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Stress and Skin

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Beauty starts from the inside. How we handle stress varies from person to person. Some of us eat more, others eat less, and some of us binge on sweets while another might turn to caffeine or alcohol. Both stress and poor nutrition can suppress the immune system. So the next time you reach for a quick fix to combat stress, remember, now is not the time to short change your diet.

In addition to sleep, exercise and drinking water, nutrition is critically important to relieving stress, boosting the immune system and maintaining healthy skin.   I get asked so often ‘what can I eat to help relieve stress and improve my beautiful skin? The answer is A LOT…here are some quick tips:

“The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating When You’re Stressed”:

Don’t reach for carbohydrates when you’re stressed.   They release serotonin in the brain and literally make us feel better.  Instead, reach for healthy comfort foods like air popped popcorn (with a bit of canola oil spray, salt and spices), raw almonds or cashews, multi-grain snacks, green tea lemonade (my personal favorite!) and berries (high in antioxidants.  Great for breakfast too!)

Do eat foods high in Essential Fatty Acids to reduce internal inflammation (this is increased by stress and leads to disease and aging).   You can take Omega supplements (Nordic Naturals is the best choice, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, which our body does not make), or incorporate foods into your diet such as salmon, trout, raw nuts and flaxseed.

Do cut back on white bread, refined sugar and pasta. This will help lower the secretion of Cortisol, which contributes to breakouts and is the hormone we release when we’re stressed.    Plus, you can add beans/legumes to the diet, which are high in Zinc to further decrease the inflammation, which contributes to inflamed acne.

Do channel a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, tomatoes and red wine (in moderation) because it is high in antioxidants, which help block the chemical reactions that lead to sun damage in skin.  (We have to think about environmental stress on our skin, too).  This can help prevent melanoma.

Don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water to detox the body and keep skin hydrated!

Do eat a diet high in antioxidants and minerals.  A deficiency in vitamins or antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamin C makes us more susceptible to disease. Without enough essential minerals, like magnesium and zinc, our immune system is compromised. Reports show vitamin and mineral levels dropping up to 33% during a stressful week, despite an adequate diet.

After you have taken care of the inside, don’t forget to care for the outside with skin care products to relieve the visible signs of stress on your skin (aging, acne, sensitivities).   Did you know that when you are stressed your body temperature increases?  Skyn ICELAND products go on with a cooling sensation to bring skin back into balance and to bring back the youthful glow you left behind!  Great for summer are:

Glacial Cleansing Cloths (take them to the beach!)
Arctic Face Mist (replenishes skin with those vitamins depleted by stress)
Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (to reduce puffiness in TEN minutes)
Antidote (a cooling lotion that decongests, detoxifies and calms stressed skin)
Pure Cloud Cream (great for replenishing, healing and soothing sun burned skin)

When we look better, we feel better.  Have a healthy, stress-free summer.

The At Home Peel: Real Chemistry 3 Minute Peel

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ty002There was a day that you had to visit your local spa or dermatologist office to get a good skin peel. Those days are gone and at home peels are the way to go, if you want to bring your skincare regimen to a new level. If you’re already using great skincare products, you’re probably wondering if a peel is even necessary. Skincare products work better after a peel since the skin is freshly exfoliated and more receptive of the ingredients that are applied onto it.

One peel that we really love right now is the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel.  This peel is a gel that is thinly applied on your face and décolleté. After just 15 seconds, dead skin begins to solidify as you massage the peel onto your skin. Once all of the gel has been worked in, rinse your face, and pat dry.

Keep in mind if you are already using an exfoliating product, there is no need to use that and the peel on the same day. In fact, we recommend that you refrain from using any retinol, glycolic, or lactic ingredients the day before or after doing the at home peel. And as always, be sure to follow up with an SPF. We do not want sun exposure to reverse the results you’ve worked hard for. We recommend that you apply this peel at night. This will allow any redness to calm before exposure to daylight.

Does Cost Really Equal Quality?

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When customers call in asking for guidance on a product like a moisturizer that best suits their specific needs, there are many variables that need to be narrowed down to help the customer choose.

By the time I have a group of products ready to discuss with a customer, many times cost will be a deciding factor. I hear some of the following questions from customers on a regular basis:

• What’s the difference between drug store and department store brands versus what sells?
• I love my department store brand, why should I pay more for the brands you sell?
• Do I have to spend a lot of money to see results?

The answer to the first question is that each level of cosmetic or skin care products will have ingredients whose potency and effectiveness will vary according to the maximum dollar amount that the consumer is willing to spend. For example a moisturizer at a drug store may cost $15.00, at a department store $30.00, and at a day spa or doctors office $45 and up! Each price range sets the limit on what ingredients; the quantity of those ingredients and the quality of those ingredients that can be used to produce the product. SkinStore continually strives to provide the best products available with more than 300 premium brands typically found only in luxury spas, fine stores and doctors’ offices!

The second question is why should I pay more and graduate to the next level of product? Each of us has unique skin care concerns that can be addressed with a variety of products. In general the younger we are and healthier our skin the less we may need to spend on products to keep our skin healthy. However for some customers concerns with acne, sun damage (hyperpigmentation) or aging are not met with the average drug store or department store levels of products. This is the point where moving up to the next level of product can help you get better results. After all, where’s the savings in buying four anti aging moisturizers for $15 each from a drug store in six months time, totaling $60 when you can buy a more potent & more effective product for $45 and it will last you just as long?

The third and most important question is do you have to spend a LOT of money to see results? The answer is NO! Remember just because you’re choosing a product that is more expensive than what you have used in the past, doesn’t mean you have to choose the MOST expensive product!

SkinStore welcomes you to contact one of our many skin care professionals who are ready to discuss your unique concerns and issues. Our goal is to help guide you to the product(s) that can help you achieve your skin care goals!


NuFace Trinity Giveaway!

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NuFace GiveawayRejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin in just minutes a day with the award-winning, multi-solution NuFace Trinity micro-current device. Just in time to enhance your fall wardrobe with the ultimate accessory – beautiful skin – we’re giving away a NuFace Trinity (a $325 value) once a day for seven days!

The NuFace Trinity is an FDA-cleared, portable micro-current facial toning device that gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face to improve your appearance.

Along with the device, the NuFace Trinity kit includes Gel Primer, charging cradle, power adapter and a one-year warranty. Clinical studies showed improvements in facial contour, firmness, and tone, making NuFace Trinity the perfect way to “exercise” your face.

Every weekday we will post the names of the winners on our FaceBook page by 8:30 PM EST.

See the complete contest rules here.

An SPF for Everybody!

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We are all aware that we need to protect our skin from the harmful Ultra Violet Aging (UVA), Ultra Violet Burning (UVB), and Ultra Violet Cancer (UVC) rays. They can come from the sun and other light sources like the UV Lights in our grocery stores, offices, computers, and almost anything that emits light.  Sometimes we hear customers say, “I hate the way sunscreen can feel heavy or sticky, turns me white or just smells horrible. No, no I just can’t do it.”  Well now you can! With sun protection available in just about every formulation, there’s bound to be that suits you perfectly.

You say, “I wish it smelled good and just melted into my skin like lotion.”  You want ARCONA Rezone SPF 20 or SPF 40 is a product like I’ve never used.  It’s a whipped mouse texture that is so lightweight that you won’t notice you have it on. With a great tropical fruit fragrance you’ll be excited to add this step in your regimen.

You say, “I just want to quickly apply it and be out the door with great protection for my outdoor lifestyle.” You want La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It gives a matte finish, so no oily shine later in the day.  It also comes in an SPF 45, or in a SPF 50 with a mineral formulation, if you prefer that.


You say, “I like the tan I get from the sun but I do want to protect from the UVA rays.”  You want Hampton Sun SPF 8, SPF 15, or SPF 30 Tanning Gel will give you that nice glow that makes you look and feel so good but minimize the fine lines and wrinkles that can occur from sun worshipping.  You will look hot – and smart!

You say, “I don’t want to feel it, smell it, or know it’s even on me.” You want Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen – Translucent is a great toss-and-go option. It comes in a jar with a sponge-tip applicator you just dab this on generously for clear weightless protection. Great for the hubby and kids too. It won’t melt in your purse so you can take it with you on all your outdoor summer getaways.

You say, “I just want to spritz it on and bring it with me so I can re-apply.” You want Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Ultra Light Oil Free SPF 30 Mist is your answer.  You can use this ultra-fine mist even over makeup!  It also has antioxidants to help protect from cell damaging free radicals. Plus, it is oil free so you can feel free to apply liberally and often.

You say, “I prefer a brush applicator.” ARCONA Nearly Invisible SPF 30 Dry Mineral Powder is your BFF, one-and-done kind of SPF.  It is a loose, translucent powder that comes in this super-handy pen with a brush. Simply click the button at the top to release the product and brush on – voilà! You are covered! This great packing also comes in ARCONA Sunsations Mineral Makeup SPF 25.


We say: Prevent future damage and protect yourself. Re-apply every few hours for maximum benefits. Don’t let your day at the beach be ruined by a painful and potentially dangerous sunburn.

Be safe, be healthy, and be happy!



The New Kid in Town: Panasonic

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panasonicSkinStore is pleased to present a wide range of amazing new products from Panasonic! Panasonic is known for their brands reliability and quality which can be found in the range of grooming devices as well as a flat iron, hair dryer and even a portable facial steamer.

For years, Panasonic has set the stage in the electronic industry with innovative new products. Now you can enjoy that same great revolutionary technology in your grooming and styling products.

Click here to view the remarkable new products here at!

Sugar vs Salt

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A common question, when talking about body scrubs, is whether to use a sugar scrub or a salt scrub?  What is the difference?  The main difference between sugar particles and salt particles is the size of the exfoliating granule.  Sugar has smaller granules than salt.  These scrubs are suited for sensitive skin and the face.  Because of the smaller, finer granules, sugar scrubs make a gentle 6055133234_da96dcf9a3_bexfoliator that is suitable for all skin types and conditions. The glycolic acid content of sugar is another plus, helping to protect the skin against harmful toxins. Vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, this acid works to both condition and moisturize. Even for seriously rough and dry skin, sugar scrubs are great because sugar sizes come in fine, medium and course.  Sugar also, has the benefit of melting as you use it, from the heat of your skin, so you can customize the product based on your personal skin type and need.  A sugar scrub is especially beneficial for the lips.

Salt scrubs are generally more abrasive because of their sharper edges and therefore, do a better job at smoothing the rough skin of the body. What really separates salt scrubs from sugar scrubs is that they offer therapeutic, mineralization benefits. Most salt scrubs use sea salts, which are natural purifiers that remove the toxins that block the pores of the skin. It helps the skin breathe easier, promotes better circulation, tightens the skin and improves skin texture. There are many sea salts used in scrubs including: Himalayan, Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Dead Sea Salts from Israel. These various salts have different trace minerals, which include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. The minerals help to promote circulation, reduce the inflammatory response, and act as a detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant.   Salt scrubs are very helpful for treating Keratosis Pilaris.

Both sugar and salt scrubs are customizable and easy to prepare from home.  Here is a fun recipe to get you started: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar or salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Summer Makeup Tips

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LippyLadies … its summer time so put away all of those winter make up trends. Yes, we all loved our dark red oxblood lips and our heavy contour, but now it’s time to have some fun. This summer is all about “the natural glowing bronzy skin,” the florescent lipsticks, and the pastels.

Before we go any further I want you to change your thinking. We hear women say all the time “Oh! I can’t wear bright lipsticks with my skin tone” or “Lipstick makes my teeth look yellow.” Ladies I assure you everyone can rock a colored lip, the key is to finding the color that suits you the best! Don’t be afraid to try on many colors until you find the one that you fall in love with. Pastels and fluorescents are so on trend right now! Step outside of your comfort zone and pick up the pinks, oranges, and the purples!

We suggest butter LONDON Lippy Liquid Lipstick-Primrose Hill Picnic or Stila After Glow Lip Color – Tangerine Dream.

Swap out your typical foundation routine for a bronzer and a colorful blush. I want your skin glowing ladies, you’ll be surprised how much younger you’ll look and feel! Summer is a time to be free and have fun, so why not look good while doing it? Next time you’re shopping pick up these summer necessities that will add a pop of color to your life! You’ll thank me later.


Open Your Eyes to Sun Protecting Eye Creams

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SupGoopAre you using an eye cream each day and night? Does your eye cream offer sun protection as well? If you haven’t considered the effects of the sun near your eyes, now is the time to start.  The skin around our eyes is so thin and delicate.  It deserves just as much sun protection, if not more, than our face does.

Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a light formula that easily blends in the eye area almost immediately.  This eye cream helps defend the eye area from future sun damage with its mineral based UVA and UVB sunscreen.  Mica is used to diffuse light and illuminate the skin while reducing the appearance of dark circles.  Natural oat peptides help boost collagen levels in this thin and delicate area. It immediately cools and soothes the skin with its cold metal tip applicator. The formula is also non allergenic and cruelty free. Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream would make a great addition to your daily routine!

Topical Probiotics: Fact or Fiction

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We all know the immense benefits of probiotics internally.  They are anti-inflammatory; facilitate digestion and healthy bowel movements, as well as many other things.  Probiotics have beneficial Mybody2effects on your overall health.  Now, new science reveals Probiotics help support the immune system, combat imbalance and chronic disease, and re-awaken youthful processes within the body that slow with age. However, can topical probiotics help support skin health?

Skin is an organ of elimination.  We secrete toxins through our sweat glands every day. Mybody is one of the first skin care lines that believe the power of Probiotics boosts skin’s health and appearance.  Their topical Probiotics are non-living molecules from body friendly bacteria.

Beneficial For All Skin-Types, Topical Probiotics Are Proven To Help:

-Reverse inflammation and redness

-Boost collagen for fewer fine lines & wrinkles

-Detoxify stressed, acne-prone skin

-Rehydrate skin for a softer, resilient texture

-Provide powerful antioxidant activity

-Increase oxygen for a healthy, rosy glow

Probiotics is one of the new beauty breakthroughs shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 2014.

Mybody bypasses the old skincare technologies associated with injury, chronic inflammation and a damaged epidermis through powerful Probiotic Bioactives.


-Mybody Probiotic Bioactives boost skin’s natural repair response

-Epidermis is left intact to heighten immunity and trigger healthy collagen production

-Long term results are maximized due to minimal stress and inflammation


-Excessive stress depletes probiotic activity and weakens cellular communication

-Impaired barrier function increases risk of inflammation sensitivity and dryness

-Continued damage results in thinner skin with less collagen production

mybody1Mybody products support how the body repairs, defends and heals itself for profound and healthy skin results. Formulated with a board of medical physicians and skin scientists, Mybody ingredients include clinically validated probiotics and patented formulas to manage a variety of concerns, including dryness, roughness, wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, acne, redness and puffy eyes.

Mybody products are specially designed to address the complex skin care needs of every woman throughout each unique stage of her life and are perfect for those with sensitive, aging, and acneic skin types. The heart found on the logo is a reminder that the skin and body work together and, when in balance, the outcome is a more youthful and healthy appearance. Products are free of any artificial dyes, sulfates, phthalates or parabens and donates 1% of all of its online sales to support mental health initiatives.




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