Posts Tagged ‘anti-aging’

Topical Probiotics: Fact or Fiction

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We all know the immense benefits of probiotics internally. They are anti-inflammatory; mybodyfacilitate digestion and healthy bowel movements, as well as many other things. Probiotics have beneficial effects on your overall health. Now, new science reveals Probiotics help support the immune system, combat imbalance and chronic disease, and re-awaken youthful processes within the body that slow with age. However, can topical probiotics help support skin health?

Skin is an organ of elimination. We secrete toxins through our sweat glands every day. Mybody is one of the first skin care lines that believe the power of Probiotics boosts skin’s health and appearance. Their topical Probiotics are non-living molecules from body friendly bacteria.

Beneficial For All Skin-Types, Topical Probiotics Are Proven To Help:

  • Reverse inflammation and redness
  • Boost collagen for fewer fine lines & wrinkles
  • Detoxify stressed, acne-prone skin
  • Rehydrate skin for a softer, resilient texture
  • Provide powerful antioxidant activity
  • Increase oxygen for a healthy, rosy glow

Probiotics are one of the new beauty breakthroughs shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 2014.

Mybody bypasses the old skincare technologies associated with injury, chronic inflammation and a damaged epidermis through powerful Probiotic Bioactives.


  • Mybody Probiotic Bioactives boost skin’s natural repair response
  • Epidermis is left intact to heighten immunity and trigger healthy collagen production
  • Long term results are maximized due to minimal stress and inflammation


  • Excessive stress depletes probiotic activity and weakens cellular communication
  • Impaired barrier function increases risk of inflammation sensitivity and dryness
  • Continued damage results in thinner skin with less collagen production

MyBody products support how the body repairs, defends and heals itself for profound and healthy skin results. Formulated with a board of medical physicians and skin scientists, MyBody ingredients include clinically validated probiotics and patented formulas to manage a variety of concerns, including dryness, roughness, wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, acne, redness and puffy eyes.

MyBody products are specially designed to address the complex skin care needs of every woman throughout each unique stage of her life and are perfect for those with sensitive, aging, and acneic skin types. The heart found on the logo is a reminder that the skin and body work together and, when in balance, the outcome is a more youthful and healthy appearance. The company does not use any artificial dyes, sulfates, phthalates or parabens and donates 1% of all of its online sales to support mental health initiatives.

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For the Love of Wine

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iStock_000010892836XSmallCaudalie’s story starts in France at the heart of a vineyard with a husband and wife. They believe the vine of grapes contain exceptional powers for the skin and are used throughout the Caudalie brand. The vine naturally produces resveratrol to defend itself and provides powerful antioxidant benefits for the skin. In fact, Caudalie pioneered the use and benefits of resveratrol in skin care. Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant. Resveratrol is found in high amount in the skins of grapes and in red wine. It may stop the growth of cancer cells topically as well as internally (when resveratrol is taken internally). It also reduces inflammation in blood vessels, improves blood vessel function and keeps platelets from clumping together to form clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Because it is an antioxidant that protects cells against oxidative damage and a compound that reduces inflammation, resveratrol offers anti-aging skin benefits. Oxidative damage primarily due to sun exposure is one reason for skin aging. Free radicals produced by exposure to oxygen and sunlight damage collagen and activate enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, another protein important for youthful skin. Research suggests that resveratrol is a more potent antioxidant than idebenone, a leading pharmaceutical antioxidant. You can find resveratrol in many Caudalie facial moisturizers, eye creams and anti-aging serums. A few of our favorite Caudalie products are Vinexpert Firming Serum and Premier Cru the Cream.

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Three Little Wonders

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Ole Henriksen Three Little Ole Henriksen Three Little Wonders Box SetWonders Box Set is a professional strength AM/PM regimen rapidly reverses all visible signs of aging skin. Each proprietary blend works in synergy to reveal your most youthful, healthy & radiant complexion. With nurturing textures and indulgent aromas, witness the transformation as you delight in the experience of treating your skin.

When used regularly, the results of this trio of products are truly amazing. Each formulation is oil-free, firming, lifting, pore tightening and all promote uniform pigmentation. As an added bonus, each product feels sensational and is a pleasure to use every day.

Kit Includes:

Invigorating Night Treatment, 1oz This powerful treatment gel helps to hydrate the deepest layers of the skin, while smoothing and refining the surface texture.

Sheer Transformation Creme, 1oz This luxurious, anti-aging creme fades skin discolorations, smoothes fine lines and protects from environmental damage.

Truth Serum Collagen Booster, 1oz Get radiant skin with this incredible anti-wrinkle, firming and smoothing Vitamin C complex skin booster.


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25 Years of PCA SKIN®

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Founded by an aesthetician as Physician’s Choice of Arizona in 1990, PCA SKIN became one of the first brands to be PCA SKIN Pigment Gelsold directly from the shelves of doctors’ offices, allowing patients to leave with products that are right for their unique skin and avoiding a guessing game at drug and department stores. After becoming established as an international player in skincare, PCA SKIN became Physician’s Care Alliance.

PCA SKIN products are formulated to treat specific skin conditions and are backed by scientific research, ensuring safe products that provide rapid results. PCA SKIN provides products to treat every skin condition. For hyperpigmentation, Pigment Gel, Intensive Clarity Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night and C&E Strength are recommended. For aging, Intensive Age Refining Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night, ExLinea® Peptide Smoothing Serum and Total Strength Serum are designed to keep skin from showing visible signs of aging. For acne, Blemish Control Bar, Acne Gel and Acne Cream are formulated to keep breakouts under control. For sensitive skin conditions, Anti-Redness Serum and Hydrating Serum provide soothing relief.

All of the products in the daily care line are designed to work as a perfect union, each one enhancing the previous step and prepping the skin for the next one. PCA SKIN products are designed to be safely used before and after professional treatments.

Every day, PCA SKIN’s research and development team is hard at work drafting new formulations with the most advanced, scientifically proven ingredients and delivery systems to provide products that improve people’s lives.

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Must I Mask, You Ask?

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Do you feel that your skin has lost its radiance? Do you cleanse, hydrate, and protect your skin yet your skin lacks luster and is dull? Regular cleansing will remove surface dirt and makeup, but using a facial mask regularly can make a huge difference in how your skin feels, looks, and acts. In fact, only a facial mask will replenish moisture, draw out impurities, exfoliate, and unclog pores, among many other benefits. Masks help other products work more effectively by allowing deeper penetration. Masks will stimulate blood circulation and leave your skin feeling smoother and softer.

Of course, the benefits will vary depending on the type of mask that is used. Masks can target conditions or have general benefits. Gel masks target dehydration, soothe, and plump the skin. Oatmeal masks target sensitivity, hydration, and reactivity. Clay masks target congestion, deep pore cleansing, and oil production. Cream based masks are moisturizing and plump up normal to dry skin types. Brightening masks target hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. To find which is best for you, you’ll need to know what type of skin you have and what you want to target. For example, combination skin may need a more balancing gel mask.

A customer favorite, Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask, is great for all skin types and conditions. It is hydrating, calming, detoxifying, and refreshing. It can be used under the eye to target puffiness. It contains aloe vera, cucumber, and chamomile which are healing and hydrating. It contains enzymes for exfoliation from papaya and pineapple. Brightening and lightening agents like orange, lemon, & sugar cane extract.

Generally, masks should be used 1-3 times per week.  They will usually remain on the skin for 10 minutes and then rinse. Please refer to manufacturer instruction.

Face masks are very therapeutic. If the mask is infused with aromatic essential oils like mint and rosemary, it can lift your spirit by stimulating your senses. Using a face mask should be treated as a luxury.  Set aside a bit of “me” time when you decide to give yourself a mask. Draw a bath, light some candles and celebrate your experience. Relax the body, mind, and soul. Plus, it will leave you with fabulous looking skin.

Facial masks can be applied where you need it. For example, combination skin with an oily t-zone can use a mud based mask for the t-zone and a hydrating mask everywhere else. You have the ability to have treatment control and target for your specific needs.

A facial mask takes your basic skin care routine to a new level of efficiency, enjoyment, and relaxation.

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The New Age of Oils: Triple C Peptide Firming Oil

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If you haven’t jumped on the oil bandwagon, there has never been a better time to try one. After what seems to be the never ending Triple C Peptide Firming Oil winter, your skin is likely dehydrated, weak and badly in need of hydration. Weather aside–age, stress or environmental factors could also be contributing to skin woes. Enter Dr. Dennis Gross’ newest scientific cocktail, Triple C Peptide Firming Oil.

This complexion-brightening, skin-strengthening oil is anti-aging and intensely hydrating. It combines three forms of vitamin C which provides a surge of antioxidants to skin, annihilates free radicals, and strengthens skin’s building blocks. The result? Dry, dull skin is quenched, renewed, fortified and transformed. Unveil fresher, firmer, more radiant skin that truly defies your age.

What makes this product so unique?

-Innovative technology infuses water- and lipid-based anti-aging actives in a nutrient rich oil designed to rebuild collagen and communicate between cells to help skin repair and protect itself.

-Bio-identical actives including squalane, phospholipids, and ceramides replenish skin’s surface layer and restore its natural moisture barrier to prevent water loss and environmental damage – leaving skin plump, supple, and silky.

-Essential fatty acids, 17 nutrient-rich botanicals, and vitamins D & K breathe life into dry, nutrient depleted skin while enhancing elasticity for a radiant complexion that instantly snaps back into shape.

Application: Shake well. Apply 2-3 drops, more if needed, AM &/or PM. Gently massage into face, neck & décolleté.

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Why Retinol & The Sun Don’t Mix…

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It is easy to get carried away with a new product, especially when you want to start the New Year off fresh. It is important to SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0remember that directions and guidelines are provided for a reason and more isn’t always better.

Retinol or vitamin A, is a great addition to your skincare regimen when used correctly. Retinol comes in several forms and can be found in peels, creams and moisturizers. Vitamin A is a powerful, chemical exfoliator that sloughs away dead skin from the surface revealing youthful looking skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, with the absence of dead skin cells, the surface of the skin can be more susceptible to sun damage. It is important to use retinol products in the evening and use a high dose of SPF (sunscreen) during the day to ensure you aren’t damaging your newly exfoliated skin. It is also important to note that the percentage of retinol can differ from brand to brand.

When used appropriately, retinol can be the greatest anti-aging weapon in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions provided and you will be looking amazing in no time!

Some of our fave retinol products are SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0. You can find them on


The Truth About Retinol

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A retinol based product can be found in almost every beauty line available and it easy to see why. Retinol, or vitamin shutterstock_21728725A, has the ability to increase collagen production. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions from acne to visible signs of aging.

Retinol gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin from the surface and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and dark spots. Retinol is a great addition to any skincare routine for many skin types but be aware you should allow 4-6 weeks for results to show noticeable and lasting results.

As many consumers are aware, the largest downside of retinol products is increased photo sensitivity. Because the retinol acts as an exfoliant, it exposes skin to environmental elements. It is proven that retinol does increases risk of sunburn but not an increase in development of skin cancer. It is high recommended that consumers stop tanning in UVB tanning beds while using retinol products. Users who are cautious of sun exposure or know they may be exposed can mix their retinol products with an SPF product or restrict their usage primarily at night.

Typical side effects include redness and photosensitivity. Overuse of Retinoid can cause peeling, shedding or excess dryness so it suggested that users limit their use to 3 times a week until the symptoms subside. Stop using retinol based products if skin becomes irritated, itches or burns. Active ingredients like retinol or other acids can cause activity like a light tingling sensation but should never burn. This said vitamin A or retinol products are not recommended for pregnant women or clients with skin conditions like Eczema and/or Rosacea.

Like any skincare product, if used correctly retinol can offer amazing results. Some of our retinol favorites include SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 for expereinced retinol users and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 .

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Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Discovery Kit [GIVEAWAY]

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Gentle yet powerful, Retinol improves surface-level imperfections (such as crepiness, uneven texture, and skin laxity) while Ferulic Acid goes further to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. The moisturizer’s ECG Cellular Complex™ helps promote elastin and collagen growth for firmer, younger-looking skin. This dermatologist-formulated kit will maximize your defense against fine lines and wrinkles!

Kit Contains:

Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution, An all-over treatment that helps to fade sun damage, dark spots and acne scarring.

Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum, Smoothes fine lines, reduces puffiness, firms & tightens while brightening the eye area.

Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Smooth wrinkles, firm skin and combat discoloration with this daily hydrator.

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Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum [GIVEAWAY]

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Looking to protect and correct with one of the best antioxidants on the market? Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum by Elizabeth Arden has advanced Idebenone technology to create a reserve within the skin releasing protective and corrective benefits when and where skin needs it most. With continued use, skin’s resilience is fortified allowing skin to fight the effects of environmental aggressors and dramatically improve the look of sun-damaged skin.

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PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum addresses major skin care concerns with proven results:

– 94% of women saw a dramatic improvement in skin’s overall appearance after just 4 weeks.**

– 74% of women saw a reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after eight weeks.**

In addition, PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum achieved the following results in our latest clinical test***:

– 80% improvement in radiance and brightness.Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum

– 70% improvement in skin tone.

– 69% improvement in the look of photo-damaged skin.

– 69% improvement in skin’s overall appearance.


**For face products, environmental protection is against oxidative stress due to sun, smoke and pollution, with Idebenone compared to alpha lipoic acid, kinetin, vitamin C, vitamin E and coenzyme Q10. EPF® and Environmental Protection Factor™ are certification marks and trademarks owned by Pharma Cosmetix Research, L.L.C.

**Consumer test conducted on 102 women age 25-65 over 4 weeks.

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