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Aug 25

images (11)I have delayed writing about acne and acne products because so many other websites cover the topic and there is such an abundance of acne products available through online stores. I also feel that anyone with acne should first see a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.

Before going over our recommended skin care routine using recommended acne products for people with acne, some background information will be provided. Acne is a continuous cycle consisting of:

(1) excess oil and dead skin cells and clogged pores;

(2) acne bacteria grow and flourish behind the blocked pore;

(3) inflammation and swelling result.

This is what occurs when you have a breakout. The acne cycle starts 2 to 3 weeks before you can actually see the breakout.

Types of acne

There are different types of acne from mild to severe. The non-inflammatory acne states are whiteheads and blackheads, which are not dirt, but instead the effect of oxidation and light refraction.

The inflammatory acne conditions are: (1) Papules – small, firm, pink bumps that may be tender to the touch; (2) Pustules – small, round bumps filled with white or yellow pus in the center; (3) Cystic Acne or Nodules – large, inflamed, pus-filled and painful cyst-like nodules.

I am not going to discuss over-the-counter (benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic  acid) and prescription acne medications (e.g., Tazorac, Avage, Avita, Retin-A, Renova) in this article. The purpose of this article is to discuss a daily skin care regimen that will give your skin what it needs to control the acne cycle. You should go to your doctor or a dermatologist to discuss your acne and s/he may recommend a prescription medication you apply to your skin or take by mouth.

Fighting the causes of acne can help get rid of pimples. Things you can do to help prevent acne breakouts are:

  • Reduce oil on the skin
  • Exfoliate to prevent dead skin cells from clogging pores
  • Disinfect to kill bacteria on the skin

The above ways of fighting acne are addressed in our recommended skin care regimen. You need to follow these steps:

(1) Cleanse your face to remove excess sebum from the surface of your skin. Gently wash your face with a mild cleanser.  Use a soft circular motion with your hands. Do this in your morning shower, if possible.

(2) After cleansing, either exfoliate or go straight to disinfection. Many people skip exfoliation. Gently exfoliate your skin 3 times a week. After cleansing and/or exfoliating, gently pat your face with a towel. Allow 5-10 minutes for your skin to dry. Then apply a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide product. Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment is a good product for disinfection. If you choose to exfoliate, be sure to read the blog article, Exfoliate Your Facial Skin – A Vital Part of Your Skin Care Routine (January 18), for instructions.

(3) The final step is to moisturize. You must moisturize because the benzoyl peroxide will dry your skin. Some people get dry and flaky skin which is almost as bad as the acne. You have to be careful which moisturizer you choose because many contain heavy oils that can cause or worsen acne outbreaks. Also, use a non-medicated moisturizer.

Gently apply it and you should see and feel that is has a good water content. It glides over your skin and is quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy feeling. Remember to apply a thin layer of moisturizer to your face, concentrating on your cheeks. Don’t rub your skin because rubbing can irritate the skin and make it worse. Be gentle. 

You can can purchase an acne products kit with sample sizes products for oily or acne prone skin.   

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Murad Anti-Aging Acne Starter Kit - 4-piece set - Murad Skin Care Products

Murad Anti-Aging Acne Starter Kit – 4-piece set – Murad Skin Care Products


Now you are ready to apply make up.

And practice good hygiene. DON’T put your fingers on your face. Keep your hands away from your face. Pull back your hair from your face too. Change pillowcases often.


Acne treatment systems from ZENMED Derma Cleanse

Acne treatment before and after from Derma Cleanse

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Aug 21

There are so many skin care companies out there claiming to have the best products for your skin. All sorts of scientific terms and study results are flung at the consumer, and it’s difficult to determine if a lot of them really make a difference. I found a skin care company that uses oxygen in their products and tried them on my face to see if they would make a difference.

Why Use Oxygen in Skin Care Products?

Up to half the oxygen content in our skin can be lost by the age of 25. As we age, our skin becomes less efficient at renewing itself, resulting in slower cellular metabolism, the reduction of collagen and elastin, and the appearance of fine lines and discoloration. The external effects of sun exposure, air pollution, diet, and day-to-day stress can make skin look dull and dry. When skin is deprived of oxygen, it shows. The skin care products company, Oxygen Botanicals, recommends breathing new life into your skin with their products.

How is Oxygen Botanicals Different?

Oxygen Botanicals is the first skin care line infused with pure oxygen that is not chemically derived. Most oxygen product lines use hydrogen peroxide, which produces oxygen through a chemical reaction. This method can bleach skin and facial hair, and can be drying to the skin. Oxygen Botanicals has developed a unique and proprietary process to stabilize and encapsulate pure oxygen into catezome structures. Pure oxygen and other nutrients are time-released through an advanced liposome delivery system. This highly effective micro-encapsulation technology delivers active ingredients into the upper layers of the skin.

New Bio-Enviro’ technology is a new breakthrough technology which uses catezome structures to suspend Pure Oxygen, a process so time consuming and costly that it has not been duplicated. It uses TIME RELEASE technology: Twelve different sizes of catezomes disperse into the skin approximately every 50 minutes. With twice daily applications, Oxygen Botanicals formulations provide 24 hours of rejuvenating oxygen to the skin. It has been tried and tested by scientists, doctors and estheticians.

Benefits of Botanicals

The researchers at Oxygen Botanical Laboratories have chosen botanical extracts and vitamins that are scientifically useful for the particular benefits which contribute to healthy looking skin. Japanese Green Tea (a potent antioxidant) is infused in every Oxygen Botanicals product. Some of the other benefits of botanical extracts include: (1) Calming: Chamomile, Echinacea, Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica). (2) Revitalizing & Invigorating: Eucalyptus, Horse Chestnut. (3) Antioxidant: Meadowsweet. (4) Emollient: Soybean.

This all sounds impressive. Now let’s see how I rated some of the products:

Hyaluronic Hydrating Gel

It’s almost the end of the summer and my facial skin needs a boost. My face isn’t suntan; however, I need hydration without making my oily skin look and feel greasy.
Hyaluronic Hydrating Gel
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is a medium weight gel emollient. It glided over my skin and a small amount  on my fingertip covered a large area.  My skin felt instantly softer and smoother, and in a few minutes the product was absorbed into my skin for a dewy look. Two hours later the product’s effect on the look and feel of my skin had lasted, and my cheek skin looked plumper and firmer. I had concentrated on the sides of my forehead where there were signs of some sun damage and there’s no doubt hydrating your skin with this product improved the look of my skin, smooth and softening small lines on my forehead.
Hyaluronic Hydrating Gel
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hydrates the skin with 30% hyaluronic acid, which has the ability to bind and retain many times its weight in water. It alleviates effects of severely dry to dehydrated skin, leaving it soft and smooth. It has a pleasant light scent and is suited for all skin types.


A 47 year old woman gave the following Testimonial: “I have used Oxygen Botanicals Hyaluronic Hydrating Gel (Click the product name for details)  around my eyes for relief from the burning, itching, and dryness caused by an allergic reaction. My eyes look absolutely normal now without any lasting effect of the reaction. I know it was because I was very diligent in applying the Hyaluronic Hydrating Gel several times a day.” The company recommends using the product under the eyes, and on the lips, hands, neck and decollete.

Oxygen Botanicals Anti-Oxidant Cream

I also tried their anti-oxidant cream on my face and neck. The cream goes on smoothly and glides over the skin. It’s lightly oiled and has a very light citrusy scent. The company describes its benefits as potent Catechins, anti-oxidants, which counteract free-radical activity by reconditioning and protecting the skin. Japanese Green Tea Extract, containing Catechins, and Vitamins C & E counteract free radical activity to inhibit premature aging. Vitamins A & D act as keratinization regulators to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, the Anti-Oxidant Cream contains Sorbitol (obtained from leaves, berries, plums, pears, apples, seaweed, and algae) and other humectants to hydrate the skin. The company recommends Anti-Oxidant Cream (Click the product name for details)  for dry skin types.


My next post will be a review of Oxygen Botanicals’ acne regimen, ACNE 1-2-3.


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Aug 17
 While you’re still enjoying the summer (and hopefully using sunscreen when you go outside), try to think ahead to how you can take better care of your skin come Fall. The FIRST thing you have to do is DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TYPE before determining your Fall skin care regimen.  Answer these 4 questions: When you take a look in the mirror, you check to:
Blot your nose or chin.   
See if you have a rash. 
Dab on pressed powder. 
Apply moisturizer. 
 3 A few minutes after you exfoliate, your skin:
feels as if your cheeks need moisturizer.  
feels as if it’s sunburned. 
feels clean and refreshed. 
feels as if it’s cracking. 
   2  You sample a new foundation. An hour later:
Your nose is shiny, but your cheeks are dry. 
Your entire face looks red.
Your whole face is shiny. 
Your face feels smooth  
 4 After using moisturizer:
your cheeks still feel dry.    
your face itches.  
your face feels greasy.
your face feels cool. 

If you answered mostly…..

A‘s:  You’re Combination skin.    B‘s:  You’re Sensitive.    C‘s:  You’re Oily.    D‘s:  You’re Dry.

Now that you’ve determined your skin type, follow the morning and nighttime rituals suited to your skin type for your Fall skin care regimen.

For Combination skin

Morning  Rub a small amount (size of a dime) of a glycolic acid-based cleanser into your palms with enough warm water to make suds. Massage into skin, focusing on oily areas. Rinse well with warm water. Pat dry. Smooth on a light moisturizer with an SPF of 15. Wait about 20 minutes before applying makeup.  We recommend PeterThomasRoth 3% GLYCOLIC SOLUTIONS CLEANSER and GLYCOLIC ACID 10% MOISTURIZER.

Nighttime  Splash face a few times with lukewarm water to soften skin so dirt and oil can be easily removed. Repeat morning cleansing ritual, then apply a richer moisturizer to dry areas. A good choice would be Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream available from The Body Shop. 


For Sensitive skin                                           

Morning  You don’t have to use cleanser and moisturizer twice a day. Instead, dampen a washcloth that’s been washed in a fragrance-free detergent with cool water. Place the washcloth over your face for 2 minutes. Pat dry. Apply makeup.

We recommend MyChelle Dermaceuticals Honeydew Cleanser Unscented 2.1 oz bottle – Sensitive Skin as the ideal cleanser for sensitive skin. Honeydew cleanser is a creamy gentle cleanser with honey enzymes to dissolve and soften dead skin cells, and chlorophyll and algae to provide nutrients and purify pores while cleansing. Great for anyone who loves creamy cleansers. A good moisturizer for sensitive skin is Ole Henriksen’s nurture me moisturizing crme.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Nighttime  Gently wash face with soap-free cleanser. Rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry. Apply a moisturizer that contains Retinol, a replenishing ingredient that reduces redness and irritation.  Try philosophy’s Help Me Retinol Night Treatment. With its patented Microsponge Technology, Help Me is the winner of Allure magazine’s editor’s choice for best of beauty for best anti-aging treatment. retinol night treatment,help me
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For Dry skin

A highly emollient face cream with Polyhydroxy Acids designed to moisturize the skin while visibly reducing lines, wrinkles and other signs of photo aging. Here are some ideas for your Fall skin care regimen.

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   Splash your face with lukewarm water, then massage a soapless cleanser into skin. An excellent cleanser is  
NeoStrata Facial Cleanser
. It’s a soap-free, hypoallergenic facial cleanser gently exfoliates without drying the skin. It contains Gluconolactone (Polyhydroxy Acid – PHA), which provides anti-aging benefits. Rinse well. Dry face with a towel, leaving skin damp. Immediately apply a moisturizer. We suggest trying NeoStrata Bionic Face Cream PHA 12  (Click product name to get details), which has anti-aging and line-diminishing benefits.  This special moisturizing cream contains Polyhydroxy Acids designed to moisturize the skin while visibly reducing lines, wrinkles and other signs of photoaging.  Always wait a few minutes before applying makeup to let skin absorb the moisturizer.

  Repeat morning cleansing ritual. Moisturizers containing glycolic or alpha-hydroxy acid, which exfoliate dead skin cells, enabling the product to penetrate into skin more effectively, are often recommended. You can follow the above NeoStrata skin care program and use it again at night. We also highly recommend another cream specifically formulated for use at night–
NeoStrata Bio-Hydrating Cream PHA 15
  (Click product name to get details). This night cream deeply hydrates the skin at night when the skin is most receptive.  It is a highly emollient cream with potent Polyhydroxy Acids dedicated to reducing the visible signs of aging while providing long-lasting hydration.  


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For Sensitive/Dry Skin, you may be interested in Exuviance Essentials Kit Sensitive/Dry

Order from the official NeoStrata site

For Oily skin

  Splash your face with warm water. Mix a cleanser with some water in your palms, and massage into skin. Begin with soap-free
Exuviance Clarifying Cleanser Duo

(Click product name to get details) to wash away impurities, makeup and oil without disrupting your skin’s delicate pH balance. Then, prime skin with Exuviance Matte Perfection to instantly erase any unwanted shine and fight the overproduction of oil with Mandelic Acid. Next, apply Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid SPF 35.  This product helps oily skin find its balance while reducing the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. This lightweight day fluid absorbs quickly into the skin and contains an innovative patented ingredient, NeoGlucosamine®.      

In the evening, Exuviance Night Renewal Hydragel  (Click product name to get details) helps controls oil and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Morning and evening, apply Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex  (Click product name to get details) to hydrate, smooth and brighten the eye area, while discouraging signs of aging. Wait 5 minutes before applying makeup.

Nighttime   Most people with oily skin want to or think they should wash their face more than twice a day, when in fact washing your face frequently increases oil production.  So you don’t have to wash your skin at night. If you do wash, repeat the morning cleansing routine and apply an oil-free moisturizer before going to bed.  Your Fall skin care regimen is complete!          

Get FREE shipping and 3 free Exuviance samples with $75+ purchase on the official NeoStrata site

Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid SPF 35

Help oily skin find its balance while reducing the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles with Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid SPF 35. This lightweight day fluid absorbs quickly into the skin and contains an innovative patented ingredient, NeoGlucosamine®. This potent powerhouse is clinically proven to help reduce the look of discolorations and dark spots from acne and aging, while smoothing and evening out the skin’s texture and tone. Cellular turnover is increased, improving skin clarity and firmness gently, without irritation. Phytotal® a botanical blend helps control oily skin, reducing excess oil production over time. Enhanced with a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 35), Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid SPF 35 also helps prevent against future damage by protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. If you have oily skin with signs of aging and are looking for the perfect daily base, this product is for you.

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Aug 14

Try Colorescience Mineral Makeup Palette for a convenient makeup routine……..

When it’s humid, your best bet is a mineral-based powder makeup. We recommend
Colorescience Beauty On The Go Palette
.  When you use a cream or liquid concealer, creasing and blending become a problem. One advantage of mineral-based powder is that if you need a touch up and it looks uneven, all you have to do is pat it with your fingertip, then dust a tiny bit of powder on top to set it. It’s that easy and then you’re not swimming in oily-looking foundation on your face.

Colorescience has created a beauty product that bronzes, contours, conceals, and enhances. And the ingredients in the Beauty On the Go Mineral Makeup Palette are impressive….Vitamins A and E (Antioxidants) nourish skin and help fight against free radicals. It includes an all purpose brush.

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Colorescience Beauty On The Go Palette

HOW TO USE the Beauty On the Go Mineral Palette:
Brightening & Camouflage: Use as eyeshadow base or to correct spots on face.
Highlighter: Apply over blush or as light eye shadow shimmer.
Cheek Color: Pop on apples of cheeks.
Bronzer & Eye Contour: Can use to contour cheeks, darken crease color on the lids or wet for a smoky eye.
Eye Definer: Load brush, spray with setting mist and apply as eyeliner. Apply over gel liner for a smoky effect.

Start Planning Your Fall Beauty Routine

Summer will be coming to an end soon and many women start looking for new makeup ideas. Before you start searching for new autumn eye shadow shades, consider paying closer attention to what you’ll be doing with you facial skin this Fall. Mineral makeup is pure luxury and you’ll be delivering topical skin nutrition and protection to your facial skin.

This is the year to try
Colorescience Beauty On The Go Palette

This essential, all-in-one, multi-use mineral makeup palette contains everything you need to look fresh faced and radiant within minutes. Warm pinks and browns flatter any skin tone and can be transformed from a simple daytime look to a dramatic look for night. This collection of rosy pinks and browns enhances face, eyes, lips and cheeks with ease.

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Aug 7

Anti-oxidants provide sun protection

Try to protect your sun from the skin so you don’t have to do much to undo sun damage. It’s not only what you put on your skin that protects it from the sun. Antioxidant vitamins may help combat sunburn by aiding the skin’s ability to fight off damaging free radicals generated by UV light. According to a study conducted by The American Academy of Dermatology, people who took oral supplements of natural vitamins E and C increased their resistance to sunburn by 20 percent.

Wear sunscreen 

All sunscreen products have SPF (=sun protection factor) of at least 2. It’s not enough to apply sunscreen once. You need to know how often to apply it or should we say re-apply it. It’s important  to pay attention to the SPF number. It tells you how long the product will protect your skin based on your skin’s tolerance to UV rays. So if you turn red after 10 minutes, and you use an SPF 15, you’ll be protected 10 x 15 or 150 minutes. So after 150 minutes or before that, reapply sunscreen and you’ll avoid getting sunburn.

Nighttime regimen to help undo skin damage from the sun  

Step 1  After cleansing your face, exfoliate your damp skin with a gentle alpha hydroxy scrub. This will help smooth away dry, sun-damaged cells from the skin’s surface. Rinse with warm water.

Step 2  Apply a product with hydroquinone, a bleaching agent that helps fade blotches. Then apply a skin product enriched with alpha hydroxy acids. 

Step 3
Moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes with an eye cream that has antioxidant properties to undo sun damage. Gently pat the cream along the tops of your cheekbones. Don’t pull the delicate skin under your eyes.  The eye cream we recommend for the area around the eyes is NeoStrata Bionic Eye Cream  (Click product name to get details).

An excellent anti-oxidant cream to undo sun damage for the face is  Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex (Click product name to get details). It counteracts free radical activity and reconditions and protects the skin. This top notch anti-oxidant cream is suited to all skin types.

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“Recharge and renew skin with Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, the night time transformer! Powerful Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gluconolactone decreases lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and improves roughness and texture. Lactobionic Acid – a potent antioxidant – inhibits wrinkles from forming, plumps and firms the skin, and enhances clarity. This bionic blend of PHAs, along with botanicals and Vitamins A, C and E, delivers full-strength anti-aging benefits without drying or irritation, even on the most sensitive skin types. Evening Restorative Complex is dermatologist developed and gentle enough to be used following Glycolic Acid Peels and Microdermabrasion. Non-comedogenic / acnegenic. For all skin types.”

Step 4  Moisturize the rest of your face with nighttime cream. DON’T use a sunscreen product while you sleep, as they contain chemicals your skin doesn’t need at night. 


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Aug 5

Cover up brown spots on your skin with Colorescience Mineral Foundation 

Using sunscreen on your skin is the best way to prevent brown spots on your skin. Sunscreen should be applied generously to the area of your chest that will be exposed.

If you have brown spots, the best way to cover them up is with mineral powder foundation. Mineral powder foundation adheres to your skin better than a liquid and won’t come off onto clothing as easily as liquid foundation or other powders. Mineral powder is water-resistant, so it won’t wear off as quickly if you sweat. We recommend
Colorescience Pressed Mineral Foundation Compact
(Click product name to get details) has the following benefits:

Breathable mineral formula

Provides medium to full coverage

Antioxidant- and vitamin-infused

Weightless, soothing texture

Watch this video for a demonstration of how to apply Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation.

Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation Brush SPF 20
 has the following benefits:
Breathable mineral formula

SPF 20 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection

Provides sheer to medium coverage

Water resistant to 80 minutes

Easy application with self-dispensing brush

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Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation Brush SPF 20

Does makeup slide off your face when the weather is hot? Do you need a sweat-proof, oil-free makeup?

When it’s hot and humid, your best bet is a mineral-based powder foundation and Colorescience mineral foundation is the best. We recommend Colorescience Pressed Mineral Foundation Compact (Click product name to get detailsbecause it helps absorb oil and keeps skin looking fresh.  Pure mineral pigments glide on weightlessly for perfect, cake-free color, while a blend of vitamins and antioxidants nourishes and protects skin. These blendable shades offer medium to full coverage. Then you won’t be swimming in oily-looking foundation on your face.



Colorescience Pressed Mineral Foundation Compact

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