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Summer is all about travel, whether you choose to jet away on a girls trip or bring everyone to Disney, learning to pack like a minimalist is a skill that will serve you well for years to come! Now that the tickets are bought and your dream vacay is not far off, it’s time to plan what you will bring…and fit everything into a carry-on. A sun-kissed vacation doesn’t require a lot of items – you just have to pack smart. Here are our tips on what to bring and what to leave at home!
Clothing: Plan on fashions that are versatile and can easily have more than one purpose. A sarong can be your scarf to snuggle with on the plane and a wrap-skirt/dress for late afternoon cocktails. Also keep in line with a similar color scheme allows you to mix and match the few items you select to bring. Or cheat and google “beach capsule wardrobe” and find one that suits your style, and items you currently have in your closet!
Hair Products: This one is a no-brainer – ditch your heavy-duty products for a perfectly coiffed style. This is the beach, where humidity and salty ocean water become your tresses’ middle name. Go for your hair’s natural wave and texture and accessorize with bobby pins, a colorful or jeweled hair tie or pull your locks into a messy bun or braid. Wanting to look a bit more polished? Comb some styling cream into damp hair and twist it into a bun or French twist adding some earrings for a little bit of drama.
No-Makeup Makeup: Foundation and smoky eyes are all a bit heavy for the casual, vacation style and can cause some serious t-zone shine as you sweat through it. Instead, pack simple makeup items such as mascara, lip gloss with a sheen and a peachy-toned blush for just the right amount of glow. Better yet, allow your skin a week of vacation too and embrace every sun kissed freckle and smile line!
Moisturizer: Even if the air feels humid during your ocean side vacation, the sun will still parch your skin. Make sure you moisturize every night before slipping into bed. BREVENA’s Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream is perfect to use at night and wake ready for another day in the sun. This luxurious cream with Macro B Complex, helps restore, revitalize, and soften your skin while you sleep. Find an SPF you adore (shout out to Elta MD for their lightweight mineral blend) and apply diligently, doubling down on protection with a fashionable wide brimmed hat and sunnies. If you are craving the glow of a tan, pop in for a spray tan before you leave, and keep it going with a tan extending lotion.
Entertainment: Clothing, skincare, hair care is all packed, but one can only lounge for so long. Now is the perfect opportunity to download some of those books you have been telling yourself you want to read and listen to a couple podcasts (some of my favorites are The Dropout, and NPR’s How I Built This.)Throw in a deck of waterproof playing cards, and life is good!
How do you feel most confident? While true confidence comes from within, there is something about having your skin look it’s best that leaves you willing to skip makeup and put those freckles on display. Summer in Minnesota is too short to be worrying about flawless makeup. We wanted to find out what makes YOU feel most confident and beautiful in your skin, so we reached out some of our customers and fans to learn more.
Loving your skin isn’t always easy, but for many it’s taking the time out for some self-care. Elizabeth Ries from Twin Cities Live feels most confident in her skin, “right after I get a facial or use an at-home mask.” Some at home masks work in as little as 10 minutes and are a nice treat for your skin while you knock out some of those endless items on your to-do list (just don’t go grocery shopping in a sheet mask unless you want some strange looks!)
For many, confidence in their skin comes in part, to genetics, but for others, like model Wendi Russo, there is more to it than winning the genetic lottery. She attributes much of her skin confidence to taking care of her skin. Wendi explains that her skin looks younger from “paying attention to the aging process by using moisturizer, eating healthy, and exercising over the years.” Something as simple as getting in a great work out a few times a week helps boost your circulation and minimizes your stress, leading to better sleep, and best of all, better looking skin!
For many of our fans, the best part about great looking skin is the ability to skip makeup and let their natural beauty shine! Esthetician Susannah says, “I love my skin when it’s clear of breakouts. The feeling that I don’t have to wear foundation is so liberating!” Wendi agrees, sharing “I feel most confident in my skin when it is clear, not dry, my lines look fine and my tone is even, if I’m not wearing foundation and someone tells me I have great skin, that makes me feel great!” Little steps every day make a big difference toward improving the quality of your skin. Whether your makeup free days are daily, weekly, or more, feeling confident in your skin brightens every day.
When it comes to keeping your skin looking and feeling its very best, many people have a “holy grail” item. Elizabeth Ries and Shawn Brogan Diddy rely on BREVENA’s Restore and Hydrate Overnight Cream, but Esthetician Susannah is all about good exfoliation. “It helps my breakouts and my skin feels really smooth when I use a retinol or glycolic acid regularly.” Wendi often spends long days in heavy makeup for her job, “My one go-to skin care item is my cleanser because cleaning my skin well after wearing a lot of makeup on camera is probably the most important step for beautiful skin
While everyone’s skin has different needs, we can all agree that the first step to feeling confident is having healthy, glowing skin. In the end not only will it save you time, effort, and money (l can’t be the only one who easily spends over $100 on new makeup) but you will feel great about putting your best face forward! Cheers to a makeup free summer from BREVENA!
As we look into spring, we want to feel fresh. If you are looking for a skin treatment for yourself or the perfect gift for the special woman in your life, take a peek below for some great skin treatment ideas.
Relaxation: Facials and body treatments are the perfect way to feel refreshed, pampered and relaxed. Envision refreshing scrubs with invigorating ingredients like coffee and papaya, yummy masks that will leave you glowing, and a relaxing massage from head to toe. Ok, sign me up!
Results: Feel like more corrective measures are needed? Try a medical-grade facial found at Med Spa’s or a microdermabrasion for deeper resurfacing without a lot of downtime. These treatments will smooth skin texture, deep clean and exfoliate, giving your skin a fresh glow. Be sure to maintain your results after these treatments by keeping your skin hydrated with a rich moisturizer and your favorite SPF. Feel like you need to shave off a few years of sun damage? Chemical peels or Micro-needling treatments are perfect for correcting long term skin damage. They will stimulate collagen production to help repair wrinkles and loss of elasticity and slough off layers of damaged skin cells to even out skin tone. A consultation with an Esthetician is recommended to determine what approach and treatment plan is best for you.
Revive: Spring is here! Treat yourself to a new step in your home skin care regimen. As the weather warms up, try to incorporate a light facial oil to instantly give your skin a supple texture and glow. If you struggle with fine lines and wrinkles, a facial oil can smooth and hide them since most of us are a little dehydrated to begin with. These oils provide not only the right amount of hydration but anti-inflammatory effects as well that support the skin’s barrier function. Another way to revive your skin is to focus on often neglected areas such as hands and feet. Your bathtub can become a foot spa oasis with a few candles, some scented epsom salts, and a hydrating treatment with our Intensive Foot & Heel Repair applied after a quick soak.
Are you looking to turn back the clock and get the glowing, smooth skin you used to take for granted? You aren’t alone! Michelle reviewed BREVENA and was amazed at the results she saw. Read the full review here!
As you likely know, BREVENA’s line of skin care products all feature an ingredient called Macro β Complex, but have you ever wondered what it is exactly? I’m here to explain the science behind this transformative technology.
In order to explain the science, we have to go back twenty years to the labs in which it was created. BREVENA founder, Barbara Klein was working in the medical field calling on burn care doctors, in hopes of advancing the care of critically injured patients. It became clear that a new topical product was needed to expedite the healing time of these patients. Inspired, Barbara took her in-depth knowledge of wound care and partnered with a team of scientists from the University of Minnesota to develop what soon became the standard of care in the burn care industry- a line of topical products all using the regenerative power of refined Oat Beta Glucan. What is Oat Beta Glucan you ask? Great question! Oat Beta Glucan is a carbohydrate found in the cell wall of an oat and like oats, it has many health benefits. In medical applications, refined Oat Beta Glucan is known to work as an anti-irritant and works with your body’s natural immune response to expedite the recovery of healthy skin. Oat Beta Glucan is found in a variety of skin care products, but like most ingredients, not all Oat Beta Glucan is created equally. BREVENA and its medical sister-company, Stellen Medical, own the proprietary technology to refine Oat Beta Glucan to its purest state, making it ideal for the delicate skin afflicted with all forms of skin damage. It’s no wonder that this technology is now used in burn care centers across the United States.
So, if this technology is so established in the medical arena, why did Barbara Klein decide to create a cosmetic skin care line? Barbara explained that, “Doctors and nurses were using the products on their own dry and damaged skin and were seeing such fantastic results, that creating a cosmetic skin care line was a natural next step”. That being said, let’s explore how this ingredient, now known as BREVENA’s Macro β Complex, benefits everyday skin health, including the types of skin damage we all experience like fine lines and wrinkles, dry or irritated skin. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Pillai and his colleagues (published in 2005 in the magazine of International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists) found the application of oat beta glucan to result in enhanced elasticity of the skin, wrinkle reduction and a delay in the aging process . BREVENA’s own clinical study found similar results. A 31-subject study, performed by an independent clinical testing facility, found that 100% of participants showed improvement in skin texture, firmness, elasticity and moisturization of the skin. 97% showed improvement in the appearance of crow’s feet and 90% showed improvement in skin luminosity. As an Advanced Practice Esthetician, this is the proof that I need before trying a new product myself or recommending one to a client.
Thanks to Macro β Complex, this line of skin care products is fantastic at calming the irritation of my most sensitive-skinned clients and provides the gentle hydration the vast majority of my “normal-skinned” clients need as well. BREVENA products are gentle, yet effective and provide results you can see, and who doesn’t want that?
Advanced Practice Esthetician
& Skin Health Consultant
 Ravi Pillai, Mark Redmond, Joachim Roding. Anti-Wrinkle Therapy: Significant new findings in the non-invasive cosmetic treatment of skin wrinkle with beta-glucan. International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists, 2005, 8: 1-6.