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Eye Oasis

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The delicate eye area is often one of the first places to show dehydration. A lack of moisture can lead to wrinkled skin aeyeccentuating fines lines. Skin around the eyes is much thinner than other areas of the face, which is why you need a product that is specifically formulated for the eyes.  Here are a few of our must have eye creams for maximum hydration:

SkinCeuticals Eye Balm– A synergistic combination of highly effective, yet gentle phytochemicals rehabilitates mature, aging skin around the delicate eye area. This rich, corrective emollient treatment is specifically formulated to counter the three prime signs of aging— moisture loss, collagen breakdown, and free radical damage. A natural anti-inflammatory is added to reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness, while a soothing agent derived from the chamomile plant calms irritated skin.

Suki Eye Repair Balm– An intensive, delicate eye treatment salve for all skin types. Formulated with beta carotene, pro-vitamin a (carrot oil), omega oils & fatty acids (evening primrose) & polyphenols (grapeseed). This combination of ingredients helps reduce visible lines & wrinkles, nourishes cells, helps prevent visible signs of aging, loss of firmness, oxidative stress, deep dryness & dehydration. This product is vegan friendly.

Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Eye Moisture– This lightweight gel-cream infuses the delicate eye-area with essential nutrients needed to increase cellular hydration providing firmer, plumper, more youthful-looking skin. Suitable for even those with sensitive eyes.

Vichy Aquilia Thermal Eye Roll On– This lightweight hydrogel combines Vichy Thermal Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Dextran and Escin. This formula hydrates and soothes fragile eye contour tissues. Visibly reduces dark circles, puffiness and dehydration lines around the eye area.

Don’t forget, drinking plenty of water is critical to keep your skin hydrated and nourished!


Staff Favorites: Macey

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MaceyWorking at SkinStore.com I’m lucky enough to try the best of the best in skincare. The following products have made it to the top of my favorites list!

Arcona Magic White Ice is my morning and evening hydrator. It is an ultra-light gel that absorbs quickly and does not feel heavy on my skin. I have oily break out prone skin, and it does not make my skin congested or shiny. Arcona is a natural product line, and is formulated with top of the line ingredients that are most beneficial to the skin. I highly recommend it!

SkinCeuticals Retinol is my hero product for a smooth, flawless complexion. I have worked my way up to using the SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 every night and my skin has never looked better.  This product contains the highest concentrations of pure retinol, and with continued use you can tell! It helps stimulate cell regeneration, build collagen, smooth out lines\wrinkles, minimize pore size, diminish age spots and corrects uneven skin tones.

Once you start using the Clarisonic ARIA you won’t be able to wash your face without it! After the first use you will have results you can feel. My face has never felt so soft and clean. The Clarisonic devices are designed to cleanse your skin 6x better than your hands alone. Not only is it a wonderful cleansing tool, but it removes impurities from the pores, helps increase product absorption, reduces dry\oily patches on the skin and helps clear blemishes.

If you haven’t already, give these wonderful products a try! My skin has never looked better!


Too Faced Lip Injection

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Lip Enhanchers vs. Lip PlumpersHave you ever wanted full, voluptuous lips without the having to pay the high cost for fillers? Well look no further! Too Faced Lip Injection increases the volume of the lips up to 20% within minutes and lasts up to 4 hours.  It contains a natural Vitamin B derivative that increases circulation within the lip creating a very noticeable lip-plumping action. Simply apply a thin layer to clean lips, let it sit for 5 minutes and voila! You will know the product is working with results you can see and feel. When the product is first applied you may experience a tingling sensation that goes away after a few minutes.

If you are in the market for a lip plumper that offers immediate and long term results, you’ll love the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme.  This formula hydrates, nourishes and uses their unique “20-40-60 Boost” technology.  Your lips can appear to have a volume increase up to 20%, 40% fuller and lip moisture can increase up to 60%. With just 1 application you will get results that amaze!


Quick Tip: No More Shine!

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Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Blotting PapersIn these warmer months you may feel like the oil production in your skin is increasing at a rapid rate.  If you’re constantly having to remove excess oil throughout the day with a napkin, paper towel, toilet paper etc. you may be disturbing your makeup and taking hydration from the skin that it needs.  I highly recommend throwing a pack of the TATCHA Japanese Beauty Blotting Papers in your purse and no more unneeded trips to the bathroom!

These handmade papers were used by gold craftsman to protect the precious metal they hammered to enrobe the majestic pavilions in Imperial Japan. Their gold-leaf artistry transformed the paper into aburatorigami, a very soft, strong and absorbent leaflet.

Today, this technology has been used in these papers and has created an amazing blotting product that will remove excess oil without removing makeup, stripping the skin or causing irritation. The formula is free of fragrance, powders, pulp and can be used by any skin type. For a petal fresh complexion, gently pat a single leaflet of TATCHA Aburatorigami on the face anywhere there is excess oil.  Use both sides of each sheet and discard afterwards.


Dry Shampoo to the Rescue

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I know there are plenty of busy bodies in this world like me, and if you haven’t heard of one of the best on-the-go secrets, I’d like to fill you in. Dry shampoo!! I think we are all guilty of running late sometimes, being a little lazy, or just being active at the gym and not being able to wash our hair afterwards. The Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo should be our new best friend. A few quick sprays to the roots of your hair will allow the gentle starches to absorb excess oils and product build up. Not only is it great when there is no time to shower, but it works as a volumizer and pick me up for your hair. The fresh lemon verbena fragrance will give your hair that clean scent you’ll love!


Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives

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Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying MaskThere are many things that wreak havoc on your hair; from the environment, hard water, chemically treating, and using styling tools etc. There are a few must have items by Frederic Fekkai that should be in every girls bathroom. The new PrX Repairitives line is designed to restore damaged hair using a dual action technology that works at the structural level of the hair to protect against keratin loss. The Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo removes impurities and build up while nourishing each strand. The Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Conditioner conditions the hair and restores smoothness. And last but not least, my personal favorite that has made my hair feel amazing is the Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask. This mask hydrates, strengthens the hair, leaves your hair feeling extremely smooth and gives it a beautiful shine!


Benefits of Argan Oil

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Argan oil is in high demand because of its unique benefits and limited supply. It has become increasingly popular recently but the Argan tree has been around for centuries. It is made from the edible part of the nut inside the shell of Argan fruit and is found mostly in Morraco. Argan oil has many uses and it’s no wonder that this rare oil is always in pursuit.

The many reported benefits of Argan oil include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol, helping with digestion, sore joints, chickenpox, and of course is great for the skin and hair. It is also thought to reduce stretch marks post pregnancy while hydrating the skin. It also protects the body against ultraviolet radiation and is very anti-aging as it prevents the muscles and skin from degenerating. You can apply it alone to your face, body, and hair or with your favorite moisturizer. You can also add a few drops to your bath for added moisture or massage into nails to repair cuticles.

Argan oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” because it can transform dull, dry and frizzy hair into smooth strong tresses, by penetrating into the shaft or pore of the hair. To use on hair apply a few drops and massage into scalp then comb product through to the ends of the hair. It is recommend wrapping the hair in a towel overnight before washing it out. For soft frizz free locks you can apply a drop to styled hair. If you struggle with dandruff Argan oil can be beneficial for relieving an itchy, dry, and flaky scalp. Argan oil will also extend the life of your hair if color treated by keeping your hair conditioned and protected.

Argan oil is very rich in Vitamin E and Omega 6 so it works great for hydrating and protecting the skin. You can apply the oil directly on the skin and use alone. For really dry skin types it will boost the benefits of your moisturizer by combining the two. Because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, you can use Argan oil on acne prone skin to help with breakouts and irritation.

SkinStore.com has Argan oil made by the organic line Melvita. Melvita’s Argan oil contains 100% of the total ingredients from natural origins, so you can be confident the Argan oil is authentic and pure.

I think we will be seeing more popularity as this wonderful gift of nature continues to intrigue us.


Why Beauty Sleep Is Important

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Want to know an insider tip that will dramatically decreases wrinkles, stress and improve your health? The best part is, it’s free to everyone! It won’t cost any of us a dime, but maybe an extra hour or so of your time. The trick is getting a full 8 hours of sleep. Seems simple right?!

Studies have proven time and time again that during your sleep cycle you skin naturally repairs itself due to the growth hormone (A.K.A the youth hormone) that is released during sleep. Also, during the hours of 11pm- 7am (or whatever you time of slumber may be) levels of cortisol are lowered that were most likely heightened during the hectic daytime hours. High levels of cortisol will; increase body fat, cause depression, thin the skin, and are toxic to the body.  Falling into a deep sleep causes your body to release more melatonin in the body which has positive effects on your skin and immune system. Melatonin helps regulate the body’s internal clock to keep the body in rhythm trying to balance out any negative levels of cortisol. So its best encourage this process at night by applying hydrating moisturizes to support the repair process.

Anyone of us can testify that when we do not get a good night sleep it shows. It’s more difficult to focus and we become easily stressed which in turn causes those bad levels of cortisol to rise. Just remember when those levels increase your only aging yourself, so it’s important to take time to relax before bedtime. Receiving an adequate amount of sleep will restore the glow and luminosity in your skin and you wake feeling more alert and recharged.

 


NEW! Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer

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You gave the feedback and Obagi listened! They now have a wonderful new moisturizer for all skin types to really complete the Obagi line. The Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer is formulated to provide long lasting hydration protection for up to 8 hours. It contains Hydromanil, which is an advanced ingredient that retains water and gradually delivers moisture to the skin. It can be used morning and night, and will become a must have product for those who are on the Obagi Nu-Derm system and may be experiencing any dry or flaky skin. Even though the product is super hydrating, it is hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it will not clog pores and works especially well for those with sensitive or irritated skin types.


Hot Product! Perricone MD Cold Plasma

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PAF174000028Do you ever wish that there was just one skincare product out there that did everything you’ve ever wanted? Just one product that would take of all of your skincare needs and concerns? Well, after five long years of research, Dr. Perricone, in collaboration with Los Alamos Laboratories physicists has created just that – Cold Plasma is your genie in a jar that will transform your skin.

This ground-breaking product had been proven to suit anyone from mature to young, male to female. Individually meeting the wide range of unique skin care needs, this also advances your current anti-aging regimen with the influence of biochemical individuality. Biochemical individuality is the ability to adjust your skin’s distinctive needs through the use of phospholipids. This is a division of lipids that is an important unit of cell membranes, and their purpose is to form these lipid bilayers. These bilayers contain hydrophilic heads which attract water and hydrophobic tails which repel water, in return giving the perfect custom approach for your skin needs. By mimicking the natural phospholipids found in our skin cells this allows the products delivery system to be more compatible and highly effective with our own skins function.

Some of the key ingredients that you will read about when researching the product are Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), L-Tyrosine, and DHA. The DMAE helps to reduce sagging and promotes tightening so that skin will appear lifted and firm. The L-Tyrosine is an amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein, which supports the production of melanin or pigment thereby assisting with brightening the skin. This amino acid is also considered a mild antioxidant. The DHA is major fatty acid that preserves the youthfulness of your skin, provides advanced hydration, and hinders future damage.

The main attribute of Cold Plasma technology is the products ability to read skin issues and fully utilize all main nutrients to repair any depletion in the skin. According to Perricone, this technology results in preventing the 10 most visible signs of aging and assists with the primary concerns of wrinkles, enlarged pores, dryness, redness, discoloration, uneven skin tone, impurities, loss of firmness, loss of smoothness, and loss of radiance. In a nutshell, this super-hero of a product addresses multiple issues but has one common goal – to give you great, healthy skin.

Clinical Reports that can be found at Perricone.com show that in independent four-week clinical studies on individual’s ages 20–65 unparalleled results were revealed. To highlight the findings:

• 99% felt that their skin was soft and smooth

• 94% said they liked the results and felt it gave their skin all it needs

• 92% reported that their skin looked radiant and healthy

• 91% felt that their skin was infused with moisture

• 89% said their skin never looked healthier and saw improvements in radiance

• 87% reported improvement in skin smoothness

• 85% said they got instant results

• 82% saw improvement in their skin’s discoloration

• 81% saw improvement in pore size

• 79% said this works better than anything else they have used

• 69% reported improvement in the appearance of skin blotchiness and redness

For more information about Cold Plasma, click here!



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