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  • Combat Sun Damage And Keep Your Skin Looking Young

    Though everyone wants to have sun-kissed skin, over time, repeated tanning could do more harm then good. The sun emits harmful UVA and UVB rays that actually kill your skin cells. As your skin seeks to protect itself from sun damage, it produces more melatonin, which gives you the tanned look. However, as you age, this constant cycle of damage and melatonin production takes a toll on your skin, causing wrinkles, moles, and sunspots. It is not only the sun but also tanning beds that account for premature aging as well as a heightened risk of skin cancer.

    SkinDirect’s personal esthetician recommends the following products to help you combat and reverse the signs of aging. StriVectin Get Even Brightening Serum exfoliates your skin to reveal the healthy glow of youthful skin. It smoothes away dry patches, brightening your skin while you sleep. With plant-based exfoliants and botanical brighteners, it is gentle enough to be used every night to reduce wrinkles and eliminate the signs of aging. This lightweight formula delivers dramatic results.

    During the day, apply Glytone Antioxidant Anti-Aging Cream to protect your skin from the harmful destruction caused by free radicals. Formulated with high concentrations of free glycolic acid and red tea flavonoids, this cream works all day long to reverse the effects of sun damage and aging. It also boasts the healing and smoothing properties of Vitamin E.

    Use both of these amazing products from SkinDirect to thoroughly protect and care for your skin each day. They are most beneficial and effective when used together. SkinDirect’s esthetician advises that you make them a part of your nighttime and daytime skin care routine to ward off the effects of aging.

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  • How to Fight Back against Sun Damage

    Though everyone wants to have sun-kissed skin, over time, repeated tanning could do more harm then good. The sun emits harmful UVA and UVB rays that actually kill your skin cells. As your skin seeks to protect itself from sun damage, it produces more melatonin, which gives you the tanned look. However, as you age, this constant cycle of damage and melatonin production takes a toll on your skin, causing wrinkles, moles, and sunspots. It is not only the sun but also tanning beds that account for premature aging as well as a heightened risk of skin cancer.

    SkinDirect’s personal esthetician recommends the following products to help you combat and reverse the signs of aging that may have resulted over the summer. StriVectin Get Even Brighter Serum exfoliates your skin to reveal the healthy glow of youthful skin. It smoothes away dry patches, brightening your skin while you sleep. With plant-based exfoliants and botanical brighteners, it is gentle enough to be used every night to reduce wrinkles and eliminate the signs of aging. This lightweight formula delivers dramatic results.

    During the day, apply Glytone Antioxidant Anti-Aging Cream to protect your skin from the harmful destruction caused by free radicals, like smoke and pollutants in the air. Formulated with high concentrations of free glycolic acid and red tea flavonoids, this cream works all day long to reverse the effects of sun damage and aging. It also boasts the healing and smoothing properties of Vitamin E.

    Use both of these amazing products from SkinDirect to thoroughly protect and care for your skin each day. They are most beneficial and effective when used together. SkinDirect’s esthetician advises that you make them a part of your nighttime and daytime skin care routine to ward off the effects of aging.

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  • Why Sunburns are Bad for You

    If you have ever experienced the pain and agony of a sunburn, then you know that it is something you want to avoid. But did you know that the skin-damaging effects of a sunburn are far worse than the pain? Here is a look at what is actually happening to your skin cells when you get a sunburn as well as tips for how you can effectively protect your skin.

    The sun emits two strong ultraviolet rays called UVA and UVB rays. These harmful rays actually kill your skin cells. Your immune system is designed to get rid of these dead cells, so it increases blood flow to the burned area. This is the reason for the redness and warm sensations. Once the dead skin is removed, you are left with a darker color designed to prevent further sun damage. Though a tan is desirable to many people, the skin damage is not. You can still get a tan through sunscreen without the dangerous and painful effects of a sunburn.

    Your face is especially prone to getting burned even quicker than the rest of your body. For this reason, it is essential to protect your face with a quality sunscreen. Coola Mineral Face Matte Finish SPF 30 – Cucumber is a chemical-free sunblock that gives your face a silky matte finish. It is water-resistant and non-comedogenic. Fortified with moisturizing agents, your skin will feel silky and smooth while receiving maximum sun protection.

    Another great product for healthy skin is Skyn Icland the Antidote Daily Cooling Lotion. It cools and quenches thirsty skin by providing instant moisturization as well as protection. SkinDirect’s professional esthetician recommends using this prior to sunscreen application for best results.

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  • Lip Balm Sunscreen Protection for Your Lips

    You apply sunscreen to your face, but are you forgetting about your lips? Many people do.

    Not only can lips get sunburned, but repeated sun exposure without using an SPF can lead to, although fairly rare, lip cancer. And we’re not talking about lip gloss – studies have shown that shiny, glossy substances can actually increase sun exposure.

    You should always use SPF protection for you lips, as they are very thin and are more likely to age due to sun exposure over other parts of the body.

    There are a variety of good lip balms that provide adequate sun protection, and the majority of cosmetic companies are putting SPF in their lipsticks, lip glosses and lip balms.

    Here are a few that our professional esthetician recommends and that are available at SkinDirect.

    Kinerase Ultimate Volume Lip Conditioner SPF 20 – This smoothes and plumps the lips for a more youthful, fuller appearance. It’s advanced formula is not only deeply hydrating, but is anti-aging and volume-boosting for visibly more full, glossy, and young-looking lips. It not only visibly counteracts the signs of lip aging with it’s breakthrough plumping and wrinkle-correcting ingredients, but it provides UVA/UVB protection with SPF 20 to help stops any further photodamage to the lips. This product contains Volulip™, a peptide complex that stimulates collagen.

    LaRocca Skincare Lip Shield – This is the end-all in lip treatments. The balm, developed with Hyaluronic Acid and Camu Camu, is expressly formulated to powerfully moisturize and nourish the lips while aiding in protecting against certain bacteria and germs. The exclusive Cellular Gold Complex stimulates cell regeneration, sending anti-oxidants and ingredients to the lip’s furthest layer for amazing results. Made with Mangosteen Extract and Brazilian Cha de Burge, it provides anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties. Sea Buckthorn supplies vitamins and minerals and L-Arginine aids in the process of collagen formation for smooth, soft, healthy lips.

    Brave Soldier Lip Defender SPF 15 – Brave Soldier Lip Defender is a product for men and has an advanced formula and SPF 15 to fend off sunburn, chapping, and windburn and leaves lips moisturized, healthy-looking and kissable. The non-sticky citrus mint formula is soothing, heals damage, moisturizes, and protects from further damage.

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  • New Products!

    We are happy to offer new skin care lines- Belli and Nia 24!

    Belli offers skin care products to use during and after pregnancy. It is the only brand that is teratology screened for prenatal safety. Their researchers and creators went through millions of ingredients in order to eliminate any ingredient that could possibly cause harm or be linked to birth defects or any type of pregnancy problem. They offer items such as stretchmark cream, elasticity oil, and a soothing foot relief cream.

    Nia 24 is a niacin powered skin therapy line.  Pro-Niacin is the patented molecule used in every Nia 24 product. Derived from Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, it has been a key factor in helping skin recover and repair itself from sun damage, environmental stressors, and aging.

    These products will be available very soon, so make sure to check back and choose the product or products that you like best!

    **Update- The products are now available! Shop here: Belli and Nia24

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  • Featured Brand – SkinCeuticals

    skinceuticalsSkinDirect.com carries SkinCeuticals’ line of skin care products because of their advanced formulas, backed by science. They developed their skin care line through science and advanced technology to treat and prevent certain skin conditions brought by aging, sun-damage, or acne.

    SkinCeuticals is used by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, medi-spas, and other skin care professionals worldwide. These professionals trust SkinCeuticals because they work with scientists in chemistry, biology, and medicine to develop products aimed towards a wide variety of skin conditions. They strive to treat the source of the problem rather than just cover them up.

    Their years of knowledge and research has earned them several grants to pursue more innovative formulas and develop new skin care technology. SkinCeuticals also funds clinical trials at large medical institutions such as Duke University Medical Center and the National Institute of Health.

    With products ranging from eye creams, toners, retinol, and cleansers, SkinCeuticals has everything your skin needs.

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  • What is Broad Spectrum Suncreen?

    Summer is the time for lazy beach days and getting a great tan. Sadly, along with that great tan comes a lot of negative effects. The rays that give you that nice glow are also the same rays that damage your skin the most. These invisible rays are UVA and UVB rays.

    These ultraviolet rays are responsible for your suntan as well as the sunburn and sun-damage in your face and body. Many sunscreens only carry compounds that protect against one type of ultraviolet ray instead of both. Your skin needs sunscreen that will block or reflect both types of UV rays in order to give your face and body the accurate protection it needs from the sun.

    Broad Spectrum Sunscreen is formulated with several compounds that block, reflect, or absorb both types of harsh ultraviolet rays. It should be the only type of sunblock you use if you want ultimate protection from burns, photo-damage, and even prevention of skin cancer. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen with minimum SPF of 15 is necessary for this type of protection. Applying sunscreen every 2 hours, despite what the label says, ensures this protection and can greatly reduce your risks.

    Check out http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/sun_sunscreens.html for more sunscreen information and for tips to stay healthy in the sun.

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