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!

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!

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.

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!

Valentine’s Day usually brings to mind images of delicious desserts, drinks, dinner and dancing. These luxuries are sometimes thought of as “guilty pleasures,” but there’s actually nothing to be guilty about – these indulgences are not only fun, but each actually has their own healthy skin benefits!

 

Valentine's DayDrinks – Red wine can be beneficial to skin in moderation! It contains polyphenols, an antioxidant that fights free radicals.

Dancing – This improves circulation and blood flow, pumping oxygen and nutrients to cells to renew cells for more youthful skin

Dinner – A fabulous seafood dinner can be packed with Omega 3s, which your skin needs to maintain healthy cell membranes and fight wrinkles. Oysters and steak, popular Valentines Day treats, both contain high concentrations of the amino acids your skin needs to produce collagen

Dessert – The classic Valentine treat, chocolate, has antioxidant flavonols to fight free radicals and protect collagen! 70% or higher cocoa content is best for beneficial ingredients. Strawberries dipped in chocolate are even better – the berries deliver a Vitamin C antioxidant boost, as well.

 

Does this mean there’s something to the saying that people in love have a glow? Could be! Whether you’re with a date, friends or enjoying some me time this Valentine’s day, treat yourself and your skin will feel the love!

Skincare Packaging

Since the days of Cleopatra, cosmetic skincare jars have been a fixture on many women’s vanity tables. Elaborate packaging has a way of making us feel beautiful as we apply our creams and elixirs. Unfortunately, the packaging of some of our skincare can actually negate what’s inside!

A jar, classic though it may look, exposes your product to light and air every time the lid is opened. The most important, effective and expensive ingredients, like antioxidants and retinol, are the most fragile, and begin to break down as soon as they are exposed to air and light.

In the case of antioxidants, they’re just doing their job! Antioxidants help to protect your skin from free radical damage, and oxygen is a free radical. So, when the product is exposed to the oxygen, the oxygen is destroying the antioxidants in the jar. Imagine buying a warehouse of amazing fireworks, and then accidentally setting them off inside the warehouse. You would be accidentally activating the antioxidants within the jar before they had a chance to work their magic on your skin.

Many botanical and organic ingredients break down in the same way. Some skincare is packaged in a see through bottle to show off the product. While this protects it from air, the light destroys your product’s efficacy without you even knowing it.

Cleanser and Eye Lift PackagingSome skincare companies promote the notion that if ingredients are encapsulated, they are protected from exposure. Don’t fall for this! If they won’t react in the jar, they won’t react on your skin when they’re supposed to. Not to mention that dipping your fingers repeatedly into your jar can introduce unnecessary bacteria which will further break down your product and could cause break outs on your skin.

When designing our products, we were well aware of the shortcomings in packaging of the existing skincare brands. We wanted to create products that not only use the best dermatologically effective and natural ingredients, but that will be good to the last drop. There would be no point in formulating our Sea Radiance products if they would be destroyed once you open them.

This is why we created our Rapid Eye Lift in an airless tube that seals itself right after the product is dispensed. Our Gentle Cleanser is in an opaque pump dispenser that is protected from light. These provide the best protection for those powerful ingredients like Sea Elixir, peptides, antioxidants and aloe vera. You can apply your products with confidence knowing that not only will you feel beautiful, but that the ingredients will be working all day long.

You can hardly pick up any skin care product without seeing the word “antioxidants.”

The word has become synonymous with “good for your skin.” But, don’t be daunted by the scientific-sounding title – you can understand how they work and use them as part of your skincare routine!

Think of an apple – if you slice it and leave it out, soon the exposed fruit will turn brown. This is oxidization, which leads to the deterioration of a living organism, whether it’s a piece of fruit, or your skin!

Antioxidants, as their name implies, prevent oxidization to keep skin looking fresh and youthful. This is why when you coat an apple slice with lemon juice it will not turn brown. The antioxidants in the lemon juice are doing their job.

The same is true of antioxidants on your skin, but they need to be the right ones. Dr. Jaliman has packed our Sea Radiance Gentle Cleanser with powerful antioxidants that will be most effective to help your skin combat aging on a daily basis.

 

Chamomile - AntioxidantsChamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract – this wild chamomile contains the antioxidant flavonoids.

Tocopherol Nicotinate – another name for Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant and longtime favorite in skincare.

Aloe Vera contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Three amazing vitamins in one little plant! It is also anti-inflammatory, so it takes redness out of your skin.

Essential oils blend made from green tea – contains polyphenols, a powerful source of additional antioxidants.

 

Now that you know how antioxidants work, you can incorporate these powerful ingredients into your daily skincare routine to help keep your skin healthy and vibrant for years to come.