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Do you believe in skincare myths?

These days, with all the information we have coming at us from every direction, it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake.

What will help you enjoy smooth, radiant skin, and what is just a lot of noise or some company trying to sell you a product?

We give you the real deal on seven popular skincare myths below.

Skincare Myths 1. Hot water is good for your skin.

You may have learned this one when you were young—wash your hands and face with hot water as it gets rid of germs, right?

This work okay when you’re a kid, but when you get past the age of 30, it will do more harm to your skin than good. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils and dries it out. Dry skin is unhealthy skin, as it tends to create cracks in your skin’s natural barrier.

Just a few days of washing with hot water can leave your skin feeling chronically dry, cracked, and flaky, opening you up to a host of other problems like inflammation and redness.

So once you’re an adult, when washing your face, use cool to lukewarm water.

2. If you have oily skin, you don’t need to moisturize.

Unfortunately, if you believe this myth, you could be making your oily skin worse.

Moisturizer has many benefits for people with oily skin, as long as you choose the right one. It can help balance oil production and reduce acne breakouts. Whereas if you don’t use moisturizer at all, that can dry out your skin, compelling it to produce even more oil.

The key is to choose the right kind of moisturizer. Make sure it will not clog your pores. Avoid products with mineral oil, as they are more likely to clog pores and cause acne, and stay away from super-heavy moisturizers like cocoa butter.

Try our Calming Moisture—it has natural oils and extracts in it that will help to balance the oils on your face, giving you smooth, soft skin without the worry of increased acne breakouts. If you are acne-prone and want to use a hydrating toner, try our Rescue + Relief Spray to help balance skin, calm breakout inflammation. It’s oil free and non-comedogenic.

Skincare Myths CV Skinlabs

Skincare Myths 3. The order in which you use your skincare products doesn’t matter.

It does, and it’s all about absorption. You want whatever you put on your skin first to absorb quickly so that the next product will have room to soak into your skin too.

If you apply a heavy moisturizer first, it may block the absorption of your lighter, anti-aging serum. Or if you wait to exfoliate until after you apply your serum, you could be erasing that serum’s effects on your skin.

Instead, use your skin care products in the following order to get the best effects:

  • Cleanser
  • Exfoliator
  • Moisturizing toner
  • Anti-aging serum(s)
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen

4. Dark circles are a sign you’re tired.

Discoloration around the eyes signals a circulation issue. Yes, a lack of sleep can make it worse, but it’s not the root cause. Older, thinning skin can also make the issue more visible.

Getting enough sleep will help, but it won’t solve the problem for you. Instead, look for an undereye product that includes caffeine, as it can boost circulation and constrict blood vessels. Applying something cold under the eyes for a few minutes can help temporarily, as it will diminish the appearance of the tiny blood vessels.

Skincare Myths 5. “Natural” products are always better.

We are all looking for more natural skincare solutions these days. We’ve learned that certain chemicals are harsh and even dangerous for our skin, and we want products that are cleaner and healthier.

Unfortunately, manufacturers know this, which means many of them are catering to their customers’ needs without really changing how they’re doing business. Anyone can slap the word “natural” on the product label, but the word isn’t regulated by any government body, so it doesn’t mean anything.

Some manufacturers will add in a token “natural” ingredient or two, then call their product natural even when it’s full of harsh chemicals.

Always read the label on your products to see what’s really in them. If you don’t know an ingredient, Google it to see what it is. Then buy from conscientious manufacturers who care about the ingredients they use.

CV Skinlabs makes sure all our formulas are 100 percent free of synthetic fragrances & dyes, parabens, formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, hydroquinone, phthalates, and other potentially harsh, dangerous, or allergenic ingredients.

Skincare Myths Body Repair Lotion

6. Skincare is just for women.

Skincare isn’t just about appearance—it’s about health. Your skin is the largest organ your body has. Keeping it healthy can help contribute to your overall health, whereas if you ignore it, you could be hurting your overall health.

Scientists are finding more and more about how the health of the skin is related to the health of the brain and body. We just recently covered new research into how skin disease and heart disease are related. We also know that the skin can react to psychological stress by becoming more dry and inflamed.

The point is that skincare is healthcare, and healthcare has no gender. Everyone needs to take care of their skin as part of taking care of their overall health. That means men should have a regular skincare routine that includes, at a minimum, regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.

Skincare Myths 7: Drugstore products are as good as professional products.

The truth is that you can find good and bad skincare products no matter where you buy them or how much they cost. Some reasonably priced products are great, and others are filled with harsh chemicals and mineral oil that can exacerbate aging.

Some expensive products are wonderful, and others are filled with water and cheap ingredients that don’t have any measurable effects on your skin.

It is important to do your research and read the product labels. Many drugstore products do contain sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, alcohol, fillers, and other synthetic ingredients that don’t cost much but leave little room for quality active ingredients.

You deserve the best skincare products you can afford. Take your time researching quality brands before you spend your money, and you’ll be happier with the results.

Have you believed these skincare myths?

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We’ve got the perfect gift for Dad: Father’s Day skincare!

Your dad may care more about how his skin looks and feels than you think. Men like to appear young and vibrant, and wrinkles and sagging are things they may be just as concerned about as you are.

If you’ve got an active dad, all the more reason to put skincare on your list of potential gifts. Men who are outside working and playing hard often have to deal with skin issues they’d rather not—like chafing, sunburn, dryness, and breakouts.

We’ve got some ideas below for how you can help Dad feel better inside his own skin this Father’s Day.

Father's Day Skin

Father’s Day Skincare Tip #1. Stop the Itch

Itchy skin is one thing men really don’t like. It’s uncomfortable, distracting, and often unsightly, particularly after scratching.

Itchy skin can be caused by several factors. One of the most common is dryness. When the skin lacks moisture, it can quickly become irritated, flaky, and itchy.

Pass these tips along to Dad to help treat dry, itchy skin:

  • Get a gentle liquid cleanser for him—one that has moisturizers in it. Men often don’t think twice about their cleansers and simply use whatever soap is around. But soap is drying, as are liquid cleansers that have harsh detergents and fragrances in them. Find a creamy body wash that will get rid of dirt and grime while keeping skin hydrated.
  • Give him some of our Rescue + Relief Spray. It helps immediately calm the itch while providing cooling moisture. Plus it doesn’t have any fragrances so he won’t have to worry about a scent he doesn’t like.
  • Suggest he use our Body Repair Lotion right after his shower. Applying this soothing lotion right after a shower helps lock in moisture. He’ll get the maximum benefits this way—the lotion helps reduce itchy, flaky skin—and find that his skin soon looks and feels a lot better.
  • Give him our multi-tasking Restorative Skin Balm. It can help speed healing of chafed, red, irritated skin. He can also use it to help heal sunburned lips, cuts, scrapes, and rough chapped hands, and to help soothe skin after a tattoo.

Father’s Day Skincare Tip #2: Soothe the Burn

Studies suggest that men, when they are severely sunburned, are more at risk of developing melanoma—the most serious type of skin cancer—than women. That means your dad needs to be careful to protect his skin when he’s out in the sun.

  • Give him safe sunscreen. Look for formulas made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are less likely to penetrate the skin and cause damage than chemical sunscreens like avobenzone. Then choose one with an SPF of 30 or higher, and encourage Dad to use it every time he goes out in the sun, particularly on sensitive areas like the ears, back of the neck, nose, and belly. If he’s losing his hair, don’t forget those bald spots. They can be particularly painful if they burn.
  • Keep the Rescue + Relief Spray in the refrigerator. This soothing spray helps remove heat on contact. Keep it in the refrigerator for Dad to use to cool hot skin on a summer day. Since it includes our potent Tri Rescue Complex, which is infused in an aloe emulsion, it can help soothe and heal skin after a sunburn. Apply frequently!
  • It’s important to moisturize any skin that has been burned. It can help reduce peeling and flaking and encourage faster healing. Start with our Rescue & Relief spray and then follow with our Calming Moisture for burns on the face and scalp, and our Body Repair Lotion for other areas of the body.

Tri-Rescue Complex for Men

Skincare Tip #3: Banish the Breakouts!

Hot summer weather causes the skin to produce more oil. Combine that with sweat and grime and you have the perfect conditions for acne breakouts.

If your dad suffers from summer breakouts, try these tips:

  • Make sure his sunscreen is oil-free. Some sunscreen products can encourage breakouts if they clog pores.
  • Cleanse carefully. Men may be tempted to wash repeatedly during the summer months to avoid acne, but this can backfire. Washing strips the skin of its natural oils, causing it to produce more in response. Instead, choose a clarifying cleanser twice a day. Look for those with salicylic acid or tea tree oil (if your dad’s skin isn’t sensitive to it). Outside of that, choose a clean towel or wet towelette to remove excess oil and sweat.
  • Don’t stop moisturizing. Skin still needs moisture in the summer. The key is to use a light, non-clogging moisturizer. Our Calming Moisture will help balance skin oils without exacerbating breakouts.
  • Avoid triggers. For some men, tight-fitting clothing can trigger breakouts. Use loose-fitting clothing with natural fibers. Petroleum or mineral oil skin products can also make acne worse. Choose CV Skinlabs products to avoid that issue.

Father’s Day Skincare Tip #4: Prevent the Psoriasis Flare-Ups

Although some sunshine can be good for psoriasis, air-conditioning and chlorine in swimming pools can trigger a flare-up.

To help Dad avoid that discomfort, share these tips:

  • Be cautious with the sun. Some sun exposure will be good for your skin. Just make sure you don’t burn. Even a mild sunburn can cause a major psoriasis flare-up.
  • Protect against bug bites. But bites cause everyone to suffer itchy skin, but that itching is a lot worse if you have psoriasis. Be sure to use bug repellant when outdoors. And if you get a bit or run into some poison ivy, apply our Restorative Skin Balm for a speedy recovery.
  • Rinse off and moisturize after swimming. Swimming can provide some relief from psoriasis symptoms, but the chlorine in the water can also dry out your skin. Just be sure to rinse off and apply a safe skin moisturizer immediately after getting out of the water. Use our Body Repair Lotion to provide moisturizing comfort – it’s full of moisturizing, healing and soothing ingredients to provide comfort to dry, itching skin.
  • Keep cool. Sweating, particularly on the face and scalp, can trigger a flare-up. Try to stay inside when the temperatures are high. If that’s not possible, keep our Rescue + Relief Spray with you to cool down skin on the face and scalp, dry off frequently with a clean towel, and drink water to stay hydrated.

Do you have ideas for skincare solutions for Dad this Father’s Day?

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Have you noticed your hair thinning over the past few years? You may think it’s just a part of getting older, but what if you’re wrong?

I’m sure you’ve heard all sorts of hair loss myths in your day. “You need to cut your hair short, or it’ll fall out!” “Brushing your hair 100 times a day will make it thicker!” “If you don’t shampoo, your scalp will get greasy and have dandruff!”

There are a lot of myths out there about hair loss. Maybe you’ve heard that cutting your hair will make it grow back thicker. Or that only men experience baldness.

Approximately 50% of both men and women experience hair loss at some point in their lives. There are plenty of causes of alopecia (the medical term for hair loss), including genetics, daily stresses, and an unhealthy diet. Unlike the environmental causes that we can very well control, hereditary hair loss isn’t something that can be easily treated

Take androgenic alopecia, for instance. This inflammatory condition boasts heritability estimates of over 80%, and affect over 40% of adult men and women. This disorder is a response to excessive activation of the androgen receptor, an important component that regulates the development and growth of your hair follicles. Due to this abnormal activation, the hair follicles begin to shrink and reduce in size, which is why the hair appears thinner until no more grows back eventually.

In this post, we are going to debunk eight of the most common hair loss myths and set the record straight. So whether you’re suffering from hair loss yourself or know someone who is, make sure to read on!

Myth 1: Young People Cannot Suffer From Hair Loss

We get a lot of questions about young people and hair loss. In fact, one-third of all those afflicted with hair loss are under the age of 30. The truth is that everyone can experience noticeable thinning at any point in their lives due to several different reasons.

Young people experience hair loss for various reasons, just as older adults do. In fact, some of the most common causes include:

  • stress from school or work
  • hormonal changes due to menstruation, pregnancy, or childbirth
  • genetics and family history
  • normal ageing process
  • side effects from certain medications, such as birth control pills and antidepressants

So no matter what your age, if you are experiencing hair loss or noticed that it has gotten thinner, please consult a hair care specialist. There are treatments available that can help!

Myth 2: Genetic Hair Loss Is Inherited From The Maternal Side

If you’ve ever asked around, you’ve probably heard that it may be a hereditary condition that’s been passed down from your maternal side of the family. This isn’t entirely false, but it’s not entirely true either.

While hair loss may be hereditary, there is no research that proves that hair loss inheritance is entirely from the maternal side – it can either be paternal or maternal.

Myth 3: Washing And Shampooing Your Hair Can Cause Hair Loss

Nothing is further from the truth! If you don’t wash your hair regularly, your hair follicles can get clogged with oil and sweat, impeding hair growth.

However, washing your hair too frequently with a shampoo that contains harsh chemicals might cause further hair loss.

If you have a very oily scalp, use a mild shampoo made of natural ingredients or a shampoo specifically formulated for daily use.

In addition, if you’re experiencing an excessive amount of flaking and dandruff, try changing up your shampoo and washing routine before resorting to drastic measures like medication or surgery.

Myth 4: Taking Vitamins Can Help With Hair Growth

There are countless supplements and vitamins out there with promises to help you grow thicker, healthier hair. But the truth is that none of them work. While it’s possible for some vitamins and minerals to promote healthy hair growth in conjunction with a well-balanced diet, there is no evidence that any single vitamin or supplement will be effective on its own.

Myth 5: Getting Frequent Haircuts Can Help Your Hair Grow Back Quicker

You may have heard that getting frequent haircuts will make your hair grow back thicker, but this is simply not true. Rather, it’s better to get your haircut every six to eight weeks, depending on the rate at which it grows. This way, you are always looking clean and put together without breaking the bank.

Myth 6: Wearing A Hat Can Make You Go Bald

Wearing a hat doesn’t cause hair loss. If you find strands of hair in your cap, it is likely that you’ve already shed the hair, and it found its way into your hat.

However, let us point out that if you wear a tight cap on a daily basis, traction alopecia, a condition where gradual hair loss, caused by constant stretching or pulling of the hair, may occur.

You can don your precious baseball cap without any worries, as long as it is not too tight or worn for excessively long hours.

Myth 7: Being Out In The Sun Causes Hair Loss

It may feel otherwise, but even if your head feels like it is on fire after hours of sun exposure at the beach, prolonged exposure to UV rays is not a direct cause of hair loss.

However, if your hair gets lighter after long periods of sun exposure, it may be a sign of damage of your hair getting dry.

As for women, those who are undergoing pregnancy or post-pregnancy should try to avoid exposing their scalps to the sun. Pregnant and post-pregnant women may find themselves experiencing painful and painful scalps, partly due to fluctuated hormones and increased sebum production. This increases the scalp’s sensitivity, which may trigger and worsen hair loss. While it may not be a direct cause of hair loss, it’s no doubt a contributing factor – so be sure to protect your scalp from the sun whenever possible.

Myth 8: Hair Loss Is Irreversible

Hair loss can be due to several external factors like stress or environmental changes. It can also be due to dramatic changes to your body like childbirth, menopause, and an oily scalp.  It can be very disheartening to see continued hair fall, especially when it’s hard to pinpoint the exact cause.

But fret not! The truth is that hair loss isn’t always permanent. Hair follicles can recover and hair can grow back, especially with the right care!

Yun Nam Hair Care has been helping Singaporeans combat hair loss for decades, with many glowing reviews from happy, satisfied customers.

They have perfected the use of herbs and plants found in the remote Yun Nam region, home to 17,000 species of plants. After extensive research and development, Yun Nam has adapted the use of these herbs and plants to suit Singapore’s tropical climate and provide their customers with top-notch hair care.

Book an appointment with Yun Nam and have a team of dedicated hair care specialists attend to your hair health now!

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3 Steps to Stop Eye Shadow Creasing

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There are three key steps to prevent your eye shadow from creasing and to make sure you have perfect, long-lasting lids: conceal, prime and color. We’ve all had that moment, around 3:00 pm, when you catch a glimpse of your reflection and realize the eye shadow you spent extra time on that morning melted, faded or creased. Luckily, with experience comes wisdom, and we have the perfect three-step process to help you stop eye shadow creasing.

nude eye shadow kit with pearls and perfume

1. Conceal (with Foundation)

First, start by concealing your under-eyes. This will ensure your makeup look is the main focus, not under-eye puffiness or dark circles. Here’s the trick, apply PurePressed Base or Amazing Base to your face and under-eye area before you pick-up your concealer. “Why?” you may ask. Well, our multi-tasking powder foundations are 4-in-1 products. They’re of course a foundation, but they also contain broad spectrum SPF protection, have skincare benefits and, yes, work as a concealer. Whether you prefer using pressed or loose powder, you will be able to get a good start at disguising dark circles. Therefore, you can use less concealer, avoiding the risk of it creasing underneath your eyes. When you do apply concealer, less is more. Also, apply it after you finish your eye makeup to clean-up any potential fall-out from your eye shadow. Here’s a quick refresher to help you choose an under-eye concealer:

2. Prime

Once you’ve prepped under your eyes with foundation, swipe on some Smooth Affair for Eyes to prime your eyelids. This product not only gives a sheer wash of color, but it also helps powder eye shadows stay all day. Priming also helps stop eye shadow creasing, smudging or caking throughout the day. As an added bonus, our eyelid primers also minimize the appearance of eyelid texture (ahem, fine lines and wrinkles), making your eyelids the perfect canvas for any eye shadow look.

3. Color and Definition

You’ve concealed. You’ve primed. Now, you’re ready for some C-O-L-O-R. Complete your look with our eye shadows, eyeliners and mascaras. Our trick to choosing the right color is to select eye makeup in a shade that is on the opposite side of the color wheel from your eye color. Need some suggestions? Here’s a quick refresher on the best eye shadow shades for your eye color. When applying eye shadow, make sure to apply the lighter shades to the parts you want to bring forward or highlight and apply the darker shades to the areas you want to recede. So, if you have deep set eyes, apply lighter shades closer to your eye not your brow bone to help bring your eye forward. If you want to create the illusion of a lifted brow, add a light, highlighter shade to your brow bone.

Need Inspiration?

If you need inspiration, visit our gallery to see how our friends are using our eye shadows to create stand-out looks. Share your fabulous eye makeup looks with us on Instagram for your chance to be featured in the gallery, too. Make sure to tag @janeiredale and #BeautyWithBrilliance.

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