You will often find peptides listed as ingredients in skin care products, but what they actually are can get lost in science jargon, and if they aren’t used properly, they won’t work at all. They’re a really incredible part of a good skincare routine, so we’ve got the scoop for you on what these little guys are and how they work!

PeptidesWhat they are:
Simply put, peptides are amino acids – the protein that holds your skin together. Your skin produces them naturally, and they play a big part in your skin’s healing, renewal, and collagen production processes. They can also be made synthetically and used to help maintain beautiful skin throughout your years.

How they work:
As we age, collagen is lost, but is not replaced at the same rate as during our youth. Peptides tell your skin to produce more collagen. That’s right, you can help replace lost collagen! Peptides naturally form when collagen breaks down in your body, and they alert your skin that it was damaged. This signals skin to create new collagen. So, when we apply additional peptides through a skincare product, they “communicate” with the skin to increase collagen production.

Where to look for them:
Our Sea Radiance Rapid Eye Lift is a great example of a product using peptides to work wonders on the areas of our skin that so desperately need repair. Peptides are unstable, and need to be delivered in a very specific formula in order for your cells to receive them before they break down and have no effect. It is especially crucial to look for these products in airless containers, like our eye cream’s airless tube! (Jar containers are peptides’ worst enemy!)

We want to know your experience with your newfound, peptide-rich skin routine! We’re @SeaRadianceSkin on Twitter and we can’t wait to hear from you!

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!

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!

 

 

Valentine’s DayValentine’s Day is just days away, and whether you have big plans to go out or stay in and pamper yourself, a little prep a few days in advance can make a big difference in your skin’s glow. Plus, last minute preparations can leave you with irritated skin and reaching for the concealer – we’ve all been there! Use our guide to get luminous skin by February 14th.

 


Everyday

  • Treat the delicate eye area for fresh eyes. If you have a big date or event, don’t stress! Getting enough rest can do wonders. Plus, add a powerful eye cream like our Rapid Eye Lift to target this area and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This will result in a smooth palette for your Valentine’s day eye makeup!

2 Days to Go

  • Exfoliate – doing this (gently!) can cause slight redness, so it’s best to remove dead skin layers a couple days ahead to let healthy new skin cells flourish!
  • If you’re going to be wearing any new cosmetics or fragrances on Valentine’s Day, test these out now. You don’t want a weird reaction the day of, so give these a trial run.
  • Apply a rich foot cream and wear socks to bed. In the morning you’ll be able to exfoliate your feet for a smooth look in your strappy high heels!

1 Day to Go

  • Apply a generous amount of rich body cream or body oil before you go to sleep for smooth, glowing skin when you wake up!

Day Of

  • Enjoy your stunning glow!

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

Sunscreen in WinterYou may faithfully apply sunscreen on your summer vacation. But did you know that winter skin needs protection, too?

Though we may not feel the sun’s effect as much in winter, its rays still penetrate through glass windows, especially while commuting. Winter weather actually amplifies the sun’s effect because the rays reflect off snow!

For those of us who love winter sports at high altitudes, take note: Every 1,000 feet above sea level increases UV radiation exposure 4 to 5%. This adds an increased risk of damage to skin, which causes skin to appear aged and can lead to skin cancer. Ten percent of deaths from skin cancer originate in the head and neck area, areas that we sometimes neglect to protect in winter months.

Sea Elixir, found in our Rapid Eye Lift, helps to repair sun damage from past years. It also provides some natural protection from the sun to boost your usual sunscreen!

Why leave your skin vulnerable for part of the year? In winter, reach for a daily moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30. Your skin will thank you!