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Shape your Summer Body with CelluliteRx® LipoTherm

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ID003-celluliterx-lipolift-firming-lotionWith temperatures rising and summer fast approaching, many women are looking to beat the heat. Whether you break out a bikini for lounging poolside or rock stylish shorts for a seasonal soiree, you can look and feel your best with all-natural CelluliteRx® LipoTherm Contour Cream!

Upon application you can see and feel LipoTherm Contour Cream in action. The rosy flush and warmth that result are due to the active ingredient niacin, which dramatically increases circulation. Increased circulation reduces the appearance of cellulite by flushing away toxins that weaken your skin’s collagen matrix.

Aside from poor circulation, the formation of cellulite is also caused by the hormone estrogen. Estrogen can contribute to swelling of fat cells in the subcutaneous layer of the skin. LipoTherm Contour Cream formulated with Regu-Slim ®, a natural complex of guarana seed extract, caffeine, and carnitine help stimulate fat-burning while wild yam extract helps to smooth out hormonal imbalances.

The LipoTherm Contour Cream and the full line of all-natural CelluliteRx® products are 100% cruelty-free and vegan. Choosing to care for your body with products that are healthy for your skin and the environment has never been easier!

 


Got Cellulite?

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ID003-celluliterx-lipolift-firming-lotionDid you know that cellulite is in the layers of your skin? When your skin is dehydrated, sun damaged, or saggy, cellulite is more obvious. The good news is that you can improve the hydration and firmness of your skin by applying topical cellulite products that boost the skin’s collagen and elastin.

All natural CelluliteRx® LipoLift Firming Lotion is formulated with advanced, ultra-pure botanical peptides, Alpha Copper Tripeptide-4™ and Acetyl Alpha-Tetrapeptide-5™, that stimulates the skin’s collagen production. Collagen is a complex of proteins that build the strength and structure of your skin. The peptides in LipoLift are especially effective in fighting cellulite because they are infused with two powerful antioxidants, rose hips and pomegranate, that help regenerate skin cells. The protective properties of these botanical extracts support healthy skin renewal and repair, making your skin firmer with the additional benefits of improved youthful tone and texture.

Do you want to firm the skin on your abdomen, neck, or back of your arms? LipoLift Firming Lotion to the rescue! Women report that LipoLift is not just for cellulite. It tightens skin anywhere on your body. Give your body a lift with CelluliteRx ® LipoLift!


The Power of Catalyst AC-11

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As we age, our DNA changes and its function declines. The genes that help with cellular repair are no longer able to fully do their jobs, thus, the signs of aging we see on our faces. Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum, from Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare, features a repair mechanism called Zinc Fingers. Zinc Fingers are critical components of proteins and they provide the tools the skin needs to repair DNA and cellular damage while also stimulating collagen production. Included in this serum is AC-11, a specialized extract of Cat’s Claw that is clinically-proven to increase DNA repair. Creating even more DNA repair, AC-11 also heals and protects the skin from everyday elements, while decreasing inflammation at the same time. With Aloe, Zinc and Vitamin E, this serum creates the most change in the skin without causing any irritation.  OM012-osmosis-pur-medical-skincare-catalyst-ac-11-dna-repair-serum

With a proven, patented combination of Zinc Fingers and AC-11 that shows results in skin tags, broken capillaries, fine lines and wrinkles, scarring and pigmentation, Catalyst AC-11 rejuvenates skin cells from the inside out, permanently reversing the signs of aging for healthier, younger functioning skin.

Suggested usage: Shake lightly and apply 1-2 pumps morning and evening.


Step Up Your Moisturizing Routine for Winter

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AH281-ahava-precious-desert-oilsIs winter wreaking havoc on your skin? If so, swap out your usual body moisturizer for a silky and soothing body oil instead. When applied right after a shower, oil absorbs quickly to instantly hydrate and comfort dry skin while locking in moisture to protect it from the bitter cold.

Since 1988, AHAVA has been the definitive Dead Sea Minerals beauty expert. Advocating a healthy, natural lifestyle, AHAVA harnesses the restorative benefits of the Dead Sea to create innovative skin-friendly products that are paraben-free, SLS- and SLES-free, allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin.

AHAVA is inspired by its environment and the flora and fauna that naturally thrive in the desert area surrounding the Dead Sea. Its Desert Precious Oils is formulated with a pure blend of nourishing plant oils that hail from desert regions – legendary Myrrh, Desert Date and Jojoba oils to immediately replenish moisture, smooth and nourish skin.

Desert Date Oil naturally contains a high content of essential fatty acids with unparalleled regenerating and repairing properties. It plumps the skin and helps promote an even skin tone.
Myrrh Oil has been used for centuries for its healing properties and is valued for its ability to prevent the signs of aging and soothe cracked or chapped skin.
Jojoba Oil is unique since it closely resembles the skin’s natural oils with strong antioxidant properties. Unlike most oils, its lightweight texture penetrates the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy after-feel.

AHAVA’s Desert Precious Oils is a truly luxurious treat and remedy for dry winter skin. This lightweight oil pampers the skin with a subtle scent, leaving it glowing and radiant.


bareSkin by bareMinerals-So natural you barely feel it!

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Winter is here!  For many people, winter days can cause uncomfortable dryness to the skin.  It’s important to change your skin care routine as the weather changes.  Moisturize and hydrate to ensure your skin stays nourished and healthy through the winter months.

Try a foundation that is versatile all year round, keeps skin hydrated and natural-looking.  Get the look by trying bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 from bareMinerals.  With its remarkable benefits, this unique foundation keeps the skin moist when it’s feeling drier during winder days, leaving the skin looking beautiful and dewy. The formula feels ultra-light and velvety on the skin and is clinically proven to be a tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one.BE799-bareminerals-bareskin-pure-brightening-serum-foundation-bare-beige

bareSkin Serum Foundation contains Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Vitamin C to leave your skin brighter and more even-toned.  It is easy to apply and provides amazing coverage for all skin types.  It doesn’t clog pores and feels like you aren’t wearing anything!  You can wear it alone for a dewy look or with the bareSkin Perfecting Veil for a matte finished look. An added bonus is the non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20 to protect skin from UV rays and to prevent hyperpigmentation.  It is one step closer to a flawless complexion!

Use it with the Perfecting Face Brush which was designed to work with bareSkin – it gives you the ability to adjust coverage level for a perfectly seamless application.  Start with 1-2 drops of foundation directly into the brush head reservoir and keep adding more drops for more coverage.  For maximum coverage, bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer is amazing to cover imperfections such as broken capillaries, blemishes, dark under-eye circles and hyperpigmentation. It’s a silky smooth concealer and serum in one with an ultra-light texture.  We even use it for highlighting, contouring (with a darker shade), or all-over for full coverage.  Say bye-bye to redness, hello fresh and flawless skin!  BE940-bareminerals-bareskin-complete-coverage-serum-concealer-light

Tip if you’re in-a-rush: add bareSkin Serum Foundation to your moisturizer for a tinted look.

bareSkin is recommended if you are looking for a mineral serum foundation that will correct your tone, brighten, and smooth out your complexion.  Another benefit?  It’s formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.  Give it a try… we think you’ll love it!

 

 

 


Contouring 101

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Contouring enhances your face’s natural curves to create the illusion of more defined bone structure. By using makeup that’s both lighter and darker than your natural skin tone, you can change the way light bounces off your face, in turn enhancing and even slimming your facial features. Dermablend offers the dermatologist-developed and most-recommended products. They’re non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and allergy-tested; they are safe for acne-prone and sensitive skin.Strategically placing contour color two shades darker than your natural skin tone and a lighter highlighter (and blending thoroughly) works wonders for sculpting these areas…

Chiseled cheeks: Place darker contour color beneath the cheekbones (make a “fish face” to see the hollow spot) and highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones.

A slimmer nose: Use darker contour color on the sides of the nose, and highlighter down the center.

A defined jawline: Place contour color along the jawline and blend downwards toward the neck. Use highlighter in the center of the chin and blend outwards.

Try this with the Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer.     DB076-dermablend-quick-fix-concealer-spf-30-light

Once you’ve created your contoured look, you want it to last. That’s where makeup-setting products come in, and there are two different formulations to meet every need.

The easiest way to keep your makeup in place (contouring included) is with a setting mist. With a just a few spritzes, makeup looks freshly applied all day, and it can also be used to refresh your complexion throughout the day without disturbing your makeup (or the need for application tools). Setting mists are ideal for those who wear powder foundation and they are super-easy and mess-free. Try the Dermablend Set + Refresh Spray.

Setting powder may look white to the eye, but it’s invisible when lightly dusted over makeup. This final step keeps makeup smudge- and transfer-resistant and dramatically increases its longevity. These powders are available in loose form and compact form (which is perfect for touch-ups on the go). Tip: Only use setting powder over contoured areas to keep highlighted areas glowing.

Dermablend Setting Powder is available in “Original” for all skin tones plus two additional shades.

 


Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum

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ac023Alchimie Forever is an effective yet gentle skincare brand. This family owned and operated brand is great for all skin types, but especially wonderful for sensitive skin. All of the products in the brand are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, paraben-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dye-free and safe for pregnant and nursing women (except for Brightening Peel). They have recently added a new product that addresses hyperpigmentation and sun damage, just in time for summer. The Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum combines blueberry, vitamin C and E to fight off free radical damage and rejuvenate the skin. This serum may be used morning and evening underneath a moisturizer. You will see noticeable improvement in skin tone and redness relief. It will reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. This would be a fabulous addition to any skincare regimen.


SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

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Get your skin in shape for summer!  You have a multitude of skincare concerns, so you need to purchase a vast array of products to treat them, right?

Not so fast. With a do-it-all treatment like the SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, you can undergo a skin transformation with just one product and send your wrinkles packing!

This all-in-one anti-aging product has won multiple awards, and for good reason: This first-of-its-kind serum combines powerful antioxidants, anti-aging peptides and an exclusive blend of growth factors to deliver real results. This targeted treatment fights the signs of aging and rejuvenates the skin.

The unique dual-chamber design releases a combination of ingredients that work synergistically to improve the overall appearance of the skin. TNS Recovery Complex contains a patented blend of growth factors that work to reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, discoloration, roughness, photo damage and improve skin texture. APS Corrective Complex blends antioxidants and peptides to fight free radical damage and help support the foundation of the skin.
A potent blend of antioxidants such as vitamin E, green tea leaf extract and blackberry extract prevent free radical damage for healthier skin now and in the future. Hyaluronic filling spheres visibly plump the skin, while alpha-arbutin brightens and lightens age spots for a more radiant complexion.
Synergistically these ingredients work together to transform your skin!  TNS Essential Serum can deliver results in just 30 days, with continued skin improvement over time, as demonstrated in clinical studies. Here’s to your future of more beautiful skin!

*TNS Essential Serum was voted “Best Decollete Anti-Aging Product” by New Beauty readers, editors and experts and was named “Best Anti-Aging Serum” by skin care experts to earn the product an InStyle Best Beauty Buy for a second year in a row TNS Essential Serum received the honor for the “Wrinkle Treatment” category!

 


Stress and Skin

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Beauty starts from the inside. How we handle stress varies from person to person. Some of us eat more, others eat less, and some of us binge on sweets while another might turn to caffeine or alcohol. Both stress and poor nutrition can suppress the immune system. So the next time you reach for a quick fix to combat stress, remember, now is not the time to short change your diet.

In addition to sleep, exercise and drinking water, nutrition is critically important to relieving stress, boosting the immune system and maintaining healthy skin.   I get asked so often ‘what can I eat to help relieve stress and improve my beautiful skin? The answer is A LOT…here are some quick tips:

“The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating When You’re Stressed”:

Don’t reach for carbohydrates when you’re stressed.   They release serotonin in the brain and literally make us feel better.  Instead, reach for healthy comfort foods like air popped popcorn (with a bit of canola oil spray, salt and spices), raw almonds or cashews, multi-grain snacks, green tea lemonade (my personal favorite!) and berries (high in antioxidants.  Great for breakfast too!)

Do eat foods high in Essential Fatty Acids to reduce internal inflammation (this is increased by stress and leads to disease and aging).   You can take Omega supplements (Nordic Naturals is the best choice, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, which our body does not make), or incorporate foods into your diet such as salmon, trout, raw nuts and flaxseed.

Do cut back on white bread, refined sugar and pasta. This will help lower the secretion of Cortisol, which contributes to breakouts and is the hormone we release when we’re stressed.    Plus, you can add beans/legumes to the diet, which are high in Zinc to further decrease the inflammation, which contributes to inflamed acne.

Do channel a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, tomatoes and red wine (in moderation) because it is high in antioxidants, which help block the chemical reactions that lead to sun damage in skin.  (We have to think about environmental stress on our skin, too).  This can help prevent melanoma.

Don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water to detox the body and keep skin hydrated!

Do eat a diet high in antioxidants and minerals.  A deficiency in vitamins or antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamin C makes us more susceptible to disease. Without enough essential minerals, like magnesium and zinc, our immune system is compromised. Reports show vitamin and mineral levels dropping up to 33% during a stressful week, despite an adequate diet.

After you have taken care of the inside, don’t forget to care for the outside with skin care products to relieve the visible signs of stress on your skin (aging, acne, sensitivities).   Did you know that when you are stressed your body temperature increases?  Skyn ICELAND products go on with a cooling sensation to bring skin back into balance and to bring back the youthful glow you left behind!  Great for summer are:

Glacial Cleansing Cloths (take them to the beach!)
Arctic Face Mist (replenishes skin with those vitamins depleted by stress)
Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (to reduce puffiness in TEN minutes)
Antidote (a cooling lotion that decongests, detoxifies and calms stressed skin)
Pure Cloud Cream (great for replenishing, healing and soothing sun burned skin)

When we look better, we feel better.  Have a healthy, stress-free summer.


Prevention is the Best Treatment

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We all know that sunscreen is vital to skin health, but many may not consider it to be a true anti-aging product. In fact, it is the most important age control product available to the skin care professional. Above retinoids, vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, which undoubtedly improve the appearance of aging skin, sunscreen can singlehandedly prevent damage from occurring.

As we move into fall, it is critical to remember the importance of year-round sunscreen use. Remember that unlike UVB, the strength of the sun’s UVA rays (responsible for aging) remains constant throughout the day and throughout the year. These rays are able to penetrate through clouds and windows, and their effects target everyone, regardless of skin type, tone or condition. Many patients have an “it won’t happen to me” mentality when it comes to skin cancer, but most are frightened of the inevitable aging process. This fall, change your way of thinking about preventing and treating visible aging with year-round daily use of broad spectrum sunscreen.

The suite of PCA SKIN sun protection formulas is truly revolutionary. The virtually undetectable Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 for oily, acneic skin; Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for post-procedure care and those prone to hyperpigmentation; Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for normal to oily skin; Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for normal to dry skin; and Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant for use during outdoor activities. Their combination of ultra-sheer, micronized zinc oxide and octinoxate provide unsurpassed broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage. Silybin, also known as milk thistle, and caffeine provide superior antioxidant action to help maintain skin health during exposure.  PCA SKIN has perfected year-round protection.



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