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Wrap Up: 35th Annual EBC Show

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In April, Intrinsics visited New Jersey to attend the Eastern Buying Conference.

This annual show brings all sorts of beauty industry gurus together, like beauty suppliers, distributors, professional beauty stores, online distributors. Some fun trends we saw at EBC were eyelash and brow services, as well as new colors of dipping powders in the nail industry.

 

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35th Annual EBC Show

EBC provides the unique opportunity to:

  • Experience the newest and finest beauty products first-hand
  • Meet industry professionals and make valuable connections
  • Make more informed purchase decisions
  • Expand distributor sales

 

The Show

Speaking of distributors, our rep group, Gerry Udell Inc., kept us busy throughout the show. Gerry Udell reps brought over nail distributors, professional beauty store representatives, full service distributors, and other beauty suppliers.

At EBC, we got to show off some of our favorite products. The star items we featured were both the Carbon Filter Face Mask from Carolina Cotton, and the Intrinsics Neck Strips. The distributors were impressed with our newly-formulated Neck Strips. Not only are these strips softer, but also stronger and allow more stretch for larger neck areas.

Next stop: Cosmoprof in Las Vegas! We’ll see you there.  

4 Nail Ideas for Prom and Graduation

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If you’re looking for nail inspiration for either prom or graduation (or both), take a look at Pinterest boards and you will find everything you’re searching for. We’ve found some styles we think you’ll love.

 

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Magnificent Matte

If you’re wanting a minimal, but elegant, look for your special day, try out a matte finish for your nails. You can choose a color to match or complement your outfit. Wearing a red gown for graduation? A forest green or gold tone might be exactly what you’re looking for.

 

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Not Your Mom’s French Manicure

Nails like these would be a great choice if you're looking for an accent nail with a unique take on a french mani. Applying the metallic sparkle is great for prom! This style will look good with virtually any outfit, so your manicure will match with your everyday clothing after prom too.

 

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Keep ‘Em Separated

If you’re graduating and attending prom, having a dual colored manicure would work for both events. A color separator, like the silver one in this photo, is ideal for a single-colored gown because it brings a new. You can choose complementing colors or even monochrome set with different hues.

 

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The Gold Rush

As we mentioned above, we love minimal nails and metallic flair. Nails like these are a lovely combination of both! They will match with your everyday outfits, but so you don’t have to change colors after your special day.

 

Once you’re ready for a new manicure, you’re going to need to take the current one off. You’re going to need a professional, lint-free nail wipe with enough strength to get through the removal. This is why Intrinsics created the Nail Tech’s Choice; these wipes come with an abrasive gauze surface encased a 100% cotton filling, making it the ideal polish remover.

 

Summer Prep: Waxing

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Summer is on its way! That means swimsuit shopping, planning vacations, and breaking out that new pair of sandals.

Amongst all this summer excitement, what’s first on our to-do list?

A wax treatment! Whether you’re making an appointment with your local salon or doing it yourself, you’re going to need all the right materials to keep it hair-free and carefree this summer.

 

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Intrinsics 12-ply Gauze

Wax Prep

An important thing to do before you wax is lightly exfoliate, otherwise you risk the chance of increased irritation. Exfoliating should be done 24-48 hours before your appointment. Now you’re wondering, how do I exfoliate effectively while also being gentle on my skin? We’ve got you! Available in both 2x2” and 4x4” sizes, our 12-Ply Gauze is perfect for this step. Intrinsics’ gauze is gentle enough to use on your face, so you can be assured that it’ll be perfect for other sensitive areas, too.

 

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Intrinsics 3x9" Waxing Strips

Wax

If you’re new to waxing or unsure how to DIY, call your local esthetician to ensure it is done correctly. If you’re choosing to wax at home, you’re going to need the professional tools. Choose your wax based on what’s best for you. Find your preferred wax and open your box of trusty Intrinsics Waxing Strips. The 3x9” pre-cut strips are made of 100% non-woven pellon, so you don’t have to worry about stretching, tearing, or oily residue. These professional strips are also available in a 100 yard roll. And they are made in the USA! How much better could it get?

Here’s the best way to go about waxing:

  1. Apply the heated wax in the direction of hair growth
  2. Place the Intrinsics wax strip on top of the wax, press down firmly
  3. Hold the skin taut with one hand
  4. Pull the strip the opposite direction of hair growth
  5. With clean hands, apply pressure for a few moments to ease discomfort

 

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Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towels

Post Wax

So you’ve finished waxing and now it’s time for the after-care. There’s a reason we wrote an entire blog about our Gentle Cleansing Towels, because they are ideal for waxing treatments! These professional grade towels are made of 100% pure cotton and infused with natural botanicals to calm irritated skin. After you’re finished cleansing the freshly-waxed area, apply a light oil or moisturizer with a soft, luxurious Silken Wipe.

 

Now go show off those newly-waxed areas! You are officially summer ready.

Get Glowing: Spring Skin Care

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Everyone’s spring skin care routine is different, but the essentials are pretty much universal.

 

Your skin is your largest organ, therefore it needs attention year-round. But our regimens change from season to season, so what adjustments should you be making this spring?

 

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Did you know that your body is made of more than 50% water?

Hydrate

It may seem obvious, but hydration is a key element to keeping your skin bright and healthy this spring. With the weather heating up, your skin is going to need all the hydration it can get. So grab that glass water bottle, pop some lemons and cucumbers in there, and stay hydrated!

 

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Intrinsics 12-ply Gauze

Exfoliate

During the winter, some of us may take a short break from weekly exfoliating. However with the extra grime your face will accumulate from the heat, light exfoliating each week during spring is a must. Intrinsics 12-ply Gauze is your go-to tool for this process; our 12-ply gauze is constructed to be moderately absorbent and gently exfoliating, which is essential for any spring skin care regimen.

 

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Moisturizing is a must.

Moisturize

No matter the season, you should always moisturize. But did you know that you should change your moisturizer in the winter to spring transition? A heavier formula is best for the colder months, but a lighter, oil-free moisturizer might be your pick this spring. Your pores will thank you! For an added bonus, use a moisturizer that also has an SPF in it. To ensure that you are not wasting precious product, you’re going to need a high quality tool for application. One that is soft to the touch and lightly-absorbent. We’re looking at you, Silken Wipes.

 

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We love the sun, but it's always important to stay protected.

SPF

Speaking of SPF, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: sunscreen is your best friend. The winter clouds are parting and the sunshine is breaking through, and this means SPF is a must. But be sure that you are using a broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. You should apply your sunscreen after your moisturizer, but before your concealer and/or foundation. Re-apply throughout the day as needed.

 

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Your Intrinsics essentials for this spring.

Spring Cleaning

Spring is a great time to clean out your skin care stash. Toss the empty bottles, repurpose those glass jars, and make some room for your spring skin care lineup. The only things in constant use are going to be your tools. Intrinsics products like the Compressed Cellulose Sponges, X’Tra Thick Cotton Pads, and our Cotton Balls (made of 100% pure cotton), will never go out of season. We make the products you can count on all year round. Okay, we’ll stop bragging now.

Our Favorite Spring Nail Trends

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The weather is warming up, spring cleaning is in affect, and you’re looking for a change in your nail game.

Say goodbye to winter colors and hello to spring! We’re taking it to Instagram to find some of our favorite spring nail trends.

 

 

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Color is the best way to show your love for springtime.

Spring Colors

Pastels, bright yellows and pinks, soft blues. Colors are the best way to express your love for spring! Whether that be one color like in minimalaesthetic106’s work, or multiple colors such as empress_thanh’s royal purple polish job. For those who want an extra flair, look at the work done by lifestylez_nails and alteredegonails.

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Look at all this floral!

Spring Imagery

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of spring? Blooming flowers, sprawling plants, and fresh fruit. If you’re looking for floral for your nails this spring, nailsby_angelina and dagaskowron’s nail art is perfect for you. Sticking with the pattern of plant-imagery, a_is4andrea’s sunflower accent amongst mustard yellow nails screams “hello spring”!

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Keep it simple this spring.

Spring Minimal

Keep it simple this spring. Taking the minimal route will have your nails looking sophisticated and energetic. sdoesnails’s minimal sunshine peeking from the cuticles gives your nails a fun quality alongside color. Pink with a hint of fern-like accents in nailz_by_juliaa’s work are a solid trend that could even carry you over until summer. 

 

That wraps up the Intrinsics spring season’s nail trend blog. Keep Intrinsics' professional single-use supplies in mind while doing those springy nails. For example, our Totally Lint Free Gel Nail Wipes are perfect for nail prep and our Nail Tech’s Choice Gauze is ideal when you’re removing that nail polish. Virtually non-linting. Yep, you heard us right!

What are some of your favorite spring nail trends? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

Why Cotton Is Essential to an Eco-friendly Salon

You want to be eco-friendly in your practice but you have to use single-use disposables.

This may seem like a predicament, but in reality, it’s not! So throw away those foam toe separators, grab a Toe Rope, and let’s talk about the green alternative. 

At Intrinsics, cotton is queen. Not only is cotton biodegradable, but it is also renewable and sustainable. Not to mention its performance is far superior to other fibers, especially synthetic ones.

Biodegradability

Biodegradable: possibly our favorite word. Biodegradability refers to the chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria or other biological means. Since cotton is made by nature, it can be degraded by nature. In case you’re wondering, synthetic fibers are not biodegradable, since they are man-made. These oil-based fibers are polyester, polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene. Yep, the same artificial fibers that make up your feminine hygiene pads, wipes, and clothing. Gross.

How Long Will It Take?

It depends. Cotton is biodegradable both anaerobically and aerobically. Modern landfills are sealed to keep out water and oxygen, making them anaerobic. Cotton will degrade under these conditions, but more slowly than in aerobic conditions (or in a compost heap).

While the speed that cotton degrades depends on the environmental conditions and the construction of the fabric, at least we know it will degrade over time, and not remain the waste stream.

 

Renewability and Sustainability

There’s no denying that cotton is sustainable. A cotton plant has an eight-to-nine month renewable life cycle. Rayon, on the other hand, comes from mature trees that take 15-20 years to grow. While those trees targeted for rayon are growing, a decade and a half of cotton crops (at minimum) have been harvested.

Farming practices have evolved to be more efficient over the last few decades. Did you know in the last 20 years, water usage, soil loss, and energy used for production have all steadily declined? Most of the US cotton crops are now irrigated exclusively from rain. Roughly 1.6lbs of other useful products are created in the harvesting process, like cottonseed oil, dairy feed, and mulch.

 

Why Use Cotton in Your Practice?

In the services you provide, using disposable products is not much of a choice. So make the right choice. Our cotton products are made of medical grade cotton, making it the most sanitary option. Intrinsics’ cotton is durable. No more running through tons of generic cotton pads in a single treatment because they just don’t stand up to the job. Most of all, our cotton is soft and comfortable. It attests to the quality of your establishment. Your clients will thank you.

Want to learn more about the many beneficial components of cotton? Our friends at Barnhardt have tons of useful material and research available to the public, including this neat Cotton Library.

March Madness of Men’s Manes

What really classifies as being game-ready this March Madness season?

It isn’t all about the game anymore.

It’s about the fresh kicks, slick jerseys, and most importantly, the haircut. With over 17 million viewers watching the title game last year (Carolina vs Gonzaga), the cut is important. Read the rest of this entry »

IECSC Wrap Up

In early March, the Intrinsics sales team attended the 2018 IECSC NY show at the Javits Center in New York City.

The IECSC NY show is special in that it’s the largest spa and wellness show in the Northeast. 2018 was a record setting year with over 16,200 spa and salon professionals in attendance. We noticed trends across multiple facets of the industry: the mobile medical spa service, eyebrow and eyelash treatments, as well as anti-aging remedies, just to name a few.

 

Photo courtesy of Gerry Udell’s social media team

Move Over, Uber!

The latest trend is the mobile medical spa. In the last few years, the trend of on-demand concierge and pop-up spa services has skyrocketed. You get the services you need, whenever and wherever you want it. Talk about taking convenience to the next level!

 

Photo courtesy of Gerry Udell’s social media team

All About the Eyes

It’s no secret that eyes are going to be a huge focus in 2018. At IECSC, you could not walk down an aisle without seeing someone getting an eyelash treatment, a brow wax, or a microblading service. Many of these eyelash and eyebrow technicians were from Brow Design International, Godefroy Innovative Beauty Products, and Bella Lash. In the mornings, professionals would stop by our booth for their demo supplies. We told you, the professionals love Intrinsics!

The most sought-after Intrinsics products for these services were the NEW 3” Cotton Ovals made of 100% pure, medical-grade cotton. Another popular product among the technicians were our Pillowettes. Like the Cotton Ovals, the Intrinsics Pillowettes are made with 100% pure, medical-grade cotton. The one-of-a-kind design features soft woven cotton with a space on the backside made to fit two fingers perfectly. The unique pillow design enables easy, confident, and controlled movements around the delicate eye area AND they are lint free. These spa techs would finish up their service with the Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towel, which is a hypoallergenic wipe made of 100% pure cotton.

 

Photo courtesy of Gerry Udell’s social media team

Reversing the Clock

As far as anti-aging services goes, non-surgical lifts are a huge trend right now. One of the booths with the most activity was Bring It Up, Inc. Bring It Up featured patented products for non-surgical breast lifts and shapers, as well as face lifts focused on the brow and neck area. Once a service primarily reserved for celebrities, this is something everyone can have access to. Problem areas, be gone!

 

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Silken Wipes for a Year

One of the lucky attendants, Shelli (of Gorham, NH) won a year supply of Silken Wipes just by posting a selfie with our booth! Congrats, Shelli! Enjoy those Silken Wipes. Thank you to everyone who participated in this awesome giveaway.

 

Overall, IECSC 2018 was a huge success. The show allowed us to reach out and talk with spa technicians, make-up artists, and stylists. Our next stop is in June at the Premiere Orlando show in Orlando, FL. Sunshine and coastline, here we come!

 

Distributor Spotlight: Universal Companies

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Universal Companies: one of the largest distributors in the Professional Beauty/Spa industry.

Ever wonder what an average day looks like at the company? About their history with Intrinsics? In an interview with Kelly Wilson, Universal’s Vice President of Strategic Vendor Alliances, we got the answers to all of those questions, and more! Here’s your inside scoop.

 

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Kelly Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Vendor Alliances at Universal Companies

Tell us about the history of Universal Companies. About how many employees does Universal have?

Universal Companies, Inc. currently employs 135 associates across many departments and many states; this number includes our team in Shanghai.  Many of our associates are licensed estheticians and master estheticians, licensed massage therapists, nail technicians, and cosmetologists. Today Universal Companies is the leading single-source supplier to over 25,000 clients in the spa industry, providing thousands of products to help professionals manage and grow their businesses.

  • 1982 – The company was founded by Marti Morenings and her father, Dr. G. H. Morenings, to market a medical therapy unit designed by Dr. Morenings.
  • 1985 – The company patented and trademarked several devices that were sold to estheticians and medical practitioners, and began adding esthetic products, furniture, equipment, and sundry supplies to its offerings.
  • 1992 – The first catalog was developed, making it easy for estheticians to find everything they needed in one place.
  • 1999 – The company changed its name from Universal Esthetics to Universal Companies, providing all spa professionals their one-source spa solution.

 

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The creative department at Universal Companies (via Facebook)

As the largest distributor in the Professional Spa industry, what’s an average day look like at the office?

Every day our primary focus is to be customer centric, and this extends to every department at Universal. Our Sales teams put the customer first in every aspect, and the warehouse team gives special attention to each order with careful selection and packing. Those in Receiving are constantly inspecting each Vendor’s delivery to ensure quality in both product and packaging.  

Product Development is comprised of licensed estheticians, massage therapists and nail technicians, each with in-spa/salon experience. This team constantly uses customer filters to ensure we are meeting--and anticipating--the needs of each customer segment.  

Creative Development emphasizes the language and messaging required to communicate with customers in the most effective and efficient manner.  

Our Education and Training department leads the way for all of us, as they are constantly sharing product knowledge and treatment protocols with external customers, as well as internal staff. This is so everyone can assist customers with questions and inquiries regarding product usage.

 

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Lisa Sykes, UC Copy Director, and Sarah Tollie, UC Digital Marketing Manager (via Facebook)

What are the values that Universal Companies adheres to?

We have a passionate commitment to:

  • Exceed customer expectations.
  • Treat our associates as we want them to treat our customers.
  • Foster honesty and integrity.
  • Build profitable relationships with our customers, vendors, and associates.
  • Create fun and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.

Universal Companies is also committed to inspiring and empowering its employees, customers, and vendors to exhibit leadership and implement eco-friendly practices. We employ a Sustainability Specialist who carefully reviews and evaluates all earth-friendly products for: safety, toxicology, social responsibility, efficacy, third party certification, and overall sustainability. In addition, our website discloses all ingredients in all of the personal care products we offer. Universal Companies is also involved in outreach to other sustainability groups, as well as providing leadership assistance and support to our local Chamber of Commerce and tornado victims.

We are one source with many solutions to simplify the way you do business:

  • Extensive product collection
  • Universal spa equipment
  • Professional support
  • Great value
  • Training
  • Fast turnaround
  • Easy order consolidation and no minimum orders
  • Account management
  • Free web resources

 

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Halloween 2017 at Universal Companies (via Facebook)

What’s your favorite part of working at Universals Companies?

Piggy-backing on our position of customer centric, the Vendors are our customers, and I feel are my first customers.  With more than 11,000 sellable SKUs and more than 350 Vendors, I have the opportunity to meet so many interesting people from such varied backgrounds who present a full array of products designed to meet the needs of our customers; whether that be day spas, corporate day spas, resort-hotel-destination spas, medi-spa, schools, salons, or independent practitioners.

I love being the advocate for the Vendors and the conduit between them and every department at Universal. I love being able to develop friendships with them and I really enjoy building business relationships that ultimately culminate in positive results for our spa and salon customers.  Sharing that common goal – what is best for our customers – is the foundation for strong bonds between Universal and its very valued Vendors.

 

How long has Universal been partnered with Intrinsics?

I have been with Universal since 2006 and the relationship was well established then.  I had to look in some of our archives and found that Universal began working with Intrinsics in November of 2003, so we are in our 15th year! And it has been a great partnership!

 

What do you think sets Intrinsics apart from competitors?

I think it begins with the Barnhardt family, their commitment to quality and to their customers.  The fact that it is still a family owned and managed organization is what sets Intrinsics apart.

In 2016 Anna Bralley, in her former role as Director of Product Development, and I visited Intrinsics in Charlotte, North Carolina. We had enjoyed a long standing relationship and had hosted visits from Intrinsics over the years, but this was the first time for us to visit in Charlotte. Dave Albers, as always was an incredible host and well prepared for our business meetings.

But the very best part of our visit was the tour conducted by George Hargrove. George is always so personable and such a pleasure to be around, but the depth of his knowledge. He detailed us on every single step of the processing of cotton and manufacturing of end products, it was nothing short of amazing. Anna and I were thrilled with all we were learning from George, and certainly gained a new appreciation for these wonderful products.

It was great to meet members of the Barnhardt family and get to know them better – you just cannot beat the face-to-face interaction and what it means to developing strong relationships.

In what sets Intrinsics apart I also do not want to fail to mention the Barnhardt family’s pride in all products they are able to make which are sourced and made in America. They, rightfully so, display the “Made in the USA” logo with our American flag on their packaging. They put their pride in our country right on the label of their products, and I believe this truly resonates with our customers.

 

Which Intrinsics products do you see heading out the door most?

Intrinsics provides the tried-and-trusted products that our spa professionals can’t seem to get enough of. The top sellers are the 2x2” and 4x4” Silken Wipes, 2x2” and 4x4” Cotton Wipes and 2x2” and 4x4” 12-Ply Gauze, the 3x9” pellon wax strips, the 2” cotton rounds, and the compressed sponges.

 

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Universal Learning Center, in Torrance, CA

Universal offers more than just spa and salon products. What are some other helpful resources/services that you all provide?

I think what has always made Universal different is the owner’s commitment to the business success of each and every customer. Marti Morenings is the quintessential entrepreneur; Marti has demonstrated this over the years by not only supplying quality products, but by providing spas with treatment protocols, menu descriptions, marketing materials and education.  

Anna Bralley, who I mentioned earlier, is now the Manager over Education and Training. She not only ensures our Universal Associates are trained on each product, but she manages our trainers throughout the country.

In 2016, Universal launched the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center in Los Angeles (Torrance, California). The WBLC provides an easily accessible location where Spa Professionals can take a vast array of classes on every spa topic imaginable. Creating this educational resource on the West Coast demonstrates Universal’s partnership with and commitment to its customers.

 

What are some of the new beauty trends that you’re absolutely loving? And what are some areas/trends in the industry that you expect to see grow in 2018?

Lash and brow services are still very hot, as are trends in nail services – dipping powders and nail art.  I love that spa and salon customers are having so much fun with a greater range in color palette; I adore the actual art created on these little nail canvases!

Aromatherapy is huge as the consumer has gained great understanding in recent years of the benefits of essential oils. Salt is hot – from salt lamps to treatments to actual salt rooms. And unique spa retail gained from the spas’ websites is an avenue that has followed the boom in all online retailing.

Spas have returned to the core of their services, but I also think that health and wellness has taken center stage. I love the fact that consumers are now understanding the health benefits gained from their spa treatments and that these are no longer thought of as just luxury treatments.

At Universal we are constantly looking for those health and wellness product lines, and recently are proud to have gained exclusive distribution of the Moor Spa line. The benefits of these products are vast. We are excited to offer the line complete with easily accessible, understandable and affordable trial and success kits, of course with comprehensive treatment protocols.

 

What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?       

I do have my favorite local spas and salons that I frequent (not often enough – never enough, right?).  I am pretty religious about my nail and hair appointments. And I now see frequent massage as a necessity. I love my job and my family, but also understand that I can only be my best if I watch out for my own wellness. There is no denying that massage simply feels fabulous, but I feel the immediate and long lasting benefits of releasing the tension from my muscles. I swim a lot and that helps too, but nothing replaces a good massage.  

Other than that, I am in a great position for product testing, so I do “spa at home” a great deal.  This helps my understanding of how spas can retail “home care”, to not only further engage their clients in taking responsibility for their own wellness plan, and also how to partner with their clients for wellness management that is best served through a treatment plan that includes return visits to the spa

It is not a one-shot deal Yes, you will have immediate benefits, but it is the on-going maintenance that achieves the greatest results and the greatest level of well-being.  Again, I am happy that people now really understand the important role our spas and salons play in successfully attaining these wellness goals.

Trends in Men’s Skin Care

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Skin care is something that everyone can enjoy.

And it’s no secret that skin care for men is becoming a huge trend. So what are some ways men can pamper themselves?

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Via GQ Magazine, from Arrested Development, 20th Century Fox 

Masking

Masking is a huge trend across all facets of the skin care trend right now. Our very own Sales Director, Dave Albers, noticed this at the WBC show back in January 2018. He noted that Clubman Pinaud’s Charcoal Peel-off Mask was a huge hit amongst the attendees there. The Clubman Pinaud brand has been around since 1810, I wonder if they ever thought they’d be selling masks for men in 2018? Either way, these masks have been selling extremely well. There are also entire skin care lines, like Kiehl’s, catered to all the masking needs any man would ever need.

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Facials

More and more barber shops are offering facials as additions to beard trims and hair cuts. But they’re not the only ones, estheticians are getting in on male-specific facial services too. Even skeptics are experimenting with this new trend. These facials are mainly tailored to men because they deal with problems that men may experience, like razor burn and acne, as well as ingrown hairs.

 

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Moisturize

Here at Intrinsics, we are a huge fan of moisturizing. If you’re not moisturizing, you’re missing out. Though men have a higher collagen density than women, it’s important to note that consistently using a moisturizer can be beneficial for anyone. Just make sure you’re applying it with a Silken Wipe to refrain from wasting expensive product. Men love Silken Wipes too!

 

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But why?

Men’s skin is 25% thicker than women’s, meaning it is also tougher. When a man shaves, his face experiences a fairly intense exfoliation, therefore leaving it more prone to breakouts if not treated correctly. Depending on how often you shave, this may irritate you more or less. In addition to all of these benefits, men need a good skin care routine. Skin care regimens will keep your skin healthy and allow for you to take some time on self care.

REVIEW: The Best Facial Cotton: Intrinsics

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This is an unpaid review by blogger Heather of thiscountrygirl.com. 

Check out her Instagram for more original posts, photos, and reviews. 
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What we use to apply our skincare products may not be something that we pay much attention to. Do you apply them with your hands? Do you use a cotton pad? Either method has great potential for wasting precious product, and in turn...money! I have personally used both ways to apply liquids to my skin. I stopped using cotton pads because too much product was being sucked into the cotton and not be distributed onto my face. Another reason I gave up cotton pads is because I was using aggressive treatments that made my skin very sensitive and the cotton felt too abrasive on my face. So I switched to using my fingertips to apply products. The liquid would often times drip between my fingers leaving excess product in a spot where it was hard to apply to my face. I eventually got smarter and started dumping liquids into my palm, doing a therapist swipe à la Caroline Hirons, and patting onto my skin. This was by far the best methods of all I had trialed thus far, until I discovered Intrinsics Silken Wipes by watching Liz Alaska use them in every routine she posted to Instagram.

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I wasn't sure where to purchase Intrinsics Wipes as they are professional use products, which only made me want them even more! If this cotton is good enough to be used in treatment rooms then why am I not using them on my face! I definitely needed them in my arsenal! Whenever I searched the Intrinsics website I found online stockists but all were for professionals. I did not even consider looking on Amazon, but that is indeed where they are found for us regular joes! When Intrinsics contacted me and asked me to try a few of their products, I felt like they were reading my mind!

Previously I used different brands of cotton varying from cheap drugstore cotton pads that crumbed before my eyes when wet, to Sephora Collection cotton rounds which are durable yet small and soak up a lot of product, to Shiseido cotton pads that everyone loves. Shiseido cotton is definitely soft but also soak up way too much product.

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Enter Silken Wipes

Intrinsics Silken Wipes are soft, gentle, and absorb the perfect amount of product. However, all of those things aren't their greatest selling point. It is their durability and size that makes them standout among the crowd. The Large Silken Wipes are 4" x 4" folded and unfolded 8" x 8".* There is nothing else like it on the market for us regular consumers who don't have access to professional products! They could even be cut into halves to prolong the package, which is already huge with 200 included cotton sheets.

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The Silken Wipes are their softest cotton and did not irritate my skin at all. They are very thin, but made with the softest cotton. I use them to apply toners, acids, basically anything that is in a liquid formation. I feel like such a pro using Silken Wipes! 😉 I even read a heart warming story the other day over on Instagram about a fellow #skincarecommunity member's baby who has extremely sensitive skin, she can't even use baby wipes on her tush. The only product she could find that work for her precious baby girl was, you guessed it...Silken Wipes! Intrinsics ended up sending her a box of goodies for her baby, and herself! Now that is a company I can support wholeheartedly!

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Silken Wipes are made with Intrinsics proprietary Med-Esthetic Soft Fiber Blend, it is truly magical. Silken Wipes have a Light Absorbency rating as to not soak up all of your precious skincare products. Intrinsics touts they are "less absorbent on purpose, long lasting, economical and strong." They are thin, yet durable, and don't leave cotton lint all over your face. Literally the perfect little square. Once you start using Intrinsics, you'll definitely be hooked!

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They also come in a 'Petite' size that is more like your traditional cotton pads. The wipes are size 2" x 2" and unfold to reveal a 4"x 4" cotton square.

Intrinsics has other options?

When I received my package from Intrinsics, I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning! It was a huge box filled with a variety of cotton products. How did I not know they made all these other products too? Their Silken Wipes are obviously their most talked about product on social media, but their other cotton option are definitely worth consideration as I have found all sort of odd jobs for them the past month! Since I had never considered a variety of Intrinsics products, maybe others do not know about them either? Well you will today!

The other options available to purchase on Amazon are the Large and Petite Cotton Wipes and the 12-Ply Cotton Gauze.

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Difference Between Cotton Wipes + Silken Wipes

The Cotton Wipes are enclosed in a resealable, plastic package with green markings and come in the same two size options as the Silken Wipes. When side by side, it is often hard to tell them apart, however they do perform different. The Cotton Wipes are made of 100% Natural Cotton and have a Medium-High Absorbency Rating. The texture is still soft yet will provide gentle exfoliation. Cotton Wipes are something you want to use when you are removing product, like a mask. It can also be used for the Cold Water Cleansing Method that is all the rage right now on social media. See @lizalaska's Story Highlights for more info on the Cold Water Method.

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The Large Cotton Wipes are what I use to remove my makeup sometimes with Bioderma Micellar Water. They do not feel abrasive on my skin and I don't waste cotton pad after cotton pad like I have in the past!

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Another job I have discovered thanks to an IG tip (sorry I don't remember whose post I read this on!) is to use a Cotton Wipe, add a small amount of an oil or balm cleanser to create a DIY makeup remover wipe! Simply genius! Much better than using most makeup wipes that contain a lot of fragrance, preservatives and other not-so-beneficial skincare ingredients for the sensitive eye area. Plus you can change it up every night if you want by using different cleansers.

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Cotton 12-Ply Gauze

Another option Intrinsics offeres is the Cotton 12-Ply Gauze that is used during Facial Treatments. It is Medical Grade Gauze that is made with 100% Naturelle Cotton and also biodegradable. The Gauze also comes in the Large and Petite sizing, but instead the Large opens to a 12" x 16" single-ply sheet. It has a Medium Absorbency Rating and has found multiple uses, the #1 being removing nail polish! I will never use a cotton pad to remove stubborn nail polish again, the gauze is just so much more effective and time saving! I also have used it for medical purposes. My 7-year old daughter burned her thumb recently on our gas heater, so sad. It blistered, she peeled off the blister without my knowledge or consent, and was left with a big patch of missing skin. Sorry for the gory details. I had to cover the wound so it would not get infected while she was at school or doing other ridiculous things that kids do. I placed a Large Gauze square on top of the burn then covered with cohesive wrap. When I changed the dressing I was relieved and very happy that the gauze did NOT stick to the wound. We have been using it during every dressing change since!

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Conclusion

Overall I am very pleased with Intrinsics products and will definitely repurchase with my own money. I have found uses for all three cotton options, and it has been very handy to have the different sizes for different skin tasks. I have been using them constantly and have barely made a dent in my packages! I feel like they are worth every penny. Intrinsics is a fantastic company that I can support 100%, they have great ethics and really care about their customers. They are a fantastic blog with different ideas on how to use their products that you should definitely read! If you are a professional you can check out their map here to find a stockist near you. Also, you can follow them on Instagram and see product updates, new releases, tips, etc, here.

Cotton Pads/Wipes may not be glamorous, but are necessary! If you are investing in skincare products, you should definitely consider investing in the tools that apply those products. You can thank me later! For those of you who already love and use Intrinsics Silken Wipes, I hope you learned a little more about other products that they offer, they are definitely worth a try!

Until Next Time...

Heather

Sea Salt vs Epsom Salt

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Salt.

When we think of salt, one of two things come to mind:

French fries and relaxation.

Wait, but aren’t those two things synonymous?

 

When it comes to relaxation, however, salts you use will not be your run-of-the-mill table salt (NaCl). Both sea salt and epsom salt can be used in the spa, and home, setting for some natural relaxation.

 

Why Sodium?

Nervous impulses and muscle contractions are a result of the electrochemical activity that is made possible by sodium. It’s also important to maintain the volume of our blood by retaining water and controlling plasma particles.

 

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Himalayan pink salt

Sea Salts

Sea salt is produced by evaporating salt water, especially from the ocean. Sea salt is unprocessed, therefore it contains a bounty of minerals; some types actually contain all 84 minerals found in the human body.

There are different kinds of sea salt depending on where it was sourced from: Himalayan, Celtic, Dead Sea, Hawaiian, Flaky, and Fleur de Sel. These vary in color and flavor.

Using Sea Salts

Sea salt, by nature, has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore it can make a great pain reliever, especially for those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis and eczema. The alkalizing effects of sea salt prevent bacteria and viruses from thriving and the magnesium found in some sea salts can help maintain pH balance of the body.

You can also add these salts to your beauty routine:
  • Add sea salts to your toner to cleanse your pores
  • Balance oil production
  • Rid of any bacteria on the face
  • Combine with equal parts olive oil for a cultile refresh

 

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Epsom salt, courtesy of Salt Works

Epsom Salts

Epsom salt is a natural alternative that has been used therapeutically for centuries.

It is actually magnesium sulfate and is made from a substance containing magnesium (often dolomite).

Using Epsom Salts

Like sea salt, Epsom salt is an anti-inflammatory. It’s used to treat cold and flu symptoms, sore muscles and joints, and itchy skin. When shopping for Epsom salt, look for USP epsom salts with a “drug facts” box. Why? Because it has been manufactured, tested, and made to meet FDA and USP standards. Be sure you’re using the certifiably good stuff.

You can also add Epsom salts to your beauty routine:
  • Mix some into cleansing cream for deep-pore purification
  • Use it to gently exfoliate your skin and face
  • Used in sensory deprivation tanks and float baths

 

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Float tank, courtesy of Float UK

 

If you’re considering adding a float tank to your spa menu, be sure to use the correct materials so your pipes don’t corrode.

Whether you’re thinking of visiting a spa or doing an at-home session, salt is a great addition to your relaxation routine. Not only will salts balance your pH and soothe achy joints, but they will also leave your skin feeling soft and clean.

That’s A Wrap: WBC 2018

 

For the Intrinsics team, the New Year officially began when we exhibited at the 2018 Western Buying Conference in Las Vegas, NV on January 15th and 16th.

This may have been their 33rd annual show, but this was the busiest WBC show we’ve ever attended.

We got the two-day extravaganza off to a great start, as distributors and reps lined up to talk to us about our new products, promotions, and to place orders with us. The distributors were also very curious about what we saw as the upcoming 2018 beauty trends, as well as how our 2017 new product launches were going.

 

Our new Nail Tech's Choice Nail Wipes, Disposable Velcro® Headband, and Carbon Filter Face Mask were among Intrinsics' top players in 2017.

New trends for 2018 will focus on:

  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Nails
  • Barbering

The carryover trends from 2017 will continue to be balayage techniques and dimensional highlighting and coloring.

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Our neat booth at WBC! Next to our friends, Godefroy.

 

SKIN

Facials. Facials. Facials. We can’t get enough of them and, apparently, neither can anyone else. Facials have been one the most requested services at spas for the last two years. At-home facials are also becoming popular: check any beauty supply store and you will see hundreds of different kinds of sheeted facial masks. Everyone is aiming for that young, clean, glowing look and getting facials, using the right regimen, can deliver that for you.

 

Men’s facials have seen the biggest increase in this category. This is evident by the new products from American International Industries’ Clubman Pinaud® brand. Clubman Pinaud has been around since 1810, though I wonder if this men’s brand would ever guess they’d carry a charcoal peel-off black mask? They do and it’s selling really well. Many barbershops have even started including facials and manicures alongside cuts and shaves. The WBC event expanded on this growing theme with over 25% of the booths offering a new men’s product.

 

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Our superstar sales director, Dave Albers, speaking with visitors at WBC.

 

BROWS + LASHES

Eyes continue to be a focal point from brow waxing and microblading, to eyebrow and eyelash tinting. One of our favorite beauty companies, Godefroy, recommends using 100% cotton products when working with their tints. For this process, technicians use Pillowettes™. Why Pillowettes? It’s because they are made of 100% pure, soft cotton with no lint. Our Pillowettes are easy to maneuver around the eyes because they have a soft pillow design, for comfort, and they are specially constructed to contain a slot for fingers.

 

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NAILS

If you polish your nails, you need to check out the new Polygel® from Gelish. Polygel is not an acrylic or a hard gel, but combines the best of both worlds for an all-in-one system. According to Gelish, Polygel is more flexible than acrylic, stronger than hard gel, and lighter than both. To get the best results, you’ll need to do a nail prep; during the prep, you must use a wipe that is completely lint-free. Yeah, we’re looking at you Lint-free Nail Wipe. Our nail wipes are made from special non-woven material called “melt blown”. Melt blown is soft and very absorbent, and is often used in medical settings because it does not leave behind lint.

 

It was great seeing everyone at WBC! Next stop for the Intrinsics team is at the IBS-IECSC show, taking place in New York City at the Javits Center on March 4th-6th. See you there.

 

 

Glycolic Treatments 101

Thinking about getting a glycolic treatment? You may have a few questions first, so we’re breaking down the process for you.

 

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid is part of the group of active compounds known as AHAs. AH-what? Alpha Hydroxy Acids. AHAs can be derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes. They are made up of tiny molecules of hydrophilic and water soluble acids.

 

AHAs lightly exfoliate to help promote younger-looking skin, blood flow, collagen production, and overall skin health. They are preferred for sun-damaged, scarred, and dry skin, because glycolic acid improves moisture content.

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The Peel

Each professional has slightly different techniques and, depending on the condition of your skin, may choose to use different strengths of the acid. Peels come in several classifications: mild, medium, and deep.

 

The word “acid” may sound terrifying, but the reality is that any pain experienced during this process is short-lived. Most people feel a burning sensation for about 5-10 minutes after the glycolic acid is applied, followed by some stinging. This can be helped by using a cool compress and taking pain-relief medicine, such as ibuprofen.

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The Process

Deep cleansing

This goes without saying, but to prep for the feel, face needs cleansed to rid of any dirt, makeup, topical creams and serums, etc.

 

Apply glycolic acid

If you’re receiving a peel at a top-of-the-line establishment, they’re going to be using Intrinsics. More specifically, your professional will use our Glycolic Applicator to evenly apply the acid onto the face. Because our glycolic applicator has lightly absorbent tips it will not soak up the glycolic acid, allowing for it to be applied to more effectively.

 

Apply neutralizer

Like the name eludes, a neutralizer is applied after acid soaks on the face for a varied amount of time or passes. This is a necessary step to all types of peels, including a glycolic peel.

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After the Peel

Like sunburn, a mild peel will essentially blister face, causing the outermost layer of skin to “peel” (ha-ha, get it?), flake, and fall off over the course of the week (3-7 days). Mild peels may be repeated in advised intervals to achieve the skin you want. It is strongly recommended to use broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen after a glycolic treatment because exfoliants can make skin photosensitive. It is also advised to avoid direct sunlight when possible.

 

Before scheduling an appointment, talk with your esthetician about what peel will be best for your skin based on your desired goal. At home chemical peels may sound enticing, but can be unsafe and result in a number of unwanted effects. Save yourself any mishaps and visit your local professional instead.

4 Tips for Winter Lip Care

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Winter lip care is important.

 

During the winter, we tend to be so focused on our skin that we may forget to give T.L.C. to a major part of our face: the lips.

Want to keep your lips silky smooth all season long? Here are 4 tips for caring for your lips you should be following:

 

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Eliminate Dead Skin

Cold wind can take a toll on our lips. Gently exfoliating with a lip scrub once or twice a day can make all the difference. There are many lip scrubs available to purchase in stores and online, but if you have some extra time, you can make your own too. Applying the lip scrub in the morning before putting on makeup will have your lips ready for the day. Using a scrub at night after brushing your teeth can rid your lips of any dead skin they accumulate over time. You may apply a scrub with a clean toothbrush, which may be harsh on sensitive lips. Partner your lip scrub with Intrinsics 12-ply gauze for gentle, but effective, abrasion.

 

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Image from “How to Make Lip Balm...” by Shopify

Balm Before Bed

Apply a lip balm at night before bed to soothe any dryness you may experience while you sleep (or those times you’re so tired that you snore with your mouth wide-open all night). Think of it as an overnight lip mask. No more waking up with cracked lips!

PS: Did you know you can use aloe vera to moisturize your lips, as well as for a face mask? We love this idea.  

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Keep It Handy

We all have our favorites: Burts Bees, Chapstick, eos, Baby Lips. What good is your chapstick if it’s sitting on your vanity at home? Buy a 4 pack of your preferred brand and leave one at home, in your purse/bag, in your car, and one at your desk. This is a fool-proof way to always have access to relief when your lips feel like they’re on fire. Because nobody likes chapped lips.

 

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Drink. More. Water.

If you feel like you read this advice everywhere, it’s because it’s true. Despite the fact that it may not be a sweltering, summer day, your body still needs water. Consuming your daily dose of H20 is beneficial for skin and lip hydration, and for your overall health. Get a glass/aluminum water bottle and stay hydrated throughout the day; your lips, skin, and body will thank you.

 

Textured Hair Looks for 2018

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New year, new hair-do.

 

Aside from coloring, adding texture to your hair is a great way achieve a new look. If you’re looking for long-term curl, getting a perm from your local salon is the best route to take. For a look that lasts for two or three days, a no-heat method using cotton is a great way to go.

 

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Unlike rayon, cotton is biodegradable and far more sustainable, therefore it is better for the environment. Taking the ecological impact into account is very important when it comes to choosing professional single-use supplies. As a professional, Intrinsics wants you to have options, so we offer our cotton coil in these varieties:

 

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The Perfect Perm

Before any perm solution is applied to the hair, it is vital that the face and eyes are protected with a barrier. Your first choice for this protector should be cotton; it will not only absorb a considerable amount of liquid, but the cotton actually gets stronger with use. Intrinsics offers cotton coils in multiple sizes, making it easy to snip off just the right amount so there is no waste.

 

No Heat, No Problem

For those who prefer a short-term curl, cotton curls will be your new overnight go-to. Because there are no bulky plastic rollers or paper towel that easily falls apart, you can wear the curls to sleep for maximum hold, with no problem or discomfort.

 

Here are the steps to achieving no-hassle, heatless curls:

  1. Start by sectioning your hair, leaving the part where it normally lies
  2. Lightly spray the section with hairspray and let it dry
  3. Simply cut off the amount of cotton you need
  4. Roll the hair onto the strip
  5. Secure the cotton with a knot or an elastic
  6. Lightly spritz with hairspray

 

Curls are the perfect way to add texture and spice up any hairstyle. What better time for a new hairstyle than a new year! The choice of a salon perm or no-heat curls is up to you, we know you’ll look fabulous either way.

Toners, Serums, and Moisturizers We Love (And How To Use Them)

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What do toners, serums, and moisturizers all have in common?

They are vital components to any daily skin care routine. And we love ‘em! We want to spread the love, so we are sharing some of our favorite skin care products with the world. Do you use any of the brands on this list?

 

Toners

Using a toner in your daily skin routine will not only soothe irritated bumps, but it also removes any excess oil, dirt, and grime after removing makeup and cleansing. Think of this as an essential step to ensure your face is getting the deepest clean possible. Toners are used to balance your skin’s pH levels because your face becomes more alkaline after cleansing, which makes it more prone to damage and inflammation.

 

Toners can be applied straight to the face with our Silken Wipes. These lightly-absorbent wipes are the most effective way to make sure the toner is not soaked up in a generic cotton pad before it gets the chance to make it onto your face. The goal is to conserve your expensive product, not waste it.

 

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Indie Lee, CoQ-10 toner, $32

 

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May Coop, Raw Sauce, $33

 

Here is a list of some wonderful toners:

  • The alcohol-free CoQ-10 toner from Indie Lee balances pH levels using Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid. This toner also includes Chamomile, Sage, and Carica Papaya Leaf Extract among its impressive list of ingredients.
  • Raw Sauce from May Coop is a unique toner: it is made of 93% maple tree sap, along with fructan powder and fruit extracts. Why maple tree sap? According to May Coop, the sap serves as a base for better absorption.  

 

Serums

In the past year, the trend of using serums in daily skincare routines has skyrocketed. Serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate the face and seep into your pores. Using a serum regularly (once to twice a day, depending on your skin) can make your skin firmer, smoother, and brighter. Or as we’ve heard it called, plastic surgery in a bottle.

 

Because serums are so light, there are a few different ways to apply them. Applying a drop to your forehead, both sides of the face (under the eye), and on the chin area ensures that you are getting full coverage. Grab a low-absorbent  2x2” Silken Wipe and gently rub the serum in a circular motion. Like toners, professional serums can be pricey, so why waste it?

 

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Jordan Samuel Skin, Hydrate Facial Serum, $29

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T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $90

 

A list of a few serums we love:

  • Hydrate Facial Serum from Jordan Samuel Skin is a favorite amongst professionals and beauty bloggers everywhere. This miracle-in-a-bottle is packed with Hyaluronic acid, stabilized Vitamin C, and combined with gentle extracts like cucumber, tamarind, and passion flower.
  • The T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum from Drunk Elephant  is a 12% AHA/BHA night serum that helps refine skin for a smooth, radiant complexion. The Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric, and Salicylic acids are combined with raspberry extract, horse chestnut, and white tea to create balance.

 

Moisturizers

Moisturizing is one of the most pertinent ingredients of your daily skin routine. Its purpose is to lock in and secure any toners and serums applied after cleansing. Because it provides the skin with nutrients and hydration, it can be applied both in the mornings and in the evenings for maximum benefits. Most moisturizers can be applied by putting a small amount on the tips of your fingers and evenly distributing it amongst your entire face and then the neck.

 

The great thing about moisturizers is that they are helpful to any skin type: sensitive, itchy, dry, oily, or combination skin. However, when selecting a moisturizer, one must research its ingredients. Does it have unlisted artificial fragrances and dyes, or contain alcohol? You may want to consider changing products if so.

 

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Eminence, Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer, $58

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Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care, $45

 

Here are a couple of moisturizers to look into:

 

  • Éminence Organics has a comprehensive line of moisturizers, specializing in range of properties such as: age-defying, mattifying, calming, probiotic, and more. Éminence provides a list of ingredients and expected results with each product; as well, ensures consumers that their products are completely organic, sustainable, and cruelty free.
  • Another notable moisturizer is the Vital Balm Cream from Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care. Like Éminence, Josh Rosebrook lists every ingredient found in this magic cream, labeling them by certified organic, wildcrafted, and non-GMO plant sourced. Its silky texture allows for breathability, so your pores will not be clogged after using this product.

 

There you have it! A list of some of the most sought after toners, serums, and moisturizers on the market today. Match any of these with our Silken Wipes and you’ve got yourself a lush daily skin care routine.

Give A Little Love This Christmas

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It’s almost Christmas and you’re wondering what would make a great gift for your clients.

We’ve got your answer all wrapped up in one cute little package: Intrinsics pink heart-shaped cellulose sponges!

 

The pink heart-shaped cellulose sponge is all the rage this season. However, these sponges are available in both compressed and non-compressed sponge versions, as well as a variety of colors like white and natural (yellow). Because the pink heart sponges come compressed in a pack of 75, they are great space savers and make a practical and thoughtful, gift for all of your clients.

 

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Here are some noteworthy things about our cellulose sponges:

  • Made in the USA
  • Soft and absorbent
  • Will not break apart
  • Reusable on the same client
  • Great space savers, when liquid is applied they quickly plump up to full size
  • Perfect tool for cleansing the face
  • Easy makeup removal
  • Works will to remove product, especially facial masks
  • Its heart shape works perfectly on contours of the face

 

If you’re the seeing-is-believing type, here is a great article from Woman.NG about the benefits of washing your face with a cellulose sponge.

How can you get your hands on these Intrinsics cellulose sponges? Visit a distributor near you via our interactive map. Supplies may vary by location. Call store for availability!

How to Match Your Eyebrows with Your Face Shape

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The shape of your face is just as unique as you are, therefore the shape of your eyebrows should be tailored especially to you.

Before you pick up the tweezers, take this helpful advice into account when shaping your brows.

 

We found some great information from Eyebrowz on face shapes, as well as advice on how to shape your eyebrows accordingly.

 

The six basic face shapes and their characteristics:

 

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Oval

  •      Forehead is wider than chin
  •      Prominent cheekbones
  •      Fairly narrow chin

Perfect eyebrow shape is soft angled shape, goes straight up and gently curves round the top and down

 

 

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Round

  •      Face is almost as wide as it is long
  •      Face is widest at the cheeks

High arch brow, shape should that follows a straight line to the peak of the brow

 

 

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Long

  •      Forehead, cheekbones, jawlines all about the same width
  •      Narrow, oval chin

Straight horizontal lines that stop the eye, flat brow can make the face appear shorter.

 

 

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Square

  •      Forehead, cheekbones, jawline are about the same width
  •      Squared jawline

Thicker, stronger color and shape can balance a squared jawline. A defined sharp peak at the top of the brow makes it appear stronger.

 

 

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  •      Similar to oval, but the chin tapers to a point

Low arch rounded brows creates a natural look. Highly arched brow can create a more dramatic feel and add length to a shorter heart shaped face

 

 

 

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Diamond

  •      Not as common as other face shapes
  •      Highly angular
  •      Shorter forehead, face is widest at temples

Curved brows with a high arch or round brow with pointed arch

 

How to Measure Your Face Shape

 

Eyebrowz also provides a great graphic on how to identify which shape your face is along with detailed these steps:

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Waxing

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After measuring your face to determine which shape most closely matches yours, you’re ready to start the process of shaping your brows to fit.

When shaping eyebrows from scratch, a stencil is an enormously helpful tool to use. Tweezers are great for touch ups, but shaping brows can be most easily achieved by different types of waxing.

 

Intrinsics waxing strips, made from nonwoven pellon, are pre-cut into 3”x 9” strips for easy access during wax treatments. Intrinsics also offers these waxing strips in the form of a 3” wide wax strip roll, for professionals to use as much or as little of the roll that they need. This high quality pellon leaves no residue and will not tear or stretch, ensuring a precise and clean waxing service.

Voilà! Your brows will be looking spectacular. Make sure to clean any waxed areas to prevent breakouts. 

 

Body Treatments and Tips for An Overall Glow

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Now that cooler temperatures are influencing your wardrobe choices, it only makes sense that you adjust your skin care routine as well. Cold, dry weather can take its toll on skin that isn’t properly moisturized, leading to dry patches and inflammation. Luckily, there are measures that can be taken in the spa and at home.

 

Here are some of the best tips to ensure healthy, glowing skin throughout the harshest winter months:

 

Switch to a Hydrating Cleanser

Cleansing is one of the first and most important steps in a healthy skincare routine and skin should never feel dry after a wash. Skin contains natural oil that helps keep it moisturized and harsh cleansers can strip away that oil. Hydrating cleansers on the other hand, gently strip away the impurities without sacrificing moisture. If your client asks for your recommendations regarding which winter cleansers and moisturizers are right for them, advise them to avoid products with sulfates, alcohols, and parabens.

 

Speaking of Hydration…

Classic hydrating facials with gentle exfoliation are great during the winter. You might also want to consider lipid layer repair treatments, which work with the layers of the skin. Now is also a great time to do combo treatments for face and eye, since the skin around the eye is very sensitive to dry air this time of year. Our Pillowettes work perfectly with these types of treatments because they’re extremely soft and durable, but also come with a slip-case so you may slide your fingers in for easier control.

 

Sunny or not, always SPF

Whether it’s 8 or 80 degrees outside, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen. Even if the sun isn’t out, harmful rays can make their way through the clouds and for already parched skin, the extra damage isn’t worth it. Silken Wipes will be your go-to wipe when applying product because it’s lightly absorbent, so it won’t waste your expensive moisturizers and sunscreens.

 

Body scrubs

For the days you can’t make it to the spa, keeping a stash of your own homemade body scrubs at home will be a lifesaver. Our cellulose sponges are ideal for removing product, especially those with exfoliants.

  • Try a peppermint sugar body scrub to achieve a beautiful glow while also getting into the holiday spirit!
  • If you have dry skin, oatmeal body scrubs will be your best friend this season. Oatmeal is great for calming itchy and inflamed skin.
  • Coffee sugar body scrub is a great way to reuse your coffee grinds and keep your skin plump with minimal cellulite this winter.

Men and women of all ages can combat the signs of daily wear and tear on the skin and Intrinsics wants to help you in your efforts! In addition to offering informative, curated blog posts, we offer a full line of wholesale professional skin care products made from 100% USA cotton. For more information and/or to request a sample pack, visit our website.

The Difference is in the Details, try us and see for yourself.

We Are Thankful For YOU!

In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, the team at Intrinsics wants to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our loyal customers!

 

We simply could not do it without you. As a token of our appreciation, we wanted to put the spotlight on several of our talented supporters!

It’s no secret that Intrinsics is a favorite among professionals and enthusiasts in the beauty industry. We reached out to some of our favorite estheticians and beauty bloggers to find out why they love to use Intrinsics.

 

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“I love Intrinsics for extremely gentle cleansing and application of my fave exfoliator! Nothing beats the effectiveness and affordability of all their Silken Wipes!

Angel, beauty blogger and makeup artist, @passportebeaute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

honeyanddewskin

 

“Whether I’m treating a client to a facial or at home doing my daily facial routine, I use Intrinsics. They’re the softest and best quality medical grade cotton wipes. I can apply and remove product, exfoliate, depending on which product from Intrinsics I use.”

Chrissy, Esthetician, @honeyanddewskin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

makeuplovermegan

“Intrinsics is a cruelty free way for me to pamper myself. I know that when I take out my 2x2” wipes, I’m going to get that spa-like feel and have a great routine. Next step: 4x4” for traveling!”

Megan, beauty blogger, @makeuplovermegan

 

 

 

 

 

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“I love Intrinsics Esthetic Wipes because they’re gentle, perfect for sensitive skin in the treatment room and at home! Plus they hold their shape and won’t waste product like regular cotton pads.”

Sarah, Esthetician, @youglowgal, http://www.youglowgal.com/

 

lizalaskabeauty

 

“I discovered Intrinsics Silken Wipes after reading @youglowgal blogpost about them.  I had recently started using stronger retinol and my skin was so sensitized, I couldn't use washcloths.  Intrinsics saved my skin.  I still use them to this day and will not travel without them.”

Liz, beauty blogger, @lizalaskabeauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

skinkargoals

“Intrinsics Silken Wipes have completely changed the way I cleanse my skin. They are a super soft and durable tool in my routine. I use these to wipe away creamy/milky cleansers with a beauty water, and no residue is ever left behind. My skin is never irritated, a major upgrade from a standard washcloth.”

Karen, beauty blogger, @skinkargoals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is because of our awesome supporters that we are inspired to continue leading the way in creating your favorite professional single-use products. From your friends at Intrinsics, thank you! Have a great rest of the holiday season.

Growing for a Cause: No-Shave November

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Put down your razors and clippers, ladies and gents.

No-Shave November season is upon us! It’s time to grow your hair and spread some awareness.

 

The official No-Shave November movement encourages men (and women) to donate money (that would have otherwise been spent on shaving related products and services) to the American Cancer Society. The goal of the No-Shave November Movement is to grow awareness about cancer by embracing hair growth, which many cancer patients unfortunately lose.

 

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Movember is championed by the Movember Foundation, which was started in Australia in 2003. The organization donates its profits to causes related to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and other men’s health issues. “Mo Bros”, as participants are called, agree to grow a mustache to facilitate conversation about men’s health issues.

 

Barbers and stylists are stepping up for both causes by professionals are offering free beard and mustache grooming services during November. New facial hair growth can be tricky for the inexperienced, often being itchy and downright unsightly. However, with a little help from your local pros, you can help the cause while still looking your best.  Your barber can recommend beard oils and moisturizers, as well as waxes, for your facial hair. The products will stop the itch, tame the barbs, and make you shine.

 

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During the growing stage, you will need to use more moisturizers and deeply cleanse your face often. Intrinsics professional single-use products will help you achieve the best results for cleansing and moisturizing. To gently cleanse that new beard or stache, Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towels are an excellent choice; no overpowering, perfume-y fragrance and virtually lint-free. To apply moisturizers, serums, and oils, use our 2x2” Silken Wipes; completely lint-free and lightly absorbent, so they won’t soak up a lot of your expensive product.

 

No matter which cause you support by growing a beard or a mustache, you are doing your part in helping spread awareness about men’s health issues. So start growing and Intrinsics will be with you every step of the way.

Intrinsics Beauty Recipe: Cucumber Rose Water Eye Mask

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Simple but effective? Sounds like music to my ears.

 

Our Cucumber Rose Water Eye Mask (courtesy of HelloGlow), used with our Quilted Cotton Rounds, is the perfect way to give your under-eye area the refresh it needs now that Daylight Savings Time has ended! So why these ingredients?

  • Cucumber contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling–these acids prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes.
  • Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
  • Placing brewed Green tea bags on the eyes for a short time period allows the tannins in the tea to reduce swelling and tighten the skin around the eyes, as well as to treat puffy eyes and dark circles.

 

The use of Intrinsics Quilted Cotton Rounds will ensure that this liquid mask stays on in all the right places. And since these rounds will be cut into crescent shapes, it allows for the perfect under-eye placement and a no slip grip; just a few of these Cotton Rounds will make multiple crescent shapes, so you'll have plenty for later use. The permeable cotton allows all of the enzymes to reach your skin without having to worry about drips or clean-up!

 

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Now, how do I cut those Quilted Cotton Rounds?

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Cutting our Quilted Cotton Round is easy as pie! These don't have to be perfect crescents, as long as they form the general shape, you're good to go! Even though the rounds are packed with 100% fluffy, Purified Cotton, they cut crisply with absolutely no mess! After soaking them in the cucumber-rose water mixture, place them below your lash line and prepare for some major relaxation!

The Best Cleansing Towel for Wax Treatments

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Have you been searching for the perfect cleansing towel to use during wax treatments?

Whether you do your own waxing or visit a professional at your favorite salon, we can all agree that choosing the right cleansing product for before-and-after care is vital.

 

Gentle Cleansing Towels from Intrinsics are widely used by wax technicians to cleanse the skin before and after waxing treatments.

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Why Should I Choose Intrinsics?

Our Gentle Cleansing Towel is made of 100% cotton infused with white tea and bamboo botanicals. This hypoallergenic wipe is perfect for sensitive skin and sensitive areas, which makes it an extremely beneficial cleanse during any waxing service.

Our towels are completely free of any parabens, sulfates, artificial colors and artificial fragrances, so you can be assured that your skin is getting the best treatment possible. These are great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, because they will not cause any redness, irritation or swelling.

Wipes made from rayon leave an unwanted residue and lint, but our 100% cotton towels will leave the skin lint-free, feeling refreshed and squeaky clean. Cotton is durable and gets stronger when wet, so these towels will not easily tear when cleansing any area.

 

Where Can I Find These Wipes?

Beauty Store Business Magazine agrees, highlighting our Gentle Cleansing Towel in their November issue (p. 22).

In addition to our Gentle Cleansing Towel, Intrinsics also offers a comprehensive line of professional waxing supplies including Waxing Strips, Waxing Rolls, and even Disposable Bikinis and Table Paper, all made of soft fibers.

Want to try for yourself? Spa professionals can purchase this product at their local SalonCentric or find nearby distributors via our interactive map. These towels are also available on Amazon from PricePRO!

 

Here are the benefits of Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towels listed:

  • Good for all skin types, especially sensitive skin
  • Made from 100% cotton, making it durable but gentle
  • No unwanted residue or lint
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Infused with white tea and bamboo botanicals
  • No parabens, sulfates, artificial colors or artificial fragrances

 

Offering Facials in Your Barber Practice

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Most barbers provide shaving services, so why not include a facial with it?

 

Face treatments are not only a relaxing experience; they also serve a purpose by improving the health and appearance of skin.

Even the most basic facial routine can help:

  • Brighten the skin
  • Prevent acne
  • Reduce the appearance of aging
  • Help fight sun damage
  • Reduce razor burn and dry skin

 

Skin treatments have many practical benefits as well, such as a smoother, cleaner shave when properly exfoliated and moisturized. Providing facial treatments are a fairly new territory for barber shops; some barber schools are even adding facial courses to their curriculum. Traditionally viewed as a salon treatment, high-end barber shops have begun offering facials for men.

 

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Can You Offer Skin Care Treatments With A Barber License?

In most states, offering facial treatments falls within the scope of a barber license. However, there are some restrictions. So long as the services you provide are non-invasive and do not involve any chemical exfoliates or peels, only topical moisturizers and other natural agents, you should be in the clear to offer facials without any additional licensing. Please check your local state boards for any clarification.

 

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Special Considerations When Giving Face Treatments

Your products need to be compatible for your customer. Consider skin types, age, and even the person’s occupation. You might consider offering a menu of facial services or just keeping it simple with a mask. And there are many resources that can help you choose the right products for your customers.

A great way to start is by identifying the products you’ll need to use in order to give your client the best possible facial. Intrinsics has you covered with our 4 Step Facial: Cleanse, apply, remove, and exfoliate. Our Gentle Cleansing Wipes (cleanse), 2x2” Silken Wipes (apply), 2x2” Cotton Wipes (remove), and Cotton-Filled Gauze (exfoliate) are a must when doing facials. These products will save you time and money, as help you achieve the results you are looking for.

Whether you call them facials, deluxe shave, or facial treatments, offering these can be a classy addition to the suite of services you offer in your barber practice. You are a trusted ally in a man’s grooming routine, they will trust you with their face too. Boost your business, be innovative, and start offering facials today!