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Avene Professional TriAcneal

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We all remember being 14 and washing our skin raw with harsh scrubs to get rid of those clogged pores and pesky pimples. It’s only natural that you’d look to something to strip your face clean of all that icky dead skin, so it’s almost an impulse to cleanse with something super harsh and purifying. Thank goodness we’ve learned that gentle care is best when it comes to our skin, but from time to time the 14 year old in us is just dying to break out the bar soap, buff puff, and Noxzema. If you have this impulse please… slowly step away from the sink, go online, and order the Avene Professional TriAcneal. This is by far the best stuff since sliced bread.

Avene Professional TriAcneal has three different ingredients that fight acne and active breakouts; Retinaldehyde, Glycolic Acid, and newly patented Efectiose. These ingredients not only fight breakouts they’re also anti-aging! Avene is touted as one of Europe’s most gentle skin care lines, as the formulas are based on soothing thermal spring water. So while the active ingredients are battling your most frustrating skin foes, the gentle formula is also soothing, nurturing, and reducing redness.

Avene Professional TriAcneal helps to reduce acne scarring while exfoliating the skin and leaving it baby-bum smooth, and with just one application you’ll notice that your pores look more clear and tight, your overall skin texture looks more even, and redness and irritation is left to a minimum (unlike with many other acne products).
Though I am lucky enough to try hundreds of products that we carry at SkinStore.com, I’m excited to say that Avene TriAcneal is hands down my newest favorite!

 


Key Ingredient: Shea Butter

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Shea Butter, made from the nuts of an African Shea tree is a widely used ingredient in many anti-aging products. Rich in fatty acids, allantoin, phytosterols and vitamins A, D and E, Shea Butter has healing properties, enhances collagen production and helps to neutralize free radical damage.  It’s great for dry skin types with superb moisturizing abilities. Shea Butter can also be used in hair products to help soothe the scalp, eliminate dandruff, soften hair texture and provide moisture. Some popular SkinStore products rich in Shea Butter are L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion, and Glytone Lipid Recovery Cream. Click here to learn about more great ingredients.


Philosophy Microdelivery Peel

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There’s never a dull moment at SkinStore! Our staff is always aglow! And that’s because dull, drab, boring skin is a thing of the past with Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel! Always a staff and customer favorite, the Microdelivery Peel is a once-weekly two-step system that delivers results.

Step one is a microdermabrasion scrub that removes dead skin cells while infusing your skin with vitamin C and peptides. Step two is a lactic/salicylic acid peel that exfoliates even deeper, while reducing inflammation and unclogging pores. Since step two is layered directly over step one this is one powerful product, you can literally feel it working. But once you’ve rinsed the crystals off, your skin is left smooth, glowing and never irritated.

Do you want to give your skin a complete resurfacing without a visit to the spa? The Microdelivery Peel is exfoliator aficionado’s favorite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it as much as we do!

 


Lumps and Bumps

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When you find a lump or a bump on the surface of your skin you may wonder… What is this? What caused it? How can I treat it? Here’s a simple guide to the most common lumps and bumps that are found on the skin and how to address them:

 

Cysts: They appear in the form of cystic acne on the face, but are also common the back, on the legs, and sometimes on the arms. Cysts are harmless and can result due to localized infections or clogging of sebaceous glands. Cysts cause a bumpy appearance of the skin and can feel painful due to an inflammatory response. Most cysts can be extracted or dissipate on their own, some cysts may need to be drained by a dermatologist through the use of a surgical lancet. Many cysts can be treated with localized cortisone shots to reduce inflammation.

 

Dermatofibromas: Harmless red, purple or brown growths that are similar to a mole but can appear overnight. Dermatofibromas can be painful and feel tender to the touch, sometimes they can be itchy. The growths can be surgically removed by a dermatologist or frozen with liquid nitrogen.

 

Epidermoid Cysts: Epidermoid Cysts are not to be confused with cystic acne.  Epidermoid cysts are caused by blocked oil glands in the skin. Milia, which are often found around the eye area, are a type of epidermoid cyst. These types of cysts are benign, but can be unsightly. Epidermoid cysts must be extracted by a dermatologist through an incision in the skin as the sac of the cyst must be completely removed. If the discharge is forced out by squeezing the cyst, the cyst will reappear over time as the sac will remain within the skin.

 

Folliculitis: An infection of the hair follicles, folliculitis appears due to skin irritation caused by chemicals or physical factors such as friction, or by infection within the hair follicle itself. Folliculitis is predominant in those with a compromised immune system. Folliculitis is characterized by itchy skin, redness, irritation and a rash-like appearance. Antibiotics or antifungal medications may be used to treat folliculitis.

 

Keratosis Pilaris: Commonly referred to as ‘chicken skin’ or ‘KP’ Keratosis Pilaris appears on the backs of arms and on the thighs, and can also appear on cheeks, back, and buttocks. There is no known cause for KP but it’s commonly associated with dry skin.  Treatment of KP includes using rich moisturizers in conjunction with exfoliating products, such as alpha hydroxyl acids.

 

Lipomas: Lipomas are soft tissue tumors that are slow-growing and benign. Lipomas usually appear on the neck and back but can appear on other parts of the body as well. Lipomas have a rubbery feel, and can appear in clusters and variable sizes. Lipomas need to be removed by a dermatologist.

 

If you have a lump, growth, bump or irritation that you find bothersome or unsightly, consult with your doctor. Always have your moles checked to ensure that they are benign.

 

If you have any specific skincare questions, you may ask our estheticians and skincare experts by clicking here.

 


Staff Favorite: Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel

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There’s never a dull moment at SkinStore! Our staff is always aglow! And that’s because dull, drab, boring skin is a thing of the past with Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel! Always a staff and customer favorite, the Microdelivery Peel is a once-weekly two-step system that delivers results.

Step one is a microdermabrasion scrub that removes dead skin cells while infusing your skin with vitamin C and peptides. Step two is a lactic/salicylic acid peel that exfoliates even deeper, while reducing inflammation and unclogging pores. Since step two is layered directly over step one this is one powerful product, you can literally feel it working. But once you’ve rinsed the crystals off, your skin is left smooth, glowing and never irritated.

Do you want to give your skin a complete resurfacing without a visit to the spa? The Microdelivery Peel is our exfoliator aficionado’s favorite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it as much as we do!


Beautiful Brows Revealed

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You can’t deny it; a fabulous set of brows are priceless. Nicely groomed eyebrows, not only polish off a great look, but also act as an instant eye lift. There will be no need to schedule your next waxing appointment when you follow these simple steps.

First and foremost, invest in a quality set of tweezers. Look for a slanted tip, which provides better accuracy and grip when tweezing unruly hairs. My personal favorite is the Tweezerman Slanted tweezersTweezer. FYI for all the divas out there, these tweezers also come in several different colors! How fun- I’m always on the hunt for cute new items to spice up my makeup bag!

5 Steps to perfectly manicured brows:

1. The cardinal rule- Never over pluck! This is probably the hardest of all of the guidelines. We have all been overzealous with the tweezers at one time in our life, leaving your brows sparse and over plucked. But don’t fear – there are helpful tricks to avoid this mishap.

Try filling in your brows with an eyebrow pencil first. This enables you to create your perfect shape, acting as a pattern for you to follow while tweezing. Tip- use soft, feathery strokes when penciling in your brows, this mimics the look of hair. A heavy hand will make your brows look too harsh and drawn on. By diverting attention away from areas that need to grow in, the focus remains on the hairs that need to be plucked. Follow this easy step and you’ll never be left with thin, wimpy eyebrows again!

2. Shaping- Keep in mind everyone has differently shaped brows. Some are more rounded, while others are more squared. Some have high arches and others are straight across. The key is to enhance the shape you were born with.

3. There are three parts to an eyebrow- the head, arch and tail. The head of the brow should start directly above the side of the nose. Tip- Hold a pencil parallel to the side of your nose. The pencil will land where the head of the brow should begin. Tweeze any hairs that land in unibrow territory.

4. Next, holding the pencil at the side of your nose, diagonally angle it so that the pencil crosses the iris of your eye. The pencil will fall on the part of the brow where your arch should be. Pluck hairs one by one to open up and define the arch.

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5. Now, angle the pencil toward the outside corner of your eye. The pencil will land where the tail of the brow should end. Pluck any stray hairs that remain.

6. Lastly, finish off your look by applying a brow gel. I recommend Billion Dollar Brow Gel, it works wonders! The gel sets your hairs, keeping your brows polished and intact from morning until night!

 

 

Tips for Success:

-Try to avoid overarching the brow, which can leave you with a surprised or angry expression.

-Plucking too many hairs at once can leave holes or gaps in the brow. For better precision, pluck one hair at a time.

-Pick a neutral toned eye brow pencil that matches your natural hair color.

 

 


La Roche Posay Anthelios [GIVEAWAY]

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La Roche Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with SunscreenFor over 15 years, Anthelios from La Roche Posay has been at the forefront of UV protection. They continue to lead the way with their newest product launch Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen. It’s the first daily antioxidant serum with a sunscreen that combines broad spectrum SPF 50 and a high potent antioxidant complex. Baicalin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are combined to help protect skin against free radical damage from UV rays.

Another addition to their line up is Cooling Water Lotion 60. It has a unique texture that transforms like water on the skin, providing an immediate cooling La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreeneffect and advanced sun protection. A combination of UVA/UVB filters were chosen to work synergistically. It’s water resistant for 80 minutes and can be used on all skin types.

Can’t wait to get your hands on these products for summer? Neither can we! SkinStore is giving away 12 Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen and Anthelios Cooling Water Lotion 60 sets  valued at $80. Click HERE to enter our Facebook Giveaway.

 


Quick & Easy SPF Application!

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 Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush Perfectly Clear – MediumSummer is coming and that means it’s time to ramp up your SPF routine! While most of us are diligent about applying sunscreen in the morning every day we fail to reapply throughout the day. A great option for us gals that wear makeup is Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF30 Brush Perfectly Clear. This is a sunscreen in a translucent powder form that can be applied on top of your makeup! This makes the sheer thought of reapplication a snap! Simply dust on the sunscreen with the handy retractable brush and bam sun protection!

You can find this amazing product on SkinStore.com!


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mom may know best, but we know what she wants for Mother’s Day! Make her feel loved with one of our top picks for Mom.

Every mom deserves the gift of great skin! Make her feel radiant this Mother’s Day with a Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System. A Clarisonic is the essential first step in your skin care regimen. Clarisonic goes beyond cleansing by using sonic technology to gently yet deeply cleanse pores without abrasion or harsh chemicals. Clarisonic removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing, cleansing so well that products absorb better—making skin more receptive to skin care ingredients (up to 61% of Vitamin C). With regular daily use the Clarisonic reduces dry skin patches, oily areas and blemishes and immediately leaves skin feeling and looking smoother.

If mom is looking to perfect her complexion Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel is the go-to at home chemical peel with spa like results. This peel is an extra-strength version of Dr. Dennis Gross’ patented #1-selling Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel on pre-soaked cotton towelettes. Higher concentrations of Alpha Beta Acids plus newly added anti-aging boosters, including Mandelic Acid and Willow Bark Extract, deliver a stronger peel without risk of irritation or recovery time. Results are noticeable after the first use. This is a SkinStore staff must have product!

Long, shiny, flowing hair is always in fashion. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo is the perfect gift for the mama that loves her locks. Alterna’s Caviar Moisture line balances moisture levels, delivering youthful shine and silkiness. The line goes beyond simple moisture by helping hair attract, retain, and rebalance the hydration it needs.

The next best thing to a tropical vacation for mom just might be the Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub and the Candlenut Body Crème. The Invigorating Coffee Scrub is an aromatic escape with fresh Indonesian coffee beans that awakens the senses as it exfoliates and cleanses. Used in Indonesian treatments to stimulate circulation in the skin, coffee has been clinically proven to provide powerful antioxidant and tightening benefits when applied to the skin.  The Candlenut Body Crème is a rich, luxurious body cream that provides the nourishing benefits of candlenut oil, used for centuries in Indonesia to moisturize dry, rough skin. The unique properties of candlenut oil allow for superior skin penetration with a soft, velvet finish. This crème and scrub combination is absolutely amazing!

You can find any of these great gifts on SkinStore.com.

Happy Mother’s Day!


NuFace Trinity – Coral Crush [GIVEAWAY]

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NuFace Trinity - Coral CrushNew! Limited Edition NuFACE Trinity Coral Crush: known as the 5 minute Face-Lift, this award winning FDA-cleared device delivers beautiful, unparalleled professional results in an easy to use at-home system. NuFACE Trinity features a smart skin sensor and interchangeable attachments to enable a variety of spa-quality therapies.

The NuFACE Trinity comes standard with the Trinity Facial Trainer Attachment, which is built on the same microcurrent technology that made NuFACE Classic the leading handheld facial toning device. With the microcurrent based Trinity Facial Trainer attached, the NuFACE Trinity gently and effectively stimulates your skin to improve your appearance. In a recent clinical study:

– 85% of clinical study users experienced significant improvements in facial contour

– 80% of clinical study users said their face felt more toned

– 73% of clinical study users experienced significant improvements in skin tone

Sounds amazing, right? Well, now you can enter to win one! Click below to enter for a chance to win a NuFace Trinity – Coral Crush!

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