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Open Your Eyes to Sun Protecting Eye Creams

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SupGoopAre you using an eye cream each day and night? Does your eye cream offer sun protection as well? If you haven’t considered the effects of the sun near your eyes, now is the time to start.  The skin around our eyes is so thin and delicate.  It deserves just as much sun protection, if not more, than our face does.

Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a light formula that easily blends in the eye area almost immediately.  This eye cream helps defend the eye area from future sun damage with its mineral based UVA and UVB sunscreen.  Mica is used to diffuse light and illuminate the skin while reducing the appearance of dark circles.  Natural oat peptides help boost collagen levels in this thin and delicate area. It immediately cools and soothes the skin with its cold metal tip applicator. The formula is also non allergenic and cruelty free. Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream would make a great addition to your daily routine!


Topical Probiotics: Fact or Fiction

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We all know the immense benefits of probiotics internally.  They are anti-inflammatory; facilitate digestion and healthy bowel movements, as well as many other things.  Probiotics have beneficial Mybody2effects on your overall health.  Now, new science reveals Probiotics help support the immune system, combat imbalance and chronic disease, and re-awaken youthful processes within the body that slow with age. However, can topical probiotics help support skin health?

Skin is an organ of elimination.  We secrete toxins through our sweat glands every day. Mybody is one of the first skin care lines that believe the power of Probiotics boosts skin’s health and appearance.  Their topical Probiotics are non-living molecules from body friendly bacteria.

Beneficial For All Skin-Types, Topical Probiotics Are Proven To Help:

-Reverse inflammation and redness

-Boost collagen for fewer fine lines & wrinkles

-Detoxify stressed, acne-prone skin

-Rehydrate skin for a softer, resilient texture

-Provide powerful antioxidant activity

-Increase oxygen for a healthy, rosy glow

Probiotics is one of the new beauty breakthroughs shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 2014.

Mybody bypasses the old skincare technologies associated with injury, chronic inflammation and a damaged epidermis through powerful Probiotic Bioactives.

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-Mybody Probiotic Bioactives boost skin’s natural repair response

-Epidermis is left intact to heighten immunity and trigger healthy collagen production

-Long term results are maximized due to minimal stress and inflammation

BREAK-DOWN

-Excessive stress depletes probiotic activity and weakens cellular communication

-Impaired barrier function increases risk of inflammation sensitivity and dryness

-Continued damage results in thinner skin with less collagen production

mybody1Mybody products support how the body repairs, defends and heals itself for profound and healthy skin results. Formulated with a board of medical physicians and skin scientists, Mybody ingredients include clinically validated probiotics and patented formulas to manage a variety of concerns, including dryness, roughness, wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, acne, redness and puffy eyes.

Mybody products are specially designed to address the complex skin care needs of every woman throughout each unique stage of her life and are perfect for those with sensitive, aging, and acneic skin types. The heart found on the logo is a reminder that the skin and body work together and, when in balance, the outcome is a more youthful and healthy appearance. Products are free of any artificial dyes, sulfates, phthalates or parabens and donates 1% of all of its online sales to support mental health initiatives.

 

 

 


Baby Quasar: Teal Deal Bundle

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TealDeal BundleTake advantage of the Teal Deal Bundle by Baby Quasar featuring the Baby Quasar PLUS LED light therapy skincare tool for the treatment of wrinkles. This teal-colored dynamo is a limited edition and available only for $399 while supplies last. Help build natural and durable collagen with the anti-aging at-home tool. Lifetime warranty and comes with a free Hydraplenish Collagen Creme, goggles and a travel bag. Follow Gregory Dylan Beauty at @GreggersLA to get amazing tips and tutorials.


Vitamin D and Skin Health

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The “sunshine” vitamin, also known as Vitamin D, is extremely important for skin health.  Vitamin D is well-known for its role in calcium absorption.  We know that physically, Vitamin D 12057682265_d568e9030f_zdeficiency can cause rickets, osteomalacia, skeletal diseases, metabolic disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease and many others.  It also affects skin conditions, including acne and psoriasis, both of which can be caused by an insufficient amount of vitamin D.

While hormonal balance and overall hygiene are causes of acne, a poor immune system due to low amounts of vitamin D in your system can also increase oil production in your skin cells. Acne forms when the sebaceous glands are clogged and these blocked, oil-producing cells lead to the unsightly blemishes that can afflict you at any time in your life. Sun exposure raises your vitamin D levels as your skin releases a chemical that produces vitamin D. This reduces the amount of bacteria in your system by boosting your immune system, reducing the level of acne.

For skin conditions like psoriasis, Vitamin D plays a crucial role.  The condition is associated with a poor immune system and, in certain instances, low vitamin D levels. The “Journal of Investigative Dermatology” showed that when exposed to ultraviolet-B rays, the element of sunlight that kick starts the vitamin D production system in the body, vitamin D levels increased significantly, and the symptoms of psoriasis disappeared. Similarly, a study in “Rheumatology International” also found that increasing vitamin D levels helped improve psoriasis symptoms.

Vitamin D is important in the rate of cell renewal and division.  A lack of vitamin D can lead to thinner skin that is fragile and sagging.  Vitamin D-3’s presence in your system is known to support the healing of wounds.  Some people use vitamin D for skin conditions including vitiligo, scleroderma, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and lupus vulgaris.  Some studies have found that both children and adults with eczema are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D. Lower vitamin D levels are also linked to more severe skin symptoms. Research has found that people who have eczema and low levels of vitamin D are more likely to get infections on their skin.


Staff Favorite: Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel

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There’s never a dull moment at SkinStore! Our staff is always aglow! And that’s because dull, drab, boring skin is a thing of the past with Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel! Always a staff and customer favorite, the Microdelivery Peel is a once-weekly two-step system that delivers results.

Step one is a microdermabrasion scrub that removes dead skin cells while infusing your skin with vitamin C and peptides. Step two is a lactic/salicylic acid peel that exfoliates even deeper, while reducing inflammation and unclogging pores. Since step two is layered directly over step one this is one powerful product, you can literally feel it working. But once you’ve rinsed the crystals off, your skin is left smooth, glowing and never irritated.

Do you want to give your skin a complete resurfacing without a visit to the spa? The Microdelivery Peel is our exfoliator aficionado’s favorite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it as much as we do!


The Perfect Faux Tan

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Do you stay away from self-tanners because of the streaks, complexity of application, or because you turn every color but tan?  Here are a few tips that are sure to make your self-tanning project simpler and effective.

Preparation:   Keeping your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting your perfect self-tan. Try to follow the mantra and moisturize every day when you step out the shower or before you hit the sack. Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Exfoliate:  I’m sure you’ve heard this one many times before, but I can’t stress enough just how important it is to gently scrub skin before you tan, to lift all those dead skin cells and reveal revitalized, ready-to-tan skin beneath. Applying fake tan to dry, uneven skin will simply leave you patchy and desperate to cover up, not show off your tan.rodial

Moisturize:  Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturizer before you fake it, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your tan enhancer. Be sure to pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet – any areas that can get dry and need extra moisture.

Glove up:  The tell-tale sign you’ve been cheating in your tanning practice is the orange-tinted palms which, unless you want to wear gloves in summer, are impossible to hide. To avoid that beacon glow and grubby fingernails, get into the habit of applying tan wearing gloves. Yes, it seems foreign at first, but after a couple of applications it’ll become second nature. Remove the gloves and use cotton wool pads to apply a small amount of tan to the back of each hand.

TanningBack brush:  Unless you have a dedicated other half to ensure your back is bronzed, tanning your back solo seems like an impossible mission. Fake tan experts have literally thought of everything and introduced a ‘back spatula’ to reach those nooks and crannies we would never get to otherwise.

Vaseline on eyebrows and hair line:  A great tan tip, but one to work behind closed doors, is dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line. Tanning the face should be treated with caution and dabbing the jelly means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent dodgy tide marks appearing in these areas.

 

Buff it out:   When tanning professionals want to ensure a tan is perfectly applied and avoid any sign of patchiness, they use a buffing mitt and gently dab away at any buildup of tan, to spread it evenly and avoid varying shades.

Wear loose, dark clothing after application:  The number one rule of dressing after tanning is to wear dark, loose clothing to avoid marking any wardrobe favorites. Be sure to keep legs bare to optimize your tan potential.

Self-tan Remover:  If it all goes horribly wrong and you are left with distinctly orange palms, don’t panic, there is a solution. Have handy a self-tan remover.  Simply rub in and use wipes to remove those tell-tale signs.

Reapply:  Stay glowing longer by maintaining a strict routine of gentle exfoliation and moisturizing.  If you start to pale then reapply tanning product as touch up.


Estihetician Review: Scarguard MD

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ScarGuardA couple of years ago, I experienced a milia growing on my cheek next to my nose where my glasses sit.  This thing was ugly, annoying, and relentless.  No matter what I did, I could not remove it. I tried exfoliating, acids, and many other methods to no avail.  The milia really bother me.  One day, I was fed up and I took a needle to the thing.  It did not come out.  Instead, things got worse.  Finally, about 9 months later, I was able to extract it.  By that point, I developed a raised scar that felt as if it changed my facial features.  No amount of concealer or foundation gave me coverage because it was dark and raised.  It was obvious and embarrassing.

I decided to take a chance and try ScarGuard MD.  I’ve been using it for 2.5 weeks and the scar is virtually gone.  I kid you not!  This stuff was amazing.  I’m feeling a lot more confident and happy.  The product itself has a very strong scent that lasts a short time.  It provides a film over the scar that shrinks and flattens scar tissue.  It can be used for prevention from newly forming scars.  Recently, I did just that-I put some of the product over healing acne scar and the scar was gone in a couple of days with no traces of the acne lesion.  The active ingredients of the product are 12% Silicone (Scar management) and .5% Hydrocortisone (anti-pruritic).  Easy to use and the results may astonish you.


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Use Code 25NOW. Facebook fans and customers can shop one-day early, some items are sure to run out. This offer will not be shown on SkinStore.com‘s website until Wednesday. Now’s the time to try something new or stock up on your favorites. Shop skin and hair care, cosmetics, tools, natural and men’s products. Don’t miss this opportunity to save more than ever!


Melasma and Zinc Oxide

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Dealing with Melasma can be challenging and frustrating.  The bad news is that there’s no cure in the horizon for this common and often chronic disorder, which recent research suggests may have both an epidermal and dermal component as well as a genetic component that is not just based on race or skin type. Estrogen and progesterone seem to play a role in Melasma.  Prescription obagitopical medications with hydroquinone, Tretinoin and a range of acids, and possibly corticosteroids, have long been the main stream way of Melasma treatment. Today, sufferers are receiving a boost from chemical peels and microdermabrasion and, of late, targeted laser therapy using both new and standard devices. This combination appears promising as a new avenue for Melasma treatment.

SK077In addition to those treatments, studies recently have shown that Zinc Oxide has been very successful in the prevention and treatment of Melasma.  Many report great results according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  Zinc Oxide is a common ingredient is sunscreen.  The key is to have the highest percentage of Zinc Oxide in the sunscreen in order to protect, prevent, and heal Melasma.  Will it get rid of all the Melasma?  No.  Remember there is no cure at this time.  However, it has proven to be of great help.

We recommend for those that suffer from Melasma to use physical sunscreens vs chemical sunscreens.  Since chemical sunscreens absorb and disperse the harmful UV rays, this may trigger Melasma vs calming it down.  Physical sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are best suited for those with Melasma since they repel the harmful UV rays. Look for options like the SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 or the Obagi Sunshield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50.

 



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