Many of us ladies love to shave. Nothing beats the feeling of soft, smooth, newly shaved skin, but we all know the down side of shaving… INGROWN HAIR! Those pesky hairs are almost impossible to get rid of… well so it seems! The best way to get rid of them and prevent future ingrown hair is to exfoliate. Both chemical and physical exfoliation are needed to achieve silky smooth, ingrown free skin.
Chemical exfoliation is a great way of exfoliating because it uses active ingredients like Retinol, Glycolic or Lactic acid to eat away dead skin. It works like little pacmen eating away dead skin build up and calms existing breakouts. Physical exfoliation is great because it gives you an instant soft feeling and buffs away dead skin cells to reveal fresh new skin. It also helps to lift up embedded hairs that are trapped beneath inflamed skin. When both exfoliation methods are combined, viola you have the cure to ingrown hair! Now don’t get discouraged if you do not see a change overnight! If you stay consistent you will see great improvement within about a month when exfoliating 3-4 times a week.
Here are my top picks for pesky ingrown hair!
1. Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel: FirmX Peeling Gel visibly rolls, lifts and sweeps away dead skin cells when massaged into skin. Multi-action enzymes (Pineapple, Pomegranate and Keratinase) and Cellulose effectively peel and help uncover a smooth, fresh, new complexion without drying, irritating or causing undue stress to skin.
2. Juara Rice Facial Scrub: This softening facial scrub cleanses and exfoliates in one convenient application. Perfectly round, fine exfoliating beads gently free skin from dead surface cells, revealing fresh, radiant skin, while mild, natural cleansing agents remove dirt and make-up without drying out the skin.
3. Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub: Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub offers superb retexturizing benefits for all body skin types. This scrub combines Glycolic Acid and polished granules to provide an exception level of body skin rejuvenation. Experience immediate and unparalleled softness and tone.
You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com! Happy Shaving!
As we move into summer, our skin needs a good cleanse to remove the dead skin we have accumulated through the winter months. But remember, there is too much of a good thing! Don’t over exfoliate in your haste for fresher looking skin. Mechanical exfoliants like scrubs with nuts, ground coffee or gritty materials as well as chemical exfoliants should only be used 2-3 times a week. If you are looking for a gentle exfoliant, we recommend the Nuxe Fondant Gentle Body Scrub.
2. Wash your pillowcases!
Make the most out of your beauty sleep! Since the summer heat brings perspiration and in turn, more oil production for most people we recommend changing your pillowcase every 3 days or so to ensure they aren’t harboring any pimple causing bacteria or irritants.
*Bonus tip: Try a satin pillowcase to ensure your blowout lasts longer! No one likes blow drying in the summer!
3. Clean your cellphone!
Ever wonder why one side of your face is breaking out? Clean that cell phone! This should be done all year round but especially in the summer time, we suggest carrying some wipes in your purse to give your cellphone a good cleanse and prevent breakouts.
4. Hydrate throughout the day!
Even if you are an oilier skin type, it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. A small bottle of hydrating mist is great to look fresh when the temperature rises. We suggest the Avene Thermal Spring Water in the 1.7 oz size which is perfect for the office, gym bag or purse.
5. Wash your hair often!
Most women know the benefit of a good blow out and if you color your hair, you may be less inclined to wash every day. Washing more often in the summer can prevent breakouts where your hair may be touching your skin like neck, back and forehead. Hair products and perspiration don’t always mix so consider amping up your shampoos to every other day. For a squeaky clean finish, try the Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo.
You can find all of these amazing products on SkinStore.com!
Spring has officially arrived — it actually hit the 70° mark the other day! I was excited to finally wear a dress without stockings…until I realized how unprepared my skin was. Thanks to being totally bundled up all winter, my skin looked pasty, sallow, and dull.
Enter Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. Their Alpha Beta Glow Pads are my go-to in the summer, but for now, I wanted something a little less pigment-packed and a little more gradual. The brand new Alpha Beta Glotion for Body fit the bill. NYC dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross created this lightweight, oil-free body moisturizer for his patients who wanted healthy, glowing skin that was also refreshed and hydrated. Not only does Glotion for Body provide natural, time-released color with Encapsulated DHA, but it provides anti-aging, exfoliating benefits with Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid. These two acids help resurface the skin for more youthful texture and tone while improving absorption of Hyaluronic Acid, locking in moisture. The formula even contains Caffeine, which is known to help firm and tone the appearance of skin. All these benefits combined will ensure skin perfectly prepared for warmer weather and higher hemlines.
Summer is almost here! It’s the perfect time to soak up the sun and live care free. But we all know the major draw backs that come with the blazing sun: sweat, an uneven tan, and breakouts to name a few. Even though we are living care free, it’s the most important time to care for our skin. What if I told you that there was only one product that you needed to: eliminate shine, reduce breakout activity, leave the skin with a smooth and even finish and it is suitable for most skin types? Yes, I said one and that product is Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control Hybrid. Not only does this product treat these conditions it also adds a visible coverage to the skin. With 0.5% Salicylic Acid this product also helps to minimize pores, keep the breakouts away, and give the skin a luminous matte finish. You can wear it under make up or alone, either way your skin is being treated and kept looking marvelous all day. No heaviness, greasy feeling or residue is left behind. This product also contains Dimethicone which helps it glide on as smooth as butter and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. Ladies, this is the product is a summer must have and it won’t break the bank!
Summer is almost here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys that go along with summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine hair. What is a beach beauty to do?
Here are some of this season’s must do’s. First, find a great sunscreen, something not too heavy and with a substantial SPF, anything 30 SPF and above will suffice. This will keep skin looking fabulous all summer long. Skinceuticals offers a brilliant sunscreen, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It feels like water going on and with a fabulous sheer tint it gives your skin a sunny healthy glow.
Next, this heat is sure to melt the makeup right off your face, hence the term “Hot Mess”. Keep your makeup light this summer. Ditch your winter regimen and opt for a more natural look. Try Jane Iredale’s Sugar and Butter Exfoliator and Plumper for lips. This makes lips amazingly smooth and oh-so-kissable. Pair that with long luscious lashes and you’ll be ready for any summer event. Stila’s Stay All Day Lash Mascara won’t disappoint and keep eyes looking beautiful even after a dip in the pool!
Finally, when it’s time to slip on that cute little sun dress you’ll be ready with Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush. It’s fast, easy and the darkest self-tanner on the market today. Apply it everywhere, even the face! It is paraben-free and contains coconut and monoi oils to keep skin hydrated.
Now that you are ready and looking gorgeous, bring on the heat. Summer here we come!
Get Glowing this summer with Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20 Face Spotlight! This breakthrough 5-in-1 skin enhancer is designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, illuminate and protect your skin in one simple step, leaving your skin with a smooth, glowing, airbrushed finish in seconds. Beautifully pearlized pigments naturally illuminate the skin while reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
-Minimize the appearance of pore size and uneven skin texture. Hydrate to provide pore size and uneven skin texture.
-Hydrate to provide long lasting nourishment and anti-aging benefits. Help to protect against future sun damage with UVA/UVB SPF 20.
This universal shade is infused with the same skin saving vitamins, antioxidants and natural actives as Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF20 to hydrate and nourish skin while also delivering powerful anti-aging benefits.
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Have you ever heard the saying “Work Smarter not Harder”? Well that even applies with taking care of your skin. Adding sun protection factor (SPF) to your regimen can help prevent new dark spots from forming, keep existing dark spots from getting even darker and minimize the risk of skin cancer. Here are a few of my favorite multi-taskers!
Let’s face it, most of us don’t drink enough water, Dehydration shows in our skin too, leaving it dull and sometimes with a grayish cast. Unless you’re in an Addams Family beauty pageant, this isn’t a good look. Avene Hydrance Optimale SPF 25 Hydrating Cream is a great addition to your routine because you get three, count them: one, two, three, great benefits. You work on hydrating skin with the moisture it needs from good-for-you oils, bind water to your skin for re-hydration and the protection of SPF. The entire Avene Line is made with mineral spring water that comes from the south of France. Minerals are very healing to the skin.
Darks spots got you down? Brighten up with Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50. CC stands for color correction and that’s what you will get in this time-saver. It will act as your treatment by lightening discolorations over time, your tinted primer or you can even use it as a light foundation. Most importantly you get Broad Spectrum UV protection with the SPF 50. With this one tube you get four skin-loving perks: color coverage, brightening, moisture and our favorite preventative ingredient: SPF!
Let’s not forget the smallest parts of our beautiful faces – the eyes. You can take special care of them with Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15. Protect with SPF, build collagen and brighten with the Vitamin C and light diffusers all while deeply hydrating that delicate eye area. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, the Essential C line from Murad has such a fresh, orange fragrance that really makes you feel good.
As women, we are multi-takers and nurturers by nature. We can use our skills to benefit ourselves. We’re sooo worth it!
Ready or not summer is almost here! Time for the beach, water parks with the kids and fun in the sun! If you have been searching high and low for that perfect sunscreen for your sensitive or reactive skin we’re happy to introduce you to La Roche Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen.
This awesome sunscreen has been awarded New Beauty- Best Choice Award and InStyle Editor’s Pick – 2011 Best Beauty Buy. La Roche Posay Anthelios 40 is suitable for all skin types, even reactive skin, children and expecting mothers. This sunscreen is FDA approved; Anthelios 40 Sunscreen has the highest UVA and UVB protection in a sunscreen with SPF 40 and Mexoryl SX, specifically tested on photosensitive skin. Not to mention its high UVA protection with 3% Mexoryl SX, high photo stability, resists losing efficacy in the sun, non-greasy, dry finish texture, dermatologist and allergy-tested, and Fragrance-free and PABA-free.
How to apply: Apply evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure. *Re-apply same as with any sunscreen every 2 hours*
You can find this amazing sunscreen and many other sun care products on SkinStore.com!
We’re very happy to welcome one of our newest members to the SkinStore family, Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care! Their 100% botanical formulas are crafted to enrich, purify and protect skin. The results are deeply healing, ultra-nourishing, all-natural blends that work on the cellular level to bring skin into perfect balance.
I was lucky enough to sample one of her star products, Tammy Fender Care Cleansing Milk. I will admit I’m picky about my cleansers. This cleansing milk is not only light in texture, it has a wonderful lavender aroma. I was instantly hooked. It left my skin feeling clean and not tight. Like skin should feel, balanced.
Every product in this collection reflects passion for the ancient tradition of holistic medicine, and each is designed to promote wellness not only on physical plane, but also on the emotional and spiritual levels, taking into account the person as a whole. When using these carefully crafted, purely refined products, the natural outcome of finding true balance is healthy, glowing skin!
Looking for natural mineral powder foundation that does not weigh your skin down? Do you crave long lasting coverage, and wish to diminish the appearance of imperfections without drying your skin? Then I dare you to “go bare,” with bareMinerals!
bareMinerals is completely natural, 100% pure, long lasting, and compliments all complexions. With an extensive range of shades, you’re sure to find your perfect match.