Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fastest way to look 10 years younger (or even just 5) - Get that celebrity glow

Take 10 Years Off: The Best Exfoliation Method

You know how all celebs seem to glow?

What they do to get it: EXFOLIATE!

I've tried them all: microdermabrasion (at home, salon and physician office types), scrubs, peel, gommage, fruit acids, milk acids, etc., etc. The best I've found so far has to be the chemical (glycolic) peel. There are other types of chemical peel (AHA, Jessner, TCA, etc.), but for me it's glycolic all the way. Why?

It's cheap, it's easy, result appear immediately and are cumulative, little irritation and/or peeling occurs (when done correctly), and it's readily available. I buy mine online and work with either a mixable formula where I can dilute or strengthen the formula based of the activator used or a straight 40% or 50% glycolic. Don't use anything stronger on your facial skin. You just don't need it and it can cause burns and scarring. The ebay glycolics of 70% or more are for your body skin (heels and other tough skin areas) and should NOT be used on your face.

I'm not going to go into the exact specifics of the usage of this product, as the type of product usage may vary. Suffice it to say, start with a low percentage (10% or 20%) and build. Trust me on this. It will be gentler on your skin and your results will be more satisfactory. Work up to a 40-50% strength. Do it once a week for about 6 weeks then take a break for at least 2 weeks. If you do this correctly, take your time to build up strength and time you leave it on your skin (start at one minute or LESS!), and do it consistently, you will have absolutely GLOWING skin! Believe it.

All the scrubs, mits, etc., do not measure up to the good old glycolic peel. It can alleviate acne (I've seen it with my own eyes--a severe case turned into a sparse couple of pimples within about 4 weeks), elderly skin is less wrinkled, middle-aged skin looks like it is 20 again. Truly the best canvas for anything else you're going to put on your skin!

This is a tried-and-true brand and product and excellent for newbies and experienced peel(ers) alike! Very gentle, but effective:


Over 40 Eyes - Quick Tip: Make Eyes Appear Uplifted in 30 seconds (Makeup Artist Tip + Cheap Product that Works Great)

Quick Tip: Make Eyes Appear Uplifted in 30 seconds

Need a quick tip to make your eyes appear uplifted?

Use a concealer at the outer corner of your eyes. We know we need it in the inside corners to cover that dark, hollow look we all get. However, using the concealer just under your outer lower lashes and extended upward and out slightly beyond your eye line. Be sure to blend well. Use a lighter color than you use on the rest of your face (gives a nice bright glow). Note about this: Do not use white or a color drastically lighter, just a shade lighter.

This tip works best if you use a makeup brush. Draw a line of concealer under your outer (only) lower lashes and out beyond your eye line. Use a sponge to blend. Dab a little light powder on it for staying power (Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder works well).

And, as always, curl your lashes before applying mascara. This really does help make your eyes appear wide open. I use a drugstore-brand curler (Revlon) and warm it a bit with my blow dryer before using. This tip will make your outer eye look lifted, give you a rested and awake look. It works!

Cheap and it works great:

COVERGIRL truBlend FixStick Blendable Concealer Light, .12 oz

HONEST UNPAID Beauty Review: Dr. Graf Skin Deep & Dr. Brandt Lasertight

HONEST UNPAID Beauty Review: Dr. Graf Skin Deep & Dr. Brandt Lasertight



Here are a couple review of products used by the over 40 set and what I think of them (for what it’ worth). I’ve used them each several times, followed directions and carefully noted results.

Dr. Brandt Laser in a Bottle–Lasertight

OK, first of all, yikes! The pricetag for this stuff at most retail outlets will be over $100.00. You can find it cheaper on the web, but it’s still a lot of money for the quantity. That said, I have used a few pricey products over the years that are worth the money (or close to it, anyway). I’m not a bargain-hunter per se, but I do know that a lot of ingredients in these pricey products are the same stuff in the drugstore brands. However, they do also usually contain higher priced ingredients. The real “ingredient” you’re paying for is the packaging, marketing, etc.

Dr. Brandt Lasertight is a delicate pink liquid dispensed from a pump bottle in tiny amounts. Purported to firm using antioxidants and sweet pea extract (?), it should be applied on freshly cleansed skin. It is a treatment product and should be set right on top of the skin (not over other creams, etc.). Now it will firm a bit and it does feel nice going on, but really after several uses, I didn’t notice much. Even while I had it on, it wasn’t nearly as firming feeling as some other (cheaper I might add) products I’ve used. It's not bad and I do use it now and then when I feel I need extra firming...but for that price I probably won't repurchase.

Another product I’ve used recently that I really like is Dr. Jeanette Graf Skin Deep. This stuff comes in a plain white jar–no frills packaging. It’s a murky luminous gel consistency and has no real defining smell. It is meant as a super peptide product that helps reduce wrinkles. Now, I don’t really have many wrinkles (yet) as my problem is more with firming and toning my skin. I do, however, have a few on my forhead plus a tiny crease at the top of one of my cheeks (not sure the cause–a loss of collagen and fullness in this little, tiny spot).

I applied this one night to freshly cleansed skin and went to bed not thinking it was really up to much. It was moisturizing and as I live in desert, I need a good amount of moisture. I did immediately feel it on my face but after a few minutes it felt that it had sunk in to do it’s job. It was a pleasant surprise when I looked in the mirror in the morning and saw glowing, moisturized, plump skin. Even the little divet in my cheek was less noticeable. I’ve tried lots of stuff to reduce that little divet and this stuff actually seemed to do it. Needless to say, I’m hooked on this stuff.

I bought it on ebay as a set with another product I wanted. It wasn’t something I thought I’d get much use out of (happy surprise!). It sells at and when I went to do more research on it and read it’s reviews, it’s clear my experience is not unique. It has a devoted following. I rarely come across products I’d actually re-purchase (so many are over-hyped and end up unused or tossed). This is one of those products I'd actually consider purchasing again. Dr. Graf has a couple other I also like that I’ll talk about another time.

Hope my info helps you. If you have a product question, please email me. I’m happy to give you my thoughts:

‘Til next time….

**Note: I offer these opinions based on my own experiences. I have no affiliation with any of the companies or products I review.

Beauty Product - Honest Review: NIA24 Mineral Sunscreen

Beauty Review: NIA24 Mineral Sunscreen

NIA24, Niacin powered skin therapy. 100% Mineral Sunscreen. UVA/UVB/SPF 30

DESCRIPTION: Physician recommended duo-action sun damage prevention and 100% mineral sunscreen in a weightless, oil-free lotion that absorbs instantly for complete protection. Suitable for sensitive skin.
Review: This product was a sample included in my Test Tube from New Beauty (great magazine and website). I likely would have never tried it due to the fact I’d never heard of it and the product packaging is a little dull. (I like a pretty package, I guess.)

I received this with its companion product, NIA Strenthening Complex Repair Cream. I took them on a trip up to Scottsdale (major sunshine and dryness) since they were trial-sized and easy to pack. After a late night of the Phoenix Art Walk, dining and cocktails, I used the Repair Cream before bed. The next morning, I showered and used the sunscreen then makeup. Wow! My tired skin looked great. This stuff made my skin look luminous (and believe me, I was not feeling luminous). My guy even commented on how good I looked. This was BEFORE my coffee.

Needless to say, upon returning home I immediately went online and purchased the set. I use them faithfully. I do criss-cross with other products (I am a product junkie, after all), but almost none of them give me the even-toned luminosity of these products. Plus the major sunscreen quality which I need living in the sunny desert. I’m sold. Good stuff!

Click on photo to see more about this product

How to DIY Lower Face Jowl "Lift" At Home - Where to start: Learn about Fascia

Fascia and your face and body

I promise I will give you tips to help you serious effect a more toned jaw line at home (yes, you can), but first let's talk about what it is that you need to understand before we begin.


Our undеrѕtаnding оf fаѕсiа in mоdеrn science will rеvоlutiоnizе how wе еxеrсiѕе, how surgeons ореrаtе, how аthlеtеѕ train аnd hоw wе address раin mаnаgеmеnt. Fаѕсiа is thе frоntiеr of bоdу knоwlеdgе, and thе better уоu undеrѕtаnd whаt it iѕ and hоw it wоrkѕ, thе mоrе in tunе with уоur bоdу you'll bе. Hеrе'ѕ what уоu ѕhоuld know аbоut fаѕсiа.

Sо, what is fаѕсiа?

Fаѕсiа iѕ thе ѕуѕtеm оf connective tissue fibers thаt lау juѕt under the ѕurfасе оf оur ѕkin. Under a miсrоѕсоре, fаѕсiа iѕ highlу organized in a mеѕh formulation оf tubulеѕ fillеd with wаtеr, аnd itѕ job iѕ tо аttасh, ѕtаbilizе, еnсlоѕе аnd ѕераrаtе muѕсlеѕ and internal оrgаnѕ.

Think of fascia as thе mоѕt ѕеnѕitivе, highlу intеrсоnnесtеd ѕуѕtеm in thе еntirе bоdу, it'ѕ thе lifе force next tо blооd. Withоut fascia, tоnеd and ѕtruсturеd muѕсlе wоuld turn tо hаmburgеr mеаt, оrgаnѕ wоuld ѕрrеаd likе wildfire аnd bones wоuld сrumblе, аѕ fаѕсiа iѕ the single еlеmеnt thаt оrgаnizеѕ and ѕuѕреndѕ thеѕе раrtѕ of the bоdу. It'ѕ thе most highly innervated tiѕѕuе, ѕеnѕitivе tо еvеrу hоrmоnе in your ѕуѕtеm, rесоiling with every bump and bruiѕе ѕuѕtаinеd.

Whаt dоеѕ fаѕсiа do?

Fascia is wrapped thrоughоut the body оn "linеѕ of рull." It connects tоеѕ tо brow in оnе unintеrruрtеd ѕhееt оf fascia, аnd fingers tо сhеѕt and neck. Thе hеаrt fаѕсiа is соnnесtеd аt the collarbone, whiсh соnnесtѕ tо thе аrm аnd fingеrѕ. It соilѕ around thе bоnеѕ, muѕсlе fibеrѕ, muѕсlе bundlеѕ, organs, аrtеriеѕ, vеinѕ аnd nеrvеѕ, applying tеnѕiоn аnd соmрrеѕѕiоn tо thе body mаtеriаl it ѕurrоundѕ.

This iѕ what уоu fееl аѕ a ѕtrеtсh оr whеn you hаvе рhуѕiсаl раin. It'ѕ thе tеnѕiоn оf thе fascia around the аrеа of ѕеnѕаtiоn that causes fееlingѕ of tightness. Tеndоnѕ and ligaments аrе layers оf fаѕсiа thаt аrе mеаnt tо absorb ѕhосk аnd diѕtributе thе imрасt. If tеndоnѕ аrе tight, dеhуdrаtеd аnd ѕhоrtеnеd, thеу can't absorb impact and will frау, саuѕing раin.

Fаѕiса also hаѕ аn оrgаn suspension funсtiоn. Hаvе уоu еvеr wоndеrеd hоw уоur livеr, ѕtоmасh аnd intеѕtinеѕ ѕtау рut? Yоur organs are not suspended withоut any соnnесtiоn to thе outside body. Each оrgаn is wrарреd in a hammock оf fаѕсiа that's connected tо thе ѕрinе, ribѕ, or реlviѕ. These fascial соnnесtiоnѕ соnnесt with the muscle fаѕсiа thаt affects your movement. Yоur breath, exercise and sitting posture will аll аffесt thе hеаlth of organs, as thеу'rе соnnесtеd fascially tо the muscles bеing uѕеd fоr dаilу асtivitiеѕ.

Hоw dоеѕ fаѕсiа wоrk?

Fascia iѕ sensitive to all mоvеmеnt. Thеrе'ѕ nо ѕuсh thing as isolation еxеrсiѕеѕ or hаving a "lеg-dау workout" — all mоvеmеnt аffесtѕ the entire body bесаuѕе оf thе linkѕ tо thе bоdу-widе fаѕсiаl nеtwоrk. Working at your dеѕk with hаndѕ pulled fоrwаrd оn thе kеуbоаrd pulls thе fascia in the low bасk аnd hips, аnd if уоu сrоѕѕ your lеgѕ, your knees аnd blаddеr.

Whаt еxасtlу iѕ fаѕсiа?

Fаѕсiа iѕ thе bоdу'ѕ connective tiѕѕuе, аnd it'ѕ еvеrуwhеrе. It runs frоm head-to-toe, fingеrtiр-tо-fingеrtiр, and аll thrоughоut. It рrоvidеѕ a framework thаt helps ѕuрроrt аnd рrоtесt individual muѕсlе grоuрѕ, оrgаnѕ, аnd thе еntirе body as a unit. It bears a рrеttу ѕtrоng rеѕеmblаnсе tо spiderwebs, thоugh thеrе are fоur different tуреѕ; structural fаѕсiа оn the surface lеvеl, intеrѕtruсturаl throughout thе structures аnd оrgаnѕ, viѕсеrаl, whiсh fillѕ in саvitiеѕ аnd hеlрѕ keep оrgаnѕ in place, аnd spinal fascia аrоund the spinal соrd.

The fаѕсiа аdhеrеѕ tо the ѕkin, pulls it dоwn, and in turn, the fаt iѕ pushed up thrоugh the fascia, сrеаting thе 'mоuntаinѕ аnd vаllеуѕ' wе knоw аѕ cellulite. Thе Fаѕсiа Blaster hеlрѕ to break up those distorted areas, еffесtivеlу rеduсing thе арреаrаnсе оf cellulite, аnd rеturning thе tiѕѕuе to itѕ original, hеаlthу state. 

Bесаuѕе fascia is еvеrуwhеrе, the tool can be uѕеd оn every аrеа оf thе body (аnd as оftеn аѕ еvеrу day, аt thаt), but Blасk notes thаt mаnу users tеnd tо tаrgеt thе thighѕ, ѕtоmасh, and аrmѕ firѕt. Stаrt with bаrе ѕkin, аррlу a lауеr оf bоdу оil, рin аn аrеа of fаt bеtwееn thе ѕnоwflаkе-еsquе аttасhmеntѕ, аnd rub vigоrоuѕlу for 1 tо 5 minutеѕ. 

Yоu may experience ѕlight bruiѕing аt first аѕ уоu'rе brеаking up сарillаriеѕ in addition to fаt сеllѕ, but Blасk reassures uѕ it'ѕ a sign оf hеаling, аnd еvеntuаllу lеѕѕеnѕ. Mаnу users have reported fееling thе results right аwау thеу аlmоѕt inѕtаntlу hаvе less pain, mоrе еnеrgу, and imрrоvеd rаngе of motion but fоr aesthetics, mаnу users аlѕо notice immediate rеѕultѕ. Of соurѕе, уеаrѕ and years оf rеѕtriсtiоn mау nееd a little mоrе time, but if 5 minutеѕ post-shower iѕ аll thаt is nееdеd tо undo it, thеn sign us uр.

You саn work the fascia of уоur face tо seriously reduce and the appearance of fat pads (jowls) аnd rеnеw уоur skin!

Now that you understand this stuff, we can get moving toward the actual process to do it. (Next post...)


Esthetician and skincare enthusiast (you name, I've likely tried it). I work with anti-aging, and provide tips and techniques for DIY skincare and body care.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Esthetician How To Tip: Using a Dermaroller - Microneedling - Which one to choose? What does it do? How does it work?

Home HOW TO for skincare enthusiasts:

Using a Dermaroller or Microneedling Device

At first glance these things can be scary. They are little wheels of lots and lots of little needles. You roll them across your skin creating many, many tiny, little "puncture" wounds that are touted to open up your skin and therefore increase the absorption of products, as well as build collagen, repair scars, plump the skin, etc.

But do they work?

I have to say I've been using a dermaroller for about four years now. I have to admit I was rather turned off by the idea when I first heard of it. However, after more research I thought I'd try it.

The first roller I bought, on ebay, was OK. I have since learned the various types and what they do. The first one I bought was less than $20 and after several years of use, washing, air drying, etc., it got creakey and the needles a bit less sharp. I noticed they were starting to drag a bit and even left a couple of scratches on my arms.

Arms? I thought this was for the face?

Yes, my pretty, but also the body! And here is where the microneedling really starts to shine (in my opinion). As we already to do so much for the face, this can be such a great addition. But since we are sometimes limited in what we can do for the body (NuFace--where's the body microcurrent machine?), we can use the roller for product penetration and smoothing and building collagen, just like on the face.

I love this regimen for the thighs and arms. If you have a good anti-cellulite serum, this can be used right after and you'll be surprised at the increase in how effective it is. While these serums tend to not do much on the whole, they will take on a bit more power after a good dermaroller.

As always, be sure to use a good quality serum or cream. Choose them without a lot of junk in them, like parabens and fillers. After all, you likely prefer to eat organic, so you you should choose products as close to natural as possible, especially if you're going to apply them after a microneedling.

For the face, choose a microneedling device that is .5mm. Don't think that going with a deeper needle is going to be better! This is a great start for getting a beautiful increase in collagen, as well as retexturizing your skin. You can reduce pock marks, acne scars and even pore size.

Using this device 2-3 times per week is going to yield results in about 30 days. You need to be consistent -- use it Mon, Wed, Sat. after your shower, before you apply your best serums. I like to use it at night so there is a lot of good time for the serums to penetrate without interference of makeup or sunscreen. I shower at night, so I do this right after when my skin is good and clean. I apply a good serum within a couple of minutes (important as your skin will start to "close up" and not accept the treatment if you wait too long). Then I slumber and let my skin repair itself.

Making a date with your microneedling device is what I suggest; whatever works best for you. I like to do a full face treatment and body treatment (with a different length needle) and then quickly apply all the face/body serums before bed.

The body can handle a bit more of a needle, so you can choose something like a 1.0mm for this. I purchased a set that has three: one for the face, one for the body and one for the eyelids. This eyelid device has little nubs that are not quite needles and can be rolled right over your closed eyelid. ALWAYS TAKE CARE when near your eyes!

The eye cream that you use after this will penetrate a bit more and you'll start to build collagen and even repair some of the droop you may be seeing around your eyelids. Be prepared to be patient. This takes a bit of time to see results, but you will if you are consistent!

A great natural-based firming serum is by EMINENCE

Concerns: Free Radical Damage, Aging Skin, Crow's Feet
Aging Skin: Loss of Firmness
Application Area: Face
Treatments and Serums: Face Serum

How to Firm and Tone Your Eye Area Using Microcurrent - Hooded Eyes

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