Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

We all know how essential hand sanitizers have become. It is now the most important personal care item to have in your bag. While we’re reaching for this essential product more and more during this pandemic, we definitely see continued use after Covid-19 is long gone. We anticipate lots of growth in this category, especially as on its own, hand sanitizers are very drying and have quite a very overpowering scent.

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

Of course, changing hand sanitizers a bit to be more skin-friendly is the next logical step; a step that will most likely move this personal care item to the skincare category. Some brands are already taking this step. We see the addition of ingredients to moisturize the hands and as well as making hand sanitizers more nose-friendly. Check out how Truly, American Provenance, and Every Man Jack are changing hand sanitizers to become more user friendly.

Truly Hand Sanitizer (Germ Killin’ Gel), $6.00

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

The Truly moisturizing hand sanitizer will leave your hands feeling cleansed, refreshed, and hydrated. With its 70% alcohol and Aloe Leaf ingredients that work as a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, it helps to protect your skin. It hydrates hands while the gel continues to fight off, and kill germs; plus its chic design will fit perfectly in all on-the-go accessories!

American Provenance Hand Sanitizer, $5.00

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

Made with 80% Ethyl Alcohol, American Provenance’s NEW Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer exceeds the World Health Organization’s standards, all while supporting our American Farmers! Additionally, it’s the perfect travel size (meets TSA guidelines) while you’re on the go-to. Pop in into your car console, purse, and backpack. It is effective against 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, and because it is unscented, you can be protected without the overpowering scent all day long.

Every Man Jack Citrus Hand Sanitizer, $8.00

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

The Every Man Jack hand sanitizer comes in a Citrus formula and protects against 99.9% of most common germs! It has a coconut oil base to help moisturize the hands and is scented with lemon and citrus essential oils for a refreshing aroma finish. This product was created for the purpose of an antiseptic, or preventative against the growth of disease-causing microorganisms, and is an alternative to washing your hands when you’re unable to do so. The Every Man Jack hand sanitizer is cruelty-free, boasts 50% PCR content, gluten-free, vegan, and recyclable.

COVID-19 face masks

The Must-Have Accessory: Fashion Brands Start Selling COVID-19 Face Masks

In the fashion world, a must-have accessory is something that’s on-trend. It’s a piece that’s so popular that not having it signals you’re out of touch with the latest developments in fashion. In a world currently coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, a must-have accessory is something that protects your health and the health of everyone around you. Without it, you risk contracting the coronavirus, spreading it to anyone you interact with, and unraveling the progress communities have made so far in flattening the curve.

The COVID-19 face masks have quickly found itself at the intersection of these two meanings of “must-have accessory.” At the beginning of April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending that every individual wear a cloth face-covering whenever they are in public settings where it is hard to maintain social distancing measures, such as at the grocery store or pharmacy. The CDC emphasizes that the cloth face coverings can be made out of household items and that surgical masks and N-95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

Despite this recommendation, government officials have done little to help the general public obtain the appropriate COVID-19 face masks. People who are handy with a needle and thread can make them out of bedsheets or scarves, but what about the large portion of the public who don’t have the time or skills to create homemade COVID-19 face masks?

COVID-19 face masks

That’s where fashion brands are stepping in. As the demand for face masks skyrockets, brands have started designing their own versions of the COVID-19 face masks and selling them to consumers. Not only do consumers need masks to leave their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but masks from designers are much more visually interesting than standard medical masks. Masks from fashion companies have quickly become a new form of self-expression, helping consumers maintain a sense of individuality while they wear something that covers half of their faces. Some of our favorite fashionable COVID-19 face masks include Dalia MacPhee, Christopher Palu, Ivon Los Angeles, Grace Eleyae, and Christy Dawn  (photos included in this feature).

COVID-19 face masks

Selling aesthetically-pleasing face masks is also beneficial for the revenue of these brands. In 2018, consumers spent about $517 billion online working with U.S. merchants. A good portion of those billions has dried up as the coronavirus continues to change the financial wellbeing of Americans, causing consumers to be much more conscious about how they spend their money. Selling practical, yet fashionable, face masks are the perfect opportunity for clothing companies to tap into the demands of the public and keep their businesses afloat at the same time.

COVID-19 face masks

As brands have been rolling out masks, they’ve been incorporating more practical features as well as appealing designs. One issue some people had anticipated with making and selling masks in this crisis was how they would get the necessary materials. About 95% of the world’s cargo moves by ship, but the global pandemic has all but stopped companies’ normal supply chains. Luckily, brands have found ways to make masks without having to further tax the world’s limited supply of resources. Many have been recycling fabrics from their past collections or using scraps of denim and other fabrics that would otherwise have been thrown away. Brands are also taking care to make masks with washable fabric so that consumers can sanitize their masks and re-wear them.

COVID-19 face masks

Many fashion brands are running special deals that also help out the country’s hard-working healthcare workers. Offering 1+1 or 5+5 match packages has become commonplace on websites of fashion brands. When you buy a 5+5 pack at Christy Dawn, for example, you will receive five sustainable, reusable masks and the other five masks will be sent to medical workers. Other brands are making donations on their own to help those in need. For instance, J.Crew and Madewell are each selling non-medical face masks in packs of three for consumers but have also donated a total of 75,000 single-use masks to the healthcare system. Rose Brand is donating 20% of the sale of their 3-pk of Make A Difference and Keep Your Distance COVID-19 face masks to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Coronavirus Sustainable Face Mask

If you’ve been procrastinating making a mask of your own, check to see if any of your favorite fashion brands are selling non-surgical face masks. You may even be able to find out in an easy zero-click search, a type of search that makes up over 62% of mobile searches and will answer your query right on the results page without you having to click on any links. Once you have your answer, you can start browsing the brand’s mask options and find one that speaks to your style and budget. Remember to keep an eye out for deals that send masks to those in need so that you can do your part to help the community.

Even as coronavirus hospitalizations start to slow down in the United States, Keep Your Distance that the public will need to keep up social distancing measures for the foreseeable future. Some even predict these measures extending into the next year and beyond, with this health crisis permanently changing how people interact with the world. This means that although some parts of society may start returning to normal, it’s likely that wearing face masks in public will be the new normal. Investing in sustainable, reusable face masks now will help keep you healthy, keep small fashion brands in the business, and keep healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 protected against the virus.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

Business.org Support Local Restaurants With Gift Card Giveaways

We always champion supporting small businesses; Small Business Saturday is a favorite of ours, but during this uncertain time, supporting them is needed more than ever. Of course, due to unemployment, our budgets are not what they were, so Business.org is stepping in to help. Business.org wants to help out local restaurants by purchasing $5,000 worth of gift cards and gifting them to you to support your favorite restaurants.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

To give small businesses a quick cash infusion during the Covid-19 shutdown (and help us put food on our table), Business.org is offering a total of $5,000 toward local cuisine. How does it work? They have purchased 50 gift cards valued at $100 each and asking you to submit the name of your favorite restaurants; from the entries, they will randomly select the winners and send them a $100 gift card for the restaurant they nominated. We have selected our favorite from our neighborhood and pray to god we are selected. Who will you be nominating as your favorite?

We love this idea as it is a fantastic way to help out local businesses; this small boost will help them, and of course, you (who doesn’t need the extra grocery budget). There are rules for entering of course. Anyone 18 years or older, located in any of the 50 states, can submit a local restaurant for nomination. Only one restaurant or small business can be nominated, so be sure to select your top favorite. Submitting your name enters you into the drawing for a $100 gift card that Business.org will purchase from the local restaurant of your choice.

You must hurry though as the nominations are only open until April 30th at 5 pm MST; that’s 7 pm EST to you fellow East coasters. Click on THIS NOMINATION FORM to fill out your favorite small business. All winners will be contacted via email on May 4th, 2020.

Benefit Cosmetics' Pick-Me-Up Post Gifts 3,000 Self-Care Packages

Benefit Cosmetics’ Pick-Me-Up Post Delivers 3,000 Self-Care Packages

Let’s face it, we all need a pick-me-up and during this time of fear, worry, and stress, it’s absolutely needed. Of course, no one needs it more than the heroes working tirelessly on the frontlines to make our world is safer and healthier. Benefit Cosmetics called upon all beauty lovers who are at home doing their part to flatten the curve to nominate their hero to receive a Benefit Cosmetics’ Pick-Me-Up Post.

Benefit Cosmetics' Pick-Me-Up Post Delivers 3,000 Self-Care Packages

On Tuesday, April 21st, Benefit Cosmetics starts their partnership with some of their #friendswithbenefit to deliver 3,000 self-care packages to those who could use a pick-me-up. We love this and think this is a wonderful way to say thanks and brighten someone’s day. The 3,000 lucky Benefit beauties included doctors, nurses, healthcare providers, first responders, teachers, grocery store employees, delivery workers, caregivers, or anyone who has been adversely affected by the current pandemic.

Each Pick-Me-Up Post is a wealth of beauty and wellness goodies. These beauty and wellness goodies are sure to lift the spirits of your heroes and put a smile on their faces. The packages include Benefit Cosmetics’ best-sellers, such as Roller Lash Mascara, POREfessional Primer, Hoola Bronzer, and an eyebrow product. The self-care packages also included products from their partners at S’well Bottle, CBD for Life, Kinship, and Quay Australia.

As you can imagine, Benefit Cosmetics reached their Pick-Me-Up Post self-care packages within hours. Benefit has already donated tons of products to front line workers nationwide. They will be continuing this work through this latest initiative.

Were you one of the lucky 3,000 to nominate someone? We hope you were able to gift one of these drool-worthy goodie bags to your hero. If you weren’t, don’t worry, there is more to come from Benefit Cosmetics and Pick-Me-Up Post. So keep your eye out for more giveaways from your #friendswithbenefit!

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the lives of Americans across the country, individuals and organizations are stepping up to help those in need. This help is still sorely needed, despite recent talks from federal officials about reopening the country to start resuming “normal” life. New York, one of the hardest-hit spots in the country, is still seeing about 2,000 coronavirus hospitalizations every day and Governor Cuomo has announced that nonessential businesses will stay closed until at least May 15.

Coronavirus Relief Effort

To help healthcare workers, essential staff, and everyday citizens affected by the virus, companies of all shapes and sizes have been raising money for COVID-19 relief efforts. Here are five organizations making a difference during these unusual times.

Faviana and No Kid Hungry

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Faviana, a high-end evening wear brand founded and based in New York City, has partnered with the No Kid Hungry campaign to help support the millions of vulnerable children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Share Our Strength, a nonprofit with the objective of solving issues of hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world runs the national No Kid Hungry campaign. This campaign connects children in need with nutritious food and helps teach their families how to cook meals that are healthy and affordable.

Faviana X No Kid Hungry

 

To support the campaign, Faviana is encouraging its community to post photos on Instagram that capture themselves in a moment of positivity using the hashtag, #CelebrateYourself. For each post, Faviana will donate $1 to the No Kid Hungry campaign. Faviana is offering free virtual styling appointments and consultations to incentivize participation. They are also accepting direct donations through GoFundMe for the No Kid Hungry campaign to help boost their Instagram initiative.

Feed the Frontlines New Jersey

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

A coalition of New Jersey restaurants has formed a new initiative known as Feed the Frontlines New Jersey, inspired by Feed the Frontlines New York. Eddy Sujak of Sofia Restaurant in Englewood, New Jersey started the initiative to help feel healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 in New Jersey. Other local restaurants such as Giovanni’s Bicycle Club, Axis Taverna, and Bennie’s have also joined the cause of supplying meals to the state’s hardworking healthcare workers.

The mission of Feed the Frontlines New Jersey is to raise money to fund the meals from participating restaurants. By visiting the initiative’s website, donors can choose the restaurant and medical institution they would like to support. Not only do these donations help keep healthcare workers fed and energized, but they also support local restaurants and their employees.

Proper No. Twelve Whiskey

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

MMA Champion Conor McGregor is used to fighting, but he has recently joined a battle unlike any he’s ever fought before. McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey brand has donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Heroes Fund. This fund is run by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and is also focused on the healthcare workers risking their lives to fight the novel coronavirus. The fund has pledged $3 million to provide these workers with meals and personal protective equipment. The fund will also provide financial relief through temporary mortgage payments to a healthcare worker’s family should they lose their life-fighting COVID-19.

In addition to their $100k donation, McGregor’s brand is encouraging individuals to purchase a “One For All” t-shirt. If you purchase a shirt, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the COVID-19 Heroes Fund. A repeat donor to Tunnel to Towers, McGregor’s brand donated $1 million to the foundation earlier this year in support of the country’s first responders. As these responders handle life-threatening emergencies such as crashes related to operating a vehicle while impaired, supporting them year-round is essential.

Milk Makeup and the Wu-Tang Clan

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

You heard that right. NYC-based skincare brand Milk Makeup has partnered with the iconic Wu-Tang Clan to support New Yorkers affected by the pandemic. On April 10, Milk Makeup donated 100% of proceeds from purchases made on that day to the NYC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. This fund supports healthcare workers, local small businesses, essential staff, displaced hourly workers, youth, families, and other New Yorkers in need at this time.

The collaborative COVID-19 relief efforts raised a total of $106,264.31 in just 24 hours. All shoppers who bought at least $55 worth of Milk products received a complimentary, limited-edition Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup Lip Color. During this successful one-day sale, the makeup brand gifted 1,155 lip colors to their generous shoppers. The brand also donated $250,000 worth of skincare products to frontline responders in New York City hospitals.

Ana Luisa Jewelry

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The jewelry company has launched the #UnitedTogether campaign to help fight COVID-19. In this campaign, Ana Luisa Jewelry has launched the Unity bracelet and is donating all proceeds from purchases of the bracelet to the CDC Foundation. The foundation uses their donations to help communities prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19, deploy emergency staff to the frontlines, and fund and deliver home essentials to quarantined individuals.

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The unisex bracelet is made with an adjustable black cord and three gold chain links. Each bracelet costs $25 and shoppers can buy one for themselves as well as send bracelets to their friends and family. Ana Luisa created the bracelet to symbolize interdependency and encourage everyone to stand together, even when physically apart. With no vaccine for the coronavirus yet in sight despite the U.S. holding over 45% of the global pharmaceutical market, the message to stay united in the fight against COVID-19 is more important than ever before.

All of these COVID-19 relief efforts come at an important time when our country is faced with an emergency the majority of our population has never before experienced. Although Americans are accustomed to fighting disasters like hurricanes that plague the Atlantic region for six months every year and fires that ravage the west coast during scorching months, the coronavirus has tested the country’s resources and resiliency. With efforts like these, however, it’s only a matter of time until we come out of the other side of this pandemic together.

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Stressed Skin? Calm it Down with These Skincare Products

If you’re like us, then you probably thought your skin would be at it’s best since having to take a break from pore-clogging makeup; and like us, you’d be wrong. Although staying at home has given our skin and pores a break from foundation, setting sprays and powders, our skin seems angrier than before. This anger, of course, leads to breakouts.  What could be causing our skin to protest it’s “bareness”? Is it revolting against not being dressed up in makeup? No! The answer is stress. The stress of being fearful of catching Covid-19, hearing about the deaths of friends and family, the inability to find the groceries you need, unemployment, etc has us all stressed out. And this is how stressed skin reacts.

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Speaking to other beauty lovers, it seems our skin is all reacting the same way. We’re experiencing dry, cracked lips; blemish and breakouts; and of course, extremely dry hands. So how do we fix this? By taking some real time out for self-care. Now is the time to treat your skin to some calming and pampering skincare products to combat the effects of these stressful times. Check out the stressed skin savors we’re currently enjoying from nügg Beauty, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and MasqueBAR.

nügg Beauty

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

nügg’s commitment is to its consumers during this time. nügg products can be found at grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Target, Meijer, and Giant Eagle – making it very convenient when you are picking up food for the week. If you’re sticking to online shopping only, you can find their products on Amazon and www.nuggbeauty.com. The brand is offering 20% off their entire site and also including a free Deep Clean Face Mask with all purchases.

Merle Norman Cosmetics

A brand that was started during the Great Depression, Merle Norman Cosmetics has been at the forefront to help Americans during difficult times. During World War II, the brand was a supplier of camouflage sticks and lubricating oil. Their Ultra Rich Hand Cream, $25.00, is exactly the ultra-rich formula you need to nourish, hydrate, and protect hands, nails, and cuticles after the numerous handwashing.

Merle Norman Cosmetics Hand Sanitizer

Today the brand is producing World Health Organization approved Hand Sanitizer in two sizes: 3.4oz for $5.00, and 6oz for $10.00. This fragrance-free, 80% alcohol-based, quick-drying formula helps reduce potentially disease-causing germs. Merle Norman Cosmetics is offering free shipping on all orders of $50.00 or more.

MasqueBAR

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

It’s known that masking is a timeout of daily life. And when life is anything but routine, masks offer a quick break with exponential benefits. MasqueBAR offers a wide variety of masks from natural to product/solution to fun opportunities for parents and kids. The cost is small but the payoff is big. MasqueBAR is offering 30% off everything on www.masque.bar.

Are you experiencing stressed skin? What products are you using to combat the effects?

Products to Boost Your Immune System

To Your Health: 3 Products to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system is your body’s first line of defense against invading pathogens. When you have a healthy immune system, you are better positioned to prevent infection and disease. However, the immune system isn’t just healthy by chance. By making healthy lifestyle choices, such as including nutritious food in your diet and getting enough sleep, you can bolster your immune system.

Products to Boost Your Immune System

In the time of COVID-19, taking any steps you possibly can to give your immune system a helping hand is essential. While no single supplement or vitamin can give you immediate protection from the coronavirus, a healthier immune system can help you fight the potentially deadly symptoms of COVID-19. A stronger immune system will also help you fight any other illnesses or diseases that might otherwise send you to the emergency room, thereby exposing you to the coronavirus. As the emergency room is typically a patient’s go-to source for help when they’re unwell, there are about 110 million ER visits annually. However, going to the emergency room for anything other than a true emergency now offers more risk than reward with many people there to treat COVID-19 symptoms.

To stay out of these high-risk environments, you need to do everything you can to strengthen your immune system. Let’s take a look at a few immune-boosting products that can help you better fight viruses, bacteria, and toxins.

Vitamin C

Wonderful Pomegranates and Citrus

Vitamin C has an important role in immune health, making it one of the most popular supplements that people take to protect against infection. Doctors in New York are even giving patients large doses of vitamin C, in addition to more traditional medicines and antibiotics, after reports from China show that it has helped some patients.

The reasoning for the success behind vitamin C is that it supports the function of various immune cells while also enhancing their ability to protect against infection. The immune system is healthier when old cells are cleared out and replaced with new ones, which vitamin C has a key role in doing. Studies have also shown that supplementing with vitamin C can reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold. As the coronavirus causes symptoms similar to the common cold and attacks the upper respiratory system, vitamin C could be a key fighter against the disease.

To include more of this nutrient in your diet, you can rely on vitamin C supplements or consume more foods that are rich in vitamin C. These foods include pomegranates, kiwis, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, oranges, and other citrus fruits.

Fenugreek

Pereg Foods Fenugreek

There are many alternative medicines out there that people don’t often think of, or even know about when they are pursuing ways to boost their immune system. Treatments for any type of illness or disease tend to be ruled by the global pharma market, which is projected to reach $1.12 trillion in 2022. In the interest of profiting from the market, medical providers may disregard alternative treatments in favor of pharmaceutical remedies. However, this can prevent people from using products that will actually help them.

Fenugreek, an herb commonly used in Indian dishes, is one of these beneficial alternative medicines. You can normally find this plant in its seed or powder form, both of which boast an impressive nutritional profile as well as a sweet, nutty taste. Just one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds contains 2.5 grams of protein, 2.7 grams of fiber, 3.7 milligrams of iron, 21 milligrams of magnesium, and 85 milligrams of potassium.. All of these nutrients can help your overall health as well as potentially provide several health benefits. These benefits include lowering cholesterol, reducing heartburn, and providing anti-inflammatory effects.

Alkaline Water

Smartwater Alkaline

Alkaline water is a type of water that has a different pH level than standard drinking water. The pH level measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14, with lower numbers indicating a substance is acidic and higher numbers indicating it is alkaline. As the name suggests, alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Advocates of alkaline water tout that it can neutralize the acid in your body because of its higher pH level.

Although more research is needed, there are many possible health benefits of alkaline water. One of these benefits is immune system support. Your immune system may already work to neutralize the acidity in your body, which is typically caused by stress, a poor diet, and environmental toxins. Alkaline water, then, can provide the immune system with a helping hand in neutralizing acidity. By boosting the immune system, alkaline water can help your body fight COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever, which can range anywhere between 100.4 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Alkaline water is also believed to have ultra-hydrating properties, contain bone-strengthening minerals such as magnesium and calcium, and slow the aging process by preventing the growth of damaging free radicals in the body.

PureRX HydroCharge

You can find many brands that sell alkaline water in stores, including Essentia Water and Bai Water. You can also find additives that have alkalizing products, such as HydroCharge from PureRx Formulas.

By actively supporting your immune system, you can help keep your body healthy. In addition to getting enough sleep and exercise, try out these immune-boosting products. You just may find that you stay healthier and can better fight illnesses when they occur. And in this era of COVID-19, there are few things you need more than good health.