When skin care regimens first became popular, there was much to learn about proper skincare. Most beauty products varied from superficial to far too potent. With that poor philosophy came a misconception about toners; most were assumed to be fit only for oily skin types. Not to be mistaken for astringents, toners are excellent for obtaining a balanced pH, adequate hydration and a clear complex. Toners are not meant to strip the skin of its natural oils nor is it meant to sit on the surface of the skin. Although toners can be interrupted in many ways, toners in western skincare should be a light combination of essential oils that help penetrate the skin to lock in the healing benefits.
Here are a few of the SkinStore staffs favorite mists:
Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water ($35 USD) A unique blend of all natural floral water from the Bitter Orange Blossom calms, moisturizes and freshens the skin. Excellent for the face and can even be used as a fragrance spray for body.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist($34 USD) This paraben-free, natural spray softens the skin while providing the powerful antioxidant power of rose petals. This product can be used by all skin types.
Jane Iredale Antioxidant Hydration Spray ($27 USD) The great smelling Green Tea extract mist not only balances skin, controls oil production and nourishes the skin but can even be used in the hair to control static or set any foundation.
Neova Balancing Toner ($32 USD) New to the market, this lightweight toner absorbs excess oils and gentle exfoliates the skin without irritation. We recommend this for oilier or combination skin types who are looking to reduce pore size and improve skin texture.
Did you know that over 96% of the ingredients in anti-wrinkle creams just sit on the surface of the skin and evaporate or get washed away? If key anti-aging ingredients can’t go where your skin needs them most, how can they provide the wrinkle reducing results you are looking for?
BIOBLISS has years of experience in the field of transdermal drug delivery. BIOBLISS scientists developed patches that can transport essential ingredients into the skin conveniently, painlessly and effectively.
BIOBLISS has taken skin care to a whole new level with patented micro-current patch technology. BIOBLISS uses the same ingredients found in leading anti-wrinkle serums and delivers them in an optimal way. Optimal Delivery for Optimal Results! We call it “Taking Beauty Deeper”.
Each BIOBLISS patch contains a tiny battery and comes pre-loaded with a rich blend of natural wrinkle-fighting ingredients. The micro-current from the battery starts flowing as soon as it is applied, gently pushing more anti-wrinkle ingredients to the skin than possible with a cream or serum. It’s like a professional spa facial treatment packed into the convenience of a patch!
In a 2013 Clinical Study, after a single 30 minute Anti-Wrinkle Patch Treatment, 89% saw immediate results. After 4 Weeks, 100% saw continued improvement in fine lines and wrinkles and 85% saw improvement in skin tone and texture.
“I was impressed with the difference between my before and my after photo from the end of the (4 week) study. I was really happy to see such a change.”Lynn M., Clinical Study Participant
Hyaluronic Acid -
Optimizes Skin Moisture Retention
Okra Plant Extract-
Toxin-Free Fine Line Relaxer for Smoothing Effect
Persian Silk Tree Extract-
Revitalizes Skin Fatigue
Madagascan Herbal Extract-
Promotes Healthier Skin Collagen
Advanced Matrixyl Peptide-
Supports Skins Own Natural Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid
Peptide Line Relaxer for Smoothing Botox Effect
Powerful Anti-oxidant with Skin Brightening Effect
You’ve already put away your sundresses and sandals to make space for sweaters and boots. Not ready to transition to heavier moisturizing creams and treatments just yet? The good news is, you can achieve perfectly balanced skin of the dewy, not oily variety, without dramatically changing your current skin care regimen. By paying attention to ingredients that multi-task to hydrate, protect and preserve your youthful beauty, you may be able to get away with just a product swap or two.
What is the first product that comes into contact with your freshly cleansed face? That product should be a high quality anti-aging serum of a hydrating variety. Although the main reason you use a serum is for anti-aging results, why not choose a multi-benefit formula that also imparts hydration. The best serums contain peptides – chains of amino acids that support the collagen structure to nourish and combat wrinkles – and high quality moisturizing actives like Hyaluronic Acid. Acetyl Octapeptide-3 is worth scanning labels for, it is a peptide that mimics expression-line minimizing injections, relaxing repetitive facial contractions and visibly reducing wrinkle depth by as much as 63% in a 28 day clinical study. Hyaluronic Acid is the key moisturizing active to look for as it replenishes the skin’s barrier by attracting up to 1000 times its weight in water and as an added bonus, fills in fine lines by plumping up skin. These ingredients can be found along with five other anti-aging peptides and the skin-firming antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid, in HydroPeptide’s Cellular Transformation Serum.
Now that you know what to look for in a serum, the next step is the right moisturizer. The serum should be applied first since it has smaller molecules that penetrate deeply to deliver hydration and the moisturizing cream that follows forms a protective barrier, locking in much needed moisture. During this time of year when heavy creams may still be too rich for your skin’s hydration needs, opt for a smart moisturizer. Smart moisturizers are designed to adequately quench your complexion and the one you used in the warmer seasons may still be just right when applied after a very hydrating serum like HydroPeptide’s. To eliminate the need for an additional anti-wrinkle cream, look for a smart moisturizer that also delivers anti-aging benefits – again, peptides are the key ingredient. The collagen-boosting properties of peptides do more than visibly fill in wrinkles – healthier collagen results in more effective moisture retention. Anti-aging smart moisturizers with built-in antioxidant treatments are not only time-savers, they help preserve the youthful look and behavior of your skin. Insist on a formula that contains only the most powerful antioxidants – in particular Copper PCA, Green tea and Vitamin C – these help maintain a youthfulness by increasing the skin’s copper levels to help fight inflammation, improving elasticity and boosting collagen. HydroPeptide’s Face: Anti-Wrinkle Repair and Prevent Treatment is an example of a smart moisturizer with anti-aging peptide technology and a built-in antioxidant treatment featuring the aforementioned antioxidants plus sesame, shea and cocoa – free radical diffusers that do double duty as moisturizing actives.
During the colder part of the Fall season, your regimen may just require two simple upgrades: a hydrating and age-defying serum and a lightweight lotion that satisfies your complexion’s exact moisture needs until it’s time to bring out heavier creams for winter. By using the right serum as a moisture booster underneath a smart moisturizer for Fall – both day and night – you’ll achieve optimal hydration and avoid looking “shiny” at the end of the day and in pictures. Now that you know what to look for in products that work the smartest and hardest, why wait until the New Year to be noticed for your beautiful and balanced skin?!
The holidays are quickly approaching and we’re celebrating the season by giving away a new Clarisonic Pedi (a $199 value) once a day for 18 days!
The Clarisonic Pedi is a precision tool that will smooth, hydrate and soften rough, dry heels and toes in just minutes a day. It’s 10 times more effective than manual buffing!
The device comes with a USD pLink charger, Pedi Balm Softening and Pedi Buff Smoothing Treatments, foot renewing Pedi Boost Peel, Pedi Smoothing Disc and Pedi Wet Dry Buffing Brush Head. It’s the most complete home foot care system, providing the ultimate regimen to achieve and maintain beautiful feet!
Click HERE to enter the Giveaway starting November 1, 2013!
Turkey neck. Neck rings. Sagging. Drooping. Unsightly and unnecessary aging of the neck area. While most of us take really great care of our faces, we often leave our necks out of the anti-aging regimen. Thank goodness for neck creams! Here are our top five picks to get your neck in tip top shape, whether you’re working on correcting already existing damage, or looking to prevent those unpleasant neck troubles later on.
Perricone MD Firming Neck Therapy $95
Perricone MD Firming Neck Therapy helps improve skin firmness and elasticity and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and neck skin creases. With consistent applications, Firming Neck Therapy will help tone, tighten and form a barrier to increase the appearance of skin’s overall elasticity and thickness. It nourishes and hydrates the skin to help minimize developing lines, wrinkles and crepiness.It is odorless, non-greasy, non-staining and easily absorbs into the skin.
StriVectin-TL Tightening Neck Cream $89
An amazing formula for ‘turkey neck’ StriVectin Neck Cream dramatically lifts, shapes and refines the skin, producing a smoother, younger-looking contour. It’s a formula that’s best for those that are experiencing loss of elasticity or desire a neck lift effect without going under the knife. This miraculous product contains botanical extracts and lab-engineered cosmeceutical ingredients to revitalize the neck area.
Alchimie Forever Alexandrite Firming Gel for Neck and Bust $55
This lightweight quick absorbing gel helps to lift and tighten the neck and bust area with its green tea and rosemary complex. Also helps to lighten sun damage and brighten the skin’s appearance to restore an even-toned youthful and firm neck and décolletage.
Dermelect Self Esteem Neck Firming Lift $45
Antioxidants and hydrators in Dermelect’s Self-Esteem Neck Firming Lift help to increase the elasticity and resiliency of the skin while working to nourish and tone the appearance of sagging facial contours around sensitive areas of the neck and jaw line.
So there you have it! Our neck favorites! Did we leave your favorite out of our top? Let us know which neck cream you love, and why you love it! We’d love to hear!
This time of year you may find yourself excited for apple cider, your favorite winter boots and cozying up to the fireplace. You may also find yourself weary of environmental factors like wind, increased heating elements and lack of vitamin D.
CosMedix Rescue is the answer to your wind-bitten cheeks and noses, chapped lips or dry, irritated skin. This amazing product is packed full of natural healing agents blended together in a luxurious Shea Butter cream. Wild Cherry Bark and Willow herb extract helps reduce inflammation and ward off bacteria while Copper peptides offer tremendous healing properties. This buttery balm is not just for the face, but can be used on cuts, scrapes, scabs, burns, sunburns and insect bites even fine lines and wrinkles. Copper helps contract the wound, stimulates DNA repair and faster development of granular tissue. There is nothing this ointment cannot do! It’s a must have product this time of year!
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes extreme redness on the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead mainly. Rosacea has no known cause but it typically affects people 30 and over. The redness that is displayed on the face is brought on when the capillaries are expanded or over stimulated. Many things can cause this flare up; a few common triggers are extreme exercise, exposure to extreme hot or cold weather, a warm beverage, spicy foods, and excesses alcohol consumption. While Doctors have not found the cure to Rosacea there are many products that you can use to help mask the redness. It goes back to the color matching theory, what color cancels out red…? GREEN! Many facial products that are made to combat the redness of Rosacea are green tinted. Below I have listed a product that will not only help the redness that may be induced by Rosacea, but will even out your complexion.
Relieve redness and irritation with this deep penetrating, light-weight, patented gel Treat and prevent redness and sensitivity by fortifying delicate skin and improving skin comfort all day.
Additional features and benefits:
Azelaic Acid improves hydration and calms flushed skin
Goji Berry Extract helps accelerate the healing of dry, flaky skin
Zinc Oxide and Peppermint Leaf Extract soothe skin and help to reduce stinging and sensitivity.
Halloween is drawing near and pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o-lanterns and lattes. Pumpkins are loaded with healthy benefits. They are packed full of fiber and vitamin A. Plus pumpkin seeds are high in omega fatty acids. All of which makes this fall icon the perfect ingredient to fabulous skincare. Here are some of the amazing pumpkin inspired products that SkinStore offers.
This body lotion boasts a spicy pumpkin scent and exfoliates dry skin while hydrating at the same time. You will feel the tingle of the glycolic eating away all the dead skin cells and curing your body of alligator skin.
Such a fun autumn mask! This affordable clay mask has a bit of a tingle that gives incredible results. Perfect for combination to oily skin types to help pull out the impurities and evening out skin tone.
We all know how pumpkin can be delicious and even nutritious. But did you know that pumpkin can have amazing benefits for your skin? This fall-favorite is chocked full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties for sensitive skin and is super hydrating. Who couldn’t use a little health boost for their skin? Here are some great products that offer this super food:
With The fragrance of pumpkin pie and the benefits of better skin, PCA Skin Nutrient Toner will help exfoliate your skin, tighten pores and remove dead skin cells. Richly infused with pumpkin wine, this toner is great for dull or uneven skin that has some buildup. It’s also hydrating and nourishing throughout the day. Toner may be optional in a skin care routine; however you won’t to skip this yummy one!
ARCONA’s Night Workerreplenishes while you sleep. This lightweight treatment will brighten, hydrate, and strengthen the skin’s immune response. It’s a perfect pick-me-up to get your skin’s glow back that can be naturally lost in cooler temperatures. Packed with pumpkin and peach this renewing hydrator smells like a vacation for your skin.
Rough or pigmented skin got you down? Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel and Reveal Dermal Resurfacer is not for the faint of heart. This powerful treatment will soften and resurface the toughest of skin. Using a gommage or “triple-duty exfoliant” will give you the strongest exfoliation you can get without paying for a professional treatment. This amazing product will help soften fine lines and wrinkles, decongest skin and leave you dramatically rejuvenated.
Keep your skin glowing and beautiful in every season!
As we move into the fall and winter seasons don’t forget to renovate your skin care routine as well as your closet! It is important to hydrate your skin and protect it against the harsh weather ahead. In the warmer temperatures, our body kicks into high gear by lubricating the skin and producing more sebum (oil) and increasing perspiration. In contrast wind, lower temperatures and constant heating indoors dry and dehydrate the skin. Here are a few of the amazing moisturizers we recommend this solstice to help protect you from chapped lips, red noses and sallow skin tone.
Obagi Hydrate Facial Mosturizer, currently on special for $40.50. Obagi has gained critical acclaim in the past few years and it is easy to see why. The company keeps practicality in mind by offering 8 hours of protection against the elements with a non-comedogenic, gentle, hypoallergenic formula perfect for all skin types especially sensitive or sensitized skin.
Jurlique Clarifying Day Care Lotion, $36.00 Just because you have oiler skin doesn’t mean you can skip out on moisturizing! This light, hydrating moisturizer helps keep the skin moist while combating oil production, leaving the skin feeling balanced not greasy. Jurlique is also a completely natural line so this product is great for eco-conscious consumers or young adults looking for a moisturized but matte complexion.
ZIRH Platinum Drenched-Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer $125.00 If you are searching for the crème de la crème, search no more! The name says it all; this thick, luscious moisturizer will hydrate the most dull winter skin. Packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins to fight off free radicals, the delectable cream not only protects the skin but firms and tones to ensure you are looking fabulous at the next holiday party or winter getaway.