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How Pure Are YOUR Argan Oil Beauty Products?

2014 September 22

You’ve probably tried a beauty product containing argan oil sometime during the last couple of years, since it’s one of the trendiest ingredients for everything from eye cream to hair conditioner.

Chances are, however, that the product you bought wasn’t produced with the best argan oil available.

Argan oil comes from the nut of the argan tree, which is grown in a region of southwest Morocco called Arganeraie. Reportedly one of nature’s most remarkable oils, argan oil is naturally rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants and contains the highest concentration of essential fatty and linoleic acid. Among its benefits are fighting free radicals that cause cell damage; moisturizing and strengthening brittle and nails; adding lustre and bounce to hair, and making hands and feet feel soft and silky.


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5 Things Women Over 50 Should Know About Their Skin

2014 September 5

No one’s denying that our skin needs much more attention than it used to. Whether it’s wrinkles, fine lines, or unsightly bruising—there’s always something we want to improve. We asked board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Roger Ceilley, to help us understand how our skin changes over time, and what we can do to keep it looking radiant.

1. Your skin changes on more than one level, not just what you see
on the outside.

“Gravity exerts its force on us every moment of the day, and it can make skin sag as we age. You can see the pull of gravity everywhere, under the arms, buttocks and thighs. The underlying structure of the skin also changes. When we’re younger, the outer layers of the skin, called the epidermis, are supported by the lower layers, called the dermis, where collagen formation takes place.

As we age, many factors influence collagen production. Too much unprotected sun exposure over a lifetime, for instance, can weaken the collagen-producing cells and cause fine lines and wrinkles, as well as jowls and a less defined jaw line.”

2. Your everyday habits can affect your skin.

“Protecting yourself from the sun is of utmost importance. UVA rays can be especially harmful to collagen formation. Moisturize immediately after bathing and before bedtime, using creams and lotions containing retinol, ceramides and glycolic acid. Exercising regularly helps blood circulation and the right exercises can help firm up flabby skin.”


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{Test This} Mirenesse Mascara & Dynamic Defense Powder

2014 August 20

Test this dazzling makeup duo!

Mirenesse Cosmetics is giving away 25 fabulous sets of concealing powder and 24-hour mascara.

DD Velvet Skin Line Minimizing Powder SPF25 ($62) is a concealing powder with a creamy, whipped consistency. The powder, in a universal shade, reportedly corrects redness and discolorations plus moisturizes and brightens to help provide a “flawless, velvet textured skin,” the manufacturer says. The formula provides SPF25 sun protection!

The Secret Weapon Supreme 24Hr Mascara ($45) “instantly creates super long full lashes,” according to the manufacturer. The water-based formula includes organic waxes for a glossy and light look. The brush is tapered on one end to reach the smallest lashes, and rounded on the wider end to easily create full lashes. This 24-hour mascara is “water resistant, smear proof, sweat proof, sleep proof and flake-free. It stretches your eyelashes to give you maximum length!”


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{Tested} City Cosmetics Intensive Night Repair

2014 August 19

Earlier this summer, we asked you why you wanted to try City Cosmetics Intensive Night Repair ($82 for 15mL). The bedtime serum promises to “penetrate deep into your skin to achieve a flawless, youthful complexion.”

Did the bedtime beauty blend stand up to the test? Here’s what YOU had to say!

While a few women didn’t find the serum to have any visible effects, like Dorinda H. of West Chester, PA, who says, “I did not feel this lotion had any positive effect on my complexion.” However, the bulk of our testers thought it was worthwhile product, such as Sharron L. of North Richland Hills, TX, who says “I LOVE that it is in a pump bottle!… I would buy and buy and keep it on hand.”


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{Giveaway} Regenica Renew SPF 15

2014 August 14

There’s still time this summer to try a new anti-aging product with sunscreen!

Through August 31, 2014, our friends at Regenica® are giving away a bottle a day of their Regenica® Renew SPF 15 with sunscreen ($175 for 1.5oz).

This formula helps protect skin from harmful UV rays, and is the only UV protectant formulated with MRCx™ next generation growth factor technology, to signal your skin’s natural repair and renewal mechanisms. Regenica® is a skin care system made with the power and promise of regenerative science. The brand is now available exclusively through Suneva Medical, Inc.


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{Test This} A FFF Cream (Fab Firming Face!)

2014 August 14

Laurie Hermann’s Skincare Face Lift Firm It ($49 for .5oz) is “specially formulated for those over 40.” Her #1 best seller, the luxurious moisturizer, can be used daily on the “face, eye and neck,” according to the manufacturer.

The “all-natural” cream includes Moroccan argan nut and pomegranate seed oils, which promote collagen and elastin production to “firm up your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.”


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{Test This} DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

2014 August 6

Serious cream to lift tired-looking eyes.

“Let your eyes do the talking,” says the maker of DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift ($78 for .5oz). If wrinkles, fine lines, and puffiness around your eyes are making you look tired, it might be time to give your skin a restorative boost.

DermaQuest, which claims to be the “leader in plant stem cell technology,”created a special eye-reviving formula using gardenia, sea holly stem cells and red algae for “lifting and toning.” The luxurious cream also features shea butter, resveratrol extract and a variety of powerful peptides.


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{Test This} ‘Delicious’ Sugar Scrubs from Two Good Scents

2014 July 29

Sisters Paula and Nancy Goodman have always enjoyed luxuriating in the bath or shower, with the help of divine products that make their skin feel and look soft and radiant. Especially partial to sugar scrubs, they thought many of the products on the market were too oily, too expensive or too harsh. So they decided to create their own line of well-priced scrubs, Two Good Scents ($10 for an 8 oz. jar), with just the right amounts of sugar and shea or mango butter to exfoliate, soften and polish.

And oh! The seasonally changing scents are heavenly. Think citrusy and spicy Timber, intoxicating Blossom and yummy Coconut Cream Pie. After all, if we can’t eat the real stuff, one of the company’s “bakery” scents is the next best thing.

“I’ve loved using Lemon Cookie the last month,” says FOF’s Geri Brin. “The scent is subtle and the texture of the scrub makes me feel like it’s really working to remove the top layer of dead cells from my skin.”


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{Poll & Giveaway} Tell Us About Your Skin

2014 July 15

Brought to you by DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula

Let’s face it—our skin has changed a lot over the years. It’s sagging, it’s dry, and it’s thinning. Fortunately, we have more “help” than ever to keep our skin
looking beautiful.

We want to hear your thoughts on your skin—every person who answers this poll will be entered to win 1 of 2 $50 Amazon.com gift cards! Tell us what’s on your mind.


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{Giveaway} Skin Rescue Kit from Just Natural

2014 June 27

Just Natural Hair & Skincare is giving away a beautiful package of skin-care products, valued over $170!

Every product in its wide selection is organic, vegan, and never tested on animals. “We use the purest plant oils, butters, botanical extracts and essentials from the best that nature has to offer,” a company spokesperson told us.


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