Friday, July 31, 2015

A Time Saver? Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer Review

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Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer Review

Have you seen this lotion yet? It's an in shower lotion, and it will completely shake up your post shower hydrating routine. Really, it will!

When you shower, the outer layers of your skin absorb water and plump up. Most dermatologists recommend applying moisturizer within 3 minutes of your shower to take advantage of this, you can seal in that extra water, really making your skin hydrated! But, if you wait too long, that water will evaporate. And it can take more water with it. Leaving your skin drier than before your shower, not good!

So, since time is essential when it comes to sealing in the extra moisture, shouldn't it make sense that you could really hydrate your skin by moisturizing while your skin is wet? Yes. Yes it does!

So, that's what this moisturizer does. I have to admit, I've had this moisturizer for a decent part of the summer, and it took a while to get used to using it. I typically dry off in my shower, and then immediately apply lotion while still in the shower. I've found if I leave the lotion in the shower with me, it warms up in the water (love that in the winter) and I have no excuse for not applying or waiting too long! I usually use either Cetaphil lotion or H2O+ Grapefruit Bergamot Moisturizing Body Balm when I want to pamper myself a bit. When I get out of the shower I then throw on a robe and go about drying my hair and such while the lotion sinks in to my skin. This routine works and doesn't really take more than a minute or so to slather on the lotion.

To use the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer, it does take me longer. After shutting off the shower, I run my hands over my body quickly to push most of the water off my skin. Then I apply the moisturizer to my wet skin, I use a little more than a quarter size amount on each leg and about the same amount of my arms and torso. I do rub it around a bit, and it seems to sink in or melt or something, I don't really know how to describe it! I can no longer see the lotion on my skin. Then I grab my towel and lightly pat myself mostly dry. Then I put on my robe and go dry my hair.

The Jergens routine does take me longer than my usual moisturizer, though I guess they include the "sinking in" time to get you at 1/2 the time of regular moisturizer? This isn't something that matters for me, because I don't immediately get dressed after my shower. Despite not fully drying myself, it only takes a minute or two for my skin to finish air drying, and then there isn't anything left to sink into my skin with the Wet Skin Moisturizer.

With the Wet Skin Moisturizer, my skin is just soft and moisturized. And it stays that way for at least a day. Right now it is perfect for the summer, it's been really hot and I love not having to reapply any lotion that could feel heavy on my skin.

I'm not sure that I will continue using it into the colder months, my master bathroom can be pretty cold in the winter and standing in the shower to apply this product (and then not really drying off afterwards) doesn't sound appealing. But, if I'm super dry it might be nice to do this under a more traditional moisturizer? I'll probably experiment with layering it in the winter!

So, yes, I do like it. It definitely makes my skin feel soft and it lasts a long time. For me, it's an extra minute or two after my shower, but I've been using it more and more recently with the hot weather.


You can find this moisturizer at Drugstore.com, Target, ULTA, or Amazon
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

4 Anti-Aging Ingredients Gentle Enough That Everyone Can Use Them

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4 Anti-Aging Ingredients That Everyone Can Use

I get asked about anti-aging skin care a lot. What products should you use? What ingredients to look for in a product? Is this product working, my skin isn't irritated? While I'm not a dermatologist, I have done a lot of reading and I have my own ideas about what you should be using to fight the signs of aging.

One of my biggest complaints about anti-aging skin care is that many people seem to treat it like Jane Fonda and her workout. No pain, no gain. Right? No, not really.

I think that your goal with skin care should be healthy skin that looks great. Skin care shouldn't burn or make your skin irritated. Your goal shouldn't be redness. Using such harsh products on your skin to fight aging is counterproductive, that inflammation will actually accelerate aging. The problem is that the "gold standard" of anti-aging skin care ingredients are retinoids, which tend to be irritating and make your skin more sensitive to the sun. The problem is even worse if your skin is sensitive or you have rosacea.

One of my biggest recommendations for anti-aging skin care is limiting irritating skin care products to 2-3 times a week or as your skin can handle them. That leaves 4 or 5 nights a week that you'll want to use something on your skin, and luckily there are a lot of great active ingredients that have anti-aging benefits but are gentle enough to use every night on even the most sensitive skin!


Peptides
Peptides are chains of amino acids, used for many things such as signaling and triggering cells to follow commands. Peptides have many different uses, and in skin care. Some trigger cells to increase production of collagen and elastin, reduce muscle contractions or help decrease inflammation. Many peptides have been shown in labs to have anti-aging effects, the trick is finding peptides that have been found to penetrate down into the skin and have effects in skin.

Look for: Skin ingredients with Peptide in their name


Anti-Oxidants
Free oxygen radicals are created in the skin with exposure to pollution, smoke, sunlight. Basically, life. Those free radicals hang out in the skin and damage cell membranes, proteins, collagen, elastin and even DNA. Anti-oxidants work to neutralize the free radicals, therefore preventing further damage. Note that anti-oxidant activity only prevents further damage, it doesn't work to fix any of the damage that has already been done. Not all anti-oxidants are created equal in terms of strength, and many such as L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) have additional properties that are helpful in anti-aging.

Look for: Resveratrol, White Tea, Green Tea, Algae, almost any botanical extract


Growth Factors
As skin ages, its ability to regenerate itself and fight ongoing damage diminishes. Growth factors are produced by skin cells to regulate activities such as cell turnover, collagen and elastin production, and inflammation. Depending upon the specific growth factors used in a product, they may increase collagen or elastin production, have anti-inflammatory effects, or even decrease further aging.

Look for: Products labeled to contain growth factors or EGF


Ultra Moisturizers
Have you ever taken a close look at your skin after a long flight? Dehydration can have immediate effects on your skin, making you look sallow, and any fine lines look much larger. Hydrating your skin has immediate anti-aging effects! Moisture will plump the outer layers of skin cells, making fine lines disappear.

Look for: Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramides, Squalene


4 Anti-Aging Ingredients Gentle Enough That Everyone Can UsePCA SKIN AntiAging

Since these ingredients are so gentle, you can use them every day in your skincare! I love to use lightweight serums, such as PCA SKIN®'s ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum, a spot-treatment targeting expression lines, and Total Strength Serum, a full-face serum that strengthens skin. This power duo packs a big anti-aging punch but doesn't irritate my skin at all!

I then use a retinoid products such as PCA SKIN®'s Intensive Age Refining Treatment as my skin can tolerate it, typically every 2-3 nights. Because I'm using something every night that has anti-aging benefits, I don't feel pressured to use the retinoid more frequently. The end result is skin that looks better and younger.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bobbi Brown Shimmering Sands and Shadow Sticks Review and Swatches

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Bobbi Brown Shimmering Sands

Bobbi Brown's Shimmering Sands Palette has been out for a while (and I've had it for quite a while), and I debated about even putting the pictures up since it seems to be almost gone. But, a friend asked me about it at work last week, so here are my pictures of it!

I should start by explaining that I'm a big fan of Bobbi Brown. I own a lot of products from her (and yes, I bought all of them), and I'm a sucker for her palettes. I'm always drawn in by the neutral colors and the pretty, but not overdone, shimmer. However, I seem to mostly collect those palettes. I rarely use them. Why? My problem is actually with the level of pigmentation. I need a lot more product to get the results that I want, especially compared to other similarly priced brands such as Too Faced or MAC. So, the Bobbi Brown tends to sit there in my drawer. And then after a while I usually give my palettes away to my mom (who is also a sucker for a Bobbi Brown palette).

After much experimentation, I finally have figured out how to get the results that I want, and I have to say I am now obsessed with this palette and the Nordstrom Sale Exclusive, the Secret to Standout Eyes (here's my review).

Bobbi Brown Shimmering Sands Swatches

1. Sand Castle
2. Copper Sand Shimmer Wash
3. Beach Bronzed Shimmer Wash
4. White Sand Sparkle
5. Suntan
6. Golden Sand Shimmer Wash
7. Seashell Shimmer
8. Beach Pink Metallic
9. Bronzed Sand Sparkle
10. Sunkissed Metallic
11. Seashore
12. Black Sand Sparkle


Do you see why I can't stop buying these palettes? See the pretty neutral tones? See the subtle, but definitely present, shimmer? Yes, so good!

These pics were taken over Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, and I use a q-tip when swatching on to my arm. The q-tip keeps the colors from running together, but it also increases the pigmentation a bit. Obviously brushes are softer, so on the lid the results are softer as well. To get these results on the lid, I either need to swap out my primer to a glitter primer, which is stickier and will grab the pigment better (my favorites are the ELF Glitter Primer or Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue), or I need to layer the shadows over a cream shadow such as a shadow stick or MAC paint pot.

Bobbi Brown Shadow Sticks Review and Swatches

When I purchased my Shimmering Sands Palette, I also ordered a trio of Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks (note, my trio set is no longer on her site but you can buy all three of these shades individually).

Bobbi Brown Shadow Sticks Review and Swatches

I've tried using the shadow sticks alone, over primer, etc. I've found that I get the most staying power when I apply a primer to my lid first, then draw the shadow on my lid and blend it by lightly patting with a fingertip. It lasts pretty much all day that way, though I admit that since the 3 shades I bought are basic mattes, I find that look a little boring.

Bobbi Brown Shimmering Sands and Shadow Stick

So, this is the best way to wear both of these products. I've been layering them! A little primer, then I use the shadow stick and pat a few times with a finger tip. Then I use a brush to apply the shadow. The look is very pretty, and nothing. moves. all. day. long. Really, it looks perfect late at night, even after a hot, humid day.

I'm thinking about trying out a few more shadow sticks (Golden Bronze looks really pretty), and I've been using the shadow sticks under a lot of my Bobbi Brown shadows. And since using glitter primer has transformed how the Bobbi Brown shadows look on my shadows, I have 3 that are just hanging out on my vanity. And yes, I've already bought the Telluride Eye Palette. It's amazing.

Bobbi Brown's Shimmering Sands Palette
Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks
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