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The Secret to Ageless Skin

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If you ask any reputable plastic surgeon or dermatologist, they will tell you the secret to knowing a person’s age is in their neck. Most often, men and women are very concerned with the appearance of their face, but forget that the neck and décolleté should receive the same tender loving care. Here are a few of our favorite neck creams to help give you that rejuvenated, youthful, celebrities look.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream is a completely organic line derived fruit extracts including the coveted Resveratrol packed grapeseed, this cream improves skin texture without harsh ingredients that can irritate the most sensitive of skin.

StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream uses the patented Gravitite-CF complex to recreate collagen and elastin fibers that can be lost with age to reveal smoother, younger looking skin.

Dr. Brandt DNA Firming Neck Cream is packed with platinum peptide technology to drive deep into the skin and repair problem areas beneath the skin’s surface.

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream delivers three clinically proven matrix building ingredients to lift and firm the skin as well as add volume where it may be lacking.

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


Hot Ingredient: Aloe Vera

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The use of aloe vera dates back to the ancient Egyptians.  They called the plant the “plant of immortality”.  It was presented to dead pharaohs as burial gifts. Stone carvings still exist depicting its uses. The ancient Egyptians utilized the Aloe plant to heal infections, burns, and to clear up the existence of parasites on the body.  Since those times, the use of aloe vera has expanded.  We know it’s a leading therapy for sunburns; however, the additional uses of this magnificent plant may astonish you.  Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries. The plant can grow anywhere from several inches in height to several feet, depending on its growing environment.  Ancient Greeks, Spaniards, and Arabs applied aloe to the body to minimize the occurrence of perspiration and body odor. During the sixteenth century, aloe made its way to the West Indies and shortly thereafter arrived in the Caribbean and America. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, American herbalists relied heavily on Aloe Vera for many of their treatments.

Aloe leaves secrete, a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin.  The leaves of this plant contain a high percentage of water, essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, essential fatty acids, and glycoproteins. Aloe Vera has been credited with the following capabilities: antibacterial (minimizing the presence of bacteria), antimicrobial (minimizing microbes), antifungal (minimizing the existence of fungus), anthelmintic (reduction in number of parasites and worms), anti-inflammatory (easing of swelling), antiviral (destruction of viruses), vulnerary (wound healing), purgative (performance as an aggressive laxative), and emollient (acts to moisturize and soothe).

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Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found that aloe vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, and hair and scalp problems.   Aloe vera has been credited with the ability to promote cell renewal as it soothes the skin. Taken orally, it is used to cleanse and support the digestive system, infuse energy, and support the immune system. Aloe vera juice is taken internally to provide relief from common digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn. It is also taken orally to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, epilepsy, asthma, and diabetes. Topical applications revolve primarily around the treatment of sunburn, burns obtained from sources other than the sun, and psoriasis.

As an antibacterial substance, it offers relief from the redness associated with acne while helping to heal breakouts. Enhancing the skin’s natural levels of moisture, aloe vera is particularly helpful to use on sensitive or dry skin. Its moisturizing capabilities have led to its use in anti-dandruff shampoos. A rich source of many vitamins including A, B, and C, it is used to brighten skin tone and minimize minor pigmentation issues.  We hope you add aloe vera to your list of “must try” ingredients!

 


Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens

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There is a lot of confusion when it comes to sunscreen. One of the most common questions is, “what are the differences between a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen?” Here is a quick and easy guide in the major differences in these types of sunscreens.

Physical sunscreen: Deflects the sun rays off the skin to protect it from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

-A physical sunscreen contains a zinc oxide or/and titanium dioxide.

-One of the best perks of a physical sunscreen is that is works instantly. There is no wait time between applying the sunscreen and going outdoors.

-Physical sunscreens also are more stable than a chemical sunscreen and generally safe to use.

Chemical Sunscreen: Absorbs sun rays and acts as a filter.

-A Chemical Sunscreen contains any of the following: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

-Not as stable and may cause irritation.

-Must wait 20 minutes after applying before going outdoors.

-Chemical sunscreens are very controversial right now and how your body absorbs these chemicals and how these chemicals are affecting our bodies in the long run.


Balanced and Blemish-Free Summer Skin

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Elemental Herbology Facial Detox MaskElemental Herbology incorporates the integral philosophy of the Chinese Medicine’s Five Elemental Theory. Summer is the element of fire and symbolizes outward movement, warmth, vitality and energy.

When the fire element is in excess, skin can become excessively oily and congested. The humid summer months can lead to breakouts and irritated skin, making it an essential time to incorporate balancing products into your skincare regimen. We suggest adding into any existing skincare regimen the Facial Detox Mask.

Formulated with mineral rich organic Amazonian clay to deep clean skin that is prone to blemishes and resolve congestion. Manuka honey, aloe and calendula provide anti-inflammatory relief while eucalyptus, cedarwood, lavender and rosemary essential oils help to balance sebum production. Use once weekly for normal skin or up to three times weekly for oily skin.

You can find Elemental Herbology products on SkinStore.com.


Protect Your Lips

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We know how important it is to protect our skin from sun exposure. We know sun rays cause skin diseases, rapid, aging, as well as burning the skin. But what about our lips? Aren’t our lips even more delicate than the skin on our arms or back? Yes it is! The skin on our lips is very sensitive and sun exposure can cause our lips to become dry, chapped, and even split. Below are a few of my favorite lip products that contain SPF.

1. Coola Sport Liplux SPF 30: This all-in-one lip treatment is highly concentrated with the finest food grade certified organic and active ingredients. This lip protectant hydrates and nourishes while the broad spectrum UV protection works year round for soft, healthy and happy lips.

2. Hampton Sun SPF 30 Luxe Sport Lip Balm: Give your lips the best in sunscreen protection with our SPF 30 Luxe Sport Lip Balm. The soft and hydrating formula includes natural and organic ingredients such as pomegranate, aloe vera, grapefruit, cucumber, green tea, and many other calming additives. For use in and out of the sun, this moisturizing balm will protect your lips while giving it the nutrients it needs.

3. B. Kamins Lip Balm SPF 20: This soothing lip balm helps to moisturize and protect lips from sun, wind and extreme temperatures. This formula helps to repair chapped, sore lips with maple and softening essential oils. This treatment creates a smoother palette for lipstick application by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and reducing the feathering of lip color. Use anytime for softer, more luscious lips.

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


Shave My Face?

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Most women will freak out with the thought of shaving their face. What? My hair will come back darker, thicker and rougher, not to mention shaving is for men not women. I can’t do that. Well, I have some important points for women to consider when shaving is concerned.   First and foremost, that train of thought is based on myths. In addition, shaving is actually an anti-aging technique with solid science behind it. I know? Super shocking news!

The first myth is if hair returns thicker, darker, rougher, and the answer is no. Shaving does not change the thickness of the hair, color or rate of growth. Shaving has no effect on the bulb of the hair where hair is actually produced. Shaving facial hair gives the hair a blunt tip. The tip might feel “stubbly” for a time as it grows out. During this time, the hair may appear darker and thicker but it’s not according to www.mayoclinic.org. The feel of thickness is from the blunt tip left behind by shaving and the darkness is your natural hair color that hasn’t been exposed to the bleaching effects of the sun and environment. However, this is only factual if you are shaving dark, thick hair. Most women have peach fuzz. The real name is Vellus hair. This type of hair covers most of our bodies and it is naturally soft & light. This is the hair we want to get rid of by shaving. If you have more dark and thick hair, you may want to seek out other options, such as laser hair removal.

What are the benefits of shaving for women? A few of the benefits of shaving your face, also known as at home Dermaplaning, include exfoliation, collagen stimulation, deeper product penetration, and smoother make up application. What is Dermaplaning? You may have never heard of Dermaplaning, but I bet you’ve seen the effects. Celebrities have this procedure done all the time. It’s a skin procedure that involves using a sharp tool to exfoliate the surface of your skin, while also removing small, fine hairs. Basically, an esthetician or dermatologist will take a small scalpel and very gently scrape the surface of your skin using light, feathering strokes. Dermaplaning’s purpose is to give your skin an immediate exfoliation for a luminous glow that lasts a week. Physicians might recommend dermaplaning to anyone who is about to undergo a laser treatment or deep chemical peel, to allow the products to penetrate more deeply into the skin. Plus, the light “shaving” motion gets rid of light facial hairs while it exfoliates.

Shaving your face has similar results as dermaplaning and it’s been practiced for a very long time. In fact, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were known to shave their face and attribute their agelessness to the shaving. Generally, men look younger as they age because they shave on a consistent basis.

Let’s chat a bit about technique of shaving. There are three options when it comes to razors:

1) a normal women’s razor for your legs (just make sure it’s not actually the one you use on your legs)

2) a women’s facial hair trimmer

3) an eyebrow shaper

Any of these modalities will work. Start at the top of the ear and shave going down to jawline and towards the nose, to get the whole cheek, jawline, chin, and upper lip. Always use downward strokes, very little pressure and your skin should be clean and dry. Pull the skin taught and shave with short strokes with the razor at a 45 degree angle against the skin. Keep in mind; you only need to do this twice a month to see results. After shaving, follow up with your serum, moisturizer, and spf.

After you’ve shaved a few times and your skin is adjusted, try getting a little more aggressive with a light application of Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Enzyme peel for deeper penetration.

Now, let’s talk about shaving products that would be beneficial to have during your shaving time. The Art of Shaving specializes in shaving products. They have full size kits that include everything you would need to shave. They are gender friendly and effective. I would recommend The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit in Lavender. Most women love the smell of lavender and lavender essential oil. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, this kit has the before, during, and after products that will keep your skin soft and supple. It even comes with a pure Badger shaving brush that generates rich and warm lather.


Topical Probiotics: Fact or Fiction

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We all know the immense benefits of probiotics internally. They are anti-inflammatory; mybodyfacilitate digestion and healthy bowel movements, as well as many other things. Probiotics have beneficial effects on your overall health. Now, new science reveals Probiotics help support the immune system, combat imbalance and chronic disease, and re-awaken youthful processes within the body that slow with age. However, can topical probiotics help support skin health?

Skin is an organ of elimination. We secrete toxins through our sweat glands every day. Mybody is one of the first skin care lines that believe the power of Probiotics boosts skin’s health and appearance. Their topical Probiotics are non-living molecules from body friendly bacteria.

Beneficial For All Skin-Types, Topical Probiotics Are Proven To Help:

  • Reverse inflammation and redness
  • Boost collagen for fewer fine lines & wrinkles
  • Detoxify stressed, acne-prone skin
  • Rehydrate skin for a softer, resilient texture
  • Provide powerful antioxidant activity
  • Increase oxygen for a healthy, rosy glow

Probiotics are one of the new beauty breakthroughs shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 2014.

Mybody bypasses the old skincare technologies associated with injury, chronic inflammation and a damaged epidermis through powerful Probiotic Bioactives.

RE-BUILD

  • Mybody Probiotic Bioactives boost skin’s natural repair response
  • Epidermis is left intact to heighten immunity and trigger healthy collagen production
  • Long term results are maximized due to minimal stress and inflammation

BREAK-DOWN

  • Excessive stress depletes probiotic activity and weakens cellular communication
  • Impaired barrier function increases risk of inflammation sensitivity and dryness
  • Continued damage results in thinner skin with less collagen production

MyBody products support how the body repairs, defends and heals itself for profound and healthy skin results. Formulated with a board of medical physicians and skin scientists, MyBody ingredients include clinically validated probiotics and patented formulas to manage a variety of concerns, including dryness, roughness, wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, acne, redness and puffy eyes.

MyBody products are specially designed to address the complex skin care needs of every woman throughout each unique stage of her life and are perfect for those with sensitive, aging, and acneic skin types. The heart found on the logo is a reminder that the skin and body work together and, when in balance, the outcome is a more youthful and healthy appearance. The company does not use any artificial dyes, sulfates, phthalates or parabens and donates 1% of all of its online sales to support mental health initiatives.

You can find MyBody products on SkinStore.com.


Estie Review: Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented

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CO037-coola-face-spf-30-mineral-matte-tint-unscentedI’ve been experimenting with different SPF products for a while now. There are literally hundreds to choose from and they all promise to be the best. My biggest complaints with SPF have been texture and smell. The higher the SPF the thicker consistency; the thicker the consistency the greasier my skin felt and continued to get throughout the day. The smell was also a difficult challenge. As an esthetician, I know the crucial importance SPF plays on skin health. However, I’m being honest; I just stopped wearing it because it became confusing and tiresome. What is the right number for me to wear? How much should I put on? I keep wiping my face all day long, is this stuff still on my skin? Finally, I relied on the SPF provided by my makeup. If this sounds like you, then I have great news!

Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented has been amazing for me. You can defend your skin from both the sun and environmental pollution with a chemical free, mineral matte shield. The matte really helps control oily shine for most of the day. This product glides on silky smooth and sticks to the skin, which makes it easy to wear foundation without any problems. This unscented, lightly tinted formula delivers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, as it fights the damaging effects of free radicals. Please don’t let the tint fool you or deter you from this product. The tint is almost sheer and provides almost no coverage. Both men and women can use it without problems. This product is suitable for all skin tones.   Antioxidant-infused Borage Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Extract will rejuvenate skin, targeting early signs of aging. Shea Butter hydrates and softens sun-exposed skin while restoring elasticity. Plankton, a naturally water-resistant phyto-protector boosts SPF protection, making this the perfect everyday companion. It works like a treatment for your skin as well as protection. This really nice product comes at a mid-range price and will provide more than sun protection benefits. I highly recommend giving it a try.

Benefits:

-Ideal for normal or oily skin

-Lightly tinted

-Preservative free formula

-Infused with Certified Organic Ingredients

-Water Resistant (40 minutes)


Extreme Sunscreen

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iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30Are you looking for a sunscreen that is broad spectrum that will help with fine lines and wrinkles, as well as smooth the texture of the skin? iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30 helps to rebuild and protect the collagen in the skin. This formula contains powerful DNA protectants that combat the tendency towards skin cancer caused by sun damage. This sunscreen maintains and preserves healthy skin even during environmental exposure and aging. This is the ideal sunscreen to beautify your skin, as well as preserve and reverse the effects the sun can have. The great thing about this sunscreen is that it is great for all skin types and can be worn alone or seamlessly under makeup. So if you are looking for a great sunscreen that loves your skin, check this out!


Top Tinted Sunscreens

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We all know how important it is to protect your skin from harmful UVA\UVB rays. It is a necessary daily step whether you are going to be spending the day inside or outside, your skin needs to be protected. One of the biggest complaints we hear about sunscreens is that they leave a white cast on the skin or they are too heavy and greasy. The best advice we offer is to use a tinted or tone enhancing sunscreen that absorbs quickly. For those of you that do not like to wear a lot of make-up, they can also be used as a base to give your skin some color. Here are some of our favorites:

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50: Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 provides high broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with all natural physical filters, Zinc Oxide (Z-COTE) and Titanium Dioxide. Providing substantial power in an ultra-sheer, mattifying fluid, this sunscreen is infused with translucent color spheres to enhance natural skin tone. Tested on all ethnicities, this adaptable fluid provides discreet coverage while restoring radiance.

La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Moisturizer: Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted is a unique patent pending combination of a mineral sun filter with Cell-OX Shield™ antioxidant technology to provide advanced UVA/UVB protection. It also has universal tint technology to match most skin tones and provide an instant, natural glow.

Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matter Tint Unscented: Defend your skin from both the sun and environmental pollution with a chemical free, mineral matte shield. This unscented, lightly tinted formula delivers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection as it fights the damaging effects of free radicals. Antioxidant-infused Borage Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Extract will rejuvenate skin, targeting early signs of aging. Shea Butter hydrates and softens sun-exposed skin while restoring elasticity. Plankton, a naturally water-resistant phyto-protector boosts SPF protection, making this the perfect beach companion.

Perricone No Foundation Foundation: The first advanced anti-aging translucent foundation designed to allow the natural health and glow of skin to shine through, while providing non-chemical SPF 30 broad spectrum UV protection. Elegant in texture and quick absorbing, this product helps correct skin undertones, while boosting skin’s moisture level throughout the day. It’s infused with high potency active ingredients that provide anti-aging benefits and help firm skin’s appearance and diminish lines and wrinkles over time. It’s also formulated with specially treated pigments blended with light diffusing mica to instantly soften the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. Skin will look smooth and naturally radiant.

Whatever sunscreen you choose to wear, remember to follow the manufacturer suggested directions! You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.



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