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.

AUGUST 05, 2020

How to Calm Red, Sensitive Skin

August 05, 2020

We hear you: having sensitive skin can be a challenge. The irritation and redness can be frustrating. The good news is, the more you understand how to treat your sensitive skin, the happier your skin —and you— will be. We suggest you try a little tenderness. WHY IS MY SKIN SO RED AND SENSITIVE? The short answer is inflammation.  According to NY dermatologist David Bank, “Chapping, rawness, and stinging are the body’s ways of sending out an SOS.  When skin becomes inflamed and irritated, it turns red because blood rushes to the site with oxygen and immune cells to fix...

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JUNE 18, 2020

The Beauty of Facial Oils

June 18, 2020

The Beauty of Facial Oils

I do love a good, healthy fat.  When coconut oil first came to market in a big way, I shelled out $20 for a very small jar and promptly took my new treasure with me on a trip.  As I traipsed through TSA, I found out they didn’t exactly agree with my rationale that it was a “solid” and asked what I did with it. I quickly replied “I eat it and I put it on my body! TSA was not persuaded and my jar of coconut goodness ended up in the trash. Even before I had dipped my toes...

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APRIL 15, 2020

What are the Benefits of Waterless Skincare?

April 15, 2020

What are the Benefits of Waterless Skincare?

You know we're big fans of water—we drink it all day long. However, when it comes to skincare, it's a different story. You may (or may not) recall from chemistry class that substances free of water are called anhydrous. We simply call them waterless.   WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WATERLESS SKINCARE? You might be asking,  "Why no H2O?" We believe there are several significant benefits to using waterless skincare—we're happy to share them here. Water can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which means it's necessary to add preservatives to prevent that. Why add something that has no...

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MARCH 13, 2020

What Does it Mean to Buy Non-GMO Skin Care Products?

March 13, 2020

GMO is the acronym for Genetically Modified Organism. More specifically, according to the World Health Organization, GMOs are “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in such a way that does not occur naturally.” This alteration is most commonly achieved by combining genetic fragments of two different organisms or inserting DNA from one organism into another. As Healthline explains, advocates of GMOs say that they help crops resist insects and disease, tolerate extreme weather and drought conditions, and yield greater harvests. They also claim that GMOs can enhance the nutritional value of plants. However, critics point out...

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MARCH 11, 2020

What are the Best Antioxidants for your Skin?

March 11, 2020

What are the Best Antioxidants for your Skin?

Antioxidants work wonders for our bodies and our skin, fighting against free radicals and improving our complexion. Antioxidants are abundant in nature, so how do you know which are the best for your skin? The truth is each source offers its own set of benefits. Best Sources of Antioxidants for Skin Some sources of antioxidants are better than others—proven to be more potent, natural, or contain other beneficial essentials. We recommend that you always choose Non-GMO and organic ingredients as sources of antioxidants whenever possible. Some of our favorite sources of antioxidants to use in our skin care include: Tocopherol...

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MARCH 05, 2020

Is Castor Oil Safe for Your Skin?

March 05, 2020

Is Castor Oil Safe for Your Skin?

Castor oil is a type of vegetable oil that is derived by cold-pressing castor seeds and then heating it. Many of us probably correlate the name of this natural oil with the old-fashioned remedy for constipation, or as the trick for inducing labor. What you may not know, though, is that there are many castor oil benefits for the skin. Is castor oil good for skin? YES! Unlike the often synthetic and sometimes toxic ingredients found in many traditional skin care products, organic castor oil is a naturally derived product that can ward off a variety of skin concerns and...

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FEBRUARY 07, 2020

How Can I Hydrate my Skin Naturally?

February 07, 2020

How Can I Hydrate my Skin Naturally?

Dehydrated skin can cause uncomfortable tightness, flaking, and even a dullness in appearance. So how can you break the cycle of dry skin? And how can you keep it hydrated naturally? Read on for tips about how to maintain your skin’s hydration level and keep it looking and feeling its very best. How to hydrate dehydrated skin #1 Check your physical environment. Environment, both indoors and out, plays a critical role in how our skin reacts. Exposure to air born pollutants and the sun, hot showers, and home heating can all leave our skin feeling a bit thirsty. Ways to...

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FEBRUARY 05, 2020

What Are the Essential Skincare Products?

February 05, 2020

What Are the Essential Skincare Products?

There are so many skin care products on the market today, it’s overwhelming. Do you really need to add another “specially-formulated” product to your skin care routine? The short answer is – No. Simplicity is the key, fewer products that are better made and for you.  Our edited essentials (we believe) are the only essential skin care products you need.  #1 Cleansing Oil – The market is flooded with cleansers that are too harsh. In search of that “clean” feeling, consumers end up with products that leave their skin feeling tight (which is bad) or even slightly parched after cleansing; an...

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JANUARY 31, 2020

Can Bath Oil Be Used as Body Oil?

January 31, 2020

Can Bath Oil Be Used as Body Oil?

Absolutely, yes, you should use your bath oil as body oil! Bath oils are an amazing way to add a little more nourishment, luxury, and relaxation to bath time. They can also add a targeted boost of hydration to the skin at any time. Our motto is “less is more,” which is why we adore simple, high-quality products that can multi-task from bathing to primping. While you’re at it, replace your daily moisturizer with that bath and body oil! Who needs so many bottles of things that can serve the same purpose? Other Bath Oil Uses Not surprisingly, your bottle...

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JANUARY 28, 2020

Mineral Sunscreen vs. Chemical Sunscreen

January 28, 2020

Mineral Sunscreen vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Why are we talking about sunscreen in the middle of winter?  Because wearing sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher is one of the very best things you can do to prevent photo-aging, just like brushing your teeth every day helps to prevent cavities. UVA (think UV Aging) rays are present during all daylight hours, even when it's cold and cloudy, penetrating the skin and breaking down collagen, which plays a significant part in skin aging and wrinkling. It's as important to apply sunscreen every day of the year as it is to cleanse and moisturize. Yet, in a survey we...

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