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Many of us already know and love Dr. Dennis Gross products. He has an amazing reputation for effective products. His latest product, Color Smart Cleanser and Mask is a completely new idea in an anti-aging cleanser. Not only does it brighten and firm with three, yes I said three, forms of vitamin c, it exfoliates with papaya enzymes and glycolic, and draws out impurities and congestion with oil-absorbing clay.
I know what you are thinking, it sounds good, but what is so smart about it? Well, two things. First, it changes color. Apply on dry skin with dry hands. It goes on a peach tone and then as you massage it in it turns a light yellow color so you can see that you have fully cleansed and exfoliated all your nooks and crannies. Genius! No more rough patches. Second, after you have cleansed and the color has turned yellow, you can leave it on for three minutes and use it as a mask 2-3 times a week. This will really drive in all those protecting antioxidants and help soften lines and wrinkles. So you get two products in one!
One SkinStore customer already loves it. She writes: “I love the way my skin feels after using this cream cleanser. It’s DRY and COLD here in New England. I leave it on for a few minutes for the vitamin C benefit. Really good stuff!” We think you will like it too.
Tip: Clay can be a little difficult to wash off. To make it a little easier massage in some water to emulsify the cleanser before doing your final rinse.
You can find this product on SkinStore.com.
Looking for a home peel that has the same benefits as going to your local spa? You’re just in luck! Dr. Dennis Gross has created a clinical-grade weekly peel that can be used at home. The Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel inspired by the service menu at Dr. Dennis Gross’ medi-spa in New York City. Packed with antioxidants and acids proven to help fight signs of aging, it reveals younger-looking skin with two at home steps. This patented peel enlists 15 powerful acids – more than double the amount in original Alpha Beta® Peel – to instantly revive the skin. Unlike other peels on the market, it’s formulated with an “acid active” antioxidant called rehmannia glutinosa root, which maintains its anti-aging powers even when mixed with acids. Step 1 pads gently exfoliate while nourishing and rejuvenating the skin. Step 2 peptide milk neutralizes the skin, enhancing acid benefits, while firming and hydrating the skin. This is great for anyone looking to turbo-charge their skin regimen. The benefits of this peel are amazing! It helps to improve your skin tone, reduce pores and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving cell turnover. Did I mention all skin types can use this product? Yes, all skin types, including sensitive skin. Order one today from SkinStore.com and enjoy the many benefits of an at home peel!
Although cleansing your face thoroughly with either your hands or a cleansing device is ideal, makeup removing wipes are a convenient way to remove the day’s makeup and grime so that you can properly cleanse your face. Makeup removing wipes shouldn’t be used solely to cleanse the face because they lack any type of cleanser, but are great for removing mascara, eye liner or other long wearing cosmetics. Makeup removing wipes, like the Boots No7 Quick Thinking Wipes – Value Pack are even great for throwing in your gym bag or purse if you want a fresh pick me up midday. You can also cut your make up wipes into smaller more manageable squares and can be used to remove make up goofs like lipstick, eyeliner or mascara from the upper eye lid.
Looking for skincare products as an expecting mother can be overwhelming. During this exciting time your body is quickly changing and you may experience differences in your skin due to increased hormone levels. After searching for a new skin care regimen myself, I found Belli Skin Care.
The ingredients in Belli products are selected based upon an extensive review of published medical studies. Every Belli product is allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and parabens. Belli even follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding.
Since using Belli products, I have noticed fewer breakouts and have glowing skin. Now, I can stop focusing on my blemishes and enjoy my beautiful pregnancy glow. Our favorite Belli skincare products are:
Belli Bye Bye Blemishes Duo: Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, 6.5oz – Lactic acid gently exfoliates acne prone skin without over-drying. Free of Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Benzoyl Peroxide. Acne Control Spot Treatment, 0.5oz- Sulfurs clears acne blemishes and helps prevent new breakouts. Absorbs quickly; non-greasy.
Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator: A day and night moisturizer rich in botanical humectants that help refine and soften skin texture.
You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com!
It is easy to get carried away with a new product, especially when you want to start the New Year off fresh. It is important to remember that directions and guidelines are provided for a reason and more isn’t always better.
Retinol or vitamin A, is a great addition to your skincare regimen when used correctly. Retinol comes in several forms and can be found in peels, creams and moisturizers. Vitamin A is a powerful, chemical exfoliator that sloughs away dead skin from the surface revealing youthful looking skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, with the absence of dead skin cells, the surface of the skin can be more susceptible to sun damage. It is important to use retinol products in the evening and use a high dose of SPF (sunscreen) during the day to ensure you aren’t damaging your newly exfoliated skin. It is also important to note that the percentage of retinol can differ from brand to brand.
When used appropriately, retinol can be the greatest anti-aging weapon in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions provided and you will be looking amazing in no time!
Some of our fave retinol products are SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0. You can find them on SkinStore.com.
Hitting the slopes this season? Don’t forget that just because its winter doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburned! Wearing sunscreen is especially important while enjoying the snow because the UV rays are more intense at higher elevations. Also, be aware of certain body parts you might miss while lathering up. Be sure to cover any parts of your face that are exposed such as ears, around the eyes, the scalp and the back of the neck. Here are a few of our favorite winter SPF products:
Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50; SkinCeuticals recently brought out a revolutionary sunscreen specifically formulated for the eyes.
Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Sun Protection Brush SPF 50 – Medium; If you aren’t keen on liquid sunscreens, Coloscience has an amazing powdered sunscreen that packs a whopping 50 SPF and is backed by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Neova DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer SPF 40 is a traditional liquid sunscreen but helps improve the visible signs of DNA skin damage caused by sun exposure. If you have oily skin, don’t fret. This formula is oil-free and is even water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Have fun this winter! You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.
Statistics show that 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee or caffeinated beverages on a daily basis. Why not take your love of the sacred nectar one step further? Here are a few of our favorite caffeine packed, coffee derived products!
The Archipelago Botanicals Boticario collection is a rich blend of coffee beans, orange blossom and bergamot. The soap in this collection uses real coffee grounds to gently exfoliate the skin and give you a jolt to start the day.
The Skin Authority Coffee Almond Scrub smells like a rich dessert but isn’t all fluff. Skin Authority blends coffee, olive and crushed almonds to provide a powerful scrub that helps alleviate cellulite, shrink blood vessels that cause spider veins and tighten skin as well as hydrate the skin leaving it velvety soft.
The Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub uses fresh Indonesian coffee beans to create a rich, cleansing scrub but differs from the rest because it also creates a gentle, creamy foam like a latte for the skin!
Chemical peels are an effective way to ensure the efficacy of your current skincare products, remove dead skin and reveal younger, healthier looking skin. Our skin takes quite the beating in day to day life so we encourage a fresh start every now and again. Peels can range in strength by the products used or the application process. The level of intensity is determined by a combination of active ingredients, peeling agents and pH level. Some peels may boast 10-30% of an active ingredient but it is the pH that is most important. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14; 0 being most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being alkaline. Most acid peels should fall between 1.5 to 4.0, the latter of which is only available through a dermatologist or skincare professional.
Most over the counter peels are classified into 3 categories; AHAs (which includes citric, glycolic, lactic & malic acids), BHAs (which includes salicylic acid) and blended peels. Peels can aid with hyperpigmentation, fine lines or wrinkles, acne scarring and hyperkeratosis.
A staff fave for at home use is Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. Results are noticeable after just one use and accumulative over time. It’s the perfect go to kit for big event like a wedding our class reunion when you need your skin to look picture perfect!
You can find this product on SkinStore.com.
Suffering from dry, dehydrated winter skin? Here’s a tip! Adding concentrated serums to your moisturizers can double the humectant factor. Here are a few additives that can give your favorites a little boost this winter season.
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel can be added to any day or night cream to replenish nutrients in the skin. Added moisture helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles as well as smoother looking skin. B5 Gel is also recommended for use with vitamin C to maximize the benefits.
Peter Thomas Roth Oil Less Oil 100% Purified Squalane can be added to sunscreen, moisturizers or used before your make up application to deeply condition the skin. Squalane is found in the body naturally and this purified version duplicates the lipid barrier found in our skin.
Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder is a revolutionary powder that can be added to your favorite cream or sunscreen to help fight free radicals, which are still an issue even in the winter! Vitamin C helps lighten and brighten skin as well as reverse the aging process.
You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.
With New Years Eve quickly approaching many of us have beauty resolutions at the top of our list. Look years younger without going under the knife! Micro-current devices are a great option for anyone looking to firm and tone their skin. This technology is designed to soften wrinkles and rejuvenate skin, including skin damaged by sunburn, acne, stretch marks, cellulite and scarring. When used on the face, the treatments have become known as a “non-surgical facelift.” Micro-current mimics the body’s own bio-electric current and works by passing low frequency, direct current through muscle tissue to stimulate the muscle fibers. At home micro-current tools are a very effective option and growing in popularity.
Our most popular micro-current device NuFace Trinity delivers unparalleled professional results in an easy to use at-home system. The NuFace Trinity is newly updated with an ergonomic design to deliver an amazing user experience. With the addition of interchangeable Infrared light treatment heads for added functionality, the NuFace Trinity makes it easy to achieve results in as little as 5 minutes a day.
Another customer favorite is the WrinkleMD Eye HA Deep Infusion System. This groundbreaking tool uses a Hyaluronic filler system with gentle micro-current to deliver Hyaluronic Acid — the wrinkle-filler injected by dermatologists — and peptides by infusing them into the layers of your skin, deeper than creams or serums can reach. Each 40-minute treatment targets wrinkles with an intensive boost of Hyaluronic Acid. Visible results are immediate and continue to improve with as little as one treatment per week. All you will feel is a gentle, euphoric tingle and all you see is beautiful, younger-looking skin!
You can find the devices mentioned above and other great beauty tools at SkinStore.com.