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Introducing Our New Superfood Mask + Scrub!

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Before you experiment with getting something harsh like an acid peel with high hopes for clear, even skin tone, take a chill pill and read why our new formulated Superfood Mask + Scrub might be just what the doctor ordered!

Here’s the skinny on why the superfood ingredients in our new formula will brighten your skin:

Glacial clay - sourced from the northern coast of British Columbia, it truly is a unique 'living clay' which helps to nourish, purify, heal and soothe your skin. Hard to find in its true form, the variety of clay Graydon uses is called 'montmorillonite' which is a by-product of hundreds of thousands of years of mineralization from volcanic ash.

Zeolite - works to absorb toxins and sludge.

Ground chia seeds - help speed up skin repair.

White willow bark - helps your skin to gently shed dead flakey cells.

Shiitake mushroom - helps to brighten your skin.

Cinnamon - smells yummy and helps plump your skin.

Vitamin C - assists in repairing damaged tissue and helps speed up your cell renormalization process.

Green coffee extract  - a potent free radical buster.

Licorice root - promotes skin elasticity and fights inflammation.

Papaya - contains an exfoliating fruit enzyme and helps fade hyper-pigmentation.

Activated charcoal - aids in detoxification.

Vitamin d2 (from button mushrooms) - help promote skin healing.

Diatomaceous Earth - is a naturally occurring fresh water sediment, composed of microscopic remains of prehistoric phytoplankton. It has a soft powdery texture which unlike a typical exfoliant which will help release dead skin cells, without irritating your skin.

Meteorite Powder (yes, from an actual meteor from outer space!) - is incredibly rare with a highly unusual exfoliating quality. This powder Graydon uses is specially designed to be super smooth and not gritty on the skin.

Astaxanthin (red algae) - helps revitalize your skin from photo ageing.

Also note that sodium bicarbonate is no longer in our formula.

graydon superfood mask scrub

Get Rid of Whiteheads Stat

how to get rid of whiteheads

Whiteheads are a dirty word in skincare. At the mere mention of the name, you can feel your pores clench in fear. Not only are whiteheads an unbecoming sight to wake up to and endure, they are public enemy number one of beautiful, healthy skin.

Luckily, for anyone who has ever wondered how to get rid of whiteheads, there are a few tricks that are known to work. By committing to a regimen that tackles whiteheads at the source of the problem, you can stop them in their tracks. 

Just in case you didn't know, whiteheads are born when sebum (the oily secretion of the skin's glands) cozies up with dead skin follicles, plugging up your pores and becoming a buffet for bacteria. The good news is that sticking to your beauty routine—like regularly sloughing off dead skin and clarifying pores — can circumvent a potential whitehead problem! 

Here are ways to prevent and get rid of whiteheads stat!

Take the Day Off

At the end of the day you should do you best not to leave a single molecule of makeup on your face. Even the smallest bit of product can clog pores, setting you up for a potential whitehead in the morning. While cleansers are great at cleaning skin, opting for an actual makeup remover before you wash can double down on product-removing duties to make sure your pores are free of any residue.

Cleanse

You should be using a high-quality surfactant-free, foaming cleanser to wash off the day. This will help clear your skin of excess sebum. Naturally, we are biased but our (unscented) Face Foam really does help to lift away impurities, dirt, and oil. 

Rub It Off

A face cleansing sponge can help you go the extra mile to remove any whitehead-causing buildup. Use one that's super gentle on even the sensitive areas of your face (like around your eyes). You'll be surprised what a difference this can make!

Exfoliate

Slough off dead skin cells with an exfoliating cleanser every couple of days. This will eliminate skin cells that could clog your follicles and will leave the skin's surface silky smooth.

Try a Natural Remedy

Look out for certain natural ingredients—like essential oils that are known to help calm irritated skin and reduce your risk of infection

Get Your Moisturizer To Do Double Duty

While it may seem counterintuitive to lather products onto your face, moisturizing is key to healthy skin. It keeps skin cells healthy and hydrated and helps to prevent breakouts and even wrinkles. Choosing the right moisturizer can help make your skin more resistant to whiteheads. And of course, find a daily moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin against the sun's harmful rays (and prevent irritation that can lead to blemishes).

Keep It Clean

Even the products on your face can wreak havoc on your skin if you aren't careful. Clean your brushes regularly and make sure to switch out your makeup when it expires to keep bacteria at bay. 

Lastly, take Note of What Touches Your Face. I'm talking about your fingers and your phone. Keep both of those things far far away!!

Before You Stock Up for The Season,

You Might Want To Find Out...


Why a natural vs chemical sunscreen is a better for your health? Well get your glasses and start reading now *

When people refer to natural and/or organic sunscreen, they are usually talking about a mineral-based cream containing zinc and/or titanium that has healthier ingredients than a synthetic/chemical sunscreen you might find at your local drugstore. A better term we should actually use would be "nontoxic sunscreen," as it implies that we are comparing a more environmentally aware product with a traditional sun-protection product.

Why choose an organic sunscreen over a traditional one?

Most widely available sunscreens contain not only sun protection chemicals but parabens, fragrance, phthalates, and multiple ethoxylated ingredients, as well as often being packaged in an aerosolized can: That knowledge alone is a great reason for choosing a non-toxic sunscreen over a traditional brand.

What is a mineral sunblock?

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the two physical/mineral sunblocks used in the natural sunscreen industry. They are also referred to as barrier sunblocks. Rather than filtering the rays of the sun and diminishing the harmful effects of UV light (this is the action of a chemical sunscreen), a physical sunblock sits on top of the skin and reflects the sunlight. It’s like the difference between a filter and a mirror—the filter breaks up the sunlight and deactivates it, and the mirror reflects it instead. Nanoparticles complicate this issue because they can get absorbed by the skin cells to some degree, and more work needs to be done to find out if this could have detrimental effects. Some researchers believe that nanoparticles get taken into skin cells where they heat up and accelerate sun damage, but the evidence is not conclusive yet.

Is a barrier sunblock better than a chemical sunscreen?

There seems to be increasing evidence that oxybenzone, a very common chemical sunscreen, may act like estrogen in the body, which increases the likelihood that it will disrupt our innate hormone cycles. Another controversial chemical is retinyl palmitate, which can slow skin aging but may actually accelerate the development of certain skin cancers when it comes in contact with ultraviolet light. PABA is not used as much as it once was, but there’s a fairly large population of people who are allergic to that ingredient by now. In short, there are several really good arguments for using a non-nano physical sunscreen made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide: They are not absorbed by the skin; they are not degraded by exposure to sunlight, making them more stable over time; and there are often fewer and less toxic ingredients that make up the "inactive" ingredients in the product. To sum it all up—what should you look for in a sunscreen?

Look for fewer ingredients overall, stick with non-nano zinc and titanium particles until we know more about the effects of nanoparticles, and look for a product with no parabens and no fragrance. (Even essential oils oxidize in sunlight, which can increase your chance of having a skin reaction to them.) An SPF of 30 is probably sufficient, and you should still be wearing hats and long sleeves whenever you’re not splashing in the water. 

* Our blog post was paraphrased from a great article written by Dr. Sarah Villafranco 
in Mind Body Green

I Love You Dad!

Those words are very personal for me. Without my Dad (who we affectionately call Paulo) I wouldn't have this little business. My 79-year-old father is very active at Graydon HQ often getting up at 4:30am to deliver packages, going back and forth to the lab, keeping track of our books and always managing to keep a smile on our face. 

Paulo truly embodies the phrase 'young at heart', and I count my blessings each and every day that my team and I are so lucky to have a great man as a mentor, father and business partner. He has taught me about business and I've taught him about skincare. We're a good little team :)

Whether or not you have a father in your life, I suspect that many of you have some good men in your life and even if those guys are not your dad they deserve to be honoured. 

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I'm also going to bet that if you're a daughter, partner or 'significant other' those guys in your life like to steal your stuff (I'm talking about your skincare stash) so maybe it's time to get him his own collection!

Starting today we're taking 15%* off 
all the favourites them boys like so much

All Over Soap - his all-in-one soap to keep all his bits clean from head-to-toe
Super Sensitive Skin Stuff - a super light, unscented cream to keep his face soft and kissable
Eau Pour Garçons - our stinky boy spray to freshen up smelly smells
Face Food Mineral Mist - helps to calm redness on a freshly shaved face
Elixir Oil - a moisture rich, aromatic oil to smooth over his face... perfect for anointing any body part

Note that this awesome little promo ends on Father's Day (which is in 11 days) but if you're a smarty-pants, you'll get your order in now so it ships on time and then you can actually give your guy the goodies he deserves on Sunday, June 18th. 

*Discount is reflected on product page, no promo code needed. Offer ends June 18th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

Introducing Keto Cleanse!

I feel so lucky that we get a lot of feedback and when we heard that so many of you were struggling to get rid of makeup, sunscreen and other built-up product on your skin it really inspired me to come up with a clean and easy solution to get rid of the other gunk on your face that's causing a traffic jam in your pores.

graydon keto cleanse

In case you need further convincing, and just in case you didn't know, at the end of a typical day, just think about the number of things that have been layered on your face... moisturizer, hopefully some sunscreen and probably a mixture of make up (like some sort of foundation/concealer, a little blush, eye makeup, powder). Add to this dirty fingers, some build up on your cell phone and unless you live in a hermetically sealed dome, then you can add a healthy dose of air pollution as well. 

clogged pores

Before you go to sleep, hopefully, you use a decent cleanser and finish with a few splashes of water. Hopefully, you do not use a face wash with harsh ingredients to remove the debris that’s accumulated, leaving your skin feeling squeaky clean but disrupting your acid mantle (the protective layer of your skin) in the process stripping your skin in order to remove all traces of makeup, which in turn usually results in a rollercoaster ride of dryness followed by an over-production of sebum. 

clean face

Why and how does our Keto Cleanse work?

The answer is simple actually, Oil dissolves the gunk (makeup, dirt, sweat, and pollution) because all of this goo is actually held together by oil. The simple chemistry is oil dissolves oil. So, once all this goop is broken down, it can be easily washed away.

All you need to do is a massage a few drops of our Keto Cleanse when you start your before bed routine then whether you're at the sink or in the shower just lather up with your favourite cleanser [insert link] and watch everything rinse down the drain. Our bamboo charcoal sponge [insert link] makes this experience extra easy as it's black in colour and easy to rinse so you won't have to use any wipes or risk staining your wash cloth.

Even Better...

Our pre-cleansing oil doesn’t contain any surfactants (that's what makes most cleansers foamy) so it doesn’t just have to be used to cleanse. You can apply it before you shower to protect your skin from the damage of harsh hot water... Or try running a little through the ends of your hair to tame flyaways. It's even brilliant as a post shave oil and cuticle conditioner (not kidding, my manicurist loves it). You can even tap a drop onto your cheekbones for a little end of day rehydration and illumination. 

Beauty Lies Within...

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