skin care guides

At Kari Gran, we believe that every woman, regardless of her age or skin type, deserves an honest, easy-to-maintain skin care routine that nourishes her skin effectively with naturally derived ingredients. We believe there’s more that unites us than divides us, yet the beauty industry has been playing to our differences for as long as anyone can remember; with a new product for every little worry and formulas that treat symptoms rather than providing the nourishment that skin truly needs. Kari Gran offers women a clean, honest alternative to skin care because we believe that Mother Nature knows best when it comes to the care and feeding of our skin. We believe that the best skin care products are made with pure, simple ingredients such as organic botanical oils.

In our skin care guides, we’ll explore healthy lifestyle choices, skin care trends, current noteworthy literature, popular wellness rituals, and much more. We are committed to helping women find an elegant skin care solution that adapts to the needs of real life and places value on health and hydration over youth and perfection.

JULY 26, 2017

MINERAL & CHEMICAL UV FILTERS

July 26, 2017

MINERAL & CHEMICAL UV FILTERS

Did you know that are two kinds of UV filters used in sunscreen? And that there’s an important difference between the two? Here’s what you need to know. Mineral UV filters sit on top of the skin and use active ingredients like Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide. We love Zinc Oxide as it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Chemical UV filters rely on active ingredients – such as Avobenzone, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Homosalate, Octinoxate, and Oxybenzone (which has been linked to hormone disruption). Chemical UV filters take some 20 minutes to absorb into your skin before becoming active. UV (ultra...

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JULY 19, 2017

What Exactly Do SPF Numbers Mean?

July 19, 2017

What Exactly Do SPF Numbers Mean?

Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, summer was all about the California beach look – tanned and golden. Ads abounded with bikini-clad models sporting bronzed skin touting a multitude of tanning lotions. I fell hard for Hawaiian Tropic Oil with its intense coconut fragrance (at the time I thought it smelled exotic) and Bain de Soleil for “that St. Tropez tan”– so chic! I began to use the SPF 4 version, thinking it was a good protection (ha!) but both of those products were just about as effective as slathering on baby oil. Inadequate protection and my goal every...

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JUNE 28, 2017

#GREENBOSS Q & A: VAPOUR BEAUTY

June 28, 2017

#GREENBOSS Q & A: VAPOUR BEAUTY

Get to know Vapour Beauty in our first ever #GREENBOSS Q & A. How did you come up with the name Vapour? What do want the name to evoke? Vapour was conceived during a difficult time for both myself and Krysia as individuals.  Krysia had been given a diagnosis of breast cancer recurrence. My mother had just died and I was helping plan her funeral. I was suffused with thoughts on ascending spirits and Krysia was consciously facing a major health challenge. We were both a bit shattered emotionally at that moment of the birth of what would become Vapour....

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JUNE 19, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Cleopatra's Castor Oil

June 19, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Cleopatra's Castor Oil

I recently happened upon my original notebook used when Lisa and I brought our skin care line to life. One thing that still resonates with me today I wrote down is, “There is always something new, high-tech and trendy in skin care. Some of the most effective ingredients have been around for ages and remain refreshingly low-tech,” which leads me to share with you, my fondness for organic castor oil. Castor oil is produced from the castor bean. It’s really thick and viscous, far more so than the other plant oils I source. On its own, it doesn’t smell all...

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APRIL 24, 2017

A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE... EXCEPT WHEN IT'S ROSEHIP OIL

April 24, 2017

A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE... EXCEPT WHEN IT'S ROSEHIP OIL

Not to be confused with rose essential oil, rosehip come from the "hips," the small fruit seeds found behind the flowers, which are left once the roses have bloomed and lost their petals. Its botanical name is Rosa Canina Fruit, commonly known as rosehip seed oil. We source rosehip oil made from organic, cold pressed rosehip seeds. Rosehip oil has a subtle woody smell — it doesn't have a rosy fragrance like you might expect since it's not made from the flower. The color can range from a deep golden hue to a rich red-orange to a light-yellow color. It’s...

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JANUARY 12, 2017

COLLAGEN BOOSTING FOODS FOR YOUTHFUL SKIN

January 12, 2017

COLLAGEN BOOSTING FOODS FOR YOUTHFUL SKIN

After a summer of sunshine and outdoor activities, many of my clients are concerned about damage to their skin. Many of us spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on topical creams, serums, injectables and treatments to reverse the signs of aging, but forget that our diet has a bigger impact than any of these things. The number one contributor to great skin is collagen. Once we hit our 30s, our bodies begin producing less collagen, and that trend continues as we age. Collagen helps our skin look fuller, so when we produce less collagen, our skin loses that fullness...

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NOVEMBER 22, 2016

INTRODUCING OUR “SKIN CHEF” JEANNIE OLIVER!

November 22, 2016

INTRODUCING OUR “SKIN CHEF” JEANNIE OLIVER!

Meet our resident “skin chef” Jeannie Oliver is a certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Coach, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Personal Trainer and classically trained chef.  She develops individualized strategies for her clients, empowering them to reshape their relationship with food, feel great about their bodies and transform their lives – deliciously!   Read more on Kari Gran's Skin Care Guides.  

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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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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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