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8 Tips for Better Looking Skin

1b622915bd2503f5_woman-drinking-water1. Sweat everyday. Unfortunately, sweating has gotten a bad reputation. Sweating does not cause acne. In fact, sweating is actually your body’s way of helping to keep your skin clean. Breaking a sweat once a day will make your skin glow, as exercise improves your circulation and oxygen levels and will result in a gorgeous complexion.

2. Disinfect your cellphone.  According to recent studies, that smartphone you can’t keep your hands off of can have 18 times more harmful bacteria, including Staph, E.Coli and Salmonella, than a public toilet handle. All those germs land right on your cheek and jawline every time you chat away, causing pimples and irritation. To keep your phone (and face) bacteria-free, Continue Reading →

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How to Layer Your Skin Care Products

layeringblogimageWhen it comes to layering your skincare products, there’s a right way and a wrong way. In fact, the order in which you apply your products is just as important as what’s inside them. You know the first step to use a cleanser, then a toner…but what comes next?  Don’t fret. Learn to layer products like a pro, with our guide to skin care layering below.

Morning regimen order

1. As a general rule, apply your lightest product first. Serums, which can range in texture from liquid to gels are applied first because they deliver the highest concentrated of active ingredients most efficiently. Pick two or three serums that each treat one of your concerns. For wrinkles, we recommend formulations with added peptides, like PCA Skin ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum. Look for serums, like SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense, that contain salicylic acid is best for oily skin types.

2. Use targeted treatments for problem areas nextlike Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix on that persistent blemish, or cover your crow’s feet with your favorite eye cream. We recommend one with an SPF like DDF Protective Eye Cream SPF 15 or Dermalogica Travel Size Total Eye Care SPF 15.

3. Then, apply full-face treatments, like an antioxidant treatment or acne treatment for the entire face.

4. Moisturize to seal in your other products. Facial oils, like John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil or Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, can be applied after to any dry spots you find after moisturizing. If you’re using two or more serums under your moisturizer, skip any facial oils to avoid becoming too greasy. Remember, facial oils can penetrate moisturizers but not vice versa, so always apply your moisturizer before a facial oil. If you choose a moisturizer with an SPF, opt for one with UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with a minimum SPF of 30. We recommend a lightweight, oil-free moisturizing SPF, like Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46.

5. SPF. You’ve heard it a million times, but we’ll say it a million-and-one. Never leave home without an SPF on your face. We’ll leave it at that.

Night regimen order

1. Retinols need to be applied directly to clean skin to be most effective. However, if you have sensitive skin, applying a serum or moisturizer before hand will help the retinol to penetrate with less irritation.

2. After your first layer has absorbed, apply any targeted treatments, like a rich eye cream (we recommend Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm), or if you have any other spot specific treatments, like NeoStrata HQ Skin Lightening Gel for dark spots and discoloration, now is the time to apply.

3. Finish with a moisturizer.  Apply a heavier night cream, like SkinCeuticals Emollience, for drier skin types. If you have oily skin, opt for a lotion, instead of a cream as they are less hydrating. Many are specifically for problem or acne-prone skin. We like Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion.

Morning or evening, remember to wait for a few minutes between for each layer to allow for the product to absorb.  This way each product is able to penetrate and deliver its specific benefits without interfering with the function of the next product layer.

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Your Skin on Stress

????????????????????When you’re living life in the fast lane, your skin is often the first thing to freak out. What happens when a schizo schedule becomes totally routine? — Keep calm and read on.

Stress factor: Working like Crazy
What you’ll see: Redness and Breakouts

Chronic high levels of stress – a by-product of a competitive job market and 24/7 reachability – trigger your brain to release neuropeptides that cause blushing and sensitivity. On top of that, your body releases an excess of androgen hormones that can bring on breakouts.

Calm It Down:

Stress factor: Partying Away Stress
What you’ll see: Wrinkles and Dullness

Drinking dehydrates skin, making fine lines look deeper and complexion look dull. Your favorite cocktail or martini  – plus, the carby snacks you binge on after you get home from the party – is packed with sugar and can make you skin look older, faster, through a process called glycation. During this process, sugar impairs the production of collagen and elastin in the skin and can cause your skin to stiffen and lose its springiness. Another issue: smoking (whether you inhale it or not) is full of collagen eating carcinogens that increase your risk of skin cancer.

Party Smart:

Stress factor: Skimping on Sleep
What you’ll see: Flakiness and Dullness

Those late nights at the office and a little late-night DVR time can leave you playing “catch up” on ZZZs during the weekend. This erratic sleep schedule can through off your natural time clock, which inhibits your skin’s ability to stay hydrated. Research shows that poor sleep weakens the barrier function, causing moisture to escape. And chronic sleep deprivation impairs collagen production. After six months of sleep loss, skin starts to lost its suppleness and glow.

Fake Eight Hours:

The SkinMedix Team

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How Your Phone is Messing with Your Skin

04-acne-hiddenYou feel like completely lost without it, but your lifeline to your friends, family, and work could be wreaking havoc on your skin.

Habit: Squinting your eyes to read the small type on your screen.

Problem: Crow’s feet and 11 lines (the vertical frown line between the brows), which normally don’t show up until your 30s or 40s, are showing up more and more on people in their 20s.

Quick Fix: Increase your font size to “Grandma” (20pts or bigger), and up your screen’s brightness. Look for products with argireline to temporarily freeze muscle movements. Some studies show up to a 60% reduction in wrinkle depth in one month of use.

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Habit: Constantly looking down to check texts, emails, Facebook, etc.

Problem: It’s called text-neck—a slack, untoned neck and jawline caused by a breakdown in collagen and elastin. These tiny fibers only have an infinite number of times they can fold. The constant up-and-down movement weakens this support structure.

Quick Fix: Hold your phone eye level to minimize folding at the neck. Apply a skin-firming, peptide-rich cream on your jawline and down your neck. According to a study in Molecular Pharmaceutics, products containing high levels of Matrixyl can nearly double collagen production.

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Habit: Talking long enough that your phone gets hot against your face.

Problem: Prolonged exposure to heat from any source can increase melanin production in that area—and if brown spots and an uneven tone weren’t bad enough, research shows they can make you look up to 10 years older!

Quick fix: Use a handsfree headset or speakerphone. A brightening cream, with ingredients like licorice, can help fade unwanted spots.

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Habit: Pressing your face against your phone. (See those oil and makeup streaks on your screen?)

Problem: The touch-screen trend has caused a rise in acne in the “phone zone”—temples, cheeks, and chin. The dirt and bacteria that live on your screen are transferred to your skin when you talk on the phone which may lead to breakouts.

Quick fix: Clean your phone daily with an anti-bacterial wipe. Use a benzoyl peroxide lotion or glycolic acid face pads to keep your pores clear.

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Are you guilty of any of these bad habits?

The SkinMedix Team

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Masks for Glowing Skin

face-mask-girlsGoing out? Do a mask the day before for an instant glow! Look for these ingredients to….

…add moisture. Look for glycerin. It draws water to the skin cells to keep the skin hydrated.

We recommend:

…suck up oil. Clay can curb shine for two days!

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…calm redness. The titanium dioxide helps ease rosacea flare.

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…treat pimples. Skim the label for sulfur; it has anti-bacterial powers.

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How often do you apply your favorite mask?

The SkinMedix Team

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9 Brilliant Beauty Resolutions

9 Brilliant Beauty ResolutionsThe New Year is almost here and it’s time to reflect on the changes we want to make in 2013. Just like you, the SkinMedix team has a slew of bad beauty habits we want to break starting January 1. With 2013 finally here, it’s prime time for some beauty resolutions!

1. Quit hoarding old make-up.
As cosmetics age, they become less effective, can harbor germs and bacteria, and, of course, go out of style. Commit to purging your bag every few months and cleaning your brushes and other applicators regularly.

2. Repeat your greatest hits. 
You’ve got 608 pictures of yourself tagged on Facebook. It’s time to do some serious clicking and hunt for the photos in which you look the best. If you love the pics where your hair is tousled, make an effort to rock that look more often.

3. Clean your cell phone. 
Ever notice that the right side of your jaw has a few more bumps than you’d expect? That could be from all the bacteria on your cell phone. If you have an iPhone or a touch screen, it’s best to pick up a cleaning kit from a store like Best Buy. For other phones, you can get away with using a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on a tissue and gently wiping down your phone.

4. Don’t skip the SPF. 
Even in the winter. And while we’re on this topic: if you skip the protection because you want to look like you hail from Brazil, you’ll look like you’re 15 years older later. P.S. – Schedule that skin cancer screening, too.

5. Try a “beauty dare” once a month. 
It’s liberating and can help you revive your look, surprise your man, and unleash your inner beauty diva. Once every few weeks, be bold with some red lips or an elaborate hair piece or nail decals or…you get the point.

6. Upgrade your regimen. 
Maybe you’ve been using the same moisturizer since you were 17. That’s cute and all, but now that you’re 27, you probably need a new formula. Not to mention some eye cream. Set aside some time to figure out what you should be doing at your age, and then put your plan into motion.

7. Put a cap on your bad habits. 
We all have our vices. But that doesn’t make them okay, especially if you want to look your best. Smoking leads to wrinkles, heavy drinking can dehydrate your skin…don’t make us lecture you.

8. Stop picking. 
Your cuticles. The mascara off your eyelashes. Your zits. Whatever it is you feel the itch to pick, keep your hands off it!

9. Get your beauty sleep. 
Like you need to hear this? But still, it’s worth repeating since restless nights can wreak havoc on your health and appearance. Try an eye mask if you have trouble shutting the world out.

Spill the beans! Do you fall asleep with makeup on? Have you been biting your nails since sixth grade? Straighten your hair like you’re ironing a shirt? There are tons more great beauty resolutions you can make, from washing your face every night to laying off the thick eyeliner. Tell us your beauty must-do’s for 2013!

The SkinMedix Team

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Food for Your Complexion

Food for Your ComplexionWant rosy cheeks? Try munching a ripe, rosy tomato. It may sound far fetched but it turns out that a “peaches-and-cream” complexion actually may derive from eating peaches–and pumpkins, and apricots, watermelons, carrots, yams and even spinach. A recent study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland looked at the association between fruit and vegetable consumption and skin color changes over a six-week period.

“Our study suggests that an increase in fruit and veggie consumption of around three portions over a six-period is sufficient to convey perceptible improvements in the apparent healthiness and attractiveness of facial skin,” said lead researcher Ross Whitehead. “Conversely, those who worsened their diet became paler.”

The researchers looked at the consumption of carotenoids, the res and yellow plant pigments found in colorful fruits and vegetables, specifically focusing on beta-carotene and lycopene. While the study was small, the findings that the resulting more colorful skin was also judged more attractive has prompted the researchers to explore if seeing potential appearance gains can motivate dietary changes.

Does the promise of better looking skin have you reaching for an extra serving of veggies tonight? It does for us! More veggies, peas! Nom..nom…

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The SkinMedix Team

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2012 Holiday Domestic Shipping Deadlines

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

2012 Holiday Domestic Shipping Cutoff Dates:

To receive your order before Christmas on December 25th, please follow these suggested (not guaranteed) cutoff shipping days to allow enough time for processing and delivery; however, please note that the United States Postal Service cannot and will not guarantee delivery before Christmas even if you follow these suggested cutoff dates.

Standard (Free Shipping) orders must be placed by December 14, 2012

All Priority Shipping orders must be placed by December 17, 2012

Express Overnight orders must be placed by December 20, 2012

Last-Minute Gift E-Cards by December 25, 2012. E-mail gift E-cards can be sent immediately, at any time

Orders placed after the above cutoff dates will be delivered after Christmas.

Alaska and Hawaii deliveries: Please add 3 additional days for standard shipping. For Express Shipping to Hawaii, add 1 additional day.

DISCLAIMER: The above cutoff days are not a guarantee that your package will be delivered by those dates. This is merely a guideline. Please plan ahead.

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The SkinMedix Team

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MUST HAVE: iS Clinical Active Serum

Must Have: iS Clinical Active Serum

Happy Thanksgiving, SkinMedix Fans! This year I’m thankful for SkinMedix.com and my new favorite must-have serum, iS Clinical Active Serum!

iS Clinical Active Serum is a potent formula designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and control acne. It contains an impressive array of active anti-aging ingredients which includes glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid, arbutin and kojic acid which all work together to smooth texture and decrease pigmentation.

What do I LOVE about Active Serum? Everything! This is a fabulous one-stop shop serum that instantly transforms my skin both in the moment and over time. I love the light menthol scent and the slight tingly feeling I get when I apply this serum that makes me feel like it’s working. My skin feels soft and supple after use and over time it has transformed the look of my skin. This has been my go-to serum when my skin is acting up, breaking out, and needs triage. I apply and wake up the next morning with almost perfect skin.

iS Clincal Active Serum is available in 4 convenient sizes: 0.5 oz, 1.0 oz, 2.0 oz Pro-size, and Travel Sample 5 Packs!

Wishing you a blessed holiday with family and friends!

Talk soon! XO
Gina@SkinMedix

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