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Shaveworks The Cool Fix: Banish Shaving & Waxing Woes

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Summer will be here before you know it, which if you’re like us, means you’ll be showing some skin poolside. Gone are the days of hiding fuzzy legs under winter layers! Whether you’re a wax fanatic or addicted to your razor, hair removal can be not-so-fun for sensitive skin. Luckily, we’ve found the perfect product to soothe irritated skin and prevent pesky bumps.

Shaveworks The Cool Fix is a lightweight gel that quenches fiery skin post-shave while targeting ingrownAN119-coolfix hairs, razor bumps, razor burn and redness. The secret is in a combination of gentle exfoliating and hydrating ingredients designed to soothe irritated skin. A three-acid complex of glycolic, salicylic, and phytic acids helps dissolve dead skin cells, frees trapped hairs, kills bacteria, and brightens the skin.  Boerhavia Root Extract, a natural anti-inflammatory, provides instant cooling relief and reduces redness.

Unlike many post-shave products, The Cool Fix spreads easily and dries in a flash, making it perfect for legs, underarms, and the bikini area! And even though it was made with women in mind, it’s also great for guys who struggle with skin sensitivity post-shave. Don’t be surprised if you find your boyfriend slathering on this stuff! For best results, gently exfoliate with a washcloth and warm water before waxing or shaving to soften the skin. Apply Shaveworks The Cool Fix to dry skin immediately after hair removal and continue applying day and night to prevent ingrown hairs.

Esti Find: Farmhouse Fresh Nectar Powder Milk Bath

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FH009-farmhouse-fresh-nectar-powder-milk-bathMoisturizing, nourishing and natural properties make this one of my favorite milk bath formulas available today. Farmhouse Fresh Nectar Powder Milk bath has a delicate, clean smell, and is a very fine powder you can add into any bath for a soothing, calming experience.

Formulated with chicory root, over twenty essential amino acids, lactic acid and vitamins, this bath powder helps to calm upset skin, reduce any swelling and inflammation and also helps to improve the skin’s texture.

Because it’s formulated without using any parabens, sulfates, or mineral oils, this powder is safe to use even on the most delicate skin. I started using this product because my skin gets very irritated with the winter-to-spring seasonal change—I become very dry and sometimes itchy. Using this powder has helped to keep my skin calm, soft and free from irritation.

New from Beautyblender!

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If you love the flawless look that you get from applying foundation with your Beautyblender, you can now apply your cream blush with one too. This new Beauty Blusher is a medium-sized sponge will help you use less product and get an amazing application. Simply wet the sponge, wring out the excess, apply product to the sponge, bounce over the apples of your cheeks, and voila! You have a flush of color that enhances your gorgeous complexion.

Speaking of the original Beautyblender, Red Carpet is the latest must-have limited-edition shade.  Make every day a special occasion with this sponge.  You can glam yourself up like the pros for an award-winning event or just look stunning for a hot date. Your favorite face- finishing tool just got a little bit of sass!

beautyblenderThought Beautyblender couldn’t get any cooler?  They just did, with the introduction of the Liner Design. This triple-edged eyeliner tool comes with a compact and a 5x magnifying mirror to help your create the perfect line that will stay in place after it’s applied. Go from a cat eye to a smoky eye with ease.  You can design and create your best look yet!

Shape your Summer Body with CelluliteRx® LipoTherm

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ID003-celluliterx-lipolift-firming-lotionWith temperatures rising and summer fast approaching, many women are looking to beat the heat. Whether you break out a bikini for lounging poolside or rock stylish shorts for a seasonal soiree, you can look and feel your best with all-natural CelluliteRx® LipoTherm Contour Cream!

Upon application you can see and feel LipoTherm Contour Cream in action. The rosy flush and warmth that result are due to the active ingredient niacin, which dramatically increases circulation. Increased circulation reduces the appearance of cellulite by flushing away toxins that weaken your skin’s collagen matrix.

Aside from poor circulation, the formation of cellulite is also caused by the hormone estrogen. Estrogen can contribute to swelling of fat cells in the subcutaneous layer of the skin. LipoTherm Contour Cream formulated with Regu-Slim ®, a natural complex of guarana seed extract, caffeine, and carnitine help stimulate fat-burning while wild yam extract helps to smooth out hormonal imbalances.

The LipoTherm Contour Cream and the full line of all-natural CelluliteRx® products are 100% cruelty-free and vegan. Choosing to care for your body with products that are healthy for your skin and the environment has never been easier!


My Favorite Multi-Functional Products

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YD024-skin-authority-daily-defense-moisturizer-spf-30When taking preventative measures with my skin care, I’m very diligent, but let’s face it; there are only so many hours in the day. So I love multi-tasking products that save time as well as money. Since I never leave the house without sunscreen, I look for moisturizers that contain SPF and skin-nourishing ingredients. Most mornings leave precious little time for pampering, so finding a product I like that takes the place of two leaves me overjoyed.

A few months back, SkinStore had a visit from the Skin Authority brand. Their product presentation went into great detail about the products that they carry. I went from not being very familiar with this line to being extremely impressed with what they have to offer.

I decided to try their Skin Authority Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, and I have to say this little gem has found a home in my skin care regimen. This moisturizer with SPF is very lightweight, which is extremely important to me when looking for a hydrating/protective product. Even though I wear it under makeup all day, my skin still feels like it can breathe.  This moisturizer offers both UVA and UVB protection and can be used on all skin types.

Another multi-tasking product that I treasure is Hydroxatone’s Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad-Spectrum SPF 40. This product doesn’t just make my skin look amazing as a cosmetic; it gives me SPF protection and hydration benefits as well! This BB cream offers the perfect amount of coverage but gives me that no- makeup look that I strive for. Facial make-up is increasingly becoming more than just cosmetics, and many products offer ingredients to address skin care concerns as well. With a little streamlining to your skin care routine, you can become a lot more consistent when it comes to using your preventative products on a daily basis.


More Than Just SPF!

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TP064-topix-replenix-sheer-physical-sunscreen-cream-spf-50Our skin needs UV protection, now more than ever. We’re constantly exposed to UV light—even indoors—due to computers, smartphones, and lights in offices and stores. Even if we’re not out in the sun, we still need to shield our skin from potential danger. And now with higher SPF products that do more than just one thing, it’s even easier. Here’s some of our faves:

Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 is an amazing treatment sunscreen. It’s chock full of antioxidant protection and contains Emblica fruit extract, which helps smooth your skin’s texture. The creamy formula is also hydrating, so just by putting on your sun protection, you get smoother, softer skin. We also love what’s not in it: artificial fragrance, oil and parabens. This weightless formula dries translucent with no unsightly white cast. Yes, please!

We often hear from people with oily skin that they are just not fans of SPF. They don’t like the heavy, greasy feel. We think you might change your mind with this one. Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 provides 3-in-1 benefits.  It will set makeup, control oil and provide antioxidant-rich sun armor. It’s a refreshing pick-me-up during the day, and it also comes in a purse size which is ideal for re-application.

Summer means we will just naturally be in the sun more often. For some of us that means hyperpigmentation surfacing. La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Tone Correcting Primer is a tinted primer with their trademark CELL-OX Shield technology which has sun filters and antioxidants. But it also conceals a myriad of skin conditions such as redness, acne marks and scarring, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and even melasma! All while creating a smooth foundation for makeup. This must-have is also suitable for sensitive skin. How can it get any better?



Want Glowing Skin?

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BK108-b-kamins-bamboo-and-rice-facial-polisherWhen it comes to exfoliation, there are physical and chemical exfoliators.  Although I am a fan of chemical exfoliation, a great facial scrub is something I am not willing to part with. Physical exfoliators contains little beads or bits of a substance such as walnut shells to physically scrub the skin. The thing I really love about this kind of exfoliation is the instant gratification. It gives my skin an immediate glow and it’s very smooth to the touch. The massaging of the product promotes improved circulation, which then in turn makes my skin come to life. When looking for a physical scrub, gentle is always the key. You never want to use anything that can cause irritation and inflammation. Always remember there is no need to apply very much pressure because the scrub does all the work!

One of my favorite facial scrubs is the PCA SKIN Gentle Exfoliant. This cleansing scrub contains beads that smooth and polish the skin without irritating it. If you have sensitive skin, this product will give you the desired results without your skin reacting in a negative way. With this product a little goes a long way, which translates to a great bang for your buck. Many dermatologists recommend this scrub, knowing that it is gentle yet effective for their patients who all bring different skin issues to their offices.

B. Kamins Bamboo and Rice Facial Polisher is the product that I use when my skin is congested. This gentle polisher is designed for acneic, sun-damaged, and thickened skin. This is not for sensitive types.  After using this product, I did notice that it reduced my pore size significantly. Overall, this product did what it claimed and gave me a healthier complexion by evening out my skin tone and smoothing out the texture. When I feel a breakout coming on, I use this product three times a week because it helps get rid of excess sebum. I really like the fact that it helps me combat the acne without drying my skin and actually moisturizes it. Facial scrubs are effective for so many reasons: ance/congestion, uneven skin tone, and they even help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with regular use.  I think everyone could use a facial scrub, but finding that one that suits your skin is the first important step toward getting the results you are trying to achieve.

Anti-Aging Sun Protection that Self-Adjusts to your Perfect Shade!

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hydropepetideHydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is the perfect anti-aging sun protector. We know that external factors such as sun and daily pollution are major contributors to lines and wrinkles, darks spots and an unhealthy-looking complexion.

As you can infer from the name, HydroPeptide products are formulated to hydrate and reduce signs of aging with skin- repairing peptides. So it only makes senses to put that same technology in an SPF, right? This product has the active ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc, so it’s a physical sunscreen that goes to work right away—no need to wait before you actually go out in the sun or in front of any UV light-emitting source.

This lightweight, non-greasy lotion has color-adjusting spheres that self-adjust to your perfect shade, making it an excellent lightly-tinted moisturizer SPF or an under-makeup base. Simply warm it between your fingers before applying to release the color-adjusting spheres. It also clarifies the skin and combats acne. But it is excellent for all skin types even those who are not acne-prone. A light scent of cucumber makes this product really refreshing.

To quote Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Prevent future damage, fight existing damage, hydrate and add a hint of color with this wonderful multi-tasker!

Gentle Eye Makeup Removers

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Most of us wear eye make up on a daily basis, which means we need an effective eye makeup remover.  KL051-klorane-floral-lotion-eye-make-up-remover-with-soothing-cornflowerWhile some prefer oil-free, others like the oil to remove heavy mascara. Many of SkinStore’s customers look for an eye makeup remover that is gentle and non-irritating to the sensitive eye area. Since this is a product we use nearly every day, it’s important to find one that’s both gentle and effective.

One of my favorites is the Klorane Floral Lotion Eye Make-Up Remover with Soothing Cornflower.  The pH of this product is identical to that of tears, so it is well-tolerated by even the most sensitive of eyes.  This product is really amazing. It completely removes all makeup with no need to scrub the delicate eye area. Just a few swipes and you’re makeup-free. This product has a light, flowery scent which makes the dreaded task of removing make up a little more enjoyable.  Although this makeup remover is not the best choice for water proof mascara, if you’re looking for a product that will not leave your eye area feeling dry or irritated, this would be a great choice for you.  If you wear heavy makeup and waterproof eye cosmetics, the H20 Plus Dual Action Eye Makeup Remover is a must-have! I was pretty impressed with how effectively this product removed my makeup. It’s gentle on the skin as well, so you are not missing out on soothing ingredients. I splash a small amount on a cotton pad and hold it over my eye area for around 10 seconds, and it loosens everything up for easy removal.  This product does not leave an oily residue or contain any fragrance, which can sometimes be irritating. For those who use a LOT of mascara and tend to have a pretty long nighttime cleaning routine, this will cut the time in half. Plus, you won’t experience any stinging or burning with this H20 product.

Favorite Oil-Free Moisturizers

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Kate_Somerville_Oil_Free_Moisturizer_KS019When the seasons change, it’s a good idea to adjust our skin care regimens. Sometimes that means trading in the heavy cream that works so well in winter for a lighter, oil-free moisturizer. If you have oily skin, you do not want a moisturizer that contains a lot of heavy oils. Fortunately, many oil-free moisturizers contain ingredients that work the same way. Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients that absorb or help another substance retain moisture. These ingredients are called humectants. Glycerin pulls moisture from the environment instead of sealing it in the skin. Even oily skin needs moisturizing and oilier types shouldn’t be afraid of using a daily moisturizer. The key is finding the one that suits your skin.

Kate Somerville’s Oil-Free Moisturizer is one of my recent discoveries. This excellent moisturizer hydrates the skin, controls oil production, and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m very impressed with the instant results. I apply it in the morning before my SPF and makeup and surprisingly, it’s the product that keeps my skin looking great the entire day. I don’t have to apply powder or use blotting sheets—this product does all the work for me! The formula feels as though it vanishes into my skin without leaving it greasy or shiny. This moisturizer can also be used at night. My other go-to oil-free moisturizer is the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion. Hyaluronic acid holds up to a thousand times its weight in water, which instantly plumps up the skin for a very youthful look. Over time, I noticed it was giving my skin a firmer feel and I even noticed a difference with the texture on my cheeks where I deal with congestion.  People who have adult acne or those prone to oily skin will really enjoy the way this moisturizer feels and how it keeps their skin beautifully shine-free all day long.

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