Skincare: Get a Good Glow as You Transition Into Spring

It was over 60 degrees in Kansas City last week…no I am not joking!  It was crazy…crazy good!

It is cooler again today, highs are in the 40’s — but the temperature swing really got me thinking about spring.  I need to get my skin ready for sun and going outside.

I have been piling serums and moisturizers on my skin all winter and while it is looking okay, I really need to get it back into shape.

Below are some perfect products to get skin clean, polished and glowing.

NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit
NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit

NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit (Approximately $9.99 USD) — line delivers a refreshing blast of 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. Available in five formulas, the Pink Grapefruit line offers pre-moistened Cleansing Wipes, Facial Cleanser, Foaming Scrub, Cream Cleanser and Body Wash.

What I think: I have been trying the Foaming Scrub.  I love using this to help exfoliate and clear my skin on oiler days.  I think it would be perfect for people with acne-prone skin! Plus, February is National Grapefruit Month, and this is a great way to get a daily dose of that fruit!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Garnier® Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser For Combination Skin
Garnier® Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser For Combination Skin

Garnier® Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser For Combination Skin ($5.99 USD) — Combination skin types have different cleansing needs in order to look and feel their best. Often, the wrong face cleansers are used  for the concerns specific to combination skin and as a result, skin does not get the right care it needs. CUSTOMIZED CLEANSING: Garnier CLEAN + Purifying Foam Cleanser effectively cleanses and purifies skin without overdrying. SKIN TYPE SPECIFIC CARE: Garnier Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser’s formula, infused with antioxidants from grapefruit and pomegranate, softens and balances skin. Oil free.

What I think:  This gentle foaming cleanser has become my daily night time cleanser.  It takes off my makeup in the evening and does not dry out my skin.  It also has a soft, fresh scent and foams up nicely!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

X8™ Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar
X8™ Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar

Pur Attitude X8™ Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar ($42.50 USD)– Creates a customized cleanser to exfoliate dull, dead skin. It refines pores, retexturizes, revitalizes and smoothes skin. The beads are self-adjusting to prevent over-exfoliation.

In a 28 day consumer study:

  • 88% reported minimized pores
  • 94% reported improved skin smoothness
  • 96% reported improved skin radiance
  • 100% reported gentle, non-irritating

What I think:  The instructions for this product say to add some to your favorite cleanser and apply to face.  That’s what I have been doing, and I really have been noticing results such as my pores appear smaller and my face looks smoother!

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line delivers a refreshing blast of 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. Available in five formulas, the Pink Grapefruit line offers pre-moistened Cleansing Wipes, Facial Cleanser, Foaming Scrub, Cream Cleanser and Body Wash.
From the Lab

For gorgeous skin, try the From the Lab subscription service.  I have just tested their January selections. This two-product box contains a powerhouse of anti-aging ingredients that will wake up skin even in the coldest of temperatures. The first product, Beauty Elixir No. 602 is loaded with superior actives, including the ingredient never before used in the United States: Nicotiana Sylvestris Stem Cell Peptide. This all-natural peptide provides defense against not just one skin concern, but multiple! The Beauty Elixir No. 602 not only improves skin tone, but reduces the appearance of wrinkles and strengthens skin to prevent environmental damage.

From the Lab doesn’t stop there – they’ve taken the benefits from the Beauty Elixir No. 602 even further and included an Eye Serum No. 603 to help stimulate circulation and alleviate dark circles. Containing caffeine to help reduce under-eye puffiness, the Eye Serum No. 603 is the finishing touch to the perfect skincare duo!

From the Lab works with the best cosmetic labs in the world to bring customers one, two or three full-sized sample products with the most unique, never-before used ingredients up to 18-months before they hit shelves. June’s Face Primer No. 327 and Eye Primer No. 328 recently launched in European Store Rogue Bunny Rogue for a combined price of $80, but From the Lab customers got the exclusive on these products for just $19.95! You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to get today’s beauty products – get the best of the best first with From the Lab!

Monthly Subscription Price: $29.95

What I think:  I have been using both products.  My favorite has been the eye serum as it smoothes and de-puffs the skin around my eyes. I have been seeing results after using the face serum as well, but it does irritate my sensitive skin a bit.  So I use it every other night and it has been working perfectly!

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Garnier® Ultra-lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector For All Skin Tones
Garnier® Ultra-lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector For All Skin Tones

Garnier® Ultra-lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector For All Skin Tones ($14.99 USD)– As skin ages, wrinkles and loss of firmness occur, and skin begins to look less smooth and less luminous. Some anti-aging creams take time to help correct the signs of aging, but you want to see a more immediate transformation. With breakthrough transforming technology, Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector provides a double transformation. The auto-adjusting texture transforms on contact with skin for immediate correction and brightening. It releases micro-pigments that instantly adjust to any skin tone whether you are fair, medium, or deep, making skin flawless, smooth and radiant. Over time, the formula with Pro-Retinol from Nature boosts natural cell renewal while actually protecting skin’s surface moisture barrier, to help prevent dryness* so wrinkles are reduced and firmness is restored.

What I think: LOVE this product!  I have been using it over face serum in the morning as it moisturizes and is a great SPF.  But the way it instantly evens out my skin tone is almost like magic!  My pores appear smaller and the redness is minimized.  I haven’t used it long enough to see the long-term benefits, but I will!

Available at mass market retailers.

Vemma Renew
Vemma Renew

At only 45 calories and made with natural sweeteners, Vemma Renew is an ultra-premium nutritional beverage that provides the essential nutrients needed to maintain overall health and well-being. This flavorful, caffeine-free, non-carbonated drink is packed with antioxidants and features 2 ounces of the clinically studied Vemma formula along with 20 mg of silica, which is known to help maintain healthy skin, nails and hair. Along with Silica, Vemma Renew contains anti-aging properties and a formula that supports collagen production, which gives Renew the added benefit of appealing to consumers looking for a healthy approach to beauty from the inside out.

2oz of the clinically studied Vemma formula

  • 20mg of plant-sourced silica known to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair
  • Anti-aging and immune boosting properties
  • Supports collagen production
  • Only 45 calories and 5g of all-natural sweeteners
  • A non-carbonated, refreshing fruit flavor
  • Caffeine free and non-GMO
  • No artificial flavors and colors or high fructose corn syrup

What I think:  I have tried a couple of cans of this drink and I think it is an interesting idea — drinking your skin and hair care!  It has a sweet, fruity taste and I can see a person drinking a can a day to stay healthy.  I didn’t see any immediate results by drinking a couple of cans of the drink, but it would be a good supplement for anti-aging skin care.

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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 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

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.

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Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel ($16.99 USD). I received this free from BzzAgent to try ( 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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream

Garnier introduces Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector that immediately and effectively fulfills your skincare expectations. Save time worth just one multi-benefit product that combines advanced skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage.


  • Instantly – Skin looks naturally more even, radiant and smooth.
  • After just one use – 90% has a more even complexion, 93% saw a more healthy glow, 96% saw smoother skin.

BB Cream Innovation B.B. Cream (Beauty Balm Cream) is a hybrid formula that offers advanced skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage that is becoming popular all over the world.  It combines several beauty routine steps in one single product.

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector is a miracle all-in-one product with results you can see and feel instantly.  Skin appears airbrushed, beautifully smooth and even.  Its light-weight and comfortable texture blends perfectly into skin for a sheer flawless finish.  This all-in-one formula combines intense moisturizing skincare with vitamin C + Mineral Pigments for an instant skin transformation:

  • Renews radiance
  • Brightness complexion
  • Evens skin tone and blurs imperfections
  • Hydrates for 24-hours
  • Protects with SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen against harmful effects of the sun – the #1 cause of skin aging.

I really like the coverage this gives.  It evens skin tone and covers dark spots.  I like to use a little translucent powder (It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores) over it to cut the shine and give me a matte finish.  I also use a little concealer where needed, but the bb cream covers very well. I also love the SPF!

This can be purchased at mass-market retailers everywhere.  Learn more at