How Ayurveda Plays a Role in Your Health and Beauty Routine


Natural and holistic health practices are surging in popularity as we expand awareness of effective ways to heal the body. Ayurveda (meaning "science of life") is an ancient Indian natural healing practice based on three different Doshas that are categorized as a unique mix of the four elements (earth, water, fire, and air) in the body. These energies play a role in creating and maintaining physical and emotional balance to achieve a healthy lifestyle. This unique perspective can be beneficial in your skin and wellness regime when applied appropriately. Here's how you can integrate it into your routine or practice for ultimate overall health!

The Doshas

Vata: The qualities of this dosha reflect the elements of air and space. Vatas typically have a leaner build and a go-with-the-flow attitude, much like the wind. When balanced, they are creative and enthusiastic; but when out of whack, they can often have dry skin, anxiety, and digestive problems.

Pitta: This dosha reflects fire and water elements. Their energy is oriented around digestion and metabolism in the body and they generally have a fiery, upbeat, and courageous personality. In balance, Pittas are joyful, mentally sharp, and healthy, but their fire can become unruly resulting rashes, internal inflammation, and anger.

Kapha: The earth elements are present internally and physically with this dosha. They usually have a sturdier build and showcase qualities of patience, love, and grounded-ness when balanced. However, when imbalanced, Kaphas can experience oily skin, depression, and lethargy.

Not sure which one you are? Take the quiz to find out!

Diet.

Each dosha is both nourished and triggered by certain foods and diet styles. For example, since Pitta is so fiery, cooling foods such as melon, salads, and iced teas are most fueling for this type. Learning how to eat right for your dosha type will help achieve balance internally, increasing energy levels, mental clarity, and overall health.

Vatas: lean toward warm, nourishing foods like warm soups, freshly baked bread, and herbal tea.
Pittas: choose foods that are cool in nature with heavy textures like salads, cold cereal, and fruits.
Kaphas: anything spicy to help stimulate digestion is great for you such as Mexican, Indian, and Thai cuisine.

Activity.

Just as diet plays a role in your internal balance, the type of activity and exercise you choose to participate in can be crucial to your skin, body, and mental health as well. Learn your body's tendencies (easily stressed, overheated, etc.) and choose forms of physical activity that best serve you.

Vatas: gentle, fluid movements like walking, yoga or tai chi.
Pittas: moderately intensive exercise without too much heat such as swimming or hiking in cooler weather.
Kaphas: daily exercise that stimulates and energizes the body and mind like hot yoga or zumba.

In the Treatment Room.

Whether you're dry skin Vata or oily-prone Kapha, the first step is becoming aware of your skin triggers and tailoring your beauty routine to what your skin and body need so you can treat the skin accordingly.

Vatas: Typically need warming or stimulating treatments. Warm towels and Facial Oils that provide both nourishment and hydration.

Pittas: Usually prone to sensitivity and redness, Pittas need more of a calming and cooling treatment or homecare routine. Epidermal Repair products and soothing masks are great for healing inflammation and relieving irritation.

Kaphas: Can sometimes struggle with oily skin, so products that help to regulate that oil production and neutralize toxins are best. Steer clear of anything too heavy.


While Ayurveda is a great guideline and tool for discovering certain tendencies of the skin, body, and mind, everyone is unique and different and possesses balances and imbalances all their own that can be related to a variety of causes. Get to know yourself and your client and then take some time each day for self-care from the inside out!



Wellness Routines Made Easy


With so many different options out there, finding the right supplement for you can be a challenge. This is why we put together pre-made kits complete with just the holistic supplements you need for targeted skin and body concerns. Let's get to know each one!

ACNE DETOX

Achieve clear, radiant skin by targeting acne at the source! Environmental Detox and Pathway work to gently bind and remove acne-causing toxins from the body, while Skin Perfection balances candida overgrowth in the gut to keep pesky blemishes at bay and unveil your authentic glow. This kit is great for acneic skin of all types, whether it's cystic, rosacea, or even eczema; these supplements are the perfect recipe for healing.

SLIMMING DETOX KIT

Support your weight loss goals with stimulant-free, non-toxic supplements that work with your body's innate functions, not against it like some chemically-enhanced weight loss pills do. Melt works to holistically detox the fat cells, while Elevate utilizes the fat as an energy source in the body. Then add Environmental Protection Water to harmonize the effects of environmental toxins on the body that can play a role in the swelling of your fat cells.

HORMONE DETOX KIT

Restore balance back to your system with two powerful, holistic supplements that work together to not only ease symptoms from that hormonal roller coaster, but also remove estrogenic toxins from the body. Environmental Detox utilizes DIM and activated charcoal to bind and remove the toxins, while Hormone Water harmonizes deficiencies in the thyroid to help you look and feel more energetic and radiant! 

DIGESTIVE DETOX KIT

Trust your gut when it comes to optimal overall health! From mental sharpness, to clear skin, and everywhere in between, the health of your digestive system dictates a lot of your body's functionality. This kit comes with just the supplements you need to relieve imbalances that cause that all-too-familiar bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, and gas all while increasing nutrient absorption and taking some of the burden off of your digestive system.


These Limited Edition Kits make it easy to find the perfect wellness regimen for you, targeting the source of the concern, and helping you radiate from the inside out! Shop yours here.

Damage Control: Your Guide to Avoiding Wrinkles


It's no secret that aging is inevitable, and eventually, it becomes harder and harder to hide our age as it starts to reflect on our skin. Did you know that as early as 25 your skin starts to lose key nutrients by 1 percent each year? But, here's the good news! We have control over how we treat our skin and what we put on it every day to combat, slow, and even reverse signs of aging. So, to help you win the war against wrinkles, we have put together the ultimate anti-aging guide with tips, tricks, and ingredients that will help you postpone the appearance of wrinkles as long as possible!

Start Early

The earlier you start using anti-aging products and developing a daily skincare routine of your own, the more optimal results you will get. Start in your 20's with a few simple products to focus on prevention, then vamp up your regimen in your 30's for maintenance with more powerful actives and ingredients. Continue the trend as you say hello to your 40's and then 50's and beyond to actively smooth and reverse!

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays may arguably be the single most important preventative tactic in avoiding premature aging of the skin. Unprotected sun exposure causes not only wrinkles, but also reduced elasticity, dehydration, hyperpigmentation, and compromised texture. Lather up with a zinc oxide-based sunscreen every morning to ensure proper prevention of harmful damage over time.

Ingredients Matter

Not all skincare is created equal. Many products and treatments that claim to be beneficial can actually cause long-term damage and even expedite the aging process. Do your research and read the labels. Reach for products that enhance circulation and blood flow, increase production of collagen and elastin, boost skin nutrients, repair a compromised barrier, and support lipids. Osmosis boasts 4 all-star serums that are proven to be among the most powerful and effective in age prevention:

StemFactor utilizes our advanced exosome technology which maximizes the delivery of over 600 growth factors and skin proteins derived from adult stem cells to stimulate new cells and encourage the rebuilding of collagen and elastin. A perfect recipe to reveal a brighter, more youthful you!

Vitamin A is widely recognized in the skincare and esthetics world as a must-have for your anti-aging routine. The difference is, Osmosis uses a form of Vitamin A called retinaldehyde (a "precursor" to retin-A) that is more easily recognized and absorbed by the skin which makes it non-irritating. In addition, it is coated with phosphatidylcholine (try saying that 3 times fast!) to help penetrate the molecule deep into the dermal layer of the skin through our exclusive liposomal delivery system for boosted results and nutrients. Your skin will thank you, trust us.

Epidermal Repair is a crucial piece of the anti-aging puzzle, especially as you enter your 30's and 40's. Rescue targets the wound repair aspect of aging by utilizing an oxygen molecule to neutralize toxins, activate your skin's innate wound repair systems, and provide the skin with the tools it needs to treat age spots and texture concerns. This revolutionary serum will change the way you skincare!

DNA Repair is vital to your anti-aging efforts in that it is clinically proven to increase skin elasticity and firmness while repairing sun damage and pigmentation. Catalyst AC-11, our DNA Repair Serum, flaunts our patented zinc finger technology that works hard long after you apply it to transform your skin cells for powerful results!

Go Internal

The overall health of your skin will assist in warding off wrinkles much longer than compromised or nutrient-deficient skin, and this happens from the inside out. Support your topical skincare efforts by diving inside the body, too. Food and drink that contain a high content of sugar, caffeine, or preservatives will deprive the skin and body of essentials it needs to stay smooth, hydrated, and brilliant.

Take control of the clock and prevent dreaded wrinkles and lines by making your skin and wellness routine all your own! See our full recommended preventative protocol here.



5 Reasons to Make the Switch to Mineral Makeup


Mineral Makeup has been on the rise in popularity for some time now. But, how important is it really? Is it worth a total overhaul of your makeup bag? We're unveiling the not-so-hidden benefits of choosing minerals and their role in your beauty routine to help you make the switch!

1. Your makeup should be an extension of your skincare.

Here at Osmosis, we believe that true radiance shouldn't stop with your skincare products. Enhancing your authentic beauty goes as far as lifestyle choices, supplements to boost internal balance and health, and even the makeup you wear every day! Mineral makeup supports your skincare efforts by sitting on the skin without settling into pores or fine lines which makes it excellent for the acneic, sensitive, and rosacea skin types that could otherwise have a reaction or breakout to other makeup. It also delivers a seamless, "air-brushed" finish while promoting healthy, nourished skin.

2. Ingredients that work as hard as you do.

Minerals are sourced from the earth and are free of harmful, man-made chemicals that can cause irritation. Instead, they feature powerful natural ingredients that work to nourish, soothe, and protect all while delivering flawless coverage and richly pigmented shades. Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide, mica, jojoba seed oil, and green tea leaf extract on the label of your favorite mineral makeup products!

3. Cruelty-free is the way to be.

Mineral makeup is often cruelty-free which is an added bonus! Osmosis is proud to offer cruelty-free makeup options so you can feel good about the products you're putting on your skin. We take every chance we can to support the movement of protecting animals from harm in the beauty industry and now you can too!

4. Outlasting Performance.

Aside from all of the incredible benefits of skin-nourishing ingredients that minerals boast, the quality of the makeup itself is unmatched. The minerals promote such a smooth, seamless complexion that will last all day, while the finely milled minerals deliver richly pigmented shades to add that extra pop of pretty to your makeup look!
PRO TIP: Moisture is a mineral's best friend. To further enhance the performance of your makeup, spritz with Mineral Hydration Mist and watch as the makeup appears one with the skin.

5. Going Green!

Mineral Makeup is an eco-friendly alternative to most drugstore cosmetics. Because of the naturally sourced ingredients, you can actually minimize your carbon footprint by using minerals. Now that's a win-win in our book!


Upgrade your beauty bag and make the switch to mineral makeup from Foundations, to Shadows, and everywhere in between! Then enhance your daily beauty routine with these self-care tips.

The Perfect Lip Look For Your Zodiac Sign


We love taking looks and making them all our own. Bored with your everyday lip colors? What better way to spice it up and make it YOU than to call on the stars and recreate your zodiac sign in a lip look? Find your sign below and discover how to channel that inner personality and let it translate on your lips.


Aquarius

You are known to be a progressive thinker, innately humanitarian, and uncompromising in that which you believe in. Your love to fight for a cause and your aversion to limitations makes this original, outside-of-the-box lip look right up your alley.
SPOTTED: Pewter Water Color, Charcoal Eye Pencil, Lilac Lip Gloss

Pisces

Ah, Pisces. Your whimsical soul and constant desire to escape reality is what creates your alluring draw. Harness that intuitive spirit with shimmering pastels and playful hues that express your sensitive nature and "watery" energy.

Aries

The courageous Aries is filled with determination and enthusiasm for life! You can be a bit impulsive in your decision-making, but your spontaneity and gusto attract the most fun crowd. You'll settle for nothing less than this bold, daring, and dynamic red.


Taurus

Trusty and reliable, and always practical in your thinking, you keep yourself and all those you're surrounded by grounded and down-to-earth. Your go-to color is a fail-proof pink that goes with just about anything to match your ability to get along with just about anyone!



Gemini

If you know a Gemini, chances are you know them for their expressive, sociable personality with a quick-witted snap. They are often the life of the party and can adapt to almost any social scenario. You're a blast to be around which is why you rock this people-pleasing neutral with a fun, dynamic flare!
SPOTTED: Aura Lip Gloss, Sugar Plum Shadow



Cancer

Your top priority is the well-being of everyone else, and you are unwavering in your loyalty. A compassionate listener and always jumping at the role of nurturer, this classic, pretty nude lip reflects your gentle and caring personality. How lucky we are to have Cancers in our lives!
SPOTTED: Naked Lip Pencil, Innocent Lip Glaze


Leo

The spotlight is your muse, and you're about as confident as they come. Which is exactly why this poppin' peach look is perfect for you! Inspired by your "all eyes on me" vibe, this exciting, change-of-pace-color looks especially great on you.
SPOTTED: Show Stopper Lipstick, Bellini Lip Gloss



Virgo

Virgos are our stable ground no matter the phase of life. Their detail-oriented and analytical minds are often misunderstood, but such a sturdy foundation to lean on in times of need! We love dark, earthy tones to match your infamous down-to-earth personality.

Libra

The embodiment of peace, balance, and harmony, Libras are known to dodge conflict like the plague. They're people-pleasers to their core, which is why this classic pink so accurately reflects the gentle and cooperative traits. Who doesn't love a good pink lip?!
SPOTTED: Petal Lip Pencil, Passion Lipstick


Scorpio

You are driven by passion and possess a certain irresistible charm. These alluring traits combined with your assertive stance on just about everything makes this bold, seductive scarlet look a direct reflection of your essence!



Saggitarius

You're our go-to for a good time and are always ready for a spontaneous road trip. Exactly why this fun, free-spirited look was made just for you! This zesty pink shows off the gusto with which you live your life.



Capricorn

Capricorns are true to tradition, not usually prone to spontaneity, but oh-so grounded and loyal. You pride yourself in your discipline and responsibility, and we all love you for it! Try deep tones with precise lines to match your detail-oriented spirit.





Experts Reveal Causes and Solutions of Ingrown Hairs


Summer is the season for shaving which can often lead to pesky ingrown hairs (and is the last thing you want as you head out to the pool or beach). But what is the underlying cause of those red bumps? Sharlyn asks our experts and Dr. Ben Johnson shares his insights. Check it out, then shop the solutions below!

Q: "What do you think is the main cause of ingrown hairs? Specifically, the male beard line and woman bikini area. I've heard you discuss other theories in the past besides the common ones. Can you touch on this a bit?" -Sharlyn

A: "Ingrown hairs and/or folliculitis are a detox reaction. The toxin generates inflammation on its way out of the follicle, this swelling traps the hair. Facial lesions are from estrogenic toxins, bikini line is likely from mercury so look at their fish intake." -Dr. Ben Johnson


Tackle it with Osmosis:


Start within by addressing possible imbalanced mercury levels in the body. Environmental Protection Water will help harmonize environmental toxicity, then turn to Rescue topically to soothe and heal the inflammation of the follicle, neutralize toxins in the skin, and prevent scarring from the wound. Bonus Tip! Apply Rescue to scars caused by previous ingrown hairs and watch them fade away leaving smooth, even, and radiant skin!

Have a question that you would like to have featured in an #AskTheExperts forum? Submit it to social@osmosisskincare.com we'd love to hear from you!

Glowing Goddess Green Smoothie


Achieving glowing skin from within is the name of our game, and when we can get that with a tasty summer treat, that's a win-win in our book! Check out this refreshing green goddess smoothie that will give your taste buds and your skin a nourishing pick-me-up.

What You'll Need:


1/2 Cup Green Grapes
1/2 Banana
1/2 Granny Smith Apple Chopped
1 1/2 Cup Fresh Spinach
1 Cup Coconut Water, Pineapple Juice, or Almond Milk (depending on how creamy or tangy you like it)
1/2 Small Avocado
1 Tbs Chia Seeds

TIP: We recommend freezing all the fruits so there is no need for ice!

Instructions:


Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too thick, add your liquid of choice until it's thin enough to easily combine. Pour into your favorite glass, top with more chia seeds or shaved coconut, and enjoy your radiance inside and out!


Savor your smoothie with a luxurious face mask to enhance results and make a daily self-care routine out of it. Interested in other foods that feed your skin? Read more here.