Enter today to win a Nayelle Probiotic Skincare Set!

Enter to win the Nayelle Probiotic Skin Care Set!Winter is the perfect time to gift yourself a brand new skin care regimen and Nayelle Probiotic Skincare is a wonderful choice. Read on for the low down on this fantastic line, as well as a chance to win a complete Rejuvenating Regime – a $237 value with a Free Mask included – for yourself!            samples, affiliate links

Native Americans had a tradition of naming their first-born baby girls ‘Nayelle’, which means ‘I love you’. The creators of Nayelle Probiotic Skincare felt this was a perfect name for their first-born skin care regime, which was created from nature with love. Nayelle Probiotic Skincare is a natural, organic, and scientifically proven skin care line.

NayelleThey feature four key ingredients that help rejuvenate skin:

  1. Environmentally harvested Glacial Clay with over 60 minerals and vitamins
  2. Goat Milk Kefir with vitamins, peptides, antioxidants, essential fatty 3-6-9 acids, organic acids and minerals
  3. Sea Kelp which helps firm skin and promotes collagen and elastin
  4. Snow Mushroom, the highest source of vitamin D on earth – with 3 times the hydrating capacity of hyaluronic acid.  use all 100% bio-active natural, organic ingredients, formulated with Probiotic ‘fermentation’ technology.

All of these awesome ingredients do wonderful things for skin, like:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce inflammation, redness using powerful antioxidant activity
  • Boost collagen and elastin
  • Detoxify stressed, acne-prone skin
  • Reset and balance the pH of your skin
  • Intensely rehydrate skin for a softer, resilient texture

The Rejuvenating Regime has a cleanser, facial mask, night moisturizer, and day moisturizer.

Nayelle Glacial CleanserCLEANSE Glacial Cleanser is a thick cleanser with tiny scrubbies for exfoliation. At first I didn’t think I could use my Foreo Luna with this but the scrubbies are so fine that it works great. The scrubbies are tiny bits of bamboo and the cleanser includes glacial oceanic clay. This not only cleans skin it also improves blood circulation and helps regenerate skin.

Nayelle PURIFY Glacial Oceanic Clay MaskPURIFY Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask is a lovely clay mask that deep cleans while also hydrating skin. It’s a great exfoliator and once a week use removes toxins and purifies skin. The clay attracts impurities, which become bound to the mask and are washed right down the sink when the mask is removed. While it’s a strong mask, it isn’t drying and doesn’t sting like a lot of clay masks.

  • Detoxifies environmental impurities
  • Restores the skin’s pH balance
  • Restore damaged skin cells
  • Hydrates, tightens and tones your skin.

I use this once a week or if I get a blemish I use it at night as a spot treatment.

Nayelle Rejuvenate

Nayelle Rejuvenate

For night-time hydration, the REJUVENATE Anti-Aging Night Cream is a beautiful fusion of those four key ingredients that Nayelle is based upon: probiotic goat milk peptides, fermented sea kelp, snow mushroom & glacial oceanic clay. Combined together, this medley of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, and fatty acids is a powerhouse of goodness for your skin. It works at a cellular level to boost collagen and elastin while tackling wrinkles. It’s a beautiful, light cream that soaks in quickly and has no detectable scent. It leaves my skin super soft and healthy looking without any heaviness at all. Remember to always include your neck and chest when moisturizing!

Nayelle HydrateFor daytime moisturizing HYDRATE is a light cream that is chock full of Snow Mushroom, a very interesting ingredient that is three times more hydrating than hyaluronic acid. This moisturizer has fifty times more hydrating capacity than the typical day moisturizer, so you can bet it gives you glowy, youthful skin. I love this moisturizer…it plumps up my skin yet doesn’t leave it wet feeling and it doesn’t interfere with my makeup at all.

Your face and neck will LOVE you for using the unique and effective  Nayelle Probiotic Skincare ! Enter today to win the Rejuvenating Regime for yourself, just in time for the holidays.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This awesome giveaway runs through 12/22/16 which means you could be on your way to beautifully smooth skin before the New Year! Be sure you are an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and comment. If the Rafflecopter gets cranky and won’t let you comment, just shoot us an email with your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it NAYELLE.  Wishing you the best of luck!! —  Lisa

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Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Sea Silt, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lauryl Glucoside, Stearyl Citrate, Dehydro Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil


Sea Silt (Glacial Oceanic Clay), Propanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil


Aqua, Lactobacillus Milk Ferment Filtrate, Sea Silt Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/ Nereocystis Leutkeana Ferment Filtrate, Coco Caprylate Caprate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Potassium Distearate, Glyceryl Distearate, Glucose, Tremella Fuciformis (Tremella Mushroom) Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Lactic Acid, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Potassium Citrate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil


Sea Silt Extract, Aqua, Lactobacillus/ Nereocystis Leutkeana Ferment Filtrate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Propanediol, Lactobacillus Milk Ferment Filtrate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Potassium Distearate, Glyceryl Distearate, Glucose, Tremella Fuciformis (Tremella Mushroom) Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Lactic Acid, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Potassium Citrate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil

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The Body Shop At-Home Facial Mask Experience with the Recipes of Nature Collection

Recipes of Nature CollectionI think we could all use a little de-stressing right now, and The Body Shop has a nifty five-in-one collection of facial masks called the Recipes of Nature Collection.  Each mask is full of superfoods, 100%  vegetarian ingredients, and have no parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils.  This is a beautiful set that will put you and your skin totally at ease.                                                                                                                                                                 samples

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

What I love about this set is the concept of ‘multi-masking’.  I love to multi-task…put the word ‘multi’ into anything and I pay attention.  Your skin isn’t typically all dry or all oily or all congested.  Some parts need one kind of help while other parts need a totally different intervention.  The Recipes of Nature Collection has five great masks that can be used together on different areas of your face…it’s what we call in the educational field ‘differentiation’, recognizing that everyone isn’t in the same place and we all have different needs.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection


Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask is a gel mask with acai berry and guarana seed extract.  It is an exfoliating gel facial mask that revives and energizes the skin.  If you are really tired or feeling super stressed, this is the mask for you.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is another gel mask gel-textured moisturizing mask that plumps up dry skin and makes it super soft.  My cheeks are always so dry that I need this mask there…but my t-zone doesn’t need it.  That’s why the multi-masking approach is so perfect.  Ingredients include the ultra moisturizing aloe vera and pressed, crushed, and blended rose petals, which you can definitely smell right when you open the jar.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask is a beautiful honey based mask that moisturizes skin and improves elasticity.  Super dry skin will practically cry in relief from this combination of honey, marula oil, and olive oil.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask was the first mask I tried because I had a bizarre breakout in my t-zone.  This mud mask is a great decongestant for skin that pulls out toxins.  Bamboo charcoal, tea tree oil, and green tea leaves make this mask a total zit-busting treatment.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask is probably the most unusual of the masks, with a white almost chalky texture that exfoliates and tones skin.  It brightens the complection and reduces pore size with ginseng, rice extract, and sesame seed oil.

Whatever you skin needs, there is an answer within the Recipes of Nature Collection.  I highly recommend you pick this up and experiment with multi-masking.  And in some really great news, with the purchase of any of these masks The Body Shop will restore 1 square meter of rainforest through their new Bio-Bridges program. The ultimate goal is to restore 75 million square meters by 2020!  So you can feel good about feeling less stressed while also multi-tasking with multi-masking.  Sounds good to me!  – Lisa

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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 beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your message DERMAE.

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

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Getting even with Skin Authority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment

Skinauthority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment

Skin Authority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment

Spoiler alert – today’s review is a RAVE.  If you have hyperpigmentation you want to read on…this products WORKS.

I have been testing skin care products long enough – over ten years – to have developed an intuition about what will work for my skin and what won’t. One of my major skin care issues is hyperpigmentation. It started about 12 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter and those dark blotches never really went away. I switched to foundations with heavy coverage and have tried one skin care product after another to lighten those spots. I also am not nearly as vigilant as I should be with sun protection, which certainly doesn’t help matters. Anyway, when Skin Authority offered to send Marcia and I each a product to test, along with our own person skin care coach, I immediate went for the products that address hyperpigmentation.

Skinauthority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment

Skin Authority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment

As I checked out the fabulous sounding products that Skin Authority offers, my skin care product radar was attracted to the Brightening Beauty Infusion with Turmeric and Blueberry ($49) and I thought this was the product for me. Luckily, my personal skin coach gave me some different advice. (The skin care coaching service is FREE, by the way – be sure to take advantage of it!) Based on my tenacious brown patches, she recommended I try the Hyper Pigmentation Treatment ($56.50, 1.7 oz / 50 ml) instead. She said that the Hyper Pigmentation Treatment would fade current hyper pigmentation while also preventing more from occurring. At the same time it would also gently resurface, smooth, anti-age and speed up my skin’s cell turnover cycle – kind of like putting my skin on a treadmill to accelerate its metabolism. As with any product that is making a real change to the skin, she advised it would probably take about 60-90 days to see more results, as that is the typical cell turnover cycle. Her professional opinion was that with my particular skin I would see more results more quickly with the Hyper Pigmentation Treatment than with the Brightening Beauty Infusion.  Who am I to argue with a skin coach? I said absolutely and started my testing.

Skinauthority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment

Skin Authority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment

60 days later I am one happy camper. The Skin Authority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment is a light gel that is Hydroquinone based. I am so happy to that it works!! My skin has never been more even. Those brown patches are almost completely gone. I am sure that with another month of use they will a distant memory. Here’s what the Hyper Pigmentation Treatment does:

  • Exfoliates to gently lift away trapped discoloration
  • Works to help inhibit the appearance of future spots and discoloration
  • Stimulates skin renewal for softer, smoother texture
  • Hydrates skin for softer, smoother texture
  • Contains 2% Hydroquinone and should not be used while nursing or pregnant.
Skinauthority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment

Skinauthority Hyper Pigmentation Treatment

I use this gel twice a day, morning and night, applying a thin layer before any treatment serums and moisturizer. I am so happy my skin coach recommended this product and I can’t wait to try other products from this line. If you have issues with hyperpigmentation, the Skin Authority Hyper Pigmentation is your answer!!! – Lisa

*sample sent for editorial consideration; results and opinion all mine!

PS – right now Skin Authority is having a Halloween BOOGO sale – BUY ONE BEAUTY INFUSION™, GET ONE FREE. PROMO CODE BOOGO16.


How MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads save the day

MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads

MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads

Low point of the day:  going to the restroom after almost a full day of work, glancing in the mirror and seeing – cringe cringe cringe – a big old zit on the side of your nose.  Or on your chin.  Or anywhere on your face…and you realize it has been there for hours, through meetings and presentations and that chance run in with the very handsome guy down the hall.  Yup.  It’s time to get serious about some exfoliation.

MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads

Lately I have been loving the MDSUN Exfoliation Pads that I was sent to test.  These aren’t the nasty, skin killing pads of our youth…they are gentle but super effective pads of awesomeness that dissolve debris and old skin cells and make unexpected day zits a thing of the past.

These little pads of goodness tackle exfoliation through a two-tiered approach.  The first layer is glycolic acid, polyhydroxy acid, lactobionic acid, and essential vitamins that de-clog pores and dissolve excess skin cells while also moisturizing skin.  The next layer is a mixture of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that calm irritated skin and hydrate even more deeply.

MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads

MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads

MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads

MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads


  • Exfoliates and penetrates the skin with effective and powerful ingredients, such as glycolic acid and niacinamide, enhancing the benefits of other skin care treatments
  • Purifies the skin by gently removing dead skin cells and resurfacing new skin cells so that the skin is left with a radiant and beautiful glow
  • Reduces and calms irritated skin safely with natural plant extracts and vitamins, including chrysanthemums and oats

MDSUN warns that the pads might cause a stinging sensation, but that doesn’t happen for me at all.  The pads have a slight fragrance that reminds me of baby powder.  I use a pad at night after cleansing and don’t put any other treatment on my skin.  After about a half hour or so, my skin actually feels sort of oily.  MDSUN says this is from ‘skin burial’, when skin produces oils that seal in the hydration.

One jar of the Skin Exfoliating Pads has 30 pads, but it lasts me several months since I find I only need to use this every three days.  That makes the price of $78 a little more palatable, and you can also order a sample for $4 to try it out for yourself before making the investment.

The end result?  Clear skin, glowing skin tone, and a super soft face.  Oh, and far less of those ‘look in the mirror and die of embarrassment’ moments.

You can find MDSUN Skin Exfoliating Pads online at MDSUN.com.  – Lisa

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Key Ingredients:

Glycolic Acid, Lactobionic Acid, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Lactic Acid, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, and Avena Sativa (Oat) Starch.

Spiritual skincare worth the splurge Kristals Skin Care

trying-to-find-balanceBalance. I don’t think it’s easy to truly achieve balance in life – despite good intentions, things happen. Your cat gets sick and throws up all over. Your kids make bad choices and come to you for help. Your spouse has a difficult day and is in a terrible mood. While it may be a challenge to stay centered and calm, keeping your wellness at the top of that ‘important things to do’ list is essential.                                                                                                         samples

I truly believe that one way to enhance your spirituality and ensure some balance in this often stressful world is purposeful spoiling. Yes, when you splurge on yourself you not only reinforce your self-worth, you also help everyone else in your life. Take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health, and you are a better mom, a better spouse, a better friend.  Kristals Cosmetics

Kristals Skin Care, a skin care line featuring bioenergized formulas with concentrations of gemstones right in the products, is an excellent way to spoil yourself and enhance your spirituality. On their website you can search by skin care concern, product type, or gemstone. They also have astoundingly gorgeous jewelry that you can splurge on to match the gemstones that are infused into the skin care products you choose. Just think how amazing you will feel  with beautiful skin AND this stunning necklace!


No question, Kristals Skin Care is expensive. But if it fits into your budget, this is a line that deserves your serious consideration.  Some information from Kristals about their company:

For thousands of years, gemstones have been used for health and beauty around the world. Classical texts as well as astrological studies refer to the healing properties of gemstones and the positive influence of gems on the mind and body. Kristals Skincare takes this wisdom to a new level, bringing you concentrations of precious and semiprecious gemstones and metals known to create protective fields around the body and blending them with powerful botanicals, naturally effective herbal essences and oils, and the best scientific breakthroughs in skincare for every skin type. This harmonious combination offers highly beneficial changes to your mental, emotional and physical states. With just a single application of these gemstone skincare products, your skin will look smoother, firmer, refreshed and rejuvenated. Everyday use will result in continuous improvement in the tone and texture of your skin over time. Discover for yourself how gemstones’ natural energy is the perfect way to restore radiance, giving you skin that’s softer, suppler and luminously beautiful.

Kristals Amethyst

Kristals Skin Care features elegant formulas in beautiful packaging. As I mentioned the products are quite spendy, but they work on many levels. I have been testing the amethyst products. Is amethyst the gemstone you need in your skin care products?  It is a match for you if:

  • Restoring freshness to your skin is a goal
  • Your skin needs even deeper moisturization that what it’s getting
  • Proper exfoliation is a concern
  • Greater spiritual balance is key
  • You wish to dispel negative energy

There are two AMETHYST products that work together to purify, brighten, and smooth skin: the AMETHYST Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment ($419.95) and the AMETHYST Oxygen Instant Energizing Activating Serum ($299.95). These two very different products work together in perfect harmony – in fact, you need both for the full effect of the skin care.Kristals Skin Care AMETHYST Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment

The Kristals Skin Care AMETHYST Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment is an exfoliating gel that smells like ozone. It has a combination of sodium bicarbonate, pro-vitamin B5, and vitamin E that work along with the natural minerals in the amethyst to purify, detoxify, and revitalize skin. This gel exfoliates, moisturizes, and heals the skin. It helps skin generate healthy cells and fights free radicals, resulting in brighter skin and less wrinkles.

The yin to the Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment’s yang is the Oxygen Instant Activating Serum. The serum also has amethyst, which provides the natural mineral complex, along with lactic acid (AHA) for exfoliation and collagen production, and chamomile, lemon balm, and green tea to calm and heal skin. The serum is ONLY for use with the gel, not for use by itself.Kristals Amethyst Oxygen Instant Energizing Activating Serum

This pampering skin care treatment starts with clean, dry skin. You smooth a thin layer of the gel on and the gel has tiny crystals inside that gently exfoliate as you massage it in for about a minute. Next, you add a few drops of the Oxygen Instant Activating Serum on top of the gel. The two products gently combine and create a white foam that has a warming effect on skin. It’s really pretty neat. The serum and gel together make a wonderful oxygen cocktail for skin, and the serum dissolves the crystals so their ingredients are fully absorbed.

After massaging in the white foaminess for a minute or so, just wipe it off with a warm washcloth then follow with your regular cleanser. I find that my skin feels absolutely amazing afterward. A little moisturizer over that, and skin is smooth, happy, and glowing. Just knowing that amethyst promotes tranquility, spiritual awareness, clarity, and intuition makes every treatment feel so special. My skin is cleansed and calmed and so is my entire being.

Kristals Cosmetics also offers an amethyst-based moisturizing cream that I am testing, and I will have that review up soon. In the meantime, if your budget allows I definitely recommend the Amethyst Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment and Oxygen Instant Activating Serum to treat not just your skin, but also your mind, body, and soul.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration and an escape from everyday life






My choice? Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster

paulas-choice-10-naicinamide-treatmentAs we age, some things get smaller and some get bigger. What gets smaller? Height. Lip size. Short term memory. What gets bigger? Nose. Feet. Pores. I can deal with the nose and feet, but bigger pores?  Ugh.
I turn to Paula’s Choice over and over for really excellent skin care that is effective and affordable. One of her newest products is the 10% Niacinamide Booster ($42). My first bottle was sent as a press sample, but I used that all up and have already bought another. This is great stuff that makes the rest of my skin care even better.
Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide BoosterHere’s why your pores get larger as you age: skin naturally sheds built up oil and dirt. When we are young, this process happens pretty quickly, so our skin looks almost as if it doesn’t even have pores. As we get older, especially after age 30, this process slows down so dirt and oil stays inside our pores longer. The increased collection of dirt and oil causes pores to stretch out and become enlarged. Exfoliating on a regular basis helps your skin’s shedding process, but even with the most diligent skin care maintenance pores become enlarged.
Enter Paula’s Choice 10% Naicinamide Booster.
Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster
 The 10% Naicinamide Booster does four main things: improves uneven skin tone, reduces the appearance of pore size, improves skin texture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3. It’s a very exciting skin care ingredient that has been scientifically proven to seriously shrink enlarged pores as well as wrinkles. What is really cool about this product is that it’s a super lightweight serum that can be used alone or added to another serum or moisturizer. I put a few drops in my treatment serum every morning and every night and I am truly impressed with my results!
Here is why you want this:
  • Supercharges any serum or moisturizer to dramatically minimize pores
  • Helps strengthen skin’s elasticity, allowing enlarged pores to shrink back to a normal size
  • Helps regulate sebum production (especially for those with oily/blemish-prone skin)
  • Helps promote a more even skin texture and overall skin tone

Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide BoosterNot only does this product have the highest percentage of Niacinamide available in Paula’s Choice skin care products, it also has other terrific ingredients including licorice root, green tea, and oat-derived antioxidants for fighting free radicals. It is a fantastic boost to any skin care product, and you will notice a difference within one week.

I love many Paula’s Choice products, and the 10% Niacinamide is an especially impressive addition to an already fantastic line. Regardless of what other products you use, I highly recommend you pick this one up to boost your skin care results and shrink those pores.

Here is a link that will give you $10 off your first order if you are new to Paula’s Choice: http://goo.gl/hEAuZk  This is part of the Refer-a-Friend program and will give me credit towards a future Paula’s Choice order. Paula always has specials going – right now they include 20% off one full size product and free shipping, and 15% off AHA and BHA exfoliants.  – Lisa

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