Posts Tagged ‘SPF’

In the Spotlight! Miracle Skin Transformer [GIVEAWAY]

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Get Glowing this summer with Miracle Skin TMiracle Skin Transformer Face Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Spotlightransformer SPF20 Face Spotlight! This breakthrough 5-in-1 skin enhancer is designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, illuminate and protect your skin in one simple step, leaving your skin with a smooth, glowing, airbrushed finish in seconds. Beautifully pearlized pigments naturally illuminate the skin while reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

Key Benefits:

-Minimize the appearance of pore size and uneven skin texture. Hydrate to provide pore size and uneven skin texture.

-Hydrate to provide long lasting nourishment and anti-aging benefits. Help to protect against future sun damage with UVA/UVB SPF 20.

This universal shade is infused with the same skin saving vitamins, antioxidants and natural actives as Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF20 to hydrate and nourish skin while also delivering powerful anti-aging benefits.

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Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid

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If you’re on the market for a new sunscreen this summer we have just the product for you! La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 is a sheer and lightweight all-mineral sunscreen that provides broad spectrum sun protection. The formula is an elegant fluid that soaks right in without leaving a residue or a white cast on the skin. Micronized Titanium Dioxide offers long-lasting broad spectrum protection with advanced efficacy against UVA and UVB rays, while Cell-Ox Shield, a powerful patent-pending antioxidant complex featuring Senna Alata, protects the skin cells against damage.

The benefits of this formula are outstanding! It contains a natural mineral sunscreen and there is no waiting time; once the fluid is applied it’s effective immediately. As minerals naturally adhere to the skin the sheer fluid formula is remarkably water resistant, too! It’s great for sensitive and acne prone skin as it’s non-comedogenic.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen product? Share with us in the comments below!


Save a Step & Protect!

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Have you ever heard the saying “Work Smarter not Harder”? Well that even applies with taking care of your skin.  Adding sun protection factor (SPF) to your regimen can help prevent new dark spots from forming, keep existing dark spots from getting even darker and minimize the risk of skin cancer. Here are a few of my favorite multi-taskers!

Avene Hydrance Optimale SPF 25 Hydrating CreamLet’s face it, most of us don’t drink enough water, Dehydration shows in our skin too, leaving it dull and sometimes with a grayish cast. Unless you’re in an Addams Family beauty pageant, this isn’t a good look. Avene Hydrance Optimale SPF 25 Hydrating Cream is a great addition to your routine because you get three, count them: one, two, three, great benefits. You work on hydrating skin with the moisture it needs from good-for-you oils, bind water to your skin for re-hydration and the protection of SPF. The entire Avene Line is made with mineral spring water that comes from the south of France. Minerals are very healing to the skin.

Darks spots got you down? Brighten up with Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50. CC stands for color correction and that’s what you will get in this time-saver. It will act as your treatment by lightening discolorations over time, your tinted primer or you can even use it as a light foundation. Most importantly you get Broad Spectrum UV protection Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50 - Light to Mediumwith the SPF 50. With this one tube you get four skin-loving perks: color coverage, brightening, moisture and our favorite preventative ingredient: SPF!

Let’s not forget the smallest parts of our beautiful faces – the eyes. You can take special care of them with Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15. Protect with SPF, build collagen and brighten with the Vitamin C and light diffusers all while deeply hydrating that delicate eye area. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, the Essential C line from Murad has such a fresh, orange fragrance that really makes you feel good.

As women, we are multi-takers and nurturers by nature. We can use our skills to benefit ourselves. We’re sooo worth it!

You can find these great products on SkinStore.com!


Fun in the Sun!

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Ready or not summer is almost here! Time for the beach, water parks with the kids and fun in the sun! If you have been searching high and low for that perfect sunscreen for your sensitive or reactive skin we’re happy to introduce you to La Roche Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen.

La Roche Posay Anthelios 40This awesome sunscreen has been awarded New Beauty- Best Choice Award and InStyle Editor’s Pick – 2011 Best Beauty Buy. La Roche Posay Anthelios 40 is suitable for all skin types, even reactive skin, children and expecting mothers. This sunscreen is FDA approved; Anthelios 40 Sunscreen has the highest UVA and UVB protection in a sunscreen with SPF 40 and Mexoryl SX, specifically tested on photosensitive skin. Not to mention its high UVA protection with 3% Mexoryl SX, high photo stability, resists losing efficacy in the sun, non-greasy, dry finish texture, dermatologist and allergy-tested, and Fragrance-free and PABA-free.

How to apply: Apply evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure. *Re-apply same as with any sunscreen every 2 hours*

You can find this amazing sunscreen and many other sun care products on SkinStore.com!


Understanding SPF

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Understanding SPFThese days everyone is looking for a way to slow down the aging processes and since the Fountain of Youth has yet to be found, we all turn to the next best thing – SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Until recently, many individuals were a little unsure of what type of protection our SPF was providing. With the increased risk of skin cancer, we now realize that what we don’t know CAN hurt us, thus many have turned to their dermatologists or esthetician for education.

Let’s begin with a basic understanding of how the sun can cause damage to our unprotected skin. Sunlight contains two types of ultraviolet radiation which can damage the skin, ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).

UVA, known as the “aging” ray, can penetrate deeper into our skin and cause symptoms of premature aging such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and damaged collagen. It is believed that UVA is up to 20 times more abundant in sunlight than UVB rays. In addition, the UVA wave-lengths are longer, can pass through window glass and they are not affected by weather – in other words, they are active and present every day, all day – rain or shine! So – don’t be fooled, wear your SPF even on a cloudy day the UVA rays are just as harmful whether sunny or cloudy outside.

UVB is known as the “burning” ray. The UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and increased melanin production (the cause of tanning). These rays are shorter and more intense than the UVA rays however; they can not pass through window glass. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are linked with ultraviolet radiation exposure. UVB play’s a significant role in these statistics. In addition, unlike UVA rays, the intensity of the UVB rays can be affected by altitude and latitude thus, individuals may experience a higher level of exposure while in mountainous regions and near the equator.

At SkinStore.com we offer a wide selection of SPF products. We have a variety of both chemical sunscreens and physical sun blocks. Chemical sunscreens use synthetic compounds to filter the sunlight by absorbing them before they can do any harm. Some active ingredients in chemical sunscreens are octylcrylene, avobenzone, octinoxate, LP036-anthelios-sxoctisalate, oxybenzone and Mexoryl, the ingredient in Anthelios SX. Mexoryl was approved as recently as 2006 by the FDA for protection against UVA and UVB rays.  Chemical sunscreens are fantastic because they absorb very easily into the skin, which is a big plus for an oilier skin type however, they might not be suited for sensitive or allergy prone skin types. Physical sun blocks provide a barrier on the skin deflecting sunlight off the surface similar to the way a mirror would reflect light. The most common ingredients in a physical sun block are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. While both provide great protection to UVA and UVB rays, individual preference may include consideration factors such as consistency and physical attributes of the ingredients.

SPF labels–we have all seen one right? So what do they mean?…in short, SPF labels are our guide for understanding a sunscreens capacity for protecting our skin from sun damage. The higher the SPF, the greater the amount of UVB rays are blocked – though no sunscreen will block 100% of the UVB rays, an SPF50 can block up to 98% of those harmful rays! The SPF level also helps to determine the amount of time we can be in the sun while remaining protected. For example, if you normally begin to turn pink after 10 minutes of being in the sun with out sunscreen, an SPF 15 may protect your skin for up to 2.5 hours before you may experience sunburn. Remember, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that sunscreens be applied 30 minutes before exposure to the sun with reapplication at least every two hours – the active ingredient in most sunscreens breaks down quickly, leaving your skin unprotected. Better to be safe than sorry, right?! LP059-anth-60-ultra-light-f

La Roche Posay offers a fabulous broad-spectrum protection product called Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. They have created a synergistic combination called Cell-ox Shield which is high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin. So you’re not only protecting your skin from external harm, you’re promoting internal health as well. One of my personal favorites is the Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Sun Protection Brush SPF 50-Medium. It’s great because I can toss it my purse and do touch-ups through out the day, right on top of my make-up. It’s also a physical block with 12.45% active titanium dioxide and 9.80% zinc oxide, with complete transparency and mattifing mineral powder. Not only that, but it also contains a blend of six powerful, active wrinkle relaxing and anti-aging peptides and neuropeptides! What more could a girl ask for!? Okay…maybe if this also made me ten pounds lighter it would be every girl’s dream come true.

Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation. For more information about skin cancer visit The Skin Cancer Foundation website.


Protect Your Lips!

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Summer is on its way! While you’re out soaking up the sun and using sunscreen to protect your skin, don’t forget your delicate lips! The sun can be harsh and drying, so it’s very important to shield our lips damaging rays. Here are my top 3 products to keep your lips in perfect kissable condition.Combat Dry Chapped Lips

  1. Supergoop AcaiFusion SPF 30 Lip Balm – Sheer Pink: Fusion Lip Balms provide a unique, high SPF 30 lip balm solution to protect against broad-spectrum UV rays in a super-antioxidant and regenerative formulation while adding a sheer pink rosy tint to the lips.
  2. B. Kamins Lip Balm SPF 20: This soothing lip balm helps to moisturize and protect lips from sun, wind and extreme temperatures. This formula helps to repair chapped, sore lips with maple and softening essential oils. This treatment creates a smoother palette for lipstick application by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and reducing the feathering of lip color. Use anytime for softer, more luscious lips.
  3. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint SPF 15: This convenient protectant lip balm helps to moisturize, soften and smooth lips in a chic lip stick form. This is the perfect item for ladies on the go that love lipstick, please note that this item comes in multiple shades.

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!

 


Phytomer CC Creme Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 20 [GIVEAWAY]

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Phytomer GiveawayThe all-new  Phytomer CC Creme Skin Perfecting Cream is a perfect solution for women on the go. The hyper-active formula is not only a skin corrector but provides color and SPF 20. A three in one cream, it naturally enhances skin because it’s moisturizing, pore-refining, radiance enhancing, unifying and protective all at the same time. A beautiful hybrid facial product that provides makeup, skin care and sun protection.

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Staff Favorites: Bridgette

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Ever since I was a little girl I have been interested in skincare. I remember training myself when I was eight years old to sleep on Bridgettemy back to prevent getting wrinkles. So it’s only natural that I would grow up and become an esthetician. Being an esthetician at Skinstore we have access to some of the best skincare brands and products. I would like to share some of my all-time favorite products.

Honestly, I have not always been that great about wearing sunscreen. I felt like it was too thick and made my face look pasty plus my makeup wouldn’t stay on as well. I know sunscreen is the best product to use to protect your skin and prevent aging but sometimes it just didn’t seem worth it. Then I discovered SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50, LOVE! It is a lightweight sunscreen with a perfect sheer tint that evens out my skin tone. My makeup no longer melts off my face and lasts all day. I recommend that everyone try this sunscreen. It’s truly amazing!

There are so many serums out there that promise the world, it can be overwhelming at times! Which products actually live up to what they claim? The Arcona Instant Magic Reversal Serum is exactly what it states, it’s magic! It’s everything you would want out of a serum. It’s corrective, hydrating and preventative. When I apply this serum my skin is instantly transformed. If I had only one skin care product to use this would be it.

Lastly, I have been blessed with a skin condition called hyperkeratosis pilaris. That is the scientific name for “I have ugly red bumps on the back of my arms and thighs”. These bumps are caused by having a blockage in the hair follicle. I have tried so many exfoliating creams and even microdermabrasion treatments to get rid of the bumps. Everything I have tried has either taken too long or is too costly. However Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub is affordable, fast and you see amazing results. I even use it on my chest and back to help diminish signs of sun damage. It has a light citrus smell and doesn’t leave your shower gritty with scrub.  It is the perfect product for body care.

So out of the millions of products I have stored away in my bathroom these three products are my absolute favorites. I swear by them!


Supergoop SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C [GIVEAWAY]

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 Supergoop SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin CWe’re so excited to announce our newest giveaway! We are giving away Supergoop SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C! ($19 Value)

This product contains a patent-pending antioxidant-infused formula that combines complete sun protection with ease of use, exceptional results and no oily residue. Vitamin C penetrates and revitalizes the appearance of the skin for a more radiant complexion while helping to fight free radical damage. This formula leaves the skin feeling hydrated, protected and healthy.

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Melasma

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Melasma also known as the mask of pregnancy is hyperpigmentation that forms patches of brown to gray-brown patches on the Melasmaface. It’s most often found on the cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, chin and above the upper lip. Melasma occurs when the color making cells in the skin or melanocytes produce too much color. If you have a darker complexion you’re more prone to melasma because you have more active melanocytes than someone with a lighter complexion.

Common causes include:

Sun exposure: Ultraviolet or UV light from the sun stimulates the melanocytes. Even just a small amount of sun exposure can make your melasma return after fading. It often gets worse in the summer with continued sun exposure.

Change in hormones: Melasma is common in pregnant women, is often called chloasma or the mask of pregnancy. Birth control pills can also trigger melasma.

Not all hyperpigmentation is Melasma. To be properly diagnosed, you will need to see a Dermatologist.

Treatments include:

Hydroquinone-this can be found in a 2% strength OTC or 4% strength with a prescription, to help lighten the skin.

Tretinoin- a prescription vitamin A or all-trans retinoic acid enhances skin lightening.

Professional treatments that may help include: chemical peels, microdermabrasion and dermabrasion.

Melasma is a difficult skin condition to treat because sun exposure, the main cause, is present in our everyday lives. It’s very important to wear sunscreen every day and reapply every 2 hours. If you know you will be in the sun for long periods of time, be sure to wear a wide brim floppy hat for more coverage.

We recommend PCA SKIN Pigment Gel and Colorscience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Sun Protection Brush SPF 50 for best results.



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