It’s Getting Cold Outside — Take Care of Your Skin!

My skin is so dry.  And I mean my face, hands, legs, feet — even my lips!  So I feel the need to hydrate a lot.

I was sent the following products to try for my honest opinion.  I have found that they are all very helpful in keeping me moisturized:

Lulah Body Lotion in Magnolia Fig
Lulah Body Lotion in Magnolia Fig

Lulah Body Lotion ($13.25 USD) — The colder season is quickly approaching and that means it is time to find the perfect body lotion for dry winter skin.  With Lulah’s Body Lotions, you can smell great while hydrating your entire body.  The Body Lotions come in Lulah’s signature scents including Peony, Magnolia Fig, Citron, Tamarind Ginger, and Vanilla Orchid, all of which are available for purchase on Lulah.com for $13.25 each.

What I think: I think it’s always a bonus when a really moisturizing body lotion also smells fantastic, and this one sure does.  It is perfect for moisturizing legs and feet at night.

Available at www.lulah.com

 

Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime
Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime

Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime ($22 USD) — Eight Body Softening Oil is a luxurious blend of essential oils, specifically formulated to leave the skin velvety smooth, softened and toned. These essentials bring natural benefits to the skin.

Submerse yourself in the fresh, piquant blend of ginger and lime. This all natural aroma will not compete with your fragrance, as the scent of the essential oils will dissipate.

What I think:  I love using this right after my bath or shower.  It sinks right in and keeps my skin soft and smooth.  The scent is fresh and very light.  It disappears soon after application.

Learn more at www.eightskincare.com

Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin
Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin

Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin ($20.99 USD) — Our Fake Bake Tanning Body Butter allows you to build a beautiful tan using the softest Shea Butter ingredients available. It¹s light enough to use daily and will build naturally so even the palest of skin tones need not fear! The buttery texture will rival any regular moisturizer and leaves skin with a subtle velvety shimmer and it smells incredible!

What I think:  I am loving this on my winter-white legs.  It gives a soft glow.  You can build it darker, but it never gets too dark.  Really cool idea!

Fake Bake is available at salons and top retailers nationwide and at FakeBake.com. Our Tanning Butter retails for $20.99.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($4.49) — Give your hands some TLC by keeping Norwegian Formula Hand Cream within reach. It glycerin-rich formula relieves dry, chapped hands for hours.

What I think: A little goes a long way with this rich cream.  This is great (and affordable) to have on hand as it gets colder and colder.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm
butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm

butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm ($30 USD) — Just because our feet are hidden beneath fuzzy socks and weather-slaying boots doesn’t mean they don’t need a little winter TLC. In fact, boots can be some of the worst offenders in the war against soft heels. butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm banishes dry and cracked skin that comes with the season. So no more excuses to procrastinate on that holiday shopping – you’ll be ready to tackle those door buster deals with the most fit feet in town.

What I think: This silky stick is great to use at night.  Roll it over your heels and wake up to soft feet!

You can purchase at www.butterLONDON.com, Ulta, Ulta.com

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser ($8.99 USD)– The humidity and temperatures drop but that doesn’t mean your skin will stop producing oil. A cleanser with salicylic acid will exfoliate to remove dry skin and can prevent breakouts. For combination and dry skin, use Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser to remove dirt and oil while keeping the skin’s natural moisture barrier intact.

What I think:  This cleanser will work for anyone.  I love it because it is gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn’t strip it — which is important on my dry skin.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream
Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream

Sleep tight with visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in your head and wake up with baby soft skin thanks to Algenist’s Overnight Restorative Cream ($90. USD). The Alguronic Acid in this miracle elixir works overtime to promote cell renewal while peptides nourish skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Add a couple drops of the uber hydrating Algenist’s Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil ($79 USD) into the moisturizer and this potent combination will give cracked winter skin some much needed “oomph” and serious angelic radiance, all while you’re sleeping off that giant holiday meal. Double tasking at its finest.

What I think: Talk about a 1-2 punch of hydration!  These two products combined leaves my skin so soft.  It’s a fab overnight treatment.  Believe me, you will wake up with softer skin in the morning!

WHERE TO BUY: Algenist.com, Sephora, Sephora.com

 

Chapstick Gingerbread
Chapstick Gingerbread

Introducing new Limited Edition seasonal ChapStick® Gingerbread Kiss ($1.99). It is also available in Candy Cane.

What I think:  These are fun, seasonal flavors that also keep lips soft and smooth.  I especially love the Gingerbread Kiss.  It’s really yummy!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

 

So, dear readers — does your skin get dry in the winter?  Leave a comment and let me know what you use.

 

 

 

 

Skincare Innovations — Try Something New to Improve Your Skin

Skincare is constantly evolving and improving.  I LOVE trying new products, including these breakthrough ones below that were sent to me for my honest opinion.

PCA Skin Pigment Bar - pHaze 13
PCA Skin Pigment Bar – pHaze 13

PCA Skin Pigment Bar – pHaze 13 ($28 USD) — A cleansing, anti-hyperpigmentation bar for skin suffering from discoloration.

Pigment Bar is the cleansing companion in PCA’s pigment control program, designed to enhance and maintain the complexion-refining results produced by its sister products. pHaze 13 Pigment Bar helps control blemish outbreaks and discolorations as it cleanses the skin of dirt and debris. For pigment control maintenance, use two to three times weekly.

This is such an easy way to clean skin.  It comes with three flat sponges that expand once wet.  The jar contains a black solid (the bar).  To use I wet the sponge and rub it on the bar for lather.  I then wash my face with the sponge.  It cleans without drying out my skin.  I haven’t noticed any lightening of sun spots yet, but for a daily fash soap it works great!

Purchast at www.dermstore.com.

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer
Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42 USD) — With an advanced formulation that combines Alguronic Acid with 7 additional active ingredients, the Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer creates a satin-soft finish for long-lasting makeup application. Delivering more than your average primer, this formula also visibly refines pores, blurs fine lines and improves skin’s texture and tone, just in time to highlight that summer glow.

Currently this is my favorite primer.  It instantly evens out my skin and blurs the appearance of my pores. It also smooths my skin and prepares it for foundation or bb cream.

Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Algenist.com

MitoQ
MitoQ

MitoQ ($185 USD) is considered to be the most potent antioxidant on the market to date and is proven to be 1000 times stronger than CoQ, a molecule used in many anti-aging products. MitoQ is the only topical cream that can deliver ubiquinone to mitochondria at levels shown to have an immense effect inrejuvenating the cells, encouraging the natural production of collagen and elastin and leaving skin looking radiant with a lit-from-within glow.

I have been using MitoQ for a few weeks now and noticed improvements in my skin almost instantly.  My skin looks so much better.  It is less blotchy, more even and I don’t see any fines lines or wrinkles around my eyes.  And my skin does glow!

Available at www.mitoq.com.

Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream
Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream

Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream ($42 USD) –Breathe new life into the skin. Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream contains a clinical bioactive proven to help optimize cell respiration whilst smoothing, rejuvenating and protecting skin against daily urban pollution. This daily moisturizer with all-natural antioxidants Macadamia and Argan oil helps to reduce wrinkles, restore moisture levels, firmness and skin radiance. Fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin.

As I get older, my skin becomes more sensitive.  I love advanced anti-aging skincare like this that is also for sensitive skin.  This is very moisturizing and gentle without being greasy or oily.

Available at www.oricolondon.com.

 

 

Algenist Firming and Lifting Cream

Algenist is a fairly new brand of skincare that I was introduced to last year.  I really loved the products that I have used (see my review at http://tinyurl.com/72b6eqg) so I was excited to try their new Firming & Lifting Cream ($94 USD)!

This product is an ultra-firming and restructuring cream that tightens and lifts while reinforcing skin structure.  The claim is that it leverages the power of alguronic acid and ProPeptide3. Brought together in a never-before-seen antiaging complex, these ingredients boost production of skin’s key structural proteins: elastin, collagen, and proteoglycans. As it strengthens skin’s structure, this advanced formula redefines facial contours, leaving skin smooth, sculpted, and lifted.

Algenist Firming and lifting cream contains This cream also contains avocado oil, phytosterols, and olive fruit oil to moisturize and nourish the skin. It is dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, for all skin types, hypoallergenic, non-irritating, non-comedogenic, and not tested on animals.  It does not contain parabens, sulfates, sythetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates or triclosan.

What I think:  The texture of this cream is very thick, like a butter or a balm.  But it is not greasy once applied.  I have been using it morning and night for a couple of weeks on my face and neck.

My skin looks good, but I don’t know how much firmer it is.  I’m lucky not to have sagging skin (yet), but I do like the moisture this gives my skin and my neck is smooth.  I will continue using this every day to prevent sagging skin.

This is available at www.algenist.com and www.sephora.com.

Enjoy!

Treat Your Skin With The New Anti-Aging Powerhouse Algenist

Being FORTY (something), flirty and fabulous, I know the importance of reviewing new anti-aging skincare for my wonderful audience.  I have recently tested the new amazing biotechnical skincare line Algenist.  What does Algenist claim:

Born out of an unexpected biotechnology discovery, scientists discovered Alguronic Acid – a powerful compound responsible for regenerating and protecting the microalgae cell.  As the key ingredient in all Algenist products, Alguronic Acid boosts skin elasticity and hydration, decreases melanin (skin pigmentation) and inflamed cells, as well as protect the skin against UV-induced DNA damage.

This line currently include four skincare products.  They are:

Concentrated Reconstructing Serum ($95.00 USD) — A smooth, advanced anti-aging serum formulated with a high concentration of the revolutionary ingredient Alguronic Acid to rebuild skin firmness and elasticity while restoring skin density and elasticity. Wrinkles are minimized and skin radiance is boosted.

Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($90.00 2 fl. oz, s135.00 4 fl. oz) — A luxurious, moisturizing and nourishing anti-aging cream formulated with the revolutionary anti-aging ingredient Alguronic Acid to nourish and restore skin moisture while rebuilding firmness and elasticity. The appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and pores is minimized. The skin is regenerated.

Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 ($90.00 USD) — A fast-absorbing, moisturizing, and protective anti-aging SPF cream formulated with the revolutionary anti-aging ingredient Alguronic Acid to nourish and restore skin moisture while rebuilding firmness and elasticity. The appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and pores is minimized. The skin is regenerated and protected against signs of aging caused by UVA & UVB exposure.

Complete Eye Renewal Balm ($65.00 USD) — A rich yet lightweight moisturizing and soothing balm for the eye area formulated with the revolutionary anti-aging ingredient Alguronic Acid to diminish signs of aging and fatigue, decreasing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles while tightening and firming the skin around the eyes. Fine lines and wrinkles are minimized for a comprehensive renewal of the eye area.

What I think:  I love these products!  It’s crazy that they can be so gentle going on delivers powerful anti-aging benefits!  They are fragrance-free and soothing when applied.  I have sensitive skin and Algenist products do not irritate my skin.

Since I have been using Algenist, I have noticed that my skin is smoother (pores appear smaller and fine lines are less noticeable), and it has a youthful glow.  I have only been using Algenist for a few weeks, but I will keep using it and see how my skin changes over the next month or so.

Visit www.algenist.com or www.sephora.com to learn more or purchase.  Enjoy your younger skin!