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).

Get the Look for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the most wonderful days of the year for beauty junkies. Whether or not you’re part of a duo, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the fabulous selection of pretty pinks and reds at TheBeautyPlace.com. Shop for date night, for a special friend (Valentine’s Day can easily be GALentine’s Day for your BFFs!), or for your very special self, and enjoy these picks that are destined to make this Valentine’s Day the best yet.

Give the gift of perfect skin! The Clarisonic Mia 1 in Electric Pink ($97.79) is designed to reduce impurities that may contribute to troubled skin. With regular use, it diminishes the appearance of pores, helps eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothes the complexion to leave behind a more radiant finish. If you’re a little lazy about your skincare routine or know someone who is, this is the ultimate kick needed to get into the habit—and see real results quickly.

You’ve always been told not to brush wet hair, but things have changed with the advent of the Wet Brush Detangle in Punchy Pink ($7.99). Not only is it sure to be the cutest thing on your vanity, it’s also guaranteed to be one of the most useful. Use it to detangle wet or dry strands by simply running it through from your roots down. It’s designed specifically not to damage, and it won’t tug or break your strands. Instead, it makes hair even more manageable and easier to style. So you can rock that glam Valentine’s Day ‘do you’ve been envisioning.

When better than date night to sport flushed cheekbones? Achieve the look with Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush in Brilliance ($15.99), a warm pink with a golden finish. The result is natural, colorful, and effortlessly pretty—it’s not unlike the glow you might experience after jogging around the neighborhood. In a pinch, you can even use this color on your eyelids to brighten up your entire look. The formula is light, but you can build it up easily for a more intense finish.

Wanted: A creamy lipstick with a stay-put formula that you can slick on and go. Found: Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick ($19.99), which ticks all of the boxes and goes well beyond expectation to deliver gorgeous results. It’s available in dozens of colors, but if you’re feeling especially festive you might want to try Margi, a brazen, no-fuss red that will probably turn a few heads. If you love the Valentine’s Day color spectrum but want to play it a bit safer, try Lucy, a soft, juicy pink that flatters nearly every skin tone.

The warm, alluring scent of vanilla adds the perfect finishing touch to your Valentine’s Day routine. At this time of year, a thick, nourishing moisturizer is practically law, and we think the Bliss Vanilla + Bergamot Body Butter ($21.69) is an essential that really stands up to the challenge. It delivers lasting hydration and is loaded with free radical-busting vitamins. It also exudes a light, pleasant scent that combines a hint of vanilla with sweet almond. It lingers but isn’t overpowering, and your skin will feel amazing.

 

The Must Have Products In Every Gym Bag

It’s a bit of a challenge to haul yourself to the gym before sunrise, but more often than not you get it done. What you do post-workout, though, is just as important as actually getting to the gym and completing your hardcore regimen. That’s because all that exercise has a tendency to do a number on your hair and skin. You don’t necessarily have to shower at the gym, but you should pack your gym bag with a few of these very essential items to take your workout game to the next level.

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No matter your hair type, you’ll probably have some sweat lingering on your scalp after your workout. Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo ($23.99) is a game-changer in the ever-burgeoning world of dry shampoos: it smells amazing, plumps hair up at the roots to provide some much-needed volume, and resists the usual powdery mess that is so typical of most of its counterparts. It contains hydrating argan and macadamia oils, both of which nourish your strands without weighing it down.

Those nightmare stories about breakouts that develop after a workout are no joke. Nip the problem in the bud by cleansing your skin with a powerful product, like Murad Clarifying Wipes ($15.99). They’re formulated to combat blemishes, remove dirt, sweat, and debris, and limit your skin’s excessive oil production. Swipe it over your face and neck after a workout to achieve an instantly fresh complexion.a274d5b420c9639472cd7a27e88fd0f0

To wear before, during, and after: Bliss Fabulips Glossy Balm ($11.99) absolutely nails it with an impressive formula that keeps lips continuously hydrated. It’s made with a hyper-moisturizing blend of shea butter and vitamin E, both of which deliver the goods on contact to leave your lips soft. There’s even a hint of mint to leave your breath smelling fresh. Dry air in the gym can really do a number on your lips in no time, so it’s a good idea to keep something like this on hand.

You don’t need to apply a full face of makeup after that fabulous workout session. Chances are you’re already sporting some pretty rosy cheeks, but if you want to boost your complexion while you’re running an after-gym errand, apply some Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain ($16.99) onto your cheekbones and call it a day. This is all you need to achieve that natural glow that mimics your skin’s innate beauty, and the twist-and-go formula is perfect for on-the-go touch ups.

Who actually wants to stow all of this stuff in an oversized gym bag and rummage around for it? What you need is a cute case to tote it in style, like this TIGI Cosmetics Bag ($1.99). An unbelievable deal, it’s sized just right for all of your essentials, and you can stick a few extras in there, too—think travel deodorant, hair ties, and a comb. P.S. Starting this week if you spend over $175 on SkinMedica Products you can receive a gift bag with four travel size SkinMedica products valued at over $105, that would be great additions to your gym bag. Just make sure to enter the code: FreshSkinM2 at check out.

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Beat The Heat

It has been scientifically proven that sunscreen is the most important skincare product that both men and women should own and wear religiously. Not only does sunscreen protect against signs of aging, but also with proper use one could drastically reduce the chances of getting skin cancer.

 

With thousands of options, different SPF factors and chemical vs. physical sunscreens on the market, one could easily get discouraged. The editors of thebeautyplace.com have searched, tested, and compiled a list of their top sunscreen picks so you can shop with ease.

 

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For a matte finish / Oily skin

 

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This sunscreen is very lightweight. The non-greasy formula is ideal for everyday under makeup application.

 

 

For a Light Tint

 

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The best of both worlds in a bottle, this SPF gives you the protection you need with a sheer wash of color (for those lazy no makeup days).

 

 

For Dry Skin

 

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Get the hydration of a moisturizer and protection of a sunscreen mixed in one. Thisis the perfect product for the minimal morning skincare regimen.

 

 

For Sensitive Skin

 

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This antioxidant, chemical-free, mineral sunscreen delivers powerful protection for sensitive skin.

 

 

For the adventure seeker

 

 

1122327-skinceuticals-sport-uv-defense-spf-50-72dpiNo matter the activity this water and sweat-resistant sunscreen will hold up. The long lasting, nourishing formula protects against heat stress and collagen damage.

 

 

For the guy in your life

 

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Men can be fussy when it comes to skincare, but this SPF delivers a shine-free & oil-free hydration no one will ever know they are wearing.

 

 

No matter the season or weather condition SPF should be applied daily. Here at thebeautyplace.com we are huge advocates of sunscreen and the long lasting benefits these skincare products provides. See the extensive range of sunscreen products thebeautyplace.com offers at competitive prices.

 

Have a question about your sunscreen? Let us know!

Quick Beauty Tip – DIY Lip & Body Scrub

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With the ending months of winter and the incoming months of spring, you don’t want to be the girl who has a fabulous manicure accompanied by dry, cracked hands. Here in Florida, winter seems to be nonexistent but no matter where you are or what season it is, we all should take 5 minutes to make this scrub at home with stuff you probably already have.

Scrubs give you the opportunity to increase the circulation in your body, have glowing skin, sensuous lips, and are great exfoliants! A two-for-one recipe, this DIY works wonders for your entire body and pout!

Here’s how it’s made:

  1. Get 1/4 cup of coarse sugar. If you don’t have coarse sugar, you can use brown sugar or salt
  2. 1/2 lemon
  3. 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  4. 1/8 cup of Olive oil
  5. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until the coconut oil chunks have disappeared. Once it’s done,  it should be a creamy consistency.
  6. Scrub your hands with this for 2 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Do not use soap! This allows the remaining oils to stay on your body and soak in.
  7. Pat dry with a towel

I love, love, love this scrub! It leaves my skin baby soft! But if you do not have time for that just use the Bliss Lemon + Sage body Scrub & the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. You’ll love the results!

Reduce the Appearance of Enlarged Pores

Shrink Pore Size with Proper Skin Cleansing and Skin Treatments

Our skin is on display for the entire world to see, and it speaks a language of its own. When you look at someone up close, what do you notice? Our wrinkles, skin texture, and pores clearly express how we do skin care. For example, enlarged pores are small indentations that look like small craters. These small craters can collect oil, dirt, and debris making pores appear large. It can be tempting to empty your purse and get this situation fixed right away, but end up with less money because the products often end up being ineffective. Here are the causes of enlarged pores and skin care products popular for reducing them.

Remember when you were a child; your skin was smooth and soft? When you hit puberty, hormonal changes caused oil production to skyrocket and pores enlarged to handle how much oil was being created. They stay enlarged for years, unless you do something about it, and when women hit menopause, hormonal changes cause pores to shrink back to how they were back in childhood. Enlarged pores are most likely to appear on forehead, nose and chin. Why? Because of improper skin care, oily skin, smoking or sun damage.

First, we know properly cleansing skin and decongesting pores is the best way to keep them from absorbing oils and bacteria. The DDF Revolve 400 X Micro Polishing System guarantees pores are left squeaky clean by providing 8X better exfoliation than a scrub alone, and it also allows for microdermabrasion treatment at home! Dermatologists recommend medical treatments like microdermabrasion to treat enlarged pores. This technique rejuvenates skin with tiny microcrystal particles that remove excess oil and dead skin that accumulates in enlarged pores. An added benefit of microdermabrasion is that it stimulates the growth of collagen!

Steaming will soften debris and is incredibly easy to do this at home. Fill a bowl with hot water and let your pores absorb the steam. Apply a face mask immediately after steaming. An effective pore-purging clay masque like June Jacobs Pore Purifying Mud Masque is ideal because this masque dries after application. It contains antibacterial extracts, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients to pull everything that does not belong inside a pore. Thus allowing the pore to breathe and with time (since you will be applying this mud masque regularly) tighten and look less noticeable! It is important for a face mask routine to be formed so that this vital procedure is never skipped or forgotten.

For everyday cleansing of oily skin, Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser refines skin texture with salicylic acid to wash away impurities and tea tree oil and willow bark to soothe skin. It is non-drying, clears blackheads and prevents breakouts and prevents pores from clogging!

You now know why enlarged pores appear. Can you see them?

Skin Care at Any Age

Skin Care at Every Age

Be it a few lines and wrinkles, dark spots that appeared during a pregnancy, or skin care that allows us to preserve our looks for longer; women of all ages want the perfect anti-aging product that addresses our specific skin concerns. There are countless face serums, overnight treatments, and resurfacers available to zap the situation. However, some of us fail to realize that skin care is simple, but the variety of beauty products available is a bit intimidating. Here we feature skin care needs for every age.

In your 20’s? Rejoice! Your skin is as plump, soft, and smooth as it will ever be. Your skin care regimen is basically fuss-free, but good preventative medicine will have you with healthy skin in your 30’s. No anti-aging products are necessary, but a gentle product line will do you great! Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is a concentrated, very gentle, soap-free foaming gel cleanser. It thoroughly improves impurities without disturbing your skins natural moisture levels. It is so gentle it’s ideal for sensitive skin. At this stage of the game all you have to do is cleanse, moisturize, and apply SPF!

Your 30’s will have you jumping for joy because your student loans are paid off or almost paid off, you’ve made mistakes and learned from them, and your skin is still doing great, but are starting to notice a few lines around your mouth (laughing), around your lips or down your forehead. Do not freak out. This is the perfect time to step into the anti-aging products market. Invest in a nice moisturizer with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Night Cream, works while you sleep. It contains vitamins A, C, and E, and countless really good for your skin ingredients. Continue your gentle skin care, and exfoliate 1-3 times a week. Are you still wearing SPF? You keep on doing so or start now, it’s never too late.

Women in their 40’s and 50’s experience dramatic hormonal changes which directly affect how our skin looks. At this stage, the sun damage you received in your late teens and early twenties will start to show. Your skin will become drier and thinner, and that is the reason for the signs of aging you are noticing. No problem. What our body used to do for us we know have to do it ourselves. Wash morning and night with a gentle cleanser that exfoliates with AHA’s, salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Our skin does not shed the outer layer of skin as efficiently. Hydrate with moisturizer with natural ingredients to keep skin supple and smooth. You can use vitamin C face serums or anti-wrinkle creams. Eye creams are very important because the skin around the eye is really sensitive! A multi-tasking eye cream like Dr. Brandt Lineless Eye Cream will work efficiently reducing fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, and nourishing fine skin around the eye with botanicals, vitamins, and antioxidants. You are a wise girl now; we know you always wear SPF!

Your in your 60’s and 70’s, and your face may look smooth and well-kept, but your hands show your true age. Use a brightening skin treatment formula like NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Decolletage and Hands. It uses Niacin to diminish hyperpigmentation and balance skin tone. If you have ruddy skin on décolleté because of hours spent sunbathing, this antioxidant rich creams smooths and hydrates skin. This skin care treatment is fast working so you will notice results in no time.

DDF vs. Clarisonic Mia

Facial skin cleansing brushes have become popular beauty products. There are many beauty brands touting their unique models, and the skin cleansing systems can be found to accommodate any budget. The handheld skin care products are considered an upgrade from just using fingertips or a washcloth to achieve a clean face at the beginning and end of your day.  We are living in the digital age, if we can get a beauty product that can give us clear skin and fewer wrinkles would you try it? Here we feature two of the best available and what results they give.

The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System was introduced in 2004, and since its arrival it has completely transformed how we do skin care. It is much like an electric toothbrush, but gentle for use on facial skin. The gentle bristles rotate more than 300 times a second gently removing dirt, makeup, and oils. Why should you use it? The system is engineered to leave skin squeaky clean, something that fingertips or a washcloth may not effectively do. Whatever dirt or oils left behind because of improper washing can cause blemishes, enlarged pores, oily skin, ruddy skin texture, and the list can go on.

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Clarisonic Mia is a travel-size cordless brush with one speed, and available in several fashion-forward colors. It comes with a sensitive brush head, a trial-size facial cleanser, and an international travel charger. In as little as two minutes, your face is ready for night creams, serums or skin treatments.

Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are both cosmetic procedures that use exfoliation or an abrasive to improve skin contour and reveal a new layer of skin. Dermabrasion was used to improve acne scars, pox marks, and scars. Today, it is used to improve the appearance of tattoo scars, wrinkles, and age spots. Dermabrasion is a surgically invasive procedure and requires an anesthetic. Microdermabrasion is less invasive, with none of the risks, and skin recovers within 24 hours.

DDF Revolve 400 X Micro Polishing System

DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System significantly reduces enlarged pores, fine lines, and makes skin tone more even. The system allows you to deeply cleanse facial skin and do a microdermabrasion treatment in the comfort of your home. It allows for the better absorption of skin care products, and after one treatment, immediate improvement in pore appearance, fine lines, and skin tone is noticeable.

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Key Antioxidants Repair Sun Damage and Reverse the Signs of Aging

Antioxidants work by penetrating the top layer of skin and turn free radicals into harmless molecules. They prevent the signs of aging, stimulate collagen, repair damaged skin cells, and eliminate blemishes or imperfections. We feature key antioxidants and their popular skin care counterparts.

Vitamin E, also known as Tocopherol, is a moisturizing antioxidant that protects the skin barrier from damage. It acts as an obstacle, fighting free radicals and environmental factors from damaging skin. It is found in neck and decolletage creams because these areas tend to sag and wrinkle over time due to sun exposure and age. Pevonia Ligne Esthebuste Restore Neck and Bust Concentrate $70.51, offers it in a concentration for maximum absorption on skin.

Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative. It is considered one of the best anti-aging ingredients because of its long list of benefits. Retinol treats fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, dullness, crepiness, sagging skin, hyperpigmentation and various other signs of aging and skin concerns. It is found in night serums like the DDF Anti-Aging Restoring Night Serum , $86.04 , because skin exposure in the daytime can cause skin damage in the form of spots. Another reason it is recommended for overnight use is because skin absorbs the most when it is at rest. Thus allowing for maximum effectiveness from the ingredient.

The beauty consultants recommend serums to their clients because the stronger doses allow faster penetration than creams. Vivite Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum $37.25, contains a mix of extracts from pomegranate, green tea, chamomile, and contains glycolic acid to help diminish discoloration. Pomegranate is an antioxidant protecting skin against some UV damage that can lead to wrinkles, sagging and skin cancer. Green tea is an antioxidant that protects against free radicals – helping to enhance skin elasticity, stimulate collagen, and soothe inflammation. Skin that has a sprinkling of freckles, fine lines around the eyes and mouth will see clear results from this daily serum. This wonderful serum is great for those are not ready to dive into the world of age creams and skin treatments, but want a little proof of how choosing great skin care can make them look a little younger again.

Idebenone is a synthetic antioxidant that reduces inflammation and UV damage to skin cells that can cause wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. It is popularly found in Prevage MD Anti- Aging Serum, $67.00. This anti-aging serum contains the highest concentration of idebenone found in any skin care product. This skin product IS the best-selling skin care treatment at TheBeautyPlace.com. The idebenone antioxidant helps promote firmer, smoother, and brighter skin. It works good with all skin types, but ideal for dry, mature and aging skin.

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Body Beautiful: Must-Haves for Summer

When we think of skin care most of us focus on our face, but how about skin care for our body? The temperatures are rising and that means baring more skin. Is your skin swimsuit-ready? Rough spots, dry spots, and back acne are some of the skin concerns that can make us feel a little self-conscious. Wear that super cute halter dress you scored on sale with confidence! Here we feature body beautifying must-haves.

Exfoliate and reveal smooth and soft skin with a body scrub like Pevonia Body Scrub. With jojoba seeds, rosemary, and allantoin, this creamy scrub gently smoothes rough patches and reveals radiant, silky-soft skin.

NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Decolletage and Hands is a targeting fading treatment. Eliminate age spots, sun spots, on chest area or on the tops of hands. You can also apply anywhere you see discoloration or hyperpigmentation.

Take care of scars by improving and minimizing the look, color, coarseness and tenderness of scars. Kinerase Scar Healing Therapy is for use on all skin types and you can use it underneath sunscreen or moisturizer. So if you have signs from surgeries, cosmetic procedures, burns, cuts, or accidents you will surely appreciate this cream.

Sunscreen should be used every day. It is the best anti-aging and cost-effective skin treatment out there. Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum protects skin from sun damage and sun burn. It also helps repair previous damage done by tanning or exposure. Prevent premature aging and apply this hardworking serum right away.

The best beauty products at discounted products are available at TheBeautyPlace.com. Enjoy your time out and about and don’t worry about your skin. It looks great!

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