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Hydration Hacks: 3 ways to get more ‘Bang for your Buck’ from your Hydrating Serum

Everyone swears by hydrating serums, but when you jumped on the bandwagon, did feel just a smidge underwhelmed?  

Do you have a Hydrating Serum that’s just “eh”? Or, do you want to get more from your already-awesome hydrating serum (because, who doesn’t?!)? Read on for my Hydration Hacks and be sure to check out my tips for choosing the right Hydration serum Product below. 


The Product Pro’s 3 Top Hydration Hacks for getting the most out of your HA Serum:

1. Be Quick After Cleansing

Apply hydrating serums to damp skin. Think about it: if Hyaluronic Acid (HA) binds water to the skin to keep things hydrated, starting out with more water in the skin will get you ahead of the game.

It’s said that your skin will hold up to 8 TIMES more water when you apply product while water is still present in the skin. This means: don’t let the skin get “bone dry” after cleansing. Get your products on right away.

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Don’t let this be your skin before putting your hydrating product on!


2. Missed the window? 

MIST to get the Most (out of your product).

If you absolutely must blow-dry your hair first, -or- if your skin feels super tight/ dry right after cleansing (regardless of how quickly you get to applying your products), try misting with a thermal spring water or hydration mist before (and after) your hydrating serum application.

This will turbo-boost your serum’s super power of hydration. You can even mist during the day to refresh makeup.

My all-time favorite mists:

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

Glo Minerals Moist Hydration Mist

Avène Thermal Spring Water

Product Pro Approved: Rich in beneficial minerals like selenium and pH-perfect: I think these are the some of BEST mists out there

No mist within reach? Lightly dampen fingertips with water before/during application. This helps to increase the skin’s capacity (and the serum’s) to hold that valuable water/hydration in.


3. Don’t stop there.

^Speaking of holding water in, be sure to apply HA serums just before a moisturizer. You’ll realize the full benefits of HA only when you layer something creamy on top.

This means using it as the last step right before your day cream or night cream. Think of your HA like a Moisturizer-Super-Charger, pulling the moisture from your day or night cream into your skin and holding it in for you – helping you get hydrated and stay that way.

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Think of HA Serum and Moisturizer like^


But which product should you pick?

…A few notes on what to look for in your hydrating serum:

First off, make sure your serum features hyaluronic acid (HA). This water-loving ingredient binds water in the skin and helps you hold onto it, smoothing, and hydrating the skin without heaviness, greasiness or ‘goop’. It’s said that HA holds 1000 times it’s weight in water, which is what we would want in a humectant, moisturizer-super-charger.

You can find the most common derivative of it HA on an ingredient deck as “sodium hyaluronate“… this is a form that can get into the skin (has a lower molecular weight) which is good – because if we’re going to bother to use something, it better be able to get in, right?


My all-time fave hydrating Serum has 5 different forms of HA and even stimulates your skin to make its own HA: Read about SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator here.

Check out some before-and-after photos that I took using my favorite HA Serum here.


Try these proven tricks and get more ‘bang for your buck’ out of your hydrating serum – and in the meantime, stay fabulous, my friends!

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3 fast facts: Teoxane

Teoxane Cosmeceuticals is a Swiss skincare line licensed and distributed by Alphaeon. When a good friend of mine began working for Alphaeon, I had my first opportunity to try the RHA Serum.

Front and center is the RHA Serum: I'm enjoying experimenting with this tall drink of water for the skin during cold Chicago winter weather.

Front and center: RHA Serum. I’m enjoying experimenting with this tall drink of water for the skin during the SUPER-cold Chicago winter weather.

Here are a 3 reasons you might just love Teoxane RHA Serum:

1) The Ingredients: The combo of the patented RHA (Resilient Hyaluronic Acid) with 8 amino acids, 3 antioxidants, 2 minerals, and a vitamin make this a nice concentrate of actives that hydrate and protect. Antioxidants are vital to the defense and preservation of your skin in the barrage of free radical damage we experience by like, leaving the house every day.


Ummmm, Time Out: What the heck is Resilient Hyaluronic Acid (RHA), you ask?

Teoxane Cosmeceuticals’ skincare line has the same crossed-linked hyaluronic acid used in their dermal-filler injections (Not yet available in the US). The main difference is the patented cross-linking process. A good comparison with a US cross-linked HA filler? It would be like if Juvederm was available for topical use. 

HA is already a popular skin care and dermal filler ingredient for it’s water-loving properties, but Teoxane’s RHA is said to form a mesh on the application zone that allows the active ingredients to gradually be released. Pretty cool concept.


2) The History: TEOXANE Laboratories was established in Geneva in 2003 and has been busy with the design and production of HA based dermal fillers, with products in more than 80 countries. If they know HA that well, I’m going to guess that the quality of the HA ingredient in the topical line is top notch, Oh, and this has got to say something: The RHA technology has been patented now for 10 years!

3) The Feel of it: This paraben free, satin-like serum feels like a gloriously light makeup primer. I was told to use it as one of the last steps in my skincare routine to fully take advantage of the primer-like benefit, but I love how my other products glide on after it’s application.

Check it out here, http://www.teoxane.com/en/rhatm-serum

And until next time, stay fabulous, my friends!

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Food for Thought: Veggie-Based AntiAging Skin Care!

I will not pretend to be an expert in the realm of hormones. Not at all. In fact, I am perplexed by how intensely women are affected by hormones: hormonal changes, hormonal aging, and hormonal imbalances. Seriously, hormones affect just about everything… from hair growth and loss, kidney function, reproductive organs (obv), skin aging, and uhhh… basically everything. I thought this was a neat line to look into because of how little awareness there is on this topic (myself included, but perhaps a universal issue?)

Ummm, Yeah!  I TOTALLY get what's going on here. Why do you ask??? (brain explodes)

Ummm, Yeah! I TOTALLY get what’s going on here. Why do you ask??? (brain explodes)

The VENeffect Line was founded by Chicago locals (and sisters!) Rebecca and Cecil Booth. Rebecca Booth, MD is a gynecologist and hormonal expert, who aims to balance the decline of estrogen influence on the skin as we age. She and Cecil designed this line to provide women with a solution to the hormonal aging issue by utilizing their proprietary blend of phytoestrogens in topical products.

The Booth Girls, founders of the VENeffect line

The Booth Girls, founders of the VENeffect line

Here’s what the Booth girls say about PhytoEstrogens and what they do for the skin when applied topically: (click below to go to their site)

“They increase skin’s production of collagen as well as boost hyaluronic acid production, the dewy substance that gives healthy skin its glow. Phytoestrogens also increase the activity of fibroblasts: collagen-making cells that also pump out elastin, the substance that gives skin elasticity.  Phytoestrogens are also potent anti-oxidants that neutralize toxic free radicals as well as promote healing in order to slow premature aging. VENeffect has developed a proprietary phytoestrogen system that is safe and highly effective at restoring and preserving skin’s collagen and youthful glow.”

Here they are talking about the science behind VENeffect (click below to watch a vid):

http://video.neimanmarcus.com/media/veneffect0212.mp4 

 

From my perspective:

As far as the efficacy of topical phytoestrogen’s direct effect on the elasticity/tone of the skin: Hey, it’s food for thought!  I will leave the hormonal science up to them, and physicians or experts on this topic. What I CAN comment on is my personal experience while experimenting with this line. Here are my top three favorites:

#1 Favorite: I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Anti-Aging Lip Treatment ($85) .  This award-winning lip treatment harnesses that  ‘phytoestrogen technology’ to deeply hydrate. I applied twice a day, and really enjoyed the light green-tea-ish fragrance and delicate consistency. It really felt like the skin on and around my lips absorbed the product. While using it, I had no issues with color-bleeding  from lipstick, nor did I have any issues with flaky, dry, peely, or cracked lips. LOVED this.

2nd Place: The anti-Aging Eye Treatment ($125) was a nice product, too. I was told by Melissa Moore, (the Product Specialist that educated me here in Chicago) that the founders designed it to work well when applied OVER makeup in case you need a mid-day refresh. I tried it for myself and it did not roll up, ball off, or make my makeup muddy. This was a nice rescue product when my allergies caused me to wake up with puffiness, and when I got too little sleep a few times during the week.

3rd: The Firming Neck and Decollate ($155) product is  another winner in my book for it’s rich, yet not-greasy consistency.

 

I look forward to continuing to learn more about phytoestrogens and their impact on hormonally aging skin. But in the meantime, at least I found my current favorite lip product!  (So at least I can look good, even if I’m not totally sure why!)

I've got some homework, but at least I'll look great doing it!

I’ve got some homework, but at least I’ll look great doing it!

Until Next time, stay Fabulous My friends!

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