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

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
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:
My Gluten-Free Beauty Favorites
  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!