept in a state of alkalinity. This can be achieved through a diet rich in vitamin C and antioxidants€”found in fresh fruits and vegetables€”to help boost the immune system and balance the acidic effects of meats, refined sugars, alcohol, soft drinks, artificial colors, sweeteners, coffee, and cigarette smoking. Fifteen minutes of daily walking helps increase circulation, boosts our immune system and increases a positive state of well-being.

 

 

Say Farewell to Flare-Ups: How to Control Inflammation

Cosmedix - Say Farewell to Flare-Ups: How to Control Inflammation

When our bodies are exposed to infection, irritation or injury, inflammation is a natural defensive response. The redness, warmth and swelling we experience are our bodies' attempts to heal and repair themselves when they feel overwhelmed by outside threats. In addition to taxing our internal organs, such reactions have a direct effect on how we age externally, giving way to wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin. COSMEDIX is here to answer common questions and how to better control inflammation.

Q: What is inflammation?

A: Inflammation is triggered by the following:

  • – Your diet is a leading cause of inflammation and some foods such as pre-packaged cleansed food as well as hydrogenated fats, sugar, dairy, carbohydrates and some grains can cause inflammation.
  • – Prolonged sun exposure
  • – Stress which deranges hormone levels initiating the inflammatory response in the body.
  • – Pollution
  • – Genetics
  • – Products for the skin, hair and nails, which often contain ingredients that cause inflammation, such as glycolic acid, parabens, synthetic propylene glycol, acrylates and ureas.

Q: How do I know if I am suffering from inflammation?

A: Inflammation means ‘to set on fire’ in Latin. When a disease name ends in -itis, it is an indicator of inflammation (i.e. arthritis, dermatitis, gastritis, tonsillitis and hepatitis). Inflammation results when the immune system is activated by infection long before disease or skin conditions are detected.

Additionally, acne is an inflammatory disease, which is why skin becomes red and plagued by blemishes. A strong indicator that inflammation is present includes: any abnormal blood tests, acidic tissue or blood pH; thickening of blood vessels and trouble losing weight; as well as aging symptoms such as wrinkling, brown spots, abnormal tiny red veins, general skin redness and skin sensitivities.

Q: How do I treat inflammation?

A: You are what you eat and drink €” try to maintain a clean and balanced diet that includes organic, fresh, raw and green (the darker, the better) foods as often as you can. Drink at least one liter of water a day. While drinking sodas is highly inflammatory, smoking of any kind is worse. Get your heart pumping for at least 30 minutes, 2€”4 times a week, and strength train on the other days.  Have your thyroid gland checked for optimum function as you age. By fighting inflammation you are taking control of your health and beauty.

 

Exfoliation: Acne's Worst Enemy?

exfoliation for acne

When acne and congested skin start appearing on your face, you can feel overwhelmed about what to do and where to start. Often the first place people start is with harsh manual exfoliators to scrub pimples away. Although this may feel like it works in the moment, this action actually makes things worse. Harsh manual exfoliators can spread the acne-causing bacteria by creating micro-tears in the skin, thus making things worse. Now, exfoliation is essential to solving acne problems, but the right kind of exfoliation is key.

Let's Get Chemical

If you have congested skin, manual exfoliators are great! But for actual acne sufferers, chemical exfoliation is the way to go. There are two categories of chemical exfoliators: Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid. Both of these help to exfoliate the skin and rid it of dead skin cells and debris to reveal a smooth and healthy complexion.

The Breakdown

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are water soluble molecules that come from milk sugars or botanical sources, such as fruits. AHAs help to loosen the bonds within dead skin cells to help shed them away. This leaves your skin feeling renewed and refreshed as dead skin cells are sloughed off. What is also great about AHAs is that they also have the added benefit of keeping your skin nourished by helping to hold moisture. Two common forms of AHAs are Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid.

Glycolic Acid is one of the most common forms of AHAs – it has the smallest molecular structure, making it very effective. However, that effectiveness does come with a cost. It can leave the skin irritated as it drives deep into the skin due to its molecular size. COSMEDIX instead uses a chirally correct version of Lactic Acid due to its comparable efficacy. Lactic Acid minimizes the possibility of irritation unlike glycolic acid.

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) are oil soluble, making them great for acne-prone or congested skin. Instead of loosening the bonds of dead skin cells, BHAs work by diving into the pores to remove debris. Salicylic Acid is the most common acne-fighting BHA and for good reason! This ingredient is incredibly effective in helping to decongest and fight acne.

COSMEDIX often combines AHA and BHA molecules in formulas to help fight the appearance of acne without stripping the skin of its vitality.

COSMEDIX: Born from Botanicals

COSMEDIX: Born from Botanicals

Once upon a time there were two choices: early “cosmeceuticals” resurfaced the skin with harsh, irritating ingredients or “natural skincare” which was far gentler but failed to produce noticeable results. Unsatisfied with compromising skin comfort and health for short-term results, a group of forward-thinking skin care experts came together with one goal in mind: to create a skin care line capable of delivering visible results without excessive irritation. The solution sounded simple, but they soon discovered he chemistry needed was far more complex than most formulators could handle.

Unwilling to give up, COSMEDIX quickly became the most forward thinking professional skin care brand in the world. COSMEDIX combines the very best of science and nature including plant-based actives and pure essential oils to deliver powerful results without excessive irritation. However, what stays out of COSMEDIX formulas is just as important as what goes in. In addition to being the industry's pioneer in botanical-based skincare, COSMEDIX uses no parabens, PEGs, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Hydroquinone. Additionally, COSMEDIX ingredients and formulas are cruelty-free.

In a 2012 market analysis of over 50 leading professional and prestige skincare brands, COSMEDIX consistently proved itself ahead of the curve in terms of providing safe, effective, natural skin care.

Of the brands analyzed:

  • – 62% continued to use parabens, despite potential health concerns.
  • – 79% used polyethylene glycol, a common ingredient in antifreeze, to help stabilize their formulas.
  • – 40% included irritating Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
  • – 40% relied on artificial dyes to make their products look more appealing.
  • – More than 70% listed artificial fragrance among their ingredients.

The science may be complex, but the message is the same: better results come from better ingredients, and the best ingredients come from Mother Nature. Together with cutting-edge technology and a holistic approach to skin health, botanical ingredients help deliver on COSMEDIX's promise of rapid results with reduced irritation.

 

 

Peptides for Skin: Superheroes for Collagen Growth

Collagen that magic word associated with baby soft, thick and supple skin. Unfortunately, as we age, collagen is destroyed and it does not automatically regenerate. Sun, dehydration and other environmental factors can break down collagen in the skin, allowing lines and wrinkles to appear. Helping to replace collagen in the skin can improve the appearance of the skin smoothing out fine lines, wrinkles, folds and furrows.

So, while rebuilding collagen is difficult, tricking the skin to stimulate collagen can be achieved, and most importantly, preserving the collagen is paramount. When collagen a protein breaks down, it forms peptides. Peptides are composed of amino acids and are smaller than proteins, allowing them to deeply penetrate the skin. Applying peptides topically can help stimulate skin cells called fibroblasts and tricks the skin into thinking that it has lost collagen and needs to produce more.

According to the R&D team at COSMEDIX skincare, the best way to preserve collagen is to get plenty of sleep, don't smoke or be around second-hand smoke, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, and keep your stress level down. This is what lead to the creation of one of COSMEDIX'S newest and most powerful solutions – Peptide-Rich Defense Moisturizer. Containing not one but a blend of two peptides, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, this powerful duo stimulates the synthesis and replenishment of the skin matrix. Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 slows down the degradation of the skin matrix while Palmitoyl Oligopeptide not only acts as a signal, but helps to speed up the production of collagen. Together, the peptides work to dramatically restore the look of healthy, radiant skin and keep signs of aging at bay. Plus, with a super high Broad Spectrum protection of SPF 50, you are not only treating but preventing future collagen loss.

Get Your Skin On Track for Success: Toning

Toners for Acne

Fighting acne can be difficult at any age. Finding products that work for acneic skin can be even harder. We often find ourselves rummaging through an array of products trying to create a skincare regimen that works but a lot of us are forgetting a very important step.

Prep Your Skin

Acne usually occurs when your pores become clogged by oil and dead skin cells. It is crucial to prep skin with an exfoliating toner before utilizing serums and moisturizers to ensure that ingredients can get deep down beneath the skin's surface.

Sweep Away Impurities

Toner is often the forgotten step in many people's skincare routine, but this small step can have great benefits. Simply applying a toner to a cotton pad and sweeping it across your face and neck can provide a deeper cleanse and help skin absorb ingredients such as Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid provides deep exfoliation to aid in the decongestion of pores.

Purity Balance by COSMEDIX is a major key for those who suffer from acne. With ingredients like Lactic Acid and Tea Tree Oil, in addition to Salicylic Acid, this chemical exfoliator leaves your skin feeling smooth and balanced. Use in the morning or night after cleansing and before applying the rest of your regimen.

Pro Tip: Purity Balance is not only great for your face and neck, but also great for those who suffer from body acne. After a shower, spray product onto cotton round and rub onto chest or spray directly onto your back. After “toning up,” follow with serums and moisturizer to seal in moisture and get rid of breakouts!

Getting the Most Out of Vitamin C

Cosmedix - Getting the Most Out of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a skin care powerhouse. It is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the skin and stimulates collagen regeneration. However, Vitamin C poses a challenge for skin care companies due to its hydrophilic nature – which proves to be problematic for use in liquid and cream-based products. It degrades in these solutions and becomes less effective. For optimal effectiveness, a high concentration must be applied topically without degrading.

COSMEDIX has built a reputation for rethinking the way products are packaged and even delivered to the skin. With Pure C, COSMEDIX uses a purification technology that synthesizes Vitamin C into its purest form, commonly called 100% L-ascorbic acid. The crystals can be mixed with any serum or exfoliating cream to dramatically enhance its brightening, antioxidant and anti-aging benefits by delivering the highest concentration and delaying liquid solubility until the moment of application.

Pure C can easily be incorporated into existing regimens. For instance, a person battling hyperpigmentation might mix it with a brightening serum like Simply Brilliant for added spot reduction. Someone concerned with premature aging might add Pure C to a firming serum or exfoliating cream like Affirm or Defy, respectively. For COSMEDIX, the success of its innovative vitamin powder is proof positive that thinking outside of the box€”or bottle€”pays off.

UnMASKing Fresh, Radiant Skin

Masks for acne

When suffering from acne, you may be tempted to do anything and everything you can to cover your blemishes and bumps. Layering on foundation and concealer to hide the issue, it can sometimes feel like you are wearing a mask. Why not try a real mask that helps the issue rather than cover it up?

Let it Go

Utilizing makeup to camouflage your breakouts can cause more damage or aggravate your skin. Using pore-clogging makeup, dirty tools and sponges, as well as leaving makeup on while sleeping, are big no-no's when trying to achieve smooth, acne-free skin. Cleaning your brushes regularly and adding a purifying mask to your weekly skincare routine can do wonders!

Mask On, Mask Off

Not only are masks a fun way to unwind and pamper yourself, but they are also a quick and easy addition to your regimen. While there are many beautiful masks on the market, not all are effective.

The Clear Deep Cleansing Mask by COSMEDIX is a must-have to help achieve flawless skin! Clear works to draw out pore-clogging impurities, such as makeup, and helps balance oil production with a combination of kaolin clay, salicylic acid and sulfur. It can be used all over the face and neck as a spot treatment or even on pesky body acne. The cool green color is not only a notable feature for your Instagram posts, but it is derived from soothing botanicals. Layer Clear Mask over the COSMEDIX serum Clarity to give your blemishes a double dose of pimple-fighting power!

Makeup is great, but clear and healthy skin is even better. Layer on Clear Mask by COSMEDIX one to two times a week before bed to start your journey to unmasking fresh radiant skin.