3. Clarisonic Mia 2 Value Set – Help mom cleanse her skin 6 times more effectively than just a wash cloth, with a Clarisonic Mia 2. The Mia 2 has two different cleansing speeds and is one of our bestselling models. I love this set because it comes with a sensitive brush head as well as a radiance brush head, and the color is fresh for spring.
4. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask – One of our bestselling hydrating masks is the perfect pick me up after a long day, or can even be worn overnight to reveal plumper smoother skin in the morning.
5. Jurlique Hand Cream Trio – Pamper her with this luxurious trio. It contains 3 of Jurlique’s bestselling hand creams: Rose, Lavender, and Citrus. Mom is sure to find a scent she loves, and her hands will be smooth as silk.
6. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo – A shampoo and conditioner duo that leaves hair silky smooth and doesn’t contain any harsh Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates. Our customers rave about this stuff and say it’s worth every penny.
7. L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil – This lightweight oil leaves skin soft and smooth. I love the light almond scent and the way my skin feels after it’s applied, so I’ve ditched traditional body creams for this amazing oil.
8. Kneipp Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Herbal Bath – Does your mom enjoy a relaxing bath? This is a perfect addition to her routine if she does. Kniepp uses essential oils of red poppy and hemp. One of our estheticians swears by this stuff and said it helps her wind down after a long day.
9. Trind Perfect Nail and Cuticle Nail Kit – Help Mom’s nails stay strong and less brittle with this bestselling kit. The kit contains a cuticle balsam, nail balsam, and Trind’s bestselling Nail repair, which tightens the proteins in the nails for stronger, healthier nails.
10. Kniepp Healthy Feet Foot repair – Does Mom suffer from dry cracked feet? This is one of the best foot creams I’ve tried. A little goes a long way, and it absorbs quickly enough to be able to apply, slip on your sandals, and go.
Many of us love using glycolic products on our faces, but haven’t used them for extra exfoliation on the body. The benefits are incredible when you switch to a glycolic body lotion as your moisturizer. Glycolic Acid exfoliates dead surface skin cells and debris. Using a glycolic acid all over the body will smooth out rough skin, and it’s great for people who struggle with Keratosis Pilaris symptoms. My favorite is the Glytone Body lotion. This lotion contains 17.5% glycolic acid. It is very rich in moisture and gives my skin a beautiful glow all year long.
When your skin has a buildup of dead cells, it can lack luster, have an uneven tone, and not be quite as soft as you’d like. You may require more exfoliation than a standard shower scrub offers. A glycolic lotion is great for the dry spots such as elbows, knees and heels, plus will also help with the itchy red bumps on the back of the arms, known as Keratosis Pilaris, or KP. In the past I have always had little red bumps on my legs after shaving, but after using a glycolic lotion this problem has gone away! As a freckly girl I am always looking for products that will reduce the pigmentation and after using this product for a couple months, I was shocked to realize that my skin tone is much more even than it has ever been.
The benefits of using a glycolic acid are endless: Cleans the pores, helps with ingrown hairs, scarring, skin texture, skin tone, and much more. Spring and summer are right around the corner, which makes it the perfect time to get your body looking its best!
There are certain steps that we need to incorporate into our skin care regimens to achieve radiant complexions throughout the year. One important step, exfoliating dead skin cells, is key, but over-exfoliating can traumatize the skin and lead to early signs of aging. Everyday exfoliation should be gentle and non-aggressive.
Believe me, I love my mechanical exfoliation device, but I definitely don’t use it every day. My go-to daily physical exfoliant is PCA SKIN Gentle Exfoliant. The formula is light and creamy, but contains smooth beads for polishing the skin. This scrub is appropriate for all skin types. Almost immediately after I started using it, I noticed that my skin tone was more even and I’ve had fewer black heads and breakouts. If your skin is on the sensitive side, this product shouldn’t be used more than twice a week. If you wear makeup and are looking for a product to thoroughly remove all traces, this one will do the trick! Since this product has a cream base, your skin will not be left tight and stripped of all the natural oils. A little goes a long way with this product; all you really need is a dime-sized amount. Great bang for your buck! Please remember that after exfoliation your skin is a lot more delicate and more prone to sun damage, so don’t skip the sunscreen.
Bring the luck of the Irish home with you with this mask! Irish Moor Mud comes from the Irish countryside, which is full of rich, nutrient-dense black soil, said to be a 9,000-year-old beauty secret. This mask is perfect for any skin type. Moor mud is the result of the natural disintegration of vegetation over thousands of years. It contains minerals, trace elements, amino, and fatty acids. Like a “Garden of Eden” for the skin, this mud is deeply nourishing and healing for the skin. To get more out of the Moor mud mask, Peter Thomas Roth also added Hijiki Seaweed, a black sea vegetable found off the coasts of Korea, Japan, and China. Seaweed deeply hydrates and is rich in vitamins B1, B2, and C. Volcanic Ash and Charcoal are also added to detoxify and draw out impurities.
Sunday is my mask night, and since my skin has been congested in some areas and dry in others, I decided to give this mask a go. I applied a thin layer and left in on for 20 minutes even though the instructions say to leave it on for 10. The mask has a thick gel consistency that doesn’t create a drying effect like traditional mud masks. I noticed my skin looked radiant and was soft to the touch after I removed it. I was impressed! Usually I follow up mud masks with a really hydrating mask or moisturizer to combat that dry, tight feeling I despise. Not this time! I loved how my skin looked and felt. I am going to incorporate it into my routine a few times a week because I loved the cooling effect and the results. If you’re not feeling very festive this year, celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at home with this lucky Irish gem!
Exfoliation is the removal of the top layer of dead skin cells that can turn our complexions dull and ashy, to reveal the younger, plumper skin cells underneath. When we are young, our cells naturally turn over every 28 days, so we always have gorgeous skin. As we age, the process slows down, making it necessary to help it along. By exfoliating, you will boost the efficacy of the other products you are using too! Getting rid of those dead cells also clears that layer of skin which can be a barrier that prevents your serums and moisturizers from deeply penetrating.
There are so many exfoliation products that choosing the best for your skin can be a challenge. Here are some general tips that apply most often. As always there can be exceptions.
Chemical exfoliants contain enzymes which act like little Pac-Man figures that gently eat away the dead skin cells. They are the least likely to irritate sensitive skin types as they tend to be more skin-friendly than polishing beads or scrubs. Yet they are still effective enough to do a thorough job. Elemis makes the luxurious Papaya Enzyme Peel that is really wonderful. If you haven’t used a peel before, don’t let the word scare you. Technology has improved so you won’t experience skin actually peeling off with at-home peels. Just softer, smoother skin that is ready for your treatment products!
Peel Pads come in different strengths, from gentle for sensitive skin, to extra-strength for more tolerant skin. They have beneficial AHAs such as Glycolic Acid to exfoliate without any abrasion. Dr. Dennis Gross makes excellent peel pads that are safe for everyday use.
Gommage is the most aggressive exfoliation you can find for at- home use. It is a 3-in-1 exfoliant that includes enzymes, AHAs, and buffing beads. It is ideal for very tolerant skin. ARCONA, one of our natural brands, offers the Cranberry Gommage which unclogs and tightens pores.
Of course you can always go to the spa and get professional treatments such as peels. These tend to be more aggressive and great for correcting deep skin concerns. You may experience temporary redness, flaking and down time with these procedures. Make sure you discuss what to expect as well as after-care with your skin care professional.
Can you over-exfoliate? Yes. You can actually cause damage by doing it too much. How often should I do it? Well, that also depends on your skin type. Sensitive skin should be exfoliated once every 7-10 days. Dry to Normal skin can exfoliate 1-2 times a week; combination to oily skin can exfoliate 3 times a week.
Did you know that cellulite is in the layers of your skin? When your skin is dehydrated, sun damaged, or saggy, cellulite is more obvious. The good news is that you can improve the hydration and firmness of your skin by applying topical cellulite products that boost the skin’s collagen and elastin.
All natural CelluliteRx® LipoLift Firming Lotion is formulated with advanced, ultra-pure botanical peptides, Alpha Copper Tripeptide-4™ and Acetyl Alpha-Tetrapeptide-5™, that stimulates the skin’s collagen production. Collagen is a complex of proteins that build the strength and structure of your skin. The peptides in LipoLift are especially effective in fighting cellulite because they are infused with two powerful antioxidants, rose hips and pomegranate, that help regenerate skin cells. The protective properties of these botanical extracts support healthy skin renewal and repair, making your skin firmer with the additional benefits of improved youthful tone and texture.
Do you want to firm the skin on your abdomen, neck, or back of your arms? LipoLift Firming Lotion to the rescue! Women report that LipoLift is not just for cellulite. It tightens skin anywhere on your body. Give your body a lift with CelluliteRx ® LipoLift!
Overwhelmed by all the new products each season? Let the SkinStore beauty experts help. When we get our hands on something great we can hardly wait to share it with everyone! Here are just a few of the products we’ve recently fallen in love with.
Find your new must have products for Spring in SkinStore’s newest Guide to Gorgeous. When it comes to beauty products, we all have our tried and true faves, but with the number of new products that appear every day, how can you be sure you’re not missing your next must–have?! Check out our Spring Guide to see what’s new, noteworthy and sure to become your latest go–to product.
Here are just a few that made the top of our list!
Most likely you have heard of makeup primers and probably thought they were an unnecessary step or a way for a makeup artist to up sell you. A foundation Primer is a base applied after the moisturizer and before the foundation. I can say that a makeup primer is one cosmetic I will no longer go without. Not only does it make your makeup look flawless, it seals the pores and provides a layer of protection between your makeup and your skin. The benefits of using a primer are endless, and will make you reconsider your make up routine.
My favorite Primer that I use on a daily basis is Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair Facial Primer. I love that her products are all natural and this one does much more than just prime the skin for makeup application. The Grapefruit extract makes your skin as radiant as it can be. Algae extract firms the skin and helps it retain moisture. This primer is great for women with sensitive skin, but can be used for all skin types. My makeup is a lot easier to apply when I use this primer, and it has a beautiful finish.
The great things about primers are that they work with all skin types, and skin tones. There are no shades to choose from, so it is very easy to select one. Primers go on like a lotion, but there is no greasy after-feel. By applying a makeup primer you will notice that your pores appear smaller and your makeup will stay in place a lot longer. Try a primer, and you will understand why this will be an essential step in your makeup routine.
Cleanse. Treat. Protect. These are the three basic steps of the perfect skin care regimen according to Dr. Murad. This double exfoliating scrub, which would fall under “cleanse” in Dr. Murad’s routine, is a wonderful addition to any regimen. Utilizing both alpha and beta hydroxy acids plus jojoba beads, this product will help to remove dead skin cells, brighten and bring clarity to the skin. Although this cleanser is a wonderful addition, it should not be used every day. Two to three times weekly would be ideal.
Alpha-Hydroxy acids include glycolic, lactic, tartaric, malic and citric acids. They are great for rectifying fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and irregular pigmentation. Beta-Hydroxy Acid is also known as salicylic acid, which helps to exfoliate the skin, improve color and texture and ultimately help with acne. These chemical exfoliations help to encourage clarity and brightness by dissolving skin cell buildup. Jojoba beads, also known as jojoba ester, are derived from the jojoba shrub which produces a wax which is then processed into a solid that becomes jojoba ester/beads. Jojoba beads are great to naturally further the polishing and retexurizing of the skin. The chemical and physical exfoliating properties can help this intensive cleanser polish away dullness and impurities, revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion.
Adding this product to your regimen as an exfoliator or second cleanser will help you to achieve a clear, bright complexion. The next steps are “treat” and “protect”. After using a strong exfoliating product, such as this, you would want to treat and protect with hydrating, nourishing products.