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As an esthetician we are constantly asking our clients if they are using an SPF. Proper sun protection is so important in skin care and it is the number 1 most important anti-aging product in your regimen. All too often I have women tell me that they have SPF in their makeup and therefore they believe that they do not need to apply a sunscreen. This is absolutely NOT true. While it is a great added bonus that your makeup contains SPF, it is not a substitution for applying a sunscreen. The truth is most people do not apply the layers of coverage they need from their makeup to get proper sun protection. Also, sunscreen needs to be applied every 2 hours when outdoors. Your face would be piled with makeup at the end of the day. An SPF 30 or higher should be part of your daily morning skin care regimen. You are welcome to apply your makeup over that for added benefit. Skinstore has a wide selection of sunscreens to offer for all skin types. One of our favorites is SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50.
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Caudalie’s story starts in France at the heart of a vineyard with a husband and wife. They believe the vine of grapes contain exceptional powers for the skin and are used throughout the Caudalie brand. The vine naturally produces resveratrol to defend itself and provides powerful antioxidant benefits for the skin. In fact, Caudalie pioneered the use and benefits of resveratrol in skin care. Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant. Resveratrol is found in high amount in the skins of grapes and in red wine. It may stop the growth of cancer cells topically as well as internally (when resveratrol is taken internally). It also reduces inflammation in blood vessels, improves blood vessel function and keeps platelets from clumping together to form clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Because it is an antioxidant that protects cells against oxidative damage and a compound that reduces inflammation, resveratrol offers anti-aging skin benefits. Oxidative damage primarily due to sun exposure is one reason for skin aging. Free radicals produced by exposure to oxygen and sunlight damage collagen and activate enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, another protein important for youthful skin. Research suggests that resveratrol is a more potent antioxidant than idebenone, a leading pharmaceutical antioxidant. You can find resveratrol in many Caudalie facial moisturizers, eye creams and anti-aging serums. A few of our favorite Caudalie products are Vinexpert Firming Serum and Premier Cru the Cream.
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Indoor tanning salons are just as popular as fast food restaurants in some cities. They promise the bronzed beauty that comes with a great tan. I am guilty of baking myself in tanning beds for years. I would listen to the teenage girl that worked at the tanning salon tell me how the UVA rays from the beds were safe and it was even smart to get a base tan in the summer to help protect my skin from the Sun. I knew better than to believe all this nonsense, but I just wanted to look tan. Now, I am older and wiser, but I have awful sun damage as a result of my poor tanning decisions. I no longer tan and am diligent about wearing proper SPF. I wish I knew all the harmful effects that I know now.
Here is some real and true information about tanning beds. UVA rays are not safe. In fact UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin, cause melanoma and premature aging. A typical tanning bed emits about 95% UVA rays and about 5% UVB rays. The UVA rays from a tanning bed are 12 times stronger than what we are exposed to from the Sun. The reason for this is because UVA rays make the skin darker faster. They also cause sagging skin, skin cancer and eye damage, including ocular melanoma (eye cancer). This information was never mentioned while I was shelling out money for my tanning service. I wish I knew that just one tanning session increased my chances of getting melanoma by 20%. And each additional session within that year tacked on another 2% risk. Tanning beds have been moved to “carcinogenic to humans” category which is the highest risk category for cancer. Shockingly, there are more cases of cancer due to indoor tanning than cases of lung cancer due to smoking (study by JAMA dermatology). No, tan is worth the risk. There are plenty of great self-tanners available now that are a safe alternative to tanning. Your future, older self will thank you! A couple of our staff favorites are Kate Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Blow Pads.
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Mason Pearson Brush Company is based in London England and has a rich history with a flair for detail. Although the price of the brush may be a bit shocking for most, there is a good and justified reason for it.
It is a fact that regular brushing gives your hair the best chances to look and feel great however, why spend so much on a brush? Mason Pearson Hairbrushes have a number of ways that set them apart from all the rest. First and foremost, these brushes are not mass produced. They are handcrafted by artisans that continue to use the techniques that were pioneered and patented by the founder-Mason Pearson-over 130 years ago. This company is based on tradition and values.
The unique rubber-cushion pad is made by hand using Mason Pearson’s original techniques, it allows for effective and efficient brushing. The patented pneumatic cushion conforms to the contours of the scalp, which optimizes brushing with minimal effort. It is easy to use and gently massages the scalp. Mason Pearson hairbrushes stimulate the scalp, clean the hair and increase blood flow to the roots. The plastic handle shape was developed from the original wooden models, which are still made in small quantities. The plastic handles are hand-finished to remove any sharp edges to feel comfortable in the hand.
The company has developed their own special nylon and takes particular care in selecting natural bristles to use the best combination for each hairbrush. The classic hairbrushes are made to suit a variety of hair types and lengths, so there is something to suit every individual. The line is available in three bristle types, pure boar bristle for fine long hair, boar bristle and nylon for normal to short thick hair and all nylon for long thick hair. You can also pick up a pocket (or travel) sized versions and combs. It is also, important to choose the correct size for ease and comfort of use.
Only the finest, premium-grade boar bristles are used in the brushes, which are gentle to the hair and scalp. Brushing with a Mason Pearson Hair Brush is the best way to distribute the natural oils while exfoliating the scalp and stimulating circulation to the hair follicles. The animals are not harmed in the collection of the boar bristle.
The Mason Pearson brushes are used in the finest salons around the world and are a favorite among celebrities and those in the fashion industry. Celebrity hairstylists have been using these brushes for years on their clientele including Lady Gaga and Kate Bosworth. Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Dita Von Tees, and Sophia Vergara use Mason Pearson brushes and swear by their effectiveness, shine production, and smoothing properties.
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Found in Själ Skincare’s Bio-Regeneratif Serum, malachite extract is an antioxidant rich in copper, which protects against environmental oxidative stress.
Malachite is an important mineral for environmentally stressed skin in two ways: acting as a defense shield from radical scavenging activity against superoxide anion and as a deep detoxifier through the stimulation of glutathione reductase (considered the body’s most important cellular antioxidant).
Stabilized at the pH of skin to ensure optimum tolerance, Malachite has been demonstrated at several levels of the “antioxidant” defense mechanisms in our cells through its effect on the superoxide radical, malachite acts directly on the unstable free radical. By inhibiting the superoxide anion at a rate of more than 95%, malachite is an excellent front line of defense.
Simultaneously, malachite acts on a deeper level in the body’s defense system. Its effect on hydrogen peroxide occurs via reduced glutathione – or more precisely, through the enzyme in charge of regenerating it. This indirect activation effect allows elimination of one of the main factors limiting the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and reduced glutathione: the reduced glutathione itself.
The effects of Malachite Complex have been demonstrated at several levels of the “antioxidant” defense mechanisms in our cells? Through its effect on the superoxide radical, Malachite Complex acts directly on the “troublemaker.” By inhibiting the superoxide anion at a rate of more than 95%, Malachite Complex represents a choice first line of defense? At the same time, Malachite Complex acts at a more complex level in the body’s defense system. Its effect on hydrogen peroxide occurs via reduced glutathione – or more precisely, through the enzyme in charge of regenerating it. This indirect activation effect allows elimination of one of the main factors limiting the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and reduced glutathione: the reduced glutathione itself.
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Ole Henriksen Three Little Wonders Box Set is a professional strength AM/PM regimen rapidly reverses all visible signs of aging skin. Each proprietary blend works in synergy to reveal your most youthful, healthy & radiant complexion. With nurturing textures and indulgent aromas, witness the transformation as you delight in the experience of treating your skin.
When used regularly, the results of this trio of products are truly amazing. Each formulation is oil-free, firming, lifting, pore tightening and all promote uniform pigmentation. As an added bonus, each product feels sensational and is a pleasure to use every day.
–Invigorating Night Treatment, 1oz This powerful treatment gel helps to hydrate the deepest layers of the skin, while smoothing and refining the surface texture.
–Sheer Transformation Creme, 1oz This luxurious, anti-aging creme fades skin discolorations, smoothes fine lines and protects from environmental damage.
–Truth Serum Collagen Booster, 1oz Get radiant skin with this incredible anti-wrinkle, firming and smoothing Vitamin C complex skin booster.
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Sunscreen protection is vital for both men and women. Studies have proven skin cancer is more prevalent in men. Men get twice the overall number of skin cancers and three times more squamous cell carcinomas that women do according to Tatiana M. Oberyszyn, PhD, assistant professor of pathology at Ohio State University in Columbus. Why? Men are more likely than women to have outdoor jobs and they are less likely to protect their skin with sunscreen. In addition, men are less likely to perform self-exams and to go see the doctor. Is the application of a sunscreen a cosmetic issue or a health issue?
To test this theory, Oberyszyn’s team exposed a breed of hairless mice to ultraviolet rays from a sun lamp. The mice underwent eight- to 10-minute tanning sessions three times a week for six months. That was enough to give both male and female mice skin cancer. As a side note, this is an important finding as well: Really validating the negative impact of using tanning beds on a regular basis.
“We found males got skin tumors earlier, got more of them, and more of the tumors were severe,” states Oberyszyn. Tests of male and female mouse skin turned up a surprising finding. The male skin cells carried fewer antioxidants than the female skin cells. It turns out that male skin is more sensitive than female skin. Skin cancer is the cancer men are most likely to face.
In fact, men over 50 are more than twice as likely as women to develop and die from skin cancer. Men are also about twice as likely to develop basal and squamous cell skin cancers as well. And it’s not just men over 50 who are at risk: a recent study by the Mayo Clinic has found that the rates for squamous and basal cell carcinoma have jumped for men under 40.
Men typically have less hair to cover ears and scalp, two important areas where they develop skin cancer more often than women. Men also top women in skin cancers of the often-exposed back, chest, and shoulders. These are the areas that require self-examinations. It is time for men to step up and put sunscreen on!
Men must put an ample amount of sunscreen on, and reapply every 70 minutes when directly under the sun. Hats that have protection for the neck and ears should be used. The reality is that sun protection is a very serious health issue and should not be ignored.
We recommend Menscience TiO2 Sunblock SPF 30. It is packaged in an easy to use and carry tube to facilitate application. It combines advanced ingredients for the ultimate sunscreen; an ultralight, non-greasy waterproof and sweat proof formula that provides maximum protection (SPF30). While moisturizing, nurturing and helping to repair the damaging effects of the sun: For everyday use or for extreme environmental conditions. It is appropriate for all skin types.
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Are you looking for the perfect item to spice up your face for the warmer months? With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start to get glowing skin. Sometimes, self-tanners can be a bit of a messy task, for the girls that need a quick fix bronzer does the trick. bareMinerals READY™ Bronzer- Skinny Dip, buffs on rich golden bronze color for a beautifully even, buildable glow. You can apply this to your face to give it a warm glow, as well as on your body. You can also, use this item to contour to give your face a better sleek bronzed look.
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This incredible conditioning cleanser offers a new take in an inundated product category-the cleansing oil. In a pump style container, this fragrance-free, moisturizing blend of ingredients removes makeup with ease. It rinses quickly from the skin and protects the natural moisturizing factor of the skin. This means no stripping of natural oils.
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Dissolving skin hugging makeup and impurities just got easier with Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser, First Aid Beauty’s modern take on the beauty classic, cold cream. In just one step, this multi-action cleanser removes all traces of makeup and impurities, including stubborn waterproof and long-wear formulas. Its silky, fluid texture effortlessly glides onto skin melting everything in its path and leaving your skin soft and supple.
The cleanser is enriched with skin nourishing oils – Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Coconut Seed Oil and Avocado Oil — to protect and boost skin’s moisture levels. This formula leaves skin clean, nourished and perfectly prepped to absorb the benefits of First Aid Beauty skin care to follow.
-Removes all traces of makeup and impurities.
-Nourishes and conditions skin, lashes and brows.
-Protects and boosts skin’s moisture levels.
It is best indicated for normal to dry skin types and a must for those with sensitive skin and rosacea. Rather than rely on oils alone—which are effective at removing makeup, but aesthetically unpleasant for some—First Aid Beauty added a few thickening/emollient ingredients (ethylhexyl palmitate and polyglyceryl-6 distearate). These emollients help create its cushiony “milk oil” texture and provide the added benefit of rinsing quickly from skin without leaving behind a greasy residue.
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