Relaxing our lines Side by Side: Furlesse

A mom of three looked in the mirror and saw the lines and furrows that all those sleepless nights create…and thought of butterfly bandages.  Thanks to her creativity and ingenuity we have Furlesse, line-reducing patches that are all latex-free and hypoallergenic.

Furlesse has something for every wrinkle

Furlesse has something for every wrinkle

There are patches for every kind of wrinkle: crows feet, frown lines between the eyebrows, forehead lines, and lip lines. The BIZ was sent a few to try and here’s what the ladies have to say about these line-reducing patches.

Lisa’s Side:  

I picked the lip-sticks ($19.99) to review because I have issues with hereditary vertical lines around my lips. I am forever looking for something to lessen these wrinkles and Furlesse has certainly impressed me.

not my typical definition of lipstick...

not my typical definition of lipstick…

This little package holds 128 clear patches, enough for 32 days. After cleansing and moisturizing each night, I put the long, skinny patches just above my lips and the wider oval-shaped ones on those vertical lines on each side of my mouth. Because the patches are clear, there’s no worry about scaring whomever is sharing your bed and these things stay on until you peel them off.

patches

lip line patches

handy dandy diagrams for placement

handy dandy diagrams for placement

___ in a pack

128 patches in a pack

a better look

a better look

When I wake up in the morning I peel them off and am amazed at how smooth my face is! I get real results when I leave these on all night and remember to put them on every single day. If you have lip line issues like me, the lip-sticks are definitely for you.

Marcia’s side:

I’m going to share with you all about Crows, Rows, and Elevens. This is not a rock band but it would make a great name for one. Instead Crows, Rows, and Elevens are help for the eye area.

Furlesse

Furlesse

Furlesse Crows, Rows and Elevens

Furlesse Crows, Rows and Elevens

CROWS are for crow’s feet. Those lines that everyone you know complains about. Crows helps to reduce the look of those nasty lines. They won’t remove them permanently but they can soften them temporarily. We received a 3 days supply of each of these 3 wonders. Each full size package contains 60 tear shaped patches. I apply the larger end at the outer edge of my eyes before bed and wake up to a softer look. I’ve got a party next weekend so I’m saving my last one for use the afternoon before the event.

Furlesse Crows

Furlesse Crows

Furlesse Crows

Furlesse Crows

ROWS go straight across your forehead. They are 3.5 inches/8.5 cm long. You can see them in this picture on her forehead but I used mine above my eyes since my forehead isn’t really lined (yet). furlesse model

Furlesse Rows

Furlesse Rows

Furlesse Rows

Furlesse Rows

ELEVENS are for the lines between your eyes that you love to hate. They are shaped perfectly for that area since it helps relax the lines just above your eyes as well as the lines between.

Furlesse Elevens

Furlesse Elevens

Furlesse Elevens

Furlesse Elevens

For the eyes my favorite is Crows although I may need to add all of these to my life sooner rather than later Wherever you have problems with lines you’ll find a solution by that mom of 3 and Furlesse.

To learn even more about these products you can watch some of the videos on the furlesse website plus read the FAQ. The 30 day packages are $19.99 each at Furlesse.com and on Amazon.com.

*sent for review consideration

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Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

If you didn’t see it in the Sunday Scoop, here is what you missed:

We have the best deal ever for you –E.V.E.R.! Lisa wrote a review to tell you all about Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer. She loved this so much that it made her Best of 2012 list with ease. Skin Chemists was so happy that they created a code for BIZ readers to get 90% off one unit of Wrinkle Killer for new customers. This is not a typo – 90% off. The code lasts from 1/20 to 1/27 and is ‘WrinkleKiller’. After one week the code will revert to 50% off for new customers, which is amazing on its own. Wrinkle Killer is expensive (over $200) but at 90% off it’s an amazing deal – only about $25!!!  Pick the Wrinkle Killer of your choice on Skin Chemists.

applicator

this will definitely kill those wrinkles – and not your pocketbook!

swatch

ingredients

no snakes were harmed in the making of this serum!

Snake serum and killing wrinkles: my adventure with Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

When I told Marcia about this new product I was going to be testing, her response was, “Have fun killing your wrinkles.”

Well guess what?  It was pretty fun!  Just the thought of killing wrinkles with snake serum is like the ultimate high for a skin care junkie like me.

Before I get into the gory snake venom details, let me tell about Skin Chemists, a UK company with world-wide delivery that does NOT test on animals (not even snakes).  Richard Walker, the Managing Director of Skin Chemists, was inspired by his father who created one of the very first ‘breakthrough’ skin care creams.  His Pharmacist father helped people find both their inner and outer beauty, which has become the guiding philosophy of Skin Chemists.  Every product they create is unique, cutting-edge, and tested via extensive clinical trials.   They are focused on the ethical creation of products that truly work and give real results.  As Richard Walker says, “When we say we can help…we can!”

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

I tested their Wrinkle Killer Professional Formula 4% ($207.17), which is a multi-peptide serum.  The 4% version is the salon strength version of the original Daily Use Formula.   The whole purpose of this serum is to get rid of your wrinkles – yup, to KILL them.  And the main ingredient is Syn-ake, which is a combination of oxygen and ingredients that replicates the venom from a Temple Viper snake.  This isn’t REAL snake venom – it’s a synthetic replication, no snakes were harmed in the production of this wrinkle cream!

Ok, who wouldn’t want to test a product with a name like Wrinkle Killer?  And then add in (synthetic) snake venom…woohoo!!  The main purpose of real snake venom is to immobilize the snake’s prey so it can swallow it.  So it makes sense that the purpose of Syn-ake is to immobilize your wrinkles and smooth your complexion through neuro-peptides.

This particular version has 4% of the active ingredient, Syn-ake.  An impressive 92% of Skin Chemist customers who have tried Wrinkle Killer gave it the highest rating of 5 stars.  Wrinkle Killer has been a huge success in Europe, over 40,000 units were sold in the first 6 months it was on the market.

directions

I absolutely love the honesty of this company – they actually say “For the best results we recommend that you use Wrinkle Killer Snake Serum for 28 days.  The effects will be temporary and continued use is required.”  That’s true of most skin care products, but it’s pretty rare that you find a company who actually tells you in print!  Because I am still testing the PaloVia Laser on the wrinkles around my eyes, I used this twice a day on my upper lip lines for over a month.

applicator

Quick packaging note – love the applicator.  It’s sanitary and it keeps the integrity of the serum by not exposing the product to air.

swatch

The serum is thick with a silky, almost silicone-like feel to it.  It smooths on easily and doesn’t interfere with other moisturizers or makeup.

My one complaint about this serum is the fragrance.  It’s not horrible, and it doesn’t last, but it definitely smells perfumey when first applied.  I would prefer no fragrance, although the scent isn’t a deal killer for me.

After a month, I definitely did see an improvement in the fine lines around my upper lip.  And while it is expensive, you need so little of the product that one bottle will last a very long time.  After thirty days of twice daily use, my bottle still looks almost brand new.  I am betting it will last at least a year.

I love my Wrinkle Killer just for the fun factor of a fantastic name and the connection to snake serum.  I love it even more because it does work, it will kill your wrinkles although it’s not an instant death – you make them suffer slowly.  If Skin Chemists took out the fragrance, I would say that this is a pretty perfect serum.  If fragrance isn’t an issue for you, then it is a very entertaining and effective wrinkle treatment option.  - Lisa

*pr sample

So what is in Syn-ake?  Here you go!

 

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer is more than you think it is

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer from algenist.com

Before you stop reading because you think you don’t have deep wrinkles, take a minute to see what reasons you might have for being interested in Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer ($45, 0.5 oz.). This product is not only for people with wrinkles, I’m using it several times a week and I don’t have wrinkles. (I really don’t.) I do have fine lines though and I do have some grooves that are a little deeper than they used to be. The main reason I like Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer is because of the way my skin looks when I use it. It’s actually a primer but one that you use more sparingly than a typical one that you’d use all over your face.

The name pretty much tells it all: Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer. Target where you want to minimize lines. For me it’s right by the sides of my nose, by the sides of my mouth and at the sides of my eyes where those pesky crowfeet like to show up. Sure you can use it all over and you’d love it but it’s not inexpensive so why not just spotlight where you really need it? This gel primer fills in the areas that have those lines.

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer tube

I use this after my morning skincare routine – wash, tone, a little eye cream (a rave for Algenist’s Complete Renewal Eye Balm which will be reviewed soon), moisturizer, spf. I make sure it’s all absorbed and ready for makeup. The first makeup step is to add in just tiny amounts of the Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer exactly where needed. I then do my eye makeup so I can let this set.

What I need to be careful about is that I don’t rub this away when I put on foundation. I love to use it on the days I’m using a foundation that I buff in with my Tarte Buffy Bamboo Face Powder Brush. That brush allows me to smooth out my foundation or BB cream without using any pressure that might move the Algenist Minimizer. I don’t like this under cream to powder foundations though since those are thicker and I seem to remove the Algenist when I’m applying that type of product. But any of my liquid foundations or my BB creams work just great with the Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer.

ingredient list

The ingredients that Algenist uses are different than most other brands. They are known for Alguronic Acid. They also use soy protein and echinacea, as well as an active peptide complex. This does have silicone in it so if you are one of those ladies that avoid any products with silicone you’ll sadly have to miss out on this.

Here’s a little more about the ingredients in this from their website:

  1. Alguronic Acid Filling Spheres: Increase cell regeneration and elastin synthesis
  2. Double Peptide complex: Smoothes wrinkles and firms the skin
  3. Soy protein: Increases skin density and reduces wrinkles
  4. Echinacea: Smoothes skin texture and decreases wrinkles
  5. Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin C and E: Decrease fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen production and provide antioxidant protection

I love the packaging of this and the SPF (previously reviewed) since it keeps the products stable and uncontaminated. It also dispenses just a small drop of the primer at a time so there’s no waste. I don’t find that I use a lot so I’m relieved I’m not washing it away. Algenist tells us that after 10 days of consistent use that you’ll see diminished lines and wrinkles. I can’t say if that’s true or not because of my skin but my fellow blogger, Polarbelle, did say it delivered on its promises. I just know that I loved the look I got with softened lines on my face each time I used it. Have you tried products from Algenist before? I’m interested in discovering more from them so share if you have. — Marcia

PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser: Week One Report

I just finished the first week of my 4 week trial of the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser.  Here are my thoughts so far:

1.  I started off at the lowest setting and used that for the first four days.  Then I went up to the middle level, and I hope to get to the highest level in a few more days.  The higher the level, the better your results.  It’s not painful, I think that getting my eyebrows threaded actually hurts worse than this.  For me it’s more of a fear thing – psychologically it’s just difficult for me to do a treatment that close to my eyes.  But as I get used to it, I get more brave and the treatment gets easier and easier.

working my way up to HIGH

2.  I am shocked by how quick the treatment is each night.  It only takes about four minutes from start to end, it’s much less time and effort intensive than I expected.

3.  I always do my treatment session at night because it does leave my eye area slightly red and swollen.  By morning the swelling is completely gone.

4.  I am experiencing a lot of dryness around my eyes.  Apparently, that is a side effect for about 22% of people who use the laser.  It’s not a bad thing, it’s a sign that the natural healing process is working.  I have been using a lot of eye cream and moisturizing masks to keep my under eye area comfortable and hydrated.

I do think it’s working, and I am really excited about the possibility of some fabulous end results.  I will check back in a week with my thoughts about week two.  – Lisa

Real wrinkle reduction? PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser initial report

One of my favorite things about blogging is the opportunity to be a human guinea pig.  Today I am starting a month-long trial using the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser ($499), which is an FDA-cleared at-home laser treatment for the wrinkles around your eyes.  I have my ‘before’ pictures today, and I will post weekly updates as well as my ‘after’ pictures in a month.

PaloVia

There are several bloggers participating, which is pretty cool because you can compare the results.  Lasers are clinically proven to reduce wrinkles, but you have to see a professional and spend lots of money for the treatment.  The PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser is an at-home laser that has some pretty impressive studies behind it showing it is very effective at reducing wrinkles around the eyes.

In the past, I have tried tons of eye creams, microdermabrasion, and Botox to get rid of my eye wrinkles.  I have had good success with Retinol products, although whenever I stop using them the wrinkles come back.  Botox makes my wrinkles pretty much disappear, but of course it wears off and it’s very expensive to get the shots every four months.  Microdermabrasion definitely made my skin smoother, but I didn’t like spending all the time and money for the treatments.

Before – right eye

My main wrinkle issues are absolutely around my eyes, and it’s worse on my left side for some reason.  Maybe it’s because that side of my face is exposed to the sun more from driving.

Before – left eye

When I look at photos, the one thing that has changed on me over the years and has made me look older are those pesky lines around my eyes.  So if this laser works for me, I am going to be one extremely happy (and younger looking) person.

PaloVia Kit

The kit comes with a very detailed instruction book, a Treatment Gel, and the handpiece plus the charger.

inside the kit

The charger is inside the little box pictured above.  This laser is only for the eye area, the periorbital wrinkles (sorry forehead wrinkles, you will be tackled another day!).

Treatment Gel

I am starting the treatments tonight.  The first step is to apply one pump of the Treatment Gel around the eye. The Treatment Gel reminds me of the stuff the doctor puts on you for an ultrasound, just not as thick.

handpiece

This is the actual laser handpiece.  It fits right into your hand and seems easy to use.

treatment window

Pictured above is the window that the laser comes through.  You can adjust the strength of the laser between low, medium, and high.

screen on

The screen shows that the strength is on high, I have 23 applications left (it starts at 25 but I did two test applications on my forearm), and the battery is fully charged.

The treatment plan is to use the laser every night for 30 days.  The laser is placed over an area, and you press the button which activates a 3 second application.  On my arm, the application feels like a prickling sensation.  It will be interesting to find out if it’s painful around the eyes.  You then move the handpiece and do it again until you cover each part of those wrinkles, which should be around 6 to 8 times per eye.

I am very excited about the trial, and I will tell you all the details about my experience. Plus, I am really excited that in one month Beauty Info Zone will have a PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser giveaway, so stay tuned!  - Lisa

Seven tips for fighting wrinkles (sponsored post)

7 Tips For Fighting Wrinkles

Summer sun is only one cause of wrinkles, although it’s clearly the biggest cause. If you thought genetics might be to blame, look at a recent study of identical twins.

Each set of twins included one who spent more time in the sun. And in every case, that sibling was the one who had more wrinkles and looked older than the other twin.

So no matter how much time in the sun you plan to get this summer, don’t forget these seven ways of fighting back against wrinkles:

1.  Always use sunscreen.

Even on a cloudy day in winter, or a day when you’ll be mostly indoors, sun has a way of getting to your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you wear sunscreen anytime you’ll be exposed to ultraviolet rays — not only because that will help reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, but also because it will help prevent wrinkles.

2.  Choose the right foods.

Essential fatty acids, like the omega-3 found in salmon and other cold-water fish, help nourish your skin. And the Journal of Nutrition reported that cocoa, which contains two ingredients called epicatchin and catechin, makes skin feel and look smoother.

You can also get vitamins associated with healthy skin from a variety of healthy foods:

* Vitamin A in carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, dried apricots
* Vitamin B-3 in peanuts, sun-dried tomatoes, veal, white-meat chicken
* Vitamin C in bell peppers, broccoli, oranges, brussels sprouts
* Vitamin E in almonds, green olives, sunflower seeds, cooked spinach

3.  Get a facial.

The antioxidants in Vitamins C and E work just as well outside your skin as they do inside your body. A facial that’s rich in Vitamin C helps fight the skin damage caused by environmental factors ranging from sunshine to air pollution. Ask your esthetician to recommend a facial treatment designed to boost collagen, the protein that keeps your skin smooth, and make sure the formula includes Vitamin C.

4.  Avoid smoke.

An occasional blast of smoke from the fireplace or barbecue grill won’t hurt your skin, but cigarette smoke is known for breaking down the collagen and elastin that keep your skin from wrinkling. WebMD reports that another study of identical twins found that generally the one who smoked not only had thinner skin, but also more wrinkles than the non-smoking twin.

5.  Watch your sleep.

The Mayo Clinic warns that lack of deep sleep makes it harder for your body to produce enough HGH or human growth hormone, which is used to strengthen your skin. In addition, sleeplessness increases production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can result in broken-down collagen.

You can also improve the look of your skin by sleeping on your back, rather than your side or face. As soft as your pillow might be, it still presses against your cheek or forehead…and over the years, that pressure can add up to wrinkles.

6.  Just add water.

Hydration is a great way to minimize lines and creases. Your skin’s natural oils can do their job more easily if you provide the moisture it needs to stay smooth and firm.

Drink plenty of water, at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day, and eat water-rich foods like tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches and strawberries. Moisturizer in daytime and nighttime helps keep your skin hydrated, as well.

7.  Reduce stress.

Whether it’s from mental or emotional turmoil, frowning creates wrinkles. So does squinting and straining to read the fine print on your computer screen. Taking steps to reduce stress will do your forehead a favor — not to mention the rest of your body.

As long as you take care of your skin throughout the year, by using these 7 techniques, you won’t need to worry about the effects of summer sunshine. In fact, you can use a day at the pool or the beach as one way of relieving stress!