Posts Tagged ‘oily skin’

A Combination Skin Hero!

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For skin types that usually deal with clogged pores, excessive oils, rough or uneven skin texture and tone, there is a  product that may become a your saving grace.

From a brand which needs no introduction, SkinCeuticals has re-vamped a few classic products that have come back with a powerful impact. SkinCeuticals BioMedic LHA Serum, formulated with glycolic, salicylic, & LHA complex is the newest in latest&greatest technology.

Glycolic acid can accelerate your natural cell renewal process to assist with improvement of skin tone & texture. Salicylic acid can help to unclog pores, remove dirt, oil or other debris that can lead to breakouts. LHA can provide a more precise exfoliation.

Key Ingredient- Peppermint

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Peppermint has been widely used in Eastern and Western medicine to alleviate a variety of different ailments. Peppermint helps to ease pain and also kill bacteria. Its antimicrobial properties make it a key ingredient in products for oily or acne prone skin types. Here are a few peppermint wonders that we can’t live without:

Sundari Essential Oil for Oily Skin has a lightweight blend of essential oils that replenishes oily skin without clogging pores. Stimulating peppermint oil cools the skin while rosemary oil works as an astringent to firm and tone. Loaded with vitamins A and E this blend helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The product also helps to regulate oil production within the skin. Peppermint also increases circulation, which purges pores of toxins and debris. With regular use the skin will appear balanced, nourished, and calm.

Cellex-C Betaplex Clear Complexion Masque contains an aromatic blend of essential oils such as peppermint, menthol, rosemary, and Echinacea. Blemish prone skin is soothed and bacteria is kept at bay with a blend of antiseptic peppermint, rosemary and Echinacea. Alpha beta hydroxyl acid (3%) is included to help to slough off dead skin surface cells revealing a radiant smooth complexion.

Decleor Cleansing Gel leaves oily skin squeaky clean and refreshed. Peppermint purifies and rebalances skin without stripping the skin or disrupting its natural pH balance. With continued use blemishes occur less frequently, pores are tightened and shine is reduced.

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Staff Regimen: Macey!

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Name: Macey

What is your Skin like: Like millions of people I would say I have a combination skin. My t-zone is oily (especially in the warmer months), and the rest of my skin is normal. I do have to watch what I use on my face because I do break out easily.

Skin concerns: I try my best to keep my skin clear and use preventative products. My forehead can get very oily and I get the occasional break out.

Cleanser: Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser– This is my all time favorite cleanser. I love how gentle this product is, yet it is excellent for removing make-up. It is even good for removing my stubborn mascara.

Toner: SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner– helps balance my skin and leaves it with a fresh soothed feel.

Treatment: SkinMedica C + E Complex– helps me get my antioxidant defense without leaving a heavy feel on my skin like some other products can.

Hydrator: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion– Fast absorbing, mattifying, helps minimize my pores, oil free, and anti-aging in one! I absolutely love this moisturizer and apparently my boyfriend does too because out of the tons and tons of products I have, this one always seems to come up missing and I always know who to go to when I need to find it!

Eye Cream: Caudalie Vinexpert Anti-Aging Serum & Lips– a hydrating serum that leaves my eye area tight, bright & smooth looking. This is your all in one eye product. Targets lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.

SPF: La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid– If there is one thing I can not stand is a heavy sunscreen that leaves you with a white face. Since I love being outdoors, this sunscreen has become my best friend.

My night regimen is the same as my morning regimen with a few exceptions: I swap out my antioxidant for a retinol treatmnet, and my moisturizer & SPF for an anti-aging, nourishing lotion that repairs sun damage!

Treatment: SkinMedica Retinol Complex– very effective, yet non irritating. I love the consistency of this product and it has definitely cleared up my skin and evened out my tone.

Hydrator: Kinerase Lotion– it’s a light moisturizer but is very hydrating. This moisturizer does not clog my pores and absorbs well. Not to mention it is anti aging, helps even out skin tone, and works very well for those with sun damaged or sensitive skin.

What’s your regimen like? As comprehensive as mine? Tell us! We’d love to know!

You could win a Perricone MD Cold Plasma! Enter our latest giveaway now! Enter here. Event ends on 4/4/2011.


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Imagine a skin care line that embodies a mind-body-soul philosophy to bring harmony to your skin. Ayurveda has been around for many centuries and it’s said that Indian sages lived to be over 100 years old through Ayurvedic practices. Ayurveda is a way of life –involving mind body harmony that is conducive to health, happiness and longevity. It’s said that external stimuli enhance the nervous system, and practices such as bath, massage, and meditation bring positive impact from the outside inward. Sundari (which means beautiful woman in Sanskrit) is a product line that combines holistic ayurvedic principles based on an ancient eastern philosophy with the finest quality ingredients from nature, delivering a healthy approach to wellness that result in outer radiance and inner serenity. Sundari products are formulated with organic ingredients and made with therapeutic-grade essential oils to address a wide array of needs ranging from oily skin and acne, to dry skin and aging. Ingredients such as neem, gotu kola, amla, and aloe vera gel are synthesized in potent formulas to provide firming, healing, nurturing, and supplifying results.

Here are some of our top-selling Sundari items:

The Sundari Gotu Kola and Boswellia Firming Eye Serum: An eye contour treatment designed to help prevent puffiness and reduce visible bags under the eyes, tighten the skin, and increase elasticity to the eye region. Calendula extract soothes sensitive skin around eyes.

Sundari Neem Night Cream: A powerful anti-aging cream that contains Neem Extract, combined with Jojoba Oil, Geranium Oil and Shea Butter serves to soften the skin bringing about a new, radiant appearance.

Sundari Gentle Gel Cleanser: A soothing gel cleanser that contains healing aloe and calming chamomile extract to soothe and refresh the skin.

What is your favorite Sundari product? How do you practice your own personal Ayurveda? Is it massage, meditation, yoga, or simply quiet “me” time? Share with us on our Facebook page, and stay tuned for an exciting GIVEAWAY featuring Sundari products!

A Refreshing Cleanse

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We start our days and end our days with a refreshing cleanse. While there a million cleansers specific to different skin types, there are a few products which are star cleansers that are suitable for almost everyone. These are cleansers that no matter what your skin needs, can work efficiently and gently.

Here are some of the top contenders for this important daily step:

Caudalie Cleansing Water – This cleanser removes dirt and makeup without needing to be rinsed off. It encapsulates dirt particles and sweeps them away. Great on the go, or for those with water sensitivities.
Purlisse Pur Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser – This gentle and non- irritating cleanser is made from a blend of soy milk, soy proteins, whole oat, and white tea. It’s a non-foaming cleanser which helps to balance the skin while removing make-up.
iS Clinical Cleansing Complex – This cleanser helps to remove dead skin cells, refines the pores, helps to balance the skin, and can even be used for shaving. The ultimate multi-tasker!
Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser – This cleanser just so happens to be created by the makers of the fabulous Clarisonic device. It is a non-foaming cleanser that contains aloe, cucumber, green tea, and vitamin E to help soothe the skin while providing antioxidant protection against future damage. It’s great for use along with your Clarisonic system or it can be used alone!

Do you have a favorite multi-tasking cleanser? We’d love to know!

You could win a Perricone MD Cold Plasma! Enter our latest giveaway now! Enter here. Event ends on 4/4/2011.

Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin

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Teenagers are not the only ones that have oily skin. As we age, hormonal levels fluctuate which causes changes in our skin. Some women experience more oil production later in life as hormones change entering perimenopause and menopause. With onset of hot flashes, an oily complexion is only accentuated. Although hormonal transitions are unavoidable, here are a few of our highest rated mattifying moisturizers that will help combat unwanted shine.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion is a top seller addressing anti-aging concerns while taming excess oil. The lotion is infused with retinol and apple stem cells to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pore size and shine are also greatly reduced.

L’Occitane Red Rice Ultra Matte Face Fluid rebalances oil production with red rice vinegar, zinc, red rice powder. Excess shine is reduced immediately and oil production lessens with continued use.

Another great option is Vichy Normaderm Pro Mat which instantly mattifies the skin while providing UV protection and acts as a great make up base.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Say Bye-Bye to Shine!

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Do you ever feel like there is not enough blotting paper in the world to combat your oily, shiny skin? Do you walk outside on a hot, summer day and feel your makeup immediately start sliding off of your face? Do you walk outside on a cold, winter day and still experience the same problem? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, let me introduce you to your new best friend…Vichy Normaderm PRO Mat!

My own battle with excess oil and shine has been ongoing for as long as I can remember. Always on the search, it seemed like I was constantly spending time and money trying to find something that worked for me, but to no avail. Now, I have FINALLY found that product…thank you Vichy for creating the perfect product for me!

This oil-free moisturizer is my multitasking miracle! It absorbs quickly, works fantastic as a foundation base, instantly mattifies and keeps me shine-free for hours. Another great feature about this product is that it also contains an SPF 15. UV rays are another cause of excess oil production. As if we needed another reason to wear our sunscreen.

I can already hear you asking “How does it work?” Vichy Normaderm PRO Mat contains microspheres that provide that beautiful, instantly matte finish while the Vitamin CG (a stable precursor to Vitamin C) slowly releases throughout the day to actually regulate your body’s own sebum production. So not only does PRO Mat work as an anti-shine quick fix, it also provides long-term benefits.

Accutane, Acne and Answers

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When we consult with our customers, those that are acne prone often inquire about Accutane. Have we heard of it? What does it do? How does it work? Although we don’t carry Accutane (it’s a prescription) we’re well-versed on the product.


Accutane is a prescription medication made for the treatment of severe acne, especially cystic under-the-skin, painful, scarring type of acne. Accutane uses a derivative of vitamin A (similar to that found in our bloodstream) in a very high dose. Most Accutane courses last for 4-6 months. While taking Accutane a patient may experience severe dryness of the lips, nasal passages, and skin. Side effects also include nose bleeds, thinning of the hair, increased sensitivity to sun, irritation of eyes, joint and muscle pains and in some rare cases blurred vision and depression. During Accutane treatment blood tests are necessary to monitor liver health. It is not safe to drink alcoholic beverages while on Accutane. The most serious side effect of Accutane is the possibility of serious birth defects, so women who are pregnant, nursing or trying to become pregnant should not use Accutane.


If you suffer from serious acne and topical products do not help, we recommend consulting with your dermatologist to see if Accutane may be right for you. If you choose to take Accutane make sure to supplement your diet with healthy essential fatty acids, use sunscreen on a daily basis, and keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water and using a nourishing moisturizer.


Accutane not for you? Visit SkinStore for a large assortment of acne treatment products.


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.


Key Acne Treatment Ingredients

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If you have blemish prone or problematic skin, then you know that finding the best acne products suited towards your skin is key! There are many products available, ranging from over the counter to doctor prescribed medications. They can be oral or topical and use numerous different ingredients to achieve desired results. This is a run down of the key acne fighting ingredients used in the most popular prevention and treatment products available on the market to date. We will start off with the most commonly known ingredients; Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid.


Benzoyl Peroxide has been proven as one of the most effective over the counter antibacterial medications used to treat acne. It draws oxygen to the skin making it difficult for bacteria to thrive. It also can help to rid the follicle of excess dead skin cells. This in turn will decrease pore blockage or the clogging that can occur in your pores.


Salicylic Acid is another ingredient found in common acne treatment products. Its main function is to kill off bacteria and also help to clear out congested pores. The acid is a beta hydroxy acid and is also used in different exfoliating products as it assists to shed off dead skin and offers anti-inflammatory properties. Also look for products containing Willow Bark Extract which is the natural form of salicylic acid.


Zinc is used in different acne products due to its assistance with regulating the production of oils and helping in keeping the pores clear. It also has properties which assist to help fight the bacteria that causes acne.


Glycolic Acid is another well know ingredient used in skin care products, it penetrates deep beneath the damaged upper layers of the skin to release the bond which holds the dead skin to the surface. In short, this ingredient is used to exfoliate the skin, help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone.


Mandelic Acid is an ingredient becoming more popular to current acne treatment products. This ingredient uses a slower, more even penetration into the skin which can be gentler for people with delicate skin or sensitive skin conditions. Mandelic acid is a very powerful alpha hydroxy acid which smooths away dry skin and offers anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as antibacterial benefits. This ingredient is also used to reduce fine lines or wrinkles and can help lighten different pigmentation issues.


Sulfur has been used for a very long time in acne products. It’s been recorded that it has been used to treat different skin concerns such as dandruff, warts and even dermatitis. When applying this ingredient to the skin, it causes the skins surface to dry and peel. It will help reduce oil production, prevent pore blockage, and assist in healing properties.


Hopefully this key ingredient list will help aid you in your search for acne treatment products beneficial to you!


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