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More Than Just SPF!

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TP064-topix-replenix-sheer-physical-sunscreen-cream-spf-50Our skin needs UV protection, now more than ever. We’re constantly exposed to UV light—even indoors—due to computers, smartphones, and lights in offices and stores. Even if we’re not out in the sun, we still need to shield our skin from potential danger. And now with higher SPF products that do more than just one thing, it’s even easier. Here’s some of our faves:

Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 is an amazing treatment sunscreen. It’s chock full of antioxidant protection and contains Emblica fruit extract, which helps smooth your skin’s texture. The creamy formula is also hydrating, so just by putting on your sun protection, you get smoother, softer skin. We also love what’s not in it: artificial fragrance, oil and parabens. This weightless formula dries translucent with no unsightly white cast. Yes, please!

We often hear from people with oily skin that they are just not fans of SPF. They don’t like the heavy, greasy feel. We think you might change your mind with this one. Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 provides 3-in-1 benefits.  It will set makeup, control oil and provide antioxidant-rich sun armor. It’s a refreshing pick-me-up during the day, and it also comes in a purse size which is ideal for re-application.

Summer means we will just naturally be in the sun more often. For some of us that means hyperpigmentation surfacing. La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Tone Correcting Primer is a tinted primer with their trademark CELL-OX Shield technology which has sun filters and antioxidants. But it also conceals a myriad of skin conditions such as redness, acne marks and scarring, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and even melasma! All while creating a smooth foundation for makeup. This must-have is also suitable for sensitive skin. How can it get any better?



Want Glowing Skin?

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BK108-b-kamins-bamboo-and-rice-facial-polisherWhen it comes to exfoliation, there are physical and chemical exfoliators.  Although I am a fan of chemical exfoliation, a great facial scrub is something I am not willing to part with. Physical exfoliators contains little beads or bits of a substance such as walnut shells to physically scrub the skin. The thing I really love about this kind of exfoliation is the instant gratification. It gives my skin an immediate glow and it’s very smooth to the touch. The massaging of the product promotes improved circulation, which then in turn makes my skin come to life. When looking for a physical scrub, gentle is always the key. You never want to use anything that can cause irritation and inflammation. Always remember there is no need to apply very much pressure because the scrub does all the work!

One of my favorite facial scrubs is the PCA SKIN Gentle Exfoliant. This cleansing scrub contains beads that smooth and polish the skin without irritating it. If you have sensitive skin, this product will give you the desired results without your skin reacting in a negative way. With this product a little goes a long way, which translates to a great bang for your buck. Many dermatologists recommend this scrub, knowing that it is gentle yet effective for their patients who all bring different skin issues to their offices.

B. Kamins Bamboo and Rice Facial Polisher is the product that I use when my skin is congested. This gentle polisher is designed for acneic, sun-damaged, and thickened skin. This is not for sensitive types.  After using this product, I did notice that it reduced my pore size significantly. Overall, this product did what it claimed and gave me a healthier complexion by evening out my skin tone and smoothing out the texture. When I feel a breakout coming on, I use this product three times a week because it helps get rid of excess sebum. I really like the fact that it helps me combat the acne without drying my skin and actually moisturizes it. Facial scrubs are effective for so many reasons: ance/congestion, uneven skin tone, and they even help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with regular use.  I think everyone could use a facial scrub, but finding that one that suits your skin is the first important step toward getting the results you are trying to achieve.

Anti-Aging Sun Protection that Self-Adjusts to your Perfect Shade!

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hydropepetideHydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is the perfect anti-aging sun protector. We know that external factors such as sun and daily pollution are major contributors to lines and wrinkles, darks spots and an unhealthy-looking complexion.

As you can infer from the name, HydroPeptide products are formulated to hydrate and reduce signs of aging with skin- repairing peptides. So it only makes senses to put that same technology in an SPF, right? This product has the active ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc, so it’s a physical sunscreen that goes to work right away—no need to wait before you actually go out in the sun or in front of any UV light-emitting source.

This lightweight, non-greasy lotion has color-adjusting spheres that self-adjust to your perfect shade, making it an excellent lightly-tinted moisturizer SPF or an under-makeup base. Simply warm it between your fingers before applying to release the color-adjusting spheres. It also clarifies the skin and combats acne. But it is excellent for all skin types even those who are not acne-prone. A light scent of cucumber makes this product really refreshing.

To quote Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Prevent future damage, fight existing damage, hydrate and add a hint of color with this wonderful multi-tasker!

Top 10 Favorite Travel Kits

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SQ023-somme-institute-mobile-travel-kitWith summer just around the corner, these little kits make packing and traveling with your skin care essentials a breeze. They’re also great if you’re looking into trying any products or testing how a line of products work together. Check out some of our favorite and convenient small size kits for all your travel essentials.

Love those Lips!

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lipglossOne of our favorite brands has just introduced a new set of luxurious lip gloss colors in their Marvelous Moxie line. What we love about the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie glosses is the plump and shine! A hint of peppermint oil gives your lips a little tingle and just the right amount of plump. The glossy finish is never sticky. These glosses look great alone or over your fave lipstick. The new bareMinerals Stop Gloss and Listen set offers six shades from bold to subtle. These sheer glosses provide buildable color and make a great gift!

If you prefer a more hydrating option, KORRES Lip Butters are rich, buttery balms that drench your korreslipspout in lip-softening shea and natural oils. These balms contain good-for-you ingredients and no petrolatum. They come in Mango, Guava, Jasmine, Wild Rose, and Pomegranate. All will give your lips a juicy look and a pop of color!

Another 5-Star-rated lip treat is the Soap and Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm in Juicy Peach. It’s rich in berry extracts and mango butter that soften and moisturize your lips. Our customers say the scent is not overwhelming, the product is affordable and PERFECT. We think you will love it too!


Skin Care for Men

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artofshavingMen’s skin is 22% thicker than that of their female counterparts, therefore pores tend to be larger and carry more dirt, oil, and bacteria. Most men are minimalists when it comes to their skin care regimens, when in fact they should be taking the time to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize just like women. Here is a streamlined skin care regimen to keep men’s skin clean, wrinkle- and blemish-free.

Cleansing is an important step to remove all the junk that has accumulated in the pores. I highly recommend investing in the Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Facial Cleansing Device. It cleanses the skin 6 times more effectively than just the hands, by oscillating 300 times per second and flexing the pores to remove all dirt, grime, and bacteria. The cleanser I’d recommend is the Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser. Its 2-in-1 cleansing and toning formulation is perfect for removing dirt and oil, and has ingredients like witch hazel, sage, and rosemary to keep skin toned and clear.

Exfoliation is important; not only does it remove dead skin cells and excess oil, but it also lifts facial hair, helping to prevent ingrown hairs and provide a closer shave. Menscience Microfine Face Scrub provides physical and chemical exfoliation. The ultrafine beads slough off surface cells while glycolic acid works to treat and prevent wrinkles. Lastly, salicylic acid clears pores of oil and acne-causing bacteria.

Using a shave cream helps reduce friction and provide a smooth shave. A rich formula like Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream will provide a comfortable, pain- and nick-free experience, while leaving skin soft and supple.

If you have a beard or are working on growing one, beard oil is essential to soften and smooth facial hair and moisturize the skin underneath. Billy Jealousy Gnarly Sheen Refining Beard Oil is a great option.

Skip the aftershave, as it tends to dry out the skin rather than provide moisture. After shaving, apply the Art of Shaving After Shave Balm, which not only moisturizes, but helps reduce skin irritations as well.

Eye cream isn’t only for women. Applying a hydrating eye cream or serum around the eye twice daily will help treat and prevent wrinkles. Menscience Eye Rescue Formula is a customer favorite. It tightens the eye area and reduces puffiness, while providing hydration.

Every guy should be applying a daily moisturizer with sunscreen to protect skin from harmful UV rays and keep the skin healthy and wrinkle-free. Billy Jealousy Combat Lines Face Moisturizer SPF 30 provides all-day sun protection without being greasy or leaving white residue.

Our skin is in repair mode while we sleep, so a night cream is optional but recommended. Lab Series Night Recovery Lotion will work to firm and hydrate the skin while you sleep.




Gentle Eye Makeup Removers

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Most of us wear eye make up on a daily basis, which means we need an effective eye makeup remover.  KL051-klorane-floral-lotion-eye-make-up-remover-with-soothing-cornflowerWhile some prefer oil-free, others like the oil to remove heavy mascara. Many of SkinStore’s customers look for an eye makeup remover that is gentle and non-irritating to the sensitive eye area. Since this is a product we use nearly every day, it’s important to find one that’s both gentle and effective.

One of my favorites is the Klorane Floral Lotion Eye Make-Up Remover with Soothing Cornflower.  The pH of this product is identical to that of tears, so it is well-tolerated by even the most sensitive of eyes.  This product is really amazing. It completely removes all makeup with no need to scrub the delicate eye area. Just a few swipes and you’re makeup-free. This product has a light, flowery scent which makes the dreaded task of removing make up a little more enjoyable.  Although this makeup remover is not the best choice for water proof mascara, if you’re looking for a product that will not leave your eye area feeling dry or irritated, this would be a great choice for you.  If you wear heavy makeup and waterproof eye cosmetics, the H20 Plus Dual Action Eye Makeup Remover is a must-have! I was pretty impressed with how effectively this product removed my makeup. It’s gentle on the skin as well, so you are not missing out on soothing ingredients. I splash a small amount on a cotton pad and hold it over my eye area for around 10 seconds, and it loosens everything up for easy removal.  This product does not leave an oily residue or contain any fragrance, which can sometimes be irritating. For those who use a LOT of mascara and tend to have a pretty long nighttime cleaning routine, this will cut the time in half. Plus, you won’t experience any stinging or burning with this H20 product.

Favorite Oil-Free Moisturizers

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Kate_Somerville_Oil_Free_Moisturizer_KS019When the seasons change, it’s a good idea to adjust our skin care regimens. Sometimes that means trading in the heavy cream that works so well in winter for a lighter, oil-free moisturizer. If you have oily skin, you do not want a moisturizer that contains a lot of heavy oils. Fortunately, many oil-free moisturizers contain ingredients that work the same way. Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients that absorb or help another substance retain moisture. These ingredients are called humectants. Glycerin pulls moisture from the environment instead of sealing it in the skin. Even oily skin needs moisturizing and oilier types shouldn’t be afraid of using a daily moisturizer. The key is finding the one that suits your skin.

Kate Somerville’s Oil-Free Moisturizer is one of my recent discoveries. This excellent moisturizer hydrates the skin, controls oil production, and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m very impressed with the instant results. I apply it in the morning before my SPF and makeup and surprisingly, it’s the product that keeps my skin looking great the entire day. I don’t have to apply powder or use blotting sheets—this product does all the work for me! The formula feels as though it vanishes into my skin without leaving it greasy or shiny. This moisturizer can also be used at night. My other go-to oil-free moisturizer is the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion. Hyaluronic acid holds up to a thousand times its weight in water, which instantly plumps up the skin for a very youthful look. Over time, I noticed it was giving my skin a firmer feel and I even noticed a difference with the texture on my cheeks where I deal with congestion.  People who have adult acne or those prone to oily skin will really enjoy the way this moisturizer feels and how it keeps their skin beautifully shine-free all day long.

Our Faves: Top 5 Cleansers

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OB003-Gentle-CleanserThoroughly cleansing your skin at least once daily is extremely important for proper skin care and maintenance. Your face becomes covered with bacteria, pollutants, dirt, and old (dead) skin cells throughout the day. Skipping a good facial cleanse leaves skin with built-up dirt, grime and residue, making it difficult for beauty products to penetrate the skin. Proper cleansing also helps to maintain facial hydration, pore size and oil production. Here is a list of some of our favorite cleansers that will help to balance your skin and leave you feeling radiant.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Brightening Daily Cleanser

This gentle cleanser is ideal for dull, uneven skin tones, helping to remove impurities and brighten skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and radiant. We love the light, foaming texture this gel cleanser creates when mixed with water.

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Facial Cleanser

With 12% pure glycolic acid, you can expect this creamy, exfoliating cleanser to pack a punch and leave you feeling refined and thoroughly exfoliated without the harsh texture of scrubbing beads.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

This foaming, all-natural cleanser is great for aging skin, because it is packed full of botanicals and antioxidant-rich ingredients. It is great for all skin types and smells wonderful too!

iS Clincial Cleansing Complex

Filled with antioxidants, gentle resurfacing agents and bio-nutrients, this cleanser is great before and after any harsh exfoliating treatments or pre/post procedure, because it prepares the skin for treatment and also aids in repair.

Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

This classic cleanser is great for giving your skin a powerful yet gentle cleanse, removing any impurities, makeup or oil. This is great for any skin type and is soap- free.


STAFF FAVORITE: iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus

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For those of us concerned with reducing redness, inflammation, and even rosacea, there is a wonderful serum that will bring relief! We‘ve tried other anti-redness products and even medical treatments that simply made things worse. Not to worry with this gem. Cosmeceuticals with quality ingredients tend to be better tolerated by rosacea sufferers, and Is Clinical makes excellent, high-quality cosmeceuticals.

This soothing Vitamin C serum offers so much more than just the amazing collagen-building benefits of isVitamin C. Vitamins A and E provide antioxidant protection which actually fights off harmful environmental pollution that can damage healthy skin cells. It makes your sunscreen more effective by providing photo protection, and also brightens the skin, which is helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation. We know that hyperpigmentation comes from sun damage, so these ingredients really provide a one-two punch to external aging factors. All of that makes for a really awesome product, but it also calms signs of skin irritation and is even effective in managing cystic acne.

But here’s the real deal: you see results! After my first use, I noticed an increased radiance. The first week, my skin was firmer and I also noticed it just felt more comfortable and didn’t sting as it sometimes does. Many times our customers say “I don’t mind spending the money if the product REALLY works”. This serum, and frankly the whole brand, is worth every penny!

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