Get glowing with Derma E Radiance Toner and Illuminating Rosehip and Cranberry Face Oil

Derma E Radiance Toner and Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Luminous, glowy skin…who doesn’t want that? Derma E has two new products that promise lovely, glowing skin and I have to admit I am digging both of them! The Essentials Radiance Toner is a gentle exfoliating toner that perfectly preps the skin for treatment, and the Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil is a total treat for skin.

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Derma E Radiance Toner

Essentials Radiance Toner ($14.95) This came at a perfect time for me as I had just run out of toner. I am a huge believer in toner in general – it finishes cleaning the skin and preps it for serums and moisturizers. I was a little hesitant about this one because of the Rosehip…I typically don’t like anything that is rose fragranced in my skin care. But thankfully the scent is very soft and it doesn’t bother me at all.

Derma E Radiance Toner

This toner doesn’t have alcohol so it isn’t drying, but it does exfoliate thanks to the glycolic acid so it leaves skin wonderfully soft and toned. It’s truly lovely stuff and is the perfect prep for the amazing Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil.

Derma E Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Illuminating Rosehip and Cranberry Face Oil ($16.50) Oh my gosh, I want to just take a bath in this gorgeous oil!! It’s fabulous! This facial oil soaks in quickly and provides tons of moisture, brightening the skin instantly. It has all kinds of pure plant botanicals, essential oils, antioxidants, and fatty acids which means skin looks amazing. In addition to the rosehip and cranberry oils it also has pumpkin seed oil which is really great for skin.

Derma E Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Derma E Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Your face, neck, and decolletage will look fantastic instantly after smoothing a few drops of this oil in – believe me, you will be thrilled with the results. And the price is fantastic. I use it every morning and every night.

You can find Derma E online and at Ulta, CVS, Meijer, and other major stores. They have tons of great products that are so reasonably priced. I love lots of their stuff, but I really recommend these two items – I hope you will check them out!  – Lisa

Essentials Radiance Toner Ingredients:  Purified Water, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract*, Allantoin, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance Oils.

Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil Ingredients:  Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Organic Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Organic Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Natural Fragrance Oils.

The perfect products for the hazy days of summer and you can find them at Cracker Barrel!

Tons of goodies from Cracker Barrel!

I can’t be the only one. I love Cracker Barrel, and it’s not just for the food. In fact, as much as I love the biscuits and gravy, the yummy green beans, and the to-die-for dumplings, I actually eat pretty quickly so I can get to the real highlight – the shopping afterwards! I have a number of beautiful picture frames and angels (I collect angels and Cracker Barrel always has some fabulous ones) that I bought there, not to mention several clothing items. The old-time candy is always fun too, but the real highlight is of course the body products!! Today I have a few goodies that Cracker Barrel sent me that are just perfect for celebrating these last hazy days of summer.

I love the Burt’s Bees line, and am always perusing it at Cracker Barrel. A few of my favorites include the Garden Tomato Toner which is very refreshing particularly if you tend toward oily skin. I also always pick up the Eye Makeup Remover Pads, which are cool because they are soaked in kiwi water. They are also a unique shape that reaches all corners of the eye and these pads remove even the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup.  I’m also a big fan of the Res-Q Ointment which saves dry, damaged skin. Plant oils and vitamin E are so soothing and I always keep a tin of this around particularly when I’m doing lots of gardening.With the summer heat, lips and hands need attention. You can find J.R. Watkins Beeswax Lip Balm at Cracker Barrel and I love all the flavors. Peppermint is a wonderfully cooling one that is great for summertime. I also adore the Dionis line and always buy some when I am there. I can never have enough hand cream.  The Goat Milk Hand Cream is really fantastic. This one is Mediterranean Blue Tea, which is new for me – I usually go for the Vanilla Bean – and this is a wonderful mix of blue tea leaves, iris, and cardamom. It’s a subtle and sophisticated scent that has totally won me over.

Did you know that you can shop all the wonderful lines that Cracker Barrel carries online?  I didn’t either. Check out their website at shop.crackerbarrel.com for Burt’s Bees, J.R. Watkins, Dionis, and plenty more – including the decor, clothing, and nostalgia candy items. You can even buy those amazing rocking chairs that are outside every Cracker Barrel. Of course, it’s not as fun as eating a big plate of dumplings then wandering about in a food coma and shopping in person…but it is the next best thing. And if you can get to Cracker Barrel in person, be sure to take a look at all the great items they have to get you through the last lazy, hazy days of summer.  – Lisa

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Appriya Transformative Skincare introduction with a giveaway

Appriya Transformative Skincare, Mineral products

Appriya Transformative Skincare, Mineral products

We’d like to introduce you to APPRIYA, a skincare brand that Beauty Info Zone was sent to test. The happy news is that the company sent us several of their best products for a giveaway. We love spoiling our readers with giveaways and we love testing and learning about a company as unique as Appriya.

Appriya is different than the other products we use because it’s based on water. Not just any water though but the untouched mineral waters that create the basis of their line.

Appriya water is rich in restorative natural nano like particles. These biodegradable nano like particles dissolve into the skin, enhancing the efficiency of each product’s active ingredients and ensuring a perfect and even application of every cream, serum and tonic.The skin absorbs the minerals from our water to detoxify the complexion, reduce inflammation, boost moisture retention and supplement collagen and elastic fibers for healthier skin. Bursting with the optimal balance of ionic dissolved minerals, Appriya water offers the most hydration and moisture with its neutral pH and biodegradable properties.
 There are 5 products in the Appriya mineral line and all contain silica. Silica has many properties that fortify and nourish our skin, nails, and hair. It invigorates collagen and boosts the elastin that’s deep within our skin.
MARCIA shares Appriya Mineral Tonic, Mineral Complex Serum and Delicate Zone Mineral Serum while LISA shares Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse and Comprehensive Mineral Day and Night Cream
Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse and Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night Cream
Appriya Mineral Tonic and Mineral Serums

Appriya Mineral Tonic and Mineral Serums

APPRIYA MINERAL CLEANSING MOUSSE

Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse

($59.00)  I absolutely love this cleansing mousse. It has coconut and fruit sugars which help dissolve oil and dirt, along with vitamin E to help protect skin. The mousse is beautiful foamy goodness that works great with my Luna. I have tons of cleansers but I reach for this one all the time. Ingredients include: Coco Glucoside, which is derived from coconut and fruit sugars and provides hydration and helps maintain skin elasticity while controlling oil production. Allantoin, which is derived from the Comfrey Root-this botanical extract is an excellent soothing and healing agent. Vitamin E, which is a nutrient and antioxidant that defends against free radicals and other environmental damaging effects.

APPRIYA MINERAL TONIC

Appriya Mineral Tonic

Appriya Mineral Tonic

The secret to Appriya Mineral Tonic lies in the Appriya water that’s in every Appriya product. The water is pure and untouched but gathers its essence by the way it flows across ancient marble where it becomes enriched with silica and hydrogen peroxide.

The ingredients within are what makes this a unique toner: Cucumber Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Mushroom Extract, Niacinamide, Fermented Soy, and Vitamin C. Each has a job but combine to make sure that your skin remains calm and hydrated. The Niacinamide helps with acne even. The formula refines your skin’s texture and adds to the hydration level. I use this mostly at night to make sure that the remainder of my cosmetics are removed leaving my skin more hydrated. There’s a very light fragrance that’s gone quickly.

APPRIYA COMPREHENSIVE MINERAL DAY & NIGHT CREAM

Appriya Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night CreamAppriya Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night Cream

($189.00)  This is pretty spendy, but hey – it’s infused with colloidal gold! This ingredient plus a host of others create a truly elegant formula that does everything good you could wish for in a skin cream: boosts elasticity, fades wrinkles, evens skin tone, soothes skin and plumps it up. Check out all this goodness:  Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which helps even skin tone, improves skins moisture and reduces the appearance of acne. Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parki), embodied with Vitamins A and E, moisturizes the skin and reduces inflammation. Glycolic Acid, which treats acne and oiliness, diminishes blackheads, minimizes pores, and reduces fine lines. Hibiscin Seed Extract (Hibiscus Esculentus), which strengthens weak skin, and has a strong immediate tensor effect. Colloidal Gold, which helps firm skin and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Evening Primrose Seed Extract (Oenothera Biennis), which improves acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, which stimulates collagen and elastin fibroblast to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I am very impressed with this beautiful moisturizer and I know you will be too!

APPRIYA MINERAL COMPLEX SERUM

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

While there are two serums from the Mineral line they are used for different purposes. Mineral Complex Serum is a great facial serum that’s especially good for dry skin. The ingredients are extremely hydrating and nurturing. Aloe, Horse Chestnut Extract and Niacinamide are the hydrating ingredients along with Appriya Water. These are native Thai elements that have been recognized to reduce redness, to calm and to soothe. The Niacinamide helps balance the moisture content so you look more radiant.

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

But there’s more!! Coconut Oil, Lotus Flower Extract and Evening Primrose Seed Extract are all indigenous to Thailand and work together to diminish wrinkles and give you a brighter and more balanced skin tone. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t take long to be absorbed into your skin; as you can see from the ingredients there is a light floral fragrance that is appealing.

APPRIYA DELICATE ZONE MINERAL SERUM

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Delicate Zone Mineral Serum is almost as nourishing as Mineral Complex Serum but it’s intended for different areas. The work accomplished is the same in both as they help to rejuvenate, pamper and restore radiance. Delicate Zone can be used near your eyes, on your neck and decollete. I’ve used it on my face too actually.

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

As well as the Appriya water it contains Anti-Aging Plant Stem Cells that are derived from Apple Fruit Cell Culture Extract – powerful anti-oxidants that help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains Squalene that helps fight free radicals and smooth the look of fine lines. The Squalene is plant derived unlike others. Follow the two serums with the Comprehensive Day & Night Cream for maximum benefit.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One US subscriber will win both the Cleansing Mousse and the Day & Night Cream. In addition they will win one of the two serums of their choice. Another subscriber will win the second serum. Because of the weight we have to make this a US only giveaway. To enter you have 2 requirements: subscribe by EMAIL to Beauty Info Zone and comment. All other items in the Rafflecopter give you more chances to win, especially with Twitter since you can do that daily. This giveaway ends on 1/30/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Remember you can’t win if you aren’t honest!

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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 [email protected]gmail.com and label your message DERMAE.

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

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Peace, love, and great skin with The Organic Pharmacy

Organic Pharmacy
With the crazy circus of politics these days, simply scrolling through Facebook stresses me right into a horrible – and so ironic – combination of wrinkles and acne. So I step away from the media and step into some organic self-care to get back my peace and love vibe.

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 The Organic Pharmacy was created by a homeopathic pharmacist. The first store opened in 2002 in London, with the first US store opening in Los Angeles in 2008. The array of products in this line is amazing – you can find skin care for every type of skin, body products for your head to your toes, bath soaks and shower gels, shampoos and conditioners, baby products, tinctures, homeopathic remedies…the list goes on and on. The Organic Pharmacy says, “We still stick with our strong principles and pride ourselves on the passion that we share for quality, efficacy and above all a dedication to you. We hope that we have shown the world it is possible to choose an organic product that is beautiful to look at, luxurious to use and more effective than its synthetic counterparts without compromising your health or beauty.”

I haven’t tried anything from them yet that I didn’t think was terrific and I have four favorites to share with you today in the spirit of positivity!
Organic Pharmacy Herbal Toner
The Herbal Toner ($65) is fabulous. I use this as a toner, and also as a spritz of moisture that is especially wonderful on hot, sunny days. It has 18 organic herbs that work together to keep skin healthy. It reduces pore size while also lifting and hydrating skin. It smells like fresh oranges, which is an instant relaxer and de-stresser.  

Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter CleanserOrganic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser

The Carrot Butter Cleanser ($74) is a very unique cleanser. This is a balm that melts right into your skin, lifting makeup and dirt right out of your life. No need for a separate eye makeup remover either, because it melts off even the smokiest of eyes.  

Infused with Rosemary, Carrot and Shea Butter, the skin is left comfortable, incredibly soft and radiant. Chamomile and Lavender soothe and calm both skin and mind.

Once you smooth on the balm, you wipe it off using a hot, wet muslin cloth. The results are awesome – clean, glowy, hydrated skin. The Carrot Butter Cleanser is one of The Organic Pharmacy’s best-selling products and it should be on your list to try.

Organic Pharmacy Lip and Eye CreamOrganic Pharmacy Lip and Eye Cream

I also love the Lip & Eye Cream ($48). This is a beautiful cream that soothes skin, reduces puffiness, and lightens dark circles. Because it’s hydrating, it reduces the look of fine lines and makes for a wonderful lip moisturizer. The ingredient list includes Shea butter, bilberry, evening primrose, rose hip and frankincense. I pat some on under my eyes, then use what’s left over on the sides of mouth and on my lips. You really only need a teensy amount so the tube lasts forever. 

Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip BalmOrganic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

I can’t rave enough about the Antioxidant Lip Balm ($21.50). I love, love, love this beautiful balm. Ingredients include Shea Butter, pomegranate, rose hip and Vitamin E. The balm leaves my lips so soft and hydrated thanks to the Shea butter and Vitamin E. The pomegranate and rose hip are excellent antioxidants that fight free radicals while also calming and soothing dry or cracked lips. This balm is the bomb.

It’s getting pretty crazy and very stressful out there. Be sure to take care of yourself. The Organic Pharmacy is a great way to get some peace, love, and great skin.  – Lisa

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DDF Glycolic Toning Complex review

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

Skincare is a funny thing. We all react differently to products. Take my blog partner Lisa and I. We don’t always like the same skincare. She is more hardcore with what she uses while I use a more laid back approach. Lisa is used to skincare with retinols and glycolic acid while I’m cautious about products that contain this.

The reason I’m telling you this is that DDF Glycolic Toning Complex was originally a product that Lisa was going to review, but here I am using it and writing about it after it was sent. While this didn’t agree with her younger, oilier complexion it does with my more aging and dry one.

DDF (Doctors Dermologic Formula) was created by Dr. Howard D. Sobel, a dermatologist who wanted his patients to be able to take care of their skin at home to protect against the signs of aging. Glycolic Toning Complex is part of the DDF Anti-Aging Preventative line meant as a Treatment.

 

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

Dr. Sobel created a daily toning complex with Salicylic Acid and a 7% concentration of Ultra Pure Glycolic acid, which is one of the highest grade glycolic acids on the cosmeceutical market today. I honestly was surprised that my skin, not being used to glycolics, would react as well to this toner as it does.

There are 3 main goals with this:

  • Refines skin’s texture by decreasing the look of large pores
  • Helps to minimize fine lines & wrinkles
  • Promotes skin clarity and immediately revitalizes skin’s appearance
DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

Since DDF’s Glycolic Toning Complex uses Salicylic Acid I’ve chosen to use this at night only. I’m using a more gentle AHA in the daytime and always apply sunscreen over it, at night I’ll use this DDF one several times a week after cleansing.

There’s a menthol fragrance to it that is gone quickly so there are no worries there. What I like most is that this helps keep my pores cleaner and not clogged. It’s also helping with my anti-aging goals of staying youthful forever (and a day).

Formulated with skin conditioners, Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel for a safe, daily clean. Sodium Hydroxide stabilizes pH balance for a clear healthy complexion. The natural scent of Peppermint awakens the senses.

GLYCOLIC ACID – Glycolic acid is the most effective fruit acid for exfoliation and skin renewal. It has the smallest molecular structure of all AHAs, thus possesses the greatest penetration potential.

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

Since I’ve been using this I’ve noticed that my skin is looking brighter so maybe the surface cell turnover is actually working. I’m happy to be in the Preventative stages of DDF Skincare and not ready for the Restorative.

What glycolic level are you at? — Marcia

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You can find DDF at Ulta and Ulta.com and Beauty.com

Water, Alcohol, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Methyl Gluceth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamellis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Skincare 101 – my Paula’s Choice regimen

Paula's Choice Resist line - my personal regimen

Paula’s Choice Resist line – my personal regimen

Makeup Wars is always a favorite for me. If you haven’t been hanging around Beauty Info Zone then you might not know that Makeup Wars is when a group of bloggers choose a topic and we all post about the same general idea. But the articles are so varied since we are all coming from different places in our life. Skincare 101 is a most exciting post because I know that I’m going to learn so much from the other “warriors” and what they are going to share.

I’m sharing my Paula’s Choice Resist products that I received from #PRIMP, Pretty in my Pocket, after a wonderful phone consultation. I’ve loved and used Paula’s Choice products for years. But the line has gotten so big that I was at a loss as to what I really should be using. I read the descriptions and everything sounds wonderful. The phone consult which takes between 10 and 15 minutes and is free to all, is perfect. Your representative discusses your skin type, age, skin concerns, and what you want to work on and then creates your own personal regimen. You can then pick out which items you want to start with or wait for another day. I recommend that you don’t wait though. I’ve been using my PC Resist products for 4 months now and don’t intend to stop. I’ll add in other lines that I want to review but I’ve always gone back to Paula’s Choice.

For this review you need to know that I’ve got skin that used to be combination but is now on the dry side, especially in cold weather. My concerns are keeping my face looking as youthful as possible while dealing with large pores, fine lines, and firmness.

CLEANSING:

Paula's Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

I use both the Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Advanced Replenishing Toner morning and evening. There are other cleansers in the Resist line but for my needs (and advancing age) I needed one that is gentle and hydrating. This is a lotion that cleanses my skin and removes any facial makeup without stripping my skin of essential oils. While it works for all skin types it’s especially recommended for normal to dry.

The Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner is a step that I often resist. There’s so much misinformation around about using a toner and it’s often skipped but it can be an essential step in balancing your skin and keeping it well preserved (and not pickled). This toner is one for anti-aging which can be seen in the ingredients. It helps build collagen for firmer skin, it contains anti-irritants to calm redness, and it has licorice extract & acetyl glucosamine to improve skin tone. The packaging is hard plastic so you can’t really squeeze it out, you pour it onto a cotton pad and there’s never too much that comes out. It removes all vestiges of makeup. It’s great after using a cleansing cloth if you are too tired to use a soap and water cleanser since it removes all the residue from the cloth.

DAYTIME:

Paula's Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment and Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer

Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment and Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer

After cleansing and toning I use Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment and Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer. These are daytime only for me because of the ingredients in them.

The Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA contains glycolic acid which gently exfoliates and protects your skin’s barrier. This was chosen for me because it helps fade sun damage. I’m a firm believer in SPF but that’s not how I was brought up. I apply this AHA treatment as soon as I’ve finished with the two cleansing products. I like it to sink into my skin while I’m putting on my eye makeup. This is a light yellow creamy lotion that makes my skin feel very soft. I love anything that helps me correct my uneven skintone so this is a definite rebuy for me.

Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer w/Broad Spectrum SPF 25 is the only moisturizer I took on a recent trip. I was packing light and this tube was exactly what I needed. I used it both day and night but at home I just use this during the day. Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer fits all the things I’m looking for in a daytime product: fragrance-free, broad spectrum sunscreen (mineral based), works as an anti-aging product, contains antioxidants, and my foundation never balls up when using this PC sunscreen.

NIGHTTIME:

Paula's Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and Resist BHA 9

Paula’s Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and Resist BHA 9

Paula’s Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and her Resist BHA 9 are the two products I use only at night. After cleansing and toning I first apply Resist BHA 9 and let it work its magic on my skin. This thin tube is totally different than the other BHA I have from Paula’s Choice. I laughed when I got this because it’s subtitled as “for stubborn imperfections” which describes my life to a tee. This is actually a product that’s good for so many of us as it is a concentrated salicylic acid spot treatment to tackle the most stubborn imperfections for dramatic results without irritation. It’s to be used for acne breakouts, Anti-Aging, blackheads, enlarged pores, and keratosis pilaris. Being stubborn myself I use this all over my face and not as a spot treatment. My main goal with this is for my enlarged pores and anti-aging. I am seeing a difference on the pores on my cheeks, especially when I apply cream blush. During Christmas there were so many deals popping up that I bought a set containing this BHA so I wouldn’t run out. It has a slightly oily feel to it. I’ve never had any irritation with this. It’s a winner for me.

Paula's Choice Resist BHA 9

Paula’s Choice Resist BHA 9

Since the Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer has retinol in it, it’s strictly for night use around here. This was chosen for me because I had said I’m concerned with fine lines and future wrinkles. It’s very lightweight so I thought that it wouldn’t be enough moisturizing for me this winter but I was mistaken. I’m testing other skincare right now but I make sure to use this Barrier Repair Moisturizer a few times a week. The retinol in this works to improve skintone and I’ve been very happy with that overall. The percentage of retinol isn’t mentioned anywhere but it’s a mild one. This is best for normal to dry skin and happily is fragrance free.

EYE CREAM:

Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Oh what an uproar there was when Paula’s Choice announced they now had an eye cream. It was always her stand that we didn’t need a separate cream for eyes and many of her products are recommended to be used near your eyes. But women (especially me) want an eye cream and Paula listened. Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream was brought out after much testing since she knew she’d be scrutinized by everyone for going against her grain. This is a nicely rich eye cream that hasn’t caused me to have any milia. I used it religiously for 2 months and now alternate it with any others that I’m testing. I love the packaging of it but I often get out more than I actually need. The amount on my finger is really enough for both eyes twice. I try to squeeze lightly so that not too much comes out. I rub it between my fingers to soften it and pat it on under my eyes. While it’s a very good eye cream at a good price, I’m not sure if this is a repurchase, but then again I have a drawer full of eye creams so we’ll see down the road.

There you have my Paula’s Choice regimen. When I’m ready to add new products or I have a question about one of their products I’d have no problem calling again or using their live chat online. I also have no problem telling you that this is a line to be trusted and one I believe in. If I had a daughter, I’d gladly steer her towards Paula’s Choice to find her own routine.

What Paula’s Choice products do you have or covet?  — Marcia

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