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Oh, HONEY!

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2Honey is often used to acclimatize the body to surrounding pollens to prevent allergies. But did you know: propolis, the tacky resin that a bee gathers to produce honey, is not only anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial but also stimulates cell renewal! Honey is also a great moisturizer as well as effective for healing wounds.

Here are some of our favorite natural products that are sweet as honey!

Arcona Hydrating Serum incorporates honey as well as Hyalouronic Acid and Aloe to sooth and heals the most stressed, damaged or mature skin.

Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub uses pure Gironde honey as well as 6 essential oils, brown sugar and crushed grape seeds to smooth away cellulite & dead skin cells for a luxurious, spa like exfoliation.

Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner incorporates Black Tea extract, Rice Bran Extract and Honey Extract to deeply moisturize the skin without clogging pores or causing irritation. This toner is paraben free, oil free, alcohol free & can be used on its own for oiler skin types or in conjunction with your favorite for an added boost of moisture!

You can find these, and thousands of other products at SkinStore.com!


Alpha “Amazing” Beta Glow Pads

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DG131-dr-dennis-gross-alpha-beta-glow-padDo you want realistic color and quick? Spring is here and as soon as you know it, we’ll be saying hello to Summer! With a quick and easy application, you can achieve your golden hues in just a few painless swipes. The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads are enriched with microencapsulated DHA & soy proteins.  They also have included Vitamin D into their formulation along with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids to help tighten pores, eliminate blackheads, fade existing dark spots while providing a streak-free glow. Each easy pad application can provide long lasting color without odors and with added anti-aging benefits.  The color is realistic and not fake looking since it adjusts to your natural skin tone. We love these color quick fix pads and you should too! So before you go out to your local department store and vouch to do a messy self- tan application, remember you can find these Alpha Beta Glow Pads at SkinStore.com.

And now, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better… Dr. Dennis Gross has come out with Alpha Beta Glow Pads for Body. Yes, you read that correctly – the same great technology is now packed into a larger pad making it easier than ever to get glowing skin on your entire body. The Alpha- Beta Glow Pad for Body is the only exfoliating & anti-aging self-tanner with Active Vitamin D that firms, smooths bumpy skin, and helps reduce hair growth. We are amazed and you will be too!


Kerstin Florian Brightening Eye Creme [GIVEAWAY]

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 Kerstin Florian Brightening Eye CremeThe Kerstin Florian Brightening Eye Creme is infused with vitamins and peptides, provides immediate and long-term hydration. Designed to diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles.

Benefits:

- Advanced moisturizing formula targets the three top aging concerns of the delicate eye area; designed to instantly hydrate and smooth fine lines, brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness.

- Advanced peptide (2% Haloxyl) complex helps prevent and diminish the appearance of dark circles by 19% after 56 days of use.

- Improves elasticity to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

- Advanced peptides (3% Matrixyl 3000) improve wrinkle depth up to 45% after 56 days of use.

- Paraben-free, oil-free and fragrance-free.

Now you can enter to win one! ENTER HERE!

 


Acne Products and Purging: What You Need To Know

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Before you decide to switch regimens to address breakouts for the 100th time, read this!

So you just started a regimen a week or two ago that your esthetician raved about and now you are breaking out more than ever?  Believe it or not, this is not the time to change routines.

It is crucial to understand how your skin functions and how certain ingredients influence its behavior so you know what to expect when starting a new regimen.

Normally, your skin regenerates itself every 28-50 days depending on age and skin health. You shed skin cells daily, but the amount is so minute that you rarely see it happening.  This is called natural exfoliation.  Acne regimens rely on products that will enhance this process (along with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients).

When starting a new acne regimen, your skin goes through an accelerated exfoliation and renewal process.  This allows for breakouts to show up much more quickly than they would have otherwise.  The products are not creating new breakouts, but rather unveiling them at a sooner date.  You would have seen the same blemishes surface weeks down the road, but since your skin function has been sped up you are seeing 5-6 weeks worth of breakouts in one or two weeks.  This amazing and horrifying process is commonly referred to as “purging”.

This can definitely be alarming, but it is very important to adhere to the regimen suggested to you so you can get through this period, and you will get through it.  The average time frame is 7-10 days, but it is not uncommon for it to stretch to 2-4 weeks.  It all depends on the severity of acne you were experiencing and how quickly you can advance your regimen.  Sensitive skin has to advance more slowly so the “purging” period may be a bit longer than tolerant skin which can increase the frequency of product usage more quickly. This breakout period can be minimized by using products with anti-bacterial properties such as benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics from your derm.  We suggest sticking to a regimen for 6- 8 weeks and sometimes longer before deciding to switch, unless you are have a reaction (not skin purging).  Keep in mind that not all acne will clear in 8 weeks, but you will definitely get a sense of the products and if you will be able to achieve better results over time.

The bottom line is to stick it out and you will see clearer, more refined healthy skin.

The key players in this acclimation process are:

Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids (glycolic, lactic, salicylic, malic, mandelic acids) -   Hydroxy acids have the ability to break down corneodemosomes on the surface of the skin.  These are what hold the dead skin cells together.  Think of the mortar on a brick wall.  Once the corneodesmosomes are dissolved, the dead skin cells are ready to fall off.  Using a hydroxy acid will speed up the rate that the cells are shed which means your skin has to make new skin cells to fill their place.  When these new cells die, they are pushed to the surface for their turn to be shed. Any debris or microcomedones (pimples) rise to the surface too, which is why it seems like the product is making you break out.  When using these ingredients for acne, daily is usually best.

Retinol – Retinol works from the inside out, which is opposite of a hydroxy acid.   This ingredient stimulates cell renewal first, which then forces your skin to shed the dead skin cells from the top layer.   This is a very potent ingredient and flaking and peeling is a common reaction because it has the ability to speed up the production of new skin cells so fast that you can visibly see the shedding of the old skin cells, which is usually invisible.  This is generally not a desirable outcome, so moderation is the key with retinol.  Use maybe 2-3 times a week.

Ask a professional before starting a regimen with either of these active ingredients.

Have a questions for our estheticians? Ask us here.


Let the Sun Shine- Without the Sun!

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shutterstock_2259750We can all agree that tanned skin gives you a healthy glow. In fact it makes you look a little more lean and toned too. Whether you are a tanning connoisseur or have resigned yourself to being on the fairer side, there is a self-tanning product for you!

The easiest are tan towels.  They look like large wet naps.  They come in different sizes. They have ones just for the face, a half body towel, and a full size body towel.  Facial tan towels are great for a pick-me-up to look smashing for an event.  Half body towels are great maintenance towels to keep up your tan. Full body towels are great to start with to get the all-over glow.  Just rub these babies in circular motions all over your body. Have someone help you with your back. You will see an instant shine that will deepen in a few hours.  The brand called Tan Towel makes a 3-in1 towel that exfoliates, tans and moisturizes in one. These are designed to give you a deep tan, but you can control it. If you want to just get rid of the blinding white light coming from your skin, like me, just use it a few times.  My favorite tan towels are Kate Somerville Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes they come in a 2-pack or an 8-pack. Quick and easy. Just takes a few minutes to dry and won’t transfer on your clothes.

Tanning Gel, Mousse, or Cream are all no-drip options that will help you tap into your inner bronze goddess. These all work basically the same. Massage in until completely absorbed. Layer another coat every few hours until you are the shade you desire.  Some come with a mitt, which is helpful to avoid tanned palms.  Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel is rated 5 stars out of 5 by our customers. This will leave your skin smooth with no lingering scent.  Want a dark, long-lasting tan?                        

Fake Bake Self-Tanning Mousse is your answer.  Fake bake has been a long-time leader in the self-tanning market.  For a glow on the goSothys Soins Soleil Cellu-Guard Self Tanning Cream is my pick. With just a hint of shimmer, this cream really moisturizes and gives you a radiant look.

rodial airbrush tanAnd last but not least, for an instant, just came from the beach appearance, you want Tan Spray! These are best applied while you are outside or in a dry shower.  Simply shake and spray in small circles to get even, all-over coverage.  Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush is sure to make you over in a seconds,  

Boots No7 Perfectly Bronzed Quick Dry 360 Airbrush comes in two colors – light-to-medium for fair skin or a splash of color and medium-to-dark for darker complexions or an intense tan.

Tanning tips:

Exfoliate and moisturize your skin before applying tanning products. This will help your tan go on better and last longer.

Use sparingly on elbows, knees (front and back) and ankles. It takes less product to shade these areas.

Don’t forget to tan the areas that will make your tan look natural. If you tan your face, don’t forget your ears. If you tan your legs, don’t forget your feet and especially that easy-to-miss achilles heel.

Best of all, go have fun!


Rodial Arm Sculpt

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It’s almost time to Rodial Arm Sculptput away your sweaters and longs sleeve shirts and get ready for spring! If you’re like me, working out is  just not cutting it. Rodial Arm Sculpt is what you’ve been searching for! This miracle in a tube is a revolutionary dual action formula to retexture and sculpt the upper arm area. A powerful combination of multi fruit acids work to retexture and smooth the skin while Caffeine and Coenzyme A sculpt the upper arms. This formula has scientifically proven results when used twice daily for four weeks!

You can find this amazing product on SkinStore.com!

 


Vegan and Vegetarian Products

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This is for all you vegans and veggies out there that want to use products to fit your lifestyle. Here’s some info on some vegan and vegetarian products that SkinStore.com offers. For those of you that may be newer to the world of vegetarianism I have made it pretty simple to spot out products to suit your preferences.

Strictly vegan lines do not contain such ingredients as milk, honey, lanolin (substance derived from sheep’s wool) or any animal derived ingredients. Vegetarian skin care lines may include lactic acid or honey, however any other animal based ingredients such as squalene, fish oil, gelatin, carmine (pigment from a beetle), collagen, vitamin A, and glycerin will not be included as these are all animal by products.

A lot of makeup companies that are vegan use synthetic materials for their brushes instead of animal hair. This works well for vegans and people allergic to animals that may not be able to tolerate natural fibers.

Some alternatives to animal based ingredients include vegetable glycerin, soy and plant proteins, or almond and olive oil. Vitamin A alternatives include vegetables such as carrots, wheat germ oil or a synthetic form of Vitamin A.

The brands listed below are vegan or vegetarian:

Vegan Products:

Nuxe: Contains no animal ingredients, synthetic coloring agents, no mineral oils, and is lab tested and under dermatological supervision.
Duwop: Is vegan, no animal testing, and uses many different antioxidants to improve the look of your skin to enhance makeup application
Sparitual: 100% vegan. We love this line for their fun colors, earth friendly packaging, and great smelling products.

Vegetarian Products:

Juara: 100% vegetarian, no animal testing, contains no artificial colorants, paraben-free, no sulfates or pthalates.
Arcona-vegan (except for honey used in only a few products). This is one of my new favorite product lines. The smell, texture, and efficacy of the products are untouchable!
Juice Beauty: Is vegetarian and uses a lot of organic ingredients.
Melvita: Is vegetarian and organic
Colorscience: vegetarian and offers a wide range of natural sunscreens.
bareMinerals: vegetarian
Jack Black: vegan except for beeswax and silk amino acids that are in some of their products. They are cruelty, color and fragrance free.
Anthony Logistics: They are vegan except for their lip balms which contain beeswax.

Some companies are either reformulating their products or coming out with products that are exclusively vegetarian to meet the needs of consumers. Vegetarian based products have proven not to be just a fad, but offer real results and are here to stay!


Organic vs. Natural

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These days more and more consumers are becoming increasingly cautious about the ingredients used in their skincare and cosmetic products and they are trying to stay away from chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, or synthetic fragrances, just to name a few.

Companies are certainly aware of this and many of them are jumping on the “green” bandwagon. You are probably seeing a lot more products on the market labeled with the terms “organic” and “natural” and you may be wondering, what is the difference between these two? Is there a difference? The short answer is yes, there is a difference between “organic” and “natural”.

To start with, there may be some confusion for the consumer as to how these terms are regulated.  In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency that regulates the labeling and safety requirements for the cosmetic industry. Yet, they do not have a sanctioned definition of either of these terms. While the term natural is not regulated by any agency, the term organic is. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the National Organic Program (NOP) which regulates what can be considered organic. That being said, the USDA does not have a separate category for cosmetics, they use the same standards used for the food industry.

There are also International organizations that certify organic products. ECOCERT is a worldwide organization working in over 80 countries and COSMEBIO is a French organization created specifically for cosmetics and skincare.

So, what does is actually take for a product to really be “organic”? To earn a certified organic label 95% of the ingredients used must be organic. For a product labeled “made with organic ingredients” the required percentage goes down to 70%.

Natural is a broader term usually used to indicate that a minimal amount of chemicals were used in either the process of making the product or the actual formula of the product. Typically, “natural” products are free of synthetic additives such as chemical preservatives, synthetic coloring or fragrance. However, seeing natural on the label is not a guarantee that any of these ingredients will not be in the product. If you are still uncertain, always check the ingredient listing.

With so many choices out there it can be overwhelming. How does the consumer know what they are getting? What’s the bottom line for all of you ingredient-savvy consumers? Read those labels!


Our Top Natural Eye Creams

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Natural products pack a powerful punch! Our top natural eye creams deliver impressive results with a high concentration of quality natural botanicals while keeping chemicals to a minimum.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment is a top performing, powerful wrinkle fighter that nourishes the eye area and instantly lifts and firms. Juice Beauty utilizes cell rejuvenation technology with a proprietary blend of organic fruit stem cells, vitamin C and essential fatty acids. This product works at the cellular level to repair DNA and speed up cellular renewal.

Arcona Eye Dew provides hydration and helps to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming. Its instant brightening effect makes it an ideal eye treatment for under-makeup application. Skin is repaired and elasticity levels increase. Soothing blueberry extract and vitamin E nourish the delicate eye area.Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream  This luxurious cream offers ultimate anti-aging action for instantly transformed eyes. Perfectly hydrated, the skin is smoother and firmer. Dark circles and puffiness fade away and the eye area is brightened with renewed youth. Perfect for the lip contour area as well.

What natural product can’t you live without? We’d love to hear your feedback on our Facebook page!

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!


Phytomer CC Creme Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 20 [GIVEAWAY]

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Phytomer GiveawayThe all-new  Phytomer CC Creme Skin Perfecting Cream is a perfect solution for women on the go. The hyper-active formula is not only a skin corrector but provides color and SPF 20. A three in one cream, it naturally enhances skin because it’s moisturizing, pore-refining, radiance enhancing, unifying and protective all at the same time. A beautiful hybrid facial product that provides makeup, skin care and sun protection.

Now, you can enter to win this amazing product! Click HERE to enter!



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