The Ingredients In Your Favorite Skincare Products

Big words and fancy scientific language may make your favorite product sound effective, but how many of us really know what all these terms really mean? We browsed the skincare aisle and selected some of most mystifying terminology to create our glossary below (and don’t worry, we left out the science speak so there’s no translation needed).

Allantoin naturally occurs with the oxidation of uric acid in the body, and while allantoin is naturally found in many mammals, a synthetic version is used in cosmetics. According to numerous tests, the lab-made version is just as effective at not only moisturizing, but even helping to shed the top layer of skin cells, giving skin a fresh appearance. It’s a major player in our Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body moisturizer which keeps our arms and legs smooth and toned in ways we weren’t aware of before.

It’s the main player in our Gold Omorovicza line, but what exactly is colloidal gold? When one substance is broken down and blended with another in order to enhance its distributive effects, it becomes a colloid. This one is actual gold, broken down into microscopic particles which are then blended into these products. The mineral helps soothe skin and restore elasticity and firmness, and the key to its effectiveness is its colloidal properties.

Humectants, in a nutshell, keep things hydrated. Not only does this substance retain moisture, it attracts it, drawing moisture from the air. In the case of our Korres Showergel, it distributes moisture onto your wet skin. Humectants are a key ingredient at making the most of your daily moisturizers effective. They’re even used in some medications to improve system absorption. Humectants are the friend your skin never knew it had.

How to Play with Color Mascara

So you’ve been wanting to try color mascara, eh? Maybe you just bought some, or maybe you’re eyeing that cute green, cobalt, or burgundy shade online. But…how do you wear color mascara without having it be such a Look? Is there a way to wear color mascara for a subtle pop of color without having everyone for 300 feet know you are WEARING BLUE MASCARA?

Why, yes. Yes there is. You can combine a color mascara with your regular black or brown mascara, making your lashes look different and interesting without getting too bright. Color mascara in class or an office? Definitely! Color mascara for a meet-the-parents dinner? Why the heck not?

 

Just the tips

Grab your normal, everyday black mascara (we used Inglot Cosmetics Perfect Length Define Mascara, $13), and sweep it on your top and bottom lashes. Next, try a crazy color! We went with Inglot Cosmetics Colour Play Mascara in 02 Green, which is a highly pigmented, almost electric green, and applied it just to the tips of the top and bottom lashes. Presto! A subtle-yet-still-visible color on the tips of your still-proper eyelashes. You can’t even see it unless you get pretty close, but when you do, it’s like your entire soul suddenly gets how awesome this is.

 

Halfsies

For a more obvious look that is still not in “Rainbow Brite” territory, try swiping your top lashes with black mascara and putting color mascara on just your bottom lashes. This can be fun to try with gently varying shades, say, black on top and navy on bottom, or add a cobalt on the bottom for a little more oomph. This works especially well with blue shades, because they’ll make the whites of your eyes look brighter, the same way blue-based red lipsticks will make your skin tone look cooler. “You look different! But…why?” – Everyone at work.

 

Let’s Blend

Your black mascara is about to get a facelift. Sweep on a coat of black mascara, and then do a second coat of a vibrant color mascara of your choice (what about purple? or burgundy?) Look at that! Is it black mascara? No. Is it color mascara? No….or is it? Adding a coat of color mascara to black makes the black appear multifaceted and a bit more interesting, without making you commit to Krazy Kolor Lashes all the way.

How to find the cleansing wipes

In part three of our face-cleansing series, we’re focusing on wipes and cloths. Diane Nakauchi, CEO of skin care line, Koh Gen Do, answers all of our queries about using wipes as part of our daily regimen. Below, Ms. Nakauchi gives us wisdom about using wipes, including her own line of organic Cleansing Water Cloths.

Q: What makes using cleansing wipes a good option for cleansing the face?

They remove makeup easily without causing irritation or leaving an oily residue that makes re-application of makeup very difficult to do. It is also a ‘Rescue Remedy’ for those nights where you just can’t take the makeup off, but you know leaving it on will enlarge pores, cause blemishes. Over time, eye makeup pigments, if deep in shade, may darken the thin delicate skin around your eyes if left on, so it’s important to take it off.

Q: What’s the best way to go about cleansing with wipes? Should we start at a certain part of the face? Should we use more than one at a time? Should we rub or dab?

You will not be rubbing with the wipe—starting in the area with the most pigments to remove, the wipe is applied to the skin and held for a few seconds so that the skin can be saturated properly. Then, gently make one sweep and repeat again if necessary. One wipe is generally enough to clean the entire face because you can use both sides.

Q: Koh Gen Do makes an organic alternative. What makes your Cleansing Water Cloths special?

The Cleansing Water Cloths are made with organic fabric (certified organic in Japan) and were originally created to remove makeup in professional settings—between runways, filming and print. They are also pH balanced with moisturizing skin care ingredients like the xylitol and minerals from the white birch sap harvested once a year that help keep the skin soft and moist. This is a wonderful option as it requires no rinsing and doesn’t leave any tautness of the skin usually experienced with wipes that are non-oily.

Q: Is it necessary to be concerned about using wipes or cloths on tender areas like under the eyes? Is there a technique for cleaning this sensitive area?

The only time we have found cloths irritating to the eyes is when too much product is being applied, which dissolves the eye makeup and runs that makeup into the eyes. Our cloths are also used on clients with eyelash extensions as it is oil-free and non-irritating to the eyes. The technique for wiping is to place the cloth over the area to saturate the skin and then gently wipe.

Q: Are wipes alone fine for a complete cleansing? Or do we need to follow up with a foaming cleanser for a thorough cleanse?

Should you use this as your ‘only’ daily facial skincare cleanser? Absolutely not. Skin requires more than just removal of makeup and daily grime with a makeup remover in its consistent daily care. Often the cloths are used to remove the darker color makeup and then we suggest our skin care ritual that consists of the Double Cleansing method—a deep, pore cleansing with a cleansing cream that is followed with a facial wash which can be a foaming cleanser. It is very necessary to massage in the cleansing cream as it will soften deep into the surface layer of the skin, allowing the products that follow to be absorbed properly. This method resolves many combination skin issues as the dry patches are softened and can be treated.

Know Lip Liner Work For You

Everybody, and we mean everybody can benefit from a little lip liner. While lining your lips runs the danger of creating an outdated, overdrawn, unblended pout, it’s time to stop shying away from lip liner for fear it may leave you looking like a Real Housewife. Here are the real 3 ways to make lip liner work for you.

 

Nude: The Shaping Liner

Why use a lip liner that matches your skintone? Flesh toned liners can help shape your lips before lip products are applied by filling in parts of the lip area to match your face. This is a great technique for achieving dramatic looks such as a cupid’s bow shape, but it also works wonders for reshaping uneven lips—especially when finishing with a sheer lipstick or gloss that wouldn’t so easily mask the characteristic.

 

Matched: The Sharpening Liner

When you’re on the go, you don’t have time to fumble with a lip brush to get those sharp artist-esque lines every time you reach for a reapplication. Save energy by lining your lips first with a liner that matches as close as possible with your lipstick. You’ll get a crisp, creamy line that can be filled in with a smudge of lipstick. The center of your lip shade wears the fastest throughout the day while your liner is likely to stay put, so enjoy faster touch-ups that only require a swipe of lipstick with no edge lining drama.

 

Dark: The Contour Liner

Dark lip liner doesn’t have the greatest reputation, but a well-blended choice can work wonders for those who wish for fuller lips. Try lining lips in a dark shade and filling in with a creamy lipstick in a lighter shade. Using a lip brush, blend the shades together where they meet and you’ll end up with ombre results that look injection-worthy. Don’t want to step out looking like you’re auditioning for RuPaul’s Drag Race? The closer the shades are in the color family, the more subtle the results will be.

Life Of Your Eyelash Collection

Are you keeping your false lashes clean? We know, at the end of a long day adding yet another step to our beauty regime can feel like a chore—but you’ll thank us when your lash stash is still going strong months into wearing them.

That’s right, keeping your falsies sanitized and clean can extend the life of your favorite set so you can wear them again and again like new. Built up mascara and glue can both dry out real hair lash sets, as well as warp artificial fibers. Plus, worn lashes can carry bacteria that could be harmful to eyes with extended use. There are a few ways to clean a false set, and we promise they’re quick and easy. Your falsie collection will thank you.

 

Peel away the glue

Glue build-up can warp the shape of the eyelash band over time, causing lashes to look uneven. Plus, built up glue is a bacteria trap. Use tweezers to carefully peel away glue bits on the backs of your lashes without tearing out lash hairs in the process.

 

Rinse in warm water

Fill a clean sink with a small amount of warm water and drop lashes in for about 30 seconds to loosen any mascara, eyeshadow, or other potential makeup residue. Hot water is a good choice for especially stubborn makeup—but only for artificial lash fibers, as human hair or fur lashes can permanently lose their curl in the heat.

 

Wipe down and sanitize

Artificial lashes can be sanitized with rubbing alcohol but real hair sets should be treated with a mild water-based makeup remover such as Bioderma Sebium that won’t dry out the fibers. Wipe from base to tip on dry lashes with an alcohol or remover soaked cotton ball to sweep away pre-loosened makeup.