Win a Derm Treatment in a Bottle

QUESTION

What’s the next best thing to getting a personalized skin consultation from Dr. Karyn Grossman, one of the country’s leading dermatologists? BTW, Gwyneth Paltrow and models Linda Evangelista and Molly Sims are patients.   

ANSWER

The next best thing is to win the full collection of Dr. Grossman’s eponymous skincare products that deal with many of our most pressing skincare issues. KARYNG (“caring for yourself and the world,” Dr. Grossman says) is a precisely curated line of five products with “active, high-performance ingredients that target the key signs of aging–fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven pigmentation, inflammation, and dullness–to help give us a fresh appearance.” Produced with rich antioxidants that help repair and restructure our skin, each of the KARYNG products features “Pro-Verte Technology,” a proprietary and patented formula designed to maximize anti-aging and anti-inflammatory results.

The five products in the collection include:  KARYNG Replenishing Cleanser,  KARYNG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF50  (in light to medium or medium to dark shades),  KARYNG Restructuring Night Cream,  KARYNG Revitalizing Eye Cream, and KARYNG Retinol Renewing Serum.

Five lucky ladies will win a set of five KARYNG products, valued at $340. Simply fill out the form below to be entered to win.

By entering this giveaway, you agree to receive emails from FabOverFifty and KARYNG.

5 FOFs will win. (See official rules, here.) Giveaway closes on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at midnight E.T. Giveaway limited to residents of the continental U.S.

Using The Power Of Nature On Your Skin

        Dr. Kavita Beri

When I visit Dr. Kavita Beri’s medispa near the New Jersey shore, I feel more peaceful just being around her. Intelligent and beautiful, she moves and speaks gently and with grace. After she treats my skin to an Alma laser procedure, I feel as if I’ve been away for a long weekend. A  board-certified physician and scientist in the fields of regenerative medicine and dermal research, Dr. Beri also is a registered yoga teacher and founder of BE MIND BODY SKIN, an “integrative aesthetics and wellness spa.” She is guided by the belief that how we feel on the inside reflects how we look on the outside, and in the power of nature to emotionally and physically heal us.

“Being out in nature can enhance the energy that we have in our bodies,” Dr. Beri asserts. “This energy inside of us also is a part of everything that we see outside of us. When we do things that connect us with our surroundings, it makes us more comfortable with who we are. So the trees, the plants, the flowers, the clouds, the sky and every other beautiful thing we see make us feel good about ourselves,” she says.

We feel good when we go to the beach and see the ocean, Dr. Beri explains. “Something changes within us. We start feeling relaxed. We’re in a better mood. We begin thinking about the better things in life. We feel a connection with everything that’s beautiful!”

When we seek the beauty of nature, we’re really seeking a balance in ourselves to help us appreciate who we are, Dr. Beri believes. “Everything that’s natural has the inherent ability to alter the chemicals in our brains and make us feel better.” The same thing happens when we eat a healthy meal, like a salad full of greens, Dr. Beri adds. When we do something positive for our bodies, like going off carbs, we start feeling good about ourselves, and our bodies start responding better. “That is all happening through our gut,” she says.  

The Philosophy of ‘Vibrational Cosmetics’

Our skin responds to everything that’s in our brain and in our gut, Dr. Beri emphasizes. It’s a mirror of what we are from the inside. “Nature has so much power on our gut and on our mind; why can’t we use the power of nature on our skin?” Dr. Beri reasoned, as she set out to develop a line of beauty products made “purely and directly from nature, without added chemicals to make it smell better, last longer or be a certain color.” Think about the difference between eating farm fresh vegetables and overly processed frozen food, she suggests.

Dr. Beri named her collection KYVTA, which she classifies as “vibrational cosmetics,” because they’re created according to centuries-old practices that use the sound vibration of sacred ritualistic chants to “harmonize the energy in matter with its surroundings.” Plants have matter, and the herbs in Dr. Beri’s KYVTA formulas have been harvested from land that is blessed by nature, at a precise time during their circadian cycle.

“They don’t just go out and pluck the plants and put them together in a concoction,” Dr. Beri explains. “The ritualistic process is used throughout the creation of each beauty product, so it can harness the fullness of nature’s life force to caress and heal your skin. Ancient medicine didn’t have MRIs and CT scans. They used plants to heal the brain, skin and gut.”

KYVTA Scalp & Hair Tonic includes a blend of seasonally-picked, potent herbs from a small village in southern India. The farmers chant, pray and recite mantras when they’re extracting the herbs, after which the herbs are ground and combined with a coconut oil base. When the plants are chanted upon with powerful mantras, they’re receiving a blessing, a positive vibration, a prayer of gratitude, which increases their potency.

“After the people in the village get up in the morning, they pray, they go out into to the fields, they chant to the plants, they pluck the plants, then they put the oil together with mantras. It’s not like someone working a 9 to 5 job putting chemicals in a little bottle,” Dr. Beri says. Her tonic helps prevent hair loss, thinning and greying, she claims.

The KYVTA Tonics feature natural essential oil aromas from flowers that calm down the skin and the mind. The Aloe Sandalwood tonic, for example, nourishes the skin and heals conditions such as acne and rosacea, Dr. Beri says.

The Juniper Rosehip Tumeric Facial Cleansing Oil is one of the best sellers at Dr. Beri’s spa. A healing blend of rosehip and juniper berry essential oil with turmeric also acts as a moisturizer to even skin tone and prevent acne.

All of the products in the KYVTA line are 100 percent plant based and cruelty free.

Enter code FABHAIR for 15% off KYVTA hair products and free shipping for purchases over $100

A Derm Treatment in a Bottle

You’re trying on dresses for an important event. “That looks darling on you,” the saleswoman gushes about a style that makes your tummy and boobs look bigger than they are! Now, think about beauty products. Whether you have facial redness, uneven tone, or crow’s feet, saleswomen always seem to have just the products for you. Unfortunately, you trust them more than the woman in the dress department because you can’t tell what the moisturizer or serum are going to do for your skin. So you decide to give them a try.

  Dr. Karyn Grossman

Here’s the truth: Even if you buy high-priced skincare products from the ritziest stores in town, don’t kid yourself into thinking that you’re getting the best advice on which are best for your skincare concerns. Salespeople are trained to vigorously push the brands they represent, not to deal with each of our unique needs.

“Every day, my patients come to see me with arms full of products, trying to find solutions for their skincare issues. Considering the overwhelming number of creams and serums in the stores, it’s becoming more and more confusing for them know which ones will address their specific concerns. In our office, we use a scientifically-based system to select products for each patient,” said Dr. Karyn Grossman, an LA and New York-based, board-certified dermatologist who developed a passion for treating skin when she was a second year medical student at Boston University.

A Derm Treatment In a Bottle  

But, you don’t have to fly to Santa Monica, CA, or Park Avenue to personally consult with Dr. Grossman (Gwyneth Paltrow and models Linda Evangelista and Molly Sims are patients), because she’s created an eponymous skincare collection to deal with many of our most pressing skincare issues, she says confidently. KARYNG (“caring for yourself and the world,” Dr. Grossman notes) is a precisely curated collection of six products with “active, high-performance ingredients that target the key signs of aging–fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven pigmentation, inflammation, and dullness–to help give us a fresh appearance,” the doctor explains.

Inspired to develop her own line after working with some of the biggest names in skin care, such as Estee Lauder, Dr. Grossman’s wanted to thwart “the long-term effects of skin inflammation” that she repeatedly saw as her patients aged. “Inflammation is the root of many skin concerns,” she explains. Produced with rich antioxidants that help repair and restructure our skin, each of the six KARYNG products features “Pro-Verte Technology,” a proprietary and patented formula designed to maximize anti-aging and anti-inflammatory results.

Responding also to her patients’ increasing concerns about the “safety of their skincare products,” Dr. Grossman wanted her own collection to be as natural as possible, without sacrificing anti-aging benefits. As a dermatologist offering comprehensive cosmetic treatments, from lasers to fillers, liposuction to thread lifts, she is known for her deep commitment to giving her patients natural-looking, refreshed results. The KARYNG line is produced with the same guiding principles.

Manufactured in the United States, and packed in sustainable cartons, KARYNG features 90 percent “safe and gentle, yet potent, natural ingredients,” with 10 percent bioengineered ingredients, such as peptides. “It’s the best of both worlds,”  Dr. Grossman says. “It’s super elegant and a super-easy program to follow to get results, as opposed to the 26 products you use or have sitting on your bathroom shelf.” A single, working mother of two, Dr. Grossman believes our skincare routines should be as effortless as possible.

The Cleanser

Healthy skin begins with clean skin, but you’ll want to gently deep clean, without stripping your skin, Dr.Grossman advises. KARYNG Replenishing Cleanser, fueled by the exclusive, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory Pro-Verte formula, includes super moisturizing coconut oil and coconut fatty acid, and glycerin, to help maintain the outer barrier of the skin and prevent dryness.  The cleanser can be used night and day on any skin type, removes makeup, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.

The Morning Product

Wishing to formulate an “all-in-one morning product that provides antioxidants, hydration and sunblock proved difficult, but we finally got it,” Dr. Grossman reports. KARYNG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF50 contains protective echinacea to help prevent age spots and make skincells more resilient to stress and environmental aggressors that cause wrinkles and fine lines. It also has coconut oil, glycerin,and the patented Pro-Verte Complex, so it’s an emollient moisturizer, anti-aging powerhouse, makeup primer and SPF shield. Available in two shades, it “evens out your skin and reduces redness, and it’s effective on all skin types,” Dr. Grossman says.

“As a dermatologist, I must convince my patients that they need to wear sunscreen every single day, both from a health issue as well as to combat the redness, acne and pigmentation that come with aging. Statistically, one in three caucasians gets skin cancer; one in five people of all skin colors gets skin cancer; one person dies every hour from skin cancer. There are more skin cancers in a single year than all cancers combined in a three-year period,” Dr. Grossman reports.“You don’t die at 60 anymore, so you need to start taking care of your skin even if you didn’t in the past. Having healthy skin isn’t optional.  You want to hold down the risk of something happening.”

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that we use a minimum of 30 SPF, but Dr. Grossman says that most people don’t apply enough sunscreen to get the proper protection, plus people often take medications or use skin products, like retinol, that make them sensitive to the sun. “It’s often difficult to get patients to use sunscreen because they don’t like the way it feels and smells, so my challenge was to find a sunscreen that people would actually wear every day,” Dr. Grossman adds. Complete Broad Spectrum SPF50 has become a “hero product,” she says. It works on light to dark skin tones.

To order the KARYNG line today.  Enter code FABOVERFIFTY for an exclusive 20 percent discount off your first order. Offer expires Sunday, September 30, 2018.

 

The Evening Product

We need hydration and correction at night, Dr. Grossman stresses. KARYNG Restructuring Night Cream is a “very rich, but light, moisturizer,” with ingredients including hyaluronic acid; coconut oil; shea butter; sunflower seed and olive oil; watermelon rind, lentil and apple extract, and the exclusive Pro-Verte complex. It helps repair the skin’s protective barrier, promote collagen production, boost energy production in the skin, increase cell turnover, reduce inflammation, and promote luminescence and noticeable firmness.  

The Eyes Have It

“For women who want to add eye cream to their morning skincare routine, KARYNG Revitalizing Eye Cream works on dark circles, lines and wrinkles, and puffiness. It firms, tones and contours the entire eye area, and absorbs really well into the skin so you can put your makeup over it,” Dr. Grossman says. The energizing cream is formulated with ingredients including antioxidant soybean extract, rich shea butter, glycerin, and the proprietary Pro-Verte Complex.

Anti-aging Gold Standard

Dermatologists consider retinol, also known as Vitamin A1, as the “gold standard” for anti-aging, because it can help speed skin renewal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine line and age spots for firmer, smoother and more evenly-toned skin, Dr. Grossman explains. She decided not to include it her day or night cream, however, since “some people are sensitive to it.”

Dr. Grossman instead formulated a separate Retinol Renewing Serum with extra ingredients, including licorice, apple and lentil seed extract, plus coconut oil, so it’s not only effective, but can be tolerated by all skin types without causing redness and irritation. It reportedly reduces fine lines after two hours, and decreases pore size.

All six products in the premier KARYNG collection do not have parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, BPA’s,PEG’s, TEA, DEA, GMO, glutens, or synthetic fragrances.

to order the exceptional KARYNG products. Enter code FABOVERFIFTY for an exclusive 20 percent discount off your first order. Offer expires Sunday, September 30, 2018.

A Potent Skincare System At Palatable Prices. About Time!

This post is sponsored by goPure Beauty

Whether you buy a $10 eye cream at Walgreens or a $120 moisturizer at Macy’s, you can bet that the  pretty packaging and the glitzy advertising account for a big chunk of the price. Mass and class beauty brands spend oodles on bottles and boxes beckoning you to buy them, and on ads designed to lure you into the store in the first place. These over-the-top expenses are part of the price tag.  That’s a deep, dark beauty industry secret!

It’s about time someone formulated an exceptional skincare collection with the most potent, active ingredients for aging skin, minus the snazzy packaging and gargantuan advertising budgets. And, at the lowest possible prices. Someone has! Erin Driess sold big brand beauty products online for years, but wanted to satisfy her customers’ repeated requests for a high-quality skincare line, at super affordable prices. goPure Beauty was born, and women from Florida to Oregon are loving what its serums, moisturizers, creams, and gels are doing for their skin, at prices they can’t believe!   

>> Click here to try goPure Beauty!

“I have had this system for only a few weeks and am already seeing a difference in my skin. I am 54 and nobody can believe it. The appearance of fine lines on my forehead and between my eyes are diminishing. I have had discoloration on my neck and I am already seeing a change in how that looks as well.  You have a devoted customer now,” wrote Linda from Allentown, PA.

Complete Anti-Wrinkle Power Trio

The goPure Beauty “system” Linda adores features skincare serums with some of the most powerful ingredients in the industry: Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C.  Its Vitamin C Serum includes an extract of the rare Kakadu plum, from Northern Australia, that contains more than 100 times the Vitamin C of an average orange.  Its Hyaluronic Acid Serum is designed to deeply hydrate these skin, and contains a plant-derived extract that mimics the effects of Hyaluronic Acid naturally produced in our tissues. And, the main ingredient in the goPure Retinol Serum is a Retinoid that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and is far less prone to cause irritation than traditional Retinol.

>> Click here to try goPure Beauty!

Although Erin explains that each woman will experience different results, she says that “together, these serums are a complete skin care power trio for women over 40, created by one of the top independent professional laboratories in the business that formulates for some of the best known, prestige skin care brands and dermatologists.” Erin asked the U.S. lab to develop highly effective formulas, with proven active ingredients, and she made sure to eliminate unnecessary expenses by using simple, but sturdy, packaging that still keeps the products stable. When you buy goPure products directly online, you’re paying the same price stores would pay, but without their exorbitant 100 percent markup. That’s right. The department store paid about $75 for a serum they sell to you for $150.  

Other exceptional products in the goPure collection include Microdermabrasion Resurfacing Exfoliator Cream with natural enzymes to lift dead skin cells and reveal beautiful, glowing skin; All Day Facial Moisturizing Cream with Vitamin C to infuse your skin with nutrient rich Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Green Tea and keep it deeply hydrated throughout the day, and Pure Vitamin C Cleanser, a natural and gentle formula with nourishing herbal and antioxidant ingredients to remove pore-clogging toxins and leave your skin feeling hydrated and fresh.

It’s Called goPure Because It Is  

What’s more, the goPure beauty line absolutely doesn’t have parabens, artificial fragrances, propylene glycol, hydroquinone, formaldehyde, SLS, or dyes. “We guarantee that our products are the highest purity possible,” Erin stresses. 

Erin also wants to make it easy for every woman to choose the best products for her skin, so she’s put together sets of complementary products that work well together.  But whatever you choose, from a single product to the most comprehensive Premium Youth Glow Skin Care System featuring 10 products, you’ll be astounded and thrilled by the sensible prices. Plus, you order when you want. goPure never autoships or autobills.

“I ordered the kit with Vitamin C Cleanser, Serum and Moisturizer, Hyaluronic Acid and Eye Gel. I am on my second order now and I added the Retinol Duo.  I have NEVER been happier! As an aesthetician, I have used soooooo much in my life, from the cheapest to the most expensive, and believe me when I say this product delivers!!!” wrote Michelle Herrera from Texas.

When you sign up to become a member of the goPure Club (it’s free), you’ll receive notifications about special sales and private offers. The company often gives customers a chance to review upcoming products and provide feedback, and to win great gifts.

GoPure provides free shipping on all U.S. orders over $29. And, it stands so firmly behind its products, that it offers a three-month, 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. There’s not a single risk in trying goPure.

goPure Beauty: Great Skin Care Ingredients, Not Overpriced Hype

My Hair–And I–Are Doing A Happy Dance!

Braided in the fifties. Teased through the sixties. Straightened in the seventies. Curly through the eighties and nineties. And, pretty much diminishing after that! My hair has been right there with me, through thick and THIN! But, it looked pretty much like it was going to leave me permanently, and I’d never have a good hair day ever again.

I tried one volumizing product after another, and even had an expensive hair piece made to give me fullness up top. The products just weighed down my already pancake-like style (if you could even call it a style), and it became a nuisance to maintain the piece.

Now, a revolutionary Hair Volumizing System called VOLAIRE has come into my life, and my tresses (and I) are doing a happy dance.

So are millions of women, including actress Kristin Davis. “My hair was full when I was young, then one day I went to put it in a ponytail and it wasn’t there. It had become thinner, drier and damaged,” the 51-year-old actress remembered. (more…)

Banish These Three Words From Your Vocabulary

This post is sponsored by RoC

Yay for Ellen Degeneres! When she brought up actress Helen Mirren’s age during an interview earlier this year (Helen will be 73 in July, and doesn’t hesitate to say it), Ellen gushed to Helen, “You look GREAT!”

Ellen left off three little words from her statement to Helen, that too many of us would fail to omit if we were lucky enough to have a conversation with the great actress. Those three words are: “…for your age.” Undoubtedly, Helen, like countless other women, has gotten the backhanded compliment, “You look great for your age,” countless times over the years. I sure have!

Now in her 50s, Ellen well might have paid close attention to an exceptional consciousness-raising campaign by RoC Skincare, called #ForYourAge, that aims to get us all to think twice before ever again using the expression with a compliment. As women age, this seeming praise can have a far greater impact on a woman’s self image and how she defines her beauty than can be seen on the surface.

A whopping 82 percent of women aged 40+ have been told they look great “for their age” in the last year, according to the nationwide RoC #ForYourAge survey. In fact, women received this backhanded compliment an average of every six weeks in the past year, the survey revealed.

         Thandie Newton

A majority of women surveyed said they’d rather not get a compliment at all than hear one paired with the three little words “for your age”;  nearly one in four women feel it would be worse to admit their age to everyone they know than their salary, and 87 percent of women agree that society expects women to act their age, but look younger.

Thandie Newton, the award-winning British actress and RoC campaign ambassador, reported she’s heard “for your age” many times as she’s been getting older, and she’s almost three decades younger than Helen. “It’s made me feel disappointed and I hate it,”  said Thandie, who appears in Westworld, the popular science fiction series. “When you say ‘you look good for your age,’ you’re immediately boxing someone in. We should instead be liberating each other. Let’s give a compliment fully,” Thandie stressed.

I encourage you to watch Thandie’s short, inspirational video for RoC, and to join the #ForYourAge movement by vowing to think twice before using the expression again. Also, make sure to gently tell anyone who uses it with you that you’d prefer they didn’t!

 

A Potent Skincare System At Palatable Prices. About Time!

This post is sponsored by goPure Beauty

Whether you buy a $10 eye cream at Walgreens or a $120 moisturizer at Macy’s, you can bet that the  pretty packaging and the glitzy advertising account for a big chunk of the price. Mass and class beauty brands spend oodles on bottles and boxes beckoning you to buy them, and on ads designed to lure you into the store in the first place. These over-the-top expenses are part of the price tag.  That’s a deep, dark beauty industry secret!

It’s about time someone formulated an exceptional skincare collection with the most potent, active ingredients for aging skin, minus the snazzy packaging and gargantuan advertising budgets. And, at the lowest possible prices. Someone has! Erin Driess sold big brand beauty products online for years, but wanted to satisfy her customers’ repeated requests for a high-quality skincare line, at super affordable prices. goPure Beauty was born, and women from Florida to Oregon are loving what its serums, moisturizers, creams, and gels are doing for their skin, at prices they can’t believe!   

>> Click here to try goPure Beauty!

“I have had this system for only a few weeks and am already seeing a difference in my skin. I am 54 and nobody can believe it. The appearance of fine lines on my forehead and between my eyes are diminishing. I have had discoloration on my neck and I am already seeing a change in how that looks as well.  You have a devoted customer now,” wrote Linda from Allentown, PA.

Complete Anti-Wrinkle Power Trio

The goPure Beauty “system” Linda adores features skincare serums with some of the most powerful ingredients in the industry: Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C.  Its Vitamin C Serum includes an extract of the rare Kakadu plum, from Northern Australia, that contains more than 100 times the Vitamin C of an average orange.  Its Hyaluronic Acid Serum is designed to deeply hydrate these skin, and contains a plant-derived extract that mimics the effects of Hyaluronic Acid naturally produced in our tissues. And, the main ingredient in the goPure Retinol Serum is a Retinoid that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and is far less prone to cause irritation than traditional Retinol.

>> Click here to try goPure Beauty!

Although Erin explains that each woman will experience different results, she says that “together, these serums are a complete skin care power trio for women over 40, created by one of the top independent professional laboratories in the business that formulates for some of the best known, prestige skin care brands and dermatologists.” Erin asked the U.S. lab to develop highly effective formulas, with proven active ingredients, and she made sure to eliminate unnecessary expenses by using simple, but sturdy, packaging that still keeps the products stable. When you buy goPure products directly online, you’re paying the same price stores would pay, but without their exorbitant 100 percent markup. That’s right. The department store paid about $75 for a serum they sell to you for $150.  

Other exceptional products in the goPure collection include Microdermabrasion Resurfacing Exfoliator Cream with natural enzymes to lift dead skin cells and reveal beautiful, glowing skin; All Day Facial Moisturizing Cream with Vitamin C to infuse your skin with nutrient rich Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Green Tea and keep it deeply hydrated throughout the day, and Pure Vitamin C Cleanser, a natural and gentle formula with nourishing herbal and antioxidant ingredients to remove pore-clogging toxins and leave your skin feeling hydrated and fresh.

It’s Called goPure Because It Is  

What’s more, the goPure beauty line absolutely doesn’t have parabens, artificial fragrances, propylene glycol, hydroquinone, formaldehyde, SLS, or dyes. “We guarantee that our products are the highest purity possible,” Erin stresses. 

Erin also wants to make it easy for every woman to choose the best products for her skin, so she’s put together sets of complementary products that work well together.  But whatever you choose, from a single product to the most comprehensive Premium Youth Glow Skin Care System featuring 10 products, you’ll be astounded and thrilled by the sensible prices. Plus, you order when you want. goPure never autoships or autobills.

“I ordered the kit with Vitamin C Cleanser, Serum and Moisturizer, Hyaluronic Acid and Eye Gel. I am on my second order now and I added the Retinol Duo.  I have NEVER been happier! As an aesthetician, I have used soooooo much in my life, from the cheapest to the most expensive, and believe me when I say this product delivers!!!” wrote Michelle Herrera from Texas.

When you sign up to become a member of the goPure Club (it’s free), you’ll receive notifications about special sales and private offers. The company often gives customers a chance to review upcoming products and provide feedback, and to win great gifts.

GoPure provides free shipping on all U.S. orders over $29. And, it stands so firmly behind its products, that it offers a three-month, 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. There’s not a single risk in trying goPure.

Enter Code: FABOVERFIFTY for a 20% discount on already great prices.  Offer good until Friday, May 25th.

goPure Beauty: Great Skin Care Ingredients, Not Overpriced Hype

Finally — A Foot Cream That Really, Really Works on Dry, Cracked Skin!

This is a “sponsored post.” SkinIntegra compensated FOF with an advertising sponsorship to write it. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be helpful for our readers. All insights and expressed opinions are our own. —Geri Brin

I could dunk my feet into a tub of olive oil for hours, and the next day my soles still would feel–and look–like sandpaper.  Sandpaper might even be softer and smoother! I’ve recently learned that the soles of our feet don’t have oil glands, and it didn’t help that I’ve rarely used cream or lotion on mine. What’s more, the skin on our feet loses elasticity as we age, which can lead to painful cracks on our soles and pads.  I can personally attest to that.

Oh, I’ve bought many foot creams over the years, with every good intention to use them, but when my soles continued to be as dry as the Sahara Desert after a few applications, I usually tossed the bottles in the trash can. Or, they languished in my bathroom vanity collecting dust.

It piqued my interest when I heard that Erika Tazberik, a scientist who spent 14 years developing skin care products for Johnson & Johnson, had formulated a product called SkinIntegra Rapid Crack Repair Cream that “visibly reduces cracks after one day.” That’s a powerful promise, so I set up an interview with Erika to learn more about her cream. (more…)

A Cult Skin Cleanser In the UK Comes To The US!

This is a “sponsored post.” Liz Earle compensated FOF with an advertising sponsorship to write it. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be helpful for our readers. All insights and expressed opinions are our own. —Geri Brin

Funny how I remember snippets of advice my mom gave me here and there when I was a teenager, like never to wash my face with soap. “It will dry out your skin,” she told me in no uncertain terms. Heeding her words of wisdom from that day forward, I’ve used countless cleansing lotions, creams and gels on my face–drugstore to prestige brands–but never stayed faithful to a single one.  

When Liz Earle recently asked if I’d try its Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, I eagerly accepted the offer. Although I’d never heard of the product, it’s become a big cult brand across the pond since it was formulated 23 years ago by Liz and her good friend, Kim. They had just become mothers, moved from London to the Isle of Wight in the countryside, and set out to create a cleanser that would work on Liz’s sensitive, eczema-prone skin as well as on Kim’s oily skin.   (more…)

Win Distinctive MarlaWynne Jewelry

Marla Wynne, one of HSN’s fashion stars, has designed a jewelry collection as distinctive, versatile, and effortless to wear as her signature apparel.

Taking her inspiration from art, nature and the diverse architecture she studies while traveling the globe, Marla loves to create modern, tactile pieces. “I pay great attention to how a piece feels on the body,” says the woman who used her passion, drive, and a new sewing machine to launch a fashion career when she became an out-of-work Hollywood producer over a decade ago.

(more…)