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Are you seeing the signs?

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Our skin is our largest organ and often sends us signals that something is occurring elsewhere in the body. Are you seeing the signs? Do you occasionally get a pimple in the same spot every month? It may not be a coincidence.

If a large pimple is looming on your forehead or brow area, you may have an ingrown hair or may just be unlucky. If you are experiencing congestion, blackheads and white heads you may want to switch styling products or adopt a new hair style. Hair can act as a vessel to transfer products that build up on the scalp down onto the forehead causing irritation and congestion in the skin. Be sure to give your hair a deep cleanse about once a week to prevent product build up and transference to the skin. Try the Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo which purifies the hair without stripping the hair.

Are you experiencing a breakout across the face from ear to ear? This could be a precursor for rosacea, especially if you are noticing a flushing in the skin that never goes away. Rosacea and acne can go hand in hand since the skin is inflamed and irritants can be trapped within the swollen pores. Rosacea can be triggered by sulfites which can be found in mostly red wine and spicy foods. Rosacea can also be prompted by temperature changes and emotional changes that would cause vascular changes within the skin.

Finally, if you notice a breakout along the chin every month, it could be associated with a hormonal imbalance such as a menstrual cycle or high stress situations. If you know that isn’t the issue, you may also want to try excluding dairy from your diet. Some researchers speculate that Dairy may be associated with irritation within the skin and chances are once it is removed from your diet, the breakout will clear.

 

You can find the products mentioned at SkinStore.com.


Autumn Skin Revamp

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leafAs we move into the fall and winter seasons don’t forget to renovate your skin care routine as well as your closet! It’s important to hydrate your skin and protect it against the harsh weather ahead. In the warmer temperatures, our body kicks into high gear by lubricating the skin and producing more sebum (oil) and increasing perspiration. In contrast wind, lower temperatures and constant heating indoors dehydrate the skin. Here are a few of the amazing moisturizers we recommend this solstice to help protect you from chapped lips, red noses and sallow skin tone.

Obagi Hydrate Facial Mosturizer: Obagi has gained critical acclaim in the past few years and it is easy to see why. The company keeps practicality in mind by offering 8 hours of protection against the elements with a non-comedogenic, gentle, hypoallergenic formula perfect for all skin types especially sensitive or sensitized skin.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream : A thick, rich emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. With the help of Collodial Oatmeal, Shea Butter, soothing Eucalyptus Oil and ceramides, DAB Ultra Repair Cream provides immediate relief and visible improvement for stressed skin. FAB Antioxidant Booster is there to defend skin from free radical damage. Ultra Repair Cream can be used all over the body and on the face.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream : If you are searching for the crème de la crème, search no more! The name says it all; this thick, luscious moisturizer will hydrate the most dull winter skin. Packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins to fight off free radicals, the delectable cream not only protects the skin but firms and tones to ensure you are looking fabulous at the next holiday party or winter getaway.


PCA Skin C and E Strength [GIVEAWAY]

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PCA Skin C and E StrengthAre you on the hunt for a new Vitamin C Serum? Look no further, PCA Skin C and E Strength is a combination of pure 15% L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and 5% tocopherol (vitamin E). These proven antioxidants work synergistically to protect the skin while boosting collagen production and improving the signs of sun damage. Daily use of this anti-aging formula in conjunction with the appropriate PCA Skin broad spectrum sunscreen provides optimal skin protection. Sounds amazing, right? Enter our Facebook giveaway for a chance to win one of your very own. Click HERE to enter!


Vichy Idéalia Battles Behavioral Aging

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Skin is subject to many influences, both internal and external. Behavioral Aging is the impact of lifestyle and environment on your skin. It can defy genetic factors and resist some of the most powerful anti-aging treatments. Your skin is up against lifestyle choices that cause damage in ways you may not realize:Vichy Idealia Life Serum

Stress and lack of sleep: side effects include overstressed skin marked by sagging and lack of firmness

Environmental pollution: side effects include polluted skin marked by dull, yellowing complexion

Unbalanced diet: side effects include imbalanced skin marked by large pores, oiliness and shine

UV rays: side effects include uneven skin tone marked by dark spots, fine lines and loss of firmness

With its many years of expertise, Vichy research has discovered new and effective ways of looking after the health of your skin. To combat behavioral aging Vichy has introduced the Idéalia Life Serum and Idealia Eye.

Vichy surveyed 2,600 women and asked them what was standing between them and ideal skin– they responded:

Skin texture (smooth skin, free from bumps and pores) 34%

Skin tone (radiant skin, free from dark spots & pigmentation) 25%

Skin elasticity (supple skin, free from wrinkles, lines & sagging) 25%

Skin balance (well-hydrated skin, free from shine & oily/dry patches) 16%

Vichy Idéalia Life Serum helps with the skin quality parameters that matter most to women. Take the challenge and let us know how Vichy Idéalia Life Serum worked for you and addressing these parameters. It’s not a free pass, but it’s a second chance to transform your skin quality in 8 days. Use Idéalia Life Serum twice daily for 8 days, and experience a visible skin transformation.

You can find Vichy Idéalia Life Serum  on SkinStore.com.

 


Belli Skincare [GIVEAWAY]

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Expecting moms look no further; you can have peace of mind with Belli skincare. Belli’s motto is picky for a purpose! They deliver trusted skin care solutions that pamper and protect without harmful chemicals. You can expect beautiful skin and enjoy peace of mind during any stage of your life: pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. Sound amazing? You’re just in luck! SkinStore is having a giveaway featuring three of Belli’s hero products: Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator and Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen. Click HERE to enter our Facebook giveaway!


Melasma

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Melasma, otherwise known as pregnancy mask, is one of the most common forms of hyperpigmentation. Women who are pregnant,Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub nursing or even using hormonal therapy run a risk of developing this issue. While this “mask” occurs due to a hormonal imbalance, sun exposure may worsen the condition. Women who have already suffered from sun damage may experience more severe pigmentation. The pigmentation generally affects the forehead, lips, chin and cheeks giving it the name “mask”. It is estimated that about 70% of all pregnant women have some form of melasma during pregnancy. (It also can occur in men, but very rarely).

Most people affected by melasma are advised to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunscreen throughout the day, we suggest Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen. Exfoliating the skin can be beneficial to removing the darkened skin cells, we recommend the Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub which is specially formulated to be gentle enough for pregnant woman. Belli offers a wide range of products for women who are pregnant, nursing or plan on becoming pregnant.

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!


The Truth About Retinol

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A retinol based product can be found in almost every beauty line available and it easy to see why. Retinol, or vitamin shutterstock_21728725A, has the ability to increase collagen production. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions from acne to visible signs of aging.

Retinol gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin from the surface and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and dark spots. Retinol is a great addition to any skincare routine for many skin types but be aware you should allow 4-6 weeks for results to show noticeable and lasting results.

As many consumers are aware, the largest downside of retinol products is increased photo sensitivity. Because the retinol acts as an exfoliant, it exposes skin to environmental elements. It is proven that retinol does increases risk of sunburn but not an increase in development of skin cancer. It is high recommended that consumers stop tanning in UVB tanning beds while using retinol products. Users who are cautious of sun exposure or know they may be exposed can mix their retinol products with an SPF product or restrict their usage primarily at night.

Typical side effects include redness and photosensitivity. Overuse of Retinoid can cause peeling, shedding or excess dryness so it suggested that users limit their use to 3 times a week until the symptoms subside. Stop using retinol based products if skin becomes irritated, itches or burns. Active ingredients like retinol or other acids can cause activity like a light tingling sensation but should never burn. This said vitamin A or retinol products are not recommended for pregnant women or clients with skin conditions like Eczema and/or Rosacea.

Like any skincare product, if used correctly retinol can offer amazing results. Some of our retinol favorites include SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 for expereinced retinol users and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 .

You can find these great products on SkinStore.com!


NEW! bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

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bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum FoundationAre you looking for a lightweight foundation that is perfect for summer? Or a foundation that provides full coverage, but also helps to treat the skin? bareMinerals has you covered on all angles! Their new bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is revolutionary. It’s packed with vitamin C to help brighten the skin and is clinically proven to help correct skin-tone. Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before. If you’re looking to treat your skin this summer this is the foundation for you!

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.


Guide to Gorgeous Fall 2014

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Fall Guide to GorgeousHello Gorgeous! The fall forecast is in. Our beauty editors and experts have just delivered the final touches of the Fall Guide to Gorgeous celebrating the many shades of autumn.

Announcing SkinStore.com’s Fall 2014 Edition of Guide to Gorgeous! The guide includes Editor’s Picks of our fave products for fall, New & Now to find the hottest must have trends and the Look book to create your flawless fall beauty routine.

Plus save 20% with code FALL20 (restrictions may apply) and purchases of $150 or more qualify for a free Guide to Gorgeous Bag (valued at $51). Offer available while supplies last only.

Guide to Gorgeous Beauty Bag Includes:

WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask, 0.3oz Guide to Gorgeous Bag
Revitalizes skin to minimize the appearance of pores and refines skin’s appearance and texture.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive, 0.25oz
Exfoliates and refines to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and lighten hyperpigmentation.

Hydroxatone Hydrolyze Intensive Under Eye Treatment, 0.3oz
Intensive formula contains 9 bioactive ingredients that synergistically combat all the eye area concerns.

Topix Replenix Gentle Antioxidant Soothing Cleanser, 0.1oz
Formulated to eliminate impurities and pollutants while avoiding stripping skin of vital moisture and essential oils.

Topix Replenix Smoothing Serum 2x, 0.07oz
Helps achieve more radiant looking skin while delivering the skin enhancing benefits of Green Tea Polyphenols.

Topix Replenix Restorative Nighttime Bio-Therapy, 0.07oz
Helps guard against environmental damage while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50, 0.07oz
Ultimate broad spectrum antioxidant sunscreen SPF 50+ and free of chemical absorbers.

-Topix Replenix Power of Three Cream, 0.07oz
Treatment cream with Green Tea, Resveratrol and Caffeine. Ideal for Rosacea and sensitive skin and post-procedure.

 


The Golden Rules to a Golden Glow

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When you reach for your sunscreen, are you 100% certain you know what you are applying? Here are a few tidbits of knowledge to help you through the summer without getting burned.

Did you know that sunscreen loses its efficacy after 12 months? Ingredients that contain sun protection factors such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are active ingredients so they can’t be expected to last forever. They have a shelf life just like your peanut butter so be sure to purchase a new bottle every summer.

*Helpful tip: Mark your bottle of sunscreen with the date you bought it!

Did you know you should apply sunscreen (no matter then SPF) every TWO hours? Sunscreen does not block the sun entirely and although you may have slathered yourself with sunscreen, it is not meant to last you a whole day exposed to the Sun’s harmful rays.

*Helpful tip: If you out and about, set an alarm on your phone every two hours to remind you!

Are you covering all the necessary spots or just your nose? Ears, eyelids, the scalp, lips and feet are the most often forgotten body part when applying sunscreen. Be sure to cover these areas to protect yourself from sun damage and possible health concerns.

Helpful tip: Spray sunscreens are incredibly convenient and you can cover yourself in seconds without greasy hands! A few of our faves are La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Spray and Supergoop SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C.

 

You can find these and many other SPF options on SkinStore.com!



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