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Supplements for the Skin, Hair, and Nails: Price Hard to Swallow?

If you are a skincare junkie like me, I bet you have been wondering about all the supplements and drinks that purport to benefit your skin, hair, and nails.  And these supplements don’t come cheap!  I am not saying that these do or do not work, I am just saying a little investigation is in order before you “bottoms-up” on some of these products.

A recent post from J. Tania at Beauty Tip Today mentions a new celebrity-touted drink called Beauty Scoop that is supposed to do wonders for your skin and hair.  I mean, if Ricki Lake loves it, and she has the most fabulous skin and hair, it must be good right?  Well $95 for a 21 day supply, it better be!  In the next months, I am planning to put this product and some more skincare supplements to the test. 

This weekend, some friends invited us to go boating with them on Bear Lake.  Not being a native from Utah, I had never been to this remote lake location.  Craving the azure blue ocean and the Greek islands but don’t have the money to go?  Visit Bear Lake.  Its completely fresh water, clear to the bottom, and absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! 

Our first day there, I jump off the side of the boat and into the perfectly clear water without thinking.  The boat was near the shore where it was only three feet deep, but I thought it was much deeper, and ouch!  As I hit the sandy bottom quickly I could feel the crunch on my right foot.  I really messed up my right heel.  Evan remarked later as I was unable to step on it without wincing, “Luckily blogging doesn’t require walking.” 

Above:  My husband Evan, daughter and our favorite puppy, Asia.  Below:  If you know me, big hat, sunglasses and relaxing in the shade on the boat, and holding my sleeping daughter Becca.

My foot is doing much better today, but the heel is bruised and needing time to heal (heel/heal great homonym)!  I have been taking ibuprofen, but also thought about a joint/bone supplement that I have taken that also claims to benefit your skin, hair, and nails.  It is called Super Collagen+C from NeoCell.  I started taking it again and hopefully this will speed up my recovery, and if it benefits my skin, hair, and nails, even better!  I purchased this bottle at Costco for about $19.00 for 350 tablets, which you are supposed to take six tablets daily, so it should last for 2 months.  A little pricey, but just a tad bit more reasonable than the Beauty Scoop or N.V. Perricone Products. 

Have any of you tried or benefitted from using a skincare supplement or beauty drink?  If so, please share your experience.

August 4, 2008 at 10:23 am 7 comments

Mythbuster Beauty Review: Baby Quasar and Baby Blue

Warning! The photo rejuvenation devices I am about to review are expensive! You may be better off being blissfully unaware of these rather awesome devices. I give you this warning because once you read about what the Baby Quasar and Baby Blue Photo Light Devices can and do for your skin; you will covet them until you finally own them!

What are the devices: Photo Rejuvenation and Acne Clearing Devices

How they work: The Baby Quasar (or BabyQ, as it’s affectionately called) is designed to deliver four light wavelengths (that is amber, red and infrared). The Baby Blue delivers only blue light. This is a picture of the Baby Quasar. The Baby Blue looks exactly the same, but emits a blue light.

What the devices do:   By following a series of photo rejuvenation sessions for six weeks, the Baby Quasar can enhance the skin cells’ circulation, stimulating collagen production and healing. The Baby Blue emits a blue light that kills the p. acne bacteria. Used together, they can reduce the inflammation and redness associated with acne or sensitive skin. The red light causes the release of nitric oxide, which is essential for healing. These devices are meant to enhance and improve the effectiveness of your skincare serums and treatments. Light Therapy is best for individuals with sun damage, redness, broken blood vessels and brown discoloration, including freckles.

My experience:

I was told to start by using the Baby Blue device first followed by a Baby Quasar session for six weeks to achieve the maximum benefits. I used both devices every other day for six weeks and each session lasted for about 35 minutes.

Both devices were easy to use. The warmth from the light felt good against my skin and there was no pain involved. I found the light therapy sessions very soothing, especially after using the Baby Quasar. I noticed that my blemishes seemed to heal more quickly and the number of my breakouts diminished while using both devices. I generally used the Blue Light as a spot treatment on areas where I tend to break out (nose, cheeks and chin), and the red Baby Quasar over the entire face.

I noticed that the Baby Quasar significantly helped diminish my skin’s redness. It was very soothing to my skin. Over the six weeks, I noticed more firmness and softened lines around my eyes, mouth and forehead. My pigmentation issues have improved and are less noticeable on my cheeks and chin. On my cheeks, I noticed some very dramatic improvements including some pigmentation spots fading and completely vanishing.  I have been trying to clear up some very deep small whiteheads on the apples of my cheeks for years, and while using the BabyQ and Baby Blue, these small whiteheads have slowly been surfacing and disappearing!   I have also noticed diminished pore size around my cheeks, chin and nose.

In short, I loved the Baby Quasar. You are going to love what these devices can do for your skin!

You will need to avoid shining the light directly into your eyes or around mucous membranes. I did get a few strange sores after exposing my nostrils to the light. Other than that, I noticed no other side effects or adverse issues while using the Baby Quasar and the Baby Blue devices.

Where do you purchase, and how much:

The price of these devices is very high. The Baby Quasar costs $449 plus $20 s&h at the Baby Quasar site. However, if you look at the cost of going to an esthetician or clinic for Photo Rejuvenation Therapy or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) a series of five treatments can cost between $1,000 – $2,000. To have a device that can be used at your convenience and indefinitely, you can see how these devices can be a deal. The Baby Quasar devices have a one year warranty from the manufacturer, and the company provides excellent customer support. You can also share the devices with other family and friends.

Special Discount Code: Baby Quasar is offering a promotional code, ‘mythbeauty’ that will give you an additional 10% discount off any Baby Quasar device.

Conclusion: The improvements are subtle and take time, but I have noticed some real benefits while using the Baby Blue and Baby Quasar. I highly recommend using the Baby Quasar.

[Here is picture I took today with a bit of makeup, (but really not that much), and no touch-ups! My skin isn’t perfect, but not bad for a 39 year old mother of five.]

If you are serious about getting the most out of your skincare, purchasing the Baby Quasar would be definitely a step in the right direction. BabyQ really rocks!

July 10, 2008 at 4:00 am 17 comments

N.V. Perricone M.D.’s Vitamin C Ester Concentrated Restorative Cream

YumYes, I am a bit obsessed with excellent skincare lines.  My body and my skin are facing 40 next year, and I refuse to age gracefully.  I will age defiantly and with purpose.  

A few years ago, I was introduced to N.V. Perricone M.D. when he published his book, “The Perricone Promise.”  I was intrigued by his philosophy of using supplements (DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester) and a diet rich in “superfoods” with key nutrients (antioxidants, omega fatty acids) and the promise that by eating better you could improve your skin. 

I have since increased my diet with foods high in antioxidants, eat salmon regularly, take daily vitamin supplements, and limit my junk food intake to at least 3 servings per day. 

Blogging isn’t blogging unless you have a brownie with a cold glass of milk sitting next to the keyboard!

Shortly after publishing his book, N.V. Perricone M.D. introduced his own skincare line.  Most people get very skeptical about anyone who publishes a book of authority on a subject, and then creates a product line specifically linked to that subject.  And you ask why?  Because in a way, you are cross-selling to the consumer both by converting the reader to your way of thinking, and then trying to sell the product with the formula you are preaching. 

Now I say, if what Perricone is preaching has validity, and his product offers something effective, then why not?   Of course you should be skeptical.  However, if you are looking for a product with the combination of ingredients that N.V. Perricone M.D. prescribes; his skincare line does carry a definite allure.

Most of N.V. Perricone M.D.’s products are above $50 and some are in the $100s, so be aware.  One of my favorite beauty finds for 2007 is Perricone’s Ceramic Skin Smoother.  I simply have not found its equivalent and love what it does for my skin, however, the $75 price tag is steep.  I used this product sparingly and it lasted over 3 months, and of course scraped out the last bit with my Q-tip.

 restorative creamAnother hands down Perricone skincare winner is his Vitamin C Ester Concentrated Restorative Cream.  I used this product during the month of December, and during that month my skin was flawless.  In the PM after cleansing and toning, I would smooth the Restorative Cream on my face.  It has a mild tingle (which I think is caused by the Vitamin C Ester) and my skin drank it in with no greasy feeling, just soft and touchable.  

Vitamin C Ester Benefits:

Provides a readily available form of Vitamin C to the skin

Can be used by those with sensitive skin

Helps to protect skin from the damage caused by free radicals and inflammation

Continued use will diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles   

While using this product for several weeks, my skin had clarity and my face glowed.  I really believe that the Vitamin C Ester (Ascorbyl Palmitate) is a powerful ingredient to use on your face, and this cream is recommended for all skin types.

If you are looking for a potent nighttime treatment to help repair and renew your skin, and money isn’t an object, I would highly recommend N.V. Perricone M.D.’s Vitamin C Ester Restorative Cream.

January 29, 2008 at 8:56 pm 4 comments

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