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Chlorine and Dry Skin: Natural Solutions for Protecting Summer Skin

Chlorine and Dry Skin:  Natural Solutions for Protecting Summer Skin

While most people love summer and the arrival of longer, brighter days, warm rays and sultry evenings spent sipping cocktails on the patio, (we are dreamers 🌴 ), for many it also means lots of time spent by the pool.

However, catching some rays and enjoying the pool can present its own host of problems. While chlorine is necessary to disinfect and keep pool water safe, it wreaks havoc on the skin.  It strips your skin of its natural oils, compromising the moisture barrier that protects the outer layer of skin, which can leave you with dry, flaky, sometimes itchy skin.

But life is about living, and I would never suggest you go hide in a cave just so your skin doesn’t see the light of day. (Although, those who know me and know I love the cool weather and overcast days probably wouldn’t be surprised to find me hanging out in a cave – except for the dark, scary factor and bats and things like that.)

Fortunately, we have some natural solutions so you can enjoy these gorgeous summer days!

BEFORE YOU GET IN THE POOL

First of all, if you’re outdoors during the day, we know you are using sunscreen; right?  Broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 (water-resistant if you’re in the water). 

With sunscreen as a given, consider wetting your skin and hair before you get in the pool.  This can help protect against absorption of chlorine and potentially reduce some of its drying effects.  Realistically, one of the great joys of being near a pool is jumping in when you’re hot – not washing yourself down first, but at the minimum, consider spritzing your face with a moisturizing toner (see below for our recommendation) and spritz (or douse) your hair with some fresh water.  It only takes a second, and every little bit helps. 

SHOWER & CLEANSE IMMEDIATELY AFTER SWIMMING

Once you’re out of the pool, you need to cleanse skin.  A good rinse in the shower is not enough.  Chlorine lingers on your skin.

Be sure you are using a sulfate-free cleanser!  Sulfates can strip the skin of its natural oils, exacerbating the drying, tight skin already compromised from the harsh chlorine.

Our 2-in-1 Cleansing Milk is a sulfate-free, creamy, gentle cleanser.  It’s suitable for all skin types and softens and hydrates while removing impurities and debris. 

Read why Organic Authority chose our cleanser as 1 of 7 natural skin care products you can trust!

TONER

Time to get skin’s pH back on track.  Our normal pH is slightly acidic at 5.5.  Chlorine pH is approximately 7.4.  Our Rose Hydrating Toner Mist, in a base of organic rose water, helps restore skin’s pH.  Along with glycerin, this toner calms, soothes and hydrates dry, overheated skin.  (As mentioned above, give your skin a spritz before getting in the pool as well!)

SERUM

While skin is still damp, apply a serum with powerful anti-oxidants.   Our Vitamin C Brightening Serum adds hydration and a dose of antioxidant protection to ward off skin-aging free radicals!

MOISTURIZE

Seal in moisture.  Our Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream is silky lightweight and just what your skin is craving.  Anti-aging powerhouses DMAE & MSM pair with the tropical potency of organic aloe, coconut, and jojoba oils to leave skin beautifully soft and radiant!

NOURISHING MASK

Dry, sensitive summer skin begs for some extra love.  It’s easy for pores to become clogged from oil and sweat; and, in what seems like an oxymoron, the sun and heat sap our skin of moisture, causing dry, flaky skin, which results in increased build-up of dead skin cells, which also clog pores. 

Our Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask knows just what your skin needs.  It smells like a delicious summer pie and gives an invigorating boost to the weary mind and soul.  This nutrient-rich mask features jojoba beads which gently exfoliate dead skin cells, while vitamins and phospholipids smooth, hydrate, and nourish for glowing, polished, and rejuvenated skin.   

This mask can be used once or twice a week. So pour yourself a beverage of choice, sit back, and enjoy a spa-quality mask in your own home!

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We hope these simple skin care tips help you enjoy your best skin this summer!

  Ready for beautiful, healthy-looking skin done simply?  

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3 Step Natural Skincare Routine for Rejuvenating Skin After Holiday Stress

3 Step Natural Skincare Routine for Rejuvenating Skin After Holiday Stress

I’d like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year and hope your holiday was one of rest and relaxation, good food and even better company!

After a few weeks of putting your feet up, indulging in the good stuff (we aren’t judging!) and taking a break from work, getting back into the swing of things can be a bit of a challenge. The same is true about your skin.

You may already follow a strict natural skincare routine, but it may have fallen by the wayside a bit over the holidays. Late nights, travel, rich food and alcohol all take their toll on your skin, and while you may be feeling rested internally, externally your skin may be looking a little dull.

Don’t let less than glowing skin dull your shine though! By following these simple skin care tips, you’ll quite literally slough away the effects of the holiday season on your skin to reveal dewy soft, vibrant and youthful skin quicker than you can say Happy New Year!

Get Scrubbing

The first step in your quest to achieve that glowing skin we all lust after is to exfoliate. A good exfoliation will help to slough off dead skin cells that may be contributing to a dull complexion, dry skin and clogged pores. You may find that all your skin care woes simply melt away after this important step!

After the holidays, your skin deserves some extra TLC so we are going to recommend our luxurious Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask for a real skin treat. Jojoba beads help to dissolve impurities while still maintaining your skin’s delicate moisture balance while antioxidant vitamins A, C and E fight off free radicals and visibly brighten and even skin tone and texture. So set aside 15 minutes, treat yourself to a glass of red or a good book, and relax while this mask works its magic!

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Spritz Me Up

Before you dive into applying your various lotions and potions, the next step in your routine is going to be a spritz of toner. Many people underestimate the power of a good toner, but a toner helps to soothe and nourish the skin, balance pH levels and allow for better absorption of products you apply after. Our Rose Hydrating Toner/Mist will instantly help to uplift your spirits and calm your mind thanks to its gorgeous subtle scent of Bulgarian rose.

Lock In Your Serum

Now your skin is perfectly prepped and primed for your serum and lotion. We’ll keep the bright theme going here by recommending our Vitamin C Brightening Serum. You can’t go wrong with Vitamin C, and everyone can benefit from its potent antioxidant properties. Vitamin C can help brighten and even skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for glowing, plump and clear skin!

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Next, be sure to lock in your serum with a versatile moisturizer that is luxuriously creamy yet lightweight and ideal for everyday use for dry, sensitive, and mature skin types. Our Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream will get the job done thanks to soothing and hydrating ingredients such as aloe, coconut and jojoba, while anti-aging powerhouses DMAE and MSM help fight the signs of aging and leave your skin silky soft to the touch.

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Click here to start your year with vibrant, glowing skin no matter how dull and gloomy the weather may get!  

Tamryn is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Licensed Esthetician. Her passion for empowering people to make informed decisions about their mind and body flows through her work as a content creator for the world's top natural wellness, nutrition and growing skincare brands. She's an avid yogi, loves singing, and when she's not writing, you can find her reading or trying something new! Find her on Twitter here: @tamrynjburgess 

 

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SAY GOOD-BYE TO SLUGGISH WINTER SKIN

SAY GOOD-BYE TO SLUGGISH WINTER SKIN

Winter weather can definitely leave our skin feeling dry, flaky and ultra sensitive.  Oftentimes even products for "extra dry skin" barely make a noticeable difference in hydration.  Heavier creams sometimes do little more than leave a greasy feel to our skin.

So let's look at the concept of layering our skin care like we do with our clothing.  That heavy jacket is nice and warm, but you still need a layer of clothing underneath to get maximum benefit.

What to do?  Serums are really the workhorse in our skin care regimen.  They provide concentrated actives (vitamins, anti-oxidants, peptides, and moisturizing agents) typically in a much higher percentage than moisturizers alone.  The role of moisturizers is to form a protective barrier on the skin, keep moisture in, while serums are really the first line of defense in getting nutrients to your skin, and they are lighter weight and absorb more easily.  They are best applied after toner to bare skin and before your moisturizer.

Just because winter is here, it doesn't mean you need a complete re-do of your skin care routine.  Our Peptide Complex Serum is an effortless solution to your winter-wonderland woes. 

Key Ingredients:

Dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline (sometimes described as a natural alternative to Botox)

Seaweed extract (loaded with vitamins and minerals)

Hyaluronic acid (which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water)

Matsutake (songyi mushroom) and oligopeptides (anti-aging powerhouses)

This velvety rich serum is packed full of anti-aging, skin-loving ingredients.  It helps fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightens and evens skin tone, nourishes and hydrates even the driest skin, and layers beautifully under our silky lightweight facial creams.  It's a lot to ask of one skin care product, but our Peptide Complex Serum is up to the task.

So let's keep it simple.  Say good-bye to dull, sluggish winter-time skin and get your glow on with radiantly soft, smooth and vibrant-looking skin.

Let the goodness begin.  Click here for fresh-faced, rejuvenated skin.

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Summer and the Dreaded Breakouts

Summer and the Dreaded Breakouts

Summer is here, and although I’m a cool-weather gal myself, I know a lot of people really thrive in the warm weather and love being outdoors.

Welcome to heat- and sweat-induced acne breakouts.  As the mercury rises, our skin produces more oil.  While our faces may have a healthy “glow,” bacteria and dirt, loving an oily environment, stick to our sweaty skin and clog our pores. Sunscreen, a must for all times of the year, combined with oil and sweat, also contributes to clogging our pores.  A perfect environment for acne is born. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT SUMMER BREAKOUTS

  • Well, obviously, keep your skin clean. If you work out, cleanse your face and remove makeup ahead of time if you can.  I know it’s not always possible, so second best is to remove the sweat and dirt as soon as you can afterwards. 
  • Mineral makeup is typically oil-free and is good for oily skin, reducing clogged pores.
  • Be Gentle to Your Skin. Many acne-fighting ingredients simply dry out your skin and damage the skin’s protective barrier (actually causing you to produce more oil to compensate for it).  
  • Don’t just think of combating the acne as it appears, look to certain ingredients to protect your skin’s barrier, fight inflammation and free radicals and nourish and hydrate your skin, making it less susceptible to inflammation and damage in the first place.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR SKIN CARE

Use a gentle cleanser like our 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk.  Your skin should never feel taut or squeaky clean.  If so, you are stripping the skin of its natural oils and damaging the skin’s protective barrier. Our cleanser contains organic Bulgarian Rose Water to hydrate and soothe inflamed, sensitive skin and lavender and chamomile essential oils to help calm and fight blemishes. 

Use a toner.  It balances your skin’s pH, helps remove any residual dirt or bacteria on your skin after cleansing, and it prepares your skin to receive maximum benefit from your serum and/or moisturizer.  Plus a cooling spritz throughout the day makes for a rejuvenating pick-me-up for you and your skin.

Our Rose Hydrating Toner/Mist is alcohol-free and contains organic Bulgarian Rose Water and Essential Oil to hydrate and soothe inflamed, sensitive skin.  Phospholipids and hydrolyzed oat protein soothe and nourish skin.  Rhodiola (roseroot) extract contains plant stem cells that fight free radicals, and Moringa seed extract contains skin-purifying properties and antioxidants that fight free radicals.  All that before you even put any moisturizer on your face!

Choose products that contain salix alba (white willow bark) or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs).  Both act as natural exfoliants, clearing pores, and making way for fresh new cells and soft, smooth plump-looking skin.  For more sensitive skin, you can find white willow bark in our Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream and AHA’s in, yep, our AHA Renewing Facial Cream.

Look for anti-oxidants.  Inflammation sets the whole acne process into motion.  Topical anti-oxidants, particularly Vitamins A, C, and E, can help stop sebum oxidation (the initial phase of forming acne).

Our Intense Rejuvenating Serum for sensitive skin and our anti-aging Vitamin C Brightening Serum are loaded with Vitamins A, C, and E for that added boost in fighting inflammation, brightening skin tone and texture, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  Anti-oxidants are just good for your skin, acne or not.

Consider a Retinoid.  Our Resurfacing Night Cream contains 2.5% retinol.  Retinol has been scientifically proven to boost collagen production from beneath the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.  It is ideal for acne-prone skin because it removes dead skin cells from the surface that clog pores.

Exfoliate, Exfoliate.  Once or twice a week apply a gentle exfoliating facial mask (not a scrub) like our Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask.  Jojoba beads gently slough off dead skin cells, maximizing your skin’s ability to absorb other nutrient-rich ingredients.  It is loaded with antioxidants that help brighten and even skin tone.  Cypress essential oil has antiseptic and astringent properties that awaken dull complexions and has an overall toning effect on the skin. 

So don't give up hope that you must suffer through acne.  A few preventative measures and attention to what you're putting on your skin can go a long way in reducing acne breakouts.

To visit the entire collection of Laurmé Skin Care's low maintenance, high-performance luxury skin care, click here and experience the bliss of simplified, effortless skin care.

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Seasonal Skin Care Made Simple

Seasonal Skin Care Made Simple

You don't need a complete overhaul of your skin care routine for each season. We know the weather, environment, and our lifestyle affect our skin, but that's no reason to buy into the beauty industry’s hype about more is better and every season calls for a complete revamping of our skin care routine.

Laurmé Skin Care offers low-maintenance, high-performance skin care that delivers uncompromising results – effortlessly.  Our products are specially formulated to offer multiple benefits - no complicated skin care routines, no dizzying product categories. 

Here are some ways our facial products pull double duty.

Our 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk -  Gentle, yet powerful, it cleans dirt and debris off your face, yet doesn't strip all the oils from your skin.  Whether it's winter or summer, this cleanser does the job.  And it's gentle enough to remove eye make-up as well!

Our Rose Hydrating Toner/Mist has seemingly endless uses.  It can be used after cleansing to prepare skin for moisturization, a quick spritz during the day to rehydrate and refresh, spritz to set makeup, spritz to calm an overstimulated mind.  This is one product I never leave home without - rain or shine! You can read more about our Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil and Water and its many benefits on a previous blog post.

Our Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream is gentle enough to be used as an eye cream – and works day or night.   

Our Vitamin C Brightening Serum can be used instead of a face cream, works great in place of an eye cream, and blends seamlessly with makeup.

In fact, all of our serums can work as stand-alone moisturizers.  Maybe you're in a humid environment or your skin just feels adequately hydrated.  Skip the face cream and just use a serum.  That ensures you get the benefits of vitamins and anti-oxidants for your skin without adding additional moisturization.  

Switching out which serum you use is often all you need to address your skin's needs on any given day.  You can read my Effortless Guide to Serum Comparison blog post for a quick-and-easy way to identify which serum is best suited for your skin's needs.  

The point is you don’t need 4 cleansers, 5 toners, 10 face creams, and 10 serums to get the best care possible for your skin.

If you’re not sure which products to choose without breaking the bank or how they might feel on your skin, our Travel/Gift sets are an ideal way to experiment, plus the minis are great for carrying in your purse or throwing in your overnight bag!

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I love answering questions.  So let me know, what are your skin concerns?

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The Effortless Guide to Serum Comparison

The Effortless Guide to Serum Comparison

Laurmé Skin Care makes choosing a facial serum effortless. No complicated skin care routines, no dizzying product categories.  

All of our serums incorporate a combination of antioxidants, vitamins, active botanicals, and anti-aging ingredients to brighten tired and dehydrated skin, target fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, and bring back your radiantly youthful glow.  Silky soft, healthy-looking skin does not have to be complicated.

Below is a brief summary of the key differences in our serums.  

INTENSE REJUVENATING SERUM - (sensitive skin)

In a nutshell, it’s the sensitive skin alternative to our Vitamin C Brightening Serum.  Formulated with luxurious organic Bulgarian Rose flower water as a base with hyaluronic acid and additional ingredients to help calm and soothe sensitive skin, it’s got all the age-defying goodness you want but in a kinder, gentler formulation. 

PEPTIDE COMPLEX SERUM –  (most hydrating)

This is a thicker, creamier serum featuring hyaluronic acid and some incredible wrinkle-fighting ingredients.  Our formulation includes dipalmitoyl hydroxproline, which is sometimes referred to as a natural alternative to Botox.  It is the most hydrating of all the serums.  

VITAMIN C BRIGHTENING SERUM (anti-aging, stressed, weather-damaged skin)

Ideal for stressed and weather-damaged skin.   Also featuring the luxurious organic Bulgarian Rose flower water as a base, it is our serum on steroids (figuratively speaking, of course) for brightening tired and stressed skin, combating fine lines and wrinkles, and helping reduce the appearance of age spots.  It’s pretty much a do-it-all serum.

All of our serums can also be used as stand-alone moisturizers.  Let your skin be your guide.  For example, if you’re somewhere humid or your skin feels properly nourished, plump and soft, it’s totally fine to skip the face cream.  If skin feels dry, think of using the Peptide Complex Serum or go ahead and apply the serum of your choice again during the day.  It’s all about keeping things simple.

Visit Laurmé Skin Care for beautiful skin and a life less complicated. 

 

If you have a question about which serum is right for you, please let us know!

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Amazing Skin-loving Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Amazing Skin-loving Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

How do I count the ways I love hyaluronic acid?  A lot of skincare ingredients are unworthy of all the hype.  Not so with hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid is best known for its incredible ability to retain moisture and hydrate the skin.  In fact, it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water!! 

WHAT IS IT?

Scientifically speaking, hyaluronic acid is a strand of various sugar compounds, known as a glycosaminoglycan.  It’s a compound that naturally occurs in the body – especially in joints, connective tissue, eyes, and your skin.

WHY WE LOVE IT

There’s two main things our skin needs to do – draw moisture into the skin (humectants) and keep moisture from escaping our skin (emollients).   The magic of hyaluronic acid lies in its ability to hold and retain water. 

As we age, our skin loses the ability to retain moisture and along with that the suppleness and bounce-back of plump skin.  Quite sad.  Hyaluronic acid helps skin hold onto moisture, softening skin and giving smoothness to rough skin surfaces (dry, flaky skin).  It’s like endless drinks for the skin.  The difference in hydration can be felt immediately, and it’s a key player in giving our skin that dewy, youthful glow we all love. 

On top of all its amazing goodness, it’s also gentle enough and ideal for those with sensitive skin, and because of its lightweight texture, it can be used for oily skin as well.  (Yes, oily skin still needs hydration.)  Daily application of hyaluronic acid allows your skin to not only look healthier, but gives it that touch-worthy softness that puts a smile on our faces.   

For radiantly touchable skin and to give your dehydrated skin some extra love, look for products with hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, or sodium PCA.  You can find these in our Intense Rejuvenating Serum and our Peptide Complex Serum.   Powerfully Effortless.

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Sunscreen and Tanning Myths

Sunscreen and Tanning Myths

It doesn't have to be full-blown summer to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. With the increased risk of skin cancer and the aging effects caused by sun damage – wrinkles, thinning skin, dark spots – it’s time we get some straight facts about the sun and tanning.

To understand why we need sunscreen, let’s identify what UVA and UVB rays are:

UVA Rays

UVA, often called the “Aging Ray,” causes the most damage to our skin. The rays penetrate the dermis layer of the skin, which is 70% collagen. Think of collagen as the mortar between bricks. When that weakens, so go the bricks. When your collagen is damaged, your skin wrinkles and sags, losing its elasticity.

While UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays, they are present during daylight hours throughout the year, rain or shine, cloudy or sunny. 80% of UVA pass through clouds. You don’t need a burn to damage your skin. The damage is gradual and cumulative, showing up later as thickened, aged skin.

UVA rays also penetrate through glass. Putting tinted UV-protective film on windows can block up to 99.9 percent of UV radiation. Without this protection in your car, you are being exposed to the sun’s damage.

UVB Rays

UVB, often called the “Burning Ray,” is the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn and tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers. UVB rays are a major cause of skin cancer. They can burn and damage the skin year-round, especially at high altitudes and on reflective surfaces such as snow or ice. UVB rays do not significantly penetrate glass. UVB rays are at their strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from April to October.

To protect yourself, you need a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Also wear clothing with SPF protection and a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. It’s never too late to start.

For additional help in protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, consider our Vitamin C Brightening Serum.

Be safe,

 

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