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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.
How is your skin holding up this winter? Are you chapped and dry? I have the perfect solution for you! Bioelements Crucial Moisture is a rich moisturizer that hydrates without leaving you greasy and also provides great anti-aging benefits. This fast-penetrating formula visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, relieves dehydration and softens skin. Power-packed with Chinese herbs, aromatherapy oils and high-speed hydrators, this nutrient-rich, emollient cream was designed to instantly relieve chronically dry skin. If you are looking for optimum hydration and to reverse the signs of aging look no further!
You can find this product on SkinStore.com.
Last year I stumbled across the best lip product ever, Rodial Glam Stick. I wanted to take a moment to scream from a mountain top how much I LOVE this product (big hearts above my head) in love. Out of the hundreds of products we carry on our site I wanted to shine a spotlight on this perfect little gem. It is not like any other lipstick I have ever tried. It is creamy and hydrating and comes in the most gorgeous shades. It is so luxurious going on since it is enriched with Cocoa butter and Vitamin E. If my lips feel dry I reach for my Rodial Glam Stick over any chap stick I have. It is truly one of my favorite products of all time. You can find this product on SkinStore.com!
The big day is almost here! It’s time to make your list and check it twice. We have a few suggestions for the skincare fanatic and beauty guru on your list.
1. Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead $89- The best gift you can give this season is philosophy skin care. festive favorites features their bestselling skin care for all skin types, designed to help you achieve radiantly clear, beautifully bright and impeccably smooth skin.
2. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo $54- Alterna’s Caviar Moisture line balances moisture levels, delivering youthful shine and silkiness. The line goes beyond simple moisture by helping hair attract, retain, and rebalance the hydration it needs.
3. Peter Thomas Roth Rose Anti-Aging 3-Piece Kit with Signature Bag $49- Cutting-edge plant biotechnology isolates and replicates the perfect rose stem cells for maximum anti-age repair. With state-of-the-art, 21st century breakthrough stem cell technology, five rose stem cells–rose commiphora, desert rose, damas rose, pale rose and white rose–are blended with four rose extracts–rosa damascena, rosa canina, rose hip seed and rose water–as well as glycolic acid, to help repair signs of aging including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture and dullness. Regenerating facial cleansing gel effectively clears skin of impurities and sweeps away dead surface skin cells that can dull the complexion. Rose water adds a light, delicate scent. Leaves skin clean, purified, silky soft, rejuvenated, beautiful and youthful-looking.
4. Caudalie Premier Cru Anti-Aging Set $99- This glamorous anti-aging set treats all signs of aging: wrinkles, firmness, dark spots and hydration thanks to an exclusive blend of all the Caudalie patents and the most high-performance active ingredients. The Eye Cream helps with fine lines, dark circles and puffiness, while The Cream deeply regenerates the skin and restores its density.
5. Bliss Crown Jewels $45- A luxurious selection of Bliss’s top selling cleansing, revitalizing, toning and smoothing sensations.
Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays from all of us at SkinStore.com!
Stumped on what to fill your loved ones stocking with this holiday season? We have some great ideas that will keep your family, friends and wallet happy!
Philosophy Hands of Hope Ornament $10.00 1 oz- Hope comes in small packages. hands of hope ornament features philosophy’s hand and cuticle cream in purse-size, for a hopeful yet festive way to give back to those with helping hands. hands of hope moisturizes and smoothes dry hands and rough cuticles with shea butter and a blend of natural oils, leaving hands feeling silky soft. it’s the perfect gift for your hairdresser, housekeeper or manicurist. the clear ornament packaging adds a unique holiday touch, while allowing you to see what’s inside, and comes with a gift tag for easy gift giving.
Molton Brown Body Wash Festive Bauble $15.00 2.5 oz in assorted scents- Merry and bright – a Christmas delight. Hang your bauble filled with Molton Brown’s signature scented body washes, sparkling from the tree (or your shower) this festive season. Dainty. Glowing. Jolly.
Butter LONDON Clockwork Couture Lacquer Set $28.00- High-fashion classics never go out of style, so rock your brilliant crème lacquer with a touch of sparkle. Layering textures and gorgeous crèmes make this lacquer set a must-have for the holidays.
BareMinerals Afternoon Delights Lasting Line Eyeliner Collection $29.00- This collection of Lasting Line™ Long-Wearing Eyeliners includes five must-have daytime shades for strikingly beautiful eye looks that last. Each wearable shade glides on a precise line for maximum color intensity—every day.
Philosophy Sugar Plum Fairy Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath $17.00- Make a holiday wish as you lather with sugar plum fairy shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath. sugar plum fairy is a holiday favorite, and this season she returns to make holiday wishes come true. she’ll sprinkle her fairy dust over you with her shimmery lather and make you smile with her sugary sweet, fruity scent. the moisturizing formula cleanses and conditions, leaving skin and hair feeling silky soft. so next time you bathe, reach for the sugar plum fairy and make a wish!
FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Body Milk Travel Lotion $14.00- This delicate moisturizer pours over you like milk, and leaves light velvety notes of warm sweet cream. A true treat to moisturize each morning. The scent takes you away to a fine morning tea, with scones, heavy cream and great gal pals. This small travel-size tube is perfect for travel! Housed in a charming “Our Cows Eat Cookies” gift box for gift giving delight.
We hope these ideas are helpful! For extra savings use promotion code FF20 during our Friends and Family event, sale ends on Monday 12/15/14. Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays from all of us at SkinStore.com!
Are you looking for a mask, but don’t want to feel stripped of your essential oils? Cream Masks are best suited for dry or dehydrated skin to reduce inflammation, redness or irritation. Look for masks with emollients like Shea, coconut or mango butter and nutrients like hyaluronic acid or vitamin E. Cream masks are also a great choice for sensitive skin and can be applied more often than traditional masks without irritating the skin. We suggest the FarmHouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask; two words: chocolate mask. This luxurious mask is a fine blend of cocoa, coconut milk and honey along with CoQ10, live Carrot Fruit Cells and Ginseng to fight wrinkles and sagging.
Have the holidays and winter weather caused you to break out? Clay Masks are the appropriate choice for oily skin types, congested skin or acneic skin. Clay masks help purify clogged pores and cleanse the skin while removing dirt, debris and excess oil. We suggest the CosMedix Clear mask which uses sulfur, broccoli powder and white hazel among other ingredients to combat breakouts and minimize pore size.
Are you feeling like you need a fresh start? Exfoliating Masks are great multitasking products and can save time during your skincare route by combining the cleansing effects of a clay mask and the exfoliating benefits of a scrub. We suggest the GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment which starts off as a traditional clay mask but when activated with water morphs into a light scrub.
Are you looking for a relaxing treatment in the comfort of your own home? Marine Masks are synonymous with the quintessential spa experience and can be used on almost any skin type. Marine minerals offer great skincare benefits without causing irritation. Most marine minerals are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients and anti-aging benefits to give your skin the boost it needs. We suggest the Astara Activated Sea Mineral Mask which combines Kelp, Spirulina and sea vegetables to rejuvenate like a fine resort facial.
You can find these masks on SkinStore.com!
Want to look radiant and bright for upcoming holiday parties? Here are a few of our favorite ways to boost your radiance!
Add a few drops of this serum under your moisturizer and foundation and it will make you look like you are always standing in the perfect lighting. We love Orico London Transcend Marine Radiance Serum. It also deeply hydrates the skin and we all need that. Tighter skin and diminished wrinkles are also huge benefits. Orico London is brand new to SkinStore. Certified Organic ingredients and essential oils make this a winner for our naturalists.
An extra 10 minutes is all it takes to brighten dull skin, recover and nourish distressed skin, reduce redness and soften skin. Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is a staple for any pre-event regimen. This staff favorite will not disappoint. You will get a more hydrated, glowing complexion in just 10 minutes. Now that’s what we call quality time!
So we all know that exfoliation helps get that top layer of dull, dead skin off revealing the younger, plumper skin cells right?! Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel /2 Steps is the fastest, easiest way to get holiday ready. If you haven’t “peeled” before, don’t let the word scare you. There won’t be any redness, flaking or down-time with these pre-soaked pads. Just swipe Step 1, the peel, over your face, leave on two minutes and swipe Step 2, the neutralizer, right over the top and viola! You are now ready for a mask and/or serum. These handy wipes are even safe for sensitive skin and those with rosacea. If you have more tolerant skin, they come in an Extra Strength formula as well. If you are using them for this first time, we recommend trying them a week ahead of a big event, just to make sure you have no reaction. You don’t want to be Rudolph at the holiday party!
In review, if you wanted to do all three of these steps, the correct order would be (after cleansing): 1) Peel or exfoliate, 2) Mask, 3) Serum followed with your favorite make-up. Heck, it’s the holidays use a little shimmer and make things bright!
You can find all of these amazing products on SkinStore.com!