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A Case for Serums (And Why I Love Sircuit Weapon)

Before I started writing about beauty, I had no idea what a serum was or why I might want to put it on my face. I quickly learned that serums, which are skincare products with a very high concentration of active ingredients, were the key to targeting specific skin issues. (For more, read our cheat sheet.) Unlike moisturizers, which primarily hydrate, serums can address things like acne, hyperpigmentation, premature wrinkles, rosacea…really anything. Suffice it to say, I’ve become a bit of a junkie, and I’m as picky about my serums as Meredith is about her SPF. I’ve learned how to read ingredient lists, and to decipher what’s worth the money and what I can skip.

For example, one of my current favorites is Sircuit Cosmeceuticals’s Weapon, which is $85 for one ounce. At first that might seem spendy, but there’s not a bit of fat in the product. It’s a lean, mean, skin-perfecting machine. First off, it has ten percent L-Ascrobic Acid, the chirally correct form of Vitamin C— this helps encourage collagen production (which fills out any premature lines or wrinkles), protect against UV damage, and prevent hyperpigmentation. While Vitamin C is the star of Weapon, there are plenty of other ingredient helpers: Witch Hazel, which soothes any irritations; Sodium Hyaluronate, which rehydrates skin; and Phytoalexin Complex, a blend of antioxidants. I apply a couple drops at night (the eyedropper makes sure I don’t waste any of the product!) after cleanser and toner, and I’ve noticed that my skin seems brighter (even on less sleep) with fewer dark spots. I’m still waiting for my pores to disappear but Rachel, our resident skin expert, swears that there’s a serum for that.

Do you use serums? What are your favorites? 

—Mollie

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Giving back to the community has always been, and will always be a focus for SIRCUIT® Cosmeceuticals. 
SIRCUIT® has partnered with local charity, the Beauty Bus Foundation, to continually donate large quantities of our best-selling products (which are chirally correct, chemical, paraben & cruelty free). 
Beauty Bus is a non-profit organization that provides in-home beauty and grooming services free of charge to home-bound, terminally or chronically ill individuals and their primary caregivers. The non-profit’s Co-founder and President Alicia Liotta explains the mission of Beauty Bus as being “dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for homebound, terminally or chronically ill individuals and their primary caregivers. It is our mission to help our clients maintain dignity, treat them to human touch that is pampering and non-medical and offer respite during life’s difficult times. We also feel it is extremely important to service the caregiver, who are rarely recognized or rewarded for the vital services they provide to our most vulnerable citizens.”
SIRCUIT® Cosmeceuticals offers 100% fresh, high performance skincare, utilizing the latest in chiral technology and a commonsense “be good to yourself” approach. This approach makes the Beauty Bus and SIRCUIT® a perfect partner for wellness. Not only will the recipients of these products feel pampered, they will get to experience skincare that is healthy for the skin, body, and overall wellbeing.
“It’s a great fit!” says SIRCUIT® founder, Michael Wolfgeher, “the Beauty Bus is a wonderful foundation that embodies the true spirit of beauty.” Wolfgeher praises the foundation for their work and is optimistic about the budding partnership, “We look forward to the great success of the Beauty Bus, and will continue to support the efforts of this exciting non-profit.”
Find more information about Beauty Bus on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
#Sircuit #Skincare #Beauty #Charity #BeautyBus

Check out what our amazing brand partner, Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, is doing! 

sircuitskin:

Giving back to the community has always been, and will always be a focus for SIRCUIT® Cosmeceuticals

SIRCUIT® has partnered with local charity, the Beauty Bus Foundation, to continually donate large quantities of our best-selling products (which are chirally correct, chemical, paraben & cruelty free). 

Beauty Bus is a non-profit organization that provides in-home beauty and grooming services free of charge to home-bound, terminally or chronically ill individuals and their primary caregivers. The non-profit’s Co-founder and President Alicia Liotta explains the mission of Beauty Bus as being “dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for homebound, terminally or chronically ill individuals and their primary caregivers. It is our mission to help our clients maintain dignity, treat them to human touch that is pampering and non-medical and offer respite during life’s difficult times. We also feel it is extremely important to service the caregiver, who are rarely recognized or rewarded for the vital services they provide to our most vulnerable citizens.”

SIRCUIT® Cosmeceuticals offers 100% fresh, high performance skincare, utilizing the latest in chiral technology and a commonsense “be good to yourself” approach. This approach makes the Beauty Bus and SIRCUIT® a perfect partner for wellness. Not only will the recipients of these products feel pampered, they will get to experience skincare that is healthy for the skin, body, and overall wellbeing.

“It’s a great fit!” says SIRCUIT® founder, Michael Wolfgeher, “the Beauty Bus is a wonderful foundation that embodies the true spirit of beauty.” Wolfgeher praises the foundation for their work and is optimistic about the budding partnership, “We look forward to the great success of the Beauty Bus, and will continue to support the efforts of this exciting non-profit.”

Find more information about Beauty Bus on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

#Sircuit #Skincare #Beauty #Charity #BeautyBus

Check out what our amazing brand partner, Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, is doing! 

Sircuit Makes a Scientist Out of Me (OK, Not Really)

Left to right: Molecular Mist, $36; Sircuit Weapon, $85; both available on birchbox.com

Science is not my strong suit. (I nearly failed not one, but two college science requirements.) But I’m a total geek when it comes to skincare, and I love picking experts’ brains about ingredients and formulations. I’m currently obsessed with Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, a CA-based line that I learned about from Exhale Spa expert Caitlin Conn.

The brand is different for a few reasons. First off, they use chiral technology to ensure that their ingredients are as effective as possible (don’t know what chiral is? I didn’t either—see what I found out). Secondly, everything is made without fillers and in small batches, which ensures extra-concentrated, extra-fresh products. Finally, their products are designed to get results without, how shall we say, freaking skin out. As in, their Savior Cleanser has the right amount of salicylic acid and lactic acid to clear up blemishes without drying skin, and their Youth Accelerator Peel strips away dull cells without triggering redness.

Needless to say, Sircuit is now a permanent part of my skincare regimen. And it can be part of yours too! We’re running an amazing sweepstakes with them—enter to win a personalized consultation and a customized regimen worth $500. Seriously, what are you waiting for? Go on, go!

—Mollie

Be sure to check out all the great Sircuit Cosmeceuticals products on Birchbox’s site!