Have you ever heard the saying “Work Smarter not Harder”? Well that even applies with taking care of your skin. Adding sun protection factor (SPF) to your regimen can help prevent new dark spots from forming, keep existing dark spots from getting even darker and minimize the risk of skin cancer. Here are a few of my favorite multi-taskers!
Let’s face it, most of us don’t drink enough water, Dehydration shows in our skin too, leaving it dull and sometimes with a grayish cast. Unless you’re in an Addams Family beauty pageant, this isn’t a good look. Avene Hydrance Optimale SPF 25 Hydrating Cream is a great addition to your routine because you get three, count them: one, two, three, great benefits. You work on hydrating skin with the moisture it needs from good-for-you oils, bind water to your skin for re-hydration and the protection of SPF. The entire Avene Line is made with mineral spring water that comes from the south of France. Minerals are very healing to the skin.
Darks spots got you down? Brighten up with Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50. CC stands for color correction and that’s what you will get in this time-saver. It will act as your treatment by lightening discolorations over time, your tinted primer or you can even use it as a light foundation. Most importantly you get Broad Spectrum UV protection with the SPF 50. With this one tube you get four skin-loving perks: color coverage, brightening, moisture and our favorite preventative ingredient: SPF!
Let’s not forget the smallest parts of our beautiful faces – the eyes. You can take special care of them with Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15. Protect with SPF, build collagen and brighten with the Vitamin C and light diffusers all while deeply hydrating that delicate eye area. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, the Essential C line from Murad has such a fresh, orange fragrance that really makes you feel good.
As women, we are multi-takers and nurturers by nature. We can use our skills to benefit ourselves. We’re sooo worth it!
Shea butter is a highly beneficial ingredient. It protects, nourishes and moisturizes the skin. Shea butter is an intensely nourishing ingredient perfect for use anywhere on the body. It is suitable for all skin types including dry skin, sensitive skin and even a baby’s skin. When added to soap, shea butter makes the soap milder and adds moisturizing properties. Shea butter also has natural antioxidant properties and contains cinnamic acid which provides UV protection.
L’Occitane is well known for its use of shea butter and has been using it in a variety of its beauty products for over 20 years. L’Occitane 100% Pure Shea Butter is the perfect multi-usage moisturizer. L’Occitane’s ultra-nourishing Organic Shea Butter takes care of lips, skin, elbows, feet and even hair. This product contains pure organic shea butter from Burkina Faso, harvested in a sustainable and fair trade partnership with the women who produce it.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is a must have for your medicine cabinet! It’s packed with nourishing ingredients like Colloidal Oatmeal, Shea Butter, soothing Eucalyptus Oil and ceramides. It’s calming for the most sensitive skin types and helps repair the lipid barrier. Some skin conditions that can benefit from this cream are eczema, dermatitis, and keratosis pilaris. This item is also paraben free and does not contain any harsh chemical or colorants. Say goodbye to your dry, itchy, irritated skin and say hello to calm, hydrated, smooth skin!
-Hydrates, calms and soothes skin.
-Improves natural barrier function.
-Relieves minor irritation and itching.
-Reduces symptoms of eczema, dermatitis, and keratosis pilaris.
-Formula is free of parabens, harsh chemicals and colorants.
If there were ever a product that deserved to be packaged in a super-hero cape, this is the one. Skin Authority’s Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator is AMAZING! This multi-action, power packed cream is so much more than your typical moisturizer.
If you are like me, I don’t care what it does unless the texture is just right. I don’t want to feel the cream sitting on my face. Nothing heavy, greasy or strongly fragranced will do. This super star moisturizer passed my texture and fragrance test with flying colors! It’s fragrance–free and lightweight, yet hydrating. The dry-finish technology leaves you with no post-application residue. It’s perfect for day and/or night and safe for all skin types.
And now for the good stuff, it’s super powers! Firming and lifting peptides reduce and soften fine lines and wrinkles, neuropeptides promote healthy cell growth and vitamins A, B, C, and E nourish the skin. Plus, it will blast away any dry patches or scaly winter skin. Wow! You could have signed me up just at firming and hydration!
As an esthetician, I use this myself. I also frequently recommend this product to our customers. You really get a lot of bang for your buck! Maybe they should call it the Super Power Peptide Hydrator!
Winter is here and with winter comes dry skin. If you’re like me, not only are you experiencing dryness it’s also difficult to find a good moisturizer for your sensitive skin. Well wait no more Skin Authority Ultra Rich Moisturizer is here. Not only does this moisturizer restores skin’s moisture balance and evens your skin tone it can also be used for: post waxing irritations, post peels, and mild sunburn or windburn. This luxurious daily moisturizing formula deeply saturates skin with the penetrating hydration of Bergamot Oil, Cranberry, Grape Seed, Aloe and Shea Butter to restore the hydrolipidic barrier. The anti-inflammatory benefits of mango soothes redness and irritation while bergamot evens out your skin tone. Try it, you won’t be disappointed!
Do you have oily skin? Shiny T-zone? Having a hard time finding the right light weight moisturizer for your skin type? Here is a list of our best moisturizers for Oily Skin:
ARCONA Magic White Ice: This daily hydrating gel moisturizes deep within the dermis without clogging pores, to protect against environmental damage and leave the skin feeling fresh and dewy. This formula moisturizes skin with White Cranberry complex, Hyaluronic Acid and Mucopolysaccharides.
DDF Ultra-Light Oil Free Moisturizing Dew: DDF Ultra Light Oil Free Moisturizing Dew is an oil, fragrance and dye-free moisturizer great for all skin types including acne prone. Contains Aloe Vera, Vitamins A, E and C, and Grape seed for comfortable, non-greasy hydration. DDF Ultra Light Oil Free Moisturizing Dew absorbs quickly and will not clog pores.
DCL Oil-Free Ultra-Light Hydrator: This fragrance-free moisturizing lotion provides hydration without oil to oily/acne prone skin. This formula leaves skin smooth and hydrated without greasiness.
Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer: Do you suffer from moisture-phobia? People with naturally oily skin often steer clear of products that they fear will exacerbate the problem. Oil Free Moisturizer eliminates that apprehension with its unique ability to hydrate, keep oil production in check, and provide anti-aging benefits, as well! Formulated without oils, parabens, or fragrances, this lightweight cream leaves nothing behind but smooth, supple skin.
Yonka Pamplemousse PG: A true shot of energy, this light, luscious cream, with a citrus scent, brightens up skin tone and vitalizes the epidermis. This cream is recommended for normal to oily skin, with a higher concentration of fruit, it helps to tighten the pores.
All skin types need a moisturizer, even oily skin. If you have oily skin and are not using a moisturizer daily, it could make your skin produce more oil to compensate for it. To help keep the oil at bay, be sure to use a light weight moisturizer daily.
What is Matrixyl 3000? Matrixyl 3000 is a combination of two peptides palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7. This is an advanced formulation of the early edition of Matrixyl. These peptides are believed to stimulate collagen production by approximately 117% and also increase the hyaluronic acid production in your skin. The peptides stimulate the skin to reduce wrinkles and will also increase firmness in the skin. It is also believed that Matrixyl 3000 is less irritating on the skin than retinol or vitamin C. Even the most sensitive skin types can use this peptide, as it does not cause inflammation.
A combination of the palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, will provide greater benefits then versus when used alone. Together, they increase collagen production, reduce wrinkle depth and density. There has also been reports of an overall improved tone and texture of the skin. Matrixyl 3000 is said to firm the skin by reversing and preventing glycation damage to your skin. Glycation occurs when glucose and protein link together and cause the skin to stiffen resulting in dramatic decreases in collagen and elastin within the skin. This ingredient is a skin saver because it slows down the skin’s natural aging process, by promoting healthy skin from the inside out.
Here are some featured products on SkinStore.com that contain Matrixyl 3000:
Want an anti-aging moisturizer disguised as sun protection? You got it here with Hampton Sun SPF 15 Hydrating Face Cream. Anyone that has used sun protection knows that a good one can be hard to find. They can feel heavy, smell bad and/or go on too white. Not Hampton Sun. This oil-free, fragrance-free formulation with Zinc is as light as they come. Typically products with Zinc can be very heavy so I was impressed to learn that not only is Zinc, my preferred form of sunscreen for its instant efficacy and healing qualities, the sun protection but it’s choked full of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals that cause damage and aging.
That alone would grab my attention but it also contains ginger, an antioxidant that Increases radiance, decreases inflammation, cucumber strengthens connective tissue, relieves redness, aloe and chamomile to soothe, seaweed firms skin, gingko biloba helps with sun damage repair. Not only do I love it for its ingredients, I also love it for what’s not in it like parabens and PABA.
This power-house product is going to be great for all skin types but especially those with normal/combination to oily.
The Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer contains the Amazonian Camu Camu Berry, which is full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is used to help stimulate the production on collagen and help reduce the effects of free radical damage to the skin. This product is for anyone who is just starting to see the first signs of aging or is in the advanced stages of aging. It will help brighten your complexion and even your skin tone. It contains Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce transepidermal water loss from the skin and strengthens the skin’s barrier function. When it’s combined with Vitamin C, it’s a great protector against sun damage. For best results, apply twice daily to face and neck. Be sure to follow with SPF during the day.
You gave the feedback and Obagi listened! They now have a wonderful new moisturizer for all skin types to really complete the Obagi line. The Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer is formulated to provide long lasting hydration protection for up to 8 hours. It contains Hydromanil, which is an advanced ingredient that retains water and gradually delivers moisture to the skin. It can be used morning and night, and will become a must have product for those who are on the Obagi Nu-Derm system and may be experiencing any dry or flaky skin. Even though the product is super hydrating, it is hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it will not clog pores and works especially well for those with sensitive or irritated skin types.