Okay, it is a mouthful, but it’s amazing!! This is truly an all-in-one eye cream that does what it promises. Insert happy dance here.
As an esthetician, I am constantly reviewing new products. So it’s gets a little harder to impress me after I’ve seen hundreds of formulations and innovations. This product I am actually excited about. Topix left no stone unturned in this remarkable eye cream. It‘s so lightweight I would almost consider it a serum, but it is deeply hydrating without any heaviness. The hyaluronic acid in it binds moisture to the skin and plumps it, giving your eyes a soft, youthful appearance. The hydration lasts all day which is really good news for glasses wearers or for those who suffer with under eye dryness.
The all-trans retinol is a special formulation of retinol that effectively penetrates to build collagen without irritation. It firms and increases elasticity in the gravity-prone eye area. Vitamins nourish, antioxidants protect from wrinkles. Embilca helps with smoothing the texture. Ceramides restore the skin’s protective barrier. Peptides repair fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinimide, Vitamin K, and arnica all brighten the area and help with dark circles. As with the entire Replenix line, the concentration of the green tea polyphenols gives the product a tan color that dissipates on application.
Wow! This is a really a powerhouse of ingredients that I’m kind of in love with. If you’re tired of wasting money on eye creams that only address one or two concerns, the answer is in this little gray pump!
Cleansing your skin is the starting point of any regimen and it is important to do it both morning and night. The purpose in the AM is to wash off any residue your skin has purged during its natural repair cycle, which happens while you sleep. This also gives your makeup a smooth canvas to start. If you use an exfoliating cleanser, morning is an ideal time. At night, you cleanse again to wash off any makeup, dirt, and environmental pollution that can clog pores and cause wrinkles.
Although they can vary in ingredients, the function of all cleansers is the same: to keep your complexion fresh and clean. You can use the same cleanser morning and night. If your budget allows, it is also very beneficial to use an exfoliating cleanser in the morning and a more moisturizing cleanser at night. Or, vice versa, depending on your skin type.
How do I know which cleanser is right for me? Well, preference of texture is a big factor. If you love a gel cleanser I probably won’t be able to convince you to use a creamy cleanser. But there are certain textures that cater to specific skin types. There are exceptions but in general the following tips apply:
If you have dry skin, you will probably prefer a creamy cleanser or a cleansing bar. Creamy cleansers can be soothing and moisturizing to a dry or irritated skin type. Most remove make up, are gentle and effective.
Normal-to-combination skin types are usually well-served by a foaming cleanser, which are available in creamy or gel formulations. They help balance the oil in the t-zone and hydrate the drier cheek areas.
The oily and acne-prone types really benefit from gel cleansers. Gels tend to be more oil absorbing. You can also find them with acne–fighting ingredients like Salicylic Acid. Typically oily skin is more tolerant than the other skin types and can handle stronger acids.
Cleansing oils are a great option for all skin types. They can be a bit harder to fully remove so a second rinse might be required. Oils are excellent for breaking up long-wear makeup. Micellar waters or “waterless” cleansers are really handy for the woman on the move. Just swipe on and no rinsing is needed. Another all-skin type option is cleansing bars. They are available for each skin type as well, so you just have to know what suits you best. Bars with good ingredients are a great option for men as well.
As always, if you need help determining your skin type or would like personalized product recommendations, please call to speak with one of our estheticians. We are happy to help!
As we age, our necks tend to show more lines and even give in to gravity a bit. Yet the skin is thin and a little more sensitive to aggressive treatments. So it’s best to take care when dealing with this delicate area. Here are our top choices:
NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is brand new to SkinStore and is expected to fly off our shelves. This dermatologist-formulated brand really delivers results. What you get in this dream formulation is tightening, firming, collagen and volume-building, and a bit of exfoliation to smooth the surface of the skin. It has a light, creamy texture that feels luxurious. The brand is a proven winner and we are so excited they have launched a neck-firming product.
Alchimie Forever Firming Gel for Neck and Bust is a bestseller for the neck-firming category. With 15 reviews giving this product an average of 5 out of 5 stars, you know it has to be good! Formulated by a dermatologist in Switzerland, this gel will provide lifting, tightening and firming as well as lessen dark spots and repair damage. Now that’s what we call turning back time! It has a refreshing smell of rosemary that dissipates quickly.
Last, but not least, the Strivectin TL Neck Cream offers instant and cumulative results in this hydrating, collagen-building cream. It’s perfect to use before a night on the town. It will strengthen and dramatically help with sagging skin. This is an ultra-rich cream formulation. Perfect for dry skin, but it can be used on all skin types.
Whichever you choose, you’re bound to feel a little more confident with firmer, younger looking skin!
My fave new-to-me treatment product is the Topix Replenix Power of Three. This amazing skin saver has reduced my rosy cheeks back to a healthy glow, evened my complexion, and deeply hydrated my winterized skin.
The power comes from three great ingredients. I get superior antioxidant protection with Resveratrol from red wine and Green Tea. They even take it a step further and use Caffeine USP to enhance the properties of the Green Tea! Additionally, the Hyaluronic Acid keeps the moisture bound to my skin and creates a youthful plumping effect.
This comes in two great formulations, Cream or Serum. The cream is in texture only. You would still use a moisturizer over it. I use their Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 during the day. I really love that as well, but will save those details for another time. The serum would be appropriate for combination-to-oily skin types and for the acne prone. Both are lightweight, fast-absorbing and ideal for those with rosacea or sensitive skin. Just a side note: the concentration of the Green Tea causes the product to appear as what they call a tan color. I think it would be comparable to a medium foundation shade.
Last but not least, I give it props on the packaging with their lid-less pump design. It’s really handy and there’s no lid to lose. I also whole-heartedly agree with the reviewers on our site that rate this product 5 stars! You deserve a 5-Star serum because after all, you are a 5-Star woman!
Vitamin C is a great addition to almost any regimen. It offers what we call the B.L.T., Brightening, Lightening, Tightening. iS (Innovative Skincare) Clinical serums are really a notch above their competitors. They offer more than just one function, which maximizes the effects and saves you money in the long run.
IS Clinical Super serum Advance Plus is a powerhouse of anti-aging benefits in a great antioxidant serum. Not only do you get the collagen-building benefits of vitamin C, you also get Copper Tripeptide Growth Factors. These really intelligent ingredients will help with elasticity, repair lines and wrinkles, and improve texture! On top of that, it lightens dark spots safely over time. Wow! At $145 a bottle it is pricey but so worth it!
Are you sensitive due to rosacea? Are you itching from dermatitis? Suffering from cystic acne? iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus is the perfect blend of Vitamins C, E and A, Olive Leaf extract and Zinc, which provide antioxidant protection, healing, and soothing of the uncomfortable itchiness of inflamed skin. This is perfect for sensitivity of all types.
Either serum you choose will be an excellent boost to your routine.
Say goodbye to waxing and hello to smooth, silky skin with the Emjoi Emagine Epliator. Now, let’s be real from the start. If you have not epilated before, it’s not for sissies. Or if you have epilated before but it was a very long time ago when the first epilators hit the market and you swore never again, rest assured, the technology has improved.
What does an epilator do? It has 72 tweezer heads that open and close as you glide the device over the desired area. So it removes hair from the root making for longer hairless days! Does it hurt? Initially, yes. But if you are used to waxing, it’s not any more painful than that. I find it less painful but I do have finer hair. If you have coarser hair it will be a bit more intense. However, with regular use the pain diminishes every time to the point where it is truly minimal.
You also don’t have to let your hair grow out as long as needed for waxing. Shorter hair is removed with ease. Save your money on those pesky waxing appointments! Get clean-shaven at home. You may still have a bit of stubble initially but over time less and less. Overall, it’s great device!
If you are a fan of Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals but just wished it had more coverage, your wish has been granted! This Beauty Balm has all the benefits of Jane’s 12 times micronized, or ground down, pure minerals in a liquid with medium to full coverage.
Foundation that acts like a treatment. It gently exfoliates, diminishes wrinkles, won’t clog pores, and soothes skin, all while moisturizing. And it’s great for all skin types.
You’ll love the glow you get using this foundation. Start your layering right with
Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener. Both of these minimize the appearance of pores, will give you a smooth finish and are incredibly anti-aging. They don’t call it “The Skin Care Make-Up” for nothin’!
This long-wearing make-up will have people asking “what are you doing with your skin?” “It looks so good!”
Smoother, clearer skin on the go! That’s what Topix Glycolix Elite Treatment Pads offer. With 10% glycolic acid you will get acne treatment as well a resurfacer in one quick step. Just smooth a pad onto your face, neck and décolleté for a second cleanse and you are on your way to a clearer, smoother complexion. Follow with the Topix Glycolix Elite Sunscreen SPF 30 for sun protection during the day.
These pads act as a toner and treatment all in one! Formulated with vitamins and Green Tea you will also get the anti-aging benefits of fines lines being smoothed and a firmer appearance.
Perfect for your gym bag or any time oily skin needs to be refreshed.
Feel like you’ve had a facial with Purity Clean Cleanser from CosMedix. The line’s best seller gently exfoliates and leaves you with instantly smoother skin. CosMedix boasts that all their products are chirally corrected, which means that they have balanced their active ingredients to be the safest and gentlest they possibly can be.
This liquid cleanser packs a punch. Perfect for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin, tea tree oil has natural antibacterial and antiseptic qualities to help heal blemishes. It contains L-lactic and Salicylic acids so you will want to make sure you have a good SPF on during the day as sun exposure can accelerate the effects of acids. CosMedix offers Hydrate+ SPF 17 Moisturizer. It complements the cleanser by soothing the tingly feel you may experience when cleansing your face and neck.
But don’t just take our word for it; check out the customer reviews. One reviewer writes: “It has a fresh minty fragrance and literally makes my skin look as if I have had a facial.” We couldn’t agree more!
We are all aware that we need to protect our skin from the harmful Ultra Violet Aging (UVA), Ultra Violet Burning (UVB), and Ultra Violet Cancer (UVC) rays. They can come from the sun and other light sources like the UV Lights in our grocery stores, offices, computers, and almost anything that emits light. Sometimes we hear customers say, “I hate the way sunscreen can feel heavy or sticky, turns me white or just smells horrible. No, no I just can’t do it.” Well now you can! With sun protection available in just about every formulation, there’s bound to be that suits you perfectly.
You say, “I wish it smelled good and just melted into my skin like lotion.” You want ARCONA Rezone SPF 20 or SPF 40 is a product like I’ve never used. It’s a whipped mouse texture that is so lightweight that you won’t notice you have it on. With a great tropical fruit fragrance you’ll be excited to add this step in your regimen.
You say, “I just want to quickly apply it and be out the door with great protection for my outdoor lifestyle.” You want La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It gives a matte finish, so no oily shine later in the day. It also comes in an SPF 45, or in a SPF 50 with a mineral formulation, if you prefer that.
You say, “I like the tan I get from the sun but I do want to protect from the UVA rays.” You want Hampton Sun SPF 8, SPF 15, or SPF 30 Tanning Gel will give you that nice glow that makes you look and feel so good but minimize the fine lines and wrinkles that can occur from sun worshipping. You will look hot – and smart!
You say, “I don’t want to feel it, smell it, or know it’s even on me.” You want Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen – Translucent is a great toss-and-go option. It comes in a jar with a sponge-tip applicator you just dab this on generously for clear weightless protection. Great for the hubby and kids too. It won’t melt in your purse so you can take it with you on all your outdoor summer getaways.
You say, “I just want to spritz it on and bring it with me so I can re-apply.” You want Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Ultra Light Oil Free SPF 30 Mist is your answer. You can use this ultra-fine mist even over makeup! It also has antioxidants to help protect from cell damaging free radicals. Plus, it is oil free so you can feel free to apply liberally and often.
You say, “I prefer a brush applicator.” ARCONA Nearly Invisible SPF 30 Dry Mineral Powder is your BFF, one-and-done kind of SPF. It is a loose, translucent powder that comes in this super-handy pen with a brush. Simply click the button at the top to release the product and brush on – voilà! You are covered! This great packing also comes in ARCONA Sunsations Mineral Makeup SPF 25.
We say: Prevent future damage and protect yourself. Re-apply every few hours for maximum benefits. Don’t let your day at the beach be ruined by a painful and potentially dangerous sunburn.
Be safe, be healthy, and be happy!