These days more and more consumers are becoming increasingly cautious about the ingredients used in their skincare and cosmetic products and they are trying to stay away from chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, or synthetic fragrances, just to name a few.
Companies are certainly aware of this and many of them are jumping on the “green” bandwagon. You are probably seeing a lot more products on the market labeled with the terms “organic” and “natural” and you may be wondering, what is the difference between these two? Is there a difference? The short answer is yes, there is a difference between “organic” and “natural”.
To start with, there may be some confusion for the consumer as to how these terms are regulated. In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency that regulates the labeling and safety requirements for the cosmetic industry. Yet, they do not have a sanctioned definition of either of these terms. While the term natural is not regulated by any agency, the term organic is. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the National Organic Program (NOP) which regulates what can be considered organic. That being said, the USDA does not have a separate category for cosmetics, they use the same standards used for the food industry.
There are also International organizations that certify organic products. ECOCERT is a worldwide organization working in over 80 countries and COSMEBIO is a French organization created specifically for cosmetics and skincare.
So, what does is actually take for a product to really be “organic”? To earn a certified organic label 95% of the ingredients used must be organic. For a product labeled “made with organic ingredients” the required percentage goes down to 70%.
Natural is a broader term usually used to indicate that a minimal amount of chemicals were used in either the process of making the product or the actual formula of the product. Typically, “natural” products are free of synthetic additives such as chemical preservatives, synthetic coloring or fragrance. However, seeing natural on the label is not a guarantee that any of these ingredients will not be in the product. If you are still uncertain, always check the ingredient listing.
With so many choices out there it can be overwhelming. How does the consumer know what they are getting? What’s the bottom line for all of you ingredient-savvy consumers? Read those labels!
It’s that time of year again! We have to start thinking of all the photo opportunities that fall brings. Back to School and the upcoming holiday season- they’re all occasions when cameras are ever present. We want to make sure your smiles are ready for a close up.
GoSmile products offer a safe and effective way of lightening teeth in no time! If you’re in need of some big time whitening try the GoSmile Whitening System. Stains are reduced in as little as one 30 minute treatment! This easy to use device is to be hand held. Start by brushing your teeth, then use a tissue to blot dry the surface of your teeth. Rub the included teeth whitening serum in a circular motion ensuring each tooth is thoroughly coated. Then press the “G” button to turn on the light. Insert the Smile Whitening Light into the mouth and shine the light on your teeth until the device beeps and automatically shuts off. Immediately repeat ampoule plus light process two more times, for a total of 3 passes of ampoule plus light. Remember, no food or drink for 20 minutes after use.
If you don’t have 30 minutes to devote, no biggie, we still have you covered. Supersmile Professional Whitening System is a two item system that whitens and cleans teeth. Use equal parts of the Supersmile Whitening Accelerator Component and Supersmile Original Mint Whitening Toothpaste, and brush teeth in circular motions for 2 minutes.
You could even use the products in conjunction with each other if you’d like…
We are so excited to announce our latest giveaway! Starting now, through June 5th you can enter for a chance to win a GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment! ($69 Value!)
This amazing product:
– Activates collagen synthesis.
– Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.
– Helps to correct discolorations while improving skin texture.
– Can be used by all skin types.
Entering the giveaway is simple. All you have to do is CLICK HERE and fill out the entry form.
Spring is here and warmer longer days are fast approaching. Many of us may have been prisoners of long pants, long sleeve shirts and no sunlight. Even if you’re not going to be out in direct sunlight, those lightweight spring outfits usually show a bit more skin, and who wants to be a ghastly pale shade?
For those of you who want a little extra color without hitting a Tanning Booth (please don’t!), SkinStore offers some excellent self tanning products that are safe and effective:
1. Fake Bake Original Self Tan Lotion – New technology promotes a smoother application for a deeper, darker, longer-lasting tan on the skin by up to 50%. Four and a half Star Customer Rating!
2. ARCONA Bronzer – Self Tanner – This light, oil free bronzer/self tanner creates radiant, natural looking color without the sun. Natural based product! Be the first to rate this product online!
3. Pevonia Self-Tanning Emulsion – This self-tanning light-textured emulsion combines natural color (Caramel), with DHA (Sugar Cane), Squalane, and Vitamins B and E, to promote immediate absorption for a smooth, streak-free application. Natural based product with a Five Star Customer Rating!
4. Tan Towel Plus Half Body Classic Self Tanning Towelettes – Provides a natural looking glow that is simple to apply, with no odor or mess and it does not streak. One towelette will cover the whole body. For fair skin. Four and a half Star Customer Rating! Recommended by staff member Valerie!
5. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad – The only anti-aging, exfoliating sunless tanner that contains active Vitamin D, Soy Proteins, Alpha and BetaHydroxy Acids to exfoliate, tighten pores, eliminate blackheads and help fade existing sunspots for an even, streak-free glow. Four and a half Star Customer Rating, Recommended by staff member Anthony!
As with almost all self tanners be sure to exfoliate any areas of skin you intend to use a self tanner to promote smooth even application and prevent early fading!
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Lets be honest, one of the greatest perks of my job is the abundance of products I get to try. I’m like a kid in a candy shop when something new comes our way. Not only do I want to try any new products because I’m obsessed, but also so I can better educate our customers about the products we carry.
Now, this type of situation comes with its goods and its bads. The good? A seemingly endless supply of products at my disposal, doing at-home facials when I feel up for it, having a variety of gifts readily available and getting to try something new whenever I’m bored.
The bad? Products go bad before you get a chance to use them and the biggest downer of all… a random breakout caused by a product. When I jump back and forth from different products or use too many at once, my skin will tell me it’s had enough and punishes me. I guess I can’t say it’s “random” because it’s obvious why it happened… the greedy got to me… too many products at once. Sigh….So what to do now? Here’s a guide to all you over-users and abusers that love products as much as I do…
Step One: Purge and Purify
Action: You need to remove all the impurities. Therefore things are most likely going to get worse before they can get any better.
Recommended Product: Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser
Step Two: Keep in Balance
Action: Using a toner will help keep your skin in check.
Recommended Product: Yonka Lotion PS Toner
Step Three: Treat
Action: Eliminate impurities, calm irritated skin and balance out the pH.
Recommended Product: iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum
Step Four: Hydrate
Action: Prevent moisture loss and seal in benefits of treatment product.
Recommended Product: MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Lotion
Customers frequently contact us with many questions about their skin care and hair care products. Here are some of the top questions we receive on a regular basis. Hopefully the answers will be helpful to you!
1. How long do the products that we purchase last?
•Most products have a 2-3 year shelf life unopened.
•Once opened most products, depending on ingredients can last 3-9 months.
2. When do products expire?
•Each product depending on brand and ingredients has a different expiration date. Unfortunately there is no universal labeling system for cosmetics that allow you to definitely tell what serial numbers on the packaging means. The exception would be sunscreen (SPF). The Food & Drug administration (F.D.A.) requires sunscreens to have a printed expiration date on the packaging. Using sunscreens after this expiration date will compromise your skin’s protection to UVA & UVB rays and make you more susceptible to sunburns and skin cell damage.
3. When does product efficacy (effectiveness) begin to diminish?
•Once opened most products, depending on ingredients can last 3-9 months.
•The longer you continue to use the product after that time period the less effective it will be in providing the results you desire.
•Many U.S. manufacturers are beginning to put the European labeling on their products that have a picture of a jar or packaging with a number and an “M” (i.e. 12M) meaning the product has a 12 month shelf life AFTER the product has been opened.
4. Is my product compromised by being exposed to heat or cold?
•All products must pass a heat/cool and freeze/thaw test in order to make it to the market. All products must be tested to ensure the active ingredients and overall composition has not been compromised. Although not recommended, products are tested and can be exposed to extreme heat or cold for extended periods of time but cannot last if the extreme temperatures are constant and repeated.
•Normal exposure to heat or cold while in shipping from the SkinStore warehouse to your delivery location should not affect your product. If your product has been sitting outside in elevated levels of hot or cold weather, bring your product inside and allow it to come to room temperature (70-75 degrees Fahrenheit) before using it. If your product has separated, the active ingredients are not compromised; you should be able to stir the product (i.e. skin cream) until the correct consistency is achieved.
5. Where do you get your products from?
•All of SkinStore’s products come directly from the brand manufacturer. We do not purchase any products that do not come from the manufacturer.
6. Where do you store the products SkinStore sells?
•SkinStore receives all of the products directly from the manufacturer and we store all of the products in a climate controlled warehouse in the United States.
7. My product color varies from my last order, is it still okay to use?
•Some products, especially those with a higher level of natural ingredients or L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) can have varying color from batch to batch depending on where and when the ingredients were harvested from.
•L-Ascorbic Acid begins to oxidize and darken as soon as it is exposed to oxygen. This is a natural process and does not mean your product has been compromised or has expired.
8. How should I store my product?
•Store your product in a cool, dry, dark place, away from heat, moisture and sunlight.
9. I ordered a product that comes out of a pump. I pump the container and nothing comes out. What’s wrong?
•This is one of our most frequently asked questions regarding product packaging. Nearly all of the products that come in a pump dispenser, regardless of brand, will have a certain amount of air in the package. Sometimes an air bubble can get stuck in the between the product and the dispenser. Firmly tapping the bottom of the dispenser bottle several times and then rapidly pumping can help to get the air out of the packaging and release the product. Click here to learn more about air pump issues.
10. Why don’t my products have the same packaging and seals as when I purchased them at the retail store?
•In an effort to save packaging for environmental reasons and passing those savings on to the consumer, some of the products shipped to SkinStore do not have the same packaging and seals that you would find at a retail location. All of our items are stored in our climate controlled warehouse and shipped directly to you with no retail setting where the product can be tampered with.
As always, if you have questions about a product you are welcome to contact us and we will be happy to help you!
What is Matrixyl 3000? Matrixyl 3000 is a combination of two peptides palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7. This is an advanced formulation of the early edition of Matrixyl. These peptides are believed to stimulate collagen production by approximately 117% and also increase the hyaluronic acid production in your skin. The peptides stimulate the skin to reduce wrinkles and will also increase firmness in the skin. It is also believed that Matrixyl 3000 is less irritating on the skin than retinol or vitamin C. Even the most sensitive skin types can use this peptide, as it does not cause inflammation.
A combination of the palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, will provide greater benefits then versus when used alone. Together, they increase collagen production, reduce wrinkle depth and density. There has also been reports of an overall improved tone and texture of the skin. Matrixyl 3000 is said to firm the skin by reversing and preventing glycation damage to your skin. Glycation occurs when glucose and protein link together and cause the skin to stiffen resulting in dramatic decreases in collagen and elastin within the skin. This ingredient is a skin saver because it slows down the skin’s natural aging process, by promoting healthy skin from the inside out.
Here are some featured products on SkinStore.com that contain Matrixyl 3000:
– Dr. Michelle Copeland Rewind Advanced Day Serum with Matrixyl 3000
– Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Eye
– Janson Beckett NekaDerm-EL
– ARCONA Restore
Before you layer product atop product, think about the combination of active ingredients you’re putting on your face. There are some ingredients that work well in conjunction, while others are a big no-no. Here is a useful guide of what not to mix:
Don’t mix Vitamin C with…
Retinol: retinol is uber-active in a high concentration, so is vitamin C. Unless the product doesn’t list a marriage or vitamin C with retinol in its ingredient list, the two shouldn’t be layered one on top of the other. Both retinol and vitamin C can cause some dryness, peeling and flaking, so a combination of the two can cause a serious skin irritation.
Copper: Copper helps to firm and strengthen the skin by promoting collagen production. Vitamin C, in addition to stimulating collagen synthesis provides antioxidant protection. When copper is layered together with vitamin C the effects of each are canceled and render each other inactive.
Don’t mix Retinol with…
Alpha Hydroxy Acids: AHA’s and retinol can both increase skin sensitivity by way of chemical exfoliation. AHA combined with retinol can cause the skin to become aggravated and inflamed, so if you like to use both an AHA and a retinol, use the former in the morning and the latter at night.
Benzoyl Peroxide: Both retinol and benzoyl peroxide are great treatments that address acne, but when the two are combined together excessive peeling can occur, causing the skin to flake and pigment irregularly. The skin’s lipid barrier can also become compromised by use of excessively drying agents. Use either retinol or bezoyl peroxide as part of your nightly regimen, but not the two together.
If you have any specific questions, you may ask our estheticians and skincare experts by clicking here.
As the seasons change, so does our skin. The Arctic Berry Cloud Milk Cream from Red Flower gives us the opportunity to transform our minds and bodies, and is the perfect product choice for this season.
Filled with the scent of whole essential oils that calm, energize, balance, purify and rejuvenate the mind and body, the wild-crafted organic arctic berries provide a long term progressive impact.
Arctic Berry Cloud Milk Cream is the sixth step in the nature based practice of purifying your skin’s essential needs, by replacing natural loss of our collagen and elastin. It regenerates cells to leave your skin replenished, protected and more supple. With this divinely light textured cream, you will feel the fortifying moisture and protection around your eye area, face and body. This milky cream will make your skin feel as soft as a cloud!
This natural 100% botanical product is entirely free of all synthetics, parabens, dyes, petrochemicals and sulfates and is made with certified organic ingredients.
Now is the time to transform and invigorate your senses and bring our your naturally radiant beauty! Enter for a chance to win this amazing cream!
One of our favorite doctor’s offers a product that we feel is a “must have.” Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refiner is a 2-in-1 product that will minimize pores and tame that annoying shine that seems to appear on most of us, especially in the “t-zone” area.
Pores No More Pore Refiner uses microspheres which absorb oil on the skin. Shine is instantly mattified, and pores are hidden after a quick and easy application. It can be used as a primer before make up application or on its own.
Customer ratings speak for themselves! Celebrity plug: “Dr. Brandt’s pores no more pore refiner is my secret to having close up ready skin. It shrinks the size of pores and refines the skin, it is brilliant!“- Gwyneth Paltrow