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The Hand That Launched a Thousand Famous Faces

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phelityl_pre-cleansing_oil_6_8oz_1“50% of my beauty I owe to my mother, 50% to Erno Laszlo”, Audry Hepburn. Erno Laszlo has been known as the authority in skincare since 1927. He developed the fundamental beauty ritual that taught women how to properly cleanse and nourish their face. Famous women like Grace Kelley, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Stephanie of Hungary used his products and became devotees to his philosophy.

It all begins with Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil. This is the first step to Erno Lazslo’s magic ritual. This magical oil prepares the skin for effective cleansing. Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil penetrates pores to dissolve trapped oils, impurities, and makeup on contact. When combined with a cleansing bar, this treatment oil creates a conditioning lather which improves the epidermal barrier and maximizes the cleansing process. Phelityl indicates Erno Laszlo’s unique moisturizing complex with a pH level nearly identical to that of the skin, which maintains the fatty acids essential for skin function.
Pour a dime-size drop of Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil into the palm and smooth over the face. Follow with your prescribed cleansing bar.



Helps dissolve impurities.

Nourishes and soothes skin.

Can double as a makeup remover and cuticle moisturizer.

Recommended for normal to dry skin.


Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum

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ac023Alchimie Forever is an effective yet gentle skincare brand. This family owned and operated brand is great for all skin types, but especially wonderful for sensitive skin. All of the products in the brand are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, paraben-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dye-free and safe for pregnant and nursing women (except for Brightening Peel). They have recently added a new product that addresses hyperpigmentation and sun damage, just in time for summer. The Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum combines blueberry, vitamin C and E to fight off free radical damage and rejuvenate the skin. This serum may be used morning and evening underneath a moisturizer. You will see noticeable improvement in skin tone and redness relief. It will reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. This would be a fabulous addition to any skincare regimen.

Why Beauty Sleep Is Important

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Want to know an insider tip that will dramatically decreases wrinkles, stress and improve your health? The best part is, it’s free to everyone! It won’t cost any of us a dime, but maybe an extra hour or so of your time. The trick is getting a full 8 hours of sleep. Seems simple right?!

Studies have proven time and time again that during your sleep cycle you skin naturally repairs itself due to the growth hormone (A.K.A the youth hormone) that is released during sleep. Also, during the hours of 11pm- 7am (or whatever you time of slumber may be) levels of cortisol are lowered that were most likely heightened during the hectic daytime hours. High levels of cortisol will; increase body fat, cause depression, thin the skin, and are toxic to the body.  Falling into a deep sleep causes your body to release more melatonin in the body which has positive effects on your skin and immune system. Melatonin helps regulate the body’s internal clock to keep the body in rhythm trying to balance out any negative levels of cortisol. So its best encourage this process at night by applying hydrating moisturizes to support the repair process.

Anyone of us can testify that when we do not get a good night sleep it shows. It’s more difficult to focus and we become easily stressed which in turn causes those bad levels of cortisol to rise. Just remember when those levels increase your only aging yourself, so it’s important to take time to relax before bedtime. Receiving an adequate amount of sleep will restore the glow and luminosity in your skin and you wake feeling more alert and recharged.


Tips for Dry Skin

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We talk to a lot of customers this time of year who often have the same skin concerns. “My skin feels so dry!” Sound familiar? This is really common, especially in the cooler winter months.

First thing’s first! We always check to make sure you’re using a moisturizer. If not, that would be the first plan of attack. However, since most of our customers are on top of things, lets move on to plan B. More than likely if you speak to one of our estheticians they will recommend a type of hydrating serum that you would apply underneath your moisturizer. One of the most popular hydrating serums is SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. If you prefer a natural line, ARCONA Magic White Ice  is a great choice.

Another option is a hydrating mist. We have several options. Mists are a nice way to lightly re-hydrate the skin mid day. They can be sprayed under or over make-up. A couple favorites include Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water or Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist.

Finally, we would recommend a hydrating mask. Masks are a nice bonus to add extra hydration to the skin. You can use them on your face, or other dry parts of your body! Try the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque. Please be advised some masks can be used daily, or others may instruct you to use them 1-2 times a week. As always, please follow the manufacturers directions.

There really is no limit on moisturizer. If you feel you need more, go for it, especially those of you who use a 2-in-1 moisturizer/SPF combo. It’s a good idea to freshen up SPF applications during the day. Your skin will thank you for it!

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

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Seborrhoeic dermatitis, also known as seborrhea, is a common skin disorder that effects 3-5% of the population. It is found mainly on the scalp and face in scaly, itchy, red skin patches. The patches of skin can appear thick, and either yellow or red in color, and sometimes these patches can look shiny. Seborrhea commonly appears on the upper chest and back or other areas of the body that contain more sebaceous glands. Babies can also suffer from this condition and is typically known as cradle cap, which will usually clear up by their first birthday. While this skin condition is non-contagious, the people who suffer often will find it difficult to treat.

The causes of seborrhoeic dermatitis are not yet known by doctors but there are key factors that may play a role in its origin. There is natural occurring yeast called malassezia that grows in sebum, an overabundance of malassezia can cause flare-ups and inflammation. Also a change in season can be a trigger to a flareup, so seborrhea is usually more prevalent in the winter time. Seborrhoeic dermatitis has also been linked to people who have neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, and in people who are stressed and fatigued would be at greater risk. It seems to also be related to hormones and genetics, but doctors are not sure why.

Treatments for seborrhoeic dermatitis includes creams and lotions as well as medicated shampoos for the scalp. In some severe cases a doctor can prescribe an oral or topical medication to help reduce symptoms, because usually an antifungal product will help keep the flareups at bay. If you have seborrhoeic dermatitis on your scalp, an anti-fungal shampoo that contains selenium sulfide, coal tar, zinc pyrithione, or salicylic acid can be effective (we recommend DCL Salicylic Acid Shampoo). Even over the counter shampoos and products should be used as directed or as a physician prescribes. Alternative methods for helping symptoms include the use of phototherapy which uses LED lights to inhibit the growth of malassezia which can reduce inflammation. Also the use of natural ingredients such as aloe, coconut oil and tea tree oil have helped certain people.

People who have seborrhoeic dermatitis sometimes think they just have dry skin or dandruff because their skin or scalp is flaky and itchy. Dandruff is considered the less inflammatory form of seborrhoeic dermatitis. If people do not know the specific skin condition they are dealing with, this can cause people to use products that are too heavy and are greasy on the skin which can aggravate the condition. A doctor would be able to determine the best course of action for you to ensure you are getting the care you need.



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What is acne? Besides a nightmare, acne is the infection of the follicle that has been blocked by an overproduction of oil, debris and dead skin cells. Acne can take on many different forms including: whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules and cysts.

Whiteheads – are smaller in size and remain under the skin, they can come to a white ‘head’, thus the name whitehead.

Blackheads – are similar to whiteheads but have reached the surface of the skin and oxidized, therefore turning black or grey in color.

Papules – White or pink bumps on the surface of the skin.

Pustules – Similar to papules but usually have an irritated red ring with a pus-filled top.

Cysts – Most of the infection in under the skin surface. Cystic acne is often hormonal and common in adults. Cystic breakouts can scar easily and are often painful to the touch.

Acne is associated with a hormone called androgen, which can cause an excess of sebum production in the pore.

You can treat a mild case of acne with a variety of different over the counter products. Look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, retinol, and glycolic acid.

Check out our huge selection of acne products at!

Treating a serious case of acne may require an oral prescription such as antibiotics or Accutane. Consult with your doctor or dermatologist to determine which acne products and treatments are best for you.


Avene Professional TriAcneal

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We all remember being 14 and washing our skin raw with harsh scrubs to get rid of those clogged pores and pesky pimples. It’s only natural that you’d look to something to strip your face clean of all that icky dead skin, so it’s almost an impulse to cleanse with something super harsh and purifying. Thank goodness we’ve learned that gentle care is best when it comes to our skin, but from time to time the 14 year old in us is just dying to break out the bar soap, buff puff, and Noxzema. If you have this impulse please… slowly step away from the sink, go online, and order the Avene Professional TriAcneal. This is by far the best stuff since sliced bread.

Avene Professional TriAcneal has three different ingredients that fight acne and active breakouts; Retinaldehyde, Glycolic Acid, and newly patented Efectiose. These ingredients not only fight breakouts they’re also anti-aging! Avene is touted as one of Europe’s most gentle skin care lines, as the formulas are based on soothing thermal spring water. So while the active ingredients are battling your most frustrating skin foes, the gentle formula is also soothing, nurturing, and reducing redness.

Avene Professional TriAcneal helps to reduce acne scarring while exfoliating the skin and leaving it baby-bum smooth, and with just one application you’ll notice that your pores look more clear and tight, your overall skin texture looks more even, and redness and irritation is left to a minimum (unlike with many other acne products).
Though I am lucky enough to try hundreds of products that we carry at, I’m excited to say that Avene TriAcneal is hands down my newest favorite!


Sjal Skincare

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This scientifically advanced skin care line incorporates an eastern blend of electro-stimulants like gemstones, platinum, gold and silver to increase cellular performance and enhance the effects of key ingredients.  In addition, sjal uses the most recent advances in biotechnology from Europe and Japan and adheres to strict standards of performance and efficacy. Among the many high quality standards, sjal does not use petroleum jelly, caffeine, silicone, or mineral oil in any of its products.

Sjal skin care has been featured in the press by such notable names as Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Nylon, Elle and many more. Check out sjal skin care at and find out what all the buzz is about!



Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream

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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.

Hot Product: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel

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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.

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