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Stick Your Neck Out: Top Neck Creams

Stick Your Neck Out - Neck Creams

We’re familiar with anti-aging formulas, oil-free moisturizers, skin-brightening creams, and everything in between, but we forget that our “skin” doesn’t just stop at our chin – our necks deserve some of that creamy, dreamy love, too! If you’ve been ignoring that part of your complexion, it’s time to give it a little bit more attention. Continue reading

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beauty, skin science

Berry Good Skin

Berry Good Skin - SkinMedix.comStrawberries and green tea may one day be key ingredients to help treat or prevent skin cancer.

Green tea is especially known for its high levels of antioxidants including vitamins such as vitamin C and polyphenols such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that scientists at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow have used to  create an injectable therapy. When administered into the cells of mice that had skin cancer, 40% of tumors vanished and another 30% shrank.

In another study, a group of Spanish and Italian researchers have discovered that strawberry extract added to skin cell cultures acts as a protector against ultraviolet radiation as well reducing damage to DNA. Then, the researchers exposed those skin cell cultures to ultraviolet light that is equivalent to 90 minutes of mid-day sun in the summertime. The study found that adding the strawberry extract, especially at the highest dose, to the skin cell cultures seemed to help decrease DNA damage and help to preserve the cells’ survival, compared to cells treated with  a placebo.

It’s important to note that the findings in these studies are only in skin cell cultures and mice, and not in actual humans. More research is needed to tell if strawberries  and green tea will actually be viable as a skin protectant (and in what form).

But in the meantime, here’s a full list of sun protection products available on SkinMedix.com!

The SkinMedix Team

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Skin Care When Traveling

Skin Care When TravelingThe very best way to adjust to a new environment and climate change is to spend some time planning you skin care needs before you travel. While your skin always needs a few days to adjust, proper preparation can help you avoid breakouts, dry skin, and a dismal appearance. Start using using the products you’ll be taking with you 3 days before you leave, to acclimate your skin. Refrain from over using any drying or irritating ingredients, like alpha hydroxy acids or retinols, and replace them with rich, moisturizing creams and serums to help hydrate your skin, as new climates can throw off natural moisture levels. Continue reading

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beauty, Beauty News

Emerald: Pantone Color of the Year 2013

Emerald Color of the Year“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty
that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

Pantone LLC, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green as the color of the year for 2013.

Equally harmonious on the cosmetic color wheel, Emerald dramatizes all eye colors as it beautifully enhances green eyes, is compatible to blue eyes, emphasizes the green undertone in hazel eyes and intensifies brown eyes to make them appear deeper. Emerald is also a perfect complement to peaches, pinks, roses, ruby reds and aubergines – offering a variety of lipstick and blush options. For those who want to sparkle and stand out, Emerald is the perfect punctuation point in nail color because of its complementary nature.

To celebrate Emerald Color of the Year, shop any one of the products available at SkinMedix.com in emerald green packaging, of course! Find a sample list of products available below.

What are some of your favorite emerald green products out there right now?

The SkinMedix Team

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anti-aging, beauty, top 5

5 Superstar Anti-Aging Ingredients

Meet the super star players of the skin care world – and learn how to make the work for you.

1. RETINOL (a.k.a. the Cure-All)

What It Does: This vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. Forms of retinol “are among the best anti-aging ingredients we have,” says Jeffrey Dover, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine.

How It Works: Retinol works so well for skin care because of its molecular size. Vitamin A has long been known to help keep skin healthy and young-looking. However, most forms of vitamin A have molecules that are too large to get through the top layer of skin and into the lower layers of skin to work on the collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are both important components for the prevention of wrinkles. Once applied, the retinol sinks into the lower levels of the skin and stimulates the collagen and elastin. This causes the skin to look smoother and feel firmer.

How to Get the Best Results:
Pay attention to packaging. Buy it in an aluminum tube or an opaque plastic pump bottle so light and air don’t degrade it.
Use it at night. The vampire of the skin-care world, retinol works best in the dark.
Put it on after cleansing. Wash your face with warm water and make sure it’s dry before applying retinol. Then, blood vessels and pores are dilated, making more space between cells for absorption. (Prescription versions, called retinoids, in particular must be applied to dry skin or they absorb too quickly and irritate.)
Make sure it tingles. If you can’t feel it, it’s not strong enough, says Dover.
Go easy on your eyes. Dab around the eye area every third night. Retinol is great for undereye crepiness.

Products We Love:

2. ANTIOXIDANTS (a.k.a. the Fixers) Continue reading

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NEW! Neocutis Bio-Cream Riche Skin Balm with PSP

Neocutis Bio Cream RICHE available at SkinMedix.com

Hey NEO•CUTIES! Have you heard the NEONEWS?! There is a new member of the NEOCUTIS family of products! We are proud to introduce BIO•CREAM RICHE: Everything you love about the original in a more hydrating balm! The perfect present for these dry winter months.

This fast-absorbing skincare balm delivers skin rejuvenating PSP® technology with a lavish dose of moisturizers plus skin softening wild yam extract to help enhance skin’s look and restore vitality.

BIO•CREAM RICHE helps to:

  • Smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Restore hydration and guard against moisture loss.
  • Renew suppleness and softness.
  • Counteract dryness associated with climate and/or hormonal shifts.
  • Nurture skin after cosmetic or dermatologic procedures.

Ideal for normal to dry skin.

  • Non-comedogenic
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Free of color additives and fragrances
  • Not tested on animals
BEFORE AFTER
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Photos courtesy of Michael H. Gold, M.D. Tennessee Clinical Research.

How to Use:

Apply PM or as directed by your skincare professional to clean, dry skin on the face, neck and décolleté. Daily sun protection is recommended. Use JOURNÉE Bio-restorative Day Cream with PSP® Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 for optimal results during the day.

Are you as excited about the NEW Neocutis Bio-Cream Riche Skin Balm with PSP as we are?! Leave us a comment and let us know!

The SkinMedix Team

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Conquer Lines, Crepiness, & Sagging

skincareAs you age, the collagen in your skin breaks down, resulting in wrinkles, crepiness, and sagging. These common problems worsen as we age, often making us look even older and more run down than we really are. These tell-tale signs of aging caused by a variety of factors that include:

  • Gravity
  • Decrease in the production of collagen and elastin molecules
  • Sun damage
  • Environmental factors
  • Smoking
  • Rapid and extreme weight loss
  • Dehydration in the skin

Despite the fact that many of the causes of aging skin can’t be avoided, their effects can be remedied.

Fine Lines

A Quick Fix – Use a primer to fill in and camoflauge those fine lines while creating a smooth, resilient canvas for a look of even skin texture and tone. Try Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30, Jan Marini Age Intervention Prime Face Primer, or Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish

For the Long Run – To defeat fine lines and wrinkles, you need to help boost moisture and jumpstart collagenproduction. There are dozens of scientifically proven ingredients formulated to help do just this, including Palmitoyl Oligaopeptide, Palmitoyl Tretrapeptides-7, or Maxtrixyl 3000 (a combination of the two). Clinical studies have shown significant visible improvement in wrinkles and fine lines after two months of use. We recommend:

Face
Murad Age-Diffusing Serum
Neostrata Firming Collagen Booster.
For Men: PCA Skin Total Strength Line and Pore Minimizer.

Eyes
PCA Skin eyeXcellence pHaze 12
Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream

Lips
DermaQuest C-Lipoic Lip Enhancer
Dermalogica Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine

Crepiness
While fruit-filled crepes may be delicious-looking, crepey skin is not. Crepey, or waffley skin is loose wrinkled skin characterized by skin surface sagging reminiscent of thin pancake-like crepes.

The Quick Fix – Smooth things out by moisturizer right out of the shower, while your skin is still wet. Look for ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid that promote water retention or Dimethicone, a substance that creates a skin barrier trapping in hydration. We like:

Face
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturizer
SkinMedica Hydrating Complex
Topix SRS Pro-Ceramide Barrier Repair

Eyes
Glycolix Elite Eye Serum
Glytone Antioxidant Anti Aging Eye Cream

Lips
SkinMedica TNS Line Refine
Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex

For the Long Run – Scaly skin is deeper rooted than you might think. Boosting cell turn over and collagen production will help to smooth and tighten underlying skin as well. Look for products with skin smoothing Retinol derivatives and and peptides. Participants of a Retinol regimen based study in the British Journal of Dermatology started to see improvements in areas of “crepiness and cross-hatching” within eight weeks. We think you’ll like:

Face
DDF Advanced Firming Cream
SkinMedica Tri Retinol Complex
Glycolix Elite Facial Cream – Fortified

Eyes
Clark’s Botanicals Anti-Puff Eye Cream
Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Eye Repair Cream

Sagging
As elastin and collagen break down naturally due to the aging process, one of the most visible side effects is droopy, saggy skin. Look for products that help reinforce the collagen matrix and produce a tightening result.

The Quick Fix …and For the Long Run – No one would ever mistake a serum and at-home treatment for an under-the-knife procedure, but using the NuFace Smoother Powerhouse Peptide Serum together with the NuFace Trinity will offer quick and long lasting results of smoother firmer skin. The NuFace at-home microcurrent device uses gentle electrical stimulation to increase muscle tone and collagen. This tightening of the muscles in the face can pull up saggy growls and skin. For saggy eyelid skin, use the Nuface in a gliding upward motion three times above each brow in five second intervals.

How do you conquer lines, crepiness, and sagging? Leave us a comment below!

The SkinMedix Team

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