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5 Superstar Anti-Aging Ingredients

Meet the super star players of the skin care world – and learn how to make the work for you.

1. RETINOL (a.k.a. the Cure-All)

What It Does: This vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. Forms of retinol “are among the best anti-aging ingredients we have,” says Jeffrey Dover, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine.

How It Works: Retinol works so well for skin care because of its molecular size. Vitamin A has long been known to help keep skin healthy and young-looking. However, most forms of vitamin A have molecules that are too large to get through the top layer of skin and into the lower layers of skin to work on the collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are both important components for the prevention of wrinkles. Once applied, the retinol sinks into the lower levels of the skin and stimulates the collagen and elastin. This causes the skin to look smoother and feel firmer.

How to Get the Best Results:
Pay attention to packaging. Buy it in an aluminum tube or an opaque plastic pump bottle so light and air don’t degrade it.
Use it at night. The vampire of the skin-care world, retinol works best in the dark.
Put it on after cleansing. Wash your face with warm water and make sure it’s dry before applying retinol. Then, blood vessels and pores are dilated, making more space between cells for absorption. (Prescription versions, called retinoids, in particular must be applied to dry skin or they absorb too quickly and irritate.)
Make sure it tingles. If you can’t feel it, it’s not strong enough, says Dover.
Go easy on your eyes. Dab around the eye area every third night. Retinol is great for undereye crepiness.

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5 Holiday Beauty Saviors

5 Holiday Beauty SaviorsThanksgiving is here and it’s time for turkey and pumpkin pie which, of course, is just the kick off to the holiday overflow of insatiable sweets. We often forget what this indulgence can do to your complexion. As the holiday season begins to rear its roller-coaster-ride-head: traveling, family affairs, late nights and shopping sprees are on the horizon. While the end of the year is festive and full of cheer, it can wreak havoc on your skin–going from fresh and dewy to Brilo pad overnight. Before Santa hits the malls, a simple point and click to these 5 products will have you stocked up for a radiant glow all season long!

SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub – Designed to help open congested skin, this luxurious scrub will slough away dead skin leaving you with a smooth, even complexion. This mild exfoliating gel combines natural microbeads with gentle cleansing and hydrating agents to thoroughly cleanse pores and promote healthy cell renewal without damaging or drying skin. Diatomaceous earth microbeads are formulated at maximum density to provide intense and even exfoliation without causing lacerations. Additionally, the highest purity of aloe softens polished skin.

Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% – This professional strength serum uses advanced scientific formulas developed and tested by leading Vitamin C experts. Obagi Professional-C 20% offers maximum daily antioxidant protection and greater penetration than other Vitamin C products. The greater the penetration, the greater the antioxidant benefit to your skin.

NeoStrata Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream – Staying hydrated is always a challenge during the holidays. We pull late nights, eat gluttonous foods and toast to one too many New Year’s resolutions. When you don’t hydrate your body, the first place you’ll notice it is on your skin. When you’re hitting the slopes and visiting higher altitudes, lotions, which contain more water than creams, will evaporate almost immediately upon skin contact. Whereas a cream moisturizer will actually penetrate into the skin and create a shield against harsh, drying weather.

NeoStrata Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream is an antioxidant moisturizer formulated to gently exfoliate, moisturize, and restore the skin, reducing the visible signs of aging on the face and neck. It helps calm and strengthen the protective barrier of dry, stressed and sensitive skin. As part of a daily PHA regimen, this formula has been shown to reduce skin vulnerability and redness over time, and to significantly improve texture, firmness, lines, and overall skin clarity.

iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex – My, what big eyes you have! When your beauty nemesis makes a snarky remark about how tired you look, you know it’s time to resuscitate those baby blues. This breakthrough formula utilizes “intelligent proteins” to combat the signs of aging at a cellular level. These proteins are clinically proven to target damaged sites and help regenerate skin. Powerful peptides, key growth factors and potent antioxidants rapidly reduce wrinkles, puffiness and dark under-eye circles to keep skin moist, smooth and protected all day long.

RevitaLash Volumizing Mascara – Maximize your lashes! With a high performance, clump-free formula your lashes will look thicker, fuller and more luscious than ever. The custom designed brush will separate and define for an eye-popping finish. Used together with RevitaLash the results are even more stunning. This volumizing Mascara by RevitaLash frames your eyes so your true beauty shines through. Between the Youth Complex Eye Treatment, a few drops of Visine and a wave of this waterproof mascara wand, Holiday party hopping will not affect how fabulous you look!

What SkinMedix products are your Beauty saviors during the holidays?


Top 5 Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Top 5 Moisturizers for Dry Skin -

Dry, flaky skin can be itchy and uncomfortable, but dry facial skin can be almost as embarrassing as a breakout. Whether you’re dealing with an all-over moisture problem or a few annoying spots, these products will do the trick—even during the worst winter months.

1. Revaleskin Intense Recovery Treatment – contains the highest concentration of CoffeeBerry extract (1.5%) offered in skin care to naturally, effectively restore the vitality of stressed, aging skin. This non-irritating, super-antioxidant formulation dramatically minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and redness and provides visibly noticeable nourishment and renewal.

2. Neocutis Bio Cream Bio Restorative Skin Cream w/ PSP – helps to restore elasticity and radiance to stressed skin. Formulated with PSP, the most complete protein blend of Human Growth Factors, Cytokines and Interleukins available to rejuvenate and soothe skin. Nurtures, nourishes and refreshed stressed skin after non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as fillers, microdermabrasion and light peels.

3. SkinCeuticals Emollience – uses a combination of grape seed, rose hip and macadamia oils along with Brazilian sea algae to moisturize dry skin. It also works well in dry, cold climates as well as high altitudes.

4. PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator – rich emollient moisturizer contains a blend of humectants and shea butter for maximum hydration in patients with dry and mature skin. It alleviates skin dryness and provides excellent antioxidant benefits.

5. SkinMedica Rejuvenative Moisturizer – a facial cream rich in vitamin E and vitamin C (potent antioxidants that protect the skin from environmental aging influences), essential fatty acids and botanical cellular enhancers. A perfect solution necessary to replenish tired, stressed skin by rejuvenating the skin and easing the appearance of aging.

A good facial moisturizer is a must if you want to keep your skin looking young and healthy. Our top 5 moisturizers list  for dry skin are long-lasting and fast-absorbing, so you won’t need to worry about showing any signs of dryness! Visit or follow the product links below to purchase!

Neocutis Bio Restorative Skin Cream w/ PSP

Revaleskin Intense Recovery

Top 5 Eye Creams

Top 5 Eye Creams -

Identifying your eye issues—puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles, dryness—is easy. Finding an eye cream that will make them disappear? Not so much. Here’s a list of our Top 5 eye cream sellers this month to help take away the guesswork.

1. Neocutis Lumiere Bio Restorative Eye Cream with PSP – an intensive line smoothing eye cream with PSP and age minimizing actives energizes, which revitalizes and rejuvenates the delicate eye area. Neocutis Lumiere is formulated with 30% more PSP, the most complete protein blend of Human Growth Factors, Cytokines and Interleukins available to smooth and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

2. Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream – a one-of-a-kind eye treatment that includes a revolutionary bi-mineral complex, copper zinc malonate, to help restore the elasticity around your eyes and reduce the appearance of visible fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Revision Vitamin C Eye Complex – infused with restorative and protective ingredients that hydrate, soothe and preserve the delicate skin surrounding the eyes. Eyes are bathed in calming nourishment. Skin appears instantly smoother, firmer and more emollient.

4. PRIORI CoffeeBerry Radiance Eye Serum – This fabulous eye treatment for all skin types smoothes wrinkles to reveal younger, more radiant eyes. The 99.2% natural formula is delivered in a lightweight serum that hydrates, corrects and protects morning and night. Developed by scientists  -not doctors – who are considered Anti-Aging Authorities, the same scientists who brought you AHA in 1983, Idebenone in 2004 and CoffeeBerry in 2008.

5. Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer for Eyes – Specifically formulated for the delicate eye area, this breakthrough formula reduces the appearance of crow’s feet by 33% in 4 weeks, increases skin firmness by 40% and illuminates the eye area for a more youthful appearance. As soon as you apply this product you will feel a tightening and lifting. After one month, skin is smoother, lines are softened. With continued use, you – and everyone else – will notice the difference. The appearance of wrinkles, especially those stubborn laugh lines will be significantly reduced.

What is your favorite eye cream?


5 Summer Time Tips for Looking Great

5 Summer Time Tips for Looking Great

For most people, summer is the best part of the year! The sun is chirping, the birds are shining, the water’s wet – people just seem happier! 🙂 Here are a few tips to get through a hot, summery day while feeling your most beautiful…

1. Drink Water. The summer—in particular, the sun and the heat—bring some hidden dangers. For your skin and body, it is important you drink enough water. You usually notice dehydration when it’s too late – a throbbing headache, a sore or dry throat, or chapped lips. To avoid this, always bring a bottle of water on hot days. Staying hydrated is important. Your body consists of over 70 percent water, and you will sweat through all your pores when it’s warm. It’s important to refill your H2O levels. I also like coconut water because it has the same pH level as your blood, and is considered one of the best hydrating drinks.

2. Avoid Sunburn/Use a Good Sunscreen. And what about the sun? Well, most people like to sunbathe and get a healthy glow, if not a tan. Unfortunately, some people overdo it and get sunburned. When you do burn, your skin is damaged forever. You might think a new layer of skin will appear after a few days of losing the dead skin, but the damage is more than skin deep—each sunburn increases your risk of getting a form of skin cancer. The best thing for your skin is to really avoid to get burned all together.

 The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. Before I hit the beach, I use iS Clinical Translucent Powder Sunscreen SPF 20 on my face instead of my usual makeup for a quick and easy flawless look. It’s also works great as a setting powder over foundation while giving added protection. It comes in a self-dispersing brush applicator, which makes it perfect for touchups along the way. This powder sunscreen combines micronized zinc oxide and transparent titanium oxide to provide the finest and safest broad spectrum protection. In the summer, I never leave the house without it.

4. Eat enough. You need the energy to get through a hot day— it takes a lot from your body. I prefer light foods such as vegetable & fruit juices, salads and sushi. Eat serveral small servings throughout the day (that makes your stomach look flatter, too, as it is not filled up so much at once!).

5. Work out in the AM. It’s likely that you’re too tired after a day of work, but having a light workout in the morning hours when the sun is not so high up—the weather is not so hot yet, and you are energized after a good night sleep—is probably the best. This also makes for better circulation of your blood, and your body is perfectly ready to face a tough & warm day. You will sweat out all the bad toxins, and a nice shower afterwards makes you nicely refreshed!

What do you do to keep looking great in the hot summer sun?

Talk soon! XO


iS Clinical SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen

Top 5 Vitamin C Serums

Top 5 Vitamin C Serums

While Vitamin C has a strong reputation for building up the immune system, it also has properties that have made it an increasingly popular ingredient in cosmetic skin care products. In 1992, Dr. Sheldon Pinnell of Duke University conducted a study that proved the vitamin-C form of L-ascorbic acid reduced sun damage. These findings resulted in further studies that proved vitamin C’s other positive effects on the skin. Today, vitamin C has become a star ingredient in facial serums.

Vitamin C is a prime ingredient of collagen, the substance that binds cells together. Collagen metabolism and production are key attributes of healthy, radiant, younger looking skin. Collagen, in fact, depends on vitamin C, which implies the vitamin’s importance to healthy, attractive skin. Stable collagen production fights wrinkles, and ensures evenness in the skin’s tone and texture. It can also be helpful for acne and acne scars.Vitamin C’s function as an antioxidant also benefits the skin, as it neutralizes and protects the skin from damaging free radicals.

A facial serum with vitamin C provides the most benefit in the vitamin’s topical application. In one of its derivative forms, vitamin C will penetrate the surface layers of the skin to deliver its collagen-stimulation benefits, and protect the skin from damaging environmental factors, like ultraviolet rays. One of the benefits of a vitamin C serum is that they are usually oil free formulations that are suitable for oily skin.  They can also be followed with your favorite moisturizer.  Serums usually lack creamy, soothing ingredients, so sensitive skin types may need to follow up with a cream or lotion.

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