5 Essential Anti-Aging Tips You Might Be Missing Out On plus a giveaway!

Hello Beauty Info Zone Reader,

My name is Alana Mitchell and I am so excited to be bring you this guest post (and giveaway, keep reading) today. As an esthetician, skincare business owner, loving mother and devoted wife, I can tell you: I know a lot about Anti-Aging. Growing up in the beauty industry and being, well, human, has allowed me to learn so much about aging, and the skincare products and practices that can help to slow down and prevent it! So, without further ado, I’m going to share with you 5 essential anti-aging tips that you might be missing out on, and the ways you can (and should) incorporate them into your current skincare routine.

Wear SPF

Wear SPF

Anti-Aging Essential #1:  Wear SPF each & every day. Seeing an increase in SPF use over the past few years has been genuinely exciting for me and with good reason. In addition to causing skin cancer, UV rays are also one of the leading causes of skin aging, which lends only more motivation to shield our skin from the sun with a fabulous, SPF-infused product. If you have avoided wearing SPF because you don’t like the way it feels, hear me out: there are so many options and I can promise you that there is a product out there that you will not only “be able to use” but will actually love. Finding the right sunscreen can often be a matter of trial and error but going through that process to find something that you truly love is definitely worth it. Your skin will thank you.

Look to Your Cleanser

Look to Your Cleanser

Anti-Aging Essential #2:  Look to your Cleanser. I am constantly stressing this over on my blog because it is a seriously discounted essential. Cleansing your face properly on a daily basis is the only way to rid your skin of dirt, oil, makeup, and more; it helps prep your skin to absorb your post cleanser skincare products (which are also essential, by the way). I recommending cleansing once in the morning, and twice at night for optimal results. Pro-Tip: there are many anti-aging cleansing formulas out there that will deliver fabulous ingredients to your skin while clearing out your pores!

Anti-Aging Essential #3:  Don’t Forget Your Chest & Neck: I know so many women you have done a beautiful job of taking care of their face, only to feel disappointed about the skin on their neck and chest. You can prevent this by extending your skincare products and SPF down to these areas, or you can get a little assistance with products that were designed specifically for you neck and chest. I have been so excited about Image Skincare’s NEW The MAX Stem Cell Neck Life with VT as it feels so luxurious and the before and after photos look amazing.

Image Skincare The MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift with VT

Image Skincare The MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift with VT

Coming from a line that my team and I genuinely love and trust, this is a product that many are going to love using as it was designed to target sagging skin, lax skin, deep creases, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Anti-Aging Essential #4:  Don’t Underestimate the Power of Primer. I have met so many people who write off Primer as an unnecessary step. And for those of you who do not wear makeup on a daily basis, I can definitely understand why. But with so many fabulous new formulas coming out that deliver beautiful results (with or without makeup), I have a feeling this outlook is going to change. My current must-have is Image Skincare’s new I Prime Flawless Blur Gel, which works to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while delivering a powerful blend of potent anti-oxidants, plant-derived stem cells, and free-radical fighting botanicals to your skin.

Image Skincare I Prime Flawless Blur Gel

Image Skincare I Prime Flawless Blur Gel

What I love about this formula is that it can be worn with or without makeup, really works to blur imperfections, and delivers healthy, skin-boosting ingredients to your skin. My one tip with this one: If you choose to wear this sans makeup, be sure to layer it with an SPF product. I’ve had great results with layering this both over and under tinted sunscreens.

A Healthy Lifestyle

A Healthy Lifestyle

Anti-Aging Essential #5:  A Healthy Lifestyle Really Does Help. Your doctor has likely told you that an excise regimen, healthy diet, and adequate hydration are essential to your health. But did you know these things are also beneficial in keeping you looking younger as well? Exercising is a great way to get your blood pumping, which brings circulation to your skin (this is great both for your skin and waistline). A healthy diet is a fantastic way to receive skin-nourishing nutrients from the inside out (fresh fruits, veggies, and whole foods are a great source of these). Staying Hydrated is essential for keeping your skin full, supple, and soft. If a healthy internal system was not motivation enough, putting these practices into play can help you look and feel better on the outside as well! An Important Tip: Do not get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. It often takes weeks to start seeing results but, as they say, the best things are worth the wait.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: I am so excited to be partnering up with Beauty Info Zone to bring you a fabulous giveaway. One lucky winner will be selected to win one Image Skincare The MAX Stem Cell Neck Life with VT (2 oz) and one Image Skincare I Prime Flawless Blur Gel (0.9 oz)!

Open to US Subscribers only. The first two items in the Rafflecopter are mandatory, any other entries you choose to do increase your chances of winning. You can tweet daily too. If comments close you can email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it IMAGE Skincare, comment there and continue on. This is a US subscriber giveaway that ends at 5/17/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments get cranky and close please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment so you can continue.

Beauty Info Zone would like to thank Skincare by Alana for a wonderful informative post and for offering a BIZ subscriber a chance to win these products. We have received no compensation for doing this but we are lusting after the skincare!

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Rejuve MD Face and Eye Anti-Aging Serums – life’s too short for anything but the best

Rejuve MD FACE and EYE Anti-Aging Serums

Rejuve MD FACE and EYE Anti-Aging Serums

First impressions mean a lot. I actually had two first impressons with Rejuve MD products – seeing their fabulous packaging and using the two products I was sent the first time. Both wowed me and I feel fortunate to be able to be using Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum and Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Eye Serum.

Rejuve MD EYE and FACE Anti-Aging Serums

Rejuve MD EYE and FACE Anti-Aging Serums

Rejuve MD has three products in their regimen: Prevent, Reverse, Rejuve. Beside the two anti-aging serums I have there’s a Tinted Anti-Aging Sunscreen with SPF 30 Physical Sunblock with Full Spectrum AVA/UVB Protection.

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum contains the Rejuve MD complex of bio-identical growth factors which activates the skin’s natural rejuvenation process by sending messages that awaken the collagen and elastin, while curbing the enzymes that destroy the skin’s supportive matrix. The goal is to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and also to dramatically smooth and firm your skin.

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum

One of the reasons this is so great is that it’s safe enough for sensitive skin as well as skin that’s had procedures done. My skin is normal to dry but since using [FACE] Anti-Aging Face Serum I’ve seen no dryness at all. My skin is looking hydrated without any patchiness.

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum

The nice thing about Rejuve MD [FACE] Serum is that I can easily wear it under my makeup without a problem. With some serums I’ve had the problem of foundations balling up but Rejuve MD is great with or without.

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum ingredients

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum ingredients

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Eye Serum has a similar look and feel to it as the face serum. Both are clear serums that have a delightful apricot fragrance to them. Normally I’d be upset with a fragrance in a product by my eyes but this just makes me smile. I was surprised at this the first time I used it but now I look forward to applying it. The fragrance in these two doesn’t last that long so it doesn’t interfere with sleep.

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum

Since our eyes are the first area of the face to age, protection is important. I wish I’d known that way back when. My sister used to be constantly after me to use something for my eyes but I didn’t understand why. Now I do! I struggle with some bags and puffiness under normal circumstances. But using Rejuve MD [EYE] has made a difference. I feel that the skin under my eyes looks brighter and less fine lines are peeking through. In addition this doesn’t interfere with eye makeup.

Rejuve MD Anti-Aging Serum packing

Rejuve MD Anti-Aging Serum packing

Rejuve MD products are definitely luxury items. They are gift worthy though as well as self worthy. They aren’t products to be bought on a whim; when spending a lot on skincare you want it to be worthwhile and make a difference.  Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum and Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum do make a difference and are two products that I feel make my skin look more youthful. I had work done at the dermatologist last week and came home looking blotchy. These two products felt safe to use and now, one week later, I’m completely clear with no red bumps and all the places I had some milia etc removed are in complete agreement with my skin.

Have you splurged on a product that makes you feel and look better?  — Marcia

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The Jojoba Company – Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser and Natural Pigment Oil

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil and Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil and Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser

What is Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-HO-ba)? According to The Jojoba Company jojoba is a desert plant that produces a small bead. ” It produces a rich, pure golden liquid wax (it is often called jojoba ‘oil’).  But unlike oils this unique liquid wax acts like our skin’s own natural oils, absorbing deep below the skins surface. “It is the only plant on earth known to produce a wax similar to that found in young, healthy human skin”

The Jojoba Company has its own farm in Australia so that they can control how the plant is grown, this way they can avoid chemicals and preservatives. The father/daughter team who created the brand have found ways to incorporate the plant and oil into an entire skincare line.

I’ve used The Jojoba Co’s Pure Jojoba Oil (review) for over 6 months to help keep my skin and hair looking their best. When the company offered me their Natural Pigmentation Oil to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of pigmentation, you know I was thrilled. They later sent their Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser to make life even better!

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser is a very gentle cleanser that’s infused with tiny jojoba beads. This is a cleanser/exfoliator that I can use on a daily basis if I want since it’s so gentle. If you love a very scrubby cleanser this might not be strong enough for you, but it’s perfect for me. I like to use an exfoliating cleanser but I can’t overdo it so this very lightly scented product is a perfect addition to my regime.

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

“We have used 100% natural solidified jojoba beads that are completely safe and eco-friendly—no plastic particles here. The beads gently exfoliate while hydrating Vitamin C, quandong, aloe vera and Vitamin E dissolve impurities. Use daily as a 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator for glowing smooth skin. Suitable for all skin types.”

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

I love the ingredients used in this and I feel comfortable knowing that this calming cleanser has great natural ones. The jojoba beads won’t hurt the environment so it’s good for everyone.

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil is meant to target sunspots, age spots, and uneven skintone. There’s a pleasant light citrus fragrance to this. I use it at night since it’s an oil and my foundation has occasionally balled up under it if I’m rushing and not letting it meld into my skin. It’s so moisturizing that at night I don’t need to use another moisturizer if I don’t want.

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

The packaging is just the best. The top of all Jojoba Company boxes is so great you almost want to store it in the box but this copper colored bottle is beautiful on its own and looks pretty on my vanity.

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation OIl

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Both of these products are ones I’m happy to have discovered to enhance my skincare life. I’m working hard to keep my skin as youthful as possible and these two are doing the work for me.  Have you tried anything yet from The Jojoba Company? — Marcia

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ingredients for Jojoba Bead facial cleanser

ingredients for Jojoba Bead facial cleanser

ingredients for jojoba natural pigmentation oil

ingredients for jojoba natural pigmentation oil

Hitting a grand slam with Erborian, EB5, and ESPA

Baseball on the field. New white ball on green grass

The day I’m writing this the weather turned into spring – 75 degrees with blue skies and sun all day. The perfect day to watch baseball, whether it’s the Detroit Tigers or Little League games. I’ve got 4 products that are also perfect for this kind of day that you’ll want to add to your warm weather routine.

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eb5 Age Spot Treatment, eb5 Foot Treatment, ESPA Lip Balm, Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

eb5 Age Spot Treatment, eb5 Foot Treatment, ESPA Lip Balm, Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

ERBORIAN BAMBOO CREME FRAPPEE

This is a very fluffy gel that has the most unique texture. It’s almost like a slush and it’s wonderfully soft. It melts into skin almost immediately in order to moisturize and rehydrate. Sitting outside, even with great sunscreen on, dehydrates your skin. Bamboo Creme Frappee adds that moisture back so you feel comfortable.

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

Korean skincare is having its moment and Erborian is one of the most highly rated lines. They’ve taken the fiber of bamboo stalks and blended it with bamboo sap to create a waterlock complex, this offers your skin extra moisture. The sap contains amino acid for hydration while the fibers contain proteins and lipids to help maintain your skin’s own moisture.

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

This light green gel is a wonderful picker-upper after a day outside. While it’s meant to be used on your face, it can be used on your body for that refreshing feeling. Like all Korean skincare that I’ve tried, it is fragranced with a sweetness to it. This is sold exclusively at Sephora (and Sephora.com) for $43.

eb5 AGE SPOT TREATMENT and FOOT TREATMENT

eb5 is a new company introduced to me and I’m loving their products as well as their site which is women owned. It’s a pleasure to support a brand run by women that is also free of paraben, fragrance, and gluten, is allergy tested, cruelty free, non-GMO, and vegan. As great as those attributes are it’s the products themselves that will sell you.

eb5 Age Spot Treatment Skin-Discoloration Fade Cream

eb5 Age Spot Treatment Skin-Discoloration Fade Cream

eb5 Age Spot Treatment

eb5 Age Spot Treatment

eb5 Age Spot Treatment Skin-Discoloration Fade Cream is a product you can use day or night on any part of your body that you want to fade sunspots and discoloration. This contains 2% Hydroquinone to help lighten skin and fade the spots. It also contains Argan Oil for hydration and nourishment. 2% Hydroquinone is the highest percentage allowed without a prescription. It’s $24.99 for a big 6 oz tube at Target. I’ve been using this on my arms because I’m really tired of the spots and I’m hoping to see an improvement. Since hands show signs of aging quickly I’m fighting that with this fade cream. I’ve started using it on my upper lip since that always seems darker than the rest of my face and it’s working! I will be using this on the rest of my face once my derm appointments stop.

eb5 Foot Treatment

eb5 Foot Treatment

eb5 Foot Treatment

eb5 Foot Treatment

eb5 Foot Treatment is my foot savior now. This wonderful, slightly minty smelling, cream gently exfoliates, refreshes and soothes my aching feet. I no longer have cracked feet after using this during February and March. I like taking it into the shower with me and applying it while I’m drying off, I also like using it once I get into bed. It contains anti-fungal eucalyptus, tea tree oil, vitamins, and a blend of ingredients (sugar cane, chamomile, and sandalwood). All of those work together to improve the texture of your feet and rejuvenate the monsters they became during the winter. Let me tell you my secret about eb5 Foot Treatment – I use it on my hands too! Oh yes I do. Sometimes my hands become scaly and rough since I wash them constantly. When that happens I reach for this and I find that it works almost instantly. Later I’ll use a hand cream for more softening but eb5 comes first. The Foot Treatment is only $9.99 at Target and well worth every penny.

ESPA MANDARIN LIP BALM

ESPA Mandarin Lip Balm

ESPA Mandarin Lip Balm

For some of us lip balm is a necessity – that includes me. I’m always slathering on lip balm for my dry and aging lips. I love all varieties of it but especially a piece of luxury like the ESPA Mandarin Lip Balm provides ($28). This beautiful small compact contains a balm that is lightly fragranced with a variety of oils and butters (Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Irvingia Gabonensis Kernel Butter, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil,  Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil).

The formula is 100% natural and delightful to have on my lips. I don’t love that it’s a in a pot but the balm makes up for that inconvenience.

Enriched with a 100% natural formulation, derived from the finest ingredients including Mandarin Essential oil for a sweet citrus flavour and aroma, Wild Mango Butter to condition, soften and smooth, Pomegranate to increase hydration and Rosemary to protect against environmental damage which can lead to premature ageing. Our Mandarin Lip Balm is presented in a beautiful compact complete with integral mirror.

These 4 products have been my Grand Slam delights and I’m glad I finally got around to sharing these with you. Summer, fall, winter, or spring they’ll help you get the ball moving and your skin and lips in their best shape yet. What a way to start the season! — Marcia

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Meltology Skin finale plus a triple giveaway

Meltology Skincare line

Meltology Skincare line

Last week my blog partner Lisa introduced you to the Meltology Skin line and talked about 4 products. Each of those 4 are being given away along with another item that I’m going to tell you about. Meltology is an interesting line that we were pleased to receive. Five of the products are numbered 1 – 5 so that you know the order to use them in if you are using the entire line. The other two items can be used whenever you prefer. I’ve got #3, #5, and the Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask to tell you about.

Meltology #3 Active Correcting Skin Complex, #5 Super Firming Eye Creme, Self-Heating spa Facial Mask

Meltology #3 Active Correcting Skin Complex, #5 Super Firming Eye Creme, Self-Heating spa Facial Mask

MELTOLOGY SKIN ACTIVE CORRECTING SKIN COMPLEX with Beta Glucan #3 ($60)

The Active Correcting Skin Complex is great with or without the Meltology system. It challenges your skin to correct your problems especially if you have blemished, stressed, and/or sensitive skin.

The main ingredient in Active Correcting Skin Complex is 1, 3 Beta Glucans (Nayad™), a patented polysaccharide from the cell walls of Baker’s yeast. Why this is important is that Nayad has been shown to support the skin’s natural ability to correct itself. The job of Nayad reminds me of being a teacher since it challenges your skin to correct problems like sallow or red skin tones. It helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that are caused by skin dehyration. This is a terrific lotion too if you have skin procedures like microdermabrasion, or you over exfoliate skin whether physically or chemically. I use it nightly before my moisturizer to keep the challenge my redness.

Active Correcting Skin Complex

Active Correcting Skin Complex

Key Ingredients:

1, 3 Beta Glucan: Skin Response modifier derived from yeast that challenges skin to correct itself.

Trehalose: Antioxidant cell protector; found in ‘resurrection’ desert plants that bloom after years of dormant dehydration.

Sodium Hyaluronate: Bioactive moisturizer; binds up to 1000 times its weight in water to skin.

Superoxide Dismutase: Powerful biological antioxidant in liposomal form; helps reduce appearance of red skin.

Silver Ear Mushroom: Remarkably hydrating extract that enhances moisture levels in the skin.

MELTOLOGY SKIN SUPER FIRMING EYE CREME

I’m all about eye creme and this Meltology Super Firming Eye Creme ($42) is proving to me that it does its job well. I didn’t bring it with me when I was traveling since I wanted only sample sizes and I noticed throughout my entire trip that under my eyes I’d lost the brightness that this eye creme had provided me in the last month. As soon as I got home and used it again, I was looking clear and smooth under my eyes.

Meltology Super Firming Eye Creme

Meltology Super Firming Eye Creme

The Super Firming Eye Creme is quite hydrating while being lightweight at the same time. I find that my eye area looks more soothed when I’m using this. This is an anti-aging creme which I feel is a necessity for me. It’s recommended to use this all around your eye to firm and lift. I’m not used to using an eye creme above my brows but I like doing it so this has taught me a new trick. An ultra-hydrating blend of Algae and Sea Water smoothes away fine lines to help keep skin moist and plump.

Key Ingredients:

Matrixyl™ 3000 (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide): Small chain amino acids that help firm, plump and smooth fine liners to visibly correct signs of aging.

Chlorella Vulgaris Extract: A microalgae that helps build firmness.

Pheohydrane (Hydrolyzed Algin, Chlorella Vulgaris and Sea Water): Improves long-term hydration, and revitalizes the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Sea Whip Extract: The strongest sea-derived soothing agent; calms delicate skin in seconds.

MELTOLOGY SKIN SELF-HEATING SPA FACIAL MASK ($31 for a 4 pack)

The Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask is totally different than any mask I’ve used and I’ve used a lot of masks! First you activate the mask by pouring very warm water into the pouch it comes in; the water is absorbed by the cloth mask within 15-20 seconds. What I didn’t realize the first time I used this though is that you should be applying your moisturizer on your skin first, particularly Revitalize Skin Concentrate. The first time I used the mask I didn’t do that and didn’t get the results I expected. The second and third times I used it, I did moisturize first. That was the key to the mask. The moist heat activates the ingredients in the moisturizer/revitalizer to give you a soothing mask experience. There is NO mess and nothing to drip down your face making this ideal for those of you who avoid masks because of the goo.

Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask

Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask

Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask - open and add water

Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask – open and add water

Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask open

Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask open

As you can see the mask, once ready to use, is soft making it even more soothing. You can use this mask once or twice a week. When you are done your face is moisturized so you don’t need to wash it again. This is a great mask for someone who doesn’t like masks! — Marcia

MELTOLOGY GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  It would help if you read Lisa’s Meltology Skin review to know what you’d want to win. REVIEW. There are 3 prizes with 4 winners. Prize one is Moisture Boost Cleanser and Revitalyze Skin Concentrate plus 1 Self Heating Spa Facial Mask. Prize two is Hydrating Skin Toner and Skin Balancing Renewal Lotion. Prize three (and 4) are three Self-heating Spa Facial Masks). This is a US/Canada giveaway and is open through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 4/4/16. If comments close early please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Meltology. That would count as your comment so you can continue on.

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Turning up the heat on skin care with Meltology

Meltology Skin Care

Meltology Skin Care

Does a little heat make skin care work even better? The spa skin care line Meltology thinks so and has self-heating technology in their products to help ingredients penetrate skin while sealing in moisture. Meltology sent the BIZ several products to test and today I have four to tell you about – Moisture Boost Cleanser, Hydrating Skin Toner, Skin Balancing Renewal Lotion, and Revitalize Skin Concentrate.  Later Marcia will have some other Meltology for you, plus a giveaway!

Meltology Moisture Boost Cleanser

Meltology Moisture Boost Cleanser

Moisture Boost Cleanser ($18)  This is a soap-free gel that takes the cleansing job seriously, cleaning dirt, makeup, and clogged pores like a champ. I love the gel texture, it makes cleansing tools like the Luna or Clarisonic a breeze to use. The cleanser has these little microspheres of Vitamin E that burst as you clean, giving skin a great antioxidant boost.  Ingredients include:

Panthenol: Moisture-protecting skin hydrator.

Allantoin: Soothing agent originally derived from comfrey root.

Microspheres: Gentle cleansing microspheres of Vitamin E.

This cleanser is best for dry to combination skin. It does have fragrance, including Cedarwood oil, Cassia, Clary Sage, Lime, Lemon, Rose, Jasmine, Tuberose, Bergamot and Orange essential oils, so those with sensitivities will want to try a different cleanser. The Moisture Boost Cleanser does not contain sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates.

Meltology Moisture Boost Cleanser and Hydrating Skin Toner

Meltology Moisture Boost Cleanser and Hydrating Skin Toner

Hydrating Skin Toner ($18) This toner is lovely in that it really cools and soothes dry skin. It feels wonderful on, and preps skin for moisturizers and treatments. The only potential problem with this toner is the inclusion of lavender and rose essential oils which can be irritating for some skin types.  Other ingredients include:

Panthenol: Provitamin B5 quickly absorbs hydrates inside skin’s surface.

NMF Complex: Bio-sugar blend mimics skin’s own Natural Moisturizing Factors for instant comfort.

Saccharide Isomerate: Sugar-based “moisture magnet” locks moisture within the skin.

Copper PCA: Mineral-based hydrator assists skin’s absorption capacity.

The Hydrating Skin Toner is alcohol-free and does not contain synthetic fragrance or synthetic colorants.

Ok, I know I said there was heat technology in these products…keep reading!

Meltology Skin Balancing Renewal Lotion

Meltology Skin Balancing Renewal Lotion

Skin Balancing Renewal Lotion ($40) This is a very nice, lightweight moisturizer. If you have super dry skin I don’t think this would be a good fit, but any other skin type will really like it.  Ingredients include tons of vitamins to fight free radicals. Again, it has essential oils, including natural plant essential oils of jasmine, bergamot, cassia, lemon and orange peel, lime clary sage, rose, tuberose, and cedarwood. Check out these other great ingredients:

LumiFirm Apple Stem Cell Complex (Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Extract and Algae Extract): Combats tired, dull-looking skin by visibly enhancing skin’s own youthful vitality.

Sandalwood, Phellodendron Bark & Barley Extract: Natural plant oils soften and condition skin.

Moisturizing Plant Phospholipids: Restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier for all day comfort.

Tocopherol Linoleate: Moisturizing Vitamin E; keeps skin moist and supple.

Panthenol: Provitamin B5; Deeply hydrates, soothes and restores the skin’s moisture.

If it weren’t for the possibility of skin irritation from the essential oils I would be raving about this, but there is chance this moisturizer could irritate your skin.

Meltology Revitalyze Skin Concentrate

Meltology Revitalyze Skin Concentrate

Revitalyze Skin Concentrate ($100)  This is the star of the Meltology products I tested. Revitalyze is a lightweight serum that smooths skin, balances out skin tone, and gives it a wonderful, natural glow. These are just a ton of super-antioxidants to fight against free radical damage. Here is the heat-stimulation! It does feel warm when applied and it’s great for all skin types including very congested.

This product is paraben-free as well as fragrance free – no essential oils in this one, so it will work on sensitive skin! Here are the ‘super-antioxidants, adaptive extremophiles and new skin moisture-barrier protectors’:

Thermus Thermophilus Ferment: This heat-loving, deep-sea Extremophile is a new ingredient harvested from thermal hot vents very deep in the ocean. Heat-activated enzyme – As the temperature rises, Extremozyme activity increases up to 300%. Helps neutralize free radicals and lipid peroxidation, which only gets more effective with temperature increase.

Algae Extract (Duniella Salinas): Derviced from fresh water algae with very high concentrations of salt; reduces oxidative stress, and acts as a super skin energizer to clarify and brighten skin tones and diminish the look of age spots.

Apple Stem Cells (Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract): The ingredient was discovered when Swiss farmers noticed that a particular variety of apple had an extremely long shelf life, and maintained its moisture and flavor properties for longer periods of time than regular apples. The extract was isolated and found to help prolong the quality of human skin as well.

Matrixyl 3000 (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide): Peptides are small chain amino acids (proteins) that encourage cell renewal that slows with age, to frim as it visibly corrects signs of aging by smoothing the fine lines and surface wrinkles.

Sea Whip Extract (Pseudopterogorgia Elizabethae): Discovered by Scripps Oceanographers, this potent, skin-soothing and calming agent soothes in seconds, and banishes redness in minutes.

Silver Ear Mushroom (Tremella fuciformis polysaccharide): Five times more hydrating than Hyaluronic Acid.

Superoxide Dismutase: Powerful biological antioxidant in liposomal form that helps control signs of redness or skin irritation.

Trehalose: Antioxidant cell protector; found in ‘resurrection’ desert plants that bloom after years of dormant dehydration.

(TRF) Tissue Respiratory Factors (Saccharomyces Lysate Extract): A bio-available liposome to revitalize skin and help correct red or yellow skin tones to improve the overall look of the skin.

All I have to say is WOW. You want cutting edge skin care with every ingredient short of the kitchen sink?? Here you go! There’s one more product that I think is really essential to get the very best out of the Meltology products: the Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask. Marcia, the queen of all masks, will be reviewing this and more in a few days – and you will have a chance to win some of the masks for yourself, so be sure to stay tuned! You can find these products and more at www.meltology.com.  – Lisa

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Add a little green to your life with Guac Star

Icon of Shamrock Clover Leaf, Vector Illustration to St. Patrick's Day

How green are you willing to go for St. Patrick’s Day? Do you dress green even if you aren’t Irish? Do you seek out green treats? Do you imbibe in all the green beer that your body can tolerate? How about a change of pace with a green mask, specifically Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star? For me it’s a perfect way to celebrate this green holiday or any day of the year.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

GUAC Star is a revitalizing avocado hydration mask that is good enough to eat. I’m amazed at how Farmhouse Fresh has changed my taste. After using half a dozen Farmhouse Fresh products I’m more than willing to use everything in their line. Everything they make is pure, smells fresh and authentic, and does its job exactly as stated.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

GUAC Star made me love it instantly. The green pudding like potion applies with a refreshing coolness. It contains fresh avocado butter, oil and extract. All Farmhouse Fresh that I’ve used has been loaded with antioxidants and GUAC Star is no exception. It contains green tea, allantoin, and sodium PCA which all work towards making your skin become hydrated. The fragrance is hypnotizing. It is sweet but not cloying. I am not known for a love of fragrance but I love this one. I was using it while emailing a friend and I kept telling her how much I loved it. Her reaction was total shock.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Applying this is a delight and you don’t look like Shrek while it’s on. It feels so cool when you are applying it. Storing it in the refrigerator will certainly be a summer treat. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes, wash it off with a warm dampened cloth, and your skin will glow. It hardens while on but not stiffly. It doesn’t prevent you from doing anything since it stays partially damp. When you are finished your skin will be incredibly soft. Avocado is a wonderful ingredient since it’s loaded with vitamins B5, B6, K, E, and C, copper, folate, and potassium. Its naturally high moisturization factor completely comforts and nurtures skin according to the Farmhouse Fresh website.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

My favorite time to use this is before my shower. I apply, sit at the computer and 25 minutes later jump in the shower. My skin looks plumper and glowier all day. I can picture doing this after work too to refresh from a hard day. Each jar will give you 14-16 uses. I’ve got another mask from Farmhouse Fresh that I thought was the IT mask but GUAC Star beats it.

What’s your green for March 17th? Mine is from Farmhouse Fresh. — Marcia

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star ingredients

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star ingredients

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