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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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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.


Jack Black Ultimate Guy Duo

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Are you looking for a fun, practical and affordable gift idea for that special man in your life?  Maybe you are a guy looking for an affordable brand that will work great, and is designed for every skin type. Ready, set, go for the Ultimate Guy Duo presented by Jack Black.

This duo includes the Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub, (3oz.). Face Buff clears the way for an easier shave by smoothing the surface of your skin. Menthol and Vitamin C help wake-up andjb invigorate skin while micro-fine scrubbing particles open congested pores and sweep away deep-down oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. Why? Because removing oil, dirt and dead cells helps your razor get closer for a smoother, easier shave – so less chance of razor drag and razor burn. Getting rid of those dead cells also helps prevent future ingrown hairs.

Also included is the Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, (6oz.). Beard Lube is really different from whipped-cream style foams and gels. It is a pre-shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner, all in one. Jojoba and macadamia nut oil help prepare your beard by penetrating and softening whisker growth. The lightweight formula provides a thin, lubricating layer to hold-in moisture so the blade glides easily through your whiskers, while eucalyptus and peppermint refresh your skin. This means an easier, smoother shave, and less razor burn. The unique see-through texture lets you see your face while you’re shaving, helping to prevent nicks and cuts (its also great to shave around the line of facial hair, such as side burns or a mustache.) And, Beard Lube won’t clog your blade, because it’s super light and rinses easily.

We’re sure any guy would be pleased with this great duo!

Help Treat Acne with these Lifestyle Tips

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The affliction of acne can be worrisome, painful, and can affect self-esteem.  Acne has physical, psychological, and emotional consequences.  There are many tools that can be utilized to ease the condition.  Acne requires a lifestyle shift in order to aid in getting it in control.  The following are recommendations that will have a positive influence in treatment of acne.

Get more sleep:  According to a study in Sleep, the risk of psychological stress increases by 14% for every hour of sleep you lose a night. So what does this have to do with acne?

“Stress increases glucocorticoid production, which can lead to abnormalities in skin structure and function,” says Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, a dermatologist in Danville, CA. And that can make conditions like acne worse.

To get your beauty sleep, crank your thermostat down to between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. French researchers found that a cooler body temperature makes it easier to fall asleep after you’ve hit the sack. (WebMD)

Change your diet: Some foods cause your blood sugar to raise quickly, triggering a boost in insulin. Too much insulin in your bloodstream can trigger changes in your body that can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells. It can also boost action in your oil glands.

acne1So make some changes to your meals. A study in the American Journal of Nutrition suggests you may have fewer breakouts if you add more whole grains, beans, and veggies and cut back on pasta, white rice, white bread, and sugar. (WebMD)

Exercise: Exercise helps cut stress, which may contribute to acne outbreaks.

Physical activity also helps your skin by increasing your blood circulation, which sends more oxygen to your skin cells and carries away cell waste.

But keep in mind that sweat from exercise can also lead to breakouts by irritating your skin. So it’s important to shower right after a workout. (WebMD)

H2O: Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. Although there is no definitive research that shows toxins lead to breakouts.  Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that having about 2 cups of water significantly boosted blood flow throughout the body and skin. (WebMD)

Sunscreen: You may hesitate to put sunscreen on your face because you’ve noticed that after a day in the sun, your complexion looks clear and breakout-free. But the inflammation from sunburn can make your acne worse or cause more dark spots. Plus, staying out in the sun without sunscreen raises your risk of skin cancer.

Use sunscreen every time you’re in the sun. Read the ingredients list on the back of your sunscreen, and if you’re acne-prone, look for lighter chemical ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, octocylene, and zinc oxide. If you have acne, look for “non-comedogenic” on the label, which means it should not clog your pores. (WebMD)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3s have been shown to control the production of leukotriene B4, a molecule that can increase sebum and cause inflammatory acne.

Omega-3s can be found in supplements or in foods like walnuts, avocados, flaxseed oil, and salmon. (WebMD)

Cleanse 2X a day: The face has more oil-producing glands than any other part of the body, says Carolyn Jacob, MD, a Chicago dermatologist. Top that with a day’s worth of makeup, sweat, smog, dust, and dirt and you’re left with a pore-clogging concoction that, if not washed away regularly, will seep into and fill pores, resulting in blackheads and pimples.

Even if you don’t shower twice a day, it’s important to wash your face thoroughly — and gently — in the morning and at night. Look for cleansers that say “non-comedogenic” on the bottle. (WebMD)

Exfoliate: Sure, overzealous oil glands can lead to breakouts, but so can underperforming oil glands. Dry skin has tiny cracks in which bacteria can breed; plus, excessive flaking can lead to clogged pores.

The fix: Gently exfoliate your skin a few times a week with a scrub designed for the face and follow up with a non-comedogenic moisturizer. (WebMD)

Clean your phone: Several studies have shown that cell phones are breeding ground for germs. Throughout any given day your phone can be exposed to thousands of bacteria, which spread from your fingers (via texting) to your face (via talking) and vice versa.

In addition, the heat produced by your phone can help bacteria to multiply. To keep the germs from landing on your face, wipe the surface of your phone with a little hand sanitizer each day. It’s best to use headphones. (WebMD)




5 Tips to Gorgeous Gams!

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Are you tired of shaving your legs?  Do you suffer from ingrown hair, irritation, and/or razor burn?  The following tips may help you in your journey to the perfect shave.

Exfoliate: Want a seriously close shave? Exfoliate first with a scrub. For your legs, choose a sugar scrub: it’s strong enough to get the job done, leaving skin and body hair ready for a smooth shave.

Soften your follicles: Resist the urge for a super steamy shower: keep water warm, not hot, which dries out skin. Instead of lathering up with hand soap, choose a body wash that will quench skin. Take your time—let your pores open up for a few minutes before breaking out the razor and shaving cream.

Getting a Smooth Shave: You can exfoliate, scrub, and moisturize but it will be of little consequence if you use a bad razor. Using the right razor will make all the difference. Skip the dollar store disposables and choose a razor with at least three blades… and throw it away after a few uses. How do you know it’s time for a new blade? A good razor should glide smoothly and effortlessly along your skin, especially after you’ve exfoliated and applied shaving gel. If you feel like you have to push down to get a smooth shave, it’s time for a new razor.

Prevent Ingrown hairs: Exfoliating before shaving is the first step to preventing ingrown hairs, but it might not get the job done if you’re prone to them. Cortisone cream will help treat irritation and ingrown hair that already exist. If you have sensitive skin, make it a habit to use a product specially formulated to prevent ingrown hairs right after shaving.

Moisturize: The best way to lock in moisture is to lotion up right after the shower while your skin is still damp—it’ll trap and seal in the moisture already on your skin. Next, air dry for a few minutes, letting the lotion sink in. It may feel a little slimy going on, but you’ll notice difference all day: your skin will look healthier and feel softer.

ARCONA White Tea Purifying Cleanser

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Many skincare products that are labelled for sensitive skin are formulated for dry skin types but not all of us who have sensitivity have dry skin.  Thus, the hunt begins for products that are gentle,arcona but won’t drown us in excess hydration.

ARCONA White Tea Purifying Cleanser is an amazing gel cleanser that will remove make-up, gently exfoliate with enzymes, refine pores, and calm redness. This lightly-foaming gel cleanser will leave no dryness or tight feeling after washing. You will have clean, soft skin that is ready to soak up all the nutrients in your favorite serum. This 5-Star rated cleanser will certainly become a staple in your regimen. Ideal for: Normal/Combo skin types with sensitivity, but can be used for all skin types that want a refreshing, non-stripping, clean feeling.

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