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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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Brushless Shaving Cream

10.04.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Products, Skin Conditions

“Can the Vitamin E Shaving Cream be used with a brush?

Sure, you can use a brush if you have the time and enjoy the ritual.

Many of our customers use a brush with our vitamin e shaving cream. If you are using ours for the first time, just know that it is designed to have a thinner viscosity than traditional brush creams.

The thick foam of the traditional brush shaving creams takes more time for application, doesn’t rinse clean and normally leaves a residue. Additionally, to make it so thick, manufacturers increase the ingredients that dry out the skin.

Our shave cream was made to be modern, easy and effective without the fuss. It is light, soothing and hydrating to offer a slick, close shave. Additionally, it will rinse clean without causing irritation, excess residue or a drying effect on your skin. It multitasks and eliminates the need for a brush application or a traditional “after-shave.”  Simply apply our Vitamin E Face Moisturizer and go.

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How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs & Razor Bumps

09.07.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Skin Conditions

A recent customer question may seem basic to some, but it is often asked by both men and women.

“What can I do to prevent razor bumps and ingrown hairs?”

(FYI Stay tuned for our almost ready-to-launch Ingrown Hair Cream — fingers crossed for October!)

Ingrown hair is not only a blemish but often a painful one! As the name implies, an ingrown hair occurs when the hair shaft curls back into the same follicle it grows from, resulting in red inflammation and irritation. This condition can be exacerbated, especially with course, curly hair, after a hair shaft is cut from shaving.

For most of us, giving up shaving isn’t an option, so everyone is bound to face this issue at some point or another (and, yes, my curly haired friends, you’re more prone to it than the rest of us!). However, here are some tips to help prevent unsightly and painful ingrown hairs:

  • Jojoba Face Scrub–gently and effectively exfoliating dead skin helps lift hair away from the follicle while softening the hair for an easier, cleaner shave.
  • Vitamin E Shaving Cream–now it’s time to shave – with the grain! Our has natural menthol and amino acid proteins to protect from irritation while leaving the skin conditioned.
  • Ingrown Hair Cream–For those of you that need to address an existing issue or prevent future ones.
  • Vitamin E Face Moisturizer–you need to moisturize “after shav”-ing. With ours, natural chamomile is extremely calming and soothing, making it the perfect final step; plus it’s fragrance and oil free so it won’t clog your pores!
  • Gentle cleansing and keeping the skin smooth and supple is key to keeping the hair follicles moisturized and growing in the right direction.

Brian Lynch, Training Manager

by Brian Lynch, Training Manager

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