SMD Cosmetics night cream unlocks power of ancient herbs, enhances natural effects of “beauty sleep”
Following the tremendous success of their celebrity-coveted Inhyunjin collection, award-winning skin care company SMD Cosmetics’ breakthrough night cream enhances the body’s own natural processes to restore beauty and reverse signs of aging. The first of its kind, the Inhyunjin Cream Intensive Night Repair harnesses the medicinal benefits of over 30 patented, active ingredients, processed 9 times over a period of 50 days for a uniquely potent formula that absorbs easily, and works exactly when skin needs it most: at night.
While you sleep, skin enters recovery mode. Body temperature lowers, making the skin more permeable, and natural hormones go to work boosting collagen production, detoxifying and reconstructing cells, and counteracting damage from UV rays, pollution, and free radicals. Scientifically formulated to penetrate deep into cells, Inhyunjin Cream Night Intensive Repair has 6 unique and powerful active ingredients that boost the recovery and renewal process while maintaining skin’s essential moisture to prevent signs of aging, and restore radiance.
Packed with amino acids that protect skin from damage and improve cell reconstruction, SMD’s patented night cream contains herbal to medicinal anti- inflammatory tannins to reduce redness and irritation, while strengthening capillaries to improve skin texture and tone. Upon waking, skin is healthier, firmer, and silky smooth. For best results, use with complete Inhyunjin skin care ritual, massaging cream on face and neck in an upward and outward motion following Inhyunjin Emulsion. A little goes a long way with this powerful formula, and one jar can last up to 6-8 months with nightly use. Visit
About SMD Cosmetics: SMD Cosmetics offers a premium line of award-winning, natural skincare products from South Korea. Founded over 20 years ago, SMD Cosmetics has perfected their patented formulas by using the most advanced natural skincare technology in combination with Asian herbal medicinal wisdom that is truly authentic. SMD Cosmetics is one of Korea’s most prestigious, top-selling skincare lines formulated by a team of researchers and chemists to revive, replenish and rejuvenate your skin using the power of nature and innovative technology. For more information, visit the site at:www.SMDcosmetics.com.
There definitely is a trend in skin lightening and brightening products so I wanted to take some time to educate on the differences out there and what a consumer should be aware of.
Hydroquinone, in the past, was the standard ingredient for skin lightening treatments. Until recently, it was thought to be the safest and most effective treatment for hyperpigmentation, including age spots, melasma, sun damage and other discolorations. However, new research suggests that there may be serious side effects associated with long term use of synthetic hydroquinone. Just recently the FDA also announced its plans to possibly remove hydroquinone based products from store shelves and limit its use to only prescription based medications. Consequently, many manufacturers have begun to produce natural alternatives which mimic the skin lightening properties of hydroquinone. Ingredients such as kojic acid and licorice have become quite popular along with more advanced ingredients like Alpha-Arbutin. When combined, these ingredients can often produce results that even surpass hydroquinone but without the associated risks. Skin lighteners have come a long way in the past few years!! There is no reason to use these harsh chemicals that are just truly a hazard to your skin and health!
The process of lightening the skin occurs in several stages. Most of the current skin lightening ingredients on the market work at different stages of the process and typically provide the best results when combined together into one product. Listed below are a few of the more popular ingredients used by manufacturers of skin whitening products.
Alpha Arbutin: Alpha-Arbutin is a bio-synthetic active ingredient that is pure, water-soluble and is manufactured in a powder form. As one of the most advanced skin lightening ingredients on the market, it has been shown to work effectively on all skin types. It is the epimer of arbutin, and research has proven that it has a stronger inhibitory action than that of (beta) arbutin. Though it is a very expensive ingredient to manufacture, even at very low concentrations, a-arbutin has shown to inhibit the activity of tyrosinase. Alpha Arbutin’s inhibitory mechanism is different from that of arbutin and can be up to 10 times more effective. The a-glucosidic bond found in alpha Arbutin offers higher stability and efficancy than the B form found in the related Beta-Arbutin. This leads to a skin whitening active that acts faster and more efficiently than existing single components.
Beta-Arbutin (Bearberry Extract): Beta-Arbutin is often referred to as just Arbutin. As a natural extract found in bearberry (Uva Ursi) plants, Arbutin also provides a skin lightening effect on the skin by inhibiting tyrosinase activity. Though arbutin is a natural derivative of hydroquinone, it does not possess the same risks or side effects. Arbutin has been shown to be a very safe ingredient and does not break down into hydroquionone very readily. Though it is cheaper to manufacture than Alpha-Arbutin, the skin lightening effect is much less than that of its counterpart. For this reason, many new skin whitening products now use Alpha Arbutin as opposed to only beta-Arbutin.
Kojic Acid: Kojic acid, often used as an ingredient in Asian diets, is a more recent discovery for the treatment of pigmentation problems and age spots. Discovered in 1989, kojic acid is now used extensively as a natural alternative to hydroquinone. Kojic acid is derived from a fungus, and studies have shown that it is effective as a lightening agent, inhibiting production of melanin (brown pigment). Kojic acid is a by-product in the fermentation process of malting rice for use in the manufacturing of sake, the Japanese rice wine. There is convincing research, both in vitro (in a test tube) and in vivo (on a live subject), showing kojic acid to be effective for inhibiting melanin production.
Licorice Extract: The licorice plant serves many purposes in skin care. The ingredient that is responsible for the skin whitening aspect of the plant is known as glabridin. Glabridin inhibits pigmentation by preventing tyrosinase activation. Studies have shown that it can provide a considerable skin brightening effect while remaining non-toxic to the melanin forming cells. Glabridin is found in very small traces and therefore it is important to ensure that the correct part of the licorice plant is used. Licorice’s anti-inflammatory properties (due to ihibition of superoxide anion production and cyclooxygenase activity) also make it a very popular ingredient in the skin care industry.
Niacinamide: Niacinamide is commonly known as Vitamin B3 and is an effective skin lightening compound that works by inhibiting melanosome transfer from melanocytes to keratinocytes. Often this ingredient works best when combined with other skin lightening treatments. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is also known to be effective in reducing acne.
Mulberry Extract: Paper Mulberry extract, is obtained from the root of Broussonetia kazinoki, Siebold. or B. papyrifera, Vent. Tabl. Regn. Veget. or hybrids of both, family Moraceae. Extracts of this root are potent inhibitors of Tyrosinase enzyme. The active constituents present in the extract are Prenylated, polyhydroxylated mono-and bis-phenylderivatives. A 0.4% concentration of paper mulberry extract inhibits tyrosinase by 50% compared to 5.5% for hydroquinone and 10.0% for kojic acid. At 1% paper mulberry extract is not a significant irritant.
Glycolic Acid: Glycolic Acid is a AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which promotes exfoliation and a natural brightening of the skin tone. By encouraging cell turnover, glycolic acid not only evens out skin discolorations, but also helps to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. AHA’s such as Glycolic Acid can assist other ingredients in skin lighteners by allowing them to penetrate farther into the skin.
LacticAcid: Also an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), Lactic acid mimics the properties of Glycolic acid but is typically better suited for individuals with sensitive skin. AHA’s such as Lacic Acid can assist other ingredients in skin lighteners by allowing them to penetrate farther into the skin.
Lemon Juice Extract: Lemon juice is one of nature’s most potent skin bleaching ingredients. Unfortunately it is also very irritating to the skin and should only be used at small concentrations in skin lighteners. Lemon juice is also known to be extremely drying to the skin if applied directly.
Emblica: Emblica is a patented composition extracted from the plant Phyllanthus emblica. The extract uses a multilevel cascade of antioxidant compounds resulting in a long-lasting and stable antioxidant activity. Recent studies have shown that this natural antioxidant also provides significant skin lightening properties when used in moderate concentrations.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that occurs in many different forms (some stable and others unstable) each with distinct properties. Several of these forms have been shown to reduce melanin formation and provide a skin whitening effect when applied topically. These include l-ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and sodium ascorbyl phosphate. These forms when used individually or together can assist in slowing down hyperactive melanocytes and thus resulting in lighter skin.
AtSMD Cosmeticswe only use safe, natural brightening ingredients such as beta-arbutin bearberryry (Uva Ursi) plant, licorice extract, mulberry extract, niacinamide, and vitamin C. TheSaromae Radiance Lineis the brightening line with almost all of these ingredients, however theSaromae Snail SerumandInhyunjin Linedo contain some of these ingredients. IF skin brightening is your main goal definitely go for Saromae Radiance!
They say: To help with the high maintenance of a blond mane, Joico says it delivers a product specially formulated to keep the horrible Bs (brassiness, brittleness and breakage) at bay.
We say: This masque is a moisturizing machine. Our tester’s hair, thanks to an abundance of beachy blond highlights and its natural curl, is as dry as an Arizona acreage. Top-notch conditioners are the only way she can combat the frizz, and this masque lived up to its smoothing hype. Our tester especially liked that she could rinse lightly, leaving in some of the non-greasy, fresh-smelling (very light vanilla and citrus) masque as a styling product.
$25.95 for 150 mL | Select salons
Ombre Premiere Eyeshadow Cream
They say: A long-wearing cream eyeshadow that “glides on effortlessly to leave an elegant satin finish.”
We say:Our tester tried the hue Scintillanc, a shimmery champagne colour that gave lids a dreamy, slightly shiny appeal. Think all cream shadows end in a creasy mess? Think again. These eyeshadow pots deliver fully saturated colour that lasts all day without crinkles and creases, even on greasy lids.
With June just around the corner that can mean only one thing…Wedding Season is upon us. This year it’s extra special because I, like so many others before me, join the ranks as I go from bridesmaid…to bride!
I know, I can’t believe it either. It seems like only yesterday I was sitting front row during L.A. Fashion Week wondering which designers to cover, picking out my outfits weeks in advance, prepping for editorial shoots and trying to navigate L.A.’s crazy dating scene. Now I’m 5 ½ months away from saying “I Do” and we just bought six house plants. My how times have changed–but I digress.
Going from bridesmaid to bride can be a little scary, there’s so much to be done, vendors to coordinate, invitations to send out and parties to attend that you can sometimes forget about taking care of yourself! But, this is hardly the time to forget about you! Or your bridal party for that matter, as any of the products mentioned below can work wonders for your bride-tribe. So without further ado, I give you–theTop 5 Best Bridal Beauty Productsaccording to, well, myself. In no particular order:
1) DDF Glycolic Toning Complex –On your wedding day you want to put your best face forward. Heck, that’s every day, who am I kidding. For that, I turn to Dr. Howard Sobel’s DDF Glycolic Toning Complex. It’s a toner that may help to minimize the appearance of fine lines, reduce the look of pore size (good for photo-ops), and helps to improve the texture of your skin.
It’s formulated with AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which is known to help increase surface cell turnover (make sure to wear sunscreen as this ingredient has been known to increase your risk of developing a sunburn)for that youthful glow every bride-to-be needs! It’s safe to use multiple times a day, or after cleansing as a toner. Think of it as a quadruple threat as it can cleanse, treat, moisturize, and protect. So have at it ladies, I know I’ll be using this product daily (or once a week) as I begin my final approach to that alter.
2)Malin + Goetz Revitalizing Eye Cream–Everyone knows’s I’m a crier, I’m not ashamed of it–I tend to cry at the drop of a hat. A baby kitten is saved from a fire, thoseSPCA commercial’swith Sarah McLachlan in the background–yup I’m sobbing. Along with the tears comes puffy eyes, and no one wants that, especially on their wedding day. But Malin + Goetz takes it one step further, this eye cream is like a genie in a bottle–except it’s not a bottle so much as it’s a blue little pot of gold. When I say little, I mean little. The .05fl.oz will set you back $92.00 but for good reason—it’s intense and a little goes a long way.
De-puff, and reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and dark circles with Malin + Goetz revitalizing eye cream. The cream for brides, MOTB, bridesmaids, grandma, you get the idea. The advanced firming peptides, marine algae, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil deliver a lightweight intense moisturized feeling, that will leave you and your eyesI-doready in no time.
3) The MAKEUP Drop–Everyone’s obsessed with beauty blenders, brushes, and blobs. Okay, the last one I made up, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s in the works. That said, there are more ways than ever to apply your concealer, foundation, BB Cream or whatever current coverup you are toting. Each method has its pluses and its minuses, each one can do wonders for your makeup regimen and look. However, today, I’m here to introduce you brides and brides-to-be to theMakeup Drop.
This silicon little gem is cruelty-free, non-toxic, and paraben-free. Plus, it doesn’t soak up all of your product like some of those other applicators. It’s smooth surface and texture helps to glide foundation or product clear across your skin. Like ice-skating, on a pristine clean sheet of ice, The Makeup Drop will leave your skin flawless, like you’ve been kissed by air. Which is good, because on your wedding day you definitely will be floating-on-air, so why not also be kissed by it? Am I right?!
The best part, there are multiple ways to use yourDrop.Freeze it and apply your moisturizer under the eye for a quick de-puff before your close up. Use it on lip stains to dab a drop of color on your pout, or smear it across your visage for an all over smooth finish. Ladies, I’m sold! Stop. Drop. and Makeup with The Makeup Drop.
4) Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil Treatment – Your tresses are one of the main attractions on your wedding day, so you want to be sure your hair is in tip-top shape for the big day. One way to do just that is by prepping. You definitely want to start early, and I suggest using Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil Treatment at least once a month leading up to the big day. Try once a month, see how it goes, if you still notice dryness up the amount. The Philip B. team recommends the below guidelines for just starting out.
For parched or damaged hair–use twice a week; on dry hair, once a week; and on normal hair 1-4 times a month. For a dehydrated scalp, use once or twice a week.
Be sure to follow thedirections carefully,and always practice good judgment when trying new products. If you have fine to oily hair this may not be the right product for you. However, if you have coarse, thick, and color-treated hair like me–then this is definitely the product for you! Give it a whirl, just make sure you try the product well before your wedding. I don’t want to hear about any day-of I do disasters. I’ve touted the miracle that is Philip B. onWFTRfor the last couple of years. Trust me, it’s one of those products you’ve got to try.
5) SMD Cosmetics Snail Secretion Cream – Now I know what your thinking…what the heck, Dana is losing it. But, fear not friends, this stuff is the ish. Yeah, it’s 62% snail secretion, yeah…it’s snail secretion…but there’s more to it than just snail juice.
According to SMD’s website, Saromae Quintessential Snail Serum is
“a natural innovative skin – restoring solution, for even the most sensitive skin…Designed to offer the perfect balance of natural ingredients, formulation, and viscosity to achieve optimum results in feel, absorption, and efficacy. Help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and acne scarring to help restore youth and beauty. Ancient Herbal Science combined with breakthrough innovation, this high-performance, multi-functional serum is designed to do it ALL: deeply hydrate, help reverse and prevent signs of aging, help repair and brighten skin and help protect against environmental aggressors.”
As mentioned before it’s not just snail secretion there’s also Forsythia Virdissima Fruit, which helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. Licorice Root helps to brighten the skin and even skin tone. Paeonia Lactiflora root, a super potent antioxidant that fights against free radicals. It’s also safe, non-toxic, dermatologist tested, cruelty-free, and NOT tested on animals. SMD cosmetics is at the forefront of#Kbeautytrend. That’s keyword speak for Korean Beauty Trend–which is having a revitalization and explosion in the American market. SMD Cosmetics makes a ton of other beautiful skin products andkitsif you aren’t quite ready to try the Snail Serum. However, I suggest you do—before you say I Do. Trust, this one is a game-changer.
So there you have it, the top 5 Best Bridal Beauty Products to try before your big day!
Luxury Korean Beauty Gel Naturally Replenishes and Restores
It’s irresistible. The warmth of summer and the sensation of sun-kissed skin call to you. Still, there’s a cost. The sun drains moisture, leaving skin dry and vulnerable. SMD Cosmetics, the company that recently began sharing its Korean beauty secrets in the U.S., has a solution: “SMD’s AloGel Skin Perfecting Botanical.” An exclusive, premium aloe vera gel formulation that combines the anti-aging qualities of aloe with a unique and patented blend of powerful herbal antioxidants to help soothe, tone and restore moisture while giving you that radiant summer glow.
SMD Cosmetics (www.SMDcosmetics.com), from South Korea, has been the leader in innovative, natural and effective skin care products for decades, and only now is releasing its luxurious products in the United States. SMD collections and unique formulations are based on 2,000 years of Korean herbal skin care wisdom, which has become the envy of the world in the art of defying age and retaining pristine skin.
Toni G., Makeup Artist for Angelina Jolie, puts her trust in SMD’s collection. “I’m very health conscious and aware that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in your body,” she says. “So, when I discovered this natural skincare brand that was not only good for my skin but fulfills its promises, I knew it was the real deal.”
SMD’s AloGel Skin Perfecting Botanical serum is a unique formula that takes the already exalted status of Korean skincare, to the next level. AloGel’s premium formula nourishes skin with over 75 beneficial nutrients that immediately help erase the appearance of dry or irritated skin brought on by sun exposure. Some of the exclusive natural ingredients in the AloGel are:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, commonly known as aloe vera, is synonymous with soothing sunburns. This powerful and nutrient dense gel is at the core of the formula that reduces the appearance of dry skin by restoring suppleness. Vitamins C, E and beta carotene absorb directly and quickly for immediate results.
Morus Alba Bark Extract, or mulberry, is loaded with antioxidants known for brightening properties that produce smoothness and even tones.
Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract has one of the densest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids of any natural substance at 54 to 64 percent. The natural oil helps soothes sensitive skin and minimizes pores while helping to clean out clogged pores.
Wild Sesame Leaf Extract is a natural antioxidant that absorbs into skin and boosts energy to rejuvenate cells.
Propolis extract provides an antibacterial quality in addition to its antioxidant properties to build skin health.
Mulberry root extract improves skin tone and protects and soothes skin tone.
Ingredients are everything. Bloomberg News recently reported, “No evidence of Aloe Vera found in the Aloe Vera at Walmart, CVS,” which should be concerning to consumers expecting to use the soothing botanical gel on their skin. 1 SMD’s AloGel Skin Perfecting Botanical serum delivers on unmatched quality. SMD Cosmetics is “nature perfected,” because their products use the power of nature’s ingredients combined with the wisdom of ancient herbal science. Their advanced, patented technology gives us the difference of innovative, active components that make SMD’s products so different from anything else on the market.
Men and children may also benefit from AloGel. It may help to soothe skin after some fun in the sun, and it helps to prevent the look of dry, dehydrated, tired skin after summer travel. AloGel can be used after cleansing and before moisturizing to enhance any skincare regimen. Keep it in the refrigerator and apply cold AloGel to a clean face to maximize absorption, minimize pores and restore a youthful radiant suppleness to your skin.
Celebrity makeup artist for the hit TV show “This Is Us,” Elizabeth Hoel-Chang, understands the importance of natural Korean skincare. “It’s not only about great skin, but also giving people the confidence and knowledge of what they are putting on their skin, a healthy, nutritional element to help preserve themselves,” she says. “In a day and age of snake oil tonics and empty promises, this SMD Cosmetics line is the miracle and truth people need to know about and have the ability to get it for themselves because they deserve it!”
About SMD Cosmetics: SMD Cosmetics offers a premium line of award-winning, natural skincare products from South Korea. Founded over 20 years ago, SMD Cosmetics has perfected its patented formulas by using the most advanced natural skincare technology in combination with Asian herbal medicinal wisdom that is truly authentic. SMD has over 39 patents and has created over 26 ingredients. It is still the only company in the whole cosmetic industry in Korea to have ever been awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for excellence. SMD Cosmetics is one of Korea’s most prestigious, top-selling skincare lines formulated by a team of researchers and chemists to revive, replenish and rejuvenate your skin using the power of nature and innovative technology. For more information, visit the site at:www.SMDcosmetics.com.
I am always looking for a new anti-aging and antioxidant skin care item and I love a job that allows me to try all different ones. Alogelis super lightweight and I have been applying it in the morning and evening to my face and neck. It has a really fresh scent that I actually look forward to! This is ancient Korean Skin Care and all these products contain herbal and natural ingredients instead of all the harsh and confusing chemicals. So many additional products to choose from. I really feel like my skin is getting back on track from the drying and trying winter. For the upcoming summer heat, I am going to pop this into the refrigerator so that it is chilled and ready to soothe my sun-kissed skin! I can actually feel the extracts doing their thing; skin is brighter and healthier in just a couple of days use. This bottle is around $30; check it out now so you are ready for the warm weather on its way!
2017 is the year of gorgeous skin, and that’s why we had to look into this #Kbeauty trend. What’s all the hype about? Why is it such a topic of conversation? The trend is referred to as K-beauty, and it’s all about the ingredients. Celebrity make up artists are using it more and more too. We spoke with two notable celebrity makeup artists (MUAs) that shared their favorite #Kbeauty product and gave us some tips on trends to watch for this summer.
Here is Elizabeth Hoel-Chang, Celebrity Make Up Artist for the hit TV showThis Is Us, on her summer skin care tips and tricks:
“I spritz a spray of rose water on my clean face before I put on my favorite natural Korean skin care products from SMD Cosmetics. I use Khiel’s SPF 50 facial sunscreen everyday under my makeup. I’ve been using SMD Cosmetics religiously since November, and now I’ve completely stopped wearing any foundation, because I don’t need it. The SMD Cleansing Oil is the perfect cleanser because it doesn’t strip my face of all the oil and disrupt my PH balance. It has been a life-saver for breakouts. Usually I’d have 4X the hormonal or summer breakouts using a stripping cleanser. I then apply a dusting of mineral powder on my face, concentrating mainly on my cheek area to correct my rocesa. Simple eyeliner and mascara, and fill in my brows. I apply a bit of bronzer or light pink blush on my cheeks and am on my way. I will sometimes blot my face with a light blotting powder, otherwise just let my face be as it is. Even if my mineral powder wears off over a long day at work, it doesn’t bother me now because my skin has repaired, plumped and become so hydrated from the help of SMDSaromae Snail SerumI also make sure I drink plenty of water and implicate more organic avocados in my diet since they are in season and areso goodfor your skin!”
SMD Cosmetics produces one of the most popular prestigious skin care lines in South Korea, formulated on over 2,000 years of herbal medicine wisdom. It’s a natural, premium herbal medicinal-based line that is fairly new to the United States. SMD products are being used by top celebrity make-up artists, and are also now being sold atNigel’s Beauty Emporiumin Hollywood.
We also got to interview celebrity make-up artist and photographer,Troy Jensen, to give us this summer’s hottest skin care and make-up tips and this is what he had to say:
“I like my “muses” to come to me with radiant glowing clear skin… I love SMD Cosmetics, a K-beauty brand new to the US… Some of my clients and I use the Saromae Snail Serum on the skin under make-up for radiance. I ease my clients (Jordan Sparks, Giuliana Rancic, and Mariah Carey to mention a few) into summer make up by first warming up their complexion. I choose a sheer foundation that will give them a warm wash of color.”
Jensen continues, “At the moment I’m obsessed with Dior Skin Nude Air Serum foundation. It’s so sheer, it literally looks invisible on the skin. Next I will add a peachy glow to the skin with Two Faced Cosmetics “sweet peach glow” pallet… it has a bronzer, a highlighter and a beautiful peach blush, to give you that instant beach babe look! I even dust a little highlighter and bronzer on the eyes and top of with this seasons IT beauty trend: tinted mascara (I love Benefit Cosmetics “there real mascara” in Beyond Blue. On the lips this summer, shimmer is a big trend and rose gold is really hot. Jouer Cosmetics has created a beautiful rose gold collection for the lips: I love “the long wear lip cream liquid lipstick in rose gold” and I go over it with Jouer’s lip topper in rose gold, focusing on the center of the lip and upper bow of the lip.”
K-beauty is constantly rising to new levels of ease and innovation, and after speaking to Elizabeth Hoel-Chang and Troy Jensen, I want in!
We got wind of an amazingskin careline and had to look into this #Kbeauty trend ASAP! What’s all the hype about? Why is it such a topic of conversation?
The trend is referred to asK-beauty,and it’s all about theingredients. Celebrity make up artists are using it more and more too. We got to speak with 2 notable celebrity MUAs that shared with me their favorite#Kbeautyproduct and also gave us some tips on trends to watch for this summer!
Here is Elizabeth Hoel-Chang Celebrity Make Up Artist for the hit TV show This Is Us, on her summerskin caretips and tricks:
“I spritz a spray of rose water on my clean face before I put on my favorite natural Koreanskin careproducts from SMD Cosmetics. I use Khiel’s SPF 50 facial sunscreen everyday under my makeup. I’ve been using SMD Cosmetics religiously since November, and now I’ve completely stopped wearing any foundation, because I don’t need it. The SMD Cleansing Oil is the perfect cleanser because it doesn’t strip my face of all the oil and disrupt my PH balance. It has been a life-saver for breakouts. Usually I’d have 4X the hormonal or summer breakouts using a stripping cleanser. I then apply a dusting of mineral powder on my face, concentrating mainly on my cheek area to correct my rocesa. Simple eyeliner and mascara, and fill in my brows. I apply a bit of bronzer or light pink blush on my cheeks and am on my way. I will sometimes blot my face with a light blotting powder, otherwise just let my face be as it is. Even if my mineral powder wears off over a long day at work, it doesn’t bother me now because my skin has repaired, plumped and become so hydrated from the help of SMDSaromae Snail SerumI also make sure I drink plenty of water and implicate more organic avocadoes in my diet since they are in season and are SO GOOD for your skin!! Along with strawberries, grapes and kale.”
So we did a little bit of digging and found out,SMD Cosmetics produces one of the most popular prestigiousskin carelines in South Korea, formulated on over2,000 years of herbal medicine wisdom!It’s a natural (which I LOVE) premium herbal medicinal-based line that is fairly new to the US.
We heard that SMD products are being used by top celebrity make-up artists, and are also now being sold atNigel’s Beauty Emporiumin Hollywood.
We also interviewed celebrity make-up artist and photographer,Troy Jensen, to give us this summers hottestskin careand make-up tips and this is what he had to say:
“I like my “muses” to come to me with radiant glowing clear skin…I love SMD Cosmetics, a K-beauty brand new to the US…some of my clients and I use the Saromae Snail Serum on the skin under make-up for radiance. I ease my clients (Jordan Sparks, Giuliana Rancic, and Mariah Carey to mention a few) into summer make up by first warming up their complexion. I choose a sheer foundation that will give them a warm wash of color. At the moment I’m obsessed with Dior Skin Nude Air Serum foundation. It’s so sheer, it literally looks invisible on the skin. Next I will add a peachy glow to the skin with Two Faced Cosmetics “sweet peach glow” pallet… it has a bronzer, a highlighter and a beautiful peach blush, to give you that instant beach babe look! I even dust a little highlighter and bronzer on the eyes and top of with this seasons IT beauty trend: tinted mascara (I love Benefit Cosmetics “there real mascara” in Beyond Blue. On the lips this summer, shimmer is a big trend and rose gold is really hot. Jouer Cosmetics has created a beautiful rose gold collection for the lips: I love “the long wear lip cream liquid lipstick in rose gold” and I go over it with Jouer’s lip topper in rose gold, focusing on the center of the lip and upper bow of the lip.”
After speaking to Elizabeth and Troy Groomed LA wants in!
I can’t wait to get myINHYUNJINanti-aging set for myself! #Kbeauty !!! WOOT!!
As soon as the weather begins to warm up and hit the 70’s and 80’s, our skin gets exposed to the sun. While we know the sun can cause sunburn and skin cancer, it can also cause you to gradually lose moisture and oil. This can make your skin appear dry, flaky and prematurely wrinkled. It can be hard to find the rightbeauty product to actually reverse the effects of the sun and have your skin looking and feeling radiant. An innovative natural Korean skin care line uses ancient herbal ingredients in their products. This addition to their skincare products is the exact solution you need for relieving your dry skin during the warmer seasons!
Dry skin will be the least of your worries this summer with these simple ancient herbal ingredients!
SMD Cosmetics is an effective, unique, premium, luxury skincare that is also natural, safe and non-toxic. SMD cosmetics was the first Korean skin care line to offer a non-toxic, safe, natural, premium herbal medicinal-based line. Since launching in the U.S., SMD products are being used by top celebrity makeup artists who have discovered how powerful natural skin care can really be, and how your skin can transform with the right products.
The Saromae Quintessential Snail Serum Concentrate is their best selling product and is the perfected result of combining the precise formulation of natural ingredients and ancient herbal science. It contains 62% pure snail filtrate extract, which is the perfect balance of efficacy and texture. This cruelty-free, all-in-one formula reduces wrinkles, dullness, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and acne scarring. It also deeply hydrates, reverses signs of aging and brightens the skin.
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We like all things natural or safe and non-toxic…so if we are so concerned about our skincare and what we eat we have to look at other things we put on our bodies. Deodorant goes on everyday, ALL day! So let’s look at that…this research was done by reviews.com and I have found it very helpful!
The best natural deodorants fend off odor without using ingredients that are likely to be toxic or irritating. After talking with a dermatologist, a chemist, and two natural deodorant creators, Reviews.com hand-tested 23 to find top picks that were: aluminum-free formulas with pleasant scents, goop-free application, and had minimal residue.
In the world of deodorant, “natural” is often code for “aluminum-free.” But they wanted more: a product that was also easy to apply and effective at stopping odors.
Sam’s Natural Deodorant checked every box on their list. The product is free of aluminum, free of common irritants, and its first two ingredients (coconut oil and baking soda) are verified odor-blockers. They found the circular stick easy to maneuver across our pits, and it left minimal goop on clothes and only a faint sheen on skin. The Cedar and Women’s scents that were tested both lasted through two hours of wear — without smelling overpowering — and if neither of these options appeals to you, Sam’s offers 13 more scents. Each stick is reasonably priced ($10 for 3 ounces) and an easy gateway for anyone interested in transitioning to a natural product.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant was nearly missed altogether since some of its other product lines, including its jar formulas and sensitive skin sticks, only feature one targeted ingredients. But Schmidt’s sticks for regular skin boast the same odor-busting coconut oil and baking soda as Sam’s, in a similarly flake- and residue-free formula. Reviews.com tried four of its seven scents and liked the cool “freshly fallen rain” nose of the Charcoal+Magnesium formula — although if you like a pop of floral, its Rose+Vanilla certainly delivers. The price point is about the same as Sam’s: around $10 for 3 ounces.
For Pit’s Sake is an excellent runner-up. This product comes in a stick that leaves almost no residue, but it did take a bit of force to fully coat our pits, which some hairy-pitted testers weren’t too into. That said, it includes all three of the odor-blocking ingredients we pinpointed in our research — coconut oil, baking soda, and zinc — at a comfortable price.
If buying organic is your top priority, we’d suggest Green Tidings. Like Sam’s and Schmidt’s, this deodorant is vegan and cruelty-free, but its ingredients are also certified organic by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and it’s made in a solar-powered plant. The trade-off? It’s a little more expensive. Green Tidings is aluminum-free and includes baking soda and (organic) coconut oil to fend off body odor. The subtle scent (courtesy of organic lavender essential oil) didn’t last as long as Sam’s, but after two hours, you couldn’t notice any BO, either. Testers did find the product a bit gritty, but some of them liked this added assurance that they’d successfully coated their underarms.
During the process of finding the right natural deodorant, Reviews.com unearthed a couple more intriguing options. Fatco Stank Stop Deodorant was the only other natural deodorant we tested that included all three wish-list odor-blockers. (It’s also Certified Paleo, and includes beef tallow as a moisturizer.) Fatco is a cream, which means you’ll need to dip your fingers into a (very small) jar to apply the product — a process testers weren’t wild about. But the deodorant itself was very effective, with a pleasant smell and minimal residue.
Some also really loved Agent Nateur & Shiva Rose Holi (Rose) Deodorant, which seemed almost like a combination of deodorant and women’s perfume (although not everyone liked the rose and sandalwood scent). Holi Rose leaves very little residue, and while it was also the most expensive product that we tested ($25 for 1.7 ounces), it’s a good high-end option if you’re concerned about protecting delicate fabric.
The world of natural deodorants can be a tricky one — and “natural” means different things to different people. We’d suggest choosing a product that omits aluminum (if nothing else, you’ll avoid yellow stains), and steering clear of fragrance, simple alcohols, propanediol, and propylene glycol. Instead, look for products with coconut oil, baking soda, zinc oxide, or some combination of the three. And above all, be open to trying a few different options to see what works best with your body.