Wine & Beauty: What You Really Need to Know About Your Night Cap

Calling all night-cappers and Wine-Wednesday extraordinaires! We hear buzz on the internet all the time about how a glass of wine can offer the same benefits as going to the gym. Or that, lucky for us, red wine has tremendous health benefits for our brains and hearts. And we all know that nothing feels better after a long day than a salt bath paired with a big glass, so it's got to be good for stress, right? Well, we're cracking the code and busting myths about our vino habits. Will a glass a day really keep the doctor away? And what does it do for our beauty routine? Let's find out!

Red Wine & Your Skin

The Good News: Red wine contains high levels of antioxidants, including flavonoids (ingredients found in our Moisturizing Collection), which can help restore collagen and elastin while protecting against cell damage. It has also been found to provide acne-clearing benefits when applied topically with a cotton ball or spray bottle because of its anti-inflammatory properties, giving you a smooth complexion and alluring glow!

What you need to know: While wine does contain ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, it also contains natural sugars from the grape which, when consumed in excess, can have adverse effects on the skin resulting in a purging of toxins in the form of acne or rosacea. Moderation is key!

Red Wine & Your Weight

The Good News: The resveratrol in red wine does contain heart-healthy aspects that can reduce "bad cholesterol" while increasing the "good cholesterol" to help maintain healthy fat cells while lowering the risk of blood clots.

What you need to know: There was an article released recently revealing that "a glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym", and if this seemed just a little too good to be true, that's because it was. Unfortunately, this is not true. The amount of resveratrol in wine is not nearly enough to deliver noticeable benefits. If you're looking for a boost of this "fat-burning" compound, reach for a handful of blueberries, grapes, or strawberries instead.

Red Wine & Your Health

The Good News: The health benefits of red wine typically outweigh most other alcoholic beverages such as beer, liquor, or even white wine. It does contain heart-healthy components from the polyphenols that reduce inflammation and protect your cardiovascular system. It can encourage a healthy blood pressure and even promote brain health to a certain degree. And, as well all know, it can significantly reduce stress levels.

What you need to know: All of the health benefits that wine offers, can easily be counteracted when consumed in excess (aka, more than a glass or two). Too much of it can harm the liver and increase blood pressure, as well as increase risk of various cancers and diabetes. Enjoy your glass and then call it good.

The bottom line? Yes, your bath time companion does contain health benefits, but only when consumed in moderation. Raise a (single) glass to those antioxidants, then cork your bottle until the next night. Check out more ways to promote beauty from within with these foods!

Feed Your Skin: Foods that Heal Inside and Out

Proper skin care is not just about what products you put on your face, but also what you are putting in your body. Supplements and elixirs play a powerful role, but there's just nothing quite like the vitamins in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. Plus, gut health and clear skin are directly correlated, so fueling your body with foods that empower your digestion will result in clear skin and a brilliant radiance. We're providing the ultimate guide to feeding your skin through your diet and which foods to reach for to achieve a healthy glow.

1. Healthy Fats

Foods that are rich in essential fatty acids such as avocados, olive oil, salmon, and nuts and seeds, work to maintain the skin's moisture content, keeping the barrier healthy and strong while also promoting natural elasticity (AKA, less wrinkles). These fatty acids are also, many times, anti-inflammatory to help slow the appearance of aging and reduce redness and irritation of the skin.
Topically: You can find these healthy fats in our new Moisturizing Collection to help boost results!

2. Antioxidants

There are many different types of antioxidants and they can be found in a variety of foods, particularly fruits and veggies! Antioxidants are commonly known for empowering the skin, as they limit free-radical production to keep it looking younger for longer! Antioxidant-rich foods include berries, dark chocolate, leafy greens, citrus, and more!
Topically: Our potent antioxidant concentrate, Replenish, delivers optimal doses of antioxidants directly into the skin every day!

3. Vitamin C

Aka - Vitamin 'Collagen', this power-packed ingredient has been proven to boost collagen production for supple skin, as well as aid in healing hyperpigmentation. Get your daily dose with fruits and veggies that flaunt vibrant colors like kiwi, bell peppers, citrus, and broccoli! Try this rainbow salad for the ultimate dose of vitamin C.
Topically: Our Catalyst Serums contain vitamin C combined with advanced technology to even skin tone, heal wounds, and increase DNA Repair by 33%.

4. Gut-Healing Probiotics

Foods that undergo the fermentation process can offer healing and restoration to the gut and digestive tract because of the amount of bioavailable nutrients they posses. Imbalances of the digestive system can cause skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema, so instead of approaching the concern with harsh chemicals and scrubs, start within by restoring the gut's microbiome levels and increasing absorption of minerals and nutrients. We love kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, and yogurt!

5. Enzymes

Your body produces enzymes that help your digestive system break down the food you eat, absorb the nutrients, and remove the rest from the body. Certain raw foods contain powerful enzymes that assist your body in this process, increasing nutrient absorption and digestion efficacy, while preventing skin conditions caused by digestive distress. Implement foods like microgreens, papaya, pineapple, and figs into your diet to optimize gut function, in-turn promoting clearer, healthier skin!
Topically: Utilize the power of bromelain (the enzyme derived from pineapple) on your skin with Purify to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and debris!
PRO TIP: Does your digestion need a little extra back up? Try Complete Digestive Enzyme to assist with breaking down food, taking a little load off of your system!

Help your skin help you by fueling your body with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that will promote a healthy gut on the inside, and a smooth, radiant, glow on the outside! For more information on the gut-skin connection, check out our Face Mapping Guide!

Your Complete Guide To Facial Oils

Osmosis Moisturizing Collection is luxuriously hydrating, healing, and rich in all the yummy goodness your skin needs to repair and improve its function and integrity. All four products in the collection provide unique benefits and play a significant roll in the restoration of your skin's barrier, so we're breaking down each product in detail over the next 4 months so you can absorb all the information you need and gain a better understanding of your skin's health and hydration! First up... Nourish! Let's take a peek.

Nourish is an organic facial oil comprised of frequency-enhanced, cold-pressed avocado oil to plump the skin and improve elasticity, restoring a youthful glow! The skin soaks up this quick-absorbing formula like a sponge, eliminating any oily residue and leaving you with a supple radiance.

Ingredients to Love:

- Seabuckthorn Oil: Utilizes its high fatty acid content, as well as natural sources of vitamins A and E to help with cellular regeneration, wound healing, and hydration levels of the epidermis.

- Raspberry Seed Oil: Contains natural anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and irritation while promoting healing of the barrier. Being large part linoleic acid, it is great for acneic skin helping to moisturize and reduce water loss in the skin.

-Avocado Oil: The spotlight ingredient of this sumptuous facial oil! Cold-pressed and chock-full of vitamins, minerals, protein, lecithin, and fatty acids, this is best used for healing and regenerating.

Facial Oil vs. Cream Moisturizers:

Both oils and creams are highly beneficial in providing hydration, protection, and many other benefits to the skin. But, when do you choose a facial oil over a cream moisturizer and vice versa?

Oils are usually derived from plants, fruits, or botanicals, so if you're looking for simplistic, all-natural ingredients in your skincare, this is the way to go!

If your skin is compromised, the facial oil will gently help rebuild the barrier until it is in better condition as it is more soothing to the skin.

Moisturizers are more about replacing the loss of lipids on the epidermis and typically contain a higher dose of active ingredients.

Pro Tips:

- Mix Nourish with your favorite daily moisturizer or mask for a rich boost of hydration!

- Layer underneath your makeup for a dewy glow!

- Chapped lips? Combine Nourish with your favorite gloss for a plump pout!

Reach for Nourish when dryness and sensitivity strike to get a head start on healing, then be sure to evaluate your lifestyle to promote permanent healing from within! 

Strengthen Your Strands For Luscious Locks!

Our hair is a big part of who we are and how we present ourselves to the world. It's like a fashion statement we can switch up to match our mood, the cherry on top of our every day look! But just like our skin, our hair needs proper nourishment to shine-on and look its best. Here are our top three tips for promoting full, thick, flowing hair.

1. Hair Mask.

Hair masks are all-too-often an overlooked step in a beauty routine. Your hair is exposed to environmental toxins, climate-induced textures, chemicals from dyes, damage from hot tools, and more. It is important we provide reinforcement to these daily dealings. Tropical Mango Mask is a nutrient-rich mask that you can apply to your hair for a deeply nourishing treatment to help repair damage and restore shine!
PRO TIP: For an extra splash of hydration, mix a pump of Nourish into your Mask, apply the mixture, and sleep in it. Rinse it out in the morning and say hello to your best hair day yet.

2. Scalp Treatment.

From a healthy scalp grows luscious locks. Ensure it is getting the love it needs by vigorously massaging it every time you wash your hair. Just a couple minutes a few times a week will help increase blood circulation and stimulate growth by creating the ideal environment for hair to thrive.
PRO TIP: Boost antioxidant power for a healthy, flake-free noggin by mixing a tablespoon of coconut oil with Replenish for an amazing scalp treatment.

3. Fuel with Foods.

Whether it's your body, skin, or hair... start within. You know how we roll. Implementing leafy greens, nuts and seeds, and antioxidant-rich foods into your diet will directly impact the health of those strands, keeping them strong and shiny. Check out these Ayurvedic tricks for promoting your healthiest hair.
PRO TIP: If your body is hydrated, your skin and hair are more likely to be too. Just another reason to drink more than enough water every day to back your beauty! Sip on Hormone Water to help holistically balance and harmonize hair growth.

Utilize these habits and let it flow! Healthy hair is the perfect accessory to your beauty. Tell us your favorite healthy hair habits in the comments below!

Makeup Tips and Tricks for a Glowing Spring Brilliance

The changing of the season paves the way for a refresh and renewal in all aspects of life, including your makeup bag! Say goodbye to warm and dark winter hues and hello to this season's hottest trends! Glowing skin is always in, but this spring it's making a bigger statement than ever. Check out our tips and tricks for brightening up your look!

1. Glowing Eyes.

Put the smokey eye on hold, right now it's all about a monochromatic glow! No need for a contour color, just dab a bit of highlighter or a soft, shimmery shade of Eye Shadow onto the center of the lid and blend into the ball of the eye, just under the brow, and down around the tear duct to create a bright, youthful radiance! Get the full step-by-step tutorial for the perfect glowing eyes here.

2. Bright Blush.

Go bold with Blush this spring! Adding a pop of color to the cheeks perfectly compliments the glow of the eyes and adds life to your look! Colors in the coral and orange family are hot right now! And you can never go wrong playing it safe with pinks.

3. Flaunt your Best Features.

Targeted highlighting that illuminates the entire face is absolutely stunning in the sunny season. Heavy-handedly sweep the highlighter from our Lustrous Contour Duo along the tops of the cheekbones, on the tip of the nose, and across the cupid's bow. Or go for an even stronger shine by utilizing our Opal Water Color and blending in for a magical luminosity.

4. High-Shine Lips.

Lips take the cake this season as the point of interest in your makeup look. Electrifying and glossy is the way to go! Choose a color that says "wow!", the bolder the better and then lay on the lacquer. Our Lip Glazes come in richly-pigmented, high-shine shades that will add the cherry on top of your spring glam.

This spring's trends are all about big color and knowing when to glow. Shop your seasonal beauty bag essentials here!

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, 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 can happen over time as you age or can be a result of harsh exfoliants or scrubs, 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!