the truth serum

MAY 16, 2016

Comfortable in my own skin: Lisa Strain

May 16, 2016

Comfortable in my own skin: Lisa Strain

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. Lisa is the co-founder of Kari Gran, which she and her longtime friend - Kari Gran, the namesake of the brand - launched after long and successful careers in the real estate business. As the one who originally inspired Kari to take the leap,...

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APRIL 22, 2016

EARTH DAY EVERYDAY

April 22, 2016

EARTH DAY EVERYDAY

Our friend and green beauty muse, Sophie Uliano has some great insight on how the green industry sees Earth day and even better tips and tricks on how to turn Earth Day into everyday in your life. “Around here at Gorgeously Green, Earth Day is like our Christmas. Many years ago, Earth Day served as my inspiration to change my life, become more green, and get serious about living a healthy life. For me, Earth Day is about celebrating clean air, clean land and clean water. The resources we all need to be truly healthy. And although cleaning up pollutants...

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APRIL 15, 2016

My second act: Kari Gran

April 15, 2016

My second act: Kari Gran

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. Kari Gran, the namesake of the brand, was a successful real estate broker, who - when diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder - began searching for natural alternatives to the beauty products she was long obsessed with. Yearning for something simple and elegant, she turned...

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FEBRUARY 21, 2016

3 Way to Stop Negative Self-talk: The Kari Gran Team

February 21, 2016

3 Way to Stop Negative Self-talk: The Kari Gran Team

One thing that has been ringing through my ears during this 21-day transformation is “Garbage in, garbage out.” Obviously, if you are taking in nutritionally poor food, you will be wearing that garbage out in the future in the form of excess weight, acne, etc. But, what about the garbage and negative self-talk that you are polluting your thoughts with? The negative, self-depreciating thoughts are the “garbage in” part of the equation. The “garbage out” part is the way that your body responds to these negative thoughts like the craving of sugary comfort, or the lack of motivation to exercise,...

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FEBRUARY 03, 2016

3 WAYS TO STOP NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

February 03, 2016

3 WAYS TO STOP NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

One thing that has been ringing through my ears during this 21 day transformation is “Garbage in, garbage out.” Obviously if you are taking in nutritionally poor food, you will be wearing that garbage out in the future in the form of excess weight, acne, etc. But, what about the garbage and negative self-talk that you are polluting your thoughts with? The negative, self-depreciating thoughts are the “garbage in” part of the equation. The “garbage out” part is the way that your body responds to these negative thoughts like the craving of sugary comfort, or the lack of motivation to...

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JANUARY 27, 2016

HOW TO USE CLEANSING OIL WITH A CLARISONIC BRUSH

January 27, 2016

HOW TO USE CLEANSING OIL WITH A CLARISONIC BRUSH

• Apply the Mineral Cleansing Oil to your dry face. • Use the Clarisonic with a dry brush head to massage in just as you would with your hands – the brush head will look really grimy. • Then remove the oil with a warm washcloth. • Lastly, wash your brush head with hot soapy water, and it will be good as new!

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JANUARY 19, 2016

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH INGREDIENTS

January 19, 2016

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH INGREDIENTS

First and foremost, if you put something on your skin and it irritates it, please, please discontinue use. Even the best ingredients that are organically sourced or non-GMO can be irritating to some. I like to use the strawberry analogy: Strawberries are little powerhouses of goodness but some people are terribly allergic to them and get really sick. Secondly, please look at what you put ON your body in the same way you do when you put something IN your body. Ever look at a food label while grocery shopping? It pays to read your beauty labels as well. Thankfully most of us...

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

KARI GRAN SURVEY SHOWS NEARLY 6 IN 10 WOMEN CHECK LABELS FOR HARMFUL BEAUTY INGREDIENTS

September 16, 2015

KARI GRAN SURVEY SHOWS NEARLY 6 IN 10 WOMEN CHECK LABELS FOR HARMFUL BEAUTY INGREDIENTS

Recently here at Kari Gran, we commission a third-party national survey* to better understand the demand for green beauty products among American women, as well as their shopping and spending habits when it comes to all-natural offerings. We intend for our “Green Beauty Barometer” to become an annual survey in order to monitor changing consumer behaviors over time. Anecdotally, and from our front row industry seat, we truly feel we’re on the cusp of a new era for beauty products, one in which consumers are highly conscious about what ingredients they put on their body and plan their purchases as...

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JUNE 24, 2015

SUN PROTECTION 101: HAT WEARING TIPS

June 24, 2015

SUN PROTECTION 101: HAT WEARING TIPS

As you all know this month we are promoting the idea of wearing a hat in order to protect your skin. Of course a hat does not take the place of a great skin care routine, protective sun block or sun protective glasses. You should wear your hat to keep out harmful rays both on top of your head and on your face. That said, all hats are not created equal and few are made as well as a Wallaroo. To be sure you’ll happily wear your new hat for years to come, consider the following hat wearing tips: Hats...

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JUNE 17, 2015

INFLAMMATION AND ITS EFFECT ON BEAUTY

June 17, 2015

INFLAMMATION AND ITS EFFECT ON BEAUTY

Inflammation is often overlooked when it comes to beauty and skin care, and we are not just talking about acne. Well and Good is a great resource when it comes to health, beauty and lifestyle. Here’s what they and their experts had to say about inflammation and its effect on beauty. So really, what is inflammation? When medical pros talk inflammation, they’re referring to a combo of heat, pain, redness, and swelling that can happen externally or inside the body, explains functional medicine physician Susan Blum, MD. That (not-so-fab) four crops up when the immune system gets “poked” by some kind...

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