Archive: Skincare

Get a summer glow from head to toe!

Get glowing skin from head to toe this summer with these products from Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology and Noodle & Boo.

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I just started using this and I love it! Around this time of year when the weather gets really hot I am prone to breakouts around my hairline from sweat. Not very pretty! I was just starting to breakout and it was not making me too happy.

Patricia Wexler’s glyco peel is worth every penny. Its tingle a bit but even on my sensitive skin it wasn’t overpowering I was worried it might burn or leave my face red but I am a week in and no problems. I just noticed this morning all my little blemishes along my hairline are gone and my skin looks bright and radiant. Definitely a new staple to my beauty routine.

For Face: In just 6 minutes you can be on your way to luminous skin with Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Exfoliating Glyco Peel System. This 2 Step glyco acid peel safely exfoliates skin, evens skin tone, reduces signs of fine lines, minimizes and unclogs pores. MMPi technology actively rejuvenates skin’s surface at the structural level.

$60.00

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For Body: To soften and prep skin for an even tan, exfoliate with Glowology Sugar Mama Honey Scrub. This scrub consists of ultra-fine exfoliating sugar whipped into a moisturizing honey and shea butter base. With aloe and Vitamin E this scrub not only exfoliates, but it moisturizes your skin too!

$26.00

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Don’t panic if you haven’t had time to get to the gym – Glowology Afterglow Gel will get your body beach-ready in no time! This light gel works as a cellulite corrector and brightens and tightens to improve skin’s overall appearance.

$56.00

DAILY BEAUTY TIP: Clean Skin!

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Don’t cover up your blemishes, erase them! Even though summer presents a host of skin issues, from the greasies to blackheads, you can get Kate Bosworth’s angelic complexion by using a potent, oil-absorbing treatment like Dr. Brandt’s new Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner. Just apply on problem area, let dry completely, rinse and pat dry.

Join Cynthia Nixon and Curel in Helping the Red Cross — Without Spending a Dime

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Sex and the City’s Miranda ended the the show’s six-season run with a lesson in the real meaning of love — and it looks like her character’s charitable spirit hit home with Cynthia Nixon, who has just announced that she is teaming up with Curel for the second time, to launch the “Share the Gift of Caring” campaign to benefit the Red Cross. Curel has already donated $250,000 to the initiative, which raises money to help victims of disasters in this country and around the world. And with you’re help they plan to raise $10,000 more — on their dime. Just click the “Donate $1″ button at Curel.com, and pass the message of the campaign along to a caring friend, and the beauty brand will donate a buck to the cause. Get more information on the Curel website or on the limited-edition bottles Continuous Comfort Original Formula Lotion, which honors the fundraiser.


Can Caffeine Give Skin a Lift? ShopSmart Investigates

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Caffeine can now be found in hundreds of cosmetic and skin-care items. Some manufacturers claim their products can take away under-eye puffiness or dark circles; others promise to smooth away cellulite. Sounds good, but do they work? ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, got the lowdown on what caffeinated products can and can’t do for you from a group of experts and researchers, including dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

Body scrubs

* The claims: Bella Luccè claims that its Bali Kopi Coffee Scrub, $25.50, will exfoliate and smooth lumpy skin; OPI claims its Cappuccino Massage and Espresso Scrub Kit, $23, will stimulate cell turnover.
* Experts say: You’ll see softer, smoother skin, thanks to the exfoliating capabilities of the coffee grounds, but you don’t get enough penetration to tighten skin.
* Bottom line: Though store-bought exfoliators work, don’t toss out your own coffee grounds! Recycle them as a home-made scrub. Just add a little olive oil to make a paste.

Cellulite creams and gels

* The claims: Bliss Love Handler, $36, Revitol Cellulite Solution, $40, and Clarins Super Restorative Redefining Body Care, $88, stimulate skin and improve firmness, reducing the appearance of cellulite.
* Experts say: To see a payoff, caffeine must be able to penetrate the skin cells, and some preliminary evidence is intriguing.
* Bottom line: These products are effective only as long as they are being used, and it generally takes four to five weeks to see any difference.

Eye creams

* The claims: Products such as Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Eye Roller, $13, Kiehl’s Eye Alert, $21, and Lancôme High Potency Daily Moisturizing Eye Treatment, $36, reduce dark circles and puffiness.
* Experts say: If puffiness is the result of water retention, a caffeinated eye cream might help dehydrate the area. As for those dark circles, the deeper they are, the less likely it is that they will disappear. Caffeine’s ability to constrict blood vessels can help, but it only works on the skin’s outermost layer.
* Bottom line: Don’t expect miracles, but you will probably get an immediate tingling or cooling sensation, and you might notice that bags look less severe and under-eye circles might appear a bit lighter over time.

Face creams

* The claims: Products such as Murad Environmental Defense Kit, $82, and Topix Replenix Cream CF, $63, are supposed to protect skin against premature aging and reduce redness.
* Experts say: Caffeine might improve the look of your skin and protect it from sun damage, but you should still use sunscreen. Recent studies have found that caffeine might also help sunscreens and antioxidant ingredients in skin creams work longer and more effectively. And there are no known negative effects of applying caffeine to your skin.
* Bottom line: Applying a skin cream containing caffeine every morning before you head out into the sun might not be a bad idea—but those creams are super pricey!


A special thanks to the July 2009 issue of ShopSmart, for the insider shopping tips.

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