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NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment Review

November 22nd, 2014

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Having been a fan of the NARSskin line, I was very excited to find out about the new NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment – a gel-to-oil overnight treatment that helps replenish dull, dry skin for a smoother, renewed and revitalized complexion by morning.

NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment
Like NARS’s famous Aqua Gel, the NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment comes in a jar packaging and contains 30 ml of product. It packs:

* A powerful blend of natural almond, plum and rice bran oils which contain a chock-full of essential fatty acids and nourishing omegas to help reinforce skin’s natural lipid barrier while infusing it with antioxidants.
* Salicornia extract to boost skin’s moisture levels over time.
* Alaria extract to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
* NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ which features a blend of ingredients that work in synergy to boost skin’s clarity, infusing it with moisture and minerals.
* An advanced Gel Matrix Technology to create a veil that locks in moisture, recharging skin at rest and helping it awaken to a nourished, softer, more luminous appearance with a 146% boost in hydration.

The product itself is a light yellow color and smells DIVINE, very much like a beauty oil. Although the texture was thicker and felt a tad heavy at first, once I massaged it into the skin, everything sank in instantly and left behind a healthy, dewy glow that was not greasy.

I was most impressed with how insanely hydrating it was. When I woke up the next morning, any fine lines, flakiness or rough patches that I had the night before were completely GONE! In fact, my skin felt so hydrated that there was absolutely no tightness after I washed it and I could for once get away with not using any moisturizer – yes even in this fall, almost winter-ish weather! The treatment was also the only product that managed to keep my skin soft and supple during a 15-hour flight to Hong Kong. Seriously, it might have possibly beat my favorite Asian sheet masks in keeping my dehydrated skin happy!

The only caveat? A little goes a longggggggggggggggggggggg way – I made the mistake of using too much the first time and my makeup slid right off – which does make the hefty price tag of $85 versus the $58 for Aqua Gel much more affordable.

NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment review
NARS NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment

NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment is available at narscosmetics.com and Department Store/Specialty for $85.

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Get the Red Out of Your Life – Treating Rosacea

December 16th, 2011

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Today’s post is written by Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules:  Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist.  

Every day I treat rosacea. It’s probably one of the most common skin conditions that dermatologists see. New patients either walk in with bright red faces or with caked-on makeup that still manages to do a poor job of concealment. The good news is that nowadays, nobody has to walk around with a scarlet face, since there is an ever-growing number of effective treatment options.

First, though, a prolonged question-and-answer period with your doctor should take place. The first thing your dermatologist will ask about is your diet. Food and drink are usually the prime triggers in rosacea. Everybody is different and so are rosacea triggers, but here is a list of the most common offenders:

  • Spicy foods
  • Piping hot beverages — better get used to drinking soups at a cooler temperature.
  • Caffeine — coffee, tea and, I’m afraid, chocolate.
  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes (including ketchup)
  • Red wine and beer. White wine appears to be less of a problem.
  • Soy sauce and miso
  • Steam — saunas and very hot, prolonged showers and baths are not good.
  • Excessive niacin (vitamin B3) consumption which leads to skin flushing. Low doses or
    taking the non-flushing type of niacin should not cause problems.
  • Sun exposure
  • Wind
  • Extremes in temperature — very hot weather and very cold weather make rosacea worse, as anybody who has a scarlet nose in winter knows.

As is obvious from the last two items, protecting the skin from the elements is essential. But you have to do it the right way — chemical sunscreens will only make rosacea worse. I recommend sunscreens with zinc oxide, which is both anti-inflammatory and provides good, broad-spectrum protection. Make sure it is SPF 30 or higher and slather it on every single day, even on overcast days.

Skincare products can also exacerbate rosacea. Use the mildest cleanser you can find. Avoid products with glycolic or salicylic acid. Stay away from makeup with silicone-based ingredients, such as dimethicone, which can clog pores and make rosacea bumps worse.

Dermatologists have a wide arsenal of weapons against rosacea. The first line of attack is with topical products. In my practice, I first treat the inflammation and dryness, using creams and serums with resveratrol, green tea and hyaluronic acid. Topical antibiotics, such as metronidazole, kill bacteria on the skin surface and lessen inflammation, as can prescription-strength azelaic acid. With severe cases, oral antibiotics can be used. The FDA recently approved the use of doxycycline in very small doses to treat inflammation in rosacea patients; sometimes the course of low-dose antibiotics can go on for months. Most people seem to tolerate it well, but others will have side effects, in which case topical antibiotics, light therapy and lasers are the fall-back answers.

Light therapy can have amazing results. I use a combination of red, infra-red and blue light, typically in sessions lasting between 30 minutes and an hour. The procedure is completely painless and most patients begin to see an improvement after the first session or two.

The next step is using lasers, which are more expensive than light therapy, but worth it. In my practice I use the Genesis laser to reduce background redness. My patients tell me it feels like warm water is being applied and actually seem to find it relaxing. Skin may look pink right after treatment, but that fades in a few minutes. I usually recommend three to six treatments, although most patients see a big difference by the third treatment.

Broken blood vessels that look like red spider webs are common in rosacea patients. The CoolGlide laser is used to seal off the vessels in one to three treatments, four weeks apart. It’s not the pleasant experience of the Genesis laser, but the discomfort is minimal and any redness from the treatment is gone in twenty minutes.

Once rosacea has been brought under control, most patients report they find it easy to avoid their triggers. “I finally feel in control of my skin,” one of them told me recently.

© 2011 Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist

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Are Anti-Bacterial Soaps Good For Acne?

November 23rd, 2011

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Crystal asks (via Facebook)…I have been using foam antibac soap to wash my face and I have noticed my breakouts have become fewer and easier to get rid of. I grew up with really bad acne and this has pretty much helped me the best. It’s easy to use and gets all my makeup off. Do you think it’s really killing the bacteria on my face? 

The Right Brain responds:

The main ingredient in most anti-bacterial soaps, Triclosan, is not currently approved for use in acne products in the US. But we found several studies in the scientific literature regarding that show it may actually work!

Triclosan is terrific

The first study, “The effectiveness of topical antibacterials in acne: a double-blind clinical study1″ tested Triclosan and Triclosan with propylene pheoxetol against a placebo. Results showed “added efficacy of the antibacterials when incorporated into the control” for “total-face lesion counts, evaluation of the overall degree of inflammation of the lesions, and patient self-assessment…”

A second evacuation, “Hydrogel patches containing triclosan for acne treatment,” evaluated polyacrylate patches infused with Triclosan for reduction in p. acnes bacteria and found “the antibacterial activity was apparent when the content was 0.05 wt.%.”

And finally, “Preparation and characterization of triclosan nanoparticles intended to be used for the treatment of acne” reveals that as recently as 2011, at least one research looking at optimizing Triclosan in nano particle form for use in an anti-acne product. Eur J Pharm Biopharm. 2011 Sep;79(1):102-7. Epub 2011 Feb 2.

Triclosan is tricky

So why, you might ask, are there no Triclosan based products on the market?  That’s because acne products are considered drugs (at least here in the US) and active ingredients must either be included in the FDA’s Over the Counter (OTC) monograph or they must have a New Drug Application (NDA). Both routes to market take a long time and are very expensive. Apparently none of the companies with these kind of resources have wanted to do the work to seek Triclosan approval. (By the way, you may find it included as a preservative in some acne products but it can’t be represented as an active agent.)

Don’t give up hope, though. The FDA has an open “call-for-data” request for safety and effectiveness information on Triclosan as “0.2 to 0.5 percent and 0.3 to 1.0 percent, as a topical acne active ingredient in leave-on and rinse-off dosage forms, respectively.”  They will review all the data submitted and if they rule in its favor, one day you’ll see Triclosan-baseed acne products on the shelves of a drug store near you!

Tricolsan is terrible

In closing, we should point out that there is a controversy raging around the use of Triclosan because it purportedly has a negative impact on algae when it enters the water table. Stay tuned for more updates as we receive them.

The Beauty Brains bottom line

At the moment, Triclosan is approved for use in anti-bacterial soaps but is not an approved anti-acne drug. There are are studies that suggest it could be effective, so it’ s entirely possible that it could be added to future anti-acne products. In the meantime, you can continue to use anti-bacterial soaps containing Triclosan if you feel that’s helpful for your acne.

References:

1. “The effectiveness of topical antibacterials in acne: a double-blind clinical study J Int Med Res. 1978;6(1):72-7. Franz E, Weidner-Strahl S. 

2. “Hydrogel patches containing triclosan for acne treatment.” Eur J Pharm Biopharm. 2003 Nov;56(3):407-12. Lee TW, Kim JC, Hwang SJ.

3. “Preparation and characterization of triclosan nanoparticles intended to be used for the treatment of acne” Eur J Pharm Biopharm. 2011 Sep;79(1):102-7. Epub 2011 Feb 2. Domínguez-Delgado CL, Rodríguez-Cruz IM, Escobar-Chávez JJ, Calderón-Lojero IO, Quintanar-Guerrero D, Ganem A. División de Estudios de Posgrado (Laboratorio de Posgrado en Tecnología Farmacéutica), Facultad de Estudios Superiores Cuautitlán, Estado de México, Mexico.

4. FDA OTC acne drug rules

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La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

November 10th, 2011

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La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder

La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder

La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder ($80.00 for 2.20 oz.) is available in two shades, Translucent 1 and Translucent 2, both of which are loose powders designed to set makeup and mattify the skin. It is also supposed to add radiance to the skin. Worth noting is for the price, you get a large, full-size (2.0 oz.) along with a travel-sized version (0.20 oz.), both of which are refillable (though, I did not spy any refills available online, so it may be an in-store purchase only).

I should probably be using Translucent 2, which is designed for warmer skin tones (and also for those on the darker side of the spectrum), but the product I received and tested was Translucent 1. I don’t have extremely strong yellow undertones, so that’s probably why I was able to get away with Translucent 1, which is generally more suitable for cooler skin tones and those on the lighter end of the spectrum. Loose Powders are a product that really needs to be tested on the face with an appropriate applicator, because merely swatching it on your arm or the back of your hand will rarely yield the same result. For reference, I’ve done an arm swatch only just blended so the product is still visible against my skin as well as before-and-after photos of the loose powder applied with a fluffy powder brush (MAC 134).

This powder has shimmer in it, and initially, when I first swatched it against the skin, I was like, “Ooh, boy, that is SO not going to work!” Lo and behold, it mattified without giving the skin an unnaturally dry appearance. The subtle reflecting particles help deliver that soft focused look that gives the skin the appearance of a softer, more even appearance. There are numerous loose powders on the market with similar properties, so it’s not unique to La Prairie’s by any means, but these types of powders work exceptionally well on camera. They’re picked up and read back beautifully.

La Prairie’s loose powder is extremely finely milled–so soft it feels like silk and almost comes together like a cream. It applies easily without looking caky and disappears against the skin when a flick of the brush. It sets my makeup in place and keeps it there for eight to ten hours without needing to re-powder or blot. While testing this, my skin was fairly normal, and like many of you, I do get a little oilier around my t-zone. Without a powder, my t-zone looks oily after six hours and foundations can feel slick on the skin, but I felt like everything remained solid until that eight hour mark.

The price point–as far as La Prairie goes–is not nearly as high as I’d expect, given the amount of powder you receive. For reference, popular setting powder Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder retails for $34 and contains 1 oz. of product, which works out to be $34/oz., while La Prairie is $36.36/oz. It’s a higher initial price tag, but for something like setting powder, once you find the one that works for you, it’s a staple product you use everyday and will eventually use up. (Unless, of course, you have trouble committing to a product for long–like me!) I do like that you get a travel-sized version with you, though; it’s just convenient for keeping in your makeup bag or when you’re traveling. And if you don’t intend to travel, you can use the small size and refill it using the larger jar; this means keeping the large jar totally clean for the years it’ll take to finish it.

I have a good number of go-to setting powders, and La Prairie does everything it’s supposed to do.  It doesn’t compel me to switch, as I have found that many loose powders perform equally well on my skin type, it’s not just puffery.  It is definitely one I would reach for on a special occasion for its exceptional ability to give skin a softer, smoother appearance.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom, $80

THE GLOSSOVER
PRODUCT : 10/10
PIGMENTATION : 10/10
TEXTURE : 10/10
LONGEVITY : 9/10
APPLICATION : 4.5/5
PACKAGING : 4.5/5

FINAL THOUGHTS

I have a good number of go-to setting powders, and La Prairie does everything it’s supposed to do. It doesn’t compel me to switch, as I have found that many loose powders perform equally well on my skin type, it’s not just puffery. It is definitely one I would reach for on a special occasion for its exceptional ability to give skin a softer, smoother appearance.

OVERALL: A

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La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder

La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder

La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder

La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder

La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
Chanel Pro Lumiere / La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder on top

La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
La Prairie Translucent Cellular Treatment Loose Powder


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DiorShow Artists Skincare Tips for Women over 40

October 21st, 2011

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With a special offer for Fab Over 40 readers!

The fabulous DiorShow artists put together a list of skincare and makeup tips that are targeted towards women over 40.   Today the focus is on skincare and their advice and tomorrow we will discuss their makeup and beauty advice.

  1. As women mature, the desire is to keep skin looking healthy and radiant and to slow the signs of aging.  Keeping skin protected and moisturized is a MUST.  Using a serum is essential.  Serums penetrate more deeply into the skin where damage occurs and have a higher concentration of active ingredients.  High potency anti-oxidants and a moisturizer that replenishes and retains moisture in the skin will give a youthful glow.  An exceptional skincare treatment, like Dior’s L’or de Vie is a perfect choice.  Regenerative molecules from the legendary Chateau d’Yquem infuse this luxurious line of products and protect skin with the most powerful anti-oxidants available without a prescription, while correcting visible signs of again and strengthening skin from within.
  2. A new treatment innovation is the concept of detoxifying the skin cells.  Each day, billions of toxins build up in the cells and without toxin elimination, no skincare treatment can be completely effective.  Dior’s Capture Totale One Essential is the ‘daily detox’ for your skin.  Used before you usual skincare, it boots the effectiveness of ANY skincare product that follows.  The Dior exclusive technology, Detoxinyl, recycles toxins and turns them into proteins which the skin uses as a building block to repair.  The skin needs proteins to be healthy!
  3. Since mature skin tends to lose luster and look dry, radiance is key to maintaining a nice youthful appearance. Using Capture Totale Radiance Enchancer before foundation or even mixing a few pumps INTO your foundation, give a brighter look.  It also helps to keep the base from settling into lines and wrinkles.
Because I was involved in the Beauty Bash in NYC a few weeks back and I mentioned some of my favorite Dior products, Dior is kind enough to offer all Fab Over Forty readers an offer from their website www.dior.com  Any purchase on Dior.com you will receive a free mini mascara!   Just enter BEAUTYBASH2011 at checkout to get your souvenir.  This offer is good thru October 2011.  Also, remember they offer free shipping with a $50 or more purchase and you get your DiorDiva points!

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