Eye Cream: Is It Really Necessary?

Eye Cream: Is It Really Necessary?

I’ve been an esthetician for almost 10 years now and one of the questions that I get frequently from clients under 35 is this: “Do I really need an eye cream?” I’m always a little taken aback by this question! These same women understand the other parts of their skin routine like using cleanser, moisture cream, masks, and toner, but when it comes to their eyes, they assume that only “old” people need eye cream! Here’s the deal: eye cream is for anyone at ANY age. Not just “old” people who are already starting to see wrinkles. Okay, maybe not ANY age (kids and preteens are definitely exempt), but I would say that once you hit your mid-20’s, eye cream is not something to skimp on. But why? Twenty-somethings usually don’t have wrinkles and shouldn’t expect them for another ten years at least. Is eye cream just preventative maintenance to stop wrinkles from forming later when we’re actually “old”, or does it protect from damage that is occurring to your skin now that could cause wrinkles prematurely? Well, it’s a bit of both.   How Our Skin “Ages”   While your skin might not be degenerating as quickly as when you are young (and the effects of gravity haven’t yet manifested in skin sagging), your skin can still be hit with stressors from the environment as well as re-occuring facial gestures. Think of “smile lines” and those little lines you get on your forehead and between your eyebrows when you frown. Facial expressions can pinch and squish your skin, and that stuff definitely adds up over time. However, those...
Portland Girl Spotlight:  Veronica Bolinger of Bliss Babe Oils

Portland Girl Spotlight: Veronica Bolinger of Bliss Babe Oils

Hello beauties, Team Portland Girl is sooo excited to kick off our “Portland Girl” blog series with an interview with one of our very own VIP members and one of our product-makers. Her name is Veronica Bolinger. She’s a mom, a small business owner, and a seriously fun person to have a few giggles with (which you will have to find out for yourself at our next “Portland Girl” party)! Tell us a little bit about yourself Veronica I’m a SoCal native who loves a cold day in the forest just as much as a sunny day on the beach! I made my way north to Humboldt State in 2001, for college, and traveled further north to Portland once I finished my degree in Anthropology. I worked behind the counter of a few different cosmetics companies to pay the bills, and that’s where my knowledge of good skincare habits began to form. At the time, I had no idea that deep down inside was a real passion for the industry and that 15 years later (after a short career in Montessori Education, a husband, and a daughter) I would start up my own natural skin and body care company called Bliss Babe Oils. Now all I want to do is concoct beautiful products that make people feel good and travel the world with my family. What kind of a “Portland Girl” are you? I’m a walking dichotomy. I’m the Portland Girl who loves the rain and does not own an umbrella, but I am SO ready for a sunny beach getaway come January! I enjoy getting dirty and going...
Sunscreen – Helpful or Hurtful?

Sunscreen – Helpful or Hurtful?

Hello beauties! We are well into summer and it’s time to talk about protecting your skin from the sun! Why? Because UVA rays cause premature aging and wrinkling of the skin! These little buggers can even pass through windows as you drive in your car. So a traffic jam goes from simply being annoying, to aging you! UVB rays on the other hand, cause burning or the superficial layers of skin and play a key role in the development of cancer. Sun damage may cause hyperpigmentation, age spots, leathery or sagging skin and DNA damage which may lead to mutations on a cellular level (causing cancer). You can EVEN get burned on a cloudy day (this goes out to you Portlanders). All said and done, wearing sunscreen is a must! But if you’re like me, you may have avoided wearing sunscreen because you heard it actually plays a role in causing cancer. The key here is the TYPE of sunscreen. Let’s review to get the facts straight. First of all there are two types of sunscreens. Physical and Chemical. Physical sunscreens use mineral UV filters, while chemical sunscreens use synthetic UV filters. There are also hybrid sunscreens which contain both. UV filters are the active ingredient in sunscreens that protect you from the sun. In physical sunscreens, it is Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Physical sunscreens protect you from the sun by sitting on the top of the skin and deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. When you have a physical sunscreen, think thick, opaque and sometimes streaky. Physical sunscreen rubs off more easily and must be reapplied frequently....
Is using oil on my skin a good idea?

Is using oil on my skin a good idea?

Is using oil on my skin a good idea? A question that many of our clients at The Portland Girl ask us is whether “using oil on my skin a good idea?” People either think that oil is the BEST moisturizer (not always the case), or that oil is BAD for their skin and will cause them to breakout (also not always the case!) The 411 on Oil Everyone is different, we all have different skin types; normal, dry, oily, or combination. And within that breakdown, there are some that are more sensitive, some that are more environmentally stressed and some that are hormonally imbalanced. Thus, there are certain oils that are likely to be better matched depending on your skin type. We will get into this more in a minute, for now, let’s talk for a moment about “sebum” since this is the oil that our very own skin produces. Sebum is a wax like substance excreted through our sebaceous glands. Sebum helps to protect and hydrate the face as well as lubricate hair follicles. When we have an overproduction of sebum, acne or congestion (i.e. whiteheads and blackheads) are likely to make themselves friendly on our faces 😉 The increased production of sebum is followed by a blockage that causes a comedo or whitehead. 3 myths about oil:  Oils on the face cause breakouts. Not all oils are bad. Oils can be comedogenic (meaning known to cause blackheads/whiteheads), like peanut oil for example. There are also non comedogenic oils like hemp seed which has a comedogenic rating of zero. Most skincare lines only use oils that are...
Roots Soap Company Handmade in Portland!

Roots Soap Company Handmade in Portland!

We are very excited to be carrying Roots Soap Co. handmade soap! Roots Soap Co. is a small company located right here in Portland, Oregon! All of their soaps are handmade, cold processed to help retain the quality and integrity of the ingredients used, and are made with all local and sustainable ingredients found right here in Oregon. This week’s featured soap is called Northwest IPA. This subtly fragranced soap is made with organic IPA beer from Hopworks Urban Brewery, organic hops found in rural Oregon, and of course, the famous rainwater that falls from the Oregon skies. The scent profile is very light, but smells slightly of malt and that bitter but floral hint of a really tasty IPA. This soap has crushed hops which act as a mild exfoliant on the skin, and something we’ll all be excited to know, hops have many benefits when used on the skin! Hops are antioxidants and anti-microbial, meaning they are nutrient rich and help to protect against damaging free radicals. Roots Soap Co. handmade soap is great for those who love high quality all natural ingredients and are in the market for a local beer product that you can lather on your body, not just in your belly!...