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Let the Sun Shine- Without the Sun!

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shutterstock_2259750We can all agree that tanned skin gives you a healthy glow. In fact it makes you look a little more lean and toned too. Whether you are a tanning connoisseur or have resigned yourself to being on the fairer side, there is a self-tanning product for you!

The easiest are tan towels.  They look like large wet naps.  They come in different sizes. They have ones just for the face, a half body towel, and a full size body towel.  Facial tan towels are great for a pick-me-up to look smashing for an event.  Half body towels are great maintenance towels to keep up your tan. Full body towels are great to start with to get the all-over glow.  Just rub these babies in circular motions all over your body. Have someone help you with your back. You will see an instant shine that will deepen in a few hours.  The brand called Tan Towel makes a 3-in1 towel that exfoliates, tans and moisturizes in one. These are designed to give you a deep tan, but you can control it. If you want to just get rid of the blinding white light coming from your skin, like me, just use it a few times.  My favorite tan towels are Kate Somerville Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes they come in a 2-pack or an 8-pack. Quick and easy. Just takes a few minutes to dry and won’t transfer on your clothes.

Tanning Gel, Mousse, or Cream are all no-drip options that will help you tap into your inner bronze goddess. These all work basically the same. Massage in until completely absorbed. Layer another coat every few hours until you are the shade you desire.  Some come with a mitt, which is helpful to avoid tanned palms.  Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel is rated 5 stars out of 5 by our customers. This will leave your skin smooth with no lingering scent.  Want a dark, long-lasting tan?                        

Fake Bake Self-Tanning Mousse is your answer.  Fake bake has been a long-time leader in the self-tanning market.  For a glow on the goSothys Soins Soleil Cellu-Guard Self Tanning Cream is my pick. With just a hint of shimmer, this cream really moisturizes and gives you a radiant look.

rodial airbrush tanAnd last but not least, for an instant, just came from the beach appearance, you want Tan Spray! These are best applied while you are outside or in a dry shower.  Simply shake and spray in small circles to get even, all-over coverage.  Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush is sure to make you over in a seconds,  

Boots No7 Perfectly Bronzed Quick Dry 360 Airbrush comes in two colors – light-to-medium for fair skin or a splash of color and medium-to-dark for darker complexions or an intense tan.

Tanning tips:

Exfoliate and moisturize your skin before applying tanning products. This will help your tan go on better and last longer.

Use sparingly on elbows, knees (front and back) and ankles. It takes less product to shade these areas.

Don’t forget to tan the areas that will make your tan look natural. If you tan your face, don’t forget your ears. If you tan your legs, don’t forget your feet and especially that easy-to-miss achilles heel.

Best of all, go have fun!


Caviar? Yes, Please!

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Thought caviar was only for the rich and famous?  Not anymore! Alterna’s Caviar line makes luxurious hair care affordable.  Give your locks some love with these products that put the va-va-voom back in your style.

Hydration is not just for your skin. Healthy hair is shiny and vibrant.  Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo will have you turning heads.  If you want to replenish moisture without a heavy, weighed down feel, this is the set forHair Masques you. Even the finest of hair will do well. The Photozyme Complex helps repair sun damage (yes, even our hair gets sun damage) and restores radiance. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by our customers, 21 reviewers can’t be wrong!

If you need more bounce and body then Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Body Building Volume Duo is your answer.  Like its moisture counterpart both formulas are sulfate-free. This set is the best of both worlds. You will get lift and moisture from these show stoppers. As a woman with fine, color-treated hair I was used to having two sets of shampoo and conditioner in my shower. I needed the volume, but the volume shampoos (even high-end brands) always dried my hair so much I would have to switch to a more moisturizing set every few days.  I don’t have to do that with this line, which makes me and my pocketbook happy!  How does it smell, you ask?  To me both formulas smell the same. They have a clean, spa-like fragrance that is relaxing.

Last but not least, the Alterna Caviar Working Hair Spray is our best seller in the Caviar line for good reason. This has quickly become my favorite hairspray! It offers a light, never-sticky buildable hold that gives your hair a touch of shine. It’s ultra-dry so there’s no waiting to brush through. It’s also humidity resistant so no worries about your hair frizzing in moisture. All-in-all, a five-star line for a five-star you!

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com.


Never Fear Your Super 5-Star Hydrator is Here!

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If there were ever a product that deserved to be packaged in a super-hero cape, this is the one.  Skin Authority’s Tri-Power Peptide Skin Authority Tri-Power Peptide HydratorHydrator is AMAZING! This multi-action, power packed cream is so much more than your typical moisturizer.

If you are like me, I don’t care what it does unless the texture is just right. I don’t want to feel the cream sitting on my face.  Nothing heavy, greasy or strongly fragranced will do. This super star moisturizer passed my texture and fragrance test with flying colors! It’s fragrance–free and lightweight, yet hydrating. The dry-finish technology leaves you with no post-application residue. It’s perfect for day and/or night and safe for all skin types.

And now for the good stuff, it’s super powers! Firming and lifting peptides reduce and soften fine lines and wrinkles, neuropeptides promote healthy cell growth and vitamins A, B, C, and E nourish the skin.  Plus, it will blast away any dry patches or scaly winter skin. Wow! You could have signed me up just at firming and hydration!

As an esthetician, I use this myself.  I also frequently recommend this product to our customers. You really get a lot of bang for your buck!  Maybe they should call it the Super Power Peptide Hydrator!


A Glass of Wine in a Mask!

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Take a break, relax with a glass of wine and get the glow back into your dry, winterized skin with Alchimie Forever Kantic Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture MaskBrightening Moisture Mask. Packed with blueberries and grapes, this rich creamy mask gives the aromatic fragrance of a glass of red wine. Aaah!

But it doesn’t stop at just being a pleasant experience. This luxurious mask is rich in free radical fighting antioxidants like Vitamin E which help prevent aging from the environment. Preventative and reparative, this Dermatologist developed mask will deeply nourish, hydrate, brighten, calm irritation, and soothes redness to get rid of those frosty the snowman cheeks!

SkinStore staff and customers agree that is a five-star product! Here’s what some are saying  “My skin feel soft and hydrated. I cannot believe how good my skin looked. This is sure a keeper,” “I have adult acne prone skin and it is very sensitive. This product does not break you out and reduced redness big time” and “Gives you moisture and a glow. Smells great!” Need more proof? Be sure to check out the before and after photos HERE.  Softer, glowing skin is just a mask away!


Top 5 Skin Care Resolutions

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1.  Cleanse your face every day.  We all get busy and it’s easy to skip washing your face to get in an extra wink of sleep.  Washing in the morning takes off all of the gunk that your face pumped out during its repair cycle while you slept. It will help your makeup go on smoother too. Wash before you go to bed so all the make-up and toxins from the day don’t congest your skin and cause unsightly blemishes.

2.  Use a moisturizer.  Every skin type needs hydration, even oily.  Hydration keeps skin from drying out and looking blah. We can all use a little help with the heaters blowing full blast this time of year.  Soft, supple skin is well-moisturized skin.

3. Drink Water.  You’ve heard it a million times but it’s still true. Water rejuvenates and hydrates all the tissues in your body. Think of a plant that hasn’t been watered. Shriveled. Not healthy! It’s the same thing that happens to our bodies and skin when we don’t get enough H20.  Bottoms Up!

4. Exfoliate. Here’s another one that’s easy to forget when you’re on the go.  Exfoliation sluffs off those dead skin cells that lay on top of your skin causing dullness. Get the younger, fresher skin on top!

5. Wear an SPF.  Unfortunately, we are not immune to harmful  UVA (ultra-violet  aging) or UVB (ultra-violet burning)  rays even when the sun isn’t shining. We can still be prone to sun damage while driving in the car or even in our offices under UV lights. Sunscreen is not just for the fair-skinned. Everyone benefits from protecting their skin year-round!

Need help finding the perfect product? SkinStore has licensed estheticians on staff that would be happy to offer their expertise with a one-on-one phone consultation! Click HERE to contact us.


Pumpkin Treats for Your Skin

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Peter Thomas Roth Dermal ResurfacerWe all know how pumpkin can be delicious and even nutritious. But did you know that pumpkin can have amazing benefits for your skin?  This fall-favorite is chocked full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties for sensitive skin and is super hydrating. Who couldn’t use a little health boost for their skin? Here are some great products that offer this super food:

With The fragrance of pumpkin pie and the benefits of better skin, PCA Skin Nutrient Toner will help exfoliate your skin, tighten pores and remove dead skin cells. Richly infused with pumpkin wine, this toner is great for dull or uneven skin that has some buildup. It’s also hydrating and nourishing throughout the day.  Toner may be optional in a skin care routine; however you won’t to skip this yummy one!

ARCONA’s Night Worker replenishes while you sleep. This lightweight treatment will brighten, hydrate, and strengthen the skin’s immune response. It’s a perfect pick-me-up to get your skin’s glow back that can be naturally lost in cooler temperatures. Packed with pumpkin and peach this renewing hydrator smells like a vacation for your skin.

Rough or pigmented skin got you down Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel and Reveal Dermal Resurfacer is not for the faint of heart. This powerful treatment will soften and resurface the toughest of skin. Using a gommage or “triple-duty exfoliant” will give you the strongest exfoliation you can get without paying for a professional treatment. This amazing product will help soften fine lines and wrinkles, decongest skin and leave you dramatically rejuvenated.

Keep your skin glowing and beautiful in every season!


Introducing…Skin Authority!

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SkinStore is excited to present the newest line to our skin care family, Skin Authority!   Skin Authority has been in business for 10 Skin Authorityyears and has made great advancements in skin care.  Building on the growth factor technologies used in SkinMedica and founding the AOX (antioxidant) technology used in SkinCeuticals, the team at Skin Authority has produced highly effective anti-aging products.  Their motto is to live a healthy skin lifestyle.

There’s a product for every skin type and concern in this multi-functional product line. One of my favorite features is the Dry-Finish Technology.  These products penetrate the skin leaving no residue and are very lightweight. All of the products in this line are truly effective. I saw instant results with the Dramatic Eye Lift, Wrinkle Reversing Serum and Moisturizing Lift Cream.

What impressed me the most is  VitaD Fortified Illumination Duo.  A high percentage of Americans have deficiency in vitamin D and don’t even know it. This can contribute to cancers, skin conditions such as rosacea and vitiligo and a host of other problems. The VitaD Topical Elixir helps deliver vitamin D to the skin and stimulates the body to make its own. But not only that, this multi-tasker firms and brightens.  I noticed increased firmness upon the second application. I was very impressed, what girl doesn’t like to see results fast!?


Staff Favorites: Elizabeth

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RoseHere’s a must have list of my top three body products!

For an instant overhaul on my flip-flop worn feet, my sole-saver is Kneipp Healthy Feet Foot Repair. It’s a foot butter that delivers results! I love that it’s not too greasy and it absorbs quickly so I can slip into some sandals and be on my way.  It has a fresh scent and soothing ingredients like Calendula Extract and Shea Butter. My heels feel much less cracked and my calluses almost disappear.  Gives my feet a little energy and puts a spring back in my step!

To get smooth all over my go-to exfoliator is AHAVA Liquid Dead Sea Salt.  From the first time I used this, I knew I loved it. It’s a liquid-gel that I just smooth all over two minutes before I get in the shower.  When it rinses clean I have softer, smoother, exfoliated skin without any scrubbing, rough granules or any mess!  A total win!  Now I’m ready to apply my self-tanner and or a body lotion.

Speaking of lotion, my absolute favorite is Korres Jasmine Body Butter. I would bathe in this if I could and oh, I can because they have a matching shower gel. Score! The fragrance is so ultra-feminine and just beautiful. I would use it for that alone however, I also get anti-aging and uber hydration benefits without any ingredients I don’t want. You definitely get a healthy glow from this emollient dream. The Korres line is natural and made in Greece. They are known for their luxurious body butters that come in array of fragrances. There’s bound to be one that becomes your “signature scent”.

You can find my top faves on SkinStore.com!


NUXE Body Contouring Experts – Cellulite Begone!

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Did you know that there are two types of cellulite? Embedded cellulite is deep-set adipose cellulite that creates a rigid, quilted appearance under the skin. Infiltrated cellulite is linked to water retention and creates a bubbly, thickened appearance under the skin. We don’t like either type, or even the word ‘cellulite’, and we’re sure you don’t enjoy it either. Good thing there is research, scientists, and help from NUXE Paris!

NUXE Paris has created two remarkable new products that address both types of cellulite; Body-Contouring Serum for Embedded Cellulite, and Body-Contouring Oil for Infiltrated Cellulite. Pick one to address your type of cellulite, or use both if you’re looking to solve all those jiggle wiggle problems!

Body-Contouring Serum for Embedded Cellulite is a lightweight quick-absorbing serum that leaves the skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth. The product helps to reduce the appearance of orange peel skin with its potent concentration of caffeine and cocoa polyphenols. Furthermore, yacon extract helps to reduce the appearance of embedded fat and dimpled skin, while Brazilian mimosa and glaucine extract help to improve skin elasticity and overall appearance. In a 56 day dermatological study, 74% of participants agreed that the appearance of orange-peel skin was visibly reduced, 100% of participants agreed that their skin felt smoother, and 72% of participants agreed that the thigh circumference appeared more refined.

Body-Contouring Oil for Infiltrated Cellulite contains ten essential oils that help to diminish the dimpled appearance of the skin, caused by engorged tissues. Sesame, hazelnut, and macadamia oils combined with cocoa extract help to improve skin firmness and elasticity, while increasing skin smoothness and tone. In a 28 day dermatological study 100% of the participants agreed that their skin felt smoother, and 85% of participants agreed that their skin looked and felt better toned.

If you’re looking for powerful, effective results combine both serum and oil to combat cellulite. Use both products morning and night for effective results, and for better product absorption make sure to exfoliate with the new NUXE Fondant Body Scrub!

How will you battle cellulite this summer? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter!


Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules

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Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss CapsulesFall in love with your skin again.  Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules will help bring back the radiance to your skin that the cold winter weather may have hidden.  Any skin type will benefit from the luxuriously scented with rose for the morning and lavender for the evening.  Just one jar gives day and night rejuvenation.

Simply twist the capsule to release the oil into your hand and gently massage onto your face.  These aromatic oils are full of antioxidants. They help strengthen and repair skin, calm any inflammation and de-stress your complexion giving you healthy, hydrated skin.  They are perfect for anyone who travels a lot or just needs a pick-me-up.  These little jewels are so worth picking up!



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