Posts Tagged ‘hyperpigmentation’

Crazy for CRU

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We’re crazy for Caudalie Premier Cru. Hailing straight from France, Caudalie Premier Cru boasts three precious, effective, anti-aging ingredients extracted from the grape that are sure to please. Titrated resveratrol and viniferine grapevines and grape seed polyphenols are formulated into an elegant cream that helps to firm the skin, lessens the appearance of lines and wrinkles, lessens hyper pigmentation and dark spots caused by sun and aging, while providing  antioxidant protection to reduce oxidative stress by a whopping 155%.

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Try the Caudalie Cru today and tell us what you think! We swoon over this product! It truly is the pillar of science and nature synergy.


Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum [GIVEAWAY]

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Alchimie Forever is an effective yet gentle skincare brand. This family owned and operated brand is great for all skin types, but especially wonderful for sensitive skin. All of the products in the brand are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, paraben-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dye-free AND safe for Alchimiepregnant and nursing women (except for Brightening Peel)! They have recently added a new product that addresses hyperpigmentation and sun damage, just in time for summer. The Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum combines blueberry, vitamin C and E to fight off free radical damage and rejuvenate the skin. This serum may be used morning and evening underneath a moisturizer. You will see noticeable improvement in skin tone and redness relief. It will reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. This would be a fabulous addition to any skincare regimen.

Tanning Beds: EXPOSED

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Indoor tanning salons are just as popular as fast food restaurants in some cities. They promise the bronzed beauty that comes with a great tan. I am guilty of baking myself in tanning beds for years. I would listen to the teenage girl that worked at the tanning salon tell me how the UVA rays from the beds were safe and it was even smart to get a base tan in the summer to help protect my skin from the Sun. I knew better than to believe all this nonsense, but I just wanted to look tan. Now, I am older and wiser, but I have awful sun damage as a result of my poor tanning decisions. I no longer tan and am diligent about wearing proper SPF. I wish I knew all the harmful effects that I know now.

Here is some real and true information about tanning beds. UVA rays are not safe. In fact UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin, cause melanoma and premature aging. A typical tanning bed emits about 95% UVA rays and about 5% UVB rays. The UVA rays from a tanning bed are 12 times stronger than what we are exposed to from the Sun. The reason for this is because UVA rays make the skin darker faster. They also cause sagging skin, skin cancer and eye damage, including ocular melanoma (eye cancer). This information was never mentioned while I was shelling out money for my tanning service. I wish I knew that just one tanning session increased my chances of getting melanoma by 20%. And each additional session within that year tacked on another 2% risk. Tanning beds have been moved to “carcinogenic to humans” category which is the highest risk category for cancer. Shockingly, there are more cases of cancer due to indoor tanning than cases of lung cancer due to smoking (study by JAMA dermatology). No, tan is worth the risk. There are plenty of great self-tanners available now that are a safe alternative to tanning. Your future, older self will thank you! A couple of our staff favorites are Kate Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Blow Pads.

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25 Years of PCA SKIN®

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Founded by an aesthetician as Physician’s Choice of Arizona in 1990, PCA SKIN became one of the first brands to be PCA SKIN Pigment Gelsold directly from the shelves of doctors’ offices, allowing patients to leave with products that are right for their unique skin and avoiding a guessing game at drug and department stores. After becoming established as an international player in skincare, PCA SKIN became Physician’s Care Alliance.

PCA SKIN products are formulated to treat specific skin conditions and are backed by scientific research, ensuring safe products that provide rapid results. PCA SKIN provides products to treat every skin condition. For hyperpigmentation, Pigment Gel, Intensive Clarity Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night and C&E Strength are recommended. For aging, Intensive Age Refining Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night, ExLinea® Peptide Smoothing Serum and Total Strength Serum are designed to keep skin from showing visible signs of aging. For acne, Blemish Control Bar, Acne Gel and Acne Cream are formulated to keep breakouts under control. For sensitive skin conditions, Anti-Redness Serum and Hydrating Serum provide soothing relief.

All of the products in the daily care line are designed to work as a perfect union, each one enhancing the previous step and prepping the skin for the next one. PCA SKIN products are designed to be safely used before and after professional treatments.

Every day, PCA SKIN’s research and development team is hard at work drafting new formulations with the most advanced, scientifically proven ingredients and delivery systems to provide products that improve people’s lives.

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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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Lighten Up with Vitamin C

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As we say goodbye to summer, why not say goodbye to sun spots and uneven skin tone as well?! Dr.Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Brightening SerumVitamin C Brightening Serum unites three forms of Vitamin C with a strong peptide to provide supreme brightening and anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that plays a vital role in the production of collagen. You will see an improvement in sun damage, an increase in skin’s luminosity and a visibly firmer, more youthful appearance. For best results use daily followed by your favorite moisturizer. As with any Vitamin C serum you always want to wear SPF, as this product will make skin more sensitive to the sunlight.

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The Truth About Retinol

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A retinol based product can be found in almost every beauty line available and it easy to see why. Retinol, or vitamin shutterstock_21728725A, has the ability to increase collagen production. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions from acne to visible signs of aging.

Retinol gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin from the surface and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and dark spots. Retinol is a great addition to any skincare routine for many skin types but be aware you should allow 4-6 weeks for results to show noticeable and lasting results.

As many consumers are aware, the largest downside of retinol products is increased photo sensitivity. Because the retinol acts as an exfoliant, it exposes skin to environmental elements. It is proven that retinol does increases risk of sunburn but not an increase in development of skin cancer. It is high recommended that consumers stop tanning in UVB tanning beds while using retinol products. Users who are cautious of sun exposure or know they may be exposed can mix their retinol products with an SPF product or restrict their usage primarily at night.

Typical side effects include redness and photosensitivity. Overuse of Retinoid can cause peeling, shedding or excess dryness so it suggested that users limit their use to 3 times a week until the symptoms subside. Stop using retinol based products if skin becomes irritated, itches or burns. Active ingredients like retinol or other acids can cause activity like a light tingling sensation but should never burn. This said vitamin A or retinol products are not recommended for pregnant women or clients with skin conditions like Eczema and/or Rosacea.

Like any skincare product, if used correctly retinol can offer amazing results. Some of our retinol favorites include SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 for expereinced retinol users and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 .

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Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid

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If you’re on the market for a new sunscreen this summer we have just the product for you! La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 is a sheer and lightweight all-mineral sunscreen that provides broad spectrum sun protection. The formula is an elegant fluid that soaks right in without leaving a residue or a white cast on the skin. Micronized Titanium Dioxide offers long-lasting broad spectrum protection with advanced efficacy against UVA and UVB rays, while Cell-Ox Shield, a powerful patent-pending antioxidant complex featuring Senna Alata, protects the skin cells against damage.

The benefits of this formula are outstanding! It contains a natural mineral sunscreen and there is no waiting time; once the fluid is applied it’s effective immediately. As minerals naturally adhere to the skin the sheer fluid formula is remarkably water resistant, too! It’s great for sensitive and acne prone skin as it’s non-comedogenic.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen product? Share with us in the comments below!

Unique Ingredient: Pearl!

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Pearl has been notably used in beauty and skincare products for centuries. Often referred to as mother of pearl cream or concha da necar, its use can be traced back as early as the Ming Dynasty of ancient China and Inca Empire of Peru.

There are two main ingredients found in pearl which make it exceptional for use in beauty and skincare products. Conchiolin, an organic protein helps to remove dead skin cells and deep clean pores. While Nacre, also an organic protein, contains a unique iridescent quality. Nacre has a whitening or brightening effect, reducing the appearance of uneven pigmentation and scaring. The combination of these two ingredients makes the skin look more youthful and vibrant.

Some of our faves include:

Pevonia Timeless Cream which contains Pearl, Caviar,  Escutox, and Retinol for maximum brightening and anti-aging benefits.

RevaleSkin Illuminesse Brightening Complex to help even skintone and improve radiance. For skin with mild to moderate pigmentation, this plant-based antioxidant complex balances uneven skin tones and restores radiance. This 98% natural formula helps brighten dull, discolored skin.

For an instant cosmetic fix we love Colorescience Precious Pearls Collection that contains the sheerest trace of color with a luminescent backlit glow, that will calm and correct complexion irregularities while restoring a more youthful look.

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Retinol to the Rescue

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If you’re like me, you may have sensitive skin.  I made the mistake of using Retin-A years ago because I had heard of all the amazing benefits of retinol.  It was simply too harsh for my sensitive skin and I quickly stopped using it.

So now what?  I still want to reduce these fine lines and hyperpigmention!

Luckily, when I joNIA24 Intensive Retinol Repairined NIA24 as the company’s Vice President earlier this year, I was introduced to Intensive Retinol RepairNIA24’s skin experts explained to me that Intensive Retinol Repair contains 5% of the active ingredient Pro-Niacin® which delivers niacin to the skin cells and promotes healthier looking skin.

I immediately started using the product.  Sure, I was skeptical.  I didn’t want the drying and irritation I experienced when I used Retin-A.

After just 2 weeks, I noticed my skin was smoother and my skin tone was more even!  And I didn’t have any of the horrible, itchy dryness.  After about a month, fine lines that bothered me before were gone!

So how does Intensive Retinol Repair work? This amazing product:

-Stimulates the repair of your skin’s DNA and undoes some of the damage caused by the sun, creating healthier skin.

-Enhances energy metabolism and skin cell turnover.

-Promotes the release of leptin, a natural skin repair hormone that helps to reduce existing hyperpigmentation.

-Stimulates a skin receptor that decreases future hyperpigmentation.

But don’t take my word for it!  In a seven-site, physician-directed trial, 140 patients with mild to severe sun damage used NIA24 products featuring Pro-Niacin™ daily and:

-90% reduced their in hyperpigmentation

-82% improved skin texture

-81% improved skin tone

-80% increased skin smoothness

-68% reduced their fine lines and wrinkles

-53% improved firmness

And who better to get an endorsement from than The National Cancer Institute who recently chose the Pro-Niacin™ molecule for development as a potential skin cancer prevention agent.

Start the New Year with new skin today!

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