A spa treatment for the eyes
For me, the basis of any skincare regimen must include a gentle cleanser, an effective serum and a good eye cream. In Aminocare’s Reverse Eye Cream, I have found a product I can use in any regular skincare routine. First, the texture is irresistible: it’s silky and smooth, like the fluffiest whipped cream for your skin. It’s quickly absorbed and there is no greasy after feel. There’s no perfume and no parabens, dyes or mineral oil . In short, it’s like an instant spa treatment for the eyes.
The ingredient list is impressive: Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, cetearyl alcohol, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, Camellia sinensis oil, kukui oil, black currant seed oil, red raspberry oil, olive squalene, borage oil, D-Alpha tocopherol, retinyl palmitate, vegetable glycerin, caprylic capric triglycerides, myrisyl myristate, aspen bark extract, sodium stearolyl lactylate, glyceryl stearate, creatine.
When I saw that one of the ingredients contained the word “alcohol,” I checked it out—and found that cetearyl alcohol is a “natural” ingredient, a mixture of fatty alcohols consisting found in plants, like coconut and palm oils.
Ingredients aside, the proof is in the effectiveness and this eye cream performs, day in and day out. Using it only once a day (twice is recommended if needed), I saw crow’s feet and puffiness disappear. According to the promotional material, one of the ingredients, creatine, an amino acid derivative, has been clinically proven to increase skin cell vitality, boosting collagen, elastin and keratin production. Caffeine is added to make the skin in the eye area slightly taut. Vitamin A offers unprecedented cell renewal, while Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection. The active ingredients reach the target layers of skin via a revolutionary nanotope delivery system. Cell-Ox2 Phyto Peptide has been clinically shown to effectively reduce dark circles and puffiness in the eye area and offering increased oxygenation. While I can’t prove these claims, I can say that Aminocare Reverse Eye Cream delivers all I would ask of an eye cream.
Best of all, this product and all of the products in the line are never tested on animals.
Aminocare ® Reverse Eye Cream retails for $50, is available at stores nationwide and online.
Essential oils are Nature’s gift to mankind. A multitude of qualities has made essential oils make their way into cosmetics, healthcare and more. But to enjoy their benefits, knowing how to use and choose them is extremely important.
Firstly, the choice of oil depends on the purpose for which it will be used. Next, its purity and therapeutic value are essential to stay safe and reap the effectiveness. Once you have bought the right essential oil, next step is to use it properly for the problem you need to address.
Let’s take a look in the ways essential oils are used to help you make a decision.
- A direct application on the skin
- Sprays and Bathing
- Compresses and more.
Applying Topically – For applying essential oils topically you must know your skin type. Some of the essential oils for topical use are:
- Neat oils – The oils that can be applied without any diluter are the neat oils. Because of their mild chemistry, they are not harmful for the skin. Frankincense, lavender, melissa and sandalwood are good examples of neat oils.
- Dilute or sensitive – Those oils which need to be diluted with carrier oil before use. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger and peppermint are examples of dilute topical oils.
How to Use
- Always dilute the essential oil first, then apply it on your skin.
- Massage the essential oil on your joints, muscles and relax your body. While applying on arms and legs, massage in upward direction, move hands gently over the spine and the sensitive areas.
- Choose mild, non-irritating oils for topical use. Beware of adulterated, re-distilled and rectified essential oils.
Inhalation – Inhalation is a fast and secure method of using essential oils. This is an excellent method of relief from stress and anxiety, as well as respiratory issues. Some of the most effective essential oils for inhaling are:
- Lavender – Use to release nervous tension, to fight anxiety and depression.
- Chamomile – It improves digestion and leaky gut.
How to Use
- Direct palm inhalation – Take 1 to 2 drops of essential oil, add a diluter and rub it gently on your palms before inhaling it.
- Diffusers – The easiest way to inhale essential oil is to use candle diffusers. Take a heat-resistant vessel and pour a little water and essential oil before heating it over a candle. This will diffuse the aroma.
- While choosing essential oils for inhalation, beware of synthetic fragrances. They are not good for you.
Bath – It is the most popular and effective way of using essential oils. Use it to increase circulation, alleviate stress, tension, insomnia, menstrual spasms and more. The best way to use essential oils in the bath is to mix them with emulsifiers like milk or sesame oil. Essential oils that can be used for bathing are:
- Lemon and Sweet Orange – It benefits all skin types and lightens up the mood.
- Frankincense – It soothes the skin and is the best known stress buster. Jasmine, rose and sandalwood are effective as bathing essential oils.
How to Use
- While choosing essential oils for bathing, choose the one that has a calming and gentle effect on the skin and also suits your skin type. If you have a sensitive skin, test it before applying.
- Add 4 to 5 drops of essential oils to one tablespoon of carrier oil, then add the mixture to the bath water. OR add 5 drops of essential oil to a cup of milk and pour it into your bath water.
- Using it overtly can cause skin irritation.
These are highly effective for both emergency first aid and pain relief. Compresses can be applied with pressure on specific body parts. It supports the body against infections. Essential oils that can be used for compresses are:
- Grapefruit essential oil – If you are feeling stressed and tired, use grapefruit oil to enhance positivity and power.
- Fennel essential oil – It reduces and prevents spasms in the gut. Its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties are good for healing wounds and infections. Defense Pure Essential Oils also provide protection against bacteria causing infections.
How to Use
- To select an essential oil for compress use, look at its therapeutic properties first.
- Add 10 drops of selected essential oil in 9 oz of water. Soak and then wrap.
- Use cold water for sprains, insect bite and headache and hot water for boils, cystitis and dysmenorrhea.
Essential oils are good, but only when you know how to choose and use them. It’s also import to take some precautions.
- Use pure essential oils only;
- Do not use internally;
- Know that they can be harmful for the eyes and mucous membrane;
- Don’t use them for kids;
- Don’t use citrus oils if you are going to venture outside in a while.
Amanda Dawson is a fitness coach with a Master’s degree. Her passion revolves around encouraging others rediscover their lifestyle and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle. Her keen interest in health can be seen in her writing. You can read her views on the use of tea tree oil soap, body wipes and sports-specific products.
lldi Pekar, facialist to supermodels
Skincare Tips From celebrity facialist Ildi PekarPekar
Ildi Pekar, who cares for skin of supermodels Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk, offers important tips for keeping your skin fresh and lovely during the harsh months of winter.
Diet is most important
During the summer we eat a lot of light foods including vegetables and fruits which contain water so we are more hydrated. During the cooler months we feel a little more lethargic and it shows in your skin because we eat foods that are hot and heavy for comfort, rather than the light and refreshing foods of summer.
Lack of moisture.
Since central heat dries out skin, this is a great time to change your skin care routine and maybe double up on the moisture.
Not getting your daily dose of Vitamin D?
This is so important to keep your skin happy and radiant.
How to shift your skincare routine? What should you do, and what warm-weather habits can you skip?
– Change to a milder cleanser
– Avoid using harsh toners which can dry out your skin too much and cause irritation.
– Switch to a heavier moisturizer during the cooler months
– For fall it’s perfect to exfoliate more to unclogged trapped pores
– This is the BEST time to get a Deep Cleansing Facial or peel. It keeps your skin soft and clean and helps treat the skin damage which occurred during the summer.
The number one product everyone needs in their arsenal this fall is: A good moisturizer!
How to combat breakouts in the fall season and Dry Skin:
A Deep Cleansing facial would keep your skin in check. Get your pores cleaned regularly to reduce white heads black heads and acne.
Exfoliating skin and increasing intake of fish oil will also help.
Sun protection that also protects, repairs and hydrates
Once the temperature drops and sunshine gives way to snow, it’s easy to assume that sun protection is no longer needed. And that, any dermatologist will tell you is a mistake. Sometimes a very serious mistake, as I found out the hard way. That’s why I look for the best possible sun protection year round, and why I was pleased to discover NATURA BISSÉ’s C+C Oil-Free MacroAntioxidant Sun Protection SPF 30.
This is said to be the only cosmetic in the world to incorporate Macro-Antioxidants®, powerful and recently discovered natural macromolecules.
Whenever I go outdoors, I apply the product after cleansing my skin and using serum and eye cream. It is a “dry oil” that feels silky and smooth and has a delicious citrus-y aroma. In addition to providing protection against the ravages of ultraviolet radiation—freckles, hyperpigmentation, photosensitivity and general aging—it has ingredients that repair and strengthen and hydrate the skin.
One is Provitamin D. Vitamin D is essential in preserving the skin’s natural self-defense system. It provides intense hydration and helps prevent sagging and wrinkles. However, Vitamin D is compromised and inhibited by many, if not most of the sun-filtering products currently available.
This sun protection also contains MacroAntioxidants®, powerful antioxidant macromolecules that defend the skin against the free radicals that cause premature aging. (Discovered and patented by the CISC–Spanish Council for Scientific Research–MacroAntioxidants® are obtained from the skin of fruit and are bound to its natural dietary fiber.)
Unlike most drugstore products that contain only the basic sun-filtering ingredients, NATURA BISSÉ’s C+C Oil-Free MacroAntioxidant Sun Protection SPF 30 is a powerful cocktail of multivitamins and antiaging, firming and repairing ingredients, such as vitamin E, vitamin F, hydrolized collagen, arginine, glycerin, bio-fermented Zea mays oil and alpha-bisabolol.
Priced at $65, it is available at fine stores and online.
But Frequent Touchups Get So Expensive
My hair grows quickly (good)—which results in gray roots popping up all too soon after I have my hair colored at the salon (not so good).
So over the years I’ve tried just about every type of root coverup on the market, including powders, mascara-type wands, crayons and sprays.
None is a perfect solution, though I’ve settled on the sprays. Here are three I’ve used. They all do the job of covering root. All are used in the same way, by holding the can about six inches above the offending roots, then spraying to cover the gray. As none of the products listed has a color that matches mine (warm brown with reddish highlights), I use a tissue after spraying to do a little blending. All the products dry fairly quickly and the color stays put until I shampoo.
Cover Your Gray comes in various versions, including a fill-in powder to disguise thinning areas, a brush-in wand and a touch-up stick. I have used the line’s Color Cover, a touch-up. The spray comes in light brown, dark brown and black. The retail price is $10.00, but as this is a drugstore product, it often goes on sale.
L’Oreal Root Cover Up is another drugstore product, a spray that works the same way. It is ammonia and peroxide free, and comes in blonde, brown, red and black. Listed at $10.99, this drugstore product often goes on sale, and the manufacturer often distributes coupons in newspapers and online.
Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray is another spray formula that is free of ammonia and peroxide. It claims that Hazan’s custom-blended dyes are buildable to work on very hair color. This is true, to a point as the spray comes in a subtler range of colors than the other products listed here: blonde, dark blonde, light brown, dark brown (recommended for black hair color) and red. However, I still have to do some blending with a tissue after spraying. The price (at Sephora) is $25.00. I have occasionally been able to buy it for substantially less on various websites, including Amazon.
Which do I like best? All do the job, all cover roots, all hold their color between shampoos. Though I would buy the Hazan spray regularly if it cost less, I usually choose one of the other two, depending on which is readily available when I shop at my drugstore.
Winter has come roaring in, hitting most of the country with snow and ice and creating especially harsh conditions for your skin. With freezing temperatures outdoors and central heating indoors wreaking havoc on delicate facial skin, it’s time to crank up your skin care regimen. Whatever products you use to keep skin moisturized and hydrated, it’s especially important to start with squeaky clean skin.
A number of cleansing tools are on the market, and one of the newest and most effective is Skinn’s NuSonic Cleansing Tool, which deeply cleans pores and polishes the skin, resulting an ultra-clean, ultra-glowing complexion. Designed for even the most sensitive skin, this everyday tool, which is like a spa treatment at home, allows for 400 movements per second, utilizing sonic vibrations to loosen and dislodge dirt from clogged pores and impurities from the skin.
Your skin will be deep cleaned as never before, as the NuSonic gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, enabling your skin to better absorb needed serums, moisturizers and all the good products that protect you all winter long. Not only will you be getting the most effective clean with the NuSonic Cleansing Tool, but it will enhance skin tone and texture and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Ideal for all skin types, the NuSonic comes complete with three additional cleansing heads to meet your skin’s particular needs from a soft, gentle cleanse to a deeper clean for your face and body! The NuSonic cleansing system is affordable and easy to use, with a variety of attachment choices that make a clear difference in skin care. The result is clean beautiful skin. The NuSonic retails for $149 and is available for purchase on the company website.
About Skinn Cosmetics
If you watch EVINE Live, you have probably seen professional makeup artist and skincare expert Dimitri James, who has developed a line of premium skincare and color cosmetic formulas for Skinn Cosmetics. Skinn formulates and manufactures all of its own products, using highly active, concentrated natural ingredients and avoiding excess water, fillers or packaging. From concept to compact, from brainstorm to bottle, every product worthy of the Skinn name comes to life under one roof, and under James’ watchful eye. Skinn Cosmetics can be purchased online and on EVINE Live.