Natural Skincare Products: The Best Ingredients for Sensational Skin

Now, more than ever, natural skincare products are at the top of everyone’s mind. Natural ingredients are also topping the list on skincare product labels. And for good reason! Natural components can make a product less likely to irritate or spark an allergic reaction. Kristals Cosmetics skincare experts say products containing a high proportion of natural ingredients are safer, for your body and the planet.

1. Coconut oil

Number one in our natural skincare products list is this tropical-smelling versatile emollient. Coconut oil is both antibacterial and anti-fungal. The use of oils for skin care is nothing new.  You can find in plenty of everyday products like moisturizers and makeup. And while plant oils can be great for boosting your skin’s moisture, it’s not necessarily best to use them solo. Look for coconut oil in the ingredient list.

2. Soy

Soy is applied to the skin in lotions, creams, or serums. It can help lighten discolorations due to melasma and sun damage. It inhibits the skin’s over-production of melanin ( skin pigment). Products containing soy are a good option if you need to get rid of dark patches while avoiding stronger prescription retinoids.

3. Vitamin C

An oldie but a goodie. Vitamin C’s health-boosting powers have been known for years, particularly when it comes to battling colds and improving immunity. Not too surprisingly, this nutrient also delivers benefits when used topically. The anti-aging superstar can even out your skin tone, renew the surface of your skin, improve hydration, and keep your skin looking younger, longer.  Look for toners, serums, gels, or lotions containing Ascorbic Acid near the top of the label’s list. A great alternative is Kristals Amber Multi Vitamin C Dark Spot Corrector .

If you enjoyed today’s blog post, you may also want to read What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer.

Kristals Tips: Best Anti-wrinkle Cream Ingredients

Between the hype swirling about new “miracle” ingredients and complicated lists that may feel like you need a Ph.D. in chemistry to decipher, it’s hard to know what actually works. How do you decode the lists of anti-wrinkle cream ingredients on products you find at the store?

We’re bringing in the Kristals beauty & skincare experts to see what they recommend as the best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients – so you can cut through the clutter and get to the good stuff, whether you’re choosing a cream, moisturizer, or serum.

Kristals Tips: Best Anti-wrinkle Cream Ingredients

Retinol

This vitamin A derivative has proven effects to stop wrinkles while boosting collagen and elastin production. Retinol is one of the very best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients you can find.

Here’s a small selection of what Kristals offers with retinol:

Antioxidants

These are specific vitamins like vitamin C, A and E that fight the free radical oxygen molecules that age our skin. Some of them even help stimulate collagen (hello, vitamin C!) and promote the repair of skin cells.

A lot of Kristals products have antioxidants plainly because they are immensely powerful. Here are a few:

Peptides

These proteins help bind moisture to promote hydration and seem to have positive effects on improving intercellular communication to help skin cells repair themselves. On labels, you’ll see them referred to by their specific names, like Tetrapeptide-26, Tetrapeptide-7 and oligopeptide.

A few stellar Kristals products contain peptides – let’s highlight the following:

Niacinamide

Derived from vitamin B3, niacinamide is great for treating dark spots or discoloration that comes from sun damage or simply the passage of time, in addition to being an anti-aging wonder. It’s also helpful for treating skin inflammation and acne.

Anti-wrinkle Kristals products with vitamin B3 include:

Hyaluronic acid

This is a highly recommend moisturizing agent that dermatologists recommend time and again, since hydrated skin usually looks full and radiant.

There you have it: 5 of the best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients so you can make sure your skincare investments are worth it and you can get the results you seek!

Kristals Tips: Common Beauty Blunders to Avoid

Common beauty blunders – we all make them (even the beauty and skincare experts at Kristals have made them at some point!). Sometimes they happen out of ignorance, other times we listen to bad advice from celebrities (hi, Snooki and Gwyneth Paltrow!) or even from well-meaning friends. Or we read a headline but not the whole article or misunderstand what the piece is actually saying.

But that’s okay. Here at Kristals we’re here to help! Read on for the common beauty blunders you never have to make again.

Kristals Tips: Common Beauty Blunders to Avoid

Conditioning the Wrong Spots

Start working in conditioner around your ears and take it to the ends. Don’t apply it all over like do would with shampoo, since the hair close to the roots is healthy and doesn’t need it, not to mention that the extra product there can actually wear your hair down.

If you want that va-va-voom volume, skip this one of the common beauty blunders and only put conditioner from your ears down.

Not Knowing Your Skin Type

This is huge, and people often dive in and try different substances that others rave out without checking to see if they’re a fit. And an online quiz is NOT how your figure out your skin type.

See a dermatologist and then grill him or her about what to look for on ingredients lists for sunscreens, antioxidant serums, exfoliators and moisturizer. Also see if they have lifestyle tips that fit your type of skin.

Meanwhile, this will help you know your skin type and if you already have an idea, these are for you:

Using Eye Cream for Puffy Eyes

Since these creams have hydrating agents, they may actually make the puffiness puffier—NOT the goal.

Instead, see if you can find a light eye gel that contains caffeine, use potato slices, or simply apply an ice pack for 15 minutes to bring down the puffiness.

Too Much Bronzer

Take it easy. You want a glow, not to be glowing like you were exposed to radiation in a screwy science experiment.

If you can get out in the sun (with sunscreen!) you’ll get a naturally bronzed look, and healthy skin glows naturally.

Knowledge is power – now you don’t have to make these common beauty blunders anymore! Go you!

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

 

When you choose a facial moisturizer (or one for the body), you are really looking for a product that can do multiple tasks at one time. At the top of the list here at Kristals Cosmetics are sun protection, moisture management, and protection from free radicals. Ideally one lotion or cream should be able to do it all, but you can layer products if necessary.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

  1. Sun protection

The sun is crucial for life (and for vitamin D production) but it can also be your skin’s worst enemy, according to the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics. Sun exposure not only leads to wrinkles and “age spots,” but also contributes to potentially deadly skin cancer.

Check the label of any facial moisturizer for an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for daytime wear. Be sure you are getting broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UBV rays. Commonly available and naturally sourced sun-protective ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients may leave a white cast to your skin, so choose a thin formulation that can be easily absorbed over a heavier cream.

  1. A moisturizing/humectant combination

Dry skin will look older than supple skin, and will also feel tight and possibly even itchy or irritated. Moisturizing ingredients will help to prevent the skin from losing its all-important existing moisture. These include plant oils like coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, silicones, and animal oils (like lanolin).

Humectants attract additional external water to the skin; look for sorbitol, glycols, glycerin and sodium PCA to do this job.

A good body moisturizer with these ingredients is the ROCK CRYSTAL – Supreme Body Butter, available in Love Spells and Free Magic scents, from Kristals Cosmetics. These body butters are rich in African shea butter, beeswax, and glycerin to leave skin supple and soft from the neck down.

  1. Antioxidant power

Found in fruits, vegetables, and other naturally occurring substances (and which you can also take in vitamin supplement form), antioxidants are indispensable for preventing some of the damage that is done, daily, by unavoidable free radicals.

Tocopherol (vitamin E), lycopene (a carotenoid found in red produce), green tea, coffee berry, resveratrol (from grapes), grape seed, genistein (from soy), niacinamide (vitamin B3), vitamin A (a.k.a. retinol), and l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are all powerful antioxidants used in skincare products.

Often, antioxidants are used in combination with each other, including in our Kristals Cosmetics line of moisturizers. For example, the GOLD 24K Gold Eye Perfecting Cream from Kristals Cosmetics includes vitamin E together with vitamin A to erase fine lines and generally combat premature aging.

Another great option is the AMBER Multi-Vitamin C Hydration Cream from Kristals Cosmetics. This cream includes vitamin C and vitamin E to effectively correct skin tone and fight wrinkles.

Quick Guide to the Ultimate Pamper Evening with Kristals Cosmetics

Turn on some relaxing music.  Light a scented candle.  Prepare for a long bubble bath.  You deserve the best pamper evening.  A time you gift yourself, away from all the worries and craziness of your busy life.  Here are 4 Kristals Cosmetics pamper evening essentials for the perfect one with gemstones to revitalize your skin from head to toe.

Quick Guide to the Ultimate Pamper Evening with Kristals Cosmetics

#1 Kristals Cosmetics Diamond Select Anti-Gravity Spark Eye Mask

What better time to close your eyes and enjoy an eye mask than this?  Cleanse your face, and apply the Kristals Anti Gravity Eye Mask under your eyes. Gently massage the emulsion into your skin.

As you relax in the tub for 15 minutes, this mask will be working on this very sensitive area of your skin defying gravity and deeply moisturizing thank to the anti aging properties of diamonds. Its pure diamond powder will also promote cell turnover and reduce lines around your eyes.

#2 Kristals Cosmetics Diamond Select Anti-Gravity Spark Mask

While you’re at it… why not restore the elasticity of your face as well?  Use Kristals Diamond Anti-Gravity Spark Mask.  Infused with pure diamond and collagen, this mask will not fail to  brighten, lift, firm and restore the resilience of your skin. You can leave it on for 15 minutes as well and then peel both masks off together.

#3 Kristals Cosmetics Rock Crystal Performing Body Polish Free Magic

The next step of your perfect pamper evening would be to exfoliate your legs, knees, arms and elbows with the sumptuous Kristals Cosmetics Rock Crystal Performing Body Polish – available in the scents Free Magic and Love Spells.

In addition to rock crystal powder, this luxury body polish is formulated with all-natural sea salt and almond, jojoba and sesame oils to help you remove dead skin cells and moisturize your skin in one single step.

#4 Kristals Cosmetics Pearl Neck & Chest Extra Firming Mask

Right before you take a quick shower to rinse off the body polish, is the perfect time to apply Kristals Cosmetics Pearl Neck & Chest Extra Firming Mask to your neck and chest.  This unique mask combines pearl powder and kaolin clay.

Both ingredients are known to restore the balance of your skin in this often overlooked areas. Leave the neck and chest mask on until dry.  Then rinse your body to reveal an unbelievably healthy, sensual soft and youthful skin.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Bathing Habits to Improve Your Skin

Bathing and showering is an essential part of your skincare routine. After all, it’s tough to look and feel your best without first being clean. We asked the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics for the habits that you should avoid.

Turns out there are right and wrong ways to bathe, and following a few unhealthy habits can actually have the opposite effect on your skin, drying you out and causing a number of problems. Fortunately, getting your bathing routine back on track is not difficult.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Bathing Habits to Improve Your Skin

#1 Using Harsh Soaps and Cleansers

Nothing’s going to dry you out faster than soap or cleanser that is overly harsh. Choose milder bars or body washes that moisturize as they clean. Rock crystal is a fantastic option for gemstone-infused cosmetics that will be gentle on your skin.

#2 Bathing in Hot Water

Along the same lines, bathing or showering in very hot water can strip the skin of essential oils and dry you out quickly. A better solution is to use lukewarm water, which doesn’t have the same drying effects on the skin.

#3 Using Bathing Accessories Too Long

Another issue that can lead to a different type of skin problem is using shower sponges, razors or towels for too long before replacing them. Over time, these items can become deposits for germs and lead to infections.

Another possibility is that they become worn and raw, which can scratch the skin and cause other forms of irritation.

#4 Not Moisturizing after Your Bath

Cleansing with a bath or a shower is always important, but the reality is that the act is always going to dry you out in some way. And the best way to counteract that effect is to always use a good body moisturizer after showering.

A good approach to this step is to lightly dab yourself off until the body is just slightly damp. Then apply the moisturizer like the ROCK CRYSTAL – Supreme Body Butter – Love Spells from Kristals Cosmetics to lock in the moisture and keep your skin well protected.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to beautifying your skin in a flash!

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What You Know About Your Pores is Wrong

Pores, or the oil-producing openings on your skin, often shoulder the blame for a lot of your skin problems. Some feel that they appear too large, while others see them as the source of blackheads and acne breakouts. We spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics for guidance in that area.

The reality is that pores might not be as bad as you think. However, there are still some things you can do about them if they bother you. In order to do that, though, it helps to understand the truth about your pores.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What You Know About Your Pores is Wrong

#1 The Size of Pores Cannot Be Permanently Changed

One frustration with pores is their size or visibility. And while a variety of solutions claim to shrink your pores — everything from over-the-counter exfoliators to in-office treatments — the reality is that all of these are short-term solutions. So while you can shrink your pores for a time if you need to look your best, you should know that it’s something you’ll likely have to do again.

#2 Blackheads Aren’t Necessarily a Sign of Clogged Pores

Pores also take most of the blame for acne and blackheads, but an acne breakout isn’t necessarily a sign of clogged pores. In fact, many of the tiny black dots in the pores that are thought to be blackheads aren’t actually blackheads at all, but rather fine hairs nestled into the pores.

#3 Pores Don’t Get Bigger As You Age

This is another fear of many about their pores — and a big reason that people want to shrink them — but the reality is that pores reach their final size at puberty. What changes is that the skin gets thinner and less fresh as you age.

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#4 Pores Aren’t All Bad

Pores release a substance called sebum, which actually helps to keep the skin from becoming dry and cracked. So don’t blame all your skin problems on your pores. They’re actually pretty important.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Facial Mapping to Fight Breakouts

When you experience frequent skin problems like acne breakouts and other blemishes, it’s understandable that you want to know exactly what’s going on and why. Dermatologists have a tool that can help in this effort, and it’s known as facial mapping. Here at Kristals Cosmetics we’re going to explore it to help you get flawless skin more naturally.

Based on ancient Chinese techniques, facial mapping is a method for determining how parts of your face are linked to other parts of the body. Based on these connections, you can then make changes to your diet and lifestyle to improve the look of your skin.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Facial Mapping to Fight Breakouts

When it comes to using facial mapping to prevent acne breakouts, the practice can be applied in several ways. For example, blackheads on the nose might indicate heart or blood pressure problems. By upping your intake of fruits and veggies and cutting back on salt, you can start to make a difference.

The same approach can be applied to other parts of the face, as well. Acne on the cheeks often stems from spleen problems or hormonal imbalances. Cutting back on sugar may be a possible solution here.

And the chin is frequently linked with the small intestine, so you’ll want to avoid foods that are heavy in oil or dairy that can clog up your digestive pipes.

If your acne breakouts tend to be a bit higher, such as around the eyebrows or on the forehead, then toxic buildup from the gallbladder may be the culprit. Drinking plenty of water to keep you system clean is a good solution here.

And finally, acne that appears around the mouth might be a sign of hormonal imbalances that are causing problems. You can try avoiding spicy foods in this situation, as well as fried foods to clear up these acne problems.

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Kristals Cosmetics Tips: How to Kill 3 Types of Blemishes

If pimples were easy to get rid of, they wouldn’t cause us so much frustration. Unfortunately, as you and I both know, dealing with pesky acne breakouts can often be difficult and time-consuming. What’s worse, pimples don’t always come in the same form. In some cases, they appear as blackheads. Others pop up as whiteheads, or even cysts with no noticeable “crown” apparent on the skin. But rest easy because Kristals Cosmetics experts will explain how you can kill these 3 types of blemishes faster than ever before — and prevent them to begin with.

Luckily, in all cases, there are solutions that will work for getting rid of them. We spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics to find out how to tackle the different types of blemishes.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: How to Kill 3 Types of Blemishes

#1 Blackheads

Blackheads are often the end result of pimple development, after the mixture of oil and dead skin have sat in a pore for a long time. Despite this, they’re still stubborn to get rid of. But a focused attack can loosen them up and make them go away.

Try a salicylic acid gel that you can apply directly to the surface of the blackhead. Or a low-strength, over-the-counter retinoid-based product can also be effective.

#2 Whiteheads

A whitehead is a more raw, fresh type of pimple than a blackhead. It usually has a red blemish beneath it, which is a sign of skin infection. The whitehead is the valve that works its way to the surface of your skin.

According to Kristals Cosmetics experts, although you’re often told not to pop pimples, whiteheads are an exception to this rule. Once the whitehead becomes prominent, you can use a tissue to gently pop it and release the infection. Then apply a spot-drying treatment to the popped area to begin healing the infection.

#3 Cysts

A cyst presents a similar red blemish as mentioned previously, only it doesn’t end with a whitehead appearing. There are specific anti-cyst treatments available that can be used to treat the skin when these occur, such as icing it and eating a healthier diet (rich in probiotics, zinc, vitamin A, and fiber) or using products with sulfur or benzoyl peroxide for faster healing.

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Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 5 Skincare Secrets That Beautify

When it comes to great skin care, everyone is looking for an edge. While choosing the right products and sticking to a good regimen are critically important, there are other tips and tricks you can work into your routine to take it to the next level, and at Kristals Cosmetics we’ve got you covered.

Of course, some of these so-called “skincare secrets” actually work, while others are just hot air. To help you determine the difference, we asked the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics for their selections.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 5 Skin Care Secrets That Beautify

#1 Bananas Have Hidden Skin Powers

More than just a sweet, delicious fruit, bananas are packed with both magnesium and potassium to impart a healthy glow to the skin. They not only make a great snack, but they can also be mashed up and used as a mask ingredient for additional skin-healthy potential.

#2 Pillows Can Be Your Enemy

It’s easy to overlook the impact of the pillow on your face, but burying yourself in it can be a serious wrinkle creator. What’s more, pillows can be a big-time germ collector if you face isn’t clean every time you come in contact with it. So wash your pillow cases often!

#3 Steam Can Be Nourishing

Steam is often a part of a facial, but you can do it at home, too, to reap the benefits it can impact to dry or blemish-prone skin after washing your face (follow these tips to wash your face the right way).

All it takes is a bowl of hot water with the herbs or tea you want, and just hold your face safely a few inches above the bowl. Breathe in and enjoy for several minutes.

#4 Potatoes Can Soothe the Eyes

If you fight dark circles around the eyes with tea bags, the common potato is another quick morning cure-all you can try. Just put a couple of thin slices over the eyes and give it about 20 minutes before the dark circles begin to disappear.

#5 Iodine Can Banish Blemishes

Iodine doesn’t seem like a substance that you’d want all over your skin, but applying just a drop with a Q-tip to a blemish or pimple before bed can work great. It’s a proven germ killer and skin cleanser.

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