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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

Q & A: From anti-aging to hair removal, get answers from a natural skin care expert.

In addition to my glowing review about Annmarie Skin Care, I wanted to follow up by asking her about natural solutions for some of the most challenging skin care struggles. While Annmarie is currently taking time to raise her two young children, her staff graciously took on these questions.

Thank you Abby Jean, Lisa and Annmarie for sharing your wisdom and providing healthy solutions for optimum skin health.


Hate is a strong word, but I am really unhappy about the sagging skin and collagen loss of the neck. How is collagen lost and what can be done about it?

Collagen, as you know, is a type of protein which forms the connective tissues that hold our skin together and create “firmness”. This protein inevitably breaks down with age. When this happens, loss of elasticity in the skin occurs – unfortunately, in the form of fine lines and wrinkles (boo!). There are many factors that contribute to our loss of collagen in the skin, things like smoking or drinking too much alcohol, poor nutrition, not keeping the body adequately hydrated, stress, and of course, overexposure to the sun. Fortunately, there are many options available to help stimulate the production of collagen (beyond invasive treatments i.e.: injections, fillers, laser and other costly- and not always effective – medical treatments). The natural options include eating a diet rich in vitamin C, amino acids and antioxidants, all of which help strengthen the body’s ability to increase collagen production in the skin. (The list of specific foods is quite long, but just think lots of greens and a variety of whole, unprocessed, organic foods). (more…)

October 23, 2015 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

Annmarie Skin Care – We should all enjoy our beauty regimen this much.

After scraping every last bit of the samples given (a very good sign when it comes to reviewing something), 3 products stood out and I simply broke down and purchased them, I enjoyed them that much! Isn’t that what a beauty regimen should be? While some things in life can be met with frustration or meh… your skin care routine shouldn’t be one of them!

Continue Reading September 23, 2015 at 9:54 am 1 comment

Natural Ways to Tighten and Brighten: Topical Vitamin C, AHAs and more

super-woman.jpgWhen a friend asks me a question about a specific skin care concern, I get excited.

And while I do my best to relay accurate and beneficial information, nothing is better that locating a local and knowledgeable professional esthetician that can guide you through the trial and error of finding what works best for your skin. I remember an interview on Oprah many years ago where David Bowie and his wife, the spectacularly beautiful mega-supermodel confessed that she indulged in a professional spa facial once a week. When asked if that seemed a bit excessive, she replied quite directly and the gist of it was, “It’s your skin darling. You better choose to take care of it.”

Iman’s words stuck with me all these years and try to follow it. While I don’t have the budget for facials every week, I set some of my resources aside to pamper myself in this way. For those on a budget (and most of us are on tight ones), getting information via the internet can provide good information too. While I believe that simpler and all-natural is better, there are some stellar products that exist, are affordable and when they are adapted into your skin care regimen can bring great results.

One bit of advice, if you are curious about a product, but have problematic skin and want to sample before you buy, contact the company! Talk to a member of their team or email them about your concerns. If you agree to try a product, request a sample. They may require you to pay for shipping or a small fee for the sample, however, it may prove useful and save you a lot of money in the long run. A good company recognizes this and will honor sending samples!


August 3, 2015 at 8:44 am 3 comments

Retin-A: More questions and where to start?

The other day, Rachelle the fabulous author of Fashionably Foodie and contributor to the Posh Mama site asked a question about starting on Retin-A at the post, “All About Retinoids:  Considering Retin-A.”

so i turned the big 3-0 this summer and i am ready to do something. (guess i need to adopt marilyn’s “Start aging, and shut up!”
mantra still.)  i live in mexico and can buy retin a and renova over the counter. soooo- how do i use them?  like moisturizer, after cleansing?  instead of moisturizer or over it?  how much do i use?  and do you know if i use it while i’m nursing? (guess i could google it.) TIA!

hope your beans are delish~

First and foremost, the beans I made using the recipe that Rachelle posted on the Posh Mama site were delish, and my family totally stuffed themselves last night.  I served them with rice and homemade salsa, very yum!

Lucky you to get Retin-A OTC!  And I am not a Doctor, so I can give you some advice, but would strongly recommend you work with a licensed Dermatologist.  I have heard that the lowest concentration is where you should start (.025%) or possibly .05%, and you should research the topic of using retinoids while nursing.  I surmise that some will say okay, and some will say nay.  I tend to side with how young is your baby and how often do you nurse?  Retin-A is simply a concentrated form of Vitamin A and a minimal amount is absorbed into your bloodstream.

In the PM, after cleansing and allowing your skin to dry, dab a pea-sized amount around face (a little bit goes a long way and this is strong stuff)!  You can then proceed with your moisturizer.  You should only use this every other night until your skin adjusts to the retin-A (which will take a few weeks), then gradually build up to using it every night.  If you notice peeling or irritation, stop using Retin-A for a few days.

If you are using any creams or lotions containing peptides, specifically copper peptides, you will not want to use a retinoid, AHA, or vitamin C cream within 2 hours of use, or rotate using one every other day.  I am not a chemist either, but I have read that the copper peptides are not effective if combined with these acidic ingredients. 

And most importantly you will need to take particular precautions to protect your skin during the day while using Retin-A.  Wear a hat, use sunscreen, and avoiding going outside during the peak sun hours.

For treating acne, Retin A will take 6+ weeks of use to notice the benefits.  For treating wrinkles, Retin A will take 6+ months to see improvements, and will produce optimal results after a year of continual use.

Best wishes for some great skin and enjoy those 30’s, you are really in your prime!  Jen 🙂


September 5, 2008 at 7:29 am 7 comments

Gingi: No gimmicks, just smart skincare.

This summer I attended the Cosmoprof North American Trade Show and met with several beauty and skincare companies.  At this show literally dozens of skincare lines are being featured and each line seems to have a gimmick.  Ingredients that guarantee to lighten, tighten, brighten and stimulate your skin, and promise to make you look 21 again.  With skincare, I really don’t want a gimmick, I just want a well orchestrated skincare line that works well with my skin type.  And that is exactly why I am excited to introduce you to the Gingi Skincare line.

I tried several samples of their line, and was instantly impressed.  All felt, smelled and reacted well with my 39 year old skin that is sensitive to break outs.  In my first letter to Gingi, I jotted down some of my first impressions: 

  • I like the simple and informative product names, like “Deep Comforting Cleanser” and “Instant Eye Lift Masks.”  Dang, I could use some of those eye masks this morning!
  • I enjoy the natural fragrances (or lack of) of the products I have sampled.
  • I really like the gel formulations of the moisturizers and treatments, they absorb well and do not leave a residue or sticky feeling on my skin.  In the winter months, I might want a cream based lotion though.
  • So far, I have been able to tolerate products without any sensitivity issues or breakouts. 
  • The Sun Care Cream was really nice, absorbed well, with a light, pleasant orange scent.

Gingi Skincare responded to my feelings by saying,

“We pretty much try to keep the whole line simple – part of our philosophy.  A simple line of high quality products and high quality ingredients (90% of the raw materials come from Germany and 10% from Japan – we manufacture and bottle here in southern California).  We package our products for gift sets as well – something you don’t see too much of in the skincare trade.
As for the fragrance (or lack of), the products are designed to be unisex so we try to keep the scent as neutral as possible.  I use the Refreshing Toning Water as an aftershave and the Citrus Sun Care on top of my head (no hair!) – though I always tell everyone that the best sunblock is to stay out of the sun!  By the way, the Citrus Sun Care is featured in a sun care article in the August issue of Day Spa magazine.”

I was also lucky enough to get some full size products to use for a longer period of time and was equally impressed.  These items included Gingi’s Deep Comforting Cleanser, Green Tea Face and Body Mist, and Vitamin C & E Lipsome Moisturizer.  All wonderful products, but my favorite product by far was Gingi’s “Citrus Sun Care” which provides sun protection in a non-greasy formula and also treats the skin with antioxidants and antiseptic qualities.  My skin adores this stuff!

I recently compiled a list of the seven beauty items I would bring if stranded on a desert island and Gingi’s Citrus Sun Care topped my list.

Gingi’s skincare is notably more pricey than your drugstore skincare brands, but what you would expect to pay for a specialty brand (the $30-$50 price range).  Considering the high quality of the ingredients and performance of the line, I would consider purchasing some Gingi skincare as money well spent.   Feel free to contact their customer service for any questions with your specific skin concerns.

Gingi is offering Mythbuster Beauty readers an additional incentive by including 1 box of Facial Absorbent Paper ($25) on orders of $100 or more (& free shipping included).  The code to use at checkout is GINGIMBB.

September 4, 2008 at 7:23 am 3 comments

The difference between Alpha/AHAs and Beta/BHA

Paula Begoun released a video that accurately describes the difference between AHA’s and BHA and which one is best for your specific skin type.  Not all women can tolerate these acid exfoliants, but if you can, these acids can benefit your skin.  BTW, no I am not endorsing Paula’s Choice skincare line, but you must admit, Paula’s skin looks incredible in this video.  Obviously she is doing something right! 

Paula on The Truth About Exfoliants:

The bottom line is that for most skin types exfoliation is a good thing. No question about it. Dead skin cells make your skin feel rough, and if you are over the age of 20 (given the number of adults who have sun damage, clogged pores and dry skin), you would most likely benefit from exfoliation. There are two types of exfoliates : mechanical (or manual) exfoliation, and alphahydroxy acids and betahydroxy acids. The former you have to manually move around your face. They are pretty much ’80s-style exfoliates. I think that form of exfoliation is dated, and I don’t think there is anything in a scrub that can’t be replaced by a washcloth. What does make a difference is a well-formulated betahydroxy or alphahydroxy product. There aren’t many of them around because they are tricky to make and there is a risk of irritation. But much of the objective research out there suggests that exfoliation is good for most skin types.

So as a rule of thumb, AHA’s (which are glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, and tartaric acid) are for aging, sun damaged skin.  BHA or Saylicylic Acid is better for blemish prone, oily or combinaton skin.

Cleansers that contain AHA’s or BHA are generally not ideal because they are quickly washed off the skin and the skin needs to be able to absorb these acids to be effective.  The best form of AHA’s or BHA’s would be in the form of a moisturizer, treatment, or a masque/peel where it is allowed to penetrate the skin. 

Paula’s Choice is offering 10% off all her AHA and BHA exfoliants through the month of August at her website:  Paula’

Side effects can include irritation, redness and itching, and increased sensitivity to the sun.  So while using any of these treatments you should take precautions by using a good sunscreen and avoiding prolonged sun exposure.

August 21, 2008 at 7:20 am 1 comment

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