Archive: Skincare

Tips for saving your skin and maintaining your youth!


Most people have a vague idea of what’s good and bad for our skin, but since we don’t understand the biology involved, we either do nothing or the wrong things, says skin-care expert Ron Cummings.

“How many times do we find mixed reports on health? Are eggs good or bad for you? Too much sun is bad, but so is too little – there’s so much information overload, many people shrug off what they don’t fully comprehend,” says Cummings, founder and CEO of AminoGenesis Skin Care.

In addition to environmental factors, such as smoke and excessive sun exposure, there are two primary biological processes that age our skin: oxidization and glycation, he says. Despite antioxidants being all the rage in recent years, few people are aware of what occurs through glycation – the process antioxidants are intended to combat.

“Glycation happens when a sugar molecule bonds with a protein. The protein then becomes misshapen. Collagen, which makes our skin look smooth and plump, is a protein that’s particularly vulnerable. Cell damage through glycation results in wrinkles, lines and discoloration,” he says.

To maintain youth – and even reverse some of that damage – Cummings offers these tips:

• Monitor your alcohol intake. Alcohol causes skin to get puffy and flush with dilated blood vessels. Over time, even moderate intake can cause permanent spider veins on one’s face, chest, abdomen, arms, and hands. Damaged vessels leak, which causes discoloration and puffiness. Alcohol worsens common skin diseases such as psoriasis and rosacea; causes dehydration, which makes skin sag; causes a deficiency in nutrients, and impairs immune systems. The moderate intake of red wine, however, may help skin because red grapes are filled with antioxidants.

• Try to cut out most sugar. Americans average 150 pounds of sugar intake each year, according to the American Heart Association, and most eat and drink two to four times the amount they should. Sugar is a ubiquitous ingredient in the American diet and can be found in drinks and condiments. Sugar molecules – especially refined sugar, which is pure sucrose — fuels glycation. In a European study, volunteers were asked to view photos of 602 people; those with the highest sugar intake were deemed to look the oldest. A high-sugar diet is also linked to diabetes.

• Keep an eye out for anti-glycation products. Most topical products maintain the skin’s existing moisture by acting as a barrier. Other products utilize antioxidants to stabilize oxygen molecules that have lost electrons and cause damage to cell membranes when they take electrons from stable molecules. Products with newly discovered plant extracts address glycation by breaking the sugar molecule’s bond with collagen, allowing the protein to return to its original shape.

“A new study of several French women who didn’t change their diets showed that just 60 days of regular use of anti-glycation serum made them look eight to 10 years younger,” Cummings says. “I’ve seen the pictures and read the research – it’s stunning.”

Protect your skin from the sun all year round with COOLA Organic Suncare!


Just because it’s the middle of winter, doesn’t mean you can avoid protecting your skin! COOLA is here to make sure protecting your skin is a number one priority all year round!

Containing 70%+ organic ingredients, COOLA’s Classic Face SPF 20 Cucumber Moisturizer will keep the delicate skin on your face sunburn free, while COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer will keep your body soft and protected. COOLA makes it easy to keep your skin healthy, and with each fresh scent, this is one step you won’t mind adding to your morning routine!

I love these products because of how light and non-sunscreenish they feel. It’s light and doesn’t clog your pores! You can maintain your beautiful skin – while protecting it! I love the face sunscreen. It’s light enough and wonderful enough – to use rain or shine!

I know a lot of people still get out and play in the winter, and you DO still have to worry about your skin! Keep yourself protected with Coola’s amazing products!



*Disclosure: I was sent these products to review for the site, I was not paid to write this post, and I was not compensated for my opinions. The opinions you read here are mine alone.

Make Her Up introduces you to M. Steves!

While being a busy career woman makes it difficult to keep up on good skincare, it certainly doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Straight from a busy entrepreneur herself, Mally Steves Chakola created M. Steves – a simplified line of skincare for sophisticated women looking for a natural yet effective regimen. The M. Steves streamlined collection works to not only give women a glow in the present, but also to repair damage of the past.

Drawing from her knowledge of Ayurveda from her Indian heritage, and combining it with the steadfast beauty rituals of her German ancestry, Mally Steves created the line using her signature ingredient, Chilean Rose Hip Seed Oil, in combination with other all-natural ingredients such as coconut oil, aloe and turmeric, to give busy women an easy & healthy way to keep their skin flawless.

Rose Hip Seed Oil (RHSO), also known as “youth in a bottle,” fights aging, evens skin tone and texture, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles, amongst other anti-aging properties. RHSO also contains a higher amount of essential fatty acids than other popular oils like argan and grapeseed. The signature Ultra-Nourishing Boost—made with RHSO—can be added to any skincare product for extra moisture, antioxidants, and natural radiance.

I’ve been using the two products below for about two weeks now, and I’m absolutely OBSESSED! I am in LOVE with them! I can see why they’re winning so many “favorites” awards, because they’re truly amazing!


Ultra-Nourishing Boost

• Intensely hydrates & nourishes
• Firms & smooths fine lines
• Absorbs quickly with dry finish
• Evens appearance of skin tone
• Results in glowing, transformed skin

WHAT IT IS: Fast-absorbing, lightweight, hydrating dry oil for all ages and skin types. Potent anti-aging and skin rejuvenating benefits. Maybe added to other products to boost benefits. Includes RHSO (Rose Hip Seed Oil), Essential Fatty Acids, Anti-Aging Actives, Skin-Brightening Promoters Antioxidants and Gatuline In-tense.

WHAT IT DOES: Pure, cold-pressed RHSO (Rose Hip Seed Oil) intensely hydrates and nourishes skin while a concentrated, naturally-derived extract called GATULINE® IN-TENSE, proven to make skin look of firmer, works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Leaves skin more even and brighter with a luminous glow.


Reviving Exfoliator $48.00

• Exfoliates, smooths & refines
• Enhances radiance & glow
• Helps correct appearance of uneven skin texture
• Encourages skin’s natural regenerative abilities

WHAT IT IS: A facial in a jar. An exfoliating mask for all skin types. Includes RHSO (Rose Hip Seed Oil), Microdermabrasion crystals, Walnut shell powder, Glycolic acid, Fruit enzymes and Dead sea mud.

WHAT IT DOES: Refines the appearance of skin’s texture and encourages renewal. This exfoliating mask offers the benefits of a microdermabrasion treatment, a fruit enzyme and alpha hydroxy acid peel, and a deep-cleaning rich Dead Sea mud mask. Immediately lift and dissolve dry, dead skin and unwanted impurities leaving skin with a healthy, fresh glow.

*Disclosure: I was sent these products to review for the site, I was not paid to write this post, and I was not compensated for my opinions. The opinions you read here are mine alone.

Introducing Sente’s Dermal Repair Cream!


Make Her Up is proud to introduce you guys to Sente’s Dermal Repair Cream! I’ve been using this product for the last couple weeks, and I’m totally impressed with the results! My skin has been going NUTS the last month or so due to the weather, etc., and this product has really helped my skin heal, and look more healthy!

A medical grade, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free dermal cream created by a team of prominent scientists and dermatologists in Southern California. This breakthrough formula features bioactive glycoproteins that replenish the appearance of the skin diminished through aging and UV exposure. Senté Dermal Repair Cream enhances the skin’s appearance, give the appearance of firmness and elasticity, and provides profound skin hydration. Senté can even be used on the most sensitive skin types.

Sente uses a patented blend of ingredients including Heparan Sulfate (HS), a naturally occurring complex of a sugar plus a protein (glycoprotein). This fresh and advanced scientific approach to beauty delivers benefits unlike any cream on the market:

· Heals skin faster following common dermatological procedures including IPL, lasers, chemical peels, skin tightening and injectables

· Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles. Enjoy smoother and younger looking skin

· Hypoallergenic formulation penetrates quickly, leaving no greasy residue or fragrance – perfect under makeup

· Restores and enhances skin’s intrinsic ability to heal itself (sunburns, scarring)

· Soothes redness and irritation

· Normalizes skin tone and restore radiance

· Delivers profound hydration with daily use

· Safe for use on even the most sensitive skin types

For me, I’ve found it really soothes my irritated skin. It has helped me tremendously.

Get yours here!