A wonderful way to boost your skin is with PCA Skin Serum

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

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I always tell you that hyaluronic acid are magic words. These are words I look for when choosing what to use for my skincare so imagine my delight when PCA Skin sent their Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum. That’s like bottling up the magic and delivering it directly to your skin.

Skincare products I’m currently using including PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

What makes this magic? Hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate attract and hold 1,000 times their weight in water on the surface of the skin for instant smoothing and hydration. Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid penetrates deeper into the skin, attracting and holding moisture that’s already in the skin, and plumps fine lines from below the skin surface. Now tell me this isn’t magic. Especially as your skin ages and you start losing that bloom of youth.

PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum gives my skin that extra plumpness underneath it all. I don’t need extra plump on my body but I want my face looking full and more youthful. The blend of ingredients in this serum increases your own body’s hyaluronic acid production.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

What you’ll see when using this is a smoothing effect on your face. Before I apply any foundation is when I really notice it and it amazes me at times. This is a thicker serum than most I use so I mainly use it at night even though it’s meant for both day and night use. I prefer it at night so that it has time to work and settle in. My face is smoother in the morning and I swear I see less fine lines.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum swatch

There are so many fine ingredients in this that make this a wonder for your skin.

Ceramides repair damage to your skin to support hydration retention.

 HA-Pro Complex is a propriety blend that stimulates the production of the skin’s own hyaluronic acid and delivers 24-hour hydration. Even though Allure magazine has banned the words “anti-aging” our skin doesn’t know that and our skin wants these anti-aging ingredients.

Niacinamide strengthens your skin’s natural barrier to help prevent future damage.

And of course Hydrolized Hyaluronic Acid plumps fine lines from below the skin’s surface.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum is recommended for all skin types even oily and acne prone. There’s a fragrance that I notice when I first apply it but it dissipates instantly, it reminds me a bit of an autumn night with a bonfire burning in the distance. But that’s just an initial fragrance that is gone before you know it. There’s no denying that this is a splurge when it comes to skincare but it’s your skin and taking care of it now means you can avoid more expensive treatments later.  —  Marcia


PCA Skin tells us All of our products are free of potential irritants like synthetic dyes and fragrances. PCA SKIN® does not perform or condone animal testing.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Coconut Alkanes, Phenoxyethanol, Isododecane, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Polygonum Bistorta Root Extract, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Aroma, Polyglucuronic Acid, Ceramide NP, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Carrageenan, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Caprylyl Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Maris Sal, Ceramide EOP.

Add some natural skincare to your life with Geneva Naturals

Geneva Naturals

Sometimes I just take things for granted, for example thinking that I wrote about Geneva Naturals Skincare so that you’d know about this natural, well-priced line. And then I realize that I’m the only one who knows this since I forgot to tell you. Well the time has come to reveal the secrets of the two Geneva Naturals Skincare products that I’ve been using since October!

Geneva Naturals is a relatively new brand on the market and is sold on Amazon. There are 5 products in the line with the core of the line having 3: Advanced Vitamin C+E Serum, Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with SPF, and Advanced Anti-Aging Retinol Cream. I have the two creams and now I’m sorry I didn’t request the Serum when the company sent these for review.

Geneva Natural Anti-Aging Cream with SPF 20 and Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

Geneva Naturals was created in a collaboration with a leading Swiss dermatologist. Their mission is to offer natural, effective skincare that doesn’t break the bank. They use non-toxic ingredients to bring ageless beauty our way.

I’ve actually used this for a month at a time twice over the last 8 months. When I first received it I was using it right away but then in the craziness of my last broken leg I put it aside and only found it again in March. So I started using it again. Now I find myself reaching for it a few times a week, in between other skincare products.

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Cream (unscented) with sunscreen SPF20

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer ($19.99) is available in 2 versions with one being unscented. YEA for that option! The ingredients are pretty wonderful featuring “Edelweiss, a special anti-aging plant that grows in the Swiss Alps. Combined with Hyaluronic Acid, Coconut Oil, Moringa Oil and Vitamin E this day cream is specifically formulated to restore firmness and provide and every day protection from the sun for a more youthful and vibrant skin.

Advanced Anti-Aging Cream (unscented) with sunscreen SPF20

Here’s what I learned about Edelweiss: it’s a short lived flower found in the Alps and it has natural levels of UV protection along high levels of Leontopodic Acids A and B for remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. There’s also natural sun protection in Coconut Oil so that when they combine these ingredients they end up with a powerful protective product. As you know (or should know by now) you need suncare protection every single day of the year. Now that the sun is out for longer periods of time it means you need to be even more careful than before.

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with sunscreen SPF20

Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with sunscreen SPF20 is a thick lotion that takes a few minutes to absorb. I have never found it interfered with my foundation which is important. Once something balls up … out it goes!

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

At night I switch to Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream ($23.99). I don’t normally use retinol so I look for products that have fairly low doses of the ingredient. It’s perfect for me since I haven’t had any reaction to this anti-aging cream. It too uses Edelweiss extract to help stimulate cell regeneration and build collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes.

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream (partial list of ingredients)

Retinol has many benefits including the fact that it can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes wrinkling and aging signs. You aren’t ever too young or too old to add this into your skincare regimen since it increases collagen production, helps fade discoloration from sun damage and hopefully builds elastin.

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

The Retinol Cream has a thinner consistency than the Anti-Aging Cream and it does have a fragrance that is on the natural side and doesn’t linger long. This cream works particularly well with serums and even with added Hyaluronic Acid products.

All Geneva Naturals products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free & cruelty free. If you are looking for an affordable natural brand I recommend Geneva Naturals. You’ll feel like you are using a luxury brand and you’ll appreciate that the cost is one not normally associated with luxury. I’ve been very happy with my experiences with these products and plan to keep them in my routine.  —  Marcia

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Mask of the Month: Osmosis Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask is one of the most refreshing products I’ve tried in a long time. It was what I turned to often during the stress of moving which made me love it even more than I already did. If you have dehydrated skin even in the heat this is a mask you need in your life.


You can tell a lot about it just from the name

  1. hydralift  –  it gives your skin and mood a lift!
  2. firming  – the mask not only tightens and firms but it adds hydration
  3. gel mask  – the gel consistency is soothing and calming

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

This Osmosis mask is the easiest product to use. You apply it for 5 to 15 minutes on a clean face and wash it off. That’s it. It can be done morning or night. Any time you want an extra dose of cooling or moisturizing this is perfectamundo. (from Urban Dictionary: 2)psuedo-street slang signifying that something is exceptional or that it is perfect. Popularised by the t.v. character Arthur Fonzirelli.)

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Just look at that gel! It’s so inviting. Just a thin layer is all it takes. You can use this daily if you want or treat yourself once or twice a week. It feels deliciously cooling once on. It contains Cucumber Extract which provides a cooling and healing effect if your skin is irritated. Then Aloe Vera helps speed up cell renewal and quickly penetrates for immediate hydration. With Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient I knew that this was a mask that would fit into my life well. Don’t tell me you can resist that?

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

I like using this before bed so that I wake up with softer skin. My friend Cindy from Prime Beauty told me she used this after a peel at a medispa and that it helped vanish the flakies after just one use.

While this is expensive at $52 it lasts for a long time since you need so little of it. A biggie for me is that this isn’t messy and I can spend that 15 minutes doing whatever I want since it’s not dripping down my face.

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask was a no brainer for me for a mask of the month! Make it a mask of your month too.  —  Marcia


Aqua, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-10, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Hydrolyzed Polygamma-Glutamate, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Extract, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Allantoin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosaceae (Rose Absolute Moroccan) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Tromethamine

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A Touch O’ Tatcha Polishes Your Skin

Tatcha is a luxurious Japanese skincare line that I was anxious to try. The line is based on “Japanese beauty secrets passed down by generations that took a different approach to skincare – that less is more.” Scientists from Japan and the US have worked together to create the perfect blend of anti-aging superfood for our skin.

Tatcha Dry Skin Ritual (image courtesy of tatcha.com)

Tatcha Dry Skin Ritual (image courtesy of tatcha.com)

I ordered the Dry Skin Ritual kit and while all the products performed well, the Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder was the stand out for me. There are four versions of this powder for regular, sensitive, dry, oily skin.

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder

You use this powder as a second step in a two step (using the cleansing oil first) cleansing ritual. I use it in the morning (you can use it twice a day) on water-moistened skin. Into my wet hands, I shake about 1/2 teaspoon of powder and rub my hands together to get a lather and massage it into my face and neck. Rinse off and you’re done but your skin looks polished and clean.

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Power (image courtesy of sephora.com)

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Power (image courtesy of sephora.com)

I am going to buy this in the full size as the kit came with a smaller jar.  Tatcha, I gotcha in my skin care ritual.  — Phyllis

Formulated without:
Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

A Travel Size of this is available for $15 and the full size is $65. Available at Tatcha’s website, Sephora, full size on QVC.

*This item has been reformulated with cellulose (plant fiber) beads instead of polyethylene.

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A luxury skincare giveaway from Hermetise

You know we can’t resist it when we are offered a giveaway for our readers and this new one from Hermetise sounds pretty fabulous. This is the PRESS RELEASE about the products that one US subscriber will win.


Step one: Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

A unique, Kopi Luwak and gold infused, transforming age defying solution, which is an extravagant experience, to be savored daily. An ultimate all in one age defying, lifting and firming cream which changes from gel to cream during application allowing for maximum penetration, forming a targeted skin-relaxing complex for an intense anti-wrinkle effect.

Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

This Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment from Hermetise is part 2 of the treatment from Hermetise.

It’s a protecting serum that incorporates a unique caffeine infusion obtained from Kopi Luwak beans. Kopi Luwak is the most exotic coffee in the world and is known to have excellent skin benefits, such as giving naturally firm skin and reducing inflammation and redness. It is also a potent antioxidant. This advanced treatment clears and protects skin from environmental pollutants and treats skin with advanced oxygen and select age defying ingredients, which are fortified with 24k gold and  Kopi Luwak infusion to form an intense age treatment. This soft, ever lasting step is designed to decrease the signs of aging; its unique texture enables it to absorb into the skin delivering beneficial ingredients, it provides the skin protection from the environment.

Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment


What it is

The Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen treatment is designed to clear and protect skin from environmental pollutants by delivering potent film-forming, water-holding and soothing effects.

Step 3:  Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

Step 3 - Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

Step 3 – Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

An ultimate all in one exfoliating, moisture, firming age defying anti-pollution oxygen treatment that is also a transformative night treatment. The natural exfoliation technology de-pollutes, clarifies, softens and improves the skins penetration in as little as one application.

The exceptionally textured formula glides on and simply melts into skin where it works its magic overnight Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world and is known to have excellent skin benefits, such as giving naturally firm skin and reducing inflammation and redness. It is also a potent antioxidant.

How does it work?

3 super products to de-pollute, revive and renew your skin with Kopi Luwak infusion, oxygen and 24K gold.

What it does

Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen skin care treatment assists in retaining the skins trans-epidermal water loss, helps to enhance the skins oxygen delivery to help revive dull skin, for a smoother, more lifted appearance.

The Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen range main Benefits:

  • Global anti-aging, face-lift alternative
  • A 3 step complete all in one “super treatment”
  • Protects from the environment (anti-pollution)
  • Cleansing and the removal of dead skin cells
  • Helps restore a firmer appearance

What else you need to know

In the ultimate connection of nature and hi-tech beauty, often one thing means the other, as is the case with the Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen 3-step treatment. Along with its striking appearance, this amazing treatment has astounding multiple effects on the skin. This skin treatment is designed so that each product actually preforms and gives the benefits of two products, thus cutting down on the hassle and saving application time while maximizing the final effect on the skin.


GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This giveaway is shared from the brand’s PR company. The winner will receive the Kopi Luwak Anti-Pollution Brightening Oxygen 3 Step Treatment from Hermetise. a 4,994.97 value. Remember that you must be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber AND comment to be eligible. This is open to US subscribers until 6/13/17 @11:59 p.m.EDT.

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Mask of the month: Better Skin Lava Magik

lava magik

When you think of lava what’s in your mind? Black or ash colored gritty yet moist ooze came to my mind when Better Skin offered Lava Magik for me to use and review. At first I wasn’t so sure but then I remembered that one of my very favorite moisturizers ever is Better Skin Mirakle Cream so I gladly agreed.

Remember my fear about the color? Gone the instant I opened the jar of Lava Magik. No black, no ash, no grit, no slime. Just a beautiful orange colored and fragranced exfoliating mask for me to enjoy.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

Lava Magik is a triple duty product that I’m enjoying incorporating into my skincare routine. Not only is it a mask but it’s also a cleanser and a scrub. Three for the price of one. Also one jar taking up residence on my vanity instead of three products so it’s space saving too.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But the beauty of Lava Magik is how it performs. Cleansing and exfoliating are two of the benefits of this jar. I either do a quick cleanse with it to refresh my skin at the end of the day by adding water in the palm of my hand, washing, and then removal with a wash cloth. For exfoliation use this one or two times a week on damp skin. Massage it in with circular motions and after about 60 seconds you are done. Since there is some scrubiness to Lava Magik I recommend a wash cloth to remove it fully.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But it’s the mask that intrigues me and makes me want to use this. First it has an extremely pleasant orange fragrance that is sweet and true. It’s not artificial, it smells like the real thing.

Dampen your skin and apply this, letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It slightly hardens but it doesn’t prevent you from doing anything else. You can go on the computer or read since it doesn’t slide off. You can even talk. And it doesn’t scare anyone that walks in on you.

After 10 minutes I wet my fingers and massage it in so I’m getting the exfoliation part. Then I remove with lots of warm water and a washcloth.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But you know all that from other exfoliators and masks. What you don’t know is that Better Skin created this with skin cleansing volcanic lava from France enriched with nourishing calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for healthy radiant, more youthful looking skin.

Now for the many benefits (from betterskin.com):

  • A cleanser, scrub & mask
  • Excellent antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast fighting skin cleanser
  • Buffs away dull surface cells creating a youthful glow
  • Retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking
  • Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars
  • Absorb excess skin oils
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps prevent acne outbreaks
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Helps calm rosacea, psoriasis and eczema
  • Rich in minerals
  • Minimizes pores
  • Minimizes blemishes

Better Skin Lava Magik leaves my skin so soft and prepped for makeup. I can use this mask morning or evening and since it’s so fast and not messy it doesn’t interfere with my routines. Using Better Skin Mirakle Cream is a delightful way to complete this treat but it works well with any moisturizer I’ve used it with.

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Lava Magik is happily my mask of the month and will continue to be used for many months since it’s got a lot of magik/magic to it.  —  Marcia


Paraben-free, Surfactant-free, Gluten-free and Vegan

Water/Aqua/Eau, Pumice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract

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DERMAdoctor’s new Kakadu C line is a skincare lover’s delight (giveaway time)

DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C shelf at Ulta

DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C shelf at Ulta

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I was recently alerted to a new line from DERMAdoctor so I took myself to Ulta to check it out. The more I saw, the more I learned, the more I wanted! As an admitted skincare lover these DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C products look amazing. I know they smell amazing too – well actually they are fragrance free which makes them smell amazing to me!KakaduC_1

Kakadu is a tree that is native to Australia which grows the Kakadu Plum, a unique Vitamin C source. It contains about 55 times the amount of vitamin C as a Florida orange does. According to an article I read on StyleCraze the uses for this natural product has over 10 benefits to us. Being so rich in Vitamin C makes it an ideal anti-oxidant in skincare as it helps slow down the aging process.

In my research I came across an article on Health With Food that talks about Vitamin C and Kakadu Plum: “But why are vitamin C rich foods, such as Kakadu plums, so good for you? For one thing, vitamin C plays a crucial role in keeping your immune system, bones, teeth, and gums strong and healthy. It can also help keep your skin supple due to its ability to stimulate collagen production, and it may help prevent iron deficiency by improving the body’s capability to absorb iron from foods. Vitamin C may also have allergy-fighting properties due to its ability to prevent histamine release and to stimulate detoxification of existing histamine in the body.

DERMAdoctor harnessed the use of this amazing Vitamin C source from the Kakadu tree to bring their line of Kakadu-C products to market.

image from http://www.dermadoctor.com/categories/kakadu-c

image from http://www.dermadoctor.com/categories/kakadu-c

Among the products in this great line are a few I found noteworthy. The Kakaju C 20% Vitamin C Serum seems outstanding. This daily rejuvenating essential assists in brightening and evening skin tone while leaving skin feeling firmer, smoother, tighter and complexion looking more radiant. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of each serum will be donated to the Kimberley Training Institute of Western Australia to help build Aboriginal community enterprises based on the Kakadu Plum. As someone who loves a great serum this one has caught my eye.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

The first product I opened at Ulta was the Kakadu C Eye Souffle. This was as light as air yet felt so decadently rich.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

Judging by the amount of people that sampled this at the store it’s obviously quite popular too. This brightening eye cream hydrates, smoothes and firms delicate skin for a more ageless appearance.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme

This DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme has my nose’s approval. This has a rich and hydrating feel to it. It’s meant for dehydrated, sensitive and mature skin so I know this would be great for me. Additional ingredients are Kakadu plum, Desert Lime and Quandong Peach extracts and enhanced with tripeptide technology.kakadu-vertical-product-banner

Since we can’t take a trip to Australia to find this ingredient we can get it with DERMAdoctor’s Kakadu-C line. There are several kits too to try out the products so you can see what it will do for your skin. Happily we were offered a giveaway for one of our Beauty Info Zone US subscribers to win the DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C Eye Souffle. Allure magazine considers Kakadu Plum to be one of the newest must-have ingredients and you could be in on that.

To enter follow the directions on the Rafflecopter. This giveaway will end on June 2, 2017 at 11:59 and the prize will be sent by Nakturnal the sponsor of the giveaway. Good luck!  —  Marcia

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