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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!


Juara Skincare

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We’re always excited to offer natural product lines at SkinStore.com. Amongst our favorites is Juara Skincare. Founded by four unique, modern women, Juara brings different cultures and worlds together offering a new spin on skincare. Juara has been shaped by Eastern and Western influences.

From body and hand lotions and creams, body scrubs, cleansers, masks, soaps, gels and oils, Juara Skincare has so much to offer. We’re fans of the intoxicating candlenut scent many of their products contain.

Being a natural product line, Juara is 100% vegetarian and no animal testing is ever conducted. Juara products are paraben-free and contain no artificial colorants, sulfates, or pthalates. Common ingredients in Juara products include: avocado, banana, candlenut, cinnamon, coffee, ginger, milk, rice, sandalwood, tamarind, and sweet black tea. All of these ingredients have unique purposes and benefits for the skin.

Regardless of your skin type or skin concern, Juara products are available to help! Whether you have sun damaged or aging skin, breakouts, sensitive skin, rough skin or are just looking to take preventative measures for your skin, there is a suitable Juara product for you.

Search Juara products on SkinStore.com and stay tuned for a special Juara giveaway, coming soon!


Makeup Remover Wipes

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So you love makeup and skin care but at the end of the day you are tired and just want to go to bed and you still have the dreaded task of makeup removal. Sounds like a typical day for me. For a quick and easy fix, I hit the makeup wipes on occasion.

Just a couple of my favorites ones include the skyn ICELAND Glacial Cleansing Cloths , ATOPALM Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes (when I haven’t used eye makeup), and the Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing Wipes as they don’t require water or rinse off after use. We also have the Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover Wipes that are great for those Kim Kardashian eyes.

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Rice: The Beauty Ingredient

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Rice has been used for centuries as part of traditional beauty and skin care regimens in many places around the world. Recently during our Juara training, co-founder Metta was training us on the Juara Rice Facial Cleanser and she gave us a beauty tip that has been part of her culture for as long as she can remember. Briefly, she said when you rinse rice at home, take the water from the rinsed rice and use it to rinse your face and you will find that your skin is softer and smoother.  Then of course we asked if we could just use the Rice Facial Cleanser instead and of course she said “yes!”.

When researching this ancient beauty tradition I found that for centuries rice has been used to ease many skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dryness. Rice has also been used as a skin care mask when ground up finely with milk or water added to create a paste that is then applied to the skin for 15-20 minutes then rinsed. Since rice contains allantoin, it also acts as an anti-inflamatory and is used for skin irritation and redness which makes perfect sense when considering the many uses in skin care products.

Learn more about rice in our key ingredient feature, and find out which products we carry by visiting our Rice section!


Beauty Tools At SkinStore

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I know we talk about Clarisonic and the Baby Quasar all the time but did you know that SkinStore also carries beauty basics like makeup brushes? Yes, that’s right, we can actually be your one stop beauty and skin care shopping place because we literally have everything beauty at SkinStore. Let’s check out a few beauty tool must haves we carry…ahem, besides the fabulous mega tools like the beloved Clarisonic!

Everyone who wears makeup has their “go to” set of applicators that you cannot live without. Among these I always find a combination of a Kabuki, spooly, foundation tool, liner, smudger, blender, fan, multiple shadow applicators, and some form of contour brush or brushes AND guess what, we have them all and many more!

Foundation applicators are abundant at SkinStore. From pressed powder, loose power, to liquid we have applicators to suit you. To list just a few (psst, if you want to check them out yourself, type “brushes” in our search tool bar on the home page at SkinStore) :

Kabuki Brushes: The Kabuki is typically a full or oversized dome shaped brush that has many uses but is generally used for applying loose powder, bronzers, or in some cases blending. We have a few of these that we offer like the bareMinerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush, Laura Geller Retractable Kabuki Brush, and Amazing Kabuki Brush.

Foundation Brushes: The foundation brush is typically a longer handled slightly larger brush with an application area about the size of the tip of your thumb for liquid foundation application and much larger and fuller for powder mineral application. We carry both types like the Jane Iredale Foundation Brush and the Illuminare Foundation Brush for liquid foundations. For powder we have the bareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush and the Too Faced Powder Pouf Brush among others.

The applicators that we carry are endless! The Jane Iredale Blending Brush is excellent for both powder and cream makeup application of all sorts as is the bareMinerals Blending Brush which says its for use on the eye but I use it when I need wider detail like when I’m creating a cheek bone. Speaking of cheek bones, no makeup kit is complete without the fan brush and Jane Iredale has a fantastic one that we carry!

For a concealer brush, check out Amazing Cosmetics or Jane Iredale. For a super fine line for eyes or brows the Angle Brush by JI is amazing as is the Stila #4 Precision Eyeliner! Need a smudger? I like the Eyeliner Brow Brush by Jane Iredale because you get two tools in one; there is a liner and a smudger. We’ve got you covered on shadow brushes too! We even have setting sprays and makeup removers!

As you can see, SkinStore.com offers everything you need for your beauty and skin care regimen, we are not just a skin store, we are much more!

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Oil Treatments for Hair

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For as long as I can recall oil treatments for healthy shiny hair have been popular. As a teen the old VO5 hot oil treatment was a favorite with my older sisters. Today we have many more options available to us, and I have a new appreciation for the benefits of topical oil treatments. With years of heat abuse from the blow dryer, to the flat iron, to color treatments hair can become brittle to a point where it is literally breaking off and preventing length.

There are many oil solutions available at SkinStore in our hair department. Leading the pack with 9 customer reviews and an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 possible stars is the Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist. This oil infuses hair with anti-oxidants and is nutrient rich to help eliminate frizz and protect hair from that damage done through heat styling, plus its color safe. Alterna also offers the Bamboo Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment which is in dropper form and it too banishes frizz, is humidity resistant and safe for color treated hair.

Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Regenerating Plant Extract is another solution that offers over 50% concentration of orange and lavender essential oils to stimulate microcirculation on the scalp, strengthens the hair, and cleans your scalp of unwanted debris.

The final featured product is the Phyto Huile D Ales Intense Hydrating Oil that is a 100% natural botanical solution that provides nourishment and hydration to dry and chemically treated hair.

We offer many more oil treatments for your hair though we have just featured a few. So come on by and check out our hair department if you are looking for any hair care item, chances are, we have it!

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