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Skin Care Secrets from the Dermatologist to the Stars

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Skin Care Secrets from the Dermatologist to the Stars
By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres all have something in common besides a net worth of zillions. They share the same dermatologist -- Dr. Harold Lancer, who dispenses advice and high-tech treatments from his office on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, next to boutiques like CHANEL, Dior, Prada and Ralph Lauren. Now, in his new book, Younger: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin, Lancer shares his simple four-step secret to getting red-carpet radiant skin (no matter your bank balance).

1. Exfoliate your skin every day and do it before you cleanse. A gentle daily “polish” --the word Lancer actually prefers to exfoliate -- is like “taking the tarnish off silver.” Dead cells and surface debris are whisked away to allow “fresh, radiant skin to shine through.” You can polish your skin either mechanically (with a loofah, rough washcloth or a scrub with tiny beads), or you can choose a chemical exfoliator that uses enzyme-based ingredients like papaya or pineapple to dissolve those old skin cells. Polish your skin once a day, preferably at night, for 60 to 90 seconds. Dampen your skin with warm water before you begin and finish with a rinse of lukewarm water.

2. Follow polishing with a non-irritating cleanser to cart away the uprooted debris. Apply a pea-sized drop of cleanser to your fingertips and massage it into your skin, working from the jawline up.

3. Complete your nighttime skin care regimen with a nourishing lotion, cream or serum. Check the ingredients label for damage-fighting antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Peptides and pentapeptides will also keep your skin looking its best by boosting the production of new collagen. Again, apply a pea-sized amount and work the product into your skin from the jawline to your hairline.

4. During the day add one more step: protect. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. For all steps of this regimen, find products that feel good on your skin. The more “pampered” your skin care regimen makes you feel, says Lancer, the more likely you are to stick with it.

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My favorite Neutrogena Products

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 In honor of National Relaxation Day, I wanted to write a quick post about some tried and true favorites over here at The Makeup Blogger.  Since I was a teen I have been a huge fan of Neutrogena products. It started with my beloved Oil Free Acne Wash, and moved onto their amazing sunscreens. 

Now, as an adult I found new loves in the line and especially adore their body products that give me that added dose of pampering.  I have even gotten Mike hooked on the Rainbath! The scent is uni-sex and very musky, which we both love.  My other love is the classic Body Oil, which is perfection in the summer because it sinks into the skin immediately, and leaves behind a very soft almond scent.  I am already on my third bottle, which is pretty amazing considering how much product I have on hand.  It is the moisturizer I grab on a daily basis. 

Another new permanent addition in our home is the Norwegian Hand Cream, which has saved Mikes hands.  He is a foreman for a concrete company, and he paws take a beating!  This non-greasy cream is very soothing, and does the trick at breaking down his cracked and overly dry man hands.  

Since today is National Relaxation Day, I encourage you to take a moment for yourself. Even if it is only for 5 min. You are important, and should always take a few min out of your day to care for yourself, whether that is by treating yourself to a shower with a soothing body wash, or giving yourself a little hand massage to soothe away the aches of the day.  Here is to you! 

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5 Things We Can Learn About Beauty From Supermodel Chrissy Teigen

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DuJour Magazine sits down with this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model, Chrissy Teigen as she dishes her favorite beauty products, and admits to breaking the biggest beauty rule - she doesn’t wash her face at night! Read below for five things we can learn about beauty from Teigen:

1.) When life is simple, life is good. From Teigen’s two favorite outfits consisting of jean shorts, a slouchy shirt and chunky boots, and a terrycloth towel to her favorite product- Aquaphor, her simplicity is perhaps something that makes her so gorgeous.

2.) Going against the rules of the beauty industry isn’t so bad after all. After making a comment that hinted towards the idea that she doesn’t wash her face at night, when asked the question, “You really don’t wash your face before bed?” Her response was, 
“Never.”

3.) Plane rides can be a great time for pampering. “My face never looks better than when I get off a plane. Because I never wash my face before bed, ever, in real life, but on airplanes the second I get in my seat I use my face towels, I’ll use a nose strip, I’ll do everything,” said Teigen.

4.) Every woman needs her favorite beauty products. Teigen swears by SK-II face masks and under eye masks, Aquaphor, Benefit brow kits, and Oribe, and continues by saying, “I could go on forever.”

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Clayspray

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Clayspray harnesses the power of clay to give your skin new life. They actually refer to clay as “the secret of life” and the line of Clayspray for Face products are designed around that principle. A combination of mineral water and clay masques are available for nearly every skin type with each offering it's own unique benefits. My favorite part – the products are incredibly easy to use and of course, they're far cheaper than heading to a spa for a comparable treatment

Before you apply any of the masques, Clayspray recommends starting with the H2Ospray Hydrate Natura Spring Water to prepare your skin. It's designed to both moisturize and refresh skin and can even be used to fix makeup throughout your hectic day.

The next step is choosing a Clayspray Clay Masque. Each masque tackles common skin issues such as removing toxins and impurities, using natural minerals to fight the signs of aging, reducing pore size and moisturizing. The clay contains collagen boosting silica, moisturizing potassium and overall skin health boosting calcium. All this is mixed with Aloe Vera to improve cell regeneration and reduce inflammation.

All you have to do is apply, let dry and wash away. It really is that simple to turn back the clock or simply prevent skin from ever showing it's age. I'd recommend these for anyone looking for a powerful, yet more natural way to take care of their skin and fight all the signs of aging at once.

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Easy Summer Beauty with Walgreens!

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The summer time can be one of the hardest seasons to get a gorgeous makeup look. Battling the heat, humidity, and *eeek* sweat, you have a plethora of barriers keeping you from being a fresh faced goddess. Never fear my beauty friends! Walgreens has enlisted me to help you put together a simple and stunning Summer beauty look that will keep you protected, and keep your makeup melt-proof.


First things first…sun protection! I like to have two options on hand. I start off with a lotion (which is my preferred method for protecting my face) and then keep a spray on hand for touch ups throughout the day. My current favorites are Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen for my initial boost of protection and hydration. Next, I make sure to keep my Banana Boat Sun Spray in my purse for all day spritzing and protection. It is super easy to spray on the go, and it instantly absorbs into the skin. Love!


Next, I make sure to use a BBCream on my face for a clean and natural coverage that doesn’t cake or fade during the summer heat. Keep the rest of the face simple! During the summer, all you need is a punch of color on the lips to give your face a radiant boost. Due to the heat, your cheeks will have a natural flush, so keep it clean with a long lasting lip such as Revlon Moisture Stain lip stain in Barcelona Nights. The color is amazing on all skin tones, lasts through the worst of humidity issues, and can even be used on the cheeks if you want an extra punch of sheer color. This will be your new summer must have.

Finish off your look with a few coats of mascara. My current favorite is Maybelline Pumped up! Mascara. This mascara gives you the look of false lashes, and allows you to keep your eye look minimal. The glorious, black lashes are all you need!

Last, but not least, finish off your summer look with a bright nail color. My go to for summer is the Revlon Gel Envy in Hot Hand (don’t you just looove the name!). The coral-pink color looks amazing with my flip flops and brightens up my look. It screams “summer is here”. Find a bright, cheerful color, and rock that pedicure my friends!

There you have it! A simple, clean and easy summer look that will keep you protected and makeup meltdown free. Enjoy!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens Beauty through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

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DHC Skincare Sets

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Give your face an extra moisturizing boost with DHC's amazing olive oil and coQ10 sets. I'm a huge fan of skincare sets since they provide me with the right set of products to achieve maximum results. These sets are no different. Plus, they're DHC which means your skin will love every product.

Anyone dealing with dry skin will likely see a major difference in their skin after using the DHC Olive Essentials Set . From cleansing to moisturizing, this set does it all. The set is their best selling for a reason, and has been an essential in my personal arsenal of skincare products for years. The Deep Cleansing Oil puts olive oil to work to get rid of any dirt and makeup on your skin. Ensure your pores are squeaky clean by washing with the Mild Soap. The Mild Lotion provides the first layer of moisturizer while the Olive Virgin Oil ensures moisture stays locked in. Not only will your skin be cleaner than ever, it'll feel smooth and supple too.

If you feel you need that extra boost of firming, and brightening, than try out the CoQ10 set! Each of the Firming CoQ10 sets feature the Deep Cleansing Oil to moisturize and cleanse at the same time. DHC recommends using any lathering cleanser after the cleansing oil to finish washing away any other impurities. Both sets also include the CoQ10 Lotion to help tone skin. You can choose between the Cream or Milk sets with each containing either CoQ10 Cream or CoQ10 Face Milk moisturizers. The high concentration of CoQ10 helps firm skin to give you a youthful appearance. You can also separately order the amazing DHC CoQ10 Neck Cream to help take care of the often neglected neckline. 

With the sets ranging from $85 - $88, these sets are far cheaper than purchasing each item separately. Think of them as a skincare makeover to fight the signs of aging and everyday dryness.

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Tria Age-Defying Laser Review #2

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It has been two months since starting my skincare regimen with Tria Age-Defying Laser. I have now moved onto Level 3,and can’t wait to share with you my results and observations so far.

EXPERIENCE:
• I use the Tria Age-Defying Laser nightly after I brush my teeth and cleanse my face. This has become one of my favorite nightly rituals. I have found that I love the application process and how it helps me unwind and collect my thoughts right before I head to bed.
• The laser has a pain-free “heat” that your skin adjusts to with each level. Think of tiny little pin pricks. It is uncomfortable at first, but then you become accustomed to the sensation. By week 4, I became comfortable, and even began to enjoy the feeling of the laser. On Level 3, the hot sensation (which is reminiscent of a sunburn) usually took around 45 min to subside.
• After each treatment, my skin would be red (mind you, I have very fair/sensitive skin), but this was always gone by morning. After finishing my nightly treatment, I apply the Tria Age-Defying Finishing Serum. I absolutely love the serum, and how nourishing it feels on my post-treatment skin. Incredibly soothing. When my skin becomes too dry, I add some jojoba oil to the serum to give it an added hydration boost. I also make sure to exfoliate in the morning, which has helped to alleviate any extra dryness. I also make sure to use a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF to protect my new, beautiful skin!

IT WORKS The laser light activates your body’s own natural renewal process to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which in turn reduces fine lines and creates smoother skin.
• No downtime for recovery after the laser. All redness and dryness fades by morning.
• I have heard that this type of laser actually increases the absorption of serums and creams.
• Cleared for use by the FDA as the only at-home laser clinically proven to treat multiple signs of aging on the entire face

PROGRESS: After the first few weeks, I noticed that my skin was smoother, and my pores seemed more refined. I still can’t get over how touchable my skin is. Think baby soft!

The most noticeable difference for me has been with the texture of my skin. I have become “poreless,” or so it seems. My face needs less foundation than usual, and has a stunning glow. It looks healthy, and dare I say….radiant? Another bonus, the deep forehead crease is almost gone! I even see that my freckles have softened. I am hooked.

I can’t wait to finish the program and share the completed look. This is truly a miraculous device that helps to subtly transform your skin.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tria Beauty and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own. Photos by Tria Beauty.

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