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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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Men’s Skin Care Favorites

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Men are getting savvier with their skin care. That means they’re paying attention to what they’re using on their skin… no more bar soap! Here are some suggestions on my personal favorite picks of skin care products to address men’s unique skin care and grooming needs!

  1. ZIRH Clean- I can’t rave enough about this product.  Less than a quarter size in the palm of my hand works to a thick rich lather, providing a deep tingling facial cleansing without over drying my skin!
  2. SkinCeuticals Revitalizing Toner- Excellent to mist on your face and neck after cleansing to help balance your skin’s PH level without any alcohol to cause burning.
  3. The Art of Shaving Cream Sandalwood- This luxurious shaving cream has the rich thick consistency of a whipped balm and provides superior protection against irritation and razor burn.
  4. The Art of Shaving After Shave Balm- Soft smooth after shave balm that nourishes the skin with grape seed, shea extracts and Vitamin C.  This product has a very mild fragrance and absorb quickly into your freshly shaven smooth skin!
  5. 5. Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Super Crème-  An excellent anti aging moisturizer with SPF 15 helps to brighten, lighten and tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Assists in firming your skin and promoting an overall healthy glow!
  6. Jack Black Dragon Ice Relief and Recovery Balm- After a hard day’s work relax and relieve your muscle pain and joint inflammation with this rich balm containing 2.2% menthol as the active ingredient.

What are your favorite men’s skin care products? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page!

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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.

Morning:
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.

Night:
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

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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!

Do you know any tricks to help you appear well rested? We’d love to here your tips on our Facebook page!

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ARCONA Review– The Basic Five

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Recently I had the pleasure of meeting one of the Arcona representatives while completing training on their products. My first question to be answered was, “What does Arcona mean?” Arcona is the name of the lady chemist that developed this line of skin care products based on natural cosmeceutical grade ingredients in 1989.

My second question to be answered was, “with so many “natural” products out there what makes Arcona different?” The answer to that question is that Arcona products contain natural ingredients such as antioxidants, active enzymes, amino acids at a high concentration level that are designed to assist your skin’s renewal process. These cosmeceutical grade ingredients are obtained through cold-processing for maximum ingredient concentration without reducing the effectiveness.

I was also pleased to find out that Arcona products are vegan, with the exception of a couple of products containing honey! Arcona products also do not contain any fillers, parabens, perfumes, dyes or sodium lauryl sulphates.

I had the pleasure of trying The Basic Five Program for Normal Skin. The kit contains the Golden Grain Gommage (Morning Exfoliant.), Magic White Ice (Hydrator), Desert Mist (Protective Serum), Toner Tea Bar (Night time Cleanser), and Gentle Solution (Night time Repair Serum).

My first delight was applying the Golden Grain Gommage. The blend of distilled water, jojoba beads along with Cranberry, Blueberry White Tea and Grapefruit Seed Extracts gently exfoliated my skin leaving it fresh and smooth.

Next I applied the Magic White Ice. Because I have dry skin I was skeptical that this thin moisturizing lotion would be able to quench my skin’s thirst. I remembered during the training how we were informed that the Arcona products don’t have heavy creams. Their philosophy is to balance your skin’s hydration level and you won’t need heavy creams to compensate. I was very pleased with the results! My skin felt hydrated and renewed and I had a satisfaction in knowing that this had been achieved through natural ingredients and without harmful chemicals.

Finally I applied the Desert Mist. My first thought was this serum appeared oily and would sit on my face creating a shiny complexion. Absolutely the opposite! It quickly absorbed into my skin within a minute creating an antioxidant barrier that helped strengthen my collagen level and acted as a humectant to bind moisture to my skin.

In the evening I followed up by using the Toner Tea Bar. I ran a clean washcloth under warm water and rubbed it on the bar and proceeded to cleanse my face in upward outward circles as the directions suggested. The organic smell of the blend of black tea, green tea, honey, and essential oils by itself was already soothing and relaxing. I found the Toner Tea Bar to be deeply cleansing without drying my skin. I tend to have dry skin and this bar was wonderful on my skin even though this is the bar for Normal Skin!
I completed the night time treatment by applying the Gentle Solution as a night time treatment to nourish and repair my skin with its antioxidants.

After having used these products for two weeks now I can honestly say I enjoy them! I am very pleased with how my skin looks and feels and would highly recommend this line of products for the most scrupulous customer searching for a line of natural based products that are customer and environmentally friendly!

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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.

Regimen:

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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How To Keep Your Teen Skin Healthy

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Many parents write and call asking which product line would be the best to keep their teen’s skin young and healthy.  These parents didn’t want their kids to have scars from mild acne break outs, or have their children have to resort to injections or plastic surgery (in years to come.) What were their best options to stop time in its tracks and keep their teen’s skin healthy well into adulthood?

My answers to them were precise but also very simple. 

  1. Find a skin care line using a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and SPF.  Use the products on a regular basis as directed by the manufacturer.  Find a mild exfoliant that’s either physical (scrub) or chemical and use it 2-3 times per month to remove dead skin cells.
  2. Avoid smoking, alcohol consumption and get 8 hours of sleep daily.  Doing so can help prevent premature aging!
  3. Be sure to eat a balanced diet, including lots of fruits and vegetables (excellent sources of antioxidants!) Drink plenty of water to help prevent dehydration and help flush toxins out of your body.

The fourth and MOST  important suggestion was very simple

  1. Limit your sun exposure and use an SPF on a daily basis!

Use an SPF 15+ daily and an SPF 30+ when you will be outdoors for extended periods of time. Limit your exposure to the sun and avoid tanning booths! You don’t have to get sunburned in order for your skin cells to damage.  (Of course you don’t have to be in your teens or 20’s to follow this advice!)

Teach your teens to take care of and protect their skin today and they will have healthier looking skin for many years to come!


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!



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