Our Top 5 Skin Resolutions for 2014

Forget the list of larger-than-life resolutions you just won’t keep! Instead, opt for attainable goals that you know you can work towards. We’ve put together a list of our top five resolutions, we’re sure will help you feel and look better by year’s end!

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#1 – Clean your cell phone

Ever notice that one side of your cheek has a few more bumps than you’d expect? That could be from all the bacteria on your cell phone. If you have a touch screen phone or iPhone, it’s best to pick up a cleaning spray with alcohol content, or using a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and gently wiping down your phone. Still seeing raised white dots? Try Peter Thomas Roth’s Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash. This gentle acid helps to dissolve the buildup of dead skin that’s blocking the pore. Read our review on this great product here.

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#2 – Don’t purchase daytime moisturizer without SPF

Even in colder weather, the sun still affects your skin. Be sure to protect it now, so you avoid looking an up to an extra 15 years older later. And don’t just slather SPF moisturizer on your face; be sure to include your ears, neck, and décolletage. We love Peter Thomas Roth’s Max Sheer SPF 30 Face Lotion. Learn more about why this fabulous product should be a part of your daily routine here.

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#3 –  Be bold & try a new beauty trend once a month

What better way to spice up your look than with a splash of something new in your routine? Unleash your inner beauty diva once every few weeks with bold lips, unexpected eye shadow colors, or a wild nail polish. Change makes everyone feel fresh, and with makeup it’s less of a commitment (and more fun) than dying or cutting your hair differently. Check out some of our favorite inspiring eye trends, or our tips for prepping your lips for that new shade of color.

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#4 – Update your skincare regimen

We all know that age plays a big role in how our skin looks and the way that we take care of it. Many of us may have struggled early on with all forms of acne or blemishes, but then as they years pass by other problems come along. The secret to staying fresh-faced and wrinkle free later is to act now. It’s never too late to include age prevention products in your skincare kit!

If you’ve been using the same moisturizer or face wash for the past 10+ years, it is probably time to upgrade to a new formula. Not using an eye cream daily? Well consider adding this to your morning and evening routine to hydrate the thin skin area around your eyes. Set aside some time to figure out what you should be doing at your age, with the help of the Skin Resolutions ladies. They’ll be sure to get your new skincare plan into motion!

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#5 – Stop picking

Whether you pick at your cuticles or your blemishes – stop! What a lot of us don’t understand is that messing and squeezing these little guys can actually bring about much more damage. If you’ve got a blemish that continues to pop up in the same place, it’s a sign that the pore it developed in is damaged – usually a result of too much picking. Prodding a pimple can loosen the cell lining of the pore and cause the clogged oil to slip deeper into the skin, creating an inflammatory reaction and prolonging the healing process and possibly causing an infection due to the bacteria your finger has introduced to the area. The result could be a red or purplish mark that lasts indefinitely. Continue picking and poking at a scab on your face, neck, or chest and there could be an indented scar in your future.

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Resist temptation when a blemish shows up on your face! Schedule an appointment with one of Skin Resolution’s estheticians, particularly when the blemish is still swollen so the exact problem area can be pinpointed. If you can’t get to your esthetician or dermatologist right away, be sure to apply a drying agent containing salicylic acid or sulfur to the blemish area. Whatever it is that you feel the itch to pick, keep your hands off it!

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RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner

Wishing for fuller, longer, thicker lashes? Fret no more! RevitaLash Advanced Conditioner is the answer to your beauty prayers.

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RevitaLash is a product that will help restore fullness to lashes that have lost their youthful fullness. RevitaLash uses the power of natural botanicals and peptides to nourish and strengthen fragile, thinning lashes, while also helping them regain their fullness. RevitaLash has the technology to enhance what nature gave you – naturally. Check out the before and after photo below.

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RevitaLash was developed by Michael Brinkenhoff, M.D. as a special gift for his wife, Gayle, while she was recovering from metastatic breast cancer treatments. Gayle’s once-beautiful eyelashes had become dull, brittle and lifeless after chemotherapy treatments. Dr. Brinkenhoff believed that he could find a way to give Gayle’s eyelashes the look of renewed health, strength and beauty. Thus, an entirely new and unique cosmetic product was born; and a gift created originally for just one special lady has become a product available to men and women everywhere who want to have attractive, beautiful-looking eyelashes.

Not only is this product by RevitaLash great for you, but the company behind it, Athena Cosmetics, believes in giving back to the community and dedicates itself to philanthropic activities to combat breast cancer. Call the girls at Skin Resolutions to learn more!

Our Holiday Wish List

Sure, this time of year is about being thankful, and giving gifts to others. But its okay to have your own little list of “must haves” to share with your loved ones too! We’ve put together a few of our favorite treats that we know we’d love to find under the tree come Christmas morning.

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Clockwise from top right: 1. Epicuren Anti-Aging Lip Balm SPF 15 tube / 2. Epicuren Handbag Essential Trio – 2 oz. After Bath Moisturizer (in your choice of Coconut, Lavender, or Orange Fragrances), 2 oz. Protein Mist, and 1 tube of Anti-aging Lip Balm SPF 15  / 3. ColoreScience Pep Up Gel / 4. ColoreScience Lip Pencil /  5. Epicuren 6-Step Facial System – 2.5 oz. Apricot Cream Cleanser, 2 oz. Skin Conditioner Enzyme Toner, 2 oz. Enzyme Concentrate Vitamin Protein Complex, 2 oz. Gel Plus Enzyme Protein, 2 oz. Facial Emulsion Enzyme Moisturizer, and 2.5 oz. Apricot Facial Scrub / 6. Clarisonic Mia 2 / 7. Epicuren Daily Antioxidant Moisturizer / 8. Votivo Holiday Collection Candle in Red Currant / 9. Decleor Hydration Starter Kit – Aroma Cleansing Milk for Face & Eyes, Aroma Cleanse Tonifying Lotion, Hydra Floral Moisturizing Cream, Aroma Neroli Essential Night Balm, and Aromessence Neroli Essential Serum / 10. ColoreScience Lip Restoration Kit – Mineral Lip Polish in Red, Mineral Lip Exfoliator, and Mineral Lip Serum.

Get A Little Cheeky

Blush is an instant pick me up, and an easy way to define the cheekbones while adding contour to your face. With the models on the fashion runways (á la Chanel and Derek Lam below) flaunting their strategically contoured cheekbones, we realized how important a touch of color on one’s cheeks can make every skin tone look fresh and pretty.

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For day-to-day makeup, the minimalist, romantic style is perfect. Adding warmth to the face with earthy, natural tones. We were inspired by the gals backstage at Carolina Herrera’s Fall show, who successfully played up the elegant, classic, and ladylike trends from their cheeks to their hair.

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While on the subject, blush is one of those makeup essentials that is easily overlooked by some, and over used by others! We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you find your best color, and how to apply it correctly, as to best accentuate and soften your cheekbones.

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Using blush can be a daunting thing for us ladies, since it’s so easy to over do it! Since no one likes to look like a clown (well maybe only at Halloween!), we’ve put together some tricks to help you find the right shade of blush for your skin tone, and tips for applying it correctly to your cheeks.

Skin Tone

There are two major types of skin tones, warm and cool. It is important to identify which skin tone you have because this will help determine which cheek tints you should use, as well as help you with selecting the correct foundations and powders. Here are some helpful pointers to keep in mind when searching for your shade:

  • Peach Blushes – using blushes in this color, think goldy-peach,  is ideal for warm undertones. We love the ColoreScience pressed blush powder in Coral. Read our review on all of these blushes here.
  • Pink Blushes – pinky colors are great for skin with cooler understones. These pink tones are more on the silvery side. Try ColoreScience’s blush powder in Pink Lotus.
  • Brown Blushes – Tans, bronzes, and browns are wonderful for either cool or warm undertones. Plus, these brown shades are ideal for contouring cheekbones. We suggest using Sun Baked blush powder by ColoreScience, as it provides pretty color for either type of skin tone.

Something important to consider when you are looking for the right shade of blush for your beauty arsenal is to try to find a natural color that matches the shade of your cheeks when you exercise. Check out this super helpful cheet sheet from The Beauty Department blog.

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How to Apply Blush

  • With a rounded blush brush, apply it to the apple of your cheeks when you smile (try smiling at yourself in the mirror while dusting your cheeks – it really helps!).
  • Next, lightly go up into the hair line towards your temples, creating a sheer tear drop shape, and then gently blend the color downwards.

ColoreScience Pressed Blushes

We love the new collection of blushes from ColoreScience! These pressed mineral cheek colors provide long-lasting color with a smooth, silky application. Each hue gives your cheek a healthy, natural-looking glow. Plus, these ultra-wearable shades flatter a variety of skin tones.

These pressed powders come in five different shades, and include the following colors clockwise from top right: Soft Rose, Coral, Adobe, Sun Baked, and Pink Lotus (pictured in center). Each of these colors works perfectly with your skin and foundation base, to add just that hint of natural color to make you look as if you’re glowing from within. Check out our tips on how to apply these colors to your own makeup look.

ColoreScience Blush

Created by skin care expert, Diane Ranger, ColoreScience successfully blends the line between color and science, offering product lines formulated with distinctive and substantiated natural, active ingredients. ColoreScience avoids using ingredients such as harsh chemicals, dyes, talc, alcohol, mineral oil, and fragrance, which are found in many of the beauty and cosmetic products sold at department stores and pharmacies. Instead, ColoreScience uses proven ingredients such as peptides, liquid crystals, pearl powder, and hyaluronic salicylic acids. These natural and active ingredients provide instant results, and the beauty products containing these ingredients were created by ColoreScience to help achieve a clear, even complexion, while also protecting skin from the damaging effects of the sun and environment.

Gifts for the Guys on Your List

Men aren’t the easiest to shop for, nor do they tend to indulge themselves with luxurious body products or swanky skin-care creams. That is why we are here to help you pamper the men in your life this holiday season! We’ve handpicked our top grooming essentials that will keep your favorite guy looking good and feeling his best from head-to-toe.

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Clockwise from top right: 1. Epicuren Smoothest Shave Cream / 2. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads for Face & Body / 3. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel / 4. Clarisonic Pro for Face & Body / 5. Epicuren Discovery Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Complex / 6. Dermaquest Balancing Kit which includes 2 oz. Daily Enzyme Cleanser, 0.5 oz. Advanced B5 Serum, 0.5 oz. Revive Cream, and 1 oz. Zinc Clear SPF 30 lotion / 7. Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day SPF 30 Moisture Defense Lotion (Check out our review of this face moisturizer!) / 8. Epicuren Discovery Lip Balm SPF 15 tube / 9. Decléor Calming After Shave Gel / 10. ColoreScience Post-Shave Shield SPF 20 / 11. ColoreScience Skin Soother & Smoother.

Available now at Skin Resolutions!