Join the Masking Movement: What is a Hydrogel?

Woman's Hydrogel Mask

Hydrogels come in first place when it comes to delivering major masking results!

At boscia, we take masking very seriously! With an abundance of options for every skin condition, we try to narrow down the options to achieve maximum results. One of our top picks for masking?

Hydrogels!

Hydrogels typically come in two pieces to ensure a better fit on your face. Created from high-grade medical material used to address injuries, hydrogels enable maximum absorption of skincare benefits. Due to their unique and advanced technology, the barrier between the hydrogel and one’s skin encourages essence to absorb properly.

What makes a hydrogel mask more favorable than a sheet mask?

Sheet masks typically come in a paper or cotton form. Paper sheet masks provide lower absorption levels and tend to stay moist for only 15 minutes. Cotton sheet masks may stay moist for up to 20 minutes, and cling to the contours of the skin better than their paper counterparts. However, neither form delivers results like those of our hydrogel masks. We love our hydrogels because they remain moist for thirty minutes or longer! This guarantees maximum absorption benefits.

How are our hydrogel masks different from other hydrogel masks?

Our hydrogels saturate in an essence to treat your skin concerns. Many companies infuse their treatments in their hydrogels – we found saturating our masks delivered benefits more effectively. With the noticeably thicker consistency of our hydrogels, you receive optimal moisturizing benefits and the two-piece design ensures a customizable fit.

Which hydrogel is right for you?

For a brighter complexion loaded with skin-firming Sake, try our new Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask and our Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks new for wide-awake, fresh under-eyes. For oil control and keeping breakouts at bay, enjoy our Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask. For your cleanest, tightest pores yet, we recommend the Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask. Last but not least, a mask to treat dryness and rehydrate the skin after a long week – our new and beloved Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask.

Have you tried any our hydrogels? Which is your favorite? Let us know!

xoxo boscia

September 2, 2015 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Face Chart 101: What your breakouts mean

Although pesky breakouts may seem random, they typically link back to specific causes. Using our face chart, identify your problem areas and follow our suggestions for treating them!

Woman's face

PINK: Forehead

The forehead tends to break out due to stress, or inadequate amounts of sleep. If you don’t make drinking water a habit, you may also experience blemishes in this area. As a general rule, health experts advise consuming half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. Meaning, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should ideally drink 60 ounces of water a day. Avoiding sugary and caffeinated drinks can also improve skin conditions in this area.

boscia’s RxTsubaki Deep Hydartion Sleeping Mask

GREEN: T-Zone

The T-Zone area includes some of the forehead area and the area down the nose. This visually creates a “T”, thus the name. Breakouts in the t-zone can trace back to eating too many salty foods, and not enough fruits and vegetables. Experts also suggest excessive consumption of dairy and alcohol can contribute to congestion in this area. Typically, cleaning up snacks choices and opting for less salty, more nutritionally balanced choices will help alleviate acne in this area.

boscia’s Rx: No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment

 

PURPLE: Cheeks

Have you ever tried a new product, only to break out the next day on your cheeks? Often times, the cheeks indicate sensitivity to ingredients or products we use. Another cause of breakouts in this area can stem from phone usage – yes, your cell phone! Cell phones typically carry a lot of bacteria from daily use and can cause breakouts upon contact with the face. A major hidden culprit of acne in this area can often occurs in our sleep. Pillow cases coated with hair products, skin products and sometimes fragrance can easily irritate the skin and cause bacterial breakouts to this sensitive area. Ensure you wash your pillowcase frequently, and do not sleep in makeup!

boscia’s Rx: Balancing Facial Tonic

BLUE: Chin and Jaw

Breakouts occurring around the chin and jaw typically results from hormonal changes in the body. You may find that closer to that time of the month, your skin goes haywire. The heightened level of hormones during this time of the month can frequently translate into uncomfortable acne on the chin and jaw area. Ensuring proper cleansing, keeping hands away from the face, and using a spot treatment can help eliminate and treat these blemishes. For extreme cases, many physicians will suggest birth control to regulate unruly hormones if the breakouts persist.

boscia’s Rx: Clear Complexion Treatment and Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment

Where do you tend to breakout? What is your favorite way to combat blemishes? Let us know!

xoxo, boscia

August 26, 2015 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

Get Schooled! Day vs Night Skincare

With class nearly back in session, boscia wants to take a moment to educate our wonderful readers on the differences between your skincare routine during the day and at night. Below, find our breakdown of skincare routines for each level of skin-savvy expertise!

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Our frequent readers know that you can combine steps by finding a great moisturizer that integrates an SPF into the mix! But for those curious as to why two moisturizers can benefit the skin, read on!

Why use a different moisturizer for day and night?

oil-free nightly hydrationMoisturizers for daytime use typically contain a lighter formula – better for controlling oil-production oil free daily hydrationthroughout the day, or sensitive skin that develops congestion easily. Daytime moisturizers also often contain an SPF. SPF creates a protective barrier to deflect the harmful rays of the sun. boscia uses Broad Spectrum SPF in our moisturizers – meaning our sunscreen protects from both UVA and UVB rays (the Aging and Burning rays).

Night moisturizers tend to moisturize the skin more deeply than daytime moisturizers. The skin restores itself at night and takes this time to soak in the moisture from your night cream and repair itself with any additional benefits found in your night cream.

For those who prefer to use only one moisturizer, ensure your skin stays protected by applying a sunscreen on top of your moisturizer during the day. Proceed to use the moisturizer alone at night time.

We suggest our staple moisturizers – Oil-free Daily Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 15 for day time, and Oil-free Nightly Hydration for night time use!

August 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Must Have Summer Beauty Staples

Although we’re already half way through summer, it’s not too late to get flawless glowing summer skin!

Whether you’re going on vacation, at the beach or to a casual brunch with friends, here are some amazing beauty products that will help you achieve radiant summer skin all your friends will be envious of!

Target Blemishes on the Go

90LHeading out on a last minute getaway? Be prepared to take on any blemishes that might appear while you’re on vacation. Bring the Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment with you to help take care of any unexpected blemishes that might appear.  The Clear Complexion is loaded with Willow Bark Extract that will help minimize dark spots and irritations from previous breakouts. This portable spot treatment is also filled with Vitamin C, E and Rosemary Leaf Extract to firm and visibly reduces pores and blemishes! It is great for when you’re on the go and need to target those aggravating blemishes fast!

Calm and Cool Skin

194LThe warm weather and UV rays from the sun can be harsh on skin if exposed for too long. Be sure to calm and cool your skin with the Cool Blue Hydration Essence. This innovative, intensely hydrating gel-serum essence will give you instant, lasting hydration with noticeable firmness for at least 8 hours! Full of Vitamins, Minerals, Sea Whip, Caffeine, Jojoba Leaf and Willow Herb, the Cool Blue Hydration Essence will not only moisture skin but also calm inflammation, detoxify and brighten skin!

Powder Your Way to Baby Soft Skin

191LFor a brighter more radiant summer complexion, be sure to invest in a good exfoliator. The Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder will provide deep hydration and baby soft skin when used just twice a week! Loaded with Adzuki Beans, Rice Brand Powder, Tsubaki Camellia Oil, the Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder will help also re-balance excess oil, smooth skin and prevent wrinkles!

Perfect Pores

138LReduce the appearances of pores and blackheads this summer with the No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment. This unique multi-tasking treatment instantly reduces the appearance of pores and blackheads while matifying oil and shine all day. The No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment will provide a smooth canvas to enhance makeup wear and help you touch up your make up from day to night!

Refresh and Hydrate Skin

Summer weather calls for hotter days so be sure to refresh and hydrate your skin at least twice a day with the Balancing Facial Toner. 105LUse after cleansing skin and before applying moisturizer for the best results. With ingredients like Essential Lavender Water, Rosemary Leaf Extract and our famous Proprietary Botanical Blend, the Balancing Facial Toner will help refine pores, smooth skin and restore the skin’s natural moisture balance. No beauty routine is complete without a good toner!

Combat Summer Breakouts

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To help maintain flawless summer skin, fight those unexpected breakouts which can be caused by the weather, stress or even certain foods with the Clear Complexion Treatment. The Clear Complexion Treatment is an ideal beauty staple for your summer beauty bag. Infused with Willow Bark and Rosemary Leaf, the Clear Complexion Treatment gel will help clear congested skin and prevent future breakouts, without irritation!

And there you have it! Our top 6 beauty staples to help keep your skin looking radiant and flawless this summer! For a limited time get all of our top 6 beauty products mentioned for 30% off. Just use the promo code SUMMER30 on boscia.com.

Have a radiant and beautiful summer boscia beauties!

xo- boscia

August 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Cheers to the New Sake Collection!

Sake Collection 2

We’re so excited to share with you the newest innovations here at boscia! Our Sake Collection has finally launched and we couldn’t be more excited about it! In this collection we have created four innovative products to help with hydrating, brightening, firming, and tightening the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dullness for a healthier-looking complexion!

All of our Sake products contain the highest quality Sake ingredient: a bioactive Rice Ferment Filtrate derived from an ancient Sake manufacturer based in Kyoto, Japan.

Our Traditional Japanese Sake is rich in ingredients known for improving skin barrier function, reducing wrinkle depth, improving firmness, and brightening skin!

Sake Treatment WaterSake Treatment Water

“A brightening shot of Sake for supreme skin prep!”

 Our Sake Treatment Water hydrates, brightens and preps the skin for total

absorption of treatments, serums and moisturizers.

 How to Use:

Pump once or twice into hand. Gently press, then massage onto cleansed skin to activate formula for instant hydration and a brighter complexion! Follow with the Sake Balm for best results.

Sake BalmSake Balm

“The power of Japanese Sake for a bounce of brightness and hydration!”

 Our Sake balm is like no other bouncing gel-textured moisturizer out there! It’s made from the finest Sake to deliver hydrating and brightening benefits which allows the skin to visibly bounce back from dry, dull skin to a brighter, firmer, healthier-looking complexion!

 How to Use:

Apply the Sake Balm evenly to cleansed skin. Can be used alone or layered over the Sake Treatment Water for instant results!

Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye MasksSake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks

Dark under eyes a major task? Not when you have these hydrogel masks!”

 Our innovative hydrogel eye masks are infused with Sake, antioxidants and plant extracts that brighten, firm, hydrate and help to reduce the look of fine lines and revive the skin around the delicate eye area.

 How to Use:

Open package and remove hydrogel eye mask from tray. Place smallest end closest to inner corners of eye and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove eye masks and gently pat remaining essence into skin around eye area. Do not rinse or cleanse area after use.

Sake Brightening Hygrogel MaskSake Brightening Hydrogel Face Mask

“Staying bright a major task? Not when you have this hydrogel mask!”

 Our innovative 100% hydrogel mask that firms, tightens and brightens skin. The Sake hydrogel mask contains a high concentration of Sake, antioxidants, peptides and plant extracts combine with Marine Collagen to reduce hyperpigmentation and protect against free radical damage.

 How to Use:

Open foil pack and remove hydrogel face mask. Unfold and lay onto thorughly cleansed face. Leave mask on for 20 minutes. Remove mask and discard, then massage remaining essence from pack into skin. Do not rinse or cleanse face after use. Follow with the Sake Balm for the best results!

We hope you enjoyed learning more about our newest innovations! Be sure to check out the entire Sake Collection now on boscia.com.

Drop us a note and let us know what you think about the Sake Collection. We love to hear from you!

xo-boscia

August 4, 2015 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Inner Beauty 101: Vitamins

Here at boscia, we rely on botanical ingredients to create products that impart results. Our largest organ, the skin, relies on the things we place into our bodies as much as what we apply onto our skin. As important as our natural blends are to the composition of our products, we recommend taking vitamins to increase your overall body health. Even with a balanced diet, vitamins benefit everyone! Think of vitamins as the extra boost if you lack a few things in your diet – they help to patch the gaps to provide you with a more balanced level of nutrition. Below, we share our suggestions for superstar supplements everyone benefits from!

pillsMultivitamin

Your daily dose of most of the essentials! Multivitamins, best taken with food, restore the body with heightened cellular function. This means everything in the body works better! Multivitamins provide the extra bits and pieces of nutrients needed to keep our body functioning seamlessly.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3, the vitamin D your skin produces when it is exposed to sunlight, is essential for processing calcium in the body. It helps with bone structure and overall stable blood levels for cellular processing. Getting vitamin D can occur when you go outside – just ten minutes of sun exposure (don’t forget your spf) is thought to help prevent vitamin D deficiency.

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Fish Oils

Fish oil is known to reduce inflammation in the body! Fish oil helps with heart health, and mental health. Think of fish oil as a lubricant for the body to keep things moving smoothly throughout.

Probiotics

Probiotics are “good” germs! They help your digestive track to move smoothly, and can also help alleviate a host of other problems – including skin conditions, like eczema. Probiotics help the body to process effectively and regulate the “good” and “bad” bacteria in the body.

xo- boscia

July 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Happy Marine Day!

                                                cool blue beach               seakelp

Happy Monday boscia beauties!

Today marks the national Japanese holiday of Marine Day! Sometimes known as Sea Day or Ocean Day, Marine Day is a well-known holiday celebrated throughout Japan. Today, Japanese give thanks to all the ocean provides. Marine Day traditionally takes place the third week of July on Monday. Although a fairly new holiday to Japan, many enjoy taking off work and venturing to the beach to enjoy the ocean’s splendor. Whether engaging in watersports, or fishing, enjoying the beautiful ocean can be celebrated in so many ways!

Here at boscia HQ, we recognize Marine Day as an important day to us. We thank the ocean for its bounty in all that we receive – with the help of the sea, we created some of our most beloved and innovative products. Our All-In-One B.B. Eye Brightener SPF 20, Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask, Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel and Tsubaki Beauty Oil all contain Wakame (Japanese Sea Kelp). Wakame, helps increase collagen production, prevents signs of aging and evens out skin tone by diminishing discoloration! The Cool Blue Hydration Essence contains the main ingredient, Sea Whip, one of the world’s most powerful skin-soothers of the sea. When using our botanically potent products, be sure to thank Mother Nature and the great, blue sea for all it provides.

Though we may not be in Japan, we hope you too can find some time to spend near the ocean this summer and enjoy the wonderful things our oceans have to offer!

xo boscia

July 20, 2015 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

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