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Archive for August, 2011

  • Moisturizers for Oily Skin

    It can certainly be a battle to hydrate skin that’s already oily by nature. There are literally thousands of moisturizers on the market today, and those of us with oily skin are lost in the aisles and aisles of products. Won’t moisturizing make my skin even oilier? What are the best ingredients? Shouldn’t I be trying to dry my skin and NOT moisturize? On the contrary! Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean it’s well hydrated. Oil lives on the surface of the skin while hydration comes from deep within. Here at SkinDirect, our expert esthetitian has several products that she recommends to properly hydrate even the oiliest skin types without exacerbating the issue.

    Ole Henrikson Sheer Transformation is a fabulous water-based moisturizer that works well with all skin types, but is highly recommended for oily skin. Not only does it moisturize, it also helps to reduce fine lines and sun spots and provides protection from free radicals to stave off future damage.

    Phytomer Oligopur Hydra-Mattifying Control Cream is a perfect option for those of us with the dreaded oily shine. Whether your skin is generally oily or combination, this cream contains high quality ingredients to correct blemishes, provide excellent hydration, and squelch the shine in its tracks.

    Our esthetitian here at SkinDirect also recommends Murad Oil-Control Mattifier. Murad has been around for decades, and with good reason! Their products are made to the highest of standards and are guaranteed to provide excellent results. Oil-Control Mattifier works on-contact for instant shine control and hydrates so well, your skin will feel smoother and softer than ever.

    This is just a sampling of products that we at SkinDirect have found to be ideal for oily skin. When searching for your perfect product, remember to find moisturizers that are water-based, oil free, and light. Always apply moisturizer to clean skin to prevent buildup of dirt and oil in your pores which can lead to blemishes. You don’t have to live with shiny, oily skin. These moisturizers are guaranteed to give you the bright, glowing complexion you deserve!

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  • Moisturizing and Exfoliating Bumpy Elbows

    The adage “out of sight, out of mind” applies to many things, but it shouldn’t apply to our elbows! Just because we usually don’t see them doesn’t mean they are any less deserving of a good moisturizer. We’ve all neglected the skin on our elbows at some point and we all know that it doesn’t take long for that thick buildup of rough, bumpy skin to make an appearance. At SkinDirect, we understand that elbows deserve just as much tender loving care as other areas of our skin. SkinDirect’s personal esthetician has tried several products, but two stand out above the crowd.

    Glytone Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream does two jobs with one fabulous product. It removes dry, course, and dull skin while gently exfoliating and also provides a huge dose hydration to problem areas like elbows and heels, then seals it in with glycerin. This product can be used daily, but is not intended for use on the face.

    SkinDirect’s esthetician also recommends DCL AHA Revitalizing Cream 20 because it is 20% glycolic acid. Glycolic acid, while traditionally found in at-home facial peels, is known for its ability to remove dead skin cells and reveal newer, more hydrated, healthier skin underneath. While DCL AHA Revitalizing Cream can be used anywhere you need skin restoration, it is highly recommended for use on problem areas like elbows, heels, and knees.

    As with any moisturizer, it is best to use these products right after showering or bathing to help lock in your skin’s natural moisture. Get ready to say goodbye to rough, bumpy elbows and hello to the beautiful skin waiting to make an appearance!

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  • Skin Care Preparation for a Big Night Out

    When you are getting ready for your big night, you want flawless, radiant skin. Beautiful skin does not just happen overnight though. A daily care regimen, using quality products, is absolutely essential.

    Over time, your skin can develop a dull, dry appearance. Exfoliating is the key for removing dead skin cells and releasing any trapped impurities. To bring back radiance and shine, use an exfoliating product that contains both physical as well as chemical exfoliators. Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is the perfect solution for restoring a soft, even texture to your skin. It cleans and hydrates your skin while exfoliating to reveal silky smooth skin.

     

    To get a gorgeous glow, without sacrificing the health and safety of your skin, try St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. This lightweight, non-greasy formula gives you a beautiful, streak-free tan without the strange smell that most self-tanners leave behind. With added Aloe Vera, it leaves your skin moisturized.

    Before applying the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, use an exfoliating scrub to slough off dead skin cells in order to make your tan last even longer. Try Glowology Sugar Mama Honey Scrub. Containing sugar granules whipped into a rich honey and shea butter base with olive oil and sunflower seed oil, it provides deep moisturization.

  • Products and Treatment for Skin Emergencies

    Everyone has skin emergencies from time to time. Don’t let them catch you unaware. Be proactive in preventing and treating them in order to maintain healthy, vibrant skin.

    Heat Rash

    Common during the summer months in humid climates.

    • Symptoms:
      – Clusters of pink, red, or white bumps, most often found on the face, especially the forehead, cheeks, and chin
    • Causes:
      – Heat rash is caused by sweat becoming trapped in the pores.
    • Treatment:
      – First, get out of the heat. Next, wash, dry, and gently apply baby powder to soothe the rash.
      – After your skin is completely dry, apply an over-the-counter anti-itch cream to reduce any redness, inflammation, or itching.
      – Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
    • Prevention:
      – Stay indoors in dry, air-conditioned locations during hot, humid weather. When you are outside in the heat, SkinDirect’s professional esthetician recommends using skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths to keep your skin free of sweat.

     

    Windburn

    Friction from the wind can compromise your natural layer of lipids, leaving your skin irritated and red.

    • Symptoms:
      – Drying, chafing, redness, and a burning sensation
    • Causes:
      – People who live or spend time outdoors in cold, dry climates or at higher altitudes with strong winds are most susceptible.
    • Treatment:
      – Gently clean and dry your skin. Combine an over-the-counter cortisone cream with an aloe vera-based moisturizer to ease irritation and reduce redness.
    • Prevention:
      La-Roche Posay Lipikar Baume, from SkinDirect, works to soothe and heal dry skin using shea butter as well as oleosomes. Oleosomes are lipid bodies that mimic the lipids found naturally on your skin’s outer layer.
      – Apply a generous layer before heading outside.

     

    Cystic Acne

    A severe and painful form of acne

    • Symptoms:
      – A swollen pustule that looks like a whitehead
    • Causes:
      – A combination of hormones, bacteria, and oil (sebum)
    • Treatment:
      – Unclog your pores using a benzoyl peroxide-based cleanser such as PCA Skin BPO 5% Cleanser pHaze 31.
      – Hold your face over steam or apply a warm compress to help to open clogged pores.
    • Prevention:
      – Use a facial cleanser containing salicylic acid to aid in exfoliation.
      – Follow up with DCL Light Textured Moisturizer, a non-greasy formula that keeps your pores free of bacteria and oil.

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  • Products to Give Men the Ultimate Shave

    Put your best face forward with SkinDirect’s line of high quality men’s shaving products. Say goodbye to razor burn and hello to healthy, smooth skin. You can still keep your favorite razor, but add these great products to make shaving a pleasure rather than a chore.

    Start by applying a small amount of Anthony for Men Pre Shave Oil. Formulated with natural ingredients, including Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Calendula, and Vitamin E, this unique oil softens and prepares your skin and existing facial hair for shaving, helping to prevent razor burn as well as ingrown hairs and other forms of shaving irritation. This oil is great for dry or sensitive skin.

    To obtain a smooth shave, apply a light layer of Anthony for Men Shave Cream on top of your Anthony for Men Pre Shave Oil. This shave cream lubricates your beard, giving you a close shave to reveal smooth skin. Infused with aloe vera, antioxidants, essential oils, as well as hops, Anthony for Men Shave Cream protects, nourishes, and heals your skin as you shave.

    Another great option to help your razor glide smoothly over your skin is Murad Cleansing Shave. It cleans and conditions to reveal a freshly shaven face. One great benefit is that it gently exfoliates your skin as you shave.

    When razor burn strikes, fight back with Murad Razor Burn Rescue. It gently exfoliates your skin, using glycolic acid, to clear away dead skin cells and reduce inflammation and painful razor bumps. Murad Razor Burn Rescue uses tea tree oil to eliminate bacteria as well as Neem oil, Vitamin E, and Panthenol to soothe and heal your skin while preventing blemishes.

    All of these products are safe and effective enough for daily use. Say goodbye to irritated skin, ingrown hairs, and razor burn forever. Add these amazing products to your shaving regimen.

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  • Available Facial Mists and their Benefits

    Facial mist sprays are something that should be in every woman’s purse. These wonderful smelling sprays are a great way to rejuvenate after a long day at the office or any time you need a little cool refreshment. They can also contain a number of ingredients beneficial to the skin and body, such as antioxidants and sunscreens.

    SkinDirect’s own esthetician recommends several facial mist products that are sure to lift your spirits.

    Oleheriksen African Red Tea Face Mist is a great option that focuses on rejuvenating and protecting the skin and body. This product contains African red tea, white tea, and pomegranate for a simply breathtaking scent. SkinDirect found this product to be one of the most antioxidant packed mists available on the market today.

    Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Mist is certainly a multitasking product! While this mist also has antioxidant ingredients, the main focus is its vitamins and minerals. It’s like a multivitamin for your face! It also contains natural plant based salicylic acid to help reduce and prevent facial blemishes.

    Ole Henriksen Balancing Cucumber Face Mist is another product recommended by SkinDirects esthetician. With a wonderful cucumber and chamomile scent, this toning face mist is designed to rejuvenate your face from the inside out by decongesting the skin and reducing inflammation and irritation. For other facial mists that hydrate and balance the pH levels of your skin visit SkinDirect.com

    If you’re finding yourself needing a little pick-me-up during the day or before a late night, remember that these facial mist products are designed to do that very thing with a little kick of healthy skin as well!

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  • Products that Treat Cellulite

    Every woman knows what cellulite is, and many of us struggle with it every day. The notion that cellulite only strikes heavier women is incorrect. It is estimated that more than 80% of all women will deal with some degree of cellulite during her life. While there is no way to completely be rid of cellulite, there are products available to temporarily reduce its appearance. Now women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can feel confident that their skin looks smooth and flawless!

    One of the most revered anti-cellulite products on the market today is CelluliteRX Lipotherm. This product is a top-notch skin cream designed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite by increasing cellular metabolism and stimulating circulation while removing toxins from the affected area. Although this is not a permanent solution, users of this cream were astounded at the results.

    Another wonderful product for banishing cellulite is CelluliteRX Lipolift. The main purpose of this skin cream is to stimulate collagen production, thus smoothing the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Glycolic acid, the same active ingredient in many home facial peels, is also found in this cream. It has been found that improving the appearance of the skin itself does wonders for reducing the visibility of cellulite and that is exactly what this product was formulated to do!

    Murad Firm and Tone Serum is another wonderful option for helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Murad is a very recognizable name in the skincare world, and this thick and luxurious serum stimulates circulation and hydration to the area affected by cellulite.

    Any of these products will help women of all shapes and sizes feel more confident in their shorts, skirts, and swimwear! Goodbye cellulite, hello healthy skin!

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  • Treat Yourself to Premium Body Wash Products

    Your skin is the largest organ on your body. Acting as a protective barrier between you and your environment to keep out toxins and protect your organs, your skin needs to be properly cared for and pampered everyday. A bar of soap is no longer your only option. A body wash should not only clean but also protect and moisturize your skin even after stepping out of your bath or shower. Keep your skin looking, smelling, and feeling fresh with this amazing line of body wash products from SkinDirect.

    SkinDirect’s professional esthetician recommends a body wash that cleans and moisturizes. Lather up with Cake Beauty Desserted Island Supremely Rich Bath & Shower Froth, a nourishing cleanser that smells amazing. Scented with coconut and vanilla, this body wash is the definition of luxury. Whether used as a body wash or bubble bath, it will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and smelling great.

    No body wash regimen is complete with exfoliation. Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash utilizes glycolic acid to rid your skin of excess dirt and oil, leaving it looking vibrant and feeling rejuvenated. The unique exfoliators gently slough off dead skin cells while giving your new cells an awakening massage. This invigorating body wash exfoliates and softens to reveal younger, healthy looking skin.

    Brave Solider Clean Skin is the answer for men who want a simple all-in-one cleanser that delivers results. Formulated with eucalyptus oil, Brave Soldier Clean Skin provides a deep clean that restores moisture without irritating your skin. Its non-drying formula is loaded with botanicals that naturally help to remove daily grime. Brave Solider Clean Skin is mild and gentle enough for daily use. It is perfect for both the face and body.

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  • Help Your Skin and Manage Eczema

    Certain skin conditions are problematic enough all by themselves. With no known cause, eczema can often be among the worst and most embarrassing. Most types of eczema are consistent with dry, red, irritated, and inflamed skin. It can appear in babies, children, and adults alike, ranging in mild to severe cases.

    With the proper product and skin care, eczema can be managed and lived with. Lifestyle changes, such as the use of medication and specialty products, is often required to treat this type of skin condition.

    SkinDirect offers products that help reduce the effects of eczema by preventing itching, inflammation, and the condition from worsening. One such product is called Avène TriXera+ Selectiose Emollient Cream. It is a daily skin scream that reduces skin hypersensitivity and irritation while controlling skin inflammation response. It also relieves itching, restores the skin’s barrier, and prevents moisture loss.

    Another product recommended by SkinDirect’s personal esthetician is EltaMD Moisturizer. It is a preservative-free formula that keeps skin comfortable and hydrated while soothing irritation, redness, and flaking. It is ideal for the most sensitive skin types as it promotes healing and comfort.

    Finally there is La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume, an anti-irritant lipid replenishing body balm, which helps to sooth severely dry and irritated skin while repairing the skin’s lipid barrier. This balm is fragrance and paraben free.

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  • Get Rid of Dark Spots with Skin Lightening Cream

    Whether you have age spots, freckles, birthmarks, or other forms of skin discoloration, skin lightening cream is your answer for getting rid of dark spots on your face and body, giving you a gorgeous, even complexion.

    SkinDirect has a fantastic line of products designed to meet your skin care needs regardless of your skin type or texture. DCL AHA Lightening Gel is an extremely effective skin lightening treatment gel that fades areas of hyperpigmentation. It can be used in the morning as well as at night. Be sure to follow it up with a layer of sunscreen in the morning.

    iS Clinical White Lightening Serum quickly lightens dark areas to give you an even skin tone. It gently exfoliates your skin to break down dark spots without causing peeling. Its lightweight, non-greasy formula can be used all over the face or only on hyperpigmented areas. iS Clinical White Lightening Serum does not contain Hydroquinone and can therefore be used on sensitive skin.

    Always be sure to test a small area of your skin before using any skin lightening cream to ensure that you will not have any adverse reactions. SkinDirect’s products are made with gentle ingredients that safely lighten your skin, however, it is always best to perform a skin test first.

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