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Quick Clear Blemish Control Acne and Pimple Treatment

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Bye Zit I don’t hate to see you go.

Hello zit. You showed up overnight and shamed me to no end. I know you’re there and I know everyone can see you. I fear they see you more than they see me. Blemish, zit, pimple, whatever you call yourself. I call you the king of shame. It’s an all out war on acne.

I have something for you, something to make you go. Something to help that annoying zit be gone faster. Something to help dissolve the clog in the pore to end the misery. Pimples are misery.

We love our Quick Clear Blemish Control. It takes days off the life of a miserable zit.

Salicylic acid is a zits mortal enemy. This is why we keep one of these handy blemish rollerballs in our purse, our makeup drawer, and one in our car. You must reach for they magic of Salicylic Acid the instant you suspect a pimple coming on. Slather it on and you’ll be surprised that often times your pimple will be dried up and much less evident in the morning.

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid and more oil-soluble than alpha hydroxy acids so it can penetrate deep into the pores of the skin. Oil-soluble ingredients penetrate through the lipid layers between the skin cells more readily and deeply this helps to penetrate into the skin and unclog pores.

Once Salicylic acid penetrates into the skin it dissolves debris that clogs pores. It is also an anti-inflammatory. The anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce redness and help zits go away faster.

So go for it. Hit that zit 3-4 times a day with a dash of Quick Clear to get rid of those pestering zits. Be the boss of zits.

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7 Essential Skincare Tips for Fall

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1.Be Ingredient Wise

  • Aloe contains loads of vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Aloe is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Think of all the things we know Aloe is great at from helping to treat burns, to treating dry skin.
  • Collagen creams help to slow the process of moisture loss from your skin. Using a moisturizer with collagen will help your skin lock in moisture. Dermatologists recommend using a collagen cream to help boost collagen to promote the firm, plump bouncy skin you had in the past.

2.Start Using a Thicker More Hydrating Moisturizer

With the weather turning and the air becoming dryer it’sagood time to switch to a heavier moisturizer before bed. A thicker moisturizer at night will help to replenish lost moisture in your skin, this will help your skin stay hydrated, healthy, and more prepared for the dry days ahead

3.Don’t Forget Your Lips & Under Eyes

These are two key areas that should not be forgotten. Along with adding a heavier nighttime moisturizer for your face, it’s also a good time to step up your eye cream and lip treatment game. The delicate skin around your eyes and on your lips will thank you.

4.Exfoliate with Care

If your skin is feeling a little sensitive and dry from the coming of fall it might be trying to tell you it needs a little TLC. You should take extra care when exfoliating this time of year. Remember to be gentle on your skin. When exfoliating with your favorite facial scrub rub in small gentle light circular strokes around your face. Always rinse with lukewarm water, gently pat dry, and apply a moisturizer.

5.Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen

Summer may be over, but the UVA, UVB are still beaming down on your precious face, causing sun damage, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Please be cautious with your skin. Vanity aside, UV radiation increases the risk of cancer. We suggest making a daily sunscreen of SPF 30 or more a mandatory part of your beauty routine.

6.Bring Out Your Humidifier

With the dry cold air outside, and your heat on inside your skin can’t catch a break. A great to this problem is to add a little moisture to your air at home. Let’s face it, our bodies need water, let your skin soak it in. Keep your humidifier clean and follow manufacture instructions.

7.Drink Water

We hear it over and over, drink water, stay hydrated. It’s true, your skin will benefit from staying hydrated on the inside. Water can help flush out toxins from your body, and many people report that their skin has an extra glow when they stay hydrated. So remember to have a few glasses of water throughout the day.

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Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare

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YOU MIGHT NOTICE THAT LATELY YOU SEE THE WORDS HYALURONIC ACID BEING PROMOTED IN ALMOST EVERY LINE OF SKINCARE. 

It’s not surprising because hyaluronic acid does amazing things for skin and has almost no drawbacks. Not only that it is suitable for any skin type from dry to oily and everything in between. Hyaluronic acid attracts water from inside the skin and moves the moisture to the skin surface helping to decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid also improves skins elasticity, tone, regeneration, and promotes healing.

Hyaluronic acid or HA has a wealth of benefits from alleviating dry parched skin, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as amazing healing properties. It’s like having your cake and eating it too! HA won’t make your skin dry or oily. When applied topically to your skin hyaluronic acid will rehydrate and plump your skin when this happens your fine lines and wrinkles look more smoothed out and less noticeable. Hyaluronic acid creates a barrier on your skin. Keeping your skin ultra-hydrated helps to protect your skin from harmful environmental stressors such as pollution.

You’ll notice many moisturizers, creams, lotions, and serums contain this magical ingredient. Not surprising since hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times it’s weight in water, its total magic. This is great news since hyaluronic acid is such a heavy weight when it comes to eliminating wrinkles and plumping up your amazing face.

Naturally found in skin hyaluronic acid begins to taper off as you age. By the time you hit the big 40 levels of HA drop significantly and your body no longer produces it as effectively as it did when you were younger. You may notice that as you’ve aged your skin has begun to look thinner and more dehydrated.

The best way to describe hyaluronic acid is to call it a skin super hydrator. Hyaluronic Acid helps maximize the moisture you do have and bring it to the surface where it can help pull out the wrinkles and increase the moisture content of hour outermost layers of skin. You may hear or read that HA is an anti-aging treatment, however we really think of it more as a skin hydrating ingredient. It is often paired with other ingredients in moisturizers, creams, and serums.

That being said hyaluronic acid alone doesn’t really penetrate the skin at all, but it does sit on the surface and create amazing results. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant drawing water to it and holding it right where you applied it. Hyaluronic acid pulls water from the air in fact and pulls it right into your skin. HA is a great choice after having a facial treatment such as a chemical peel, glycolic treatment, or microdermabrasion.

With its increased popularity products like facial moisturizers, creams, and serums with hyaluronic acid are a great addition to your skincare routine. Make sure to check the ingredients for hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate in your product labels. Be sure to follow the directions on your skincare products and remember to wear a daily use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

As with all skincare products it can take several days or weeks to see the full effects. Be sure to check the directions on your particular product and follow those instructions carefully and don’t forget to wear sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.

Then give it some time. Some people notice an immediate difference, and with some products it can take several days or weeks to see the full effects of the product. Don’t forget to come check us out at www.luxejoie.com

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8 ways to get a glowing complexion

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GET GREAT GLOWING SKIN AND LET YOUR FACE SHINE!

You know that infallible glow your skin gets when you’ve been drinking a ton of water, sleeping 8 hours a night, exercising, living stress free, and eating right? Yes, we all remember that one time all those things came together in perfect unison. But that’s not really an option for most of us every day.

Let’s talk about why your complexion looks crummy and how you can utilize a few key products along with some of the above-mentioned personal super habits to increase your outer glow.

What’s keeping your skin looking dull, flat, unremarkable?

You’re wearing dead skin cells on your face like a Halloween mask. Yeah, that sounds gross, but it’s true. As you age that wonderful spongy youthful skin of yours needs a little help turning over, loosening up, and getting up off your face. So, you need to get active! No, I don’t mean go for a jog, although sweating it out is great for your skin, your heart, and your mental health. I’m saying that you need to exfoliate! Then you find yourself at the professional facial or diy facial crossroads, do you handle this situation yourself with an at home solution, or do you seek out a professional to help you remove the mask? Both are great options by the way. Here are some great ways to bring back your outer shine. 

  • Scrub! Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. So many ways to exfoliate. You can use a scrubbing exfoliant cream at home that uses polishing micro beads to help loosen the dead skin by abrasion. Much like a professional microdermabrasion you’d get in a dermatologist or estheticians office.You can mask! So many great facial exfoliating masks out there. Choices for exfoliating masks range from skin exfoliating enzyme masks to facial masks with alpha hydroxy acids. Both will help break down dead skin gently without scrubbing to reveal a more glowing complexion over time. 
  • Wash it off! A day’s worth of funk and unknown particles in the air. Yep, air pollution. Wash that gunk right off your face every single night. Every Single Night. Tiny particles, and grime land on your fiercely beautiful face all day long. All those free radicals kill your collagen production, cause hyperpigmentation, and mess with even skin tone and texture. Wash your face, cleanse your skin, remove your makeup. Do it.
  • You can mask! So many great facial exfoliating masks out there. Choices for exfoliating masks range from skin exfoliating enzyme masks to facial masks with alpha hydroxy acids. Both will help break down dead skin gently without scrubbing to reveal a more glowing complexion over time. 
  • Creams and moisturizers and cleansers with AHA’s. Alpha hydroxy acids that is. Many facial creams contain AHA’s and they are amazing at breaking down and melting the intercellular glue that holds your skin cells together. AHA’s are natural substances found in sugar cane, milk, and grapes. They are amazing at breaking down dead skin and helping your skin naturally shed unwanted cellular material.
  • Wash it off! A day’s worth of funk and unknown particles in the air. Yep, air pollution. Wash that gunk right off your face every single night. Every Single Night. Tiny particles, and grime land on your fiercely beautiful face all day long. All those free radicals kill your collagen production, cause hyperpigmentation, and mess with even skin tone and texture. 
  • De-Stress. Stress messes with your glowing complexion. Stress and anxiety will bring your cortisol levels up, you know that fight or flight thing. When all that blood goes to your big organs to keep you alive, your skin gets the short end of the stick. Bummer since we all have stress. So, try to calm your nerves and let the small stuff slide, and manage the big stuff with ninja like organization and the calmness of a cucumber. Don’t forget to get adequate rest, and give yourself a facial massage, or relax with a calming facial mask.  Try our Aloe & Azulene Gel Masque.
  • Drink more water. Are you dehydrated? Dehydrated skin looks depleted and wrinkly. Ew. Plump up that beautiful skin and make it sparkle. First of all, drink some damn, water. Drink some damn water every hour of the day. Once you’re done tipping up your glass go ahead and apply some moisturizer on top of a daily hyaluronic serum. Let that serum pull the moisture from the air right into your parched skin.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. You’ve heard it before, a million times. Sunscreen. Wear your sunscreen. Preferably UVA/UVB SPF 30 at least. Seriously it will protect your skin from premature aging, sunspots, and cancer! It’s a big deal. Sunscreen during the day, even when it’s cloudy, no excuses. No excuses.
  • Play defense. Hormonal changes get your skin all mixed up. Treat the flair ups as they come. Is your skin looking super oily? Try a facial clay mask. Does your skin look dull and flat? Try a good facial serum. Did you get a monster zit? Treat it right way with a quick clearing blemish treatment.
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What to do if you have oily skin

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That pesky oil is not fun to deal with but it’s there to protect and hydrate your skin.  Sebum is produced by your sebaceous glands and too much oil is what happens when those glands work overtime. Too much oil can be a bad thing when it leads to clogged pores and acne.  If you have oily skin, your skin type is oily, and that’s okay.  Just remember to follow a skincare regimen that is appropriate for your skin type.  When you stick to a skin care routine that works for your skin type you can enjoy a healthy radiant complexion.  Our skin changes with the weather, with the seasons, and humidity matters.  Pay attention to how your skin looks and feels during different seasons or weather patterns.  It’s okay to use different products for different seasons.

How do you know if you are an oily skin type?

  • You have greasy or shiny skin
  • You have large pores
  • You have clogged pores and blackheads
  • You have ongoing acne

WASH YOUR FACE TWICE A DAY

Don’t overdo it, keeping the oil at bay by washing your face twice a day is a good thing.  Stripping your skin completely by over washing is not. You might find your skin changes day by day.  Don’t wash it to death, don’t use overly harsh products.  Make sure your skin always has an adequate amount of moisture.  Love glycolic and your skin can handle it daily. Great.  Maybe your skin is both oily and sensitive and you can only use glycolic once or twice a week.  Take it slow and build up to what your skin can handle.  If you exercise go ahead and give your skin a good wash post workout. 

EXFOLIATE

Treat yourself to some good exfoliation. You can exfoliate with a physical exfoliant such as a product that scrubs with gentle scrubbing jojoba beads, or a nice sugar, or coffee scrub. You can also exfoliate with a chemical or fruit-based cream exfoliant that will naturally breakdown dead dull skin cells exposing fresh new more radiant and shine free skin. Be gentle whatever you decide.  Start small with a test patch and no more than once a week for someone who hasn’t exfoliated regularly in the past.

TONE

Finding the right toner is everything.  Toners help treat acne and bring your skin back to the ideal pH before applying serums and moisturizers.  Washing can take a lot out of your skin, toning with a toner or astringent helps put your skin back to even. If you also have acne, try a toner with salicylic acid.

TREATMENT SERUMS

Serums are magical for being a great ingredient delivery agent.  Serums really pack a punch of ingredients sometimes without adding moisture.  Some serums also add moisture and with a moisturizing serum you might find you don’t need an additional moisturizer.  Choose a serum appropriate for your skin concerns.  A glycolic or alpha hydroxy acid & beta hydroxy acid AHA/BHA serum is ideal for an oily skin type. 

MOISTURIZER

A sunscreen moisturizer might be just the key for your oily skin.  Sunscreens containing Zinc cut the grease with ease and might even help clear up your acne.  Using a moisturizer will help your skin not feel like it needs to over produce oil.  Choose a moisturizer with Retinol, or Glycolic acid if you skin will tolerate it.  If not choose a mild light peptide facial lotion that won’t feel too heavy.

SUNSCREEN. DON’T FORGET SUNSCREEN. 

The 50 year old you will thank the 30 year old you

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Spotlight on Niacin Serum

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Adding a niacin serum to your daily skincare routine can really improve your skins appearance. You can see improved skin tone and texture, reduced pore size, and a visibly brighter skin tone. 

Our 5% Niacin Serum is just the right amount. We like to keep it just right in this formula that incorporates many all natural and organic ingredients. These specialized ingredients target problem concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, dark spots, and enlarged pores. 

This ultra-creamy light and natural serum is hydrating as well. If your skin only craves a touch of moisture, look no further. You may not even need an additional moisturizer.

Not only is this naturally healing serum beneficial for reducing sunspots and retexturing skin it comes with a boost of hyaluronic acid that will infuse your dull dry dehydrated skin with beneficial hydration to reveal a healthy dewy glow.

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