Keeping it clean with Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser and Advanced Replenishing Toner

I’m a huge, huge Paula fan from way back…in fact, it’s really thanks to her that I am a beauty blogger today. Her skin care line is one I go back to again and again, so I was more than happy to test some items the BIZ was sent. I think that this line excels in two areas: cleansing and treatment. Today I am excited to be sharing with you two of my favorite cleansing items, the RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER ($18 for 6.4 oz) and the RESIST ADVANCED REPLENISHING TONER ($23 for 4 oz)

RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER

RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER

RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER

This is a perfect workhorse cleanser. It’s amazing for anyone with oily or t-zone issues – I think she has better cleansers for those with dry skin. This one is terrific for removing excess oil as well as whatever is left from the day while at the same time treating and hydrating skin.

RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER

It’s a light lotion cleanser that has a slight foam. Works great with any cleansing device because it has some slip. I do like to wipe off my eye makeup first with Paula’s Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($15) but this cleanser does take off eye makeup without stinging my eyes. The ceramides and the hyaluronic acid are wonderfully soothing ingredients that leave skin super happy. Great stuff!
RESIST ADVANCED REPLENISHING TONER
I am a big believer in toners. Good ones remove any last vestiges of makeup while also calming skin. This one does both, plus the antioxidants fight wrinkles and free radicals. The bottle is a squeeze bottle that can be a little challenging at first – I was putting way too much toner on my cotton pads – but it can’t be in a spray bottle because the toner has a lotion quality to it that’s too thick to spray. Check out everything it does for skin:
  • Anti-Aging, Extra Sensitive Skin, Wrinkles
  • Soothes Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Antioxidant-rich formula reduces wrinkles & repairs damaged cells
  • Licorice extract & acetyl glucosamine improve skin tone
  • Soothing formula calms skin while removing last traces of makeup
  • Unique milky texture leaves skin looking radiant & feeling unbelievably soft
  • This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

I especially appreciate this toner when I have dry spots or chapped areas from the cold Michigan weather. This is, truly, the best toner I have ever used.

I recommend the Paula’s Choice line all the time – it has fabulous basics that work and the Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner are fantastic staples to include in your skin care routine. If you are new to Paula’s Choice, click HERE for $10 off your first order!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (cleansing agents), Stearic Acid (thickener), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Glycol Distearate (opacifying agent), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP (skin-repairing ingredients), Phytosphingosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Phospholipids, Sphingolipids (skin-repairing ingredients), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Arginine (amino acid water-binding agent), Cholesterol (skin-repairing ingredient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (water-binding agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (emulsifier), Xanthan Gum, Carbomer (thickeners), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone-based skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Glycerth-26 (emollient), Polysorbate 20, Dimethiconol (silicone-based skin-conditioning agent), Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Linolenic Acid (essential fatty acids/cell-communicating ingredients), Phospholipids (skin-identical ingredient), Carnosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Epigallocatechin Gallate, Genistein (antioxidants), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sphingolipids (skin-identical ingredients), Ferulic Acid (antioxidant), Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (skin-conditioning agent), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Acetyl Glucosamine (water-binding agent), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Ascorbyl Palmitate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Quercetin (antioxidant), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract (antioxidants), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient), Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Laureth-23 (cleansing agent), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol(preservatives), Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid.

Korres The Skin Soothers Collection and giveaway

Do you ever want to try out products but just can’t invest in everything from the line that you want to try? If so a collection like the KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection that we were sent to test is just what the doctor ordered. With this collection you have the opportunity to try 4 of Korres best selling products that would normally cost you $133 in full sizes for just $29 in this great kit. I wish every company sold kits like this for travel and for testing.

KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection

KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection

I remember when Korres was new to the United States and I was only able to find it in one small upscale boutique. It had a mystique to it that hasn’t been lost since it was discovered and their store base has broadened. Korres was started by a Greek pharmacist who was interested in learning about natural remedies. He and his wife studied and worked to develop the best products they could using safe herbal remedies. His wife says “Her greatest ‘beauty’ challenge to date was the development of the Korres yoghurt skincare line which contains yoghurt in its edible form. The development of a stable cosmetic formula preserving all of‘live’ yoghurt’s benefits was a scientific and innovative achievement as well as a global first for the cosmetics industry.”

Korres Yoghurt line consists of 9 products and with this kit I got to test 4 of them.
– 0.68 oz Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser
– 0.68 oz Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Moisturiser
– 0.68 oz Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
– 0.68 oz Greek Yoghurt After Sun Cooling Gel for Face & Body

GREEK YOGHURT FOAMING CREAM CLEANSER is to be used both morning and evening. It’s gently foaming and being a cream it’s also quite moisturizing. My skin doesn’t feel stripped after using this cleanser. There is a fragrance to this and all of this line. The cleanser has a sweet flowery fragrance. This is not a soapy cleanser, it’s soap free. The formula includes amaranth seed extract to soothe and calming honeysuckle to provide antibacterial benefits. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins.

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT FOAMING CREAM CLEANSER

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT FOAMING CREAM CLEANSER

GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING MOISTURIZER is suggested to be used in the morning to give you a deep moisturization. This doesn’t have an SPF factor though so keep that in consideration. This is especially good for dry skin since it’s such a rich formula. It’s enriched with vitamin E, olive oil concentrate, and macadamia nuts for antioxidant protection. This moisturizer has a very light fragrance that’s only noticeable when first applied.

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING MOISTURIZER

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING MOISTURIZER

NOURISHING MOISTURIZER

NOURISHING MOISTURIZER

GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING SLEEPING FACIAL is the most unusual product in this set. It’s a lightweight souffle that absorbs quickly and works throughout the night to give you intense moisturization. If you have dry, or stressed skin this is going to be especially great for you. “ This ultrahydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion. You will wake up to noticeable improvements in skin texture and more moisturized, refreshed skin.” Use this alone or under the Nourishing Moisturizer for even more hydration. The Sleeping Facial’s fragrance is very light and a little sweet. I barely notice it throughout the night.

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING SLEEPING FACIAL

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING SLEEPING FACIAL

YOGHURT COOLING GEL is the reason I mentioned this as a travel set. The gel is perfect for after sun time. Even if you are like me and don’t ever sit in the sun, when you travel to a sunnier climate whether that’s warm or cold (skiing for example) you need to refresh your skin. This clear Cooling Gel is perfect for your face and body. “Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging. It’s dermatologist tested and free of mineral oil, silicone, ethanolamime, and propolyene glycol. The gel is enriched with active plant extracts.”

KORRES YOGHURT COOLING GEL

KORRES YOGHURT COOLING GEL

KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection

KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection

“A centuries-old Greek remedy for skin soothing, moisturizing Greek Yogurt is boosted with two and a half times more proteins than regular yogurt, vitamins, and minerals to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. These products are dermatologically tested, cruelty-free, and formulated without petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines.” With all these good ingredients in the 4 products what you aren’t going to find is parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, phthalates, GMO, or triclosan. Just the way you want it!” from Korres

Now for our giveaway. There will be two winners of this set. The prize will be sent by Korres or its representative and is open to US subscribers only. Giveaway starts today, 1/11/16 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 1/25/16. If comments close please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and you can click this off. We have two requirements to enter: subscribe to our blog and comment. After that you have lots of options so the more you do, the better the chance of winning. — Marcia
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Looking for an all natural cleanser? Check out Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

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Clean skin is happy skin, and lately my skin has been very, very happy thanks to the Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser ($24). This was my first time trying Kensington Apothecary and I can’t wait to try other products from  100% natural facial skin care. The creator, Claudia Carey Batz, wanted to develop an all natural line that could compete with high-end skin care lines. If this cleanser is any indication, she definitely met her goal.

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Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

The Creamy Coconut Cleanser comes in a beautiful, substantial glass jar. The cleanser is made from organic virgin coconut oil and has a coconut-based surfactant system that doesn’t dry skin out, so you get beautiful lather without that stripped skin feeling. In fact, the cleanser leaves my skin wonderfully soft and moisturized. The formula is also free of parabens, phospates, and sulfates.

I was expecting a strong coconut scent but it just has a very light, pleasant fragrance that goes away immediately. The main thing is that this cleanser does a great job of doing its job – cleansing the skin! It really washes away all dirt, grime, makeup, and it works particularly well with my FOREO Luna.

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

You can find the Kensington Apothecary skin care line at natural grocers like Whole Foods as well as pharmacies and other cosmetics retailers nationwide, plus they have an online store. I am very impressed with my beautiful cleanser and I know you will be too.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Coco-Glucoside, Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin (plant-sourced)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Pulp CO2 Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid. *Organic Ingredient

RoC Resurfacing Disks fight fine lines gently and economically #gotitfree #RoC

Roc Daily Resurfacing Disks

Roc Daily Resurfacing Disks

If you are seeking ways to combat fine lines and wrinkles, look to RoC. So many of their products work towards that goal but not all will start showing results in just one week like the RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks.

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks open

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks open

I often use cleansing wipes at night when I’m tired. These discs are a twist on the typical cleansing wipe since they foam up yet they are soap free. You start with wet skin and massage the smooth side on to cleanse your face. They say these are safe for your eye area but I won’t use them there. I prefer a separate eye makeup remover or Dr. Brandt Dual Fusion Water. Once cleansed I’m ready for the textured side which provides gentle exfoliation. These can be used daily.

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

The disk is big enough that you could cut it in half but I prefer using the entire disk since it gives me more control. There is a slight fragrance to this but I only notice it when I first start to use it. It doesn’t linger. As you can see by the picture below these are quite unique due to the thickness of the pad. This gives it the durability to really work wonders on your face.

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

According to RoC here are the results you could see using these daily:

Results After Clinical Testing

In just 1 week:

  • the appearance of fine lines is reduced
  • skin tone and texture is improved

After 4 weeks:

  • signs of photo-aging appear diminished

After 12 weeks:

  • the appearance of wrinkles and pores is diminished

This exclusive formula is:

  • Soap-free
  • Oil-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-comedogenic

The Daily Resurfacing Disks don’t give me heavy duty exfoliation but they do give me enough of a boost that my skin stays flake free. You can find these for about $10.00 ($8.99 at Amazon) at most drugstores. Thanks to RoC I have another way to keep my skin cleansed, soft and looking its best. —  Marcia

#gotitfree #ROC

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Get great skin while giving back with Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

Christie Brinkley Smile

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare has become a favorite brand of mine. I’ve told you before that I reluctantly decided to try the line when it was offered to me but within a short time became enamored with it. The products I’ve used are wonderful and I have no hesitation recommending them to you.

Starting December 1st, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare will be offering an amazing gift set for the holidays. Best of all, for each set sold, $50 will be donated towards Smile Train – an organization close to Christie’s heart.

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Smile Train provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their own communities.

Look at what $78.90 will get you from Christie Brinkley’s website:

Christie Brinkley COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash

Christie Brinkley COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash

Christie Brinkley COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash ($32.95) is gentle enough for all skin types. It’s a foaming facial wash that doesn’t strip your skin.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish ($34.95) can be used daily but I prefer to use this several times a week instead. This is a creamy scrub that is gentle on skin yet gives a strong exfoliating action that refines skin texture, clear pores, removes dulling dirt and dead skin and stimulates skin turnover leaving skin feeling, purified, invigorated, and smoothed.

Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment ($79.95) is the product that sold me on the CB skincare. This gentle and very moisturizing day cream contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and feels so luxurious on my skin. I enjoy putting this on because of the way my skin feels and looks when using it.

“Infused with award winning anti-aging ingredients and beyond UV sun protection,  this clinically proven multi-level, anti-aging treatment helps correct the most visible signs of aging by supporting the skin’s natural anti-aging defenses and the natural production of collagen.

Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment has received the seal of recommendation from ‘The Skin Cancer Foundation’.”

For the cost of the Recapture Day alone you’ll be getting both cleansers which is an amazing deal. Just as important is that you are not only getting great skin but you are giving back to a cause that is so important to Christie Brinkley and to people around the world with cleft lip and palette. Do yourself and others a favor and consider this wonderful skincare. I know I’m taking advantage of it because of the $57 savings and because I want another Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment in my life. — Marcia

TRUFORA skincare – a new organic, cruelty-free line to learn about

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I’m always interested in learning more about skincare that is anti-aging while at the same time being organic, cruelty-free and vegan so when TRUFORA was sent I was happy to try it out. The CEO and founder of TRUFORA isn’t new to the skincare world. She’s worked with both Proactiv and SkinMedica which are amazing companies on their own. When Sara Sweeney started the Trufora brand her objective was to bring effective products that the user can feel good about. She worked with a renowned dermatologist, Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden, to make sure that the ingredients used were safe and effectual.
TRUfora Anti-Aging Skincare products

TRUfora Anti-Aging Skincare products

TRUFORA‘s line consists of 7 products that you can purchase individually or in a variety of systems including monthly systems that you’d save money buying. I love the packaging of this line. Besides great colorful products they are all in containers that won’t get contaminated by fingers when you use them. I also like that they differentiate between day (white) and night (fuchsia) creams and serums.

The skincare line includes:

  • Trufora Day Serum 85 (SRP: $60.00)
  • Trufora Intensive Night Treatment (SRP: $65.00)
  • Trufora Night Serum 85 (SRP: $80.00)
  • Trufora Perfecting Eye Treatment (SRP: $55.00)
  • Trufora Titanium Day Cream (SRP: $45.00)
  • Trufora Triple Action Exfoliator (SRP: $45.00)
  • Trufora Ultimate Facial Cleanser (SRP: $30.00)

So let’s see what these products are all about.

trufora facial cleanser
TRUFORA ULTIMATE FACIAL CLEANSER is a combination gel/cream cleanser. Because of the formula it doesn’t foam up on my skin. I apply it on damp skin and it removes my makeup without any dryness. They say it’s safe for eyes but I haven’t tried that. The cleanser, along with their other products, are loaded with some amazing ingredients.

Botanimoist AMS Extracted from dried apples, this moisturizing saccharide complex smoothes skin texture.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract 100% Organic Aloe Vera with vitamins, minerals and amino acids; hydrates and soothes skin irritations.

Quillaja Ultra Organic 100% Organic surfactant (lightly foaming) extracted from the bark of Chilean Quillaja trees.

MariMoist® Hydrating complex of marine-based, high water binding constituents. Contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps to maintain skin’s moisture balance, keeping it plump and supple.

CP Oat Avenanthramide Extract Powerful natural antioxidant and anti-irritant properties of Avenanthramides found in oat grains. Reduces redness (erythema) and inflammation and relieves itching.

TRUFORA Triple Action Exfoliator

TRUFORA Triple Action Exfoliator

TRUFORA TRIPLE ACTION EXFOLIATOR is definitely triple action. This is a heavy scrub for my face and one I can’t use more than twice a week. While this might be good for people who like really scrubby exfoliators, I prefer using it twice a week in the shower. It does the job well but it’s also harder for me to remove if I do it at my bathroom sink. The chemical exfoliation comes from AHA and BHA while the physical exfoliation is from both Kaolin Clay and Bamboo. I like how my face looks afterward but if you have sensitive skin, I don’t think this one is for you.

TRUFORA Titanium Day Cream SPF 30 and Day Serum 85

TRUFORA Titanium Day Cream SPF 30 and Day Serum 85

TITANIUM DAY CREAM SPF 30 BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN and DAY SERUM 85 are the two main daytime products. Day Serum 85 is named this way because “85% of the visible signs of aging are due to the negative effect that environmental factors have on the skin.” This serum protects your face from the environment as well as radiation. I’m a huge serum fan and use one twice a day and this is one of my favorites. It’s a very light creamy serum that is fragrance free and is a great base for their day cream. I let it absorb for a few minutes and it leaves my face feeling moisturized and never sticky.

Titanium Day Cream is a nice light moisturizer with some fabulous ingredients. The sunscreen protection is top notch. It contains a very high physical barrier of UV protection. Some of the key ingredients are below:

UV Cut Titanium Dioxide Ultra-fine Titanium Dioxide offers both UVA (320-400nm) and UVB (280-320nm) protection.

Vederine® Rich in oligofructosans from chicory, this restructuring active ingredient enables skin to recover an optimum epidermal barrier without UV exposure.

This is a great duo but can be used with other products if you like.

TRUFORA Protecting Eye Treatment

TRUFORA Protecting Eye Treatment

TRUFORA PROTECTING EYE TREATMENT is in interesting packaging with a metal tip applicator that helps cool down your undereye area and can help with puffiness. This has some hefty goals since it says it addresses the signs of aging like dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and loss of hydration and firmness. I prefer this for daytime since it does have a slight brightening effect but I don’t like the metal tip applicator. In my experience it doesn’t apply the treatment evenly and tugs on my skin. If I pump out more it will glide easier but it still isn’t my favorite application. I don’t use the metal tip, I only pump out the cream and apply it with my finger. It is nicely hydrating but it doesn’t help with my puffy under eye area. It contains some of the most unique ingredients I’ve seen in the world of eye creams though.

TRUFORA Intensive Night Treatment and Night Serum 85

TRUFORA Intensive Night Treatment and Night Serum 85

NIGHT SERUM 85 and INTENSIVE NIGHT TREATMENT are probably my favorites of this group. The Night Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid which is one of my buzz words. “This quickly absorbed, potent anti-aging serum also contains vitamin C, aloe, and oat avenanthramides. Night Serum 85 provides intense hydration to the skin through multiple forms of hyaluronic acid, an apple derived moisturizing saccharide as well as a soy based moisturizing complex.” The ingredients in this intrigue me and are so effective. This quick absorbing serum is clear and is a great way to protect your skin throughout the night.

Actizyme® Mushroom derived, water soluble enzyme. Exfoliates without compromising barrier function or skin reactivity. Increases skin cell renewal. Delivers long term rejuvenating benefits such as improving firmness, increasing clarity, reducing appearance of wrinkles, and increasing skin moisture.

Sytenol® A Retinol-like activity without the negative side-effects of retinol. Helps to protect against detrimental effects of UV exposure, has a high antioxidant profile, is a strong inhibitor of pro-inflammatory enzymes and has a strong inhibitory effect against UV induced erythema as well as broad spectrum anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activities.

Revinage Bio-retinol. Retinoid receptor activity mimics the same positive results of retinoids to fight skin aging. Results in visibly younger, luminous and firm skin. Reduces appearance of wrinkles and improves skin elasticity. Displays anti-inflammatory action and is a powerful antioxidant (decreases free radical generation and stimulates SOD and CAT production).

DermaPep™ A350 Peptide with retinol-like activity. Anti-aging for face and body. Helps support skin’s natural collagen synthesis and anti-aging effect against environmental stimulus such as UV irradiation.

DermaPep™ A530 Capryloyl pentapeptide-26, multi-functional anti-inflammatory peptide for irritated and sensitive skin. Anti-inflammation effect against environmental stimulus such as UV irradiation. Reduces itching and pruritus.

The Intensive Night Treatment was formulated to synergistically work with and be layered over Night Serum 85, enhancing the benefits of both products.

TRUFORA Skincare regimen

TRUFORA Skincare regimen

What’s so interesting is the variety of ingredients TRUFORA uses in each of their products. You can tell a lot of research has gone into this skincare line. For me one of the biggest selling points is that the line is totally fragrance free but I also appreciate that it’s an organic line that is cruelty free. With all the skincare lines available it’s not always easy to find the right products but with TRUFORA I’ve found quite a few that I’m extremely happy with (the serums and Night Treatment especially). While I wouldn’t repurchase the Eye Treatment or Exfoliator I know that these are great products but that they just aren’t what I’m looking for.

If you are in the market for a new skincare system then consider TRUFORA, especially since the ingredients are what makes this stand out from the rest. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Sustainable Youth brings science and comfort to your skin

Sustainable Youth

Sustainable Youth

If you were offered products from Sustainable Youth®, wouldn’t you be curious about them? I certainly was since at my age I’d like to sustain whatever youthfulness I still have. What I received is SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ULTRA CREAMY CLEANSING LOTION and SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ANYTIME LIFT EYE TREATMENT.

When you open those white boxes you’ll see this, which gives you a clue as to their philosophy and ingredients:

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® uses an ingredient called ALASTA® in all of their products. Alasta® is a patented scientific discovery of the most potent immunostimulatory and concentrated ingredient derived from the rind of the Aloe Vera leaf. Alastra’s job is to improve skin elasticity and firmness through its ability to boost the body’s overall immune system performance. Sounds to me like they are calling my name!!

alastra®

alasta®

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta® is just a terrific cleanser. I’m loving this gentle cleanser that rehydrates my skin. It is incredibly creamy and my face just sighs when I apply it. It’s a pH balanced cleanser that doesn’t strip skin of moisture. My skin feels soft and hydrated after using it.

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

There’s no foaming at all with this cleanser, it’s like cleansing with the finest moisture product. But it gets my skin very clean. I often use it with my new Michael Todd Soniclear or if I’m rushing I’ll just wash and wipe off with a soft cloth (I like the one from The Body Shop). Either way my face is ready for the next step without ever feeling tight.

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

This also contains Cocoa Seed Butter which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Pro-vitamin B-5, otherwise known as panthenol, penetrates into the skin’s lower layers, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Also a proprietary blend of organically grown natural extracts including extracts of cucumber, white mulberry, green tea, licorice root and fig. Even with this wonderful cocktail of ingredients, there’s no fragrance to it.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® LIFT EYE TREATMENT with alasta® is a treatment serum that was created to help lessen the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. I’m unfortunately stuck with all three of those but mostly crow’s feet and fine lines. Since this helps to minimize dark circles and under eye puffiness I am only using it during the day. As soon as my face is cleansed, I’ll apply this gently under my eyes and smooth it until it’s absorbed. I found it did more for me during the day than at night. You can also take this with you to reapply during the day.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Anytime Lift Eye Treatment uses ingredients that work synergistically with alasta®. It contains a potent blend of natural gums and polymers to mechanically smooth your skin. It also contains vegetable proteins to repair tissue damage and promote regeneration. In addition it uses potent natural plant herb blends to neutralize free radicals and prevent further damage.

As we age the skin around our eyes becomes less plump making our eye area look more sunken and looser. What I like about this is that it can be used over makeup. What I don’t like so much is the $60 cost. While all the products in the lineup for Sustainable Youth® are costly, this one seems a little out of line at least for me. I highly recommend the Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion though for a luxury feel to your face and a wonderful way to start your skincare regimen. — Marcia

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 Ingredients for Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion

Purified Water (Aqua), Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Propanediol (Corn), SD Alcohol 38-B*, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Chamomile)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil *, Sodium Levulinate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Anisate, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

Ingredients for Anytime Lift Treatment

Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, SD Alcohol 38-B*, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil , Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil*, Darutoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Linalool*, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic