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Commonly Asked Questions: Part 1

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Can I use Retinol and Vitamin C together? The answer is yes. While there are not really any known counteractions, it is suggested to split them up in your regimen (Retinol at night and Vitamin C in the morning). This is because Retinol can make you sun sensitive and depending on how it is delivered to the skin can break down in the sun. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps to prevent sun damage and even out skin tone, so its recommended to use in the morning before starting your day. *Of course you would always want to wear daily SPF protection as well.

What is the standard order of application for products? With most products you would want to cleanse, tone, apply any serum (thinnest to thickest), then any treatment type lotions/creams, your moisturizer and lastly your SPF product.

Should I still use a moisturizer if I have combination/ oily skin? The answer is yes.  Usually if you have this skin type you are already using a cleanser and treatment product specific to your concerns. Our skin still needs the proper hydration and if it does not get it or you’re stripping the skin of its essential moisture, it will over produce oils to compensate creating more of a problem.

Does the product really work or why am I not seeing results? Products will only give a good result if you are using them as directed and as dictated by your skin type or any specific skin conditions you might have. The best way to determine this is to talk to your local esthetician or dermatologist to first determine your factors. From there you’ll know what products to look for and then can base it off the concerns you’d like to address. Please note, to see the true benefits from product it can take up to 30-45 days which is the skins natural cell cycle length. Certain products and benefits may even take longer depending on how difficult the issue you’re trying to address. You may also see your skin breakout within the first couple weeks which is known as the purge period. Your skin needs time to adjust to the ingredients in a product and it does not necessarily mean the product isn’t working for you.

Can I use skincare products while pregnant? You can, however we suggest consulting with your physician before starting any skincare routine while pregnant. We can safely recommend the brands Belli & Mustela which were formulated specifically for use during pregnancy and while breast feeding.

Pur Minerals

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Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15 Blush MediumDo you love makeup, but can’t find the right one? Do they break out your skin or irritate it? Are you tired of your makeup appearing powdery or dull on your skin?

Well I have got exciting news for you! Recently we had product training with Pur Minerals and my sensitive, reactive skin put their products to the test! To my surprise, after continuously wearing the product for a couple weeks, I’m in love! I have finally found a foundation that helped clear my skin and looked natural. Here are my top reasons why you’ll love it too!

Pur Minerals is vegan friendly and on their way to being organic approved. The complexion, skincare, & lip products are Gluten free. They use a formulation of DermaWhite & Ceratin complex containing purified, nonirritating retinol and moisturizing Ceramides. That means that while you use this daily you can help correct or prevent skin concerns, plump or firm the skin, and help smooth fine lines or wrinkles all while balancing your skin tone. The foundation won’t dry your skin, is oil free, and uses a talc-free formulation. While you can boost the healthy results with use of their skincare, it will also work in conjunction with any other skincare you’re already using.

Seems like the perfect skin care plan right! I won’t bore you with in depth formulation talk, but Pur Minerals products don’t get the recognition they deserve! If you feel like you’re in a makeup rut or even looking to try something new, give them a try. I give them a 10 star rating and a high five! *wink

Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner

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Looking for a safe way to put that summer glow back into your skin? Try the Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner. This moisturizing self tanner builds a gradual tan within three days and is perfect for both face and body. It provides lasting, natural color with a streak-free formula and has a wonderfully refreshing citrus scent.

Quick tip: Allow 15-20 minutes for the product to dry before getting dressed to avoid any chance of it rubbing off onto clothing.

Watch this video for a full demonstration on how to apply Tantasia for the best results.

Healthy Hands

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Goldfaden MD Hands to Heart Anti-Aging Plus Brightening Hand TreatmentSummer 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 Products at

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Natural and organic products have gained increased popularity during the last 5+ years that I have been here at 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!

Damaged Nails? Help Is On The Way!

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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!

Click here to learn more about Trind products.

Winterize Your Skin

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair CreamStressed 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.

Skin Condition: Psoriasis

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What is Psoriasis?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. NeoStrata Therapeutics Psorent Topical

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.

Thalgo Plasmalg Marine GelIt 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

Juice Beauty Giveaway

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We are proud to announce our latest giveaway! We have partnered with Juice Beauty. Now through June 13, you can enter to win a Juice Beauty Age Defy Solutions Kit. ($60 value)

Kit Includes:

  • 2 oz. Green Apple Cleansing Gel
  • .5 oz. Green Apple Peel Full Strength
  • .25 oz. Green Apple Age Defy Serum
  • .5 oz. Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer
  • .5 oz. Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

Entering the giveaway is simple. All you have to do is CLICK HERE and fill out the entry form.


SPF: Don’t Miss a Spot!

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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!

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