Caring for Oily Skin

Posted for AcneAnti AgingBeautyOily SkinSkin CareSkin Cleansers & Toners On February 10, 2012

It glistens and it shines… It’s as greasy as its glossy!

Yeah… I am talking about oily skin. Those who have it know it what goes into its care. It’s a losing battle against shine and grease on the face!

So let me tell you some intricacies about oily skin and how to set it right!

Overactive sebaceous glands! They are responsible for the increased production of sebum that further leads to oiliness of the skin. When sebaceous glands secrete more than normal amounts of oil, the skin pores stretch out and darken which then are called blackheads.

Other deciding factors of oily skin are genetic make up, hormonal changes during adolescence, medications and use of certain unsuitable skin care products. Well… genetics and hormones are something you cannot do much about, but there are many other things that you can do at your end to ensure undue oiliness doesn’t reside on your skin.

Here are some tips that you should keep in mind:

• Use skin care products that are specially formulated for your particular skin type

• Cleanse your face every morning and night so as to remove any dirt, impurities and make up residues. Do not cleanse more than twice a day as it will give way to skin dryness. Use mild water based cleansers that cleans the face but don’t irritate the skin. Avoid using cream based cleansers.

• Wear a sunscreen with high SPF content of 30 or more throughout the day. Apply it at least 15-20 minutes before venturing out and reapply as and when required.

• Follow an effective skin care regimen on daily basis and nourish your skin well.

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Jane Iredale Makeup Reviews

Posted for Anti AgingBeautyEye Care & Eye Make UPLip CareMoisturizersSkin Care On January 27, 2012

I don’t know what it is about Jane Iredale, but this mineral makeup manufacturer has a special way of creating makeup.  Their vision crystallized into products that not only looks beautiful on the skin but is healthy, too.

As many know, the biggest tip in beauty is finding the right foundation. After all, it prepares the canvas for the other makeup to follow.

Among the impressive list of Jane Iredale Makeup inventory, we offer some sterling choices in foundations such as Liquid Minerals Foundation, Pure Pressed Base, and Amazing Base.  All these products have an array of shades to match any skin tone and phenomenal coverage capabilities.

Below is a brief description of each to help you make the right choice for your skin.

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation

Known to even out skin tone and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, this foundation is packed with lysosomes, vegetable glycerin and aloe vera.  They are wonderful formulas that benefit the skin.

The bottle holds a liquid formula which contains beads.  Described as cutting-edge, Jane Iredale delivers active ingredients in these beads that are time-released and penetrate into the skin.

After an application, Jane Iredale users either apply Amazing Base or Pure Pressed Base for broad-spectrum sun shielding protection.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base

Stored in a compact, this product is a powerhouse combination of a foundation, powder, concealer, and sunscreen. This makeup base, recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, has a sun protection factor of 20.  Its algae extract helps lock in moisture to keep skin looking youthful and protecting it from ultra violet rays.

For those with sensitive skin, Pure Pressed Base has no fragrances, oil, talc, parabens and fillers which make it a perfect choice.

Jane Iredale Amazing Base

This rich, loose mineral foundation offers UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sun protection providing the ultimate solar defense. Like the Pure Pressed Base, it’s also free from oil, talc, dyes and parabens.  Amazing Base is excellent for people with sensitive skin, including conditions such as eczema and roseacea.

It is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Finding a foundation that offers coverage, skin care perks, and sun protection gives you another tool to keep that youthful and luminous glow.

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Sunscreen Isn’t Just For Summer

Posted for Anti AgingBeautyEye Care & Eye Make UPMoisturizersOily SkinSkin CareSun Tanning On January 23, 2012

Sunscreen just isn’t for hot summer days.  It’s something that should be applied every single day of the year. Although it may be deceiving, about 80 percent of ultra violet rays still seep its way through overcast skies damaging skin and causing premature aging.

Anytime someone is outdoors they are at risk for sun damage.  And yes, that includes playing sports, gardening, or even just walking the dog.  Don’t forget that the reflection of snow and sand also boosts the exposure to UV rays.

In addition to premature aging, reports estimate that skin cancer is still a disease to contend with for both men and women. That’s why sunscreen is so important.

Skin Care Heaven, an e-commerce store in Carlsbad offers an array of quality solar defense inventory.

Here are some valuable tips into different ways of shielding your skin to keep it healthy and young looking.

SUNSCREEN 101

Sun protection can be found in organic and non-organic formulas. On the shelves they come in gels, sprays, lotions, creams, sticks, and powder forms. The most important one to buy is a product that offers a broad spectrum which simply means it protects the user from UVA and UVB rays.

Those who love using organic products will more than likely find the following ingredients:

  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate
  • Homosalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Titanium Dioxide 2.0%

For the most part, organic sunscreens are paraben and fragrance free.  But check the labels to make sure.  Because UVA and UVB sunscreen offer the best protection out there, double check that the vegetarian ingredients in the bottle offer it, as well.

Non-organic sunscreen manufacturers not only offer sun protection but their ingredients may also include anti-aging and skin recovery ingredients like Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery does. And these days, sunscreens are non-greasy, absorb quickly and are featherweight. Even those with acne prone skin can find the perfect product that meet their skin care needs.

Important ingredients to look for in these products are:

  • Ecamsule
  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • Sulisobenzone
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Zinc oxide

Last but not least, tinted moisturizers like Revision Skin Care have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 45. Avid users of tinted moisturizers love the light, natural coverage and oftentimes use it instead of a heavier foundation.

Healthcare professionals recommend using a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher and to consider a waterproof one, too.

APPLICATION TIPS 

The best time to apply sunscreen is 15 to 30 minutes before going outside.  And please don’t be stingy with it. The rule of thumb is a “shot-size” glass serving or more for an adult body.  Research has shown that not enough people use sunscreen and remain unprotected.

Don’t let the “long-lasting” words on the bottle think sunscreen is only applied once a day.  A solar defense needs to be reapplied every two to three hours when outdoors.  And if the product is not waterproof, it must be reapplied after sweating or following a swim.

The most common places people forget to apply sunscreen are:

  • Ears
  • Back of legs
  • Feet
  • Top of hands
  • Scalp (if there is a receding hairline or one wears a buzz cut)

While sunscreen is one surefire way to keep skin looking youthful and healthy, add in some other skin saving tools like a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and retreat to shady areas whenever possible.

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The Shelf Life of Skin Care Products

Posted for AcneAnti AgingBeautyEye Care & Eye Make UPLip CareMoisturizersOily SkinSkin CareSkin Cleansers & Toners On January 23, 2012

Skin care products don’t have an expiration date. So, this makes things a bit tricky in figuring out when to toss out skin care products before they go bad.

As chief officer of an online skin care product store, a producer of my own product line, and operation of a new day spa, it’s important to understand the potency of a product and when it’s time to pitch it. Our health always comes first.

To keep track, some suggest writing a date on the packaging but so many of us forget to recheck it. Instead, a better way is to use your computer or cell phone calendar with “alarm” reminders for a 3, 6, 9 and 12 month checkup to see if it’s product trashcan time.

While many think their products may last up to two years that really may not be the case on all types of skin care and beauty products.

For example, if a cream or lotion product has turned thin or lumpy, chuck it. Other signs to watch out for are:

  • Changes in smell
  • Has a different feeling on the skin when applied
  • Turned darker in color
  • Product divided itself into visible layers

And anti aging products which contain antioxidants, retinol, and vitamins are always at a higher risk for a sooner expiration date. So be sure lids are replaced tightly.

To keep bacterial contamination from happening, keep your fingers out of those containers. When bacteria gets in there, the product is ruined and there’s no turning back. A perfectly new skin care product can go bad instantly once bacteria invades it.

Other helpful tips are:

  • Store your products in a cool place such as a cabinet.
  • If your new product has a broken seal return it immediately.
  • Keep your products away from the sunlight.
  • Always wash your hands before using skin care products.
  • If an infection or rash is brought on by a product throw it out.
  • Do not add water to a formula.

Because there are no regulations and expiration dates, it’s really up to you to figure out when it’s time to part with your products. At first, it may feel like you are throwing away money, but in the end, you are saving your body from the threat of bacterial contamination. And no one wants to risk that.

Remember, these products only last so long once that lid is officially unscrewed.

Although moisturizers, serums, and creams tend to last 6 months to a year, some product ingredients can speed up the expiration date such as:

  • Plant Extracts: known for its wonderful skin care properties, plant extracts have a shorter shelf life.
  • Preservative-Free Ingredients: while many enjoy the thought of not putting preservatives on their bodies, do keep an eye out for changes since preservatives help fight off bacteria.
  • Water: if this is the first or second item on the list of ingredients it has more of a chance to promote bacteria.
  • Wax: this ingredient may also offer a shorter expiration date especially if it has little water in its formula.

It’s important to point out that if you stick with your skin care routine and are mindful of bacterial contamination, chances are you’ll use up your product before it expires.

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Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum Delivers

Posted for Anti AgingBeautyMoisturizersOily SkinSkin Care On January 20, 2012

The reviews are in on Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum and it’s a good one. This nighttime anti-aging serum can be used with any moisturizer you already have in your skin care routine.  Yes, it’s that flexible.

And that’s why Skin Care Heaven in Carlsbad decided to carry it.

Its peptides and oil promote collagen and does wonders for the skin.  A youthful luminosity is the head-turning result for both mature and premature aging skin.  Dermaologica calls its peptide serum as supercharged.  While collagen is produced, the overall skin structure becomes firmer and better toned.

Although it has oils in its formula which encourages hydration, it is not the least bit greasy. The product is also color and artificial fragrance free which is great for sensitive skin types.

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Users love the natural aroma of the argan and rose oils.  These powerhouse ingredients lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

This serum truly repairs the skin leaving it soft and supple.

Only 4 to 6 drops of serum at night is needed for these fantastic results.  A little goes a long way.  It can be applied directly on your face or you can add it to your evening moisturizer.  Either way is fine.

Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum users are waking up to younger, silky smooth skin.

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The Best Acne Treatments Out There

Posted for AcneAnti AgingBeautyMoisturizersOily SkinSkin CareSkin Care DeviceSkin Cleansers & Toners On January 17, 2012

These days, it seems like people of all ages are battling acne.  From teenagers to adults, everyone wants to know, “What is the best acne treatment out there?”

From clinical to over the counter (OTC) products, there’s so many to choose from.  But as some have already discovered, OTC products may just not be strong enough to see the acne battle come to an end.

Skin Care Heaven, an e-commerce store located in Carlsbad, offers clinical products and ships for free. In fact, they offer many of the clinical treatments mentioned here.

Remember, acne is treatable.  Below is a list of the best acne treatments out there and are priced from high to low to help meet any budget.

LightStim Acne Light Therapy

It’s probably surprising to read that LED light therapy is on top of the list.  For around $300, it’s a treatment that’s used in medical offices and is now available for at-home use.  It’s another tool used along with a topical treatment plan.

LightStim Acne Light Therapy is FDA cleared and that’s super important.

Its combination of blue, red, and infrared wavelengths combats acne and keeps it under control.

Even those with sensitive skin saw the following clinical improvements within eight weeks:

  • Calm redness and inflammation brought on by acne
  • Clinically demonstrated to destroy acne bacteria named, propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes)
  • Decreases pore size
  • Helps heal acne scars
  • Recommended by health care professionals
  • Treats blackheads

ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Care Program

ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Care Program is great for those who get breakouts that are related to hormones and genetics.  The system, costing about $120, has been described as one of the top acne treatments.

Its four quick steps include:

  1. The ZO OFFECTS: An exfoliating cleanser packed with vitamin E encapsulated beads and advanced lipopeptides that gently remove impurities, extra oil, and repairs skin surface.
  2. The ZO Exfoliating Polish: Round magnesium crystals with a boost of vitamins A, C, C-Esters and E removes dead skin cells and sebum to keep pores clean.
  3. The ZO OFFECTS TE-PADS: These pads, soaked in 2 percent salicylic acid and botanical extracts, calm the skin while controlling oil and getting rid of dead skin cells.
  4. The ZO Tea Tree Mask:  Once a week, this mask is applied to address sebum and soothe acne-prone skin.

Skin Care Heaven Basic Acne Clarifying System

For about $55, the Skin Care Heaven Basic Acne Clarifying System, reduces, restores, and prevents blemished skin.

This great treatment includes:

  • Resurfacing Cleanser: Gently, it cleans the skin while unclogging pores.
  • Resurfacing Toning Pads: These pads offer a gentle way to exfoliate the skin.
  • Clarifying Acne Gel: This anti-bacterial spot treatment helps fight acne breakouts.
  • Chemical-Free SPF 30: This product moisturizes while protecting the skin from harmful UV rays.

Dermalogica Clean Start Kit

The Dermalogica Clean Start Kit roughly costs about $35 and contains a five step program to target acne and prevent future breakouts. This system helps cleanse, tone, treat and moisturize.
Dermalogica Clean Start Kit includes the following kit items:

  • Washoff: a deep cleanser that gets down into the pores
  • All Over Clear: a great mist that keeps skin from getting oily throughout the day and offers UV protection.
  • Ready, Set, Scrub: a great scrub and masque which will help clear acne and renew pores.
  • Welcome Matte SPF15: another step to protect skin from UV damage while controlling acne and providing a shine-free complexion.
  • Bedtime for Breakouts: a great nighttime acne treatment that works hard to unclog pores during the night.

Living without acne can become a reality when the right treatment is found!

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The Year Ahead In Skin Care

Posted for AcneAnti AgingBeautyEye Care & Eye Make UPLip CareMoisturizersOily SkinSkin CareSkin Care DeviceSkin Cleansers & TonersSun Tanning On January 10, 2012

With an eye to the New Year, the science of skin care technology has been uncovered more than ever and is really forging forward in the year ahead.  Top quality devices used in clinical offices are now available for at-home use.

These tools are phenomenal and endless with their own unique capabilities.  Here’s a peek into a few of them which can be purchased online at Skin Care Heaven in Carlsbad which helps unleash gorgeous looking skin.  Above all, find a therapy which is FDA cleared and a manufacturer which stands behind its clinical studies.

Used as an adjunct therapy to a current routine, these devices are taking the art of skin care to a whole new level.

Micro-Current Technology

The superstar power behind micro-current technology is its ability to invigorate muscles beneath the skin.  It’s an anti-aging goldmine. NuFACE® has mastered this handheld device with its NuFACE® Trinity Device, NuFACE Microcurrent Facial Toning Device® Skin Care System Pink Plus Face & Body Universal, and NuFace® Microcurrent Facial Toning Device.

Beauty magazines are raving about it.

In less than five minutes a day, this pain-free tool will sculpt the skin and reveal immediate results.  FDA cleared, NuFACE® sculpts and decreases fine lines and wrinkles while firming up slack skin.

Devoted NuFACE® users have noticed remarkable improvements such as:

  • Tighter and supple skin
  • Defined and lifted cheekbones
  • Overall skin rejuvenation
  • More prominent jaw line area
  • Brow area toned and lifted

The kit comes with a conductive gel and optimizing mist. NuFACE is describing its devices as a person’s own personal trainer for their face and the glowing results are proving this claim.

LED Light Therapy

Many clinical offices are successfully using LED Light Therapy as a form of treatment to address signs of premature aging and acne.  LightStim, an at-home handheld device provides both kinds. Like NuFACE®, LightStim is FDA cleared and gives users peace of mind.

What separates LightStim from the rest of LED light therapy its unique application of red, amber and infrared LED light.  The LightStim Professional Anti-Aging Light Treatment offers all three combinations which boost collagen and elastin – these are the goals in achieving younger looking skin.

This noninvasive, pain-free treatment is recommended for daily use.

Clinical studies have reported the following skin improvements with LightStim Professional Anti-Aging Light Treatment:

  • Firms slack areas
  • Helps treat sun overexposure to the skin
  • Hydrates
  • Lessens lines and wrinkles
  • Promotes even skin tone
  • Treats hyper pigmentation
  • Softens skin

Acne just doesn’t pop up in the teenage years.  As many adults have learned, they aren’t inoculated to pimples.  LightStim Acne Light Therapy is breaking new ground in attacking acne. Those with sensitive skin are using it, too.

The light therapy attacks the bacteria which cause acne and calms irritated skin. Within two months, users have noticed an amazing improvement in their skin.  Highlights to its long list of benefits include:

  • Calm redness and inflammation brought on by acne
  • Clinically demonstrated to destroy acne bacteria named, propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes)
  • Decreases pore size
  • Helps heal acne scars
  • Recommended by health care professionals
  • Treats blackheads

For years, people have thought that celebrities and only the wealthy were privy to skin care device treatments.  But that’s all changed.  Now, these devices are available to everyone because it’s deserved by all!

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A New Year’s Resolution For Beautiful Skin

Posted for Anti AgingBeautySkin Care On January 7, 2012

When thinking of a New Year’s Resolution one item on top of the list is better skin care.  After all, who doesn’t want to look younger?  Like many have discovered over time, New Year’s Resolutions may be easier said than done.

But if better skin care is the goal, then here is an easy-to-follow recipe to make it become a reality.

By the way, Skin Care Heaven in Carlsbad is great place to visit on the web because they offer all the products one needs to reveal more gorgeous skin.

Below are five great steps to achieve this resolution in the New Year.

Step 1: Sunscreen

Literally, sunscreen is one of the most important things to wear when outdoors. And yes, this even includes overcast days because ultra violet rays can still be harmful.

The number one reason for premature aging is the sun. Ultra violet rays is the culprit for fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, large pores, uneven skin tone, and zaps away youthful beauty.  Sunscreen will slow down this aging process.

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Sunscreen comes in array of choices for different skin types including those with acne prone skin. These days, sunscreen can be oil-free, silky and featherweight.

Tinted moisturizers, such as Revision, are fantastic because it provides wonderful hydration, offers a hint of color, and shields against harmful rays. It also fights signs of aging with its peptides which shrink pores.

Purchasing a broad spectrum sunscreen is always a wise skin care choice.

Step 2:  Implement A Skin Care Regimen

Having a skin care routine in place is the key to beautiful skin.  This regimen is done both morning and night.  Above all, always remember to remove makeup at night before going to bed.

A good skin care regimen may include:

  • Soap-free facial cleanser
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer
  • Special topical treatments such as anti-aging or anti-acne applications
  • Exfoliator (done about twice a week)

Implementing a sonic skin cleansing system is also a wonderful idea since it renews skin and gets it prepared for better product penetration.

Once a skin care routine is in place it becomes like second nature.

Step 3: Moisturize The Whole Body

Beautiful skin means head to toe luminosity.  Especially in the summer and winter months, don’t forget to apply body lotion or body butter after bathing.  Rub it on when skin is slightly damp for more hydration benefits.

An exfoliator, such as a sugar scrub, is a great addition to slough off dry skin.  Doing this a couple times a week will keep skin soft, supple, and smooth.

Step 4: TLC For The Skin

Here are some other quick tips for the TLC skin care list:

  • Avoid hot baths and showers since this will dehydrate skin.
  • Never tug or pull on skin when cleansing or removing makeup.
  • Pat skin dry and leave some moisture behind for a rehydration boost.

Step 5: Eating Healthy

More than likely eating healthier is on the New Year’s Resolution list, too.  A balanced and nutritious diet won’t only help shed off unwanted pounds but it will do wonders for the skin.  The recommended dietary amount of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and water will leave skin more luminous.

Happy New Year!

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Younger Looking Skin With NuFACE Trinity Device

Posted for Anti AgingBeautySkin CareSkin Care Device On January 6, 2012

Well, they did it again.  NuFACE has added another amazing product called NuFACE® Trinity Device to its micro current facial toning menu.  Their new ergonomic design which is FDA approved, invigorates muscles underneath the skin to decrease fine lines and wrinkles.

While it gently takes years off, it also will intensify muscle strength in the face which helps lift and tone slack skin.  And firmer and smoother skin means younger looker skin.

Right now, the San Diego based e-commerce store Skin Care Heaven is offering NuFACE® Trinity at a special holiday discounted rate.

Reviewers are giving a thumbs-up on the new comfortable handheld device.  Everyone loves the fact that they can have a NuFACE treatment in the privacy of their own home; this device is like having your own professional aesthetic clinician.

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In less than five minutes a day, NuFACE® Trinity users will see a marked improvement in areas such as:

  • Tighter and supple skin
  • Defined and lifted cheekbones
  • More prominent jaw line area
  • Brow area toned and lifted

NuFACE is describing the Trinity Device as one’s own Pilates trainer for the face and it really is.  This new addition is a sterling non-invasive facial toning treatment and its features include:

  • Simple button controls
  • Interchangeable therapy/treatment heads
  • Modern design
  • Rechargeable battery
  • A skin sensor alert to ensure proper treatment times

Along with the NewFACE® Trinity Device and micro current head, the system also includes a gel primer, charging cradle, manual and tip cards.  Looking young has never been this easy!

NuFace Trinity Instructional Video

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A Year in Review with Skin Care Heaven

Posted for Anti AgingBeautySkin Care On January 6, 2012

How quick time flies. And once again, it’s time to focus on a “Year in Review,” and in this case, one that targets skincare health.

In 2011, DNA repair treatments really began to earn its worth. Critics did their research and found that there are scientific remedies out there which have some merit. It was a prestigious recognition for this company and for those who stand behind the science of DNA repair.

Skin Care Heaven’s serum restores damaged tissue and delays signs of aging. It delivers powerful enzymes and protective antioxidants to moisturize the skin while working hard with its DNA repair and recovery. What all this means it that the serum has the power to repair sun damaged skin while protecting it from future damage. Along with smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines it also fades sun spots.

While different manufacturers use their own DNA repair recipe, the Skin Care Heaven DNA Repair Serum formula use enzymes from plankton that rebuild damaged cells. Once it locates and removes injured tissue, it paves the way for new, healthy tissue to grow in its place.

This enzyme is an extract from Micrococcus luteus which is called Micrococcus lysate. Skin Care Heaven discovered that Micrococcus luteus was a phenomenal UV resistant enzyme which aimed at sun damaged DNA and its recovery.

This advanced technology is also coupled with antioxidants and caffeine.

The antioxidants inside this self-correcting serum are a combination of vitamins A, C, and E which mend damaged skin and protect it against future free radicals. And the caffeine component reduces redness and inflammation.

Being part of the revolutionary science behind DNA repair has been a thrill for Skin Care Heaven, and even more so, because they were recognized by a top tier media publication for their formula.

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