Melasma, otherwise known as pregnancy mask, is one of the most common forms of hyperpigmentation. Women who are pregnant, nursing or even using hormonal therapy run a risk of developing this issue. While this “mask” occurs due to a hormonal imbalance, sun exposure may worsen the condition. Women who have already suffered from sun damage may experience more severe pigmentation. The pigmentation generally affects the forehead, lips, chin and cheeks giving it the name “mask”. It is estimated that about 70% of all pregnant women have some form of melasma during pregnancy. (It also can occur in men, but very rarely).
Most people affected by melasma are advised to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunscreen throughout the day. Exfoliating the skin can be beneficial to removing the darkened skin cells, we recommend the Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub which is specially formulated to be gentle enough for pregnant woman. Belli offers a wide range of products for women who are pregnant, nursing or plan on becoming pregnant.
Bliss Mistletoe Must-Haves $12.00- This duo pack features a .12oz Fabulips Softening Lip Balm and a 1oz High Intensity Hand Cream to have you mistletoe-ready!
Too Faced Glamour To Go $22.00- A vintage inspired palette filled with 8 eye shadows, 1 blush, 1 bronzer, and a lip gloss.
Jack Black The Works $32.00- For the man in your life, this best-of-skin set combines a 3oz Face Buff Energizing Scrub, 3oz Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser, 3oz Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, and a .25oz Intense Therapy Lip Balm Spf 25 he’ll be sure to love.
Ahava Bright and Merry Ornament Gold $10.00- this set features 2 of Ahava’s signature products for soft smooth skin. This ornament contains a .68oz Mineral Hand Cream and a .5oz Essential Day Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin.
Rodial Glam Balm Lip Tree Decoration $16.00 .35oz- Stemcell Super Food Glam Balm Lip is a rose flavored plumping lip balm with stem cell technology that instantly hydrates and smoothes lips.
It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are almost upon us. Here are a few gift suggestions for skincare fanatics, beauty gurus and professionals alike.
1) L’Occitane Hand Creams of Provence ($42 USD; a $60 USD value) These 1 oz tubes of hand cream are perfect for the chilly weather head and fit perfectly in a purse, handbag, desk drawer or backback for easy access to luscious shea butter moisture and amazing scents like Rose, Almond and Lavender.
2) The Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit ($60 USD; an $88 USD value) Do you have any men in your life looking for the perfect shave? Any lady friends tired of alcohol based shaving products? Art of Shaving offers a great kit for pre and post shaving care in four wonderful scents great for both sexes.
3) Rodial Dragon’s Blood Kit ($124 USD; a $190 USD value) Social and print media have been abuzz with the latest trend that sounds scarier than is. Dragon’s Blood is actually a plant extract that can be dated back to the Roman era. Once used as a dye, it is now being regarded as one of the best skincare ingredients healing agents.
4) Juice Beauty Organic To Go ($29.00 USD) If you have anyone on your list with sensitive skin or prefers organic products, this is set is a must have! Juice Beauty Organics offers everything you will need for a healthy, radiant glow. This set includes a cleanser, serum, peel, moisturizer and hydrating mist; perfect for a weekend getaway or a chance to try some new products.
5) butter LONDON Double Take- Fire Lacquer and Overcoat ($24 USD; a $30 value) A great holiday manicure is a necessity for any holiday party or office get together. Make sure to be looking your best with these classic deep red and sparkly winter white overcoat that is sure to last until the New Year!
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
Who says after the season’s change, that you can’t glisten as golden as the sun? We might lose a bit of light at the end of each day but we can remain bright and gain the appearance of warmth. Allow me to introduce a little helper into your beauty regimen called Hampton Sun.
Not only does the line specialize in all of your SPF protection needs, they also offer different specialty products to heat up your life during the last few months of the year! Treat yourself to a self-tanner, facial treatment lotion, body lotion, fragrance, and even a body shimmer spritz. The self-tanner is a gel formulation with no scent and easy streak free application. Who doesn’t love to add a bit of color to their days? The SPF 15 Hydrating Face Cream is a daily moisturizer with SPF protection and great anti-aging benefits. The body lotion is very glamorous and offers a quick absorbing application for a great feel. My personal favorites include the Privet Bloom Eau de Parfum and the Serious Shimmer Cooling Sprays in bronze or pearl! The fragrance is very unique and has a calm, clean scent your nose will fall in love with. The Shimmer Cooling Sprays apply very fine with just a hint of shimmer, leaving you feeling sensual and ready for what your day brings to the plate. I suggest you take a look at any of their products if you need a little pep or just some personal pampering!
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!
BOO! Happy All Hallows Eve! While your bunnies, ghosts, princesses and pirates are out trick-or-treating, treat yourself to a masque of your own, here are our favorite skin treats… no tricks involved:
Oily and acne-prone skin types benefit from a weekly purifying masque. Purifying masques help to minimize the appearance of large pores while drawing out impurities and excess sebum. A purifying masque is typically clay based and contains anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.
Everyone should exfoliate! An exfoliating masque will remove dead skin cells from your skin. Exfoliating masques provide brightening, purifying and tightening benefits. After exfoliating, treatment products will penetrate deeper into the skin.
If you’ve over-exfoliated, or if you have sensitive skin, or if you’re looking to calm a sunburn then soothing masques are for you! A soothing masque will deposit cooling, calming and hydrating ingredients into the skin.
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!