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A Dash of Vitamin C

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There are tons of excellent products out there that are rich in Vitamin C. This vitamin is essential in improving elasticity in the skin and boosting the production of collagen. Hyperpigmentation, (also known as sun spots or age spots) can also reduce while future damage is prevented.  Anyone that is ever exposed to the sun can benefit from using a product with vitamin C.  Of course we all fall under that category. So why are so many people not including this ingredient in their regimen? cosmedic pure c

Many may not yet be informed of its wonderful benefits.  Some would say that cost is the factor. Others would say they just do not have the time to add yet another product to their already seemingly long regimen.  CosMedix, a plant based ingredient focused company, has made incorporating a vitamin C very easy.  Their product, CosMedix Pure C , is a powdered crystal form of 100% pure L-ascorbic acid —the only form of vitamin C readily absorbed by the skin.  With this product, you can simply mix the crystals into any cosmetic cream or serum that you already have.  (Do not use water)  You place your desired cream or serum in the palm of your hand and add about six shakes, or a pea size amount of Pure C on top of it.  Mix the products together and apply to your face and neck both morning and evening. Pure C will give the products you already own a performance enhancing boost!

Is the SPF in your Makeup enough?

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As an esthetician we are constantly asking our clients if they are using an SPF. Proper sun protection is so important in skin care and it is the number 1 most important anti-aging product in your regimen. All too often I have women tell me that they have SPF in their makeup and therefore they believe that they do not need to apply a sunscreen. This is absolutely NOT true. While it is a great added bonus that your makeup contains SPF, it is not a substitution for applying a sunscreen. The truth is most people do not apply the layers of coverage they need from their makeup to get proper sun protection. Also, sunscreen needs to be applied every 2 hours when outdoors. Your face would be piled with makeup at the end of the day. An SPF 30 or higher should be part of your daily morning skin care regimen. You are welcome to apply your makeup over that for added benefit. Skinstore has a wide selection of sunscreens to offer for all skin types. One of our favorites is SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50.

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Tanning Beds: EXPOSED

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Indoor tanning salons are just as popular as fast food restaurants in some cities. They promise the bronzed beauty that comes with a great tan. I am guilty of baking myself in tanning beds for years. I would listen to the teenage girl that worked at the tanning salon tell me how the UVA rays from the beds were safe and it was even smart to get a base tan in the summer to help protect my skin from the Sun. I knew better than to believe all this nonsense, but I just wanted to look tan. Now, I am older and wiser, but I have awful sun damage as a result of my poor tanning decisions. I no longer tan and am diligent about wearing proper SPF. I wish I knew all the harmful effects that I know now.

Here is some real and true information about tanning beds. UVA rays are not safe. In fact UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin, cause melanoma and premature aging. A typical tanning bed emits about 95% UVA rays and about 5% UVB rays. The UVA rays from a tanning bed are 12 times stronger than what we are exposed to from the Sun. The reason for this is because UVA rays make the skin darker faster. They also cause sagging skin, skin cancer and eye damage, including ocular melanoma (eye cancer). This information was never mentioned while I was shelling out money for my tanning service. I wish I knew that just one tanning session increased my chances of getting melanoma by 20%. And each additional session within that year tacked on another 2% risk. Tanning beds have been moved to “carcinogenic to humans” category which is the highest risk category for cancer. Shockingly, there are more cases of cancer due to indoor tanning than cases of lung cancer due to smoking (study by JAMA dermatology). No, tan is worth the risk. There are plenty of great self-tanners available now that are a safe alternative to tanning. Your future, older self will thank you! A couple of our staff favorites are Kate Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Blow Pads.

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Three Little Wonders

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Ole Henriksen Three Little Ole Henriksen Three Little Wonders Box SetWonders Box Set is a professional strength AM/PM regimen rapidly reverses all visible signs of aging skin. Each proprietary blend works in synergy to reveal your most youthful, healthy & radiant complexion. With nurturing textures and indulgent aromas, witness the transformation as you delight in the experience of treating your skin.

When used regularly, the results of this trio of products are truly amazing. Each formulation is oil-free, firming, lifting, pore tightening and all promote uniform pigmentation. As an added bonus, each product feels sensational and is a pleasure to use every day.

Kit Includes:

Invigorating Night Treatment, 1oz This powerful treatment gel helps to hydrate the deepest layers of the skin, while smoothing and refining the surface texture.

Sheer Transformation Creme, 1oz This luxurious, anti-aging creme fades skin discolorations, smoothes fine lines and protects from environmental damage.

Truth Serum Collagen Booster, 1oz Get radiant skin with this incredible anti-wrinkle, firming and smoothing Vitamin C complex skin booster.


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Men Face Higher Skin Cancer Rate

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Sunscreen protection is vital for both men and women. Studies have proven skin cancer is more prevalent in men. Men get twice the overall number of skin cancers and three times more squamous cell carcinomas that women do according to Tatiana M. Oberyszyn, PhD, assistant professor of pathology at Ohio State University in Columbus. Why? Men are more likely than women to have outdoor jobs and they are less likely to protect their skin with sunscreen. In addition, men are less likely to perform self-exams and to go see the doctor. Is the application of a sunscreen a cosmetic issue or a health issue?

To test this theory, Oberyszyn’s team exposed a breed of hairless mice to ultraviolet rays from a sun lamp. The mice underwent eight- to 10-minute tanning sessions three times a week for six months. That was enough to give both male and female mice skin cancer. As a side note, this is an important finding as well: Really validating the negative impact of using tanning beds on a regular basis.

“We found males got skin tumors earlier, got more of them, and more of the tumors were severe,” states Oberyszyn. Tests of male and female mouse skin turned up a surprising finding. The male skin cells carried fewer antioxidants than the female skin cells. It turns out that male skin is more sensitive than female skin. Skin cancer is the cancer men are most likely to face.

In fact, men over 50 are more than twice as likely as women to develop and die from skin cancer. Men are also about twice as likely to develop basal and squamous cell skin cancers as well. And it’s not just men over 50 who are at risk: a recent study by the Mayo Clinic has found that the rates for squamous and basal cell carcinoma have jumped for men under 40.

Men typically have less hair to cover ears and scalp, two important areas where they develop skin cancer more often than women. Men also top women in skin cancers of the often-exposed back, chest, and shoulders. These are the areas that require self-examinations. It is time for men to step up and put sunscreen on!

Men must put an ample amount of sunscreen on, and reapply every 70 minutes when directly under the sun. Hats that have protection for the neck and ears should be used. The reality is that sun protection is a very serious health issue and should not be ignored.

We recommend Menscience TiO2 Sunblock SPF 30. It is packaged in an easy to use and carry tube to facilitate application. It combines advanced ingredients for the ultimate sunscreen; an ultralight, non-greasy waterproof and sweat proof formula that provides maximum protection (SPF30). While moisturizing, nurturing and helping to repair the damaging effects of the sun: For everyday use or for extreme environmental conditions. It is appropriate for all skin types.

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Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum [GIVEAWAY]

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Looking to protect and correct with one of the best antioxidants on the market? Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum by Elizabeth Arden has advanced Idebenone technology to create a reserve within the skin releasing protective and corrective benefits when and where skin needs it most. With continued use, skin’s resilience is fortified allowing skin to fight the effects of environmental aggressors and dramatically improve the look of sun-damaged skin.

Sound amazing?! Enter our Facebook giveaway for a chance to win one of your very own. Click HERE to enter. You can find Prevage on


PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum addresses major skin care concerns with proven results:

– 94% of women saw a dramatic improvement in skin’s overall appearance after just 4 weeks.**

– 74% of women saw a reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after eight weeks.**

In addition, PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum achieved the following results in our latest clinical test***:

– 80% improvement in radiance and brightness.Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum

– 70% improvement in skin tone.

– 69% improvement in the look of photo-damaged skin.

– 69% improvement in skin’s overall appearance.


**For face products, environmental protection is against oxidative stress due to sun, smoke and pollution, with Idebenone compared to alpha lipoic acid, kinetin, vitamin C, vitamin E and coenzyme Q10. EPF® and Environmental Protection Factor™ are certification marks and trademarks owned by Pharma Cosmetix Research, L.L.C.

**Consumer test conducted on 102 women age 25-65 over 4 weeks.

Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair: A Skin Saver

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For those of us that like to exfoliate, scrub, and slough off our skin on a regular basis, we often run the risk of overdoing it. The SkinCeuticals Epidermal repair has been specifically formulated for skin that has been compromised by in office peels or at-home blunders. It contains beta glucan and centella asiatica which provide a protective veil on the skin and help to repair and restore the skin barrier function while helping to stimulate collagen production.

The SkinCeuticals Epidermal repair will help with inflammation and will also help to soothe the skin to lessen irritation. If you use this product post-procedure it will help to protect, heal, soothe, and can also prevent scarring (but consult with your doctor before use).

It also makes a nice makeup base for us dry skin types because it contains dimethicone which helps to seal in moisture while preventing peeling and flaking.  This is also a great product to use if you have sunburn, windburn, rosacea, or if you are a retinol user. The Epidermal Repair will be a skin saver for anyone that may have overdone it with the peel or treatment, and wants to avoid looking red, scaly or blistered.

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Pigmentation Buster

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If you ask a woman what the biggest problem is that she faces regarding her skin you’ll most likely hear “hyperpigmentation” every time. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by hormones, post inflammatory acne, or sun induced (photo damage) and is one of the most difficult to treat. Hyperpigmentation is hard to treat because the Melanocytes in our skin which produce Melanin haveSkinCeuticals Phloretin CF a great, long lasting memory. Melanin is what pigments our eyes, hair, and skin. So every time melanin is produced by the cell it’s the color of the darker pigmentation. Every 28 days when your cells turn over it is recreating the dark melanin in its memory bank per say.

So I know you’re asking… “What can I do to break this cycle?” The key is to use the right ingredient to change the melanin back to the color they should be. Kojic acid is an awesome ingredient and is derived from fungi. Kojic acid helps to stop the production of melanin in your skin and is a great all natural approach to clearing up pigmentation. Another great ingredient is Ascorbic acid or better known as Vitamin C, this ingredient is rich in antioxidants and is commonly used topically on the skin. This ingredient works by gradually fading the appearance of pigmentation on the skin. Both of these ingredients are very effective and will give you the clear skin you desire.

We highly recommend SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF to help with hyperpigmentation.  Phloretin CF represents a new class of preventive and corrective topical antioxidant treatment. After five years of extensive research, SkinCeuticals developed this patent-pending breakthrough technology combining the newly-discovered, broad-range power of Phloretin with Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid in a biodiverse formulation to divide and conquer sources of damage at every level. Phloretin CF, a broad-spectrum treatment, protects against not only free radicals, but the range of other reactive molecules known to cause damage and DNA mutations among the integral cell types. In addition, it corrects existing damage by stimulating the synthesis of essential proteins and fibers and accelerating cell turnover. The result — a strengthened support structure on the inside and a more youthful, firm, radiant appearance on the outside. You can find this product and other pigmentation busting products on

Celebs Love Tracie Martyn

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Her line has been featured in Vanity Fair, InStyle, Vogue, teenVogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, and other famous publications. Kate Winslet’s skin glows thanks to her line, so does Susan Sarandon’s and Miranda Kerr’s. Cyndi Lauper is a fan too!

Tracie Martyn has been in the beauty industry since the 80’s, and having worked with models and celebrities as a make-up artist, she figured out exactly what they all wanted in their skincare….pure, natural ingredients and no-fuss products that delivered real results. Using the best anti-aging technologies, while simultaneously creating treatments that are restorative, pampering and holistic, Tracie has pioneered a skin care concept that is both effective and results oriented.

One of the most popular products in the Tracie Martyn line is the Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant which contains enzymes, botanical skin lighteners and balanced fruit acids. It exfoliates, brightens, lightens, minimizes fine lines as well as wrinkles and pores, revitalizes lackluster complexions, reduces redness, eliminates breakouts, stimulates cell renewal and nourishes the skin. Susan Sarandon has reported to People Magazine that it leaves her skin glowing. This miracle in a jar has been voted ‘best product’ by More Magazine and continues to receive praise.

The Tracie Martyn Firming Serum is the ultimate anti-aging secret. The Powerful antioxidants, exotic botanicals, rejuvenating epidermal growth factors and essential vitamins combine in a synergistic formula aimed to counteract the thinning of skin due to aging and environmental factors. Cyndi Lauper has said to People Magazine “…I use the serum every day, it makes a world of difference, it’s really healing. You see the difference right away.”  The active ingredients in this product lift and firm, strengthen the collagen network, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate the skin by minimizing water loss and replenishing moisture, calm and soothe, reduce redness and irritation, improve texture, gently lighten hyperpigmentation and brighten lackluster skin.

Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser is another star product. Miranda Kerr has reported to Teen Vogue that “The Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser deep-cleans without dryness.” Combining breakthrough technology with ancient Ayurvedic knowledge, this extraordinary concentrate gently but efficiently purifies and resurfaces the skin, restoring its youthful vitality and radiance. Unique botanicals, resurfacing enzymes and powerful antioxidants protect, exfoliate and repair the skin while removing residue, dirt, oils and make-up in one single step.

Stars love this line, loves this line, and we’re sure you will too! Treat yourself like a celebrity and try the Tracie Martyn line for yourself.

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Repair Your Décolletage and Hands

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NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Decolletage and HandsStart repairing with NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Decolletage and Hands. The key ingredients of this product include Bearberry, Licorice and Mulberry extracts help brighten the skin. Luna-B White decreases hyperpigmentation. This product has the added benefit of White Tea to protect against free radicals and future damage. The main ingredient is Pro-Niacin, it is a patented form of Niacin, or Vitamin B3 that penetrates deep down to the dermis level of skin to really change the way your skin ages for more healthy looking skin.

Our neck, hands and décolletage are the first areas to show signs of aging. Why shouldn’t we treat these areas with NIA24 to help decrease the signs of aging and have glowing skin?

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