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Re-Writing the Myth on Alcohols

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Contrary to popular belief, alcohols can actually have great skincare benefits. Not all alcohols are astringent or abrasive, some can even be moisturizing and conditioning. Alcohols are actually a classification of chemicals that react differently and more varied than you may think.

Ethanol (alcohol), generally found in alcoholic beverages, is synonymous with the word “alcohol” but is the only chain that has drying effects. Ethanol alcohol is used in products for oilier skin types because of the ability to absorb quickly.

If you are on the drier side and worried about alcohols in your products, don’t be alarmed if you see; cetyl, cetearyl, stearyl, behenyl, arachidyl or myristyl alcohols.

One of our fave eye creams that is super moisturizing contains cetyl alcohol, Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream. You can find this and other amazing products on SkinStore.com!


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.


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!


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.


CosMedix to the Rescue!

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CosMedix RescueThis time of year you may find yourself excited for apple cider, your favorite winter boots and cozying up to the fireplace. You may also find yourself weary of environmental factors like wind, increased heating elements and lack of vitamin D.

CosMedix Rescue is the answer to your wind-bitten cheeks and noses, chapped lips or dry, irritated skin. This amazing product is packed full of natural healing agents blended together in a luxurious Shea Butter cream. Wild Cherry Bark and Willow herb extract helps reduce inflammation and ward off bacteria while Copper peptides offer tremendous healing properties. This buttery balm is not just for the face, but can be used on cuts, scrapes, scabs, burns, sunburns and insect bites even fine lines and wrinkles. Copper helps contract the wound, stimulates DNA repair and faster development of granular tissue. There is nothing this ointment cannot do! It’s a must have product this time of year!

You can find this and other great products at SkinStore.com.



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