We all know SPF is a must-have year-around, right?
But, as the temperature rises and our bathing suits take front stage in our wardrobe, we start to pay even more attention to the sunscreen we’re using.
Our favorite? (fine…we’re biased but with good reason)…Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30.
We love Umbra for so many reasons…here’s just a few:
✓ This physical formula (hello, zinc!) delivers powerful UV protection and anti-aging benefits (no chemical screens allowed)
✓ Suitable for all skin tones and leaves your complexion glowing (and no white cast!)
✓ Loaded with antioxidants to ward off free radicals that may cause UV damage and photoaging
✓ Infused with raspberry seed oil and marula oil for intense moisture without any residue or greasiness
✓ The clean, biocompatible formula can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer or serum (don’t worry, it won’t dilute the efficacy)
✓ It’s the perfect base for make-up (so skip your primer and let your skin breath in the summer heat!)
✓ Our gentle formula is ideal for all skin types, and great for sensitive skin
Summer is (just about!) officially here, and with it comes an almost non-stop parade of warm weather treats to tempt us.
Flag cake? Barbecues? Poolside margaritas? Yep, count us in for all of the above... and then some. While those are a few of our favorite (occasional, mind you!) indulgences that pop up as soon as the temperatures begin to soar, they usually make it all too easy to quickly forget about anything green... and good for you. We don't know about you, but for us, that means that our usual kale salads and green smoothies are usually the first victims. Luckily, there's an incredibly easy (and Instagram-worthy) to still get in your 5-to-8 a day that will satisfy pretty much any sweet tooth, too: smoothie bowls! With endless ingredient combinations, they're fun to make, refreshing in the warm weather, and an easy way to sneak in a hefty serving (and then some) of the sort of leafy greens your body (and skin!) loves and needs. Get blending... and show us your creations on Instagram @drunkelephantskincare!
1. Begin with a thickening protein base. This could be anything from tofu to nut butter (almond's our favorite, and nowadays you can find it at almost any grocery store), Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, or even chia seeds, which thicken up after being soaked in liquid for a little while. Another easy cheat? Acai packs! You can find them in the frozen aisle.
2. Add in a little liquid: 1/3 to 1/4 of a cup of almond, hemp or coconut milk, coconut water, veggie or fruit juice.
3. Add a cup of fruit to thicken (and sweeten!): apple, frozen bananas, berries, peaches. Bonus if it's already frozen! Avocado is another unexpected addition that will make the whole thing incredibly creamy
4. And now for the healthy part: add a handful or two of your favorite green. Kale, spinach, chard, romaine lettuce... The list goes on.
5. And finally? The prettiest part. Add a tablespoon or so of your favorite smoothie add-ons: a little handful of fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, granola, muesli, dark chocolate chips, bee pollen, cacao powder... From there, you can arrange your toppings in any way you like: we suggest starting with circles around the bowl, or a line down the middle, for the most aesthetically-pleasing effect. That said? Get creative!
It's a fact of life: working out is just that much easier when you have cute exercise gear waiting for you in your closet. And because the same old pair of stretched out, faded black leggings and baggy tees can get old (fast!) we figured there's no better time than spring to experiment with new workout wear and athleisure (it's officially a 'thing'!) brands. From sleek and refined monochrome picks to the type of fun, all-over-print numbers that actually get you excited to hit the treadmill, meet a few of our favorites.
Alala is the type of workout wear you can wear far beyond the walls of Equinox––just throw on a stylish leather jacket and you're good to go. We love them for their colors, bright prints and cool cuts.
Varley is for the cool girl in spin class. Their pieces play with sheer panelling, cut outs, color blocking and embellishments, usually in a cool print or unexpected hue.
Outdoor Voices is for your inner minimalist––or at least, the athleisure line you could actually get away with wearing to their office. They specialize in sleek, ultra-wearable pieces that are heavy on color play and high-performance materials. We're suckers for their leggings and crop tops.
Live the Process is ultra-feminine, with an emphasis on tailoring, sexy cuts and again, fun prints. Perfect for that dance class you've been dying to drag your girlfriends to (before grabbing a much-deserved glass of wine first, of course).
Less so a label and more a one-stop-shop, Bandier offers a selection of the best of the best in cool workout gear that works outside the gym, too. Hit them up regularly for upcoming designers and under-
Arguably the most design-minded of the bunch, Lucas Hugh mixes clean, sharp cuts and silhouettes with punchy colors and unexpected pattern play. We love his fun sports bras.
Let’s talk diet. No, we're not about to tell you to go on some trendy cleanse or crazy delivery system: we're specifically talking skin health. We all know (hopefully?) by now that yes, there is a direct correlation between what you put into your body, and how it comes out (sometimes literally) through your skin. So, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite, antioxidant-heavy, skin-happy foods (it's not all greens, either... did somebody say chocolate?). Read on and happy snacking!
How's that for a welcome addition to the list? Turns out cocoa is a natural hydrator, and does double duty by making your skin more supple and smooth, due to its natural caffeine content. Most dermatologists recommend eating a chocolate with at least 70% natural cocoa to get the full benefits. Consider it done!
2. Greek Yogurt
Surprise, surprise! This healthy staple is great for your skin, too. Any protein-heavy yogurt, such as Greek yogurt, helps to firm up and maintain skin elasticity. Eat at least a single serving a day, and you’ll be thanking yourself.
3. Sunflower Seeds
They're not just a pretty flower! Sunflower seeds are
loaded with Vitamin E, which protects your skin from the sun, as well as keeping it more firm and healthy. A pretty good excuse to sneak in a handful if you ask us!
Yup: it's the old standby for antioxidant power in any diet. Let's put it this way: it benefits your skin by helping break down free radicals, working to help decelerate the aging process.
5. Olive Oil
Real talk: Ancient Romans used it both for and on pretty much everything, and the Greeks basically live forever because their diet is heavy on it (the Mediterranean Diet had its phase for a reason!). But did you know it’s also a free radical butt-kicking powerhouse that can rejuvenate your skin? It’s true. Due to its high concentration of Omega 3, it helps keep your skin youthful. A good excuse to indulge in a little (brown rice!) pasta, right?
Seldomly discussed in skincare, tomatoes are actually loaded with skin protecting properties. Since they're high in antioxidant lycopene, it’s a natural way to increase your skin’s SPF (which you can then you can top off with our Umbra!).
7. Green Tea
It should come as no surprise that Green Tea is skin empowering. The tea is loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants, which help to boost blood flow to your skin, while also delivering nutrients keeping your complexion healthy.
Yes, the trendy plant that does it all actually does quite well for your skin. It’s antioxidants destroy free radicals, and it’s also loaded with skin-strengthening Vitamin A and C.
Did you know your daily latte addiction is actually doing yourself a favor? Research has shown that coffee can actually lower your chances of contracting skin cancer. Keep the grande’s coming, we say.
10. Red Wine
We know you’re shocked that that weekend you can barely remember did a number on your skin (in a good way!). Drinking even half a glass of wine a day can reduce inflammation, and deliver rich antioxidants to help combat free radicals. We’ll drink to that (it's in our name, after all).
We play well with others (aka the other products in your beauty cabinet), but everything in our line just works better in conjunction with other products in our line. No, we're not just trying to get you to buy everything we make: it's something we've arrived at after years of testing and working side-by-side with chemists.
Let's put it this way: you buy your first ever Drunk Elephant products, after weeks of scouring the Internet and reading our Beautypedia reviews. You stick with it for a month, but don't notice any major changes. Bummer, right? We'd be disappointed, too... except that this leaves us with a million questions about you and your routine. First of all: are you exfoliating regularly? Our product ecosystem is designed to ensure dead skin cells are regularly sloughed off and your complexion is renewed—which means everything you apply is fully soaking in and able to do its thing. If you're applying new products on top of dull, dead skin cells, you're just not going to see results.
Next up: what are the other products in your routine? Our products work because we don't include any ingredients that inflame, sensitize or irritate. If you're using products that are? You have no idea whether ours are working. What are you using that might not be allowing our products to perform at their highest level? We ask our customers to consider taking a break from the essential oils and other sensitizers so they can see the difference in their skin. If they are using our products with another brand that contains them, they won’t be able to see or feel the DE difference. Our products work because of what they don’t contain just as much as because of what they do contain. Evaluate your routine for anything not biocompatible, or loaded with fragrance and essential oils. These could be causing your skin to freak out, leaving the only culprit being the newest to the party that is your skincare routine: us. Gulp!
The only real way to see whether a skincare line or product really works for you? Try it with the rest of its family. We're no exception—we just work better when we're together.
Sure, hyaluronic acid is good... but we've got something better.
Hyaluronic acid is hot right now. And we totally get the hype—it's a fantastic ingredient that's an easy fix for dehydrated skin that plumps up your complexion (it can carry up to 1,000 times its weight in water).
The only problem? The molecules are too big to penetrate the skin's surface.
Translation? Those pricey hyaluronic acid-loaded products you're spending your pennies on end up going right down the drain.
Don't get out your pitchforks just yet—we have the fix. Quick science lesson (bear with us—your skin will thank you!): a little something called sodium hyaluronate is the salt of hyaluronic acid. It's a smaller molecule, with a more 'bioavailable' structure that can penetrate the skin. Translation: with this stuff, your skin actually stays moisturized and reaps all of the benefits of hyaluronic acid. Get it?
Now, stay with us: turns out Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer is even better than SH, if you can believe it. First, pretend you're looking at a Rubik's Cube. Each square is one unit of sodium hyaluronate. That’s a polymer: several units stuck together. When the polymer goes into the dermis, the enzymes our body naturally makes break the units down slowly, delivering moisture over an extended period of time. Again, translation? A moisturizer that works harder and faster, for long periods of time, and penetrates the way you want it to, rather than just sit on top of your skin.
Did we mention it attacks age-accelerating free radicals, too? We're so crazy about it, we even got The New York Times (!) talking (they hinted at our up-and-coming products—shhh!—too). Oh, and it's vegan, too.
By numbers, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer looks a little something like this:
- Possesses 50 TIMES (!) the water-binding (aka locking moisture in) capacity of hyaluronic acid
- Is FIVE (!) times more moisturizing than hyaluronic acid after 24 hours
All in all? We're pretty sure we just found your skin's new BFF.
Another year gone, and that means it’s time for the barrage of magazine covers, internet headlines, and literally just about everything in between all pushing those three words everyone dreads and relishes at the same time: New Year’s Resolution.
It seems almost every year we forget to actually make that whole 'new you' thing happen, and the cycle continues for another year, and another... sometimes we're able to hold out for a month, occasionally more than that, but to be totally honest; most resolutions peter out after a week or two, tops. So how do we change that? This year, we're making 2016 the year we actually keep our resolutions. Baby steps, people!
Find “That” Workout.
This is undoubtedly the top resolution for 95% of the planet, so, why not join 'em? Kick the new year off with finding that workout that, well, works! Seriously, there are millions of them lurking around, from high cardio to more weight intensive ones, there’s something for everyone, so there’s no excuse! But... how do you keep it up? One word: Data. You’d be surprised how motivated you’ll become when you log everything you do. Download a couple of good workout and nutrition apps (Lose It! is great and MapMyRun is amazing for the more cardio inclined), and watch as you feel guiltier and guiltier for missing a workout (it’s a good thing, promise!).
It's the buzzword you’ve heard at least once or twice, and it isn’t all that bad of an idea. In fact, it’s a great alternative to fad diets and dodgy supplements. Plenty of fruits and vegetables, starchy grains and lean meats, all in reasonable portions. Basically, just balancing out your meals with good things. A good way to keep this up is to start a diary of your food intake; what you eat, when you eat it, and how much. As you keep writing it down, you’re less inclined to stop, and more inclined to keep it up! Pretty soon, you’ll be #eatingclean with the best of em’.
Mindfulness is key, and most of us lose sight of it while we’re going about our busy lives, so, it’s the perfect thing to resolve in the New Year. Mindfulness is the "state of active, open attention on the present” which is a fancy way of saying, “being aware of what’s going on now”. Being mindful means judging your actions, thoughts, and being from a distance, becoming aware of them, instead of living your life on autopilot, without a care. This may sound a little new age-y, but it works! There are endless resources for mindful meditation, from books to websites, give it a try, and keep it going every day, even for a couple of minutes, and soon it'll be the glue that holds you together.
Recycle & Redecorate!
Out with the old, in with the new! Who said you have to wait till the spring to do a little cleaning? Get a head start on making your space a little more than it was last year. New furniture? Yup. A little paint job? Why not! Let your creativity shine, and you’ll 100% feel like a new person. After all, your house is your home, you gotta live and look at it for a good chunk of your life. Naturally, the best way to make sure this happens, is with a little inspiration. A good place to start is our Pinterest! There's something for pretty much everyone. Promise.