Side by Side: Osmosis Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

When a skin care product claims an increase in elasticity of 110% and a 64% reduction in redness/broken capillaries, we pay attention! Osmosis +Pur Medical Skin Care, a line developed by doctors and clinically proven to work, sent us their dynamic duo of Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist to try. With the amazing clinical test results we had high expectations…read on for our report!

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus

LISA’S SIDE:

The Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum sounds almost like a miracle serum – among other things, it reduces pre-cancerous skin lesions by 15%, increases DNA repair by 33%, and increases elasticity by 110%. Those are some incredible numbers. I use this age-reversing serum every morning and night. The first time I used it I was surprised at the color – unlike most serums, this one is brown.

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum

I really don’t understand how it repairs DNA…Osmosis says it “activates your natural zinc finger remodeling process, which is a critical part of DNA repair.” I can’t explain it, but I love the ingredients, which include vitamin C, amino acids, and minerals. After applying this serum, I follow it with a few sprays of the Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist.

Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

To be honest, I don’t really  understand all the science behind this one either. It has ‘scalar waves’ that help the serum (or any other treatment product) penetrate the skin, so it increases the efficacy. It also stabilizes bacteria levels, firms skin, and gives lots of hydration.

Together they make a great team. The serum goes on a little sticky and the hydrating water takes that away and feels so incredibly soothing. I have to say, my skin has been looking fantastic since I started using this combo. I don’t know if my results match the clinical numbers yet, but I am going to use them until my bottles are completely empty to make sure I give them every chance to perform some miracles for me.

MARCIA’S SIDE:

Osmosis Catalyst DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus Hydration Mist

Osmosis Catalyst DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus Hydration Mist

I agree with Lisa that it’s hard to totally understand the science behind this duo but I’ll take them at their word since I’m not a scientist. Unlike Lisa though, I won’t be finishing mine up. My skin has become dry and as much as I like the after effects of the Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum I don’t think it likes me.

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum from the pump

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum from the pump

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum after

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum after

I too was surprised to see the brown Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum but I know it’s the combination of the ingredients. On the bottle it tells us that the serum may darken over time but that is normal and doesn’t compromise the efficacy of the product. After shaking the bottle I need just 1 pump to cover my entire face (directions say apply 1 – 2). Then I spray on the Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist and massage my face with these two products.

I find it stays sticky on me so I wait a while before applying moisturizer. The serum has a medium fragrance that I just can’t place. Osmosis says it’s natural black cherry but to me it’s almost woodsy. The Hydration Mist on the other hand has a very light citrusy fragrance that keeps the Repair Serum from becoming overbearing for my very sensitive sniffer.

Osmosis recommends this for all skin types but with my skin so dry from the winter I’m going to put the serum away for warmer weather. My skin looks amazing after using it consistently for a few weeks but it’s become too dry.

 Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

On the other hand I have continued using the Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist. This provides slip to products and is great with a mask to reactivate it. Most masks I have are pretty “juicy” but when they aren’t I’ve sprayed the Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist over and brought it back to life. It’s also a great mist for refreshing your face during the day. While the Hydration Mist is my favorite I am anxious to use the Catalyst Serum again since my face definitely looked more radiant in the morning after cleansing.

Both of these products are part of OSMOSIS SKINCARE’S PROFESSIONAL LINE and can be found on Dermstore and Skincare by Alana as well as other skincare sites.

 

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum ingredients:  Aqua (Harmonized Water), Sodium Bicarbonate, Ketoglutaric Acid, Uncaria Tomentosa (Cat’s Claw) Extract (AC-11®), Ascorbic Acid (L), Glycine, Propanediol, Proline (L), Lysine HCI (L), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alanine (L), Zinc Gluconate, Dimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Copper Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Phospholipids, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Butylene Glycol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Magnesium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance (Natural Black Cherry).

Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist ingredients:  Aqua (Harmonized Water*), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Plankton Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hydrolyzed Polygamma-Glutamate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Saccharide Isomerate, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Carboxymethyl BetaGlucan, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Oleth-10, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.

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Favorite skin savers for 2015

HoneyWhen thinking about the year that just finished it’s hard to pick from all the products that I’ve been using but sometimes items just stand out and I can’t help but want to use them over and over again. I know I’ll miss mentioning some great items and regret that but here’s a roundup of things I’m loving and think you will too.

*some pr samples and affiliate links

CHOP SAVER LIP BALM

Chop Saver Lip Balm

Chop Saver Lip Balm *

I’ve been slathering this on day and night lately. My bedroom is dry and I like how this helps keep my lips moisturized at night without disturbing my sleep (yes little things like this can disturb my sleep).

DELECTABLE FRAGRANCE FREE BODY LOTION

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion *

Totally in love with this. My legs aren’t flaky!! That alone is enough to recommend it. As much as I like Delectable in Lemon & Cream, it’s the scent free one that is my savoir. I even bought two of the Delectable Scent Free Hand Cream from Kohl’s before Christmas so I could have one upstairs and one downstairs.

FARMHOUSE FRESH WATERMELON BASIL VODKKATINI BODY SCRUB

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub *

This scrub is so heavenly. I wanted to just stand in the shower and sniff it. But even better than the way it smells is the way it works. It’s a sugar scrub with just a tiny bit of salt in it. It’s definitely exfoliating but without overdoing it. It leaves just enough oil behind on my skin so that I’m moisturized without being greasy. Farmhouse Fresh has made me a convert with their fragranced products – I never envisioned that happening.

OIL ESSENTIALS SWEET ALMOND & MACADAMIA

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia *

Oil Essentials is another favorite. I use this in the morning on my legs and/or hair. It’s a very light oil and doesn’t leave me the least bit greasy. I can apply this on my legs and put on my clothes right away without worry. Oil Essentials created a great combination of Sweet Almond and Macadamia Oil with added benefits from jojoba, it’s rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & E. This cruelty free product smells so delicious and works so well. Plus at $10.99 the price is very right.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AUTHENTIC SKINCARE

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment *

Christie Brinkley’s line amazed me. While I continue to test other brands and have found some that I like a lot, right now her line is the one I keep going back to. I recently repurchased the Recapture Day + IR Defense since I’m dangerously low on my original jar and bought the Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash for my next cleanser.

DR. BRANDT XTEND YOUR YOUTH DUAL FUSION WATER

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water *

I need to make my New Year’s resolutions and the first one should be getting ready for bed earlier than I do now. I find that many days I do resort to a Micellar Water at night. But I also love this in the morning on the days I need to cleanse and tone without adding any soap/cleanser to my face. Dr. Brandt has come to the rescue with this Dual Fusion Water many nights and almost every morning.

SIMPLE MICELLAR REMOVER WIPES

Simple Micellar  Remover Wipes

Simple Micellar
Remover Wipes

I buy two packages at a time since I don’t want to run out. These are great at night when I’m too tired to cleanse and just want to jump in bed. They are also great after the gym, to just refresh your face during the day, and to add hydration. I use a lot of wipes from a lot of brands but what makes these stand out is that they are refreshing and fragrance free.

REVIVA LABS NOURISHING CREAM

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream *

It’s hard to pick only one product from Reviva Labs because everything is wonderful. The Nourishing Cream is like wrapping my face in a warm blanket made of cashmere. It’s the most soothing moisturizer I own. When my skin gets wacky from testing so many products this cream is what I revert to. It’s wonderful for face, hands, and body. I am so glad I was introduced to this in 2015.

LINDI SKIN EYE HYDRATOR

Lindi Eye Hydrator

Lindi Skin Eye Hydrator *

The hardest product for me to pick just one of is an eye cream. There’s a special reason why I chose Lindi though. Lindi Eye Hydrator is the most moisturizing eye product I’ve tried this year. It’s not the one to pick if you want to focus on dark circles or puffiness. It is the one to chose though if you have sensitive eyes, want to mask your fine lines, and/or need extra moisture under your eyes. This was developed for cancer patients and is a line I love using. Lindi Skin Face Serum is another product that they make that I’d recommend for anyone needing amazing moisture.

9 out of probably 190 is a small number but these 9 are products I’ve either repurchased or will repurchase in 2016 without hesitation. They’ve proven to me that they are the best of the past year. I can’t wait to see what 2016 holds! Have you tried any of these?  — Marcia

*samples sent for consideration, all opinions are 100% mine; some affiliate links used

Looking for a little luxury for the holidays? Look at these incredible beauty products

TOP TEN TUESDAY is all about Luxury today. We’ve all done our affordable wishlists, stocking stuffers, and helped you pick out some new items. So now it’s time to make a real wish for luxury. You never quite know when those wishes will come true!!

1450057833__11337282TOM FORD LIPS AND BOYS 10 LIPSTICK SET ($350). Tom Ford lipsticks are my all time favorite brand. They do keep raising the price on these but I can’t seem to resist them. The Lips and Boys lipsticks luckily are less money at $35 each but they are a lot smaller. I don’t really care. I never use up a lipstick and if I can wear one that makes me feel this good, I will splurge on it. For a limited time Tom Ford came out with this 10 Lipstick Set that contains Ian, Beau, Julian, Addison, Leonardo, Demsey, David, Egon, Daniel and Theo. You’ll get a touch of everything with this luxurious set.

1450057884__10998098CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SILKY SATIN LIP COLOR ($90) is the lipstick that dreams are made of. It was certainly a revelation to the cosmetic world when Christian Louboutin chose to charge $90 for a lipstick. I wouldn’t wear it as a necklace even though it comes with a black satin ribbon for that purpose but I sure wouldn’t mind pulling this lipstick out at a soiree.
1450057940__9515423CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE UPTOWN GIRL SET ($230) will bring you a touch of so many products that Charlotte Tilbury gets raves for. There are several sets and all are gorgeous. I chose The Uptown Girl since it has colors I know I can comfortably wear. Inside this lovely set are The Uptown Girl eyeshadow palette, eyeliner in Audrey, Full Flat Lashes Mascara, Cheek to Chic Blush in Love Glow, Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pink Venus, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Sweet Stiletto all nestled in a Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetic Bag.
1450058003_kevyn-aucoin-the-legacy-paletteKEVYN AUCOIN THE LEGACY SET ($165) reminds me of how much I loved Kevyn Aucoin’s amazing talent and products. This new palette includes the Celestial Powder in Candlelight, The Sculpting Powder in Medium, The Essential Eye Shadows in Ice Gold, Champagne, Wheat, Camel, Coco, Dark Chocolate, Beige, Peach, Light Grey, Pewter, Espresso, and Black. Kevyn Aucoin was before his time when he came out with the Candlelight Powder which was the first luminizing powder I ever bought.
1450058060_wayne-goss-the-anniversary-setWAYNE GOSS THE ANNIVERSARY SET ($225) is the brush set that I really want. Anyone in my family reading this please take note!! The Anniversary Set includes an updated release of the popular Brush 01 (limited edition) and introduces the new Brush 05 which will become a permanent addition to The Collection. Sigh!
1450058153_charlotte-tilbury-complete-brush-kitCHARLOTTE TILBURY THE COMPLETE BRUSH KIT ($320) is something that would also make my heart go pitter patter. I love brushes and in spite of owning more than anyone could use, I still covet them. This set contains a CT makeup bag, lip brush,  eyeliner brush,eyeshadow smudger brush, eye blender brush, foundation brush, powder & sculpt brush, blush brush and bronzer brush. There’s nothing like luxury brushes.

1450058321__9413718CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN ROUGE COLLECTION NAIL LACQUER is available in a dozen colors and I’m sure they are wonderful and luxurious but they are $50 each. If someone wants to buy me one, I’m game! I promise to wear it often too.

1450058449__11271685LA MER THE TREATMENT ESSENTIALS ($415) is a limited edition set that contains Creme de La Mer Moisturizing Cream, Regenerating Serum, Eye Concentrate, and the Treatment Lotion. When I first started using Creme de La Mer it blew my budget and now I realize it’s not the most expensive brand out there. So consider this as the “save”.

1450058747_giftsets_superdeluxe__35755.1430427073.380.380ERA AGELESS LUXURY SET - I might as well go for the top of the line. I reviewed the ERA AGELESS EYE SERUM and loved it enough that I’m craving the line even though it’s out of my current budget. But since this is a wishlist then this $2165.99 set (on sale from $2549.95) would make me quite happy. It contains the Firm & Lift Serum, Age Defying Moisture Cream, Elastin and Beta Carotene Mask, Triple Thermal Mask and the Powerful Deep Wrinkle Filler. ERA Ageless has other less expensive sets too that would make me just as happy.

What’s on your Luxury Wishlist? Do any of these items pop out at you and say “I WANT THIS”?  — Marcia

Read to see what other items can blow your budget.


7 Creams Luxury Starter Set from Karin Herzog

One of the hottest gifts this holiday is the 7 Creams Luxury Starter Set from Karin Herzog. It’s a great concept – seven skin care deluxe tubes, one for each day of the week, the whole set lasting for about five weeks. What a perfect gift for a beauty buff. It’s also an excellent way to try all the signature skin care creams from Karin Herzog and the packaging is truly luxurious.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

This isn’t your typical sampler set. The tubes are generously sized, and the sleek black case with gold hardware is very chic. Each tube even has the day on the label so you know which one to use on Monday, which one on Tuesday, etc. There is also a very nice brush – you will use this long after the initial set is gone – that is used to apply several of the face creams.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Monday is to hydrate skin with Rose Gentle Face Cream. It has the 1% active oxygen that the Karin Herzog line is known for and is applied in the morning. Tuesday is for exfoliation with the AHA Remedy Face Cream. The AHA’s get rid of any dead, dull skin and prep the face for the remaining five creams you’ll use the rest of the week. Wednesday is time for a mid-week boost so you will energize, moisturize, and firm up skin with the Vita-A-Kombi 1 Anti-Aging Face Cream. This is applied in the morning and again at night after cleansing.  Thursday is for comforting the skin with the Additional Sweet Nourishing Face Cream, which is a great hydrator and can also be used as a makeup primer. Friday is the day to normalize with 2% oxygen to make sure skin is blemish-free for the weekend using the Oxygen Face Normalizing Cream. For the weekend, you have the Essential Mask Hydrating Face Mask for Saturday and then the Vitamin H Extra Nourishing Face Cream for Sunday.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Each tube indicates the day of the week

Each tube indicates the day of the week

The 7 Creams of the Week Set has a lot going for it. The generous size tubes are better than samples, giving you five full weeks to try out seven different products. The packaging is truly lovely, and this set is perfect for gifting to someone for the holidays. It’s also a perfect set for traveling since everything is TSA size. All the creams are for normal skin, and I think anyone would love this except for those very sensitive to fragrance since all the creams are scented.

This set is a $140 value but sells for $100 and I am seeing it on sale for even less at some etailer sites. Put this set on your list of gifts to give…or on your list of gifts for you!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

Ingredients:

Rose Cream: Aqua; Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Polysorbate 80, 1,15% Hydrogen peroxide, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Rosa centifolia flower water, Salicylic acid, Cinnamomum camphora, Parfum.

AHA Cream: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl myristate, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, Citrus reticulata peel oil, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Cinnamomum camphora, Citric acid, Retinol, Formic acid, Beta-carotene.

Vita-A-Kombi 1: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Polysorbate 80, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, 1% Hydrogen peroxide, Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl myristate, Salicylic acid, Fructose, Retinol, Parfum.

Additional Sweet: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Copernica cerifera cera, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl myristate, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Retinol, Formic acid.

Oxygen Face: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, 2% Hydrogen peroxide, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Salicylic acid.

Essential Mask: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, 2% Hydrogen peroxide, Polysorbate 80, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Tocopheryl acetate, Citrus paradisi peel oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, Citrus reticulata peel oil, Salicylic acid, Fructose, Retinol.

Vitamin H: Aqua; Alcohol denat.; Petrolatum; Paraffinum liquidum; Glyceryl stearate; Isopropyl myristate; Tocopheryl acetate; Stearyl alcohol; Cetyl alcohol; Polysorbate 80; Cinnamomum camphora; Cetearyl ethylhexanoate; Salicylic acid; Cyanocobalamin; Helianthus annuus seed oil, beta-carotene, daucus carota sativa root extract; Riboflavin; Pyridoxine HCl; Biotin; Formic acid; Thiamine nitrate; Parfum.

Zim’s Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care review and giveaway

Zim's Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care

Zim’s Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care

The people at Zim’s who kindly sent me their Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care are going to hate me when they read this but you won’t. Whenever I use this I can’t help but think of “Jimmy cracks corn and I don’t care”. The song that was a part of was published in 1846 which was wayyyyyyyyyyy before my time and yours and I never knew what it meant but for some reason it pops in my head. From what I read the song seems pretty derogatory but when you are a little kid you just copy what you’ve heard.

Well Zim’s isn’t cracking corn but they do tackle dry, cracked skin. They’ve been doing this for over 60 years after they developed their product to treat cement workers you had extremely cracked, dry hand and feet. They are a naturally based herbal company that uses a formula that was developed to soften and moisturize your rough skin.

Zim’s Crack Creme can be used on elbows, knees, feet, ankles, and hands. Anywhere you need extra cracking help, Zim’s Crack Creme wants to be there for you. With winter approaching this is an essential for your family.

Zim's Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care Liquid Formula

Zim’s Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care Liquid Formula

Zim’s has a large variety of products that are 100% natural. I’ve used Zim’s Max-Freeze in the past (actually one year ago) but that’s different than the Liquid Formula that I’m using now. The one I’m reviewing today, and that 3 people will be able to win, is a liquid that you apply with your hands or a cotton pad. It’s definitely an herbal formula, it contains Arnica & Myrcia Oil. I can’t help but think of my father when I use this since he usually had one in his bathroom because of his diabetic skin problems.

Zim's Crack Creme

Zim’s Crack Creme

Zim's Crack Creme

Zim’s Crack Creme

Simply massage a small amount of Zim’s Crack Creme where needed a few times a day to help achieve smoother, softer skin. At first it might seem greasy but it soon absorbs. I only use this on my feet at night but I’m sure it’s great any time of day. — Marcia
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION –  Zim’s is going to send 3 US readers a bottle of this Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care Original Liquid Formula to Beauty Info Zone subscribers. The value of a bottle is $6.99. It may not be a glamorous prize but it’s extremely useful! The giveaway is open through 11/18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it ZIM’S. Comment in the email and continue on.

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Zim’s can be found at drugstores and supermarkets nationwide as well as online at drugstore.com and amazon.

My skin story with L’Oréal Revitalift™ #AskSkinExpert

*This is a sponsored post for L’Oréal/Conde Nast, all opinions mine

What’s your skin story?

Everyone has a unique skin story. In fact, as a blogger it is challenging to review skin care since we all have very different needs…and our personal needs can change from day to day. L’Oréal recognizes that there are countless skin stories out there, so they have created their Revitalift™ Program that helps you create a customized skin care regimen unique to your story and your skin care concerns.

A little over four weeks ago, I completed a skin care consultation through L’Oreal’s new site, www.lorealskinexpert.com and received a customized recommendation for my unique needs. So what’s my story? I grew up in the 70’s, when sun protection consisted of the bright white zinc oxide that my mom smeared across my nose…when she remembered. Every other part of my body that was exposed was left to burn or tan…and I would burn and peel until my skin finally gave in and became a dark tan. That also meant lots of freckles, which were cute back then; in fact, my dad would tell me each freckle was where the sun gave me a kiss.

L'Oreal RevitaLift

L’Oreal RevitaLift #AskSkinExpert

What happens during childhood doesn’t just shape your personality and determine the issues you will eventually need to work through in therapy…it also creates the skin care issues you face as an adult. For me, that wanton sun bathing has resulted in wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and loss of elasticity. After taking the survey at www.lorealskinexpert.com, I was sent three products to test for 4 weeks then write about: Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Day Cream SPF 18, Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream, and Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream.

Less wrinkles and firmer skin? It sounds like exactly what I need. LOreal Paris, the skin experts say that with the Revitalift™ Anti-Wrinkle + Firming skin care I will experience advanced action against the signs of aging. Fortified with Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex, Revitalift™ Anti-Wrinkle + Firming works to increase cell turnover, reduce wrinkles, firm skin, and provide 24-hour hydration.

There should be a noticeable difference within 4 weeks.

L'Oreal RevitaLift Day Cream

L’Oreal RevitaLift Day Cream

The Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Day Cream SPF 18 ($17.99) is a thick, creamy moisturizer that keeps skin protected during the day with a broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 18 sunscreen protection. It has a light fragrance that I don’t love, but it does dissipate quickly. For a cream moisturizer it doesn’t go on wet and it sinks it quickly. My skin varies, sometimes it’s dry and sometimes it’s oily, and I found that this moisturizer kept my skin hydrated and didn’t break me out. The big ingredients including Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and firmness.

L'Oreal RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream

L’Oreal RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream

The Revitalift™ Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream (with Pro-Retinol® A and Stimuplex) ($17.99) is a cream moisturizer in a jar. Minus the sunscreen, it has the same big ingredients as the day cream, although this is a slightly thicker formula and goes on a little more wet. It also has more of  noticeable fragrance, which made it difficult for me to use. I found that my skin really didn’t need the extra hydration at night, but those with very dry skin will appreciate the mega moisturization this provides.

L'Oreal RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream

L’Oreal RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream

The Revitalift™ Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream (with Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex) ($17.99) is a fragrance-free moisturizing eye cream that can also be used on the lids.  This is my favorite product of the three – it’s light but very moisturizing and I definitely noticed an improvement in my fine lines.

Here is my before and after photo – what do you think?

L'Oreal Revitalift before and afterI see a pretty noticeable difference. I’m glad I had my skin care consultation. While I understand that back in the day we didn’t have the information we do now regarding sun exposure, it’s imperative to get educated regarding your skin and invest in excellent skin care.

Take a few minutes and visit www.lorealskinexpert.com to get your own customized skin care recommendation by taking the consultation.  You will not only get a customized Revitalift skin care regimen, you will also get great information on decoding ingredients, using skin care products, and skin care lifestyle tips.  – Lisa

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I took a 30 Day Challenge with Z Skin Systems Skincare

ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin

ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin

I am fascinated with the concept of ‘beauty from the inside out’. I am not talking about how being a good, kind, loving person makes you beautiful…there is no doubt that is true. I am talking about the connection between inner physical health and outer appearance. So while I am typically reluctant to take on any sort of skin care challenge that lasts very long, I decided to try a ZSS Skincare 30 Day Challenge, complete with before and after pictures.

ZSS Skin Care Method No. 1 Radiant Skin

ZSS Skin Care Method No. 1 Radiant Skin

ZSS Skincare sent me their 2-part skin detox system that features Zeaxanthin, a ‘skin food’ that is derived from orange paprika peppers. So what exactly is Zeaxanthin?
Zeaxanthin is a carotenoid found in leafy green vegetables, yellow and orange peppers, corn and eggs that is scarce in the typical daily diet. Zeaxanthin is a strong antioxidant, clinically evaluated to lessen the inflammatory response of skin exposed to environmental stressors such as the sun and promote even skin tone – resulting in improved radiance and glow.* ZSS contain all-natural Zeaxanthin, derived from paprika peppers, in levels that have been clinically evaluated to promote healthy skin, inside and out.
There are two kits available: Radiant, which is an anti-aging kit for wrinkles, and Clear, which is for adult acne. I tried the Radiant Skin Method. It includes a topical serum called Nutri-Serum™ and a daily natural supplement. ZSS ran clinical trials and they found users had a 60% reduction in the appearance of deep wrinkles after three months. I tried it for one month and I definitely had some improvement.
ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin supplements

ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin supplements

The dietary supplements come in individual packs with two supplements in each. I like the packaging because I can easily throw a pack into my lunch bag or purse to take when I have lunch. I tend to eat breakfast on the run, so I wait until midday when I can take the pills with some food. These supplements work from the inside, tackling skin issues like hydration, photo-protection, healthy skin aging and skin inflammation caused by various environmental exposures – all root causes of skin care aging issues.
ZSS Skin Serum

ZSS Nutri-Serum

Along with the supplements, the 30-Day supply includes the Nutri-Serum, which is a beautiful serum that delivers hydration and topical skin support. Key ingredients include the Zeaxanthin, Alpha Lipoic Acid as an antioxidant, Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil for improving skin tone and texture, and Gotu Kola Seed for collagen support. This serum does include silicones, which my skin loves but I know some people have problems with it. The thought is that because topical products only penetrate so deep into the body, the supplements work from the inside to create the most healthy skin possible.
ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin before and after

ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin before and after

So what do you think of my results? This is after 30 days. I imagine the results would be far more dramatic with a full 90 days like ZSS had in their clinical study.

The Radiant Skin System is $160.00 for a 30 day supply. Each monthly package has a 30-day supply of 0.5 oz Nutri-Serum and dietary supplements. Are my results enough to make you want to give this system a shot?  – Lisa

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