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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.

Never Get the Wrong Foundation Color Again

Senna Cosmetics Mineral Mix FoundationI recently discovered Senna Cosmetics, and glad, glad, glad am I!

So far, I’ve tried a plethora of goodies from Senna, each of which I’ll be reviewing soon. But, first up is a Senna best-seller, Mineral Mix Cover & Finish Foundation.

Mineral Mix marks the end of getting the wrong foundation color. How so? It contains a beautifully blend-able loose mineral powder foundation in the base along with a darker pressed mineral foundation powder in the lid. Simple and smart.

Mineral Mix isn’t just a color-matching miracle. It’s also smart in other ways. A special milling process gives this mineral foundation a supremely silky smooth texture that glides onto the skin. The neutral color range looks fresh,  clear…more natural than any I’ve tried before. Natural minerals supply the dewy soft light reflection needed to diminish lines, wrinkles and flaws while also providing chemical-free sun protection. Plus it completely covers blemishes, discolorations, redness, even rosacea and is gentle enough for the most sensitive, problem-prone skin.

I really love that Mineral Mix is chemical free. Not only that, but it’s also free of talc, oils, fragrance, waxes, and dyes. So if you’re looking for a super-natural foundation that actually lives up to its promises, you’ve finally found it.

Moreover, Mineral Mix is great for all skin types, but it’s particularly good for oily skin. In fact, makeup artist Wei Lang gives it two thumbs up, saying Mineral Mix “gives the ultimate soft-focus finish.”

Don’t forget: GET 10% OFF AT SENNA THROUGH TODAY (8/30) by entering “tweet10″ at check-out.

$5 DIY Cleanser for Skin As Soft 'n Smooth As a Baby's Butt

Yesterday I ran out of my mediocre foaming facial cleanser — I use it because it was expensive and it removes my makeup pretty well, but frankly, it’s pretty much so-so. Well, in a pinch I used a little olive oil and a warm washcloth to remove my eye makeup last night. Aside from the obvious oiliness, I was quite pleased that my makeup came off completely and lickety-split, plus my skin stayed soft and supple around my eyes.

Today, instead of heading off to the department store in search of another high dollar, mediocre facial cleanser, I decided to make my own.

Based on the oil cleansing method — the gist of which insists that the best way to remove dirt and oil from your skin is to use oil (sort of like fight fire with fire?) — I grabbed some ingredients from my kitchen cupboard and bathroom medicine cabinet and got to work.

The result of my efforts was a cleanser than not only cleansed my face without stripping it but one that also made my skin super-smooth and soft.

Here’s the recipe and what I did:

In a kitchen mixing bowl, I threw in about 1/2 cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of liquid bath soap (castile or whatever you have is fine) two tablespoons of water, one tablespoon of plain glycerin (available at your local drugstore) and 1/2 teaspoon of Optiphen, a paraben-and-formaldehyde free preservative. Then I whisked everything together and poured it into my old facial cleanser bottle. That’s it.

I applied about a quarter-sized portion to my face and neck, massaged in circular motions for a minute and rinsed. Ah, clean, soft, smooth skin.

Total cost for my new fabulous facial cleanser? Because I typically buy organic stuff, my version may be a little pricier than yours’ll be. All told, I made 4 oz. of safe, pure, effective, anti-aging, skin-softening cleanser for about $6.

Optional ingredients:

Also quite inexpensive, these ingredients can be found at bulk soap-making/skin care ingredient suppliers, health food stores or handicraft stores. Warning: If you add any of these to your recipe, be careful around your eyes as they could irritate and sting.

  • Alpha hydroxy acid – I always have some lactic acid in my bathroom cabinet (I know, I’m weird that way). Used regularly and in the proper amount, AHAs are gentle and effective anti-aging exfoliants. Add a teaspoon or so to this recipe.
  • White willow bark extract – a great source of salycin or beta hydroxy acid, WWBE is one of the best, most gentle exfoliants available. Plus it helps keep pores clean and blemishes at bay. 1/2 to one tablespoon is ample.
  • Essential oil – I like lavender because it’s good for your skin for countless reasons, and it smells divine. Other good ones include heliochrysum, lemongrass, tea tree, Clary sage, rosemary, sandalwood, rose or chamomile. Add a few drops up to 1/4 teaspoon to suit. Start with just a little to be sure it doesn’t irritate your skin — you can always add more later if you want.

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.

Primed for Perfection

Arbonne Virtual Illusion Makeup PrimerI recently had the good fortune to sample Arbonne’s Virtual Illusion Make-up Primer. I’ve used dozens of primers, and frankly never really understood why people wore them. After sampling Arbonne‘s, now I get it!

For example, Saturday I went into work for an important event. I was going to be doing lots of running around, schmoozing, rubbing elbows, meeting-and-greeting…I think you get the picture. Anyway, by the time I finally took my make-up off at around 1:30AM (!!!), it was FLAWLESS. Looked just as perfect as when I put it on that morning. I was amazed. To the point that I almost didn’t want to take it off (it looked really good).  Plus, my pores were virtually invisible! To say the least, I’m purchasing full size of Virtual Illusion…and can’t wait to get it, ‘cuz now I get it.

P.S. Arbonne is one of the rare few product lines still made in the U.S. so you can be assured of its quality and efficacy.

Special thanks to Sondra Wright, Arbonne Reg. VP for the Virtual Illusion sample. Image courtesy Arbonne.

Glowing, Beautiful….and Younger by the Day!

I gotta a couple of new goodies in the mail this week that I had to share with you…and I am now looking forward to a glowing-er (yes, it’s a word–I coined it myself) holiday season!

First up, from Skin Actives Scientific (SAS)* is their CHAS Antioxidant Serum. CHAS is short for Complete Hydrophilic AntiOx Serum (when they say “Scientific,” they mean it). I could go into all the details about CHAS but it’s been a few years since my last chemistry class and I might flub it up trying to explain this one.

To get the lowdown on what ingredients CHAS contains and specifically what each ingredient does, I strongly encourage you to visit the SAS CHAS product page. In a nutshell, this golden, medium-consistency serum contains the best and most complete antioxidant formula available, plus it contains SAS’s own exclusive protein called SOD (Superoxide Dismutase) which basically fights free radical damage on a level that’s not normally seen in any skincare product.

The result: a glowing complexion that is protected on an amazingly broad scale! For anyone out there who has experienced sun damage and environmental damage (pollution), this serum will go a long way to keep your skin protected (and I mean really protected) and to improve the moisture and elasticity of your skin. In the couple of days I’ve been using CHAS, my skin has already taken on a smoother, glowier quality. I can barely wait until Christmas–I’m unwrapping new skin as we speak! CHAS is a revolution in a bottle…for your skin.
Next up is DuWop Bronzerush June. Bronzerush is a beautiful gold palette that includes a golden, silky-smooth powder bronzer and a deceptively bright coral translucent gel blush. When I saw this kit, I immediately shied away, as I ALWAYS do with bronzers. With my fair skin, I inevitably end up with streaky, orange cheeks when I use bronzer. But Bronzerush was so beautiful that I just had to try it, and much to my surprise the color was, in a word, perfect–subtle, warm and not all orange-y. And the gel blush added an amazingly natural color to the apples of my cheeks. It offset the gold in the bronzer perfectly and made me look like I spent a day on the slopes. This fabulous palette is also available in Bronzerush August that contains a bronzier (yes, another word I coined–deal with it) bronzer and a deep cherry cheek color, perfect for medium to deep complexions.

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