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Dry Winter Skin Woes

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Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture in the skin and is often characterized by parched, flaking, tightness, itching and even stinging or burning. Often skin begins to look more mature and fine lines or wrinkles are more pronounced. Dry or dehydrated skin is frequently associated with red or chapped areas of the body such as the lips, cheeks, elbows and knees.

Dry skin can be caused by a variety of reasons including but not limited to lack of essential oils, weakened barrier function, inadequate moisturizing, poor diet, environmental factors or improper cleansing.

To ensure that you are providing your skin with all the proper nutrients to stay well hydrated be sure to moisturize daily with a moisturizer or lotion fit for your skin type. Also, only cleanse twice a day and avoid harsh scrubs or astringent cleansers that can leave the skin feeling exposed. Long exposure to dry or cold temperatures can affect the skin and cause “winter itch”; inflamed, itchy skin associated with exposure to extreme temperatures including excessive indoor heating.

As we age our elastin and collagen products begins to slow and our skin becomes natural more dehydrated. Conversely, in our younger years we experience more oil production but that is necessary to keeping our skin balanced and hydrated.

We suggest that you cleanse the skin in the morning with a gentle cleanser, apply a nonalcoholic or moisturizing toner followed by a moisturizer preferably with a sun protection factor. At night, cleanse the skin with luke warm water, tone again, apply any gels/serums/oils and apply a thick, emollient rich moisturizer to absorb into the skin while you sleep.

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Winter Masks for your Skin Type

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Are you looking forFarmHouse Fresh Sundae Best a mask, but don’t want to feel stripped of your essential oils? Cream Masks are best suited for dry or dehydrated skin to reduce inflammation, redness or irritation. Look for masks with emollients like Shea, coconut or mango butter and nutrients like hyaluronic acid or vitamin E. Cream masks are also a great choice for sensitive skin and can be applied more often than traditional masks without irritating the skin. We suggest the FarmHouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask; two words: chocolate mask. This luxurious mask is a fine blend of cocoa, coconut milk and honey along with CoQ10, live Carrot Fruit Cells and Ginseng to fight wrinkles and sagging.

Have the holidays and winter weather caused you to break out? Clay Masks are the appropriate choice for oily skin types, congested skin or acneic skin. Clay masks help purify clogged pores and cleanse the skin while removing dirt, debris and excess oil. We suggest the CosMedix Clear mask which uses sulfur, broccoli powder and white hazel among other ingredients to combat breakouts and minimize pore size.GlamGlow YOUTHMUD

Are you feeling like you need a fresh start? Exfoliating Masks are great multitasking products and can save time during your skincare route by combining the cleansing effects of a clay mask and the exfoliating benefits of a scrub. We suggest the GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment which starts off as a traditional clay mask but when activated with water morphs into a light scrub.

Are you looking for a relaxing treatment in the comfort of your own home? Marine Masks are synonymous with the quintessential spa experience and can be used on almost any skin type. Marine minerals offer great skincare benefits without causing irritation. Most marine minerals are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients and anti-aging benefits to give your skin the boost it needs. We suggest the Astara Activated Sea Mineral Mask which combines Kelp, Spirulina and sea vegetables to rejuvenate like a fine resort facial.


Boost Winter Hydration

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Looking to stretch your dollar? Suffering from dry, dehydrated winter skin? Adding concentrated serums to your moisturizers can double the humectant factor.  Here are a few additives that can give your favorites a little boost this winter season. Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil Purified Squalane

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel can be added to any day or night cream to replenish nutrients in the skin. Added moisture helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles as well as smoother looking skin. B5 Gel is also recommended for use with vitamin C to maximize the benefits.

Peter Thomas Roth Oil Less Oil 100% Purified Squalane can be added to sunscreen, moisturizers or used before your make up application to deeply condition the skin. Squalane is found in the body naturally and this purified version duplicates the lipid barrier found in our skin.

Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder is a revolutionary powder that can be added to your favorite cream or sunscreen to help fight free radicals, which are still an issue even in the winter! Vitamin C helps lighten and brighten skin as well as reverse the aging process.


Topix Replenix Green Tea Antioxidant Moisturizing Lotion [GIVEAWAY]

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The deep freeze of winter has set in and as a result your skin can often become dehydrated. To help prevent moisture loss and protect against the elements we suggest using Replenix Green Tea Antioxidant Moisturizing Lotion. This silky, fast absorbing daily face and body lotion helps to restore and maintain a healthy skin barrier while protecting against moisture loss. It’s specifically formulated to deliver a blend of nourishing, protective antioxidants, along with emollients to help smooth dry, often irritated skin.

This luxurious moisturizer soothes and protects the skin while reducing itching and redness. This formula is designed for all skin types even the most sensitive. The lotion is non-comedogenic, non-irritating and is free of preservatives, oil, alcohol and fragrances.

Key Ingredients:

-Lipids (Ceramide 2, Sterols) – Repair the natural moisture barrier and provide healing benefits to the skin.

-Green Tea Polyphenols, Caffeine and Resveratrol – Potent triple antioxidant blend to minimize the appearance of free radical induced damage as well as nourish and soothe the skin.

-Bisabolol (the active ingredient of chamomile) – Soothes and restores the elasticity and suppleness of the skin.

-Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Yucca Polysaccharides – Replenishes and restores skin’s hydration balance.

-Squalane – Softens dry, irritated skin.

 

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Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair: A Skin Saver

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For those of us that like to exfoliate, scrub, and slough off our skin on a regular basis, we often run the risk of overdoing it. The SkinCeuticals Epidermal repair has been specifically formulated for skin that has been compromised by in office peels or at-home blunders. It contains beta glucan and centella asiatica which provide a protective veil on the skin and help to repair and restore the skin barrier function while helping to stimulate collagen production.

The SkinCeuticals Epidermal repair will help with inflammation and will also help to soothe the skin to lessen irritation. If you use this product post-procedure it will help to protect, heal, soothe, and can also prevent scarring (but consult with your doctor before use).

It also makes a nice makeup base for us dry skin types because it contains dimethicone which helps to seal in moisture while preventing peeling and flaking.  This is also a great product to use if you have sunburn, windburn, rosacea, or if you are a retinol user. The Epidermal Repair will be a skin saver for anyone that may have overdone it with the peel or treatment, and wants to avoid looking red, scaly or blistered.

You can find this and other great skincare products at SkinStore!


Say Goodbye to Dry Winter Hands

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Winter can wreak havoc on your hands. The skin on our hands is thin, delicate and often dry making them more vulnerable to cold winds, frost, and dry heated air.

SkinStore has the cure; Barielle Intensive Hand Treatment (gloves included) is an intense, overnight, moisture treatment. It’s formulated with revolutionary Oat Beta Glucan, which acts as a natural anti-irritant. The Barielle Intensive treatment is the perfect remedy for treating and healing rough, dry, scaled, and chapped hands. This greaseless penetrating cream provides a protective barrier directly on the skin to prevent dryness and is safe for even the most sensitive skin.

To apply, massage the cream into hands, put on enclosed gloves and allow the healing powers of the Oat Beta Glucan, Aloe Vera, Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Passion Flower, Rosehips, and Vitamin E to transform your hands into the soft, healthy and hydrated hands that you are seeking. No more irritation and dryness!

For best results microwave the gloves for 10 to 15 seconds, then put the gloves on and allow cream to penetrate overnight. Make sure the gloves are not too hot before putting them on.


Best Masques: Halloween Edition

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BOO! Happy All Hallows Eve! While your bunnies, ghosts, princesses and pirates are out trick-or-treating, treat yourself to a masque of your own, here are our favorite skin treats… no tricks involved:

Purifying masques
Oily and acne-prone skin types benefit from a weekly purifying masque. Purifying masques help to minimize the appearance of large pores while drawing out impurities and excess sebum. A purifying masque is typically clay based and contains anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.


Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask

Exfoliating masques
Everyone should exfoliate! An exfoliating masque will remove dead skin cells from your skin. Exfoliating masques provide brightening, purifying and tightening benefits. After exfoliating, treatment products will penetrate deeper into the skin.

June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque

Brightening masques
Dull skin can benefit from a brightening masque. Brightening masques are infused with glow-getting antioxidant ingredients like berry extracts and vitamin C.

Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask

Soothing masques:
If you’ve over-exfoliated, or if you have sensitive skin, or if you’re looking to calm a sunburn then soothing masques are for you! A soothing masque will deposit cooling, calming and hydrating ingredients into the skin.

Sundari Apricot and Shea Hydra Soothing Mask
Pevonia Soothing Sensitive Skin Mask

Hydrating masques

Dry skin loves a hydrating masque. Hydrating masques contain moisture-driving ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, essential oils, kernel oils and shea butter which soften the skin.

June Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque

Have a blast masquing! No costumes necessary!

Tell us what your favorites masque is – we’d love to hear!


Pumpkin Treats for Your Skin

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Peter Thomas Roth Dermal ResurfacerWe all know how pumpkin can be delicious and even nutritious. But did you know that pumpkin can have amazing benefits for your skin?  This fall-favorite is chocked full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties for sensitive skin and is super hydrating. Who couldn’t use a little health boost for their skin? Here are some great products that offer this super food:

With The fragrance of pumpkin pie and the benefits of better skin, PCA Skin Nutrient Toner will help exfoliate your skin, tighten pores and remove dead skin cells. Richly infused with pumpkin wine, this toner is great for dull or uneven skin that has some buildup. It’s also hydrating and nourishing throughout the day.  Toner may be optional in a skin care routine; however you won’t to skip this yummy one!

ARCONA’s Night Worker replenishes while you sleep. This lightweight treatment will brighten, hydrate, and strengthen the skin’s immune response. It’s a perfect pick-me-up to get your skin’s glow back that can be naturally lost in cooler temperatures. Packed with pumpkin and peach this renewing hydrator smells like a vacation for your skin.

Rough or pigmented skin got you down Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel and Reveal Dermal Resurfacer is not for the faint of heart. This powerful treatment will soften and resurface the toughest of skin. Using a gommage or “triple-duty exfoliant” will give you the strongest exfoliation you can get without paying for a professional treatment. This amazing product will help soften fine lines and wrinkles, decongest skin and leave you dramatically rejuvenated.

Keep your skin glowing and beautiful in every season!


Autumn Skin Revamp

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leafAs we move into the fall and winter seasons don’t forget to renovate your skin care routine as well as your closet! It is important to hydrate your skin and protect it against the harsh weather ahead. In the warmer temperatures, our body kicks into high gear by lubricating the skin and producing more sebum (oil) and increasing perspiration. In contrast wind, lower temperatures and constant heating indoors dry and dehydrate the skin. Here are a few of the amazing moisturizers we recommend this solstice to help protect you from chapped lips, red noses and sallow skin tone.

Obagi Hydrate Facial Mosturizer, currently on special for $40.50. Obagi has gained critical acclaim in the past few years and it is easy to see why. The company keeps practicality in mind by offering 8 hours of protection against the elements with a non-comedogenic, gentle, hypoallergenic formula perfect for all skin types especially sensitive or sensitized skin. 

Jurlique Clarifying Day Care Lotion, $36.00 Just because you have oiler skin doesn’t mean you can skip out on moisturizing! This light, hydrating moisturizer helps keep the skin moist while combating oil production, leaving the skin feeling balanced not greasy. Jurlique is also a completely natural line so this product is great for eco-conscious consumers or young adults looking for a moisturized but matte complexion.

ZIRH Platinum Drenched-Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer $125.00 If you are searching for the crème de la crème, search no more! The name says it all; this thick, luscious moisturizer will hydrate the most dull winter skin. Packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins to fight off free radicals, the delectable cream not only protects the skin but firms and tones to ensure you are looking fabulous at the next holiday party or winter getaway.


Stay Hydrated While in Flight

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Long flights not only invade your sense of comfort, but they also aggressively deplete your levels of moisture, leaving your skin looking dull and lackluster. Here are a few product recommendations to soothe and hydrate your skin while you’re traveling:

NUXE Serum Creme Fraiche 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Concentrate. This product absorbs nicely and provides 24 hour moisture leaving the skin toned, refreshed and hydrated all day long. Use morning and night a few days before and after you flight for prevention and maintenance.

Phytomer Marine Breeze (Souffle Marin) Energizing Oxygenating Serum.
This is a smart choice. Considering the less than great air circulating through the main cabin on a plane, this marine based serum actively neutralizes environmental aggressors and helps to defend the skin by re-oxygenating itself for a fresher appearance.

Jane Iredale Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray.
Stow this baby in your purse and use it throughout the flight. A quick spritz and the antioxidant compound will help for your skin to resist any microbial and free radical harm.



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