When it comes to effective skin and hair care, price is not always the main attraction. What follows in this advicesisters.com feature are products from companies that offer something special. From low cost to high end, all deliver what they promise, and more.
Skin + Pharmacy Glycolic Peel Pads
Skin + Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Therapy Glycolic Peel Pads (20/$19.99) are a budget beauty find! These gentle exfoliating pads have a specially formulated Microsponge” technology to gently release the product. They also feature calendula Extract to soothe, and Vitamin E to nurture your skin.
We love the(e.g. on vacation, or before a big date) to renew and reveal brighter skin no matter where you are.
Wipe the pad over your skin (avoid eyes, lips, nostrils) and wait 10 minutes, then rinse for brighter skin! The alcohol, fragrance, and oil-free formula is suitable for all skin types (we tested this and the ingredients were good for all).
Important! follow with a good sunscreen to protect your skin. The wipes have alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Find these at your local CVS Drugstore or online at cvs.com along with other Skin + Pharmacy products.
Alastin Restorative Neck Complex
Some parts of our bodies are ignored but they really shouldn’t be. ALASTIN Skincare recently launched Alastin Restorative Neck Complex ($110), a stunning new product for your neck and decollete. It features ALASTIN’s TriHex Technology® and is fragrance-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free.
This product is designed specifically for skin below the chin and above the chest such as crepey skin, skin laxity, and photo-aged discoloration. We love the pump jar packaging that helps protect the product from contamination and gives you the right dosage.
The key is the TriHex Technology® that helps correct signs of aging as it is designed to support the production of new elastin and collagen while cleaning out the old, damaged collagen. The peptides send “messages” to your skin to create new healthy collagen. As explained to me at an editor’s event for HALO laser recently, when you eliminate the effects of saboteurs to your skin such as sun and pollution damage, your skin can work more easily to generate fresh, new skin
The unique combo of key peptides and other age-reversing ingredients may not give you the dramatic result of surgical intervention, but it can go a long way to making your skin look firmer, younger, better. Alastin Skincare features a number of unique, effective skincare treatments including Alastin Regeneration Skin Neckar which can even help to pre-treat your skin before laser treatments and to help your skin heal and regenerate collagen. afterward.
ALASTIN Restorative Neck Complex and other Alastin products are available from ALASTIN Skincare® aesthetic physicians’ offices. Visit www.alastin.com to find a physician retailer near you.
RETINOPUR By Vie
A luxuriously scented (with citrus and musk notes), lightweight fluid with the power of retinol encourages an anti-wrinkle action as it increases collagen and elastin. It purifies, exfoliates, and unclogs pores to reduce blackheads. A multi-purpose amino acid complex helps to reduce sebum and also tackle blackheads and skin inflammation.
The thing that we really love about this RETINOPUR Wrinkles – Imperfections Retinol Fluid is the encapsulated delivery of retinol, which means it is released more gradually so it’s effective but also good for oily skin.
The product is good for daily use morning and evening and we know that when you like a product, you’re likely to continue using it regularly. That’s why we think the Vie RETINOPUR Wrinkles – Imperfections Retinol Fluid is a worthy investment. Get it at places like dermstore.com and for more information visit the VIE Website: http://www.viecollection.com/en/index.html
Mystic Black For Hair
The Brazillian blowout is hugely popular, but you can get most of the shiny, soft, sleek hair look temporarily with the Mystic Black collection from Novex. These products from Latin America are clear not black, and they de-tangle, shine, de-frizz and can help seal split ends.
Mystic Black was developed to give hair a proper amount of shine and hydration. The key ingredient is intense hydrating oil from the seed of the Baobab Tree (with Vitamins A, C, D, E and omega 3, 6, and 9) to help combat dryness and damage.
All of the products are $9.99 except for the leave-in conditioner which is $17.99, making the Mystic Black line budget-friendly. The shampoo is low–foam so if your hair doesn’t feel “squeaky” clean after using it, not to worry. However, your hair will be shiny, sleek and de-frizzed once your blow dry or air dry.
We especially liked the hair mask, which made even hair that felt like straw, into shiny silk. They are very emollient products, however, so if your hair is really oily, use them sparingly or as a once-a-week treat.
Get Mystic Black on Amazon and for more information visit the Mystic Black/Novex web site: https://novexhaircare.com/collections/mystic-black
TwinMedix PRO: ESSENTIALS are pharmaceutical-grade, pure concentration vitamins A, C & E with anti-oxidants. Beneath the colorful, oxygen-free pump containers are powerful skin savers. One of the things so great about this line is that each product is made for a specific skin type or need.
TwinMedix Pro Essentials C10 is scientifically formulated with 10% ascorbic acid(pure Vitamin C) to help brighten skin.
Pro Essentials E5 is scientifically formulated with 5% Tocopherol (pure Vitamin E) to help protect skin and defend against environmental aggressors.
Pro Essentials A15 is scientifically formulated with 0.15% Retinol(pure Vitamin A) to soften the look of deep wrinkles, while Pro Essentials X; 02 is a “smart exfoliator gel” to transform skin with energizing oxygenation to remove dirt, oil, and makeup.
An exfoliator with “oomph” is the Pro Essentials X resurface that uses soothing aloe vera, 13 organic botanical extracts to exfoliate dead skin cells resurfacing skin with Dead Sea Salt. (you use this on dry skin, massage it in, rinse it off). Follow with moisturizer and SPF.
We suggest trying the entire line by purchasing the TwinMedix Travel Kit just $25! For more information on TwinMedix products visit: https://www.twinmedix.com
There’s more! MedixBeauty is a new app for IOS and Android that is not just an amazing resource for makeup artists, it’s going to fascinate beautistas, as well. The new app features some of the most experienced and exciting makeup artists you’ll find anywhere offering advice, tips, and even how they got started in the beauty business.
If you’ve ever wanted to be a makeup artist, or just do great makeup, this app, developed by Michelle Shaffer, founder of TwinMedix is not just amazingly informative, it’s incredibly entertaining.
There is a nominal fee for a subscription ($2.99/month). Download it from the app store or play store and focus on beauty every day! For more information visit http://www.medixbeauty.com/
YES TO Cucumbers & Cotton
We don’t just say “yes to..we say “Yay! for..” Yes to Cotton soothing products for ultra sensitive skin and allergy-prone skin, and Yes To Cucumbers for sensitive skin.
What’s not to like about fun, effective skincare that is budget-friendly, The cotton and cucumber cleansers are designed with their own brush heads built in plus plastic covers to keep everything sanitary.
The Yes To Cotton Anti-pollution Oxygenated Foaming cleanser ($10) is really special thanks to a built-in brush head with soft plastic “bristles” that foams and gently cleanses skin with 95% natural ingredients, Formulated without Parabens and Silicones and it’s Leaping Bunny Certified. Add more pampering with the Anti-Pollution Oxygenated Facial Mask ($16).
Massage a bit into your skin to feel the gentle and lightweight mask start to bubble, and after 10 minutes your skin will feel softer and protected. The delivery system is a pump with its own stopper to keep the product fresh.
Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Exfoliating Cleansing Balm ($11) arrives in a jar with fresh cucumber scented creamy cleanser with little green exfoliating beads. Attached to the top of the jar is a large, round, (cucumber-green) exfoliating brush with small silicone “bristles.”
Yes to Cucumbers is made without parabens, SLS or silicones, it’s a gentle and fun cleanser to use every day!
Treat your skin royally, for just a few dollars more with a Yes To Cucumbers Super Eye Mask ($3) that are calming and soothing, This sheet masks depuffs and is a lot nicer than using cucumber slices.
The rest of your face deserves the Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Cooling Mud Mask ($16) with a “roll-on” top to keep things easy to apply, and clean. roll on, relax, let dry, rinse off.
Get Yes To products at Ulta and mass market retailers. For more information visit http://www.yesto.com/