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January 04, 2018


Puffy Eyes: What Causes Them and How to Fix Them

Puffy eyes are typically attributed to a lack of sleep. But if you’ve been hitting the hay and STILL have bags under your eyes, there may be another reason why your eyes look so tired. Keep reading to learn what causes puffy eyes, and how to get rid of puffy eyes once and for all.

What Causes Puffy Eyes?

Bags under the eyes are actually genetic in root, and they can worsen over time. Structures supporting eyelids weaken and sag. Fluid then accumulates in the area, causing a swollen, puffy appearance. Unfortunately, some people are just more genetically predisposed to lose this natural structure.

Daily habits can worsen the appearance of puffy eyes. Any habits that make you to retain water will cause more fluid to pool in the area, resulting in more puffy-looking eyes.

How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes

Get Enough Sleep

You’re not imagining it: lack of sleep really does make eyes more puffy. Yawning causes eyes to water, and this excess fluid around the eyes contributes to puffiness. Lack of sleep can also make the veins around the eye area more pronounced, leading dark circles.

To get rid of puffy eyes, aim for at least 8 hours of beauty sleep every night. Sleeping on your back with extra pillows may also help to prevent fluid retention in the eye area.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can cause eye bags to become more pronounced. Aim to drink at least two liters of water every day. Avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption, which can cause fluid loss.

Avoid Sodium

You probably already know that sodium makes you retain water in your body, and your under eye area is no exception.

To cut sodium from your diet, choose fresh, whole foods over processed foods whenever possible. Keep an eye on nutritional labels, and avoid products with more than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving.

Treat Your Allergies

Allergies can also contribute to swollen, puffy eyes. If you suspect that allergies are to blame, speak to your doctor about taking an antihistamine to prevent eyes from swelling during allergy season.

Apply Eye Creams Correctly

Wear and tear around the eyes is one of the main culprits of eye bags. When applying eye creams, dab product very gently using the ring finger only. Avoid using too much product, which can weigh down the delicate skin of the eye area. Also avoid applying product too close to the lash line, as this can cause eyes to water and contribute to further puffiness.

Eat More Collagen

Adding more collagen into your diet will help to strengthen the skin around your eyes and prevent eye bags. Consider taking a collagen supplement, or try making bone broth at home.

Try an Under Eye Mask

We get it: it’s not always possible to avoid sodium, get enough sleep, AND drink two liters of water every day. If your eyes are looking puffy, it’s time to try an under eye mask.

Biorepublic’s Lost Baggage Under Eye Emergency Repair Mask restore eyes with a powerful combination of peptides, hyaluronic acid, squalene, rose water, and vitamin E. One pair of these professional grade eye masks will send bags packing. You’ll be bright eyed in no time!

Written by: Colleen Welsch

January 02, 2018


How to Get Enough Vitamin D This Winter

Vitamin D has many important functions in the body: regulating moods, building healthy bones, and improving the immune system. Unlike most vitamins, humans actually get vitamin D primarily from the sun. During exposure to sunlight, the skin synthesizes vitamin D in a photosynthetic reaction to UV radiation.
However, winter’s shorter days and colder temperatures usually mean less time in the sun. Plus, in northern climates, the sun’s rays are weaker during the winter. The result? The skin produces less vitamin D, causing depression, fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia.
But don’t worry! There are ways to make sure that you’re getting enough vitamin D this winter. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of vitamin D, and how to get enough when it’s cold outside.

The Benefits of Vitamin D

Adequate vitamin D levels are absolutely critical to maintaining long term health. Here’s just a few of the reasons why you should make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D:

Healthy Bones

Vitamin D improves the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which is the reason why you see it added to so many dairy products! By helping with calcium absorption, adequate vitamin D levels contribute to healthy bones.

Better Moods

Vitamin D also encourages to the production of serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin regulates moods, while melatonin regulates the sleep cycle. Without enough vitamin D, we may suffer from anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Improved Skin

Vitamin D provides many benefits for the skin as well. Vitamin D contributes to skin cell growth, making vitamin D essential for maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin D is an effective treatment for eczema, and itchy skin condition which often plagues people during the cold, dry winter months. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also reduce acne, which is why minor acne cases often clear up with exposure to sunlight. Finally, vitamin D acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that contribute to fine lines and wrinkles.  

Tips for Getting Enough Vitamin D

  1. Get Outside!
The most effective way to get enough vitamin D is to brave the cold and go outdoors for 20 minutes every day. Bundle up during your lunch break and take a brisk walk! You may be surprised that the temperatures don’t feel so cold when you’re exercising. Experts also recommend skipping your sunglasses for at least 10 minutes for more mood- and sleep-regulating benefits.
  1. Eat Foods Rich in Vitamin D
You can also eat your way to better vitamin D levels. Try adding the following vitamin D-rich foods to your diet:
Mushrooms
Wild-caught oily fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna
Eggs
Beef
Fortified dairy products
Fortified orange juice
Tofu
  1. Take a Supplement
Unfortunately, it may be difficult to eat your way to healthy vitamin D levels. If this is the case, try supplementing your diet by taking vitamin D capsules. Experts recommend taking 2,000 to 3,000 IU of D3 supplements each day to experience the benefits of vitamin D (https://www.allure.com/story/vitamin-d-myths-facts).
How do you make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D during the winter? Let us know in the comments!

Written by: Colleen Welsch

November 15, 2017


How to Rescue Hangover Skin

If you’ve ever said “yes” to a few too many drinks on a night out, you know exactly what we mean by “hangover skin”. Puffy eyes, papery skin, enlarged pores, a sallow complexion - hangovers are not pretty!

Obviously the best way to avoid hangover skin is to abstain from alcoholic beverages, or at least to imbibe moderately. But if the damage is already done, pop some Ibuprofen and follow these tips for preventing and curing hangover skin.

How Alcohol Affects Your Skin

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that it pulls moisture out of the body. When you’re imbibing, you’re less likely to drink water along with your alcoholic beverages. The result? Total dehydration.

Unfortunately, dehydration means less-than-stellar skin. A hangover means that your skin is extra dry and wrinkles become more visible.  Alcohol also dilates the blood vessels, which causes your eyes to look red and puffy and your face bloated.

Before Bed...

Drink Water!

Force yourself to drink at least a half liter of water before you go to bed. Alcohol is extremely dehydrating, so restore lost moisture from the inside out by drinking water or an electrolyte beverage before bed.

Remove Your Makeup

Commit to always washing your face before you go to bed, no matter how many drinks you’ve had! Free radicals cling to makeup, and sleeping in your makeup causes unnecessary overnight exposure. Free radicals cause your skin’s collagen to break down, resulting in sagging, aging skin. Sleeping in makeup can also cause clogged pores, which lead to breakouts. We say no thanks to that!

Keep a pack of makeup remover wipes on your nightstand for evenings when you’re too tired to wash your face.

Apply Moisturizer

Moisturizing your face will help to rehydrate your skin while you sleep and create a barrier so your face doesn’t lose any more precious moisture overnight. Use a soothing night cream to fight alcohol-induced inflammation and redness. You may still be dehydrated in the morning, but at least your skin won’t be!

The Next Day...

Drink More Water!

Really! While you may only want coffee or hair of the dog, drinking water is the quickest way to recover from a hangover. For extra fast hydration, try watermelon or coconut water, both of which are loaded with hydrating electrolytes.

Exfoliate

Remove dry, alcohol-damaged skin cells by gently exfoliating in the morning. Look for an exfoliant formulated with lactic acid or fruit acids to exfoliate without drying out skin.

Apply a Moisturizing Mask

Restore lost moisture with a nutrient-dense sheet mask. Try our Pomegranate Crush Illuminating Mask to energize sallow, dull skin. Kick back, sip on some coconut water, and enjoy your favorite Netflix show while our mask restores your glowing complexion.

Rescue Puffy Eyes

You may be able to conceal your hangover skin with some foundation and blush, but there’s no hiding puffy hangover eyes. To repair late night damage, apply our Lost Baggage Under Eye Emergency Repair Mask. With a hydrating boost of hyaluronic acid, this eye mask will send bags, wrinkles, and dark circles packing.

For an extra dose of brightness, apply a small amount of highlighter on the inner corner of your eyes.

What’s your favorite hangover cure? Let us know in the comments!

Written by: Colleen Welsch

November 15, 2017


10 Skin Care Resolutions for 2018

When making New Year’s resolutions, working out and eating right are probably at the top of your list. But this year, don’t neglect the health of your skin! Adopt these skin care habits for beautiful, glowing skin in 2018.

  1. Wash Your Face Before Bed

You’ve heard this a million times, but washing your face before bed really is the #1 rule of skincare. When left overnight, makeup, dirt, and debris can cause breakouts and enlarged pores. Plus, skipping your nightly moisturizer and eye cream can cause dry skin and contribute to premature aging.

Finding it hard to remove your makeup before bed? Try washing your face as soon as you get home instead of waiting for bedtime. Or, try keeping makeup wipes next to your bed for nights when you’re too tired to cleanse your face. No excuses!

  1. Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day

Add a sunscreen to your daily beauty routine - even if the sun isn’t shining. Sunscreen is vital for protecting skin from the UV radiation that causes premature aging and skin cancer.

Find sunscreen too greasy? Look for a brand with phrases like “non-greasy” or “sheer” on the label, with an SPF of at least 30.

And don’t forget your hands! Like your face, hands are constantly exposed to UV light. Add a hand cream with SPF to your routine to ensure youthful hands for years to come.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

The concept of “beauty sleep” is completely valid! Bedtime is when our skin repairs itself. Without an adequate amount of sleep, our skin suffers. Aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

  1. Change Your Pillowcase

Did you know that you should be changing your pillowcase twice per week? Bacteria on your pillowcase can lead to breakouts and irritation. For clearer skin, buy an extra set of pillowcases and swap them out every couple of days.

  1. Don’t Neglect Your Neck and Decolletage

When applying serums and sunscreens, do you stop at your jawline? Always make sure to apply your facial products onto your neck to keep its delicate skin moisturized and youthful.

At the very least, make sure to apply sunscreen on your neck and decolletage daily to prevent wrinkles, sagging, and age spots. Your future self with thank you!

  1. Wash Your Makeup Brushes

Like your pillowcase, your makeup brushes harbor pimple-causing bacteria. Wash makeup brushes with lukewarm water and dishwashing soap, rinse well, and allow to dry on a clean, folded towel. In a pinch, you can also sanitize them with an antibacterial spray. Make a habit out of cleaning your makeup brushes weekly to prevent breakouts.

  1. Drink More Water

Drinking water has many health benefits beyond skincare, but its ability to moisturize skin from the inside out is definitely a plus. Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times so there’s no excuses not to sip throughout the day.

  1. Apply Sheet Masks

Sheet masks provide concentrated amounts of glow-boosting serums. In fact, just one BioRepublic mask contains the equivalent of half a bottle of skin revitalizing serum! Add a sheet mask to your weekly routine for beautiful skin in the new year.

  1. Take Your Vitamins

If you don’t take one already, adding a daily multivitamin to your routine will result in more energy, glowing skin, and better overall health.

  1. Stop Touching Your Face

We know: the urge to pop a zit can be absolutely overwhelming. However, any time you touch your face, you bring pimple-causing dirt and bacteria to the skin.

Having trouble remembering? Try putting Post-it note reminders in your bathroom, car, or anywhere else you’re tempted to squeeze.

What are your 2018 beauty resolutions? Let us know in the comments!

Written by: Colleen Welsch

November 15, 2017


How to Practice Self Care During the Holidays

It’s easy to get carried away and over-commit oneself during the holiday season. Between attending parties, shopping for gifts, and visiting with family, we can feel stressed out. To relieve holiday-induced tension, take time each day to practice self care.

What is self care? Self care is a deliberate activity done to improve one’s health, whether physical, mental, or emotional. Taking care of yourself is not selfish. Being relaxed and healthy will allow you to be more present with loved ones during the holidays, and have the energy to accomplish all your holiday-related tasks.

Not sure where to start? Follow our tips for practicing self care during the holidays.

  1. Make Mornings Count

Make a little bit of extra time for yourself in the morning. Wake up 15 minutes earlier and practice a favorite activity, whether it be reading, yoga, or simply enjoying a cup of hot coffee. Practicing self care in the morning will help you to prioritize yourself and start your day with intention.

  1. Don’t Skip Your Vegetables

By all means, indulge in your favorite holiday treats. But the other 80% of the time, make sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of nutrient-dense foods. Keeping your diet in check will provide you with more energy for holiday activities, maintain your glowing skin, and help you to sleep better.

  1. Schedule a Mini Spa Session

Perhaps you don’t have time for a spa night, but that doesn’t mean you need to forego beauty treatments altogether. Kick back and unwind for 20 minutes with BioRepublic’s Cucumber Breeze Soothing Sheet Mask and some relaxing music. Afterwards, both your face and your spirit will feel rejuvenated.

  1. Just Breathe

This tip costs nothing and takes almost no time at all! Throughout the day, take deep, relaxing breaths to relieve tension and stress.

  1. Write in a Journal

Interactions with family and friends during the holidays often mean heightened emotions. To relieve pressure, practice free writing. Set a timer for 30 minutes and write whatever comes to mind during that time period. Don’t worry about what you write, just enjoy the process of letting go. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.

  1. Prioritize Your Schedule

To prevent feeling overwhelmed, prioritize tasks that are most important to you. For example, if you value family above everything else, you may need to skip a friend’s holiday party to make cookies for your family. If you’re short on time, you’ll be ensuring that you’re giving your energy to a worthy cause.

  1. Relinquish Expectations

We all dream of having a magical season - the perfect tree, the perfect party, the perfect holiday. However, when things don’t go according to plan, we become disappointed. Instead of creating unrealistic expectations, live in the moment and practice gratitude. You’ll find that you’ll enjoy your holidays a lot more, even if they don’t turn out exactly as you have planned. 

  1. Have a Laugh

Laughter really is the best medicine. Laughing is proven to relieve tension and improve your mood. Watch a funny movie, catch a comedy show, or play a silly game with friends.

  1. Spend Time Outdoors

Even if it’s cold outside, bundle up and go for a walk. Even a brief walk can improve mental energy, relieve stress, and increase creativity.

  1. Get Enough Zzz’s

You can’t take care of others if you’re burned out or sick. To keep up your energy levels and prevent a dreaded winter cold, make sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. If you can’t stick to your normal sleeping patterns, try to make up lost sleep with afternoon naps. Even a 20 minute nap will improve your focus and energy levels.

How do you practice self care during the holidays? Let us know in the comments!

Written by: Colleen Welsch

November 14, 2017


The Best Foods for Healthy Skin

A healthy diet is important for maintaining not only your waistline, but your vital organs like your heart and liver. Your diet also affects your largest organ - your skin.

 

Certain foods are potent sources of vitamins and minerals that keep skin soft and smooth while protecting against damaging free radicals. Incorporate these foods into your diet for healthy, glowing skin from the inside out. In the case of these skin-healthy foods, you really are what you eat.

 

  1. Fish

 

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies are loaded with healthy omega-3 fatty acids that fight dryness and keep skin healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for keeping skin supple and moisturized. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough omega-3 fats into their diet.

 

Fatty fish are also an amazing source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects skin against free radicals in the environment.

 

Fish are also a great source of protein. Protein is important for the production of collagen and elastin, both of which keep skin taut and firm.

 

  1. Avocados

 

Like fatty fish, avocados are high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that moisturize the skin and protect against free radicals.

 

Avocados are also an important source of vitamin C, which increases vitamin E’s effectiveness. Like vitamin E, vitamin C is an antioxidant that maintains skin’s structural integrity. Vitamin C is also crucial to the production of collagen, which keeps skin supple and youthful.

 

  1. Tomatoes

 

Research shows that tomatoes may provide protection from UV rays. According to a 2008 UK study, people who ate 5 tablespoons of tomato paste daily had 33% more protection against sunburn compared to a control group. Tomatoes’ high lycopene content is to thank for its skin-protecting effects. Just be aware - eating tomatoes is not a substitute for good, old-fashioned sunscreen!

 

  1. Kale

 

Kale is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants. According research published in Clinics of Dermatology, these antioxidants can actually neutralize any UV rays that get through your sunscreen. Plus, kale is a great source of skin-loving vitamins C and A.

 

  1. Green Tea

 

Green tea is rich in catechins, a family of powerful antioxidants. According to researchers at Case Western Reserve University, green tea’s antioxidants may reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.

 

Not only do catechins protect against free radicals, but they also contribute to a smoother complexion with less redness.

 

  1. Sunflower Seeds

 

Believe it or not, this delicious snack is rich in many nutrients crucial to skin health. One ounce of sunflower seeds contains 32% of the daily recommended value for selenium, an essential mineral that protects cells from damage and reduces inflammation.

 

Sunflower seeds are also a great source of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that prevents thinning skin and keeps skin moisturized.

 

Furthermore, sunflower seeds provide significant amounts of vitamin E and protein, both of which are important for healthy skin.

 

  1. Red Wine

 

Australian researchers found that adults who drink moderate amounts of red wine are 28% less likely to develop actinic keratoses (a type of skin lesion from sun damage) than adults who do not imbibe red wine. This is because red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant credited with many health benefits including slowing the aging of skin.

 

However, it’s important to note that drinking red wine (or any alcohol) in excess can have negative effects on the skin. To maximize health benefits without overdoing it, stick to only drinking one glass of red wine per day.

 

  1. Sweet Potatoes

 

Sweet potatoes are commonly touted as a superfood - and for good reason. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects against sun damage. Plus, beta-carotene contributes to a more beautiful complexion. According to a 2011 UK study, people who eat beta-carotene had complexions with yellow undertones, which was rated by others as looking more healthy.

 

  1. Dark Chocolate

 

Cocoa’s powerful flavanols have been shown to improve skin’s elasticity and protect against free radicals. As if we needed another reason to eat chocolate!

 

To maximize the benefits, choose a dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao and stick to a 1 oz portion size.



How will you be incorporating these foods into your diet? Did your favorite food make our list? Let us know in the comments.

Written by: Colleen Welsch

November 14, 2017


Winter Skin Care Tips

There’s no doubt about it: winter is coming. And in some places, it’s already here!

While we love holiday festivities and cozying up by the fire, winter is a difficult time for your skin. Cold air, low humidity, and indoor heating zap moisture from your face, damaging skin’s natural protective barrier. Your skin becomes less able to repair itself, leading to chronically dry, dull, and itchy skin. If left untreated, skin can even begin to crack and flake.

Want dewy, moisturized skin this winter? Follow these tips for glowing, luminous skin all season long.  

  1. Skip the Hot Water

Hot showers and baths feel amazing during the cold winter months. However, hot water can actually strip the skin of its natural protective oils, causing further dryness.

Instead, wash your face with gentle, lukewarm water to maintain moisture.

  1. Moisturize Damp Skin

Always moisturize immediately after washing your face, while skin is still damp. You have about a three minute window to apply lotions and serums after cleansing before skin starts to dry out.

For best results, keep the bathroom door closed to lock in moisture after stepping out of the shower.

  1. Adjust Your Product Lineup

Those with naturally dry skin should try an oil-based moisturizer in the winter months. Oil-based moisturizers create a protective barrier on your skin, helping your skin to retain as much moisture as possible.

Have oily skin? Opt for a light, oil-free lotion with SPF protection during the day and retinoid serums at night.

  1. Don’t Forget Sunscreen

Believe it or not, UV rays are just as powerful in the winter as they are in the summer. Be sure to apply sunblock to exposed skin any time you leave the house to prevent premature aging and skin cancer.

  1. Invest in a Humidifier

Your furnace may make your home feel nice and cozy, but heating systems dry out your home’s air, pulling moisture from your skin. Invest in a humidifier to add some moisture back into the air. We recommend putting your humidifier in the bedroom to keep your skin quenched while you get your beauty sleep.

  1. Hydrate from the Inside Out

Just because you’re not overheated during the winter doesn’t mean you’re not dehydrated. Be sure to sip on water throughout the day to keep skin moisturized from the inside out.

Looking for something a little warmer? Hot tea is a great alternative for getting more H20 in your day. We love green tea for its skin-boosting antioxidants.

  1. Exfoliate - Gently!

Gentle exfoliation will brighten your skin and allow moisturizers to better penetrate into the skin. However, harsh face peels and scrubs will only irritate dry winter skin. Instead, try a gentler formula made with lactic acid or fruit acids, and apply no more than twice per week. 

  1. Up Your Face Mask Game

Sheet masks can provide much-needed extra moisture and nutrients to the skin during the dry winter months. Try Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Sheet Mask, which is formulated to sooth dry, red, and chapped winter skin. For best results, use a moisturizing face mask twice per week.

How do you prevent dry skin in the winter? Let us know in the comments!

Written by: Colleen Welsch

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