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MUST HAVE: Micro Needle Derma Roller

Micro Needle Roller
I will never use another product without rolling my Micro Needle Roller first! The products I loved so much to start, like my iS Clinical Active Serum, take on a whole new life with this amazing little rolling pin. I mean I can actually FEEL my serum seep in. The serum by itself already gives a slight tingling feeling. But when combined with the roller, the tingle is intensified and I can feel it penetrating deep into my pores. I was going to wait until I had worked my way up to the 1.5 mm before I even considered this a “must have”, but I am so thrilled with 0.5mm I couldn’t wait to share!

Micro Needle Roller HeadWhat is a Micro Needle Derma Roller? Well, it’s this amazing little device that rolls around 192 fine needles to penetrate the skin sufficiently enough to stimulate collagen and elastin production that results in the improvement of the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks. In addition to triggered collagen synthesis, needle rollers also help you benefit more from your skin care products. The small micro-channels that the needle roller creates during use are proven to help increase the absorption of the active ingredients in creams, lotions, and serums by up to 1000% —and the higher the absorption rate, the higher the overall efficiency of your already favorite products! The channels close after several minutes, locking in the anti-aging nutrients and anti-oxidants.

I have three pronounced chicken pox scars from my childhood that I assumed I would just have for life. My derm always told me I couldn’t do anything for them except maybe try to fill them with Restalyn or some other filler. I could spend thousands of dollars, but it would never be a permanent fix. In just two months of use, I can already see them fainter and less pronounced. I can also see a difference in pore size, and my skin texture is much smoother. It really is quite remarkable!

I’ve also just started using my roller on a terrible scar I have across my chest from a recent ORIF surgery to repair a shattered collar bone. It’s still too soon but I’ll be sure to post before and after pics and keep you posted on my progress there. Like I said, I wasn’t considering sharing this product until later but I just couldn’t wait!

Learn what size is best for your skin care concerns in the chart below. Then check out a clip from The Doctors show as they discuss the Micro Needle Roller and its benefits!

Talk soon! XO
Gina@SkinMedix
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More Magazine’s Fall Beauty Shopping List

More Magazine's Fall Beauty Shopping ListFor the fourth year in a row, More Magazine asked More’s Opinionista Reader Panel to become grooming guinea pigs, testing falls’s new fragrances, cosmetics, and hair and skin products. To our excitement, Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30 made it to #3 on this year’s Fall Beauty Shopping List! Keep reading to learn what these testers had to say about one SkinMedix’s favorite new products!

If reviews written in all caps are any indication of how beloved a product is, then testers were mad for this primer! “SO LOVED THIS PRODUCT,” said one. “I ADORED it,” said a second. “LOVED this product,” raved a third. An all-in-one sunscreen, makeup primer and skin treatment (the formula contains free-radical-fighting antioxidants and collagen stimulating peptides), it can be worn alone, as testers seemed to prefer, or under makeup to extend its longevity. “Great creamy texture and invisible coverage,” explained one tester. Another, who did top the primer with foundation, reported, “It was amazing how well it made my makeup stay on. O work outside in the sun, so for my makeup to still look good at the end of the day is a miracle.”

Use Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30 to smooth away fine lines, brighten and prime for flawless skin and to prep for make-up application. Velvety silicones create an instantly smooth surface. Neutral tint helps balance tone and enhance luminosity and radiance. Peptides and AGE Smart actives help firm and shield against MMP and free radical damage, as sunscreens shield against sun damage. Wear alone over your moisturizer for visible smoothness and luminosity, or after moisturizer application and before foundation to help fill fine lines for a lasting make-up finish!

Visit SkinMedix.com for all your favorite Dermalogica products at amazing prices!

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SHAPE Magazine’s 2012 Beauty Awards

SHAPE Magazine's 2012 Beauty Awards

Best PeelMurad Intensive-C Radiance Peel – Ready, set, glow! The vitamin C and glycol acid in the treatment render skin luminous after a mere 10 minutes.

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel instantly reveals a brighter complexion and reverses environmental aging after just one use. This active treatment, smoothes and hydrates for a radiant, luminous glow while boosting resilience and elasticity.

Key Ingredients:

  • Glycolic Acid exfoliates to accelerate turnover of dark damaged cells, removing dullness and improving skin texture.
  • Vitamin C and Indian Fig protect against free radical damage while enhancing skin clarity and luminosity.
  • Myrtle Extract supports collagen production to boost youthful resilience and elasticity.

Primary Benefits:

  • Actively smoothes and perfects skin to enhance luminosity
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation to restore clarity

Also available in travel size: Murad Travel Size Intensive-C Radiance Peel

Best Skin DeviceClarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System – This oscillating, dual-speed brush deep-cleans in 60 seconds, while its timer keeps you on track so your forehead chin, and cheeks get equal amounts of attention.

Two speeds and Clarisonic’s  patented T-TIMER allow you to customize your skincare needs while still providing all of the sonic cleansing benefits and compact, travel-friendly design that you know and love from the original Mia.

The essential first step in your skincare regimen, Clarisonic goes beyond cleansing by using sonic technology to gently yet deeply cleanse pores without abrasion or harsh chemicals. Clarisonic removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing so that products absorb better—making skin more receptive to skincare ingredients (up to 61% of vitamin C). With regular daily use the Clarisonic reduces dry skin patches, oily areas and blemishes and immediately leaves skin feeling and looking smoother. Developed by the lead inventor of Sonicare and used and recommended by leading dermatologists, spas and cosmetic surgeons.

Features and benefits:

  • Two speeds for added customization for your skin type.
  • Universal/worldwide charger
  • Pulsing T-TIMER for an efficient and even 60-second cleanse.
  • Improved user interface indicating speed and charge functions.
  • Protective travel case.
  • Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser (1 oz.)

Also available in Limited Edition Color Peony: Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System – Peony

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System
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FEATURE FRIDAY: Neocutis Journee Day Cream with PSP SPF 30

FEATURE FRIDAY: Neocutis Journee Day Cream with PSP SPF 30I love Fridays but not as much as I love Neocutis Journee Bio Restorative Day Cream with PSP SPF 30! This product is amazing! Neocutis Journee Day Cream is the most complete anti-aging day cream with PSP, anti-oxidants, hyaluronic acid and UVA/UVB protection SPF 30+ to rejuvenate, protect and hydrate skin. It offers sheer, lightweight coverage, but it can be used as a primer, too. Formulated with PSP, the most complete protein blend of Human Growth Factors, Cytokines and Interleukins available to rejuvenate and soothe skin. It is a great product to add to any skin-care regimen to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This fast absorbing, skin-toned, non-greasy day cream provides long lasting hydration for radiant, luminous skin. It’s potent anti-oxidant blend of polyphenol rich green tea extract, stabilized vitamins C and E plus melanin acts synergistically to help protect against daily environmental assault. You’ll love how it blends flawlessly into your skin!

Sound too good to be true? Neocutis Day Cream with PSP SPF 30 is also available in sample packs—try it for yourself and you’ll fall in love too!

Talk soon! XO
Gina@SkinMedix

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FEATURE FRIDAY: OBAGI Professional C Serums

FEATURE FRIDAY: OBAGI Professional C Serums - SkinMedix.com

TGIF, SkinMedix Fans! If you are not yet using a topical Vitamin C serum, this is the perfect opportunity to try the Obagi line. It’s no secret Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals to prevent skin cell damage. Obagi Professional-C serums offer maximum daily antioxidant protection and greater penetration than many other brands. The greater the penetration, the greater the antioxidant benefit to your skin! Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals to prevent skin cell damage. Professional strength Vitamin C can give your skin the superior protection it needs to:

  • Prevent premature signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles
  • Protect against future damage
  • Stimulate collagen production for firmer, more resilient skin
  • Lighten and brighten skin for more even tone

Obagi Professional-C Serums use stabilized L-ascorbic acid – the only form of Vitamin C that can be effectively absorbed by the skin and are available in four concentrations. Refer to the chart below or speak with your skin care specialist to determine which one is right for your skin:

Obagi Professional C Serums Strengths

Have you tried Obagi Professional C Serum? What concentration do you use?

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless, so enjoy! 😉
Talk soon! XO
Gina@SkinMedix

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FEATURE FRIDAY: NIA24 Physical Cleansing Scrub

Feature Friday

Woohoo, it’s Friday! Wash off all that grime from the week with this amazing all-in-one cleansing and exfoliating scrub. NIA24 Physical Cleansing Scrub gently removes dead skin cells and visibly improves dry patches and uneven texture. Pro-Niasomes, which are spherical Jojoba Beads infused with Pro-Niacin, help gently exfoliate the skin and wash away skin’s visible imperfections.

Usage: Apply a small amount to wet hands. Rub together. Gently massage on face and neck with circular motions. Rinse well and avoid eye area. Use twice a week to reveal fresher smoother, and more even-textured complexion.

Have a great weekend everyone! Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. 😉
Talk Soon! XO

Gina@SkinMedix

NIA24 Physical Cleansing Scrub
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Managing Symptoms of Eczema & Psoriasis

Eczema & PsoriasisEczema and psoriasis are some of the most challenging skin conditions encountered by skin care professionals. Often, there will simply be a little red rash on the skin and you may be left scratching your own head trying to figure out how it came to be. Up to 20% of the world’s children suffer from eczema I and II, and up to 3% of adults suffer from either eczema or psoriasis III Given that the world population just reached the 7 billion mark, that’s a lot of people!

The truth is, it isn’t known exactly what causes eczema or psoriasis. The good news is, more and more is being learned about these inflammatory skin diseases and strategies are being developed to effectively manage their symptoms. It is important to note that neither condition is contagious, nor are they infections; and they aren’t transmitted by physical contact or exposure. The origins of eczema and psoriasis are genetic. However, the triggers that cause their distressing and visible symptoms may include stress and environmental factors. Eczema and psoriasis create impaired barrier functions and increased inflammation, so “your goal will be to protect and repair,” explains Dr. Claudia C. Aguirre of Skin Inc. Magazine. “Remember to always check first with your physician for contraindications to medications and therapies, because some ingredients may counteract each other. For example, salicylic acid may seem a likely choice for exfoliating psoriatic skin, but could in fact, inactivate a common topical treatment for psoriasis,” she warns.

Gentle cleansing and exfoliation is crucial to allow the penetration of rich, emollient moisturizers used on dry, sensitive skin. Use anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as red hogweed, ginger, oats and chamomile, coupled with barrier-repairing oils, including evening primrose, borage, argan and sea buckthorn. Try PCA Skin Dry Skin Relief Bar pHaze 10ideal for cleansing dry or more sensitive skin. We recommend PCA Skin ReBalance pHaze 17, for its ability to help soothe reddened or irritated skin. Or try iS Clinical Body Complexto help soothe even the most compromised skin conditions with natural acids, Retinol, Vitamin B5 and other soothing antioxidants. Avoid harsh exfoliants and detergents, and look for ingredients, such as lactic acid. Finishing a treatment with a physical sunscreen, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide will ensure that harmful UV rays do not cause further damage. Try Cellex-C Sun Care SPF 30 Plus — silky-smooth and PABA-free, it provides light moisture in combination with photo-aging protection.

Light therapy is another management option for those suffering from psoriasis and eczema. Light therapy is known for its ability to promote blood flow and decrease inflammation. These benefits help to diminish and lighten the redness often associated with eczema and psoriasis. Try Bio Red Light LED Therapy — a non-invasive, at-home light therapy device. It encourages natural cell renewal without requiring down time for healing, making it perfect for those with a busy lifestyle.

There is no cure for eczema or psoriasis, but there are ways to manage symptoms. Although eczema and psoriasis are clinically distinct from one another, they do share some common features that may can addressed in the treatment room and at home. For more information on the treatment and management of eczema or psoriasis, visit SkinInc.com or ask your physician.

Bio Light LED Therapy Red
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PCA Skin Dry Skin Relief Bar pHaze 10
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PCA Skin ReBalance pHaze 17
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Cellex-C Sun Care SPF 30+
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Get Better Skin While You Sleep

Sleeping Beauty

Just because you’re out cold doesn’t mean your skin is off the clock. In fact, the hours you’re sleeping may be the best time to help your skin look its best. Take advantage of the epidermal downtime with these easy tips to make you a sleeping beauty.

Just Add Water (and Soap)

Sounds like a no-brainer, but many women don’t bother washing their face at night, especially if they don’t wear makeup. Any dirt, debris, and oil that has collected on your skin will clog your pores while you sleep — and lead to inflammation and acne. If you don’t wash first, any product you apply won’t be as effective if there are layers of grime in the way. SSo, at night, be sure to wash your face with a gentle daily cleanser like, Pro+Therapy MD Skin Balancing Cleanser that removes environmental impurities, makeup and excess oil. You’ll want to take off any eye makeup as well — pigments from liners and shadows can get into your eyes and create irritation, and left-on mascara may cause your lashes to break.

Brighten, Hydrate, and Restore

“When asleep, your metabolic rate is lower, so you’re not producing as many skin-damaging free radicals. Plus, you’re not exposed to environmental pollutants or UV light that can harm the skin,” explains Mary Lupo, M.D., a New Orleans based dermatologist. “Because your body doesn’t have to work at skin protection overnight, it can instead focus on repairing the damage done throughout the day,” she says. So any products you use will be that much more effective at hydrating, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and brightening.

Assume the Sleep Position

Your most comfortable sleeping state may not be the best for your beauty. “The single biggest reason for accelerated aging of the skin is sleeping on your face,” warns Lupo. “The skin is compressed and doesn’t get enough circulation, so it breaks down and creases, forming wrinkles.”

And if you sleep face down, fluid pools and causes puffiness. Experts recommend sleeping on your back, with two pillows under your head to keep the blood flow moving. If it’s too tough to change your sleep position, consider a silk or satin pillow that won’t pull at the skin and use an eye cream like, DermaQuest C-Lipoic Eye Therapy to reduce dark circles and eliminate under eye puffiness.

What is your night time skin care regimen?

DermaQuest C-Lipoic Eye Therapy
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Pro+Therapy MD Skin Balancing Cleanser
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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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Facial Scrub Tips for Glowing Skin

Facial Scrub Tips for Glowing SkinIf your skin is feeling dull and lacking that healthy glow, it might be a time for a facial scrub. It’s important to exfoliate your skin on regular basis to remove dead skin cells that can clog up pores, cause breakouts, and make your skin look less radiant. By removing the layer of dead skin cells, your skin’s new tissue is revealed.

There is great selection of products that are meant for exfoliating and scrubbing your face. When going beauty shopping for a facial scrub, shop with your skin type in mind. If you have sensitive skin, don’t buy the products with the most heavy chemicals. We recommend Wilma Schumann Gentle Skin Scrub, a gentle and natural skin scrub for deep cleansing and removal of impurities. If your skin is oily, go with the oil-free options like, SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub, designed to help open congested skin. This mild exfoliating gel combines natural microbeads with gentle cleansing and hydrating agents to thoroughly cleanse pores and promote healthy cell renewal without damaging or drying skin.  For dry skin, exfoliating is crucial because your skin will absorb any moisturizer you use much better. Try Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, a non-abrasive exfoliation treatment to thoroughly remove dulling surface debris, dramatically improving skin texture and combatting dryness.

If you want to splurge a bit and bring that spa feeling to your home, consider buying an electric, battery-operated facial cleanser. Clarisonic Pro Skin Care System with 4 Speeds takes cleansing to a whole new level! Clarisonic is the sonic technology proven to gently yet effectively loosen dirt and oil to clear your pores. The Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System is a compact, take-anywhere version of the original, groundbreaking Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System. Both systems use sonic frequency pulses at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly cleansing pores and creating noticeably healthier looking skin.

What facial scrub is your favorite?

Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System
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Clarisonic Pro Skin Care System 4 Speed Deluxe
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SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub
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