Seasonal Summer Fruits & Power Smoothie Recipe

With the warm weather, sunshine, and new season of life comes nature’s sweetest harvest of fruits! There are a plethora of fruits reaching their prime, ripe perfection this time of year, and they reap amazing benefits to our skin and body! What a treat! Whether you are sipping on fruit-infused sangria by the pool, enjoying a fresh fruit smoothie, or simply snacking straight out of the package, you are giving your body a burst of vitamins and antioxidants that result in a healthy gut and radiant skin. We’ve listed just a small handful of our faves this season:

1. Cherries – No, not those bright red cherries you get on the top of an ice cream sundae. We’re talking fresh, dark, pitted Bing cherries. Not only are they a perfect combination of sweet and tart deliciousness, they are chock-full of vitamins and minerals to heal and protect our bodies! It has been shown that the powerful antioxidants in these perfectly poppable treats have the ability to relieve pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, and even ward off some chronic diseases and illnesses! Cherry-o!

2. Melons – The all-stars of the summer time. Is there   anything better than snacking on watermelon or   honeydew balls at a picnic or backyard BBQ? These
light and juicy snacks contain a high percentage
of water, helping you cut down on the cals,
while getting essential vitamins for healthy
skin and organ function. Cantaloupe and honeydew
are also high in potassium to boost heart health.
So snack away!

3. Apricots – Dried or fresh, apricots are an easy and tasty on-the-go snack offering an array of nutritional needs for our skin and bodies. We love that these juicy gems pack a punch of vitamin A – an essential in the health of our skin and preventing free-radical damage. What a tasty way to keep wrinkles away! They’re also a great source of fiber which promotes digestive functionality. Tip: dried apricots are a great way to add flavor and sweetness to trail mix!

4. Strawberries – Everybody’s fave! Munching
on strawberries is great year-round, but prime
strawberry time is in the summer! It’s easy enough to
include strawberries in your diet because of their sweet,
juicy flavor, but it’s even easier when you know the
endless health benefits they can offer. These bright red
berries can boost immunity, maintain heart health
for longevity, and they even possess
cancer-fighting qualities! We’ll have another please!

 5. Tomatoes – curve ball! Yes, tomatoes really do classify as a fruit, and though they are not as sweet as the others, there are plenty of delicious ways to incorporate tomatoes into your summer diet. Garden-fresh tomatoes are rich in essential nutrients and they are thriving this time of year! Slice them up with some mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, and basil for a fresh and summery Caprese salad! Consuming tomatoes regularly will give you a significant boost of muli-vitamins, antioxidants, and can reduce your risk of various cancers!

We hear all the time that fruits are high in antioxidants, but who knew they could offer so many other incredible benefits like warding-off disease or preventing free-radical damage! We can reap these benefits just by incorporating fruit into our summer drinks and snacks! Now that’s something we can get behind!

BONUS! We came up with a power-packed smoothie to add a refreshing extra boost of nutrients all blended together in a delicious symphony of flavors! The epitome of delicious and nutritious!

Banana Berry Oat Smoothie:

1 Peeled Banana
1/3 C. Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
1/2 C. Almond Milk
1 tbs. Chia Seeds
1 tbs. Flax Seeds
*Optional 1 C. Spinach or Kale

Blend together in the blender and enjoy the extra boost of vitamins and flavor!

Skincare: Osmosis ABC's

It's that time of month again... no, not that one. The FUN time of month where we highlight another great Osmosis ingredient! This month we are on the letter P and are dropping some knowledge on one of our favorite ingredients, Phosphatidylcholine. This month we wanted to openly discuss why we love our ingredients, so tune in below to learn all about this wonder ingredient!

Products Featuring this ingredient are:

Facial Infusion

Learn where to shop for these kick-butt products featuring this ingredient wizard here.

Osmosis Vacay Packing List: Beach Bag Essentials

It’s here!! Summer has finally arrived and it’s time for some fun in the sun. Now that your beach vacay is officially on the calendar, it’s time to start thinking about what to bring. If you’re like us, procrastinating packing for the trip is inevitable - we always seem to find ourselves with an empty suitcase hours before it's time to hit the road. So, to help you, and ourselves, in preparing for that long-awaited tropical paradise, we have come up with a list of Beach Bag Essentials to make your late night “night-before-the-trip” packing sesh a little bit easier and a lot more effective to ensure you have a sun-safe trip!

1. The obvious: Sunscreen. It’s number one on the packing list because it is the number one most important item to bring with you since you will be spending extended periods of time in the sun. Protect Ultra-Sheer SPF 30 Sunscreen is a lightweight, non-greasy, hydrating sun protector – so luxurious you’ll WANT to keep reapplying because of the way it makes your skin feel! Pair it with UV Neutralizer Harmonized Water as some added defense against the suns harmful rays.

2. The “no-makeup” makeup. You’re at the beach. You want to sport the natural look while soaking up those rays and making a splash! CC Cream offers color correcting qualities to even out your skin tone and provide light coverage of blemishes, so you can rock that “no makeup” look while still feeling confident and beautiful!

3. Post-sun hero. Repair is one of our favorite masks for intensive healing and calming irritated or inflamed skin. While we hope the “S” word never happens, Repair is a must-have in your beach bag to soothe and heal that sunburn just in case you’re just having too much fun to reapply (tisk tisk)! While it is a miracle-worker on sunburns, Repair can also be great for general post-sun exposure, even if you aren’t red or burnt, as an extra boost for your skin to repair over-dried barriers after extended time in the sun.

4. Your favorite sunnies. Believe it or not, your eyes can be damaged by the sun just as much as your skin. A good pair of sunglasses is extremely important to protect your eyes from harsh UV rays, and is a must-have in your beach bag!

5. Big floppy hat. Not only do big floppy hats make a fashion statement at the beach or pool, they also provide a great deal of protection from the sun for your scalp, face, and neck when you’re taking a break out of the water!

There you have it! You're complete list of must-have's to toss in your tote and hit the sands! To explore more Osmosis skincare or makeup products to take with you, check out our website here.

National Great Outdoors Month! Get out There!

Is there anything more refreshing than the great outdoors in the summer months? Whether you are breathing in the mountain air, or taking a dip in the ocean, being outside is undoubtedly the best thing to do for your body and spirit. Now that summer is upon us, being surrounded by nature is an activity we can all get in on! We want you to enjoy the Great Outdoors safely, which is why we have put together our Dream Team list of products to keep in your car or backpack to be sure you are always protected, healthy and safe!

In the Mountains:  This pack is bursting with good for you, non-toxic, goodies to keep you and your body in tip-top shape.

Altitude Harmonized Water: Sudden changes in altitude can really put a damper on your body. Trust us, being from the Mile High City we know just how nuts altitude sickness can make you. Altitude Harmonized Water helps balance altitude sensitivity, improve oxygenation, and restore cell function. This will help you adjust to any mountainous area so you can focus on your summer fun instead of altitude sickness.

Mosquito Harmonized Water: Keep those pesky little buggers at bay and keep your skin bump and itch free. We know that mosquitoes LOVE paying us a visit in the summer time, especially in mountain regions. Taking a dose of Mosquito Harmonized Water every two hours (while you are outside) will keep mosquitoes away from your precious skin. This water creates a vibration under your skin, which deters those little nibblers from taking a bite, giving  you more time to explore the wild without having to stop to itch!

Protect: Stay protected from the suns rays no matter where you find yourself. Protect is the perfect SPF to have on hand while you go on your outdoor adventures. This non-toxic, mineral based SPF hydrates your skin while keeping it shielded from the sun. Apply this block every 2-3 hours for the ultimate coverage. Keep your Pressed Base on hand too for extra coverage and protection!

Joint Harmonized Water: Hiking, camping, rafting and climbing can do some damage to your joints. At the end of your excursions, take a dose of Joint Water to aid in repairing discomfort found in your joints and muscles.

**Honorable Mention: Bear Spray, Lighter, Tweezers, Magnifying Glass**

In the Water: Whether you find yourself at a lake, or hanging ten at the beach, this pack has you covered from head to toe.

UV Protection Harmonized Water: Ensure you are fully protected and boost your bodies immunity to harmful post-sun damage. UV Protection makes for the perfect partner to Protect SPF. Keep sun damage at bay with this UV Damage, neutralizing water. Take is before, in between and after prolonged sun exposure.

Energize Me Harmonized Water: Keep your mind sharp and your body energized with Energize Me! This water will give you a morning or mid-day boost of energy without feeling over stimulated. Give your bod a dose and hit the waves with gusto!

**Honorable Mention: Floppy Hat, Sunglasses, Beach Mat, Aloe Vera**

Whether you choose the beach or the mountains this summer, make sure you pack all of the necessary Harmonized Waters and SPF to keep your adventure running smoothly! Learn where to shop for your excursion necessities here!

How to Snag Summer's Hottest Makeup Trends!

Bring on the COLOR! This summer is bringing about major color trends that we are going gaga for. Most summers are filled with shimmery sheers, glossy nudes and "no-makeup" makeup. This summer, we've got some new trends in town that we are loving. Color is making a comeback, and we're not talking about your average teal or cobalt blue. Pink, is the color to wear this season and we have just the items to help you rock this girly shade, with some edge of course.

Don't let labels stop you from reaching summer trend potential. For example, Blush isn't just for your cheeks! Tulip Blush is the perfect shade to achieve this winged, pink look. Use your concealer brush to apply (patting motions) and use the precision tip of the brush to pull the color out into a wing. Finish the look with a swipe of Black Eye Pencil and loads of Volumizing Mascara.

Amp up this look by smoking out the Tulip Blush on top and bottom lash line, then pat on a small amount of Refresh PM for a glossy, grungy finish.

Pink Lips are also to die for this season, they boast confidence, passion and fun. We love Passion Lip Stick for it's bright appearance and semi-matte finish. If you want to pump up the chroma of this pink, tap Tulip Blush and Amethyst Water Color Eyeshadow into the center of the lower lip for a multi-dimensional pucker.

Pair a bright pink lip with a subtle smokey eye and a halo of golden/peach blush like, Spring Crush.

The last of our go-to trends is the Underline. Add drama to your eyes while making them look larger and brighter by lining only the lower lashline with Blue or Plum Eye Pencil. Smoke it out and load up on mascara for a fun, unique twist on liner.

Learn where to get all of your summer trend staples here.

Behind Osmosis' Science: Growth Factor Technology

Here at Osmosis, we believe in utilizing science in a way that matches our bodies' own natural science. That is where one of our top technologies comes into play, stem cells! We have recently vamped up the formula in one of our most technologically advanced serums, StemFactor, with accelerated results from utilizing proteins like collagen and growth factors derived from stem cells to take skin rejuvenation to the next level.

So, what are growth factors? Growth factors are stem cell-derived proteins that our bodies naturally produce to help regulate cell production and the division, maturation, and growth of the cells. What does that mean for you and your skincare? Well, this process in our bodies inevitably slows down as we age, causing wrinkles, discoloration, and other skin imperfections. In an effort to combat that decrease in production, we are utilizing growth factors in a unique, highly results-driven way! Our newly formulated StemFactor contains over 540 uniquely identified proteins and a higher concentration of growth factors that help kick those fine lines and wrinkles to the curb - with clinical evidence of its efficacy! This new formula contains 350% more protein than the next closest competitor! Talk about packing a punch!

Bonus features! As if this serum could be any more of a skin superhero, this new and improved formula also includes actual human stem cell-derived molecules of collagen, elastin, SOD (superoxide dismutase), fibronectin, and the feature ingredient, tropocollagen. All of these are components that our skin produces naturally, making it easy for the skin to recognize and regenerate these proteins back into the system. The micronized compounds making up this powerful serum do not contain any animal-derived collagen or highly processed ingredients. This is not only much safer for your skin and body, but will deliver significantly faster and more beneficial results on a much broader scale. Plus! All of these improvements have been implemented in addition to the classic exosome delivery strategy we all know and love in our StemFactor Serum. A win-win for us all!

The turbo-charged super serum demonstrates all of these incredible qualities that empower the skin for ultimate radiance and rejuvenation! Find out where to shop the new StemFactor here.

How to Celebrate Global Wellness Month!

June is Global Wellness Month and we couldn't be more excited to help you celebrate! We love being a part of the wellness community, mainly because the term wellness, is all encompassing to your life. The act of being well relates to so many aspects of who you are. From your spiritual well-being, to your internal health, to your mental health, your strength and wholeness fully relies on your ability to be, you guessed it... Well. We are thrilled to have put together a few tips on how you can celebrate this global month of wellness!

1.  GIVE! Being charitable has such a huge, positive effect on your life and your health. Gifting those with your light and positive personality releases good-for-you endorphins and spikes happiness in your brain, which in turn soothes your organs and cells. Isn't science just the most fascinating? We love giving back in little ways throughout our day-to-day lives. Simply paying for someone's coffee, complimenting another human, or throwing a smile their way are all great things you can do to impact and empower someone else in a positive way.

2. Get Moving! A big part of feeling well is making sure your body stays active. One of the best things you can do for your body and mind is exercise... and if you do it outside in the wild, even better! Being around nature while working up a sweat not only helps your cells and organs get all that delicious oxygen, it keeps your spirit connected to this big, beautiful world, which is an important factor in your wellness lifestyle. Don't forget to stretch once you have worked it out and be sure to check out our favorite yoga routine to get those muscles in shape.

3. Detox! Your body is so amazing and it deserves to be treated like the beautiful temple that it is! Give your bod a boost by taking proper supplements to help power through daily detoxing. We love using Environmental Detox with Elevate or Melt. These precious pills kick-start your body's detox abilities and help push daily toxins out of your organs, fat cells and overall system.  If your body is Batman, these babies are your Robin. While you take these supplements, don't forget that what you put in your body is incredibly important. We love eating fresh veggies, lean proteins, and high fiber grains.

4. Join a Community! Share your love with those around you. Joining a community initiative or group that works towards a common goal is an incredibly powerful and healing action. The NextDoor app is a great tool to reach out to neighbors. Use it to start a book club, dog walking club, or anything your heart desires! You can also find great initiatives here, thanks to the Global Wellness Website, you can now find those with like-minds that want to take action in their lives. Sharing is caring, after-all!

5. Relax! Ahhhh, relaxing. We think that is something we could all use a little bit more of.  Pull out your phone and go to your calendar. Pick two days out of the week and schedule one full hour to yourself. Use this time to unplug from the world. Put away your devices, turn off your television and bask in an hour of quiet meditation. Being with yourself is so important to keep your wellness journey moving. During this time, feel free to talk to yourself; check-in and see how you are doing. This is the perfect time to work through personal hurdles and putting a one hour limit on that task makes it far less daunting. Once your hour is up, do a little stretching and give yourself a big, fat hug!

These are a few tips we utilize in our day-to-day lives to keep our journey moving at full speed. There is so much you can do to improve your life and the lives of those around you. Living a life of wellness can do so much more for you than prolong your health, it can settle your mind and manifest things you never thought were possible.

Live well out there and find your wellness needs here.