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Vichy LiftActiv Supreme [GIVEAWAY]

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Have you felt like your skin aged in just one day?  You wake up refreshed and radiant and by the end of the day you look tired and dehydrated.  In fact, from morning to evening, we can look up to 4 months older, with skin that looks less radiant, saggy and more accentuated wrinkles. This treatment is specifically created to counteract daily aging. Vichy has proven that signs of aging become more pronounced over the course of the day. It’s not just the years that give away a woman’s age, it’s each passing day. In an exclusive clinical study, Vichy identified key markers that give skin its “tired look” by the end of the day:

– Dulled complexionhttp://www.skinstore.com/p-24538-vichy-liftactiv-supreme.aspx

– Deepening wrinkles

– Sagging features

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme features technology & ingredients that are innovative and long lasting. Instant 3D Optical Correctors simultaneously mattify, blur, and illuminate.  Exclusive “Day proof” Technology combines Caffeine + Adenosine for younger-looking features all day. Rhamnose and powerful antioxidant Neohesperidine help reduce the look of wrinkles over time: Contains fortifying and soothing Vichy Thermal Spa Water.  It is also Paraben-free which is great for those with paraben sensitivities.

Immediately blur imperfections.   Your skin will look smooth and bright.  Your skin will remain stimulated the entire day so the skin looks plumped, hydrated, younger, and rested.  Over time, deep wrinkles will be visibly smooth and skin looks firmer.

The texture may seem rich but it melts immediately into the skin.  It is non-greasy, non-sticky, and works great under sunscreen or makeup.  This item has been allergy tested and is suitable for all skin types.

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Key Ingredient: Rice

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Rice has been used for centuries as part of traditional beauty and skin care regiments in many places around the world. Recently during our Juara training, co-founder Metta was training us on the Juara Rice Facial Cleanser and she gave us a beauty tip that has been part of her culture for as long as she can remember. Briefly, she said when you rinse rice at home, take the water from the rinsed rice and use it to rinse your face and you will find that your skin is softer and smoother.

In learning about this ancient beauty tradition I found that for centuries rice has been used to ease many skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dryness. Rice has also been used as a skin care mask when ground up finely with milk or water to create a paste that is then applied to the skin for 15-20 minutes then rinsed. Since rice contains allantoin, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory and is used for skin irritation and redness which makes perfect sense when considering the many uses in skin care products.

Learn more about rice in our key ingredient feature, and find out which products we carry by visiting our Rice section! One of our favorites is Juara Rice Facial Cleanser.


Polish off your Pedi, Perfectly!

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Jolly GoodSandal season is upon us and what makes your sandals look even better? Painted tootsies, of course!

Our fave pedi polish just got even better. Butter LONDON just rolled out their latest Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer. The amazing original formula stayed chip-free and shiny for the life of you pedicure, yes even several weeks in between. But, the latest launch kicks it up several notches by offering a formula that strengthens, Flusher Blushersmoothes, and has a gel –like cushion with superior shine!   Best of all, this polish is free of all the nasty chemicals that we don’t want like: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide or xylene.

Try some fun summer colours brilliant for rocking your socks off! Jolly Good – opaque, bright coral crème (pictured above).  Flusher Blusher – opaque, fuchsia pink crème (pictured right) and Broody – opaque, raspberry crème. And of course they come in classic tones excellent for a perfect mani too!

You can find butter LONDON products on SkinStore.com.


The Secret to Ageless Skin

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If you ask any reputable plastic surgeon or dermatologist, they will tell you the secret to knowing a person’s age is in their neck. Most often, men and women are very concerned with the appearance of their face, but forget that the neck and décolleté should receive the same tender loving care. Here are a few of our favorite neck creams to help give you that rejuvenated, youthful, celebrities look.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream is a completely organic line derived fruit extracts including the coveted Resveratrol packed grapeseed, this cream improves skin texture without harsh ingredients that can irritate the most sensitive of skin.

StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream uses the patented Gravitite-CF complex to recreate collagen and elastin fibers that can be lost with age to reveal smoother, younger looking skin.

Dr. Brandt DNA Firming Neck Cream is packed with platinum peptide technology to drive deep into the skin and repair problem areas beneath the skin’s surface.

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream delivers three clinically proven matrix building ingredients to lift and firm the skin as well as add volume where it may be lacking.

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


BEACH BABE 101

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Are you looking for that celebrity signature, low maintenance, summer hairdo? Look no further than the Alterna BAMBOO Beach Summer Ocean Waves spray. This lightweight spray gives you that tousled, effortless beach do without the sand or the sun damage! Ocean Waves spray is packed with coconut oil to lock in moisture and seals ends to prevent color from fading, as well as add impeccable shine. The scent combinations of coconut oil and the Gardenia Flower Extract will transport you straight to the beach without the hassle of airfare.

Simply apply the spray from roots to ends on damp or dry hair and shape with your fingers for a loose wave or use a diffuser on your dryer for a more defined curl. Pair this product with your favorite sunless tanning product and you will have all your friends convinced you spent the weekend at the beach!

You can find this product and more of your summer faves at SkinStore.com.


Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens

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There is a lot of confusion when it comes to sunscreen. One of the most common questions is, “what are the differences between a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen?” Here is a quick and easy guide in the major differences in these types of sunscreens.

Physical sunscreen: Deflects the sun rays off the skin to protect it from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

-A physical sunscreen contains a zinc oxide or/and titanium dioxide.

-One of the best perks of a physical sunscreen is that is works instantly. There is no wait time between applying the sunscreen and going outdoors.

-Physical sunscreens also are more stable than a chemical sunscreen and generally safe to use.

Chemical Sunscreen: Absorbs sun rays and acts as a filter.

-A Chemical Sunscreen contains any of the following: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

-Not as stable and may cause irritation.

-Must wait 20 minutes after applying before going outdoors.

-Chemical sunscreens are very controversial right now and how your body absorbs these chemicals and how these chemicals are affecting our bodies in the long run.


Balanced and Blemish-Free Summer Skin

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Elemental Herbology Facial Detox MaskElemental Herbology incorporates the integral philosophy of the Chinese Medicine’s Five Elemental Theory. Summer is the element of fire and symbolizes outward movement, warmth, vitality and energy.

When the fire element is in excess, skin can become excessively oily and congested. The humid summer months can lead to breakouts and irritated skin, making it an essential time to incorporate balancing products into your skincare regimen. We suggest adding into any existing skincare regimen the Facial Detox Mask.

Formulated with mineral rich organic Amazonian clay to deep clean skin that is prone to blemishes and resolve congestion. Manuka honey, aloe and calendula provide anti-inflammatory relief while eucalyptus, cedarwood, lavender and rosemary essential oils help to balance sebum production. Use once weekly for normal skin or up to three times weekly for oily skin.

You can find Elemental Herbology products on SkinStore.com.


Protect Your Lips

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We know how important it is to protect our skin from sun exposure. We know sun rays cause skin diseases, rapid, aging, as well as burning the skin. But what about our lips? Aren’t our lips even more delicate than the skin on our arms or back? Yes it is! The skin on our lips is very sensitive and sun exposure can cause our lips to become dry, chapped, and even split. Below are a few of my favorite lip products that contain SPF.

1. Coola Sport Liplux SPF 30: This all-in-one lip treatment is highly concentrated with the finest food grade certified organic and active ingredients. This lip protectant hydrates and nourishes while the broad spectrum UV protection works year round for soft, healthy and happy lips.

2. Hampton Sun SPF 30 Luxe Sport Lip Balm: Give your lips the best in sunscreen protection with our SPF 30 Luxe Sport Lip Balm. The soft and hydrating formula includes natural and organic ingredients such as pomegranate, aloe vera, grapefruit, cucumber, green tea, and many other calming additives. For use in and out of the sun, this moisturizing balm will protect your lips while giving it the nutrients it needs.

3. B. Kamins Lip Balm SPF 20: This soothing lip balm helps to moisturize and protect lips from sun, wind and extreme temperatures. This formula helps to repair chapped, sore lips with maple and softening essential oils. This treatment creates a smoother palette for lipstick application by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and reducing the feathering of lip color. Use anytime for softer, more luscious lips.

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


Topical Probiotics: Fact or Fiction

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We all know the immense benefits of probiotics internally. They are anti-inflammatory; mybodyfacilitate digestion and healthy bowel movements, as well as many other things. Probiotics have beneficial effects on your overall health. Now, new science reveals Probiotics help support the immune system, combat imbalance and chronic disease, and re-awaken youthful processes within the body that slow with age. However, can topical probiotics help support skin health?

Skin is an organ of elimination. We secrete toxins through our sweat glands every day. Mybody is one of the first skin care lines that believe the power of Probiotics boosts skin’s health and appearance. Their topical Probiotics are non-living molecules from body friendly bacteria.

Beneficial For All Skin-Types, Topical Probiotics Are Proven To Help:

  • Reverse inflammation and redness
  • Boost collagen for fewer fine lines & wrinkles
  • Detoxify stressed, acne-prone skin
  • Rehydrate skin for a softer, resilient texture
  • Provide powerful antioxidant activity
  • Increase oxygen for a healthy, rosy glow

Probiotics are one of the new beauty breakthroughs shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 2014.

Mybody bypasses the old skincare technologies associated with injury, chronic inflammation and a damaged epidermis through powerful Probiotic Bioactives.

RE-BUILD

  • Mybody Probiotic Bioactives boost skin’s natural repair response
  • Epidermis is left intact to heighten immunity and trigger healthy collagen production
  • Long term results are maximized due to minimal stress and inflammation

BREAK-DOWN

  • Excessive stress depletes probiotic activity and weakens cellular communication
  • Impaired barrier function increases risk of inflammation sensitivity and dryness
  • Continued damage results in thinner skin with less collagen production

MyBody products support how the body repairs, defends and heals itself for profound and healthy skin results. Formulated with a board of medical physicians and skin scientists, MyBody ingredients include clinically validated probiotics and patented formulas to manage a variety of concerns, including dryness, roughness, wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, acne, redness and puffy eyes.

MyBody products are specially designed to address the complex skin care needs of every woman throughout each unique stage of her life and are perfect for those with sensitive, aging, and acneic skin types. The heart found on the logo is a reminder that the skin and body work together and, when in balance, the outcome is a more youthful and healthy appearance. The company does not use any artificial dyes, sulfates, phthalates or parabens and donates 1% of all of its online sales to support mental health initiatives.

You can find MyBody products on SkinStore.com.


Estie Review: Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented

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CO037-coola-face-spf-30-mineral-matte-tint-unscentedI’ve been experimenting with different SPF products for a while now. There are literally hundreds to choose from and they all promise to be the best. My biggest complaints with SPF have been texture and smell. The higher the SPF the thicker consistency; the thicker the consistency the greasier my skin felt and continued to get throughout the day. The smell was also a difficult challenge. As an esthetician, I know the crucial importance SPF plays on skin health. However, I’m being honest; I just stopped wearing it because it became confusing and tiresome. What is the right number for me to wear? How much should I put on? I keep wiping my face all day long, is this stuff still on my skin? Finally, I relied on the SPF provided by my makeup. If this sounds like you, then I have great news!

Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented has been amazing for me. You can defend your skin from both the sun and environmental pollution with a chemical free, mineral matte shield. The matte really helps control oily shine for most of the day. This product glides on silky smooth and sticks to the skin, which makes it easy to wear foundation without any problems. This unscented, lightly tinted formula delivers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, as it fights the damaging effects of free radicals. Please don’t let the tint fool you or deter you from this product. The tint is almost sheer and provides almost no coverage. Both men and women can use it without problems. This product is suitable for all skin tones.   Antioxidant-infused Borage Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Extract will rejuvenate skin, targeting early signs of aging. Shea Butter hydrates and softens sun-exposed skin while restoring elasticity. Plankton, a naturally water-resistant phyto-protector boosts SPF protection, making this the perfect everyday companion. It works like a treatment for your skin as well as protection. This really nice product comes at a mid-range price and will provide more than sun protection benefits. I highly recommend giving it a try.

Benefits:

-Ideal for normal or oily skin

-Lightly tinted

-Preservative free formula

-Infused with Certified Organic Ingredients

-Water Resistant (40 minutes)



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