Exfoliation is the removal of the top layer of dead skin cells that can turn our complexions dull and ashy, to reveal the younger, plumper skin cells underneath. When we are young, our cells naturally turn over every 28 days, so we always have gorgeous skin. As we age, the process slows down, making it necessary to help it along. By exfoliating, you will boost the efficacy of the other products you are using too! Getting rid of those dead cells also clears that layer of skin which can be a barrier that prevents your serums and moisturizers from deeply penetrating.
There are so many exfoliation products that choosing the best for your skin can be a challenge. Here are some general tips that apply most often. As always there can be exceptions.
Chemical exfoliants contain enzymes which act like little Pac-Man figures that gently eat away the dead skin cells. They are the least likely to irritate sensitive skin types as they tend to be more skin-friendly than polishing beads or scrubs. Yet they are still effective enough to do a thorough job. Elemis makes the luxurious Papaya Enzyme Peel that is really wonderful. If you haven’t used a peel before, don’t let the word scare you. Technology has improved so you won’t experience skin actually peeling off with at-home peels. Just softer, smoother skin that is ready for your treatment products!
Peel Pads come in different strengths, from gentle for sensitive skin, to extra-strength for more tolerant skin. They have beneficial AHAs such as Glycolic Acid to exfoliate without any abrasion. Dr. Dennis Gross makes excellent peel pads that are safe for everyday use.
Gommage is the most aggressive exfoliation you can find for at- home use. It is a 3-in-1 exfoliant that includes enzymes, AHAs, and buffing beads. It is ideal for very tolerant skin. ARCONA, one of our natural brands, offers the Cranberry Gommage which unclogs and tightens pores.
Of course you can always go to the spa and get professional treatments such as peels. These tend to be more aggressive and great for correcting deep skin concerns. You may experience temporary redness, flaking and down time with these procedures. Make sure you discuss what to expect as well as after-care with your skin care professional.
Can you over-exfoliate? Yes. You can actually cause damage by doing it too much. How often should I do it? Well, that also depends on your skin type. Sensitive skin should be exfoliated once every 7-10 days. Dry to Normal skin can exfoliate 1-2 times a week; combination to oily skin can exfoliate 3 times a week.
Trying out new nail polish colors is always fun, but when your nails chip right after you’ve painted them it feels like a big waste of time. Personally, I prefer gel nails, but I recently discovered butter LONDON. Their lacquers last more than a week without chipping.
My favorite thing about this polish is how lightning- fast it dries! The product has a high quality formula, and many great colors to choose from.
Butter LONDON is formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP-free. The polish contains Vitamins E, A, C, and B5, which work on strengthening nails. All you really need is two thin coats of this highly-pigmented nail polish.
This brand has a great variety of neutral colors for everyday wear, and my favorite would have to be Yummy Mummy. The polish is a medium beige that would look good on every skin tone. If you want to go a little Goth, check out the wine-colored La Moss, which is beautiful for winter. Of course, every woman needs a go-to red in her polish collection, and butter LONDON has definitely nailed it with Come to Bed Red. It’s the perfect classic signature red. Butter LONDON is a healthy alternative to gel manicures without the harmful ingredients, and with no compromising on lasting shine!
Cleanse. Treat. Protect. These are the three basic steps of the perfect skin care regimen according to Dr. Murad. This double exfoliating scrub, which would fall under “cleanse” in Dr. Murad’s routine, is a wonderful addition to any regimen. Utilizing both alpha and beta hydroxy acids plus jojoba beads, this product will help to remove dead skin cells, brighten and bring clarity to the skin. Although this cleanser is a wonderful addition, it should not be used every day. Two to three times weekly would be ideal.
Alpha-Hydroxy acids include glycolic, lactic, tartaric, malic and citric acids. They are great for rectifying fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and irregular pigmentation. Beta-Hydroxy Acid is also known as salicylic acid, which helps to exfoliate the skin, improve color and texture and ultimately help with acne. These chemical exfoliations help to encourage clarity and brightness by dissolving skin cell buildup. Jojoba beads, also known as jojoba ester, are derived from the jojoba shrub which produces a wax which is then processed into a solid that becomes jojoba ester/beads. Jojoba beads are great to naturally further the polishing and retexurizing of the skin. The chemical and physical exfoliating properties can help this intensive cleanser polish away dullness and impurities, revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion.
Adding this product to your regimen as an exfoliator or second cleanser will help you to achieve a clear, bright complexion. The next steps are “treat” and “protect”. After using a strong exfoliating product, such as this, you would want to treat and protect with hydrating, nourishing products.
Is winter wreaking havoc on your skin? If so, swap out your usual body moisturizer for a silky and soothing body oil instead. When applied right after a shower, oil absorbs quickly to instantly hydrate and comfort dry skin while locking in moisture to protect it from the bitter cold.
Since 1988, AHAVA has been the definitive Dead Sea Minerals beauty expert. Advocating a healthy, natural lifestyle, AHAVA harnesses the restorative benefits of the Dead Sea to create innovative skin-friendly products that are paraben-free, SLS- and SLES-free, allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin.
AHAVA is inspired by its environment and the flora and fauna that naturally thrive in the desert area surrounding the Dead Sea. Its Desert Precious Oils is formulated with a pure blend of nourishing plant oils that hail from desert regions – legendary Myrrh, Desert Date and Jojoba oils to immediately replenish moisture, smooth and nourish skin.
Desert Date Oil naturally contains a high content of essential fatty acids with unparalleled regenerating and repairing properties. It plumps the skin and helps promote an even skin tone.
Myrrh Oil has been used for centuries for its healing properties and is valued for its ability to prevent the signs of aging and soothe cracked or chapped skin.
Jojoba Oil is unique since it closely resembles the skin’s natural oils with strong antioxidant properties. Unlike most oils, its lightweight texture penetrates the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy after-feel.
AHAVA’s Desert Precious Oils is a truly luxurious treat and remedy for dry winter skin. This lightweight oil pampers the skin with a subtle scent, leaving it glowing and radiant.
Winter is here! For many people, winter days can cause uncomfortable dryness to the skin. It’s important to change your skin care routine as the weather changes. Moisturize and hydrate to ensure your skin stays nourished and healthy through the winter months.
Try a foundation that is versatile all year round, keeps skin hydrated and natural-looking. Get the look by trying bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 from bareMinerals. With its remarkable benefits, this unique foundation keeps the skin moist when it’s feeling drier during winder days, leaving the skin looking beautiful and dewy. The formula feels ultra-light and velvety on the skin and is clinically proven to be a tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one.
bareSkin Serum Foundation contains Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Vitamin C to leave your skin brighter and more even-toned. It is easy to apply and provides amazing coverage for all skin types. It doesn’t clog pores and feels like you aren’t wearing anything! You can wear it alone for a dewy look or with the bareSkin Perfecting Veil for a matte finished look. An added bonus is the non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20 to protect skin from UV rays and to prevent hyperpigmentation. It is one step closer to a flawless complexion!
Use it with the Perfecting Face Brush which was designed to work with bareSkin – it gives you the ability to adjust coverage level for a perfectly seamless application. Start with 1-2 drops of foundation directly into the brush head reservoir and keep adding more drops for more coverage. For maximum coverage, bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer is amazing to cover imperfections such as broken capillaries, blemishes, dark under-eye circles and hyperpigmentation. It’s a silky smooth concealer and serum in one with an ultra-light texture. We even use it for highlighting, contouring (with a darker shade), or all-over for full coverage. Say bye-bye to redness, hello fresh and flawless skin!
Tip if you’re in-a-rush: add bareSkin Serum Foundation to your moisturizer for a tinted look.
bareSkin is recommended if you are looking for a mineral serum foundation that will correct your tone, brighten, and smooth out your complexion. Another benefit? It’s formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. Give it a try… we think you’ll love it!
If you are a fan of Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals but just wished it had more coverage, your wish has been granted! This Beauty Balm has all the benefits of Jane’s 12 times micronized, or ground down, pure minerals in a liquid with medium to full coverage.
Foundation that acts like a treatment. It gently exfoliates, diminishes wrinkles, won’t clog pores, and soothes skin, all while moisturizing. And it’s great for all skin types.
You’ll love the glow you get using this foundation. Start your layering right with
Irritation, Injury and skin conditions occur in our everyday lives. When the unexpected happens, Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream is there to help! This technologically advanced cream helps speed the recovery process by maintaining an optimal healing environment for the skin and prevents signs or scarring. It is used for many general skin problems such as burns, cuts, cracked skin, peri-oral dermatitis, mild eczema, diaper rash and for post procedure skin such as peels, episiotomy, vascular laser, and hair removal. Not only does it help for a speedy recovery, but it contains 45% of Avene’s very popular Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften your skin.
Skinceuticals is known for producing innovative skincare products and has just developed their newest product, the Phloretin CF Gel. The formula is similar to the regular Phloretin CF, but is now a gel form with added benefits. The gel consistency allows the pure active ingredients to remain in the product for targeted penetration, to ensure you are getting the full benefits of the product.
The SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel contains 2% Phloretin, 10% Vitamin C, and 0.5% Ferulic Acid. This formula will protect your skin from free radical damage while regulating pigment production. The three ingredients when used together will help to speed up cell turnover and stimulate collagen so the results will be a more even and brighter complexion while firming the skin.The new formula also contains caffeine and Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract which will address inflammation in the skin and increase circulation.
The texture of the new gel is great for sensitive, combination, and normal skin types and works by reinforcing the barrier of the skin to help keep it protected. It works very well as skin primer and can be used in conjunction with any moisturizer or sunscreen product you may be using.
NIA24 is known for addressing hyperpigmentation with the key ingredient Pro-Niacin. This same star ingredient is in NIA24’s new product the Rapid Depigmentation Serum as well as Vitamin C and Hexylresorcinol. Hexylresorcinol is a skin brightening enzyme that helps to even out blotchy skin tones and age spots by breaking up excess melanin. The Rapid Depigmentation Serum will help to even out skin tone and reduce existing hyperpigmentation while evenly distributing the pigment in the skin for a more even appearance. The serum is very light-weight and can be used in combination with any other treatment products that you may be using. It is recommended to apply either the NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex or Intensive Recovery Complex over top of the serum for added benefits.
Get your skin in shape for summer! You have a multitude of skincare concerns, so you need to purchase a vast array of products to treat them, right?
Not so fast. With a do-it-all treatment like the SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, you can undergo a skin transformation with just one product and send your wrinkles packing!
This all-in-one anti-aging product has won multiple awards, and for good reason: This first-of-its-kind serum combines powerful antioxidants, anti-aging peptides and an exclusive blend of growth factors to deliver real results. This targeted treatment fights the signs of aging and rejuvenates the skin.
The unique dual-chamber design releases a combination of ingredients that work synergistically to improve the overall appearance of the skin. TNS Recovery Complex contains a patented blend of growth factors that work to reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, discoloration, roughness, photo damage and improve skin texture. APS Corrective Complex blends antioxidants and peptides to fight free radical damage and help support the foundation of the skin.
A potent blend of antioxidants such as vitamin E, green tea leaf extract and blackberry extract prevent free radical damage for healthier skin now and in the future. Hyaluronic filling spheres visibly plump the skin, while alpha-arbutin brightens and lightens age spots for a more radiant complexion.
Synergistically these ingredients work together to transform your skin! TNS Essential Serum can deliver results in just 30 days, with continued skin improvement over time, as demonstrated in clinical studies. Here’s to your future of more beautiful skin!
*TNS Essential Serum was voted “Best Decollete Anti-Aging Product” by New Beauty readers, editors and experts and was named “Best Anti-Aging Serum” by skin care experts to earn the product an InStyle Best Beauty Buy for a second year in a row TNS Essential Serum received the honor for the “Wrinkle Treatment” category!