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Award Winners

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There are a million different options, products and brands to choose from these days when it comes to beauty. If you are a newcomer to the industry or even one who has dabbled in the industry, it can still be an overwhelming market. It has been surveyed time and time again that one of the major factors when deciding on what products to buy, comes from either word of mouth or consumer ratings. So… my gift to all of you is a list of award winning and highly recognized products that are available on (Please keep in mind however, that if a product isn’t on this list it does NOT mean it’s not a great product! Many products are underrated and even under recognized!)


NewBeauty Magazine Winners

Glamour Magazine Winner

Self  Magazine Winner

Men’s Health Magazine Winners

Allure Magazine Winners

So for those who prefer to listen to their fellow beauty connoisseurs, this is just a simple list of used and loved products. Hopefully this helps when looking for new products to add to your regimen. It feels good to know where to turn to when in doubt and I’ve got you covered!


Instant Gratification Products

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Poof…wrinkles be gone! Don’t you wish it was that easy to make wrinkles vanish from your pretty face? We all know that with consistency and the use of the right products, over time an even complexion can be attained. What is sometimes overlooked however, is products that can give instant gratification to your long days.


Instant gratification products are products that will fill in, plump, and create an even appearance to the skin. Usually after application, they will start working in about 1-5 minutes and will provide results that last anywhere between 6-8 hours throughout the day. There are two main ingredients that are in instant gratification products as well as various others. First there is Argireline which acts to keep the muscles in your skin relaxed and smooth by blocking transmission from the muscle to the skin. Next you’d want to look for GABA in your products for instant results. GABA stands for gamma amino butyric acid and it is a breakthrough complex that releases the skin’s own muscle relaxers to calm and relax the skin. So if you want a smooth canvas before makeup application or a smooth clear complexion to display, look for instant gratification products. An added bonus is that with most of these types of products you’ll also receive long term benefits with continued use as well. Here is just a short list of some recommended instant gratification products:

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Top Anti-Aging Foods

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We’ve all heard the age old saying, “You are what you eat,” but can you really eat your way to a better complexion? Nutrition experts agree that what you put in your body not only determines your overall health, but also plays a vital role in how gracefully you age. The next time you head to the supermarket, add these super foods to the top of your list!


Barley: The power of whole grains is undeniable. Soluble fiber, which is found in whole grains like barley regulates blood sugar levels and insulin. The stabilization of blood sugar prevents the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, which in turn keeps you in your prime.


Buckwheat: Rich in collagen boosting monounsaturated fatty acids, Buckwheat is an anti aging all star by way of increasing skin elasticity. Buckwheat can be found in many Asian noodle dishes, rice, porridge and pasta.


Ginger: A great anti-inflammatory agent, ginger aides troublesome conditions like acne and psoriasis.  Say adios to your red, inflamed skin and hello to your favorite spice!


Kiwi: Often overlooked, the kiwi fruit contains the highest density of vitamin C of any fruit. Potent with antioxidant powers, the kiwi is a free radical scavenger! This translates simply into this: the more kiwis we eat, the fewer wrinkles we will have.


Oysters: Next time you’re in the mood for some sushi, go for oysters instead! Oysters are packed with the mineral zinc, which aides in skin renewal and repair.


Papaya: Is your skin looking dull and lackluster? Not to worry, simply throw a papaya in the shopping basket! This delectable delight is loaded with glow worthy ingredients like vitamin C, carotene, and flavonoids.


Wheat Germ: Stimulating wheat germ promotes cellular turnover. Just sprinkle a tablespoon of wheat germ to your yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal and you’re on your way to a more radiant, glowing complexion.


Now, take a bite and remember… you are what you eat!


The Benefits of Red Tea

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We always hear about the benefits of green tea in skin care as a powerful antioxidant, but what about red tea? Some of us may drink red tea, but what are the benefits when used in our skin care products?


Research suggests that red tea has two times the antioxidant benefits of green tea. It can protect the skin against environmental damage and free radicals. Red tea is said to contain more antioxidant properties then Vitamin C, and E. Researchers have also found that red tea contains 9 types of flavonoids, 5 of which are free-radical scavengers. Red tea can reduce bacteria and inflammation, making it a great treatment for acneic skin. carries a few product lines in particular that are known for using red tea as a key component in their products. Ole Henriksen has quite a few products that are formulated with African red tea. African red tea will strengthen the skin’s outer layer, soothe the skin, and can slow down the aging process. Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser was named the best natural cleanser at the Natural Health Beauty Awards in 2009.


Glytone also has a few new anti-aging products that are formulated with red tea flavonoids. Their research has shown that red tea has 30% more free radical reduction than green tea. This new anti aging line by Glytone contains an exfoliating cream, facial serum and eye cream.


As more research is being done regarding Red Tea, companies like Glytone and Ole Henriksen are showing us how effective this anti-aging ingredient really is.


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Amazing Antioxidant Serum

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The Kerstin Florian Serum C Plus Infusion is among the newest products featured by Kerstin Florian in their correcting line. The correcting line is formulated with more active ingredients to address the common signs of aging. The Serum C Plus Infusion uses a combination of Vitamin C and grapefruit peel extract to lightly exfoliate and brighten the skin also aiding in the production of collagen.  This product contains Methylsilanol Hydroxyproline Aspartate which is an amino-acid that helps to improve the elasticity of the skin and tissue fibers by repairing the skin. The serum also has a type of silicone oil called dimethicone which prevents water loss by putting a barrier on your skin. This is a great product for sun damaged and aging skin, or anyone who wants hydration and antioxidant protection. The serum formulation is oil free so it would be beneficial for all skin types.


We definitely give the Serum C Plus Infusion an A+!


Learn more about the Kerstin Florian line here.


The Benefits of Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is a powerful little thing. It’s necessary for healthy eye function; our retina simply can not do without vitamin A. When vitamin A is converted into retinoic acid it functions like a growth factor for our cells. Vitamin A is also commonly known as retinol in dermatological use. Vitamin A is converted into a few different byproducts, and is commonly produced as retinyl acetate or palmitate.


Vitamin A is naturally found in many foods. Liver, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, eggs, milk, and many other foods are rich sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A, once absorbed by our body, is converted into the appropriate form and utilized by our bodily functions. Vitamin A plays a role in eye health, immune system health, gene transcription, antioxidant activity, and of course, skin health.


Vitamin A is very beneficial to the skin, so a diet rich in vitamin A abundant sources provides for healthy skin that’s firm, clear, radiant and resilient. Vitamin A, when applied topically (in retinol form) is very beneficial to the skin as well. Retinol is often used in the treatment of acne as it dramatically reduces the size and secretion of the sebaceous glands. It also helps to reduce inflammation and induces collagen production. As retinol induces collagen production it helps to firm and tone the skin, so aged skin will become more resistant to drooping and sagging. Retinol is an outstanding treatment for acne, enlarged or clogged pores, as well as prematurely aged skin. As retinol induces exfoliation and cell renewal it also assists in lightening hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration.

Here are some outstanding products that contain retinol and address acne and aging concerns:


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Anti-Aging Secrets of the French

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Ever wonder how the French stay so thin and it seems as if they are constantly indulging in high calorie and high fat diets? What’s the deal?!

Studies have shown that an ingredient called reservatrol may be culprit. Reservatrol comes from the skin of fermented grapes which also happens to be the main ingredient in red wine. This newbie has been put through the test and has come out proving some great results. For instance, an experiment was done with three groups of mice; the first group was put on a standard, everyday diet, the second group was put on a high fat high calorie diet and the third group was put on the same diet as the second group and additionally given reservatrol. The second group soon developed a shorten life span due to diabetes and heart disease. The third group of mice not only lived 30% longer but also showed no signs of heart disease or diabetes and was much livelier even through the later of their life. (The first group showed equal results as the third) The Resveratol has many anti-oxidant and anti-aging benefits, but also tricks the body into restricting calories from being consumed; in return preventing absorption of unwanted fat and protecting the skin from environmental damage. Red wine here I come!

Truthfully, the best way to achieve the benefits of reservatrol is taking it in a pill form and topically is the next best. Caudalie Paris carries products that offer a great source of reservatrol; their most popular is Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum. Although enjoying one glass for red wine per night does have its benefits, drinking the whole bottle won’t, too much alcohol will counteract the benefits and dehydrate the skin.

So remember, do as the French and partake in a glass of wine at dinner and don’t do as the Irish. Au revoir!

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Stepping Into Science with SkinMedica TNS

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Are you looking for a revolutionary anti-aging product; a product that is clinically proven to give results? The search for this kind of product is usually one of which is ongoing, however help is on the way with SkinMedica products. By great customer reviews and support, SkinMedica has definitely stepped up the game with their potent products in the TNS line.


The TNS Recovery Complex is a leader when it comes to addressing multiple skin care concerns. For many people these days time is short, this could be just what the doctor ordered! As with all of the products in the TNS line, the Recovery Complex contains NouriCel- MD. It is a research based cosmetic ingredient discovered through wound healing, composed of natural human growth factors, soluble collagen, matrix proteins and antioxidants. It is the natural human growth factors included in that potent blend which play a very important role in mimicking the skin’s natural renewal process. With consistent use of this Recovery Complex you can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, lighten age spots and hyperpigmentation, improve skin firmness & texture, and treat photodamage. The product has a light serum texture which melts into your skin and can be used in conjunction with other treatment products. You would usually apply this product after you cleanse and tone with any further products applied after. The product can be used with retinol, but must be applied before your retinol with time to set in afterwards. If you are using a product containing hydroquinone, you would apply the Recovery Complex after the hydroquinone with time in between the two products to let each settle.


As if the TNS Recovery Complex doesn’t have enough to offer, SkinMedica has also introduced another breakthrough product; The TNS Essential Serum. It’s not only the NouriCel- MD but also includes a second chamber consisting of APS Corrective Complex. This second chamber, APS Corrective Complex, contains a combination of potent antioxidants including vitamin e, vitamin c, and green tea; as well as peptides and other essential anti-aging ingredients. The APS Complex will help lighten/brighten age spots, protect the skin from environmental damage, tighten and smooth skin and also strengthen the skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself. If your skin is on the sensitive side then we suggest using the Essential Serum since it contains vitamin e to help soothe the skin. The same rules would apply in application of the Essential Serum as in the Recovery Complex. So if you are ready for the ultimate in muti-benefit products then we say hurry and take a look into experimenting with either of these products. You may be quite surprised with the results you receive and from the fountain you apply from.


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10 Food Facts for Healthy Skin

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These are just a few tips to have healthy glowing skin for the new season ahead!


  1. Pull your sweet tooth. A lot of dermatologists agree that foods high in sugar result in low skin self esteem. When you cram your body with sugar, it causes the cells to breakdown in your body and this will over time make them less resilient and more prone to getting wrinkles and will dry out your skin. Yet another reason to stay away from candy. We just can’t win, can we?

  3. You can have healthy fats. Yes I said healthy fats. These are foods rich in Omega 3 or Omega 6 like avocados, fish, and nuts. You can improve the overall health of your skin by keeping it soft and supple. As an alternative you can take omega dietary supplements such as flaxseed, fish oil, or evening primrose oil if you do not want all the extra calories.

  5. Cut down on caffeinated drinks. This means sodas, energy drinks, and yes coffee! Caffeine dehydrates you; this means you can get a dry dull complexion if you continue to intake caffeine in excessive amounts. Try decaf coffee, green tea, or sodas. You will still get the flavor, but won’t deplete your skin of its much needed vitamins and minerals.

  7. Try some jolly greens. This goes for us adults too! Dark green leafy vegetables are super antioxidant rich with Vitamins A, B and E. This is a must have that our skin requires to sustain an overall wellbeing and obtain that healthy glow we all want. You may also want to add some artichokes, beans, and colorful vegetables to your salad. These are rich in silica which is a mineral that strengthens the body’s connective tissues such as collagen. If you are not a huge veggie eater try the Boscia Antioxidant Vegetable Therapy supplements. You can get your fill of 15 vegetables and herbs your body needs to stay and look healthy, without having to chew one bite.

  9. Drink your water. This may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised. It is recommended that you drink about a half gallon of pure water a day, which is about eight glasses. This will ensure that you are moving out the toxins in your body and hydrating your skin at the same time.

  11. Try some wholesome grains. Whole grains are a friendly diet and skin alternative to bleached white grains. Whole wheat contains a mineral called selenium that will protect your skin’s cells and prevent further damage from occurring. Selenium is also found in fish, red meat, eggs, and garlic.
  12. Say no to that extra cocktail. Alcohol will dehydrate your body and skin. This will result in a dull, dreary, and sometimes reddened complexion. You may think twice about celebrating with friends over a large number of cocktails.

  14. Add some berries to your diet. Berries such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums are high in antioxidants. These little colorful sweet morsels will actually protect our skin from free radical damage, so enjoy.

  16. Try Low-Fat Dairy Products. Dairy products that are low in fat are high in vitamin A. Experts agree that a diet rich in vitamin A will ensure that you will have healthy skin cells, which will give your complexion a boost and maybe even a slimmer waist line.

  18. Eat healthy oils. These will help hydrate and keep your skin lubricated. You should look for oils that are labeled cold-pressed or expeller process. This will guarantee that you are getting all of the benefits of the nutrients because the oils are less processed this way. When selecting olive oils, extra virgin would be the best choice. While healthy oils are essential, you should limit your intake to about two tablespoons per day.

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You Are What You Eat

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Health radiates from within. And no matter how much your face cream costs, it’s not going to make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin UNLESS you support your skin from the inside out with a healthy diet as well. So, in addition to loading up your shopping bag with delightful goodies, fill up your grocery cart with delicious foodies for healthy, radiant skin.


Salmon – The renowned Dr.Perricone loves his wild Alaskan salmon, and he knows a thing or two about skincare, and we agree that salmon should be a staple in your menu. The Omega-3 content in this delicious fish has immense anti-inflammatory benefits and is loaded with antioxidants.


Walnuts – Potent in protective antioxidants and also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, a handful of walnuts per day will keep your skin smooth and toned for years to come.


Probiotic rich foods – Try yogurt, kefir or kombucha. While milk and other dairy products may make you feel bloated and queasy and have been touted to cause breakouts, probiotic-rich dairy foods like yogurt are loaded with healthy little bacteria that do a great deal for your skin without icky side-effects. Try natural fruit juice, like pomegranate mixed into kefir, or walnuts in your yogurt for a satisfying, healthy snack. Kombucha is a fermented tea that’s rich in antioxidants and probiotics, and is a refreshing effervescent drink that’s great anytime.


Green tea – Sip on green tea to reap the benefits of polyphenols and antioxidants that ward off aging by preventing oxidative stress in your cells. Green tea is delicious in the winter when served hot, and yummy when iced in the summer. Adding lemon to your green tea not only improves the taste but also boosts the tea’s potency.


Veggies, fruities, leafies – Vegetables are great for your overall health and your skin’s health as well. Sweet potatoes are chockfull of beta-carotene, spinach is loaded with lutein, and tomatoes are full of lycopene. Enjoy citrus-rich fruits. Rich in super-antioxidant vitamin C, citrus not only wards off colds but also helps to boost your skin’s glow. Eat oranges, kiwi fruits, and add lemon to your water and tea.


Chocolate – Cocoa-rich chocolate (try 60% cocoa or more) is full of antioxidants and promotes circulation. Who knew that something so delicious could be so good for you!?


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