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Dandruff Dilemma?

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Dandruff is the shedding of dry skin on the scalp that causes itching and flaking. This disorder is very common and affects about half of the world’s population. Dandruff can affect anyone; it does not discriminate against gender or ethnicity. However dandruff does tend to get worse during the winter months. One of the most popular products skinstore offers to treat dandruff is the Phillip B Anti-Flake Relief Shampoo. This shampoo has amazing customer reviews and is such a quality product. It has over 13% of pure extracts and 1% zinc omadine to help soothe the scalp. After using this shampoo the only flakes you will see this winter will be snowflakes!


Super Snail Serum, Snailed it!

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Spas world-wide are performing snail facials to eager clients wanting the anti-aging benefits from snail mucus. Snail mucusTensage contains hyaluronic acid, proteins and anti-oxidants. This snail slime helps skin retain moisture and reduce redness. Spas in Japan are charging up to $250 U.S. dollars to have this treatment performed on their skin. This treatment entails 3-6 organically fed snails gliding across the clients face leaving behind a trail of slime. If this process of having one of the world’s slowest animals slime all over your face sounds less than appealing than you are in luck. Tensage is a highly recommended skincare brand that offers snail mucus products. Our customers love the results they receive from Tensage moisturizers and serums. They contain SCA biorepair technology that regenerates tissue, prevents further breakdown and rebuilds collagen. These products save you from having the agonizingly slow and disgusting snail facial but you still benefit from all its slimy goodness! You can find Tensage and many other great skincare products on SkinStore.com.


Staff Favorites: Bridgette

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Ever since I was a little girl I have been interested in skincare. I remember training myself when I was eight years old to sleep on Bridgettemy back to prevent getting wrinkles. So it’s only natural that I would grow up and become an esthetician. Being an esthetician at Skinstore we have access to some of the best skincare brands and products. I would like to share some of my all-time favorite products.

Honestly, I have not always been that great about wearing sunscreen. I felt like it was too thick and made my face look pasty plus my makeup wouldn’t stay on as well. I know sunscreen is the best product to use to protect your skin and prevent aging but sometimes it just didn’t seem worth it. Then I discovered SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50, LOVE! It is a lightweight sunscreen with a perfect sheer tint that evens out my skin tone. My makeup no longer melts off my face and lasts all day. I recommend that everyone try this sunscreen. It’s truly amazing!

There are so many serums out there that promise the world, it can be overwhelming at times! Which products actually live up to what they claim? The Arcona Instant Magic Reversal Serum is exactly what it states, it’s magic! It’s everything you would want out of a serum. It’s corrective, hydrating and preventative. When I apply this serum my skin is instantly transformed. If I had only one skin care product to use this would be it.

Lastly, I have been blessed with a skin condition called hyperkeratosis pilaris. That is the scientific name for “I have ugly red bumps on the back of my arms and thighs”. These bumps are caused by having a blockage in the hair follicle. I have tried so many exfoliating creams and even microdermabrasion treatments to get rid of the bumps. Everything I have tried has either taken too long or is too costly. However Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub is affordable, fast and you see amazing results. I even use it on my chest and back to help diminish signs of sun damage. It has a light citrus smell and doesn’t leave your shower gritty with scrub.  It is the perfect product for body care.

So out of the millions of products I have stored away in my bathroom these three products are my absolute favorites. I swear by them!


The Good Night’s Sleep Bath

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Kneipp Valerian and Hops Sleep Well Herbal Bath is the answer to those of us looking for a good night’s rest. This bath soak helpsKneipp Valerian and Hops relax the body and mind so you drift into a nice deep sleep at the day’s end. It is the ideal natural alternative to sleeping pills as the valerian herb acts as a sedative on the brain and nervous system and the hops relieves anxiety and tenseness. Together these herbs promote a healthy sleep pattern and help those who suffer from insomnia. At the end of a hectic day this fragrant blue bath is extremely inviting and promises a restful night’s rest. You can find this great product on SkinStore.com.


Skincare for Kids

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When your youngster starts getting breakouts here are some safe and affordable options to clear up their skin. Begin by teaching your kids of the importance of a clean face. This means not touching their face constantly with filthy dirty hands and washing their First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipesface morning and night with a gentle cleanser. First Aid Beauty offers Gentle Cleansing wipes that are super easy and convenient. You can throw a package of these in your kid’s sports bags or backpack, also great for mom’s gym bag too! Plus they are a good quality product at an affordable price at just $15.00 for 30 wipes. When your little one does get their first pimple, first record it in their baby book. You don’t want to miss a single memory! And next spot treat in the evenings with benzoyl peroxide. In most cases a 2.5%-5% benzoyl peroxide is all it will take to clear the blemish and is completely safe to use on children. The benzoyl peroxide will dry out the pimple in just a few days. Be sure to remind your kids not to pick at their face because it could cause scarring. And most importantly continue on insisting that they wear their sunscreen no matter how much they protest. Trust me one day they will thank you for your efforts to keeping their skin clear and healthy. For more kid friendly skincare products visit SkinStore.com!


You vs. Stretch Marks

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Congratulations Mama! You’re pregnant and in 9 short months you will have a precious baby to love on. Motherhood is fast You vs. Stretch Marksapproaching, but before you get your beautiful bundle of joy there are some less appealing aspects of pregnancy like stretch marks. This tearing of the dermis occurs with rapid weight gain and stretching of the skin. Your belly, thighs, breasts and butt are all sure to stretch. Genetics also plays a part, chances are if you mother got stretch marks you will too. In fact, 90% of pregnant women are affected by stretch marks. It’s the battle of the bulge ladies!

There is hope to help prevent women from “earning their stripes” as they say. First of all, as soon as you find out your pregnant start buttering yourself up like a Thanksgiving turkey. The earlier you can start preventing stretch marks the better. Two to three times a day apply a cream or oil all over your body. Moisturizers that contain retinoids need to be avoided due to harmful effects it may have on the baby. If you are already starting to see faint red or purple marks this is when the stretch marks are most accepting of treatments so it’s not too late. Try Belli Your Best Baby Bump Duo, this kit is specifically designed to help prevent and treat stretch marks. These products have sweet almond oils, lavender oils and cocoa butter, only the best for moms-to-be. Pamper yourself with these luxurious treatments and trust your motherly intuition that you will come out of this pregnancy still looking fabulous!


Suki Healthy Aging Serum Plus Vitamin Peptide Complex [GIVEAWAY]

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Suki Healthy Aging Serum Plus Vitamin Peptide Complex is the perfect product for someone looking for an anti-aging serum with Suki Healthy Aging Serum Plus Vitamin Peptide Complexantioxidants built in. Suki created an oil-free serum that is loaded with a star-studded cast of ingredients. Along with the vitamin peptide complex there is a slew of antioxidants to maintain your skin’s health.  It contains co-enzyme Q10, an important enzyme that is found lacking in most people over the age of 30. If you have below optimal levels of co-enzyme Q10 in your skin you will experience a lessened ability to produce collagen and elastin resulting in fine lines and sagging skin. This serum also contains hyaluronic acid, known as the “key to the fountain of youth”. This will help your skin appear firm, youthful and more radiant.  Resveratrol is another key ingredient that is touted to be a more powerful antioxidant than idebenone, a potent pharmaceutical antioxidant. With these incredible ingredients and many more, it makes this serum one of the best on the market today. It is an amazing lightweight serum and is sure to please everyone looking for more youthful healthy skin from the inside-out.

Starting today, you can enter to win this fabulous product! CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway!


Easy-To-Follow Evening Skin Care Regimen

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Skincare can be so confusing and at times downright overwhelming. With cleansers, serums, creams, exfoliants and treatments how is anyone supposed to keep their head from spinning? And let’s be honest the older we get the more products we need. Here is an easy to follow evening regimen so you can get the most from your skincare products and best results for your skin.

Step 1. First Cleanse

Your initial cleanse is to remove dirt and makeup from your skin. If you have multiple cleansers, I would choose a milky or oil cleanser for this first step. These remove makeup and debris best.

Step 2. Second Cleanse

Yes, two cleanses! Think about when you get a facial how they always take the time to thoroughly clean your skin, you should do the same at home. The first cleanse is to remove the day, the second cleanse is to clean your skin. This is the time you would use your Clairsonic cleansing brush if you have one.

Step 3. Tone

After cleansing apply your toner. Some skincare lines do not require a toner since their products are already pH balanced. However, toners are a great way to refresh and add some extra nutrients into the skin.

Step 4. Exfoliate

Depending on the exfoliator you use you will either do this step every night or as little as once per week. Check the directions on the recommended use. If you are not currently using an exfoliant this is not a step to be overlooked. Even if you have dry skin, all of your skincare products will work more effectively if you don’t have a dry layer of skin blocking them from penetrating. Exfoliating improves cell turn over, reduces pore appearance and promotes healthy looking skin.

Step 5. Serums

This is the most confusing step for most. The rule of thumb is to apply your serums thinnest first working your way up to the thickest. With most skincare lines they ask that you allow the serum to dry, about 30 seconds, before layering the next serum.

Step 6. Moisturizer/Treatment

Most night creams are also treatments. Night creams now do more than just moisturize, many have anti-aging treatments to prevent fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

Step 7. Eye Cream

This is your final step. If you are like me and use multiple eye products use the same rule of thumb by applying thinnest to thickest.

 10 minutes later you are finally ready for bed. Now let all that goodness soak into your skin and wakeup beautiful!


What is “Chicken Skin”?

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Glytone KP Kit“Chicken Skin” is that patch of scaly skin on your thighs or back of arms. This unattractive skin condition is called keratosis pilaris and up to 40% of adults suffer from it. Although the cause is unknown it most likely runs in your family or you have dry skin to begin with. The scaly patch forms when our bodies produce a build-up of a hard protein called keratin. This keratin forms a plug in the opening of your hair follicle and VOILA!  “chicken skin”. Now that you understand what it is, more importantly how do you get rid of it?

Thankfully skincare companies are starting to make products specifically to address this very issue. There are exfoliating body washes and lotions that contain “chicken skin” fighting ingredients like glycolic acid and micro-beads to banish the keratosis pilaris from your skin.

Glytone makes a KP kit that contains a great smelling glycolic body wash that you follow with a powerful glycolic lotion. This combination of products is sure to diminish the bumps.

Another amazing product is Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub. This body wash is incredible at clearing the KP from your skin plus give your body an all-over exfoliation.

So now that Summer is here and tank tops and shorts are inevitable stop covering up and expose your bump-free, smooth skin!


Should You Pay More for Boar?

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How to Get Smooth, Frizz-Free HairFor over 100 years Mason Pearson has been making a line of premium hair brushes that retail for a premium price. These “super” brushes claim to be life changing, for your hair life that is. So what could possibly be so remarkable about a hair brush? Their claim to fame is their Boar bristles. These bristles are the best way to distribute your hair’s natural oils from scalp to tip making your hair glossy and shiny. The overall health of your hair is said to improve, making your hair grow not only faster, but longer. As an added bonus, the patented cushion of the brush conforms to your scalp giving your head a much needed exfoliation and massage. Sounds good to me! I know my next beauty splurge is going to be this ultimate grooming tool.



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