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Best steps to avoid wintertime acne

Posted for AcneAnti AgingBeautyGift IdeasMoisturizersnatural skin careparaben free skin careSaleSkin CareSkin Care DeviceSkin Cleansers & TonersUncategorized On February 1, 2013

Some may think that the summer months is the only time of year where people deal with acne.  But that’s not the case.  The cold temperatures during the winter and early spring months can worsen acne and spur new pimples.

Many skin care professionals believe that the reason for wintertime acne breakouts is the mixture of cold weather coupled with indoor heated rooms. 

“The drastic change between outdoor and indoor temperatures is causing dead skin cells and debris to clog your pores, “said Skin Care Heaven’s spokesperson.  “These clogged pores will cause acne in no time at all.”

Skin Care Heaven, an e-commerce skin care store and storefront in San Diego, offers products to help those with acne. And this includes seasonal acne, as well.

“Skin care technology has come a long way and there are actually two devices that can really help acne sufferers,” said the spokesperson.  “The first is a Clarisonic Cleansing System to ensure a good cleaning of your skin and pores and the other is LED light treatment from LightStim.”

LightStim is being called a great skin care device that can heal and prevent acne.  Its combination of blue, red, and infrared wavelengths assists with the following:

* Calms redness and inflammation brought on by acne

* Clinically demonstrated to destroy acne bacteria, P. acnes

* Decreases pore size

* Helps heal acne scars

* Treats blackheads

“While skin care devices are excellent in the fight against acne, using good topical skin care treatment is essential,” said the spokesperson. “What works best is an acne treatment system and they can cost anywhere from $35 to $150.”

The best acne treatments include:

* Dermalogica Clean Start Kit

* Obagi Clenziderm MD

* Skin Care Heaven Basic Acne Clarifying System

“When shopping around for the right acne treatment system, it’s important to find products that stop breakouts, but at the same time, help keep your skin hydrated,” she added. “A great system will include a deep pore cleanser, a daytime and nighttime topical, and even a mask that absorbs excess oil.”

The right skin care regimen can stop acne in its tracks.

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New Year, New Skin Care Technology

Posted for AcneAnti AgingBeautyGift IdeasSaleSkin CareSkin Care DeviceUncategorized On January 9, 2013

Skin care technology has come a long way.  And the New Year is making it possible for everyone to have healthier, younger and more beautiful skin. While a daily topical skin care routine is fantastic, adding FDA cleared technology will boost those skin care goals to new heights.  

Skin Care Heaven, a leading e-commerce store and quaint storefront in Encinitas, handpicks only the best skin care devices. It’s a perfect starting point for those new to the world of skin care technology because their savvy professionals offer a wealth of information.

“People are so excited about new skin care technology because now they can have spa treatments in the privacy of their own home,” said Skin Care Heaven’s spokesperson.  “We’ve done the homework for you and stocked our shelves with quality devices which are FDA cleared.”   

One of the most popular devices to have hit the market shelves is the Clarisonic Cleansing System

“Clarisonic is such an important first step because it cleanses your skin and buffs away impurities,” the spokesperson said.  She added, “And not many people are aware that this is the same company who introduced the sonic toothbrush so they are really scientifically driven and have earned a lot of consumer respect over the years.”

Clarisonic users like the brush head varieties to ensure head to toe sonic cleansing.  This special system also does the following:

  • Improves skin tone
  • Lessens visible pores
  • Smoothes out fine lines
  • Promotes soft skin

“A superior handheld anti-aging device which offers micro-current technology is produced by NuFACE,” she said, adding how they have a few different selections to meet various skin type needs.  “This device superstar invigorates muscles beneath the skin through its micro-current technology and the results include tighter skin, toned and lifted cheekbone and brow areas, and overall skin rejuvenation.”

In less than five minutes a day, NuFACE will uncover more luminous skin.

Another trailblazer in skin care is LED light therapy.  This type of at-home treatment addresses anti-aging and acne prone skin. Skin Care Heaven chose LightStim for its LED light therapy choice since it is FDA cleared and easy-to-use.

“What separates LightStim from other types of LED light therapy is its unique application of red, amber and infrared LED light,” the spokesperson said.  She continued, “The LightStim Professional Anti-Aging Light Treatment offers all three combinations which boost collagen and elastin for younger looking skin.”

This LightStim also helps in areas such as:

  • Firms slack skin
  • Treats sun overexposure
  • Hydrates
  • Lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps with hyper-pigmentation
  • Softens skin

“LightStim’s acne light therapy calms irritated skin while combating pimples.  This great LED light therapy also kills p. acnes, lessens pore size, improves acne scars, and treats blackheads,” she said.

Adding skin care technology to that New Year’s resolution list will be the easiest goal to achieve because the right devices will uncover gorgeous skin in no time at all.  

 

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Healthy Habits of Beautiful Skin

Posted for Anti AgingBeautySkin Care On February 11, 2012

Our lifestyle influences the way our skin looks.  Although many might think their skin is rugged, the truth of the matter is it’s delicate and needs tender loving care from the inside out.

Our skin protects us from the outdoor elements and harsh environments, so in turn we need to renew it with better daily habits.

Here are some tips to achieve better looking skin that everyone will envy.

Skin Care Routine:

It’s so important to have a daily skin care regimen which includes at least a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.  For those serious about keeping their skin youthful, it’s important to find the right skin care products for a particular skin type.  Whether it’s anti-aging, acne fighting, dry skin, combination or normal skin, do locate the right product line for maximum results.

Skin Care Heaven offers an array of top skin care inventory for all skin types. Be sure to check out our “heavenly deal of the day” for extra discount prices.

Teaming up with a skin care professional is another great pathway, too.

Wear Sunscreen Daily:

Before you walk out the door, be sure to wear sunscreen. In fact, apply it about 15 to 20 minutes before going outside.

UVA and UVB rays cause rapid premature skin aging, and even worse, skin cancer. Be it a bright sunny afternoon or an overcast day harmful rays will penetrate through and do its damage.  This is why wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen every day is so important.

When purchasing a broad spectrum sunscreen, important ingredients to look for are:

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

Literally, sunscreen is one of the top defenders in any anti-aging skin care regimen.  The sooner you start wearing it, the better your skin will be.

Stop Smoking:

While much research has touted the negative health issues of smoking, another area it can wreak havoc on is the skin.

Smoking can fast forward fine lines and wrinkles, paleness, and grayish facial coloring.  These side effects can add years to your face.

Cigarette smoke changes the blood vessels in the skin causing them to shrink and slow down the blood flow.  Ultimately, this leads to less oxygen.  And nutrients such as vitamins A and C are unable to reach the upper skin layer.  A breakdown in the skin will eventually happen sooner than later.

Another reason to kick the habit is the damage to an enzyme which destroys collagen and elastin.  Cigarette smoke will cause the skin to sag.

Eat A Balanced Diet:

Foods rich with antioxidants such as berries, tomatoes, and carrots are wonderful for the skin.  Other great antioxidants to incorporate into a diet can also include:

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Dark chocolate
  • Pecans
  • Kidney, pinto and red beans

Limit your alcohol and coffee intake since caffeine can dehydrate the skin which will help encourage fine lines and wrinkles. Water is good for the skin so keep track that you are drinking eight glasses a day.

A healthy lifestyle is essential to feeling and looking young – and these simple steps can help anyone achieve that goal.

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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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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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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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Tips to Avoid Summer Acne

Posted for AcneSkin Care On July 7, 2011

We look forward to summertime, but what many of us don’t want with it is summer acne breakouts. But with a slight change in a skincare routine, we can fight off acne before it even starts.
There’s no doubt about it — summer is an acne issue. With summer, comes sweating and that’s what flares up acne. And if you’re participating in outdoor sports perspiration needs to be conquered quickly since it triggers sebaceous gland production which produces oil.
Oily skin is the main reason for acne breakouts.
Trouble spots normally occur in the following areas:
• Forehead
• Nose
• Chest
• Back
There is also a direct correlation between larger pores and where acne surfaces.
Wash your face with a mild cleanser both morning and night. This can help reduce oily skin. If facial oil begins to peak during the midday hours, go ahead and do an additional afternoon wash.
A top skin cleansing system is the five-step system, Dermalogica Clean Start Kit. It eliminates breakouts while keeping the skin hydrated. It’s an ideal combination.
A number of skin care professionals also recommend a clay mask which has the ability to absorb oil.
Because summertime promotes oil production, it might also be the right time for you to scale back on moisturizers. Test the right amount to find the right balance for you.
Here are some other helpful hints to add onto your list:
• Implement a nighttime skin care regimen which includes complete makeup removal
• Use a mild cleanser and/or non-soap cleanser
• Purchase cosmetics which are not oil-based and lean more towards mineral and/or water-based makeup
Remember to use sunscreen when you’re outdoors and find sunscreen that’s oil-free.
Finding the right skincare routine to ward off summer acne isn’t too difficult and teaming up with a skin care professional will make the road much easier.

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