Archive for September, 2011

  • Turn Back the Clock with These Anti-Aging Products

    It does not matter who you are, how great your genetic background, or how diligent your skin care routine, aging happens to everyone. The good news is that while you can’t turn back the hands of time, you can stop and quite possibly reverse the signs of aging.

    Aging occurs naturally. However, there are certain factors that can speed up the process, causing premature signs of aging and irreversible damage. Environmental toxins, including chemicals and air pollution, are huge contributors to premature aging. Smoking, repeated overexposure to UVA and UVB rays, as well as nutrition deficiencies are also detrimental to your skin’s health. The products that you apply to your skin each day may be doing more harm than good if they are laden with toxic chemicals. All of this combines to produce oxidative stress by allowing free radicals to slowly destroy your skin’s natural beauty.

    Avoiding harsh elements and implementing the right anti-aging treatment are the keys to stopping and reversing the aging process. SkinDirect’s personal esthetician recommends Phytomer Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk as the first step in your anti-aging skin care routine. This non-greasy cleanser effectively washes away makeup and grim without disrupting your skin’s natural hydrolipidic film.

    LaRocca Skincare Cocoa Gold Vitamin Clay Mask is an anti-aging breakthrough. It not only stimulates cell regeneration and turnover for younger looking skin but also fortifies your skin with antioxidants to halt and reverse the aging process. Its unique formula helps to detoxify, hydrate and purify your skin. This mask is made with the highest quality of natural ingredients proven to enhance your complexion by improving moisture retention and unclogging pores. It aids in de-stressing your skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


  • Still Fighting Acne? Here are Adult Acne Treatment Products

    Teenagers are not the only ones who suffer from acne. Adult acne is a common occurrence that affects many people. It is characterized by blemishes in the T zone, which is the nose, cheeks, and forehead area. Skin becomes red and thick with pustules and bumps covering its surface. Adult acne can be caused by factors such as ingrown hair follicles, clogged pores, overactive oil glands, or an accumulation of bacteria. Stress, hormones, and cosmetics are also culprits.

    To combat adult acne, SkinDirect’s personal esthetician recommends washing with Alyria Clarifying Cleanser Oil-Free. This cleanser is powerful and effective yet gentle enough to be used twice daily. It works to remove excess oil, dirt, and bacteria, leaving your skin pure and fresh. It is non-comedogenic and fragrance-free, making it suitable for all skin types. It complements other Alyria products.

    A mask should be an essential part of your skin care routine. Alyria Purifying Mask can be used up to three times each week to smooth out your skin’s appearance by exfoliating dead skin cells. This mask tightens your pores to reveal radiant, younger looking skin. Through the use of Kaolin clay and bentonite, it rids your skin of harmful toxins and impurities while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

    To complete your acne-fighting skin care regimen, SkinDirect’s esthetician recommends Benzaderm 5% Gel to rid your skin of bacteria and restore its natural clarity. This potent gel helps to clear up acne while preventing future breakouts from occurring. It penetrates your pores for a deep, healing treatment, delivering visible results.

    If you suffer from adult acne, you are not alone. Fight back with these powerful products from SkinDirect.


  • Get Younger Looking Skin with an Anti-Aging Moisturizer

    When it comes to skin care, there are products for nearly every condition. The two most commonly purchased products are moisturizers and anti-aging complexes. Combining these two products into one formula has been a task that many skin care companies have tried, but only a handful are really effective. Our personal esthetician here at SkinDirect recommends the following products that are easy to use and moisturize deeply while providing effective anti-aging treatment.

    Fenix Green Tea Toner is highly recommended because it packs so many benefits into one application. Red tea repairs and prevents damaged skin, hyaluronic acid hydrates deeply and stimulates new cell growth, and seaweed extract creates soft, supple skin that positively glows with health.

    While Anthony for Men Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 was designed to appeal to men, it works equally well on a woman’s skin. The all-natural ingredients in this product such as orange and lemon (natural aha’s) work quickly and efficiently to diminish sagging skin, fine lines, and blotchy skin. The cream is designed to be non-greasy and quickly absorbed to leave nothing behind but soft, younger-looking skin.

    NeoCutis Bio-Restorative Skin Cream with PSP is another fantastic option recommended by SkinDirect’s own esthetician. Originally designed to rejuvenate skin after cosmetic or dermatological procedures, it works wonders on even the worst wrinkles in as little as eight weeks!

    Any of these products are wonderful options for providing both deep moisture and top-of-the-line wrinkle reduction. Women of any age deserve beautiful, flawless skin!

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  • Skin Care Advice by the Season

    Unless you live in a tropical paradise, with a temperate climate year round, you need to change your skin care routine according to the season. What works for you skin during the warm summer months will not offer adequate protection during the harsh winter.


    Summer Essentials:

    During the summertime, SkinDirect’s personal esthetician recommends applying an antioxidant serum under sunscreen each day before stepping outside. iS CLINICAL Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ combines Vitamins C, E, and A with Olive Leaf Extract to ward off free radicals that cause premature aging. It is also great for treating facial problems, such as rosacea, cystic acne, dermatitis, and even insect bites.

    Retinoid treatments, most effective at nighttime, can help to prevent skin damage caused by the sun. Afirm offers retinoid treatments for sensitive skinnormal skin and tolerant skin. PCA Skin Retinol Renewal with RestorAtive Complex pHaze 26 is another best selling retinoid treatment here at SkinDirect that can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving your skin a more even tone. They target skin renewal at the cellular level by increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen production. These products help to halt the effects of aging while preventing future damage.

    Sweat and sunshine can actually dehydrate your skin. It may be tempting to avoid moisturizer to stave off that greasy feel and keep your pores clear, however, skipping your moisturizer will have the opposite effect. Instead, opt for a light moisturizer, such as Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion. Its lightweight, oil-free formula defends your skin.

    Winter Essentials:

    The dryness of winter, both indoors and outdoors, can strip your skin of moisture, leaving it more prone to wrinkles and lines. Continue to moisturize your skin, especially immediately after showering or washing your face.

    Phytomer Rich Thermo-Protective Cream protects and nourishes dehydrated skin. Acting as a second layer of skin, it offers insulation to lock in moisture.

    Regardless of whether or not the sun is shining, harmful ultraviolet rays can still penetrate your skin. Daily sunscreen application is a must. La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen offers unbeatable UVA and UVB protection combined with a lightweight moisturizer.


  • Products to Reduce the Appearance of Large Pores

    Large, visible pores can be embarrassing as well as a gauge of your skin’s general health. Your pores main function is to provide oil to keep the skin soft, but they can give the impression of being larger when they are clogged with oil, bacteria and dirt. Genetics and age also factor in to large pores – and although you can’t reduce the size of pores, you can reduce the appearance with cleansing, exfoliating and masks.

    SkinDirect offers a variety of products to combat this problem, and all are recommended by their personal and licensed esthetician.

    Murad Clarifying Toner eliminates oil and gets rid of impurities from acne-prone skin. The primary benefits include controlling surface shine, clears and tightens the pores, fights blemish causing bacteria and reduces sebum productions.

    DCL B Prox 10 Wash removes excess oils and helps to treat acne. It is a medicated formula containing 10% Benzoyl Peroxide that removes excess oils and helps to treat acne. This product is also effective on the body and has a Matte finish.

    Glytone Acne Facial Masque is a potent acne sulfur facial masque that diminishes excess oil, cleanses clogged pores and helps control breakouts. The masque uses the unique qualities of sulfur to help clean out pores, reducing P. acnes bacteria.

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  • Men’s and Women’s Shaving Needs

    Just about every single man or woman out there struggles with shaving related issues from time to time. While men and women’s shaving needs may be completely different, the skin issues we face are generally the same. Whether it be dreaded razor burn or ingrown hairs, SkinDirect’s esthetician recommends products that will help banish shaving related irritation.

    Whish Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum is made especially for a woman’s delicate skin. With willow bark, wheat germ and yeast extracts, this serum provides fast relief from the pain and itching associated with ingrown hairs. It also helps to inhibit the performance of the hair follicles themselves and prevents unsightly re-growth. Because less shaving means less opportunity for irritation, it’s a win-win situation!

    Murad Razor Burn Rescue, infused with glycolic acid, tea tree oil, and powerful moisturizers, is another highly recommended product. With powerful redness relieving anti-inflammatory ingredients, this cream is a great way to reduce those pesky red bumps in both men and women while soothing itchiness and hydrating the skin.

    Anthony for Men Ingrown Hair Treatment, the top selection for men by SkinDirect’s knowledgeable esthetician, helps loosen hairs trapped under the skin almost instantly. With ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lavender, and phytic acid, this is a one-stop after shave product for men. It provides gentle relief of redness and irritation, detoxifies the skin, removes rough patches, and leaves behind perfect and touchable skin.

    Here at SkinDirect, we believe that both men and women deserve to put their best face (or legs!) forward. These products are designed to help you do just that, and feel good about it in the process!

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