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The Anti-Aging Benefits Of 3 Powerful Antioxidants In Skincare

The Anti-Aging Benefits Of 3 Powerful Antioxidants In Skincare

The Anti-Aging Benefits of 3 Powerful Antioxidants in Skin Care

We’ve all heard the term and try to include them in our diet on a daily basis.  From green smoothies to nutrient-rich snacks, we’re all about antioxidants!

We know they’re fantastic for our health and can help to protect us against disease, but perhaps you aren’t sure the role antioxidants play in skin care or how they even work.

That’s where we come in!

In this article we’ll break it down and show you why antioxidants are so great and a must-have for your skin and how they work to fight the signs of aging.

So grab your smoothie, sit back and dive in!

What is an antioxidant?

An antioxidant is a molecule that helps protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals. A chemical reaction, called oxidation, produces free radicals.  Think of sliced fruit that turns brown after sitting out for a while.  Once exposed to air, free radicals are released, and oxidation begins. 

Exposure to environmental stressors such as sun and pollution, or other stressors such as chemicals, toxins, smoking, eating an unhealthy diet, along with stress can create free radicals. These free radicals damage healthy cells and can increase your risk for disease and aging skin.

Antioxidants help inhibit this process from taking place.

How do antioxidants fight the signs of aging?

Antioxidants act as scavengers that seek out and neutralize free radicals before they can cause damage to cells.   

Topically applied, antioxidants help combat signs of aging, providing long-term benefits rather than a temporary “quick fix” solution.

Three key antioxidant ingredients to include in your skin routine to fight aging

Vitamin C

This is our favorite antioxidant vitamin!  It sort of does it all.  It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightens and evens skin tone, helps shield against environmental stressors, and hydrates and nourishes for softer, plumper skin.

Try our Vitamin C Brightening Serum for a powerful dose of this beauty vitamin! It also smells wonderful with its natural, citrusy scent.

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Bulgarian Rose Water

The true-to-nature rose aroma is an intoxicating scent that can help calm and quiet the weary soul.  Since stress is a huge contributor to aging skin, we encourage you to spritz Rose Hydrating Toner throughout the day!

Topically, rose water helps to calm and revitalize sensitive and stressed skin for a refreshed, silky soft complexion!

Retinol

A vitamin A compound and antioxidant powerhouse, retinol is something every woman should consider in her anti-aging routine!

Retinol benefits the skin in various ways. It helps to rejuvenate skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and give skin a fresh-faced, youthful-looking glow.

To experience the excellent benefits of retinol for yourself, try our Resurfacing Night Cream.

These are just a few of our favorite antioxidant ingredients to fight the signs of aging. For a list of all our age-defying products, click here!

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The Silence of Cancer - Everyday Heroes

The Silence of Cancer  - Everyday Heroes

I’d like to introduce you to Shannon Zeeman.  Living a hectic and happy life with her husband and two boys, Shannon, like many other women, found her world turned upside down in a matter of minutes.    

She has given us a peek inside her journey and provided some amazing pictures of her and her family along the way.  I am so touched by Shannon's courage and bravery and am grateful for her sharing her story.

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What was your first reaction when you were told you had breast cancer?

I can remember feeling numb, and when I heard the word “cancer,” the doctor’s voice turned into the adult from Charlie Brown’s cartoon, “Wawa Wawa Wawa”. It was extremely hard to believe that it was true, and I continued to feel that they had mixed up my labs until I met with my oncologist surgeon, and she confirmed that it was truly my pathology report.

What kind of treatment did you have to undergo?

I had a double mastectomy on November 2, 2016, where they not only found my original tumor, DCIS triple negative, but also found a secondary tumor that had already started to spread and was HER2 positive.

They were not able to put in the expanders until after my pathology report came back. So four weeks later I had another surgery to take more breast tissue for clear margins and to put in my expanders. 

Two weeks after that I had my Port-A-Cath placed in. On December 19, 2016, I started six months of intense chemo treatment. That was followed by Herceptin chemo every three weeks through 2017. My last chemo was December 20!

How did you find the strength to go through the treatments?

I had two boys, ages 9 and 13, an amazing husband, and supportive parents that gave everything they had to help me kick cancer’s butt. Every day I woke up with this disease on my mind, but I would not let it hold me down because I had an amazing life to live. 

What was the hardest part in going through the treatments?

The hardest part was watching my loved ones take care of me and not being able to take care of them in return. I knew how hard it was for them to watch me suffer and not know how to fix me.

How has this taken a toll on you emotionally?

Emotionally this has left me feeling alone and sad. My loved ones still don’t know how to treat me or what to expect from me. I am trying to begin finding my “new normal.” I hate that phrase, but they are afraid that I will do too much. I continue to tell everyone that I am feeling good, when I am really hurting emotionally and physically inside, in hopes that they will begin to stop treating me like I am broken. Who wants to continually listen to someone talk about their problems?

What did friends or family members do that meant the most to you?

I had such an amazing outpouring of love and support! Besides the cards & gifts that brought me so much joy, the messages that I received on a regular basis, just checking in & letting me know that someone was thinking of me, filled my heart. Also when they would take my kids, husband or mom out of the house to have fun, it made me feel less guilty for not being able to. 

What would you say has been the most difficult part of this for your family and friends?

Every step of this journey has been really tough while we were going through it, but I think the change in my memory and energy has been the hardest because it has continued the longest. 

When did you want friends and family close and when did you want them at a distance?

I always wanted people around. I loved the friends that would show up with a book or something to keep them busy and allow me to drift off to sleep. The only exception was on my bad days of chemotherapy. Those days were the best for messages of love and support. 

What do you wish people would not have said to you?

I hate when anyone talks about my “new normal” or when people comment that I get a “new boob job.”

What did doctors say and do that meant the most to you?

When my doctors would sit down with me and talk to me about my questions & feelings. They made me feel like I was as important as their family member and not just another file. 

Is there anything you wish doctors would not have said to you? 

Nothing that they said, but if they didn’t take time to listen and truly see me.  

What do you think has been the most valuable insight you’ve gained from this experience?

That cancer doesn’t discriminate. You can be young or old, healthy or not, wealthy or poor. Cancer affects everyone in the patient’s life, and everyone needs support. 

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This is from my trip to Europe two weeks before my first surgery 10/16. 

 

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This was the amazing group of loved ones who came to support me when I shaved my hair off on 1/8/17.

 

This was a fundraiser photo shoot my girlfriends put together for me. We raised $1500 for the American Cancer Society, February 2017.

 

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This is my husband and me last September at the Susan G. Komen walk in Newport Beach, CA. 

 

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Thanksgiving with my family - 2017

 

If you would like to share your experience battling cancer, please drop me a note here.  I'd love to hear from you!. 

 

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How Does The Skin Protect The Face and Body From Chemicals and the Environment?

How Does The Skin Protect The Face and Body From Chemicals and the Environment?

Have you ever woken up and suddenly your skin is all dried out or unexplainably itchy?

You didn’t change the products you usually use, and you didn’t eat anything that can cause inflammation of the skin (like dairy and sugar).

So, what gives?

To understand what’s going on, you need to know about the skin’s barrier. Also called the lipid barrier, it performs a number of important functions, primarily trapping water molecules in the skin and preventing water loss through the pores.

A strong barrier function is essential for healthy, hydrated skin.

Unfortunately, there are a number of factors that can break down the skin’s barrier and contribute to an array of skin issues.

The good news, though, is that with the right tender loving care, you can restore your skin’s barrier function and enjoy healthy, happy skin once more!

What happens when it’s damaged?

If you’re suffering from dry, itchy or sensitive skin, then these may be indications of a weakened or damaged barrier function.

Harsh products, environmental aggressors and over cleansing are a few factors that can contribute to a weakened barrier function. These may cause the skin to lose water through the pores and become dry, making it easier for allergens and irritants to permeate the skin.

The skin can then become inflamed and irritated and, quite frankly, drive you a little nuts!

Here are a few tips to help maintain a strong barrier function and, therefore, happy skin!

Avoid harsh products and over cleansing

Using products filled with synthetic dyes and fragrance as well as over washing your skin can strip it of beneficial oils causing dryness and making your skin more permeable to irritants and allergens.

Use natural products that will help to maintain your skin’s delicate moisture balance.  You may consider washing your face just at night. Use some of our Rose Hydrating Toner Mist on a cotton pad to wipe your face clean in the morning or spritz directly on skin for additional hydration before resuming your usual routine.  (Your skin loves this nourishment at night too!)

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Our 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk is just what your skin needs to cleanse it from dirt and impurities that may have accumulated during the day (or night). This cleanser is packed with ingredients including glycerin, sweet almond oil, rose water and amino acids to help draw water into the skin, soothe the skin and provide an effective cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

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Protect your skin against environmental aggressors

Environmental factors such as cold, dry air and bitter winds can sap the moisture right out of your skin, putting it at risk for a damaged barrier function.

The best way to protect your skin against environmental factors is to use an effective moisturizer that helps form a protective barrier against the elements. Look for ingredients such as aloe, coconut and jojoba that help to draw moisture into the pores and lock it firmly in.

Our Ultra Hydrating Facial cream is packed with these ingredients and more to provide your skin with that youthful glow all year round.

 

Boost your barrier function by following these tips diligently and switching to a natural skin care line. We’d love to hear your results!

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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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How To Take Care Of Dry Skin In Winter From The Inside And Outside

How To Take Care Of Dry Skin In Winter From The Inside And Outside

Winter may be a picturesque season, with the snow creating a winter wonderland that makes for quite a gorgeous and magical sight, but apart from its perks, it can take a toll on your skin and leave it dry, dull and frustratingly itchy.

You may head to your drugstore for a quick fix, only to be confronted with hundreds of products that can leave you scratching your head in confusion.

Apart from not knowing where to start, once you do pick out a product, you may be dismayed to skim the label and realize that the product is brimming in synthetic chemicals that can put your health at risk. Apart from the health risks, these products provide no real long-term skin benefits due to the lack of real, nutrient-rich ingredients.

Using the right products is just one step in the fight against dry skin in winter. Keep reading for two tips to keep your skin hydrated, glowing and touchingly soft all season long!

Hydrate from the inside out

Plump, hydrated skin starts on the inside, and water is your best defense against the drying effects of this chilly season. Water helps to hydrate and nourish the skin cells from the inside out for plumper, smoother skin that glows with radiance.

You may be more tempted to sip on sugary lattes when the temperatures dip below zero, but it may surprise you to learn that sugar actually draws water out of your cells and will leave your skin dehydrated, dull, and in serious need of a hydration boost!

It may be hard to sip on water when your body craves something a little warmer. so why not switch out your sugary drinks for delicious herbal teas instead?

Here’s a few recipes that will benefit your health and your skin, and they are guaranteed to warm your chilly bones!

Use real, natural products

We all want to enjoy hydrated and dewy skin when our skin is dry and flaky, but you may find that hydrating products usually fall into two categories; the first group of products are usually heavy and leave a greasy film on the skin, which is not ideal. The second group of products are usually too lightweight and absorb quickly, but your skin may still feel dry to the touch.

When you make the switch to all natural products filled with real, nutrient-rich ingredients, then this no longer becomes a problem.

Our Ultra Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream is luxuriously rich, yet will leave no greasy feel on your skin, just a perfect balance of dewy hydration for soft, smooth and glowing skin.

Organic Aloe, coconut and jojoba oils provide much-needed soothing hydration for skin that may be sensitive and stressed, while organic neem seed oil provides nourishment to dehydrated skin, and white willow bark provides gentle exfoliating properties to smooth dull, rough skin. It doesn’t end there! DMAE & MSM provide potent anti-aging benefits help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and soften skin.

These two tips ensure your skin is hydrated internally and externally so you can enjoy dewy soft and glowing skin whether indoors or outdoors!

Ready to make the switch to Powerfully Effortless? Let Laurmé Skin Care be your choice for simple, thoughtful, high-performance skin care. 

If you're tired of dry, lackluster winter skin, join our raving fans and let our Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream give you your glow back. We are so sure you'll love it, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

 

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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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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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Boost Your Skin's Hydration with this Simple Fix

Boost Your Skin's Hydration with this Simple Fix

Winter weather can wreak havoc on our skin.  Dry, cold air, indoor rooms with the heat cranked up can suck the life out of our skin.  It seems as though we go from soft and dewy to dehydrated and lackluster in a matter of minutes.  What to do? 

Our Rose Hydrating Toner/Mist is a blissful spritz away from replenishing dry or dehydrated skin.  Alcohol-free, infused with luxurious organic Bulgarian rose water and essential oil, it calms and soothes sensitive, stressed skin. 

Essential minerals revitalize the skin, glycerin draws water to the skin, providing much-needed hydration, and organic sunflower seed oil softens and smooths. 

The true-to-nature subtle rose fragrance is nirvana, calming and invigorating the overstimulated body and soul.  All that in one little spritz!

How to use:  Apply toner after cleansing to help balance skin’s pH and remove any remaining impurities.  Damp skin also allows serum and/or moisturizer to deliver maximum benefits to the skin. After applying makeup, spritz to help set makeup and get a fresh-faced look as well.

And then there’s the rest of the day.  I don’t leave home without my toner.  I carry the 1 oz mini in my purse.  I admit I’m toner-obsessed, but nothing refreshes, softens, and brings  to life my skin like this Hydrating Rose Toner. 

And the fragrance is heaven-sent.  It's as though I’ve walked by my neighbor’s rose bushes and have literally “stopped to smell the roses.”  For me, it is so soothing and brings me back to nature, even if for a few seconds.  I spritz every night before bed to quiet down the day.

So this winter, or any time your skin is just feeling dry, tired, or blah, our Rose Hydrating Toner/Mist may be just what you’re looking for.  Click here to find your bliss.

(A special thanks to Jen Mathews for spotlighting our Rose Toner on her My Beauty Bunny blog, an award-winning, top 10 cruelty-free beauty, lifestyle and fashion blog.  You’ll find everything you need to learn more about going cruelty-free and where to shop for products that are not tested on animals.  Every small step makes a difference!)

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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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Organic Authority's Fall Goodie Box

Organic Authority's Fall Goodie Box

We are so thrilled to be included in Organic Authority’s Fall Goodie Box!

If you don’t know them, Organic Authority is our favorite, well, authority on conscious and healthy living, eating, and lifestyle. They are an online publication where you can find everything from clean eating recipes, wellness tips & tricks, and, of course, sustainable, good-for-you beauty.

They’ve chosen our 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk and our Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask to be a part of their curated collection of natural beauty products for this season’s box. (Call me biased, but I think they made the right choice!)

There are only 100 boxes available, so get over to their site if you’d like to snag one for yourself! Flash sale to get a box starts Monday at 8am, and they are scooped up fast!

Do you have a favorite healthy subscription box? I’d love to hear about it, so leave me a comment!

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CRUELTY-FREE and LEAPING BUNNY CERTIFIED!

CRUELTY-FREE and LEAPING BUNNY CERTIFIED!

In this day and age it’s hard to believe that animal testing for cosmetic purposes is permitted in the United States.

Laurmé Skin Care has joined with 200 other companies (and growing) in supporting The Humane Cosmetics Act, which prohibits the manufacture and sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States.  The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2790) is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Ed Royce (R-CA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Paul D. Tonko (D-NY).

I have been an avid animal lover my entire life.  From my earliest memories as a child, my dogs were the world to me.  I am a past volunteer at my local no-kill shelter, and I’m proud to have been owned by many rescue dogs and cats.  In my ideal world I am always surrounded by barking, purring, sweet furry hugs and kisses, and a houseful of pet hair! 

From the very beginning, it was critical to me that Laurmé Skin Care receive third-party certification as a cruelty-free company.  To me Leaping Bunny certification was the gold standard. Leaping Bunny Certified products have not been tested on animals at any point in the creation process – not the finished products and not the ingredients that go into the finished products.

Does your favorite cosmetic brand sell products in China?  In 2014 China passed legislation to limit animal testing, but this applies to “ordinary cosmetics produced and sold in China.” If cosmetics are being imported to China, there is no legislation banning animal testing.  In addition, products manufactured and sold in China are still subject to China’s post-market surveillance testing. Cosmetics that are already on sale are chosen at random for extra testing. 

According to an excerpt from a Humane Society International press release in June 2014, Peter Li, PhD, HSI’s China policy adviser, states: “We know that many cruelty-free companies will be keen to sell in China, but they need to be cautious. China will almost certainly increase its post-market surveillance testing, so I’m afraid for the time being it is impossible for a cruelty-free company to manufacture and sell in China without the risk that its products will be dripped in a rabbit’s eyes or forced down a mouse’s throat.

This still holds true today! We have the modern scientific knowledge, and we most certainly should have the compassion, to stop this inhumane treatment of animals, and we can help do this with our wallets.  Most of the top cosmetic brands still employ testing on animals despite it being well documented that these tests are notoriously unreliable.  

If you’d like to show your support to end this cruel and barbaric practice, you can take action here.

About the Leaping Bunny Program: The Leaping Bunny Program, founded in 1996, is administered by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). CCIC is comprised of the following animal protection organizations: American Anti-Vivisection Society; Animal Alliance of Canada; Beauty Without Cruelty, USA; Doris Day Animal League; The Humane Society of Canada; The Humane Society of the United States; National Anti-Vivisection Society; and New England Anti-Vivisection Society.

We are proud to be Leaping Bunny Certified, and you can rest assured and be confident knowing all of our products are cruelty-free – and an effortless click away!! 

 

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THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF VITAMIN C IN YOUR SUMMER SKIN CARE

THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF VITAMIN C IN YOUR SUMMER SKIN CARE

The number one cause of wrinkles and premature aging of our skin is the sun.  Of course, our lifestyle choices, stress, what we eat, our level of exercise, sleep, etc. all play a role, but there is nothing “healthy” about that dark, bronze tan (unless it’s from a self-tanner J )

I wrote a blog post about the difference in UVA (aging) rays and UVB (burning) rays and their damaging effects on our skin year round.  Click here for some eye-opening revelations about UV rays and why sunscreen is a must!  

WHY ANTI-OXIDANTS ARE IMPORTANT IN SKIN CARE

We hear a lot about free radical damage, oxidation, and the aging effects on our skin.  I think of it this way.  What happens to a bicycle left outside; your beautiful bedroom dresser?  Visible signs of oxidation/rust and degradation appear very rapidly.  It’s no different for our skin – except that a lot of the damage isn’t visibly noticeable at first.

We’ve all heard the terms “free radicals.”  But what is it?  Without going into an entire chemistry lesson, everything in the world is made up of atoms.  Atoms are content as long as they are stable, but external and environmental stressors such as sun exposure, pollution, smoking, stress, poor eating, lack of sleep, alcohol/drugs, etc. cause the atoms to become unstable, and they go in search of other atoms to help stabilize them.  These unstable atoms are free radicals.

Oxidation is when parts of cells are damaged by free radicals.  Free radical and oxidative damage shows up in our skin as loss of elasticity, brown spots, wrinkles, and generally dull, sluggish-looking skin. 

But there’s help!  Vitamin C, a formidable anti-oxidant, helps fight free radicals and offers a multitude of anti-aging benefits.  Properly formulated, it helps shield the skin from environmental stressors like sunlight, smoking, and pollution.  It replenishes and rejuvenates skin.  It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces the appearance of age spots, brightens and evens skin tone, and helps give your skin that radiant youthful-looking glow.  

Want to get your glow on?  Try our Vitamin C Brightening Serum or our Intense Rejuvenating Serum for more sensitive skin and experience for yourself the summer joy of soft, supple-looking skin.

 

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