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How to Get Stronger Nails

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If you are anything like me, you love your nails to look good but those trips to the nail salon get quite expensive!  After hearing such great reviews about the Trind Natural Nail Repair, I had to try it for myself. Within a couple of weeks I was in love! Talk about clear, strong nails. This formula tightens the protein-molecules while leaving space for the natural moisturizers, which makes the nails stronger and healthier. Anyone with brittle or dull nails can definitely appreciate a product like this. Very easy to use, for the first 2 weeks apply one coat daily directly to the nails. The following day, remove the former coat with nail polish remover. For maintenance you only need to use it once a week. Once you see how great your nails look with just this one item, try incorporating in some of the other Trind products for magazine worthy nails!

Clarisonic Safe Cleansers

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If you follow the skincare and beauty industry, I am sure you have heard about the thousands of people who have fallen in love with the Clarisonic cleansing systems. Let’s just say, once you wash your face with it, I doubt you will ever be able to go without it! Clarisonic sonic skin cleansing is the latest innovation in advanced skin care. It’s more effective than traditional cleansing, yet gentle on your skin. It not only cleanses the skin, but also helps reduce dry patches, blemishes, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Here at SkinStore we get a lot of inquires about which cleansers are safe to use with the Clarisonic systems. While Clarisonic themselves do have a line of cleansers, you can use any non-abrasive cleanser with your device. The Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser is ideal for all skin types as it washes away impurities on a daily basis without stripping the skin. It is a great everyday cleanser and also is very effective for removing make-up including mascara. The Purlisse Pur Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser is a mild soap-free, non-foaming cleanser that respects that delicate nature of your skin. Its non-irritating ingredients make it perfect for sensitive skin types.  For those combination to oily skin types, the Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser is a rinse off cleanser that is formulated to gently cleanse the skin and remove make-up. Last but not least the Pevonia Dry Skin Cleanser is creamy and light textured with a water-soluble formula that does not leave a filmy residue. It lifts away impurities while hydrating the skin. All the cleansers that have been mentioned above are suitable for sensitive skin types. These are just a few of our favorites so keep in mind there are hundreds that can be used with your Clarisonic system!

Exfoliate with ExfoliKate!

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Exfoliate your way to a brighter more even complexion with results you can see and feel! Everyone always loves that baby face, fresh and clean feel after they leave their facial appointment. Well now you can have that feeling at home. Formulated with microbeads, fruit enzymes and salicylic acid, the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment will leave you with healthier looking skin after just one treatment! It became a personal favorite of mine after the first use. It’s best used once or twice each week, morning or evening, to keep skin radiant. Apply a thin, even layer to a clean, wet face, massaging in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Leave on for up to two minutes. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry and experience the results! This product does increase circulation which can cause the skin to flush for a short time. If you have sensitive skin it is best to leave it on for less than a minute or use the ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment. And for those with a problematic skin type, we highly recommend the ExfoliKate Acne Clearing Exfoliating Treatment to give you that glow, while targeting blemishes and helping to prevent new breakouts.

  • Tip from Kate Somerville: Use ExfoliKate in the shower as the steam will help to activate the enzymes, making it even more effective.

Expert Advice at!

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Did you know that has qualified skin care professionals like Estheticians and Cosmetologists available to help you with your skin care needs? We offer live chat, email, and phone support during our regular office hours and we are happy to answer any of your beauty and skin care questions. With literally thousands of products to choose from, let us help you make the right choice for you! Call, email or chat with us anytime, or request a complimentary consultation. We are happy to help!

Varicose Veins

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Found most commonly on the legs and ankles, varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. These veins are caused by weakened valves in your legs. When the one-way valves are working properly they direct blood flow upwards toward your heart. When they are not functioning correctly, blood collects in your legs and pressure builds up causing the veins to become large, weak and twist. Varicose veins run in families, but age, weight gain, pregnancy, and standing\sitting for long periods of time are also common causes. At home treatment may be all you need to ease your symptoms and keep them from getting worse.

  • Wear compression stockings
  • Elevate your legs
  • Avoid long periods of standing and sitting
  • Exercise

The Phytomer Beautiful Legs Blemish Eraser Cream can also be massaged gently over the legs in an upward motion to help with appearance and imperfections on the legs.

Other signs and symptoms of Varicose Veins may be: swelling in legs and feet,

Itching over the vein, color changes in the skin, dry skin, inflammation, and scaling. Varicose veins typically are not a serious problem but in some cases it can be a sign of blockage in deeper veins and need treatment. If you have any of these signs or symptoms we recommend contacting your physician.


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Goodbye Dark Circles

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While there are numerous different reasons why people get dark circles, one thing is sure… everyone wants them gone! Dark circles appear as dark skin under the lower eyelid and often extend to to the top of the cheek. Everyday lifestyle can contribute to the reason as to why some people get dark circles. Alcohol, caffeine, crying, certain medications, smoking, stress, malnutrition, lack of sleep, and dehydration are all contributing factors. On the other hand, there are a couple factors like genetics and aging that we are unable to control. Dark circles can be genetically passed down from a family member, or thinning of your under eye skin due to aging causes the blood vessels to be more visible, making dark circles more prominent. There are many great eye products that can lessen the appearance of under eye circles. Here are our top picks:

Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Eye Repair Cream: This retinol based eye cream effectively fights the signs of aging in the delicate eye area without causing irritation, it’s formulated with vitamin K and arnica to combat dark circles. It also has a potent peptide blend to draining under the eyes, discouraging puffiness while fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydro-Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate: This high-performing powerful eye brighter and line fighter gently beautifies the delicate eye area. Formulated with Vitamin K to reduce dark circles and puffiness up to 72%. It also contains light reflecting pearl that immediately brightens and illuminates the eye area.

Caudalie Premier Cru They Eye Cream: This eye cream provides patented active anti-aging ingredients from the vine and effective science to combat skin aging and dark circles. It will help immediately brighten dark circles and helps to correct for visible long term benefits.

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There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic, however plaque psoriasis is the most common form. While most people may think it is a skin condition, it is actually an immune system deficiency. The immune system protects the body from infections and diseases. In patients with plaque psoriasis, certain immune cells are activated and produce too much of a protein called tumor necrosis factor (a.k.a TNF), it’s protein produced by the body in response to infections. This protein can cause skin cells to grow too quickly. In turn, the skin cells build up and form raised, red patches often with silvery scales, known as plaques. Plaques can be painful, itchy and in some cases can even bleed. They can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the elbows, knees, scalp and back. Although this is a disease of the immune system, there are certain factors that may trigger psoriasis such as:

• Injury to the skin- skin infections, inflammation or excessive scratching
• Over exposure to sunlight (sunburn)
• Streptococcal infections
• Medications
• Emotional stress
• Smoking and alcohol
• Hormone changes

Here is a breakdown of the types of psoriasis:

Guttate Psoriasis: This form of psoriasis appears as small, red, individual spots on the skin. Guttate lesions usually appear on the trunk and limbs. These spots are not usually as thick as plaque lesions.

Inverse Psoriasis: Is found in the armpits, groin, under the breasts, and in other skin folds around the genitals and the buttocks. This type of psoriasis appears as bright-red lesions that are smooth and shiny. Inverse psoriasis is subject to irritation from rubbing and sweating because of its location in skin folds and tender areas.

Pustular Psoriasis: is characterized by white blisters of noninfectious pus (consisting of white blood cells) surrounded by red skin. There are three types of pustular psoriasis. It may be localized to certain areas of the body, such as the hands and feet, or covering most of the body. It begins with the reddening of the skin followed by formation of pustules and scaling.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis: is a particularly inflammatory form of psoriasis that affects most of the body surface. It is characterized by periodic, widespread, fiery redness of the skin and the shedding of scales in sheets, rather than smaller flakes. The reddening and shedding of the skin are often accompanied by severe itching and pain, heart rate increase, and fluctuating body temperature. People experiencing the symptoms of erythrodermic psoriasis flare should see a doctor immediately.

If you have any of these signs or symptoms we recommend contacting your physician for best treatment recommendations. There are many oral drugs that can be prescribed by a physician to treat psoriasis. If prescriptions fail or you would like to steer clear of unwanted side effects, there are also more natural remedies like herbs, vitamins, sunlight, and ocean water. Some of the ingredients known to help are aloe vera, fish oil, Vitamin D, dead sea salts and cayenne.

While there is no cure for psoriasis, there is hope in topical and systemic medications. Topically, some effective ingredients are; salicylic acid, coal-tar ointments, and retinoids. carries a variety of products that can help. Neostrata Therapeutics Psorent Topical is clinically-proven solution designed to help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis such as itching, scaling, flaking, redness and irritation. Avene Professional Akerat S Psoriasis Skin Cream is recommended for localized rough, thick and scaly areas on the scalp and body. This body product helps relieve and prevent the recurrence of itching, flaking and scaling. PCA SKIN Dry Skin Relief Bar is a mild facial bar suitable for all types of dry skin conditions particularly psoriasis and eczema. Tarsum Shampoo/Gel from Summers is a therapeutic scalp product. For a relaxing and calming treatment try one of the Ahava Mineral Bath Salts. No other natural substance contains a greater concentration of skin rejuvenating minerals than 100% pure Dead Sea salt crystals.

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Spritz Up With Thermal Water

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Whether you need a quick pick me up for you skin or a product to soothe irritation, thermal waters are formulated for all skin types and have many benefits. These unique toners not only help even out the pH level of the skin, but are anti-inflammatory, have antioxidant properties, provide hydration, help reinforce the skin’s natural barrier function, and not to mention they are excellent for sensitive or post procedure skin. You can very easily incorporate one into your skincare regimen after cleansing morning and night, or they can be used when needed throughout the day. I can honestly say this has become a MUST HAVE item for me and I always have one sitting on my desk. I’d like to highlight a few or my favorites:

Avene Thermal Spring Water

  • Clinically proven by over 300 studies to calm, soothe, and soften the skin
  • A 40 year journey through the Cevennes Mountain allows the water in Avene to acquire perfectly balanced mineral composition
  • Low mineral salt content will not dry out the skin
  • PH of 7.5
  • It is the only thermal spring water that is connected directly from the source to the hydrotherapy center and manufacturing plant
  • Preservative free
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

  • Naturally contains a high concentration of the element Selenium to provide powerful anti-oxidant protection
  • Highly recommended from intolerant skin, Eczema, and Rosacea
  • Contains no additives
  • 100% pure natural spring water

Vichy Thermal Spa Water

  • 100% pure and naturally rich with 15 rare mineral salts and trace elements
  • Was recognized by the French Academy of Medicine for its soothing and fortifying benefits
  • Is present in all Vichy products
  • So unique it can not be reproduced by Science
  • Allergy tested
  • Preservative, fragrance and paraben free

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Karuna Treatment Masks

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This innovative line of at-home masks has achieved the bring-the-spa-home experience without any fuss. With each Karuna Treatment Mask box you receive 4 individual treatments for once weekly pampering. The pre-cut mask is made with wood-pulp material which allows for 50% more product to be deposited into the skin. Such a unique design allows the skin to absorb the beneficial ingredients, even after the mask is removed from the skin. There’s no need to rinse the mask off, instead peel the mask off and massage the treatment into the skin for further benefits!

The base to all Karuna mask is the ‘Karuna Beauty Boost’ which consists of extracts of Chinese licorice, aloe vera, chamomile for calming and soothing, vitamin B for its high levels of hydration, and peptides to fight all signs of aging. This blend is created to heal, detox and renew, to bring all skin types to perfect harmony.

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Treating Cellulite & Stretchmarks

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Eating right and working out can only do so much when it comes to cellulite and stretch marks. Dermatologist, pharmacist and researcher, Howard Murad, M.D. created such a supplement that is a clinically proven complex that encourages the appearance of firmer skin by up to 78% in eight weeks. It also supports skin strength by helping to improve the visual texture of stretch marks by up to 47% in eight weeks! We’re amazed by the Murad Firm and Tone Dietary Supplement Pack!

Of course, individual results will vary, but from personal experience I found this combination a winner. I noticed less dimpling and a more lifted appearance. Pair Murad Firm and Tone Dietary Supplement Pack with the Murad Firm and Tone Serum and Murad Body Firming Cream and you have just formed your cellulite annihilation army! Stretch marks surrender!


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