When skin care regimens first became popular, there was much to learn about proper skincare. Most beauty products varied from superficial to far too potent. With that poor philosophy came a misconception about toners; most were assumed to be fit only for oily skin types. Not to be mistaken for astringents, toners are excellent for obtaining a balanced pH, adequate hydration and a clear complex. Toners are not meant to strip the skin of its natural oils nor is it meant to sit on the surface of the skin. Although toners can be interrupted in many ways, toners in western skincare should be a light combination of essential oils that help penetrate the skin to lock in the healing benefits.
Here are a few of the SkinStore staffs favorite mists:
Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water ($35 USD) A unique blend of all natural floral water from the Bitter Orange Blossom calms, moisturizes and freshens the skin. Excellent for the face and can even be used as a fragrance spray for body.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist($34 USD) This paraben-free, natural spray softens the skin while providing the powerful antioxidant power of rose petals. This product can be used by all skin types.
Jane Iredale Antioxidant Hydration Spray ($27 USD) The great smelling Green Tea extract mist not only balances skin, controls oil production and nourishes the skin but can even be used in the hair to control static or set any foundation.
Neova Balancing Toner ($32 USD) New to the market, this lightweight toner absorbs excess oils and gentle exfoliates the skin without irritation. We recommend this for oilier or combination skin types who are looking to reduce pore size and improve skin texture.
Does your skin produce excess oil? Can you not make it to 12 o’clock before you are blotting the oil off of your skin? Does your t-zone shine like a Christmas light? Well this blog is for you! Below I will list the top 3 mattifying products that will take you from dewy to matte in a flash.
1. Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel: This advanced mattifying gel is formulated with powerful oil-absorbing, pore minimizing ingredients. Absorbs and controls excess oil on contact without stripping natural moisture. This fast acting gel helps make-up stay fresher longer and creates a lasting, satiny matte finish without cakiness.
2. Philosophy Total Matteness Pore-Minimizing and Mattifying Cleanser Plus Mask: Philosophy’s total matteness pore-minimizing & mattifying cleanser + mask offers a multi-tasking solution for daily and weekly oil and shine control. The innovative formula absorbs oil and minimizes shine for a totally matte, smooth-touch finish. Glacial clay helps unclog enlarged, dark pores to reduce their appearance. The formula deeply cleanses daily and multitasks as a weekly purifying mask for enhanced results. The result is purified, refined, totally matte skin.
3. Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion: This formula contains apple stem cells to help delay the natural signs of aging. Retinol stimulates new cell turnover and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This oil-free hydrating lotion also controls excess oil and mattifies shine.
The holidays are quickly approaching and we’re celebrating the season by giving away a new Clarisonic Pedi (a $199 value) once a day for 18 days!
The Clarisonic Pedi is a precision tool that will smooth, hydrate and soften rough, dry heels and toes in just minutes a day. It’s 10 times more effective than manual buffing!
The device comes with a USD pLink charger, Pedi Balm Softening and Pedi Buff Smoothing Treatments, foot renewing Pedi Boost Peel, Pedi Smoothing Disc and Pedi Wet Dry Buffing Brush Head. It’s the most complete home foot care system, providing the ultimate regimen to achieve and maintain beautiful feet!
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A retinol based product can be found in almost every beauty line available and it easy to see why. Retinol, or vitamin A, has the ability to increase collagen production. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions from acne to visible signs of aging.
Retinol gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin from the surface and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and dark spots. Retinol is a great addition to any skincare routine for many skin types but be aware you should allow 4-6 weeks for results to show noticeable and lasting results.
As many consumers are aware, the largest downside of retinol products is increased photo sensitivity. Because the retinol acts as an exfoliant, it exposes skin to environmental elements. It is proven that retinol does increases risk of sunburn but not an increase in development of skin cancer. It is high recommended that consumers stop tanning in UVB tanning beds while using retinol products. Users who are cautious of sun exposure or know they may be exposed can mix their retinol products with an SPF product or restrict their usage primarily at night.
Typical side effects include redness and photosensitivity. Overuse of Retinoid can cause peeling, shedding or excess dryness so it suggested that users limit their use to 3 times a week until the symptoms subside. Stop using retinol based products if skin becomes irritated, itches or burns. Active ingredients like retinol or other acids can cause activity like a light tingling sensation but should never burn. This said vitamin A or retinol products are not recommended for pregnant women or clients with skin conditions like Eczema and/or Rosacea.
Lately, the beauty industry has been abuzz about the latest miracle ingredient which isn’t all that revolutionary. In fact, the latest trend has been around for centuries. Camellia Oleifera, or commonly known as Green Tea, extract has been harvested and used for a wide variety of remedies for conditions like heart disease to weight loss and even gum disease. Unlike most popular cosmetic crazes, Green Tea extract offers real results.
Green tea is packed with free radical fighting anti-oxidants that help reduce inflammation, perfect for skin conditions like cupreous veins, fine lines and wrinkles or even Rosacea. Green Tea also works well with zinc oxide sunscreens to help fight off aging UV-A rays.
Here are some of our best Green tea extract packed products!
SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex; Improves the appearance of fine lines, aging, and sun-damaged skin while enhancing the skin’s texture with microsphere technology that improves cell turnover rates and provides antioxidant defense.
Pseudofolliculitis commonly known as razor bumps is an infection of the facial skin commonly found in coarser hair types. This infection is very common amongst men; this occurs during the removal of facial hair and is commonly caused by shaving in the opposite direction of the hair growth. The results are many pustules, papules, and ingrown hairs to develop in the area. The results of this infection can be very painful and embarrassing. The best way to clear this condition is to shave going in the same direction of the hair growth, exfoliate the area and also to use products that are targeted to clear up acneic symptoms. Below I have listed products that will work great to help alleviate the infection:
Designed for congested and rough skin, this mild exfoliating gel combines natural microbeads with gentle cleansing and hydrating agents to thoroughly cleanse pores and promote healthy cell renewal without damaging or drying skin. Diatomaceous earth microbeads are formulated at maximum density to provide intense and even exfoliation without causing lacerations. Additionally, the highest purity of aloe softens polished skin. Designed for all skin types, this scrub is safe for face and body.
A treatment product that soothes shaving-related inflammation and helps prevent folliculitis. Also fantastic for treating and preventing ingrown hairs. Glycolic Acid clears irritating dead skin and debris from clogged hair follicles and Tea Tree Oil removes bacteria to combat blemishes and promote healthy-looking skin.
You can find these and other great skincare products on SkinStore.com!
Keratosis Polaris is a skin condition that is hereditary and effects approximately 50% of everyone inhabiting the earth, most commonly found in children and adolescents; however 4 out 10 adults (typically women) are affected as well. This disease commonly affects the back of the arms and the thighs, but it can also affect the buttocks, chest, back and legs. This condition is commonly referred to as “chicken skin” because the appearance of it is very rough and bumpy resembling the skin of a chicken. While a lot of people outgrow this condition, some of us will have it for life. This condition is not curable, but there are measures that can be taken to control the outbreak. Exfoliating regularly can help to smooth and eliminate the bumps, while manual exfoliation is great to smooth the bumps, using chemicals such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Vitamin A can help to alleviate the bumps as well.
Suki Exfoliate Foaming Body Cleanser has both manual and physical exfoliation that will help to keep the chicken skin at bay. It’s concentrated with alpha hydroxy acid and has a unique ‘squeaky clean’ formulation that exfoliates while delivering essential nutrients and increasing overall circulation. With continued use your skin will be noticeably smoother and more even toned.
As summer fades into fall, our golden tans will begin to disappear. Now is the time to start looking into a great self-tanner to get you through the winter! I am very pale naturally and struggle to keep any color I may have obtained from summer. While, I do not condone indoor tanning, I can tell there is a slight difference in color between the seasons. I have tried almost every self-tanning spray, lotion, gel and butter there is. Here is a list of my favorite self-tanners:
Fake Bake Instant Self Tanning Spray $32.00 This spray is PERFECT for a quick last minute tan. The application is easy and the product offers a natural looking tan. Fake Bake uses two self-tanners blended together to give you an instant tan and a deeper tan that will develop over a few hours. This product lasts about 5-7 days depending on how often you bathe or sweat. Keep in mind that this product needs to dry completely before you get dressed. Also, make sure to apply this product in a well-ventilated space and I highly suggest standing on a towel you don’t really care for. If you happen to get it all over your bathroom, like I did, just use a damp cloth or paper towel.
Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner $36.00 I cannot express how much I love Jane Iredale. (Their BB cream is amazing but that will have to wait for another blog) This is one of the BEST self-tanning products I have ever used. Colored with Radish root extract, this is completely natural and non-comodegenic. It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated while providing a really natural looking tan that you can build to your preferred color. Best of all, it is gentle enough to use on the face!
Jan Marini BioGlycolic Sunless Self Tanner $28.00 Jan Marini has gained critical acclaim and is known as one of best anti-aging skincare lines available. As with any other tanning lotion, it leaves the skin feeling silky and smooth. However, this lotion contains Glycolic Acid to penetrate deeper, color faster and last longer which sets it apart from the run of the mill tanning lotions. And it is a great price point as well.
Tan Towel Express Tan Kit $30.00 Hopping a plane to Vegas, Cabo or L.A? Make sure to grab this kit! Great for a weekend getaway or special occasion, Tan Towels are perfect for on the go. Individually portioned and packaged, they can fit in your suitcase, gym bag or purse. The kit comes with the Original Half Body Tan Towel and the Express Tanning Mist to give an allover luxurious tan.
You can find these great products and many more on SkinStore!
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