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Decompressing After the Season of Indulgence

01.06.2012 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Locations, Skin Conditions

Congratulations – if you are reading this, then you have survived the crazy, frenetic season known broadly as “The Holidays”. Your wallet may be a little lighter, stomach a little fuller and a feeling that can probably be described simply as being “burnt out” has set in. Though you may be feeling tired, you don’t have to look it. Malin+Goetz offers some fantastic problem+solution products to revive and freshen tired looking complexions.

The Detox Face Mask ($40 and winner of the Allure Beauty Award for Best Face mask) is a simple, oxygenating gel mask that opens the pours and deeply cleanses black heads and impurities, while at the same time infusing the skin with oxygen, green tea extract and stable vitamin c. The result is a dewy soft, refreshed and brightened complexion.

If you’re like me, you’ve been getting extra festive for the holidays, and a simple moisturizer may not be quite enough for thirsty, tired skin. One of my favorite products in the entire line is the Replenishing Face Serum ($68), which utilizes tried and true hyaluronic acid to pull your moisturizer as well as moisture from the air deeper into the skin, helping to smooth out and plump up any lines and wrinkles that may be appearing a bit deeper than usual. It also gives your skin an instant brightness and clarity, and who’s going to say no to that?

So whether you rang in the New Year at a posh cocktail party, a wild rager, or just on your couch with a bottle of champagne, don’t let it interfere with looking your best doing it – we make it easy!

Have a happy and healthy everyone – we’ve made it into 2012!

Brian Lynch, National Training Manager

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Looking Fresh from Day to Night During the Frenetic Holiday Season

12.22.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Products

It’s that time of year again – we’re in the thick of holiday party season. I don’t know about everyone else out there, but I rarely have time after work to run home and do a full on freshen up session as I’d like to. However, a crazy day at the office is no excuse to show up to your holiday festivities not looking fresh and your absolutely best.

Admittedly, it’s a bit easier for me than for most to freshen up at work considering I’m surrounded by amazing products all day, but what I’m about to tell you is easy, low maintenance and anyone can do it anywhere. Our Detox Face Mask is the first step to fresh, dewy skin on the go. A face mask probably seems like one of the last things you can do with ease “on the go”, but the awesome thing about this mask is it doesn’t even require any water; it’s a gel that you simply massage onto a dry face and leave on for 5 minutes. Do this in the privacy of your office or the loo, because it does foam up and you’ll look a little silly, but it’s way worth it! It is an extremely deep cleansing max that also leave the skin intensely hydrated. After 5 minutes you can simply tissue it off.

Next comes my favorite part. Once you tissue off the gel from the Detox Face Mask, apply 2 or 3 drops of our Replenishing Face Serum for an instantly bright, refreshed complexion. That’s it – now you will look as if you had the luxury of making a stop at home before the party. And for the ladies, it makes the perfect primer to freshen up your makeup on your way out! Now go eat, drink and be all sorts of merry!

Now I have to run – it’s time for the Malin+Goetz staff holiday party!

Happy Holidays!

Brian Lynch, National Training Manager

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Accessible Luxury

12.09.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Products

Oh the good old days of the bubble era. A Saturday afternoon shopping spree in the Meatpacking District after a long brunch at Pastis followed by a $400 dinner for two at Buddakan; while days like this become less and less frequent for most of us during these uncertain economic times, there are still certain luxuries that one can enjoy that won’t break the bank.

At this point I’m sure it is pretty obvious where I’m going with this: “oh he’s going to tell us to go out and buy great skincare products.” If you thought that, you would be correct. However, anyone who has ever shopped the beauty counters at Barneys or Neiman Marcus knows that it is easy to spend one month’s car payment on a single serum. Malin+Goetz is an anomaly in this glittery world of excess. Take our Grapefruit Face Cleanser for instance; it is our number one best seller in the entire line, and at $30 it’s priced less than a week’s worth of Starbucks! And for the cost of your average sushi take out order, you can get one of our beautiful body washes (Bergamot is my personal fave).

Even though many are tightening the purse strings, it is still possible to shop in the shiny luxe department stores or the uber cool downtown boutique – if of course you’re shopping for Malin+Goetz. With all of the many sacrifices we have made the last couple of years, quality personal care products should not have to be one of them. The days of gauche overspending on trivial items are over (is that such a bad thing?); it’s all about accessible luxury. Now go ahead – light your Cannabis Candle, put on your Detox Face Mask and ride out the Great Recession to the next Boom Era.

Brian Lynch, National Training Manager

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Seasonal Changes + Our Skin

10.14.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Products, Skin Conditions

by Brian Lynch, Training Manager

Something I have been hearing a lot lately is how our crazy weather has been wreaking havoc on everyone’s skin!  This is of specific concern for those of us who live in areas with distinct seasons (like New York!)  Fall is a common time of year for break outs – even for those not usually prone to them. Breakouts increase during Autumn as the skin’s oil production adjusts from summer humidity to the cooler October air.  This can create layers of dead skin cell build-up (note: flaky, dry skin). The result is trapped oil and bacteria underneath the surface of the dry, dead skin, resulting in an increase in breakouts.

Any Malin+Goetz less-is-more devotee can tell you: seasons may change but your skin care routine doesn’t have to – if you are using the right products.  When skin issues flare-up, this is the time for FEWER products, not more!  A simple, gentle regimen is really all you need to help calm your skin and bring it into balance.  (Using additional products and active, irritating ingredients can add to the problem and make it worse.)

Keep it simple.  The Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser and Vitamin E Face Moisturizer are our top two sellers – with good reason!  If you’re already using these products, you’re all set to face these volatile highs and lows in temperature.  If not, then it’s definitely time to try them out and keep your skin balanced and healthy as the weather changes.

Grapefruit Face Cleanser—botanical proteins hydrate while natural, anti-bacterial grapefruit helps cleanse and exfoliate.  This thorough foaming gel cleanser easily removes excess dirt, oil and make up and rinses residue-free without dryness or tightness for sensitive or irritated skin.

Vitamin E Face Moisturizer—super absorbent, plant-based fatty acids create an oil-free formula that quickly penetrates and intensely hydrates the skin without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.  Natural chamomile calms and soothes redness and irritation.  It is a great base for make-up.

Tip: If you are still suffering from flaky, dry skin, you can integrate our Jojoba Face Scrub once or twice per week in place of our Grapefruit Face Cleanser.  This will offer physical exfoliation and additional hydration.  If you still need more intense hydration, a layer of our Replenishing Face Serum before applying the Moisturizer can offer a helpful “boost”.  This is a good first step before reaching for a heavier winter cream (eg. our wonderful Replenishing Face Cream) that can prematurely be too much, too soon and increase your chance of break-outs.

Tip #2: if you do have a pimple, zap it with our over-night Acne Treatment.  Then follow our simple leads above.

Good luck.

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Adult Acne

09.28.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Skin Conditions

“I am 30 and have occasional acne. Why?”

If you notice the acne that you had when you were 15 has returned, rest assured, you are not alone. One in five women and men between 25 and 45 suffer from adult acne. Unfortunately, women tend to be more prone to acne than men, and, many adults will get the occasional break out – we live in dirty cities!

There are several causes of adult acne: stress, hormones, cosmetics, and simply using too many products that strip your skin (forcing it to produce twice as much oil) and clog your pores. Acne usually begins with blackheads or oil and dead skin cells trapped in a pore with bacteria. Red pimples develop when blackheads become inflamed, spreading when touched with dirty hands.

Picking the right products to treat adult acne is key. Keep in mind, the typical products you used as a teenager will not work on adult skin. Here are our MALIN+GOETZ suggestions:

Immediate Treatment

- Acne Treatment: Sometimes the occasional random pimple can’t be helped. To get rid of an existing or developing pimple quickly, try our Acne Treatment. The magic ingredient is 10% Sulfur (the highest amount allowed as an over the counter drug). Sulfer dries the spot and kills the bacteria that caused it. Zinc and organic camphour prevent drying, redness or scarring. Leave it on overnight and by morning it will be gone!

Maintenance and Prevention

- Grapefruit Face Cleanser: A gentle but thorough daily cleanser is an essential first step (for everything, FYI). Our Cleanser lifts pore-clogging oil, dirt and makeup from the skin while natural grapefruit extract kills the bacteria causing acne. Cleanse morning and night, but more often or over-washing can strip the skin’s natural oils (so can toners, astringents and harsh cleansers) and force it to produce more oil, clogging pores, etc. – very counterproductive! And remember, use warm water as hot water can be drying and irritating to sensitive skin.

- Vitamin E Face Moisturizer: Now that the face is clean, choose the right moisturizer to pH balance the skin. Our Vitamin E Face Moisturizer is intensely hydrating AND oil free choice, so it won’t clog your pores or leave any sort of greasy residue. Great for under make up and day and night use in general.

- Detox Face Mask: A deep cleansing once or twice a week can help reinforce the efforts to clear and prevent break outs. Unlike traditional clay masks that can be drying, our Detox Face Mask is a hydrating gentle gel. In 5 easy minutes, the gel oxygenates or foams, opening pores to pull impurities to the surface. Rinse off. Don’t wash before or after—it is also a cleanser. Skin is deeply cleansed and intensely hydrated for bright clarity! Instant results. (Guys, you can shave the foam off as well!)

Brian Lynch, Training Manager

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