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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.


The Hand That Launched a Thousand Famous Faces

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phelityl_pre-cleansing_oil_6_8oz_1“50% of my beauty I owe to my mother, 50% to Erno Laszlo”, Audry Hepburn. Erno Laszlo has been known as the authority in skincare since 1927. He developed the fundamental beauty ritual that taught women how to properly cleanse and nourish their face. Famous women like Grace Kelley, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Stephanie of Hungary used his products and became devotees to his philosophy.

It all begins with Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil. This is the first step to Erno Lazslo’s magic ritual. This magical oil prepares the skin for effective cleansing. Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil penetrates pores to dissolve trapped oils, impurities, and makeup on contact. When combined with a cleansing bar, this treatment oil creates a conditioning lather which improves the epidermal barrier and maximizes the cleansing process. Phelityl indicates Erno Laszlo’s unique moisturizing complex with a pH level nearly identical to that of the skin, which maintains the fatty acids essential for skin function.
Pour a dime-size drop of Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil into the palm and smooth over the face. Follow with your prescribed cleansing bar.



Helps dissolve impurities.

Nourishes and soothes skin.

Can double as a makeup remover and cuticle moisturizer.

Recommended for normal to dry skin.


Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum

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ac023Alchimie Forever is an effective yet gentle skincare brand. This family owned and operated brand is great for all skin types, but especially wonderful for sensitive skin. All of the products in the brand are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, paraben-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dye-free and safe for pregnant and nursing women (except for Brightening Peel). They have recently added a new product that addresses hyperpigmentation and sun damage, just in time for summer. The Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum combines blueberry, vitamin C and E to fight off free radical damage and rejuvenate the skin. This serum may be used morning and evening underneath a moisturizer. You will see noticeable improvement in skin tone and redness relief. It will reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. This would be a fabulous addition to any skincare regimen.

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

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Seborrhoeic dermatitis, also known as seborrhea, is a common skin disorder that effects 3-5% of the population. It is found mainly on the scalp and face in scaly, itchy, red skin patches. The patches of skin can appear thick, and either yellow or red in color, and sometimes these patches can look shiny. Seborrhea commonly appears on the upper chest and back or other areas of the body that contain more sebaceous glands. Babies can also suffer from this condition and is typically known as cradle cap, which will usually clear up by their first birthday. While this skin condition is non-contagious, the people who suffer often will find it difficult to treat.

The causes of seborrhoeic dermatitis are not yet known by doctors but there are key factors that may play a role in its origin. There is natural occurring yeast called malassezia that grows in sebum, an overabundance of malassezia can cause flare-ups and inflammation. Also a change in season can be a trigger to a flareup, so seborrhea is usually more prevalent in the winter time. Seborrhoeic dermatitis has also been linked to people who have neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, and in people who are stressed and fatigued would be at greater risk. It seems to also be related to hormones and genetics, but doctors are not sure why.

Treatments for seborrhoeic dermatitis includes creams and lotions as well as medicated shampoos for the scalp. In some severe cases a doctor can prescribe an oral or topical medication to help reduce symptoms, because usually an antifungal product will help keep the flareups at bay. If you have seborrhoeic dermatitis on your scalp, an anti-fungal shampoo that contains selenium sulfide, coal tar, zinc pyrithione, or salicylic acid can be effective (we recommend DCL Salicylic Acid Shampoo). Even over the counter shampoos and products should be used as directed or as a physician prescribes. Alternative methods for helping symptoms include the use of phototherapy which uses LED lights to inhibit the growth of malassezia which can reduce inflammation. Also the use of natural ingredients such as aloe, coconut oil and tea tree oil have helped certain people.

People who have seborrhoeic dermatitis sometimes think they just have dry skin or dandruff because their skin or scalp is flaky and itchy. Dandruff is considered the less inflammatory form of seborrhoeic dermatitis. If people do not know the specific skin condition they are dealing with, this can cause people to use products that are too heavy and are greasy on the skin which can aggravate the condition. A doctor would be able to determine the best course of action for you to ensure you are getting the care you need.


Exfoliate Your Body

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Since we exfoliate our face to remove dead skin and help promote cell turnover, there’s no question that we shouldn’t also exfoliate our body! The body is just as equal to the face and you don’t want your skin to age quicker on certain areas. Of course we want smooth, glowing, healthy skin…everywhere!

With a plethora of products available, there isn’t a reason not to try one… or ten! There are body products which are a liquid consistency and ones which are a grainy scrub consistency. Some offer a scent-sational experience or you can opt in for one with a cooling/warming sensation.


Here are just a few different products which will help you to scrub your way to radiant skin!

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Bliss Lemon and Sage Body Scrub Reviews

FarmHouse Fresh Butter Rum Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Anthony Blue Sea Kelp Body Scrub

What are your favorite body exfoliating products? We’d love to know!

Final Day: NuFace Trinity Giveaway!

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NuFace GiveawayRejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin in just minutes a day with the award-winning, multi-solution NuFace Trinity micro-current device. Just in time to enhance your fall wardrobe with the ultimate accessory – beautiful skin – we’re giving away a NuFace Trinity (a $325 value) once a day for seven days!

The NuFace Trinity is an FDA-cleared, portable micro-current facial toning device that gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face to improve your appearance.

Along with the device, the NuFace Trinity kit includes Gel Primer, charging cradle, power adapter and a one-year warranty. Clinical studies showed improvements in facial contour, firmness, and tone, making NuFace Trinity the perfect way to “exercise” your face.

Every weekday we will post the names of the winners on our FaceBook page by 8:30 PM EST. (Weekend/holiday winners will be posted Tuesday, September , 2015)

See the complete contest rules here.

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