Archive: Skincare

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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New from Estee Lauder….

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I love the warming feeling when I rub this  into my skin. Just gently work it into your skin and leave for about 5 minutes. Once you wash it off your skin looks and feels fresh and radiant!

Idealist Dual-Action Refinishing Treatment NEW from Estee Lauder!

Ultra gentle, all-in-one treatment delivers the instant, skin-renewing benefits of both Micro‑Dermabrasion and a 30% glycolic acid peel.

With just one application, it dramatically resurfaces skin to reveal the radiant look you want:

  • Smooth and polished.
  • Virtually poreless.
  • Clearer and brighter.

Deep, Thermal Action

  • Releases a warm sensation that opens and purifies pores.
  • Minimizes the look of pores by helping dissolve impurities that can push them open-making them appear larger.

Dramatic Refinishing

  • Instantly smooths rough, dry patches with our exclusive MicroSphere Refinishing System.
  • Helps skin continuously renew itself by activating surface enzymes.
  • Includes concentrated levels of Salicylic Acid and Glucosamine, plus a high-performance blend of 5 specially chosen scrubbing spheres.

No Appointment Necessary

  • Works immediately, from the comfort of your own home.

$49.50 – BUY IT HERE!

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So the price point puts this in the splurge category, but if you plan to splurge great skincare is the place to do it!   A very lightweight lotion it leaves my face hydrated without being too heavy perfect for the hot summer months.

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Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Collection NEW from Estee Lauder.

Your skin is precious, reward it with advanced science and rare luxury. The exquisite Intensive Lifting formulas address the visible signs of aging in many ways. With continued use, skin appears more firm, supple, lifted, and luminous.

Re‑Nutriv is one of the world’s premiere luxury skincare and makeup collections.

Who would treat her skin to this rare luxury?

* A woman who appreciates the legendary powers of this truly special collection.
* A woman who senses that in that wonderful moment these exquisite treatments touch your skin, something beautiful and important and lasting is happening.
* A woman like you. Welcome to the world of Re‑Nutriv.

A History of Excellence
Mrs. Estée Lauder believed that every woman can be beautiful. And in 1958, she created a creme of creams, a “goldmine of beauty” to bring out the best in her most discerning customers around the globe.

She held nothing back, infusing her secret blend with some of the world’s costliest ingredients, and cosmetic science’s most powerful advances. She called her collection Re‑Nutriv. You’ll call it extraordinary.

From that first remarkable creme, Re‑Nutriv has never looked back.
With each new addition to the collection, Re‑Nutriv transforms the world’s conception of what a cosmetic formula can achieve.

This ongoing success is based on three underlying principles:

* The most precious ingredients, carefully researched for their unique benefits, then painstakingly sourced from the four corners of the globe.
* The most advanced science, optimized for maximum potency, then refined for utmost gentleness to bring you tomorrow’s breakthroughs today.
* An unsurpassed sensory experience, from the metallic cool of a jar in your hand, to the rich Re‑Nutriv scent, to indulgent textures that leave skin transformed.

Your skin is precious.
Reward it with Re‑Nutriv.
Use your Re‑Nutriv formulas faithfully, and be confident in the knowledge that you’re giving your skin the extraordinary care it deserves.

The experience is transcendent.
The results, breathtaking.

$160.00 -  Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Collection by Estee Lauder.

Will Ferrell lends his name & face to sell sunscreen in the name of a charity!

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Will Ferrell is selling sunscreen to help raise money for Cancer For College, a foundation which gives scholarships to cancer patients, by coming out with a line of sunscreens.

The SPF 30 lotions are available in Sexy Hot Tan, Sunstroke and Forbidden Fruit and each bottle features Ferrell in a series of silly poses.

Cancer for College founder Craig Pollard, a two-time cancer survivor and former fraternity brother of Ferrell’s at USC says:

“We have been so incredibly fortunate to have had Will Ferrell’s support through the years. Creating this line of sunscreen products allows us the ability to use Will’s image to promote the mission of our charity, raise some valuable funds to help send cancer survivors to college and increase cancer awareness.”

Of the new line Ferrell says:

“The bottle says it all. I’ve always dreamed of owning a lotion company. Honestly, I’m proud to be associated with such a great charity. I’ve watched Craig and Cancer for College help hundreds of cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education. The stories are so inspirational. I’m just happy to help any way I can.”

You can purchase the sunscreen online through the charity’s website at cancerforcollege.org and at select retail outlets this summer.

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Barefeet Fantasy is as great as it sounds!

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As an avid sandal wearer I am always on the hunt for a great foot lotion. Though many have lofty claims it takes days to get results if they ever come. I just got a tub of Kenzo’s new Barfeet Fantasy today and I couldn’t rip off the packaging fast enough. 

First off the scent is great, smooth and rich and the lotion feels like butter. It makes a great massage lotion for an at home pedicure to stretch out your salon visits. After rubbing the lotion in my feet felt so smooth even my heels, and there was no greasy residue the lotion absorbed really well into my skin. Even after showering tonight my feet still feel smoother. Now I just need to talk my hubby into giving me a foot massage with this amazing lotion! 

Kenzo BAREFEET FANTASY

- Repairs
- Nourishes
- Relaxes

Pamper your feet all year long with Barefeet Fantasy massage balm. Enriched with cupuaçu butter, this luxurious massage balm nourishes and prevents dry, rough heels, while shea butter repairs and soothes tired feet. Inspired by nature, KenzoKi skincare pairs advanced research with four natural elements from Asia to create the ideal balance of performance and pleasure. Four plants, four fragrances, four collections that delight the senses while enhancing the natural beauty of skin.

$30 Kenzo Barefeet Fantasy