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5 Skincare Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

skin-care-mistakesSkin Care regimens can quickly get complicated and confusing when using multiple products. Be sure you are not making one of the 5 common mistakes below!

1.) Forgetting about Your Neck

Most people think of the face when you mention anti-aging products, but neglecting your neck is a sure-fire way to show your age before you’re ready. The fragile skin on your neck and décolletage has different needs from the skin of your face, and if not protected and nourished appropriately can lose hydration and look flabby. Try Revision Nectifirm to cater to the neck’s specific needs with 8 active ingredients working together to strengthen the dermal-epidermal junction.

2.) Not Eating Correctly

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November is National Healthy Skin Month

nationalhealthyskinmonthWhile November is typically known for celebrating Thanksgiving and as the month to begin holiday shopping, you probably didn’t know that November is also National Healthy Skin Month! Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. So before you dive into your Thanksgiving turkey or shop till you drop on Black Friday, get started with these 8 no-nonsense tips for healthy and young looking skin!

How do you keep your skin healthy and young looking?

The SkinMedix Team

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How Much Skin Care Product Should You Apply?

When it comes to your skin care products, do you need a dot, a dab or a dollop? Though we have all fallen prey to the old “more is better” adage from time to time, knowing the proper amount to use is the key to getting the best results! Want to know how much product is needed for your daily regimen? Check out this handy cheat sheet by Makeup.com about which beauty products to scrimp on and which to really slather on!

Product Serving Size

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4 Surprises About Your Sunscreen

sunscreen report1. It pays to prep. Sunscreen builds up in your stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the skin), so if you apply it daily for three weeks before a beach vacation, you’ll be less likely to burn.

2. Some areas need more sunscreen. The areas where the rims of your sunglasses hit your checks are particularly prone to sunburn because the sunglasses reflect light. So are the highest points on your face (your cheekbones and nose). Your nose is especially vulnerable and one of the most common areas for nonmelanoma skin cancers. Sunscreens also breakdown fastest on oily skin, so reapply frequently.

3. Some SPFs are harder to wash off. Water and sweat-resistant sunscreens work because they adhere to the skin. However, this can also make it trickier to wash wash off without leaving behind a residue that can ultimately clog pores and lead to breakouts. Thoroughly cleanse skin by using a gentle scrub with micro beads, like NIA24 Physical Cleansing Scrub, and a cleansing brush, like Clarisonic Mia 2 Deep Pore Detoxifying brush.

4. Your sunscreen already works well, but it could work even better. Apply an antioxidant serum first to help neutralize free radicals that get through your sunscreen before they can damage your skin. We like SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, Exuviance Antioxidant Perfect 10 Serum, and NeoStrata Antioxidant Defense Serum—or switch to a sunscreen that contains antioxidants like Topix Replenix Antioxidant Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 50+.

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2012 ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures

The 2012 ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures found that dermatologic surgeons performed nearly 8 million medically necessary and cosmetic procedures in the United States in 2012 (a nearly 7 percent increase over 2011).

If you had one of the 8 million procedures performed, protect your investment! Aging doesn’t stop with a procedure. Keep your results looking fab for longer with daily at-home care and prevention. Shop SkinMedix today for the best prices on the world’s leading anti-aging and age-preventive cosmeceuticals normally available only through physicians’ offices and high-end spas at much higher prices!

In the meantime, check out the facts in this infograpghic on dermatologic procedures from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery’s 2012 survey.

Infographic

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Know Your Skin Type

Is your skin normal, dry, oily — or a combination of all of the above? The answer isn’t always as simple as looking in a mirror. Many of us experience changes in our skin based on the climate we’re in, our hormone levels, and how old we are. And since the current state of your skin will influence the products you choose to cleanse, moisturize, and protect your skin, it’s important to get your skin type right.

Skin is generally classified into one of four categories: normal, oily, dry, and combination. To help us understand the differences, EverydayHealth.com sought out the knowledge of Susan Van Dyke, MD, a dermatologist with Van Dyke Laser and Skin Care in Paradise Valley, AZ. “Your skin type can change as you age, and other factors like genetics and even illness can play a part. It’s multi-factorial,” Dr. Van Dyke says.

Normal skin, which has a good balance of moisture, small pores and an even tone, is the goal of most skin care regimens. Most people have normal skin, Van Dyke says, but to maintain its good condition, it’s important to minimize its exposure to the sun. A facial sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is ideal for preventing wrinkles and other sun damage. (Try NIA24 Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.)

“Put it by your toothpaste and use it,” Van Dyke says. “It doesn’t matter if it is snowing or raining — get in that habit so you always have it on. Incidental sun exposure is what gets you.”

Quieting Oily Skin

Oily skin is identified by an excess of oil (the technical term is sebum) on the face. Some people with oily skin begin to feel greasy only a few hours after washing. “A very oily person would feel the need to wash their face between noon and 5 p.m., because oil has built up during the day,” Van Dyke says. Oily skin can be an inherited trait, but it can also be caused by puberty, which causes oil glands to go into overdrive. You may also notice more oil on your “T-zone” because of all the oil glands in the forehead, nose, and chin.

People with oily skin generally don’t need a regular moisturizer, but sunscreen is still necessary to reduce exposure to UV rays. Choose an oil-free sunscreen, suggests Van Dyke says, one that’s specifically formulated for the face and are less likely to create blackheads and clog pores. “There are plenty of oil-free sunscreens available,” Van Dyke says. “Read labels and try samples of different ones. There’s no excuse not to use sunscreen anymore.” (We like Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30, and DDF Weightless Defense Oil-Free Hydrator UV Moisturizer SPF 45.)

Soothing Dry Skin

Dry skin, on the other hand, suffers from a lack of natural moisture — there’s little oil to act as a surface barrier and lock in moisture. People with dry skin feel a tightness about their face, and their skin is often irritated. Flaking is another symptom, but it’s not always a sure sign of dry skin. “You can have flaky skin and not be dry,” Van Dyke says. Sometimes, severely dry skin can become itchy and painful, leading to a condition called eczema.

Treatment of certain medical conditions can sometimes lead to dry skin. For example, breast cancer treatment may stop hormone production which could in turn affect the quality of your skin. “This will throw people into a menopausal situation at an early age,” Van Dyke says. “Suddenly, there’s no oil production.” Naturally-occurring menopause can have the same effect; most women begin to experience drier skin as they hit their late forties. To care for dry skin, use a gentle, soap-free cleanser, and moisturize adequately. (We recommend Neocutis Neo Cleanse Gentle Skin Cleanser, and follow up with NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Lotion.) A second application of moisturizer may be needed during the day, Van Dyke adds.

Balancing Combination Skin

Combination skin is a blend of both oily and dry skin. People with combination skin usually find that their oily skin is concentrated in the T-zone, while their cheeks remain dry. Combination skin can be influenced by genetics and, again, by puberty, when oil glands increase their production of sebum. Sometimes a variety of products are needed to treat combination skin. “You may have to treat different parts of the face slightly differently,” Van Dyke says. For example, a mild cleanser and moisturizer may be needed on the cheeks, while an anti-acne product with benzoyl peroxide might be necessary on the T-zone. (Try Glytone Mild Gel Wash together with DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 5%.)

If you’re still not sure about your skin type or the best way to nourish it, consult a dermatologist who can recommend a skin care regimen ideal for your skin type. Then visit SkinMedix.com for the best prices on the world’s leading cosmeceuticals!

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Keratosis Pilaris: Coping with “Chicken Skin”

Keratosis Pilaris: How to Cope with "Chicken Skin" - SkinMedix.comKeratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that usually affects the thighs, upper arms, and buttocks. Since keratosis pilaris also can affect the face, it’s sometimes mistaken for acne.

Keratosis pilaris results from excess production of keratin, a cream-colored protein. When keratin builds up in hair follicles, it forms hard plugs, resulting in a proliferation of hard white or red bumps the size of a grain of sand. Although these bumps resemble acne, they don’t contain pus but can occasionally become inflamed and itchy. In some cases, keratosis pilaris also appears as dry, rough patches.

The main types of keratosis pilaris include:

  • Keratosis pilaris rubra, which causes red, inflamed bumps.
  • Keratosis pilaris alba, which causes rough, bumpy skin with no irritation.
  • Keratoris pilaris rubra faceii, which causes a red rash on the cheeks.

Also known as “chicken skin” because of its goose-bump-like appearance, keratosis pilaris affects as many as 80 percent of teenagers and about 40 percent of adults. It is more common in women and may be more severe during dry weather. Although it’s not known why excess keratin production occurs, it may be related to heredity. You’re more likely to develop keratosis pilaris if you have a family history of skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis.

Although keratosis pilaris can be persistent, annoying, and difficult to treat, it usually doesn’t cause pain, itching, or other complications, so it’s considered a benign condition. If you’re concerned about its effect on your appearance, self-care measures can make it less noticeable. If these measures don’t work, your doctor or dermatologist may recommend medical treatments.

Self-Care Strategies for Keratosis Pilaris

Most doctors recommend an initial regimen of intensive moisturizing, which involves application after bathing and reapplication several times a day. Products that may help loosen keratin plugs and soften rough, dry skin include Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash and Glytone Body Lotion, available separately or together in the Glytone Retexturize Keratosis Pilaris Kit. We also recommend Glycolix Elite KP Kit. Others include medicated creams containing ingredients such as:

Other recommended self-care measures include using humidifiers during dry, winter months. Experts differ on washing techniques. Some recommend soaking in hot baths and vigorous scrubbing of affected areas with a coarse washcloth or stiff brush. But others caution that such measures may irritate skin and worsen the condition.

Although keratosis pilaris can be annoying and persistent, you may be able to wait it out because it often subsides after age 30. If it’s a cosmetic concern, however, self-care measures and medical treatments can minimize the appearance of “chicken skin” and boost your self-confidence when you venture outside the coop!

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The New SPF FDA Regulations

Unless you’ve been under a rock (hopefully in an effort to avoid the sun), you’ve likely heard the ruckus over the new sunscreen FDA regulations, that were suppose to take effect this summer. The idea was to make it easier for consumers to pick the best product to protect themselves from skin cancer and skin damage. But just as the summer was about to start, the FDA announced it was delaying the new requirements until December.

“After we published all these requirements, we received data showing that manufacturers wouldn’t be able to fully implement all the requirements until December of this year for most products,” says the FDA’s Reynold Tan.

The new requirements include:

  • Only sunscreens that protect against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) light could be labeled “broad spectrum,” which means they provide the best protection against skin cancer.
  • Sunscreens that don’t have SPF of at least 15 would have to have big warning labels that say they don’t protect against skin cancer or “premature skin aging.”
  • Terms like “sunblock,” “waterproof” and “sweat-proof” would be banned. Sunscreens would be permitted to claim that they are “water-resistant” but would have to specify how long they work — either 40 or 80 minutes.

For now, consumers will just have to try to do their best. Some sunscreens that meet the new guidelines, are starting to show up on store shelves. But consumers have to look very carefully to figure that out.

“Make sure that the broad spectrum term appears right next to the SPF number, either directly to the left of it, or right on top of it. And it has to be in the same font, meaning it has to be in the same type size, same color, generally the same appearance as the SPF number,” Tan says.

Below is a list of SPF products tested under the new FDA regulations that are now available at SkinMedix!

For a more in-depth look at the new sunscreen regulations, visit www.fda.gov/sunscreen. In the mean time, check out this video below as New York dermatologist and editor of Clinics in Dermatology, Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, explains the new SPF FDA Regulations.

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6 Anti-Aging Ingredients You Need to Know About

6 Anti-Aging Ingredients You Need to Know AboutEach year tons of new anti-aging products are launched because companies know you’re on a desperate search for that fountain of youth. These products promise to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, abolish sun damage and lift any and every sagging bit on your face. But can you trust them? In an interview with totalbeauty.com, Paula Begoun, skincare expert and best-selling author of “Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me,” says to be wary. “You can’t read into all the hype you see in print and TV advertisements for beauty products,” she says. Because if all the claims out there were true, it wouldn’t matter which product you bought, be it the serum from the drugstore or the eye cream that cost a mint – they would produce the same anti-aging results.

So, who can you trust? Begoun says the ingredients are dependable. She says not to focus on the brand name or the glitzy commercials, but to look for products that contain the ingredients actually proven to produce noticeable improvements in all signs of aging. Here, we reveal 6 ingredients on her list of the top anti-aging skin care ingredients along with the SkinMedix products that contain them.

  • AHA/BHA
    • What it does: Smoothes the skin.
    • Best for: “AHAs are best for normal-to-dry or sun-damaged skin because they help bind moisture and improve healthy collagen production and smooth an uneven skin texture. BHA is best for normal-to-oily or breakout-prone skin while also being excellent for reducing redness from rosacea,” says Begoun.
    • Products to try:
  • RETINOL
    • What it does: “Simply put, it helps skin cells create better, healthier skin cells while increasing the amount of skin-support substances [and] has been shown to increase the skin’s collagen production and glycosaminoglycans content, resulting in firmer skin with an improved texture and enhanced barrier function,” says Begoun.
    • Products to try:
      • SkinMedica Tri Retinol Complex
      • PCA Skin Retinol Renewal pHaze 26
      • Revision Retinol Eye Repair
  • VITAMIN C
    • What it does: “It has been shown to increase collagen production (including dermal collagen, which is significant for wrinkle reduction), reduce the appearance of skin discolorations, strengthen skin’s barrier response, enhance skin’s repair process, reduce inflammation and help skin better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by sunscreen or not,” says Begoun.
    • Products to try:
      • SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex
      • Revision Vitamin C 30% Lotion
      • Sothys Noctuelle with AHA and Vitamin C
  • NIACINAMIDE
    • What it does: This component of vitamin B3 “has been shown to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, prevent skin from losing water content and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis. It also has a growing reputation for being able to lighten skin discolorations and reduce acne,” says Begoun.
    • Products to try:
  • GREEN TEA
    • What it does: The antioxidant components “work to reduce inflammation, build collagen and reduce cell damage by impeding the harmful effects of sun exposure. EGCG, when found in cosmetics, is a more potent, stable way to get the antioxidant benefit on skin,” says Begoun.
    • Products to try:
      • Topix Replenix Green Tea Serum
      • Topix Replenix CF Purifying Antioxidant Foaming Cleanser
  • GRAPE SEED
    • What it does: This antioxidant “significantly reduces free-radical damage [and] combining it with other antioxidants greatly enhances its efficacy. It also has wound-healing properties. For fighting wrinkles, it is one of the top superstars,” says Begoun.
    • Products to try:

When shopping for anti-aging skin care, these are the superstar items you want to see on a label. Why? Because they actually make a difference.

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Super Samples

Travel Sample Packs

Did you know many of your favorite SkinMedix products are available in travel and sample sizes? Here is our list of reasons why you should consider trying the mini version of our high-end products!

1. Try Before You Buy

  • SkinMedix samples packs are the best way to discover new skin care and beauty products. Sample top products from high-end brands, so you know what you’re getting before you splurge on the big bottle. It’s the smart way to try and buy new products!

2. Travel Light

  • Your travel kit is an important part of your time away from home. Taking along brands you can trust can make all the difference. Buy your favorite products in travel size so you really can take your favorite skin care and cosmetic products with you, wherever you go.

3. So Fresh

  • Smaller packages means less product is exposed to the air at any one time. This is important in maintaining freshness, especially in products containing antioxidants.

4. Save Money

  • In some instances, our product sample packs can save you big bucks when compared to buying the full size bottle. Do the math! Here’s an example: A pack of 5 iS Clinical Active Serum samples at 0.125 oz each is a total of 0.625 oz for $26! The 0.5 oz full size bottle is $54 – that’s an over 50% savings!

Want to try a new product? Check out our full list of available sample and travel size products. Already have a favorite? Visit SkinMedix.com and type your favorite product into the Search box at the top to see if your favorite product is available in Travel Size Packs today!

Click on the product links below or visit SkinMedix.com to try these and other Travel Sample Packs available at SkinMedix.com!

Cellex-C G.L.A. Eye Balm 6 Travel Samples
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iS Clinical C E Serum Advance+ Travel Samples
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SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Travel Samples
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Dermalogica MultiVitamin Thermafoliant Travel Size
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Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm with PSP Travel
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