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Sunscreen for the Scalp

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We have all been there. You spent the entire day out in the sun and are diligent in applying SPF only to discover that Quintessence Q-Sunshade Leave In Hair Conditioner and Scalp Protectant SPF 30you have a burnt scalp. I usually have a sunburn right down the part in my hair. Your scalp is fried to the point that showering and combing your hair has become a form of torture. A few days later your sunburned scalp starts peeling and you have little flakes of skin in your hair. Luckily, there has been an answer to our prayers. It is Quintessence Q-Sunshade Leave in Hair Conditioner and Scalp Protectant SPF 30. It is a broad spectrum SPF 30 that you just apply and leave in, so easy! Plus it helps protect color treated hair and condition, moisturize and nourish. I even use this on my little one; his hair is still baby fine and sparse. I tried using the spray sunscreen to protect his scalp, but it just sprayed onto his hair and not his scalp. With this leave in conditioner, I can rub it onto his scalp without him looking like a grease pit. It is a definite summer essential.

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Is the SPF in your Makeup enough?

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As an esthetician we are constantly asking our clients if they are using an SPF. Proper sun protection is so important in skin care and it is the number 1 most important anti-aging product in your regimen. All too often I have women tell me that they have SPF in their makeup and therefore they believe that they do not need to apply a sunscreen. This is absolutely NOT true. While it is a great added bonus that your makeup contains SPF, it is not a substitution for applying a sunscreen. The truth is most people do not apply the layers of coverage they need from their makeup to get proper sun protection. Also, sunscreen needs to be applied every 2 hours when outdoors. Your face would be piled with makeup at the end of the day. An SPF 30 or higher should be part of your daily morning skin care regimen. You are welcome to apply your makeup over that for added benefit. Skinstore has a wide selection of sunscreens to offer for all skin types. One of our favorites is SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50.

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Tanning Beds: EXPOSED

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Indoor tanning salons are just as popular as fast food restaurants in some cities. They promise the bronzed beauty that comes with a great tan. I am guilty of baking myself in tanning beds for years. I would listen to the teenage girl that worked at the tanning salon tell me how the UVA rays from the beds were safe and it was even smart to get a base tan in the summer to help protect my skin from the Sun. I knew better than to believe all this nonsense, but I just wanted to look tan. Now, I am older and wiser, but I have awful sun damage as a result of my poor tanning decisions. I no longer tan and am diligent about wearing proper SPF. I wish I knew all the harmful effects that I know now.

Here is some real and true information about tanning beds. UVA rays are not safe. In fact UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin, cause melanoma and premature aging. A typical tanning bed emits about 95% UVA rays and about 5% UVB rays. The UVA rays from a tanning bed are 12 times stronger than what we are exposed to from the Sun. The reason for this is because UVA rays make the skin darker faster. They also cause sagging skin, skin cancer and eye damage, including ocular melanoma (eye cancer). This information was never mentioned while I was shelling out money for my tanning service. I wish I knew that just one tanning session increased my chances of getting melanoma by 20%. And each additional session within that year tacked on another 2% risk. Tanning beds have been moved to “carcinogenic to humans” category which is the highest risk category for cancer. Shockingly, there are more cases of cancer due to indoor tanning than cases of lung cancer due to smoking (study by JAMA dermatology). No, tan is worth the risk. There are plenty of great self-tanners available now that are a safe alternative to tanning. Your future, older self will thank you! A couple of our staff favorites are Kate Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Blow Pads.

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Illuminare Mineral Foundation

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There is this little known mineral makeup brand that is truly unique. The Illuminare Mineral Foundation line sets themselves apart Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundationfrom all the others. We offer all three liquid foundation finishes on our site in: moisturizing, mattifying and concealing finish. The Moisturizing Mineral Foundation has a light to medium coverage that is luminous and it allows your natural glow to show through. The Mattifying Mineral Foundation is great for oily skin types. This foundation is oil-absorbing and will not rub or sweat off with a medium coverage. And the Concealing Mineral Foundation is a full coverage foundation that may also be used as a concealer. It is oil-free and has a semi-matte finish. All three finishes contain a natural non-chemical SPF and are free of all oils, fragrance, artificial dyes and gluten. The truly amazing part of this makeup line is how wonderful your skin looks. It gives such a natural no-makeup look to your skin while providing coverage. This stuff is amazing, Enjoy!


Solutions for Cellulite

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“Lumpy” is never a term any woman wants used when describing her body. Cellulite is something that affects most women and mybody Fitting Room Skinny Quick Duosome men. Even though it’s very common, cellulite is extremely undesirable. People will go to great lengths to banish the “cottage cheese” looking fat in hopes of a more smooth toned appearance. Laser procedures and liposuction have been popular for cellulite reduction however, there are more affordable and practical methods that can help break down these fat deposits. One proven treatment is staying hydrated by drinking water. When your body is properly hydrated it is able to flush out toxins and improve circulation. Once again, drinking plenty of water has another wonderful health benefit. It is a cheap and easy way to stay beautiful. Ditch the caffeine in your drinks and start applying caffeine topically to your skin. Body products that contain caffeine stimulate blood flow and break down fat. In addition to body treatments with caffeine, try a coffee body scrub to help smooth out skin with proven results. A body scrub made with coffee grinds can stimulate and exfoliate the skin. Also, body Bliss FatGirl Slim Slimulatorrollers are a convenient way to help massage out those lumps in your legs and butt. Multi-task by applying some body cream to your legs and use a hand held massager while brushing your teeth, remembering to switch hands so you can massage both sides. Massaging your problem areas regularly really helps decrease the appearance of cellulite. mybody Fitting Room Skinny Quick Duo has a great body serum and easy-to-hold massager to provide an incredible tightening effect. Another clever body massager is the Bliss FatGirl Slim Slimulator. It is a great tool to take in the shower and massage cleansers or shower gels into the skin while it helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. These methods are easy and can be introduced into your daily routine without taking up much time or money. In about 4 weeks you should start seeing noticeable results from your efforts. It will be just in time to put away your winter pants and pull out your summer shorts!

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L’Occitane Hydration Hero

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I have dry skin, doesn’t matter the season or how often I slather myself with moisturizer. My skin is just dry. I tried yet another L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oilproduct to help quench my dry skin thirst. This time I have found success! The L’Occitane Almond products are life changing. There is a Shower Oil, Skin Oil and Almond Milk Concentrate. All the products in this line are amazing. The Shower Oil actually cleans and moisturizes the skin. It slightly foams up and leaves such a soft warm scent of almonds. After my shower I apply the Skin Oil, it absorbs well and doesn’t make my skin greasy. My final step is the Almond Milk Concentrate, which has not only cured my dry skin; it also has a firming effect. These products are loaded with vitamin E and a little really goes a long way. It is the perfect answer for dry skin, plus it smells fabulous. Enjoy!

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


Must Have Travel Products for Spring Break

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With Spring Break around the corner I am sure there are plenty of college students and families gearing up for a week off of school and a much deserved break from the day-to-day. Whether you are heading to the beach or a mini vacay the key to packing for a Spring Break trip is to pack light. Bathing suit, sandals and just the beauty basics are all you need for a care-free week off from life. I have provided some super simple ways to lighten the load for your trip.

First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes are a natural, quick and easy way to wipe down after a day in the sun to cleanse the skin. They are gentle enough for any skin type and contain Aloe to help soothe sunburns and calm skin. Speaking of sunburns, another Spring Break essential is a quality sunscreen. Coola is a great organic brand that offers a wide range of sunscreens. My favorite is the Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 35 in the Pina Colada scent. Just the scent alone makes this product Spring Break worthy. It is easy to apply and last for 40 minutes while in the water. Pair it with the Coola Sport Liplux SPF 30 to protect and nourish your lips. After a day outside a nice shower is just what you need to continue the relaxation. Instead of lugging around your large shampoo and conditioner bottles take the Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Starter Kit. It is the perfect size for travel and gives your hair a wonderful clean scent and shine. If your beachy waves are just too fantastic to shower away than try a dry shampoo to refresh your hair, add volume and absorb oil. Alterna BAMBOO Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo may be sprayed on the roots and works with all hair colors. To finish packing, throw in a toothbrush and some clothes and you are set for a fabulous week of sunshine!

 

 

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Choosing the Right Foundation for You

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There are so many cosmetic choices out there it is hard to know which one is best for your skin type and concerns. Makeup has gotten a little overwhelming over the years, there are terms like BB cream and CC cream, powder and liquid foundation, setting powders and sprays, sponge applicators and brushes. It’s too much to take in. So here is some information to help determine what are the best products and tools for your flawless look.

A good place to start is to determine your skin type. If you have combination or oily skin a powder foundation is a nice fit for you. These are best applied with a powder brush. When selecting your powder brush a rounded brush will provide lighter coverage than a flat brush head. In most cases drier skin types do better with a liquid foundation. If you are a person with dry skin, but loves the convenience and how portable powder foundation is you should invest in a setting spray to keep the powder from just falling off your face. One of our best-selling setting sprays is Jane Iredale’s POMMIST hydration spray. It gives your skin added antioxidant protection and boosts hydration in the skin.

Once you determine the type of foundation to buy the next step is determining your skin care concerns. Cosmetics are much more than just makeup now days. There are anti-aging ingredients, anti-oxidants and SPF added to a lot of the products. If you are planning on your makeup pulling double duty as an SPF there are plenty of BB creams (which stands for Beauty Balm) and CC creams (which stands for color correcting) that have added SPF. Also mineral makeup has a natural SPF 15+ which is great. When choosing your makeup read the description of the product and what benefits that makeup provides. Reading reviews of the products is especially helpful in regards to how the product wears and the consistency. If a product is thicker you may always mix in your moisturizer or apply with a Beauty Blender applicator. A Beauty Blender gives you much more control on how much product is applied. The way you use a Beauty Blender is by soaking the sponge in water and squeezing out the excess water and then apply the makeup. If you are using a thicker makeup you can leave your Beauty Blender a bit more saturated with water so the sponge absorbs less makeup and give you a lighter coverage.

Hopefully this information will give you a step in the right direction for selecting the perfect makeup. Skinstore has plenty of makeup choices to choose from. We have full coverage camouflage options like Dermablend to lightly tinted sunscreens like Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50. If you ever have any questions our beauty experts are happy to help!

 


Battle of the Dark Eye Circles

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Under eye circles are a very common skin care concern. Our customers (and myself included) are on a constant hunt foNI007-in-style-eye-repair-cr the miracle product that will address this concern. In order to find the right product, you first need to figure out what is the cause of your dark circles. Take a look at the color under your eyes, if the skin appears more blue then your dark circles may be caused by leaking blood vessels and if your skin appears more brown then it may be caused by hyperpigmentation.

Blue circles are usually hereditary or show up as we age. As we age the padding around the eye gets thinner and we lose the baby fat. The skin around the eyes is about .5 mm while the rest of our skin is about 2 mm. Since the skin is so thin around the eyes it can show blood pooling or leaking. Eye products that contain vitamin K may help address this issue. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting, improving blood circulation and reduces inflammation. The problem with vitamin K is that it is hard to stabilize and therefore you cannot just rub some vitamin K under your eyes and expect to see results. It is important to find a reputable brand that has formulated a product with a stabile form of vitamin K to target dark circles. Peptides are another great way to combat blue under eye discoloration. Peptides will tighten the tissues around the eyes and prevent blood leakage from the vessels. Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Eye Repair Cream is a spectacular product to “reduce” the look of dark circles.

Brown circles are more common among darker skin tones. Periorbital Hyperpigmentation is when more melanin is produced around the eye than usual. The best way to prevent this discoloration is to apply a sunscreen daily to protect the eyes from sun damage. NIA24 Eye Repair Complex is a great product to address darkness around the eyes. It contains Pro-Niacin to improve the hyperpigmentation and vitamin C to brighten the eye area. Understand that there is not a product that can get rid of the circles completely, but there are products that can definitely help.

 

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Cold Sores…UGH!

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Cold sores, fever blisters, leprosy lips are all names for the dreaded herpes simplex virus. They are the worst! These fluid filled JI330-jane-iredale-lipdrink-spf-15-lip-balmblisters that group together take up to 2 weeks to heal. Once you have the virus in your body you have it for the rest of your life and unfortunately there is not a cure. Luckily there are some treatments that help relieve the pain, swelling and duration of the outbreak. Usually when your body is run down from illness, stress or too much sun exposure a cold sore is likely to form. The first indication is the itchy, tingling feeling. This is a good time to start any sort of treatment. There are topical ointments and oral pills that help speed up the healing process. The next stage is the swelling of the area, this swelling can be pretty extreme and cause bulbous lips for days and lymph nodes to swell. Then there is the “weeping” stage when the fluid from the blisters start to leak and this is when your cold sores are the most contagious. The final stage is the scabbing and healing of the sore. The best way to prevent getting cold sores is living a healthy lifestyle. Get plenty of sleep and protect your lips with an SPF year round. A great lip product is Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm since it helps hydrate and protect the lips with sunscreen and antioxidants. Since there is no cure, prevention is key to keep cold sores at bay.

 

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