Figuring out exactly what products to use on your skin is important, but it’s just as essential to know in what order to use them. Chances are you rely on a number of different gels, creams, serums, and oils for your morning and nighttime routines. By layering them in the correct order, you’ll increase their efficacy and reap more of their benefits. Check out Beautycounter’s five rules for simplifying the art of skin care layering.
Go from light to heavy.
As a general rule of thumb, apply your products from thinnest to heaviest. Why? If you apply a thick moisturizer first, your lightweight serum won’t be able to penetrate it.
Try a face oil.
Face oils function just like moisturizers, so they can actually be used in place of acream moisturizer. For extra hydration, though, you can apply a face oil right before moisturizer or mix it in with a cream formula.
Give it time.
Allow products to sink in for at least 30 seconds before applying the next one, giving your skin adequate time to fully absorb each formula.
Pat, don’t rub.
Just as the order of your products matters, so does your method of application. It’s best to press the formula into your skin—it’s gentler than pulling and dragging and helps quicken absorption.
Save SPF for last.
Because it sits on top of your skin, sunscreen or products containing SPF should go on after you’ve completed the other steps in your routine, like oil and serum, and right before you apply makeup.
Posted in Health & Wellness | September 24
th , 2015 | 0 Comments
GET TO KNOW: COUNTERTIME ENLIGHTENING TREATMENT PADS IN A NEW LIGHT
In a world where delicate skin is exposed to such nasty environmental factors like pollution and UV rays, we’ve made it our mission to fight back. Countertime Enlightening Treatment Pads are the first line of defense against daily stressors, supplying skin with antioxidants while reducing the signs of aging. Mixed Fruit Acid Complex and Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Lentil Seed Extract tightens and refines the appearance of pores. Simply sweep a single pad over face and neck with upward strokes and you’re ready to face the day. Here, an ingredient-by-ingredient look at what makes our Countertime Enlightening Treatment Pads great.
Glycerin – Used as a moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations (e.g., diaper rash, skin burns from radiation therapy).
Glyceryl Caprylate – Co-emulsifier, naturally derived from glycerin and coco-fatty acids.
Sodium Benzoate – A commonly used preservative that is a derived from benzoic acid, which is found in cranberries, apples, cinnamon, cloves and other fruits and plants.
Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract – mostly used in modern cosmetics for their exfoliating properties and their therapeutic properties which help with and minimize photo damaged skin.
Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate – Created from coconut oil and Glutamic Acid, this gentle cleanser has excellent cleansing and foaming properties, is environmentally-friendly and well-tolerated by sensitive skin types.
Diglycerin – Polyol with excellent moisturizing effect and has higher water retention than glycerin.
Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide – Has an effect on skin cell proliferation, including the proliferation of fibroblasts, which are the cells that build skin’s chief supportive element, collagen.
Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract – A natural active ingredient rich in oligosaccharides, which shrink the appearance of dilated pores responsible for uneven skin grain.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – This ingredient’s chief job is to moisturize and replenish skin.
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract – Comprised of carotenoids, flavonoids and essential oils, this gentle and nourishing botanical possesses powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract – A powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that may protect against free radicals, prevent sun damage and preserve the natural moisture barrier of the skin.
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract – These flavonoids treat dermatitis related inflammation due to the inhibition of histamine release – a chemical that causes itching and redness.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – Used for UV protection and repair, collagen production, skin lightening and brightening, and as an anti-inflammatory.
Xanthan Gum – A complex sugar created through fermentation of sugar (glucose or corn sugar). In cosmetics, xanthan gum is used as a thickener and a skin conditioner. It is also a common food additive.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil – Promotes tissue regeneration, skin tightening, and toning because of its anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties. It also prevents the pores from clogging which can lead to less breakouts.
Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil – A rich source of polyunsaturated fats including omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant activity, including tocopherols.
Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil – Contains one of the highest anti-oxidant, and phytosterols contents of any of the vegetable / fruit oils, making it an excellent addition to your natural sun protection products where it will help to prevent photo damage.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract – A powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging ingredient.
Prunus Armeiaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil – They’re a rich source of antioxidant vitamins and have significant amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C.
Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract – Skin conditioning agent.
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract – Skin conditioning agent.
Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract – This serves as a remover a dead skin cells which clog pores, leading to acne breakouts. Lemon extract is nature’s best astringent – removing excess oil from skin which decreases future breakouts and can fight bacteria infections on your skin.
Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract – Reinforces the structure skin cells to fight aging.
Algae Extract – Enhances cellular turn over.
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil – The herb’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a beneficial topical remedy for easing the itching and irritation of insect bites and various skin conditions.
Artemisia Pallens Flower Oil – This soothes rough, chapped skin.
Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil – Tones irritated and sensitive skin, increases elasticity, and reduces scarring.
Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract – Flavonoids diminish the capillary permeability and tannins have an astringent action.
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil – Vitamins B1, B2, and B6 balance moisture if your skin skews oily or dry.
Rosa Damascena Flower Oil -This protects skin from environmental conditions.
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Posted in Health & Wellness | September 22
nd , 2015 | 0 Comments
Beautycounter Enlightening Treatment Pads are the first line of defense against daily stressors, supplying skin with antioxidants while reducing the signs of aging. Mixed Fruit Acid Complex and Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Lentil Seed Extract tightens and refines the appearance of pores.
– Supplies skin with a layer of antioxidants
– Minimizes the appearance of pores
– Ready-to-use pad allows for easy application
– Travels easily for mid-day refresher
Enlightening Treatment Pads are made without polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds, or PEGs). PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and humectants. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens.
*Results based on independent, 8-week, 26-subject, single-blind clinical and consumer perception study
Posted in Food | June 21
st , 2015 | 0 Comments