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To Peel or Not to Peel?

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Many of our customers ask, “What is a peel and how do I know if I would benefit from one? “ Here are some helpful tips if you find yourself asking to peel or not to peel?

A peel is a deep exfoliation treatment that results in smoother, more even toned skin.  Peels help address concerns such as lightening hyperpigmentation, fading acne spots and restoring radiance to dull, lackluster skin. Peels come in various forms and strength. Some are of liquid form and have high percentage active ingredients and are applied by and licensed esthetician or dermatologist.  Others are thicker in texture, like a masque and are left on for a specified amount of time. Lastly, the easiest of use are peel pads that are swiped on the skin.  Peels range in strength from mild to aggressive. The milder peels tend to have no down time and can be used at home.  While more aggressive peels can result in temporary redness and flaking and are in office procedures.

Everyone can benefit from exfoliation.  If the youngest, freshest skin cells are always on top you will have radiant, glowing skin.  Plus, you maximize the effectiveness of your other skin care products when your skin is exfoliated. Without exfoliation your skin develops a layer of dead skin cells creating a “wax paper” effect not allowing your other skincare products to penetrate through.

Peeling Do’s:

Do start slow.  Start at a low strength and leave on for a short time.  You may be more sensitive the first few times, remember you can always build up later.

Do them at night, if possible. You’ll want to avoid sunlight after a peel. Fresh, baby cells are more likely to burn.  If you must do a peel during the day, ALWAYS use an SPF before going outside. Sunlight can accelerate the effects of acids.  Don’t risk over-exposure that may cause hyperpigmentation.

Do moisturize.  You’ll want to put some hydration back in to your skin as some peels may be drying.  Moisturizer will also help soothe your delicate new skin.

Peeling Don’ts:

Don’t be afraid to say enough is enough.  If you are experiencing any sensation that feels more than tolerable, take the peel off.  You should feel the peel working, but it should not be so uncomfortable that you want to run for a fire extinguisher.

Don’t over-do it. Peeling should be 2-3 times a week at the most. If you tend to have more delicate skin or any sensitivity once a week is all you need.  Peels should be alternated with your regular exfoliant product and not used on the same days.

Some great peels are:

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel – This organic peel is made from organic citrus and apple juices.  It helps with fine lines and wrinkles, evening out skin tone and brightening.  It comes in Sensitive and Full Strength.

Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads – These pre-soaked pads help diminish the appearance of pore size, improve firmness, and have calming ingredients such as Sage & Myrtle.

Suki Renewal Bio-Resurfacing Peel – This peel is rich in acids as well as botanical enzymes. This will help to really decongest skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes and boost collagen.

June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Masque – This peel helps to improve skin elasticity levels combatting the visible signs of premature aging.


Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body [GIVEAWAY]

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Summer is just around the corner and a lot of us want that perfect tanned and glowing skin, but we don’t want the harsh side effects of the sun. Do you want to look like you went on a long tropical vacation without the burning and skin irritation? The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body may be your solution!

The original formula of the Glow Pads worked so effectively, customers wanted the same luminous glow for their bodies, so Dr. Gross came out with the Glow Pad for Body. The new Glow  Pads for the body will provide a safe and natural tan while exfoliating your skin and providing anti-aging benefits. This innovative self tanner is the only one of its kind that exfoliates, tans, and firms the skin while smoothing out the texture, and reducing hair growth. Capislow is a natural ingredient that is effective for slowing down hair growth, so this will reduce shaving frequency and in turn help your tan last longer.  The Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body also contains Vitamin D to provide a natural glow as well as Vitamins A and C to protect the skin against environmental damage. You will also find caffeine and AHA’s in this product to help stimulate and firm the skin while providing that signature glow the peel pads are known for.

The application is so easy! You just open the towel and apply to your body in circular motions until the towel is dry. For best results you will want to apply the product on clean dry skin then follow with a moisturizer to help keep the skin hydrated and seal in the product. For maximum results you will want to apply 2-3 times per week.  The natural looking tan will begin to develop within 1 hour, so you can quickly be on your way to gorgeous glowing skin.

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Exfoliate with ExfoliKate!

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Exfoliate your way to a brighter more even complexion with results you can see and feel! Everyone always loves that baby face, fresh and clean feel after they leave their facial appointment. Well now you can have that feeling at home. Formulated with microbeads, fruit enzymes and salicylic acid, the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment will leave you with healthier looking skin after just one treatment! It became a personal favorite of mine after the first use. It’s best used once or twice each week, morning or evening, to keep skin radiant. Apply a thin, even layer to a clean, wet face, massaging in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Leave on for up to two minutes. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry and experience the results! This product does increase circulation which can cause the skin to flush for a short time. If you have sensitive skin it is best to leave it on for less than a minute or use the ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment. And for those with a problematic skin type, we highly recommend the ExfoliKate Acne Clearing Exfoliating Treatment to give you that glow, while targeting blemishes and helping to prevent new breakouts.

  • Tip from Kate Somerville: Use ExfoliKate in the shower as the steam will help to activate the enzymes, making it even more effective.


Alchimie Forever Gentle Refining Scrub

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Is your skin looking dull and congested? Brighten and polish your skin with Alchimie Forever Gentle Antioxidant Refining Scrub. It contains cranberry and jojoba beads which brighten and exfoliate, while the added Shea butter hydrates, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and supple. Safe for all skin types this scrub helps to keep blackheads, inflammation and acne at bay. Follow with your favorite moisturizer and SPF in the daytime!

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New! GlamGlow Tingling Exfoliating Mud Mask

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Do you want to have glowing radiant skin like some of our favorite celebrities? But, you don’t have pockets as deep as theirs to spend on fancy skincare treatments? Don’t fret my dear! GlamGlow Tingling Exfoliating Mud Mask is a less expensive alternate that is a favorite of Hollywood’s entertainment, music, and fashion elite. Glamglow is a rapid yet gentle exfoliating mud mask for both men and women alike. The mask contains high percentages of volcanic pumice rock, minerals and antioxidants. Collagen synthesis is activated, impurities are removed without striping the skin’s natural oils, discoloration is improved, and skin texture is smoother. With continued use twice a week for 15 minutes skin is softer, brighter, and tighter. You’ll have red carpet ready skin in no time!


Grapefruit Healthy from Head to Toe

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Do you want to quench your skin’s thirst? Are you looking for something fresh and revitalizing?

Think about fresh citrus scents  this season. Imagine bright and smooth skin. You can give attention to the body from head to toe with grapefruit products from Archipelago Botanicals. Since grapefruit is packed with vitamin C, it will help to give your skin that healthy glow and antioxidant protection to shield from oxidative stress. Grapefruit also contains natural exfoliants to rid of dead skin cells and even works as a natural antiseptic. So when your looking to spoil yourself or maybe even surprise someone with a luxurious gift, try the grapefruit products offered by Archipelago Botanicals.

Wanna win free skincare products? Enter our Dermelect Giveaway! Enter here. Event ends 5/16/11.


Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

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Dr.Dennis Gross is a New York City dermatologist to the elite, and he’s famous worldwide for his Alpha Beta Daily Face Peels. This year Dr.Gross took his innovation even further and created Alpha Beta Glow Pads. Not just any self-tanning pads, mind you, they’re exfoliating alpha and beta hydroxyl acid pads that are enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and a self-tanning compound. Each pad nourishes the skin, provides anti-aging, brightening, and anti-acne benefits while giving the skin a natural, sun-kissed, radiant look.

This revolutionary product works in four ways:
1. Prep Step
Exfoliates the skin with an alpha and beta hydroxyl acid blend, which keeps the pores clear and acne breakouts at bay (while also inducing collagen production! Wow!)
2. Treat Step
Nourishes the skin with antioxidants and vitamins. The Glow Pads have vitamins A, C and E that help to prevent collagen breakdown. Vitamin B helps to promote skin healing and cell regeneration.
3. Color Step
Saturates the skin with encapsulated DHA that provides a believable sun-kissed look, while soy proteins guarantee a natural hue and a long-lasting color.
4. Radiance & Luminosity Step
Adds radiance and glow to the skin with vitamin D. Vitamin D gives the skin a sun-kissed look without sun exposure, and helps for the other vitamins to perform better.

The Dr.Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads never leave your skin orange, streaky, or smelly (no more of that maple-syrup self-tanner smell!). These pads can be used in conjunction with the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel (or with the Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel) on a daily basis, or when you need that little pick-me-up! Who wouldn’t want believable, natural color, anti-aging benefits and exfoliation in a streak-free self-tanning formula?! Everyone at SkinStore.com (even the guys) can attest to just how wonderful this product is.

If you’ve tried it, we’d love to know what you think! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!


Himalayan Pink Salt

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At first glance, the beauty of this rare mineral is undeniable. The different shades of pink, red and white would make any girl swoon for a spa treatment. Not only is this crystalline salt pretty, it’s also really beneficial as a body treatment. This wonderful mineral can be used in a bath soak or as a body scrub. Loaded with more than 80 different purifying minerals, this salt covers the scale from helping to purge toxins and fluid build-up to helping to slow down the aging process.

Looking for your own piece of the ancient Himalayan Mountains salt beds? Bliss Fat Girl Scrub is 60% Himalayan Pink Salt and assists in diminishing lumps and bumps due to cellulite. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to enter our Perricone MD Cold Plasma Giveaway. You could win this amazing product! Enter HERE. Event ends on 4/4/2011.


Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin

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Exfoliation is an important element of any skin care routine.  However, if you are dealing with sensitive skin you may feel your options are limited.  Well, I have good news for you. Those wonderful folks at Juice Beauty have formulated a version of their for sensitive skin.*

The Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive is a gentler, but just as effective version of the original.  This weekly exfoliating peel combines a 10% blend of alpha-hydroxy acids with raw cane sugar to revive your complexion and reveal a fresh new you.  This peel is also full of vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients designed to hydrate and nourish your skin.

Check out this video for even more information and step-by-step instructions.

*A patch test behind the ear is recommended prior to first use.

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Philosophy Microdelivery Peel

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There’s never a dull moment at SkinStore! Our staff is always aglow! And that’s because dull, drab, boring skin is a thing of the past with Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel! Always a staff and customer favorite, the Microdelivery Peel is a once-weekly two-step system that delivers results.

Step one is a microdermabrasion scrub that removes dead skin cells while infusing your skin with vitamin C and peptides. Step two is a lactic/salicylic acid peel that exfoliates even deeper, while reducing inflammation and unclogging pores. Since step two is layered directly over step one this is one powerful product, you can literally feel it working. But once you’ve rinsed the crystals off, your skin is left smooth, glowing and never irritated.

Do you want to give your skin a complete resurfacing without a visit to the spa? The Microdelivery Peel is exfoliator aficionado’s favorite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it as much as we do!

*DON’T FORGET THAT OUR CAUDALIE VINE BODY BUTTER GIVEAWAY IS HAPPENING NOW! ENTER TO WIN YOURS TODAY!



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