Makeup Remover Wipes… Are They Bad for Your Skin?

With the holidays well underway we wanted to share this great article from Huffington Post on Makeup Remover Wipes. Always be sure to remove your make up correctly and efficiently. A great alternative to make up remover is SIRCUIT® ‘s X-Trap™+ daily gentle cleanser; gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types but supercharged with anti-pollutant boosters called Zeolites, to help capture impurities so they are completely rinsed away. This cleanser will leave your face feeling smooth, clean, pH balanced, and hydrated so you can be fresh faced for your next big party… bring on the holiday parties!!

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Top 3 Tips for Sun-Safe Kids


Looking for a sunscreen for your children that is both safe and effective can be challenging! With so many sun protectors marketed for children, how do you know which one is best? First, know that most sun protectors marketed for children are just that… marketing. When it comes to active ingredients, there really is no difference between SPF for adults and SPF for children. Keeping that in mind and arming yourself with the following information will help you make the best decisions when it comes to protecting your little ones from the sun:

 1. Look for a physical sun barrier, NOT a chemical sun screen.

In the world of sun protection, there are two different approaches: chemical based sunscreens and physical sun barriers. A chemical approach involves applying a layer of ingredients that are absorbed by the skin. The challenge with this approach is these chemical ingredients are not only absorbed by the skin, but they also work their way into the blood stream and are processed by the body. Many of these chemical sunscreens present potential side effects including hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity, and production of free-radicals (damaging the skin cell DNA).

 A physical barrier between the skin and the sun is the safest option when it comes to protection from damaging UV rays. Physical barriers absorb and deflect UV radiation before it ever penetrates the skin. These mineral based ingredients sit on the surface of the skin, and are never absorbed by the body. Look for topical, mineral based ingredients (we love Zinc Oxide) and know that your children are getting broad-spectrum protection… safely. 

Bottom line: Avoid Octylmethylcinnamate, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Benzophone, Mexoryl, PABA or PARSOL 1789, and search for the Zinc Oxide instead.

2. Be wary of water resistant formulas.

Let’s face it… kids hate sunscreen time. It means interrupting their Marco Polo session and getting them out of the pool. Those water resistant claims on sunscreens can create a tempting thought of letting them enjoy their time in the sun for hours on end without re-application…but in reality, those water resistant formulas aren’t truly delivering extended protections. Although these formulas may seem hardier than regular protectors, unless your little one sits perfectly still while at the pool, they won’t protect the skin past a short swim session and a quick drying off with a towel. This leaves us with one question: are the binding agents used to create water resistant formulas worth it? Our little buddies have skin that is prone to heightened sensitivities and reactions, and these water resistant ingredients can irritate their fragile skin.

Bottom line: Get those kids out of the pool and re-apply often. Don’t assume that the product is providing extended protections just because it has a water resistant claim on the label.

3. Remember that the safest way to apply SPF is the old-fashioned way.

Those spray-on sunscreens may seem convenient, but at what cost? Recently, the FDA began investigating the safety of spray sunscreens. These sprays are traditionally chemical based, and are more likely to be inhaled by the child, leading to unknown safety hazards. Until a determination has been made, we suggest foregoing the convenience of a spray for the safety of a spread-on SPF.

Bottom line: The high-tech SPF sprays may seem easy, but the safest form is the old fashioned lotion form.

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Skincare Tip of the Day: Cold Season R&R

Everywhere we turn lately there seems to be someone with a case of the sniffles. And … while SIRCUIT® can’t help you avoid those nasty cold & flu viruses that are in abundance this time of year, we can at least help to make them a bit more bearable with today’s skincare tip of the day.

Skincare Tip of the Day: To prevent the dry, red, flaky skin around your nose that inevitably follows a runny nose, apply a protective barrier balm, such as Sircurity™ to the delicate skin around your nose.

Applying a thin layer of Sircurity™ l repair and recovery balm at the first sniffle (use a cotton swab to avoid contamination), will help to:

  • Relieve dryness, discomfort, and irritation
  • Suppress inflammation & promote healing
  • Calm redness and soothe irritation
  • Hydrate and prevent peeling, chapped skin

As an added bonus, Sircurity™ contains Pau D’Arco & Gotu Kola, which provide  anti-viral & anti-microbial properties (LOVE that)!! Just remember … apply immediately, and re-apply often for best results.

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Celebrity Secrets to Healthy, Glowing Skin

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, we thought we’d share’s tips & tricks for achieving that radiant glow from head-to-toe, just like your favorite celebs!!

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Zooey Deschanel’s Makeup411 Beauty Breakdown

Celebrity makeup artist, Hello Giggles contributor, and department head for FOX’s breakout comedy New Girl, Jorjee Douglass, gives us the Makeup 411 on how she creates a “natural and youthful” look for Zooey Deschanel’s loveable character, Jess Day.

“We all think Zooey is a dreamboat!” Douglass says. “She is wonderful to work with, and she likes to use natural products.”

So it comes as no surprise that she starts this fresh-faced look with SIRCUIT®’s Day Care™+ l protective day moisturizer, which Douglass lets set for 10 minutes before applying any cosmetics.

To complete Deschanel’s character look, Click Here and check out Douglass’s full breakdown featured on (originally published in Issue 94 of Make-Up Artist magazine). 

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The Secret To Avoiding Puffy Eyes

Have you ever slathered on eye cream, hoping for an overnight miracle for those pesky under-eye bags, only to wake up to puffy, irritated eyes?

Well … you’re not alone. Luckily for us The Beauty’s resident skincare expert, Amy Nadine, has the “Eye Cream Secret”.

Here’s a hint - it’s ALL in the application!!

The secret? “Just apply it 1/2 inch or so above your upper lashline and below your lower lashline, then while you’re sleeping, it will travel on its own and stop right around your crow’s feet, where you wanted it in the first place! Be sure to use your ring finger to apply it (it’s your weakest finger so you won’t pull too hard) and after making the dots, gently pat them in.”

Originally posted by The Beauty

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Skincare Tip of the Day: Fight Fine Lines

You may think that your crow’s-feet are from too much sun, but it’s squinting—not just UV rays—that are to blame. 

Women with lighter-colored eyes are even more prone to getting lines around their eyes because of their heightened light sensitivity.

Skincare Tip of the Day: Even if you’re a brown-eyed girl, ALWAYS wear sunglasses with UV protection to fight fine lines!!

If You Want Stunning Skin – Go Back to Bed!!

As featured on The Daily Basics fabulous lifestyle blog!!


When our body is healthy, it tells us what we need to keep it healthy. Sometimes we get a headache because our body is dehydrated and requires water. When we yawn it is because our brain detects too much carbon dioxide buildup in the lungs, and wants us to expel it (that’s one theory anyway). Sleep is what our skin tells the body it needs to repair itself and thrive.

Our bodies are absolutely amazing!

All day long your body is working—fighting the elements so that your systems work optimally. In terms of cellular repair/renewal, the process is ongoing. However, your skin cells may not be getting the full attention they need during the day because other parts of your body may have a more urgent need for cellular attention. If you stub your toe, your body will send all repair signals to the toe, not your facial skin.

Sleep is the great equalizer

When we are asleep, there is little chance of us doing any harm to our bodies, so the cells are able to rest repair, and drink in the beneficial ingredients that you apply topically. Sleep allows your body to treat all systems equally and the result is repaired damage, and happier skin.

Making the most of bedtime for your skin

• Drink a full glass of water just before going to bed.
• Go to bed the same time every night.
• Cleanse, tone, and apply a hydrating serum or moisturizer.
• Give yourself a light facial massage just after turning out the light.

Pillow talk

The buildup of contaminants, oils, and dead skin cells on your pillowcase would amaze/repulse you. To avoid having these elements touch your skin, put two or three pillowcases on each pillow and only sleep on one side per night, then flip. Once both sides have been used, remove the top pillowcase and repeat.
Sleep is the only skin care ingredient that guarantees to work at a cellular level—and that’s where results come from!

If you love these helpful skincare tips, be sure to check out the rest of The Daily Basics series of blogs for “Wellness Week 2012”.

Skin Care Tip of the Day: To prevent breakouts, don’t forget to clean the area on your glasses that touches your skin so oils from your glasses aren’t transferred to your skin causing unwanted congestion, breakouts & blemishes!
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Skin Care Tip of the Day: To prevent breakouts, don’t forget to clean the area on your glasses that touches your skin so oils from your glasses aren’t transferred to your skin causing unwanted congestion, breakouts & blemishes!

To checkout SIRCUIT®’s Problem Skin Solutions, Click Here