Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30

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 Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush Perfectly Clear – MediumSummer is coming and that means it’s time to ramp up your SPF routine! While most of us are diligent about applying sunscreen in the morning every day we fail to reapply throughout the day. A great option for us gals that wear makeup is Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF30 Brush Perfectly Clear. This is a sunscreen in a translucent powder form that can be applied on top of your makeup! This makes the sheer thought of reapplication a snap! Simply dust on the sunscreen with the handy retractable brush and bam sun protection!




Summer Revamp

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shutterstock_35600407Summer is almost here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys that go along with summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine hair. What is a beach beauty to do?

Here are some of this season’s must do’s. First, find a great sunscreen, something not too heavy and with a substantial SPF, anything 30 SPF and above will suffice. This will keep skin looking fabulous all summer long. Skinceuticals offers a brilliant sunscreen, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It feels like water going on and with a fabulous sheer tint it gives your skin a sunny healthy glow.

Next, this heat is sure to melt the makeup right off your face, hence the term “Hot Mess”. Keep your makeup light this summer. Ditch your winter regimen and opt for a more natural look. Try Jane Iredale’s Sugar and Butter Exfoliator and Plumper for lips. This makes lips amazingly smooth and oh-so-kissable. Pair that with long luscious lashes and you’ll be ready for any summer event. Stila’s Stay All Day Lash Mascara won’t disappoint and keep eyes looking beautiful even after a dip in the pool!

Finally, when it’s time to slip on that cute little sun dress you’ll be ready with Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush. It’s fast, easy and the darkest self-tanner on the market today. Apply it everywhere, even the face! It is paraben-free and contains coconut and monoi oils to keep skin hydrated.

Now that you are ready and looking gorgeous, bring on the heat. Summer here we come!



Fact or Fiction? Common Myths in the Beauty World

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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 onlySkinStore.com 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.



Top 10 Summer Must Haves

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Top 10 Summer Must Haves

Summer of 2014 is quickly approaching and we hope you enjoy it to its fullest! Whether you’ll be playing on a sandy beach in Mexico, lounging by the pool in Las Vegas, or hiking the Himalayas in India you’re probably well equipped with a goody bag full of your favorite skin care products (you are, a SkinStore customer after all!) We always want to know what you’re toting around to keep your skin looking wonderful through the seasons- and we’re sure that you’re curious to see what our top favorites are, so we’ve compiled a list of THE top 10 must haves for this fabulous summer!

Clarisonic. ‘Nuff said! This is our number one seller and for a good reason! Clarisonic uses a sonic technology to cleanse deeply within the pores and is two times more effective than manual cleansing and six times more effective at removing make-up! Therefore with daily use of the Clarisonic you’ll prevent breakouts and clogged pores, and the exfoliating factor will make large pores appear smaller, and the texture of the skin much smoother! It’s great for all skin types and all ages. Staff favorite, customer favorite… we can’t say enough great things about this product!

Antioxidants. Chances are, you’re spending a lot of time outdoors during the summer chasing after kids, swimming, playing outdoor sports and barbequing… while you may be religiously applying sunscreen to protect your skin, you may not be applying antioxidants which ward off free radicals that cause lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Antioxidant serums are a great way to go, because they’re light in consistency so they won’t feel heavy on the skin and they soak right in to provide up to twenty four hours of broad-spectrum antioxidant protection without reapplication! We’re fans of CE Ferulic which provides a potent vitamin C (which has brightening benefits) in addition to power-house antioxidant ingredients like hydrating vitamin E and Ferulic acid.

Sunscreen. Everybody knows that sunscreen protection is the utmost important factor in keeping your skin healthy! Thank goodness for savvy chemists who know how to formulate sunscreen in uber-elegant recipes. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is one of the most sought after sunscreens. We have trouble keeping this stuff in stock in summer months. It’s a one of its kind physical sunscreen that’s a transparent, mattifying liquid that is paraben-free and offers true broad spectrum coverage from UVA and UVB rays, it’s great for all skin types and ages and stays put without feeling heavy or greasy, and it doesn’t have an unpleasant sunscreen smell! And while SkinCeuticals has created an amazing formula for the face, La Roche Posay (another renowned SPF pioneer) has created La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Melt In Sunscreen Milk which is great for the body. This fast absorbing, non-greasy milk provides SPF 60 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with the breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield, to protect your skin, even at the cellular level.

Don’t neglect your hair. You have face and body covered! But that leaves out your luscious locks. Keep your hair looking its best with protective hair products. Since the sun can be dehydrating to your skin, it can also be super dehydrating to your hair too (straw hair = yuck!), use a protective leave-in spray that has a UV filter. We enjoy Rene Furterer Protective Summer Oil because it not only has a potent UV filter, but it also nourishes with sesame and castor oils and isolates hair from the direct aggression caused by exposure, sea or pool water.

Fake it. You’re probably thinking that all of this SPF protection will not allow for you to get any color! So cheat the sun and the sun damage, and instead of baking it…get good at faking it! There are hundreds of self tanners that’ll give you a beautiful golden glow! TanTowel Plus Full Body Self Tanning Towelettes are a great way to getting tan, they’re odorless and SO easy to use! This tan is easy to apply and because the self-tanning liquid is in a handy towel it’s virtually mess free! PLUS NO streaking! We promise!

Hydrate. What about dry skin? In the summertime our skin is frequently exposed to sun, sand, salty ocean water or chlorine from the pool. We tend to hydrate more frequently and diligently in the other seasons when it’s colder or dryer out, but our summer skin needs moisture too, and very much so after excess exposure to the elements. Rehydrate your skin with Kate Somerville 360 Tan Maximizer. Stay gorgeous, golden, and glowing with this unique formula that conditions and moisturizes skin for a longer lasting tan. A specialized peptide and lipid complex hydrates skin to help maintain a sun-kissed look after using self-tanning products or sun exposure. Black Snakeroot conditions, moisturizes, and soothes skin for after-sun recovery that prevents peeling and dryness.

To ward off dehydration on the go, it’s great to throw a refreshing spray into your beach tote. Kerstin Florian Aromatherapy Neroli Water is a delight to use because it’s soothing, hydrating and refreshing and can be used all of the body, or on the face… and it won’t disturb make-up!

Conceal. A blemish here, a sun spot there, dark circles from lack of sleep (there are too many fun things to do in the summer)… what’s a gal to do to stay looking fresh and feeling fabulous? Concealer is the magic wand of a make-up maven. This summer we’re in love with Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer because of its highly pigmented formula that’s also water resistant. It erases dark circles, blemishes, broken capillaries, sun damage and redness with only using a tiny amount of product (and we mean TINY!) a little tube will last and last and last.

Nail Time. Every girl knows that a perfect pedicure is a summer MUST. Coral always looks hot on the fingernails and is absolutely amazing for toes in the sweet summer time (bonus: corals and yellows visually intensify your tan). Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer-Macbeth is a gorgeous coral orange crème that looks fantastic when paired with strappy golden sandals! Plus Butter London’s does not add formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP to any of its nail formulas. It’s color without compromise.

Poet William Carlos Williams has said “In summer, the song sings itself”, and boy wasn’t he right! Enjoy the gorgeous weather, throw some hot dogs on the grill, read a great book, and lather on the SPF! Now that you’ve got a list of our TOP 10 summer favorites it’s easy to choose great summer products! What are your top picks?

You can find these and many other amazing products to get you summer ready at SkinStore.com!

 

 



In the Spotlight! Miracle Skin Transformer [GIVEAWAY]

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Get Glowing this summer with Miracle Skin TMiracle Skin Transformer Face Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Spotlightransformer SPF20 Face Spotlight! This breakthrough 5-in-1 skin enhancer is designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, illuminate and protect your skin in one simple step, leaving your skin with a smooth, glowing, airbrushed finish in seconds. Beautifully pearlized pigments naturally illuminate the skin while reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

Key Benefits:

-Minimize the appearance of pore size and uneven skin texture. Hydrate to provide pore size and uneven skin texture.

-Hydrate to provide long lasting nourishment and anti-aging benefits. Help to protect against future sun damage with UVA/UVB SPF 20.

This universal shade is infused with the same skin saving vitamins, antioxidants and natural actives as Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF20 to hydrate and nourish skin while also delivering powerful anti-aging benefits.

Sound amazing?! You can enter win one of your very own in our Facebook giveaway! Click HERE to enter!



Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid

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If you’re on the market for a new sunscreen this summer we have just the product for you! La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 is a sheer and lightweight all-mineral sunscreen that provides broad spectrum sun protection. The formula is an elegant fluid that soaks right in without leaving a residue or a white cast on the skin. Micronized Titanium Dioxide offers long-lasting broad spectrum protection with advanced efficacy against UVA and UVB rays, while Cell-Ox Shield, a powerful patent-pending antioxidant complex featuring Senna Alata, protects the skin cells against damage.

The benefits of this formula are outstanding! It contains a natural mineral sunscreen and there is no waiting time; once the fluid is applied it’s effective immediately. As minerals naturally adhere to the skin the sheer fluid formula is remarkably water resistant, too! It’s great for sensitive and acne prone skin as it’s non-comedogenic.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen product? Share with us in the comments below!



Save a Step & Protect!

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Have you ever heard the saying “Work Smarter not Harder”? Well that even applies with taking care of your skin.  Adding sun protection factor (SPF) to your regimen can help prevent new dark spots from forming, keep existing dark spots from getting even darker and minimize the risk of skin cancer. Here are a few of my favorite multi-taskers!

Avene Hydrance Optimale SPF 25 Hydrating CreamLet’s face it, most of us don’t drink enough water, Dehydration shows in our skin too, leaving it dull and sometimes with a grayish cast. Unless you’re in an Addams Family beauty pageant, this isn’t a good look. Avene Hydrance Optimale SPF 25 Hydrating Cream is a great addition to your routine because you get three, count them: one, two, three, great benefits. You work on hydrating skin with the moisture it needs from good-for-you oils, bind water to your skin for re-hydration and the protection of SPF. The entire Avene Line is made with mineral spring water that comes from the south of France. Minerals are very healing to the skin.

Darks spots got you down? Brighten up with Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50. CC stands for color correction and that’s what you will get in this time-saver. It will act as your treatment by lightening discolorations over time, your tinted primer or you can even use it as a light foundation. Most importantly you get Broad Spectrum UV protection Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50 - Light to Mediumwith the SPF 50. With this one tube you get four skin-loving perks: color coverage, brightening, moisture and our favorite preventative ingredient: SPF!

Let’s not forget the smallest parts of our beautiful faces – the eyes. You can take special care of them with Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15. Protect with SPF, build collagen and brighten with the Vitamin C and light diffusers all while deeply hydrating that delicate eye area. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, the Essential C line from Murad has such a fresh, orange fragrance that really makes you feel good.

As women, we are multi-takers and nurturers by nature. We can use our skills to benefit ourselves. We’re sooo worth it!

You can find these great products on SkinStore.com!



Heart Health

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Heart HealthMore often than not, something startling must happen in order to change less-than-stellar healthy lifestyle choices. For many, this may be a routine trip to the doctor’s office that yields unfavorable test results or witnessing a relative’s health quickly deteriorating. These “wake up calls” force us to reflect on our own lifestyle choices and how we can better our health.

By far, the number one cause of death for women in the United States is heart disease. Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women a year, nearly twice as many as all forms of cancer. One in 2.5 women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared with one in 30 from breast cancer. Luckily, you can substantially reduce many of your risk factors for heart disease and stroke with simple lifestyle changes.

Commit to small changes for a healthier heart:

- Take the stairs, those few extra steps can really make a difference in the long run!

- Vacate the break room and take a breather outside on your lunch for a change.

- Opt for healthy desert like baked cinnamon apples instead of cake or pie.

- Explore your community and plan family outings.

- Lift weights while watching your favorite TV program. Or get off the couch and do sit ups on commercial breaks.

- Take your four legged friend on a leisurely afternoon stroll. More likely than not, Fido could benefit from shedding a few pounds too!

Eat Heart Friendly Foods:

- Oats
- Flaxseed
- Walnuts
- Fish Oil (Omega 3 Fatty Acid)
- Psyllium Husk
- Legumes and Beans
- Apples
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In addition to being more active, eating heart healthy foods and maintaining a healthy body weight are crucial. One may also supplement their diet is with Omega 3 vitamins. Studies have shown Omega 3 fatty acid helps to lower cholesterol, boost metabolism, and aides in overall cardiovascular health. We suggest Perricone MD Omega 3 Dietary Supplements to boost not only your heart health, but also improve your skin and hair as well.

Source: American Heart Association

 



Re-Writing the Myth on Alcohols

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Contrary to popular belief, alcohols can actually have great skincare benefits. Not all alcohols are astringent or abrasive, some can even be moisturizing and conditioning. Alcohols are actually a classification of chemicals that react differently and more varied than you may think.

Ethanol (alcohol), generally found in alcoholic beverages, is synonymous with the word “alcohol” but is the only chain that has drying effects. Ethanol alcohol is used in products for oilier skin types because of the ability to absorb quickly.

If you are on the drier side and worried about alcohols in your products, don’t be alarmed if you see; cetyl, cetearyl, stearyl, behenyl, arachidyl or myristyl alcohols.

One of our fave eye creams that is super moisturizing contains cetyl alcohol, Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream. You can find this and other amazing products on SkinStore.com!



Fun in the Sun!

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Ready or not summer is almost here! Time for the beach, water parks with the kids and fun in the sun! If you have been searching high and low for that perfect sunscreen for your sensitive or reactive skin we’re happy to introduce you to La Roche Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen.

La Roche Posay Anthelios 40This awesome sunscreen has been awarded New Beauty- Best Choice Award and InStyle Editor’s Pick – 2011 Best Beauty Buy. La Roche Posay Anthelios 40 is suitable for all skin types, even reactive skin, children and expecting mothers. This sunscreen is FDA approved; Anthelios 40 Sunscreen has the highest UVA and UVB protection in a sunscreen with SPF 40 and Mexoryl SX, specifically tested on photosensitive skin. Not to mention its high UVA protection with 3% Mexoryl SX, high photo stability, resists losing efficacy in the sun, non-greasy, dry finish texture, dermatologist and allergy-tested, and Fragrance-free and PABA-free.

How to apply: Apply evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure. *Re-apply same as with any sunscreen every 2 hours*

You can find this amazing sunscreen and many other sun care products on SkinStore.com!




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