Keratosis Pilaris

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Chicken skin, skin bumps, call it what you will. The medical name for this condition is “Keratosis Pilaris” or “KP”.  I have had KP since I was a little girl. I would get teased about it constantly and it made me grow very insecure about my skin. I have it pretty bad on my upper arms and thighs. It has improved with age, but it will never go away. Luckily, I am able to keep the inflammation to a minimum with a few topical products, similar to the ones I have listed below.

What is KP? Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless genetic skin condition that appears as small bumps on the upper arms and thighs, Although it can be present anywhere on the body (except the palms of the hands and feet.) KP is a build up of keratin (the material our hair, skin and nails is made up of), causing the hair follicles to clog, forming a bump on the skin’s surface. KP can worsen during the cooler months when the skin becomes drier or with hormonal changes, such as pregnancy.

There is no cure for KP, but there are a few treatment options. Results do vary, based on the severity of the KP. You want to look for creams and lotions containing Lactic Acid and/or Glycolic Acid.  Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid exfoliates the skin helping to smooth the bumps and slough off dead skin cells. Extra Virgin Coconut oil is an alternative treatment, for those of you who prefer a more natural product. Lather extra virgin coconut oil on your skin before you take a shower and gentle scrub with a loofah. You may also use the extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer after you shower.

Skinstore.com carries a few products specifically designed to help treat KP;

Glytone KP Kit

M2 Skin Technologies Body Refinish 15%




Avene Professional TriAcneal

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We all remember being 14 and washing our skin raw with harsh scrubs to get rid of those clogged pores and pesky pimples. It’s only natural that you’d look to something to strip your face clean of all that icky dead skin, so it’s almost an impulse to cleanse with something super harsh and purifying. Thank goodness we’ve learned that gentle care is best when it comes to our skin, but from time to time the 14 year old in us is just dying to break out the bar soap, buff puff, and Noxzema. If you have this impulse please… slowly step away from the sink, go online, and order the Avene Professional TriAcneal. This is by far the best stuff since sliced bread.

Avene Professional TriAcneal has three different ingredients that fight acne and active breakouts; Retinaldehyde, Glycolic Acid, and newly patented Efectiose. These ingredients not only fight breakouts they’re also anti-aging! Avene is touted as one of Europe’s most gentle skin care lines, as the formulas are based on soothing thermal spring water. So while the active ingredients are battling your most frustrating skin foes, the gentle formula is also soothing, nurturing, and reducing redness.

Avene Professional TriAcneal helps to reduce acne scarring while exfoliating the skin and leaving it baby-bum smooth, and with just one application you’ll notice that your pores look more clear and tight, your overall skin texture looks more even, and redness and irritation is left to a minimum (unlike with many other acne products).
Though I am lucky enough to try hundreds of products that we carry at SkinStore.com, I’m excited to say that Avene TriAcneal is hands down my newest favorite!

 



Sjal Skincare

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SkinStore.com is pleased to carry some of the finest skin care that can be found worldwide. Sjal skincare, is no exception. The mother daughter team Karen and Kristin Petrovich have cultivated decades of research from around the globe to formulate a holistic and effective skin care product line that is a minimalists dream. Its simple beauty at its best.

This scientifically advanced skin care line incorporates an eastern blend of electro-stimulants like gemstones, platinum, gold and silver to increase cellular performance and enhance the effects of key ingredients.  In addition, sjal uses the most recent advances in biotechnology from Europe and Japan and adheres to strict standards of performance and efficacy. Among the many high quality standards, sjal does not use petroleum jelly, caffeine, silicone, or mineral oil in any of its products.

Sjal skin care has been featured in the press by such notable names as Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Nylon, Elle and many more. Check out sjal skin care at skinstore.com and find out what all the buzz is about!

Source: sjalskincare.com

 



Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream

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Irritation, Injury and skin conditions occur in our everyday lives. When the unexpected happens, Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream is there to help! This technologically advanced cream helps speed the recovery process by maintaining an optimal healing environment for the skin and prevents signs or scarring. It is used for many general skin problems such as burns, cuts, cracked skin, peri-oral dermatitis, mild eczema, diaper rash and for post procedure skin such as peels, episiotomy, vascular laser, and hair removal. Not only does it help for a speedy recovery, but it contains 45% of Avene’s very popular Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften your skin.



Hot Product: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel

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Skinceuticals is known for producing innovative skincare products and has just developed their newest product, the Phloretin CF Gel. The formula is similar to the regular Phloretin CF, but is now a gel form with added benefits. The gel consistency allows the pure active ingredients to remain in the product for targeted penetration, to ensure you are getting the full benefits of the product.

The SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel contains 2% Phloretin, 10% Vitamin C, and 0.5% Ferulic Acid. This formula will protect your skin from free radical damage while regulating pigment production. The three ingredients when used together will help to speed up cell turnover and stimulate collagen so the results will be a more even and brighter complexion while firming the skin.The new formula also contains caffeine and Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract which will address inflammation in the skin and increase circulation.

The texture of the new gel is great for sensitive, combination, and normal skin types and works by reinforcing the barrier of the skin to help keep it protected. It works very well as skin primer and can be used in conjunction with any moisturizer or sunscreen product you may be using.



Caffeine For Your Skin

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Let’s be honest… how many of us make a daily coffee run? “Ill have a Venti non-fat white mocha with a double (no!) make that triple shot.” That caffeine boost will do wonders for our energy levels. What about skincare products that contain caffeine? What’s the benefit there?

Studies have shown that caffeine contains anti inflammatory properties. So for those of us who retain a little fluid under the eye area- we’re in luck! Caffeine in eye products works by draining excess lymph fluid and blood. Attack puffiness and fine lines with PRIORI Advanced AHA Smoothing Eye Serum.

When it comes to that pesky resident on your thighs, aka cellulite, trying a product with caffeine, like FatGirl Slim can help. Caffeine dehydrates fat cells, which will provide a smoother skin appearance.

For people with a chronic condition, such as rosacea, using a product with caffeine will help constrict blood vessels which doesn’t usually happen to those with rosacea. La Roche Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness Moisturizer would be a good option.

There are many other products that contain caffeine, especially anti-aging products. Caffeine is an antioxidant. Antioxidants fight off free radicals; free radicals age our skin. You can find many caffeine-filled products on SkinStore.com by clicking here.

Anyone up for a coffee break?



Enhance your Lashes & Brows with RapidLash

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Dry, brittle, thin eyelashes or eye brows a problem for you? Well not anymore! In just weeks you can have longer and fuller lashes or brows with RapidLash! This polypeptide high performance serum is clinically proven to lengthen lashes and brows.  Not only does it have an great price point compared to some of its competitors, but it has been ophthalmologist-tested and found to be safe to use and non-irritating even for those with sensitive eyes or contact lense wearers. Simple to use, apply RapidLash once daily before bed to a clean dry surface. Applied like eyeliner to your upper lash line, start on the inner corner of the eye making a thin line to the outer eye. In approximately 3-4 weeks you should see a noticeable improvement to your lashes and/or brows. Once you have achieved your desired results, it is recommended that you continue use of RapidLash to maintain the appearance and condition of your beautiful new lashes and brows!



Rinse Away Your Woes

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Stress can wreak havoc during the week for any of us. Between work, kids and other life activities, we work ourselves into the ground. We can become easily tired and neglect to keep our health in priority. Luckily you can obtain your worth back within not more than your daily shower or pampered bath time. Raise your spirits and rinse away the day’s filth by incorporating one of your favorite scents in your cleansing routine. Between fruits, flowers, sweets, spices and musks, there are a variety of choices that Philosophy provides in bath and shower products. I mean, wouldn’t you like to splash away in some Melon Daiquiri shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath?! What about indulging yourself in romance with their Falling in Love Perfumed shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath?! You can even dream about that tropical vacation with the Coconut Frosting shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. So why wait? Pick your favorite scent and enhance your mind, body & spirits!



Don’t Front on Your Back

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Summer is almost here and spaghetti straps and halter tops are soon to follow.  So let’s go ahead and look “back” for clear skin. Body washes with salicylic acid help to clear pores and minimize their appearance. Murad Acne Body Wash banishes body breakouts with this powerful, patented body wash.

A few good tools can also help to get you “back” inline. The Clarisonic SMART Profile Sonic Cleansing System has an amazing body brush attachment that works wonders and sends ultrasonic pulses down your spine.

Tone that down with an easy to use spray like Glytone Back Acne Spray. This treatment for back acne uses a 2% salicylic acid blend to help treat and prevent blemishes. The spray bottle is packaged in a new innovative pump bottle that allows for convenient upside down spraying.

Peel out of dull uneven skin with Kerstin Florian Correcting Brightening Body Peel! Great for use on the neck, décolleté, and back – anywhere you crave smoother, softer skin.



NIA24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum

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NIA24 is known for addressing hyperpigmentation with the key ingredient Pro-Niacin. This same star ingredient is in NIA24’s new product the Rapid Depigmentation Serum as well as Vitamin C and Hexylresorcinol. Hexylresorcinol is a skin brightening enzyme that helps to even out blotchy skin tones and age spots by breaking up excess melanin. The Rapid Depigmentation Serum will help to even out skin tone and reduce existing hyperpigmentation while evenly distributing the pigment in the skin for a more even appearance. The serum is very light-weight and can be used in combination with any other treatment products that you may be using. It is recommended to apply either the NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex or Intensive Recovery Complex over top of the serum for added benefits.

Of course we would suggest a great SPF to use with your brightening products to help keep your skin healthy and protected. We like the NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 which is lightweight and oil free; perfect for daily use.




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