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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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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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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.

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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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The Return of Revaléskin

Revaleskin available at SkinMedix.com

  • Revaléskin brand has returned under new ownership.
  • All products are now available without packing or formula changes.
  • SkinMedix has fresh inventory for immediate shipment –including #1 seller, Revaléskin Night Cream!

Revaléskin is back?
Yes! US CosmeceuTechs, LLC recently acquired Revaléskin and we are looking forward to servicing all of your Revaléskin needs once again! US CosmeceuTechs, LLC are the original developers of the CoffeeBerry® skincare technology and clinical science, as well as the distributors of PRIORI® Skincare in over 30 countries worldwide. We are pleased to add physician-dispensed Revaléskin® back to our list of technologically advanced lines of professional skincare products.

Why CoffeeBerry®?
Revaléskin® with CoffeeBerry® Whole Fruit Extract, a Blend of Natural Polyphenol Antioxidants

The broad spectrum of polyphenols in Revaléskin helps fend off a correspondingly broad spectrum of free radicals that can cause cell damage and result in premature skin aging.

The Nature of Free Radical Damage

  • A single antioxidant exposed to a free radical may become a free radical itself.1
  • Multiple antioxidants can provide continual neutralization until the free radical is totally neutralized. 1
  • CoffeeBerry® Whole Fruit Extract contains a blend of natural polyphenol antioxidants:

– Cholergenic Acid
– Ferulic Acid
– Quinic Acid
– Proanthocyanidins

Why Revaléskin®?

Revaléskin® rejuvenates and restores the look of damaged skin.

For younger-looking skin that’s radiantly healthy, nourish your skin with the highest concentration of CoffeeBerry® Whole Fruit Extract offered in a skin care system.

Revitalize your skin with the full line of Revaléskin® professional anti-aging products.
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40 Years of Healthy Skin

40 Years of Healthy Skin
As we age, the prescription for maintaining radiant skin changes. Cell turnover becomes sluggish, leading to a dull, uneven complexion, while collagen and elastin fibers – which keep skin as firm as a snare drum in our early years – begin to break down. Knowing how to combat these changes is half the battle of again gracefully. Luckily for us, celebrity dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D. offers some tips on how to have healthy, happy skin at every age.

ages 25-35 years

Wash this Way It’s never to early to implement a basic skincare regimen that you follow throughout your life. Start with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer, along with a daytime face lotion with a least SPF 30. Wash and moisturize before bed every night, smooth on the SPF every morning, and – if you’re prone to flaky clogged pores- de-gunk with a facial scrub once or twice a week in the shower. Try Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser and PCA Skin Gentle Exfoliant.
Battle Breakouts Your teenage years may be well behind you, but many women in their 20s and early 30s are still plagued by the occasional rogue pimple. To control oil and kill bacteria, look for cleansers with salicylic and azelaic acid like SkinCeuticals Clarifying Cleanser.
Have Fun But not too much fun. Overdoing it at happy hour can aggregate skin conditions like rosacea and creak fragile capillaries. Drinking is also a serious hydration zapper. The fix? Down at least one full glass of water for every cocktail you finish.

ages 35-45 years

Relax and Recharge If the decade before had a “work hard, play hard” mentality, then this decade is often the “work hard, work harder” one. With a high-octane career or young kids (or both!), it’s easy to skimp on sleep. But getting those crucial eight hours a night goes a long way in maintaining gorgeous skin. The body rebuilds tissue and cells when we’re in dreamland, and with prolonged sleep deprivation, skin woes like fine lines and splotchiness are more likely to develop early on.
Get Physical Working up a sweat does more than keep your ticker healthy—cardio-based exercise (anything that gets the heart pumping) promotes healthy circulation, which gives your skin that coveted rosy glow. And the fresh blood carries oxygen and nutrients to skin cells, while also carting away free radicals, a common enemy of youthful skin. Take that!
Give Me an A! With fine lines and discoloration starting to appear, this is the perfect decade to introduce retinoids into your skincare routine. Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores and speed cell turnover, while smoothing the surface of the skin. Try SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles

ages 45-55 years

Find Your Zen This is the decade when career goals come to fruition for many women. But be mindful of keeping that healthy work-to-play ratio. Stress shows up on your skin in various ways. The fight-or-flight hormone cortisol increases, revving up oil production, and your skin’s barrier function can go haywire, resulting in water loss that makes skin’s ability to repair itself more strained. Mitigate intense days with chill-inducing activities such as yoga, meditation and acupuncture.
Make a Change Yes, it’s that time. The hot flashes of menopause hit around 51 leading to a drop in estrogen. As a result, collagen production slows and skin loses its density and elasticity. To counteract the effects, look for products packing alpha and beta hydroxy acids, like SkinMedica 15% AHA/BHA Face Cream, that help increase skin’s thickness, as well as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which draw in moisture and keep skin plump and hydrated.
Look on the Bright Side Hyperpigmentation, fueled by hormonal changes and sun damage, can leave your complexion looking splotchy. To even out your skin tone, there’s a crop of new brightening treatments featuring ingredients such as hydroquinone, azelaic and kojic acids, vitamin C, mulberry extract and niacin amide. Try NeoStrata HQ Skin Lightening Gel and SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator.

ages 55-65 years

Eat This Up A diet full of good fats yields a good face. Cells rely on fatty acids to maintain the vigor of its membranes, which hug nutrients and water to the actual cell. As we age, cells have a harder time holding on to water. Help them out by replacing saturated fats with monounsaturated fats (found in walnuts, avocado and olive oil) and polyunsaturated fats (like in salmon and sunflower oil).
Stay Sun Smart You’ve been shielding your skin from aging UV rays for years, and there’s no reason to stop now. If your skin has become more sensitive, then look for a sunscreen that provides a physical barrier against the sun—not a potentially irritating chemical one. Ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, found in , SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50, are now fine enough that they won’t leave a haze of white residue on your skin.
Be a Natural It may be tempting to invest in products loaded with potent anti-aging ingredients in this decade, but treating skin with harsh acids and other serious exfoliators can backfire, leaving it thinner and less smooth-looking than before. Instead, consider ingredients straight from nature, such as pomegranate, basil, grape seed, green tea, ginseng and acai berry extracts. On the whole, botanicals tend to be gentler than their chemically wrought counterparts, but no less rejuvenating. Try 100% Pure, John Masters Organics, and Pevonia Botanica.

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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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