Introducing the ageLOC LumiSpa

ageLOC LumiSpa

No matter how old you are you want your skin looking youthful, healthy and refreshed. That means you start with your skin properly cleansed. It’s easy to cleanse your skin but are you doing the best job? That’s what I wanted to find out with the ageLOC LumiSpa when I was sent it to test. This is made by nuSkin so I had a lot of confidence that this cleansing tool was going to be a great addition to my skincare regime.

ageLOC LumiSpa is a dual action skin refining system. It not only helps renew your skin it gives you a deep cleaning in a gentle way. Since this is waterproof you can even use it in the shower.

ageLOC LumiSpa

The ageLOC LumiSpa will at first remind you of other cleansing tools you’ve seen or tried but I’ve found it to be very different and interesting to use. When you purchase the debut kit you’ll also receive a cleanser that’s formulated to work well with it. The best type of cleanser is one that is low foaming. I didn’t receive a cleanser so I can’t tell you about that but I did find two successful cleansers (Cerave and Ao) that worked well and I’m sure I’d find more if I’d kept searching.

ageLOC LumiSpa

There are also 2 different type heads so pick the one that suits you best. For me that’s the normal ageLOC LumiSpa head but there’s also a firm treatment head. The cleansing head is different than a brush like the Clarisonic, it’s a nonabrasive silicone that is quite gentle on my face. I consider my skin to be sensitive because if I scrub too hard I’ll find tiny broken blood vessels appear close to the surface. I’ve had none of those showing through since I started using LumiSpa. The head itself contains antimicrobial silver and is more hygenic than other brushes.

ageLOC LumiSpa

Let me go through the steps of using this. When you first receive it you’ll want to charge it for 24 hours. After that you can unplug the machine and not worry about charging it again for 7 to 10 days. I like to do a lot of spa things on Sundays so that’s when I recharge. It doesn’t take 24 hours to charge once it’s up and going.

While it’s charging the light will pulse and once it’s stopped you know it’s ready for you.

ageLOC LumiSpa charging

Now wet the treatment head and press the on/off button. Take your time and slowly glide the treatment head back and forth over your entire face using broad strokes. Don’t use a scrubbing motion and don’t press too hard. If I press too hard the LumiSpa pauses until I let up. The device actually stops for a little bit after 30 seconds to remind you to move to a new part of your face. Their literature shows 4 zones to cleanse: forehead, each cheek area, and mouth/chin area. If you follow the 4 pauses it will just take you 2 minutes for the cleansing to be complete.

ageLOC LumiSpa normal treatment head

But why is this different? That’s what is so important. The treatment head is counter-rotating. The inner circle moves clockwise and the outer circle moves counter-clockwise. It feels so great on my face because while it’s cleansing it’s also stimulating and massaging my face. But it’s so gentle with the normal head.

The head removes easily for washing off the soap residue, let it dry and then replace it on your device so it’s ready for the next cleansing period.

The ageLOC LumiSpa by Nu Skin has surpassed what I’d hoped for. I feel that my face is cleaner, especially around my nose that never feels cleansed properly, and it feels good with its massaging action. They say it helps reduce the appearance of pores too and it definitely helps with that since I’ve gotten them so well cleansed. I give a thumbs up to the LumiSpa. When I need to replace the treatment head I’ll buy the cleanser for it too so I can try that.

ageLOC LumiSpa delivers seven skin benefits that intensify over time:

  • Skin renewal
  • Purified skin
  • Minimized appearance of pores
  • Smoothness
  • Radiance
  • More refreshed look
  • Increased appearance of volume and density

What do you think about cleansing devices? Have they helped your skin look clearer? If not then your next step is to try the ageLOC LumiSpa by Nu Skin. —  Marcia

 

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Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System has awakened my skin

With all the great cleansing wipes and Micellar Water, I’ve gotten lazier than I want to be about night time cleansing. I’m a champ in the morning but at night I don’t even start my routine until about midnight. Don’t ask me what I do with the time since I barely watch TV in the summer. But there I am at midnight just wanting to get my face clean quickly and ready for the skincare that I love using.

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System

Along came Instrumental Beauty’s new Sonic Touch Cleansing System and my enthusiasm for real cleansing has been renewed. I’m really enjoying using this system with my cleansers so I’ve gotten away from my wipes except for an occasional night where I’m about to pass out. Before telling you about this you need to know that this great sonic cleansing tool is only $34.95. I was shocked at the price since it reminds me so much of my Foreo Luna that sells for $199.00.

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System

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Instrumental Beauty developed a waterproof facial cleanser tool that’s easy to clean since it’s made of durable silicone. It’s one piece so there are no extra costs to buy replacement brush heads.

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System - side A

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System – side A

The sonic touch cleansing system has two sides. Side A has fine cleansing points that provide extra gentle cleansing. After removing any foundation I’m wearing I apply a little cleanser to this side and start my cleansing routine. This continues the removal of cosmetics. Then I turn it over to Side B —

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System - side B

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System – side B

where the points are broader and provide for deeper cleansing. This side really seems to massage my skin and encourages a healthier blood flow.

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System

Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System

Use this in a circular motion for best results. What is great is that it’s gentle enough to use twice a day and it even comes into the shower with you.

Not only does the Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch cleanse my skin but it exfoliates it at the same time. You are getting more than just cleansing with this tool and you’re doing it in a gentle fashion.instrumental beauty cleanser about

When I received this I was a little stymied by how to charge it. It comes with a USB Compatible Charging Cord but silly me kept looking for the charger. Duh, you don’t need one. You can just plug the charging cord into any USB port. I either use the one on my computer or the one I have for my camera. About two hours later it’s fully charged for weeks. instrumental beauty cleanser results

Thanks to this great cleansing system my lazy nights are less and less. This is small enough for travel especially with the USB Charging Cord. I’ve never traveled with this kind of tool but I sure will now. I’m happy to have this pretty blue Instrumental Beauty Sonic Cleansing Tool in my life and I’m pretty sure you would be too.  — Marcia

Instrumental Sonic Touch Cleansing System broad side

Instrumental Sonic Touch Cleansing System broad side

This is available at RiteAid stores and RiteAid.com. You can use your Plenti card there to earn points and right now there’s a 20% online code RA20 but only through 7/2.

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Anti-Aging with red light therapy by Sonulase review and giveaway

Sonulase

Sonulase

It wasn’t that long ago that having the technology to bring red light therapy and the power of a UV Light was too expensive for the average consumer. But thanks to SONULASE we can have just that at a price we can afford.

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SONULASE is the first device that combines medical grade age fighting Red Light with daily cleansing. It’s made to stimulate collagen production while strengthening sagging skin and wrinkles. It does it all while you cleanse. Sadly collagen production pretty much stops by the age of 25. Since collagen plumps facial skin it keeps it looking fuller and more youthful. Sonaluse wants to stimulate natural collagen growth with the effects of RED LIGHT therapy.

Sonulase

Sonulase

Sonulase looks like the sonic cleansing brushes that we are used to seeing and using but there’s a big difference. It’s to be used for daily cleansing as well as red light UV therapy.

Sonulase in action

Sonulase in action

Mode One is Daily Cleansing with RED Light Therapy. Not only are you cleansing and exfoliating but you are adding the power of red light.

Mode Two is Targeted RED Light Therapy. With Mode two you choose two days a week to target areas you want to work on to build collagen and increase volume from beneath skin surface.

Join Marcia and Lisa in learning more about this wonder anti-aging device and learn how to win one for yourself.

MARCIA explains the Daily Cleansing with Red Light Therapy:

Sonulase brush

Sonulase brush

The Sonulase brush isn’t unique looking when you first remove it from the box. We’ve seen this before and many of us cleanse with something similar. The difference though is when you use this for cleansing and can turn on the red light to add some collagen stimulation.

Sonulase cleansing brush

Sonulase cleansing brush

Using a sonic cleansing brush helps exfoliate your skin and cleanse pores better. The red light is new technology that is unique to Sonulase. This gives the collagen boost your skin needs to speed up cellular turnover.

Sonulase is also unique because of the UV Cleanlight Technology that is built into the charging system. When the skin care device is plugged in there is a cycle that starts cleansing the actual brush keeping bacteria and microrganisms that could grow at bay.

Sonulase in UV Cleanlight Mode

Sonulase in UV Cleanlight Mode

Now that I’ve explained Mode One let me give you my impressions. I like that there are two cleansing speeds and I advise you to start out with the Low speed. The first time I used the brush I was a little dismayed at the lack of softness. But I liked the way it cleansed, especially around my nose which is the area that gives me the most grief. The more I used the Sonulase, the softer my brush started to feel. While it still isn’t what I call a soft brush, it’s soft enough yet firm enough to really cleanse my skin.

I wet the brush, apply my cleanser to the brush head, put it up to my face and press Cleanse. I like turning on the red light button rather than using it on its own. When done I’ll use a wet cloth to remove cleansing residue. Sometimes I’ll precleanse with an oil or cleansing balm, but if I don’t have a lot of makeup on I just use the Sonulase for all my cleansing needs. The brush removes with a firm twist so that I can wash it separately if it has makeup stains on it.

Sonulase gets an A from me especially once you learn about the Red Light Therapy.

LISA explains the Red Light Therapy

This Red Light Therapy isn’t new…it was actually developed by NASA about 40 years ago to treat the damaged skin of astronauts in space! What is new is the ability to have this ‘space age’ treatment in your home instead of having to go to a dermatologist or medical spa.

Sonaluse Red Light Therapy

Sonulase Red Light Therapy

The Red Light is all about collagen. You know, the fibrous tissue that keeps skin plump and young-looking. Your body actually stops creating collagen at around age 25 – after that, it’s all downhill in the collagen department. Less collagen means deeper wrinkles. The quickest way to recreate the youthful, collagen-happy look is with injectable fillers like Restalyn. However, at $450 or so a syringe it gets very expensive, especially since the filler is absorbed by your body and you need new injections at least once a year, perhaps even twice a year.

Space age stuff - Red Light at 660 nanometers

Space age stuff – Red Light at 660 nanometers

Red Light Therapy, a deeply penetrating LED light which is FDA-approved at 660 nanometers, actually stimulates natural collagen growth, so while the Sonulase is spendy, it’s a one time investment that is less than one syringe of an injectable filler.

photo from Sonulase website

photo from Sonulase website

Using the Red Light Therapy is as easy as cleaning your face with the cleansing brush. It doesn’t hurt or really feel like anything other than a tiny bit warmer than it does while cleansing, and it only takes a few moments twice a week. You can use the Red Light with or without the brush – I prefer using the brush while I concentrate on my more wrinkled areas. In the 8 week study that Sonulase did, 86% of customers reported an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles. Those are great results. I think the Sonulase is a terrific multitasking, intelligent brush that is well worth the investment. I have had great results so far and I am definitely keeping up my Sonulase routine for good.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Sonulase has graciously offered this remarkable device to 3 Beauty Info Zone subscribers. This $249 advanced cleansing and anti-aging tool can be yours if you live in the US. Use the Rafflecopter to enter from now through April 20, 2016 at 11:59 eastern time. We check all entries so honesty counts. If the comments close early please email us at [email protected] and label it Sonulase. Comment in the email and that would be used for that entry so you can continue on. The more you do on the Rafflecopter, the more chances you have and you don’t want to miss out on your chance with this.

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Daily Concepts – where have these been all my life?

When Daily Concepts wrote and offered two products to test out for a possible review I agreed without any preconceived notions about what they might be like. It’s a new company to me and I didn’t know that they were about to change my cleansing routine.

Daily Concepts tools

Daily Concepts tools

Above are the two products that I’ve been using almost non-stop since they came. YOUR FACIAL MICRO SCRUBBER and YOUR KONJAC SPONGE. These are another great product to use for stocking stuffers which I know we’ve been talking about constantly.

Daily Concepts Your Facial Micro Scrubber

Daily Concepts Your Facial Micro Scrubber

YOUR FACIAL MICRO SCRUBBER is the one I used first. I have two bathrooms that I use. One during the day that contains the shower and all my hair and cosmetic items. One I use at night to cleanse and get ready for bed since I go to bed much later than my husband and don’t want to wake him. This Micro Scubber is in the night time bathroom. It’s a two sided cotton tool with one side being great for gentle exfoliation. That side contains nylon exfoliating loops. The reason I use this at night is that I can use it when removing makeup and later throw it in the laundry without ruining it.

Daily Concepts Your Facial Micro Scrubber washcloth side

Daily Concepts Your Facial Micro Scrubber washcloth side

Daily Concepts Your Facial Micro Scrubber exfoliating side

Daily Concepts Your Facial Micro Scrubber exfoliating side

This has an environmentally friendly, soy based foam material (inside the scrubber) to create a rich lather. It’s gentle on skin yet does a good job for daily exfoliation.

Daily Concepts Your Konjac Sponge

Daily Concepts Your Konjac Sponge

DAILY CONCEPTS YOUR KONJAC SPONGE is the product that has blown me away. I never had used a Konjac sponge before even though I’d heard so many great things about them. Now I want to know why I wasn’t forced into using one!

The PURE KONJAC SPONGE is so popular that the website can’t keep them in stock. They also carry two more: Tumeric Konjac and Charcoal Konjac. While it may not be back for a stocking stuffer, they will be back for you to buy.

DAILY CONCEPTS YOUR KONJAC SPONGE

DAILY CONCEPTS YOUR KONJAC SPONGE

DAILY CONCEPTS YOUR KONJAC SPONGE

DAILY CONCEPTS YOUR KONJAC SPONGE

A Konjac Sponge it’s very hard to the touch. It’s made of natural ingredients. To use it get it nice and wet. This makes it soften up. You can use this with cleanser or without. I mostly take it into the shower in the morning since my face doesn’t have remnants of makeup on then and use it with a gentle cleanser. Sometimes I use it without cleanser to just exfoliate. When done, don’t wring it. Remove the water by squeezing it flat between your hands. Then use their handy holder to let it dry for the next use. These are good for about 90 days.

Daily Concepts comes with holder and suction

Daily Concepts comes with holder and suction

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  • Pure Konjac sponge provides pH balance for your skin
  • Made from 100% natural and preservative-free Konjac root
  • Biodegrable, vegan and never tested on animals.
  • No chemicals added! Delicate for sensitive skin.
  • No parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

I’m totally impressed with both of these tools but I’m especially in love with the Konjac Sponge. I love that it is cruelty free and that the company is philanthropic. I love the clean feeling my skin has and how it’s helped with getting rid of dead skin. With the Konjac Sponge I can easily get into the crevices at the side of my nose that is the hardest for me to clean.

DAILY CONCEPTS has many great tools to use. I had totally forgotten that Lisa had reviewed their Dual Body Scrubber and now I want one of those too!  I just know they’ve converted me to become a Konjac lover and I can’t wait to try more of the line. Have you allowed Daily Concepts to change your life yet? You should! — Marcia

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FOREO Luna Cleansing System brought to you side by side

Yes, it’s true – facial cleansing devices are everywhere now.  They range from extremely inexpensive to super spendy, and the cleansing techniques vary widely.  FOREO has a new cleansing system they sent to the BIZ to review.  We were impressed by the unique design of the Luna, and now we are excited to tell you all about it.

Foreo Luna Box

FOREO Luna

This little pink machine does all kinds of things, and each side of the device has its own miracles to work.  It’s much, much different from a facial brush.  FOREO says:

Why LUNA is not just a facial brush:

  • Transdermal sonic pulsations, rather than standard oscillation, gently stimulate blood flow beneath the skin’s surface, cleansing from the inside out and smoothing away the signs of aging in a similar way to the Botox® effect.
T-Sonic pulsations do the cleansing

T-Sonic pulsations do the cleansing

  • Nonabrasive brush surfaces made from soft, smooth silicone – the first of their kind – making it ultra-gentle and actually pleasant to use on the skin.
  • So effective, you notice a visible difference in skin tone after just 3 days, and your face will feel softer and invigorated after just one use.
  • Organic design – 100% waterproof, fully rechargeable for 450 uses at a time, and it looks beautiful as well!

The pink version is for sensitive/normal skin. There are two other colors/options available. The white version is for ultra-sensitive skin and the blue version is for combination skin. Let’s see what Marcia and Lisa think about this pink beauty.

inside the Foreo Luna box

inside the FOREO Luna box

MARCIA and the front side of the FOREO Luna:

What a fascinating cleansing machine this is. It’s totally unique compared to other products we’ve tried and reviewed. I’m going to describe the cleansing action of the machine while Lisa will describe the anti-aging action on the back side.

Foreo Luna

FOREO Luna

As you can see this silicone machine has little nubs that do the work of cleansing. The FOREO Luna vibrates, it doesn’t rotate which is what makes it different from what you are used to seeing or using. This makes it gentler and, in my opinion, safer for sensitive skin. The Luna is so soft to the touch that you instantly know you are going to experience a gentle treatment. There’s nothing harsh about it at all.

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up close and personal

The first step is to remove your makeup, you don’t want to be pressing dirt into your skin, you want the machine to do super cleansing and exfoliation in its gentle fashion. This can be done with something like Dermalogica PreCleanse or one of the new cleansing oils that are available. Now this is a matter of preference so if you don’t want to take that extra step then just suds up with either a gel or cream cleanser. You can adjust the pressure of the machine with the plus and minus signs seen below.

bottom up close

bottom up close

What you want is for the Luna to do the work. You don’t have to apply pressure, just hold it without pressing. I like to use this in a circular motion along my chin, cheeks, forehead. Then I use the tip around my nose, the curve gets into the crevices there and helps me get rid of my stubborn dry patch. It can also be used around  your eye with that smaller area. I always make sure that I’ve pressed the minus sign since I want to use very light pressure under my eyes. That’s it! Turn it off, rinse and you are clean and ready for the anti-aging action that will now be described.

When you first get your FOREO Luna you’ll have to charge it up but then it stays charged for months – the company says you can get 450 uses before you’d have to recharge! That makes it perfect for travel since you don’t have to bring the charger, just put it in the silky travel pouch and you’ve got a travel buddy.

There’s more to love since you don’t have to buy anything after you’ve made your initial purchase. With a machine like a Clarisonic you need to buy new brushes every few months because of the risk of bacteria but the Luna will never anything other than cleansing.

LISA and the back side of the FOREO Luna:

back of the Foreo Luna

Anti-aging surface of the FOREO Luna

I completely agree with Marcia’s review of the front side – the FOREO Luna is fantastic for cleansing the skin. So what is the deal with the back of the device? Check out the little lines up at the top.  Here’s an even closer view for you.

Foreo Luna anti-aging side up close and personal

FOREO Luna anti-aging side up close and personal

I may be a few years younger than Marcia, but that girl has NO wrinkles. Me? I have plenty so I am happy to use the FOREO Luna both for cleansing and for anti-aging. The center button activates the lower-frequency Anti-Aging Mode, which you then press on five different points for 12 seconds each – between eyebrows, right temple, right nasolabial fold, left nasolabial fold, then the left temple. This light massage relaxes those tension points and help prevent lines and wrinkles. Plus, it increases the blood circulation to those areas which increases collagen and elastin production. All that equals firmer skin with better elasticity.

Besides, it’s just a great way to relax and pamper yourself.  I use it right after cleansing, I just flip the Luna around, press the center button, and enjoy the next minute. It feels great and after my skin definitely glows.  You can also use it with your favorite skin care creams or serums.

We love the Luna and FOREO has several other options available. Here is all the latest news from FOREO.  Enjoy!!

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