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SK II facial treatment repair C

Posted in skincare with tags , , , on September 19, 2009 by LPB

An oil-free beauty serum that gently reduces the appearance of fine lines in just 2 weeks while improving overall skin texture & clarity.

SK-II’s unique, highly-concentrated serum hydrates the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, whilst improving the skin’s texture and elasticity.

Hydrates intensely. Refines. Diminishes appearance of fine lines.

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A light yet powerful replenishing serum delivering high-powered anti-aging benefits that contains rich moisturizers, Hyaluronic Acid and Pitera*4 – an extremely concentrated form of Pitera. Drenches thirsty skin, leaving it silky and smooth. This fluid textured serum enriches your skin, resulting in a smoother complexion and added vitality.

Due to the high content of moisture magnets – hyaluronic acid in this powerful serum, it’s normal that your skin feels tacky upon application. If you then follow this with a spray of mineral water/hydrating mist, you will notice you skin transforming into a smooth, radiant canvas (once the moisture is absorbed, retain & reinforced into the epidermis ). I couple mine with Avene Thermal spring water.

Ingredients:

Pitera® (Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate), Water, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Fibronectin, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid.

Skin resolutions

Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by LPB

Make this year the year for beautiful skin with these 10 MUST-DO Skin Resolutions, from Dallas-based skin care expert, Renée Rouleau.

1. Always wash your skin and moisturize at bedtime. Research indicates that the skin repairs itself most effectively at night, so you want to put your skin in the best possible condition for its repair. For those who are too tired to wash off their makeup at night, try this! Your nighttime routine doesn’t have to be done minutes before you hit the bed. Wash your face when you get home from work, or even after dinner. Do it earlier rather than later! So, washing off the day’s dirt and grime and nourishing it with good moisture and nutrients will give your skin a chance to renew while you sleep! And remember, quality moisturizers that do not contain clogging ingredients, will not suffocate your skin.

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I remember reading some advice regarding putting your face cream on before 8pm, so that your skin will have enough time to absorb all the nutrients before its peak renewal period (10pm – 2am)

2. Wear a sunscreen in your moisturizer daily. Studies indicate that 78% of the sun exposure you get in a lifetime is incidental exposure. You may say, “I’m not out at all during the day.” Just walking to your car, even driving in your car will give you unnecessary sun damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays! And we know that sun exposure is the #1 cause of aging!!!! A minimum of SPF 15 should be used every day, winter and summer. Don’t forget to apply it to the neck and ears.

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I prefer sunscreen that contains molecules that are  stable (under UV irradiation), provides broad spectrum screening and has antioxidants (for free radical protection). On the day that i dont wear a sunscreen, i try to make sure i use a foundation/powder will SPF.

3. Use a topical stable vitamin C product daily. In addition to using a moisturizer containing antioxidants, topical applications of high amounts of Vitamin C have been shown to prevent premature skin aging by fighting free radicals, lighten skin discoloration and actually increase the sun protection in a sunscreen! However, most Vitamin C products out on the market use the acid forms of the Vitamin (like Ascorbic Acid or Alpha Lipoic Acid). These are in fact, acids, which is why you can feel a stinging sensation on the skin.

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The new research on skin aging indicates that daily use of skin irritating acids actually encourage free radical formation, which counteracts the reason why you’re using Vitamin C in the first place! Plus, the problem with these acid types of Vitamin C is that they are highly unstable and break down every time you open the bottle and oxygen gets to the product. If your Vitamin C starts to turn brown half way through the bottle, that’s a sign that it is oxidizing and is losing its effectiveness. (Think of an apple that turns brown 20 minutes after taking a bite.)

I personally prefer products that have a combination of vitamins, like  A,C & E.

4. Use the latest ingredients to address certain skin conditions.

  • Peptides-collagen stimulating ingredient for firming the skin
  • White Tea– the most calming antioxidant of all teas, for soothing redness.
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate– stable Vitamin C that not only provides powerful antioxidants to the skin, but works to lighten pigmentation (brown spots).
  • Pomegranate– a highly potent antioxidant.
  • Shea Butter-ultra-moisturizing to alleviate dry skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid– helps retain the skin’s natural moisture. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water resulting in enhanced elasticity, lubrication, plumpness and moisture of skin. Also has healing properties.

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    5. Don’t pick at your skin. The life of a breakout is just 3-5 days, but when you pick at a blemish, the red mark that lingers can be there for 1-2 months! We know it’s tempting, but you can make problem skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further breakouts. 

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    I use blemish cream/drawing paste/spot gel to get rid of blemishes. Choose those that contains sulphur (smelly but effective), benzylperoxide (again,smelly), tea tree oil ( medicinal) or salicylic acid.

    6. Clean your cosmetics brushes once a week. Bacteria and oil can build up on your cosmetic brushes, which can lead to clogged pores and break outs. Using a mild liquid dish soap and cold water, carefully wash out your brushes and rinse thoroughly. Comb the bristles to prevent tangling. Stand brushes upright in a glass to let dry. Cosmetic sponges should be washed with mild soap and rinsed thoroughly after each use.

    I use baby shampoo to clean my brushes after wiping them with eye make up removal ( dont use waterproof eye make up removal as it will leaves oily residue )

    7. Throw out your bar soap and exchange it for a liquid cleanser. The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance) which will strip all the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy, and without water, acne conditions, sensitive and dry skins will be aggravated. 

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    8. Exfoliate. Exfoliation is the key to untrapping clogged pores, fading post-break out red marks, smoothing the skin and stimulating new and healthy skin cell growth, but people forget to make exfoliation a regular part of their routine. Keep your facial scrub in the shower, that way it’s staring at you and your most likely to then use it. 2-3 times a week is a must for healthy and smooth skin!

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    I use topical retin A a few times a week underneath my night cream, so i couldnt be bothered with manual exfoliation.

    9. Always use an eye cream. This delicate area is the first place to show aging and also contains the fewest oil glands on the face. Daily use of an eye cream applied in a patting motion with your ring finger keeps this area moist and plump resulting in a lesser appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Be sure to avoid eye creams that contain Mineral Oil or Petroleum as these ingredients will weight down the skin tissue resulting in premature sagging of the skin. And always apply eye cream with your ring finger. It’s the weakest finger and won’t unnecessarily tug at the skin tissue.

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    10. Avoid drinking out of straws.  We know that the reason for lines and wrinkles is from sun damage, but it’s also caused from facial expressions. (Think smiling as the cause of crow’s feet around the eyes.) So when drinking out of a straw, you have to purse your lips which causes unnecessary wrinkles and lines around the mouth. If you’re concerned about lines and wrinkles, then drinking directly from the glass is a much better option. Save that expression for kissing!

    Dr Sebagh Crème High Maintenance

    Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , on September 10, 2008 by LPB
    7 PATENTED ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
    1 – POLYSACCHARIDE E.P.F.*
    2 – GREEN COFFEE EXTRACT ESTER
    3 – CERAMIDE-LIKE AND LINOLEIC ACID
    4 – OLIGOPEPTIDES
    5 – HYALURONIC ACID
    6 – NATURAL PHYTOHORMONE COMPLEX
    7 – SESAME PROTEIN COMPLEX 

    Intense Repair and Protection
    Réparation Intense et Protection

    This highly sophisticated cream is specially formulated to work like a protective shield, including 7 breakthrough active ingredients to protect, moisturise, rejuvenate, replenish and firm. 
    Providing complete protection.

    Scientific studies of 7 active ingredients show:
    • A significant decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
    • Firmer looking skin
    • Even skin tone and texture
    • Brightens the look of skin
    • Maintains collagen levels in the skin

    Suitable to use throughout the year, apply morning and evening to face and neck on thoroughly cleansed skin. Immediately the skin is hydrated, softer more supple and energised.

    1 – POLYSACCHARIDE E.P.F* 
    *Environmental Protection Film
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-4:
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FILM 
    Polysaccharide patented film, a real scientific breakthrough. Coat the skin with a new shield of defence against environmental pollution (UV rays, heavy metals , air conditioning …).

    2- GREEN COFFEE EXTRACT ESTER 
    (30 % CHLOROGENIC ACID)
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: PALMITOYL COFFEA CANEPHORA ROBUSTA EXTRACT
    THE NEW POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT
    Green coffee extract new anti-ageing powerful antioxidant, second line of defence, scavenge and eliminate free radical inflammatory reaction caused by exposure to environmental pollution.

    3- CERAMIDE-LIKE and LINOLEIC ACID
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: CETEARYL WHEAT BRAN GLYCOSIDES
    REPLENISHING SKIN’S BARRIER FUNCTION
    Ceramide-Like obtained by biotechnology from stabilised (Omega 6) makes up about half of the structural lipids in the skin barrier. Applied topically ceramide replenishes the skin with natural lipids, smoothes the rough, dry surface cells, and seals the skin barrier.

    4- OLIGOPEPTIDES 
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: HYDROLYZED HAZELNUT PROTEIN 
    IMPROVE SKIN FIRMNESS, TONE AND TEXTURE.
    Hazelnut oligopeptides, rich in arginine, proline, glutamic acid and aspartic acid, is a veritable vegetal growth factor, that increases collagen neosynthesis and epidermal lipids, helping to restore firmer, better-toned skin tissue.

    5- HYALURONIC ACID 
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: SODIUM HYALURONATE
    PROVIDE YOUR SKIN ESSENTIAL MOISTURE
    Hyaluronic Acid, naturally present in the skin is a powerful Hydrator. Like a biological sponge it is capable of both attracting and retaining moisture within the epidermis.

    6- NATURAL PHYTOHORMONE COMPLEX
    (Isoflavons + Phytosterols)
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA (DATE) SEED EXTRACT
    IDEAL FOR DAMAGED SKINS SENSITIVE 
    AND DRY SKIN TYPES
    An intensive moisturising treatment brings immediate improvement to sun-damaged sensitive and prematurely aged skin. Contains a Natural phytohormone complex (Isoflavone + Phytosterol) to replenish skin weakened by the depletory of younger hormones.

    7- SESAME PROTEIN COMPLEX
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: HYDROLYSED SESAME PROTEIN 
    PG-PROPYL METHYLSILANEDIOL
    RAPID WRINKLE REDUCER WITH SESAME PROTEIN PATENTED 
    An original, patented molecular combination containing sesame to instantly and visibly smooth the skin. Rejuvenation, firmness, moisturization and comfort guaranteed!

    I am head over  heels with the high maintenance cream; it has a bouncy, pasty texture which tones & lifts skin upon application, leaves skin well nourished & protected. It reminds me of Cream de La Mer, without the greasiness & occlusion.

     

     

    Peter Thomas Roth Viz 1000

    Posted in skincare with tags , , , , on August 21, 2008 by LPB

     

    Viz 1000 is a super concentrated 75% Hyaluronic Acid complex that keeps the skin hydrated all day and night with an invisible veil of moisture. Hydration is achieved by attracting 1000 times its weight in water from the moisture in the air. It also replenishes the moisture content of environmentally damaged skin and restores a youthful radiance. This serum helps increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture and smoothes out fine lines and rough texture.

    Benefits:

    • Delivers intense hydration to the skin that lasts all day and night
    • Restores youthful radiance
    • Helps increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture
    • Smoothes out fines lines and rough texture
    • Ideal for all skin types
    • Fragrance-free
    I use this serum to boost the hydration power of my moisturizer; it’s fragrance free and will not interfere with the lovely scent of my face cream. It’s like bathing the skin with surge of spring water. This is indispensable!
    Ingredients:
    Water (Aqua), Saccharide Isomerate, Lactobacillus/Eridictyon Califonicum Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces Manganese Ferment, Saccharomyces Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces Silicon Ferment,, Saccharomyces Potassium Ferment, Lactobacillus/Olea Europea (Olive) Leaf Ferment Extract, Algae Extract, Opuntia Tuna Flower/Stem Extract, Pentylen Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea

    Vita Liberata

    Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2008 by LPB

    My encounter with VL begins with the lovely facial self tan; it’s truly one of its kind, giving an amazing glow &  incredible tan ( as opposed to hideous, orange, fake tan )and smells nothing like your usual fake tan ( you know that sickening artificial smell! ) 

    VL has a fantasticskin care range as well, here are few of the star products:

    Collagen Firming Mask : PURE WRINKLE DEFENCE 
    ‘The collagen firming mask has proved dramatically effective for tired damaged skin – you can see the difference in tone and suppleness immediately’ 
    The collagen firming mask has also proved very effective for those with eczema or extremely dry skin conditions.
    The collagen firming mask is the busy woman’s must have, especially if you need to look better now. Its super charged extracts leave the skin so firm yet soft that you’ll look like you’ve had a great night’s sleep, even if you’ve been up till all hours.

    The collagen firming mask is so superb for dried out, hung over moments, that you should make sure to give yourself a 10 minute treat if you’re suffering from the ‘morning after’ look. Watch your skin drink it in. No, not drink – positively gulp, as you put back the moisture and nutrition it so badly needs. 

    Ingredients:coral seaweed,ginkgo biloba,grape,jojoba,kiwi,liquorice,lychee,melon,papaya,raspberry,silk proteins,vitamin a,vitamin c,vitamin e,yam,ylang ylang

     

    Daily Skin Firm Serum : WHEN LESS IS MORE 
    The daily skin firm serum with collagen is all the nutrition your skin needs in one exceptional product.

    ‘anyone with sun damaged or smoke damaged skin will love the daily skin firm serum with collagen’

    Daily skin Firm serum with collagen is an anti ageing serum that reduces puffiness around the eyes, fills in fine lines, tightens pores and protects the skin against environmental assault. Creating a protein film across the skin, the skin firm serum is particularly effective for protection against smoke and sun damage.

    As with all the products, Daily Skin Firm serum with collagen contains the water magnet Hyaluron. This amazing ingredient is critical for anti ageing treatments as it works along with collagen and elastin to maintain the flexibility and resilience of youthful skin. Collagen rods hold the skin up, Elastin lets the skin stretch and bounce back, and what it bounces back on to is Hyaluron. Daily Skin Firm serum is a must for anyone from 30 – 45 who is concerned to keep their skin looking as fresh and youthful as possible. 

    Ingredients:coral seaweed,ginkgo biloba,grape,jojoba,kiwi,liquorice,lychee,melon,papaya,raspberry,silk proteins,vitamin a,vitamin c,vitamin e,yam,ylang ylang

     

    Coral Silk Deep Daily Moisture : LIGHT RELIEF 
    ‘Deep daily moisture with collagen makes the skin feel like velvet’

    Coral Silk Deep Daily Moisture with Collagen is a light, fluid anti ageing moisturiser that penetrates deep into the surface of the skin, softening, smoothing and refining on the way. With Hyaluron for truly strong youthful skin, deep daily moisture with collagen delivers daily protection, nutrition and rejuvenating properties. Once you’ve tried it, you won’t want to be without it, and when you use Deep Daily Moisture along with Daily Skin Firm Serum with collagen, you couldn’t be giving your skin a better chance to look as youthful, healthy and glowing as it possibly can.

    Ingredients:coral seaweed,ginkgo biloba,grape,jojoba,kiwi,liquorice,lychee,melon,papaya,raspberry,silk proteins,vitamin a,vitamin c,vitamin e,yam,ylang ylang

     

    Deep Cleansing Mask

    A very unusual deep cleansing mask, this product will not only remove clogging toxins that cause dull, blemished skin, but will also nourish and tighten to rehydrate the skin. A must have product for anyone who loves the feeling of fresh, clean, perfect skin. 

    Ingredients:coral seaweed,ginkgo biloba,kiwi,lychee,silk proteins

    Rodial glamotox

    Posted in skincare with tags , , , , on August 15, 2008 by LPB

    Want to look younger without the needles or the knives?

    Rodial proudly introduces glamotoxTM, a non-invasive alternative to surgery. Infused with an SPF 18 moisturizer and micro-injected hyaluronic acid, glamotoxTM combines daily hydration with wrinkle plumping agents.

    Benefits:
    • Daily moisturizer with SPF 18 sun protection
    • Instant wrinkle filler
    • Muscle freezer
    • Eye cream

    This versatile moisturizer is delicately scented with orange oil & leaves a dewy sheen upon application; The best thing is i could use it all over my face, without needing eye cream or sun protecting lotion.

    It comes in a pump dispenser for hygiene & freshness purposes; guarding its active ingredients including Pomegranate, Micro injected hyaluronic acid, Myrrh extract, Peptides and Vitamin C.