Estie Find: PCA Gentle Exfoliant

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There are certain steps that we need to incorporate into our skin care regimens to achieve radiant complexions throughout the year. One important step, exfoliating dead skin cells, is key, but over-exfoliating can traumatize the skin and lead to early signs of aging. Everyday exfoliation should be gentle and non-aggressive.

Believe me, I love my mechanical exfoliation device, but I definitely don’t use it every day. My go-to daily physical exfoliant is PCA SKIN Gentle Exfoliant. The formula is light and creamy, but contains smooth beads for polishing the skin. This scrub is appropriate for all skin types. Almost immediately after I started using it, I noticed that my skin tone was more even and I’ve had fewer black heads and breakouts. If your skin is on the sensitive side, this product shouldn’t be used more than twice a week. If PH019-pca-skin-gentle-exfoliantyou wear makeup and are looking for a product to thoroughly remove all traces, this one will do the trick! Since this product has a cream base, your skin will not be left tight and stripped of all the natural oils. A little goes a long way with this product; all you really need is a dime-sized amount. Great bang for your buck! Please remember that after exfoliation your skin is a lot more delicate and more prone to sun damage, so don’t skip the sunscreen.




A great mask is like a four leaf clover!

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Bring the luck of the Irish home with you with this mask! Irish Moor Mud comes from the Irish countryside, which is full of rich, nutrient-dense black soil, said to be a 9,000-year-old beauty secret. This mask is perfect for any skin type. Moor mud is the result of the natural disintegration of vegetation over thousands of years. It contains minerals, trace elements, amino, and fatty acids. Like a “Garden of Eden” for the skin, this mud is deeply nourishing and healing for the skin. To get more out of the Moor mud mask, Peter Thomas Roth also added Hijiki Seaweed, a black sea vegetable found off the coasts of Korea, Japan, and China. Seaweed deeply hydrates and is rich in vitamins B1, B2, and C. Volcanic Ash and Charcoal are also added to detoxify and draw out impurities.

PT261-peter-thomas-roth-irish-moor-mudSunday is my mask night, and since my skin has been congested in some areas and dry in others, I decided to give this mask a go. I applied a thin layer and left in on for 20 minutes even though the instructions say to leave it on for 10. The mask has a thick gel consistency that doesn’t create a drying effect like traditional mud masks. I noticed my skin looked radiant and was soft to the touch after I removed it. I was impressed! Usually I follow up mud masks with a really hydrating mask or moisturizer to combat that dry, tight feeling I despise. Not this time! I loved how my skin looked and felt. I am going to incorporate it into my routine a few times a week because I loved the cooling effect and the results. If you’re not feeling very festive this year, celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at home with this lucky Irish gem!



Hair In a Rut?

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Bring damaged, lifeless hair back to life with this soothing and repairing wonderful hair oil. This Neem and Coconut Hair Treatment oil was created to help prevent and repair damage to hair from heated styling tools and chemical processes. It also helps to strengthen and rejuvenate the hair follicles and shaft while reducing the protein loss in your hair. This product utilizes two main ingredients: Neem Oil and Coconut oil. Neem oil helps promote new hair growth by supporting a healthy scalp and hair follicle. Coconut oil is best known to provide a great environment for healthy, long hair and to prevent damage and hair loss. This treatment is ideal for sensitive scalps, as it soothes and reduces dryness or roughness by helping to reduce inflammation. Another great feature of this product is that it is 100% natural, meaning that it is free of any harsh or potentially damaging chemicals.

My Pro Tip: I use this hair oil on a weekly basis to keep dandruff and scalp irritation at bay. It also helps to strengthen and replenish my hair between regular color treatments and constant heat styling. To use this hair treatment, massage about a tablespoon of the product directly into your scalp. This step will neemtake about 2 minutes, as you want to make sure that you have applied the oil to your whole scalp, and a massage will help to stimulate your scalp and hair follicles. Allow the treatment to penetrate into your scalp for at least 30 min. Rinse out the product and follow this treatment with your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Style as desired and enjoy your newly rejuvenated hair and scalp!



Why Exfoliate?

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Exfoliation is the removal of the top layer of dead skin cells that can turn our complexions dull and ashy, to reveal the younger, plumper skin cells underneath. When we are gross peelyoung, our cells naturally turn over every 28 days, so we always have gorgeous skin. As we age, the process slows down, making it necessary to help it along. By exfoliating, you will boost the efficacy of the other products you are using too! Getting rid of those dead cells also clears that layer of skin which can be a barrier that prevents your serums and moisturizers from deeply penetrating.

There are so many exfoliation products that choosing the best for your skin can be a challenge. Here are some general tips that apply most often. As always there can be exceptions.

Chemical exfoliants contain enzymes which act like little Pac-Man figures that gently eat away the dead skin cells. They are the least likely to irritate sensitive skin types as they tend to be more skin-friendly than polishing beads or scrubs. Yet they are still effective enough to do a thorough job. Elemis makes the luxurious Papaya Enzyme Peel that is really wonderful. If you haven’t used a peel before, don’t let the word scare you. Technology has improved so you won’t experience skin actually peeling off with at-home peels. Just softer, smoother skin that is ready for your treatment products!

Scrubs use ingredients like jojoba beads or other gentle particles to slough of the dead skin cells. Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Complete Clarity Facial Exfoliating Polish will give your skin a beautifully polished feel.

Peel Pads come in different strengths, from gentle for sensitive skin, to extra-strength for more tolerant skin. They have beneficial AHAs such as Glycolic Acid to exfoliate without any abrasion. Dr. Dennis Gross makes excellent peel pads that are safe for everyday use.
arconaGommage is the most aggressive exfoliation you can find for at- home use. It is a 3-in-1 exfoliant that includes enzymes, AHAs, and buffing beads. It is ideal for very tolerant skin. ARCONA, one of our natural brands, offers the Cranberry Gommage which unclogs and tightens pores.

Of course you can always go to the spa and get professional treatments such as peels. These tend to be more aggressive and great for correcting deep skin concerns. You may experience temporary redness, flaking and down time with these procedures. Make sure you discuss what to expect as well as after-care with your skin care professional.
Can you over-exfoliate? Yes. You can actually cause damage by doing it too much. How often should I do it? Well, that also depends on your skin type. Sensitive skin should be exfoliated once every 7-10 days. Dry to Normal skin can exfoliate 1-2 times a week; combination to oily skin can exfoliate 3 times a week.



Nailed It!

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ON009-come-to-bed-redTrying out new nail polish colors is always fun, but when your nails chip right after you’ve painted them it feels like a big waste of time. Personally, I prefer gel nails, but I recently discovered butter LONDON. Their lacquers last more than a week without chipping.

My favorite thing about this polish is how lightning- fast it dries! The product has a high quality formula, and many great colors to choose from.

Butter LONDON is formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP-free. The polish ON020-yummy-mummycontains Vitamins E, A, C, and B5, which work on strengthening nails. All you really need is two thin coats of this highly-pigmented nail polish.

This brand has a great variety of neutral colors for everyday wear, and my favorite would have to be Yummy Mummy. The polish is a medium beige that would look good on every skin tone. If you want to go a little Goth, check out the wine-colored La Moss, which is beautiful for winter. Of course, every woman needs a go-to red in her polish collection, and butter LONDON has definitely nailed it with Come to Bed Red. It’s the perfect classic signature red. Butter LONDON is a healthy alternative to gel manicures without the harmful ingredients, and with no compromising on lasting shine!



Got Cellulite?

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ID003-celluliterx-lipolift-firming-lotionDid you know that cellulite is in the layers of your skin? When your skin is dehydrated, sun damaged, or saggy, cellulite is more obvious. The good news is that you can improve the hydration and firmness of your skin by applying topical cellulite products that boost the skin’s collagen and elastin.

All natural CelluliteRx® LipoLift Firming Lotion is formulated with advanced, ultra-pure botanical peptides, Alpha Copper Tripeptide-4™ and Acetyl Alpha-Tetrapeptide-5™, that stimulates the skin’s collagen production. Collagen is a complex of proteins that build the strength and structure of your skin. The peptides in LipoLift are especially effective in fighting cellulite because they are infused with two powerful antioxidants, rose hips and pomegranate, that help regenerate skin cells. The protective properties of these botanical extracts support healthy skin renewal and repair, making your skin firmer with the additional benefits of improved youthful tone and texture.

Do you want to firm the skin on your abdomen, neck, or back of your arms? LipoLift Firming Lotion to the rescue! Women report that LipoLift is not just for cellulite. It tightens skin anywhere on your body. Give your body a lift with CelluliteRx ® LipoLift!



Guide to Gorgeous: Spring 2016 Editor’s Picks

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Overwhelmed by all the new products each season? Let the SkinStore beauty experts help. When we get our hands on something great we can hardly wait to share it with everyone! Here are just a few of the products we’ve recently fallen in love with.

Spring 2016 Editor's Picks

1. Topix Replenix Restorative Nighttime Bio-TherapyThis sophisticated, moisture-boosting, decadently rich night cream nourishes dry skin back to optimum health.

2. LaVanila Sport Luxe Deodorant Vanilla BreezeAn aluminum-free, vanilla and jasmine scented deodorant with SmartSport technology for an active life in motion.

3. UltraLuxe Enzyme Peeling CreamA gentle cream packed with exfoliating enzymes to reveal fresher, softer skin.

4. Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50Matte finish mist sets makeup, controls oil, and delivers UV photo-aging protection.

5. Alterna Caviar Repair RX Fill and Fix Treatment MasqueA deeply reparative treatment that leaves hair stronger, smoother, softer and shinier.

6. Anastasia Brow Definer – Medium BrownA retractable mechanical pencil with a thick, triangular tip that outlines brows and fills sparse areas.

To learn more about our top picks for Spring 2016, visit SkinStore.com!



Guide to Gorgeous: Spring 2016 Must-Haves

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Find your new must have products for Spring in SkinStore’s newest Guide to Gorgeous. When it comes to beauty products, we all have our tried and true faves, but with the number of new products that appear every day, how can you be sure you’re not missing your next must–have?! Check out our Spring Guide to see what’s new, noteworthy and sure to become your latest go–to product.

 G2G Spring 2016 - New and Now

Here are just a few that made the top of our list!

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng and Biotin Volumizing Shampoo – This sulfate–free shampoo thickens and separates each strand as it cleanses to enhance volume and fullness.

Rodial Neck Mask – A bio–cellulose sheet mask formulated to smooth and tighten the neck area.

bareMinerals Skinsorials SkinLongevity Vital Power Infusion – A unique anti–aging treatment serum to give your skin ridiculously glowy, healthy looking skin.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil  – A bath oil with Moroccan Rose Otto Oil to nourish the skin and leave it lightly scented with roses.

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum – This overnight serum helps to fight wrinkles, firm skin and reduce imperfections.

Trophy Skin MiniMD Home Microdermabrasion – A mini microdermabrasion tool to exfoliate dead skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots and mild scarring.

You can find these and all of our other Spring faves on SkinStore.com!



Prime to Perfection!

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Most likely you have heard of makeup primers and probably thought they were an unnecessary step or a way for a makeup artist to up sell you. A foundation Primer is a base applied after the moisturizer and before the foundation. I can say that a makeup primer is one cosmetic I will no longer go without. Not only does it make your makeup look flawless, it seals the pores and provides a layer of protection between your makeup and your skin. The benefits of using a primer are endless, and will make you reconsider your make up routine.

My favorite Primer that I use on a daily basis is Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair Facial Primer. I love that JI475-jane-iredale-smooth-affair-facial-primer-and-brightenerher products are all natural and this one does much more than just prime the skin for makeup application. The Grapefruit extract makes your skin as radiant as it can be. Algae extract firms the skin and helps it retain moisture. This primer is great for women with sensitive skin, but can be used for all skin types. My makeup is a lot easier to apply when I use this primer, and it has a beautiful finish.

The great things about primers are that they work with all skin types, and skin tones. There are no shades to choose from, so it is very easy to select one. Primers go on like a lotion, but there is no greasy after-feel. By applying a makeup primer you will notice that your pores appear smaller and your makeup will stay in place a lot longer. Try a primer, and you will understand why this will be an essential step in your makeup routine.



Estie Focus Product: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

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Cleanse. Treat. Protect. These are the three basic steps of the perfect skin care regimen according to Dr. Murad. This double exfoliating scrub, which would fall under “cleanse” in Dr. Murad’s routine, is a wonderful addition to any regimen. Utilizing both alpha and beta hydroxy acids plus jojoba beads, this product will help to remove dead skin cells, brighten and bring clarity to the skin. Although this cleanser is a wonderful addition, it should not be used every day. Two to three times weekly would be ideal.MR025-murad-ahabha-exfoliating-cleanser

Alpha-Hydroxy acids include glycolic, lactic, tartaric, malic and citric acids. They are great for rectifying fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and irregular pigmentation. Beta-Hydroxy Acid is also known as salicylic acid, which helps to exfoliate the skin, improve color and texture and ultimately help with acne. These chemical exfoliations help to encourage clarity and brightness by dissolving skin cell buildup. Jojoba beads, also known as jojoba ester, are derived from the jojoba shrub which produces a wax which is then processed into a solid that becomes jojoba ester/beads. Jojoba beads are great to naturally further the polishing and retexurizing of the skin. The chemical and physical exfoliating properties can help this intensive cleanser polish away dullness and impurities, revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion.

Adding this product to your regimen as an exfoliator or second cleanser will help you to achieve a clear, bright complexion. The next steps are “treat” and “protect”. After using a strong exfoliating product, such as this, you would want to treat and protect with hydrating, nourishing products.




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