Posts tagged ‘Skincare’
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.
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…)
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.
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!
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.
Suki’s Velvet Cream is a greaseless, sensuous, all over body cream made with organic botanical nutrients hydrates while smoothing away bumps & imperfections for healthier, smoother skin. ideal for everyone ($26.95; sukipure.com).
Sukicolor’s Pure Cream Stain in Opal is a gorgeous shimmery neutral with just a touch of peachy pink ($40.15; sukicolor.com).
Both beautiful for your skin and ways to support BCA.
Hi beauty blogging friend,
I am trying desparately to keep myself from blabbing out this secret. I am horrible at keeping secrets (my sister will verify this). But I feel like I would be unkind if I did not give you a heads up about a giveaway that is going to be held here on Friday, October 17th. This giveaway will be held for one day only. If you don’t enter on the day of Friday, October 17th you will miss out, and believe me, you will be one very sad individual if you did.
I am going to give you three clues:
In July I wrote up a very positive review about this “mystery” giveaway item.
It isn’t makeup, it isn’t a hair care product, and it isn’t even in a jar.
Three words: infantile extragalactic object
You can also read my review at: MYSTERY GIVEAWAY ITEMS!
Okay, so I pretty much gave it away. Then without a doubt you will be back on Friday, October 17th to enter! And please pass it on! This giveaway is to promote the Total Beauty – Total Cure Campaign and Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“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…)
Laura Mercier’s Flawless Face Kit looks like a fabulous makeup kit and at a pretty decent price. Allie from My Wardrobe Today mentioned that she purchased this kit for herself, and I couldn’t help but drool when I read all that is included in it.
The Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit:
Each bag contains a 1.0 oz Foundation Primer (Step 1), a 1.0 oz Tinted Moisturizer (Step 2), a 0.21 oz Undercover Pot plus Translucent Loose Setting Powder (Step 3 and 4), a Secret Camouflage Brush, a Camouflage Powder Brush, a Velour Puff, and an egg-shaped Sponge.
Individually these items would sell for $159, and at Sephora this LM exclusive is listed for $65. I know that is probably more than your entire yearly beauty budget, but let me explain.
Laura Mercier’s primer is a wonderful primer product, one of the best out there! It protects and soothes your skin and helps your foundation glide on and stay put. Even a 1oz size will easily last you a year. LM’s tinted moisturizer is one of my favorites, it is quite sheer, but adds a beautiful glow and evenness to your skin. Maybe not ideal for those needing medium to heavy foundation coverage, but for those craving light and natural coverage LM’s tinted moisturizer with the primer is a MUST!
LM’s brushes are high quality, beautifully crafted brushes, and I LOVE her egg-shaped sponges! These tools are truly a godsend for applying foundation “flawlessly.”
I have heard the wonders about LM’s Undercover Pot plus Translucent Loose Setting Powder, and am dying to try it. Kate is it, or is it not “the bomb?”
Leave it to Sephora and Laura Mercier to put together a kit like this that is so darn irresistible!