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Luxury skin care: Dermarose

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Luxury skin care: it can make you feel so great and empowered yet burn a serious hole in your pocket. For me, skin care is worth the temporary financial setback. Nothing feels more exhilarating than getting compliments on your skin! This brings me to the two star players of this blog post: Dermarose’s Swiss Rose Stem Cell Anti-Aging Face Cream & Eye Serum.

Dermarose’s Swiss Rose Stem Cell Anti-Aging Face Cream not only hydrates and protects against environmental stress but it also promotes cell growth! Do you want skin of a glowing goddess with many compliments throughout the day? This is your answer. Pure luxury in the palm of your hands and the radiance on your skin!

Dermarose’s Swiss Rose Stem Cell Anti-Aging Eye Serum is a potent anti-aging eye cream. I thought I was invincible up until this year. I could eat anything, sleep however many hours and still look flawless. Now it really shows if I ate the entire bag of chips or came home late from a night out. One thing that has been constant is that I don’t look as tired as I feel. This eye serum is a secret weapon to puffiness, dark circles, fine lines & wrinkles. I religiously apply this morning and night for beautifully young awake eyes!

What I’ve learned: do not take any shortcuts when it comes to your skin care. You work hard so you deserve to look and feel your best! Treat yourself to these two miracle workers!

 

Bringing [Sexy] Moisture Back!



As much as I’m trying to avoid thinking about it, summer is almost over. I know, I know… I shouldn’t be talking about this living in southern California but the fact that last Sunday the sun went down earlier than a couple weeks ago, got me thinking. This has been one of the sunniest summers I’ve enjoyed and I have been making sure I’m always outside. I’ve spent hours at the beach and my skin shows it. I’ve tried a few after sun repair products and I still feel like I need more moisture! I was lucky enough and was able to try the Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm. I got excited after reading multiple amazing reviews about this product so I couldn’t wait to try it. I agree with the reviews, the product smells fantastic and it gives me absolute moisture. It does take a little bit to absorb but I also think it depends on how much you apply. I started using it in problem areas such as minor sunburn, where I would start to peel, hands and heels. This product did wonders to my skin and it looks like I have this glowy look, which I love! It took me a few days before I started using it on my face and neck. At first I didn’t want to apply it on my face due to its consistency but after seeing what it was doing to my shoulders and décolleté I had to do it. My skin looks and feels amazing – everywhere! I have dry skin so any time I get to have a dewy look I’m all over it. This product has brought back the moisture I lost by lounging and drinking under the hot California sun and I’m super excited to take this product on my upcoming trips, its small enough to fit in my purse and travel friendly :)

The 5 Minute Face Lift with NuFACE Mini

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Microcurrent therapy has been around for well over 50 years. Unless you’re going to your esthetician, there hasn’t been anyone other than NuFACE to put it right in your hands making it easier than ever to use this proven technique. Mircocurrent is a very low level currant, similar to your body’s natural current that sends stimulating waves through skin tissue improving circulation which helps drive better collagen and elastin production giving you firmer, more energized skin. Similar to a workout for your face, it’s quick and helps your skin looking younger with each and every time you use it.

As a skeptic, I took the NuFace Mini for a test drive over a 30 day period using it once a day for just 5 minutes. Not only does my skin actually look healthier but it looks more toned than it ever was which for someone like me is something I usually achieve with a bronzer and highlighter. The best part is how compact it is and you can really feel it working. There’s 3 settings so if you want to start slow you can gradually amp it up as you feel comfortable. Prime your skin with the Gel Primer and start at each targeted area and slowly glide the device along the contours of your face. You may feel a slight tingling, but never anything uncomfortable.

There’s nothing more than a woman could want than an anti-aging tool that’s easy and seriously effective. The NuFACE Mini is easy to travel with so you’ll never have separation anxiety without it. If you’re looking for something innovative and noninvasive to ease the signs of stress or lackluster skin, start with the NuFACE Mini and never look back.

Living With Ichthyosis: Learn to Love Your Skin

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We all suffer from so-called “bad skin” days, some more than others. Perhaps we were in the sun too long and our skin feels especially tight, or it’s a cold, windy winter day and we notice itchy red bumps covering our cheeks, arms, and the backs of our legs. On those days, we are more conscious to take extra care of our skin. But what if every day required exceptional skin care? The answer is: it should! Take it from 23-year-old Abigail Ovbey, from North Carolina, who suffers from Ichthyosis, a genetic skin disorder in which dead skin cells accumulate in thick, dry scales on the body. From Day One, she has treated her skin as a precious organ and worked hard to protect it. Here, Abbie shares her daily struggle with Ichthyosis and how she has learned to love her skin.

When were you first diagnosed with Ichthyosis?

I was diagnosed at birth. Since my older brother also has Ichthyosis, it was much easier for doctors to diagnose me.

What is it like living with this skin condition?

I wouldn’t say Ichthyosis defines me, but it definitely is a huge part of who I am. Ichthyosis comes from the Greek root word ICH meaning scaly. This condition causes my skin to be much thicker than “normal” skin and I can easily overheat. The thickness of my skin blocks both my oil glands and sweat glands. Therefore, I don’t sweat and I quickly overheat. Once overheated, it takes my body much longer to cool down.

Some people might see my skin condition as a hindrance, but I feel it is a part of me. It’s a life style and a process in which I care for myself and for my skin. I can’t tan or swim in the ocean because the salt water leaves my skin raw and uncomfortable for days. You won’t see me lying out in the sun or taking a dip in the pool, but you will see me chasing my nieces and nephews around the beach (wearing SPF 80).

Describe your daily skin care routine.

My skin thrives on oatmeal baths, Theraplex lotions, and scalp treatments! I shower twice, sometimes three times a day. While showering, I exfoliate my skin with a colloidal oatmeal and unscented body wash, and I use unscented shave gels and shampoos.

As soon as I step out of the shower or bath, I’m like a fish out of water. My skin becomes extremely dry and uncomfortable. I have found that many of the over the counter lotions only provide relief from dryness for about 10 minutes and I constantly have to reapply them. I have developed a routine where I immediately slather on Theraplex ClearLotion and Emollient or Barrier Balm from head to toe and let it all soak in my skin. Theraplex moisturizers were recommended to my parents by my dermatologist when I was a child and I’ve been using them ever since.

Does your skin change seasonally?

Yes, I like to call this the “in-between” stages. There is a one to two week period in between each season where the skin on my face and scalp dries out and peels more than usual. To combat the dryness, peeling and itching, I take frequent oatmeal baths and apply warm conditioner to my scalp and let it soak in for about an hour.

Are there certain products that irritate/exacerbate the condition?

I’m highly sensitive to fragrances. Products with fragrances, like certain laundry detergent, perfumes and scented candles can really irritate my skin. Aerosols, nail polish remover, chlorine, bleach, and alcohol-based products also cause itching and irritation. Another surprising no-no for my skin is baby oil. Baby oil clogs my pores and left my skin raw and burning.

Do you wear makeup?

I do wear makeup! I feel like ichthyosis has honestly positively affected my makeup application. When watching any makeup tutorial or reading makeup tips in a magazine, their first and foremost tip is to hydrate your skin before applying makeup. Because I have to work so hard to keep my skin extra healthy and smooth at all times, my skin stays super hydrated and well exfoliated thus making makeup application easier.

My biggest insight is to wear only what feels good. I love mineral makeup and liquid foundations that are oil-based. I have so much fun with makeup! I like to play up my eyes most. I love a good black cat liner.

When it comes to removing makeup, I apply Theraplex ClearLotion with a warm wash cloth. It’s the perfect combination of removing the makeup while adding moisturizing oil to my face.

What’s your beauty motto?

Love the skin you’re in—literally. I fully believe that when you feel beautiful, the world will see you that way. There is nothing more beautiful than feeling beautiful

The point I’d like to stress the most is to take care of your skin. No matter what skin condition you struggle with, keep your skin happy and healthy. I love my skin and the obstacles and adventures it has taken me on!

About the Author:

Freelance writer Ana Dragovic LoVasco contributes to Theraplex Company and various beauty blogs. She has written articles for Teen Vogue and Vogue, as well as PR content for Christian Dior Beauty.

Skin Care On-The-Go

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Summertime means travel time for most of us. And while that’s wonderful, travel is tough on our skin for many reasons:

  • You are out of your normal routine, including your daily skin care regimen
  • Your skin care products are too big and bulky to travel with, especially on airlines…or you forgot them
  • Whenever you leave your daily environment, chances are high that the climate will be different and this great affects the condition of your skin
  • Sitting in the recycled air of an airplane (or even a car) dehydrates your skin
  • You are exposed to UV rays during travel and spending more time outside
  • You are drinking, staying up late, waking up early, laying out in the sun

Depending on your skin type, these stressors can leave your skin looking dull, tired, older, or even cause breakouts. So,  what can you do to keep your skin looking great while enjoying time away from home?  Here are some tips that don’t require a lot of thought or planning.

  1. Hydrate!  This is number 1.  Because of the dehydrating conditions of travel, warmer weather and major changes in your environment and routine, drinking lots of water is essential.  Start drinking extra water before you leave and work in a glass or bottle of water every chance you get.
  2. Try to keep makeup to a minimum while in transit, especially on the plane.  Apply a great hydrating serum (I like our Argan Stem Cell Serum) and moisturizer with SPF to hold in moisture.  If you can’t go without, it is essential to wash off as soon as your reach your destination!  (Have you ever looked in the mirror in the airport restroom and felt like you were looking at yourself 10 years in the future?!?)  Personally, I just apply a little eye makeup and lip balm.  Extra tip:  Keep lip balm on hand all the time while travelling!
  3. Pack your essential skin care products (at least cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen).  If there are trial/travel sizes available in your brand of choice, use them! Otherwise, pack them in travel size containers yourself.  If you have a handheld microdermabrasion system, like our RejuvadermMD, bring that along too.  Doing a microderm treatment before bed will remove all of that “travel” from your skin and give you a little pampering time as well!  Continue to follow your skin care regimen while you are away from home.  Failing to cleanse your skin at the end of the day will undo all the effort you put in to keep your skin young and hydrated.
  4. Work in some healthy foods wherever you can!  Salads and fruit plates can really help you continue to hydrate from the inside.  Avoid salty and fried foods as much as possible.

I hope these tips help you in planning your next getaway.  I can’t wait to see those travel pictures on social media.  I live vicariously through my friends’ exotic travel pics, that is when I’m not on vacation myself!

About the Author:

LisaLisa Sodolak is the Marketing Coordinator for Trophy Skin (www.trophyskin.com), maker of the MicrodermMD and a full line of home skincare devices.   Lisa works daily with customers helping them get the best results with their home microdermabrasion treatments.  Lisa resides in Frisco, TX with her husband, 2 sons and 2 dogs.

WHY MEN NEED TO USE A MOISTURIZER + HOW TO CHOOSE ONE FOR YOU:

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Times have changed. 50 years ago men never used deodorant. Now our bathrooms are packed with selections of grooming goods from aftershaves to shaving brushes. It is reported that half of all American men over the age of 18 use a moisturizer, facial cleanser or other form of skincare product. Not only are these products used to make you look good, whether that be younger or breakout free, but they also are essential to promote skin health. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so taking proper care of it from a young age is imperative to its long term well-being. Like everything, you must be proactive. If you use wrinkle-preventing moisturizers before they form, your skin will look that much healthier and younger for that much longer. One of the most overlooked parts of the men’s grooming regiment is a moisturizer. Moisturizer is essential and MEN NEED TO START USING ONE NOW!

To understand why a moisturizer is so important to anti-aging and skin health, lets first take a look at how the skin is structured. Humans have three layers of skin being the subcutis, dermis and epidermis. The subcutis is the deepest layer and protects us from injury as well as helps regulates body temperature. The dermis is located between the two and includes sweat glands, hair follicles and nerves. The epidermis the exposed to the elements, thus, proper care is essential. The epidermis acts a barrier between your body and pathogens and serves as a waterproof layer of protection. The very outermost layer of the epidermis is the stratum corneum, which regulates your skin’s capability to hold water for proper skin health. As you age, your body loses the ability to hold this water while the dermis stops producing as much collagen, leading to wrinkles. A proper anti-aging moisturizer will hydrate your skin, plumping it to prevent and reverse these wrinkles. Choosing the right one with the proper ingredients is essential.

When choosing a moisturizer, start by looking for a male specific moisturizer. While technically, you can use a woman’s moisturizer, a moisturizer specifically developed for men will give you the greatest results. Woman’s skin is more acidic than men’s skin while men’s skin is oilier. Right here, we see that men should be looking for moisturizers with ingredients that are oil free and noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores). Additionally, you need ingredients to hydrate the skin such as pear-cactus extract, olive oil, avocado, green tea extract or shea butter. Additionally, look for a moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid to rejuvenate and heal the skin while increasing your body’s ability to retain water as you age. Looking for a minimum of SPF15 boosted moisturizer is also essential to preventing aging due to UV exposure. Unlike woman, men over the age of 50 are the most susceptible to get melanoma. In addition to an SPF boost, Black Tea Extract and Makandi Root Extract protect against free radicals and burning for even more protection. Men’s moisturizers today are so advanced that there is quite simply no excuse for any guy who cares about their skin not to choose to use a male specific moisturizer.

The main goal of an anti-aging moisturizer is to reverse, prevent and eliminate wrinkles. This process is started by properly hydrating the skin for a plumping effect. This helps eliminate wrinkles no matter how old you are. It will make you look better and healthier, and that leads to confidence. This same confidence will help you in any endeavor you can think of whether business, chasing girls or just looking good on a daily basis. A moisturizer also aids in skin cell regeneration. If your skin is never protected, you never give it a chance to rehydrate and replenish itself. A moisturizer aids in this regeneration, an essential part of healthy skin. Additionally, as we recommended, moisturizer’s are essential for men especially when they have an SPF characteristic to them. As men, we are outside all of the time. Be honest. Do you really put on sun lotion all that much? If you use an SPF moisturizer every day before leaving the house, you will always be that much more protected from the sun. The UV exposure causes so much damage to skin that going out not protected is just foolish. You will age much quicker as well as subject yourself to the possibility of skin cancer and skin damage.

The time is now for you to start moisturizing and enjoy healthy, confident skin. The sooner you start, the better you will look as you age. You only live once, taking proper care of your skin is essential for your overall health and in this modern world, there is just no longer an excuse to ignore the benefits of proper skincare.

About the Author:

demetriDemetri Demascus is the co-founder and CEO of Game Day Skincare. He played a key role in the development of the formulas for Game Day’s advanced anti-aging skincare line for men. As an avid athlete and outdoorsmen, he finds it crucial to educate men on the benefits of proper skincare and skin health.

Skin Care for the Outdoorsy Type

Skin Care for the Outdoorsy Type

Leisure time doesn’t mean we should neglect the care of our skin. Vivant formulates a wide variety of skin care products, from cleansers and toners to correctors, hydrators and even products for the eyes, lips and body. DermStore carries our entire line and has something for every outdoor skin issue you may encounter. Here are some suggestions:

Allantoin Sedating and Hydrating Lotion:  A non-irritating face and body lotion for use on all skin types, Allantoin Sedating and Hydrating Lotion calms and moisturizes dry, irritated or sunburned skin. It also reduces redness and inflammation caused by pesky insect bites and burns. As a bonus, Allantoin can be applied on top of any Vivant serum to alleviate dryness.

Day Treatment Lotion: A dab of prevention is definitely worth the avoidance of severe sunburn! Day Treatment Lotion is a super-light, non-comedogenic daily UVA/UVB moisturizer with zinc peptide that unites sun protection and skin care. Zinc peptides and whole leaf Aloe Vera provide anti-inflammatory benefits for acne and rosacea clients. Want to look chic on the beach? Mix with loose powder mineral make-up to create a base for all skin types. (Click here for more on this.)

Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser: Looking to soothe your hiked-out feet? This powerful antioxidant cleanser is fortified with green tea, grape seed and kiwi extract, and is formulated to dissolve dirt and oil while preserving the skin’s natural acid mantle. When applied to the face, our Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser is great for all skin types including rosacea and effectively works to dissolve make-up.

Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Wash: Although commonly used as a facial cleanser, Vivant’s Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Wash can also be used as a shampoo on scalp to control dandruff and on the back to control acne. Furthermore, it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can also help transition your body back to indoor mode.

Recovery Ointment: Here’s more help for hiked-out feet! Recovery Ointment combines the healing properties of whole leaf Aloe Vera with petrolatum to help speed up post-peel recovery and relieve dry, chapped or cracked skin by moisturizing the affected areas.

Totaloe Calming and Tightening Gel: Got sunburn? Here’s relief! Totaloe Calming and Tightening Gel is an oil-free, non-greasy hydrator that restores smoothness, refines pores and replenishes moisture. Great for calming acne, rosacea, irritated and sunburned skin, it also it temporarily tightens skin, making it an ideal primer prior to applying makeup.

Please click here to browse the entire Vivant Skin Care on DermStore and submit an “Ask the Brand” question. Have a safe and wonderful rest of the summer!

About the Author:

sara_fultonVivant Skin Care’s President and co-founder Sara Fulton has dedicated 40+ years to producing ground-breaking skin care. She started her career in research while obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She was one of the first women to own and operate an FDA-approved manufacturing facility. In addition, she managed 20 dermatology clinics throughout the United States and abroad. She continues to be a pioneer in the skin care industry.

Sun Protection Success

 

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It’s summer, and that can mean only one thing for my fellow fair-skinned friends: sunburn. Nothing is more excruciating than jumping into the shower after a great day at the beach and realizing after it’s too late that you are bright red. Your skin now feels like it’s being ripped off piece by piece as the usually soothing shower water hits your sensitive, burnt skin. Thankfully, there’s this genius invention called sunscreen that we can utilize to prevent this sun-induced nightmare.

My SPF of choice this summer is La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 30 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen. La Roche-Posay is known for its physician-strength skin care and sun protection formulas, and I can definitely see why the brand has such a great long-standing reputation! From the minute I stepped foot onto the beach until I stepped into my steamy shower, there was no sign of sunburn—success! Before I hit the beach that day, I applied the sunscreen and instantly felt the cooling effect described. I wasn’t left with that white lotion film (not that you’d see it on my fair skin anyway), or oily finish and when I went swimming it didn’t seem to slide off either.

I am a true water baby, and was in and out of the ocean all day. Knowing that my sunscreen is protecting me while I’m enjoying the activities that I love is all the convincing I need to become a Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen loyalist. I urge my fair- and tan-skinned friends alike to try this awesome sun protection product. No doubt you’ll fall in love with it just like me!

Blue Light Turns Teeth White

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Years of drinking coffee and tea can wreak havoc on your teeth. Stained teeth, besides being unsightly, can be VERY difficult to get rid of—and that’s not good if you’re one of those caffeine dependents like me. Fortunately, GO SMiLE created a teeth whitening system that works on every surface of the tooth. It brightens the visible stains beneath your enamel and gives you visible results in as little as two days!

Within the first week of using the Sonic Blue Teeth Whitening System, I noticed blinding results! The bright blue high-intensity light emitting from the toothbrush targets visible stains while the whitening gel polishes. With the option of just purchasing the Teeth Whitening Gel separately for $29.00, anyone can afford that gorgeous bright white smile. All you have to do is combine it with your favorite toothpaste, and you are good to go!

Live Q&A with BioElixia

Where Beauty Meets Science

We’re right in the middle of swimsuit season, and if you’re wanting to showoff smooth, gorgeous-looking skin, then we’ve got something for you! Join us on Facebook on Wednesday, July 23rd from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PST as we’ll be hosting a live Q&A session with Dayna Gelish, US Marketing Brand Representative for BioElixia.

BioElixia is closing the gap between beauty and science, and as US Marketing Brand Representative, Dayna Gelish is tasked with making sure you know just what BioElixia can offer. As the only skin care brand that delivers TPM® Dermal Delivery Technology—a patented and unique delivery system—BioElixia is providing irrefutable results for some of our most pressing skin concerns in cellulite and stretch marks.

Combined with tried-and-true formulas, BioElixia maintains a focus that it’s not about what goes onto the skin, but what goes into the skin that matters. The results speak for themselves, with their Body Shaper Cellulite Contour Crème scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of stubborn dimples by an average of 38%* after 4 weeks of use and 57%* after 8 weeks of use, and the BodyShaper Stretch Mark Diminishing Crème, scientifically proven to reduce the visibility of stretch marks by an average of 46%** after 4 weeks of use, and 87%** after 8 weeks of use.

Managing BioElixia’s Public Relations, online sales, online and in-store accounts, as well as supporting social media and blog engagement, you do not want to miss this FREE opportunity to ask Dayna all your pressing skin care questions. What’s more, during the live Q&A, 3 winners will be lucky enough to receive BioElixia’s BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème, valued at $49.50! To join the Q&A and be considered for the giveaway, simply use hashtag #AskBioElixia when you post your questions on our Facebook wall.

Disclaimer: The content in this Q&A is for informational use only and does not constitute a doctor/patient relationship.  Consult your personal physician for any medical questions or concerns.

* Independent 2012 Consumer Study, USA: statistically significant results from scientifically validated photogrammetric analysis of 5 women at 28 days and 56 days.

** Independent 2013 Consumer Study, USA: statistically significant results from scientifically validated photogrammetric analysis of 10 women at 28 days and 56 days.

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