Winter is a wonderful time to relax at home with family or travel. The dry climate can take its toll on your skin so it’s important to take the proper precautions and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! We often forget to use masks to help restore our skin, they are great treatments that don’t take that much time but will offer amazing results.
The Juara Avocado Banana Moisture Mask is an excellent moisture rich mask that will benefit dry, dehydrated skin. It uses avocado to nourish dry skin and banana which is rich in minerals to help soften and protect your skin’s natural moisture levels. This winter friendly mask also uses squalane and carrot seed oil to protect and hydrate even the most sensitive skin types. It is a great mask to use post procedure or while using a retinol or exfoliant, because it is soothing and hydrating.
The Juara Avocado Banana Moisture Mask is rich in texture, smells wonderful and feels even more amazing while on the skin. You can use this mask 1-2 times a week or as needed if you want to add a dose of moisture to your regimen. You will want to leave the mask on 10-15 minutes, or you can apply a very thin layer to your skin and leave on overnight. The results will be refreshing to your skin and soul!
This is for all you vegans and veggies out there that want to use products to fit your lifestyle. Here’s some info on some vegan and vegetarian products that SkinStore.com offers. For those of you that may be newer to the world of vegetarianism I have made it pretty simple to spot out products to suit your preferences.
Strictly vegan lines do not contain such ingredients as milk, honey, lanolin (substance derived from sheep’s wool) or any animal derived ingredients. Vegetarian skin care lines may include lactic acid or honey, however any other animal based ingredients such as squalene, fish oil, gelatin, carmine (pigment from a beetle), collagen, vitamin A, and glycerin will not be included as these are all animal by products.
A lot of makeup companies that are vegan use synthetic materials for their brushes instead of animal hair. This works well for vegans and people allergic to animals that may not be able to tolerate natural fibers.
Some alternatives to animal based ingredients include vegetable glycerin, soy and plant proteins, or almond and olive oil. Vitamin A alternatives include vegetables such as carrots, wheat germ oil or a synthetic form of Vitamin A.
The brands listed below are vegan or vegetarian:
Nuxe: Contains no animal ingredients, synthetic coloring agents, no mineral oils, and is lab tested and under dermatological supervision.
Duwop: Is vegan, no animal testing, and uses many different antioxidants to improve the look of your skin to enhance makeup application
Sparitual: 100% vegan. We love this line for their fun colors, earth friendly packaging, and great smelling products.
Juara: 100% vegetarian, no animal testing, contains no artificial colorants, paraben-free, no sulfates or pthalates.
Arcona-vegan (except for honey used in only a few products). This is one of my new favorite product lines. The smell, texture, and efficacy of the products are untouchable!
Juice Beauty: Is vegetarian and uses a lot of organic ingredients.
Melvita: Is vegetarian and organic
Colorscience: vegetarian and offers a wide range of natural sunscreens.
Jack Black: vegan except for beeswax and silk amino acids that are in some of their products. They are cruelty, color and fragrance free.
Anthony Logistics: They are vegan except for their lip balms which contain beeswax.
Some companies are either reformulating their products or coming out with products that are exclusively vegetarian to meet the needs of consumers. Vegetarian based products have proven not to be just a fad, but offer real results and are here to stay!
For those of us that like to exfoliate, scrub, and slough off our skin on a regular basis, we often run the risk of overdoing it. The SkinCeuticals Epidermal repair has been specifically formulated for skin that has been compromised by in office peels or at-home blunders. It contains beta glucan and centella asiatica which provide a protective veil on the skin and help to repair and restore the skin barrier function while helping to stimulate collagen production.
The SkinCeuticals Epidermal repair will help with inflammation and will also help to soothe the skin to lessen irritation. If you use this product post-procedure it will help to protect, heal, soothe, and can also prevent scarring (but consult with your doctor before use).
It also makes a nice makeup base for us dry skin types because it contains dimethicone which helps to seal in moisture while preventing peeling and flaking. This is also a great product to use if you have sunburn, windburn, rosacea, or if you are a retinol user. The Epidermal Repair will be a skin saver for anyone that may have overdone it with the peel or treatment, and wants to avoid looking red, scaly or blistered.
You can find this and other great skincare products at SkinStore!
Keratosis Pilaris (ker-uh-TO-sis pil-AIR-is) or KP is a very common skin condition that mainly occurs on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, however, it can occur on other parts of the body such as the thighs, cheeks, back and/or buttocks. This skin condition affects 50% of the entire world’s population, most commonly found in adolescents.
KP causes small, acne-like bumps that are painless and normally have a reddish coloring. KP has also been referred to as “chicken skin” or “permanent goose bumps”. Though this skin condition is not so attractive, it is harmless. KP is normally worse in the winter months when the climate is drier. It has also been noted that KP may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.
Though treatment is not medically necessary, most people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. The most common treatments to lessen the appearance of KP are exfoliators and moisturizers that are targeted to hydrate dry skin types. Some common ingredients and products that help to treat KP are Lactic Acid, Urea, Vitamin A treatments, microdermabrasion products, Salicylic Acid and Glycolic acid. Since KP is a chronic condition, treatments are recommended to be done continuously.
A Few Great Recommendations:
- PCA SKIN Dry Skin Relief Bar
- Avene Professional Akerat Smoothing Exfoliating Cream
- Glytone KP Kit
Tis the season for gift giving and this year we have something for everyone on your list! Holiday gift giving is made easy from beauty to relaxation with our wide variety of gifts. These holiday gifts offer luxury with a touch of holiday spirit and are budget friendly too!
1. NEST Fragrance Scented Candle- Birchwood Pine: The aroma of a majestic winter forest is created by blending White Pine, Fir Balsam and Birchwood over a base of rich Musk and Amber.
Formulated with a proprietary soy blend wax formulation, all NEST candles burn evenly and infuse a room with fragrance. The custom glass was designed to complement the beauty of your home with a classic shape and modern stripe etching on crystal clear glass. This candle will burn approximately 50 hours.
2. Juara Romancing the Candlenut Set: This irresistible skin-softening 4-piece ritual will make you feel like you have taken a trip to Bali. Pamper your skin with velvety Candlenut oil while your senses are enveloped in an unforgettable scent of delicate freesia, white blooming jasmine, sparkling bergamot and gentle rose with just a hint of fresh coconut.
3. Philosophy The Cookie Exchange: share the happiest of holidays with the cookie exchange. philosophy’s version of this festive tradition features christmas cookie shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath, sweet creamy frosting body lotion, and sugar sprinkles high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine. the 3-in-1, moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair, while indulging your senses as you lather from head to toe. the luxurious body lotion formula contains natural oils and shea butter to condition and help stabilize the moisture level of dry skin, while antioxidants help soothe and protect skin against environmental attack. soothe and soften lips with the sweet sugar sprinkles formula, while providing sheer color and high-gloss shine. it’s the perfect gift to sweeten up someone’s holiday.
4. For the man in your life, ZIRH Shave Basics Kit: For optimal shaving results while preventing ingrown hairs, razor burn nicks and cuts, the ZIRH Shave Basics Kit includes Prepare, Shave Gel and Soothe.
- Prepare, 1oz A light botanical shave oil that is designed to lubricate the beard area and improve glide while shaving.
- Shave Gel, 3.3oz This non-foaming Aloe Vera based shave gel makes it easier to maintain sideburns and other facial hair, and avoid any irritated areas.
- Soothe, 3.3oz Soothe calms redness, razor burn or any shaving irritation. It can also serve as a dual purpose light moisturizer.
5. Too Faced All I Want for Christmas: This full face collection features the best of Too Faced’s eyes, face and lips and is housed in a party-ready chevron cosmetic bag designed by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald.
- La Crème Lip Cream in Believe, .11oz
- Shadow Insurance, .35oz Extend the life of your eye shadow with this lid primer.
- Perfect Eyes Eye Liner in Perfect Black, .03oz A good-for-you formulated, waterproof, highly pigmented eyeliner.
- Lash Injection Mascara, .25oz This mascara adds volume, beautiful separation and waterproof color to lifeless dull lashes.
- Exclusive Blush/Eye Shadow Trio Compact
With all these wonderful choices it’s hard to pick just one; maybe you can get all five and share with a friend or two. We have you covered this year to find that perfect gift!
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Customers frequently call in wanting to know what products will help alleviate their ongoing symptoms of redness in their cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Many times customers describe small bumps or pimples that accompany the redness along with occasional itching or irritation especially during times of extreme environmental heat or cold.
Some may just need more intense hydration and products that help address dilated capillary veins that produce redness. For others this can be an ongoing medical condition called Rosacea that should be diagnosed and supervised by a physician. There is no cure for Rosacea, however there are skin care products and regimens designed to help alleviate irritation and calm the skin.
Pevonia Botanica provides four excellent products that help soothe and calm sensitive skin using Green Tea, Licorice and Chamomile. RS2 Gentle Cleanser gently cleans and removes surface impurities while calming and desensitizing the skin. Rose RS2 Gentle Lotion is a gentle toning lotion with Licorice, Green Tea, and Chamomile to help reduce blotchiness. RS2 Concentrate is an excellent serum that helps strengthen capillaries (fine veins), control blotchiness and decongest pores. The final step is RS2 Care Cream with UV protection to hydrate your skin, protect it from damaging UV rays and promote vaso-constriction (reducing fine vein redness).
The B. Kamins line also provides four wonderful products to soothe the symptoms of rosacea. B. Kamins Soothing Cleanser helps to remove dirt and impurities while soothing and calming redness using B. Kamins Bio-Maple compound and chamomile. Booster Blue Soothing Skin Concentrate is an anti-inflammatory serum that helps reduce redness and calm and soothe skin. Booster Blue Soothing Day CreamSPF 15 is a daily moisturizer with SPF to help moisturize, relieve inflammation, protect against UV rays and create an antioxidant barrier to protect skin cells from free radicals.
Even if you don’t have rosacea but experience problems with dilated capillaries or very sensitive skin, both of these product lines are excellent choices to help overcome those red cheek woes!
You can find these and other great products on SkinStore.com!
Here at SkinStore we all have our favorites. With so many products to choose from we do seem to be a bit passionate about our newest fave of the moment. Maybe there was a great serum or mask that made our skin glow, or an acne treatment that seemed to clear up that irritating red disaster that was on our face only the day before. We may just like the smell of a product, or how it makes us feel when we put it on. No matter the reasons why we love these products, we would like the share them with you!
As skin care junkies we are also researchers, writers, make-up artists, and Estheticians here at SkinStore. We have a love for wonderful products to maintain our gorgeous complexions. With so many products to choose from, our devotion is endless!
A popular favorite here is SkinCeuticals. They are a cosmeceutical-based brand with so much to offer. As a company they believe to have an effective skin care regimen there must be three elements involved: prevention, protection and correction. Aside from being a brand favorite, it has also won a variety of awards and has had an abundance of press in various magazines. Two of Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty winners were the CE Ferulic and the Phloretin CF. This is a very highly developed and advanced line in the skin care world. From antioxidants and glowing skin, to the treatment of sun spots our devotees (and customers) believe it really lives up to its claims to fame. It is no wonder these are two of our best liked products as well! They are great sources of vitamins and sun protection that any skin type can benefit from. Speaking of sun protection you can layer it up with Skinceuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50. This is a broad-spectrum sun block that is sweat and water resistant, whether you are working out side or just relaxing by the pool. It is also oil-free so even those with oily skin types can use this one. This is definitely one of our top rated choices for excellent UV protection.
Another great cosmeceutical line is Osmotics. They work with university medical centers and renowned scientists around the world to develop their line of truly effective products. They also believe that what is left out of the products is just as important as what goes into their products. That is why they refuse to use any artificial coloring or fragrances in their products. They have taken the less is more approach to skin care. As a smaller skin care line, they focus on offering fewer products that are highly effective. Simply put, they offer large results ( Allure likes this line too, especially the Blue Copper 5 products). The Blue Copper offers healing and anti-aging benefits that you do not want to miss out on. Osmotics was the first company to introduce a double-chain copper peptide molecule. What this means for us consumers is a highly advanced line with spectacular results. A personal favorite is the Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair. This has a wonderful creamy gel like consistency that soaks right in, and is non-irritating to use for my delicate eye area. Love it! For an all over firming body treatment, try the Blue Copper 5 Age Repair Body Lift. You can apply this anywhere that you need a little lift and tightening. It also contains the wonderful healing and nourishing Blue Copper.
If you are looking for a doctor created and endorsed line you’ll want to check out the Perricone MD products. From neutriceutical vitamins to targeted results, he really is a visionary. We are proud to offer his highly credited range of beneficial skin care necessities. The newest addition to his line is the Cold Plasma anti-aging treatment. This has been in the making for 5 years and the results show! This product addresses 10 visible signs of aging in only one treatment. Talk about multi-tasking! Anyone who wants additional hydration, skin repair, smoothness or increased elasticity should really consider Perricone’s Cold Plasma. Perricone believes in firming the muscles underneath the skin, not paralyzing them. This product has DMAE, which actually helps to stimulate nerve function, making the muscles under the skin tighten up. It also helps to prevent future sagging of the skin. Wow, talk about an all in one product! For more information about the Cold Plasma, you can read our previous blog Ground-Breaking New Product! Cold Plasma!
Another staff favorite in the Perricone line is the Face Finishing Moisturizer. It is rich in corrective nutrients helping to minimize lines and wrinkles. We like it for the moist dewy glow it gives or skin! This also has DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Vitamin C Ester. It is paraben free as well.
As you can see the list goes on and on for our favs. We are so fortunate to be able to experience the benefits of so many great brands. We hope that you will continue to share with us your favorites and rate them on our site. We really value your input and hope you take a look at our must haves as well!
For more of our top picks visit us at www.SkinStore.com or just click here.
Juara is a very unique brand and concept that combines the essence of beauty and balance with a traditional east-meets-west Indonesian infusion. Juara was started by four culturally diverse women, who shared a vision to combine a brand using their Western upbringing with their Asian heritage, and the outcome has been an effective results-driven skincare line. Juara is a luxurious and elegant brand that offers a wide variety of skin care products including skin and body care as well as perfume oils.
Juara’s unique formulas of healing teas and active botanicals such as turmeric, tamarind, candlenut oil, and rice have made this brand a natural yet effective line that offer results for all skin types and concerns. Juara’s top selling products include the Rice Facial Cleanser and Sweet Black Tea and Rice Facial Moisturizer , Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner, the Candlenut Body Creme,and the Avocado Banana Moisture Mask.
Rice Facial Cleanser: The rice facial cleanser is a foaming but sulfate and oil free rinse off cleanser that you can also use to remove make-up. They key ingredient is rice starch while helps to soothe and soften the skin. Rice starch also provides a protective layer or barrier on the skin, this helps the skin to retain moisture which will provide soft hydrated skin. The rice facial cleanser works excellent for sensitive skin because it will not strip the skin of its natural oils, but still will appropriately cleanse the skin.
Sweet Black Tea and Rice facial Moisturizer: This moisturizer is a best seller because it is naturally anti-aging, hydrating, and also adds radiance to the skin. This moisturizer contains fermented black tea, also known as Kombucha which helps to soften the skin by enhancing the skin’s elasticity, and rice bran oil that will add a healthy glow while hydrating the skin.
Candlenut Body Creme: Candlenut is known for its high content of essential fatty acids. The nut has used for centuries in Indonesia to address dry and rough skin. The candlenut body cream also contains avocado, rice bran, and carrot seed oil. As this luxurious body crème absorbs into your skin it will give you lasting hydrating without feeling heavy.
Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner: The tamarind tea hydrating toner is an oil and fragrance free toner serum that will hydrate and soothe the skin. The main ingredient is tamarind which increases the level of hydration. This toner also contains the all important ingredient hyaluronic acid which will help to bind moisture to the skin. There are also extracts of white, green, and black tea which will add a healthy dose of antioxidants to the skin. This toner is great for all skin types but especially dry and sensitive skin. For oily to combination skin types you can use this toner as your moisturizer for instant hydration.
Avocado Banana Moisture Mask is an ultra rich leave-on mask that will provide your skin with instant moisture and hydration. It contains avocado butter and oil along with banana puree and carrot seed oil. The combination of ingredients will hydrate and soften skin. Any skin that needs a little extra moisture will love this product. For drier skin types you can leave on all night and rinse off in the morning.
Juara’s recipe of time honored skin care health and well being, combined with modern technology, makes them a high quality line that offers luxury with a bit of history and tradition.
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These days everyone is looking for a way to slow down the aging processes and since the Fountain of Youth has yet to be found, we all turn to the next best thing – SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Until recently, many individuals were a little unsure of what type of protection our SPF was providing. With the increased risk of skin cancer, we now realize that what we don’t know CAN hurt us, thus many have turned to their dermatologists or esthetician for education.
Let’s begin with a basic understanding of how the sun can cause damage to our unprotected skin. Sunlight contains two types of ultraviolet radiation which can damage the skin, ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).
UVA, known as the “aging” ray, can penetrate deeper into our skin and cause symptoms of premature aging such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and damaged collagen. It is believed that UVA is up to 20 times more abundant in sunlight than UVB rays. In addition, the UVA wave-lengths are longer, can pass through window glass and they are not affected by weather – in other words, they are active and present every day, all day – rain or shine! So – don’t be fooled, wear your SPF even on a cloudy day the UVA rays are just as harmful whether sunny or cloudy outside.
UVB is known as the “burning” ray. The UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and increased melanin production (the cause of tanning). These rays are shorter and more intense than the UVA rays however; they can not pass through window glass. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are linked with ultraviolet radiation exposure. UVB play’s a significant role in these statistics. In addition, unlike UVA rays, the intensity of the UVB rays can be affected by altitude and latitude thus, individuals may experience a higher level of exposure while in mountainous regions and near the equator.
At SkinStore.com we offer a wide selection of SPF products. We have a variety of both chemical sunscreens and physical sun blocks. Chemical sunscreens use synthetic compounds to filter the sunlight by absorbing them before they can do any harm. Some active ingredients in chemical sunscreens are octylcrylene, avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone and Mexoryl, the ingredient in Anthelios SX. Mexoryl was approved as recently as 2006 by the FDA for protection against UVA and UVB rays. Chemical sunscreens are fantastic because they absorb very easily into the skin, which is a big plus for an oilier skin type however, they might not be suited for sensitive or allergy prone skin types. Physical sun blocks provide a barrier on the skin deflecting sunlight off the surface similar to the way a mirror would reflect light. The most common ingredients in a physical sun block are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. While both provide great protection to UVA and UVB rays, individual preference may include consideration factors such as consistency and physical attributes of the ingredients.
SPF labels–we have all seen one right? So what do they mean?…in short, SPF labels are our guide for understanding a sunscreens capacity for protecting our skin from sun damage. The higher the SPF, the greater the amount of UVB rays are blocked – though no sunscreen will block 100% of the UVB rays, an SPF50 can block up to 98% of those harmful rays! The SPF level also helps to determine the amount of time we can be in the sun while remaining protected. For example, if you normally begin to turn pink after 10 minutes of being in the sun with out sunscreen, an SPF 15 may protect your skin for up to 2.5 hours before you may experience sunburn. Remember, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that sunscreens be applied 30 minutes before exposure to the sun with reapplication at least every two hours – the active ingredient in most sunscreens breaks down quickly, leaving your skin unprotected. Better to be safe than sorry, right?!
La Roche Posay offers a fabulous broad-spectrum protection product called Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. They have created a synergistic combination called Cell-ox Shield which is high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin. So you’re not only protecting your skin from external harm, you’re promoting internal health as well. One of my personal favorites is the Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Sun Protection Brush SPF 50-Medium. It’s great because I can toss it my purse and do touch-ups through out the day, right on top of my make-up. It’s also a physical block with 12.45% active titanium dioxide and 9.80% zinc oxide, with complete transparency and mattifing mineral powder. Not only that, but it also contains a blend of six powerful, active wrinkle relaxing and anti-aging peptides and neuropeptides! What more could a girl ask for!? Okay…maybe if this also made me ten pounds lighter it would be every girl’s dream come true.
Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation. For more information about skin cancer visit The Skin Cancer Foundation website.
To understand how to treat Keratosis Pilaris, we must first define it. Not knowing the causes and effects will make it hard to treat this common skin condition. This can be an embarrassing skin condition affecting all areas of the body. Many people don’t even realize what they are experiencing on their face and body, is in fact the signs of Keratosis Pilaris. All ages and skin types may experience this annoying and frustrating skin condition. It is our job as skin care professionals to offer useful suggestions and treatments, in hopes of helping you shed your chicken skin.
Keratosis Pilaris is a common genetic follicular disorder that will cause rough bumps on the skin. Yes this is another great trait that your parents gave you. The most commonly affected areas are on the back and outer sides of the upper arms. You may also see rough irritated areas on the thighs and buttocks. The only part of your body that will not show signs of this skin disorder, are the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. Needless to say that leaves a lot of area for KP to cover. Often times this condition is misdiagnosed and can be treated as acne.
Did you know there are 6 variations of KP? Among the most popular is Keratosis Pilaris Rubra or KPR. This common condition is usually located on the arm area. The bumps are usually red and inflamed. Keratosis Pilaris Alba or KPA is usually classified by rough skin that feels bumpy, but does not have any irritation. You may experience moderate to severe signs of this skin condition. If your condition is moderate you may experience small bumps with little or no irritation. If you have a more severe condition, this will include large areas of the skin that are rough and irritated. By using the right products, your condition can be improved regardless of severity.
A great line that has been popular with staff and clients alike is the M2 Technologies brand. They make a magnificent body treatment called M2 Skin Technologies Body Refinish 15%. You can use this product anywhere that you have rough dry patches or bumps. This will help to smooth, exfoliate, and even out your skin tone.
If you are experiencing red, rash like, larger areas of irritation on your face, you may want to try the M2 Skin Technologies Skin Refinish 12%. This is an effective treatment to apply a few times per week for maximum results. This is a 12% combination of Mandelic and Malic acids. This anti-inflammatory blend will help to reduce redness, even out skin tone, and clear up blemishes. If you have Rosacea which can also be classified with red rash like patches, you may also benefit from this product. Among other popular treatments for KP, can be diet supplements, exfoliations, oil pulling, and an Anti-Candida Diet. Your diet can play a major role in the onsets of KP. Research has proven Omega 3 supplements to be effective in maintaining healthy skin. Perricone MD Omega 3 Dietary Supplements, for example, have anti-inflammatory properties, and will help to soften and smooth the skin from the inside out.
The exfoliants category includes scrubs,microdermabrasion crystals, AHA’s, and BHA’s. If you are looking for a glycolic based product to help resurface all those bumps try the Glytone KP Kit. This reliable kit includes exfoliating body wash and body lotion. The body wash contains 8.8% free glycolic acid which means it is pure glycolic and not in a compound form. This will help to sweep away tired, rough skin. The body lotion will retexturize your skin as it contains 17.5% free glycolic acid. Using this kit as your daily treatment will help treat this common skin condition.
KP can seem unbearable at times, but with the right treatments and support, it can be manageable. If you are not sure on your specific needs and skin conditions, we strongly recommend making an appointment with a health care professional, to better diagnose your condition.
For more helpful information on KP treatments, pictures, and support groups please refer to www.keratosispilaris.org.
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