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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.

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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.


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.


Commonly Asked Questions: Part 2

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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 Top 5 Skin Care Resolutionsmore 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.


Heliocare- Sun Supplement

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heliocareHeliocare’s daily use antioxidant formula helps maintain your skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging.  The powerful antioxidant is derived from the extract of polypodium leucotomos, a fern native to Central and South America. Once an aquatic plant, this fern adapted to life on land and created its own protection from exposure to harsh UV rays.

The active antioxidants eliminate free radicals produced by sun exposure. By reducing free radicals, it helps our skin maintain younger, more resilient skin. Taken orally, 1 capsule in the morning and in combination with sunscreen the benefits include:

-Increases tolerance to the sun

-Reduces skin changes after chronic exposure to the sun

-Helps maintain skin’s elasticity

-Provides cell protection in the epidermis

-Protects skin cell DNA

This product doesn’t protect against sun damage on its own, don’t forget to also wear sunscreen when headed outdoors.


New for 2013: CC Creams

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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream - Warm GlowLast year all the buzz was about BB creams (aka Beauty or Blemish Balms). But, for 2013 it’s all about the revved up CC Cream!  A CC Cream, which is short for Color Correcting Cream, offers a brightening effect to help rid the skin of brown spots, dullness, and uneven pigmentation. It’s a multitasking wonder product that acts as a primer, tinted moisturizer, sunscreen and skin treatment in one. Color Correcting Creams are targeted for pigmentation issues like sun damage and uneven skin tone. A CC cream will also provide more coverage in comparison to its counterpart the BB Cream, but still has a very lightweight, luminous finish.

If you’re like me you may be asking, how can I get my hands on one?! Juice Beauty is the first to launch a CC Cream on SkinStore.com. The Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream aims to repair DNA damage and boost cellular regeneration with antioxidant vitamin C and resveratrol. Juice Beauty’s ultimate CC cream benefits the skin in 12 ways: repairs DNA damage, evens out skin tone and texture, firms and improves elasticity, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, creates a glowing complexion, balances skin tone, is rich in antioxidants, protects with chemical free SPF 30, has Mineral tinted coverage, acts as a moisturizer, gives skin perfecting color and is great for all skin types. The retail price is $39 USD and it’s available in two shades, Natural Glow and Warm Glow.


Some Must-knows About Sunscreens

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Everyone knows that most melanoma skin cancer and skin photo-aging is caused by the UVA and UVB rays in sunlight, right? Maybe not. According to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic, melanoma cancers have increased eightfold for young US women in the period 1970-2009.

So why do we ignore the advice of the Skin Cancer Foundation when it says that everyone over the age of six months should use sunscreen daily all year round, in any weather? Perhaps it’s because, as some people say that they’re afraid of the chemicals in sunscreens, or that sunscreens make them break-out; or they’re afraid they won’t get enough Vitamin D; or because sunscreens can be so thick they won’t rub in. For some of these reasons, many women have turned to moisturizing SPFs, but used as the only UV protection, most of these products simply cannot provide adequate protection. Again according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, an SPF of 15 or higher is acceptable for everyday activity, and an SPF of 30 or higher is acceptable for extended or intense outdoor exposure.

It’s for exactly these reasons Snowberry broad spectrum (meaning they protect against UVA and UVB) Everyday SPF15 and Active Outdoor SPF30 were created by Snowberry’s Soraya Hendesi in New Zealand – in a land where UV intensity is comparatively high. These are 100% natural sunscreens that absorb quickly, avoid potentially harmful chemicals, and can be safely used at any age. Snowberry sunscreens containing coffee bean oil and Shea butter do moisturize, and with Inga Oil extract help to counter inflammation, and Siberian Larch extract is an effective anti-oxidant, but they are sunscreens first and moisturizers second and this is what makes them so very effective against photo-aging and the risk of melanoma cancer.


SPF: Don’t Miss a Spot!

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Sun protection plays a major role in the way that our skin ages! While your cabinets and purse may be stocked with different protection agents, the most common mistake is the small areas you may miss. The following is a list of your forgotten areas and where you need to apply your SPF.

1) Your Ears: A very common area that is missed. While protection of your face is one of the most important areas, people often skip out on their ears. This leaves room to draw attention from the sun to that area and the end result is almost always a burn.

2) Your lovely lips: We understand that most face products would not be suitable for the lips or feel so great but you can find your usual chapstick or lip products with SPF. Who wants peeling, uncomfortable lips anyways?

3) The Underdog Underarms:  Another common area that most skip, whether it be with a lotion or even more the SPF mists. We already use deodorant in those areas and also think that it is an area the sun won’t shine so it is easily a missed area.

4) Your Feet:  The legs are always a focus point for application however most people stop at the feet. You end up with tan lines from your flip flops and that is just not cute.

5) Your Designated Part Line: Don’t forget that your scalp can also burn and leave you a victim of peeling, itchy head.  The easiest fix would be an SPF mist that you can just spray & play with the protection you need.

Now that you have a quick reminder, be sure it get the proper sun protection you need during these fun warm days!


Hot Product: Boscia BB Cream SPF27

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We all need to wear sunscreen no matter what our skin type is or time of year it may be.  Oily or break out prone skin types sometimes have a hard time finding a good moisturizer with SPF that won’t make them feel more oily and won’t aggravate their acne prone skin. Boscia has just developed an oil free moisturizing sunscreen that will help protect and heal your skin, while address anti-aging concerns.

The botanical formula is comprised of a physical sunscreen that will help to protect your skin from environmental damage while also preventing collagen breakdown which causes damage and photo aging to our skin.  One key ingredient called abyssine will help to further protect the skin while providing soothing benefits to address inflammation and irritation. The BB cream also has anti-aging benefits because it will help to promote skin elasticity, while reducing the appearance of fine lines with an ingredient called Hydroxyprolisilane. Hydroxyprolisilane is tissue regenerator that helps to stimulate, strengthen, and protect collagen and elastin fibers. The Boscia BB cream is also hydrating but will not clog your pores due to the oil free formula.

The BB cream has a slight tint to it, which will work for most skin types and will help to even out skin tone and help to address redness. It also works great as a makeup primer to smooth out the skin and help to diminish the appearance of pores. It’s very important to wear an SPF even if you are oily or acne prone. Please remember that wearing a sunscreen is your best defense against premature skin aging.



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