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Belli Giveaway

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We are proud to announce our latest giveaway! We have partnered with Belli. Now through May  16, you can enter to win a Belli Prize Pack. ($87 value)

The prize pack includes:

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

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Belli Skin Care

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Amidst all the excitement you are experiencing while being pregnant, it can cause stress and changes in hormone levels. This can bring on unwanted breakouts. It can be a challenge to find products that can be used for these concerns while maintaining safety for you and your little one. Belli’s Complexion Protection Duo will aid in pregnancy break outs. This kit includes their Acne Cleansing Facial Wash which uses lactic acid to lift dirt, oil and bacteria from the skin promoting blemish free skin! Part 2 to the duo is their Anti-Chloasma Facial Sunscreen SPF 25. Some women experience discoloration, dark spots, and “pregnancy mask” (chloasma) during pregnancy. This sunscreen protects against chloasma. It can be worn under make up and is suitable for all skin types.

Belli Acne Control Spot Treatment is also available. Great for expectant mothers who need help with those pesky new residents staking claim on their skin. This spot treatment fights acne with sulfur and tea tree oil; added chamomile will soothe irritated and inflamed skin.

Finish your mommy-to-be routine with Belli’s Healthy Glow Hydrator. This lightweight facial moisturizer is rich in botanical humectants that refine and soften skin texture. It leaves the skin feeling supple and refreshed, and has a pleasant light citrus scent.

Would you like to try these products? You’re in luck! Stay tuned for an exciting giveaway coming real soon where you could win a prize pack from Belli.



Caffeine For Your Skin

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Let’s be honest… how many of us make a daily coffee run? “Ill have a Venti non-fat white mocha with a double (no!) make that triple shot.” That caffeine boost will do wonders for our energy levels. What about skincare products that contain caffeine? What’s the benefit there?

Studies have shown that caffeine contains anti inflammatory properties. So for those of us who retain a little fluid under the eye area- we’re in luck! Caffeine in eye products works by draining excess lymph fluid and blood. Attack puffiness and fine lines with PRIORI Advanced AHA Smoothing Eye Serum.

When it comes to that pesky resident on your thighs, aka cellulite, trying a product with caffeine, like FatGirl Slim can help. Caffeine dehydrates fat cells, which will provide a smoother skin appearance.

For people with a chronic condition, such as rosacea, using a product with caffeine will help constrict blood vessels which doesn’t usually happen to those with rosacea. La Roche Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness Moisturizer would be a good option.

There are many other products that contain caffeine, especially anti-aging products. Caffeine is an antioxidant. Antioxidants fight off free radicals; free radicals age our skin. You can find many caffeine-filled products on SkinStore.com by clicking here.

Anyone up for a coffee break?


Tips for Dry Skin

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We talk to a lot of customers this time of year who often have the same skin concerns. “My skin feels so dry!” Sound familiar? This is really common, especially in the cooler winter months.

First thing’s first! We always check to make sure you’re using a moisturizer. If not, that would be the first plan of attack. However, since most of our customers are on top of things, lets move on to plan B. More than likely if you speak to one of our estheticians they will recommend a type of hydrating serum that you would apply underneath your moisturizer. One of the most popular hydrating serums is SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. If you prefer a natural line, ARCONA Magic White Ice  is a great choice.

Another option is a hydrating mist. We have several options. Mists are a nice way to lightly re-hydrate the skin mid day. They can be sprayed under or over make-up. A couple favorites include Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water or Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist.

Finally, we would recommend a hydrating mask. Masks are a nice bonus to add extra hydration to the skin. You can use them on your face, or other dry parts of your body! Try the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque or the L’Occitane Immortelle Face Cream Mask. Please be advised some masks can be used daily, or others may instruct you to use them 1-2 times a week. As always, please follow the manufacturers directions.

There really is no limit on moisturizer. If you feel you need more, go for it, especially those of you who use a 2-in-1 moisturizer/SPF combo. It’s a good idea to freshen up SPF applications during the day. Your skin will thank you for it!


Purlisse Giveaway

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We are proud to announce our latest giveaway! We have partnered with Purlisse to bring you our Purlisse Bright and Beautiful Jet Set Starter Kit giveaway! Starting today, we are giving away 7 Purlisse Bright and Beautiful Jet Set Starter Kits! If you didn’t already know… The Purlisse Bright and Beautiful Jet Set Starter Kit has everything you need for brighter, more even toned skin, in petite packaging perfect for first-time users and jetsetters! 14 days of TLC brightens to a radiant glow, even for sensitive skin. It’s pure genius!

Entering the giveaway is super easy – just click below!


Top Kits at SkinStore

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Have you ever spent hours trying to figure out which products would be best for you? You’re not alone! I always appreciate a kit or system that is put together by the manufacturer. It takes the guess work out of trying to figure out which products are going to be best for me. Kits usually contain several different products in smaller size jars or bottles and generally are always a great value!

I’m going to recommend some of our most popular kits at SkinStore, and depending on what your skin concerns are, you can choose accordingly!

For problematic/acne prone skin: iS Clinical Acne Travel Kit. Although this kit is made for “travel,” it’s still one of my favorites. I personally think the Active Serum is a miracle worker! This kit comes with a cleanser, two serums and a sunscreen! Oh, and we can’t forget about the travel case.

For aging skin that is blemish prone: M Lab Travel Collection for Anti-Aging Blemish Control. This kit offers products filled with peptides and antioxidants that will tackle fine lines and wrinkles as well as blemishes and excess oil.

For aging skin: M Lab Travel Collection for Anti-Aging. From the same manufacturer as the above recommendation, this kit contains products that will improve lines and wrinkles, eye puffiness, skin tone, and firmness! Bonus: SkinMedica also has a great duo kit that is a combination of two wrinkle reducing products. SkinMedica TNS Recover Complex best Results Kit – gives just that! Great results!

For normal to combination skin: Philosophy Great Skin is in For Normal to Combination Skin. This kit contains three products: a cleanser, a retinol night treatment and Oprah’s favorite- Hope in a Jar! If you tend to be oily in some areas of your face and dry in others, this kit would be a great option for you.

For sensitive skin: We have a great kit by Pevonia that is a 3 step kit containing a cleanser, a lotion, and a soothing skin cream. Ingredients are mild enough for your sensitive skin, and the soothing cream has healing properties to relieve your skin!

Keep in mind you can always mix and match products and brands. Build your own kit! Share with us: What’s your favorite kit and what makes it so fabulous?


Does My Oily Skin Really Need a Moisturizer?

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When I started my esthetics training we quickly learned the process to healthy skin! “Cleanse, tone, moisturize, protect!” Being a girl with acne-prone, oily skin, I didn’t want to add any sort of moisturizer to my skin. I sat down with an instructor one day to go over my regimen. She asked what moisturizer I used, and I said, “Oh! My skin is oily, so I don’t use one!” She looked at me like I was crazy! She explained to me why even oily skin needs a moisturizer, and now, dear friends, I will share that information with you.

You see, believe it or not oily skin can still be dehydrated, meaning it is lacking water, not oil. Dehydration in skin can lead to overactive sebaceous (oil) glands making the skin oily. Using an oil free moisturizer will balance out moisture levels, which will help keep oil production at bay.

It took a couple of months for me to even believe this enough to try it. I finally did, and wouldn’t ya know it! She knew what she was talking about!  If you still aren’t buying it, just give it a few weeks. Try an oil free moisturizer! La Roche Posay Effaclar Daily Mattifying Moisturizer is one of my favorites. I bet you’ll notice the difference!


My Top 4 Winter Hair Care Solutions

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Just like our skin, the moisture levels in our hair can change with the season. Many of us experience drier skin and hair in the winter time. Dry hair is boring and dull! Why not give your hair some TLC with some of my all time favorites!

  1. Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair RESCUE – Repairs damaged hair while you sleep!
  2. Neil Geroge Intense Repair Mask – Maintains color and improves its strength and elasticity!
  3. Phyto Huile D Ales Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment – Stimulates the regeneration of Keratin!
  4. Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment – Repairs even the most damaged hair!

Well, there you have it! Those are my top 4 favorite hair care solutions for the cold winter months. Of course, these wonderful products aren’t just for winter. They are all designed to repair your hair year round!


Juice Beauty Stem Cell Technology

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One of SkinStore’s favorite natural brands, Juice Beauty, has developed a blend of fruit stem cells that penetrate the skin, repair DNA damage, and encourage new cell growth. The new cell growth will firm and eliminate wrinkles. Fruit stem cells are beneficial for all the vitamins and antioxidants which hydrate and improve elasticity in the skin that we tend to lack as we get older.

Juice Beauty conducted a clinical analysis testing of their Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer and Eye Treatment in an independent laboratory by a Ph.D. Principal Investigator. The test ran for 6 weeks. Trial participants noticed a 36% reduction in length and depth of lines and wrinkles; 44% decrease in number of fine lines; 75% improved elasticity of the skin; 88% reduction in appearance of lines and wrinkles; 88% improved skin tone and luminosity; 96% noticeable improvement in the fine lines and wrinkles; and 100% improved hydration. As a girl who wants results, I can appreciate those stats!

Keep an eye out for a Juice Beauty giveaway coming soon!



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