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Most moms will agree—your skin definitely changes after you have kids. Whether you see more dark spots, or have just seen your first fine lines appear, if you’re like me— you’re all about learning about skincare methods and beauty products to rejuvenate your skin no matter how many little ones you have running around.
In this post I’m telling my fellow mamas and skincare fanatics 6 skincare myths that will surprise you. Plus, I’ve included some resolutions to help you combat old folklore with some modern skincare techniques.
1. Junk Food Causes Acne
So far, there hasn’t been substantial evidence to support that junk foods cause acne. Now this certainly doesn’t mean you should hop in the car and pick up a bag of fries for you and the kids. But next time you hear this myth, you may want to take it with a “grain of salt.”
2. Aging Causes Wrinkles
While aging may bring some wisdom and experience, it doesn’t technically bring wrinkles. It’s really about a lack of peptides. If you’re asking yourself, “What are peptides?”, you’re not alone. Peptides are basically the pieces that make up protein (like collagen) in your skin. Collagen is one of the main elements that keeps our skin looking young and beautiful.
Using preventative measures like putting on sunscreen, staying hydrated, and moisturizing can help protect your skin and encourage the production of peptides.
3. You Can Shrink Your Pores
There’s a lot of buzz around this one. While you can clear your pores, we’re here to clear the myth that you can actually shrink them. Maintaining a good skincare routine can help flush out the oil buildup in your pores, but unfortunately the size of your pores is actually genetic.
Many beauty companies claim to adjust pore size, but in reality, they’re actually just covering the appearance of them. Many women have found products that effectively cover up their pores, so test a few and let me know what works for you!
4. Facial Exercises Tighten Skin
This one is a tale as old as time— and ladies have been practicing this little skincare myth for ages, but aren’t likely getting the results they’d like to see. While your facial muscles may feel tighter as you make a scrunchy face or raise your brows, there’s not much evidence that supports this exercise when it comes to actually tightening your skin.
However, with a skin myth, there’s always a new solution! Jade facial rollers have become increasingly popular among men and women. Many have noted that these luxurious beauty accessories have promoted elasticity in their skin— plus they happen to feel amazing.
5. Stress Doesn’t Affect My Skin
Stress can be exhausting to your physical health, relationships, and even for your skin. Studies have been conducted during final exam periods— finding that students had experienced acne flare ups in the time surrounding their exams. Taking measures to reduce your stress can help in many areas of your life, even your skin!
6. “I Don’t Need to Protect My Skin from the Sun”
Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important things you can to do prevent sun damage and more serious skin conditions like cancer. If you’ve ever fed into this skincare myth, I urge you to think again before heading out without a healthy layer of sunscreen.
Keep your skin beautiful for years to come when you take strong preventative measures.
What’s better than a high SPF sunscreen? Doubling up on skin protection with an SPF sun hat to give you an extra layer between you and skin damage. Make sure both you and the kids are outfitted with proper sun protection, especially during those warm summer months when you’re spending most of your time outside.
The cold air can wreak havoc on your skin (hello wind burn, chapped, dehydrated flaky skin), but with our lineup of products for National Winter Skin Relief Day (January 8th ) , it doesn’t have to. Get ahead of the game this winter and stay looking and feeling extra nourished. Take the steps to protect and prevent dryness, and treat your skin.
The below is the ultimate defense against the harsh, cold air:
Miss Bud’s Hemp Body Butter ($13.99; Amazon.com): Keep your skin moisturized while discovering the incredible skincare benefits of pure hemp seed oil. This coconut-scented quick absorbing Hemp Seed Oil formula deeply penetrates the skin to provide long lasting hydration.
IMAGE VITAL C hydrating hand and body lotion ($38; IMAGESkincare.com): Featuring four highly active forms of vitamin C, this luxurious moisturizer uses anti-aging ingredients that are often reserved just for the face. This lotion goes beyond hydration to treat telltale signs of aging on the body.
KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturiser ($45; Sephora.com): The ultimate way to lock in hydration before applying your makeup. This all-in-one perfecting makeup primer, moisturizer and skin brightener leaves skin hydrated and glowing, and prepped for all-day makeup wear.
IOPE Super Vital Cream Bio Excellence Rich ($100; Us.aritaum.com): This rich, concentrated formula deeply nourishes skin for long-lasting effects, while alleviating dryness and brightening complexion. Containing BIO Glycan ™ technology, this cream hydrates dull skin while effectively reducing visible signs of aging.
Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99; Target.com): This unique formula is activated by water on just-showered skin and takes advantage of the peak moisture moment – when your skin is still wet, it is most receptive to hydration. The application to wet skin allows the formula to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface delivering proven itch soothing ingredients like Vitamin E & Oatmeal Extract to the source of dryness.
Dandelion Sun Launches "be free", a 4 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF
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Dandelion Sun, a new leading anti-aging moisturizer brand made in California, has launched its first product in a vegan line to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun's be free: 4 in 1 Face Moisturizer is an instant essential to be included in your daily skincare regimen. This multi-tasking moisturizer helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles, hydrate and brighten uneven skin tones, as well as provide Broad Spectrum SPF 30. be free is available now for $29.99 at dandelionsun.com and Amazon.
"90% of skin aging is caused by daily sun exposure," says Co-Founder and Head of Product, Marlena Chang, "incorporating a daily SPF can combat this." Combined with clean and effective ingredients like Vitamin C & E, Squalane from Avocado Oil, Japanese Green Tea Leaf extract (and more), makes this clinically proven formulation very powerful. be free is cruelty-free and contains no Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.
"Dandelion Sun was created with women like ourselves in mind," says Co-Founder and CEO, Stephanie Marks. "We have fast-paced, active lifestyles but are also mindful about our health and the products we use. If you remember to use only one skin care product in the morning, make it be free."
I have been getting facial peels recently, and my facial specialist could not stress enough the importance of sunscreen. I used to think that the sunscreen in my foundation was enough, but she told me that I was wrong! I need a stronger sunscreen, a broad spectrum SPF. Thankfully, Dandelion Sun provides that. The first thing I thought when I applied this product to my skin was that it smells very fresh and uplifting! It has a much lighter feel than sunscreen products usually do, and it completely absorbs into my skin. I apply it to my entire face, neck and upper chest area first thing in the morning. The formula feels extremely hydrating without leaving behind any shine or greasiness, which I love. Dandelion Sun keeps my skin feeling supple all day long.
ABOUT DANDELION SUN
Founded in Sonoma County, California, Dandelion Sun is an anti-aging moisturizer brand made to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun is about an experience. Everything from the product to the packaging and fragrance are designed to evoke feelings of confidence, knowing your skin is nourished and protected. Delivering on the promise of healthy, beautiful skin using clean and effective ingredients is what drives Dandelion Sun. As innovators in antioxidant and sun protection technology,the clinically proven formulation has been shown to dramatically improve skin health by protecting against environmental damage and visibly improving skin's tone, brightness, and the appearance of wrinkles.
For additional information, please visit www.dandelionsun.com.
Stop and smell the roses! National Red Rose Day was on June 12th. If you missed this glorious holiday (as I did, sadly) there is no better time than the present to embrace the power of roses, often found in KORRES skincare products. KORRES has an entire Wild Rose collection dedicated to this efficacious ingredient, including the below skincare regimen:
NEW KORRES Wild Rose 15% Vitamin C Spotless Serum harnesses Wild Rose Oil in combination with Super Vitamin C to effectively brighten skin and treat all signs of ageing. The unique, double phase oil-and-water treatment has the significant ability to repair fine lines, deeply nourish skin and diminish skin discolorations. The intensive face serum contains no synthetic fragrance and is to be used as an intensive face serum treatment day and/or night.
For maximum skin tone repair, layer with Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial and Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil at night. The 10% Wild Rose Oil is used to brighten and improve radiance and skin discoloration while improving fine lines. Another key ingredient, 15% Super C is the highest concentration of clinically effective stabilized Vitamin C. This potent ingredient increases your skin’s absorption of ascorbic acid by 1000%, offering significant dark spot and discoloration repair while evening skin tone. Additionally, Bisabolol & Ginger root extract is a potent synergistic blend of natural anti-irritants that act against inflammation cause by air pollutants, harsh temperatures, and UV radiation. ($75; Sephora.com.)
KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial is an overnight facial-in-a-jar with a unique soufflé texture that melts instantly into the skin for intense hydration and brightening overnight. The formula contains a generous dose of Wild Rose Oil, boosted with stabilized Super Vitamin C, turmeric extract and hyaluronic acid for softer, smoother, and more radiant skin by the morning. The Sleeping Facial also addresses early signs of ageing and wrinkles by helping promote skin elasticity. ($48; Sephora.com.)
KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C 24-Hour Moisturiser is formulated with a range of natural ingredients that moisturize and brighten the complexion. This new formula of a global best-seller is boosted with the new Patch H2O Complex for a lightweight water texture that quickly absorbs into skin and offers immediate hydration. Wild Rose Oil, combined with stabilized Super Vitamin C and turmeric extract helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and even skin tone to reveal smoother and younger-looking skin. ($39; Sephora.com.)
I absolutely LOVE KORRES! I get really excited when I hear of new products they have created. I often feel like they are being made just for me! Okay, I know that KORRES isn't creating new products with me in mind, but it is always something perfect for my skin!
These two NEW skincare products from my favorite KORRES collections, are can be found online and in Sephora stores!
Introducing the NEW Pomegranate AHAs & Enzyme Resurfacing Mask and Black Pine Antiaging, Firming & Lifting Sleeping Facial
Pomegranate AHAs & Enzyme Resurfacing Mask:
I love this resurfacing mask! I use it once a week to remove dead skin cells that dull my complexion. It really came in handy last week when the weather became frigid during a freak late winter storm. My skin reacted by getting really dry. It was embarrassing because it was flaky looking and needed a good (yet gentle) exfoliating treatment. Thankfully this did the job, and left my skin looking renewed.
To use: I apply is directly to my face, neck and upper chest area, rubbing it in a circular motion all over my skin. I leave it on for five minutes, and then I rinse it off in the shower. It is easy to use.
Black Pine Antiaging, Firming & Lifting Sleeping Facial:
Harnessing the resiliency of Black Pine trees, this rich overnight moisturiser uses a proprietary blend of natural actives for advanced firming, contouring, and lifting action. A hybrid of a mask and a night cream, the luxurious formula works overnight to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve facial architecture and visually plump skin by morning.
I absolutely love a nourishing night cream that revitalizes my skin as I sleep. This one is perfectly hydrating, yet not heavy or greasy. It absorbs deeply into my skin, and I really see a difference upon waking up in the morning. My skin is not only hydrated, it is also much firmer, and seems to have a healthy glow. This facial cream also has a very nice fragrance! I apply it to my entire face, neck and upper chest area.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Show your skin some love this Valentine’s Day with ISDIN products that will give your skin a smooth and radiant look, perfect if you have a date night planned or are staying in with the girls.
Unlock the secret to youthful skin with ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum, which protects against damaging free radicals caused by UVA, UVB rays and pollution. The serum evens skin tone for a firmer, brighter complexion thanks to the extremely powerful combination of two anti-oxidants: Vitamin C and Gingko Biloba. $84.
I have been using this serum for one week now, and I am already seeing amazing results. I apply it every night after cleansing to my face, neck and decolletage. It absorbs completely into my skin, and does not leave any kind of greasy or oily residue. I can feel that my skin is already much firmer, and feels so soft. My skin seems to have a lovely radiance to it as well.
Stay bright-eyed with K-OX Eyes, a complete eye contouring cream with ingredients Vitamin K Oxide, Haloxyl ™ and Eyeliss ™, all of which target the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Elasticity is restored to the delicate under eye skin, revealing a brighter and well-rested look. $85.
Flawless skin for a flawless night, ISDINCEUTICS Skin Drops just takes a few drops to conceal skin imperfections, such as vitiligo, discoloration, scars, tattoos and more. Skin Drops come in three shades, Sand, Bronze and Caramel and work for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-5. To achieve the best match for your complexion, blend, or use separately. $52.
I have been waiting all of my life for a product like this one! I am completely in love. It does not take more than a few drops to cover my entire face, neck and chest area flawlessly. I have a few freckles on my decolletage that I despise, and these skin drops cover everything that I wish to hide. I have never used a full coverage foundation that feels so light and allows my skin to breathe the way ISDINCEUTICS Skin Drops does. It goes on like a second skin, yet is so lightweight that it feels like I am not wearing any makeup. I am using the sand shade, and it is the perfect match for my skin tone. I feel so beautiful when I wear it.
Car selfies are the best, especially when I am using ISDINCEUTICS!
Available at Isdin.com/us
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The winter months can be tough, but keep your skin soft and youthful with DDF Skincare. I’ve included more information below. Please let me know if you are working on any stories and/or need samples. Thanks!
DDF Anti-Aging Sensitive Youthful Tranquility Value Kit ($59.00 at ddfskincare.com)
Ideal for Sensitive Skin Types, these gentle yet effective formulas are perfect for those who experience rashes, irritation or any type of redness from using anti-aging skincare products.
DDF® Nourishing Eye Cream .5oz /14 g FULL SIZE
DDF® Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew 1.7oz /48 g FULL SIZE
DDF® Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel 3 fl. Oz. / 89ml
DDF Anti-Aging Restorative Youthful Value Kit ($89.00 at ddfskincare.com)
Ideal for Deep Lines & Wrinkles and Loss of Elasticity, these powerful advanced formulas are perfect for improved elasticity and a more youthful contoured look.
DDF® Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate .5oz /15 g FULL SIZE
DDF® Wrinkle-Resist Pore Minimizing Serum .5 fl.oz./15ml
DDF® Advanced Firming Cream .5oz /14 g
DDF® Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser 3 fl. Oz. / 89ml
Winter Beauty Must-Haves
As temperatures drop, moisturizing products are must-haves. Below, you'll find essentials from John Frieda Hair Care, Erborian, MegRhythm and Kneipp to help you fight winter’s biggest beauty troubles.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and Conditioner
($5.99 each, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers Nationwide)
Cold, dry air also dries out your hair. Quench your hair’s thirst and give it a daily dose of intense hydration with this duo that provides humidity resistance, breakage reduction and improved conditioning. This shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair continuously soft, silky and smooth through the winter months.
Erborian Ginseng Shot Mask ($7.50, Sephora.com)
A refreshing and restorative sheet mask that hydrates, moisturizes and softens the skin with skin-saving ingredient, Ginseng. The mask enhances the complexion’s radiance and immediately helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, leaving the skin firmer, luminous and more youthful – it’s your answer to preventing skin dullness this season.
MegRhythm Eye Mask ($10.99 for a pack of 7, amazon.com)
MegRhythm self-heating eye mask is the perfect way to relax the eyes and hydrate surrounding skin. Its advanced self-heating technology heightens relaxation and relieves hard working eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
Kneipp Almond Blossom Body Oil – “Soft Skin” ( $22, Kneipp.com)
When your skin is in need of hydration, this body oil is a must to add to your post-shower routine. Made with nourishing ingredients, your skin will be left feeling soft and supple, with no greasy residue. With its high-quality almond oil, it is also great for those with sensitive skin.
Essential Oils Diffusers
Keep your Family Healthy this winter with Essential Oils. The perfect gift idea for health conscious families is an essential oils diffuser. But how do you know which one is the best? It's so hard to choose one because there are so many different types available.
Click here to discover the top 5 Essential Oils Diffusers of 2017.
What's the weirdest thing you've put on your face?
Kim Kardashian put her own blood on her face. People are putting bird poop on their faces to restore luster to their cheeks. Now people are using probiotics, aka healthy bacteria, on their skin to restore the composition of their skin.
Using the Natren probiotic powder, Digesta-Lac, you can make a homemade probiotic face mask that provides healthy bacteria to improve the composition of your skins bacteria and generate new collagen to keep skin fresh, elastic and young.
Watch this Facebook Live video with Natrens founder talking about probiotics and skin health: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sexyfoodtherapy/videos...
It all makes sense. If probiotics are good for our insides, they most certainly are beneficial for our outside as well. I create my face mask by mixing my Natren probiotic powder with a small bit of water and some coconut oil. (Jojoba oil can also be used, it depends on your preference.) I spread it evenly across my freshly cleansed skin. (My face neck and upper chest area.) After leaving this mixture on for about ten minutes, I rinse it well. My face is left soft and radiant for a few days afterward.
It is amazing to be able to use probiotics in my beauty routine, when I had always simply used them to help regulate my digestive system!
For more information on Natren products or to place an order, go to: https://www.natren.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
A Rose is a Rose…and a Natural Skincare Rock Star!
Devera Naturals’ Rosewater Cleansing Toner Cleans,
Soothes & Promotes Healthy Skin
Roses are the ultimate symbol of beauty. But did you know they actually provide benefits to those seeking natural beauty solutions for dry skin, fine lines and many other skin conditions? This long-stemmed beauty booster has been used since ancient times to help reduce wrinkles and tighten pores. Cleopatra may have started this trend. Turns out she was a huge rosewater fan and used it daily to keep her skin beautiful with a youthful glow. Many women worldwide still use rosewater as a daily facial toner.
Because it contains antioxidants that help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue. It’s often used as an astringent after facials to close pores and tighten capillaries. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin. Additionally, the molecules in rose water are small so they pass into the skin easily, making this natural elixir beneficial to all skin types. It can help soothe and cool sensitive and irritated skin, balance and cleanse oily skin, rejuvenate, soften and tone mature skin, revitalize and add beautiful glow to the normal skin.
Many Health & Beauty Benefits
Aside from the obvious aesthetic and aromatic qualities of this quintessential beauty icon, here’s a list of benefits that can last way beyond the moment at which the last petal falls from the beast’s enchanted rose:
- It’s a great cleanser that aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
- Rosewater helps maintain the skin’s pH balance, and also controls excess oil
- Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema
- Due to its antibacterial properties, rose water also aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds
- The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue
- It also helps aging skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay
- The nourishing and moisturizing properties of rose water enhance the quality of hair. It is known to treat mild scalp inflammations and get rid of dandruff. Rosewater works wonders as a natural conditioner and revitalizes hair growth.
I love everything about roses. The fragrance, the beauty, and the beauty benefits. I was given the chance to review Devera Natural's new Rosewater Cleansing Toner. I apply it liberally all over my face, neck and upper chest area with a cotton ball after I cleanse my face. It removes any extra dirt or impurities. I let it set on my skin for about five minutes before I apply my moisturizer. It leaves my skin feeling completely refreshed and toned.
Rosewater Cleansing Toner
This multitasking cleanser cleans, tones, and exfoliates in one easy step. Rosewater, a naturally mild astringent, gently removes residual dirt, oil and makeup from skin. Here it is infused with hydrating oats and willow-bark extract to moisturize, while promoting healthy skin-cell turnover. (Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, too.) .
4 fl. oz. (120 ml)
About Devera Naturals
Devera Naturals is a woman-owned business created in 2008 by Linda Joffe as a result of a serious bout with breast cancer. Linda is passionate about enhancing the beauty of every woman…naturally. Devera Naturals offers only those products that will benefit consumers according to the company’s uncompromisingly high standards, containing only natural and organic ingredients.
Devera Naturals functions to benefit their consumers, employees, community, and brand.
Their eco-friendly packaging comprised of recyclable glass containers and environmentally safe ink labels contribute to the sustainability of our community. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation which helps provide mammograms and follow up care for disadvantaged women throughout the U.S.
Devera Naturals products can be found online at https://deveranaturals.com/. Become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DeveraNaturals.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.