Archive: Skincare

Does your lady business need a little bleaching? There’s a product for that!

Have you ever thought that your lady parts need a little lightening up? (Yeah, me either)

There’s a new ad for an Indian skin lightening product called Clean and Dry Intimate Wash, that promotes a product that bleaches that whole area!

In the commercial, a couple lounges in their house, the man idly reading a newspaper while the woman pouts to herself because, clearly, he’s ignoring her due to her dark-colored privates. Luckily, she gets ahold of Clean and Dry, which makes her vulva a few shades lighter, and her husband is happy-go-lucky again. Whew! Divorce averted.

Skin lightening creams have a long and controversial history in India and Asia, including a spree of ads for the products that feature darker-skinned women who seem devastated over the fact that they’re not Caucasian. A popular Bollywood actress shucked lightening cream for the Body Shop in ads that made her skin look multiple shades paler than it does in real life. Vaseline even launched a line of whitening creams — and a phone app that lets you digitally lighten your skin — in India. And women in Jamaica are making potentially dangerous bleaching creams with homemade ingredients.

Of course, some people think lightening creams shouldn’t be a sociologically-charged issue, arguing that women who seek pale skin aren’t any different than Caucasian women who want to be tan. (Or this article, which strangely argues that fair features are… easier to see?)

But regardless, when the ideal of light skin gets intimate, a beauty issue that’s already controversial gets sexualized, and you end up with commercials like the one above that not-so-subtly blames your relationship problems on your skin tone.

GROSS!!! I’ve never thought of lightening my lady business, and even after watching this commercial – the idea still doesn’t sound exciting.

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Splendid launches new skincare line!

Up until now, Splendid has been the uber-famous brand of comfy cotton tees worn by celebrities like January Jones and Jessica Alba. Now – they have launched the Splendid Soft Skin lineup, which includes body lotion, hand cream, body scrub, body butter and shower gel, ranging from $12 – $32!

The products are available in three scents and feature cotton extract to help your skin feel as soft as their cozy clothes!

Go to splendid.com for more info – and shop away!

Introducing Murad’s NEW Pomegranate line!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Murad’s new line of pomegranate products. I was lucky enough to receive two of the products to try, and I had to share them with you! I tried the Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser and the Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer.

I have used Murad products for years – and so to try NEW products was like Christmas morning for me.

I am absolutely in love with these products. The cleanser is gentle – yet effective. It makes my skin tingle, which I love. The moisturizer is so wonderful. I don’t think there’s any shimmer in it, but my skin looks like it’s glowing all day when I wear it. My skin has felt healthier – more firm. My pores are smaller, and my skin overall – looks amazing.

In case you missed my post a couple weeks ago – here’s why Murad is going with pomegranate – and why it’s so good for your skin!

From healthy, beautiful skin to lower stress levels, the pomegranate is a valuable resource in helping jumpstart your complexion and your mood.

Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, shows us six ways pomegranates can help your skin look younger and your body feel healthier.

Build Youth Back into Your Skin

Summer berries aren’t the only way to get your antioxidant fix. The pomegranate, a winter fruit, has powerful antioxidants that assist in the cellular renewal process and help cells stay plump with water. It also boosts anti-aging agents, helping to maintain skin’s collagen levels, and fights oxidative stress that ages us internally and externally. You can eat pomegranate to reap the benefits but also look for topical products that contain Pomegranate Extract to help fight free radical damage and promote overall skin health.

Decrease Inflammation

Winter weather is known to inflict a mild inflammatory reaction in exposed skin, like the face and hands. Studies have shown that Pomegranate Extract significantly reduces the activity of proteins that cause inflammation. It also reduces the production of pro-inflammatory compounds produced by cells isolated from cartilage.

Increase Your Oxygen Intake

Exercise is great way to increase oxygen flow. However, the cold winter weather can make it challenging to get daily exercise. Research shows that eating organic pomegranate seeds and drinking pure pomegranate juice can increase oxygen levels to the heart and skin cells, making the skin look fresh and smooth–without having to hit the gym!

Minimize Cultural Stress

A study found that having pomegranate juice every day resulted in lower stress hormones and a reduction in blood pressure, which leads to healthier, happier skin. Volunteers in the study reported feeling less distressed and more enthusiastic in their general well-being after consuming pomegranate juice.

Boost Your Natural SPF

Many people think that sun damage is only prevalent during summer months, yet the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage skin even through overcast weather. One of the most important foods to combat sun damage is pomegranate, which contain polyphenols, like ellagic acid. Murad’s clinical trials show roughly a 25% improvement in SPF when a pomegranate extract supplement is added to a diet because it boosts natural sunscreen levels. If topical sunscreen also contains pomegranate extract, there is an additional improvement in SPF by 20%. Studies have also shown the application of pomegranate to the skin minimizes the risk of developing skin cancer.

Help Banish Breast Cancer

Murad recently partnered with City of Hope to help raise funds for breast and women’s cancers research, education and treatment. So it only makes sense that the internationally acclaimed hospital would find the pomegranate to be as amazing of a superfruit as Murad did. City of Hope researchers identified six chemicals in the pomegranate that suppress aromatase — a substance in the body that helps produce estrogen. About 70 percent of breast cancers need estrogen to grow, so pomegranate is a prime candidate as a breast-cancer-blocking super food. Other scientists have also detected two substances in the fruit with the potential to fight both colon cancer and diabetes.


Introducing the NEW Time Response Collection by AMOREPACIFIC!

I had the pleasure of being spoiled rotten and received the new Time Response Collection by AMOREPACIFIC. This amazing collection is quite miraculous, and makes my skin absolutely glow. With the cost of this line ranging from $260 – $525, I’m going to be scraping every last drop out of my bottles because they are liquid gold!

I noticed a huge change in my skin – in less than a week. My pores are almost non-existent, my skin is healthier and softer than ever before. Here’s more on this magical line:

Reverse skin aging on a genetic level. TIME RESPONSE is the first skincare collection of its kind with a clinically‐proven, targeted approach to reversing and protecting against all signs of skin aging with proprietary Asian botanicals, exclusive to AMOREPACIFIC, that stimulate essential genetic functioning for optimal skin health.

AMOREPACIFIC’s extraordinary TIME RESPONSE line harnesses the power of privately cultivated indigenous Asian botanicals, including Green Tea Stem Cells, Saponin and EGCG, all meticulously harvested during a specific year, season and time of day to achieve optimal potency.

AMOREPACIFIC partnered with Dr. David Weitz Research Group at Harvard University to design a novel skincare delivery system that penetrates the skin’s surface to deliver anti‐aging ingredients into the deepest layers of the skin for a 24‐hour release period. It is this unique approach that reactivates the three main genes responsible for youthful skin functioning, which are Catalase (responsible collagen production), IL‐6 (regulates melanin production) and Filiggrin (responsible for hydration retention).

In total, 63 active anti‐aging ingredients make up the breakthrough TIME RESPONSE formula to radically renew, restore and reverse all signs of skin aging, from dynamic lines and wrinkles to hyperpigmentation and sagging skin. (See page 4 for full ingredient listing).

Here are the products I sampled (and loved)!

TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Creme (1.7oz; $450)

This luxuriously textured skin‐transforming creme is an intensive treatment to restore skin to its optimal state of smoothness, radiance, tone and clarity. In addition to providing comprehensive anti‐aging benefits, the TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Creme contains deeply hydrating Shea and Jojoba Butters to repair the skin’s protective barrier, and thus preventing excess moisture loss.


TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Serum (1 oz; $525)

This concentrated and restorative serum treatment uses an unprecedented skincare technology to target the signs of skin aging. A potent blend of antioxidant‐rich botanicals protect against free‐radical damage while creating smoother, firmer, more youthful skin. In addition to providing comprehensive anti‐aging, TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Serum contains 100% more Green Tea Cell Water and Green Tea Flower Extract than the face or eye creme, and thus increasing cellular regeneration and preventing cell death to achieve radiant skin.

Time Response Skin Renewal Eye (.5oz; $260)

This restorative eye treatment improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, darkness and puffiness in the delicate eye area. In addition to providing comprehensive anti‐aging advantages, TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Eye Creme contains three times more ginger and six times more Matsutake mushroom than the face creme or serum, increasing the skin’s temperature and circulation to help reduce dark circles and puffiness.

Click HERE for more information on this line, or other AMOREPACIFIC products!