Protect Your Skin This Spring and Summer With New SPF Products

I have been getting ready for the upcoming sunny seasons by making sure I am stocked up with SPF — in my facial care, lip care and body care.  I am even stockpiling products that help after a day in the sun.  Here are my new faves:

Coola is one of my favorite sunscreen brands.  If you like scented sunscreen, the scents are amazing, but if you need unscented products they have them as well. The three products above are amazing!  The Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint ($12 USD) is really refreshing and protects lips from the sun.  With the unscented Sport spray ($36 USD) I can run around all day and not worry about burning, plus it has skincare benefits.  The Environmental Repair Plus Eye Gel will soothe burnt eyelids and repair, too! Available at http://www.coolasuncare.com

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range is very affordable and effective.  Renowned for its Cocoa Butter chops for decades, Palmer’s has harnessed all of the incredible skin care benefits of this super ingredient (in prime-pressed, unrefined form) into a five-piece collection of suncare products that effectively protects skin, keeping it free from discoloration and spots associated with UV exposure. All of the products are formulated with Palmer’s proprietary Cocoaplex™ Technology, which optimizes the skin-friendly properties of Cocoa Butter all while enhancing the sunscreen emulsification. The products are:

  • SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion – Retails for $7
  • SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray – Retails for $9
  • SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Balm – Retails for $6
  • SPF 45 Moisturizing Sunscreen for Face – Retails for $7
  • SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick – Retails for $4

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range is Available Exclusively at Wal-Mart Stores Nationwide.

NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick
NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick

NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick ($6.99 USD) — Convenient wide-format stick keeps hands clean and ready for any sport or outdoor activity. Ultra-lightweight formula goes on clear with no white mess. Great for the body, yet gentle and light enough for the face. Fragrance-free, nonirritating formula is great for sensitive skin. Same quantity as national brands for a value price. This is a clear, light balm that is easy to apply and contains SPF 50.  I light to use a spray sunscreen, then layer this on the areas that burn easily like my shoulders, tops of legs and nose. Available at Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, HEB, BI-LO, www.wal-mart.com, www.drugstore.com, and other retail and online stores throughout the USA.

Safe Harbor Sunscreen
Safe Harbor Sunscreen

Safe Harbor Sunscreen ($9.99 USD): An advanced range of sun care products for adults and children complete with a mineral zinc oxide-based formula that naturally protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. With a focus on providing the most natural, effective and chemical-free suncare, the products also include titanium dioxide for an additional level of sun protection and a rich blend of ingredients such as red algae, green tea, sea buckthorn, and jojoba for added antioxidant benefits.

I tested the 30 Mineral SPF Sensitive Lotion.  As I applied it, I noticed that it feels like a luxe skincare lotion, not SPF.  It applies clear and absorbs instantly.  I do have sensitive skin and it did not irritate my skin at all.

Purchase at Walmart stores.

Avon ANEW Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25
Avon ANEW Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25

Don’t forget the facial sunscreen!  Avon ANEW combines SPF and skincare Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($28 USD) — Introducing Anew Vitale, powered by VitaToneComplex. Revive tired-looking skin after just one use. Now you can visibly reduce dullness, improve clarity and restore the well-rested look of a full-night’s sleep. I like that it is not greasy and that it instantly smooths the skin and gives an even skin tone.  The SPF 25 protects while the cream treats tired skin. Available at http://www.avon.com Readers, please leave a comment and let me know what sunscreens you are using.

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of August 12th!

My kids went back to school this week!  My daughter Olivia is in 5th grade and my daughter Abby is a freshman in high school!  Time goes by so quickly!

During this fun, but emotional week, I have been loving a luxe new mascara, tropical lime-scented body products, a dark-circle buster, waterproof bright eyeliner, and a light skincare line.

What new products have you tried this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Lancôme Paris Grandiose Mascara
Lancôme Paris Grandiose Mascara

Lancôme Paris Grandiose Mascara ($32 USD) — Professional makeup artists bend mascara stems to coat every lash. With Grandiôse, Lancôme brings this expert application technique to women everywhere thanks to the world’s first Swan-NeckTM Wand. Curved at a 25 degree angle, the Swan-NeckTM Wand mimics the curves of your face, grabbing lashes at the base to fan them out and avoid any unnecessary smudging.

The result? Ultimate Coverage – from corner to corner and root to tip. One more detail: the wand’s three dimensional curve seals air into the bottle and automatically mixes the formula in from the sides every time you open the bottle, so it always stays fresh.

What I think: I was so excited to try this mascara.  The design of the bottle and brush are so different, but really easy to use. The short, rubber brush catches all of the lashes. I thought it might give me a dramatic look, but it is more of a natural, everyday mascara.  Maybe, with more practice it will lengthen and thicken my short lashes!

Available at Lancome.com and Lancôme counters nationwide.

Whish Key Lime Collection
Whish Key Lime Collection

Whish Key Lime Collection — Treat your skin to a big slice of moisture with Whish’s Key Lime summer range. Including all their most loved products: Shave Crave, Body Wash, Sugar Scrub, Body Butter and Shave Savour Hair Inhibiting Gel, the Key Lime range will leave you feeling fresh, smelling delicious, and ready to take on that beach party with confidence!

Extremely dry skin needs an extremely efficient solution; Whish products contain organic ingredients such as Shea Butter, Coconut Milk and Aloe to soothe skin while active ingredients such as Chapparel Extract and Panthenol create dramatic, long lasting results. Beautifying yourself should always be a luxurious experience — and now it can be with Whish!

What I think: I have been testing the Sugar Scrub ($38 12oz) and the Three Whishes Body Butter ($24 5oz).  I love the tangy, lime scent.  It really smells like key lime pie!  The sugar scrub erases all dry skin and the yummy body butter leaves it so smooth.  I also love that Whish uses natural and organic ingredients.

Available at http://www.nordstrom.com

ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector
ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector

ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector ($34 USD) —  Instantly transform your eye area to banish the look of dark circles. The scientists at Avon have developed the Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector to help brighten the look of dark circles. A lightweight formula that visibly brightens under-eye shadows, the ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector is a game-changing powerful new eye treatment that offers both instant brightening effects and improvement in the look of dark circles over time. The potent corrector is so effective, it’s clinically shown to improve dark circles by 31% while reducing the look of dark circles by one grade. It visibly brightens even the darkest under eye shadows.

What I think:  This is such a cool product! I have been using it for a couple of weeks.  When I apply it, it imparts a lightening effect and my dark circles look instantly better.  I have also noticed that my under eye circles aren’t as dark as they were.  I’m going to continue using this and hope to see even more improvement.

Available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

EM Michelle Phan Waterliner in Teal Tease
EM Michelle Phan Waterliner in Teal Tease

EM Michelle Phan Waterliner in Teal Tease ($18 USD) — this richly pigmented liner grabs everywhere, including your waterline—without budging or smudging.

What I think:  This is such a fun summer color!  I have been enjoying using it in the heat and humidity because it doesn’t budge!  I would definitely love to try darker colors for fall.

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

Amarte Aqua Line
Amarte Aqua Line

Amarte, the prestige Korean skin care brand, has just launched their new Aqua Line, a four-piece collection of light, fresh skin care focused on natural antioxidant brightening and hydration. Ideal for updating your summer skin care regimen, the new Amarte lineup features gel-like formulas and refreshing citrus scents to lighten any beauty routine without compromising visible results.

The Aqua Line consists of a cooling toner, a pure hydration serum, a light nutrient-dense lotion and a concentrated 1% retinol cream that soften and hydrate skin while evening tone and visibly brightening even the most sensitive complexions. The scientific skin care system elegantly blends antioxidants including ginko and chamomile with brightening agents including arbutin and purified elemental sulfur.

What I think: I have been testing the toner and lotion.  I love the light scents and formulas.  Perfect for the hot summer and going into the fall.  I have been using toners a lot this summer, and this one smells fantastic and is very cooling.  The lotion is perfect for morning and night — it is so moisturizing, but not greasy at all.

Available at http://www.amarteskincare.com

Get Face (Not Just Body) Into Shape With New Firming And Anti-Aging Skincare

I don’t know about you, but I like to wear less makeup in the summer, especially face makeup.  I usually pare down my usual primer, concealer, foundation, powder to something lighter — maybe a multi-tasker like a BB Cream.

To do this, I have to get my skin ready for less makeup.  The skincare below will help your pores, firm up your skin and make your skin radiant just in time for warmer weather.

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Purifying Mask
Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Purifying Mask

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Purifying Mask ($29 for 5 masks) — This refreshing, rejuvenating mask incorporates natural extracts, which work to clear out pores without irritation and stimulate pore contraction. Hydrating ingredients help detoxify and brighten, leaving skin clear, smooth, and refined.  This cruelty-free product is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and free of alcohol and fragrance.

What I think:  I LOVE this mask!  I put it on my skin, left it there for about 25 minutes, took it off and rubbed the excess serum in my skin.  Then I looked in the mirror — wow! My pores were so much smaller looking and my redness was almost gone.  My skin was so smooth.  Awesome product!

Available at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com

Avon’s ANEW Clinical Infinite Lift Targeted Contouring Serum
Avon’s ANEW Clinical Infinite Lift Targeted Contouring Serum

Avon’s ANEW Clinical Infinite Lift Targeted Contouring Serum ($39.99 USD) —  Featuring a unique massaging applicator to target the four key facial zones prone to sagging (cheeks, chin, jowls, jaw), this effective serum combines the PolyPeptide Lift Complex with a high concentration of seven instant skin-tighteners including a pharmaceutical grade one for fast acting, fast lifting results.

What I think:  I have been using this for a couple of weeks and already see results!  I take the product with the applicator and roll the serum on to my chin, jaw and cheeks and then rub it in.  It really tightens things up.  Which is what I need as I approach my 46th birthday (I KNOW!).

Available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum
Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum

Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum ($69 USD) — Say goodbye to under-chin bulge and hello to chiseled jaw and cheek bones with the Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum. This product’s breakthrough IsoSculpt Complex mixes purified Seaweed Extract with other botanicals to reduce the appearance of double chin, define jaw line, contour cheekbones and tighten neck area, shaving both pounds and years off your appearance without dieting, pills, or surgery.

This unmatched product allows trapped fluids and fat to simply melt away as skin is detoxified. The Chromium CircuSpheres stimulate micro-circulation to boost metabolism and speed up the sculpting process—giving a slimmer, more defined look in just two weeks!

What I think:  I have just started using this serum now.  I love how it feels and how easy it is to apply.  I will continue using it for the two full weeks to see if it slims my face, I have high hopes!

Available at http://www.softsurroundings.com

Anti-Aging Growth Factor Daytime Lotion
Anti-Aging Growth Factor Daytime Lotion

MyBody MyHero Anti-Aging Growth Factor Daytime Lotion ($115 USD) — A unique combination of biomimetic growth factor peptides plus lifting, hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients help restore youth and radiance while enhancing the skin’s NMF (Natural Moisture Factor).

Replenishes dehydrated, dry and mature skin with essential hydrators and nourishing moisturizers. The ultimate daytime lotion for dry, mature or compromised skin. By delivering a complete portfolio of anti-aging technologies, including probiotic derived bioactives, antioxidants, skin tighteners and a heroic complex of plant derived growth factor peptides, plus DNA repair actives, the combination of myHERO products maximize the skin’s natural healing abilities to enhance barrier function and rebuild thinning skin for results you can see and feel.

What I think:  This is my new daytime lotion.  I have been using it under SPF for a few weeks now and really like how it tightens my skin and makes it glow.  I only wish it included SPF — the less products I have to use, the better. But, I am seeing results in how young my skin now looks so I will continue using it.

Learn more at www.lovemybody.com/products/detail/myhero-daytime-lotion/

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Tint
Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Tint

Don’t forget makeup with skincare benefits, light a great BB Cream! Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Tint ($55 USD) — Natural Finish™ Korean BB Cream lets you be your own beauty. This sheer, fine pigmented beauty balm provides uniform coverage without caking or flaking. Designed with SPF 36 to protect you while it softens and smooths for a natural look, Natural Finish™ BB Cream forsakes all else for the beauty of you.

What I think:  This actually solves my SPF problem.  I can put this on over my MyBody day lotion, and it has SPF and provides coverage with the tint.  It feels so light on, but provides moderate coverage.  Perfect for the summer when I want to use less products.

Available at http://www.amarteskincare.com

What are you doing to get your skin in shape for summer?

Brrr…It’s Cold. Take Care of Your Skin!

My poor skin has been suffering in this crazy cold weather!  I swear that my forehead was so dry at one point, it looked like I had scales!

I have been blessed to receive some great skin products to help me get through the winter.  And I have more to review as well — a part 2 will be coming soon!

Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin
Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin

Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin (Reg. Price: $23.95, Sale Price: $16.77) — gives skin a natural boost of moisture as it deeply cleanses pores removing toxins and impurities.  The pure and natural blend of ingredients is naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.  The nourishing steam restores elasticity and improves skin vitality, leaving skin healthier, moisturized and refreshed.  Simply add to warm steaming water and take in the nourishment.
Product Features:

  • 2 oz
  • Helps to alleviate dry skin
  • Add to warm steaming water
  • Clarifies pores and promotes glowing skin
  • Blend of nourishing herbs and essential oils
  • Gives skin a boost of moisture
  • Removes toxins & impurities
  • Naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial
  • Pure & natural
  • Also available for Acne Prone Skin and Oily Skin

Directions:

  1. Add two tablespoons to a bowl containing 4 cups of warm steaming water.
  2. Trap steam by covering head and bowl with a bath towel.
  3. Those with oily or combination skin should steam for 10 to 15 minutes; those with dry to normal skin should steam for 5 to 10 minutes; and those with sensitive skin should steam for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Use once weekly or every two weeks.

Ingredients:  Organic Rose Petals, Organic Rosemary Leaves, Organic Peppermint Leaves, Fennel Seeds, Pelargonium Odoratissium (Geranium) Oil.

What I think:  I love this aromatic steam.  I have sensitive skin so I steamed my face for about 4 minutes.  I noticed that afterwards, my skin was refreshed and soft.  I did it at night and followed with a serum and night cream.  I woke up with very soft skin the next day!

Available at www.stylebell.com

Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence
Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence

Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence ($27.99 USD) — Infused with rosewater in traditional Moroccan fashion, this 100% organic cold-pressed argan oil has a fresh floral scent. Its high concentration of antioxidants offers head-to-toe protection from environmental damage, and its abundance of essential fatty acids instantly smooth and soothe dry skin and rough spots. This Moroccan beauty secret also doubles as a deep conditioning treatment and pre-styling product that repairs damaged hair, increases manageability and reduces frizz without greasy residue.

How to use: Apply to the face and body in place of moisturizer as needed. Apply to hair before styling, or as a finishing touch to enhance softness and shine.

Ideal for all skin types, Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence will not clog pores. Made in Morocco.

Ingredients:  100% organic cold-pressed argan oil with Rosewater Essence

What I think:  First of all this smells fantastic, it is very lightly scented with rosewater.  This can be used on skin and hair — a great multi-tasker.  I love using this oil after cleansing and exfoliating, it doesn’t irritate my skin.  It is perfect for a night time treatment, as well.  Skin is soft and smooth in the morning!

Available at keshbeauty.com.

ANEW CLINICAL SKINVINCIBLE Protect & Repair Duo
ANEW CLINICAL SKINVINCIBLE Protect & Repair Duo

Avon Avon ANEW CLINICAL SKINVINCIBLE Protect & Repair Duo ($59.99 a $72 value)– Protect. Repair. The #1 cause of visible aging is environmental aggressors, which can lead to wrinkles, sun spots and dryness. Now you can protect skin against environmental assaults. Repair the look of age damage.

This ANEW Duo includes:
Skinvincible Multi-Shield Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – Lightweight lotion with our highest SPF available. Use AM. Can be used under makeup. 1 oz. net wt.
Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream: Diminish the look of lines, wrinkles and sunspots. A moisturizing night cream formulated with the world’s 1st SmartRepair™ Technology. Intensive repair cream. Use PM. 1 oz. net wt.

What I think: I am loving both of these products, but especially the sunscreen.  It is so moisturizing and I love the high SPF.  It is a bit greasy, so a little goes a long way.  The night cream is so decadent and feels fantastic on.  These products are a great day/night duo and are affordable.

Purchase at www.avon.com or your neighborhood Avon representative.

Algenist Genius Cream
Algenist Genius Cream

Algenist Genius Cream ($110 USD) — Genius is a scientifically advanced formulation designed to address the signs of aging skin. Youthful suppleness and radiance is restored, skin density is increased, facial contours become more defined and deep wrinkles are visibly minimized leaving skin firmer, softer and smoother. Alguronic Acid is combined with the breakthrough Microalgae Oil to create a powerful and highly active formula which addresses the accelerated signs of aging caused by hormonal changes, environmental stress and the natural aging process.

The actives harnessed in Genius are delivered in a luxurious, emollient formula that instantly absorbs into the skin, softening and smoothing upon contact. Results are apparent in just 10 days, and even more visible after 28 days of usage.

What I think:   I love Algenist and really love this fantastic cream.  It is super rich and soothing on my chapped, scaly skin.  I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and my skin is noticeably softer and younger looking.  I will keep using it and hopefully will see even more results!

You can purchase at Algenist.com, QVC, Sephora and Sephora.com

HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream
Lierac HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream

Lierac HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream ($48 USD) A rich and sensual cream that works to durably regulate hydration and to protect, nourish and comfort dry to very dry skin deep down. Protective and softening effect.

Ideal for dry to very dry skin, this velvety cream contains LIERAC-exclusive moisturizing & multi-protecting technology:

  • 11% hydration reprogramming botanical complex: based on the latest discoveries made by LIERAC research, this complex results from the combination of 2 complementary active ingredients (a natural amino acid and Ophiopogon japonicus extract) with NMF. This complex is capable of complementing and stimulating the skin’s two types of water channels.
  • 2.5% anti-oxidant rich water hyacinth: this botanical active ingredient is capable of protecting the skin from environmental assaults thanks to its anti-oxidant, detoxifying and purifying abilities.
  • 2% rose and cherry flower extracts: these two flower extracts were selected for their moisturizing, anti-oxidant and nutritive properties

What I think:  This is another great night cream (or day cream under SPF if your skin is very dry).  It is so silky and quickly absorbs into skin.  It has a nice light scent and leaves skin so soft.

www.lierac-usa.com

Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams
Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams

Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams ($1oz ($6.99) and 2.5oz ($10.99) — With an ultra-rich creamy feel and the healing nutrients, vitamins, and valuable phytonutrients of pure unrefined shea butter, these hand creams will revive parched dry hands, providing a silky smooth finish that absorbs quickly and is never greasy to the touch.

As pure hydration helps to heal dry and damaged skin, this luxurious natural formula is made with 20% of the finest pure and unrefined shea butter for the ultimate skincare treatment. Most other brands contain 1 or 2%, Out of Africa’s Pure Shea Butter Hand Creams provide the highest percentage of pure, unrefined shea butter on the market. Naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants A, E and F, these creams provide exceptional dermatological and cosmetic healing properties, deeply penetrating to moisturize and nourish the skin. Your hands will instantly feel soft and supple.

The shea butter in Out of Africa’s Hand Creams can also help to prevent premature aging and other skin ailments like blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, stretch marks, scars and dermatitis. No Parabens, Sulfates, Petrolatums or Phthalates.

Your purchase will contribute 15 cents to help provide education to women and children in West Africa.

What I think:  There are three scents available; Vanilla, Olive with Aloe or Lemon Verbena.  I really love the Lemon Verbena, it is light and fresh.  And the hand cream is perfect! Softens skin instantly without any greasy feeling at all!  It has the look and feel of an expensive cream.

Purchase at www.outofafricashea.com

butter LONDON Hydrating Balm
butter LONDON Hydrating Balm

butter LONDON Hydrating Balm ($24 USD)– Formulated with shea butter and infused with the highest concentration of nature’s most powerful emollients, this fragrance free, non-greasy balm is sure to take permanent residence in your handbag. The Hydrating Balm knocks out chapped lips, dry cuticles, fly-away hair, freshly waxed or chaffing skin, sunburn, and other skin irritants.

What I think:  I have been smoothing this on my cuticles, elbows and the ends of my hair.  It is easy to throw in my purse or keep in my desk — and it can be used everywhere!  Awesome product!

Available at www.butterlondon.com

Zim's Heels & Feet Foot Cream
Zim’s Heels & Feet Foot Cream

Don’t forget your feet! Zim’s Heels & Feet Foot Cream ($8.99 USD) — From the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Zim’s CRACK Creme comes Heels & Feet Foot Cream. A NEW blend enhanced with L-Arginine for dry, cracked, tired feet.

What I think:  This natural foot cream has a very strong odor.  It may be the tea tree oil, but it is a little strong for me.  I do like how light the cream is.  It is not greasy at all and leaves my feet soft and refreshed!

Purchase at www.zimsusa.com.

What are you using to combat the cold air?  Leave a comment and let me know!

The Anti-Aging Skincare That I Have Been Using and Loving Lately!

My skin type is sensitive, combination and aging.  I like to try all different types of products to perfect my skin (not an easy thing to do).

Below is a bunch of great products that I have been sent to review and that I really like.  I have a lot to cover, so read on!

Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser

Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser ($7.99 USD) — This warming cleanser pampers skin as it whisks away buildup and oil. The powerful daily line of defense against clogged, congested pores contains Zeolite, a special mineral clay that warms on contact with water, and Salicylic acid, a powerful yet gentle ingredient that penetrates pores to help fight breakouts by dissolving clogged oil.

What I think:  I do have blackheads around and on my nose. So when I first tried this I squirted a little on my Clarisonic, then scrubbed around my nose area.  It really cleaned out those pores!  It does heat up quite a lot (my teen daughter equated it to stepping in a hot shower), so be aware.  But, it is a great pore cleaner.  I suggest to use it 2-3 times a week.

Available at mass market retailers near you.  Also, visit www.biore.com to learn more.

Intraceuticals Collagen Booster

Customise your skincare. Focus your results with our NEW Intraceuticals+ Boosters ($49 USD Each).  These are four powerful, targeted additives to use alone or combine with Daily Serum as revive, the first step in 3 step hyaluronic layering. The different boosters are:

Collagen + Booster — Restore, Tighten, Volume

Vitamin C+3 Booster — Smooth, Brighten, Strengthen

Antioxident + Booster — Detox, Revitalise, Balance

Vitamin A + Booster — Regenerate, Clarify, Refine

What I think:  These Boosters are great either with or without being mixed with a serum.  They are perfect when you have a targeted skin need.  I especially love the Collagen one to tighten my skin and the Vitamin C+3 one to brighten my skin tone.  Great skin treatments.  Purchase at www.intraceuticals.com.

AVON ANEW CLINICAL Pro Line Eraser Treatment

Introducing Avon Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser with patented A-F33 (Amino-Fill 33) ($39.99 USD)—the anti-aging breakthrough of the decade! A-F33 works unlike potent anti-agers AHA, retinol, injectable collagen. The look of deep wrinkles begin to fade in just one week. 100% of women showed visible improvement in fine wrinkles in 2 weeks. Over time, 27% improvement in the appearance of fine and deep wrinkles. Designed to work with any ANEW skin care regimen to help optimize results. TO USE: In AM and PM, apply to cleansed face and neck avoiding the eye area. Follow with ANEW moisturizer.

What I think: This is a wonderful — and affordable — anti-aging serum! I love how potent it is, but also it is quite gentle and soothing.  It is designed to work with ANEW skincare, but I have found it is working with all of the fab products that I have been using. I have notices that is smooths my skin and has helped even out the tone and the wrinkles around my eyes.  I have tried a LOT of expensive skincare and do believe that this is as good as any of the luxury serums I have tried.

Purchase at www.shopavon.com.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel ($16.99 USD). I received this free from BzzAgent to try (www.bzzagent.com to sign up!).  Apply Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel every night, and leave it on all night. Your skin will absorb the lightweight formula for almost immediate results:

  • Overnight: See smoother, hydrated skin
  • In 1 week: See brighter skin
  • In 4 weeks: Spots and imperfections are significantly reduced

Created with Garnier’s innovative Glycolic Vitamin C Complex, the leave-on peel gently speeds exfoliation to fade spots and reveal smoother, brighter and remarkably more even-toned skin.

What I think:  I like the ease of this affordable overnight peel.  Just smooth on clean skin and leave on overnight.  No rinsing needed.  It is a little irritating on my sensitive skin, so I don’t use it every night.  Just a couple of days a week.  I have noticed that my spots are a little lighter and I am sure they will improve the more I use it.

Available at mass market retailers near you and learn more at www.garnier.com

Mineral Fusion Mattifying Oil Control Facial Moisturizer

Mattifying Oil Control Facial Moisturizer ($18 USD) — Lightweight moisturizer that helps control excess oil for a shine-free, matte finish while delivering skin perfecting, natural age-defense. Magnesium, Copper and Zinc stimulate skin cells’ production of energy, which encourages new cell creation for revitalized, younger-looking skin. These minerals also provide antioxidant defense against damaging free radicals.

Application of this clinically-tested, anti-wrinkle peptide promotes collagen production, which firms the skin by strengthening structural support within cells. Regular use results in visibly smoother, more supple skin. Free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, articial colors and synthetic fragrances. 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals.

What I think:  I like using this moisturizer in the morning because it is oil-free and keeps my skin matte and soft all day.  It also has a very nice scent.  I love that it includes minerals and is actually good for my skin!

You can purchase Mineral Fusion at www.mineralfusion.com

Freeze 24 7 Arctic Lift Firming Neck Cream

Freeze 24/7 Arctic Lift Firming Neck Cream ($95 USD) — Get high altitude for your neck with this luxuriously rich lifting cream that instantly hydrates, tightens and firms neck and chest area. ArcticLift™ smooths away imperfections and plumps up skin for a lifted, toned and youthful appearance. Formulated with Rejuvelle, a proprietary cactus pectin with amazing water binding properties, to immediately hydrate and fill sagging neck skin. Skin’s texture is perfected and strengthened, firmed and lifted.

What I think:  I have only been using this for about a week, but I love it!  With the first use, my skin felt firmer and every day I use it, my neck gets a little less saggy (the joys of aging)!  With regular use, this is so effective and a great product to have in my anti-aging arsenal!

Learn more and purchase at www.freeze247.com.

Vitaphenol Skincare Collection

Getting to the root of wrinkles through an innovative and proprietary combination of high-potency natural antioxidants and medically-directed compounds, the Vitaphenol skin care line targets discerning women who are looking to avoid invasive cosmetic procedures.

“While it’s true that most women don’t enjoy the aging process, the key is to take good care of skin. Exclusive, potent and powerful Vitaphenol appeals to women who understand the power of phenomenal skin and are willing to do something about it. It’s a premium top-of-the-line brand for the type of woman who is committed to aging with beauty and who demands exceptional skin care that actually works,” said Tricia Buenvenida, VP/Brand Director at SciDerma Medical, the specialty cosmeceutical and dermatology company which holds the exclusive U.S. sub-license for the Vitaphenol skin care collection.

The formulation was created by a world-renown dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon using a mix of scientifically-advanced compounds with naturally effective anti-aging remedies in each of the products. At the heart of all the products is the Vitaphenol Complexä, a unique blend of four naturally-derived AHAs: white and green tea extracts, mangosteen, and pomegranate. When combined, they rejuvenate and protect the skin.

The Vitaphenol skincare collection consists of seven products, ranging from $45 for the Ultra Daily Gentle Cleanser and Anti-Aging Toner to $195 for the Cellustructure Rejuvenating Serum (CRS). Dermatologists have used CRS as the cornerstone of skincare for their patients. CRS features the recombinant growth factor, TGF-beta 1 (transforming growth factor), known to increase collagen synthesis, which restores the structural integrity of the skin and controls inflammation, and encourage elastin production for smooth, velvety skin.

CRS is supported by published clinical studies, with 58% of patients noticing an improvement in wrinkles, and 68% of patients noticing an improvement in skin texture after its use. The recommended Vitaphenol regimen consists of a using a 4-step/4-product system, and the product combinations differ according to dry, oily, normal, and acne-prone skin.

What I think: I have been testing the Ultra-Gentle Daily Cleanser ($45 USD), the Anti-Aging Toner ($45 USD), the Oil-Free Anti-Aging Serum ($95 USD), Cellustructure Rejuvenating Serum ($195 USD) and the Daily Fortified Moisturizer ($95 USD).

I am loving this system.  Especially the very gentle cleanser, the oil free serum and the moisturizer.  They are all so gentle on my skin.  I have only used the Cellustructure serum a few times as it irritates my skin a bit.  But the rest of the products are effective anti-aging skincare that work so well with my skin.  All I really need to use is an SPF on top of the daily moisturizer and I am good to go!  I am seeing younger-looking skin with this system!

Learn more and purchase at www.vitaphenol.com.

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Give The Gift Of Great Skin For The Holidays

This time of year you can find skincare sets to stock up for yourself or for others who would appreciate such a fab gift!  The products below are all anti-aging powerhouses!

Yes to Blueberries Brightening Bundle – Regularly $27.99 24.99 — Let the Yes To Blueberries Brightening Bundle perk up your face and help you fight the signs of aging at the same time.   The set includes the Daily Repairing Moisturizer and the Brightening Facial Towelettes. The  ‘Brightening Facial Towelettes’ are formulated with Blueberries and Coconuts to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin. The Daily Repairing Moisturizer is a powerful, non-greasy, daily moisturizer formulated with organic cotton thistle, clinically proven to hydrate age damaged skin and boost natural collagen production in 7 days along with anti-oxidant rich blueberries which helps fight free radicals that can damage skin’s surface. Purchase at www.yestocarrots.com and mass market retailers.

H2O Aqualibrium Illuminating Bio-Boost System ($55 USD) — Powerfully refreshing waters are the brightening force behind a serum and mist system that revives dull skin with a healthy boost of radiance with watermint-enriched water, Vitamin C, and grapefruit extracts.  The mist is refreshing and the serum is silky — plus they both smell fantastic! Purchase at www.h20plus.com and Ulta.

Intraceuticals Holiday Hydration Special ($89 USD) Rejuvenate Hydration Gel Instantly hydrates, providing a reservoir of nutrients to the skin which visibly address the signs of ageing. Works synergistically with Rejuvenate Daily Serum, dramatically enhancing skin appearance.

Holiday Hydration Special includes

  • 1 Rejuvenate Hydration Gel $89 BONUS
  • 1 Hydrating Spritz $25
  • 1 Moisture Binding Cream 15mL $49
  • 1 Holiday Gift Bag

Total Retail Value – $163 You Save $75! Visit www.intraceuticals.com to learn more and purchase.

Avon Anew Ultimate Gift Set ($69)- Includes Night Cream (1.7 oz.), Day Cream (1.7 oz.), Body Cream (6.7 oz.), Day Cream (.5 oz.), and Night Cream (.5 oz.). The perfect gift for the Skin Care enthusiast who wants healthy, younger looking skin.  Purchase at www.avon.com. Enjoy!

Need To Demolish Deep Wrinkles? Try Avon ANEW Platinum!

If you are over 60 or are experiencing advanced signs of aging, Avon has released the perfect skincare line for you — ANEW Platinum.   This line claims to help lift the skin and reduce the look of deep wrinkles.  It includes cleanser, day and night creams, a serum and an eye and lip cream.  Everything you need for your skin to look and feel better as it matures.  Here are a couple of products I tested:

ANEW PLATINUM Day Cream SPF 25 ($38.00 USD) — Claims to dramatically reduce the look of deep wrinkles and visibly reshapes the neck for a more youthful look.* Formulated with patented Paxillium Technology to help restore youthful cell shape, while Radiescent Microspheres help to immediately counteract dullness and help restore radiant skin. 92% agree it restores youthful color and radiance to skin.** In 1 day, skin of the delicate neck area looks firmed and feels lifted and supported all day. In 4 weeks, 74% agree it dramatically reduces the look of deep wrinkles and visibly reshapes neck for a more youthful look.** To use: In the morning, smooth evenly over cleansed face and neck. 1.7 fl. oz*Over a 4 week time period. **Based on women who expressed an opinion in a consumer-perception study.

ANEW PLATINUM Eye & Lip Cream ($36.00 USD) — The 1st eye & lip treatment formulated with Paxillium Technology to boost the production of Paxillin by 60% to help restore youthful cell shape. 77% saw more youthful definition in the eye & lip areas.* .5 fl. oz.

For eyes:  In 3 days, 88% agree skin around eye area looks and feels more elastic. In 2 weeks, 87% agree it smoothes the look of thin, wrinkled skin on eyelids.*

For lips: In 3 days, fills in the appearance of deep lines above and below lips.** In 2 weeks, 77% agree contour and shape of lips is visibly improved.*

Dual-tip precision applicator – rounded silvery tip helps cool and refresh eye area; flat tip evenly applies cream on and around lips.

*Based on women who expressed an opinion in a consumer-perception study. **Based on in-vitro testing on 3D reconstructed skin.

While I am not the target audience for these products, I found them soothing and extremely moisturizing.  I love that the day cream has an SPF of 25 — important for women of all ages.  The applicator for the eye and lip cream is so smart — I apply the product with the flat end and smooth it around my eyes or lips with the silver ball.

I do think that this would be a perfect — and fairly affordable — line for those over 60. Visit www.shop.avon.com to purchase.  Enjoy!

It’s Sunscreen Time — Try One of These Amazing Choices!

It’s almost summer, which means time to get out the sunscreen! Whether you are gardening, running errands or will be at the pool or beach all day, grab a new sunscreen for face, body or even hands and enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin!

Avon ANEW SOLAR ADVANCE Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 45 (Reg. $34.00, Sale $24.00) Sun exposure can cause visible signs of aging. UV Rays penetrate skin’s surface, damaging DNA and creating harmful superoxide free radicals that attack skin cells. The best protection is to avoid sun exposure. When this isn’t possible, broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must to help protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Formulated with RepairShield™ Technology. Dramatically reduces the look of wrinkles and visibly diminishes discolorations. Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Lightweight, quick-absorbing. Very water-resistant. 2.6 oz. net wt.

Also available is ANEW SOLAR ADVANCE Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 30 (Reg. $34.00, Sale $24.00).  Visit www.youravon.com/brittbowman to learn more and purchase.

If you would like to try a newer brand that has received a lot of praise — Supergoop! uses the latest technology to provide easy-to-use sunscreen options. Some I have tried are:
   
Supergoop! SPF 30+ Lip Balms (AcaiFusion and MintFusion) $8.50  USD) Toss those low SPF formulas and grab these unique SPF 30 lip balm solutions! They protect against broad-spectrum UV rays in a super-antioxidant and regenerative formulation.
Supergoop! SPF 30+ Sunscreen Swipes ($34.00 (for 21 individually wrapped swipes) $34.00 (for a pack of 40 swipes) $10.00 (for a pack of 8 swipes)  An extension of their ever-so-popular 40 count and 8 count swipe packs, these soft, pre-moistened, paraben-free and water-resistant swipes, that deliver powerful UV protection for the face and body, are now available in individually wrapped packets – to keep it easy for you and your little ones to stay covered on the go!
 
Supergoop! SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion Spray ($19.50 USD) A favorite among both men and women everywhere for its incredibly “clean” formula, this lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen lotion is great for all skin types, and is now available in a convenient, TSA-approved 3 oz. spray bottle for a broader application range!
 
Supergoop!’s NEW summer 2011 Collection is available for purchase at Sephora/Sephora.com, Nordstrom/Norstrom.com, Barneys NY/Barneys.com andwww.Supergoop.com.
 
Hissyfit Body Double body moisturizer plus SPF 30+ ($38.00 USD) The singular Body Double. Enjoy a luxurious body moisturizer that cares for the body in so many different ways – protecting against sun damage, fighting free radicals and hydrating precious skin. Rich in anti-oxidants, it also contains broad spectrum SPF 30+ protection to guard against UVA/UVB rays and environmental damage while enveloping your skin with an energizing fragrance.
 
Another neat product from Hissyfit is the Handy Work Hand Cream ($22.00 USD) This is a decadent hand cream containing moisturizing ingredients and sun protection all in one. Its advanced formula relieves dryness and delivers intense hydration, nourishes with Vitamin E and aloe extracts, and provides broad spectrum protection from environmental damage with SPF 30. The beautiful orange mint fragrance pampers the senses with every use. Visit www.hissyfit.com to learn more. Enjoy!

Avon Anew

Avon is a trusted brand that has been around for quite awhile. Their ANEW line targets anti-aging and is very highly rated. I have recently tested two Avon ANEW products, the ANEW ALTERNATIVE Intensive Age Treatment SPF 25 Day and the  ANEW Ultimate Night Gold Emulsion.

The Avon ANEW ALTERNATIVE Intensive Age Treatment SPF 25 Day ($32.00) is a combo moisturizer and sunscreen. I like that the SPF is 25 and that the cream absorbs fairly quickly. Unfortunately, unless I use a tiny bit, it leaves my face greasy. I think it will be good in the winter time, when my face is dry and flaky.  The scent is a little strong, but it is easy to get used to.

The Avon ANEW Ultimate Night Gold Emulsion ($34.00) is a sheer gel that is absorbed right into the skin. This product contains Pro-Sirtuin TX Technology to stimulate sirtuin youth proteins for healthier cells, and activate remodeling proteins to help restructure and strengthen skin and Gold Polypeptide Complex to help replenish skin’s moisture reserves and maintain its youthful structure.

Avon claims that this will help you look 5 years younger in 14 days or your money back! I think that’s a good deal. I used this product for approximately 10 days and I saw a big difference, especially that my skin tone was more even and the skin around my eyes was smoother and brighter. My under-eye circles were lighter. I highly recommend this product because it worked for me and because there is no risk, with the money back guarantee.

Visit local Kansas City Avon Representative Heidi Walker’s website at http://www.youravon.com/hwalker to purchase and to  learn more about these products.