Sweet Bee Magic from Medicine Mama’s Apothecary

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Have you ever heard of power animals or animal totems? Shamans, also known as healers, have known through the ages that power animals are spirit guides in animal form. When a power animal shows up it is communicating a message and helping you find peace and bliss on your life’s path. Lately the bumble bee has been popping up constantly for me, so when Medicine Mama’s Apothecary sent us some products to try I was not surprised to see even more bees.  The bumble bee symbolizes abundance, personal power, love and community. What a great message from the fantastic organic skin care line, Medicine Mama’s Apothecary.

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Medicine Mama logo

Medicine Mama’s Apothecary features organic skin care products made from the highest quality medicinally active raw materials. They use ingredients from around the globe and their products are made with loving care in small batches at their boutique apothecary. Two of my favorites are the Sweet Bee Magic All in One Healing Skin Cream ($19.99) and the Sweet Bee Magic Wand ($12.99).

Medicine Mama All in One Secret Skin Cream

The Sweet Bee Magic All-in-One Enhanced Healing Cream is not really a cream, it’s more like a balm that moisturizes, revitalizes, and protects the skin. You can use this everywhere – face, hands, feet, and body. It has a healing compound called Melexylem™ that is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. This is a household multi-tasker for sure – check out everything it does:

Maintain healthy, radiant, youthful-looking skin
Moisturize dry, cracked or irritated skin
Heal rashes, burns, scars & intense skin irritation
Soothe cold sores and chapped lips
Reduce inflammation
Relieve sunburns & insect bites

This is a terrific facial moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores or make me break out. I also love it for cracked and peeling hands, and it’s great for soothing rashes and burns.

Ingredients include healing Melexylem™, purifying propolis, antimicrobial honey, nourishing royal jelly, revitalizing bee pollen, moisturizing extra virgin olive oil, protective beeswax. It is also free of dyes, fragrances, artificial preservatives, parabens, soy, etc.

Medicine Mama All in One Lip and Face Balm

For some transportable bee magic, the Sweet Bee Magic Wand ($12.99) is perfection. This is a Propolis & Honey Lip & Face Balm for Healing On the Go. It comes in a tube that is about twice the size of a regular chapstick. It’s still small enough to be purse-friendly and my lips absolutely love the healing hydration that the Sweet Bee Magic Wand provides. Here is what else it can be used for:

Moisturize skin daily
Heal chapped lips
Nourish skin overnight
Repair rashes, burns & scars
Soothe cold sores
Relieve cuts, scrapes & insect bites
Gloss eyelashes

Ingredients include healing Melexylem™, purifying propolis & honey blend, protective beeswax, nourishing extra virgin avocado oil, moisturizing extra virgin olive oil. Sweet Bee Magic is certified organic by the CCOF and is free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, soy and petroleum.

After using my Sweet Bee Magic products for several weeks, I have to say I believe in the magic of bees. Just use the Store Locator on the website to find Medicine Mama’s Apothecary products near you.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

Anniversary giveaway! Kleraderm Skin Care baskets for oily and dry skin with 2 winners!

logoHas it really been five whole years?? It seems like just yesterday Marcia and I were simply cosmetics-crazy friends, meeting at the mall to get makeovers, take artistry classes, and spending a month’s worth of paychecks on the latest cosmetics and skin care. Time flies when having fun and the last five years of blogging have gone by in a flash.

The gorgeous Joanne Recchia, owner of  Kleraderm

The gorgeous Joanne Recchia, owner of Kleraderm

A line that has been with the BIZ from the very beginning is the Italian skin care line Kleraderm. The truly wonderful owner, Joanne Recchia, is many things to me. She is my skin care mentor; her knowledge of ingredients and treatments for the skin is astounding. She is the best facialist I have ever met. And she is a truly kind and good person, someone I am so proud to have as a friend. Joanne put together some very thoughtful prizes with all the basics you need for a skin care regimen – just all kinds of goodies to help us celebrate! Today is the first of several Kleraderm giveaways with two fantastic baskets for readers to win.

I first met Joanne at my local Nordstrom’s in Troy, Michigan. I remember I was there to see Marcia’s sister Carol, a highly talented makeup artist who was working for MAC at the time. Carol told me that Joanne was someone I should meet and she introduced us. I was impressed with Joanne’s story and once I tried the Kleraderm skin care line I was hooked and became a ‘Kleranet’ for life.

We have two incredible Kleraderm Skin Care Baskets for today’s anniversary giveaway. Joanne designed a Purissima basket for those with oily/blemish-prone skin, and an Idroderm basket for those with dry skin.  Take a look:

Kleraderm Purrissima Giveaway Basket

Kleraderm Purissima Giveaway Basket

Purissima Basket (Total Value $140!)  This basket has three great products to keep skin clear and blemish-free. Purrisima products were created for skin types that suffer from overactive oil and breakouts, helping skin regain its natural mantle and pH balance. Purissima products reduce the redness associated with breakouts while calming skin. Skin becomes clearer and oil production returns to its natural state.

purissima cleansing milk

Pale Rose Cleansing Milk is for deep pore cleansing while maintaining the proper pH balance. Pale Rose eliminates impurities and soothes skin. This cleanser is for daily use, and Joanne suggests wiping Pale Rose off with a hot towel. The heat from the towel drives the healing properties deeper while the towel acts as a mild exfoliate. Pale Rose is also an excellent makeup remover!

Purrissima Acid Cream

Acid Cream is a daily moisturizing treatment for acne-prone and oily skin types. Acid Cream helps maintain a proper pH balance while ensuring visible and lasting results. It decreases oil production and acts as drying agent against acne while balancing hydration. Acid Cream is used as daily moisturizer and is great under makeup.

Purisimma Purifying Liquid

Purifying Liquid is perfect for regulating oil production.Purifying Liquid can be used as a spot treatment for acne and is capable of dissolving blackheads. Just apply lightly to the t-zone area to slow down oil production. Purifying Liquid is applied directly to any area of concern every other night.

Kleraderm Idroderm Giveaway Basket

Kleraderm Idroderm Giveaway Basket

Idroderm Basket (Total Value $175!)  This basket has three fabulous products that hydrate, firm, and nourish dry skin. The Idroderm line features intensive moisturizing and repairing treatments for dehydrated skin that lacks the natural mantle responsible for keeping skin’s balance of water and oil. Idroderm restores the correct moisture balance and nourishes the upper layers of skin while providing UV protection. Idroderm has a high content of native collagen and hyaluronic acid promoting healthy cell life. If you have dry skin, try these products and you will find your skin becomes balanced, hydrated and radiant.

idroderm cleansing milk

Collagen Cleansing Milk is a light emulsion composed of carefully selected ingredients including collagen. It ensures a deep pore cleansing, removing all impurities and traces of makeup while preserving skin’s natural mantle and pH balance.

idro tonic lotion

Collagen Tonic is an alcohol-free toner rich in active properties to soothe and refresh skin.  This elegant toner is one of my favorites of all time.

idro collastin cream

Collastin Cream has a high concentrate of native collagen and elastin fibers that wrap around the skin’s own collagen and elastin fibers to correct wrinkles and fine lines. Skin becomes firm and youthful in appearance. This intensive hydrating treatment creates healthy, well-balanced skin.

Which basket is right for you, Purissima for oily skin or Idroderm for dry skin?  Both baskets are wonderful collections with the basics needed for proper skin care health.  You even get to choose which one you’d prefer winning. Use the Rafflecopter to enter. This giveaway is open to US only through April 1st at 11:59 p.m.

Towards the end of our giveaways the comments sometimes close early.  If that happens to you just email me your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Kleraderm Giveaway #1 comment. Then you can click “I commented” on the Rafflecopter and keep on going. All entries will be verified so make sure you enter honestly. Thank you for reading Beauty Info Zone, we really appreciate you!!  – Lisa

Future Kleraderm baskets for our anniversary giveaways will focus on uneven skin tone, sensitive skin, mature skin, and advanced skin treatments – over $1500 worth of products, so stay tuned and enter often!!!

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*giveaway products thanks to the one and only Joanne Recchia and Kleraderm.  My opinion of Kleraderm based on over five years of amazing results!

Battling wrinkles Side by Side: Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30

The more we test derma e® products, the more impressed we become. derma e® is not just a big faceless corporation, it’s a company that has been family owned for over 30 years. This skin care line focuses on products that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. derma e® features over 80 products that are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum. They definitely walk the talk – derma e® products are cruelty-free and 100 percent vegan, plus their manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power. All of this, plus super effective products, make derma e® a line easy to review.

In January, derma e®, launched its new Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30. Doctor-developed, clinically-tested and consumer-tested, these healthy, safe, naturally advanced formulas deliver real visible results.

“derma e® is raising the bar for natural skin care performance with the launch of these two new products,” says Jennifer Norman, Vice President of Marketing for derma e®. “In pre-launch consumer testing, Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30 showed significant skin firming, lifting and wrinkle smoothing results. They deliver high-end benefits without compromising the health of your body, the health of your skin or the health of the environment.”

So how did our results compare to the results of the 8 week study?  Read on to find out!

LISA’S SIDE:  derma e® Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30 ($45)

Derma E Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer

I tested the the triple-action, daytime moisturizer that is designed to smooth and relax deep wrinkles while also protecting skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Key ingredients include advanced peptides Argireline®, Matrixyl® synthe’6® and Clear Zinc Oxide chemical-free sunscreen.

DermaE Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer

In their study, after 8 weeks the participants saw some pretty impressive improvements. 100% reported less fine lines, 96% reported less wrinkles, and 96% reported less sagging.

DermaE Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer swatch

I used this moisturizer for two months, applying it every morning. This is a very thick cream – so thick, in fact, I had some trouble getting it out of the airless pump tube packaging. I found that I needed to squeeze the tube while also pressing the dispenser in order to get enough product. Other than that small note, my experience was terrific. Sometimes day moisturizers with sunscreen leave a white or gray cast to my skin, but this doesn’t. There is no fragrance and after two months I can say I feel that my fine lines are less noticeable and I have less redness. I am very impressed!  The Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer is a real winner.

MARCIA’S SIDE:  derma e® Firming DMAE Eye Lift ($24.95)

derma e DMAE Eye Lift

derma e DMAE Eye Lift

Lisa knows that I need to try every single eye cream on the market so she happily let me test this out when we received two products. I didn’t see the following results but….

Improvements reported by participants after eight weeks of use:

  • 95% reported less sagging
  • 95% reported less wrinkles
  • 90% reported less droopiness

Participants experienced soft, smooth, tighter skin around the eyes:

  • “Skin seems to have more elasticity”
  • “The skin around my eyes feels tighter”
  • “Skin is softer and smoother”

… what I did find is that my eyes did look firmer after use. I’ve used this both night and day and prefer it for daytime. I love seeing the results of the firming since I wake up with puffy eyes most days.

The ingredients in this helps to lift and firm the area around my eyes. It works to smoothe the crow’s feet that I am not happy seeing. The key ingredients include DMAE and advanced peptides Matrixyl® synthe’6®, Argireline® and InstaLift®Goji Berry.

derma e DMAE Firming Eye Lift

derma e DMAE Firming Eye Lift

derma e®  Firming DMAE Eye Lift is one of the most reasonably priced ($24.95) products you can find that include such great ingredients while also being 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.

With Earth Day/Month coming up quickly derma e® is a great resource for you to find products that you’ll be happy to use for both you and the planet. Visit  www.dermae.com, follow on Facebook at derma e® Natural Skincare or Twitter @derma_e for more information.

*products sent for editorial consideration

Revive your skin with these 4 Reviva Lab products (and enter the giveaway)

Reviva Labs

Reviva Labs

Reviva Labs has been a favorite of Beauty Info Zone for a very long time and with these newer products it not only remains a favorite but is climbing the ladder higher and higher into sainthood. We received these from the company for review and we’ve both been enjoying the difference these have made in our skin. You’ll hear about the Skin Energizing Gel and 5% Glycolic Acid Cream from Lisa while Marcia will give her side about the Nasolabial Fold Multi-peptide Cream and Elastin Serum. Then at the end you’ll be able to win one of the products reviewed.

MARCIA’S PRODUCTS:

I’ve been using the High Potency Elastin Serum ($27) for months and months. My run dried up for the months I was laid up but when I got back upstairs and into my skincare regimen again I couldn’t wait to use Elastin Serum again.

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

Our bodies contain a supply of Elastin but sadly we start to use up that supply when we’re about 25. To replenish it and the firmness of your skin, Elastin Serum comes to the rescue. You can test the elasticity of your skin with a pinch, the looser your skin is the more you need this!

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

As with all Reviva Labs products the ingredients are great. I use this all over my face and throat but it can also be used as a spot treatment on just the areas you want to see less sagging (crow’s feet, sides of lips, and under eye bags are examples). It’s recommended that you alternate this with DMAE Serum. When I pinch, I notice that my skin is firmer and more resilient than prior to use.

NASOLABIAL FOLD+ MULTI-PEPTIDE CREAM ($49.99)is a new formula and name for a prior Reviva Labs product.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

I have to tell you that I was thrilled to get this product. As I age (yikes) the folds from the side of my nose to my mouth lines are rebelling. They tell me all the time “you aren’t as young as you think and we’re going to prove it”. It’s a horrible conversation but one I’ve calmed down from a roar to a whisper now that I have Nasolablial Fold Cream in my arsenal. I love having this thick luxurious cream to apply exactly where I need it.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

The Nasolabial Folds are caused not only by using a lot of expression when we talk, smile, etc. but also by aging and loss of cheek fat. This cream is loaded with an advanced combination of peptides that will help soften and plump up the folds. Have they disappeared? Not yet but I’m planning on continuing with Nasolabial Fold+ Multi-Peptide Cream for as long as it takes. I want to keep those darn lines and my conversation with them at whisper level.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

LISA’S PRODUCTS:

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel

 Skin Energizing Gel ($10):  Reviva Labs calls this ‘the gel that makes creams come true.’  Oh come on – you want this just because of the amazing tag line, don’t you?? I know I did! It has a very short ingredient list – basically algae extract and purified water – which help your regular night cream absorb more fully into the skin, improving the efficacy. This means it makes all of your skin care actually work better. So, it’s like a Wonderbra. It takes what you’ve got and makes it a little more impressive.

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel 2

At night, after cleansing and toning I smooth a little of this on before my serum and night cream. It feels good, and my products are working great. This is a pretty inexpensive way to ensure you get the most of your skin treatments.

Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

A beautiful treatment cream that makes for beautifully clear skin

A beautiful treatment cream that makes for beautifully clear skin

5% Glycolic Acid Cream ($25) This is an awesome AHA product that exfoliates and keeps skin clear of blemishes and blackheads. It’s a great way to get your skin used to AHAs. Once this jar is gone, move up to the 10% version for even more dramatic results. What makes this treatment cream great is Reviva Labs uses full strength glycolic crystals, so it is an extremely effective AHA product. For beautifully clear skin, after cleansing and toning use the Skin Energizing Gel, then the 5% Glycolic Acid Cream, then a night moisturizer (I like their Elastin & DMAE Night Cream for Firming).

Now for the GIVEAWAY, we have an extra SKIN ENERGIZING GEL for a US or Canadian subscriber. Use the Rafflecopter to enter (be honest). This is open through Sunday January 25th at 11:59 pm EST. If WordPress gets nasty and refuses to allow comments then email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and continue on. Good luck and Good Skin.

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*products sent for editorial consideration

My OMG discovery: Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment

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Oh Em Gee.  Ever have that moment when trying a product?  I’ve got one I can’t wait to share because it is a game changer for me in terms of my skin.

Love her or hate her, Paula Begoun has had a huge impact on the cosmetics industry.  Me?  I love her.  Way back in the day I bought her books, read them over and over, underlined, highlighted, tabbed…I subscribed to her newsletter and saved every single one, pouring over them and making my wish lists of the best things to purchase.  When she started her own cosmetics and skin care line I wondered if she could keep her objectivity.  Much to my delight, I think Paula  is still the same sort of prickly but totally no-nonsense expert that I can always count on for fantastic advice.  I don’t love all of her products – her cosmetics are typically a bit too tame for me – but her skin care is always great.

I have several staples that I actually buy in bulk (for example, her Gentle Touch Makeup Remover and Resist Replenishing Toner) and I am always buying new things from her.  My latest discovery – and it is AWESOME – is the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment ($55).

Paulas Choice Retinol Treatment

Here are all the skin ailments it treats:

  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Brown Spots, Wrinkles
  • Firms skin, smoothing deep wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reduces dark spots and uneven skin tone, refines pore size
This is a retinol product, and I know that some people have problems tolerating retinol. Even if you have a history of difficulty with retinols, give this a try.  It has licorice, oat extract and other anti-irritants that make it great for sensitive skin. My skin has always reacted well to retinols, and this product in particular gives me beautiful and immediate results.  My skin is much smoother, pores smaller, fine lines less noticeable.  Retinol actually stimulates collagen production, so the results over time are fantastic.
Paulas Choice Retinol Treatment 2
The Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment is a thick serum that is applied after cleansing and toning and before other products.  It has no added fragrance, so it smells a bit like chemicals but the scent immediately dissipates.  Once applied, you can put any other products like treatment serums and moisturizers over it.  I use this at night, and I was far too enthusiastic about this at first.  I had such great results immediately that I thought I could use it every day.  That was way too fast for my skin, and I learned to slow down and work up to every other day.  For the first several weeks I got the best results with once every three days.  Right now I am at every other day and building up to every day.
Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment is truly fantastic…I just can’t rave enough.  It is lightening my hyperpigmentation, and when I am a very bad girl and don’t wash my face at night, I just apply this the next day and I don’t break out or have any skin issues at all.  Overall, my skin looks younger, more radiant…I am extremely impressed.

I bought this product myself, but there is a friends/family program.  If you use this link it will give you $10 off your initial order, and will also give me a credit for future purchases:  http://goo.gl/hEAuZk

I hope you will give Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment a try.  I am so excited about my results that I want everyone else to have skin as happy as mine!! – Lisa

*I purchased this product.  The link http://goo.gl/hEAuZk gives $10 off your initial order and gives me a $10 credit for future purchases.

Key Ingredients: Salix alba extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, Arctium lappa, phytosterol, cetyl esters,tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, retinol, tribehenin, Glycine soja sterols, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, Avena sativa, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, lecithin, dimethicone, laurdimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein,Glycyrrhiza glabra, ceramide 2, palmitoyl hexapeptide-12, tocopheryl acetate

RoC Skincare is spoiling one of you with a giant giveaway

You’ve heard Lisa and Marcia talk about RoC skincare many times. We became ambassadors for the line because we know how effective it is and how economical it is compared to so many other lines available. RoC is easy to find since your favorite stores like CVS, Walgreen, Kmart, Walmart, Target etc. carry the line. You’ll often find sales and specials for the line too.  Now look what RoC is offering to one US subscriber:

RoC Holiday Gift Basket

RoC Holiday Gift Basket

And if that’s not enough to make you happy how about this?

RoC Holiday Giveaway g.c.

RoC Holiday Giveaway g.c.

This is a gift that you want to arrive on your doorstep any day of the year.

Here are some of the products you’ll receive and why they are so fabulous:

NEW RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Sensitive Night Cream

Clinically proven to show visible results in wrinkles, radiance, texture and softness of skin

NEW RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Sensitive Eye Cream

Clinically proven to show visible improvements in fine lines, crow’s feet , under eye wrinkles and dark circles

Gentler, yet effective retinol formula for retinol sensitive skin and retinol beginners

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System

Two-step system for maximum results

  1. Anti-Wrinkle Treatment with RoC® RETINOL to smooth deep wrinkles
  2. Resurfacing Serum with E-PULSE® Technology to boost radiance

RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Designed to deliver powerful age-fighting results, while being gentle enough for everyday use

RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Eye Cream

In a clinical study, women saw noticeable improvements in the following in as little as four weeks:

  1. Dark circles appeared visibly reduced  2. Under-eye puffiness appeared diminished

RoC® MAX Resurfacing Facial Cleanser

  1. Smoothing micro-spheres exfoliate away all traces of dirt, oil and dead skin that can interfere with absorption of anti-aging ingredients

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System

  1. Improves the look of wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and cheek while also improving the overall signs of damage associated with sun exposure.  Two-step system for maximum results

    1. Anti-Wrinkle Treatment with RoC® RETINOL to smooth deep wrinkles
    2. Resurfacing Serum with E-PULSE® Technology to boost radiance

12 products to make your skin better than ever. With winter already upon us we are excited to share this wonderful skincare to help protect your skin from the elements and from aging.

Giveaway begins today 12/14/14 and goes through 12/29/14. This won’t arrive until after the New Year but that’s when you are most likely to need both the skincare and the money from Visa! This is open for US only. The rafflecopter has the options. Be sure to come back daily to tweet since the more options you have, the better your chances of winning. If comments close please comment on Facebook or email to beautyinfozone@gmail.com. Lots and lots of luck!! — Marcia and Lisa

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MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum and Intensive Eye Gel

MDSUN Skincare, the cosmeceutical line created by Dr. George Sun, is an intriguing line that features some of the most effective skin care ingredients available.  They recently sent us their Super Hydration B Serum ($85) and Intensive Eye Gel ($105) to test, which proved to be an impressive introduction to this line.

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum and Intensive Eye Serum

The Super Hydration B Serum is a skin treatment that is housed in one of the most beautiful bottles I have ever seen for a serum.  Usually serums have rather boring packaging, but the silver and blue glass bottle is a stunner!  Of course, looks aren’t everything and it’s what is inside that counts.  This serum has great ingredients that hydrate and smooth skin.  Here are the benefits listed on the web page:

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum

  • Spreads easily and fast absorbing, non-greasy finish
  • Nourishes and hydrates the skin for a glowing complexion
  • Leaves your skin feeling exceptionally smooth
  • Protects against moisture loss and oxidative damage

The major ingredients include sodium hyaluronate, which is the salt form of skin plumping hyaluronic acid; panthenol, which is another name for vitamin B5, which keeps skin healthy and blemish-free; plus gluconolactone and lactobionic acid, which are similar to AHAs but less likely to irritate skin.  These ingredients reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I use this serum morning and night after cleansing and before moisturizing, and it leaves my skin looking and feeling great.  Because it helps skin retain moisture, it plumps up fine lines and wrinkles and definitely improves their appearance.  I know I will use every last drop of this serum and it is on my repurchase list.

MDSUN Intensive Eye Serum

MDSUN Intensive Eye Gel also has very attractive packaging.  The bottle is a cheery, sunny yellow – and so is the eye gel!  It definitely took me aback the first time I tried it.  This eye gel has lots of powerful antioxidants and vitamins to reduce dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.  The benefits include:

  • Dark Eye Circles – high concentrations of Vitamin K work decrease the venous condition that causes dark eye circles
  • Pigmentation – ascorbic acid works to reduce melanin pigmentation
  • Static Wrinkles/Movement Wrinkles – oat extracts for hydration and arginine for improving wrinkles
  • Puffiness – anti-inflammatory ingredients reduce swelling and soothe skin
  • Lightweight, fast absorbing texture is perfect for oily/combination skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance free
  • Paraben free

The major ingredients include Vitamin K1, an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce dark circles; acetyl hexapeptide-8, which is a cell-communicating peptide; ubiquinone CoQ10, which stimulates collagen production and heals UV damage; and ascorbic acid, a type of vitamin C that works as an antioxidant.

I use this eye gel morning and night and am very pleased with the results.  I prefer an eye cream over an eye gel, but the gel is certainly calming to the eye area and it minimizes puffy morning eyes.  I will keep using this in the a.m. and will probably switch to an eye cream for night.

MDSUN Intensive Eye Serum and Super Hydration B Serum

Overall, I am quite impressed with these two products.  The packaging is stellar and the product formulas are elegant with extremely effective ingredients.   I think this is a line to get excited about, and I can’t wait to try more of MDSUN Skincare.  – Lisa

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