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8 Beauty winners that will keep you looking flawless on—and off—the red carpet! And the award goes to…

bestbreakoutA star is born—the spinning disc on the PMD Pro is coated with the same Aluminum Oxide crystals that are used by professionals. As the disc spins, vacuum suction removes dull, dead cells, leaving skin clear and vibrant. With the dead cells removed, skin is able to absorb products much more effectively.
PMD Personal Microderm Pro, $158.00

bestpictureThe ultimate makeup tool: created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. These elliptical shaped sponges make application foolproof. Its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make-up dazzling and undetectable.
Beautyblender Sponge Applicator
, $18.00

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The original tube-technology mascara. Formulated to form tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes for maximum amplification and hold, rather than painting them like conventional mascaras. Won’t run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes.
blinc Mascara – Black, $22.00

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The ultimate tool to enhance the positive effects of your favorite topical skin care products. Rollers are proven to increase the absorption of the active ingredients in creams, lotions, and serums by up to 1000% by creating thousands of micro-channels in the skin that allow nutrients to absorb; the channels close after several minutes, locking in the anti-aging nutrients and anti-oxidants.
Micro Needle Roller 0.5mm, $28.00

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A favorite among award-winning celebrities, SK-II;s luxe, pitera-packed antiaging mask leaves skin hydrated and glowing.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask – One Treatment, $18.00
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask – 10 pack, $118.00

bestdressedAn ultra-rich facial cream that is specifically formulated to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and replenishes skin to give a healthy and youthful appearance. It contains high levels of hyaluronic acid to help hydrate and tighten the skin, as well as antioxidants C, E, and A to help repair and prevent environmental damage; think of it as a multivitamin for the skin. Perfect for those who want to feel instant hydration—and its beautiful jewel-like jar, makes this product a great gift!
SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream, $98.00

bestkissThis glamorous red liquid lipstain and gloss combo in Passion smooths, hydrates while giving you buildable, non-drying coverage that lasts for hours—from the opening monologue to the last after-party—and flatters every skintone.
Jane Iredale Lip Fixation – Passion, $30.00

bestcostumeIt’s time to think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level in limited-edition Black Cheetah!. Unlike spinning devices, Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action works to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.
Clarisonic Pro Face and Body Spot Therapy Kit with Extension Handle – Black Cheetah, $220

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The SkinMedix Team

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Celebrity Skin: Reese Witherspoon

reese_witherspoonHappy Birthday, Reese Witherspoon! Our favorite Southern Belle starlet turns 37 today and she has been glowing as bright as the spotlight does on an A-list celebrity. The Legally Blonde star is modest enough to give credit for her gorgeous baby skin to great genes, but we all know that there is more to looking good! So, just how does she maintain her fresh, young look through all that work?  According to Reese, it all comes down to sun protection. Reese wears a sun hat anytime she is out in the sun or on the beach an never leaves home without Continue Reading →

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CELEB FAVORITES: What Penélope Gifted Monica

What Penelope Gave Monica - SkinMedix.com

Red-hot beauty Penélope Cruz is going to be an aunt! The actress’ look-alike younger sister, Monica Cruz, is pregnant with her first child. Penélope, also expecting her second child later this year, made sure to gift her little sis something she could use for baby and herself – a care package full of skin care products from Noodle & Boo, reports an insider. This luxe package is rumored to include lush products for Monica like the Noodle & Boo Elasticity Oil, to protect against stretch marks and enhance skin’s elasticity, and the Noodle & Boo The Balm, that soothes and relives ultra-dry, cracked and chapped hands and feet. For baby, the Noodle & Boo Essential Care Kit includes extra gentle shampoo, soothing body wash, and super-soft lotion–everything bebé will need for bath time at home and on the road with mom.

Check out the full list of Noodle & Boo products available on SkinMedix.com and make a luxe Noodle & Boo package for the new mommy in your life!

The SkinMedix Team

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Celebrity Skin Care

Celebrity Skin Care - SkinMedix.comSure, celebrities make their living with their faces, but pimples, blotches and flakes couldn’t care less about that! Skin is skin, and when it acts up, high-profile people need to fix it fast. “As one celeb explained to me, her face is like a corporation within itself,” says Susan Evans, M.D., a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist. “That’s why she’s really serious about her skin.” But that doesn’t mean Hollywood types always rely on help from a syringe to prep for photo ops. “My celebrities are moving away from fillers and cosmetic procedures that are too obvious,” says Dr. Evans. “The newer trend is actually to take care of your skin. They’re avoiding tanning booths, making sunscreen a part of their routine and using products with vitamins A, C and E.” And while those are good habits we should all stick with, don’t you also want to know what they do when disaster strikes? Their best tricks are here!

Face Saver #1: When Stars Break Out
In Hollywood, zits can mess up more than a leading lady’s mood. “I’ve had actresses tell me that directors delayed shooting because of a breakout—it’s hard to hide when it’s magnified on-screen,” says L.A. dermatologist Jessica Wu, M.D. To keep recurring acne under control, pros often go beyond topical remedies. Beverly Hills dermatologist Boris Zaks, M.D., uses a procedure called photodynamic therapy on severely acne-prone celebs who can’t wait weeks for pills or creams to work. He applies an amino acid medication to the face, then shines a blue light on it for up to an hour to activate the liquid. Most clients get the two-step process four times a year for a total cost of $2,500 to $4,000. Yes, you could buy a new wardrobe for that!

But Wait! I’m Not a Celebrity (Yet)
To zap chronic acne on a non-celeb budget, try products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. (Try PCA Skin Acne Gel pHaze 35 or DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 5%.) Used consistently, they will clear up most skin over 6 to 12 weeks. If a monster zit pops up, try the Zeno Hot Spot Pink — the pocket-sized beauty tool makes your acne blemishes disappear fast! In fact, in clinical trials, some blemishes began to clear in just one hour. And 90% of blemishes treated with Zeno disappeared or faded within 24 hours.

If you feel a breakout on the horizon, try a preventive treatment like the Baby Quasar Blue. The Baby Blue light works by killing the acne-causing bacteria, P. Acne, and works well in treating inflammatory acne vulgaris that has not responded to other acne therapies. Got oily skin? Use a product with sulfur weekly to soak up excess oil without overdrying. We recommend using Murad Clarifying Mask at least once a week to absorb impurities as it deep cleans and quiets acne breakouts. A diet tweak can also help. “I tell a lot of my patients to avoid dairy four weeks before they have to be on a set,” Dr. Wu says. Your body retains the extra hormones from cow’s milk, which can aggravate pimple-prone skin. “Even cutting back can make a difference. I’ve seen results in as little as a week,” says Dr. Wu.

Face Saver #2: When Stars Lose Their Glow
Sounds simple, but pros say that regular exfoliation does wonders for rejuvenating celebs’ complexions, which often take a beating from frequent travel and heavy makeup. “I insist on exfoliation, even if you have dry skin,” says Dr. Evans. “You have to remove old layers first before products can really penetrate.” Microdermabrasion treatments, which polish the face with tiny crystals, are a celeb favorite. They slough away dulling skin cells and create a ready and willing surface for anti-aging creams and serums. New York City dermatologist David Colbert, M.D., who treats Sienna Miller and Rachel Weisz, tackles the problem with his signature Triad treatment. “When HDTV kicked in, it became our most sought-after pre-awards show procedure,” says Dr. Colbert. “We had to open a second office!” His clients pay $400 for the microdermabrasion, laser toning and fruit acid process, and usually book it a week before major events, to get glowy.

Facial peels that contain papain enzymes or lactic acid smooth the skin’s surface and boost radiance, too. “After filming a movie, where they’re wearing heavy makeup, actresses often come in to get these peels to unclog their pores,” reports Dr. Wu.

But Wait! I’m Not a Celebrity (Yet)
“Just use something with exfoliating beads,” says Dr. Evans, and massage it lightly into your skin. Another less pricey option: a cleansing brush, like the Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush .”Use it three times a week, then apply a glycolic acid lotion, like NeoStrata Lotion Plus, afterward for a nice glow,” says Dr. Colbert.  For an at-home version of Dr. Evans’ popular papain enzyme peel, try PRIORI Idebenone Pro Peel Kit. ” Leave it on for 3 minutes, rinse, and moisturize.

Face Saver #3: When Stars Get All Dry
Dryness may seem like a minor issue, but parched skin robs women of that healthy, awake look we all want. Often regular moisturizer isn’t enough. Enter the DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment offered at Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts clinic in Los Angeles. Bold-faced names like Lea Michele and Nicole Richie are fans. The $250, hour-long facial douses skin with hyaluronate, a natural lubricant that diminishes as we age—it’s what helps skin hold water in. Once replenished, the face looks soft, and little lines aren’t as noticeable. “I have regulars who do this treatment weekly, but before the Emmys and Oscars, our clinic is packed with celebs coming in for it,” says Somerville.

But Wait! I’m Not a Celebrity (Yet)
“I tell all my clients that steam goes a long way,” says Somerville. “I do it myself when I’m tired or I’ve been traveling.” The mix of water and heat opens up pores, releases impurities and softens the skin. If you don’t have a face steamer, boil a pot of water, then remove it from the heat. Lean over it just enough so that the steam is hitting your face. Wait 5 to 10 minutes, pat your face dry and moisturize. For a quick and easy moisture mask, we suggest SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture. It hydrates, nourishes, and helps reduce the appearance of pore size with an exclusive combination of natural extracts.

Face Saver #4: When They Just Look Damaged
Pollution, smoke, sun—nobody’s face is 100 percent safe from environmental damage, especially if you, say, film war movies and vacation in St. Barts. Skin creams with antioxidants like vitamins A, C or E fight free radicals (collagen-diminishing skin agers). Dr. Evans blends them in her office for VIP patients. “Antioxidants really make a difference,” she says.

But Wait! I’m Not a Celebrity (Yet)
Look for products with skin protectors like vitamin A, C and E. “Coffeeberry also has antioxidant effects like those of vitamin C and green tea,” says Dr. Zaks. We recommend Revaleskin Intense Recovery Treatment. It contains the highest concentration of CoffeeBerry extract (1.5%) offered in skin care to naturally, effectively restore the vitality of stressed, aging skin. Be sure to use a moisturizer that works for your skin type: a cream if you have dry skin; a lotion if your complexion is normal. And stick with something oil-free or use a serum if you’re acne-prone like…oh, we won’t name names. 😉

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Hollywood Faces – Now & Then

You’re probably all too familiar with how the sun (and gravity) can age your skin over the years. What you may not realize is that there are other changes happening under the surface–fat being gained here and lost there, jawbones shrinking, eye sockets widening–that affect your appearance too. To make sense of this mysterious process known as (gulp!) aging, glo.msn.com compiled before and after photos of some of our all time favorite hollywood beauties. Click on the photos above to view how these six starlets looked up to 54 years ago and how they look today!

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How to Age like a Supermodel

Some of our favorite supermodels are still looking great long after their days on the covers of magazines have passed. It is hard to beat Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, and Christie Brinkley when it comes to aging gracefully. These women look stunning! Luckily for us, these three gorgeous ladies have shared some of their tips on aging and still looking beautiful!

Cindy Crawford, Age 46

photo credit: Allure Magazine

  • Workouts matter – Crawford does resistance workouts at least three times a week.
  • She is vigilant about skin care – she applies  vitamin-c serum, like SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex, in the morning, and uses a moisturizer with sunscreen, like Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 PA ++, after work outs. She also uses an AHA pad, like Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad, before bed a couple of times a week.
  • Crawford keeps her weight constant so she doesn’t stretch her skin with fluctuating weigh.

Heidi Klum, Age 37

photo credit: Project Runway

  • Heidi thinks about her whole body when she thinks about aging – starting with nutrition. She drinks a glass of milk every night with dinner.
  • She keeps her energy level up by starting her days with early morning workouts.
  • Heidi never leaves the house without applying a moisturizing SPF, like Murad Clean Scene Down for Defense SPF 15 Moisturizer, to her face. “I learned not to go in the sun early on in my career. A tan lasts for a week or two before it fades, and the sun is so damaging—it’s not worth it.”
Christie Brinkley, Age 58

photo credit: Allure Magazine

  • Brinkley eats a healthy diet because it helps her to feel her best. It’s not about the weight it’s about feeling good.
  • Christie is in perpetual motion. She incorporates simple exercises like squats and leg lifts into everyday activities. Why not do leg lifts when you’re drying your hair?

From the look of these photos, these women know what they are talking about! What do you do to age gracefully?

Talk soon! XO

Gina@SkinMedix

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