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Holy Grail Hand and Foot Creams

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I am always on the hunt for the perfect hand cream to add to my collection. Recently, I was introduced to L’Occitane and their wonderful products. The hand cream is truly amazing—it absorbs quickly, does not leave a greasy feeling, and makes your hands feel baby-smooth.  It delivers the kind of hydration that lasts and does not require you to reapply all day long.  Not only is this hand cream wonderful for just about anyone, but people who experience dry, cracked, chapped hands will definitely want a tube of this. Since I wash my hands frequently throughout the day, I require a rich moisturizing cream. Even though this one is a little pricey, a little bit goes a long way. I put this hand cream on before I go to bed and wake up with silky-smooth hands. It’s almost like a hand treatment; more than just your everyday hand cream.

AH183-mineral-foot-cream-moApplying a great foot cream is always a nice feeling at the end of a stressful day. My favorite is the AHAVA Mineral Foot Cream.  This product does not leave you sticky and greasy post-application, but with a velvety smooth after-feel. This is a go-to product for me, especially in the dry California winters.  A secret about this product is that you can use it on your hands and elbows for extra hydration benefits. Use this cream once or twice a day, and you’ll notice a tremendous difference in the look and feel of your feet. And now is the perfect time—sandal weather is right around the corner!



Secrets to Taking the Perfect Bath

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DK020-dr-hauschka-clarifying-steam-bathYou’ve most likely taken baths before, but have you treated yourself to luxurious bath oils or bubble bath with a beautiful aroma? It’s amazing how much we can benefit from taking some time out of the day to relax. But, baths offer much more than relaxation. They can assist in lowering blood pressure, help you fall asleep, ease cold and flu symptoms, reduce headaches, and some studies show taking baths can even help us maintain a healthy weight.

Bath products will enhance your senses and take the experience to the next level. Aromatherapy Associates carries a bath and shower oil that contains a blend of natural oils from calming plants and flowers that will assist you in getting a great night’s sleep. After using bath oil, your skin is soft, silky, and hydrated. If your skin isn’t a clear as you’d like, a bath can be great for decongesting. The Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Steam Bath encourages skin detoxification. After using this product, I noticed that it helped a great deal with clogged pores and loosening up black heads.

My favorite bath product since I was a little girl has to be bubble bath! L’occitane Verbena Foaming Bath has a light, lemony fragrance. I love how you do not need to use very much of this product, yet your tub will be full of colossal, fluffy bubbles.

There are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your bathing experience. Timing your bath for around 90 minutes before bedtime will help you fall sleep. Keep in mind that you never want to spend more than 20 minutes in a bath, because hot water can be very drying to the skin. The ideal temperature for bath water is about 100° Fahrenheit, which is perfect for relaxing muscles. Bathing is also the perfect time to exfoliate, as the warm water loosens dead skin and helps remove toxins. Remember, this is your time, so light some candles, play some music and unwind from the day.

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is around the corner, so here are 10 items I recommend that our customers rave about, and Mom is sure to love.

1. Nest Candles -These soy candles burn clean all the way to the bottom and smell amazing.


2. Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau De Toilette Layering Set – A cult phylosophyfavorite scent Mom is sure to love. This set contains The Amazing Grace Shower Gel that can also be used as a bubble bath and shampoo, The Eau De Toilette spray, and the Firming Body Emulsion.

3. Clarisonic Mia 2 Value Set – Help mom cleanse her skin 6 times more clarisoniceffectively than just a wash cloth, with a Clarisonic Mia 2. The Mia 2 has two different cleansing speeds and is one of our bestselling models. I love this set because it comes with a sensitive brush head as well as a radiance brush head, and the color is fresh for spring.

4. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask – One of our bestselling hydrating skinceuticalsmasks is the perfect pick me up after a long day, or can even be worn overnight to reveal plumper smoother skin in the morning.

5. Jurlique Hand Cream Trio – Pamper her with this luxurious trio. It contains 3 of Jurlique’s bestselling hand creams: Rose, Lavender, and Citrus. Mom is sure to find a scent she loves, and her hands will be Jurliquesmooth as silk.

6. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo – A shampoo and conditioner duo that leaves hair silky smooth and doesn’t contain any harsh Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates. Our customers rave about this stuff and say it’s worth every penny. alterna

7. L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil – This lightweight oil leaves skin soft and smooth. I love the light almond scent and the way my skin feels after it’s applied, so loccitaneI’ve ditched traditional body creams for this amazing oil.

8. Kneipp Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Herbal Bath – Does your mom enjoy a relaxing bath? This is a perfect addition to her routine if she does. Kniepp uses essential oils of red poppy and hemp. One of our estheticians swears by this stuff and said it helps her knieppwind down after a long day.

trind9. Trind Perfect Nail and Cuticle Nail Kit – Help Mom’s nails stay strong and less brittle with this bestselling kit. The kit contains a cuticle balsam, nail balsam, and Trind’s bestselling Nail repair, which tightens the proteins in the nails for stronger, healthier nails.

10. Kniepp Healthy Feet Foot repair – Does Mom suffer from dry cracked knieppfootfeet? This is one of the best foot creams I’ve tried. A little goes a long way, and it absorbs quickly enough to be able to apply, slip on your sandals, and go.

Bronzed Beach Goddess

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JI448-jane-iredale-tantasia-self-tannerDo you feel as though your skin needs a bit more color, but fear self-tanning products that will turn you orange? If you want that sun-kissed look without the harmful rays, your go-to product for spring and summer should be Jane Iredales Tantasia Self Tanner. This product builds color within three days for a beautiful natural skin tone. It’s perfect for the face, and thanks to the added color, you’ll need less make up! It is the first facial tanner I‘ve used that has not caused me to break out or experience any sensitivity. I have fair skin, and love the streak-free bronze glow it leaves me with. We all know the dreaded smell that comes along with tanning products, but this one has a fresh citrus fragrance.

Self-tanning products are a great alternative to harmful ultraviolet rays. The Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner and Bronzer hydrates and gives the skin color, without the damaging effects of the sun. The active ingredient in tanning products is Dihydroxyacetone. This ingredient reacts to your dead skin cells to temporarily darken the surface layer. It is extremely important to apply a sunscreen in conjunction with the tanner because most do not contain any SPF.

The Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner is one of my favorite gradual tanners. Following a few easy steps before application will make your tan look the best and last the longest. Exfoliation is key for an even color application. You will need to spend extra time where the skin can be thicker, like knees, elbows, and ankles. Apply the product in sections, to ensure you do not miss any areas and massage it into the skin in circular motions. After applying the tanner in all the desired areas, be sure you wash your hands to avoid discoloring your palms. Something that I like to do is to wipe my knees, elbows, and ankles with a damp cloth. By doing this you will dilute the product on areas that absorb more and tend to get darker. Make sure you allow the tanner to dry for at least ten minutes before putting on clothing! The Tantasia Self Tanner will give you an instant tan because not only is it a tanner, but it also contains an immediate bronzer. I highly recommend this to anyone who is afraid of the streaking that comes with most tanning products.

A Natural Detoxifier for the Body

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Do you need to escape after a long stressful day? Life is full of responsibilities, deadlines, bills to be paid, AH081-Natural-Dead-Sea-Mudand many more everyday stressors. It is very important to remember that we need to pamper our bodies and minds in between all the madness.

One of my favorite products to use and relax with is the very therapeutic AHAVA Natural Dead Sea Body Mud. The consistency of the mud is very creamy, and it smooths on nicely. When the mask is ready to be removed, it comes off with ease, leaving your skin baby soft!

AHAVA Natural Dead Sea Body Mud provides great natural relief for aching muscles and back pain after a long day. The product is 100% pure Dead Sea mineral mud. It is to be applied all over the body, left on for 7-15 minutes and then rinsed with warm water. This mud can also be heated in the microwave for even more benefit to those aches and pains.

There is nothing ordinary about the mud in this mask—it comes packed with nutrients and minerals. It works on removing dead skin cells, pulling out toxins, and absorbing excess oil. After a quick treatment, your skin is left with a soft texture and radiance that is undeniable. Not only is it purifying, but it is hydrating as well. This mud body mask is great for people with sensitive skin and people with allergies or sensitivities to products. I would highly recommend trying out a mask on your body, and you do not need to travel the Dead Sea to experience it!

We welcome DermaDoctor!!

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QB017-dermadoctor-kp-duty-body-scrub-with-chemical-and-physical-exfoliationCreated by board-certified dermatologist, author, and TV personality Dr. Audrey Kunin, DERMAdoctor is now at SkinStore! We’re all so excited to have this brand. Most products are paraben and gluten-free, and none are tested on animals. The products are professionally-formulated and tested, as Dr. Kunin believes in gentle yet effective formulations that are non-irritating to help rejuvenate and treat the skin.

Dr. Kunin has several award-winning products, including the 2011 Allure breakthrough award-winner, DERMAdoctor Photodynamic Therapy 3-in-1 Facial Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. The product combines an anti-aging serum, moisturizer and broad spectrum SPF 30 as well as vitamins C, D, & E. Customers swooned over it, stating their skin never looked better after just weeks of use.

A double award-winner from the brand is the DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Acne Control Serum. The 2% Salicylic acid formula is nondrying and contains calming ingredients such as white tea and chamomile.

A favorite of mine from the line is the DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub. I suffer from Keratosis pilaris on the back of my thighs and this is the only product that has worked at alleviating the red, itchy bumps. The combination of glycolic acid, willow bark, and microdermabrasion-like crystals leaves my skin polished, calm, and smooth. I apply it in a circular motion to dry skin before I step into the shower, and then rinse it off a few minutes later so that my skin gets the chemical exfoliation as well.

Bring the doctor home with you and give this line a try. Dr Kunin describes her brand as “The prescription for beautiful skin.”

Estie find: Shower in luxury!

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nuxe shower oilLather up with this iridescent shower oil.  The product is not actually oil, but a gel that creates delicate foam lather. Don’t let the “shimmering” word scare you away. The tiny gold particles wash away and the skin is left smooth, soft, and beautifully scented. A soft feminine honeysuckle aroma lingers on the skin for hours after you step out of the shower.

This shower oil is also great for shaving, leaving no bumps or irritation, but a nice close, smooth shave. I’ve used it with a wash cloth, and a loofah, but I prefer the loofah because it created a nice foamy lather that spread evenly. I felt the product didn’t create as many suds with a wash cloth. The main reason I love this shower oil is because lotion is optional when I use it. I don’t suffer from dry skin, but some body washes and shower gels I’ve used leave my skin feeling tight and in need of moisture. Not the NUXE shower oil.  It contains sweet almond oil, which penetrates the skin deeply and provides hours of hydration. Sweet almond oil also contains vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that repairs and protects the skin from oxidative stress. The effervescent scent really helps me feel calm at the end of a long day. Give it a try and wash the stress away!

Step Up Your Moisturizing Routine for Winter

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AH281-ahava-precious-desert-oilsIs winter wreaking havoc on your skin? If so, swap out your usual body moisturizer for a silky and soothing body oil instead. When applied right after a shower, oil absorbs quickly to instantly hydrate and comfort dry skin while locking in moisture to protect it from the bitter cold.

Since 1988, AHAVA has been the definitive Dead Sea Minerals beauty expert. Advocating a healthy, natural lifestyle, AHAVA harnesses the restorative benefits of the Dead Sea to create innovative skin-friendly products that are paraben-free, SLS- and SLES-free, allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin.

AHAVA is inspired by its environment and the flora and fauna that naturally thrive in the desert area surrounding the Dead Sea. Its Desert Precious Oils is formulated with a pure blend of nourishing plant oils that hail from desert regions – legendary Myrrh, Desert Date and Jojoba oils to immediately replenish moisture, smooth and nourish skin.

Desert Date Oil naturally contains a high content of essential fatty acids with unparalleled regenerating and repairing properties. It plumps the skin and helps promote an even skin tone.
Myrrh Oil has been used for centuries for its healing properties and is valued for its ability to prevent the signs of aging and soothe cracked or chapped skin.
Jojoba Oil is unique since it closely resembles the skin’s natural oils with strong antioxidant properties. Unlike most oils, its lightweight texture penetrates the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy after-feel.

AHAVA’s Desert Precious Oils is a truly luxurious treat and remedy for dry winter skin. This lightweight oil pampers the skin with a subtle scent, leaving it glowing and radiant.

Strawberry Scrub Obsession!

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PT268-peter-thomas-roth-strawberry-scrubMy newest skin care obsession: this scrub! Not only does this stuff smell amazing, it leaves the skin soft, supple, and refreshed. Gentle enough for daily use and effective on the body as well, this is a delight to use in the morning or at night. I use it nightly after I remove my makeup and cleanse, and I have to say it does what it says it will. I haven’t experienced any breakouts or irritation, and my complexion is overall more even in tone and texture.
Strawberries contain alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic and ellagic acid, as well as Vitamin C. Alpha hydroxy acids eliminate dead skin cells and help reverse signs of aging, while salicylic and ellagic acids tighten pores, reduce blemishes and help lighten hyperpigmentation over time. Vitamin C helps boost collagen production and give the skin an overall brighter appearance. Many different skin types can benefit from the cocktail of acids and finely ground almonds Peter Thomas Roth used in this scrub.
You should be exfoliating at least twice a week to keep your skin healthy and maintain a youthful “glow.” Not only will you be getting rid of dull skin cells, but your other skin care products will penetrate better on freshly exfoliated skin. The benefits of exfoliation are numerous and this scrub contains both physical and chemical exfoliation properties. To get your skin glowing for spring, give this stuff a try.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Spray

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Want to achieve that beautiful glow that many Parisian women have? One of their beauty secrets is the Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse. Parisian women are known for being chic but very minimalist. This is why Nuxe dry oil fits perfectly into their skin care regimens. It can be used on the face, hair and body. This multifaceted oil is number one in pharmacies in France.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a multi-usage oil that smells of orange blossom, rose, and vanilla. It also contains Vitamin E and six precious botanical oils to hydrate, repair, and soften the body, face, and hair. All women can benefit from using this product in the winter to replenish the moisture that is often lost due to hot showers and indoor heat. This dry oil will not leave a greasy after feel because it will instantly absorb into the skin. Try using this product by adding it to a serum on no-make up days for quick hydration. A great trick is to even try using this oil to calm down flyways on damp or dry hair!

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