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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.

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.

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.

The Two Magic Ingredients for Lighter, Brighter Face

The latest studies show…

How many times have we heard that? Countless, I imagine. But guess what? Those “latest studies” are actually pointing to some real, actual results (this time).

So, I assume you’re here to hear ’bout the good-results studies on the two magic ingredients. Okay, here goes…

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, real, actual results from honest-to-goodness studies — Harvard, even — point to the effectiveness of glucosamine combined with niacinamide to reduce hyperpigmentation of the skin, especially in those with UV damage.

What’s this mean? In laymen’s (or laywomen’s) terms, using a topical combo of  glucosamine and niacinamide in the right amounts and, in time, you should see lighter, brighter skin.

Hey! That’s great!

But wait. Where do you find these magic ingredients? What is the “right” amount? And how long will it take before you get the glow?

Hold still, I’m not finished.

1. You can get glucosamine (in the effective form of N-acetyl-glucosamine, best known for helping treat arthitis prior to the skin care studies) and niacinamide (a vitamin B derivative) at most any bulk skincare actives retailer: Bulk Actives, Garden of Wisdom, The Herbarie or LotionCrafter. Just mix them into your favorite (non-active) facial moisturizer for a custom blend.

If you’d rather not DIY (do-it-yourself) your skincare, you can also find them together (ah, how sweet) in Olay’s Definity line.

2. The amount of each active, at least the amounts noted in the “studies,” suggest that 2% glucosamine and 4% niacinamide should do the trick.

3. How long must you wait to experience the magic? Try four to eight weeks.

Not bad, eh?

And guess what? The news gets even better. How, you ask? Glucosamine and niacinamide are both shown to be effective for all skin types (hear that, Sensitive Sally?), plus they’re inexpensive. Expect to spend about $6 (or less) for each active if you buy in bulk — doing so, you should have enough to last several weeks or more. And Olay is asking about $25 for their Definity complex.

Bottom line: light on your pocket book, bright on your face. Gee, sometimes those studies ARE right … and bright.

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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