The Key to Protecting Your Skin's Barrier

Your skin's job is to protect you. But sometimes, various factors can hinder it from performing at its maximum potential. That's where you come in! It is crucial that we are fueling our skin with the tools it needs to function properly as protectors of the body, and it all boils down to barrier health. We're exploring ways you can help your skin help you and build up its barrier to reinforce potential and give you healthy, glowing radiance year-round.

Your skin is comprised of three main layers: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. These layers are constantly hard at work! Then there's the barrier (the stratum corneum), the uppermost layer of the skin, that acts as a security guard for the layers beneath, ensuring nothing gets in there that could cause damage or problems such as environmental toxins, UV rays, chemicals, and more. When this barrier starts to wear down and become weak, it cannot protect those lower layers, and this is when sensitivity occurs. This weakening happens over time as you age and ultimately boils down to loss of hydration and elasticity. Thirty percent of the skin is made up of water, and the lipids and hydration are what allow the skin to function at its best! However, that's not to say there's nothing you can do about it. Let's dive in!

Why Do We Get Dry Skin?

1. Food and Drink Habits.
Diets high in caffeine, sugar, and alcohol can restrict nutrient delivery to the skin and cause dehydration. Try swapping out coffee for matcha, or integrating more "good fats" into your diet with avocados, salmon, almonds, or coconuts!

2. Inflammation.
If your skin is irritated, stressed, or overly inflamed, be it from rosacea, eczema, or even a sunburn, it requires more nutrients in an effort to calm that inflammation. But, this makes it difficult for the barrier to thrive and be healthy, causing further dehydration.

3. Over-Exfoliation.
Scrubs and harsh chemicals used as exfoliants may strip the lipid barrier, weakening its ability to protect the deeper layers of the skin, causing... you guessed it, dehydration. Choose natural enzyme exfoliants instead that gently eat away dead skin cells while still keeping the barrier intact.

4. Climate.
Cold, dry temperatures directly impact the skin. When the air surrounding us lacks water, our skin naturally loses moisture as well. And when temperatures are low, the cold air reduces blood flow to the skin. Combat less-than-ideal climates with nutrient-rich moisturizers like Nourish.

The Solution to Repair.

Meet the Osmosis Moisturizing Collection! All products in the line are rich in essential fatty acids, flavonoids, phytosterols, vitamins, and minerals to feed and nourish the skin back to health and restore the barrier's strength and integrity. Enrobe the skin with ingredients that heal damage to improve texture for a soft, supple radiance. Take care of your skin so your skin can take care of you!

Shop your Moisturizing Collection here and enjoy the benefits of a healthy barrier and a glowing radiance!

Spring into Beauty with these Must-Haves!

Spring is right around the corner! And as the flowers bloom and the weather starts to warm, it is the perfect time to spruce-up your beauty routine. We're sharing our favorite spring must-haves to brighten your skin and makeup with the changing of the season!

1. Treat Those Eyes.

Spring usually means allergies, and allergies bring puffy, itchy, red eyes. Keep Refresh Eye Serum on deck for the next few months to reduce puffiness and keep eyes moisturized and refreshed!
PRO TIP: Run your finger under cold water, then apply. The coldness will help calm any swelling.

2. Pop of Peony.

As we transition out of winter, our skin is always a little paler than it is in the warmer months. Add some warmth and color to your face with a splash of Blush! We love Peony in the spring time!

3. Get to Spritzing.

Nothing is more refreshing than a spritzer in the spring, so why not deliver the same "ahh!" moment to your skin! Our Mineral Hydration Mist goes everywhere we go in the spring and summer. It's cooling splash of hydration helps set makeup for all-day wear, plus it wakes up your face for a rejuvenated glow!

4. Aloe-ha spring radiance!

Find A Skincare Professional near you for a facial that will put a pep in your step this spring and shake off those winter dryness blues. Our Soothing Gel Mask is formulated with aloe and herbs to calm any redness or irritation from cold, dry weather and deliver a spring-ready brightness to your complexion!

5. Gloss Game Strong.

Nothing makes you feel more put-together than a good Lip Gloss and Lilac is our favorite spring shade. We call it subtle with a shimmy! Plus, it's formulated with nourishing vitamins and minerals that will not only make your lips look on-point, but will have them feeling just as fab!

Shop these spring essentials and more here!

Better Together - Our Perfect Product Pairings

Peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, Batman and Robin. Some things are just better together! Here are some of our favorite dynamic duos that give you more to love and enhance your routine.

Translucent Finishing Powder & Mineral Hydration Mist.

This classic pairing goes hand-in-hand and is a given in any makeup routine to create a flawless finish to last all day!

Restore & Rescue.

These two utilize the same powerful ingredient to repair damage and enhance immunity, one tackles the skin while the other does the job internally! For ultimate restoration inside and out, use them together in your routine!

Altitude Water & Protect.

Taking a weekend trip to the mountains? Harness the holistic powers of Altitude Water to harmonize cell function when you're way above sea level, then call on Protect to shield your skin from the harsh rays up there as well as deliver extra moisture when the dry air strikes.

Quench Plus+ & Loose Base.

Create your own Liquid Foundation by combining our organic, skin-plumping moisturizer with the luxury mineral Loose Base to create an irresistible, creamy formula with a customized texture just the way you like it!

Nourish  & Tropical Mango Mask.

Add a couple drops of Nourish to Tropical Mango Mask and apply as a sleep mask for intense moisture and barrier repair. These two compliment each other so well and will not only deliver a nourishing self-care treatment to your skin, but the light, refreshing aroma will serve as a sensory delight.

Let us know your favorite Osmosis product pairings in the comments below! 

Healthy Living in a World of Environmental Toxins

Environmental Toxins are just about everywhere - from the air we breathe to the food we eat, and even in your own home! Though this may sound pessimistic and daunting, the good news is, with subtle lifestyle adjustments and a holistic-wellness approach, it's easy to detox on the daily and provide your body with the tools it needs to ward them off on its own! The first step to decreasing impact from these toxins is by increasing your awareness, which will, in turn, help you know how to avoid overexposure and fuel your body in a way that will help combat its effects. Here are a few tips to maintaining your healthiest self in a world filled with toxins.

1. Do your research.

Harmful toxins can be found in places that you least expect. It's worth it to do your research to find out which toxins you are most exposed to on a daily basis based on the location of your home, the quality of the food you eat, and the activities you partake in.

2. Choose Your Food Wisely.

We all know we're supposed to eat healthy, but are we really aware of the impact of the food we eat and how it directly affects our body? Try to eat as organically as possible to reduce the amount of artificial additives you are consuming. Steer-clear of highly processed meals, low-quality fish (contaminated with high levels of mercury and PCBs), and artificial sweeteners.
Pst... eating fresh, organic food doesn't have to be expensive! We love this online grocery store that delivers wholesome, yummy food for a steal of a deal!

3. Go Green with Your Beauty Routine.

Many toxins hide in the names we can't pronounce on the labels of our cosmetics. Dodge these dangerous ingredients all together and choose clean beauty products that nourish your skin, hair, and body sans harmful chemicals. Osmosis offers a wide array of beauty products you can feel great about! Read about our philosophy of treating the whole body from the inside out here.

4. Avoid harsh cleaning supplies.

Thankfully, we live in a generation where bleach and windex are not our only hope for effectively sanitizing the kitchen or bathroom. Such products are chock-full of extremely harmful chemicals that emit toxic fumes into your home and/or lungs if you breathe it in! Reach for the cleaning supplies that are environmentally friendly next time you're at the store. 

5. Give your Body a Boost with Supplements.

Along with clean skincare and makeup, Osmosis offers all-natural, holistic supplements that help fuel your body and provide it with the tools needed to detox and heal. Some of our supplements that are all-stars when it comes to toxin removal are Environmental Detox to remove toxins from the gut and cells, Melt to detox fat cells, Pathway to detox the digestive tract and colon, and Elevate to detox the body while repairing DNA! Shop your super-supplements here.

The Importance of Sleep in Your Beauty Routine

We know we're supposed to get our beauty sleep every night. But we all live such busy lives and when we have to juggle sleep, a social life, a full-time job, and trying to balance a healthy, active lifestyle somewhere in there, more times than not it's our Zs that get the boot. In fact, the CDC proved that over a third of American's don't get adequate sleep for their health. How important is sleep, though? And how much is "enough"? We're diving into all things sleep-related and how it affects our health both physically and mentally.

Sleep is Vital.

Just as we need oxygen, food, and water, sleep is equally as crucial to our health and survival. The difference is, we would never claim to be "too busy" to breathe or drink water when we're thirsty. So, why is it that we take pride in being too busy to sleep as a status symbol when it is just as detrimental to our bodies as skipping meals or holding our breath? Society has created a very serious problem by demanding so much work, play, and general time-spent doing from us as humans, creating a stigma that "sleep is for the weak". More like sleep creates the weak. We are experiencing an awakening in this health and wellness movement and slowing realizing the impact of this mindset on our bodies and brains. It is our job to turn this around and encourage restfulness, not a busy schedule.

What happens when we don't get enough sleep?

From your immune system function to your appetite, to your heart, hormone, and mental health, the amount of rest your body gets has a direct impact. While you are sleeping, your body is able to perform a self-evaluation and ensure all systems get the restoration needed. During this time, it resets and restores muscles and cells, heals and repairs areas of the body that are in need, and "cleans house" by clearing away toxins (both physically and mentally) that may otherwise cause problems in the body's optimal function. Skipping out on this nightly reboot could be detrimental to your well-being and start to interfere with your body's ability to fight off illnesses, increase risk of more serious diseases, induce chronic brain fog, and promote weight gain and compromised skin. This is just to name a few!

How to prioritize rest.

- Turn off your smartphone (or put it away) one hour before you go to bed giving your brain time to relax and shut down for the day. Try a caffeine-free herbal tea and reading a book in bed to slow your brain waves and energy level.

- Create a sleep sanctuary out of your bedroom. This means putting a little extra effort into this room in your house. Try adding elements like plush, cozy bedding, essential oils, and plants!

- Eat dinner earlier. Eating a big, heavy dinner right before bed puts enormous strain on your digestive system, putting it to work when your whole body is trying to rest. This takes away from restful sleep and restoration because your energy is now focusing on digestion instead of healing and repair.

- Try incorporating pre-bedtime yoga stretches into your nighttime routine to help wind-down the mind and body. This will help promote a deep, restful sleep all night long to get the most out of your shut-eye!

Help change the mindset of sleep, starting with YOU! Shop for holistic solutions to assist your body's ability to achieve the most adequate sleep possible.

Beauty Hacks From the Osmosis Experts

We all have our "secret weapons" when it comes to our beauty routine. Here at Osmosis, we love to pass our hacks around HQ as everyone is always coming up with different creative ways to mix, enhance, or apply products that create new and improved results! So, we decided to share them with you! Tune in as Team Osmosis shares some of our favorite tips and tricks on how to get creative with your Osmosis products for unique, multi-purpose results.

Founder/Formulator & CEO, Dr. Ben Johnson - Serum Cocktail

"My latest routine is that I try to get in at least 3 pumps of Renew and 3 pumps of Catalyst AC-11 every day. Since Renew is not sensitizing and Catalyst is dark, this combo works so well to maximize my skin's rejuvenation efforts."

Osmosis President, Robin McGee - Conceal, don't Peel

"One of my favorite tricks is to utilize the moisture stick from our Age-Defying Treatment Concealer on my lips for a supple, hydrated look. Then, I apply the concealer itself before adding Lip Liner or Lipstick to keep it from running into any fine lines! This is my secret weapon for a perfect pucker every day!"

Director of Sales, Claudia - A Walk Through the Tropics

"I love putting Tropical Mango Mask on my feet at night, then sleeping with socks on. I wake up with the most silky-soft feet! If you have a job where you're on your feet all day, this is a must-try treatment, it works like a charm!"

Director of Education, Kristin - Fill the Fine Lines

"I always use Refresh PM on my lips before applying color. It conditions them and feels sooo good! Plus, it's liquid crystal component adds a lovely shimmer to a matte lipstick! I also like to pat the eye serum over my makeup on my orbital bone and upper cheeks to soften the appearance of crows feet and deliver a subtle highlight."

Director of Web & Social Media, Diane - Multi-Tasking Heroes

"As a busy mom, runner, and working professional, multi-tasking and efficiency are the tricks of my trade. I love when I can knock out two birds with one stone to help shave a few minutes off my morning routine. One of my favorites is mixing CC Cream with a bit of Quench for light coverage and moisture. And I rarely leave the house without a touch of concealer under my eyes and Mascara to help me look and feel more refreshed and put-together."

Graphic Designer, Elle - Super-Supplements

"I don't go a day without taking Environmental Detox, it's my saving grace! I love taking it in the morning with breakfast and right after my afternoon yoga. It helps control my oily skin and keeps me feeling healthy and energized!"

We'd love to hear your own beauty hacks, too! Post your favorite tips and tricks in the comments below for a chance to be featured on our social media platforms!

Your Complete Skincare Guide During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is such a beautiful miracle. However, it can come with many highs and lows and so many uncertainties, especially for first-time moms. All kinds of changes are happening to your skin and body, but you want to ensure you are keeping you and your baby safe. So, we are digging deep into all your beauty-related pregnancy questions to reveal the safest way to skincare during this exciting, scary, emotional, and cherished time in a woman's life!

While there is not necessarily a specific set of "rules" to follow in regards to skincare during pregnancy, there are some wise general guidelines that can help you navigate this magical journey and lead you to the products that will benefit you and your body best, all while keeping sweet baby safe and undisturbed in there. Here is what we suggest:

Go as natural as possible.

This is best practice for any stage of life, not just during pregnancy. However, when you are pregnant, the choices you make for your body don't affect just you. Steer clear of products that flaunt heavy fragrances or perfumes, skin-irritants (often hidden in cosmetics as chemical preservatives), and artificial coloring. These components, when absorbed through the skin, can disrupt the natural function of the cells in your body. Check out this list of top 10 ingredients to avoid during pregnancy for specifics on what to look for on the labels and why they could be harmful to you and your baby.
Here at Osmosis, we pride ourselves on providing clean beauty and skincare products with the highest quality ingredients that are safe for you and your baby! Even our Vitamin As are safe to use throughout your pregnancy and during breastfeeding because the percentage of retinaldehyde does not exceed the recommended dosage for safety.

Treating common pregnancy skin conditions.

Melasma: Hyperpigmentation is a frequently-occurring condition both during and after pregnancy. This is due to a surge of hormones that your body is trying to adjust to when you're growing a new little human! Extra sun protection is important to help prevent further damage from sun exposure. Keep a bottle of unscented, mineral-based sunscreen in your bag at all times and reapply frequently throughout the day.

Stretch Marks: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Daily application of an intensive moisturizer or a hydrating face mask will help repair the skin's barrier as it stretches with the growth of your baby! Look for products that contain shea butter, jojoba seed oil, or even hyaluronic acid as a healing component.

Itchy Skin: There is a multitude of reasons your skin might feel uncomfortably itchy during pregnancy. One of the most common conditions is called PUPP, or pruritic urticarial papules and plaques, (try saying that three times fast) which is a rash in the form of small red bumps and hives appearing in large patches on the body. Tend to this condition by avoiding heat, keeping it moisturized, and applying a nourishing mask weekly or as needed.

While getting sucked into the vortex of the internet with your endless questions can consume the 9 months of your pregnancy, try to remember to give yourself some slack. You are growing a human, it's the most magical thing your body can do! And when it comes to skincare, choose clean beauty products to treat conditions as needed, and let your body sort out the rest.
Always be sure to consult your physician if you start to experience any sensitivities to any beauty product or supplement.