Skin is subject to many influences, both internal and external. Behavioral Aging is the impact of lifestyle and environment on your skin. It can defy genetic factors and resist some of the most powerful anti-aging treatments. Your skin is up against lifestyle choices that cause damage in ways you may not realize:
Stress and lack of sleep: side effects include overstressed skin marked by sagging and lack of firmness
Environmental pollution: side effects include polluted skin marked by dull, yellowing complexion
Unbalanced diet: side effects include imbalanced skin marked by large pores, oiliness and shine
UV rays: side effects include uneven skin tone marked by dark spots, fine lines and loss of firmness
With its many years of expertise, Vichy research has discovered new and effective ways of looking after the health of your skin. To combat behavioral aging Vichy has introduced the Idéalia Life Serum and Idealia Eye.
Vichy surveyed 2,600 women and asked them what was standing between them and ideal skin– they responded:
Skin texture (smooth skin, free from bumps and pores) 34%
Skin tone (radiant skin, free from dark spots & pigmentation) 25%
Vichy Idéalia Life Serum helps with the skin quality parameters that matter most to women. Take the challenge and let us know how Vichy Idéalia Life Serum worked for you and addressing these parameters. It’s not a free pass, but it’s a second chance to transform your skin quality in 8 days. Use Idéalia Life Serum twice daily for 8 days, and experience a visible skin transformation.
Expecting moms look no further; you can have peace of mind with Belli skincare. Belli’s motto is picky for a purpose! They deliver trusted skin care solutions that pamper and protect without harmful chemicals. You can expect beautiful skin and enjoy peace of mind during any stage of your life: pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. Sound amazing? You’re just in luck! SkinStore is having a giveaway featuring three of Belli’s hero products: Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator and Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen. Click HERE to enter our Facebook giveaway!
Spices are not just for cooking, many skincare companies utilize spices, or the oils obtained from them, in the formulation of their products. Here are just a few with notable skincare benefits.
• Fennel – Fennel’s ability to decrease irritation and redness make it a great ingredient for sensitive skin. It also has the capability to tone and tighten making it a useful tool for mature skin and a great addition to an eye cream. The Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Eye contains fennel. With its ability to stimulate lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness, Fennel is a useful firming agent.
• Cloves – These little evergreen tree buds have been used all over the world for centuries. Clove oil is an effective antimicrobial agent and is often added to cleansing products such as Eve Lom Cleanser. Additionally, cloves are rich in Vitamins A and C, two very effective antioxidants.
• Cinnamon – Individuals with oily or acne-prone skin will benefit from this yummy ingredient due to its antibacterial and naturally astringent properties. Juara Sweet Black Tea and Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer is a great product that makes use of its benefits. This refreshing gel-cream combines the anti-aging benefits of fermented sweet black tea with the shine-reducing and pore-purifying properties of ginger and cinnamon for a luminous matte finish. Completely oil-free, it immediately reduces shine while at the same time helping delay and reverse signs of aging.
• Pepper – Pepper is a popular ingredient in body products due to its ability to boost circulation. Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Sugar Scrub also have analgesic properties and can be used to soothe muscle aches. Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel is another great muscle soother.
• Turmeric – This is a popular ingredient because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is also a powerful antioxidant and can help with the lightening of hyperpigmentation. For a more in-depth look on Turmeric, see our previous blog. [“Hot Ingredient – Turmeric”]
There are certain ingredient staples everyone should have in their daily care regimen to maintain a healthy complexion. Two of the most important are vitamin C and vitamin E; potent antioxidants, they both help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting an even skin tone. When used together in a formulation, vitamins C and E take part in a synergistic relationship that provides even more health benefits to the skin than using each alone.
UV-exposure causes free radicals to be produced, which in turn attack cells’ lipid membranes, trying to get to the DNA where cell damage and mutations can occur. Since vitamin E (tocopherol) is lipid-soluble, it has the ability to neutralize these free radicals before any damage to the skin cells takes place. Through this neutralization process, however, the vitamin E becomes a free radical, requiring the water-soluble vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) to react with the vitamin E, turning it into a stable molecule once more.
Because equal amounts of vitamin C are used to neutralize the unstable vitamin E, the most effective formulations will have lower percentages of vitamin E and higher percentages of vitamin C.
Skincare line PCA SKIN® has just launched two new breakthrough products containing maximum amounts of pure 5% vitamin E (tocopherol) that boast dramatic, visible results in as little as one week of daily use. C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max contain 15% and 20% vitamin C, respectively, along with pure 5% vitamin E, offering rapid, visible results within one to five weeks of daily use.
Vitamin A (also known as retinol, Retin-A, renova, retinyl palmitate, tretinoin, ETC) is not only an excellent antioxidant, it is also cell-communicating (talks to your skin cells). When an antioxidant is cell-communicating, such as Vitamin A, it means that it helps your cells create healthier skin cells and increase the amount of support tissues like collagen and/or elastin. The body lacks the ability to produce Vitamin A, so it is important to gain Vitamin A through foods and skin care products. Vitamin A products are most recommended to individuals that have damaged skin. It is very important to make sure that Vitamin A is packaged correctly; otherwise, the product could be no good. The product should be in a closed, dark colored container. If sunlight penetrates the product it can promote problems with its efficacy. When using Vitamin A based products it is very important that you use a sunscreen daily. When using exfoliating products it makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Also, the sun depletes the skin of Vitamin A, which can cause sunbathers to age faster.
Some people will experience irritation from using Vitamin A products for the first time, which is completely normal. To make the best experience, start out using a Vitamin A based product 1 to 2 times weekly and gradually work your way up to 5 to 7 days a week.
Here are a few recommendations of Vitamin A based products:
As we say goodbye to summer, why not say goodbye to sun spots and uneven skin tone as well?! Dr.Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Brightening Serum unites three forms of Vitamin C with a strong peptide to provide supreme brightening and anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that plays a vital role in the production of collagen. You will see an improvement in sun damage, an increase in skin’s luminosity and a visibly firmer, more youthful appearance. For best results use daily followed by your favorite moisturizer. As with any Vitamin C serum you always want to wear SPF, as this product will make skin more sensitive to the sunlight.
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, we suggest Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen. 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.
Helpful tips to clear skin: Remember to never pick at pimples and avoid touching your face throughout the day. If you notice you’re always breaking out on your cheeks your pillowcase or makeup brushes may be the culprit. Make sure you wash your pillowcase and makeup brushes regularly.
You can find all of the acne fighting products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!
The idea of getting a peel can be scary to newcomers — it’s easy to visualize painful, peeling, flaky skin, or think of what happened to Samantha on Sex and the City. But we at Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare know that our patented two-step Alpha Beta Peel is the easy, quick, pain-free way to get firmer skin, smaller pores, and a radiant complexion. Did you know, though, that it’s also the safest way to exfoliate your skin?
The benefits of regular exfoliation are hard to ignore — brighter skin, decreased skin imperfections (including fine lines and wrinkles!) and a clearer, healthier complexion are just a few perks — but it’s easy to overexfoliate when using a scrub. Harsh scrub products can be abrasive on the skin, leading to irritation and redness. What does Dr. Gross recommend? He doesn’t advise physical or mechanical exfoliation because he’s found microexfoliation to not just be gentler, but more effective.
The Alpha Beta Peel requires two steps to work – the surface refining first step and the deep treating second step work together for an immediate difference in your skin with no downtime. Get Dr. Gross’ #1 clinical procedure in the comfort of your home daily! Choose between Original, for sensitive skin or first-time peel users, or Extra Strength, for normal to less sensitive skin.
It is that time again, school is back in session for our young ones! That means that our schedules become crammed and our free time is drastically reduced. Time is money and finding shortcuts to your beauty needs is always in demand. So slide on your glasses, organize your schedules and look to some of the most convenient products to get you through the busy school season.
If you are stressed out, your hair is usually up in a mess or down and out of control. Who has the time or desire to do hair with so little time?! If your schedule is not too overloaded your hair is most likely styled and pretty. Bottom line is, the way your hair is styled and the time you have to manage it will be the determining factor to how it looks. We suggest trying products like dry shampoo (which absorbs the oils in your hair and adds instant volume to your style without having to wash everyday) and revitalizing/conditioning mists (which condition, detangle, and refresh hair to style or re-style). Some must have products in these categories include: Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo and Ojon Revitalizing Mist.
Back to school season means more exposure to germs and dirt. Make sure you pack some portable cleansing wipes into your supply kit. They can be used to remove dirt/ debris from during the day or makeup from late nights. Many different companies now make cleansing wipes and are easily accessible. A good eye product is also a necessity. Use an eye product which addresses multiple concerns such as puffiness, dark circles and dehydration. We absoluelty love Kerstin Florian Brightening Eye Creme. To keep your face hydrated, combat aging and provide sun protection try Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Day SPF 18 (hydrates, instantly smoothes out fine lines hydrates and has SPF).
Have some make-up kits or palettes close at hand! Palettes offer different color combos for quick last minute makeup application. To top off your time saving product arsenal look for all your favorite fragrances in roller ball bottles which are easy to apply and very travel friendly. You can’t go wrong with any of these products! With less worry in beauty regimen you can focus on all of the daily tasks at hand!