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Top Tinted Sunscreens

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We all know how important it is to protect your skin from harmful UVA\UVB rays. It is a necessary daily step whether you are going to be spending the day inside or outside, your skin needs to be protected. One of the biggest complaints we hear about sunscreens is that they leave a white cast on the skin or they are too heavy and greasy. The best advice we offer is to use a tinted or tone enhancing sunscreen that absorbs quickly. For those of you that do not like to wear a lot of make-up, they can also be used as a base to give your skin some color. Here are some of our favorites:

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50: Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 provides high broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with all natural physical filters, Zinc Oxide (Z-COTE) and Titanium Dioxide. Providing substantial power in an ultra-sheer, mattifying fluid, this sunscreen is infused with translucent color spheres to enhance natural skin tone. Tested on all ethnicities, this adaptable fluid provides discreet coverage while restoring radiance.

La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Moisturizer: Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted is a unique patent pending combination of a mineral sun filter with Cell-OX Shield™ antioxidant technology to provide advanced UVA/UVB protection. It also has universal tint technology to match most skin tones and provide an instant, natural glow.

Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matter Tint Unscented: Defend your skin from both the sun and environmental pollution with a chemical free, mineral matte shield. This unscented, lightly tinted formula delivers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection as it fights the damaging effects of free radicals. 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 beach companion.

Perricone No Foundation Foundation: The first advanced anti-aging translucent foundation designed to allow the natural health and glow of skin to shine through, while providing non-chemical SPF 30 broad spectrum UV protection. Elegant in texture and quick absorbing, this product helps correct skin undertones, while boosting skin’s moisture level throughout the day. It’s infused with high potency active ingredients that provide anti-aging benefits and help firm skin’s appearance and diminish lines and wrinkles over time. It’s also formulated with specially treated pigments blended with light diffusing mica to instantly soften the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. Skin will look smooth and naturally radiant.

Whatever sunscreen you choose to wear, remember to follow the manufacturer suggested directions! You can find the products mentioned on

Summer Protectors: SPF and Topical Vitamins

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The summer months can take a toll on the skin. From sunny vacations to outdoor activities and the sun’s harsh rays beating down during your daily commute, sun protection is extra important during these warmer months. The summer season finds the sun the highest in the sky causing UVA/UVB rays to be stronger and more direct, especially during the 10 am – 4 pm hours.

Adding a broad spectrum sunscreen into your daily routine — no matter what time of day you are out — dramatically improves your level of protection. If the sun is out, a broad spectrum sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin. Broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging, while UVB rays result in sunburn.

PCA SKIN® offers five broad spectrum sunscreens — Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant — designed for different skin needs, but all approved by The Skin Cancer Foundation for active and daily use.

To supplement direct sun care, C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max offer maximum percentages of pure vitamins C and E to aid the skin’s ability to support itself against external damages while improving fine lines and wrinkles. The unique delivery system in these products allow for the vitamins to be safely encapsulated and provide maximum effectiveness.

Ultimately, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to avoid these harsh rays whenever possible. Rearranging your outdoor activities and chores to before or after the hottest point of the day and staying away from artificial tanning is the number one method of protection.

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Too Faced the Little Black Book of Bronzers

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Too Faced the Little Black Book of BronzersWhatever the season I believe every women’s make-up arsenal should have at least one bronzer. Bronzers can be used for a number of things including contouring, accentuating, shimmer, or a tan like glow. Too Faced has recently come out with The Little Black Book of Bronzers which contains 8 unique shades. You will have one for every outfit, mood, occasion or day of the week!

Chocolate Soleil– Antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused matte bronzer that works on all skin tones, perfect for everyday contouring and creating an all-over deep tan.

Milk Chocolate Soleil- A lighter version of Chocolate Soleil that creates more subtle, all-over warmth, perfect for those with lighter skin tones.

Dark Chocolate Soleil- A darker version of Chocolate Soleil that’s perfect for more sculpted contouring, creating a more dramatic, deep matte bronzed look.

Snow Bunny– Four luminous shades blend together for just the right amount of sun-kissed, natural radiance.

Pink Leopard- Trio of skin-brightening and bronzing pigments that combine for a glorious all-over glow.

Beach Bunny- Custom-blend bronzer combines four sun kissed shades for a skin perfecting, summertime tan any time of year.

Endless Summer– Stay all day universal bronzer creates a lit-from-within bronzed glow that lasts 16-hours or more.

Sun Bunny– Original bronzer features slight pink undertone in the dual shade palette that mimics the flush of a real tan.

Bronzer is applied after your concealer and foundation. It is important to use a brush that is wider, fluffy, and not too stiff. A brush that is too stiff will leave blotchy results. There are also many brushes on the market that are made specifically for the cheek area. Swirl the brush in your product so that it lightly coats the end of your brush evenly, and then tap off the excess bronzer on the lid or side of the container. Start applying the bronzer at the top of your forehead, down the cheek bone, and then along the jawline. This method when done correctly should resemble a “3” shape on your face.


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La Roche Posay Anthelios [GIVEAWAY]

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La Roche Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with SunscreenFor over 15 years, Anthelios from La Roche Posay has been at the forefront of UV protection. They continue to lead the way with their newest product launch Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen. It’s the first daily antioxidant serum with a sunscreen that combines broad spectrum SPF 50 and a high potent antioxidant complex. Baicalin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are combined to help protect skin against free radical damage from UV rays.

Another addition to their line up is Cooling Water Lotion 60. It has a unique texture that transforms like water on the skin, providing an immediate cooling La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreeneffect and advanced sun protection. A combination of UVA/UVB filters were chosen to work synergistically. It’s water resistant for 80 minutes and can be used on all skin types.

Can’t wait to get your hands on these products for summer? Neither can we! SkinStore is giving away 12 Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen and Anthelios Cooling Water Lotion 60 sets  valued at $80. Click HERE to enter our Facebook Giveaway.


Captain Dirty Beard

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Beards and facial hair have Billy Jealousy Beard Washgained popularity in the last few years and it appears everyone these days is rocking some  version of scruff. But are you sure your beard is as clean as it can be? Unlike hair on the head, facial hair can be overlooked. A recent study even showed that beards can hold as much bacteria as a common toilet*!

Billy Jealousy Beard Wash is just the ticket for squeaky clean whiskers! This wash contains aloe leaf juice, which softens and hydrates the driest of skin, honey extract to nourish course hair and green tea extract to ensure a fuller, thicker beard. Simply apply to a wet face, lather and rinse! You can thank us later.

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Sunscreen for the Scalp

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We have all been there. You spent the entire day out in the sun and are diligent in applying SPF only to discover that Quintessence Q-Sunshade Leave In Hair Conditioner and Scalp Protectant SPF 30you have a burnt scalp. I usually have a sunburn right down the part in my hair. Your scalp is fried to the point that showering and combing your hair has become a form of torture. A few days later your sunburned scalp starts peeling and you have little flakes of skin in your hair. Luckily, there has been an answer to our prayers. It is Quintessence Q-Sunshade Leave in Hair Conditioner and Scalp Protectant SPF 30. It is a broad spectrum SPF 30 that you just apply and leave in, so easy! Plus it helps protect color treated hair and condition, moisturize and nourish. I even use this on my little one; his hair is still baby fine and sparse. I tried using the spray sunscreen to protect his scalp, but it just sprayed onto his hair and not his scalp. With this leave in conditioner, I can rub it onto his scalp without him looking like a grease pit. It is a definite summer essential.

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Is the SPF in your Makeup enough?

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As an esthetician we are constantly asking our clients if they are using an SPF. Proper sun protection is so important in skin care and it is the number 1 most important anti-aging product in your regimen. All too often I have women tell me that they have SPF in their makeup and therefore they believe that they do not need to apply a sunscreen. This is absolutely NOT true. While it is a great added bonus that your makeup contains SPF, it is not a substitution for applying a sunscreen. The truth is most people do not apply the layers of coverage they need from their makeup to get proper sun protection. Also, sunscreen needs to be applied every 2 hours when outdoors. Your face would be piled with makeup at the end of the day. An SPF 30 or higher should be part of your daily morning skin care regimen. You are welcome to apply your makeup over that for added benefit. Skinstore has a wide selection of sunscreens to offer for all skin types. One of our favorites is SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50.

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For the Love of Wine

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iStock_000010892836XSmallCaudalie’s story starts in France at the heart of a vineyard with a husband and wife. They believe the vine of grapes contain exceptional powers for the skin and are used throughout the Caudalie brand. The vine naturally produces resveratrol to defend itself and provides powerful antioxidant benefits for the skin. In fact, Caudalie pioneered the use and benefits of resveratrol in skin care. Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant. Resveratrol is found in high amount in the skins of grapes and in red wine. It may stop the growth of cancer cells topically as well as internally (when resveratrol is taken internally). It also reduces inflammation in blood vessels, improves blood vessel function and keeps platelets from clumping together to form clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Because it is an antioxidant that protects cells against oxidative damage and a compound that reduces inflammation, resveratrol offers anti-aging skin benefits. Oxidative damage primarily due to sun exposure is one reason for skin aging. Free radicals produced by exposure to oxygen and sunlight damage collagen and activate enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, another protein important for youthful skin. Research suggests that resveratrol is a more potent antioxidant than idebenone, a leading pharmaceutical antioxidant. You can find resveratrol in many Caudalie facial moisturizers, eye creams and anti-aging serums. A few of our favorite Caudalie products are Vinexpert Firming Serum and Premier Cru the Cream.

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Tanning Beds: EXPOSED

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Indoor tanning salons are just as popular as fast food restaurants in some cities. They promise the bronzed beauty that comes with a great tan. I am guilty of baking myself in tanning beds for years. I would listen to the teenage girl that worked at the tanning salon tell me how the UVA rays from the beds were safe and it was even smart to get a base tan in the summer to help protect my skin from the Sun. I knew better than to believe all this nonsense, but I just wanted to look tan. Now, I am older and wiser, but I have awful sun damage as a result of my poor tanning decisions. I no longer tan and am diligent about wearing proper SPF. I wish I knew all the harmful effects that I know now.

Here is some real and true information about tanning beds. UVA rays are not safe. In fact UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin, cause melanoma and premature aging. A typical tanning bed emits about 95% UVA rays and about 5% UVB rays. The UVA rays from a tanning bed are 12 times stronger than what we are exposed to from the Sun. The reason for this is because UVA rays make the skin darker faster. They also cause sagging skin, skin cancer and eye damage, including ocular melanoma (eye cancer). This information was never mentioned while I was shelling out money for my tanning service. I wish I knew that just one tanning session increased my chances of getting melanoma by 20%. And each additional session within that year tacked on another 2% risk. Tanning beds have been moved to “carcinogenic to humans” category which is the highest risk category for cancer. Shockingly, there are more cases of cancer due to indoor tanning than cases of lung cancer due to smoking (study by JAMA dermatology). No, tan is worth the risk. There are plenty of great self-tanners available now that are a safe alternative to tanning. Your future, older self will thank you! A couple of our staff favorites are Kate Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Blow Pads.

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Are You Boared With Your Hair Brush?

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Mason Pearson Brush CoMason Pearsonmpany is based in London England and has a rich history with a flair for detail. Although the price of the brush may be a bit shocking for most, there is a good and justified reason for it.

It is a fact that regular brushing gives your hair the best chances to look and feel great however, why spend so much on a brush? Mason Pearson Hairbrushes have a number of ways that set them apart from all the rest. First and foremost, these brushes are not mass produced. They are handcrafted by artisans that continue to use the techniques that were pioneered and patented by the founder-Mason Pearson-over 130 years ago. This company is based on tradition and values.

The unique rubber-cushion pad is made by hand using Mason Pearson’s original techniques, it allows for effective and efficient brushing. The patented pneumatic cushion conforms to the contours of the scalp, which optimizes brushing with minimal effort. It is easy to use and gently massages the scalp. Mason Pearson hairbrushes stimulate the scalp, clean the hair and increase blood flow to the roots. The plastic handle shape was developed from the original wooden models, which are still made in small quantities. The plastic handles are hand-finished to remove any sharp edges to feel comfortable in the hand.

The company has developed their own special nylon and takes particular care in selecting natural bristles to use the best combination for each hairbrush. The classic hairbrushes are made to suit a variety of hair types and lengths, so there is something to suit every individual. The line is available in three bristle types, pure boar bristle for fine long hair, boar bristle and nylon for normal to short thick hair and all nylon for long thick hair. You can also pick up a pocket (or travel) sized versions and combs. It is also, important to choose the correct size for ease and comfort of use.

Only the finest, premium-grade boar bristles are used in the brushes, which are gentle to the hair and scalp. Brushing with a Mason Pearson Hair Brush is the best way to distribute the natural oils while exfoliating the scalp and stimulating circulation to the hair follicles. The animals are not harmed in the collection of the boar bristle.

The Mason Pearson brushes are used in the finest salons around the world and are a favorite among celebrities and those in the fashion industry. Celebrity hairstylists have been using these brushes for years on their clientele including Lady Gaga and Kate Bosworth. Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Dita Von Tees, and Sophia Vergara use Mason Pearson brushes and swear by their effectiveness, shine production, and smoothing properties.

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