Hyaluronic Acid is my go to when it comes to skincare. I can’t enough of it. I have night creams, day creams, masks, lip balms and mascara, all formulated with the magic ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient in injectables like Restylane and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. What does it do for you? It plumps up your skin in major way!
Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator by Neocell (I may get a commission from this link), goes an extra step with a formulation made with Vitamin A, Ceramides, GLA and coconut water. Easy to use capsules help to build by collagen by boosting moisture and improving the body’s skin barrier.
Neocell gave me a sample of Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator to try, and here is the verdict. The package instructions say to take three capsules a day. Divided by 90, that gives you a 30 day supply. The first thing I noticed is that it turns your urine yellow! I guess you know its going through you! Within the first couple of days I noticed my skin was firmer, lines were less noticeable and my skin barrier was improved. Now skin barrier is hard thing to pin point so I like to give the example of how children’s skin is so smooth and even to the touch (that’s part of why it looks so good). A strong skin barrier is important to both the health and appearance of your skin at every age. I suffer from Rosacea so keeping that skin barrier strong helps reduce my symptoms.
In addition to my face, I also noticed improvement in the softness and suppleness of my skin on my neck and body. This supplement also helps to diminish that dry “crepey” skin you get as you age. I think Glow Matrix would also work great in the winter to combat dry indoor skin. You can get Glow Matrix for about $25 for a one month supply, which is a pretty good value. You can get in online at Neocell.com as well as Amazon (go Prime!), Costco, GNC and the Vitamin Shop.
Not long ago I got this deluxe la prairie foundation sample from Conde Nast’s Try It program. La prairie is a luxury brand of skincare carried at upscale stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks.
The La prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Sunscreen is the latest addition to the line. This light coverage fluid compact foundation has SPF built-in and provides buildable coverage. I was a little afraid to try it and my fears were realized when I saw how good it is. It glides on like butter, giving your face an airbrushed look. It’s a little damp to the touch so I layered it with a finishing powder. It lasted all day and was easy to remove. It comes in a range of 10 shades from ivory to tan.
Now the bad. The only real negative is the price- $195. A refill is included which make it more like $100, but still a pricier foundation. If you want to splurge on a really nice foundation for a wedding or special event, this would be it! Go to laprairie.com for stores.
Botox is great! But the price, not so much. I am always looking for alternatives so when I saw this forehead smoothing kit, I had to try it out. The “Wrinkles Schminkles Forehead Smoothing Kit” is $30 and comes with two forehead patches, each good for 20-30 applications. There is also a men’s kit which I assume includes bigger patches?
How to use: Apply patch to a clean forehead before bed and sleep wearing it. In the morning, remove it and place it back in the plastic bag. The thick silicone patch works by preventing your forehead to wrinkle in the night and providing extra moisture to skin. The adhesive helps to hold it in place and life of the patches can be extended by using the brand’s cleaning solution.
The good: The patch is comfortable to wear at night but as the night wears on, it can slip a little. It does help to suppress wrinkles but not necessarily remove them. The patch is like anything, if you don’t religiously use it, you won’t see results. At $15 a month, it’s cheaper than Botox.
The bad: I wish it would have come with separate storage for each patch. When you open the bag to replace the first patch, the other one is exposed to the air and probably dries out faster. I also wish it adhered a little better. I was hoping it more like the SiO Beauty Chest Patch, a thick silicone (more like the blister band-aids) that totally adheres to the skin. I have also used Furlesse patches and Frownies (I may get a commission from this link). The Furlesse patches are a little too thin. Frownies are essentially craft paper with a vegetable based adhesive. They fit really snug and are supposed to “train” your muscles back to their original condition before wrinkles. If you can keep up with them (they are hard to remove and sometimes cause pimples) they work great!
Wrinkles Schminkles also sells patches for eyes, chest, lips, hands and the neck. They are an Australian company but you can find them at Macy’s, Amazon (I may get a commission from this link) and direct at wrinklesschminkles.com.
Charlotte Tilbury is UK based luxury brand that is amazing. It combines makeup with skincare for foundations with long lasting results. The Light Wonder Foundation hides perfections and while keeping skin hydrated for 18 hours. It provides light, buildable coverage (with a SPF15) that will last all day without feeling heavy. It comes in a pseudo squeeze bottle that prevents contamination and insures you can get every last drop out- which is good because it clocks in at $46. It is also hard to find. Some Nordstrom stores carry it and you can buy direct from the website. It really is a premier product so if you’re looking to splurge on a foundation for a wedding or big event, Charlotte Tilbury is the brand.
Covergirl Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation
If you can’t find a Nordstrom with Charlotte Tilbury or you don’t want to spend nearly $50 for foundation, Covergirl has a great option. Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation is made with vitamins E, B3, B5, antioxidants and an SPF of 20. It has a similar consistence to the Light Wonder foundation, is buildable and is priced around $10.
*Note: In both of these foundations I had to get 1 to 2 shades lighter than they appeared in the bottle. For some reason (maybe the anti-aging ingredients) it looks darker on your skin, so go somewhere where you can test it.
Neutrogena has added a sheet mask to its Hydro Boost line and it’s only $3!
The new mask uses my favorite ingredient, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and boost plumpness in only 15 minutes. Unlike most affordable sheet masks, this one is made from hydrogel and not paper. The thicker, gel-like material helps to push the ingredients into your skin and produces better results than a paper mask.
The mask is available wherever Neutrogena is sold (I found mine at CVS) and online at neutrogena.com. Neutrogena also has a second hydrogel mask called the Deep Clean Purifying Mask, also priced at $3. Head over the website right now and you can get two Light Therapy Masks for the price of one ($35)! These innovative masks use LED light to kill acne causing bacteria. Masks last 30 days and can be reused by purchasing a Mask Activator for $14.99.