anti-aging, beauty

5 Reasons to Add Masks to Your Regimen

mask1. Masks are powerfully concentrated. Masks are able to contain these higher levels of key ingredients because chemists do not have to be concerned with how blendable a product is that is rinsed off after a few minutes – or thrown away, if you use a sheet mask. Sheet masks, like SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative Masqueare single-use masks that are individually sealed. These masks have extra muscle because they are sealed and protected from the air, which oxidizes and weakens many of the key ingredients.

2. Masks enhance the products in your regimen. You can achieve quicker and even better results, if you Continue reading

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Tips

To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze?

Pop-A-PimpleAn unexpected whopper just showed up on your face. Like a mosquito bite or scab, you want to touch it. You want to pick at it. You really, really want to pop it. But should you? While most skin care professionals would prefer you left it alone, the truth is that YES, you can – but only if your blemish is white. Here’s how: On clean skin, use two Q-tips to gently press on either side of the blemish. Dab what comes out with a tissue (if you see blood or feel pain, stop!), then use an antibiotic spot treatment. We recommend Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix, Dr. Dennis Gross Correct and Perfect Spot Treatment, and Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix. After that, hands off!

The SkinMedix Team

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anti-aging, redness, Uncategorized

SkinMedix Power Couples

Sales pressure and misleading information have likely made you believe that you must use products from the same brand to see results. This is 110% FALSE. Not only is it perfectly OK to mix and match products from different brands, but sometimes doing so is essential if you want to get the best results possible! But you don’t need a chemistry degree to master your skincare equations because we’re revealing some of our favorite high-powered pairs! Choose your skincare concern and see your solution below.

De-Aging
de-agingLook younger, longer. This powerhouse duo helps skin make skin look smooth, soft, more youthful.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Avene High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50

Blotchy or Uneven Skin Tone
evenskintoneThese two work together to help create skin that looks more even-toned and younger.
Murad Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum
Revision Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer SPF 45 Original

Unslightly Pores
poresCreate a virtually poreless complexion instantly and over time.
Clarisonic Replacement Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head
PCA Skin Total Strength Serum

Acne
acneMeet the blemish busters. Look fresh, natural while fighting blemishes all day.
Obagi CLENZIderm MD Daily Care Foaming Cleanser
Murad Acne Treatment Concealer

Redness
rosaceaWelcome to the redness-free zone. Help visibly calm skin for instant redness relief.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex

Hydration
hydrationNever be thirsty again. Replenish dry skin instantly with this moisture-rich team.
Revaleskin Intense Recovery Treatment
Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm

Do you mix and match your skincare brands? Let us know in the comments below!

The SkinMedix Team

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anti-aging, beauty

How Your Phone is Messing with Your Skin

04-acne-hiddenYou feel like completely lost without it, but your lifeline to your friends, family, and work could be wreaking havoc on your skin.

Habit: Squinting your eyes to read the small type on your screen.

Problem: Crow’s feet and 11 lines (the vertical frown line between the brows), which normally don’t show up until your 30s or 40s, are showing up more and more on people in their 20s.

Quick Fix: Increase your font size to “Grandma” (20pts or bigger), and up your screen’s brightness. Look for products with argireline to temporarily freeze muscle movements. Some studies show up to a 60% reduction in wrinkle depth in one month of use.

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Habit: Constantly looking down to check texts, emails, Facebook, etc.

Problem: It’s called text-neck—a slack, untoned neck and jawline caused by a breakdown in collagen and elastin. These tiny fibers only have an infinite number of times they can fold. The constant up-and-down movement weakens this support structure.

Quick Fix: Hold your phone eye level to minimize folding at the neck. Apply a skin-firming, peptide-rich cream on your jawline and down your neck. According to a study in Molecular Pharmaceutics, products containing high levels of Matrixyl can nearly double collagen production.

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Habit: Talking long enough that your phone gets hot against your face.

Problem: Prolonged exposure to heat from any source can increase melanin production in that area—and if brown spots and an uneven tone weren’t bad enough, research shows they can make you look up to 10 years older!

Quick fix: Use a handsfree headset or speakerphone. A brightening cream, with ingredients like licorice, can help fade unwanted spots.

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Habit: Pressing your face against your phone. (See those oil and makeup streaks on your screen?)

Problem: The touch-screen trend has caused a rise in acne in the “phone zone”—temples, cheeks, and chin. The dirt and bacteria that live on your screen are transferred to your skin when you talk on the phone which may lead to breakouts.

Quick fix: Clean your phone daily with an anti-bacterial wipe. Use a benzoyl peroxide lotion or glycolic acid face pads to keep your pores clear.

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Are you guilty of any of these bad habits?

The SkinMedix Team

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beauty, Beauty News

Allure’s Beauty Bucket List

Allur'e Beauty Bucket ListAllure Magazine shares their list of “50 Beauty Products to Buy Before You Die”, and 2 SkinMedix favorites made the cut!

Clarisonic Sonic Cleasning System
It was Oprah who really launched this oscillating facial cleanser into popularity. “It’s a miracle massage for your face!” she said. Everyone in the audience got one—and Lady Gaga, Demi Moore, and Justin Timberlake followed suit. The brush uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth your skin. In just 60 seconds a day, it removes six times as much makeup and dirt as your hands alone, which not only clears pores but also makes skin-care products more effective. It cleanses so well that pores appear smaller, fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced, and your skin’s tone and texture improves. Just one minute a day, for the best skin of your life.

Find a Clarisonic right for you:
Clarisonic Pro Face and Body Spot Therapy Kit with Extension Handle
Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush
Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System
Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad
When New York City–based dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross came out with a facial self-tanner that hydrated skin, reduced wrinkles, and shrank breakouts, we only had one question: Can we get one for our whole body? You bet. And he even threw some vitamin D into the formula as well, just in case you were tempted to spend any time in the sun. Glow Pad transforms dull texture and tone into radiant, glowing skin better than MotherNature herself!  Shop Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads here.

What SkinMedix products are on your beauty bucket list?

The SkinMedix Team

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