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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


Shower….oil?

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Shower OilMost of us may not think to look at oils while shopping for a body wash.  I certainly never did. Then one day, I noticed how dry my skin was.  I tried more soothing and moisturizing body washes on the market. But, I saw no improvement in my skin. I decided to try the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.  You do not want to apply this oil to your loofah. There is no need since it will not form any suds. This oil is unique because as soon as it touches water, it transforms to a warm mild lather that gently cleanses the body.  Just add a quarter size amount of the product in the palm of your hand, gently rub your hands together, and start massaging the shower oil on your body. The scent is fresh yet delicately sweet.  The formula is quite hydrating without being greasy. The soft almond scent lingers on your skin after stepping out of the shower.  It will leave your skin feeling luxuriously hydrated. During the warmer months, you may even be able to skip your moisturizer after using this shower oil. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Stay Hydrated While in Flight

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Long flights not only invade your sense of comfort, but they also aggressively deplete your levels of moisture, leaving your skin looking dull and lackluster. Here are a few product recommendations to soothe and hydrate your skin while you’re traveling:

NUXE Serum Creme Fraiche 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Concentrate. This product absorbs nicely and provides 24 hour moisture leaving the skin toned, refreshed and hydrated all day long. Use morning and night a few days before and after you flight for prevention and maintenance.

Phytomer Marine Breeze (Souffle Marin) Energizing Oxygenating Serum.
This is a smart choice. Considering the less than great air circulating through the main cabin on a plane, this marine based serum actively neutralizes environmental aggressors and helps to defend the skin by re-oxygenating itself for a fresher appearance.

Jane Iredale Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray.
Stow this baby in your purse and use it throughout the flight. A quick spritz and the antioxidant compound will help for your skin to resist any microbial and free radical harm.


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.

RE-BUILD

-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

BREAK-DOWN

-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.

 

 

 


Add Volume with HairMax

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Is your hair thinning?  Are you tired of trying products and feeling disappointed because you are not getting results?  Are you looking for a quick fix?  HairMax Hair Fibers are a really convenient product that gives you dramatic density, volume and natural looking coverage, INSTANTLY!  These hair Fibers are natural Keratin protein hair building fibers that blend and statically cling to your existing hair to hide any receding areas.

HairMax Hair Fibers come in a wide array of colors to match different hair colors.  The fibers are a perfect solution for men and women suffering with hair loss and thinning hair who want to change the way they feel about their appearance. Balding and thinning areas instantly vanish leaving you with a natural looking full head of hair.hairmax

This innovative hair thickener is helping thousands of people conceal thinning hair.  It is easy to use.  In four easy steps, you can achieve a personalized look that will boost your confidence.

Match your own hair color to one of our eight available shades. The color doesn’t have to be exact; HairMax Hair Fibers will blend into your hair to create a natural look.

Rinse out any hair gel, creams and other hair products and completely dry your hair to prepare for the HairMax Hair Fibers.

Remove the cap and position bottle over your head, holding it at a 45-degree angle. Gently tap the fibers over your hair until the thinning areas are no longer visible and you are satisfied with the fullness and volume of your hair.

Gently brush or pat the fibers to blend them into your natural hair. Doing this will make the HairMax Hair Fibers completely undetectable.


Baby Quasar: Teal Deal Bundle

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TealDeal BundleTake advantage of the Teal Deal Bundle by Baby Quasar featuring the Baby Quasar PLUS LED light therapy skincare tool for the treatment of wrinkles. This teal-colored dynamo is a limited edition and available only for $399 while supplies last. Help build natural and durable collagen with the anti-aging at-home tool. Lifetime warranty and comes with a free Hydraplenish Collagen Creme, goggles and a travel bag. Follow Gregory Dylan Beauty at @GreggersLA to get amazing tips and tutorials.


Staff Favorite: Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel

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There’s never a dull moment at SkinStore! Our staff is always aglow! And that’s because dull, drab, boring skin is a thing of the past with Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel! Always a staff and customer favorite, the Microdelivery Peel is a once-weekly two-step system that delivers results.

Step one is a microdermabrasion scrub that removes dead skin cells while infusing your skin with vitamin C and peptides. Step two is a lactic/salicylic acid peel that exfoliates even deeper, while reducing inflammation and unclogging pores. Since step two is layered directly over step one this is one powerful product, you can literally feel it working. But once you’ve rinsed the crystals off, your skin is left smooth, glowing and never irritated.

Do you want to give your skin a complete resurfacing without a visit to the spa? The Microdelivery Peel is our exfoliator aficionado’s favorite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it as much as we do!


The Perfect Faux Tan

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Do you stay away from self-tanners because of the streaks, complexity of application, or because you turn every color but tan?  Here are a few tips that are sure to make your self-tanning project simpler and effective.

Preparation:   Keeping your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting your perfect self-tan. Try to follow the mantra and moisturize every day when you step out the shower or before you hit the sack. Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Exfoliate:  I’m sure you’ve heard this one many times before, but I can’t stress enough just how important it is to gently scrub skin before you tan, to lift all those dead skin cells and reveal revitalized, ready-to-tan skin beneath. Applying fake tan to dry, uneven skin will simply leave you patchy and desperate to cover up, not show off your tan.rodial

Moisturize:  Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturizer before you fake it, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your tan enhancer. Be sure to pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet – any areas that can get dry and need extra moisture.

Glove up:  The tell-tale sign you’ve been cheating in your tanning practice is the orange-tinted palms which, unless you want to wear gloves in summer, are impossible to hide. To avoid that beacon glow and grubby fingernails, get into the habit of applying tan wearing gloves. Yes, it seems foreign at first, but after a couple of applications it’ll become second nature. Remove the gloves and use cotton wool pads to apply a small amount of tan to the back of each hand.

TanningBack brush:  Unless you have a dedicated other half to ensure your back is bronzed, tanning your back solo seems like an impossible mission. Fake tan experts have literally thought of everything and introduced a ‘back spatula’ to reach those nooks and crannies we would never get to otherwise.

Vaseline on eyebrows and hair line:  A great tan tip, but one to work behind closed doors, is dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line. Tanning the face should be treated with caution and dabbing the jelly means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent dodgy tide marks appearing in these areas.

 

Buff it out:   When tanning professionals want to ensure a tan is perfectly applied and avoid any sign of patchiness, they use a buffing mitt and gently dab away at any buildup of tan, to spread it evenly and avoid varying shades.

Wear loose, dark clothing after application:  The number one rule of dressing after tanning is to wear dark, loose clothing to avoid marking any wardrobe favorites. Be sure to keep legs bare to optimize your tan potential.

Self-tan Remover:  If it all goes horribly wrong and you are left with distinctly orange palms, don’t panic, there is a solution. Have handy a self-tan remover.  Simply rub in and use wipes to remove those tell-tale signs.

Reapply:  Stay glowing longer by maintaining a strict routine of gentle exfoliation and moisturizing.  If you start to pale then reapply tanning product as touch up.


Estihetician Review: Scarguard MD

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ScarGuardA couple of years ago, I experienced a milia growing on my cheek next to my nose where my glasses sit.  This thing was ugly, annoying, and relentless.  No matter what I did, I could not remove it. I tried exfoliating, acids, and many other methods to no avail.  The milia really bother me.  One day, I was fed up and I took a needle to the thing.  It did not come out.  Instead, things got worse.  Finally, about 9 months later, I was able to extract it.  By that point, I developed a raised scar that felt as if it changed my facial features.  No amount of concealer or foundation gave me coverage because it was dark and raised.  It was obvious and embarrassing.

I decided to take a chance and try ScarGuard MD.  I’ve been using it for 2.5 weeks and the scar is virtually gone.  I kid you not!  This stuff was amazing.  I’m feeling a lot more confident and happy.  The product itself has a very strong scent that lasts a short time.  It provides a film over the scar that shrinks and flattens scar tissue.  It can be used for prevention from newly forming scars.  Recently, I did just that-I put some of the product over healing acne scar and the scar was gone in a couple of days with no traces of the acne lesion.  The active ingredients of the product are 12% Silicone (Scar management) and .5% Hydrocortisone (anti-pruritic).  Easy to use and the results may astonish you.



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