Posts Tagged ‘sensitive skin’

Combating Red Cheeks and Nose

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Have you struggled most of your life to combat and conceal that redness in your cheeks and nose that just won’t go away? This could be a condition usually referred to as Telangiectasia or Couperose Skin characterized by enlarged capillary veins near the surface of the skin. While many may think this is a flushed look from heat exhaustion or sunburn, in reality neither of those are the cause of this ongoing condition. Therefore most home remedies of cool packs don’t have much long term effect.
SkinStore carries several great products that will help strengthen those capillary vein walls, calm and sooth irritation and minimize the appearance of these veins. The result is healthier looking skin with reduced redness.

We suggest considering any one of the following products to reduce redness:

SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex (This is an exciting new product!) A clinical breakthrough that reduces visible redness by treating the underlying causes, while helping to promote healthy skin.
Pevonia RS2 Concentrate, A specific blend of Green Tea, Licorice, and Olibanum, strengthen capillaries, control blotchiness and effectively decongest.”
BABOR Calming Sensitive Couperose Serum Contains an Anti Irritation Complex and innovative, super-sensitive formulations.

Please share your thoughts and experiences with these and any other great products from SkinStore in the comments below.

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Skyn ICELAND pure cloud cleanser

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The pure cloud cleanser by skyn ICELAND is a rich creamy cleanser that works great for dry or sensitive skin types. It is formulated with glacial water to soothe and hydrate the skin and also contains calming extracts to condition and protect. Our customers love this new cleanser from skyn ICELAND and we think you will too!

The pure cloud cleanser is so gentle you can use it as an eye makeup remover too.
You will feel like you’re on a cloud of freshness when using this cleanser because it will never dry or strip the natural oils in your skin. This frothy formula contains rich shea butter, aloe juice, cocoa seed butter, and cranberry oil. Shea and cocoa butter will provide hydration while promoting cell renewal. This dreamy cleanser also contains Vitamin A and E to keep your skin healthy and protected. The pure cloud cleaner is ideal for dry to very dry skin types and even those with sensitive or reactive skin. It is also a great cleanser to use post procedure if you are experiencing any redness, inflammation, or peeling, because it will gently cleanse and replenish your skin (but consult with your derm first, as always).

Skyn ICELAND uses pure glacial water in all of their products to address stressed and sensitive skin types. Skyn Iceland is also paraben free and is formulated with skyn iceland’s biospheric complex. The biospheric complex contains a blend of water, oxygen, and vital nutrients to replenish and restore your skin. Anyone with dry, stressed, or sensitive skin will love this cleanser!

Also try the skyn ICELAND pure cloud cream moisturizer!

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Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin

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Exfoliation is an important element of any skin care routine.  However, if you are dealing with sensitive skin you may feel your options are limited.  Well, I have good news for you. Those wonderful folks at Juice Beauty have formulated a version of their for sensitive skin.*

The Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive is a gentler, but just as effective version of the original.  This weekly exfoliating peel combines a 10% blend of alpha-hydroxy acids with raw cane sugar to revive your complexion and reveal a fresh new you.  This peel is also full of vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients designed to hydrate and nourish your skin.

Check out this video for even more information and step-by-step instructions.

*A patch test behind the ear is recommended prior to first use.

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Ahhhh the beautiful world of Caudalie. An original story and a rigorous philosophy truly make the Caudalie line one of a kind. It all began in 1993 with a young couple on the lands of one of the most prestigious wineries in the world- Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. Their passion for skincare, well being and everything grape evolved into a world renowned company known as Caudalie Paris today. The Caudalie brand draws on years of research conducted at the Bordeaux University to bring grape seed polyphenols and resveratrol to the savvy, antioxidant-loving consumer. And to this day, Caudalie and Bordeaux University continue to research and formulate new products to address consumers’ ever-evolving concerns.

So, what’s in a name? Caudalie is a French term used by professional wine tasters. The more Caudalie a wine has- the better it is! And Caudalie truly is the crème of the crop in the skin care industry. Each product is backed by years of testing and research and every product contains potent active ingredients to bring results. Caudalie is a natural line that uses organic ingredients and the purest formulas. The products never contain parabens, pehnoxyethanols, sodium laureth sulfates, mineral oils, or synthetic colorings. Caudalie doesn’t test on animals and never uses animal products.

Caudalie’s Vinotherapie Spa and spa treatments also set the brand apart from the rest. The Vinotherapie spa utilizes natural spring water, essential oils, wine wraps, and of course, Caudalie’s comprehensive line of products is used in facial treatments. There’s even a Caudalie spa at the legendary New York Plaza Hotel!

If you want to experience Caudalie at its best we suggest trying their brand new product; Caudalie Vine Body Butter. It’s the answer to all your dry skin woes. If you want an ultra nourishing, repairing and luxurious treatment then this rich, deeply hydrating body moisturizer, enhanced with nourishing Grape Seed Butter, Omega 6, Vitamin E, minerals and proteins is key. Caudalie Vine Body Butter melts into the skin while grape seed oil induces cell regeneration and fighting off oxidative stress. The result? Dewy, radiant, hydrated and soothed skin that feels and smells amazing.

Effective, natural, glamorous ~ Caudalie has it all!

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Sensitive Skin Hero

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Working in the skin care industry has created a product connoisseur out of me! Starting from a regimen of never touching my face with anything but water, to testing a bunch of different products and eliminating those I didn’t like to being able to find some products that suited my picky, sensitive skin. My favorite? La Roche Posay!

Recently we had an up close and personal with the usual La Roche Posay products, as well as some updates for the product line. To my surprise, I was very pleased with the information I encountered. I happen to be the stubborn, reactive skin type that never feels relieved or satisfied by the products I try on my face. On top of being very reactive, I also have an oily t-zone and we’ll just say many scattered sun kisses. During our updates we went over how the product line is safe for all skin types and especially sensitive. Going behind the brand name and into the details was very assuring and helpful. This is just a short version of the information we went over- La Roche Posay uses clinical testing on their products to ensure maximum efficacy and has been committed to dermatology for 30 years. All of their products are 100% hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, do not contain any potentially irritating fragrance or ingredients and all contain their famous, soothing thermal spring water. After the review I decided to put the products to the test to see if the results fit the descriptions.

I can testify that I can put full trust in La Roche Posay and that my skin will benefit. The products were not over bearing in scent or in texture. Those two elements are my key concerns. With daily use the products have not caused any negative reactions with my skin and I have seen improvements already after just a couple weeks. Usually in this case my skin becomes irritated, red and blemishes seem to make a consistent appearance. The products I liked the best and chose as my hero products to add to my skin regimen are the Derm AOX & Effaclar AI. So when you feel that at times there is no hope, keep looking! The best is always around the corner and my suggestion is to look within La Roche Posay.


Essential Oil Products

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This is a follow up to my article about essential oils. Here are some products SkinStore carries that you may find helpful that contain aromatic blends of essential oils and extracts to calm the mind, refresh the body and beautify the skin.




Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment: This product has a blend of 100% essential oils to stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth while controlling oil production. Essential oils include lemon peel oil, rosemary, sage, cajeput, and cypress.


Alterna Hemp with Organics Leave In Conditioner: It is very nourishing on the scalp and hair because it contains hemp seed, sunflower oil, avocado extract, and cucumber fruit extract.


Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Regenerating Plant Extract: You will want to keep this product in your shower and use once a week, trust me! It has a pleasant citrus smell that makes you feel like you are really treating yourself and your hair to something wonderful. Essential oils include orange, lavender, and thyme.




Kerstin Florian Aromatherapy Harmony Body Oil: This is an old favorite of mine, and it works great for at home spa treatments. Mix a few drops with an unscented lotion, massage into skin and enjoy. Essential oils included in this product are lavender, geranium, mandarin, and grapefruit oil.


Melvita Plant Oils Hemp Oil: This is wonderful body oil and it can also be used on the face. You can use this product alone or with a moisturizer. It is extremely hydrating without any greasy sticky leftovers.


Archipelago Botanicals Grapefruit Body Lotion: This lotion has a nice fragrance without being overpowering. There are plenty of essential oils such as orange, grape seed and jojoba oil to hydrate and protect your skin.




Sundari Essential Oil for Dry Skin: This is a great skin booster for someone with dry dull skin looking to add some hydration. A blend of almond, sesame, orange and rose oil make this an excellent product for repairing and brightening the skin.


Yonka Pamplemousse PG: Works great for those oily combination skin types. It also will help lighten and brighten your skin with Yonka’s custom blend of essential oils.


Decleor Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm: This balm is so luxurious. You will go to bed with the light aroma of ylang ylang, wake up and your skin will be hydrated, fresh, and fabulous.


Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer: This is a nice matte finish moisturizer that works best for oily to combination skin types. It instantly hydrates your skin with a blend of fruit extracts such as apple, grape, and aloe juice. Antioxidants of Vitamin A,C, B5, and E have also been included to protect the skin.

Bath products


Molton Brown Intoxicating Davana Blossom Foaming Bath Oil: Contains a blend of essential oils that are just what your skin needs to stay fresh and hydrated. Also makes a wonderful gift for someone would could use a little luxury.


Pevonia Nymphea Bath Salts with Essential Oils “Anti-Stress”: This is a very soothing combination of lavender and ylang ylang, which will leave you relaxed and distressed. Ahh.


Melvita Essentials Relaxing Bath and Shower Gel: This has a very energizing citrus aroma just perfect for perking up your early morning routine.



SpaRitual Fluent Gentle Conditioning Lacquer Remover: This gentle acetone free formulation is conditioning on your nails, while still removing chipped and unwanted polish.



Jurlique Lavender Silk Finishing Powder: This light textured powder works perfect for anyone that wants to hide a little shine on their face, without covering up your best features.


DuWop Venom Gloss Berry Chill: This adds gloss and shine while hydrating and conditioning your lips because it contains jojoba and avocado oil. It also has a plumping effect, so pucker up!


Product Results

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Judging product results can be very tricky. How do you know the product you purchased is working for you? How can you tell if the product is doing what it claims? How can you be sure you even purchased the correct product for the skin concern you have?


It is very important to start at the beginning and write down a list of what skin concerns you have. I would suggest a list of top ten or five concerns arranged from highest to least importance. Identify what concerns need the most attention to detail and start there.


Before you go any further be aware that you need to be using (at the bare minimum) a cleanser, toner and moisturizer (in that order). Using one product alone and not using any other skincare products will limit the effectiveness and results of that one product.


Many times customers with aged or acneic skin call in with concerns about their skin feeling dry, tight or peeling after having used a retinol based product. Upon further consultation I usually find that customers are using the correct product, but the retinol level may be too high. Some brands offer retinol in graduating levels. Unfortunately sometimes in haste we may choose the most potent level thinking it will give us the best or quickest results. In fact retinol products that have graduating levels are designed for you to use them at the lower level first. You can then graduate upwards once your skin has adjusted. You can stop increasing the potency level once you find a level that works for you. Also retinol based products do cause a certain level of drying and peeling.


Be sure to give the product time to work. Ordering a product to address your skin concerns and using it for a few days or a week or two may not be enough time. You may need to use the product(s) for 4-6 weeks before you see noticeable results. Set up a skincare regimen through your esthetician or dermatologist and stick to it.


Finally, set realistic goals and expectations. Thirty years of neglecting to use sunscreen and prolonged sun exposure throughout your early years will not be corrected with one jar of the latest skin care cream in one month! Have someone take a photograph of your face and neck area before you begin to treat that area. Take another photograph at the end of each week. At the end of that four to six week period then compare your first week and last week photos and judge the results.


As always if you are uncertain what products to use you can contact us and we would be happy to help design a skin care regimen for you!


You can also get your own personal consultation now at SkinStore with Product Advisor, developed by our estheticians!


Why We Love Cover FX

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From the ingenious minds of leading cosmetic and skincare specialists, Cover FX was born. Conceived with the intention of becoming the foundation authority, Lee Graff, the co-creator and President of Cover FX developed a makeup that effectively camouflages major skin imperfections with added therapeutic benefits.


Graff has been a corrective makeup specialist for over 20 years at a leading Canadian CosMedic Clinic, working exclusively with rosacea, acne, scars, and vitiligo patients. Cover FX was created to match a variety of skin tones, be tolerated by even the most sensitive skin, affordable to the everyday consumer, and have a beautiful naturally looking finish.


As the foundation authority, Cover FX is dedicated to achieving a flawless makeup application from beginning to end. If you’re new to the line, we suggest trying The Big Cover Up kit, their 3 step essentials to seamless foundation. The 7 piece kit includes Skin Prep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-Aging Serum, Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation (3 shades), Setting FX Translucent Setting Powder, Foundation Brush, and an instructional DVD.


Makeup experts agree that every foundation application should start with a great primer. Skin Prep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-Aging Serum is a smoothing, hydrating foundation primer that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores. It is enriched with peptides, vitamins, and hyaluronic acid to help combat the signs of aging.


One of the biggest dilemmas we face with foundation is finding the perfect color. Whose skin really matches a pre-made color straight from the bottle? It’s either too light or too dark or the wrong tone. Or when you’ve finally found the perfect shade, it’s soon to be discontinued entirely. Cover FX addresses this issue, The Big Cover Up kit includes 3 coordinating shades to blend together for the perfect match.


Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation is a 2-in-1 concealer and foundation. It provides full coverage for hard to conceal imperfections like sun damage, acne, and redness. The foundation is suitable for all skin types and imparts a natural dewy finish. It’s also non-comedogenic and has a zero skin irritancy score for skin sensitivity.


The finishing touch of the 3 step essentials is Cover FX Loose Mineral Setting Powder. To set your makeup, simply dust on a touch of translucent setting powder. This imparts a flawless finish with light defusing pigments. Your skin will appear smoother and more radiant. It also helps to prevent color and foundation transfer. A setting powder extends the wear of your makeup and locks makeup in place all day.


If you’ve struggled to find the perfect foundation for years to no avail, your search is over! Cover FX will give you the confidence of a beautiful even complexion.


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The Perfect Eye Cream

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Introducing Kinerase Restructure Firming Eye Cream.


This is a new product by Kinerase that has lasting results. This eye cream will stimulate collagen, target elasin protein coils to firm the skin, and visibly reduce wrinkles.


The Restructure Firming Eye Cream works by using a plant extract known as LOXL stimulator, which reinforces elastin proving lifting and firming benefits to the delicate eye area. This product also contains a powerful peptide complex to reduce wrinkles and prevent further damage. Also formulated with .15% Kinetin, a potent antioxidant that Kinerase is famous for, retains moisture in the skin and helps to repair and protect the eye area.


If you are looking for an excellent eye cream to firm, strengthen, and hydrate, the Restructure Firming Eye Cream will do just that. This eye cream is also beneficial in reducing expression lines, smoothing the skin, reducing wrinkle depth and providing an overall more improved appearance of the skin.


The Restructure Firming Eye Cream is paraben free and great for sensitive skin types that may wear contacts or have allergies. This eye cream is a must try for us devoted Kinerase users and everyone else will like it too!


Also check out Kinerase Restructure Firming Face Cream if you are looking for a firming moisturizer to help and smooth out your skin and reduce wrinkles.


Click here to learn more about Kinerase.


Essential Oils: Find out what your skin needs

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Essential oils have been around for centuries and have been used to treat everything from relieving stress, sore muscles, sinus problems, and even enhancing your mood…. The benefits of aromatherapy can have an effect on your mind, body, and spirit just by the direct connection they have to your brain.

Since essential oils can be absorbed into the blood steam, due to their small molecular structure, they can provide many health benefits to your whole body. Essential oils can be extracted by means of distillation, steam, cold expression, alcohol extraction or fixed oil. There is also a technique called oil pulling an ancient method, which uses essential oils to clean the teeth and gums. You would choose oil such as sunflower or sesame and move it around in your mouth in a light swishing motion then spit it out. You can repeat this a few times per day depending on which health issue you are trying to treat. It is also claimed that the swishing activates enzymes in the body, which can draw toxins out of the blood and treat many health conditions.

It is important to realize that essential oils are extremely potent and they should not be applied directly on the skin. They should be blended together with carrier oil, this process is called synergy.  For example you can use almond, apricot, or grapeseed oil. You will still get the same benefits but will not burn or irritate your skin.

If you are using any citrus based oils or blossoms such as neroli, you should definitely make sure you are wearing a sun screen to protect your skin.

Here are a few essential oils that are beneficial for specific skin types and concerns:

Dry/Sensitive skin:

  • Essential oils: chamomile, neroli, rosewood, sandalwood, jasmine, angelica, yarrow hydrosols, ylang-ylang,
  • Carrier oils: macadamia or sweet almond oil.

Oily/combination skin:

  • Essential oils: lavender, tea tree, geranium, frankincense, peppermint, melisa, grapefruit, rose, eucalyptus, cypress oil.
  • Carrier oils: grapeseed, soya bean, wheatgerm and apricot kernel are suitable for all skin types.

Acneic skin:

  • Essential oils: bergamot, geranium, tea tree, sandalwood, cedarwood.
  • Carrier oils: Jojoba.

Aging or premature aging skin:

  • Essential oils: frankincense, rosewood, carrot seed, orange, palma rose.
  • Carrier oils: wheat germ, apricot, grapeseed, extra virgin, or macadamia nut oil.

Here are some other uses for essential oils:
Lemongrass: used to treat fevers and infections.


Geraniun oil: used for hormonal imbalances.

Lime: anti-viral, anti-septic and disinfectant.

Yarrow oil: used to relieve joint pain.

Cedar wood: used to alleviate acne, eczema, and dermatitis.

Rose Geranium, lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, orange oil: Used to repel insects.

When using any essential oils you want to first do a patch test on a small area of your skin. It is also not recommended if you are pregnant to use aromatherapy oils as some essential oils such as juniper, rosemary, and sage can cause uterine contractions. It is recommended that you contact an aromatherapy practitioner if you have any questions or need help blending oils to customize your results.

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