Lately, the beauty industry has been abuzz about the latest miracle ingredient which isn’t all that revolutionary. In fact, the latest trend has been around for centuries. Camellia Oleifera, or commonly known as Green Tea, extract has been harvested and used for a wide variety of remedies for conditions like heart disease to weight loss and even gum disease. Unlike most popular cosmetic crazes, Green Tea extract offers real results.
Green tea is packed with free radical fighting anti-oxidants that help reduce inflammation, perfect for skin conditions like cupreous veins, fine lines and wrinkles or even Rosacea. Green Tea also works well with zinc oxide sunscreens to help fight off aging UV-A rays.
Here are some of our best Green tea extract packed products!
SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex; Improves the appearance of fine lines, aging, and sun-damaged skin while enhancing the skin’s texture with microsphere technology that improves cell turnover rates and provides antioxidant defense.
Pseudofolliculitis commonly known as razor bumps is an infection of the facial skin commonly found in coarser hair types. This infection is very common amongst men; this occurs during the removal of facial hair and is commonly caused by shaving in the opposite direction of the hair growth. The results are many pustules, papules, and ingrown hairs to develop in the area. The results of this infection can be very painful and embarrassing. The best way to clear this condition is to shave going in the same direction of the hair growth, exfoliate the area and also to use products that are targeted to clear up acneic symptoms. Below I have listed products that will work great to help alleviate the infection:
Designed for congested and rough skin, this mild exfoliating gel combines natural microbeads with gentle cleansing and hydrating agents to thoroughly cleanse pores and promote healthy cell renewal without damaging or drying skin. Diatomaceous earth microbeads are formulated at maximum density to provide intense and even exfoliation without causing lacerations. Additionally, the highest purity of aloe softens polished skin. Designed for all skin types, this scrub is safe for face and body.
A treatment product that soothes shaving-related inflammation and helps prevent folliculitis. Also fantastic for treating and preventing ingrown hairs. Glycolic Acid clears irritating dead skin and debris from clogged hair follicles and Tea Tree Oil removes bacteria to combat blemishes and promote healthy-looking skin.
You can find these and other great skincare products on SkinStore.com!
Keratosis Polaris is a skin condition that is hereditary and effects approximately 50% of everyone inhabiting the earth, most commonly found in children and adolescents; however 4 out 10 adults (typically women) are affected as well. This disease commonly affects the back of the arms and the thighs, but it can also affect the buttocks, chest, back and legs. This condition is commonly referred to as “chicken skin” because the appearance of it is very rough and bumpy resembling the skin of a chicken. While a lot of people outgrow this condition, some of us will have it for life. This condition is not curable, but there are measures that can be taken to control the outbreak. Exfoliating regularly can help to smooth and eliminate the bumps, while manual exfoliation is great to smooth the bumps, using chemicals such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Vitamin A can help to alleviate the bumps as well.
Suki Exfoliate Foaming Body Cleanser has both manual and physical exfoliation that will help to keep the chicken skin at bay. It’s concentrated with alpha hydroxy acid and has a unique ‘squeaky clean’ formulation that exfoliates while delivering essential nutrients and increasing overall circulation. With continued use your skin will be noticeably smoother and more even toned.
MYTH #1: The FDA ensures that all cosmetics statements are factual before you buy them.
A: FALSE! The FDA or Food & Drug Administration does not require approval of cosmetics before their manufacture and sale since the products are neither labeled for dietary consumption or as a medial supplement. The FDA only regulated the claims made and the labeling provided on each product. Cosmetics can ONLY claim to change the appearance of the body or skin, not the function.
MYTH #2: Sunscreen can actually increase the risk of skin cancer.
A: FALSE! Octinoxate is a chemical sunscreen that is preferred by sensitive skin types. Most physical sunscreens contain zinc oxide which can cause irritation. NO sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s rays (UVB, UVA or otherwise). You will notice a large change in the way sunscreens are marketed in the United States. The Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, labels the strength of the sunscreen but does no matter how the strong sunscreen, they lose their potency after about two hours and need to be reapplied.
MYTH #3: Exfoliating scrubs can be used as an explosive.
A: FALSE! Most exfoliants or “scrubs” contain a variety of grainy materials ranging from fruit pits to seeds to diatomaceous earth, which help slough of dead skin cells from the surface. Diatomaceous earth (DE), marine sediment or fossil algae, is used in many other products not limited to the skincare industry. DE can also be combined with nitroglycerin to classify as dynamite, which is never found in skin care products.
MYTH #4: Your waterproof mascara coats your lashes in plastic.
A: TRUE! Plastic derivatives have been used in a variation of products for many years. Plastic derivatives or polymers are crucial in the production of hairspray, hair gel, liquid bandages and even perfumes. Polymers, when viewed under a microscope, are perfectly round spheres and do not damage the surface of the skin or irritate sensitive areas like the eyes, ears, or nose.
MYTH #5: Lipsticks contains a lethal amount of lead.
A: FALSE! In 2009, the FDA developed a method of testing to determine the amount of lead in products. It was then the FDA confirmed that the amount of lead found in lipstick was detected in 20 lipstick products but very low and did not pose any safety or health concerns. The lead levels are attributed to color additives and other ingredients that are acceptable by the FDA.
As we move into the fall and winter seasons don’t forget to renovate your skin care routine as well as your closet! It is 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 dry and 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, currently on special for $40.50. 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.
Jurlique Clarifying Day Care Lotion, $36.00 Just because you have oiler skin doesn’t mean you can skip out on moisturizing! This light, hydrating moisturizer helps keep the skin moist while combating oil production, leaving the skin feeling balanced not greasy. Jurlique is also a completely natural line so this product is great for eco-conscious consumers or young adults looking for a moisturized but matte complexion.
ZIRH Platinum Drenched-Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer $125.00 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.
Spas world-wide are performing snail facials to eager clients wanting the anti-aging benefits from snail mucus. Snail mucus contains hyaluronic acid, proteins and anti-oxidants. This snail slime helps skin retain moisture and reduce redness. Spas in Japan are charging up to $250 U.S. dollars to have this treatment performed on their skin. This treatment entails 3-6 organically fed snails gliding across the clients face leaving behind a trail of slime. If this process of having one of the world’s slowest animals slime all over your face sounds less than appealing than you are in luck. Tensage is a highly recommended skincare brand that offers snail mucus products. Our customers love the results they receive from Tensage moisturizers and serums. They contain SCA biorepair technology that regenerates tissue, prevents further breakdown and rebuilds collagen. These products save you from having the agonizingly slow and disgusting snail facial but you still benefit from all its slimy goodness! You can find Tensage and many other great skincare products on SkinStore.com.
Concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone and texture and already love other Replenix® products? The Replenix® AE Facial Firming Therapy and Replenix® AE Dermal Restructuring Therapy products, purchased separately or as a duo provide a unique, comprehensive peptide & antioxidant system that help diminish the appearance of fine lines, quench damaging free radicals and build a collagen-rich skin appearance.
The Replenix® Facial Firming Therapy relaxes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and immediately firms, tones, tightens the skin, and prepares the skin for new collagen (re-building.)
The Replenix® Dermal Restructuring Therapy cosmetically enhances rebuilding of the skin from beneath and protects the renewed skin from further damage, brightening and restoring elasticity to give a more youthful skin glow.
The Replenix® AE Facial Firming Therapy & Replenix® AE Dermal Restructuring Therapy can be used together once or twice daily, with the Replenix® AE Facial Firming Therapy applied first, and the Replenix AE Dermal Restructuring afterwards or individually.
For Replenix® Retinol Smoothing Serumusers, adding the Replenix® AE Facial Firming and Dermal Restructuring Therapies, help create the ultimate skin care regimen for all skin types, especially those with mature or sun damaged skin. One can use the Replenix® AE Dermal Restructuring Therapy in the morning after cleansing, and before applying sunscreen. This product, uses Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3 to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines by supporting new dermal collagen growth. In addition, using the Replenix® Dermal Restructuring Therapy under sunscreen helps quench free radicals with therapeutic levels of green & white tea polyphenols, which is especially important during the day when UV exposure is so high.
At night, the Replenix® Facial Firming Therapy can be used after cleansing, and before applying the Replenix® Retinol Smoothing Serum, to relax the appearance of surface fine-lines and wrinkles, and give immediate firming, tightening & toning to the skin, while the Replenix® Retinol Smoothing Serum, works to support new collagen growth by infusing moisture and nutrients and increasing firmness & elasticity. For dry skin types, adding the Replenix® Dermal Restructuring Therapy over the Replenix® Retinol Smoothing Serum will give further hydration, and “plumping of the dermis*” with the added benefits of Sodium Hyaluronate, and Ceramide 2 for lipid replenishment and maintenance of the barrier function.
If you love the Replenix® CF Cream or Replenix® Power of Three Creamproducts, you will love the Replenix® AE Dermal Restructuring Therapy, especially those with dry, mature skin. Along with the same therapeutic levels of Green Tea Polyphenols, this product has Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3 to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines by supporting new collagen growth, Sodium Hyaluronate to intensely hydrate and plump the dermis, Ceramide 2 for lipid replenishment and maintenance of the barrier function, as well as LYCD, a cosmetic skin conditioner which has been reported to support cellular oxygenation in therapeutic topical products.
Find these products and other great Topix Replenix products on SkinStore!
What is the difference between physical exfoliation, enzymatic exfoliation, and chemical exfoliation? A physical exfoliation is one that you can physically feel to the touch. It’s often in the form of beads or granules like that in a scrub. Whereas an enzymatic exfoliation is usually in a treatment type product like a mask, peel, cleanser, etc. Enzymes are found in fruit acids and are generally better tolerated by sensitive skin types. Chemical exfoliators are also found in treatment type products, but are more aggressive and are usually found in the form of acids like Glycolic, Salicylic, AHA’s, & BHA’s. Chemical exfoliators are better suited for normal to tolerant skin types.
When is sunscreen needed? The answer is all the time. You should always wear sunblock! Whether you use daily skincare products or not sunblock helps prevent damage, period. Using sunscreen religiously is the number one thing you can do to prevent pre mature aging!
Do extreme hot/ cold temperatures ruin my product? No. We have confirmed with various manufacturers on this very issue and temperature does not compromise the integrity of the product. If you receive a product and it is either extremely hot or extremely cold bring the product inside and let it go back to room temperature before use. You may also need to shake or stir the product if the ingredients have separated. This does not change the efficacy of the product, it’s good to use.
Why doesn’t my product have a seal on it? Since we’re shipped product directly from the manufacturer to our warehouse it’s not required for the products to come sealed. It is up to the manufacturer if they choose to seal the product or not. Rest assured our inventory doesn’t make contact with the public until it is shipped directly to your door. All returns are sent back to a different facility and aren’t shipped back to the warehouse.
Is the date listed on my product the expiration date? Not always. Most products will list a sequence of digits or numbers that can look like a date format. This is usually a manufactured date, lot number, or batch number. An expiration date will have the letters EXP in front of the date sequence. Most all SPF products will have an expiration date printed on the product or packaging along with certain organic brands. If it does not, you can use the sequence of digits listed to contact the manufacturer directly for more information.
Can I use Retinol and Vitamin C together? The answer is yes. While there are not really any known counteractions, it is suggested to split them up in your regimen (Retinol at night and Vitamin C in the morning). This is because Retinol can make you sun sensitive and depending on how it is delivered to the skin can break down in the sun. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps to prevent sun damage and even out skin tone, so its recommended to use in the morning before starting your day. *Of course you would always want to wear daily SPF protection as well.
What is the standard order of application for products? With most products you would want to cleanse, tone, apply any serum (thinnest to thickest), then any treatment type lotions/creams, your moisturizer and lastly your SPF product.
Should I still use a moisturizer if I have combination/ oily skin? The answer is yes. Usually if you have this skin type you are already using a cleanser and treatment product specific to your concerns. Our skin still needs the proper hydration and if it does not get it or you’re stripping the skin of its essential moisture, it will over produce oils to compensate creating more of a problem.
Does the product really work or why am I not seeing results? Products will only give a good result if you are using them as directed and as dictated by your skin type or any specific skin conditions you might have. The best way to determine this is to talk to your local esthetician or dermatologist to first determine your factors. From there you’ll know what products to look for and then can base it off the concerns you’d like to address. Please note, to see the true benefits from product it can take up to 30-45 days which is the skins natural cell cycle length. Certain products and benefits may even take longer depending on how difficult the issue you’re trying to address. You may also see your skin breakout within the first couple weeks which is known as the purge period. Your skin needs time to adjust to the ingredients in a product and it does not necessarily mean the product isn’t working for you.
Can I use skincare products while pregnant? You can, however we suggest consulting with your physician before starting any skincare routine while pregnant. We can safely recommend the brands Belli & Mustela which were formulated specifically for use during pregnancy and while breast feeding.
Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Day SPF 18 combines Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid to fight off the 3 types of wrinkles; permanent, reversible and programmed. It addresses wrinkles in the most critical areas, between the brows, around the mouth and crow’s feet. It contains a cutting edge ingredient, fast acting Retinol + Adenosine for a more effective, gentle resurfacing effect. The benefits include:
- Provides results in as little as 4 days
- Increases skin’s cell turnover rate
- Hyaluronic Acid helps fill in lines and plump them out
- Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive
This product can also be combined with Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Night for a double dose of wrinkle fighting power. This product speaks for itself, if you are looking for a better anti-aging moisturizer look no further, this is it!