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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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Skincare Education Update from Brian Lynch, Training Manager

08.29.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Skin Conditions

Recently I was training new staff on our brand at the Space NK boutique in Bloomingdales 59th St in Manhattan. I got a question from an employee that we get often:

“Why don’t you make a toner?”

One of the main goals of Malin+Goetz is to make skincare easy, eliminating unnecessary steps from over-marketing to get you to spend more money! Like most, I was taught that a toner was an essential “step” in my routine. However, it is most often a drying, irritating and unnecessary expense.

Traditionally, the purpose of a toner is to remove excess dirt, oil, make up and cleanser (think about milk, cream and oil based cleansers) that is left behind. However, if your cleanser is thorough and effective, washing clean from the skin, it renders a toner unnecessary.

Our foaming gel Grapefruit Facial Cleanser is thorough, rinsing clean with water on the first try—removing all make up as well! Botanical amino acids soothe and hydrate, never dry or strip. Skin is left perfectly pH balanced every time. And, natural grapefruit is known to be exfoliating and anti-bacterial. All of this makes our cleanser one of our #1 selling items and a value at $30. Your face should never feel dry, tight or irritated after your cleanser (or toner, but, who is using one at this point?). Just balanced.

At the end of the day, what’s most important is your own skin’s reaction to a product. If you use a toner and truly like the way it feels: enjoy. However, why spend money on an item that is not necessary and often creates irritation that forces you to buy more products to correct? It is a vicious cycle. It makes your otherwise normal skin “sensitive”. We keep it simple and effective, every time

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