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It is never too early to start taking good care of your skin. My daughters are both in their early twenties, and I have taught them the importance of proper skin care. At my age, I am using anti-aging products, but my daughters need an entirely different range of products for their younger skin.
Higher Education Skincare was developed specifically for the Gen Z and Millennial age group as a clean, cruelty free, education-centric line with high quality dermatologist-approved products.
Teenagers and young adults have different skin issues than more mature skin, like mine. Those with younger skin are not yet dealing with wrinkles, lines and loss of firmness, but the right skincare regimen can help to maintain healthy skin for a lifetime.
Higher Education Skincare's products align with one of the core essential skincare categories: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treat or protect and when used daily help correct a variety of skin conditions such as acne, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, sun damage, dryness and sensitivity.
I received samples of HigherEducation Skincare to review for my daughters. Below is a description of each one.
Pre Req Foaming Cleanser delivers an invigorating gentle foaming cleanser for normal to oily and combination skin that cleans impurities and removes excess oil while removing all traces of makeup. Exfoliates without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Tea Tree Oil provides benefits for skin that is prone to breakouts. Skin feels clean and refreshed.
Grinding Away Skin Polishing Scrub is a gentle, luxurious scrub that removes dead skin cells, improves skin texture, and helps to clear clogged pores. Your complexion can appear smoother, brighter, and more even in color.
Easy A 30 Exfoliating Pads help remove dead skin cells, replenish moisture, and visibly minimize pore size. Skin looks vibrant, smooth, and refreshed. Skin never feels dehydrated.
Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion is a lightweight, off-white hydrating lotion is a daily antioxidant, loaded with vitamins A, C and E, that protects skin by limiting the production of free radicals which can cause cell degradation over time. Added melanin helps protect the skin from damaging blue light emitted from digital devices, the sun, and other sources. Plant extracts and peptides help restore skin hydration and resilience.
Spring Break SPF 30 is an oil-free sunscreen with sheer solar protection defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assaults that cause skin to age faster. Microfine zinc offers broad spectrum physical sunscreen protection from both UVA (the aging rays) and UVB (the burning rays) and leaves the skin feeling silky soft. Contains aloe vera and super antioxidants to help soothe and balance the skin. Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), fragrance-free, and safe for sensitive skin.
For more information go to: https://www.highereducationskincare.com
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
A Spa Day at Home? Yes, Please!
Hop in the shower with Lavanila Laboratories’ Healthy Vanilla Bean Cream Body Scrub. Blended with whipped shea butter and five nourishing essential oils, it whisks away dead skin cells—revealing soft, hydrated and, glowing skin ($40; Lavanila.com).
Wrap up your wet hair with DreamDry’s Dream Turban™, and cut drying time in half. Made from an incredibly plush, extra-absorbent fabric, the Dream Turban™ gets the job done, leaving your hair healthy and shiny ($30; DreamDry.com).
Keep your skin looking and feeling great with KORRES Body Oils. They come in an assortment of scents that will leave your skin feeling it’s best. Moisturize with a spritz after showering for smoother looking skin. This lightweight body oil provides a soft glow and fresh scent. With an easy-to-apply spray, it's perfect for trouble spots and dries quickly so you can get going on your day ($28; HSN.com).
Treat your feet with PediSpa by Look Beauty Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask. This non-traditional masque contains a foot exfoliate plus treatment filled in a pair of wearable socks. Found in the Pharmacy Foot Care Aisle, the effective treatment contains key ingredients like chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts to help control callus build-up for visibly smooth feet within two weeks ($9.99; Target in the Pharmacy Foot Care Aisle and Target.com).
*Products received. All opinions are my own.
I recently returned from a trip to Hawaii, and while I was extra vigilant about putting sunscreen on my face, neck and chest, I somehow neglected my legs and received a terrible sunburn on the front and the backs of my legs. The pain subsided after a few days, but then the peeling began! My legs looked like I had an awful skin disease. Thankfully, I have discovered the ViaBuff Exfoliator.
The ViaBuff skin buff gives you the ability to cleanse and exfoliate and renew your face and body. This special buff made from a patented design exclusive material is gentle, yet durable enough for your exfoliation needs. With 60% more surface area than your average buff, ViaBuff goes beyond your average loofah, with skin being noticeably smoother after just one use. This custom exfoliation products allow you to find the buff that best fits your skin exfoliation needs. This buffs also help with skin conditions such as ingrown hairs and psoriasis. From getting rid of stubborn acne or exfoliating away acne scars to helping to smooth eczema, Viabuff has a buff for you.
The ViaBuff’s exclusively designed material last 3 times longer than your average loofah or bath pouf. You will be able to use less of your body wash or facial cleanser because ViaBuff’s moisture loving material builds optimal product lather for smoother, more uniform application.
When my sunburned legs first started peeling, I needed to use the most gentle exfoliation level, which was the green shade on my body buffer because my skin was still pretty raw and tender, but flaking like crazy.
I was amazed a how just a tiny bit of my body wash turned into a thick, creamy lather when I applied it to the buff and got it wet. I exfoliated my legs twice a day with the gentle exfoliator before I gradually started to use the stronger one, which was the pink color of the buff. After about three days of buffing my legs, my skin looked polished and renewed without a trace of the flaky nightmare that my skin had become.
Look how badly my legs were burnt! Ouch!
Thankfully, my legs are finally back to normal with no more flaking, I feel human again!
For more information go to:https://www.viabuff.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Spring is here and as the weather gets warmer, you will be wanting to reveal a little more skin. It is time to exfoliate and get that skin glowing! Tree Hut has the most amazing and luxurious body scrubs I have ever tried! Right now my favorite is Tree Hut's Tropical Mango Shea Sugar Body Scrub.
Experience intense exfoliation with Tree Hut's Shea Sugar Body Scrub with the exotic scent of Tropical Mango. Real Mango Puree, a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, provides long lasting nourishment to aged skin, leaving your skin radiant and youthful. This gentle sugar scrub is infused with Certified Organic Shea Butter, natural Mango Puree and an array of natural oils. Evening Primrose, Safflower Seed, sweet Almond, Avocado, Macadamia Seed and Orange Oil nourish as real sugar grains gently polish away dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth.
- Certified Organic Shea Butter: Rich in Vitamins A, E, and F to help collagen production and promote skin elasticity. Shea Butter softens, smooths, and helps strengthen skin.
- Mango Puree: Packed with vitamins and minerals to renew dull skin and reveal a natural glow.
- Safflower Seed Oil: Natural linoleic acid contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to fight skin conditions. It also prevents dryness and hydrates to provide healthy glow, while promoting elasticity.
- Evening Primrose Oil: Regulates the function of skin's oil glands, working to increase elasticity, fight wrinkles and help heal skin conditions.
- Sweet Almond Oil: A potent antioxidant for healthy skin and stimulates the formation of collagen.
- Avocado Oil: Defends against free-radicals. Also rich in nutrients such as oleic acid, potassium, and lecithin, Avocado Oil works to generate healthy skin.
- Macadamia Seed Oil: Supports healthy cells and helps reduce skin deterioration.
- Orange Oil: Soothes dry, irritated skin while supporting collagen formation and helping repair skin damage.
I have been using my Tree Hut Sugar Body Scrub for a couple of weeks now. I use on my feet, elbows, legs, arms and chest. I even used it on my face when I had dry patches, and it gently, yet effectively removes all traces of my dry, dead skin. This amazing body scrub smells so heavenly and polishes my skin to a beautiful glow. My skin is left perfectly hydrated and completely smooth.
I love using it before I apply my sunless tanning products because it removed all of my rough skin and I end up with a streak-free tan. I absolutely love it!
For more information go to: http://www.treehutshea.com/
Disclaimer: I received product samples to review. All opinions are my own.
With Valentine’s day right around the corner and love in the air, loving the skin you’re in is all about striking the right balance. If you’ve got a face that can’t make up its mind—dry yet oily, craving a deep clean but still demanding essential hydration—embrace complexion complexity with a cleanser that cleans skin without the dryness. During this season of love, Bioré Skincare Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser is ideal to deep clean the oily parts of skin without stripping dry areas, allowing you to fall in love with your skin, just the way it is.
Formulated with Skin Purifying Technology, this breakthrough complex uses dirt-seeking cleansing molecules to cling to and eliminate impurities while leaving behind 90% of skin’s natural moisture. Bioré Skincare Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser. Developed to be Oil-Free and Hypo-Allergenic, this Dermatologist Tested formula addresses both oily T-zones and delicate dry areas for an even clean that lets you love your skin like never before.
Scrub away dull, dead winter skin and open up clogged pores with Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub.
Give pores a breath of fresh air! This gentle yet effective face scrub uses perfectly spherical beads—not jagged edges—and the pore-unclogging power of salicylic acid to deep-clean clogged pores. The scrub unclogs pores by penetrating deep down where blemishes start, and helps prevent future breakouts. Show the door to nasty pore-cloggers with this face scrub and get ready for beautifully clear, smooth skin.
Get rid of blackheads and hard to remove dirt from your pores with Bioré® Deep Cleansing Pore Strips.
Pull the plug on clogged pores! Pore Strips are the deepest way to clean your pores. In just one use, Bioré® Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are twice as effective as the leading pore cleanser at getting rid of pore-clogging build-up, dirt and oil that can cause blackheads. Plus, with regular use they can actually reduce the appearance of your pores!
My Experience: Having teenagers in the home means, well, zits! I get them occasionally myself. It is that dreaded time of the month that makes my girls' and my skin very oily and prone to breakouts. We love Bioré® Skincare products because they truly cleanse the skin with a deep down clean that many facial cleansers just do not compare to. Many facial cleansers remove makeup and some dirt, but leave behind oil. My daughters and I trust Bioré® Skincare products to not only deep clean our skin when it really needs it, but to keep oil and shine at bay.
Fresh, pretty skin for Valentine's Day!
Bioré® Skincare products are available at Select food, drug and mass merchant stores.
For more information, visit www.Bioré.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Holiday Skincare Tips from Jan Marini
Jan Marini, President and CEO of Jan Marini Skin Research, is a pioneer in the professional skincare arena. She has more than three decades of experience researching and developing new and innovative skincare technologies. Below are her top beauty tips to help keep skin protected and youthful during the holiday season.
Tip #1: Dry Lips
One of the most common complaints relating to harsh winter weather is dry chapped lips. Not only are dry lips uncomfortable, but they can interfere with lipstick application and certainly look unsightly. Here’s a tip guaranteed to deliver smooth, hydrated luscious looking lips:
1. After removing your lipstick, use a wet (wrung out) washcloth to rigorously “buff” the lip area. This provides just the right amount of exfoliation and removes dead dry skin, leaving behind a smooth surface.
2. Rub everything you use on your face over your lips – and be generous. This means moisturizers, retinol, etc.
3. Finish with a sealant. Use something that is thick and emollient. This idea is to leave behind a barrier that sits on your lips throughout the night and prevents moisture from escaping. Some great examples are plain old Vaseline, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream, or Janet Sartin Superfatted Cream.
4. In the AM, make certain you again massage your facial products onto your lip and finish with sunscreen.
You won’t believe how silky, plump and smooth your lips will look. Goodbye dry chapped lips forever!
Tip #2: Dark Circles
The second most common female complaint is dark circles. The primary cause of dark circles are hereditary influences. In particular, individuals with dark circles have blood vessels closer to the surface that are more visible through the thinner lower eyelid skin. However, as our dark circle sisters will attest, late nights, allergies, and the common cold, to name a few, can create fluctuating and inconsistent under eye area.
However there is help. Dark Circle Eye Defense contains retinol, anti-aging peptides and several other ingredients that can help to stabilize and minimize this temperamental area. The combinations of synergistic agents can dramatically address the appearance of dark circles. In addition continuous use ensures that under eyelid skin is more consistent throughout holiday partying, the cold season and life’s other stressful challenges.
Tip #3: Dull Winter Skin
Whether your skin is dry or oily, colder winter weather can make any complexion look duller and less vibrant. While increased moisture helps to provide a protective barrier in harsh temperatures, moisturizers don’t address skin that seems sluggish and looks like it’s half hidden behind a dull layer of skin.
Even in winter months, exfoliation is a must for keeping facial skin looking polished and luminous with that perfect “airbrushed” look.
Some resurfacing agents can have an anti-inflammatory effect and can also boost the skin’s ability to manufacture substances that retain water. Combination of acids are perfect for this task. Plus these same agents can assist in keeping skin blemish-free as well as lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Tip #4: Dehydrated Skin
Believe it or not, a supplement can actually increase your skin’s hydration and volume, making you look like you are glowing and moisturized from within.
Regardless of how much water you consume, as you age, you produce less of the substances that allow your body and skin to retain water. These substances are partly responsible for giving you that plumped up luscious moist quality as opposed to the more gaunt, less dense appearance of older and sun damaged skin.
Biocell is a revolutionary form of internal hyaluronic acid that is attached to a peptide, which allows for absorption. In the body, each molecule of hyaluronic acid absorbs and retains approximately 10,000 times its weight in water. This amazing breakthrough can and does make a rapid visible improvement in skin texture and moisture content. Perfect prevention and maintenance for dehydrated party skin!
Tip #5: Dreaded “Before Party” Acne Breakout
I guarantee you that the unexpected and unwelcome breakout you have today was brewing long before it emerged to ruin your perfect holiday party. The best and most effective solution is prevention. The first must is a stellar, consistent skincare program designed to melt your specific needs and goals. Secondly, a specific preventative measure that really works:
Step 1. Cleanse as usual in the PM.
Step 2. Apply your usual AHAs, serums, moisturizers, etc.
Step 3. Apply Benzoyl Peroxide 5% or 10% over your other products, only on the area or areas where breakouts tend to occur.
Putting the Benzoyl over the other products prevents unnecessary dryness. But keep in mind that this is a fabulous preventative, so you must continue even when you are breakout free.
Tip #6: Jan’s #1 Anti-Aging Tip
What’s my #1 anti-aging tip? You’ve heard it before, but I can’t stress it enough: Sunscreen! While short wave length UVB rays are weaker in the winter months, not so with UVS. The long UVS wavelengths are the same intensity all year long, even when it is cloudy, raining, or snowing. These rays penetrate your skin like an invisible X-ray, destroying collagen and elastin, and damaging the foundation of your firm youthful-looking skin. This damage may not show up for some time, but you can be certain that the groundwork has been imprinted into your DNA and it will manifest itself in unsightly lines and wrinkles, brown spots, coarse texture and sagging contours. Undisputed research confirms that faithful daily sunscreen users will be rewarded with softer, smoother, more youthful skin than their counterparts.
Tip #7: Pale Winter Skin
Here's the dilemma: You feel like your facial skin looks pasty white and your sunless tanner looks a little overdone for mid-winter. So how do you achieve that flawless, barely sun-kissed flattering glow?
Put a dollop of your favorite moisturizer in your hand and add a pea to a dime-size amount of sunless tanner and mix them together. Then apply to entire face just like you would apply moisturizer. It's mistake-proof and delivers a subtle glow.
You can incorporate this into your daily routine to maintain the perfect reflective hue.
Tip #8: Ragged Dry Cuticles
Cold winter weather not only dries facial skin but also has the potential to ravage already dry cuticles. Here’s a tip that’s guaranteed to remove dead, ugly cuticles without cutting and leave behind soft, smooth skin around the nail area. This is accomplished via a technology that dissolves and dislodges dead, dry skin without harming normal skin. The result is miraculous!
- Clean hands with a proteolytic enzyme cleanser (e.g., Clean Zyme Enzyme Cleanser by JMSR).
- Apply a proteolytic enzyme mask over cuticle area (e.g., Skin Zyme Enzyme Mask by JMSR) or over entire hand. Leave on for 10-20 minutes.
- Remove with Clean Zyme and rinse. Towel-dry and apply an emollient hand cream.
I am a huge fan of Jan Marini Skin Care! I was thrilled to receive a sample of Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator - Sugar Cookie
Marini Holiday Exfoliator is a clinical-strength resurfacer that immediately refines skin texture and follicle size and leaves the skin with a radiant, polished glow.
Uniquely designed spherical dissolving bead technology, proteolytic enzymes and glycolic acid eliminate harsh abrasives (common within typical exfoliators) to gently and safely scrub and resurface the skin. Combined with potent antioxidants, the Marini Holiday Exfoliator combines a smooth, glowing complexion with significant anti-aging benefits.
Exclusively for 2013, Marini Holiday Exfoliator features a delicious sugar cookie scent and an adorable holiday box.
My Experience: This exfoliator has been the perfect solution for ridding my dry flaky winter skin of that dull layer of dead skin cells. I actually use it on my face at night after I remove all of my makeup. I can really feel it working as it polishes my skin with its dissolving beads. It smells yummy, just like a sugar cookie. After I rinse my face I am amazed at how refreshed, renewed and positively glowing my skin looks. When I apply my makeup the next day, my entire face just seems to have a renewed radiance to it that I notice all day long. I love it!
To learn more about Jan Marini or to place an order go to: http://www.janmarini.com
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 is a one-step, leave-on daily peel, formulated to exfoliate and deliver potent antioxidant protection for everyday defense against aging. It contains 10% Citric Acid, a well known antioxidant and anti-ager that is found in citrus fruits.
Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 exfoliates and prepares skin for moisturizer absorption and smooth makeup application without downtime. The antioxidant power of Citric Acid neutralizes damaging free radicals brought on by daily environmental exposure to help prevent signs of aging. Easy one-step pad does not require rinsing or neutralizing.
I absolutely love it when I find a beauty product that works like a miracle on my skin. Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 is one of those amazing products. This peel is an easy way for me way to achieve gentle exfoliation and antioxidant protection into my daily routine with one easy swipe. That's it!
After only three days of use, I have definitely noticed a difference. My skin is so much smoother. The fine lines I was worried about have just seemed to vanish. My pores even look smaller. My moisturizers and other beauty treatments are able to penetrate and work much more effectively since they are being applied to a fresh surface.
I love it!
I love the way my skin looks and feels.
To learn more about Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 or to purchase go to: http://www.neostrata.com