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Say Hello To AverrAglow

As many of you might already know we made two announcements at the Indie Beauty Expo this past week. One of those announcements was our name was going to be changing from Hello Aglow to AverrAglow. Since we made that announcement of that change, we have received emails asking why the change and also is it the same owners. If you were able to attend the IBE show you got to meet Cami (founder) and her husband Levi (co-founder) and hear about the changes and why first hand. However, for those of you lovely ladies that were not able to make the show, we wrote a blog post about it and wanted to make sure you knew about it so that you are up to date with what's going on with the name change. You can find the post here.

A letter from Cami,

There’s an old saying that goes, time comes with change, and while at times we want to fight change we must accept that sometimes it's for the better in the long run. That was the conclusion we came to when our trademark attorney informed me of a need to change the name Hello Aglow.

It’s been just over a year since we launched our products under the name Hello Aglow. When we decided to sell the skincare, we never thought it would grow as fast as it did. When we started Hello Aglow, we did it out of the want to help others with their skin and provide a product that just could not be found anywhere. What we didn’t think about as much was the having a name trademarked.

I picked a name that I thought gave the products a fun positive out look to those who used them. As the brand grew and so many of you lovely ladies would write in telling me about your success and how you love the brand and the name, and it has evolved to what it is today. So, needless to say when we decided to trademark the name Hello Aglow and found out there was a problem with using that name it was a hard pill to swallow. At first, I wanted to fight tooth and nail for it, as it has come to mean so much to all of us. However, the truth was I had two options, fight for a name and spend my time and energy on that or move on and spend my time and energy on developing and testing new products for all of us to enjoy.

When I thought back to why I even started Hello Aglow, the answer to what I needed to do was evident; I needed to change the name and just focus on providing amazing skin care products.

As the name, Hello Aglow has come to mean something to all of us I wanted the new name to carry a meaning as well. After spending weeks going over names and of course making sure we could trademark it ;) I came to the word Aver. Aver is an English word, and it means “to state to be true.” When I came across this word, I thought this is perfect for us as our products do give you a “true glow.” The only problem I had with it was the word itself looked a little dull, so that's when I decided to play with the spelling a little and came up with AverrAglow.

While this name change is a bittersweet moment for me, I can say, I am glad that we now have a name we can protect and build amazing products behind. So when you see the name AverrAglow on our products, you know there going to be great!

I wanted to write you this letter so that you understood why we did this and also to ensure you that there has been no change in ownership or change in our products quality and results. The whole reason behind the name change was to ensure we controlled what products our name was going on so that there is no confusion with another company using the same or similar name with inferior ingredients.

Thank you so much for all the support you have given us over the last year, and I want to thank you in advance for your support in helping me spread the word about our new name AverrAglow.

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A Rainy Day in Paris - Ingredient Spotlight French Pink Clay


On one of my trips to Paris, I came across a clay that I fell in love with. It was the perfect color pink and when I ran my hands through it, it was as if I was running my hands through silk. The powder was weightless and when you tried to pinch it, it was almost as if it would dissolve right in your hand. I thought to myself, this is by far the softest, smoothest clay, I have ever felt. I had tried other pink clays, but none came close to this one. First, it was so pink, which I found out later, is very rare. The texture alone made me want to try it.


I bought a little glass jar of it and went straight back to the boutique hotel I was staying at. After ordering some rose petal tea, I applied the clay on my face and opened my balcony windows, as I took in the sweet smell of cherry blossoms that filled the room facing the Eiffel Tower. Taking a bite of my raspberry macaron, I listened to the leaves ruffle in the wind as the  the old brick sidewalks were bustling below. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect spring day.  

After a few minutes, I walked over to the gilded marble sink and pulled out one of the hotels luxurious white plush towels and began wiping the mask away. I looked in the mirror, as I ran my hands across my cheeks.  I was amazed by how smooth and soft my skin felt underneath. From that moment, I knew I had to add this delicate clay into my skincare routine! Over the course of the next few days, I used up my beautiful polished jar of clay. My skin seemed to be glowing and vibrant, I just couldn't believe it.

I have tried many clays before, including
other pink clays, but nothing compared to
 this one. I had to find out why this one was so different. I strolled past the stands of flowers to the luxurious boutique shop where I had first discovered it. A silver bell and a beautiful older Parisian woman greeted me as I escaped the soft, spring rain.     

I explained I just had to have more of the beautiful pink clay and inquired as to why it was so different from so many clays I had tried before. She explained to me that not all clays are equal and there was something special about this pink clay in particular. 

Most pink clays are made by mixing white and red clays to create the look of a pink clay and then they will sell it as french pink clay. Most of the time these red and white clays are kaolin clay. However, a true french pink clay is made of montmorillonite clay, also known as bentonite clay. This clay is pink from the moment they harvest it from the earth and does not need to be mixed to achieve this beautiful pink color.

In fact, pink bentonite clay is the rarest of bentonite clays. She explained because it is so rare, it is very expensive, so many other products containing pink clay use a white and red mixture of kaolin or other clays to create a pink clay in appearance. I was surprised and now understood why I had never tried a clay as luxurious as this. I asked the Parisian woman, named Marie, can one really put a price on a smooth, glowing complexion? How can companies say it's too expensive? We both laughed and she continued to explain.

While the kaolin clays when mixed together might create a pink looking clay, the montmorillonite clays benefits over the kaolin clays, are not the same in their properties. 

Pink montmorillonite clay is made up of a high compound of volcanic ash from an inactive volcano in the south of France. This clay contains the highest levels of boron, along with having an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, and potassium. This particular combo of minerals is what makes this clay actually pink.

This clay is gorgeous at gently exfoliating and polishing the skin, for even the most sensitive skin types and conditions. The clay shimmers with a negative electric charge, which in turn actively draws pimples and blackheads to the surface. It binds itself to bacteria and toxins on the skin and within your pores. This in turn leaves your skin clear, clean, refreshed and oh so smooth.

After learning about how nutrient rich this clay was and it’s unique toxin absorbing properties,  it’s no wonder that my skin glowed.

I was in love with my new found secret on how I kept my skin looking clear and smooth and planned on keeping this delicious secret to myself, however, at the same time, I was disappointed that I never came across this clay before. It was mostly because companies used blended clays over this precious bentonite pink clay from the heart of France.

So, I decided to create an elixir using this new found clay along with some nutrient rich plant extracts and botanical oils to make the perfect Clear Skin Elixir.

I use this elixir now every night before bed to detox and moisturize my skin and it has been amazing. I have even shared it with my team to help others achieve clear, glowing skin.

I hope you have enjoy my clear skin elixir, as much as I enjoyed discovering the beautiful fluffy pink clay from the quaint, little street of Paris. Keep an eye out for my next ingredient post as I continue to highlight every ingredient I use in the Clear Skin Elixir and how it keeps my skin glowing and gorgeous.


Until next time -   

xoxo     

The Wanderlust  

 

P.S. When I use the clear skin elixir, I like to close my eyes and think of the little bistros and bakery shops in France that sit in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower. I smile knowing the clay I am using is one of the most luxurious and true french pink clays that comes from this beautiful city. It brings such a relaxing, calming effect to my evening routine and I hope it does the same for you.
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DOES EXFOLIATING YOUR SKIN HELP CLEAR UP ACNE?

Something I get asked all the time is how I keep my skin looking dewy and feeling so soft. I'll let you in on my one of my little secrets. I exfoliate on a daily basis to keep a clear glowing complexion. In fact, I do it every morning and evening. Now, before you run off with a packet of coffee scrub, dreaming of the clear, smooth skin you could have, you need to know the way that works best for sensitive, breakout prone skin.  

With so much conflicting info on exfoliating the skin, it has become one of the top questions:

 If I have breakouts, should I be exfoliating them? 

With so many different kind of exfoliants available, perhaps you have tried different salts, sugars, coffee, etc, only to feel more raw and inflamed than before. So, why does exfoliating keep coming up in relation to breakouts then?  

So, crazy fact, if you suffer from breakouts, your skin tends to shed faster than someone who doesn't breakout. A typical human sheds 30,000 - 40,000 dead skin cells AN HOUR. Acne sufferers skin can shed up to 5X that. OMG GROSS. 

When skin cells become loose, they mix with oil and bacteria found on your face. Dead skin will continue to build up and if it is not removed your pores become cramped and inflamed. Not pretty. When exfoliating, it helps remove dead skin, preventing the formation of a clogged pore. However, this doesn't mean you should take a piece of sandpaper to your face. 

So let's talk about some common exfoliants: 

Cloths: Cloths can gently break up dead skin, however they don't always whisk the dead skin away as well as other options. 

Sponges: There are a few different exfoliant sponges and they work well to pull dead skin off when mixed with a mild cleanser but look for a softer version that won't be too abrasive when buffing the skin. 

Cream & Gels: These products often contain things to loosen and lift dead skin. These items can be things like jojoba beads, sugar, walnut shell, plastic, coffee, salt, etc. There are two problems with these types of exfoliants. The first problem is if you look at these exfoliants under a microscope, you will see that they have very sharp and jagged edges. Imagine the edges tearing and cutting the already sensitive pimples and cysts. When you exfoliate this way, it can irritate sensitive skin, leaving it feeling raw and inflamed. 

Exfoliating cleansers help loosen skin cells and when rinsing the skin, some of the dead skin is washed away. However, because this is so abrasive to the sensitive skin, exfoliating this way should only be done once or twice a week max.

So here is the problem. If your skin is shedding 5 times faster day in and day out, how do you get rid of the excess dead skin, while not irritating the skin?

Ultimately, the goal is to breakup and fully remove the dead skin without irritating the skin. So, one of my favorite ways to do this and one of my secret weapons, is using cotton pads with our Radiant Cleansing Nectar. This cleanser is lovely at detoxing pores and exfoliating skin. This is a waterless cleanser, so it's different than a traditional cleanser and designed to exfoliate gently. How it works is you apply the cleanser to a cotton pad. You then buff the skin with both sides of the pad firmly.

Cotton pads are just abrasive enough to help remove dead skin cells, but also, more importantly, it lifts them off of your face and pulls them onto the pad. This action alone helps remove dead skin and greatly reduces the chance of clogged pores while leaving the quality of your skin in tact.

In fact, once you try this, you will be hooked because EVERY TIME you do this, you will see a grey/beige film on the cotton pad. Those are the dead skin cells! Gross and fulfilling at the same time.

In fact, you can wash your face with a traditional cleanser and then wash with the Radiant Cleansing Nectar and you will still pull off a cotton pad covered in that film. This process is 10x more efficient than a traditional cleansing because of the unique blend of exfoliating and rich botanical extracts and nutrient dense oils that quickly absorb into the pores, leading to a gorgeous complexion. 

 How much is too much exfoliation?

How often should acne sufferers be exfoliating then? When using the cotton pad method, you want to and can exfoliate twice a day, both in the morning and the evening to help combat those thousands of skin cells you are losing an hour. You will see that grey film removal, even doing this on a daily basis. This is how much dead skin is building up and being pulled off your skin. You will start to notice your skin feeling smoother within days. Your complexion will continue to improve by this method. 


But wait there’s more:

Another important reason to exfoliate is that by removing the layers of dead skin, it helps cleansers and creams penetrate your skin more efficiently without the excess skin build up preventing this. If a pore is clogged, products have a harder time being absorbed into the skin leading to slower results. 

Exfoliation also helps in reducing old acne scars and marks. This my friends, is a reason to exfoliate in itself. Remember all those posts on blogs and forums asking questions on how to reduce acne scarring? Well, this is one of the quickest ways to help reduce that. This process helps stimulate new cushy skin growth and with proper introduction of high quality skincare, rich in nutrients, you will be amazed at how quickly you will see results.   

I promise with these steps, you'll be seeing clear skin in no time ;) 

Until Next Time,


Xoxo,

- F     

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DOES WASHING YOUR FACE CAUSE ACNE?

It seems that if you are battling with breakouts, many will tell you that you need to be cleaning your face regularly.

What if told you that if one little detail was left out, that it would actually cause you to break out more from cleaning your skin?

I’m willing to bet you would want to know about it.

When you think of cleaning your skin, you think of removing dirt, excess oil, and bacteria from your face. Perhaps you are familiar that excessively oily skin leads to breakouts.

So, logically it’s easy to come to the conclusion that we need to clean our face regularly to remove this excess oil. With this reasoning, it would seem that stripping the excess oil would prevent further acne. When you look at it from the view of more oil means more acne then this seems like it would be an easy solution. Logically, cleanse the excess oil and heal the breakouts. 

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple and the reverse affect occurs. At first thought, a cleanser designed with acne skin should be the right product for breakout prone skin. Sadly, no. Perhaps you have tried many face cleansers, jumping from one to the next, seeing no results. There is a reason for this. 

So, how do you know if your cleanser is causing you to breakout? 

Skin cleansers are designed to remove dirt, makeup, and bacteria found on the face.  However, most traditional cleanser remove all oil found on the skin leaving you feeling tight and dry. However, the oil produced in the pores is for our skin's protection. In fact constantly striping the skin with harsh cleansers can lead to accelerated aging and dry peeling skin. Most cases, if you find you have breakouts and your skin is dry, then it's your current skincare regimen is causing your dry skin leading to breakouts. So, when you turn to a face cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, these chemicals strip the oil off your face. Traditional bar soaps will also do this to your face and are not ideal for acne sufferers because they disturb the acid mantle of the skin inflaming it more. Generally ingredients in problematic skin cleansers contain ingredients to kill bacteria, which generally are harsh to the skin and leave it red and inflamed. This can be the case with even natural based cleansers because they can contain strong ingredients that strip the skin. If proper hydration is not restored in some way, the skin registers low levels of oil, sending a signal to produce more and to make up for this dryness leading to a vicious cycle of oily and dry. That squeaky clean feeling can be a sign that your cleanser is over drying your skin.  

Perhaps you have noticed this. In the morning, your face will be squeaky clean, but by lunch your pulling out a oil blotting paper. You may even wash your face again because you just can't take how oily your skin feels. Your body senses this removal and more oil magically appears on your face no matter what you try.

This leaves your body in a constant state of hyper oil production. The longer this goes on, the worse it gets. 

So how is one to clean their skin without creating more problems?

Perhaps you have heard of just leaving your skin alone. This will leave the natural oil on the skin. However, it does not address the component of getting rid of the excess bacteria that spreads and reproduces in the oil of your skin or the excess dead skin that builds up and clogs pores. Also, this leaves you in a conundrum if you are wanting to wear makeup. So, having the right skincare is important. Finding it's important to find the right combo that will help with bacteria, excess oil, and elimination of dead skin while not making you feel dry, but rather nourished. Cleanser plays an important roll in this care. 

A good cleanser should help unclog pores and reduce acne causing bacteria while still hydrating and balancing the pH of the skin. For example, jojoba oil is similar to the oil produced in your pores tricking the body into stopping excess oil production while still hydrating. Perhaps you have tried applying jojoba to help with breakouts with no results. This one ingredient helps on the path to clear skin progress, but it should not be looked at as the sole answer for clearing up skin. Why? Acne prone skin is sensitive, nutrient deprived, and stubborn. It's a delicate process of eliminating dead skin, reducing the bacteria, and reducing the excess oil. It's also important to help provide nutrients to the skin because the immune system generally has a hard time keeping up with the healing process when there is inflamed skin. This is where ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants come into play. Whatever is placed on the skin is absorbed into the body much like when food is eaten. So, if you are using low quality skincare full of chemicals, you can liken it to eating fast food on a daily basis. This will hinder your clear skin progress. 

Hello Aglow's Radiant Cleansing Nectar contains 14 plant based, active ingredients. This combo of extracts and oil give you the perfect balance of cleansing your skin, while hydrating it. It is actually a leave on cleanser, designed to sit on the skin and help with the above mentioned issues. Once you try it, you will never go back to your old cleanser.  You will never feel dry but rather smooth, hydrated, and restored. We are here to help you achieve clear skin and have that glowing complexion you never thought possible. 

Xoxo,

- L 💋

Hello Aglow

 

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How to help acne with PCOS

If you are battling PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), chances are you are also battling with adult acne. Unfortunately, the two go hand and hand. The good news is that diet and exercise that helps manage PCOS will also help clear up the skin.

However, I have come across many women that have been eating clean and still are having issues with breakouts. In fact, many make the comment they haven’t seen much, if any improvements to their skin. This of course naturally brings into question the following:

Does eating clean and exercise really have anything to do with clearing up my skin with PCOS?

 With PCOS, changes in your lifestyle today will not give you results tomorrow. 

So, how do you manage PCOS and still work on clear skin?

The secret lays in understanding two things:

1. The skin has to be addressed both internally and externally. 

Your skin is just as much an organ as your heart, liver, or lungs. Like other organs, your skin needs the proper nutrients to function properly. Most people focus on supplying that nutrition by what they eat, however it goes deeper than that. What you might not realize is that when you are battling PCOS, in most cases you are deficient nutritionally in something. This could be certain minerals, fatty acids, and/or vitamins. When your body is deficient in anything, your immune system sends nutrients to other organs first internally and your skin is always the last to receive support, if any at all. Usually if your deficient, the nutrients never even make it to the skin. Hence why many woman with PCOS have very inflamed skin. 

The good news is that your skin does have the ability to absorb nutrients TOPICALLY which in turn will directly relate to how healthy your skin tissue is in itself. For example, Omega-6 is a nutrient that your skin needs for healthy skin growth. Vitamin C is also essential in skincare health as well. You shouldn’t look at your skincare regimen as simply a cleanser and moisturizer. You need to consider what nutrients it is providing you topically for new, cushy skin growth. 

For example, grape seed oil can be found in some skincare products. This oil is high in Omega-6 along with vitamins E, D, and C. Another great oil is rosehip oil, as it contains some of the highest concentrations of vitamin C and is more potent than supplementing vitamin C powder in itself. We use both of these oils in our Flawless Nourishment Cream to help speed up and heal breakout prone skin. 

A more commonly known oil for acne prone skin is Jojoba oil. This oil has many benefits for acne sufferers, as it not only helps kill bad bacteria, but also helps reduce the amount of oil your face produces.

Something that is integral in skincare for breakouts is ingredients that eliminate P. acnes bacteria (a bacteria most common in causing acne). We here at Hello Aglow use Manuka Oil and Hawthorn Berry Extract to name a few. These both hinder the spread of acne causing bacteria but are still gentle to the skin, unlike typical counterparts like Benzoyl Peroxide. 

There are many other extracts and oils that work wonderfully on your skin and when blended together, as they provide everything your skin is lacking nutritionally to help heal and prevent future breakouts.              

2. Understanding that PCOS and hormones are not corrected quickly

PCOS is deeply wrapped around hormone functions. Anytime there needs to be a correction to a problem in the body, this does not happen over night. It is unrealistic to eat clean for a week and think your skin should heal completely. 

An example to this is like someone who is needing to lose weight. A weeks worth of exercise and dieting will not correct the weight loss problem. In fact weight gain doesn't happen over night, it slowly creeps up. 

The same is true with breakouts and PCOS. Correcting the issue internally takes time and patience to balance hormonal problems. 

So, how long should you wait to expect to see changes? Every one is different in their imbalances, but similar to the weight loss, changes should be looked at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year if lifestyle changes are being altered and corrected. 

It's not a simple or quick process, but the benefits of doing so will alter health complications later. 

So, how can you help clear your skin the fastest in the mean time while working with PCOS? By taking supplements that are geared to help with PCOS will help boost skin healing properties and using the right skincare to help eliminate issues topically is one of the quickest and easiest ways while still working through the issues. 

If you haven't taken a look at our Clear Skin Kit, this is a great way to help clear up skin while still working through PCOS. It provides the nutrition your skin needs topically and helps reduce the inflammation. It also works to heal current breakouts and prevent new ones from forming despite hormonal changes in the body. If you haven't tried it, you will love the way your skin looks and feels despite any issues you are working to currently resolve. 

Until the next question, 

 Xoxo,

- A

Hello Aglow Team 

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