This year, Sea Radiance was proud to be featured in the legendary Oscars gift bags, going to some of the greatest actors in the world. We’d love to honor some of the incredible women who have been shining stars year after year, and Helen Mirren is one of the brightest and bravest actresses out there.

Helen MirrenMirren gained widespread fame for her performance in 2006’s The Queen, for which she won the Academy Award. But, her career has spanned five decades, and her Oscar was just one of three jewels in her Triple Crown of Acting! Having won a Tony in 2015 for The Audience, in which she also played Queen Elizabeth, and racked up four Emmys, she is one of just 21 actors in the world to have accomplished this feat.

In 1995, long before she finished her Triple Crown, she described her well-rounded approach to acting to USA Today:

“I’m lucky with the culture I come from. There isn’t the definition there is in America [where] you’re either a film actress or a TV actress or a stage actress… I’ve literally done film, television, theater – and on a pretty substantial level…”

Taking the gung-ho approach to not only acting, but also her life, has served Mirren well. Becoming a face of L’Oreal Cosmetics at the age of 70, she refused to have any of her photos retouched. She swears like a proper sailor, and is famously non-diva like on set. She enjoys life, and it shows in her glowing face on the red carpet – and in her no-holds barred acting roles.

What does she have her sights set on next? Become a Dame of the British Empire? A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? No, she’s got those two wrapped up. Saying that she does her own stunt driving and that she loves Vin Diesel, she’s told Yahoo News that she’d love to play a “baddie” in The Fast and the Furious franchise! We think that Helen Mirren could play whatever she sets her sights on, and we’re looking forward to seeing her on the Oscar’s red carpet next year!

National Spinach Day AntioxidantsIn honor of National Spinach Day, we broke down some of the great reasons to love spinach. Popeye’s strong muscles may come to mind when you think of this veggie, but celebrating with a plate of the stuff can actually bring lots of radiance to your skin!

Just like many of the ingredients we use to create our line, spinach is a powerful natural source of antioxidants. These protect skin and help to reduce the appearance of aging. In spinach’s case, these antioxidants are in the form of Vitamins E & C.

It is also high in anti-inflammatory beta-carotene to help your skin reduce redness.

Start by celebrating today with a delicious spinach salad and incorporate it into your diet the rest of the year to help pump up your glow!

Have you ever noticed that men often have beautiful, full lashes? It’s not just a cruel twist of fate – men usually treat lashes more gently than those of us who coat them with makeup and glue on the daily. Lush, full lashes are a sought after accessory, but you can get them without falsies!

LashesLash extensions have soared in popularity in recent years. While you may seek these out looking for fuller lashes, extensions have been the culprit of more eyelashes falling out due to the extra stress on follicles.

Fake eyelashes and glue can damage the delicate eyelid skin, as well as pull out individual hairs.

Mascara coats your entire hair shaft and can leave your lashes very dry. This can inhibit growth by making them brittle. If you fall asleep with your eye makeup on, this gives lashes almost no time to be free of waxes and oils, and the tiny hair follicles of your lashes can get clogged.

Dying lashes should be avoided at all costs! Dying lashes is illegal in many states and not only can it cause lash loss, but can damage your eye severely, even causing blindness.

Avoid these four eyelash enemies to help your natural lashes grow longer and fuller!

You put a lot of time, energy and money into carefully selecting and purchasing the skincare and cosmetics you use. You want them to be effective for as long as possible, right? Making sure you purchase products in airless, opaque packaging is the first step, but you can also protect your most precious potions in an unexpected way: keep your products in the fridge!

  • Keep products in the fridgeYour bathroom is a very volatile environment. It’s constantly filling with steam, clearing out, and changing temperature from cold to hot. For your products, it’s like being in the jungle! Delicate ingredients last longer when kept stable.
  • Your fridge may not have room for your whole beauty regimen, but certain things can benefit from the big chill: natural and organic products, skincare with powerful anti-aging ingredients, and favorite products you may not use very quickly because you stock up on them in case they’re discontinued.
  • Keep a plastic bin just for makeup and skincare products to keep them separate from the food in your fridge.
  • Have a little extra room? Fragrance also benefits from being kept cool. The steamy environment of your bathroom can damage the integrity of the fragrance. Plus, a spritz of body spray that’s been kept in the fridge can be very refreshing!

humidifierYou may think now that spring’s here, you don’t need to add as much moisture to your skin. But, don’t put that humidifier away just yet!

When we think of bikini weather, it’s summer’s humidity that gives skin its glowing, supple look. But, if you’re trying on your spring break bikinis and the sticky summer days seem a little far off, using a humidifier in spring can have its benefits.

A humidifier instills your air with moisture, and helps maintain a more normal level of humidity.

Even if you’re in a dry office throughout the day, sleeping with a humidifier on in your room will result in more supple skin, moisturized lips, and feet that don’t feel like you just walked the Sahara Desert.

Beyond skin, there are numerous health benefits, like keeping nasal passages from drying out, which can help prevent nosebleeds and sinus infections. There are also small, personal sized humidifiers, so you can use one in your office area as well. If you don’t have a humidifier, a good old-fashioned pot of water on the stove or radiator will help!

Tip: You can keep your humidifier clean by using a natural solution of equal parts white vinegar and water!

 

Scent is a tricky subject in skincare. We want a luxurious smell when we use a product, and it may make us feel like the product is working. You may purchase a product for its anti-aging properties, but if it’s loaded down with fragrance, you can make your skin situation worse rather than better. Fragrance is one of the ingredients with the highest risk of irritating your skin – or even causing an allergic reaction.

Green Tea

A Green Tea blend imparts a light, fresh scent to Sea Radiance Gentle Cleanser

Fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies aren’t required to disclose what ingredients they use for scenting their products. It can be a guessing game when it comes to what you’re actually putting on your face!

While you may think your skincare is working, if fragrance irritates your skin below the surface, its ability to defend itself from environmental toxins, stay moisturized and minimize wrinkles will be compromised.

In our Gentle Cleanser, we don’t add any additional fragrance, but our Green Tea essential oil blend, added to soothe skin and deliver powerful antioxidants, also provides a light, fresh scent.

Don’t make skin work overtime to compensate for the fragrance in your products. After all, it’s called skincare for a reason! Reach for products that are fragrance free, or that have a gentle fragrance imparted by quality, gentle ingredients.

For the wellbeing of your skin, sleeping in makeup is definitely something to avoid as much as possible.

Sleeping in MakeupEvery once in a while, we all have our slip ups, and at the end of a long day, we may even nod out in full pancake-face. Don’t give yourself a guilt trip when you see your smudged reflection the next morning! There are few things you can do to help your skin recover and avoid breakouts, irritation and wrinkles.

  • Avoid rubbing off your mascara and resist picking at any breakouts that may have popped up. After you wash and tend to your face, it will look much less irritated.
  • After sitting all night, makeup can be more stubborn to remove from deep within pores. Wash twice with a mild face wash that can emulsify makeup, like our Gentle Cleanser, to ensure all makeup is thoroughly cleansed.
  • Allow your skin to have a few moments under a warm washcloth to work on your eye makeup, as day old mascara can tug out lashes!
  • Because skin didn’t get to regulate itself well under the makeup, you may experience vastly different skin textures. One area may be oily, one may be desert-like and need exfoliating, and one may be too irritated to exfoliate. Simply use a gentle cleanser suitable for all skin types, and then moisturize to soothe your entire face.
  • You may be tempted to layer on concealer, foundation and powder again to cover stressed skin, but try to resist for at least a few hours. If you can, let your face breathe and keep it free of makeup to help skin renew its balance.

Skin Damage from DrivingIf you care about protecting your skin, you probably think you’re diligent with your sunscreen. You apply SPF in a daily moisturizer and slather on the sunscreen when out in the sun, right? But, there are two areas that may be getting extra exposure that you haven’t considered.

While driving, you may think you’re protected, but your hands, reaching out towards the steering wheel, are uniquely exposed! Hands are very susceptible to signs of aging, and spots, dryness, loose skin and wrinkles will begin to appear much earlier on the thin skin of your hands. If you drive just an hour per day, that’s an extra hour in the sun on delicate skin you may not have even realized!

Select a hand cream with an SPF of at least 30 to keep in your purse or car. This will keep your skin protected, and treat dry hands and cuticles while you drive! In Japan, where sun protection is taken very seriously, it’s not uncommon to see women driving with gloves to protect their hands. You can try this option if you don’t like the greasy feel of some hand creams. Or, apply gloves over your moisturizer and enjoy your daily in-car spa treatment!

Windshields are usually treated to block UVA and UVB rays, so your face does get some protection. Side windows, however, are not treated. Make sure to keep a lip balm with SPF to apply in the car, as sun exposure through your driver’s window can also make collagen in lips break down more quickly and deplete youthful volume.

P.S. Did you know that airplanes can also pose a unique skin damage risk?

You’ve probably heard to never sleep in makeup. But, it’s not just something your mother used to say to nag you – there are real reasons to abide by this beauty tradition.

After working all day or dancing the night away, it is so tempting to crawl into bed and deal with removing all of your makeup in the morning. But, skipping this step can cause several side effects you spend your time trying to prevent with your skin care routine, so don’t allow them to creep up on you while sleeping in makeup!

Sleeping in Makeup

  • Sleep is when your skin restores itself – allow your cells the time to regenerate by freeing your pores. Use a gentle washcloth with your cleanser to help remove your makeup daily (get a pack of seven and use a fresh one each day of the week).
  • Foundation can be the worst of the makeup culprits to sleep in – unlike blush or lip liner, it completely covers your face’s pores. Don’t think that if you’re just wearing foundation you should skip the sink.
  • Makeup and pollutants your skin has accumulated throughout the day can transfer onto your pillowcase. Who wants to hear from yesterday’s dirt when you’re going for fresh, acne-free skin?
  • A face that has worn makeup all day can collect a lot of free radicals – allowing these to remain will result in the breakdown of collagen in your skin. Our Gentle Cleanser has powerful antioxidant properties to fight free radical damage and cleanse makeup from your skin.
  • Eye makeup may coat your lashes rather than your skin, but it isn’t exempt! Sleeping in eye makeup actually brings additional dangers – it can clog the tiny hair follicles of your lashes, and eyeliner and mascara can get rubbed into your eyes as you sleep, causing irritation. You won’t do your lashes any favors by keeping them coated in mascara, either. It may cause them to become brittle and break off more easily. Who wants to lose eyelashes?

If you slip up every once an a while and hit the sack without washing, just keep a pack of cleansing wipes on your night stand so you can remove makeup even if you’re nodding out. Your skin will thank you!