How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Regimen

You always take time to push your old coats to the back of the closet and bring forward the fun, light tops for spring, but what about your skin care routine? Here are 5 changes to make this season.

Tis the season for spring-cleaning! It’s time to toss out the old to make room for the new, and just like swapping your winter wardrobe with lighter clothing or dusting and cleaning the entire house, it’s important to update your skin care regimen and start fresh for spring.

Especially with living in Ohio, the cold temperatures and dry air make our skin itch, and worsen skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. So as the weather warms up, try these 5 tips to switch up your skin care routine for clear, healthy skin.

Purge

Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to purge old skin care products and cosmetics. Believe it or not, these products have a shelf life. So no matter how long you’ve been holding onto that free sample of foundation you received in the air and just haven’t found the right occasion to finally use it, or if it’s been that huge, old bottle of conditioner that forever keeps its place in the corner of your shower, it’s time to toss! Old, expired products can harbor bacteria and loose their potency.

You want to toss the following items:

  • Anything past the expiration date
  • Products that are dry or crusty
  • Anything with a change in smell, color, or consistency
  • Mascara order than three months (always toss makeup that is older than a year, no matter how much there is remaining).
  • Old, dirty makeup brushes or makeup sponges

TIP: Unlike food, cosmetic companies aren’t required to put expiration dates on beauty products, but a few brands list them anyway, so start by taking a look at the package. Look for a symbol of a jar with an open lid, number, and letter. The open lid means the expiration date applies once the product is opened or the seal is removed. The letter is usually an “M” for month or “Y” for year. So if you see “12 M” on the symbol that means the product will last up to 12 months after it has been opened.

Looking to refresh your look and replace old items? Stop by any H&H Science location to test and try out our mineral makeup like or fabulous Detox My Hair Line to help deep clean refresh your hair once a week.

Swap Moisturizer for Lighter Lotion

In warmer, more humid weather, you’re more likely to sweat when you’re out. For spring skin care, switch our your heavy moisturizer for a lighter lotion. For example, swap your H&H Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer with our H&H Facial Moisturizer, or our H&H Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer if you have oily or acne-prone skin.

Exfoliate for a Healthy Glow

By exfoliating your skin, you can help remove all those dry, dead skin cells after slow build up during the winter months and restore your skin to a fresh, new glow. Start by gently exfoliating both your face and body once a week to help keep moisturizers better adept at absorbing into the skin and removing dead skin cells. Try our environmentally friendly micro-bead H&H Brightening Polish to gently cleanse and exfoliate.

Lighten Up

For spring and summer, use a lighter foundation and lighter, brighter makeup colors. The dull, drab days of winter are behind you, so freshen up!

Slather on the Sunscreen

While it is important to wear sunscreen all year long, start your spring off right by switching to at least a SPF 30+. At H&H Science, all of our sunscreens are SPF 50+ and fortified with antioxidants and provide UVA/UVB protection. TIP: Kill two birds with one stone with our H&H Tinted Brightening BB Cream as it is both your foundation and sunscreen! Or for acne-prone skin, try our H&H Ultra Lite Oil Free Sunscreen.

What do you think? What are your tips spring cleaning your beauty and skin care regimen? Let me know in the comments below!

 

-XOXO Heather

 

Perfect Skin & Amazing Makeup for Sorority Recruitment

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This month at Ohio State, my friends and I participated in formal sorority recruitment.  We had to be up at the crack of dawn on Saturday and Sunday for two weekends to help girls find their homes! My friend Tessa and I were both struggling with stress the week before and it caused our skin to have minor breakouts.

We both use H&H Science skin care products (as well as makeup and hair care) and we saw massive improvements before the big weekend arrived! We both wanted our skin to look its very best so that we could feel confident talking to the women who were coming through recruitment.  We wanted to give a good impression and having perfect skin and amazing makeup were some good ways to do it.

We both are huge fans of H&H foundations and this weekend we needed something that would stay on all day long and not move around on our faces throughout the day.  The Liquid Foundation was perfect for the job. In addition to providing a flawless coverage, it looked beautiful on our skin and kept it healthy and hydrated! We set the foundation and concealer with the baked hydrating powder, giving our skin a healthy glow.

The next, and arguably most important step, was contouring.  Using the contour kit that we both love so much, we achieved a natural looking contour and highlight, enhancing our natural bone structure. Brows, eyeshadow, mascara and lips were the final additions to our perfect makeup look.

My perfect lip combo for this weekend was the lip liner in the shade Naked, and the luxury matte lipstick in the shade Burlesque.  Both of these are my go to lip shades and the best part is that they are so moisturizing and never dry my lips out!

Tessa and I are both blessed with the opportunity to work with such an amazing skin care brand and we are so lucky to have the access to great makeup that kept our skin looking flawless all weekend long!

Quick Gift Guide for Beauty-loving Girls

It’s the holiday season! That means it is time to start shopping for gifts for your friends and family! Being a college-aged girl I can understand what it is like being hard to shop for. Her’s a quick gift guide for beauty-loving girls just like me!

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For the light makeup wearing teenager, I suggest the H&H Science Baked Hydrating Powder! I use this on a day to day basis, and I have last purchased this product in August and it has lasted me till December!

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The Nude Kit is a great gift for women of all ages and is perfect for people who are new to makeup or are very comfortable in the natural shade range. With 9 neutral eyeshadows, one highlight, two blushes, and one contour shade, this kit makes the perfect travel buddy for women on the go!

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For the active girl, I would recommend the Tinted Brightening BB Cream! This cream has a sheer tint that is perfect for people who are not looking for a ton of coverage and is packed with helpful skincare ingredients! The best is that it fits every skin tones with its multitasking formula!

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H&H has plenty of eyeshadow palettes for the eye makeup lover that are all mineral based and have amazing color payoff. You can’t go wrong with these and some even include a fun pop of color for those who aren’t afraid to do bold eye looks!

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Lastly, you can never go wrong with brushes or makeup sponges to go along with any of these products. The H&H Science brushes are so soft and durable!

H&H products would make the perfect gift for any makeup or skincare loving teen or woman and they go perfectly with every skin tone! They also make the perfect stocking stuffers and I know I would not mind waking up on Christmas morning to one (or all) of these products!

XOXO

-Tory

Summer’s Here! Time To Get Glowing!

Get Glowing with Mineral Make-Up

It’s hard to resist the season’s siren call of a sun-kissed summer glow. But it’s also hard to achieve it, well, without the sun. There’s still one safe way to get that golden glow, and it’s already in your makeup bag: bronzer. Don’t reach for just any bronzer though! Make sure it is mineral based and free from any skin irritating ingredients.

Having healthy, radiant skin goes beyond having a great skin care regimen. Dermatologists recommend high quality mineral make-up because it’s free of chemicals and additives which can cause skin irritation.  Traditional make up uses preservatives like parabens, chemical dyes and fragrances. Mineral make-up leaves these out and therefore makes it ideal for even the most sensitive skin types. The main benefit is that mineral make up is non comedogenic and oil free so it doesn’t block the pores and cause breakouts and blackheads on the skin.

Sunkissed Glow with Mineral Bronzer: Bronzer Placement and Application Tips

If you’re a fan of the sun-kissed look but aren’t a fan of, well, the sun (those rays mean business), bronzer is a great substitute. Now, we know bronzer can be quite intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With just a few simple tips, you’ll be applying it like a total pro without channeling your inner Oompa Loompa.

So, how do you apply mineral bronzers for a beach goddess look and not overdo it?

  1. Start out with a really light application and then build on to it.
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Our Brand Ambassador Hanna applies her bronzer with the Highlight Brush
  1. Softly sculpt your features by applying your bronzer where the sun hits your skin to create a sun kissed effect. Start with your hairline, cheeks, jawline and neck to warm your features. Don’t forget to apply and blend bronzer down your neck and if your hair is up in a ponytail, you should also put a little around your ears.
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Hanna using the Fan Brush and Baked Fusions Blush/bronzer in the color Pink Swirl
  1. Put down the kabuki! Avoid using a brush that’s too dense or full otherwise you could end up with way too much product where you don’t want or need it. To apply, we love the H&H Science Deluxe Fan Brush because the soft, less dense bristles allow for a more delicate application and amazing blendability.

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  1. The key is to blend, blend and blend some more. That’s what makes it look so natural. You don’t want obvious streaks framing your face but rather a subtle hint of color.

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  1. Before you head out, check out your handy work in the natural light of a window, away of the yellow hue of your bathroom light bulbs, to get a look at the true color.

Selecting the right bronzer for your skin tone

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Can bronzer be applied to all skin types even the fairest skin? It sure can. You just need to make sure to pick the best mineral makeup bronzer shade for your skin tone and apply it properly for the perfect, no-consequences, faux glow.

For a natural sun-kissed glow, select one of our H&H Science Baked or Pressed Mineral Foundations two shades darker than your base color. These provide a matte finish and will work with your natural skin tone. You can then add sparkle over the apple of the cheeks with one our H&H Science Baked Mineral Fusions and Color Splashes. They include multiple fusions of color and provide a shimmery, radiant finish that looks like you just got back from a tropical getaway.

A Healthy Sun-kissed Glow

There is still one safe way to get a sun-kissed glow and it is most likely already in your make-up bag! Ensure that you skin stays radiant and clear by choosing a mineral based bronzer and foundation that is non-comedogenic and oil free so it doesn’t block the pores and cause breakouts and blackheads on the skin. Traditional make up uses preservatives like parabens, chemical dyes and fragrances that can easily irritate the skin. Finding the right shade of bronzer for your skin tone and applying it correctly are important for a successful application. Start with a light application concentrating on those areas that the sun would naturally hit and keep blending until you find the perfect glow!

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Is Your Makeup Causing Your Acne and Dull Skin?

 

I tell my teen clients that there is no use applying acne medicine at night if over the counter comedogenic facial skin care and make-up products are going to be applied to their face during the day. Disposing of all traditional make-up products that clogs the pores and causes breakouts and skin care products that contain comedogenic ingredients is a must if you want to clean, clear skin.

Why should I use mineral make-up and how is it better than traditional make-up?

There are numerous benefits to using mineral makeup over a more traditional makeup. The major difference is the absence of filters such as talc, chemical dyes, binders and chemical preservatives, in addition to its health benefits for the skin. One of the best reasons to wear mineral makeup is that it is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores and allows your skin to breathe. The best cosmetic you can wear is healthy skin.

However, one must be cautious in the mineral make-up they select to put on their skin. Not all mineral make-ups are created equal. Some famous big brand mineral cosmetic lines tout that they are mineral based and healthy for your skin but they also include fillers such as chemical dyes, binders and preservatives. In order to ensure that you are getting a mineral make-up that is truly a skin care make-up, look for a pure pigment mineral make-up line like our H&H Science Mineral Makeup. A pure pigment mineral make-up line like our, H&H Science Brand, does not contain any talc, chemical dyes, binders or synthetic preservatives. It is truly an extension of your skin care regimen.

The initial appeal toward traditional makeup for teens was with the coverage it could provide for their breakouts and imperfections. While these products provide coverage, they also prevent the skin from breathing and prolong or worsen any redness, dryness and blemishes, which in turn create the need to wear more. However natural mineral makeup like our H&H Science Mineral Makeup can give similar or even better coverage. Mineral makeup provides a more flawless finish.

Mineral makeup is great for active teens who participate in sports and school related activities. It does not clog the pores as it sits on the surface of the skin like fish scales and lets the skin breathe. Traditional makeup tends to either melt or rub off and clogs the pores causing blackheads and breakouts. Mineral make-up looks more natural and will not melt or rub off.  Additional advantages include that it doesn’t encourage bacterial growth due to its make hence there isn’t the same risk of contamination, with a bonus of an increased shelf life compared to non-mineral based make-up.

Is mineral make-up better for my skin?

Research has suggested that mineral makeup is better for your skin.  Dr. Helen Torok, board certified dermatologist and medical director at Trillium Creek Dermatology, recommends the H&H Science Brand of pure pigment mineral make-up to all of her teen patients. The unique combination of mica, zinc oxide, iron oxides and titanium dioxide has anti-inflammatory properties which are great for those with problematic skin such as acne, redness or dry skin. This kind of make-up has a calming effect on the skin. The combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in the H&H Science Mineral Makeup offer protection from the sun which is another added benefit.

Do I have to apply mineral make-up differently to traditional make-up?

Absolutely!  Mineral makeup is very different than traditional makeup and so needs to be applied using a different technique. Our H&H Science Brand of mineral make-up brushes are the perfect companion to our H&H Science Pure Pigment Mineral Makeup. We will recommend the ideal make-up brushes for your skin type and the type of coverage you desire. The first point to make is when applying mineral makeup, is that a very small amount goes a long way.  The second point to make is in regards to application technique. When applying traditional make-up, you use brush-like strokes to apply. To apply pressed mineral foundations, select the right brush for the amount of coverage you desire, then brush and swirl around to pick up the powder. Apply all over your face using a buffing, swirling motion. Lightly tap the product onto the skin. Pay special attention to the nose, forehead and other areas you may need extra shine coverage.

How Do I Know What Type of Mineral Foundation is Best for My Teen Skin?

We have created our very own H&H Science Mineral Foundation Guide that takes your skin type into consideration as well as the type of coverage that you prefer. So, follow the guide below to get your perfect match! Join us for our “Find Your Perfect Match Foundation Class” and learn from our H&H Science Mineral Make-Up Experts on how to get your flawless finish.

Teen Mineral Foundation Guide

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Find Your Perfect Match Foundation Class

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