Guide to Green Beauty

With Earth Day on April 22nd, we’d like to share a few tips in helping you make the switch to leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle this year. By making these small changes, it can go a log way in helping Mother Earth breathe easier.

Hydrate (Through Reusable Cup & Straw of Course!)

Sipping through a straw isn’t just a trick makeup artist’s use so lipstick won’t come off. By drinking through a straw whenever possibly, you not only keep your pout perfect but you also help in the green effort of less plastic waste. Don’t forget to drink out of your reusable/travel cup too!

Eat Clean

By not only eating cleaner, juicing and shopping with reusable bags, you’ll cut down on plastic wrapping and packaging along with putting more wholefoods into your body (think fruits and vegetables!)

Turn Off the Water

For every minute you have the water funning, two gallons of water go down you drain. To conserve water, multi-task – leave your face wash on while you wash the rest of your body, shampoo while you shave your legs. Or, simply set a kitchen timer to not spend too much time in the shower.

Be a Label Hound

Check the ingredients of your skin and shower products. Chemicals can be harmful not only to your skin but to the water and environment it is transported to. Try our popular H&H Brightening Polish, not with bio-friendly microbeads!

H&H Science products are dermatologist tested and approved, Ph balanced, cruelty free, chemical paraben free, non-comedogenic, medical-grade, made in the USA, and distributed locally by a family-owned business.

What do you think?

What are some of your favorites ways to go green for Earth Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Top Makeup Spring Color Trends for 2018, According to Makeup Artists

As weather warms up, its time to not only switch over your wardrobe, but transform you makeup routine as well. Play up the spring moods and temperatures and enjoy these subtle changes to your eye shadow, lips and foundation as you create a warmer, softer and fresher look.

Here’s a guide to trends you might see – and try for yourself!

Pastels with a Pop of Color

Pastels for spring are not a new concept but you’ll definitely see more muted shades this season. We recommend using a light wash of pink on your lips (Try our Liquid Lipstick in Kitten Pink) and some blush (Our Powder Blush in the color Peony) to give your cheeks a pink flushed look.

The Return of Twiggy Lashes

Natural lashes are on their way out this season, and in with bold, 1960s Twiggy-inspired eye looks. To pull it off at home, begin with a thickening fiber-based mascara (H&H Science Lash Thickener) followed by a bold, volumizing mascara (H&H XLXL Mascara). Don’t be afraid to do more than one layer of mascara too!

Bright Colors in Surprising Places

In addition to the spring pastel hues, bold eye shadow designs have become braver this season. Give your eyes an ‘instant wakeup call’ by trying a bit of color under your eye’s water line and only at the inner corners. Try our new Eyeshadow Kit that you can build your own kit and choose your own colors!

Ultraviolet Eyes

With purple being the Pantone’s color of the year, utilize it as a way to draw dramatic attention to your eyes. Smudge a purple eyeliner (H&H Gel Liner in the color Florentine)

The Return of the Bullet Lipstick

Move aside lip balms, glosses and stains! 2018 marks the return of the traditional bullet lipstick. This means going back to your mom’s trusted purse staple. Matte is still ruling the roost but more wearable formulas give the lips more life than the flat mattes of winter. Look for bright pinks, corals and beige nudes. We recommend our Luxury Matte Lipstick, Satin Lipstick and Cream Lipstick lines.

What do you think?

So what trends are you loving this spring 2018? Let us know in the comments below!

Recover, Hydrate & Treat

The 3 Keys To Your Best Skin This Fall

As the summer sun sets and the season starts to change, our tans fade and we are left with the effects of the summer sun. Brown spots, freckles and soft wrinkles under our eyes appear, reminding us of the time spent outdoors. Reversing the damage requires maintaining a skincare regimen that includes quality, medical grade skincare ingredients, as well as incorporating medical grade anti-aging treatments and procedures. 

Recover

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Recovering from the effects of the summer sun requires key ingredients, such as Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid. Glycolic Acid is best for those with sensitive skin types who have normal-to-dry skin. Salicylic Acid peels are acidic solutions used to rejuvenate the surface of your skin. The solution acts on the outermost skin layers- causing them to disintegrate and be “peeled” away to reveal the underlying, unaffected skin. 

Recovering the health of your skin is now available in the comfort of your home with our H&H Science Glycolic Cleansing Pads. These Glycolic pads will cleanse, degrease, and freshen the skin. It gently exfoliates dead skin and will remove surface debris and oil. Witch Hazel, a proven astringent, helps reduce surface oil and refine pore size. In addition to these glycolic pads, using a retinol every night is key to recovering the health of your skin. As our H&H Science Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum contains a unique combination of retinol and smoothing serum, it helps to enhance the skin, making it smoother and more evenly toned while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydrate

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The strong summer sun dries out your skin. Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, happens in both the summer and winter. In order to restore your natural glow, a hydrating moisturizer with key antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, C, E and Green Tea, is necessary. The ideal moisturizer should be selected according to your skin type. Heavier moisturizing creams are ideal for dry skin types, while serums and lotions are ideal for normal to oily skin types. 

Hydrating and firming around the eye areas requires Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid has been nicknamed by the press as, “the key to the fountain of youth.” H&H Science Hydrating & Firming Eye Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid and is an ideal moisturizing cream that tightens and firms around the eye.

Treat

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Treating deeper wrinkles and more advanced sun damage, as well as facial blood vessels, requires the use of the latest advances in medical grade treatments and procedures. 

Our Photo Facial Microneedle Tool  combines conventional micro needling with the added benefit of color therapy. Color therapy is used to stimulate the biological activity of the skin at the cellular level. The needling forms micro channels in the skin, allowing increased product penetration. Penetration is further enhanced by the activity of the wavelengths used during the Photon therapy.

This ‘collagen induction therapy’ device effectively improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping up the skin, to create a more youthful appearance. The Photo Facial Microneedle Tool is highly effective in improving a wide variety of skin conditions, such as: rough skin texture, enlarged pores, sun damage, wrinkles, scarring (acne, chicken pox, surgical), stretch marks and lax skin.

How To: Aging By Decade

As we age and our bodies change, our skin care products should change too. The same cleanser you used in your 20s might not work as well on your skin when you are in your 30s. During different stages of life, we have certain skin conditions and concerns. It is important to be aware of your skin during these phases, and use products that are applicable to your skin type and concerns.

20s

In your 20s, you can still get acne breakouts, especially if this is something you struggled with as a teen. Cleansing and moisturizing are pivotal in your skin care routine, as well as taking the steps to prevent acne. Although fine lines and wrinkles may not be of concern, it is a good time to start preventing aging before it is too late. Adding retinol to your nighttime routine works wonders in preventing both acne and aging. This vitamin A derivative can help prevent and treat clogged pores, while exfoliating excess pigment and sunspots, as well as building new elastin and collagen. Your 20s is also a good time to begin making sunscreen a habit. Applying it as your last step of your routine in the morning will help prevent photoaging and the development of fine lines and dark spots (as well as preventing skin cancer of course). 

30s

In your 30s, aging starts to creep up. Not only does your career and personal life get more intense and hectic, but your once youthful skin now has a few fainted laugh lines and dark spots. While your 30s is a great time, it is also a lot of work. Although this stress does have an affect on your skin, but there are still chances to fight these early signs of aging. By now, you’ve hopefully got cleaning, moisturizing and protecting your skin with sunscreen daily down pat. Now, adding in a mix of exfoliation twice a week will keep your skin clear and smooth. As stress may be at an all-time high, the skin under your eyes is usually the first area to show signs of poor skin health and stress. Adding an eye cream to your routine will help boost collagen and elastin production. 

40s

By the time you hit your 40s, your skin is a reflection of your skin care routine over the past few decades. The hormones and stress from your 30s carry into your 40s, while noticeable signs of aging begin to appear. Luckily, there are still ways to keep your skin concerns under control. Continuing to apply sunscreen during your morning routine is crucial, as sun exposure is a top cause of aging. Beginning to use a prescription-strength retinol, if you haven’t already, is also important, as it helps even out skin tones and stimulates the collagen in your skin. In your 40s, your skin may begin to have a certain dullness to it. Hydration is key to improving this concern, as using moisturizers and serums will help give the healthy look you are striving for.

50s

In your 50s, sagging and thinning skin begin to surface. The hormone decline that comes along with menopause creates a drastic change to our skin and body, making it essential that you consider maintaining your skin’s health as top priority. Dryness is also a common condition in your 50s, so using products that are infused with antioxidants and humectants will keep your skin nourished and radiant. Using a retinol during your nighttime routine promotes collagen production and cell turnover, helping to slow down the aging process. Therefore, no matter what product you choose, make sure you’re looking for two things: collagen production and hydration!

60s+

In your 60s, your skin becomes more sensitive than before, so using harsher prescription-strength products should be taken down a notch, by either switching to a gentler product or reducing the amount of times you use it. The sagging, thinning and dry skin from your 50s will continue in your 60s and beyond, therefore repairing and hydrating will remain crucial. Preventing additional sagging by using a hardworking serum can be helpful, using this product on your neck and chest as well. While we want to achieve younger-looking skin, and ‘trick’ people into thinking we are a decade younger than we are, it is far more important to be sure that you are maintaining beautiful and healthy skin that you are confident in. 

 

As I am sure you noticed retinol was discussed in almost every decade as an important product for your skin: don’t forget that our Retinol Plus Youthful Peel Kits will be on sale this week- August 29th – 31st. This high-strength, two-step peel kit delivers noticeable anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits, and improves the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and texture. It also enhances the tone and texture of your skin, while unclogging pores and promoting a healthy radiance. 

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5 Tips for Smooth Skin

Over time, many factors are to blame for the loss of your skin’s smoothness, such as stress, rays from the sun, pollution, dehydration, or even just aging. Not only can these factors affect the smoothness of your skin, but it also makes it more susceptible to wrinkles, age spots, bruises, rough or dry patches, blemishes and a loss of elasticity. Although it is an impossible task for us to regain the baby-soft skin from our childhood, there are still ways to get smoother and healthier skin as an adult.

1.  Start from within

Antioxidants are crucial to combat loss of collagen, premature aging and other health concerns. Adding berries and subtracting sugary treats will aid in improving the visible signs of aging, and help to reveal a more youthful appearance. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for smooth and radiant skin.

2. Practice a healthy lifestyle

Regular physical activity helps regulate the hormones that are significant in your skin, prevents free-radical damage, while also reducing inflammation. Other than exercise, it is important to get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. This rejuvenates not only your body, but your skin as well.

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3. Stick to a cleansing routine

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize. Remove makeup with a gentle cleanser, followed by a toner to remove any dirt, oil, cleanser or makeup left behind, and then moisturize. You only need to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and increase collagen production. It is important to also note that over-washing can cause excess oil production, which can lead to breakouts.

4. Hydrate your skin

Using creams and serums with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E help nourish your skin, leaving it healthier looking and smooth.

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5. Take your vitamins

While the vitamins in your skincare products are important, it is also essential that you are putting vitamins and minerals into your body as well. Vitamins A, C, D and E work from the inside to clear and nourish the skin, while protecting it from a wide variety of skin issues. H&H Science’s Anti-Aging Formula is formulated to help maintain a youthful and healthier appearance, as well as providing other anti-aging benefits.