skin July 27, 2018

key ingredients explained

we’ve all heard ingredients like antioxidants, retinol and hyaluronic acid are beneficial for the skin, but what do they actually do? understanding the difference between ingredients and how they affect your skin is critical when it comes to selecting a product. also, never make a decision based on a marketing label- always check the ingredient list on the back. they’re listed in descending order starting with the largest amount in the product (usually water) to the least, so if a label promotes having a certain ingredient but it’s listed at the end, then not much of that ingredient is present

we’ve put together a cheatsheet of key ingredients to help you navigate the skincare aisle…

skin July 20, 2018

skincare myth: natural ingredients are better

many people believe (with a passion) that natural, organic skincare is far better for the skin. the truth is, that belief is not based on any scientific validation. while we always stick to buying organic groceries, when it comes to skincare, the same rules don’t apply. in fact, many natural, organic ingredients are actually bad for your skin. just because a product claims to be all-natural or organic, doesn’t mean it’s safe. even though an ingredient might be healthy for your diet, that same ingredient may not be effective or safe on your skin…

our take on the topic and what to be aware of…

skin, wellness July 18, 2018

HOP APPROVED / daily cleanse x HUM nutrition

the heavy hitters in this particular supplement are spirulina + chlorella (nature’s most powerful detoxifiers) + zinc (the go-to vitamin for preventing breakouts due to its ability to control inflammation & reduce the effect of bacteria on the skin). it’s an absolute must for anyone suffering from hormonal acne or rosacea. brittany swears by its ability to clear her rosacea w/o prescriptions

how to use: take two capsules on empty stomach first thing in the morning. expect results in 4-6 weeks

skin, treatments July 6, 2018

how to deal with hormonal acne

i’ve tried writing this post at least a dozen times. it’s such a vast topic that’s still evolving for me. balancing hormonal acne is something that takes trial & error. as someone who never dealt with teen acne, i suddenly began having breakouts that would reappear every month in the same place, usually consisting of 2-3 along the chin. while my case was not severe, it was still a struggle and not one i was familiar with. the worst part is that they would linger, giving me maybe one cyst-free week a month. thankfully, i’ve gotten to a place where i rarely have a cystic breakout and when i do, it’s much less severe and gone in a few days

here’s what i’ve learned… 

skin June 26, 2018

skincare myth: drinking more water can cure dry skin

chances are you’ve been told to “drink more water” in response to your skin feeling dry. while drinking water is crucial for your overall health, when it comes to hydrating the skin- not so much. it’s actually the least efficient way to cure dry skin and won’t fix your problem any more than a bath will quench your thirst. while it hydrates the cells inside the body, it doesn’t actually reach the outside layers of the skin (AKA the epidermis). put it this way, dry skin is an external problem and is best treated on the surface

what causes dry skin…

the reason your skin is dry is due to 1 of 2 reasons: the first is because it’s your natural skin type inherited by genetics, and the second is due to environmental factors (low humidity, dry heat, sun, etc), harsh products, chemicals, etc. we wrote a post on how to tell the difference between dry and dehydrated skin here

how to hydrate your skin properly (and keep it that way)… 

treatments June 22, 2018

botox and filler: what’s the diff?

neurotoxins (botox & dysport) and dermal fillers (juvederm & restylane) are both wildly popular for the prevention and treatment of facial aging. however, they’re very different when it comes to how they work and what areas they treat…

skin June 13, 2018

summer skincare edit

as I was loading my sephora cart with summer skincare staples, it dawned on me that this is a topic worth discussing. when it comes to your skincare routine, you should always take seasonal changes into account. if you thought upping your spf game was the only switch you needed to make, think again. we’re showing you how to transition your routine for the hot and humid summer months…

skin, treatments June 5, 2018

how to fade acne marks and scars as quick as possible

you’ve finally won the battle of the blemish and are now left with a battle wound in the form of a red or brown mark, or worse, scarring. we’re often asked by clients, “what’s the quickest and safest way to treat acne scars and discoloration?” but before we get into that, let’s start by understanding what you’re dealing with…