Tag Archives: Product Review

Do you live on planet earth? Then you need Vogue’s #1 SPF (ahem…DNA-Repairing SPF)

Vogue recently rated the Best Dermatologist-approved sunscreens of this year, and I was excited to see that my new fave mineral spf came out on top:

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica® Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+, $50

“I always prefer lightweight physical blockers to chemical sunscreens, plus this one contains DNA Repairsomes that help to reverse harmful effects caused by UV rays while also protecting skin from future damage.”
Dendy Engelman, M.D., New York

Why it’s fabulous:

1) Technology: DNA Repairsomes! These are enzymes that actually work to repair damaged DNA. Wow wow wow!!

2) It’s a lightweight, mineral SPF fluid- not goopy, and doesn’t smell like coconuts.

3) The bottle is really a pretty generous size, I would consider it a great value for the technology feature.

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica® Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+: hard to say, easy to use!What will it do for you?

What will it do for me?

1) DNA is damaged by well, generally bring alive and living on planet earth. Aging, pollution, chemicals, and of course sunlight (not just from that one time on vacay, even just on a daily basis).

This causes age spots, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, crepe-like changes to the skin, and of course: skin cancer.

The DNA Repairing enzymes in ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion are activated by daylight. So, instead of establishing lots more damage while driving to work or walking the kiddos to school every day, you’re potentially reversing damage while protecting your skin with mineral spf.

That’s right: treat and prevent skin damage at the same time.

Features

  • Anti-Aging: Prevents brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.
  • Skin Cancer and AK prevention/treatment: Used as an adjunct therapy to treat Actinic Keratosis, this product is perfect for everyone, but especially if you’ve ever had an AK or previous bout with a skin cancer.
  • It’s Gentle: Mineral, titanium dioxide SPF (non- chemical) makes it great for All Skin Types, even sensitive and acne-prone
  • Fluid formulation: easy-to-use and apply
  • Cosmetically Elegant: Very subtle, fresh scent, won’t affect makeup, doesn’t feel greasy
  • Matte finish -but not powdery or dry- won’t run into your eyes while you’re working out

How To Get It:

Dermatologists and physicians all over are now recommending and carrying this at their offices. Chances are, your Derm, physician’s office, or local med spa carries it.

Check it out here on the ISDIN site to find a location near you.

If you’re local to the Chicago area, you can call our office (with no charge for shipping) DuPage Medical Group – DMG Aesthetics, The Office of Dr. Danahey: 630-545-7840 

We’d love to hear from you.

And in the meantime, stay fabulous my friends!

 

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

TheProductPro.wordpress.com

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.

giphy (1).gif

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!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Real Before-and-After Photos – E Experiments: SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

It’s no secret around the office that I am totally obsessed with SkinMedica’s blend of five different forms of HA.

Why The obsession, you ask?
1. While other hyaluronic acid serums will deliver a superficial plumping effect by binding water in the skin, they are short lived. Typical HA’s only have a lifespan of 2 to 4 hours. SkinMedica’s R+D geniuses took care to stabilize these HA’s, which means all-day and long-term hydration for you.

2. Key Words: “Rejuvenating Hydrator”: yes, applying this magical photoshop-in-a-bottle will create a visible, instant gratification perfection-increase. But aside from the right-now smoothing/plumping effect, this powerhouse serum features a brand new antioxidant, peptides, and polysaccharides which will actually stimulate your skin to produce its own HA after continued use.

3. These photos: the below photos are the result of simply tapping HA5 on top of existing makeup, in the office.

Elapsed time: 40 minutes for one set, 4 hours for the other (whoops, we had a pretty crazy clinic day). Anyway, I’ll think you’ll agree that these results are remarkable!

*no retouching was performed and no filters were used in any way.


Here’s what happens almost instantly when we restore the hydration with HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator: 

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

Elapsed time: 4 hours

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

Elapsed time: 4 hours

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

^ Check out the upper lip here^! – Yes, slather this on ALL OVER your face and neck, AM and PM. Elapsed time: 40 minutes.

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

Elapsed time: 40 minutes

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

^Am I crazy, or is that under-eye crease, like, actually gone?! We’re officially bathing in this at the office. Elapsed time: 40 minutes.

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator Serum product review before and after photos by Elizabeth Weiler theproductpro.wordpress.com

Elapsed time: 40 minutes

Here’s the background on HA: Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is our skin’s natural moisture. We started out making tons of it, but as damage accumulates with age and our cellular turnover process slows down, we make less and less of it. In fact, it’s said that between the ages of 40-50, your skin has lost 50% of the HA it had at age 20!

Known as a “Fountain Of Youth” molecule, HA is super important in the skin to bind water, holding moisture in. HA is also naturally present in our joints for lubrication, and found in many injectable fillers, too. Thanks to the awesome new antioxidants and 5 different kinds of HA in HA5, short-lived temporary gratification from basic/other Hydrating serums is becoming obsolete. …WELCOME TO THIS!


If you add my fave HA5 to your regimen, you’ll get awesome instant gratification with the added benefit of long-term improvement… and I think you’ll be obsessed with it, too!

Click here for more on the long-and-short of the results from HA5 and the technology that sets this product-hero apart from other HA serums.

And until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Practice safe sun and look hot doing it: The Best Self Tanners Of The Year

I spent the entire summer trying numerous self tanners, here are my top picks for 2015:


The BEST Professional Brands

Playboy Celebrity Glitz (yes, playboy brand)

This medium-consistency cream requires care when applying because of its ultra-dark color and potential for staining hands, but is so worth it! Wear gloves and/or apply with a slightly dampened sponge-mit for best results.

Pros:

• darkest and best tan

• not-orange

• no scent

• bronzing

Cons: 

• Will stain hands, cuticles, everything – even if you’re quick to wash after. Wear gloves or a mitt!

the best self tanners theproductpro.wordpress.com

Self Portrait from when I went just a little too fast with the Glitz tanner.


Norvell Dancing with the Stars Mousse

I have a new-found love for foams this year. Cleaner than sprays or airbrush, and quicker to dry than creams or lotions, I found myself defaulting to foams and mousses often. This one is my fave!

Pros:

• quick drying

• slightly bronzing

• clean finish, not dewey or heavy

• beautiful tan result!

Cons:

• must use gloves or a mitt

• doesn’t smell awesome after it starts working. I like this one for overnight use only,

Tip:

• I hear the Norvell brand foam without the “dancing” endorsement is just as good and a little cheaper, but have not tried it yet. You’ll save anywhere from $3-10 for trying the standard, not-endorsed formula.


The BEST Store-Bought Brands:

Victoria secret BRONZE:

This creamy, bronze lotion leaves a pretty and subtle gleam without being sparkly. Whenever I wear it, everyone always asks me what it is and where to get it!

Pros:

• bronzing

• medium consistency

• smells good

Cons:

• too many applications in a row can start to look orange


If you are in a hurry and want something fast from the store, I usually go with

Loreal Sublime Tinted Self Tanning Lotion

Pros:

• bronzing

• light sheen/shimmer

• budget-friendly

• this line also features a towlette, which I sometimes use when I’m in a hurry

• satisfyingly dark level of tan-result

Cons: 

•takes quite a while to dry

• the smell (it’s not terrible, but you can certainly detect that good ole’ self-tanner smell after the fragrance wears down)

• a misleadingly sheer consistency and great slip when applying leads me to think I’ve spread it on evenly each time. Don’t fall for it and take your time!


By far, the best store brand is the new Jergens Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse

Pros:

• bronzing

• Dries FAST!

• budget-friendly

Cons: 

•This is a gradual tanner, so you’ll need to build it up slowly over the course of several days.

• the smell (it’s not terrible, but you can certainly detect that good ole’ self-tanner smell after the fragrance wears down)

• This product is QUICK to stain hands – even if you immediately wash after. I underestimated this. Be sure to wear gloves or a mitt!

This is a great tool for maintaining a professional spray tan, also!


The BEST New Concept:

St. Tropez Gradual Tan In-Shower Lotion

This innovative new product is a lotion you apply IN the shower (once you’re finished up, with the water off). Wait 3 minutes and rinse: Wah-Lah! It’s formulted with sweet almond oil so it leaves your skin smelling sweetly and feeling conditioned by not greasy. Love it!

The BEST New Concept: St Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion theproductpro.wordpress.com

The BEST New Concept: St Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion

Pros:

• No need to wait for it to dry

• No icky self-tanner smell

• No streaks!

Cons: 

•This is a gradual tanner, so you’ll need to build it up slowly over the course of several days.

• I am a wimp, and get cold in the shower even when it’s on. Despite only needing to wait 3 minutes, I get cold and find myself skipping it some days.


the best self tanners theproductpro.wordpress.com
I hope you found a new product to experiment with from this review!

Until Next Time, Practice Safe sun and Stay Fabulous My Friends!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Advertisements