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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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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  • 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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