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Here Are Some of the Best Ingredients for Acne-Prone Skin
If your acne's got you feeling down in the dumps, don't worry — you're not alone. Acne afflicts over 50 million Americans at any given time. Presenting in both teenagers and adults, it can be caused by everything from stress to genetics. Most importantly, acne is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. However, in some cases, it can be painful and may require intensive medication.
If you're looking for ways to treat your acne, you may be wondering what kind of products you need. Some ingredients are specially formulated to treat acne gently and effectively and we quickly run through them below.
AHAs and BHAs
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids are the anti-acne dream team. These gentle chemical exfoliants can be found in everything from cleansers and toners to moisturizers and even masks. The most common AHA, glycolic acid, even buffs away cells on the surface to reveal newer and healthier-looking skin underneath. Salicylic acid is the most common BHA and is a key ingredient in nearly every skincare routine for acne. It reaches deep into the skin to clean pores and control sebum production. When combined with moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, it works to prevent future breakouts.
This anti-acne superstar is a form of Vitamin A that, like BHAs, deep-cleans your skin to remove dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oil. At the same time, it actively promotes skin cell renewal. As a result, it's also a potent anti-aging ingredient. Though it comes in more concentrated forms, it can also be integrated into a natural skincare routine. Take Graydon Skincare's Fullmoon Serum for example, which is our Best Serum Gold Winner for 2021. Completely vegan and cruelty-free, it uses retinol derived from moth beans to soothe your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Tea tree oil
This natural ingredient is just as effective as AHAs and BHAs, but works over a longer time frame. Its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties can calm acne flare-ups and prevent lesions. As an oil, it moisturizes the skin, preventing the build-up of excess sebum. Tea tree oil also promotes skin cell turnover to lighten discoloration caused by acne, making it great for double-cleansing. This method involves cleansing with both oil and soap and can be especially beneficial for those who wear makeup to cover their acne.
Since acne is an inflammatory disease, this natural ingredient can thus tame breakouts more effectively without using harsh chemicals. Its antioxidants and active tannins can dry out both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne, control oil production, kill the P. acnes that thrive within that oil, and even tighten pores to firm up the skin. As a result, it's best used as a toner — like those offered by Thayers or Quinns — and followed up with moisturizing serums, creams, or gels.
Seminal studies have shown that hydrated skin is less prone to breakouts, so don't forget to moisturize. The best moisturizers contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring compound that attracts moisture and locks it into the skin. Acne-prone skin has a very thin lipid layer that is reinforced by this ingredient, which prevents oiliness and future acne flare-ups. As a result, you might see a reduced appearance in acne scars.
However, having the right ingredients won't be enough to counter your acne. It can take a few months for them to take effect, so what you need the most is the discipline to power through. Ultimately, your skin will thank you for it!
Foreo - Scandinavia's cult classic beauty device
Wow! We are amazed at how many entries have been coming in for the 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards. If you haven’t entered your brand yet, don’t worry there’s still time as you can enter until November 25th 2021.
Then on December 20th 2021 the winners will be announced online (in our free online magazine and on the website). We can’t wait! It’s even more exciting than Christmas for us! Really! Well, as exciting then!
Much like in previous years we have received a very high calibre of products. As I mentioned in the last blog, Scandinavia is known for high quality minimalist products so expectations for these awards are high! We really love the Scandinavian approach to beauty and to business so we are really happy to put on these awards!
To warm us up for the imminent awards, let’s look at one of the most famous Scandinavian beauty brands, Foreo, which specialises in electronic cleansing devices.
Why is Foreo a cult beauty classic? Famous across the world, in last year’s Global Makeup Awards they took Gold for Best Beauty Tool with their wonderful UFO 2.
In case you are wondering what UFO 2 does, here are some more details. Described on their website as “A beauty spa in the palm of your hand” the UFO 2 devices provides instant warming which enables mask ingredients to infuse deep below the skin’s surface before cooling which assists the shrinking of the skin’s pores. It also features a full spectrum LED light which reduces signs of aging and helps to revitalize skin. Finally, it also includes a massage function which relaxes muscle tension points and boosts skin radiance.
Founded in a little office in Sweden in 2013, Foreo has quickly grown from a team of two to a worldwide team of 3000! They’ve sold over 36 million products to date and have customers in more than 75 countries. Their first product, LUNA, a sonic and silicone facial cleansing brush, was launched in 2013 and revolutionised the beauty industry by incorporating technology into people product application regimes.
If this sounds like the founders have a trailblazing attitude then you won’t be surprised to hear that the ethos at Foreo is built upon a ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude and the ever-growing team is carefully selected based on traits including a commitment to innovation. However, another important aspect of their philosophy is a commitment to kindness, decency and having fun. I think this really comes across in their brand and their products. The products are exciting so naturally the company is an exciting place to work!
If you are already a Foreo fan then probably not much of this is news to you but if you haven’t yet checked them out, please do so! You won’t be disappointed!
So once again don’t forget that entries are still open for the 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards. You have until November 25th 2021 to enter!
Thanks again for joining me for another blog and see you again soon!
Ciao for now!
Hi again everyone,
Please don’t forget to enter the 2021 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards - Entries close on 25 November.
In today’s post I would like to take a look back at ChitoCare Beauty, an Icelandic beauty brand from the 2020 Scandinavian Global Beauty Awards. Iceland is not the biggest country in the world yet it is teeming with high-quality beauty brands. Those guys at ChitoCare Beauty really know what they’re doing!
They won the category of: BEST FACE MASK GOLD WINNER with ChitoCare Beauty's fantastic Serum Mask. This serum mask is 100% biodegradable so it is responsible for the environment too. In fact, when using this mask while in the bath, you can leave it to dissolve into the bath water to hydrate the skin on your body as well.
For over 20 years they have been using a state of the art ingredients for their products: chitin and chitosan (sourced from the shell of North Atlantic Coldwater Shrimps) manufactured in Siglufjordur Iceland. Using modern and sophisticated technology, they source natural products all year round. The serum mask also contains Hyaluronic Acid which leaves the skin feeling moisturised and hydrated.
Much like their compatriots, ChitoCare Beauty are heavily focussed on creating natural beauty products in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable fashion. They closely follow Icelandic governmental regulations around ocean sustainability, always taking the health of the planet and the lives of future generations into consideration.
So, as we have seen, in addition to being one of the most beautiful and magical places in the world, Iceland is also disproportionately important to the world of skincare and natural beauty. There is a common thread that runs through their brands which is an apparent love for their country, a passion for high-quality products and a genuine, authentic consideration of the environment. They very much seem to have a long-term view when it comes to business and don’t like to take short-cuts or cheaper/easier alternatives for their ingredients.
So, that brings us to the end of today’s blog! Thanks so much for joining me once again.
As ever, ciao for now!
American Beauty Awards 2021
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We announced the winners to the USA Global Makeup Awards and as ever we were astounded by the entries from so many American Beauty brands who entered this years American Beauty Awards. All winners are promoted in our beauty magazine Global Makeup Magazine, and you can read each edition for free by clicking the above image.
Looking at the full scope of 'Made in USA' beauty brands, this season's magazine looks at America's best beauty brands. We also look in detail at what 'Made in USA' really means.
We had entries for skincare, beauty, hair care, body care and of course makeup. A range of incredible brands entered who we will be looking at in more detail over the next month from our blogger Daniel who reviews the brands who enter our beauty awards each year. As editor though, I really found the Best Shampoo / Conditioner entries really fun this year and loved all three of the following:
BEST SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER GOLD WINNER
Gold Dream Shampoo
BEST SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER SILVER WINNER
Graydon - Matcha mint hair smoothie (conditioner and detangler)
BEST SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER BRONZE WINNER -
Farmhouse fresh Rainbow Road® Body Wash
You can read the full list of winners from the USA Global Makeup Awards on our winners page here. Certain beauty trends we saw this year was the use of Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin hydrated. There was also a push towards green beauty, natural products and vegan, which seems to be a trend which is increasing year after year. Indeed, we have a whole green and clean awards dedicated to brands like this called the Global Green Beauty Awards which will be opening in March 2022 for our third edition.
Makeup is also a big innovation in the USA. In fact, Kylie Cosmetics which is made in the USA has become the global makeup leader. We had some fabulous entries for our makeup categories. Some notable Gold Winners from our American beauty awards are the following:
BEST MASCARA GOLD WINNER -
BEST PRIMER GOLD WINNER -
Silk Canvas Protecting Primer
BEST BRONZER GOLD WINNER
Stila Caribbean Dream Bronzer Duo
Best Direct Selling Beauty Brands - with award winning products from the 2021 Global Green Beauty Awards
Hi again everyone,
Today I’d like to take a deeper look into more winners from the Global Green Beauty Awards. This time - they all have something in common - they are all from MLMs, aka Direct Selling companies. These companies aren't found in shops, but are sold by their distributors, or from the brand's website. There is a lot to squeeze in so let’s not won’t waste any time and jump straight in!
First we’ll take a look at Nu Skin, one of the world’s leading anti-aging companies and originally founded in the United States. They have recently been in the news as last week, in quick response to the current situation in Afghanistan, employees spent a day creating language learning activity sets and toys for refugees arriving in Utah. Additionally, the company made a $20,000 donation to the International Rescue Committee. This impressive act towards helping newly arrived people with a massive culture shock demonstrates not only their company values towards the current global situations but has the added effect of making employees feel like they are directly helping others in need as well as creating a new dynamic between employees, surely deepening bonds and relations.
Nu Skin were gold winners for BEST SHEA BUTTER PRODUCT with their Nu Skin Epoch® Baobab Body Butter Tube. This product is a god send for dry skin, and has a delicious scent that you won't resits.
BEST VEGAN MAKEUP BRUSH GOLD WINNER was Tropic for their EcoArtist 3in1 Eye Brush. Founder and CEO, Susie Ma, grew up in the tropical North Queensland City of Cairns in Australia. Inspired and educated by her grandmother who was a medicinal chemist and toxicologist, Susie learned that skins needs to be treated with healthy and natural ingredients. Fortunately, the tropical climate was rich in exotic plants and this has influenced the products used at Tropic.
BEST VEGAN ANTI AGEING PRODUCT GOLD WINNER went to MONAT and their Botanic Bakuchiol Lotio. Founded in 2014, Monat has three principles which it bases its practice on; the first of which is Healthy Planet as they carefully assess and audit their environmental impacts and strive to be as eco-friendly as possible, the second is Purposeful Business and Products which includes using natural and sustainable products, and the third is Joyful People and Communities.
GOLD WINNER for BEST PLANT BASED BEAUTY PRODUCT was awarded to Arbonne and their AgeWell Collagen Nurturing Serum with 2% Bakuchiol. Arbonne are committed to the link between inner and outer beauty, understanding the direct connection between the two. They combine intense scientific research with top-grade plant ingredients to create safe, clean products which they are clearly immensely proud of, and rightly so. All Arbonne products are Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Formulated Gluten-free. Their philosophy is made up of 4 key factors, all rooted in scientific research. They are-
Plant Based Ingredients
High Clean Standards
Co-development with experts
Finally, let's take a closer look at Silver Winner for MOST INNOVATIVE GREEN PRODUCT SILVER which went to Young Living for their CBD Beauty Boost. I love the way these guys describe themselves so rather than paraphrase I’ll share this wonderful statement from their website where they describe their purpose-
“We are distillers and dreamers, creators and caretakers, farmers and family. We uplift and enhance lives around the world through nature’s living energy—essential oils.”
In addition to these beautiful words, Young Living are also taking really impressive action, here are just some of their achievements so far!
99 percent landfill-free status at our largest distribution center
Green Business of the Year and Recycler of the Year (2019)
Minimising environmental impact with their packaging
Using only high-grade natural ingredients
Do check them out and all the other great brands who were winners at the 2021 Global Green Beauty Awards!
Until next time, ciao for now!
British winners from the 2021 Global Green Beauty Awards
Danny's updates on the beauty awards
Read more about the great brands who win the Global Makeup Awards and Global Green Beauty Awards. Mostly written by Dan in Lake Garda, Italy!
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