Posts Tagged ‘fine lines’

Lighten Up, Under Eye Circle Fighter!

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Suffering from under eye dark circles? We’ve got just what you need! One of our customer’s favorite eye creams which address both the underlying and superficial causes of dark under eye circles is EmerginC Lighten Up Under Eye Circle Fighter. This wonder cream is a potent, comprehensive and effective dark circle fighter with state-of-the-art topical lighteners and skin strengtheners. It contains a blend of Grape Fruit Extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Green Tea, Aloe, and Jojoba Oil.

This product has five star reviews from our customers. Customer AllieLib wrote, “I love this product! I have tried so many under eye creams that claim to lighten and help dark circles, and none of them have truly worked until emerginC’s ‘under eye circle fighter’. I saw results after the first application and it just kept getting better! I’m loving this product, and am so happy to have finally found something that works!!” We love this kind of feedback!

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Wrinkles 101

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Let’s talk wrinkles. We all have some type of wrinkle on our skin, but do we know what causes wrinkles, the different types, and most importantly how to diminish the appearance of them? According to the Fitzpatrick scale there are 3 classes of wrinkles: superficial wrinkles, fine-to-moderately deep wrinkles, and fine-to-deep wrinkles. The severity of the wrinkle will determine which treatment option is appropriate for you.

Mark Twain once said “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been”. In that case we should all be delighted about our wrinkles right? We have earned our laugh lines, battle scars, and wisdom; but now I think we deserve a break for all of our hard work!

There is hope for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, sometimes just by minimally using effective products and/or procedures. You will want to look for products that contain active ingredients to resurface your skin while boosting collagen and elastin. You can start by using a mild exfoliant such as glycolic acid and a topical retinol such as the Skinceuticals Retinol. Ther’es a a .5% for sensitive skin and a 1% for more tolerant or problematic skin. This will help the appearance of uneven skin tone; improve wrinkles and texture while encouraging collagen production.

If your wrinkles are beyond laugh lines and are not as superficial as they were in your 20’s and 30’s you may want to look into alternative treatments to use in conjunction with your anti aging products. Procedures include microdermabrasion, IPL photofacials, injectables, or skin laser resurfacing. You will want to consult your dermatologist for your best treatment options available for your specific concerns.

The key to your success for fighting the signs of aging is prevention. You should limit your sun exposure at all times, and make sure you are always wearing a sunscreen with an SPF30 or higher. You will want to look for a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. UVA rays are the main culprits for premature aging on the skin because they penetrate more deeply, so make sure you are choosing a broad spectrum sunscreen. A good sunscreen to try is the La Roche Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen. Wearing a daily sunscreen will help to prevent breakdown on your skin while promoting a healthy glow. Aside from the sun, watch out for the other no no’s such as smoking, poor nutrition, and not hydrating your skin properly.

We are all going to age eventually, but we don’t necessarily need to look our age… right?

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The NEW Baby Quasar MD

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Baby Quasar, one of the most innovative anti-aging companies has developed a brand new device, the Baby Quasar MD.

The new Baby Quasar MD is 3x more powerful and more effective than the original, so you will be able to achieve professional results in half the time. It is the most powerful and effective consumer device available, and was previously only used in medical facilities.

The device works by emitting infrared light and four different wavelengths that stimulating your skin to increase blood flow and circulation. As the skin ages it produces less collagen and hyaluronic acid which will make the skin deteriorate over time. The Baby Quasar MD will generate the production of new collagen which will improve the overall condition of your skin. It will soothe and heal the skin, it will also firm, treat large pores, reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. You can also use the device on the green mode for up to 12 minutes at a time, to treat pain such as arthritis, sprains, and wounds.

The new MD is just as easy to use as the original and just as portable. The MD has three settings, an orange LED low for sensitive skin, red LED high for normal skin, and a continuous wave green setting which is the highest power setting to increase blood flow and circulation. There is an indicator light on top of the device which will indicate which mode you are in.

When you begin using the Baby Quasar MD treatment you will want to make sure your skin is clean with no makeup or skin care products except for a hydrating serum. You will also want to remove any jewelry. The Baby Quasar pure silk is recommended to use in conjunction with your quasar before you begin treatment. Visually divide your face in 6 different sections and use the device for 2 minutes on each area of the face. The device will beep when it’s time to move to a different area of the face.

Rather then using the device 2-3 times per week with the original Baby Quasar, it’s recommended that you use the Baby Quasar MD only once per week for 24-36 minutes per treatment. Because of the strength you can use the Quasar MD up to two times per week; this will allow your skin enough time to regenerate and to prevent dryness from overuse. To clean the Baby Quasar you can use a cotton pad with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide after each use.

The Baby Quasar MD can be used on all skin types, it is Dermatologist recommended, and is FDA approved and accepted. The quasar will make a great addition to any skin care regimen because it will boost the benefits of any products you are already using. If you have any medical concerns we suggest first consulting your doctor or dermatologist before using this device.

*photo courtesy of http://www.babyquasar.com/ 


Condensing Your Products

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It’s an amazing thing when ingredients that usually should not be paired together are formulated to work in perfect harmony, and then condensed into one super product!

Say hello to Reti-C SPF15 by Vichy! This product offers numerous benefits all in one tube. Personally I can give testament for Vichy. The products from the line may seem very simple but the products definitely work! I know that with any of their products I can feel assured that I didn’t waste my money or my time. The Reti-C SPF 15 contains retinol and vitamin c to correct signs of aging, such as lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and even acne. Plus, Reti-C SPF15 provides essential moisture and sunscreen protection!

If you need additional proof that this is an outstanding product, watch this video from another happy beauty hunter.

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Wrinkle Warfare with Perricone MD

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Waging war against wrinkles? Don’t admit defeat, it’s time to pull together your resources and strategize a plan of attack. According to Nicholas V. Perricone, MD, “Wrinkled, sagging skin is not the inevitable result of growing older. It is a disease and you can fight it.”

Dr. Perricone addresses the signs of aging in a three tiered approach with an anti-inflammatory diet, nutritional supplements, and topical anti-oxidants. All elements are designed to work synergistically promoting optimum health for your skin, body and mind.

An anti-inflammatory diet consists of high-quality protein, like that found in poultry, fish, shellfish and tofu, low-glycemic carbohydrates such as colorful fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains like beans, lentils, legumes and old-fashioned oatmeal. Additionally, healthy fats especially those found in salmon, halibut, herring, nuts, seeds, and olive oil are essential to the diet. It’s also crucial to keep the body hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day and beverages that are high in antioxidants such as green tea.

Nutritional supplements provide a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals that are essential to help your skin look its best and should be a staple in every woman’s anti-aging regimen. Dr. Perricone carries his own range of supplements that enhance the benefits of his topical products for maximum results.

The last weapon in Perricone’s anti-aging arsenal is topical treatments. Perricone has a barrage of products that address every concern. Some of his most touted products include:
Perricone MD Deep Wrinkle Serum , whic smoothes and relaxes deep lines and wrinkles for a botox like effect with a unique peptide complex. Elasticity is increased and the skin’s texture is more smooth and supple.
Perricone MD Firming Neck Therapy, which improves skin firmness and elasticity, reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and neck skin creases. The skin is toned, tightened, and hydrated.
Perricone MD Cold Plasma is a revolutionary anti-aging product the addresses the 10 visible signs of aging all in one product: firmness, elasticity, clarity, radiance, smoothness, texture, redness, blotchiness, fine lines and wrinkles, and dryness. The skin is lifted and firm with DMAE, which stimulates nerve function, causing muscles under the skin to contract and tighten, preventing sagging skin.

Looking for a fresh start to a new year? Visit Dr. Perricone’s site for a 28 Day step by step diet and exercise plan for a younger looking, healthier you in 2011!

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Revolutionary Retinol

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SkinMedica Tr-Retinol Complex ES is the latest advancement in SkinMedica’s laboratories. This radical product contains the highest concentration of non-prescription retinoid available to treat the signs of aging.

Combining three forms of Vitamin A and a patent pending Microsponge delivery system, fine lines and wrinkles are greatly reduced with minimal or no irritation to the skin. Results from a clinical study show Tr-Retinol Complex ES and Tretinoin .025% are equally effective.

SkinMedica Tr-Retinol Complex ES diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates cell regeneration, and evens out skin tone and texture. The appearance of age spots are reduced and elasticity and firmness are significantly improved.

Look no further, this is the retinol you’ve been searching for!

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Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System

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If you are already a fan of Clarisonic then you may have heard the buzz surrounding the Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System. The new Clarisonic Opal is designed for the delicate skin around the eye area and is the perfect compliment to the Clarisonic Skin Brush.

Here are some of the benefits reported in clinical studies:

• Visibly improves fine lines, under–eye puffiness and dark circles
• Immediately hydrates, leaving eye area feeling refreshed and energized
• Eye area looks younger and smoother
• Brighter appearance of eye area
• Skin is firmer with a noticeable improvement in elasticity
• Benefits improve with continued use

See the Clarisonic Opal in action backstage at New York Fashion Week 2010.

Have you tried the Clarisonic Opal? What do you think? We’d love to hear your Clarisonic stories!


Unique Ingredient…Diamonds

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Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend…your skin will love them too.  In addition to being a beautiful accessory, diamonds also provide two key skincare benefits;  illumination and exfoliation.

Diamond particles have the ability to provide a youthful radiance to the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by reflecting light and diffusing shadows.  The B. Kamins Therapeutic Diamond Radiance Deep Wrinkle Concentrate is a fantastic serum that uses the diamond’s illumination quality.

Diamonds are also a powerful tool for exfoliation due to their well-known strength.  They swiftly and effectively remove dead skin cells to visibly improve the texture and appearance of your skin.  Diamond particles are a key component in the BORBA HD Illuminating Plasma Crystals.


StriVectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream

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In April of 2010 I had the pleasure of trying the StriVectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream.  If you have read any of my other product reviews you may already know my skin tends to be a bit more on the dry side. Finding a moisturizer can be difficult for me. Friends and coworkers asked why I would be using this product since I didn’t have any fine lines, wrinkles or sagging skin?

My answer to them was that I had heard so many positive reviews on this product and, if it truly worked I wanted the benefits of the lifting, tightening, toning and moisturizing of my skin now before these problems arise! 

So often I have customers call in to consultation on how to keep their skin young looking, firm and healthy.  My first answer is sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!  My second recommendation would be StriVectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream.

I applied the product twice a day, once in the morning after cleansing and toning my skin, and once in the evening after cleansing and toning my skin.  I stayed true to this regimen for four weeks and after that have been applying it mornings and evenings 3 times a week as directed to maintain results.

Since using the Instant Facial Sculpting Cream my skin has been healthy and hydrated.  I’ve noticed firmness to my facial area and I see no evidence of fine lines or deep wrinkles that would suggest my age.  I recently ran into a friend (38) who graduated from high school a year before I did.  I was amazed at how much he had aged and how much the StriVectin had stopped time in its tracks for me.  While I don’t claim to have perfect skin, at 37 years old I still have people guess I’m in my late 20’s to early 30’s!

I can’t speak highly about StriVectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream and HIGHLY recommend it for anyone wanting to turn back the hands of time or stop time in its tracks! 

Definitely a MUST HAVE PRODUCT!


Do It Yourself: Home Facials

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So it’s nothing new that money may be tight for everyone these days, even for the avid spa goers. There are priorities like kids, appointments, friends and family to attend to. Relaxing a little usually falls to the bottom of our to-do list. Here are some great products and tips for an at home facial, that will guarantee refreshing results.

The DIY facial consists of a few main components. You need just an hour of your day, a few products, and a calm mind. It is important to relax and have a little fun. You may want to get your kids involved by putting a mud or clay mask on them. Otherwise your spa getaway can be a solo project, or a fun time with your girlfriends.

Supplies:

  • Warm towels (hand towels work perfectly)
  • Cleanser, toner, exfoliator, mask, treatment, moisturizer, eye cream.
  • Tea bags or cucumbers for the eyes. To use up the leftovers, you can make an iced tea or sip on some cucumber water while you relax.
  • Hand or body lotion and cuticle oil if you have it. (olive oil is a great alternative to soften hands and cuticles).
  • Essential oil of your choice. Any health food or specialty store should have a selection. Pick the scent that speaks to you and enjoy.
    Applicators for products: A paint or nylon foundation brush will work great for your applying your mask.
  • Quiet place to lay down with relaxing music. This is simply a must!

Tip: You can store very hot towels inside of a large ziploc bag by rolling them up; this will keep them warm for a little while. For a longer lasting approach, try putting water on the bottom of your crock pot, enough to cover the bottom and fold up a few wet hot towels. Then put the lid on and presto… instant hot towel cabby! You can also put a few drops of essential oil into the pot for an aromatic experience.

While you’re masking you can give yourself a nice hand and arm massage. First apply your cuticle oil generously, and then follow with the body moisturizer of your choice. You also may have one of those spa foot tubs lying around from a few Christmas’ ago, now is the perfect time to dust it off and put it to use. You can place a few drops of essential oil in the water and enjoy a relaxing foot soak. For some bubbles add a teaspoon of bubble bath or shower gel to the water and enjoy. Hot towels will also come in handy for your foot bath.

After you cleanse remove with hot towel. Then apply a toner or water to your skin. You then will want to apply an exfoliator of your choice. For something quick, easy and non messy try an exfoliating peel pad. The Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel/2 Steps is an amazing two step treatment with real results. For the lips you can use a little brown sugar and a few drops of water or olive oil (if you have some honey you can a little to the paste), this will give you a smooth finish for soft,  healthy lips. After you have exfoliated and cleansed your skin and lips off with a towel you will want to apply a mask of your choice for 10-15 minutes.

Click here for some ideas on homemade masks.

After masking in pure bliss you will want to apply a treatment serum of your choice. You will need to go out into daylight and face the world after your relaxing facial so choose an antioxidant serum like Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. This will hydrate and protect your skin from free radical damage. Lastly, don’t forget the moisturizer preferably one that contains an SPF and an eye cream. Moisturizing your skin will seal in the benefits of the facial and also soften and hydrate your skin. An eye cream will do the same and will make your under eyes feel hydrated all day long. Try the Lisa Hoffman Spa Facial Eye Treatment. This is a weekly eye treatment just perfect for that spa facial experience. In every good facial your Esthetician will finish off with a lip balm or treatment, don’t forget this step just because you’re at home. The lips are important too!

We hope you take steps to put yourself first sometimes. You can try these simple tips and tricks for a luxurious facial all in the comfort of your own home.



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