Posts Tagged ‘Anti-Aging’

The Great Cover Up

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Last weekend I had friends over for my first pool party of the summer season. (Well, June 21st is the actual first day of summer, but I live in sunny California, so it’s close enough.) I had planned this party for weeks—and I am not just talking about what food or drink I would serve. I am talking about my TAN! Now I do know overexposure to the sun is bad for your skin—I have not really laid out in the sun without sunscreen for years—but perfecting your tan without getting a sunburn is like walking by a mirror and not looking at yourself (oh, come on, we all do it). Of course you can always try self-tanners, and I do sometimes, but for some reason I could not achieve that seamless, streak-free tan I wanted around my hands and feet.

This is why I love sunbathing just like everyone else, which is a problem since I work in an industry where we preach the importance of taking care of your skin and of NEVER staying too long in the sun. So what is the safest way to get color without harming your skin?  The answer: Sunscreen!

Sunscreen sales have reached 1 BILLION dollars in 2013, and yet melanoma is on the rise by 2 percent each year since 2000. The main reason is that we’re NOT APPLYING ENOUGH SUNSCREEN! The new FDA labeling rules have helped. For one, it has mandated that sunscreen products replace their “waterproof” claim to just “water-resistant,” and that labels must note that the product should be reapplied every 2 hours. Also, the actual amount of sunscreen that needs to be applied is more than what you would think. For the body, it must be enough to fill a shot glass and applied more often if swimming. For the face and hairline, you need to apply at least one teaspoon.

It is no wonder we get sunburned. How many times have you gone to the pool or beach and then remembered to apply sunscreen one more time? Was it enough to fill a shot glass? Every time I think I am doing such a good job of protecting my skin, I come back from the pool with sunburn!

This is why I had to plan accordingly. THIS YEAR, I told myself that I am not going to get burned. I have used many sunscreens in the past and they all have been good, but with Elta MD, I could say I have found the best sunscreen I’ve ever used and I will tell you why.

UV Aero Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – This sunscreen is broad spectrum so it blocks out both UVA and UVB rays, which are both bad. It’s also non-greasy and water-resistant. The reason it is broad spectrum is that it contains zinc oxide which is a physical barrier. It does spray on white, BUT it dries clear and stays that way! You could spray this sunscreen every hour and you would not see it or feel it. I have never put on a sunscreen that did not have some type of shine, smell or feel to it, but with this one I couldn’t even tell I had it on! It protected every part of my exposed skin—NO BURN at all!

UV Facial Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Plus - I use this facial sunscreen every day over my moisturizer as it is gentle enough for my sensitive skin. Plus, the vitamin E shields my skin from free radicals that cause premature aging, or from anything harmful the environment might throw at it.

By the time my pool party happened, I had a perfect tan without the nasty sunburn—thanks to Elta MD! This brand is really a MUST-HAVE for the summer season!


Like 4 Products in 1: ARCONA Cranberry Gommage

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

There are a lot of products out there that claim to cover all bases: cleanse, protect, tone, define, etc. etc. etc. But in all honesty, is there really only ONE product that goes the whole 9 yards? Until recently – I didn’t think so. I always had 4 separate products: my favorite cleanser which was mild enough to use every morning and night, my best toner which completely clarified my skin, a weekly mask to exfoliate, and a moisturizer I couldn’t keep in the bottle to save my life.

Thanks to BeautyFix I was recently introduced to the luxury skin care brand ARCONA,  which is a personal favorite of Zoe Saldana, Emmy Rossum, Rachel Zoe, Julia Roberts and Anna Kendrick – just to name drop a tad. With a roster like that and Allure’s Best of Beauty Award seal of approval, I knew there had to be something special about ARCONA’s products so I decided to try the Cranberry Gommage. I kid you not when I say this single item has eliminated my need for the 4 aforementioned products in my beauty regimen. It has cleansing properties to smooth, purify, and tone skin. It has tough ingredients including salicylic acid and volcanic minerals (which are actually finely crushed to be 1/1,000th of an inch – the perfect, mild exfoliant!) to keep your skin free of bacteria. It has cranberry and raspberry enzymes which not only gives the product a pretty purple hue but also unclogs and shrinks pores. Last but not least, it has anti-aging antioxidants that kick free radicals and environmental damage to the curb.

The Gommage is for use on normal or oily skin, which is perfect for me since I tend to be on the oily side. I diluted the product with water for the first week of use because I didn’t want to overwhelm my problem skin with a heavy mixture, but I was surprised to see how well my skin handled the change. I only use it three times a week – but it’s perfect for the face, neck and décolleté! This product has left my skin softer, smoother, and healthier than it has ever been, so I will be sure to add my name to the list of important ARCONA ambassadors!

Have you received your own ARCONA Cranberry Gommage from BeautyFix yet?

Beautyfix Pick: SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

By now, I’m sure you ALL know the number-one rule for healthy skin that looks as young as possible: daily sunscreen. But did you know that regular use of a vitamin A derivative—assuming your skin is not super sensitive and can comfortably tolerate it—is not too far behind? Seldom are skin care ingredients proven time and time again to be effective at creating change and improvement, but vitamin A in all its anti-aging forms—retinol, Retin-A, etc—is. NOTHING not involving scalpels, needles or lasers that comes in a tube will actually reduce the look of the wrinkles you experience as you age quite like these wonder ingredients. Most dermatologists and estheticians will emphatically confirm this truth, too.

If you’ve never tried any kind of anti-aging product containing retinol, you are in luck, as this season’s Beautyfix kit features a travel-size version of SkinMedica’s Tri-Retinol Complex, which is, in my opinion, one of the best non-prescription retinoids out there. Used a couple times a week, ever other night, or even every night depending on how your skin handles it, this formulation speeds up cell regeneration, a vital process that slows with age. The result? Simply put, better skin. Commit to using this regularly and over time you will notice fewer wrinkles, fewer spots, an improvement in texture and an increase in firmness.

Did you receive SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex in your Beautyfix kit? What did you think about it?

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: Alpha Hydrox AHA Souffle Soothing Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Exfoliating the skin is one of the most important things you can do to even out skin tone and achieve a healthy, glowing complexion. As we age, our skin’s natural ability to generate and shed skin cells slows down, but regular exfoliation can help to overcome this challenge.

There are two types of exfoliants to consider, chemical and manual. A chemical or acid exfoliant does the work for you as opposed to a manual exfoliant such as using a brush, sponge or facial scrub, however the combination of both will give your skin the best results. Manual exfoliation should be done on a regular basis (once or twice/week), and the chemical exfoliations should be reserved for more intermittent use. If you do go the chemical route, choose a product that contains alpha or beta hydroxyl acids for deeper exfoliation, such as Alpha Hydrox, AHA Souffle Soothing Anti-Wrinkle Cream.

This velvety, textured cream contains 12% Glycolic AHA which provides a deep exfoliation and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet, smile lines and forehead creases (no need to cut bangs just yet). Simply apply, leave it on and it works by itself to dissolve dry, flaky skin. Peptides work to plump up the skin and Green Tea antioxidants help fight against premature aging, leaving you with an even, smooth, healthy complexion. The best part is the price is right! This is very affordable making it a great item to incorporate into your skin care routine.

The frequency of exfoliation will vary for every individual pending on skin type, seasons, environmental factors, etc. Over exfoliation can cause your skin to be dry, irritated and damaged so be sure to consult with an Esthetician or Dermatologist to see what exfoliating method/routine would work best for you.

Oh and lastly, since you are basically exposing fresh ‘baby’ skin when you exfoliate regularly be sure not to skimp on the sunscreen. Be safe and take care of your fresh, new skin!

Dr. Murad’s University of Inclusive Health

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I recently went to Murad’s Inclusive Health spa in El Segundo for training. I wanted to share my experience because this is a fairly new program and I think that anyone interested in health and beauty could truly benefit from this program and experience. I’ll explain what the Inclusive Health program is about, how it works and what I did/learned during my training.

What is inclusive health?

Inclusive health is a breakthrough approach to health and aging. It creates the ideal environment for cellular health. This astonishing approach looks at the body as an integrated system that can be transformed by building health at the cellular level. Inclusive health broadens its horizons by focusing on the overall health of each person from the cellular level up. Patients have a consultation with Dr. Murad and a trained Inclusive health practitioner to set up a 10 week program that focuses on correcting skin conditions and the management of aging. Each individual program is based on the individual wants and needs of each patient. Using a three-pronged approach that consists of topical, internal and emotional care, Inclusive health offers a unique collaboration of services, this concept is absent from today’s medical spa market, which makes this program so innovative and one of a kind.

How does the three-pronged approach work?

External Care: The skin is the body’s largest organ and first line of defense. Esthetic facials, tips for clear skin, cosmetic medical services and appropriate skincare regimens are all included in inclusive health’s plan.

Internal Care: Supplements, prescription medication, nutrition and physical activities are all included to support all aspects of a healthier lifestyle.

Emotional Care: It is important for patients to achieve psychological and social balance. Spa feel-good services and stress-reduction activities like support groups to nurture the psyche and exercise are included in this section of wellness.

Dr. Murad has created a program that strives to make the whole body healthier by helping each cell in the body function at optimal level. Inclusive health’s secret weapon is that it is rooted in The Science of Cellular Water. This science was discovered by Dr. Murad; he studied the strength of the cells themselves and found that they are the ultimate marker of youthful, good health and primary wellness. Gradual loss of muscle and bone mass, a lower metabolic rate, decline in hearing, vision and strength are all the result of a decrease in intracellular water. Howard Murad, M.D. states “The common thread to all physical aging and disease processes is life’s most fundamental component: water.” The Science of cellular water is about getting water into the cells and connective tissue so that it can function at its full capacity. Inclusive health not only explains the benefits of drinking water but how “eating your water” when you eat raw fruits and vegetables, may be an even better form. If the body is healthy, the skin will be as well. How do we increase healthy water? Through diet, exercise, lowering stress level and doing things that will make and keep us happy this is the essence of Inclusive Health.

University for Inclusive Health

UIH curriculum is based on Dr. Murad’srevolutionary Inclusive approach to esthetics and health. Inclusive Health courses are based on Dr. Murad’s vision of better living through the complete integration of these realms: health, beauty and wellness care; which address the mind, soul and body.

Advanced tools cater to clients who have been affected by the impact of cultural stress. Cultural stress is a term coined by Dr. Murad referring to the normal stresses of everyday life, traffic, technology and long work weeks. Students who work through this program become proficient in the course materials needed to become an Inclusive Health Ambassador.

What I did all day

Now, that all of the back ground info is out of the way; let’s get to the good stuff! The program is an intense 5 day course where students sit in on lectures taught by the President of Inclusive Health Tracey Sameyah, Dr. Murad himself and other health practitioners who have gone through the training successfully. My group actually got to sit in on three patient/doctor consultations with Murad and watched how he interacted with each patient. Each patient filled out a sense of self questionnaire that asked a series of lifestyle questions. They each ranked the questions (10 being the most 1 being the least).

Some sense of self example questions:

“I am at my ideal weight”
“I get 7-9 hours of sleep every night”
“I am hopeful for my future”
“I have a lot of energy when I get up in the morning”.

The way each patient rates these questions helps Dr. Murad and health practitioners set up a plan for each patient based on their lifestyle. I really enjoyed the training it was very informative, each of us came up with our own 10 week program based on our own sense of self. This gave us all a feel for what the patients were doing and how we can relate to them. At the end of the course we took a cumulative exam when you pass, you receive a lovely certificate and become a Certified Inclusive Health Practitioner.

Exercise Your Way to Healthy Glowing Skin

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Did you know that exercise is not only one of the best ways to shed excess fat and keep the extra weight off but it also slows down the aging process that naturally occurs in the human body? Exercise should be considered an important part of any skin care regimen, improving your overall skin health and quality. It plays a big role in how young and healthy your skin looks and feels.

Flickr source: Method Fitness

Increase Circulation

Exercise increases circulation and delivery of nutrients to the skin cells. It gets the blood flowing, and that increased blood flow carries more oxygen and nutrients to the skin that improve skin health, supporting all the effort you make with other skin care products and moisturizers on the skin’s surface.

Reduce Acne and Stress

Exercise will get the body moving and will therefore create sweat. Think sweat is a bad thing? Sweating helps the body to eliminate dirt and oil which is similar to getting a facial. It can help to keep your pores cleaned out and help remove harmful chemicals that are stored deep in them. According to experts, exercise can prevent the development of acne because it helps control stress hormones that trigger acne in the first place. People who are prone to stress related spots and pimples will find that when they adopt an exercise program, the overall benefits will be a clearer complexion as the pores become unclogged due to the increase in sweat produced. If you find you have aggrevated breakouts when you exercise you do need to discover the source. Exercise related acne is most often triggered by something you put on your body rather than something you do with it.

Improved Collagen Production

Another benefit of exercise is improved collagen production.This helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and keeps your skin looking younger. It can help prevent the early signs of aging such as skin sagging and wrinkling. That means by exercising regularly, you can be sure to have healthy and beautiful skin at all times.

Exercise is one of the best anti-aging practices that you can apply. You don’t necessarily need to register to the nearest gym. For people who are only getting started, a quick jog around a few blocks or a 30-minute walk in the park can go a long way when it comes to anti-aging efforts and your health. Simply set aside a few minutes of your time each day for some physical activities and exercise. In the end, you will realize how such simple activity can actually boost not just your health in general but also your skin tone and overall complexion.

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.

Beautyfix Product Spotlight: Bioelements Sleepwear

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

By Jenna

Routine can be a word to describe our sleep regimen at night. You get dressed for bed, brush your teeth, wash your face, hydrate your skin (hopefully) then climb into bed. What many don’t know is that time spent in slumber land is the perfect time to use an anti-aging cream as a wrinkle treatment. While you sleep, your body is hard at work in rejuvenation mode and there’s no better time to infuse your skin with anti-aging products. This season Beautyfix has given you an amazing anti-aging cream to use at night from Bioelements.

Source: Flickr User peasap

Sleepwear from Bioelements is an overnight rejuvenation treatment designed to infuse your complexion with a complex of topical calcium, time released retinol, protein peptides and cranberry seed oil. This formula supplies antioxidants, boosts collagen and elastin production, improves moisture retention and combats fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also somewhat exfoliating so your skin is working overtime during the night to help you get clear skin.  After cleansing your skin at night, warm a small amount between your fingertips and apply to your face and neck.

We are always on the search of clear skin and the products that will help achieve that. This is as easy as slipping into a silk nightie. My skin is sensitive, and for the most part pretty clear, but I’m very concerned about aging and will do everything to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. After using this product for a couple weeks, I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my complexion. Instead of breaking out with a few pimples because of the usual holiday stress, I haven’t at all! Every morning after using Sleepwear, my skin is soft and glowing. My complexion has definitely evened out a bit over the past few weeks as well. Because of sensitivity, I’ve been using it about 2-3 times a week and my skin does get red upon application, and then fades away by the morning. This product has an amount of retinol, so if you’re in the same boat as I am with sensitive or sensitized skin, I would recommend only using a couple times a week. For everyone lucky enough not to have sensitive skin, feel free to use more often at night. In my book, this product is a keeper and I’ll continue to use in the future. Using this for a few weeks will have your skin baby soft.