The end of summer justifies a new wardrobe, haircut and makeup…and as the canvas for your new Fall hues, your skin deserves some attention, too. Whether your goal is to reverse the effects of too much fun in the sun or prevent those dreaded dark spots from cropping up in the first place – with the ever-evolving assortment of available pigment-correcting products out there, what makes a pigment corrector stand out from the bunch? One that lightens age spots, discoloration from sun overexposure, melasma and acne scarring without causing skin irritation. The following five skin lightening mechanisms to look for include:
1. Beta White – a skin-brightening peptide designed to address both genetic and environmental causes of hyperpigmentation. Peptides are specific amino acid sequences that mimic the natural signals of cell communication and repair so their biological properties can target different areas – in the case of Beta White, that property is skin lightening. Beta White produces results without irritation as it is identical to the skin’s own structure and composition. Studies show that after only 4 weeks, 87% of subjects felt their skin was more uniform and after 8 weeks, 100% noticed their complexion looking more evenly pigmented.
2. Chromabright – a brightening molecule with the capacity to inhibit the activity of skin-darkening enzyme reactions and performed comparably to Hydroquinone in clinical studies.
3. Licorice – a treat for your taste buds and your complexion that offers an additional defense against dark spots caused by enzyme reactions.
4. Vitamin C – in the form of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a skin lightening agent and multi-tasking antioxidant that also fights wrinkles and elasticity loss by helping to optimally nourish collagen.
5. Lactic acid – a natural exfoliator that promotes a more even skin tone by speeding fresh new skin to the surface while simultaneously brightening surface-level skin.
From a peptide at clinical strength to a botanical extract, this diverse skin lightening cocktail is setting a new standard for results that can be achieved by pigment correctors. For the benefits of all five dark spot-correcting ingredients together, try HydroPeptide’s Even Out Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector. Spice up your Fall beauty routine with radiant, even toned skin and look flawlessly chic season after season!
Looking to add a quick and easy boost to your skincare routine? Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Mask does just that! Your complexion is instantly revived, glowing and radiant. It’s great to use right before a big event or to indulge at home with your own mini facial. This creamy mask is packed full of natural botanicals to soothe redness, brighten dull skin and hydrate for a radiant glow. Oats soften the skin while wild pansies soothe distressed skin and calm irritation. Grape extracts protect the skin from environmental stress and blueberry reduces facial redness. For best results we recommend to apply twice a week for 15-20 minutes on clean skin. This mask is suitable for all skin types, but is ideal for dry, sensitive or even rosacea prone skin types. Can’t wait to try it?! Enter our SkinStore Giveaway for your chance to win your very own! CLICK HERE to enter.
SkinStore is excited to present the newest line to our skin care family, Skin Authority! Skin Authority has been in business for 10 years and has made great advancements in skin care. Building on the growth factor technologies used in SkinMedica and founding the AOX (antioxidant) technology used in SkinCeuticals, the team at Skin Authority has produced highly effective anti-aging products. Their motto is to live a healthy skin lifestyle.
There’s a product for every skin type and concern in this multi-functional product line. One of my favorite features is the Dry-Finish Technology. These products penetrate the skin leaving no residue and are very lightweight. All of the products in this line are truly effective. I saw instant results with the Dramatic Eye Lift, Wrinkle Reversing Serum and Moisturizing Lift Cream.
What impressed me the most is VitaD Fortified Illumination Duo. A high percentage of Americans have deficiency in vitamin D and don’t even know it. This can contribute to cancers, skin conditions such as rosacea and vitiligo and a host of other problems. The VitaD Topical Elixir helps deliver vitamin D to the skin and stimulates the body to make its own. But not only that, this multi-tasker firms and brightens. I noticed increased firmness upon the second application. I was very impressed, what girl doesn’t like to see results fast!?
Ever since I was a little girl I have been interested in skincare. I remember training myself when I was eight years old to sleep on my back to prevent getting wrinkles. So it’s only natural that I would grow up and become an esthetician. Being an esthetician at Skinstore we have access to some of the best skincare brands and products. I would like to share some of my all-time favorite products.
Honestly, I have not always been that great about wearing sunscreen. I felt like it was too thick and made my face look pasty plus my makeup wouldn’t stay on as well. I know sunscreen is the best product to use to protect your skin and prevent aging but sometimes it just didn’t seem worth it. Then I discovered SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50, LOVE! It is a lightweight sunscreen with a perfect sheer tint that evens out my skin tone. My makeup no longer melts off my face and lasts all day. I recommend that everyone try this sunscreen. It’s truly amazing!
There are so many serums out there that promise the world, it can be overwhelming at times! Which products actually live up to what they claim? The Arcona Instant Magic Reversal Serum is exactly what it states, it’s magic! It’s everything you would want out of a serum. It’s corrective, hydrating and preventative. When I apply this serum my skin is instantly transformed. If I had only one skin care product to use this would be it.
Lastly, I have been blessed with a skin condition called hyperkeratosis pilaris. That is the scientific name for “I have ugly red bumps on the back of my arms and thighs”. These bumps are caused by having a blockage in the hair follicle. I have tried so many exfoliating creams and even microdermabrasion treatments to get rid of the bumps. Everything I have tried has either taken too long or is too costly. However Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub is affordable, fast and you see amazing results. I even use it on my chest and back to help diminish signs of sun damage. It has a light citrus smell and doesn’t leave your shower gritty with scrub. It is the perfect product for body care.
So out of the millions of products I have stored away in my bathroom these three products are my absolute favorites. I swear by them!
We’re always getting asked, “What’s the best eye cream, moisturizer, or serum etc.” Out of so many products we carry at SkinStore we just don’t have enough skin to try everything! But that hasn’t stopped us from finding our favorites. Here’s a peek at my top favorites list.
ARCONA Cranberry Gommage:
This product is amazing. Not only does it tone, cleanse and purifies your skin; but it is a dual exfoliator that manually and chemically dissolves the dead skin. The ingredients on this product are the best for chemical exfoliation; to name a few it has salicylic acid which helps to purify the skin and unclog pores. It has volcanic ashes that work deep into the follicular wall to provide antibacterial benefits. It also has Cranberry and Raspberry enzymes that eat and dissolve away dead skin. This is the ultimate combination and it is perfect for normal to oily skin types. It smells like heaven in a bottle and it works miracles on your skin, this is a must have for smooth radiant skin!
This is the cleansers of all cleansers, not only is it anti-aging but it is an exfoliator. This cleanser makes your skin look bright, young, and youthful. Lactaid acid is a great beauty ingredient that has been used since ancient times for retexturing and softening the skin. When I say ancient I do mean ancient, this was Egyptian Queen Cleopatra main ingredient for the beautifying of her skin. Not only is this a great cleanser, but it doubles as a mask! Yes a brightening mask when left on the skin for 3-5 minutes. This cleanser does it all and I highly recommend it for your daily regimen.
This is the ultimate body exfoliate! It helps to renew and polish the skin while leaving it extremely hydrated and soft. A unique combination of brown sugar, raspberry seeds, bamboo powder, and organic sugar cane extract combined to create a gentle yet effective scrub to buffer away all dead skin and debris. This product leaves my skin glowing and radiate, I absolutely love this product, and it’s also great for those rough areas like the elbows or heels. This is the product for your body exfoliating needs.
I know you’ll love my top products just as much as I do! You can find them on SkinStore.com!
More and more men are interested in how to look their best as they age. You may want to point your distinguished man in the direction of ZIRH. Thanks to ZIRH, men now have their own award-winning line of skin care and shaving products to achieve healthy, flawless skin on their own terms. ZIRH just launched Reverse, the first dual phase anti-aging serum designed for men. It goes beyond traditional creams to deliver potent anti-aging results without the heaviness. Reverse is different than other anti-aging products due to its’ blue helix. The blue helix delivers soft-focus particles that instantly transforms the look of surface textures like fine lines and pores. A vitamin and penta-peptide complex firms the skin for a more youthful appearance. Over time fine lines and wrinkles are noticeably reduced.
-Niacinamide – promotes a healthy skin barrier to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
-Silicone Elastomer – particles that fill in surface texture to leave skin looking immediately smoother and younger.
-Glycerine – binds water into upper layers of the skin to provide long lasting hydration.
-Penta-peptide – designed to allow the natural production of collagen and is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Starting today, you can enter to win this amazing product! CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway!
Here’s a must have list of my top three body products!
For an instant overhaul on my flip-flop worn feet, my sole-saver is Kneipp Healthy Feet Foot Repair. It’s a foot butter that delivers results! I love that it’s not too greasy and it absorbs quickly so I can slip into some sandals and be on my way. It has a fresh scent and soothing ingredients like Calendula Extract and Shea Butter. My heels feel much less cracked and my calluses almost disappear. Gives my feet a little energy and puts a spring back in my step!
To get smooth all over my go-to exfoliator is AHAVA Liquid Dead Sea Salt. From the first time I used this, I knew I loved it. It’s a liquid-gel that I just smooth all over two minutes before I get in the shower. When it rinses clean I have softer, smoother, exfoliated skin without any scrubbing, rough granules or any mess! A total win! Now I’m ready to apply my self-tanner and or a body lotion.
Speaking of lotion, my absolute favorite is Korres Jasmine Body Butter. I would bathe in this if I could and oh, I can because they have a matching shower gel. Score! The fragrance is so ultra-feminine and just beautiful. I would use it for that alone however, I also get anti-aging and uber hydration benefits without any ingredients I don’t want. You definitely get a healthy glow from this emollient dream. The Korres line is natural and made in Greece. They are known for their luxurious body butters that come in array of fragrances. There’s bound to be one that becomes your “signature scent”.
Working at SkinStore.com I’m lucky enough to try the best of the best in skincare. The following products have made it to the top of my favorites list!
Arcona Magic White Ice is my morning and evening hydrator. It is an ultra-light gel that absorbs quickly and does not feel heavy on my skin. I have oily break out prone skin, and it does not make my skin congested or shiny. Arcona is a natural product line, and is formulated with top of the line ingredients that are most beneficial to the skin. I highly recommend it!
SkinCeuticals Retinol is my hero product for a smooth, flawless complexion. I have worked my way up to using the SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 every night and my skin has never looked better. This product contains the highest concentrations of pure retinol, and with continued use you can tell! It helps stimulate cell regeneration, build collagen, smooth out lines\wrinkles, minimize pore size, diminish age spots and corrects uneven skin tones.
Once you start using the Clarisonic ARIA you won’t be able to wash your face without it! After the first use you will have results you can feel. My face has never felt so soft and clean. The Clarisonic devices are designed to cleanse your skin 6x better than your hands alone. Not only is it a wonderful cleansing tool, but it removes impurities from the pores, helps increase product absorption, reduces dry\oily patches on the skin and helps clear blemishes.
If you haven’t already, give these wonderful products a try! My skin has never looked better!
Since we usually always talk about what products are great for customer’s concerns at SkinStore.com, I wanted to talk about or actually rave about my personal favorite products. These products are tried and true!
First off I wanted to start with hair. I feel that other than your skin, your hair is what shapes your face and also defines your personal style. It is most definitely a part of me I wish to take care of and maintain. A few years ago I had stumbled upon the Alterna brand and fell in love. I’ve now been using their shampoo & conditioner for about 2.5 years. It doesn’t strip the color out of my hair or the shine and also doesn’t weigh it down. Aside from those amazing benefits their products avoid harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrance and chemical sunscreens wherever possible. I highly suggest trying Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo if you haven’t already. You can thank me later!
Next up is a newer addition to my skin care regimen by Peter Tomas Roth. It’s the Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum. I adore the consistency of the product because it’s a very lightweight liquid serum. It absorbs into the skin very quickly and doesn’t leave any residue behind. I noticed results within the first week of using this product, which is almost never the case. It contains Vitamins C, A, D, & E which is a powerful combination of the exact ingredients my skin craves. I would most definitely recommend this product to others, it’s amazing!
Lastly is a natural product line that is on the rise in popularity, ARCONA. If you like a product that you can immediately see results, then you should take a look at ARCONA Peptide Eye Serum. It feels refreshing and has a very thin consistency. Upon the first application you can feel it firm and tighten the area around the eye. It leaves you with a smooth, toned and hydrated eye area. It’s good for prevention and the first signs of aging.
I urge you to try one of my tried and true favorites. It may be just what you’ve been looking for!
To understand how to treat Keratosis Pilaris, we must first define it. Not knowing the causes and effects will make it hard to treat this common skin condition. This can be an embarrassing skin condition affecting all areas of the body. Many people don’t even realize what they are experiencing on their face and body, is in fact the signs of Keratosis Pilaris. All ages and skin types may experience this annoying and frustrating skin condition. It is our job as skin care professionals to offer useful suggestions and treatments, in hopes of helping you shed your chicken skin.
Keratosis Pilaris is a common genetic follicular disorder that will cause rough bumps on the skin. Yes this is another great trait that your parents gave you. The most commonly affected areas are on the back and outer sides of the upper arms. You may also see rough irritated areas on the thighs and buttocks. The only part of your body that will not show signs of this skin disorder, are the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. Needless to say that leaves a lot of area for KP to cover. Often times this condition is misdiagnosed and can be treated as acne.
Did you know there are 6 variations of KP? Among the most popular is Keratosis Pilaris Rubra or KPR. This common condition is usually located on the arm area. The bumps are usually red and inflamed. Keratosis Pilaris Alba or KPA is usually classified by rough skin that feels bumpy, but does not have any irritation. You may experience moderate to severe signs of this skin condition. If your condition is moderate you may experience small bumps with little or no irritation. If you have a more severe condition, this will include large areas of the skin that are rough and irritated. By using the right products, your condition can be improved regardless of severity.
A great line that has been popular with staff and clients alike is the M2 Technologies brand. They make a magnificent body treatment called M2 Skin Technologies Body Refinish 15%. You can use this product anywhere that you have rough dry patches or bumps. This will help to smooth, exfoliate, and even out your skin tone.
If you are experiencing red, rash like, larger areas of irritation on your face, you may want to try the M2 Skin Technologies Skin Refinish 12%. This is an effective treatment to apply a few times per week for maximum results. This is a 12% combination of Mandelic and Malic acids. This anti-inflammatory blend will help to reduce redness, even out skin tone, and clear up blemishes. If you have Rosacea which can also be classified with red rash like patches, you may also benefit from this product. Among other popular treatments for KP, can be diet supplements, exfoliations, oil pulling, and an Anti-Candida Diet. Your diet can play a major role in the onsets of KP. Research has proven Omega 3 supplements to be effective in maintaining healthy skin. Perricone MD Omega 3 Dietary Supplements, for example, have anti-inflammatory properties, and will help to soften and smooth the skin from the inside out.
The exfoliants category includes scrubs,microdermabrasion crystals, AHA’s, and BHA’s. If you are looking for a glycolic based product to help resurface all those bumps try the Glytone KP Kit. This reliable kit includes exfoliating body wash and body lotion. The body wash contains 8.8% free glycolic acid which means it is pure glycolic and not in a compound form. This will help to sweep away tired, rough skin. The body lotion will retexturize your skin as it contains 17.5% free glycolic acid. Using this kit as your daily treatment will help treat this common skin condition.
KP can seem unbearable at times, but with the right treatments and support, it can be manageable. If you are not sure on your specific needs and skin conditions, we strongly recommend making an appointment with a health care professional, to better diagnose your condition.