Combining Inner and Outer Beauty

Combining Inner and Outer Beauty


One of the best feelings is helping someone achieve healthier skin while recognizing and appreciating that true beauty is synonymous with wellbeing. That’s why I created Genuine Glow to be purposed based. It’s important to remember and focus on what matters while taking care of ourselves, so a combination of inside and outside beauty is the way I chose to do that!

I wanted to help people to stop feeling less than, so I came up with a way to provide an effective outer beauty solution (our Brio Exfoliator) while promoting the significance of inner wellbeing, effectively taking a 360-degree approach to beauty. Genuine Glow is rooted in wellness. And this year in particular – we need to find happiness, which is why Genuine Glow’s message and our Brio Exfoliator make so much sense.

We represent a genuine glow in a few unique ways. 1st our brand message – where inner wellbeing meets outer beauty. We create a nutrient rich exfoliator, Brio, and specialize in inside-outside health and beauty. Next, our packaging colors were chosen because they’ve been proven to evoke confidence and the light citrus scent increases serotonin which promotes feelings of happiness and calmness. Lastly, I created a blog that highlights personal stories, shared experiences and human connection. It helps serve as an inner beauty tool and a resource so you can find a piece of authentic material that’s shared to remember how much we all have in common. Life experiences and shared emotions connect us, and our blog shines a spotlight on what really matters.

You can visit agenuineglow.com to shop and learn more, and you can also see Nicki explain this important message here: YouTube Video


Nicki Carrea believes that true beauty is synonymous with well-being. In 2015 she established Genuine Glow, an inside-outside wellness and skin care brand, and is a published beauty and wellness writer and speaker. Drawing on her life experiences she conceptualized and launched the Genuine Glow blog, which spotlights authentic voices, and creates a platform for shared experiences and human connection. Nicki is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and currently resides in New York City. You can connect with Nicki here: LinkedIn

Genuine Glow is a wellness and skin care brand that creates nutrient-rich exfoliators and specializes in inside-outside health and beauty. Established in 2015, Genuine Glow has been nominated for 3 CEW Awards (Best New Indie Beauty Brand, Best New Indie Skin Care Brand, and Best Exfoliator/Scrub) and chosen as a Top 50 Breakthrough Beauty Brand. You can connect with the brand here: WebsiteInstagramFacebook

“Genuine Glow™ products and blog are not intended to cure, treat, prevent, mitigate or diagnose any disease, and are not intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body. The Genuine Glow blog is based on anecdotal wisdom and the experiences and research reported by others. We are not medical professionals and we have not independently tested these claims. Always consult your physician or mental healthcare provider if you have questions about a medical or psychiatric condition or if you seek medical advice.”

The Benefits of Exfoliating

The Benefits of Exfoliating

The Benefits of Exfoliating


My love of exfoliation is not a secret.  Exfoliation, which is known as the best way to remove dead skin cells, is an essential part of a well-rounded skin care routine. By using an exfoliating scrub (like our Brio Phytonutrient Exfoliator) twice a week, you can keep your complexion healthy and glowing. But a glowing complexion isn’t the only benefit of adding exfoliation to your skin care routine!

♦ By getting rid of dead skin cells, you can clear up and prevent acne and other blemishes.

♦ Exfoliation doesn’t just remove dead skin cells — it clears away oil and other debris that clogs your pores. Once this is gone, your pores can shrink back down to their natural size.

♦ With dead skin cells gone, your skin will produce healthy cells to replace them. This creates a healthier skin texture, which translates to fewer lines and wrinkles.

♦ Exfoliation clears the way for moisturizers and other products to be better absorbed by the skin.

♦ Your skin has natural, healthy oils, but sometimes the glands that produce these oils can get a bit carried away. If this happens, dead skin cells tend to stick in the oil and clog up your pores.

♦ Dead skin cells can build up if they aren’t regularly removed from your skin’s surface. This is why exfoliation is necessary!

→ In addition, exfoliation evens skin tone, boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage, increases cell turnover, stimulates collagen synthesis, boosts blood flow, and improves collagen production.

I love that Brio Exfoliator combines a physical exfoliator (grainy texture) and a chemical exfoliator (safe-for-skin acids that dissolve debris) into 1 effective product.

How often should you exfoliate? Twice a week is good, and 3 times a week if you’ve been wearing a lot of makeup, sweating a lot, not washing your face properly, or have been traveling and essentially exposing your skin to environmental stressers.

Have a question about Brio or Genuine Glow? Reach us at customerservice@agenuineglow.com


Nicki Carrea believes that true beauty is synonymous with well-being. In 2015 she established Genuine Glow, an inside-outside wellness and skin care brand, and is a published beauty and wellness writer and speaker. Drawing on her life experiences she conceptualized and launched the Genuine Glow blog, which spotlights authentic voices, and creates a platform for shared experiences and human connection. Nicki is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and currently resides in New York City. You can connect with Nicki here: LinkedIn

Genuine Glow is a wellness and skin care brand that creates nutrient-rich exfoliators and specializes in inside-outside health and beauty. Established in 2015, Genuine Glow has been nominated for 3 CEW Awards (Best New Indie Beauty Brand, Best New Indie Skin Care Brand, and Best Exfoliator/Scrub) and chosen as a Top 50 Breakthrough Beauty Brand. You can connect with the brand here: Website, Instagram, Facebook

“Genuine Glow™ products and blog are not intended to cure, treat, prevent, mitigate or diagnose any disease, and are not intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body. The Genuine Glow blog is based on anecdotal wisdom and the experiences and research reported by others. We are not medical professionals and we have not independently tested these claims. Always consult your physician or mental healthcare provider if you have questions about a medical or psychiatric condition.

The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation


I’m an on-again, off-again meditator. In today’s world, it can be challenging to take a few minutes of “me time” every day to balance yourself. No matter where you are in your life, odds are there are many things vying for your attention, but it’s actually in our best interest to take some time each day for meditation. “Meditation” can be an intimidating word, but it can be as easy as taking just a few peaceful moments to clear your mind.

I’ve always felt my best when I have 15-20 minutes to meditate at the start of everyday. The time I set aside for meditation also improves this way. It becomes easier and easier for me to reach a ‘clear’ space, the more often I meditate. Like everything else though, the practice of meditation is a habit, and somewhere along the way my meditation habit stopped, so now I’m working to get back into it.

In the meantime I try to find other moments to calm my mind. It can be 60 seconds of clear thought, 10 deep and uninterrupted breaths before moving on to something else (these can be done in the car or in any private space), or 5 minutes lying down in bed before sleep just appreciating the day. It can also be journaling, or taking a brief walk. The true purpose is to put space between your thoughts and the amount of time spent thinking them, with the goal of being present. Allowing yourself to be present, without interruptions, creates designated time for clarity to bloom.


The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

If you do a quick Google search for “meditation,” there’s a long list of philosophies and schools of thought that you can dig through. If you’re interested in learning more about them and choosing one that fits your lifestyle best, go for it! If not, though, don’t worry. You can reap the benefits of meditation without having to dive too deeply into a practice. Below are a few simple steps to straightforward meditation.

  1. Find a quiet spot where you can sit or lie down — however you’re most comfortable.
  2. Get into a comfortable position and close your eyes. Feel free to use props, such as a pillow or folded blanket, if you need to.
  3. Slowly try to calm your mind. Don’t try to block any of your thoughts. Instead, try to notice and accept them as they appear, but don’t dwell on them. Just surrender to that noise in your brain.
  4. Relax your body – start with your shoulders, then unclench your jaw and continue to relax as you calm your mind. Meditation can only really happen if your body is able to relax, so make sure you’re comfortable and feel free to move around until you find the right position.
  5. Sit quietly for a minute, or up to 20 minutes and focus on your breathing.
  6. When you’re ready to get up, try to bring movement and intention back into your body and mind slowly.

How Will Meditation Benefit You?

  • Meditation can help regulate emotions, including anxiety. By learning how to clear your mind and simply exist with your thoughts you can better control the emotions that you feel. For people who have anxiety, this can lead to better control over that anxiety.
  • Meditation can help you stay focused. One of the most challenging aspects of meditation is allowing thoughts to occur without getting distracted by them. Essentially, you’re focusing on the task of not focusing. By doing so, you can learn to have greater control over your mental focus, and this can lead to better productivity and concentration throughout the rest of the day.
  • Meditation makes you take a closer look at whom you really are. When you’re alone with your thoughts, it’s hard to pretend that you’re someone you’re not. Through meditation, you can see first-hand your reoccurring thoughts and feelings so you can confront, change or adjust them. Meditation can be used as a tool for growth.
  • Meditation is wonderful for your skin. Stress is very hard on your skin —from frown lines to a dull complexion; it can take a toll on your skin’s health. Meditation helps you overcome stress and take a more confident, thoughtful approach to situations that, eventually, can help eliminate stress before it even appears.

    Nicki Carrea believes that true beauty is synonymous with well-being. In 2015 she established Genuine Glow, an inside-outside wellness and skin care brand, and is a published beauty and wellness writer and speaker. Drawing on her life experiences she conceptualized and launched the Genuine Glow blog, which spotlights authentic voices, and creates a platform for shared experiences and human connection. Nicki is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and currently resides in New York City. You can connect with Nicki here: LinkedIn

    Genuine Glow is a wellness and skin care brand that creates nutrient-rich exfoliators and specializes in inside-outside health and beauty. Established in 2015, Genuine Glow has been nominated for 3 CEW Awards (Best New Indie Beauty Brand, Best New Indie Skin Care Brand, and Best Exfoliator/Scrub) and chosen as a Top 50 Breakthrough Beauty Brand. You can connect with the brand here: WebsiteInstagramFacebook

    “Genuine Glow™ products and blog are not intended to cure, treat, prevent, mitigate or diagnose any disease, and are not intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body. The Genuine Glow blog is based on anecdotal wisdom and the experiences and research reported by others. We are not medical professionals and we have not independently tested these claims. Always consult your physician or mental healthcare provider if you have questions about a medical or psychiatric condition or if you seek medical advice.”

How to Protect Your Skin From the Cold Weather

How to Protect Your Skin From the Cold Weather


As the temperature begins to get cooler, the air has an impact on our skin. Cooler temperatures mean drier air, and drier air means drier skin. In addition to the weather, our age, average amount of sleep each night, stress level, and air quality (think working from home vs in an office) all play a role in how our skin feels and looks during the colder months.

It’s easy to assume your skin is in need of intense moisture during these months, and while that is true; there are other things that can be done to keep your complexion soft and healthy.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE TYPE OF MOISTURIZER YOU’RE USING

During the warmer, more humid months of the summer, you can get away with a lighter moisturizer. A light lotion is perfect for keeping your skin hydrated without feeling as though you’re suffocating under a mask in the heat of the summer. In the fall though, it’s time to up the ante on your moisturizer by opting for a cream or more substantial lotion. This will provide more intense moisturization — and you may be surprised by how quickly your skin absorbs it due to the drier weather.

CONSIDER ADDING A HYDRATING SERUM OR OIL

Applying a hydrating serum before moisturizing or applying light oil after moisturizing could be just what your skin needs to keep it glowing and smooth. Hydrating serums are formulated to deeply penetrate into the skin and therefore can deliver nourishing ingredients into deeper layers of the complexion. Whereas applying facial oil can help lock in moisture while also adding a protective layer to the skin.

REMEMBER TO EXFOLIATE

The outer layer of our skin is made up of cells held together by lipids, which helps to hold moisture in our skin. But colder weather can slow down the production of sebum and alter cell turnover, which can cause the skin to dry.

While increasing the intensity of your moisturizer will work wonders for keeping your complexion bright during the fall months, don’t forget to exfoliate! Exfoliating two to three times per week will remove dead skin cells and allow your complexion to glow no matter how quickly the temperature starts to drop.

Because exfoliation can take a lot out of your skin, it’s important to use a product that’s effective and packed with vitamins so that it contributes to the health of your skin while removing dead skin cells. Genuine Glow’s Brio Exfoliator is a wonderful product for all seasons and especially cooler weather, as it provides your skin with vitamins that promote tissue growth while healing and calming your complexion. Additionally, it’s perfectly suitable for sensitive skin — unlike harsher exfoliation products that can irritate and inflame the skin.  

With dead skin cells gone, your skin will produce healthy cells to replace them. This creates a healthier skin texture, which translates to fewer lines and wrinkles. And exfoliation clears the way for moisturizers and other products to be better absorbed by the skin.

Last tip; don’t skip your eye area or neck. The skin around these areas are thinner than your face, and need just as much care as your complexion – so don’t ignore around your eyes or your neck.


Nicki Carrea believes that true beauty is synonymous with well-being. In 2015 she established Genuine Glow, an inside-outside wellness and skin care brand, and is a published beauty and wellness writer and speaker. Drawing on her life experiences she conceptualized and launched the Genuine Glow blog, which spotlights authentic voices, and creates a platform for shared experiences and human connection. Nicki is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and currently resides in New York City. You can connect with Nicki here: LinkedIn

Genuine Glow is a wellness and skin care brand that creates nutrient-rich exfoliators and specializes in inside-outside health and beauty. Established in 2015, Genuine Glow has been nominated for 3 CEW Awards (Best New Indie Beauty Brand, Best New Indie Skin Care Brand, and Best Exfoliator/Scrub) and chosen as a Top 50 Breakthrough Beauty Brand. You can connect with the brand here: WebsiteInstagramFacebook

“Genuine Glow™ products and blog are not intended to cure, treat, prevent, mitigate or diagnose any disease, and are not intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body. The Genuine Glow blog is based on anecdotal wisdom and the experiences and research reported by others. We are not medical professionals and we have not independently tested these claims. Always consult your physician or mental healthcare provider if you have questions about a medical or psychiatric condition or if you seek medical advice.”

14 Simple Skin Care Tips for Your Best Complexion

14 Simple Skin Care Tips for Your Best Complexion

Our society is inundated with beauty products. A recent beauty industry analysis showed the beauty industry generates approximately $57 billion a year in the United States alone, and that’s not even including hair care. Everywhere we look it seems there’s a commercial, magazine ad, social media post, or video telling us how to have better skin. There are products for wrinkles, products for a dewy skin, and products to brighten our complexion. And the prices of these products can vary by hundreds of dollars.

When making an investment in your beauty regimen, it can be helpful to narrow down all the messaging we hear, and focus on what our skin needs to look its best. Here are 14 tips to help us achieve our best complexion.

Beauty: 101

  1. Consistency is Key: Whether you use a face wash you pick up at your grocery store, make a special trip to a cosmetic counter, or pay shipping costs for an up-and-coming line…the consistency in which you use these products is important. Most of the active compounds within skin care take time to do their best work. To truly get a feel for whether or not your skin will benefit from a product, use it regularly and if possible, finish the entire product. You may feel differently about it on day 30, than you do on day 3 of using your new product. 
  1. Simple Steps for Significant Results: These days consumers have access to at-home skin gadgets, beauty supplements, various forms of peels and masks, as well as a plethora of serums. And while these beauty offerings can enhance your complexion, pay the most amount of attention to basic skin care steps as these can greatly impact your skin’s health. Your cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturizing routine are often the most important steps. In fact, the right 3-step routine can greatly change and better your complexion, if you use the right products. After that, all those other treatments and serums can be used as extra enhancements to your complexion.
  1. Be Gentle: It’s tempting to want to use a face mask or spot treatment often to get fast results. However these products should be used as ‘bonus’ steps rather than essential skin care steps. In other words, be gentle with your complexion and use special treatments sparingly. It’s easy to go overboard by mixing products like topical creams and serums, without knowing how your skin will respond. Show your complexion some love by being gentle with it. Often less is more. Chose fewer products with quality ingredients, opposed to covering your skin with more and more products.
  1. Take a Step Back: Most people are a foot or more away from you when they’re talking to or looking at you. Take that into consideration while getting ready. We can get in the habit of looking at our face right next to the mirror, but really no one is looking at us that closely. Take a step back from the mirror and your perception and viewpoint about what you see may change. There’s no need to unnecessarily put your complexion under a microscope every day.
  1. Change your Pillowcase: Even if you are diligent with washing your face every night, your pillowcase can harbor bacteria, dirt, dust and oil. Changing your pillowcases regularly can drastically improve the appearance of your complexion. Not only will it help if you experience breakouts, but it can also keep your pores from getting clogged or your skin from looking dull.
  1. Hydrated Skin vs. Moisturized Skin: Did you know there’s a difference between skin that is hydrated and skin that is moisturized? Moisturized skin is just that. It’s skin that is receiving adequate moisture from the products you are using. Hydrated skin comes directly from what we’re ingesting. Caffeine, soda, and alcohol are known to dehydrate your skin, whereas drinking water hydrates you skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day) to keep your body and complexion balanced.
  1. Ingredients Matter: Looking at the ingredients in your skin care products can help you determine the effectiveness of a product. Make sure the active compounds (i.e. antioxidants, vitamins, minerals) are some of the very first ingredients. This ensures you are getting the most pure products without a lot of filler ingredients. It’s the same thing as eating fresh food vs. processed food. You want to use the healthiest, most pure beauty products you can find.
  1. Think Long Term: In addition to taking care of your complexion now, think about how you want your complexion to look a few years or more from now. For instance, you may not have lines around your eyes currently, so work to keep it that way. Don’t skimp of eye serum or cream because you don’t yet need it. Build up your collagen and keep your skin stay healthy by using products to keep your complexion strong. Your future self will thank you.
  1. Your Skin Absorbs What you Put on It: Of course there are different molecule sizes that absorb into your skin differently, and different skin textures that absorb products easier than others, but it’s safe to assume that everything you put on your skin will absorb into your skin. This is especially true after prolonged use. Make sure you are choosing healthy skin care products that have safe, non-toxic ingredients as well as effective ingredients.
  1. Beauty From the Inside Out: Nutrition plays a part in your skin’s health. Just like leafy greens, fruits, and other foods high in nutrients are good for your body, they are also good for your skin. Tomatoes, blueberries, green tea, kale, and walnuts are just some of the nutrient-rich, and complexion-enhancing foods you can eat to help keep your skin’s health a priority.
  1. The Smell isn’t Important: The first thing most people do when sampling skin care, is to smell it. Although the smell may be nice, it often has nothing to do with how effective that product is. Often the smell is a synthetic or added fragrance just for the benefit of smelling good. And usually after a few uses, you won’t even notice the smell anymore (both good and not so good smells). With this being said, the smell shouldn’t be a main factor when choosing quality skin care.
  1. Exfoliate: Exfoliation is a game changer when done correctly. For best results, exfoliate twice a week. Proper exfoliation will remove dead skin cells, help brighten spots or marks, and give your skin a healthy glow. Too much exfoliation can irritate skin and cause skin to breakout or look dull because you can remove healthy oils. If you find your exfoliator too harsh, try mixing it with your face wash for more of a buffer when applying it to your skin.
  1. Stress Less: Stress is very hard on your skin. From frown lines to a dull complexion, it can wreak havoc on your skin’s health. Try to help eliminate stress before it shows up. Taking a thoughtful approach to unwanted situations through exercise, meditation, affirmations, or taking a walk outside, can help you eliminate the negative effects that stress can have on your skin and overall wellbeing.
  1. Weather Matters: Pay attention to differences in your skin when the seasons change. It’s possible you may need to add an extra product or change your moisturizer depending on the weather. Customize your products so your skin gets the best results each season.

  Conclusion

Creating your best complexion doesn’t have to be complicated. Often it’s the easiest and simplest steps that can help you achieve your ideal skin. Remembering that less is often more, start incorporating some of these tips into your daily routine and you should see a noticeable difference in your skin’s health and appearance.


Nicki Carrea believes that true beauty is synonymous with well-being. In 2015 she established Genuine Glow, an inside-outside wellness and skin care brand, and is a published beauty and wellness writer and speaker. Drawing on her life experiences she conceptualized and launched the Genuine Glow blog, which spotlights authentic voices, and creates a platform for shared experiences and human connection. Nicki is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and currently resides in New York City. You can connect with Nicki here: LinkedIn

Genuine Glow is a wellness and skin care brand that creates nutrient-rich exfoliators and specializes in inside-outside health and beauty. Established in 2015, Genuine Glow has been nominated for 3 CEW Awards (Best New Indie Beauty Brand, Best New Indie Skin Care Brand, and Best Exfoliator/Scrub) and chosen as a Top 50 Breakthrough Beauty Brand. You can connect with the brand here: Website, Instagram, Facebook

“Genuine Glow™ products and blog are not intended to cure, treat, prevent, mitigate or diagnose any disease, and are not intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body. The Genuine Glow blog is based on anecdotal wisdom and the experiences and research reported by others. We are not medical professionals and we have not independently tested these claims. Always consult your physician or mental healthcare provider if you have questions about a medical or psychiatric condition or if you seek medical advice.”

 

 

Growing Through Grief

Growing Through Grief


It was 3 years ago today. I called my Mom and she didn’t answer the phone. That in itself wasn’t too unusual since I just spoke to her the night before, but when I tried to reach her later in the day and she didn’t answer again, I knew something was wrong.

Before the end of the day her body will be taken to a funeral home, I will have talked to a dozen people whose names and faces I’ll never remember or recognize, I will have googled cardiac arrest repeatedly, and be crying so hard while begging God to bring her back, that I actually think I’ll hyperventilate.

When you lose someone incredibly close to you, it’s as if a screen that’s been shielding you from the world – a protective screen you didn’t even know was there – is suddenly gone, along with the person you love. You see things more clearly, feel things more deeply, hurt harder, but also love stronger. You’re forced to grow, forced to reflect – the death of one person can create a domino effect in your life.

And that certainly was the case for me. I’m not an expert on grief and I’m not someone who is even fully healed from my Mom’s death, but I have learned the value and power of living deliberately.

Because the former screen that shielded me, also allowed me to believe in illusions. The Illusion that time isn’t limited. That ‘now’ will never come to an end. That negative emotions like insecurity and jealousy are acceptable, and that fitting in is more important than being your authentic self. Those illusions are gone.

I’ve learned we have choice for a reason. We get to choose who and what we give our attention to. Choice is powerful. When we choose, we focus, and what we focus on determines our satisfaction in life. Half-lived lives happen when we focus on things that make us feel unsatisfied.

Learning this lesson changed my focus – personally and professionally. I rebranded and relaunched my own beauty company after taking time away to process grief. And I learned the value of mental health and wellbeing. Genuine Glow now makes a nutrient-rich exfoliator, and promotes the benefits of inner wellbeing. We highlight and discuss the importance of inner beauty while making an outer beauty skin care product. I don’t believe those 2 things have to cancel each other out.

Genuine Glow represents a 360-degree Glow. An equal combination of inside and outside beauty. To do that, we recognize that feeling good on the inside is just as important as looking good on the outside. We won’t compromise one for the other. We are working to reimagine beauty.


Nicki Carrea believes that true beauty is synonymous with well-being. In 2015 she established Genuine Glow, an inside-outside wellness and skin care brand, and is a published beauty and wellness writer and speaker. Drawing on her life experiences she conceptualized and launched the Genuine Glow blog, which spotlights authentic voices, and creates a platform for shared experiences and human connection. Nicki is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and currently resides in New York City. You can connect with Nicki here: LinkedIn

Genuine Glow is a wellness and skin care brand that creates nutrient-rich exfoliators and specializes in inside-outside health and beauty. Established in 2015, Genuine Glow has been nominated for 3 CEW Awards (Best New Indie Beauty Brand, Best New Indie Skin Care Brand, and Best Exfoliator/Scrub) and chosen as a Top 50 Breakthrough Beauty Brand. You can connect with the brand here: WebsiteInstagramFacebook

“Genuine Glow™ products and blog are not intended to cure, treat, prevent, mitigate or diagnose any disease, and are not intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body. The Genuine Glow blog is based on anecdotal wisdom and the experiences and research reported by others. We are not medical professionals and we have not independently tested these claims. Always consult your physician or mental healthcare provider if you have questions about a medical or psychiatric condition or if you seek medical advice.”

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