Appriya Transformative Skincare introduction with a giveaway

Appriya Transformative Skincare, Mineral products

Appriya Transformative Skincare, Mineral products

We’d like to introduce you to APPRIYA, a skincare brand that Beauty Info Zone was sent to test. The happy news is that the company sent us several of their best products for a giveaway. We love spoiling our readers with giveaways and we love testing and learning about a company as unique as Appriya.

Appriya is different than the other products we use because it’s based on water. Not just any water though but the untouched mineral waters that create the basis of their line.

Appriya water is rich in restorative natural nano like particles. These biodegradable nano like particles dissolve into the skin, enhancing the efficiency of each product’s active ingredients and ensuring a perfect and even application of every cream, serum and tonic.The skin absorbs the minerals from our water to detoxify the complexion, reduce inflammation, boost moisture retention and supplement collagen and elastic fibers for healthier skin. Bursting with the optimal balance of ionic dissolved minerals, Appriya water offers the most hydration and moisture with its neutral pH and biodegradable properties.
 There are 5 products in the Appriya mineral line and all contain silica. Silica has many properties that fortify and nourish our skin, nails, and hair. It invigorates collagen and boosts the elastin that’s deep within our skin.
MARCIA shares Appriya Mineral Tonic, Mineral Complex Serum and Delicate Zone Mineral Serum while LISA shares Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse and Comprehensive Mineral Day and Night Cream
Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse and Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night Cream
Appriya Mineral Tonic and Mineral Serums

Appriya Mineral Tonic and Mineral Serums


Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse

($59.00)  I absolutely love this cleansing mousse. It has coconut and fruit sugars which help dissolve oil and dirt, along with vitamin E to help protect skin. The mousse is beautiful foamy goodness that works great with my Luna. I have tons of cleansers but I reach for this one all the time. Ingredients include: Coco Glucoside, which is derived from coconut and fruit sugars and provides hydration and helps maintain skin elasticity while controlling oil production. Allantoin, which is derived from the Comfrey Root-this botanical extract is an excellent soothing and healing agent. Vitamin E, which is a nutrient and antioxidant that defends against free radicals and other environmental damaging effects.


Appriya Mineral Tonic

Appriya Mineral Tonic

The secret to Appriya Mineral Tonic lies in the Appriya water that’s in every Appriya product. The water is pure and untouched but gathers its essence by the way it flows across ancient marble where it becomes enriched with silica and hydrogen peroxide.

The ingredients within are what makes this a unique toner: Cucumber Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Mushroom Extract, Niacinamide, Fermented Soy, and Vitamin C. Each has a job but combine to make sure that your skin remains calm and hydrated. The Niacinamide helps with acne even. The formula refines your skin’s texture and adds to the hydration level. I use this mostly at night to make sure that the remainder of my cosmetics are removed leaving my skin more hydrated. There’s a very light fragrance that’s gone quickly.


Appriya Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night CreamAppriya Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night Cream

($189.00)  This is pretty spendy, but hey – it’s infused with colloidal gold! This ingredient plus a host of others create a truly elegant formula that does everything good you could wish for in a skin cream: boosts elasticity, fades wrinkles, evens skin tone, soothes skin and plumps it up. Check out all this goodness:  Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which helps even skin tone, improves skins moisture and reduces the appearance of acne. Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parki), embodied with Vitamins A and E, moisturizes the skin and reduces inflammation. Glycolic Acid, which treats acne and oiliness, diminishes blackheads, minimizes pores, and reduces fine lines. Hibiscin Seed Extract (Hibiscus Esculentus), which strengthens weak skin, and has a strong immediate tensor effect. Colloidal Gold, which helps firm skin and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Evening Primrose Seed Extract (Oenothera Biennis), which improves acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, which stimulates collagen and elastin fibroblast to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I am very impressed with this beautiful moisturizer and I know you will be too!


Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

While there are two serums from the Mineral line they are used for different purposes. Mineral Complex Serum is a great facial serum that’s especially good for dry skin. The ingredients are extremely hydrating and nurturing. Aloe, Horse Chestnut Extract and Niacinamide are the hydrating ingredients along with Appriya Water. These are native Thai elements that have been recognized to reduce redness, to calm and to soothe. The Niacinamide helps balance the moisture content so you look more radiant.

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

But there’s more!! Coconut Oil, Lotus Flower Extract and Evening Primrose Seed Extract are all indigenous to Thailand and work together to diminish wrinkles and give you a brighter and more balanced skin tone. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t take long to be absorbed into your skin; as you can see from the ingredients there is a light floral fragrance that is appealing.


Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Delicate Zone Mineral Serum is almost as nourishing as Mineral Complex Serum but it’s intended for different areas. The work accomplished is the same in both as they help to rejuvenate, pamper and restore radiance. Delicate Zone can be used near your eyes, on your neck and decollete. I’ve used it on my face too actually.

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

As well as the Appriya water it contains Anti-Aging Plant Stem Cells that are derived from Apple Fruit Cell Culture Extract – powerful anti-oxidants that help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains Squalene that helps fight free radicals and smooth the look of fine lines. The Squalene is plant derived unlike others. Follow the two serums with the Comprehensive Day & Night Cream for maximum benefit.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One US subscriber will win both the Cleansing Mousse and the Day & Night Cream. In addition they will win one of the two serums of their choice. Another subscriber will win the second serum. Because of the weight we have to make this a US only giveaway. To enter you have 2 requirements: subscribe by EMAIL to Beauty Info Zone and comment. All other items in the Rafflecopter give you more chances to win, especially with Twitter since you can do that daily. This giveaway ends on 1/30/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Remember you can’t win if you aren’t honest!

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*products provided by Appriya for review and giveaway

Got wrinkles? Get retinol. NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair

I have a birthday coming up and while I love birthdays I don’t love the wrinkles that seem to come with every one the past few years. My favorite wrinkle-fighting ingredient is retinol, so I jumped at the chance to test the NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair ($130).          pr sampleNia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair
This moisturizing serum combines retinol with niacin, which actually helps speed up the process of retinol treating skin while also preventing any irritation. It also has sodium hyaluronate for major hydration, which plumps up skin and gives immediate gratification against wrinkles.Nia 24 Intensive Retinol RepairNia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair
  • Continuous, deep delivery of Pro-Niacin® strengthens the skin barrier.
  • Pro-Niacin® is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture and hyperpigmentation.
  • Retinol increases cell turnover and collagen to improve texture, tone, smoothness, firmness.
  • Botanical Complex of Enteromorpha Compressa Extract (seaweed) and Caesalpinia Spinosa Gumactive promote a stronger dermal matrix that minimizes wrinkles.
  • Hexapeptide stimulates high quality collagen with peptides to fight wrinkles.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate is a potent humectant that hydrates skin and locks in moisture.

Nia 24 Intensive Retinol RepairI find the NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair to be gentle and very effective. The packaging is perfect for keeping the efficacy of the retinol and while it increases cell turnover it doesn’t leave skin dry or irritated. This is about as perfect as a retinol product gets.

If your birthday count is now also competing with your wrinkle count, I highly recommend you try a retinol product – and the NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair is a fantastic way to go.  – Lisa

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DIY skin protection with About Face Vitamin C Serum

About Face Vitamin C SerumVitamin C serums WORK. They diminish fine lines, even out skin tone, and smooth the skin – they are superheros in the skin care world. However, they have an Achilles heel – they either need super expensive stabilizing ingredients to keep the ingredients fresh, or they are housed in improper storage jars which render the ingredients ineffective.

About Face Sin Protection Vitamin C serum has the answer to the Vitamin C issues — mix your own for the freshest serum that stays stable for several months.  Read on for Lisa and Marcia’s experiences with this awesome product!                                          (pr sample)About Face Vitamin C SerumAbout Face Vitamin C Serum

Lisa says:

How cool is this? I am not much of a ‘do it yourself’ person, but this couldn’t be easier. Just mix one vial of Vitamin C, one vial of hyaluronic acid, and then fill the bottle with water. Let it sit overnight and voila – in the morning you have an amazing bottle of beautiful, silky vitamin C serum. Vitamin C reverses damage and protects skin from UV light, smoke, and pollution. This has brightened my skin and I swear my fine lines have lessened. I am a huge stickler about proper packaging and the About Face Serum is truly like the answer to my packaging prayers. I give this is big vitamin C thumbs up.About Face Vitamin C SerumAbout Face Vitamin C Serum

Marcia says:

I feel like a mad scientist when I prepare About Face Vitamin C serum. I love that I am in control and can create a new bottle when needed. The box comes with three components: an empty mixing bottle, 4 separate tubes of Vitamin C, and 4 separate capsules of Hyaluronic Acid. It’s so easy to mix up so that you have a fresh bottle of serum. Add one capsule each of the Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to the empty bottle, fill with water, close and shake really well. Be sure to allow the serum to dissolve overnight.

About Face Vitamin C SerumAbout Face Vitamin C Serum

Before you apply, shake the bottle and then use the dropper to dispense the amount you need and massage it on your skin. As you can see the bottle is amber colored so that no light gets through.

About Face Vitamin C Serum

Not only are you mixing Vitamin C and getting the benefits that it provides but you’re also getting the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid. While we naturally have this wonder ingredient in our skin adding more helps provide the moisture we need. The hyaluronic acid molecule absorbs 1000 times its weight in water. The end result is that it provides a protective barrier to lock in the moisture making your skin look and feel healthier.

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

This is a great serum that isn’t sticky and can be used once or twice a day. I love that there’s no fragrance to it and it’s great to know that I’m putting on something fresh. This is a great serum to layer too. I’ll apply this onto my skin first thing after cleansing since it’s the thinnest liquid, then once it dries I’ll apply another serum and moisturizer. So if you have a favorite serum then About Face is a wonderful addition, if you don’t have a serum this is all you’d need.

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C serum

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C serum

With just three ingredients you can see that About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C Serum is the purest product available. There are absolutely no fillers. And it’s a bargain! You have the components to make 4 bottles and the kit is only $25. Your skin will thank you for using this. It’s Marcia and Lisa approved.

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Clear up skin congestion with our derma*e® giveaway!

fall-season-brings-congested-skinThe change of seasons means confused skin that makes too much oil and gets congested from a build up of dead skin. Keeping clear, glowing skin requires preventative measures, and we have an awesome giveaway for exactly what you need to stay on top of skin care woes. Prevent those disasters with Purifying products from derma*e®, a fabulous eco-ethical company that is completely committed to your health, well-being, and the environment.                    samples

derma*e® giveaway!We have five of our favorite derma*e® products in this giveaway:

  1. Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50)
  2. Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50)
  3. Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50)
  4. Purifying Toner Mist ($15.50)
  5. Purifying Youth Serum ($29.50)

The key to creating skin that gets the most from skin care products is exfoliation. derma*e® has some of the best exfoliating products out there.

DermaE Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

As a deep clean once a week, the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50) 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.

Apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin, concentrating on areas that have a tendency to be problematic. For me, that means nose and chin. It only takes about five minutes for it to dry, then using wet fingertips massage the mask in small circles. This ‘supersizes’ the exfoliation and really cleans out those pores. Rinse off with warm water or a damp washcloth. This treatment mask has many of the same powerful ingredients as the Purifying Gel Cleanser, so it’s the perfect complimentary deep clean.

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

The Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50) is a facial exfoliant paste that is gentle but very effective. It has a great ingredient list, starting with the charcoal that absorbs impurities so they can be washed away. The scrubbing power comes from Apricot Seed Powder that sloughs off any dead cells, dirt, and oil. The aloe keeps skin super soft and moist. Like all the Purifying products, it also has the Kimarine® and bladderwrack mentioned earlier. Because the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub doesn’t have a whole slew of complicated ingredients, this gentle scrub is safe for even very sensitive skin. I think it’s a fantastic way to keep skin glowing and ready for serum and moisturizer.

DermaE Purifying Gel Cleanser

I am a huge fan of derma*e’s® Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50) because it exfoliates so gently. Even though it’s an exfoliating cleanser, I can use my Luna cleansing brush without fear of being too rough on my skin and I think it would be perfect to use with a Clarisonic. I have been working out like crazy for the last six months and this is my favorite choice for washing my face 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. 

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

Once you have exfoliated and cleansed your skin, the next best step is to hydrate and treat with antioxidants using a great toner. The derma*e® Purifying Toner Mist ($15.50) is the toner for the job since it has Marine Algae and Green Tea to refresh and fortify your skin against the environment. It’s also pH balanced with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack, Green Tea antioxidants, and Aloe Leaf Juice. I use this after exfoliating and cleansing at night, as well as in the morning before treatment and moisturizer. While it’s a spray, I don’t recommend spraying it directly on your face since it comes out a little heavy and uneven. It’s better sprayed onto a cotton pad then wiped on. An added bonus – if you happened to miss any makeup or dirt while cleansing, this lifts away anything that might cause clogged pores.

DermaE Purifying Youth Serum

With skin clean and ready to make the most of any treatment, an excellent treatment serum 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. This is 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 products derma*e® at Ulta and at Whole Foods.  Two Beauty Info Zone readers will win this giveaway – just list the products you want to win in the order you want them!  The Grand Prize Winner gets 3 products, and the 2nd place winner gets 2 products.  This is a US only giveaway that ends at 11:59 pm EST on 11/19/16.  As always, you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s emails and comment. Rafflecopter has a way of going all wonky sometimes and the comments may mysteriously close before the giveaway is over…if that happens just shoot us an email with your comment to [email protected] and label your message DERMAE.

Here’s to heading off congested skin before it even happens! – Lisa

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#ITsAtSephora and we’re so excited

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics has arrived at our favorite cosmetic store – Sephora. There’s been a long journey for Jamie Kern Lima, the magician behind IT Cosmetics. I remember buying my first product from them and realizing that this was a line that I could get excited about. Now, years and years later, that realization has come true and I’m a big fan of the line.                               press sample

Lisa and I were each sent a box with the products that are exclusive to Sephora. We’re excited to teach you about them and have a giveaway in Lisa’s article. I told her to pick what she wanted to write about and I’d do the rest. Well I think she gave me a hint about what she thinks of me since everything she told me to review are anti-aging products. How dare she?? I’m actually so grateful since I put 4 items to work and my initial experiences with them are worth any insult she might have made.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

BYE BYE LINES SERUM  aka Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle-Smoothing Miracle Concentrate ($58 for 1 fl oz/30 ml) is terrific for me. I’m all about two things, serums and eye creams, so this new product from IT Cosmetics is what I’d choose in a second. This is a powerful serum though it feels gentle on my skin. It’s absolutely loaded with goodies: anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, caviar extract, sea water, argan oil, babassu oil and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B5, B7, B9 and CoQ10. Wow, talk about hydration and improving the skin barrier. Clinical studies are off the wall with how great testers found this serum and I’m right there with them. Use it morning, night, or both for incredible moisturization. It has the most luscious orange fragrance to top it off and anything that will help prevent and blur my fine lines is on my A-list.

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

At my age I love that I can use a product with the word armour in it. IT COSMETICS ANTI-AGING ARMOUR “Super Smart Skin-Perfecting Beauty Fluid” ($38 1 fl oz) asked for me to pick it. This beauty fluid contains SPF50+. It is a hydrating sunscreen that brightens, protects, and repairs. It has color-correcting pigments to even out the appearance of skin tones. Shake the bottle first to mix ingredients and you’ll find a light beige fluid. I’m very fair so it does do color correcting for me but if I had darker than medium skin I’d want to check it out at Sephora personally to make sure the color worked. I’ve mixed it with a foundation that is too light for me and it upped the color level. Anti-aging Armour has everything I want within: peptides, niacin, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. What more could this “old” lady want?

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

And here we are – another love of mine. The fact that IT Cosmetics at last has an eye cream has convinced me that I will for sure be a customer for life. BYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM ($48 0.5 fl oz/15 ml) – this phenomenon is made to Smooth, Brighten and Depuff. It contains ingredients to help it do that: anti-aging copper, blue algae, caffeine, vitamin C, collagen, cucumber extract, and peptides. The caffeine makes an instant difference with my puffiness and dark circles. My undereye area feels very soft and hydrated. The eye cream even looks refreshing with its light blue shade. It doesn’t interfere with my concealer so it’s a go day and night.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #7-2

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics has always been known for their incredible brushes. This cruelty-free company creates amazing brushes that will make you want to toss others. Along comes this HEAVENLY SKIN CC+ SKIN-PERFECTING BRUSH, No. 702 ($48) to blow me out of the water. While this looks like another fabulous brush from IT, it’s actually a groundbreaker. It has skincare infused brush hair.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

The fibers on this brush are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants. This is so unique. It’s a perfect brush for skincare and color products. Can’t you almost feel the softness of the brush? It’s been created to optically blur and perfect skin by erasing the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections instantly. I’m using this for my skincare but I want another for my cosmetics now.

As you can see, I’m very impressed with the new inroads that IT COSMETICS has made. I’m kidding about the anti-aging part because I really believe that the sooner you start with anti-aging products of this quality, the better off you’ll be for it in the future. All 4 of these products are exclusive to Sephora so I’m recommending that if you don’t buy now that you put these on your wishlist for the holidays or when Sephora has their yearly discount. Which one tops your list?  —  Marcia

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Thanks to Lisa for taking all these pictures for our two posts

Take a trip to New Zealand to get anti-aging excellence with Snowberry


Today we’re taking you to New Zealand to learn about an anti-aging skin care brand that is award-winning. As a matter of fact the product we received for review, Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum with Cu-PEP™, was the only anti-aging serum in the world invited to be presented to the prestigious 23rd World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver last year.

Here are a few important facts about Snowberry that we want to share before we get into our reviews:

  • Extremely suitable for sensitive skin

  • Formulated specifically to build the skin barrier function to avoid many typical skin conditions that contribute to premature ageing

  • As natural as possible (our serums contain some highly functional peptides that must be synthesised to be stable in a serum) but we use no petrochemicals, silicones, parabens, phenoxyethanol, volatile alcohols or anionic surfactants

  • Carbon neutral to point-of-sale anywhere in the world

  • No ingredients have been tested on animals and no Snowberry product is tested on animals in formulation or production

Snowberry Skincare is the creation of Soraya Hendesi, a cosmetician who was looking for skin care she could trust. She didn’t feel that the skin care that called itself ‘natural’ was in actuality what it said it was. She set out to create products with ingredients that she could trust. Snowberry isn’t tested on animals plus, other than honey and cultured pearl in some products, it doesn’t contain any animal product.

Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum

Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum


I’ve mentioned many times that I am a huge fan of serums. Whether they are facial serums or eye serums they fall into the category of love for me. Snowberry has added to this category with its serum that makes me feel like I’m using the purest form of skin care. There’s something about the beautiful packaging and the clear serum that creates a feeling of youthfulness.

Snowberry New Radiance SerumI always mention fragrance in reviews when it’s relevant and the reason it’s relevant here is that this serum has basically no fragrance. I love that! I’ve grown to like some fragrances so I’m not against them but this just smells fresh with a dash of coconut in it. The serum is a thin texture but there’s a nice substance to it. It applies like a breeze, taking about a minute to sink in. I usually apply this as my first skin care product, put on my eye makeup allowing it to absorb fully before continuing on. It’s advised to leave the serum on at least 5 minutes before applying a moisturizer or any other product. This will ensure that the revolutionary peptide technology is able to work without hindrance.snowberry-collageOne last thing before I hand this over to Lisa – Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum ($36, 30mL, 1 fl oz) plays well with everything. That’s the first thing I learned in school at 5 years old and now a “few” years later I want that to apply to my skin care. I get no balling up of product whether it’s moisturizer, foundation, or powder.


What intrigued me most about the Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum was the ingredient list. I had no idea what Cu-PEP™ was but it certainly caught my attention. Basically, Cu-PEP™ stimulates collagen and produces elastin in the skin using Copper Tripeptide-1, an anti-aging peptide that doesn’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. Cu-PEP™ actually delivers this excellent antioxidant into dermal cells, which is quite unique among skin serums.

Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum

Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum

The unique and effective delivery system means greater results that show up quickly, so it doesn’t take long before fine lines and wrinkles begin to disappear. The New Radiance Face Serum also has hyaluronic acid, a fabulous skin care ingredient that soothes skin and replenishes moisture.

Snowberry New Radiance Face SerumSnowberry New Radiance Face Serum

Besides, who can resist packaging this adorable???  Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum is a winner from every angle and your skin will be too after using this for a month.

You can find the Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum online at


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.

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

For a short video about Ao Skincare  Click here.