Tricep Exercises to Tone Your Flabby Arms

How To Turn Your Flab to Fab!

You work hard to keep your body looking young but no matter how hard you try, you still have flabby arms.

Believe me when I say that you’re not alone. The tricep muscle in the back of your arm is one of the hardest to isolate, but it can be done.

The good thing is that once you start targeting your tricep, it’s fairly easy to tone so if you follow my advice, those flying squirrel arms can be a thing of the past in no time at all!

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when trying to target the triceps is to use your forearms and biceps to move the weight. You have to concentrate on using the muscles in the backs of your arms or these exercises won’t be nearly as effective.

You’re probably going to be sore at first because if your arms are flabby, you’re probably not using your triceps. A little soreness in your tri muscle is a good thing though – it means that you’re finally hitting the right spot!

    tricep pulldown
  1. Tricep Pulldowns: This one can be done at the gym using the pull down machine or at home using two dumbbells. It’s great because you’re using both positive and negative resistance, which many professionals agree will hasten your results. To do it at the gym:
    1. Adjust the weight on the lat pull down machine so that you can pull it down fairly easily.
    2. Stand in front of the machine with your feet shoulder-width apart and grasp the bar so that your hands are also shoulder-width apart.
    3. Start by grasping the bar at about a 45 degree angle above your head.
    4. Slowly (it should take you 3 seconds) pull the bar down as close to your thighs as the machine will allow, keeping your arms straight. Concentrate on using only your triceps.
    5. Hold for a second
    6. Slowly let the weight pull your arms back to the starting position.
    7. Repeat 15 times and do 3 sets

    To do it at home, simply use your dumbbells to simulate the bar. Your resistance will be backwards when you do it this way but the results will be the same.

  2. Dumbbell Tricep Extensions: These can be done either standing or sitting, and you may do one arm at a time, or both together. I recommend doing one arm at a time, because it’s easier to focus on working just your tricep.

    1. Start with your dumbbell in your left hand, with your arm extended above your head, palm facing forward.
    2. Slowly (again using a 3-count) lower the dumbbell behind your head, bending your arm only at the elbow.
    3. Slowly return to starting position.
    4. Repeat 15 times with each arm. Do 3 sets per arm.
  3. Rope pull down
  4. Rope Pull Down: This exercise looks easy but I think that you’ll find finishing the third set challenging until you build up your triceps. You’ll need a cable machine and a rope attachment for it, so you may need to do this one at the gym unless you have a machine at home. This exercise also uses both positive and negative resistance so it’s an awesome way to fast-track your way to gorgeous arms.

    1. Set the weight on the machine to a weight that feels easy to pull but offers a small amount of resistance when you test it.
    2. Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, grasp the rope with both hands.
    3. Keeping your elbows locked at your sides, slowly pull the rope down toward your thighs.
    4. Slowly return the rope to the starting position.
    5. Repeat 15 times and do 3 sets.
  5. Tricep kickback
  6. Tricep Kickbacks: You’ll need a bench to do this one, or you can kneel on the floor if you’re doing it at home. For the sake of this exercise, we’ll assume that you’re using the floor.

    1. Kneel on the floor with your back straight and a dumbbell in one hand. Support yourself on the floor with the other.
    2. Your upper arm should be parallel with (or slightly higher than) your body and your elbow is bent so that your lower arm is vertical with the floor.
    3. Keeping your upper arm stuck to your side, slowly push the dumbbell back so that your arm is completely straight.
    4. Hold for a second.
    5. Lower the weight slowly to the starting position.
    6. Repeat 15 times with each arm and do 3 sets per arm.
  7. Close hand push up
  8. Close-hand pushups: This is a great exercise that you can do anywhere and it works not only your triceps but also your butt and your entire core! You can do traditional, plank-style pushups with your weight on your toes, or you can do the “girl” pushups with your weight on your knees.

    1. Instead of starting the pushup with your hands shoulder-width apart, bring your hands in close together.
    2. Do the pushup as you regularly would.
    3. Repeat 15 times if you can, and do 3 sets.

These exercises are great to mix in with your arm routine in order to work that hard-to-hit tricep muscle. Do them 3 times per week and you’ll see firmer arms in no time.

If you know of another good tricep exercise, tell us about it in the comments section below!

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Abdominal Exercises That Blast Belly Fat

Get Your Flat Stomach Back!

As you age it seems like everything starts to sag, including your stomach.

What was once a tone, tight belly is now a flabby, unattractive pouch that you try your best to hide.

Unavoidable you say? Absolutely not.

With a little effort and dedication on your part, you can ditch the mom jeans and jump back into that bathing suit in no time. Read on to learn exactly what you need to do to tone your belly and get rid of that pouch!

Abdominal muscles

What Ab Muscles Do You Need To Work?

Great question. First, you may be under the impression that each one of those bumps that you see in a person with great abs is a separate muscle but they’re not.

The front abdominal muscles, called the rectus abdominus (the one you see) and the transversus abdominus (the one that lies behind the 6-pack and supports your organs), are a set of two layered muscles that run from your rib cage to your pelvis. The 6-pack look is caused by the rectus abdominus muscle bulging through connective tissue that runs down the outside of it.

Your internal and external oblique muscles run down your sides and support movement and posture. It’s important to work these muscles for two reasons: they help you look great and they also support your spine and torso.

Let’s Get Started!

The first things that pop to mind when you think “ab exercise” are probably sit-ups but in reality, sit-ups won’t help you get rid of the pouch on your lower belly nearly as fast as the following exercises because they only work part of your abdomen. They’re great for the upper part of your ab muscle, but you need to target your lower portion and obliques as well. These exercises will help you do that.

  1. Bicycle Crunches: This are one of the best exercises that you can do because it works all of your ab muscles. You don’t need any special equipment and you can do them at home even while you’re watching TV. As a bonus, you’ll be giving your thighs a good workout, too.

    1. Lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Bend your elbows so that you have your hands by your ears. Don’t lock your hands behind your head because you’ll be more prone to cheat when you’re doing this exercise if you do.
    2. Bring your left knee up at the same time that you bring your right elbow up. Bend in the middle and cross over to meet your knee.
    3. Hold for a couple of seconds.
    4. Return to your starting position and repeat with your right knee and left elbow.
    5. Repeat 15 times with each side and do three sets.
  2. Reverse crunch
  3. Reverse Crunch: This exercise works your front ab muscles top to bottom. It’s great for getting rid of that pouch. You may not be able to do more than a few in the beginning but as your abs get stronger, the exercise will get easier so keep at it.

    1. Lie flat on your back with your knees slightly bent, your ankles crossed, and your arms at your sides.
    2. Bring your knees up so that they are vertical to your belly button.
    3. Return to starting position.
    4. Repeat 15 times and do 3 sets.
    5. When these become easy for you, you can increase the difficulty by performing it with your legs straight or by adding ankle weights.
  4. elevated plank
  5. Exercise Ball Planks: These are amazing for your entire core. If you don’t have an exercise ball, you can do them on the floor.

    1. Kneel beside your exercise ball and place both elbows on it, shoulder width apart.
    2. Assume a push-up position with your weight on your elbows and toes and your body completely straight.
    3. Hold this position for as long as you can, up to a minute. Keep your arms and body straight.
    4. Drop back to your knees
    5. Repeat 3 times, resting at least 1 minute in between.
    You can modify this exercise in a couple of ways. If you don’t have an exercise ball, simply do it on the floor. If you find that you can hold the pose for a minute with no problem, extend your arms straight out instead of placing your weight on your elbows.
  6. Long arm crunch
  7. Straight Arm Crunch: This is an interesting and more challenging twist to a typical crunch. You’ll be working both the upper and lower part of your front ab muscles. If in the beginning these are too hard, try them with your knees bent and work up to doing them with your legs straight.

    1. Lie flat on your back with your legs straight on the floor and your arms extended above your head.
    2. Lift your legs straight up so that they are vertical to the ground and raise your arms and upper body so that you’re reaching for your toes.
    3. Return to starting position.
    4. Repeat 15 times and do 3 sets.

Final Note: These exercises are meant to be done in conjunction with each other on “ab day”. If you do them at least 3 times per week, you’ll easily start seeing results in about a month, especially if you’re doing at least 20 minutes of cardio 3 times a week, too.

You’ll notice that your abdominal muscles will be firmer and your jeans will begin to feel loose. Stick with your routine and don’t get discouraged if these exercises seem difficult in the beginning – they get easier as you strengthen your muscles. Good luck and see you at the beach!

If you know of another great ab exercise or technique, we’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.

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Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Skincare Line Review

Does Prevage Deserve a Spot on Your Vanity? Elizabeth Arden Prevage Review

Are you an Elizabeth Arden fan but haven’t tried the Prevage products yet?

Are you looking for a new product line because your old one isn’t working for you?

If so, this is the article for you. We’re going to take a close look at each product in the line so you’ll know if each one lives up to its claims.

Prevage Products

Elizabeth Arden has long been a name to be reckoned with in the cosmetics industry and their latest line of anti-aging products is no exception. Available at fine department stores, the Ceramide products are some of the most popular of the higher-end wrinkle-reducing lines and the Prevage products have found a permanent home on the vanities of millions of women.

Without further ado, let’s see if the loyalty is deserved, or just hype.


  1. Prevage Day Intensive Anti-Aging Moisture Cream SPF 30

    Elizabeth Arden’s Claim

    Smooths dry skin, moisturizes, protects skin from sun damage, gives skin a brighter, more even-toned appearance.

    Active Ingredients

    Idebenone is a big-hitting antioxidant cousin of CoQ10 that protects skin from environmental damage caused by free radicals. The major difference between the 2 cousins is idebenone is much more water soluble. It also softens skin by increasing hydration and reduces the look of lines and wrinkles by encouraging healthy cell growth in an atmosphere free of free radicals.

    The product also contains hyaluronic acid, one of the superstars you can find in out Top 10 Ingredients article, as well as several different moisturizers, antioxidant vitamins (tocopherol, aka vitamin E) and emollients that help keep your skin soft and smooth. Finally it has the pH balancer Ammonium Hydroxide and sunscreen.

    Pros

    • Active ingredient is actually proven to prevent and even reverse the fine lines and spots caused by environmental factors.
    • Users claim that skin definitely appears brighter
    • Since it contains hyaluronic acid, it definitely has moisturizing properties and will help plump your skin
    • Because it also has the antioxidants, you get the short-term effects of the hyaluronic acid, plus the long-term, damage reducing effects of these awesome little free radical slayers.
    • You only need a little bit. A bottle should last 60 days or so.
    • Contains sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage.

    Cons

    • It’s one of the priciest products in the series
    • Doesn’t really have much in the way of wrinkle-reducers if the antioxidants don’t work for you.

    Final word: For the cost, there may be better products out there. If, however, you just want to heal your face, add antioxidants, and are satisfied with a natural, healthy look even with a few wrinkles, then this is a great product for you.

  2. Click here to find Prevage Day Intensive Anti-Aging Moisture Cream SPF 30



  3. Prevage Night Anti-Aging Restorative Cream

    Elizabeth Arden’s Claim

    Restores moisture and helps fight the signs of aging caused by damaging environmental factors. Enhances skins own natural repair processes, restores skin’s natural resilience for a younger look, makes skin look restored and rested. Smooths, retextures and softens skin.

    Active Ingredients

    The night cream contains most of the same ingredients as the day cream as well as lactic acid, which is a whitening agent, and a retinoate, which is a more easily-usable form of vitamin A than retinol.

    Pros

    • Product was tested on US consumers with the following results:

      • 87 reported reduced roughness and dryness
      • 83% said Skin felt nourished all night
      • 80% believe it enriched skin with deep moisture
      • 70% reported that their skin looked revitalized

    Cons

    • Comes with a hefty pricetag
    • May not be best to use for oily skin because it’s got heavy duty moisturizers

    Final word: This is an excellent product if you’re into antioxidants and more “natural” methods of addressing how you maintain a youthful appearance. There are no hardcore synthetic age-defying ingredients in it, but there are several good antioxidants, retinoids and other proactive ingredients.

    Users also love the product and with the clinical trials, it’s a safe bet to spend your money on if you have dry to normal skin and you’re not addressing deep wrinkles.

  4. Click here to find Prevage Night Anti-Aging Restorative Cream



  5. Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Aging Serum

    Elizabeth Arden’s Claim

    Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and discolorations. Also minimizes existing sun damage, redness and small scars. Skin looks brighter and firmer. With long-term use, it helps fight the effects of environmental damage.

    Active Ingredients

    The serum contains several different antioxidants including idebenone as well as hyaluronic acid, the super-moisturizing agent that made our Top 10 List of Anti-Aging Ingredients.

    Peucedanum Graveolens (dill) extract helps your skin produce elastin which keeps your skin supple. Phospholipids, moisturizers, and emollients make up the remaining active ingredients.

    Pros

    • Voted best 2010 wrinkle treatment by InStyle Magazine, as well as a 2010 Healthiest Buy by Health Magazine. Whole Living Magazine voted it a Super Serum in 2011.
    • Moisturizers soften skin
    • Antioxidants help your skin fight environmental damage by battling free radicals
    • The dill extract actually increases natural production of elastin
    • You only need a little bit
    • Great for sensitive skin

    Cons

    • May not be good for oily skin
    • Is pretty expensive
    • Contains fragrance so if you’re sensitive to smell it may bother you

    Final word: The ingredients in the product are known youth-retaining substances and at the very least will make your skin moist and supple. That alone is enough to help you retain your youthful look even if none of the other products work for you.

  6. Click here to find Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Aging Serum

  7. Prevage Eye Advanced Anti-Aging Cream

    Elizabeth Arden’s Claim

    Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles, puffiness, age spots, sun damage and discoloration. It also firms and tones the eye area for a brighter look.

    Won Shape Magazine’s Best Get-Gorgeous Eye Treatment award in 2011 as well as being voted Self Magazine’s Best Anti-Aging Serum in 2011.

    There were 105 women between the ages of 25-65 tested and 95% of them saw immediate improvement in the look of the skin in their eye areas.

    Active Ingredients

    Much like the other products in the line, Prevage Eye contains antioxidants (including idebenone), moisturizers, emollients, skin conditioners, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and natural plant and flower extracts that are known for their protective and youth restoring properties. The serum also contains mica which refracts light to makes your face appear luminous and trisiloxane, a sunscreen.

    Pros

    • Great for puffy eyes and dark circles
    • Leaves skin feeling silky
    • Works well for sensitive skin

    Cons:

    • Expensive
    • Comes in a pump so you may not be able to get all of the product out.
    • May leave your skin greasy if you have extra oily skin.

    Final word: This serum has several ingredients in it that are really good for your skin. It’s got the sunscreen, the moisturizers and the hyaluronic acid that may actually produce the results that Elizabeth Arden promises.

  8. Click here to find Prevage Eye Advanced Anti-Aging Cream

If you’ve tried any of Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage products, please let us know how they worked for you in the comments section below.


Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Collection Review

The Ultimate in Anti-Aging, or Just the Ultimate in Cost?

Millions of women swear by Estee Lauder’s products, but do the company’s ingredients have the substance to back this loyalty up, or is it all just wishful thinking?

We’re going to take a look at what exactly is in each product, and decide if they have what it takes to back up their claims.

Estee Lauder and the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Collection

Estee Lauder is one of the top cosmetics giants in the world and has long been known for their products that help you fight the signs of time. One of their latest lines, the Ultimate Line, is designed specifically for hydrating mature skin and reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles so that you look notably younger. Let’s see if they really can.




  1. Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Cream

    Estee Lauder’s Claim

    The company claims that the difference in your looks will be striking. The intense hydrators and repair technologies in their cream will visably lift, perfect and firm your face.

    Active Ingredients

    An abundance of antioxidants from plant extracts including sea algae as well as natural vitamins including vitamin E are included to fight free radicals that cause age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines.

    Finely ground South Sea Pearls give your face luminosity, colloidal gold calms irritation and black tourmaline is an ionically-charged mineral that energizes your skin and may stimulate new cell production.

    Other notable ingredients include the antioxidant EGT and the cell-regenerating sea plant silketare. Finally, moisturizers and emollients are plentiful in this cream.

    Pros

    • Antioxidants are proven to fight free radicals and diminish damage that has already occurred.
    • Only takes a very small amount to cover your entire face
    • Natural antioxidants are always good for your skin
    • Softens skin
    • Women report noticable difference in appearance
    • Use both day and night – no separate creams to take up space on your vanity

    Cons

    • If you use too much, it’s heavy
    • A few users report that they are happier with the older, less expensive Intensive line
    • Extremely expensive
    • Is scented, so if you’re sensitive to perfumes, it may bother you

    Final word: The ingredients are mostly patented secret formulas but Estee Lauder reveals just enough to assure us that there are quality, time-fighting ingredients in this product. If money is no object or you are considering a surgical procedure, then this creme is definitely worth a second look.

  2. Click here to find Estee Lauder’s Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Cream



  3. Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Eye Cream

    Estee Lauder’s Claim

    Instantly see results in the form of lifted, lighter tighter skin. Their advanced technology works to recharge, repair and restore your skin’s youthful appearance and glow.

    Active Ingredients

    The main difference between the eye cream and the face cream appears to be that it is chock full of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). These help your skin retain moisture and possibly stimulate production of elastin and collagen. They also help bond your skin together to firm and tighten it.

    Pros

    • Makes skin look lifted and younger
    • Moisturizes well
    • Tightens skin
    • Good Texture

    Cons

    • Doesn’t work well on dark circles

    Final word: Great product if you’re looking for lifting and tightening, but not so much if you’re trying to get rid of dark circles and puffiness. For the cost, you may want to opt for an alternate product if you need an all-in-one eye cream.

  4. Click here to find Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Eye Cream



  5. Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Serum

    Active Ingredients

    Contains the same active ingredients as the creme, except it has five times the amount in a concentrated version to really supercharge your experience with the set.

    Pros

    • The pearl gives a beautiful shimmer to your skin
    • Moisturizes, tightens and lifts
    • Is light
    • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

    Cons

    • The only downside to this serum appears to be the cost. Users had only glowing praise for the serum itself.

    Final word: If cost is no object or you don’t mind spending $200 for real results, this product appears to do all that it claims.

  6. Click here to find Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Serum

This line is probably the most expensive ones available, but an overwhelming percentage of users agree that it’s well worth the money and does everything that it claims. I’d personally recommend trying a trial size prior to spending the money on the full-size products to see if you like it first.

If you’ve tried any of Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting products, please let us know how you felt about them in the comments section below.


Clinique’s Repairwear De-Aging Skincare Line Review

Has Clinique Found the Fountain of Youth or Just a Well to Throw Your Money Down?

Are you tearing through product after product searching for the fountain of youth?

Well before you order another product, take a look at what we’ve discovered about Clinique’s latest de-aging skincare line.

By the time you finish this article, you’re going to know whether these products will rewind time, or just waste precious minutes.

About Clinique and the Repairwear Intensive Line

Clinique is a name that’s been around for years and is probably best known for their women’s skin products, though they also carry perfumes and men’s skin products. It should be noted that their most aggressive anti-wrinkle formulas are targeted at people with dry to combination skin.


  1. Repairwear Day SPF 15 Intensive Cream

    Clinique’s Claim

    Replenishes antioxidants and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It hydrates and turns your skin’s most vulnerable time into repair time.

    Active Ingredients

    Clinique states that this amazing cream contains antioxidants, moisturizers and sunscreen. Since there is no ingredient list for the product, I really can’t fully evaluate the potential effectiveness based on ingredients. Therefore, I decided to use trusted user reviews.

    Pros

    • Hydrates dry skin wonderfully
    • Doesn’t feel greasy
    • Great for sensitive skin
    • Reduces the appearance of fine lines with regular use
    • Protects you from further sun damage

    Cons

    • Not great for oily skin
    • Doesn’t contain any seriously big wrinkle fighters
  2. Final word: Though consumers with dry skin love this product as a base moisturizer, it doesn’t really contain any significant anti-aging properties.

    Excellent for keeping your skin hydrated in the winter, and many people use it on dry spots only.

    Click hereto find Repairwear Day SPF 15 Intensive Cream



  3. Repairwear Intensive Night Cream

    Clinique’s Claim

    Mends and blocks the look of lines and wrinkles. Provides 24-hour antioxidant replenishment.

    Active Ingredients

    Jojoba seed oil, wheat germ oil and soybean oil. Lecithin helps your skin hold moisture and even fills in some fine lines. There are also several tea extracts, moisturizers, emollients, and natural antioxidants.

    Pros

    • Excellent for dry or extra dry skin
    • Thick and luxurious
    • Non-greasy
    • Hypoallergenic

    Cons

    • Not so great for oily skin
    • Doesn’t contain any de-aging ingredients other than antioxidants.
    • May take a while to see results.

    Final word: This product contains several excellent moisturizers as well as some mild anti-aging ingredients. If your damage is light and you’re willing to wait for your skin to repair naturally, it may be a good product to try.

  4. Click here to find Repairwear Intensive Night Cream

  5. Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream

    Clinique’s Claim

    Strengthens thin skin for a youthful look. Boosts your skins repairing energy and replenishes antioxidants.

    Active Ingredients

    Antioxidants, collagen boosters, moisturizers, emollients

    Pros

    • Non-greasy
    • Works for fine lines
    • Unscented and contains no dyes
    • Moisturizes

    Cons

    • No significant wrinkle repair ingredients, at least that Clinique reveals
    • Not good for bags or dark circles
    • Not good for deep wrinkles

    Final word: This eye product is great for younger eyes, or for people who need a little extra help with dryness or fine lines but if you want a serious wrinkle reducer, this probably isn’t the eye treatment for you.

    Click here to find Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream

If you’ve tried any of Clinique’s Repairwear products, we’d love to hear what you think of them. Please let us know in the comments section below.


Lancome Absolue Premium Skincare Line Review

Premium Results or Just Premium Prices?

Lancome Absolue Premium

Available at the higher-end department stores such as Saks, Sephora, Nordstram and Bloomindale’s, Lancome’s Absolue Premium youth restoring line comes with one of the heftier price tags of the age-defying lines, but are they worth the cost?

A quick glance at user reviews would lead you to believe that they are, so we decided to dig a little deeper into the ingredients list and see if these products have the stuffing to back up Lancome’s claims.

Absolue Premium Products

As one of the leading cosmetic manufacturers in the world, Lancome promises to target every stage of aging with delightful textures and products with proven results. The Absolue Premium line offers a complete facial system that renews and replenishes your skin so that you look younger, fresher and well-rested.

Now let’s cut to the chase and take a look at each product individually using our Top 10 Ingredients article as a guide. These products are meant to be used in conjunction with each other in order to see the best results.


  1. Lancome Advanced Replenishing Creme Cleanser

    Lancome’s Claim

    Lancome uses gentle yet extremely efficient cleansing agents to remove makeup and impurities. It contains a Bio-Network of Soy, Wild Yam, Barley and Sea Algae to prevent your skin from drying out while restoring radiance and elasticity. Your skin will feel clean, soft, and supple without the tight feeling. Daily use makes your skin feel revitalized, toned, and denser.

    Active Ingredients

    In addition to the natural ingredients listed above, the main ingredients in this cleanser consist of the moisturizers lecithin (which is also an emollient and antioxidant) and propylene glycol. Thee are also emollients to smooth and soften your skin including dicaprylyl carbonate and soybean protein.

    Finally, there’s a pH balancer in the cleanser called triethanol amine so that the other ingredients don’t irritate your skin. There are no harsh detergents in the foam cleanser to dry your skin out, only a couple of mild surfactants along with the natural ingredients listed in the claim.

    Pros

    • No harsh detergents
    • Contains several moisturizers and emollients to leave your skin soft
    • Is pH balanced and great for sensitive skin
    • You only need to use a small amount
    • Comes in a squeeze tube that makes it easy to use every single drop

    Cons

    • None. That’s right. There doesn’t appear to be any downside to this cleanser other than the cost, if that counts.

    Final word: Lancome’s Advanced Replenishing Cleanser is an awesome product to use on your skin, especially in the winter. It leaves your skin feeling soft, moist, and clean without using harsh detergents that will dry you out.

  2. Click here to find Lancome Advanced Replenishing Creme Cleanser



  3. Lancome Advanced Replenishing Toner

    Lancome’s Claim

    Formulated specially for mature skin, this toner is designed to complete your cleansing routine by clarifying, moisturizing, brightening, firming and replenishing your skin. For optimum results, use with the Advanced Replenishing Creme Cleanser.

    Active Ingredients

    Lancome’s Premium Advanced Replenishing Toner contains the Bio-Network listed above as well as Pro-Xylane, a complex derived from the extracts of the beech tree. It works to stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid production in your skin. There is actual research to back up this product, and the reviews are great on it.

    Pros

    • Pleasant but mld fragrance
    • Leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed
    • Easy to apply
    • Feels light and absorbs quickly
    • Dermatologist-tested to be safe
    • Good bottle that allows you to use all of the product

    Cons

    • Cost is fairly high for a toner
    • There were only a few reviews to draw user opinions from

    Final word: This toner contains ingredients that back up Lancome’s claims, and users love it. There are no wrinkle-reducers in it per se, but the Pro-Xylane and the other moisturizers in it make it a good product to use with the others in the line.

  4. Click here to find Lancome Advanced Replenishing Toner



  5. Absolue Premium BX Replenishing Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen

    Lancome’s Claim

    Improves skin’s clarity and elasticity and helps deeply replenish moisture from within to help you regain the youthful suppleness, radiance and firmness. Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. They claim that in an 8-week consumer test, 85% of women reported improved firmness and elasticity while 91% felt that their skin was re-plumped and nurtured.

    This is the day cream that’s meant to be used in conjunction with the night cream discussed below.

    Active Ingredients

    This little daytime jewel is stuffed full of good stuff. It has several different awesome moisturizers and emollients including jojoba oil and soy proteins as well as silica that seals in moisture and makes your skin soft. It’s also got mica in it, which refracts light and makes your skin appear luminous.

    Also found in the replenishing cream is the pH balancer triethanol amine. Finally, this cream contains the sunscreen titanium dioxide, which is excellent for UVB rays and OK for UVA rays. It’ll be fine as long as you’re not going to be in direct sunlight.

    The Replenishing Cream also has Lancome’s Bio-Network, padina pavonica, and Pro-Xylane in it to really help plump your skin and increase natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.

    Pros

    • Contains ingredients that actually increase production of collagen and hyaluronic acid
    • Great for healing dry skin
    • Non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and dermatologist-tested for safety according to Lancome
    • Goes on smoothly
    • Users report improvement in skin tone and spots
    • Smells good
    • Is light and doesn’t feel greasy
    • You only need a small amount

    Cons

    • Some users report a red, itchy allergic reaction
    • Is scented, so even though it smells good, it may irritate you if you’re sensitive to scents
    • Because it contains products that trap moisture, there may be a film on your face that makes using it with makeup difficult

    Final word: Try a sample before you buy the full-size version, especially if you’re prone to allergic reactions. Besides that, this product contains the ingredients to back up its moisturizing claims, which may lead to a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t contain the standard anti-wrinkle ingredients, but with the mega-moisturizers, it still gets a thumbs-up.

  6. Click here to find Absolue Premium BX Replenishing Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen



  7. Absolue Night Premium BX Night Recovery Cream

    Lancome’s Claim

    Night Premium restores your skin’s essential moisture in order to repair the visible signs of aging. It decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves the firmness and elasticity of your skin, fades the signs of fatigue and increases smoothness and clarity by accelerating surface cellular renewal.

    Active Ingredients

    The Night Premium Cream contains several different moisurizers and emollients including shea butter, carnauba wax, isoparaffin, proxalane (Pro-Xylane) and Lancome’s Bio-Network to help plump your skin and assist in moisture retention.

    Other ingredients include antioxidant vitamin E in the form of tocopherol and polyacrylamide, which is used in aesthetic facial surgeries as a subdermal filler. Finally, this cream contains padina pavonica, an algae that has been proven to stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid, among other things.

    Pros

    • Evens out skin tone and diminishes age spots
    • Great for dry skin
    • Non-greasy
    • Smells good
    • Contains ingredients known to stimulate hyaluronic acid production
    • Great for sensitive skin because it’s non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic and dermatologist-tested for safety
    • Contains multiple moisturizers and emollients
    • You only need to use a little bit

    Cons

    • Even though it smells good, it may bother you if you’re sensitive to scents
    • If you use too much, your face will feel sticky

    Final word: Lancome’s Premium Night Recovery Cream has the ingredients to back up its claims and users seem to love it. Because of the steep price, it might be a good idea to try a sample before investing in a full-size version of the product.

  8. Click here to find Lancome Absolue Night Premium BX Night Recovery Cream



  9. Lancome Absolue Eye Premium BX

    Lancome’s Claim

    Intensely moisturizes the area around your eyes to visibly rejuvenate them and reduce fine lines and wrinkles within 4 weeks. Immediately, however, your eyes will appear smoother, brighter, and more luminous.

    Active Ingredients

    As with the other products in Lancome’s Absolue Premium Line, the eye cream contains the natural Bio-Network complex as well as their patented Pro-Xylane. There are also several other moisturizers and emollients in this cream.

    Pros

    • Ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested for safety
    • Contains the ingredients necessary to moisturize your eye area
    • Good for sensitive skin
    • Does, according to users, make the eye area softer and brighter
    • Users report that it reduces dark circles
    • Contains ingredients known to increase hyaluronic acid production

    Cons

    • It’s pretty pricey for the small amount that you get
    • Contains mostly the same ingredients as the face creams.

    Final word: The eye cream seems to be liked by most who try it but since it contains nearly identical ingredients to the face creams, you may be able to make due without it. It is created specifically for the eye area and is tested by ophthalmologists, so if you can do it, you should probably buy this to go along with the rest of the kit.

    It’s available in a trial size, so you may want to try it before you invest in the full-size version.

  10. Lancome Absolue Eye Premium BX



  11. Lancome Absolue Hand

    Lancome’s Claim

    Replenishes moisture, protects with sunscreen, diminishes age spots, increases suppleness and skin density.

    Active Ingredients

    This handy little lotion contains Lancome’s Bio-Network, salicylic acid (one of the ingredients used in peels to reduce age spots, aka aspirin), SPF 15 sunscreen (they don’t say which one), their N-Stimuline discussed above, several different moisturizers and emolients, and ginko biloba extract and liquitrine to decrease melanin production, which inhibits the appearance of age spots.

    Pros

    • Makes your hands soft
    • Protects your hands from skin damage
    • May reduce age spots because of the salicylic acid
    • May also make your skin denser because of the N-Stimuline that increases hyaluronic acid and collagen production.

    Cons

    • Pretty expensive at about $50 for a hand lotion.

    Final word: The lotion contains some good ingredients and if you’re really worried about the appearance of your hands, it may very well be worth the money.

  12. Click here to find Lancome Absolue Hand

If you’ve tried any of the Absolue products, we’d love to hear what you think of them! Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!


Shiseido’s Bio-Performance Skincare Line Review

Worth Your Dime, or a Waste of Your Time?

Shiseido Bio-Performance

Are you still searching for the best skincare line ever? One that won’t leave your skin oily, or break you out, and actually does what it claims to do?

If you’ve read our Top 10 Ingredients article, then you have a general idea of what you should be looking for in your products.

We’re going to use those ingredients as a guide to see how Shiseido’s Bio-Performance line stacks up.

Bio-Performance Products

Shiseido is a cosmetics company that specializes in skincare products that help you keep or regain a youthful appearance. Their products are available via their website or at department stores such as Sephora and Macy’s.

For your convenience, I’ve also included links directly to the products so that you may pick them up on Amazon for considerably less than you’d pay at the department store.

According to Shiseido’s website, this product line uses the most advanced boi-technology available today to bring you skincare products that give you a definite advantage in your fight against time.

Let’s break it down and take a look at each product in the line and what Shiseido claims that each one does. Just so that you know, each product is meant to be used in conjunction with the others.


  1. Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream

    Shiseido’s Claim

    This product is designed using their patent-pending Bio-Revitalizing Complex to help you prevent the first appearance of lines by reinforcing your skin’s elastic fibers. According to Shiseido, this is the best way to encourage firmness and resilience. It’s meant to be used after one of their cleansers and softeners.

    Active Ingredients

    There are several ingredients including coenzymes, polymers, and amino acids in the product that are commonly used as moisturizing agents or lubricants. Some of these are L-arginine, hydrogenated c6-14 olefin polymers, dimethicone, and squalane.

    The cyclomethicone in it is commonly used in lotions and hair products to give you that soft, slick feeling. The Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream also contains hyaluronic acid, the awesome product that made our list as a moisturizing superhero.

    Pros

    • Hyaluronic acid is an awesome agent to help you retain moisture
    • Non-greasy
    • Goes on smoothly and requires only a dab
    • Lightly scented
    • Absorbs quickly

    Cons

    • No real wrinkle-fighting agents
    • Scent, though light, may bother some
    • May not be good if you have oily skin

    Final word: A great moisturizer for normal to dry skin but you need other products in order to fight wrinkles. If you’re just looking for a moisturizer to add to your arsenal, this is a good choice because of the hyaluronic acid if for no other reason.

  2. Click here to find Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream



  3. Super Restoring Cream

    Shiseido’s Claim

    By promoting smoothness and firmness, this product dramatically gives you a more youthful appearance instantly.

    The Super Restoring Cream utilizes their contour-recalling technology in a rich, age-fighting cream that targets age-related deficiencies and wrinkles in your skin.

    Active Ingredients

    As with the revitalizing cream, the main ingredients in this product are mostly moisturizers. It also has vitamin E, which is a known antioxidant with healing properties. Also contains polyisobutine and microcrystalline wax, which will give your face that smooth, soft feel.

    Pros

    • Contains sunscreen so it’s good for a daytime moisturizer.
    • Has tocopherol, aka vitamin E, to promote healing and fight free radicals
    • Moisturizes via several ingredients
    • Has Shiseido’s special form of hyaluronic acid to help your skin retain moisture
    • Absorbs quickly if your skin is dry
    • Smell is light so if you have scent issues, this may work well for you

    Cons

    • May make oily skin feel greasy and may not absorb well
    • May break you out if you have sensitive skin
    • Some report that it’s hard to apply because it’s so thick
    • May not be great for daytime use for people with oily skin because of the absorption issues.

    Final word: This cream may be great as a night cream for people with dry to normal skin, but many people report that it’s a bit heavy for daytime use. If it works for you during the day, it’s got the added bonus of sunscreen. If you’re looking for serious deep-wrinkle solutions but like this for a moisturizer, you’ll need to use a serum that has bigger anti-aging guns in it.

  4. Click here to find Super Restoring Cream



    Shiseido Super Corrective Serum
  5. Super Corrective Serum

    Shiseido’s Claim

    Counteract wrinkles, dullness and sagging with this revolutionary, time-fighting serum. You’ll see some results immediately and further improvements with continued use.

    They also claim that firmness is visibly improved in 1 week and you’ll notice a difference in deep wrinkles in 3 weeks. Finally, Shiseido claims that this product increases production of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin via their Bio-Corrective Complex.

    Active Ingredients

    This serum contains several ingredients targeted at evening skin tone and balancing pH. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which we already know helps your skin retain moisture. The corrective serum has mica, which is a material used to refract light, among other things. This helps give a visual illusion of brightness and youth by reducing the appearance of dark circles and giving your skin an iridescent glow.

    Sodium Metaphosphate, another ingredient, is used in some dental products as a whitening agent.

    Pros

    • Contains ingredients that will moisturize your skin
    • Non-greasy
    • Has ingredients proven to balance pH and even skin tone
    • Smells good
    • The mica will make your skin look brighter

    Cons

    • Doesn’t contain any anti-wrinkle ingredients
    • May cause breakouts in sensitive skin
    • Very thick – more like a cream than a serum
    • Comes in a pump so you can’t see when you’re nearly out
    • Heavily fragranced so even though it smells good, it may bother you if you’re sensitive to smells

    Final word: This is a good product if you don’t really have wrinkles or fine lines. It has some good moisturizing and toning agents and very few people reported breakouts or feelings of greasiness.

    If you’re looking for a heavy-hitting wrinkle reducing cream though, you may wanna keep looking.

    Click here to find the Super Corrective Serum



    Shiseido Super Eye Contouring Cream
  6. Super Eye Contouring Cream

    Shiseido’s Claim

    Reduces the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles and dullness while energizing and hydrating your skin. Uses their Wrinkle Targeting Complex and Super Bio-Moisture Network.

    Active Ingredients

    The eye contouring cream contains several different moisturizers as well as Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) and tocopheryl acetate.

    Also found in the product are ascorbyl phosphate (a vitamin C derivative) and saccaromyces lysate extract. Both are known to moisturize, increase collagen production, lighten and brighten your skin, and act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

    The eye contouring cream also includes a couple of products that are used in different cosmetics to give you that slick feeling, though they don’t contribute to the time-fighting abilities of the cream.

    Finally, it has Retinyl Acetate, a form of retinol, which was on our list of top 10 ingredients.

    Pros

    • Lightweight and non-greasy
    • Contains ingredients that can at least potentially back up Shiseido’s claims
    • Costs less than many other specialty eye creams
    • Users with sensitive skin report that it doesn’t break you out
    • Light enough to wear under your makeup without causing it to smear

    Cons

    • May help with fine lines because of the moisturizers and antioxidants, but has no big-time wrinkle reducers.
    • Comes in a pump so you can’t tell how much you have left

    Final word: Reviews on this product are fairly decent as long as you’re not expecting miracles. People seem to love the feel that it gives your skin, and most report improvement in dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.

    Since the ingredients back it up, you may want to try this one for yourself.

  7. Super Eye Contouring Cream



    Shiseido Super Revitalizer Whitening Cream
  8. Advanced Super Revitalizer (Cream) Whitening Formula N

    Shiseido’s Claim

    Shiseido states that this products battles the effects of an environment that is tough on your skin. It works by energizing and rehydrating skin while giving you back your youthful appearance by reducing dryness, roughness, fine lines, and other signs of aging.

    Active Ingredients

    Shiseido’s pretty tight-lipped when it comes to listing ingredients and the only thing that I could find that this product contains for sure is hyaluronic acid. We know all about this, but I have no idea how much is in the actual product.

    They also list their Spot Deacti-Complex as one of the main active ingredients but what this “revolutionary” compound is comprised of remains a mystery.

    Pros

    Just FYI – The pros and cons on this product are drawn from what users had to say about it. I couldn’t really add much due to the lack of exact ingredient disclosure.

    • Non-greasy
    • Doesn’t irritate sensitive skin
    • Most users report a reduction in uneven skin tone and age/sun spots
    • Smells good
    • Excellent moisturizer

    Cons

    • Contains no sunscreen, according to users
    • Because it’s scented, it may bother those of you who are sensitive to smells
    • Expensive

    Final word: I can’t really make any recommendations on this product one way or another without knowing exactly what’s in it. The reviews were mixed but all users seem to agree that it works well at least as a moisturizer.

  9. Click here to find Advanced Super Revitalizer (Cream) Whitening Formula N



  10. Super Refining Essence

    Shiseido’s Claim

    Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dullness while rehydrating your skin. Made with their unique Bio-Regenerine Technology that promotes natural exfoliation and saturates your cells with vitality.

    Active Ingredients

    As with the Revitalizer Whitening Formula, Shiseido doesn’t share the exact ingredients of this product. I listed it just so that you have a complete list of the products in the Bio-Performance line. It may be noteworthy that Sephora no longer carries this product, at least on their website.

    Pros and Cons

    I’m hesitant to even list the pros and cons from users for this product because they were all overwhelmingly good. That may seem like a good thing, but I’ve discovered occasionally that when that’s the case, it may be a “buyer beware” situation.

    Final word: Especially since the product is pretty pricey and Sephora’s discontinued it, I can’t make a recommendation either way. I’m going to let you make your own decision on this one. Maybe we can get some readers to chime in on their experiences.

  11. Click here to find Super Refining Essence

If you’ve used Super Refining Essence, or any of the other Bio-Performance products, let us know how it worked for you in the comments section below.