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Lumps and Bumps

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When you find a lump or a bump on the surface of your skin you may wonder… What is this? What caused it? How can I treat it? Here’s a simple guide to the most common lumps and bumps that are found on the skin and how to address them:

 

Cysts: They appear in the form of cystic acne on the face, but are also common the back, on the legs, and sometimes on the arms. Cysts are harmless and can result due to localized infections or clogging of sebaceous glands. Cysts cause a bumpy appearance of the skin and can feel painful due to an inflammatory response. Most cysts can be extracted or dissipate on their own, some cysts may need to be drained by a dermatologist through the use of a surgical lancet. Many cysts can be treated with localized cortisone shots to reduce inflammation.

 

Dermatofibromas: Harmless red, purple or brown growths that are similar to a mole but can appear overnight. Dermatofibromas can be painful and feel tender to the touch, sometimes they can be itchy. The growths can be surgically removed by a dermatologist or frozen with liquid nitrogen.

 

Epidermoid Cysts: Epidermoid Cysts are not to be confused with cystic acne.  Epidermoid cysts are caused by blocked oil glands in the skin. Milia, which are often found around the eye area, are a type of epidermoid cyst. These types of cysts are benign, but can be unsightly. Epidermoid cysts must be extracted by a dermatologist through an incision in the skin as the sac of the cyst must be completely removed. If the discharge is forced out by squeezing the cyst, the cyst will reappear over time as the sac will remain within the skin.

 

Folliculitis: An infection of the hair follicles, folliculitis appears due to skin irritation caused by chemicals or physical factors such as friction, or by infection within the hair follicle itself. Folliculitis is predominant in those with a compromised immune system. Folliculitis is characterized by itchy skin, redness, irritation and a rash-like appearance. Antibiotics or antifungal medications may be used to treat folliculitis.

 

Keratosis Pilaris: Commonly referred to as ‘chicken skin’ or ‘KP’ Keratosis Pilaris appears on the backs of arms and on the thighs, and can also appear on cheeks, back, and buttocks. There is no known cause for KP but it’s commonly associated with dry skin.  Treatment of KP includes using rich moisturizers in conjunction with exfoliating products, such as alpha hydroxyl acids.

 

Lipomas: Lipomas are soft tissue tumors that are slow-growing and benign. Lipomas usually appear on the neck and back but can appear on other parts of the body as well. Lipomas have a rubbery feel, and can appear in clusters and variable sizes. Lipomas need to be removed by a dermatologist.

 

If you have a lump, growth, bump or irritation that you find bothersome or unsightly, consult with your doctor. Always have your moles checked to ensure that they are benign.

 

If you have any specific skincare questions, you may ask our estheticians and skincare experts by clicking here.

 


Hot Off the Press: Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Facial Cleansing Device

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CS196Most of us know all about the Clarisonic Cleansing System.  However, Clarisonic’s newest addition is designed especially for men’s skin needs. The Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Facial Cleansing Device promotes skin clarity and health by clearing away dirt, sweat, oil, and dead skin. The Alpha Fit cleanses the skin 6 times better than the hands alone.  The face and neck are also prepped for a smooth and close shave during the process.

The set includes the Alpha Cleanse Men’s Facial Cleanser that does an effective job at removing dead skin, oil, and debris with lactic acid, aloe, and caffeine. It is a fast lathering gel formula, contains aloe to soothe skin post shave and cleanse an existing beard. The Men’s Daily Cleanse Brush Head, provides a deeper more invigorating cleanse and is also included in the set.

In clinical testing, 100% of men felt their skin was cleaner, more comfortable and smoother. Over 90% of men experienced less shaving nicks, razor bumps, and a closer shave. Over 90% of men with beards felt a cleaner, softer, and more comfortable beard.


Beauty on a Budget: The Perfect at Home Peel

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RC PeelThere was a day that you had to visit your local spa or dermatologist office to get a good skin peel.  Those days are gone and at home peels are the way to go, if you want to bring your skincare regimen to a new level.  If you’re already using great skincare products, you’re probably wondering if a peel is even necessary.  Skincare products work better after a peel since the skin is freshly exfoliated and more receptive of the ingredients that are applied onto it.

One peel that we really love right now is the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel.

This peel is a gel that is thinly applied on your face and décolleté. After just 15 seconds, dead skin begins to solidify as you massage the peel onto your skin.  Once all of the gel has been worked in, rinse your face, and pat dry.

Keep in mind if you are already using an exfoliating product, there is no need to use that and the peel on the same day.  In fact, we recommend that you refrain from using any retinol, glycolic, or lactic ingredients the day before or after doing the at home peel. And as always, be sure to follow up with an SPF.  We do not want sun exposure to reverse the results you’ve worked hard for. We recommend that you apply this peel at night. This will allow any redness to calm before exposure to daylight.


An SPF for Everybody!

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We are all aware that we need to protect our skin from the harmful Ultra Violet Aging (UVA), Ultra Violet Burning (UVB), and Ultra Violet Cancer (UVC) rays. They can come from the sun and other light sources like the UV Lights in our grocery stores, offices, computers, and almost anything that emits light.  Sometimes we hear customers say, “I hate the way sunscreen can feel heavy or sticky, turns me white or just smells horrible. No, no I just can’t do it.”  Well now you can! With sun protection available in just about every formulation, there’s bound to be that suits you perfectly.

You say, “I wish it smelled good and just melted into my skin like lotion.”  You want ARCONA Rezone SPF 20 or SPF 40 is a product like I’ve never used.  It’s a whipped mouse texture that is so lightweight that you won’t notice you have it on. With a great tropical fruit fragrance you’ll be excited to add this step in your regimen.

You say, “I just want to quickly apply it and be out the door with great protection for my outdoor lifestyle.” You want La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It gives a matte finish, so no oily shine later in the day.  It also comes in an SPF 45, or in a SPF 50 with a mineral formulation, if you prefer that.

 

You say, “I like the tan I get from the sun but I do want to protect from the UVA rays.”  You want Hampton Sun SPF 8, SPF 15, or SPF 30 Tanning Gel will give you that nice glow that makes you look and feel so good but minimize the fine lines and wrinkles that can occur from sun worshipping.  You will look hot – and smart!

You say, “I don’t want to feel it, smell it, or know it’s even on me.” You want Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen – Translucent is a great toss-and-go option. It comes in a jar with a sponge-tip applicator you just dab this on generously for clear weightless protection. Great for the hubby and kids too. It won’t melt in your purse so you can take it with you on all your outdoor summer getaways.

You say, “I just want to spritz it on and bring it with me so I can re-apply.” You want Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Ultra Light Oil Free SPF 30 Mist is your answer.  You can use this ultra-fine mist even over makeup!  It also has antioxidants to help protect from cell damaging free radicals. Plus, it is oil free so you can feel free to apply liberally and often.

You say, “I prefer a brush applicator.” ARCONA Nearly Invisible SPF 30 Dry Mineral Powder is your BFF, one-and-done kind of SPF.  It is a loose, translucent powder that comes in this super-handy pen with a brush. Simply click the button at the top to release the product and brush on – voilà! You are covered! This great packing also comes in ARCONA Sunsations Mineral Makeup SPF 25.

 

We say: Prevent future damage and protect yourself. Re-apply every few hours for maximum benefits. Don’t let your day at the beach be ruined by a painful and potentially dangerous sunburn.

Be safe, be healthy, and be happy!

 

 


Hot Off the Press: Baby Foot

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bbyfootAre your feet dry and cracked?  Do they feel less than smooth?  Well, Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel will take care of your feet!  The unique formula of 17 types of natural extracts allows your feet to exfoliate naturally leaving them highly moisturized.  This effective and gentle process removes the unwanted dead skin cells that have built up layer after layer. In addition, Baby Foot can improve other foot issues like: Foot Odor, Athletes Foot and Blood Circulation. So say goodbye to rough, dry, cracked soles, by using a product that really works! Baby Foot is designed specifically to remove unwanted dead skin cells from your feet. It’s effective, effortless and very simple to use.

Dead skin cells on your feet that build up over time can contribute to numerous problems associated with the soles of your feet. Dead skin cells accumulate due to pressure and friction from ordinary activities such as standing, exercising, and wearing shoes. In many cases, feet become cracked and painful from the accumulation of dead skin.

The principal ingredient of Baby Foot is fruit acid which is very gentle, when compared with other acids. The fruit acid penetrates into the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down the desmosomes which hold the layers together. By this process, skin is undamaged but peels easily away from the fresh layer beneath. After peeling, your feet are reborn just like a baby’s foot, giving you healthy, beautiful feet.


Hello to REAL CHEMISTRY!

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RC PeelOK, I’m not going to lie. What first attracted me to this line was the sparkly, 2015 award-winning, packaging design.  The brown box design with warm, iridescent tones hone true to this brands Nashville roots.  I love how the Daily Serum’s cap looks like it was strung with white lights.

But, BETTER than that, this brand delivers on its promises. I recently had a chance to try three of the products:  the Luminous 3 Minute Peel, the Environmental Rescue Mask and the Daily Serum.  I started with the peel.  I love that it is one step with nothing to mix. You apply a layer of the gel peel over your entire face and neck; it foams up slightly which is bringing oxygen to the skin. Then you massage in small circles all over. You will feel skin particles forming under your fingers. Simply, rinse with a washcloth and you’re left with soft, radiant skin.  As an esthetician, this is the first product that I have found that is truly getting rid of my red blotchy cheeks (mild case of rosacea). No irritation or downtime.  I’m Impressed!

Then I followed it up with the Environmental Rescue Mask.  This is a mask you will want to apply at night, before bed so your skin can soak in the repairing ingredients.TY001  The refreshing sheet mask folds out and drenches the skin with the hero ingredient MTHV Complex®, which really works to repair unhealthy skin cells and reverses the damage caused by free radicals.  If you can get some much deserved down time, this is the way to do it.  I found it cooling on my face and totally relaxing, it’s a great way to end a summer day.

Finally, my new go-to serum, the Daily Serum, offers all the benefits of the mask in a daily dose. This brightens; reduces redness instantly and dark spots over time and helps with elasticity.  I can honestly say my skin is firmer since using this product religiously. It also imparts luminosity to the skin that’s perfect under foundation.   It is a new brand line that will be launching more products in the future. I really can’t wait for them to have a cleanser and moisturizer.

In my experience,  REAL CHEMISTRY=REAL RESULTS.

 


Hot Deal: bareMinerals Round the Clock Intense Cream-Glide Eyeliner Trio

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Are you looking for amazing eyeliner?  Do you want long wearing, water proof, smudge proof, and fade proof liners?  How about a liner that is good for your eyes?  Made from natural ingredients and infused with vitamin E to moisturize the eyes, BareMinerals Round the Clock Intense Cream-Glide is the answer to all the above questions.  More so, we are now offering a smoking deal that is sure to set you up for success  on a set of the amazing eyeliners just for our customers.BE899

Set includes:

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight (blackout), .04oz.

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 4 PM (smoke eggplant), .04oz

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 8 PM (black coffee), .04oz

Benefits:

High-intensity color with effortless glide

Perfect for waterline use or tight-lining

Resists smudging and budging

 

Each usually sold for $16.00 USD each now all three for $24.00 USD.  This earns the trio a “Hot Deal” stamp of approval!  Hurry while supplies last.


Sugar vs Salt

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A common question, when talking about body scrubs, is whether to use a sugar scrub or a salt scrub?  What is the difference?  The main difference between sugar particles and salt particles is the size of the exfoliating granule.  Sugar has smaller granules than salt.  These scrubs are suited for sensitive skin and the face.  Because of the smaller, finer granules, sugar scrubs make a gentle 6055133234_da96dcf9a3_bexfoliator that is suitable for all skin types and conditions. The glycolic acid content of sugar is another plus, helping to protect the skin against harmful toxins. Vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, this acid works to both condition and moisturize. Even for seriously rough and dry skin, sugar scrubs are great because sugar sizes come in fine, medium and course.  Sugar also, has the benefit of melting as you use it, from the heat of your skin, so you can customize the product based on your personal skin type and need.  A sugar scrub is especially beneficial for the lips.

Salt scrubs are generally more abrasive because of their sharper edges and therefore, do a better job at smoothing the rough skin of the body. What really separates salt scrubs from sugar scrubs is that they offer therapeutic, mineralization benefits. Most salt scrubs use sea salts, which are natural purifiers that remove the toxins that block the pores of the skin. It helps the skin breathe easier, promotes better circulation, tightens the skin and improves skin texture. There are many sea salts used in scrubs including: Himalayan, Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Dead Sea Salts from Israel. These various salts have different trace minerals, which include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. The minerals help to promote circulation, reduce the inflammatory response, and act as a detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant.   Salt scrubs are very helpful for treating Keratosis Pilaris.

Both sugar and salt scrubs are customizable and easy to prepare from home.  Here is a fun recipe to get you started: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar or salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Shower….oil?

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Shower OilMost of us may not think to look at oils while shopping for a body wash.  I certainly never did. Then one day, I noticed how dry my skin was.  I tried more soothing and moisturizing body washes on the market. But, I saw no improvement in my skin. I decided to try the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.  You do not want to apply this oil to your loofah. There is no need since it will not form any suds. This oil is unique because as soon as it touches water, it transforms to a warm mild lather that gently cleanses the body.  Just add a quarter size amount of the product in the palm of your hand, gently rub your hands together, and start massaging the shower oil on your body. The scent is fresh yet delicately sweet.  The formula is quite hydrating without being greasy. The soft almond scent lingers on your skin after stepping out of the shower.  It will leave your skin feeling luxuriously hydrated. During the warmer months, you may even be able to skip your moisturizer after using this shower oil. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Stay Hydrated While in Flight

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Long flights not only invade your sense of comfort, but they also aggressively deplete your levels of moisture, leaving your skin looking dull and lackluster. Here are a few product recommendations to soothe and hydrate your skin while you’re traveling:

NUXE Serum Creme Fraiche 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Concentrate. This product absorbs nicely and provides 24 hour moisture leaving the skin toned, refreshed and hydrated all day long. Use morning and night a few days before and after you flight for prevention and maintenance.

Phytomer Marine Breeze (Souffle Marin) Energizing Oxygenating Serum.
This is a smart choice. Considering the less than great air circulating through the main cabin on a plane, this marine based serum actively neutralizes environmental aggressors and helps to defend the skin by re-oxygenating itself for a fresher appearance.

Jane Iredale Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray.
Stow this baby in your purse and use it throughout the flight. A quick spritz and the antioxidant compound will help for your skin to resist any microbial and free radical harm.



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