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I am so excited that I was given the chance to review Dermelect skin care! I had heard many amazing things about Dermelect, and couldn't wait to give this brand a try. My main focus on skin care at this season in my life is anti-aging. Dermelect's products are specifically developed to deliver real results, not empty promises!
I was sent a few of Dermelect's best selling products to review. Read about them below.
A luxurious, grease-free formula that will immerse your hands in a silken glove of moisture that locks in without leaving behind a greasy film or residue. On top of that, it also addresses the appearance of thin skin on the back of the hands. Featuring our peptide-infused technology, Timeless works to hydrate dry skin, address the appearance of thin skin and age spots found on the back of the hands. Water-reactivated formula works especially well for frequent hand-washers.
Hands are the first part of your body to show signs of aging. It is hard to keep them protected and moisturized since we use our hands so frequently. Not to mention I wash my hands hundreds of times a week. I don't always remember to apply hand lotion after every wash. This amazing hand treatment locks in moisture so that my hands are still being protected even when I forget to re-apply. My hands have never felt to luxuriously soft! This formula is perfect for winter, too, because my hands often become dry in the colder weather. This daily hand treatment is preventing them from drying out. I apply this product throughout the day, and at bed time. I am very pleased at how my hands look so much younger. They aren't looking old and haggard looking. My hands look twenty years younger!
A comprehensive blend of ingredients combine to help hydrate and streamline the appearance of the delicate skin of the neck, lower jaw, cheeks and chin area. Non-greasy formula- for all skin types.
As I continue my quest for products that live up to their claims of taking years off of my appearance, I can happily add Self-Esteem Neck Firming Lift to my list of products that truly do work. The neck and decolletage (along with our hands) is one of the first areas where aging is visible. I hate that! I have tried many different products that promise to firm up the neck area, and they simply don't live up to my expectations.This product has truly made a difference! I have been using it for two weeks now, and it seems to be transforming the skin on my neck and chest. These problem areas have improved in texture and firmness, and I am very impressed.
Super moisturizing serum corrects skin's moisture balance, absorbency and tone. It works to minimize the appearance of fine lines for a clearer, more vibrant looking skin. Provides an advanced moisture binding complex to seek out dry areas and boost optimal hydration. Anti-oxidant protection for overworked skin helps stimulate cell renewal. Comfrey and Green Tea improve the appearance of skin’s firmness and elasticity. Perfect for everyday wear.
A serum is one of the most important steps in my skin care regimen (after cleansing.) I love Cellular Redefining Face Serum because it adds a concentrated dose of moisture to my face, neck and decolletage that my thirsty skin needs. It definitely plumps up my lines and wrinkles, and gives my skin a fresh, youthful appearance. I love how this amazing formula is quickly absorbed by my skin, without leaving any greasiness.
Enter to win: One winner will receive the following Dermelect skincare products: Timeless Anti-Aging Daily Hand Cream, Self Esteem Neck Firming Lift, and Cellular Redefining Face Serum. (ARV: $102)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below to enter. Good luck!
For more information please visit: https://dermelect.com/
VERY SUPRISING USES FOR BOTOX THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH FOREHEAD WRINKLES
When most people think of Botox the first thing that usually comes to mind is wrinkle reduction. Indeed, Botox is the world’s most popular treatment for eradicating wrinkles and fine lines. The toxin is specifically FDA approved for treating frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) and lines around the eyes (crow’s feet). In addition to being the gold standard for wrinkle reduction, Botox can also be used to treat a variety of issues, both cosmetic and non-cosmetic.
Dr. Stanley Poulos is a San Francisco area board certified plastic surgeon. He provides a list of conditions that Botox has been used to treat.
Botox can curb oil production, reducing breakouts. "To totally treat acne, you'd need to use doses of Botox so large they'd prevent you from constricting your facial muscles," says Dr. Poulos. "But tiny amounts of Botox injected very superficially help reduce oil production, and you can still have facial expressions." Though he'd recommend it for almost any patient struggling with acne, Poulos would likely advise trying another dermatologist-prescribed treatment, like spironolactone or birth control pills, first. And though it can technically be used to quell oil production anywhere on the face, he cautions against using it all over because of potential effects on muscular activity (a.k.a. frozen face). The most effective and common area for using Botox to curb oil production, he says, is the forehead.
Gummy smile (not FDA approved)
A "gummy" smile, one that's characterized by a smile that shows too much of the gums, usually results from "excessive lip elevation" when the upper lip rises too far above the upper teeth when smiling. Injecting Botox into the upper lip weakens the upper lip's retractor muscles so that it won't raise as high and your smile will seem better-balanced. It can be done in about five minutes. Usually lasts for four to six months. Costs range from $200-$300. Dr. Poulos says, "This technique is not for the novice Botox injector. Too much, and your lip won’t raise enough, too little and you will need more, or if injected asymmetrically, you might have a funny asymmetrical smile."
Overactive bladder problems affect up to 20% of women over 40. For severe cases where medications do not provide complete relief, Botox injections into the bladder wall may provide relief lasting about 6 months.
Psoriasis Psoriasis is uncomfortable, itchy, and not exactly easy on the eyes. Luckily, this flaky skin condition could be a thing of the past thanks to Botox. Though psoriasis is technically incurable, Botox minimizes the activity of inflammatory cells that bring on outbreaks.
For those who suffer from excessive sweating, however, summer isn’t always the sunniest time of the year. Thankfully, Botox could be a saving grace for those attempting to manage this condition, which is officially known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Studies show that just a handful of injections can reduce underarm sweat for up to TWO years. Um, where do we sign up?
The benefits of Botox® may be more than skin deep; two recent studies suggest that it may help alleviate the symptoms of depression. In a study published in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research, more than half of participants who had moderate-to-severe depression showed a substantial improvement in depressive symptoms following one injection of Botox® between the brows. This improvement lasts longer than the cosmetic effects, suggesting that the effect may be more than just feeling better about your appearance. Botox® is not approved to treat depression.
Injections of Botox® were used to control involuntary muscle tension and spasms long before it became the go-to wrinkle buster. Dr. Poulos says that, “these neurotoxin injections may weaken the chewing muscles enough to reduce bruxism (teeth grinding) without affecting your ability to chew, talk and smile. Results last about four months. Botox® is not yet approved to treat bruxism.”
Botox® is approved by the FDA to treat chronic migraine headaches in adults who have 15 or more headache-days a month, each lasting four hours or more. Studies that led to this indication show that BOTOX®® prevents up to nine headache-days a month (vs seven for dummy injections). Other research hints that the neurotoxin may also help with low cerebrospinal fluid headaches and cluster or "suicide" headaches.
Much like lines form over time, your brow may also drop or droop. Botox cosmetic treatments can also be used to improve the appearance of the brow. Dr. Poulos explains that, “weakening muscles that pull the lateral brow down while selectively leaving the brow elevators intact can give a subtle lift and gives the brow more stability. Lifting the brows in this way leaves you with a less tired and younger, fresher appearance.”
Jaw Reduction (off label use)
Botox can be used to perform jaw reduction (commonly called jaw line softening). Injecting Botox into the masseter muscle (the primary muscle used in chewing actions) reduces its overall size; transforming an overly square and masculine appearing jawline into a more feminine oval or heart shape.
About Dr. Stanley Poulos
Dr. Poulos is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Co-Founder with Yngvar Hvistendahl, M.D of Plastic Surgery Specialists recognized as one of the premier aesthetic surgery clinics in Northern California.
Dr. Poulos helped pioneer the quick lift facial rejuvenation surgery in California and has extensive experience in body contour procedures. With over 30-years’ experience in aesthetic procedures, Dr. Poulos has been on the forefront of innovative procedures such as the quick-lift facial rejuvenation, mommy makeover, and vaser lipo-contouring. Dr. Poulos combines his consistent knowledge of new treatment options with his mastery of facial and body symmetry.
His recent focus has been on the gastric balloon, a groundbreaking, non-surgical, medically assisted, outpatient procedure offering weight loss to those seeking to lose between 30 and 75 pounds who may be ineligible for the more invasive gastric bypass surgery. This exciting new procedure allows patients to achieve optimal health and, when combined with exercise and proper nutrition, the results have been exceptional.
A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Poulos completed his internship and residency at UC San Francisco. He completedsurgery and plastic surgery training in San Francisco prior to entering private practice in Marin County where he co-founded PSS (www.psspecialists.com )
Beauty Bucket List 10 Unexpected Must Do Things
Want to look, feel and think more beautifully? We called upon several experts in dermatology, longevity, psychology and even plastic surgery to bring you 10 unexpected things to consider adding to your beauty bucket list. They are...
1. Only drink water for 30 days. Imagine the benefits to your skin, hair, nails and overall body when you cut out sugars, caffeine, alcohol, and anything artificial and go straight H20. Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. anti aging and stem cell specialist says, "be sure to drink pure water and if it gets boring add lemon, lime, or blueberries. Within the first week you will notice skin that is plump, glowing, clear and soft. By the second week people will take notice asking what you have done. The difference, for those who stick to a water only beverage plan for 30 days is astounding."
2. Ditch all facial products for a month. Look at your bathroom countertop and drawers. Product overload is common. Perhaps you bought into the promises of one product then jumped to another and another. Clear the clutter and clear your skin. Dr. Kally Papantoniou a board certified dermatologist in New York urges people to get rid of old expired skincare products and get back to basics. Using a simple non comedogenic facial cleanser and a moisturizer with SPF each day for a month will allow the skin to heal itself and return to a natural state. After 2 weeks of a simplified skincare regimen you may see fewer and less intense breakouts, less dryness or less oil.
3. Change your hair color and style.
It's quite common for women to drastically change their hair after a break-up but why wait for an emotional upheaval? Have long hair? Try a pixie cut! Have a short brown bob? Go blonde! Dr. Sanam Hafeez, NYC based licensed neuropsychologist and teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College, explains that our hair is a huge part of our identity. "When we really want a change in our lives, the fastest way to shift your mind towards forward progression is to alter our appearance in a major way. The best part with experimenting with hair is that it can grow back and you can enjoy different styles during the grow out process."
4. Give the girls a lift or go smaller! Dr. John Zannis a board certified plastic surgeon from North Carolina, says that breast augmentation done to mothers who breastfed multiple children is a game changer. "These women come in to see me feeling as if their breasts don't match their zest for life. They want them lifted and fuller and back to what they were before breastfeeding." Further women whose smaller frame can't handle large breasts leading to back and neck strain and even nerve damage can benefit from breast reduction. "Breast reduction changes lives. I have seen it in my practice. Women feel free going from an F cup to a full B. No more neck aches and shoulder pain not to mention bra straps digging into skin."
5. Learn to meditate. Want to appear 5 - 10 years younger within a month? Start meditating. Studies have shown that people who meditate are more optimistic, more calm and able to remain focused. They seem to breathe more deeply and have this general vibe of self-awareness. People who meditate know how to declutter their minds of worrisome thoughts that only perpetuate accelerated aging and illness. Dr. Hafeez encourages her patients to meditate by engaging all 5 senses. "When we sit or lay still and focus on our breathing and immediate surroundings we become fully present."
6. Get a skin check up, head to toe by a pro. People mistakenly think that total body skin screenings are for the pale and cancer prone. This is not the case. Even people who never burn in the sun should have a check up. "There are places where precancerous moles like to hide such as in the scalp, behind ears, in-between toes and under nails," explains Dr. Papantoniou. "It's always good to be safe and get moles and other growths looked at as we age."
7. Get it "fixed." Maybe you broke your nose playing soccer at 14 and it never healed right affecting your breathing not to mention making a common cold a catastrophe. Now that you're an adult and your facial bones have settled into place consider a nose job. Dr. Zannis, warns that a broken nose can complicate breathing which can lead to sleep apnea and a host of other sinus issues. "Most of the time it's not only a cosmetic issue it goes deeper than that. It's important that the functionality of the nose is a priority. Many of my cases have experienced an injury to their nose which not only affected the appearance but their breathing."
8. Buy a luxurious bathrobe. Admit it those robes found at spas and 5 star hotels are comfortable, really really, really comfortable. It's amazing how something so simple can really make you feel so beautiful. "Adding a touch of luxury to your life is a kind way to pamper yourself. Women of all shapes and sizes have body issues so if it feels great to wrap your body in a plush terry cloth robe go for it!, offers Dr. Hafeez.
9. Go back to bedtime. When we sleep our body repairs itself. When we are overworked, over worried and sleep deprived our bodies don't have the time to regenerate. This leads to a slower metabolism, poor organ function and sallow, wrinkled skin. "As we age we need a set bedtime and wake-time. The sleep cycle is pivotal for cellular turnover. New mothers often see more wrinkles and a difference in skin texture and radiance because they are awakened several times during the night," offers Dr. Calapai. Ideally adults need between 6 and 8 hours of sleep each night.
10. Get those earlobes repaired! From the most simple ear lobe repair for a torn ear lobe, to the more complex repair of ear gauges, you can now have your ear lobe back. Dr. Papantoniou offers this procedure in office, with local anesthesia and stitches that are dissolvable. "The ear heals very quickly and scars are minimal. The ear can be re-pierced 2-3 months after having the repair surgery," she explains.
Regardless of where you are on your beauty journey of life know that how we feel matters most and feeling good from the inside always makes the outside more healthy, vibrant and beautiful.
Mannatech, a global provider of skin care and wellness products, introduces its newest 3-step skin care system in the U.S. to provide a way for customers to experience their best skin yet with one set of products.
This trio works synergistically to support beautiful looking skin, at any age. All three Generation Ūth products combine the finest ingredients with the most advanced skin care technologies.
Crocus chrysanthus , a flower from the iris family, is a source of a special ingredient in Mannatech’s Ūth Skin Rejuvenation Crème. The nutrient-rich Crocus bulb extract may enhance the production of collagen and elastin necessary for skin firmness.
Start by gently cleansing and exfoliating the skin with the Ūth Facial Cleanser . Next, apply the nutrient-rich Ūth Skin Rejuvenation Crème to help restore a youthful appearance. Lastly, lock in daily hydration with the Ūth Moisturizer for a winning combination . It’s that simple!
"Discover how naturally beautiful your skin can look and feel"
My thoughts: I was given the chance to review this amazing trio of Generation Ūth products to review. I have been using these products for a little over a month now, and I have definitely seen an incredible difference in the way my skin looks and feels. I begin this skin care regimen by cleansing my face using the Ūth Facial Cleanser in the morning and at night. The cleanser makes my skin feeling extremely clean, especially with the gentle exfoliators it contains. I love how it removes all of my makeup, oil and dead skin cells that may clog my pores.
Next, I apply the Ūth Skin Rejuvenation Crème, which absorbs perfectly into my skin without a greasy, heavy feel. It truly diminishes my fine lines, which I especially notice around my mouth and between my brows. These lines really seem to vanish!
After the Rejuvenation Crème has fully absorbed, I then apply the Ūth Moisturizer, which completely seals in the moisture on my face, neck and upper chest/ cleavage area. This cream is also very light and absorbs very nicely so that I do not look like an oil slick. I am even able to apply my makeup over both of these face creams without my skin looking shiny. I am really impressed with Ūth products. I am very intrigued by the science behind this brand's formulation and I am excited to see the long term effect it has on my skin to keep me looking youthful. This is definitely a brand I will be purchasing in the future.
Learn more about Mannatech and the Generation Ūth 3-Step System by visiting Mannatech.com , and start seeing and feeling the difference!
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
WorryLess: The 1st and Only Cosmetic That Looks Like Real Skin.
Movie Magic In Your Medicine Cabinet to Erase Worry Lines
Time to toss all those plumping products that promised to work. Say bye-bye to Botox. Make room for the only at home anti-frown line product you’ll need from now on – WorryLess. Worryless is indeed the stuff of movie magic. Developed by Hollywood makeup and special effects artists, it uses medical grade silicone to simulate skin—
filling and concealing frown lines between your eyebrows instantly! WorryLess is the first and only topical dermal filler created to virtually erase glabella lines (the deep vertical lines between your eyebrows). If it works for A-list actors on high definition film, it will work for you!
Upon application, the silicone transforms from a liquid to a flexible rubber-like consistency, which simulates skin. It seamlessly fills in the deep crevices and because it is translucent, allows your skin to shine through. The result? Perfectly, smooth realistic looking skin.
- Waterproof (lasts approx. 36 hours)
- Clinically and dermatologist tested
- Allergy tested
- Instant Results
How to Apply in 3 Easy Steps
- You can wear liquid foundation under Worryless.
- Always use less Worryless than you think you’ll need.
- Mineral based powders work best with Worryless.
Retail Price: $50.00
To Purchase: http://www.dermaflage.com/worryless/home
Get all of the concealment benefits of surgery, but hide frown lines without wrinkles, pain, downtime, or the high cost of surgery.
Silicone Arts Labs manufacturers Worryless and is a product innovation company in the cosmetics and medical industries. Their largest product, Dermaflage, is a scar and wrinkle concealer that uses silicone to replicate the unique tone and texture of user’s skin — vastly outperforming other solutions on the market today. The company’s innovation engine is based on the combination of the science of facial prosthetics and the art of Hollywood special effects. Their breakthrough cosmetic products empower and inspire their customers to feel more confident.
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post.
Are you ready for instant prime time?
EmerginC's anti-aging Red Carpet Primer will take you there!
New York, NY- emerginC, a leading cosmeceutical skin care line, is excited to present Red Carpet Primer. This tinted advanced primer is infused with plant-based hydrating and plumping micro-spheres, plus other natural ingredients, to immediately reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
For those who want to look their very best every day, this naturally-tinted formulation primes the skin for a flawless, long-lasting make-up application, while fighting free-radicals and brightening and nourishing the skin with an infusion of cutting-edge, highly advanced vitamin C.
Pure vitamin C is very unstable. Yet emerginC has sourced the most stable, oil-soluble form of vitaminC available to penetrate the epidermis and provide numerous anti-aging benefits to the skin. This super anti-oxidant offers whitening properties, collagen synthesis, reduces UVA and UVB damage and protects against cell damage.
Filling wrinkles is one of the most sought-after promises in skincare. Immediate filling of lines is conducted in dermatology by specific botox or collagen injections. As a topical alternative, emerginC uses the technology of two types of Filling Spheres to immediately reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vegetal Filling Spheres are dehydrated microspheres of acacia that rehydrate when exposed to water to regain their initial volume. They penetrate the skin when they are small and dehydrated in the formula, and then swell once they are exposed to the watery epidermis inside. This volume change an almost immediate smoothing of the skin surface and reduces small wrinkles within one hour. Vegetal Filling Spheres are also ideal moisturizers, since after remaining in the hollow of the wrinkle, they are degraded by enzymes and slowly release the water initially taken up. Hyaluronic Fillings Spheres are also used in Red Carpet Primer and have a similar high water retention capacity that helps smooth crow's feet in just one hour.
emerginC's Anti-Aging Red Carpet Primer Benefits:
- Conceals large pores
- Primes the skin for a flawless make-up application
- Instantly reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Hydrates and protects against free-radical damage, brightens complexion
- Fills in fine lines and wrinkles with a Silicone infused silky application
My Experience: I was sent a tube of emerginC's Anti-Aging Red Carpet Primer to review. I put it to use one cloudy morning before I was to head out to a funeral. (Thankfully it was not raining.) On cloudy days, I believe that every skin flaw shows up because of the lighting. As for my own experience, clouds amplify my pores, blemishes and wrinkles. Needless to say, I was thrilled to get the chance to put my emerginC's Anti-Aging Red Carpet Primer to the test. That morning, I applied it all over my facial area on to my clean skin. I let it set for at least one minute before I applied my foundation (which I probably didn't even need. The tint in the primer makes my skin look flawless alone.) After I did apply my foundation, I looked at my face in the mirror for a bit. My skin looked absolutely young and truly flawless. No more visible pores. No longer could I see my fine lines. It looked as if I had brand new skin! I am amazed with this product. It is like a miracle for me!
To learn more about emerginC skincare or to place an order go to: http://www.emerginc.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
emerginC is a remarkably effective, full line of active, result-oriented products containing a wide variety of pure, potent botanicals and fruit acids, as well as cutting edge medical and cosmeceutical-grade ingredients from all over the world. Their products are paraben-free, as well as free of artificial colors and fragrances, and they try to source ingredients naturally wherever possible. In addition, emerginC does not test on animals or use animal ingredients
emerginC is always seeking the latest scientific breakthroughs to ensure we combat the visible signs of aging skin and other skin issues as effectively as possible, offering products and facials with unparalleled results after only a single treatment.
I am a huge fan of emerginC skin care. Their products are amazing! I received a sample of emerginC earth - with bio-active phytelene minerals to review.
A hydrating, nourishing cream with clinically-studied plant-based phytelene minerals, antioxidants and vitamins designed to actively help fight the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Also contains Chronocylin®,to help optimize vitamin D biotransformation.
skin types: Normal or dry skin.
use: Morning and/or night.
results: Re-mineralizes, proven co-factor in the production of collagen and elastin, fights appearance of wrinkles, hydrates, improves tone and texture.
active ingredients: copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, amino acids, ceramides, olive oil, green tea, vitamin E, wheat germ, lemon, rosemary, myrrh, borage seed oil, pine cone extract, cholesterol, horsetail, vitamin A, Chronocylin®.
My Experience: I use this as my night cream. It has a perfect creamy texture that absorbs beautifully into my skin without heaviness or greasiness. I have been using it for a little over two weeks now and my skin looks radiant. My fine lines have vanished. My skin looks more toned and refreshed. My dry winter skin is just about completely healed. I absolutely love this cream!
Me, my sister, Kim, baby K and my beautiful mother.
To learn more about emerginC products or to place an order go to: http://www.emerginc.com
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
emerginC is a remarkably effective, full line of active, result-oriented products containing a wide variety of pure, potent botanicals and fruit acids, as well as cutting edge medical and cosmeceutical-grade ingredients from all over the world. Their products are paraben-free, as well as free of artificial colors and fragrances, and naturally sourced ingredients. They do not test on animals or use animal ingredients.
I am a huge fan of emerginC Skincare. I have used several products from their line, and I love the results that I can clearly see after using them. I was excited to find out that emerginC also caters to men's skin! My nineteen-year-old son is always asking me if he can use my facial cleansers, as he does tend to get oily skin and blemishes if he does not properly care for his skin. He was thrilled when I handed him a bottle of emerginC men's liquid gel cleanser that I was sent to review.
emerginC men's liquid gel cleanser
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.