Skincare Finds For Glowing Skin

As I age, I find taking care of my skin is a big job! I want it to stay firm and smooth as long as possible!  So I love trying new products that will leave my skin glowing.

Below are my current favorite skincare products.  They include a luxe anti-aging set, a hydrating mask, a skin-smoothing exfoliator, a pore minimizing cleanser and a firming serum:

 

Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra Anti-Aging Set

Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra Anti-Aging Set ($402 USD) Beauty is only skin deep, so make the most of it. This device gently warms at the tip while massaging product onto the outer layers of the skin. With just one addition to your daily regimen, you can experience enhanced results from your favorite products and uncover amazing, renewed skin. For use on the face and neck where topical skincare products can be applied.

Kit includes:

  • Genius Ultra
  • USB Cord
  • Quick Start Guide

Set includes (1) Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra, (1) RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum, and (1) RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Eye Cream.

Both of these products work so well with the device! The eye cream with the device helps with puffy eyes and the serum makes my skin instantly smooth.  The device is easy to use and quickly helps the product absorb into the skin.

Purchase at http://www.arbonne.com

fango ESSENZIALI Sheet Mask, MOISTURIZE

fango ESSENZIALI Sheet Mask, MOISTURIZE ($7 for one) –Your new best friend. Perfect to use alone or in between mud treatments. A remedy for parched, dry skin. Helps nourish and deeply moisturize.

  • Avocado nourishes and conditions skin for the perfect youthful glow
  • Kelp extract aids in skin regeneration & rejuvenation
  • Acai berry, a powerful antioxidant, has invigorating properties that are ideal for tired skin
  • For all skin types

My skin can get dry throughout the year, and a hydrating mask is wonderful to have on hand.  This quickly hydrates my skin and gives a wonderful glow!

Purchase at Macy’s stores and http://www.macys.com

neuRADIANCE instant cell exfoliator

neuRADIANCE instant cell exfoliator ($79 USD) This invigorating polish for the face, neck and décoletté utilizes a unique triple action system to helps boost cell turnover and moisturize skin. The technologically advanced formula helps promote long-term benefits by creating a residual reservoir, trapping key ingredients, so they stay on the skin even after rinsing.  You will love the advanced sensory action; a warming upon application and cooling after rinse off.  Leaving your skin feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

This is a fun exfoliator to use!  It heats when you apply it.  Once you rinse it off your skin is cool, as well as so smooth and soft!  Great to use a couple of time a weeks for younger looking skin!

Available at /skinresearchlabs.com

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser ($60 USD) — This multitasking, gentle foaming gel cleanser instantly whisks away everyday impurities, removes excess sebum, reduces pore size and infuses skin with phyto-nutrients and essential hydration

VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum ($195 USD) — This potent, highly effective anti-aging treatment serum dramatically enhances skin tone and firmness. The unique formula is packed with 100% natural oat extract to firm the skin, while the exclusive phytoestrogen technology brightens, enhances skin tone, and boosts elasticity. Free of silicone, alcohol or fragrance, this serum is a highly active first step in the treatment regimen, working in synergy with VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer for longer lasting moisture and firmer skin.

Both of these luxe products are amazing!¬† The cleanser is safe to use everyday and keeps skin clean and very smooth.¬† The serum is unscented, which I like and has a light texture that absorbs quickly.¬† It firms my skin, but also doesn’t irritate it.

Purchase at http://www.veneffect.com

What is your new go to skincare?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

My Beauty Favorites ‚ÄĒ Week of January 2-8, 2017, Neocutis Skincare

This week’s favorites post is a brand review of Neocutis skincare.¬† I received complimentary samples in exchange for my honest review.

Neocutis is an an innovative and patent-approved skincare brand has several products that are excellent during the harsh winter months to replenish sensitive skin.

The products below are so amazing in the cold weather and work well for my sensitive skin:

Neo‚ÄĘCleanse: Gentle Skin Cleanser and Exfoliating Skin Cleanser ($38 USD) — Two clarifying cleansers rich in Glycerin to help counteract the drying effects of ordinary skin cleansing and thereby help limit signs of irritation.¬†Topically applied Glycerin helps restore skin hydration to minimize dryness.

LUMIERE Bio-Restorative Eye Cream ($97 USD) —¬† An intensive, line smoothing eye cream which revitalizes and rejuvenates the delicate under eye area with Processed Skin Proteins and Hyaluronic Acid.

What I think:  The cleanser are both hydrating as wells and cleansing and exfoliating.  Can be used morning and night before treatments and moisturizers.

The eye cream is so hydrating!  I use it morning and night around my eye and have noticed lines reducing.  It also helps smooth the skin, even when my eyes are puffy.

Purchase these at http://www.dermstore.com

Micro‚ÄĘFirm Neck & D√©collet√© Rejuvenating Complex ($135) — A targeted cream that contains a concentrated blend of ingredients precisely formulated with antioxidants and moisturizers to combat visible signs of aging on the delicate skin of the neck & d√©collet√©.

Micro‚ÄĘNight Riche Rejuvenating Balm ($130) — A replenishing balm to help refill moisture and recharge your skin while you sleep with essential nutrients, hydrating glycerin and moisturizing lipids.

What I think:  I use the neck complex at least once a day.  I have noticed firmer, smoother skin on my neck and chest.

I think the Rejuvenating Balm is my favorite of all of these.  My skin is so dry now and I use this every night over serum.  I wake up and my skin is soft and moisturized.  It also feels nice on the skin, not greasy. LOVE!

Have you tried Neocutis?¬† Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve tried!

Purchase these at http://www.Neocutis.com

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Brand Review — Kiko Milano Skincare

Have you been taking care of your skin this fall?¬† I sometimes don’t do as much as I should, even though I have everything I need!¬† As the days get darker earlier, I get so lazy at night!

It is so important to take care of skin as the weather gets colder, and I was lucky to be sent the following Kiko Milano products for my honest review!

Have you heard about Kiko Milano?  Here is brand info from their website:

Founded in 1997, KIKO MILANO is an Italian professional cosmetics brand that has revolutionized the rules of cosmetics and won over the most demanding beauty addicts with over 600 points of sale in 8 countries in Europe (Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland) with its presence in 34 nations (thanks to its online service delivery) and now with its new opening in U.S.

KIKO MILANO is constantly committed to a single objective: to allow all women to treat themselves to the most innovative cosmetics without having to sacrifice their budget. Quality is no longer synonymous with high prices.  Below are my affordable beauties:

Kiko Milano Pure Clean Scrub&Peel
Kiko Milano Pure Clean Scrub&Peel

Kiko Milano Pure Clean Scrub&Peel ($9 USD) –A package of 20 wet wipes that both exfoliate and refresh the face. The textured side ensures the skin is exfoliated evenly and with the required intensity. The soft side leaves the skin feeling delightfully cool.

The formula contains alpha hydroxy acids that work for making skin free from dead cells and panthenol with its softening properties. The practical resealable pack can be taken everywhere and is ideal for traveling. Delicately scented with notes of magnolia, peach and sandalwood. Ideal for all skin types.

What I think:  These have a lovely fresh scent!  I use the soft side to remove makeup, then gently use the (very) exfoliating side.  They leave my skin soft and smooth!

Kiko Milano Bright Lift Serum
Kiko Milano Bright Lift Serum

Kiko Milano Bright Lift Serum ($30 USD) –Highly luminous lifting effect serum. Brightens the complexion, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and minimizes signs of fatigue. Specific ingredients protect the skin from oxidative stress and give it a healthy glow.

The formula also contains marine collagen and ActiGlow, a revolutionary cosmetic advancement that enhances the skin’s beauty. The silky texture is slightly iridescent and easily absorbed. The skin appears hydrated, radiant and enveloped in a delicate scent of camellia and rose. The practical dispenser releases just the right amount of product.

What I think:  This is a very sheer serum that sinks into the skin quickly.  It leaves my skin luminous and smooth.  Great for night and day, does work well under moisturizer. I especially like it for the day, to give a glow and lift!
 

 

Kiko Milano Hydra Pro Matte Mattifying Mosturizing Fluid
Kiko Milano Hydra Pro Matte Mattifying Mosturizing Fluid

Kiko Milano Hydra Pro Matte Mattifying Mosturizing Fluid ($29 USD) — Mattifying mosturizing fluid. The long-lasting moisturizing fluid leaves the skin with a matte finish that lasts all day while perfecting make-up performance. Specific ingredients protect the skin from oxidative stress and give it a healthy glow.

The matte effect is the result of a special biotechnological complex in the formula that helps to reduce excess sebum, or oil, and minimizes shine. The formula also contains hyaluronic acid and Actiglow, a revolutionary cosmetic advancement that enhances the skin’s beauty.

The lightweight texture is quickly absorbed and feels wonderful. The skin has an even look and a matte finish. Hydra Pro Matte mosturizing fluid comes in a sleek bottle with a handy dispenser that releases just the right amount of product. Delicately scented with musk and rose.

What I think: This has a light floral scent.  It is a very sheer fluid that sinks right into the skin.  It leaves skin soft, but matte.  Perfect for oily or shiny skin.  I would use this in warm weather, when my skin gets shiny.

Kiko Milano Skin Trainer CC Blur
Kiko Milano Skin Trainer CC Blur

Kiko Milano Skin Trainer CC Blur($24 USD) — Optical corrector for perfect skin with a smooth, even complexion. Combines a CC cream’s skin tone correcting properties with a blur’s ability to minimize skin imperfections.

In addition, special ingredients in Skin Trainer CC Blur capture the light which is then reflected on the face for a radiant glow.

The velvety texture is lightly coloured. Available in four shades to meet the needs of all skin tones; 01 Light, 02 Medium, 03 Neutral, 04 Dark

What I think: This sheer CC corrector gives light color, but really smooths out pores and wrinkles.   The skin is left with a light glow, too! I received it in a dark shade, and I have light skin, but I would definitely try this in my shade!

Have you tried Kiko Milano skin care or makeup?  Let me know which products are your favorites!

 

Get Your Skin Ready For The Holidays, a Wedding, or Any Big Occasion!

I am loving that it’s autumn! Even though it’s still pretty warm in Kansas City, there is a nip in the air at night and the leaves are falling.

According to TheKnot.com, Fall is the most popular season to wed. So whether it’s your big day or your best friend’s, you want to have your brightest, most youthful wedding-worthy skin. After all, the photos will last a lifetime!

Below is a regimen to get skin ready for a big event.¬† This will also work for a holiday event like a Christmas party, New Years, even Valentine’s Day.¬† Any occasion that you want to look your best for will benefit from these products:

2 Months ahead: BioREWIND AM & PM: BioREWIND ($125 USD each) — AM offers the first full-spectrum antioxidant blend, while BioREWIND PM provides a proprietary retinoid linked with lactic acid to form a unique molecule that provides maximum effectiveness with minimal irritation. The two serums work hand in hand to achieve a more youthful complexion by eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness.

What I think:  I have been using these for a few weeks and I like how my skin is firmer and my skin tone seems brighter. I always use a serum under my moisturizer, so this is an easy step to remember.  And the benefits they give are amazing!

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

NeoCutis MICRO-FIRM Neck & Décolleté
NeoCutis MICRO-FIRM Neck & Décolleté

1 Month ahead- NeoCutis¬†MICRO-FIRM Neck & D√©collet√© ($135 USD) For plunging necklines, use this targeted cream containing a concentrated blend of ingredients precisely formulated to combat visible signs of aging on the delicate skin of the neck & d√©collet√©. This intensive complex is supercharged with MPC‚ĄĘ and packed with antioxidants and moisturizers as well as exfoliating properties to encourage cell turnover for a softer and more luminous appearance.

What I think: As we get older are necks start to sag and of course, now we have to deal with tech neck.¬† Although I sometimes forget to use a neck cream, it’s so important!¬† Now that I have this product, I use it twice a day.¬† It sinks right into the skin (does not leave it greasy at all), and it firms a bit right a way.¬† over time skin is smoother and firmer.

Physician Dispensed, learn more at Neocutis.com

MD Complete Anti-Aging 3-Day Booster Pack
MD Complete Anti-Aging 3-Day Booster Pack

3 Days before РMD Complete Anti-Aging 3-Day Booster Pack    ($19.99 USD) A 3-step regimen designed to replicate the benefits of in-office peels. All three steps work together, and they’re all you need to use for three days to brighten and even skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, smooth rough texture, and brighten complexion, as well as boost long-term skincare results. The pack can be easily incorporated into any skincare regimen and delivers immediate results.

What I think:  This is s cool system.  You get three days worth of a three step peel: a cleanser, a peel and a moisturizer.  After three days, my skin was smooth and my lines looks so much better.

Purchase at http://www.MDCompleteSkincare.com

 

1 Day before – Manuka Doctor ApiBronze Anti-Cellulite Bronzing Gel ($24.95 USD) Enriched with moisturizing ingredients to leave a silky smooth finish, this non-sticky formula smoothes on evenly and blends flawlessly leaving skin refreshed & hydrated. This unique uplifting Bronzing Gel helps reduce the appearance of cellulite & improves skin‚Äôs firmness for younger looking body contours & contains Purified Bee Venom & Manuka honey to help visibly promote skin’s elasticity. Develops a natural bronze just an hour after application but use the day before and day of to build up a healthy, even glow.

What I think:¬† This gradual tanning gel is perfect for the big day.¬† I’ve noticed that it does smooth skin, it’s great for legs! It’s great if you are wearing a dress but do not want to wear tights!

Purchase at http://www.ManukaDoctor.com

Dermarche Labs Roloxin Lift
Dermarche Labs Roloxin Lift

Morning Of РDermarché Labs Roloxin Lift: (5 Count Р$45.00; 10 Count $79) On the big day, give yourself an instant face lift with this wrinkle-smoothing mask, effective minutes after application and lasting up to 24 hours. By improving facial texture and reducing the appearance of both wrinkles and pores, it will leave you with refreshed, truly radiant skin and a flawless base for makeup application.

What I think: This is an easy way to get rid of wrinkles and large pores instantly (and temporarily). Just squeeze the packet for 20 seconds, apply over damp skin, and rinse off once it turns into a white powder.  Face is smooth and so much younger looking!  Perfect for a special occasion.

Purchase at http://www.Sephora.com

Last Minute Mother’s Day Skincare Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just a week away!¬† Have you purchased something for¬†Mom yet?¬† I think skincare is a great idea for her and for any woman that you¬†want to pamper this month.¬† Not only is it nice to try something new, this is a gift that will make her feel better inside and out!

Below are¬†products and sets that may be perfect for a special lady this Mother’s Day:

Marula Pure Beauty Oil
Marula Pure Beauty Oil

Marula Pure Beauty Oil ($15 for 0.23 oz, $58 for¬†1 oz, $78 for¬†1.69 oz) — Specially formulated for the face and neck, premium Marula Oil is a naturally soothing treatment that provides intense hydration, protection, and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for soft, radiant skin. It is suitable for all skin types and contains a high content of fatty acids, resulting in fast absorption to leave skin smooth with a matte finish. Clinically proven to contain a great deal of antioxidants and omega acids, it can be used alone as a highly effective anti-aging moisturizer, added to other facial products to boost their efficacy, soothe skin after facial treatments or sunburn, or used as a perfect makeup primer. The deliciously fresh scent that stems from a one percent essential oil blend and provides a total sensory experience upon application, then dissipates so it won‚Äôt fight your fragrance.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Skin Inc Hydrate 'Em Custom-Blended Serum Mother's Day Set
Skin Inc Hydrate ‘Em Custom-Blended Serum Mother’s Day Set

Skin Inc Hydrate ‘Em Custom-Blended Serum Mother’s Day Set ($90 USD, a $145 value) — Deeply hydrate dry skin and plump up fine lines with this custom-blend of Ceramides, Coenzyme Q10 and Hyaluronic Acid, formulated with Skin Inc‚Äôs patented encapsulation technology that releases ingredients only upon application.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.iloveskininc.com.

Dr Jart+ The Original BB Set
Dr Jart+ The Original BB Set

Dr Jart+ The Original BB Set ($34 USD) — Busy mom?¬† Treat her to an all-in-one beauty fix.¬† Each set contains four of Dr. Jart+’s hero BB’s to help¬†her tackle skincare problems while still providing great coverage.

Learn more at http://www.sephora.com

Le Mieux Skin Perfecter
Le Mieux Skin Perfecter

Le Mieux Skin Perfecter ($189 USD) — The Skin Perfecter uses ultrasonic technology (28,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second) to deeply cleanse pores. The ultrasonic waves create a sudden formation and collapse of bubbles in a liquid form called cavitation. This formation creates a micro-jet like current that increases the permeability of the cell walls, allowing molecules to be more easily transported through the outermost layer of the skin. This in turn pushes out any impurities and cellular debris.

Purchase at www.skinperfecter.com

 

New Skincare For Spring From Aroma Actives, Orico London, Joanna Vargas, and LovelySkin

As the weather becomes warmer, it is important to keep skin clean, refreshed and hydrated.  Treating skin well will keep it soft and smooth during the warm seasons ahead.

I have been loving the following cleansers, scrubs and serums:

Aroma Actives Cleansing and Soothing Milk
Aroma Actives Cleansing and Soothing Milk

Aroma Actives Cleansing and Soothing Milk ($12 USD) — A gentle and effective cleanser designed to lift impurities and gently remove make-up. A light, non-greasy formula infused with the soothing and softening properties of Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Milk Thistle and Chamomile, leaving skin calm, supple and clean. Suitable for all skin types, particularly dry, sensitive skin.

What I think:  This is a gentle cleanser that is nice for every day.  And even though it is gentle, it removes make-up well!  I is creamy and has a mild herbal scent.

Available at http://www.aromaactives.com.

Orico London Micellar Water
Orico London Micellar Water

Orico London Micellar Water ($24 USD) — Aromatherapy skin detox.¬†New 3-in-1 purifying¬†micellar water to instantly cleanse away toxins, eliminate impurities and make-up for radiant, clear and younger looking skin. Antioxidant Vitamin C stimulates collagen production and strengthens the skin‚Äôs barrier whilst¬†soothing Calendula Flower Extract and Amino Acids help boost cell regeneration, hydrate and smooth. An invigorating blend of natural Tangerine & Orange essential oils helps boost skin circulation and detoxify skin.

What I think:¬† LOVE!¬† It has a fresh citrus scent and is so refreshing.¬† I like to use it at night on a cotton pad.¬† It removes my makeup and leaves skin¬†clean and toned!¬† Plus, it doesn’t dry at all.¬† This is a really neat idea for a multi-tasking product!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.oricolondon.com

Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash ($65 4 fl. oz.) — ¬†With loads of antioxidants, natural citrus oils, to combat daily pollutants and everyday grime while leaving your skin balanced. This bright and cheery purifying wash will also help in minimizing the look of pores. And give you the glowiest, clearest skin you have ever seen. The gentle fresh smell of citrus is also invigorating, specially in the morning when you are trying to get up and go.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum ($85 for 1 fl. oz.) — The Joanna Vargas Daily Serum is an ideal combination of skin brightening elements, rich antioxidants and vitamins required for younger-looking skin. This lightweight serum moisturizes perfectly and improves firmness and elasticity so it bounces back.

What I thin:  The face wash has a wonderful citrus scent and is so refreshing!  It cleanses my skin without drying it out.

The serum is very light and sinks right into my skin.  It leaves my skin glowing and soft. After using it for a couple of weeks I have noticed that my skin is smoother and a bit tighter.  I am excited to continue using it to see what results I will see.

Available at http://www.joannavargas.com

LovelySkin Pore Refining Pumpkin Mask ($40 USD) — This nourishing mask has a self-warming formula that deeply cleanses skin with minerals, enzymes and vitamins. It also helps to reduce pore size, moisturize skin and improve its appearance.

LovelySkin C-Stem 7 Solutions Serum ($110 USD) — C-Stem is an exceptional rejuvenating vitamin C serum that contains Lilac Stem Cells. C-Stem combats signs of visible skin aging, diminishes the appearance of nose to mouth creases, and brightens skin tone. The formula reactivates 14 genes that are responsible for the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, and helps to reduce the accelerated aging protein Progerin.

What I think:  The mask is amazing.  You massage it in to dry skin and it gets very warm.  Then add a little water, lather it and rinse.  It gets rid of the surface dry skin and all of the junk hiding in your pores.  So good!

The serum absorbs right into the skin and leaves it soft and glowing.¬† I’ve noticed that my¬†fine lines seem less noticeable and my skin tone is more even.¬† I have only used it for a few weeks at night, so I will keep¬†using it in hopes to see even more great results!

Purchase at http://www.lovelyskin.com where you can purchase the brand and more great skincare brands.

Switch Up Your Skin Care Routine With vbeaute, Yves Rocher, SkinCeuticals and Lumene!

Over the past couple of months I have been trying some new (to me) skin care. These products are great for women who need anti-aging benefits, including wrinkle-smoothing and 0il-controling benefits.

vbeaute It Kit

Vbeaute was founded by¬†Julie Macklowe — a former fashion socialite who managed a multi-million dollar hedge fund. Searching for the perfect skincare, scientists introduced Julie to the Swiss botanical stem-cells from the Alpine Rose plant, one of the Longevity Botanicals that have developed near miraculous anti-aging abilities as they‚Äôve adapted over centuries to the harsh conditions such as cold, UV and severe dryness in the High Alps.

‚ÄúMy chemists were able to infuse the original recipe with 21st century bio-chemical power that makes our exclusive vComplex a breakthrough. vComplex allows healing, anti-aging and DNA protecting abilities that track with your skin‚Äôs own cellular needs. No matter your age, climate, stress level or lifestyle, v gives your skin exactly what it craves.‚ÄĚ The vComplex is a potent Swiss cellular concentrate based on Swiss Alpine Rose Botanical Technology (ARBT), an age-antagonist that provides antioxidant protection in relation to UV damage. Age-altering ingredients. Serious skin treatments. Innovative technology that works on a cellular level. vbeaut√© helps correct the sins of the past and protect the skin of your future. Prevent premature aging before it has a chance to happen; put time control in your control. V is your victory over time.

The It Kit¬ģ ($165 USD)¬†is a customizable skincare system that houses the products you need to give your skin the treatment it deserves. An elegant gunmetal clutch, the It Kit¬ģ holds your five skincare essentials, easy to take anywhere, anytime. With a patented design, the It Kit is refillable; perfect on-the-go sizes of your favorite products are available for replenishment.

Includes Undercover Agent¬ģ (anti-wrinkle protecting serum), Rub Off‚ĄĘ (Gentle Facial Exfoliator), Evidence Eraser¬ģ (Gentle Foaming Cleanser), Buying Time¬ģ(Everyday Creme)¬†and Eye Never¬ģ (Nourishing Repair Eye Cr√®me). Learn more at¬†www.vbeaute.com.

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Instant Anti-wrinkle Moisturizer

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Instant Anti-wrinkle Moisturizer ($27, $14.85 on sale) —Targeted moisturizing for wrinkle-prone areas! The Instant Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer provides deep, intense and lasting moisture¬†and instantly smoothes wrinkles upon application

This is for Normal to Combination Skin and the formula was tested under dermatological supervision.  Includes botanical-based ingredients: maple sugar extract, organic agave sap extract, betaine, witch hazel water.

I love the instant smoothness that this gives without being sticky or uncomfortable on the skin, like some other instant wrinkle smoothers. Purchase at www.yvesrocherusa.com.

Lumene Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail

Lumene Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail ($21.99 USD) — Active ingredients from cloudberry brighten the skin, improve moisture balance, and protect against the harmful effects of the environment. Highly conditioning cranberry seed oil combines with cloudberry to help nourish and vitalise even the driest skin.

I shake this up and apply it lightly on my skin at night.  The next morning, my skin is radiant and not at all greasy.  Purchase this at CVS stores, www.drugstore.com.

 

SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense ($80 USD) Designed specifically for adults, this targeted, oil-free approach to treating adult acne and signs of aging uses a 1st-to-market acid blend combining 2% dioic acid with an alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid formulation designed to prevent acne, minimize hyperpigmentation and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Salicylic acid and LHA combat blemishes; glycolic and citric acids treat fine lines, wrinkles, and roughness; and dioic acid fights acne, reduces excess sebum production and prevents hyperpigmentation that can cause skin to appear prematurely aged. This highly effective, efficient treatment is ideal for acne-prone, aging skin.

NOTE: Proven as effective as the leading prescription drugs, BenzaClin & Tretinoin, in new clinical studies. Available at www.SkinCeuticals.com

Enjoy!

 

 

Acheive A Youthful Glow with Skincare from The Somme Institute

I am lucky to be able try many different cosmetics and skin care that claim that they will make me look younger.¬† Sometimes they work and lots of times they don’t.¬† Luckily this is not a case of the latter with the Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen I tried.

This has been working so well for me.  I have been using it for about a month and I see a huge difference in the clarity and texture of my skin. ALL skin types & MOST skin conditions.  Sun Damage, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Acne, Rosacea all while improving skin discoloration, tone, texture and clarity

Somme Institute products contains a patented technology MDT5 (Molecular Dispersion Technology), a revolutionary protein/vitamin delivery system (A, B3, B5, C and E) which transforms  the skin, thus improving its tone, texture and clarity while reducing the signs of aging (for all skin types).   The products in the regimen are:

The Nourishing Cleanser ($40 USD)¬†is a non-foaming gel that is extremely gentle on the skin.¬† ¬†The claim is that it helps improvefine lines and wrinkles, dryness, dehydrated and lackluster skin while preserving the skin’s youthful appearance.

I love that this (and all of the Somme Institute products I have tried) are fragrance free.  It is very mild and leaves my skin very soft after use.  It also works well with my Clarisonic face-cleansing brush.

I follow up¬†with Transport ($58 USD), soft cotton pads with AHA to gently exfoliate dead cells on the skin’s surface.¬† This is one of my favorite steps.¬†¬†¬†It is recommended that if you have sensitive skin, use it just once a day, which I did at first.¬† But now, I am using it twice a day and love¬†how it leaves my skin glowing after each application.

Step 3 is the Serum ($82 USD).  This claims to helps reduce the visible signs of premature aging, smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and evens skin tone.

I smooth a couple of drops on my face and neck twice a day after the Transport pads.¬† It soaks in really quickly and does not leave my skin greasy.¬† The only thing I don’t care for is that my hands¬†are very sticky after¬†using this product.¬† I have to wash my hands after use and before continuing the regimen.

I immediately apply A-Bomb ($70 USD)¬†¬†This powerhouse cream contains additional amounts of Vitamins A and E. A-Bomb helps soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles while targeting other problem areas, such as poor skin texture and dry skin. It calms and soothes the skin while promoting skin’s vitality and firmness.

I have been using this morning and night.¬† I rub it in well — I have found that it is easy to put a little too much on, so it needs to be¬†applied well or it will sit on top of the skin.

The last step is Double Defense ($48 USD), which is a lightweight lotion.  It contains a SPF 30+ and Parsol 1789.  Double Defense protects skin from premature aging while locking in vital moisture.

Just one pump will do ya with this lotion.  I use it every morning as my last step of the system.  It is not greasy, which is wonderful.

With all of the steps¬†this system, I was worried that my face would be greasy and it would feel heavy.¬† But happily, that is not true.¬† I even put primer, concealer, sometimes foundation and powder over the system — and my face does not fall to the ground with the product weight!¬† Yay!

And I did mean sometimes foundation.  My skin really looks so good that I only need a touch of concealer and a light powder (IT Cosmetices Bye Bye Undereye and Bye Bye Pores).  My skin tone is even, my redness has lessened and fine lines are almost gone.

You can purchase these products separately or as a kit for $298 at www.sommeinstitute.com.  Enjoy!

NeoStrata Skin Active Comprehensive Antiaging Regimen

NeoStrata Skin Active Comprehensive Antiaging Regimen
NeoStrata Skin Active Comprehensive Antiaging Regimen ($79.00 USD)
A comprehensive antiaging system of potent professional products with active benefit ingredients clinically proven to work synergistically to address all of the visible signs of aging.
  • Stimulate cell turnover to enhance skin texture and clarity while preparing the skin for optimal treatment benefits with an anti-aging facial cleanser with Gluconolactone¬†and Maltobionic Acid
  • Repair skin‚Äôs matrix support structure and reduce the appearance of uneven pigment with a daytime moisturizer that firms, smoothes, and protects the skin with Peptides, NeoGlucosamine‚ĄĘ and Retinol
  • Target crow’s feet¬†and puffiness with a multi-mechanistic approach that plumps the deep layers of the skin, smoothing lines and wrinkles from the inside out so the eye area appears more lifted
  • Restore skin’s essential cells, rebuild the deep skin matrix and reduce oxidative damage with a reparative night cream for skin that is firmer, more lifted and vibrant

“Since the effects of intrinsic aging and photodamage on skin are multi-factorial, no single ingredient can address them all”.

The NeoStrata¬†SKIN ACTIVE system is made up of four high-performance products, each formulated to deliver outstanding rejuvenating effects, including significant improvement in the appearance of deep wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagging and uneven pigmentation. When used as a daily regimen, complementary mechanisms of action work synergistically in all skin layers to achieve even greater results. These products are:

1. Exfoliating Wash: Cleanses without irritation; formulated to stimulate cell renewal; lightly exfoliates without over drying to prepare skin for optimal treatment benefits.

2. Matrix Support SPF 20: Formulated to repair the matrix support structure, increase cell turnover and reduce the appearance of uneven pigment for firmer, smoother, more luminous skin. Includes three clinically proven technologies, each with a unique action, for greater skin repair and strengthening, along with a potent antioxidant complex to help protect against further damage to the skin matrix.

3. Cellular Restoration: Designed to synergistically restore skin’s essential cells, rebuild the deep skin matrix and reduce oxidative damage for skin that is firmer, more lifted and vibrant. Employs a multi-mechanistic approach to rejuvenating cellular function and strengthening skin’s underlying structure.

4. Intensive Eye Therapy: Builds and plumps¬†the layers of delicate skin around the eye. The eye area appears more lifted and luminous, and crow’s feet¬†are smoothed from the inside out. Caffeine helps deflate puffiness, while hyaluronic acid acts as a natural moisture magnet.

Developmental studies for NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE show high efficacy, good tolerability and remarkable results. In Consumer Use Testing, users of the full regimen reported noticeable benefits beginning as early as 1 month and continuing through 3 and 6 months of use.

  • 93% observed smoother skin texture, more even skin tone, and less noticeable lines/wrinkles with regimen use
  • 86% reported smaller pore size and more lifted skin appearance
  • 93% preferred the SKIN ACTIVE regimen to their usual regimen

What I think: This is an interesting concept as a regimen. The steps are different than usual systems. After cleansing, I apply the¬†Matrix Support, which has the texture like a moisturizer with SPF — then I apply the Cellular Restoration which feels like a serum, and is a bit greasy. It’s almost backwards. I have no problem do this at night, but I only use the Matrix Support in the day because I¬†find it¬†difficult to apply my makeup over the Cellular Restoration.¬†¬†I do really love the eye cream as it soaks in instantly and plumps the skin up around my eyes.

I have only been using this for a few weeks, but I do see more even skin tone. To learn more and purchase, visit www.neostrata.com. Enjoy!