Lets be honest, one of the greatest perks of my job is the abundance of products I get to try. I’m like a kid in a candy shop when something new comes our way. Not only do I want to try any new products because I’m obsessed, but also so I can better educate our customers about the products we carry.
Now, this type of situation comes with its goods and its bads. The good? A seemingly endless supply of products at my disposal, doing at-home facials when I feel up for it, having a variety of gifts readily available and getting to try something new whenever I’m bored.
The bad? Products go bad before you get a chance to use them and the biggest downer of all… a random breakout caused by a product. When I jump back and forth from different products or use too many at once, my skin will tell me it’s had enough and punishes me. I guess I can’t say it’s “random” because it’s obvious why it happened… the greedy got to me… too many products at once. Sigh….So what to do now? Here’s a guide to all you over-users and abusers that love products as much as I do…
Step One: Purge and Purify
Action: You need to remove all the impurities. Therefore things are most likely going to get worse before they can get any better.
I’ve used this product off and on for over 10 years and absolutely love how it transforms my skin.
Jan Marini made this amazing cream to address many different skin care concerns like adult acne, scarring, discoloration, enlarged pores, texture and wrinkling due to cumulative sun exposure. Bioclear’s combination of three ingredients glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and azelaic acid effectively break apart clogging follicular debris in your pores. Bioclear delivers outstanding results for sun damaged and aging skin by reducing pore size and evening skin tone and texture. This product can be a bit aggressive and should be used with caution if you are not an avid user of glycolic acid products. It may cause redness and some peeling both of which are temporary. Using sunscreen is a MUST with this product.
On top of our daily stresses, women have crazy hormones which contribute to breakouts. Instead of just crossing your fingers and hoping for a quick fix, do something beneficial for your face!
Quickly hide your imperfections and zap the pesky bacteria that causes your skin to become irritated. There are a couple of great products that not only cover up, but will treat the area as well. Within some of these products you may find Green Tea leaf Extract which has anti-inflammatory benefits or Willow Bark Extract for anti-microbial benefits. Another ingredient you may see is Bisbolol which is used to help soothe your skin. Two great products to take a look at are the Acne Treatment Concealer by Murad and the Zap & Hide Blemish Concealer by Jane Iredale. The best part is that both of these are so easy to toss into your purse for on-the-go use! Go grab one and arm yourself against blemishes.
Smoother, clearer skin on the go! That’s what Topix Glycolix Elite Treatment Pads offer. With 10% glycolic acid you will get acne treatment as well a resurfacer in one quick step. Just smooth a pad onto your face, neck and décolleté for a second cleanse and you are on your way to a clearer, smoother complexion. Follow with the Topix Glycolix Elite Sunscreen SPF 30 for sun protection during the day.
These pads act as a toner and treatment all in one! Formulated with vitamins and Green Tea you will also get the anti-aging benefits of fines lines being smoothed and a firmer appearance.
Perfect for your gym bag or any time oily skin needs to be refreshed.
Feel like you’ve had a facial with Purity Clean Cleanser from CosMedix. The line’s best seller gently exfoliates and leaves you with instantly smoother skin. CosMedix boasts that all their products are chirally corrected, which means that they have balanced their active ingredients to be the safest and gentlest they possibly can be.
This liquid cleanser packs a punch. Perfect for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin, tea tree oil has natural antibacterial and antiseptic qualities to help heal blemishes. It contains L-lactic and Salicylic acids so you will want to make sure you have a good SPF on during the day as sun exposure can accelerate the effects of acids. CosMedix offers Hydrate+ SPF 17 Moisturizer. It complements the cleanser by soothing the tingly feel you may experience when cleansing your face and neck.
But don’t just take our word for it; check out the customer reviews. One reviewer writes: “It has a fresh minty fragrance and literally makes my skin look as if I have had a facial.” We couldn’t agree more!
One of our favorite doctor’s offers a product that we feel is a “must have.” Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refiner is a 2-in-1 product that will minimize pores and tame that annoying shine that seems to appear on most of us, especially in the “t-zone” area.
Pores No More Pore Refiner uses microspheres which absorb oil on the skin. Shine is instantly mattified, and pores are hidden after a quick and easy application. It can be used as a primer before make up application or on its own.
Customer ratings speak for themselves! Celebrity plug: “Dr. Brandt’s pores no more pore refiner is my secret to having close up ready skin. It shrinks the size of pores and refines the skin, it is brilliant!“- Gwyneth Paltrow
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.
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 that dull uneven skin with Philosophy the Microdelivery Multi Use Peel Pads now in a larger size! Great for use on the neck, décolleté, and back – anywhere you crave smoother, softer skin.
So you wake up and notice a huge imperfection on your skin, you’re already running late for work and hardly have any time to get dressed let alone put on makeup. So what do you do with this red, inflamed angry blemish on your skin? Try the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer; that’s right I said treatment concealer so it actually heals your skin and covers up blemishes; talk about a multi-tasker!
The Murad Acne Treatment Concealer is an Allure best in beauty award winner, and it really is no surprise. The concealer comes in two colors, light and medium to cover any flaw. It contains 2% salicylic acid which helps to decongest the pore while preventing bacteria from spreading; and bisabolol derived from chamomile to help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. It’s oil-free and provides long lasting coverage, helping to clear active breakouts while preventing new ones. It comes in a perfectly sized stick applicator that easily fits into your purse or makeup bag, for a quick application. For a more precise application use a concealer brush or a Q-tip will do the trick!
Have you ever spent hours trying to figure out which products would be best for you? You’re not alone! I always appreciate a kit or system that is put together by the manufacturer. It takes the guess work out of trying to figure out which products are going to be best for me. Kits usually contain several different products in smaller size jars or bottles and generally are always a great value!
I’m going to recommend some of our most popular kits at SkinStore, and depending on what your skin concerns are, you can choose accordingly!
For problematic/acne prone skin: iS Clinical Acne Travel Kit. Although this kit is made for “travel,” it’s still one of my favorites. I personally think the Active Serum is a miracle worker! This kit comes with a cleanser, two serums and a sunscreen! Oh, and we can’t forget about the travel case.
For sensitive skin: We have a great kit by Pevonia that is a 3 step kit containing a cleanser, a lotion, and a soothing skin cream. Ingredients are mild enough for your sensitive skin, and the soothing cream has healing properties to relieve your skin!
Keep in mind you can always mix and match products and brands. Build your own kit! Share with us: What’s your favorite kit and what makes it so fabulous?
When I started my esthetics training we quickly learned the process to healthy skin! “Cleanse, tone, moisturize, protect!” Being a girl with acne-prone, oily skin, I didn’t want to add any sort of moisturizer to my skin. I sat down with an instructor one day to go over my regimen. She asked what moisturizer I used, and I said, “Oh! My skin is oily, so I don’t use one!” She looked at me like I was crazy! She explained to me why even oily skin needs a moisturizer, and now, dear friends, I will share that information with you.
You see, believe it or not oily skin can still be dehydrated, meaning it is lacking water, not oil. Dehydration in skin can lead to overactive sebaceous (oil) glands making the skin oily. Using an oil free moisturizer will balance out moisture levels, which will help keep oil production at bay.
It took a couple of months for me to even believe this enough to try it. I finally did, and wouldn’t ya know it! She knew what she was talking about! If you still aren’t buying it, just give it a few weeks. Try an oil free moisturizer! La Roche Posay Effaclar Daily Mattifying Moisturizer is one of my favorites. I bet you’ll notice the difference!