Understanding Melasma & Holistic Solutions to Healing

Melasma is an increasingly common skin condition, predominantly in women, where we start to see dark spots of pigmentation on our skin. If you are experiencing this frustrating symptom, you're not alone! Though it is a challenging condition to treat, there is hope. We are exploring the root cause of this hyperpigmentation and how to treat it both topically and at its source for permanent change and long-term results! Stay tuned to learn all you need to know about melasma and the tools for a safe and effective protocol.

Learn the causes.
Research proves that melasma is connected to damage of the liver which can result in pigmented spots appearing on the forehead, upper cheeks and temples, lower cheeks and jawline, or around the mouth. Hormone imbalances can cause strain on the liver as well, a reason this condition is more prevalent in women, especially those who take birth control pills or who are pregnant or new mothers.

Treating at the source.
The best first step in tackling melasma is taking an internal approach with natural supplements, wellness products, diet, and lifestyle changes. We have seen great success with an anti-fungal diet, meaning it is best to steer clear of heavy yeasts and fungal foods like bread and mushrooms. We also recommend Restore, a top-selling Osmosis supplement containing a patented oxygen molecule that the body utilizes to fight off infections and repair oxidative damage, one of the key factors in healing melasma.

Holistic topical treatments.
There are many mainstream topical treatments available that offer only temporary lightening of pigmented spots, while inflicting long-term damage to the skin. These short term results do not outweigh the long-term devastation. Here at Osmosis, we pride ourselves in safe, effective, and holistic products containing natural ingredients that work with our skin.

Start with a Vitamin A: Our Vitamin A Serums utilize retinaldehyde to improve the overall health of the skin by creating an environment for remodeling through increased nutrient supply and collagen and elastin production. This helps inhibit skin pigmentation.

Repair the DNA: Catalyst AC-11 is our advanced serum that activates your natural zinc finger remodeling process. This process will bring healing to your skin and reduce pigmentation without irritation.

Reinforce with Epidermal Repair: Our revolutionary patented serum, Rescue, contains a highly active ingredient called Trioxolane which delivers a boost of immunity to the skin. This will help dramatically improve texture and appearance of age spots.

Top it off: Don't forget to top off your protocol with a spritz of your favorite Activating Mist, Clear or Clear Plus+, to ensure optimal product penetration, light hydration, and boosted results!

Protect from further damage: Lather up with SPF (during all seasons) to prevent further damage from UVA and UVB rays that can cause severe hyperpigmentation.
Though melasma can be challenging to treat, if you have patience and treat from the inside out, you will start to see permanent change and results throughout your journey! Regain your youthful, radiant glow with the full protocol here

Rosé All Day Makeup Tutorial

Fill up your glass and join us on the patio as we share one of our favorite makeup trends, the chic and fashion-forward monochromatic look! Tune in for a fab tutorial on getting a look that's perfect for patio talk, *and sip*, with the gal-pals as we enjoy the crisp change of seasons with an equally as crisp glass of Rosé! Cheers, beauties!

Beauty Brains: Toners & Activating Mists and When To Use Them

Today we're talking toners! Sometimes referred to as astringents, we call them Activating Mists, but no matter what name you give it, know that it plays an important role in your skincare routine when used correctly. We're breaking down everything you need to know about toners and how to use them!

What Toners do for your skin.
A toner is typically a water or alcohol-based (although we steer clear of this harsh stimulant) liquid that can be comprised of essential oils or plant extracts used for the purpose of balancing the skin's pH after cleansing. They can provide additional hydration, soothe the skin, and serve as an antibacterial agent as well.

What is an Activating Mist?
We often get asked if we carry a toner, or 'what is an Activating Mist?'. Well, if you're wondering, you've come to the right place! Osmosis takes a slightly different approach to a toner, but all in all, our Activating Mists are toners in essence. Instead of harsh alcohols or stimulants, our Mists are completely Harmonized Water based which uses scalar wave technology to promote healthy skin while stabilizing bacteria levels and empowering rejuvenation. The frequencies in these Mists work synergistically with the skin and your serums to optimize absorption so you get what you signed up for...results! We recommend utilizing our Activating Mists in a traditional toner fashion by spritzing after cleansing, or use it as a penetration tool in the last step of your routine to drive serums and other products deep into the dermal layer of the skin.

Clear & Clear Plus+
Clear Activating Mist promotes healthy rejuvenation through product penetration and antibacterial frequencies. Spritz 5-7 times as the last step in your daily regimen.
Clear Plus+ Activating Mist contains all the same great qualities of Clear, but with an extra boost of benefits! It is formulated with active ingredients that firm, smooth, and hydrate the skin, ensuring extra nourishment to top off your routine.

Activating Mists are a game-changer in your skincare lineup, and serve as a gentle, skin-nourishing alternative with natural ingredients as opposed to harsh irritants that many toners contain. Rejuvenate your skin with just a spritz and a splash!

Self Care Awareness Month

September is Self Care Awareness Month and this is a topic we take very seriously here at Osmosis! So many of us live such busy lives, especially as summer's leisure ends and the hustle and bustle of the coming seasons quickly approach without warning, we can easily forget about our own health and wellness (and sanity). This month, we are going to challenge every one of you to take small moments each day to take care of YOU! Whether you take two minutes here and there throughout the day to breathe and be present, or a full hour once a day to focus your mind and energy on yourself, we want to help bring awareness to the importance of self care in the midst of a fast-paced life. Read on to discover 10 small steps you can take to empower your own self care and wellness.

1. Create a morning routine.
Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Take advantage of small moments to yourself at breakfast, in the shower, or two minutes on the porch to get your mind right and prepare your body, thoughts, and energies for the day ahead. Try these quick morning stretches and yoga poses to help get you up and at 'em!

2. Get lost in a book.
Reading not only helps exercise the mind, but it also serves as a simple activity that gives you some quiet time to spend with yourself. Diving into a good book offers a moment's escape from reality so you can recharge and temporarily withdraw into your own mind.

3. Cook a meal.
If you love to cook, it can serve as a creative outlet for you. If you're like some of us, who are on the "take-out is way easier" game plan, we encourage you to give it a shot! Follow a simple recipe like one of these, and challenge yourself in the kitchen to gain a sense of accomplishment and a tasty meal to enjoy!

4. Get serious about skincare.
Your skincare routine is important. You know that. But, when you prioritize this piece of your self-care regimen, you're actually doing more than just washing your face. Set this time aside to spend with yourself and make the most of it! Turn on your favorite jams, apply a mask, and treat yourself to a daily at-home spa. You and your skin put up with a lot, you deserve it.

5. Utilize your time in the car.
Whether you commute to work or have a quick five minute drive to drop the kids off at school, utilize your time alone in the car to decompress, breathe, and center yourself for just that moment, or rock out to your favorite songs!

6. Meditate.
Meditation doesn't have to mean sitting in silence and trying to focus for hours at time. Meditation is achieving mindfulness between the physical and the spiritual and allowing yourself to reboot mentally in small moments. Not sure how to start? Find a meditation method that's right for you.

7. Treat yourself once a week.
You deserve it. Life is short. Treat yo' self. What more reason do you need? We need to stop trying to convince ourselves that we don't have time, don't "need" it, or "probably shouldn't". Within reason, give yourself one treat a week to pamper and reward yourself! We love Jennifer Anniston's Sunday routine!

8. Make time for "me time".
Prioritize your me-time in any way you can. Take a moment to yourself to walk the dog, fold the laundry, or watch your favorite TV show. Me-time can be found in the simplest tasks and will do wonders for your self care and stamina.

9. Create an evening ritual.
Just as your morning routine kick-starts your day, it is essential to create a nighttime ritual to help wind down your mind and body to prepare it for adequate rest. Try a soothing, caffeine-free tea, lavender essential oils, or an evening meditation or prayer to soothe and settle.

10. Allow expression.
One of the most important self-care practices is to allow yourself to feel and express. Society teaches us to "be tough" and that emotions equal weakness. This could not be farther from the truth. Tend to your feelings and emotions, express them freely!

Start small, and start within. Take these steps one at a time where you can and build up to all ten! Don't overlook yourself and your needs, you're important and you're worth it!

Osmosis Match-Maker: Find your Foundation

As summer comes to an end and we welcome fall with open arms, we start thinking about how to transition our makeup in order to keep up with the trends, climate, and skin tone changes that come along with the autumn weather. We're getting back to basics in celebration of our latest Colour launch of the new Performance Wear Satin Foundation! In order to successfully shift your full look from summer to fall, you'll need to start with a good foundation (pun intended!) and we've just made it simpler than ever to achieve your best Base.

Whether you're looking for a translucent finish to set your look in place or maximum coverage to stick with you all day long, you can find a variety of coverage and finishes to set the tone for the rest of your makeup look this fall!

Shop for for your flawless foundations here!

Osmosis ABC's: Sythne-6

Welcome back for another dosage of your monthly Osmosis ABC's! This month, for the letter S, we are excited to talk about one of our favorite cutting-edge ingredients, Synthe-6, also known as Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38. This technologically advanced ingredient utilizes amino acids to plump the skin, fill wrinkles, and restore health and function of the Dermal Epidermal Junction (the area of tissue that joins the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin, a.k.a. DEJ). Meet your scientific skin time machine! Read on as we uncover the multi-benefits it offers, how it works, and which Osmosis products flaunt the secret ingredient to promote ultimate age reversal.

Young, undamaged skin is rich in skin matrix components like Hyaluronic Acid, collagen, fibronectin, and laminin, keeping the skin hydrated, fuller, and with more youthful bounce. However, as we age, natural production of these begin to decrease in our bodies, resulting in visual signs of aging such as the all too familiar sagging, thinning, dryness, and wrinkles. Enter Sythne-6! One of the reasons sythne-6 is so powerful in age reversal is because of its ability to penetrate the dermal layer and work with the skin's natural functions. This incredible ingredient works by stimulating the synthesis of these multiple major components of the skin matrix and DEJ like collagen, fibronectin, laminin, and hyaluronic acid to restore elasticity and texture while nourishing for a healthy, rejuvenated complexion you'll love.

So, which Osmosis products can you turn to?

  • Our Vitamins A Serums, Calm, Correct, and Renew, feature this wrinkle-reducing superstar. Paired with our exclusive liposomal delivery system, your skin will receive the most advanced form of product penetration for visible results fast!
Pro Tip: Top these Vitamins A's off with an Activating Mist as an extra boost of penetration and moisture for even more optimized results.

  • Replenish Antioxidant Serum utilizes sythne-6 to help prevent free-radical damage and deliver age reversal benefits through a splash of skin-nourishing antioxidants.

  • Refresh Eye Serum is an all-encompassing eye treatment that not only fades dark circles, but also reduces the appearance of puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles around the eye. Guess who's responsible for the fine lines and wrinkles? You got it! Sythne-6 hard at work again.

Get your hands on these Sythne-6 superstars here!

6 Ways to Balance Your Body's pH

There are many trending diets, habits, and exercises that come in waves across the internet. Some are merely fads while others hold merit; but what it all boils down to, is the attempt to keep your body as healthy as possible from the inside out. One of the best ways to do this is to optimize your body's internal functionality by maintaining its prime pH level. When you indulge in highly acidic foods and drinks, it spikes your pH level into acidic territory which creates an environment in your body that can invite long-term illness, inflammation, and can negatively affect cellular function. Our goal should be to keep our body in the alkaline state, boosting immunity, energy, internal balance, and overall wellness! So, what are the steps we should take toward alkalizing our body so we can feel our best and ward off disease? Check out this list of food, drink, and lifestyle habits that contribute to a healthy, balanced body.

1. Greens. Making dark, leafy greens a staple in your diet will dramatically impact the alkalinity in your body. Kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli are all excellent examples of cruciferous vegetables that will not only help balance your pH levels, but in doing so, can reduce your risk of various cancers. Popeye had it right all along!
PRO TIP: If you're not a veggie eater, Environmental Detox features DIM, an ingredient derived from cruciferous vegetables and delivers the same benefits!

2. Nix Processed Foods. Don't let those packaged, processed, and frozen meals fool you. Though they claim to be healthy, the preservatives and processing of these foods can be harmful to your body. When in doubt, fresh is best. A good rule-of-thumb is to try to shop on the outer parameter of your grocery store. This is where most of the fresh items are, whereas the canned goods, frozen meals, and processed treats tend to tempt us in the aisles in the middle.

3. Lots of Water. You would be amazed at how much water intake really is enough for your body! It is essential to your overall health to consume enough water, as it promotes proper cell function, balances the body's natural pH level, assists the organs for optimal functionality, and promotes healthy digestion! Hydration is key.

4. Keep it Moving! Get your body in action to help break up acidic toxins and waste and move them along through your body. If you are tilting toward the acid side of the spectrum internally, go for a quick swim, play a round of tennis, or bust out the yoga mat to promote a healthy flow and rebalance your pH levels to a healthier state.

5. Citrus. Believe it or not, even though citrus fruits are acidic in nature, once metabolized and processed into the body, they actually encourage alkalinity within! Grapefruits, lemons, pineapples, are all excellent alkaline-producing foods! Try swapping out your morning coffee for a warm cup of water with lemon to kick-start your day and balance your gut's pH first thing in the morning.

6. Wellness Supplements. The Osmosis Wellness Line contains many all-natural products and supplements that aid in the optimal function of cells in your body, ultimately balancing your pH to it's ideal state for your unique body. Complete is an all-natural digestive enzyme that helps break down food for proper digestion, as well as increases nutrient absorption of those alkaline-producing foods to help you feel more energized and healthy!

The bottom line is to strive for a healthy balance internally through what you are putting inside your body and choosing healthy lifestyle habits. Take your health into your own hands!