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Is the world cup ruining your beauty game?

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Is it ruining your beauty game? Because it sure is ruining mine! I understand the occasional breakout during that time of the month, but lately the champagne popping early in the morning or the anxiety and stress that come from watching my team making it through the first round is not working out to my benefit. I love to watch sports and love supporting a good team—who doesn’t? My home team (Colombia) has won two of the three soccer matches they needed to make it to the second round, and U.S.A won their first match as well! It is a BIG deal, but I didn’t realize the extent to which all this fun would ruin my skin, nails and hair! It’s crazy how, sometimes, you don’t realize things until they are REALLY bad, and that’s what happened to me late last night and early today.

We all know that alcohol, stress, early mornings and a lack of sleep are not good for your health … or your skin. So, if I want to continue this bender I need to step up my game when it comes to my skin care routine and taking care of my body! Here’s a plan I started this morning—if you’re in the same boat as me, these suggestions should come in handy. I’m very hopeful they will work, just as I hope U.S.A wins on Thursday and Colombia makes it all the way into the semifinals!

SKIN

If you woke up with more than one breakout after having champagne for breakfast and finishing the day with a shot of limoncello, you probably deserve it. It’s time to step up your game and start using an acne treatment product on a daily basis. I started using the Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment by La Roche-Posay. It isn’t as drying as many acne products, which I like because I have dry skin.

HANDS

I’m very conscious when it comes to keeping my nails and hands looking their best, but lately I haven’t been taking good care of them like I usually do. I’ve broken several nails (don’t ask me how because I sure don’t remember), and I’ve been so nervous that I can’t stop biting my cuticles! I’ve always been a fan of the Nail Protein Formula 2 by Nailtiques. This morning was time I re-united with an old best friend again. I am also making sure I always have a hand cream around. It helps out a lot.

HAIR

My hair has started to get dry, and due to a lack of sleep I’m always rushing in the morning, so all I’ve done lately is put my hair in a bun. I’m going to bring my hair back to life with a Deep Conditioning Mask and an Overnight Nourishing Treatment.

I’m very excited about my world cup damage control tactics. Even though I only wish I could be in Brazil right now taking selfies with my friends and family. For now, I have to stick to flipping through my Instagram feed and watching the games from my laptop. However, I can assure you that my fellow travelers do not have access to these amazing products like I do!

Go team Colombia and team U.S.A!
Cheers.

The Device That Can Change Your Skin In 3 Days

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Amazing new product alert: are you familiar with the Foreo brand? If you’re not, you’ll want to be, and here’s why. These cute devices are not only compact, but effective—used daily when you wash your face, they can make a difference in the quality of your skin in just three days! And they couldn’t be any easier to use. Simply apply your cleanser, wet the device, and turn it on and enjoy a relaxing “massage” as you cleanse. That’s it!

Some things to know about Foreo:

  1. The devices are 100% organic
  2. Because they’re made of silicone, there are no brush heads to replace
  3. It charges with a USB cord (hello, skin care device of the future) AND it’s fully rechargeable for up to 450 treatments (ever heard of a device you only have to charge once to use 450 times? I haven’t!)
  4. You can use it with whatever skin care products you’d like
  5. It looks just as fabulous as it works—I leave mine out on my bathroom counter 24/7!

Customized Skin Care, No Guesswork Needed

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If you suffer from totally unpredictable skin like we do, you know that one of the most challenging times of year for skin care is upon us: summer. Heat and humidity call for different products than you’d use during the cooler months. But how do we know which products are best for the current season—and the rest of them?  Luckily, Dr. Dennis Gross has created an indispensable skin care set you’ll keep in your cosmetics bag all year round: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Clinical Concentrate Boosters. These three water-free super serums — Radiance, Hydration, and Purifying — were formulated by the dermatologist with the goal of perfectly balanced skin in mind. They can be used like traditional serums— or you can mix them into and products you already use to boost their benefits. Buying a whole new regimen to suit your skin’s every whim is now unnecessary — and the travel-sized bottles mean no matter where you jet off to, your skin won’t be a source of stress.

• Radiance helps transform dull skin into a younger-looking, glowing, luminous complexion by utilizing linoleic, pyruvic, tartaric, and glycolic acids, along with retinol and quercetin

• Hydration leverages hyaluronic chronospheres, watermelon extract and centella asiatica  to infuse the skin with deep moisture for a firmer, softer, smoother-looking complexion

• Purifying controls excess oil and tightens pores for increased clarity with a combination of willow bark extract, witch hazel and lactic acid

How do you plan on using your Clinical Concentrate Boosters?

About the Author:

ddgEmily Orofino previously worked as the Brand Content Manager for Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. She’s written for Refinery29 and other reputable publishers, but was so impressed by the efficacy of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare(TM) products that she joined the team in late 2012. She handled all things copy, including naming products, the words on packaging, eblasts, blogs, flyers, and more.

Join Us: Goldfaden MD Live Q&A

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We’re heading into summer and it’s time we learned how to best maintain the health and resilience of our skin. So, join us on Facebook on Wednesday, June 18th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PST as we’ll be hosting a live Q&A session with Lauren Wolk, Vice President of Sales for Goldfaden MD.

As Vice President of Sales for Goldfaden MD, Lauren is responsible for spearheading the growth of Goldfaden MD into a nationally-recognized brand. It is Lauren’s passion and dedication, along with Dr. Goldfaden and the rest of the Goldfaden MD family, to help people have beautiful, younger, healthier-looking skin, and with their all-natural, organic approach, they have quickly developed a dedicated following.

As the first physician strength, dermatologist-developed, natural skincare line in the industry, Goldfaden MD maintains a quality guarantee of being result-focused and naturally conscience. This focus applies to both men and women, with Goldfaden MD’s Fresh A Peel Multi Acid Resurfacing Peel recently taking out the Men’s Health Magazine award as the “Best New Exfoliator in 2014”, as we all know the gents need to exfoliate, too!

With the wealth of knowledge and experience Lauren has to share, you don’t miss this FREE opportunity to get professional answers from the self-confessed product junkie! Get valuable tips on summer sun protection, how to select the right products for the change of season, and what products can work best for your skin type. What’s more, during the live Q&A, 3 winners will be lucky enough to receive 1 of 3 top Goldfaden MD products, valued at $68 or more! To join the Q&A and be considered for the giveaway, simply use hashtag #AskGoldfaden when you post your questions on our Facebook wall.

*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.

Angel Faces

Angel_FacesDermStore.com is proud to partner with several of its makeup and skin care brands to support The Angel Faces Organization. This extraordinary nonprofit organization strives to provide innovative healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls with facial disfigurements. This June, attendees of the Angel Faces retreat will receive products from several of DermStore.com’s generous brands (see below for a complete list of brands graciously supplying cosmetics and skincare items to the attendees).

Angel Faces is a unique camp environment that helps its participants achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships with themselves, their families and their communities. The five day retreat provides a safe and fun environment, while also addressing issues such as grief, drama and self-esteem.

Angel Faces is the creation of Lesia Cartelli. A burn victim at the age of 9, Lesia recognized the unique psychosocial needs of adolescent girls with facial disfigurement as they navigate the developmental tasks of adolescence.

Each June, twenty girls from ages 11-19 anxiously visit the Angel Faces Retreat. The goal is for them to leave with confidence, new friends and the tools to stay positive and get past their insecurities. In addition to a fun comfortable camp-like environment, the retreat focuses on personal therapy and social skills. Activities and discussions include self-leadership, goal setting, access to a mental health professional, a spa experience and a private consultation with a corrective cosmetic professional, all of whom specialize in damaged skin and scarring.

DermStore.com and its partnering brands are thrilled to take part in this wonderful organization and the transformation of these young women. To find out more about Angel Faces or to donate, please visit www.angelfacesretreat.org.

Participating brands- Stila, Wei, Juice Beauty, LaLicious, DCL, Pop Beauty, Manna Kadar, JaponesqueTarte Cosmetics, RGB Cosmetics, LaVanilla, Senna, Apivita, Sunday Riley, NeoStrata

 

Sun-kissed skin all year round is easier than you think!

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I’ve been finding myself pale and stressed out before weekend trips recently. Who wants to be in a bikini looking like a patchy Edward Cullen? Let’s face it, life gets crazy and laying out or scheduling a spray tan sometimes does not get done. I’ve been experimenting with self-tanners since I got my hands on some during Coachella and boy, I am addicted!

There are so many benefits you can gain from a gorgeous tan. You look better in your clothes, your teeth are brighter, you even look slimmer without working too hard for it and the confidence you gain is undeniable.

With a cabinet full of self-tanners, one stands out from the rest of them! Manna Kadar’s Bronze Beauty is my go to for a sun-kissed complexion that was very easy to achieve. You want to shower, exfoliate, and shave before you apply. Using her mitt concentrate on a small area at one time. I love that this bronzing lotion smells like a vacation and not self-tanner.

Make sure you blend really well and sleep on old sheets for the night. Wait at least 3 hours before showering off the excess and you will walk out of the shower glowing like a goddess.

Secret’s out! Grabs yours NOW!

Cover What You Can’t Correct

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Dermablend is known for its flawless coverage power, and for someone who has struggled with cystic acne and out of control oily skin—I was immediately sold. With warmer days ahead (finally!), going bare-faced is not for everyone—especially not for those with problematic skin. With that in mind, I was able to try out the Loose Setting Powder, the Cover Crème, and the Smooth Indulgence Foundation.

The Smooth Indulgence Foundation went on evenly and was very easy to blend into my skin. I used the Dermablend Professional Foundation Brush to buff it all over my face and neck. I absolutely loved the foundation’s full coverage and that it covered almost all of my scarring. I could’ve walked out the door feeling confident with just the foundation, but curious to try more, I reached for the Cover Crème. I used a Beautyblender to provide that extra bit of coverage to some pesky dark spots.

Last but not least, I topped everything off with the Loose Setting Powder. I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed by the staying power and longevity of these three products. If you are looking for makeup that WON’T sweat off as the temperature rises, you can be confident with the power of Dermablend.

Summer Skin Prep

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You can wear minimal makeup this summer and still look amazing! Here are some tips to get your skin summer-ready.

LIPS: One of the best ways to highlight great skin is with the perfect shade of lipstick. But summer time can often lead to burnt, dry, chapped lips which makes that magical lip color not appear to be so magical. Smooth and condition your lips before applying lip color with a good lip scrub. Sara Happ Lemonade Lip Scrub  is perfect for summer with a light, sweet lemon scent that will scrub those rough lips smooth.

Body:  By now you may have heard all the rage about dry brushing techniques, which provide both internal and external benefits for the body. Removing dead skin, improving circulation, improving skin texture are just a few! Our blushTV host Thu swears by it and says it makes all the difference when slipping into that bikini. After using a dry brush, she says her skin texture improved tremendously, sporting a tighter and smoother look. It even helps smooth out the appearance of cellulite!  That’s enough to get me to try it, and it’s on my list of next purchases.

Eyes:  Long, healthy lashes are in high demand and with long lashes comes more attention to the eye area so it’s important to take good care of both. My favorite eye serum right now is Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes. This dual action serum works quickly to firm the eye area in just 10 minutes of applying while conditioning the lashes to enhance the look, volume and shine.  Application for this serum is a bit different from most eye creams but it’s just as simple. Just massage a drop of serum on your fingertips and then close your eyes and apply with light pressure to the entire eye area. Make sure to smooth over the lash area from the inner to outer corner and do not tug or pull on the skin as it is very delicate.

Face:  Daily application of sunscreen is, of course, a must for the face, but it’s also important to give your face a break from the sun and repair any damage that has been done. Retinol is the best ingredient you can put on your skin to fend off those first signs of aging, but you need to be patient to see the results. Retinol could take months to see results so it is important to stick with it and not give up too soon.  Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate  contains a high concentration of pure retinol to repair the visible signs of aging while Hyaluronic acid plump and smooth skin to minimize expression lines. It only needs to be used once a day and can be layered under your other moisturizers. This is a great item to use on your face and neck to repair damaged skin just as long as you avoid over-exposure to UV rays.

Are you ready to step up your skin care game? Make great skin your best accessory this summer.

Wedding Prep Essential: PCA SKIN Perfecting Neck and Décolleté

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It’s hard to believe how quickly my engagement is flying by, but the countdown is officially on: I’m getting married in October, in just a little over four months! As you might imagine, I have a few beauty goals I’d like to meet between now and then. This post is dedicated to just one of them.

Wedding dress spoiler alert: I STILL have yet to find the one! BUT I’m pretty dead set on the silhouette I’m after (minimal and chic in a Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy kinda way, if anyone cares). Given the simple neckline this dress will inevitably showcase, I am doing everything I can to make certain that my upper body is in tip-top condition for the big day. As for the arms, that boils down mostly to working out: I’m doing tons of pushups and tricep dips and trying to incorporate more cardio into my routine. (Yeah, “trying to.” I’ve got over 4 months to go, okay?) What else is there to do, really? So there’s that. Physical labor for wedding-worthy arms.

As for my neck and chest? If only the arms were this easy! I am doing virtually no work at all to get this area looking its best, unless you count the minimal amount of effort it takes to apply PCA SKIN Perfecting Neck & Décolleté every morning and night. (l got curious about this one after seeing Heidi’s video.) I’ve been using this stuff for only a month, but can already see a positive improvement—in an area that might as well be a testimonial as to why the sun is bad and a daily skin care regimen with SPF is good, mind you! (Don’t know about you, but after sunning and tanning so many summers away during my misspent youth, I’m showing the signs of aging just about everywhere except my face, because I always had the good sense not to skip sunscreen there. Since today’s glass is half-full, yay for that.) My chest, given the delicate nature of the skin that lives there, boasts the worst evidence: fine lines, “sleep wrinkles” and, of course, age spots.

The reason that PCA SKIN Perfecting Neck & Décolleté has made a difference—the reason any skin care product will or won’t make a difference, and the only reason any product should be worthy of a splurge—is that it’s packed with targeted ingredients that work. Along with retinol—which is one of the lone anti-aging ingredients proven to rev up cell regeneration and reduce wrinkles—it’s got several different types of peptides (those stimulate collagen and over time, making our skin look smoother and younger), grape stem cell extract (for antioxidant protection) and niacinamide (to promote clearer, more spot-free skin.)

The big takeaway from this post? If you’ve got an extra minute every morning and night, you’ve got time to be doing damage control on your neck and chest.

Paprika for Beautiful Skin

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New Orleans may not be the best place for a pregnant woman to spend her Memorial Day weekend, but believe it or not, I was just there last weekend. It wasn’t just the pulsating party scene on Bourbon St. that lured me to it, nor was it just the heady mix of arts, music and paranormal culture that permeates every nook and cranny of the French Quarter. It was mostly the food (think jambalaya, gumbo and etouffée). One common denominator present in most Creole cuisine is paprika, which I just found out is also one of the best and most nutritious grubs for our skin. Here are just some of the reasons why.

  • It’s high in antioxidants. 

Did you know that 1 tablespoon of this spice is equivalent to 3,560 international units of vitamin A? That’s 71% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A. And if you’re not sure why this is a good thing, let me remind you that vitamin A is a powerful age-defying ingredient, neutralizing free radicals as it stimulates healthy cell turnover. And it’s not just that—paprika is also an excellent source of vitamins E and C, also powerful antioxidants.

  • It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Because of these properties, paprika is great for people suffering from inflammatory diseases like arthritis. Another issue it can help you with? Acne and rosacea!

  • It contains hair-boosting vitamin B6.

As a rich source of vitamin B6, paprika also helps prevent hair loss and boost your hair’s color. And if that’s not enough, this vitamin also increases your melatonin, the hormone that promotes undisturbed beauty sleep.

  • It’s low in calories, cholesterol and sodium.

Need we say more?

If these reasons aren’t enough to encourage you to make yourself a plateful of jambalaya, I don’t know what else to tell you. But if you’re not so much of a cook like me, here’s a beauty treatment you can try: Ilike Skin Care Hungarian Paprika Gel Treatment. Apply this treatment on your face and body to receive the full beauty benefits of paprika without lifting a single pot or pan!

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