Chicken skin, skin bumps, call it what you will. The medical name for this condition is “Keratosis Pilaris” or “KP”. I have had KP since I was a little girl. I would get teased about it constantly and it made me grow very insecure about my skin. I have it pretty bad on my upper arms and thighs. It has improved with age, but it will never go away. Luckily, I am able to keep the inflammation to a minimum with a few topical products, similar to the ones I have listed below.
What is KP? Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless genetic skin condition that appears as small bumps on the upper arms and thighs, Although it can be present anywhere on the body (except the palms of the hands and feet.) KP is a build up of keratin (the material our hair, skin and nails is made up of), causing the hair follicles to clog, forming a bump on the skin’s surface. KP can worsen during the cooler months when the skin becomes drier or with hormonal changes, such as pregnancy.
There is no cure for KP, but there are a few treatment options. Results do vary, based on the severity of the KP. You want to look for creams and lotions containing Lactic Acid and/or Glycolic Acid. Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid exfoliates the skin helping to smooth the bumps and slough off dead skin cells. Extra Virgin Coconut oil is an alternative treatment, for those of you who prefer a more natural product. Lather extra virgin coconut oil on your skin before you take a shower and gentle scrub with a loofah. You may also use the extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer after you shower.
Skinstore.com carries a few products specifically designed to help treat KP;
Found most commonly on the legs and ankles, varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. These veins are caused by weakened valves in your legs. When the one-way valves are working properly they direct blood flow upwards toward your heart. When they are not functioning correctly, blood collects in your legs and pressure builds up causing the veins to become large, weak and twist. Varicose veins run in families, but age, weight gain, pregnancy, and standing\sitting for long periods of time are also common causes. At home treatment may be all you need to ease your symptoms and keep them from getting worse.
Other signs and symptoms of Varicose Veins may be: swelling in legs and feet,
Itching over the vein, color changes in the skin, dry skin, inflammation, and scaling. Varicose veins typically are not a serious problem but in some cases it can be a sign of blockage in deeper veins and need treatment. If you have any of these signs or symptoms we recommend contacting your physician.
Just because summer is over that simply is no excuse to neglect your tootsies. Give your feet the tender loving care they deserve! Here is how to give yourself a spa-like pedicure in the comfort of your own home.
1. Remove any old toe nail polish with a cotton swab soaked in nail polish remover.
2. Dip your feet in a basin tub filled with warm water and foot soak bath crystals. The crystals will help to soften rough patches on your heels and soles. Soaking will aid in calming and soothing tired achy feet. Soak feet for 5- 10 minutes. Try finding Foot Soak Bath Crystals that contains essential oils; Many essential oils have antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.
3. Exfoliate the rough patches on your heals by using a foot file or foot scrub. This will leave your skin smoother and much softer. The exfoliation will aid in allowing the skin to absorb creams much more effectively.
4. Pat feet dry with a clean dry towel. Apply a rich, creamy foot cream. Massage the cream into the soles and pads of your feet. Make sure you are paying extra attention to tense muscles. When choosing a foot cream, you may want to select one that contains Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil may help to ease any pain or tension you might have. It also acts a stress reducer. Next, you want to dab cuticle oil onto your cuticles and massage in. Afterward, gently push cuticles back with an orange stick.
5. Clip and file nails into a rounded square shape. I recommend using a Glass nail file. Glass nail files deliver a very smooth finish, which is hard to achieve with traditional nail files. They are incredibly easy to use and will never become dull.
6. Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and wipe over each toe nail to remove any excess oil or moisture that may remain.
7. Paint each toe nail with a nail polish primer base coat. This will help to keep your nail polish from chipping as well as help keep the polish from staining the toe nail itself.
8. Paint on your favorite nail lacquer shade. Many colors that are popular for fall are rich reds, bold burgundy’s and passionate plums. Or go wild and explore your playful side and with an electric cobalt blue. Brush on two coats; wait a few minutes between each coat.
9. Apply a clear top coat and allow nails to fully dry before applying shoes or socks.
10. Enjoy your fresh and gorgeous pedicure.
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You can detox your body for fall with this DIY firming coffee body scrub. This luxurious body scrub contains coffee, coconut, and hydrating oils to tighten, exfoliate, and nourish the skin. Coffee is stimulating and firming and acts as an anti cellulite product, while coconut provides additional exfoliation and antioxidant benefits. This scrub is also great to use before you apply your self tanner because it will exfoliate and nourish the skin.
To make this homemade concoction you will need the following ingredients:
¼ cup ground coffee beans -
1½ cups raw sugar (for sensitive skin use pure cane sugar because it will be less abrasive)
¼ cup shredded coconut-
¾ cup macadamia nut oil or olive oil
1 tsp. honey
2-5 drops essential oil of choice (try orange or peppermint)
You will mix the ingredients together adding the honey and essential oil last. You will want to store in an air tight container at room temperature. Canning jars work great or you can go to any health food store or specialty shop and pick up a plastic or glass container. Apply to moist skin to your whole body, paying close attention to those problem areas, like elbows, knees, and feet. Rinse well with warm water then pat your skin dry. For added benefits apply a hydrating body lotion to seal in moisture. We like the Juice Beauty Green Apple Extra Firming Body Moisturizer.
You will want to use up your scrub in a few weeks time since there are no preservatives. You can make a double batch and give away as gifts too! While we do carry a lot of amazing body products at SkinStore, we love to experiment with DIY recipes too! Get creative and craft up your own anti-aging body recipe! Got any good ones? Please share with us in the comments below!
Eating right and working out can only do so much when it comes to cellulite and stretch marks. Dermatologist, pharmacist and researcher, Howard Murad, M.D. created such a supplement that is a clinically proven complex that encourages the appearance of firmer skin by up to 78% in eight weeks. It also supports skin strength by helping to improve the visual texture of stretch marks by up to 47% in eight weeks! We’re amazed by the Murad Firm and Tone Dietary Supplement Pack!
Summer is in full swing and it’s hot, hot, hot. The shorts and mini skirts are making their summer time debut and that means women are looking to get their legs ready for their center stage performance. Shaving can sometimes be a drag, as well as time consuming and sometimes painful. Here are few products to help keep the stubble to a minimum.
Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream- Just because this product is defined as a “Men’s” product, does not mean its hands off for women. This sulfate free, silky gel provides an incredible shaving barrier for both men and women. The natural fruit oils condition and skin and the dimethicone eliminate friction irritation.
Shaveworks The Cool Fix- Apply after shaving or waxing to calm razor burn and prevent ingrown hairs. The instant cooling sensation is soothing and relaxes any form of irritation.
Whish Pomegranate Shave Savour Hair Inhibiting Gel- This fast absorbing gel, repairs any nicks or minor cuts and will help to soothe the skin with natural antiseptics including aloe, sage, and lemon extract. The best part is while using the product over time it will help to slow the hair growth and extend the life time of your smooth silky gams.
We all know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan. And instead of wasting our time soaking up the sun by the pool we’re doing more productive things, like trying out hundreds of different self tanners!
The new NUXE Soleil Prodigieux Self Tanning Body Lotion hit a sweet spot for us, because it’s not only a self tanner that gives a beautiful deep and rich brown tan (no orange!!!)) it also has SHIMMER! We’re not talking about glitter you’ll find in your daughters playtime makeup though, NUXE utilizes light-reflecting micro-pearls which give the skin a subtle sheen that look absolutely amazing on legs, shoulders, and the décolleté, so skin looks glowy, healthy, and tan!
Because this self-tanner is buildable you can gauge just how tan you want to be (a hint of sun or a full-fledged Bora Bora glow, all up to you), the Frangipani flower extract ensures you’ll smell yummy, too!
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Imagine fields of blooming flowers, the taste of coconut sorbet, and beautiful sunsets in the French province. That’s the vision that NUXE product development team had in mind when they created the new Body Delight Essentials line.
It’s impossible to resist the sweet and sugary scent of Body Delights. With hints of coconut, orange blossom, and wild vanilla, you’ll have a hard time getting out of the bath. The scent is scrumptious for summer, and layers beautifully with your favorite perfumes. Body Delights products have superb textures that are reminiscent of freshly made fondant, and all four products are made with almond and orange flower petals which offer smoothing, softening, and soothing benefits.
The Fondant Shower Gel makes us melt with pleasure. It’s formulated without soap, so it’s extremely gentle, and the coconut derived cleansing base transforms from gel to thick, sudsy foam in the shower (so it’s great to shave with, too)!
The Fondant Body Scrub offers botanical exfoliating with orange zest, lichee kernel, and walnut shell powder. This gentle formula offers efficient exfoliation that leaves the skin smooth, glowing, and flake-free.
The 24HR Moisturizing Body Lotion further pampers the skin with wheat, sweet almond, and sunflower oil to reduce dryness while absorbing instantly and never leaving any residue on the skin.
The Fondant Firming Cream provides firming and anti-aging benefits with a cocktail of natural ingredients. Brazilian mimosa extract and oat sugar give a lifting effect, rye and kigelia Africana strengthen the cutaneous mesh, and jasmine extract with vitamin E provide antioxidant protection. This delicious texture melts into the skin quickly providing thighs, belly, bust, and arms with the TLC they need.
The formulations are as natural as they get- with up to 94% of ingredients from natural origin! And as always, NUXE products are paraben free!
So tell us, which product are you lusting after? They all sound remarkable, so try all four! And remember to friend us on Facebook; you’ll have a chance to win a few of these beautiful NUXE products in a fabulous giveaway!
Phytomer offers an excellent product for people who are physically and emotionally stressed and in need detoxification and relaxation. Phytomer Oligomer Seawater Bath is a freeze dried concentrate of sea water that fortifies the epidermis and helps prevent cellular fatigue. Phytomer (plant of the sea) products use the highest quality of natural marine ingredients available, and the sea water concentrate allows for whole body re-mineralization.
Enjoy a relaxing bath in warm water, adding one packet to your bath. Soak for 20 minutes before going to bed, or soak for 20 minutes followed by a 20 minute period of relaxation.
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They are finally here… What, you ask? The amazing LaVanilla products! I first fell in love with the line of fragrance a few years back when I felt I could not find anything new or alluring to what my scent preferences were. I tried them all and to my surprise, there was not one which was unpleasant. So now we have received the line of products here at SkinStore.com including the fragrances, which I could not be more ecstatic about! This line strives to avoid harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrance and chemical sunscreens. Wow! They have fragrances, body butters, lip products and even SPF products. There are scents of natural vanilla bean in all LaVanilla products and in addition to a splash of other captivating scents such as grapefruit, passion fruit, lavender, etc… The sun is out and I say that it is the perfect time to try something new!
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