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?

Get Your Skin Ready For Fall Part 3 — Luxury Skincare

Part 3?  Yes!  I have received for my honest review and have been testing so many great skincare products this late summer and early fall!

I would classify the following products as luxury skincare.  They are perfect for when you want to splurge on your anti-aging skincare regimen and try something new!

ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub
ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub

ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($49 USD) Prep yourself for the cold weather ahead and repair your summer sun damage with a one-step skin savior, ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub. The fan favorite uses smooth, round beads and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) to gently remove dead skin cells and unclog pores without causing irritation. This unique dual-exfoliation action is scientifically formulated to promote cell renewal and collagen production to improve the appearance and texture of skin, while helping to minimize wrinkles, acne and sun damage.

What I think: This exfoliator is great for all skin types, even sensitive skin.  To use, apply to face and keep on for a minute or two before you scrub and rinse.  Skin will be super smooth afterwards!

Available at www.SkinStore.com

L'Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence
L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence

L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence ($52 USD)  A fresh, sheer, first-step formula which helps to correct skin irregularities and reduce redness. Skin’s texture appears visibly refined, pores quickly feel tighter and skin looks more radiant.

What I think: I love the light texture of this serum.  It immediately smooths the skin and helps reduce my redness.  It also has a light floral scent.

You can purchase at usa.loccitane.com.

MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum
MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum

MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum ($185 USD) Need to revive your skin’s natural glow and vanish your exhausted eye wrinkles? MitoQ is a new anti-aging serum that delivers antioxidants to the mitochondria of each cell at an unmatched level of efficacy, allowing it to heal and prevent fine lines and wrinkles and correct other skin concerns like blemishes, discoloration, brown spots and scarring. Its key component is the mitoquinol molecule, a patented ingredient that is proven to be 1,000 times stronger than any other antioxidant on the market. Skin looks radiant and hydrated within one day, noticeably softer within three days and younger with less fine lines and wrinkles within 30 days.

What I think: This serum feels like more of a light moisturizer than a serum.  It quickly absorbs into the skin.  I used it for the 30 days recommended and it did make my skin softer and helped my forehead wrinkles almost disappear!

Available at www.MitoQ.com

L'Occitane Divine Lotion
L’Occitane Divine Lotion

L’Occitane Divine Lotion ($54): A super-charged toner that combines the unique anti-aging properties of everlasting immortelle flowers with the boosted effectiveness of 7 plant-derived ingredients. With its rich texture and subtle aromatic scent of fresh immortelle flowers, this softening lotion gives skin an immediate sensation of supreme comfort and leaves it feeling deliciously supple.  Use before applying Divine Extract and Divine Cream.

What I think: This beauty lotions feels so nice on the skin and smells amazing!  I love the natural ingredients and how calming this is.  Use this before serum and moisturizer.

You can purchase at usa.loccitane.com.

Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum
Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum

Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum ($346 USD) This blend of Resveratrol, Vitamin C  (Ascorbic Acid), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and the hydrating ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate, work as a magnificent formulation to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This serum will leave your skin feeling softer, looking more radiant and refreshed.

What I think: Talk about luxury!  This serum may be too spendy for most of our budgets, but if you want a real splurge, here it is!  This silky serum sinks into the skin.  I have only used it for a few days, but I am hoping for some great results!

Available at www.vinevera.com

myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream
myBODY myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream

myBODY myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream  ($145 USD) This intensive bioactive moisturizing cream helps correct and protect a compromised skin barrier while reducing redness to visibly bring youth, vitality and radiance to excessively dry, aging and sensitive skin. myHERO Ultra Rich  Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream instantly helps to simulate collagen production, lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving your skin feeling soft and comforted.

What I think: I have been using this as a night cream for my sensitive skin.  It does reduce redness and help it feel softer.

This cream can be purchased at www.lovemybody.com

Enjoy!

Effective Skin Care For Anti-Aging Skin Troubles!

I review a lot of anti-aging skin care.  I love being able to review different products and the fact that I will be 45 this year (I know), I feel the need to try as much as I can for my awesome readers as well as myself!

Unfortunately, aging does not only show itself in wrinkles.  There are so many wonderful (ha!) skin problems that we encounter as we age such as enlarged pores, redness, sensitivity and dark spots.

Most of the products below help more than one symptom of aging skin and may help you look even more radiant than you do now!

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate
Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate ($75  USD) — Formulated with Alguronic Acid and multi-perfecting ingredients (salicylic acid, oligosaccharides), this oil-free serum has a unique lightweight texture that instantly tightens pores, smoothes roughness and refines skin texture. Enlarged pores and discoloration are visibly reduced for a more even, radiant complexion.

What I think:  This is a very light serum that instantly absorbs into the skin and leaves it feeling smooth, but not tight.  I notice that on my first use of both this and the Gel Moisturizer below, my skin looked smoother and now that I have been using them about once a day for a few weeks my pores are less noticeable.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer
Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer ($65 USD) — Formulated with Alguronic Acid and multi-perfecting ingredients (salicylic acid, oligosaccharides), this oil-free gel-cream absorbs quickly to lock in moisture, smoothes away roughness and brightens dull skin. Enlarged pores are visibly reduced for a more radiant and smooth complexion.

What I think:  I love Algenist anyway, such fab breakthrough formulations!  They always make my skin look great.  And the older I get, the bigger my pores get — so these products have been greatly helping my complexion!  My skin looks smoother and pores are less noticeable.  This is a light get that leaves skin soft.

Learn more and purchase at www.algenist.com.

Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash

Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash ($12.95 USD) Cleansing removes the dirt, oil and impurities from your skin before bed. However, you don’t want your cleanser to strip too much from your skin. Dermatologist developed, this nourishing, non-irritating formula is suitable for the most sensitive of skins. Rapidly absorbed and non-greasy, it restores your skin’s natural balance of pH 5.5, providing natural protection from the elements.

What I think:  My skin becomes more and more sensitive as the years pass.  Some skincare is so strong that I just smell it and my face gets red and irritated!  This was is gentle to use all over the body.  It soothes my skin and definitely does not irritate!

Sebamed Q10 Cream

Sebamed Q10 Cream ($29.95 USD) 28 days to a visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Efficacy and excellent skin tolerance clinically tested. It is a known scientific fact that the skin begins to age as early as 21, becoming more delicate and sensitive in the process. Consequent skin care management is the imperative prophylaxis to prolong the youthful vitality and appearance of your skin. sebamed Research & Development formulated Q10 Protection to support the natural metabolic processes and receptivity of the skin to facilitate its regeneration.
The active ingredients in Sebamed Anti-Ageing Q10 Protection are absorbed optimally by the skin to promote its equilibrium. Co-enzyme Q10 is an important catalyst, which activates the metabolism of oxygen in the cells. Its production in the skin decreases noticeably from the age of 30. Panthenol supports the regeneration process of the skin cells. Vitamin E neutralizes free-radicals caused by environmental contaminants and UV radiation, which cause premature ageing. It reduces fine lines and protects the cellular elasticity against other age-related changes in the skin.
What I think:  This is a great anti-aging cream for those with sensitive skin.  Unfortunately, many anti-aging products irritate my skin.  This does not.  And it keeps my skin smooth, hydrated and has helped reduce some of my fine lines (I don’t have deep lines yet.  Probably because I use so much anti-aging products, LOL)!
Sebamed Q10 Lifting Eye Cream
Sebamed Q10 Lifting Eye Cream ($29.95 USD) — Averaging 32% reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 28 days. Co-enzyme Q10 production in the skin decreases noticeably from the age of 30. Replenishing this essential catalyst activates cells’ natural energy metabolism for more youthful skin function. Naturally protects the elasticity of the very delicate skin of the eye area.

Phytopeptides combined with mucopolysaccharides provide intensive moisture. The valuable, natural lipid resources of shea butter, avocado and almond oils smooth the skin. Natural bisabolol soothes irritation in this highly sensitive area. The physiological pH value of 5.5 safeguards the natural barrier function of the skin.

What I think:  This eye cream is extremely moisturizing and soothing on the delicate eye skin.  I think this is a good one for women of all ages.

This and the other Sebamed products are available on www.sebamedusa.com.

Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask

Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65 USD) — The Instant Revitalizing Mask is the ideal coach for the skin: it delivers the nutrients necessary for hydration and regeneration while teaching it to breathe, stock up on energy and optimize its oxygen resources in rarefied conditions. The benefits are:

  • Optimize oxygen resources for a lasting youthful glow
  • Stimulates energy production
  • Controls oxidation reactions
  • Smoother skin

Apply twice a week on cleansed dry skin. Let mask activate and dissolve after several minutes, rinse face and follow with Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum and Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture.

What I think:  I love this mask!  It is really fun to use as the product appears in three states on your skin.  first you apply it as a light-colored cream, then it foams up and finally dissolves and is clear on the face.  You then wash it off and skin is smooth and clear!  Fab!

Purchase at www.radicalskincare.com.

mybody Youth Overnight

Youth Overnight Anti-Aging Night Repair Cream ($110 USD) — replenishes dehydrated, dry and mature skin with essential hydrators and nourishing moisturizers.  The benefits are:

• Helps firm, tighten and increase skin thickness

• Skin appears lifted and firmer with fewer lines and wrinkles

• mySBP-189 helps reset the body’s skin-renewal process, while safflower oil helps maintain elasticity in the skin

What I think:  Anti-aging powerhouse here!  Smooth on this gentle cream at night and wake up to smooth, glowing skin!  This really softens my skin each night.  My main problem with my combination, aging skin is that it always looks dull, so I need to exfoliate often and moisturize every day.  This gives me clear and glowy skin every day.  Love it!

mybody Youthifeye

mybody Youthifye Anti-Aging Eye Treatment ($95 USD) — All-in-one protective, soothing and anti-aging eye treatment that reduces dark circles and under-eye puffiness.  Benefits are:

• Instantly lifts and revitalizes the look of tired eyes

• Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

• myR2X, an innovative retinol complex provides faster results with less irritation, reduces melanin and stimulates collagen production

What I think:  I swear this eye cream has reduced my dark eye circles!  I don’t look as sleepy as I used to (and I am still sleepy)!  It is a thick, but not greasy cream that is quickly absorbed into the skin around the eye.  So soothing and hydrating!

Learn more at www.lovemybody.com

Enjoy!

*Disclaimer — I was sent these products free for testing and my honest opinion!*

Bath and Body Holiday Gift Guide

It’s holiday gift guide time!  I have been testing and enjoying some fabulous gift sets that I want to share with you.  Beauty sets are such wonderful ideas for holiday gifts.  Here are some of my favorite bath and body sets:

Liz Earle Botanical Body Treats

Liz Earl Botanical Body Treats ($31 USD) — This soothing botanical bodycare delivers daily radiance with a delicate, uplifting fragrance. Includes Sheer Gold Shimmer for a touch of seasonal magic when the occasion demands it.

This gift is presented in a gorgeous signature blue box with a festive purple sleeve.

Visit http://us.lizearle.com to learn more and purchase

VMV Hypoallergenics Yule Love the Bubbles Kit

VMV Hypoallergenics Yule Love the Bubbles Kit ($15.00 at vmvhypoallergenics.com starting November): Ideal for the jet-setter or the bath-time enthusiast, this creamy bath set features three of VMV’s gentlest, yet luxurious bath essentials (each in TSA-compliant sizes).  The set includes: Essence Skin-Saving Clark Wash Hair + Body “Big Softie” Shampoo – SLS, SLES and Allergen-Surfactant Free, this cleanser gently removes dirt without stripping hair and skin of their moisture. Essence Skin-Saving Conditioner – Rinses clean without leaving behind any dulling residue.  Hair is left with a renewed bounce while also preventing acne and rashes on the scalp, face and body. Essence Skin-Saving Clear + Clean Body Soap –Enriched with light, skin-friendly oils and glycerin, this gentle soap is ideal for all skin types and helps prevent body acne and skin imperfections.

Kai Travel Set

Kai Travel Set ($49 USD) — A reusable natural hemp bag filled with an assortment of Kai’s most alluring product combination, in travel-approved 2 oz. bottles: the recently released shampoo and conditioner, lavish body wash, luxurious bathing bubbles, soothing body lotion, and a vial of our perfume oil. Give the gift of relaxation to your special someone this holiday season with Kai’s travel-sized collection of products, all fragranced with Kai’s light and intoxicating blend of a gardenia top note wrapped in white exotics.

Purchase at http://www.b-glowing.com/kai-travel-set.

Gianna Rose The Monogram Collection

Gianna Rose The Monogram Collection ($22 Hand Wash, $11 Bar Soap), A personalized gift always makes a statement. Add a high-end touch to any kitchen or bath with a personalized bar soap or liquid hand wash. Infused with natural ingredients and scented with Green Tea and Bergamot, The Monogram Collection will make a sophisticated and thoughtful gift for anyone on your list.

Available letters: A, B, C, D, E, G, J, K, L, M, R & S

Available at www.GiannaRose.com

MyBody Pamper Me

MyBody Pamper Me ($80 USD) — Includes a probiotic shower gel + probiotic lotion for the perfect fragrant layering experience

  • formulated with body-compatible ingredients including immune-boosting probiotics
  • each luxurious formula creates an uplifting sensory experience
  • custom aromatic essences evoke feelings of well-being
  • available in Rose Chamomile, Revitalizing Citrys Coconut and Energizing Bergamot Lime.

Available exclusively through medical offices; go to www.lovemybody.com to find a location near you.

Melvita Rose Gift Set

‘Tis the season of supremely soft and supple skin. This holiday, pamper your loved ones with lush, moisturizing formulas from Melvita, France’s number one, organic-certified beauty brand. Choose from two gorgeous gift sets, housed in decorative packaging featuring Ryan McGinley prints, which feature some of the most popular offerings from Melvita’s Rose skincare line. And for that someone special on your list, give the gift of a luscious, hydrated pout with the covetedHoney Lips gloss.

The Rose Gift Set ($45 USD) includes:

  • ·        Rose Nectar (40 ml): An ultra-lightweight, sheer cream enriched with essential fatty acids, Rose Nectar infuses cheeks with a rosy flush that lasts all day. Developed with rose floral water, rose hip oil and wild rose petal extract, this luxurious formula conditions and nourishes fragile, dehydrated skin.
  • ·        Rose Shower Gel (200 ml): Lather up with this sweet-smelling blend of rose seed milk, rosehip seed oil and rose floral water that softens and soothes skin. The gentle formula is enhanced with natural fragrances, and preserves the moisture balance of even the most delicate skin.
  • ·        Rose Hand Cream (30 ml): Formulated with castor oil to strengthen skin, this ultra-hydrating cream combines rose floral water, rose seed milk and wild rose petal extract to moisturize your hands and condition your cuticles for primped and pretty results.

Available atwww.usa.melvita.com and through leading online beauty retailers.

Enjoy your gift giving! I will be back in a day or two with other great gift ideas!

What beauty gifts are you giving this year?