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4 Perfunctory Puss Perfectors

Want to put your best face forward? Here are four new and tried-and-true products to help you do just that.

First up, Goldfaden just released Daily Scrub. This very scrubby exfoliant contains ruby crystals, anti-aging red tea, hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract to help remove dead surface skin cells and other impurities to reveal fresh, soft skin and nourish your complexion all in one. Goldfaden Daily Scrub saves time since you just mix a small amount with your regular facial cleanser, plus it saves money because it enables your skin to better absorb your precious toners, serums and moisturizers.

Developed by Carmelite monks, Easeamine is a new and innovative adenosine-enriched anti-aging facial treatment. What’s adenosine? In its usable form, adenosine triphosphate, or ATP is a special carrier of energy in all living things. It acts as a chemical ‘battery’, storing energy when it is not needed, but able to release it instantly when the body requires it. According to Easeamine’s own research, the adenosine in their cream increases protein synthesis, increases cell size, and it benefits skin by decreasing the amount of wrinkling, roughness, dryness, laxity, sallowness, and discolorations in skin. Some of the proceeds of this relatively affordable ($65/tube) treatment supports the work of the Carmelite Charities which include feeding, clothing and educating the needy as well as helping to fight global warming.

Skin Again, a leader in the production of skin care products that are infused with the Energies of healing elements, introduced pRo-Tone serum, which is specially formulated with all-natural ingredients, including pure aloe, calendula, chamomile, burdock, and Vitamin E. pRo-Tone was originally developed to help mitigate and heal burns of all types — razor, waxing, sunburn, chemical and otherwise — when the company’s founder severely burned her face when lighting a backyard fireplace. pRo-Tone healed her skin completely…no scars or discolorations. It contains a unique blend of soothing phyto-nutrients and peptides and a patented Dermavibe formula which consists of vibrational energies of hundreds of natural extracts that work to reduce pain, inflammation, redness and blistering caused by different kinds of burns. It also works as an extremely effective anti-aging and anti-inflammatory treatment for your face, neck, decollete and hands.

To help stop ‘disappearing makeup’ syndrome, Senna Cosmetics developed its Silky Primer under makeup smoothing serum. Packed with anti-oxidants like Vitamins A and E, this colorless primer makes your makeup go on effortlessly and last all day. By filling in pores, fine lines and wrinkles, your skin looks and feels silky smooth and super soft.

Best Concealer Ever is Actually Eye Shadow Primer? Yep.

I am LOVING Senna Cosmetics Totally Transforming Eye Shadow Primer. This anti-aging neutral cream eye shadow primer contains a potent vegetable ogliopeptide from natural hibiscus that functions in much the same way that Botox injections do, but without the pain and loss of facial expression!

It not only helps firm and smooth the eyelid while minimizing lines and wrinkles, it’s THE perfect concealer. It covers discolorations such as redness, darkness, or irregular pigmentation, and it stays on ALL DAY. And I’m one of those gals whose makeup mysteriously disappears as the day wears on. Well, Senna Cosmetics’ Eye Shadow Primer is what wears on…and on and on. I use the smallest dab under my eyes, around my nose and on those pesky blemishes, and it covers them beautifully — like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And I’ve tried just about every concealer on the market…usually I end up looking like a raccoon (um, too white) or an Oompa Loompa (yeah, too orange). This stuff is perfection. And it makes you look perfect.

As an eye shadow primer, it’s great, too. Eye colors look richer and more true, and they last longer.

To use, just apply after eye cream and before eye color. Smooth over the entire eyelid. May be used under and around the eyes and anywhere you need to ‘cover it up’ also, but use sparingly. A little goes a long way.

This Summer's "It" Body Lotion: Light, All-Natural, Environmentally Friendly

Summertime is the prime time for touch-ably soft, smooth skin. But in this heat who wants to slather herself with thick body butter or dense, sticky lotion? Not me.

The cure for uncomfortable heavy lotions, potions and creams comes from family-based Kazam Natural Body Care in the form of summer-perfect Tropical Tangerine Hand and Body Lotion. All-natural, this hydrating, moisturizing and nourishing hand and body lotion is delight to the senses
and a special treat for the skin, and best of all it’s light and cooling.

Formulated with “a joyful blend of tangerine and orange, patchouli and other essential oils,” you simply can’t find a better, all-natural lotion for summer. It’s a truly luxurious hand and body lotion, natural and organic for beautiful healthy skin — gentle to your skin and to the environment.

Widely popular in Africa,  Kazam Natural Body Care was founded by Ms. Marjorie Moutari. Kazam manufactures Natural Body Care and Organic Health and Beauty Products. Available online, in boutiques, beauty shops and from mail order, Kazam ships all over the United States. These organic health and body care products are also available at home parties and in other stores. Some of their customers and clients includes Celebrities, Fashion Models and Diplomats. Voila!

Ms. Moutari, founder of CEO of Kazam Natural Body Products received her training in natural personal care products, perfume and essential oil manufacturing in Europe, Africa and the United States, she also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Pratt Institute in New York. She has over 10 years experience as a holistic nutrition and diet consultant, counseling patients on nutrition and health matters.

RECIPE: Newest Miracle Skin Care Ingredient…and It Works!

Beautiful, Young Skin Courtesy of Hyaluric Acid
Beautiful, Young Skin Courtesy of Hyaluric Acid

In Japan, it’s touted as the Natural Facelift. ABC’s 20/20 reported that it’s the “magical” ingredient that keeps skin young. And The Times newspaper in the UK says it gives “new life.”

What is this magical, life-giving, face-lifting ingredient?

It’s called hyaluronic acid. Also known as HA, NaH and sodium hyaluronate.

Naturally occurring in the human body, HA production declines as we age. This contributes to the loss of moisture; the skin becomes thinner and less supple. The loss of HA may also impair the skin’s ability to repair itself and possibly affects the synthesis and deposition pattern of other skin matrix components.

Hyaluronic Acid is found in all of our connective tissue. And recently, scientists have discovered that by supplementing it, our joints, hearts — and our skin — can benefit tremendously.

What does HA do? According to Ultimate-Cosmetics.com, “It helps to keep skin smooth and “plump” through its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It lubricates the joints and plays a critical role in the rapid repair of wounds and other skin conditions. Improves eye-sight.”

It’s the anti-aging effect on the skin we’re concerned with in the here and now, and the effect HA seems to have on the skin is at the level of promoting the formation of collagen, the fibers that firm the skin.

So where can you get hyaluronic acid? There are a couple of natural ways to get HA into your diet. The first is from starchy root vegetables like yams, potatoes, carrots. The other way is to eat animal parts known to contain a lot of hyaluronic acid: bones and connective tissues (yum. not.). By boiling down fish and animal bones, joints, sinews and tendons, then adding a few root and other vegetables, you can create a healthy, nourishing soup. Easy, right? Well, perhaps for some, but not me. Call me anything, just not a cook…or an eater of fish bone/root vegetable soup. Another, more palatable source of HA is through supplementation. Most grocery and health food stores sell HA supplements.

But these aren’t necessarily the best ways to deliver HA to your skin. What is, you ask? Simple. Use skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid, and lots of it. Better yet, make your own.

Hyaluronic acid is available in a cosmetically-safe powder from many bulk skin care ingredient companies. And HA mixes fairly easily. You can make a simple HA serum or a gel to mix into your existing skin care products.

Here’s a recipe for a great hyaluronic acid (HA) serum that you easily can make at home.

  • Pour 1/2 ounce of distilled water in a small glass container, preferably the one you will use to dispense your serum. A 1/2 ounce or 1-ounce glass pump bottle is ideal.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of hyaluronic acid powder into the water.

NOTE: the powder and water will not incorporate right away.

  • Cover and leave the mixture to set for 4-8 hours, overnight if possible, in a cool, dry place. After setting up, the mixture should become a gel.
  • Once the mixture is set, add preservative (Germaben or your choice, as long as it’s safe for water-based cosmetic mixtures) and mix well.

Use this serum twice daily by spreading a small amount (dime size or smaller) over your face and neck, after you cleanse and before you moisturize. In four to six weeks’ time, with regular use you should see a reduction in wrinkles as well as firmer, plumper skin overall. Sans fish bone soup.

Acne Myths and A Recipe to Clear It All Up

Acne in plain English …

  • Myth: Washing your face more often will help clear up acne

Reality:  Zits aren’t caused by dirt. Contrary to what you may have seen in advertising, pores don’t get blocked from the top down due to “impurities”. Rather, the walls of a pore stick together deep within the skin, starting acne formation. Far from keeping acne at bay, frequent washing may actually irritate pores and cause them to become more clogged. A washcloth can add even more irritation. The best bet is to wash your face gently with clean, bare hands, and only wash twice a day.

  • Myth: Stress causes acne

Reality: Stress may have an effect on hormones and theoretically can promote acne. However, an effective anti-acne system is more powerful than a bout of stress any day. Some medications may cause acne as a side effect, but stress itself is no big deal (for your skin, that is). Your time is better spent determining the right course of acne treatment rather than feeling stressed about stress.

  • Myth: Masturbation or sex causes acne

Reality: This totally antiquated notion, originating primarily to dissuade young people from having premarital sex, is just plain wrong. Don’t believe the hype. ‘Nuf said.

  • Myth: The sun will help get rid of acne

Reality: The sun may work in the short-term to hasten the clearing of existing acne while reddening your skin, thus blending your skin tone with red acne marks. However, a sun burn is actually skin damage. It’s important to prevent damage to your skin while trying to get rid of acne. Sun exposure causes irritation which can make acne worse. People will often notice their skin breaking out as it heals from sun damage. The sun is a short-term band-aid which will often bite back with more acne in the weeks following exposure. Having said that, I don’t want to give the impression that the sun is evil. It’s not. We get our vitamin D from the sun. Limiting sun exposure on acne prone areas of your body is prudent, but some exposure from time to time is not only unavoidable, but is perfectly okay. Just wear a good sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

Acne Cream Recipe

  • 1 ounce of Sea Kelp Bioferment
  • 1/4 tsp. of White Willow Bark extract (Salicylic Acid)*
  • 1/2 tsp Rosehip Seed Oil**

Dissolve willow bark extract in sea kelp, add rosehip seed oil and mix well. Leaves skin velvety soft! Best of all: it’s soooo inexpensive and effective.

*Do not use this recipe if you’re allergic to aspirin.

**If you’re afraid of the oil, FEAR NOT. Rosehip seed oil is one of the best things you can put on your face, oily skin or no. If for whatever reason you experience breakouts as a result of using this cream, mix up another batch without the oil.

all ingredients can be purchased from Bulk Actives (www.bulkactives.com) and NCN Professional Skincare (www.ncnproskincare.com)

Dull Complexion? Fix It with a Fruit Fiesta!

Mychelle Fruit Fiesta PeelPlagued by blah winter skin? Longing for fresh, dewy skin in honor of spring?

Then check out MyChelle Fruit Fiesta Peel.

I sampled this all-natural dermaceutical peel recently, all I can say is, “Wow!” The texture is similar to strawberry jam, minus the sweet stickiness. The smell is just like a tart, juicy raspberry.

As the website claims, “Antioxidant and nutrient dense organic raspberry puree, and natural acids romance your skin to a more radiant, youthful glow. You will feel a light tingling and stimulating effect that will leave your skin refreshed.” Romance your skin…did ya get that?

All true! And yes, YOU WILL feel a tingling. The website appropriately warns that Fruit Fiesta Peel is not for beginners, so if you’re not accustomed to facial peels, approach with caution. Although it looks and smells de-lish and is called “Fiesta,” this is one serious fruity product. In fact, a patch test is recommended especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies (to berries, in particular).

Once you’ve determined your face is good to go, Fruit Fiesta really is like a party on your face. Just apply a thin layer — a little goes a long way — to cleansed skin. And please try to avoid your eye area. Take it from me, you don’t want this stuff in your eyes. After three minutes, rinse Fiesta away. I’ll say it again, expect a tingle. NOTE: If your skin gets too irritated or stings, wash off immediately with warm water.

After three short minutes, you’ll find your skin baby soft, super smooth, refreshed and renewed. Just in time for spring! Follow with your favorite fruit mist or floral water and a nice rich moisturizer.

BONUS: MyChelle Dermaceuticals is offering 15% off select products (including Fruit Fiesta Peel) through April 30, so there’s no time like the present to try a party on your face.

Other beautiful and all-natural favorites from MyChelle include the divine-smelling Serious Hyaluronic Firming Serum; luxurious, non-greasy Hand Cream; and the aptly named Supreme Polypeptide Cream.

DIY Skin Care…Is it all it's cracked up to be?

In the world of do-it-yourself, there’s home repair, tech gadgetry (see make.com for some pretty cool projects) and then there’s your skin.

I started dabbling in DIY skincare a few years ago. My introduction started innocently enough with homemade lipbalm…some recipes incredibly successful–a chocolate-mint balm that used real chocolate chips…yum–and a few not-so–picture a sluggish mess of shea and cocoa butters sitting on a layer of glyercin goo…ewwww.

After a short while, I graduated to essential oils and aromatherapy home-study (ahhhh, lavender oil, the cure-all). The result of a solid year or so of investigation? Not much, I’m afraid, but I do still use a homemade concoction including sweet orange oil to clean my bathroom and freshen my linens. Plus, I know exactly which little smelly bottle to reach for when the signs of a cold sore pop up.

About a year and half ago, I disovered a little website called Skin Actives Scientific, a supplier of bulk skin care ingredients. And my DIY hobby became an obsession…as did my obsession with blogging about it.

Bulk actives suppliers, among them Bulk Actives, Lotioncrafter, The Herbarie and The Personal Formulator offer individual active skin care ingredients. The same ones found in the best, most expensive and most effective skincare products available on the market today–along with a nice selection of ready-made products–at a fraction of the price. So you can literally make your own version of Creme de la Mer…or just about any other high-end skin care product you can think up…as long as you have the INCI ingredient list.

My own first DIY products–mostly face treatments–were hit and miss. And many of them–the misses, anyway–looked a like anything from a vegan’s kitchen project gone bad to, well, baby poop.

Since then–after a few skincare experiments gone awry–I’ve learned *some* restraint, had a lot of fun…and gotten much improved skin, too boot. I was born in 1970, and my age is often guessed at least 10 years younger (even with my grey hairs showing!).

Over the next few months, I plan to post some of my successful recipes, along with some tips about what to do and not do when mixing your own skincare concoctions. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I have and that you save a few bucks. Who knows? We might just start a little DIY skincare revolution right here. Well, I can dream, can’t I?

Skin Savers Deluxe

I was down with a major head cold over the weekend and as a result of rubbing my nose raw with too many Subway napkins (who buys Kleenex anyway?) and suffering rough, chapped lips from heavy-duty decongestants and antibiotics, my face was not lookin’ too good, ya’ll.

So I reached for a few (hopeful) remedies and thank goodness, by the time Monday rolled around, I was actually quite presentable.

Juice Beauty Organics To Go Kit contains a power-packed, anti-oxidant rich assembly of organic facial goodies to help you put your best face forward. Kit includes a creamy milk cleanser, refreshing hydrating mist, exfoliating green apple peel, vitamin rich-antioxidant serum and lightweight oil-free moisturizer. $29 (a $45 value for only $29?! Yes!)

Skin Actives Scientifics Every Lipid Serum (ELS) is specifically designed to help repair the skin barrier and supply all lipids your skin needs. I never knew my skin needed so many lipids, but this healing serum is the one of those products I hope to never be without again…ever. Ever. $9.50 for .5 oz.

And who’da ever thought that a super-shiny lip gloss would actually soothe and treat your lips well enough to heal and reverse chapped lips? Not me, but guess what? I was wrong, wrong, wrong. TINte’s Flavored Lip Shine provided a fabulous, shea-butter enriched layer of pampering goodness to my lips that was unexpected. Nourishing, moisturizing and very pretty to boot, TINte continues to impress me with their incredible lip treats…ehem, treatments. $17

Head colds be d*****, I’ve finally got you beat! Ha-ha!

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