Spring Beauty Hacks!

3/31/2017 Osmosis Skincare 1 Comments

With the changing of the seasons comes the need to perk up your beauty routine. We love a good hack and this season we've got all you need to put a spring in your step and get glowing.

Hack 1 - Blush: We love using Nude Bliss Blush as a shimmery nude eye shadow. This dusty shimmer with a hint of rose tone is perfect for a springy swipe of color. Simply apply this shade to your lids (from lash line to crease), add a thin line of black Liquid Eye Definer and a coat of Mascara for the perfect nude spring look.

Hack 2 - Get dewey, soft skin with your coverage! Immerse and Pressed Base. Apply Immerse to your skin, while it is still tacky, use our Base Brush to apply your pressed base for a dewy finish with medium coverage. We love mixing our foundation up each season to accommodate our skin as it changes with the weather and this combo is the tops for healthy looking skin.

Hack 3 -  Treat your winter scalp with some spring loving. Combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and two pumps of Replenish for the perfect antioxidant scalp treatment. Heat your coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for 12-15 seconds, then mix Replenish in with the melted oil. Apply to your scalp and massage. Wrap your hair in a soft t-shirt and hit the pillow. Wash your hair in the morning and enjoy a healthy, flake-free, happy scalp.

Hack 4 - Anti-Highlighter. Unless you are completely unplugged, you know that highlighting has become its own entity equipped with a healthy amount of followers. We love a good highlight just as much as the next gal, but we also love a more subtle glow sometimes. That's where our Age Defying Treatment Concealer comes in. Use the balm to add a pretty, soft focused highlight look to your cheeks, brow bone, cupid's bow, and chin.

Hack 5 - Soothe irritated winter skin. Now that winter is long gone, it's time to take a look at treating your legs. We know that the cold months leave us feeling little to no pressure to shave our legs... we also know that once spring is here and we do shave, we are left with a little razor burn and extra dry legs! We love using Repair as a leg mask post-shaving. This helps lessens those post shave bumps. Simply apply a thin layer of Repair to damp legs and let it rest for 15 minutes. Then rinse and follow with a gentle toxin-free moisturizer.

Now that you have our favorite spring hacks, learn where to shop for them here for a refreshed spring beauty routine.


Wellness: Start your Summer Garden Now!

3/30/2017 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

Any green thumb enthusiasts out there? Is there anything more soothing and calming than gardening? Did you know that gardening can lower your stress and blood pressure, boost your self-esteem and help calm depression and anxiety? Yep, gardening isn't just for the birds anymore, so we wanted to give you a few tips to get yours started in time for the last frost.

Seed starting is a very rewarding hobby that not only provides you with the accomplishment of growing something from the start, but also yields delicious results that you can enjoy all summer long. Starting your seeds is all about timing and should be based on your location. Check out your local Farmer's Almanac to judge when your last frost may be so you know when you can transplant your seedlings to their permanent home outside. Here are some other tips to get you going!

1. Go for the gold! Choose organic, open pollinated, heirloom seeds. You've heard the phrase, "Go big or go home"? Keep that in mind with you choose your seeds. If you are going to grow some veggie goodness, you may as well grow the best!

2. Don't use regular potting soil. Go to your nearest nursery and find a seed starting blend. These provide your seedlings with proper air flow and proper water retention. Look for a mix that is light weight, but dense enough to tamper your seed into the soil for direct contact.

3. Light the way. Keep them warm and keep them hydrated! A great way to keep your seeds temperature consistent and provide them with enough light (assuming you have a good kitchen window) is to keep your seedlings on top of your refrigerator. The warmth for your fridge's energy will give a good dose of germinating warmth needed to sprout while the light from your kitchen will give your seeds the energy they need to grow. Keep their soil damp and never let it dry out completely. We suggest placing your seedling container in a small pool of water so the starting mix can wick up moisture from the bottom.

4. Pick the right container. Choose a seed-starting container (which can be found at your local hardware store or nursery) or use flower flats from last years planting. Each seed starting container should be 2-3 inches deep and have proper drainage bottoms.

5. Show your seeds some love! Once your seeds have germinated and begun to sprout, talk to them. Gently pet their little leaves and keep them stimulated. Yes, you read that right. Not only have studies shown that plants in general respond to touch and sound, but you benefit from talking to your little sprout you worked so hard to grow!

6. Transplant with care and FEED your plants' soul. Once your seedling is ready to be transplanted outside, be sure that you move them into a good organic, vegetable soil. Give them a chance to acclimate to the big bad world by giving them a few hours outside in the shade a few days before transplanting. Give them enough space to grow and don't let them get too crowded by other veggies or flowers. It is suggested to keep your plants 3-5 inches apart from each other for the perfect yield and growth. Once they are transplanted, feed them with organic nutrients and fertilizers (perfect time to use your compost.)

7. Grow baby grow: Keep your plants well hydrated, well-fed and happy. If there is a storm coming in, give them shelter with a light tarp until the storm moves away. Give them daily loving, watering, pruning and talking. Once they start producing food, thank them and yourself for the goods!

Share your Gardening Tips with us here! 


Skincare: The Double Cleanse - How To

3/29/2017 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

We love a good beauty hack, we also love a good squeaky clean complexion that is healthy, hydrated, and flawless! Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the double cleanse is making its way to the top of the beauty technique mountain! Have you wondered how to give your skin a good double cleanse with Osmosis products? Well we have the perfect, most incredible hack for you...

Melt Away Gelee and Deep Clean! These two are like Forrest and Jenny, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Bubba and Shrimp, Peas and Carrots (Forrest Gump has been on our TV... if you can't tell.) Did you know our Melt Away Gelee is not just for the eyes? It works wonders all over the skin, as the perfect pre-cleanse balm which removes makeup and surface impurities. Following Melt Away with Deep Clean (or your favorite Osmosis Cleanser), is the perfect way to ensure a clean face, without it feeling stripped of vital nutrients and moisture. Tune in below to see just how simple, the Osmosis Double Cleanse can be!

Learn where to shop this skincare hack here. 


Osmosis ABC's: M - Mandelic Acid

3/27/2017 Osmosis Skincare 3 Comments

Did you know that the handful of almonds you eat for protein is packed with much more than goodness for your gut? Almonds contain a powerful skincare ingredient that we simply can't get enough of. Allow us to introduce you to Mandelic Acid, a gentle yet powerful ingredient that leaves your skin glowing and happy. Extracted from almonds, this chiral molecule is widely recognized as the perfect AHA for sensitive skin that gives jaw-dropping results. Let's take a closer look at what this wonder acid does for your skin:

Now that we know why you should be utilizing this ingredient, let's explore the products you can find it in!

Powder Actives - L Mandelic Acid Blend and Acne Blend: Reach out to a pro near you to get a full mandelic treatment, use in conjunction with Facial Infusion for a double dose of this gentle giant.

Enlighten Serum: Our incredible spot treatment, Enlighten, is equipped with our featured ingredient to help speed up the lightening process of hyperpigmentation, age spots, and melasma.

Clarify: Kick acne's butt with our blemish-fighting Vitamin A serum! The combo of Vitamin A and Mandelic Acid make for a perfect power couple for keeping acne at bay as well as treating old scars and acne-related pigmentation.

Learn where to shop for this wizard here.


Makeup: A look at the History of Beauty

3/07/2017 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

Do you ever wonder just how old makeup is? No, not your expiration date, the actual use of and art of makeup? It's literally ancient! In honor of National Women's History Month, we thought it would be fun to teach a little "her-story" lesson in makeup through the ages and honor those who brought this revolutionary tool of women (and men's) confidence to the forefront of our time.

In the ancient Egyption ages, both men and women would protect their skin from the scorching sun by using oils, homemade ointments and the now-known Kohl which was made up from burnt almonds, oxidized copper, different colored coppers ores, lead, ash, and ochre. This is the first known use of 'cosmetics.' Kohl later became not only a representation of looks (it was quite desirable to have almond-shaped eyes) and a protection ritual from evil. From that point forward, oils, plant pigments and fruit pigments became a popular use to signify class, status, and ritual uses around the globe.

Moving forward in time to the Elizabethan Era when lead, arsenic, and egg whites were utilized to maintain a pale complexion, which let others know your status (the paler you were, the less time you spent outside, hence the opulence of being wealthy enough to own a roof!) and the egg whites were applied on top of the skin to give a glossy, tight look. Beets and other red fruits were used to stain the lips and cheeks and lead or ochre to line the eyes. With time, it became apparent that their use of these cosmetics were indeed leading to poison and even death... Death by liner anyone?!? The use of makeup grew rapidly between men and women of stature.

The Victorian age experienced a decline in the use of makeup as it was not deemed a suitable form to present yourself, unless...of course you were a woman of the night. The most that a woman or man would do is apply one drop of lemon juice in their eyes with the belief that they would appear bright and awake (ouch)! This is the era that cheek-pinching became popular as well. In private (of course) women would pinch their cheeks in order to bring blood to the surface for a natural, reddish glow.

It wasn't until the early 1900's that makeup started to resurface as acceptable and boy-oh-boy this is the time that history-makers emerged. Helena Rubenstien, Elizabeth Arden and Max Factor came to the scene around 1914, bringing fresh products (without poison) to the scene. Let's also not forget that 1914 also saw its first mascara ad, the mascara aptly named Mable, after the sister of its inventor which later became known as Maybelline. Helena Rubenstien was really the first female cosmetic entrepreneur showing the importance of skincare and makeup to men and women in Europe and the US. This is where commercial beauty as we know it today was born!

Moving forward through time, the 1920's is a pivotal moment in makeup history as it now was widely available to women of all statures and it was more commonly used to express one's self. Painted nails, smokey eyes, thin brows and dark, vampy lips made their appearance to the beauty stage and luckily (aside from the thin brows) have yet to make their exit! This brief history lesson brings us to today!

We are incredibly fortunate to have skincare and makeup at our disposal, in forms that we can afford and learn to use via YouTube and other technologies. We bet Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstien would be dancing through the streets if they could see just how far their quaint passion all those years ago has grown. Now living in an age where makeup continues to better itself, becoming safer, cleaner and greener (thank goodness we don't use arsenic anymore), we have to say that we are honored to be apart of an industry that cares about your skin, your feelings, and your confidence. Take a look at looks from the past, add a little modern flare (and personal style) to them, and go out and thank the ladies of the past for having the know-how and gumption to put their best face forward!

Check out our makeup products to create your timeless look here.


Skincare: Repair your Skin's DNA

3/02/2017 Osmosis Skincare 9 Comments

Our bodies may seem calm and steady on the surface, but did you know that at our cellular level, our DNA works tirelessly around the clock to repair itself? Yes, DNA repair occurs in our bodies roughly 100 TRILLION times a day! Holy smokes that's a lot of work. DNA repair is vital to our bodies' health (skin included) and our overall well-being. You all know that we love providing cutting-edge, healthy, clean, and holistic skincare that works at a cellular level, and we must say that we love to toot our own horn when it comes to DNA repair... toot, toot!

DNA repair needs to happen on the inside and out in order for our health and our skin's health to remain in-tact and happy. We boast a patented, technology that boosts DNA repair on both the inside and outside of our bodies. We have two wonderful topical serums to choose from as well as one of our top 5 wellness products that aid in repair on the inside, let's take a closer look:

Catalyst Plus+ - This DNA repair serum is perfect for sensitive skin or those just starting out on their results-driven skincare journey. This patented formula hosts a lot of incredible technology! Catalyst Plus+ is full of Vitamin C, amino acids and minerals that target our skin's cell turnover and creates a harmonious effect on calming and age-reversal. Ideal for even the most sensitive of skin, Catalyst Plus+ will help soothe wounds, boost sun protection, and reduce the sings of fine lines, skin tags, broken capillaries, and hyperpigmentation...that is a lot of action from one little serum!

Catalyst AC-11 - The Big-Kahuna of DNA repair and age reversal, Catalyst AC-11 has proven itself as a skin health all star! AC-11, our patented technology which activates your natural zinc finger remodeling process, which is vital to DNA repair, aids in repairing all of your skin-sins. From sun damage to aging, scars to pigmentation, Catalyst AC-11 has been clinically proven to increase skin's elasticity and firmness and decrease signs of aging and sun damage. Catalyst AC-11 is ideal for all normal to mature skin types. If there is one item you need in your skincare regimen, this is it. It's your do-all, heal-all DNA repairing machine!

Elevate - This internal supplement contains our AC-11 ingredient which aids in DNA repair on the inside. When our DNA repairs itself, our immune system get a healthy boost, our internal symptoms of sun and free-radical damage reduce drastically helping our organs work better. It is vital that we treat our immune system just as good as we treat our skin. Our immunity protects us from disease, cancers, pathogens and, well, all of the bad things out there that can alter our health. Elevate is a key supplement to take in order to keep your DNA damage at a minimum AND keep it working 100 TRILLION times a day.

The science behind DNA repair is still relatively new, and we couldn't be more excited to be o the forefront of its development. AC-11 has been shown in human, animal, and in-vitro studies to increase DNA repair by up to 40%. FORTY PERCENT! That is an incredible result. AC-11 is a pure form of wizardry, the process in which we obtain it is quite fascinating. Imagine you are making a cake and you need to sieve your dry ingredients together in order to remove any bulky or larger lumps of salt, sugar, and flour so you get the smoothest cake possible (mmmmm cake). AC-11 goes through a similar process, removing any heavy materials (like tannins and alkaloids) which in turn, allows for a shockingly pure form of awesome that absorbs easier for the ultimate therapeutic benefit to your body and skin.

Adding one of our DNA Repair Serums and Elevate to your daily wellness routine is bound to shock and amaze you with its jaw-dropping results. Want to learn more about our technology? Check out our studies and patents to lean all about our unique approach to skincare and health.

Learn where to find these wonder products here.