• Natural Ways to Remove Blemishes

    December 2nd, 2015

    Blemishes are no fun. They come at the most inopportune times, can be hard to get rid of, and sometimes even lower your self-confidence. Lots of women turn towards harsh cleansers filled with chemicals or spend thousands on procedures to remove their blemishes. But there’s usually no need for all of this. Here are a few natural ways to remove blemishes.

    Lemon Juice

    If you’ve ever tried to make your own at-home facemasks, you’ve likely found that many of the recipes contain lemon juice. Due to its lightening effect, juice from a fresh lemon can work to fade dark spots and blemishes. In addition, its high citric acid content exfoliates skin, which works to remove excess oil and kill acne-causing bacteria.

    Ice Cubes

    For blemishes that are red, large, and newly-emerging, you can use ice cubes to compress the pimples. Simply take an ice cube and cover it with a clean, thin washcloth. Place the wrapped ice cube over each blemish for 5 to 10 minutes. This not only cools the skin, but also reduces the inflammation of the blemish. It’s best to apply the ice as soon as you start to see a blemish forming to prevent it from getting worse.

    Sticking to a consistent skincare routine

    Once you find natural products that work for your skin, stick with them! Consistency is key to getting the full benefits of skincare products. If you slack off and skip some days or switch the ingredients you’re putting on your skin constantly, you will never see the true benefits. As a general rule of thumb, most skin types – especially those that get occasional blemishes – is to use a mild cleanser daily (like Shinso Essence) and exfoliate a few times a week (use Shinso Glow).

    So what shouldn’t you do to remove blemishes? Don’t ever prick or pick at pimples with your dirty hands or any sharp tool. People often use too much pressure and pick too forcefully, which causes scarring and infection. Don’t use products with harmful ingredients. And lastly, don’t wait until the last minute to treat the blemish. Early prevention is key!

  • Is Dairy Good or Bad For Your Skin?

    November 17th, 2015

    Getting great skin is dependent upon not only on what you put on your skin, but what you put in it as well. One food group that has often been said to impact one’s skin is dairy. So let’s take a look – is dairy good or bad for your skin?

    Dairy products are pro-inflammatory, which means they can worsen acne issues and also accelerate aging (according to dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, M.D.). Focus on getting your calcium intake in other forms, such as dark leafy greens and tofu.

    Growth hormones in milk can cause acne.  IGF-1, a hormone often found in milk, can cause acne breakouts in humans. IGF-1 is one of several factors that cause inflammation in humans and eventually lead to acne, according to Devin Mooers. If you’re having trouble with your complexion, try switching to non-dairy options like almond milk, hemp milk or soy milk as an alternative to dairy.

    Registered dietitian Maria Bella agrees, citing the hormones in milk as the reason for certain skin issues.  “Most of the cows used in farming are actually pregnant cows. The hormones such as progesterone and insulin growth factors make their way into the milk,” Bella explains. “When we consume the milk, it leads to increased levels of inflammation, skin breakdown, aging and acne in many people.”

    Dairy causes your skin to produce excess sebum (oil), which can lead to clogged pores (which often leads to breakouts or worsening of acne).



  • Prepare Your Skin for Wedding Season

    May 18th, 2015

    wedding skincareWedding season has begun, so it’s likely you have a few bridal showers, bachelorette parties and actual weddings to attend (maybe even your own!) At these wedding season events, there will be cameras all over snapping shots of the beautiful day, so you want your skin to stand out. Below are a few easy ways to prepare your skin for wedding season.

    Start early. You don’t get wedding-ready skin in just a few days — it can take months for a skincare routine to start to work and for you to get the results you’re looking for. Do you research on your skin’s problem areas and concerns and then plan out which products you’ll use, how often you will apply them, and book out any appointments (such as a facial or hair removal) ahead of time.

    Use the trifecta. A basic skincare regimen should consist of cleansing, toning and moisturizing, twice a day in the morning and at night. Cleansing works to remove all makeup and buildup from the day, toner works to balance the PH of your skin and prepare skin for your moisturizer, and then the moisturizing keeps your skin plump and hydrated.

    Invest in a monthly facial. One facial a month can help fix any issues that other products aren’t. It’s also a nice, relaxing way to pamper yourself during the months leading up to the big day. Facials also take preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation or scarring — yikes!


  • Spring Skincare Tips

    May 7th, 2015

    Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to swap out your typical beauty and skincare routine for something lighter.

    Swap out darker blush colors for something lighter. Punchy pinks add a pop of color to your face, giving you that sun-kissed look. A coraly-pink shade looks good on just about every skin tone, so you can’t go wrong with that.

    Layer up on the sunscreen. Many women forget to wear sunscreen in months that aren’t summer (possibly because the sun isn’t always as bright during this season), which can lead to sunspots, dry skin, and — in some cases — skin cancer. To ensure that you protect your face during spring, opt for a daily moisturizer with a high SPF in it. This way, you’ll only need to remember to moisturize in the morning instead of applying a thick sunscreen in addition to your typical beauty routine.

    Switch from powders to creams. Powder-based skincare and beauty products are great for winter, but the arrival of spring begs for something creamier. Swap out powder blush and eyeshadow for creamier textures, which will glide on easier on your moisturized skin.

    Exfoliate away winter. Use a gentle exfoliating product, like Shinso Glow, to remove all the dead skin and buildup from winter. This gives your face a beautiful canvas for spring.

  • How to Take Care of Your Skin on Spring Break

    March 25th, 2015

    vacation skincareSo, you’re heading out on spring break? While you’re obviously excited and hopefully already have your bags packed, we’re sharing a few words of caution to make sure your trip is comfortable and fun. Spring break introduces a variety of skin challenges, ranging from intense sunburn to poor water quality. Here are a few ways to take care of your skin on spring break.

    Be sure to pack and use sunscreen. Ideally, you should pack a few different sunscreens for each activity you plan on participating in. For example, if you’ll be swimming all day, make sure you have a waterproof version that won’t slide off. Look for formulas that contain SPF 30 or higher and also have high levels of zinc oxide. If you anticipate a burn (or are being extra careful), bring some natural aloe vera to soothe burns.

    Be prepared for a breakout or two. Chances are that if you’re spending time in a warmer climate, you will inevitably be sweating more and producing more oil. This can cause surprise breakouts, so it’s best to be prepared with a spot treatment or acne-clearing face wash. And throw in a small pot of concealer while you’re at it!

    Exfoliate when needed. If your skin does start peeling or gets dry or damaged from the sun/climate, you’ll want to bring a gentle exfoliator, like Shinso Glow, in your suitcase. This helps get rid of the skin cells you no longer want and lets your healthy skin breathe.

    Stick to the basics. You can’t carry your entire bathroom with you on vacation, so be sure to pack only what is necessary. You don’t want to spend your entire vacation applying lotions and creams, do you? Look for products that serve multiple purposes, like moisturizers with a hint of color for a natural (and safe) glow.

  • Healthy on the Inside= Healthy on the Outside

    February 10th, 2015

    fruitIf you feed your body the right nutrients, it will show on the outside (especially on your skin). You want to be cautious of what you eat and drink, since it will effect the quality and look of yours kin. Here are a few tips to stay healthy on the inside and outside.

    • Stay away from processed foods and high sugar and carb diets. As a general rule, anything that is prepackaged or has ingredients you can’t pronounce isn’t necessarily the best choice. Lots of carbohydrates can cause breakouts, so watch out for those.
    • Drink an adequate amount of water. You don’t necessarily have to drink the full 8 glasses (that can be hard), but try your best.
    • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain water, vitamins and nutrients that your body and skin needs.
    • Try to limit your alcoholic intake. Having a drink now and then is fine, and make sure to drink a full glass of water for each drink you have to stay hydrated.
    • Swap out coffee for green tea. Green tea contains anti-inflammatory properties that protect and benefit the skin’s overall health.
    • Try to get in the daily requirements of vitamins. Vitamins C, E, A, K, and B can all help improve skin health.
    • Lastly, avoid smoking, since it’s terrible for your skin.



  • Valentine’s Day Beauty Ideas

    February 8th, 2015

    vday skincareWhether you have a hot date lined up or are going out with your girl friends, almost everyone has some sort of Valentines’ Day plans. To feel your best, you want to look your best, especially for a special occasion. Here are a few ways to pamper yourself to look great for the holiday of love.

    Indulge your skin. It’s the perfect time to pamper yourself with the gift of luxurious skincare- like the Shinso Line. Shinso Essence is a luxurious serum that instantly rejuvenates and tightens your skin, while it goes to work on the deepest layers to boost collagen production. It helps to smooth and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles giving you a similar topical botox like effect naturally. Shinso Mist  invigorates and revitalizes your skin. Lastly, Shinso Glow exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin, leaving it refreshed and glowing.

    Indulge in a nice massage. Massages are a great way to relax and also make great gifts. Soak in a hot bath with your favorite essential oils to start. This leaves you feeling clean and relaxed. Next, make an appointment for a massage ( solo or couples) and relax.

    Indulge in a mani/pedi. If you want to save some money, you can always DIY at home. Soak feet in warm water, exfoliate with a foot scrub, then apply a rich foot lotion. Pick out a few of your favorite shades (red and pink are perfect for the holiday!)

  • The “Less Is More” Skincare Philosophy

    January 7th, 2015

    lotion bottlesThe phrase “less is more” can be applied to a variety of lifestyle situations, including your skincare routine. If piling on a ton of different products or having a cluttered bathroom sink overflowing with skincare bottles sounds like your daily routine, it may be time to simplify.

    The “less is more” skincare philosophy focuses on using just a few products religiously. The problem with layering on too many products (especially if you’re not truly knowledgeable on what they do) is that the active ingredients in each can actually cancel each other out or cause reactions such as inflammation or breakouts. Yuck!

    Instead of trying and using each and every product out there, figure out what type of skin you have. Typically it falls into the following categories: oily, dry or combination. From there, think of the specific skincare problems you face, which could be things like dryness, clogged pores, or redness. Then choose a few products that work for each skin type and problem.

    Ideally you’ll only use 1-5 products at one time, including a combination of the following:

    • moisturizer
    • exfoliating product
    • serum
    • medical-specific creams (for roseacea or bad acne, for example)
    • cleanser
    • toner
    • spot treatments (for occasional breakouts)

    Once you’ve identified your top concerns, try out a few products until you find the ones that really work. From there, create a morning and nighttime routine and stick to it. Watch as your skin improves and your bathroom cabinet becomes less cluttered with products.

  • Skin Care Resolutions for 2015

    January 2nd, 2015

    2011-year-resolution-400x400Now that the new year is here, it’s time to start making (and sticking to) a list of resolutions. One resolution that we all could benefit from making is to improve our skin. This could include resolutions such as eating healthier, washing off our makeup before bed, or even trying a new type of skincare product. Here are a few skin care resolutions you could make for 2015- which one are you going to stick to?

    • Eat more healthy, nutrient foods. Certain types of foods- including various types of vegetables, fruits, fish and nuts- can really help your skin. By eating healthily, you are not only helping your body, but also your skin. Research which foods contain healthy vitamins and nutrients you may be lacking and add those slowly into your diet day by day.
    • Wash your face twice daily. With our busy and hectic schedules, it can seem hard to find the time to properly wash our faces daily. Vow to take 5 minutes in the morning and at night to properly cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin. If you only have time for one, choose the latter. Sleeping is when your skin can refresh and rejuvenate, so you don’t want the day’s makeup, dirt and debris clogging up your skin.
    • Try a new skincare product. If your current routine just isn’t cutting it, do your research and splurge on a product with great reviews and proven results. It’s time to treat yourself! Shinso Skincare products are high quality and made from gentle and healthy ingredients.
  • How to Prevent Chapped Skin

    November 18th, 2014

    applying chapstickAs the seasons start to change and winter rolls in, our skin becomes drier and requires a lot more care. One of the culprits to bad skin during winter is the cool winds. Cold and strong wings cause chapped skin all over the body- including your face, lips and hands. In addition to treating already chapped skin, you can work to prevent it from happening with a few simple steps.

    How to Soothe Already Chapped Skin

    Moisturize. Apply a thick, unscented moisturizer all over the chapped areas, paying special attention to any area that is badly chapped or has cuts on it. Moisturizer that is applied directly to the skin will keep water from evaporating and give your skin a dewy appearance. Use a gentle moisturizer on delicate areas such as your face, and a thicker one on your hands.

    Use mild soaps and products. Avoid anything with large or harsh exfoliating beads or ingredients- they will only further irritate the chapped skin. Look for natural products made for sensitive skin.

    Use a humidifier. This will help keep the air in your home moist. Leave it on while you sleep- it will do wonders for chapped lips, especially.

    How to Prevent Chapped Skin

    Use sunscreen daily. Many people forget to use sunscreen in the winter since it’s hard to feel the warmth of the sun that summer gives so easily. But you can still damage your skin and get burnt, chapped skin from a day spent outdoors in the winter. If you often forget to apply sunscreen, choose a daily moisturizer with SPF mixed in already and apply it all over your face each morning.

    Wear protective clothing. Always shield your face from the harsh cold and winds with proper outerwear, such as hats, earmuffs and hoods on coats. To prevent chapped hands, wear thick gloves or mittens. And don’t forget about your neck! A scarf will work wonders.