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Just because you’re getting older, that doesn’t mean you have to look it. After all, you might be in your 40s or 50s, but still feel like you’re in your 20s or 30s. Unfortunately, the natural aging process and numerous other outside factors can cause you to look old, tired, and worn, even though you might not feel like it. Today, it’s easier than ever to look just as good as you feel. Here are some of the best skin treatments that can help you to regain a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
Botox is an injectable treatment that works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works by stopping the contractions of the muscles that cause these unwanted issues to develop in the first place. Over time, the skin begins to smooth out, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles for smoother, younger looking skin. Botox can be used to treat many areas of the face, including the forehead, between the eyebrows, on the outsides of the eyes, and around the mouth.
As you get older, collagen production slows and fat begins to break down in certain areas. This can result in sagging, lines, and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are meant to help restore plumpness to the skin, giving you a fuller, more youthful appearance while also eliminating lines and creases. There are numerous different types of fillers, both natural and synthetic. They all have different uses. A trained professional usually at a med spa or doctor’s office can help you to determine the best one for your specific concerns. In general, dermal fillers can be used to treat areas such as the cheeks, chin, under the eyes, lips, and forehead.
PRP has been used in the medical field for a while to help expedite the healing process. Today, it is also being used to help individuals look younger. It is a unique treatment that actually involves the use of your own blood. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. With this treatment, a small sample of your blood is taken and spun in a centrifuge. This concentrates the platelets, which contain growth factors for generating new cells. PRP can be injected into your skin where volume and elasticity has been lost. It can be used in conjunction with microneedling treatments. As PRP uses your own blood, it is an incredibly safe procedure.
Microneedling is a treatment that involves a tool with several tiny needles on it. These needles perforate your skin, causing controlled damage. This triggers your body’s own natural healing process. This helps the skin to shed old skin cells and generate new ones. This helps to produce a more even skin texture. Microneedling can also help to reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and sunspots.
Radiofrequency is a treatment that creates heat to encourage collagen and elastin production. The RF energy penetrates deep into the layers of the skin to achieve this goal. As collagen and elastin are produced, loose skin tightens. In addition to firming skin, radiofrequency treatments also helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
The right skin treatments can take years off of your appearance, helping you to look younger and feel more confident. With the help of a trained professional, you can get a customized treatment plan that can help you to look your absolute best. How you look on the outside will finally match how you feel on the inside!
Just when I think spring might be on the horizon, the temperature seems to drop! It is actually freezing outside today. My skin really suffers during the winter and definitely needs a little extra TLC. Thankfully, I have found a few new products that give my skin the extra boost of hydration it needs.
C.O. Bigelow Iconic Collection - Body Cream
Introducing the newest collection from C.O. Bigelow - The Iconic Collection. Available in West Village Rose, Aqua Mellia, Musk and Bergamot - these light, iconic scents leave your skin soft delicately fragranced.
Made with shea butter and coconut oil, this body cream will bring extreme moisture to your skin. I have the Bergamont fragrance, and it makes me smell beautiful and feminine. I apply it from head to toe after my evening shower, and my skin feels luxuriously soft and smooth.
Higher Education Skincare - Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion
Loaded with vitamin A, C and E, this super hydrating lotion will fill your skin with the vitamins it needs during the dry weather. Cram Session is also made with melanin, which protects your skin from blue-light emitted from digital devices. I also use their lip balm to keep my lips soft and protected from the elements.
Mamonde - Hydro Eye Gel Cream
The skin around your eyes is very sensitive - but needs A LOT of love. This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. I have been using this amazing eye gel for a couple of days now, and it has really firmed up my eye area and makes my eyes look refreshed.
Available: Ulta Stores
Treat your skin from head to toe with the help of Curél and Jergens! As we ride out these cold months of winter, no part of the body can go un-moisturized. Here are my current favorites to ensure my skin stays moisturized, youthful, and radiant. I love these products.They are definitely a must-have for winter.
Curél Daily Healing Original Lotion for Dry Skin ($7.99): This long-lasting formula is clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisture to hydrate and relieve dry, irritated skin all day long. This cult classic is soon to be your favorite body moisturizer. I apply it all over my body right after my shower, when my skin is still a bit damp. It works to keep my skin feeling soft and supple. there is honestly nothing I have tried that works better. Plus, it is very inexpensive for something that works this well.
Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest: ($9.99): Extend your moisturizing routine all the way to your neck and chest, with the added benefits of improved elasticity and firming! Give your skin the appearance of younger, firmer skin in as little as two weeks. This product is my favorite newest discovery! I apply it to my neck and chest every evening right after my shower. I also apply it to my breasts, because who couldn't use a little firming there? After two weeks of using Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest, my skin is noticeable firmer in these areas. This products is also very affordable. I love it!
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.
I love discovering skin care brands that offer something new and innovative! I had never before experienced any products that contain silk. Have you? I was recently given the opportunity to try a new skin care line called Silkriller.
After more than a decade of research, Silkriller has launched their new luxury skin care product. Spun from 100% locally produced and manufactured Japanese silk, this one-of-a-kind, silk-based skin care line will revolutionize how consumers approach skin care. Silkriller's exclusive line offers a unique skin sensation and an exotic spa experience that is unmatched.
Founded on more than a decade of proprietary research, the secret of their silk-based product is their patented silk fibroin. Silk fibroin is an organic protein that naturally exists in silk fibers. The protein contains 18 amino acids that are essential to effectively nourish skin cells.
Four patented technologies extract the silk fibroin without damaging its nutritional value and molecular integrity. Through this unique combination of silk fibroin and additional beauty essences, Silkriller helps to remove wrinkles and reduce color spots, while facilitating skin cell regeneration. Each drop of Silkriller is made with a high concentration of silk fibroin that not only nourishes the skin long after use, but also restores oil/water balance, helps to achieve healthy skin and maintain a youthful glow. Silkriller can even help fight acne, assist in healing scars and reduce unwanted redness.
Lastly, Silkriller does not include any surfactant. Products containing surfactants have been proven to corrode the skin and cause lasting negative effects. Upon application, visible results are evident after 7 days, while significant improvement is apparent after 29 days of continual use.
This unique facial foam is the perfect solution to deep cleansing. Infused with natural honey, grapefruit and silk fibroin, our refreshing facial foam is a deep cleanser and moisturizer in one! Gently washing away make-up and oily residue, this facial foam cleanses as it hydrates.
I use this cleanser every night in the shower to wash off all of my makeup, even my eye makeup. It feels wonderful and refreshing and does not sting my eyes. It definitely removes all of the oils and dirt off of my skin and leaves it perfectly clean. It smells nice, too!
This next generation water-based beauty tonic provides a skin care solution for those suffering with sensitive, weakened or dry skin. This cream-free lotion helps rejuvenate your skin to its nature beauty and youthful radiance.
I was very surprised when I tried this lotion for the first time, because lotions are usually creamy, and this product reminds me of toner. It is almost like water. I apply it with a cotton ball and dab it all over my face after cleansing. It is so interesting that it is so hydrating! It leaves mt skin feeling very soft and supple.
3D Silver Pure Rich Gel
This anti-aging solution firms skin and removes wrinkles by keeping cells hydrated and energized. As the 3D gel deeply hydrates your skin, it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and assists in skin cell regeneration.
I apply this amazing gel every night before I apply my moisturizer. It truly lifts and firms my skin. I really love the lightweight texture! This is such a unique product. I have never used a skin care product that contains silver, so along with silk, this is a new experience for my skin. It looks so young and radiant!
Using collagen building proteins found in silk, this moisturizer increases skin cell regeneration, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and assists in anti-aging. This exclusive and luxurious moisturizer deeply hydrates your skin and does not contain any surfactants.
I love this richly hydrating moisturizer. I use it as my night cream. I have been using it for over two weeks now and my skin's moisture content is amazing. It doesn't leave my skin greasy and my skin has a new radiance that I love. It looks so firm and wrinkle-free.
I am very impressed with Silkriller skin care. My skin looks and feels younger than ever!
For more information go to: http://silkriller.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Prep your skin now to avoid aging later by giving your skin the hydration it deserves.
Hydration is key to maintaining healthy, plump skin. Think about it this way – a desert is an area that lacks hydration which causes the land to become dry and eventually crack. Think of your skin as a piece of land. If there is no source of hydration your skin will eventually dry under harsh conditions such as weather change. When this happens your skin will begin to dry and form wrinkles. Here’s how you can feel the hydration!
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Mask: Infused with Clary Sage, Burt’s Bees® Intense Hydration Treatment Mask instantly quenches parched skin. Clary Sage not only survives, but thrives in its harsh environment because of its fierce will and exceptional ability to trap and retain moisture. The mask is also Enhanced with Probiotic Technology and formulated with moisturizing Mafura and Tacuma Butters, leaving your skin feeling soft, totally revitalized and healthy-looking.
Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter: Infuses exotic ingredients for an ultra hydrating lip conditioner that is clinically proven to provide long‐lasting moisturization. Ultra soft natural waxes, butters and oils combine to make this formula just melt on your lips. Kokum Butter, rich in essential fatty acids, helps deliver moisture, while antioxidant‐rich Marula Oil absorbs quickly, leaving lips feeling hydrated and super soft, naturally.
Throughout this winter, my daughter, Myelie was suffering from extremely dry skin which included rough, scaly patches on her face and neck. She also had chapped lips that just would not heal, no matter what she used. I received samples of Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Mask as well as the Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm to review.
These ultra moisturizing products could not have come at a better time! Myelie uses the hydrating mask twice per week and the lip balm daily. She noticed a difference immediately in the moisture content of her skin. She no longer has flaky patches on her face and neck, and her lips are completely healed. Nothing has worked better for Myelie than good old Burt's Bees!
Here is Myelie. Isn't she beautiful?
For more information go to: http://www.burtsbees.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. Any opinions are my own.
Either you are tired of or still into contouring – it’s everywhere these days and will surely be trending into late summer/early fall. The best way to pull this off without caking on the Kardashian makeup is to try it with skincare products (because you can totally contour for YOUR face shape!) and here’s how, using tips from Umbreen Sheikh of Wink Brow Bar and Lumene’s NEW Time Freeze Instant Lift V-Shaping Serum + DDF’s Eye Firming Concentrate!
HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR BROWS FOR A “FACE LIFT”
As you know, brows MATTER. They frame our faces and visually transform our looks! See below for Umbreen’s recommendations! Pair the eye area with DDF’s Eye Firming Concentratecontaining Caffeine and Peptides for an ultimate eye lift!
OVAL – “A strong, full brow looks best on an oval face”
SQUARE – “A well-defined, angular arch can help draw attention up and away from your jaw if you’ve got a square face”
ROUND – “This can go either way: although a full, soft brow works great, I think that arched, high point brows lift the face and give dimension to a round face!”
HEART – “If you’ve got a heart-shaped face, a softer arch will soften the point of your chin”
HOW TO CONTOUR AND LIFT WITH SKINCARE
Lumene’s amazing V-Shaping Serum is packed with Soy, Peptides and Arctic Lingonberry Extract to visually shape and enhance the face. The “V” stands for the shape of the jawline when pictured from the front! This amazing technique is also used to apply the serum – upwards, massaging motions to lift, define and reduce puffiness as well as sagging skin!
I received a sample of Lumene V-Shaping Serum to review. I apply it after cleansing both morning and night. It truly firms my skin in all the right areas!
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
I am a huge fan of Reviva Labs skin care. I was excited to get the chance to review two of the products they are currently promoting.
Nourishing Cream (formerly EFA’s Cream)
As you get older, your skin gets thinner. After researching skin salons and consumers and learning that rich creams, oils or elastin and collagen weren’t answering the problem, Reviva Labs did extensive testing and made an interesting discovery.
They discovered that, over the years, skin loses Essential Fatty Acids – essential elements for the fullness you see in youthful skin. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids lost in skin cell membranes results in skin becoming dry and thin. Diet-wise, the OmegaEFA’s help, but they’re utilized primarily for body organs; not skin. And Omega-3 and Omega-6 from plant sources is a major deficiency. So Reviva presents a first in skin’s external need for already thin skin, or as a preventative cream you alternate in your current skin regimen (2-3 times weekly, for example, or over an anti-aging gel or serum).
Of course, for already thin, delicate even paper-thin skin, daily usage on face, hands and arms can make a dramatic difference you’ll see quickly. It’s Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream – for fuller, smoother, more supple skin!
DMAE Concentrate Firming Fluid
Higher-potency DMAE concentrate is ideal to help firm and tone throat and facial skin for a more supple, more youthful look. Use alone or under anti-aging creams, this potent, concentrated DMAE formula has particular benefits for the throat area. It helps firm loose muscle tone, but can also improve firmness and tone on any facial area!
I was sent samples of these products to review. I have been using them for about two weeks now. I apply the Nourishing Cream usually at night after I apply my serums and other anti-aging products. It makes my skin feel extremely nourished and velvety.
I love the DMAE Concentrate Firming Fluid. I use it every night before I apply my night creams. It really helps to firm up my throat and my jawline, which are areas that I was beginning to worry about.
I have been getting compliments on my skin lately. I have been told that I look much younger than my years. I guess my skin care products have a lot to do with that!
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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Wouldn’t it be great if the outside world could see that young spontaneous, youthful woman you really are on the inside? Whether the worry is fine lines and wrinkles or dry and limp hair, look your absolute youngest, with these anti-aging beauty products.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Apothederm® is definitely one of my favorite skin care lines. I was excited to get the chance to review their new Nourishing Serum. It contains copper. I had never thought of copper as being good for our skin, but it definitely makes sense. (Read below)
With exposure to the elements, shiny metal copper develops a pale green patina that protects the copper below the surface from further corrosion and oxidation. While copper peptides won’t turn skin green, they do have a similar effect on the skin, protecting it from oxidative stress and free radical damage.
- Neutralize free radical damage
- Boost the production of collagen and elastin
- Prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Retain moisture to restore vibrancy
- Reduce the appearance of acne scars
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.