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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!
Let’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 with 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!
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.
This 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!
These 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, octisalate, 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?!
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
The 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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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 my 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!
We’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 also known as the mask of pregnancy is hyperpigmentation that forms patches of brown to gray-brown patches on the face. 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.
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.
What is the difference between physical exfoliation, enzymatic exfoliation, and chemical exfoliation? A physical exfoliation is one that you can physically feel to the touch. It’s often in the form of beads or granules like that in a scrub. Whereas an enzymatic exfoliation is usually in a treatment type product like a mask, peel, cleanser, etc. Enzymes are found in fruit acids and are generally better tolerated by sensitive skin types. Chemical exfoliators are also found in treatment type products, but are more aggressive and are usually found in the form of acids like Glycolic, Salicylic, AHA’s, & BHA’s. Chemical exfoliators are better suited for normal to tolerant skin types.
When is sunscreen needed? The answer is all the time. You should always wear sunblock! Whether you use daily skincare products or not sunblock helps prevent damage, period. Using sunscreen religiously is the number one thing you can do to prevent pre mature aging!
Do extreme hot/ cold temperatures ruin my product? No. We have confirmed with various manufacturers on this very issue and temperature does not compromise the integrity of the product. If you receive a product and it is either extremely hot or extremely cold bring the product inside and let it go back to room temperature before use. You may also need to shake or stir the product if the ingredients have separated. This does not change the efficacy of the product, it’s good to use.
Why doesn’t my product have a seal on it? Since we’re shipped product directly from the manufacturer to our warehouse it’s not required for the products to come sealed. It is up to the manufacturer if they choose to seal the product or not. Rest assured our inventory doesn’t make contact with the public until it is shipped directly to your door. All returns are sent back to a different facility and aren’t shipped back to the warehouse.
Is the date listed on my product the expiration date? Not always. Most products will list a sequence of digits or numbers that can look like a date format. This is usually a manufactured date, lot number, or batch number. An expiration date will have the letters EXP in front of the date sequence. Most all SPF products will have an expiration date printed on the product or packaging along with certain organic brands. If it does not, you can use the sequence of digits listed to contact the manufacturer directly for more information.
Summertime is officially upon us! Here is a list of Beach Essentials to keep you looking fabulous!
- Fake Bake Original Self Tan Lotion: Its richness in color gives you the perfect tan without the damaging side effects of the sun. Designed for easy, goof-proof application, Fake Bake has a built-in color guide-a dark temporary color that lets you see exactly where you’re applying the product. No pale patches, no streaks, no dark spots.
- Hampton Sun Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray- Bronze: A body mist that cools and hydrates the skin on contact, using natural ingredients including Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Vitamins A through E.
- Hampton Sun SPF 15 Tanning Gel: For the sun-concerned person who likes to tan, but is worried about the harmful rays of the sun.
- Colorscience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush Perfectly Clear- Medium: This nearly invisible light weight mineral powder sunscreen comes in an easy-to-use retractable brush. The convenient, brush-on applicator makes all-over SPF application easy and quick.
- Hampton Sun After Sun Moisturizer: Hydrates and soothes skin with a fresh, with a rejuvenating pick-me-up scent. Revitalizes and invigorates the body with a blend of natural ingredients, Emblica Fruit extract, Aloe, Almond Oil, Walnut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Tea Tree Oil, Green Tea Oil, and Chamomile.
- Heliocare: Heliocare capsules are an oral dietary supplement with antioxidant properties which help maintain the skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging.
- Colorscience Pro SPF 35 Sunforgettable Lip Shine- Pink: Give your lips a natural shimmer and shield from the environment with Lip Shine Gloss Colore SPF 35 by Colorescience Pro.
- Butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer- Molly Coddled: An opaque lavender orchid crème is the perfect nail color for summer.