As we age, our DNA changes and its function declines. The genes that help with cellular repair are no longer able to fully do their jobs, thus, the signs of aging we see on our faces. Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum, from Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare, features a repair mechanism called Zinc Fingers. Zinc Fingers are critical components of proteins and they provide the tools the skin needs to repair DNA and cellular damage while also stimulating collagen production. Included in this serum is AC-11, a specialized extract of Cat’s Claw that is clinically-proven to increase DNA repair. Creating even more DNA repair, AC-11 also heals and protects the skin from everyday elements, while decreasing inflammation at the same time. With Aloe, Zinc and Vitamin E, this serum creates the most change in the skin without causing any irritation.
With a proven, patented combination of Zinc Fingers and AC-11 that shows results in skin tags, broken capillaries, fine lines and wrinkles, scarring and pigmentation, Catalyst AC-11 rejuvenates skin cells from the inside out, permanently reversing the signs of aging for healthier, younger functioning skin.
Suggested usage: Shake lightly and apply 1-2 pumps morning and evening.
This mask is a powerhouse! We are talking about a nutrient-rich hydrating treatment that helps soothe and nourish skin with blue marine algae and other potent humectants. This gel mask helps prevent dehydration by retaining healthy water levels in skin over extended periods and through the most intense climatic conditions.
Blue Marine Algae is a nourishing seaweed that infuses skin with nutrients and humectants to help defend against dehydration and prevent future damage. Antarcticine, a unique glycoprotein sourced from Arctic glacial ice, helps skin retain water and protects against water loss in extreme climates or temperatures. Tea, sourced from the Jeju Islands of Korea, delivers deep nourishment and abundant moisture, leaving skin instantly hydrated and smooth with a healthy, dewy glow.
Over time, as the treatment balances skin’s hydration levels, fine dehydration lines are diminished.
• Suitable for all skin types.
• Hydrates and nourishes skin.
• Helps skin retain water.
As we age, our necks tend to show more lines and even give in to gravity a bit. Yet the skin is thin and a little more sensitive to aggressive treatments. So it’s best to take care when dealing with this delicate area. Here are our top choices:
NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is brand new to SkinStore and is expected to fly off our shelves. This dermatologist-formulated brand really delivers results. What you get in this dream formulation is tightening, firming, collagen and volume-building, and a bit of exfoliation to smooth the surface of the skin. It has a light, creamy texture that feels luxurious. The brand is a proven winner and we are so excited they have launched a neck-firming product.
Alchimie Forever Firming Gel for Neck and Bust is a bestseller for the neck-firming category. With 15 reviews giving this product an average of 5 out of 5 stars, you know it has to be good! Formulated by a dermatologist in Switzerland, this gel will provide lifting, tightening and firming as well as lessen dark spots and repair damage. Now that’s what we call turning back time! It has a refreshing smell of rosemary that dissipates quickly.
Last, but not least, the Strivectin TL Neck Cream offers instant and cumulative results in this hydrating, collagen-building cream. It’s perfect to use before a night on the town. It will strengthen and dramatically help with sagging skin. This is an ultra-rich cream formulation. Perfect for dry skin, but it can be used on all skin types.
Whichever you choose, you’re bound to feel a little more confident with firmer, younger looking skin!
This item was highly recommended by one of our amazing customers! She said it was the product hero of her skin care regimen so I thought I would let all of you in on her youthful secret. DDF Glycolic Toning Complex is formulated with 10% Glycolic Acid, which makes this toner highly effective at removing excess oil and residue while depositing ultra-pure grade Glycolic to help refresh and soften skin. It promotes clarity and immediately revitalizes skin’s appearance. It helps increase cell turnover to promote clarity and dermal vitality. The best part is that it can be easily incorporated into your current skin care regimen. It will boost the effectiveness of the products you’re already using, while adding extra anti-aging benefits:
• Minimizes appearance of wrinkle lines
• Refines skin texture
• Visibly reduces the look of pore size
• Ideal for mature, combination, and/or oily skin types
It has a 5-Star review on our site and it is a staple product with many of our customers. Great price, amazing benefits, and simple to use – why not try it today?
Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels are exactly what you need after a horrible night of sleep, or before a night out on the town. This product can make you look years younger in just ten minutes! These little miracles target puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, improve blood flow, and contain powerful antioxidants that prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin. We can all find ten minutes in our day to greatly improve the area that shows when we’re really tired, and stressed from our busy lives!
These gel-filled pads are cool on the skin just like the name describes. Each pair is individually wrapped which makes it perfect for your jet-lagged eyes after a long flight. The elastin works on firming while the hexapeptide reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Many models turn to this product as a quick solution before an event or a project which requires them to look their best. This patch is easy to apply and non-irritating even for the most sensitive of eyes. These eye gels are exactly what you need to combat the effects of stress on the skin.
Vitamin C is a great addition to almost any regimen. It offers what we call the B.L.T., Brightening, Lightening, Tightening. iS (Innovative Skincare) Clinical serums are really a notch above their competitors. They offer more than just one function, which maximizes the effects and saves you money in the long run.
IS Clinical Super serum Advance Plus is a powerhouse of anti-aging benefits in a great antioxidant serum. Not only do you get the collagen-building benefits of vitamin C, you also get Copper Tripeptide Growth Factors. These really intelligent ingredients will help with elasticity, repair lines and wrinkles, and improve texture! On top of that, it lightens dark spots safely over time. Wow! At $145 a bottle it is pricey but so worth it!
Are you sensitive due to rosacea? Are you itching from dermatitis? Suffering from cystic acne? iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus is the perfect blend of Vitamins C, E and A, Olive Leaf extract and Zinc, which provide antioxidant protection, healing, and soothing of the uncomfortable itchiness of inflamed skin. This is perfect for sensitivity of all types.
Either serum you choose will be an excellent boost to your routine.
Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream is the perfect moisturizer for sensitive, dry or normal skin types. Combination skin types could also use Rose Day Cream as a night cream as it does not contain any SPF. Each bottle contains 30 rose flowers which are deeply nourishing and soothing for dry or irritated skin. Rose Day Cream also contains Shea butter, avocado oil, and peanut oil which deeply nourish dry skin, reduce wrinkles, and have healing and antiseptic properties.
Jennifer Lopez, a.k.a J.Lo, was asked on an episode of a popular Bravo late night TV show about the high priced Crème’ de la Mer she used, to which she replied she actually uses Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Crème. Turns out Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only celebrity who loves this stuff; Jessica Alba is also said to be in love with it. I picked up a tube and I have to say I’m in love as well. I use it as a night cream and wake up with smooth, supple, glowing skin that isn’t overly hydrated or tight. In fact, it’s perfection.
Rose Day Cream also comes in a light version for combination skin types, or to use in warmer climates. If you’re a natural skin care fan like me, or you just want to use the same moisturizer of the ageless Jennifer Lopez, give Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream a try, and thank me later.
The BB in “BB cream” stands for blemish balm or beauty balm. This product type has spread throughout Asia with growing popularity, and has slowly taken hold in Western markets. BB cream will be your all-in-one skin care product to replace your SPF, moisturizer, serum, primer, and foundation. These products are usually mineral-based, and are made to treat and cover age spots, sun spots, and acne.
Western skin care companies launched BB creams in 2012, but some formulas were lacking ingredients that care for the skin. When shopping for a BB cream, look for key ingredients like Vitamins C and E. These antioxidants provide effective anti-aging benefits. Another ingredient that is often added to these creams is Hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and plumps up the skin.
Skin care customers struggle with finding their Holy Grail product when so many companies create their own versions. Hydroxatone has an Anti-Aging BB Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF40 and this product does exactly what it promises. It will firm, brighten, and moisturize your skin while creating a beautiful finish. No need to worry about remembering to apply the SPF that we all know we need because this product contains UVA/UVB SPF 40. This BB Cream is not lacking in effective ingredients for your skin’s optimal health. Hydroxatone BB cream contains Vitamin C, PhytoCellTec, and PhytoCell Tec & EMortal. These key ingredients work at stimulating collagen, assisting with the regenerating process, and helping skin stem cells maintain their renewal process.
How can you ask for more from one product? Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 40 will be your favorite all-in-one makeup and skin care product. It will make it easy for you not only to look your best, but you will feel great knowing that you are giving your skin the attention it deserves!
Surgery can have quite a few risks and can be a nuisance because of the recovery times. To address this inconvenience, the skin care industry has been creating many products to provide more effective treatments that can be used at home. One such product is Argireline, which is an ingredient that is designed to work in much the same way as Botox. However, the main difference is that unlike Botox, which is injected by a doctor, Argireline is applied directly to the skin as a cream or serum.
How Argireline works is based on chemistry. Argireline is made up of peptides, which are chains of amino acids that can affect how cells in the body work. When Argireline is applied to the skin, it is absorbed into the body and the ingredient’s chemical composition causes the facial muscles to contract with less force. This diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and can smooth out fine lines that appear with aging. This ingredient can be quite effective, and in some cases, users of Argireline can experience as much as a 30 percent reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
When choosing an Argireline product, you should know that products with a higher concentration of the drug will provide the most results. Most physicians recommend products with a concentration of 10 percent or higher. The highest concentration of Argireline in any product is 20 percent.
Argireline appears to be safe. According to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, it is non-toxic orally and doesn’t cause skin irritation even at high doses. Unlike Botox injections, it doesn’t require a visit to dermatologist or other medical professional trained to do Botox injections. It can be safely used at home.
Skin will naturally shed billions of skin cells every day. It is said that 90% of household dust is made up of dead skin cells. As we age, this natural shedding slows or stops due to many factors such as sun damage, dry skin, oily skin, genetics, or skin disorders. The results of this are dull, dry or flaky skin, clogged pores, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Exfoliation is key in helping skin balance itself. Getting rid of skin cell build up can undo the effects experience by skin cell shedding slowdown.
Exfoliation helps your skin look younger, promote blood flow and circulation, promote collagen production, and improve skin health. But, with all the exfoliating products out there, how do we know which to use and which is appropriate for our skin type and need? To understand which to use we must understand how they work and what skin types and conditions are appropriate for each category.
As an esthetician, I’m always asked what the difference between AHA and BHA. Alpha Hydroxy Acid, AHA, are acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes etc. They work by melting the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together. AHA are water loving and water soluble acids. The molecular structure is small. AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content. They do not penetrate as deep as BHA. The effects are felt on the surface of the skin. AHA’s rejuvenate aging skin. On the other hand, BHA, Beta Hydroxy Acids, is oil loving acids. BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that’s clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the pore that contributes to acne. BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin. BHA is preferred for those struggling with rosacea. Not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant, but it is wise to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds. It is likely you’ll see less redness and a smoother, even skin with fewer breakouts.
Can they be used together? Yes but not necessary. If you decide to do this make sure you use them separately; one in the morning and one at night to prevent irritation.
Glycolic acid: derived from sugar cane
Lactic acid: derived from milk
Mandelic acid: derived from bitter almonds
Tartaric acid: derived from grapes
Malic acid: derived from apples and pears
Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits
***It is important to note that with today’s technology, most of these acids are derived synthetically today. This is to keep the acid stable, allow for use for those with allergies to natural substances, and control its strength***
Salicylic acid: derived from the Williow Bark Tree and others.
**This acid is dominantly used in skin care**
Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits and considered a cross over acid. It can be an AHA depending on its formulation.
It is strongly recommended to use SPF when using any of the above acids. Exfoliants can make skin photosensitive and sensitive in general. SPF will help in the prevention of hyperpigmentation etc.
General guidelines for usage:
You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.
You can also apply either of these around the eye area but not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.
Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.
Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.
If you’re using a topical prescription product such as Renova, other retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, consult with your doctor before applying either AHA or BHA.
Now, all that is left to do is to choose the best suited category for your skin and begin to exfoliate years away.