derma e Soothing Cleanser and Hydrating Serum review

derma e is a wonderful line for effective and affordable vegan and cruelty-free skin care products. I’ve been very impressed with the products they sent the BIZ to test and two of my favorites are the Soothing Cleanser and the Hydrating Serum.

derma e Soothing Cleanser

derma e Soothing Cleanser

derma e Soothing Cleanser

derma e Soothing Cleanser

The Soothing Cleanser ($15.50) is a very gentle way to remove makeup. There are no sulfates to dry out the skin, and it is pH balanced and great for sensitive skin. While this is billed as fragrance-free, I need to note that it does have a scent to it because of the Lemongrass and Chamomile extracts. However, it is a soft fragrance that shouldn’t bother most people. It leaves my skin cleansed, calm, and happy. It also helps to eliminate redness and irritation. derma e’s studies found these results:

• 85% of subjects reported reduced redness

• 92% of subjects reported less irritation

• 97% reported effective removal of makeup

• 95% reported soothed skin

• 95% reported soft skin

And as an added bonus, this cleanser is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

derma e Hydrating Serum

derma e Hydrating Serum

derma e Hydrating Serum

derma e Hydrating Serum

The Hydrating Serum ($29.50) is a wonderful creamy liquid that reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping them right up. The Hyaluronic Acid in it attracts moisture and keeps it in the skin, and the antioxidant vitamin C fights free radicals and keeps skin looking healthy.I have been using one pump of this every morning and night for the past two months and I am really liking the results. Just like the Soothing Cleanser, the Hydrating Serum is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

There are several products from derma e that are big favorites of mine, like the Soothing Toner and the Overnight Peel. Now I have added the Soothing Cleanser and Hydrating Serum to my list of ‘must haves’ from derma e!  - Lisa

 *sent for editorial consideration

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum – your skin will only get better, that’s the truth!

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I was told to do so by Ole Henriksen when I started using their Truth Serum. It’s pretty easy to do so since this is one great product.

The full name of this wonder is Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster. This is one of the premier items in the Ole Henriksen line. Like the other products I’ve used from Ole Henriksen it has the most delicious orange creamsicle scent. It’s pretty highly fragranced with a scent that I personally love. It’s not a true citrus scent because it’s on the sweet side of orange.

A serum is unlike a moisturizer but it has many of the same benefits for your skin. I use a serum because the consistency seems to penetrate the layers of my skin more quickly and efficiently. It doesn’t give me the full moisturizing of a cream but it is a perfect way for me to start my skincare routine.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster

Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum was created to do several things for your skin:

1) It has a proprietary five-source vitamin C complex to support natural collagen production

2) It helps brighten skin

3) It products from free radical damage and the environment

4) It helps minimize fine lines

5) It is enriched with green tea extract and sodium hyaluronate to nurture and nourish

6) It contains Vitamin E to heal, restore, and nourish

Here are some of the key ingredients in this Vitamin C complex:

- Orange extract supports natural cell turnover and purifies.
- Grapefruit extract brightens with antiseptic and aromatic qualities.
- Rose hips seed extract heals, repairs damage, and soothes.
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is very stable, safe, and non-irritating—the key to production of collagen.
- Ester-c (Calcium Ascorbate) is a highly stable natural form of vitamin C found naturally in the body.

pump bottle but don't pump hard

pump bottle but don’t pump hard

OK… now that you’ve read what it’s all about, let’s talk about how it works. First this is a water based product which is excellent for almost all skin types. You don’t really need to layer oil after oil or cream after cream on your skin. With Truth Serum you only need the smallest amount of it to work. My only complaint about Truth Serum is that if I’m not paying attention then I’ll get out too much. It doesn’t go to waste since I’ll use it on my neck but I really want to savor it for my face.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, more than you really need for your whole face

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, more than you really need for your whole face

There is no oily residue but it doesn’t feel like you are just putting water on your face. When I apply it I let it sink into my skin before putting on any moisturizer or SPF product. I want it to get to work on its own. Since I’ve been using this I have seen an improvement in the brightness of my skin. I’ve been feeling more confident about using lighter foundations or even going bare faced (foundation-wise) out of the house. It contains Sodium Hyaluronate which helps replenish lost hydration and I’m all about hydration.

The fragrance lingers for about 10-15 minutes. If it were any other fragrance I’d probably complain or not use it as often as I do but I love the way it smells. I usually apply this as the first item on my face. I’ll then do my eyes before continuing on other facial products. That gives it time to sink in and nourish my skin.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster is available in two sizes. A 1 oz size is $48 while the 1.7 oz size is $72. From the reviews I’ve read consumers may start small but their next buy is the larger size and I can see why. In the summer I can imagine being able to start with Truth Serum and then applying Perfect Truth CC Creme and being set to go. I’ll just have to avoid being around anyone that’s too hungry. — Marcia

 

 

Ingredients:ole henriksen truth ingred

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist, one of our favorite skin care lines, launched a great product last fall that combines the performance of a serum with the experience of a facial oil. The name of this cool new product is Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil ($79, Algenist.com, Sephora.com).

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

I am a huge fan of facial serums in general and I also love facial oils so I couldn’t wait to try this when Algenist sent it to the BIZ. One of the key ingredients is Microalgae Oil, which had great results in clinical trials with a 42% increase in cell repair and regeneration and a 31% decrease in DNA damage.

The ingredients also include some terrific antioxidants as well as effective emollients that make skin smooth and hydrated. It improves skin texture, reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens the complexion.

Great way to see how much product is left

Great way to see how much product is left

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

I absolutely love the packaging.  The see through strip on the side shows how much product is left, and the dropper makes it easy to get just the right amount of product every time. I think that is definitely important particularly with more expensive skin care.

I used this for three months morning and night. I mixed two drops with my serum and applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling oily or greasy. I loved the results and was sad when I finished the bottle – it’s really nice stuff.

If you are looking for a treatment product that gets results like a serum but has a light, non-greasy feel, this is one to consider.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceramide 3, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Geraniol

Lift and Luminate with Boots No.7 Day and Night Serum

Something that promises to both lift and luminate my skin? I’m game! Boots No.7, Britain’s #1 beauty brand, launched a skin serum duo last September that promises to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles in four weeks. They sent the Lift & Luminate Day and Night Serum ($24.99) to test and this very affordable couple is rather impressive.

Boots Lift and Luminate

Boots Lift and Luminate

Lift and Luminate Day Serum

Lift and Luminate Day Serum

Together, these serums target three of the biggest skin care concerns: uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin firmness.

The Day Serum has some interesting ingredients. Hyperpigmentation is tackled with Sopora, Kiwi, and Vitamin C. Free radical fighting ingredients include Vitamin C, ginseng, and mulberry. In addition, Vitamin A, peptides, and DPHP (Dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline) help firm and repair the skin’s elastic structure.

Lift and Luminate Night Serum

Lift and Luminate Night Serum

The Night Serum has PHA (Gluconolactone) which is a kick-butt leave on skin exfoliator.  PHA is as effective as AHAs, but because the molecular structure is larger there are less irritating side effects. The larger structure means less absorption into the skin, but PHA is proven to have the same efficacy, which is great news for those with more sensitive skin. In addition to exfoliating the skin, the Night Serum also hydrates and moisturizes.

Day and Night

Lift and Luminate Day and Night Serums

Both serums smooth on beautifully and soak in quickly. I find that they play well with my other skin care products. I used them for a month and they definitely left my skin brighter and healthier looking.

The price is right, too – you get a tube of each for only about $25. If you are looking for brighter, tighter, younger looking skin, think about picking up this dynamic duo next time you are at Target!  - Lisa

*pr samples

Fabulously hydrated skin with Hada Labo Tokyo

Hada Labo Tokyo

Hada Labo Tokyo

I’m excited about sharing the brand Hada Labo Tokyo with you. I’d heard about it, all raves I might add, but didn’t really know much about. It was sent for review and I was attracted to the pretty springlike packaging of cherry blossoms. Then I sniffed (since I always do that) and didn’t find a fragrance. That made me very happy. Even though I’m not as sensitive to fragrance as I used to be, I much prefer fragrance free products. Being fragrance free isn’t enough though for a good review, the products have to prove themselves.

Hada Labo Tokyo is the first Japanese skincare company to launch products at the mass merchandising level. It’s an extremely popular brand in Japan that’s been in business since 2004. One of their mottos is “Perfect and Simple”.  I agree. They’ve eliminated all unnecessary ingredients and additives. The line is free of mineral oil, parabens, fragrance and dyes. What it’s not free of is goodness and effectiveness.

Hada Labo Tokyo’s Anti-Aging Hydrator and Skin Plumping Gel are amazing. I want to shout from the rooftops that you need to try this affordable brand that is loaded with incredible ingredients. I am totally sold on this brand. I cannot get enough of the Anti-Aging Hydrator especially. Just ask my friends since I talk about it all the time.

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator

 

Anti-Aging Hydrator ingredients

Anti-Aging Hydrator ingredients

The Anti-Aging Hydrator ($17.99) is called a moisturizer but I consider it to be a serum or pre-moisturizer. It’s very lightweight and nicely moisturizing. It has a very liquidy formula so it doesn’t appear to be moisturizing but I promise that it is. I enjoy letting it sink into my skin as I start my day’s beauty routine.  I feel like it’s giving my skin a long drink of water while working to reduce fine lines. It contains Retinol Complex and Collagen so it’s working on the firmness of my skin. On the few days I don’t wear makeup, I still use this as soon as my face is washed. Even though the directions don’t say so I read on Musings of a Muse that you should actually put this hydrator in the palm of your hands and then press it into your skin. It feels stickier when I do that but it doesn’t seem to make my face sticky. What I never do is use a cotton pad with it – why waste this preciousness when your hands do the best job? The only criticism I can think of is that I sometimes get too much out of the packaging but I just slather it on my neck and chest when I do.

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator swatch

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator swatch

Hada Labo Tokyo makes 5 products that are sold at Ulta and drugstore.com. They say that the Replenishing Hydrator, which is a similar product, is sold every 2 seconds in Japan. I believe it. Both products have hyaluronic acid which my skin thanks me for using. The Anti-Aging Hydrator though is perfect for my skin’s texture and I will gladly buy this when I run out.

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

The second product I have is the Skin Plumping Gel Cream which is more of a true moisturizer than I consider the hydrator to be. It’s in a jar and it looks more gel-like than it feels. It’s not slippery and slidey on my skin (I think I just made up the word slidey!). These two products work wonderfully together but I’m going to save the Skin Plumping Gel now for warmer weather. I used it for at least a month but once it got super cold with bitter winds I knew I needed something that was heavier. The Skin Plumping Gel Cream is a lightweight moisturizer but still a powerhouse. It’s the product with the highest percentage of Hyaluronic Acid in the entire Hada Labo line. Most of us are used to a cream as a moisturizer so when you first try this out you might be concerned about its ability to plump and dehydrate. Don’t be afraid. This moisturizer is going to meet your needs especially if you combine it with one of the Hydrators. To top it off it’s only $24.99 and you can use coupons on it. Ulta often has 20% off coupons that don’t include prestige so they’d work for Hada Labo.

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream texture

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream texture

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream ingredients

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream ingredients

I look forward to applying the Anti-Aging Hydrator every morning. I don’t want to switch it out for any other brand I need to test. This is product that I plan to keep on using. The Skin Plumping Gel Cream gives me another reason to wish this brutal winter would hurry on by; I want to get back to using that too. These products are loaded with hydration, gentleness and protection. I give these an A+ on their report card.

Have you ever tried any of the line? I’m anxious now to try out the other products. — Marcia

*sent by PR for possible review

Key Ingredients of Hada Labo Anti-Aging Hydrator

  • Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA): Proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid. Powerful hydrator and plumper that provides multi-layer long lasting moisture to restore and strengthen skin’s natural hydrating levels.
  • Retinol Complex: Stimulates elastin and collagen production to perfect the skin’s appearance and help reverse the effects of aging.
  • Beta Carotene: Reduces skin irritation and increases cell turnover, a supplement to the Retinol complex.
  • Collagen: Improves skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Collaplus G: A proprietary soy peptide to help promote skin renewal.

Key Ingredients of Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel

  • Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA): Proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid. Powerful hydrator and plumper that provides multi-layer, long lasting moisture to restore and strengthen skin’s natural hydrating levels.
  • Collagen: Helps improve skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Arginine: An essential amino acid that helps protect and regenerate the skin.
  • Ceramide: Helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.

Le Mieux Collagen Peptide Serum

If you want a truly excellent, wonderfully effective skin serum with the best ingredients available read on. Le Mieux is a professional skin care line that is a favorite of both professionals and those of us who are simply serious about skin care. They sent the BIZ their Collagen Peptide Serum ($85), a serum with an elegant formula that reduces the appearance of wrinkles by increasing both hydration and the production of collagen.

Le Mieux Collagen Peptide Serum

Le Mieux Collagen Peptide Serum

The ingredients include a mix of the most effective peptides, ceramides, and antioxidants available. Instead of sealing in moisture like most serums, this serum increases moisture levels within the skin.

Peptides are cell-communicators that help skin cells function in a healthy manner. They are like the therapists of skin care ingredients. Some of the finest peptide ingredients are palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tripeptide-5 and palmitoyl tripeptide-7, all three of which in are in the Collagen Peptide Serum. It also has superoxide dismutase, an extremely potent antioxidant that fights free radicals and reduces hyperpigmentation; retinyl palmitate, a fantastic antioxidant (actually it’s Vitamin A) that exfoliates and promotes collagen production; ceramide 2 and ceramide 3 to repair skin; beta glucan for moisture and to calm irritation…the list of first-rate, powerful ingredients goes on and on.

applicator top

applicator top

the serum is a light lotion

the serum is a light lotion

The serum is a milky lotion that is applied morning and night after cleansing and before moisturizing. It soaks in quickly and has no discernible scent. Applied to the face, neck, and decollete area it reduces fine lines, boosts collagen production, soothes skin and repairs it too.

The bottom line is this: Collagen Peptide Serum is a somewhat expensive serum that really and truly works.  It has amazing ingredients and enough science behind it to make Bill Nye jump for joy  Le Mieux is a fabulous skin care line that has terrific products and this one gets an A+ from me.  - Lisa

PS – how cool is this?  Le Mieux products are available on Beth’s Beauty Bus in Los Angeles.  This is LA’s first ever mobile retail cosmetics and skin care boutique.  For more information about Le Mieux Cosmetics, call 888-327-8188 or visit www.lemieuxcosmetics.com. For more information about Beth Ross or Beth’s Beauty Bus, call (760) 574-4343 or visit www.bethsbeautybus.com.

*pr sample

** for more on Le Mieux read about their anti-aging eye kit here

Knu Anti-Aging Serum from Michael Todd True Organics makes me feel new

Michael Todd Knu Anti-Aging Serum

Michael Todd Knu Anti-Aging Serum

sample sent for review

It’s true, I need an anti-aging serum. I admit it. But guess what – so do you! It’s never too early to start a skincare regimen that will keep your skin youthful looking. Michael Todd True Organics has created several products in the Knu line that are for those of us that have dry skin or need some help with firming, lifting and tightening. The original product in this Knu line is the Knu Anti-Aging Face Cream and now comes Knu Anti-Aging Serum.

Michael Todd Knu Anti-Aging Serum

Michael Todd Knu Anti-Aging Serum

I’ve been using the Knu Anti-Aging Serum for the last 4 months and enjoying it immensely. This serum contains the best ingredients from the Michael Todd True Organics company. The KNU line is an expensive line but well worth it considering what it does for your skin. The ingredients in this Knu Serum are pretty incredible. Here it is right from the source: “Like a reset button for the skin, this ultrarich anti-age serum transforms skin on contact with Michael Todd’s now famous formulation for immediate face-saving firming, lift and tightening. Made with 70% organic ingredients synergistically combined with a unique combination of Matrixul 3000, Syn-Coll, Epidermal Growth Factor, DMAE, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Snail Serum, Arbutin and L-Arginine and other clinically proven ingredients known for their powerful skin regenerating properties.”

Knu Anti-Aging Serum applicator

Knu Anti-Aging Serum applicator

The more you read about high end skincare, the more you’ll see ingredients like snail serum (or snail secretion) that might make you squeamish; but there’s a lot of testing and research that goes into a product that uses these ingredients – it’s interesting to read about the effects of it. I won’t go into all the ingredients they use since you can read about them yourself on their website, but the more I read the more I realize why my skin has been drinking this up.

Knu Serum

Knu Serum

As you can see the serum itself is a thin liquid that looks almost watery. The consistency is loose but there is some substance to it. The best thing is that it’s not the least bit sticky. I find I need just one drop for my entire face, two if I remember to use it on my neck. A little goes a long way. There’s a slight herbal fragrance that dissipates very quickly. I rarely even notice it any more. I start with this every day as the first step in my skincare, next is moisturizer, then a primer, and last SPF. It sounds like a lot but nothing is heavy so my skin looks natural.

The end result is that my face is more hydrated, I’m not showing those darned age lines, and I feel better about myself. I wish I could bath in this since I need that all over! My advice is to sign up for the Michael Todd True Organics website to get their newsletters. They have a lot of specials that are found through these newsletters. I’ve found Michael Todd products on Hautelook and some of the sites like Groupon too. If any of the Knu products show up that’s a great time to buy.

Michael Todd Knu Anti-Age Serum

Michael Todd Knu Anti-Age Serum

Michael Todd’s line of organic and cruelty free products has impressed me more with each product I’ve had the opportunity to try. Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift Serum is the top of the line, it doesn’t get much better than this. — Marcia

*sent for review

Our Michael Todd Knu Serum Eye Treatment giveaway is going on through January 3, 2014. Use this link and enter. I haven’t tried it but if it’s anything like the regular serum it’s going to be fantastic.