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WBL Podcast: The Intersection of Beauty & Wellness

Devika Chand Dandona
WBL Podcast - Devika Chand Dandona

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Most women think they are supposed to look a certain way but who sets the beauty standards? Why chase that beauty standard? Be a conscious consumer and only invest in what works best for you. Make beauty about your wellness routine rather than chasing standards.

In this episode, Devika Dandona joins us to explore clean beauty and sustainable fashion.  How can we integrate beauty and wellness and make it work best for ourselves? Devika is an investor, thought leader, and founder of Devi Collective.

In this session, Devika shares her inspiration in the beauty space, making conscious choices in terms of our health, becoming a conscious consumer, and investing in the best brands. Besides, she expounds on researching to make an informed decision and the impact of influencer marketing on a brand. 

Live Well Tip of the Week:  Convenience is often the enemy of consciousness. Decide which you are willing to sacrifice.

A Quote from Our Guest:  Becoming a conscious consumer is one of the most powerful things you can do to yourself.

Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Devika pinpoints understanding what traditional beauty fails to tell us about how the products interact with our bodies as her main inspiration for getting into the beauty space.
  • Who decides how we are supposed to look and sets beauty standards? Don’t chase standards but make conscious beauty choices regarding your health.
  • Embracing how you feel naturally allows you to start making better choices for yourself. For instance, choose the right foundation shade for yourself.
  • What you choose in the beauty world has a worldwide effect on many social topics. From the different ways, it impacts people to inclusivity and exclusivity.
  • Making darker shades is associated with high costs explaining why most brands don’t invest in them.
  • Invest in a brand that has invested in its product development and has not taken the easy way out.
  • Having the time to research and make an informed decision is attached to having some sort of privilege.
  • Small brands will make changes in the beauty space since they understand the problem and intend to fix it.
  • We all have an expiration date. You don’t need an anti-aging cream. We are all going to age, and it is a gift. 
  • How influencer marketing affects your brand.

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WBL Podcast: Embracing Beauty with Sherri Hull

WBL Podcast with Sherri Hull

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Collagen keeps our faces uplifted. But as you age, collagen decreases, making your skin droop. How do you make sure you’re doing everything right at every stage? What beauty practice should you adopt to take care of your skin and maintain its natural glow?

In this episode, Sherri Hull joins us to explore beauty at every stage and how we can take of ourselves from the inside out. Sherri is a certified women’s health nurse with over 20 years of experience in the medical field and the founder of Adorn Women’s Clinic and Medspa.

In this session,  Sherri shares why our skin droops after turning 30, what to look out for in anti-aging products, why you need to start your skincare routine at an early age, and the basic skincare products you need. Besides, she expounds on the do’s and don’ts for healthy skin, make-up tips, and why you need your SPF throughout.

Live Well Tip of the Week:  Don’t allow anyone to define beauty for you. The only opinion that matters is yours.

A Quote from Our Guest: SPF, to me, is number one because it presents a lot. So I would definitely say a good skincare arrangement and making sure you’re using your SPF is great.

Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Sherri expounds on the difference between a medspa and a normal spa. A medspa is more medical-based with medical treatments to enhance beauty.
  • After we cross the 30 thresholds and north of 40, your collagen decreases, making your skin droop off a little bit.
  • The beauty industry is currently flooded with anti-aging products. Anti-aging products are effective, but a dermatologist provides the most effective products since they are stronger and backed  FDA approved.
  • The basics of your beauty care include- A good cleanser, toner, moisturizers, and serums.
  • You need an SPF all year long regardless of your skin tone and how melanated you are.
  • Treatments and services available in a medspa
  • Do a consultation and evaluation to determine what fillers work best for your skin.
  • A healthy lifestyle keeps your body healthy and your skin as well. Maintain a healthy diet, exercise, release stress, quit smoking, and limit your alcohol and coffee intake.
  • Have a good skincare arrangement, get your aesthetics and start using SPF at an early age.
  • Wash off your makeup and use clean makeup brushes. Just because you’re going to a professional to get your makeup done doesn’t mean their brushes are clean.

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How Less Stress Is Good for the Skin

Have you been feeling stressed lately? You’re not alone. Stress has become a major epidemic in our society. Not only can it take a toll on your overall physical, mental, and emotional health, but it can also do a number on your skin. The good news is that you don’t have to live with these consequences. In this instance, taking a chill pill every once in a while would do you a lot of good. I know that stress management might sound like something that’s easier said than done, but it’s as simple as adding more self-care to your daily routine (or a lot more). And guess what? There are many no-stress things you can do to help reduce your stress levels and keep your skin healthy! Keep reading for more enlightenment on stress’s connection to the skin, as well as our tips for practicing better stress management day-to-day.

High Stress Levels Are Your Skin’s Worst Nightmare

Studies show that there is a direct correlation between increased cortisol–a hormone associated with stress—and issues with the skin. This hormone affects our skin in many ways, including accelerated signs of aging and the development of sunspots, fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. High cortisol levels have also been found to make skin conditions like acne and eczema worse. If you spend a lot of time stressing about the little things in life, your skin will suffer as a result. It’s a vicious cycle, as stress often leads to physical illness as well.

Ways to Manage Stress

Stress is a natural state of existence that comes with the constant ups and downs of life. However, it is not something that needs to be tolerated–it’s something that should be managed to the best of your abilities. Learning to relax and letting go of control will help you accomplish this goal.

Sleep Better

In stressful situations, the fight-or-flight hormones begin to surge, resulting in a rush of adrenaline that prevents you from getting a good night’s rest. Sleep deprivation will slow down your immune system, lower your resistance to stress, and have you looking plain tired. Making sure that you set aside a quiet, screen-free time in the evenings can generally help you improve your beauty sleep.

Wind Down with a Cup of Warm Tea

Drinking your favorite kombucha or decaffeinated green tea can be a great way to relax. Not only does it not give you caffeine, but it also has beneficial ingredients to help reduce your cortisol levels and increase your quality of sleep. Studies prove that drinking green tea can also help you lower your blood pressure, which is an excellent stress reliever. This can also help you boost your immunity.

Eat Healthy

Go low on the junk food and high on the good stuff. Keep in mind that it takes a lot of time and energy to process a high calorie meal or to burn the calories you just consumed, so cutting down on fried foods, sweets, and other unhealthy treats will ensure that your body doesn’t have to work overtime to do that. 

Maintain a Regular Skincare Routine

You may think that you have enough information to take care of your skin. After all, you’ve already read countless articles on how your skin needs specific nutrients for optimal functioning. Well, none of that matters unless you know how to prioritize the application of your products. The key to keeping your skin healthy is to find a routine that works for you—and stick with it.

Whether you’re on the go or spend most of your time at home, your skincare routine should reflect your lifestyle. No skincare routine is complete without an at-home cleanser, toner, and a moisturizer that will meet your needs. Learn how to use them to keep your skin looking fresh, natural, and radiant.

Try Yoga

Stress management is usually associated with taking a break from your daily routine, but there’s another practice that will boost your mood and improve your overall health: yoga. Yoga is an amazing stress-relieving activity. You may even notice a difference in the way your skin looks after trying a few sessions.

Many people find that yoga helps calm their minds and relax them, especially when you incorporate other calming practices like meditation.


Meditation is a proven stress buster. When you slow down and tune into your thoughts and feelings, you are able to slow down your breathing and relax your body. It is not necessary to meditate for hours to reap the benefits. All you need is about 20 minutes a day, five days a week.


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Best Ingredients for Dry Skin

Winter can be a magical time for the environment! But let’s be real, it can be downright horrible for certain skin types. With the drier air and temperature drops, winter can herald the dreaded dry skin! But it isn’t only the changing of season that causes flakiness. Long baths/hot showers, harsh soaps/detergents, genetics and predisposed skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can also be a culprit. Whatever the causes may be, dry skin is not a welcome guest in your life. So, we have compiled a list of terms and their ingredients to get you back on track to hydrated and healthy skin!

1. Emollients

Emollients provide hydration and softening, as well as help repair cracks in the skin barrier preventing water loss. If you think of the lipids in your skin as tiles, the emollient is the grout that fills in the cracks and smooths everything over. Because of this, emollients are also great for their anti-aging qualities and skin repairing ability. So if you struggle with age/sun spots, acne scars, or just want to keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant, add some emollients into your skin care routine. So how can you recognize emollients at the store? Common ones are cocoa/shea/jojoba butter, aloe vera, squalene, colloidal oatmeal, beeswax, and non-fragrant plant oils, such as coconut, jojoba, borage, argan and even primrose oil. 

2. Humectants

Humectants are fantastic since they are moisturizing agents that draw moisture into your skin from the surrounding environment and your deepest skin layers. That’s right, it’s a moisturizer that attracts moisture. Talk about like attracting like! You won’t find humectant on a product label, so what types of humectants should you look for when purchasing products? Look out for hyaluronic acid which is an ingredient celebrated for its ability to retain 1,000 times its weight in water and considered one of the most hydrating ingredients to put on your skin. Another humectant to look out for is glycerin, which is a powerhouse moisturizer and works best when it is coupled with other emollient ingredients. Even though there are synthetic glycerin sources, many natural ones are available, such as vegetable glycerin. 

3. Occlusives 

Occlusives are a great final step to your dry skin repair routine as they serve as a physical barrier to help prevent water loss from the skin’s surface, while protecting the skin from external irritants. Common occlusive agents include vegetable waxes (carnauba and candelilla), plant oils and butters high in oleic acid (olive and soybean), lecithin, and cocoa butter which are all usually found in moisturizers. This sealant often has a thick and heavy consistency when used topically, making them an ideal pick for very dry skin. Some of these occlusives also have humectant and emollient properties as well which gives you a great chance to mix ingredients into a great moisturizer that works for you. 

4. Ceramides

Ceramides are fatty acids called lipids and are naturally found in skin cells, which make up 50% of the outer layer of skin (epidermis). Topical ceramides end up mimicking the natural oils in your skin, making them super effective when combined with other moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. There are multiple types of ceramides on the market, but the ones you want to look out for on your product label have ceramides I, 3 or 6-II. 

You might think fixing dry skin is an easy fix, but in reality it involves a little bit of trial and error. Don’t be discouraged if a few of your trials with these ingredients don’t work. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to these ingredients, especially if you’re acne prone. Don’t worry! Move on to the next one and see which ingredients work best for your particular dry skin type. With the right mixture of humectants, emollients, occlusives, and ceramides your routine will fix your skin’s dehydration and get you back to healthy skin in no time. Just remember to also stay hydrated by drinking tons of water! 


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What Is the Link Between Your Diet & Acne Breakout?

Today, there seem to be two types of people: those who are health conscious and those who are not.  Those who are very mindful of what they put into their body firmly believe that a poor diet is the root cause of the majority of both mental and physical health issues.  Those who are not as cautious about their diet tend not to hold any stock in those ideas. But, can our diet exacerbate some problems or reduce others from occurring?

When it comes to acne breakouts, is there a correlation between an increase in acne and what you eat?  Or are there no scientific facts to back up that claim?  As with most issues, the answer to these questions is not precisely cut and dry, but there is scientific information that seems to agree that you are what you eat in the case of acne breakouts.

What Science Says About Your Diet Causing Acne Breakouts

At present, most medical experts agree that there is not a definitive diet that should be followed to prevent acne breakouts from occurring.  While that may be the case, they also agree that food in moderation and paying attention to how your skin responds when you eat particular foods is wise in determining whether or not you are subject to specific foods causing breakouts.

They are hesitant to reach a definite conclusion on this issue because there are too many variables for the science to be reliable.  For example, if you are very conscientious about your food intake, you may recall having a particular food and then breaking out shortly thereafter.  However, if you do not pay attention to everything you consume, you might not remember having a food that could cause your acne.

Is There Anything Scientists Can Agree On When it Comes to Your Diet Causing Acne?

While there is still debate surrounding this issue, most doctors and scientists can agree that there seems to be a correlation between several different types of food and acne breakouts.

Refined Carbohidrates

Foods that are high in refined carbohydrates show to contribute to skin breakouts. Some foods that contain refined carbs include:

  • Foods made from white flower
  • White rice
  • Sweetened beverages
  • Sugar sweeteners

The science backing this theory is sound.  Carbs like these cause issues with your body’s insulin levels.  When these foods break down, they raise your insulin levels, and, in turn, they tend to block the glands on your face that secrete oil.  Because those glands can’t “breathe,” they clog your pores with oil, causing acne.

One study conducted in the US showed some interesting results in this regard.  Around 2,200 patients were put on a low-carb diet for other health-related issues.  87% of those patients claimed a reduction in acne breakouts during the study.

While this would seem to be definitive evidence to prove that a diet high in carbs causes acne, the study also says that there needs to be further research conducted before that conclusion can be drawn.

Cow’s Milk

Another frequently ingested substance that seemed to make all of the acne-causing foods and beverages list was cow’s milk. In these cases, it did not matter the type of cow’s milk, as all types (whole, 2%, skim) seemed to affect skin breakouts.

One study showed a 44% increase in acne breakouts in women who drank two or more glasses of milk per day.  Another showed that people who drank milk or ate ice cream regularly had breakouts at a rate of four times higher than those who did not. 

The flaw with this theory is that there is no proof as to WHY milk causes breakouts.  Most believe that cow’s milk contains a high amount of hormones, and an imbalance in hormones is a proven factor contributing to acne breakouts. However, it is still not verified that the excess hormones in cow’s milk cause acne.

While the possibility is excellent, most studies agree that more research must be done on the topic before concluding.

What is the Final Recommendation Concerning Diet and Acne Breakouts?

Most doctors and scientists agree that eating a healthy, balanced diet will always be the best answer for any issue regarding your health.  Beyond that, they recommend tracking your food intake and taking note of what you eat and drink (by doing something like keeping a food journal) just before an acne breakout.  Those foods and beverages are probably personal triggers for your skin’s inflammation, and they should be avoided whenever possible.  

While the jury still seems to be out on whether or not your diet can cause acne breakouts, the evidence seems to support that it can.  So eat healthily and avoid trigger foods in excess to prevent unnecessary acne.


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The Best Smoothie Ingredients for Flawless Skin

You Are What You Eat

There is no truer statement when it comes to skincare. The key to a flawless complexion is not in the beauty products we apply topically, but rather what we consume.

Our organs depend on food for proper functioning. Among these organs is the skin, the largest organ of the human body. Proper nutrition can have a profound impact on the health and function of the skin. A healthy complexion can also indicate a healthy body. 

Certainly, aging, poor genes, stress, and neglect of self-care affect skin. However, eating the right foods supports healthy skin function, regardless of the individual’s age, gender, or skin tone.

The Greek physician Hypocrates is often credited with saying, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” The right foods can aid in treating chronic dehydration, removing toxins, and stimulating skin production of collagen, elastin, and fibrin. 

Smoothies As Skincare 

Smoothies are a great way to consistently feed your skin what it needs on a daily basis. Besides being delicious, blended drinks are an amazing way to consume more vegetables, fruit, and other nutrients.

Certain foods, such as those high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, should always be avoided. However, there are many smoothie add-ins that have been shown to improve skin health. With smoothies as a stepping stone to a daily skincare routine, it is possible to target problem areas naturally. 

Here are the best beauty ingredients for an everyday skincare routine, using a blender.


Best Smoothie Ingredients for All Skin Types


Keeping skin hydrated and glowing is made easier with ginger’s antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect your skin against sunburn and tanning damage. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the appearance of pigmentation and blemishes. Additionally, it rejuvenates dull skin and delays the signs of aging. 

In terms of flavor potency, ginger is pretty powerful. When mixing it into smoothies, one should only add about a half-inch piece.


Pomegranates’ antioxidant properties make this fruit a true superfood, capable of regulating skin hydration levels across different skin types.  Antioxidants improve the texture of the skin by improving collagen and elastin production. Besides helping to reduce the appearance of aging skin, it also has other benefits. Studies suggest pomegranates may also help prevent skin cancer. 

Store-bought pomegranate juice contains added sugar, and the seeds are difficult to blend. Instead, prepare pomegranate juice from the seeds and blend it into smoothies. 


Best Smoothie Ingredient for Dark Under-Eye Circles


As a natural source of vitamin K, spinach is a great smoothie addition. By reducing bruising and discoloration, strengthening blood capillaries, and healing wounded skin, vitamin K is the most essential ingredient when struggling with dark circles under the eyes. Spinach is also known to have some antioxidant properties that may help to prevent the formation of wrinkles, lines, and pigmentation.


Best Smoothie Ingredient for Dry Skin


Avocados are rich in biotin, a B-complex vitamin, and biotin helps prevent dry skin. Healthy fats, like those found in avocados, are vital to keeping skin flexible and moisturized. Avocados also contain vitamins E and C, which are essential for healthy skin.


Best Smoothie Ingredients for Oily or Acne Prone Skin


This superfood is beneficial for treating acne, amongst other things. Oatmeal promotes collagen production, improves your skin complexion, and reduces inflammation. The high fiber content of oatmeal helps to control blood sugar levels, which is recommended for preventing acne. For smoothies, soaked raw oats provide the best results. The soaking process is vital here. Oats that are not soaked will be gritty. After the oats are soaked, pour the liquid with the oats into a blender, add all the remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

Sweet Potatoes

Because they contain beta-carotene, sweet potatoes are great for acne-prone individuals with oily skin. During digestion, the body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. Vitamin A can protect the skin from damage resulting from free radicals, such as discoloration, inflammation, and clogged pores. To make a sweet potato smoothie, place cooked sweet potatoes and all the remaining ingredients in a blender, then blend until smooth.


Best Smoothie Ingredient for Aging Skin and Wrinkles


Quinoa offers the possibility of delaying visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating new collagen production in the skin over time. Its high levels of riboflavin make your skin both soft and resilient. Manganese and vitamin B are abundant in quinoa, making it a valuable anti-aging health product. 

Raw, uncooked quinoa can be blended into a smoothie with a powerful blender. The raw grains can also be soaked for a half hour or so to soften them up. As an additional option, quinoa can be blended together with fruit and yogurt, though some nutrients will be lost to the cooking process.


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Ingredient Highlight- The Benefits of Jojoba Oil For Your Skin

Overview: What is Jojoba Oil? 

Jojoba oil is a richly beneficial ingredient found within many of today’s popular skin care products. What makes it so richly beneficial you may ask? Well first we must get into the origin of the jojoba plant. The jojoba plant originates in North America and is a sturdy plant that can flourish through intense desert climates. The nut of the jojoba plant produces a gentle, yellowish colored oil known for its many healing properties. Jojoba oil is commonly used as a carrier oil which can be mixed with other essential oils. Now, let’s dive into what makes jojoba oil such a fascinating and beneficial oil for the skin. 

What Are the Benefits of Jojoba Oil on the Skin?

Some of the most common benefits that jojoba oil is known for include it’s highly moisturizing, collagen boosting, and antioxidant properties. Jojoba oil is a natural humectant which means that it works to retain water at the top layer of the skin, helping to keep the skin hydrated. Jojoba oil contains Vitamin E, which is a natural antioxidant that fights against daily contact with toxins and pollutants at the skin’s surface. The antioxidant properties found within jojoba oil also help to increase the body’s collagen production and potentially decrease signs of aging. These are some of the incredible properties of jojoba oil, but let’s continue to dive deeper. 

Due to it’s hypoallergenic properties, jojoba oil can be used for all skin types. Jojoba oil is also a non-comedogenic agent. It’s oils are very similar to the natural sebum that our bodies produce, allowing it to balance and control oil sebum production. This means that it will not build up on the skin’s surface or clog the pores. 

Jojoba oil is also commonly used as a soothing & healing skin agent. With it’s anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties, jojoba oil is able to assist in wound healing by encouraging the skin to bind together where the skin has separated due to a cut or wound. These anti-inflammatory properties can even assist in soothing eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other skin drying conditions. 

How to Use Jojoba Oil & Things to Consider? 

Jojoba oil is gentle enough that it does not need to be diluted as other essential oils do, but can be applied directly to the skin. Other ways that jojoba oil can be used include as a facial serum, as an added ingredient mixed in with your favorite facial mask, a lip balm for cracked lips, or even as makeup remover to name a few. 

Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic, so it is rarely found to cause allergic reactions. To remain safe, it is always beneficial to try a test patch of any new product/ingredient on your skin to make sure that there are no allergic reactions. You may do this by placing a few drops of jojoba oil on your inner forearm, and then covering the area with a bandage for 24hrs. After removing the bandage, if the skin hasn’t experienced any allergic reactions, then you can safely continue the use of jojoba oil for your skincare needs. 


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Benefits of Night Time Moisturization & What to Look For

Have you ever woken up with dry, tired looking skin? If so, chances are you aren’t using a moisturizer at night. Moisturizing is not a new concept, but one that is often left out of skincare routines in fear that applying too many products will cause breakouts, or make the skin more oily. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many moisturizers out there that are formulated to work well with your skin type, what’s important is knowing the benefits and what ingredients to look for! 

Should you moisturize before bed? The answer is yes!

Moisturizing before bed has several benefits, from giving you a subtle, sought-after “glow” in the morning, to helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Who doesn’t want that!? It also helps provide you with a more even skin texture over time and boosts collagen production, two things that will help prevent future blemishes and camouflage existing ones. 

If you’re wondering if you can use the same moisturizer during the day and at night, that is all up to your personal preference and budget. People commonly opt for two different moisturizers due to the weight of them or the ingredients’ affect on your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. During the day you may reach for a lighter option to combine with makeup that contains SPF, and a heavier option at night. Keep reading to see what ingredients to look for in a nighttime moisturizer that will have you waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day!

1. Aloe Vera

We all have memories of our parents lathering us up with aloe after a day at the beach, but aloe has many benefits, sunburn or not! It helps the production and release of collagen, and prevents scarring and dark spots. It is also rich in water which helps moisturize the skin and lock in water. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, so you can count on aloe for its anti-aging benefits as well!

2. Vitamin C

You may incorporate a healthy amount of vitamin C in your diet, or rush for your supplements when you’re starting to feel sick, but vitamin C has many benefits when applied topically as well. In fact, researchers say when it comes to your skin, it is more effective to apply topically versus consuming it. So what exactly does this antioxidant do to your skin? This list is long but most notably it helps to brighten the skin, even out its texture, and prevents premature aging. It also protects you against skin damage from the sun and harmful free radicals. Need we say more?

3. Safflower Oil

Safflower oil is made from the seeds of a safflower plant, known for its bright yellow and orange flowers. It has many moisturizing effects that help smooth the skin and give it a softer appearance- a win win! It’s also said to fight acne due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties. 

4. Grapeseed Oil 

You may be less familiar with grapeseed oil, but by no means does that indicate it has less benefits for your skin. Grapeseed oil contains antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and amino acids that help to moisturize dull and dehydrated skin. By restoring the elasticity in your skin it also helps protect against environmental damage. The best part? Grapeseed oil has antimicrobial properties that help clear up acne breakouts. 

5. Jojoba Oil

We may have saved the best ingredient for last, jojoba oil. Jojoba oil has properties similar to the skin’s sebum that allow it to penetrate deeper than the top layer of skin for maximum benefits. It is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. Best part of all is that it can be used on all skin types from dry to acne-prone. Count us in!

With so many benefits to nighttime moisturization it’s clear that everyone should implement it as part of their end-of-day skincare routine. Over time, the benefits of hydrated skin with a decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (among others!) will have you committed to never missing this final step. Make sure to pay attention to the ingredients listed in your moisturizer of choice to ensure you’re receiving the maximum benefit. We promise that the combination of a quality product and consistency will give you glowing skin in no time!


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Squalane: What is it and why is it good for the skin?

Squalane, the trendy new ingredient that is taking the skincare world by storm. You can find it almost everywhere, from lipsticks, lotions, foundations, and sunscreens to a plethora of other products. The question is, why is this what is it exactly? Why is it so popular and most importantly what is it going to do for you skin? Before diving deeper into this topic, it’s vital to know the difference between squalane (spelled with an a) and squalene (spelled with an e).

What’s the Difference?

All-Natural Squalene

Our body is fully equipped to moisturize our skin through squalene, a lipid produced naturally by our cells. This compound forms a good 13% of human sebum.

The amount of squalene produced by our body declines with age, peaking during the teens and steadily slowing down in our 20s and 30s. This results in rough, dull and dry skin over the years. External moisturizers are used to make up for what’s missing. This is where squalane comes in.

Multitasking Squalane

Squalane is created by hydrogenating squalene to make it more stable. This process works towards making the oil more skin-friendly while also extending its shelf life.

Squalane is a highly versatile product. It has steadily climbed the ladder to international fame because of its incredible moisturizing and hydrating properties. It works well with every skin type and aids in acne prevention.

Squalane is also an adaptogen, which means it can give the skin what it needs at any given time. Talk about a multitasker.

Where Does Squalane Come From?

In addition to being found naturally in human skin and blood, this compound has been sourced from the livers of deep-sea sharks. Squalane can also be found in rice bran, olives, and wheat germ. If you’re an animal lover or a vegan, remember to check out the source before purchasing. (Side Note: We use only olive derived squalane in our products.)

7 Reasons Squalane Is So Good for the Skin

#1 Provides Moisturization and Hydration

Squalane has loads of benefits that work towards making our skin soft, plump, and healthy when applied topically. It is an incredible emollient.

Keeping our skin hydrated boosts the skin’s moisture level and makes it less susceptible to dryness and flare-ups. Squalane is similar to our natural body oil, so it tends to lock in the required moisture for the skin.

#2 Lessens Swelling and Redness

Acne-prone and sensitive skin-type people know the pain of finding products that would not trigger a breakout. The search is over: squalane has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and redness.
Unlike other moisturizers, squalane is clinically proven to be hypoallergenic and non-irritating, even for the most sensitive skin type. It has a soothing effect when applied to the skin. Not only that, but this compound also alleviates itchiness and discomfort.

#3 Avoids Clogging Pores

Squalane is non comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores. This super lightweight compound does not give the skin a greasy look when applied. It is quite similar to the skin’s natural oil, squalene, which makes it easier to absorb. Plus, it is known to improve the skin at the cellular level.

#4 Repairs Oxidative Damage

Like other antioxidants, squalane neutralizes skin damage due to free radicals, which in turn is caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. The antioxidant effect protects the skin’s oil from lipid peroxidation, a process that damages the skin’s pore-lining from where the oil originates. Squalane also helps repair the skin’s vital barrier for added protection from the environment.

#5 Slows The Signs of Aging

As our skin slows down the production of squalene in our early 20s, it is important to look for products that can help fight signs of wrinkles, fine lines, and dryness. Squalane not only restores a healthy amount of moisture to the skin, but it also increases the skin’s elasticity and health, making it glow and appear younger-looking.

#6 Balances Natural Oils

Natural oils produced by our skin stops the skin from drying out. However, extreme seasonal changes, hormonal imbalances, and other environmental factors can lead to the skin producing too much sebum. This leads to extra greasy skin. Good thing squalane hydrates your skin without leading to an overproduction of skin oils.

#7 Helps Reduce Dark Spots

Do you have dark spots that refuse to fade? Try using squalane for a noticeable improvement in your overall skin tone. Aside from removing dark spots and blemishes, this product can help even out your complexion.

To sum it up, squalane (note the spelling) mimics the natural oils produced by our skin. It is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after ingredients in the world of skincare. That’s why when we decided to and add Le Shea (our new body balm) squalane was a must use ingredient. Our commitment to helping you achieve your most moisturized skin requires the most moisturizing ingredients. As with any product, remember to do a patch test for possible allergies. Better safe than sorry, right?

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Ingredient Highlight: All About Rosehip

It is incredible to think that from a single flower you can have so many skin care benefits. Rosehip oil has long been hailed as a miracle oil, but really it’s just a nutrient dense plant oil that does wonders for the skin. However it’s benefits are not relegated to just the seed oil. An increasingly common ingredient, especially in plant based skincare; rose hip, in all of its forms, is as close to a beauty fix all as you could possibly get.

What is Rosehip?

Rosehip is an ancient shrub, mainly cultivated in the extreme south of the Andes mountain range, more precisely in the virgin forests found in the south of Chile. It is an ancient plant used in dermal-cosmetics due to the number of properties it has and the endless benefits that you can obtain from it. Its assets are responsible for remedying the most annoying conditions that we face in the skin, such as spots or signs of age.
These plants are from the Rosaceae family, with small, round, green leaves. Its flowers have five petals, and its color varies in the range of pink, from white to vibrant pink; the stamens of the flower are yellow. Their scent is mostly musky, and they bloom only once a season. Its fruit is called Rosehip, and it is shaped like a small tomato that can be red or orange.

The benefits of using Rose Hip in skincare

The oil extracted from the fruit of the Rosehip, quite common in South America, is full of benefits for the skin, as it guarantees extra hydration, skin regeneration, from the simplest to the most complicated, such as the dreaded stretch marks, old spots, scars, and even expression marks. All of this is because of its special components, among which are fatty acids, a variety of vitamins, and carotenoids.

Rosehip Helps Eliminate Scars

The powerful action of the Rosehip against scars is due to its content of fatty acids, responsible for maintaining healthy skin. They are highly efficient in the process of regenerating damaged skin, and rosehip oil is formed mostly by these compounds. Beyond the surface, rosehip oil is able to penetrate the outermost layer of our skin further aiding in the skins self healing process.

Helps Combats the Effects of Photo-Aging

The main cause of photo aging is sun exposure. Think sun spots and wrinkles. The antioxidants and essential fatty acids found in rosehip can help improve pigmentation, skin tone, and texture. When used daily, it slows down the aging of tissues. This leads to the skin appearing firmer and younger looking. In addition, the Vitamin C content counteracts the negative effects of sun exposure which can lead to a decrease in collagen production.

Is Rich In Vitamin A To Rehydrate Dry Skin

ater, which translates into a more hydrated skin. While beneficial at any age, these properties are particularly helpful to aging skin. This is because as we age the skin produces less collagen and elasticity is lost. A few drops of rosehip oil can help keep moisture loss at bay.
Curious to know which of our products contains rosehip? You can find it in our I’m Beet Clay Mask, ACE Nourishing Skin Oil and Fresh Lips Moisturizing Butter.  Try any one (or all three) of these products for a healthy dose of essential antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids.