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 SPF Products You Need Now

Sunscreen is the most important ingredient you can add to your skin care routine. This potent product protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UVA rays: UVA and UVB. UVA skins penetrate the skin deeply, and leave it susceptible to premature lines and wrinkles. Skin may appear leathery and droopy with repeated sun exposure. UVB rays, meanwhile, are the key cause of sunburns.

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At TheBeautyPlace.com, we recognize that there’s more to your beauty routine than simply looking great—it’s also about adding effective products to the mix that actually make a long-term difference in the condition of your skin. We carry an extensive range of products loaded with SPF, including makeup and skin care products. Here, the ones we suggest to help protect your skin from those dangerous UV rays.

Dry skin benefits from ultra-hydrating moisturizers that drench skin with much-needed emollients. One to try: PCA Skin Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($25.99). This enriching moisturizer is loaded with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking healthier over time.

If you wear makeup every day, you may as well choose a formula that offers more than just the standard coverage. bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25 ($17.99) is perfect for completing your look. It gives skin a natural, practically flawless finish, and it’s ideal to use on oily skin because it soaks up the sebum to prevent that telltale shiny gleam.

coola-eco-lux-sport-continuous-spray-spf50-unscented-8-oz-bfRain or shine, it’s smart to wear sunscreen year round. One of the easiest to use is COOLA ECO-LUX Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50 ($30.99). The spray-on formula is quick and easy to use, and it provides continuous, water-resistant coverage for up to 80 minutes. As it blocks those harmful UV rays, it also kisses skin with a fresh, fruity guava mango fragrance. It’s perfect for summer—but during those cooler months, it will remind you of the warmer months to come!

 

If you’re at all familiar with the no-makeup movement, you probably wish you could get on board with it. Try a tinted moisturizer, like Quitessence Sunshade SPF 30 Tinted ($22.99), which contains green tea and vitamins D and E to help repair existing damage while preventing further problems. It’s available in light, medium, and dark skin tones, so there’s one for everyone.

 

uvlipbalmtube_mediumDon’t forget your lips! Smooth and creamy, Elta MD UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($9.99) is a water-resistant formula that combats the harsh effects of dry air. Your lips will feel softer for longer, and over time you’ll notice a visible improvement in the condition of your pout. Feel free to wear this over your favorite lipstick—it’s lightweight and colorless, so it’s perfect for adding a much-needed layer of protection.

 

What’s your SPF quotient? Make sure your beauty collection is loaded with the SPF-infused products you need for your skin and body. Don’t miss our SPF sale, beginning this Saturday, October 15, at TheBeautyPlace.com!

 

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Natural Beauty: 5 Eco-Friendly Products You Need Now

Forget the harsh ingredients and unnecessary additives found in most beauty products. These days, it’s possible to look your best and most beautiful using natural products whose core ingredients are sourced from nature. Here are five eco-friendly beauty products we love—and that you need to try stat.

natural-beautyGlo Minerals Highlighter ($12.99): Made with cruelty-free ingredients, this non-comedogenic highlighter is ideal even for sensitive skin and contains natural mineral pigments that brighten your complexion subtly yet effectively. Dust it onto your cheekbones, brow bones, or even your décolletage to show off a light sheen. The effective isn’t over-the-top radiant, but just shimmery enough to perk up a sallow complexion. And you can’t go wrong with a brand that is committed to protecting the environment and its inhabitants—Glo Minerals products are never tested on animals.

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John Masters Organics Rose Foaming Face Wash ($16.99): You’ve probably used your share of chemical-laden facial cleansers, but did you know there are suitable alternatives out there that smell incredible? With a short and sweet ingredient list of glycerin, aloe, and hydrating rose flower oil, this face wash is beautiful in so many ways—its nourishing formula, its elegant bottle, its calming fragrance. Great if you have dry (and even sensitive) skin, it foams well and leaves skin soft, reduces irritation, and whisks away dirt and debris.

 

 

DermOrganic Daily Moisture Renewal for Face and Neck ($18.39): It can be tough to find the perfect moisturizer for everyday use. What you need is something lightweight enough to wear beneath makeup, yet effective enough to actually hydrate your skin. Enter this brilliant, sheer moisturizer that is made with 70% organic ingredients and is free of lanolin and parabens. Its main component is the patented, plant-derived BotaniCollagen complex, which may reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with regular use. Simply massage it onto your skin after cleansing for best results.

Natural-Beauty-Products-that-You-Can-Prepare-at-Home-jpgSexy Organics Moisturizing Treatment 6.8oz ($13.99): Don’t let cooler weather have its way with your hair! Get set for the upcoming season with this thirst-quenching treatment. It’s designed to drench hair with excess moisture, and may transform even the driest strands when using regularly. Made with 76% organic ingredients, including aloe vera juice, goji berry extract, and avocado extract, it’s a rich and creamy emulsion that gets to the “root” of the problem, softening strands while imparting long-lasting moisture that halts breakage and environmental damage in its tracks.

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Egyptian Magic Natural All Purpose Skin Cream ($26.99): It’s one of the beauty world’s cult products—an item so beloved that makeup artists swear by it and most stores can’t even keep it in stock. This all-purpose moisturizer is made with olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, and royal jelly, which work together to make pure magic. You can use it absolutely anywhere, from dry cuticles and chapped lips to eczema patches and scrapes. You can even use it to tame wayward strands of hair, soothe burned skin, or simply hydrate before bedtime. To use, just scoop up a bit, warm it up between your fingers, and smooth on.

Iconic Beauty Products Everyone Should Try Once

You have your core beauty products—the ones you use daily and recommend to everyone you know. The great thing about beauty, though, is that it’s so easy to shake things up without messing with your regular routine. We’re all about providing you with the best products from the most beloved brands. That’s why you need to try these iconic products straight from our collection. Who knows? They make become part of your core lineup.

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John Masters Organics is one of the world’s pioneering eco-conscious beauty brands. Employing organic ingredients to create chemical- and synthetic-free products, the line is jam-packed with nourishing treatments for the hair, skin, and body. The brand’s Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil ($24.39) is made with 14 organic essential oils and plants that work harmoniously to deeply moisturize even the driest skins. With colder weather on the horizon, now is the right time to stock up on treatments that will eliminate those dry patches right away—and this one is a longtime, proven favorite that’s both gentle and effective.

Mud masks are nothing new, but GLAMGLOW has completely revived the market with its collection of advanced treatments. SuperMud Clearing Treatment ($62.99) is one of the brand’s bestsellers—and with good reason. The potent mask combats everything from acne and black heads to ingrown hairs and unsightly razor bumps. Especially effective on oily and combination skin types, SuperMud gives your skin that pore-free look you’ve always envisioned yet never quite were able to achieve.

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It could be considered one of the most visibly effective products out there. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel ($108.54) is a two-step treatment system that exfoliates skin and reduces signs of damage, including dark spots, redness, and fine lines and wrinkles. It can even be used on discoloration—with religious use, you’ll notice a serious improvement. Don’t be surprised if you’re able to go makeup-free after a while!

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Foundation is a godsend, but wasting foundation is also a sad reality. With the advent of BeautyBlender ($16.99), all of that changed instantly. The sponge is designed to impart streak- and waste-free application of makeup, from primer to foundation, with ease. Somehow complexions look smoother and more flawless than ever! BeautyBlender is especially helpful when it comes to applying makeup to those hard-to-reach spots, like the inner corners of the eyes and nose. You’ll never use a foundation brush again.

Doesn’t everyone’s skin deserve a little TLC? The Clarisonic Mia 2 ($135.99) is one of the world’s most beloved beauty tools—and for good reason. It’s a powerful cleanser that gently removes dirt, oil, and debris (in just about a minute!) and sloughs away pore-clogging impurities. Your skin will feel instantly smoother than it would if you used a traditional cleanser. Finish up with a hydrating moisturizer or serum and you’ll notice a marked improvement in your skin’s appearance within weeks.

 

We’re sad to bid farewell to summer—but we’re super excited about our End of Summer Sale! It begins Saturday, August 27th. It’s a great time to stock up on your favorites at theBeautyPlace.com.

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