Skincare can be so confusing and at times downright overwhelming. With cleansers, serums, creams, exfoliants and treatments how is anyone supposed to keep their head from spinning? And let’s be honest the older we get the more products we need. Here is an easy to follow evening regimen so you can get the most from your skincare products and best results for your skin.
Step 1. First Cleanse
Your initial cleanse is to remove dirt and makeup from your skin. If you have multiple cleansers, I would choose a milky or oil cleanser for this first step. These remove makeup and debris best.
Step 2. Second Cleanse
Yes, two cleanses! Think about when you get a facial how they always take the time to thoroughly clean your skin, you should do the same at home. The first cleanse is to remove the day, the second cleanse is to clean your skin. This is the time you would use your Clairsonic cleansing brush if you have one.
Step 3. Tone
After cleansing apply your toner. Some skincare lines do not require a toner since their products are already pH balanced. However, toners are a great way to refresh and add some extra nutrients into the skin.
Step 4. Exfoliate
Depending on the exfoliator you use you will either do this step every night or as little as once per week. Check the directions on the recommended use. If you are not currently using an exfoliant this is not a step to be overlooked. Even if you have dry skin, all of your skincare products will work more effectively if you don’t have a dry layer of skin blocking them from penetrating. Exfoliating improves cell turn over, reduces pore appearance and promotes healthy looking skin.
Step 5. Serums
This is the most confusing step for most. The rule of thumb is to apply your serums thinnest first working your way up to the thickest. With most skincare lines they ask that you allow the serum to dry, about 30 seconds, before layering the next serum.
Step 6. Moisturizer/Treatment
Most night creams are also treatments. Night creams now do more than just moisturize, many have anti-aging treatments to prevent fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Step 7. Eye Cream
This is your final step. If you are like me and use multiple eye products use the same rule of thumb by applying thinnest to thickest.
10 minutes later you are finally ready for bed. Now let all that goodness soak into your skin and wakeup beautiful!
Summer is finally here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys of summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine skin. 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 Dark tanning gel. 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!
In these warmer months you may feel like the oil production in your skin is increasing at a rapid rate. If you’re constantly having to remove excess oil throughout the day with a napkin, paper towel, toilet paper etc. you may be disturbing your makeup and taking hydration from the skin that it needs. I highly recommend throwing a pack of the TATCHA Japanese Beauty Blotting Papers in your purse and no more unneeded trips to the bathroom!
These handmade papers were used by gold craftsman to protect the precious metal they hammered to enrobe the majestic pavilions in Imperial Japan. Their gold-leaf artistry transformed the paper into aburatorigami, a very soft, strong and absorbent leaflet.
Today, this technology has been used in these papers and has created an amazing blotting product that will remove excess oil without removing makeup, stripping the skin or causing irritation. The formula is free of fragrance, powders, pulp and can be used by any skin type. For a petal fresh complexion, gently pat a single leaflet of TATCHA Aburatorigami on the face anywhere there is excess oil. Use both sides of each sheet and discard afterwards.
I know there are plenty of busy bodies in this world like me, and if you haven’t heard of one of the best on-the-go secrets, I’d like to fill you in. Dry shampoo!! I think we are all guilty of running late sometimes, being a little lazy, or just being active at the gym and not being able to wash our hair afterwards. The Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo should be our new best friend. A few quick sprays to the roots of your hair will allow the gentle starches to absorb excess oils and product build up. Not only is it great when there is no time to shower, but it works as a volumizer and pick me up for your hair. The fresh lemon verbena fragrance will give your hair that clean scent you’ll love!
Being on a flight takes toll on skin, varied temperatures and airplane environment, depletes moisture, leaving skin dehydrated and dull. Pack a travel-friendly kit such as pur~lisse jet~set starter kit.
Try not to wear makeup on flight which can make drier skin even drier and turn oily skin oilier because skin is producing excess oil.
Keep skin hydrated and clear throughout your flight: Drinking water with lemon has amazing health and beauty benefits: hydrate and beautify skin from within, detoxifies body, aids digestion, purifies blood and relieves bloating.
Continue to moisturize throughout flight to keep skin hydrated and balanced.
Keep lips luscious by applying pur~lip comfort or a lip balm throughout flight. This is especially since lips doesn’t have any oil glands.
Brightening Facial Scrub at your hotel
1 ½ tbs brown sugar
½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tsp of your favorite cleanser
Upon arrival at hotel, ask room service for above ingredients.
mix together, lightly wet skin, and exfoliate with gentle circular motion (no tugging) for 45 to 60 seconds.
Rinse then cleanse with Pur~lisse Delicate gentle soymilk cleanser. Then moisturize.
Alwaysprotect your skin: SPF is always important, regardless of skin type. Keep in mind the higher the SPF, the more irritating it can be for sensitive skin. SPF 30 blocks 97% and SPF 50 blocks 98%
Boost your internal sunscreen and reinforce sun protection by by consuming blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, red pepper, White Tea, Green Tea.
There is a wise Chinese saying, “a woman’s second face is in her hands” so don’t forget sunscreen on your hands while you’re driving and when you’re outdoors.
Turn Fashion into function: with a wide-brimmed hat for extra sun protection on face, neck and décolletage.
Remember your chest and neck is a part of your face, treat it the same. Wear a light scarf around neck area to protect and look stylish too.
Turn glamour into protection by wearing large sunglasses that cover more of your face and eyes to prevent squinting, which causes more wrinkles!
Boost your internal sunscreen and reinforce sun protection by by consuming blueberries, tomatoes which has lycopene, broccoli, cabbage, red pepper, White Tea, Green Tea.
I’ve had three cups of black coffee this morning. I’m wide awake but my newly-bleached teeth are not so pearly white anymore. Stained, lackluster teeth are not in this season. Coffee breath isn’t very sexy, either. But I have no toothbrush, and I haven’t got mouthwash. I won’t smack my gum in the morning meeting with the boss. I will, however, call on the little tooth fairy that I hide in my drawer. Amidst the candies, business cards, paper clips, hides a box of GoSMILE Touch Up’s. These portable, single-dose ampoules work like a mid-day brush, specifically targeting the bacteria that cause bad breath and refreshing the entire mouth, these ampoules to help polish teeth after and between whitenings so teeth stay lustrous and pretty! And these handy dandy touch ups come in a wide array of flavors. Fresh Mint is a classic staple. Watermelon Mint is yummy and sweet, and Green Apple is tangy and sour. White teeth for everyone! Hoorah!
So you wake up and notice a huge imperfection on your skin, you’re already running late for work and hardly have any time to get dressed let alone put on makeup. So what do you do with this red, inflamed angry blemish on your skin? Try the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer; that’s right I said treatment concealer so it actually heals your skin and covers up blemishes; talk about a multi-tasker!
The Murad Acne Treatment Concealer is an Allure best in beauty award winner, and it really is no surprise. The concealer comes in two colors, light and medium to cover any flaw. It contains 2% salicylic acid which helps to decongest the pore while preventing bacteria from spreading; and bisabolol derived from chamomile to help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. It’s oil-free and provides long lasting coverage, helping to clear active breakouts while preventing new ones. It comes in a perfectly sized stick applicator that easily fits into your purse or makeup bag, for a quick application. For a more precise application use a concealer brush or a Q-tip will do the trick!
Most skincare aficionados know that using a quality vitamin C product is essential in a good skincare routine. But, some of the most popular vitamin C serums also come with quite a hefty price tag. New to the scene is First Blush by Dr. Nicholas Perricone. Not only does this pretty pink serum help restore bright, youthful skin it doesn’t break the bank either! The retail price is only $48 which is great compared to some of the most popular antioxidant serums on the market that can easily run over $100. With continued use the overall appearance of discoloration is improved with Carotenoids, an anti-oxidant that is naturally occurring in Melons. First Blush also contains Ferulic Acid and Vitamin C combination. Customers rave that their complexion is more even, radiant, hydrated and smoother.
Do you wear high heels? Have a hankering for a stiletto now and then? Do you pay the price later with blisters and sore aching feet? Join the pity party me too! but I love my high heel fix now and then.
In all seriousness, there is a reason why foot petals are sold at shoe stores and drugstore alike, usually near the checkout line, simply put; shoes can wreak havoc on our feet. To provide relief the Foot Petals Stiletto Survival Kit offers a variety of solutions to keep your barking dogs at bay (did I just date myself?). To get all of the details of what comes in the kit check it out on SkinStore.com. All of the Foot Petal’s solutions are easy to use, they stay put and they really do provide comfort and cushion where needed, even for those open toed shoes and sandals!
At SkinStore we take a lot of pride in being able to provide our customers and beauty buffs with information that is educational and informative. Its not surprising that we have an amazing assortment of beauty tips right at your fingertips. When you visit SkinStore.com, and you see the “beauty center” listed on the upper right side of the department navigation bar, you will find a drop down that includes “beauty tips”, click it. Once in the beauty tips section you will see a plethora of topics like skin care tips, natural tips, and tool tips among many other topics. There are so many wonderful tips to browse; I can’t possibly select even one to feature because they are all so interesting! Come on by and check it out!