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June 24, 2014
by Lee Ann
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Which Is The Best Mask For Your Acne-Prone Skin?

Struggling with acne? There is more to acne treatment than just cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and spot treatments. Don’t forget the wonders a mask can do for your skin! Check out the following masks for those who struggle with acne breakouts and discover which is the best mask for your skin!

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Drying Maskbest mask
Formulated with purifying Kaolin Clay, acne-fighting Sulfur, and calming Calamine, the Drying Mask helps do what its name indicates: to aid in drying up stubborn blemishes. It goes hand-in-hand with the Healing & Soothing Mask (use each alternately).  Who it’s for: those who experience moderate to severe breakouts.

Healing & Soothing Maskbest mask
Sometimes irritation and redness is accompanied by acne, and when that happens, our Healing and Soothing Mask saves the day. It contains a combination of Oatmeal and Zinc Oxide to help soothe and balance the skin.
Who it’s for:  those who have moderate to severe breakouts.

Flower & Tonic Maskbest mask
Prevent congestion and help tackle bumpy skin with this clay-based formula that helps draw impurities from the pores. The Flower and Tonic Mask also contains Zinc Oxide to calm the skin.
Who it’s for: those who have sensitivity and breakouts.

Special Mask for Oily Skinbest mask
Acne is often coupled with oily skin, and sometimes excessive oil production can lead to breakouts; tackle the source of acne by trying our Special Mask for Oily Skin. It is made with kaolin clay and calamine to help balance very oily skin and prevent breakouts.
Who it’s for: those with excess oil and shine.

Treat your skin to a mask that will help attack the acne!

 

 

 

 

June 20, 2014
by Jill
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Beauty Quiz: What’s YOUR Style?

beauty quiz

It’s Saturday night, and you’re about to go out ‘on the town.’ What’s on your lips?

Your Favorite Accessory Is

Your shopping style is...

When it comes to taking care of your skin you:

What's on your nails right now?

What type of shoes do you wear most often?

Your idea of the perfect date is:

 

June 17, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Skin Talk Tuesday: Understanding Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a condition characterized by the darkening of the skin. It is caused by the overproduction of melanin.

Hyperpigmentation

Three types of hyperpigmentation exist:

1. Lentigenes. 

a. Freckles. Sun (age) spots appear as we get older; freckles appear in youth from overexposure.

b. Solar Lentigenes. Better known as sun spots (but also as age or liver spots), these small, darkened spots of skin are the result of sun damage over time. Sun spots are commonly found on the face, hands, and chest.

2. Melasma. Also commonly known as the “pregnancy mask,” melasma is caused by a combination of hormonal changes – from pregnancy, use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, or thyroid dysfunction – coupled with sun exposure. These dark patches, found on the face and sometimes the abdomen, typically fade away once hormonal balance has been restored (for example, after pregnancy).

3. Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).  As its name suggest, PIH is the result of minor skin injuries from acne lesions, burns, cuts, or psoriasis. PIH naturally fades as the skin heals and regenerates itself – it’s a gradual process that last can anywhere from a few months to a year. The good news is that it’s the easiest type of hyperpigmentation to treat.

Why It Happens:

  • Genetics. Hyperpigmentation can affect anyone, but there are some individuals who are predisposed to this condition. Those of Asian, African, Latin, and Mediterranean descent are more likely to experience some form of hyperpigmentation.
  • Age. It’s important to understand that hyperpigmentation is not an inevitable outcome of intrinsic aging (the natural aging process). It’s the result of extrinsic aging (aging of the skin caused by external factors) – meaning it’s definitely preventable. Prolonged exposure to sun will trigger excess melanin production and cause hyperpigmentation to become incredibly common in middle-aged (and older) individuals. Melanin distribution becomes less controlled and more irregular, leading to uneven skin tone.
  • Overexposure to sun. UV rays actually trigger melanin production. Sun damage is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation.
  • Hormonal changes. This factor makes it more prevalent in women than men, as hormonally-triggered hyperpigmentation results from pregnancy and birth control side effects.
  • Minor skin injuries. Burns, cuts, post-acne lesions, scratches, etc. may lead to discoloration as the skin begins its healing process.
  • Medication. Be sure to consult your doctor about possible side effects; antibiotics, anti-seizure drugs, and hormone treatments are among some of the factors known to cause hyperpigmentation.

web_whitening_maskWhat to Do:

  • Consider Glycolic (or other chemical) peels. Think of these AHA peels as a step up from your AHA-based cleanser. These are highly concentrated and therefore incredibly effective at chemical exfoliation, and are said to be one of the best treatments for stubborn hyperpigmentation. Be sure to consult an aesthetician or dermatologist to see if you are an ideal candidate for these powerful peels.
  • Know your ingredients. Look for skincare products highlighting AHAs (Glycolic Acid, fresh fruit extracts or enzymes), Kojic Acid, Mulberry Extract, and Licorice, all of which have been shown to help brighten and lighten the complexion to promote better skin tone.

How to Prevent:

  • Limit sun exposure. And if you can’t avoid it, be sure you’re armed with a brimmed hat and broad spectrum sunscreen, to be reapplied as often as needed.
  • Wear daily SPF protection. Not just on your face – but your neck, chest, and hands too. Two-thirds of all sun damage – which inevitably leads to the formation of age spots – is all incidental, so be sure to protect your skin whenever your step out the door (regardless of weather!).

June 16, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Under the Radar: Makeup Remover Soap

CCM_makeupreWHO: Makeup Remover Soap, a gentle cleanser for all skin types.

WHAT IT IS: A mild, creamy cleanser that helps gently remove makeup and surface debris and leaves skin soft and smooth. The Makeup Remover Soap is perfect for all skin types, but is designed with an oil-free, non-drying, and non-soap formula gentle enough for mature or sensitive skin types, too.

WHY WE LOVE IT: It breaks down any buildup for a thorough clean, but does so without irritating or over-drying even the most sensitive of skin types. The skin’s lipid barrier is left intact – and thus is able to retain natural moisture levels, making it ideal for combination dry, sensitive, and mature skin.

HOW TO USE: For use twice daily. Massage in circular motions on wet skin, taking care to avoid the eye area. Rinse with warm water until face is completely clean before gently patting dry with a clean towel. Follow with your favorite toner.

June 14, 2014
by Jill
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5 Signs You’re In A Skin Care Rut

Are you stuck in a skin care rut? It happens to the best of us. The truth is, our skin changes with age and with the seasons; we need to alter our skin care regimens accordingly. If you’ve been using the same products for years, but your skin isn’t looking as great as you’d like, it may be time for a change.Check out these 5 signs you’re stuck in a skin care rut:skin care1. Has it been years since you re-evaluated your skin care routine?
What worked for your skin just a few years ago may not be right for your skin today. For example, aging causes the skin to become drier. Pregnancy also causes serious upheaval in your skin.

2. Does your skin seem very dry in the summer, and then turns oily during the warmer months? If so, are you switching up your products with seasonal changes?

Using the same products throughout the year is only recommended in climates that remain stable 365 days a year. For places with major temperature and weather changes due to the seasons, it’s necessary to make adjustments as the weather becomes colder or hotter.

3. Do you think you could be doing more to prevent premature aging, but you’re not sure where to start?

When it comes to anti-aging, using an eye cream should be your first step. The eyes are generally the first area of the face to age because the skin around the eyes has the fewest oil glands. Another excellent way to help prevent premature aging is by incorporating a serum with powerful anti-aging properties into your skin care routine.

4. Is your skin breaking out regularly? Are you using a regimen of products designed to keep it clear?

It’s important to address all changes in your skin, including acne. If your skin starts breaking out, it is definitely the time to switch things up; your skin is not likely to clear up on its own without a little help!

5. You’re using a cleanser/toner/moisturizer/etc. because they worked so well for your sister/friend/mother/dental hygienist.

We love our Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It’s our most popular cleanser and works beautifully for most combination skin types. However, there are people for whom this is the absolute wrong cleanser. Make sure that what you’re using is the best thing for your skin.

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