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Advances in Clinical Skincare: Multitaskers

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

From Bluetooth to multiple browser tabs, we live in a world where we feel inadequate if we aren’t doing several things at once. Ah, the art of multitasking.

And while the jury is still out on whether we’re actually more productive when we, say, conduct a conference call while simultaneously updating our Facebook status, when it comes to clinical skincare that multitasks, it’s a no-brainer.

An emerging trend you may have noticed, clinical skincare products are advancing to meet the time and budget constraints of the modern customer with single formulas that serve multiple purposes. The result? Highly effective “super products” that can significantly cut down the cost of and minutes spent on a daily skincare regimen and bathroom counter clutter.

Here are a few of our favorite Control Corrective overachievers:

Acne Treatment Cream. Clear skin can come from a moisturizing cream! Acne treatments and over-dry skin typically go hand-in-hand, but this blemish-busting multi-tasker not only reduces breakouts and scars, but also acts as a hydrating medicated moisturizer.

Retinol C Serum. Anti-aging cream, acne treatment and skin brightener in one? Yes, please! A serum built on simultaneous results, this powerful formula packs a one-two punch to minimize fine lines and wrinkles and reduce breakouts, while also hydrating and brightening the skin. Made with multitasking actives Retinol and Vitamin C, the serum is calibrated to calm complexions that are aging, experiencing acne and the uneven pigmentation caused by both.

02 Med. Fending off stubborn adult or hormonal acne can be tricky if you have combination skin, let alone finding a treatment that won’t dehydrate or irritate. This oxygen-fueled, fast-penetrating lotion kills acne bacteria, and doubles as a moisturizer for normal/oily skin types where persistent breakouts occur.

Salicylic Wash 2%. This deep-cleaning wash sweeps away dead skin buildup that offers a haven for breakouts, reducing whitehead and blackhead formation on the face, back and chest. But its excellent exfoliating capabilities don’t stop there – it can also act as a as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment that helps loosen dandruff and other seborrheic conditions.

Skin Nourishing Balm. Enter the cream of countless capabilities. This nourishing and revitalizing botanical-based balm promises a beautiful wakeup call when used overnight on the face and neck, but works overtime as an eczema treatment, cuticle softener and deep conditioner for other parts of the body suffering from serious dryness.

Intensive Skin Lightening Cream (SPF 30). Does your moisturizer provide sun protection and help erase past sun mistakes? This multi-tasker does. Not only does this hydrating cream offer full spectrum sunscreen protection from both UVA and UVB, it also helps erase age spots and brighten blotchy skin caused by sun damage.

Hooray for saving time, money and having beautiful skin! What are the beauty multi-taskers that make your life easier?

Benefits of Botanicals

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

You’d have to live under a rock to not know that botanicals have quickly become one of the biggest buzzwords in beauty. Due to continued consumer interest in and demand for natural products, botanicals form the largest category of cosmeceutical additives found in the marketplace today.

But whether or not you fall into the customer category of “green” or “eco-conscious,” the reality is, botanicals have intrinsic skincare properties that can benefit most everyone – especially those with sensitive skin.

In contrast to harsh chemical or man-made ingredients, which can often leave skin irritated, active botanicals can offer those with skin sensitivities a gentle and effective alternative. And when botanicals like Aloe, lavender and chamomile naturally offer anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming properties, why recreate the wheel?

Our Control Sensitivity line is chock-full of skin-boosting-yet-benign botanicals that are gentle on the most combative complexions. In fact, we use botanicals across all our product lines.

Here are a few of our favorites, and their super skincare abilities:

Aloe: No doubt you’ve at one time slathered on this cooling gel, post-painful sunburn. Rightly so, as the juice from this soothing, skin-firming, moisturizing cactus plant has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties, stimulates new cell growth and helps fight aging due to its multitude of antioxidants. Control’s Sensitive Skin Cleansing Milk, a sedating cleanser and complexion conditioner, counts Aloe as its second ingredient.

Chamomile: No, it doesn’t just make for a nice cup of tea. Also an anti-inflammatory, this powerful botanical is ideal for soothing itchy, irritated acne-prone skin, and also offers decongesting, antiseptic, and toning properties. It even functions as a mild relaxant, which can help alleviate stress, depression and pain.

Grapeseed: Antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory, this non-irritating, soothing botanical can help treat acne and reduce skin redness. The natural, light moisturizer won’t clog pores, making it ideal for sensitive skin, and contains linoleic acid, which promotes overall skin health. It can also act as an astringent.

Zinc Oxide: The safest sunscreen ingredient available, naturally-derived zinc oxide offers broad UVA and UVB protection, without chemical muscle. Added bonus? It can also help prevent inflammation and scarring from acne. Control’s Botanical Soothing Cream SPF 30 relies on micro-fine zinc oxide to keep skin sun-safe.

Green Tea: Another inflammation-fighting botanical, Green tea is perhaps most well-known for its Polyphenols, natural antioxidants that help block the development of skin cancer cells.

Shea Butter: An increasingly coveted beauty item, this gentle and anti-inflammatory moisturizer (derived from an African nut) protects, hydrates and balances the skin. Full of essential acids, it’s also known for its ability to reduce wrinkles. Shea butter works its natural magic in Control’s Calming Balm, a healing and balancing cream ideal for skin on the mend from acne or dehydration.

Lavender: This fragrant herb has long been known to relieve stress and promote calm, ideal for skin that is aggravated, itchy and inflamed. It also helps regulate oil production to keep acne at bay.

What are some of your favorite skincare botanicals?

Benefits of a Spa Membership

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Do you like going to the spa but have a hard time getting in as often as you’d like?  Spa memberships are the latest trend in many spas and spa franchises.  Spa memberships allow you a certain number of treatments for one monthly rate.  The idea being that you make going to the spa a regular part of your monthly routine. With one flat monthly fee for “membership” status, guests are usually given special treatments and/or discounted services.

So what is the benefit of paying every month for spa services?  Here are some benny’s that just might make it worth the money.

- Monthly benefits:  Establishing wellness as a part of your monthly routine is easy with a spa membership.  Each month a predetermined set of treatments is given ensuring that the benefits of the spa become a regular part of your health routine.

- Discounted/free treatments:  With spa memberships guests pay a flat monthly fee but additional individual treatments are often offered for free or at a discounted rate.

- Discounted products:  If you love the products that are used in your facial but haven’t been able to afford them, a spa membership may help.  Members are often given a price-break on retail products.

- Family or ‘Bring a Friend’ discounts:  Spa memberships often encourage guests to invite a friend or family member along to the spa.  Members are usually rewarded for bringing in others and your friend may also benefit from a discounted price.

- Flexibility:  Many day spas allow members the flexibility of being able to drop in for appointments anytime during business hours.  This way members can take advantage of the services whenever their schedule allows.

With all the benefits of a spa membership, it’s easy to see why they are becoming increasingly popular.  Busy lives often keep us from taking time to care for ourselves properly.  With a spa membership you are more likely to make time for yourself and make wellness a priority.



Men’s Skincare

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

When it comes to men’s attention to grooming and skincare, let’s just say the manscape is changing.

While women still bear the brunt of beauty standard up-keep, it’s definitely become more socially acceptable – and often encouraged – for men to take on more than a bar-soap-skincare regimen.

Skin issues don’t gender discriminate, so adult acne, dry skin, sunburn and other common skin conditions can certainly grace his face if he foregoes a proper skincare routine.

And although he may balk at owning a product collection that rivals his partner’s, his current and future complexion will thank him for at least adopting these skincare basics:


Three Misunderstandings of Men’s Skin Care

Shave smarter. According to a recent consumer poll conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), 78 percent of men who shave have experienced irritation. Not surprising, since shaving can over-exfoliate skin when combined with other scrubs or skincare products; cause skin to become more susceptible to bacteria; and deplete moisture due to shaving cream foaming agents and other factors.  


  • Make sure to always cleanse and moisturize after a shave. Control Corrective’s Calming Balm softens and sedates irritated skin, thanks to hydrocortisone and Shea butter.
  • Clean your razor with alcohol, or toss disposables regularly to avoid issues caused by dead skin cells and old product clinging to the blades.
  • Never foam up or follow shaving with bar soap, as it strips natural oils and can exacerbate skin dehydration.

Beware the skincare share. Why bother buying a bunch of skincare products when you can just borrow from your wife or girlfriend? Two reasons: 1) Just because you share a bed doesn’t mean you share a skin type, and 2) You can risk product contamination.


  • Visit an esthetician for a skin evaluation and recommendation of products that specifically address your unique skincare needs
  • Should you conveniently share a skin type with your lady, if you choose to also share products, use a spatula or swab to dispense to avoid sharing skin bacteria.

Real men wear sunscreen. Most of the population is aware that sun exposure can have severe consequences for one’s skin – and health – so why are women more likely to wear sunscreen than men? According to a recent Academy of Dermatology consumer poll, only 5 percent of men use sunscreen on a daily basis.


  • Wear sunscreen daily, and reapply often. A sunburn is never sexy!

  Here’s to men making smart skincare decisions!

 Ladies: What skincare habit would you like to see your man adopt?

Guys: What skincare product can you not live without?

Scrimp v.s Splurge on Skincare

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Oh, the joys of wandering down drugstore beauty aisles. Under the glare of fluorescent lights and overwhelmed by row upon row of countless products promising only the best for your complexion, perhaps you’ve questioned your decision to choose professional over store-bought skincare.

Is it cheaper? Is it more convenient? Is it just as effective?

While everyone secretly hopes that the Target generic is just as good as the serum applied by the esthetician, that’s simply not the case. And although clinical skincare may seem like a splurge to some, when you compare the efficacy and quality of ingredients in professional versus drugstore products, you’ll likely find “savings” insignificant.

But, the proof is in the pudding, right? Well, here’s the pudding:

Active Ingredients: Working Hard or Hardly Working? The primary difference between drugstore and professional skincare is the amount of active ingredients. While Walgreens’ skincare shelves may be stocked with product claiming to be “packed with peptides,” in reality, the percentage is so minimal skin will see little to any effects. In contrast, clinical skincare products like those from Control Corrective offer formulations that have been tested for efficacy and feature highly active ingredients that have been extensively researched for true potency and results, so a little goes a long way. In fact, most of the Control line only requires a dime-size amount to deliver visible results, so a seemingly pricier product may in fact last longer than a bargain brand.

Harmful Ingredients: Apples to Bad Apples. When comparing professional skincare to so-called cheaper options, if harmful ingredients are included in the latter, there simply is no comparison. We’re all for a bargain, but sometimes cheap is… just that. The great majority of drugstore skincare products contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, parabens, alcohol and chemically-derived fragrances, all of which can raise red flags for sensitive skin, and in some cases, serious health concerns. Conversely, all Control Corrective formulas are paraben-free and are never tested on animals.  

Generic Ingredients: Skincare Should Be Specific. Self-diagnosis is never a sure thing, especially when it comes to skincare. The average person may know they have sensitive or occasionally acne-prone skin, but probably doesn’t know that climate, stress, hormones, age, and other factors all contribute to complexion behavior. When faced with a myriad of drugstore products that play to an extremely general skin population, chances are, your ultimate pick may not be exactly right for you. Professional skincare, like the comprehensive collection from Control, recognizes that teen acne is different from adult acne and that sun damage, hyperpigmentation and other factors should also be considered in a skincare decision. While many drugstore finds are “Dermatologist Recommended,” it’s not clear exactly who it’s recommended for. Seeing an esthetician is key in finding the professional product combination that will preempt your unique skin problems.

Bottom line? Consider skincare purchases an investment, not an unnecessary cost. Surely you can find plenty of other things to shop for at Target. ;)

Which Control products do you LOVE for your skin-specific needs?

Ironing out the facts about chest wrinkles

Monday, April 14th, 2014

No one likes them, but most women over 40 have them- wrinkles and lines on your chest and neck. It’s a common symbol of aging and one that most people wish would disappear. What you might not know, is that even simple things like your sleep position and lifestyle factors may be causing those wrinkles.

Aging causes skin to become thinner and dryer and proteins and collagen start to deteriorate. This along with gravity and lifestyle factors all contribute to those unsightly wrinkles. Even if you done everything right to protect your skin- applied sunscreen vigilantly, kept your skin moisturized you are still susceptible to wrinkles.

This may be one time you are happy to have small breasts. Large breasts can contribute to these wrinkles, especially if you sleep on your side. If you have large breasts sleeping on your side causes your breasts to be pushed together, therefore helping those wrinkles develop. The best sleep position to prevent deep wrinkles is on your back. Your choice of bra might be contributing as well. Bras that push breasts together (such as push up bras) also can aid in the formation of the wrinkles.

If you spent a lot of time in the sun during your younger years, you will likely see those wrinkles are even more noticeable. Over-exposure to the sun is one of the leading causes of wrinkles. Smoking and alcohol are also big contributors. Control Corrective offers several products to reduce the look of chest wrinkles while helping to prevent the formation of more. Firming Tri-Peptide Serum is a super smoothing and collagen-stimulating serum helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Exfoliating your neck and chest can also help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Smoothing Repair Gel helps to minimize signs of aging and leave skin vibrant and glowing.

Most importantly make sure you use sunscreen daily. Even cloudy days still leave skin exposed to harmful UVA rays. Combing a good moisturizer with the anti-wrinkle serums will prevent any future damage. For more products that help fight wrinkles visit

Skincare Travel Tips

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

As the first signs of spring emerge, so start the fantasies of escaping to a sunny destination for spring break or summer vacation.

A glorious getaway can be rejuvenating for body and soul, but travel – especially to a sunny locale – can leave skin in a precarious place.

Before you get on that plane to paradise, make sure you’ve packed the proper skincare essentials to keep skin protected from the dehydrating and damaging effects of recycled air, swim time, sunburn – and one too many Margaritas.

Take note of the following travel tips to ensure your complexion cruises smoothly through spring break or summer vacation:

Beware recycled air. While your final vacation destination may be Hawaii or Mexico, you might not realize your skin will experience the likes of Death Valley on the plane ride there. Airplanes are a hydration zapper, as in-cabin relative humidity is similar to desert air. Prepare skin pre-flight with Control’s Hydrant Stabilizer, which enables skin to hold on to crucial moisture, and keep a moisturizing mister like Control Balancing Tonic in your carryon for on-the-spot hydration. Opt for water from the drink cart rather than soda or alcohol, and while they may be the last of the airplane “freebies,” pass on salty snack mixes.

Save suitcase room for skincare. If you’re headed to a sunny spot, you’ll likely have plenty of suitcase room amidst swimsuits and cover-ups, so there’s no excuse for scrimping on your regular skincare regimen. That said, no one wants to pack bottles upon bottles of product, so fill travel-size containers with core products – cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen – or invest in convenient, airline carryon-size- approved products from your favorite professional line, like Control Starter Kits. Many moisturizers now come with an SPF, which can also save suitcase space.

Have hotel soap backups. Don’t assume that hotel skincare products will suit your needs, especially if you have sensitivities. While some high-end resorts offer recognizable brands or professional lines from their in-house spa, most provide private-label mysteries. Always investigate ingredients, and avoid parabens, Sodium Laurel Sulfate and alcohol. Fragrance is the biggest allergen in skincare products, so stick to fragrance-free formulas or those scented with essential oils or fruit extracts.

Moisturize, swim, repeat. Whether your days will be spent at the pool or the ocean, be aware that both chlorine and salt water will deplete skin’s natural hydration. Try to rinse off post-plunge, and follow with a reapplication of waterproof moisturizer and sunscreen. It’s easy to escape routine while on vacation, but don’t slack on your morning and before-bed moisturizing to maintain healthy hydration levels.

Set a sunscreen reminder. To avoid sunburn and sun damage, reapply sunscreen often. Set a smartphone sunscreen reminder every two to three hours, and don’t forget those oft-forgotten spots like the scalp, the back of the knees and tops of the feet. Should you suffer a sunburn, apply soothing Aloe Vera and moisturize often. Avoid picking peeling skin, and minimize itching by applying a cool cloth soaked in water or milk on affected areas. A cool shower can also help, but be sure to pat skin dry, as rubbing can cause more peeling and additional irritation.

Safe travels, friends!

Helping your Teen Deal with Acne

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

You had acne growing up, and now you are sadden to see your teenager seems to have inherited the same unsightly gene.  Dealing with acne isn’t fun at any age. Even mild acne can affect self-esteem and self-confidence.   I used to think acne was something that I would “grow out of.”  Unfortunately, now pushing 40, I realize that it’s not going away.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, by mid-teens, more than 40% of adolescents have acne requiring medical treatment and acne affects between 40 and 50 million Americans.  For teenagers, who are already dealing with issues of self-image and puberty, having acne can be especially harmful.

“Wash your face, honey.”  I find myself sounding like a broken record. Like preschoolers who hate taking baths, teens seem to hate washing their face.  So when your teen comes home in tears because they were too embarrassed to stand up in front of the class, how can you help?

Be supportive:  Don’t downplay the impact acne may be having on your teen.  Remind them that they are not alone and that there are many treatments that can improve their complexion.  Understand that what you may see as a couple of pimples can be devastating to the self-esteem of a teen.

Encourage Healthy Habits:  Make face washing a daily habit.  There are many good cleansers than can help improve skin.  Exfoliating cleansers help eliminate acne-causing impurities and prepare the skin for topical treatments.    Topical treatments, including those with glycolic and salicylic acid help unclog pores and eliminate excess oil.   Sulfur masks used weekly can dramatically improve skin.  For moms with daughters- make it fun!  Once a week pretend you are having a ‘spa day’ and do sulfur masks together while painting your nails! 

Help Build Self-Esteem:  Teens with severe acne are more susceptible to depression than those without acne, according to the ADA.  Be aware of signs like social isolation, mood changes, or loss of interest in activities.  Make sure your teens know that it is not their fault, and there are treatments that will help. 

For parents, creating habits of face-washing should start early.  Parents can set a good example of making face washing a regular part of their daily routine.  Washing bed sheets weekly can also help to rid of any excess bacteria that may contribute to acne.  Make sure you never exacerbate the issue by pointing out blemishes or making fun.  Some parents try to “lighten up” the subject by joking-unfortunately this offers no support to a struggling teen.

Don’t forget that acne is not limited to the face.  Many teens experience body acne which causes anxiety about changing in the locker room after gym, wearing tank tops in the summer and even participating in sports.  Encouraging and supporting your teen through these times will help keep them involved in activities they enjoy and increase self-esteem.



Dangers of DIY Treatments

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

At some point, we’ve all done it. Globbed Colgate on zits, run mayo through our hair or concocted a “witch’s brew” of pantry ingredients for a makeshift facial mask.

Women pull out all the stops in their quest for beauty, so when a friend’s cousin’s grandmother’s aunt says kitty litter is a no-fail exfoliant, you better believe we just have to try it.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) beauty lore has been around forever, and the Internet and social media now make it that much easier to access so-called affordable and effective at-home recipes promising to smooth and plump skin, reduce wrinkles and more.

But before you mix that raw egg and oatmeal and make breakfast on your face, beauty chasers beware: Skincare is not a guessing game, and any at-home treatments or products not developed by a skincare professional can actually do incredible damage to your complexion.

Remember that the “trusted skincare resource” you found on Facebook could in fact be a 13-year-old girl, and the beauty “super foods” she’s touting are not necessarily safe for at-home formulation.

Consider the following before dabbling in DIY:

Perform a patch test. Before experimenting on skin, you should ideally see an esthetician for a complete skin analysis and customized recommendations for an appropriate at-home care treatment. If you choose to forego this preemptive step, at least perform a patch test by putting a small amount of whatever concoction you’ve come up with behind the ear on the neck. This is especially important for those with existing skin conditions such as acne or aging.

Sweet isn’t always skin-friendly. Papaya skin creams, pineapple enzyme cleansers and sugar scrubs line supermarket beauty sections, so you could easily assume these sweet additives are fine for at-home use. However, these ingredients must be formulated for skin and are not necessarily safe in their natural state. If left on too long, natural acids found in citrus fruits can actually cause burns and irritation, while raw sugars and oatmeal can scratch skin.

You aren’t a celebrity. Almost every week, a gorgeous A-lister makes a broad statement about her “simple” skincare routine: olive oil as an allover moisturizer, coconut oil for the face and hair, and so on. While some of these ingredients can indeed be beneficial, before you get greasy, get cautious. Olive oil straight from the cabinet, for example, has not been formulated for the skin and its molecules are therefore too large to be effectively absorbed. Freshness can also pose an issue. Remember that the rich and famous have access to the crème de la crème of beauty treatments and skin specialists, so your skin and hers may not start out the same playing field.

Got milk? If you do choose to DIY, gravitate toward recipes that incorporate milk. Not only does it contain lactic acid, an anti-aging essential, but it’s also soothing to skin and shouldn’t cause adverse reactions. Swabbing skin with a milk-soaked towel or actually taking a milk bath can be both relaxing and beneficial. Word on the street is Cleopatra used milk baths to keep skin supple and youthful.

Professional skincare for your skin type is the best recipe. Sure, at-home skin remedies can seem more affordable, but they’re often not worth the risk. Instead, adopt a professional skincare regimen that is specifically formulated for your skin type, and has been tested for quality and safety. Whether your skin is sensitive, sun-damaged, aging or acne-prone, Control Corrective has a line of effective, fool-proof products.

As a teenager or an adult, what was the craziest DIY beauty treatment you tried?

Tips for Valentine’s Day Skin

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

It’s no secret Valentine’s Day is pretty much the cornerstone of “Hallmark holidays,” but that’s not to say the majority of us aren’t currently planning (or praying for) a date night out with someone special. That said, if Cupid decides to point an arrow your direction this February, make sure your skin is date-night-ready by following these few simple tips:

Make a date with a hydrating mask. Glowing skin is always a good look, so plan a regular date with a moisturizing mask like Sensitive Skin Enzyme Mask in the weeks leading up to your big night out. This gentle, hydrating “vacation in a jar” will help renew skin texture and retain the moisture needed for a supple, youthful appearance. Even more, the soothing and relaxing regimen may help calm first date jitters and keep unexpected breakouts at bay. Apply several times a week, as necessary, to keep the glow going.

Follow facial protocol. Don’t wait until date night eve to schedule a facial, as steam, extractions and peels can cause unwanted – and unexpected – irritation, breakouts and other unsightly skin reactions. To be on the safe side, schedule two weeks in advance, and follow up the treatment with a consistent skincare regimen.

Breakup with breakouts. Having a crop of pimples pop up right before a big date is par for the course, as stress and hormones are pros at skin sabotage. Don’t panic! Immediately start a spot treatment such as Acne Spot Treatment once or twice a day. This mighty blemish buster made with antiseptic witch hazel, calming aloe vera and glycolic and salicylic acids sizzles and dissolves acne quickly. Follow your spot application at night with an oil absorbing mask, such as  Sulfur Calming Mask.

Kiss off salt and alcohol. Try to steer clear of the chips and spirits, as both are serious dehydrators that not only keep skin from looking fresh and plump, but can also cause puffiness, redness and irritation. Instead, focus on a high water intake or water-rich fruits and veggies for a healthy, vibrant appearance.

Big hugs and kisses from Control Corrective this Valentine’s Day!

Tell us, what do you have planned for February 14th?

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