Archive for October, 2009

Quick Tip: Hair Care Survival Kit

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It’s Saturday morning and you have to get the kids to soccer, baseball and ballet functions…time is of the essence right? The Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo is a quick fix solution when you have to run but don’t have extra time to wash your hair. With rice, oat, and tapioca starches excess oil and product can be absorbed quickly without weighing your hair down. Increase volume, refresh and recharge your hair pronto with this little beauty secret. It smells fantastic too! Just apply a small amount in your hand and massage into your scalp to experience a dry wash that will get you through your busy day. The Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo is a life saver! Plus it is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner. Be sure to add this to your hair care survival kit!

 

To purchase Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo visit us at www.Skinstore.com.


Acne Attack? Light Therapy to the Rescue!

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Acne Attack? Light Therapy to the Rescue!Zapping zits with bacteria fighting light rays may seem like science fiction, but it’s now a reality. The age of technology is upon us and it’s time to reap the rewards with clear, smooth skin! But, just how does this glowing miracle device work?

 

In recent years, scientists have discovered that blue and red infrared light therapy significantly outweighs the benefits of traditional topical acne treatment creams (i.e. benzoyl peroxide or retin-A). When both blue and red infrared lights are used in conjunction with one another, results are astonishing! The blue light eradicates blemish causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, also known as P. acne bacteria. While the red light stimulates skin rejuvenation, shrinks pore size, and reduces sebum production. The red light is vital because it stimulates circulation, blood flow, and the release of nitric oxide which heals the skin, thereby reducing the risk of acne scarring. It’s a win, win combination that dramatically reduces redness and inflammation for a flawless complexion.

 

Baby Quasar Power PackAt first, one may suffer sticker shock from these pricey space age gadgets, but when you calculate the cost of years and years of ineffective acne products it’s a no brainer! But, beware there are a wide variety of infrared light therapy devices on the market that range in price and quality. It’s crucial to remember when purchasing a skincare tool, that it is a long term investment, not a disposable cream that sits on the bathroom counter for a few months. Baby Quasar sells a high quality power pack, which includes both the red and blue light therapy devices and has a five year manufacturer’s warranty. Like mom always said, you get what you pay for!

 

In general, light therapy treatments are recommended two to three times a week until desired results are achieved. Each session should last approximately 30 minutes. First, target areas of concern with the blue light for ten minutes and then follow up with the red device on all sections of the face. For optimal results, allow 48 hours in between treatments to allow the skin to rejuvenate. In order to retain your beloved clear complexion, maintenance treatments are recommended once or twice a month depending on your skin condition.

 

How easy is that?! Just after a few treatments your skin will be noticeably clearer and smoother. It’s time to say buh-bye to those messy treatment creams that always leave you disappointed. Now, get ready to zap those zits and see the results you’ve always wanted!

 

Products featured in this article: Baby Quasar Red, Baby Quasar Baby Blue, Baby Quasar Power Pack.

 

For more information about Light Therapy, please vist www.SkinStore.com.


How to Hydrate Your Skin Throughout the Cold Months

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How to Hydrate Your Skin throughout the Cold MonthsThe leaves are turning, the rain is pouring down, the soup is boiling on the stove… it’s beginning to look a lot like autumn! And something else is changing too… my skin! My (usually) combination skin is rough, dry and tight. Lips are cracking and peeling, hands are looking old and withered. And with all the holiday festivities approaching fast, I want to look my best, but what to do when my skin is parched and chapped from all the wind and cold? I’ve set out on the ultimate hydration hunt to find some tips and tricks to help YOU get through the cold fall and winter months.  

 

My lovely lathering acne fighting cleanser has been leaving my skin tight and uncomfortable, so I’ve switched to Sundari Neem & Burdock Balancing Cream-Gel Cleanser. The formulation isn’t quite a cream, but is an elegant cream-gel which lathers just slightly to remove surface residue, without stripping the skin of its essential lipids, and it has a gorgeous scent to boot. If your skin is extra dry, use a creamy cleanser like the SkinCeuticals Cleansing Cream, which is a lipid-rich non-foaming cleanser which ensures that your skin will stay hydrated and smooth through Antarctica climates.  

 La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

Usually, a witch hazel based astringent would be my go-to toner post cleansing, but with my skin feeling so dry, I refuse to use anything remotely acidic. Instead, I’m opting for refreshing sprits of La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water, which is French spring water with immense antioxidant benefits and pH balancing properties. I also use my thermal water as a make-up setting spray, and as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day.

 

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 GelWater-based serums are great for hydration to layer under heavier moisturizers. Typically, serums provide the first barrier of protection, and pull active ingredients from moisturizers deeper into the skin. I opt for hyaluronic acid (which isn’t really an acid) to bring moisture deep into my parched skin. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold ten thousand times its weight in moisture, so a moisturizer applied on top of the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (which is hyaluronic based) brings colossal moisture to the skin. Another great choice for hydration is a serum with essential oils. I absolutely love Decleor Aromessence Neroli Essential Serum for its hydrating and protective properties. Though it’s an oily consistency, the serum soaks right in and soothes the skin, while providing antioxidant and aromatherapy benefits.

 Purlisse Pur Moist Hydra Balance Moisturizer

A protective and hydrating moisturizer is necessary as a pre-SPF step in your morning regimen. I adore the Purlisse Pur Moist Hydra Balance Moisturizer; it is infused with Lotus Lupine Peptide Complex, Vitamin E and a blend of French Marine Plants to provide anti-aging and soothing benefits. If you like a moisturizer to have a built-in SPF then REVALESKIN CoffeeBerry Day Cream is a good choice, because it has humectants, outstanding antioxidants and an SPF of 15.

 

Use the same regimen in the evening (cleanse, tone, hydrate and moisturize, but skip the SPF). I normally recommend masking once or twice a week with a hydrating mask. The Z. Bigatti Re-Storation Dew- Hydrating Facial Mask is one of my favorites for the cold months; it has cucumber, calendula and aloe vera as well as evening primrose and eucalyptus… packing a power punch of hydration and moisture for the driest of dry skin. Sometimes, I’ll layer the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel under the Z. Bigatti Re-Storation Dew to push the active ingredients of the Dew deeper into my skin. And sometimes, I’ll switch my crazy scientist on and will hand blend my B5 gel with the Dew, with a sprinkling of Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder for an at-home spa facial. The C powder brightens the skin, so I love this home spa treatment pre-event or before a hot date.

 BORBA Replenishing Aqualess Crystalline

Remember to supplement your skin from the inside out with vitamins so your skin radiates from the inside out. In addition to my daily Jan Marini C-ESTAMINS vitamins I love a daily dose of BORBA Replenishing Aqualess Crystalline, just mix a packet into your water for a dose of vitamins and hydrating lychee. Lychee fruit is a tropical plant that grows in warm climates and is known for its amazing antioxidant and hydrating properties. It’s so delicious, you’ll need to stop yourself from using all of the packets in one day!

 

I hope my tips and tricks will be of some aid to all you Sahara deserts out there. With the above listed regimen, my skin’s restored back to its dewy luminosity that I’ve been missing. Now, bring on the holiday photos, I’m ready for my close-up!

 

Products featured in this article: Sundari Neem & Burdock Balancing Cream-Gel Cleanser, SkinCeuticals Cleansing Cream, La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water, SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, Decleor Aromessence Neroli Essential Serum, Purlisse Pur Moist Hydra Balance Moisturizer, REVALESKIN CoffeeBerry Day Cream, Z. Bigatti Re-Storation Dew- Hydrating Facial Mask, Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder, Jan Marini C-ESTAMINS, BORBA Replenishing Aqualess Crystalline.


No Running Allowed! Making Your Makeup Last

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No Running Allowed: Making Your Makeup Last!Are you tired of runny makeup that smudges everywhere? By the end of the day you want your makeup to still look as if you had just applied it! No more raccoon eyes or scary mask face! You’ll want to waterproof your makeup.

 

Cosmetics usually have a silicon-based oil in them called Dimethicone. This ingredient aids in smoothing the application of a product and will also help to create a barrier to protect your skin. Dimethicone is a non-comedogenic ingredient and is widely used in the beauty industry. When you want your makeup to last throughout the rough daily activities you find yourself in, you’d want to utilize waterproof cosmetics. Usually these waterproof cosmetics use a similar oil in them called Dimethicone Copolyol. This ingredient still has the same benefits as Dimethicone but also acts as an adherent and is water repellent. You will find this ingredient in waterproof makeup ranging from face, to eye, and even lip products. Since you’d have to use a stronger makeup remover for these waterproof products (which can be harsh on your skin) they aren’t recommended for daily use. Waterproof cosmetic products are actually recommended for use on a temporary basis and for special occasions only. A natural eye makeup remover that is great for removing all traces of waterproof cosmetics is Decleor Eye Makeup Remover Gel.

 

Philosophy On A Clear Day Clarifying PrimerThe other route you could take for waterproofing your makeup would be to use a makeup primer or finishing product. These two items would be better suited for use with a daily routine. A primer is used to create a base for cosmetics. It preps the skin for application and helps prolong the life of your makeup. Other benefits of primers are:  evening out your skin tone, reducing pore size, absorbing excess oils, filling in fine lines, reducing redness or inflammation, and helping to keep the skin hydrated. Some primers even contain SPF and even come tinted. Well known primers include Philosophy’s On a Clear Day Primer and Stila’s Hydrating Primer.

 

A finishing spray is used to prevent makeup application from smudging, running, and blending into each other. It is used after all makeup products have been applied. It’s usually a fine mist that covers the entire face and will help bond makeup to your face for extended wear. Finishers are used to cool cosmetics throughout the day to protect from heat and humidity. There are many different companies that carry finishing spray including Skindinavia, MAC and professional cosmetic companies such as Kryolan.

 

Finding the perfect products to waterproof your makeup depends on the occasion you’re Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Sprayattending, how often you need an all day application and the strength of hold needed to maintain your application throughout the entire day. You can use individual waterproof products from time to time or use them in conjunction with your primers and finishers for the ultimate error proof application. No matter your use of makeup or your skin type, you can achieve a flawless, long lasting application to get you through any of life’s rough occasions.

 

Products featured in this article: Decleor Eye Makeup Remover Gel, Philosophy On A Clear Day Clarifying Primer, Stila Hydrating Primer SPF 15, Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray.


Hyperpigmentation And SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator

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SkinCeuticals Pigment RegulatorWe all have many skincare concerns, but how do you know if you have a specific one that we call hyperpigmentation? Hyperpigmentation is irregular pigmentation of the skin that ranges from light freckling, to excessively dark patches of pigment. Usually hyperpigmentation occurs from unwarranted sun exposure, certain medications, or can be caused by certain skin conditions such as Vitiligo. If you want to know more about hyperpigmentation and how to recognize it, please read my blog: How To Treat Hyperpigmentation.

 

 

You know that you have hyperpigmentation, and want to address it, but don’t want to go the hydroquinone route. You’re leery of using hydroquinone because you’ve heard of side effects such as acquired skin sensitivity, irritation, or thinning of the skin. Or perhaps you’re a person of color, and are hesitant of using hydroquinone as it is known to cause hypopigmentation and excessive bleaching of the skin. If this describes you, read on…

 

While hydroquinone is one of the most effective and potent skin lighteners available on the market, it’s not the best choice for everyone, and although a 2% concentration is available over the counter, hydroquinone is most effective when used at a 4% concentration, and 4% is available only through your dermatologist. But now, there’s a product that the hydroquinone-apprehensive can use to achieve hydroquinone-like results. Leave it to SkinCeuticals, a leading pioneer in the beauty industry, to create an effective lightening agent to cure your pigmentation woes. Introducing SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator… a patent-pending lightening agent that utilizes a sophisticated blend of ingredients to safely and effectively lighten your skin as well as a 4% hydroquinone prescription. 

 SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator

In a double-blind clinical study SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator was evaluated against 4% hydroquinone on a variety of characteristics. There was no statistical difference identified in the pigment lightening aptitude of the two agents. Both hydroquinone and SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator attained similar results in reducing excess pigment in the skin, promoting an even skin tone, and an overall even appearance to the skin’s surface.  SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator is able to achieve such remarkable results through an advanced blend of safe, effective lightening agents. The star ingredient of the product is kojic acid at a 2% concentration, which reduces production of excess melanin and works as a tyrosinase inhibitor (tyrosinase is a hyperactive enzyme found in melanin which produces pigment). You’ll also find 2% embilica concentrate in this remarkable blend, which prevents excess melanin from reaching the skin’s surface, while it provides antioxidant protection and naturally brightens the skin. In addition, a concentration of 10% alpha hydroxyl acids (as glycolic and aminosulfonic) work to resurface the skin and break up surface melanin clusters, as well as to push active product deeper into the skin.

 

SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator is a highly advanced and cosmetically elegant formulation with an effective approach to skin lightening. Pigment Regulator is a safe and effective alternative to irritating topicals and can be used daily, year-round, long term, without unhealthy side effects, there is no need to take breaks away from this product like you would with hydroquinone. Moreover, Pigment Regulator will not discolor the skin or cause hypopigmentation like many other lightening agents. We recommend using Pigment Regular as part of a comprehensive lightening regimen. Here is a step-by-step regimen which incorporates Pigment Regulator as well as other products which promote pigment correction and overall skin health:

 

AM:

 

Cleanse & Tone: SkinCeuticals cleanser and toner suitable to your skin type

Prevent: Phloretin CF

Even: Phyto+

Smooth: Retexturing Activator

Lighten: Pigment Regulator

Moisturize: SkinCeuticals moisturizer (Renew, Emollience or A.G.E.)

Protect: SkinCeuticals broad-spectrum sunscreen

 

PM:

 

Cleanse & Tone: SkinCeuticals cleanser and toner suitable to your skin type

Even: Phyto+

Smooth: Retinol 0.5 or 1.0 as tolerated or recommended by an esthetician

Moisturize: SkinCeuticals moisturizer (Renew, Emollience or A.G.E.)

 

If you have questions about the SkinCeuticals product line or the Pigment Regulator feel free to contact us. You can also consult with one of our licensed, trained estheticians to assist you in building an appropriate regimen for your individual skin type and concerns. Otherwise, visit us at SkinStore to get your Pigment Regulator!


How To Care For Your Dry Skin Through The Seasons

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Ask Us: How To Care For Your Dry Skin Through The SeasonsFor individuals with dry skin, changes in the weather or other environmental factors can often lead to the frustrating process of finding a new way to best hydrate your skin. Without immediate and proper attention, you know that your skin can quickly become parched and flaky, or even hypersensitive or painfully tight.

 

The manifestation of dry skin can vary from person to person. Severity can range from dry patches to chronically dry skin on the face and body. The pervasiveness of your dry skin may also be year round or just when weather or environmental factors change. Regardless, those who experience dry skin seek moisture and relief.

 

Since cleansing is one of the most important aspects of our daily skin care rituals, I will often start there when providing a consultation to our clients. When speaking to those who have truly dry skin (skin still feels dry even after 12 hours), I often ask if they have ever tried an oil based cleanser such as Babor Hy-Ol & Phytoactive Base Cleansing System. Most individuals that I have spoken with had not considered taking such an aggressive approach to dry skin, BABOR Hy-Ol & Phytoactive Base Cleansing Systembut I have to tell you, personally I have tried oil based cleansers, such as the one just mentioned, and I find that they are highly effective especially during the winter season, in high elevation areas, windy climates or dry cool regions. One of the active ingredients that I appreciate in the Babor Combination Skin Cleanser is the witch hazel which is an astringent that has antioxidant qualities and has been used to treat eczema and psoriasis. I will generally suggest that this type of cleanser be used in the evening and a hydro-based lighter cleanser like the Pevonia Dry Skin Cleanser or the Decleor Cleansing Milk in the morning, but that is really a personal preference based on the user and what their specific needs are. Babor also makes a sensitive skin formulation of the Hy-Ol and Phytoactive solutions.

 

Another more natural approach to cleansing is the Sundari Comfrey Cleanser for Dry Skin. Sundari has a high Sundari Essential Oil for Dry Skinconcentration of natural based ingredients such as comfrey and chamomile extracts. Follow this cleanser with the Sundari Essential Oil for Dry Skin and the Lavender Moisturizer and you have a cocktail of wonderfully hydrating ingredients. Check out the customer reviews by going to the product pages at SkinStore.com if you have a moment.

 

Moisturizers are another critical element of caring for your dry skin. Facial moisturizers come in all levels of hydration and consistency. It can be confusing to try to find the right one. There are night creams, day creams and multipurpose creams in every type of delivery system from tubes to pumps to jars.

 

From a moisturizer perspective, because I have true dry skin, I prefer to use, as well as recommend, a hydrator such as the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel or the Cellex-C Hydra 5B Complex, and then a moisturizer on top, this is a morning regimen. The moisturizer you choose should have an SPF. I suggest the La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV SPF30 because it is light enough to apply under makeup without any sticky or cakey feeling that some sunscreens can Cellex-C Hydra 5B Complexhave, it is also super hydrating. Another good moisturizing SPF is the Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream SPF30, again it is light enough to use under makeup.

 

If you use or need a treatment, use your treatment product first, then the hydrator and apply the moisturizer last. For treatment, the SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF or the C E Ferulic is a must have for every woman concerned with preventative measures, cell turnover, elasticity and even hyperpigmentation. Depending on what you need, I would advise reading about the products on SkinStore.com to determine which is best suited to address your skin care concerns.  

 

For an evening moisturizing treatment Kinerase and SkinCeuticals have some wonderful options. SkinCeuticals has the Kinerase Pro Therapy Ultra Rich Night RepairRenew Overnight Dry with a 10% hydroxy acid to exfoliate the skin. Kinerase has a couple that I have used and can suggest the Ultimate Night Moisturizer and the Pro Therapy Ultra Rich Night Repair. The Pro Therapy line in general is really great. The Night Repair has the Kinetin and Zeatin formulation that help with moisture retention and to improve the signs of aging. It also has the Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3 to help with the appearance of wrinkles and the antioxidant benefit of Ergothioneine (More info here). Again, if you use treatments such as Retinols, serums, or gels, apply them under your moisturizer.

 

More suggestions for dry skin will be in later articles. These are just a few suggestions for those with excessively dry skin; it is not an all inclusive list of what can be used or even all inclusive listing of a complete skin care regimen. For example, toners and treatments are important to a health skin care regimen, but some may or may not choose to include them in their regimen as a personal choice. With that said, no one can or should avoid a great cleanser and moisturizer.

 

For more information about dry skin, you can contact SkinStore.com for a consultation or visit us at www.skinstore.com.

 

Products featured in this article: Babor Hy-Ol & Phytoactive Base Cleansing System, BABOR Hy-Ol & Phytoactive Sensitive Cleansing System, Pevonia Dry Skin Cleanser, Decleor Cleansing Milk, Sundari Comfrey Cleanser for Dry Skin, Sundari Essential Oil for Dry Skin, Sundari Lavender Moisturizer for Dry Skin, SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, Cellex-C Hydra 5B Complex, La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV SPF30, Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream SPF30, SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, SkinCeuticals CE FerulicSkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Dry, Kinerase Ultimate Night Moisturizer, Kinerase Pro Therapy Ultra Rich Night Repair.


Styling Tools That End Boring Hair Hexes

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Styling Tools That End Boring Hair HexesAt some point in our lives we all seem to get bored with our daily hair routine. Between school, jobs, friends, kids and relationships, we sometimes need extra tools which help us kick up our efforts in hairstyle. Figuring out what kind of tools we should invest our time and money into can be a pain in the rear. Hair styling tools are made to give us a hand and to help us avoid hassle. They vary from simple easy to use tools to more intricate and time consuming tools with fierce results. Below I will give you tool suggestions and how to use those tools to break old routine habits and enjoy hairstyle variation!

 

 We will start with the most common styling tool known to women. This is the hair dryer. It is probably going to be your most important tool investment. I don’t think I know one woman who does not own a hair dryer. Due to daily Metropolis Technology Tourmaline Ionic Dryeractivities, our hair becomes dirty and eventually it will need to be washed. As much as we procrastinate doing this to try and maintain hair health, it is inevitable. On that note hair will need to be dried. You can towel and air dry as much as you want but you will not always receive the style results you may be looking for. Hair needs heat in order to achieve volume and create style. When looking for a great hair dryer, you’ll want to lean towards an ionic tourmaline one. Having these components will help eliminate frizz, prevent breakage or split ends, dry hair faster and add shine to your lovely locks! A great suggestion would be Metropolis Technology Tourmaline Ionic Dryer. Using a round brush while drying your hair can give you the option to either flip your hair ends under, flip your hair ends out, and can also help to create volume at the roots of your hair. Frederick Fekkai has an amazing round brush. When purchasing a hair dryer, look to see if it comes with a diffuser. You can use mousse or hairspray while the hair is still damp, apply heat with the diffuser and create an instantly wavy hairstyle. As you can see, a hair dryer alone can create numerous different hair styles depending on the techniques used in conjunction.

 Metropolis Technology T-Ion Tourmaline Flat Iron 1"

When looking for straight hair, you’d want to use a flat iron. The best flat irons for your hair have multiple heat settings and are usually ceramic or tourmaline. You could try Metropolis Technology T-Ion Tourmaline Flat Iron. For the same reasons as the hair dryer, those components keep you from frying your hair. A hot iron can also be used to create many different looks as well, from smooth and sleek to slightly curled or flipped.

 

 The next frequently used or thought of hair tool is the curling iron. The curling iron comes in various sizes and styles. You have the option to use smaller barreled irons for tighter ringlets or larger barreled irons for loose relaxed curls. Ceramic curling irons are what you should look for. They also have curling irons which have a spiral wrapped around the barrel that give your ringlets more of a spiral appearance. Curling irons are easy to use and can get to all sections of the hair accordingly. After curling your hair, you can leave your playful curls down or use them to create a stunning updo. When hair spray is utilized in the process of curling, you are bound to create a lasting and amazing style. Similar to curling irons, are hot rollers. With practice and experience with hot rollers you can use them daily without spending excessive time on your hair. Only with hair cuts that are very textured or that have numerous layers will hot rollers be difficult to use in a timely manner.

 

 A tool with a kick is a three barrel iron. This tool creates big waves throughout the entire head, which always looks sassy. The tool is easy to use and the results achieved can last up to a few days if used with hairspray. I have personally tested this theory in my own hair laziness and found this style is a quick fix to a boring routine.

 

Above all there is no reason these days for us women to become bored with our hair. There are numerous tools we can use that each create their own unique style and will have your peers admiring your new look. The next time you hit a hair slump I suggest digging into your hair tool drawer, getting out your hairspray, getting motivated and creating your next sassy runway hair style.

 

Tools featured in this article: Metropolis Technology Tourmaline Ionic Dryer, Metropolis Technology T-Ion Tourmaline Flat Iron, Frederic Fekkai Large Round Brush.


Battle Of The Blemishes!

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Battle of the BlemishesAre your awkward teenage years long gone, yet pesky pimples are still hanging around? You are not alone!  Acne is no longer just a problem for teens. Women and men of all ages continue to wage war against acne.

 

But why now, why me? What is the reason of my adult onset acne? Acne is caused and exacerbated by several factors, primarily the abnormal shedding of skin cells, the formation of Propionibacterium acnes on the skin, and a hormone imbalance. Propionibacterium acnes, also known as p. acne bacterium, is the main culprit to blame for your acne woes. Understanding and addressing the causes of acne is the first step to win the blemish battle.

 

Luckily for us, we live in the age of technology and new lotions and potions are always on the forefront. The hottest acne wonder product, La Roche Posay Effaclar Al is the first and only treatment to combine both benzoyl peroxide and a salicylic acid derivative and in a single product. We hear a lot about benzoyl peroxide, but why is it so great? Benzoyl peroxide halts the production of p.acne bacteria from forming on the skin. This bacterium is the source of redness and inflammation that is commonly associated with acne.

 

Although benzoyl peroxide is a popular treatment for acne, it is not unusual for people to stray away from it because of harsh, unfavorable reactions in the past. La Roche Posay has addressed this issue head on and micronized the size of the molecule, which reduces irritation commonly associated with the use of benzoyl peroxide. As a result, flaking of the skin and redness is dramatically reduced.

  La Roche Posay Effaclar AI

So, just what is so revolutionary about La Roche Posay Effaclar Al? It not only stops p. acne bacteria in its tracks, but it simultaneously addresses the need for exfoliation of the skin. Lipo-hydroxy-acid, a derivative of salicylic acid, exfloliates dead skin cells. Exfoliation helps to keep pores clean and clear, while speeding up cellular turnover. According to La Roche Posay clinical studies, lipo-hydroxy-acid is six times more effective in treating acne than normal salicylic acid alone. Additionally, when both active ingredients lipo-hydroxy acid and benzoyl peroxide ingredients are used in combination with one another, acne is reduced by a whopping 60% in ten days. Although we can’t abolish acne completely, La Roche Posay Efaclar Al has made huge strides in the ongoing blemish battle.

 

 Source: National Institutes of Health


Repair And Protect Your Skin

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iStock_happy girl_L1It’s all in the name…Remedy CX DNA Recovery Complex! This product reverses cell-dysfunction and helps to protect your skin from future damage by using a combination of active enzymes and antioxidants. Some of you may have used the Remergent DNA Repair; this is a comparable replacement that does wonders for your skin. It has a lighter texture, so our customers seem to like this one better. It is suitable for all skin types, but those of you who are looking for a progressive anti-aging treatment should really consider giving this product a try. Also, anyone with sun damage can appreciate a little repair and wrinkle reversal!

  

Here is a listing and description of effectively proven ingredients that help make this product stand out from a lot of other anti-aging products.

  • Evodia rutaecarpa fruit extract: A recent study by the Journal of Dermatological Science proved evodia rutaecarpa fruit extract to be effective in treating inflammation when used topically on the skin. This is important when treating sun damaged skin or people with skin irritations.
  • Plankton extract: Is a natural algae enzyme that over time has developed a resistance to sunlight and ultraviolet rays. The algae will use energy from the sun to repair the damage caused by solar UV radiation. This material holds a significant potential of energy that can stimulate cellular metabolism to revitalize aged skin. This will improve the radiance of skin complexion, tone and strengthen the cutaneous tissue, and trap free radicals. This enzyme is proven to target damaged DNA and help correct the damage that we have done to our skin.
  • Arabidopsis thaliana extract: This extract has a repair enzyme known as OGG1 and is a member of the Remedy CX DNA Recovery Complexmustard seed family. It recognizes DNA damage that will help the body’s natural development by initiating the cellular repair process.  

The results are an improved appearance of your skin’s texture and reduction of visible damage that your skin may have. Because of the active enzymes, antioxidants, and moisturizers Remedy CX promotes self healing of the skin which will prevent further damage from occurring.

 

Remedy CX is easy to use and cost effective because it comes in a metered dose to ensure you are putting the right amount on. You can use it after you cleanse your skin, and it will be an added benefit to any skin care regime. Don’t forget your sunscreen after your morning application!

 

Sources: About Arabidopsis, Journal of Dermatological Science, Looking Fit.


PhotoFacial Sun Damage Reversal System

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Beauty on a BudgetPhotoFacial is a word you’ve probably heard before if you keep up on the latest and greatest in-office procedures. A PhotoFacial is administered by a medical technician to rejuvenate your skin and ensure a bright, even and glowing complexion. While a PhotoFacial is beneficial for lines, dull skin and even broken capillaries, it’s best for treating hyperpigmentation and sun damage. 

 

A series of PhotoFacial treatments will normally be administered over the course of a few months, and can cost upwards of $2000 for the series. If your find PhotoFacials intriguing but can’t foot the bill, we have the next best thing for just about a $100.

Kinerase Photofacial Sun Damage Reversal KitKinerase skincare, a leader in the cosmeceutical world, has created Kinerase PhotoFacials Sun Damage Reversal System, a revolutionary 3-step topical skincare system that replicates the sun damage reversal benefits of one of the top dermatologist procedures, PhotoFacials, at home. The revolutionary system is formulated to work synergistically to stop, correct, and protect from the signs of sun damage to restore soft, radiant skin.

 

The Kinerase PhotoFacials Sun Damage Reversal System contains three simple products to ensure a simple and easy to use routine. The first step is the Kinerase PhotoFacials Daily Exfoliating Cleanser which contains a combination of powerful yet gentle fruit enzymes which mildly exfoliate the skin while also improving hydration for a brighter, glowing complexion. The cleanser contains SepiTonic M3, a multi-mineral active ingredient, which consist of zinc, copper and magnesium that re-energizes the skin by stimulating cell turnover. It also contains Kinetin, and pomegranate extract for antioxidant protection, as well as jojoba and silica beads to gently remove dead skin cell build-up. The cleanser’s creamy consistency ensures that your skin will stay hydrated and supple while it’s thoroughly exfoliated.

 

The Day Moisturizer with SPF50 is a highly effective rejuvenating and preventative product with an SPF of 50, it contains Kinetin like the rest of Kinerase products, but also contains a new, powerful blend of lightening ingredients; lactic acid, kojic acid, mulberry extract, bearberry extract, and licorice extract. The high content of palmitoyl glycine promotes collagen production, thus firming and strengthening the skin, while a peptide blend works synergistically to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The SPF50 is composed of UVA and UVB skin protectants, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, so irritation is kept at a minimum and your skin is protected to the maximum.

 

The Night Moisturizer also uses kinetin and peptides, but instead of the alpha hydroxy acid blend it incorporates a patented lightening formulation called SepiWhite. SepiWhite is unique pigment-targeting agent that works by halting 6 different stages of melanin pigments production. The product also contains another patented ingredient called SepiCalm. SepiCalm soothes the skin and reduces irregular melanin production. The Night Moisturizer also contains purified pomegranate extract, as well as brown algae extract to provide antioxidant protection and to promote firmness and elasticity of the skin. The high content of Matrixyl 3000 provides retinol-like benefits without any irritation or redness. The beta glucan component provides a soothing action and stimulates skin’s natural immune response while promoting skin regeneration.

 

 

We understand that in this economy the much coveted PhotoFacial can be out of reach, so we suggest that you invest $100 into the hard-working Kinerase PhotoFacial Sun Damage Reversal system to achieve amazing results that’ll have everyone wondering just what you’ve done with your skin.

 

Products featured in this article: Kinerase PhotoFacials Sun Damage Reversal System, Kinerase PhotoFacials Daily Exfoliating Cleanser, The Day Moisturizer with SPF50, Kinerase Photofacials Night Moisturizer.



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