The holiday gift-giving season is upon us and we know that searching for the perfect gift among the numerous choices available can be stressful. Let us help narrow down your search with our top five picks for that special guy in your life.
The Jack Black First Class Five is perfect for the guy who is always on the go! This kit contains the All Over Wash, Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, Eye Balm Minimizing Gel and the Intensive Therapy Lip Balm Natural Mint and Shea Butter. Everything his skin needs and all in a convenient travel bag.
Anthony Logistics The Face Kit is the complete face for every man. Kick start his skincare regimen with this easy to use kit! This kit includes Glycolic Facial Cleanser for a deep cleanse, Deep Pore Cleansing Clay to help absorb excess oils and All Purpose Facial Moisturizer to keep the skin balanced while improving elasticity. Also includes two bonus Facial Scrub samples.
The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush System-Gray is a wonderful gift for the guy that has everything and is serious about his skincare routine. The Clarisonic is a great tool to prep the skin prior to shaving and since it’s waterproof, he can take it right into the shower with him.
For more suggestions, check out our Holiday Gift Guide! And tell us.. what’s under the Christmas tree for YOUR man? A new powertool? A snuggie?
If you are already a fan of Clarisonic then you may have heard the buzz surrounding the Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System. The new Clarisonic Opal is designed for the delicate skin around the eye area and is the perfect compliment to the Clarisonic Skin Brush.
Here are some of the benefits reported in clinical studies:
• Visibly improves fine lines, under–eye puffiness and dark circles
• Immediately hydrates, leaving eye area feeling refreshed and energized
• Eye area looks younger and smoother
• Brighter appearance of eye area
• Skin is firmer with a noticeable improvement in elasticity
• Benefits improve with continued use
‘Tis the season of giving! Show your wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin, girlfriend, friend and even a special little girl how much you care for her. The women in your life do a lot for you so we think it’s sweet of you to do something nice in return for them. Here’s a list of our top 10 girly faves for this year’s gift-giving.
Clarisonic Skin Care System in Pinkis always a top seller for holidays. The Clarisonic system is 2x more effective than manual cleansing, and removes 6x more makeup. Clarisonic will help to remove dead skin cells therefore increasing treatment product absorption, it helps to reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes.
Pevonia Luxurious Gift Boxis a gift for the most chic and luxury-loving lady in your life. Pamper her with a caviar-enriched cleanser, toner, serum and cream that’ll ensure a healthy glow in elegant packaging. High concentration of caviar and escutox improve the skin’s texture and elasticity, resulting in a tighter, finer, resurfaced skin with an undeniable youthful radiance.
Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance and Lotion Gift Setis a fragrant gift for the amazing gal who loves to smell like a slice of heaven. This infinitely feminine set includes a two ounce Amazing Grace fragrance and an eight ounce multi-tasking Amazing Grace perfumed body emulsion that are perfect for layering.
StriVectin SD Gift of Results Kit is a lovely gift for a woman that loves results. A new and improved Strivectin reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while the retexturizing scrub brightens dull skin. The Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles is the cherry on top that visibly diminish lines, creases, dark circles and puffiness.
L’Occitane Almond Enchantment Gift Setis a lovely choice for the naturalist. Gift her with softening, firming and smoothing properties of almond. The shower oil, milk concentrate, exfoliating paste, and almond soap transform any bathroom into the south of France with their indulgent fragrance and feel.
Frederic Fekkai Shine Shine Shine Gift Setis THE kit for a girl that loves her luscious locks. Fekkai’s legendary shine collection infuses encapsulated shine-release complex in its winning olive oil formula to renew the hair and boost shine, bounce and manageability.
Harajuku Lovers – G Eau de Toilette! is the perfect gift for the little cutie in your life. This little fragrance is quirky, unique and undeniably cool. Plus! It smells like the tropics- a great little getaway in the middle of winter!
Elemis Everyday Beauty Essentialsis a great gift for the girl that loves a bit of everything. Creamy, nourishing and luxurious face, body and hand products in a smart clutch that she’ll enjoy now and in the warmer months too!
Laura Geller Baked and Beautiful Kitis a marvelous kit for the makeup maven. Five gorgeous pieces to take anyone from drab to fab in minutes! Fantastic for natural beauties and daring divas alike!
If Mom wrote a wish list to Santa it would most likely include our Top 5 Tools! These devices are the latest advancements in skincare technology. Her eyes will surely light up if she’s lucky enough to have one waiting for her under the tree!
Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System is the newest tool added to Clarisonic’s lineup. The Opal’s soothing sonic action gently infuses eye serum into the top layer of skin refreshing and renewing the appearance of skin around the eye area. Eyes will appear brighter and firmer with improved elasticity. Fine lines, under-eye puffiness and dark circles are also reduced.
Silk’n SensEpil Hair Removal Device is the next best thing to professional laser hair removal treatments at a fraction of the price! Silk’n uses pulsed light technology for safe long-term hair removal. The results are comparable to laser technology used in physician’s offices after just s few sessions. Full leg treatments are completed in as little as 30 minutes. Waxing and tedious shaving will just be banished for good.
Clarisonic Plus Skin Care System with Spot Treatment kicks the cleansing and exfoliation process into overdrive! In addition to the face brush, the plus system also includes a body attachment. Troublesome areas such as the décolleté, knees, elbows, and feet are easily tackled with the body brush attachment. With continual use your skin will be firmer, softer and have improved texture.
Baby Quasar Power Pack is the ultimate skin care tool that addresses anti-aging concerns while simultaneously battling hormonal acne. When blue and red infrared lights are used in conjunction, the results are astonishing! The blue light eradicates blemish causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, also known as P. acne bacteria while the red light stimulates collagen and elastin production, shrinks pore size, and reduces sebum production. It’s a one, two combo that dramatically improves your complexion.
DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System is an at home microdermabrasion device that is as effective as professional spa treatments. The unique rotating motion polishes away skin imperfections with 400 rotations per minute. The device greatly reduces the appearance of pore size and fine lines with continual use. Skin texture is also improved revealing a smoother more radiant complexion.
What’s on your wish list? We’d love to know which tool you’re dying to try!
Entering our 30’s we hear that these are the best times of our lives. We are given the opportunity to have careers, babies, or travel the world. But what does this mean for our skin, and how do we know if we are making the right choices for our new age and concerns?
Most of us have been warned about the dangers of the sun because our parents told us to wear sunscreen and not use foil and baby oil, so we are hoping to look better than our mothers and fathers. The question is how do we keep looking young? Advancements in skin care have come a long way in just the past 5-10 years, and all these tricks and potions are at our fingertips just waiting to be explored. To make it easy, here are the top things you need for your 30’s when it comes to your skin.
1. Wear your sunscreen: Yes we know this, but let’s really practice what we preach ladies and gentlemen. Skin cancer is the leading type of cancer right now, and we can help prevent it by just covering up and wearing a sunscreen. An SPF of at least a 30 is suggested. Due to variations in formulations there are sunscreens that are oil free, hydrating, and even great for you sensitive skin types. There are no exceptions on this one, wear your sunscreen please! We like La Roche Posay sunscreens and so do our customers.
2. Take your vitamins: They don’t look like cartoon characters at this age, but they can make us look and feel young well into our 40’s and beyond. Vitamins A, C, E are essential for healthy skin, strong immune systems, and overall wellness. Also, please wear your vitamins. Get a great antioxidant serum, this will protect your skin against further damage and help to correct unsightly sun damage. Retin-A is said to be one of the most powerful products in helping to promote collagen production and cell turnover. This is essential because collagen levels have already started to deplete by the age of 30.
3. Use an eye cream: At the age of 30 we start seeing the first signs of aging right before our very eyes, or under our eyes I should say. Those beautiful browns or beaming blues and greens can continue to remain as the center of attention with a little help from a great eye cream. A serum formulation for day will help tighten and provide that wide awake look. A slightly more hydrating cream formula for use in the PM, will help hydrate and regenerate the delicate tissue under the eye. A great eye cream for that is the Arcona Eye Wrinkle Repair.
4. Try alpha hydroxy acids: AHA’s are very anti-aging because they help to smooth lines, even out skin tone, and give your skin a nice healthy glow. AHA’s will also help to promote cell turnover by exfoliating your skin and should be incorporated into your weekly regimen. SkinCeuticals C+AHA is an excellent choice because it provides 15% L-Ascorbic Acid and 10% alpha hydroxyl acid. Antioxidants and exfoliation all in one product make this a great multi tasking necessity.
5. Tools for success: These include the Clarisonic, Baby Quasar, Nuface or the Wellbox device. Tools will help boost the benefits of any skin care regimen you are currently using. They will help to exfoliate, repair, tighten, and rejuvenate the skin. They save time and money because you can treat your skin in the privacy of your home for a fraction of the cost when compared to the doctor’s office or medispa.
The most important thing to remember is to do your research, but don’t believe everything you read. Be educated about what to expect, but don’t make your self crazy. A lot of consumers tend to overdo it and can cause damage to their skin. The trick is balance, education, and prevention.
Goodbye 20’s… Hello to the fabulous 30’s!
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Light therapy is something that has been around in the beauty world for quite some time now. I always get a kick out of watching the 1939 movie “The Women” starring Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer. (Some of us remember images of Joan Crawford with a green cold cream mask on, YIKES!) In the movie you see what the glamorous day spas for women were like during that era, and all the bizarre treatments and beauty devices; one of those including light therapy.
Typical light therapy from decades ago would involve giving a client a relaxing facial followed by either oils, creams, or masks and the use of either a white, blue, or red lamp depending on the skin type and desired result. Clients would typically relax on the spa bed for several minutes allowing the product and light to penetrate.
OH HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED! The light therapy used today is an entirely new era of advanced technology. Comparing the old school light therapy lamps to the technology used in the Baby Quasars is like comparing apples to oranges.
The Baby Quasar utilizes the latest technology with specific wavelengths of infrared and natural light energy to stimulate skin cells. The Baby Quasar Red uses light to stimulate blood flow, cellular metabolism, and collagen production. The Baby Quasar Blue uses light to kill acne bacteria deep within the pores. When the Baby Quasar Red and Baby Quasar Blue are used in combination, clinical studies have shown an even greater benefit in treating inflammatory acne.
Ongoing use of the Baby Quasar Red and Baby Quasar Blue can help to reduce acne breakouts and inflammation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size, increase blood flow and circulation, replace damage skin cells over time, and accelerate your skin’s deep healing.
For years and years I have been plagued with ongoing spurts of acne breakouts at the base of my hairline. The technical term is Scalp Folliculitis. They come and go, and no matter what products or treatments I have tried nothing seems to work. We recently completed training with a Baby Quasar representative and we were fortunate enough to have a Baby Quasar Power Pack to use. After just 5 treatments I have seen a significant
reduction in breakouts and the areas of skin that had deep inflammation are now healing!
The Baby Quasar products are a revolutionary break through in skin care technology. I know once you purchase a Baby Quasar Power Pack and begin your new regimen, you will be hooked!
For those of you wanting the benefit of microdermabrasion without all the cost involved we have some excellent choices for you. But what exactly is the definition of this fancy word? Dermabrasion is the use of a physical exfoliant to remove or rub off the top layer of dead skin cells. The result is a fresh layer of newer skin cells revealing a more glowing, healthy skin, less fine lines and wrinkles, and fewer sun spots or hyperpigmentation.
Microdermabrasion is usually done at either a dermatologist’s office or estheticians salon or spa. The “micro” part comes with the use of micro aluminum oxide crystals that are blasted onto the skin with air pressure and immediately vacuumed off the skin. Microdermabrasion has little if any down time.
SkinStore has some wonderful at home tools that provide you the opportunity to get similar results to microdermabrasion without the office or spa appointments, or the associated cost.
If you prefer a tool instead of a product you can use this by itself:
The Personal Microderm Tool Kit
Removes the thin layer of dead skin cells so that rejuvenation creams and serums can sink deeper into the skin and work more effectively…Greatly enhances poor, dull skin texture by gently resurfacing the superficial skin layers…Polishes and reduces fine, crêpe lines on the cheeks generally caused by aging and sun damage…DVD and written directions included.
If you prefer a product instead of a tool you can use one of the following by themselves:
Lierac Paris Micro Abrasion Exfoliating Smoothing Cream This stimulating smoothing cream contains alumina crystals for deep-down exfoliation and urea for optimum comfort, giving an immediate radiance-boosting effect, refined skin texture and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
Magnesium oxide crystals polish away dead skin cells leaving skin radiant. These diamond shaped crystals exfoliate evenly without scratching or irritating the skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and improving the overall texture of the skin. Helps clear acne prone skin and improves scars. Ideal for the face, arms, hands and neck.
As with any skin resurfacing product, either chemical or physical, it is imperative to use an SPF of 20 or higher after having a resurfacing done. Not protecting your newly revealed skin cells can cause damage from UVA/UVB rays and cause your skin to rapidly age. SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 is a great choice.
Restore that youthful healthy glow to your skin and have everyone wondering how you did it!
Which do you prefer: “in office” microdermabrasion or “at home” microdermabrasion? Leave us a comment below!
When I began researching to write this article I searched online for references of men getting pedicures. The first site talked about pedicures being more masculine than most people think; ironically the website was adorned with dainty little sunflowers and a picture of women’s painted toe nails! There were several other sites in various different glamour and beauty websites talking about how men are slowly beginning to take better care of their feet. There were also numerous articles in women’s magazines giving pointers on how to give their man a pedicure at home. However there was not much from a man’s perspective for men.
Being a licensed manicurist and esthetician I wanted to give guys out there a heads up on what to look for in choosing who does your pedicure, and what products we have in case you want to do a pedicure at home. Many times women have much more experience getting these services, so guys may be at a loss of knowing what to look for and what to do.
So here are my tips and suggestions on a getting a pedicure at a salon or spa:
Make sure the business is licensed appropriately; make sure the person who does your service is licensed appropriately and displays their license.
Make sure the nail files and foot files are disposable and new. Be wary of metallic grating tools used to file callused skin off your heels!
Make sure all the metal tools (implements) have been freshly sanitized in the blue solution and stored in a clean dry place later.
Make sure your salon/spa has a cleaning journal showing when the last time your foot spa (especially ones with jets) has been cleaned and sanitized. It should be after EVERY use. Old water should be drained, debris filters cleaned, the tub rinsed, scrubbed down and rinsed again, refilled and a hospital grade disinfectant added, jets turned on to circulate the cleaner in the system, cleaner sits for 10-20 minutes, drained and dried. THEN it is ready for the next customer!
If you want to do a home treatment here are some suggestions:
Soak your feet in hot water in a foot tub or home foot spa. Essential oils such as lavender can relax, and eucalyptus or mint can stimulate. I would suggest trying Kerstin Florian Krauter Fub Salt.
After soaking your feet for 10 minutes or so you can use a foot file to file off the rough areas of skin on your feet. I would suggest trying Tweezerman Pedicure Ceramic File.
Next trim and shape your nails using nail clippers and a nail file. Toe nails are best trimmed square with a rounded or softened corner. Use a 3 way nail buffer to smooth out any nail ridges, even out the surface, and buff to shine (if you want.) Tweezerman Men’s Deluxe Grooming Kit is a great kit.
When you’re all done with the soaking, filing and trimming and have dried off your feet, use a foot cream or body butter to moisturize. Massage it into all areas of your feet. Put a little extra on and slip some socks on while the product absorbs! I suggest L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream.
Don’t be afraid to take a little time out to take care of your feet. A good trimming of the nails can make your shoes more comfortable and a great foot massage can alleviate a lot of built up tension, stress and pain. The result will be feet that feel better in your shoes or boots, and look better in those summer sandals! Which ever you decide, salon, day spa or at home, be sure to put your best foot forward!
Summer of 2010 is in full swing and we hope you’re enjoying it to its fullest! Whether you’re playing on a sandy beach in Mexico, lounging by the pool in Las Vegas, or hiking the Himalayas in India you’re probably well equipped with a goody bag full of your favorite skin care products (you are, a SkinStore customer after all!) We always want to know what you’re toting around to keep your skin looking wonderful through the seasons- and we’re sure that you’re curious to see what our top favorites are, so we’ve compiled a list of THE top 10 must haves for this fabulous summer!
Clarisonic. ‘Nuff said! This is our number one seller, and for a good reason! The Clarisonic comes in three versions- Mia for travel, Classic for facial cleansing and exfoliation and Plus for facial exfoliation and cleansing as well as body use (perfect pedicure, anyone?). Clarisonic uses a sonic technology to cleanse deeply within the pores and is two times more effective than manual cleansing and six times more effective at removing make-up! Therefore with daily use of the Clarisonic you’ll prevent breakouts and clogged pores, and the exfoliating factor will make large pores appear smaller, and the texture of the skin much smoother! It’s great for all skin types and all ages. Staff favorite, customer favorite… we can’t say enough great things about this product!
Antioxidants. Chances are, you’re spending a lot of time outdoors during the summer chasing after kids, swimming, playing outdoor sports and barbequing… while you may be religiously applying sunscreen to protect your skin, you may not be applying antioxidants which ward off free radicals that cause lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Antioxidant serums are a great way to go, because they’re light in consistency so they won’t feel heavy on the skin and they soak right in to provide up to twenty four hours of broad-spectrum antioxidant protection without reapplication! We’re fans of CE Ferulic which provides a potent vitamin C (which has brightening benefits) in addition to power-house antioxidant ingredients like hydrating vitamin E and Ferulic acid.
Sunscreen. Everybody knows that sunscreen protection is the utmost important factor in keeping your skin healthy! Thank goodness for savvy chemists who know how to formulate sunscreen in uber-elegant recipes. Since it hit the market in May, SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 has been selling like hotcakes! We have trouble keeping this stuff in stock. It’s a one of its kind physical sunscreen that’s a transparent, mattifying liquid that is paraben-free and offers true broad spectrum coverage from UVA and UVB rays, it’s great for all skin types and ages and stays put without feeling heavy or greasy, and it doesn’t have an unpleasant sunscreen smell! And while SkinCeuticals has created an amazing formula for the face, La Roche Posay (another renowned SPF pioneer) has created La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Melt In Sunscreen Milk which is great for the body. This fast absorbing, non-greasy milk provides SPF 60 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with the breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield, to protect your skin, even at the cellular level.
Don’t neglect your hair. You have face and body covered! But that leaves out your luscious locks. Keep your hair looking its best with protective hair products. Since the sun can be dehydrating to your skin, it can also be super dehydrating to your hair too (straw hair = yuck!), use a leave-in conditioner that has a UV filter. We enjoy Rene Furterer Okara 2 Phase Leave-In Protective Conditioner CPF 80 because it not only has a potent UV filter but it also keeps the hair smooth, shiny and polished with its Okara complex.
Fake it. You’re probably thinking that all of this SPF protection will not allow for you to get any color! So cheat the sun and the sun damage, and instead of baking it…get good at faking it! There are hundreds of self tanners that’ll give you a beautiful golden glow! TanTowel Plus Full Body Self Tanning Towelettes are a great way to getting tan, they’re odorless and SO easy to use! This tan is easy to apply and because the self-tanning liquid is in a handy towel it’s virtually mess free! PLUS NO streaking! We promise!
Hydrate. What about dry skin? In the summertime our skin is frequently exposed to sun, sand, salty ocean water or chlorine from the pool. We tend to hydrate more frequently and diligently in the other seasons when it’s colder or dryer out, but our summer skin needs moisture too, and very much so after excess exposure to the elements. Rehydrate your skin with L’Occitane Cupuacu After-Sun Balm Lotion, it’s our summer favorite! This after sun lotion is formulated with organic vegetable butter of Cupuaçu, which is the ideal ingredient to intensely hydrate and regenerate skin after sun exposure because it holds four times its weight in water, therefore providing immense hydration without feeling greasy.
To ward off dehydration on the go, it’s great to throw a refreshing spray into your beach tote. Kerstin Florian Aromatherapy Neroli Water is a delight to use because it’s soothing, hydrating and refreshing and can be used all of the body, or on the face… and it won’t disturb make-up!
Conceal. A blemish here, a sun spot there, dark circles from lack of sleep (there are too many fun things to do in the summer)… what’s a gal to do to stay looking fresh and feeling fabulous? Concealer is the magic wand of a make-up maven. This summer we’re in love with Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer because of its highly pigmented formula that’s also water resistant. It erases dark circles, blemishes, broken capillaries, sun damage and redness with only using a tiny amount of product (and we mean TINY!) a little tube will last and last and last.
Nail Time. Every girl knows that a perfect pedicure is a summer MUST. Coral always looks hot on the fingernails and is absolutely amazing for toes in the sweet summer time (bonus: corals and yellows visually intensify your tan). SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Love and Happiness is a gorgeous coral orange crème that looks fantastic when paired with strappy golden sandals!
Poet William Carlos Williams has said “In summer, the song sings itself”, and boy wasn’t he right! Enjoy this gorgeous weather, throw some hot dogs on the grill, read a great book, and lather on the SPF! Now that you’ve got a list of our TOP 10 summer favorites it’s easy to choose great summer products! What are your top picks?
Washington Irving has said “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
The love of a mother is unlike anything else in the world. Mothers sacrifice so much for their children, they pamper and coo, they counsel, they encourage, they hold our hand and lead us through the labyrinth we call life, they wipe our tears and share our smiles, they nurture, rear, raise and foster us. They deserve to be treated with care and honor for ever and for always. Show your beloved mother your appreciation by writing her a poem, singing her a song, treating her to a special dinner, or getting her a great gift.
To make your shopping easier the SkinStore staff have put together the top ten products they are purchasing for Mother’s Day.
Help mom to get gorgeous, younger-looking skin in only a few minutes a day. Using superior technology, Baby Quasar Red works by stimulating the production of collagen, thereby diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. Clinical research has shown that red and infrared light can also be extremely effective in firming and toning the skin.
Because mom is a queen treat her to a bottle of Vera’s enchanting Princess fragrance. An enchanting celebration of modern femininity with yummy notes like mandarin meringue, guava, pink frosting, dark chocolate, and vanilla bring out the girly girl.
Vitamins A & C and mulberry extract and a powerful dose of retinol virtually banish pores while tired skin is left hydrated, firmed, and detoxified. Great for busy moms on the go that need flawless skin but don’t have heaps of time.
This 3-in-1 high foaming shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath has a unique formula that provides a rich, foaming lather and a delicious bubble bath experience. The caramel apple scent is the perfect fusion of a juicy apple and rich, creamy caramel.
Is she an expecting mommy? She deserves some special attention, and so does her skin. We love Belli Pregnancy Pampering Collection which has baby-friendly formulations in body wash, body lotion, body exfoliator and belly oil. Help her ward off stretch marks with Belli Stretchmark Minimizing Cream which heals the skin and minimizes existing stretch marks while preventing new ones from forming.