My favorite skincare ingredient is hyaluronic acid. Found naturally in the human body, this acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and is the ultimate “plumper” in skincare. Hyaluronic acid is also the main ingredient in the skin injectable Juvederm. See where I’m going here? If you want healthy, moisturized and plumped up skin, this product is a good place to start.
L’Oreal Hydra Genius comes in three versions; Normal/Oily, Normal Dry and Extra Dry. The normals come in a tall bottle and are a lot like a serum. It sinks right into your skin and can be used anytime you need more moisture, even over some makeup. The extra dry product is thicker and comes in a jar.
I use in the am and pm, not too sure if it lasts for 72 hours because I put it on daily anyway! It doesn’t irritate my skin or cause breakouts. A little goes a long way and it comes in a glass bottle with a dispensing top. It even looks pretty on your bathroom counter! One of the best things about it is the price. It retails (I may get a commission from this link) for $18.99 but you can always find manufacturer and store coupons. This week it is on sale at CVS for $13.99. Sign up for Worth It Rewards and get 5 points for every dollar spent on L’Oreal products. You can link it to your store loyalty cards or simply upload your receipt. Exchange points for coupons, gift cards and other goodies!
I am always looking for alternatives to my favorite hgh boosting supplement, SeroVital. This powder by Optimum Nutrition is equivalent to half of the effective ingredients the BCAA or Branched Chain Amino Acids. It contains a mix of amino acids and 160 mg of caffeine from natural sources (see below).
You mix it with water and can consume it once daily or prior to workouts. It is formulated to give you more energy, improve focus and help you recover faster from workouts.
I used it for a couple of weeks and I liked the fact that it helped me workout longer without feeling as tired. As for building more muscle, I’m not sure if it made a difference. It can make your heart race a little if you are sensitive to caffeine. I had to STOP using it because something in it messed up my digestive system (I won’t give you the gory details). I was dairy free and I had to go back to eating probiotic yogurt to get back to normal.
So suffice to say, I won’t be consuming this anymore. I wouldn’t discourage others from trying it. It comes in 16 flavors and is priced at about $19 for 30 servings and $35 for a 65 serving container. You can find it online at Amazon (I may get a commission from this link), Allstar Health and many other health stores.
Finishing powders are an essential last step in any makeup application. A good powder sets makeup, blurs imperfections and gives your skin an airbrushed look. Over the years I developed a coterie of favorites, starting with the original Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder and ending with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder.
I have a list of must haves when it comes to powder. It has to be light/ white (I don’t like beigey translucent powders), it has to be stable and loose. I don’t like finishing powders that come in a compact, they get gross. With a loose powder, you can shake it into the lid and just tap out the excess, keeping your powder pristine.
The first powder in the trio is Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Finishing Powder. It got a bad rap in the past for the white blurs in celebrity red carpet photos but they have fixed that problem. It’s super light and you don’t need a lot. I usually buy the travel version ($20) and it lasts a few months with daily use. The only thing I don’t like is that it is hard to get the last bit of powder out. I tried cutting the webbed cover but still couldn’t get it out. Find it at MUFE stores and Sephora.
Next up is the bargain, E.L.F. High Definition Powder. This powder is a little thicker than the others but at $6, it’s great when you don’t have $20 plus dollars to lay out for powder. It also comes in a skin toned version and a corrective yellow (banana powder).
Finally, my new favorite is Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder by IT Cosmetics. This powder by the anti-aging specialists at IT Cosmetics sets and blurs lines and imperfections. It does have a yellow cast to it but I didn’t really notice it. If you have aging skin, you will really notice a difference. Get it for $24 at ULTA or itcosmetics.com.
The next frontier of wrinkle reduction, the décolleté
One of the most forgotten areas of the body is the décolleté. Sun, wind, gravity and side sleeping all can lead to crepey, wrinkled skin on your chest and in between your breasts. But never you fear, there is a solution!
A new line of treatment products is taking on the delicate décolleté problem with the technology of silicone. Sio Beauty was developed by Gigi Howard, a young woman saddled with chest wrinkles from a young age. Howard tried all kinds of DIY and over-the-counter treatments to lessen the wrinkles with no success. Then one day she was talking with a friend about these scar bandages her doctor prescribed for post surgery scars. She borrowed one from her friend and saw results in one night.
After consulting with doctors and scientists and creating 60 prototypes, Howard finally came up with SiO SkinPad. Made from medical grade silicone, the pad has an almost reverse figure eight shape that fits between the breasts and over the chest. Each pad is reusable at lasts 15 uses. If you ever used one of those silicone blister bandages than you know how it works to lock in moisture and speed up cell turnover. The SiO system includes pre-treatment cleansing pads that help exfoliate and prepare the skin for the pad and post treatment serum.
SiO Beauty sent me a complimentary sample of the system so I could give it a test run. First I used the SiO Décolleté Cleansing Discs. Glycolic acid helps remove dead skin and prep the skin for the SiO SkinPad. After waiting 30 minutes for the skin to dry, I applied the SkinPad. Applying it was kind of awkward so I decided to lay down. It adhered pretty snug to my skin and initially felt a little weird. About an hour in I couldn’t even feel it. After I peeled it off in the morning, my skin was a little red and so I applied the post treatment serum. Although I don’t have a lot of wrinkles, I definitely noticed a difference. I wondering how well these would work for face? Are you listening SiO Beauty? The pads can also be used to prevent wrinkles from forming as well.
The SiO Skin Pads are $49.95 for a package of two or you can purchase them with the pre-treatment cleansing pads and post treatment serum for $138.45 at siobeauty.com. Follow them on Facebook/SiOBeauty for special offers.
Sheet masks have become very popular in the skin care realm. But not all masks are created equal. Some paper masks are just gelatinous masks that fall off your face and offer a mediocre result. I got the Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask in a Target Beauty Box and was the most valuable item in the box.
Laneige is a Korean beauty brand that prices out on the higher end. The brand is currently exclusive to Target and includes skin care and makeup. This mask is actually a bio cellulose mask, a heavier almost plastic looking material. It adheres to skin and provides a better delivery method of treatment into the skin.
Unlike other masks, it comes in two pieces and eliminates the bad fit you get with one piece mask designs. It doesn’t have a strong smell and utilizes simple, powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid, mineral water and quinoa extract. I left it on for 30 minutes and I noticed the mask was thinner as the ingredients actually ABSORBED into my face. The results were amazing! My skin was plumped and glowing. It helped minimize fine lines and my skin looked like I just got a $120 facial at an upscale spa. The prescribed use is once or twice a week and comes to about $5 per mask. This product would be great to use for a special event like a wedding or night out.
The Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask ( I may get a commission from this link) is available in a 5-pack online or in Target stores. Through March 18, 2017, spend $20 in beauty and get a $5 gift card (online and in stores) or spend $35 on Laneige products and get a $10 gift card (online only).
Shop online at Laneige.com/us beginning on April 1, 2017!