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FEATURE FRIDAY: Alchimie Forever Kantic Lights Off Calming Evening Cream

Alchimie Forever Kanitic Lights Out Calming Night Cream available at SkinMedix.comInvesting in a good night cream is the best way to truly get your beauty sleep, and I’m hooked on this paraben- and dye-free option from Alchimie Forever! Kantic Lights Out Calming Night Cream is made from a potent blend of natural botanicals and ingredients to enhance hydration and cell renewal as you get your rest. This moisturizing night cream is one of those gems that you only find once, maybe twice, in a lifetime. This rich, decadent, delicious cream is so full of goodness for the skin, you’ll want to stay up all night just to marvel in it!

The epitome of understated luxury, this mid-weight night cream’s highly potent botanicals work together to leave your complexion velvety smooth. Some of the star ingredients include glycerin to increase skin’s moisture intake, grape seed extract to boost skin suppleness, and blueberries and jojoba seed oil to reverse the signs of aging. This renewing night cream for sensitive, mature skin, increases the beneficial effects of beauty as it nourishes, lifts, and brightens the skin, leaving it soft and silky the next morning.

Alchimie Forever Calming Evening CreamWhen I use a moisturizer or more specifically a night cream I like to use something that absorbs into the skin almost instantly so I don’t have to worry about product transferring onto pillows, clothing, etc and that’s one thing that I truly love about this product. It provides moisture almost instantly and absorbs into the skin as quick as you can say night cream. It doesn’t leave any residue, and unlike other moisturizers I’ve tried, it doesn’t spread unevenly.

The scent of this is lovely and subtle. Too often I’ve tried a moisturizer only to find that it’s so over powering that it causes me to get up and remove the product with a facial wipe because it’s to distracting to sleep with. This product however is subtle, nice on the nose, and isn’t too over the top like the fragrance section of a department store.

I might not be a morning person, but I’ll be the first to tell you that looking a little bit more beautiful when you wake up than you did the night before is just about the best way to start the day! I have been using this cream ever night for several months now and it has made wonders to my skin. I wake up every morning with soft and silky skin and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

To use, smooth a thin layer onto your face, neck, and décolleté before bed. The cream will replenish your skin overnight.

Discover all the Alchimie Forever products available at SkinMedix.com! In the mean time, check out the video below, as Alchimie Forever CEO & Founder, Ada Polla showcases three Alchimie Forever creams including my new favorite Kantic Lights Out Night Cream!

Talk soon! XO

Gina@SkinMedix

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The Rise of Fall

For those lucky enough to live in mid-70s sunny weather all year long, you are free to skip over this (but stick around anyway!). For everyone else, fall has arrived and winter is coming and with that means drier skin. Cold, wind, and home-heating sources can turn your outer layer into something even a crocodile would shy away from. If you are using central heating or fireplaces, or any other indoor heat, you will need a heavy duty moisturizer to make up the difference—especially on your hands, feet, face, and neck.

Moisturizing Face and Hands
SkinMedica Hydrating Complex available at SkinMedix.comWhile dryness can strike all parts of your body, it’s particularly obvious on your face and hands. SkinMedica Hydrating Complex provides a surge of hydration for dry to dry combination facial skin. It’s rich, yet oil free and is formulated to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours. Daily use of this cream-gel helps fortify and repair the skin’s own moisture barrier, which keeps moisture in and environmental irritants out. For the hands, Cellcosmet Travel Size Cellular Hand Cream fights aging while it repairs, hydrates, soothes and nourishes. Formulated without any parabens or synthetic dyes, it strengthens and restores nails without leaving a greasy film. This rich cream has a light sweet fragrance, is safe to use daily, and includes high concentrations of active stabilized bio-integral cells.

Beware of Winter Sun Damage
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 - available at SkinMedix.comJust because you’re not hitting the beach after Labor Day doesn’t mean you won’t get sunburned on cold days since it’s the UV light that burns and not the temperature. Make sun protection a vital part of your skincare routine all year long as sun damage causes dry skin in addition to familiar issues like premature wrinkles, rough texture, dark spots, and skin cancer. Use an SPF 30 anytime you plan on being outdoors—even for incidental sun exposure. For prolonged sun exposure, a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA/UVB rays with a higher SPF applied every few hours is the way to go. When it comes to sunscreen, products that do double duty are always appreciated. Check out SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. Color-infused sunscreen technology that provides a universal tint, it protects while imparting very sheer coverage. Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 PA ++ moisturizes, protects against UVA/UVB and contains anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients.

Body Beautiful

Very severe dry skin can mean roughness, cracking, scaling, and flakiness. This type of dry skin is commonly found on your elbows, knees, calves, feet, and hands and can be hard to reverse. Flakiness is caused by the build-up of the uppermost layers of skin, which has difficulty shedding. In the winter, due to the cold environment, harsh winds, and indoor heat sucking up all the humidity in the air, your skin tends to become dehydrated, irritated, and you may develop annoying rashes. Dry skin is thinner, more fragile, and has less of a protective barrier, so moisture is lost through the skin.
100% Pure Pink Grapefruit Body Butter available at SkinMedix.comLuckily there is no need to skimp on luxury, texture or fragrance when it comes to heavy-duty body moisturizers. Be sure to look for ones that are cream or oil-based, then apply liberally and frequently throughout the day. 100% Pure Pink Grapefruit Body Butter is velvety, hydrating and comes in a delicious pink grapefruit scent. The shea and avocado butter—which is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids (EFAs)—is essential to anti-aging and works to prevent dehydration while sealing in moisture, reducing inflammation and hyperpigmentation, and increasing sebum production. Another good option is PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator. Formulated for dry to very dry skin, this cream’s key ingredients are designed to intensely nourish, protect, and restore skin. Shea Butter, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, and Sweet Almond Fruit Extract softens skin while Olive Fruit Oil seals in moisture.

Cold weather is inevitable, but suffering with dry skin is not. Remember to use warm water only when bathing and don’t soak too long in the tub. When taking a shower, use soap or body wash that contains allantoin (to moisturize, increase smoothness, and promote cell proliferation), EFAs, hyaluronic acid, or shea butter to maintain moisture in your skin. Try NeoStrata Exfoliating Wash. And most importantly, try to avoid blasting the heat for too long and your skin will thank you.

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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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FEATURE FRIDAY: Neocutis Lumière Bio-Restorative Eye Cream

NEOCUTIS - InStyleBeauty Award Winner!

Neocutis Lumière Bio-Restorative Eye Cream is the closest you can get to auto-fixing puffiness and dark circles. (Few formulas target both so effectively.) Dermatologic surgeon Mitchel Goldman in San Diego says then fragrance-free cream is a triple threat—hyaluronic acid plumps skin, protein growth factors promote new collagen, and caffeine tightens and restricts blood vessels. —InStyle Magazine

This Award winning, intensive line smoothing eye cream with PSP® helps improve signs of skin in the delicate eye area.

Formulated with 30% more PSP®, a complete protein blend of Human Growth Factors, Cytokines and Interleukins available to smooth and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • PSP® and hyaluronic acid help firm and hydrate the delicate skin under and around the eyes.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of under eye darkness.
  • Smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Caffeine helps alleviate signs of skin puffiness.
  • Soothes and refreshes the delicate eye area to help minimize signs of fatigue.

Apply AM/PM or as directed by physician for visibly younger looking eyes!

CLINICALLY PROVEN RESULTS
Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream available at SkinMedix.com

Recently, a large clinical study with LUMIÈRE Bio-restorative Eye Cream was completed. The study demonstrated that LUMIÈRE helps to significantly reduce the signs of aged and stressed skin around the eye after six weeks of twice daily use. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2007, Volume 6, Issue 7, Pages 725-729.

See detailed study results by clicking on link below!

Neocutis LUMIÈRE Study

Looking to target the most stubborn signs of skin aging on more than just your eyes? All Neocutis products are formulated with a blend of science and Swiss technology to enhance skin’s natural beauty. Click here to discover the entire Neocutis line at SkinMedix.com!

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5 Surprising Face Washing Facts

5 Suprising Face Washing FactsWashing your face is a no-brainer, right? Well, not exactly. A recent study by Olay found that only 50% of women wash their face regularly. And even if you are among the half that does, most are not using the correct product rinsing properly, or treating their skin with the TLC it deserves. Read on and discover the secrets to proper face cleansing and watch your skin glow!

1. Treat Your Eyes With Care
Before you can start washing, you need to remove makeup — or else the cleanser can’t really reach your skin. If you’re left with raccoon eyes after washing, you need to take the extra step of dissolving mascara and other eye makeup. To remove eye makeup use a vegetable oil-based cleanser, such as Dermalogica PreCleanse, or an eye makeup remover. These oil-based products liquefy stubborn liner and makeup without rubbing or tugging on the delicate eye skin. And with your mascara down the drain, your cleanser can really do its job on the rest of your face.

King offers up her technique for gently wiping away eye makeup: put cleanser on a damp cotton pad, lightly press it on the eye area and wait a few seconds, and then sweep the cotton pad down over the eyelid and eyelashes (this is also the best way to prevent makeup from getting into the eye). Repeat as needed, circling in towards nose but always sweeping down over the lashes. Open the eye, fold the cotton pad, and gently swipe under the eye. Rinse off the makeup remover to get rid of residue.

2. Choose Your Cleanser Wisely
The first step to achieving clean, dewy skin is finding the right cleanser (and yes, you do need to use something besides just water). Your cleanser doesn’t need to be expensive, but it does need to be gentle and preferably non-foaming. “The majority of body soaps and liquid soaps are very drying on the skin. The face needs something that’s less drying and more gentle,” King says. The type of cleanser that is best for you depends on your skin type. “Oily skin tends to do better with a gel wash, which helps dissolve oil, makeup, and sunscreen,” says Jessica Wu, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at USC Medical School and a dermatologist in Los Angeles. We recommend Glytone Acne Gel. If you have normal skin, use a foaming lotion cleanser, like Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser. If your skin is dry or sensitive try a gentle creamy cleanser – PCA Skin Creamy Cleanser is our favorite!

3. Rub Your Skin the Right Way
For a gentle but thorough cleansing, your best tools are at your fingertips — in fact, they are your fingertips. “Your fingers do a terrific job and can actually provide a light massage during your cleanse that can stimulate circulation and promote lymphatic drainage,” says Jill Bucy, owner of Jill Bucy Skincare in Seattle. While over-washing and over-scrubbing can irritate sensitive skin, make redness and rosacea worse, and aggravate breakouts, some facialists do use facial sponges to help cleanse more thoroughly without the abrasiveness of a scrub or washcloth. This is especially helpful for acne-prone skin, which tends to get clogged, says Dr. Wu.

The SkinMedix Team are fans of the Clarisonic Skincare Brush. It cleans with sonic waves to gently exfoliate and it beeps at intervals to ensure you spend enough time washing each section of your face. (Click here to learn about the new Clarisonic Aria!) If you don’t invest in a brush, Dr. Scola recommends singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice while applying cleanser, which should roughly come out at 30 seconds.

4. Keep Things Lukewarm
When you are done cleansing, rinse thoroughly and repeatedly to remove cleanser, using your hands to cup water and bring it to your face. Experts recommend using tepid or lukewarm water to remove your cleanser. Water that’s too hot or too cold will only irritate skin and could cause broken capillaries.

5. Don’t Stop at the Sink
Cleaning involves more than just cleanser! Wash your hands thoroughly before you begin washing your face. And resist the urge to dry your face with the family hand towel that’s been hanging over the rack for several days. Bacteria can breed on the towel and be transferred to your clean, dewy face. When drying your face, Bucy urges you to be gentle and pat your face dry, as opposed to rubbing it with a towel. Use a soft, clean cloth that you only use on your face.

Washing your face is a part of your daily routine, but are you doing it the right way?

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Product Spotlight: Murad – Kits & Sets

Murad Kits & Sets
In order to get the most out of your skin care regimen, it is always recommended to choose products that were meant to be used together, complementing one another to create a harmonious combination.

Murad Kits & Sets can simplify your beauty routine, providing a full range of products that will help you treat, repair, enhance your skin as well as allowing you to maintain results. Many of the Murad Sets and Kits are value systems that give you the opportunity to save money. You can choose from a variety of preassembled packages including comprehensive regimens geared towards a specific skin type, condition or concern as well as kits for specialized treatments. These sets make for great gifts, allowing anyone you know to experience the wonders of Murad skin care.

ANTI-AGING

We all know there are various factors that contribute to different aging skin problems. Dr. Murad address these problems by separating anti-aging products with their causes — which can be environmental or genetic by nature.

Genetic Factors: If your skin’s aging process is due to genetics, Dr. Murad recommends the Murad Age Reform Regimen.

Try the Murad Complete Skin Renewal Kit
Murad Complete Skin Renewal Kit - SkinMedix.com

  • Why you need it: Firms, exfoliates and cleanses to provides softer, smoother skin day and night.
  • Primary benefits: Improve skin’s appearance by increasing firmness and hydration while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

This kit includes these 4 essential Age Reform products:

  1. Refreshing Cleanser: Refreshes while it cleanses by removing surface impurities and makeup
  2. Complete Reform with Clyco Firming Complex: A patented treatment that transforms skin by increasing firmness and improving elasticity
  3. Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30: Provides maximum hydration and sun protection by moisturizing to restore suppleness and delivering powerful antioxidants and broad spectrum sunscreen
  4. Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture: Super-charges skin hydration to create visible, youthful-looking smoothness by locking in optimal moisture levels for 8 hours

This multi-benefit treatment that transforms skin by increasing firmness after just one application while also improving skin texture to reveal softer, smoother skin.

Environmental Factors: For skin that is damaged from environmental factors such as harsh weather conditions or constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays, Dr. Murad recommends the Murad Environmental Shield Regimen.

Try the Murad Radiant Skin Renewal Kit
Murad Radiant Skin Renewal Kit - SkinMedix.com

  • Why you need it: Reverses environmental damage, restores youthful clarity and protects against future damage.
  • Primary benefits: Fades freckles, age spots and other unwanted pigmentation. Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots.

This kit includes these 4 essential Environmental Shield products;

  1. Essential-C Cleanser: Neutralizes environmental aggressors, restores moisture and prepares skin for repair.
  2. Active Radiance Serum: Boosts your skin’s natural defense against sun damage while encouraging repair of existing damage.
  3. Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel: Clinically proven to restore clarity and even skin tone.
  4. Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30

ACNE

For a maximum strength acne regimen, that delivers rapid results without dryness or irritation, Dr. Murad recommends the Murad Acne Regimen. Murad Acne products are both effective and gentle because they are formulated with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and enriched with hydrators, anti- inflammatories and antioxidants according to Dr. Murad’s recipe for skin health.

Try the Murad Acne Complex Kit 30 Day Supply (also available in a 60 Day Supply Kit)

Murad Acne Complex Kit - SkinMedix.com

  • Why you need it: Clinically proven to rapidly clear breakouts and restore smooth skin without dryness or irritation.
  • Primary benefits: 92% of users experienced a reduction in acne breakouts in just 3 days.* Restores skin’s health, clarity and appearance.

This kit includes these 4 essential Acne Complex products;

  1. Clarifying Cleanser: kills acne-causing bacteria while deeply cleansing away excess oil, debris and other impurities.
  2. Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel: powerful exfoliators and anti-inflammatory botanicals prevent and heal acneic breakouts.
  3. Skin Perfecting Lotion: Acne – this lightweight lotion is designed to provide plumping moisture without causing oiliness or breakouts.
  4. Acne Spot Treatment: botanicals, vitamins and sulfur work together to quickly and effectively heal acne blemishes

Murad Kits & Sets were professionally assembled in order to provide a comprehensive system for better skin. Instead of trying to guess which products may perform well together, pick up one of the Murad Sets and Kits available at SkinMedix.com and rest assured that you will get the best results with no negative contraindications.

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What’s Your Skin Care Personality?

What is Your Skin Care Personality?What dictates whether or not you spend ages on a rigorous cleansing regimen, or be content with a five-second splash? As little girls, we’re influenced by our mothers, and as grown women we’re likely to emulate her routine. If she used a cold cream cleanser and not much else, for instance, your ethos may well be that less is more. Friends can influence the types of products you use and the way you use them, and having a facial will usually inspire you to take a bit more time and care with your skin.

“I’ve noticed that women can generally be grouped into four ‘personality’ categories when it comes to the way we like to look after our skin,” says Noella Gabriel, Elemis director of treatment and product development. “There’s the woman who wants a straightforward, non-time consuming regime, one who chops and changes, and wants instant results, the stuck-in-a-rut woman, and the one who invests a lot of time and money into her skincare.”

1. The Minimalist
You favor a wash-off cleanser, and a moisturizer to make your skin feel more comfortable and less tight. You aren’t over-fussy with brands and like something that does what it says on the tube, and is simple and quick to use.

  • Pros: “You save time and money”, says Dr Leslie Baumann, dermatologist and author of The Skin Type Solution (Hodder & Stoughton). She adds that if you’re a minimalist by nature, it’s crucial to know your skintype. Someone who’s spending so little time on a routine needs the right products to combat oily or dry skin. “If you have skincare problems, look for a cleanser aimed to treat them, such as an acne cleanser, glycolic cleanser if skin is rough, or a moisturising one for dry skin,” she says.
  • Cons: Washing off with water is quick – but can be harsh for your skin, damaging the surface and inducing a tight feeling. “A lot of minimalist clients opt for “quick” foaming cleansers,” adds Amanda Birch, therapist director at top London salon, Michael John. “Avoid these if they contain sodium laureth sulphate – a harsh foaming agent that strips skin after a while and can cause sensitivity and premature aging.”
  • If you do one thing: “A pared-down skincare routine can work, but every six months change your moisturizer. This will boost cell regeneration, and is the product that makes the most difference to your skin, particularly if you aren’t using exfoliators, masks or rejuvenating serums,” suggests Amanda Birch.

2. The Trend-Seeker

You expect quick, visible results from your skincare, and always look for a new product that might work better than your last investment. You have several pots of moisturiser, cleanser and masks on the go, ready to use for your skin’s changing needs.

  • Pros: “This woman is always open to advice and is enthusiastic about looking after her skin. She won’t miss out on any part of her routine, whether it be cleansing and/or exfoliating or applying intensive treatments. And if she has a normal skin type, will generally benefit from her product,” says Amanda Birch.
  • Cons: “You can increase your risk of contact dermatitis, especially on sensitive skin, if you keep chopping and changing your products,” says Dr Jennifer Jones, British Skin Foundation dermatologist. “Remember that ingredients need the stated amount of time to work, so you won’t get overnight results from something that has been tested to show effects in 28 days.
  • If you do one thing: “Play around with the products that don’t really matter, but stick with the core ones that are necessary to treat your skin concerns. For example, if you are worried about wrinkles, always use a retinoid cream and just change around cleansers and moisturizers,” says Dr Baumann.

3. The Connoisseur

You take skincare seriously, are well versed in the latest products and know what works for your skin. You don’t mind taking the time to use a multi-step program, or investing in new technology.

  • Pros: “Using a lot of different products, adapted to different skin areas and skin needs will give outstanding results but in terms of tolerance, it is safer to use products from the same brand, as they are tested for compatibility,’ says Marie-Helene Lair.
  • Cons: Maintaining this level of commitment can be time-consuming and expensive. “It’s easy to get swept up in product promises – it’s really important to realize that unfortunately creams can’t work miracles,” adds Dr Jennifer Jones.
  • If you do one thing: “Make your products even more beneficial,” says Lair, “by doing a specific facial massage, as instructed with your product. There is a real synergy between formulas and massage to boost efficiency of active ingredients and stimulating the skin.” Don’t forget that diet, exercise and lifestyle have a huge impact on the way your skin looks and behaves. You may find it easier to choose a new do-all cream with multi-benefits to cut out a step or two of your regimen.

4. The Pragmatist

You’ve found a range of products you love and suit your skin. You stockpile when there’s a special offer on and see no reason to look for anything new.

  • Pros: “You won’t have any issues about reacting to a product,” says Amanda Birch. “Using your products more frequently than, say, the trend-seeker will mean you’ll see the long-term effects of products used daily,” adds Marie-Helene Lair.
  • Cons: “You could acquire tachyphylaxis when you’ve used something for a long time, meaning your product may stop working or may not produce the beneficial effects it once had,” explains Dr Jones. “The same happens with deodorant, shampoo and drugs – you have to increase the dosage to see a difference.” If you’re sticking with a product you first discovered years ago, there may be some huge scientific advances since then that you’re missing out on.
  • If you do one thing: “Analyse your skin at least once a year, or after a major life change such as a move to a new climate, pregnancy, menopause, a new stressful job or new diet,” advises Dr Baumann.

What is your skin care personality?

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