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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

Bionic Beauty Tests the Thermaclear Acne Clearing Device

Thermaclear Acne Treatment device
Heat treatment for pimples, abscesses and cysts is nothing new, but the Thermaclear device brings it to a focused “head” specifically for acne.

Bionic Beauty tried Thermaclear for 30 days and found it helpful in healing her light acne.  With healing results quicker than without treatment.

Basically you activate the Thermaclear, wait a few seconds for it to heat up (it beeps when it’s ready), then hold it against your pimple, and press the button. Zap. At first treatment, its a bit shocking, but is nothing more than a mild twinge.  Bionic Beauty started on the low setting to prepare herself and after the first treatment was up to the high setting.

You can read the rest of the review of Thermaclear at the Bionic Beauty site:

Bionic Beauty Tests the Thermaclear

July 3, 2008 at 6:34 am 1 comment

Fried Green Wednesday: Joesoef’s Skin Care

When you try as many things as I do you’re bound to find a few here and there that aren’t as great as you expected them to be.  When you receive them as gifts it’s especially hard, because you just want to like them so darn much.

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I was excited to try a few products from Joesoef when I received them. I eagerly opened the Olive Oil & Collagen Moisturizing Soap  and Moisturizing Lotion with SPF30.  Since it’s been crazy dry here this year the dry to normal skin formula of the soap sounded perfect.  And softening and smoothing lines and wrinkles didn’t hurt my excitement.  The smell is nice, but a bit strong, so those with sensitivity might want to try this with caution.  Other than the fragrance I’m familiar with every other ingredient in the soap.  Things like lanolin, collagen and olive oil left me hopeful.  The SPF 30 lotion is a pretty basic, all encompassing lotion which contains one of my very favorite ingredients to pronounce, Octyl Methoxycinnamate. This is an ingredient found in some lip balms and sunscreens. After a study raised safety concerns in 2000 based on testing in mice, a later study concluded that sun screening agents, including Octyl Methoxycinnamate, do not penetrate the skin enough to cause significant toxicity. So if you’ve heard something scary you can probably rest assured that it’s safe. At the very least way safer than using nothing and walking around in the damaging rays of the sun all day.

The very first use of the soap left my face feeling squeaky clean but not tight. This is important, particularly for people whose skin leans towards oily, like mine. If you strip too much of your natural oil your skin may produce even more to compensate, which can lead to a breakout and dryness cycle that can be hard to fix.  I used it morning and night, as the box recommends 2-3 times a day. After 3 days my skin began to get dry and flaky. I’m sure some of this can be attributed to weather, but I wasn’t having as much of a problem with my usual cleanser so some of it had to be the soap.  Once the extreme dryness hit, my skin started acting up and breaking out and it took me about two weeks to get it back in balance again. I am currently using the soap only at night, right before I use my heavier evening cream, and I haven’t experienced any more extreme dryness or flaking.  My skin does feel smooth and clean, so if you’re up to trying something new then feel free, though I definitely recommend you start slowly with this product. This could be a good soap for the summer months when it isn’t so dry, and would be great for those living in the humidity of the east coast. 

I found the lotion to be nice and light.  It sinks in quickly, and it was perfect for a daytime moisturizer. It didn’t contribute to any oiliness, which is always a plus. I think this will be a good lotion to use in the summer months, when the heat dictates I use a light moisturizer and I need a good SPF.  When my skin was flaky and dry the lotion felt like it almost stung a bit, so I wouldn’t use this if you have any broken or irritated skin. This worried me a bit since I have both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide lotions that don’t sting when I apply them to blemished and dry skin. If you want to try this then do so only if you have a great cleansing routine established first to avoid any possible irritation.

The Joesoef line is full of simple, natural ingredients and I was surprised at the poor reception my skin gave it. I have some reservations recommending it and I wasn’t “in love” with either of these products. If you choose to try it, or any new line, I highly recommend you start only ONE product at a time instead of switching your entire regimen at once. Give each product at least a week’s use before adding something new.  This will give you the chance to fine tune your skin’s needs and your use schedule.  Unless your skin is completely out of control and needs a serious intervention stat, patience and prudence is always the best policy.

Mo is Mythbuster Beauty’s featured reviewer for “Fried Green Wednesdays.” 

 

March 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm 2 comments

Dry Winter Skin? Everyday Everywheres to the Rescue!

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While visiting the Lovely Boutique last week, the owner Lisa King introduced me to a new product being made by my favorite mineral makeup company Everyday Minerals called, “Everyday Everywheres.”

Everywhere you say? 

YES, everywhere!  A wonderful healing and hydrating balm for just about any place on your body.  I sampled the Lavender Everywheres,” and have been amazed by its versatility. 

I apply some on my dry sandpaper-feeling elbows and heels, rub more on my knuckles and the web between my index fingers and thumbs, and then smooth some on my lips.  This generous compact of all-in-one balm sells for only $6.00! 

Your Lavender Everyday Everywear is ideal for any application you can imagine. Your knees? Sure! Your lips? Perfect. You face during dry winter days – superb! Your everyday everywears are super silky, quick absorbing, with a light herbal scent. Who needs to go to the south of France when you can bring the beauty and fun right to your home?!

Escape to paradise with a:

  • Moisturizing Facial Crème
  • Lip Therapy
  • Night Treatment
  • Aroma therapy, you name it!

You’ll find this is a super for kids and every member of your family. Ideal for on the go when you are out and about, or simply lounging at home. You’ll love this pure all-natural product for anything you can imagine!!!

Made from pure Sweet Almond oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia extract), hydrogenated vegetable oil.”

Everyday Everywheres also comes in three other formulations:

HorsetailYes, you read it correctly.  Horsetail extract is rich in minerals and vitamins.  It is known for enriching the blood, hardening your fingernails and revitalizes dull, damaged hair.

Chamomile:  Known to heal skin.  Chamomile soothes skin and is used as an emollient.

Green Tea:  Naturally high anti-oxidant, that can reduce inflammation and prevent damage from the environment.

If you live in the SLC area, the Lovely Boutique also carries the Everyday Minerals line.  They are located at the South Towne Mall (10600 South State Street) upstairs, next to Dillard’s.

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