Posts Tagged ‘hyperpigmentation’

Wrinkles 101

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Let’s talk wrinkles. We all have some type of wrinkle on our skin, but do we know what causes wrinkles, the different types, and most importantly how to diminish the appearance of them? According to the Fitzpatrick scale there are 3 classes of wrinkles: superficial wrinkles, fine-to-moderately deep wrinkles, and fine-to-deep wrinkles. The severity of the wrinkle will determine which treatment option is appropriate for you.

Mark Twain once said “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been”. In that case we should all be delighted about our wrinkles right? We have earned our laugh lines, battle scars, and wisdom; but now I think we deserve a break for all of our hard work!

There is hope for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, sometimes just by minimally using effective products and/or procedures. You will want to look for products that contain active ingredients to resurface your skin while boosting collagen and elastin. You can start by using a mild exfoliant such as glycolic acid and a topical retinol such as the Skinceuticals Retinol. Ther’es a a .5% for sensitive skin and a 1% for more tolerant or problematic skin. This will help the appearance of uneven skin tone; improve wrinkles and texture while encouraging collagen production.

If your wrinkles are beyond laugh lines and are not as superficial as they were in your 20’s and 30’s you may want to look into alternative treatments to use in conjunction with your anti aging products. Procedures include microdermabrasion, IPL photofacials, injectables, or skin laser resurfacing. You will want to consult your dermatologist for your best treatment options available for your specific concerns.

The key to your success for fighting the signs of aging is prevention. You should limit your sun exposure at all times, and make sure you are always wearing a sunscreen with an SPF30 or higher. You will want to look for a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. UVA rays are the main culprits for premature aging on the skin because they penetrate more deeply, so make sure you are choosing a broad spectrum sunscreen. A good sunscreen to try is the La Roche Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen. Wearing a daily sunscreen will help to prevent breakdown on your skin while promoting a healthy glow. Aside from the sun, watch out for the other no no’s such as smoking, poor nutrition, and not hydrating your skin properly.

We are all going to age eventually, but we don’t necessarily need to look our age… right?

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The NEW Baby Quasar MD

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Baby Quasar, one of the most innovative anti-aging companies has developed a brand new device, the Baby Quasar MD.

The new Baby Quasar MD is 3x more powerful and more effective than the original, so you will be able to achieve professional results in half the time. It is the most powerful and effective consumer device available, and was previously only used in medical facilities.

The device works by emitting infrared light and four different wavelengths that stimulating your skin to increase blood flow and circulation. As the skin ages it produces less collagen and hyaluronic acid which will make the skin deteriorate over time. The Baby Quasar MD will generate the production of new collagen which will improve the overall condition of your skin. It will soothe and heal the skin, it will also firm, treat large pores, reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. You can also use the device on the green mode for up to 12 minutes at a time, to treat pain such as arthritis, sprains, and wounds.

The new MD is just as easy to use as the original and just as portable. The MD has three settings, an orange LED low for sensitive skin, red LED high for normal skin, and a continuous wave green setting which is the highest power setting to increase blood flow and circulation. There is an indicator light on top of the device which will indicate which mode you are in.

When you begin using the Baby Quasar MD treatment you will want to make sure your skin is clean with no makeup or skin care products except for a hydrating serum. You will also want to remove any jewelry. The Baby Quasar pure silk is recommended to use in conjunction with your quasar before you begin treatment. Visually divide your face in 6 different sections and use the device for 2 minutes on each area of the face. The device will beep when it’s time to move to a different area of the face.

Rather then using the device 2-3 times per week with the original Baby Quasar, it’s recommended that you use the Baby Quasar MD only once per week for 24-36 minutes per treatment. Because of the strength you can use the Quasar MD up to two times per week; this will allow your skin enough time to regenerate and to prevent dryness from overuse. To clean the Baby Quasar you can use a cotton pad with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide after each use.

The Baby Quasar MD can be used on all skin types, it is Dermatologist recommended, and is FDA approved and accepted. The quasar will make a great addition to any skin care regimen because it will boost the benefits of any products you are already using. If you have any medical concerns we suggest first consulting your doctor or dermatologist before using this device.

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Condensing Your Products

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It’s an amazing thing when ingredients that usually should not be paired together are formulated to work in perfect harmony, and then condensed into one super product!

Say hello to Reti-C SPF15 by Vichy! This product offers numerous benefits all in one tube. Personally I can give testament for Vichy. The products from the line may seem very simple but the products definitely work! I know that with any of their products I can feel assured that I didn’t waste my money or my time. The Reti-C SPF 15 contains retinol and vitamin c to correct signs of aging, such as lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and even acne. Plus, Reti-C SPF15 provides essential moisture and sunscreen protection!

If you need additional proof that this is an outstanding product, watch this video from another happy beauty hunter.

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Caudalie Premier Cru Anniversary Set

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Today on SkinStore, Caudalie Paris is introducing its Caudalie Premier Cru Anniversary Set, your golden ticket to absolutely beautiful skin.

The Deluxe Anniversary set features two glow-getting products. The first is Premier Cru, a true Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte masterpiece. Cru contains all three of Caudalie’s signature ingredients; titrated resveratrol, viniferine and polyphenols… the purest extracts from grape skin, grape vine, and grape seed. In combination, these ingredients stop free radicals in their tracks, reducing oxidative stress by 155%. This powerhouse also induces collagen production, increases thickness of the epidermis, resculpting and lifting the skin. Clinical trials prove that the facial contours are much more defined after just 56 days of treatment with Caudalie Cru. The active ingredients in Cru work in synergy to lighten hyperpigmentation and dark spots caused by aging and sun damage. So not only is this product going to prevent aging, it’s also going to help reverse every single aging concern; from lines and wrinkles, to hyperpigmentation and lack of firmness and elasticity.

The second product in the Caudalie Premier Cru Anniversary Set is the Collector’s Edition Beauty Elixir, a cult product and celebrity favorite. Taunted as the elixir of youth, this powerful spritzer smoothes, soothes, tightens pores, softens, hydrates, rejuvenates and adds radiance to dull, lackluster skin. It also works as an astringent post-cleanse, and helps to pull active ingredients from your Premier Cru deeper into the epidermis. Keep a bottle in your vanity cabinet to use before moisturizing, and keep another bottle in your purse for a midday pick-me-up. If you wear mineral make-up, just spritz on a bit of Beauty Elixir post application to set the powder and give the skin a dewy glow.

Caudalie Premier Cru Anniversary Set is for all women and men that want to prevent and correct all signs of aging. Caudalie’s products are gentle, yet extremely effective in achieving desired results. The Caudalie Premier Cru Anniversary Set comes in a beautiful box that’s perfect for gift-giving, and at $150 for a $166 value, who could ever resist?!

Tell us what you think! Have you tried these products? Are you going to try the kit? We’d love your feedback!

Revolutionary Retinol

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SkinMedica Tr-Retinol Complex ES is the latest advancement in SkinMedica’s laboratories. This radical product contains the highest concentration of non-prescription retinoid available to treat the signs of aging.

Combining three forms of Vitamin A and a patent pending Microsponge delivery system, fine lines and wrinkles are greatly reduced with minimal or no irritation to the skin. Results from a clinical study show Tr-Retinol Complex ES and Tretinoin .025% are equally effective.

SkinMedica Tr-Retinol Complex ES diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates cell regeneration, and evens out skin tone and texture. The appearance of age spots are reduced and elasticity and firmness are significantly improved.

Look no further, this is the retinol you’ve been searching for!

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Best of Bust

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Whether you are small chested like Kate Hudson or have an ample bust like Pamela Anderson it’s likely that you already know the importance of taking care of your “girls” to keep them looking their best, no matter their size.

A perky, smooth bust resonates youth and good health. Unfortunately, gravity, sun damage, breast feeding, and hormonal changes can all take their toll. But you don’t have to be pregnant or in menopause to start taking care of your tata’s! It’s never too early to start taking preventative measures, and it’s never too late to use corrective products!

Skincare shouldn’t stop at the neck. That’s why you should use high-quality products on your chest area. Decleor Aroma Sculpt Bust Beautifying Toning Gel is a natural formula that contains an exclusive cocktail of eight active essential oils and Phyto-Firm Complex to promote a toning and tightening effect while leaving a luminous iridescence. It’s great for gals in their 20’s that are taking preventative measures and looking to achieve a pretty glow.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment for Neck and Bust is an outstanding two for one product that provides firming and lifting benefits to both the neck and décolleté areas. Best for mature skin types, Elemis Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment’s clinical trials claim the following results: reduction is skin crepiness by up to 33%, increase in skin firmness by up to 17%, and increase in skin elasticity by 14%. That’s a lot of bang for your buck!

Lierac Paris Bust Lift Creme Firming Anti-Brown Spots Cream is a great choice for those that have crepiness and sun damage like brown spots or freckles due to too much sun exposure. Hydration, firmness, reduction of hyperpigmentation are a result of using this miracle in a jar. Lierac Paris Bust Lift Spray Treatment for Bust and Décolleté can be layered under the cream for even better results.

Are you a new mom? Are you expecting? Mustela Specific Support Bust is an amazing product to use pre, during and post pregnancy. It helps promote firmness, prevent loss of elasticity, and relieve tension. It soothes breast tenderness and stretching sensations of the skin and it’s an elegant formula that soaks quickly into the skin so you can get on with your busy baby-filled day!

And what about cup size? What if you’re unhappy with yours? Before you look into augmentation try a product that’s sure to fill out your bra without the pain or the cost of surgery. Rodial Boob Job “blocks” fat into the area where the product has been applied. When applied to the bust area, Boob Job will gradually increase cup size and will provide an instant lifting and firming effect.

Whether you’re young or mature, small or large breasted there’s a décolleté product for you. Remember that your neck and chest can give your age away, even when your face looks amazing. So take care of your décolleté and breasts to keep your chest looking youthful and you feeling oh-so-good and confident!

At Home Microdermabrasion

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For those of you wanting the benefit of microdermabrasion without all the cost involved we have some excellent choices for you. But what exactly is the definition of this fancy word? Dermabrasion is the use of a physical exfoliant to remove or rub off the top layer of dead skin cells. The result is a fresh layer of newer skin cells revealing a more glowing, healthy skin, less fine lines and wrinkles, and fewer sun spots or hyperpigmentation.

Microdermabrasion is usually done at either a dermatologist’s office or estheticians salon or spa. The “micro” part comes with the use of micro aluminum oxide crystals that are blasted onto the skin with air pressure and immediately vacuumed off the skin. Microdermabrasion has little if any down time.

SkinStore has some wonderful at home tools that provide you the opportunity to get similar results to microdermabrasion without the office or spa appointments, or the associated cost.

If you prefer a tool instead of a product you can use this by itself:

The Personal Microderm Tool Kit
Removes the thin layer of dead skin cells so that rejuvenation creams and serums can sink deeper into the skin and work more effectively…Greatly enhances poor, dull skin texture by gently resurfacing the superficial skin layers…Polishes and reduces fine, crêpe lines on the cheeks generally caused by aging and sun damage…DVD and written directions included.

If you prefer a product instead of a tool you can use one of the following by themselves:

ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish
Round magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells, increase epidermal turnover and create a clearer, smoother, more even-toned complexion.

Lierac Paris Micro Abrasion Exfoliating Smoothing Cream
This stimulating smoothing cream contains alumina crystals for deep-down exfoliation and urea for optimum comfort, giving an immediate radiance-boosting effect, refined skin texture and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
Magnesium oxide crystals polish away dead skin cells leaving skin radiant. These diamond shaped crystals exfoliate evenly without scratching or irritating the skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and improving the overall texture of the skin. Helps clear acne prone skin and improves scars. Ideal for the face, arms, hands and neck.

As with any skin resurfacing product, either chemical or physical, it is imperative to use an SPF of 20 or higher after having a resurfacing done. Not protecting your newly revealed skin cells can cause damage from UVA/UVB rays and cause your skin to rapidly age. SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20  is a great choice.

Restore that youthful healthy glow to your skin and have everyone wondering how you did it!

Which do you prefer: “in office” microdermabrasion or “at home” microdermabrasion? Leave us a comment below!


Quick Tip: From Flawed to Flawless

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Do you wish there were just one product that provided antioxidants, sunscreen, and active ingredients to treat acne and clear the pores, while smoothing your skin texture and concealing ruddiness, hyperpigmentation and lines? I’m sure! Everyone would love to have this type of a product in their daily regimen. Boy! Do I have good news for you!


Meet ColoreScience Let Me Be Clear Primer. This formula contains 1% salicylic acid that will work to correct the appearance of blemishes and clogged pores. It will also smooth the skin’s texture and improve skin tone. It works as a great base for foundation, or can be used alone for a flawless finish. It’s great for men too because it’s undetectable on the skin. Let Me Be Clear Primer is infused with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide natural sunscreen protection. It also contains anti-inflammatory essential oils to reduce redness and swelling associated with acne and even rosacea.


Give this a try- and if you love it, you’ll love the powder too! Colorescience Let Me Be Clear Brush comes in three different shades to choose from; Fair Play, Middle Ground, and Deep Cover to suit all skin types. Just like the primer it contains salicylic acid, and has added rice starch to mattify the skin, so it’s great for keeping the skin looking matte and fresh all day long.


Staff Regimen: Marie

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What is your skin like? My skin is a real trouble maker.  It’s oily… everywhere, but it’s also dehydrated.  It breaks out…..everywhere.  And there is sun damage…..everywhere.  Oh, and it doesn’t appreciate frequent use uses of aggressive products. I have tried this approach but it retaliates with redness and dry, irritated areas.  I have to coerce it into behaving properly with a balancing/ juggling act that I have choreographed over the years.  To top it off, I am trying to ward off signs of aging, so I have added a couple new products to my routine.


What is your main concern? All of the above.


What does your skincare regimen consist of? See below.




Cleanse: Topix Gly Sal 10-2 Cleanser – exfoliates and deeply cleanses.


Tone: PCA SKIN pHaze 2 Smoothing Toner –  I love it because it has an aloe base and is alcohol free.


Treatment #1: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum – This is like 3 serums in one.  An anti-aging serum full of peptides and growth factors, an antioxidant serum to prevent and repair free radical damage, and a hydrating serum with sodium hyaluronate.  I could go on and on.


Treatment #2: Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Lotion – I am lost with out this product.  Chemical exfoliators work best for my acneic skin.


Treatment #3: Lightener – SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator –  Hydroquinone makes me red, so this is a great alternative.


Eye: SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair – Yes I use it during the day too!


Hydrate/SPF: DDF Mattifying Oil Control UV Moisturizer SPF 15 –  dries completely matte.  If I am going to be out in the sun longer than 20 min, I use La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.




Cleanse #1: Cosmedicine Healthy Cleanse Foaming Cleanser and Toner in One – apply to dry skin.  This breaks up all makeup.  It is really meant for normal to dry skin so after I rinse this off I use my regular cleanser.


Cleanse #2: Topix Gly Sal 10-2 Cleanser


Tone: Yonka PG Toner – this helps purify the skin and is very anti-inflammatory.


Treatment #1: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum


Treatment #2: Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Lotion with Jan Marini Benzoyl Peroxide 5% on top or SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0.  I alternate, but some nights I skip this step all together to give my skin a break.


Treatment #3: Lightener – SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator


Eye: SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair


Hydrate: H20 Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment if I want something super light (it can also be used as a hydrating mask) or I use Jan Marini Transformation Cream if I want a bit more hydration and I really slather this on if I accidentally over do it on the retinol.


Weekly (As Needed)


Peter Thomas Roth Cooling Sulfur Mask is awesome for controlling my breakouts too.  I use it once or twice a week.


5 Steps to Glowing Skin

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Ah, the coveted glowing skin.   It’s easier to get than you think.  I’ll show you how, just follow the steps below.

  1. Cleanse – Use a gentle cleanser that won’t dry out your skin. Cosmedicine Healthy Cleanse Foaming Cleanser and Toner in One is perfect. (They have one for normal to dry and normal to oily skin)

  3. Gently exfoliate – A mask like Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Revealing Mask, is great because it exfoliates while infusing the skin with luminous hydration.

  5. Treat – Dark spots are a major set back when glowing, radiant skin is your goal.  Treat them safely and effectively with SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator am and pm.

  7. Hydrate/protect – Glowing skin is synonymous with hydrated, healthy skin. Try an all in one tinted moisturizer to hydrate, protect and even skin tone a bit. Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 is a great all in one to try for dry skin. Normal to oily skins will fair better with MD Skincare All in One Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15. If you prefer more coverage, apply alight dusting of Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation.

  9. Glow – Try adding a touch of bronzer to the areas of your face that light naturally hits.  Too Faced Caribbean in a Compact – Sun Bunny lets you create versatile looks from a subtle glow or go for a bronzed beauty look, or anything in between.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your makeup.  Try different looks for different occasion or even moods!


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