Changing the World with Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny and CoWhen I look at new brands to try, one ingredient that always captures my attention is coconut oil. I honestly think it’s the best overall skin care ingredient out there. It heals from the inside out. No one does coconut oil like the skin care line Skinny & Co. They have a unique system called the Nutralock System that keeps raw nutrients intact, so the coconut oil is more fully absorbed by the body inside and out.

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Skinny & Co.Skinny and Co. says, “Skinny is the only coconut oil on the market that is wild harvested, hand pressed, small batched, never heated, 100% raw, 100% virgin, and 100% without chemicals and solvents. You can actually smell, feel, taste and see the difference. At Skinny we believe in the power of a tight knit community centered on only the highest quality, chemical free products made with a higher purpose at heart. Each one of our nurturing products contains 5 edible ingredients or less and is made with our patented coconut oil process that ensures nutrients stay intact which enhances effectiveness both inside and out.

Skinny & Co.I have been testing five 2 oz. samples of their products, and all I can say is yum and wow!  This really is coconut oil at its finest.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

First up is the pure Coconut Oil. This is 100% pure, raw coconut oil. You can use this for so many things: as a face and skin moisturizer, a hair conditioner or in food – it takes the place of butter or oil and tastes fantastic in coffee and smoothies.

  • The only raw 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world
  • Wild-Harvested, not plantation grown
  • Handpicked
  • No chemicals, fillers, or preservatives
  • Cold-Processed; Not Just Cold Pressed
  • Skinny and Co. is a brand that owns and manufactures our coconut oil (they do not buy from contract manufacturers). They are Tree To Table

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Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Another very interesting product is the Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouth Wash. I have tried oil pulling before but boy, it tastes so weird I just couldn’t stick with it. This, however, is oil pulling mouth wash and the addition of organic peppermint essential oil makes all the difference. If you are new to oil pulling, here is how Skinny & Co. describe it:  Oil Pulling is an ancient practice that is receiving recent interest due to it becoming an adjunct in people’s oral hygiene routine. Coconut oil has been found to be an ideal choice due to the lauric acid binding with the bacteria in the mouth during the “pulling” process. We recommend starting pulling for five minutes, then increase the time gradually. Move the oil around your mouth as if it were mouthwash, but do not gargle or swallow.

I am loving it and I definitely plan to purchase a full size bottle. It’s totally safe for teeth and all dental work and with only two ingredients – the peppermint essential oil and the 100% Raw Coconut Oil, it’s a fantastic organic, natural find.

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

The Whipped Body Butter is a true coconut oil delight. This has a light, airy texture and it soothes and hydrates skin like crazy. I’ve used it as a body moisturizer, hair conditioner, and shaving cream with terrific results. I also tried it as a pre-treatment for my hair, applying it to dry hair and letting it sit for a half hour before showering and washing my hair as usual. It gave me incredibly soft floaty hair…amazing! I am sure it would be fantastic for expecting moms to help prevent stretch marks. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Organic Almond Oil to promote collagen renewal, Vitamin E to protect skin from free radicals, and blend of essential oils. Protects against free radical damage

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

I’m not usually a big fan of body scrubs but the Exfoliating Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub is excellent. The scrub is a combination of coconut sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla. The scrub is gentle but effective, exfoliating skin while also hydrating at the same time. It’s a perfect way to prep skin for self tanner and it also works as a terrific lip scrub. It smells divine as well…like a combination of a bonfire and vanilla.

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

The last product I tested is the Calming Lavendar and Coconut Facial Oil. I love multi-taskers, and this does triple duty as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer all in one. This is one of Skinny and Co.’s top sellers and I can see why. The coconut oil base gives it a perfect pH balance, and it soothes skin while cleansing it. You apply this to a dry face and wipe it off with a warm damp washcloth. I also use it with my Luna and love it. You can apply a little extra after cleansing for more hydration, and it also works as an overnight mask. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Holy Basil. Now, I have to admit, with those ingredients I was hesitant to use this on my eyes…but it dissolved even waterproof mascara with no problem! No stinging at all. Great stuff!!

I am very impressed with Skinny and Co.’s coconut oil-based products.  They certainly changed my world, and I think they will change yours too. You can find them online at skinnyandcompany.com.  – Lisa
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Got wrinkles? Get retinol. NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair

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

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

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

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New skin for the new year! Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System

Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System

Not that you need an excuse to invest in some amazing skin care but with the new year I love freshening up my routine and freshening up my skin. The best exfoliating system I have used in a long time is the Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel3 Step Skin Resurfacing System ($86). I’ve actually been testing this for about three months now and I am so pleased with the results that I knew it had to be my very first skin care review for the new year. I am super happy to put this on your radar!                                                                                                                          samples, affiliate links

I often find that exfoliating systems with quick and real results have some side effects like dry skin, peeling, or irritation. This system is gentle enough to avoid those dreaded side effects, yet it is extremely effective and gives major results. The 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System has three easy steps that are especially perfect for those of you with skin too sensitive to get microdermabrasion or a traditional peel.

*visibly reduces lines, wrinkles, and pore size  *rejuvenates dull, stressed skin/enhances collagen  *gradually resurfaces without irritation*

After the first week you’ll see:
•  Brighter more translucent skin with a healthy, radiant glow
•  Increased moisture for softer, healthier skin
 
After 4 weeks you’ll see:
•  Visibly reduced lines, wrinkles and pore size
•  Improved elasticity, firmness and smoother, more even texture

Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Exfoliating Charcoal MaskOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Exfoliating Charcoal MaskSTEP 1 POLISH – EXFOLIATING CHARCOAL MASK – 1.7 oz / 50ml
This is a charcoal mask that deep cleans by absorbing dirt and toxins, pulling out all that nastiness from your pores while polishing and smoothing skin’s texture  Just apply a thin layer, let it dry for about three minutes, then rinse off. You won’t believe how clean skin is without feeling tight and dry.  Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Collagen Boosting Micro PeelOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Collagen Boosting Micro Peel

STEP 2 PEEL – COLLAGEN BOOSTING MICRO PEEL – .5 fl oz / 15ml
This is a light, creamy serum full of natural AHA’s from tropical fruit as well as lots of vitamin C. The extracts exfoliate skin while the serum hydrates and plumps it up, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Pictured above is one pump of product, which is all you need for your face (although I typically pump out one more for my neck and decolletage).  Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Protective Barrier CreamOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Protective Barrier CreamOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Protective Barrier Cream

STEP 3 PROTECT – PROTECTIVE BARRIER CREAM – .5 oz / 15ml
The last step is my favorite. Check out this beautiful snow white moisturizer…it’s so fabulous I want to eat it with a spoon. It’s a very thick cream with natural epidermal lipids that are incredibly hydrating and soothing. It also protects the skin from free radicals and the environment. It’s the perfect final step for soft, glowy, young-looking skin.

I’ve tested many fantastic products from Osmotics and I have to say the 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System is my favorite. I have had amazing results from this system. I am sorry for keeping it a secret from you for several months…but now that you know, be sure to buy this for beautiful skin for the new year!!  – Lisa

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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 [email protected] and label it NAYELLE.  Wishing you the best of luck!! —  Lisa

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CLEANSE FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

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

PURIFY FACIAL MASK FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

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

REJUVENATE FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

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

HYDRATE FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

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

The five masks in this collection include AMAZONIAN ACAI ENERGIZING RADIANCE MASK,  ETHIOPIAN HONEY DEEP NOURISHING MASKBRITISH ROSE FRESH PLUMPING MASKHIMALAYAN CHARCOAL PURIFYING GLOW MASK, and CHINESE GINSENG AND RICE CLARIFYING POLISHING MASK.

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!

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