BOO! Happy All Hallows Eve! While your bunnies, ghosts, princesses and pirates are out trick-or-treating, treat yourself to a masque of your own, here are our favorite skin treats… no tricks involved:
Oily and acne-prone skin types benefit from a weekly purifying masque. Purifying masques help to minimize the appearance of large pores while drawing out impurities and excess sebum. A purifying masque is typically clay based and contains anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.
Everyone should exfoliate! An exfoliating masque will remove dead skin cells from your skin. Exfoliating masques provide brightening, purifying and tightening benefits. After exfoliating, treatment products will penetrate deeper into the skin.
If you’ve over-exfoliated, or if you have sensitive skin, or if you’re looking to calm a sunburn then soothing masques are for you! A soothing masque will deposit cooling, calming and hydrating ingredients into the skin.
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.
In these warmer months you may feel like the oil production in your skin is increasing at a rapid rate. If you’re constantly having to remove excess oil throughout the day with a napkin, paper towel, toilet paper etc. you may be disturbing your makeup and taking hydration from the skin that it needs. I highly recommend throwing a pack of the TATCHA Japanese Beauty Blotting Papers in your purse and no more unneeded trips to the bathroom!
These handmade papers were used by gold craftsman to protect the precious metal they hammered to enrobe the majestic pavilions in Imperial Japan. Their gold-leaf artistry transformed the paper into aburatorigami, a very soft, strong and absorbent leaflet.
Today, this technology has been used in these papers and has created an amazing blotting product that will remove excess oil without removing makeup, stripping the skin or causing irritation. The formula is free of fragrance, powders, pulp and can be used by any skin type. For a petal fresh complexion, gently pat a single leaflet of TATCHA Aburatorigami on the face anywhere there is excess oil. Use both sides of each sheet and discard afterwards.
Her line has been featured in Vanity Fair, InStyle, Vogue, teenVogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, and other famous publications. Kate Winslet’s skin glows thanks to her line, so does Susan Sarandon’s and Miranda Kerr’s. Cyndi Lauper is a fan too!
Tracie Martyn has been in the beauty industry since the 80’s, and having worked with models and celebrities as a make-up artist, she figured out exactly what they all wanted in their skincare….pure, natural ingredients and no-fuss products that delivered real results. Using the best anti-aging technologies, while simultaneously creating treatments that are restorative, pampering and holistic, Tracie has pioneered a skin care concept that is both effective and results oriented.
One of the most popular products in the Tracie Martyn line is the Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant which contains enzymes, botanical skin lighteners and balanced fruit acids. It exfoliates, brightens, lightens, minimizes fine lines as well as wrinkles and pores, revitalizes lackluster complexions, reduces redness, eliminates breakouts, stimulates cell renewal and nourishes the skin. Susan Sarandon has reported to People Magazine that it leaves her skin glowing. This miracle in a jar has been voted ‘best product’ by More Magazine and continues to receive praise.
The Tracie Martyn Firming Serum is the ultimate anti-aging secret. The Powerful antioxidants, exotic botanicals, rejuvenating epidermal growth factors and essential vitamins combine in a synergistic formula aimed to counteract the thinning of skin due to aging and environmental factors. Cyndi Lauper has said to People Magazine “…I use the serum every day, it makes a world of difference, it’s really healing. You see the difference right away.” The active ingredients in this product lift and firm, strengthen the collagen network, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate the skin by minimizing water loss and replenishing moisture, calm and soothe, reduce redness and irritation, improve texture, gently lighten hyperpigmentation and brighten lackluster skin.
Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser is another star product. Miranda Kerr has reported to Teen Vogue that “The Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser deep-cleans without dryness.” Combining breakthrough technology with ancient Ayurvedic knowledge, this extraordinary concentrate gently but efficiently purifies and resurfaces the skin, restoring its youthful vitality and radiance. Unique botanicals, resurfacing enzymes and powerful antioxidants protect, exfoliate and repair the skin while removing residue, dirt, oils and make-up in one single step.
Stars love this line, SkinStore.com loves this line, and we’re sure you will too! Treat yourself like a celebrity and try the Tracie Martyn line for yourself.
This common spice is getting out of the cupboard and into your skin care products. For centuries turmeric was and is still currently being used for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is now being put into skin care products, namely eye care and anti-aging products. It can treat fine lines and dark circles, and is a powerful antioxidant. You may also see turmeric in sunscreens for its antioxidant properties.
It is also successful in treating blackheads and has skin lightening benefits which will even out skin tone, making it effective for post acne scarring. Because turmeric is anti-inflammatory it is beneficial for most skin types, especially oily and acneic skin. Turmeric is also very healing so it will help repair extreme skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. If this product is mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba it can eliminate spots caused by eczema. Turmeric has many beneficial uses; you can make turmeric into a paste like texture and it will effectively treat cuts, scrapes and diaper rashes. You can also take turmeric in a pill or powder form for added health benefits.
Here are a few products containing turmeric that SkinStore.com offers:
Alchimie Forever Nd YAG Antioxidant Skin Repair Gel – Normal to oily skin types will love this product because of its gel like texture. Enriched with antioxidants this moisturizer will protect your skin against all those nasty environmental aggressors. Guys, this will also work great for you to use after shaving to cool the skin and prevent irritation.
Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser – This cleanser will give oily skin types a refreshing and clarifying cleanse without over drying the skin. It also contains antioxidants to protect the skin and prevent irritation.
It is always fun finding new products to try, so go and have some fun!
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In a world where skin care products are so specialized, it can be a bit confusing knowing what to look for and which ones will work best for you. Not to fear, your answer is here! Half the battle is knowing what skin type you have. To make it simple, we’ll discuss the three most common types.
Dry skin is generally characterized by smaller pores on and around the nose and forehead. This type of skin needs the most moisture. Under moisturized, dry skin can experience some oiliness when it needs hydration. Overly dry skin will work harder to produce the oil it craves, once properly hydrated, the oil subsides. Rough patches and flakiness can be exfoliated away with a scrub or peel. Extremely dry or inflamed skin can be calmed with products containing soothing ingredients such as chamomile.
What to look for: Creams rich in oils, such as Jojoba and Avocado, Glycerin, Lanolin and Shea Butter.
What to avoid: AHA’s and BHA’s with high concentrations. Acids typically make the skin drier.
The most common type of skin is combination. Skin that is combination will have medium to large pores on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. This skin tends to see some oil in the T-zone and is drier on the cheeks. Balancing the combo type can be tricky. Sometimes using two types of products can be most effective. Such as using dry skin products on the cheeks and products for oily skin on the forehead, nose and chin. When unbalanced, you will see congestion, black or whiteheads and occasional breakouts.
What to look for: Gentle cleansers, oil-free hydrators, spot treatments, balancing products.
What to avoid: Super-moisturizing oils, soap–based cleansers, waxes that can clog skin, Alcohols.
Need a pick me up? Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist will not only balance your skin with the scent of fresh roses. It will also set mineral make-up! Can be used just in the morning or all day as a refresher.
H2O Plus Face Oasis Cleansing Water is an ultra-foaming, oil free, liquid cleanser that will work wonderfully with a cleansing brush to help balance out combination skin.
Oily skin tends to have larger pores throughout the T-Zone and cheeks. It’s most common for this type to be blemish-prone, however all types can experience pore congestion such as black or whiteheads and breakouts. Controlling oil and acne are the main concerns for oily skin. Moisturizers and foundations with a matte finish will help to keep shine at bay. Acids will help exfoliate, heal blemishes and kill bacteria. Keep in mind, over-use of acids can strip the skin making it too dry resulting in an over-production of oil to compensate which can create more breakouts. Over time, the use of oil-free moisturizer will help balance hyper-active oil glands and bring skin back to manageability. Using an enzyme exfoliant 2-3 times a week is also an effective way to keep skin cells turning over and clear acne.
What to look for: Salicylic Acid (BHA). gel formulations, Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid (AHA), and matte finish products.
What to avoid: Scrubs with beads than can infect and spread acne bacteria, stripping the skin with too much acid.
Have oily skin that needs help with anti-aging as well as clearing acne? Suki Balancing Day Lotion boosts collagen synthesis, and calms inflammation. It’s a multi-tasking, age fighting moisturizer.
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel is a peel that will help with acne scarring, fine lines and moisture. Pineapple and Papaya enzymes are natural exfoliants that will help smooth your skin without causing infection to existing acne.
Gel cleansers are ideal for oily skin. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel is going to brighten, clarify and exfoliate all in one! Address fine lines and wrinkles while you do a deep pore cleanse and wash away dirt make-up and impurities.
Feel like you’ve had a facial with Purity Clean Cleanser from CosMedix. The line’s best seller gently exfoliates and leaves you with instantly smoother skin. CosMedix boasts that all their products are chirally corrected, which means that they have balanced their active ingredients to be the safest and gentlest they possibly can be.
This liquid cleanser packs a punch. Perfect for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin, tea tree oil has natural antibacterial and antiseptic qualities to help heal blemishes. It contains L-lactic and Salicylic acids so you will want to make sure you have a good SPF on during the day as sun exposure can accelerate the effects of acids. CosMedix offers Hydrate+ SPF 17 Moisturizer. It complements the cleanser by soothing the tingly feel you may experience when cleansing your face and neck.
But don’t just take our word for it; check out the customer reviews. One reviewer writes: “It has a fresh minty fragrance and literally makes my skin look as if I have had a facial.” We couldn’t agree more!
One of our favorite doctor’s offers a product that we feel is a “must have.” Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refiner is a 2-in-1 product that will minimize pores and tame that annoying shine that seems to appear on most of us, especially in the “t-zone” area.
Pores No More Pore Refiner uses microspheres which absorb oil on the skin. Shine is instantly mattified, and pores are hidden after a quick and easy application. It can be used as a primer before make up application or on its own.
Customer ratings speak for themselves! Celebrity plug: “Dr. Brandt’s pores no more pore refiner is my secret to having close up ready skin. It shrinks the size of pores and refines the skin, it is brilliant!“- Gwyneth Paltrow
Have you ever spent hours trying to figure out which products would be best for you? You’re not alone! I always appreciate a kit or system that is put together by the manufacturer. It takes the guess work out of trying to figure out which products are going to be best for me. Kits usually contain several different products in smaller size jars or bottles and generally are always a great value!
I’m going to recommend some of our most popular kits at SkinStore, and depending on what your skin concerns are, you can choose accordingly!
For problematic/acne prone skin: iS Clinical Acne Travel Kit. Although this kit is made for “travel,” it’s still one of my favorites. I personally think the Active Serum is a miracle worker! This kit comes with a cleanser, two serums and a sunscreen! Oh, and we can’t forget about the travel case.
For sensitive skin: We have a great kit by Pevonia that is a 3 step kit containing a cleanser, a lotion, and a soothing skin cream. Ingredients are mild enough for your sensitive skin, and the soothing cream has healing properties to relieve your skin!
Keep in mind you can always mix and match products and brands. Build your own kit! Share with us: What’s your favorite kit and what makes it so fabulous?
Skinceuticals is known for producing innovative skincare products and has just developed their newest product, the Phloretin CF Gel. The formula is similar to the regular Phloretin CF, but is now a gel form with added benefits. The gel consistency allows the pure active ingredients to remain in the product for targeted penetration, to ensure you are getting the full benefits of the product.
The SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel contains 2% Phloretin, 10% Vitamin C, and 0.5% Ferulic Acid. This formula will protect your skin from free radical damage while regulating pigment production. The three ingredients when used together will help to speed up cell turnover and stimulate collagen so the results will be a more even and brighter complexion while firming the skin.The new formula also contains caffeine and Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract which will address inflammation in the skin and increase circulation.
The texture of the new gel is great for sensitive, combination, and normal skin types and works by reinforcing the barrier of the skin to help keep it protected. It works very well as skin primer and can be used in conjunction with any moisturizer or sunscreen product you may be using. For a sunscreen we would suggest the Skinceuticals Physical UV Defense SPF30. This is an oil free formula that contains a non-chemical sunscreen and should be used in conjunction with your Phloretin CF gel for optimum benefits.