DIY skin protection with About Face Vitamin C Serum

About Face Vitamin C SerumVitamin C serums WORK. They diminish fine lines, even out skin tone, and smooth the skin – they are superheros in the skin care world. However, they have an Achilles heel – they either need super expensive stabilizing ingredients to keep the ingredients fresh, or they are housed in improper storage jars which render the ingredients ineffective.

About Face Sin Protection Vitamin C serum has the answer to the Vitamin C issues — mix your own for the freshest serum that stays stable for several months.  Read on for Lisa and Marcia’s experiences with this awesome product!                                          (pr sample)About Face Vitamin C SerumAbout Face Vitamin C Serum

Lisa says:

How cool is this? I am not much of a ‘do it yourself’ person, but this couldn’t be easier. Just mix one vial of Vitamin C, one vial of hyaluronic acid, and then fill the bottle with water. Let it sit overnight and voila – in the morning you have an amazing bottle of beautiful, silky vitamin C serum. Vitamin C reverses damage and protects skin from UV light, smoke, and pollution. This has brightened my skin and I swear my fine lines have lessened. I am a huge stickler about proper packaging and the About Face Serum is truly like the answer to my packaging prayers. I give this is big vitamin C thumbs up.About Face Vitamin C SerumAbout Face Vitamin C Serum

Marcia says:

I feel like a mad scientist when I prepare About Face Vitamin C serum. I love that I am in control and can create a new bottle when needed. The box comes with three components: an empty mixing bottle, 4 separate tubes of Vitamin C, and 4 separate capsules of Hyaluronic Acid. It’s so easy to mix up so that you have a fresh bottle of serum. Add one capsule each of the Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to the empty bottle, fill with water, close and shake really well. Be sure to allow the serum to dissolve overnight.

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Before you apply, shake the bottle and then use the dropper to dispense the amount you need and massage it on your skin. As you can see the bottle is amber colored so that no light gets through.

About Face Vitamin C Serum

Not only are you mixing Vitamin C and getting the benefits that it provides but you’re also getting the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid. While we naturally have this wonder ingredient in our skin adding more helps provide the moisture we need. The hyaluronic acid molecule absorbs 1000 times its weight in water. The end result is that it provides a protective barrier to lock in the moisture making your skin look and feel healthier.

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

This is a great serum that isn’t sticky and can be used once or twice a day. I love that there’s no fragrance to it and it’s great to know that I’m putting on something fresh. This is a great serum to layer too. I’ll apply this onto my skin first thing after cleansing since it’s the thinnest liquid, then once it dries I’ll apply another serum and moisturizer. So if you have a favorite serum then About Face is a wonderful addition, if you don’t have a serum this is all you’d need.

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C serum

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C serum

With just three ingredients you can see that About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C Serum is the purest product available. There are absolutely no fillers. And it’s a bargain! You have the components to make 4 bottles and the kit is only $25. Your skin will thank you for using this. It’s Marcia and Lisa approved.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Life’s Little Helpers

Just a bit of luxury, a little extra treat in your day, is a fabulous gift. It doesn’t matter whether the item is actually expensive or not…anything that makes you smile and gives that feeling of being taken care of is such a treat. I’ve put together a holiday gift guide full of my picks for this sort of little helpers in life, with a mixture of goodies that are budget-friendly and others that satisfy the urge to go all out and splurge.

Scala Pronto Beret

Scala Pronto Beret

Scala Pronto Beret

Scala Pronto Beret

1.  Scala Pronto Beret  (SAVE! $32)  Slouchy berets are a super hot trend right now and I love the Pronto Beret from Scala. This knit hat has metallic lurex thread throughout – the perfect thing to bring a smile on dreary winter days. It protects my hair from the wet snow and the harsh wind,  and slipping on this cute beret immediately makes a bad hair day something I don’t have to deal with.

Aroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower HeadAroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower HeadAroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower Head2.  Aroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower Head (SPLURGE! $79.99)  Oh my is this a fabulous gift!! The box includes 1 shower head, 2 microfiber filters and 1 Vitamin C shower cartridge. The Vitamin C cartridge is excellent aromatherapy, plus it is very beneficial for hair and skin. Not only that, the shower head removes chlorine and rust while conserving water by 25%!  I was sure the water pressure would be lessened, but this shower head does the opposite – it actually increases pressure by about 1 1/2 times. It even helps breathing and blood flow by producing four times more negative ions, which results in less stress and anxiety. A great shower is always pure luxury to me and this shower head definitely helps me have a great day! My husband is a contractor who regularly installs bathrooms and he is totally impressed with this magical shower head.  https://aromasenseusa.com/

soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer

soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer

soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer

3.  Soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer (SAVE! $19.99)  Who doesn’t need a hanging cosmetics organizer? And who can resist one in animal print called the Love Fest?? This neon trimmed tiger print hanging organizer is a fabulous gift. It has a small zip pocket for jewelry, a makeup brush organizer with a protective cover, plus a removable clear zip pouch.   The Love Fest is a handy little helper that anyone on your list will be thrilled to get.

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

4.  Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles (SAVE! $29) Oh Em Gee. There really isn’t a better way to light up those holidays than these ultra adorable candles with their very own knitted sweaters. Each candle comes in its own box with tiny windows…geez I’d almost buy these just for the outside packaging!! The candle with the red sweater is the Spiced Rum Candle and it smells like sweet orange, honey, clove and spice. The candle with the green sweater is Home Fir the Holidays and it smells like a fresh-cut Frazier fir tree. They are beyond fun and they smell AMAZING. These candles are made of a soy-blend wax, with phthalate-free scents that provides up to 50 hours of light, love, and delicious holiday fragrance.

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

5.  FOREO LUNA for Women (SPLURGE! $199)  The FOREO LUNA™  is my favorite facial cleansing tool of all time. A typical skin care brush is battery operated with a cleansing brush that eventually wears out and needs replacing. I have owned my FOREO LUNA™ for four years now and it not only doesn’t show any signs of wear, I’ve only had to charge it one time — and that’s with using it almost every single day.  This unique little pink machine is truly beyond impressive.  There is also a LUNA™ for Men made for men’s skin, and it comes in black, a more manly color. Here is a great FOREO Holiday Offer for you – 15% Off On LUNA & ISSA Devices + Free Shipping with the Promo Code: HolidayBeauty15.  Expiration Date: Until 12/31/15.

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

6.  Gurunanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser (SAVE! $19.99)  Talk about all the rage…we all know the fantastic benefits of essential oils, and the best way to get all the benefits from them is through a diffuser. GuruNanda has a terrific set that includes calming lavender and uplifting peppermint essential oils, plus a really cool diffuser with a color-changing LED light that turns 7 different shades. This is a perfect gift for a teacher, co-worker, or anyone you know who needs some stress relief. I am going to bring one as a hostess gift for the New Year’s Eve party I am going to – I know she will love it. You can find this great set at Walmart.

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

7.  C.O. Bigelow Musk Scented Candle (SAVE! $42) I always think candles are the ultimate little luxury. I love getting them as gifts and then feeling so indulgent when I burn one, luxuriating in the beautiful scent. A great choice for a minimalist friend is the C.O. Bigelow Musk Scented Candle. The candle is very chic, housed in a clear glass jar with the C.O. Bigelow signature. It has a lead-free wick and a 60 hour burn. The Musk Candle’s fragrance is a beautiful combination of bergamot, ylang ylang, muguet petals (lily of the valley), patchouli, vanilla bean, white cedar, and also of course musk. The combination creates a light musky scent that is surprisingly fresh.

Soho London Disney Wristlet

Soho London Disney Wristlet

Soho London Disney Wristlet

Soho London Disney Wristlet

8.  Soho London Disney Wristlet (SAVE! $7.99)  I don’t care if you are 6 or 106, you will be completely enchanted with the adorable Soho London Disney Wristlets. I have pictured two different styles featuring Cinderella, and the other Disney princesses have their own wristlets available as well. All the girls in my house are fighting over these adorable little bags….they are exactly what is needed for a tiny bit of magic in your day.  – Lisa

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Give your skin a daily dose with Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

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Have you hopped onto the Vitamin C skin care train yet?  There are so many reasons why a good Vitamin C product should be part of your routine.  When packaged properly, topically applied Vitamin C increases collagen production, reduces skin discolorations, strengthens and repairs skin, reduces inflammation, and protects the skin from sun exposure.   I love what Vitamin C does for my skin so I was happy to test the Vitamin C Serum ($95) from Painted Earth.  I was even more intrigued when I saw the Vitamin C in this serum is in a concentrated base of pure vegan hyaluronic acid.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Actually, the entire ingredient list is quite impressive.  The vegan hyaluronic acid boosts skins moisture content and reduces inflammation.  Ferulic Acid is a potent antioxidant that also protects the skin from sun damage, and Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant.  The combination of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E is pretty amazing.  According to Painted Earth, the Vitamin C Serum provides “50 times the free radical neutralizing power of prior generations and up to eight- fold antioxidant protection, ninety-six percent reduction of sunburn cells, and prevention of the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin.”  This is a very elegant formula that definitely produces results.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Just take a look at all the things this serum can do for you:

*Improves skin radiance and clarity.
*Stimulates collagen production.
*Jump starts cellular defenses.
*Helps extend cellular vitality.
*Promotes new cell growth.
*For Photo-aged or Photo-damaged skin.
*Repairs Hyper-pigmentation.
*Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
*Protects against UV-induced erythema, free radical formation, and cellular damage.
***With 11% Hyaluronic Acid

I can’t come up with a single skin care woe the Vitamin C Serum doesn’t address!

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

The Vitamin C Serum is quite thin for a serum – it comes out in drops that are very liquid, and three or four drops cover the face, neck, and chest.  The serum is in an amber glass jar that protects it from excess light with a dropper applicator. The packaging is good…it would be excellent if it were an airless pump to also protect the active ingredients from exposure to air, which can reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients.

Other than a slight improvement in packaging, I have nothing but raves for Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum.  If you are looking to add some Vitamin C to your skin care routine, this is a great option.  The triple threat of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E in a hyaluronic acid base is about as advanced as skin care gets.  Go ahead, visit the Painted Earth website and hop on the Vitamin C train.  – Lisa

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Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.
**20% Vitamin C
**11% Hyaluronic Acid content

Fight wrinkles with vitamins! Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches

Eat!  You need your vitamins!

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Your skin needs vitamins too, especially Vitamin C. It’s easy to get a full dose with Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches (box of 12 Treatments $48). I have all kinds of issues with vertical lines above my lips as well as crows feet so I couldn’t wait to try these out when Osmotics sent this for us to test.

Here is what is so great about topically applied Vitamin C: It increases collagen production, reduces skin discolorations, strengthens and repairs skin, reduces inflammation, and protects the skin from sun exposure. Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants available, if it’s packaged correctly.

Osmotics Vitamin C patches

Visible wrinkle reduction up to 50%

Visible wrinkle reduction up to 50%

Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches are an overnight treatment full of that Vitamin C that skin loves. These patches reduce discoloration and collagen breakdown, and improve facial wrinkles up to 50%! That is a big number and when I tested these patches I found it to be absolutely true.

the patches with accompanying oil for removal

the patches with accompanying oil for removal

the individual packets keep the Vitamin C stable and effective

the individual packets keep the Vitamin C stable and effective

So here is something else you need to know: I found that while the patches dramatically reduce the appearance of my wrinkles, the effect is definitely temporary. It lasts about a day, maybe a day and a half. To get the same effect, I need to do another application of the patches. But over time, wrinkles do improve, so there is a both a short-term and a long-term benefit with these babies.

the actual patches - good for both crows feet or upper lip line

the actual patches – good for both crows feet or upper lip line

The patches are actually pretty big, so I trim them into four pieces that treat my upper lip and the corners of my eyes. The patches stick really well to skin. Just put them on before bed, then sleep tight knowing those wrinkles are disappearing. In the morning, I shower and the patches come right off. There is also an oil included if needed to help remove the patches but I have never needed it.

Recommended use is three times per week, twice a week if you have highly sensitive skin. Definitely don’t use these if you plan on getting frisky under the sheets…they do not enhance your attractiveness while on, nor do they make for comfy kissing.

If you are interested in a Vitamin C treatment (and given what it can do, why wouldn’t you be?) then this is a product to try. The ingredient is effective, the packaging keeps it stable, and it’s easy to use.  Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches get a huge thumbs up – and a wrinkle-free lip line – from me.  – Lisa

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Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches Ingredients:

Patches: Sodium Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid.

Oil Solvent: Sweet Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Tocopherol, PEG-4 Dilaurate, Propylparaben, Lemongrass Extract, Ginseng Extract

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum – your skin will only get better, that’s the truth!

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I was told to do so by Ole Henriksen when I started using their Truth Serum. It’s pretty easy to do so since this is one great product.

The full name of this wonder is Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster. This is one of the premier items in the Ole Henriksen line. Like the other products I’ve used from Ole Henriksen it has the most delicious orange creamsicle scent. It’s pretty highly fragranced with a scent that I personally love. It’s not a true citrus scent because it’s on the sweet side of orange.

A serum is unlike a moisturizer but it has many of the same benefits for your skin. I use a serum because the consistency seems to penetrate the layers of my skin more quickly and efficiently. It doesn’t give me the full moisturizing of a cream but it is a perfect way for me to start my skincare routine.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster

Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum was created to do several things for your skin:

1) It has a proprietary five-source vitamin C complex to support natural collagen production

2) It helps brighten skin

3) It products from free radical damage and the environment

4) It helps minimize fine lines

5) It is enriched with green tea extract and sodium hyaluronate to nurture and nourish

6) It contains Vitamin E to heal, restore, and nourish

Here are some of the key ingredients in this Vitamin C complex:

Orange extract supports natural cell turnover and purifies.
Grapefruit extract brightens with antiseptic and aromatic qualities.
Rose hips seed extract heals, repairs damage, and soothes.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is very stable, safe, and non-irritating—the key to production of collagen.
Ester-c (Calcium Ascorbate) is a highly stable natural form of vitamin C found naturally in the body.

pump bottle but don't pump hard

pump bottle but don’t pump hard

OK… now that you’ve read what it’s all about, let’s talk about how it works. First this is a water based product which is excellent for almost all skin types. You don’t really need to layer oil after oil or cream after cream on your skin. With Truth Serum you only need the smallest amount of it to work. My only complaint about Truth Serum is that if I’m not paying attention then I’ll get out too much. It doesn’t go to waste since I’ll use it on my neck but I really want to savor it for my face.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, more than you really need for your whole face

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, more than you really need for your whole face

There is no oily residue but it doesn’t feel like you are just putting water on your face. When I apply it I let it sink into my skin before putting on any moisturizer or SPF product. I want it to get to work on its own. Since I’ve been using this I have seen an improvement in the brightness of my skin. I’ve been feeling more confident about using lighter foundations or even going bare faced (foundation-wise) out of the house. It contains Sodium Hyaluronate which helps replenish lost hydration and I’m all about hydration.

The fragrance lingers for about 10-15 minutes. If it were any other fragrance I’d probably complain or not use it as often as I do but I love the way it smells. I usually apply this as the first item on my face. I’ll then do my eyes before continuing on other facial products. That gives it time to sink in and nourish my skin.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster is available in two sizes. A 1 oz size is $48 while the 1.7 oz size is $72. From the reviews I’ve read consumers may start small but their next buy is the larger size and I can see why. In the summer I can imagine being able to start with Truth Serum and then applying Perfect Truth CC Creme and being set to go. I’ll just have to avoid being around anyone that’s too hungry. — Marcia

 

 

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