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Natural Alternatives to Retinoids: What your skin really wants, rose hips!

Younger, smoother, clearer, more radiant, beautiful-looking skin. That’s pretty much the sum of all the reasons we create, buy, apply, or scrub stuff onto our face in the first place. And simply the fact that you’re reading this post, you’ve probably heard or used a product that contains a retinoid of some sort. Retinoids are an active form of vitamin A that with continual use on the skin alternative-to-retinolcan bring favorable, even beneficial results like reducing the look of wrinkles, scarring and preventing acne. While I’ve written and used several retinol/retinoid-based products, there have been times I have discontinued their use for different reasons and wondered about alternative natural ingredients that could replicate those same benefits.

In my search, I came across a great read on Roxanne King’s natural wellness site, “Holistic Mama.” In her article, this particular mama writes about the favorable anti-aging results she discovered while using Rose Hip Seed Oil as an alternative to a retinoid. Roxanne most graciously sent me a sample of her very own Renewing Facial Serum. This serum is a combination of Rose Hip Seed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil and Vitamin E Oil. Oils are all the rage in skin care, and these 3 work even better together! Since using this product, results have been impressive. My skin is feeling nourished and I have also noticed it seems to be gaining strength, clarity and smoothness. I will keep you posted on long-term results: all good things take time! Thank you Holistic Mama Roxanne for working with nature and taking a gentler approach too.

From Roxanne’s article:  Effective All Natural Alternatives to Retinol

After learning all of this information I was determined to find a natural alternative to retinol products that would produce similar results.  I came across some interesting information about rose hip seed oil and it’s anti-aging properties.  Rose hip seed oil is an amazing product, which has only recently become recognized by the general public. The popularity is for a good reason because it is believed to be the best oil available for anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation. Numerous scientific studies have also taken place, which have yielded astounding evidence supporting the use of Rose hip Seed oil.

In 1983 the University of Santiago conducted research on 180 individuals using rose hip seed oil. The tests studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems. In these tests, rose hip seed oil regenerated the skin, reduced scars and wrinkles, prevented the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and helped skin to regain its natural color and tone. Another well-known study in 1988 was conducted on twenty women between the ages of 25-35 with extensive premature aging to their skin. Their skin was wrinkled, and had sun spots from overexposure to the sun. After four months of applying rose hip seed oil daily, their wrinkles and sun spots had almost completely disappeared, and the skin had a fresher and healthier look.

November 11, 2015 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

Please pass the Pumpkin: What fruit enzymes can do for your skin.

Pineapple. Papaya. Pumpkin.

While wisdom sometimes increases with age, unfortunately our skin cell turnover rate doesn’t. Sluggish turnover can make the skin appear dull, lack radiance and even trigger congestion and breakouts. While many products and ingredients address this issue, some may work better for you than others.

Find wonderful DIY Pumpkin Mask Recipes on Pinterest, Instagram... Google it!

You don’t have to buy a product to get the skin benefits from pumpkin. Find wonderful DIY Fruit Enzyme Mask recipes on Pinterest, Instagram… Google it!

How do you know what will work best for you?

Receiving four decades of sun and environmental skin damage, from time to time, I believe it really pays to seek out for help from professional estheticians.

During one particular consultation, I asked about the various treatments available and what she would recommend. After talking and looking at my actual face, she told me that microdermabrasion may be too harsh for my particular skin type of skin (combination, sensitive and acne-prone), that it would only cause more redness and potential flare-ups.  What she did recommend was a fruit-based enzymatic skin peel.

How will an enzyme peel help?

Enzyme based skin peels work slightly different than chemical alpha (AHA) or beta (BHA) peels. Usually fruit-based (from pumpkin, pineapple, papaya…) enzyme masks or peels literally digest dead skin cells, and in turn stimulate the growth of new collagen, lightening pigmentation and scar tissue, as well as diminishing the appearance of fine lines. All good things! Enzymes can also penetrate the skin to help deeply cleanse pores and improve skin tone and texture. Considered safe for all skin types, it doesn’t wound the skin, as some chemical peels can, and does all this without excessive flakiness, irritation or redness. (more…)

November 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Total Beauty Total Cure Baby Quasar PowerPack Giveaway

As you are probably aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The economy is tight and might make it difficult to donate, so why not enter and learn a fact along the way about breast cancer that you may not have known? In order to promote breast cancer awareness, Total Beauty has organized the Total Cure initiative. Over 50 beauty blogs have been partnering with several different beauty brands to provide giveaways throughout the month of October to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.

Mythbuster Beauty along with Baby Quasar are enthusiastic to be part of this initiative. In search for a cure and to promote BCA, for today only you can enter here to get a chance to win a Baby Quasar PowerPack!

What it is: The Baby Quasar PowerPack (which is both the Baby Quasar and the Baby Blue) are Photo Rejuvenation and Acne Clearing Devices.

The Baby Quasar (or BabyQ, as it’s affectionately called) is designed to deliver four light wavelengths that can enhance the skin cells’ circulation, stimulating collagen production and healing. The Baby Blue delivers only blue light and kills the bacteria that causes acne. Both devices have been favorably reviewed and are probably the most coveted photo rejuvenation items on the planet!!!

To read my very positive review of the Baby Quasar and Baby Blue, you can follow this link to: Mythbuster Beauty Review: Baby Quasar and Baby Blue.

These two “babies” have a total retail value of $749!

The contest will end at 3:00 AM EST on Saturday October 18th. I will draw THREE winners at random and they will be notified by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond to my email notification that they have won and if they do not respond an alternate will be drawn. The winners will be announced by Monday, October 20th.

October 16, 2008 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

FGW: Take it off, take it all off…

“Hi, I’m Mo, and I’m an exfoliator.”

Crowd:  “Hi Mo”

“I like passive exfoliators fine enough. You know Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids and all. But I just…I can’t give up my…my…aggressive exfoliators!”

Crowd:  *Gasp* “The horror, the shock! Wait, what are we talking about? What the heck do you mean anyway?”

Everyone has their own terminology for different types of exfoliators. In my world, chemical exfoliators are “passive”, while actual scrubs that physically push away dead cells are “aggressive” exfoliators. I use both, a chemical exfoliator twice a week and a scrub two to three times a week, depending on how my skin feels. Not everyone can or should exfoliate so often, and those with thin or sensitive skin should consult a dermatologist before beginning, just for safety’s sake.  I find that a lax exfoliation schedule leads to many more breakouts for me, and exfoliating regularly lets me get by with using less acne product overall.

Most people know that an effective exfoliation doesn’t require an expensive scrub. Many of us do it inadvertently when we use a washcloth to remove our cleanser. If that’s more your speed then there are products out there that can step up your game but still fit perfectly into your regimen.

The Supracor Spacells facial sponge ($12) is unlike any “sponge” you’ve ever seen.  Naturally antifungal, antibacterial and allergen free, Spacells unique honeycomb design is an energizing experience. Used with your usual cleanser it really clears off makeup and skin cells, but also stimulates blood flow and massages your skin. Be sure to use the softer clear side for scrubbing and the more firm side for massaging and for rough skin, like elbows.  Better yet, get a bath mitt ($32) for your body and keep the sponge just for your face. This is a durable and long lasting product, just rinse after use and allow to dry. Since you can use any cleanser you like with it, all skin types would really enjoy the refreshing experience of a Supracor spacells facial sponge. Supracor’s Stimulite products range far beyond just face and body. Mattress covers, foot wear, baby and pet products, and even an equestrian line truly offer something for everyone. That bed pillow has my hot headed name all over it! (more…)

October 1, 2008 at 10:46 pm 3 comments

Choosing the right mineral makeup for you

Meli recently asked a question at the Bare Escentuals VS. Drug Store brand Mineral Makeup post:

I would be happy to get your thoughts on Bare’s Get Started kit. Quality vs price? Which one of the following would the best pick?  Bare, Maybelline or Everyday Minerals? What about L’Oreal?

Sincerely, thank you for your precious answers,  Meli

Hi Meli, so great to hear from you!  There are so many mineral makeup lines and so many factors to take into consideration.  Hope this information will help you make an informed decision!

Here are a few things to consider in choosing the best mineral foundation for you:

  • Skin type.  Finding the right match of formula for your skin type, oily, dry, combination…
  • Skin color. Is your skin tone difficult to match, or do you tend to find a compatible shade easily?  Some complain that certain mineral makeups can look ashy or orange on their skin.
  • Convenience. Do you prefer to purchase this at your local drug store or do you mind ordering on-line, or going to a department store counter?
  • Price. A large range of prices when it comes to mineral makeup.

Here are my feelings on the specific mineral makeup brands you listed:

1.  L’Oreal’s mineral makeup is formulated with talc, so if you have sensitive or breakout prone skin, watch out!  Not recommended.
2.  Maybelline’s mineral makeup is best for those with normal or dry skin.  This is based upon many comments from a review at the Makeup Moxie website.  Another comment was that while they love this mineral foundation, but do not like the brush that is included.  I would suggest purchasing your own kabuki brush for optimum application.  If you have oily skin it will not work well for you, but it is a great value and you can purchase it at your local drug store.
3.  Bare Minerals is the most popular of all the mineral makeup lines, and many people love it.  I think it is best suited for those with oily skin.  For individuals with drier skin, it can accentuate fine lines and look flaky.  This line is more expensive, but their starter kits offer a better value ($30), and can be purchased online, department stores, and at Target.
4.  Everyday Minerals is a wonderful line and offers different formulas for different skin types (Original Glo, Semi-Matte, Matte, and Intensive) and at very reasonable price ($12 for a large container).  Their samples are generous and allow deciding which formulas are best for your skin.  Highly recommended for both quality and value.

My personal experience with mineral makeup is mixed.  My best results have been with the Everyday Mineral line, and that could be due to my specific skin type (combination skin and sensitive to breakouts) and I have liked their Original Glo and Semi-Matte formulas.  Ideally, I still prefer a liquid foundation or a tinted moisturizer. 

My biggest complaints with SOME mineral makeup foundations are:

  • The “itch” factor, my skin feels coated and slightly irritated by the mineral makeup
  • Some mineral powders can accentuate fine lines on my skin, and deposit in my laugh lines 😦
  • My skin ends up looking too matte and chalky
  • The powder can emphasize flaking and dry patches on my face

But I realize that with the right formula and the right skin type, your skin can look amazing while using a mineral makeup foundation.  Here are some other MBB posts on the subject of mineral makeup:

Best wishes Meli, and hope to hear what you end up using and how you feel about it.  JEN

September 28, 2008 at 6:23 pm 12 comments

Beauty Bit: Do pre-foundation primers make a visible difference?



Do pre-foundation primers make a visible difference?

Worth the Extra Step?

Pro makeup artist Molly Stern says primers are meant to serve as a layer between skin and foundation to create a more even surface. But not everyone needs them. “The best candidate for them would be someone who is very oily or has a lot of scarring from acne,” she says. But do primers actually make a difference? We had two women of different ages each test a top foundation primer geared toward their skin type. Find out if their makeup looked better … and if anyone noticed.
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September 27, 2008 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

FGW: Resurfacing- It’s not just for roads….

Every now and then you look in the mirror and feel like starting fresh. At times like these there’s only one thing you can turn to: Chemical peels. What, you expected me to say therapy and self discovery?

A typical Glycolic Acid facial in a spa can be a relaxing and refreshing experience, but there are a few drawbacks. The first is time. At 45 minutes to an hour plus transit time, you’re looking at a decent chunk of time every 2-6 months, depending on your skin and the exact results you wish to achieve. Second is the cost. At roughly $80 a piece, generally as a series of about 6 treatments, that’s a lot of fun money, at least for someone like me. If you choose to get a stronger peel from a doctor than you can expect to spend $150-$300 a session, though the length of time between sessions can be much longer, depending on your needs and results. The recovery from one of these procedures is also much more intense, often with flaking, redness, and oozing skin. Makes me want to run right out and get one, how about you?

Thankfully, there’s a third option, an home peel. Alpha Hydroxy Acid products sold to consumers must be a concentration less than 10%, so the chances of doing your skin serious damage are greatly reduced when choosing these. These products can give your skin the little extra boost you’re looking for, brightening and smoothing rough, sun-damaged skin.

I’ve been trying Murad’s Intensive Resurfacing Peel for just that purpose.

Sold as a set of 12 ampoules, Intensive Resurface Peel covers the needs of many skin types with both Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids(BHA). AHAs work mainly as an exfoliant, sloughing off dead skin cells and making room for regrowth of new skin. Alpha hydroxy acids are reported to improve wrinkling, roughness, and uneven skin tone of sun-damaged skin and may even stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. BHA (salicylic acid) is able to penetrate into pores which contain sebum and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are built up inside the pore. BHA is better used on oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads, while AHAs are better used on thickened, sun-damaged skin. Containing both glycolic acid and salicylic acid, Intensive Resurfacing Peel covers all the bases.

A few moments after applying you start to feel a tingle. Some people with more sensitive skin might even call it a slight sting. Any broken skin or irritated blemishes will definitely sting if you apply this over them. First you cleanse and tone, then apply the peel all over your face/neck. After 10 minutes, or less if you find it too irritating, you simply rinse your face with warm water and continue your typical regimen. I first got a hold of this product as a deluxe sample from Sephora, but after that one use I just HAD to try the full cycle. The 12 ampoules are meant to be used 3 times a week, giving you a month’s worth in one package, though it is entirely possible to squeeze extra uses from each ampoule without altering the effectiveness. My skin felt so smooth and supple after using this, I just about fell over from the sheer joy of it. Over the month I used this I saw improvement in some old scarring from chicken pox, though it wasn’t quite as drastic as I’d hoped. My serums and moisturizer certainly felt as though they absorbed faster and better after use.

The bamboo beads included in the formula are sparse and are more puzzling than effective. Something else that I found incredibly annoying was the poor design of the packaging. Perhaps there’s something I’m missing, not being privy to research and all, but it is impossible to extract all of the product from this bottle without prying off the top and using a cotton swab. With a product that costs as much as this ($165 a set) I would expect to be able to get my money’s worth without playing MacGuyver to scoop it out. The price is a deterrent as well, since your instinct is to use as little as possible due to the cost, which could reduce the effectiveness. Also, you MUST remember to use a sunscreen when you’re using AHA or BHA products, since they make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. Ironic, isn’t it, that the product which can repair your skin’s sun damage also makes it more susceptible to sun damage?

Overall I loved this, but I’m just not sure I’m quite ready for something so intense yet. My skin is still fairly young and in pretty good shape, and the proper use of cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen is really all I need for the moment. If you feel like you need a little more for your skin, you know where to find a fast, easy, effective home peel, Murad’s Intensive Resurface Peel.

September 17, 2008 at 1:24 am 4 comments

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