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 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!


Winter Skin Care Products

With the onset of a cold and brutal winter at hand, we need to take extra care and protect our skin from becoming chapped, cracked, and dry. Cabot Labs has come out with a powerful cream, Cabot POL Phopholipid Cream,  and lotion that delivers phospholipids, powerful antioxidants, and protective moisturizers strong enough to protect and renew thin, dry sensitive skin and help fight skin irritation, inflammation, and aging. Use for skin at risk from or prone to: Aging, Drying, Psoriasis, Diabetic Ulcers, Itching, Eczema, Chafing, Peripheral Vascular disease (lack of circulation), peripheral venous disease (stagnant venous circulation of incompetant venous valves, swollen legs, tight skin etc), Thinning skin, and the product even heals stage 2 and 3 bedsores! The active ingredient is a porcine placental extract with miraculous anti inflammatory and healing, moisturizing capacity. The product is made without the use of parabens, steroids, or fragrances, and retails for $15.00 for a tube of cream and $18.00 for a bottle of lotion.

While we are on the topic of cold, winter, weather, don’t forget to protect your lips from the severe elements with Donnell’s Lip Saver with SPF. This powerful little product helps to prevent dry, chapped lips and retails for only $9.00.  This product is manufactured by the same company that makes Telomera, a potent anti-aging , age reversing cream based on the incredible properties of the Astragalus root with respect to maintenance of chromosome integrity through telomere preservation.

A Few of My Favorite New Things

I absolutely love Peter Thomas Roth’s new Laser Free Resurfacer Serum and Peter Thomas Roth’s FirmX Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum! I am using both of these wonderful products  and have notices a marked difference in my skin. Laser Free Resurfacer repairs, resurfaces, regenerates and renews the skin with 33.5% Dragon’s Blood Complex, and extract from the tree Croton lechleri,which has some pretty miraculous healing properties.

In a 4 week consumer study women ages 41-60 applying the product twice daily noted an increase in collagen by 84%, a boost in elastin by 61% and a diminution in lines and wrinkles by 56% . In another study, women using the FirmX Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum reported that their face appeared firmer and more youthful looking in just 4 short weeks! The Laser Free Resurfacer comes in a 1 oz container and retails for $75.00, and the FirmX Growth Factor Neuropeptide Serum contains 1 oz and retails for $150.00.  In my estimation, worth every penny!

Enlarged Pores?

Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Thing Tightening GelAre you plagued with enlarged pores? It’s difficult to actually get rid of enlarged pores, however, you certainly can make them appear less obvious and noticeable. Pores look bigger when they are clogged with oil. Try these pointers. Use a salicylic acid based exfoliant 3 times per week to keep your pores clear, such as the GreatSkin 2% Salicylic Exfoliator: go for a professional deep pore cleansing facial once per month, and for a quick fix smooth on an oil absorbing mattifier like Dr Brandt Pores no More, Tightening Gel.

GreatSkin® Salicylic Acid Exfoliator 2% w/ free Gauze Pads

NeoCutis Lumiere Eye Cream

NeoCutis Lumiere Eye Cream

It’s the closest you can get to “auto fixing” puffiness and dark circles! Few Formulas target both so effectively. NeoCutis Lumiere Eye Cream is a triple threat; hyaluronic acid plumps skin, protein growth factors promote new collagen , and caffeine tightens and restricts blood vessels. This powerful combination, is about the best thing you can do, besides blepharoplasties (eye surgery) for the looks of your peri ocular skin complex!

Stressed Skin

The Problem- Stressed, reactive, reddened, blotchy, dehydrated skin.

Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Relief Masque (SKU# DM-207) is a powerful ultra calming masque enriched with colloidal oatmeal to soothe enrages skin and provide lasting relief from sensitized skin flare-ups and redness.

Use 2-3 times a week.

Dull, Sallow, Lackluster, Photo Damaged Skin

The Problem- Dull, Sallow, Lackluster, Photo Damaged Skin

The Solution: Peter Thomas Roth Radiance Oxygenating Mask (SKU# PTR-102). A unique mask with effective brighteners, hydrators, and antioxidants that can oxygenate damaged skin cells and impart a visibly radiant, luminous, polished glow!

Apply 2-3 times a week.

Prematurely Aging Skin

The Problem- Prematurely Aging Skin

It’s not a sunburn that indicates sundamage. Even the slightest tan is a sign of overexposure. Within seconds of the sun’s UV rays hitting your skin, pigment-producing cells go into overdrive. That’s why your once porcelain complexion may look freckled and uneven come September. Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque (SKU# DM-143) is a powerful masque of concentrated antioxidant vitamins to help skin regeneration. Repair and restore! That’s what it does!

Apply 2-3 times a week.

Saving Face

Summer certainly is wonderful, however, months of sun sweat, chlorine, and salt water can cause a variety of complexion concerns. Smooth on one of these fantastic masks which can penetrate the skin more quickly than moisturizers to help correct some of these problems.

The Problem- Dryness, Wrinkles

All of the aforementioned things can strip skin of its protective lipids, allowing natural moisture to evaporate faster. Wrinkles and fine lines can look deeper on dehydrated skin as well, so look for a mask with hyaluronic acid which attracts moisture. Try Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Mask (SKU# DM-152) which provides increased hydration and improved elasticity while minimizing the appearance of fine lines.

Apply 2-3 times a week.

Healthy Summer Drinks for Your Skin

Yes, we all know that iced tea drinks using white, black or green or red  teas are great for our health, but did we know that they are also good for our skin!  Another iced drink good for our skin is iced coffee.

How about an iced blender drink that is loaded with anti oxidants and phyto nutrients to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles:

!/2 cup each of Blueberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries.  Mix with 1 cup of Apple Juice 1 cup of ice and blend in a blender.

And, speaking of anti oxidants, try our Zrii Amalaki Juice  with ice  which contains amalaki, turmeric, ginger, jujube, schizandra, pomegranate, pear, and grape juice.  It’s yummy and really good for your health and skin!

Start your day with a Radiant Complexion

Exuviance SkinRise Bionic Tonic

Start your day by revealing a radiant complexion with , enhance the clarity of your skin, improve the firmness and smoothness of your skin with Exuviance SkinRise Bionic Tonic. This powerful toning, moisturizing, antioxidant and anti-aging product will awaken your skin, spirit and senses. It works to reveal a healthy, radiant complexion, with enhanced clarity, smoothness and a youthful glow. Contains vitamins A, C and E and green tea extracts to help protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals and harmful environmental factors. For stressed skin, use in place of your daily toner. Packaged in 36 convenient single use pads. Ideal for all skin types.