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NEW!! Clarisonic Mia Fit!

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The latest device from Clarisonic offers the same great cleansing as the previous devices, but now comes in a sleek, upright, portable design.  Born of women wanting to use the same design as the men’s version, the Alpha Fit, the Mia Fit rests comfortably in the palm of your hand.

fitAdvances in skin care have taught us that free radicals (particles in the air), attach to our unhealthy skin cells and cause them to attack the healthy skin cells. Clarisonic cleansing systems remove 99% of the particulate matter from our skin. Wow!  Add to that some great antioxidants and an effective SPF and you’ll have a powerhouse of external aging prevention!

The Mia Fit offers two speeds. The Delicate Speed or Speed 1, is great for cleansing the cheek areas, which are more susceptible to redness, broken capillaries and environmental damage. Speed 2 is the Universal Speed that is appropriate for all. There is an extra 20 seconds added to the built-in timer so you can cleanse the neck and decollate. Nice!

It also comes standard with the Radiance brush head.  This one of the most gentle brush heads offered in the line, yet you still get the same effective cleanse as with all the brush heads. The longer, more densely-packed bristles give a more comfortable cleansing experience.  This is an excellent option for those with truly sensitive skin, but it’s suitable for all.

The charger has a base for the device to sit on while charging. You plug it in a little differently than the other models.  It comes with a USB cord that can plug it into a computer.  Or you can use a phone charger from a smart phone.  Most smart phone chargers come in two pieces, the USB cord and the power adaptor that plugs into the wall.  You can plug the USB cord from your Clarisonic charger into the power adaptor to charge your device.  The power adaptor is not included with the device. And as always, you should charge the device for a full 24 hours before the first use. This adequately charges the battery for a longer life between charges.

If this is your first cleansing brush, you have truly sensitive skin, you’re a woman who cleanses on the go, or you just want the latest model, the Mia Fit will fit your life!


Cleanse with a Splash!

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ernoDr. Erno Laszlo was a Hungarian dermatologist who began formulating products to heal Hungarian Princess Stephanie’s acne. Due to his success, he went on to open an institute of scientific cosmetology. Later his clients would include Hollywood’s A-List actresses, including Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. In the 1960s his treatments were highly sought after.

Today, you can take part in the regimens that were responsible for the most glamorous complexions.  This line offers several cleansing bars. The most popular is the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. There is a distinct way to maximize your results with these cleansers. Start by filling your basin with comfortably hot water. Dip the cleansing bar into the hot water and gently massage wet bar over the face, and then repeat. Set bar aside and then massage the face and neck with fingertips. Splash your face 20 times with the water from the basin to cleanse and stimulate the skin. Splash your face again 10 times with comfortably hot running water to rinse the skin. Blot the skin dry. Follow with the Erno Laszlo toners, treatments and moisturizer prescribed specifically for your skin.

Dr.  Laszlo was known to have said, “I taught America’s high society ladies to wash their faces.” Now we know how to as well.


New SPF from La Roche Posay Anthelios!

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atheliosWe know and love La Roche Posay for their soothing formulas made with their thermal spring water.  But we really love them for their super-effective sunscreens. The sun protection line is appropriately named Anthelios, meaning, “anti-sun.” The latest product is unlike any of their previous formulations.

The Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 is going to be great for those who don’t care for the heaviness of traditional SPF products. With the dry-touch technology, there is no greasy feel to it. This is great news for combination to oily skin types. Also this oil –free formula actually absorbs excess oil, even in humidity!

With a high SPF and an anti-shine finish, this is also great for those who rock a bald head. The broad-spectrum SPF helps prevent Ultra Violet Aging (UVA) and Ultra Violet Burning (UVB) rays from damaging skin. Also, the antioxidants help negate the existing damage done by the sun.

If you want the Gold Standard in SPF we recommend La Roche Pasay Anthelios!


Why Mask?

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Masks have a variety of beneficial functions for the skin. They come in many types, as the do perks. You can find masks for brightening, hydrating, purifying, soothing, exfoliating and/or restoring.  A mask can really boost the effectiveness of your regimen, no matter your skin type.  You’ll get the greatest benefits out of a mask after exfoliation. Twice a week is all it takes to bring your skin into balance and create a youthful radiance!

Sheet masks are a great way to relax after a long day. They are pre-soaked, with cutouts for your eyes, nose and mouth. Simply unfold the sheet, place the cutouts over the appropriate areas and smooth the mask over your face to ensure it is flush with your skin.  If you have time, lie down and soak in all the nutrients.  Typically, the sheet has some extra residue even after you’ve used it. Don’t waste it. Rub it over the back of your hands, neck and decollate for an extra treatment! One of my favorites is the SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative mask.  It will soothe and cool while deeply hydrating.

sommeMud or Clay Masks are great for pulling out impurities from the skin and de-toxifying. If you have congestion such as blackheads or whiteheads this would be your go-to complexion picker-upper! Depending on the formulation, mud and clay are a little richer and a little harder to remove. You can help dissolve this type of mask a little by adding water to it and emulsifying before you remove it.  One of our newest masks is the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud mask.  A little warning: it’s dark green like the moor mud so you may just blend in if you are going to the forest.  If you need camo, this is your mask!  But seriously, it’s a great choice and it was surprisingly easy to remove.  Also the Somme Institute Boost Mask warms, exfoliates, purifies, hydrates and soothes, all with a heavenly pumpkin aroma.

Lastly, the most common type of mask—cream, is the best for almost any situation.  Alchimie Forever’s Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is amazing before an event.  Intensely hydrating and brightening, it truly leaves you with an irresistible glow.  Just smooth over clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, or as long as time allows, and rinse with a washcloth.

Any formulation you choose will help you maximize the results of your regimen.


New from SkinCeuticals: Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

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One of our bestselling brands has just launched their latest product and oh boy, we think you’re going to love it! We know SkinCeuticals for its scientifically-based, effective formulations. Their newest integrates that science with cosmetic elegance.skinceutical

The Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is a repairing moisturizer that builds the protective barrier of your skin, enhancing its strength and ability to defend against environmental aggressors. Formulated with 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids, your skin is bathed in the highest concentration of barrier-strengthening ingredients on the market. A perfect companion product to retinol, the Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 contains the soothing essential oils of lavender, rosemary and peppermint.

This moisturizer is rich without being heavy.  It’s specifically formulated for dehydrated, sensitive and dry skin. You will experience lasting hydration for 24 hours, as well as improved texture and increased radiance.  Yes, please!


mybody GLOWBIOTICS

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Can you get a peel from a pad? Oh yes you can, and you can have all the skin-friendly benefits of probiotics all in one step!                                                                                                                    glowbiotics

Two to four times a week, swipe the no-rinse resurfacing pads over your face for an easy at-home treatment. mybody recommends using two pads per session and  if you have any excess product on the pad, use it on your décolleté and the backs of your hands.

With consistent use, the non-irritating pads will give results comparable to a chemical peel with no flaking or down time.  These resurfacing pads help reduce pores and blemishes, and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, all while giving a beautiful GLOW. You may also want to try the companion serum, mybody GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil. After all, everyone looks better with a little radiance.


Why Exfoliate?

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Exfoliation is the removal of the top layer of dead skin cells that can turn our complexions dull and ashy, to reveal the younger, plumper skin cells underneath. When we are gross peelyoung, our cells naturally turn over every 28 days, so we always have gorgeous skin. As we age, the process slows down, making it necessary to help it along. By exfoliating, you will boost the efficacy of the other products you are using too! Getting rid of those dead cells also clears that layer of skin which can be a barrier that prevents your serums and moisturizers from deeply penetrating.

There are so many exfoliation products that choosing the best for your skin can be a challenge. Here are some general tips that apply most often. As always there can be exceptions.

Chemical exfoliants contain enzymes which act like little Pac-Man figures that gently eat away the dead skin cells. They are the least likely to irritate sensitive skin types as they tend to be more skin-friendly than polishing beads or scrubs. Yet they are still effective enough to do a thorough job. Elemis makes the luxurious Papaya Enzyme Peel that is really wonderful. If you haven’t used a peel before, don’t let the word scare you. Technology has improved so you won’t experience skin actually peeling off with at-home peels. Just softer, smoother skin that is ready for your treatment products!

Scrubs use ingredients like jojoba beads or other gentle particles to slough of the dead skin cells. Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Complete Clarity Facial Exfoliating Polish will give your skin a beautifully polished feel.

Peel Pads come in different strengths, from gentle for sensitive skin, to extra-strength for more tolerant skin. They have beneficial AHAs such as Glycolic Acid to exfoliate without any abrasion. Dr. Dennis Gross makes excellent peel pads that are safe for everyday use.
arconaGommage is the most aggressive exfoliation you can find for at- home use. It is a 3-in-1 exfoliant that includes enzymes, AHAs, and buffing beads. It is ideal for very tolerant skin. ARCONA, one of our natural brands, offers the Cranberry Gommage which unclogs and tightens pores.

Of course you can always go to the spa and get professional treatments such as peels. These tend to be more aggressive and great for correcting deep skin concerns. You may experience temporary redness, flaking and down time with these procedures. Make sure you discuss what to expect as well as after-care with your skin care professional.
Can you over-exfoliate? Yes. You can actually cause damage by doing it too much. How often should I do it? Well, that also depends on your skin type. Sensitive skin should be exfoliated once every 7-10 days. Dry to Normal skin can exfoliate 1-2 times a week; combination to oily skin can exfoliate 3 times a week.


No Makeup Makeup!

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Fresh from the labs of Dr. Perricone: his innovative line of skin care disguised as makeup! These pigmented serums deliver the science that his line is known and loved for. DMAE lifts and firms and Neuropeptides train your skin cells to mimic the behavior of younger skin cells. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that diminishes lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of pores. Vitamin C Ester is a stabilized form of Vitamin C that will brighten and build collagen. All of this, plus the beautiful glow of healthy skin.

makeupThe newer version of the No Foundation Foundation is called the No Foundation Foundation Serum. This differs from the previous versions in its finish. The No Foundation Foundation No. 1 and 2 offer a dewy finish. The No Foundation Foundation Serum offers a finish that is referred to as “suede”, which is just between dewy and matte. This is a buildable-coverage serum that has an application technique. First, shake the serum to mix the colors. Second, dot it on each area of your face. Third, press into your skin with a tapping motion so you soak in all the benefits. Last, blend it out. You can contour by using it with the No Bronzer Bronzer and Highlight with the stunningly beautiful No Highlighter Highlighter. Finish your healthy skin with the rosy No Blush Blush. You can also use the No Blush Blush as a lip color! The same application technique goes for all of them. You really can customize your look with this totally mixable line.

Another product we love is the No Mascara Mascara. It is different from any other mascara you’ve used before. It comes only in a black-brown with a hint of auburn that really compliments any eye color. The wand is double sided. One side has longer bristles so you can coat from the root and lengthen the lashes. The other side has shorter bristles which act as a comb so you can separate the lashes. The wand also bends for maximum coating ability. You’ll have gorgeous lashes and lash conditioning benefits!


Probiotics: Great for Your Skin Too!

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When we think of probiotics, most of us would agree they are a great supplement for digestive health. But what do they do for the skin topically? Probiotics stimulate the skin’s immune system and stimulate reparative action. So, this is excellent news for everyone, but really excellent news for those who have inflammation or are prone to redness. People who have reactive skin or are recovering from aggressive skin procedures will also benefit.

One of mybody’s many awesome, probiotic-based products is the Calm After The Storm Soothing Treatment. It brings relief to dry, itchy and irritated skin. If you’ve had a reaction to a product, this is my heroyour go-to serum for relief. But, this is not just a one-trick pony. It also has an instant tightening effect that will make your skin firmer. All the while, it’s wrapped in this skin-defending and healing formulation. This serum plays well with others and is perfect to layer with a different serum or you can use this in the morning and another serum at night!

We really love the mybody line. You can check out all their products on our site. If you’d like help with recommendations, please call us!


Glowing Beautiful Skin from Dr. Perricone

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Renowned celebrity dermatologist and scientist Dr. Perricone offers a full skin care line that addresses anti-aging by reducing inflammation both internally and topically. We have had only great experiences with his line, but one product we really love is the Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint SPF 30.perricone

This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer has a hint of color that flatters all skin tones and gives that radiant glow. The Vitamin C ester, a stabilized Vitamin C, will help brighten the skin, which makes it on par with a CC Cream, but in a jar. Literally just a pearl-sized amount is enough for your entire face. One jar should be a four-month supply. What we really love is that it seems to blur discolorations and imperfections.

Best of all, you get a sun protection factor of 30 with no harsh chemicals and no sunscreen fragrance. The light scent of roses gives this a truly luxurious essence. Plus, there is no residue after it absorbs, so you hardly know you are wearing anything, much less a sunscreen. It also comes in a non-tinted version if that is your preference. If you are looking for science in your skin care with a better-than-makeup, naturally healthy look, you will love this! We do!



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