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Are you seeing the signs?

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Our skin is our largest organ and often sends us signals that something is occurring elsewhere in the body. Are you seeing the signs? Do you occasionally get a pimple in the same spot every month? It may not be a coincidence.

If a large pimple is looming on your forehead or brow area, you may have an ingrown hair or may just be unlucky. If you are experiencing congestion, blackheads and white heads you may want to switch styling products or adopt a new hair style. Hair can act as a vessel to transfer products that build up on the scalp down onto the forehead causing irritation and congestion in the skin. Be sure to give your hair a deep cleanse about once a week to prevent product build up and transference to the skin. Try the Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo which purifies the hair without stripping the hair.

Are you experiencing a breakout across the face from ear to ear? This could be a precursor for rosacea, especially if you are noticing a flushing in the skin that never goes away. Rosacea and acne can go hand in hand since the skin is inflamed and irritants can be trapped within the swollen pores. Rosacea can be triggered by sulfites which can be found in mostly red wine and spicy foods. Rosacea can also be prompted by temperature changes and emotional changes that would cause vascular changes within the skin.

Finally, if you notice a breakout along the chin every month, it could be associated with a hormonal imbalance such as a menstrual cycle or high stress situations. If you know that isn’t the issue, you may also want to try excluding dairy from your diet. Some researchers speculate that Dairy may be associated with irritation within the skin and chances are once it is removed from your diet, the breakout will clear.


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Spice Up Your Skincare this Fall!

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Spices are not just for cooking, many skincare companies utilize spices, or the oils obtained from them, in the formulation of their products. Here are just a few with notable skincare benefits.

• Fennel – Fennel’s ability to decrease irritation and redness make it a great ingredient for sensitive skin. It also has the capability to tone and tighten making it a useful tool for mature skin and a great addition to an eye cream. The Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Eye contains fennel. With its ability to stimulate lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness, Fennel is a useful firming agent.

• Cloves – These little evergreen tree buds have been used all over the world for centuries. Clove oil is an effective antimicrobial agent and is often added to cleansing products such as Eve Lom Cleanser. Additionally, cloves are rich in Vitamins A and C, two very effective antioxidants.

• Cinnamon – Individuals with oily or acne-prone skin will benefit from this yummy ingredient due to its antibacterial and naturally astringent properties. Juara Sweet Black Tea and Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer is a great product that makes use of its benefits. This refreshing gel-cream combines the anti-aging benefits of fermented sweet black tea with the shine-reducing and pore-purifying properties of ginger and cinnamon for a luminous matte finish. Completely oil-free, it immediately reduces shine while at the same time helping delay and reverse signs of aging.

• Pepper – Pepper is a popular ingredient in body products due to its ability to boost circulation. Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Sugar Scrub also have analgesic properties and can be used to soothe muscle aches. Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel is another great muscle soother.

• Turmeric – This is a popular ingredient because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is also a powerful antioxidant and can help with the lightening of hyperpigmentation. For a more in-depth look on Turmeric, see our previous blog. [“Hot Ingredient – Turmeric”]

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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.

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Top Oil-Free Moisturizers for Summer

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Temperatures are beginning to rise and the need for a lighter oil-free moisturizer is here!  Using the same moisturizers in the summer that you do in the winter may result in having a shiny, heavy-feeling complexion.

Here’s a list of our top rated oil-free moisturizers:

As always don’t forget to top off your moisturizer with  SPF to protect your  skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays! You can find these products on

Hot Ingredient – Turmeric

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This common spice is getting out of the cupboard and into your skin care products. For centuries turmeric was and is still currently being used for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is now being put into skin care products, namely eye care and anti-aging products. It can treat fine lines and dark circles, and is a powerful antioxidant. You may also see turmeric in sunscreens for its antioxidant properties.

It is also successful in treating blackheads and has skin lightening benefits which will even out skin tone, making it effective for post acne scarring. Because turmeric is anti-inflammatory it is beneficial for most skin types, especially oily and acneic skin. Turmeric is also very healing so it will help repair extreme skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. If this product is mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba it can eliminate spots caused by eczema. Turmeric has many beneficial uses; you can make turmeric into a paste like texture and it will effectively treat cuts, scrapes and diaper rashes. You can also take turmeric in a pill or powder form for added health benefits.

Here are a few products containing turmeric that offers:

Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Facial Mask will work wonderfully if you could benefit from skin brightening and hydration, which is most of us.

DDF Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate with Turmeric Root. Try this if you want to firm and strengthen skin, prevent puffiness and wrinkles around the delicate eye area.

Alchimie Forever Nd YAG Antioxidant Skin Repair GelNormal to oily skin types will love this product because of its gel like texture. Enriched with antioxidants this moisturizer will protect your skin against all those nasty environmental aggressors. Guys, this will also work great for you to use after shaving to cool the skin and prevent irritation.

Jurlique Purifying Foaming CleanserThis cleanser will give oily skin types a refreshing and clarifying cleanse without over drying the skin. It also contains antioxidants to protect the skin and prevent irritation.

It is always fun finding new products to try, so go and have some fun!

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4 Easy Steps to Clear Skin

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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.

Recommended Product: Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser

Step Two: Keep in Balance

Action: Using a toner will help keep your skin in check.

Recommended Product: Yonka Lotion PS Toner

Step Three: Treat

Action: Eliminate impurities, calm irritated skin and balance out the pH.

Recommended Product: iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum

Step Four: Hydrate

Action: Prevent moisture loss and seal in benefits of treatment product.

Recommended Product: MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Lotion

My Must Have: Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Cream

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Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear CreamThe Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Cream is one of my Must Have products!

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.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner

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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



Quick Tip: Conceal Acne

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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!

The next time your skin has a reaction, treat and conceal the problem with the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer, so you can go on with your busy day!

Top Kits at SkinStore

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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 aging skin that is blemish prone: M Lab Travel Collection for Anti-Aging Blemish Control. This kit offers products filled with peptides and antioxidants that will tackle fine lines and wrinkles as well as blemishes and excess oil.

For aging skin: M Lab Travel Collection for Anti-Aging. From the same manufacturer as the above recommendation, this kit contains products that will improve lines and wrinkles, eye puffiness, skin tone, and firmness! Bonus: SkinMedica also has a great duo kit that is a combination of two wrinkle reducing products. SkinMedica TNS Recover Complex best Results Kit – gives just that! Great results!

For normal to combination skin: Philosophy Great Skin is in For Normal to Combination Skin. This kit contains three products: a cleanser, a retinol night treatment and Oprah’s favorite- Hope in a Jar! If you tend to be oily in some areas of your face and dry in others, this kit would be a great option for you.

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?

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