Eliminating ingrown hair with My Skin & Co

My Skin and CoThere isn’t much I hate more than ingrown hairs.  Well, there’s also razor bumps, irritation, red bumps…it’s all awful.  There is a really cool line called My Skin & Co. which has nothing but products to help create skin that doesn’t get irritated by waxing, shaving, or threading.  The line was actually created for actors and models to help create perfect skin for photo shoots.  They recently sent me a few products to try, and I am very impressed.

My Skin and Co Exfoliation ScrubMy Skin and Co Exfoliating Scrub 2My Skin and Co Exfoliating Scrub 3First, there is the Exfoliating Scrub.  This is a creamy lotion with little scrubbies that remove dead skin and anything that blocks hair growth, which could cause congestion, irritation, and infection. It is great for sensitive skin and I have no problem using it over areas that are already inflamed and irritated – oh that dreaded razor burn! – and it works on all areas from the face to the underarms to the bikini line.  Oh, and did I mention that this is just as awesome for men as it is for women?  You are going to end up arm wrestling your guy for this, believe me.

My Skin and Co Roll On 2My Skin and Co Roll OnFollow the Exfoliating Scrub with the super convenient Roll-on Clinical Strength Liquid Treatment.  This liquid continues to fight and get rid of dead skin cells, as well as reducing redness and soothing irritation.  You roll this on twice a day until skin is all back to normal.

My Skin and Co AFter the Wax After the Razor CreamMy Skin and Co After the Wax After the Razor Cream 2I am also impressed with the After the Wax/After the Razor Women’s Cream.  This is a deliciously soothing cream that you put on immediately following shaving or waxing, and it makes skin incredibly happy.  It has wonderful ingredients like certified organic tea tree oil and Moroccan Oil, and it’s truly a skin savior.

If you have any issues at all with ingrown hair, razor bumps, or skin irritation, here’s your answer!!  You can find all My Skin & Co. products online at gomyskin.com and at Amazon.com.  – Lisa

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Spiritual skincare worth the splurge Kristals Skin Care

trying-to-find-balanceBalance. I don’t think it’s easy to truly achieve balance in life – despite good intentions, things happen. Your cat gets sick and throws up all over. Your kids make bad choices and come to you for help. Your spouse has a difficult day and is in a terrible mood. While it may be a challenge to stay centered and calm, keeping your wellness at the top of that ‘important things to do’ list is essential.                                                                                                         samples

I truly believe that one way to enhance your spirituality and ensure some balance in this often stressful world is purposeful spoiling. Yes, when you splurge on yourself you not only reinforce your self-worth, you also help everyone else in your life. Take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health, and you are a better mom, a better spouse, a better friend.  Kristals Cosmetics

Kristals Skin Care, a skin care line featuring bioenergized formulas with concentrations of gemstones right in the products, is an excellent way to spoil yourself and enhance your spirituality. On their website you can search by skin care concern, product type, or gemstone. They also have astoundingly gorgeous jewelry that you can splurge on to match the gemstones that are infused into the skin care products you choose. Just think how amazing you will feel  with beautiful skin AND this stunning necklace!

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No question, Kristals Skin Care is expensive. But if it fits into your budget, this is a line that deserves your serious consideration.  Some information from Kristals about their company:

For thousands of years, gemstones have been used for health and beauty around the world. Classical texts as well as astrological studies refer to the healing properties of gemstones and the positive influence of gems on the mind and body. Kristals Skincare takes this wisdom to a new level, bringing you concentrations of precious and semiprecious gemstones and metals known to create protective fields around the body and blending them with powerful botanicals, naturally effective herbal essences and oils, and the best scientific breakthroughs in skincare for every skin type. This harmonious combination offers highly beneficial changes to your mental, emotional and physical states. With just a single application of these gemstone skincare products, your skin will look smoother, firmer, refreshed and rejuvenated. Everyday use will result in continuous improvement in the tone and texture of your skin over time. Discover for yourself how gemstones’ natural energy is the perfect way to restore radiance, giving you skin that’s softer, suppler and luminously beautiful.

Kristals Amethyst

Kristals Skin Care features elegant formulas in beautiful packaging. As I mentioned the products are quite spendy, but they work on many levels. I have been testing the amethyst products. Is amethyst the gemstone you need in your skin care products?  It is a match for you if:

  • Restoring freshness to your skin is a goal
  • Your skin needs even deeper moisturization that what it’s getting
  • Proper exfoliation is a concern
  • Greater spiritual balance is key
  • You wish to dispel negative energy

There are two AMETHYST products that work together to purify, brighten, and smooth skin: the AMETHYST Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment ($419.95) and the AMETHYST Oxygen Instant Energizing Activating Serum ($299.95). These two very different products work together in perfect harmony – in fact, you need both for the full effect of the skin care.Kristals Skin Care AMETHYST Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment

The Kristals Skin Care AMETHYST Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment is an exfoliating gel that smells like ozone. It has a combination of sodium bicarbonate, pro-vitamin B5, and vitamin E that work along with the natural minerals in the amethyst to purify, detoxify, and revitalize skin. This gel exfoliates, moisturizes, and heals the skin. It helps skin generate healthy cells and fights free radicals, resulting in brighter skin and less wrinkles.

The yin to the Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment’s yang is the Oxygen Instant Activating Serum. The serum also has amethyst, which provides the natural mineral complex, along with lactic acid (AHA) for exfoliation and collagen production, and chamomile, lemon balm, and green tea to calm and heal skin. The serum is ONLY for use with the gel, not for use by itself.Kristals Amethyst Oxygen Instant Energizing Activating Serum

This pampering skin care treatment starts with clean, dry skin. You smooth a thin layer of the gel on and the gel has tiny crystals inside that gently exfoliate as you massage it in for about a minute. Next, you add a few drops of the Oxygen Instant Activating Serum on top of the gel. The two products gently combine and create a white foam that has a warming effect on skin. It’s really pretty neat. The serum and gel together make a wonderful oxygen cocktail for skin, and the serum dissolves the crystals so their ingredients are fully absorbed.

After massaging in the white foaminess for a minute or so, just wipe it off with a warm washcloth then follow with your regular cleanser. I find that my skin feels absolutely amazing afterward. A little moisturizer over that, and skin is smooth, happy, and glowing. Just knowing that amethyst promotes tranquility, spiritual awareness, clarity, and intuition makes every treatment feel so special. My skin is cleansed and calmed and so is my entire being.

Kristals Cosmetics also offers an amethyst-based moisturizing cream that I am testing, and I will have that review up soon. In the meantime, if your budget allows I definitely recommend the Amethyst Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment and Oxygen Instant Activating Serum to treat not just your skin, but also your mind, body, and soul.  – Lisa

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Auspect Skin Care launches in the U.S. this month!

Auspect Skin CareI love discovering a new skin care line and Auspect Skin Care from Australia is about as new as it gets in the states. It just launched this month in the US, although it’s a favorite luxury line in the UK and Australia. In fact, up until now it was only available through dermatologists, so we are lucky we can get it directly from the get go.                                                                  pr sample

Auspect Skin Care features natural cleansers, serums, exfoliators, and moisturizers that focus on restoring and healing skin while also protecting it. The clinical grade products are the result of 20 years of research.

Auspect Starter Kit

A great way to try out this line is with the Auspect’s Starter Kit ($110). This kit includes Auspect’s Total Clean cleanser, Exfol + night serum, Vita C serum, and Hydrate Plus moisturizer.

  • Total Clean purifies by removing imbedded dirt, makeup, excess oil and damaging pollutants.

    Auspect Skin Care Total Clean

    Auspect Skin Care Total Clean

  • Exfol + works to give you a smoother skin texture, smaller looking pores and fewer visible imperfections.

    Auspect Skin Care Exfol+

    Auspect Skin Care Exfol+

  • Vita C is a potent, non-irritating, highly stable and non-greasy serum that, even to the last drop, gives you a softer, brighter looking complexion.

    Auspect Skin Care Vita C

    Auspect Skin Care Vita C

  • Hydrate Plus is a nutrient rich moisturizer that quickly replenishes skin’s vital moisture reserve

    Auspect Skin Care Hydrate+

    Auspect Skin Care Hydrate+

Auspect Skin Care Starter KitThis is almost the total skin care package with everything you need for your morning and night-time routine – the only item you’ll want to add is some sunscreen.

I think the products are perfect for summer – at .5 and 1.0 ounces, the bottles are travel ready and FTC compliant. They even come in a nice see-through travel bag. One small note – these products do have a light fragrance.

Head on over to the Auspect Skin Care web site to check out full size products and the rest of the range, which includes some great treatment serums, eye cream, and sunscreen. Take a trip ‘down under’ for some beautiful skin!  – Lisa

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

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil and Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil and Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser

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

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

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

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

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

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

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

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

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

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

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

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

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

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation OIl

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

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

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ingredients for Jojoba Bead facial cleanser

ingredients for Jojoba Bead facial cleanser

ingredients for jojoba natural pigmentation oil

ingredients for jojoba natural pigmentation oil

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.

RoC Resurfacing Disks fight fine lines gently and economically #gotitfree #RoC

Roc Daily Resurfacing Disks

Roc Daily Resurfacing Disks

If you are seeking ways to combat fine lines and wrinkles, look to RoC. So many of their products work towards that goal but not all will start showing results in just one week like the RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks.

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks open

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks open

I often use cleansing wipes at night when I’m tired. These discs are a twist on the typical cleansing wipe since they foam up yet they are soap free. You start with wet skin and massage the smooth side on to cleanse your face. They say these are safe for your eye area but I won’t use them there. I prefer a separate eye makeup remover or Dr. Brandt Dual Fusion Water. Once cleansed I’m ready for the textured side which provides gentle exfoliation. These can be used daily.

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

The disk is big enough that you could cut it in half but I prefer using the entire disk since it gives me more control. There is a slight fragrance to this but I only notice it when I first start to use it. It doesn’t linger. As you can see by the picture below these are quite unique due to the thickness of the pad. This gives it the durability to really work wonders on your face.

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

According to RoC here are the results you could see using these daily:

Results After Clinical Testing

In just 1 week:

  • the appearance of fine lines is reduced
  • skin tone and texture is improved

After 4 weeks:

  • signs of photo-aging appear diminished

After 12 weeks:

  • the appearance of wrinkles and pores is diminished

This exclusive formula is:

  • Soap-free
  • Oil-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-comedogenic

The Daily Resurfacing Disks don’t give me heavy duty exfoliation but they do give me enough of a boost that my skin stays flake free. You can find these for about $10.00 ($8.99 at Amazon) at most drugstores. Thanks to RoC I have another way to keep my skin cleansed, soft and looking its best. —  Marcia

#gotitfree #ROC

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Get great skin while giving back with Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

Christie Brinkley Smile

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare has become a favorite brand of mine. I’ve told you before that I reluctantly decided to try the line when it was offered to me but within a short time became enamored with it. The products I’ve used are wonderful and I have no hesitation recommending them to you.

Starting December 1st, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare will be offering an amazing gift set for the holidays. Best of all, for each set sold, $50 will be donated towards Smile Train – an organization close to Christie’s heart.

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Smile Train provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their own communities.

Look at what $78.90 will get you from Christie Brinkley’s website:

Christie Brinkley COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash

Christie Brinkley COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash

Christie Brinkley COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash ($32.95) is gentle enough for all skin types. It’s a foaming facial wash that doesn’t strip your skin.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish ($34.95) can be used daily but I prefer to use this several times a week instead. This is a creamy scrub that is gentle on skin yet gives a strong exfoliating action that refines skin texture, clear pores, removes dulling dirt and dead skin and stimulates skin turnover leaving skin feeling, purified, invigorated, and smoothed.

Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment ($79.95) is the product that sold me on the CB skincare. This gentle and very moisturizing day cream contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and feels so luxurious on my skin. I enjoy putting this on because of the way my skin feels and looks when using it.

“Infused with award winning anti-aging ingredients and beyond UV sun protection,  this clinically proven multi-level, anti-aging treatment helps correct the most visible signs of aging by supporting the skin’s natural anti-aging defenses and the natural production of collagen.

Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment has received the seal of recommendation from ‘The Skin Cancer Foundation’.”

For the cost of the Recapture Day alone you’ll be getting both cleansers which is an amazing deal. Just as important is that you are not only getting great skin but you are giving back to a cause that is so important to Christie Brinkley and to people around the world with cleft lip and palette. Do yourself and others a favor and consider this wonderful skincare. I know I’m taking advantage of it because of the $57 savings and because I want another Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment in my life. — Marcia