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INTRODUCING HIGHER EDUCATION SKINCARE
THINK: It’s time to teach your skin!
WHAT IT IS: Higher Education Skincare is an education-centric skincare brand with high quality, dermatologist-approved products formulated specifically for Generation Z and Millennial skin. Offering decades of experience with Fortune 500 beauty brands, Higher Education Skincare experts believe that skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. The result: a clean, cruelty-free product line packed with efficacious ingredients that promote a healthy and vibrant complexion now and for years to come.
The Higher Education Skincare mission is straightforward: make serious skincare fun by educating and empowering women to be confident, happy and healthy. The brand achieves this mission with the help of their advisory board composed of “glow-getter” females ages 17-29, who contribute insights, suggestions, feedback and ideas to ensure HES empowers their audiences with fresh, relevant content.
With a touch of whimsy, HES products feature names like “Make Out Ready™,” “Study Buddy™” and “Cram Session™” and are delivered in unique, book-like unit cartons that reveal crisp packaging, engaging surprises and special offers. Backed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Cox who has a special interest in the treatment of patients between the ages of 15-35, each product in the Higher Education Skincare line aligns with one of the core essential skincare categories: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treat or protect. All are encouraged to take the Higher Education Skincare Skin Identifier to create an individualized skincare regimen built with a core curriculum and additional electives as needed.
Unique to Higher Education Skincare is their “School of Skin,” or SOS, which provides anyone the opportunity to earn an honorary skincare “degree” through a collection of modules and quizzes while the brand’s blog “The Glow” offers sassy, educational content on topics including: healthy skin, skin science, healthy living and beauty tips, encouraging a holistic skincare education.
The collection includes:
- Pre-Req™ Invigorating Foaming Cleanser
- Cheat Sheet™ Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes
- Grinding Away™ Skin Polishing Scrub
- Rush™ Clear Complexion Wipes with 2% Salicylic Acid
- Easy A™ Gentle Resurfacing Pads
- Cram Session™ Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion
- Spring Break™ Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
- Double Major™ Moisture Relief Gel
- MBA™ Night Renewing Serum with 0.5% Retinol
- Night Owl™ Reviving Eye Complex
- Study Buddy™ Clarifying and Brightening Mask
- Make Out Ready™ Moisturizing Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 15
WHERE TO FIND THEM: From $6 - $39 at highereducationskincare.com
I had never really thought of the fact that diabetics have different skin care needs. That is, until recently, one of my diabetic readers asked me if I had any suggestions as to which skin care products would work the best for her extremely dry skin. I did a bit of research, and learned about CeraVe®'s Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief line. I have definitely learned some valuable information, and I am happy to pass it on.
CeraVe®, a skincare brand owned by L'Oréal, has announced four new products joining its expansive portfolio of therapeutic skincare products in late 2018, including a Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum and a Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief line, which includes a Moisturizing Cream, Hand and Foot Cream and a Cleansing Wash. The Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief line was developed to address the specific skincare needs of people with diabetes and help reduce their risk of skin complications, which diabetics are prone to.
According to a National Health Interview Survey, diabetes currently affects 29 million adults and the CDC predicts this number may grow to one-in-three adults by 2050, as 86 million others have already been diagnosed with prediabetes. Amongst the many symptoms diabetic sufferers can experience are skin itchiness, dryness, cracking and bruising caused by the decrease in their skin barrier's function. Diabetics are also more susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections, which can be easily contracted via cracks in the hands and feet making skincare an added concern for them.
"As the number of diabetes sufferers continues to rise, it was important to us that we develop this trio of products to help this growing segment of consumers seeking specialized skincare," said Derrick Booker, Vice President of Marketing at CeraVe®. "We know that people with diabetes have unique skincare concerns and these new products demonstrate our commitment to providing diabetes sufferers with affordable and therapeutic skincare offerings."
Each product in the line contains a combination of three essential ceramides, plus bilberry and urea which help to soothe the skin and deliver long-lasting moisturization. Bilberry is antioxidant-rich and known for helping to diminish bruising, while urea is a natural moisturizer that adds and retains moisture.
The Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, created to help consumers counteract the lifestyle habits that dehydrate skin, such as stress, weather and diet, is also set to hit shelves in late 2018. The formulation replenishes skin with hyaluronic acid, a powerful and popular hydrating ingredient that moisturizes dull and dehydrated skin and locks in moisture to prevent water loss. The serum also contains vitamin B5 which aids skin in achieving a more supple and radiant appearance.
The four new products join the brand's large portfolio of more than 40 therapeutic skincare products spanning moisturizers, cleansers, serums, sunscreens and baby products. The brand also offers products specifically formulated to treat certain skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. All CeraVe® products are developed with dermatologists and contain ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II, which help repair and restore the skin barrier. CeraVe® products, including the latest launches will be available at Amazon and mass retailers nationwide.
I personally already love CeraVe® products, and completely trust this brand. I was given the chance to review the Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief line, and it is wonderfully hydrating! I was planning to keep it for myself, but my sister-in-law just came for a visit, and she is diabetic. I decided to pass the products on to her, and she is beyond pleased with them. She has very sensitive skin, as well as dry, and she loves the products, so I am happy to share.
For more information about CeraVe® visit www.cerave.com.
Founded in 2005 and developed with dermatologists, CeraVe is the first and only brand to offer a complete line of products containing essential ceramides and patented MVE technology to help restore the skin's natural protective barrier. CeraVe has a full line of skincare products to follow the dermatologist-recommended steps of: cleanse, treat and moisturize. The brand's mission is to provide therapeutic skincare for all.
L'Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 100 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.8 billion euros in 2016 and employs 89,300 people worldwide. As the world's leading beauty company, L'Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce. Research and innovation, and a dedicated research team of 3,870 people, are at the core of L'Oréal's strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L'Oréal's sustainability commitment for 2020 "Sharing Beauty With All" sets out ambitious sustainable development objectives across the Group's value chain.
Did you know that August 1 – 7 is NATIONAL CLEANSE YOUR SKIN WEEK? I didn't either, but now that I do, I am going to celebrate it by washing the heck out of my face with my new CeraVe® skin cleansers. The weather is hot and I am sweating! I could definitely use a deep facial cleansing, among the rest of my body.
NATIONAL CLEANSE YOUR SKIN WEEK was created by CeraVe®, America’s fastest growing skin care brand, to make consumers aware of the importance of cleansing and understanding how ingredients can impact the skin. To gain full insight, CeraVe® conducted a national study, entitled the CeraVe® Skin Survey, with over 1000 adult men and women
18 and over to look at overall awareness and general habits and practices solely focused on facial cleansing. The study reveals that, despite the abundance of skin care products available and information dedicated to the topic, most Americans don’t take proper care of their skin. Also apparent is the huge need for education on ingredients as well as the critical role of proper facial cleansing to maintain healthy skin.
Key findings of the CeraVe® Skin Survey reveal that:
- 60% of men and 48% of women admit they often skip face washing before bedtime
- 66% of men and 40% of women admit that when they simply use body wash or hand soap to wash they face
- 63% of Americans don’t understand the purpose of the ingredients in the skin care products they purchase
- 65% have no idea what ingredients to look for when purchasing a facial cleanser
Only CeraVe® delivers ceramides through an exclusive patented, controlled-release unique technology that penetrates the skin’s surface to help rebuild the skin’s protective barrier and lock in moisture. Your cleansing routine is the first step in building and maintaining healthy, strong skin. CeraVe® tapped into top dermatologists to provide tips for better cleansing.
I was given the chance to review CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths, Hydrating Cleanser Bar, Hydrating Facial Cleanser.
CeraVe® Foaming Facial Cleanser:
“Skin oil and skin water content are two separate issues,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “While foaming cleansers can effectively remove oil, a squeaky-clean feeling after washing the skin actually represents harmful post-wash dehydration. When the outer skin layer becomes disrupted, the skin can become dry and irritated. Look for a cleanser that helps effectively removes oil but maintains hydration and a healthy outer skin layer. Ceramides are like natural mortar that sit between skin cells bricks to help the skin maintain water content and prevent loss of natural hydration.”
For oily to acne prone skin, Dr. Dendy Engelman states that CeraVe® Foaming Facial Cleanser is ideal. “This cleanser helps remove oil, makeup, and impurities while still hydrating the skin and maintaining the skin’s protective layer”, says Dr. Engelman. “Apply to damp face, massage into skin in an upward and outward motion, and rinse.”
CeraVe® Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths:
“I always keep a pack of CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleansing Cloths in my bag for makeup touch-ups throughout the day and quick cleansing after the gym or travel,” says Dr. Sherry Ingraham. “During the hot Texas summers, I will keep a pack in my refrigerator at home for a refreshing makeup removal before I cleanse. The cloths are great because they are gentle without over-striping or disturbing the protective skin barrier."
CeraVe® Hydrating Cleanser Bar:
“For normal to dry skin, CeraVe® Hydrating Cleansing Bar cleans the skin while providing sustained hydration throughout the day,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman. “Apply to damp face, massage into skin in an upward and outward motion, and rinse.”
CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser:
“ Over washing our hands with soapy cleansers and when we wash our dishes washes away our evolutionarily designed protective skin barrier,” says Dr. Sherry Ingraham. “Repeated daily this seemingly “normal” hand washing can lead to “hand washing dermatitis” which manifests as dry, rough, itchy patches on the tops of our hands and may even lead to painful cracks and fissures on our fingers. I recommend daily, and whenever possible, to wash your hands with synthetic liquid cleansers such as CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser and avoid classic bar soaps. Also, always wear gloves when doing dishes.”
“For drier or more mature skin, CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser is great for gentle cleansing without risk of drying,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman. “Apply to damp face, massage into skin in an upward and outward motion, and rinse.
CeraVe® Renewing SA Cleanser:
Exfoliates and cleanses while ceramides help restore your skin barrier. Good for normal skin as well as acne or psoriasis prone skin. Exfoliates, detoxifies and gently cleanses the skin of dirt and oil without the use of harsh microbeads. Enriched with antioxidant Vitamin D, it’s hydrating, fragrance-free and non-irritating.
“The skin on your elbows, knees, and heels are among the thickest on the body,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “Subject to wear and tear, the skin there commonly becomes thick, rough, and often uncomfortable for many patients. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that helps exfoliate dead cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin and contribute to the thick skin that develops.
For optimal results, apply to the skin, sing the alphabet while the cleanser sits on the skin to do its job, then rinse off.”
National Cleanse Your Skin Week, now in its second year, is officially listed on the National Day Calendar with the sole mission of bringing heightened awareness to the importance of proper skin cleansing.
I have been using CeraVe® products for several years, and they are the brand that my daughters and I always go back to. CeraVe® is high quality, effective and very affordable. Plus the bottles of product are larger, and last a long time!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Who would have guessed that the key to clear skin is in paprika and probiotics? I never would have made that connection!
The ZSS Clear Skin Method merges Probitoics and Zeaxanthin from orange paprika peppers, which has been tailored to target redness, acne and problematic skin.
The Clear Skin Method includes a topcial Zeaxanthin-based Nutri-Serum that was been developed to work in tandem with a 30-day supply of individually packaged superfood supplements, brimming with not only Probiotics and Zeaxanthin, but other ingredients such as Tumeric, Broccoli, Pomegranate, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Algae, and Ceramides. Both clinically proven (with clinical studies available) to improve your complexion from the outside and inside out by targeting your gut health to give you balanced healthy skin.
The brand has been embraced by The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), celebrities such as Lisa Vanderpump, Dascha Polanco and Jada Pinkett Smith and men and women across the US.
Take a look at this video which explains how certain foods and nutrition can affect the quality and clarity of your skin:
My daughter, Kendallyn has been taking the ZSS Clear Skin Method supplements and using the serum daily for over a month now. Before using this system, she was having breakouts that did not respond to her usual acne products or skin care routine. The ZSS Clear Skin Method has given her the beautiful, clear skin you can see in the photo below. Very impressive, indeed!
For more information about this product, go to: https://zss-skincare.com/method-2/
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.