Category: top tips

pucker up! how to get a naturally healthy pout

Healthy lips are representative of sensuality. Who could resist wanting the iconic Marilyn Monroe pout? And, after all, healthy lips make a great base for that classic red lipstick.

You already know to take proper care of your skin — but are you taking care of your lips? At their most vulnerable during the coldest months of the year, lips’ thin and transparent skin deserves extra attention. Think gentle exfoliating, moisture, vitamins…and don’t forget to check the ingredients! Avoid chemicals and seek out natural alternatives, as what you put on your skin or lips will be absorbed into your body.

As someone who grew up in an organic environment, I have first-hand knowledge of herbalism and natural remedies. That’s why my first stop is the kitchen; the shelves are your sources for nourishing and fresh ingredients for your DIY beauty recipes. Want to trade in flaking, dry lips for a soft, hydrated pout? The regimen is simple. Try my DIY recipes and the results might surprise you.

lip-scrub

lip-balm

To find out more about Paulina’s background and history, read her story on Insider’s Guide to Spas. (http://www.insidersguidetospas.com/features/a-slavic-beauty-story)

PK headshotA beauty and fashion blogger since 2006, Paulina Kajankova is a nature-loving country girl at heart. She is a firm believer in chemical-free products, green living and is the Associate Editor of Insider’s Guide to Spas. After creating and successfully running the fashion blog le la Moda, which lead to a three-year stint as the fashion and beauty blogger at Organic Spa Magazine, Paulina turned to jewelry design. This editor, designer, and stylist has a knack for finding environmentally-friendly, yet posh, products. DG Skincare’s mission and spa-like environment immediately harmonized with Paulina’s goals of working for a meaningful brand.

beauty sleep is REAL — why your skin needs rest, too

According to a recently published article from Business Insider, almost 40% of Americans get fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night (recommended is 7-9 hours) and an estimated 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder! The article included the potential dangers of not getting enough sleep, but left out the damage it could have on your skin. Don’t worry — the Skinformant has you covered! Read on for the top 3 reasons you need beauty sleep.

image via dailymail.co.uk
image via dailymail.co.uk

 1) Dark circles

Failure to get enough sleep puts our bodies under stress, which causes our brains to leach as much oxygen as it can from the blood. Oxygen-poor blood is dark in color, which is especially visible in the transparent skin under our eyes.

2) Breakouts

Stress-related acne can also come from no sleep — stress releases the hormone cortisol into your system, which can lead to blemishes.

3) Deeper fine lines and wrinkles

Finally, this same stress causes us to involuntarily contract our muscles — including those in our face (jaw clenching and brow furrowing included!), resulting in more pronounced wrinkles. Our body also generates free radicals when tired. These pesky molecules are one of the contributors to signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity.

Not sleeping? It’s not hopeless! While we strongly recommend hitting snooze more often, try these three products to help the effects of exhaustion.

1) Lift and Lighten helps soothe and depuff the undereye area, and immediately improves the appearance of circles with pearl powder.

2) Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask can be worn overnight (without ruining your sheets!) so you can fight breakouts while you sleep.

3) The Alpha Beta® Peel promotes cellular turnover and exfoliates, transforming dull, tired-looking skin into a radiant, luminous complexion.

What’s your secret to looking like you got nine hours of beauty sleep?

look good, feel good!

by Paulina Kajankova

image via groupon.at
image via groupon.at

 

At DGSkincare, we are all about feeling positive — and feeling beautiful certainly lifts our spirits. Beauty may not always be the solution to life’s bigger problems, but it does play a big role in the way we feel about ourselves. During the winter, some of us are affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which can have a powerful impact on our day-to-day lives. We want you to feel great about yourself inside and out, so we’ve pulled together some tips to help you fight the winter blues:

  • Consider sporting a natural glow that is fast and easy to apply. Our cruelty-free, paraben-free, and streak-free Alpha Beta® Glow Pads for Face and Body have you covered! The best part about these little miracle towelettes? They are infused with Vitamin D, the sun vitamin. A sunless and safe winter glow = instant happiness.
  • During the winter months, our exposure to the sun is limited. The sun makes us happy, but it also provides us with natural light and essential Vitamin D. Treat your body kindly: take Vitamin D supplements daily.
  • Our Steamer Solutions device is one of our favorite at-home treatments during the winter months. It opens up the pores, keeping skin clear and hydrated. A constant flow of moisture is essential to transform dull, dry skin to fresh, dewy radiance. This investment in your skin will quickly become your favorite beauty purchase.
  • Don’t let cold weather stop you from socializing! When you’re feeling down, it’s important to keep close ties with your friends and family. Stay connected by throwing a casual dinner party — bonding over a healthy meal will help increase feel-good endorphins, boost your self-esteem, and release stress.
  • Practice meditation and/or yoga breathing exercises. When stressed, we forget how to breathe properly. Paying attention to your breath will help you relax. You don’t need to be an expert — for proper guidance, try visiting a beginner yoga class or use the Yogic Breath app at home.
  • Dr. Gross recommends taking extra care of your hair. If you have noticed extra flyaways or especially unruly hair, increased static energy may be to blame. Take care of your hair at its source — the scalp — with our Root Resilience products: Anti-Aging Scalp Serum, Strengthening Shampoo and Nourishing Scalp Conditioner.

What are your favorite ways to stay cheerful during a gloomy winter season?

 

PK headshotA beauty and fashion blogger since 2006, Paulina Kajankova is a nature-loving country girl at heart. She is a firm believer in chemical-free products, green living and is the Associate Editor of Insider’s Guide to Spas. After creating and successfully running the fashion blog le la Moda, which lead to a three-year stint as the fashion and beauty blogger at Organic Spa Magazine, Paulina turned to jewelry design. This editor, designer, and stylist has a knack for finding environmentally-friendly, yet posh, products. DG Skincare’s mission and spa-like environment immediately harmonized with Paulina’s goals of working for a meaningful brand.

4 ways to use: active vitamin d serum-oil

As a DGSkincare staff member, I often receive so many products that I don’t know what to try first! (I know — cry me a river.) It takes about four weeks for most skincare products to see if it’s making a true difference in your skin, so I try to avoid excessive mixing and matching. But some of our formulas are truly benefit chameleons: if I don’t have room in my regimen for a serum, I can repurpose it as another skincare staple. Today’s powerhouse product is Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil. While I’ve already talked about Vitamin D’s benefits as an ingredient, you may be missing out on other ways to use the serum. Here are my favorite four off-label application tips:

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil
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top tips: spring break beauty

Whether you’re a college student jetting off to Cancun or a mom of three loading up the car for the drive to Disney, you want to feel relaxed and prepared for your spring break. Don’t worry, DGSkincare’s got you covered! These essential-for-everyone spring break prep pointers are guaranteed to keep you looking your best, even if you’re low maintenance – because let’s be real, when it comes to going on vacation, it’s about the destination, not the journey. Keep reading for our top tips!