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Save the trip, microderm at home!

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UF001-trophy-skin-minimd-home-microdermabrasionMicrodermabrasion of the skin is used to treat discoloration, sun damage, stretch marks, and scarring. This treatment uses an abrasive tool to gently exfoliate the surface layer of the skin. People with fine lines, uneven skin tone, and clogged pores benefit the most from these treatments. The price of a single microdermabrasion treatment at a salon or spa varies between $75 and $200. The good news is that Trophy Skin has a MiniMD Home Microdermabrasion tool that costs about what you would pay for a single visit. UF003-trophy-skin-minimd-precision-diamond-tip

The Trophy Skin MiniMD Home Microdermabrasion uses a diamond tip and suction for a very effective exfoliation of the skin. Ongoing microdermabrasion treatments are something that everyone can benefit from. This resurfacing treatment is key to beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. Trophy Skin even offers different attachments to personalize your at-home microdermabrasion experience. They offer their MiniMD Pore extraction tip, MiniMD Body Diamond Tip, and many more. Using microdermabrasion will even make your serums and moisturizers more effective because they will be more easily absorbed into the skin. This treatment is painless, and a very simple task to include in your beauty routine to see amazing results!


Why Cleanse?

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Cleansing your skin is the starting point of any regimen and it is important to do it both morning and night. The purpose in the AM is to wash off any residue your skin has purged during its natural repair cycle, which happens while you sleep. This also gives your makeup a smooth canvas to start. If you use an exfoliating cleanser, morning is an ideal time. At night, you cleanse again to wash off any makeup, dirt, and environmental pollution that can clog pores and cause wrinkles. lady

Although they can vary in ingredients, the function of all cleansers is the same: to keep your complexion fresh and clean. You can use the same cleanser morning and night. If your budget allows, it is also very beneficial to use an exfoliating cleanser in the morning and a more moisturizing cleanser at night. Or, vice versa, depending on your skin type.

How do I know which cleanser is right for me? Well, preference of texture is a big factor. If you love a gel cleanser I probably won’t be able to convince you to use a creamy cleanser. But there are certain textures that cater to specific skin types. There are exceptions but in general the following tips apply:

If you have dry skin, you will probably prefer a creamy cleanser or a cleansing bar. Creamy cleansers can be soothing and moisturizing to a dry or irritated skin type. Most remove make up, are gentle and effective.

Normal-to-combination skin types are usually well-served by a foaming cleanser, which are available in creamy or gel formulations. They help balance the oil in the t-zone and hydrate the drier cheek areas.

The oily and acne-prone types really benefit from gel cleansers. Gels tend to be more oil absorbing. You can also find them with acne–fighting ingredients like Salicylic Acid. Typically oily skin is more tolerant than the other skin types and can handle stronger acids.

Cleansing oils are a great option for all skin types. They can be a bit harder to fully remove so a second rinse might be required. Oils are excellent for breaking up long-wear makeup. Micellar waters or “waterless” cleansers are really handy for the woman on the move. Just swipe on and no rinsing is needed. Another all-skin type option is cleansing bars. They are available for each skin type as well, so you just have to know what suits you best. Bars with good ingredients are a great option for men as well.

As always, if you need help determining your skin type or would like personalized product recommendations, please call to speak with one of our estheticians. We are happy to help!


Can your smile use a boost?

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Have you taken a look at those pearly whites lately, and found they’re not looking as white as you’d like? The coffee and colas many of us drink on a regular basis can leave our teeth with unsightly and definitely unwanted stains. The great thing about the GLO Science GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device is that there is no need to give up any of your beloved everyday vices. This Whitening Device delivers professional-quality teeth-whitening results at home, with no sensitivity.  YE001-glo-science-glo-brilliant-personal-teeth-whitening-device

Consumer tests on the GLO Science GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device reported users who saw their teeth one shade lighter after the first use and four shades lighter after regular use. This product uses an LED light with heat to active the peroxide gel on the teeth. The device comes with a controller that can hang from your neck while you’re using the device, which is very convenient. This product has won many awards, including a silver medal Edison Award in 2012, for design and effectiveness.


Nurture Your Neck – Top Neck Creams

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As we age, our necks tend to show more lines and even give in to gravity a bit. Yet the skin is thin and a little more sensitive to aggressive treatments. So it’s best to take care when dealing with this delicate area. Here are our top choices:

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is brand new to SkinStore and is expected to fly off neostrata neckour shelves. This dermatologist-formulated brand really delivers results. What you get in this dream formulation is tightening, firming, collagen and volume-building, and a bit of exfoliation to smooth the surface of the skin. It has a light, creamy texture that feels luxurious. The brand is a proven winner and we are so excited they have launched a neck-firming product.

Alchimie Forever Firming Gel for Neck and Bust is a bestseller for the neck-firming category. With 15 reviews giving this product an average of 5 out of 5 stars, you know it has to be good! Formulated by a dermatologist in Switzerland, this gel will provide lifting, tightening and firming as well as lessen dark spots and repair damage. Now that’s what we call turning back time! It has a refreshing smell of rosemary that dissipates quickly.

Last, but not least, the Strivectin TL Neck Cream offers instant and cumulative results in this hydrating, collagen-building cream. It’s perfect to use before a night on the town. It will strengthen and dramatically help with sagging skin. This is an ultra-rich cream formulation. Perfect for dry skin, but it can be used on all skin types.
Whichever you choose, you’re bound to feel a little more confident with firmer, younger looking skin!


Time to Tone It

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This item was highly recommended by one of our amazing customers! She said it was the product hero of her skin care regimen so I thought I would let all of you in on her youthful secret. DDF Glycolic Toning Complex is formulated with 10% Glycolic Acid, which makes this toner highly effective at removing excess oil and residue while depositing ultra-pure grade Glycolic to help refresh and soften skin. It promotes clarity and immediately revitalizes skin’s appearance. It helps increase cell turnover to promote clarity and dermal vitality. The best part is that it can be easily incorporated into your current skin care regimen. It will boost the effectiveness of the products you’re already using, while adding extra anti-aging benefits:
• Minimizes appearance of wrinkle linesDD045-ddf-glycolic-toning-complex
• Refines skin texture
• Visibly reduces the look of pore size
• Ideal for mature, combination, and/or oily skin types
It has a 5-Star review on our site and it is a staple product with many of our customers. Great price, amazing benefits, and simple to use – why not try it today?


Amazing Argireline!

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Surgery can have quite a few risks and can be a nuisance because of the recovery times. To address this inconvenience, the skin care industry has been creating many products to provide more effective treatments that can be used at home. One such product is Argireline, which is an ingredient that is designed to work in much the same way as Botox.  However, the main difference is that unlike Botox, which is injected by a doctor, Argireline is applied directly to the skin as a cream or serum.NF015-nuface-smoother-powerhouse-peptide-serum-s2

How Argireline works is based on chemistry. Argireline is made up of peptides, which are chains of amino acids that can affect how cells in the body work. When Argireline is applied to the skin, it is absorbed into the body and the ingredient’s chemical composition causes the facial muscles to contract with less force. This diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and can smooth out fine lines that appear with aging. This ingredient can be quite effective, and in some cases, users of Argireline can experience as much as a 30 percent reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

When choosing an Argireline product, you should know that products with a higher concentration of the drug will provide the most results. Most physicians recommend products with a concentration of 10 percent or higher. The highest concentration of Argireline in any product is 20 percent.

Argireline appears to be safe. According to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, it is non-toxic orally and doesn’t cause skin irritation even at high doses. Unlike Botox injections, it doesn’t require a visit to dermatologist or other medical professional trained to do Botox injections. It can be safely used at home.


A Dash of Vitamin C

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There are tons of excellent products out there that are rich in Vitamin C. This vitamin is essential in improving elasticity in the skin and boosting the production of collagen. Hyperpigmentation, (also known as sun spots or age spots) can also reduce while future damage is prevented.  Anyone that is ever exposed to the sun can benefit from using a product with vitamin C.  Of course we all fall under that category. So why are so many people not including this ingredient in their regimen? cosmedic pure c

Many may not yet be informed of its wonderful benefits.  Some would say that cost is the factor. Others would say they just do not have the time to add yet another product to their already seemingly long regimen.  CosMedix, a plant based ingredient focused company, has made incorporating a vitamin C very easy.  Their product, CosMedix Pure C , is a powdered crystal form of 100% pure L-ascorbic acid —the only form of vitamin C readily absorbed by the skin.  With this product, you can simply mix the crystals into any cosmetic cream or serum that you already have.  (Do not use water)  You place your desired cream or serum in the palm of your hand and add about six shakes, or a pea size amount of Pure C on top of it.  Mix the products together and apply to your face and neck both morning and evening. Pure C will give the products you already own a performance enhancing boost!


My favorite winter mud mask!

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WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask

Pamper your skin and bring the spa experience to you! These little purple pods and the super soft brush provided will give your bathroom a spa like ambiance and aroma. Your skin is left supple, smooth and oil free. The Velvety smooth texture provides a cooling sensation to the skin without the tightness of traditional clay masks. Buh Bye redness, and sayonara oil! A great winter mask for dry, combo, and sensitive skin types with enlarged pores, blackheads or occasional breakouts present. If you’re looking for a luxurious spa like mask, look no further, WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud mask is it!

Suggested usage: 1-2 times a week, brush onto a clean face avoiding the eye area, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and follow with serum and moisturizer.

 


Hot New Product from Dr Dennis Gross!

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Do you have sensitive skin? You are not alone. 51% of American women perceive their skin as sensitive–and now NYC dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, has created a peel specifically for you. No matter how sensitive your complexion is, you need to exfoliate and nourish to improve the effects of the rest of your skincare routine, and achieve radiant skin.

The Alpha Beta® Ultra Gentle Daily Peel is vegan, cruelty-free and formulated without parabens. It contains three gentle acids, anti-agers and soothing botanicals to exfoliate and nourish fragile skin and combat the three most common signs of aging: uneven skin tone & texture, fine lines & wrinkles and enlarged pores.

Step 1 is packed with rejuvenating powerful yet gentle exfoliating acids. Step 2 controls the alpha hydroxy acid activity and delivers antiaging actives, nourishing and soothing skin, keeping it balanced, soft and luminous.  The addition of calming, hydrating ingredients including colloidal oatmeal comfort and protect delicate skin.

How to use it: Once a day, massage step 1 pad on to clean, dry skin until pad feels dry. Wait two minutes then follow with step 2 pad.

Do not rinse after either step or apply products containing alcohol.

Make sure to use sunscreen daily to help prevent photo-aging.

As our peel family continues to expand, this is a how to choose the best fit for you:

Original – Universal; for all skin types

Extra Strength – for advanced users

Medi-Spa – Turbo Charge (Weekly At-Home Treatment)

NEW Ultra Gentle – Sensitive

 


Sunscreen Season is every Season

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Even though summer is over, it is always important to apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.

Harmful UVA sun rays are every bit as dangerous in the fall as the summer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80% of the UVA rays can penetrate skin even in cloudy weather. Sun damage is easier to prevent than correct so make sure to wear sunscreen every day!

Don’t forget, all year round it’s important to advocate the 4 rules for sun safety: Seek shade from 10AM – 2PM, wear the right amount of sunscreen (1 ounce to cover your body), reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and get annual skin checks. Become an advocate for sun safety and sun protection.

For sunscreens that you will love this fall and all year long try these gorgeous go-tos:

 La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen:

Offers UVA/UVB protection plus instant visible blurring effect on signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles and pores) with its unique mattifying texture. For everyday use with or without make-up. Paraben-free, Fragrance-free. Non-acnegenic, Non-comedogenic.

SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50:

Daily UVA/UVB oil-absorbing protective base with a matte finish. This mattifying 100% physical sunscreen is formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*) to provide high broad spectrum UV protection. Formulated with translucent color spheres to provide universal tint for all skin tones and repel oil to minimize sebum appearance. Great for face, neck and chest.

These are both great options for those with normal to oily skin looking for a sunscreen with secondary benefits.

 



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