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“Bad” Foods That Aren’t Bad After all

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Avoiding foods because of their bad reputation? I would’ve thought your mom taught you better than that! You can’t believe everything that you hear or read. Here’s the lowdown on some of the most notorious foods, with surprising results!

Peanut Butter
Bad Rap: High in fat and calories (16 grams of fat and 188 calories per two tablespoons)
Fact: Nuts are a great source of heart healthy unsaturated fats and provide essential fatty acids. Peanut Butter also helps you feel satisfied longer, preventing cravings in between meals.

Avocados
Bad Rap: High in fat (half of one has 14.8 grams)
Fact: Decreases the risk of heart disease because they are high in “good” monounsaturated fat. Avocado is also high in potassium, which is an important mineral for regulating blood pressure.

Coffee
Bad Rap: Increases blood pressure, jittery side effect
Fact: Boosts energy and contains chlorogenic acid, which has been linked to preventing diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

Grape Juice
Bad Rap: Loaded with sugar
Fact: Packed with antioxidants, grape juice has similar health benefits to red wine. Studies have shown that it aides in lowering blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol levels. It also boosts memory and helps prevent aging.

Potatoes
Bad Rap: Often fried and loaded with butter or cheese make it an extremely unhealthy dish.
Fact: Without adding all of the high fat, high calories toppings, potatoes are surprisingly a low calorie food. Potatoes are high in fiber, vitamin C, and B6, and a mere 103 calories. Skip the sour cream and opt for a dollop of low fat yogurt for a fit alternative.

Eggs
Bad Rap: Raise cholesterol levels and high in fat
Fact: Eggs are great sources of protein and low in calories. Plus, the American Dietetic Association found that people who ate eggs for breakfast had more energy and a lower body weight than those who ate a carb loaded meal.

Now that you know the truth, dig in. They all deserve a second chance!


Differences in Vitamin C

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As the summer rolls on we find ourselves gravitating toward vitamin C products that lighten, brighten, and tighten. But, are all Vitamin C products created equal?

One of the newest forms of Vitamin C, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a stable, lipid soluble form. This type of Vitamin C is generally recognized by the skin better than a water soluble from of Vitamin C such as L-Ascorbic Acid.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate has many benefits that help it stand out from the rest. This form of Vitamin C has been shown to stimulate the production of Glycosaminoglycans which are proteins that keep the skin hydrated. It’s gentle, so even people with the most sensitive skin can use it. And the stability of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is about 18 months, which is longer than other forms of Vitamin C at about six months.

One of our favorite Vitamin C products with Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is SkinMedica Vitamin C Plus E Complex. This rejuvenating complex is formulated with 15% Vitamin C to help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and sun spots while fighting the future damaging effects of the sun.

What’s your favorite Vitamin C product?


ZIRH Reverse Anti-Aging Serum [GIVEAWAY]

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ZIRH Reverse Anti-Aging SerumMore and more men are interested in how to look their best as they age.  You may want to point your distinguished man in the direction of ZIRH.  Thanks to ZIRH, men now have their own award-winning line of skin care and shaving products to achieve healthy, flawless skin on their own terms. ZIRH just launched Reverse, the first dual phase anti-aging serum designed for men. It goes beyond traditional creams to deliver potent anti-aging results without the heaviness. Reverse is different than other anti-aging products due to its’ blue helix. The blue helix delivers soft-focus particles that instantly transforms the look of surface textures like fine lines and pores. A vitamin and penta-peptide complex firms the skin for a more youthful appearance. Over time fine lines and wrinkles are noticeably reduced.

Key Ingredients:

-Niacinamide – promotes a healthy skin barrier to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
-Silicone Elastomer – particles that fill in surface texture to leave skin looking immediately smoother and younger.
-Glycerine – binds water into upper layers of the skin to provide long lasting hydration.
-Penta-peptide – designed to allow the natural production of collagen and is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

 

Starting today, you can enter to win this amazing product! CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway!


Tips to Look Well Rested

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shutterstock_21728725Stay out a bit too late last night? Can’t be late for an 7 AM meeting? Move away from the coffee pot (coffee=dehydration) and read on. Use my skincare tips to look as if you’ve had eight hours of beauty sleep last night, instead of those margaritas!

When you can manage, crawl out of bed and into the shower – a blast of cold water will open your tired eyes. In the shower, lather up with an energizing body wash. I absolutely love Kneipp Rosemary Awakening Vitality Body Wash. This body wash has Rosemary essential oils, has an invigorating effect on the body. It also helps to improve circulation, awakening and energizing the skin.

If your face is looking a bit dull and puffy? Refresh your skin with an invigorating facial scrub. Exfoliating will shed dull skin cells and promote circulation, which drains excess fluids in your skin. Use a facial scrub with rounded polishing beads for gentle stimulation. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads is a great choice, it contains glycolic and salicylic acids to get deep into your pores to rid of dead skin cells and zap dirt related break-outs (I bet you forgot to wash your face last night!).

When you’ve finished your shower you’ll feel much better! Now, get the red out with redness relieving eye drops and apply a cool wash cloth or cotton pads over your eyes for a few minutes. Rest for a moment, but don’t fall asleep! The chill of a cold compress will shrink the capillaries and stimulate lymphatic drainage. Finish your eye treatment with a cooling eye gel. Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Gel instantly cooling gel refreshes and hydrates puffy tired eyes with Rose Water, Arnica and Dragons Blood. Instantly brighter, the delicate eye area is restructured to thicken translucent skin and plump wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid comforts dehydrated skin and refines the skin’s surface for wide awake eyes.

Now get out there and conquer your day!

You can find all of the products mentioned in this blog at SkinStore.com.

 


Supergoop SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C [GIVEAWAY]

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 Supergoop SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin CWe’re so excited to announce our newest giveaway! We are giving away Supergoop SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C! ($19 Value)

This product contains a patent-pending antioxidant-infused formula that combines complete sun protection with ease of use, exceptional results and no oily residue. Vitamin C penetrates and revitalizes the appearance of the skin for a more radiant complexion while helping to fight free radical damage. This formula leaves the skin feeling hydrated, protected and healthy.

Want to win one?

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

 

 


NEW! Eve Lom

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Looking to ramp up your cleansing routine? Eve Lom Cleanser has been touted as “probably the best cleanser in the world” by Vogue and has won numerous beauty magazine awards. The cleanser is a blend of four aromatic plant oils; a specially woven 100% cotton muslin cloth and signature massage technique. The result is incredibly glowing, radiant skin with a smoother more refined texture. The difference is noticeable instantly and improves with continued use. Eve Lom Cleanser

Benefits:

-Deep cleans without drying or stripping the skin.

-Removes even the most stubborn waterproof makeup.

-Exfoliates, tones and improves circulation.

-Softens and conditions skin.

-Perfectly sized for travel.

-Can be used by all skin types.


NEW! Sunday Riley

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Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid SerumBrand new to SkinStore is Sunday Riley. Sunday Riley is a skin care favorite on the runways of fashion icons Stella McCartney, Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham. Sunday Riley combines the latest technologies in skin care with the purest ingredients to produce effective result driven products. The brand focuses on preventative and corrective anti-aging technologies, coupled with gentle, purifying detoxification of the skin. Sunday Riley products promise radiant, effortless beauty for a flawless complexion.

Cult favorite and beauty magazine winner Juno Transformative Lipid Serum is a must have for all skin care junkies! This unique, dry oil serum gives the skin a luminous, radiant glow. It contains a patent-pending blend of retinol, vitamin C, Essential Amino Acids, Omega-3, 6, 9, UV shields, and natural anti-inflammatory agents.

Benefits:

-Argan Oil helps to nourish, hydrate and improve elasticity.

-Carrot Seed Oil stimulates circulation and improves tone.

-Marula Oil reduces redness and boosts hydration.

-Formula is chemical and preservative free.

-Can be used by all skin types including sensitive.


Jurlique Purely Bright Spot Treatment [GIVEAWAY]

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 Jurlique Purely Bright Spot Treatment

As we age years of sun exposure can often leave our complexion looking spotted and uneven. Jurlique Purely Bright Spot Treatment is the perfect solution to help combat skin discolorations, age spots, sun spots, and freckles. This targeted spot treatment leaves the skin looking lighter, brighter and more radiant. It contains a VitaBrightKX complex with key ingredient Kakadu Plum. Native to Australia, this plant extract produces the highest Vitamin C content in the plant kingdom. It also contains Niacinamide a form of Vitamin B3, which is effective at minimizing the appearance of pigmentation and helps to brighten the skin. Pearl Powder is also used to inhibit melanin production and give a soft focus look to the skin. With continued use your skin is more even and radiant. Make sure to follow up with sunscreen to maintain your glow!

Starting today, you can enter to win this fabulous product! CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway!


Hot New Brand: IT Cosmetics

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IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Collection - FairLooking for a new foundation? Your search ends here! Brand new to SkinStore is IT Cosmetics. Their Celebration Foundation is packed full of anti-aging ingredients like Hydrolyzed Collagen, Peptides, grape seed oil and drops of light technology. The result is an absolutely flawless complexion with a soft focus, glow from within look. The Celebration Foundation Collection also includes the exclusive Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush for perfect application.

“We worked with plastic surgeons to develop an anti-aging powder foundation, that doesn’t crease, doesn’t crack and doesn’t make you look older and completely covers anything and everything! It’s packed with anti-aging ingredients and gives a true airbrushed look that works on all ages! I could never find a powder that looks flawless on even the most mature skin, and Celebration  IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye - Neutral MediumFoundation does!” Jamie Kern Lima, Creator IT Cosmetics

Other customer faves from IT cosmetics include:

Vitality Face Disc a luxe high performance anti-aging matte bronzer, luminating powder, and vitality blush that are all about the naturally pretty look of vitality and radiance.

Brow Power a universal brow pencil that works on ALL hair colors. Patent pending complex restores hair follicle health. Exclusive oval tip for the most natural looking brows

Bye Bye Pores a HD silk micro finishing anti-aging powder is infused with Collagen, Vitamin K and pure silk for a perfect, poreless, airbrushed finish.

Bye Bye Under Eye a full coverage, waterproof, yet moisturizing, concealer with anti-aging ingredients to combat dark circles while it conceals. 70% of skin stones are neutral medium.

 


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!



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