your summer skin savior

We are all familiar with the failsafe skincare ritual of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing and the daily use of toner can feel like a daunting extra step. So do you really need it? The answer is yes – especially in the coming summer months. Toner is a water-based solution with humectants that work to keep moisture in the upper levels of the skin. In turn, it fights dryness and gives your skin an instant boost of hydration. That’s not all, though. Toner is known to combat chemicals such as chlorine. Summer swims are a necessity when it comes to getting through the Georgia summer and chlorine can sit on your skin long after a splash, drying it out. In contrast to combating dehydrating chemicals, toner enhances your preexisting skincare routine. It consists of ingredients that soothe, control oil (thus fighting acne) and stimulate blood circulation. Applying it pre-moisturizer can multiply these benefits as well as add a protective layer to your skin so you can say goodbye to environmental damage.

Toner is a skin saver when it comes to summer sun and it’s well worth the extra step. We love Dr. HauschkaFacial Toner and Clarifying Toner. Sircuit Cosmeceuticals also boasts two of its own: Molecular Mist and Immaculate Mist. Ready, set, summer skin!

into the bottle: rose

Humans have always had a love affair with roses and for good reason. Rose oil and rose water are two of the oldest skincare products in the book. The Dr. Hauschka website explains the coveted use of rose oil and rose water in their products: “The flowers must not be allowed to get hot, otherwise they would lose too much of the costly rose essential oil. For this reason harvesting starts early in the morning and everyone in the Lalehzar valley that is not aged or infirm is roped in to help. Again and again the distillery workers turn the roses over to ensure that they remain cool.”

Apart from the boundless vitamins and antioxidants that can be ingested through a cup of rose hip tea or the calming affects of its aroma, rose oil and rose water have a long list of benefits when it comes to beauty. First off, it contains anti-inflammatory properties, which soothes irritated skin. It also includes a great deal of antioxidants that are proven to strengthen skin cells and regenerate tissue. These properties make the rose particularly beneficial to sensitive skin, but the love affair doesn’t stop there.

The duo also makes for a great moisturizer. Its natural oils trap moisture in the skin, decrease damage to the skin's elastin fibers and prevent wrinkles. These properties, especially beneficial to dry skin, help skin look and feel smoother.

The key word for the rose, in any sense, is gentle and some of our tried and true natural products thrive on the super flower. Dr. Hauschka boasts Rose Day Cream, Rose Day Cream Light, Rose Body Moisturizer and Rose Body Oil and Sircuit uses it in restorative retinoid crème Supernatural-A, repair and recovery balm Sircurity and protective moisture crème Cloud 9+. Roses are red, anyone?

here comes the sun

Finally, spring is here! Not only do we see it in Atlanta’s fine patio sitting, bicycle riding, beltline loving way, but in our hair and skin. Why? Spring brings along a big change in moisture balance. You know, the reason that city 800 miles from you makes your hair look better. Unlike the urge to sprint up the street for a King of Pops pop though, keeping your hair and skin healthy during the winter/spring transition is totally manageable.

Our friends over at EVO even have some tips and products. First off, they recommend their Happy Campers Hard-Working Moisturizer, a lightweight, leave-in moisturizer. The important thing here is the added sun protection that will keep your locks healthy during those beltline walks. Day of Grace Leave In Conditioner is the next smart move because (as EVO claims) it provides “100% more movement then a recently botoxed forehead”. Using a dab before styling will keep your hair in balance (and bounce). And lastly, EVO recommends Love Touch Shine Spray, their solution to dry, dull hair. As a weightless finishing spray, it magically adds both hold and shine. Thanks EVO!

We also recommend their Water Killer Dry Shampoo that we just got in to ease your “I wash my hair too much” woes. Skin takes a similar beating as we do the constant shuffle between outdoor warmth and humidity to indoor heat and dryness. To combat this “extreme combination” skin condition, Amy recommends 4 weeks of Dr. HauschkaRhythmic Night Conditioner ampoules as well as Dr. Hauschka’s Toned Day Cream as a perfect spring product. It moisturizes and protects all skin types with its unique blend of quince seed extract, beeswax, and rose petal wax. Have a balanced spring, friends (and don’t forget that sunscreen either).

into the bottle: arnica

This week we’re revisiting the “E” word. If you haven’t taken Condition up on last week’s deal, we may know one of the things stopping you. Exercise can be tough so it’s natural that muscles start feeling tight and joints begin to get a little stiff after a rigorous workout. That’s where arnica, another ingredient we’re thanking the earth for, comes in.

Arnica is in the sunflower family and has been used for centuries to relieve pain, revitalize after-physical activity, and even promote flexibility. It’s believed that the plant contains derivatives of thymol, which has anti-inflammatory effects so even those with arthritis are use it to reduce pain and swelling in joints. It is also loaded with compounds like flavonoids, silicic acid, tannins, carotenoids, and essential oils. These compounds make arnica a fantastic healer for skin and its own process of renewal and self-cleansing.

For us, arnica’s all natural soothing action along with its skin benefits makes it a superstar ingredient. Dr. Hauschka uses arnica as the main component in their Birch Arnica Body Oil and Sircuit in their refreshing gel moisturizer, Cool Aid. The best way to utilize arnica’s benefits is the massage it into the skin after exercise or those other strenuous activities. It’s soothing warmth will bring those muscles and joints back to live… so you can exercise again tomorrow.

a duo done right (just in time for valentine's day)

All right gang, not only are we in the midst of NYFW where fresh skin is in high demand, but Saint Valentine has his day coming up as well. We have a plan though. Dr. Hauschka knows our needs and has released limited supply, perfectly pretty day creams paired with complementary treatment mask trials. Whether new to Dr. Hauschka’s awesome products or a longtime fan, these sets are a great opportunity to correct and balance skin, find a new fave, and become acquainted (and fall in love with) the benefits of weekly mask treatments. It seems like cupid may already be here.

The sets offer well thought out daily (moisturizer) and weekly (mask) care for normal, dry, sensitive, and sensitive combination skin. Each duo even features a daily regimen to get you on track. For example, for normal skin, Hauschka’s team has paired Quince Day Cream with the Rejuvenating Mask. Quince Day Cream protects, hydrates, and supports balanced, healthy skin while the Rejuvenating Mask enlivens, refreshes, and boosts vitality (leaving you looking radiant). Rose Day Cream has been paired with the Soothing Mask for dry skin because rose nurtures and renews, sealing in moisture to prevent dehydration. Soothing Mask maintains moisture content and supports healthy cycles of skin renewal. Sensitive skin demands Rose Day Cream Light (a lighter version of Rose Day Cream that soothes and protects) and is again paired with the Soothing Mask. And for that sensitive combo skin, Melissa Day Cream is again paired with the Rejuvenating Mask, which has the power to calm irritation and redness. Melissa Day Cream softens and balances while reducing the appearance of minor blemishes as well as controls that unwanted shine.

Basically, Dr. Hauschka has us covered and with essential oils and simple smells included in each product, we’re even ready for the week ahead. And remember, these duos are in limited supply so we hope to see you soon!