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Ingredient Spotlight: Chamomile

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When you think of Chamomile, sturdy mugs of steaming tea probably come to mind. Chamomile isn’t just a pre-bedtime ritual, though. With its white and yellow buds, this sweet-smelling herb is a member of the daisy family and has been used for thousands of years to calm minds, remedy colds and help with digestive issues. In fact, Chamomile is considered one of the most ancient medicinal botanical ingredients known to humans, which speaks volumes about its potency.

Chamomile has also been utilized topically for just as long. Below we’ve outlined the many ways in which Chamomile can help improve your skin, which skin types benefit from it most, and a few product recommendations. Now, let’s dive into this botanical hero.

How Chamomile Can Benefit Your Skin

“Chamomile Extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can help to decongest clogged pores, decrease eczema, soothe dermatitis, improve skin’s natural glow and even speed the healing of burns,” says Sarah Akram, a board-certified master aesthetician based in D.C. and NYC. “It not only reduces inflammation, but also cleanses and moisturizes the skin while soothing irritation. When added to other skincare products, Chamomile Extract can even increase the efficacy of creams and lotions.”

You’ll typically see Chamomile listed as either an extract, essential oil or tea when it’s incorporated into skincare products. You may also see some of its primary components listed, which are extracted from the plant itself. “The primary component of the Chamomile Essential Oil is Bisabolol, which is very high in Panthenol. This is what promotes healing and improves skin penetration of other skincare products. Bisabolol has also been shown to improve hyperpigmentation,” notes Dr. Jenny Sobera, the chief medical officer for FaceMD+. “Another Chamomile Extract is Azulene, which is used as a blue dye and is found in many skincare products.”

Azulene is also known for its soothing abilities — especially for dry, damaged, and sensitive skin — and is a powerful antioxidant. Speaking of antioxidants, Akram says that Chamomile is also rich in Flavonoids, the antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage. That means that your skin is less susceptible to the premature aging that’s caused by environmental pollutants and UV rays. Flavonoids can also help decrease redness and itching.

Skin Types That Benefit Most from Chamomile

As you probably guessed from the praise above, Chamomile-infused skincare products are ideal for those with blemish and acne-prone skin. And not to get dramatic or anything, but according to Akram, Chamomile is actually considered “one of the best herbal extracts for treating acne,” who notes that if you’re on prescription drugs, you should check with your doctor before introducing Chamomile to your routine.

So you might not be surprised to hear that the bareMinerals BLEMISH RESCUE Collection features this wonder-plant. The line includes an Anti-Redness Mattifying Primer, which helps zap oil and acne while soothing skin; Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer, which covers and heals acne at the same time; and Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation, a mineral foundation that’s been clinically shown to reduce acne in under one month.

All that said, Chamomile is recommended for anyone with sensitive skin, those who have eczema, and anyone whose skincare goals include reducing hyperpigmentation or preventing free radical damage.

When and How to Apply Chamomile-Infused Products

Because Chamomile is high in antioxidants, it’s wise to apply it in the morning, before your sunscreen, to protect your skin from damage. Because it’s such a soothing ingredient, it also works well when applied in the evening. Ultimately, when you apply — and how often — depends on the product itself. For example, BLEMISH RESCUE makeup is intended to be used in the morning (though anyone can apply makeup at night too, obviously). Chamomile-infused products like moisturizers, ointments, oils, and creams may be better when applied before going to sleep.

In addition to formulated products, Dr. Sobera recommends two DIY treatments with the Chamomile tea in your pantry. You can steep tea, adding a splash of honey, and, once it has cooled safely, apply it as a warm compress over your entire face. You can also make a soothing, healing mask by combining equal parts dried Chamomile Flowers with Honey, Oatmeal and Olive Oil. Mix the paste, apply, let it set for 15 minutes, then rinse. This ancient herb has proven itself over thousands of years to heal, soothe, and improve skin. Go wild! 

Love learning about beauty ingredients? Check out our ingredient spotlights on Coconut Alkanes and Peony, and stay tuned for more.

Shalom Blac Falls in Love with the ORIGINAL

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Can we talk about Shalom Nchom for a minute? If you’re not familiar, we’ll catch you up: a survivor of extensive burns as a child — and the devastating bullying that followed — she is now a vlogger with nearly a million YouTube followers who tune in to watch her inspiring and playful Shalom Blac tutorials. Shalom had always favored liquid foundations — until we sent her our cult-favorite ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation. She tried it for the first time on camera and let’s just say, the results are truly powderful. Take a peek:

Watch Shalom’s full powder makeup video for more mineral makeup magic, including our Mineral Veil Finishing Powder.

Finding the Best Mascara for Your Lashes

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Mascaras are basically all the same, right?

Actually, that’s so far from the truth! There are three main things to consider when finding your own perfect mascara. First, what kind of look are you going for? Long, fine and defined? Crazy volume? Once you’ve dreamed up your perfect lashes, consider both the formula and brush, which work together to achieve a specific look. To make it easy, we’ve broken down our full mascara portfolio so you can make those dream lashes come true…

Volumize
NEW LASHTOPIA Mega Volume Mineral-Based Mascara
High-impact, 10x lash volume.*
Staggered bristles coat every lash.

Define
NEW LOVE EVERY LASH Micro Defining Mascara
Catch and coat even the shortest lashes.
Ultra-skinny brush with micro bristles.

Multi-Benefit
LASH DOMINATION Volumizing Mascara
Dramatic length and thickness.
Spiral brush coats from all angles.

Separate
LASH DOMINATION Volumizing Mascara with Petite Precision Brush
Ideal for short, bottom and corner lashes.
Petite brush for precise application.

*Based on an in-vitro study of 10 coats on bare lashes.

Check out our full mascara assortment, and don’t forget to replace your mascara every 3 months!

The Most Important Thing You Don’t Know About Mascara

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We specialize in (and know you love) clean makeup. But what about keeping it clean with your makeup bag? Today, we’re revisiting some of our favorite tips that will keep your stash in top shape. This is especially important when it comes to — you guessed it — mascara, which should be replaced every 3 months.

THE BASICS OF MAKEUP EXPIRATION

Faces get better with age, but your beauty products most certainly do not, and they have legally regulated expiration dates for a very good reason. (And it isn’t so companies can sell you more makeup). Over time all products can change color, texture and consistency — especially products that are good for you, like the ones with added antioxidants, and that lack scary chemical stabilizers. Products can also start to smell. If any of these things happen, toss them immediately.

So how do you know what to expect and how to avoid being wasteful (and when to replace your lipgloss before it turns orange)? Take a product, flip it over and you’re likely to see a little drawing of an open pot and a number, like “6M.” That means that 6 months from the day you opened that product, you should be replacing it.

PROTECT YOUR EYES — THEY’RE DELICATE!

In general, the highest turnover items in your bag should be the ones you put around your eyes. First off, sharing is not caring when it comes to eyeliners, mascaras, eye brushes and shadows. You’re basically asking for an eye infection, so if you gave your girlfriend a swipe of mascara last night, dump the tube stat. Also, it’s that time of year when you’re probably about to whip out last summer’s waterproof mascara. Don’t. Eyelashes may be flirty and gorgeous but evolutionarily, they’re actually present to trap dirt, not a significant other. So… if you’re brushing over your lashes with a wand, returning it to the tube and storing it for a year? Yikes. There’s a reason we recommend a 3 month cycle for mascara Auto Delivery.

NEED HELP REMEMBERING?

If you’re not sure when you purchased the mascara you’re using now, well, we can’t blame you. That’s why we recommend purchasing mascara using the Auto Delivery feature on the product page. Every 3 months (or however often you choose), you’ll receive an email reminder that your order is about to ship (free, and with samples, by the way). About to leave town? Just shift the delivery date. Just ran out of concealer? Add it to your Auto Delivery order once still ships free. So go forth, keep it clean and leave the remembering to us!

Get super lush lashes with our richly pigmented mineral-based mascaras

Easy Eye Makeup in 60 Seconds

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If you don’t already wear eyeshadow, well, better late than never. We’re not talking sparkly pinks and blues (though that’s cool too) — today is all about is you, but improved.

So, Why Use Eyeshadow?

Why bother with neutral eyeshadow, you might ask. Well, the right neutral eyeshadow can be used to smooth fine lines, and even out the color around your eyes. In fact, our creamy new GEN NUDE Eyeshadow + Primer comes in two families of colors: neutralizing shades and brightening shades, so you can achieve the natural look that addresses your personal skin concerns.

What is Eye Primer Anyway?

For people who loooove eyeshadow colors (including our new neutral eyeshadow palettes), that same cream eyeshadow we were just talking about is ideal for smoothing the eye area to prepare it for more makeup. Or, just wear it alone!

Easy Eye Makeup in 60 Seconds

For a fresh, modern matte eye look…

1. Smooth GEN NUDE Eyeshadow + Primer onto your eyelids with the included paddle applicator.

2. Blend with your fingertips or an eye makeup brush.

3. Apply LASHTOPIA Volumizing Mascara from lash root to tip, wiggling the brush from side to side to achieve maximum lash volume.