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A Letter From Our Founder

A Letter From Our Founder

Hello,

Welcome to Harben House. I sincerely appreciate everyone who has taken the time to visit our site and read our story. I want to be sure that everyone has a delightful experience while shopping at Harben House. I know shopping for skincare and beauty products online can be tedious, so we strive to ease this process for you. 

Harben House is named after my two beautiful baby boys, Harrison and Benjamin. After an exhaustive attempt to create a clever, unique, and available store name, it made sense to go with a personal brand name. During conception, I kept going back to the essence of what I wanted Harben to be, a global health and beauty destination. I desired not to be tied down to one part of the beauty industry, as I plan to expand into additional areas of health and wellness. So, I kept going back to “Heath and Beauty.” HB just happened to be on the necklace I wear daily that I had personalized for Harrison and Benjamin. “Harben” quickly came to me, and soon after, Harben House was established.

My vision is for Harben House to be a medical aesthetic wellness destination that helps customers choose products that fit their individual needs. Through myself, and our panel of experts, we can design skincare routines and pick products specific to your needs. We strive to take the guess work out of buying beauty products online and make it so that you can buy products that truly work with confidence.

I personally thank you for supporting Harben House. Please know, our door is always open.

 

WELCOME HOME.

Courtney Broder

courtney@harbenhouse.com

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A Plastic Surgeon's Skincare Staples

A Plastic Surgeon's Skincare Staples

What skincare products does the plastic surgeon use?

We get asked this daily in our offices. Who doesn't want to know what a Plastic Surgeon is using on their skin? We've gone behind the counter with our in-house Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to see exactly what secrets she has for healthy skin.

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Our Top Product Picks for Your Skincare Routine

Our Top Product Picks for Your Skincare Routine

We get TONS of comments on our Instagram asking for our top picks and routine recommendations. With so many new products on the market these days, it is insanely hard to narrow down these recommendations. There are DOZENS of options with your skin care routine, but alas, we have compiled our top picks for AM / PM routines for multiple skin types.

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Truth Treatment Systems™ Now Available

Truth Treatment Systems™ Now Available

When our owner told us she found a new brand she was obsessed with about a month ago, of course I trusted her skincare expertise. That said, in the skincare world, you might hear the phrase "I am obsessed with this," 40 times per day. It wasn't until she booked a training with our sister-store, Beleza MedSpa, that I really understood what she had found.

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Salmon Egg Skincare? Restorsea’s One-Of-A-Kind Aquatic Exfoliant

Salmon Egg Skincare? Restorsea’s One-Of-A-Kind Aquatic Exfoliant

Origin

Examining the hands of the East Norway salmon hatchery workers you would never believe that they were beyond their 20’s. Their hands, submerged within the salmon water all day long, did not reflect their true older age since they were receiving day-to-day benefits/exfoliation of the enzyme that would later be exclusively patented by Restorsea and called, Aquabeautine XL. The enzyme from the salmon roe demonstrated that it had the ability to correct uneven skin tone, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, increases elasticity, and not cause damage to healthy skin after extensive use.

Aquabeautine XL - How the Enzyme Works

Enzyme's Natural Process

Ever thought about how fish break out from their egg shells? Unlike chicks that can physically peck their way out, salmon must rely on an enzyme process to release them from their rubber-like egg. Two major phases take place during the salmon roe hatching process after the release of the enzyme, Aquabeautine XL:

  1. A protein is expelled and activated as it attaches to the egg shell. The exfoliant then dissolves the area of the egg shell previously marked by the protein.
  2. Once the egg shell has an opening, the enzyme “turns off” so not to damage the skin of the baby salmon as it escapes from the egg.

The turn-on turn-off mechanism of the enzyme works the same way on human cells. Only dead skin cells are digested by the enzyme and live cells are left intact.

Enzyme For Sensitive Skin

Restorsea is formulated as an exfoliant for those with sensitive, dry and condition skin types. The Aquabeautine XL molecules only digest dead skin cells making it a gentler alternative to retinols and glycolic acid that don't discriminate between living and dead. Also, Aquabeautine XL molecules are larger and are unable to penetrate as deeply as other exfoliants as demonstrated by the below diagram. This can be a good thing as it is not always necessary to hit the dermis as this may cause redness, peeling and irritation by external elements (notice how skincare products formulated with standard exfoliants require a safety label for sun protection?).

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Cleanser, Moisturizers, Serums and More

Restorsea and Restorsea PRO have everything you need for your daily and nightly beauty routine, beginning with the Reviving Cleanser all the way to the 24kt Liquid Gold Face Oil with Vibransea Complex. The Restorsea PRO line has a higher percentage of Aquabeautine XL for additional benefits.

Best Seller: Restorsea Rejuvenating Day Cream ($150.00)

FAQ

Where to Buy Restorsea?

You can of course find all Restorsea products here at Texas Beauty Company. Also, the Restorsea PRO line can only be sold by licensed physicians, that’s us!

Are animals harmed in the process?

Nope! After the salmon eggs have hatched the baby fish are transferred to a different tank. Once all are transferred, the enzyme is harvested from the water. The finished Restorsea products are never tested on animals.

What skin types can use Restorsea?

All skin types may use Restorsea skincare, but sensitive, rosacea and dry skin will find the most benefit in terms of irritation relief. The exfoliating enzyme only targets dead skin cells and does not penetrate deep to the stratum spinosum and beyond where only newer skin resides.

Is it normal for the serums & cleanser to change color?

It is normal for the serums and cleanser to periodically change colors. The Aquabeautine XL is a living enzyme and responds to temperature fluctuations. Be sure to store your item in room temperature or at a slightly colder temperature.

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Respond like a Celeb • How Kendall Jenner Deals With Breakouts After A Big Event

Respond like a Celeb • How Kendall Jenner Deals With Breakouts After A Big Event

How to Respond Like Kendall Jenner to  A Breakout Right Before a Big Event

Kendall Jenner’s skin has been in the forefront of celebrity media after she made an appearance at the Golden Globes with visible acne on her cheeks. Fans were quick to comment on social media about her rarely seen blemishes. Of course there were some who criticized her appearance, but most showed admiration for coming out even with a not-so-perfect complexion. Kendall responded positively to a fan saying, “never let that sh*t stop you!”. 


People were left feeling better about their appearance knowing that a supermodel struggles with the same skin issues as most. We’ve all been there. You are planning to attend a highly anticipated event and all right before the big night your skin runs wild! Ugh! So what do you do? We will walk through what is the best Do’s and Don’ts for these skin emergencies.

 

The Don’ts – What not to do to those unwanted breakouts.

 

  1. Don’t pop it! Resist the urge to pop pimples. Not only can you cause permanent scarring to your skin, but you can also make the appearance of the blemish worse.
  2. Don’t apply too many overly drying products. Yes I know it is an emergency, but don’t go overboard when applying products. Applying a salicylic, benzoyl peroxide, and retinol product can help dry up these pesky zits, but applying too much can just cause more inflammation and irritation.
  3. Don’t try to cover up by apply too much makeup. Applying too much heavy makeup can be contrary to camouflaging and actually shine light on the problem area. Not only does this not look good but it can also clog the pores and cause the breakout to become worse. Instead try a cover up that is made with ingredients that help treat the blemish while covering it up like Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer. This concealer aids in calming the skin with Green Tea and Vitamin C while hiding the blemish with a great coverage.
  4. Don’t touch! As difficult as it may be, make sure to keep your hands off the blemish. Your hands have oil and dirt (even with consistent washing) that will just exaggerate the problem.

 

The Dos- How to properly treat skin pimples and blemishes

 

  1. Keep it clean. Wash your face with a deep cleaning, non-irritating cleanser like EltaMD Foaming Facial Wash, and keep the area clean.
  2. Spot treat the blemish with a product containing a retinoid, salicylic acid, or benzyol peroxide. We recommend Osmosis Clarify Blemish Serum which uses a retinol mixed with natural oils and extracts to calm and treat blemishes. Another great product to try is SkinMedica Acne Treatment Lotion which uses Benzyol Peroxide to fight bacteria.
  3. Use a mask to help pull impurities out of your skin like Revision Black Mask. However, don’t use it for the first time immediately before your big event! Using the right mask can help smooth and brighten your skin, but verify that your skin doesn’t have a reaction to any product before your big night. 
  4. Moisturize. Don't be afraid to moisturize the area. Using a product that doesnt clog the pores but acts as a natural barrier like, EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex, can help smooth the appearance of unwanted acne and act as a primer for makeup.
  5. There are a few in-office procedures that can quickly aid in ridding acne. For large cystic acne, you can get an injection of cortisone at a physician’s office. Another procedure called CryoCorrect by SkinCeuticals can immediately freeze zits and pimples and help get rid of them swiftly and effectively.

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Finding the Perfect Vitamin C Product

Finding the Perfect Vitamin C Product

Which Vitamin C serum is right for me?

Ask any physician or skincare expert what your skincare routine should include, and you will hear many different opinions. All or most of which will include some sort of Vitamin C product.  Why is that?  The benefits of a well formulated Vitamin C product are immense. These range from correcting your skin by firming, lightening, and brightening to preventing future damage by neutralizing free radicals.

Vitamin C comes in many different forms. There are extensive (and complicated) debates over which form of topical Vitamin C can best penetrate the skin and therefore reap the best benefits. The two top forms used in medical grade products are L-Ascorbic Acid and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. Which is better? Well that depends on who you ask. Every company will say their Vitamin C ingredient is superior. As for the scientific evidence, the jury is still out. Here is a concise version of the debate between the two. 

L- Ascorbic Acid is Vitamin C in its purest form. All other forms are derivatives and must convert to L-Ascorbic Acid after entering your skin. But L- Ascorbic Acid has some problems. Mainly it is incredibly hard to stabilize and is only able to penetrate your skin at a pH lower than 3.5. Since your skin’s natural pH is 5.5, the low pH of stable L-Ascorbic Acid can cause some irritation. All products containing L- Ascorbic Acid are not equal, and you need to be wary when choosing an L-AA product.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA) is a oil-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. With a neutral pH of 7, this product is less irritating and much more stable than L- Ascorbic Acid. Although the fat solubility of this ingredient can make it easier to penetrate the skin, the debate lies in how much is actually converted to L- Ascorbic Acid once it enters the dermis. Lastly, THDA is a much more expensive ingredient than L-Ascobic Acid, therefore products containing Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate are typically pricey as well.

So which form should you choose? Choose a reputable medical grade Vitamin C product that is right for your skin type. Both of these ingredients have benefits, and you want to choose one best suited for your specific skin type. Medical grade products are backed by clinical trials or data proving their efficacy. Considering Vitamin C products can be pricey and useless if unstable, you only want to use one that has been scientifically backed and proven to be effective. 

 

Best Vitamin C for Any Skin Type

1. skinbetter science - Alto Defense Serum -$145

 

Vitamin C: Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

Allure award winning antioxidant serum containing 19 antioxidants. Skinbetter is known for their innovative delivery system and power packed products. Alto is a golden serum that is not oily and dries fast. Great for all skin types.

The Good: 19 Antioxidants that can be used by all skin types! Need we say more?

The Bad: Skinbetter keeps their formulations confidential, and therefore will not release the exact percentage of Vitamin C that the product contains. 

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2. Revision Vitamin C Lotion 30% -$115

Vitamin C: Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

Being the highest concentration of Vitamin C in any medical grade product, this lotion is great for the Vitamin C lover. Revision is the only company to successfully make a 30% Vitamin C product that does not cause irritation. The product comes in a silky lotion.

The Good: Highest quantity of Vitamin C on the market! With little to no irritation! 

The Bad: The debate lies in how much Vitamin C  your skin can actually absorb

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Best Vitamin C for Oily Skin

All Water Based Serums

1. SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF - $165

 

Vitamin C: L- Ascorbic Acid 

Powerful product for oily, combination, and sensitive skin. A 15% Vitamin C serum also containing Phloretin which helps with pigmentation. This product is a water based serum that should be applied first after washing face in the morning and left to dry for a few minutes before applying a moisturizer or sunscreen.

The Good: SkinCeuticals has a plethora of clinically studies backing all of their products, especially Phloretin CF. Great for most skin types. Contains Phloretin to further assist with pigmentation and dark spots.

The Bad: Can cause some irritation to extremely sensitive skin. Phloretin CF also has a very distinct smell that some find displeasing. 

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2. Obagi Professional -C 15% Serum -$93

 

Vitamin C: L- Ascorbic Acid

A simple water based formula which contains only 6 ingredients. A fan favorite which is perfect for oily skin.

The Good: A lower price point than most other C serums. Obagi also puts another form of Vitamin C in this product, Ascorbyl Glucoside.

The Bad: Contains Alcohol and Fragrance which can be irritating to some.

 

Best Vitamin C for Dry Skin

All containing Vitamin E

1. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic -$165

Vitamin C: L- Ascorbic Acid 

Considered the "Gold Standard" by many experts. This patented Vitamin C Serum has won the best of beauty award over 24 times and continues to be the best in its class. The serum is water based and great for all skin types, but the Vitamin E makes it more suitable for aging skin not prone to breakouts. 

 The Good: Probably the most researched and scientifically backed Vitamin C on the market. SkinCeuticals has a patent on this reward winning product that makes it one of a kind and the gold standard for many. The patent is for the stability of the product in a .5% Ferulic Acid. Great for all skin types, but designed for mature, dry skin. 

The Bad: Very Pricey- $165. CE Ferulic has seen many price increases, but the formulation has stayed the same. 

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2. SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex -$102

Vitamin C: Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

An encapsulated, time released Vitamin C formulation that wears well. This silky lotion contains Vitamin E which makes it more suitable for dryer skin types. 

 The Good: SkinMedica a proprietary time release formula that releases small amounts of the Vitamin CE throughout the day. The price point is also relatively low for a THDA product and for the SkinMedica line. 

The Bad: Being a silicone based product, it does not layer perfectly under some products.

 

 An honorable mention goes to NeoCutis ReACTIVE Antioxidant Serum which contains Ascrobic Acid and two forms of Vitamin E. 

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