You might have seen an activated charcoal product or two in the skincare aisle or online, most likely as some kind of mask. Perhaps you’ve even used one before. Private label skincare products containing activated charcoal are usually black or a dark grey in appearance, and typically marketed as being detoxifying. But what exactly is activated charcoal, and why is it something you would want to use in your skincare routine? What are the pros and cons (if any), and is it any different than using clay instead? Here’s the RSL breakdown:
When it comes to private label skincare, one of the things, if not the most important thing, to consider is the active ingredients within the formula. The higher the quality of these actives, the higher their percentage within the formula and the more strategically they are combined leads to better, more effective skincare. After all, it’s the actives that do all the work for your skin in the first place! Percentage of actives is one of the main things that sets different brands and products apart- it’s that important. So we thought, why not make a product out of 100% active ingredients?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.