Skincare 101: Everything You Need to Know

 Choosing the right skincare products can be a tricky thing. Once you’ve settled on a regimen, you have to make sure you’re using your products in the right order, applying them at the right time of day, and treating your concerns effectively. It can be mind boggling simply navigating the skincare aisle at the drugstore! That’s why we’ve broken down the fine art of caring for your skin. Here’s everything you need to know.

 

Q: In what order should I use my skincare products?

It’s no good having a great collection of products if you aren’t applying them in the proper order. The first step is to remove all traces of dirt and debris with an effective cleanser formulated for your skin type. The goal is simply to start with a clean canvas. Make a commitment to exfoliate dry skin two to three times a week with a gentle scrub. Focus on those areas where clogged pores are most prominent, like your cheeks and nose.

Follow with a serum that’s packed with ingredients that target your skin’s unique needs. Formulas enriched with retinol’s and hyaluronic acids are designed to target aging, while nourishing oils lock in moisture for dry skin. Remember to pat your serum on—don’t rub. Next, pat eye cream on gently, taking care not to rub or tug the delicate skin in this area. Work your way from the outer corners of your eyes and down along the orbital bone. Then apply moisturizer. Your final step is sunscreen, which is essential if you’re headed outdoors.

 

Q: Can I use a face oil if I have oily skin? 

It may sound counterintuitive, but face oils are remarkably effective even on oily skin. They key is not to go overboard in your usage, and to stick with nourishing ingredients that help balance your skin. We like Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalene ($23.99) for its gentle, non-comedogenic formula. If you find that most oils feel too heavy, look for a product specifically formulated as lightweight. You might also want to add just a drop to your nighttime moisturizer instead of slicking it onto your skin full throttle. Nighttime is definitely an important qualifier, too: your skin is less oily at night, so it’s best to apply your face oil right before you hit the sack.

 

Q: What’s the difference between a hydrator and a moisturizer?

Thought the terms are often used interchangeably, hydration and moisturization are two different concepts. Hydrators are designed to increase your skin’s water content, while moisturizers lock in moisture to prevent that water content from being lost. This is why it’s advisable to apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin—it’s the water that keeps skin hydrated, while the moisturizer seals that hydration and keeps skin soft and supple. For extra dry skin, we love Skinmedia HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($329.89) to really ramp up your skin’s ability to combat fine lines while maintaining a smoother, healthier complexion.

 

Q: How long should I wait before applying sunscreen?

 

You’ve slathered sunscreen all over your face and body about 20 minutes before heading outside. You’re good to go—for now, at least. Pay attention to your sunscreen’s SPF rating. That number indicates how much time you can safely spend in the sun before your skin starts to show signs of damage (like pinkness or redness). As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to reapply sunscreen after two hours. If you’re using a water-resistant formula, note that their efficacy times may differ. So if you’re swimming or surfing, be sure to reapply as often as the packaging instructs. One of our favorite head-to-toe formulas is Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for Face and Body ($24.99).

The Ultimate Evening Beauty Routine

Nighttime is the right time to add a few key beauty products to your routine. While we love the shimmery shadows, colorful lip glosses, and brilliant blushes that bring our daytime regimens to life, it’s what happens at night that makes the biggest difference in our skin’s condition.04ce89131d05804b71d38687e4209625

 

That’s because the skin repairs itself overnight, and increased regeneration and renewal mean you’ll wake up to a brighter, healthier looking complexion. You can ramp up this process and give your skin an even greater boost by adding a few key overnight products to your routine. Here are a few we love.

 

Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Repair Serum ($41.99) is the stuff you’d dream about if you weren’t slathering it onto your skin before catching a few winks. It’s packed with nourishing argan and rose oils that revive tired skin, stimulate cell turnover, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.

 

SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight ($41.99) could be the BFF your dry skin has been searching for this entire time. Smooth it onto skin after cleansing for best results: you’ll reap the benefits of its 10% hydroxy acid, which lightly exfoliates away dead skin while leaving behind a softer, smoother finish.

 

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment ($16.99) is a must if your main concern is persistent acne. It’s lightweight enough to use regularly, and it’s packed with extracts of cucumber, green tea, and lavender, which work together to soothe irritation and minimize redness. Over time, you’ll see fewer blemishes and ruddy areas will appear calmer and feel smoother.

 

Dr. Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum ($51.89) is one of the most powerful anti-aging treatments available. It contains time-released retinol, a potent ingredient that is known for its anti-aging properties. It also helps reverse the development of dark spots, sloughs away dead skin cells, and smoothes out rough areas in need of a little extra TLC.

 

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MEET THE BRAND: ELTAMD SKINCARE

eltaEltaMD Skincare is a line of wound healing, sunscreens and skin care products that can be found in hospitals, burn centers, clinics, and care centers. These products are formulated to help restore your skin, protect it, and maintain its health.

Taking a stand against sun damage and early signs of aging, EltaMD sunscreens help decrease the risk of skin cancer due to exposure to UVA/UVB rays. Ideal for all skin types, these sunscreens do not clog pores, are sensitivity-free and paraben-free. Sunscreens are all formulated with transparent zinc oxide, an active ingredient in EltaMD products, that provides broad-spectrum ultraviolet protection.

Skin Type:

EltaMD skin care products for face and body help repair visible signs of aging. Their three step system to healthy skin includes cleansing with a pH balanced cleanser ideal for sensitive skin types, moisturizing after bathing, and protecting skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Cleansers:

  • Foaming Facial Cleanser
  • Deep Pore Facial Cleanser

Moisturizers:

Have you tried any of the EltaMD products? #WeWantToKnow!

MEET THE BRAND: MIO SKINCARE

mamamio_blogNew to TheBeautyPlace.com is another innovative skin care line – Mama Mio and Mio skincare.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it varies in thickness. A large population of women experience itching, pigment changes, and most develop striae gravidarum otherwise known as stretch marks on their skin during those beautiful 40 weeks of pregnancy.

Sian, Tanya, Kathy and Jill are the founders of the Mama Mio and Mio skincare lines. With 9 kids between the four of them, they know just how much your body changes, how hard it is to recover, and how underwhelming it was to find skin care for expecting mothers. With that in mind these four women were determined to change that and so they developed a skin care range just for expecting mothers.

Mama Mio is a safe and effective skin care brand for expecting mothers. The brand is very passionate about their ingredients. The products they develop do not contain parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, SLS, and the list goes on. Instead their products are packed with safe ingredients such as Omegas 3, 6, and 9 that help with the elasticity of skin to prevent stretch marks and other discomforts.

Products range from The Tummy Rub Butter to the Pregnancy Boob Tube, a bust protection cream. It has been 8 years since the brand launched. It can now be found in 14 countries and is highly praised by everyday mothers, celebrities and royals.

With the increasing success of Mama Mio the brand wanted to develop a skin care range that would help the skin look and feel as good as their body felt. Mio Fit Skin for Life was born with just that mission in mind.

Looking to tighten, lift, firm skin or smooth out that pesky cellulite? They have products for that too. Their products range from the Workout Wonder, an energizing, stimulating gel for muscles,  to The A Cream,  a body firming cream.

With two unique skin care ranges, the Mio skincare brand is revolutionizing skin care in their own way. With a list of safe ingredients, Mama Mio wants women to feel confident and love their skin.

Have you tried any of the Mio products? #WeWantToKnow

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS WE LOVE

afccc6eff613efafea0edb0cf21284efWhile we may not be able to find the literal fountain of youth, there are so many great anti-aging products available today that it’s almost as good!

We compiled our best list of available products at TheBeautyPlace.com from some of the best, high-end brands that give your skin that boost it needs to look as young as you feel.

Cleanser Top Pick – Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Creme Cleanser

Ideal for dry skin types, this creme cleanser hydrates and conditions while washing away daily impurities. Formulated for moisturizers like Shea butter and Jojoba Oil, it keeps skin hydrated to help maintain skin’s elasticity prolonging the the appearance of wrinkles.

Moisturizer Top Pick – Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex

Behold the skin care magic wand. Ideal for skin with existing photodamage, it delivers a huge dose of vitamin C to help protect and repair skin. See a reduction in the appearance of fine lines as well as brighter and even skin.

SPF Top Pick – La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer With Sunscreen

Talk about dual action! 2-in-1 products are perfect with our busy schedule. This primer & sunscreen provides an instant blurring effect on signs of aging and has a matte finish making your skin an ideal canvas for makeup application.

Night Serum Top Pick – Dr. Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum

Formulated with retinol, this serum helps promote radiance from within. By supporting your skin’s cell turnover rate, it helps improve skin texture and tone while the appearance of the pesky lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores are softened.  After 4 weeks, the visible results of your skin’s improved health will show.

Night Eye Cream Top Pick – SkinCeutials A.G.E. Eye Complex

A nourishing eye cream, this treatment helps target severe signs of aging in the eye area. With blueberry extract and and flavanoids, this cream works overtime to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. By helping to improve the skin’s elasticity, it helps prevent the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet.

Have any top picks we should add to the list? #WeWantToKnow

MEET THE BRAND: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

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Established in 2002 by Dr. Dennis Gross, the goal was to provide people with multi-tasking products that would transform the skin.

With its most popular item being the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare eliminated the over-exfoliation of skin that would cause inflammation in patient’s skin. His revolutionary formula is gentle enough for daily use and is non-irritating.

Dr. Gross products help your skin with the following:

  • Dullness
  • Fights aging
  • Treats breakouts
  • Shrinks pores
  • Calms redness
  • Firms skin

Cleansers

All-in-One Cleanser with Toner is one of the top-selling cleansers in the Dr. Gross skincare line. Formulated with Witch Hazel, Vitamins A, C and E it tones, soothes and balances skin.

All-in-One Cleansing Foam is meant for skin types that experience breakouts. Like the Dr. Gross Cleanser, it cleanses, tones and removes makeup.

Botanical Cleansing Bar is for face and body that counteracts free radicals in the environment.

Treatments

Alpha Beta Peel is the famous 2-step peel that helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, dark spots for a brighter and clearer complexion.

Hydra-Pure Firming Eye Cream helps promote collagen growth while fighting free radicals.

Ferulic Acid & Retinol Brightening Solution is perfect for evening skin tone that may have pigmentation due blemish scars, hormonal changes, photo-aging, etc.

Clinical Concentrate Radiance Booster supports skin turnover for a radiant complexion.

Moisturizers

Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer helps strengthen’s skin ability to regenerate while fighting visible signs of aging.

Hydra-Pure Oil Free Moisture is a quickly absorbing moisturizer that protects and repairs with powerful antioxidants.

Alpha Beta Glotion for Body helps your skin look sunkissed, radiant and youthful.

Protection

Dark Spot Defense SPF 50 is a physical facial sunscreen that protects skin without using chemical filters.

Looking to recapture your youthful radiance? Try Dr. Gross today!

Available now at TheBeautyPlace.com

ANTIOXIDANT POWER: FERULIC ACID

Found in one of TheBeautyPlace.com’s best sellers, ferulic acid is an antioxidant with many anti-aging benefits that makes it a necessity in your skincare regimen.

Ferulic acid is a plant-based antioxidant found naturally in the seeds of fruits like apples and oranges, vegetables, grains and nuts.  It is commonly formulated with products containing vitamins C and E to stabilize it, optimize the performance of these vitamins and provide protection against free-radical damage.

By introducing products with ferulic acid to your anti-aging skincare regiment, you will protect skin for UV-induced skin discolorations and photoaging.

The following are products that are formulated with ferulic acid that can be found at TheBeautyPlace.com:

 

883140004356-aox-eye-gelSkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel is a serum-in-a-gel with a punch of antioxidants that corrects photodamage and fights free radicals to reduce visible signs of aging.

635494215007-serum-15SkinCeuticals Serum 15 AOX+ helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The inclusion of ferulic acid allows the skin to absorb the antioxidant benefits of vitamin C.

CEF_web_imagesThe best seller, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is an antioxidant superpower in the anti-aging skincare realm. Lasting 72 hours, this serum provides protection against environmental damage, free radials, infrared radiation while increasing skin’s firmness and replenishing lipids.

 

 

 

FACE MAPPING AND BREAKOUTS 101

Your body’s largest organ is your skin. The epidermis, the top of your skin, is the fastest growing organ. In Chinese Diagnosis, problematic skin or new skin concerns can actually be a reflection of internal organ health. Becoming familiar with areas of your face that are linked to certain organs can help address the reason behind breakouts that are occurring.

skinacea-acne-map1. Above the brows. Chinese medicine specifies this area as being linked to your gallbladder and liver. Frequent breakouts in this area may mean that you need more water and eating healthy foods to eliminate and filter out waste better.

2. Between the brows. This area is also related to the liver. Heavy consumption of alcohol, rich foods and even food allergies will trigger breakouts in this area.

3. Nose. The nose is connected to your lungs and heart. Breakouts may also signify lack of vitamin B or high blood pressure.

4. Left cheek. Differentiating between left and right is important in Chinese medicine. Concerning the cheeks, the associating to internal organs is different. The left cheek is associated with your liver. Cooling foods are suggested like cucumber , green beans and melon.

5. Right cheek. The right cheek is associated with your lungs and respiratory system. People with allergies or that smoke will experience congestion in this area. If you have a high intake of sugar, consider cutting back as well.

6. Mouth. Breakouts occurring in this area reflect poor dieting. Associated with your digestive organs, it’s suggested to cut back on spicy and fried foods. Try out eating more fiber, fruits and vegetables.

7. Chin. This area screams of hormones. Frequent breakouts may require a visit to the doctor or gynecologist to check your hormone levels. Try and relax as well. Stress can be a huge factor in breakouts. Some suggest drinking spearmint tea or taking omega-3 to soothe breakouts. For women, breakouts occurring on the sides of the chin typically will occur during that time of the month.

As you can see, many of the breakouts can be reduced with a change in diet. Make sure to have proper hygiene as well and you should notice a reduction in breakouts.

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HOW TO APPLY MAKEUP WITH DRY SKIN

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When you have dry skin on your face, it can be difficult to wear the makeup that you want. Take these skincare tips and apply them to your makeup routine when your dry skin refuses to behave. Here’s how to ensure an all-day, flake-free complexion.

Trying to apply makeup to your dry skin is no easy task. The dreaded no peeling, foundation flaking, concealer cracking, well good news! It’s all preventable. Here’s how to ensure an all-day, flake-free, perfect complexion.

It’s All in the Preparation

1. Begin your routine by using a creamy exfoliating cleanser like Skinmedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleaner with gentle beads to sweep away any dead cells sitting on the skin’s surface.

2. Use a fast-absorbing SkinCeuticals serum in place of your moisturizer, so that the product can quickly work its way into your skin, delivering immediate relief and hydration.

3. An essential step in prepping your skin for a flawless makeup application is primer. The creamy texture will keep skin moisturized and act as a “blur,” smoothing out pores and any imperfections. We love Youngblood Miner Primer.

The RIGHT Formula
Dry skin is practically begging for nourishment (with flakes acting as tears!), which is why liquid or textured makeup is the only way to go. Anything heavy or cakey will almost instantly cause irritation and botch your beautiful makeup job.

Opt for lightweight foundation and apply it with a synthetic foundation brush since it’s gentle enough to keep your skin from flaking. The same goes for blush! Use a creamy compact or liquid stain instead of powder for added hydration that won’t crack.

xxK.L

NYFW FALL 2015 BACKSTAGE BEAUTY

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There are a lot of reasons we love backstage at New York Fashion Week: the models, the celebrities, the nails and of course the gorgeous beauty looks. But perhaps the most appealing aspect is that we get access to the top-tier makeup, hair, and nail pros in the world. These experts fly in for one week only to make sure every model is done up to perfection. And we beauty reporters are by their side, recorders out, soaking in all their knowledge. But we’re not greedy! So, here we’ve rounded some of the genius tips and tricks we’ve overheard backstage at the Fall 2015 tents. Keep reading to learn everything from how to turn your favorite shimmery lipstick into a velvety matte one to a new way to texturizing your hair.

Mattify Your Favorite Lipstick

Problem: you love a certain lipstick shade but wish it were matte. Backstage at Tibi, makeup artist Cassandra Garcia pressed a Pink lip shade on the pout and then dusted the mouth with a Porcelain Pearl blush to create an original matte hue. As with any matte lip color, make sure to let the lips marinate in lip balm first to rectify any dryness. This trick will also transition your favorite bright Summer lip hue to a more velvety, Fall-appropriate finish.

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Play With Your Tools
Precise, geometric nail art isn’t just for the accurate hands of a manicurist — all you need to do is upgrade your everyday striper brush with a quick modification. Jin Soon Choi suggests cutting the tip off the brush. Instead of the standard pointed tip (like a v shape), hold your scissor perpendicular to the brush handle and snip the tip straight across to create a flat, squared-off edge. Forget those feathery designs — now your work will look blockier and crisper, like the Prabal Gurung runway nails.

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Apply Cream Blush With Your Fingers
Remember the ’80s, when blush took over your entire cheek from lip to brow? Thank goodness trends are fleeting! Backstage at Misha Nonoo,makeup artist Marc Reagan taught us the more modern way to apply cream rouge — with your fingers. First smile and place product on the shelf of the cheek. Then, dab the color all the way back toward the hairline. Finally, use a separate clean finger to blend it downward. “[This technique] keeps the blush high on the cheek, which is lifting, and it covers the right area of the cheek where you naturally flush,” he said.

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Mascara Free Eyes 
Much like the seductive sophistication found in Altuzarra’s Fall 2015 collection, the makeup also was sublet yet alluring. For this collection no mascara was applied, the eyes were smoked with great eye shadow in the inner corner of the eyes and copper on the bottom lid. Shading and blending the colors together for sheen.

Keep following our Blog for more beauty tips & tricks!

xxK.L

 

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