• The Skin Benefits of Kale

    February 15th, 2016



    It seems like you can’t go to a grocery store or restaurant today without seeing an abundance of kale. Kale chips, kale salads, and maybe even kale in your beauty products? In addition to being low in calories and helping you get your daily dose of vegetables, kale is also great for your skin. Kale contains the following nutrients, all of which have different beneficial effects on your skin.

    Vitamin C

    Kale contains a TON of vitamin C. One of Vitamin C’s many skin benefits is collagen production. Collagen is what holds your skin cells together and keeps your skin looking and feeling plump and young. A high level of Vitamin C keeps your collagen levels up, giving you strong skin. One cup of raw kale provides almost your entire daily intake of Vitamin C and K. You can’t get much easier than that!

    Vitamin K

    Vitamin K has been shown to help reduce dark spots, especially those under the eyes, as well as aging due to sun damage. It also works to reduce the dark circles under your eyes while also tightening your skin. This results in a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

    Iron

    Iron is known to help speed up healing of wounds or scars, so anyone who is prone to these (or even acne scars and blemishes) could see benefits from upping their kale intake.

    Vitamin A

    Kale is especially great to eat during the winter, since its high Vitamin A content helps prevent and fix flaky, dry skin. Vitamin A works to repair tissues under your skin as well, preventing damage from free radicals.

    Copper

    Copper, along with the aforementioned Vitamin C, helps aid in collagen production. It also works to control inflammation of the skin. If you have super sensitive skin or are prone to acne or redness flare-ups, eating foods that are rich in copper can offer this anti-inflammatory benefit.

    To get the most out of kale, you can apply it topically with creams, serums, and moisturizers. Additionally, ingesting the product is also extremely beneficial – and you’ll see numerous benefits around your waistline, too!

  • Your 3-Step, Time-Saving Process for Healthy Skin

    December 31st, 2015



    We all have that friend whose skincare routine scares us. Whether it’s a 9-step process, costs them hundreds of dollars a month, or takes an entire hour, their routine makes you cringe. The good news is that you CAN have healthy and beautiful skin with only a few products and steps. In fact, we’ll stick to 3. Here’s your 3-step, time-saving process for healthy skin – exfoliate, moisturize, and refine.

    Exfoliate

    The first step to getting great skin is to get rid of your current bad skin. Our skin undergoes a renewal process every 28 days where the growth of new skin cells will push the old skin cells to the surface. When these old skin cells are not removed, they will hinder our skin’s renewal and regeneration, giving rise to various skin problems such as clogged pores, blackheads, dull skin tone, blemishes and pimples.

    Shinso Glow works to exfoliate skin and leave you looking and feeling rejuvenated. It’s main ingredient, Fullerene, penetrates the skin cells to detoxify and regenerate healthy skin cells and restore the skin’s natural functions.

    Moisturize

    After you’ve exfoliated, you’re left with a clean, fresh palette to work with. Your skin is brand new and exposed, which means it’s crucial to start moisturizing right away before dryness or irritation can kick in. A basic moisturizer works well for certain skin types, but anyone with problem skin should invest in a serum, like Shinso Essence. Shinso Essence may be applied throughout the day and evening, on the face and neck as well as the entire body. The serum may be used either before or after your makeup routine.

    Refine

    You’re on the road to great skin already, but the last step is the perfect way to seal everything together. Refining products, like Shinso Mist, nourish your skin anytime, anywhere. Shinso Essence will refine your skin’s texture and leave your face noticeably brighter and youthfully radiant. Shinso Essence may be applied throughout the day and evening, on the face and neck as well as the entire body. The serum may be used either before or after your makeup routine.

  • How Tomatoes Help Your Skin

    December 29th, 2015



    Tomatoes are the key ingredient in many of your favorite foods, from marinara sauce to ketchup. But did you know that you can use tomatoes as part of your skincare routine? Whether you’re making a homemade mask with fresh tomatoes yourself or prefer to buy products with tomatoes as an active ingredient, here are the numerous benefits.

    Lycopene is the main “magical” ingredient in tomatoes.  Skin with high lycopene content is often compared to the softness and youthfulness of a baby’s skin. Lycopene also helps the skin by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays (it does NOT completely protect the skin, so you still need to apply sunscreen daily). The lycopene also helps fight cellular damage and reddening of the skin and also retains the moisture, therefore preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

    Regular application of a topical product with a tomato juice base can help shrink the size of your pores and give your skin a natural glow (tomatoes have a lot of Vitamin C, which is known to brighten skin). Try rubbing a halved tomato directly onto your skin or mixing it with other ingredients (water, lemon juice, or avocado for example) to form your own DIY skincare scrub or treatment.

  • The Beauty Benefits of Lemon Water

    August 10th, 2015



    Lemon water isn’t just a yummy alternative to sugary sodas and juices, it also does wonders for your skin and health. You’ll notice that many wellness experts advise drinking a big glass of lemon water each morning, but why? Below are just a few of the many beauty benefits of drinking lemon water.

    It keeps you — and your skin — hydrated. When you don’t get enough water, your skin reflects that. Dry, flaky skin or breakouts can occur, which is a telltale sign you need to up your water intake. Adding lemon to your water makes it a bit tastier to drink, which can encourage you to get the recommended eight glasses a day. You’ll start to notice less dry skin after starting this ritual.

    It brightens your skin. Lemons contain antioxidants that work to reduce uneven texture and coloring in your skin and give you a brighter appearance. Some women even rub a lemon half directly onto their skin to get extra brightness.

    It helps reduce wrinkles. Lemons work to combat damaging free radicals and remove them from your body. Lemons are also a good source of vitamin C, which repairs damaged skin cells and helps you get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Why Should You Cleanse Your Skin Last in the Shower?

    August 10th, 2015



    wash face in showerThink about your daily shower routine. Do you apply hair products first and then cleanse your skin? Or do you tackle your face first and then your hair last? The key to a successful shower is to cleanse your hair first, then your body, and save your face for last. Note that removing makeup comes right before cleansing your face (if you wear makeup). Below are a few reasons why you should cleanse your skin last in the shower.

    This will help prevents breakouts. Think about it — during your shower, you use a variety of products including shampoo, conditioner soap, body wash, and then your facial products. If you cleanse your skin first and then follow up with a sticky hair product, some of that can get on your skin as you wash. This buildup essentially negates the cleansing you just did to your skin and can linger and cause breakouts. This goes for your face, but also your back (this is a common culprit of “bacne”).

    Your pores will be open near the end of your shower. Deep cleaning the pores becomes easier and more efficient since your skin has been exposed to warm water for a few minutes. The shower’s steam helps open up your pores and liquefies the buildup of sebum trapped in your pores.

  • How to Prepare Your Skin for the Hot, Humid Summer

    June 19th, 2015



    Once the sun comes out, everyone starts to show a little more skin to keep themselves cool. Since more of your skin will be exposed and on display, it’s important to efficiently prep your skin for the summer season. Here are a few tips to get a glowing complexion and smooth body for summer.

    Exfoliate off that dead skin from spring. For a smoother shave, exfoliate your legs and body with a gentle product, such as Shinso Glow, and a washcloth or loofah. After exfoliating, follow up with a rich moisturizer.

    Apply sunscreen every day. There’s nothing worse than getting a sunburn. It’s not only an eyesore and a literal pain, but sunburns are an indication of damage to your skin and can lead to skin cancer. Even on days that aren’t 100% sunny, it’s still crucial to apply SPF on your face and body. If you are forgetful, opt for a daily moisturizer or foundation with SPF built in.

    Drink enough water. Your skin will be parched from the heat, sun and all of summer’s fun activities, so make sure you stay hydrated. Drinking enough water isn’t just good for your health, it also keeps your skin looking plump and full.

     

  • Why You Should Choose a Natural Sunscreen

    June 18th, 2015



    It’s a no-brainer that sunscreen is an extremely important part of everyone’s daily skincare routine, but what specific types of sunscreen should you be using? Natural sunscreens have become more widely produced and available at affordable prices, making this the clear choice. Below are a few reasons why you should choose a natural sunscreen.

    They don’t contain harmful toxins. Some sunscreens contain ingredients such as retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate (derivatives of Vitamin A that could speed up the development of skin tumors and lesions) or ozybenzone (could disrupt hormones by penetrating the skin and entering the bloodstream).  Instead, look for mineral-based ingredients that won’t penetrate the skin, like zinc or titanium oxide.

    Natural sunscreens often are unscented. Fragrances in sunscreens are often petroleum-based and can lead to organ toxicity and allergies. People with sensitive skin or skin that burns/breaks out easily should avoid anything with fragrances as well.

    You’re helping the environment. Sunscreens that don’t contain these harmful toxins won’t get released into the environment. Any mineral that is harmful to humans to put on their skin also is generally harmful to wildlife and their ecosystems. You could also take into consideration that sunscreens with natural ingredients are produced in a more eco-friendly way as well, but this isn’t proven yet.

  • Is Your Skin Care Regimen Right For Your Skin Type?

    June 10th, 2015



    While walking by the skincare aisle in a drugstore or department store, you’ll notice a variety of products created for different skin types. Generally these fall into one of the following categories: normal, oily, dry, combination or sensitive. It may sound obvious to say that these products are created and formulated specifically for those with certain skin problems, but you’d be surprised at home many women are using products for the wrong skin type.

    How do you find out which type of skin you have? 

    People with normal skin have very few imperfections, no severe sensitivity to products or the seasons, barely visible pores and a radiant complexion.

    People with oily skin have enlarged pores, a shiny, thick complexion and blackheads, pimples or other blemishes.

    People with dry skin have barely-noticeable pores, a dull and rough complexion, a few red patches, less elasticity and fine lines.

    People with combination skin can be dry or normal in some areas, but then really oily in others (usually the T-zone). Some characteristics of this include overly dilated pores, blackheads and shiny skin.

    People with sensitive skin often notice redness, itching, burning and dryness on their face.

     

    What regimen should I follow if my skin is…

    Normal? If you’re blessed with normal skin, stick to the basics of skincare: washing with a gentle cleanser, exfoliating to remove dead skin, and moisturizing daily.

    Oily? Oily skin can get worse based on the weather and stress, so try to stay happy and healthy to avoid those triggers. Be sure to wash your skin no more than twice a day (to prevent over-washing) with a gentle cleanser. Products labeled “noncomedogenic” work well for oily skin types, as they don’t clog pores.

    Dry? Dry skin types should take shorter showers to prevent drying out their skin. They need to focus on applying rich moisturizers immediately after showering to absorb into the skin. Ointments and creams have a thicker consistency that work better to penetrate dry skin.

    Combination? With combination skin, you’ll need to use different products on the different areas of your face. Follow the directions above for the oily and dry areas as needed.

    Sensitive-? If you have sensitive skin, you should use products without fragrance. Sticking to all-natural products helps as well, since they don’t contain the typical irritants like parabens. Exfoliate only once or twice a week since anything more can be too harsh on the skin.

  • Why Cold Showers Are Better For Your Skin

    May 19th, 2015



    It can be tempting to always turn the dial up to “hot” when taking showers, but water that’s too high of a temperature can actually dry out or damage your skin. Don’t freak out — you don’t have to take your entire shower in freezing water, but turning the dial to cold for the last few minutes of your shower has a variety of benefits.

    Cool water improves circulation. Warm water makes blood rush to your skin, while cool water makes the blood rush to your organs. Switching between hot and cold triggers better circulation in your blood by forcing the blood to move, so starting off with a warm shower and then switching to cold for the second half is the perfect solution. Good circulation improves the performance of your body’s system and keeps your skin looking healthy.

    Cold water closes your pores. Towards the end of your shower, blast the cool water to close your pores. This prevents the pores from becoming clogged by dirt and oil, which causes skin imperfections.

    Cold water makes your blood vessels constrict. This reduces swelling and the appearance of dark circles under your eyes and gives you a young, healthy glow.

    Cool water can help prevent skin from being stripped of its healthy natural oils too quickly. As mentioned earlier, water that is too hot can damage the skin.

  • How to Combat Spring Allergies Affecting Your Skin

    April 26th, 2015



    Spring is upon us, which means cute sundresses, weekends spent outdoors and, unfortunately, allergy season. Allergies often cause physical symptoms such as sneezing, runny eyes, headaches and more. Allergies can also affect your skin, specifically the sensitive skin on your face. This can be seen in puffy eyes, a sallow complexion, or red and itchy skin. Here are a few tips to help combat spring allergies that affect your skin.

    Try an OTC medicine. After consulting with your doctor, head to the local drugstore for an antihistamine, such as Allegra, to help soothe your symptoms and prevent flare-ups. There are also various herbal remedies you could use in place of OTC medicine, so be sure to research that as well if it’s what you prefer.

    Avoid products with fragrances. Strong fragrances in your beauty products– everything from makeup to your facial moisturizer– can further irritate your skin during allergy season. Look for products labeled “fragrance-free” or marked specifically for sensitive skin, since these are your best bet.

    Avoid anything with parabens or propylene gycol. Much like strong fragrances, products that contain these preservatives can irritate skin.

    Monitor pollen and mold counts. Keep track of the weather reports on the Internet or on television– local news stations often include this information during allergy seasons.

    Stay super-clean. Especially during spring, make sure to take showers often. Washing your hair and changing your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors eliminates any form of allergens.