into the bottle: calendula

Between Labor Day, Dragon Con, the 9th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival and the BeltLine Lantern Parade, the past two weekends in Atlanta have been busy ones. And while we don’t wish for a shortage of fun and games, we can’t help but feel in need of a little rest and relaxation for the week ahead – especially for our skin. That’s where Calendula comes in. A soothing herb extracted from the Marigold plant, the scientifically named Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract is calming to tired, worn out skin. And, well, after all that Dragon Con makeup, it seems like exactly what we need.

The trick is that it boasts goodies such as carotenes, flavonoids, tannins and essential oils. The healing astringent has even been thought of as a remedy for centuries.

But the real key to getting your skin ready for the next festivities is that Calendula is regenerative. It’s not hard to get your hands on either. A lot of our favorite healing products use it.

For example, Sircuit’sI. Cee U.+ is a firming, anti-aging eye gel (ahem, one of our faves) that boasts Calendula as a main ingredient. Dr. Hauska'sEye Balm also uses the herb, meaning it’s the perfect ingredient to zap those pesky undereye bags. Sircuit’s Clarity Broccoli Sulfur Mask also uses it, and is awesome for skin prone to blemishes.

Sounds like this week’s skinsaver to us!

into the bottle: titanium dioxide

From Hotlanta festivals to summer trips to faithful Tybee, the most important thing to keep handy in that tote is sunscreen. Last summer, we explored the difference between classic and mineral sunscreen through our favorite line, COOLA and now we’re going into the bottle to get to know the #1 ingredient in these sunscreens, Titanium Dioxide.

New York Times refers to Titanium Dioxide as the vital ingredient when it comes to an “ideal sunscreen.” It’s a completely natural mineral as well as a physical ingredient, meaning it sits on our sweltering skin working to block the sun opposed to being absorbed by it. This also means, yes, it is that white chalky material that makes you feel a little like day-glow, but hey, what would summer be without that? The reason for it is that TiO2, when used in sunscreen, is broken down into a ridiculously small form (We’re talking smaller than a particle of hair) where its purpose is to reflect or scatter the harmful rays.

The coolest thing about Titanium Dioxide, though, is that it’s nonirritating, nonallergenic and noncomedogenic meaning it doesn’t produce or aggravate acne, keeping that pretty skin safe. And while sunscreens contain a range of sun filters (avobenzone, zinc oxide, mexoryl), Titanium Dioxide is most commonly used in natural and organic sunscreens due to its sensitive nature. It’s even COOLA’s main active ingredient in their awe-worthy mineral collection and we’re pretty glad it’s in the bottle.

into the bottle: grapeseed oil

Last week’s post about dream product Lavish inspired us to start exploring the natural ingredients that actually make up our favorite products. After all, it is the inside that counts. By going into the bottle, we’ll start seeing what makes our beloved products tick, what our skin responds to oh, so well, and even more importantly, why. We’re opening up one of those nine essential oils in Lavish that we also used (think back) in our very own Oh, Honey! Purifying Cleansing Oil. We introduce to you her majesty, grapeseed oil.

With its fine, non-greasy texture, grapeseed oil is one of the best natural moisturizers around. Emma Stone even uses it exclusively as hers. The trick is how it has the ability to moisturize without clogging pores. It actually helps regulate oil production making it a supreme fit for all skin types. Yes, even oily and acne-prone. But where grapeseed oil really shines is when we hit those dry patches (from winter curses to all-nighters). Partly due to its abundance of omega-6 (brings balance) and vitamin E (all powerful antioxidant powers), grapeseed oil is just a master of nourishing the driest of skin without irritation. Applied directly, it even offers a soft and satiny finish.

What makes grapeseed oil even cooler is that it’s eco-friendly. As a by-product of wine making (yum), grapeseeds are found, of course, in the vineyards. They’re also typically thrown away. But with 50 kg of grapeseeds being required to obtain one liter of oil, that’s a lot of grapeseed saving. And with its long list of benefits, we are more than happy to do so.