Easy On the Eyes!

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Did you know that the eye area ages 36% faster than the rest of your body?  Well, please do not lose sleep over it.  Help is on the way!  Just try one of these three or all three eye area fixers!

 

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Dark Circles

Revision Teamine Eye Complex will reduce that raccoon look instantly, dark circlesand combined with its Concealer, you will look like a new person.  The Teamine Eye Complex not only diminishes dark circles but, additionally, it smoothes the look of fine lines and wrinkles and firms and brightens!  The Teamine Concealer, which is available in Light, Medium, and Deep, is a 3 in one eye fixer that reduces dark circles and fine lines while it conceals.  In a clinical study, 86% of subjects showed an improvement in dark circles; 91% showed an improvement in fine lines; and 93% showed an improvement in overall under eye appearance!

 

 

Under Eye Bags

under eye bagsGreatskin Refreshing Anti Puff Eye Gel is an anti aging formula that will reduce puffiness and eye bags on all skin types.  This lightweight cooling gel has shown in clinical tests a reduction in puffiness and bags of 65% within 28 days!  Additionally, it will improve firmness and elasticity, as well.  It is available in the regular container or in the roller ball which I find to be so convenient to carry in my purse and so easy for in between touch ups.  Tip:  for best results, I keep mine in the refrigerator.  I find that it works more quickly when it is cooler!

 

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

fine lines and wrinklesGlow by Dr Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream unveils a luminous, youthful, and rested look with its time-released retinol and micronized ruby crystals that will increase cellular turnover that will smooth away fine lines and wrinkles while instantly illuminating the eye area.  Wow!

 

How to Protect Your Morning Make up from a Full-blown Meltdown by Lunchtime

 Start by using a silicone-based primer that will help stop makeup from slipping and sliding.  Try LaRoche Posay’s new award winning primer, Anthelios Primer with SPF50, which will create a smooth, matte canvas on the skin.  In addition, it contains a unique blend of light reflecting micro particles that will fill in pores and fine lines.  This blurring effect instantly corrects the signs of aging.

 

 

 

 

Next, for foundation, try Glo Minerals Perfecting Powder, which will simply control skin during those hot summer months.  It additionally absorbs oil to provide a matte finish.  Just apply over your usual foundation for a shine free finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stick with cream eye shadows and blushes.  They won’t cake like powders do when you perspire.  Try Peter Thomas Roth’s Firmx Contouring Color stick for eyes, lips and cheeks, the all in one solution!

 

 

 

 

These three easy steps will help keep your make up fresh and dry during the “dog days of summer”!

Three Rules for Great Summer skin!

1.        Go light on face lotions.   Summertime breakouts are often caused not by sweat or oil but by using too heavy a moisturizer in hot weather.  Swap out anything with vitamin E, shea butter, or ceremides for light fluid that contains lightweight hyaluronic.  Try Greatksin’s 100% Pure Hyaluronic.

2.       If you are caught in the sun, just dust on Peter Thomas Roth’s Anti Aging Instant Mineral SPF45, which is a broad-spectrum translucent finishing powder sunscreen that can be used anytime.  Just dust it on for a touch up and it won’t ruin your make up and works on all skin types. Convenient pocket size applicator that will fit nicely in your purse.

3.       Load up on antioxidant rich foods like blueberries, spinach, pomegranates, acai, and pink grapefruit.  Data suggests that ingesting antioxidants may help protect skin against free radical damage from the sun.

Smart Sunscreen Application Tips

There is just no excuse for not wearing a sunscreen!  The shortest distance between your youthful face and one that looks much older is sun exposure!  Over time, that little bit of every day exposure accumulates, until one day you look in the mirror and surprise, your face looks old!  We now have sunscreens that feel so nice that you do not even know you are wearing a high SPF. So, put it on, every day!  The following are a few tips for proper application:

Apply evenly all over.  Many people favor the dominant side and not enough on the non-dominant side.  You have to apply it evenly to achieve maximum protection.

Dermatologists see many pre cancerous lesions around the hairline and above the lips, so pay special attention to these areas.

Do not forget around the eyes.   It is a must to ward off developing crows feet.

+ To reduce stinging, just dab sunscreen around eye area instead of rubbing in.

For the first time, Laroche Posay Anthelios 50 combines broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with Cell-Ox shield (a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful antioxidants to further protect your skin) technology in a primer!  This primer has a unique blend of light reflecting micro particles  that create a blurring effect to instantly correct the signs of aging while a new combination of silicone elastomers create a smooth, matte canvas and instantly reduce fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, dark spots and redness!  Therefore, how can you not want to wear this!

 

 

Top it off with Peter Thomas Roth BB blur SPF30 Beauty Balm that is a multi action sheer tinted beauty balm with light reflecting diamond dust and anti aging peptides.  Blurs flaws, fine lines and wrinkles while moisturizing and protecting your skin!  Gives a luminous even flawless look!

It’s summer, and ugh, my feet are a mess!

Yes, it’s time for those strappy sandals and your feet haven’t recovered yet from a long, dry winter! Don’t panic thinking that you have to rush off to get an expensive salon pedicure when all you need is Clarisonic’s new Pedi system, which is designed to smooth and soften dull, rough feet at home.

Clarisonic Pedi System

This system counteracts the factors that cause dry, rough patches especially on heels and toes. It will make your feet soft, supple and sandal ready! Start by soaking feet for five minutes in a tub of warm water. You can add a spritz of any essential oils or shower gels for an added touch. Dispense a quarter size amount of the Pedi Buff to the soles of the feet and then use a wet Clarisonic Pedi Brush Head on the highest speed setting to massage into skin for 2-3 minutes on each foot, concentrating on heels or other rough, dry areas. Next, rinse and dry feet before massaging in Pedi Boost to both feet. Wait 3-5 minutes before massaging in Pedi Balm, and voila, no more yucky feet! Now, you’re ready to apply a pretty summer nail polish!

Try Essie Fashion Playground or Spin the Bottle for a nice clean look or Essie Hide & Go Chic for a more bold look!

Have Greatskin Through Menopause

Hormonal changes can wreak havoc on your complexion during this most trying time, and during this time, you will lose up to 30% of your collagen, which, of course, helps skin stay firm.   The following are a few tips for getting through this time with more ease.

Treat Blemishes.   http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Dr_Brandt_Blemis_5372af9a1f977.jpg Yes, you heard me right.  Zits, again?  Unfortunately, yes.  Hormonal fluctuations can lead to breakouts along your mouth, jaw, and chin.   However, because your skin is now in a dry state, skip the teen acne treatments and instead reach for a gentle facial cleanser but one that will get rid of pore clogging dirt and oil without stripping skin of moisture.  Try Dr Brandt Blemishes No More Daily Exfoliating Cleanser, which is strong enough to provide thorough cleansing, yet gentle enough to keep skin feeling fresh, clean, and protected without over drying.

 

http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/La_Roche_Posay_T_528118902c242.jpgSoothe Flushed Skin.   Hot flashes are common for most women during menopause.  They occur when blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate to regulate your body temperature, which causes your face to become red and perspire.  For a quick fix, tote a refreshing La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water in the 1.8 oz size to spritz on your face. It contains cooling, soothing, healing waters from natural springs in France. Top it off with GreatSkin’s Keep It Calm Serum.

 

Erase Age Spots http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/GreatSkin_Vitami_52b0d02ef06c2.png   Estrogen regulates the production of pigment in you skin known as melanin.  So, when it decreases, brown spots, caused by exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can start to appear along your face, neck, chest and hands.  Even out your skin tone by using a serum like GreatSkin Vitamin C 20%+B+E+ Ferulic, which will help wipe out discolorations and help with skin’s elasticity.

 

 

Upgrade Your Moisturizer.   The face lotion that you have used for years may not be hydrating enough anymore.  Oil productihttp://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Dermalogica_Inte_52dda7d1736cc.jpgon slows during menopause causing skin to thin and become prone to dryness.  To make it more supple, switch to a cream rich in moisture with vitamins A, C, and E.  Try Dermalogica’s Intensive Moisture Balance. http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/LRP-148t.jpgForget the days when you would go on vacation and come back with a glorious golden tan. Now, you’ll come back with an ugly mottled, freckled look! Therefore, your sunscreen is going to become your best friend.  Try any of La Roche Posay’s Anthelios sun protectors.  I personally like Anthelios SPF60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid.

 

http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Peter_Thomas_Rot_53756019141f0.jpgAlways Use a Night Time Remedy for Your Skin.    The most important time to treat your skin is while you are asleep, so do not forget to apply something wonderful before retiring for the night.  Try Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum, which gives maximum results with minimum irritation.  It encourages the skin renewal process while enhancing the tone and texture of your skin.  Fine lines and wrinkles will appear visibly reduced.  Skin will look renewed, refreshed, and restored!

Anti Aging Products/1 2 3 4 5!

Are you tired of using 15 different products each day for anti aging of the skin?  If so, try the following, I think you will be glad you did!

http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/GreatSkin_Vitami_52b0d02ef06c2.pngA daily serum with Vitamin C,B, E, and Ferulic like Greatskin’s 20% Vitamin C +B+E+Ferulic which  provides you with the Vitamin C you need for addressing fine lines and wrinkles, repairing photo damage ,and providing elasticity for your skin while fading any discolorations.

Follow with a moisturizer with high levels of Hyaluronic acid like our Greatskin Hyaluronic Cream  for normal to dry skin and 100% Pure Hyaluronic for normal to oily skin.  Both http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/GreatSkin___Hyal_4f6ba575d36a4.jpgprovide a plumping of the skin that diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and hydrating the skin.

Add a sunscreen with a high SPF like LaRoche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/LRP-148t.jpgLight Sunscreen Fluid  to guard against getting wrinkles from sun exposure.

At bedtime, after cleansing, apply a retinol, which will boost collagen, soften skin, even texture, and fade dark spots.   Try Greatskin’s Retinol Night Crème.

Apply an eye cream.  If you have a problem with puffinhttp://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Revision_Teamine_4f31b5b03b983.jpgess, apply Greatksin’s Refreshing Anti Puff (always store in the refrigerator to keep cold).   If you are targeting lines, apply Greatskin’s Retinol Eye Cream, and if you are targeting dark areas around the eyes, then apply Revision Teamine Eye Complex.

The Importance of a Thorough Nighttime Skincare Routine

Do you suffer from enlarged pores, occasional breakouts, and pigmented skin?  It could be that you are not practicing a regular nighttime routine to combat these annoying conditions.   Don’t have the time, you say?  The following is a typical routine that on five nights a week will only take two to three minutes of your time.  The other two nights, maybe ten to fifteen minutes.  However, I promise you, you will see an improvement in your skin within weeks!

http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Clarisonic_Mia_2_5368fa79e3db7.pngStart with a thorough cleansing of the skin with an exfoliating cleanser and your Clarisonic brush.  I could not live without mine!  Try our Greatskin AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, which has beads that will gently remove dull, dead skin cells and help your anti aging cream penetrate better.  In addition, it eliminates the extra step of doing a scrub.

Then, after rinsing thoroughly, apply Greatskin’s Retinol Night cream to face which will slow the breakdown of collagen (which http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/GreatSkin_Retino_4f7cbf172ddee.jpgleads to wrinkles) and reduce spots caused by sun damage.  Only use retinol at night and only on nights that you do not use a peel and mask.

Then, apply an eye cream with retinol, which will gently treat fine lines around the eyes.  Try GreatSkin’s Retinol eye Cream.

Now, two to three times a week you are going to cleanse just like before, but then, right http://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/DCL_Multi_Action_52cb2a2b9cb01.jpgafter follow up with a peel.  In addition, we at Greatskin have a wide variety of at home peels to choose from starting with Greatskin’s Glycolic Peel Pads, DCL Multi Action Refining Peel system with Penta Peel, or Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads.  These peels will dissolve dead surface skin, thus helping with the appearance of both wrinkles and dark spots.  All three are great, but Peter Thomas Roth Peel pads are the most cost effective.  You apply these disposable pads to a cleansed face, leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, rinse off, and dispose of pad.  Application to be done two to three times a week.

Follow up with an anti aging mask like our newhttp://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Peter_Thomas_Rot_5362c8d4bf636.jpg Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask with its innovative biotechnology creating five rose stem cells with four rose extracts that will help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.  It will regenerate, rejuvenate, hydrate, brighten, firm and tone your skin.  Reveals soft, silky radiant skin!

Following these two steps, this is the time to apply a wonderful serum to target the thing you want to correct most such as an anti wrinkle serum, ahttp://www.greatskin.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/pores_no_more_po_4f3ee17529d2f.gif pigment fading serum, a firming serum or a pore minimizing serum like Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Turbo Serum, Peter Thomas Roth Growth factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum, Peter Thomas Roth De spot Serum, or Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Thing.

Follow this regimen and I guarantee that you will see a difference in your skin in just a matter of weeks!

The Proven Anti-Agers That You Need to Know About, Minus the Hype!

Are you tired of being bombarded with ant aging commercials with unpronounceable ingredients, complicated regimens, and an unending array of pricey products?   You shouldn’t have to have a masters degree in chemistry to look your absolute youngest!  The following primer will demystify the world of lotions and potions and ultimately help you turn back the complexion clock!

 

Antioxidants.  Ingredients that reduce damage from free radicals which are the unstable molecules created by sunlight, cigarette smoke, and environmental toxins.  Free radicals latch onto cells, compromise their DNA, and leave the skin rough, sagging, and wrinkled.  Antioxidants stop them in their tracks!  Good ones include vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Marine Algae.  Try Greatskin’s Vitamin C+B+E+Ferulic Acid, on sale now for just $39.95 and GreatSkin’s Restorative Marine Moisturizer for just $35.

 

Hyaluronic Acid.  A naturally occurring skin molecule that retains moisture, which in turn, plumps fine lines.  Try Greatskin’s 100% Pure Hyaluronic at just $44 and Greatskin’s Hyaluronic Cream for just $40!

 

Niacinamide.  A B vitamin that strengthens the top layer of the skin, boosts elasticity, and minimizes redness.  Try Peter Thomas Roth’s Laser Free Resurfacer Serum w/ Dragon’s Blood for just $75, and Peter Thomas Roth’s Laser Free Eye Serum for just $58.

 

Peptides.  Itsy-bitsy protein fragments that repair skin and build collagen.  Try Peter Thomas Roth! (Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Turbo Serum for $150, Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum for $150, Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Crème for $110, or Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Night Crème for $110).

 

Retinoids.  The ingredients that all scientists and dermatologists agree on and for good reason.  They are that closest thing we have to the fountain of youth.  The vitamin A derivatives stimulate cell turnover and increase collagen production.  Retinol and retinyl palmitate are the weaker, but still effective, over the counter versions.  Tretenoin and Retin A are the stronger prescription formulations.  Try DCL’s Profoundly Effective A for just $27.60!

Vitamin C 20%+B+E+Ferulic & Hyaluronic Acid

I want to tell you about two products that we carry that I could not do without.  The Greatskin Vitamin C 20%+B+E+Ferulic and Greatskin’s 100% Pure Hyaluronic!

This is a dynamic combination for keeping skin young and supple!

 

We all know that sun exposure breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin’s matrix.   Vitamin C in itself is a well known powerful and effective anti oxidant that both protects skin from environmental stressors like the sun but, also, helps repair already existing photo damage.   In addition, it not only stimulates collagen formation, but also helps elasticity.  Now, in addition, add the benefits of Vitamin B, Vitamin E, and Ferulic, which help hydration, smoothness, and  discolorations.   Wow, what a product!   Now, to that, add the benefits of Greatskin’s 100% Pure Hyaluronic Acid which is often touted as a “fountain of youth” product.  Hyaluronic is a natural protein found in our own bodies, which provides moisture to our connective tissue, joints, and organs.   We start losing natural hyaluronic and water as early as in our twenties.  Therefore, we need to replenish it.   The loss of natural hyaluronic in our largest organ, the skin, is the most common cause of wrinkles, so the idea of putting it back into the skin to help repair wrinkles makes sense.  Hyaluronic plumps up skin with its tremendous moisture and hydration disguising lines and wrinkles.   In addition, it naturally stimulates collagen formation, increases elasticity while smoothing the skin.  All skin types can use both products.

Acids for the Skin

                            

The Skin Care Field has a multitude of products containing glycolic acids, lactic acids, fruit acids, and salicylic acids.  So many to choose from, and which one would be best for my skin?

Glycolic acid is the smallest molecule so it is better able to penetrate the deepest into the skin.  Derived from sugar, it is the most effective but has a greater potential to irritate.

Lactic Acid, made from sour milk, is the second smallest molecule.  It is gentler that glycolic and draws moisture to the skin as it removes dead skin cells while hydrating.

Fruit Acids such as Citrus (from lemon and grapefruit), and malic (from apples) are larger compounds that work on the uppermost layer of the skin.  They are often combined with glycolic or lactic acids for faster results.

Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyl acid, is ideal for treating acne.  It can penetrate and unclog oily pores.

Because glycolic acid is the smallest molecule of all the acids and better penetrates, it consequently, can yield the most dramatic results.  That is why it is used the most in anti aging products and doctor’s office peels.  It works and does the job!  It regenerates collagen, thickens the epidermis, and evens skin tone.  And, regarding those in office peels, the more recent ones leave skin glowing, and not flaky like the older versions once did.  Your skin should tingle for a few seconds during application and should leave skin looking refreshed afterwards.  If you have sensitive skin, better opt for lactic peels.  To show how popular these peels are, doctors performed over a million peels in their offices in 2012!

You can even give yourself at home peels with either DCL 20% Glycolic Peel Pads or Greatskin 20% Peel Pads or try Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads.  Use 3 times weekly on cleansed skin for a smooth, poreless, glowing, radiant complexion! Finish it off with Greatskin Glycolic Moisture Crème during the day and Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Night Crème at night!

 

Brighten Up!

Brighten Up!

As consumers wise up to the fact that an uneven skin tone may be making them look older than do their wrinkles, lines, or sags, brightening products are starting to become “musts” for these clients! Not only are the youngest baby boomers now in their 50′s —an age range notorious for the appearance of spots, blotches, and other pigment variations, but the telltale hyperpigmentation caused by photo damage is showing up on clients of all ages and skin types!

We , at GreatSkin, have many different brightening products, but today I will concentrate on one line, Rhonda Allison. If you suffer from any of the aforementioned skin tone problems, then you may want to consider the following skin care regime:

For use in the AM:

Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Cleanser

Rhonda Allison Natural Mega Brightening Serum

Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Gel (if you have combination to oily skin)

Rhonda Allison Brightening Pigment Lotion (for all skin types)

Rhonda Allison Brighten Cream Enhanced (if you have combination to dry skin)

Rhonda Allison Broad Spectrum Daytime Defense SPF30

For use in the PM:

Same Cleanser

Rhonda Allison Brightening Scrub (3x weekly)

Rhonda Allison skin Brightening Enzyme (3x weekly)

Same Moisturizer from above depending on skin type.

 

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Squalene

Squalene, a natural lipid found in plants, is a new way to moisturize your skin.

It is popping up in new face oils and the pros love it! Because it is so intensely hydrating, you only need a few drops when applying to your face and it won’t clog your pores!

This product is a humectant with marked anti inflammatory capacity. Add this to the healing and moisturizing of Vitamin E and you have a product that calms and moisturizes irritated skin while healing.

Try GreatSkin’s Squalene with Vitmain E for just $42!

GreatSkin’s New Serum C now Fortified with B,E and Ferulic!

Are you tired of your ho hum face serum? Why not start the New Year right with Greatskin’s new, potent Greatskin Vitamin C(20%), + B+E+Ferulic Serum currently in an introductory offering of just $39.95—-a savings of $20! The scientific compatibility and enhancement that these selected ingredients provide help combat oxidative stress on multiple levels for a deeper more satisfying antioxidant treatment than any one ingredient on its own! You might say that this is the “Queen Bee” of all antioxidant serums! A serum that provides unrivaled antioxidant benefits with actives that work synergistically to boost one another while hydrating, moisturizing and lightening the skin. Try it today and start the New Year right!

Ultimate Guide to Smoother Skin for the Holidays!

Have Smoother Skin for the Holidays!

 

  • Stop cleansing with bar soap! This leaves behind a residue that blocks pores. So, choose a cleanser with either alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, or a little salicylic to help balance your skin’s oil production. Be sure to cleanse twice daily to help clear dirt and oil from pores. Try Greatskin’s AHA/BHA Cleanser along with a Clarisonic Brush which cleans your skin 6 times better than with a wash cloth. And, if you have to use a wash cloth, make sure that it is white so dyes from a colored cloth won’t get into your pores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Always apply a primer before applying foundation. It will smooth your skin out just like a painter smooths his canvas before applying the paint! Peter Thomas Roth’s Unwrinkle Primer is great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Drink more water. Sugary drinks can cause excess sebum which can fill and clog pores.

 

 

  • And, last but not least, don’t squeeze or pick at blackheads. This will only cause oils and bacteria from fingers to enter pores which will only cause spreading and possible infection. Always seek a professional aestheticism’s deep pore cleansing facials for help with that problem.