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Belli Skincare [GIVEAWAY]

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Expecting moms look no further; you can have peace of mind with Belli skincare. Belli’s motto is picky for a purpose! They deliver trusted skin care solutions that pamper and protect without harmful chemicals. You can expect beautiful skin and enjoy peace of mind during any stage of your life: pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. Sound amazing? You’re just in luck! SkinStore is having a giveaway featuring three of Belli’s hero products: Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator and Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen. Click HERE to enter our Facebook giveaway!


Vitamin C & E Synergy

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There are certain ingredient sPCA Skin C and E Strengthtaples everyone should have in their daily care regimen to maintain a healthy complexion. Two of the most important are vitamin C and vitamin E; potent antioxidants, they both help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting an even skin tone. When used together in a formulation, vitamins C and E take part in a synergistic relationship that provides even more health benefits to the skin than using each alone.

UV-exposure causes free radicals to be produced, which in turn attack cells’ lipid membranes, trying to get to the DNA where cell damage and mutations can occur. Since vitamin E (tocopherol) is lipid-soluble, it has the ability to neutralize these free radicals before any damage to the skin cells takes place. Through this neutralization process, however, the vitamin E becomes a free radical, requiring the water-soluble vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) to react with the vitamin E, turning it into a stable molecule once more.

Because equal amounts of vitamin C are used to neutralize the unstable vitamin E, the most effective formulations will have lower percentages of vitamin E and higher percentages of vitamin C.

Skincare line PCA SKIN® has just launched two new breakthrough products containing maximum amounts of pure 5% vitamin E (tocopherol) that boast dramatic, visible results in as little as one week of daily use. C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max contain 15% and 20% vitamin C, respectively, along with pure 5% vitamin E, offering rapid, visible results within one to five weeks of daily use.

 

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.


Melasma

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Melasma, otherwise known as pregnancy mask, is one of the most common forms of hyperpigmentation. Women who are pregnant,Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub nursing or even using hormonal therapy run a risk of developing this issue. While this “mask” occurs due to a hormonal imbalance, sun exposure may worsen the condition. Women who have already suffered from sun damage may experience more severe pigmentation. The pigmentation generally affects the forehead, lips, chin and cheeks giving it the name “mask”. It is estimated that about 70% of all pregnant women have some form of melasma during pregnancy. (It also can occur in men, but very rarely).

Most people affected by melasma are advised to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunscreen throughout the day, we suggest Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen. Exfoliating the skin can be beneficial to removing the darkened skin cells, we recommend the Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub which is specially formulated to be gentle enough for pregnant woman. Belli offers a wide range of products for women who are pregnant, nursing or plan on becoming pregnant.

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!


Top 5 Acne Products

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If you’ve ever had a breakout or experienced acne you know how frustrating it can be. Here’s a few of our favorite acne products that will help you achieve clear glowing skin.

1. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – Makes a great spot treatment!

2. Topix Gly Sal 5-2 Pads – Convenient pad applicator is simple to use!

3. Jan Marini Bioglycolic Cream – Resurfaces the skin for a dramatically softer, smooth texture!

4. Baby Quasar Clear Rayz – Use LED light therapy to clear up acne and prevent future breakouts!

5. Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System – Cleanses skin 6x better than your hands alone!

Helpful tips to clear skin: Remember to never pick at pimples and avoid touching your face throughout the day. If you notice you’re always breaking out on your cheeks your pillowcase or makeup brushes may be the culprit. Make sure you wash your pillowcase and makeup brushes regularly.

You can find all of the acne fighting products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!


The Truth About Retinol

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A retinol based product can be found in almost every beauty line available and it easy to see why. Retinol, or vitamin shutterstock_21728725A, has the ability to increase collagen production. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions from acne to visible signs of aging.

Retinol gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin from the surface and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and dark spots. Retinol is a great addition to any skincare routine for many skin types but be aware you should allow 4-6 weeks for results to show noticeable and lasting results.

As many consumers are aware, the largest downside of retinol products is increased photo sensitivity. Because the retinol acts as an exfoliant, it exposes skin to environmental elements. It is proven that retinol does increases risk of sunburn but not an increase in development of skin cancer. It is high recommended that consumers stop tanning in UVB tanning beds while using retinol products. Users who are cautious of sun exposure or know they may be exposed can mix their retinol products with an SPF product or restrict their usage primarily at night.

Typical side effects include redness and photosensitivity. Overuse of Retinoid can cause peeling, shedding or excess dryness so it suggested that users limit their use to 3 times a week until the symptoms subside. Stop using retinol based products if skin becomes irritated, itches or burns. Active ingredients like retinol or other acids can cause activity like a light tingling sensation but should never burn. This said vitamin A or retinol products are not recommended for pregnant women or clients with skin conditions like Eczema and/or Rosacea.

Like any skincare product, if used correctly retinol can offer amazing results. Some of our retinol favorites include SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 for expereinced retinol users and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 .

You can find these great products on SkinStore.com!


Benefits of Cucumber

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Cucumbers aren’t just for your Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Hydrating Serumsalads anymore. Who knew that this humble fruit was so impressive? The skincare benefits are endless. With 90% water content cucumbers share the same level of hydrogen that we have in our skin, which makes it the perfect pairing!

They are full of vitamins and antioxidants that help address a wide array of skincare concerns. The seeds have amazing anti-inflammatory properties; the juice is great for skin tightening and acts as a bleaching agent to give you glowing skin. Ever wonder if those cucumber slices over your eyes actually did anything? Well they do! Cucumbers have both vitamin K and silica that combat dark circles and improve circulation. You can rid toxins from eating and applying cucumber skin care products.

Peter Thomas Roth has just introduced a new cucumber skincare line. It is perfect for anyone that wants to achieve fresh, replenished, and glowing skin. There is a cleanser, serum and treatment mask that is perfect for any skin type. They are soap-free, oil-free, sulfate-free and alcohol-free. Trust me your skin will thank you!

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.


Avoid Makeup Meltdown

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Searching high and low for a finishing spray to avoid makeup meltdown this summer? You’re not alone. We’ve all encountered brands that claim to give a flawless finish, but fall short. The “Makeup Gods” have answered our prayers! Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray – Oil Control, is an ultra-fine mist that controls shine for up to 16 hours. Skindinavia’s award-winning formula absorbs excess oil and keeps your makeup fresh and flawless, preventing your eye shadow and foundation from sliding or caking on hot summer nights. The Skindinavia collection also includes formulas for other concerns such as signs of aging and dryness.

 

You can find Skindinavia on SkinStore.com.


NEW! bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

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bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum FoundationAre you looking for a lightweight foundation that is perfect for summer? Or a foundation that provides full coverage, but also helps to treat the skin? bareMinerals has you covered on all angles! Their new bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is revolutionary. It’s packed with vitamin C to help brighten the skin and is clinically proven to help correct skin-tone. Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before. If you’re looking to treat your skin this summer this is the foundation for you!

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.


The Golden Rules to a Golden Glow

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When you reach for your sunscreen, are you 100% certain you know what you are applying? Here are a few tidbits of knowledge to help you through the summer without getting burned.

Did you know that sunscreen loses its efficacy after 12 months? Ingredients that contain sun protection factors such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are active ingredients so they can’t be expected to last forever. They have a shelf life just like your peanut butter so be sure to purchase a new bottle every summer.

*Helpful tip: Mark your bottle of sunscreen with the date you bought it!

Did you know you should apply sunscreen (no matter then SPF) every TWO hours? Sunscreen does not block the sun entirely and although you may have slathered yourself with sunscreen, it is not meant to last you a whole day exposed to the Sun’s harmful rays.

*Helpful tip: If you out and about, set an alarm on your phone every two hours to remind you!

Are you covering all the necessary spots or just your nose? Ears, eyelids, the scalp, lips and feet are the most often forgotten body part when applying sunscreen. Be sure to cover these areas to protect yourself from sun damage and possible health concerns.

Helpful tip: Spray sunscreens are incredibly convenient and you can cover yourself in seconds without greasy hands! A few of our faves are La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Spray and Supergoop SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C.

 

You can find these and many other SPF options on SkinStore.com!


Dangers of Sleeping in Eye Makeup

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You crawl into bed after an exhausting day. Your sleepy head hits the pillow and you are snuggled up for a much deserved restful night’s sleep when you realize you forgot to wash your face. You may think “what harm can one night of sleeping in my makeup really do?” A lot actually! Knowing what I know now about sleeping in eye makeup I can promise you I will NEVER do it again. There are the obvious drawbacks from sleeping in makeup like dirty pillow cases and waking up with makeup all over your face, but there are some more serious repercussions.

Mascara dries out eye lashes and if you are not taking the time to remove it at night your lashes are just getting brittle. They’re actually thinning, breaking and falling out. Mascara and liner cause bacteria to build up in the eye which can cause irritation, bloodshot eyes and styes. A stye is a painful bump formed in the gland of the eye. They are noticeable and to be honest quite ugly. These reasons alone are enough to make me drag my lazy butt out of bed to wash my face. But wait…there is more! EYE MITES! Eye mites are tiny microscopic bugs that live in the hair follicles of your lashes and brows. Everyone has them unfortunately, but if you don’t wash your face than you are giving them a chance to multiply. Now they have all that yummy eye makeup to munch on so they can get bigger, stronger and lay more eggs. Within a few days those eye mites have hatched, grown and are laying their own eggs. Stop the madness and wash your face!

A few of our favorite eye makeup removers and cleansers are Kate Somerville True Lash- Lash Enhancing Eye Makeup Remover, Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, ARCONA Triad Pads. You can find these products on SkinStore.com.



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