How to Upgrade Your Skin Care Routine for a New School Year

This Is the Cost of Your Beauty Routine

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It takes two hours to spot-treat a growing zit with a pimple patch. It takes 20 minutes to de-puff the eye area with a mask. It takes only 10 to give your complexion a shot of hydration with a sheet mask.

Fifty years ago, or as recently as 10 or even five, one skin-care product could last you a few weeks or sometimes months. Now, beauty companies feed our single-use behavior — the super-convenient way of using something only once before discarding it — with a flood of non-biodegradable, non-recyclable disposable products.

Not only is there an abundance of sheet masks, but there are also derivatives sold to target specific areas laugh lines or your derrière or your nether regions. There are cleansing wipes available from nearly every brand on the market. And there are zit stickers that come packaged in multiple layers of plastic.

“People haven’t been made as aware of the impact of beauty,” said Freya Williams, the chief executive of Futerra North America, an agency that helps companies with sustainability efforts. “We’re taught in school to recycle, but it’s focused more in the kitchen than in the bathroom, so it doesn’t seem as important.”

The single-use phenomenon is a fairly recent development, Ms. Williams added. And, she said, “it’s happening without anybody realizing how much these items are taking over.”

It’s hard to resist innovative product introductions, seasonal trends and the promise of clearer, tighter, smoother skin. At the peak of the K-beauty trend, a 10-step beauty routine was not only heralded as the answer to a flawless complexion, but it also came to exemplify one form of self-care.

“We saw an uptick in the number of skin-care products consumers used at the height of the Korean skin-care trend, with many adding an additional mask or product,” said Larissa Jensen, the executive director and beauty industry analyst at the NPD Group market research consultancy.

Every extra serum or mask comes with problematic side effects, of course. Without our even realizing it, we’re driving up the environmental impact.

Elizabeth Mullans, a dermatologist in Houston, believes that a streamlined anti-aging regimen can be boiled down to three essential products: sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, an over-the-counter retinol or prescription-strength retinoid, and a vitamin C serum.

“I don’t think you can use too many products — they will all be absorbed into your skin — but these three are going to help the most,” Dr. Mullans said. Other products can be added to target specific concerns, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid for acne, or hyaluronic acid for irritation or dryness.

“Stay away from any product that contains collagen because the molecules are too big to be absorbed,” she said. “It’s basically a glorified moisturizer.”

Many believe the industry’s biggest culprit — and most challenging hurdle — is packaging, with luxury brands being the greatest offender. “The way brands create ‘luxury’ is through layers of heavy packaging, which is often not recyclable and is being discarded,” Ms. Williams said.

Already we have reached a point at which overpackaging no longer feels luxurious. The industry watchdog Estee Laundry, an Instagram account that calls out bullying, copycats and social injustices, has long put brands on blast for waste. A recent target was Pat McGrath Labs and the excessive amount of plastic that comes with a single beauty product.

“Making sustainability synonymous with luxury is an opportunity, and it’s something we’re starting to see in fashion,” Ms. Williams said. “Invest in something that’s worthy of your time and money.”

Investing in waterless beauty products is one example. Anhydrous formulas eliminate water as a key ingredient to deliver on three things: higher potency (and in turn, greater efficacy); a longer shelf life (without water, there is less risk of bacteria growth); fewer toxins (because there is no longer a need for parabens or preservatives); and water conservation.

“This focus on ingredients and whether they’re good — if they’re harmful to your skin or the environment — is why there’s a big movement toward clean beauty,” Ms. Jensen said. “Clean beauty ties into the wellness movement and the wellness movement ties into the environment, because it’s about what’s good for you and the planet.”

She added that demand for such products may help explain an NPD 2019 market report (from January to September) indicating that the skin-care category was up 7 percent in sales, while makeup was down 5 percent.

And as Gen Z consumers, whose priorities include transparency and sustainability, gain spending power as they age, this movement will ly accelerate.

If you look at beauty’s impact as a whole, the challenge can seem overwhelming. Everything — how ingredients are sourced, carbon emissions in production — must be considered lest it lead to harmful social and environmental impacts.

Products that use plastic, glitter or microbeads, can contribute to ocean waste; certain chemicals in sunscreens can harm marine life; and if an ingredient is not sourced responsibly, it can to environmental destruction, deforestation.

Some companies are making an effort to effect change. Unilever recently pledged that all Dove bottles will be composed of recycled plastic, that the Dove Beauty Bar will be plastic free later in 2020 and that refillable stainless steel deodorant sticks are in the works in an effort to reduce its use of virgin plastic by more than 20,500 tons per year.

For many digitally native, born-good start-ups, sustainability is embedded in their DNA, By Humankind, a personal care brand dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by introducing plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars and refillable deodorant containers.

LOLI, a zero-waste clean beauty brand, bottles its formulas in food-grade glass yogurt jars, which can be reused in the kitchen.

Cadence, a company committed to eliminating travel-size plastic, will begin selling its refillable containers on Jan. 21. They allow users to decant their products into durable, leakproof vessels, a percentage of which is made from consumer waste.

“Travel-size versions of beauty products are especially wasteful,” said Stephanie Hon, the founder of Cadence. “By delivering what you love — your beauty routine — we’re allowing you to bring what you want in a more sustainable way.”

She has a point: Consumers are fiercely loyal to their routines (it’s why the beauty industry has historically been immune to recession), which means it is that much harder for them to give up their products for a more sustainable option.

Even though 75 percent of consumers believe sustainability is very important, it’s the key purchasing criterion for only 7 percent, according to a study by Boston Consulting Group.

“Consumers think companies aren’t willing to change, and companies think consumers aren’t willing to change, so it’s a stalemate,” Ms. Williams said. “Once consumers aren’t forced to choose between sustainability and performance, that’s when you’ll start to see solutions taking off.”

There are, however, small actions you can take now: Look for packageless products (Lush has long championed them); avoid single-use products; swap disposable cleansing wipes and cotton pads for reusable ones; and recycle whatever you can. (TerraCycle offers programs for cosmetic products.)

“We’re nowhere near where we want to be, but taking the right steps is all we can do,” Ms. Jensen said. “At the end of the day, there are companies that are making money without any changes, but when it starts to affect a company’s bottom line, that’s when things are going to start to change.”

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10 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Skincare Routine for Winter

How to Upgrade Your Skin Care Routine for a New School Year

The arrival of winter means a few different things – a change in weather, a change in wardrobe and of course, a change in our skincare routine. More often than not, you’ll find yourself with dry, flaky (and sometimes itchy) skin.

But with a few simple changes to your regular skincare routine and a few new natural skincare products, you’ll be able to combat dry winter skin with ease.

Read on to discover how to fight winter dryness with these 10 top tips for both face and body!

1. Exfoliate more with sugar scrub

The problem: When skin becomes extra dry, it can trigger a flare up of keratosis pilaris, a condition that mainly affects the upper arms and causes small bumps and rough skin. Rough, dry skin can also happen on your legs and other parts of your body, especially with the cold weather in winter.

The solution: With any dry skin in the winter, especially keratosis pilaris, it’s a good idea to regularly exfoliate with a scrub containing fresh sugar cane crystals to eliminate dead skin cells around your hair follicles and help reduce the appearance of bumps.

Pure Fiji’s Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub contains fresh sugar cane crystals designed to manually exfoliate while naturally occurring alpha hydroxyls work to gently buff away aging skin cells, polishing your skin clean and helping to unclog your pores. The deep moisturizing blend of oils nourish, moisturize and protect your beautiful skin, leaving it glowingly healthy.

How to Use Sugar Scrub:

  1. At some point during your shower, turn off the water or step back from the stream and apply 1 scoop of the sugar scrub evenly over your entire body, massaging from head to toe until it turns to a consistency honey
  2. Leave it on for 10 minutes to reap maximum benefits, then rinse thoroughly.
  3. Apply a body butter after exfoliating to add even more softness to your skin!
  4. Use 2-3 times a week for a healthy, glow.
  5. Always make sure you are applying sugar scrub to wet skin.

2. Keep your products within reach

The problem: You’re heading out the door and you realize you forgot to apply your moisturizer – again!

The solution: You can’t forget something you can always see so make sure you place your body lotion or butter someplace you’ll always look – on the side of the tub, on the bathroom counter, on your bedside table etc. Don’t tuck it away in a drawer in your bathroom – chances are you’ll forget it’s there!

Another great solution is to keep a travel size lotion in your purse for those days when you just keep forgetting. Try Pure Fiji’s Hydrating Body Lotion in travel size.  You can easily keep it in your purse, school bag or gym bag so it’s always handy when you need a quick dose of moisture.

3. Layer more natural skin care products

For the body:

To make sure you are getting the maximum benefits your natural skincare products, try using more than one of your favorite natural skin care products at a time.

For example, take a warm bath using either a bath oil or a moisturizing bath soak, which will leave a nice creamy film on your skin.

Finish it off with a liberal amount of body lotion to seal in all the benefits of your bath and leave your skin soft and smooth.

We recommend Pure Fiji’s Coconut Milk Bath Soak as it contains a bounty of nutrients essential to the support and good health of your skin. Fresh coconut milk with a blend of exotic nut oils rejuvenate, nourish and rehydrate dry skin, leaving it supple, smooth and revitalized. Add 1/4 cup to running water and relax on a wave of island magic.

For the face:

After cleansing, make sure you are always using a hydrating serum followed by a hydrating moisturizer. A serum adds that extra boost to your skincare routine and will help keep your skin flawless under your makeup. The combination of serum and moisturizer will also help keep your skin fresh, youthful and healthy.

4. Use organic coconut oil

Coconut oil isn’t just a pantry staple, it should hold an important place in your skincare routine too. It’s also one of the best ingredients to combat dry skin in the winter.

Coconut oil is high in both Vitamin E and fatty acids lauric acid, myristic acid and capric acid (among many others) which makes it anti-fungal, anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial.

To get the most your coconut oil, try this easy DIY coconut oil face mask.

DIY Hydrating Coconut Banana Mask


  1. ½ ripe banana
  2. 1 tablespoon Pure Fiji Exotic Bath & Body Oil


  1. Mash the banana.
  2. Stir in the coconut oil to make a smooth paste.
  3. Apply to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cold water.
  5. Use this face mask 1-2x/ week

Why This Works: Along with the coconut oil, banana can help provide instant relief from dry, itchy skin due to its moisturizing properties. The high levels of fats in coconut oil also leave your skin soft and smooth, making this mask a perfect choice for your dry winter skin.

5. Quicker routine

Slow and steady may be the moto for most things but when it comes to your natural skincare products, it couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Instead of taking your time to apply your products and waiting in between, follow each product immediately with the next in your routine.

For example after you use your cleanser, apply your toner, and then follow it immediately with your serum while your skin is still slightly damp. A faster routine means your skin stays hydrated during the whole process, which is important for dry winter skin.

6. Keep showers short

The problem: A nice hot shower on a cold, rainy or snowy day is something we all dream of in wintertime but while it might seem a great idea it could be wreaking havoc on your skin. Hot showers and baths only work to strip the moisture from your skin, a definite problem for your already dry winter skin.

The solution:

  1. Close your bathroom door when you shower or bathe to trap humidity. This will help your cream pull moisture back into your skin.
  2.  Keep your bath and shower 5 to 10 min max using lukewarm, not hot water.
  3. Switch to a less aggressive, moisture-rich cleanser made for sensitive skin, such as Pure Fiji’s Coconut Milk Shower Gel.
  4. Gently pat yourself dry to avoid overdrying the skin.
  5. Apply Pure Fiji’s Body Butter immediately while your skin is still slightly damp.

Did you know… you have a three-minute window for best results? Wait any longer and the moisture starts to disappear from your skin before you can lock it in.

7. Relieve Stress

The problem: With the arrival of winter inevitably comes the arrival of holiday season and you know what that means – stress! The holidays tend to trigger emotional stress, whether from family, gift giving or the pressures of getting everything done perfectly. And with this stress comes skin problems acne, psoriasis and eczema.

The solution: Instead of focusing on the stress of the holiday season, try using exercise, meditation or yoga as an outlet for your stress. If working out isn’t your thing, try doing a hobby that you love reading, sewing or baking to help relieve your holiday stresses.

See: 10 best tips for stress relief

8. Avoid harsh peels

If dry winter skin is your problem, make sure you avoid any harsh peels, masks, alcohol-based toners or astringents as they will just strip the natural oils of your skin – making your dry skin even worse.

Instead, we recommend using Pure Fiji’s Balancing Toner – a non-alchohol toner with passionflower and witch hazel extracts to restore balance. It’s also enriched with green coconut water to remineralize, nourish and energize cellular exchange, leaving skin refreshed and revitalized.

9. Start from the inside

The problem: Especially with the holiday season coming up, you might have become more lenient with your food choices – maybe choosing things that are high in salt, preservatives or fats? If that’s the case, you might start to notice that your skin is more puffy and dry.

The solution: Try to eat a variety of foods, focusing on ones that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, silica and anti-oxidants. The following list of foods will not only help nourish your skin, but also help keep it healthy and moisturized.

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene and contain an abundance of vitamin A – one of the most important nutrients needed to combat and prevent dry skin. The anti-oxidants in sweet potatoes also help to repair tissue damage and prevent signs of premature ageing.

Oysters are chock full of zinc, which helps combat dry skin by creating collagen. If oysters aren’t your favorite, try eating other foods rich in zinc beef, beans and wheat germ.

Cucumbers are made up mostly of water and contain high amounts of silica – an important nutrient needed to increase moisture in the skin. Cucumbers also contain vitamins A and C which help to soothe dry skin and fight any further damage.

10. Continue with sunscreen

The problem: When you think sunscreen, your thoughts probably immediately turn to summer, not winter.

As such you’ve probably put your sunscreen away along with your bathing suit and beach towel.

However, even in the winter, UV rays can interfere with the skin’s barrier function, causing a reduction in ceramide levels and preventing skin from holding on to any moisture.

The solution: Always use a moisturizer or foundation with an SPF of 30 or higher every morning. Make sure you carry a sunscreen powder with you in your purse for any touch-ups needed throughout the day, especially if you spend any time outdoors.

Keeping your winter skin soft and smooth doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a few simple changes to your winter skincare routine, you can have great skin on your face and body all year long.

And remember, no winter skincare routine is complete without excellent natural skincare products those from Pure Fiji.

With their extensive line of all natural products, you’re sure to find your new favorite winter skincare remedy!

Posted: Mon, Jun 12th, 2017


Morning Skincare Routine

How to Upgrade Your Skin Care Routine for a New School Year

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We all know the importance of nighttime skincare, but a solid morning routine is just as crucial.

Nighttime skincare aims to address skin issues before the regenerative process of sleep begins, but daytime skincare is all about protection and preservation.

You can’t create a youthful complexion later on, you can only maintain the one you have now.

There could easily be twelve steps to the most effective morning skincare regimen, but let’s be real… nobody’s got time for that. If all you can do each morning is hit the high notes listed below, you’re well on your way to a flawless face all day long.

Step 1: Cleansing Oil

If you’re using oil-based products at night, an oil cleanse in the morning is an absolute must to effectively lift away those products and whatever they have brought to the skin’s surface overnight.


Heat up two pumps of your oil-based cleanser in the palm of your hand before massaging into skin and down your neck, then take a minute to work in the product and stimulate circulation. Rinse with warm water and leave skin damp.

Step 2: Water-Based Cleanser  

A low-PH water-based cleanser in your morning skincare routine helps to properly deep clean without causing redness that is hard to calm before makeup application.

Step 3: Toner

Toner is easily the most misunderstood skin care product and way more important than it receives credit for. Toner is the first barrier product you apply – good toner balances your skin’s PH, and is intended to hydrate – not strip your skin the way your astringent did in middle school.

Step 4: Serum

The most important (and expensive) step in your morning skincare routine – aside from sun protection – is an antioxidant-rich serum.

Your face is up against a lot of agents that wish to do it harm throughout the day: exhaust fumes from the city bus, your dirty phone screen, your cortisol levels during a 3pm conference call, etc.

Serums see to it that none of those stressors live eternally as fine lines between your eyebrows.

Step 5: Moisturizer

There is no such thing as skin that is too hydrated, and your sunscreen should not be the stand-in for moisturizer. These two products serve vastly different purposes and are not interchangeable, no matter how moisturizing your sunscreen claims to be. 

Step 6: Sun Protection

If you only had time for one skincare product each morning, it had better be sunscreen. Daily sun protection is as important as drinking water and paying your parking tickets on time, so there are zero excuses for not doing it.

Optional: Primer

Primer is equal parts skincare and makeup, but an optional step if you aren’t planning on applying any pigmented products after your sun protection. Primer not only allows for a more flawless application of foundation, but it is the last barrier of protection for your skin.

What are your morning skincare essentials? 


10 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Beauty Routine In 2016

How to Upgrade Your Skin Care Routine for a New School Year

If you’re looking for ways to refresh your life now that the new year is here, there’s no better place to start than with your beauty routine.

While the products you’ve been using may be working exactly as they promised, there’s nothing wrong with a few cost-effective pick-me-ups to take your look for the next level.

So swap the dried-up mascara you’ve been meaning to replace along with the angled brow brush you’ve never been able to master, for new alternatives that aren’t only simpler to use, but better.

Read on for ten ways you can upgrade your beauty routine for 2016. New year, new you, indeed.

Trade the foaming cleanser that’s been a staple on your bathroom counter since high school for a cleansing oil. These products bust the myth that oils cause breakouts. Instead, they bring impurities to the surface, and with a quick rinse, leave skin clean and hydrated.

Skinfix Cleansing Oil Wash, $15;



A supercharged essence offers an extra dose of hydration in the fight against dry winter skin. Packed with ingredients that feed your complexion with the moisture it needs, these products add a luxurious extra step in hydrating your skin

BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Fusion, $48;

Your regular moisturizer may have done the trick in the past, but Laneige’s long-lasting cream boasts nourishing ingredients olive oil and water that are sealed in with occlusives so it doesn’t evaporate. The result is super-hydrated skin any day, any time.

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream, $32;


If your eye cream is lagging in visible results, try Murad’s professional grade treatment. Apply the fabric patches to the under eye area for up to 15 minutes to help the age-fighting ingredients in this serum, including hyaluronic acid, penetrate deeper beneath the skin’s surface to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Murad Professional Eye Lift Firming Treatment, $68;

Our hands aren’t the only things glued to our phones. Dirt and bacteria contaminate our screens and can cause breakouts. Sanitize your phone and keep it smudge free with these cleansing towelettes, which promote clear, healthy skin.

Well-Kept Screen Cleansing Towelettes, $6;

Forget foundations that make your complexion look flawless in person but cakey in photos and kick off 2016 with this upgrade of Make Up Forever’s best-selling foundation.

The buildable full coverage is undetectable in real life and under clear high-definition lenses, so even if you’re not walking any red carpets in the near future, your Snapchats and Instagram shots will look better than ever.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation, $43;



If you still haven’t mastered the contouring, baking, and strobing craze of 2015 after watching a plethora of and Pinterest tutorials, ditch your highlighter and contour shade for a streamlining all-in-one compact. This kit has a paint by numbers technique that simplifies mastering the art of slenderizing and accentuating your best features.

Tarte Cosmetics Tartiest Contour Palette, $45;

Put your tricky to use eyelash curler and current mascara in the back of your makeup drawer and upgrade to Benefit’s super curling roller lash mascara. This mascara’s brush is coated in tiny hooks that catch, lift, and curl lashes into a sculpted curve that holds and stays separated until it washes off. 2016 will be your most wide-eyed year yet.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash, $24;

Brow promenade has long been a makeup-artist favorite, and now it’s available in an easy-to-use pencil form. Un many pencils that tend to have a chalky finish, this product’s pigmented formula and creamy texture looks natural on even the sparsest of brows—no tricky angle brush required.

Maybelline New York Eyestudio Brow Drama Pomade Crayon, $10;


Soon after a salon visit, the rich color you left with tends to fade. This semi-permanent shampoo and its accompanying conditioner are formulated with cocoa and evening primrose oil to maintain your color’s radiance, or give your natural shade a boost. Expect to see visible results after a few washes.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Shampoo, $10;


7 Ways you should graduate your skin care routine high school

How to Upgrade Your Skin Care Routine for a New School Year

These skin care habits would have horrified your teenage self, but now you need them more than ever.

Part of being a teen is learning how to take care of your skin, doing anything to avoid a massive breakout. But just your style, your skin care routine should evolve as you get older. With the help of Dr.

Elizabeth Tanzi, co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C.

, and Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection, we’ve rounded up the best beauty habits you need to have right now.

Stop stripping your skin

You may have used astringent toners in high school to help degrease and unclog pores, but those toners are way too irritating to use past the age of 20. They strip the skin of healthy oils.

“Instead, use gentle products with a low percentage of salicylic acid to help unclog or a hand-held device ( a Clarisonic) to gently dislodge debris without stripping the skin of its much-needed natural oils,” says Dr. Tanzi.

Use facial oil

During your teenage years, you probably avoided any facial product with oil. me, you were probably afraid that adding more oil to your skin would result in pimples popping up all over your face. Have no fear, however, because oil is your friend.

“The best solution is always fight oil with oil,” says Vargas. The right oil will not only properly hydrate your skin, it will banish dark spots and even prevent acne. (What? Yes.

) Vargas suggests, “Look for products that contain jojoba oil, which monitors the skin’s natural oils and actually signals the skin to stop producing so much oil.

” I use Bio-Oil twice a day, applying it immediately after I use a toner and before I massage a moisturizer into my skin. As a result, my skin is even-toned and I no longer fall victim to a super-shiny forehead.

Stick to what works

Long gone are the days where you would rush to the drugstore to try the latest facial cleanser or cream. Now that you have your skin care routine down, you don’t need to check out every single new product that comes out. You know your problem areas, and you know what you need.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try new products. You absolutely should, but now there’s no need for you to seek out the newest product in hopes that it will cure your facial problems. There’s no one product that’s a miracle in a bottle.

It takes a combination, which you now know from experience.

Change your body wash

Back in the day, an anti-acne body wash Neutrogena was your best friend. Now, you need to steer clear of these types of products. They also strip your body of its natural oils and will make your skin extra dry. Dr. Tanzi suggests, “A gentler body wash is more appropriate.” Think Dove Go Fresh Cool Body Wash.

Wear more sunscreen

“The number one thing to do if you are serious about anti-aging is to start wearing a moisturizer or makeup with sunscreen every day,” says Dr. Tanzi. Forgo the tanning at the beach or salon. You no longer need to “look healthier for prom.” Proper skin care for the sun will help combat aging quicker. Do it now and you won’t regret it 20 years down the line.

Test new products in patches

Remember that time you thought you discovered the cleanser that would minimize your acne in days? And then you found out you were incredibly allergic to it, resulting in your face looking it was riddled with more zits? Stop that.

Now that you’re older and wiser, you know you should test products in patches. Got a new dark spot corrector that you think will do wonders? Test it on your neck or on a spot on your face for a week before you decide to apply it to your entire face.

Doing this will save you time and an embarrassing how-do-I-explain-this moment.

Don’t cake on the acne cream

Back in the day, putting cream or lotion on your face in an excessive amount seemed a bright idea. However, a dab of moisturizer goes a long way. In fact, the less you use, the better. Dr. Tanzi advises, “The best moisturizers to use are lightweight.

” No giant amount of product will make your pimple go away quicker or your skin less shiny. It’s about putting just enough on your skin so it can work with the creams and lotions. If you put too much moisturizer on, you run into the chance of having oily skin when that’s not the case.

You just needed to slow down on the amount of product you applied.

More skin care tips

Minimalist’s guide to skin care
Sensitive skin problems and how to solve them
Dermatologists share: Anti-aging tips that work