Quick Tip: Hydrate Dry Hands

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A huge pet peeve of mine is having dry hands, and it doesn’t seem to help that I’m constantly washing my hands or using hand sanitizer at work. No matter how much moisturizing hand cream I apply afterwards, it never seems to be hydrating enough.

So on the days it’s really bad, a little trick of mine is to use a moisturizing foot crème on my hands. These products are made extra emollient to penetrate into the thick skin on feet. AHAVA Dermud Intensive Foot Cream works fantabulously! The Dermud line is a bump up from the original AHAVA line, because it contains a higher amount of the Dead Sea mud to dramatically increase moisture levels in skin. I like to use it at night right before bedtime on my hands and feet, it’s a great hydrating treatment to do at least once a week.




Key Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is a powerful little thing. It’s necessary for healthy eye function; our retina simply can not do without vitamin A. When vitamin A is converted into retinoic acid it functions like a growth factor for our cells. Vitamin A is also commonly known as retinol in dermatological use. Vitamin A is converted into a few different byproducts, and is commonly produced as retinyl acetate or palmitate.

Vitamin A is naturally found in many foods. Liver, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, eggs, milk, and many other foods are rich sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A, once absorbed by our body, is converted into the appropriate form and utilized by our bodily functions. Vitamin A plays a role in eye health, immune system health, gene transcription, antioxidant activity, and of course, skin health.

Vitamin A is very beneficial to the skin, so a diet rich in vitamin A abundant sources provides for healthy skin that’s firm, clear, radiant and resilient. Vitamin A, when applied topically (in retinol form) is very beneficial to the skin as well. Retinol is often used in the treatment of acne as it dramatically reduces the size and secretion of the sebaceous glands. It also helps to reduce inflammation and induces collagen production. As retinol induces collagen production it helps to firm and tone the skin, so aged skin will become more resistant to drooping and sagging. Retinol is an outstanding treatment for acne, enlarged or clogged pores, as well as prematurely aged skin. As retinol induces exfoliation and cell renewal it also assists in lightening hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration.

Here are some outstanding products that contain retinol and address acne and aging concerns:



Charcoal: An Ancient Secret of Beauty

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of charcoal? Maybe BBQ, water filter, or Santa’s naughty list, it is a whole lot more than that and in this blog I will tell you beauty secrets involving charcoal that may blow you away. It is the latest ingredient to take the beauty industry by storm. Activated charcoal is charcoal that’s been treated to increase its absorbency. The use of charcoal and health goes back hundreds of years. Missionaries used charcoal to treat tetanus, typhoid, cholera, dysphoria, hepatitis, pinkeye, diabetic ulcers, Candida, dysentery, gangrene and other illnesses. It’s been used in emergency rooms at hospitals to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses. Charcoal works great on indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, morning sickness, to fight bacterial and viral infections. It works by attaching to toxins in the stomach and absorbing them before the bloodstream can. The theory behind activated charcoal in beauty products is similar: It acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil. And the experts say that theory holds water. “When dirt and oil in your pores come in contact with the carbon, they stick to it and then get washed away when you rinse,” explains cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson.

So, let’s take a look at what it does for skin. Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne. Charcoal is not metabolized, or absorbed by the body. It can be used to treat some poisonous bites and disinfect some wounds. Activated charcoal powder is proven to adsorb thousands of times its own mass in harmful substances, which makes it a popular ingredient in facial masks. It will help with eczema, psoriasis, and many other skin conditions because of its amazing absorbency and purifying effects. It helps prevent cellular damage. It treats body odor.  This magic ingredient is found in many soap bars, beauty masques, and facial cleansers. Also, you will see this ingredient in many home remedies and recipes.

Activated charcoal can be used to whiten your teeth. The micro-porous charcoal grabs all the plaque and grime on your teeth. It has been used for hundreds of years for this purpose and yields amazing results without sensitivity or the high cost of professional whitening products. In addition, it really helps with bad breath and gingivitis.

It can be used for a total body detox. Charcoal has an impressive and time-tested record as a treatment for a variety of ailments. Current scientific research has confirmed the validity of most ancient uses of charcoal, as well as pioneering new applications. It has been shown that activated charcoal can…

  • Reduce damage caused by high cholesterol, coronary disease and arteriosclerosis.
  • Counteract pathogens.
  • Work as an antidote for virtually all drugs, chemicals and poisons.
  • Relieve intestinal complaints.
  • Extend life and correct common age-related problems.

Activated charcoal has been coined “The Universal Antidote and Detoxifier” and it is used as a recommended protocol for anti-aging and life extension benefits.



Vichy LiftActiv Supreme [GIVEAWAY]

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Have you felt like your skin aged in just one day?  You wake up refreshed and radiant and by the end of the day you look tired and dehydrated.  In fact, from morning to evening, we can look up to 4 months older, with skin that looks less radiant, saggy and more accentuated wrinkles. This treatment is specifically created to counteract daily aging. Vichy has proven that signs of aging become more pronounced over the course of the day. It’s not just the years that give away a woman’s age, it’s each passing day. In an exclusive clinical study, Vichy identified key markers that give skin its “tired look” by the end of the day:

– Dulled complexionhttp://www.skinstore.com/p-24538-vichy-liftactiv-supreme.aspx

– Deepening wrinkles

– Sagging features

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme features technology & ingredients that are innovative and long lasting. Instant 3D Optical Correctors simultaneously mattify, blur, and illuminate.  Exclusive “Day proof” Technology combines Caffeine + Adenosine for younger-looking features all day. Rhamnose and powerful antioxidant Neohesperidine help reduce the look of wrinkles over time: Contains fortifying and soothing Vichy Thermal Spa Water.  It is also Paraben-free which is great for those with paraben sensitivities.

Immediately blur imperfections.   Your skin will look smooth and bright.  Your skin will remain stimulated the entire day so the skin looks plumped, hydrated, younger, and rested.  Over time, deep wrinkles will be visibly smooth and skin looks firmer.

The texture may seem rich but it melts immediately into the skin.  It is non-greasy, non-sticky, and works great under sunscreen or makeup.  This item has been allergy tested and is suitable for all skin types.

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Key Ingredient: Rice

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Rice has been used for centuries as part of traditional beauty and skin care regiments in many places around the world. Recently during our Juara training, co-founder Metta was training us on the Juara Rice Facial Cleanser and she gave us a beauty tip that has been part of her culture for as long as she can remember. Briefly, she said when you rinse rice at home, take the water from the rinsed rice and use it to rinse your face and you will find that your skin is softer and smoother.

In learning about this ancient beauty tradition I found that for centuries rice has been used to ease many skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dryness. Rice has also been used as a skin care mask when ground up finely with milk or water to create a paste that is then applied to the skin for 15-20 minutes then rinsed. Since rice contains allantoin, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory and is used for skin irritation and redness which makes perfect sense when considering the many uses in skin care products.

Learn more about rice in our key ingredient feature, and find out which products we carry by visiting our Rice section! One of our favorites is Juara Rice Facial Cleanser.



Five Quick Beauty Tips – All Day Makeup

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All of us have beauty tips that we’ve picked up along the way that have helped us out in a pinch or have provided beauty relief in a new or previously undiscovered way. Extending makeup wear is a popular subject as most of us are dashing from place to place. Look pretty as a plum all day long with these quick tips!

If you suffer from runny eye makeup change to waterproof liquid liner for extended stay put power and all day wear with no re-application.

For all day wear lashes that can last through the office, to the gym and then out to dinner waterproof mascara is your best friend. It will stay put all day and doesn’t require touch up.

Lip stain is perfect for extended wear. Unlike lipstick which is topical, lip stain will actually stain your lip with a light pigment that will last much longer than traditional lip gloss or lip stick. In a pinch, use your lip stain as blush that will stay in place all day.

Use primer before applying your foundation and your makeup will look better and stay in place through the day.

And finally, if you have oily skin, don’t reapply makeup all day, blot it with oil absorbing blotting paper. In a pinch, tear off a piece of a ladies room seat cover and blot away.

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Expert Advice at Skinstore.com!

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Did you know that SkinStore.com has qualified skin care professionals like Estheticians and Cosmetologists available to help you with your skin care needs? We offer live chat, email, and phone support during our regular office hours and we are happy to answer any of your skin care questions. With literally thousands of products to choose from, let us help you make the right choice for you! Call, email or chat with us anytime, or request a complimentary consultation. We are happy to help!



Beauty Tips at SkinStore.com

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At SkinStore we take a lot of pride in being able to offer up information that is educational and informative for our customers and beauty researchers who visit out site. We have an amazing assortment of beauty tips right at your fingertips. When you visit SkinStore.com, and you see the “beauty center” listed on the upper right side of the department navigation bar, you will find a drop down that includes “beauty tips”, click it. Once in the beauty tips section you will see a plethora of topics like skin care tips, natural tips, and tool tips among many other topics. There are so many wonderful tips to browse; I can’t possibly select even one to feature because they are all so interesting! Come on by and check it out!



Polish off your Pedi, Perfectly!

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Jolly GoodSandal season is upon us and what makes your sandals look even better? Painted tootsies, of course!

Our fave pedi polish just got even better. Butter LONDON just rolled out their latest Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer. The amazing original formula stayed chip-free and shiny for the life of you pedicure, yes even several weeks in between. But, the latest launch kicks it up several notches by offering a formula that strengthens, Flusher Blushersmoothes, and has a gel –like cushion with superior shine!   Best of all, this polish is free of all the nasty chemicals that we don’t want like: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide or xylene.

Try some fun summer colours brilliant for rocking your socks off! Jolly Good – opaque, bright coral crème (pictured above).  Flusher Blusher – opaque, fuchsia pink crème (pictured right) and Broody – opaque, raspberry crème. And of course they come in classic tones excellent for a perfect mani too!

You can find butter LONDON products on SkinStore.com.



The Secret to Ageless Skin

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If you ask any reputable plastic surgeon or dermatologist, they will tell you the secret to knowing a person’s age is in their neck. Most often, men and women are very concerned with the appearance of their face, but forget that the neck and décolleté should receive the same tender loving care. Here are a few of our favorite neck creams to help give you that rejuvenated, youthful, celebrities look.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream is a completely organic line derived fruit extracts including the coveted Resveratrol packed grapeseed, this cream improves skin texture without harsh ingredients that can irritate the most sensitive of skin.

StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream uses the patented Gravitite-CF complex to recreate collagen and elastin fibers that can be lost with age to reveal smoother, younger looking skin.

Dr. Brandt DNA Firming Neck Cream is packed with platinum peptide technology to drive deep into the skin and repair problem areas beneath the skin’s surface.

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream delivers three clinically proven matrix building ingredients to lift and firm the skin as well as add volume where it may be lacking.

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.




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