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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
One of the very best skin care companies I have ever experienced is Rodan+ Fields. I love every single one of their products that I have tried. I was very excited to find out that Rodan + Fields came out with a new product. Their new Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid is truly amazing!
I wear foundation every day no matter what, and when I learned that Rodan + Fields launched their Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid, I couldn't wait to get the chance to try it for myself.
"Introducing our new, groundbreaking tinted Glow Guard, Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Formulated with dermatology-inspired skincare ingredients to deliver a radiant, healthy-looking complexion in six flexible shades. Use as the last step of your skincare routine to protect and perfect the glowing skin you’ve earned.
Why do we call Radiant Defense a Glow Guard? Its unique and proprietary RD3 Complex protects your skin. It helps neutralize the harmful effects of environmental aggressors, repair skin’s natural moisture barrier and protect it from sun damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. Trust your skin to the doctors who’ve gotten it from the get glow."
I love how you have the option to select your matching shade by uploading a photo of yourself to virtually try on different shades of Radiant Defense to find your best match. From their six available shades, I discovered my perfect skin tone match, which is the Sand shade.
From the moment I first applied Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid to my skin, I could tell that it was going to become my new favorite foundation.
After cleansing in the morning, I apply my Perfecting Liquid to my entire face, neck and upper chest area, and blend it gently with my fingertips. (You can also, apply it with your foundation brush or sponge.) I love the light, non-greasy formula that is so easy to blend.
It leaves a beautiful, radiant finish that never looks shiny or oily. It enhances my skin, and gives me a youthful, healthy glow. It looks and feels like a second skin, and yet does not look like I have makeup on my face. It covers all of my imperfections and makes my complexion look flawless. I am thrilled that it contains SPF 30, because I do not need to wear a separate sunscreen product, and my skin in protected and ready to go.
Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid leaves my skin in better condition than ever. I have never before used a foundation that can make those claims!
For more information please visit: https://www.rodanandfields.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to skin care, I look for products that help me age in reverse. Yes, it is possible! With Rodan + Fields, your skin can actually look younger. It is NOT a bunch of hype! I have been blessed with the opportunity to review Rodan + Fields products once again, and I cannot say enough good things about this company and their miracle products. No other skin care company has given me the results that Rodan+ Fields has.
One sad fact about life is that we all have to age, and I hate that. I plan to do everything in my power to look as young as possible for as long as possible. I have tried out and tested hundreds of different anti-aging products over the years, and Rodan + Fields has proven to be the most effective skin care regimen I have ever used.
I begin my day with washing my face with the Daily Cleansing Mask. I love this cleansing mask because it draws out the impurities from my skin. I simply wet my fingertips, and massage this amazing product onto my face, neck, and upper chest area, and leave it on for about 3-5 minutes before I rinse. I usually rinse it off in the shower. I use it both morning and night. It has such an uplifting, fresh fragrance.
My skin is left feeling soft and purified! I never experience any breakouts or oily skin at all when I use this cleanser morning and night.
The next part of my skin care regimen that I use after cleansing, is the Pore Minimizing Toner. I apply it with a cotton ball both morning and evening. It removes any excess oil, makeup traces and dirt. It makes my pores look invisible, and makes my skin feel fresh.
Next, I apply the Intensive Renewing Serum.It is so satisfying to pop open the little pre-measured capsules that contain the perfect amount of product that I apply to my face, neck and upper chest area. It gives my skin such a soft, yet firming texture. This serum contains vitamin A, which is 20x stronger than Retinol! Who knew? This serum is pure luxury!
The third step is the moisturizer. In the morning, I use the Triple Defense Moisturizer in the morning, which completely hydrates and protects my skin with an SPF of 30, and in the evening I use the Overnight Restorative Cream. My skin is left perfectly hydrated, youthful and radiant!
Lastly, I have found my soul mate of all beauty products, the one and only Lash Boost eyelash serum. I never knew a product could change my life as much as Lash Boost has. I have had people come up to me and actually 'swoon' over my long and lustrous lashes. (That includes two men, shhh! Don't tell my husband!"
The fist photo below is of me, fresh out of the shower (so please excuse my messy freshly washed/towel dried hair.) I wanted to show you what my lashes look like without ANY mascara on them. (Of course I had to put on lip gloss so I wouldn't feel totally naked!) I don't think my camera even shows how long and thick my lashes are. they are shockingly long!
I don't even think this photo below does my lashes justice, but I am not kidding you, I have to DETANGLE my lashes with a dry lash brush every morning before I put on mascara! I have even had to trim them. I LOVE IT!
For more information about Rodan and Fields go to: https://www.rodanandfields.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Ask any dermatologist their two most important skin care products and you will probably find that 10 out of 10 will say an SPF and a retinol. The anti-aging wonder, retinol, provides a lengthy list of benefits including boosting collagen production, reducing wrinkles, preventing fine lines, speeding cell turnover, evening out discoloration and more.
With all these amazing benefit however, those with sensitive skin most commonly steer clear with fear of increased redness and irritation from the powerful ingredient. Well, fear no more – PCA SKIN has the answer to your prayers.
Finally, a retinol for even the most sensitive skin types – PCA SKIN’s Retinol Treatment for Sensitive Skin combines retinol with skin calming ingredients for a revolutionary anti-aging experience! The unique OmniSome delivery system allows ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin, causing less surface irritation.
In true PCA SKIN style, this retinol harnesses the best in class technology and ingredients for outstanding results!
PCA SKIN Retinol Treatment for Sensitive Skin ($109, PCASKIN.com )
Reduce signs of aging without irritation with this gentle retinol solution specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Retinol is paired with niacinamide, Inflacin® and the patented OmniSome delivery system for less irritation without sacrificing efficacy.
- Retinol (vitamin A) – converted to retinoic acid in the skin. Vitamin A helps to improve skin texture, and promote a clear complexion and an even skin tone.
- Niacinamide – a potent and calming antioxidant that delivers multiple important benefits to the skin. It helps to reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and improve barrier function. This is critical for bright, even skin. Additionally, niacinamide helps to reduce age-related skin yellowing and redness, and create an overall youthful appearance.
- Hexylresorcinol – helps to promote an even skin tone and calm skin.
- Inflacin® – a patented cosmetic ingredient shown to reduce the sub-clinical inflammation that contributes to aging.
- Ceramide NP – supports the renewal of the skin’s natural protective layer and forms an effective barrier against moisture loss; improves long-term moisturization and protects skin from external offenders.
- Avena Sative (Oat) Kernal Extract – provides the powerful polyphenols avenanthramides that function to calm and soothe skin while reducing sensitivity.
- Bisabolol – helps reduce inflammation and irritation while soothing skin and restoring suppleness; it also protects the skin against daily environmental stress.
Easy to use!
In the evening, apply a pea-sized amount after cleansing. Start out using it twice per week, gradually increasing application frequency to every other night, and then advancing to each evening or as tolerated. Follow with the appropriate moisturizer. Note: It is important to wear a broad spectrum SPF during the day when using this product at night, since retinol is sun sensitizing.
My thoughts: Being a beauty product reviewer, I have tested hundreds of skin care formulas. I have definitely learned what products work and which ones are just a bunch of hype. One thing I have definitely learned is that our skin needs Retinol! To keep your skin from getting wrinkles, or to reverse the wrinkles you have, you need to be using skin care products that contain retinol (AND an SPF of at least 30, of course.) I am very thankful for PCA SKIN’s Retinol Treatment for Sensitive Skin because I know that retinol is the one skin care ingredient that I never want to be without. It is definitely my hard core go-to skin care miracle treatment!
When people find out that I am old enough to have married children, (AND a grand daughter) they are very surprised. That makes me feel very good, I must say!
Go here to purchase PCA SKIN Retinol Treatment for Sensitive Skin
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to anti-aging products, I can honestly tell you that some are just a bunch of hype. They don't deliver on their promises of youthful skin, and are a huge waste of money.
In my ten years of being a beauty product reviewer, I have tested hundreds of products. I can honestly say that Rodan & Fields works the anti-aging miracles that it claims it does. In fact, Rodan & Fields is a company that I believe in enough to actually sell their products myself if I ever decide to go that route. For now, I am happy to review their amazing products.
I was given the chance to try out their Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen, Lash Boost, and Intensive Renewing Serum.
Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen
Our hands are among the hardest working and most environmentally vulnerable parts of our bodies. That's why the backs of people's hands often look so much older than their faces. To defend against the telltale signs of skin aging, Rodan & Fields created the REDEFINE™ Hand Treatment Regimen. It visibly brightens, diminishes visible redness and reduces the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles and thin, crepey skin.This set includes the REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment and the REDEFINE Age Shield Hand Balm, but you can purchase each one separately.
Our necks and hands are the first areas that begin to show age, and are the first areas to age the worst if you do not take care of them properly. The skin on our hands is thin, and years can take their toll. It is important to pamper them. Using sunscreen on the backs of your hands is very important! I am only just now starting to remember to use it. The age shield hand balm has an SPF of 30 and makes it easy to remember. I keep it in my purse and swipe it on as needed. The brightening hand treatment is amazing as well. It is a nice hand cream that makes my hands feel soft and moisturized. I don't have age spots on my hands yet, thankfully. Maybe I never will if I keep up this hand care regimen from Rodan & Fields!
Intensive Renewing Serum
Experience the visible skin firming, smoothing and revitalizing benefits of powerful Vitamin A without a visit to the dermatologist’s office. REDEFINE™ Intensive Renewing Serum is the closest you can get to prescription-strength Vitamin A without a prescription. With Retinal-MD™ Technology, 20 times the strength of Retinol, Intensive Renewing Serum harnesses the skin’s own renewing powers to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. This formula is not only stronger than Retinol, it’s smarter too. Specifically designed to be tough on the signs of aging — not on your skin — it’s gentle enough for everyday use on nearly all skin types. (60 Capsules)
I have been using one capsule a day of Intensive Renewing Serum for two months. A little goes a long way. I apply it to my face, neck and upper chest area. I love it because I am a firm believer in the importance of using Retinol in your skin care regimen, but unfortunately I get a bad reaction to it (Retinol). Thankfully, Intensive Renewing Serum is very gentle on my skin. You cannot really tell by my photo above, but the serum comes in small gelatin capsules that you twist the top off of, and apply it to your skin. The serum is so silky feeling, and it absorbs instantly. It makes my skin feel perfect and so soft. I use it right after I wash my face, usually at night before bed. It has helped my skin to look and feel very young and beautiful.
Get the appearance of lush, longer-looking lashes in as little as four weeks with ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost™.* This nightly eyelash-conditioning serum features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length for lashes that are 100% real, 100% yours. In weeks, you’ll be wondering if you need mascara at all.
Oh my goodness! I am in LOVE with Lash Boost! It is pure heaven. My eyelashes were short and nothing to brag about. I always used several coats of mascara and a lash curler to make my lashes stand out.
After using Rodan & Fields Lash Boost for about six weeks (every single night before going to bed, AFTER washing my face and removing all makeup.) I apply it along my upper and lower lash lines.
My lashes have grown so much longer, thicker and darker. They almost reach my eyebrows! They are lush and beautiful. I get numerous compliments on them, and the compliments that mean the most are from my husband who usually never notices things like that.
This is such a miracle! My lashes are so long that they curl. I even have to comb them and untangle them each day! Now I only need one coat of mascara and I am good to go! This is so much fun for me. Even when I am not wearing mascara, my eyelashes look perfect and beautiful.
I also apply Lash Boost to my eyebrows a few times each week. I used to pluck my eyebrows and the hairs never quite grew back, but now they ARE back! I have my eyebrows back! This is one product that I never want to be without!
This photo doesn't really do my lashes justice, but can you see how long they have become.
For more information, go to https://www.rodanandfields.com/
*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.
For those of you who are scent sensitive or just don’t like the fragrance in your products, these bath and body essentials are the answers to your prayers. Kneipp, MegRhythm, Ban, Josie Maran and Skinfix make it easy for you to cleanse, moisturize, and soothe your skin without worry.
Kneipp Ancient Sea Salt Mineral Bath Salt – “Sensitive Derm” ($8, Kneipp.com)
For thousands of years, salt has been known as a source of health and beauty. For those with sensitive skin, this bath salt is for you. With the combination of trace elements and mineral salts, it will bring the skin back into balance, have a skin-calming effect and provide moisture to the skin.
MegRhythm Eye Mask ($10.99 for a pack of 7, amazon.com)
This self-heating eye mask is the perfect way to de-stress, relax and hydrate surrounding skin after a long day. MegRhythm utilizes advanced self-heating technology to heighten relaxation and relieve hard working eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
Ban Roll-On Deodorant ($4.99, drug and mass retailers nationwide)
With Ban’s breakthrough technology, this formula specifically targets and virtually eliminates stress odor that other antiperspirants and deodorants may leave behind. Grab the unscented and start rolling on for a guaranteed sweat-free and wetness-free 24 hours.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter ($35, Josiemarancosmetics.com)
A silky, velvety and ultra-hydrating body butter that’s packed with more than 10 plant oils and extracts whipped to a feather-light texture. Combined with Pure Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and White Tea Extract, this body butter will nourish, repair, moisturize, repair damaged and dry skin and infuses your skin with antioxidants. What else do you need?!
Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads ($29, Skinfix.com)
Banish dullness and reveal smoother, more radiant and healthy skin with Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads. Each textured pad is formulated with a blend of natural glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids to gently lift away embedded impurities and spent skin cells. Sugar Cane, Willow Bark and Australian Lime Pearl Extracts deliver natural AHAs to accelerate skin’s own renewal process. Gentle enough for daily use or when skin is tired or dull looking.
No matter what your skincare concern is – everyone should show off smooth, moisturized summer skin! Whether you have chapped skin, suffer from eczema or have flaky patches, Curél Skincare has you covered with intense hydration for healthy looking skin from head to toe!
For skin that feels parched from being out in the sun, choose Curél Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion. Ideal for severely dry skin, this formula has been clinically proven to repair and renew extra dry skin two times better than the leading intensive lotion. It contains extra-strength, naturally hydrating agents so skin feels soft, supple, and restored ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers).
Calm dry, itchy and eczema prone skin with Curél Itch Defense Calming Lotion. This moisture rich formula helps relieve dry, itchy skin and control flare ups as you rebalance pH levels, moisture levels and cellular turnover for healthy skin. Dermatologist recommended and pediatrician tested, this calming lotion soothes eczema prone skin while being gentle enough for babies 6 months and up! ($8.99; Drug and mass merchants)
Uncover healthy, smooth skin under dry patches with Curél Rough Skin Rescue! This smoothing lotion works with skin’s natural exfoliating process to gently loosens flakes without irritation, allowing essential hydration to reach the areas that need it most. The dermatologist-recommended formula uses natural ingredients to relieve roughness and help prevent it from returning. ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers)
Our daily shower seems pretty straight forward, right? But odds are, at least one step in your well-meaning routine unintentionally leaves your skin or hair worse for wear.
For anyone who’s ever gotten that dry, tight feeling, an itchy scalp, irritation or redness after a shower, these five common shower mistakes are likely culprits that unintentionally strip skin of oils and throw the skin’s pH balance out of whack. Fortunately, the fixes are simple! Spending five minutes to optimize your cleaning routine makes can leave your body balanced and refreshed:
- Mistake #1: Overdosing on Shampoo. Ninety-three percent of the country’s adults shampoo almost daily, according to market research firm Mintel. But so much washing strips hair’s natural oils, drying and weakening the strands and irritating the scalp. Dermatologists lathering up just 3 to 4 times per week (or less!) with just a dime sized dollop of soap free shampoo, and only rinsing hair on other days. If you can’t resist washing daily, make sure to choose a pH balanced formula like Sebamed Scalp Activating Shampoo ($15.49 at SebamedUSA.com), as balanced formulations which won’t strip hair of oils.
- Mistake #2: Washing with Soap and Hot Water. They may seem innocent, but traditional soap bars can have a pH of up to 9, leaving skin dry, tight and vulnerable to damage. Ditch the soap and switch to a soap-free cleansing bar or soap-free milky cleanser for both the face and body, like Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash ($19.95 at SebamedUSA.com).
- Mistake #3: A Sudsy Shave. Shaving with foam and water alone may protect from cuts, but foam isn’t protective enough to defend against razor burn and redness, especially if you’re using hot water. If skin is dry, try using your hair conditioner as an alternative shaving aid. It hydrates and sinks deep within skin to prevent nicks, cuts and razor burn, but its smooth consistency won’t clog your razor, as long as you rinse.
- Mistake #4: Using Your Regular Body Wash on Intimate Areas. The intimate area’s ideal pH is actually different than the rest of our skin (3.8 as opposed to 5.5) and regular soaps and showers, certain clothing, diet and even sex all affect that balance. Stock your shower with a product like Sebamed Feminine Intimate Wash ($15.49 at SebamedUSA.com) that’s specifically formulated at pH 3.8 to balance the delicate pH down there, making it easy to stay fresh, healthy and happy by protecting against imbalances that trigger infections and odors.
- Mistake #5: Not Moisturizing Immediately After Your Shower. After a hot shower, you have three minutes before your body loses essential moisture. To prevent dry, crackly, irritated skin, store a body lotion in your shower and apply all over while skin is still damp.
I use Sebamed products in my shower every night, and the body lotion afterwards. My skin is responding very well and feels very moisturized and pampered. I love my Sebamed body care products and I trust them to keep my skin healthy.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.