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Vegan and Vegetarian Products

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This is for all you vegans and veggies out there that want to use products to fit your lifestyle. Here’s some info on some vegan and vegetarian products that SkinStore.com offers. For those of you that may be newer to the world of vegetarianism I have made it pretty simple to spot out products to suit your preferences.

Strictly vegan lines do not contain such ingredients as milk, honey, lanolin (substance derived from sheep’s wool) or any animal derived ingredients. Vegetarian skin care lines may include lactic acid or honey, however any other animal based ingredients such as squalene, fish oil, gelatin, carmine (pigment from a beetle), collagen, vitamin A, and glycerin will not be included as these are all animal by products.

A lot of makeup companies that are vegan use synthetic materials for their brushes instead of animal hair. This works well for vegans and people allergic to animals that may not be able to tolerate natural fibers.

Some alternatives to animal based ingredients include vegetable glycerin, soy and plant proteins, or almond and olive oil. Vitamin A alternatives include vegetables such as carrots, wheat germ oil or a synthetic form of Vitamin A.

The brands listed below are vegan or vegetarian:

Vegan Products:

Nuxe: Contains no animal ingredients, synthetic coloring agents, no mineral oils, and is lab tested and under dermatological supervision.
Duwop: Is vegan, no animal testing, and uses many different antioxidants to improve the look of your skin to enhance makeup application
Sparitual: 100% vegan. We love this line for their fun colors, earth friendly packaging, and great smelling products.

Vegetarian Products:

Juara: 100% vegetarian, no animal testing, contains no artificial colorants, paraben-free, no sulfates or pthalates.
Arcona-vegan (except for honey used in only a few products). This is one of my new favorite product lines. The smell, texture, and efficacy of the products are untouchable!
Juice Beauty: Is vegetarian and uses a lot of organic ingredients.
Melvita: Is vegetarian and organic
Colorscience: vegetarian and offers a wide range of natural sunscreens.
bareMinerals: vegetarian
Jack Black: vegan except for beeswax and silk amino acids that are in some of their products. They are cruelty, color and fragrance free.
Anthony Logistics: They are vegan except for their lip balms which contain beeswax.

Some companies are either reformulating their products or coming out with products that are exclusively vegetarian to meet the needs of consumers. Vegetarian based products have proven not to be just a fad, but offer real results and are here to stay!


Organic vs. Natural

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These days more and more consumers are becoming increasingly cautious about the ingredients used in their skincare and cosmetic products and they are trying to stay away from chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, or synthetic fragrances, just to name a few.

Companies are certainly aware of this and many of them are jumping on the “green” bandwagon. You are probably seeing a lot more products on the market labeled with the terms “organic” and “natural” and you may be wondering, what is the difference between these two? Is there a difference? The short answer is yes, there is a difference between “organic” and “natural”.

To start with, there may be some confusion for the consumer as to how these terms are regulated.  In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency that regulates the labeling and safety requirements for the cosmetic industry. Yet, they do not have a sanctioned definition of either of these terms. While the term natural is not regulated by any agency, the term organic is. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the National Organic Program (NOP) which regulates what can be considered organic. That being said, the USDA does not have a separate category for cosmetics, they use the same standards used for the food industry.

There are also International organizations that certify organic products. ECOCERT is a worldwide organization working in over 80 countries and COSMEBIO is a French organization created specifically for cosmetics and skincare.

So, what does is actually take for a product to really be “organic”? To earn a certified organic label 95% of the ingredients used must be organic. For a product labeled “made with organic ingredients” the required percentage goes down to 70%.

Natural is a broader term usually used to indicate that a minimal amount of chemicals were used in either the process of making the product or the actual formula of the product. Typically, “natural” products are free of synthetic additives such as chemical preservatives, synthetic coloring or fragrance. However, seeing natural on the label is not a guarantee that any of these ingredients will not be in the product. If you are still uncertain, always check the ingredient listing.

With so many choices out there it can be overwhelming. How does the consumer know what they are getting? What’s the bottom line for all of you ingredient-savvy consumers? Read those labels!


Our Top Natural Eye Creams

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Natural products pack a powerful punch! Our top natural eye creams deliver impressive results with a high concentration of quality natural botanicals while keeping chemicals to a minimum.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment is a top performing, powerful wrinkle fighter that nourishes the eye area and instantly lifts and firms. Juice Beauty utilizes cell rejuvenation technology with a proprietary blend of organic fruit stem cells, vitamin C and essential fatty acids. This product works at the cellular level to repair DNA and speed up cellular renewal.

Arcona Eye Dew provides hydration and helps to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming. Its instant brightening effect makes it an ideal eye treatment for under-makeup application. Skin is repaired and elasticity levels increase. Soothing blueberry extract and vitamin E nourish the delicate eye area.Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream  This luxurious cream offers ultimate anti-aging action for instantly transformed eyes. Perfectly hydrated, the skin is smoother and firmer. Dark circles and puffiness fade away and the eye area is brightened with renewed youth. Perfect for the lip contour area as well.

What natural product can’t you live without? We’d love to hear your feedback on our Facebook page!

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!


Belli Skincare Has A Fresh New Look!

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Belli®, a well-recognized and respected skincare line in the pregnancy and motherhood retail space, has recently undergone an exciting packaging makeover. The Belli® brand is poised to appeal to a broader audience of women who seek pure, luxurious, and effective skincare without harsh chemicals.

Each Belli® product now features either a white outer carton or a white tube with a pearlescent finish. The brand logo Belli New Packagingreadily stands out on a background of rich purple that is accented with silver foil, giving it a more contemporary look.

Every product’s name and function appears in large capitalized text on the front of the package, making it easier for women to recognize and choose the right Belli® product(s) as steps in their daily skincare regimen. For example; Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub is designed to PREP the skin for the application of other Belli products and may be used on the face or body. Then, Anti-Blemish Facial Wash can be used to CLEANSE acne-prone skin and followed with Acne Control Spot Treatment to TREAT blemishes.

Below the product name, the benefits and key ingredients are highlighted in bright pink. Belli® has also added an elegant airless pump delivery system to several products for easier use, reflecting the brand’s commitment to great customer service and satisfaction.

The new design scheme for Belli® packaging not only gives the products an impressive shelf presence as complementary skincare steps for face and body, it also helps to position the brand as a beauty routine ideal for use before, during, and well after pregnancy. Belli® offers OB/GYN and Dermatologist recommended solutions for a variety of skincare concerns including: acne, dry skin, stretch marks, sun protection, under eye circles and uneven skin tone. Products include: facial wash, acne spot treatment, eye cream, facial hydrator, mineral sunscreen, lip balm, exfoliating scrub, body wash, body oil, body lotion and body cream.

Here are some things you should know about Belli® Skincare and its range of luxurious and effective skincare products for Pregnancy, Motherhood and Beyond:

Belli® is Picky For A Purpose™ to give you peace of mind. Our products are allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives.  The ingredients in Belli® products are selected based upon an extensive review of published medical studies. For pregnancy and motherhood, Belli® follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding. We teratology screen our skincare products recommended for use during pregnancy by searching through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5,000 international journals, and use this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy. We also LACTMED screen to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding so that all Belli® products can also be used post-pregnancy.

Belli® never tests its products or ingredients on animals and uses organic ingredients whenever possible. Our products are made in the USA.

Belli® encourages women to Expect Beautiful Skin and Enjoy Peace of Mind™ before, during and after pregnancy.

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!


Juara Skincare

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Juara is a very unique brand and concept that combines the essence of beauty and balance with a traditional east-meets-west Indonesian infusion. Juara was started by four culturally diverse women, who shared a vision to combine a brand using their Western upbringing with their Asian heritage, and the outcome has been an effective results-driven skincare line. Juara is a luxurious and elegant brand that offers a wide variety of skin care products including skin and body care as well as perfume oils.

Juara’s unique formulas of healing teas and active botanicals such as turmeric, tamarind, candlenut oil, and rice have made this brand a natural yet effective line that offer results for all skin types and concerns. Juara’s top selling products include the Rice Facial Cleanser and Sweet Black Tea and Rice Facial Moisturizer , Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner, the Candlenut Body Creme,and the Avocado Banana Moisture Mask.

Rice Facial Cleanser: The rice facial cleanser is a foaming but sulfate and oil free rinse off cleanser that you can also use to remove make-up. They key ingredient is rice starch while helps to soothe and soften the skin. Rice starch also provides a protective layer or barrier on the skin, this helps the skin to retain moisture which will provide soft hydrated skin. The rice facial cleanser works excellent for sensitive skin because it will not strip the skin of its natural oils, but still will appropriately cleanse the skin.

Sweet Black Tea and Rice facial Moisturizer: This moisturizer is a best seller because it is naturally anti-aging, hydrating, and also adds radiance to the skin. This moisturizer contains fermented black tea, also known as Kombucha which helps to soften the skin by enhancing the skin’s elasticity, and rice bran oil that will add a healthy glow while hydrating the skin.

Candlenut Body Creme:  Candlenut is known for its high content of essential fatty acids. The nut has used for centuries in Indonesia to address dry and rough skin. The candlenut body cream also contains avocado, rice bran, and carrot seed oil. As this luxurious body crème absorbs into your skin it will give you lasting hydrating without feeling heavy.

Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner: The tamarind tea hydrating toner is an oil and fragrance free toner serum that will hydrate and soothe the skin. The main ingredient is tamarind which increases the level of hydration. This toner also contains the all important ingredient hyaluronic acid which will help to bind moisture to the skin. There are also extracts of white, green, and black tea which will add a healthy dose of antioxidants to the skin. This toner is great for all skin types but especially dry and sensitive skin. For oily to combination skin types you can use this toner as your moisturizer for instant hydration.

Avocado Banana Moisture Mask is an ultra rich leave-on mask that will provide your skin with instant moisture and hydration. It contains avocado butter and oil along with banana puree and carrot seed oil. The combination of ingredients will hydrate and soften skin. Any skin that needs a little extra moisture will love this product. For drier skin types you can leave on all night and rinse off in the morning.

Juara’s recipe of time honored skin care health and well being, combined with modern technology, makes them a high quality line that offers luxury with a bit of history and tradition.

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Natural Products at SkinStore.com

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Natural and organic products have gained increased popularity during the last 5+ years that I have been here at SkinStore.com. I’ve seen an evolution in customers that have gone from mildly curious to highly passionate about what product they will choose to put on their skin.

For us its wonderful when we have customers calling in asking questions about products because the diversity in the questions we get asked can range from focusing on organic certification and verifying products have not been tested on animals to simply wanting a minimal list of ingredients in skincare products. What we love is that we have products to fit everyone’s skincare needs and desires.

Let’s talk Natural. At SkinStore we have a Natural skincare department that offers a broad range of natural products that contain high concentrations of “natural extracts and botanicals while avoiding common controversial chemicals, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrance whenever possible.”  There are hundreds of products to choose from and many brands that offer not only natural or botanical ingredients but also provide eco-friendly and cruelty free products. In addition, some brands have even taken the next step in supporting our environment by focusing on minimizing their footprint and supporting environmental organizations that are focused on protecting our beautiful planet.

If you are into “natural”, come on by our natural department and take a look around. We’d love to see you there!


Brighten Up With Arcona

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The warm weather is approaching so it’s time to get our skin back in shape. The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel will work wonders for dull and tired skin, and you only need to use it once a week to get glowing and healthy skin.

This brightening peel uses orange zest, glycolic and lactic acid to gently but effectively exfoliate the skin, revealing a much healthier complexion. It will help to improve the clarity, texture, and brighten your skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles that are caused by environmental damage. The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel also contains lycopene and mandarin extract which are powerful antioxidants that help keep our skin protected.  This easy-to-use at home peel will deliver professional results at a fraction of the cost. Many of us we are looking for a topical and safe product to use that will help address hyperpigmentation. The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel contains Nonapeptide-1 and Sepiwhite which will help to even out skin tone, while reducing the formation of unwanted pigmentation. Both ingredients provide a more natural approach to skin lightening that has been proven to be highly effective.

The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel can be used once a week in the AM or PM. We highly suggest using an SPF in conjunction with this peel or any other skin brightening products. We recommend the Arcona Reozone SPF 30. The Arcona Reozone sunscreen contains hyaluronic acid and green tea to hydrate and protect your skin as well as Vitamins A and C to help fight sun damage.


Juara Skincare

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We’re always excited to offer natural product lines at SkinStore.com. Amongst our favorites is Juara Skincare. Founded by four unique, modern women, Juara brings different cultures and worlds together offering a new spin on skincare. Juara has been shaped by Eastern and Western influences.

From body and hand lotions and creams, body scrubs, cleansers, masks, soaps, gels and oils, Juara Skincare has so much to offer. We’re fans of the intoxicating candlenut scent many of their products contain.

Being a natural product line, Juara is 100% vegetarian and no animal testing is ever conducted. Juara products are paraben-free and contain no artificial colorants, sulfates, or pthalates. Common ingredients in Juara products include: avocado, banana, candlenut, cinnamon, coffee, ginger, milk, rice, sandalwood, tamarind, and sweet black tea. All of these ingredients have unique purposes and benefits for the skin.

Regardless of your skin type or skin concern, Juara products are available to help! Whether you have sun damaged or aging skin, breakouts, sensitive skin, rough skin or are just looking to take preventative measures for your skin, there is a suitable Juara product for you.

Search Juara products on SkinStore.com and stay tuned for a special Juara giveaway, coming soon!


Olive Oil

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We have all heard of the countless benefits of olive oil. It’s healthy and high in beneficial fats, and is delicious when used in salads and pastas. Greek, Spanish, and Italian kitchens made Extra Virgin Olive Oil fabulously popular, and we sure are glad because it’s really delicious, nutritious, and beneficial.Olive oil is also great when used in skin care! It’s rich in polyphenols, squalene, and vitamins A and E.

Olive oil is easily absorbed by the skin and works to regulate both dry and oily areas, so it’s suitable for all skin types. Because of its gentle nature it’s great for skin conditions associated with irritation and dryness, like eczema and psoriasis.

Olive oil can be applied directly onto the skin (we recommend extra virgin, the greener the oil is in color, the higher antioxidant content and quality), it can also be mixed into a cleanser, scrub, or moisturizer. Olive oil scrubs are great to use in the winter time, or anytime your skin feels especially parched. Simply mix equal parts sugar and olive oil and apply all over the body in circular motions, then rinse and towel dry and follow with a body moisturizer or once again, a bit of olive oil. An affordable facial scrub can be made by mixing equal parts olive oil and baking soda; it’s gentle yet very effective at removing dead skin cells.

Olive oil is also great for preventing stretchmarks, and is safe to use during pregnancy, and is also great for soothing baby ailments like diaper rash and cradle cap (but consult your doc to get the OK first)!

Check out our Key Ingredient feature to see which popular skincare products contain olive oil!

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Top Five Natural Anti Aging Creams

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Do you want an anti aging product that is natural? Many of our customer would shout out a loud “Yes, Please!”  As an Esthetician here at Skinstore.com, I help people select the right products for their skin everyday. Many of the customers I help want to fight off the signs of aging (Who doesn’t?) and many of those same customers are also concerned about the products they use.  They would like the products to be made with natural ingredients. They are also concerned about reducing their own carbon footprint. So with that being said, I have compiled a list of the top five natural anti aging skin care creams we carry here at Skinstore.com.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Antioxidant Moisturizer

This rich and creamy moisturizer will hydrate, leaving skin feeling soft and supple, all while reducing redness. Some customers reported a positive change in their skin’s appearance in just two weeks!

Pevonia Rejuvenation Dry Skin Cream

Infused with Hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer glides on smooth and absorbs quickly. It has a light scent which was described by one of our reviewers as “Like breathing in a French herb garden on a dewy morning”. I think that sounds just fabulous!

Nuxe Aroma Vaillance Moisturizing Deep Wrinkle Emulsion

This luxurious cream feels heavy in texture but melts in without leaving your skin feeling sticky. This cream is very versatile and can be used as a day or night cream.

Sundari Neem Night Cream

Many of our customers have reported waking up with a smoother, brighter complexion after using this Night cream. One reviewer even boasted that even her husband noticed her face feeling softer!

Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Who doesn’t want to fight wrinkles AND free radicals? This antioxidant armed product gives wrinkles and fines lines a one, two punch! It has a velvety rich texture that is suitable for all skin types.

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