L’Oreal Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation Review

An Absolute Must-Have for Wrinkle Fighting Coverage?

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If you’re like me, foundation is a touchy subject because the product that used to cover flaws and perfect my complexion now tends to traitorously settle into my fine lines, making me look old and wrinkled.

L’Oreal’s Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation claims to be the exception to most foundations.

In fact, if the labeling is to be believed, it actually fights wrinkles instead of just covering them up. We’re going to take a look at these claims and then examine the ingredients and see what real users are saying. This may just be one foundation that’s worth a shot!

What Do They Claim?

L’Oreal claims that this foundation contains millions of droplets of Pro-Retinol, Proxylane, hyaluronic acid and ProLastyl to repair your skin and infuse it with moisture. The active ingredients are trapped inside your skin so that your makeup won’t dry out your skin. It also provides light coverage and makes your skin look “smooth, luminous, flawless”. They say that it won’t settle into your fine lines and wrinkles, either.

Well, so far so good. The claims are awesome, but can the product back them up or are they just more marketing hype? Let’s take a look at the ingredients.

What’s In It?

The only active ingredient listed is titanium dioxide, a barrier sunscreen. That’s a great ingredient to have in your foundation, so let’s see what else is in it.

The first half of the ingredients are simply smoothing agents and emollients that give the makeup consistency and keep it from separating. A bit more than half way through, we finally get to the goods with retinyl palmitate, aka Pro-Retinol.

Retinyl palmitate is the non-irritating form of vitamin A, one of the top wrinkle-fighting ingredients available today. It’s scientifically proven to work. We’re not through, though. What else is in L’Oreal’s Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation?

Glancing on down the list, there’s healing vitamin E and sure enough, the amazing humectant hyaluronic acid is there as promised. It’s fourth from last, though, so there’s no saying if there’s enough in there to actually do any good.

ProXylane, aka hydroxypropyl tetrahydropyrantriol, also makes an appearance. Since the pr-lastyl is a trade name specific to L’Oreal, I wasn’t able to find a chemical name to see if it’s actually in the foundation.

The one thing that I don’t see in this foundation is any kind of “shimmery” stuff. They claim that it makes your skin luminous, but there aren’t really any ingredients that would do that. Typically, you’d see mica or other light-refracting agents but not in this. Hmm.

What Are Users Saying?

One of the biggest downsides of this product seems to be the shades. Apparently if you’re extremely fair and need a yellow tone, you may be out of luck because the lightest shades are a bit darker and pinker than average. Also, some people with dry skin or large pores report that the foundation highlights the problem instead of covering it up.

On the upside, people with normal to oily skin with average and darker complexions seem to love it. Some people report that it even helped a bit with rosacea and folks with sensitive skin like it, too.

The foundation is thin and appears to go on really well, even if you want to layer it a bit to cover up trouble areas. It feels cool and refreshing when you put it on and it lasts all day.

The bottom line is that those who like it, love it. Though everybody that gave a positive review said that the instant results were good, nobody really had much to say about the anti-aging benefits of the foundation. It’s a hit with the over-40 crowd that chimed in, though, so that’s a plus for us.

Final Word

L’Oreal Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation is, at the very least, a good, natural-looking foundation as long as you don’t have dry skin, textured blemishes or enlarged pores. Also, be careful to check the color closely because they run a bit darker and pinker than average.

Since most of the wrinkle fighting ingredients are listed toward the end and users haven’t started screaming from the rooftops about a new, miraculously wrinkle-curing foundation, I’m going to pass on it as a stand-alone anti-aging product. I’m not saying that it won’t help; I’m just saying not to count on it.

If you want a good foundation that gives your skin a fresh glow while offering you sunscreen protection, it may be worth a try. Click here to try L’Oreal Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation now.

Once you’ve tried it, let us know how it works out for you in the comments section below.


Olay Total Effects 7 Nourishing Cream Cleanser

Rich, Gentle Hydration Without Irritation for Mature Skin at Last?

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Olay hasn’t maintained their position as a giant in the cosmetics industry for more than 6 decades by making junk.

That’s not to say, though, that all of their products are top-of-the-line. They are, after all, a department store brand. So what makes them the go-to brand for so many women?

I believe that it’s their dedication to innovation coupled with brilliant marketing strategies. For instance, their Total Effects 7 Nourishing Cream Cleanser is marketed as an anti-aging product, but is it really that much better than other cleansers? Let’s take a look at what they claim, what’s in it and what real users have to say about it. It may be just the cleanser that you’re looking for!

What Do they Claim?

Olay’s claim for this product are pretty simple:

  • Removes dirt and impurities
  • Replenishes moisture with its rich anti-aging formula
  • Deep cleanse to minimize the appearance of pores
  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fights dullness to make your skin look healthy and radiant
  • Refines your skin’s surface to keep it smooth
  • Thoroughly cleanses and gently purifies

OK, that sounds great if you’re talking about a wrinkle cream, but it’s a bit much to expect from a product that’s only going to be on your face for less than a minute.

My personal opinion is that it’s possible that it can do all of those things, but glowing skin, minimized pore appearance and smoothness all occur because your skin is cleansed well. So it’s not that the product doesn’t work; it’s that maybe they’re using those brilliant marketing techniques to make it sound a little more exciting.

That’s OK though; after all, we just want a cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without drying us out or irritating our faces. Let’s see what’s in Total Effects Nourishing Cream Cleanser.

What’s In It?

You’ll be pleased to know that there are no parabens or sulfates in the cleanser though there are a few stearates, petrolatum and mineral oil. The ingredients list is actually pretty short, containing mostly moisturizers, mild surfectants (cleansers) and preservatives. One of the surfectants, decyl glycoside, is an extremely gentle yet effective surfactant suited for even sensitive skin.

What Are Users Saying?

I’ve actually personally used Olay’s Total Effects 7 Nourishing Cream Cleanser and really like it. I use it as my night cream because even though it’s non-foaming, it cleans off all of my makeup without making my face feel tight and dry. It’s nicely moisturizing without feeling waxy and it doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin like many cleaners do.

Other users seem to feel the same. In fact, some people who struggle with acne report that this cleanser has cleared their complexions and even reduced the appearance of large pores. The smell is nice but mild and the moisture lasts all day. It really leaves a nice, clean surface for your moisturizer.

Final Word

Considering that this product is affordable and effective even for people with sensitive skin, it gets a huge thumbs up from us. Click here to find great deals on Olay Total Effects 7 Nourishing Cream Cleanser. You’re going to love the clean, hydrated feeling that you get when you use it!

If you’ve used Olay’s Nourishing Cream Cleanser, tell us what you think of it in the comments section below!


DDF Advanced Firming Cream Review

The Best Way to Get Firmer, Younger-Looking Skin, or Just a New Con?

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Are you looking for a wrinkle cream that’s packed with minerals and antioxidants to help you fight the signs of aging?

DDF’s Advanced Firming Cream may just be the miracle moisturizer that you’re looking for.

Let’s take a look at what the company claims, what’s in this new-age “advanced” youth-restorating cream and listen to what real users are saying about it. Then we’ll decide if it’s worth the money and the real estate on your vanity.

What Do They Claim?

DDF, or Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula, claims that their firming cream:

  • neutralizes up to 82% of free radicals in order to minimize damage to the surface of your skin
  • firms and tightens your skin
  • fortifies your moisture barrier so that your skin retains moisture throughout the day
  • promotes fast cellular turnover at the surface level so that your skin looks younger and brighter

The cream supposedly does all of this using their Tumeric complex and hydrating minerals.

Your skin is immediately tightened after use and your face stays hydrated all day.

Wow. That sounds like exactly what we’ve been looking for. Unfortunately, just about any cream that firms and tightens my skin also tends to dry it out. I’ll withhold judgment for now, though. Let’s take a look at what’s actually in DDF’s Advanced Firming Cream.

What’s In It?

Right off the bat, it’s nice to see that there aren’t any parabens on the ingredients list. There are several different silicones and alcohols, disodium EDTA, laureth-7 (a sulfate) and PEG 100 Stearate but comparatively speaking, those aren’t too horrible, especially considering the rest of the list.

Just as they claim, there’s zinc, copper, magnesium and turmeric in there, and all of them are listed as pretty prominent ingredients. Tumeric has been used for eons in the middle east and Mediterranean to tighten and brighten a bride’s skin for her new hubby.

There’s also the collagen-boosting, wrinkle-smoothing, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, the super-humectant hyaluronic acid, retinol in the form or retinyl propionate and allnetoin to promote healthy tissue growth. To top off the list, there’s evening primrose oil and borago seed oil which are packed with healing omega-6’s.

I really like the look of this ingredients list, with the exception of the few bad boys that we discussed above. Let’s take a look at what real users have to say about it.

What Are Users Saying?

People really like DDf Advanced Firming Cream. Really, the only downside that anybody lists is the price. Some of the main benefits that are being reported include:

  • Hydration without greasiness
  • A little goes a long way – it’s easy to use too much, then it WILL feel greasy
  • Decreased wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improved skin tone
  • Improved tightness and firmness
  • No heavy scent though there is a slight, earthy note to it
  • Great for use on sensitive skin
  • Goes on well under makeup

In short, people report that this is one of the few creams that actually does what it claims and that if you can squeeze it into your budget, you should. I can help you out a bit there: on the major websites, it’s going for about $130 but I’ve found some much better deals than that. Click here to find DDF Advanced Firming Cream at affordable prices.

If you’ve used this product, let us know what you think of it in the comments section below.


Top 5 Things You Should Know About Retinoids and Vitamin A

Why You Should be Using Retinol Cream to Fight Wrinkles and Other Signs of Aging

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Are you noticing the first signs of wrinkles and want to stop them in their tracks?

Maybe you’ve tried retinol before but couldn’t tolerate it or didn’t see results fast enough.

Whatever your reason for not incorporating some form of Vitamin A into your wrinkle-fighting regimen, you need to rethink your decision.

Today we’re going to teach you some facts about Vitamin A, dispel a couple of common myths about retinoids and tell you why you need to clear a space on your counter for this age-fighting miracle ingredient.

Before we go any further, let’s talk for a second about what retinoids are actually scientifically proven to do.

  • Unclog pores to help keep skin clear of blemishes and acne
  • Boost collagen production to help minimize existing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Speed up cellular growth to reduce discolorations and even out skin tone
  • Bolster skin’s thickness and elasticity to get rid of that thin, crepey look

  1. Myth – Retinoids Don’t Penetrate Skin To Begin With

    I hear this one a lot and it’s a load of baloney. True, there are some products with molecular structures too big to penetrate your skin but vitamin A in any form isn’t one of them. Whatever form of vitamin A that you use is converted to retinoic acid, which is what helps your skin. It absorbs perfectly well right down to where it needs to be.

  2. Myth – Only expensive prescription retinoids work

    Totally false. There are plenty of good OTC retinoid products that work beautifully. For instance, Olay’s ProX is a great product, as is Philosophy’s Miracle Worker Line. They’re not as strong as prescription retinoids, but they do work. The key is to look for a product with the retinoid listed in the first half of the ingredients list. They may be listed as:

    • Retinyl pamitate
    • Retinol
    • Pro Retinol
    • Adapalene (prescription synthetic, aka Differin)
    • Tretinoin (prescription, aka retinoic acid, Retin-A, Atralin, Avita, Renova)
    • Retinaldehyde (aka retinal, vitamin A aldehyde)
    • Tazarotene (prescription synthetic, aka Avage, Tazorac)
    • Isotretinoin (prescription synthetic, AKA Accutane)
    • Retinyl Propionate
  3. Retinoids made my skin red and flakey.

    Because retinoids act to enhance rapid cellular turnover from underneath, it’s possible that your skin will appear red and/or flaky when you first start using it. Give it time though, because once your skin adapts to it, your skin tone will even out, the redness and flakiness will dissipate, and you’ll start to really see the benefits.

    To help avoid this completely, ease into use. Start with a less powerful retinoid such as OTC retinyl palmitate and work your way up to stronger ones if you need to. Since your skin has to convert it to retinoic acid, your body can signal for a halt in production so that your skin doesn’t get irritated.

    If you’re prescribed a retinol, try using it only a couple of times a week to see how your skin handles it. Also, you only need a pea-sized amount for your entire face. If you tolerate it OK, go to every other night, then to every night.

    A good OTC cream with retinyl palmitate is Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum. It’s won more than one consumer’s choice award. Philosophy’s Help Me Retinol Night Treatment is well-liked, too.

  4. Myth: Retinoids make your skin sensitive to sunlight

    Nope again. Vitamin A and retinoids are sensitive to sunlight and will break down when exposed to UV rays (which is why you should use it at night) but it doesn’t make your skin sensitive to sunlight.

  5. I tried retinol cream and didn’t see any results.

    You probably didn’t try it for long enough. If you have relatively clear skin and want to use it simply for its wrinkle-fighting superpowers, you won’t see results for several weeks, but you WILL see them. A good rule of thumb before you give up: wait 6-8 weeks to see results with prescription retinoids and 3-6 months of daily use with OTC retinoids. It seems like a long time, but it’s worth it!

  6. Now that we’ve dispelled some of the most common myths about retinoids, you may want to seriously reconsider your decision not to use them. They’re relatively inexpensive, extremely effective, and readily available in numerous products. What are you waiting for? Younger skin awaits!

    If you’re using (or have used) a retinoid, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.


iPixel, The Latest in Laser Rejuvenation Therapy

Precision Ablative Laser Treatments without the Downtime

There’s no doubt that if you need serious results then ablative laser treatment is the biggest gun in the laser resurfacing arsenal, but there are a couple of real pitfalls to the standard procedure.

iPixel, a brand new, FDA-approved technique, delivers all of the advantages of ablative resurfacing without the unpleasant or inconvenient downsides.

By the end of this article, you’re going to know exactly how iPixel claims to be THE go-to tool for treatment of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, age spots, scars and other signs of aging.

What is Ablative Treatment and What Can it Fix?

Ablative treatment means that the top layers of your skin, the dermis and epidermis, are actually removed. With traditional ablative surgery, the entire layer is removed. As you can imagine, it’s an unpleasant experience that requires some recovery time. For a week or two, skin is tender, light-sensitive, flaky and peeling. Not exactly the way that you want to look when you step outside, but the results are well worth it if you want to deal with the discomfort, expense, and recovery time.

Non-ablative surgery is an option but it really doesn’t provide the results that ablative surgery does. It helps but doesn’t deliver as well if you have deep wrinkles or extensive damage. Another downside to many traditional laser resurfacing treatments is that one spot is treated then the laser pen is moved to another area and the laser is activated again. This stamping method takes a significant amount of time, sometimes hours.

This is where iPixel supposedly steps in and fills the gap. Let’s take a look at exactly how it works.

What is iPixel?

iPixel is an FDA-approved ablative treatment that offers the effectiveness of ablative procedures with the convenience of non-ablative treatment. The way that it does this is by blasting small areas while leaving the surrounding areas intact, thus making the healing process much faster. These “reservoirs” allow for more rapid healing and collagen production.

It’s also on wheels and is rolled across your skin, delivering one row of seven pulses of pixels, aka ablative microwounds, per millimeter that it’s rolled, no matter how fast or slow it’s moved. This speeds up the procedure considerably and also allows it to be administered in areas that are difficult to reach.

What Are the Side Effects of iPixel?

Typical side effects of iPixel include mild sunburn-like symptoms such as stinging and peeling. As your old skin peels off, new tissue will be revealed that looks young and fresh. Improvements supposedly continue for several months after the treatment.

side effects are significantly less severe than traditional forms of ablative surgery and recovery time is minimal. In short, by choosing iPixel, you’re getting the best of both laser worlds.

Depending upon what your doctor tells you to do, you may need to put Vaseline or Aquaphor on the treated area every few hours for the first few days. If you’re getting ready to have pixel resurfacing and want to be prepared, click here to find great deals on Aquaphor.

Cost: expect to spend about $400 per treatment. You will lkely only need to do it once.

If you’ve had this procedure, please tell us about it in the comments section below.

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The Benefits of eTwo Laser Therapy for Younger Looking Skin

How the Latest in Laser Technology Can Take Years Off Your Face

Have you been considering some sort of procedure to help get rid of wrinkles, age spots, scars or acne?

If so, you may be thinking about using laser therapy instead of traditional surgeries to meet your age management needs.

There’s a new procedure out called eTwo, a form of sublative rejuvenation, that may be able to shorten treatment time and deliver much better results than traditional forms of cosmetic laser surgery. Before we get into exactly why it’s better than other procedures, let’s discuss exactly how laser treatments work.

Two Different Types of Laser Surgery

Though there are many different forms of laser facial rejuvenation therapy, they traditionally fall into one of two categories: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove or vaporize the top layers of your skin using high temperatures and thus cause significant redness and downtimes. Non-ablative lasers do not use high temperatures and work on the deeper layers of your skin to stimulate new cell production. You can typically have non-ablative procedure done on your lunch hour if you’d like.

Standard lasers are also monochromatic, meaning that they use only one wavelength of light, depending upon the depth and other specific details of the single target that’s being treated. In other words, they either treat surface conditions or they treat deep tissue. They can be broken down further into what specific conditions they treat based on color/wavelength.

As you’ve probably figured by now, if you want to treat two different conditions, you would normally need two different types of laser treatment. Enter eTwo technology!

A New Type of Laser for Facial Rejuvenation

For those of us who remember when a laser was basically an imaginary tool that was used by cartoon characters to decimate Planet Earth, just the monochromatic therapy is a wondrous thing. As with all forms of technology though, lasers are progressing in leaps and bounds. As we learn about human anatomy and how light therapy actually works, we’re combining the two to make some pretty amazing tools that can be used for cosmetic and medical purposes.

The eTwo laser is just such a tool. Instead of the standard monochromatic performance of its older brothers and sisters, eTwo uses two types of radio frequencies: one to treat the top surface of your skin and one that treats the deep layers. The parent company, Syneron, has trademarked these two types of frequencies as Sublime and Sublative.

The Sublime frequency uses infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency to stimulate collagen production in the deep dermal layer of your skin. The Sublative frequency uses heat energy in the top layers of your skin to stimulate both elastin and collagen production in order to make your skin look renewed almost immediately.

As the first technology of its kind, eTwo has taken the facial rejuvenation world by storm and was approved by the FDA in November of 2011. Since then, the demand for it has grown exponentially.

How Long Does eTwo Laser Therapy Take and How Much Does It Cost?

In order to receive the full effect, you’ll probably need three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. Each treatment takes less than an hour and the entire series is going to cost between $2000-$3500. That’s not too far out of line from other forms of laser rejuvenation therapy.

How Well Does It Work?

Since the laser is fractionated, each time that you receive a treatment, only a portion of your skin is resurfaced. That means that you’re not going to be dealing with an oozing, scabby face for a week or more like you would if you were having your entire face resurfaced ablatively at once. Instead, the eTwo is nearly painless and has practically no side effects.

It is, however, extremely effective. Users report immediately noticeable results after the first treatment in the form of a lifted, brighter complexion. After completion of all three treatments, there’s a significant decrease in wrinkles, age spots and other signs of aging that lasts for up to a year or longer.

If you’re considering laser therapy for skin rejuvenation, eTwo should be at the top of your research list. There are many providers and the list continues to grow so you shouldn’t have any problem finding a doctor in your area.

To learn more about options that make you look younger, check out our article, Top 6 Youth Restoring Procedures You May be Considering.

If you’ve had laser resurfacing, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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Top 6 Youth Restoring Procedures You May Be Considering

From Retinoids to Facelifts, Which Rejuvenating Option Is Best For You?

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Are you sick of looking older than the girl next door that you know for a fact is 10 years your senior?

If so, welcome to the wonderful world of age management.

Stick around for a while – we’re going to talk about the 6 main categories of anti-aging treatments so that you can decide which one may be best for you.

Thanks to sagging baby-boomers and newly-wrinkling Gen-X’ers, the call for effective, affordable skin rejuvenation options has become a roar and the anti-aging industry is booming.

It used to be that you had two choices: aging “gracefully”, whatever that means, or going under the knife to have your eyebrows pulled into your hairline.

Thankfully, a combination of huge consumer demand and astounding leaps in medical technology have led to a vast array of options for those of us who simply aren’t willing to accept wrinkles and age spots as just another inevitable part of life.

Though the number of youth-restoring options is mind-boggling, they can basically be separated into six different categories.

  • Topical treatments
  • Lasers
  • Injections
  • Microderm Abrasion
  • Chemical Peels
  • Cosmetic Surgery

Topical Treatments

There are a mind-boggling number of creams that claim to fight wrinkles, eliminate age spots, clear up acne, reduce pore size, or otherwise make your skin look younger. The good news is that many of them work. The bad news is that many of them don’t.

Here are some tips to help you choose one that’s right for you:

  • Look for something with retinol. This may be listed as retinol, vitamin A or retinyl palmitate.
  • Decide what your top 3 concerns are and choose a cream that addresses all 3 if possible.
  • Study the ingredients list to make sure that the cream has everything that you need and a minimal amount of stuff that you don’t.
  • Choose a day cream with broad-spectrum sunscreens such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate or cinoxate. You need protection from both UVA and UVB rays, not just UVB’s.

A great general-use day cream is Estee Lauder’s DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Lotion. If you ‘re looking for something to really beef up your night cream, try Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Face Moisturizer.

Cost: Anti-aging face creams are going to cost anywhere from $10 to $500 but you can generally get a decent one for between $25-$100. Just pay attention to your ingredients. In the land of face creams, expensive isn’t always better.

Lasers

Laser therapy can be used to treat deep wrinkles and fine lines, acne, age spots, scars, and sun damage. Some therapies are even great for skin conditions such as rosacea. All it entails is the use of some sort of laser light (which depends upon the procedure) being applied to your skin to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, fade dark spots, kill bacteria or stimulate healing.

As with face creams, there are about a kazillion different forms of laser therapy and the field is rapidly advancing because it’s a quick, relatively painless way to shave off years without long recovery times or serious dings in the wallet.

Cost: Even the most high-tech procedures will only set you back between 600-1000 per session and many of the older (but still good) procedures are only a few hundred bucks.

Injections

There are basically two different types of facial injections: injectable fillers and facial neuromodulators. Fillers do exactly what the name implies – they fill in hollow spots and wrinkles so that your face looks younger. Some of the products in this category include Restylane, Radiesse and Juvaderm. These typically also have an anesthetic in them as well so that the injections are fairly painless after the first couple.

Fillers are particularly good for use around your eyes, nose and mouth.

Facial Neuromodulators actually reduce or eliminate the nerve response to your facial muscles so that wrinkles relax. These include Xeomin, Dysport and Botox. To read more about those products, simply click on the names.

Neuromodulators are great for thick-tissue areas such as your forehead, nasolabial folds and between your eyes.

Cost: Facial injections are generally fairly inexpensive and, like laser therapy, won’t cost you much time (if any) off of work. Expect to pay between $300 and $1000 per treatment depending upon what you use and how many injections you need.

Microdermabrasion

This simple procedure can be done on your lunch hour, or at home with DIY microdermabrasion kits. It works by blasting away the top layer of dead skin using fine crystal particles. This stimulates new skin growth so that your skin glows and looks younger. By keeping your pores clean, it can also keep them from looking large.

Microdermabrasion kits start at about $170. There are creams available too, but they aren’t as effective as the actual blasting kits. They are, however, good for using in between treatments.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use different types of acid to remove one or more layers of skin in order to stimulate new tissue growth. These procedures range from non-invasive lunch-hour experiences that can be performed by a spa professional to actual surgical procedures that must be performed by a medical doctor in a surgical setting.

It’s possible and even perfectly safe to perform some of these peels at home for very little money. For more on this, check out our article about Anti-Wrinkle Facial Peels. You can also make some of the more mild peels from scratch.

Surgical Procedures

Surgery is the most drastic and invasive way to look younger. Before undergoing any kind of elective surgery, educate yourself regarding the risks involved and use a reputable, licensed surgeon. Ask to see before and after pictures of former procedures that he’s performed. Doctors that aren’t willing to do that may be hiding something and should be avoided.

Youth-restoring cosmetic surgeries include liposuction, breast enhancements, face lifts, brow lifts, hand lifts, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), and eye lifts, just to name a few. The cost can run from around $2000 up into the tens of thousands depending upon what you have done.

Remember that even surgery won’t stop the hands of time; it can only delay it a bit. That’s not to dissuade you, but if you elect to have surgery to enhance your looks, make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons – to make YOU happier!

Age management is big business and the proof of that is exhibited in the amount of research and funding that’s being allocated toward it. Still, the best thing that you can do to stay young and healthy looking is to exercise, eat right, and get plenty of rest. No cream, procedure, or surgery can take the place of good living!


Curing Dark Undereye Circles With Restylane Injections

Get Rid of Dark Undereye Circles Quickly and Easily

Are you tired of trying to cover up those dark circles under your eyes and want a more permanent solution?

Black smudges under your eyes make you look tired and old and covering them up with makeup may not always be possible. If you’re one of the people who have fought them for years, chances are good that you’ve wasted hundreds of dollars on products that promise to get rid of them but don’t. Now you have another option that will get rid of your dark undereye circles for up to a year.

What is Restylane?

Restylane is basically an injection of hyaluronic acid that’s FDA-approved for use as a treatment for facial wrinkles. Though the doctor in the video is using Restylane, he also states that Juvaderm, another injectable filler, may be used. To learn about the differences in these products, check out our article, Restylane Vs. Juvaderm.

The Procedure

There are many things that cause dark shadows or smudges under your eyes, including hyperpigmentation, thin skin, or allergies. Makeup is typically the easiest way to cover dark circles, but its a temporary band-aid that you’ll need to fix throughout the day. Another cause of dark undereye circles is underdeveloped tissue under and around your eye. In this case, simply injecting some filler may “fluff out” your tissue and fill in that hollow spot.

The doctor will inject a filler into your tear trough area right along and on top of your orbital bone. It will take several small, bone-deep injections but the Restylane contains the anesthetic lidocaine, so after the first couple of pokes, the discomfort should be greatly reduced or eliminated. In order to get the correct effect, the doctor says that the injections must be right on top of the bone and injected away from your eye. He should smooth them with his fingers as he goes.

Side Effects

Because your eye area has a large amount of veins, you may experience a little more bleeding and/or bruising when you get injections for your dark undereye circles than when you get it in other areas. It won’t be much though, and some people may not have any bleeding or bruising.

How Long Will Restylane Last?

The beauty of this particular procedure is that, unlike around your mouth or in other super-mobile areas, this procedure lasts for up to a year before you’ll need to get another treatment. Another good thing is that Restylane tends to actually last longer each time that you get it because it’s hyaluronic acid instead of toxin that gets slowly absorbed.

If you’re lucky, you may not have to look at those bags under your eyes for a full year or more, unlesd you’re having so much fun looking young and refreshed that you start losing sleep!

This is an easy procedure that can be done without missing work, unless you have some bruising. Even in that case, it will most likely be so slight that you can just cover it up with makeup. At any rate, your dark undereye circles will be gone and you can enjoy looking young and refreshed again without piling on the makeup to cover up those smudges. That sounds WAY worth a few hundred bucks to me.

If you’ve gotten injections for the dark circles under your eyes, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below! We’d love to know what you used and how it worked!

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How to Get Rid of Dark Undereye Circles with Makeup

Make Your Eyes Look Young and Bright Without Surgery!

As we’ve discussed many times, there are numerous causes for dark undereye circles. We’ve evaluated several products that claim to get rid of them, but the simple truth is that if the dark smudges under your eyes aren’t caused by allergies or temporary factors such as stress or lack of sleep, you’re going to have a hard time getting rid of them.

If they’re caused by underdeveloped or sagging tissue around your eye, you can have that fixed with Restylane or Juvaderm injections. You can read our article about Injections for Dark Undereye Circles to learn more about that.

You may not WANT to get injections, though. If not, here’s a simple, effective way to mask your dark circles with makup.

Determine What Colors To Use

Depending upon what color your undereye circles are is important. If they’re more green, then you’ll need to use a pinker tones, but if they’re more purple, you’ll be using colors with a more yellow hue.

This isn’t saying that you’ll be using pink and yellow, but instead you’ll be using skin tones with those pigments as underlying tones.

Create Your Triangle

Using a concealer tone that has the correct underlying hue and that’s a little lighter than your skin tone, you’re going to fill in a triangle that starts at the inside corner of your eye, goes down the side of your nose, then meets at the outside corner of your eye.

You’ll see improvement and brightening immediately but this is just the first step. You’ll notice that the color is a bit too bright to wear alone.

Blend With Warmer Tones

Next, you need to blend in a foundation or concealer color that warms up the first tone. Choose a warmer tone and go over the first, cooler shade that you used. Blend them well and seal it in with your regular powder so that it doesn’t slip off after a few hours.

Where Can I Find These Products?

You need to use both concealer and powder in order to get the most effective, lasting results. She’s using RCMA KO Foundation Palette and Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage palettes in C5. If you need a little lighter shade, they go down in number as they get lighter. She also adds a bit of High Definition Makeup Forever Microfinish Powder. It has silicone in it that will fill in any fine lines and make your skin look flawless.

These cosmetics are on the pricier end but they’re super-pigmented so that a little bit goes a long way. You won’t need to constantly reapply every time that you go to the powder room and you won’t need to cake them on in order to cover your dark circles. That’s especially important to those of us with aging skin because the more product we use, the more it can settle into our fine lines and really make them stand out. Not exactly the flawless, beautiful look that we’re going for!

Now you know how to cover up those dark undereye circles and you have links to the products that can give you that flawless, professional appearance. Let us know how these products work for you in the comments section below!

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Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Cleanser Review

Simply Cleansing or Simply Garbage?

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Everybody needs a good cleanser, but does this one have what it takes to remove your makeup and leave your face clean without drying you out?

According to Philosophy, it does.

Their Purity Made Simple Cleanser is only about $10 so as long as it’s gentle and does the trick, then it may be worth adding to your age management program. The cleanser also comes as part of the Miracle In a Box set.

By the end of this article, you’ll know if this cleanser does what Philosophy claims, and if the ingredients are as pure as the name suggests.

What Do They Claim?

Philosophy’s claim for their Purity Made Simple is pretty straightforward; they say that it easily removes makeup, gently cleans your face, and tones your skin. The benefits that they list for it include:

  • Gets rid of makeup buildup and deep cleans your pores
  • Conditions your skin with natural oil extracts
  • It’s fragrance-free

Sounds easy enough, and is exactly what we look for in a cleanser. Now let’s take a look at what’s in it to see if it’s loaded with harsh chemicals, or if it’s truly simple.

What’s In It?

One of the best things about Philosophy is that they’re extremely open about what’s in their products. They have an ingredients list posted with each one, front and center on the product page. I wish that everybody were as forthcoming.

The first two ingredients are soap and water. More specifically, the soap is sodium lauroamphoacetate. Now before you get all lathered up about a chemically-sounding product, this one’s bad. It’s better than old-school cleansers because it simultaneously increases lathering while decreasing irritation. In other words, it cleans better without irritating your skin.

The third ingredient is Sodium Trideceth Sulfate. Yep, it’s a sulfate but it’s listed as a non-hazardous cleansing agent by EWG (the Environmental Working Group). That doesn’t mean that it won’t irritate your skin but it’s listed as a non-irritant. Let’s see what else is in Purity Made Simple.

The next 20 or so ingredients are actually herbal and/or natural oils and extracts that do a variety of good things for your skin or for the product. Mainly, they act as cleansers, moisturizers, emollients, humectants or pH balancers.

At the very end of the list are two parabens (methylparaben and propylparaben) and imadolidinyl urea. These ingredients act together as broad-spectrum preservatives but propylparaben has been linked to breast cancer and imidazolidinyl urea releases formaldehyde into the cosmetic at temperatures about 10C. They’re listed last and are found in most cleansers, but now you know.

The ingredients list for Purity Made Simple backs up Philosophy’s claims, but what really matters is real-world results. Let’s take a look at what users are saying about it.

What Are Users Saying?

With the exception of a few users who are disappointed because of the parabens, men and women alike love this cleanser. It leaves the skin clean without that tight, dried-out feeling and also removes all traces of makeup, even eye makeup. It’s non-irritating so people with the most sensitive skin can use it without worrying about breakouts or dry patches.

In a nutshell, the cleanser does exactly what Philosophy claims that it does, and it does it well! Regarding the price, it’s a bit steep for something that you’re just using to clean your face, but a little bit goes a long way and you don’t need to use a toner.

Final Word

I don’t like the fact that a medical-grade cosmetics company such as Philosophy is still using parabens and formaldehyde-releasers in their products but the simple fact is that there are precious few products that don’t use them. Among those, I have yet to find one that cleans without being irritating or drying. Since this product does a great job of both cleaning and leaving skin hydrated without causing breakouts, I’m giving it a thumbs-up.

Click if you’d like to find the best deals on Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple, or if you’d like to learn about products that come with Purity in a complete anti-aging kit, read our article, Philosophy’s Miracle In a Box Review.

If you’ve tried this product, let us know how it worked for you in the comments section below!