The holidays are just about over, and the new year is about to begin. Yes, it’s December 31st. This is the perfect time to start thinking about skincare, and Winter skin issues. What kind of skin will yoube in when 2014 begins? Here are 7 different types of skin care products that can help you deal with a solution for The Advice Sisters reporter Katie Rice tried a sensational seven and this is her report. Which ones will you try as 2014, begins?
Ewww! There’s nothing more gross than having to moisturize with a heavy duty cream, and sticking your hands in the jar, then having to dislodge the residue from under your fingernails. It’s one of the reasons The Advice Sisters love skincare in pump and spray containers. Now, St. Ives has come out with a line of lotions, St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion, that you simply spray on your skin, then spread lightly with your hands. Think of it as the spray-on sunscreen for the Winter. Now that your legs are in pants and tights everyday, they don’t need to be protected from UV rays, but they do need protection from becoming flaky and dry. St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion comes in tall metal bottles and it makes moisturizing your skin so clean quick and easy, you don’t have any excuses not to keep your skin hydrated. No mess. No fuss. No grease!. It’s the perfect blend of shea butter and glycerin, which comes from vegetables and doesn’t clog pores. Oh, and did I mention the delicious scents like Coconut Milk and Orchid or Citrus and Vitamin C? Yummy and pleasing and inexpensive! Get it at your local drugstore for $7.69 for 8.8 oz. More information here: http://www.stives.com
Looking for a new natural solution for blemish relief? Look no further than The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub. The cleanser doesn’t rely on salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to treat acne; they use Community Fair Trade organic tea tree oil that comes from the foothills of Mount Kenya. Tea Tree Oil was used to combat acne and blemishes long before any of the chemical solutions we have today. The scrub comes in a small green plastic bottle and has exfoliating beads that burst when you scrub your face. The cleanser has an herbal smell, is not overdrying and is suitable for use a few times a week. Available at The Body Shop. $14.00 for 3.3 fl oz. More information here: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/shop-by-line/tea-tree/tea-tree-scrub.aspx
If you’ve tried every aging product out there and still aren’t satisfied, SeroVital-hgh could be the solution. Instead of a cream or serum, SeroVital is a supplement that you take daily. The formula is a blend of amino acids that are said to have an effect on the pituitary gland where human growth hormone (HGH) is secreted. HGH may help reduce body fat, increase lean muscle, boost mood, heighten sex drive, get rid of wrinkles and tighten saggy skin. The list is long and it seems to be a miracle drug, but it is always advisable to read all health warnings before taking a supplement. SeroVital is taken once daily on an empty stomach and costs $100.00 a month, so it’s not cheap! If you take it in the morning, you have to wait two hours before you can eat. If you take it in the evening, you need to take it two hours after eating, but that’s more do-able. *editor’s note: The Advice Sisters are always interested in neutra-ceuticals. That is, things that you ingest and that can bring beauty benefits, but it is impossible for us, mere editors and reporters, to really quantify results with this sort of product. More importantly, one person’s body is not like someone else’s so what works exceptionally well without any side effects for one person, might not give the same result to another person. If this is something you would like to try, I’d always suggest checking with your doctor, especially since there could be ingredients that might not be beneficial when taken with other medications. I’m not saying that SeroVital has anything harmful in it, or that it is not beneficial, I just feel that before you run out and pop things into your mouth, research them thoroughly, read the package inserts, and be an informed consumer. More information here: http://www.serovital.com/
The Advice Sisters already reviewed Kiehls Crème de Corps in an earlier holiday gift round-up but we’re mentioning it again, because this hydrating bit of heaven is so luxurious, and so beloved, and it supports the efforts to end childhood hunger in America. The limited edition jars are each topped with a label that was designed by 11-year-old Sofie Shore, the daughter of Share Our Strength co-founder, Debbie Shore. The two holiday-centric limited editions come in not just one, but two fragrances, Grapefruit and Coriander. This beloved classic from Kiehls is one of those things that devotees can’t live through Winter, without. And if your skin tends to be dry, you need it 24/7 365 days a year! The famous soy milk and honey whipped body butter has shea butter, squalane and jojoba oil to moisturize the skin. Shea Butter is high in vitamins and fats for moisture, squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar to the body’s lipids (aka fats) and jojoba oil helps to prevent water loss. The lotion is rich but also non-greasy and the smell is amazing. You’ll be addicted and it’s a limited edition product, so snatch it up while you still can! 8.0 oz retails for $38.00, but 100% of the profits go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, so it’s money well spent. *Note – the Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter in Grapefruit Available exclusively at Kiehl’s retail stores and Kiehls.com. Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter in Coriander Available exclusively through Kiehl’s specialty retail partners, such as Nordstrom. More information here: http://www.kiehls.com/Creme-de-Corps-Grapefruit-Whipped-Body-Butter-Limited-Edition/945,default,pd.html?start=4&cgid=body-moisturizers
The Aloe Source’s Luminosity Masque has harnessed the soothing power of aloe with the exfoliating enzymes of papaya and pineapple to gently cleanse and then leave it smooth. Built on the proven health benefits of aloe—moisturizer, burn healer, reducing scarring—The Aloe Source offers a wide range of products made with aloe as a main ingredient, but the luminosity masque is one of the most interesting. It comes in a plastic pot with a lid that you push down on to release the clear gel of the mask. Meant for everyday use, the mask stays on for five to ten minutes and then gets washed off with water. 1.7 fl oz goes for $34.00. Aloe is such a skin-loving, soothing ingredient, but did you know that is also fights acne-causing bacteria, reduces inflammation which can break down collagen and elastin in the skin, and speeds up skin’s natural healing process? More reasons to applaud the mighty aloe, and check out more products form The Aloe Source.” More information here: http://thealoesource.com/shop/face-care/skin-type/acne/luminosity-masque
For a daily use serum, you can’t do much better than Tilth Beauty Flawless Serum. It comes in a small pump bottle and is a thin liquid. It’s for daily use and promises to renew skin cells through its formula of retinol, myrtle leaf extract, and Adaptonyl®, which is Indian Ginseng root extract. Retinol is supposed to promote elasticity, myrtle leaf extract to prevent wrinkles and Adaptonyl® to improve cell regeneration. Titlth beauty products are all made in America and natural, so you can be sure you’re not putting harmful chemicals on your skin! 1 fl oz of the serum should last for a few weeks and costs $62.00. More information here: http://www.tilthbeauty.com/store/a-flawless-serum.html
derma e Evenly Radiant BB Crème is a skin care/makeup duo. The product is sold as a “beauty balm” but it’s basically a tinted moisturizer + SPF 25. It comes in a 2 fl oz pump bottle and comes in different tints to match your skin tone. Along with working as an excellent daily tinted moisturizer, the BB crème promises to “turn back the clock on aging skin.” It relies on active ingredients that protect against the sun like zinc oxide and also active plant stem cells for skin regeneration. Stem cells are cells that still have the ability to specialize into any sort of cell, so they are able to help with growing skin cells and lessening wrinkles. Make it a part of your beauty routine for an easy way to combat aging. 2 fl oz costs $39.50. This is a serious beautifier at a reasonable price. More information here: http://dermae.com/category/157/BB-Crème.html
The Advice Sisters thank our writer, Katie Rice for this report.