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It’s a Crime Not to Prime!

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If you’re looking for a way to get your foundation to go on smoother, last longer and look air brushed then you must use a primer! Too Faced Primed and PorelessPrimers are so important to use before your makeup application because they create a barrier between your skin and the foundation. Primer creates an even and smooth base on the skin going into the crevasses and fine lines to create an even flat surface. Too Faced Primed and Poreless not only creates the perfect base, but it also makes pores look nonexistent. This one-of a-kind makeup primer was scientifically formulated to wear under bronzers and foundation powders or alone to achieve the look of flawless skin without makeup! Vitamins A & C, mulberry extract and a powerful dose of Retinol, virtually banish pores; while tired skin is left hydrated, firmer, and detoxified. Primed & Poreless creates the perfect canvas to allow powders, bronzers and foundations to airbrush onto the skin seamlessly and perfectly blended. This is an all-in-one primer and is suitable for all skin types. If you are looking for the perfect primer, look no further!

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.


Infuse Skin with Nourishment

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Elemental Herbology incorporaElemental Herbology Cell Food Facial Serumtes the integral philosophy of the Chinese Medicine’s Five Elemental Theory. The wood element is aligned to spring, germination, growth and change. It is a time to ‘tend the soil’ before ‘sowing the seeds’ and in this way, a time to purify the skin and infuse it with much needed nourishment.

Consider adding into any skincare regimen the Elemental Herbology Cell Food facial serum. This serum contains a power-house of proteins, vitamins and anti-oxidants to help boost, protect and repair undernourished skin, especially after the effects of the winter season.

“You can actually feel this serum doing your skin good; natural products don’t get more effective. It leaves skin supple and nourished in the short term and decidedly more radiant in the long term.” - Harper’s Bazaar, October 2014

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.


NuFACE Reveals New Spring Colors

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Get your skin spring ready! NuFACE is the leader of innovative, anti-aging devices that deliver visible results for beautiful skin. NuFACE Spring ColorsNuFACE has released their spring line featuring, NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device in Coral Crush & NuFACE mini in Caribbean Sea!

The NuFACE Trinity Facial Trainer is clinically tested for improved facial contour, skin tone and wrinkle reduction in as little as 5 minutes a day! In a recent clinical Study:

-85% of clinical study users experienced significant improvements in facial contour

-80% of clinical study users said their face felt more toned

-73% of clinical study users experienced significant improvements in skin tone

The NuFACE mini in Caribbean Sea is petite, portable microcurrent facial toning device FDA-Cleared for facial stimulation.

Both devices are great for beauty seekers who want to lift, tone and contour- lift jowls, contour jawline, reduce nasal labial folds and wrinkles, lift eye brows, open eyes…need we say more?

 

You can find both devices on SkinStore.com.


Top 15 Concealer Tips

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The best concealers diffuse discoloration, lighten shadowed areas, disguise blemishes, and work in conjunction with foundations to achieve a more even skin tone and hide flaws. However, a poor choice in concealers can make things look worse! They draw attention to problem areas, accentuate fine lines and wrinkles, look cakey, settle into creases, and even disappear as the day comes to an end.

Top 15 Tips and Tricks:

1. Concealers should not, generally, be applied over powder foundation. Doing so tends to cause streaking and the powder may roll or peel. When using powder foundation, apply concealer first.

2. Choose a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone to neutralize dark areas without attracting attention by making it look too light.

3. Use liquid concealer; if you have normal, combination, oily, sensitive or blemish-prone skin.

4. Use stick concealer; if you have normal, dry or sensitive skin

5. Use cream concealer; if you have normal, dry, combination or sensitive skin

6. Use cream to powder; if you have normal, slightly dry, combination or sensitive skin

7. Apply concealer under the eye: draw a triangle with the base under your eye and the point toward your cheek instead of straight across the bottom of the eye. This technique covers more, blends better, and last longer.

8. When choosing a color-correcting concealer remember:

Lavender: counteracts sallow or yellowness in the skin

Yellow: counteracts deep purple tones such as dark circles or scarring; pale yellow works well to highlight brows and cheekbones but it must be pale yellow, not gold

Green: neutralizes redness, including diffusing redness from rosacea. Great for covering up acne!

Pink: Neutralizes a blue cast on lighter skin tones

Orange/Salmon: neutralizes blue to deep purple or grayish tones on deeper skin tones

9. To prevent your eye shadow from falling off your lid and settling in the creases, prime your eyelids first with a dab of concealer.

10. Hide puffy eyes with a bit of eye cream, highlighter, and concealer. Mix them together and apply.

11. After applying concealer, blot the area with a thin tissue to prevent the product from settling into creases around your eyes.

12. Make your lipstick pop and prevent the color from bleeding by lining the outside of your lips with a fine-tip brush and a bit of concealer.

13. Make your brows pop by lining them above and below with a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone.

14. Create a tinted moisturizer by mixing your daily face lotion with a bit of your go-to concealer.

15.  For a smooth application with stick concealer, apply some on the back of your hand and gently rub in a circular motion to warm up the product. This will give you a nice smooth application.

Some of our staff favorite concealers are Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer and Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer. You can find both of them on SkinStore.com.


Niacinamide: Key Ingredient

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Niacin, also known as Vitamin B-3 is found in many foods, including yeast, meat, fish, poultry, milk and eggs. The benefits for the SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B Einternal consumption of niacin are astronomical. It is scientifically proven to help treat heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol, and more. Topical application of products that contain niacin and niacinamide (which is a derivative of niacin) has also proven to have incredible effects. Niacin is found in all cells and it plays an important role in energy production. Thus, it is present in the organs that are metabolically active like the brain, heart, and liver.

In regards to skin care, Niacinamide has the ability to treat skin conditions including aging skin. It is anti-inflammatory which makes it effective in the treatment of acne. It is also beneficial against skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea. Studies have shown that 4% niacinamide gel can improve the symptoms of acne. In regards to rosacea, one study showed rosacea patients treated with niacinamide resulted in a diminished reaction to irritants. 26 out of 34 patients studied had a dramatic improvement in their skin.

Niacinamide is amazing for young skin, but it’s a miracle worker for more mature skin. There is evidence that it stimulates cells to produce more collagen. It’s also great for excessive dryness because it prevents moisture loss. It protects the skin by providing a safe occlusive barrier between skin and the environment. This ingredient does not feel heavy or greasy. Most importantly, niacinamide increases the production of ceramides which are lipids in the outer layer of the epidermis. Ceramides form a protective barrier against water loss. It will soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It stimulates circulation in the dermis which increases blood flow and increase vital nutrients to the skin, radiance, and overall skin health.

But what about those ugly age spots and hyperpigmentation that many suffer from due to sun exposure and other factors? Niacinamide in concentrations of 4% helps lighten areas of pigmentation. It reduces blotchiness, improves skin texture, and evens out skin tone.

Is it safe? According to a study published in The International Journal of Toxicology, niacinamide is not toxic or carcinogenic. This was tested on levels higher than those found in any cosmetic product. More importantly, it does not sensitize the skin or cause irritation in most people. It is classified as a low hazard cosmetic ingredient by The Environmental Working Group.

In a clinical study, after just four weeks of Niacinamide use, users saw water loss reduction by 24%, Pigmentation decrease by 68%, and increase of fatty acids by 67%, increase of ceramide production by 34%, fibroblasts production by 20%, collagen production by 54%.

Clearly, the studies show it produces great results; Niacinamide is an ingredient for those who want to go above and beyond in their skin care.

 

Some of our favorite products on SkinStore containing Niacinamide are SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E and SkinMedica LYTERA Skin Brightening Complex.

 

 

 

 


YOUR LIPS ARE THE BALM

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No matter the season, rain or shine our lips always need a little extra TLC and the one skincare accessory we cannot live without is Belli Sheer Comfort Lip Balmlip balm. Our lips are one of the softest and thinner parts of our body. Belli® has developed their very own lip balm to help relieve and heal your dry, cracked lips.

And because our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is 100% lanolin, it is great to use on any other part of your body that needs the extra moisture, such as your cuticles and heels which can become cracked during the winter months. Even breastfeeding mom’s can benefit from using our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm to help hydrate dry, cracked nipples.

Belli’s® Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is formulated to lock in your lips natural moisture with just one ingredient, a soothing medical graded, hypoallergenic Ultra Purified Lanolin Oil.

Our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is easy to apply and glides on smoothly without leaving a greasy residue on your lips.

At Belli® we are dedicated to bringing the very best in trusted skincare solutions that pamper and protect your skin without any known harmful chemicals, making our new Sheer Comfort Lip Balm a great addition to our skincare line.

Here are some things you should know about Belli® Skincare and its range of luxurious and effective skincare products for Pregnancy, Motherhood and Beyond:

Belli® is Picky For A Purpose™ to give you peace of mind. Our products are allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives. The ingredients in Belli® products are selected based upon an extensive review of published medical studies. For pregnancy and motherhood, Belli® follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding. We teratology screen our skincare products recommended for use during pregnancy by searching through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5,000 international journals, and use this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy. We also LACTMED screen to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding so that all Belli® products can also be used post-pregnancy.

You can find Belli products on SkinStore.com.


New! Prtty Peaushun

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Warm weather is approaching so, that means hem lines will be getting shorter! Have you ever wanted a body product that gives you HG008-prtty-peaushun-skin-tight-body-lotion-medium color, a flattering glow and helps lift, firm, tighten, all while diminishing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and varicose veins? Well, here’s your product! The Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion addresses all those concerns. It is natural, vegan, certified gluten free, toxin free, paraben-free, cruelty free and fragrance free. It contains exceptionally high quality and beneficial ingredients that anyone can use. The lotion comes in shades: light, medium, dark, deep dark or plain if you do not want to add color. People have been raving about this product since it came out and have referred to it as “photo shop in a pouch”. All you have to do is shake the pouch, apply a very small amount, wait 5 minutes and you are ready to go. The solution will not rub off on clothing or bedding and stays on until your next shower!

 

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.


Battle of the Dark Eye Circles

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Under eye circles are a very common skin care concern. Our customers (and myself included) are on a constant hunt foNI007-in-style-eye-repair-cr the miracle product that will address this concern. In order to find the right product, you first need to figure out what is the cause of your dark circles. Take a look at the color under your eyes, if the skin appears more blue then your dark circles may be caused by leaking blood vessels and if your skin appears more brown then it may be caused by hyperpigmentation.

Blue circles are usually hereditary or show up as we age. As we age the padding around the eye gets thinner and we lose the baby fat. The skin around the eyes is about .5 mm while the rest of our skin is about 2 mm. Since the skin is so thin around the eyes it can show blood pooling or leaking. Eye products that contain vitamin K may help address this issue. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting, improving blood circulation and reduces inflammation. The problem with vitamin K is that it is hard to stabilize and therefore you cannot just rub some vitamin K under your eyes and expect to see results. It is important to find a reputable brand that has formulated a product with a stabile form of vitamin K to target dark circles. Peptides are another great way to combat blue under eye discoloration. Peptides will tighten the tissues around the eyes and prevent blood leakage from the vessels. Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Eye Repair Cream is a spectacular product to “reduce” the look of dark circles.

Brown circles are more common among darker skin tones. Periorbital Hyperpigmentation is when more melanin is produced around the eye than usual. The best way to prevent this discoloration is to apply a sunscreen daily to protect the eyes from sun damage. NIA24 Eye Repair Complex is a great product to address darkness around the eyes. It contains Pro-Niacin to improve the hyperpigmentation and vitamin C to brighten the eye area. Understand that there is not a product that can get rid of the circles completely, but there are products that can definitely help.

 

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


Extra! Extra! The latest from SkinCeuticals!

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SkinCeuticals announces their newest correcting and hydrating product, Metacell Renewal B3! This producMetacell2t is perfect, if you are just starting to see signs of aging due to sun exposure. This light gel-cream offers barrier repair, calming of inflammation, brightening, and correction for a dull skin tone. Tri-peptides help tighten the skin. It is also, great for dehydration and hyper pigmentation. Every skin type can benefit from a serum that boosts hydration levels. I have been using it for almost a week and have seen an improvement in firmness and brightening. In the morning I use it after the CE Ferulic. It absorbs nicely into the skin. So far, I give it an A+!

Another hot product is SkinCeuticals, Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50. I will be honest; at first I didn’t really see the need for this product. After learning that most facial cancers happen around the eyes AND knowing my own issues with sun damage around my eyes, I didn’t need any more convincing. Plus, for those of us who wear glasses the sun rays are magnified through the lenses, exposing the already delicate under eye area to more harmful UV rays. Yikes! I get it now, you totally need this product. Like its uber-popular facial counterpart, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50, it is tinted. So, you can use it like a concealer or an eye shadow primer. There is no moisturizer in it, so it’s not greasy. In fact a colleague reported that it actually controlled the oil on her eyelids. We love it and think you will too! Coming soon to SkinStore.com in March.


AHA vs BHA: What’s the Difference?

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Skin naturally sheds billions of skin cells every day. It is said that 90% of household dust, is made up of dead skin cells. As we age, NS035-neostrata-ultra-skin-smoothing-cream-aha-10this natural shedding process slows down or stops due to many factors such as sun damage, dry skin, oily skin, genetics, or skin disorders. The results of this are dull, dry or flaky skin, clogged pores, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Exfoliation is key in helping skin balance itself. Getting rid of dead skin cell build up can reduce the effects of the slowdown.

Exfoliation helps your skin look younger, promote blood flow and circulation, promote collagen production, and improve overall skin health. With so many exfoliating products out there, how do we know what to use and what is appropriate for our skin type and need? To better understand what to use, we must first understand how they work and what skin types and conditions are appropriate for each category.

As an esthetician, I’m always asked what is the difference between AHA and BHA? Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) are acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes etc. They work by melting the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together. AHA’s are water loving and water soluble acids and their molecular structure is small. AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content. A main point of difference is that they don’t penetrate as deep as BHA and the effects are felt on the surface of the skin. AHA’s are great to rejuvenate aging skin.

On the other hand, Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is an oil loving acid. BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and whiteheads. BHA can get through the oil that clogs pores and helps to normalize the lining of the pore that contributes to acne. BHA’s have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. BHA’s are sometimes preferred for those struggling with rosacea. However, not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant. It’s best to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds. It is likely you’ll see less redness and a smoother, even skin with fewer breakouts.

Many clients often ask if they can be used together? Yes, but it’s not necessary. If you decide to do so, make sure to use them separately; one in the morning and one at night to prevent irritation.

AHA:

– Glycolic acid: derived from sugar cane

– Lactic acid: derived from milk

– Mandelic acid: derived from bitter almonds

– Tartaric acid: derived from grapes

– Malic acid: derived from apples and pears

– Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits

***It is important to note that with today’s technology, most of these acids are derived synthetically. This is to keep the acid stable, allow for use for those with allergies to natural substances, and control its strength***

 

BHA:

– Salicylic acid: derived from the Willow Bark Tree and others.

**This acid is dominantly used in skin care**

– Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits and considered a cross over acid. It can be an AHA depending on its formulation.

 

It is strongly recommended to use SPF when using any of the above acids. Exfoliants can make skin photosensitive and sensitive in general. SPF will help in the prevention of hyperpigmentation etc.

 

General guidelines for usage:

– You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.

– You can also apply either of these around the eye area but, not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.

– Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.

– Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.

– If you’re using a topical prescription product such as Renova, other retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, consult with your doctor before applying either AHA or BHA.

Now, all that is left to do is to choose which one is right for you and exfoliate the years away!

Some of our favorites on SkinStore.com are Neostrata Ultra Skin Smoothing Cream AHA 10 and Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2 Percent BHA Liquid Exfoliant.

 

 

 



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