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Foods for Healthy Skin

Food. It’s the giver of life, the bread to your literal butter. You need it. But just in the same way that certain foods can ruin your figure, some foods will ruin your skin.

Your skin is functioning exactly the way it should according to the way you eat. If you eat a diet of un-healthy processed foods, then your skin will function in an un-healthy manner. If you eat a healthy diet of natural,un-processed foods, and full of fruits and veggies, then your skin will function accordingly…period. In this case, you really are what you eat and it shows up on your skin. Your skin can be tall tale sign of how healthy you really are.

So, what foods are the best for healthy skin? To answer our question, we look to MayoClinic dermatologist, Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.. He explains that even though research on the best foods for healthy skin is limited, “antioxidant-rich foods still seem to have a protective effect for the skin”.

Consider these skin-friendly foods:

  • Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
  • Nuts

“On the flip side, some foods seem to be associated with skin damage,” adds Dr. Gibson. “For example, some research suggests that a diet high in processed or refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats promotes skin aging.”

Remember, many of the best foods for healthy skin also promote good health overall. Rather than focusing on specific foods for healthy skin, concentrate on a healthy diet in general. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Include nuts, seeds and beans in your favorite meals. Opt for whole-grain breads and pasta. Limit sweets. Strive for variety as you’re making healthy choices. Apply these tips in conjunction with your favorite SkinMedix products, and your skin will be the envy of all the town! 😉

What foods have you found affect your skin for better/worse?

Talk soon! XO



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

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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. 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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Top 5 Eye Creams

Top 5 Eye Creams -

Identifying your eye issues—puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles, dryness—is easy. Finding an eye cream that will make them disappear? Not so much. Here’s a list of our Top 5 eye cream sellers this month to help take away the guesswork.

1. Neocutis Lumiere Bio Restorative Eye Cream with PSP – an intensive line smoothing eye cream with PSP and age minimizing actives energizes, which revitalizes and rejuvenates the delicate eye area. Neocutis Lumiere is formulated with 30% more PSP, the most complete protein blend of Human Growth Factors, Cytokines and Interleukins available to smooth and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

2. Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream – a one-of-a-kind eye treatment that includes a revolutionary bi-mineral complex, copper zinc malonate, to help restore the elasticity around your eyes and reduce the appearance of visible fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Revision Vitamin C Eye Complex – infused with restorative and protective ingredients that hydrate, soothe and preserve the delicate skin surrounding the eyes. Eyes are bathed in calming nourishment. Skin appears instantly smoother, firmer and more emollient.

4. PRIORI CoffeeBerry Radiance Eye Serum – This fabulous eye treatment for all skin types smoothes wrinkles to reveal younger, more radiant eyes. The 99.2% natural formula is delivered in a lightweight serum that hydrates, corrects and protects morning and night. Developed by scientists  -not doctors – who are considered Anti-Aging Authorities, the same scientists who brought you AHA in 1983, Idebenone in 2004 and CoffeeBerry in 2008.

5. Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer for Eyes – Specifically formulated for the delicate eye area, this breakthrough formula reduces the appearance of crow’s feet by 33% in 4 weeks, increases skin firmness by 40% and illuminates the eye area for a more youthful appearance. As soon as you apply this product you will feel a tightening and lifting. After one month, skin is smoother, lines are softened. With continued use, you – and everyone else – will notice the difference. The appearance of wrinkles, especially those stubborn laugh lines will be significantly reduced.

What is your favorite eye cream?

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Beauty School Tips

Beauty School TipsLook your radiant best with these head-to-toe tips collected from the past 75 years of beauty issues!

Pretty Face

  • Don’t touch your face unnecessarily. Breakouts can be caused by your own fingers.
  • Apply cream or cleanser by lightly pressing upward—never down. The delicate skin sags easily enough in time.
  • For the best color match, test foundation and powder either on your face or neck (the inside of your wrist is too pale).
  • Use a concealer that is slightly lighter than your skintone, to cover up redness or blemishes.

Glowing Skin

  • The best time to apply lotion is right after a shower or bath, when skin is still damp – We recommend SkinMedica TNS Body Lotion for silky, smooth skin.
  • When drawing a bath, scatter bubbles or crystals directly under the faucet before turning on the water, but drop in perfume oil while the tub is filling.
  • Beautiful skin starts from within. Include lots of vegetables, fruit and water in your diet.
  • Overdo it with your perfume? Dab rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball on your skin. The alcohol will cut the scent without altering it.

Bright Eyes

  • Treat your eye area gently. This is the most delicate part of your face. Cleanse with care; blot, never rub.
  • Reduce puffy eyes by splashing with cold water or applying a cold compress (ice cubes in a washcloth): 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off.
  • When you put on mascara, don’t lower your chin—that’s how mascara gets on your lid.
  • Get eyeshadow to stay in place by priming lids with moisturizer and foundation – We recommend Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish
  • Always use your ring finger to apply moisturizer or concealer to the eye area. It puts the least amount of pressure on the skin.

Lovely Lips

  • Get lips soft and smooth by using a damp, warm washcloth at night to rub off the flaky dry bits; follow with a coat of lip conditioner – We recommend PCA Skin Peptide Lip Therapy.
  • Ease the evening switch to a redder or darker lipstick by applying it over and blending it into your daytime color.
  • To make lipstick last longer, allow it to set for a few minutes after applying, blot lips with tissue and dust them with powder, then apply another coat.
  • Cheeks feeling flushed? Put on a bold color lipstick; a neutral shade will only make red cheeks stand out.

Model Hands

  • Shape nails with an emery board, filing sides toward center—never straight across—and rounding off edges
  • What works for your face works for your hands. Remove age spots with facial brightening cream – We recommend PCA Skin Brightening Therapy with TrueTone.
  •  The fast way to remove nail polish: Hold cotton saturated with polish remover firmly on your nail for a few seconds to let it start working, then wipe nail clean.
  • Apply polish starting at the pinky, working toward the thumb to avoid dragging your hand across wet nails.

Happy Feet

  • To counteract dryness, massage feet with a lanolin-based lotion, kneading it deeply into your instep, then massage soles, heels, top surface and around nails – We recommend Murad Soothing Skin, Lip, and Cuticle Care Salon Size.
  • Before using a pumice stone or foot file to remove a callus, be sure to soak your foot in warm water for at least 5 minutes.
  • To prevent ingrown nails, trim toenails straight across, not down into the corners.
  • Relieve swollen feet by soaking them alternately in hot water (for 3 minutes), then cold water (for 1 minute), for a total of 15 minutes.

Find which tips are best suited for your skin, and with the help of your skin care professional, establish a skin care regimen. Then visit for the world’s leading cosmeceuticals at amazing prices!

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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

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FAQs: Can I mix and match skin care lines?

FAQs: Can I Mix N Match Skin Care Lines? -

This is a question we hear all of the time and our answer is always the same—Aaabsolutely you can! There are a lot of skin care companies that will disagree with us on this one and say you must use all the same products, but truthfully it’s because they want you to ditch your other products and only use theirs. We believe that as long as you’re getting the desired result from whatever product lines you happen to use, customizing your own routine from various lines is perfectly acceptable.

What do you think? Do you mix and match product lines in your skin care regimen?

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