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Unique Ingredient: Pearl!

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Pearl has been notably used in beauty and skincare products for centuries. Often referred to as mother of pearl cream or concha da necar, its use can be traced back as early as the Ming Dynasty of ancient China and Inca Empire of Peru.

There are two main ingredients found in pearl which make it exceptional for use in beauty and skincare products. Conchiolin, an organic protein helps to remove dead skin cells and deep clean pores. While Nacre, also an organic protein, contains a unique iridescent quality. Nacre has a whitening or brightening effect, reducing the appearance of uneven pigmentation and scaring. The combination of these two ingredients makes the skin look more youthful and vibrant.

Some of our faves include:

Pevonia Timeless Cream which contains Pearl, Caviar,  Escutox, and Retinol for maximum brightening and anti-aging benefits.

RevaleSkin Illuminesse Brightening Complex to help even skintone and improve radiance. For skin with mild to moderate pigmentation, this plant-based antioxidant complex balances uneven skin tones and restores radiance. This 98% natural formula helps brighten dull, discolored skin.

For an instant cosmetic fix we love Colorescience Precious Pearls Collection that contains the sheerest trace of color with a luminescent backlit glow, that will calm and correct complexion irregularities while restoring a more youthful look.

You can find these and other great products containing Pearl on SkinStore.com!


Understanding Keratosis Pilaris

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Glytone KP KitKeratosis Pilaris (ker-uh-TO-sis pil-AIR-is) or KP is a very common skin condition that mainly occurs on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, however, it can occur on other parts of the body such as the thighs, cheeks, back and/or buttocks. This skin condition affects 50% of the entire world’s population, most commonly found in adolescents.

KP causes small, acne-like bumps that are painless and normally have a reddish coloring. KP has also been referred to as “chicken skin” or “permanent goose bumps”. Though this skin condition is not so attractive, it is harmless. KP is normally worse in the winter months when the climate is drier. It has also been noted that KP may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.

Though treatment is not medically necessary, most people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. The most common treatments to lessen the appearance of KP are exfoliators and moisturizers that are targeted to hydrate dry skin types. Some common ingredients and products that help to treat KP are Lactic Acid, Urea, Vitamin A treatments, microdermabrasion products, Salicylic Acid and Glycolic acid. Since KP is a chronic condition, treatments are recommended to be done continuously.

A Few Great Recommendations:

- PCA SKIN Dry Skin Relief Bar

- Avene Professional Akerat Smoothing Exfoliating Cream

- Glytone KP Kit


Alpha Beta Glow Pads from Dr.Dennis Gross!

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Dr.Dennis Gross is a New York City dermatologist to the elite, and he’s famous worldwide for his Alpha Beta Daily Face Peels. Dr. Gross took his acclaimed peel even further and created Alpha Beta Glow Pads. It’s not just any peel pad, mind you, they’re exfoliating alpha and beta hydroxyl acid pads that are enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and a self-tanning compound. Each pad nourishes the skin, provides anti-aging, brightening, and anti-acne benefits while giving the skin a natural, sun-kissed, radiant look.

The Dr.Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads never leave your skin orange or streaky! These pads can be used in conjunction with the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel (or with the Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel) on a daily basis, or when you need that little pick-me-up! Who wouldn’t want believable, natural color, anti-aging benefits and exfoliation in a streak-free self-tanning formula?! Everyone at SkinStore.com (even the guys) can attest to just how wonderful this product is.

If you’ve tried it, we’d love to know what you think! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!


Benefits of Almond Oil

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Almonds are considered a great source of vitamin E and can be found in many forms. Almonds are also gluten-free and contain 12% of your daily allotted protein, but did you know almonds also offer amazing skincare benefits?

Almonds are high in antioxidants; which help cleanse and detoxify the body as well as vitamin E; which nourish the skin. When applied directly to the skin, almond oil can offer great anti-aging benefits, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Almond oil can also be used to help treat acneic or congested skin. Here are a few of our top products packed with the great benefits almondSundari Chamomile Eye Oils have to offer:

Jane Iredale PureLash Conditioner uses Sweet Almond Seed Extract to create long, conditioned soft lashes.

Murad Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Oil uses Sweet Almond Oil and other natural botanical oils that gently cleanse and renew the skin while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Sundari Chamomile Eye Oil uses a combination of Chamomile, Avocado and Sweet Almond Oil to nourish, soften and nurture the skin.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil replicates the scalps own natural oils with a blend of carrier oils and essential oils derived from plants and flowers as well as Sweet Almond Oil.


Which Clarisonic, you ask?

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ClarisonicSince there are quite a few Clarisonic models & colors, picking one out can be difficult! It’s actually easier then it seems to figure out which one would be best for you. All you have to do is keep reading…

- The Mia Clarisonic Cleansing System- Has a 1 year manufacturer warranty. It comes with a Compact pLink International Charger, a sensitive brush head, the standard speed and a 1 oz. Clarisonic Cleanser. It’s compact size makes it very easy to travel with!

- The Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System- Has a 2 year manufacturer warranty. It comes with a Compact pLink International Charger, a protective travel case, a sensitive brush head, two speeds and a 1oz. Clarisonic Cleanser. It also has the same compact size as the Mia, which means super easy to cleanse on the go!

- The Clarisonic PLUS Skin Care System with Spot Therapy– Has a 2 year manufacturer warranty. It has a Universal Charging Cradle, 1 oz. trial size of a Clarisonic cleanser, 2 oz. trial size of the Refining Skin Polish, a protective travel case, 3 speeds (one for the body), one deep pore cleansing brush head, one normal brush head, and one body spot therapy brush head.

- The ARIA Sonic Skin Cleansing System- Has a 2 year manufacturer warranty. It has a drying stand, a USB-enabled Universal Voltage pLink Charger, 3 speeds, a battery life indicator,  a wall adapter, a sensitive brush head and a 1 oz. refreshing gel cleanser. The ARIA is the newest model in the Clarisonic family and doesn’t disappoint! The newly shaped handle is now covered in a modern high-gloss finish.

Find the perfect Clarisonic fit for you on SkinStore.com!


Top Eye Creams

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I’m always on a search for the best eye cream, and so are our customers. At least five times a day I have customers asking “What is the best eye cream you have?”

Of course, ‘best’ depends on customer preference. Things that work for some people may not work well for others, but it seems that there are those cult-favorites with the loyal following that always seem to top the ‘favorites’ charts for just about everybody.

Here are some magic little potions we (and our customers) can’t stop raving about:

Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm with PSP is excellent for dry, dehydrated skin and is formulated with 30% more PSP. Lumiere Riche helps target the most prevalent signs of skin aging including: lines and wrinkles, under eye darkness, stress and fatigue, puffiness and hydration.  This is a periorbital wonder cream!

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair features a powerful combination of active copper, cutting edge peptides and anti-aging proteins that help boost collagen levels lost due to aging. This soothing, rich, cream-gel formula improves the overall health, balance and quality of collagen to firm, tone and tighten the entire eye area, while reducing the depth of fine lines and wrinkles.

SkinCeuticals Eye Balm is a synergistic combination of highly effective, yet gentle phytochemicals rehabilitates mature, aging skin around the delicate eye area. This rich, corrective emollient treatment is specifically formulated to counter the three prime signs of aging— moisture loss, collagen breakdown, and free radical damage. A natural anti-inflammatory is added to reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness, while a soothing agent derived from the chamomile plant calms irritated skin.

L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm – An eye cream with anti-aging benefits that reduces dark circles, puffiness and signs of tiredness around the eyes. Formulated with Immortelle floral water, this cream will soothe, moisturize, nourish and tone the delicate skin around the eyes.

Give one (or all) a try- we’re sure you’ll love them!

You can find these and many other great products on SkinStore.com!

 


Top Five Neck Creams

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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  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 is 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 is a 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  is full of 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!


Wellbox – The Lipomassage Machine [GIVEAWAY]

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Wellbox - The Lipomassage MachineNo women like to admit they have it, but the vast majority of us do! No matter the size, small and large are plagued by unsightly dimpling of the skin. Just as in life, some cases are worse than others. If you have waged war against cellulite for years to no avail there may be hope! Wellbox - The Lipomassage Machine was created for consumers to use in the comfort of their own home. You can defeat your archenemy cellulite once and for all!

Wellbox is a multi-purpose device that is just as effective and powerful as a professional spa treatment. The machine can be used on the body to reduce cellulite or on the face to help treat fine lines and wrinkles. On the body, the Wellbox roll treatment head stimulates fat cells and fibroblasts boosting natural cellular function. In addition, localized fat cells are released creating a smoother sleeker silhouette. For the face, a different treatment head is used to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

The device utilizes two modes: Self-Lipomassage to release stubborn localized fat that is resistant to a healthy diet and exercise and Self-Liftmassage to help tighten sagging skin, smooth lines and give a healthy glow to the face, neck and décolleté. For best results it’s recommended to use 2-5 times a week, for 3-6 minutes per area for one month consecutively. Maintenance treatments are recommended once or twice monthly for continued results.

The smooth sleek body you’ve always wanted may be closer than you thought! You can find this amazing product on SkinStore.com.

Click HERE for your chance to win one of your very own!


Wash Away the Day

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After a long day at the office or an even longer night out, the last thing you want to do is take off your make up, but we all  know how important it is to maintain great skin. Here are a few of our favorite make up removers!NYE prep

Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Makeup Remover; this multitasking product makes it impossible not to hit the pillow without a clean face! There is no need to rinse this product, designed after the popular European cleansing waters, simply apply to the face, neck and decollate with a cotton pad. This product can be used morning or night!

Vichy Purete Thermale Soothing Eye Makeup Remover; this product combines Thermal Spa Water and Vitamin B5 to provide intense hydration that removes make up without irritating or drying the skin. This is great for sensitive skin types or contact lens wearers.

Matis Response Yeux Biphase Eyes and Lips Makeup Remover; this product is great for removing smokey eyes or deep red lips. This make up remover will remove even waterproof mascara in a single application and doesn’t leave an oily film.

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.


Sjal Saphir Concentrate Anti-aging Face Oil [GIVEAWAY]

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Treat your skin like royalty with Sjal Saphir Concentrate Anti-Aging Face Oil! This powerful anti-aging serum is fit for aSjal Saphir Concentrate Anti-Aging Face Oil queen infused with Himalayan Blue Sapphires and Aquamarine! Each jar of the concentrate has been charged for more than three months by Blue Himalayan Sapphires and Aquamarines which have calming, clearing and anti-stress benefits. Blue Kashmir Sapphires from the Himalayan Mountains are considered the rarest blue sapphires in the world. Saphir concentrate contains 3 bioactive anti-aging complexes with a blend of more than 12 essential oils and Supra-3. Supra-3 is a proprietary anti-aging bioactive complex designed to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase elasticity, plump and revitalize skin. Sound amazing?! Enter our Facebook giveaway for your chance to win your very own! Simply click HERE to enter.



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