Archive for January, 2012

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel

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One of my favorite cleansers has to be the Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel. I am not sure if it’s the smell of the product, or the results I get when I use this product that I like best, but it’s truly amazing.

It contains all the essential ingredients that an effective cleanser should have.  It has glycolic and salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin and provide a deep pore cleansing experience.  Citrus extracts for brightening and antioxidants to keep my skin healthy and radiant. This harmonic blend will help increase cell turnover to help to appearance of fine lines wrinkles and dull skin.

For those of us that like a gel based cleanser that really removes dirt, oil, and makeup this anti-aging cleansing gel really does the trick. It also works great with my Clarisonic, to remove dirt and oil and has a nice lather. I purchased the larger size bottle so I use it as a body wash to help exfoliate my dull winter skin.

The Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel works great for all skin types except really sensitive skin types. For sensitive skin, try the Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Foaming Face Wash. This is a mild gentle cleanser the will hydrate and soothe sensitive skin, while gently removing dirt and oil.


Hot Product: Boscia BB Cream SPF27

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We all need to wear sunscreen no matter what our skin type is or time of year it may be.  Oily or break out prone skin types sometimes have a hard time finding a good moisturizer with SPF that won’t make them feel more oily and won’t aggravate their acne prone skin. Boscia has just developed an oil free moisturizing sunscreen that will help protect and heal your skin, while address anti-aging concerns.

The botanical formula is comprised of a physical sunscreen that will help to protect your skin from environmental damage while also preventing collagen breakdown which causes damage and photo aging to our skin.  One key ingredient called abyssine will help to further protect the skin while providing soothing benefits to address inflammation and irritation. The BB cream also has anti-aging benefits because it will help to promote skin elasticity, while reducing the appearance of fine lines with an ingredient called Hydroxyprolisilane. Hydroxyprolisilane is tissue regenerator that helps to stimulate, strengthen, and protect collagen and elastin fibers. The Boscia BB cream is also hydrating but will not clog your pores due to the oil free formula.

The BB cream has a slight tint to it, which will work for most skin types and will help to even out skin tone and help to address redness. It also works great as a makeup primer to smooth out the skin and help to diminish the appearance of pores. It’s very important to wear an SPF even if you are oily or acne prone. Please remember that wearing a sunscreen is your best defense against premature skin aging.


Does My Oily Skin Really Need a Moisturizer?

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When I started my esthetics training we quickly learned the process to healthy skin! “Cleanse, tone, moisturize, protect!” Being a girl with acne-prone, oily skin, I didn’t want to add any sort of moisturizer to my skin. I sat down with an instructor one day to go over my regimen. She asked what moisturizer I used, and I said, “Oh! My skin is oily, so I don’t use one!” She looked at me like I was crazy! She explained to me why even oily skin needs a moisturizer, and now, dear friends, I will share that information with you.

You see, believe it or not oily skin can still be dehydrated, meaning it is lacking water, not oil. Dehydration in skin can lead to overactive sebaceous (oil) glands making the skin oily. Using an oil free moisturizer will balance out moisture levels, which will help keep oil production at bay.

It took a couple of months for me to even believe this enough to try it. I finally did, and wouldn’t ya know it! She knew what she was talking about!  If you still aren’t buying it, just give it a few weeks. Try an oil free moisturizer! La Roche Posay Effaclar Daily Mattifying Moisturizer is one of my favorites. I bet you’ll notice the difference!


Hot Ingredient: Carrot Seed Oil

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With a high concentration of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, carrot seed oil is one of the best essential oils you can use for anti-aging.  Carrot seed oil helps to revitalize the skin, soften fine lines and wrinkles, promote skin elasticity and fade scars. Carrot seed oil can be used on a wide variety of skin types from oily to dry skin types. A few of our favorite products that contain Carrot seed oil are Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Decleor Aromaessence Iris Rejuvenating Serum, and Astara Activated Antioxidant Infusion. Click here to learn about more great ingredients.


Glow from the Inside Out

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Imedeen Prime Renewal, one of our bestselling and highly reviewed supplements addresses the specific concerns women have as they enter menopause. During menopause the structure of the skin begins to weaken and become less dense which causes a loss of elasticity, lack of firmness, and dehydration. Prime Renewal aides menopausal skin by:

  • Improving the dermal density of the skin.
  • Creating firmer skin.
  • Reducing visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Reducing visibility of hyperpigmentation.
  • Improving the appearance of skin on the face, hands and décolletage

Imedeen Prime Renewal comes with 360 tablets (90 day supply) , two tablets taken in the morning and two tablets taken evening before bed. Results can be noticed after 3-6 months of daily use. Before you know it you’ll have glowing skin from the inside out!


Perfect Protection

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During any season it’s smart to keep sun protection at arms reach. There are now products however to achieve more then just sun protection bringing you closer to perfection.

Why settle for less when you can get more? With recent technology advances, we are able to achieve better knowledge of ingredients and create products that cover many concerns. If you are looking for a primer to use underneath your makeup but want one that will smooth fine lines, soothe/calm the skin, offer SPF and give some tint to your skin tone then check out the Journee Bio-Restorative Day Cream SPF 30 by Neocutis. If you want a firming moisturizer with SPF and the ability to conceal imperfections look towards the BB Cream SPF 27 by Boscia. Lastly if you wanted a SPF product similar to foundation coverage with added hydration properties, you can apply a product such as Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 by Philosophy.

There are many products on the market but finding one best for your concerns is just at arms reach if you look. I know that I love having a cabinet full of products that battle my skin care troubles and replace them with perfection and you can too!


My Top 4 Winter Hair Care Solutions

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Just like our skin, the moisture levels in our hair can change with the season. Many of us experience drier skin and hair in the winter time. Dry hair is boring and dull! Why not give your hair some TLC with some of my all time favorites!

  1. Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair RESCUE – Repairs damaged hair while you sleep!
  2. Neil Geroge Intense Repair Mask – Maintains color and improves its strength and elasticity!
  3. Phyto Huile D Ales Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment – Stimulates the regeneration of Keratin!
  4. Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment – Repairs even the most damaged hair!

Well, there you have it! Those are my top 4 favorite hair care solutions for the cold winter months. Of course, these wonderful products aren’t just for winter. They are all designed to repair your hair year round!


SkinCeuticals Blemish & Age Defense Serum

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Is your skin oily and blemish prone? Are you looking for a treatment to address the excess oils within your skin, prevent breakouts and help even skin tone? SkinCeuticals has THE serum to calm your skin woes.

Say hello to the Blemish & Age Defense Serum. This special oil-free formulation includes a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids along with 2% Dioic Acid. This serum can help to control the over production of oils within the skin, reduce P acnes bacteria, decongest pores, help prevent and treat hyperpigmentation, and reduce fine lines & wrinkles. Wow! You can address multiple skin concerns with only one product!. This serum can be used both day and night for best results after you cleanse/tone your skin. With all of the benefits listed above, who wouldn’t want to use one product for multi-beneficial results? I already have mine and now it’s your turn to take control of your skin.


Frederic Fekkai Protein Rx Reparative Conditioner

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Our hair needs special attention at times, especially in the cold and dry winter months. Most of us heat style and color treat our hair and the results are usually dry, brittle, or broken hair. Our hair goes through a lot, so it’s important to use the right products that will keep us looking fabulous. Luckily Frederic Fekkai has a reparative conditioner that will help to condition and hydrate your hair, so we can relax a little while this conditioner does all the work.

The Protein Rx Reparative Conditioner is ideal for those of us that blow dry, flat iron relax, or color treat our hair, which is most of us! This miracle in a bottle contains soy and milk proteins which will help to reinforce the hair and smooth out the cuticle. It also contains jojoba and sweet almond protein which will help to promote growth and strengthen the hair, providing more manageability.

The Protein Rx Reparative Conditioner works very quickly, so you don’t need to leave it in but you can if you would like to use it as a deep conditioning solution. Immediately your hair will feel softer and more hydrated. It also works really well for helping to reduce static because it’s extremely hydrating and conditioning to the hair. You can also try the Frederic Fekkai Protein Rx Anti Breakage Treatment Mask and use it with the conditioner for added benefits.

If you are looking for an everyday conditioner or a weekly solution for your stressed hair, the Protein Rx Reparative Conditioner could be your answer!


Juara Rose & Willowbark Blemish-Free Mask

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The Rose & Willowbark Blemish-Free Mask is the newest mask by the amazing line, Juara. Juara skin care focuses on using natural ingredients that have been used for centuries but in a new and innovative way. The new Rose & Willowbark Blemish-Free Mask contains powerful and soothing ingredients making it a wonderful addition to the Juara line. For anyone that has battled acne or blemish prone skin, the new Rose and Willowbark Mask is a great solution.

The active botanicals in the mask include White Willowbark, Red Sandalwood, Rice Protein, Kaolin Clay, and Rose Water. White Willowbark has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to help with clogged pores. It is rich in Vitamin C, B, E, and salicylic acid which will help to clear out pores the natural way and help to reduce breakouts and prevent any new blemishes from developing. The red sandalwood in this mask will help to calm and cool the skin while the rose water acts as a natural anti-septic and will help to reduce redness. Since the rose and willlowbark blemish-free mask also contains Kaolin Clay it will draw out dirt and impurities from the skin making pores less visible.

You can use this mask 1-3 times per week depending on how often you experience breakouts. You can also use this mask as a spot treatment and leave on for 30 minutes, or you can leave it on overnight. Since this mask uses active botanicals you may notice a slight tingling at first but this will dissipate as your skin adjusts. Because the ingredients and formulation are so pure, even sensitive skin types and break-out prone skin can use this mask.



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