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Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture in the skin and is often characterized by parched, flaking, tightness, itching and even stinging or burning. Often skin begins to look more mature and fine lines or wrinkles are more pronounced. Dry or dehydrated skin is frequently associated with red or chapped areas of the body such as the lips, cheeks, elbows and knees.
Dry skin can be caused by a variety of reasons including but not limited to lack of essential oils, weakened barrier function, inadequate moisturizing, poor diet, environmental factors or improper cleansing.
To ensure that you are providing your skin with all the proper nutrients to stay well hydrated be sure to moisturize daily with a moisturizer or lotion fit for your skin type. Also, only cleanse twice a day and avoid harsh scrubs or astringent cleansers that can leave the skin feeling exposed. Long exposure to dry or cold temperatures can affect the skin and cause “winter itch”; inflamed, itchy skin associated with exposure to extreme temperatures including excessive indoor heating.
As we age our elastin and collagen products begins to slow and our skin becomes natural more dehydrated. Conversely, in our younger years we experience more oil production but that is necessary to keeping our skin balanced and hydrated.
We suggest that you cleanse the skin in the morning with a gentle cleanser, apply a nonalcoholic or moisturizing toner followed by a moisturizer preferably with a sun protection factor. At night, cleanse the skin with luke warm water, tone again, apply any gels/serums/oils and apply a thick, emollient rich moisturizer to absorb into the skin while you sleep.
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Are you looking for a mask, but don’t want to feel stripped of your essential oils? Cream Masks are best suited for dry or dehydrated skin to reduce inflammation, redness or irritation. Look for masks with emollients like Shea, coconut or mango butter and nutrients like hyaluronic acid or vitamin E. Cream masks are also a great choice for sensitive skin and can be applied more often than traditional masks without irritating the skin. We suggest the FarmHouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask; two words: chocolate mask. This luxurious mask is a fine blend of cocoa, coconut milk and honey along with CoQ10, live Carrot Fruit Cells and Ginseng to fight wrinkles and sagging.
Have the holidays and winter weather caused you to break out? Clay Masks are the appropriate choice for oily skin types, congested skin or acneic skin. Clay masks help purify clogged pores and cleanse the skin while removing dirt, debris and excess oil. We suggest the CosMedix Clear mask which uses sulfur, broccoli powder and white hazel among other ingredients to combat breakouts and minimize pore size.
Are you feeling like you need a fresh start? Exfoliating Masks are great multitasking products and can save time during your skincare route by combining the cleansing effects of a clay mask and the exfoliating benefits of a scrub. We suggest the GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment which starts off as a traditional clay mask but when activated with water morphs into a light scrub.
Are you looking for a relaxing treatment in the comfort of your own home? Marine Masks are synonymous with the quintessential spa experience and can be used on almost any skin type. Marine minerals offer great skincare benefits without causing irritation. Most marine minerals are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients and anti-aging benefits to give your skin the boost it needs. We suggest the Astara Activated Sea Mineral Mask which combines Kelp, Spirulina and sea vegetables to rejuvenate like a fine resort facial.
Looking to stretch your dollar? Suffering from dry, dehydrated winter skin? Adding concentrated serums to your moisturizers can double the humectant factor. Here are a few additives that can give your favorites a little boost this winter season.
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel can be added to any day or night cream to replenish nutrients in the skin. Added moisture helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles as well as smoother looking skin. B5 Gel is also recommended for use with vitamin C to maximize the benefits.
Peter Thomas Roth Oil Less Oil 100% Purified Squalane can be added to sunscreen, moisturizers or used before your make up application to deeply condition the skin. Squalane is found in the body naturally and this purified version duplicates the lipid barrier found in our skin.
Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder is a revolutionary powder that can be added to your favorite cream or sunscreen to help fight free radicals, which are still an issue even in the winter! Vitamin C helps lighten and brighten skin as well as reverse the aging process.
If you’re like me, you may have sensitive skin. I made the mistake of using Retin-A years ago because I had heard of all the amazing benefits of retinol. It was simply too harsh for my sensitive skin and I quickly stopped using it.
So now what? I still want to reduce these fine lines and hyperpigmention!
Luckily, when I joined NIA24 as the company’s Vice President earlier this year, I was introduced to Intensive Retinol Repair. NIA24’s skin experts explained to me that Intensive Retinol Repair contains 5% of the active ingredient Pro-Niacin® which delivers niacin to the skin cells and promotes healthier looking skin.
I immediately started using the product. Sure, I was skeptical. I didn’t want the drying and irritation I experienced when I used Retin-A.
After just 2 weeks, I noticed my skin was smoother and my skin tone was more even! And I didn’t have any of the horrible, itchy dryness. After about a month, fine lines that bothered me before were gone!
So how does Intensive Retinol Repair work? This amazing product:
-Stimulates the repair of your skin’s DNA and undoes some of the damage caused by the sun, creating healthier skin.
-Enhances energy metabolism and skin cell turnover.
-Promotes the release of leptin, a natural skin repair hormone that helps to reduce existing hyperpigmentation.
-Stimulates a skin receptor that decreases future hyperpigmentation.
But don’t take my word for it! In a seven-site, physician-directed trial, 140 patients with mild to severe sun damage used NIA24 products featuring Pro-Niacin™ daily and:
-90% reduced their in hyperpigmentation
-82% improved skin texture
-81% improved skin tone
-80% increased skin smoothness
-68% reduced their fine lines and wrinkles
-53% improved firmness
And who better to get an endorsement from than The National Cancer Institute who recently chose the Pro-Niacin™ molecule for development as a potential skin cancer prevention agent.
Start the New Year with new skin today!
The deep freeze of winter has set in and as a result your skin can often become dehydrated. To help prevent moisture loss and protect against the elements we suggest using Replenix Green Tea Antioxidant Moisturizing Lotion. This silky, fast absorbing daily face and body lotion helps to restore and maintain a healthy skin barrier while protecting against moisture loss. It’s specifically formulated to deliver a blend of nourishing, protective antioxidants, along with emollients to help smooth dry, often irritated skin.
This luxurious moisturizer soothes and protects the skin while reducing itching and redness. This formula is designed for all skin types even the most sensitive. The lotion is non-comedogenic, non-irritating and is free of preservatives, oil, alcohol and fragrances.
-Lipids (Ceramide 2, Sterols) – Repair the natural moisture barrier and provide healing benefits to the skin.
-Green Tea Polyphenols, Caffeine and Resveratrol – Potent triple antioxidant blend to minimize the appearance of free radical induced damage as well as nourish and soothe the skin.
-Bisabolol (the active ingredient of chamomile) – Soothes and restores the elasticity and suppleness of the skin.
-Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Yucca Polysaccharides – Replenishes and restores skin’s hydration balance.
-Squalane – Softens dry, irritated skin.
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When you think of enzymes think of the game Pacman… yes Pacman! When applied enzymes are like a little Pacman on our face eating away at the dead skin. Scientifically enzymes are large molecules responsible for accelerating biochemical reactions in the body. In skincare enzymes accelerate exfoliation on the top layer of the epidermis. Most skincare products that are geared towards chemical exfoliation use enzymes derived from fruits such as: pineapples, oranges, or apples. These enzymes help to reveal brighter, smoother looking skin and help to improve overall texture. I highly suggest Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel. FirmX Peeling Gel visibly rolls, lifts and sweeps away dead skin cells when massaged into skin. Multi-action enzymes (Pineapple, Pomegranate and Keratinase) and Cellulose effectively peel and help uncover a smooth, fresh, new complexion without drying, irritating or causing undue stress to skin. Enzymes will rescue you from your dull skin rut in a flash!
-Removes impurities and decongests clogged pores.
-Helps to hydrate the skin with Hyaluronic Acid.
-Leaves skin with a youthful, more radiant appearance.
-Can be used by all skin types.
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 almonds 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.
So let’s say your legs have taken a long winters nap and are in need of some tender loving care. There is nothing worse than razor burn or bumps. Here are a few of our favorite products to help with the stubborn stubble and prickly problems.
Whish Flawless Bump Fighter : Most bump fighters are messy liquids which require a pad or cotton ball to apply. Whish’s unique airless pump distributes just the right amount of heavenly scented healing gel to your fingertips, allowing you to gently massage the affected areas. It’s also great for soothing and removing the redness on upper lip or eyebrows post waxing.
Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads : Soaked in an ingrown-emancipating solution of hydroxy acids, these easy-to-use swipes rapidly alleviate intrafollicular lumps and bumps. Use Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads to smooth stubbly legs, level bikini lines and fix ingrown bump-afflicted beards
Blinc Resurf.a.stic Ingrown : Blinc’s resurf.a.stic is the original, one-step innovation that combines hydration and long-lasting, skin-enriching treatment with professional-quality microdermabrasion. Medical-grade, diamond-shaped crystals that are equally efficient on all sides are embedded in a unique stick form, making resurf.a.stic.
Wouldn’t you just love fresh Juice Beauty skin for the New Year? Juice Beauty offers a full range of truly innovative, authentically organic & highly effective skincare solutions for all of us who would like to turn back the clock.
Juice Beauty’s best-selling Stem Cellular Collection provides the ultimate union between high tech science and nature – we’re delighted to introduce The Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil to this exciting collection. The Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil is a softer cleanse for ageless skin – purify, soften and balance skin’s natural moisture with a deep cleanse for face and eyes.
Have you heard water cleanses better than oil? That’s totally fiction – actually, oil binds to oil, water doesn’t. To effectively cleanse, remove makeup and oil buildup – a gentle oil cleanser will do the trick! Maybe you’ve also heard oil clogs pores and leads to breakouts….that’s fiction too, non-petroleum based oils can actually balance oil. Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil doesn’t clog pores and it doesn’t dry the skin – it helps maintain skin’s natural balance.
Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil benefits:
- Balances natural oils
- Locks in hydration for soft, supple skin
- Increases skin’s luminosity with fat-soluble Vitamin C
- “Blooms” into a luxurious emulsion for easy rinse-off
- Gently cleanses and dissolves impurities
- Removes all makeup, including eye product
- Provides age defy benefits with the antioxidant action of Vitamins E & C
Organic Innovation, Scientific Technology, Ultimate Results – that’s what Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular skincare products are all about. Fruit Stem Cells and Vitamin C infused into an organic resveratrol rich grapeseed base – these ingredients work to help repair damage and increase cellular turnover, resulting in the appearance of less wrinkles and younger looking skin.
As with all Juice Beauty products, Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil is Gluten Free, Vegan and made with certified organic ingredients.
Get your fresh start to the New Year now, kick it off with Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Collection.
1. Cleanse your face every day. We all get busy and it’s easy to skip washing your face to get in an extra wink of sleep. Washing in the morning takes off all of the gunk that your face pumped out during its repair cycle while you slept. It will help your makeup go on smoother too. Wash before you go to bed so all the make-up and toxins from the day don’t congest your skin and cause unsightly blemishes.
2. Use a moisturizer. Every skin type needs hydration, even oily. Hydration keeps skin from drying out and looking blah. We can all use a little help with the heaters blowing full blast this time of year. Soft, supple skin is well-moisturized skin.
3. Drink Water. You’ve heard it a million times but it’s still true. Water rejuvenates and hydrates all the tissues in your body. Think of a plant that hasn’t been watered. Shriveled. Not healthy! It’s the same thing that happens to our bodies and skin when we don’t get enough H20. Bottoms Up!
4. Exfoliate. Here’s another one that’s easy to forget when you’re on the go. Exfoliation sluffs off those dead skin cells that lay on top of your skin causing dullness. Get the younger, fresher skin on top!
5. Wear an SPF. Unfortunately, we are not immune to harmful UVA (ultra-violet aging) or UVB (ultra-violet burning) rays even when the sun isn’t shining. We can still be prone to sun damage while driving in the car or even in our offices under UV lights. Sunscreen is not just for the fair-skinned. Everyone benefits from protecting their skin year-round!
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