Osmosis ABC's: G - Goji Berries


Is there anything better than knowing you can use delicious fruits, not only to eat, BUT to treat your skin? Here at Osmosis we are simply obsessed with utilizing the wonderful benefits of fruit. Fruits boast healthy doses of antioxidants, enzymes, and vitamins that are just as good in your body as they are when used topically. This month for our Osmosis ABC's we are taking an in-depth look at the incredible benefits of Goji Berries. These tart, subtly sweet little gems are a powerful skincare ingredient that we love taking advantage of.  Let's dive in and see why Goji Berries are a vital skincare ingredient!

Now you understand why we love this powerful fruit. We love using this ingredient in our Colour Line, making it not only a fun makeup line, but one that treats the skin as well. Let's take a look at what products you can use to get all the benefits of our favorite berry.


Melt Away Gelee - Remove your makeup and treat your skin to the soothing, healing benefits of goji berry.

Long Wear Liquid Foundation - Let your skin soak up the benefits of this berry all while getting long lasting coverage! Multi-tasking at its finest.

Lipstick - Your lips are very sensitive, their thin skin needs a little extra loving and that is just what our lipsticks do with the firming, toning, and hydrating benefits of Goji.

Shade Moisturizing SPF - Protect your skin in more ways than one with the powerful antioxidants of goji berries. Your skin will thank you for being its body guard!

Learn where to shop for this ingredient all star here. 

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - A Look To Teal!


As you know, September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Raising awareness better prepares us to be informed on our preventative options and helps us open up a dialogue about our own reproductive health. In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we created a bold, blue, teal look to help represent #30daysofteal and help empower women to make positive choices to better their health and well-being. This one is for all the brave women out there fighting this illness. We are with you!


Step 1: Apply the base shade from Misty Blue Eye Shadow Trio with the Oval Shadow Brush.

Step 2: Using your Contour Shadow Brush, apply the mid-tone from Misty Blue Eye Shadow Trio to your crease.

Step 3: Line your upper lash line with Navy Eye Pencil, use your Eye Liner Brow Brush to wing it out.

Step 4: Using your Smudge Brush and Azure Water Color, add that teal pop to your liner by lightly pressing the color into your upper lash line.

Step 5: Using a clean Smudge Brush and Topaz Water Color, line your lower lash line. Having two different shades on top and bottom adds a ton of dimension, and makes your eye color bolder!

Step 6: Add Volume Mascara, Brow Gel and BAM! Get out there and be a bold, fierce, fighter!

All of us at Osmosis are sending positive thoughts to all of those effected by Ovarian Cancer. Wear this look, snap a pic and post it to Instagram. Hashtag #30daysofteal and #Osmosis to help spread awareness about this slow, often silent cancer. Go to www.ovariancancer.org to learn more ways to help yourself and others.

Learn where to shop this look here. 

Women's Health: An Interview With Dr. Ben Johnson

 

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of awareness, we sat down with Dr. Ben to talk about tips to aid in prevention and awareness. According to cancer.org about 22,280 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and about 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer. These statistics have an important fear factor to be aware of, ovarian cancer is not easy to detect, and unfortunately proper testing with a successful diagnosis is rare. Before we hear from Dr. Ben, let's talk about some facts.

Risk:

The general population sits at a 0.2% risk of getting ovarian cancer before the age of 50 and 0.7% risk from the ages of 50 - 70 years. While ovarian cancer has a low risk analysis, prevention and proper care of your reproductive organs is vital for a happy, long life.

If you have received genetic testing and have been diagnosed with a positive BRCA 1 or 2 mutation, your risk is higher and your prevention action plan needs to take precedent.

Symptoms:

Ovarian cancer symptoms are difficult to detect as they often mimc daily bodily issues that we tend to overlook. If you are experiencing extreme bloating that remains consistent throughout your menstrual cycle and beyond and is accompanied by pelvic and abdominal pain, please consider making an appointment with your OB/GYN. Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, as well as urgent urinary symptoms are also symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Let's now hear from Dr. Ben on prevention and how to holistically create hormonal balance to better your reproductive health.

What screenings should women start in their 20’s to protect themselves from reproductive issues?

Routine PAP smears are recommended.

Why is hormonal balance so important for women to achieve? 

Women are exposed to roughly 300,000 toxins everyday that resemble estrogen. These toxins distort their natural estrogen levels and create side effects including menstrual irregularity, early menopause, fibrocystic disease, cancer, PCOS, and endometriosis. Osmosis DIM binds these estrogen toxins to help regulate and detox the body. Hormonal balance affects all aspects of health including immune and mental health. It is a major contributor to overall well-being, youthfulness, and longevity.


What can we do to help spread awareness to ovarian cancer, a rare and difficult to detect cancer? 

In order to help spread awareness, we can learn the potential causes of this condition that may include environmental toxins, viruses and/or emotional triggers. Cancer usually involves all three components so it is vital that we each take care of ourselves, AND help take care of others' wellness.

What questions should we ask our doctors at our annual screenings to ensure we are taking care of our reproductive health?

Be sure to track any symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Some of those symptoms are;  cystic acne, hair growth in areas where hair shouldn't be, or hair loss. We should look for early signs of hormonal imbalance and address these symptoms with our doctors for their records and explore treating them holistically.

Can you tell us about the importance of internal and spiritual wellness for a better, healthier body and mind? 

The majority of cancers likely have an emotional component like fear, anger, or sadness that may encourage its creation within the body. Learning forgiveness and accepting life each day as it unfolds can lessen the chance for cancer in the future. Faith in a higher presence has proven an effective tool for some seeking spontaneous remissions. Faith alone cannot create this reality, one must also heal the emotional pain and follow their intuition when it comes to the right holistic and medical remedies for them. Coupling both holistic and western medicine can have great benefits. My suggestions to boost the effects of DIM and help restore hormonal balance are, Hormone Health, Inner Harmony, and Environmental Protection Harmonized Waters.

This month be sure to show your body that you love it, schedule a check up if you're due, do a mental symptom check list, and get involved to help spread awareness to this rare, difficult-to-detect cancer. For more information, and to learn about ways you can help,  go here. 

To learn where to shop for your hormone health go here. 

Osmosis Skincare: Your Pigment Prognosis


One day you wake up, walk to the bathroom, look in the mirror and wonder "why do I have a mustache?" Then you look closer, and wonder, "Why do I have age spots on my forehead? Those are new." Then you take another look at your upper lip and wonder...with angst, "Seriously, why do I have what appears to be a mustache?" You start plucking, but there are no hairs to be found. Yet the dark shadow of the mustache-y figure is still there, makeup doesn't cover it, you don't know what to do... Luckily for you, we have the answer to permanently take care of your pigmentation problems.

Our pigment protocol is ideal to treat pigment problems like melasma and hyperpigmentation and age spots. Pigment can be quite persnickety and very persistent. Peels, laser treatments, and sun damage can all cause pigmentation to become worse as the skin kicks into hyper active healing mode, pigment can continue to rise to the surface of your skin. Pigment can surface when hormones are imbalanced, gut is inflamed, and from sun exposure. Treating the problem from the inside out is the best way to get permanent results. Let us introduce you to our pigment obliterating line up!







Purify: This enzymatic cleanser helps remove dead skin from the surface giving you a nice clean canvas to treat.






Correct: This vitamin A serum is our level 3 treatment. Strong enough to give your skin the punch of rejuvenation it needs, but still gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Catalyst AC-11: Repairing your DNA is vital to treating pigment problems. This serum is your skin cell's reboot!

Clear Plus: One spritz of this toner will elevate your treatment serums to superpower status.

Rescue: This topical version of Restore will help minimize the appearance of age spots, soothe inflammation and promote healthier skin. Use this treatment morning and night for best results.

Restore: Restore is your internal treatment. Reducing inflammation and strengthening the immune system will help keep your skin healthy and healed. Use restore morning and night for best results!

Protect: SPF is VITAL to protecting your skin from further damage. When you are using a treatment to lighten pigment, you must wear SPF at all times and reapply consistently! Don't forget to give extra coverage with our Pressed Base.



This is your pigment protocol. We know it seems like a lot to do, BUT the success of this plan far outweighs the steps and time to utilize it! This is your sure fire way of battling pigment and WINNING! Check out our pre-made protocol page to order your routine now, for a pre-made Melasma routine go here.

Wellness: National Yoga Month





Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that yoga is one of the most popular AND beneficial workouts out there. Not only does it give your muscles, joints, and tendons and bones some love, it calms the brain and nerves while deepening your inner connection with yourself. Yoga has long been used to treat multiple physical and mental disruptions as well as to prep the body for stillness, utilized during mantra and meditation. Simple poses, held in increments provides your brain with focus, your body with strength, and your life with balance. In honor of National Yoga Month, we have put together the perfect set of poses to wake you up in the morning so you can start each day with a clear mind and full spirit.

Osmosis' National Yoga Month Stretch for Health Routine:

Upon waking, sit upright on your legs. Take 5 deep breaths and set your intentions for the day in your mind.


From your seat, move forward into child's pose. This will wake up your organs, ease lower back pain and help align your spine. Stay in this pose for 2 minutes and breathe deeply.




From Child's Pose, slowly push your body up onto all fours and breathe into Cat/Cow Pose. Cat/Cow warms up your muscles, joints, and spine all while deeply stretching out the back.  Repeat the movement up to 10 times.



From Cat/Cow move into Downward Dog. Downward Dog stretches your legs, arms, neck, and back (full body, if you will). Breathe through the pose 5 times.




From Downward Dog, move into Warrior II pose. Breathe through this 8 times, then switch to the other side.



Move into standing position and get ready for Triangle Pose. Breathe through the pose 5 times, then repeat on the other side.






Take 20 seconds per leg and hold Tree Pose. Close your eyes and focus on the intentions you set for the day.


From Tree Pose, go to knee position, moving into Camel Pose. Don't fret if this pose is too deep for you, simply modify it by sticking out your chest and abs until you feel a comfortable, deep stretch. Breathe through this pose 10 times, really focus on making room for your lungs and other organs to function, imaging the air going through your body and your body being grateful and fulfilled.

Take time this September to give yoga a chance. These simple poses are beneficial and quick. Yoga is the perfect workout to fit into a busy lifestyle. You can do these poses for as long or as little as you like, just make sure you DO them!


Once you have completed these moves, give your body and brain an extra boost of goodness with Inner Harmony Harmonized Water, then hit the ground running! We promise you will feel like a superhuman if you complete this routine every morning, look out batman er... superwoman, we're coming for you!

Osmosis Makeup: Eye Shadow Duo's Plus a Timeless Look Equals AMAZING!




Oh man! We can't help but explode with excitement over our NEW Matte Eyeshadow Duos! These brand new babies are soon going to become staples in your beauty bag (trust us)!  We are introducing these little miracles into the Osmosis Makeup family to better provide YOU with effortless, beautiful colors to bring out your own personal style and confidence. Our new matte duos are simple, natural, highly pigmented shades that fit all skin tones. Let's take a peek at how you can create a beautiful, timeless look with these new shades.


Products used to create this timeless, classic look:

Truffle Bliss Eye Shadow Duo
Mystic Mulberry Eye Shadow Duo
Charcoal Eye Pencil
Curling Mascara
Summer Rose Blush
Sweet Lip Glaze

Use these new duos for eyes, brows, and liner. They are multi-functional and ready to find a home in your beauty bag! Learn where to shop here.


Osmosis at Home: Balance your Chakra's with Color


Obtaining spiritual balance can feel like a full time job. It takes commitment and hard work to tap into yourself and provide your spirit with what it needs to flourish. Our Chakras, which represents different parts of our being, can be quite powerful when all are aligned. That is why we have designed some tips on gaining balance through color to keep your spirit happy.


Root Chakra (1): Your root chakra is located near your pelvic floor. This chakra connects you to the earth providing grounded roots in your life. To feel more grounded, place pops of red and onyx around your living room and outdoor patio. Place stones like Onyx, Ruby, and Red Jasper around things from the earth like houseplants, flowers, or outdoor rugs.


Sacral Chakra (2): Located near your reproductive organs, the Sacral Chakra connects us to our compassion, sexuality, and joy. To bring balance to this Chakra, place a vase, decorative bowl, or gem stone with orange hues in your bedroom or bathroom. Tigers eye and Fire Opal are great stones to utilize for balance of your second chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra (3): This chakra is your energy source. Associated with the fire element, your solar plexus provides confidence, cheery disposition, and self love. Decorate your space with plenty of yellow, topaz, and light orange. Citrine, Topaz, and Moonstone are great gems to add to your bathroom so they are the first thing you see upon waking up to start your day. 


Heart Chakra: (4): Our heart chakra is just as it sounds, connecting us to our outside relationships and love. A weak heart chakra can contribute to rocky relationships fueled by jealousy and anger. To gain balance and clarity to your heart chakra, surround yourself with soft pinks and greens. Rose Quartz is the perfect stone to carry with you at all times to keep your heart in line.


Throat Chakra (5): Our throat chakra give us our voice. This is our communication center which feeds off of shades of blue for balance and clarity. Blue Lace Agate and Turquoise are great colors to keep in your office or near your work space for a better sense of vocal balance.


Third Eye Chakra (6): This is our center, representing our intuition, senses, and vision of the world. A balanced third eye can provide deep insight into our lives and the lives of others. Surround yourself with shades of indigo and stones of Lapis Lazuli all around your home to feel connected to your intuition and spirit.



Crown Chakra (7): located at the base of your head, our crown chakra provides mental clarity and balance of the nerves. Amethyst is the perfect gem to sleep next to in order to quiet the mind and sooth your nervous system. Sleeping on light purple sheets wouldn't hurt either.



Take advantage of these colors to better balance your spirit. Check out our makeup to match some of these chakra shades with your looks! Now go find some gems and stones, take a deep breath, and release yourself to your chakra needs.