Changing the World with Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny and CoWhen I look at new brands to try, one ingredient that always captures my attention is coconut oil. I honestly think it’s the best overall skin care ingredient out there. It heals from the inside out. No one does coconut oil like the skin care line Skinny & Co. They have a unique system called the Nutralock System that keeps raw nutrients intact, so the coconut oil is more fully absorbed by the body inside and out.

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Skinny & Co.Skinny and Co. says, “Skinny is the only coconut oil on the market that is wild harvested, hand pressed, small batched, never heated, 100% raw, 100% virgin, and 100% without chemicals and solvents. You can actually smell, feel, taste and see the difference. At Skinny we believe in the power of a tight knit community centered on only the highest quality, chemical free products made with a higher purpose at heart. Each one of our nurturing products contains 5 edible ingredients or less and is made with our patented coconut oil process that ensures nutrients stay intact which enhances effectiveness both inside and out.

Skinny & Co.I have been testing five 2 oz. samples of their products, and all I can say is yum and wow!  This really is coconut oil at its finest.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

First up is the pure Coconut Oil. This is 100% pure, raw coconut oil. You can use this for so many things: as a face and skin moisturizer, a hair conditioner or in food – it takes the place of butter or oil and tastes fantastic in coffee and smoothies.

  • The only raw 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world
  • Wild-Harvested, not plantation grown
  • Handpicked
  • No chemicals, fillers, or preservatives
  • Cold-Processed; Not Just Cold Pressed
  • Skinny and Co. is a brand that owns and manufactures our coconut oil (they do not buy from contract manufacturers). They are Tree To Table

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Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Another very interesting product is the Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouth Wash. I have tried oil pulling before but boy, it tastes so weird I just couldn’t stick with it. This, however, is oil pulling mouth wash and the addition of organic peppermint essential oil makes all the difference. If you are new to oil pulling, here is how Skinny & Co. describe it:  Oil Pulling is an ancient practice that is receiving recent interest due to it becoming an adjunct in people’s oral hygiene routine. Coconut oil has been found to be an ideal choice due to the lauric acid binding with the bacteria in the mouth during the “pulling” process. We recommend starting pulling for five minutes, then increase the time gradually. Move the oil around your mouth as if it were mouthwash, but do not gargle or swallow.

I am loving it and I definitely plan to purchase a full size bottle. It’s totally safe for teeth and all dental work and with only two ingredients – the peppermint essential oil and the 100% Raw Coconut Oil, it’s a fantastic organic, natural find.

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

The Whipped Body Butter is a true coconut oil delight. This has a light, airy texture and it soothes and hydrates skin like crazy. I’ve used it as a body moisturizer, hair conditioner, and shaving cream with terrific results. I also tried it as a pre-treatment for my hair, applying it to dry hair and letting it sit for a half hour before showering and washing my hair as usual. It gave me incredibly soft floaty hair…amazing! I am sure it would be fantastic for expecting moms to help prevent stretch marks. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Organic Almond Oil to promote collagen renewal, Vitamin E to protect skin from free radicals, and blend of essential oils. Protects against free radical damage

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

I’m not usually a big fan of body scrubs but the Exfoliating Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub is excellent. The scrub is a combination of coconut sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla. The scrub is gentle but effective, exfoliating skin while also hydrating at the same time. It’s a perfect way to prep skin for self tanner and it also works as a terrific lip scrub. It smells divine as well…like a combination of a bonfire and vanilla.

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

The last product I tested is the Calming Lavendar and Coconut Facial Oil. I love multi-taskers, and this does triple duty as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer all in one. This is one of Skinny and Co.’s top sellers and I can see why. The coconut oil base gives it a perfect pH balance, and it soothes skin while cleansing it. You apply this to a dry face and wipe it off with a warm damp washcloth. I also use it with my Luna and love it. You can apply a little extra after cleansing for more hydration, and it also works as an overnight mask. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Holy Basil. Now, I have to admit, with those ingredients I was hesitant to use this on my eyes…but it dissolved even waterproof mascara with no problem! No stinging at all. Great stuff!!

I am very impressed with Skinny and Co.’s coconut oil-based products.  They certainly changed my world, and I think they will change yours too. You can find them online at skinnyandcompany.com.  – Lisa
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Get great skin with Skindinavia Post-Makeup Recovery Spray

Skindinavia Post Makeup Recovery Spray 3When I first opened the package from Skindinavia, I was all excited — I thought it was the Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray, one of my favorite products of all time. Then I realized this was something different. The Skindinavia Post-Makeup Recovery Spray (4 oz. $26; 8 oz. $36) is a spray, but one used AFTER removing makeup. Thank goodness I looked a little more closely at the bottle because this is an all together completely different product!

The premise behind the Skindinavia Post-Makeup Recovery Spray is that makeup can clog pores and deplete skin of minerals. Of course, we typically wash off our makeup at night – if we are being responsible – but cleansing can dry out skin and actually deplete it of the good stuff that keeps skin looking plumped and fresh.Skindinavia Post Makeup Recovery Spray 2This is where the Skindinavia Post-Makeup Recovery Spray comes in. An  after cleansing spray rebalances skin’s natural pH levels. The ingredients also include zinc, which keep skin clear of blemishes. Organic willow bark is a skin soother that prevents bacteria from entering pores, which ultimately means smooth, blemish-free skin.

Skindinavia Post Makeup Recovery SpraySince I have been using this, I haven’t experienced any break outs. I don’t find it to be much help as a makeup refresher during the day, but it is a very nice boost when I’m not wearing any cosmetics. Better skin means better makeup, so I think this is a very interesting product that could be a welcome addition to your skin care arsenal.  – Lisa

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Got wrinkles? Get retinol. NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair

I have a birthday coming up and while I love birthdays I don’t love the wrinkles that seem to come with every one the past few years. My favorite wrinkle-fighting ingredient is retinol, so I jumped at the chance to test the NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair ($130).          pr sampleNia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair
This moisturizing serum combines retinol with niacin, which actually helps speed up the process of retinol treating skin while also preventing any irritation. It also has sodium hyaluronate for major hydration, which plumps up skin and gives immediate gratification against wrinkles.Nia 24 Intensive Retinol RepairNia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair
  • Continuous, deep delivery of Pro-Niacin® strengthens the skin barrier.
  • Pro-Niacin® is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture and hyperpigmentation.
  • Retinol increases cell turnover and collagen to improve texture, tone, smoothness, firmness.
  • Botanical Complex of Enteromorpha Compressa Extract (seaweed) and Caesalpinia Spinosa Gumactive promote a stronger dermal matrix that minimizes wrinkles.
  • Hexapeptide stimulates high quality collagen with peptides to fight wrinkles.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate is a potent humectant that hydrates skin and locks in moisture.

Nia 24 Intensive Retinol RepairI find the NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair to be gentle and very effective. The packaging is perfect for keeping the efficacy of the retinol and while it increases cell turnover it doesn’t leave skin dry or irritated. This is about as perfect as a retinol product gets.

If your birthday count is now also competing with your wrinkle count, I highly recommend you try a retinol product – and the NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair is a fantastic way to go.  – Lisa

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Bestselling skin care by Pixi Beauty

Pixi BeautyI am very familiar with the color cosmetics from one of the most adorable cosmetics lines, Pixi Beauty. However, Marcia raves about the skin care so I decided to test four of Pixi’s best sellers. Do these cute Pixi Skintreats lives up to their adorable packaging?                                                                                                                             samples

Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream

Beauty Sleep Cream ($30) is a fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich nighttime essential helps to protect, nourish, and hydrate skin while you sleep. With 100% natural mango butter, plus oils of lavender, lemon & bergamot, this cream calms and balances skintone.

This is a very nice nighttime moisturizer, particularly for very dry skin. This winter has been brutal for me so far…the dry indoor heat makes my skin feel like it’s cracking. Whenever I slather this on at night, I wake up with soft, hydrated skin that feels terrific. I thought the lavender might bother me because I can be sensitive to the scent but I have no issues with it at all.

Glowtion Day DewGlowtion Day DewGlowtion Day Dew, $22  lightweight, radiance-boosting moisturizer that soothes while blurring imperfections & giving a lit-from-within glow.  Advanced illuminating skin-perfector nourishes & soothes while giving a boost to dull skin. Featherlight and hydrating, this moisturizer imparts a natural-looking radiance to skintone, making it look healthier & more even. Lavender oil calms, kaolin purifies, and mica brightens.

I am always on a quest for some ‘lit from within’ glow and Glowtion Day Dew is a great way to get there. In fact, I think this is my most favorite Pixi skin care product. It’s a lightweight daytime moisturizer that hydrates while also giving skin an instant radiance. You can see the illumination when heavily swatched – luckily, it’s not that dramatic with proper application, but it does give skin a freaking fantastic glow that perks up even the dullest of skin tones. This is a must have!

Pixi Glow Mist Glow Mist Gives a glowing, luminous & smooth complexion. Enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts.  Before makeup: hydrates, protects & nourishes.  After makeup: sets makeup, adds a dewy finish and protects skin.  Anytime: refreshes makeup, hydrates and adds glow.

Normally, my skin is too oily to fully appreciate the wonders of Glow Mist. I’ve actually been able to enjoy it lately with my crazy dry skin. I think it sprays on too wet to set makeup – the mist is heavy and will make makeup run unless you spray well away from your face. But for general refreshing and getting some glow, this is wonderful.

Pixi 24K Eye Dew

24K Eye Elixir ($22) An anti-fatigue peptide serum that massages away puffiness as it smooths and refreshes the eye area. This multitasker is infused with powerful age-defying ingredients to refresh eyes & prevent signs of fatigue. Collagen helps to repair the delicate eye area, peptides plump fine lines, and raspberry tones skin. Cooling rollerball applicator soothes & encourages circulation around the eye. 

This is a wonderful eye treatment that has great ingredients. Where it really shines is for treating puffy eyes. Store this in the refrigerator to keep it chilly and it’s there for you as you pour your morning coffee…just glide the rollerball under your eyes and that puffiness goes away. It just feels so good, too!

Now I know that Pixi by Petra isn’t just for super cute cosmetics.  The Skintreats are cute too – and  effective. Great stuff at a great price!  – Lisa

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New skin for the new year! Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System

Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System

Not that you need an excuse to invest in some amazing skin care but with the new year I love freshening up my routine and freshening up my skin. The best exfoliating system I have used in a long time is the Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel3 Step Skin Resurfacing System ($86). I’ve actually been testing this for about three months now and I am so pleased with the results that I knew it had to be my very first skin care review for the new year. I am super happy to put this on your radar!                                                                                                                          samples, affiliate links

I often find that exfoliating systems with quick and real results have some side effects like dry skin, peeling, or irritation. This system is gentle enough to avoid those dreaded side effects, yet it is extremely effective and gives major results. The 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System has three easy steps that are especially perfect for those of you with skin too sensitive to get microdermabrasion or a traditional peel.

*visibly reduces lines, wrinkles, and pore size  *rejuvenates dull, stressed skin/enhances collagen  *gradually resurfaces without irritation*

After the first week you’ll see:
•  Brighter more translucent skin with a healthy, radiant glow
•  Increased moisture for softer, healthier skin
 
After 4 weeks you’ll see:
•  Visibly reduced lines, wrinkles and pore size
•  Improved elasticity, firmness and smoother, more even texture

Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Exfoliating Charcoal MaskOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Exfoliating Charcoal MaskSTEP 1 POLISH – EXFOLIATING CHARCOAL MASK – 1.7 oz / 50ml
This is a charcoal mask that deep cleans by absorbing dirt and toxins, pulling out all that nastiness from your pores while polishing and smoothing skin’s texture  Just apply a thin layer, let it dry for about three minutes, then rinse off. You won’t believe how clean skin is without feeling tight and dry.  Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Collagen Boosting Micro PeelOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Collagen Boosting Micro Peel

STEP 2 PEEL – COLLAGEN BOOSTING MICRO PEEL – .5 fl oz / 15ml
This is a light, creamy serum full of natural AHA’s from tropical fruit as well as lots of vitamin C. The extracts exfoliate skin while the serum hydrates and plumps it up, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Pictured above is one pump of product, which is all you need for your face (although I typically pump out one more for my neck and decolletage).  Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Protective Barrier CreamOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Protective Barrier CreamOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Protective Barrier Cream

STEP 3 PROTECT – PROTECTIVE BARRIER CREAM – .5 oz / 15ml
The last step is my favorite. Check out this beautiful snow white moisturizer…it’s so fabulous I want to eat it with a spoon. It’s a very thick cream with natural epidermal lipids that are incredibly hydrating and soothing. It also protects the skin from free radicals and the environment. It’s the perfect final step for soft, glowy, young-looking skin.

I’ve tested many fantastic products from Osmotics and I have to say the 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System is my favorite. I have had amazing results from this system. I am sorry for keeping it a secret from you for several months…but now that you know, be sure to buy this for beautiful skin for the new year!!  – Lisa

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Enter today to win a Nayelle Probiotic Skincare Set!

Enter to win the Nayelle Probiotic Skin Care Set!Winter is the perfect time to gift yourself a brand new skin care regimen and Nayelle Probiotic Skincare is a wonderful choice. Read on for the low down on this fantastic line, as well as a chance to win a complete Rejuvenating Regime – a $237 value with a Free Mask included – for yourself!            samples, affiliate links

Native Americans had a tradition of naming their first-born baby girls ‘Nayelle’, which means ‘I love you’. The creators of Nayelle Probiotic Skincare felt this was a perfect name for their first-born skin care regime, which was created from nature with love. Nayelle Probiotic Skincare is a natural, organic, and scientifically proven skin care line.

NayelleThey feature four key ingredients that help rejuvenate skin:

  1. Environmentally harvested Glacial Clay with over 60 minerals and vitamins
  2. Goat Milk Kefir with vitamins, peptides, antioxidants, essential fatty 3-6-9 acids, organic acids and minerals
  3. Sea Kelp which helps firm skin and promotes collagen and elastin
  4. Snow Mushroom, the highest source of vitamin D on earth – with 3 times the hydrating capacity of hyaluronic acid.  use all 100% bio-active natural, organic ingredients, formulated with Probiotic ‘fermentation’ technology.

All of these awesome ingredients do wonderful things for skin, like:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce inflammation, redness using powerful antioxidant activity
  • Boost collagen and elastin
  • Detoxify stressed, acne-prone skin
  • Reset and balance the pH of your skin
  • Intensely rehydrate skin for a softer, resilient texture

The Rejuvenating Regime has a cleanser, facial mask, night moisturizer, and day moisturizer.

Nayelle Glacial CleanserCLEANSE Glacial Cleanser is a thick cleanser with tiny scrubbies for exfoliation. At first I didn’t think I could use my Foreo Luna with this but the scrubbies are so fine that it works great. The scrubbies are tiny bits of bamboo and the cleanser includes glacial oceanic clay. This not only cleans skin it also improves blood circulation and helps regenerate skin.

Nayelle PURIFY Glacial Oceanic Clay MaskPURIFY Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask is a lovely clay mask that deep cleans while also hydrating skin. It’s a great exfoliator and once a week use removes toxins and purifies skin. The clay attracts impurities, which become bound to the mask and are washed right down the sink when the mask is removed. While it’s a strong mask, it isn’t drying and doesn’t sting like a lot of clay masks.

  • Detoxifies environmental impurities
  • Restores the skin’s pH balance
  • Restore damaged skin cells
  • Hydrates, tightens and tones your skin.

I use this once a week or if I get a blemish I use it at night as a spot treatment.

Nayelle Rejuvenate

Nayelle Rejuvenate

For night-time hydration, the REJUVENATE Anti-Aging Night Cream is a beautiful fusion of those four key ingredients that Nayelle is based upon: probiotic goat milk peptides, fermented sea kelp, snow mushroom & glacial oceanic clay. Combined together, this medley of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, and fatty acids is a powerhouse of goodness for your skin. It works at a cellular level to boost collagen and elastin while tackling wrinkles. It’s a beautiful, light cream that soaks in quickly and has no detectable scent. It leaves my skin super soft and healthy looking without any heaviness at all. Remember to always include your neck and chest when moisturizing!

Nayelle HydrateFor daytime moisturizing HYDRATE is a light cream that is chock full of Snow Mushroom, a very interesting ingredient that is three times more hydrating than hyaluronic acid. This moisturizer has fifty times more hydrating capacity than the typical day moisturizer, so you can bet it gives you glowy, youthful skin. I love this moisturizer…it plumps up my skin yet doesn’t leave it wet feeling and it doesn’t interfere with my makeup at all.

Your face and neck will LOVE you for using the unique and effective  Nayelle Probiotic Skincare ! Enter today to win the Rejuvenating Regime for yourself, just in time for the holidays.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This awesome giveaway runs through 12/22/16 which means you could be on your way to beautifully smooth skin before the New Year! Be sure you are an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and comment. If the Rafflecopter gets cranky and won’t let you comment, just shoot us an email with your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it NAYELLE.  Wishing you the best of luck!! —  Lisa

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CLEANSE FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Sea Silt, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lauryl Glucoside, Stearyl Citrate, Dehydro Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil

PURIFY FACIAL MASK FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

Sea Silt (Glacial Oceanic Clay), Propanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil

REJUVENATE FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Lactobacillus Milk Ferment Filtrate, Sea Silt Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/ Nereocystis Leutkeana Ferment Filtrate, Coco Caprylate Caprate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Potassium Distearate, Glyceryl Distearate, Glucose, Tremella Fuciformis (Tremella Mushroom) Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Lactic Acid, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Potassium Citrate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil

HYDRATE FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

Sea Silt Extract, Aqua, Lactobacillus/ Nereocystis Leutkeana Ferment Filtrate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Propanediol, Lactobacillus Milk Ferment Filtrate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Potassium Distearate, Glyceryl Distearate, Glucose, Tremella Fuciformis (Tremella Mushroom) Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Lactic Acid, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Potassium Citrate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil

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Lisa’s Top Five Favorites from Paula’s Choice Cosmetics

Top Five Paula's Choice Cosmetics Favorites

There are many, many reasons why I am such a huge fan of the Paula’s Choice line, but really what it comes down to is this:  Paula’s Choice is full of no BS, workhorse products that are the foundation of an excellent skin care and color cosmetics arsenal. Is every single product my favorite? No, there are some products (hello foundations and concealer!) that have never worked for me. Is this a perfect line? No, there are too many skin care products with similar functions and the names are way too complicated and confusing. That said, this is the line I recommend for anyone new to beauty products, for anyone looking for effective yet gentle skin care, and especially for any teenagers who want the perfect products to treat their crazy skin care needs.

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Love her or hate her, Paula Begoun has had a huge impact on the cosmetics industry. Me? I love her.  Way back in the day I bought her books, read them over and over, underlined, highlighted, tabbed…I subscribed to her newsletter and saved every single one, pouring over them and making my wish lists of the best things to purchase. When she started her own cosmetics and skin care line I wondered if she could keep her objectivity. Much to my delight, I think Paula is still the same sort of prickly but totally no-nonsense expert that I can always count on for fantastic advice.

I have way more than five favorites from Paula’s Choice, but here are my top five products that I purchase over and over (and always have several backups waiting the wings just in case!). I have chosen only skin care items so I didn’t even have to wrestle with my favorite color items.

  1. Gentle Makeup Remover ($16)
  2. Professional Blemish Extracting Tool ($14)
  3. Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide ($19)
  4. Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment ($56)
  5. 10% Niacinamide Booster($42)
Paula's Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

My first favorite is the Gentle Touch Makeup Remover. This is the very best makeup remover I have ever tried and I buy this four bottles at a time whenever there is a sale. I usually wear full coverage foundation and my skin tends to break out especially in my t-zone. So I take cleansing very seriously, and the first step is always makeup remover. This dual-phase liquid makeup remover needs to be shaken first and after squirting some onto a cleansing pad you wipe off makeup prior to cleansing. It removes everything, even waterproof mascara and the most tenacious lipstick. It’s completely safe to use on eyes, and it leaves skin feeling moist and hydrated but not oily or greasy.

One end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

One end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

The other end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

The other end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

My second favorite is the dual-ended Professional Blemish Extracting Tool. Extraction is necessary and correct extraction is essential!! PC has this fantastic stainless steel extractor that safely removes blackheads and whiteheads without tearing the skin and making a bad situation even worse.  You’ve got to get those blackheads out – if you don’t, you risk enlarged pores and serious infection.  Plus, congestion of the pores is painful to have and painful for other people to look at. This baby puts pressure around the congested pore without digging in like your fingernails do, providing even pressure that gently pushes the blackhead or whitehead out of the pore. It is the BOMB.

Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl PeroxideMy third favorite is the Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide. This is a fantastic spot treatment that works quickly without stressing already stressed skin. It’s not just triage – it also prevents future breakouts and controls very oily areas. I use it around my nose and on my chin every morning and night, and sometimes I use it as an all-over mask in the evening. This 5% benzoyl peroxide acne treatment is fantastic for teens and it works on every skin type. I find that most benzoyl peroxide treatments have other ingredients that irritate and dry out skin, but this light lotion is super gentle and has nothing irritating in it at all.

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My fourth favorite is the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. This is an exfoliating skin treatment that is applied after cleansing.  Here are all the skin ailments it treats:

  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Brown Spots, Wrinkles
  • Firms skin, smoothing deep wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reduces dark spots and uneven skin tone, refines pore size

This is a retinol product and I know that some people have problems tolerating retinol. However, even if you have a history of difficulty with retinols, I urge you to give this a try. It has licorice, oat extract and other anti-irritants that make it great for sensitive skin. My skin has always reacted well to retinols, and this product in particular gives me beautiful and immediate results. My skin is much smoother, pores smaller, fine lines less noticeable. Retinol actually stimulates collagen production, so the results over time are fantastic.

Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide BoosterPaula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster

My fifth favorite is the 10% Niacinamide Booster, one of Paula’s newest products for reducing pore size. My first bottle was sent as a press sample, but I used that all up and have already bought another. This is great stuff that makes the rest of my skin care even better. Here’s why your pores get larger as you age: skin naturally sheds built up oil and dirt. When we are young, this process happens pretty quickly, so our skin looks almost as if it doesn’t even have pores. As we get older, especially after age 30, this process slows down so dirt and oil stays inside our pores longer. The increased collection of dirt and oil causes pores to stretch out and become enlarged. Exfoliating on a regular basis helps your skin’s shedding process, but even with the most diligent skin care maintenance pores become enlarged.  The 10% Naicinamide Booster does four main things: improves uneven skin tone, reduces the appearance of pore size, improves skin texture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3. It’s a very exciting ingredient that has been scientifically proven to seriously shrink enlarged pores as well as wrinkles. What is really cool about this product is that it’s a super lightweight serum that can be used alone or added to another serum or moisturizer. I put a few drops in my treatment serum every morning and every night and I am truly impressed with my results!

If you are a long time Paula’s Choice fan, I hope that my picks give you incentive to try them. If you haven’t tried this line out, I can’t recommend it highly enough.  I know that you will quickly find your five favorites that will become staples of your skin care regimen.

Click on this link for $10 off your first order if you are new to Paula’s Choice  This is part of the Refer-a-Friend program and will give me credit towards a future Paula’s Choice order. Paula always has specials going – right now the special is free shipping and a free full size Clinical Body Butter for all orders over $50.  – Lisa