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SUNSCREEN FOR SNOW SPORTS

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Hitting the slopes this season? Don’t forget that just because its winter doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburned! Wearing sunscreen is especially important while enjoying the snow because the UV rays are more intense at higher elevations. Also, be aware of certSkinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50ain body parts you might miss while lathering up. Be sure to cover any parts of your face that are exposed such as ears, around the eyes, the scalp and the back of the neck. Here are a few of our favorite winter SPF products:

Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50; SkinCeuticals recently brought out a revolutionary sunscreen specifically formulated  for the eyes.

Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Sun Protection Brush SPF 50 – Medium; If you aren’t keen on liquid sunscreens, Coloscience has an amazing powdered sunscreen that packs a whopping 50 SPF and is backed by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Neova DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer SPF 40 is a traditional liquid sunscreen but helps improve the visible signs of DNA skin damage caused by sun exposure. If you have oily skin, don’t fret. This formula is oil-free and is even water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Have fun this winter! You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


COFFEE LOVERS UNITE!

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Statistics show that 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee or caffeinated beverages on a daily basis. Why not take your love of the sacred nectar one step further? Here are a few of our favorite caffeine packed, coffee derived products!Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

The Archipelago Botanicals Boticario collection is a rich blend of coffee beans, orange blossom and bergamot. The soap in this collection uses real coffee grounds to gently exfoliate the skin and give you a jolt to start the day.

The Skin Authority Coffee Almond Scrub smells like a rich dessert but isn’t all fluff. Skin Authority blends coffee, olive and crushed almonds to provide a powerful scrub that helps alleviate cellulite, shrink blood vessels that cause spider veins and tighten skin as well as hydrate the skin leaving it velvety soft.

The Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub uses fresh Indonesian coffee beans to create a rich, cleansing scrub but differs from the rest because it also creates a gentle, creamy foam like a latte for the skin!


3 Easy to Follow New Year’s Resolutions!

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1. Drink more water!

It doesn’t need to be said but here’s an easy tip. Swap at least 1 cup of the morning coffee for a glass of ice water. Not only will it wake you up but it jump starts your metabolism, helps flush toxins & curbs morning hunger pangs.

2. Get more sleep…no really.

The correct amount of sleep will do wonders for your skin (no more dark circles!), your metabolism and your spirit! So put down that iPad and hit the pillow earlier than later.

3. Eat more fruits and veggies.

Your mother was right! If you’re not keen on the green stuff, keep a small bag of carrots to nosh on at your desk or if you’re super adventurous, throw a cup of kale disguised in a banana shake. It can make a world of difference! Proper nutrition not only helps your metabolism, but your skin and brain function as well. The skin is our biggest organ and it needs to be cared for.

You can find more products to help take care of your skin on SkinStore.com.


Shed Your Winter Skin

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Chemical peels are an effective way to ensure the efficacy of your current skincare products, remove dead skin and reveal younger, healthier looking skin. Our skin takes quite the beating in day to day life so we encourage a fresh start every now and again. Peels can range in strength by the products used or the application process. The level of intensity is determined by a combination of active ingredients, peeling agents and pH level. Some peels may boast 10-30% of an active ingredient but it is the pH that is most important. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14; 0 being most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being alkaline. Most acid peels should fall between 1.5 to 4.0, the latter of which is only available through a dermatologist or skincare professional.

Most over the counter peels are classified into 3 categories; AHAs (which includes citric, glycolic, lactic & malic acids), BHAs (which includes salicylic acid) and blended peels. Peels can aid with hyperpigmentation, fine lines or wrinkles, acne scarring and hyperkeratosis.

A staff fave for at home use is Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. Results are noticeable after just one use and accumulative over time. It’s the perfect go to kit for big event like a wedding our class reunion when you need your skin to look picture perfect!

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.


Boost Winter Hydration

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Suffering from dry, dehydrated winter skin? Here’s a tip! Adding concentrated serums to your moisturizers can double the humectant factor.  Here are a few additives that can give your favorites a little boost this winter season. Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil Purified Squalane

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel can be added to any day or night cream to replenish nutrients in the skin. Added moisture helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles as well as smoother looking skin. B5 Gel is also recommended for use with vitamin C to maximize the benefits.

Peter Thomas Roth Oil Less Oil 100% Purified Squalane can be added to sunscreen, moisturizers or used before your make up application to deeply condition the skin. Squalane is found in the body naturally and this purified version duplicates the lipid barrier found in our skin.

Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder is a revolutionary powder that can be added to your favorite cream or sunscreen to help fight free radicals, which are still an issue even in the winter! Vitamin C helps lighten and brighten skin as well as reverse the aging process.

 

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


Winter Masks for your Skin Type

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Are you looking forFarmHouse Fresh Sundae Best a mask, but don’t want to feel stripped of your essential oils? Cream Masks are best suited for dry or dehydrated skin to reduce inflammation, redness or irritation. Look for masks with emollients like Shea, coconut or mango butter and nutrients like hyaluronic acid or vitamin E. Cream masks are also a great choice for sensitive skin and can be applied more often than traditional masks without irritating the skin. We suggest the FarmHouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask; two words: chocolate mask. This luxurious mask is a fine blend of cocoa, coconut milk and honey along with CoQ10, live Carrot Fruit Cells and Ginseng to fight wrinkles and sagging.

Have the holidays and winter weather caused you to break out? Clay Masks are the appropriate choice for oily skin types, congested skin or acneic skin. Clay masks help purify clogged pores and cleanse the skin while removing dirt, debris and excess oil. We suggest the CosMedix Clear mask which uses sulfur, broccoli powder and white hazel among other ingredients to combat breakouts and minimize pore size.GlamGlow YOUTHMUD

Are you feeling like you need a fresh start? Exfoliating Masks are great multitasking products and can save time during your skincare route by combining the cleansing effects of a clay mask and the exfoliating benefits of a scrub. We suggest the GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment which starts off as a traditional clay mask but when activated with water morphs into a light scrub.

Are you looking for a relaxing treatment in the comfort of your own home? Marine Masks are synonymous with the quintessential spa experience and can be used on almost any skin type. Marine minerals offer great skincare benefits without causing irritation. Most marine minerals are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients and anti-aging benefits to give your skin the boost it needs. We suggest the Astara Activated Sea Mineral Mask which combines Kelp, Spirulina and sea vegetables to rejuvenate like a fine resort facial.

You can find these masks on SkinStore.com!


Kylie Jenner Inspired Lips

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Social media is buzzing with tuToo Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream-Spice Spice Babytorials and photos of the much sought after “Kylie Jenner” lip color, a very matte rose-mauve. Here at SkinStore.com, we have searched our inventory and believe the Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner- Perfect Spice paired with the Spice Spice Baby La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream is the perfect combination to achieve the 90’s style, Kylie Jenner look.

You can even over line the lips to achieve the infamous Kylie Jenner pout or pair the liner and Too Faced Lip Injection Extremelip color with the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme for a super plumped lip. If you are going out on the town and want the look to last throughout the night, we suggest the Too Faced Lip Insurance to prime the lips and prevent creasing, fading or bleeding lip liner.


Why Essential Oils Are So Essential

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Simply put, essential oils are like power boosters for the skin. They help the skin grow, flourish and maintain itself. Think of Marula Oilessential oils like a multivitamin for the hair, skin and body. Essential oils are finally getting the attention they deserve and aren’t just for the hippy dippy types. Much like the ingredients in our skincare, essential oils serve a purpose that makes them so vital to our overall health. Recently, oils derived from glamorous locations like Africa and South America are making headlines. Marula oil, derived from the Marula nut tree, was used widely by the Tsonga People of South Africa and Mozambique. Marula oil is packed with more omega acids & antioxidants than its predecessors, Argan or Grape Seed oil. Marula oil can be used on the skin to repair premature aging or on the hair to provide a smooth, frizz free appearance without a greasy finish.

You can find a variety of products that contain essential oils on SkinStore.com.


Halloween Edition: Beauty Horror Stories!

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Here are a few frightening tales for you beauty gurus out there and a few secrets how to ward off cosmetic evils!

1. Geishas were known for their milky white complexion and striking beauty, but often it came at a price. Most of the facial powders SkinMedica LYTERA Skin Brightening Complexused by the Geishas contained lead and slowly poisoned the women. If you are looking for a bright complexion, but without the lead, we suggest SkinMedica LYTERA Skin Brightening Complex. LYTERA is a non-prescription, non-Hydroquinone skin brightening product that minimizes the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots.

2. In ancient Greece, Greeks were known to use dung from crocodiles for face and body treatments. After a while, crocodile! We have a suggestion of a treatment that is easier to stomach. June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish; this spicy, detoxifying face and body polish, infused with a powerful Pumpkin enzyme, combined with the gentle exfoliation of crushed Bamboo and Jojoba micro beads helps to cleanse the skin of dead cells.

FarmHouse Fresh Nectar Powder Milk Bath3. Cleopatra was known for her everlasting beauty and she boasted about taking milk bathes daily. The price of milk is on the rise so we don’t expect anyone to fill the bathtub! We suggest FarmHouse Fresh Nectar Powder Milk Bath; This jar is pure wholesome goodness – down to the Chicory Root that soothes upset skin and reduces inflammation and swelling. The fine sifted pure whole powdered milk is rich in twenty essential amino acids, vitamins and the sweet buttery fats that make milk the ultimate skin softener.


Are you seeing the signs?

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Our skin is our largest organ and often sends us signals that something is occurring elsewhere in the body. Are you seeing the signs? Do you occasionally get a pimple in the same spot every month? It may not be a coincidence.

If a large pimple is looming on your forehead or brow area, you may have an ingrown hair or may just be unlucky. If you are experiencing congestion, blackheads and white heads you may want to switch styling products or adopt a new hair style. Hair can act as a vessel to transfer products that build up on the scalp down onto the forehead causing irritation and congestion in the skin. Be sure to give your hair a deep cleanse about once a week to prevent product build up and transference to the skin. Try the Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo which purifies the hair without stripping the hair.

Are you experiencing a breakout across the face from ear to ear? This could be a precursor for rosacea, especially if you are noticing a flushing in the skin that never goes away. Rosacea and acne can go hand in hand since the skin is inflamed and irritants can be trapped within the swollen pores. Rosacea can be triggered by sulfites which can be found in mostly red wine and spicy foods. Rosacea can also be prompted by temperature changes and emotional changes that would cause vascular changes within the skin.

Finally, if you notice a breakout along the chin every month, it could be associated with a hormonal imbalance such as a menstrual cycle or high stress situations. If you know that isn’t the issue, you may also want to try excluding dairy from your diet. Some researchers speculate that Dairy may be associated with irritation within the skin and chances are once it is removed from your diet, the breakout will clear.

 

You can find the products mentioned at SkinStore.com.



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