Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bad skin year

Lately my skin has been looking kind of rough. Turning a certain age never helps, I guess. Sun damage had accumulated and so have the fine lines. I even developed the dreaded crow's foot. Just one on each side form the corner of my eye, half way up my temples. OK, that is not really new, but it doesn't help. Friend suggested I bump up my skin care, with something more serious. It's a thought. For now I have my eye on Rens' Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It seems serious enough, but still with the natural ingredients I like. Altogether, Ren seems to be very serious about skin care. With names like Sirtuin Phytohorme Replenishing Cream and Rose 012 Moisture Defense Serum, how could you not be. The  mask carries a hefty price tag too. $67 @ Kiss & Makeup in West Van and $55 @ Sephora. It promises to renew skin give it radiance, lighten scars and minimize sun damage. It also won an award from InStyle in 2008 for best beauty buy. Sounds good to me. Stay tuned and I will let you know how this miracle worker did.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Make up Demo by Carmindy

I just love Carmindy. Her makeup is delicate and flawless and she definitely does not over do it. For those who want to master her looks or just those who need to learn the basics, Carmindy rocks.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

fab skin

I have always been a pale girl. So pale, in fact, people made comments, often unkind.
After 20 something years in pursuit of the perfect tan (which I believe I had twice), and two pregnancies, my skin was ravaged with suns spots and hyper pigmentation. I am not alone. At my age, the thing that ages a woman most is not wrinkles, but uneven skin tone.
So some of my secret weapons:
First, exfoliate. This is as important as moisturizing and sun protection. The dead skin cells need help sloughing off and accumulation makes the skin look more uneven then it is. You also stimulate the cell turn over and reveal younger, smoother, more even skin tone. My secret weapon is Exfoliating Foaming facial cleanser by Suki. Included in the ingredients are sugar and lemon. Lemon helps fade sun spots. My skin always looks brilliant after I use it and it is safe to use when on a sunny vacation. As a matter of fact I don't leave home without it.
Second, and in the winter only, use a product designed for fading. This you need to be careful with as it makes skin photosensitive and is full of chemicals so use sparingly and rarely and always wear spf. Even in winter. I use Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector and it works well. For those who want milder results with nicer ingredients I suggest Caudile Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. It does not make skin photosensitive and has a nice smoothing and moisturizing effect. It is safe to use in the sun and helps with a better, more even tan. I can't use it, my skin rejects it, as it does most serums.
And last, always protect with an spf. I adore Keys. All natural developed to be safe for women with cancer. Moisturizing not greasy,with a radiant effect but wait a bit before applying makeup.
Clinique at the Bay, Sears and Sephora

 Suki online @ Smashing Cosmetica or at Whole Foods

@ Sephora
Keys on line