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    Revamp your Skincare Routine for Fall

    Just like you switch up your wardrobe to work for the changing seasons, it’s important to do the same with your skincare regimen. While summer skincare is all about sun protection, fall brings its own challenges – repairing any summer skin damage and preparing your skin for the cooler temps.

    The change in seasons can be a shock to the health of the epidermis. As the air becomes drier, so does our skin, leaving it feeling tight, flaky, even red and over sensitized. Simple changes in our skincare regime can return it to a state of balance and even combat the damage it endured over the summer months. (more…)

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    National Sun Safety Week – Skincare Tips

    Summer may not officially start until June 20th but the days are longer, the nights shorter, and the weather is warming up. When it comes to preparing your skin for the sun, you should always take the necessary precautions to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. (more…)

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    Best Spring Skincare – Skincare Tips for Spring

    Get healthy, radiant skin this spring! Follow these tips to freshen up your skincare routine. (more…)

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    How to Prevent your Skin from Peeling

    Spring Break is FINALLY upon us! It’s time to dust off those swim suits and sundresses for long days in the sun. If you are anything like me, your skin hasn’t seen sunlight in a very long time. Winters here in Upstate New York are brutal. Find out what can be done once peeling starts and how to prevent your skin from peeling. (more…)

  • Nia 24 Sunscreen SPF 30 Review

    NIA 24 Sun Damage Prevention SPF 30 Review

    As summer time is slowing coming to a close and fall is quickly approaching, my family and I wanted to spend as much time as possible enjoying the summer weather and to get our last hoorahs in before the kids were off to school. We’ve spent our summer camping, goofing off in the pool, playing on the beach, adventures in the river amongst many other fun outdoor activities. (more…)

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    Sun Exposure Aftercare

    This year’s summer chapter may be drawing to a close, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors safely. For some of you, that may also mean trying to catch every last ray of sunshine you can grab hold of! If you find yourself committing the number one skincare no-no, allowing yourself to become sunburned, here is what to do… (more…)

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    the Top 3 Spring Blog Posts from 14 #TBT

    Each and every Thursday, Instagram & Twitter feeds are taken over by #TBT posts featuring childhood photos and anecdotes. I don’t know about you, but I love to browse through #TBT posts as a trip down memory lane.

    So in honor of #TBT, we are throwing it back to 2014 and recalling our top spring skin care posts from 2014.  (more…)

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    Latest Fall Fashion & Skincare Trends

    Bring on the leggings, sweater dresses and riding boots! Autumn is now upon us and it is time to switch up not only our closets, but also our beauty bags!


  • 10 Secrets to Glowing Skin

    Who doesn’t want their skin to “glow” & radiate beauty? How do we achieve this flawless glowing look? Well if you follow some simple steps, you can get the look everyone is striving for!
    Check out these “secret tips,” & put on that beautiful smile!
    1. Avoid smoking
    It goes without saying that smoking is a major “no no” when it  comes to skin.  It can dry out your skin and leave you with bags under your eyes, just like you would get if you stayed up all night long.  It also causes premature aging and lots of wrinkles because it interferes with the blood supply that goes to your face. Smoking has been even associated with acne in adult women.

    2.  Use an exfoliating cleanser morning and night
    Experts say that one of the most essential skin rituals you can engage in is exfoliating daily.   Not only can exfoliating get rid of skin problems like blemishes and dry skin, it also will leave your skin glowing. 
    3. Use a light moisturizer in the morning
    It’s essential to have a good morning skincare regime that includes a great light moisturizer.  This will keep your skin soft and hydrated.  Make sure you give careful attention to the area around your eyes. 

    4. Use an antioxidant serum

    Many people skip the vital step of using an antioxidant serum.  For example, you might want to choose a serum containing vitamin C + E + ferulic acid.  Use your antioxidant serum in the morning before you apply sunscreen.  At night, you should apply a serum that contains resveratrol to protect against photo aging. 
    5. Use a sunscreen daily

    There are a wide variety of reasons why sunscreen needs to be part of your skincare regime.  First of all, it has been proven to reduce skin cancer rates.  Additionally, it can prevent brown spots and discoloration, and reduce the appearance of blotchiness.  Sunscreen, when used daily, will also significantly slow down the skin aging process. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours, if you are spending time in the sun. There are mineral powders with SPF and compact powder with SPF that can be used to retouch.
    6. Use restorative serums with growth factors at least at night

    Growth factors are naturally occurring proteins.  They encourage cells to develop in a healthy manner.  In fact, they take advantage of your skin’s healing abilities.  When you use growth factors, you’ll be able to preserve your youthful appearance for far longer!  This is good news for those seeking to get the glow. 
    7. Use an eye balm or cream morning and night
    The eyes are one of the first parts of the face that shows aging.  As a result, it is essential to treat them carefully by using an eye balm or cream twice a day.  A good eye cream will support the lipids in your skin and banish puffiness.  It also can improve irritated skin in a gentle manner.  When you keep the area around your eyes moist, wrinkles and lines will be far less likely to pop up.
    Many people never even think of using thermal water, but actually this treatment can help in several key ways.  A good thermal water product contains minerals and antioxidants that are healing and transformative to skin.  Feel free to use a thermal water or mist several times a day during the summer or if you are exposed to an air conditioner or heater for an extended period of time.
    9. Get a facial or skin treatment
    Don’t overlook the value of a good facial.  If you have normal to dry skin, try a hydrating facial for the ultimate in deep cleansing.  Those with normal to oily skin should get an exfoliating treatment at least 4 times a year.  Don’t let years pass by without benefiting from this essential treatment.  It’s a major anti-aging treatment that you shouldn’t ignore.
    10. Drink lots of water and sleep well

    If you are looking to get that “million dollar glow,” you need to treat your entire body right.  That means ensuring that you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, as it aids in digestion and blood circulation.  You’ll also need to get enough sleep if you want to look your best.  Lack of sleep can cause inflammation and lead to skin breakouts and skin sensitivity.  So give your skin what it needs to thrive and treat yourself to a good night’s sleep.

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  • Hitting the Beach? Here are 5 Essentials for Your Beach Bag

    Are you getting ready to go to a pool party, have a beach day or go out on a boat? Whatever your destination may be, do not forget these 5 essential items to keep your skin and hair healthy, protected and beautiful.

     1. Always Bring a Good Sunscreen

    When you select your sunscreen, make sure that it is broad spectrum.  In other words, it should protect against UVA and UVB rays.  Since you’ll likely be in and out of the water, it’s best if your sunscreen is also water resistant for 40-80 minutes. Putting on the right amount is important: 1/2 of a teaspoon of sunscreen will be enough to cover face and neck.  Also remember that sunscreens should be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and must be re-applied at least every 2 hours.Remember that those with sensitive skin and children will also need sunscreen products especially designed for them! 

    the top 5 beach bag essentials for skincare

    2. Topical Antioxidants are Vital
    Infrared rays are part of the sunlight, but unfortunately, they can cause skin damage through the production of free radicals. These rays are not typically filtered by sunscreens.  As a result, it’s important to use topical antioxidants to prevent and revert the damage cause by infrared rays.The use of vitamin C alone or in combination with vitamin E and other antioxidants like ferulic acid, for example, will provide better protection than sunscreens alone.  This is especially true for individuals prone to suffer from dark spots on their face.  For optimal protection, apply topical antioxidants on your face before your sunscreen.

    3. Lip Balm with SPF
    Lips, especially the lower lip, are constantly exposed to solar radiation. When you’re spending the day in the sun, it is very important to use a lip balm containing moisturizers (e.g. beeswax, olive oil, cocoa butter) and a physical sunscreen (e.g. zinc oxide) with an SPF 30. Do not forget to constantly reapply your lip balm.  It should go on at least every 2 hours.  Are you hitting the waves?  If so, make sure your lip balm is also water resistant.

    skincare essentials for women in the summer at the beach

    4. Leave-in Hair Conditioner with Sunscreen
    It’s not just your skin that needs protection from the elements… your hair does too!  That’s why you should always wear a hat when you are spending the day in the sun.We strongly recommend applying a leave-in hair conditioner with sunscreens to prevent the damage that sunlight can cause to you hair. If you have dyed your hair, remember that ultraviolet radiation can cause hair discoloration. Apply your leave-in conditioner before sun exposure and also reapply liberally every time you enter into the water.

    5. Don’t Forget the Moisturizer
    You likely already know that sun exposure can cause dry skin, so be sure to have a high quality moisturizer on hand.  We recommend trying a light moisturizing mist to instantly refresh the skin. Most mists contain Aloe Vera and other moisturizing and soothing ingredients. Thermal water in spray form may also help. It’s also essential to opt for an after sun moisturizer to help combat the sun’s harmful effects.

    So be sure to fill your beach bag with products that will hydrate, protect and restore your skin and hair.  When you go to the beach prepared, you’ll walk away relaxed, rejuvenated and radiant.

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    Mercedes Florez-White Dermatologist at askderm

    Mercedes Florez White, MD
    Dermatologist. Director of the Cosmetic Department at the Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center 
    Miami Beach, Florida.

  • iS CLINICAL Guest Blog presents: 4 Beach Bag Must Haves

    Innovative Skincare® has several products for making playing in the sun safe and more comfortable.
    Here are some featured products you will not want to leave out of your Beach Bag this season!
    Extra protection with the inclusion Vitamin C – Vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) based products work really well for this time of year because they add additional UV protection along with the benefits of brightening, lightening, and tightening.  iS CLINICAL has several options.  My favorites are iS CLINICAL’s Pro-Heal Serum Advance + because of its level of antioxidants, and Super Serum Advance + because of its inclusion of growth factors.
    Sunscreen – One option is our iS Eclipse SPF 50+ sunscreen.  It uses all-physical sunscreens, so there are no chemicals to worry about.  This sheer sunscreen product has a beautiful matte finish that is perfect for under make-up.
    Penetrating Hydration – iS CLINICAL’s Hydra-Cool Serum is the perfect post-sun treatment.  When the skin is sunburned it is also dehydrated. This low-weight serum calms, soothes, and cools irritated skin and also helps reduce the redness of a sunburn.  It also delivers a high level of antioxidants to the skin to protect against future damage.
    CoolMint Revitalizing Masque It doesn’t get any better than this take-home professional treatment.  If your skin is dying of thirst and damage from the hot summer months, just apply this to your skin and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.  This masque is sure to juice up your skin with hydration while also delivering powerful antioxidants to fend off future damage.  This is great to use during a nice relaxing bath.


  • Why you need to Protect Yourself from the Sun Year Round


    Summer may be over, but protecting your skin from UV radiation needs to be a priority year-round.


  • Tips and Tricks You May Not Know About Sunscreen!

    So we all know the importance of wearing sunscreen for the prevention of cancer and premature aging, but there are a few tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your products and keep you and your family safer.