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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

 

Can Esthetic Wipes Create the Perfect Facial?

Skincare routines have grown increasingly complex over the years.  The beauty industry and its consumers understand that skin needs a variety of treatments to maintain that youthful glow. For example, not only have toners been added into the multi-step skincare regimen, but there are different types to target specific areas of concern. There are moisturizers for dry skin, cleansers for oily skin, and thousands of different serums.

So why are you using the same esthetic wipe for everything?!

If you want to personalize your skincare routine and the services offered by your spa, different esthetic wipes are essential to the process. We’ve come up with an easy-to-identify, color-coded system that helps you match esthetic wipes to a process.

Cleanse: Gentle Cleansing Towel

Our Gentle Cleansing Towels are a great tool for cleansing skin before a facial or any area of skin before waxing. 100% hypoallergenic and infused with white tea and bamboo botanicals, these wipes work with any skin type.

Apply: Silken Wipes

Only slightly absorbent, our Silken Wipes are best to use when applying precious treatments because the majority of the product is transferred to the skin, not left on the esthetic wipe. Another bonus: this Silken Wipe is non-linting, which means no residue left behind to clean up before the next product is applied.

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Remove: 100% Cotton Wipes

In contrast to the Silken Wipe, the 100% Cotton Wipes are highly absorbent which makes them great for removing product without leaving trace amounts behind. They also provide a gentle level of exfoliation without being abrasive.

Exfoliate: Cotton Filled Gauze Wipes

Even more slightly abrasive, our Cotton Filled Gauze Wipes are the best tool for providing a more direct approach to gentle exfoliation. Whether you use it to remove product, rub in an exfoliant, or even remove nail polish, these wipes are a great addition to the finishing touches of any facial.

To learn more about our 4 Step Facial Process and the products involved, please visit intrinsics.net. If you’re interested in receiving a sample of each of the products mentioned above, simply fill out this form to receive your pack in the mail.

 

The Benefits of Natural Botanicals

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Have you ever used a face wipe only to feel like you need to wash your face again? Yeah, us too. Fortunately, our Gentle Cleansing Towels don’t do that.

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One reason: natural botanicals.

 

Plants have been used for hundreds of years as a cure for many things including skin woes. For example, olive oil, derived from the wild olive tree, was used in ancient Greek facial masks and still serves as a great carrier oil today. In Indian culture, herbs like saffron and turmeric were incorporated into face creams.

Jennifer Hirsch, beauty botanist for The Body Shop, said it best to Best Health mag: “Plants are the most amazing chemists and engineers. It’s really exciting to understand how they work and the great things they can do for your skin.”

So when we set out to create the best facial wipe, we knew integrating natural botanicals was a must. Here are the ones you can find in our Gentle Cleansing Towels:

White Tea: Known for it’s high levels of antioxidants, white tea prevents age-related wrinkles and skin sagging. It also helps fight cancer and arthritis.

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Image c/o T.Tseng via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Bamboo: A fast-growing plant, bamboo is an eco-friendly way to inject your skincare routine with vitamin rich minerals and amino acids. Hello, hydration!

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Cucumber: More than just a summer snack, cucumbers contain ascorbic acid and caffeic acid. These work to reduce swelling and skin irritation.

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Photo by Harshal Hirve on Unsplash

 

Combining these natural ingredients with our premium cotton, we created a wipe that is  soft and gentle. Use it for daily makeup removal or cleansing before spa treatments. The possibilities are endless and the benefits are noticeable.

Find the Gentle Cleansing Towel at an Intrinsics provider or partner near you.

 

What is a Carrier Oil?

When combined with other ingredients, including the always essential Intrinsics Gauze Facial Mask, carrier oils provide an array of benefits for your skin, but what exactly is a carrier oil?

Named for their ability to carry other essential oils into the skin, a carrier oil comes from a vegetable based source. It doesn't have a specific scent like essential oils. Even alone, a carrier oil is a great way to moisturize your skin, but choosing the right one depends on the treatment. Massages require heavier oils while facials are best with lighter oils full of essential fatty acids.

While you can use a carrier oil on its own, many spas and salons blend essential oils and other ingredients to create a winning beauty treatment. Below are some of our favorite carrier oils.

What is a Carrier Oil?

Argan Oil: A wonderful oil for clients seeking anti-aging treatments, argan oil helps to reduce fine lines and tighten the top layer of skin. A lightweight oil, it doesn’t leave an oily residue, making it great for a hydrating facial.

Coconut Oil: This carrier oil has experienced a recent surge in popularity due to its versatility and long shelf life. It’s also incredibly gentle, making it ideal for most skin types and overall hydration, including hair masks.

Jojoba Oil: With a similar makeup as the sebum our own skin produces, jojoba oil is fantastic for those with acne-prone skin.

Rosehip Oil: High in fatty acids, rosehip oil is ideal for facials that are seeking to treat scarring or to curb the signs of aging.

Other carrier oils our favorite spas and salons enjoy include sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and shea butter. Use any of these in combination with our Detoxifying Sea Salt Scrub or the Exfoliating Coffee Mask. Our Gauze Facial Masks are the key ingredient in a quick clean-up too!

 

Intrinsics Beauty Recipe: Chamomile Mud Mask

If your client is looking to treat aging, sun-damaged skin, this chamomile mud mask is just the right treatment. The chamomile helps calm the skin while the Dead Sea mud assists with exfoliation. The consistent steaming process opens the pores, allowing each product to penetrate into the skin. Just be sure to ask if your client is allergic to daisies, ragweed, asters or chrysanthemums. This mask might be irritating to them.

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Intrinsics 4x4 Cotton Wipes are ideal for removing product from a client’s face, offering a gentle exfoliation as one of the last steps of treatments. We also recommend offering a hot cup of tea after this treatment to allow the client time to unwind after this relaxing facial.

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What’s in a Label? Decoding Sunscreen Bottles

One of the biggest health and beauty mistakes you can make is not wearing sunscreen. On a daily basis, you’re exposed to harmful UV rays from the sun, but just like any beauty or health product, it can be difficult to know which sunscreen is right for you.

To help you properly celebrate the holiday week and summer kickoff, we’ve decoded sunscreen labels so you can confidently choose your next bottle.

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From the Sun:

UVA: Ultra Violet A. These rays are harsh. Penetrating to the dermis, or the second layer of skin, they can cause wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. UVA rays can also penetrate clouds and glass!

UVB: Ultra Violet B. These rays from the sun are the ones that pierce your epidermis, the top layer of skin, and are responsible for those nasty sunburns you get when you don’t wear sunscreen.

On the Bottle:

SPF: Sun Protection Factor. The higher the SPF, the longer it takes to burn. For example, SPF 15 will protect for 15x longer than someone not wearing sunscreen at all. While that sounds pretty good, SPF 15 only blocks 93% of UVB rays compared to SPF 50, which blocks 98%.

Broad Spectrum: This sunscreen protects against UVB and UVA rays. If you aren’t using a sunscreen labeled broad spectrum, those harsh UVA rays could still be reaching your dermis.

Water Resistant or Sport: The FDA regulates that sunscreens must pass a variety of tests before being labeled Water Resistant 40 minutes or Water Resistant 80 minutes. This means that for40 or 80 minutes in the water or sweating, your sunscreen is still working. After that, reapplication is needed.

Baby: This label means the only active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are less likely to irritate a baby’s sensitive skin.

Sensitive/Hypoallergenic: In addition to the above referenced active ingredients, sensitive sunscreens don’t contain parabens, fragrance, oils, or other chemicals that could irritate skin.

Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval: A symbol of safe and effective sun protection, the seal is granted to products that have been tested by an independent committee.

Once you start to understand what’s in your sunscreen and how it affects you, take a look at other products you use on a daily basis. Some ingredients are more harmful than other, but whenever you’re using Intrinsics single use products, you can be confident you’re getting quality products made with quality materials.

 

Hypoallergenic Products: Are They Right For You?

Hypoallergenic products are made for everyone!

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Whether you have oily skin or aging skin, everyone can reap the benefits, but what exactly are the benefits of hypoallergenic products?

  1. Inflammation Prevention
    When your skin makes contact with an ingredient it doesn’t like, small reactions happen under the surface causing redness, dry patches, or acne. Hypoallergenic single use products remove the culprits that cause inflammation.
  2. Redness Reduction
    Redness is a sign that something is irritating your skin. By using gentler products, you should notice a significant difference in your overall skin tone.
  3. Prevention of Dark Spots
    We all know we shouldn’t pick at our face, but it’s just so satisfying. Unfortunately, this also leads to scarring. Hypoallergenic products can prevent future breakouts by providing a great base for any lightening products you apply.
  4. Increased Moisture
    When you smile or even talk, does your face ever feel tight? Certain ingredients in non-hypo products rob your delicate facial skin of its moisture, causing it to overcompensate in the oil department and we all know what happens at that point.
  5. Consistency
    When your skincare consists of hypoallergenic products, you can truly start your skincare journey and find the most effective products for your skin.

Switching out your go-to products can seem daunting, but take it slow. One great place to start is your facial wipes. Removing your makeup at night is incredibly important, but you don’t want to further irritate your skin. Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towels are made for sensitive skin and contain natural botanicals that soothe the skin. Get your pack today!