To scrub or not to scrub, that is the question as we approach these winter months. We want to put our best face forward for all our special holiday events. The heat, climate and lack of hydration can leave our skin looking lifeless and dull. There are a variety of great exfoliants out there, from gentle, to really high powered and effective, that can offer the perfect solutions for your specific skin type and concerns.
Let us begin with the sensitive skin guys and gals; there is something for both of you to use. Having sensitive and dry skin can seem like a curse sometimes. There are always little patches of skin that never seem to smooth out. After you apply your foundation you notice even more how dehydrated and dry your skin is. This is because all the dry dead skin is not being exfoliated and has nowhere to go but stay on your skin. For dry and sensitive skin types we suggest Sothys Gommage Exfoliant. This is a gentle yet effective treatment to release the surface dryness on your skin, making it softer and smoother. It does not contain any granules, which means it will not scratch or damage your delicate skin. It’s an oat flour base product that contains bee’s wax to help seal in the skin’s surface moisture. When using a gommage product you just have to be a little patient. All you need to do is leave this on your dry skin for about a minute. Then you want to gently slough off the peel in a circular motion. Do this very slowly, as you do not want to pull or irritate your skin. Once the gommage is gone so is your dull, dry skin. This product also works great for the tops of your hands!
If you are searching for a gentle scrub instead of a gommage, we suggest Avene Gentle Purifying Scrub. This has a non-abrasive gel texture that will unclog your pores and purify your skin. It really is a must try for people with sensitive skin, that may be apprehensive to try scrubs.
For skin types more on the oily side, try Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Scrub.This is a cleanser and scrub all in one, great for on the go lifestyles. This product will help to control oil and shine, but also buff away all the dull tired skin. This does not have any added oils, so it is just perfect for oily skin types. This product also contains jojoba ester which will soothe and condition your skin, leaving it fresh and fully hydrated.
If you are looking for a really effective peel treatment we suggest something with an AHA base to brighten and improve the skins tone and texture. If your skin is on the oily side and you have breakouts, try the Topix Gly Sal 10-2 Pads. These pads have 10% pure glycolic and 2% salicylic acid. Glycolic acid is the smallest of hydroxy acids, so it can really penetrate into your skin, removing all the dead surface layers of skin. Glycolic can also help to reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions. The salicylic acid works with the witch hazel for skin toning and astringent benefits. This would work great to protect your skin from future breakouts, and help clear up the existing ones. This is a great treatment to do up to 3 times a week for skin smoothing results. These little pads are handy, effective, and the price is right. They also come in 5-2 for people that have skin that is not as oily and a bit more sensitive. Another great peel is the Philosophy Micro delivery Peel Pads.These peel pads use a combination of lactic acid, and citrus acids to really give you a whole new look. These small pads contain full-sized antioxidants with an enriched formula to protect and soothe your skin. These pads work great for dry and dehydrated skin types.
If you are looking for a highly effective skin resurfacing product we suggest a microdermabrasion peel. Before you spend all your money at the dermatologist for this procedure, take a look at these products: Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion has a great crystal polish formula, which will help the skin look radiant and new. Dr. Brandt uses Magnesium oxide crystals, similar to that of an in-office peel. The crystals will not scratch or irritate your skin; you will only have smooth skin using this treatment. Even those that have sensitive skin associated with rosacea can use this product every two weeks or so. Another great micoderm treatment is Dr. Michelle Copeland Microdermabrasion Formula.This product uses AHA in conjunction with powerful antioxidants to exfoliate and soothe the skin. This product will not give you the flaking effect that a lot of peels can have because of its soothing benefits. This treatment is a little less abrasive then the Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion, so if your skin is on the sensitive side, we suggest trying this one out.
A great tool to use in conjunction with your favorite cleanser to help exfoliate is the Clarisonic Skin Care System. This little tool needs to be mentioned when it comes to offering a wonderful cleanse and exfoliation. It has double the power than manually cleansing your skin but is gentle enough to use twice a day. You can choose to get a sensitive brush head so even testy skin types can benefit from the system. This is a staff and customer favorite, and also a fabulous gift idea for the holidays!
There are many different types of skin refining products to choose from. They offer similar results, by helping to improve the tone and texture of your skin. By using an exfoliant on a regular basis, you will notice how beautifully your other products will work. Serums will penetrate better, makeup will glide onto your skin, and you will have an overall healthier glow. When using products that exfoliate we recommend using a sunscreen during the day to protect your new skin. We hope that these products will help shed the dull winter skin, and prepare you for the warm months ahead!
Zapping zits with bacteria fighting light rays may seem like science fiction, but it’s now a reality. The age of technology is upon us and it’s time to reap the rewards with clear, smooth skin! But, just how does this glowing miracle device work?
In recent years, scientists have discovered that blue and red infrared light therapy significantly outweighs the benefits of traditional topical acne treatment creams (i.e. benzoyl peroxide or retin-A). When both blue and red infrared lights are used in conjunction with one another, results are astonishing! The blue light eradicates blemish causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, also known as P. acne bacteria. While the red light stimulates skin rejuvenation, shrinks pore size, and reduces sebum production. The red light is vital because it stimulates circulation, blood flow, and the release of nitric oxide which heals the skin, thereby reducing the risk of acne scarring. It’s a win, win combination that dramatically reduces redness and inflammation for a flawless complexion.
At first, one may suffer sticker shock from these pricey space age gadgets, but when you calculate the cost of years and years of ineffective acne products it’s a no brainer! But, beware there are a wide variety of infrared light therapy devices on the market that range in price and quality. It’s crucial to remember when purchasing a skincare tool, that it is a long term investment, not a disposable cream that sits on the bathroom counter for a few months. Baby Quasar sells a high quality power pack, which includes both the red and blue light therapy devices and has a five year manufacturer’s warranty. Like mom always said, you get what you pay for!
In general, light therapy treatments are recommended two to three times a week until desired results are achieved. Each session should last approximately 30 minutes. First, target areas of concern with the blue light for ten minutes and then follow up with the red device on all sections of the face. For optimal results, allow 48 hours in between treatments to allow the skin to rejuvenate. In order to retain your beloved clear complexion, maintenance treatments are recommended once or twice a month depending on your skin condition.
How easy is that?! Just after a few treatments your skin will be noticeably clearer and smoother. It’s time to say buh-bye to those messy treatment creams that always leave you disappointed. Now, get ready to zap those zits and see the results you’ve always wanted!
At some point in our lives we all seem to get bored with our daily hair routine. Between school, jobs, friends, kids and relationships, we sometimes need extra tools which help us kick up our efforts in hairstyle. Figuring out what kind of tools we should invest our time and money into can be a pain in the rear. Hair styling tools are made to give us a hand and to help us avoid hassle. They vary from simple easy to use tools to more intricate and time consuming tools with fierce results. Below I will give you tool suggestions and how to use those tools to break old routine habits and enjoy hairstyle variation!
We will start with the most common styling tool known to women. This is the hair dryer. It is probably going to be your most important tool investment. I don’t think I know one woman who does not own a hair dryer. Due to daily activities, our hair becomes dirty and eventually it will need to be washed. As much as we procrastinate doing this to try and maintain hair health, it is inevitable. On that note hair will need to be dried. You can towel and air dry as much as you want but you will not always receive the style results you may be looking for. Hair needs heat in order to achieve volume and create style. When looking for a great hair dryer, you’ll want to lean towards an ionic tourmaline one. Having these components will help eliminate frizz, prevent breakage or split ends, dry hair faster and add shine to your lovely locks! A great suggestion would be Metropolis Technology Tourmaline Ionic Dryer. Using a round brush while drying your hair can give you the option to either flip your hair ends under, flip your hair ends out, and can also help to create volume at the roots of your hair. Frederick Fekkai has an amazing round brush. When purchasing a hair dryer, look to see if it comes with a diffuser. You can use mousse or hairspray while the hair is still damp, apply heat with the diffuser and create an instantly wavy hairstyle. As you can see, a hair dryer alone can create numerous different hair styles depending on the techniques used in conjunction.
When looking for straight hair, you’d want to use a flat iron. The best flat irons for your hair have multiple heat settings and are usually ceramic or tourmaline. You could try Metropolis Technology T-Ion Tourmaline Flat Iron. For the same reasons as the hair dryer, those components keep you from frying your hair. A hot iron can also be used to create many different looks as well, from smooth and sleek to slightly curled or flipped.
The next frequently used or thought of hair tool is the curling iron. The curling iron comes in various sizes and styles. You have the option to use smaller barreled irons for tighter ringlets or larger barreled irons for loose relaxed curls. Ceramic curling irons are what you should look for. They also have curling irons which have a spiral wrapped around the barrel that give your ringlets more of a spiral appearance. Curling irons are easy to use and can get to all sections of the hair accordingly. After curling your hair, you can leave your playful curls down or use them to create a stunning updo. When hair spray is utilized in the process of curling, you are bound to create a lasting and amazing style. Similar to curling irons, are hot rollers. With practice and experience with hot rollers you can use them daily without spending excessive time on your hair. Only with hair cuts that are very textured or that have numerous layers will hot rollers be difficult to use in a timely manner.
A tool with a kick is a three barrel iron. This tool creates big waves throughout the entire head, which always looks sassy. The tool is easy to use and the results achieved can last up to a few days if used with hairspray. I have personally tested this theory in my own hair laziness and found this style is a quick fix to a boring routine.
Above all there is no reason these days for us women to become bored with our hair. There are numerous tools we can use that each create their own unique style and will have your peers admiring your new look. The next time you hit a hair slump I suggest digging into your hair tool drawer, getting out your hairspray, getting motivated and creating your next sassy runway hair style.
Working in skin care industry provides a unique perspective on the evolution of the industry and our clientele. From changes in client preferences, consumer ingredient awareness to product evolution, we see it all.
With that being said, a growing number of clients are becoming aware of the fantastic tools that we have available at SkinStore.com. We are seeing a noticeable increase in the number of women purchasing the at home spa treatment tools and products. The Clarisonic Skin Care System is one tool that has drawn a lot of attention, from the Oprah show to the Ellen show and plenty of shows in between, everyone is a buzz about the Clarisonic Skin Care System. Below are some of the most common questions that we get about the Clarisonic.
Q.) I am 42 with fair skin that can tend to be a little on the dry side. I really can’t say that I get oily, ever. My concern is that I get black heads on my chin and nose. I’ve tried some glycolic based products for deep cleansing and exfoliation but I don’t seem to be able to achieve the results that I am looking for. What products can I use that maybe would help get rid of my black heads or is there a tool available or anything else that you could recommend to help me?
A.) I would highly recommend a Clarisonic Skin Care System with any non-abrasive mild cleanser. The benefits of the Clarisonic tool is that it is two times as effective as manual cleaning thus, it will provide you with a great deep pore cleanse while being gentle enough to use twice daily. The tool is also reported to remove make-up up to six times more effective and it helps to prepare the skin for product absorption. Also, if you tend to have large pores, the Clarisonic does help to reduce the appearance of visible pores as well.
To help further reduce the appearance of black heads, you may also wish to look into adding a retinol treatment product such as SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5to your regimen at night. This product will help to de-congest any clogged pores and will promote healthy skin function. Be sure to start with a 0.5 retinol if you have never used it before. To start the retinol treatment process, I would suggest using it only every third day, if you are sensitive then use the product less frequently. On the second week for non-sensitive skin types you can increase your usage to every other day as long as irritation does not occur. For sensitive skin types, you may wish to slowly increase your treatments as your skin tolerates it working up to every other day within about a month’s time. If irritation occurs at any point for any skin type, scale back or eliminate the product from your regimen. Eventually you may want to work up to a 1.0 Retinol but I would suggest letting your skin adjust to the product first.
Q.) I am looking for a deep cleaning cleanser to use with my Clarisonic Skin Care System. My primary skin concerns I am looking to address are congested oily skin and occasional mild breakouts. I would like a recommendation for a product that is gentle enough to use both morning and evening with my Clarisonic tool.
A.) Nearly any non-abrasive cleanser may be used with the Clarisonic however I do suggest starting with a gentle cleanser. For congested and oily skin, The La Roche Posay Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cleanser would be a good option. This cleanser will be a gentle on the skin for every day use and will not over dry, primary indications are for oily and thickened skin with blocked pores as well as high levels of sebum.
Another suggestion is the Boscia Complexion Clearing Cleanser. It is preservative free, and botanically-rich. This product contains willow bark extract which acts as an astringent and has antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it also stimulates circulation. Another key ingredient that I personally like is the jojoba leaf extract. Jojoba is not only great for healing the skin; it contains antibacterial properties which help to inhibit the growth of certain harmful bacteria on the skin. Jojoba is also known to assist in the reduction of sebum production which is an additional benefit if you are dealing with oily skin.
Q.) My Clarisonic brush head does not rotate, is that normal?
A.) Yes. The technology behind the Clarisonic Skin Care System includes and outer brush that remains stationary and an inner brush that oscillates back and forth at a rate of 300 movements per second. It is that action that essentially flexes your pores and gets the oil and dirt loosened up.
Q.) How often should I replace my brush head?
A.) Brush heads should be replaced at least every three months. Be sure that you use proper care for your brush head by cleaning it regularly and allowing to air dry daily. Air drying where the air stays moist is not suggested as you want it to fully dry daily.
This video discuses the benefit and use of the Clarisonic Skin Care System. The system featured within the video has three speeds, SkinStore.com carries the Clarisonic PLUS Skin Care System which also has three speeds.
If you have questions about the Clarisonic, feel free to post your comments. We will be more than happy to assist. Be sure to read all of the instructional materials that come with your Clarisonic Skin Care System. To read more about the product itself or to review the SkinStore.com return policy click here or visit us at SkinStore.com!