Thursday, April 24, 2014

Skin Care Tips for Your 40s

Cleure skincare woman with healthy skin in 40s

Throughout our lives, we have different goals with our skin. We go from fighting acne in our teens to fighting wrinkles as we age. Once a woman enters her 40s, however, her skin has an entirely new set of needs. During this time, estrogen begins to decline and the skin loses moisture, which can cause skin to thin out and lose elasticity, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.

Because your skin is undergoing a new set of changes, now’s the time to rethink your skin care routine. Take a look at these tips for keeping your skin healthy and beautiful:
  1. Moisturize — Your skin needs all the hydration it can get right now. If you haven’t already, you should add a day cream and a night cream to your beauty routine. If you have sensitive skin, this is especially important because dry skin is often more sensitive to irritants. While you’re hydrating your skin, don’t forget to hydrate your body. Drinking enough water can help your skin retain the moisture that will keep it healthy. 
  2. Fight Wrinkles — If you’re one of the lucky ones who hasn’t seen a wrinkle yet, you’ll probably start seeing these lines appear during this time in your life. The loss of estrogen we described earlier causes a decline in skin elasticity, making you more susceptible to wrinkles. If you’re seeing wrinkles around your eyes, try our Eye Repair Gel to help decrease the appearance of those fine lines. 
  3. Cleanse — Your skin may frustrate you more than ever in your 40s. You might think that having wrinkles means you’ll be immune to acne, but you would be surprised. If you’re looking for a way to cleanse your skin while keeping it hydrated, we recommend our Dry Sensitive Skin Cleanser to condition your skin while removing oil and debris. 
  4. Protect — It’s more important now than ever to protect your skin from sun damage. Make sure to apply a safe sunblock to your skin each day to prevent damage from UVA and UVB rays. 
What are your biggest skincare challenges in your 40s? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Guide to Plastic Bottle Safety and Your Skin Care

Plastic bottles and jars are used universally for personal care, cosmetics and skin care. If you have ever considered their safety or how plastic containers can affect you, you're not alone.  This article will guide you to which type to spend your money on.

To be a wise shopper and help prevent sensitive skin, it's important to learn what's safe and what is not, for your whole family.

Plastic is light weight, and less expensive than glass. Some are safe while others not safe.  All do contain a symbol on the bottom to identify their type. From that symbol, you can learn if they are safe, recyclable, and what they are meant for.

Dermatologists agree certain ingredients in personal care, skin care and cosmetics can lead to sensitive skin.  Therefore, it's very important to know what ingredients are in your skin care, personal care and makeup products, even what the container is made of.

Some plastics can leach chemicals into the product they contain. Make it a habit to check the tubes, jars and bottles you buy that contain your food and sensitive skin care and personal care products.

Plastic Container Safety - the Good Guys

 #1 PETE - Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is commonly used for most bottled water, soda, cooking oils, juice, and other foods. This type of plastic is the safest as long as it's not exposed to heat, such as left in the sun, or reused. When reused, exposed to heat or left in the sun, this type of plastic can leach the chemical phthalate. Phthalates have been linked to be hazardous to health. As long as not exposed to heat, they are safe, and easily recycled for a variety of products. - Recycling of PETE: Picked up through most curbside recycling programs. - Recycled into: Fleece, fiber, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, straps

 #2 HDPE - High-density polyethylene is used for milk, larger water bottles, detergent bottles, oil, personal care product bottles, and toys plastic bags. This plastic type is considered as generally safe. It is recycled for a variety of products. - Recycling of HDPE: Picked up through most curbside recycling programs, although some allow only those containers with necks. - Recycled uses: Laundry detergent bottles, oil bottles, pens, recycling containers, floor tile, drainage pipe, lumber, benches, doghouses, picnic tables, fencing

 #4 LDPE - Low-density polyethylene is used for squeezable tubes and other uses. Not known to leach any harmful chemicals. Not as widely recycled as #1 and #2. - Recycling of LDPE: LDPE is not often recycled through curbside programs, but some communities will accept it. Plastic shopping bags can be returned to many stores for recycling. - Recycled Uses: Trash can liners and cans, compost bins, shipping envelopes, paneling, lumber, landscaping ties, floor tile #5 PP - Polypropylene is used for deli soup containers, yogurt containers, drinking straws, baby diapers, Rubbermaid containers, some plastic baby bottles, hot liquids, ketchup bottles and other cloudy plastic bottles. Stabilizers in polypropylene may leach from the plastic. This is sometimes recycled.

 Unsafe Types of Plastics - the Bad Guys

 #3 V or PVC - Vinyl/polyvinyl chloride is used for vegetable oil bottles, Appalachian Mountain spring water, and some plastic squeeze bottles. May leach hormone-disrupting chemicals di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP). It is not recyclable.

  #6 PS - Polystyrene is used for most opaque plastic cutlery, plastic plates, cups, styrofoam and meat packaging. May leach styrene, which may cause cancer. Not recyclable.

  #7 OTHER - Polycarbonate contains bisphenol-A (BPA) and is used mostly for plastic baby bottles, five gallon water jugs, teething rings, pacifiers, re-usable sports bottles, clear "sippy" cups, some clear plastic cutlery, and inner lining of food cans. BPA has been linked to human breast cancer cell growth, since it mimics estrogen. Not recyclable.

 Aluminum Tubes for Toothpaste Tubes that are lined with aluminum are often used for toothpaste, specially those with fluoride. This type of tube, called laminate, may leach aluminum into the paste, if the tube cracks or splits.

 For years Tom's of Maine has used 100% aluminum tubes and maintained that it was safe. However, since 2011, they are moving away from these to plastic tubes.

 Cleure Tubes and Bottles Most brands use tube manufacturers in China, where guidelines and standards are not as strict as in the USA. Cleure tubes and bottles are made in the USA and are free of BPA. All Cleure tubes, jars and bottles are either #1, 2, or 4, and are recyclable and safe for their intended use.

Cleure, the clean & pure choice

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Gluten-Free Beauty Favorites

Spring is well under way, and we thought it would be a good idea to get you a little prepared for the outdoor season. We created the perfect Polyvore set to serve as a gluten-free beauty guide for the warm spring and summer weather. Take a look at our beauty favorites here:

  1. Catarzi Exclusive ASOS Floppy Hat – The floppy hat is all the rage this upcoming season. Although there are a wide variety of styles and materials - such as fedora, canvas and straw - to choose from, we love the idea of taking a tough winter material like wool to juxtapose it with spring. Not only does it put the cherry on top of your spring wardrobe but it also serves a functional purpose, which is to block the sun’s harmful UV rays.

  2. Cleure Gluten-Free Day Cream – The summer heat has a tendency to dry out your skin, so it’s important to continuously keep your skin moisturized throughout the day. The skin around your face is especially sensitive, so try our day cream to keep moisturized. Enriched with shea butter, antioxidants and essential vitamins, Cleure’s all natural face moisturizer will have your radiant skin thanking you for taking such great care of it!

  3. Cleure Gluten-Free Natural Bronzer – With our all natural, gluten-free bronzer, we are excited to say that we can literally give you a natural sun-kissed look. All of our products, bronzer included, are free of any potentially irritating ingredients. The mineral bronzer is made for easy use with a shaker top, and its multi-application use allows it to function as eyeshadow, eyeliner, contour color and much more.

  4. Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush – We give this paddle brush major stars for its versatility. This hair brush is an excellent detangling tool that massages the scalp to energize and calm you simultaneously. It’s also a great every day, well-rounded brush for daily brushing or blow-drying and styling. Keep your mane in check through the summer heat with Aveda’s paddle brush, and don’t let that frizz get the best of you!

  5. Tory Burch turtle sunglasses – This spring, we are obsessed with turtle sunglasses. In whatever shape or form you choose them in, simply choose turtle. This vintage look is finally making its rounds and coming back for its time in the spotlight.

  6. Cleure Gluten-Free Lip Balm – You have your sun-kissed look on lock, but that all goes for naught if your lips themselves aren’t kissable. Cleure’s gluten-free lip balm is formulated with shea and cocoa butter to give your lips maximum moisture and hydration. Shea butter is known to be a natural sunscreen, so don’t be afraid to pucker up under the sun!

  7. Cleure Gluten-Free Sunscreen – We saved the best for last, because we cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your skin protected from UV rays from the sun. Not only do those rays encourage wrinkles, but they can significantly increase your chance for skin cancer. Cleure’s SPF 30 sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection, made with 100% shea butter for moisture as well. It is made with non-irritating and hypoallergenic ingredients and can be used on any age or skin type.

We loved sharing some of our favorite beauty trends with you. Now it’s your turn to tell us yours. Comment below!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fun Nail Polish Ideas for Spring

Spring is here, which means now is the time to update your nail polish for the new season. This time of the year is great for trying out new trends and shades, so you can find something that’s totally you.

There are a few big trends already emerging this spring, and they look like so much fun:

  • Stripes — Add a base coat in whatever nail polish color you’d like and then pick a contrasting color to stripe across it. Try vertical, horizontal or diagonal stripes to find a look that’s completely yours.
  • Subtle Ombré — Remember the ombré trend that took the nail polish world by storm last year? Well, it’s back and it’s a little more subdued. Find two shades that aren’t too different from one another and bring the ombré trend back.
  • Sparkle and Shimmer — There’s no better time to shimmer than spring! As with the ombré trend, you’ll want to keep this style subdued. Opt for a polish with a soft shimmer, like our All that Glitters nail polish, and add a little style to your next cocktail hour.

Try these colors this spring for a look that’s on-trend while still offering enough customizability to be as unique as you are:

  • Skin-Toned — Find a high-gloss polish that’s a close match to your skin tone, and flaunt those stunning nails!
  • Bright Shades — Let your nails do all the talking with bright colors that attract attention from across the room.
  • Pastel — Celebrate Easter with nails that resemble colorful Easter eggs. You can make this style all yours by trying a different color on each finger or keeping them all one shade.
  • Blue-Green — Create an under-the-sea look by blending blue and green into a dreamy spring shade.

Don’t forget, healthy nails are beautiful nails, so be sure to give your nails all of the nutrition and hydration they need. Body care products such as emu oil can help you soften your nail beds and keep your skin and nails healthy.

What nail trends are you most looking forward to this spring? Let us know in the comments below!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How To Keep Long Hair Healthy

Keeping your hair healthy while it’s long can be a difficult process. It requires dedication, patience, caution and diligence - but the payoffs can be great! Long, beautiful hair attracts a lot of positive attention, and it gives you the opportunity to experiment with plenty of fun hairdos and styles.

Here are our best tips for keeping your long hair as healthy as possible:

  • Get a trim. Exposure to the environment can often leave the ends of your hair weak and unhealthy, which makes your hair more prone to breakage. Left long enough without being cut, that breakage will travel upwards. Counteract this effect by getting a trim every four to eight weeks. Trimming your hair will help your hair continue to grow at an even speed.
  • Take a supplement. Hair, skin and nails supplements are full of vitamins essential to helping you grow healthy hair. Add one of these supplements into your daily routine to give your hair the nutritional boost it needs to stay healthy.
  • Use a shampoo that’s right for your skin. Sensitive skin doesn’t stop with your face, so if you experience allergies to certain ingredients, keep those ingredients away from your scalp, too. Looking for a shampoo that won’t irritate your skin? Our Volumizing Shampoo leaves out potentially irritating ingredients like salicylates, gluten, parabens and fragrances.
  • Try a replenishing conditioner. Our hair can be easily damaged by shampooing too often, using irritating hair products and unprotected exposure to the environment. Give your hair the healthy moisture it needs to stay in top condition with a replenishing conditioner, and watch how silky it becomes.
  • Keep a healthy diet. What you put inside your body affects the outside. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water to give your hair the nutrients and hydration it deserves.
  • Avoid applying heat. You’ve heard this already, but it bears repeating: Don’t use heated styling tools on your hair. Applying heat from a straightener, curling iron or blow dryer damages your tresses, so try to limit their use as much as possible. When you do have to use one of these tools, consider adding a layer of tissue paper around your tools to prevent direct contact with your hair. Additionally, turn the heat down: Temperatures of 270 degrees and higher damage your hair the most.

Do you have long hair? What are your best tips for keeping it healthy? Let us know in the comments below!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Why You Should Start Early to Prevent Wrinkles

Many people probably wonder when exactly they should start looking into an anti-aging skin care regimen. Are your 20s too early? If you wait till your 40s, will that be too late? The answer is simple. You should start as early as possible. Now, this doesn’t mean subjecting your skin to rigorous procedures like Botox or chemical peels. We simply mean that you should take preventative measures based on your age, skin type and lifestyle, whether those methods be through commercial products like anti-aging creams or more natural decisions like wearing a hat out in the sun.

What many young women don’t even realize is that all of those daily activities and emotions contribute to the emergence of wrinkles. Having a picnic outside, frowning too much, sleeping on the sides of your face, flirting, laughing and just living life causes wrinkles. However, the biggest wrinkle-inducing culprit of them all is not age, it’s the sun. Any average Joe or Jane will experience sun exposure at least once per day, and any unprotected exposure to its powerful UV rays will be a detriment to your skin. These rays are so powerful that they reach past cloudy skies, tinted windshields and even the cold of winter. Other factors that cause to the degeneration of your skin cells are skin inflammation/irritation, cellular oxidation from the sun & pollution and other environmental factors.

With daily skin care maintenance, you lower the risk of experiencing health complications such as skin cancer, infections or diseases on top of adding the benefits of healthier and smoother looking skin. The worst thing you can do when trying to prevent visible aging is ignore your skin. Just like receiving a flu shot to avoid catching the flu, you should take care of your skin to prevent future health issues or skin degradation. And in terms of when to start investing in specific anti-aging products, it usually depends on your skin type. The drier your skin, the earlier you should start; the more oily your skin, the later you can push it back. If your skin type is focused towards the middle, called combination skin, you should start considering use of these products in your early to mid 20s.

At Cleure, we offer a few products for basic skin care and wrinkle prevention:
Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
SPF 15 & 30 with safe and natural zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
Made with 100% shea butter
Deflects and blocks the sun’s rays
Choose for dry, oily or combination skin
Gently lift away makeup and debris
All-in-one face and body wash
Helps reduce and prevent acne, or dry skin
Moisturizer for Day and Night
Rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins for healthy, radiant skin
Hydrates and revitalizes with added shea butter
Not comedogenic - does not clog pores
Eye Repair Gel
With sodium hyaluronate to gently help boost elasticity and hydration
Fruit acids (gentler form of glycolic acid) help retain moisture to help your skin feel smooth and soft
With gentle care and daily attention, you’ll notice a healthier and more gradual aging process take place. The less you neglect your skin now, the less you’ll have to worry about reversing the aging process in the future.

How do you protect your skin? Let us know in the comments!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Skin Care Tips for Transitioning into Spring

The groundhog might have told us that there are six more weeks of winter, but now’s the time to start thinking about getting your skin care routines ready for spring! Our skin has different needs during the winter than the spring, so now is a great time to think about which products to keep, which new products to introduce and how your routines affect your skin.

Here are some of our best tips for making the skin care transition into spring:

  1. Make sure you’re using lighter skin care products. Once spring rolls around, you won’t need such heavy products and moisturizers because there should be a little more humidity in the air.
  2. Consider less frequent exfoliation. During the winter, our skin is often drier and requires a little more exfoliation, but our skin is often healthier in the spring, meaning you don’t need to exfoliate as often.
  3. Be sure you’re using sunscreen. Hopefully, you already know that it’s important to wear sunscreen even in winter, but if you relaxed a little on applying your sunscreen this winter, it’s now time to get back in the habit. Sunscreen helps prevent premature aging, skin cancer and more, so be sure to slather up every morning.
  4. Integrate a lightweight, effective cleanser in your skincare routine. In addition to added humidity, spring means being outside more. Both of those changes make a cleanser even more important than usual. Cleure’s Dry Sensitive Skin Cleanser is perfect for keeping your skin clean without stripping away natural oils, and it leaves out all of those potentially harmful ingredients found in some other cleansers.
  5. Update your makeup. Spring is a great time to transition to mineral makeup, if you haven’t already. Mineral makeup can look so much better on your skin as the humidity goes up, so this is a great opportunity to make that change!
  6. Continue to drink plenty of water. Just because it’s a little more humid outside now doesn’t mean you should lighten up on water consumption. Staying hydrated keeps your skin soft and bright, instead of dry and dull.

What are your best tips for transitioning to the spring? Any we missed? Let us know in the comments below!