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.
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.
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?
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!
Oily skin has gotten a bad rap. There are literally hundreds of products sold specifically for skin that’s oily. From facial wipes to cleansers and oil free moisturizers and masks, your skin’s naturally occurring sebum has been the target of a lot of bad press. And we’re here to say that it’s undeserving! While that afternoon forehead shine may not be the stuff dreams are made of, it actually has some good to offer you.
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.
When it comes to vitamin C serum, we wax poetic a lot. But can you blame us?! It’s the perfect product for every skin type; there’s literally not a single skin type that couldn’t benefit from its use. It’s that good. Especially when it comes to the sunshine. Yep, vitamin C serum is the perfect private label skincare product to use when it’s sunny out, and since summer is right around the corner, now’s the time to make sure you’ve got what you need to keep your skin protected.
It’s finally spring! If you live in the Pacific Northwest like we do, the sun shining in a blue sky is something you look forward to for months and months. It’s the ultimate gift after enduring so much gray and rain. But even if you live somewhere where spring comes sooner than rainy Oregon, the sound of birds chirping and the sight of flowers poking through the soil to greet the warmer temperatures is still exciting. And just like those flowers are seasonal, so too can your skincare be. For some people that means switching to a lighter moisturizer while others start adding an SPF to their routine. In the midst of your seasonal private label skincare adaptations, remember that essential oils can be seasonal too!