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First off, I am not a fan of Kim Kardashian, but I am quite envious of her youthful skin! e is almost 40! Kim claims to stay clear of botox, so what is her secret? Her skin looks flawlessly smooth. How is she doing that? Where are her wrinkles? How can that be?
I just found out at least one of her secrets! Kim uses a Bio-Botox face powder, called Hydrolon. The Hydrolon Powder contains microscopic, liquid beads. Those beads contain biotulin, the active ingredient. It consists of Spilanthol, a local anaesthetic derived from the extract of the Acmella Oleracea plant.
Hydrolon facial powder relaxes the muscle contractions and facial features. Wrinkles are reduced, especially around the eyes and between the eyebrows. As an active ingredient, biotulin is known as Bio-Botox.
After I heard about this 'miracle' beauty product, I could not wait to try it out for myself. I am always on the lookout for products that can help keep my skin looking as young as possible. Thankfully, I was given the chance to review the Hydrolon facial powder, and I can honestly say, I am hooked!
I use my Hydrolon powder as a finishing touch, to set my foundation after I apply it, for a lovely matte finish. I apply it throughout the day as needed to touch-up and refresh my makeup, and to combat shine. It is perfect for making my skin look flawless! Hydrolon powder keeps my skin looking wrinkle-free and fabulous. It also has a very nice fragrance that makes me feel elegant.
To learn more about Biotulin Hydrolon powder, go to: https://www.biotulin.com/
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Being a beauty product reviewer, I get to test out many skin care products, and not all of them live up to the hype and results that I hope for. I recently tested the new Pro Vitamin C+B Lotion from MyChelle Dermaceuticals, and it happens to be amazing! This formula is one of the best moisturizers I have ever used.
New Perfect C™ PRO Vitamin C+B Lotion is a velvety-rich lotion of 12% L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) combined with Plant C-Stem™, Niacinamide (Vitamin B), and Licorice Extract delivers nutrients and moisture to help nourish and illuminate skin. C + B = a more luminous-looking complexion!
It’s Certified Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free, Non GMO, Vegan and Paraben-free. Plus, it is only $45 at www.mychelle.com!
I use MyChelle Pro Vitamin C+B Lotion on my face, neck and chest every morning and night after cleansing. I usually use two or three products that cover all of my skin care needs, but this perfect moisturizer hydrates my skin completely, so that I do not require any additional products.
It fully absorbs into my skin, leaving it supple, and leave behind no greasy residue or shine. My skin looks radiant, youthful, and glowing. It looks so very healthy and feels much firmer.
Loving my skin! (I took a selfie and have no clue why it is backward...)
As a busy mom, sometimes there is no time left to do things for ourselves. Two things most moms would love more time for (besides sleep!) is for exercise and beauty treatments. I would go utterly crazy without ME time! I wish there were more products like Hair Warrior hair treatment! Hair Warrior Formula Treatment allows me to multi task!
Add peace of mind to your daily workouts with the Vegan-friendly Hair Warrior, a revolutionary hair care product that adds both hydration and protection during physical activity and fitness like yoga, pilates, cardio exercise, swimming, and more. Simply apply the product prior to activity as Hair Warrior works with your body heat to smooth, protect and condition each strand – preventing damage and strengthening your hair.
Hair Warrior's Ingredients include:Quinoa, Bamboo, Pro-Vitamin B5, Organic Argan Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Green Tea, Rosemary Extract, and Eucalyptus. Hair Warrior is free from parabens, glutens and formaldehyde.
I love Hair Warrior! I simply apply it to my dry hair before working out. My husband and I had some rare time alone at the beach this past weekend, and we took a walk around an abandoned military bunker. My hair was extremely dry and damaged, and so I decided to apply the product to my hair, and off we went. It was quite the hike, and I worked up a sweat!
After I got back to our cabin, I washed my hair as I normally do, and shampooed the product out. I also conditioned my hair as usual. After my hair dried, I combed through it, and it was beyond soft, silky and shiny. My damaged ends looked healthy, too. What a great feeling to be able to take care of my hair while I am taking care of my self!
My husband and I exploring Battery Russell is Astoria, Oregon
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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
As temperatures continue to drop, ensure you're layering up - and that includes your skin! These moisturizing must-haves from Jergens and Curél are sure to keep your skin hydrated all throughout the cold winter months:
Jergens Oil-Infused Deep Restoring Argan 24-Hour Moisturizer is a deep-hydrating, ultra-rich lotion designed to soften and condition skin - and is is essential for getting through these brutal cold months. Nourishing ingredients like essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin e, and of course, restoring argan oil, leaving your skin feeling healthy and hydrated.
WHERE TO BUY: Available at grocery, mass retailers and drugstores nationwide
Jergens Shea Butter Wet Skin Moisturizer deeply conditions skin, relieving dryness and replenishing moisture with nourishing shea oil. The hydrating formula locks in hydration as it is applied when skin is most receptive to moisture - and absorbs right into the skin, without leaving a sticky residue.
Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer is designed to be applied in the shower, during your skin's peak moisture moment. This water-activated formula penetrates deep into the skin, providing all-day moisture in half the time. It is fast absorbing and has zero drying time, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth, and seriously hydrated.
For the record, this is my favorite body moisturizer ever!
Where to Buy: Select food, drug and mass merchant stores nation-wide
Although we tend to think of it as a summertime problem, dropping temperatures and drier conditions during the cold winter months leave our skin dull and dehydrated. This means changing up a few things in your skincare regime, Jergens and Curel offer ultra-nourishing and intensely hydrating options to keep your skin feeling smooth and looking healthy all season long:
1. Exfoliate This season, exfoliating is a crucial, non-negotiable step in your morning shower routine. Using a delicate but effective sugar scrub like the Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, allowing moisturizers to be more effective as they penetrate deeper into the skin. Plus, this soothing scrub is formulated with shea butter, argan and coconut oil so it nourishes the skin while it exfoliates!
PRODUCT RECO: Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub
When it comes to hydration, a high-quality moisturizer is a must-have. Jergens Shea Butter Wet Skin Moisturizer is applied to wet skin right after showering, maximizing hydration when skin is most receptive to moisture. The water activated formula absorbs right away as vitamin-rich shea oil leaves you feeling smooth and soft - and without the heaviness and greasy residue of a traditional lotion. Have you ever tried an in-shower moisturizer? There is seriously nothing like it! My skin has never retained moisture as well as it does after using this product! I love it!
PRODUCT RECO: Jergens® Shea Butter Wet Skin™ Moisturizer
Sometimes, slathering on moisturizer once a day simply isn't enough, and that especially applies for people who deal with dry, flaky skin. Think of Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion as your go-to hydration boost, and apply as needed throughout the day. Made with skin-soothing ingredients like olive oil, this hard-working formula aids in your skin's natural exfoliating process, and then delivers much-needed hydration, restoring the moisture barrier to prevent dry skin in the future.
PRODUCT RECO: Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion
Curél is my FAVORITE Winter skin moisturizer!
Everyone knows that dry, itchy skin is especially unbearable during the winter months - and dealing with thick and greasy residues from traditional lotion is almost worse. Now with the Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer you can get a boost of hydration in half the time.
Designed to be applied in the shower, during your skin's peak moisture moment, this water-activated formula penetrates deep into the skin, providing all-day moisture. It has zero drying time, absorbing right into the skin and leaving it feeling soft, smooth, and seriously hydrated.
Here are some other moisturizing must-haves to keep in your beauty arsenal for your out-of-shower needs:
Think of Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion as your go-to hydration boost, and apply as needed throughout the day. Made with skin-soothing ingredients like olive oil, this hard-working formula aids in your skin's natural exfoliating process, and then delivers much-needed hydration, restoring the moisture barrier to prevent dry skin in the future.
Combat serious skin conditions - like eczema - as this calming lotion relieves and soothes, restoring the skin's natural ceramide levels with Advanced Ceramide Complex. This unique formula re-balances cellular turnover, moisture levels, and pH levels, making dry, itchy skin a thing of the past.
Where to Buy: Select food, drug and mass merchant stores nation-wide
ANTI -AGING PRODUCTS AND INGREDIENTS: DON’T GET CREAMED BY FALSE HOPE IN A JAR.
SEPARATING THE SKINCARE HEROES FROM THE ZEROES
Here's what is certain: There are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what you derive from in-office procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery. Board - Certified Denver plastic surgeon Manish Shah says, “There are anti- aging products or ingredients that do perform significantly better than others and can make a profound difference in the skin’s appearance while others are simply “false hope in a jar.”
Why don’t most products work the way they claim? Almost without exception, when you buy a product claiming to tighten skin, its effects, if any, are due to ingredients such as film-forming agents. Just like the name states, film-forming agents form a film on the skin, and that can make the skin "feel" tighter. The effect is temporary and you won't see a noticeable lifting of sagging skin, but the sensation is often enough to convince women that the product is working. Dr. Shah stresses that “Skin "feeling" tighter is not the same as making a real change for the better in the tone or laxity of your skin. Using what really works will get you closer to the results you want.”
Dr. Shah says, “Sunscreen SPF 30 or above is the best antiaging cream you can use. It prevents skin cancer as well as UVA rays that cause loss of collagen and wrinkles in the skin. Reapply every 2 hours, use a powder sun block and carry in your pocketbook for quick and easy sunscreen touchups. My favorite powder sunblock is Colorescience, and my favorite base sunscreens have titanium or zinc oxide in them as active ingredients.”
Retinoids work great to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help boost collagen production,” says Dr. Shah.” He adds, “Over the counter retinols are good, Neutrogena makes a good one or prescriptions such as Retin- A.”
Glycolic acid also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade pigmentary damage from the sun. “I often have patients alternate nights with retinoid and glycolic,” says Dr. Shah.
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which reduces free radical damage and is great for anti-aging and helps brighten the skin. Dr. Shah often recommends it in the morning, underneath sunblock, or at night if patients are too sensitive to tolerate retinoids and glycolic acid.
Ceramides are a type of lipid found in the membrane of cells. Dr. Shah states that “They help hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. Ceramide levels decrease as we age which leads to loss of hydration, less skin turnover, and dryer, more damaged skin. Replenishing the skin's ceramide levels will help restore moisture and fortify the skin's natural barrier, helping skin look and feel younger.” So use a ceramide containing moisturizer for your whole body daily.
Hydroquinone works to even out sun spots, blotches, and mottled skin. A little hydroquinone goes a long way. "It's the most effective ingredient for bleaching skin," says Dr. Shah. Hydroquinone fades hyperpigmentation by blocking the enzyme that triggers melanin production in the skin.
Green Tea Extract is loaded with nutrients called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight free radicals. It is an amazing antioxidant. Studies have found that ingredients in green tea can reduce sun damage and may protect against skin cancer when applied topically. Dr. Shah offers that, “Using green tea extract under sunscreen can provide an extra dose of protection. Polyphenols in creams and lotions may help slow signs of aging, reduce sagging skin and decrease wrinkles.”
The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil. Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but it’s only temporary and doesn't address the root cause of the wrinkles such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage, and environmental factors. Don't be fooled by the anti-aging labels. Unless there is an actual "active ingredient" such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture but nothing else.
B Vitamins Many forms of vitamin B (like B12) can only be absorbed in the small intestine, so no matter how much is loaded into your moisturizer or serum, it's not going to make a difference. "Vitamins like niacin can have an effect on the skin's texture and color, but your skin can't absorb them," Dr. Shah explains. If you really want to tap into the power of vitamin B to improve your skin's glow and appearance, stick to eating leafy greens like spinach, asparagus, beans, and peas.
Caffeine. Much like a Starbucks Latte for your brain, caffeine in skin creams can give a boost to your skin, too. Until it wears off. "Caffeine can temporarily reduce puffiness, especially around your eyes," explains Dr. Shah. "But don't expect permanent results."
Botanical extracts are ingredients extracted from plants (flowers, roots, stems, trees, etc.) for use in skin care for everything from healing blemishes to reducing fine wrinkles. They have been used for centuries and have anecdotal purposes in many cultures. The issue: Botanical extracts need to remain on your skin in order to work. Dr. Shah explains that “In cleansers, there is simply not enough contact time on your skin for any true anti-aging benefit to take place. Another issue is that most botanical extracts are water soluble, which means that the moment you wet your skin and begin to wash your face, they’re watered down and rendered useless.”
Collagen and elastin in anti-wrinkle products. Collagen and elastin in skin-care products can serve as good water-binding agents, but they cannot fuse with your skin's natural supply of these supportive elements. In most cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin. But even when it is made small enough to be absorbed it cannot bind with the collagen existing in the skin, and there isn't any research indicating otherwise.
About Dr. Manish Shah
Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver https://drmanishshah.com/
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!
Luxurious, moisturized, and shimmering skin brought to you at a drugstore price and easy access with Amazon prime! Jergens has always been known for helping women achieve their most healthy-looking, hydrated skin. Now, the brand is launching an exciting NEW full body beautifying collection – Brilliance.
NEW Jergens Brilliances includes TWO unique formulas:
Get ready for love-at-first-sight skin. Richly nourished, refined, flawless-looking skin. This velvety lotion with shea butter and sheer blush pigments instantly smoothes skin while noticeably balancing tone in as few as 5 days. With Pure Shea Butter & Advanced Skin Perfectors.
- A blurring and perfecting lotion that improves tone and softens imperfections for more flawless looking skin
- It also evens out your hue without adding color and provides nourishing hydration.
Prepare to see your skin in a whole new light. Nourished, luminous, lively skin, with just a kiss of shimmer. This silky lotion with pure minerals and freshwater pearl powder transforms everyday skin to standout skin before your very eyes. With Enriching Hydrators & Light-Reflecting Minerals.
Jergens has always been my preferred brand of body lotion. I have trusted Jergens all of my life. It is the brand I choose when I am shopping for a good body moisturizer. I love the way it hydrates my skin, I love the way it feels on my skin. It is the perfect consistency. It absorbs perfectly, and does not leave my skin feeling oily.
I am head over heels in love with these Brilliance formulas! Wow! I use the Flawless Effects as my daily body moisturizer. I was getting pretty pale, but I am not at the point where I need to use a sunless tanning product, and so Flawless Effects just evens out my skin tone and makes my skin look healthy with a bit of a glow. I love how it blurs my freckles and makes my skin look pretty.
I also love the Illuminating formula for a lovely glow that is perfect for date night. I can't wait until the next time I have a really nice tan, because this moisturizer would really make my skin look radiant. In fact, I think I am ready to book a flight to Hawaii. Doesn't that sound wonderful? For now, I am enjoying the compliments I am receiving from total strangers about how lovely my skin looks. Thank you, Jergens!
Price: $11.99 each
Availability: Exclusively on Amazon in October 2018
National Cleanse Your Skin Week is coming up on August 1st , so spend some extra time caring for your skin with innovative products that deliver proven results. From products that focus on the K-Beauty double cleansing ritual to those that gently exfoliate the skin in three distinct ways; and from charcoal-based products that help detox those unexpected areas (like your underarm)to those that provide cooling and soothing masks that are rich in botanicals and antioxidants, there is something unexpected and effective for everyone and every skin type.
Whip your skin into shape with the help of IOPE Ideal Cleansing Foam Whipping Brightener. The brightener deeply cleanses skin of impurities for a clear, even complexion. The creamy texture turns to soft foam, providing skin with lasting moisture. Contains pre-biotics, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid to promote a healthy complexion and maintain an even tone. ($22; available for in-store purchase at Aritaum.)
Take it ALL off with the NEW BioréCleansing Micellar Waters in Charcoal and Baking Soda — no sink required. These Micellar Cleansing Waters easily remove makeup without agitating your skin — no rubbing, no rinse and no residue. The Bioré formulas have been designed with a higher concentration of micellar cleansing agents, giving the formula maximum cleansing ability. These innovative micellar waters feature a splash of color too — the charcoal formula is a detoxifying black hue formulated for oily skin and the baking soda formula refreshes in a blue shade formulated for combination skin. ($6.99; available at all mass retailers and drugstores nation-wide.)
Looking for balance? Restore your skins balance and glow with the help of IMAGE Skincare ORMEDIC Balancing Gel Masque. Like a breath of fresh air for the skin, this gentle, organically based gel masque soothes and cools on contact. It contains healing botanicals and antioxidants that quench skin with hydration. The masque is physician formulated for all skin types, including dull or dehydrated skin, irritated skin, redness-prone skin, acne-prone skin and post-laser treatment skin. ($36; IMAGESkincare.com.)
Take the time to exfoliate with KORRES Pomegranate AHAs & Enzymes Resurfacing Mask resulting in skin texture improvement and pore minimization. The mask is powered by glycolic acid as well as pomegranate grains and extract to purify the skin. The mask exfoliates in three distinct ways: mechanical, chemical and enzymatic. It balances excess sebum ensuring your complexion looks and feels its best. ($34; Sephora.com.)
Cleanse somewhere other than your face with the power of charcoal while making the switch over to natural deodorants with LAVANILA The Healthy Underarm Detox Mask! The underarm detox mask is specially formulated to detoxify and beautify the underarm area while working to ease the transition to a natural deodorant. The mask helps to draw out aluminum and impurities with the help of charcoal, while also lightening, nourishing and smoothing the skin. Additionally, use of the underarm detox mask shortens the transition period to a natural deodorant. ($26; Sephora.com.)