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Monday, June 20, 2016

Lumene Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence



Lumene Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence 

$24; amazon.com


 "I think vitamin C is maybe the number-one, top antiaging ingredient of all time," says New York dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD. "It's the only ingredient that both directly stimulates fibroblast cells to make collagen and protects the collagen you already have by acting as an antioxidant." However, vitamin C—also a champion brightener by virtue of its melanin-disrupting properties—has historically been tricky to deliver topically: It's easily deactivated by exposure to light and air, and its most common form, ascorbic acid, is naturally water-soluble, meaning that it's repelled by the skin's lipid components.

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel



Drunk Elephant B Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel

$52 at sephora.com


B-Hydra™ is like a cool glass of water for your thirsty skin. Uniquely formulated with provitamin B and pineapple ceramide, it attracts and holds moisture to leave skin looking healthy and illuminated. Watermelon rind/apple/lentil complex provides up to 24 hours of hydration and significantly reduces the appearance of fine lines. Swertia chirata extract supports the appearance of skin thickness, and bearberry extract naturally brings antioxidant and skin-lightening properties to the formulation. Finally, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer soaks in easily to provide unsurpassed moisture through the slow delivery of water. It also acts as a powerful antioxidant. This lightweight, hard-hitting gel is ideal for all skin types and maximizes the benefits of a daily moisturizer. Drabness, dryness, uneven texture, and fine lines appear diminished, and skin appears brighter and more youthful upon every application.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
B-Hydra is formulated with molecular size and pH level in mind to penetrate the skin without disrupting the skin’s balance. Drunk Elephant formulations only contain ingredients that benefit skin health and assist the formulation, keeping them safe and making them ideal for even the most sensitive skin. The brand is a supporter of IEF (International Elephant Foundation).

Pro tip: vitamins B5 and C work together to deliver a load of benefits, so mix with D.E.'s C-Firma first thing in the morning. It can also be added to Umbra sunscreen for additional sheer luminosity. When combined with with Virgin Marula Oil, it creates an addictive blend that attacks dryness and dehydration from every angle. And don't forget to try mixing with foundation for extra glow and ease of application. You'll be reaching for it multiple times a day.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster



Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster 

$48 at sephora.com


This high potency serum is formulated with Ole Henriksen’s proprietary 5-source Vitamin C Complex to help brighten, boost collagen, and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It helps to prevent further damage and reduces the signs of aging by defending skin from environmental aggressors and free radical damage. Enriched with green tea extract and sodium hyaluronate, this weightless, fast-absorbing, oil-free formula penetrates deep within the skin, delivering antioxidant protection and essential hydration. This serum’s iconic and uplifting citrus scent will pamper your skin and your senses.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner

A purifying toner that absorbs excess oil and softens the skin while minimizing the look of pores.

Apply this toner before your moisturizer. The high mineral content of this special Umbrian clay helps skin stay matte throughout the day and shrinks the appearance of pores. Cinnamon bark, burnet root, and lavender floral water also help keep oily skin in check.


I find myself applying it in the morning, during the day, at night, and after an intense workout at the gym. I love the sensation of this invigorating liquid on my cheeks, forehead, and nose. This toner's pore-minimizing, skin-softening effects instantly helps my skin feel more toned and look clearer.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Astaxanthin

Algae is the source of astaxanthin, one of the most powerful antioxidants.

Astaxanthin delivers powerful benefits, such as
  • Combats aging, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and protects the skin from sun damage

  • Aids in fat metabolism and encourages weight loss by helping the body burn more fat during exercise

  • Improves cardiovascular, eye and brain health

  • Delivers powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection that can dramatically improve overall health 
  • works as an internal nutritional sunscreen and actually boosts your skin's tolerance to ultraviolet radiation.

Scientific research has shown that astaxanthin is a true anti-aging wonder because it protects against collagen degradation, cell damage and wrinkles due to the rays of the sun.

In studies from Carotenoid Science and others, topical application of astaxanthin was shown to increase the skin’s moisture level as well as reduce wrinkles after four weeks of application . In another study, women with dry skin saw significant improvements in spots, acne and dark rings around their eyes . Still another showed that astaxanthin improved fine lines and skin elasticity.


Astaxanthin is found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, crustaceans, and the feathers of some birds. It provides the red color of salmon meat and cooked shellfish.  This red-orange pigment, closely related to other well-known carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein, has stronger antioxidant activity than either of them (ten times higher than beta-carotene, in fact).

MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil is a good source of astaxanthin; it's an oil from pure Antarctic krill, tiny crustaceans that thrive in the frigid water of  the Antarctic. 



Q: Is red krill oil really all that much better for you than regular fish oil?

A: Red krill oil has about the same amount of omega-3 content as regular fish oil pills, but the way that the omega-3 molecules are conjugated in krill oil, it may be better absorbed and utilized by the body.

Red krill oil's capacity to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol and raise the HDL or good cholesterol seems to be better than fish oil alone and its anti-inflammatory properties appear to be better as well. There are some reports stating that after 2 weeks of taking red krill oil supplements that the anti-inflammatory potential is similar to ibuprofen.

A northern krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica)

To recap here are four great reasons why Krill Oil beats the pants off fish oil:
More Omega 3s. Krill Oil contains the richest supply of DHA and EPA attached in phospholipid form. Phospholipids are much more absorbable by the body which means... more DHA and EPA at each serving.
Phospholipids. Krill Oil is rich in brain-essential "good fats" found in phospholipid form – the same as the human body which means there are no conversions or extra work the body needs to do. This makes absorption faster, easier and more effective. You won't get fish burps, upset stomach or unpleasant side effects from Krill Oil.
Antioxidant power. Krill Oil contains astaxanthin, the carotenoid that gives shrimp, krill, lobster and other foods their pink color. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant. Krill oil has a very high ORAC value -- tens od times more antioxidant power than fish oil.
Purity. Krill are at the bottom of the food chain. They are virtually free of toxins, metals and other contaminants. Even better, Krill oil is harvested and collected in its natural environment – the pristine waters of Antarctica!