beauty, cosmetics

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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Self-Tanners

Have a Tan Christmas

It gets dark at 4pm and even those days where the sun does come out, it’s not as though the rays are letting off much heat. It’s official – Winter is here.

Ever since a bronzed Coco Chanel came back from a Mediterranean vacation in the 1920s and made the tan the hottest fashion accessory, women have been going ga-ga over golden skin. So, what can a girl do to get some color in the midst of all of this grey?

Well, a vacation to a tropical destination is the best remedy. Combining R&R with sun, swim, and sand will infuse that golden hue back into your skin in no time. But remember to use your SPF – although the sun feels and looks great, skin cancer is not so cute. You can find list of sun protection products available on SkinMedix.com here.

There’s always tanning beds, but those have been raised to carcinogen status so I’d recommend that you stay far, far away from burning your body to a crisp in a human oven.

Spray tans can be amazing, if you have the time, money, and a machine that doesn’t malfunction. I’ve heard more than a few spray-tan horror stories – like when my friend came out looking like the old lady from There’s Something About Mary. You’re going for gold, not orange, so be cautious.

In my opinion, the best way to fake a tan is with at-home self-tanners. Self-tanning is a huge business and many major brands are jumping on the bandwagon. They’ve come a long way since the days of streaks, orange palms, and smelly formulas. Here are 3 of my favorite self-tanners that will give you that coveted healthy glow even during these bleak winter months:

  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads – Exfoliating self-tanning pads that also halt the aging process while giving skin a boost of Vitamin D. Free of all toxic chemicals including parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals.
  • Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner and Bronzer – This hydrating, streak-resistant formula gives you complete control and customization over your tan, so you can achieve your best shade of bronze. Tested for sensitivity, it is gentle enough to use on your face and the fresh citrus fragrance leaves an energizing scent behind.
  • DermaQuest DermaGlow Self Tanner – Body – Provide your skin with a temporary and healthy tan that compliments your own natural skin tone. Due to this formula’s gradual and even tanning process, it reduces undesired streaks.

Do you have a favorite self-tanner?

Talk soon! XO

Gina@SkinMedix

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Beauty News

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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5 Easy Evening Skin Care Steps

Evening Skin Care - SkinMedix.comYour evening skin care routine maybe even more important as your daytime routine. In fact, skin’s prolonged exposure during sleep to anti-aging, acne treatments, nutritive oils and moisturizing products can become the most important part of your beauty regiment for healthy, younger looking skin. You need to know about doing it right for day and evening and how to go gracefully from one to the other. This quick and simple guide will help build your evening beauty routine.

You may not need all the steps listed, so assess your skin care needs and apply your products in this order so they can work to their full potential and achieve desired results.

1. Remove Make-up. Never ever sleep while still wearing your make-up. This is perhaps the most cardinal rule when it comes to facial care. Make-up that is left on overnight can clog the pores and trap the dead skin cells inside with the hair follicles. This may cause blackheads and even acne when not treated early. In addition, chemicals on the skin will prevent the skin from regenerating and breathing while you are asleep.

Apply a small amount of make-up remover, like Pevonia Eye Make-Up Remover to a tissue or cotton pad and dab directly on areas to be cleansed. Gently massage into the skin until the make-up is removed.

2. Cleanse.
After using the make-up remover, you should clean your face and neck with a cleanser and water. Then gently blot your face with a towel. Your facial care can be done in the shower or at the sink.

Don’t stop now, this is only the beginning to a healthier complexion!

  • If you have normal skin and believe that using a cleanser can dry your skin, it is important to remember that you are preparing your skin to receive nutrients from oils that are found in your other products.
  • If you have oily skin, then cleansing is more than important, it is essential in your morning and evening routine.
  • If you have sensitive skin, choose a gentle cleanser that will purify and cleanse without irritating the skin.
  • If you have acne remember that cleanliness is part of the solution. Use a cleanser intended for problem skin, and follow with an oil-free moisturizer or skin treatment. Don’t use any skin care products before using a cleanser and toner on your skin, as this can aggravate your skin condition and you’ll lose the benefits of your skin treatments.

3. Apply a toner. A toner should be applied after cleansing to close your pores and stimulate circulation. It also helps to remove anything that your cleanser may have missed as it restores the pH level of your skin, and it prepares your skin to be hydrated. Toners, like SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner or Murad Hydrating Toner can be applied directly to your skin with a cotton pad.

4. Apply vitamin A derivative product, such as SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0. Vitamin A works very well to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It has also shown in dermatologic studies to be very helpful in improving the fine lines underneath the eye area.

5. Moisturize. Hydrate skin 30 minutes after applying vitamin A product. A moisturizer leaves the skin feeling softer and smoother, and also helps smooth away fine lines and dryness. Moisturizers are not created equal. Each has a purpose in your skin care routine.

  • Butters are used for intense moisturizing, are best for dry skin, mature skin, or dry weather conditions.
  • Creams are lighter than butters and provide good hydration and moisture to skin.
  • Lotions are generally very light to deliver moisture and nutrients as needed.
  • Oils are designed for specific areas of concern that need intense protection and nutrients.
  • Anti-Aging are specifically formulated with ingredients rich in anti-oxidants that aid in restoring lost the skins’ properties.
  • Acne Treatments created with moisturizers enriched with anti-bacterial ingredients that neutralize acne and help prevent break-outs.

By incorporating this routine into your beauty regime you’ll be well on your way to skin that looks refreshed and feels soft and supple!

The SkinMedix Team

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5 Easy Morning Skin Care Steps

Morning Skin Care Routine1. Start in the shower by rejuvenating your skin with a face steam. Hold a steamy wash cloth up to your face and let the steam penetrate your pores for a few minutes.

2. Cleanse with a cleanser that contains alpha hydroxyl acids (i.e. glycolic and lactic acids), like Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser or PRIORI Advanced AHA Gentle Facial Cleanser to exfoliate dull, dry, uneven texture and leave skin smooth and hydrated.

3. Apply 3-5 drops of vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid 10-20% concentration), like Obagi Professional-C Serums to prevent premature signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, protect against future damage, stimulate collagen production, and to lighten and brighten skin for more even tone.

4. Hydrate skin with a moisturizer ideal for your skin type.

5. Apply sunblock with SPF 30 or higher every day. If you are going outside apply sunblock 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Reapply sunblock every 2 hours if you are outdoors for a prolonged period of time; or if you are swimming or perspiring heavily. And don’t forget to apply sunblock to children before they go outside to play!

The SkinMedix Team

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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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2012 Holiday Domestic 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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