Under eye circles are a very common skin care concern. Our customers (and myself included) are on a constant hunt for 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.
You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.
Cold sores, fever blisters, leprosy lips are all names for the dreaded herpes simplex virus. They are the worst! These fluid filled blisters 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.
You can find the product mentioned on SkinStore.com.
A vitamin C antioxidant serum is a great way to help protect your skin from free radical damage. Over the years antioxidant serums have become an essential part of the skin care regimen. Skinceuticals makes some of the most popular antioxidant serums available. The 2 most popular serums in their brand are the C E Ferulic and the Phloretin CF. As incredible as theses serums are there seems to be some confusion on the differences between them and how each serum functions. Hopefully this information will answer any questions and help you find the best antioxidant serum for you.
The Skinceuticals C E Ferulic serum is exactly what it says. It is a combination of 15% vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and 0.5% Ferulic acid. This combination of ingredients increases skin photo protective benefits by 4x the normal level. Vitamin C and E are known antioxidants and have been used in skin care products for years. The antioxidant benefits of ferulic have just recently been discovered and are finding their way into more and more skin care products. Ferulic acid is extracted from rice bran oil and not only provides protection from free radicals, but also has sun protection benefits as well. The C E Ferulic provides antioxidant protection, increases firmness and reduces wrinkles. This serum is ideal for a person who has sensitive, normal or dry skin.
The Skinceuticals Phloretin CF is a combination of 10% Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 2% Phloretin and 0.5% Ferulic acid. As mentioned before, the Ferulic acid is extracted from rice bran oil. Phloretin is extracted from the root bark of apple trees which provides great antioxidant benefits in addition to aiding the serum penetrate deeper into the skin. Phloretin works to correct hyperpigmentation and diminish dullness. This serum is perfect for a person with normal, combination or oily skin.
Both the C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF are applied the same way. Depending on the area you are treating a little goes a long way. If you are just treating your face a few drops will be plenty, you may need more if treating your neck or chest as well. These serums do not really have any “slip and glide” so patting the serum into the skin works best. Allow about a minute for the product to penetrate before applying any other products (Tip: pat any excess serum on the tops of your hands to help prevent aging hands). Once the serum has fully absorbed it stays in the skin for up to 72 hours and cannot be wiped or rinsed off.
A very common question we receive is about the color of the product and how it can vary between batches. The manufacturer states that “any change in color does not affect the efficacy”. Depending on the time of year and batch of ingredients the serums may vary in color of light to darker yellow and have a distinct smell which dissipates after a few minutes. As with most vitamin C serums there is a little tackiness to the touch but once you apply other products and your sunscreen that is no longer a concern. These serums are truly incredible and they have a loyal following of customers. Once you find the right serum for you, we are sure you will fall in love as well.
If you have Sensitive/Dry/ Normal skin with concerns of fine lines and wrinkles Skinceuticals C E Ferulic is right for you.
If you have Oily/Combination/Normal skin with concerns of hyperpigmentation then Skinceuticals Phloretin CF is right for you.
You can find both of these products on SkinStore.com.
People have been using coconuts for a wide range of uses for thousands of years. In the Philippines people have been using coconut oil for beauty, health, diet and even as an alternative fuel for cars. Just recently people in the U.S. are discovering ways to introduce coconut oil into their lives. With all of the benefits that coconut oil offers it is a wonder why we haven’t started using coconut oil sooner. Coconuts are rich in lauric acid which essentially is a saturated fat. It is a disinfectant, anti-microbial and is anti-viral. Coconut oil may be consumed and used to cook with or added to tea/coffee as a natural creamer. An added benefit is that coconut oil will give you energy and can be used for weight management. When used in the hair, coconut oil penetrates the roots and addresses dandruff or cradle cap for babies. It also aids skin concerns such as rosacea, keratosis pilaris and eczema. All types of skin can benefit from using coconut oil! It also works great as an eye makeup remover, you can even brush your teeth with it and use it on babies as a natural diaper cream. The RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream is an excellent way to introduce coconut into your regimen to find all the ways you can use this multitasking product. Enjoy!
You can find this product on SkinStore.com.
Being hydrated is important to our overall health since our bodies are made up of approximately 75% water. When we get dehydrated our bodies have a way of telling us it’s time to drink up. One of the most obvious signs is that we get really thirsty and our mouths will start to feel dry. Our tongues might appear coated or swollen and we may develop bad breath. Since our bodies are lacking hydration we don’t produce enough saliva in our mouths to prevent overgrowth of bacteria. Our mouths will feel sticky and dry. When this happens it’s time to grab some water. You might also notice that you are using the restroom less often and when you do urinate it is concentrated and dark. A well hydrated person will have clear to slightly colored urine. This is a good way to find out if your baby or little one is getting dehydrated since they often will not be able to communicate the other symptoms they are experiencing. If they are having less wet diapers or their urine is darker start having them drink some fluids. Other signs that you are dehydrated are headache, loss of energy, dizziness and dry skin. To prevent becoming dehydrated you should drink 8-10 glasses of fluid a day and avoid alcohol consumption. When your body is hydrated your skin cells are full and plump. If your skin is feeling dehydrated we suggest SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. It’s amazing!
You can find the product mentioned on SkinStore.com.
Last year I stumbled across the best lip product ever, Rodial Glam Stick. I wanted to take a moment to scream from a mountain top how much I LOVE this product (big hearts above my head) in love. Out of the hundreds of products we carry on our site I wanted to shine a spotlight on this perfect little gem. It is not like any other lipstick I have ever tried. It is creamy and hydrating and comes in the most gorgeous shades. It is so luxurious going on since it is enriched with Cocoa butter and Vitamin E. If my lips feel dry I reach for my Rodial Glam Stick over any chap stick I have. It is truly one of my favorite products of all time. You can find this product on SkinStore.com!
Whoop! Whoop! Bring in the New Year. 2015 is going to be AMAZING! This is the year to get healthy and start taking better care of ourselves from the inside out. We have already spent hours on our Pinterest boards and flipping through magazines to know exactly how we envision our future selves in the coming year. We have picked out the cute workout clothes and matching ear buds, have our workout playlist compiled, even saved an inspirational photo and quote for everyday of the year. We have been wearing our yoga and sweat pants all 2014 gearing up for the big day when we will put all our preparations to work on January 1st 2015. Actually, scratch that, the first of the year is usually a rough one due to excessive celebrating. January 2nd 2015 we will put our preparations to work.
The right mind set is the key to success. We can do this! Running is fun, squats are easy, sit-ups are magical. As long as we stay positive and motivated this year we can transform ourselves into something even more spectacular than we already are. In addition to getting more active we also need to eat healthy too and Skinstore can help with that. We have some pretty awesome supplements on our site to add to your diet. These supplements can add much needed vitamins and minerals to help with weight loss and management. Check out Perricone MD Health and Weight Management Dietary Supplements. They boost metabolism and energy levels while suppressing your appetite. Now we have all the tools to be successful. Get excited and remember we can do this!
You can find Perricone and other weight management supplements on SkinStore.com! Happy New Year!
The weather is getting colder and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Soon your calendar will be full of fancy parties and beautiful dinners to attend that are a bit more elegant than the barbecues we went to all summer. It’s customary to bring a small gift for the host or hostess as a thank you. The most common and generic gift is a bottle of wine. YAWN!! Boring! Everyone brings wine as a gift, it has been way overdone. Instead show up to a party with an awesome gift that shows you put a little thought and effort into it! Here’s a few of our favorite party gift ideas that are sure to impress.
Philosophy Thank You Set ($20) Raspberry sorbet shower gel and lip shine in great packaging, no need to wrap!
Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Festive Bauble ($15) This Christmas ornament is filled with the popular Black Peppercorn shower gel. Men will love this gift! It is also available in 7 other Molton Brown scents.
NEST Fragrances Scented Candle – Holiday ($34) This candle smells like Christmas with a blend of Pine, Cinnamon, Amber and Vanilla. Classy gift for any party you attend.
Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Starter Kit ($15) Hair care set is great for that friend who travels often. Smells amazing and works with all hair types.
bareMinerals Magnificent Seven Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Sampler ($18) Set of purse size lip glosses in a beautiful array of colors.
These amazing hostess gifts will not disappoint! You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.
Halloween is drawing near and pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o-lanterns and lattes. Pumpkins are loaded with healthy benefits. They are packed full of fiber and vitamin A. Plus pumpkin seeds are high in omega fatty acids. All of which makes this fall icon the perfect ingredient to fabulous skincare. Here are some of the amazing pumpkin inspired products that SkinStore offers.
ARCONA Pumpkin Body Lotion 10%
This body lotion boasts a spicy pumpkin scent and exfoliates dry skin while hydrating at the same time. You will feel the tingle of the glycolic eating away all the dead skin cells and curing your body of alligator skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel and Reveal Dermal Resurfacer
This is a facial resurfacer with pumpkin enzymes to reveal smooth younger looking skin. No more dull skin with pumpkin enzymes and lactic acid. Your skin will have a noticeably radiant glow.
Farmhouse Fresh Splendid Dirt Mask
Such a fun autumn mask! This affordable clay mask has a bit of a tingle that gives incredible results. Perfect for combination to oily skin types to help pull out the impurities and evening out skin tone.
You can find these fabulous pumpkin products on SkinStore.com!
A retinol based product can be found in almost every beauty line available and it easy to see why. Retinol, or vitamin A, has the ability to increase collagen production. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions from acne to visible signs of aging.
Retinol gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin from the surface and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and dark spots. Retinol is a great addition to any skincare routine for many skin types but be aware you should allow 4-6 weeks for results to show noticeable and lasting results.
As many consumers are aware, the largest downside of retinol products is increased photo sensitivity. Because the retinol acts as an exfoliant, it exposes skin to environmental elements. It is proven that retinol does increases risk of sunburn but not an increase in development of skin cancer. It is high recommended that consumers stop tanning in UVB tanning beds while using retinol products. Users who are cautious of sun exposure or know they may be exposed can mix their retinol products with an SPF product or restrict their usage primarily at night.
Typical side effects include redness and photosensitivity. Overuse of Retinoid can cause peeling, shedding or excess dryness so it suggested that users limit their use to 3 times a week until the symptoms subside. Stop using retinol based products if skin becomes irritated, itches or burns. Active ingredients like retinol or other acids can cause activity like a light tingling sensation but should never burn. This said vitamin A or retinol products are not recommended for pregnant women or clients with skin conditions like Eczema and/or Rosacea.
Like any skincare product, if used correctly retinol can offer amazing results. Some of our retinol favorites include SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 for expereinced retinol users and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 .
You can find these great products on SkinStore.com!