Skin Food from Skin Actives Scientific

Recently I went through a bout of dermatitis. I am still unsure where it came from but I had been using quite a lot of acids (ascorbic, salcylic and DMAE among them). I’m of the school, “if a little is good, then more is better.” Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Although my skin was becoming very smooth (hey, look it’s smoother…let’s put some more acid on it!), I ended up ‘burning’ my face, neck and the palms of my hands…quite uncomfortable with lots of redness, itching and even some burning. Yikes! Plus, I looked like I’d had a peel, and I guess I had–a self-imposed one.

Skin Actives Scientific to the rescue…in the form of an amazingly active, incredibly gentle and wonderfully nutritive serum called Marine Nutrient Serum (MNS)! MNS contains a fully-active formula including sea kelp bioferment, sodium PCA, alpha bisabolol, coconut endosperm, natural active peptides, sodium hyaluronate and guaizulene. What are these actives, you ask?

Sea kelp bioferment: a sea macroalgae rich in caragenaan, algin, minerals and many active chemicals. Fermentation makes the cell contents of this algae readily available to your skin, moisturizing it and providing the nutrients required to synthesize new components. Incidentally, this is the key ingredient (the Miracle Broth™) in Crème de la Mer!

Bisabolol: this natural chemical is partly responsible for the anti-inflammatory effect of chamomile essential oil. Useful in the treatment of acne, may also help with rosacea. Yes!

Sodium PCA: this derivative of glutamic acid (an amino acid) is very hygroscopic, i.e. absorbs large quantities of water. It is one of the natural components of “natural moisturizing factor”.

Coconut endosperm: coconut endosperm (Cocos nucifera) is considered perfect “skin food”.

Sodium hyaluronate (aka Hyaluronic Acid): Because of its water holding capacity this active will help keep your skin moist.

Natural active peptides: a mix of small size peptides derived from marine collagen. They will help with moisturizing but, mostly, they will supply your skin with amino acids that will be used in collagen synthesis. They are also likely to work as “matrikins” making your skin cells synthesize new collagen just as when the skin is damaged.

Guaiazulene: this molecule, also called azulene, is a natural colored substance present in some flowers. It is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory activity.

Combined in Marine Nutrient Serum, these ingredients create a power house of skin food, gentle and effective–and super healing and soothing. My skin is all better…perhaps even improved. Gotta love that.

RECOMMENDED: Make your own version Marine Nutrient Serum using Sea Kelp Bioferment from NCN Professional Skin Care and all other ingredients from Bulk Actives.

Get Creative…with Creative Nail Design

Creative Nail Design, started by dentist-by-day, chemist-by-night Dr. Stuart Nordstrom (nice name!) in 1970’s, is the home of renowned products like Solar Oil (remember Solar Oil? I do…and I still use it today!) and GelBond nail adhesive. Creative Nail Design was ‘reborn’ in 1997 and they are still going strong (pun definitely intended) today.

If you’ve never tried one of the amazing Creative Nail Design Enamels, you are in for a treat. Unlike many nail polishes, CND formulates their enamels with NO formaldehyde and NO DBP. So, they’re good for your nails. Plus, the addition of a UV absorber prevents the no less than 109 richly pigmented shades from discoloring or fading.

These lush enamels, $6 each, glide on like butter, with no lines, gloppiness…they’re practically goof-proof because the formula is sooooo smooth. And they dry quickly, to a hard, yet flexible, finish. I’ve been wearing a shade called Negligee which is a barely pink, sheer, slightly opalescent shade that is perfect for daytime.

Creative Nail Design also offers some fab cuticle repair products. A.H.A. Cuticle Eraser is a hydrating treatment that helps rough, dry cuticles ‘disappear’ and keeps hangnails away. Rejuvenator, with copper, peptides, panthenol and aloe, is an incredibly rich copper complex cuticle therapy cream for those of us with especially damaged skin around the cuticle. Me, the cuticle-nibler, has found that the combination of these repair treatments topped with a layer of Solar Oil has transformed my sad, ragged cuticles into those of a ‘lady of leisure.’ Well, not only are my nails Creative, but so are my fantasies, right?

Comments for a Cure: Update

Well, it’s official. GirlPaint is excited to announce that we received 20 comments over the June 4-6 Comments for a Cure event.

As a result, $20.00 was donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation / Komen for the Cure.

Ongoing efforts of the Comments for a Cure event are the fabulous eBay auction kickoff. Visit this page for a listing of the items up for bid–I must say that our Beauty Blog Network team put together some fab collections, so get out there and continue the great work…and bid on one (or more) of the items. The goodies you’re bidding on will not only benefit yourself, but the dollars you spend will help someone else, too. Good luck!

Look Good…Feel Better

Ever heard of Look Good…Feel Better? No, it’s not a vitamin cream, nor is it a nutrient-infused drink concoction. It is a a free, non-medical, brand-neutral, national public service program founded in 1989 and supported by corporate donors to help women offset appearance-related changes from cancer treatment.

FREE. HELP. For women (and men and teens) who have cancer, and are dealing with the effects of the disease…and the treatments…Look Good…Feel Better offers many services.

Group Programs
Each two-hour, hands-on workshop includes a 12-step skin care/make-up application lesson, demonstration of options for dealing with hair loss, and nail care techniques.

Trained cosmetologists provide personal advice in salons using patients’ own make-up, as well as a free make-over tips booklet.

Self-Help Kits
“Just for You” self-help kits in English or Spanish with 30-minute video and make-over tips booklet are offered free to patients who cannot locally access Look Good…Feel Better.

Look Good…Feel Better’s toll-free information and referral line — 1-800-395-LOOK — is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our trained specialists speak English and Spanish — and translators are available for many other languages.

And the major sponsors and donors list reads like a who’s who of cosmetics giants and well-known cancer research and support foundations and charities. Quite impressive to say the least.

If you or someone you know could benefit from Look Good…Feel Better, visit their site and find out how to Look Good…Feel Better now.

Protect Your Skin, Be Good to Your Skin…Everyday

Everyday…be good to your skin. Say hello to Everyday Minerals pure mineral makeup and say good-bye to inferior, damaging, expensive makeup.

What’s different about Everyday Minerals? It contains only 4 inert ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, and Zinc Oxide. This is 100% all natural mineral makeup, free from oils, preservatives, fragrance, talc, and all other binders that cause skin irritation.

What else? Everyday Minerals is the only major mineral makeup company in the world offering superior salon-grade mineral makeup at a price every woman can afford. In fact, their goal is to eliminate the need for mass-market chemical and plastic based products entirely so that every woman can enjoy the benefits of premium all-natural makeup. Wow!

I’ve tried several Everyday Minerals products, including their foundations, concealers and blushes. And I must say that the quality rivals i.d. minerals and Jane Iredale. And you still get the same wonderful, natural protective qualities (all-day-long SPF 15) that you get from the others…with fewer ingredients and for less money. For example, the large 8 gm. size of foundation is $12

Bonus: you can choose from Matte, Semi-Matte, Original Glo (a dewy, slight shimmer), and Intensive, featuring more coverage in an almost-matte formula.

Everyday Minerals gets major bonus points for their FREE Sample Makeup Kit and for their 100% Guarantee.

Free Cancer Screening on June 25 in NYC

WHO: face to face nyc day spa & a board certified dermatologist from St Vincent’s Hospital

WHAT: FREE 10-Minute Skin Cancer Screening

WHEN: Monday June 25th, from 5-8pm (By Appointment Only, Call 212-633-0404)

WHERE: 20 West 20th St, Ste 603

WHY: According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. With summer here, there is no better time to ensure that you are melanoma free. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

7 Steps to Cancer Prevention

Courtesy of Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (

You can protect yourself against many diseases, including cancer, by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Take action to reduce your cancer risk with these seven simple steps.

1. Don’t use tobacco.

Tobacco use is deadly and causes cancers of the lung, throat, mouth and esophagus, in addition to causing heart disease, emphysema and many other smoking related health problems. More than 80 percent of all lung cancer is related to smoking, and non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk for lung cancer and other respiratory problems.

Don’t smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes or use smokeless tobacco. If you do use tobacco, quit now! Keep children away from smokers. Help to create smoke-free public environments in your community.

2. Eat a variety of healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.

There is an increasing amount of evidence linking diet to cancer. Some research suggests that one-third of all cancers diagnosed every year may be related to what we eat. Reduce dietary fat intake, especially animal fat. Make your diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains.

3. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.

Add exercise to your routine to reduce stress, control your weight and reduce your risk for cancer. Even moderate exercise at least three days week can make a big difference in your health and well being.

4. Protect your skin from the sun.

Always wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or more, even on hazy days, no matter your skin color. Overexposure to the sun is the cause of most skin cancers, including the most deadly type, melanoma. Most damage occurs in childhood and adolescence when skin cells within all layers are still developing. Be certain to protect your children’s skin as well as your own.

5. Avoid risky behavior: Practice safer sex and limit alcohol consumption.

Cervical cancer is linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV). Women with HPV – a sexually transmitted virus – are at an increased risk of getting cervical cancer. Beginning at age 18 or when they become sexually active, women should begin regular pelvic exams and Pap tests to detect pre-cancerous or abnormal changes in the cervix. Always use a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom. While condoms can’t protect against HPV, they do protect against other sexually transmitted diseases.

Alcohol alone may play a role in 3 percent of cancer deaths. Alcohol and tobacco together can be a deadly combination. If you drink, limit your consumption to no more than two drinks a day.

6. Follow cancer-screening guidelines.

There are many tests that can help detect cancer early when it’s easy to treat and that can detect abnormalities before they become cancer. Ask your health care professional which screening tests you should have and when. Find out if you are at higher risk for some cancers because of family history or your lifestyle. Talk with your health care professional about earlier or more frequent screening or if there are other steps you can take to protect yourself.

7. Get immunized.

Cancer prevention includes being immunized for certain types of cancer. Ask your doctor about such vaccines.

Comments for a Cure Official Kick-off

Today, Monday June 4, 2007, is the official Kick-off date for Comments for a Cure, a Beauty Blog Network-wide cancer fund-and-awareness raising effort.

GirlPaint has pledged that for every comment posted beginning today and running through Wednesday, June 6th, $1 will be donated to Komen for the Cure in order to help in the effort to bring a stop to this killer disease that affects 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 3 women.

We beauty bloggers appreciate your support and hope that, even beyond June 6th, we’re all a little more vigilant and a lot more educated about cancer, its effects and its victims…and hopefully, there are far fewer of them in the days to come.

Many types of cancer are partially preventable, so please visit to learn more…don’t forget to share what you learn with your friends and family. If you’d like to learn more about the Susan G. Komen, the Foundation and Komen for a Cure, GirlPaint’s selected cancer charity, visit

Long Lasting Soft Lips from TESS Sun-Kissed Lip Balm

I recently tried another great lip product from TESS (Teen Everyday Skincare System). It’s called Sun-Kissed Lip Balm, and all I can say is that this is hands down the best lip balm I’ve ever used. I love how their website humbly claims “Deeply moisturizes and protects the lips from overexposure to the sun.” Well, I’m here to say that this claim is absolutely true. And I’ll even add some acclaim to their claim.

I’ve been using Sun-Kissed for several days and my lips have never been softer….and I’ve never had a lip-balm last so long, and be so pleasant to apply and wear (endlessly). For example, today before I left the house to play tennis, I put on Sun-Kissed–by the way, yummy subtle minty-vanilla scent and pleasantly sweet flavor–and after an hour on the court, Sun-Kissed was still going strong. Seriously, there was still a nice layer of this perfectly textured balm on my lips. And the look is untraditional for a balm. Not waxy, not glossy…just right.

So, say goodbye to rough, chapped lips. And say goodbye to messy, waxy, goopy lip-balm. And say hello, soft, supple, kissable lips…for good. $16

Open Your Eyes to FACE Atelier

Alert! New “favorite” alert, that is…

FACE Atelier eyeshadow. In a word, luxurious. In many words, perfectly balanced colors, rich textures, soft and smooth application, hours of wear, no creasing or caking…I could go on, but let’s just move on to a few of my favorite shades. $15

Light pinky-peach with a tiny hint of shimmer. The perfect base color for fair-skinned folk like myself. Or wear Melon alone with cat-eye liquid eyeliner…tres chic.

Metallic Taupe
Simply gorgeous, perfectly shimmery medium-toned warm brown. I LOVE Metallic Taupe when sporting a smoky eye to die for. Much more luxurious than grey or black.

Blue Steel
The photo appears more grey than it actually is, Blue Steel is an absolutely gorgeous, oceanic, warm-ish shimmery blue. If mermaids wore eyeshadow, this is the color they’d wear every day. Period. Blue Steel makes a lovely contour shade, and also a fabulous layering color when eye-lining.

Ice Burg
Yum. Ice Burg is one of those eyeshadow colors that I cannot stop staring at. It is truly one of the most gorgeous, rich colors I’ve ever laid eyes on (hahahahahaha)…and when I lay it on my eyes, WOW. If you have any green or gold in your eyes, Ice Burg makes it POP! Again, a perfect shade for ‘smoking’ or for contouring.

Highly Recommended: FACE atelier’s eye shadow Palettes, available in (4)-well and (12)-well designs

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