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Estie Focus Product: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

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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.MR025-murad-ahabha-exfoliating-cleanser

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.


Bronzed Beach Goddess

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JI448-jane-iredale-tantasia-self-tannerDo you feel as though your skin needs a bit more color, but fear self-tanning products that will turn you orange? If you want that sun-kissed look without the harmful rays, your go-to product for spring and summer should be Jane Iredales Tantasia Self Tanner. This product builds color within three days for a beautiful natural skin tone. It’s perfect for the face, and thanks to the added color, you’ll need less make up! It is the first facial tanner I‘ve used that has not caused me to break out or experience any sensitivity. I have fair skin, and love the streak-free bronze glow it leaves me with. We all know the dreaded smell that comes along with tanning products, but this one has a fresh citrus fragrance.

Self-tanning products are a great alternative to harmful ultraviolet rays. The Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner and Bronzer hydrates and gives the skin color, without the damaging effects of the sun. The active ingredient in tanning products is Dihydroxyacetone. This ingredient reacts to your dead skin cells to temporarily darken the surface layer. It is extremely important to apply a sunscreen in conjunction with the tanner because most do not contain any SPF.

The Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner is one of my favorite gradual tanners. Following a few easy steps before application will make your tan look the best and last the longest. Exfoliation is key for an even color application. You will need to spend extra time where the skin can be thicker, like knees, elbows, and ankles. Apply the product in sections, to ensure you do not miss any areas and massage it into the skin in circular motions. After applying the tanner in all the desired areas, be sure you wash your hands to avoid discoloring your palms. Something that I like to do is to wipe my knees, elbows, and ankles with a damp cloth. By doing this you will dilute the product on areas that absorb more and tend to get darker. Make sure you allow the tanner to dry for at least ten minutes before putting on clothing! The Tantasia Self Tanner will give you an instant tan because not only is it a tanner, but it also contains an immediate bronzer. I highly recommend this to anyone who is afraid of the streaking that comes with most tanning products.


No Makeup Makeup!

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Fresh from the labs of Dr. Perricone: his innovative line of skin care disguised as makeup! These pigmented serums deliver the science that his line is known and loved for. DMAE lifts and firms and Neuropeptides train your skin cells to mimic the behavior of younger skin cells. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that diminishes lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of pores. Vitamin C Ester is a stabilized form of Vitamin C that will brighten and build collagen. All of this, plus the beautiful glow of healthy skin.

makeupThe newer version of the No Foundation Foundation is called the No Foundation Foundation Serum. This differs from the previous versions in its finish. The No Foundation Foundation No. 1 and 2 offer a dewy finish. The No Foundation Foundation Serum offers a finish that is referred to as “suede”, which is just between dewy and matte. This is a buildable-coverage serum that has an application technique. First, shake the serum to mix the colors. Second, dot it on each area of your face. Third, press into your skin with a tapping motion so you soak in all the benefits. Last, blend it out. You can contour by using it with the No Bronzer Bronzer and Highlight with the stunningly beautiful No Highlighter Highlighter. Finish your healthy skin with the rosy No Blush Blush. You can also use the No Blush Blush as a lip color! The same application technique goes for all of them. You really can customize your look with this totally mixable line.

Another product we love is the No Mascara Mascara. It is different from any other mascara you’ve used before. It comes only in a black-brown with a hint of auburn that really compliments any eye color. The wand is double sided. One side has longer bristles so you can coat from the root and lengthen the lashes. The other side has shorter bristles which act as a comb so you can separate the lashes. The wand also bends for maximum coating ability. You’ll have gorgeous lashes and lash conditioning benefits!


Estie Find: Easy Cleansing Treatment!

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perricone cleanseAre you looking for a quick, efficient cleanser? Feel the need for a second deeper cleanse? Want some exfoliation without any rough scrubbing? Look no further; this blue plasma cleansing treatment made by Perricone MD is a no-rinse formula that deeply cleanses and removes makeup and skin-aging debris as it gently exfoliates and conditions, leaving an instantly smooth and radiant appearance.

Utilizing Perricone’s exclusive Cold Plasma technology, as well as Micellar molecules, this dual-cleaning treatment will target impurities without stripping the skin’s essential oils, and it also helps to trap any impurities and purify pores.

If you are unfamiliar with the Blue Plasma technology, it is a gentle, bio-specific peel that gently removes dead skin cells   while leaving healthy skin unimpaired.  The blue color in the Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment comes from two key ingredients: Copper and Salmon Egg Enzymes. Copper helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as rejuvenate skin cells in aging tissue, boosting the production of collagen and elastin. Salmon Egg Enzymes gently remove dead skin cells, resurfacing and restoring radiance, leaving the skin fresh and bright. The enzymes target only dead skin cells, unlike many chemical acids that generally break down both dead and living skins cells. Pairing these two key ingredients together helps to exfoliate, regenerate, and hydrate at the same time, making this a vital step in any regimen.

Why is it my favorite product? As an esthetician, I love trying anything new and this is one product that I always keep on hand. Whether I am using it as a second cleanser, a toner, or a lazy girl cleanser, this is one of my must-have products. It is very gentle on my sensitive skin and it delivers the promised results. After using, my skin feels refreshed, ultra-clean and left with a velvet finish. With an affordable price, great results and a 3-month supply, this would be a wonderful addition to any regimen.


Got Milk?

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DK004-dr-hauschka-soothing-cleansing-milkWinter can be very brutal on our skin; the dryness, cold, and wind can wreak havoc. The good news is that we don’t need to allow our skin to fall victim to the driest season of all. Of course, using hydrating, rich creams is a must. But, we need to take a closer look at the cleansers we are using twice a day. Gel foaming cleansers can feel very purifying, but they are often extremely stripping and drying to the skin. After we strip the natural oils, we then have to compensate by slathering our faces with the most moisturizing creams we can get a hold of. If you suffer from dry or sensitive skin, a milk cleanser might be exactly what you need in your skin care regimen.

Many brands offer a milk cleanser. I personally love the Dr.Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk. It is best suited for sensitive, dry, or very dry skin. This cleanser removes impurities without causing any irritation. This soothing milk can be used in the morning and at night, and is wonderful at removing makeup. The Bentonite Clay pulls out any impurities, but soothes the skin at the same time. The grain extract helps to purify the skin while also delivering nourishing vitamins. This product also contains Jojoba and Sweet Almond Oils to maintain your skin’s moisture. They even say that this product can be used as a shaving cream! My favorite things about Dr.Haushka products are that they focus on using natural ingredients while taking a holistic approach.


Estie Find: Five years of science in a jar!

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This unique product is my new must-have. Dr. Perricone believes in beauty from the outside-in, and the inside-out. His dietary supplements are awesome at providing your body with the nutrients needed to maintain your health.   Cold Plasma is like a multivitamin for the face. NV188-cold-plasma

This unique gel-cream serum addresses the ten visible signs of aging: wrinkles, large pores, dryness, redness, discoloration, uneven tone, impurities, loss of firmness, loss of smoothness, and loss of radiance. Cold Plasma took Dr. Perricone five years to formulate. The unique scientific formula is only attracted to dead skin cells, and works differently on everyone. The bionic phospholipid delivery system of this product is one-of-a-kind; whatever goes on top of Cold Plasma is pulled into the skin ten times deeper.

I have been using this award-winning product for a week and can already see a difference in the tone, texture, and clarity of my skin. I apply it nightly after cleansing. I stir the product with a Q-tip and apply only the amount left on the Q-tip—that’s all that is needed. After I let the product set for a minute or so, I continue with my serum and moisturizer. The scent isn’t the greatest, it reminds me of fish oil, but it dissipates after I apply my serum and night cream. I’ve noticed the overall tone of my skin is more radiant, the texture is smoother, and my pores are refined.

I’m excited to see the results after I use the product for a longer amount of time. It is a pricy, but the amount used per application is so little I can see the jar lasting for at least 6 months, if not longer. All Dr. Perricone’s formulations are free of artificial fragrance, parabens, preservatives and dyes, contain no animal by-products, and are cruelty-free. The advanced, patented formulas are kept stable in medical-grade glass as well.

Give Cold Plasma a try, and promote aging-optional skin!


Estie Find: Overnight Blemish-Banishing Potion

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Do you suffer from the occasional breakout or stubborn, painful blemish? Who doesn’t? If you don’t, UC019-ultraluxe-drying-potionthank your lucky stars! If you do, here’s the potion for you: The UltraLuxe Drying Potion.

It contains sage, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of which help to cure blemishes at the impaction site.Peppermint oil provides a mild cooling effect that promotes blood flow and healing. It is also said that over time, using peppermint oil helps to brighten dull complexions.

This product is great for a spot treatment because it can help prevent scarring from blemishes. Another stand-out ingredient in this potion is sulfur. Sulfur is a natural mineral that is found in eggs, garlic, and meat. When applied to the skin, Sulfur helps speed up cell turnover which helps to unclog pores. Sulfur also refines the skin’s texture and helps eliminate oil and the spread of acne-causing bacteria.

Apply this potion to clean skin using a q-tip for smaller areas or a cotton pad for larger inflamed areas before bed and wake up to almost perfect skin! I’m hooked and don’t think I will ever be without a bottle in my medicine cabinet.


A Natural Detoxifier for the Body

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Do you need to escape after a long stressful day? Life is full of responsibilities, deadlines, bills to be paid, AH081-Natural-Dead-Sea-Mudand many more everyday stressors. It is very important to remember that we need to pamper our bodies and minds in between all the madness.

One of my favorite products to use and relax with is the very therapeutic AHAVA Natural Dead Sea Body Mud. The consistency of the mud is very creamy, and it smooths on nicely. When the mask is ready to be removed, it comes off with ease, leaving your skin baby soft!

AHAVA Natural Dead Sea Body Mud provides great natural relief for aching muscles and back pain after a long day. The product is 100% pure Dead Sea mineral mud. It is to be applied all over the body, left on for 7-15 minutes and then rinsed with warm water. This mud can also be heated in the microwave for even more benefit to those aches and pains.

There is nothing ordinary about the mud in this mask—it comes packed with nutrients and minerals. It works on removing dead skin cells, pulling out toxins, and absorbing excess oil. After a quick treatment, your skin is left with a soft texture and radiance that is undeniable. Not only is it purifying, but it is hydrating as well. This mud body mask is great for people with sensitive skin and people with allergies or sensitivities to products. I would highly recommend trying out a mask on your body, and you do not need to travel the Dead Sea to experience it!


We welcome DermaDoctor!!

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QB017-dermadoctor-kp-duty-body-scrub-with-chemical-and-physical-exfoliationCreated by board-certified dermatologist, author, and TV personality Dr. Audrey Kunin, DERMAdoctor is now at SkinStore! We’re all so excited to have this brand. Most products are paraben and gluten-free, and none are tested on animals. The products are professionally-formulated and tested, as Dr. Kunin believes in gentle yet effective formulations that are non-irritating to help rejuvenate and treat the skin.

Dr. Kunin has several award-winning products, including the 2011 Allure breakthrough award-winner, DERMAdoctor Photodynamic Therapy 3-in-1 Facial Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. The product combines an anti-aging serum, moisturizer and broad spectrum SPF 30 as well as vitamins C, D, & E. Customers swooned over it, stating their skin never looked better after just weeks of use.

A double award-winner from the brand is the DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Acne Control Serum. The 2% Salicylic acid formula is nondrying and contains calming ingredients such as white tea and chamomile.

A favorite of mine from the line is the DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub. I suffer from Keratosis pilaris on the back of my thighs and this is the only product that has worked at alleviating the red, itchy bumps. The combination of glycolic acid, willow bark, and microdermabrasion-like crystals leaves my skin polished, calm, and smooth. I apply it in a circular motion to dry skin before I step into the shower, and then rinse it off a few minutes later so that my skin gets the chemical exfoliation as well.

Bring the doctor home with you and give this line a try. Dr Kunin describes her brand as “The prescription for beautiful skin.”


Probiotics: Great for Your Skin Too!

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When we think of probiotics, most of us would agree they are a great supplement for digestive health. But what do they do for the skin topically? Probiotics stimulate the skin’s immune system and stimulate reparative action. So, this is excellent news for everyone, but really excellent news for those who have inflammation or are prone to redness. People who have reactive skin or are recovering from aggressive skin procedures will also benefit.

One of mybody’s many awesome, probiotic-based products is the Calm After The Storm Soothing Treatment. It brings relief to dry, itchy and irritated skin. If you’ve had a reaction to a product, this is my heroyour go-to serum for relief. But, this is not just a one-trick pony. It also has an instant tightening effect that will make your skin firmer. All the while, it’s wrapped in this skin-defending and healing formulation. This serum plays well with others and is perfect to layer with a different serum or you can use this in the morning and another serum at night!

We really love the mybody line. You can check out all their products on our site. If you’d like help with recommendations, please call us!



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