Niacin, also known as Vitamin B-3 is found in many foods, including yeast, meat, fish, poultry, milk and eggs. The benefits for the internal consumption of niacin are astronomical. It is scientifically proven to help treat heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol, and more. Topical application of products that contain niacin and niacinamide (which is a derivative of niacin) has also proven to have incredible effects. Niacin is found in all cells and it plays an important role in energy production. Thus, it is present in the organs that are metabolically active like the brain, heart, and liver.
In regards to skin care, Niacinamide has the ability to treat skin conditions including aging skin. It is anti-inflammatory which makes it effective in the treatment of acne. It is also beneficial against skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea. Studies have shown that 4% niacinamide gel can improve the symptoms of acne. In regards to rosacea, one study showed rosacea patients treated with niacinamide resulted in a diminished reaction to irritants. 26 out of 34 patients studied had a dramatic improvement in their skin.
Niacinamide is amazing for young skin, but it’s a miracle worker for more mature skin. There is evidence that it stimulates cells to produce more collagen. It’s also great for excessive dryness because it prevents moisture loss. It protects the skin by providing a safe occlusive barrier between skin and the environment. This ingredient does not feel heavy or greasy. Most importantly, niacinamide increases the production of ceramides which are lipids in the outer layer of the epidermis. Ceramides form a protective barrier against water loss. It will soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It stimulates circulation in the dermis which increases blood flow and increase vital nutrients to the skin, radiance, and overall skin health.
But what about those ugly age spots and hyperpigmentation that many suffer from due to sun exposure and other factors? Niacinamide in concentrations of 4% helps lighten areas of pigmentation. It reduces blotchiness, improves skin texture, and evens out skin tone.
Is it safe? According to a study published in The International Journal of Toxicology, niacinamide is not toxic or carcinogenic. This was tested on levels higher than those found in any cosmetic product. More importantly, it does not sensitize the skin or cause irritation in most people. It is classified as a low hazard cosmetic ingredient by The Environmental Working Group.
In a clinical study, after just four weeks of Niacinamide use, users saw water loss reduction by 24%, Pigmentation decrease by 68%, and increase of fatty acids by 67%, increase of ceramide production by 34%, fibroblasts production by 20%, collagen production by 54%.
Clearly, the studies show it produces great results; Niacinamide is an ingredient for those who want to go above and beyond in their skin care.
There are so many cosmetic choices out there it is hard to know which one is best for your skin type and concerns. Makeup has gotten a little overwhelming over the years, there are terms like BB cream and CC cream, powder and liquid foundation, setting powders and sprays, sponge applicators and brushes. It’s too much to take in. So here is some information to help determine what are the best products and tools for your flawless look.
A good place to start is to determine your skin type. If you have combination or oily skin a powder foundation is a nice fit for you. These are best applied with a powder brush. When selecting your powder brush a rounded brush will provide lighter coverage than a flat brush head. In most cases drier skin types do better with a liquid foundation. If you are a person with dry skin, but loves the convenience and how portable powder foundation is you should invest in a setting spray to keep the powder from just falling off your face. One of our best-selling setting sprays is Jane Iredale’s POMMIST hydration spray. It gives your skin added antioxidant protection and boosts hydration in the skin.
Once you determine the type of foundation to buy the next step is determining your skin care concerns. Cosmetics are much more than just makeup now days. There are anti-aging ingredients, anti-oxidants and SPF added to a lot of the products. If you are planning on your makeup pulling double duty as an SPF there are plenty of BB creams (which stands for Beauty Balm) and CC creams (which stands for color correcting) that have added SPF. Also mineral makeup has a natural SPF 15+ which is great. When choosing your makeup read the description of the product and what benefits that makeup provides. Reading reviews of the products is especially helpful in regards to how the product wears and the consistency. If a product is thicker you may always mix in your moisturizer or apply with a Beauty Blender applicator. A Beauty Blender gives you much more control on how much product is applied. The way you use a Beauty Blender is by soaking the sponge in water and squeezing out the excess water and then apply the makeup. If you are using a thicker makeup you can leave your Beauty Blender a bit more saturated with water so the sponge absorbs less makeup and give you a lighter coverage.
Hopefully this information will give you a step in the right direction for selecting the perfect makeup. Skinstore has plenty of makeup choices to choose from. We have full coverage camouflage options like Dermablend to lightly tinted sunscreens like Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50. If you ever have any questions our beauty experts are happy to help!
No matter the season, rain or shine our lips always need a little extra TLC and the one skincare accessory we cannot live without is lip balm. Our lips are one of the softest and thinner parts of our body. Belli® has developed their very own lip balm to help relieve and heal your dry, cracked lips.
And because our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is 100% lanolin, it is great to use on any other part of your body that needs the extra moisture, such as your cuticles and heels which can become cracked during the winter months. Even breastfeeding mom’s can benefit from using our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm to help hydrate dry, cracked nipples.
Belli’s® Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is formulated to lock in your lips natural moisture with just one ingredient, a soothing medical graded, hypoallergenic Ultra Purified Lanolin Oil.
Our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is easy to apply and glides on smoothly without leaving a greasy residue on your lips.
At Belli® we are dedicated to bringing the very best in trusted skincare solutions that pamper and protect your skin without any known harmful chemicals, making our new Sheer Comfort Lip Balm a great addition to our skincare line.
Here are some things you should know about Belli® Skincare and its range of luxurious and effective skincare products for Pregnancy, Motherhood and Beyond:
Belli® is Picky For A Purpose™ to give you peace of mind. Our products are allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives. The ingredients in Belli® products are selected based upon an extensive review of published medical studies. For pregnancy and motherhood, Belli® follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding. We teratology screen our skincare products recommended for use during pregnancy by searching through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5,000 international journals, and use this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy. We also LACTMED screen to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding so that all Belli® products can also be used post-pregnancy.
Warm weather is approaching so, that means hem lines will be getting shorter! Have you ever wanted a body product that gives you color, a flattering glow and helps lift, firm, tighten, all while diminishing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and varicose veins? Well, here’s your product! The Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion addresses all those concerns. It is natural, vegan, certified gluten free, toxin free, paraben-free, cruelty free and fragrance free. It contains exceptionally high quality and beneficial ingredients that anyone can use. The lotion comes in shades: light, medium, dark, deep dark or plain if you do not want to add color. People have been raving about this product since it came out and have referred to it as “photo shop in a pouch”. All you have to do is shake the pouch, apply a very small amount, wait 5 minutes and you are ready to go. The solution will not rub off on clothing or bedding and stays on until your next shower!
Under eye circles are a very common skin care concern. Our customers (and myself included) are on a constant hunt for the miracle product that will address this concern. In order to find the right product, you first need to figure out what is the cause of your dark circles. Take a look at the color under your eyes, if the skin appears more blue then your dark circles may be caused by leaking blood vessels and if your skin appears more brown then it may be caused by hyperpigmentation.
Blue circles are usually hereditary or show up as we age. As we age the padding around the eye gets thinner and we lose the baby fat. The skin around the eyes is about .5 mm while the rest of our skin is about 2 mm. Since the skin is so thin around the eyes it can show blood pooling or leaking. Eye products that contain vitamin K may help address this issue. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting, improving blood circulation and reduces inflammation. The problem with vitamin K is that it is hard to stabilize and therefore you cannot just rub some vitamin K under your eyes and expect to see results. It is important to find a reputable brand that has formulated a product with a stabile form of vitamin K to target dark circles. Peptides are another great way to combat blue under eye discoloration. Peptides will tighten the tissues around the eyes and prevent blood leakage from the vessels. Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Eye Repair Cream is a spectacular product to “reduce” the look of dark circles.
Brown circles are more common among darker skin tones. Periorbital Hyperpigmentation is when more melanin is produced around the eye than usual. The best way to prevent this discoloration is to apply a sunscreen daily to protect the eyes from sun damage. NIA24 Eye Repair Complex is a great product to address darkness around the eyes. It contains Pro-Niacin to improve the hyperpigmentation and vitamin C to brighten the eye area. Understand that there is not a product that can get rid of the circles completely, but there are products that can definitely help.
SkinCeuticals announces their newest correcting and hydrating product, Metacell Renewal B3! This product is perfect, if you are just starting to see signs of aging due to sun exposure. This light gel-cream offers barrier repair, calming of inflammation, brightening, and correction for a dull skin tone. Tri-peptides help tighten the skin. It is also, great for dehydration and hyper pigmentation. Every skin type can benefit from a serum that boosts hydration levels. I have been using it for almost a week and have seen an improvement in firmness and brightening. In the morning I use it after the CE Ferulic. It absorbs nicely into the skin. So far, I give it an A+!
Another hot product is SkinCeuticals, Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50. I will be honest; at first I didn’t really see the need for this product. After learning that most facial cancers happen around the eyes AND knowing my own issues with sun damage around my eyes, I didn’t need any more convincing. Plus, for those of us who wear glasses the sun rays are magnified through the lenses, exposing the already delicate under eye area to more harmful UV rays. Yikes! I get it now, you totally need this product. Like its uber-popular facial counterpart, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50, it is tinted. So, you can use it like a concealer or an eye shadow primer. There is no moisturizer in it, so it’s not greasy. In fact a colleague reported that it actually controlled the oil on her eyelids. We love it and think you will too! Coming soon to SkinStore.com in March.
Skin naturally sheds billions of skin cells every day. It is said that 90% of household dust, is made up of dead skin cells. As we age, this natural shedding process slows down or stops due to many factors such as sun damage, dry skin, oily skin, genetics, or skin disorders. The results of this are dull, dry or flaky skin, clogged pores, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Exfoliation is key in helping skin balance itself. Getting rid of dead skin cell build up can reduce the effects of the slowdown.
Exfoliation helps your skin look younger, promote blood flow and circulation, promote collagen production, and improve overall skin health. With so many exfoliating products out there, how do we know what to use and what is appropriate for our skin type and need? To better understand what to use, we must first understand how they work and what skin types and conditions are appropriate for each category.
As an esthetician, I’m always asked what is the difference between AHA and BHA? Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) are acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes etc. They work by melting the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together. AHA’s are water loving and water soluble acids and their molecular structure is small. AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content. A main point of difference is that they don’t penetrate as deep as BHA and the effects are felt on the surface of the skin. AHA’s are great to rejuvenate aging skin.
On the other hand, Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is an oil loving acid. BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and whiteheads. BHA can get through the oil that clogs pores and helps to normalize the lining of the pore that contributes to acne. BHA’s have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. BHA’s are sometimes preferred for those struggling with rosacea. However, not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant. It’s best to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds. It is likely you’ll see less redness and a smoother, even skin with fewer breakouts.
Many clients often ask if they can be used together? Yes, but it’s not necessary. If you decide to do so, make sure to use them separately; one in the morning and one at night to prevent irritation.
– Glycolic acid: derived from sugar cane
– Lactic acid: derived from milk
– Mandelic acid: derived from bitter almonds
– Tartaric acid: derived from grapes
– Malic acid: derived from apples and pears
– Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits
***It is important to note that with today’s technology, most of these acids are derived synthetically. This is to keep the acid stable, allow for use for those with allergies to natural substances, and control its strength***
– Salicylic acid: derived from the Willow Bark Tree and others.
**This acid is dominantly used in skin care**
– Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits and considered a cross over acid. It can be an AHA depending on its formulation.
It is strongly recommended to use SPF when using any of the above acids. Exfoliants can make skin photosensitive and sensitive in general. SPF will help in the prevention of hyperpigmentation etc.
General guidelines for usage:
– You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.
– You can also apply either of these around the eye area but, not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.
– Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.
– Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.
– If you’re using a topical prescription product such as Renova, other retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, consult with your doctor before applying either AHA or BHA.
Now, all that is left to do is to choose which one is right for you and exfoliate the years away!
Oil is our skin’s public enemy #1! Blot, strip, seek & destroy all oil off our faces! So we thought… It turns out that certain oils contain the power of superheroes for our skin. Many experts say that oil may actually be the missing link to balanced skin. Oil attracts oil, dirt, and impurities. Thus, it gently and effectively removes makeup, dirt, sweat, and excess sebum. Sebum is the skin’s natural oil that keeps it protected and supple. It is vital not to remove all sebum from your face. Oils cleanse without irritating sensitive skin. A major plus is that oil maintains the skin’s natural level of moisture. Lack of moisture on our skin makes skin look dull and lack luster. Lack of moisture allows fine lines and wrinkles to be more pronounced and compromises supple, radiant skin.
The banishing all oil off our face campaign comes with some problems. Stripping the skin can cause irritation, breakouts, redness and over dryness. Water cannot dissolve oil. Most cleansers contain chemicals to strip oil away. Parabens, surfactants, and sulfates have been controversial ingredients that strip the skin. These ingredients are responsible for the suds produced by cleansers. This can cause skin to become sensitive and problematic. It can leave your skin depleted of its natural oils. If skin is depleted it will produce more oil to balance itself out; the never ending cycle.
Now, oil cleansers target skin from a different angle. They use oil against itself! When you put oil and oil together, they bind to each other. Oil attracts oil. This binding results in an effective deep pore cleansing.
What types of oils produce this effect on our skin? Those oils rich in linoleic acid work best. Oils like safflower, grape seed, and sunflower. As an added bonus, these oils are rich with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Products like Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Nourishing Cleansing Oil and Murad Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Oil contain natural botanical oils that gently cleanse and renew the skin. Softening and conditioning our largest organ of the body.
Most experts agree that oil cleansers work for every skin type and age group. This includes out of balance extreme cases such as acneic, oily, dry, and reactive. So, never fear now that oil is here!
Cold sores, fever blisters, leprosy lips are all names for the dreaded herpes simplex virus. They are the worst! These fluid filled blisters that group together take up to 2 weeks to heal. Once you have the virus in your body you have it for the rest of your life and unfortunately there is not a cure. Luckily there are some treatments that help relieve the pain, swelling and duration of the outbreak. Usually when your body is run down from illness, stress or too much sun exposure a cold sore is likely to form. The first indication is the itchy, tingling feeling. This is a good time to start any sort of treatment. There are topical ointments and oral pills that help speed up the healing process. The next stage is the swelling of the area, this swelling can be pretty extreme and cause bulbous lips for days and lymph nodes to swell. Then there is the “weeping” stage when the fluid from the blisters start to leak and this is when your cold sores are the most contagious. The final stage is the scabbing and healing of the sore. The best way to prevent getting cold sores is living a healthy lifestyle. Get plenty of sleep and protect your lips with an SPF year round. A great lip product is Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm since it helps hydrate and protect the lips with sunscreen and antioxidants. Since there is no cure, prevention is key to keep cold sores at bay.