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!

 

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.

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