Ingredient Spotlight: Willow Bark

Ingredient Spotlight: Willow Bark

Did you know willow bark can calm skin and reduce inflammation? It also breaks down the “cement” of skin cells allowing congestion to be cleared away.

What is Glycerin?

What is Glycerin?

Let’s talk skincare ingredients people. Turn over to the ingredient list of 90% of the products out there and you are likely to find something very close to the top of the list: Glycerin. We’re all putting this bad boy on our face in one form or another so it’s about time we know what it is and how it’s effecting our skin. Read on to find out more!

Activated Charcoal Lattes - Are they actually good for you?

Activated Charcoal Lattes - Are they actually good for you?

Have you seen the latest trend hitting your Instagram feed? Charcoal Lattes!

Move over Matcha and Turmeric lattes, charcoal is the new hipster latte of choice. But while Turmeric and Matcha have proven to have some serious health benefits, can we say the same about this newest trend? It may actually be doing you more harm than good! Read on to find out the skinny before you try it.

Benefits of Beta Carotene for your Skin (aka The Pearl eats a Carrot and writes about it)

Benefits of Beta Carotene for your Skin (aka The Pearl eats a Carrot and writes about it)

Did you know carrots can be a powerhouse ingredient in your skin care routine? Carrots are high in beta-carotene, a naturally occurring compound that provides the vegetable with its vibrant pigment. What can it do for our skin? What doesn’t it do!! No seriously, these little pigments are seriously helpful to our skin. Here are three reasons why:

How to properly clean your makeup brushes

How to properly clean your makeup brushes

Many of us take great care in choosing our makeup. We pick out brands that will benefit our skin and won’t clog our pores and will sacrifice great amounts of money to do so. Yet, we may be going through this process for nothing if we’re missing one very important step: cleaning our makeup brushes. Read on for a go to guide to the ins and outs of this skincare necessity.

5 Properties and Benefits of Shea Butter

5 Properties and Benefits of Shea Butter

Next to Coconut Oil, Shea Butter might be the most prominent ingredient mentioned in natural products we come across. We see it on ingredient lists, we pass it in the health food store. But what do we really know about it? To get the most out of this ingredient, lets take a deeper look into 5 benefits and properties of Shea Butter.

The role of Peptides in Skincare

The role of Peptides in Skincare

Anyone who’s been around the skincare field probably has heard the word “peptide.” It’s often thrown around as a beneficial ingredient for anti-aging, but what exactly is it? Let’s look at a brief review of what peptides are and if they can help us!

Water and the Skin

Water and the Skin

How many times in your life have you been told to drink more water? If you’re anything like me the number is incalculable. Most studies report that 75% of people in this country are chronically dehydrated. We clearly aren’t listening to the importance of water consumption. Lack of water causes daytime fatigue, difficulty in focusing and even short term memory loss. If that’s not enough to send you to the water fountain, consider this: Water composes 50 to 70% of the body’s composition. It helps to regulate digestion, remove toxins, and sustains cell health, all of which contribute to healthy glowing skin. It replenishes skin tissues and increases its elasticity. Elasticity means less signs of aging. Want to look younger? Drink more water!

Why Should you add Bamboo Sap into your Skincare Regimen

Why Should you add Bamboo Sap into your Skincare Regimen

Tree Sap might be the last thing we would think of adding into our skincare routine, but unsurprisingly Asia has been using this potent ingredient in their skincare for centuries. Sap is the lifeblood of the tree. It boasts high levels of antioxidants and is rich in amino acids and minerals. It hasn’t been oft used in the past because of the difficulty in stabilizing it in skincare solutions. However, advancements in the industry have made this ingredient easier to include and do to its molecular size, it’s easily absorbed into the skin, making it the perfect addition to your regimen. 

The Pearl vs the Tiny but Mighty Goji Berry

The Pearl vs the Tiny but Mighty Goji Berry

In recent years we’ve been seeing the Goji Berry more and more. It’s in our teas, our smoothie bowls and even dried and packaged in our local trader joes. But is this little red berry something to incorporate into our regular routine? Read on and find out!