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).

Everything You Need to Combat Winter Beauty Woes

Winter has a nasty habit of wreaking havoc on the skin and the hair. Harsh, dry air, combined with low levels of humidity creates the perfect storm. Suddenly your hair is static, your skin feels like sandpaper, and your hands are coarse. Don’t let the season get away with it! Here are five essential products from TheBeautyPlace.com that are destined to improve how you feel from head to toe.

Dry strands require extreme moisture. Give your hair the TLC it deserves with TIGI Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner ($28.99). The products are formulated with hyper-hydrating ingredients that infuse locks with deep hydration. After just one wash, you’ll notice a difference. For hair that feels coarse and looks lackluster, supplement your regimen with TIGI Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes Recovery Treatment Mask ($14.89) at least once a week. It’s ideal for repairing damage, and all products are safe to use on color-treated hair.

 

It’s not uncommon for skin to become flaky and irritated during winter. Combat this by overhauling your skincare lineup for the season. PCA Skin Dry Skin Relief Bar ($22.99) is a good starting point: it’s a mild cleanser that works best when it’s left on the skin for a couple of minutes. During this time, it sloughs off those unsightly flakes, softens dry spots, and leaves behind a smooth finish. Unlike other cleansers, it won’t strip your skin.

 

You probably have already noticed that your lightweight lotion isn’t quite doing the trick for your face during winter. Switch to a thicker emollient, like Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream ($25.99). Mild and gentle, it’s infused with shea butter and is suitable to use on even the most sensitive skin types. For best results, apply when skin is slightly damp to lock in moisture.

 

Ordinary hand creams just won’t do during winter, either. The best choice is a formula that contains ultra-moisturizing ingredients. Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream ($12.99) fits the bill with its rich consistency and deeply hydrating oils of macadamia and grapeseed. It sinks in quickly, so skin doesn’t feel tacky or greasy, and its effects linger even after you wash your hands.

 

Winter can also increase your skin’s sensitivity. Look for unscented moisturizers loaded with nourishing ingredients, such as John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Body Lotion ($14.99). With sea kelp, coconut oil, milk thistle, and white tea extract, it’s as much a treatment for parched skin as it is a basic hydrator. It absorbs quickly, and can even be used on the face in a pinch thanks to its non-greasy finish.

We are also having a winter beauty recovery sale, just is time to get everything you need to combat your beauty woes. Sale ends on 2/3/2017 11:59 PM EST.

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Hair Removal

Ah, womanhood. It’s great and all, but if there’s just one tiny niggling complaint we have, it’s that hair removal can be such a beast. And because summer is fast approaching, that means it’s time to pay a little more attention to our body hair and develop a game plan. Get ready to bare some skin with these helpful dos and don’ts that will make removing that hair a breeze.

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Do baby your skin. Nothing says “Hey, I just waxed my upper lip!” like a patch of bright red skin below your nose. The fact is that waxing is irritating, and thus your skin requires a little TLC post-treatment. Get yourself involved with Anthony Logistics’ Cool Fix Rollerball Lip and Brow Formula ($14.29). This innovative product contains soothing Mediacalm complex, exfoliating salicylic acid, anti-inflammatory caffeine, and free radical-busting grape seed extract. They work together to instantly relax freshly waxed skin, preventing both discomfort and telltale redness.

Don’t wax right before a special event. Your skin needs to breathe, so the last thing you want to do is apply makeup over it.

Do be prepared for an ingrown hair or two. It’s not a given that it will occur, of course, but who wants to be stuck with a larger-than-life bump that seems to be getting bigger by the minute? Ingrown hairs can occur if you wax too soon after your last treatment, if you shave against the grain, or if you neglect to exfoliate. Invest in a jar of Bliss Ingrown Hair Eliminating Pads ($28.99) and, guaranteed, those pesky painful ingrowns will be a thing of the past. This potent, saturated pad gently exfoliates skin with a combination of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, leaving skin soft and smooth.

Don’t expose your skin to anything that has the potential to irritate it right after waxing, such as sunlight, self-tanning booths, hot tubs, or swimming pools.

thumb-products-that-will-let-you-give-up-shaving-foreverDo remember to moisturize, especially after you shave your legs. Ever notice that they feel a little tight and itchy after you step out of the shower? This is usually due to hot water irritating your skin or a razor blade that isn’t fresh. A product like DermOrganic Hand & Body Moisture Lotion ($18.69) is ideal for soothing skin. It’s rich in Moroccan argan extract and helps protect the skin’s natural barrier.

Don’t apply a heavily scented moisturizer or fragrance to freshly waxed skin. Any type of alcohol can trigger a jolt of discomfort that will linger far longer than you’d like. Just say no, ladies.

Slopes vs Sand: Your Spring Break Beauty Tips Are In!

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Apply, Re-apply your Sunscreen – The sun is bright up on the mountain and it reflects off the powder. Don’t let sunburn or, even worse, sun poisoning ruin your Spring Break on the slopes. Pack a good sunscreen to protect … Continue reading 

Trending Now: 3 Makeup Trends from 2016 New York Fashion Week

 

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New York’s Spring Fashion Week just ended and the Beauty Place editors were watching closely. Not just because we love NYC, fashion, runway and all things beauty-related…but also because, we want to help you get the look! We picked three of our favorite NYFW trending makeup styles to feature. Check out our tips and products to get you NYC runway ready today (even if you live in a totally different part of the world!

 

2016 Spring Fashion Weekend Trending Makeup Style #1The Pop of Color

On the catwalks of Jeremy Scott and Jason Wu, models were making a statement with bold, fun pops of makeup color. Bright neon blue eye liners, shadows and candy pink lips rocked the runways. Injecting color and fun into the look, this fun trend is easy to achieve with quality, affordable products from the Beauty Place, including:

 

TIGI EYESHADOW

 

TIGI Cosmetics Split Eyeshadow Flirt

 

 

 

TIGI EYELINER

TIGI Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner – Blue

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Spring Fashion Weekend Trending Makeup Style #2 The Ombre Lips – 6 Steps to get the Runway Lips that rocked NYFW

 

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Creatures of the Wild amped up the makeup coupled with the runway fashion with the Ombre lip color. The Ombre lip look gives depth to your lips and creates that edgy, high fashion look we all want on the runway and on Saturday night!

Step 1- Moisturize your lips.

Step 2- Apply a layer of powder.

Step 3 –Apply a thick line of lip liner and blend in.

Step 4 – Use a matte lipstick to fill in only the areas not covered by liner. Press lips together then apply the lipstick a second time.

Step 5 – Outline the lips again to fill in any open spaces.

Step 6 – Outline the edges with concealer to complete the look.

 

2016 Spring Fashion Weekend Trending Makeup Style #3 The Deep, dark manicures

Designers like Nicole Miller, Anna Sui Derek Lam, and Monique LHillier accented their designs at the 2016 New York Fashion Week with deep, dark nail color!

 

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Grab the deep, dark look with many color option from the Beauty Place and OPI:
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New York Fashion week is over but the fashion trends live on. You can bring high fashion make up trends to your everyday life with the affordable, quality products found online at The Beauty Place. Have a favorite look from NYFW? Please do share; we are still basking in the glow and would love to hear every detail.

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!

The Beauty Place Team’s Favorite Products with SPF

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  1. Bliss Everyday Face Lotion SPF 15
  2. Peter Thomas Roth Foundation
  3. Bosley Scalp Protect Spray
  4. Tan Towel

CC Creams Have Always Been Here!

CC creams - Moisturize, Protect, and Correct Skin

CC creams short for color and correct are the newest in skin care offering more benefits than BB creams. They are multi-tasking with high SPF’s, they moisturize better and contain effective anti-aging ingredients.

A great example is Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation SPF 30 1 oz. This foundation has a smooth oil-free finish, contains 30 SPF, gives a translucent coverage, smoothes fine lines, and delivers free radical fighting antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients.

Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Makeup-Less Tinted Moisturizer contains pigments that camouflage dark shadows and uneven color, reduces the look of expression lines and wrinkles, and contains a chemical free 30 SPF. This one shade fits all skin tones corrector is a great beauty pick for mornings when you have to run out the door.

Ready to experience what a CC cream can do?

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2012 at TheBeautyPlace.com

Mother’s Day 2012 is on May 13th! Have you picked out a gift for Mom yet? We have a great selection of hair care and skin care products sure to please Mom. Just so you know, more than half of the products are at less than $50! Check out our Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2012. Here we feature a few of our favorites!

For gifting to a mom with a short hairstyle, the CHI Volumizer 3/4 Inch Iron features curved plates to create volume and lift at the roots and at the ends of hair. It provides multiple functions to achieve curls, straightened, flipped or wavy hairstyles. The plates use ceramic ionic technology to eliminate static and frizz.

Macadamia Natural Oil Gift Box Set brings hair care essentials which help in achieving and maintaining healthy, thick, and frizz-free hair. Every item in this best-selling hair care line is formulated with Macadamia and Argan oils. Both these oils are rich in vitamins and antioxidants and help to repair dry or damaged hair. The set includes a rejuvenating shampoo, a healing oil treatment, a deep repair masque and a natural oil infused comb. The shampoo and hair treatments are gentle for use on chemically enhanced hair. The wide-toothed comb detangles hair and works for effective and balanced application of the healing oil treatment and the deep repair masque.

Vitamin C and E are excellent ingredients in any skin care product for their anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C is the main ingredient featured in Murad Radiant Skin Renewal Kit and is one of the under $30 products available in TheBeautyPlace.com Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2012. The kit contains anti-aging skin treatments to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and discoloration caused by age and sun damage. Included is the Essential-C cleanser, the active radiance serum, the age spot and pigment lightening gel and a moisturizer with SPF 30 for prevention of damage to skin by the sun’s UV rays. This kit is the best gift available in the gift guide. Mom deserves to be pampered and this kit has all the tools to do just that. Plus after using this line of skin care, Mom will notice her skin looks smoother and refreshed.

The best beauty products at discounted prices are at TheBeautyPlace.com. Do not scramble at the last minute looking for the perfect gift. Go to our Mother’s Day 2012 Gift Guide and get Mom the best gift! The gift of beauty! Come back and let us know what Mom thought.

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