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
Cleansers
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!