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Skin Care, Tips and Tricks

Fall Foods for Beautiful Skin

September has all of us excited for pumpkin flavored cakes and coffees, but there are some other Fall foods we should be eager to eat for their beauty benefits. Be sure to indulge in some of these healthy snacks for an extra boost to your skincare regimen.

Apples

  • Among the top 20 foods with the most antioxidants. Most are in the peel.
  • Prevents skin cell damage.
  • Vitamin B combats acne and irritation.

Beets

  • Magnesium prevents allergic reactions and eczema.
  • Increases circulation of oxygen for brighter skin.
  • Flushes out toxins.

Brussels Sprouts

  • Firmer, smoother skin.
  • Less sun spots and dryness.
  • Boosts collagen for increased elasticity.
  • Improves digestion, which adds to your skin’s glow.

Carrots

  • Helps heal sunburn, cut, and other blemishes.
  • Improves complexion.

Cauliflower

  • Increases moisture retention in skin.
  • Encourages cells to grow and divide.

Cranberries

  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Minimizes pimples and cystic acne.

Pomegranate

  • Protects skin from sun damage.
  • Aids in collagen production to minimize signs of aging.
  • Prevents enzymes from breaking down collagen.

Pumpkin and/or Pumpkin Seeds

  • Encourages cell renewal.
  • Beta carotene gives your skin a beautiful glow.
  • Protects skin against infection.

Walnuts

  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Locks in moisture.
  • Blocks out toxins.

Brilliance New York skincare is available to help you look your best, but it doesn’t hurt to start with a good foundation by eating healthy foods with beauty benefits. How are you incorporating Fall beauty foods into your diet?

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Labor Day Beauty Essentials

In the world of beauty and fashion, Labor Day marks the end of Summer. With the Labor Day beauty essentials we’ve rounded up for you, you’ll be able to make the most of Summer beauty while you still can.

Hair

We’re all about turning down the heat and rocking your natural texture for one last day of Summer fun, but that doesn’t mean you have to let all that chlorine, salt, and sun damage show. Use Recovery Hair Masque before your Labor Day festivities so your hair looks effortlessly moist and hydrated despite everything you’ve put it through. If you’re beach bound or going to be out in the sun, bring some Essential Hydration Hair Serum with you in your bag for a mid-day boost.

Makeup

Labor Day plans have a tendency to start early and end late. No one wants the Summer fun to stop! For an effortless and light Summer look that transitions from day to night with ease, use Allure Shine Lip Gloss in “Peach Sheen.”

Skin

Hydrate your skin and protect it from the sun with Pearl SPF Day Cream. Embrace Summer glow by mixing in a touch of bronzer on the back of your hand before you apply.

Scent

Pick a perfume that says Summer. Ideally it should be light with a floral or fruity undertone.

Nails

If you’ve got a mani and pedi booked before Labor Day, go for the bright colors. You might be tempted to make an early switch to Fall plums and other dark or neutral hues, but come Winter you’ll be glad you got an extra two weeks of Summer nails.

Need some more last-minute beauty advice before Labor Day? Tweet @BrillianceNY and ask away! Or leave a comment here and let us know your Labor Day beauty picks.

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Skin Care, Tips and Tricks

Starting a New Skincare Regimen

Especially as the seasons change and we move from Summer to Fall, you might be tempted to change up your skincare regimen. Maybe there are some new products you’re dying to add into the mix with the ones you already use, or maybe you’re ready to transition to something a little heavier as the air becomes cooler and dryer. Especially when it comes to products you use on your face, always proceed with care.

When using a new product, start slow. Rather than applying it on your face the first time you try it, do a spot test on the delicate skin of your inner wrist to see how it reacts. A little redness on your wrist is easier to conceal than a red face! After that, use it only a couple times a week to let your skin acclimate before you start using it daily. Your skin has gotten used to certain products with certain ingredients, so a sudden switch can make it sensitive and trigger a reaction.

Rather than adding many new products to your skincare regimen at once, it’s usually best to add one at a time. One new product alone can shock your skin a bit, so too many new products all at once can cause extra sensitivity and dryness. Plus, if your skin has a reaction, how will you know which product caused it?

If you’re using a lot of products, you also need to be aware of the different ingredients and how they react with one another. Some ingredients may neutralize each other so you don’t get to enjoy any of the benefits, and other ingredients may even have a negative reaction when mixed together. Brilliance New York makes it easy for you with different skincare collections that are designed not only to work together but even to enhance one another.

Did you know that certain age-defying ingredients like retinol can be harsh on your skin? Brilliance New York skincare boasts retinyl palmitate, which gently turns into retinol only after being absorbed into the skin. Brilliance New York products are safe for all skin types, including for sensitive skin. Your transition to new products should be indulging and stress-free, with nothing less than radiant results.

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Skin Care

Exfoliating: What You Need to Know

If you’re not exfoliating, it’s time to start! Your skin will thank you for it. And even if you already exfoliate, knowing more about it can help you be certain you’re getting the most out of it and not unintentionally damaging your skin.

Benefits

Exfoliating involves rubbing a semi-abrasive material against your skin to remove dead skin cells. Dead skin cells left on your skin can clog pores, create excess oil, and give your skin a dull appearance, so exfoliating can help prevent and clear up breakouts. When the dead skin cells are removed, new ones take their place, making your skin smoother and more radiant. This process can even eliminate age spots, sun spots, acne scars, and other discolorations. Exfoliating also allow your other products to work better. When you exfoliate before using your White Diamond Face Serum, for example, the dead skin cells are out of the way, making it easier for the ingredients to penetrate deep into your skin. Some exfoliating products, like Sweet Reverie Body Scrub, are combined with ingredients like jojoba seed oil, almond oil, and diamond powder that simultaneously moisturize and add radiance.

Types

Sea salt scrubs, like Moonlight Serenade Body Scrub, are among the safest and most efficient ways to exfoliate. Using microdermabrasion devices and other exfoliation products improperly can cause skin damage. While scrubs containing microbeads have come under scrutiny for potential waterway pollution, salt dissolves naturally as you use it,. Sea salt can improve circulation wherever it’s used and is especially effective for remedying troubled, ashy areas like the elbows, legs, and feet. Everyone’s skin is different, but you’ll likely want to choose something a little more gentle to exfoliate your face and neck.

Methods

A good body scrub can be used around two to three times a week, but it depends on your specific skincare needs and the seasonal climate. Many people choose to exfoliate their face once or twice daily, though less frequently for those with sensitive skin. When exfoliating your face, try wetting only your hands and massaging facial scrub in quick circles with your fingertips onto dry skin for three minutes, then in larger circles with your palms. Avoid waxing afterward and be sure to wear sunscreen if heading into the sun, as fresh new skin is more susceptible to damage.

Care for Your Skin

The secret to beautiful, youthful skin starts by taking skincare seriously. Does your current skincare routine currently involve exfoliating? How is it working for you? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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Serums and Creams: Know Your Skincare

Beautiful skin starts with quality skincare. If you’ve been browsing our Diamond, Ruby, and Caviar collections, don’t worry – you’re not the first to contemplate the difference between the serum and the cream and which one you should get. You see mostly the same active ingredients and benefits listed, so does it just come down to personal preference? By learning a little more about what each one does, you’ll soon understand that using both serum and cream has exponential benefits in comparison to either one alone.

Serum

Anyone who doesn’t use a serum is missing out from outstanding skin benefits. Serums are unparalleled by few skincare products in their ability to smooth fine lines and reduce other visible signs of aging. Comprised of tiny molecules, serums have the ability to quickly penetrate and work deep in your skin. While the rich hydration of cream is crucial for mature and dry skin, serum will add even more hydration for greater rejuvenation.

Serums generally have a gel-like appearance that’s less thick than creams and doesn’t leave any residue. Highly concentrated in active ingredients and little else, it doesn’t take much to get the job done. Immediately after cleansing and drying your face, use your fingers to pat and evenly distribute it onto your skin, using no more than the total amount released from one pump of the bottle (usually about the size of a pea). The longer you wait after cleansing and drying your face to use it, the longer it will take the serum to penetrate your skin.

Cream

Cream acts as a surface-level skincare treatment that forms a barrier over your skin to lock in moisture and keep out dirt. Creams may contain many of the same active ingredients as serums, but the thicker formula stays and works primarily on the surface of your skin. Those with exceptionally oily skin may prefer the lightweight formula of a serum instead of a rich, heavy cream, but cream locks in the benefits of serum for lasting results. (If you have oily skin, try to apply the smallest amount of cream that allows for even distribution.)

After cleansing and drying your face, and at least one minute after allowing your serum treatment to sink in, use your fingertips to pat cream evenly onto your skin. Keep in mind that the barrier it creates over your skin protects against good and bad alike from entering your skin, so a serum or other skincare treatment will require you to cleanse your face of cream beforehand.

What does your current skincare regimen consist of? Are you considering using a serum for the first time? Have you recently started using both serum and cream and noticed the difference? Share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a comment.

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Are Your Makeup Mistakes Aging You?

With the right beauty regimen, age is just a number – and one you never have to tell a soul. But is your makeup making you look older? If any of these describe you, it’s time for a makeup makeover to unlock a more youthful you.

My foundation doesn’t match my skin, or I’m not wearing foundation.

Without foundation, skin tends to look uneven and dull, and wearing it incorrectly can age your look. BNY Dual Finish Foundation gives your skin a visible boost and is easy to blend for a naturally dewy or matte look. The trick to foundation is to look like you’re not wearing any. Too light and you’ll look flat and lifeless, and it’ll be clear that there’s a layer of makeup on your face. Too dark and it’ll drag down your features, giving your skin a dull, heavy appearance.

I cover wrinkles with concealer.

Concealer over wrinkles gives false hope by looking good when first applied; it’s never long before it starts to get cakey and emphasize the lines you were trying to hide. Toss the concealer aside and reach for your Caviar Collection Eye Serum and Eye Cream.

I only wear eyeliner on the bottom, not the top.

Sure, the lower lash line is easier to work with. But if you’re not using eyeliner on your lid, you’re missing out. It can really open up your eyes and brighten the look of your whole face. Just be careful not to go too thick for your eye shape, as doing so will age your look. Stay close to your lash line for youthful, natural looking beauty.

I don’t define my eyebrows.

Eyebrows get thinner with age, meaning a fuller brow looks more youthful. Full brows also lift the face. Grab a brow pencil in roughly the same shade as your hair and fill in those eyebrows.

I wear lipliner darker than my lipstick, or I wear lipliner outside of my lips.

Lipliner is intended to keep your lipstick neatly on your lips. While some ladies choose to go just outside the lips with liner to make them look bigger, the color can slip into the fine lines around your mouth and emphasize them, making you look older. Your lipliner should match either your lipstick or the color of your lips to avoid looking like a dated trend.

I wear dark lipstick.

Aging often brings thinning lips. Dark colors create a slimming effect, meaning dark lipstick will make your lips look even thinner. Swap that dark, dated shade for something light with a little shine to make those kissers look plump and fresh.

My blush is the wrong shade, or I apply it on the wrong part of my cheeks.

When applying blush, start high, on the upper curve of the cheek, and brush upward and away from the cheek. This makes your cheeks look higher and more defined, lifting all your facial features. Applying blush on the center of bottom of the cheek gives your face a heavier look. To find the right shade of blush that won’t make your skin look dull, try pinching your cheeks and matching it to that color.

I don’t moisturize my face, or I moisturize my face with body lotion.

It’s crucial to use a daily moisturizing face cream. Moisture alone can help give your skin a youthful glow, but aside from that, makeup applied to dry skin can make your skin appear dryer, duller, and older. Keep in mind that you should be using a face cream like BNY White Diamond Face Cream rather than body lotion, as body lotion clogs your pores. Moisturize immediately after taking a shower or washing your face to lock in moisture and keep dirt out.

I don’t talk to anyone about makeup and beauty.

It might be embarrassing if you’re doing something wrong, but you’ll be surprised what you can learn. Leave a comment or tag us @brillianceny on Twitter so we can talk about best and worst beauty practices and learn from each other.

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Skin Care, Tips and Tricks, Travel

Summer Travels: The Mile-High Beauty Club

Wherever your travels are taking you this summer, you’re probably more excited about the destination than the long flight to get there. We can’t reduce your flight time or keep the crying babies off your plane, but we do have some beauty and health advice that will come in handy once you’ve reached your cruising altitude of thirty thousand feet. Consider Brilliance New York your co-pilot.

Defeat Dry Skin

There’s a reason your hands and skin always feel dry when you’re up in the sky. The air at high altitudes has very little moisture.

The miniature water bottle handed to you by a flight attendant once every few hours is hardly enough to keep up with your body’s normal water requirements let alone compensate for the altitude. Buy a few water bottles once you’ve passed airport security and keep yourself hydrated throughout your flight. To avoid frequent bathroom breaks, load up on raw fruits and veggies, which offer a slow release of hydration into your body.

You should also nourish your skin with extra hydration before and during the flight. Step up your moisturizer game with Body Soufflé up to a day before your flight, and bring cream with you the day of your travels. Apply thirty minutes before boarding to give it time to be absorbed, then reapply up to once an hour during your flight.

Say Goodnight to Sun Damage

Were you lucky enough to snag a window seat? You’ve probably never gotten sunburn on a flight, but you’re still exposed to harmful rays through the window. And when you’re a mile high in the sky, that’s one mile closer to the sun. To prevent skin damage, make sure you’re wearing a cream with SPF, like Pearl SPF Day Cream.

Purge All Puffiness

Remember the last time you left a flight feeling puffy and bloated? Let’s really make it the last time.

Skip those salty airplane peanuts and pretzels. Pack raw fruits and veggies with you instead. To increase circulation, it can also be helpful to stretch and walk periodically (when safe and allowed to do so). If your eyes are puffy and you’ve checked your Caviar Eye Cream or left it home, rinse your face in cold water, or soak a cloth or paper towels in cold water to create a cold compress to use during descent.

No More Messy Hair

After your flight, there’s nothing worse than meeting loved ones, going out to eat, going sightseeing, or even just walking off the plane with messy airplane hair.

Endless hours of sitting with your head against an airplane seat can cause a flat patch of hair. Prevent it by flipping your head forward and tying your hair into a loose topknot. When you let it down after your flight, you’ll probably even notice a nice volume boost. You’ll still want to guard your hair from dryness and extra tangles and damage, so be sure to enlist the deep hydration of Protect and Repair Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Masque the night before traveling.

Count On Cleanliness

Long flights can leave you feeling pretty icky to say the least. Just before descent, bring a toothbrush, mini toothpaste, deodorant, and Facial Cleanser into the bathroom and freshen up. And if you’re on a red-eye flight, be sure to remove your makeup and wash your face before you (and the folks in your row) settle down for the night.

Happy Travels!

We hope you have a great trip! Any other mile-high beauty secrets to share? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Beauty for Men: Father’s Day Edition

Sorry, ladies, but beauty isn’t only for you. Actually, don’t be sorry – especially if you live with a man. Make sure those hubbies, boyfriends, fathers, sons, brothers, and friends know: Men can and should maintain their beauty.

Men try on clothes to find an outfit that fits their body and style. Most check themselves in the mirror to make sure everything’s looking good. They might spritz cologne on their neck for an attractive scent or run gel through their hair for suave sophistication. Not to mention shaving (or “manscaping”), nose hair trimming, and dying hair to cover up grays. The word “beauty” might usually be associated with feminine rituals, but its true meaning applies to all genders.

Especially when it comes to skincare, beauty is synonymous with health. You definitely don’t have to be a woman to enjoy healthy skin that looks and feels good. This Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show Dad you care with a gift that helps him take care of his skin. Brilliance New York Men’s Moisturizing Emulsion lets him hydrate and strengthen his skin while combating visible signs of aging.

While our Men’s Moisturizing Emulsion was built with men in mind, we’ve seen more than one Instagram pic of guys using other BNY products – especially our gold and diamond face masks. Men enjoy being pampered just as much as women, so go ahead and share one of those 24K Gold Indulgence Face Masks with a special man in your life for a bonding moment both of you will remember.

Do you think men should take their beauty seriously? Have you ever given Dad or another man in your life a beauty product as a gift? Share your stories and thoughts by leaving a comment.

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After the Burn: Sunburned Skincare

One of the best things you can do for long-term skincare is protect your skin from the sun. But let’s face it: Sunburn happens. How you treat your skin when it’s burned can affect skin damage levels, recovery time, comfort, and how you look. So instead of pretending it never happens, let’s talk about how to take care of that sunburned skin.

1. Get out of the sun ASAP. Full symptoms of sunburn may not show until six hours later, so if you start to see or feel any signs, it’s time to seek shelter or cover up.

2. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin (as directed by your doctor) reduce swelling, meaning your skin won’t look and feel as puffy, and may also reduce the amount of resulting skin damage.

3. Trade the piña colada or iced coffee for water (and plenty of it). Sunburn draws fluid to the surface of your skin and away from the rest of your body, leading to dehydration. Staying hydrated helps you appear fresh, radiant, and beautiful and keeps you feeling healthy.

4. Take a cool shower or bath to soothe that hot skin. Use gentle soap to remove irritating sunscreen, sweat, and chlorine – but don’t scrub or exfoliate. You might look a bit shiny, but that’s because the top layer of your skin has been burned off. Adding ground oatmeal or an oatmeal based treatment to your bath can also help soothe your skin..

5. Moisturize frequently. Avoid moisturizers that block your skin from breathing so you don’t trap heat produced by the sunburn. Moisturizers with vitamins can soothe your skin, help limit skin damage, and make peeling skin less noticeable. Consider BNY’s ultra hydrating White Diamond Facial Serum followed by White Diamond Face Cream.

6. Soak a cloth in a bowl of whole milk with ice and set it on top of your sunburn for a few minutes. Remember not to rub. To rinse the milk off, splash cool water onto your skin. Milk soothes inflammation, and the coolness helps your blood vessels contract, reducing redness and puffiness.

7. You’ve probably already heard about aloe’s natural soothing ability, but have you ever put it in the refrigerator and applied it cold?

8. Brew some black tea and let it cool before applying it to your skin with a cloth, as it may help draw heat from sunburned skin and restore your skin’s pH balance.

9. Toss some chilled cucumbers into a blender to create a paste you can spread over your sunburn. Cucumbers are a natural pain reliever and containing healing antioxidants.

10. White vinegar or 1% hydrocortisone as directed by your doctor can help reduce the sting, soreness, redness, and puffiness of sunburn.

11. Apply SPF 30 or higher if you’re leaving the house.

12. Your skin will heal faster if you don’t use a lot of makeup, but if you do need to cover up, go with a green tinted moisturizer or concealer to neutralize redness and stick to the troubled spots only. Instead of lipstick or gloss, opt for a hydrating lip balm for the next couple days.

13. Wash your face with BNY Cleansing Milk, which clears away dirt and makeup without removing moisture. Follow with Purifying Facial Cleanser to introduce continuous hydration and gently balance pH levels.

14. Don’t pick at peeling skin or blisters. You’ll only damage your skin and add unnecessary time to its recovery.

15. Serious sunburn requires medical attention.

16. Learn from your mistake and do a better job protecting your skin from the sun. Your future beauty thanks you.

When did you first start to take sun protection seriously? More sunburn treatment tips to share? Leave a comment here or Tweet @brillianceny and we’ll Retweet!