Vitamin C & E Synergy

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There are certain ingredient sPCA Skin C and E Strengthtaples everyone should have in their daily care regimen to maintain a healthy complexion. Two of the most important are vitamin C and vitamin E; potent antioxidants, they both help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting an even skin tone. When used together in a formulation, vitamins C and E take part in a synergistic relationship that provides even more health benefits to the skin than using each alone.

UV-exposure causes free radicals to be produced, which in turn attack cells’ lipid membranes, trying to get to the DNA where cell damage and mutations can occur. Since vitamin E (tocopherol) is lipid-soluble, it has the ability to neutralize these free radicals before any damage to the skin cells takes place. Through this neutralization process, however, the vitamin E becomes a free radical, requiring the water-soluble vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) to react with the vitamin E, turning it into a stable molecule once more.

Because equal amounts of vitamin C are used to neutralize the unstable vitamin E, the most effective formulations will have lower percentages of vitamin E and higher percentages of vitamin C.

Skincare line PCA SKIN® has just launched two new breakthrough products containing maximum amounts of pure 5% vitamin E (tocopherol) that boast dramatic, visible results in as little as one week of daily use. C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max contain 15% and 20% vitamin C, respectively, along with pure 5% vitamin E, offering rapid, visible results within one to five weeks of daily use.

 

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Why is Vitamin A so Important in My Skin Care Regimen?

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SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0Vitamin A (also known as retinol, Retin-A, renova, retinyl palmitate, tretinoin, ETC) is not only an excellent antioxidant, it is also cell-communicating (talks to your skin cells). When an antioxidant is cell-communicating, such as Vitamin A, it means that it helps your cells create healthier skin cells and increase the amount of support tissues like collagen and/or elastin. The body lacks the ability to produce Vitamin A, so it is important to gain Vitamin A through foods and skin care products. Vitamin A products are most recommended to individuals that have damaged skin. It is very important to make sure that Vitamin A is packaged correctly; otherwise, the product could be no good. The product should be in a closed, dark colored container. If sunlight penetrates the product it can promote problems with its efficacy. When using Vitamin A based products it is very important that you use a sunscreen daily. When using exfoliating products it makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Also, the sun depletes the skin of Vitamin A, which can cause sunbathers to age faster.

Some people will experience irritation from using Vitamin A products for the first time, which is completely normal. To make the best experience, start out using a Vitamin A based product 1 to 2 times weekly and gradually work your way up to 5 to 7 days a week.

Here are a few recommendations of Vitamin A based products:

- SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0

- Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Smoothing Serum 3X

- SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0

 

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com.



My Beauty Advisor

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Beauty AdvisorSkinStore offers some nifty online tools to help direct you to the most ideal products to obtain your skincare goals. Beauty Advisor is a questionnaire created by our licensed estheticians that personalizes a skincare regimen for your unique skin type. Your results may be printed or saved for reference or you may contact an esthetician to discuss in detail which products fit into your lifestyle. SkinStore is committed to providing our customers with easy, personalized service for a more beautiful you!

Did you know that SkinStore has licensed estheticians available to answer your skincare and beauty questions by phone, email or live chat? Our estheticians have a passion for skincare and are happy to assist you to create a personalized regimen just for you. Our experts have completed over 600 hours of education with hands-on skincare training. All of our estheticians are California State Board certified and are educated in various skincare conditions, diseases and the latest skincare treatments.

Can’t wait for your own personalized regimen? Click HERE to get started with the My Beauty Advisor questionnaire.



Lighten Up with Vitamin C

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As we say goodbye to summer, why not say goodbye to sun spots and uneven skin tone as well?! Dr.Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Brightening SerumVitamin C Brightening Serum unites three forms of Vitamin C with a strong peptide to provide supreme brightening and anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that plays a vital role in the production of collagen. You will see an improvement in sun damage, an increase in skin’s luminosity and a visibly firmer, more youthful appearance. For best results use daily followed by your favorite moisturizer. As with any Vitamin C serum you always want to wear SPF, as this product will make skin more sensitive to the sunlight.

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.



Melasma

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Melasma, otherwise known as pregnancy mask, is one of the most common forms of hyperpigmentation. Women who are pregnant,Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub nursing or even using hormonal therapy run a risk of developing this issue. While this “mask” occurs due to a hormonal imbalance, sun exposure may worsen the condition. Women who have already suffered from sun damage may experience more severe pigmentation. The pigmentation generally affects the forehead, lips, chin and cheeks giving it the name “mask”. It is estimated that about 70% of all pregnant women have some form of melasma during pregnancy. (It also can occur in men, but very rarely).

Most people affected by melasma are advised to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunscreen throughout the day, we suggest Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen. Exfoliating the skin can be beneficial to removing the darkened skin cells, we recommend the Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub which is specially formulated to be gentle enough for pregnant woman. Belli offers a wide range of products for women who are pregnant, nursing or plan on becoming pregnant.

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!



Top 5 Acne Products

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If you’ve ever had a breakout or experienced acne you know how frustrating it can be. Here’s a few of our favorite acne products that will help you achieve clear glowing skin.

1. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – Makes a great spot treatment!

2. Topix Gly Sal 5-2 Pads – Convenient pad applicator is simple to use!

3. Jan Marini Bioglycolic Cream – Resurfaces the skin for a dramatically softer, smooth texture!

4. Baby Quasar Clear Rayz – Use LED light therapy to clear up acne and prevent future breakouts!

5. Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System – Cleanses skin 6x better than your hands alone!

Helpful tips to clear skin: Remember to never pick at pimples and avoid touching your face throughout the day. If you notice you’re always breaking out on your cheeks your pillowcase or makeup brushes may be the culprit. Make sure you wash your pillowcase and makeup brushes regularly.

You can find all of the acne fighting products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!



Peel Appeal – The Right Way to Exfoliate

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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel/2 StepsThe idea of getting a peel can be scary to newcomers — it’s easy to visualize painful, peeling, flaky skin, or think of what happened to Samantha on Sex and the City. But we at Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare  know that our patented two-step Alpha Beta Peel is the easy, quick, pain-free way to get firmer skin, smaller pores, and a radiant complexion. Did you know, though, that it’s also the safest way to exfoliate your skin?

The benefits of regular exfoliation are hard to ignore — brighter skin, decreased skin imperfections (including fine lines and wrinkles!) and a clearer, healthier complexion are just a few perks — but it’s easy to overexfoliate when using a scrub. Harsh scrub products can be abrasive on the skin, leading to irritation and redness. What does Dr. Gross recommend? He doesn’t advise physical or mechanical exfoliation because he’s found microexfoliation to not just be gentler, but more effective.

The Alpha Beta Peel requires two steps to work – the surface refining first step and the deep treating second step work together for an immediate difference in your skin with no downtime. Get Dr. Gross’ #1 clinical procedure in the comfort of your home daily! Choose between Original, for sensitive skin or first-time peel users, or Extra Strength, for normal to less sensitive skin.

You can find Dr. Dennis Gross products on SkinStore.com.



Back To School Beauty Guide

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It is that time again, school is back in session for our young ones! That means that our schedules become crammed and our free Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milktime is drastically reduced. Time is money and finding shortcuts to your beauty needs is always in demand. So slide on your glasses, organize your schedules and look to some of the most convenient products to get you through the busy school season.

If you are stressed out, your hair is usually up in a mess or down and out of control. Who has the time or desire to do hair with so little time?! If your schedule is not too overloaded your hair is most likely styled and pretty. Bottom line is, the way your hair is styled and the time you have to manage it will be the determining factor to how it looks. We suggest trying products like dry shampoo (which absorbs the oils in your hair and adds instant volume to your style without having to wash everyday) and revitalizing/conditioning mists (which condition, detangle, and refresh hair to style or re-style). Some must have products in these categories include: Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo and Ojon Revitalizing Mist.

Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Day SPF 18Back to school season means more exposure to germs and dirt. Make sure you pack some portable cleansing wipes into your supply kit. They can be used to remove dirt/ debris from during the day or makeup from late nights. Many different companies now make cleansing wipes and are easily accessible. A good eye product is also a necessity. Use an eye product which addresses multiple concerns such as puffiness, dark circles and dehydration. We absoluelty love Kerstin Florian Brightening Eye Creme. To keep your face hydrated, combat aging and provide sun protection try Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Day SPF 18 (hydrates, instantly smoothes out fine lines hydrates and has SPF).

Have some make-up kits or palettes close at hand! Palettes offer different color combos for quick last minute makeup application. To top off your time saving product arsenal look for all your favorite fragrances in roller ball bottles which are easy to apply and very travel friendly. You can’t go wrong with any of these products! With less worry in beauty regimen you can focus on all of the daily tasks at hand!

 

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.



The Truth About Retinol

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A retinol based product can be found in almost every beauty line available and it easy to see why. Retinol, or vitamin shutterstock_21728725A, has the ability to increase collagen production. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions from acne to visible signs of aging.

Retinol gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin from the surface and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and dark spots. Retinol is a great addition to any skincare routine for many skin types but be aware you should allow 4-6 weeks for results to show noticeable and lasting results.

As many consumers are aware, the largest downside of retinol products is increased photo sensitivity. Because the retinol acts as an exfoliant, it exposes skin to environmental elements. It is proven that retinol does increases risk of sunburn but not an increase in development of skin cancer. It is high recommended that consumers stop tanning in UVB tanning beds while using retinol products. Users who are cautious of sun exposure or know they may be exposed can mix their retinol products with an SPF product or restrict their usage primarily at night.

Typical side effects include redness and photosensitivity. Overuse of Retinoid can cause peeling, shedding or excess dryness so it suggested that users limit their use to 3 times a week until the symptoms subside. Stop using retinol based products if skin becomes irritated, itches or burns. Active ingredients like retinol or other acids can cause activity like a light tingling sensation but should never burn. This said vitamin A or retinol products are not recommended for pregnant women or clients with skin conditions like Eczema and/or Rosacea.

Like any skincare product, if used correctly retinol can offer amazing results. Some of our retinol favorites include SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 for expereinced retinol users and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 .

You can find these great products on SkinStore.com!



Benefits of Cucumber

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Cucumbers aren’t just for your Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Hydrating Serumsalads anymore. Who knew that this humble fruit was so impressive? The skincare benefits are endless. With 90% water content cucumbers share the same level of hydrogen that we have in our skin, which makes it the perfect pairing!

They are full of vitamins and antioxidants that help address a wide array of skincare concerns. The seeds have amazing anti-inflammatory properties; the juice is great for skin tightening and acts as a bleaching agent to give you glowing skin. Ever wonder if those cucumber slices over your eyes actually did anything? Well they do! Cucumbers have both vitamin K and silica that combat dark circles and improve circulation. You can rid toxins from eating and applying cucumber skin care products.

Peter Thomas Roth has just introduced a new cucumber skincare line. It is perfect for anyone that wants to achieve fresh, replenished, and glowing skin. There is a cleanser, serum and treatment mask that is perfect for any skin type. They are soap-free, oil-free, sulfate-free and alcohol-free. Trust me your skin will thank you!

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.




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