Posts Tagged ‘anti aging skin care’

Easy On the Eyes

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

I’m so excited to continue using this product! I just started a few days ago and I can honestly say this NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy is just what ‘eyes’ needed.  The texture is so light and easily absorbed with a slight refreshing  tingle upon application. It’s almost like I can feel it working.

There is no avoiding it, Crow’s Feet and other signs of aging eyes are inevitable. You can try the expressionless approach and avoid smiling, laughing, frowning and squinting, but since that is not very practical (or fun) there is another option.  Find the right product  that can help fend off these fine lines and quite obvious wrinkles.

NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy  is formulated with a combination of Apple Stem Cell Extract, Peptides, Vitamin E, NeoGlucosamine and Caffeine that works to correct all visible signs of aging for a lifted, firmer, younger appearance. It smooth’s Crow’s feet lines from the inside out.

The apple stem cell extract actually delays aging in skin stem cells. NeoGlucosamine, patented by NeoStrata,  gently exfoliates and supports the skin’s natural renewal process to smooth and plump the skin for a more lifted appearance. It also prevents a key enzyme in melanin formation reducing the appearance of uneven pigmentation.  Peptides stimulate the collagen production while Caffeine and Vitamin E provide antioxidant benefits and deflate puffiness.

I have confidence that over time this product will get the job done of eliminating wrinkles and puffiness resulting in noticeably younger looking eyes. This is by far one of my favorite eye treatments that I have come across. Did you get this in your Beautyfix kit?

Beautyfix Spotlight: Good as Gold: LaROCCA Skincare 24k C-Gold Reparative Primer

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Utilziing Gold as a skin care ingredient is becoming more and more popular and once you use it, you will know why. Cleopatra was said to sleep in a gold face mask every night as an anti-aging treatment to enhance her complexion and preserve its natural luminosity. I took this tip from Miss Cleopatra and started using a facial cleanser a few years ago that contains gold and let’s just say “I struck gold” with the discovery of using gold on skin. (Thanks Cleo!)

I have never felt or seen better results (aside from Vitamin C as an ingredient, which I’m also a big fan), so just imagine the power of Vitamin C and Gold together! MAGIC! At least, that’s what it seems like. In case you can’t tell, I’m very impressed with gold effects in regards to the skin.   Hence my excitement to try LaROCCA skincare 24k C-Gold Reparative Primer, as I’m already a big fan of their 24k Gold Vitamin Repair Mist SPF 15

With a potent dose of Vitamin C, antioxidants and infusion of 24k gold this primer does amazing things for the complexion. It is a lightweight gel that is great for treating and preventing sun damage and works to clarify, tighten, brighten, smooth and reduce the appearance of acne. And fear not, the gold contained in this product will not remain on the surface of the skin making you look like you just got off the pole after a hard night of dancing.  The gold absorbs well and works over several hours to infuse the skin with nutrients leaving you with a radiant glow.

It can be used under foundation as well as by itself. My face is smooth as silk after applying this product and amazingly greaseless.  The C -gold reparative primer not only primes your skin for your makeup but it also repairs and heals your skin. Science has shown that gold improves collagen growth and reduces the break-down of elastin. It also stimulates blood flow which results in increased -cell growth, leading to healthy, even skin. 

I try to make gold a staple ingredient in my skin care regimen, as I truly believe in the results. I use it, I see it and I feel the benefits that it provides. It makes skin appear and feel smoother, tighter, more firm, radiant and beautiful overall.  

Was this product part of your Beautyfix selection? Tell us what you think!

Beautyfix Spotlight: Elizabeth Grant Biocallasis Complex Total Regenration Ultimate Cellular Concentrate

Friday, July 1st, 2011

When we look for an anti-aging treatment, generally we just want it to make the wrinkles and pigmentation go away while smoothing away those blemishes with fingers crossed. Elizabeth Grant’s Biocollasis Complex Total Regeneration Ultimate Cellular Concentrate-quite the mouthful- not only does just that in seconds but it has cooling and anti-inflammatory benefits as well, so it’s perfect for summer. Sunburned anyone? Dab this on for instant relief! Since I’ve been using this and putting it to the test I truly believe it to be one of the best anti-aging products on the market.

What’s the scoop on Elizabeth Grant?

Her inspirational story starts in 1948 when her life changed forever. Being a victim of skin damage from World War II and embarrassed by her skin, she discovered a natural substance to treat her war wounds. The wonder ingredient behind Elizabeth Grant’s line is called Torricelumn, which is a form of kelp that can only be picked once a year for optimal results. It’s similar to human plasma and this natural ingredient is unmatched in its ability to delay aging, repair skin and infuse the skin with essential moisture. Each of Elizabeth Grant’s skin care products features this natural ingredient making it available for everyone to reap the benefits.

What I love about Biocallasis Complex Total Regeneration Ultimate Cellular Concentrate is how quickly it penetrates into your skin and its super moisturizing. I’ll be honest I’m a sucker for anything in a glass bottle with a dropper. I noticed an immediate different in my skin after applying the serum. After a few weeks of using it, I also noticed that skin look revived and my blemishes evened out. It genuinely repairs and works as a fantastic anti-aging treatment. If you picked it out in your kit, you’re in for a treat!

Beautyfix Spotlight: Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

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One thing that will never stop is the search for the best eye wrinkle cream. We’ve stressed this topic  so much but honestly, no one wants fine lines and wrinkles or sagging anywhere near their eyes. Because we’ve tried everything under the sun for eye wrinkles, it’s nice to find something like Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour, which really and truly does the job.  It’s never too early (or too late!) to start taking care of your skin and fight the signs of aging. A good way to start, if you haven’t already, is with a good eye cream to tackle the sagging, like this one.

This firming eye cream targets crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes, in addition to helping to build collagen and nix sagging. It’s packed with peptides, vitamins and hydrating ingredients to alleviate the look of eye wrinkles, all the while helping to reduce puffiness of stressed, tired eyes.

What we love the most about this product is how soft and bright it leaves the skin around our eyes. It’s great for anyone in need of a good facial pick-me-up. It’s also really hydrating—you can instantly feel that it’s doing its job as an eye care product. This eye cream goes on very well underneath makeup and smoothes on lightly, yet it lasts throughout the day. Using this product for 4 weeks will have you seeing a generous improvement in expression lines, brightness and skin tone. With good reason, we’re very excited to have this amazing under eye cream in the latest season and can’t wait to see how this beauty product will continue to help our glowing skin.

Advanced Vitamins for Healthy Glowing Skin

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

By Liz W
Everyone wants to be beautiful, and although we all have our own definition of what is attractive, having healthy, glowing skin is almost always on the list. No matter how strikingly gorgeous a person’s features are, if their skin looks bad, they won’t look good.

Vitamins for healthy skin

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You can use all the best products in the world, but the real secret to great skin is what you put in your body. Priori has come out with the perfect skin supplement to go along with their Alpha Hydroxy Acid skin care line. Priori’s Advanced AHA Dietary Supplement is an advanced formulation of nutrients and vitamins for healthy skin, that when taken daily, give skin everything it needs to look top notch.

These once-a-day supplements contain Lactic Acid, which is the key to optimal Hyaluronic Acid production. Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most vital pieces of the perfect skin puzzle. This superior humectant can hold over a thousand times its own weight in water, and keeps skin cells lubricated so they can more easily absorb nutrients, and heal themselves more quickly. Learn about Hyaluronic Acid at Priori’s website.

The supplements also provide you with your daily dose of omega-3s, which are one of the most important foods for healthy skin. Omega 3s are full of polyunsaturated fats, which help repair dry or flakey skin, and also reduce inflammation that can cause redness and even eczema.

When taken in combination with a healthy diet, these supplements can really boost your skin’s overall health and appearance.

Beautyfix Spotlight: Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

By Jenna

It’s no wonder that we can’t get enough of serums and eye creams—we’re not getting any younger. That’s why any time an innovative age-defying treatment comes our way, we’re the first to jump on it. Elemis happens to be one of the brands we’ve been dying to include in Beautyfix. It’s the leading British spa and skin care brand and is one of the most sought-after lines in the world. Their formulations were originally designed for professional use, using only the most effective anti-aging ingredients without synthetic preservatives. Inspired by the elegance of the French wine country, Elemis mixes antioxidants and grape seed polyphenols to protect against and reverse common signs of aging. Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream exceeded our expectations with flying colors, swiftly making its way into the last Beautyfix selection.

hydrating moisturizerAs I’ve said before, I’m a total serum and moisturizer junkie. Therefore, give me one and I’ll try it out, analyze if I need to, hoard it and then stock up. The Pro-Collagen Marine Cream didn’t disappoint; it was very much impressive. Any product that has marine ingredients automatically gets points in my book.  This one is formulated with marine extract padina pavonica to help reduce wrinkle depth up to 78% while increasing skin hydration by up to 45%. These two benefits will help to smooth skin while promoting suppleness, firmness and softness. Antioxidants help protect your skin against future free radical damage after each use.

This is a definite must try for anyone, but for someone with deeper lines, I’d recommend shelling out the clams to get a big jar of it. A European favorite is now a Beautyfix favorite, and if you grabbed it in your last kit it’ll be tra:)nsforming your skin. Use after cleansing and applying your regular serum daily, and in just a few weeks you’ll start to notice a difference.

Crazy for Cranberries! Antioxidant Rich at Home Skin Care Ingredient

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

By Jenna

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We’ve already covered pumpkin, now it’s time to get the best anti-aging skin care from an age-old seasonal ingredient: the cranberry. At home skin care treatments cover many bases by hydrating, tightening and moisturizing. When it comes to natural skin care, cranberries are great because they’re chock-full of antioxidants and safe for any skin type. The best part about using cranberries in your at home skin recipes? You can make them work in anything from a cleanser to a masque to a gommage. Love them or hate them, these seasonal berries are a must to incorporate into your skin care routine.

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Why do we need antioxidants in our skin care regimen? Every single day, our skin is under attack from pollutants, UV rays and more that cause free radicals. These free radical molecules are oxygen molecules that have lost an electron—and they’re out to steal yours to make up for it. Free radicals can cause skin damage including wrinkles, redness, pigmentation and lines. To combat free radicals, antioxidants come in and supply missing electrons, ultimately preventing damage and slowing down the aging process.  Cranberries will help rejuvenate your skin and are rich in Vitamins A, B3, B5 & C helping in collagen production. Because of the vitamin A and C content, cranberries will help increase cell turnover rate, while Vitamins B3 and B5 will provide moisture for your skin. Cranberries also are acidic, so they’re great for oily skin. This at home skin recipe for a cranberry cleanser is fabulous for any skin type and will leave you soft and glowing.

Cranberry Cleanser

  1. Puree ½ cup of cranberries
  2. Add ¼  teaspoon of honey or uncolored castile soap

Mix the blended cranberry, honey (or castile soap) together. It’ll be a little soupy, so make sure you have towels available. It helps to do this in the shower, because the mixture can get a little messy, plus the steam will help open up your pores before application. Rub into your skin in small, upward circles for about 2 minutes then rinse off with warm (not hot) water. Follow up with a moisturizer and you’re set for the day. Remember, cranberries are acidic, so they’ll also act as a toner for your skin, just don’t forget your moisturizer! If you don’t want the mess, you can always choose an already made creamy cranberry cleanser that’ll do the trick.

At Home Pumpkin Skin Care Recipes Perfect for Fall

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

By Jenna

You have to love fall and Halloween time because of the exciting costume ideas, the colors of the season and the beginning of the holiday season. One of my favorite fruits of the year is the pumpkin. It’s the perfect fall symbol, an amazing color of orange, it’s tasty—and it’s fun to carve. Fall is one of the BEST times to make your own at home skin care treatments because of the tasty delights and seasonal goodies that come around. What’s better is that natural skin care is always a great choice for you. Clear your appointments and save some time to pamper your skin with the tasty treat of pumpkin with these easy at home skin care recipes.

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There’s always that really icky part of carving a pumpkin, and it’s when you cut open the top and have to clean out the mucky insides. Naturally, you’ll throw it away or use it to make pie—totally justified, by the way. Before you decide to ditch the gross insides, stop, drop and save it! An at home skin treatment awaits! Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, C, E, Zinc and Beta-carotene, not to mention loaded with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). This makes it a very useful exfoliator that gets rid of dead skin cells naturally and, with some added extras, it becomes an antioxidant rich moisturizing masque. Take the pumpkin pulp and get your blender ready, that pumpkin puree is about to make your skin very happy.

Pumpkin Scrub

  1. Take about 5-6 teaspoons of pumpkin pulp and throw it into your blender.
  2. Push the button and get a puree-paste.
  3. Mix in 3-4 teaspoons of brown sugar
  4. Optional-add a teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil or lemon juice.

Mix ingredients together and apply it to your face and gently scrub in small, upward circles for a couple minutes. Rinse with water to remove. This at home skin treatment will slough off dead skin cells gently and naturally.

Pumpkin facial mask

  1. Take 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree and add 1-2 tablespoons of honey
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of milk (regular for oily skin or buttermilk for dry skin)
  3. Optional-add plain yogurt to mixture
  4. Spread paste onto your face and keep on for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with water.

*Be sure to make your mask thick enough that it’s not dripping off your face.

Both of these at home skin care recipes using natural pumpkin will leave your skin smooth and glowing. It’s a festive way to help get the most out of the seasons with the nature around you. Have fun with it, let the kids carve away and just remember, the pumpkin guts are going to a good cause. J

Nix the Nicotine

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

By Liz W

smoking effects on the skin

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It’s no secret that smoking is bad for our health, but many people fail to realize how smoking affects the skin. There are many factors that cause wrinkles, and smoking is definitely a culprit. Millions of well-informed people continue to smoke as the health risks they are faced with seem to be way off in the distant future. If you are looking for some motivation to quit smoking now (and the myriad health risks haven’t been enough incentive) think about how it affects your appearance. If you want to prevent wrinkles, put that cigarette down; not only will you look better, but your overall health will improve. Let your vanity help kick you into full-speed quitting gear.

Smoking effects on the skin and the aging process are very real. Even after a short time your skin can start to lose moisture and become chronically dry, as well as being depleted of vital nutrients and antioxidants that keep skin looking healthy and young. Smoking diminishes essential collagen and elastin in your skin too. There are skin care products that can improve collagen and elastin levels in the skin, but despite all of the efficacious beauty products that exist, nothing will reverse the severe damage that smoking causes. Ultimately, prevention is the best cure.

The constant pursing of the lips speeds up the formation of fine lines around the mouth, and the repetitive squinting and shutting of the eyes to avoid smoke exposure adds many more toes to those crow’s feet around them.

The only thing that speeds up aging of the skin more than smoking is sun damage. Smokers in their 30’s generally have as many wrinkles as non-smokers in their 50’s. This is because nicotine affects the way our blood vessels work and cause them to constrict, blocking a lot of the oxygen that is trying to reach your skin. The lack of oxygen on the skin’s surface is what causes the sallow, dull, smoker’s skin.

Quitting smoking is extremely hard, but so is waking up every day and being unsatisfied with your appearance. So if you want to stay looking young and beautiful for as long as possible it is in your best interest to nix the nicotine now!

Here are some helpful tools to help you quit smoking.

3 Steps to Younger Looking Skin

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

By Liz W

sun protection

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With age comes great wisdom, but unfortunately wisdom doesn’t come alone; and you might be considering a change in your skin care routine. Every year, another unwelcome candle finds its way to your birthday cake, and another even more unwelcome wrinkle appears on your smiling face. Anti aging skin care can make a huge difference in fighting the visible signs of aging. Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Chip Cole shares his skin care advice on the best things you can do keep your skin looking as youthful as possible.

Dr. Chip Cole, a quadruple board certified Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, who specializes in facial rejuvenation and eye and facial surgery, says the secret to slowing down the signs of aging is a three step process:

“Resurface, Rejuvenate and Protect.  Resurfacing your skin with a retinol will help to address and correct sun damaged skin, acne scarring and rough or coarse texture.  More than 90% off the sun damage we attribute to aging is the result of cumulative sun damage. Rejuvenate your skin by using a topical Vitamin C.  This will help reverse much of this sun damage and help protect your skin from further damage as well.  Protect your skin daily with a hydrating sunscreen.  I recommend a minimum of SPF30 (like Canyon Ranch Your Transformation  Protect UVA/UVB SPF 30 Facial Moisturizer) that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.” –Dr. Chip Cole.

There are other paths you can take when you suddenly stop looking forward to birthdays, and realize your youth is behind you. You can accept that you are growing older, and consider each new line on your face a sign of a happy smile-filled life, and stop caring about your appearance, as your best years have passed. Or, you can start caring for your skin in a way you know you should have been since the first time you noticed your lipstick was exploring those fun little lines around your lips. We recommend taking Dr. Cole’s advice on aging gracefully.