By: Jennifer Appenrodt

Seven Sage Beauty Tips For 2013

Follow our science-tested advice to make 2013 your most gorgeous year, yet.

Make 2013 the year you cut through the fluff, and turn to beauty that’s backed by facts. We pulled from the treasure trove of science-backed advice we’ve been collecting since starting BeautySage, to bring you these seven simple facts that’ll make a visible difference in your beauty, and start your year off smartly.

1. Study Ingredients:
Don’t be fooled by a pretty package. Avoid the "claim game" by discovering what’s actually inside the bottle. Research ingredients by clicking the Claims tab under each product description, where we list studies to back each product's claim.

Sophyto Tocotrienol Super Skin Concentrate
What: A skin perfecting oil that delivers a radiant, healthy looking complexion while helping to prevent sun and environmental damage.


Snowberry Cellular Regenerating Night Cream
What: A reparative nighttime cream that stimulates and rejuvenates skin proteins, collagen and elastin.


Shea Terra Black Soap
What: An ancient formula that works like microdermabrasion (without the side effects) to bring on firmer, blemish-free skin.




2. Exfoliate Weekly:

Studies have proven exfoliation makes skin look healthier and allows other products to absorb better. Sebum and dead skin cells collect on the surface as a part of the skin’s natural turnover process, which leaves skin looking dry, dull and highlighting imperfections (wrinkles, acne scars, etc.). Work an exfoliater—mechanical or chemical—into your skin routine to sweep away dead skin and achieve a glowing complexion.

One Love Organics Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque
What: A 100 percent natural with organic ingredients exfoliation treatment.




Shaffali Brazilian Pineapple and Hungarian Peppermint Facial Exfoliant
What: An invigorating facial scrub and enzymatic fruit peel.



Sophyto Dual Action Exfoliating Treatment
What: An exfoliating serum that brings on a brighter, more refined complexion.


3. Sleep More!

Sleep is essential to beauty and health. Not only does it affect your mental and physical well being, but it’s your very best anti-aging treatment—decreasing wrinkles and dark circles. Studies have actually proven people are more attractive after a good night’s sleep. Follow a program to optimize sleep patterns or create a bedtime ritual to bring on the zzz’s. 

Cleveland Clinic Wellness Go! To Sleep – Online Program
What: A six-week, online program that helps you optimize your sleep patterns.





21 Drops 18 Sleep
What: A 100% natural essential oil blend that simply sedates, calms your mind, and promotes plenty of relaxation.




Branche Beauty Sleep Blue Belle De Nuit Eye Masque
What: An ultra-smooth pillow case made from 100% premium mulberry silk that helps maintain your hairstyle and smooth skin while you sleep. 


4. Upgrade Your Moisturizer:

Skin craves moisture…it needs it. Make sure your formula both hydrates (delivers water to the skin) and moisturizes (locks water in). You should look for a hyaluronic acid, a humectant that helps individual cells stay plump with moisture, and petrolatum, natural oils and mineral oils, which form a barrier to keep water from escaping. 

First Aid Beauty Uplifting Serum
What: A firming and sculpting rollerball treatment for the face and neck.



Shaffali - Orange Blossom Facial Moisturizer
What: A naturally anti-aging facial moisturizer that is enriched with multivitamins and toning Neem.




5. Wear Sunscreen Every Day:

You’ve heard it a million times. But we’ll say it again: Nothing will protect your skin more than daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Nothing. Even in the winter. Even when you’re indoors all day (studies have proven that indoor lighting, such as computers and regular house lights, can cause hyperpigmentation—yikes!).

Suntegrity Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer, Broad Spectrum SPF 30
What: A youth-enhancing mineral sunscreen that moisturizes, hydrates and protects the face.



VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 45
What: A lightweight sunscreen that protects against outdoor UV rays and indoor infrared rays—and helps lighten moderate discolorations like melasma and dark spots.



Snowberry Active Outdoor SPF 30
What: A 100 percent natural broad-spectrum sunscreen that feels amazingly light and won’t leave a white, chalky cast on skin.




6. Pamper Your Feet:

Don’t forget about your tootsies. Regular pedicures are great, but we get rid of the—up to 90!—layers of dead with one all-natural product, Baby Foot. You’ll actually see layers of dead skin peeling off your feet after one use. It’s gross, but also immensely satisfying. Follow with a moisturizing whipped cream packed with nourishing ingredients.

Baby Foot Foot Exfoliant
What: A foot exfoliate product that will naturally peel the dead skin cells off your feet, leaving your feet as soft as a baby’s foot.




Bayberry Naturals Lavender Buttercream
What: A naturally skin-soothing body cream.



By Nieves The Balm
What: An all-over body moisturizer made with all-natural ingredients.





7. Try A Facial Oil:

Facial oils are big in the beauty industry right now.  They still make many nervous (especially the acne-prone), but they actually balance oil production and create the ideal skin environment for healing itself from within. Oils solve a slew of beauty issues for skin and hair with their ability to clean, moisturize, and treat aging, acne and dryness.

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil
What:  A multi-tasking, 100 percent organic oil, extracted from Argan trees in Morocco, for daily use to moisturize skin, hair and nails while helping combat signs of premature aging.



VMV Hypoallergenics Know-It-Oil
What: A colorless and aroma-free 100% USDA-certified organic virgin coconut oil for conditioning the face, hair and skin.



RMS Beauty Oil
What: A lightweight, highly concentrated multi-purpose beauty oil featuring exotic oils and rare herbal extracts.