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What’s Inside: Here’s What Peony Can Do for Your Skin

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Nature’s ability to serve our beauty needs is pretty incredible and, to be honest, sometimes underrated. For example, sweet, gooey Honey has been used historically to combat acne, a touch of Caffeine can improve those pesky undereye bags, Nut Butters and Oils are celebrated for their nourishing and hydrating properties, and plant botanicals can help protect and improve our skin.

Today we’re focusing on one specific (not to mention beautiful) botanical — Peony, a creamy, pale pink flower with ruffled layers of petals.

“Peonies, along with other flowers, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries,” says Dr. Kelly Bickle, a board-certified dermatologist base in Santa Monica, California. “Most often the root, and less commonly the flower and seeds, are used to make medicines. Peony Extract is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.”

Historically (and even through today), Peony served as primarily an herbal remedy for a variety of physical ailments, including gout, arthritis, respiratory tract infections, menstrual cramps, liver disease, seizures, nerve pain, and migraines. Today, Peony is also being used in cosmeceutical and skincare formulations. You can find even find it in the bareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Moisturizer Broad Spectrum with SPF 30.

Let’s explore why Peony is the pretty pink skincare hero our skin deserves.

The Skincare Benefits of Peony

Like many other botanical ingredients, Peony boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which makes it particularly useful in skincare.

“As Peony can provide antioxidant benefits, this ingredient can help to protect the skin from free radical damage induced by UV radiation,” notes Dr. Jeanette M. Black, a board-certified dermatologist in Beverly Hills,California. “For that reason, this ingredient pairs well with sunscreens and helps to further protect skin from oxidative damage from the sun’s harmful radiation.”

In layman’s terms, that means that Peony can help to protect your skin from oxidative stress it’s subjected to every single day. Those who live in sunny climates, spend a lot of time outdoors, or in cities where pollutants run amok can especially benefit from that. Skin that’s better protected from these stressors are less likely to develop premature wrinkling and fine lines, sun spots, and uneven texture.

Dr. Black points out that this is one reason why we see Peony in various skin brightening products. Those aren’t all the potential benefits of Peony, though.

“Peonies contain another compound call paeonol, which is thought to be antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory,” says Dr. Bickle. “This makes it good for treating a variety of skin conditions. [For example], Paeonol is thought to activate the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and help it to regenerate, thereby toning and firming the epidermis.”

(We’d like to note that initial studies on Peony are quite promising and that we’re very eager to see more studies conducted to confirm these findings, as well.)

Which Skin Types Benefit Most?

Peony can serve a number of different skin types, but is especially ideal for anyone who wants to take steps to help brighten their complexion and improve firmness. We also recommend Peony-infused skincare products for those who spend a lot of time outdoors or for who live in the city and want to further protect their skin from free radical damage.

When Should You Apply Peony?

Speaking of free radicals… Because of Peony’s antioxidant properties, this ingredient will serve you best when used in the morning. That’s one of reasons why we formulated our Skinlongevity Vital Power Moisturizer, which puts Peony in the spotlight, with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30.

This particular product features a lightweight, non-greasy formulation and should be applied as the final step in your morning skincare routine right before you put on makeup. And remember — your foundation doesn’t protect you adequately from UV rays even if it has an SPF.

Should You Not Mix Peony with Other Ingredients?

Unlike some of the harsher ingredients out there, such as retinol or BHAs and AHAs, Peony can be easily layered and combined with other ingredients without worry.

Try it on top of the bareMinerals AGELESS GENIUS Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Serum, which is formulated with peptides and vitamin A; or in conjunction with the bareMinerals AGENESS GENIUS Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream, which contains super hydrating Shea Butter, numerous botanical extracts and Gold.

How Often Should You Use Skincare Products with Peony?

More good news! You can use products containing peony as often as you prefer — even if that’s every single day.

Some Considerations to Keep in Mind About Peony in Skincare

Although Peony has the ability to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays, that doesn’t mean it’s a true replacement for your sunscreen. (Again, that’s one reason why we formulated our Skinlongevity Vital Power Moisturizer with additional SPF). Consider it an ingredient that complements — even augments — the benefits of sunscreen.

Also, there’s always potential for botanical skincare ingredients to cause some reaction on the skin. If your skin is sensitive, or if you’ve experienced irritation from the use of other botanical extracts in the past, we highly recommend doing a patch test before slathering all over.

To do this, apply the product to a hidden area — such as on your neck under our hair, or on the interior of your arm — and watch the area carefully for 24 hours. If you notice any redness, tingling, itching, or pain, then this probably isn’t the ingredient for you. However, if your skin looks good then go ahead and apply to your face.

Doesn’t all the above make you want to give Mother Nature a big high five? Its ability to provide for us — in countless ways — is truly worthy of applause.

Love learning about beauty ingredients? Check out our ingredient spotlights on Coconut Alkanes and Chamomile, 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.