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Summer Protectors: SPF and Topical Vitamins

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The summer months can take a toll on the skin. From sunny vacations to outdoor activities and the sun’s harsh rays beating down during your daily commute, sun protection is extra important during these warmer months. The summer season finds the sun the highest in the sky causing UVA/UVB rays to be stronger and more direct, especially during the 10 am – 4 pm hours.

Adding a broad spectrum sunscreen into your daily routine — no matter what time of day you are out — dramatically improves your level of protection. If the sun is out, a broad spectrum sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin. Broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging, while UVB rays result in sunburn.

PCA SKIN® offers five broad spectrum sunscreens — Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant — designed for different skin needs, but all approved by The Skin Cancer Foundation for active and daily use.

To supplement direct sun care, C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max offer maximum percentages of pure vitamins C and E to aid the skin’s ability to support itself against external damages while improving fine lines and wrinkles. The unique delivery system in these products allow for the vitamins to be safely encapsulated and provide maximum effectiveness.

Ultimately, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to avoid these harsh rays whenever possible. Rearranging your outdoor activities and chores to before or after the hottest point of the day and staying away from artificial tanning is the number one method of protection.

You can find PCA Skin products on SkinStore.com.


Malachite Complex

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Found in Själ Skincare’s Bio-Regeneratif Serum, malachite extract is an antioxidant rich in copper, which protects Sjal Bio- Regeneratif Serumagainst environmental oxidative stress.

Malachite is an important mineral for environmentally stressed skin in two ways: acting as a defense shield from radical scavenging activity against superoxide anion and as a deep detoxifier through the stimulation of glutathione reductase (considered the body’s most important cellular antioxidant).

Stabilized at the pH of skin to ensure optimum tolerance, Malachite has been demonstrated at several levels of the “antioxidant” defense mechanisms in our cells through its effect on the superoxide radical, malachite acts directly on the unstable free radical. By inhibiting the superoxide anion at a rate of more than 95%, malachite is an excellent front line of defense.

Simultaneously, malachite acts on a deeper level in the body’s defense system. Its effect on hydrogen peroxide occurs via reduced glutathione – or more precisely, through the enzyme in charge of regenerating it. This indirect activation effect allows elimination of one of the main factors limiting the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and reduced glutathione: the reduced glutathione itself.

The effects of Malachite Complex have been demonstrated at several levels of the “antioxidant” defense mechanisms in our cells? Through its effect on the superoxide radical, Malachite Complex acts directly on the “troublemaker.” By inhibiting the superoxide anion at a rate of more than 95%, Malachite Complex represents a choice first line of defense? At the same time, Malachite Complex acts at a more complex level in the body’s defense system. Its effect on hydrogen peroxide occurs via reduced glutathione – or more precisely, through the enzyme in charge of regenerating it. This indirect activation effect allows elimination of one of the main factors limiting the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and reduced glutathione: the reduced glutathione itself.

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25 Years of PCA SKIN®

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Founded by an aesthetician as Physician’s Choice of Arizona in 1990, PCA SKIN became one of the first brands to be PCA SKIN Pigment Gelsold directly from the shelves of doctors’ offices, allowing patients to leave with products that are right for their unique skin and avoiding a guessing game at drug and department stores. After becoming established as an international player in skincare, PCA SKIN became Physician’s Care Alliance.

PCA SKIN products are formulated to treat specific skin conditions and are backed by scientific research, ensuring safe products that provide rapid results. PCA SKIN provides products to treat every skin condition. For hyperpigmentation, Pigment Gel, Intensive Clarity Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night and C&E Strength are recommended. For aging, Intensive Age Refining Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night, ExLinea® Peptide Smoothing Serum and Total Strength Serum are designed to keep skin from showing visible signs of aging. For acne, Blemish Control Bar, Acne Gel and Acne Cream are formulated to keep breakouts under control. For sensitive skin conditions, Anti-Redness Serum and Hydrating Serum provide soothing relief.

All of the products in the daily care line are designed to work as a perfect union, each one enhancing the previous step and prepping the skin for the next one. PCA SKIN products are designed to be safely used before and after professional treatments.

Every day, PCA SKIN’s research and development team is hard at work drafting new formulations with the most advanced, scientifically proven ingredients and delivery systems to provide products that improve people’s lives.

You can find PCA SKIN on SkinStore.com.

 


Spring into Mother’s Day and Say Goodbye to Acne with Belli Skincare

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PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD WITH OUR ANTI-BLEMISH BASICS

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and whether you are a new mom or an expectant one, a little paBelli Anti-Blemish Basicsmpering goes a long way.

So, why not spoil yourself from with our Anti-Blemish Basics. This specialty two piece set contains a dynamic duo of Belli® skin care products that will STOP acne blemishes in their tracks without the use of salicylic acid, glycolic acid or benzoyle peroxide–common acne fighting ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy. Cleanse your skin daily with our Anti-Blemish Facial Wash which features lactic acid to gently exfoliate acne-prone skin without over drying. Next follow with our Acne Control Spot Treatment that contains sulfur to clear acne blemishes and helps prevent new breakouts.

Belli®skin care is Picky For A Purpose to protect and pamper your delicate skin without known harmful chemicals, so that you can enjoy peace of mind during any stage of your life: pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. The ingredients in Belli® products are selected based upon extensive review of published medical studies.

Every Belli® product is allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives. For pregnancy and motherhood, Belli® even follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding.

Don’t forget to take advantage of Belli’s free gift in April. Receive a Sheer Comfort Lip Balm with a purchase of $75 or more (offer while supplies last).

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


The New Age of Oils: Triple C Peptide Firming Oil

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If you haven’t jumped on the oil bandwagon, there has never been a better time to try one. After what seems to be the never ending Triple C Peptide Firming Oil winter, your skin is likely dehydrated, weak and badly in need of hydration. Weather aside–age, stress or environmental factors could also be contributing to skin woes. Enter Dr. Dennis Gross’ newest scientific cocktail, Triple C Peptide Firming Oil.

This complexion-brightening, skin-strengthening oil is anti-aging and intensely hydrating. It combines three forms of vitamin C which provides a surge of antioxidants to skin, annihilates free radicals, and strengthens skin’s building blocks. The result? Dry, dull skin is quenched, renewed, fortified and transformed. Unveil fresher, firmer, more radiant skin that truly defies your age.

What makes this product so unique?

-Innovative technology infuses water- and lipid-based anti-aging actives in a nutrient rich oil designed to rebuild collagen and communicate between cells to help skin repair and protect itself.

-Bio-identical actives including squalane, phospholipids, and ceramides replenish skin’s surface layer and restore its natural moisture barrier to prevent water loss and environmental damage – leaving skin plump, supple, and silky.

-Essential fatty acids, 17 nutrient-rich botanicals, and vitamins D & K breathe life into dry, nutrient depleted skin while enhancing elasticity for a radiant complexion that instantly snaps back into shape.

Application: Shake well. Apply 2-3 drops, more if needed, AM &/or PM. Gently massage into face, neck & décolleté.

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.

 


Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream [GIVEAWAY]

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Create a lifting effect for the neck and enhance the appearance of elasticity with this high performance neck cream. Formulated with a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells infused into a Vitamin C, resveratrol rich grapeseed formula. The STEM CELLULAR™ Lifting Neck Cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while providing powerful antioxidant protection. Peptides and algae give a smoother and tighter feel, to give a more youthful, defined looking neck area.

Benefits & Ingredients

– Creates tighter looking skin with a proprietary blend of apple and grape fruit stem cells which have been infused into organic resveratrol-rich grapeseed.

– Improves appearance of skin texture and suppleness with vegetable squalane and Vitamin E.

– Improves skin luminosity with Vitamin C.

– Provides a lifting effect while reducing the appearance of wrinkles thanks to a blend of peptides and algae for a visibly more refined & toned definition on the neck line, profile & décolleté.

– Improves the appearance of skin’s elasticity with rosehip, linseed and borage oils leaving skin looking tighter, more supple and softer.

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Infuse Skin with Nourishment

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Elemental Herbology incorporaElemental Herbology Cell Food Facial Serumtes the integral philosophy of the Chinese Medicine’s Five Elemental Theory. The wood element is aligned to spring, germination, growth and change. It is a time to ‘tend the soil’ before ‘sowing the seeds’ and in this way, a time to purify the skin and infuse it with much needed nourishment.

Consider adding into any skincare regimen the Elemental Herbology Cell Food facial serum. This serum contains a power-house of proteins, vitamins and anti-oxidants to help boost, protect and repair undernourished skin, especially after the effects of the winter season.

“You can actually feel this serum doing your skin good; natural products don’t get more effective. It leaves skin supple and nourished in the short term and decidedly more radiant in the long term.” – Harper’s Bazaar, October 2014

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YOUR LIPS ARE THE BALM

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No matter the season, rain or shine our lips always need a little extra TLC and the one skincare accessory we cannot live without is Belli Sheer Comfort Lip Balmlip balm. Our lips are one of the softest and thinner parts of our body. Belli® has developed their very own lip balm to help relieve and heal your dry, cracked lips.

And because our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is 100% lanolin, it is great to use on any other part of your body that needs the extra moisture, such as your cuticles and heels which can become cracked during the winter months. Even breastfeeding mom’s can benefit from using our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm to help hydrate dry, cracked nipples.

Belli’s® Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is formulated to lock in your lips natural moisture with just one ingredient, a soothing medical graded, hypoallergenic Ultra Purified Lanolin Oil.

Our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is easy to apply and glides on smoothly without leaving a greasy residue on your lips.

At Belli® we are dedicated to bringing the very best in trusted skincare solutions that pamper and protect your skin without any known harmful chemicals, making our new Sheer Comfort Lip Balm a great addition to our skincare line.

Here are some things you should know about Belli® Skincare and its range of luxurious and effective skincare products for Pregnancy, Motherhood and Beyond:

Belli® is Picky For A Purpose™ to give you peace of mind. Our products are allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives. The ingredients in Belli® products are selected based upon an extensive review of published medical studies. For pregnancy and motherhood, Belli® follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding. We teratology screen our skincare products recommended for use during pregnancy by searching through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5,000 international journals, and use this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy. We also LACTMED screen to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding so that all Belli® products can also be used post-pregnancy.

You can find Belli products on SkinStore.com.


Get the Look: BodyBuilder Waves

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By T3 Lead Stylist, David Lopez

This season is all about big, loose, voluminous waves that look natural and effortless, but still polished. T3 has created two new tools which I absolutely love, because they make creating this trending look fast and easy. The key to this style is waves that start lower down the hair section (at lip to chin level), which adds incredible body and movement to the bottom half of the hair. Here’s how to get the look:

Start by prepping hair with your favorite body building product (Mousse, Thickening Spray, Texturizing Spray), then rough dry hair until it is 100% dry.

Divide hair into four sections. Start with your part, divide hair all the way to the back and split into pig tails. Split those pig tails into two sections divided from the top right behind the ear.

Using the T3 Micro BodyWaver  wrap 1″ sections of hair flat along on the barrel, then gently unwind into a long coil. Pro Tip: Curl all hair with sections being fed over the barrel and towards the face, as pictured. This ensures perfect symmetrical waves on both sides.

After allowing coils to cool, gently rake through hair from roots to tips with a large comb or your fingers.  Detail the crown and hairline with the T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Wand using the 1” barrel attachment. Gently wrap 1/2″ sections away from the face to create more texture and polish.

Finally, spritz on your favorite texturizing spray.

You can find T3 products on SkinStore.com.

About David Lopez

T3 Lead Stylist, David Lopez, is a rising session and celebrity hair stylist based in NYC. David has lived all over the world and learned at an early age to appreciate the beauty of different cultures and hair types. He started out studying film but quickly transitioned to his true passion, beauty school. David was trained in the French technique of hair cutting and educated by Aveda, Goldwell, Redken & Wella, before going to work for New York’s top salons, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and today’s most prominent magazines. David’s expertise is sought after by media outlets the world over from national television to web series, and is known for being  creative and always enthusiastic, with an infectious passion for his craft. He is represented by NEXT Artists in NYC & FORD Artists in Miami.


Respond to the Changing Seasons

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Elemental Herbology combines the ancient holistic healing know-how of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Five Element philosophy with high-performing and nutritious natural botanical ingredients. Each of the UK-based ranges mElemental Herbology Purify and Soothe Cleansing Balmeets your skin’s needs as the seasons change.

As we move into fall, nurture sun parched summer skin with Elemental Herbology’s star product, Purify & Soothe Cleansing Balm. This oil-rich cleansing balm deeply cleanses the pores without stripping the skin’s own natural protections. The natural oils penetrate the skin delivering vital nutrients and are super-hydrating, for silky, soft and glowing skin.

As featured on MSN GLO in “13 Skin & Makeup secrets from Kate Hudson” quoted “If I’m not wearing much makeup that day, I’ll use Elemental Herbology’s purifying cleanser at night.”

Elemental Herbology Purify and Soothe Cleansing BalmFollow with the go-to moisturizer throughout the fall & winter, Cell Plumping Facial Moisturizer, which is packed with moisture-boosting Royal Jelly, Argan, Sacha Inchi and Evening Primrose oils which plump, nourish and deliver instant hydration.

Post-summer and throughout the colder months skin can become dull and dry, so exfoliating weekly with the Facial Glow Radiance Peel to shed dryness and stimulate cell turnover is really important!

These three simple steps to create your at-home spa facial will leave your skin radiant, healthy and hydrated!

You can find Elemental Herbology products on SkinStore.com.



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