Cleanse and treat the New Zealand way with Ao Skincare

Ao SkincareI am always up for trying something new and the New Zealand line Ao Skincare intrigued me. Ao Skincare just launched in the US and is a dermatologist-led anti-aging cosmeceutical line.
Dermatologist Dr. Mark Gray has a chain of 17 clinics nationwide.  He noticed that a large percentage of people don’t stay loyal to their skin care brands.  Why? Mostly because products simply don’t live up to their hype, as well as because of the polarizing approach many companies take in the science vs. nature debate.
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AO-Skincare-range
His vision?  To provide evidence-based skin care products with no compromises that are the perfect blend of science and nature.  This is what makes Ao Skincare different:

•  a unique delivery system that avoids the need for traditional emulsifiers. This means that the anti-aging ingredients are not damaged by heating them up to 190 degrees farenheit (as is normally the case in most skin care methods of manufacture).
‘next generation’ botanical boosters that potentiate (or boost) their already potent active anti-aging ingredients. Ingredients like Ferulic Acid and Bakuchiol are seldom used but have incredible efficacious results.
They are natural – the entire range has successfully been developed without the use of parabens, sulfates, PEGS, TEA, DEA, mineral oils, petrochemicals, and contains no artificial fragrances.
 
• The incorporation of a number of relatively un-discovered antipodean botanicals from New Zealand that have proven anti-aging efficacy.
The Ao Skincare line has six products that are helpfully numbered so you know the order in which to use. I was sent two products to test:  #1 Cleanser – Prepare ($40) and #4 Serum – Restore ($120).

Ao Skincare Cleanser - PrepareThe #1 Cleanser – Prepare is in an airless pump, which I think is always good news for any sort of skin care. It comes out like a gel and you smooth it onto dry skin first, then add water to create a very light foam. It doesn’t have much in terms of surfactants so it cleanses without stripping the skin or making it dry.

Ao Skincare Cleanser - PrepareAo Skincare Cleanser - PrepareThe ingredients include:

Pure New Zealand Artesian Water sourced from one of the purest places on earth; an aquifer beneath the ancient Kauri forests in the lush far north of New Zealand.

Totarol, an extract from the New Zealand Totara tree that contains powerful naturally sourced antioxidants which actively cleanse the skin.

Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Seed Oil, a hydrating oil with omega-6 linoleic acid that helps repair the skin barrier.

Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil, with omega-3, alpha linolenic acid, which helps to maintain moisture in the skin and prevent drying and scaling.

I love this cleanser. It has no fragrance and it deep cleans beautifully. Although it has almost no foam after adding water, it does have enough slip to really work well with a device like the Clarisonic or the Luna. However, even just regular washing using hands gets a wonderful, somehow hydrating deep clean. In short, it’s great stuff.

Ao Skincare Serum - RestoreThe #4 Serum – Restore is a light serum that is full of peptides and vitamins that help repair, firm, and moisturize skin. Like the cleanser it is housed in an airless pump, which increases efficacy and longevity of the serum. (Why aren’t ALL skin care products packaged like this??)

The ingredients include:

Vitamins B3, B5 and C (Niacinamide, Panthenol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) that work together as antioxidants to promote the appearance of firm skin.

Ferulic Acid, a powerful antioxidant, which also increases the stability and potency of vitamin C.

Peptides and Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Traps) – these diverse molecules perform multiple functions important for optimum skin health.

New Zealand Manuka Honey, which nourishes and draws precious moisture deep into the skin and encourages skin vitality.

Ao Skincare Restore SerumAo Skincare Restore SerumI’ve been using this serum in the morning before moisturizing and at night after cleansing and toning. It has no fragrance and sinks in nicely, leaving my skin moist but not wet. I don’t even feel like I need to use an eye cream at night. So far my skin has loved this serum and it looks terrific. This is one bottle of product that I will completely finish and I know I will be sad when it’s gone.

The other products available from Ao Skincare include #2 Day Treatment – Fortify, #3 SPF 30 Sunscreen, #5 Night Treatment – Repair, and #6 Retinol – Rewind. There is also an option to purchase the entire range (in pretty cool packaging!) for 20% off.
I am very impressed with the New Zealand way of doing skin care and I hope you will take a look!  – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
 website: www.aoskincare.com

For a short video about Ao Skincare  Click here.

See why Vibriance is such a SUPER C serum

vibriance

Vibriance Super-C is a new brand on the market and one that has impressed the Beauty Info Zone team since we received this. Right now Vibriance Super-C Serum is the one and only product on the market from them but we’re certainly hoping it’s not the last. It’s manufactured in a GMP accredited USA laboratory and meets the highest standards in the industry. Sample testing is conducted on site to ensure safety and efficacy.

Vibriance Super C Serum

Vibriance Super C Serum

According to Vibriance the advantage to this serum is that it can replace a large set of anti-aging products or even surgical procedures that are usually aren’t affordable to the average woman. Ingredients include Ethyl Ascorbic Acid which is believed to have superior benefits over standard L-Ascorbic Acid. Their key ingredients are embedded in lemon fruit water as the product base with a pH low enough to ensure potency of the ethyl ascorbic acid. The formula stimulates elastin, collagen, and the production of hyaluronic acid. No wonder we like it so much.

MARCIA’S FEELINGS ABOUT VIBRIANCE:

Vibriance Vitamin C Super Serum

Vibriance Vitamin C Super Serum

The first thing I noticed about the Vibriance Serum is the amazing fragrance. It’s not unusual for me to notice fragrance right off the bat but Super C Serum is a gold medal fragrance. It’s deliciously citrus and smells to me of fresh oranges with a hint of lemon. I have to say that it makes this serum even more pleasant having this.

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

The serum is a thin but not watery one that absorbs quickly on my skin. I apply this as the first product when I’m doing my regimen. It’s up to you whether you follow it with moisturizer, some people won’t have to but I always do. In the daytime I follow with Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment and in the evening I’m using either Mirakle Cream or Silkriller Moisture Cream.

Vibriance Super C Serum

Vibriance Super C Serum

One of the things you need to make sure about with any Vitamin C products is that the packaging is opaque so that no light can compromise the ingredients. Vibriance has done a great job with that and the method of distribution.

All in all this adds up to gold for me. I find that it hydrates, helps reduce lines, fights and reverses photo-aging (those darn sunspots), and smooths out my skin. The longer I use Vibriance Super C Serum the more I like it. I hope to see more Vibriance in their future and mine.

LISA’S FEELINGS ABOUT VIBRIANCE:

Vibriance Super C Penetrating Serum

Vitamin C is definitely a superhero in the skin care ingredient world. It does so many things that are particularly helpful for mature skin:  keeps skin younger looking by increasing cell turnover; plumps up skin by stimulating collagen synthesis; inhibits melanin production which results in a brighter skin tone; fights free radicals and prevents UV damage; acts as an anti-inflammatory.

At our age, what’s not to like about Vitamin C???

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

The packaging for the Vibriance Super C Serum is definitely super. The airless pump keeps the efficacy of the serum intact and also means that the Vitamin C won’t dry out skin. Vitamin C serums in a dropper bottle have a different chemical makeup which is far more likely to result in dry skin, a common complaint about Vitamin C products.

Vibriance Super C Penetrating Serum is moisturizing enough that those with oilier skin types won’t need any sort of moisturizer afterward. I have an oily t-zone with dry cheeks, so I typically follow the serum with a light moisturizer to my dry areas. After several weeks of use, I am particularly impressed with its effect on my skin tone. My uneven patches and freckles are lighter and my skin is much brighter. This is some really good stuff!

Vibriance Super C Penetrating Serum is Alcohol free, Paraben free, and not tested on animals.  ‘See’ what it’s all about at http://vibriance.com.

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Purifying inside and out with DermaE

DermaEI was recently sent a beautiful gift box full of all sorts of ‘good for you’ goodies. derma e’s National Educator, Jaime cane, did a wonderful job curating this box for ‘beauty gurus’.
DermaE

There are lots of things we can do to feel great and look even better. This beauty box listed some important points: be sure to exfoliate so your skin care fully absorbs and works most effectively. Love your greens to stay  healthy on the inside. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water – it helps keep the wrinkles away. And get 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night to prevent puffiness, acne breakouts, and premature aging.

DermaE

Included in the box was an awesome derma e water bottle, some delicious Vita Coco Lemonade (soooo good!!) and some Green Superfood, which is a terrific way to get every bit of nutrition you need to stay looking and feeling healthy.

DermaE Purifying Gel Cleanser

Exfoliation is the best way to make sure all of your products are working as hard as possible. I really like derma e’s Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50) because it exfoliates so gently. I use my Luna cleansing brush with it no problem, and I think it would be perfect to use with a Clarisonic.  I have been working out like crazy this summer and I always wash my face with this when I get home because it is perfect for removing sweat, toxins, and bacteria.

This cleanser is pH balanced and has no fragrance or sulfates. Ingredients include these minerals and natural toxin fighters:

Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals).

Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment.

Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps thoroughly remove toxins from the skin’s surface.

Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense, and a base of Aloe Leaf Juice revives skin with fresh, healthy hydration. 

DermaE Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

Once a week, I use the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50) for an even deeper clean. It detoxes skin in two ways:

(1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries

(2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion.

With many of the same powerful ingredients as the Purifying Gel Cleanser, this treatment mask is the perfect complimentary deep clean.

DermaE Purifying Youth SerumWith skin clean and ready to make the most of any treatment, a great option is the Purifying Youth Serum ($29.50). Holy smokes is this good stuff! Awesome ingredients like Kimarine® Wakame,  Bladderwrack, and Green Tea together in an Aloe Leaf Juice Base makes for super healthy, glowy skin. It makes a great primer for foundation, too. And like all derma e products, it’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

You can find these great products at Ulta and Whole Foods.  Pick them up and get healthy inside and out this summer!  – Lisa

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An introduction to Aveeno Absolutely Ageless with a giveaway

It’s always fun to receive a delivery from Aveeno and their new Absolutely Ageless products are a perfect addition to their already great line.

photo credit: www.kineticsnj.com

photo credit: www.kineticsnj.com

Yes, it’s their new blackberry fragranced Absolutely Ageless™ products that are a delicious mix Aveeno concentration of ACTIVE NATURALS® Blackberry Complex infused with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients. If I have to have fragrance in my products then let them be yummy.

Blackberry Jam - amazingly good from Mrs. Millers

Blackberry Jam – amazingly good from Mrs. Millers

The AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Collection was created to help reduce the visible effects of elastin and collagen loss, but to also nourish skin, to keep it looking younger, longer. Who wouldn’t want that?

all 5 of the new Aveeno Absolutely Ageless™ products

all 5 of the new Aveeno Absolutely Ageless™ products

Let’s start with cleansing our skin with the Nourishing Cleanser. This is gentle enough for both morning and night. I keep it in my shower because of the plastic pump. I don’t have to worry about breakage and it’s sealed well so water doesn’t seep in. This removes dirt and makeup and totally refreshes my skin making it ready for my day. It’s hydrating without being too rich so it doesn’t clog pores at all. The MSRP is $7.99 so it’s an affordable option in your life.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum is a wonderful serum as it contains everything that Aveeno is known for including this new Active Naturals Blackberry Complex. It’s a thin serum that absorbs pretty quickly without leaving any stickiness behind. The top is a pump so you aren’t compromising the inside. While the MSRP is $19.99 which is a good price for this top notch serum, Amazon has it for $12.86 making it a steal.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum

The next step for me is to apply eye cream since I want everything absorbed before it’s time to put on any cosmetics. Aveeno didn’t forget my favorite product when they came out with AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Eye Cream. This 0.5 oz eye cream is the perfect size for home and travel. The slant tip makes it easy to apply without using your fingers if you want. If you want to lose your dark circles and that pesky puffiness this is a great way to go. You know I’m a nut about eye cream and it’s wonderful to find one so well priced. And I don’t notice a fragrance!!!!

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser, Eye cream, Intensive Renewal Serum

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer, Eye cream, Intensive Renewal Serum

Moving on we need moisturizer and Aveeno Absolutely Ageless has both a daily moisturizer and a night cream. I’m always delighted when there’s sunscreen in my moisturizer since it saves me an extra step. AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 fits that bill. The moisturizer has the strongest fragrance of the 5 products but you won’t notice it after a while. It comes with a pump applicator. As with all of these products it’s dermatologist test and won’t clog pores. We need both moisturizer and sunscreen daily to keep our skin looking youthful. Whenever I’d take my 90 year old+ mother to the dermatologist Aveeno is what they’d recommend for her.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

For night we have AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Restorative Night Cream. This is the only product that’s in a jar. This night cream is thick and creamy having the most delicious fragrance of all these. This is much more intense than the Daily Moisturizer so you need to scoop it out and cover your entire face and neck area with it. Do NOT forget your neck. You are doing everything you can to keep your face hydrated and more youthful but it’s your neck that is a tell tale giveaway of age (example Meg Ryan at the Tony’s!). This is great for dry skin especially.

Now for the very good news, AVEENO® has kindly offered to send 3 Beauty Info Zone this entire skincare line. The US only winners will win all 5 of the products to see for themselves what a difference AVEENO® can make in their skin.  — Marcia

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Taking beauty sleep to another level: Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night Serum

Sustainable YouthI can justify many things and hitting the snooze button so many times my alarm actually shuts off is an easy one! There is truth to the saying ‘You need your beauty sleep’ because sleep is good for you. Sustainable Youth®  wants to super charge your beauty sleep with their Super Boost Night Serum™. This serum takes that nocturnal slumber time and maximizes the regeneration that already happens as you sleep.

   pr sample

Channing Tatum

I’ll bet you had no idea was happening while you were dreaming about Channing Tatum last night:

Skin cell renewal and repair rates are slightly faster and more effective

The skin is more acidic and its temperature is higher in the evening than morning

Blood flow, amino acid content and trans-epidermal water loss are roughly 25 percent higher at night

Oil production by skin glands is half of what it is at noon

At night your skin devotes its energy to renewal. Potent actives delivered in a pure system applied to the skin at a time when permeability is at its highest will provide optimal results

Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night Serum

Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night Serum

While your skin is in repair mode at night, the Super Boost Night Serum works on restoring elasticity, firming and tightening skin. It does this through their patent-pending super ingredient, alasta®.  alasta® has been clinically proven to firm skin and promote elasticity – in fact studies show it increases these areas up to 72%.  

There are other terrific ingredients in this serum that work as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, including licorice root, white mulberry, green tea, fig and cucumber extracts. All together, this fabulous mix firms, treats, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night Serum

Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night Serum

I really like this serum. It has a slight fragrance that dissipates very quickly. I apply it at night after cleansing and toning, and for the first half hour or so my face feels oddly tight, almost like it has a mask on it. After that, the effect goes away, and I have to say that in the morning my skin really looks terrific. There is a noticeable lift and my skin has a glow to it. I am impressed!

If you are interested in some serious multi-tasking while getting your beauty sleep, you can find Sustainable Youth online at sustainableyouth.com. They also have a really interesting looking eye serum that has incredible before and after pics for eyelids…be sure to take a look!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Glycerin, SD Alcohol 38-B*, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, 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 *, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Linalool*, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

MDSun Brightener Serum has brightened my life and this giveaway could brighten yours too

MDSun Brightener Serum

MDSun Brightener Serum

When given the opportunity to use luxury skincare you know I’m going to say yes. MDSun is definitely luxury and one of the finest brands I’ve been able to work with. I’ve got two products that were sent for testing. MDSun Brightener Serum is the one I’ve been testing the longest and I don’t want to let go – like ever!

My skin is looking more youthful and brighter since I began using this amazing serum. I have become a skincare junkie and I’m happy to try many brands especially when they are fragrance-free like this serum. This is a product to save up for, it’s $220 for 30ml so it’s a splurge. But it’s your face and you only have one of those.

MDSun is the creation of Dr. Sun, a renowned facial plastic surgeon and medical-grade skin care specialist. He has made sure that his line is created without harsh ingredients, perfumes, or chemical scents. They are independently test so you can be assured they are hypoallergenic, hypocomedogenic, free of synthetic preservatives, hydroquinone, fragrance and PABA.

MDSun Brightener Serum

MDSun Brightener Serum

The serum is housed in an opaque white bottle with a pump applicator. The serum itself is very thin and spreads easily. It’s not watery thin but it’s not a heavy serum. It never feels sticky on me and it doesn’t affect the products I layer over it. I apply this after cleansing as it’s the thinnest of my skincare.

MDSUN Brightener Serum

MDSUN Brightener Serum

I don’t need a lot to cover my entire face which is great since the bottle will last me a long time.

So why do you want this serum? MDSun Brightener Serum “helps to resist against visible concerns, including dullness, dark spots, age spots, acne scarring, sun damage and uneven skin tone, giving your skin a brighter and more translucent look.” The key ingredients are wonderful since it’s infused with Licorice root extract, azeloyl glycine, and niacinamide. It’s designed to naturally reduce any discoloration on your skin as well as to help unclog pores. I use masks and exfoliate on a regular basis but I still get clogged pores. That’s been a thing of the past since I’ve been using this magical serum.

I’m a big fan of hyaluronic acid in products since it helps boost my skin’s moisture level and keep me from becoming dehydrated. It also contains mulberry root extract which hides the appearance of fine lines.

To purchase go to the MDSun website so that you can get all these benefits:

  • Improves skin tone, buffers the look of lines and wrinkles, and enhances skin clarity
  • Reduces dark spots, discolorations, and restores a naturally refined radiance
MDSun Brightener Serum

MDSun Brightener Serum

MDSun is also the creator of Super Hydration B Serum which Lisa has written about here. It’s a less expensive serum that sounds wonderful too but I’m not about to give up the magic that Brightener Serum has performed on my skin.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY:  MDSun has graciously offered to send one US Beauty Info Zone reader a bottle of this serum. While this is meant for all skin types and ages, I think the benefit is really going to be seen by those of us with aging skin. The giveaway is open through May 31, 2016 at 11:59 ET. If comments get cranky and close you can email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com, label it MDSun, comment, then continue on. Be sure you actually are a subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and that you leave a comment. The winner will be verified.

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Key Ingredients: Potassium azeloyl diglycinate, SL-Whiting ® 777, Liquorice Glabridin, Ellagic acid, Paper mulberry, Deoxyarbutin, Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, Ferulic acid, Hyaluronic acid sodium salt, Panthenol, Lactobionic acid

*product sent for editorial consideration, prize will be distributed by MDSun or their representative

 

I have a Hynt or two for you – read to learn more

Hynt Beauty isn’t a well known brand yet which is one of the reasons I enjoy testing their products and writing about them. I discovered HYNT from the blog Byrdie. They are madly in love with Hynt’s Concealer and recommend it all the time. Of course that meant I had to buy it too. This is the most heavy duty concealer I’ve ever used. If you want something that will take care of discoloration this is the product to try. When I purchased this it came in a tube like below but Duet Concealer is so thick that it wouldn’t budge from the tube. The concealer itself is lightweight but it just hated being penned up inside that tube.

Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer

Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer

They’ve repackaged Duet Perfecting Concealer which means that Hynt listens to its customers. While people often complain about jar packaging, I’d much rather get to use the product I buy than mourn the loss of enjoying such a good concealer.

Hynt Duet Concealer in new packaging

Hynt Duet Concealer in new packaging

Hynt Duet Concealer in fair

Hynt Duet Concealer in fair

This is available in 6 shades (fair, light, medium, tan, dark, deep) to fit all skintones.

HYNT Skin Prep Serum

HYNT Skin Prep Serum

After Lisa and I had the pleasure of reviewing Hynt’s eyeshadows and lipgloss I was very pleased when Hynt Beauty reached out and offered their SKIN PREP SERUM Bioactive Marine Complex ($44). This is such a powerful piece of skincare that is helpful to perfect your skin using natural ingredients. The goal of this Serum is to help resurface, firm and rewind your skin. I think Hynt can tell you better why they use seaweed as their number one ingredient better than I can.

Hynt Skin Prep Serum Seaweed information

Hynt Skin Prep Serum Seaweed information

Here are more amazing ingredients:

  • ORGANIC GRAPEFRUIT SEED : Balances the pH of the skin and speeds up digestion of proteins that helps cleanse skin by removing old skin cell layers.
  • ORGANIC ROSEMARY LEAF : Increases the skin’s elasticity while phytonutrients help protect skin cells from free radicals and the sun. A natural antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • ORGANIC CLARY SAGE OIL : Warms and regulates the natural rhythm of the skin. A natural antimicrobial.
  • ORGANIC LAVENDER OIL : Calms and soothes inflamed skin and acts as a natural disinfectant. Known to be one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne.
  • ORGANIC TEA TREE LEAF OIL : Distilled from the leaves of the Australian Tea Tree, its antimicrobial properties are effective in combatting acne.

Hynt Skin Prep Serum Bioactive Marine Complex is so good for my skin that I use it in spite of the fragrance. It is a very herbal fragrance to my uninitiated nose and I think it’s the lavender oil that I notice most. It lingers on me for at least an hour but as the day progresses I find that I don’t notice it.

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

Hynt snuck in another item in the package when they sent me the Skin Serum sample, their all natural face powder foundation VELLUTO PURE POWDER FOUNDATION in Light Beige. Even though I don’t use a powder foundation often I was definitely interested in this enough to see why they were so proud of the foundation. Being the “adventuress” that I am, I’ve used this both with and without the Hynt Skin Prep Serum.

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

This loose powder foundation contains nothing that is noted to irritate skin like talc, Bismuth Oxychloride, and Titanium Dioxide. I don’t get a mask like finish from this and it hasn’t irritated my skin or made it itchy at all like some loose foundations I’d previously tried. The look was natural and lasted the entire day. Applying the Skin Prep Serum first gave it a much more natural look too so that it didn’t look as flat as I expected.

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

I can wear Light Beige but I think Ivory would be a better match for me. This foundation is available in 7 shades so it should be easy to get a great match.

Our Skin Caring Ingredients:

  • WHITE KAOLIN CLAY : Purifies pores, vitalizes skin with essential nutrients and phytonutrients, and boosts skin’s cellular renewal and blood circulation.
  • ORGANIC LIME OIL : Helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and other signs of aging while treating congested skin with its cleansing properties. Rehydrates while helping to reduce acne and oily skin.
  • ORGANIC VANILLA EXTRACT : Purifies the skin by eliminating bacteria and reduces the appearance of sun spots while increases skin’s firmness. Also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • ORGANIC GERANIUM OIL : Promotes cellular metabolism and regeneration of new cells while acting as a powerful natural solution to heal and fade scars and other unwanted marks. Its astringent properties can help clear acne.
  • ORGANIC PATCHOULI OIL : Soothes inflammation and dryness, prevents infections and boosts the elasticity and tightness of skin.

The best deal for the cosmetic products that I’ve shared with you is their Discovery Kit. This kit contains their Velluto foundation along with more goodies for $49 which is one heck of a deal. Inside you’ll receive two shades of the Velluto Foundation, the Duet Perfecting Concealer, 1 FINALE Finishing Powder (Deluxe sample size), 1 LUMIERE Radiance Boosting Powder (Deluxe sample size), 1 Vegan Mini Flat Top Brush.

Hynt Beauty Discovery Kit

Hynt Beauty Discovery Kit

There are a lot of things that impress me about Hynt Beauty. Their website pages are filled with the information you want to know before purchasing. Every question I had about the brand was answered on their site. Next Hynt Beauty is a vegan brand (except for their mascara) as well as cruelty free. Their mission is to have the highest standards in ingredient purity, safety and efficacy. Isn’t that what you want to use?  — Marcia

*serum and foundation provided for consideration, concealer was personally purchased