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mattifying primer

Over many eras of makeup fashion, matte skin has gone in and out of vogue.  It’s definitely one of my favorite looks.  Being an artist of the 80s, I absolutely adore a seamless matte complexion with pops of vivid color.   The ongoing problem, however, has always been how to create and sustain such a complexion without completely traumatizing the skin.  This is because traditional mattifying products have typically tended to dehydrate skin and clog pores.

Does Matte Makeup Dry Out Skin?

From the early days of stage makeup where enormous powder puffs full of talc-based powders were pounded onto the skin, anyone who wore it felt the constant yoyo of dry to oily extremes throughout the day.  And the more powder we used, the more our skin rebounded to a shiny, oily state. 

Then in the 80s, some of the biggest makeup brands started launching matte liquid or crèmetopowder foundations and with them, a whole new set of issues began.  When first applied, your face would feel so tight and dry that you’d think it was going to crack off.  Then, halfway through the day, you were shiny and oily again.  It isn’t surprising that such results were the norm of the day considering the technology that we had to work with back then. 

The simple truth is that any product that proposes to create long term mattification using drying ingredients is destined for failure.  This is because the skin is a living breathing organ that can sense when its moisture is being depleted.  Our body’s natural reaction to drying ingredients is to purge oil to compensate for the dryness.  It creates a cycle of oiliness and a need for mattifying that never ends.  But in the process, we always end up clogging the pores and making the complexion look heavy or caky. 

The good news is that our industry has evolved and brands are not only starting to develop new ways to control shine but they’re finding ways to do it without completely trashing the skin.  Of course, its no surprise that jane iredale the original Skincare Makeup has been at the forefront of this movement. 

Mattifying Primer That Controls Shine Without Drying

This year, we’re excited to showcase the latest in matte technology with an extraordinary new primer called Smooth Affair Mattifying.  The really astonishing element of this primer isn’t only how effectively it controls shine.  Its how the formula actually improves skin texture and health while creating the beautiful matte makeup lookwe’ve all been searchingfor. 

The key to Smooth Affair Mattifying Face Primeris its highly effective ingredient list. 

  • We start with Hibiscus Extract which supports the skin’s elasticity and prevents water loss. This compound is also excellent for improving the skin’s natural repair process and giving it a more youthful appearance. 
  • Next we include Rose Geranium Leaf Extract which helps protect and repair the skin from UV damage as well as providing powerful antioxidant protection.
  • But the key ingredient for mattifying is Red Algae extract. Not only does Red Algae help regulate sebum production but it also supports the skin’s natural oil-moisture ratio for a smooth matte appearance. 
  • We also include Titanium Dioxide which helps to create a more flawless finish.

Over and above the therapeutic benefits of the ingredients we do use, this formula also provides excellent wear for people who have sensitivity or reactions to traditional primers because, of course, we leave out all of the top sensitizers that are in traditional primers.  What’s left is performance the likes of which you’ve never seen.  We think you’re really going to love the way it looks and feels on your skin. 

How To Use Smooth Affair Mattifying Face Primer

Our recommendation is to try it under your favorite jane iredale foundation and look at the long-term results. 

Here are some suggested products to combine Smooth Affair Mattifying FacePrimer with:

As the summer months progress and your skin starts to produce more perspiration and sebum, Smooth Affair Mattifying Face Primermay become your favorite new complexion product.  Let us know what you think and we look forward to hearing from you!

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You’ve probably noticed that drying hands more often leads to dry hands.

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we’ve all been washing our hands a lot more than usual.

That means we’re drying hands more often too, and over time, that can cause our hands to turn dry, flaky, chapped, dull. They may even develop ugly calluses or open cracks and sores.

We’re here to help. Check out our tips for how to keep your hands soft and smooth.

Using Air Dryers When Drying Hands Leads to Dirtier Hands!

Over the past several years, we saw a lot of restrooms switch from supplying paper towels to installing air dryers instead.

It seemed like a great idea. Air dryers cost less money over the long-term, create less waste, and still do the job of drying your hands (though they take a little longer).

Many people also thought that air dryers were more hygienic too. After all, there were none of those dirty paper towels lying around.

But then some new studies came out showing that theory to be flat-out wrong.

In a 2012 study, researchers concerned about the proper hand-drying process reviewed data from 12 studies and found that paper towels “can dry hands efficiently, remove bacteria effectively, and cause less contamination of the washroom environment” than air dryers.

They went on to notes that from a hygiene standpoint, paper towels were superior to electric air dryers.

Paper Towels Are the Best Thing to Use when Drying Hands

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, researchers again wondered which method (paper towels or air dryers) might be better at helping to reduce the spread of the illness.

In 2021, scientists published a study in which they examined virus transmission in the hospital environment following hand drying. The participants used 3-5 paper towels for an average of 12 seconds or dried their hands with a jet air dryer for about 10 seconds. Then the scientists checked for germs on their hands and on an apron they wore.

The results showed that both the jet air dryer and the paper towel significantly reduced bacteria contamination on the hands, but that the contamination on the apron was much higher after using the jet air dryer.

In other words, the jet air dryer blew the germs from the participants’ hands onto the front of their bodies, where they could then cross-contaminate other surfaces. Indeed, the scientists found that for all samples, there was a significantly higher level of surface contamination following hand drying with the jet air dryer than with the paper towels.

This was only one study and it was a small one, but there have been others suggesting the same thing. In 2018, for instance, researchers tested the bacteria spread by hot-air hand dryers and found that many kinds of bacteria, including potential pathogens and spores, could be deposited on hands exposed to these dryers. Further, the spores could be dispersed throughout the building.

Bottom line: when possible, use paper towels to dry your hands. Of course, when you can, choose 100 percent recycled, non-toxic, biodegradable versions.

Drying Hands Creates Dry, Chapped Hands

While we’re doing all this handwashing and trying to avoid germs, our hands are taking a beating.

The outermost layer of the skin is composed of oils and wax that protect us from germs and toxins while trapping and holding moisture in the skin.

This natural barrier is broken down every time we apply soap and suds up our hands. That soap gets rid of unwanted germs, grime, and debris, but it also breaks down the natural oils and strips them away.

If you’re not careful to address these issues after washing, your hands will soon become dry, red, cracked, and painful. If you already have a preexisting skin condition like eczema or psoriasis, your symptoms may be worse.

Handwashing and Drying Hands Tips to Avoid Germs and Keep Hands Soft

We need to regularly wash and dry our hands to keep ourselves healthy, but we also want to avoid dry, chapped hands.

To do that, follow these tips:

1. Use a gentle cleanser.

You may not always have access to your own cleanser, but as often as you can, choose a cream-based brand that is made without fragrances, harsh chemicals, and sulfates. These will irritate the skin further and make it more difficult to maintain soft, smooth hands. Look for one with gentle detergents and moisturizing ingredients.

2. Wash with warm, not hot water.

Hot water is a lot better at stripping away oil than warm or lukewarm water, and all of them work equally well at killing germs. So dial the temperature down.

3. Wash for at least 20 seconds.

Soap and water need time to eradicate any germs, so take a deep breath and relax. Most of us hurry through washing our hands, but that can leave more germs behind than you may expect.

4. Pat dry with a towel.

Sometimes you won’t have access to a towel, but whenever you can, choose the towel over the air dryer. In some cases, you could take napkins with you into the restroom and use those to dry your hands.

Then pat—don’t rub—dry. This helps to avoid disrupting that outer barrier further, and also leaves a little water on your skin, which is best for the next step.

5. Apply a moisturizer immediately.

This is the step most people miss when washing their hands. That’s why we recommend you take our travel-size Calming Moisture or Body Repair Lotion with you wherever you go. Apply it right after you dry your hands.

This will help that outer layer recover the moisture it just lost, and will also add a layer of protection to your skin. It is the best way to avoid chapped, cracked skin. Apply, apply, apply!

Whatever moisturizer you use, avoid those with petrolatum, fragrances, alcohols, and other harsh ingredients. These will not provide adequate moisture.

If you have no way to wash your hands and you want to use a hand sanitizer, apply your moisturizer immediately after the sanitizer dries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to kill germs, and alcohol is very drying.

6. Use a moisturizing balm overnight.

Particularly during cold and flu season when you’re washing your hands more often, it helps to apply a deeply moisturizing balm overnight.

We suggest our Restorative Skin Balm. It helps to trap moisture while promoting healing and softening dry, rough skin. After washing and patting dry, apply it all over your hands, then don’t get your hands wet again until the next morning. For more moisturization, wear a soft pair of cotton gloves or even socks to bed to seal in the moisture.

7. Use a humidifier overnight.

If you live in a dry climate, a humidifier is a good thing to have in your bedroom. It will moisturize the air overnight while you sleep, which will keep your hands from drying out. This is good for the skin on your face as well!

Have you heard that drying hands with a warm-air dryer can spread germs?

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