These Unconventional Acne Treatments Could Clear Up Your Skin

Whether you’re a teenager or you’re in your mid-30s, there’s no doubt that acne can put a real damper on things. In fact, 96% of people with acne have reported feeling depressed due to their skin issues. And while there are plenty of topical treatments on the market, many of the most common over-the-counter and prescription remedies may fail to do the trick. So if nothing you’ve tried has worked and you’re feeling discouraged, you may want to check out one of these lesser-known acne treatments to see whether it might clear things up.

Light Therapy

Many acne sufferers have to be careful about their sun exposure. Although more than two-thirds of U.S. adults believe that the sun can’t damage their skin when they’re inside, people with acne tend to know better. Even though there’s a misconception that tanning can hide acne and acne scars, that practice can actually make acne worse. As a result, many people with skin issues stay out of the sun or slather on the non-comedogenic sunscreen when they know they’ll be outdoors.

But there is one light source that could actually help people with acne. Homeowners have embraced LED light in recent years, as LEDs use only 15% of the energy used by standard halogen bulbs but provide up to 85% more light output. But LED light is also becoming a popular way to treat acne. Phototherapy, or light therapy, is sometimes used by dermatologists to target and treat acne. Experts will use blue light to fight acne-causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, combat redness, and heal the skin. If you’re not keen to undergo this treatment in a medical setting, you could also try Neutrogena’s light therapy mask, which uses the same technology to treat acne (albeit on a slightly less powerful scale). Dermatologists caution that you might not experience the same results with the mask as you would with phototherapy sessions and that these treatments work best if utilized in conjunction with other treatments (like topical gels). It’s also important to be patient when trying out any new form of acne treatment, as it could take up to three months to see effective results. But if you want a more affordable way to try out light therapy, this might be an option.

CBD Oil

It seems like CBD products are popping up everywhere and are being lauded as a cure-all for any number of conditions — particularly anxiety. But evidently, CBD oil might calm your nerves and calm your skin. It’s thought that CBD oil has an effect on how the body produces sebum (the oily substance that, when combined with dead skin cells and dirt, is often blamed for acne development). And since CBD oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, it makes a lot of sense that it could make a viable acne treatment.

One 2014 study found that CBD prevented sebocytes, the cells that create sebum, from creating too much of this oily material. What’s more, CBD oil triggered anti-inflammatory reactions in cells and kept cytokines (an inflammatory component blamed for triggering acne) from activating. A review conducted in 2016 involving the cannabis plant focused on its antifungal and antibacterial properties, which further points to the idea that products derived from cannabis could reduce infections caused by pollutants and harmful bacteria on the skin.

Ultimately, there have been too few studies of the effects of CBD oil on the skin to reach a definitive determination as to its effectiveness, but many acne sufferers have reported positive effects after using it. You can apply CBD oil directly to the skin, though it’s essential to use what’s known as a carrier oil with it to ensure safe usage. Olive oil, coconut oil, and argan oil are all examples of carrier oils that can be mixed with CBD oil and applied to the skin. Others may find that taking CBD orally may improve acne. If you do decide to use CBD for acne, you should ensure that the distributor has conducted third-party testing to confirm the content of the CBD and that no other compounds are used (like THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis).

Vitamin-Infused Serum

So what if you’re able to clear up your acne but are still dealing with the scars left behind? Although there are some invasive dermatology treatments that can help, other former acne sufferers want to go a more soothing route. Face oils have been catching on for a while, and there’s a new vitamin oil that’s become extremely popular with those hoping to fade their acne scars — so much so that the company that makes it has had to limit how many bottles each customer can order.

Slurp Niacid

The serum in question, made by a Korean skincare brand called Slurp, has been flying off the internet shelves and has been applauded as a miracle cure for stubborn acne scars. Niacid, their clear-colored formulated with vitamin B3 and tranexamic acid, is said to “cure inflammatory trauma” and actually raise the indentations in the skin caused by acne. It also regulates sebum production, exfoliates the skin to prompt new growth, and minimizes pores. Despite the fact that the product is currently on pre-order, the reviews look promising. It’s recommended that users apply only three to five drops to the skin after cleansing and use a gentle pressing technique to evenly distribute the product. The makers note that it’s essential for users to wear SPF 50 sunscreen (or higher) to protect their skin in the sun, as the serum does contain acid. It, therefore, might not be the best choice for those with sensitive skin, but it may give hope to those who still aren’t pleased with their appearance due to the lingering after-effects of acne.

These unconventional acne treatments may work well for acne sufferers who want to avoid invasive treatments or who have not experienced success with other methods. But ultimately, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a dermatologist to tackle the root causes of your acne before trying out a bunch of different methods.

Women Are Ditching the Dye in Favor of Going Gray With Grace

By the age of 35, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of hair loss. But for many women, going gray has often been seen as the equivalent to balding. And though a lot of women will still reach for a box of dye or make regular appointments with a stylist to ensure their grays are well-covered, it’s becoming more popular for women to go au naturale and to embrace the gray in a self-love power move heard ’round the world.

Yes, dyed silver and gray tresses were a trend on Instagram not too long ago. But now, women are more inclined to give up the extra maintenance and let their locks go. Grombé, a relatively new Instagram account that celebrates women who are in the midst of their gray hair transition, has grown to amass 74,000 followers and counting. Celebrities are starting to embrace their grays as well, as Jessica Biel and Katie Holmes have recently walked the red carpet with streaks of natural silver showing. And while many women (and stylists) are still decidedly anti-gray, representation is growing — and that’s typically an important first step to widespread acceptance.

Photos courtesy of Popsugar

But why do we even go gray in the first place? We tend to fear gray hair because we don’t want to get old, but gray hairs often start to appear on women in their 20s and 30s. Achromotrichia, the process of hair turning gray and then white, often starts around this time. Race and other genetic components are typically what determines when and how much of your hair starts to turn. Nutritional factors can play a role, as can stress — which may be why regular exercise is a good idea. Partaking in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times per week can also improve cardiovascular health, which is a win/win for many women. Gray hair does tend to be drier due to decreased oil production, which is another reason to follow a protein-rich diet, stay hydrated, use moisturizing products, and stay active.
Ultimately, the gray hair movement is still (ironically) in its infancy. But if the growing popularity of these communities is any indication, it’s about time women were able to opt out of society’s unrealistic and expensive expectations of conventional beauty and start embracing their natural allure.

Micro-Concealing Must: Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer

Nowadays, it is imperative to save money wherever you can, so products that multitask are a godsend. Your moisturizer should do more than just moisturize; your cleanser should do more than just cleanse, and your concealer should definitely do more than just conceal. Thankfully, there is a multi-usage concealer that corrects, conceals, and brightens your skin, Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix correcting concealer and highlighter fuses skincare with color science. This all over face pen evens out and brightens the skin instantly and over time, while weightlessly veiling areas of concern with amazing buildable coverage and light-infused pigments. You will love the instantly brightened, hydrated, and soothed skin. Other benefits include superior, an HD quality finish, and it lets your skin breath. Plus, it is also oil-free and water-based, which helps to improve your skin’s natural properties.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix is available in 30 shades in five color groups – light, medium, porcelain, tan, and deep. Each color group comes in three undertones – pink, neutral, and gold. Since we have more of an orange undertone, the 5N was perfect as it has undertones of pink and gold. The Gold correctors are perfect for sallow/olive/yellow undertone complexions and purple/brown dark circles. Pink correctors are perfect for redness/sensitive prone skin and pinkie/blue dark circles.

“Complexion Fix is the original micro-concealer star,” said Sébastien Tardif, Co-founder, and CEO of Veil Cosmetics. “I launched Veil Cosmetics in 2012 with Complexion Fix, using it as a micro-concealer to reveal great skin. The resulting fresh glow is why I called the brand Veil. It’s all about our superior texture that makes micro-concealing with Complexion Fix so effective.”

So say goodbye to dark circles, and hello to a smoother skin surface, and an instant brightening effect. We’ve been using it for a week now and this micro-concealer has wonderfully covered all our late night sins. We look forward to the other benefits we’ll experience, the longer we use it. You’ll be happy to know that Veil Cosmetics products are not only great, but they are also vegan and cruelty-free. For additional information, visit www.veilcosmetics.com.

Time To Glow Up: Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils

We know Summer is months away but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sensual, glowing summer skin now. You don’t have to wait for the warm summer months to show off sun-kissed skin. You don’t have to go away to somewhere tropical either. With the new range of Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils, your skin can look summer-ready, right now. In Brazil, glowing skin is a year-round obsession, and Sol de Janeiro wants you to join in on this infatuation now. These oils come in an easy-glowing pump for perfect, no-mess application. You’re left with deliciously scented glowing skin, every day!

The skin-softening and hydrating glow oils, were originally available Copacabana Bronze (a warm bronze tint) and Rio Sunset (a translucent champagne shimmer); now they are also available in three special edition Summer 2019 shades: Samba Sway, Goldie Rocks and Master Flash! The best part? These limited edition shades smell incredibly delicious and you can mix them all for even more glow shades and effects.

There are many things o love about the Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils. It’s hydrating and leaves your skin feeling soft to touch. It’s non-sticky, super blendable, and transfer-resistant (your clothing is safe). The five unique shades is complimentary to a range of skin-tones and glow moods and it boasts the Brazilian Beauty Blend of Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí Oil, and Coconut Oil. We are obsessed with the Samba Sway, it smells heavenly, and gives our orange undertone a lovely rose gold-ish shimmer. Get to know the three limited edition summer shades below:

Samba Sway (Natural Sun-kissed Glow) – A natural for all skin tones, this luscious, illuminating light creates a soft, sun-kissed glow. No one will be able to resist this irresistible glow. It evens out skin tones and red undertones, too.

Goldie Rocks (Pop Icon Golden Glow) – A rock starry light shimmer that transforms into pop icon glow that’s amazing on all. Flecked with scintillating light for a golden-luscious sheen and skin-lit effect.

Master Flash (Hip Hot Kaleidoscope Glow) – This hip hot illuminator spins a see-and-be-scene glow with strobes of light and flashes of color for high-volume funk.

Get all five shades for $35.00 each on www.soldejaneiro.com.

 

 

Giveaway: Joico Color Butter Color Depositing Treatment

GIVEAWAY: Joico Color Butter Color Depositing Treatments

Two years ago, the Prince Estate and the Pantone Color Institute announced that Prince’s signature royal purple would forever be a part of their color wheel as Love Symbol #2, in honor of the late icon. The color pays tribute to Prince’s amazing talent and influence he had on everything. Every year since his death, fans flock to every location celebrating his music with a dance party. Fans dress up in head to toe purple in honor of the man who captivated us and made royal purple his. Next month marks the 3rd anniversary of his death; and if you are honoring him, we’d like to help you do so with the help of Joico Color Butter Color Depositing Treatments.

To honor The Purple One, you’ve got to look the part. We’re giving away Joico Color Butter Color Depositing Treatments in purple in honor of Prince; plus the other five colors for those days you’re feeling adventurous. That’s right, we’re giving away all the colors of the Joico Color Butter Color Depositing Treatments.

Giveaway: Joico Color Butter Color Depositing Treatment

What’s in this amazing color depositing hair product? Hawaiian Kukui Nut, Shea Butter, the same direct deposit dyes found in Joico’s Color Intensity Semi-Permanent Crème colors, Arginine amino acid, and Joico’s exclusive bio-advanced Peptide Complex.

If you’re looking to instantly fight the fade and add hot shades to your hair, definitely try Joico. This super-nourishing treatment deposits bold pops of vibrant color on blonde and pre-lightened hair. It’s the perfect way for you to bump up your light colored hair without the full-on color commitment. The Joico Color Butters results last up to 10 shampoos depending on the condition, texture, and porosity of the hair. They reduce breakage by 44% and instantly give you the strongest, glossiest, healthiest, most vibrant strands around. The Color Butters retail for $19.99 on www.ulta.com but today, you can win them.

How can you not get excited about this multitasking hair product? So if you’re ready to win, see below for the Rafflecopter entry form and rules:

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JUST LAUNCHED: Celeb Spring Fragrances for National Fragrance Day

What better way to celebrate National Fragrance Day, which follows the first day of spring, than a new fragrance launch? That’s exactly what Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj are doing. Join us in welcoming the two celeb spring fragrances that may take the spot as your new signature spring scent. Ariana Grande’s CLOUD Eau de Parfum and Nicki Minaj’s QUEEN Eau de Parfum are both light and fresh scents that are unique in their own way.

With National Fragrance Day coming up tomorrow, the start of the spring season, and of course National Women’s History Month, we couldn’t think of a better time for these two powerful women to launch these. Get to know these new celeb spring fragrances below:

Ariana Grande CLOUD ($60.00)

Celeb Spring Fragrance - Ariana Grande Cloud

Inspired by optimism and hope, the uplifting and addictive scent imbues a thoughtful, artistic expression of positivity and happiness from Ariana to her fans. It opens with a dreamy top blend of alluring lavender blossom, forbidden juicy pear, and mouthwatering bergamot. The heart features a whipped touch of crème de coconut, indulgent praline, and exotic, vanilla orchid. Sensual musks and creamy woods fade out for a cashmere-like feeling that seduces the senses. Not to mention this cute bottle would be the perfect addition to brighten up anyone’s vanity or desk! Get yours before they sell out at www.ulta.com.

Nicki Minaj QUEEN ($75.00)

Celeb Spring Fragrance - Nicki Minaj Queen

Inspired by Nicki’s bold and unapologetic approach to life, the QUEEN fragrance exudes luxury, attitude, and strength – the ultimate way to celebrate the “Queen” in all of us. The intoxicating fragrance opens with sexy top notes of Asian Pear and Bergamot.  The smooth sensual creamy dry down is wrapped with notes of Sleek Woods, Praline and Musk. Nicki’s iconic bottle is dipped in gold and further adorned with a removable headpiece that can be worn as a bracelet – a little something extra for her Barbz. Get this limited edition fragrance at www.nickiminajfragrance.com.

What are your thoughts on these two celeb spring fragrances? Will you be looking into new fragrances in celebration of National Fragrance Day? Do you think these bottles represent the entertainers well?

Naturcolor Herbal Based Haircolor: The Eco-Friendly Haircolor Gel

Do you want to know the best things about the Natural Products Expo West? Being introduced to natural and organic products from across every industry. This year’s event happened at the beginning of this month and as always, was a treasure trove of eco-friendly, organic, and herbal-based products. One of the standout product we were introduced to was Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor.

This herbal-based, permanent, eco-friendly haircolor gel uses high-quality natural ingredients to cover grey hairs, add radiant highlights, or dramatically change your existing hair color. Available in 31 colors, each Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor can be used alone or blended to create personalized colors. The herbal-based haircolors are handcrafted with the finest Italian pigments derived from botanicals. It can be used repeatedly without damaging your hair, unlike harsh chemical colors. The 31 colors feature five different color series; they include the Natural Series, Copper Series, Golden Series, Mahogany Series, and Ash Series.

The Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor Natural Series was specially formulated with the strongest pigments to “cover” gray. The other color groups are made with lighter pigments. These color with a more transparent effect and are designed to be mixed with the Natural Series for special custom tints or highlights. The Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor range contains no ammonia, resorcinol,  or parabens, and is cruelty-free.

After coloring, we recommend using the Naturcolor After Color Treatment. This very mild shampoo is designed specifically for use after hair coloring. It gently removes any excess hair dye without stripping away the hair color that you just applied.

Other Naturcolor hair products include the Rejuvennis Shampoo, Echinacea Herbacreme Conditioner, and Phytovitamin Tonic. In the age of being more aware of what goes into the product that we use, are you ready to give up the chemicals and go for natural ingredients hair color?

What’s NEW From Hard Candy, Your Favorite 90’s Beauty Brand

Can you believe the first day of spring is only 3 days away!! After an interesting winter, we’re all excited to welcome the season of renewal. Along with the warmer weather and saying goodbye to heavy coats, we’re looking forward to the spring beauty launches. Today we’re highlighting some new beauty products from Hard Candy, your favorite 90’s beauty brand. What can you expect from the brand this spring? How about Glitter & Chrome Eyeshadow Duo, Matte Velvet Lip color and Liner, and Sheer Body Luminizer and Powder? The best part, all these beauty launches are very friendly to your budget.

The Glitter & Chrome Eyeshadow Duo ($7.00), seen above in a stunning gold called Sunbeam Sheen, offers a brilliant, sparkling, liquid glitter finish and a magnificently metalized smooth chrome foil finish in one. In addition to Sunbeam Sheen, this truly portable eyeshadow duo comes in seven additional colors.

The Matte Velvet Mousse Lipcolor & Liner ($6.00), is a hydrating, matte liquid lip color with a matching lip liner. How wonderful to get two products for the price of one. It’s definitely more bang for your buck. We love the deep, rich oxblood hue that is Dahlia. You’ll love the colors options available, there are 18 shades to be exact.

The Feelin’ Mauvey Eyeshadow Palette ($8.00), boasts a stunning collection of 10 highly pigmented mauve shades, in both matte and shimmer finishes. We love this collection of colors; they compliment everyone. It’s a great combination of neutrals, pinks, and pale purples.

Need to combat shine and hide your imperfections? The Sheer Envy Blur Face Primer ($8.00) is a revolutionary liquid-to-powder formula that blurs away imperfections. Your fine lines will be minimized and your pores will appear less apparent.

The perfect base for all of your shadow palettes, the Eye Shadow Primer ($5.00) increases the vibrancy and lasting power of all your eyeshadows.

Other new launches from your favorite 90’s beauty brand include the All Over Body Luminizer ($9.00); a head-to-toe, transfer-resistant, high-shine body illuminator that drenches your glowing skin with emollients and a fresh coconut scent. The Blurring & Pore Refining Loose Powder ($6.00), a weightless, universally hued powder that helps to refine pores, fine lines, marks, and redness.

What are your thoughts on these new products from Hard Candy? Are you excited about the new beauty launches? Will Hard Candy remain your favorite 90’s beauty brand?