How to Adjust your Personal Skincare with the Seasons

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/13/2017 to Lifestyle

If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance that your skin reacts to the changes that come with the seasons. Though it can be any and every season, for most of us it’s the transition between spring and summer and fall to winter. That’s because these are the times when the weather moves to its next extreme. For some this shift manifests in full on breakouts, while others experience their skin become thirstier and in need of heavier moisture. Some people find they need to tweak their approach just a little, while others remain perplexed about what their skin is asking of them and how to meet its needs.

Private Label Skincare Competition: What to Pay Attention to

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/8/2017 to Private Label Skin Care

If you’re in business, you know you have competition. And most likely, your competition knows about you. Some people think that in order to be successful you need to constantly be monitoring your competitors- but is that really true? While different people and organizations will find an approach that works for them, here at RainShadow Labs we feel like there’s a balance to be had between knowing what your competition is doing and minding your own business. Put another way: don’t spend all your time worrying about what other people are doing. Focus on what you are doing, and do it really well. Stay current on your industry, but don’t get lost in the mess of what everybody else is/will be doing. Mind your business- literally.

Cleansing with Honey: Why It Works

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/8/2017 to Cosmetics

Perhaps you’ve heard of oil cleansing, but what about washing with honey? It sounds a little crazy, but there are actually a good amount of people who have found honey to be the secret ingredient to their skincare success- especially among those who suffer from acne. You don’t have to have acne to benefit from using honey as your facial cleanser, though. Your skin can be perfectly fine or have other issues you want to work on. The great thing about honey, when real and raw (lots of honey on the market is actually not real honey or has been heated to a temperature that damages its beneficial properties) is that it’s benefits are universal, meaning they’re great for everyone.

Private Label Seasonal Offerings: A Compendium

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/8/2017 to Lifestyle

Just like every quarter comes with new or refined goals and strategies for your business, so too does every season come with a new theme that you can use to your advantage. Whether it’s capitalizing on the increased sun and warmth in the summer, snow covered pine trees in the winter, changing colors of the fall and blooming flowers in the spring, there’s a way for you to make seasonal changes work for you and your business. And one of the easiest ways to do this is to release a seasonal product offering.

When to NOT Follow A Trend

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/7/2017 to Cosmetics
In the private label skincare sector there’s always a new “it” ingredient and product trend; it can be hard to know which ones to take seriously. Is vitamin C really all that? Is rosehip seed oil all it’s chalked up to be? Is beard oil really worth adding to your product line? As you navigate the sometimes winding roads of the natural skincare landscape, it’s important to develop an eye and sense for trends that will stick and trends that will go away as quickly as they came. Some are worth capitalizing on for that brief, seasonal moment while ignoring others will have no real adverse effect on your business. Here’s how to know what trends to follow and which ones may not be worth your time:

The Best Essential Oils For Sensitive Skin

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/2/2017 to Aromatherapy
Sensitive skin can be hard to deal with. You just never know when it’s going to give you more trouble! As the list of private label skincare products and ingredients that bother your skin goes up, your sense of hope and trust in your own body goes down. Is there a solution out there for you? Or will you forever be doomed to a long list of Don’ts and an ever-shrinking one of Do’s? The answer to this seemingly overwhelming question is actually quite simple: there are private label skincare ingredients that are perfect for your sensitive, reactive skin. Here’s what they are, and why they’re your new best friend:

What To Do About Dark Circles

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/27/2017 to Lifestyle
For some people, dark circles under their eyes come and go depending on how much sleep they get. It’s not a big deal, and not something that particularly bothers them. But for others, dark circles are a chronic problem that won’t seem to go away. No matter how much sleep they get, their under eyes just seem to stay dark and sunken. While dark circles may be genetic for some people, there are certain things you can do with your private label skincare to help lessen the appearance of dark circles. While we can’t promise they will be completely eliminated, it’s worth a try to at least help diminish what would otherwise be striking and bothersome dark rings below the eyes.

Petroleum Derived Ingredient Alternatives

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/22/2017 to Cosmetics
Did you know that in many private label skincare products there lurk ingredients derived from petroleum? Petroleum- the same stuff our car oil and plastic come from! Incase you didn’t already know this: your skin has absolutely no need for petroleum, or any of the ingredients that come from it. Zero. None. The only reason it’s in your skincare is because of the low cost to the manufacturer. They’re in there to make the product feel moisturizing, lubricating and protective, but in reality, petroleum based skincare products and ingredients do your skin more harm than good.

Vitamin C or Retinol- Which Is Right For You?

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/16/2017 to Lifestyle
In the world of high caliber private label skincare, there are two skincare ingredients that stand at the top of the anti aging pyramid, and we love them both. Vitamin C and retinol, two anti aging skincare powerhouses that deliver powerful skin healing and real results in real time. What’s interesting is that it’s not often you see a private label skincare product that features both at the same time. But why? Must there be Camp Vitamin C and Camp Retinol, or can the two ingredients reign side by side, all the while smoothing out our fine lines and wrinkles with effortless, perfect grace?

Why Natural REALLY Matters

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/12/2017 to Lifestyle

Some people believe natural matters, some people don’t. Some people don’t care, and some people can’t even agree on what “natural” really means! The truth is, while everyone will have their own opinion and beliefs, there are certain things that point to natural and organic skincare being superior to chemical laden, artificial ingredient filled skincare products. And among all those things, perhaps the most convincing is this: the results actually garnered from using those products.


Acne Scars: The Good, The Bad, The Truth (Part 3)

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/10/2017 to Lifestyle

In parts one and two of our series on acne scars, we covered how to deal with hyperpigmentation and what to do if you have rolling, or ice pick type scars. In this third and final installment, we are going to talk about what to do for your rolling acne scars if you can’t afford (or don’t want) to go with more medical type treatments, specifically microneedling and sublative laser with PRF. Though it’s important to state upfront that it’s very hard to achieve serious change to deep pitted acne scars from simple skincare alone, there are still things you can do to improve the appearance and texture of your skin without more expensive and serious treatments.


Acne Scars: The Good, The Bad, The Truth (Part 2)

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/7/2017 to Lifestyle

In the first part of our series on acne scarring we covered how to heal post inflammatory pigmentation, the kind of darkly colored mark that occurs after a blemish is formed. They can take months to heal, but with proper skincare and patience, the skin will regenerate and the skin’s regular, uniform tone will return. The second type of acne scar that can occur, and that is much harder to get rid of, are the skin indentations known as rolling or ice pick scars. When it comes to these guys, a combination of high quality, botanically active skincare and other, more clinical treatments are usually necessary to help fill in the skin.


Acne Scars: The Good, The Bad, The Truth (Part 1)

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/5/2017 to Lifestyle
Acne scars are arguably more difficult and frustrating to deal with than acne itself. This is because acne scars often take longer to get rid of, and can accompany the acne before you’ve been able to get rid of it. So no matter what stage of your acne recovery you’re in, those scars are usually still there! When it comes to acne scars, there’s some good news, there’s some “bad” news, and there’s the truth. And the truth is, there is a way to get rid of your acne scars for good- it just depends on the type of scars they are.

When is the Best Time to Moisturize?

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 8/2/2017 to Lifestyle
Depending on who you talk to and which sources of information you seek out, you might hear different answers when it comes to the perfect time to wash your face, do a mask or moisturize. Everybody claims to have the perfect regimen with the right steps in the right order at the right time, and sometimes you’ve got to wonder if there even is one right answer! Though it can feel frustrating, the answer to your questions is actually very simple. When it comes down to it, all you need is a little bit of awareness and flexibility.

The Best Private Label Skincare Ingredients for Sunburns

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/31/2017 to Lifestyle
With summer in full swing, so is the threat of sunburns. Red, angry looking and painful burns are the absolute worst for your skin! They damage the integrity of the DNA in each of your skin cells, which then paves the way for premature aging signs like advanced fine lines, leathery texture and sagging. But just because you can potentially get a sunburn doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go outside in the sun. You just have to be smart about it! But for those times when, despite your best efforts or perhaps because you forgot to cover up, you or a loved one still end up with a bright red burn, there are some simple, effective and natural solutions you can use in your time of need.

Scared of AHA's? Don't Be.

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/27/2017 to Private Label Skin Care
Are you afraid of using Alpha Hydroxy Acids on your skin? Perhaps you’ve been told that if you use them you won’t be able to go out into the sun because you will be too sensitive and burn. Many people have been told this or read it somewhere, and while it is true that AHA’s can increase your skin’s level of photosensitivity, if used correctly and in the right concentrations, the risk of burning as a result of their use is not enough to warrant avoiding the sun or not using them at all. Here’s how to use AHA’s the right way, without worry:

Private Label Skincare Products that Double as Primers

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/24/2017 to Cosmetics

If you wear makeup, then you probably know about primer, the product you can apply to your skin before makeup that helps the makeup stay and also helps protect the skin. Plenty of brands sell primer as a complete product ready to be purchased at the store or online, but we have a little secret: you don’t have to use primer! You can still get all the benefits of wearing primer by using a private label skincare product in its place.


How To Fix Clogged Pores

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/20/2017 to Cosmetics

Clogged pores are responsible for everything from blackheads to bright red pustules and everything in between. They’re every skincare fan’s bad dream and can be extremely hard to get rid of, especially blackheads. While there are many different ways that people try to get rid of them and prevent them from occurring, there are as many people who find their search for a solution to be fruitless. Their pores stay clogged, the blackheads never go away and that’s just not okay!


How To Soothe Your Sensitive Skin

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/20/2017 to Lifestyle

If you have sensitive skin, then you know it’s a constant process to make sure that whatever you are using, or might potentially use on your skin is as non-irritating as possible. But even then, your skin might feel perpetually irritated and can flare up at the slightest change. Maybe it looks red, or feels itchy. Maybe it even breaks out! You might walk through the world feeling like you have to constantly be on alert for things that could irritate your skin: people touching it or a new product your friend wants you try, for example. It can feel overwhelming. So what are you to do?


Natural Fine Line Fillers

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/20/2017 to Cosmetics
While it’s easy to get the two confused, fine lines are actually not the same as wrinkles. Wrinkles come from muscle contractions under the skin, while fine lines are much shallower in depth and are the result of photo aging and the first signs of premature aging in the face. Because of this difference in depth and cause, fine lines are typically easier to deal with than wrinkles. And the good news is there are plenty of private label skincare ingredients that are fantastic for helping with fine lines.

DIY Shea Butter "Sunscreen"

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/14/2017 to Cosmetics
Sunscreen and sun exposure have become something of a divisive topic in the natural skincare and health worlds. Some people swear by the necessity of regular sunscreen application while others declare it completely unnecessary and harmful. The reality is that some people require more sun protection than others, and it’s always a good idea to pay attention to your own individual needs rather than listening to somebody else’s biased opinion. If you have fair skin and burn easily, you will consequently need more sun protection sooner than someone with a darker complexion. But this doesn’t mean that the sun is bad for you. It just means that everyone has their own individual threshold that needs to be respected. So if you or someone you know could benefit from mindful, natural sun protection for those days when covering up or finding shade in time isn’t an option, consider this easy to make, natural “sunscreen” recipe.

Why Beard Oil is the New Cologne

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 5/26/2017 to Oils

You’ve probably seen it by now: beard oil. Your barber or salon might have it. You might see it in the wellness or beauty sections of your local supermarket. Maybe you’ve smelled it on someone during a hug. And maybe you or a man you know wears it already. But what’s all the hype about? Why would facial hair need or benefit from scented oils in it? And why not just use a cologne if you’re trying to smell good? These are all great questions, and their answers are pretty straightforward.


Argan Oil vs Jojoba Oil

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 5/12/2017 to Oils

Two of the most popular oils in the private label skincare industry today are Jojoba and Argan. You can find them in everything from hair care products to body lotions and face oils. Both are touted as moisturizing oils that won’t clog pores and help keep the skin smooth and hair frizz free. We’ll admit, we like them both, and include both of them in our various private label skincare offerings. When sourced responsibly and used appropriately, each oil provides noticeable benefits. But are these two oils actually equal? Or does one come out on top?


What To Do About Overactive Skin

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/24/2017 to Oils

Does your skin have a temper? Does it feel like no matter what you do, or don’t do, that it’s going to give you a hard time? If so, we know how you feel. We know how it feels to get nervous whenever you want to put on some sunscreen, when someone touches your cheek or when you don’t have time to rinse your face after working out. We know about that constant feeling that a new breakout or red splotch is on its way. And because we know this, we also know how to help you deal with it.


Tips For A Successful Private Label

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/19/2017 to Cosmetics

So you finally did it- you started your own private label! The skincare industry is an exciting one, and there’s so much opportunity to be creative, work with new and exciting plants and ingredients, and to help and inspire people to be their best. Though it seems like a simple, and perhaps even superficial thing, skincare is a big deal! It helps people with their self esteem, boosts self care and even personal health by supporting the skin to perform and behave with integrity. This is why you need to make sure that your private label skincare line is the best it can be, and that’s where we come in.