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Oh, HONEY!

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2Honey is often used to acclimatize the body to surrounding pollens to prevent allergies. But did you know: propolis, the tacky resin that a bee gathers to produce honey, is not only anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial but also stimulates cell renewal! Honey is also a great moisturizer as well as effective for healing wounds.

Here are some of our favorite natural products that are sweet as honey!

Arcona Hydrating Serum incorporates honey as well as Hyalouronic Acid and Aloe to sooth and heals the most stressed, damaged or mature skin.

Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub uses pure Gironde honey as well as 6 essential oils, brown sugar and crushed grape seeds to smooth away cellulite & dead skin cells for a luxurious, spa like exfoliation.

Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner incorporates Black Tea extract, Rice Bran Extract and Honey Extract to deeply moisturize the skin without clogging pores or causing irritation. This toner is paraben free, oil free, alcohol free & can be used on its own for oiler skin types or in conjunction with your favorite for an added boost of moisture!

You can find these, and thousands of other products at SkinStore.com!


Benefits of Almond Oil

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Almonds are considered a great source of vitamin E and can be found in many forms. Almonds are also gluten-free and contain 12% of your daily allotted protein, but did you know almonds also offer amazing skincare benefits?

Almonds are high in antioxidants; which help cleanse and detoxify the body as well as vitamin E; which nourish the skin. When applied directly to the skin, almond oil can offer great anti-aging benefits, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Almond oil can also be used to help treat acneic or congested skin. Here are a few of our top products packed with the great benefits almondSundari Chamomile Eye Oils have to offer:

Jane Iredale PureLash Conditioner uses Sweet Almond Seed Extract to create long, conditioned soft lashes.

Murad Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Oil uses Sweet Almond Oil and other natural botanical oils that gently cleanse and renew the skin while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Sundari Chamomile Eye Oil uses a combination of Chamomile, Avocado and Sweet Almond Oil to nourish, soften and nurture the skin.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil replicates the scalps own natural oils with a blend of carrier oils and essential oils derived from plants and flowers as well as Sweet Almond Oil.


Wash Away the Day

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After a long day at the office or an even longer night out, the last thing you want to do is take off your make up, but we all  know how important it is to maintain great skin. Here are a few of our favorite make up removers!NYE prep

Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Makeup Remover; this multitasking product makes it impossible not to hit the pillow without a clean face! There is no need to rinse this product, designed after the popular European cleansing waters, simply apply to the face, neck and decollate with a cotton pad. This product can be used morning or night!

Vichy Purete Thermale Soothing Eye Makeup Remover; this product combines Thermal Spa Water and Vitamin B5 to provide intense hydration that removes make up without irritating or drying the skin. This is great for sensitive skin types or contact lens wearers.

Matis Response Yeux Biphase Eyes and Lips Makeup Remover; this product is great for removing smokey eyes or deep red lips. This make up remover will remove even waterproof mascara in a single application and doesn’t leave an oily film.

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.


New! SEKKISEI

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SEKKISEI; translated roughly in Japanese means bright & translucent skin as “pure as snow.” Pale skin is highly regarded in Asian cultures to signify wealth & prosperity. SEKKISEI is a blend of Japanese and Chinese herbs to attain the purest, brightestSEKKISEI complexion and prevent uneven skintone and freckles. The line itself is broken into three categories noted by the color of the packaging; green, purple and blue.

Junkisui (green) helps minimize acne blemishes or scarring caused by acne. Junkisui uses Coix seed to moisturize, but also lighten hyperpigmentation, Mountain bark extract to gently purify and Peony root extract to reduce inflammation.

Seikisho (purple) can be used daily on the face and body. This line also uses Coix seed to lighten and hydrate skin along with Angelica extract to disinfect areas of congestion and brighten dark areas, Mountain bark extract is used to detoxify.

Seikkisei (blue) is designed to reverse sun exposure or photo damage caused by the sun or other environmental factors. Seikkisei uses vitamin E to boost the skin’s natural defenses, vitamin C to brighten skin tone as well as Witch Hazel to refine pores and a blend of 10 Oriental herb extracts to leave skin feeling smoother and brighter.

You can find SEKKISEI 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 amazing product on SkinStore.com.


Dry Winter Skin Woes

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Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture in the skin and is often characterized by parched, flaking, tightness, itching and even stinging or burning. Often skin begins to look more mature and fine lines or wrinkles are more pronounced. Dry or dehydrated skin is frequently associated with red or chapped areas of the body such as the lips, cheeks, elbows and knees.

Dry skin can be caused by a variety of reasons including but not limited to lack of essential oils, weakened barrier function, inadequate moisturizing, poor diet, environmental factors or improper cleansing.

To ensure that you are providing your skin with all the proper nutrients to stay well hydrated be sure to moisturize daily with a moisturizer or lotion fit for your skin type. Also, only cleanse twice a day and avoid harsh scrubs or astringent cleansers that can leave the skin feeling exposed. Long exposure to dry or cold temperatures can affect the skin and cause “winter itch”; inflamed, itchy skin associated with exposure to extreme temperatures including excessive indoor heating.

As we age our elastin and collagen products begins to slow and our skin becomes natural more dehydrated. Conversely, in our younger years we experience more oil production but that is necessary to keeping our skin balanced and hydrated.

We suggest that you cleanse the skin in the morning with a gentle cleanser, apply a nonalcoholic or moisturizing toner followed by a moisturizer preferably with a sun protection factor. At night, cleanse the skin with luke warm water, tone again, apply any gels/serums/oils and apply a thick, emollient rich moisturizer to absorb into the skin while you sleep.

Looking for skincare advice? You may speak with a live product specialist or consult with an esthetician Monday through Friday 9 AM-9 PM ET 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.


Boost Winter Hydration

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Looking to stretch your dollar? Suffering from dry, dehydrated winter skin? 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.


Eliminate Pesky Ingrown Hair

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legs So let’s say your legs have taken a long winters nap and are in need of some tender loving care. There is nothing worse than razor burn or bumps. Here are a few of our favorite products to help with the stubborn stubble and prickly problems.

Whish Flawless Bump Fighter : Most bump fighters are messy liquids which require a pad or cotton ball to apply. Whish’s unique airless pump distributes just the right amount of heavenly scented healing gel to your fingertips, allowing you to gently massage the affected areas. It’s also great for soothing and removing the redness on upper lip or eyebrows post waxing.

Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads : Soaked in an ingrown-emancipating solution of hydroxy acids, these easy-to-use swipes rapidly alleviate intrafollicular lumps and bumps. Use Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads to smooth stubbly legs, level bikini lines and fix ingrown bump-afflicted beards

Blinc Resurf.a.stic Ingrown : Blinc’s resurf.a.stic is the original, one-step innovation that combines hydration and long-lasting, skin-enriching treatment with professional-quality microdermabrasion. Medical-grade, diamond-shaped crystals that are equally efficient on all sides are embedded in a unique stick form, making resurf.a.stic.


Holiday Skincare Gift Sets

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It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are almost upon us. Here are a few gift suggestions for skincare fanatics, beauty gurus and professionals alike.

1) L’Occitane Hand Creams of Provence ($42 USD; a $60 USD value) These 1 oz tubes of hand cream are perfect for the chilly weather head and fit perfectly in a purse, handbag, desk drawer or backback for easy access to luscious shea butter moisture and amazing scents like Rose, Almond and Lavender.

2) The Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit ($60 USD; an $88 USD value) Do you have any men in your life looking for the perfect shave? Any lady friends tired of alcohol based shaving products? Art of Shaving offers a great kit for pre and post shaving care in four wonderful scents great for both sexes.

3) Rodial Dragon’s Blood Kit ($124 USD; a $190 USD value) Social and print media have been abuzz with the latest trend that sounds scarier than is. Dragon’s Blood is actually a plant extract that can be dated back to the Roman era. Once used as a dye, it is now being regarded as one of the best skincare ingredients healing agents.

4) Juice Beauty Organic To Go ($29.00 USD) If you have anyone on your list with sensitive skin or prefers organic products, this is set is a must have! Juice Beauty Organics offers everything you will need for a healthy, radiant glow. This set includes a cleanser, serum, peel, moisturizer and hydrating mist; perfect for a weekend getaway or a chance to try some new products.

5) butter LONDON Double Take- Fire Lacquer and Overcoat ($24 USD; a $30 value) A great holiday manicure is a necessity for any holiday party or office get together. Make sure to be looking your best with these classic deep red and sparkly winter white overcoat that is sure to last until the New Year!

You can find these great products on SkinStore.com!



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