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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

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

Four Decades of Beautiful Skin: Great Tips at Any Age

Today on, they have a very informative presentation with great skin tips for women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s +. 

Four Decades of Beautiful Skin, here are their tips for gals in their 30’s:

    • “Cleanser: In the morning, use a cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to encourage exfoliation. In the evening, wash with a creamy cleanser.
    • Moisturizer: In addition to SPF 15 or 20 with UVA/UVB protection, your moisturizer should contain antioxidants, like green or white tea, pomegranate, or vitamin C, which will protect your skin from damaging free radicals. Start wearing an eye cream daily. For dark circles, use one with hydroquinone, vitamin C, or botanicals that brighten, like kojic acid, soy, or licorice; for puffiness, look for one containing caffeine; for extra moisturization, use one with hyaluronic acid, says Taylor.
    • Nighttime treatment: “Once you’re in your 30s, a retinoid or retinol isn’t optional anymore,” says Hirsch. So if you’re not on a prescription retinoid, choose a night cream or serum with retinol.”

    I think these are some very sound and good recommendations.  I only wish I had started using Retinoids earlier, although I couldn’t have used them during my 5 pregnancies.  Also, I would add caution to using products containing hydroquinone, which is used for lightening and fading pigmentation.  Many people are sensitive to hydrquinone, and the FDA is considering a ban due to possible carcinogenic links and pigmentation issues with its use.

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    March 4, 2008 at 8:32 am 5 comments

    Let’s Talk about it: Acne and Battle Scars!

    Neolithic Woman Recently, I came across an informative post from the Tempalia beauty blog site on treating facial acne, scarring, and pigmentation issues called:  “Step Into My Shoes – Acne and Battle Scars!”  

    My question to you is, what is an effective, safe, and economical way to fade facial pigmentation and acne scars?

    Here was my comment:

    “What a great post to address a very common problem.  I too suffer from some mild acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation due to sun damage, hormones, and life!

    I strongly recommend treatments with Vitamin C for clarity and healing your damaged skin. My experience with PCA’s A&C Serum is incredible, and now that I am reading your comments, I might be checking out Prescriptives Vibrant C.

    I also have heard so many good things about fading treatments and creams with hydroquinone, however, I have also heard so many horrible things about its side effects.  Namely, it can cause more damage and hyperpigmentation of your skin.  AHA’s you should look for in a fading cream or serum should be: combination of both kojic and azelaic acids, in addition to lactic and citric acids.  All gentler and more effective AHA’s for your skin.  I have also heard good things about MaMa Lotion which combines Malic and Mandelic Acids.” 

    Suggestions that came up in this discussion:

    • Using skin care treatments that are high in antioxidants such as A ,C, and E 
    • Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Vitamin E Oil use can reduce scarring/heal acne
    • take a gentler approach, avoid harsh oil-stripping cleansers/alcohol-based toners, and try not to pick at your skin!
    • AHA’s can be effective in improving your skin’s clarity and texture, BHA’s or Salicylic Acid are best to use on acne prone skin
    • If you have severe/moderate cystic acne, a trip to the Dermatologist is a top priority
    • Accutane works to clear cystic acne, but can only to be used with Doctor supervision and while using birth control/ and not pregnant
    • Lasers and photofacials can be used to treat acne and address scarring, but are expensive

    If you are like me and face the issues of adult acne and pigmentation issues, I strongly suggest reading through these comments and add some of your own suggestions.  We all face different challenges when it comes to skin care.  Many of us have sensitive skin issues what can help one person, may not help another.   Hopefully you take away some information that can help you.  

    Here’s to healthy skin!

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    February 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm 7 comments

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