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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A very healthy giveaway with HUM Nutrition

HUM Nutrition
How about a giveaway that helps you get beautiful from the inside out?  The folks at HUM Nutrition, a beauty-nutrition brand inspired by the idea that beauty starts within, are sponsoring a great giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers.
HUM Nutrition products are sold at Sephora and have been featured in tons of magazines from Vogue to Glamour to Marie Claire. Enter today to win two of their best-selling products:  Smooth Operator and Turn Back Time.
HUM Smooth Operator and Turn Back Time Giveaway
HUM Nutrition sent Smooth Operator and Turn Back Time to test and they are a dynamic duo of anti-aging skin care. I really don’t like taking pills but I found these to be easy to take and digest. I think that is in part because all of the ingredients they use are natural, pure and potent, gluten-free and non-GMO.
Smooth Operator helps to keep your skin firm and increases collagen production, which also helps elasticity. The ingredients include collagen peptide, red wine, and grape seed extract. This nutritional skin booster is great, especially paired with Turn back Time.
Turn Back Time is full of tons of antioxidants and polyphenols like turmeric and green tea. These ingredients protect cells and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Together, the collagen boost from Smooth Operator and the skin protection from Turn Back Time help repair skin cells for firm, radiant skin.
HUM Nutrition Smooth Operator and Turn Back Time

HUM Nutrition Smooth Operator and Turn Back Time

 HUM Nutrition has all kinds of ‘beauty from within’ products that address issues from weight loss to blemishes.  Their website has a survey you can take for a free, personalized health report from one of their nutritionists:  http://hyperurl.co/HUMquiz
We don’t often feature supplements on Beauty Info Zone, but HUM Nutrition is extremely impressive and the company has a terrific message.
Another bonus:  Use the coupon code HUM10 for $10 off your first order placed through the HUM Nutrition website!  This code works for all first orders over $29.95.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION – This giveaway is open through 5/4/15 at 11:59 p.m. to US subscribers. Sometimes late in a giveaway the comments close so please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment, then click “I commented” and you can continue with other options. Enter now to get beautiful from within, and #KeepHumming! – Lisa and Marcia

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Viviscal review and grateful giveaway

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king’s horses and all the queen’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again

My personal version:

Blogger Marcia was in the hall

Blogger Marcia had a great fall

All the nurses and rehab men

Couldn’t put Marcia’s hair together again

You’ve read about my travails over and over since August. It affected my life in more ways than one. Not only was my leg broken at the knee but the trauma caused me to lose massive amounts of hair and eyelashes. Unfortunately this wasn’t the first time I lost hair but at least I know it could grow back with the right treatment.

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement

Shortly before I was hospitalized I had bought Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplements and took it for a few weeks because I knew my body needed more Biotin and no one has a better reputation than Viviscal. In the hospital and rehab they weren’t giving me anything other than my regular prescriptions and a multi-vitamin. I didn’t consider asking for the Viviscal from home because that’s not where my mind was.

When Viviscal emailed me by chance to test this and their shampoo and conditioner, you know what the answer was.

Viviscal Extra Strength Supplements, Viviscal Gentle Shampoo, Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

Viviscal Extra Strength Supplements, Viviscal Gentle Shampoo, Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

Now that I’ve been using this combination for the last 4 months I can tell you that I’m one happier woman and one with healthier and fuller hair. I take the supplements morning and evening. I used the shampoo and conditioner for 6 weeks before stopping to test other products but I still use it at least once a week no matter what else I’m testing.

Viviscal supplement stats

Viviscal supplement stats

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplements come in a one month or three month supply. The prices on their website are $49.99 and $119.99. To be honest though I’ve bought mine from Amazon since it’s less expensive there. There’s a ton of information about the supplements so I’ll try to condense. Viviscal Extra Strength dietary supplements contain the exclusive marine complex AminoMar®, as well as Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, Horsetail Extract and Iron, to nourish hair from within. Not only are you getting the Biotin that we’ve learned is great for hair but it’s supplemented with marine complex AminoMar®.

AminoMar

AminoMar

The Gentle Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner ($19.99 each) are free from SLS, SLES, Parabens, Artificial Colors, Artificial Fragrances and Mineral Oils. They are 96 – 99% derived from natural sources. The shampoo cleanses, conditions and exfoliates the dead skin cells on your head. The shampoo is on the thin side and is almost gel like and doesn’t lather which  doesn’t matter since it’s very effective.

Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner is very thick. I have to keep my bottle upside down to make it easier to squeeze out. It’s a light conditioner that never weighs my hair down. Not only is this moisturizing but my hair is soft after using. It also leaves my hair smooth and with a little more volume.

Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

I no longer cry when I wash my hair. My shower wall and afterwards sink used to be filled with gobs and gobs of hair. That’s not the case now. Everyone has hair fallout, that’s shedding, just like a pet sheds. My hair feels more healthy, is staying ON my head and the cycle is broken. To continue this way I am continuing with Viviscal Supplements for as long as I can. The science is behind Viviscal and I really believe in it. There’s a different supplement for men though the haircare items are the same. Since they don’t have fragrance they work equally well for all. Viviscal has a Healthy Hair Club that you can join to get free shipping and automatic delivery as well as save money.

Now that you’ve read my long story it’s time to try it yourself. If you are a US Beauty Info Zone subscriber we have a giveaway for the 3 month supply of the Viviscal Supplements, a bottle of the Gentle Shampoo and the Moisturizing Conditioner. This is open through 2/26/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please write your comment on our Facebook page or email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and then continue on. I wish you luck with both the giveaway and with having renewed, healthy hair like I do now. — Marcia

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Get Runway Ready with HUM Nutrition – review and giveaway

Runway Ready by HUM

Runway Ready by HUM

When HUM Nutrition contacted Beauty Info Zone about trying some of their products I was a little hesitant only because it’s hard for a non-physician to be saying to you that this nutritional supplement would be good for you to take. When I looked into it more though I realized that if it was a brand that Sephora had tested and sells that it was a brand I’d like to try. Now that I’ve used it for 30 days I’m ready to recommend it and luckily I can offer it to you in a giveaway. (More information on that later!)

HUM makes many types of nutritional supplements that are sold at Sephora. I was most interested in Runway Ready ($35) because it targets two beauty areas – hair and nails. I need all the help I can get for my hair and I want to keep my nails strong.

Runway Ready comes in this great hot pink box which I kept on my bathroom counter so I wouldn’t forget to take it. There are 30 packs inside with 3 pills in each.

Runway Ready by HUM

Runway Ready by HUM

There are two types of supplements in a pack — Red Carpet (hair and skin) and Killer Nails (hair and nails). Red Carpet are non GMO vegetarian soft gels of GLA, ALA, and Vitamin E. Sephora says: “Made from bio-available nutrients from black currant and sunflower seeds, Red Carpet’s healthy essential fats support fuller, shinier hair and glowing skin. It works to support the skin’s glow through increased skin moisture and protection, while supporting fuller, shinier hair through hair follicle support.*”

Runway Ready packet

Runway Ready packet

The white capsule is Killer Nails™, a biotin capsule, water soluble B-complex vitamins that are important for cell growth and the production and metabolism of fat into amino acids. This is also vegetarian, non-GMO and gluten free.

In my opinion, taking these supplements are helping my skin look better, my hair shinier and slightly fuller, and my nails stronger. If you want that for yourself then you should consider buying either Runway Ready or the individual bottles of Red Carpet and Killer Nails.

First though, you can enter our GIVEAWAY since we will have 4 winners (US only) that will win a box of Runway Ready. This great giveaway runs through August 25th at 11:59 p.m. (If comments aren’t open please comment on our Facebook page or email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com) — Marcia

*product sent for review consideration and for the giveaway

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INGREDIENT INFORMATION:

Killer nails -Biotin: Supports natural nail and hair growth.*
Biotin, Rice Flour, Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate from Vegetable Source, Silica.

Red carpet -GLA from Black Currant Seed Oil: Supports glowing skin and hair follicle health for fuller, shinier hair.*
-ALA from Black Currant Seed Oil: Supports healthy skin.*
-Vitamin E from Sunflower Seeds: Supports healthy skin.*

Beauty starts inside – a review of NeoCell Beauty Bursts, Keratin Hair Volumizer and Eat Pretty + giveaway

Today I want to share two products with you that are award winners. Neocell’s Keratin Hair Volumizer was named the Best New Product in Delicious Living’s Beauty and Body Awards. The other product, Beauty Bursts, has won several prestigious awards, including a Best of Natural Beauty award from Better Nutrition, a Taste for Life Essentials award and the award for Best Beauty Supplement from Delicious Living. Today I’ll talk about them and at the end you’ll be able to enter a giveaway to try to win these for yourself.

I received these products from their PR company and I’ve been using them myself. I’m not a doctor (obviously) but I can tell you what I found with these and what I like about them. As with any supplement you should consult with your doctor before taking them.

Neocell Keratin Hair Volumizer

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

 

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer are pills that you take morning and evening to help regain the shine and beauty of your hair. As I’ve aged I’ve found that the thick head of hair that was my glory isn’t quite the same. My hair has gotten thinner and takes more to make it look quite as lustrous as it used to. This supplement was created to work on your hair from the inside. It contains Vitamin C to help with collagen formation; Amla Extract, a centuries old Ayurvedic plant that is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory for strong hair growth; soluble keratin; and Super Collagen. The result is stronger and brighter hair that is helping with the thinning. Just as important as what’s in it is what’s NOT in it – soy, wheat, lactose, starch, yeast, or artificial flavors. gluten free.

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a dose of NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

a dose of NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

While I’ve finished my bottle I found it online at places like the Vitamin Shoppe, Vita Cost and drugstore.com for under $20.

Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews

Beauty Bursts

Beauty Bursts

The other item that I’ve been using for the last few months is Beauty Bursts Soft Chews by NeoCell. These also add collagen to my life with Vitamin C and Collagen 1 & 3. In addition to helping strengthen my hair, these strengthen my nails as well. This winter has been especially hard on us. From previous experience I know that my nails become more brittle in winter but this year I’ve been using these soft chews and haven’t had breaks (where’s the wood to go knock on!!!!). They are available in two delicious flavors. As a dedicated chocoholic I prefer the Chocolate Mint ones and they also come in Fruit Punch.  Directions say to take 2 – 4 per day. I take 2 after dinner as a little snack. A 60 count bag will last me a month for under $20.

Beauty Bursts

Beauty Bursts

beauty burst informationAdding collagen to my diet through these two products is hopefully slowing down the signs of aging.

EAT PRETTYeat pretty coverFor a change of pace I have a book that I’ve been reading and have found to be a great source of information. It’s called Eat Pretty – Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out. The author, Jolene Hart is a beauty and health coach who’s been certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Eat Pretty

Eat Pretty

The author describes the beauty nutrition of the foods we eat or the foods we should eat but maybe don’t. We know why we should have green leafy vegetables for our health but do we know what they do for our looks?

She divides foods up into the seasons that they’ll be the freshest and most prevalent in. “Spring Beauty Awakening”, “Abundant Summer Beauty”, “Restore and Recharge in Autumn”, and “Glow Through the Winter”. In addition to all the reasons to eat each kind of food she has included some recipes. The MSRP is $16.95 but you can find it for less on Amazon (book or kindle).

yummy and healthy

yummy and healthy

Now that you know some of my ‘beauty secrets’ decide for yourself if you’d like to try out the two NeoCell products and enter this giveaway. It’s US only and open through March 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Beauty from the inside out with Imedeen Time Perfection

It’s not easy to review supplements. They aren’t like a lipstick or blush, something with immediate results and gratification.

Imedeen

Imedeen Time Perfection

But I know what makes me feel good and I know what doesn’t make me feel good. Imedeen sent the BIZ some samples of the Imedeen Time Perfection ($65) for review a few months ago and I have been taking them ever since.

tablet packs

Time Perfection tablet packs

Imedeen Time Perfection is a skin care supplement geared towards women who are in their forties. I don’t like taking pills but I find these tablets are easy to take and the packs are very convenient.

All the info you need

All the info you need

So why take them?  Because they have all kinds of great ingredients that promote healthy skin from the inside. Imedeen says their supplements will:

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin quality and moisture balance
  • Helps protect collagen and elastin fibers against oxidative damage with key nutrients
  • Makes skin on face and body feel softer and more supple

We do so much every day to protect and nourish our skin on the outside. It really makes sense to take the right supplements that protect and nourish our skin from the inside – that’s what builds the foundation for beautiful, healthy skin.

My skin is looking and feeling better and better every day and I know that it’s because I have started to pay attention to my inner health. I have had great results using Imedeen, if you are in the market for an excellent skin care supplement then definitely check this out.   Check out Marcia’s posts about Imedeen HERE and HERE to learn even more about this pill including the ingredients.  – Lisa

*pr sample provided for consideration for review

Introducing Imedeen Time Perfection – beauty from the inside out

IMEDEEN-time-perfection_1As many readers know I’m an eyeshadow fanatic. I want to own them all and I obsess about them. It brings out any artistic side I have. As much as I love my eyeshadows (and mascara and eyeliner and lipstick and and and) they wouldn’t make a difference in my life if my skin wasn’t in the best shape. Your skin is what people notice first and what leaves them with an impression of you.

For the past month I’ve not only been using wonderful skincare from a variety of companies but I’ve been taking IMEDEEN® Time Perfection. I take two pills a day to help my skin retain moisture and suppleness. IMEDEEN® Time Perfection was created for women like me, the over 40 crowd. The company has 3 different products – DermaOne for 30+, Time Perfection for 40+ and Prime Renewal for 50+. IMEDEEN® Time Perfection meets my particular skincare needs by going deeper into the dermal layer where aging begins. I like to think that I look younger than my age and the main reason is my skin. I plan on keeping it that way and IMEDEEN® is already helping.

Imedeen ingredWhen I read the ingredients of IMEDEEN® Time Perfection I knew that it fit in well with the other supplements I take. This contains a marine complex so just like I take fish oil for my heart, I feel comfortable taking Imedeen for my skin. These tablets are said to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on face and body! I’ve started to see a difference in my 30 days and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future will bring with these. Today’s post is just a basic introduction to these since I believe that skincare should be used at least 6 weeks or longer before reporting on it. And this is skincare even though it’s not a cream or lotion. My plan is to update at the end of January about the results I’m seeing plus at that time I’ll be offering a giveaway for a 90 day supply to one of the Beauty Info Zone readers.

IMEDEEN® has been making supplements since 1991 but they are only recently more readily available at a retailer near you or online. You can purchase a one month supply for $77 or a three month supply for $206 at Imedeen’s website. If my skin continues on the path that Imedeen has started I’ll be putting aside that amount of money to keep it up. I’ll be back in a month to let you know. — Marcia

*these were received for review purposes