Summer is quickly approaching which means people are out and about and in the sun more often. Make sure that you’ve got your hands covered! Protect them and reverse past damage with reparative hand treatments.
There are some great hand products out on the market and it makes perfect sense to pop one into your purse or to bring one in to your work desk. Besides our face, the hands are amongst some of the most exposed areas of our body. Why wouldn’t we want to protect or correct them? Keep them young and nourished with products such as the AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream, Goldfaden MD Hands to Heart Anti-Aging Plus Brightening Hand Treatment, StriVectin-SD Volumizing Hand Treatment, or Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream.
There’s also another little trick for when you get some free time at home that includes a mask for your hands and would also help boost the efficacy of the hand products you’re using. If you have a hydrating or oxygenating mask at home, take a little and cover the tops of your hands when your do your face. Follow the normal directions as you would and then apply the hand products afterwards. Your hands will feel absolutely amazing! Just trust me…you’ll love it!
Natural and organic products have gained increased popularity during the last 5+ years that I have been here at SkinStore.com. I’ve seen an evolution in customers that have gone from mildly curious to highly passionate about what product they will choose to put on their skin.
For us its wonderful when we have customers calling in asking questions about products because the diversity in the questions we get asked can range from focusing on organic certification and verifying products have not been tested on animals to simply wanting a minimal list of ingredients in skincare products. What we love is that we have products to fit everyone’s skincare needs and desires.
Let’s talk Natural. At SkinStore we have a Natural skincare department that offers a broad range of natural products that contain high concentrations of “natural extracts and botanicals while avoiding common controversial chemicals, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrance whenever possible.” There are hundreds of products to choose from and many brands that offer not only natural or botanical ingredients but also provide eco-friendly and cruelty free products. In addition, some brands have even taken the next step in supporting our environment by focusing on minimizing their footprint and supporting environmental organizations that are focused on protecting our beautiful planet.
If you are into “natural”, come on by our natural department and take a look around. We’d love to see you there!
Before you decide to switch regimens to address breakouts for the 100th time, read this!
So you just started a regimen a week or two ago that your esthetician raved about and now you are breaking out more than ever? Believe it or not, this is not the time to change routines.
It is crucial to understand how your skin functions and how certain ingredients influence its behavior so you know what to expect when starting a new regimen.
Normally, your skin regenerates itself every 28-50 days depending on age and skin health. You shed skin cells daily, but the amount is so minute that you rarely see it happening. This is called natural exfoliation. Acne regimens rely on products that will enhance this process (along with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients).
When starting a new acne regimen, your skin goes through an accelerated exfoliation and renewal process. This allows for breakouts to show up much more quickly than they would have otherwise. The products are not creating new breakouts, but rather unveiling them at a sooner date. You would have seen the same blemishes surface weeks down the road, but since your skin function has been sped up you are seeing 5-6 weeks worth of breakouts in one or two weeks. This amazing and horrifying process is commonly referred to as “purging”.
This can definitely be alarming, but it is very important to adhere to the regimen suggested to you so you can get through this period, and you will get through it. The average time frame is 7-10 days, but it is not uncommon for it to stretch to 2-4 weeks. It all depends on the severity of acne you were experiencing and how quickly you can advance your regimen. Sensitive skin has to advance more slowly so the “purging” period may be a bit longer than tolerant skin which can increase the frequency of product usage more quickly. This breakout period can be minimized by using products with anti-bacterial properties such as benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics from your derm. We suggest sticking to a regimen for 6- 8 weeks and sometimes longer before deciding to switch, unless you are have a reaction (not skin purging). Keep in mind that not all acne will clear in 8 weeks, but you will definitely get a sense of the products and if you will be able to achieve better results over time.
The bottom line is to stick it out and you will see clearer, more refined healthy skin.
The key players in this acclimation process are:
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids (glycolic, lactic, salicylic, malic, mandelic acids) - Hydroxy acids have the ability to break down corneodemosomes on the surface of the skin. These are what hold the dead skin cells together. Think of the mortar on a brick wall. Once the corneodesmosomes are dissolved, the dead skin cells are ready to fall off. Using a hydroxy acid will speed up the rate that the cells are shed which means your skin has to make new skin cells to fill their place. When these new cells die, they are pushed to the surface for their turn to be shed. Any debris or microcomedones (pimples) rise to the surface too, which is why it seems like the product is making you break out. When using these ingredients for acne, daily is usually best.
Retinol – Retinol works from the inside out, which is opposite of a hydroxy acid. This ingredient stimulates cell renewal first, which then forces your skin to shed the dead skin cells from the top layer. This is a very potent ingredient and flaking and peeling is a common reaction because it has the ability to speed up the production of new skin cells so fast that you can visibly see the shedding of the old skin cells, which is usually invisible. This is generally not a desirable outcome, so moderation is the key with retinol. Use maybe 2-3 times a week.
Ask a professional before starting a regimen with either of these active ingredients.
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Does it seem like your nails never grow? Are they dry, brittle or surrounded by damaged cuticles? Many people have nails that do not appear healthy and do not know where to turn for help. I’ve got all of you covered because help can be at your fingertips with Trind. Remember that your hands and nails are always exposed to different environmental factors which could create damage.
Trind is a brand dedicated to helping treat all of your hand and nail concerns. Day to day I hear a good amount of hand inquiries and have realized that the results must be stellar by the number of excited and raving Trind customers. It seems the products are the perfect answer for many different people. If you feel as if your nails will not grow, then we’d suggest you try out Trind Cuticle Balsam. The oil free formulation gets to the root of the problem where it stimulates nail growth! If you experience dry brittle nails, then we suggest using Trind Nail Balsam. This product contains a special active ingredient which provides ultimate moisture where it needs it the most to keep the nails supple. You only have to apply this product once a week also, which is great for time binds. To make your nails flexible yet durable, you can include Trind Natural Nail Repair. If your cuticles are over grown and in the way of beautiful looking nails, you can use Trind Cuticle Remover. This product will help soften the cuticles so you can easily remove them with the proper nail tools and will then help aid in nail growth.
The line also includes accessory products that you can choose from. They offer a professional glass nail file, a 3-way buffer, a hand repair product and also a quick dry product for polish. This is surely the quick fix regimen to reach confident, stunning and healthy nails. Your nails can be seen easily by others as our hands are always in use. Make sure you give your hand and nails the proper treatments they need to shine!
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Stressed and dry winter skin from caused by freezing temperatures is never fun! Protect your skin and give it the extra attention it needs. Whether it be your entire body or specific areas, you can use an extra duty product to calm your winter skin woes.
Look for a rich emollient type product that will deeply hydrate and coat the skin. Usually these products will be rich in Vitamin E, natural oils, Aloe Vera, ceramides & can sometimes even offer Antioxidant protection as well. A few examples would be the Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty or Dermud Nourishing Body Cream by AHAVA.
Many people these days have different skin conditions to treat, however differentiating and understanding each condition is not always easy. Psoriasis is a major skin condition that affects an estimated 7.5 million Americans according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Having any skin condition is not only uncomfortable but very stressful.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. There are 5 different types of psoriasis listed as: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular & erythrodermic. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque. The usual symptoms of this type Psoriasis are usually raised red patches or lesions which are covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells. This condition can appear anywhere on the body, but is not contagious.
Prevention is a major aspect of treatment. Psoriasis triggers can be different for each individual however, there are some more common or known triggers. The first known trigger is stress. Stress can actually activate a first time flare up or aggravate an existing condition. The second known trigger is injury to the skin. For example: vaccinations, sunburns and even scratches on the skin can trigger a reaction. Medication can also be a big trigger and can easily be disregarded when contemplating trigger factors. Some of the many different medications that have been found to trigger a reaction are: Lithium, Antimalarials, Inderal, Quinidine and Indomethacin.
Other known triggers such as weather, diet, and allergies can play a big role in a Psoriasis flare up. Although there is no known cure for psoriasis, there are ways to alleviate symptoms.
Treatments will generally consist of topical or internal solutions. As the severity of each case and treatment options will vary from one person to the next, it is recommended that each individual consults with a licensed physician for professional opinion before use of any product.
It is also important to understand that many times an individual will go through various products before they find one that best suits them. You can find products on our site ranging from cleansers to shampoo and even body products. Some of those include Therapeutics Psorent Topical by Neostrata and Plasmalg Marine Gel by Thalgo. We hope after this read you’ll understand this condition better. We also want you to know we are always here to help and wish you all the best on the road to healing!
Source: National Psoriasis Foundation
Winter… It comes around every year and brings us those windy, cold, and rainy days. As your skin type is affected by these weather changes, so are your lips. Your lips can easily become dry, cracked and even more sensitive during this time. It is important to remember to tend to them just as you would your normal skin care regimen around these seasonal changes.
You can easily prevent your lips from drying by following a simple set of steps. First exfoliate your lips about one to two times a week. This will remove the dry, rough skin sitting on the surface of your lips and make room for soft lips. A lip scrub that is great for the lips is Philosophy’s Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub. Then make sure everyday to apply some kind of a treatment or conditioner. It doesn’t matter if it is just a hydrating lip balm, lip gloss or actual lip treatment product. Most of these items will have ingredients in them to not only prevent damage but to maintain lip health and nourish them. For already damaged lips we suggest NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm; made from natural ingredients with a delicious taste of honey and grapefruit. With that said, everyone should be able to find a product specific to keeping your lips smooth, moisturized and lively!
On top of our daily stresses, women have crazy hormones which contribute to breakouts. Instead of just crossing your fingers and hoping for a quick fix, do something beneficial for your face!
Quickly hide your imperfections and zap the pesky bacteria that causes your skin to become irritated. There are a couple of great products that not only cover up, but will treat the area as well. Within some of these products you may find Green Tea leaf Extract which has anti-inflammatory benefits or Willow Bark Extract for anti-microbial benefits. Another ingredient you may see is Bisbolol which is used to help soothe your skin. Two great products to take a look at are the Acne Treatment Concealer by Murad and the Zap & Hide Blemish Concealer by Jane Iredale. The best part is that both of these are so easy to toss into your purse for on-the-go use! Go grab one and arm yourself against blemishes.
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Sun protection plays a major role in the way that our skin ages! While your cabinets and purse may be stocked with different protection agents, the most common mistake is the small areas you may miss. The following is a list of your forgotten areas and where you need to apply your SPF.
1) Your Ears: A very common area that is missed. While protection of your face is one of the most important areas, people often skip out on their ears. This leaves room to draw attention from the sun to that area and the end result is almost always a burn.
2) Your lovely lips: We understand that most face products would not be suitable for the lips or feel so great but you can find your usual chapstick or lip products with SPF. Who wants peeling, uncomfortable lips anyways?
3) The Underdog Underarms: Another common area that most skip, whether it be with a lotion or even more the SPF mists. We already use deodorant in those areas and also think that it is an area the sun won’t shine so it is easily a missed area.
4) Your Feet: The legs are always a focus point for application however most people stop at the feet. You end up with tan lines from your flip flops and that is just not cute.
5) Your Designated Part Line: Don’t forget that your scalp can also burn and leave you a victim of peeling, itchy head. The easiest fix would be an SPF mist that you can just spray & play with the protection you need.
Now that you have a quick reminder, be sure it get the proper sun protection you need during these fun warm days!