Aloe Vera: Better than a Bouquet

If you’re a plant lover, then you’ll want to jump on the Aloe Vera bandwagon. Its reputation for healing, soothing and rejuvenating qualities is evident in the many products currently on the market. If you look closely, you’ll see many organic skin care products are focused around this key ingredient. In fact, many of our Advanced Clinicals products contain this lovely ingredient. Even the ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”

So what exactly are the benefits of Aloe Vera? Well, the real question here would be, what doesn’t it treat?

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Aloe Vera Helps With…

Acne and Scarring: Aloe Vera gel holds anti-inflammatory properties from two hormones called Auzin and Gibberellins. These properties not only reduce your current acne, but also stimulate growth for new cells, which promotes faster healing in a non-harsh way with little to no scarring.

Dryness and Oiliness: Combination skin is one of the hardest to treat, as it can be very difficult to find a product that treats both major skin issues. Treating a shiny and flaky complexion, along with acne, can be a complete nightmare. Thank goodness for Aloe, as it miraculously balances both. It acts as a dry barrier on the outside, while holding in moisture by binding cells and water together promoting hydration and skin cell renewal.

Aging: Aloe leaves contain two properties anti-aging lovers scream over: moisture and antioxidants. It is filled with skin-beta carotene and Vitamin C and E, which stimulates cell renewal (have you noticed how we keep repeating this?) six to eight times faster than your cells would produce normally on its own. Encouraged cell renewal = firm and refreshed skin.

Irritation and Sensitivity: Aloe is an emollient which helps soften and soothe skin while supplying oxygen to the skin cells. This encourages blood flow and strengthens skin tissue.

Sunburn: Aloe Vera is a powerful healer. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional and antioxidant qualities, the skin heals quicker.

Stretch Marks: Aloe Vera gel can help these stretch marks by healing the wounds left on your body, either from pregnancy or rapid weight gain/loss.

 

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How to Integrate Aloe Into Your Life…

Make-Up Primer: Spread a thin layer onto your face after moisturizing and before putting on your foundation. It will keep your skin moisturized all day, while creating a matte finish, which eliminates oil and shine. It also acts as a protection barrier between your skin and makeup. Hallelujah! Praise Aloe Vera!

Face/Body Lotion: Mix Aloe Vera gel with pure Coconut Oil (view our post on Coconut Oil to read up on the benefits of that ingredient). Use this as a body moisturizer after the shower. Your skin will feel refreshed and renewed.

Face Mask: Face masks are crucial to achieving youthful skin, and it doesn’t hurt to add a little Aloe Vera in there once in a while. Mix a bit of Aloe into your mask (we love mixing this with Raw Honey, but that’s for another post), and it will provide a soothing/cooling effect to your skin. Simply amazing.

Advanced Clinicals incorporates Aloe in almost every single product as well. Whatever your problem area is, Advanced Clinicals is here to help.

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The Zoe Report

Stephanie Montes from The Zoe Report considers our Charcoal Detoxifying Mask as a Saturday morning ritual. 

Hustle & Halcyon

A lot of my skincare routine, currently, consists of taking preventative measures in terms of aging. The Hyaluronic serum is a gold medal winner in the wrinkle-prevention department. I’ve been using Vitamin C serum to even out my skin tone & prevent wrinkles ( double-teaming them ). You can physically feel your skin tighten after applying this serum to your face. The Rosehip oil gives my skin a natural glow. 

Stop, Drop, & Vogue

There’s nothing quite relaxing as drinking a glass of wine while watching Moana with a citrus face mask soaking into your skin. This is one of the most hydrating masks I have ever tried. I normally do a topical mask, but I really enjoyed this sheet mask! This is the PERFECT mask for summer because it improves the look of sun damage spots and age spots. It’s jam-packed with Vitamin C, among many other minerals this mask will deeply moisturize your skin. After using it mine felt soooo lush afterwards – even through the next morning!

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Yes, this is a spa size Coconut Oil Moisturizing Cream BUT you’re bound to become obsessed & take it everywhere with you this summer. As the weather finally changes your skin craves constant hydration & we’ve found this cream from Advanced Clinicals to be the absolute best. P.S. did we mention this spa size 16 oz container is only $15!

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When you combine technologically advanced skincare that is also easy on the wallet, you have our attention. Advanced Clinicals was launched by Chicago-based cosmetic chemists using powerhouse ingredients like vitamin C, retinol and collagen. With no product over $20, stocking up is a no-brainer. 

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Active, effective face serums can be pricey, but these are a bargain. From retinol for anti-aging to hyaluronic for hydrating, you will find a serum for most skin-care needs.

Introducing our Men's Grooming Collection!

While all Advanced Clinicals’ formulas are suitable for both women and men, we’re thrilled to launch a dedicated line just for men. We have a strong male customer base that shared their interest and preference for products geared toward men’s specific skin conditions and unique needs. Our product launch and expansion is a direct result of that feedback, with each product upholding our ongoing commitment to helping the customer see and feel results within weeks. Scroll down to find out more about our Men's Grooming Collection. 

Ultra-Hydrating Beard Oil (1.8 oz.) | $20

Advanced Clinicals Beard Oil gives your beard, face and mustache a softer feel thanks to its non-greasy and hydrating formula. Natural botanical oils enlaced with Vitamin E soften and tame unruly beards. The super moisturizing formula is infused with nourishing Sandalwood, Avocado, Argan, Jojoba, Neem, Evening Primrose and Olive Oils. This hydrating blend of oils promotes a healthy, soft look and feel for mustaches and beards, alike.

Charcoal Face Scrub (5 oz.) | $20

Advanced Clinicals Charcoal Face Scrub prepares the beard and mustache for a close, easy and comfortable shave. The exfoliating scrub cleans and promotes softer looking skin, and the detoxifying formula is infused with Charcoal, Tea Tree Oil, Caffeine, and antioxidant Vitamin E. Made with exfoliating beads to clean and rejuvenate dry skin for a fresh, clean feeling, the scrub will soften and sooth dehydrated and dull complexions.

Shaving Cream (5 oz.) | $20

Advanced Clinicals Shaving Cream is an easy-glide formula for a close and comfortable shave without irritating dyes or synthetic fragrances. Organic Aloe Vera and botanical Glycerin soften hair for an easier shave. The thick and moisturizing cream is infused with beneficial Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil and Willowherb to help prevent razor discomfort.

Aftershave Moisturizer (2 oz.) | $20

Advanced Clinicals Aftershave Moisturizer is incredibly moisturizing and softens freshly shaven skin. The formula also soothes skin and balances oily, dry or combination complexions. The moisturizer instantly boosts hydration by up to 88 percent with a proprietary blend of fruit extracts. The non-greasy formula instantly absorbs with Jojoba Oil, Witch Hazel and Coffee Oil, while Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E calm and sooth angry skin.

Mother's Day Gift Guide!!

With Mother's Day this Sunday, shopping for a gift can become a hassle especially if you tend to procrastinate. Well worry not because we have compiled a list of items that your mother, significant other, mother-in-law or sister would love to receive this year. 

Our 5 in 1 Eye Serum instantly hydrates skin while diminishing the look of dark circles, bags, puffiness, lines, and crepey eyelids.

Have your mother enjoy a relaxing spa day at home. Gather some bath time essentials such as some bath salts, bubble bath, and some candles for a soothing dip away from the daily chores. Just remember, no interrupting while it's her time!

Our Coconut Oil Cream helps nourish and renew dull, parched skin for deep hydration. The addictive, light, and soothing scent is whipped with organic ingredients such as pure Coconut Oil, Organic Lavender Extract, and Chamomile making your mom feel like she's on a tropical vacation. 

Restore moisture and rejuvenate those heels with our Cracked Heel Cream. Help your mom prepare for sandal season by replenishing tough dry skin with our nourishing and restorative cream packed with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter. 

Flowers are a must! Head over to your local grocery store or nearby flower shop to order some gorgeous flowers for your mom. Just don't forget and wait last minute because flowers tend to go quick. 

Our highly coveted serums are a beauty staple for any daily routine. Our Retinol Serum shines your skin to a healthy glow, visibly enhancing your skin’s elasticity and revitalizing your radiant glowing complexion. While our Collagen Serum supports the natural production of collagen in the epidermis. After using this face serum, your skin will look plumper and firmer than ever before. 

For those mother's that consider themselves to be foodies, then breakfast in bed is the way to go, and doesn't hurt your wallet as much. Simply prepare her favorite breakfast dish and don't forget the cup of coffee!

Our new gel masks are perfect for reducing the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles by tightening, nourishing and purifying the ski. While our clay masks improve the look of age spots, pigmentation and sun damage, while also reducing impurities and overexposed skin.

Lastly, splurge a bit more for a pair of new pj's that your mom will be sure to love!

Make your mom feel extra special this Mother's Day and we hope Advanced Clinicals helps you out this year. Shop today until Wednesday 12pm CT for updated 2 Day Shipping!

XO, Advanced Clinicals

Why Use Sheet Masks?

Facial sheet masks have long been a staple of K-beauty, also known as Korean beauty, and have become an increasingly popular part of beauty regimens everywhere. That’s because sheet masks are extremely convenient to use and one of the quickest ways to restore a healthier and more youthful appearance to dull, tired skin. If you have never tried a sheet mask, here is what you have been missing:

No Mess, No Fuss Skin Care

Facial sheet masks are pre-cut fabrics infused with serums that contain assorted skin care ingredients. They are ready to use when you open the package; they do not require activator ingredients or tedious application processes. You simply apply and wear facial masks for about 20 minutes; there is also no clean up necessary when done.

Results in 20 Minutes!

Facial sheet masks are effective because as they adhere to your skin, the ingredients infused in the fabric are transferred and able to penetrate the epidermis of the skin. With just one 20-minute mask application, your skin will appear softer, smoother, and rejuvenated – often rivaling the results of a spa treatment.

Targeted Treatments

Sheet masks offer treatment flexibility. Want to replenish moisture? Calm irritated skin? Lighten the appearance of dark spots? Make fine lines less noticeable? The serums in facial masks are formulated to support specific functions, so you can tailor their use to target and correct your skin care concerns.

A Healthy Dose of Pampering

A secondary benefit of using sheet masks is the stress relief they provide. When you take time from your hectic schedule for a session of pampering with a facial mask, the pressures of life lighten a little and fatigue fades. The results show up on your face.

Beauty to Go!

Facial sheet masks are great for home use, but they are also convenient travel companions. Masks are packaged in thin, sterile foil packets – making them perfect to take along on business trips and vacations, or to use before a special event. With facial masks, you can get a beauty boost whenever and wherever you need one.

Don't forget to check out our new collection of sheet masks that are currently on sale until Wednesday, April 26! Simply use the code UNWIND for 20% off all masks (yes those include the clay and gel masks as well!). 

Beauty DIY: 6 Coconut Oil Face Masks

Coconut oil is one of the best natural skin care products out there. The benefits of coconut oil are plentiful - from skin care to hair care. So why is coconut oil so great for the skin? Coconut oil contains antibacterial properties and is an exceptional moisturizer making it a great base for your DIY face masks.

Here are 6 DIY coconut oil face mask recipes for you to try that are sure to leave your skin soft, supple and radiant:

1. Oatmeal Coconut Face Mask for Blemish Prone Skin

Coconut Oil is a great choice to help blemish prone skin because of its antibacterial properties. This face mask is great because the Oatmeal works to soothe inflamed skin by restoring its natural pH balance.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 tbsp. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil
  2. 3 tbsp. oatmeal
  3. Warm water

Procedure:

  1. Put oatmeal in a bowl and pour in enough warm water to create a paste-like consistency.
  2. Mix the coconut oil in with the oatmeal and mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture to your face, and exfoliate your skin by gently rubbing in a circular motion.
  4. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse with cool water and dry your face with a clean towel.

2. Lemon, Yogurt & Coconut Oil Face Mask For Oily Skin

This face mask works to nourish and hydrate your skin while also working to protect your skin from environmental damage and aging. It is a great choice for oily skin as it gently exfoliates to deep clean your pores.

Ingredients:

  1. ½ tbsp. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil
  2. ½ tbsp. lemon juice
  3. 1 tbsp. yogurt

Procedure:

  1. Mix coconut oil, lemon and yogurt in a bowl.
  2. Apply a thick coat to your clean face and wait 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse off with warm water and dry your face with a clean towel.

3. Baking Soda & Coconut Oil Mask For Blackheads

This face mask acts like a cleanser, getting rid of dirt and dead skin from your pores while helping to brighten your skin.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 tbsp. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda

Procedure:

  1. Mix 1 tbsp. coconut oil with 1 tsp. baking soda to form a paste.
  2. Apply directly to your skin focusing on areas where blackheads are more common - nose, chin etc. 
  3. Rub gently with your fingers in a circular motion for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Wash the mask off with cold water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.

4. Honey, Green Tea & Coconut Oil Face Mask For Radiant Skin

This combination of antioxidant rich Green Tea, soothing Coconut Oil, Lemon and detoxifying Honey will leave your skin feeling moisturized and radiant.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 tsp. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil
  2. 2 tbsp. honey
  3. 1 tbsp. green tea leaves (or about ½ the amount of leaves that come in 1 tea bag) 
  4. 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Procedure:

  1. Mix  honey, coconut oil, lemon juice and green tea leaves in a bowl. This can be done with a fork or a whisk, just make sure it is thoroughly mixed together and that the coconut oil is not separating.
  2. Using your finger or a cotton swab spread the mixture evenly on your face.
  3. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

5. Coconut Oil and Turmeric Mask to Lighten Skin

The combination of Coconut Oil and Turmeric help with skin discoloration by evening out your skin tone. It also works to hydrate and moisturize your skin to help fight fine lines and wrinkles. 

Ingredients:

  1. 1 tbsp. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil
  2. 1 pinch turmeric

Procedure:

  1. Mix coconut oil and turmeric together in a bowl.
  2. Apply to your clean face and leave on for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse your face with cold water.
  4. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

6. Anti-Aging Mask With Coconut Oil & Avocado

Avocado and Coconut Oil both work to hydrate and nourish your skin, protecting it from premature aging and leaving you with soft, supple skin. Avocado also protects against free radicals, slowing down the aging process.

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ ripe avocado
  2. 1 tbsp. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil
  3. ½ tsp. nutmeg

Procedure:

  1. Remove the skin from the avocado and mash it with a fork or spoon.
  2. Mix in the nutmeg and coconut oil to form a paste.
  3. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with cold water.
  5. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

With this one simple oil, you can help deal with a bunch of skincare concerns all in the comfort of your home. Try any one of the recipes above using Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil and you’ll be sure to see a more clean, radiant, and ageless complexion. 

Our NEW Sheet Masks are here!

We are happy to introduce our newest collection: SHEET MASKS! We took our popular gel and clay masks and reformulated them into something amazing. They are perfect for on the go, sleep overs, or for a night in with the girls. Each one combats a different sign of aging, from reducing the appearance of wrinkles to locking in moisture to dull, dry skin. Head on over to the shop now and discover the endless possibilities with these four amazing sheet masks.  

Which Serums Are Right For You?

In the video below, Miranda from Slashed Beauty goes over our 9 really popular face oils and what they're meant to do for your skin. She states that, "A good place to start in the effort of getting skin care savvy is becoming familiar with common ingredients found in products. Once you get to know and recognize these ingredients, you’ll start to be more confident about picking out products for your skin care routine."

Find out which serums or oils are right for you and continue watching the video until the end. Miranda shares a code that can help when checking out! Let us know your thoughts or which product you are most interested in trying out.