Earth Day is one of our favorite days here at Sea Radiance! Did you know you can even help protect the Earth with the choices you make for your skin? Read on to see how.

  • Everything we use on our bodies washes down the drains into our waterways and oceans, and harmful ingredients can affect flora and fauna! Always look for products that are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes and GMOs.
  • Always remember to recycle when you are done with your products. Your community recycling program will take care of most of your empties, but some cosmetics companies will actually give you a new product in exchange for several old containers of their products!
  • Long showers not only waste water, but they can actually dry out your skin, too. Stick to just one short, warm shower a day for happier skin and environment!
  • Look for physical sun blocks with zinc oxide. Chemical sunscreens stop cells from absorbing the sun, so when they wash into the ocean, they can damage coral reefs by preventing them from photosynthesizing! Physical sun blocks prevent ocean damage and are healthier for sensitive skin, as well.

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Are you heading out with your sunblock in the fresh air? We’d love to know! Send us a tweet @SeaRadianceSkin

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.

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.

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!

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett, nominated this year for Best Actress for her performance in Carol, is this week’s #WCW. This is just the most recent of many awards and nominations for the 46-year-old beauty. Whether playing Queen Elizabeth, Bob Dylan or an immortal elf, Cate is always a force of nature, and we’ve admired her glow for years. She credits her mother with teaching her to protect her delicate skin from the sun, a great piece of skincare wisdom at any age. We can’t wait to see Cate walk the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards where she’ll be receiving Sea Radiance Gentle Cleanser and Rapid Eye Lift in her exclusive gift bag.

Best of luck, Cate!

 

 

Savvy skincare shoppers know that certain types of alcohol can be drying to skin and hair. But, some alcohols in skincare are important and beneficial when used in the right way, and in the right amounts.

In our Gentle Cleanser, we used three types of alcohols that you should get to know:

  • Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol – derived from vegetable oil, this has the exact opposite of a drying effect – it locks moisture into the skin!
  • Phenethyl alcohol – widely occurring in nature, this alcohol prevents bacterial growth. It helps keep the product from spoiling, and allows us to forego dangerous preservatives like parabens.
  • Cetearyl Alcohol – this non-drying alcohol helps to emulsify the other ingredients and to keep the formula creamy and luxurious!

Woman - Alcohol in SkincareSome alcohols that dry the skin to watch out for:

Denatured alcohol, benzyl alcohol, ethanol or ethyl alcohol, SD alcohol, methanol, and isopropyl alcohol.

These are okay in very small concentrations – the closer to the bottom of the ingredient list an item is, the smaller the concentration of that ingredient in the product. In larger quantities, they can dry your skin out. Keep checking your labels, armed with your new alcohol knowledge, and enjoy hydrated, beautiful skin!

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.

Supermodels and ArnicaArnica has been heard on everyone’s lips in the fashion world, including stylish fans and supermodels like Gisele Bundchen, Phillip Lim and Diane Von Furstenburg. But what is this stuff everyone’s buzzing about?

Arnica essence is derived from the Arnica montana flower, a relative of the daisy. Flowers in this family, known as Compositae, are often used as herbal remedies.

The essence of this flower contains antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities. Growing wild in Europe, it has been known to heal wounds, muscle aches and bruises since the 16th century.

How does it work? In skincare products such as our Gentle Cleanser and Rapid Eye Lift, arnica can decrease healing time of blemishes, mild scarring and acne as it stimulates white blood cell activity to increase circulation. Inflammation is reduced – leaving you with a glowing, primed canvas for makeup or light moisturizer, ready to rock a runway, board meeting or coffee with friends.

Field of Arnica

Hydration

When we think of beautiful skin, we think of skin that is moisturized with a healthy glow.

As we age, our skin naturally looses its ability to keep itself as hydrated as it did when we were younger. You may turn to face creams to help boost this moisture, but first, examine your cleanser. Why strip your skin of its natural oils with harsh soaps and then have to use all those heavy moisturizers?

Our Gentle Cleanser allows skin to maintain its natural moisture while adding the best available hydration:

 

  • Vegetable Glycerin attracts water and hydrates. Naturally found in your skin, this helps to boost those supplies.
  • Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol is derived from vegetable oil and locks moisture into the skin.
  • Aloe Vera has been used for hundreds of years for its abilities as a moisturizer.
  • Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in skin. It’s the glue that holds our skin together and gives it the smoothness of youth. It absorbs 1000 times its weight in water, so it takes water out of the air and puts it into your skin.
  • Methylpropanediol is hydrating and this enhances the penetration of the other ingredients into your skin.
  • Ceramides naturally occur on the skin surface to protect your skin against water loss. The Gentle Cleanser will add additional ceramides to your skin to keep your skin protected all day long.
  • Cholesterol gets a bad name when there’s too much in our blood vessels. But it’s also naturally found on the surface of the skin, and it helps to create a barrier to keep in needed moisture.

 

Gentle Cleanser will remove dirt, oil, toxins, impurities, environmental pollutants and all traces of makeup while enhancing your skin’s natural hydration and moisture balance.