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It’s been a hot summer so far, and the dog days are still upon us!

Do you know what the dog days of summer actually are? We love dogs (especially those rescued by the incredible humans over at Best Friends Animal Society), but the dog days of summer historically reference the period from July to August in which Sirius, the Dog Star, occupies the same region of the sky as our sun. Although the Romans believed differently, it has no effect on the planet’s temperature and no connection to the oppressive heat the summer months bring. Still, to help keep your cool through the home stretch, consider these skincare survival tips:

 

Do a deep clean. Switch out your daily cleanser for something with a little more kick to combat sweat and grime, like our Clarifying Facial Wash with vitamins, antioxidants and antibacterial agents like birch bark, rosemary and grapefruit extracts. For sensitive skin, we make a fragrance-free version too.

 

 

Stay out of the sun. We know, we know—impossible. Your best bet is to always use sun protection. While a wide-brimmed hat trumps everything, a layer of SPF is also imperative. Our Almond-Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 offers silky, light, all-over protection for outside time around your busy life.

 

Go naked. On your face! Less is always more during the summer, during which dirt, sweat and pollution are likely to combine with your foundation or BB cream in more humid climates. So, forget looking flawless and let your natural glow carry you. The more often you go without makeup, the more your pores will thank you!

If you have to wear it for a special occasion, go with a non-greasy remover like Chamomile & Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover for an easy, gentle rinse-off.

 

Exfoliate—sometimes, but not all the time. Removing dead skin cells is key to keeping skin fresh and clear, but too much removal can lead to sun sensitivity. Cut back to one night per week during the hot summer months with a gentle fruit acid serum like Fruit Actives Perfecting Lotion. If you accidentally find yourself a little too sun-kissed, Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub can slough away flaking skin on face or body once the burn has healed.

 

Have a cold one. Skip the hot shower! Try to tolerate a cooler temperature while bathing so as not to strip your skin of its oils. Before drying off completely, moisturize while skin is still damp. A body lotion like our Multi-Therapy Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion will create a nourishing layer that locks in moisture to keep skin hydrated. To restore moisture on your face, try Healthy Skin Ceramide Facial Lotion.

 

Eat your H2O. In addition to drinking plenty of water daily (shoot for half your weight in ounces), snacking on fruits and veggies with high water content is a great way to naturally support hydration—inside and out! The following fruits and veggies are made of more than 90 percent water, so add them to your grocery list:

  • Grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe
  • Cucumber, zucchini, celery and radishes
  • Spinach and cabbage
  • Sweet peppers and tomatoes

To really boost moisture for plumper, smoother skin, apply Maximum Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum morning and night. This essential element in human skin can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, so skin won’t feel parched.

Grown daughter kisses her mother on the cheek in a cafe.It’s pretty often that we’re reminded Mom was right. About (mostly) everything. To celebrate Mother’s Day, we’re sharing our five favorite beauty tips from Mom that were probably annoying at some point but are now—let’s face it—total truth. Thanks, moms!

1) Never go to sleep with makeup on

Makeup holds onto dirt and pollution. Not only does wearing it to bed contribute to breakouts and early aging, it stains our sheets! A gentle eye makeup remover like Chamomile & Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover does the hard work without irritating skin or sacrificing lashes, leaving nothing behind but room for pores to breathe.

2) Schedule time for “me” time

When we take the time to practice self-care, we can actually return to our work with an improved focus. Whatever it is that mentally or physically slows you down—journaling, meditating, flowing through a few sun salutations, or soaking in the tub with our Papaya Glycolic Radiant Skin Masque on—do that thing daily. That way, it becomes part of a routine, not a luxury or something to squeeze into your schedule.

3) Don’t wash your hair every day

Washing hair daily can actually strip locks of their natural oils, leading to dry, brittle strands—especially for coarse or curly hair types and processed hair. Try washing every other day or every three days. (This is where that wide-brimmed hat doubles in function!) To further strengthen and nourish hair, follow up after washing with a deep conditioning treatment like Olive & Avocado Hair Masque.

4) Have fun in the sun, but protect your skin

From lathering us in sunblock when we were kiddos to donning their fabulous wide-brimmed hats, moms know best. Sun damage is a significant precursor of skin cancer, not to mention a contributor of premature aging. For an everyday moisturizer with added SPF boost, our Almond-Aloe Moisturizer with SPF 15 is just the thing to hydrate the face and help protect it from UVB and UVA rays—without any harmful chemicals.

5) Get plenty of rest

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! Our skin cells turn over most rapidly at night, peaking around 2 am. The sooner we get to sleep at night, the faster our skin cells regenerate so skin can repair itself. Easier said than done, right? We try to be realistic. So thankfully, for mornings after long nights, there’s Azulene Eye Cream to combat puffiness and stubborn dark circles.

A new school year is just around the corner and beautiful skin is always in style! We have some tips to get a fresh start for your skin type…

Skin Type: Oily
Neutralizing excess oil can be simple with a few of our skin balancing products like our Clarifying Facial Wash, Clarifying Herbal Astringent and Perfect Hydration Oil-Free Moisturizer. With perfectly pH balanced formulas that prevent the over-drying of skin and balancing herbal blends to neutralize excess oil, these formulas keep skin looking fresh everyday.

Skin Type: Dry
For dry skin, adding long-lasting moisture that doesn’t leave an oily or heavy residue is key. Gentle cleansers like our A-D-E Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser help to wash away impurities without stripping natural oils while moisturizers with plant-extracted emollients like our Apricot Night Cream and Azulene Eye Cream deliver nutrition deep into skin cells.

Skin Type: Combination
Combination skin types need both hydration and oil control without over-drying. Gentle, yet effective treatments includes our Papaya-Glycolic Radiant Skin Masque to reveal refreshed skin, and our Aloe Vera Complexion Toner & Freshener to remove impurities, makeup and residue keeping skin clear without harsh cleansers.

Skin Type: Sensitive
Sensitive skin can be beautiful skin with simple, non-irritating facial care. Fragrance free products without masking fragrance like our Fragrance Free Clarifying Facial Wash, Chamomile & Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover and Fragrance Free Almond-Aloe Moisturizer help to cleanse and moisturize even the most delicate skin. Balancing and providing perfect hydration with botanicals and without dyes or harsh surfactants to achieve your best skin yet.

 

Sweet almonds, fresh walnuts, exotic kukui and more, nuts are a long-time beauty secret that help hydrate and reveal a healthy complexion. Rich in vitamins, minerals and a variety of nutrients, nuts can help in every step of your facial care regimen from exfoliation to moisturizing.

Walnuts:
The shell of these tasty nuts is the star ingredient in our Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub. Crushed walnut shell powder provides the gentle yet highly effective texture that helps this scrub reveal a fresh and glowing complexion.

 

Kukui:
Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and tropical antioxidants, kukui nut oil is used to soothe and repair dry skin. This ancient Hawaiian, secret ingredient provides a decadent moisturizing experience in our Kukui & Macadamia Whipped Cream Cleanser.

Macadamia:
The oil from this amazing nut is extremely soothing and hydrating for dry and mature skin. Reducing irritation and improving skin’s delicate balance, macadamia nut oil is perfect not only in our Whipped Cream Cleanser but in our 145 Smooth Start Shave Cream.

Almond:
An excellent source of moisture that isn’t heavy on the skin, sweet almond oil is perfect for dry, sensitive skin and especially effective in removing makeup in our fan-favorite, Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser (A-D-E).

Sweet almond oil is also one of the most versatile ingredients used in our popular facial moisturizers, the rich proteins, vitamins, and minerals, make our Almond-Aloe Moisturizers revitalizing and hydrating.

Additionally, the meal from sweet almonds can provide the perfect amount of exfoliation for masques and spa treatments like our amazing Papaya-Glycolic Radiant Skin Masque.