Stress and Skin

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Beauty starts from the inside. How we handle stress varies from person to person. Some of us eat more, others eat less, and some of us binge on sweets while another might turn to caffeine or alcohol. Both stress and poor nutrition can suppress the immune system. So the next time you reach for a quick fix to combat stress, remember, now is not the time to short change your diet.

In addition to sleep, exercise and drinking water, nutrition is critically important to relieving stress, boosting the immune system and maintaining healthy skin.   I get asked so often ‘what can I eat to help relieve stress and improve my beautiful skin? The answer is A LOT…here are some quick tips:

“The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating When You’re Stressed”:

Don’t reach for carbohydrates when you’re stressed.   They release serotonin in the brain and literally make us feel better.  Instead, reach for healthy comfort foods like air popped popcorn (with a bit of canola oil spray, salt and spices), raw almonds or cashews, multi-grain snacks, green tea lemonade (my personal favorite!) and berries (high in antioxidants.  Great for breakfast too!)

Do eat foods high in Essential Fatty Acids to reduce internal inflammation (this is increased by stress and leads to disease and aging).   You can take Omega supplements (Nordic Naturals is the best choice, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, which our body does not make), or incorporate foods into your diet such as salmon, trout, raw nuts and flaxseed.

Do cut back on white bread, refined sugar and pasta. This will help lower the secretion of Cortisol, which contributes to breakouts and is the hormone we release when we’re stressed.    Plus, you can add beans/legumes to the diet, which are high in Zinc to further decrease the inflammation, which contributes to inflamed acne.

Do channel a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, tomatoes and red wine (in moderation) because it is high in antioxidants, which help block the chemical reactions that lead to sun damage in skin.  (We have to think about environmental stress on our skin, too).  This can help prevent melanoma.

Don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water to detox the body and keep skin hydrated!

Do eat a diet high in antioxidants and minerals.  A deficiency in vitamins or antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamin C makes us more susceptible to disease. Without enough essential minerals, like magnesium and zinc, our immune system is compromised. Reports show vitamin and mineral levels dropping up to 33% during a stressful week, despite an adequate diet.

After you have taken care of the inside, don’t forget to care for the outside with skin care products to relieve the visible signs of stress on your skin (aging, acne, sensitivities).   Did you know that when you are stressed your body temperature increases?  Skyn ICELAND products go on with a cooling sensation to bring skin back into balance and to bring back the youthful glow you left behind!  Great for summer are:

Glacial Cleansing Cloths (take them to the beach!)
Arctic Face Mist (replenishes skin with those vitamins depleted by stress)
Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (to reduce puffiness in TEN minutes)
Antidote (a cooling lotion that decongests, detoxifies and calms stressed skin)
Pure Cloud Cream (great for replenishing, healing and soothing sun burned skin)

When we look better, we feel better.  Have a healthy, stress-free summer.

CosMedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser

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Feel like you’ve had a facial with Purity Clean Cleanser from CosMedix. The line’s best seller gently exfoliates and leaves you with instantly smoother skin.  CosMedix boasts that all their products are chirally corrected, which means that they have balanced their active ingredients to be the safest and gentlest they possibly can be.

This liquid cleanser packs a punch. Perfect for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin, tea tree oil has natural antibacterial and antiseptic qualities to help heal blemishes.  It contains L-lactic and Salicylic acids so you will want to make sure you have a good SPF on during the day as sun exposure can accelerate the effects of acids.  CosMedix offers Hydrate+ SPF 17 Moisturizer.  It complements the cleanser by soothing the tingly feel you may experience when cleansing your face and neck.

But don’t just take our word for it; check out the customer reviews. One reviewer writes:  “It has a fresh minty fragrance and literally makes my skin look as if I have had a facial.”  We couldn’t agree more!

Prevention is the Best Treatment

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We all know that sunscreen is vital to skin health, but many may not consider it to be a true anti-aging product. In fact, it is the most important age control product available to the skin care professional. Above retinoids, vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, which undoubtedly improve the appearance of aging skin, sunscreen can singlehandedly prevent damage from occurring.

As we move into fall, it is critical to remember the importance of year-round sunscreen use. Remember that unlike UVB, the strength of the sun’s UVA rays (responsible for aging) remains constant throughout the day and throughout the year. These rays are able to penetrate through clouds and windows, and their effects target everyone, regardless of skin type, tone or condition. Many patients have an “it won’t happen to me” mentality when it comes to skin cancer, but most are frightened of the inevitable aging process. This fall, change your way of thinking about preventing and treating visible aging with year-round daily use of broad spectrum sunscreen.

The suite of PCA SKIN sun protection formulas is truly revolutionary. The virtually undetectable Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 for oily, acneic skin; Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for post-procedure care and those prone to hyperpigmentation; Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for normal to oily skin; Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for normal to dry skin; and Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant for use during outdoor activities. Their combination of ultra-sheer, micronized zinc oxide and octinoxate provide unsurpassed broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage. Silybin, also known as milk thistle, and caffeine provide superior antioxidant action to help maintain skin health during exposure.  PCA SKIN has perfected year-round protection.

Baby Quasar MD PLUS

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If you’re searching for the newest innovative tool for anti-aging check out the Baby Quasar MD PLUS. Baby Quasar is internationally acclaimed, and has been featured on the TV show The Doctors, in Vogue Magazine, and New York Times.

Treat your skin with the most powerful wrinkle reducing technology ever used in the Quasar Family. The Baby Quasar MD PLUS is 50% stronger than the original Baby Quasar, treats periorbital wrinkles (wrinkles around the eyes), has new C-Factor technology, an improved ease of use, is a class II medical device with a 5 year warranty, and is made in the USA.

Quasar Light Therapy is a safe, natural solution with no negative side effects. Quasar MD PLUS works on all skin types and tones, requires no downtime, and has the best reputation, warranty, and support compared to competitors. Let Quasar kiss away your wrinkles with age defying technology.

The At Home Peel: Real Chemistry 3 Minute Peel

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ty002There was a day that you had to visit your local spa or dermatologist office to get a good skin peel. Those days are gone and at home peels are the way to go, if you want to bring your skincare regimen to a new level. If you’re already using great skincare products, you’re probably wondering if a peel is even necessary. Skincare products work better after a peel since the skin is freshly exfoliated and more receptive of the ingredients that are applied onto it.

One peel that we really love right now is the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel.  This peel is a gel that is thinly applied on your face and décolleté. After just 15 seconds, dead skin begins to solidify as you massage the peel onto your skin. Once all of the gel has been worked in, rinse your face, and pat dry.

Keep in mind if you are already using an exfoliating product, there is no need to use that and the peel on the same day. In fact, we recommend that you refrain from using any retinol, glycolic, or lactic ingredients the day before or after doing the at home peel. And as always, be sure to follow up with an SPF. We do not want sun exposure to reverse the results you’ve worked hard for. We recommend that you apply this peel at night. This will allow any redness to calm before exposure to daylight.

Key Ingredient: Shea Butter

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Shea Butter, made from the nuts of an African Shea tree is a widely used ingredient in many anti-aging products. Rich in fatty acids, allantoin, phytosterols and vitamins A, D and E, Shea Butter has healing properties, enhances collagen production and helps to neutralize free radical damage.  It’s great for dry skin types with superb moisturizing abilities. Shea Butter can also be used in hair products to help soothe the scalp, eliminate dandruff, soften hair texture and provide moisture. Some popular SkinStore products rich in Shea Butter are L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion, and Glytone Lipid Recovery Cream. Click here to learn about more great ingredients.

Conceal & Combat Blemishes

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On top of our daily stresses, women have crazy hormones which contribute to breakouts. Instead of just crossing your fingers and hoping for a quick fix, do something beneficial for your face!

Quickly hide your imperfections and zap the pesky bacteria that causes your skin to become irritated. There are a couple of great products that not only cover up, but will treat the area as well.  Within some of these products you may find Green Tea leaf Extract which has anti-inflammatory benefits or Willow Bark Extract for anti-microbial benefits. Another ingredient you may see is Bisbolol which is used to help soothe your skin. Two great products to take a look at are the Acne Treatment Concealer by Murad and the Zap & Hide Blemish Concealer by Jane Iredale.  The best part is that both of these are so easy to toss into your purse for on-the-go use! Go grab one and arm yourself against blemishes.

Wave Bye-Bye to Crows Feet!

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OS062Are you ready for some serous age correction for your crow’s feet?  Osmotics Renovage Cellular Eye Repair is an innovative product formulated to treat those pesky lines and wrinkles that become more and more profound as we age.   Renovage Cellular Eye Repair is the next generation in age-defying technology. This rich emollient formula helps correct and prevent aging around the eyes by repairing DNA and increasing cellular life span.

Since aging begins on the cellular level, this amazing eye treatment helps extend the lifespan of the cells to enhance the skin’s natural protection and repair factors. This enhanced cell function improves tissue quality and visibly corrects and prevents fine lines and sun damage. To insure maximum results this revolutionary new technology includes age fighting antioxidants and natural sources of Resveratrol to prevent glycation – which smoothes wrinkles, reduces skin sensitivity, corrects and brightens uneven skin tone.

This youth extending formula has everything you need to see visible results in 4 to 6 weeks!


Visibly reduces wrinkles, fine lines, redness, and sun damage.

Fights free radical damage and promotes healthier skin.

Diminishes the appearance of age spots.

Softens and nourishes the eye area.

Improves overall texture, restores younger looking skin.

Recommended for all skin types, including sensitive, concerned with preventing and repairing signs of aging, fine lines, redness and sun spots.

Go Bare… BareMinerals, That Is!

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bareminA lot of us are switching to mineral makeup these days for the flawless coverage that it provides. It is important to know the proper techniques when applying bareMinerals, because if you apply too much it can often look messy and cakey. You are also wasting money by overusing the product, when in fact bareMinerals is actually very cost effective.

bareMinerals uses only the finest quality ingredients in their products, the entire line is a perfect blend of makeup and skincare. That is why people of all skin types and concerns can use this product. bareMinerals offers a diverse range of 20 shades, and you can also custom blend shades to get the perfect look for any season or skin concern.

bareMinerals also comes in a matte finish so if you have skin that is oilier or you really like a matte finish, this is your ideal choice. With so many color options, and such quality ingredients, it’s no wonder that bareMinerals has attracted millions of loyal fans!

Keep in mind that bareMinerals also makes great eye shadows, mascaras, concealers, and beautiful lip products.


Ginger, and Ginseng, and Biotin, Oh My!

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Flat hair? We care! Don’t let your summer look fall flat. Instead, give it an easy boost with Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray. Our trifecta of hair-lovin’ ingredients, including ginger, ginseng, and biotin, work together to strengthen, smooth, and protect your strands.

There’s no need to sacrifice your summer fun to save your hair. Simply spray on a few blasts of Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray onto damp, post-shower hair, focusing on the roots. Using a round brush, blow your hair dry and watch it come back to life.

So how does it work? Three key ingredients combine their superpowers to take your hair to the next level.

Ginger doesn’t just accompany your sushi dinner! Rich in fatty acids, this powerful ingredient helps to prevent hair loss and thinning for fuller, healthier looking hair. It delivers a powerful punch of vitamins and nutrients essential to hair growth.

Ginger also helps to boost circulation, which is said to stimulate the hair follicles to grow hair longer and stronger.


Ginseng, another main ingredient in Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Spray, strengthens your strands from root to tip by increasing the absorption of nutrients. Yes, your hair needs its vitamins to grow healthy and strong! Make sure they are delivered right where they are needed with ginseng.


Biotin, the third ingredient in this strand-strengthening trifecta, is a B-vitamin known for fortifying hair by improving the keratin structure for glossier, voluminous hair.

Wave goodbye to thin, split-ended, sun-damaged hair, and say hello to full, beautiful locks. Spray it in, blow it out, and turn some heads with your gorgeous hair, Briogeo babes!

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