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Skincare To Swipe Right On

You’re so good about eating well (your friends say you should start charging for tips), exercising daily (people call out your name when you walk into the gym), sleeping more, controlling stress, and being happier (your new nickname is sensei). For your skin, you’ve done your research (you’re on a first-name basis with beauty bloggers), you’ve become a formidable “skintellectual” and have your alpha hydroxies and antioxidants down (your dermatologist asked for your opinion about a new sunscreen). And you’ve finally, carefully chosen a skincare partner. This is the moment of truth: you’ve hit the end of what you can control. Your skin is now largely in the hands of the products you’ve selected to deliver on their promises and (please!) not cause damage you’ll have to correct later. Your power over your skincare product ends as soon as you put it on. Will it do what it says it does? Is it as safe as it says it is?

Skincare As Dating

We use the word “partner” for a reason. When dating, you work on you, scope out the options, identify a possibility, do some background checking, gauge his or her friends and then…you wait and see. Sometimes that trust is well placed and leads to a rewarding relationship. Other times, you’re let down. You might get hurt. You need time to recover. You’re left with scars.

Luckily, skincare needn’t entail as big a leap of faith as love. There are well-established standards of proof that are far more reliable than, “but he seemed so nice!”

Beauty is “Proof,” Proof Beauty

Slightly tweaked, Keats’ famous lines are an ode to that gold standard of scientific validity: the randomized, double-blind, evidence-based clinical study — which we at VMV Hypoallergenics have always done. Our investigative studies are scientifically robust and impressively so. One published study is eyebrow-raising; we have over 75. In the hyperbolic world of cosmetics, true beauty lies in evidence. Putting your faith in the double-blind study is far better than flying blind.

Research Terms To Swipe Right On

“Clinically tested” can mean lots of things. Some tests are more subjective, mainly consisting of people sharing their thoughts about a product (“99 out of 100 women say they saw an 80% reduction in wrinkles”). There is nothing wrong with this type of test, but it does rely primarily on the test subjects’ own opinions of what they see in the mirror, how they feel, and even how much they like the brand and the type of product they were given. Other tests use qualitative data like before-and-after photos. While helpful, these photographs are generally considered to be less conclusive than quantitative data such as objective measurements of certain biological aspects of the skin using specialized equipment. Rare in cosmetics, double-blind (meaning the subjects never know what they’re using). “Evidence-based” means randomized, double-blind trials with quantitative data — which is standard in prescription pharmaceuticals, and at VMV.

A Well-Rounded Partner

“Evidence-based” is in our safety as much as our efficacy. A study on our VH-Rating System, the only hypoallergenic “grading” system of its kind, was published in one of the leading journals on contact dermatitis and is proven to be effective at increasing customer safety, showing less than 0.1% reported reactions in 30 years. A new patch test study with multiple VMV products on hundreds of subjects showed zero irritant and allergic reactions, even in conditions allowing for greater contact of products on the skin and expected to produce reactions earlier and faster than normal. Another study on the non-comedogenicity of virgin coconut oil was presented at the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) meeting.

Our research includes investigative and case studies, too, and not just for cosmetics. Our research covers issues as diverse as nutrition and acne, psoriasis, pemphigus vulgaris, and mycosis fungoides (a type of cancer of the immune system). Such research is not cosmetic, but adds to our understanding of the skin, diseases, treatments, and treatment mechanisms. This knowledge contributes directly to how we develop all our products — from cosmeceuticals to basic care and even makeup.

One published study is a major achievement, unusual for cosmetics. We have over 75. We might be a skin health and beauty brand, but proof is our business.

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These medical measures are objective, well-proven, consistent and replicable. They reduce the risk of disappointment and adverse effects significantly.

It’s a pretty awesome thing, actually: unlike some dates, skincare that looks this good — this scientifically, objectively robust — “on paper” can be relied on. It will keep its promises. It will deliver. It’ll help you feel good, too. It’ll boost your confidence. It’ll never judge you, just help you. It’ll never ask you for anything in return. It’ll love you for life. It’ll love your friends and family. It’ll protect you. It’ll be loyal, and it’ll get more rewarding the longer you stay with it.

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It can show signs of internal problems before even a blood test, MRI or x-ray. Our skin is fundamental to how we live in the world. It controls our temperature, it expands and contracts as we need it to, it protects us. It is vital to how we sense fear and love. So much of intimacy and sexual attraction is about skin and touch. Skin-to-skin contact is important not just for sensuality but for us as humans  — studies have shown that babies suffer developmentally and physically by not being held enough; doctors advocate skin-on-skin contact between mothers and newborns for improved bonding, physical and emotional development and healing (even improved survival rates from body warmth). And our skin’s health is how we present ourselves to the world. Clear, healthy, vibrant skin is a great ingredient to that happy stew of goodness that helps you feel good about yourself.

Your relationship with your skin is not something to be taken lightly. At the very least, skincare should be expected to keep the promise built right into its name: care.

More Resources:

For more on testing at VMV, see About VMV: Our TestingAbout VMV: Clinical Studies, Published Articles, References or search skintelligencenter.com.

To shop our clinically-proven safe and effective products, visit vmvhypoallergenics.com. For help putting together regimen to help you achieve your skin goals, or for recommendations customized to your patch test results, ask us at (212) 217 2762.

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Beauty Brand Ambassadors Healthy Living Skin Skinthusiasm

Jess Arnaudin, Green Beauty and Travel Writer

Jess Arnaudin

Green Beauty and Travel Writer
New York, NY

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Jess Arnaudin is an expert skin therapist, makeup artist, beauty writer and adventure seeker on a mission to examine beauty beyond boundaries. Jess combines her 6+ years of experience within New York City’s spa industry with an insatiable curiosity to find the best eco-beauty experiences around the world and share them with YOU! Join Jess on her #beautyadventure and find out firsthand why travel is so incredibly important for your skin and your soul!

Contact Jess for a spa session, or your bridal or special-event makeup.

Follow Jess for eco-conscious skin, beauty and healthy living tips now on JessArnaudin.com!

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Beauty…

“Gorgeous training today with the @vmvhypoallergenics team — lots of laughs & good energy all around. Thank you, @ccvr3 @lauraatvmv @vmvhypoallergenics! #hypoallergenic #hypoallergenicmakeup #skinsafe #fragrancefree #highlight #contour #training #makeup”

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Health…

“It’s a #superfood kind of morning! Berries are sky high in vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) which is the key to #collagen production! It’s also vital in repairing skin’s barrier function. Grab a handful of fresh berries & join me in this colorful carnival of vitamin C! ? (Bowl from @Anthropologie) #powerfood #beautyfood #morningessentials #greenbeauty #vitaminc”

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“Matcha energy balls ???Thanks @bysaber & @glowleanrecipes for the inspiration! I made substitutions: (strawberry & honey filling instead of raspberry, and added coconut shavings to matcha powder for coating) and love the result. Best when eaten frozen / chilled! #matcha #matchamadness #energyfood #glutenfree #greentea #greenteapowder #glowlean #coconut #strawberry #cleaneating #skinhealth #caffeine #happysunday #sundayfunday” Instagram-AxisArtistry-MachaBalls-June2015-20150711

Good Living…

“January 15th. Half-way through the first month of the year. How go your resolutions? Every day is a new chance! Take a deep breath. Smile. And start again! Mine is spending more time with a gratitude journal. Totally changes my perspective! #attitudeofgratitude #gratitudejournal #resolutions #pulsecheck #accountability #newbeginning #newopportunity #dreambig #workhard #givethanks #greenbeauty”

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“Sending love & light today! We all need a little healing sometimes. ✌️Speak life. Speak love. See light. #gratitude #mindovermatter #love #light #life #healing #energy #peace #mindovermatter #positivevibes”

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Get skinspired!

Our Brand Ambassadors inspire their community with their artistry, spirit, guidance and goodness. 

Artists, athletes, makeup artists, and more who love what we “dew” as much as we love their contributions to the world.

At VMV HYPOALLERGENICS, we support Brand Ambassadors who spread goodness and “skinside-out” health.
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Skin Skinthusiasm

VMV Saved My Skin: Soak My Thirsty Skin

#SavedMySkin Story: Soak My Thirsty Skin (without triggering an allergic reaction)! 

Moisturizers spread well and sit on the skin for a long time, and the skin absorbs them well, too. That’s why moisturizing is a great way to hit two birds with one stone! The right moisturizers can help you handle your sensitive skin, AND keep eczema and rosacea flare-ups to a bare-faced minimum— at the same time!

Very Sensitive Skin: 

The right moisturizers can help skin that is allergic, atopic, or with certain barrier-compromised or inflammatory conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis. They can specifically strengthen the skin’s barrier layer, supplement fatty acids native to skin, and are anti-inflammatory and allergen-free (obviously!). This helps manage the condition, sooth the skin, and prevent flare-ups keeping you and your skin cool and happy all day long!

For eczema and rosacea, a moisturizer with antimicrobials that target the microorganisms common to these skin conditions is also helpful. For rosacea, try Red Better Daily Therapy Moisturizer. For all other sensitive skin conditions, we recommend Know-It-Oil, organic virgin coconut oil or Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil.

Do you have dry and very sensitive skin? Are you having a hard time finding a moisturizer that suits your skin without causing any allergic reactions? Here’s the story of skinthusiast Olivia S from Chicago IL and how her skin found the perfect match!

 

Click through the slideshow below to read the story of our skinthusiast as she shares her VMV Saved My Skin story!

 

Fellow “skintellectual?” Avid “skinthusiast?” Share your stories with our “skinfatuated” community! Use the hashtag #VMVSavedMySkin and tag @VMVHypoallergenics on Facebook or Instagram, or @VMV on Twitter!

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I “Dew”: Julie’s (Hypoallergenic!) Bridal Beauty Success Story

“Most bridal magazines say that wedding planning should include a skin regimen. My very first facial was at the VMV boutique in New York City. Holly, my VMV esthetician, was just amazing! I knew my skin was in great hands. After my 6-month wedding bliss facial package, I couldn’t be any happier! From experience, VMV regimens and make-up are so gentle. I simply love VMV!” – Julie

Julie’s Skin Story:

From rashes to radiance…

Julie had rather severe eczema and a bad allergic reaction to her cleanser when she started coming in for VMV facials. Holly customized a regimen and a 6-month facial package for her. Julie’s skin cleared beautifully and is glowing in her wedding photos & video —  all VMV makeup, natch! — which she emailed to Holly.

Holly’s reaction? “I just wanted to say how thankful I am to have been able to help Julie achieve her beautiful wedding skin!”

Your happy is our happy!

Problem skin may need a little longer time to get ready for the big day, or may need more targeted care. Luckily enough, this is precisely what we “dew”. Give us a call at (212) 217 2762 and we can customize a daily regimen-and-facial program for you. We can even recommend products based on allergens from your patch test results!

Why risk a major rash or acne breakout on the honeymoon? Our allergen-free, non-comedogenic makeup provides powerful performance for stage, TV, and all-day weddings, and is a great way to keep your wedding glow longer.

Congratulations, Julie! 🙂

 


Holly has been licensed in esthetics and manicuring for 14 years. Before joining VMV HYPOALLERGENICS®, Holly held positions in several prestige spas. Known for her professional expertise, affable personality, and ability to anticipate guests’ needs, celebrities in the know ask for Holly by name. With her gentle touch, joyful demeanor and replete knowledge of her trade, Holly defines professional skin care. Holly’s deft abilities have been written about in articles and reviews throughout NY media and beyond.

As our Senior Esthetician-Accounts Manager, Holly leads VMV’s International Development of Spa Protocols + Treatments.

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Skinthusiasm

Armada #skinthusiasm winner – Tal, Instagram

“Beach Essentials.? #whereintheworldisyourarmada #armada70 #vmvhypoallergenics @vmvhypoallergenics

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Yey! Got my gifts today!!! Plus a message from Dra. VMV. Thank you so much!!! ❤️❤️ #skinlove #vmvhypoallergenics #vmvhypoallergenicsph #skinthusiasm #armada70 #bestsunscreen

Congra”dewlations” to our skinthusiasm winner, @crystaljoyce__Thank YOU! #skinfatuation is rewarding ? #SavingTheWorldsSkin #putasmileonyourskin

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Tal’s gifts: Armada Sport sunscreen and a Superskin Facial.


Want to get your favorite VMV Hypoallergenics product, facial or spa treatment as a gift? 

Spread your skinthusiasm! 

Be our next skinthusiasm winner by posting shots of you and/or your VMV faves on Instagram,
— remember to hashtag #VMVHypoallergenics
 and #skinthusiasm so we can find you —
we pick winners regularly, so post away!


If you’re chosen, you could get your choice of VMV product or service* as a gift!

*Valid in countries where we offer facials and spa services.

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Skinthusiasm

Armada #skinthusiasm winner – Abigail, Instagram

“I needed you, and you were there. #armada #vmvhypoallergenics #skinthusiasm #surf”


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“Awareness is essential. So is#armada by #vmvhypoallergenics

 

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“#stoked to have been chosen as a #skinthusiasm winner!!! ? I am very thankful, not only for the generous gift, but more so for the skin protection provided by #vmvhypoallergenics

Congra”dewlations” to our skinthusiasm winner, @gail_erniThank YOU! This is why we “dew” what we “dew!”

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Abigail’s gifts: Armada Sport sunscreen, Armada Moisturizing Protective Lip Balm 60+Moisture Rich Mild-Mannered Cleansing ScrubHydra Balance Smart Moisturizer, and Essence Skin-Saving Superwash Hair + Body Milk Shampoo.


Want to get your favorite VMV Hypoallergenics product, facial or spa treatment as a gift? 

Spread your skinthusiasm! 

Be our next skinthusiasm winner by posting shots of you and/or your VMV faves on Instagram,
— remember to hashtag #VMVHypoallergenics
 and #skinthusiasm so we can find you —
we pick winners regularly, so post away!


If you’re chosen, you could get your choice of VMV product or service* as a gift!

*Valid in countries where we offer facials and spa services.

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Featured Skin Skinthusiasm

Refrigerate Your Skin Care?

Fan Tip: Chill Your Skin Care! 

Razor burn? Puffy eyes? Got a reaction that needs calming? Or a pimple that needs flattening? Want to tighten your pores…or just a fabulously cool feel when applying your skincare?

“Throw some of your favorite VMV Hypoallergenics products in the fridge, especially in the summer!” – skinthusiast Earl Chad Palacios Estenor‎

Fellow “skintellectual?” Avid “skinthusiast?” Share your tips with our “skinfatuated” community! Tag @VMVHypoallergenics on Facebook or Instagram, or @VMV on Twitter!

Click through the slideshow below to find out the surprising benefits to keeping skincare in the cold!

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Skinthusiasm

VMV Spa, Soho #skinthusiasm winner – Natalie, Instagram & Twitter

That’s Natalie with that gorgeous smile of hers, at our Lip Bar Happy Hour at VMV Soho in NYC. She is one of our favorite skinthusiasts for her…skinthusiasm! She enjoyed a Glycolic Acid Peel at our NYC spa for her passionate, personal tweets (just a few of which appear below), recommendations of VMV Hypoallergenics to her friends and followers, and for her all-around awesomeness whenever she comes to visit 🙂

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“We heard that Natalie has received compliments from strangers on how great her brows are shaped. She also says that we have incredible energy! The feeling is mutual! <3” – Our team at VMV Soho

 

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“Thank you so much! I just feel the need to share the “wealth”. The company has done my skin so good in the last year or so.” – Natalie

 

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“Is it possible to have one’s 2015 made in January? Yes. Yes it is. 🙂 much ! “@_natorious: Why I swear by ” – Natalie

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Lovely @_natorious getting her makeover post-beautiful brow shaping by @aadriiortiz 🙂 #weloveourcustomers #weheartourteam #welovebrows #hypoallergenicwaxing #hypoallergenicmakeup

Thank you for making so many of our days!


Want to get your favorite VMV Hypoallergenics product, facial or spa treatment as a gift? 

Spread your skinthusiasm! 

Be our next skinthusiasm winner by posting shots of you and/or your VMV faves on Instagram,
— remember to hashtag #VMVHypoallergenics
 and #skinthusiasm so we can find you —
we pick winners regularly, so post away!


If you’re chosen, you could get your choice of VMV product or service* as a gift!

*Valid in countries where we offer facials and spa services.

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Skinthusiasm

Armada Sport #skinthusiasm winner – Tor, Instagram

Talented makeup artist Tor Torre is a #skinthusiasm winner for his incredible photos of himself and Armada Sport 70 sunscreen at work and at play, on vacation with him, on beaches, trekking, and while he’s at work on TV and photography shoots.

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He’s upped the ante by posting some cool videos of skincare application tips on his Instagram account.Skinthusiasm-Instagram-TorTorre-MoisturizerVideo-062015

 

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Check out Tor’s blog and follow him on Instagram — search #WhereInTheWorldIsYourArmada and #ArmadaTravels — to catch more of his beautiful photos, skincare videos and makeup tips!

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Tor’s gifts: Armada Sport sunscreen and a Cosmeceutical Facial.


Want to get your favorite VMV Hypoallergenics product, facial or spa treatment as a gift? 

Spread your skinthusiasm! 

Be our next skinthusiasm winner by posting shots of you and/or your VMV faves on Instagram,
— remember to hashtag #VMVHypoallergenics
 and #skinthusiasm so we can find you —
we pick winners regularly, so post away!


If you’re chosen, you could get your choice of VMV product or service* as a gift!

*Valid in countries where we offer facials and spa services.

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Armada Sport #skinthusiasm winner – Peter, Facebook

Our first skinthusiasm winner, Peter, got a package of Armada Sport sunscreens for his multiple, frame-worthy photos of Armada Sport 70 in Buenos Aires, NYC, Spain, the Grand Canyon, Milan, braving thunderous waterfalls for the perfect shot and — what may have gotten him the win for its Indiana Jones-ness — near an Indonesian temple where a horde of monkeys stole his sunscreen! 

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The collage above does not do his beautiful (and bountiful) oeuvre justice.

Peter’s awesome photos inspired the Armada Sport-as-traveling gnome: search #WhereInTheWorldIsYourArmada and #ArmadaTravels and you’ll see what we mean.

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Peter’s gift: why, Armada Sport sunscreen, natch!


Want to get your favorite VMV Hypoallergenics product, facial or spa treatment as a gift?

Spread your skinthusiasm! 

Be our next skinthusiasm winner by posting shots of you and/or your VMV faves on Instagram,
— remember to hashtag #VMVHypoallergenics
 and #skinthusiasm so we can find you —
we pick winners regularly, so post away!


If you’re chosen, you could get your choice of VMV product or service* as a gift!

*Valid in countries where we offer facials and spa services.