Gluten-Free Skin Care

01.23.2012 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Products

Recently we received a question regarding the gluten content of our products. Until recently, I had no idea that cosmetics and personal grooming products could even contain gluten; I had always thought it was the ingredient du jour that yogis and the body conscious among us were trying to avoid. After researching the matter further, I realized that gluten is not only found in food products, but all sorts of cosmetic products. In fact, a medical study was released in October 2011 which reviewed products from the top 10 cosmetics brands in the United States, and of these 10 only 2 offered detailed ingredient information. Not one of them offered gluten free products.

Let’s start with answering the question of what gluten even is. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. That may seem specific enough, but gluten can be found in products as varied as sausages, toothpaste, salad dressing and some lipsticks. For most of us this is not an issue, but for at least 1 in 100 of us (and the number is rising) this creates a real health concern. Some people have a gluten sensitivity known as Celiac disease,  a condition in which the body’s immune system treats this protein like an invader, damaging the small intestine. This can cause abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, even malnutrition.  Not cute.

Now back to the original question, do Malin+Goetz products contain gluten? The simple answer to this question, is no. However, I know a simple no will not satisfy all of you, and some will dissect the ingredient list, so for the sake of full disclosure, some of our products contain (gluten free) wheat germ oil and an oat derivative; these products are the Sage Styling Cream, Replenishing Face Cream and Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment. If you are concerned by this, please check with your doctor.

On another note, questions like these are great, as they don’t just educate you the consumer, but also provide an opportunity for me to further educate myself.  Feel free to ask away!

Brian Lynch,  National Training Manager

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Sometimes a Body Wash Isn’t JUST a Body Wash

12.30.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Products

People ask me all the time what the differences between our body washes are. The short answer is; the fragrance imparted by the natural extracts in them.  So, it really comes down to personal preference. While this is true, we have chosen Bergamot, Eucalyptus and Geranium for reasons beyond their beautiful scent. All of these ingredients are not only mood-lifting in their scent, but have also been known to promote skin health.

For instance, eucalyptus is a good antiseptic because of its germicide properties, helping to heal wounds and skin infections. It also helps ease muscle and joint pain. On top of all that, it has also been used in aromatherapy to fight fatigue and mental exhaustion. A shower with our eucalyptus body wash is an invigorating way to start the day.

Bergamot has also been used in aromatherapy as an anti-depressant and to treat anxiety. It is also a disinfectant as well as a deodorant. Its relaxing properties make it the perfect preparation for a full night of sleep after a hectic day.

Meanwhile, geranium is naturally astringent, as well as anti-bacterial. Additionally, it has anti-viral qualities and promotes cellular turnover. Even if that means nothing to you, you’re still sure to fall in love with the crisp green scent with a hint of floral.

So you see, a product as seemingly simple as body wash can in actuality be so much more. You learn something new every day! Which one is your fave?

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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Skin Stories: Christy’s Rosacea

07.11.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Skin Conditions, Skin Stories

First in an ongoing series of customer stories, Christy shares her tips on living with Rosacea.

“I first dealt with the horrors of Rosacea as a young adult. Recently out of college, first “real” job, and a live-in boyfriend. And suddenly — bright magenta spots, painful skin, and a 70+ year old dermatologist who told me to “take some antibiotics, never use soap, sunscreen, moisturizer, or makeup, and to stop taking any medication that would interfere with said antibiotics.”

Oof. This was not looking good – literally or figuratively.

Medication stabilized things, but I could never seem to find the right products to make my skin truly clear. I would just get to a place where I could slather on enough makeup where I felt I could go out in public. The red, patchy skin was always lurking underneath. And since the list of things that elicit a Rosacea flare-up seem to include: nothing hot, nothing cold, nothing spicy, nothing bland, nothing bright, nothing dark, and ‘no breathing’, I realized that this was something I was going to have to deal with my whole life. And, that I was not happy with always having skin that hurt and was embarrassed to show to the world without a Tammy Faye-esque makeup job.

Then one afternoon I visited a local salon, and they had a special Rosacea facial. And they used products for that treatment, and recommended others, that were by a company I hadn’t heard of…you guessed it: Malin + Goetz. Suddenly there was a moisturizer I could use that actually pampered and protected my skin! And since the grapefruit cleanser complemented the moisturizer, and was also so natural and gentle, I had a soap that cleansed and nourished too.

It has been several years since I discovered the company that truly helped me ‘save face’. And I’m very grateful. I know it is a true success story recently because an acquaintance told me, “You’re so lucky – you have the BEST skin…what do you use?” I figured she must be talking to someone else, because I still didn’t think of myself as someone who had anything but the bumps, the redness, and the flakiness of a Rosacea sufferer. But that night when I looked into the mirror after washing my face, I realized that she was right – it’s not perfect, but it is healthy, smooth, and radiant.

So here are my tips on living with Rosacea. Not everything will work for everyone, but give it a whirl:

  1. If you don’t care for your skin, it will not get better. Get thee to a dermatologist! (Not a cranky old dude, though.
  2. Cleansing and gentle moisturizing are key — Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser and the fabulous Vitamin E Moisturizer work well together and are light and fresh.
  3. Cleansing with lukewarm water with clean hands and no washcloth has worked well for me – even the finest Egyptian cotton isn’t soothing when you are rubbing it all over sensitive skin.
  4. If you wear makeup: — after many trials (and tribulations) I’ve found that cosmetics that use minerals or the most natural possible ingredients work best to both mask Rosacea, as well as not promote flare-ups.
  5. SPF, baby! With as little grease as possible.
  6. What you use on your hair and hands can have an effect on the skin on your face. Think about it — the products you use in the shower to wash your hair come streaming down your face when you rinse. If there are a ton of chemicals or a trigger ingredient, it can cause a flare-up. Once I switched to a more natural shampoo + conditioner (by guess who?) I noticed a wonderful difference.
  7. Drink lots of water. Doesn’t every helpful list include this? Well, it appears there for a reason.
  8. If you do use cosmetics, don’t go to sleep in them! Wash that face! Same thing if you’ve worked out.
  9. Find a gentle laundry detergent — especially for your pillowcases! And change them more than once a week if you are having a breakout or particularly oily day. And if those pillows are old, break down and treat yourself to some new ones.
  10. Realize that you are more than your worst skin day – you’re gorgeous, and you deserve to take good care of your face. It’s the only one you’ve got!”

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Wieden+Kennedy Pop Up Shop: Skin Advice

06.23.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Products

andrew goetz and matthew malin with isaora

Matthew Malin purchased this Isaora jacket, modeling here with Marc Daniels and his partner, Karelin (and their dog) at the Wieden+Kennedy Pop Up Shop. Both Marc and Karelin are M+G customers. I asked if I could share the skincare advice I gave Marc and Karelin while at the event.

Karelin–who has nearly perfect skin, was concerned with acne. She has a few hardly noticeable little bumps on her forehead. It is a hot and humid summer in NYC, and, perspiration most likely created some unwanted oiliness near her hairline. I recommended our Grapefruit Face Cleanser which she loved. She doesn’t moisturize in the summer, and, if oily enough, it is fine not to.

Marc asked about enlarged pores. This is a more common question for both women and men. There is a simple answer: as we age, our skin sags and our pores become larger as we loose skin elasticity. As such, it is easier to see clogged pores. While the Grapefruit Face Cleanser is the best every day choice for maintenance, the Jojoba Face Scrub works to dislodge dirt and oil (make-up, etc.) trapped in the pores, giving them a clean and “smaller” appearance.

Please send us your feedback, thoughts and experiences to share with our customers


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