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Can your smile use a boost?

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Have you taken a look at those pearly whites lately, and found they’re not looking as white as you’d like? The coffee and colas many of us drink on a regular basis can leave our teeth with unsightly and definitely unwanted stains. The great thing about the GLO Science GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device is that there is no need to give up any of your beloved everyday vices. This Whitening Device delivers professional-quality teeth-whitening results at home, with no sensitivity.  YE001-glo-science-glo-brilliant-personal-teeth-whitening-device

Consumer tests on the GLO Science GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device reported users who saw their teeth one shade lighter after the first use and four shades lighter after regular use. This product uses an LED light with heat to active the peroxide gel on the teeth. The device comes with a controller that can hang from your neck while you’re using the device, which is very convenient. This product has won many awards, including a silver medal Edison Award in 2012, for design and effectiveness.


Nurture Your Neck – Top Neck Creams

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As we age, our necks tend to show more lines and even give in to gravity a bit. Yet the skin is thin and a little more sensitive to aggressive treatments. So it’s best to take care when dealing with this delicate area. Here are our top choices:

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is brand new to SkinStore and is expected to fly off neostrata neckour shelves. This dermatologist-formulated brand really delivers results. What you get in this dream formulation is tightening, firming, collagen and volume-building, and a bit of exfoliation to smooth the surface of the skin. It has a light, creamy texture that feels luxurious. The brand is a proven winner and we are so excited they have launched a neck-firming product.

Alchimie Forever Firming Gel for Neck and Bust is a bestseller for the neck-firming category. With 15 reviews giving this product an average of 5 out of 5 stars, you know it has to be good! Formulated by a dermatologist in Switzerland, this gel will provide lifting, tightening and firming as well as lessen dark spots and repair damage. Now that’s what we call turning back time! It has a refreshing smell of rosemary that dissipates quickly.

Last, but not least, the Strivectin TL Neck Cream offers instant and cumulative results in this hydrating, collagen-building cream. It’s perfect to use before a night on the town. It will strengthen and dramatically help with sagging skin. This is an ultra-rich cream formulation. Perfect for dry skin, but it can be used on all skin types.
Whichever you choose, you’re bound to feel a little more confident with firmer, younger looking skin!


Time to Tone It

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This item was highly recommended by one of our amazing customers! She said it was the product hero of her skin care regimen so I thought I would let all of you in on her youthful secret. DDF Glycolic Toning Complex is formulated with 10% Glycolic Acid, which makes this toner highly effective at removing excess oil and residue while depositing ultra-pure grade Glycolic to help refresh and soften skin. It promotes clarity and immediately revitalizes skin’s appearance. It helps increase cell turnover to promote clarity and dermal vitality. The best part is that it can be easily incorporated into your current skin care regimen. It will boost the effectiveness of the products you’re already using, while adding extra anti-aging benefits:
• Minimizes appearance of wrinkle linesDD045-ddf-glycolic-toning-complex
• Refines skin texture
• Visibly reduces the look of pore size
• Ideal for mature, combination, and/or oily skin types
It has a 5-Star review on our site and it is a staple product with many of our customers. Great price, amazing benefits, and simple to use – why not try it today?


Why Should Retinol be in Your Skin Care Regimen?

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How does one product that unclogs pores, boosts collagen, reduces fine lines, and speeds cell turnover to help you even out any skin discoloration sound? It sounds kind of like a miracle product for some. This is what a Retinol will do for your skin. If used correctly and safely it will provide you with incredible results.

Retinoids can cause redness, flaking, and dryness but if you ease into use, you can avoid this transition. For the first two weeks, apply the retinol every three nights. If your skin does not seem to be too irritated you would want to try using it every other night for two weeks. After a month if your skin seems not to be flaking or too dry, apply every night. It is important to wait 15 minutes after washing your face before you apply. After a few minutes you will want to apply your night cream to prevent dryness.

When using a Retinoid, your skin cells are being turned over at a much quicker pace, leaving the new skin exposed to the elements. It is extremely important that you use SPF every morning. There is a good chance that your skin will be in a sensitive state so you need to protect it.

Retinoids were first used in skin care products in the early 1970s as a way to combat acne. Since then we have found that they treat much more. People look to these products to treat psoriasis, warts, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and aged skin. A retinoid is a topical form of Vitamin a which is the number one anti-wrinkle ingredient that dermatologists recommend to their patients. One of the best things about retinol is that it starts working the moment you put it on!


Frederic Fekkai Soleil Beach Waves Tousling Spray

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FF169-frederic-fekkai-soleil-beach-waves-tousling-sprayThere is no faster way to damage your hair than to be addicted to heat styling. Not only is it damaging but it is also very time consuming. I’m sure we would all prefer just to let our hair air dry, but not all of us were born with tresses that look magnificent without some kind of heat styling. But now you can have that beach waves look without the infamous curling wand. The Frederic Fekkai Soleil Beach Waves Tousling Spray is the key product to achieve this look and there is no need for anything else!

Give your hair a break from the trauma you put it through on a daily basis. Frederick Fekkai will do all the work for you! All you need to do is mist, scrunch, and go. Trying to grow out your locks? Give your hair a vacation from the heat tools and you will be amazed by how fast it will grow.

Imagine your hair having the body, fullness, and waves that make it look like you have been relaxing in the sea and sand. The sea salt in this Beach Spray gives your hair amazing texture for that “undone” look. Let your hair heal from years of damage and try out the messy but sexy look that has been all the rage.


Imagine Being Hair-Free for Up to Six Weeks!

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Say goodbye to waxing and hello to smooth, silky skin with the Emjoi Emagine Epliator. Now, let’s be real from the start. If you have not epilated before, it’s not for sissies. Or if you have epilated before but it was a very long time ago when the first epilators hit the market and you swore never again, rest assured, the technology has improved.

emjoiWhat does an epilator do? It has 72 tweezer heads that open and close as you glide the device over the desired area. So it removes hair from the root making for longer hairless days!   Does it hurt? Initially, yes. But if you are used to waxing, it’s not any more painful than that. I find it less painful but I do have finer hair. If you have coarser hair it will be a bit more intense. However, with regular use the pain diminishes every time to the point where it is truly minimal.

You also don’t have to let your hair grow out as long as needed for waxing. Shorter hair is removed with ease. Save your money on those pesky waxing appointments! Get clean-shaven at home. You may still have a bit of stubble initially but over time less and less. Overall, it’s great device!


bareSkin by bareMinerals-So natural you barely feel it!

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Winter is here!  For many people, winter days can cause uncomfortable dryness to the skin.  It’s important to change your skin care routine as the weather changes.  Moisturize and hydrate to ensure your skin stays nourished and healthy through the winter months.

Try a foundation that is versatile all year round, keeps skin hydrated and natural-looking.  Get the look by trying bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 from bareMinerals.  With its remarkable benefits, this unique foundation keeps the skin moist when it’s feeling drier during winder days, leaving the skin looking beautiful and dewy. The formula feels ultra-light and velvety on the skin and is clinically proven to be a tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one.BE799-bareminerals-bareskin-pure-brightening-serum-foundation-bare-beige

bareSkin Serum Foundation contains Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Vitamin C to leave your skin brighter and more even-toned.  It is easy to apply and provides amazing coverage for all skin types.  It doesn’t clog pores and feels like you aren’t wearing anything!  You can wear it alone for a dewy look or with the bareSkin Perfecting Veil for a matte finished look. An added bonus is the non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20 to protect skin from UV rays and to prevent hyperpigmentation.  It is one step closer to a flawless complexion!

Use it with the Perfecting Face Brush which was designed to work with bareSkin – it gives you the ability to adjust coverage level for a perfectly seamless application.  Start with 1-2 drops of foundation directly into the brush head reservoir and keep adding more drops for more coverage.  For maximum coverage, bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer is amazing to cover imperfections such as broken capillaries, blemishes, dark under-eye circles and hyperpigmentation. It’s a silky smooth concealer and serum in one with an ultra-light texture.  We even use it for highlighting, contouring (with a darker shade), or all-over for full coverage.  Say bye-bye to redness, hello fresh and flawless skin!  BE940-bareminerals-bareskin-complete-coverage-serum-concealer-light

Tip if you’re in-a-rush: add bareSkin Serum Foundation to your moisturizer for a tinted look.

bareSkin is recommended if you are looking for a mineral serum foundation that will correct your tone, brighten, and smooth out your complexion.  Another benefit?  It’s formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.  Give it a try… we think you’ll love it!

 

 

 


Contouring 101

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Contouring enhances your face’s natural curves to create the illusion of more defined bone structure. By using makeup that’s both lighter and darker than your natural skin tone, you can change the way light bounces off your face, in turn enhancing and even slimming your facial features. Dermablend offers the dermatologist-developed and most-recommended products. They’re non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and allergy-tested; they are safe for acne-prone and sensitive skin.Strategically placing contour color two shades darker than your natural skin tone and a lighter highlighter (and blending thoroughly) works wonders for sculpting these areas…

Chiseled cheeks: Place darker contour color beneath the cheekbones (make a “fish face” to see the hollow spot) and highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones.

A slimmer nose: Use darker contour color on the sides of the nose, and highlighter down the center.

A defined jawline: Place contour color along the jawline and blend downwards toward the neck. Use highlighter in the center of the chin and blend outwards.

Try this with the Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer.     DB076-dermablend-quick-fix-concealer-spf-30-light

Once you’ve created your contoured look, you want it to last. That’s where makeup-setting products come in, and there are two different formulations to meet every need.

The easiest way to keep your makeup in place (contouring included) is with a setting mist. With a just a few spritzes, makeup looks freshly applied all day, and it can also be used to refresh your complexion throughout the day without disturbing your makeup (or the need for application tools). Setting mists are ideal for those who wear powder foundation and they are super-easy and mess-free. Try the Dermablend Set + Refresh Spray.

Setting powder may look white to the eye, but it’s invisible when lightly dusted over makeup. This final step keeps makeup smudge- and transfer-resistant and dramatically increases its longevity. These powders are available in loose form and compact form (which is perfect for touch-ups on the go). Tip: Only use setting powder over contoured areas to keep highlighted areas glowing.

Dermablend Setting Powder is available in “Original” for all skin tones plus two additional shades.

 


Amazing Argireline!

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Surgery can have quite a few risks and can be a nuisance because of the recovery times. To address this inconvenience, the skin care industry has been creating many products to provide more effective treatments that can be used at home. One such product is Argireline, which is an ingredient that is designed to work in much the same way as Botox.  However, the main difference is that unlike Botox, which is injected by a doctor, Argireline is applied directly to the skin as a cream or serum.NF015-nuface-smoother-powerhouse-peptide-serum-s2

How Argireline works is based on chemistry. Argireline is made up of peptides, which are chains of amino acids that can affect how cells in the body work. When Argireline is applied to the skin, it is absorbed into the body and the ingredient’s chemical composition causes the facial muscles to contract with less force. This diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and can smooth out fine lines that appear with aging. This ingredient can be quite effective, and in some cases, users of Argireline can experience as much as a 30 percent reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

When choosing an Argireline product, you should know that products with a higher concentration of the drug will provide the most results. Most physicians recommend products with a concentration of 10 percent or higher. The highest concentration of Argireline in any product is 20 percent.

Argireline appears to be safe. According to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, it is non-toxic orally and doesn’t cause skin irritation even at high doses. Unlike Botox injections, it doesn’t require a visit to dermatologist or other medical professional trained to do Botox injections. It can be safely used at home.


AHA vs BHA

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Skin will naturally shed billions of skin cells every day. It is said that 90% of household dust is made up of dead skin cells. As we age, this natural shedding slows or stops due to many factors such as sun damage, dry skin, oily skin, genetics, or skin disorders. The results of this are dull, dry or flaky skin, clogged pores, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Exfoliation is key in helping skin balance itself. Getting rid of skin cell build up can undo the effects experience by skin cell shedding slowdown.

Exfoliation helps your skin look younger, promote blood flow and circulation, promote collagen production, and improve skin health. But, with all the exfoliating products out there, how do we know which to use and which is appropriate for our skin type and need? To understand which to use we must understand how they work and what skin types and conditions are appropriate for each category.

As an esthetician, I’m always asked what the difference between AHA and BHA. Alpha Hydroxy Acid, AHA, are acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes etc. They work by melting the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together. AHA are water loving and water soluble acids. The molecular structure is small. AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content. They do not penetrate as deep as BHA. The effects are felt on the surface of the skin. AHA’s rejuvenate aging skin. On the other hand, BHA, Beta Hydroxy Acids, is oil loving acids. BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that’s clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the pore that contributes to acne. BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin. BHA is preferred for those struggling with rosacea. Not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant, but it is wise to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds. It is likely you’ll see less redness and a smoother, even skin with fewer breakouts.

Can they be used together? Yes but not necessary. If you decide to do this make sure you use them separately; one in the morning and one at night to prevent irritation.

AHA:

  • Glycolic acid: derived from sugar cane
  • Lactic acid: derived from milk
  • Mandelic acid: derived from bitter almonds
  • Tartaric acid: derived from grapes
  • Malic acid: derived from apples and pears
  • Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits

***It is important to note that with today’s technology, most of these acids are derived synthetically today. This is to keep the acid stable, allow for use for those with allergies to natural substances, and control its strength***

 

BHA:

  • Salicylic acid: derived from the Williow Bark Tree and others.

**This acid is dominantly used in skin care**

  • Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits and considered a cross over acid. It can be an AHA depending on its formulation.

 

It is strongly recommended to use SPF when using any of the above acids. Exfoliants can make skin photosensitive and sensitive in general. SPF will help in the prevention of hyperpigmentation etc.

 

General guidelines for usage:

  • You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.
  • You can also apply either of these around the eye area but not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.
  • Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.
  • Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.
  • If you’re using a topical prescription product such as Renova, other retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, consult with your doctor before applying either AHA or BHA.

Now, all that is left to do is to choose the best suited category for your skin and begin to exfoliate years away.

 



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