Organic vs. Natural

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These days more and more consumers are becoming increasingly cautious about the ingredients used in their skincare and cosmetic products and they are trying to stay away from chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, or synthetic fragrances, just to name a few.

Companies are certainly aware of this and many of them are jumping on the “green” bandwagon. You are probably seeing a lot more products on the market labeled with the terms “organic” and “natural” and you may be wondering, what is the difference between these two? Is there a difference? The short answer is yes, there is a difference between “organic” and “natural”.

To start with, there may be some confusion for the consumer as to how these terms are regulated.  In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency that regulates the labeling and safety requirements for the cosmetic industry. Yet, they do not have a sanctioned definition of either of these terms. While the term natural is not regulated by any agency, the term organic is. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the National Organic Program (NOP) which regulates what can be considered organic. That being said, the USDA does not have a separate category for cosmetics, they use the same standards used for the food industry.

There are also International organizations that certify organic products. ECOCERT is a worldwide organization working in over 80 countries and COSMEBIO is a French organization created specifically for cosmetics and skincare.

So, what does is actually take for a product to really be “organic”? To earn a certified organic label 95% of the ingredients used must be organic. For a product labeled “made with organic ingredients” the required percentage goes down to 70%.

Natural is a broader term usually used to indicate that a minimal amount of chemicals were used in either the process of making the product or the actual formula of the product. Typically, “natural” products are free of synthetic additives such as chemical preservatives, synthetic coloring or fragrance. However, seeing natural on the label is not a guarantee that any of these ingredients will not be in the product. If you are still uncertain, always check the ingredient listing.

With so many choices out there it can be overwhelming. How does the consumer know what they are getting? What’s the bottom line for all of you ingredient-savvy consumers? Read those labels!




Revamp Your Skincare Routine with Dr. Dennis Gross

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Spring is finally here! If you haven’t already, it’s time to start transitioning your skincare routine. If you find that it’s a challenge to select just the right regimen for your skin, you’re not alone. Skin can be very unpredictable — some days you’re more blemish-prone and oily, some days your skin is dry, and to top it all off, your skin has targeted zones that have their own issues (enlarged pores on the t-zone, rough cheeks, dull overall complexion).

Enter Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Clinical Concentrate Boosters. These three water-free super serums — Radiance, Hydration, and Purifying — were formulated by the doctor with the goal of perfectly balanced skin in mind. Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Cocktail Concentrates Kit

• Radiance: helps transform dull skin into a younger-looking, glowing, luminous complexion (featuring Linoleic, Pyruvic, Tartaric, and Glycolic Acids, Retinol, and Quercetin)

• Hydration: helps infuse and seal deep moisture for firmer, softer, smoother-looking skin (with Hyaluronic Chronospheres, Watermelon Extract, and Centella Asiatica)

• Purifying: helps tone and control excess oil; tightens pores for increased clarity (including Willow Bark Extract, Witch Hazel, Lactic Acid)

While you can use them like traditional serums and apply them directly to specific facial zones, the real magic happens when you start mixing your own custom cocktail. After all, if your skin has different needs, why would you treat it the same way every day? Each booster can be mixed into your favorite skincare and makeup products to take their benefits to the next level. That means any existing product you have — moisturizer, foundation, cleanser, anything! — can be totally transformed for your skin’s daily needs. What will you mix with your Clinical Concentrate Boosters?

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!



Our Top Natural Eye Creams

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Natural products pack a powerful punch! Our top natural eye creams deliver impressive results with a high concentration of quality natural botanicals while keeping chemicals to a minimum.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment is a top performing, powerful wrinkle fighter that nourishes the eye area and instantly lifts and firms. Juice Beauty utilizes cell rejuvenation technology with a proprietary blend of organic fruit stem cells, vitamin C and essential fatty acids. This product works at the cellular level to repair DNA and speed up cellular renewal.

Arcona Eye Dew provides hydration and helps to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming. Its instant brightening effect makes it an ideal eye treatment for under-makeup application. Skin is repaired and elasticity levels increase. Soothing blueberry extract and vitamin E nourish the delicate eye area.Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream  This luxurious cream offers ultimate anti-aging action for instantly transformed eyes. Perfectly hydrated, the skin is smoother and firmer. Dark circles and puffiness fade away and the eye area is brightened with renewed youth. Perfect for the lip contour area as well.

What natural product can’t you live without? We’d love to hear your feedback on our Facebook page!

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!



Phytomer CC Creme Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 20 [GIVEAWAY]

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Phytomer GiveawayThe all-new  Phytomer CC Creme Skin Perfecting Cream is a perfect solution for women on the go. The hyper-active formula is not only a skin corrector but provides color and SPF 20. A three in one cream, it naturally enhances skin because it’s moisturizing, pore-refining, radiance enhancing, unifying and protective all at the same time. A beautiful hybrid facial product that provides makeup, skin care and sun protection.

Now, you can enter to win this amazing product! Click HERE to enter!



Belli Skincare Has A Fresh New Look!

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Belli®, a well-recognized and respected skincare line in the pregnancy and motherhood retail space, has recently undergone an exciting packaging makeover. The Belli® brand is poised to appeal to a broader audience of women who seek pure, luxurious, and effective skincare without harsh chemicals.

Each Belli® product now features either a white outer carton or a white tube with a pearlescent finish. The brand logo Belli New Packagingreadily stands out on a background of rich purple that is accented with silver foil, giving it a more contemporary look.

Every product’s name and function appears in large capitalized text on the front of the package, making it easier for women to recognize and choose the right Belli® product(s) as steps in their daily skincare regimen. For example; Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub is designed to PREP the skin for the application of other Belli products and may be used on the face or body. Then, Anti-Blemish Facial Wash can be used to CLEANSE acne-prone skin and followed with Acne Control Spot Treatment to TREAT blemishes.

Below the product name, the benefits and key ingredients are highlighted in bright pink. Belli® has also added an elegant airless pump delivery system to several products for easier use, reflecting the brand’s commitment to great customer service and satisfaction.

The new design scheme for Belli® packaging not only gives the products an impressive shelf presence as complementary skincare steps for face and body, it also helps to position the brand as a beauty routine ideal for use before, during, and well after pregnancy. Belli® offers OB/GYN and Dermatologist recommended solutions for a variety of skincare concerns including: acne, dry skin, stretch marks, sun protection, under eye circles and uneven skin tone. Products include: facial wash, acne spot treatment, eye cream, facial hydrator, mineral sunscreen, lip balm, exfoliating scrub, body wash, body oil, body lotion and body cream.

Here are some things you should know about Belli® Skincare and its range of luxurious and effective skincare products for Pregnancy, Motherhood and Beyond:

Belli® is Picky For A Purpose™ to give you peace of mind. Our products are allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives.  The ingredients in Belli® products are selected based upon an extensive review of published medical studies. For pregnancy and motherhood, Belli® follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding. We teratology screen our skincare products recommended for use during pregnancy by searching through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5,000 international journals, and use this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy. We also LACTMED screen to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding so that all Belli® products can also be used post-pregnancy.

Belli® never tests its products or ingredients on animals and uses organic ingredients whenever possible. Our products are made in the USA.

Belli® encourages women to Expect Beautiful Skin and Enjoy Peace of Mind™ before, during and after pregnancy.

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!



Micro-Current Tools: The 5 Minute Face Lift!

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Do you want to look years younger without going under the knife? Micro-current devices are a great option for anyone looking to firm and tone their skin. This technology is designed to soften wrinkles and rejuvenate skin, including skin damaged by sunburn, acne, stretch marks, cellulite and scarring. When used on the face, the treatments have become known as a “non-surgical facelift.” Micro-current mimics the body’s own bio-electric current and works by passing low frequency, direct current through muscle tissue to stimulate the muscle fibers. At home micro-current tools are a very effective option and growing in popularity.

Our most popular micro-current device NuFace Trinity delivers unparalleled professional results in an easy to use at-home system. The NuFace Trinity is newly updated with an ergonomic design to deliver an amazing user experience. With the addition of interchangeable Infrared light treatment heads for added functionality, the NuFace Trinity makes it easy to achieve results in as little as 5 minutes a day.

Another customer favorite is the WrinkleMD Eye HA Deep Infusion System. This groundbreaking tool uses a Hyaluronic filler system with  gentle micro-current to deliver Hyaluronic Acid — the wrinkle-filler injected by dermatologists — and peptides by infusing them into the layers of your skin, deeper than creams or serums can reach. Each 40-minute treatment targets wrinkles with an intensive boost of Hyaluronic Acid. Visible results are immediate and continue to improve with as little as one treatment per week. All you will feel is a gentle, euphoric tingle and all you see is beautiful, younger-looking skin!

You can find the devices mentioned above and other great beauty tools at SkinStore.com.



Unique Ingredient: Pearl!

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Pearl has been notably used in beauty and skincare products for centuries. Often referred to as mother of pearl cream or concha da necar, its use can be traced back as early as the Ming Dynasty of ancient China and Inca Empire of Peru.

There are two main ingredients found in pearl which make it exceptional for use in beauty and skincare products. Conchiolin, an organic protein helps to remove dead skin cells and deep clean pores. While Nacre, also an organic protein, contains a unique iridescent quality. Nacre has a whitening or brightening effect, reducing the appearance of uneven pigmentation and scaring. The combination of these two ingredients makes the skin look more youthful and vibrant.

Some of our faves include:

Pevonia Timeless Cream which contains Pearl, Caviar,  Escutox, and Retinol for maximum brightening and anti-aging benefits.

RevaleSkin Illuminesse Brightening Complex to help even skintone and improve radiance. For skin with mild to moderate pigmentation, this plant-based antioxidant complex balances uneven skin tones and restores radiance. This 98% natural formula helps brighten dull, discolored skin.

For an instant cosmetic fix we love Colorescience Precious Pearls Collection that contains the sheerest trace of color with a luminescent backlit glow, that will calm and correct complexion irregularities while restoring a more youthful look.

You can find these and other great products containing Pearl on SkinStore.com!



Understanding Keratosis Pilaris

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Glytone KP KitKeratosis Pilaris (ker-uh-TO-sis pil-AIR-is) or KP is a very common skin condition that mainly occurs on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, however, it can occur on other parts of the body such as the thighs, cheeks, back and/or buttocks. This skin condition affects 50% of the entire world’s population, most commonly found in adolescents.

KP causes small, acne-like bumps that are painless and normally have a reddish coloring. KP has also been referred to as “chicken skin” or “permanent goose bumps”. Though this skin condition is not so attractive, it is harmless. KP is normally worse in the winter months when the climate is drier. It has also been noted that KP may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.

Though treatment is not medically necessary, most people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. The most common treatments to lessen the appearance of KP are exfoliators and moisturizers that are targeted to hydrate dry skin types. Some common ingredients and products that help to treat KP are Lactic Acid, Urea, Vitamin A treatments, microdermabrasion products, Salicylic Acid and Glycolic acid. Since KP is a chronic condition, treatments are recommended to be done continuously.

A Few Great Recommendations:

- PCA SKIN Dry Skin Relief Bar

- Avene Professional Akerat Smoothing Exfoliating Cream

- Glytone KP Kit



Alpha Beta Glow Pads from Dr.Dennis Gross!

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Dr.Dennis Gross is a New York City dermatologist to the elite, and he’s famous worldwide for his Alpha Beta Daily Face Peels. Dr. Gross took his acclaimed peel even further and created Alpha Beta Glow Pads. It’s not just any peel pad, mind you, they’re exfoliating alpha and beta hydroxyl acid pads that are enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and a self-tanning compound. Each pad nourishes the skin, provides anti-aging, brightening, and anti-acne benefits while giving the skin a natural, sun-kissed, radiant look.

The Dr.Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads never leave your skin orange or streaky! These pads can be used in conjunction with the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel (or with the Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel) on a daily basis, or when you need that little pick-me-up! Who wouldn’t want believable, natural color, anti-aging benefits and exfoliation in a streak-free self-tanning formula?! Everyone at SkinStore.com (even the guys) can attest to just how wonderful this product is.

If you’ve tried it, we’d love to know what you think! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!



Benefits of Almond Oil

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Almonds are considered a great source of vitamin E and can be found in many forms. Almonds are also gluten-free and contain 12% of your daily allotted protein, but did you know almonds also offer amazing skincare benefits?

Almonds are high in antioxidants; which help cleanse and detoxify the body as well as vitamin E; which nourish the skin. When applied directly to the skin, almond oil can offer great anti-aging benefits, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Almond oil can also be used to help treat acneic or congested skin. Here are a few of our top products packed with the great benefits almondSundari Chamomile Eye Oils have to offer:

Jane Iredale PureLash Conditioner uses Sweet Almond Seed Extract to create long, conditioned soft lashes.

Murad Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Oil uses Sweet Almond Oil and other natural botanical oils that gently cleanse and renew the skin while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Sundari Chamomile Eye Oil uses a combination of Chamomile, Avocado and Sweet Almond Oil to nourish, soften and nurture the skin.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil replicates the scalps own natural oils with a blend of carrier oils and essential oils derived from plants and flowers as well as Sweet Almond Oil.




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