Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Gift Sets 2016

It can be tough to find the right gifts during the holidays. You want to get something thoughtful, something important, something they’ll actually use! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift, look no further. Skincare is a great present for all of the important people on your list! It’s something they’ll use every day while it helps them look and feel better.

Not sure how to get started navigating your way through all of the products out there? You’re in luck. We’ve created four gift sets perfect for all skin types. While any of these featured products are suitable for anyone on your list, the active ingredients and formulations are designed to target specific issues. Help your friends and family younger with our Anti-Aging Gift Set or more radiant with our Brightening Gift Set. Are they battling oily or dry skin? We’ve got them covered.

Read on for more information about the best presents you’ll buy all year!

Who is this for? Anyone who wants to minimize their fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
What does it do? Tightens and lifts skin while preventing future damage.
Why do you want it? This gift set features two products that are great for daily regimen to prevent aging and minimize current problem areas. The Glycolic Acid Daily Exfoliator helps remove dead skin cells while increasing collagen and elastin - aka those things you need for smooth, plump skin. The Vitamin C30X Eye Lift Kit has two products that focus on the dark circles and crow’s feet around the eyes and work together to lift and brighten. This kit is packed with antioxidants that hydrate and protect, strengthening skin for a lasting youthful glow.

Who is this for? Anyone who is constantly battling oily skin and the blemishes that result from it.
What does it do? Helps clear pores and prevent oil production without drying out skin.
Why do you want it? Our Pre-Peel Cleanser is perfect for everyday cleansing. It helps restore the natural balance of skin’s pH, removes impurities, and penetrates to remove dead skin cells that cause blemishes. The Salicylic Acid Daily Exfoliator is a top-notch blemish fighter as it opens pores and removes excess oil. While you may think that oily skin means you shouldn’t go overboard on the moisturizer, our Hyaluronic Replenish Serum deeply nourishes without being greasy, leaving skin soft and supple.

Who is this for? Anyone with skin that reminds them of Death Valley...especially when the winter chill sets in.
What does it do? Keeps skin clean and renewed so proper moisturizers can deeply penetrate.
Why do you want it? Our pH-balancing Pre-Peel Cleanser cleans without stripping skin of necessary oils. The Glycolic Micro Peel Scrub resurfaces skin, removing dead cells and clearing pores that impede the absorption of much-needed moisture. The Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream heals skin while it deeply moisturizes. Hyaluronic acid makes this cream great for daily use and the thicker consistency makes a perfect overnight moisturizer, letting it slowly sink into skin until you wake up fresh and glowing.

Who is this for? Anyone with dull skin or dark spots from age, sun, or environmental damage.
What does it do? Helps to lighten discoloration and promote an even skin tone.

Why do you want it? The best skincare routines start with the best cleansers! Our Pre-Peel Cleanser is great for all skin types, removing the day’s impurities while cleansing deeper for more effective treatment. The AHA Vitamin C 10% Daily Exfoliator removes dead skin cells, which lightens discoloration while preventing future dark spots. This is perfectly followed up with the Arbutin Brightening Duo: a serum and moisturizer that corrects hyperpigmentation below and on the surface of the skin while keeping it soft and hydrated.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Best Skincare for Fall

Fall is our favorite season for a lot of reasons. The weather starts turning cool, you get to pull your favorite clothes out of the back of the closet, and, okay, yeah, Pumpkin Spice Lattes! But chillier weather isn’t always great for your skin. As your summer glow fades, dryness can set in. Never fear: bust out your boots, your scarves, and these products and you’ll be set for your best fall ever!

Even if you don’t normally consider yourself to have dry skin, the change in seasons has a way of evaporating all the moisture in the air...and on your face. Natural Squalane Oil is fortified to work for dry skin. This nutrient-rich, deep penetrating moisturizer nourishes the surface of your face, soothing and softening even the dryest skin. And if it helps protect against wrinkles and other signs of aging? We’ll call that an added bonus.

If you haven’t yet heard that hyaluronic acid is one of the best moisturizers you can use, this is the time to find out. The name “acid” might make you wary, but it’s full of natural properties that heal and hydrate. Gentle enough for everyday use, Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream is a rich, powerful moisturizer that is the perfect heaviness for cooler weather. You can use it as your daily cream or leave it on overnight for deep penetration--either way, skin will be left plump, softened, and renewed.

Think an exfoliator is too rough on your skin during the colder seasons? Think again. Glycolic 10% Daily Exfoliator is just what you need to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells. Exfoliating maintains your complexion to keep breakouts away, while the glycolic acid minimizes pores. Renewed skin and smaller pores? Sounds like the perfect base for moisturizers that will keep skin hydrated and smooth.

Your skin might do even better with a scrub, like the one found in the Fusion Duo Kit. The microdermabrasion scrub is light enough to use every day, but powerful enough to rejuvenate skin. Paired with the kit’s Pro Collagen Serum, skin is left renewed and strengthened. The serum’s boost of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and natural extracts restores elasticity. Healthy skin can withstand even the toughest of winters.

When you’re coming out of the sunny summer, your skin may look great: there’s no mistaking that healthy glow of a happy vacation. But because most people forget to use their SPF (yeah...we mean you), that glow can come with sun damage that is much more evident when your tan fades. The powerful antioxidants in Vitamin C30X Anti-Aging Serum fights to diminish UV Damage, sun spots, and other visible signs of hyperpigmentation. By promoting healthier skin function, this serum can reduce inflammation, minimize fine lines, and even helps to protect the most delicate areas around the mouth and eyes.

One of the most surprising things to switch up during the winter months is your cleanser. All cleansers are not made equal and what works in summer doesn’t always work the rest of the year. During the summer, it’s important to be able to wash away heavy sunscreens…not to mention the heavy sweat! Swapping out a more gentle cleanser in fall will keep your skin from stripping when it’s at it’s most vulnerable. Pre-Peel Cleanser is perfect for everyday use and will encourage necessary skin cell turnover. Your skin: clean and ready for your heavier moisturizing products. You: radiant and gorgeous.

Monday, August 8, 2016

How Your Skincare Routine Is Affecting Your Skin’s pH Level

If your skin has been off kilter lately, or just looking older than it should, check your pH level. We’ve all seen the term “pH balanced” advertised on various products, but how does pH relate to the appearance of your skin? When the factors creating pH are in perfect harmony, your skin has a revitalized, youthful glow. Today we’ll take a look at the science behind the outward signs of pH imbalance, and suggest products tailored to your skin’s unique chemistry.

What Is pH?

Your skin’s pH, or; “potential hydrogen” level works on sliding scale from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. A normal rating is near an ideal 5.5 pH, just a bit acidic. This slightly acidic quality is the key to keeping your skin’s youthful appearance in check, and protecting its delicate outer layer from outside harm.

How to Achieve the Ideal pH

Your skin’s first line of defense against environmental toxins is a thin layer known as the “acid mantle”. When it’s in perfect 5.5 pH balance, it can effectively guard against the effects of bacteria and UV damage, while keeping in vital moisture. It’s made up of free fatty acids produced by your skin’s sebaceous glands, and a mixture of sweat, amino acids, and lactic acid. The acidity or alkalinity of these elements combined is what determines your pH, so using products which are balanced or geared toward your skin’s existing alkalinity or acidity will result in a healthy, well-balanced mantle of 5.5 pH which translates to glowing, youthful looking skin.

Where Does your Skin Rate on the Scale from 0-14?

You can have a physician test your pH level, or look for the following telltale signs of imbalance: If your skin is prone to chronic dryness, sensitivity, loss of elasticity, or premature wrinkles, your acid mantle may be too alkaline. Go for products with a slight acidity to restore your pH balance to normal so your skin has a fighting chance against UV rays and toxins which are causing it to look years beyond its age. Skin that is too acidic may appear red and irritated, or produce too much oil as it tries to recover from being stripped of its natural oils after excess use of harsh products.

Choosing the Right Product for your pH

The more acidic a product is, the lower its pH will be, so those with more extreme symptoms of overly alkaline skin will benefit from a stronger, more acidic product such as a peel.

Consider a medium strength peel like the Jessner 14% Peel Kit to treat dull, tired looking skin. It contains lactic acid, one of the keys to your skin’s healthy pH level. Make sure to follow with Daily Collagen Complex and Hyaluronic Moisturizer, and a daily SPF 30 to maintain your acid mantle’s healthy balance of moisture and protection.

If your skin is normal or acne prone, a pH-balanced daily exfoliator such as the Salicylic 2% Daily Exfoliator is perfect for you. This product curbs excessive oil production while it increases collagen production, all without disrupting the delicate balance of your skin’s acid mantle.

Skin that is too acidic or has been exposed to extremely acidic products can become stripped of its healthy oils, making it painful and overly sensitive. Apply a Neutralizer Solution Spray directly after a peel to stop the chemical reaction from causing too much redness and exfoliation. It calms and cools the skin and helps to return its pH balance to that ideal state of harmony.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Even Out Your Skin Tone with the Melanin-Reducing Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most popular and effective health supplement ingredients, for good reason. When ingested in the form of a fruit or a pill, it can boost your immune system, decrease cholesterol, and even protect against heart disease and certain forms of cancer. When applied topically, its powerful list of benefits is extended to your skin’s appearance, as it helps to correct skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, age spots, and melasma. This powerhouse vitamin inhibits your skin’s production of melanin, helping to even out your skin’s coloration and brighten its overall appearance.

Today we’ll take a look at how to use the powerful natural benefits of this common vitamin to your advantage and highlight some Vitamin-C-packed skin products to fight those pesky dark patches.

How does Vitamin C work to lessen dark spots?

Darker patches on the skin show up as moles, freckles, birthmarks, age spots, sun spots, acne scars, melisma, or hyperpigmentation. If you suffer from any of these dark areas, you know they can be difficult to fight. But with Vitamin C on your side, your skin’s future looks a lot brighter.

Vitamin C’s antioxidant qualities help to reduce the appearance of irregularly dark sin patches. This all has to do with its powerful influence on melanocytes. Melanin cells are responsible for creating dark areas on your skin, when your skin’s deep layer of melanocytes turn the enzyme tyrosinase into melanin. When Vitamin C steps in, it inhibits the growth of tyrosinase, causing less melanin pigment to be produced.

Other causes of excess skin pigmentation include UV radiation and pollutants in the air. These environmental hazards produce harmful free radicals in the skin which cause it to darken and age prematurely. The antioxidant power of Vitamin C fights these damaging free radicals. At the same time, it also helps your skin to produce the antioxidant Vitamin E, the skin-lightening antioxidant glutathione, and the skin-tightening agent collagen. It’s clear to see why Vitamin C gets so much attention and is known as a powerhouse ingredient. To really harness its effects, look for a skincare product that’s right for your skin’s unique concerns.

Some Great Vitamin C Products to get Your Melanin Levels Under Control:

Vitamin C andVitamin A (Retinol) work together in this powerful serum to stop free radicals from damaging your skin’s cells. Retinol also increases your skin’s collagen production, for smoother, younger looking skin. Vitamin C reduces the appearance of age spots and discoloration.

The concentration of Vitamin C in this anti-aging serum stimulates your skin’s collagen production while it helps to fight free radicals caused by sun damage, and blocks the effects of hyperpigmentation. These effects are seen almost immediately after application, leaving your skin tone visibly balanced and evening out any dark patches. Perfect for women with hyperpigmentation around their lip and eye areas.

If your skin is looking a bit dull or tired, the Vitamin C Facelift Kit can provide a quick pick-me-up, leaving it visibly refreshed after three days of use. The exfoliating power of alpha hydroxyl acids combined with the brightening effects of Vitamin C make this kit a revitalizing routine that’s also perfect for use in-between peels.

If you suffer from prominent hyperpigmentation and are looking for a more serious treatment, consider the AHA Vitamin C Deep Peel Kit. It leaves your skin tone visibly smoother and lightens serious age spots, especially after repeated use. Make sure to prepare your skin for this treatment by exfoliating daily for a week before you try this deep peel.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tips for the Ultimate Summer Skincare Routine

The following tips will help you design a custom summer skincare routine that’s best for your skin and all of the concerns that come with the sizzling sunny months. It’s all about promoting and maintaining glowing, healthy skin to keep you looking and feeling your best this beach season.

Combat Oily Skin and Blemishes

The summer heat can bring out the oils in your skin, worsening any pre-existing acne conditions. Keep blemishes at bay with the oil-soluble power of salicylic acid. Incorporate the Salicylic 2% Daily Exfoliator into your summer skincare routine and keep your face looking fresh and clear all summer while maintaining a healthy balance of acids and pH levels in your skin.

Keep it Light

You don’t want to weigh your skin down with heavy moisturizers during the day, so the challenge is finding a daily cream that’s light and effective at the same time. Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream is safe and lightweight enough for daily use. It cools the skin and helps to replenish it after a peel or excess sun exposure.

Shed Your Old Skin

It’s time to step out and reinvent yourself, revealing a vital new layer of skin. Don’t wait for harmful sunburns to peel your outer layer of skin away, do it yourself with a safe and effective peel.

If this is your first peel of the summer season, start with a light strength kit such as the AHA & Vitamin C Brightening 30% Peel Kit in light strength. Prep your skin with a mild exfoliator beforehand, and make sure to protect it with an SPF moisturizer of at least 30 as part of your daily aftercare.

Follow an Exfoliating Routine

If you’re preparing for a summer peel, the Glycolic Micro Peel Scrub is a great choice to prep your skin and increase your next peel’s effectiveness, allowing it to penetrate deeper into your skin. This scrub’s real microdermabrasion crystals are an in invaluable tool to resurface the outer layer of your skin and keep it looking beach-ready.

Load Up On Sunscreen Before You Hit the Beach

It’s common sense to apply sunscreen at the beach, but you can start building up your skin’s protection by applying it well before any sun damage occurs. Apply sunscreen every night for a few weeks leading up to that sun-drenched vacation you’ve been planning. Your skin will build up a store of of UV protection in its outer layer, known by the technical term “stratum corneum”.

Firm Your Physique

After you hit the gym to get your body in shape for summer, why not give an extra boost of firmness to your whole body’s skin? The Body Tight Firming Kit penetrates deep into your skin where cellulite first forms, while increasing collagen and elastin to give you smoother, sexier looking skin in just two weeks. Its active ingredients are glycolic and lactic acid, as well as caffeine and coccoloba polyphenols. Think of it as your secret weapon for a firmer-looking beach body. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hyperpigmentation vs. Hypopigmentation

Hyperpigmentation or Hypopigmentation?

What gives freckles their color? An overabundance of melanin; the same pigment that’s responsible for skin conditions which show up as irregularly dark or light skin. Across all races and natural skin colors, too much or too little melanin will result in skin that appears unusually dark or light, known respectively as hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation.

In most cases, there are treatments available for skin with irregularly dark or light patches. The following overview of these two opposite yet related issues will help you determine which one you might have, and how to treat it.


Irregularly dark patches on the skin are known as hyperpigmentation; an overabundance of melanin. This is an extremely common skin condition for men and women of all races and ages. It’s causes when the cells responsible for producing melanin are either overactive or overabundant.

UV Exposure
Commonly occurring agespots, also known as liver spots, are dark spots often occurring on the face of light-skinned individuals. They are a result of exposure to UV rays, and worsen over time with more UV exposure rather than as a direct result of aging.

Skin Injury
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or “PIH” often results from acne, burns, or psoriasis, and is generally easily treated.

Birth control pills, hormone replacements, thyroid imbalance, and pregnancy can all trigger hyperpigmentation in the form of a condition known as melasma.

While there is no medical threat to hyperpigmentation, the appearance of these darker patches can be a nagging aesthetic concern for some. Luckily, there are many treatments available that can help to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Here are a few we suggest:

No matter the cause of your hyperpigmentation, the daily serum and moisturizer in this kit can help to correct it. They are each safe and effective treatments including Lemon Balm, Peppermint, and other ingredients with the natural power to fighthyperpigmentation. Their skin lightening ingredients work by inhibiting the enzyme that produces melanin in your skin. Perfect for those seeking a more natural approach to the harsh alternative of skin bleaching.

Treat hyperpigmentation with this remarkable medium strength peel, including Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid and Resorcinol to reveal a new, revitalized layer of your skin. Prepare with a daily exfoliator, and expect a downtime of two to three weeks.

If you’re looking for a more intensive treatment for advanced hyperpigmentation, this kit can help to correct stubborn dark patches, as well as deep wrinkles, sagging skin, and crow’s feet. TCA is a great option for resurfacing and renewing your skin.

If you are new to peels, start with a lower percentage TCA peel. Expect two weeks of downtime and up to two months of full recovery after this treatment. Protect your skin afterward with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Hypopigmentation, also knows as skin depigmentation, is the medical term for abnormally light skin. This means your skin has less than the normal amount of melanin, which is the pigment that gives your skin its color. Causes of this condition include:

Skin Disorders
Albinism is a rare disorder resulting in a complete lack of pigmentation in the skin, and also in the eyes and hair. This occurs when the enzyme needed to produce melanin is missing. If you carry this trait, you have a higher risk of sun damage and skin cancer, so be sure to take extra precautions to limit your sun exposure and wear sunscreen daily.

Another such disorder is Vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder involving damage to the cells which produce pigment, results in smooth white patches, sometimes over the whole body. Ultraviolet light treatments, corticosteroid creams, and makeup are the common methods used to treat Vitiligo.

Skin Damage

Sometimes trauma experienced by the skin results in a loss of pigmentation. This can include burns, blisters, or skin infection. In many cases, your body will naturally re-pigment the affected areas over time. Cosmetics can ease the transition period of your pigment’s regeneration.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Best Skincare for Dads

For the lifetime of care that fathers give us, it feels good to be able to give something back and take care of them in return. Even the greatest dad amongst them tends to neglect his own self care while he’s busy helping others. But no matter how tough he may be, every man deserves a little extra boost to his confidence and overall sense of well-being. The gift of healthier, younger looking skin is a great way to show him you care and that his skin deserves a little extra attention.

With Father’s Day approaching, we’ve hand-picked some of the best products to create a Father’s Day Gift with his health specifically in mind! 

These are essential products to boost his skin’s health and appearance, and will quickly become his secret skincare weapons. Whether he has an important meeting coming up, or just wants a more youthful edge on a daily basis, he’s sure to thank you for the difference this kit makes in his life!

Hyaluronic Replenish Serum 

What makes this ingredient such a wonder is its ability to hold moisture. It’s naturally present in the connective tissue throughout your body. While it moisturizes, it strengthens the exterior layer of your skin, leaving it softer and more youthful looking.

The Hyaluronic Replenish Serum is great for daily use, or after a peel. It’s especially great for men who have dealt with sun damage, acne, or rosacea. It counteracts wrinkles as it smoothens and softens his skin.

Glycolic Micro Peel Scrub

This scrub contains real microdermabrasion crystals to resurface and rejuvenate his skin. It can be used 1-2 times a week for a visibly refreshed face, or to prep the skin before a peel and increase its effectiveness. Men naturally have thicker, tougher skin than women do, so a regular exfoliating routine is a valuable tool for men to have in their skincare arsenal.

Pre-Peel Cleanser

As an added bonus, you will receive a free Pre-Peel Cleanser in this kit! This is a fantastic, lightweight daily cleanser with glycolic acid . It has the added benefit of prepping your skin for a more effective peel by lowering its pH level.