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Giving Thanks for Good Skin

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, many worry about an expanding waistline post-feast, yet the aftermath of this traditional holiday binge can also bring some unsavory skin issues. While roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and “Grandma’s famous stuffing” are most certainly agreeable to our palate, our complexions suffer a serious hangover from this seasonal onslaught of sodium. Just as your pants may feel a bit tighter the day after Turkey Day, your face may also bear the look of bloat due to salt-induced water retention. Skin can become dry and cracked, or it could break out due to an attempt to correct dehydration with an overproduction of oil. Wherever your skin lands on the spectrum, it certainly doesn’t make for a pretty Christmas card…

Total Body Skincare

History speaks of “a face that launched a thousand ships,” so it’s no surprise that when one considers a personal and financial investment in skincare, it’s above-the-neck beauty that snags top priority. Of course the face should stay front and center of a skincare commitment – it is, after all, front and center – but that doesn’t mean the skin covering the remaining 90 percent of the body should take a backseat. As the body’s largest organ, skin in its entirety should receive top billing in regard to a daily regimen to maintain health and beauty – especially during swimsuit season. Make sure you’re on track with total body skincare by incorporating these below-the-neck skin tips into your regular routine:   Make sure moisturizers head…

Benefits of Acid Based Treatments

We’ve all seen it a time or two in a horror movie. Good guy throws acid on the face of bad guy (or vice versa), and the result is, well – horrific. Perhaps it’s these associations that make many fearful of the idea of putting acid anywhere near their skin, let alone their face. The fact of the matter is, all acids aren’t created equal. The acids you’ll find in skincare products aren’t the same as the battery acid from the seedy scary movie you’re still having nightmares about. Actually, many acids can sync quite harmoniously with the skin – even if it’s sensitive! Acid-based skincare products, professional facials and peels have the power to brighten and smooth skin, help zap acne (or correct the…

Pollution & Stress

We often get information about the sun’s damaging effects on skin, but many may not be aware that other environmental and even emotional factors can contribute to premature aging in a nearly identical manner. According to a recent article in The Dermatologist, the dangerous reactive oxygen species known to cause aging in the skin is generated not only by ultraviolet radiation, but can also be produced from other sources, including pollution and stress. Consequently, those who live in areas with poor air quality, smoke or live high-stress lifestyles are at increased risk for the formation of reactive oxygen species, which age skin by attacking its DNA, proteins and lipids. We generally know how to protect ourselves from the sun; how do we stay mindful of…

Skincare Apps

It seems like we rely on phone apps for everything these days, from finding our way to the closest Starbucks in an unfamiliar city to possibly finding a soul mate at the local watering hole. But did you ever think your iPhone could help keep you from getting a sunburn or even detect early signs of skin cancer? They don’t call them smart phones for nothing, people. Yep, there are now a host of skincare-related apps available that can help you download the details on everything from dermatologist-approved skincare tips to ensuring ample sleep and hydration for healthy skin. While we believe good old-fashioned in-person professional skincare consultations coupled with professional skincare products are at the crux of a healthy complexion, we can also appreciate…

Addressing Specific Skin Concerns

Probably since you were an adolescent, you’ve known your skin type. Whether your complexion can be characterized as oily, dry or sensitive, chances are, you gravitate toward skincare products that are designed to address that specific category. While that’s all fine and good, it’s important to remember that skincare is not a one-size-fits-all situation, and your unique skin profile is much more complex than a one-word descriptor. In fact, most of us struggle with skin issues that aren’t always skin-type specific, such as wrinkles, acne or sun damage, so it’s important to go deeper with our skin diagnosis in order to create a more effective daily skincare regimen. Make sure to see an esthetician for a complete skin analysis to see what specific skin issues…

Saving Skin from Summer

Summer is officially upon us, and when we think about the sunniest season of the year, it’s typically all rainbows and unicorns: lazy days spent at the beach, outdoor concerts, water play, and a more relaxed schedule and overall state of mind. And while we don’t want to throw shade at summer, it’s important to also remember some of the less appealing aspects of the longest days of sunlight – especially when it comes to our skin. Big-time sun exposure and a hot, dry or humid climate can give rise to new skin conditions or exacerbate existing ones, from breakouts, sunburn, irritation and dehydration to redness, Rosacea and more. And considering the season takes a “less is more” approach to both clothing and makeup, suffering…

Dealing with Sensitive Skin

Being sensitive can be a great quality – except when we’re talking about skin. Dealing with a complexion that is prone to redness, burning/stinging and dehydration can be frustrating, and unfortunately cases of this temperamental skin condition are on the rise. A recent study conducted by the International Society of Dermatology reported that 44. 6% of nearly 1,000 participants claimed to have sensitive to very sensitive skin, while other reputable dermatologists find this number to be as high as 70%! Whether your skin sensitivity is chronic or crops up in isolated incidents, it necessitates a specific and regular skincare regimen to reduce unsightly and uncomfortable eruptions.   To properly diagnose a sensitive skin condition – and learn how to deal with it – consider the…

Crystal C Serum Summer 2015

Control Corrective Skincare Systems® Crystal C Serum Uncovers Glowing Summer Skin, Save the Sun Damage Serum awakens tired, sun-damaged skin while protecting from further pigmentation IRVINE, CA (April X, 2015) – Secure a gorgeous summer glow – save the sun damage – with Control Corrective Skincare Systems Crystal C Serum, a therapeutic “daily vitamin dose” that brings renewed light to the complexion while protecting it from pigmentation. Offering a revitalizing combination of stable Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), known for its effective free radical-fighting capabilities, and aloe vera, Crystal C Serum delivers an antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory dose to dull, sun-damaged skin, repairing tissue beneath the skin’s surface to reveal luminosity. Ideal for dehydrated summer skin that’s seen too much sun, the brightening serum not only delivers…

Alcohol and Skin

Let’s face it: March is kind of a party month. There’s Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), St. Patty’s Day, and frankly, anyone living east of California this winter is probably looking for any excuse for a stiff drink. I mean, who knew the third month of the year was also National Frozen Food Month? Margaritas anyone? Whatever random March holiday you choose to “cheers” to, it’s safe to say a hangover is likely on the horizon this month. And while you may be thinking about how said hangover will affect destroy your next-day plans, you may be unaware of how it could also sabotage your skin. When it comes to your complexion, overuse of alcohol can spell trouble for two major reasons: dehydration and Vitamin A…

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