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Determining Which Clarisonic Fits Your Needs

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While cleansing our face is typically one of the first things we do to start our day, and one of the last routines before bed at night, a good deep down cleaning can be overlooked. Manual cleansing can leave behind dirt, debris and oil. The Clarisonic is a device that has many great benefits to help your skin to look its best. Here are a few:

  • More than 2x as effective as manual cleansing
  • 6X more makeup removal
  • Leaves skin feeling and looking younger and smoother
  • Increases product absorption
  • Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System is gentle enough for use twice daily
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Helps reduce the appearance of visible pores
  • Clarisonic Skin Care Brush System is waterproof
  • Brush heads are interchangeable with other Clarisonic Skin Care Systems
  • Suitable for use with any non-abrasive cleanser
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Used and recommended by skin care professionals

Here at we offer 3 different models of the Clarisonic. This quick overview will go over each of the models and their features to better assist you in determining which one would be best for you.

Clarisonic Mia– This device has all the benefits of the standard model in a smaller compact size with 1 speed. It is great for at home use or traveling, and it comes with an international charger as well. The Mia comes in a variety of colors such as white, pink, yellow, red, blue, turquoise, lavender and tangerine. This model comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty.

Clarisonic Classic– This device is great for at home use, and has 2 speed settings for the face. It comes in white, pink, or gray and has a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

Clarisonic Plus– This system has 3 speeds for the face plus body mode for cleansing areas needing extra care and attention. It comes in white and in blue, and also has a universal charging cradle. As with the Classic, the Plus has a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

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ARCONA Basic Five

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Known for their high quality, luxury natural products ARCONA has long been a pioneer in holistic skin care.
The brand was established in 1989 in Los Angeles by their founder Arcona, a chemist and skin care aficionado.

ARCONA’s belief is that lasting beauty comes from within and whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. Thus, only the finest quality, all natural ingredients are utilized in their products. Quality ingredients penetrate into the deepest layers of skin for a change you can see; glowing skin from the inside out.

The key difference in ARCONA is their ingredient quality and the way products are processed. ARCONA only uses the highest cosmeceutical-grade ingredients, enzymes, antioxidants and amino acids to deliver the best results. Active ingredients are cold-pressed in small batches in order to maintain potency and effectiveness. ARCONA products are free of petrochemicals, binders, fillers, chemical stabilizers, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphates, and perfumes. They are also vegan and cruelty-free.

The core of Arcona revolves around their Basic Five skin care philosophy. The Basic Five is the recommended foundation program for all of the ARCONA products. The Basic Five kit is designed specifically for each skin type to restore skin to its natural balance. Every product in the Basic Five program works synergistically and performs a specific function. The following items are included in the Arcona Travel Kit Basic Five kit for Normal Skin.

• Golden Grain Gommage
This enzymatic exfoliant cleanses, tones and refines your skin, leaving it fresher, younger-looking and more vibrant. Strengthens and rebuilds the skin’s natural barrier with a proprietary blend of fruit enzymes.
• Magic White Ice
This daily hydrating gel moisturizes deep within the dermis without clogging pores, to protect against environmental damage and leave skin fresh and dewy. Moisturizes skin with white cranberry complex, hyaluronic acid and mucopolysaccharides.
• Desert Mist
This unique protective barrier for skin defends against environmental damage and free radicals and reinforces daily hydration. Repair’s and strengthens the skin’s collagen and elastin to see real changes.
• Toner Tea Bar
This antioxidant facial cleanser heals and strengthens your skin as it tones and minimizes pores. Neutralizes free radicals, calms and protects skin with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory green and black teas.
• Gentle Solution
This gentle nighttime treatment repairs sun damage and resurfaces skin as you sleep. Stimulates rapid cell renewal and deep exfoliation with the gentle-acting Glycolactolymer Complex.

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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!

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5 Ways to Wake Up BEAUTIFUL

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Rise and shine beauties! Here are a few simple tricks to make you look your best at dawn.

1. Fake a faux glow- Add a few drops of self tanner into your night cream and wake up with a healthy glowing complexion. No harmful sunrays or tanning beds required.

2. Contour facial features- Dr. Perricone, one of the nation’s leading skin gurus suggests cutting carbs from dinner to avoid puffy features in the morning. He recommends a meal rich in lean protein and vegetables like salmon and asparagus. “When our diet’s high in glycemic carbohydrates, our features take on a soft, doughy appearance,” says dermatologist Nicholas Perricone.

3. Shiny, happy hair- Apply a moisturizing hair mask to parched locks before bed and rinse out in the morning. Your hair will thank you! We love Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue.

4. The early bird catches the worm- Get a jump start to your nightly routine. If you wash your face a couple of hours before bedtime you’re kicking the habit of being “too tired” to wash your face before bed. A skin sin that I am guilty of clogs pores with toxins, makeup and dirt all night long. Instead of taking advantage of prime skin regenerating time you’re self sabotaging your skin!

5. Frizz be gone- Simply swap out your flannel or cotton pillowcase with a satin one. Hair will be silky smooth with little effort. Less friction equals fewer frizzies.

Take these tips to bed and wake of gorgeous!

Sources: DailyPerricone


Five Ways to Fake a Good Night’s Sleep

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When you look exhausted, there’s no way around it, it shows. Whether you are up all night with the kiddos or dancing until the sun comes up, dark circles and bags under your eyes are unavoidable. Here are a few tricks I’ve found that will keep you looking fresh and well rested to tackle your day.

1. Scrub a dub dub- Your skin regenerates at night, but when you don’t give it any down time it’s not able to whisk away dead skin cells as a part of its natural repair process. Give your skin a helping hand by scrubbing away those pesky, lack luster cells that leave your skin dull and shall we say…blah.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate- Dehydrated skin accentuates fine lines and makes skin look older than it really is. Moisturizer helps to replenish hydration levels in the skin revealing a plump, supple youthful complexion.
3. Can’t fix it, then hide it! Simply conceal your late night rendezvous. Dab concealer under your eyes and on eyelids to even out darkness. Ta-da you’re instantly refreshed!
4. A flush of color on the cheeks imparts a healthy glow. Although you may feel drained, you don’t have to look it! A few strokes of a bright colored blush gives radiance to the skin.
5. Can you barely keep your eyes open? Stop from nodding out at your desk by simply curling your lashes. You’ll look bright eyed and bushy tailed for your 8 a.m. company update meeting.

Remember ladies, nothing replaces the benefits of a full night’s beauty sleep. Hopefully, you can catch up on your zzzz’s tonight!

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NYE Holiday Skin Prep

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We all want to look our best for our holiday events, but have little time to spend on ourselves. We are here to offer some quick time and skin saving solutions for the New Year ahead. There may not be extra time and money for a facial, but that shouldn’t stop us from looking gorgeous and fresh like we just spent all day at the spa.


Cleanse: Use a gentle cleanser, like the Atopalm moisturizing cleansing foam , along with your Clarisonic to get rid of dead skin cells are refine your skin texture.

Tone: Using a toner with balance your ph levels in your skin preventing break outs and will also refine pore size. Try the Skinmedica Purifying Toner, this will help with any breakouts and skin inflammation.

Exfoliate: An important element in skin care is exfoliating especially when you want to get your skin party ready. Try the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel/2 Steps Packettes. This is a very effective easy 2 step process that will look like you had a relaxing 80 minute facial in only a few minutes!

Masque: If you have time for a masque we highly recommend it. Apply a thin layer of the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque all over your face for 10-15 minutes to deeply hydrate the skin, leaving it soft & supple.

Moisturizer/Hydrating Serum: A hydrating serum is suggested for all skin types. This will prevent moisture loss during the day while protecting your skin. ARCONA Hydrating Serum would be an excellent choice, this contains hyaluronic acid which will bind the moisture to your skin and prevent moisture loss.

Eye treatment: For fine lines, and dark circles we recommend the Peter Thomas Roth Anti Aging Eye Illuminator. It’s anti aging peptides will protect the skin around your eyes while combating those embarrassing dark circles. You can put this in your purse, because is perfect for evening touch ups and photo opportunities.

It’s just as important to pick out your holiday skin care as it is your outfit. Put your best face forward and enjoy the New Year ahead!

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Hydrating Toners

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With the cold weather upon us, our skin can often become dehydrated. Adding a hydrating toner to your usual skincare regimen can be very beneficial. Toners are great for removing any residue after cleansing and balancing the skin. To help fight off dehydration, try a hydrating toner or mist that is alcohol-free and contains ingredients to help your skin stay hydrated throughout the day.

Even an oily skin can benefit from using a hydrating toner since dehydration is a problem that affects all skin types. When the hydration level in the skin is properly balanced, your skin will not overproduce oil to compensate.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner – The tamarind is used to increase hydration in the skin throughout the day, while the blend of white, green & black teas provide excellent antioxidant protection. For oily skin types this can even be used in place of a moisturizer.

Kinerase Hydrating Antioxidant Mist – This can be used both as a toner after cleansing and as a rehydrating mist throughout the day. It contains Hyaluronic Acid to help the skin retain moisture all day long.

ARCONA Triad Pads – These multitasking gems are my go to items after a long day. These pads are infused with cranberry toner and are great for removing makeup and leaving the skin feeling hydrated and nourished. They cleanse, tone, hydrate and provide antioxidant protection all in one little swipe.

Top Five Favorite Pads

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A pad provides an easy and convenient way to exfoliate the skin, remove excess oils and residue while supplying the skin with antioxidants. Peel pads are used on clean, dry skin once daily. With use of a peel pad you’ll notice that your skin appears smoother, more even toner, brighter and you’ll also notice that your other products penetrate deeper and therefore, work much better!

Our top selling Philosophy Multi Use Peel Pads always get rave reviews. Lactic acid, emollients and vitamins in an easy-to-use daily pad provide exfoliation, hydration, and antioxidant protection in one easy step. This formula also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce swelling associated with rosacea or eczema.

What about those of us that are super acne prone? Someone that tends to get acne (whether it’s a teen, or a 35 year old going through hormonal changes) favors peel pads because they’re easy to use, sanitary and effective. ZO Skin Health Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment is an outstanding peel pad for treating and preventing acne. These pads are hydrated in 2% salicylic acid, the highest over-the-counter concentration, which gently exfoliates pore-clogging dead skin cells while botanical extracts calm the skin and glycolic acid provides anti-aging properties.

If someone is looking for a super exfoliating anti-aging treatment, we recommend Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads. They promote cellular turnover, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, brighten and infuse the skin with vitamins A, C, E and D. These unique peel pads contain a blend of alpha, beta, gamma hydroxyl acids and amino acids (the building blocks of peptides) to provide comprehensive anti-aging benefits in one easy step. Win!

Those of you that are super sensitive, or if you simply don’t want to have any excess exfoliation (if you’re already using glycolic or retinol) there is a peel pad for you too! ARCONA Triad Pads cleanse, tone and hydrate the skin while infusing it with antioxidants and clarifying cranberry extract.
Guys love peel pads too. Men’s Health magazine voted Anthony Logistics Astringent Toner Pads their favorite peel pad in 2008 and our male customers keep this bad boy in their favorites. Anthony Logistics Astringent Toner Pads help eliminate impurities, tighten pores and control shine. The special blend of ingredients provides calming effects on skin while providing oil control, and working to heal any nicks post-shave.

What’s your favorite peel pad? Why do you love it? We’d love to know!

5 Steps to Glowing Skin

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It’s no secret that glowing skin resonates with youth and good health. Here are the cardinal rules that you can follow to ensure pretty, radiant skin.

  • Diet: A healthy diet provides for healthy skin. To ensure that your complexion glows eat lots of vegetables, berries, fruits, healthy grains, calcium-rich foods like milk, yogurt and buttermilk. Incorporate healthy proteins like chicken and tofu, and omega-rich foods like fish and nuts. Eating healthily will not only make you feel better and healthier, it’ll also contribute to pretty, fresh, youthful and glowing skin!
  • Antioxidants: it’s a buzz word for a good reason. Antioxidants ward off aging (and many health problems) by protecting our cells from free radicals and oxidative stress. While a diet rich in antioxidants will contribute to healthy skin from the inside out, antioxidant-rich topical treatments that we apply to our skin will also help to ward off oxidative stress externally, resulting in a bright and even complexion. Topical antioxidant treatments come in many forms; serums, gels, lotions, creams, even built into cleansers and sunscreen products that we use… so there’s no excuse to not use an antioxidant product!
  • Sunscreen: Everyone should wear a sunscreen daily, even when it’s overcast the sun’s harmful rays penetrate through the clouds and can seriously damage our skin. Sun damaged skin is dull, lackluster and drab. It can also develop sun spots and excess freckles, resulting in an unsightly and uneven coloration. Skin cancer is caused by sun damage and can be prevented through regular use of sunscreen. There are many available sunscreen formulations on the market, so everyone will have their favorite (& no excuse to forgo one)!
  • Exfoliation: Just as everyone should wear a sunscreen, everyone should also exfoliate. Exfoliation is key to smooth, radiant skin. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells (which make the skin look lifeless and dull) and it helps to even the skin tone, so if you have existing sun damage or hyperpigmentation, exfoliating regularly can help to lessen the appearance of bothersome spots. Manual exfoliants have small granules to remove dead skin cells- look for products that contain jojoba beads, which are rounded particles that effectively scrub the skin. If you prefer a chemical exfoliant an alpha hydroxyl acid will do the trick; look for products that contain glycolic, lactic, citric, malic or mandelic acid. If you prefer a very gentle exfoliant, try enzymes which eat dead skin cells without disturbing the healthy skin barrier.
  • Hydration: Hydrated skin is plump and dewy, so everyone must use a moisturizer (even the oiliest skin types need to hydrate with a light, oil-free moisturizer). A moisturizer will lock hydration into the skin so treatment products can work more effectively- and a moisturizer will ward off premature aging too!

Remember that you can fake a little bit of a glow too- use illuminating products that boost the skin’s radiance, here are some of our favorites:

Philosophy Divine Illumination; what makes this anti-aging moisturizer especially unique are light diffusers and natural skin enhancers that help give skin luminosity for a healthy glow.


Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15; Skin instantly looks softer and younger with this handy multi-tasker. It delivers a hint of sheer coverage, subtle shimmer, SPF 15 and added moisture in one effortless application.?


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.


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