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The time has come, Happy friends, to let you in on what we've been working on in the lab for the past couple of months!
In between renovating the new Happy Shed (yup, we're moving in September!) and making all of your long-time favourites and can't-live-withouts, our talented formulator Aaron has created the moisturiser of many of your dreams.
It's a protective night-time moisturiser which is richer than the Over the Moon Rich Repair Cream and promises to be incredibly restorative, doing its work as you slumber.
How does that sound? Like music to your ears, we hope!!!
But our new formula still has some big question marks (think scent, packaging, star ingredients!), and we were wondering if you'd be willing to lend your brainpower to the greater good and help us design the next Happy skincare product?Ready to create?
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18 August 2019
Acne is something that most people experience in their teenage years. Eventually, we all grow out of it but it does flare up now and again. Adult acne can be embarrassing and difficult to deal with, especially given our busy routines.
Additionally, everyone experiences acne differently. For some, it can be a constant battle while for others, acne is easily controlled. Anyone who experiences adult acne has an arsenal of skin care products such as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serums.
Luckily, advancements in skincare now allow you to combat acne with the right kind of light. Yes, we’re talking about light therapy.
Light therapy makes use of two kinds of lights – red and blue. Both these lights have a specific purpose for improving skin.
- Blue Light – Kills bacteria
- Red Light – Prevents inflammation and promotes healing
The skin is exposed for a certain time to these lights to induce healing, reduce acne, and prevent skin irritation. Most light therapy combines these two lights for maximum results.Is it More Effective than Traditional Methods?
Light therapy is useful for dealing with mild to moderate cases of acne. For severe acne, it is not always the best option because you’ll have to undergo more treatments. While using skincare products like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serums are effective, some people – based on the severity of their acne— can benefit from getting light therapy.
Additionally, the kind of skin specialist that you’re working with can make a marked difference. Their understanding of your skin translates into the results you get.Why Vitamin C for Skin is Still the Best Option
Light therapy is effective but it also has minimal results to offer. It’s also very new as compared to vitamin C. For starters, vitamin C benefits for skin are widely documented and proven. Apart from that, the following are a few more reasons why it’s still the best option for acne treatments:
- More Affordable – Vitamin C serums are affordable and available at different price ranges. In comparison, light therapy procedures can go up to $500 per session. At-home light therapy kits are more affordable but their results aren’t always the best.
- Improves Skin Health – Vitamin C boosts collagen production in the skin, has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory qualities. It’s known for improving skin tone and texture and can combat acne on a cellular level. Light therapy has to be used with care and sensitive skin can get sun-burnt by the exposure.
- It’s Skin Food – Our skin benefits the most from vitamin C serums because they’re packed with ingredients that they need. A vitamin C serum can contain a blend of other beneficial vitamins, including Vitamin B3, B5, E, Hyaluronic acid and more. This blend can deeply nourish, restore and improve your skin.
In our opinion, light therapy is not worth it given the cost alone. $500 per session can be a huge cost to shoulder, especially if you require multiple treatments. So, we’re going to go with Vitamin C serums.
Are you searching for an effective vitamin C serum for face which works? Take a look at our top pick. Don’t just take our word for it; our positive reviews speak for themselves!
So what’s your secret weapon to combat adult acne? Let us know if you have you ever used light therapy or are fans of Vitamin C face serums!
About Author: Christine Wright is a trusted beauty expert and an esthetician who is loved by editors and bloggers. She is a prolific writer on the topics of natural, chemical-free skin and body care. She also does reviews on store brand beauty products, with fairness and a real point-of-view. She is well-known of creating products for specific skin types, especially to those with ultra-sensitive faces. Follow her on Twitter and InstagramOpinions expressed are those of the writer.
18 August 2019
Oily skin is probably the most troublesome skin type. With the amount of greasiness and pimple breakouts, taking care of oily skin can be difficult. We show you how to care for oily skin with some really helpful skincare tips and tricks that will help you in dealing with all your oily skin problem.
18 August 2019
When your skin is either dry or oily, taking care of it is a pretty straightforward process. But when you've got a little bit of both, things start to get complicated. We show you how to care for combination skin with a few simple tips.
18 August 2019
Aloe Vera is probably one of the oldest plants that is still respected and widely used now days. According to some historians, people have been using Aloe Vera almost 6,000 years back. We can trace the usage of Aloe all the way back to ancient Egypt. The legend goes that Cleopatra regarded […]
17 August 2019
For nearly 70 years synthetic fragrance has been included in skincare, cosmetics, hair care and other personal products, but these ingredients that are meant to add to the experience of a product are not always safe or even necessary. From the inception of OSEA, our founder Jenefer Palmer has actively advocated for greater transparency of ingredients in personal care products and through the years we’ve seen some changes regarding transparent formulas, ingredients, and supply chain operations, as well as cleaner formulas. The only grey area that has yet to be touched? Fragrance. At the time of this article, there are almost 4,000 fragrance ingredients that can be used in a product’s formula and listed solely as “fragrance.”
To break it down, studies in the United States have indicated that fragrance is included in 96% of shampoos, 98% of conditioners and 97% of hair styling products. Additionally, it’s included in 91% of antiperspirants, 95% of shaving products, 83% of moisturizers, 71% of lipsticks, 50% of foundations, and one-third of all blushes and eyeliners! The personal care category is loaded with fragrance and it’s almost impossible to avoid.
Recently Jenefer Palmer, on behalf of OSEA, has placed her support and efforts towards the presentation of SB-574, the Cosmetic Fragrance & Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act (CFFIRKA) to the California State Senate. At a 23-10 vote, CFFIRKA was passed on May 29, 2019 and with the signature of our California governor, this bill will go into effect on January 1, 2021. But what will that look like?Use & Regulation of Synthetic Fragrances in Beauty Products
In a nutshell, this new bill will require companies to further disclose their use of fragrances or flavors in cosmetic products. CFFIRKA is an addition to an existing law–the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005. This law requires manufacturers of cosmetic products (subject to regulation by the FDA) to provide a complete list of its cosmetic products to the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (DEODC) within the State Department of Public Health. The products submitted to the DEODC are those that are created with any chemical ingredient identified as causing cancer or reproductive toxicity. Following the submission of products, the California Safe Cosmetics Act then requires the State Department to develop a consumer-friendly public website that operates as a database of cosmetic product information collected from the regulated products.
At the start of the new year in 2021, the DEODC will be required to post an updated list of fragrance and flavor ingredients that are associated with health hazards on its existing database of cosmetic product information. The lists that are posted will be concurrent with the EU’s candidate list of substances of very high concern as well as the reproductive toxicants and carcinogens listed under California’s Proposition 65.Composition of Synthetic Fragrances & the Affect On Our Bodies
The fragrances that are commonly found in beauty and personal care products can be composed of tens to hundreds of individual chemicals and these chemicals are currently only required by law to be listed on the product label by the generic term of “fragrance” (parfum), causing concern for the health of the consumer due to the lack of ingredient transparency. The International Fragrance Association has declared almost 4,000 fragrance ingredients and more than 3,000 flavor ingredients that may be classified as carcinogens, reproductive toxicants, asthmagens, neurotoxicants, allergens and other chemicals of concern. And, an analysis by Women’s Voices for the Earth shows that one-third of those chemicals have been flagged as potentially hazardous by scientists around the world.
Thankfully, with the momentum of this bill, we at OSEA hope transparent fragrance labeling can (and hopefully will!) become federally-mandated and personal care products can be allowed to do what they’re really created to do–care for our bodies without causing harm to our health.
To learn more about our commitment to clean, naturally-derived, transparent beauty click here.
16 August 2019
If you are regularly trying to battle greasy, oily skin, know that you’re not alone. Millions of people have oily skin, but there are ways to deal with it. You can create less oil on your face, but you will need to know what to do. While your genetics definitely have a role in your skin type, you can also change your skin’s behavior by changing a few things.
Here are some ways to get rid of greasy skin:
- Switch out your cleanser. Oil cleansers are actually perfect for people with greasy skin. It may sound strange, but the oil attracts your skin’s natural oil and helps it rinse away. Tip: if your skin feels tight after washing it, you need a new cleanser. If you don’t like oil-based cleansers, look for ones that contain salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps reduce acne as well.
- Use toner only a few times per week. You may think that toner helps to reduce oil, but it could also be dehydrating your skin, leading it to produce more oil. It can also make your skin more sensitive.
- Don’t forget to hydrate your skin. It might sound strange, but if your skin is very oily, it is actually a sign that you need more moisture. Moisturization is also key to help block out external irritants. Just look for moisturizers that are oil-free and aren’t heavy creams.
- Try a retinoid treatment. It helps reduce the oil that causes acne. You can also look for products that contain vitamin A.
- Don’t overuse your skin products. If you overuse a product, it could cause your skin to overproduce oil, which you do not want!
- Watch your makeup. If you wear makeup, it could actually be causing your oily skin. Avoid heavy foundations and look for products that are matte or oil-controlling. Don’t forget to remove makeup before you go to sleep or it will irritate your skin. This could also cause acne and extra oil.
Do you have greasy or oily skin? What helps you reduce it? What products do you like to use on a regular basis?
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16 August 2019
This summer, I finally had a chance to sit down and film a video with my good friend (and beauty industry legend), Caroline Hirons! We had an amazing time talking all things skincare and beauty, including how I got my start in the industry, where I trained, which famous dermatologist influenced my philosophy and more.
Here are some highlights—enjoy!How I Got My Start
Renée Rouleau: I’ve been an esthetician for thirty years. My grandmother was a hairstylist and the owner of a hair salon, so I grew up in that environment and just was always a skincare junkie. I didn’t know this, but I went to a class reunion one time and someone was like, “Oh yeah, in the fifth grade, you were the first girl that wore makeup and you used to come to the slumber parties and do everyone’s makeup.” And I was like, “I did?” But I love hearing that because it was like I’ve always had my fingers in beauty things. So yeah. I’ve been an esthetician for thirty years and I’ve owned Renee Rouleau for twenty-three years next month (August, 2019).Where I Did My Training
Renée Rouleau: I did my training outside of Boston at an esthetics school. It was close to one of the first in the country or something, and it’s still there. It’s called Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics. How I got my start was I worked at a salon, a full service hair salon, and they had a facial room also. One of my coworkers became my mentor, and she taught me everything and then we left the salon and started our own business together. This was in 1991 when I was twenty-one years old. We had that for five years, but then for personal reasons, I wanted to move out of the East coast, so I sold my half of the business. I used that money and started [Renée Rouleau Skincare] in Dallas, and now our company is based in Austin. She used to work with him, so I mean she’s my hero.The Famous Dermatologist Who Influenced My Skincare Philosophy
Renée Rouleau: As many know, my line is based on nine skin types. My mentor from the salon used to work with Dr. Fitzpatrick, so I was lucky enough to have known him personally. I was really influenced by his philosophy, and basically he’s the one who determined that there are different types of skin. But his focus was more on tone—how much pigment is in your skin. In this day and age, that comes in handy when people do laser [or other professional] treatments, but not really everyday skincare. When you started working hands-on with clients, you quickly realize there’s more to skin than just dry, normal, and oily. So when I started Renée Rouleau, I said, “Let me solve this problem.” I created the line based on nine skin types so people could mix and match from one line and find everything they needed.
I probably started with about twelve [products], so it was really limited, and then I kept adding. The concept of dry, normal and oily, that’s still important because that tells how heavy or how rich a cream needs to be. But what happens if you have somebody that still breaks out, but now they have wrinkles too? They’re forced to go one way or another, and then that’s what clogs your pores and cause problems. Dry, normal, and oily still has its place, but people just have more unique needs. So just the concept of one size fits all, I can’t buy into that.
Renée Rouleau: I’ve turned down a lot of opportunities that people would just say I’m crazy for. But the reality is, I’m not looking to be a household name. I’m not looking to have my name up in lights. I’m still driven and ambitious, but that just doesn’t fuel me. At the end of the day, I’m looking to build a great company. So what fuels me is helping people, whether it’s our customers and helping them with their skin, or building a great team at Renee Rouleau. All our employees, that’s kind of where my investment is. And I feel like I’ve seen way too many companies that are all about growth and never about the people. Other companies have financial goals and of course we have those too, but one of our goals in the next year and a half is to get recognition as the best company to work for. Those are my proudest moments. Not going, “Oh, we had 100 million in revenue or got acquired.” No, its about people.
Caroline Hirons: And would I be right in assuming that the company is yours?
RR: One hundred percent of the company.
CH: And that is why. Because you don’t have shareholders going, “You need to bring profits up.”
RR: Yeah. Exactly.My Biggest Claim To Fame
Renée Rouleau: My biggest claim to fame is our Anti-Bump Solution. But here’s the crazy thing about it: I don’t really know how it works. And what I mean by that is when I worked at that first salon, we sold a skincare line and they had ampules for acne. And so I’d recommend them for acne, but at the time and even in this day and age, acne [products] are more about pustular acne because you can’t really do anything for cysts other than get a cortisone shot. And so I’d be selling it to my clients and all of a sudden I’d get this feedback, someone said, “Well, I had one of those undergrounders and it seemed to work so much better for those than my regular acne.” I kept hearing it and hearing it, then the company ended up discontinuing it. So I asked if I could buy the formula.
So I bought the formula from them and we’ve since modified it a little bit. But long story short, it’s for cystic blemishes. So the hard, sore, hormonal blemishes you can get at any age.
Renée Rouleau: That would be our Rapid Response Detox Masque. We launched it about a year and a half ago. This has been great because it’s considered an acne mask, but it’s hydrating, calming, anti-inflammatory. But then it also has a five minute kill rate for the microbial count on the skin. And so this again is for that person, that adult that still gets breakouts but they don’t want to dry out their skin. So it’s actually a hydrating gel with no synthetic fragrances, no synthetic dyes. It uses what’s called a lima complex, which is manuka and tea tree. It creates an environment in the skin where bacteria can’t thrive and therefore helps with acne.
Renée Rouleau: Okay so my favorite myth. I’m a believer that everyone should wear makeup every day. So I work a lot in young Hollywood, and I have a lot of people with acne and everyone’s goal is to not have to wear makeup—makeup is kind of the enemy. So I understand when you have acne you hide under it, right? And people want to be free from that, I totally get that. But makeup is your friend. A lot of people always talk about the concept of “letting the skin breathe” even though skin doesn’t have a respiratory system.
So when I first came to Dallas, I noticed that all the older women, the women that were like in their seventies, they had such beautiful texture on their skin. They looked so much younger than their counterparts in Boston. But when you think of Texas, you think of sun damage and weather. Well, this is my anecdotal theory: they all did like the pancake makeup for whatever reason. Women in the south in the U.S. embraced makeup way more than Northern women do. (I had clients in Dallas who, after a facial, they would go into the bathroom and put on a full face of makeup.) Most makeup has titanium dioxide in it, which is what Max Factor had as well back in the day.
So I always tell people, I mean you want to wear makeup, don’t think of makeup as a bad thing. You obviously want to wear makeup that is appropriate for your skin type. I mean if you’re wearing makeup and you’re getting bumps and clogging your pores, then that’s not a good thing. But wear some sort of mineral powder at the very least, ideally some sort of a foundation. But that’s your insurance policy to really protect your skin because most people aren’t applying sunscreen enough.
I hope you enjoyed these highlights! Be sure to watch the full video to see me diagnose Caroline’s skin type and learn which celebrity client of mine recorded a video for her!
16 August 2019
Advice on how to incorporate tretinoin and other retinoids into your routine (The Ordinary or otherwise). This is a guide to incorporating tretinoin into your routine and how to alter your skincare to deal with the retinoid peelies. Retinoids are known to be the most effective skincare ingredient for treating sun related skin aging, acne...
16 August 2019
Oily skin: Almost everyone has experienced it at some point in their life. It’s annoying and hard to control. If you’re tired of mattifying powders and blotting papers, then this blog is for you. We’ve got the answers on how to keep oily skin under control.1.Start using an oil cleanser
Many people with oily skin think that an oil cleanser would just make them more oily. But think about it this way: Water attracts water, and oil attracts oil. Oil cleansers can attract and break down your natural oils unlike a water cleanser ever could. However, don’t only do an oil cleanse, follow up with a water cleanser to wash it all away!2. Exfoliate Regularly
When you have oily skin, it’s important to exfoliate regularly. Built-up dead skin cells can not only clog pores but also cause dehydrated and dull skin. The dead skin cells prevent your at-home skincare products from penetrating effectively which means you get less of all that good stuff. As a result, dry dull skin sets in and oil kicks in to lubricate the skin.3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
This is probably the most important tip we have for you. Keep oily skin hydrated! Dehydrated skin produces more oil to compensate for the lack there is. Therefore, the more hydrated you are the less excess oil is going to be produced. Avoid harsh products that will strip your skin and go for the hydrating products.4. Avoid harsh cleansers
When we say this, we don’t mean to use a gentle cleanser. We still want you to use a chemically exfoliating cleanser that will help to remove dry dead skin cells. You just need to find the right one for you! Try to find one with the most acids in it without making your skin feel dry or stripped. This way you’re still benefiting from chemical exfoliation without the aftermath of dryness!
I personally use Revision’s Papaya Cleanser that has glycolic acid in it; that’s all my skin can handle. However, a lot of people also use Revision’s Brighten Wash that has glycolic and salicylic acid in it. You’ll have to trial and error until you find the one that fits you!5. Use a clay mask every week
Oily skin types really benefit from clay masks. Natural clays have the ability to physically draw out oil and impurities from the skin. Doing this once a week can really help you keep your oily skin under control. Personally, we love SkinBetter’s Detoxifying Scrub Mask. It’s a clay-based scrub mask that uses naturally derived ingredients to exfoliate skin.For More Information
If you’re looking to purchase any of the products mentioned, they are available in our office at ZONA Med Spa.