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Smart Ways to Save Your Skin

You can pay a small fortune for your skin care, or really just a few dollars. There are so many skincare products on the market, and what works for one person might not work for the next one.  That is what makes skincare perplexing, and yet, exciting.  New products arrive for your consideration all the time.  Which ones will you choose?  The Advice Sisters wish we could wave a magic wand and have the perfect answer for everyone’s skin, but we all know that’s not going to happen. Instead, we’ve decided to suggest a few products (editors choice) that we really like that target some of the most common skincare issues we all face.  Cost was not the main factor we used to choose–efficacy was.

While these particular products might not be the perfect ones for your skin, they may be just the ones you’ve been hoping for.  We have chosen five unique products for your perusal.  

 ZO-overnight-hand-recovery_0FOR HANDS:    ZO® Skin Health Oraser® Overnight Hand Recovery ($65.00 3.4 fl. oz.)  – Encapsulated time-released super retinol, vitamins C and E and coenzyme-10 work to promote younger-looking hands overnight. The formula brightens skin, improves elasticity and protects against damaging free radicals, minimizing lines, wrinkles, dark spots and loss of firmness.smells good, feels refreshing on hands. But the screw on cap is hard to manage when your hands are already lubed up with cream. Why not a pump instead of a tube with a screw cap?Generously smooth into hands, wrists and cuticles before bedtime.  Get nicer looking hands while you sleep. During the daytime, skin is busy defending itself. Nighttime is actually when skin cells are most active,” says renowned dermatologist and founder of ZO Skin Health, Inc., Dr. Zein Obagi. “Ingredients like retinol, ceramides, and anti-inflammatory botanicals trigger the overnight cell renewal process that delivers brighter, more hydrated, more even skin when you wake up.” Use as part of the Oraser® Anti-Aging Hand Care Program. 



FOR ANTI-AGING/SKIN RESURFACING:   Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair ($170.00 1 fl. oz.)We are calling this product “truly tough love.”   This little pump tube is a powerhouse of anti-aging skin saving treatment, but it is definitely not for anyone who has sensitive skin (or who is pregnant or lactating) due to the fact that it has a  whopping  1% concentration of retinol in it.  On the other hand, it will more quickly help to reduce lines and wrinkles, decrease hyperpigmentation and age spots, dun damage and other visible signs of aging. It will also help to fast-track results because it is so powerful, stimulating new cell activity and collagen formation in aged and UV damaged skin faster and more effectively than other anti-aging treatment.  If you want to try it and are not currently using retinol, begin gradually. Following cleansing, apply 2-3 pumps twice a week in the evening, 30 minutes before retiring. Increase frequency as tolerated. But be advised that this is a very potent product. Expect to see some irritation, dryness and peeling about 3-7 days after your first application.  According to Obagi, this indicates that skin cells are awakening and damaged skin is being repaired, but if you have sensitive skin and feel burning or discomfort and can’t tolerate it, or if you have had issues with other potent products in the past, this is probably not the best product for you. Don’t put any additional products on top of this one.  Also, you must use daily spf of at least SPF 30 while using any retinoid including this one.

07x_RetamaxFOR ANTI-AGING/PREVENTION – Another serious skincare product from ZO Medical with a serious price tag to go with it is Retamax Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion 2.5 Fl. Oz.) $145.00.  Utilizing an innovative micro emulsion technology, this potent retinol product is blended with plant stem cell antioxidants and bio-mimetic proteins to help reverse the signs of aging. But it also helps to prevent future damage. Retamax is a  a new active vitamin A micro emulsion also containing plenty of potent retinol (1.0%) blended with plant stem cell antioxidants and biomimetic proteins in an exclusively designed micronized emulsion system, Retamax works by triggering the natural formation of collagen and encouraging the restoration of the skin barrier function by up-regulating the production of hyaluronic acid. The biocellular antioxidant system serves to block free radical damage, helps protect vulnerable cellular DNA amd addresses the root cause initiators of future skin aging. High potency Vitamin A stimulates the skin’s natural rebuilding process, while vitamins C and E, and buddleja plant stem cells offer anti-infallmatory protection.  The biomimetic protein helps om skin regeneration and the micro emulsion technology supports rapid delivery of key ingredient. Note:  if you haven’t used a retinol before start slowly.  Use 1-2 pumps twice a week and increase frequency to alternative days and then every day as tolerated. You may experience some initial dryness, irritation and peeling, which typically develops 3-7 days following the first application. Dryness and irritation will diminish as new fresh skin is revealed. If irritation persists, temporarily discontinue use. Once irritation subsides, resume gradual use of Retamax™ to build skin’s tolerance.

 ZO products are available at select physician’s offices, and you can get more information or shop the official ZO store via:


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FOR YOUR LIPS:  When the weather is brutal and it certainly has been in parts of world this Winter, lips tend to become dry and chapped, causing discomfort. For some reason, when the weather warms up, lips tend to get very chapped s well.  But, you can keep your lips from cracking and flaking with good products. One we really like is. LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer™ $2.99 Created with pure Swedish beeswax, organic shea butter and vitamins A and E for long-lasting, deep-penetrating moisture and lip care protection. LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer™ helps moisturize, soften and protect your lips naturally. The unique one-hand slide allows for quick application. And, the oversize application tip ensures this ultra- light formula spreads evenly for better lip coverage.  coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, vitamins A & E and a fresh minty flavor. now there’s also Honeyberry with spf 15  Nice to know the products are not tested on animals. We like the slide up tube with the slide on the side, too.  You can get Lipsyl in lots of mass market retailers and drug stores, but for more information visit”


FOR TINT PLUS TREATMENT:  Garnier’s new Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector  with Broad Spectrum SPF ($16.99 1.7 fl. oz)  is a new,  multi-tasking skin product. There’s nothing I like better than a skin saver that has SPF 20 or more in it for daily use (*Apply Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Ideally, you should re-apply it every 2 hours).  Since I know most of you aren’t going to apply an additional sun block after a moisturizer (or before it), a moisturizing skin care product (offering a full 24-hours worth of hydration) with spf 20 (actives of 4.9% Octosalate and 4.4% Octocrylene) is at helpful start.  But this product has something more — it comes out of the flip-top tube white and then It releases micro-pigments that automatically adjust  to your skin tone for any complexion from fair to “deeper” *we didn’t try this on seriously deep skin as we didn’t have a tester for it. While it wasn’t a perfect match, it was fairly close. 
And as a treatment. this proeduct has Pro-Retinol from Nature (developed with what Garnier calls “green chemistry”  -that means zero parabens, silicones and dyes) that helps make skin smoother and more even toned, and also helps firm in one week (you can feel the tingle and tightening when you apply it). In four weeks, Garnier says you will see a reduction in visible signs of aging (e.g. wrinkles) thanks to Pro Retinol

As I see it, this cocktail of effective, good things for your skin, can turn it from a pumpkin into a glittery coach for a Princess (I’m going with the Cinderalla analogy here).  I got one tube as a sample, but I want one for my tote, and one for my travel bag, too.  The most magical thing of all is that is is available now in your local mass market retailer or drug store. For more information visit:


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