Does Cost Really Equal Quality?

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When customers call in asking for guidance on a product like a moisturizer that best suits their specific needs, there are many variables that need to be narrowed down to help the customer choose.

By the time I have a group of products ready to discuss with a customer, many times cost will be a deciding factor. I hear some of the following questions from customers on a regular basis:

• What’s the difference between drug store and department store brands versus what SkinStore.com sells?
• I love my department store brand, why should I pay more for the brands you sell?
• Do I have to spend a lot of money to see results?

The answer to the first question is that each level of cosmetic or skin care products will have ingredients whose potency and effectiveness will vary according to the maximum dollar amount that the consumer is willing to spend. For example a moisturizer at a drug store may cost $15.00, at a department store $30.00, and at a day spa or doctors office $45 and up! Each price range sets the limit on what ingredients; the quantity of those ingredients and the quality of those ingredients that can be used to produce the product. SkinStore continually strives to provide the best products available with more than 300 premium brands typically found only in luxury spas, fine stores and doctors’ offices!

The second question is why should I pay more and graduate to the next level of product? Each of us has unique skin care concerns that can be addressed with a variety of products. In general the younger we are and healthier our skin the less we may need to spend on products to keep our skin healthy. However for some customers concerns with acne, sun damage (hyperpigmentation) or aging are not met with the average drug store or department store levels of products. This is the point where moving up to the next level of product can help you get better results. After all, where’s the savings in buying four anti aging moisturizers for $15 each from a drug store in six months time, totaling $60 when you can buy a more potent & more effective product for $45 and it will last you just as long?

The third and most important question is do you have to spend a LOT of money to see results? The answer is NO! Remember just because you’re choosing a product that is more expensive than what you have used in the past, doesn’t mean you have to choose the MOST expensive product!

SkinStore welcomes you to contact one of our many skin care professionals who are ready to discuss your unique concerns and issues. Our goal is to help guide you to the product(s) that can help you achieve your skin care goals!

 




Day Three: NuFace Trinity Giveaway!

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NuFace GiveawayRejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin in just minutes a day with the award-winning, multi-solution NuFace Trinity micro-current device. Just in time to enhance your fall wardrobe with the ultimate accessory – beautiful skin – we’re giving away a NuFace Trinity (a $325 value) once a day for seven days!

The NuFace Trinity is an FDA-cleared, portable micro-current facial toning device that gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face to improve your appearance.

Along with the device, the NuFace Trinity kit includes Gel Primer, charging cradle, power adapter and a one-year warranty. Clinical studies showed improvements in facial contour, firmness, and tone, making NuFace Trinity the perfect way to “exercise” your face.

Every weekday we will post the names of the winners on our FaceBook page by 8:30 PM EST.

See the complete contest rules here.



Philosophy Microdelivery Peel

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There’s never a dull moment at SkinStore! Our staff is always aglow! And that’s because dull, drab, boring skin is a thing of the past with Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel! Always a staff and customer favorite, the Microdelivery Peel is a once-weekly two-step system that delivers results.

Step one is a microdermabrasion scrub that removes dead skin cells while infusing your skin with vitamin C and peptides. Step two is a lactic/salicylic acid peel that exfoliates even deeper, while reducing inflammation and unclogging pores. Since step two is layered directly over step one this is one powerful product, you can literally feel it working. But once you’ve rinsed the crystals off, your skin is left smooth, glowing and never irritated.

Do you want to give your skin a complete resurfacing without a visit to the spa? The Microdelivery Peel is exfoliator aficionado’s favorite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it as much as we do!

 



Day Two: NuFace Trinity Giveaway!

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NuFace GiveawayRejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin in just minutes a day with the award-winning, multi-solution NuFace Trinity micro-current device. Just in time to enhance your fall wardrobe with the ultimate accessory – beautiful skin – we’re giving away a NuFace Trinity (a $325 value) once a day for seven days!

The NuFace Trinity is an FDA-cleared, portable micro-current facial toning device that gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face to improve your appearance.

Along with the device, the NuFace Trinity kit includes Gel Primer, charging cradle, power adapter and a one-year warranty. Clinical studies showed improvements in facial contour, firmness, and tone, making NuFace Trinity the perfect way to “exercise” your face.

Every weekday we will post the names of the winners on our FaceBook page by 8:30 PM EST.

See the complete contest rules here.



NuFace Trinity Giveaway!

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NuFace GiveawayRejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin in just minutes a day with the award-winning, multi-solution NuFace Trinity micro-current device. Just in time to enhance your fall wardrobe with the ultimate accessory – beautiful skin – we’re giving away a NuFace Trinity (a $325 value) once a day for seven days!

The NuFace Trinity is an FDA-cleared, portable micro-current facial toning device that gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face to improve your appearance.

Along with the device, the NuFace Trinity kit includes Gel Primer, charging cradle, power adapter and a one-year warranty. Clinical studies showed improvements in facial contour, firmness, and tone, making NuFace Trinity the perfect way to “exercise” your face.

Every weekday we will post the names of the winners on our FaceBook page by 8:30 PM EST.

See the complete contest rules here.



Perricone MD High Potency Evening Repair

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Perricone MD High Potency Evening RepairA SkinStore employee favorite! Benefits include:

– Improves fine lines & wrinkles

– Helps firm the skin with DMAE

– Diminishes the appearance of large pores and  improve skin texture

– Helps brighten dull lack luster skin

Consumer study reports 90% noticed an improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles within the first five minutes of application!

With high levels of non-irritating retinol and the antioxidant benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid, using night after night skin will appear more refined, and brighter. Finally a night cream that works to repair your skin while your sleeping. This a must have!



A Quick Daily Swipe to Youth

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Want a brighter skin tone? Want more radiance to your skin? Or a better texture with fewer fine lines & refined pores? There are doctors who listen to these needs and want to offer the best results in products that are quick and efficient. With a few swipes a day, you can almost instantly be on your way to a more youthful looking complexion. The Dr.Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel addresses multiple concerns and pave the way to a healthy, glowing skin.  Also available in an extra strength version here. Watch how you can use these pads daily to achieve better skin!

 



Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer

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Perricone MD Intensive Pore MinimizerMany people don’t like using toners in their daily skin care regimen, but when you have large pores you’ve have to keep your options open for products that yield results. The Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer tightens the appearance of pores and refines skin texture. It contains DMAE or (dimethylaminoethanol) a nutrient that improves skin tone and sagging. Studies show that people who use DMAE regularly had fewer wrinkles and more supple skin. This product also contains Salicylic Acid, a BHA used for its antimicrobial benefits. This ingredient has the ability to penetrate deep into the pore, exfoliating the interior of the pore as well as the surface of the skin.

To use, simply shake well and apply to a cotton pad and smooth over face and neck. Allow skin to dry before using other products. Use twice daily.  If you have oily skin, this product will help decrease oil production and keep your skin matte. It’s a must have for  any skin type.



Cor – The Silver Soap

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corWhen I think of a bar of soap I think about this icky, germy, bar just sitting in the shower growing fungus. Eewwww! That’s not something I’d want to use on my face. However, Cor has given the boring ol’ bar of soap a makeover.

 

Cor has patented a delivery system that allows active ingredients to target the “core” of the skin’s most problematic concerns. Their highlighted active ingredient is nano-silver with silica, and a compound of Collagen, Sericin and Chitosan (CSC).

 

The components of Silica prepare the skin to take in all the active ingredients the Cor Soap has to offer. With its sponge-like quality, the silica pulls the active components deeply into the skin. Silver is a new discovery in the anti-bacterial world and it has proven to be very effective. Silver prevents the transfer of oxygen through the cell walls, killing off the ability for the bacteria to grow. Silver is also very healing and has been shown to increase cell turnover. The CSC molecules are micronized to their minutest size while remaining in an active state. The tiny size of the molecules will allow for maximum delivery to the deepest point in the dermis, reaching the source of any damage in the skin. The collagen in this product is a marine based collagen and is used because of its smaller molecular size and provides a better performance once penetrated into the skin. Sericin is a soluble protein extracted from silk and supplies moisture binding benefits, leaving the skin soft and supple. Chitosan is a natural fiber that balances out pH in the skin and evens out skin tone, giving a more hydrated, youthful appearance.

 

Since Cor has a pH of 7.2 and contains all natural ingredients, it is safe enough for even the most sensitive skin types. It’s also available in a travel size! Simply lather up, let the foam sit on your skin to work its magic and then rinse away to beautiful skin.

 



Lumps and Bumps

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When you find a lump or a bump on the surface of your skin you may wonder… What is this? What caused it? How can I treat it? Here’s a simple guide to the most common lumps and bumps that are found on the skin and how to address them:

 

Cysts: They appear in the form of cystic acne on the face, but are also common the back, on the legs, and sometimes on the arms. Cysts are harmless and can result due to localized infections or clogging of sebaceous glands. Cysts cause a bumpy appearance of the skin and can feel painful due to an inflammatory response. Most cysts can be extracted or dissipate on their own, some cysts may need to be drained by a dermatologist through the use of a surgical lancet. Many cysts can be treated with localized cortisone shots to reduce inflammation.

 

Dermatofibromas: Harmless red, purple or brown growths that are similar to a mole but can appear overnight. Dermatofibromas can be painful and feel tender to the touch, sometimes they can be itchy. The growths can be surgically removed by a dermatologist or frozen with liquid nitrogen.

 

Epidermoid Cysts: Epidermoid Cysts are not to be confused with cystic acne.  Epidermoid cysts are caused by blocked oil glands in the skin. Milia, which are often found around the eye area, are a type of epidermoid cyst. These types of cysts are benign, but can be unsightly. Epidermoid cysts must be extracted by a dermatologist through an incision in the skin as the sac of the cyst must be completely removed. If the discharge is forced out by squeezing the cyst, the cyst will reappear over time as the sac will remain within the skin.

 

Folliculitis: An infection of the hair follicles, folliculitis appears due to skin irritation caused by chemicals or physical factors such as friction, or by infection within the hair follicle itself. Folliculitis is predominant in those with a compromised immune system. Folliculitis is characterized by itchy skin, redness, irritation and a rash-like appearance. Antibiotics or antifungal medications may be used to treat folliculitis.

 

Keratosis Pilaris: Commonly referred to as ‘chicken skin’ or ‘KP’ Keratosis Pilaris appears on the backs of arms and on the thighs, and can also appear on cheeks, back, and buttocks. There is no known cause for KP but it’s commonly associated with dry skin.  Treatment of KP includes using rich moisturizers in conjunction with exfoliating products, such as alpha hydroxyl acids.

 

Lipomas: Lipomas are soft tissue tumors that are slow-growing and benign. Lipomas usually appear on the neck and back but can appear on other parts of the body as well. Lipomas have a rubbery feel, and can appear in clusters and variable sizes. Lipomas need to be removed by a dermatologist.

 

If you have a lump, growth, bump or irritation that you find bothersome or unsightly, consult with your doctor. Always have your moles checked to ensure that they are benign.

 

If you have any specific skincare questions, you may ask our estheticians and skincare experts by clicking here.

 




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