Category : Beauty

Save or Splurge on the Best Exfoliators

You are a grown woman, which means an exfoliator needs to be part of your beauty regime. Your face cannot afford to be without one! Your skin cells are always regenerating, about every 28-31 days if you’re younger and a little bit longer if you’re, ahem, a bit more mature. Without help to slough off and remove these dead skin cells, they can lead to clogged pores and dull skin — and prevent your skincare products from being effective.

Whether you are dealing with adult acne or fine lines, sunspots or dull skin, all of the skincare products you use — serums, lotions, foundations and more — will work better when you have exfoliated skin. Here are three options I’m loving at every price range.Best Exfoliator to Splurge on: Lancer Polish

Splurge: The luxury face exfoliator

I recently tried The Lancer Method three-part system, which includes an exfoliator, gentle cleanser and moisturizer. My favorite is the exfoliator, by far. The system has you exfoliate before you cleanse, an interesting switch of steps but one that is designed to better prepare your skin for cleansing.

The exfoliating Polish is pretty gritty, which I love. It combines a self-warming element to make the exfoliation more effective, along with pure minerals and pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes to remove surface debris and dull, dry skin cells. Plus, it has lavender in it, which makes it divine to use before bed. It is not cheap, but with fans like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian looking to get that “Lancer glow,” it might be a worthwhile skin treat. (Psst! If you’re on the fence, buy it through Sephora so you can return it if it’s not a great fit for your skin.)

Boot Botanics

Save: The drugstore face exfoliator

Despite my love of Lancer, you don’t have to spend a bundle to to keep your skin exfoliated. Head to your nearest Target beauty section or Ulta store to pick up one of my drugstore faves: the Boots Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish Age Defense. For $13, you get a powerful polish made of superfine pumice particles that can be used once a week to buff off those dead skin cells. The polish also combines the antioxidant power of ginkgo extract and the soothing moisture of shea butter to leave your skin looking fresh and smooth. This scrub is also pretty gritty, so if you have sensitive skin, you might want to pass.

Baking soda exfoliator

DIY: Make your own face exfoliator

Want an even simpler and more affordable exfoliator that will still slough off that dead surface skin? Head to the kitchen and grab your baking soda. Mix a teaspoon or so with some water or your favorite creamy cleanser to make a paste and massage onto your skin. The baking soda is super fine so it won’t irritate your skin, and since you can mix it with water or a cleanser, and adjust the amount you add, it’s easy to customize the formula to fit your skin.

No more excuses! Pick your perfect exfoliator and get to sloughing!
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Dear neck,

I never took notice of you before, assuming I would be young forever. You and I had a great relationship. You do whatever I do, you come with me everywhere, and you look great with a bit of bling. Now, three kids later, and you seem more noticeable than ever, and I can admit that I took you for granted in the past. We exercise together, and although my body remains toned, you seem to have lost the spring in your step. Thanksgiving is inching closer and closer, and I want anything but to have a turkey neck. I started looking at you a bit closer in the mirror after a conversation I had with my friends during dinner.

One of my girlfriends told me that she has lines on her neck from sleeping on her stomach. Another friend responded that it was part of the aging process and demonstrated how sleeping on your stomach doesn’t create lines. She forgot to mention she sleeps on her back! When I got home I started to take a close look at my neck — do I have sleep lines on my neck and chest? I started to do a daily check, too.

Does sleeping on your stomach give you lines on your neck?

After I received my SiO SkinPad package and began using the pad, I saw a difference on my neck after two nights of wear. The SiO SkinPad is a new product that uses medical-grade silicone to reduce wrinkles on the décolleté while you sleep. Additionally, if I want to boost my neck’s appearance before going out in the evening, I put the SiO SkinPad on while I am getting ready to give me a radiant and smooth look. This pad is reusable and fits firmly in place as it encourages my skin to repair and create new collagen production. Not only did I notice that by using the SiO, my skin remained soft, it helped to maintain my natural moisture.

The SiO is remarkably able to keep fine lines at bay, and provide a protective barrier from allergens and irritants while sleeping on my stomach!

Now I ask you, have you taken notice of your neck? Be prepared for the holidays… without looking like the main dish.

This post is not sponsored. Product was received to review. As always, all opinions are our own.

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Oh, summer — full of too much sun, too many late nights, and too many margaritas. While we’re already missing our summer fun, we’re certainly not loving the sun spots and dull, dehydrated skin it left behind. Get your skin back in shape with these pads, peels and masks designed to deal with your post-summer skin woes.

Dealing with Post-Summer Skin

Whether you’re dealing with discoloration or dehydration, rough patches or dullness, these at-home peels and masks can help to rejuvenate your skin to reveal brighter, clearer, smoother skin. Let’s be honest: These products aren’t magic and don’t work overnight. But integrate them into your skincare routine now and you’ll see start to see major skin improvements within a month.

Skincare Peels and Pads

At-home skin peel pads

I haven’t ventured into the world of professional peels (yet). You know the ones where you have to hide your face for a week afterwards and that make layers of skin peel off your face to reveal baby-butt smooth skin underneath? While I get up the nerve to try one of those, I’ve been happy to start small with these gentler daily peels that slowly, but steadily, help to reveal brighter, clearer skin. If you’re new to peels, start with the new L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads. Under $20 and easy to find at Target, Walgreens or Ulta, these pre-soaked pads rely on 10% glycolic complex to encourage cell turnover and a micro-texturized surface to gently exfoliate your skin while you swipe. No rinsing. No measuring. No waiting. Just swipe these one-step pads before bed and see clearer, smoother skin in a month.

Another favorite drugstore find is the Olay ProX Nightly Purifying Micro Peel. I had seen my favorite beauty magazines and websites rave about this OTC peel and it’s lived up to the hype. Free of fragrance, oil and dye, this peel uses a trio acids — glycolic, citric and lactic — and vitamin B to improve your skin in just five days. The formula is lightweight, feels great on the skin, and as an added bonus, it comes packaged in a smart bottle — when you unscrew the top, the ingenious built-in dropper automatically fills with the perfect amount of product you need. You have no excuse not to put it on before bed… even when you’re exhausted from adulting.

I also tried out a sample of the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel Pads. One of the things I like about these pads is that they are available in five strengths: Alpha Beta® Ultra Gentle, Universal (same Original Formula), Extra Strength, Medi-Spa, and Ferulic and Retinol Wrinkle Recovery (click here to see the difference and find the best one for your skin type). The pads come packaged with two separate pads. The Step 1 Pad is soaked with the exfoliating acids — wipe it over your face until the pad feels dry. Then open the second pad and apply. This Step 2 Pad controls the acid activity and delivers anti-aging additives. My skin is pretty resilient, so while the Ultra Gentle pads were a bit too mellow for me, I’m looking forward to upgrading to the Medi-Spa, and Ferulic and Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Pads next time.

Origin Plantscription Youth Sheet Mask

Post-summer skin masks

I love a good facial mask. There’s something about putting on a mask that says, “I’m taking time for me.” I’ve slathered on a number of different masks this month, but here are three that really stuck out. The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel truly lives up to its name. It looks and feels like a mask but does alllll the work of a peel. The directions say to “Leave on for one to five minutes as tolerated” and let me tell you – you will feel this one working. The multi-acid peel uses a combination of three powerful exfoliators — lactic acid, salicylic acid and mucor miehei extract — to reveal brighter, smoother skin. Be sure to do a patch test if you have extra sensitive skin and follow this mask up with a soothing and hydrating oil or night cream.

Another favorite was the Bliss Mask a-‘Peel’ Radiance Revealing Rubberizing Mask — try to say that three times fast! Available in a three-pack, you mix the powder with three tablespoons of water to create a glue-like paste. Apply it quickly to your face in a thick, but even layer, and then wait 20 minutes. Vitamin C and antioxidants fight free-radicals to leave skin brighter, while seaweed and Bilberry extract detoxify and calm the skin. When time is up, you get to relive that kindergarten sensation of peeling Elmer’s glue off your hands! The mask comes off in long, thick strips that I’d put in the trash instead of down the drain. Rinse off any remaining mask and revel in your newfound radiance.

Finally, my intro to sheet masks was the Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Sheet Mask. While this mask definitely won the award for “Most Likely to Scare the Children” there’s something about a mask that requires that you lay down and relax that provide benefits beyond the skin. Designed to deal with dryness, dullness and fine lines, this oil-infused mask combines raspberry oil, rosehip oil and tamanu oil, along with the Plantscription Collection’s key ingredient, anogeissus, to give you youthful, moisturized skin — and 10 minutes of downtime.


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Apothederm Acne Skincare

Summer is supposed to be the time for carefree skincare — sunscreen (always), a tinted moisturizer, and a little lip gloss, right? But maybe, like me, you’ve been a little too carefree this summer. Summer travels have thrown off my usual skincare routine — not as much exfoliating and treating like I usually do, and too much dairy (I’m looking at you Paris cheeses and summer ice cream cones) like I normally try to avoid to keep my skin happy. The result? A complexion that I need to send back to skincare school to solve some of these breakout problems.

Apothederm Acne Clarifying Skincare

Luckily, this package arrived on my doorstep days after I returned home from my summer travels: Apothederm Acne Clarifying System. The three-piece skincare system includes a cleanser, toner, and treatment lotion. Like all of Apothederm’s products, their acne line includes their SmartPeptide® biotechnology,  a unique combination of peptides that work together to deal with fine lines, a loss of fullness, rough texture, and other signs of aging.

The Apothederm Acne Clarifying System, step-by-step

The Brightening Cleanser is super gentle, but is packed with malic acid to loosen dead skin cells and help with hyper-pigmentation, as well as vitamin C, which helps hydrate and brighten the skin. I love that it thoroughly cleanses my skin without making it feel stripped or dry.

Back to School Skin Routines You Can Use

I’m usually not much a toner person, but when I use the Clarifying Toner, I do notice that it gets off those last traces of makeup and dirt from my face. Plus, it’s full of good stuff like green tea, aloe, cucumber, and chamomile to soothe and nourish my parched summer skin.

Last, but not least, is the Acne Clarifying Treatment, which may be my favorite. It’s designed to both eliminate breakouts and minimize pores — yes, please! It only has one percent salicylic acid, which helps to keep breakouts at bay without causing excessive drying. I love that the lotion is lightweight and absorbs quickly, making it perfect for warm weather.

Unlike some other acne systems which are designed for teen skin, the Apothederm Acne Clarifying System is perfect for adult acne — gentle yet effective and packed with other good-for-your-skin ingredients to help you battle blemishes and signs of aging.

So while you’re starting dig out those backpack from the back of the closet and psych yourself up for packing a zillion lunches in the coming months, be sure to take some time to get your skincare habits back in a good routine, too. You can learn more about Apothederm’s Acne, Brightening and Anti-Aging and Body products at

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Is your skin sending out an S.O.S? Is it ready for a little boost before summer? We’ve been testing out the latest anti-aging products to deal with all your post-spring skin woes.

Skin S.O.S. Anti-Aging Skincare

Problem: Tired, dull skin

The Best Anti-Aging Beauty Products

Solution: Temple Spa Skin Truffle

Claims: Revives tired, dull skin, protects from age spots, and increases radiance for even the driest winter skin

Our take: I admit — I laughed when I first saw this product. As the box explains, this cream is made with “diamond powder, gold, silk, black truffles, champagne, purifying strawberries, and lush cocoa butter” to which I thought, Well, why not just add a crushed up Tiffany and Co. box, some fairy dust, and one perfect Louboutin? Yes, all those ingredients sounded luxurious and delicious, but did they really do anything? Turns out, yes. I used this anti-aging cream as a night cream, waking up to gloriously glowing skin… before I read the directions more carefully and found out they recommend it as a day cream when you want that extra special skin. Luckily, my mistake means that you can safely use this cream anytime — day or night — for softer, healthier, glow-ier skin.

Problem: Dark circles and puffiness

Anti-Aging Beauty Products: What We Love... and What We Don't

Solution: First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream

Claims: “A fast-absorbing gel-cream that seamlessly melts into skin to hydrate, firm and revitalize the entire orbital eye area, while combating puffiness and dark circles for a youthful, bright-eyed appearance.”

Our take: I’ve never been loyal to an anti-aging eye cream for very long, but I’ve been happily going steady with this AM eye cream for the last month. I think morning eye creams have a taller order than their nighttime counterparts — they need to provide benefits without interfering with my makeup. This one by First Aid Beauty fits the bill. It is lightweight, yet moisturizing, and helps my crow’s feet look smoother (thanks to its red algae extract) and decreases puffiness (thanks to albizia julibrissin bark extract). Best of all, it doesn’t cause my makeup to pill or disappear before noon. It doesn’t have light-reflecting elements like some eye creams do, which I don’t miss, but some might want for adding extra brightness.

Problem: Dry, aging skin

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore

Solution: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore

Claim: “Intensive moisturizer specifically formulated with the only proven ratio of natural lipids to help restore the external skin barrier and support skin’s natural repair functions… After continued usage, skin’s barrier is reinforced to reduce the visible signs of accelerated aging and support skin’s natural self-repair.”

Our take: If spring winds and dry air have your skin screaming for moisture, you’ll want to pick up this super punch of moisture from SkinCeuticals. A quick science lesson: your skin has lipids like ceramides, natural cholesterol, and fatty acids that protect your skin and help it repair itself. You start to make less of these as you age, leading to wrinkles, dryness, and a loss of fullness. According to the brand, this cream is “the first cholesterol-dominant corrective skincare product available to consumers” that is formulated with a proven ratio of lipids to help restore your skin’s barrier and help it self-repair. It’s like superhero for your skin sending key plumping and moisturizing ingredients into your skin while creating a protective exterior barrier to keep the bad guys out. Not quite as thick as a balm, but thicker than a regular cream, I’ve been loving this rich moisturizer at night. As moisturizing as it is, it sinks into my skin in minutes leaving me moisturized without any greasiness. And I swear I see added plumpness in my skin in the morning. It also doesn’t hurt that the cream has the slightest scent of lavender helping me to get more of those skin-friendly zzzzz’s.

Problem: First signs of aging

Perricone MD PRE:EMPT

Solution: Perricone M.D. Pre:Empt Series

Claim: A four-piece series designed to preempt and correct the first visible signs of aging by activating antioxidants to fight the free radicals, which can cause fine lines, noticeable pores and dark circles.

Our take: Confession: I am not in my 20’s, so part of me wants to play a tiny violin for the skincare woes of this age group. But here’s the thing about skincare: sometimes you realize that it’s just too late (wrinkles! sunspots!) and  that you should have been taking better care of your skin sooner. So while I’m not in my 20’s anymore, I can think back to my skincare habits of those days and realize I wish I had been doing more then to prevent the issues, I’m trying to reverse now. Enter Perricone MD’s new PRE:EMPT Series. This 4-piece collection includes a pore-refining toner, antioxidant serum, brightening eye cream, and oil-free hydrating cream that are designed not to correct and repair, but to preempt the signs of aging. As we get older, our skin is bombarded with free radicals that cause damage and stress to the skin. The PRE:EMPT line works to battle those free radicals with a unique antioxidant cocktail called the NRF2 Antioxidant Support Complex to keep our skin youthful. While this series is designed for women in their 20’s, it can also be used for anyone who has great skin and wants to keep it that way. I’ve been trying out the collection for the last two weeks and have to say that it’s treated my 30-something skin just fine. My favorite might be the Skin Perfecting Serum since it has the highest concentration of the antioxidant blend plus a daily Vitamin C boost. Though I’ve also been impressed with the ability of the oil-free hydrating cream to keep my skin soft without being greasy. I’m usually not a toner person, but I’m also excited to see what regular use of the toner does for my skin. Pore refining, clarifying and exfoliating – yes please!

Perricone OVM Serum

Perricone MD also just released a brand new anti-aging product for those of us a bit north of our 20’s — the OVM Serum. Perricone calls it a “dermatologist-grade night treatment to deliver instant firming benefits while imparting refine radiance.” The serum has Vitamins C and E and — stay with me here — eggshell membrane, which is able to provide the wrinkle-fighting capabilities of retinols without the irritation. Sign. Me. Up. So far, I’ve seen firmer skin in the morning and tighter pores. I’m excited to see what long-term use benefits it will bring! According to the brand’s own studies, 84-86% of users saw increases in firmness, radiance and plumpness and feedback on sites like Sephora make it worth a try.


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Find Your Best Facial Cleansing Brush

Do you use a cleansing brush to clean your skin? Many of these devices have been found to be up to six times more effective at getting dirt, grime and makeup off your skin than just using your hands. Plus, they make every face washing feel oh-so spa-like. Here are our top three picks to consider.Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Cleansing Brush

Clarisonic Mia 2

One of the most popular cleansing brush producers on the market, Clarisonic brushes use oscillating micro-movement (300 per second!) to vibrate gunk out of your pores a whopping six times better than your hands. Their Mia 2 is waterproof and rechargeable, has two speeds for everyday cleaning and super-sensitive skin. It comes with their Sensitive Brush Head, a charger and a travel case.

Their latest value set — the Mia 2 Garden Party Collection — comes with a Mia 2 in three spring-inspired colors, as well as a complimentary second brush head, the Radiance Brush Head, design to tackle dark spots. It also includes a full-sized Sonic Radiance Skin Renewing Peel Wash for an even brighter complexion this spring. I love how easy the Mia 2 is to use at the sink or in the shower and how much cleaner my skin seems, without feeling scrubbed.

Pros: Easy to use, cord-free, cute colors, affordable // Cons: Replacing brush heads (suggested every 3 months)Panasonic Micro-Foaming Facial Cleansing Brush

Panasonic Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device

While you may know Panasonic for their TVs and sound systems, their new multi-tasking Micro-Foaming Facial Cleansing Device has three facial cleaning functions in one compact device. If you’re a fan of the double-cleaning method, you’ll love this brush. First, it has a heated plate on the bottom with two heat levels to choose from. Rub on your favorite cleansing cream oil or lotion and glide the warmed plate over your face to dissolve your makeup and open up your pores. This might be my favorite step and something that separates this brush from the others, giving you a truly relaxing, spa-like experience.

Then switch to the other side of the device which comes with two heads to use — a Japanese-Style Soft Brush and Pore-Targeting Silicone Brush. Add your favorite cleanser to the compartment with a bit of water and the brush moves up and down 850 times per minute to create a luxurious cleansing foam that gently cleans your skin. This brush is whisper soft and is designed to barely kiss your skin as it cleans. If you have problem areas, you can switch to the silicone bristle Pore-Targeting brush for extra deep cleaning around the nose and chin. More time-intensive? Yes. But isn’t your face worth it?

Pros: Multi-function cleansing brush, unique spa-like experience at home made simple // Cons: Price, might be too time-intensive for some, don’t get the scrubbing sensation some may likeForeo Luna 2 Facial Cleansing Brush

Foreo Luna 2

This cleansing brush is quite different from the others. The Foreo Luna 2 is more like a cleansing mitt than a brush exactly. The silicone shell comes in four different versions — normal, oily, sensitive and combo skin — with the difference in the silicone touch points. For the normal skin device, the touch points are smaller, while in the device for combination skin there are bigger, more rounded touch points. The oily skin device has touch points that are rectangular, as this helps get excess dirt and oil out more efficiently. The brush also offers two treatment sides — a cleansing side and an anti-aging treatment side, which uses ultrasonic vibrations to help improve the absorption of your favorite anti-aging serums and creams.

Foreo Play

Also, just out this April, Foreo launched their LUNA play, an uber-portable brush that will easily fit in your makeup bag for clean skin when you travel and, get this, costs around $40! Plus, its petite size is downright cute and means it takes up less space on your bathroom counter. I love that the silicone heads are resistant to bacteria, which keeps the whole device cleaner and that there are no heads to replace.

Pros: More hygienic than other brushes, no heads to replace, variety of sizes to choose from // Cons: Some may not like the sensation of silicone tips vs. a brush head


What’s your favorite facial cleansing brush?
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Tips and Tricks for Soothing Sunbursn
Soothing tips for sunburns

Sunburns happen, sometimes despite the most careful preparation. You research the best and safest sunscreens for your kids and forget to apply your own, just for the afternoon. You carefully slater your favorite lotion on your arms and shoulders and miss the tops of your ears. Your new bathing suit has a different cut. No matter what the reason, a sunburn hurts, but some tips for sunburn relief can help you feel better until your irritated skin heals.

Get out of the sun — immediately

Sunburns creep up on you. You might feel a little hot or tingly, but the real damage comes hours later as the sunburn develops. When you begin to notice even a little redness or heat on your skin, it’s time to get out of the sun. It will be worse later, and staying in the sun longer can cause more damage — and pain. If it’s impossible to find shade, throw on a rash guard, like this simple black and white Stripe Rashguard (Athleta, $64).

sunburn relief

Don’t be afraid to medicate

An anti-inflammatory, like ibuprofen, can help reduce the swelling in your skin. A dose of Advil before the sunburn has a chance to develop all the way can help ward off some of the discomfort you will eventually feel. Keep a travel-size container of Advil in your beach bag (, $3). Even if you never need it for sunburn relief, it will come in handy before the end of the summer for headaches or sore muscles from an overzealous run on the beach.

sunburn relief

Soothe your skin

Keeping skin gently soothed is one of the most difficult things about a sunburn. Showers sting, even when the lowest possible pressure is used. Try a bath instead, made using Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment (, $7). The powder is made with 100% colloidal oatmeal, which can soothe irritation and itchiness caused by sunburns, eczema or even poison ivy. The milky bath gently cleans as well as soothes, an added bonus for sunburn sufferers, as soap will dry out and irritate a burn even more.

sunburn relief

Slather on hydrating lotion

Keeping skin soft and hydrated will help the discomfort of a sunburn and prevent the skin from becoming drier and tighter. Pure aloe vera gel is a definite option, but a lotion or cream containing aloe and vitamin E can be even more beneficial. The Pure Life Aloe and Vitamin E Regenerative Cream will relieve dryness and help skin heal (Vita Cost, $8). The cream is free of paragons, alcohol, petroleum, artificial dyes and fragrances.

sunburn relief

Continue to treat your skin

Green tea compresses can provide additional skin relief. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea — we love Matcha Japanese Green Tea — can soothe skin and promote healing (Teavana, $45). To make a compress, simple brew your tea, let the liquid cool, soak a soft cloth in the steeped tea and gently hold against the sunburn.

sunburn relief


Stay hydrated — outside and in

Keep drinking water as well as using that fabulous aloe and vitamin E lotion. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside will help the healing process as well. Sunburn can cause your skin to lose water at a more rapid rate, so keeping a water bottle on hand will remind you to sip all day. It will also help to prevent headaches, another side effect from spending too much unprotected time in the sun. The Lifefactory Glass Bottle with Silicone Sleeve is an adorable way to keep your water on hand, in an environmental and health-friendly container (Lifefactory, $25).

sunburn relief

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Silkn Beauty Brunch for ReVit

While at the Silk’n Beauty event to celebrate the launch of their new ReVit Microdermabrasion System at the (gorgeous) Oasis at Pierce Mattie space in New York City, my views on microdermabrasion were changed dramatically. Whenever I heard that word, microdermabrasion, it was usually accompanied by scary music and lightning flashes. This was mostly because I didn’t actually know what it was. Thankfully, NYC dermatologist Dr. Judith Hellman was there to clear up all my ridiculous assumptions. So for those of you out there with similar fears, let’s debunk the myths about it right now.

Myths about microdermabrasion

True or false? 

Myth: Microdermabrasion hurts.
FALSE: First of all, even though the word “abrasion” is part of the word, the process doesn’t include your face getting scraped by knives or scalpels.

Myth: I can’t do anything after I get it done.
FALSE: There’s virtually no “recovery” period. I always thought that after getting it done, you would have to go home with an ice pack and lay in bed with cold towels on your face. Not the case.

Myth: It’s so expensive.
TRUE AND FALSE: You can always find the latest and greatest spa treatments that will cost you an arm and a leg… each time you do it. But the Silk’n ReVit solves that problem for you, by drastically lowering the cost of each treatment. Plus, you can do it in your pajamas in front of Netflix. Win-win!

Myth: My skin is way too sensitive for that.
FALSE: It should be noted that I have extremely fair skin. (We are talking Snow White fair. Caspar-the-Friendly-Ghost-would-be-jealous fair.) The best part about using the ReVit is that you have control over how hard or soft  the pressure is. After using it on the hardest setting, I had very little redness and only for about 15 minutes.

Trying the ReVit at home

After listening to Dr. Hellman and seeing photos and video of actual users, I was starting to think that maybe this whole process wasn’t as terrifying as I thought. Then came the trying it out for myself bit. There were stations set up with tools at the ready and I watched as women of all skin types and shades practiced on their hands with no screams of pain escaping their mouths. When it was my turn, I was prepared for the worst, but to my great surprise, it wasn’t painful in the least. It was turning out to be darn right relaxing. But this was just my hand. How would it feel on my face?

At-Home ReVit Microdermabrasion System

I brought the ReVit home and, as recommended, I got comfortable on the couch and turned on the TV. I decided I would start small and would only work on my nose and chose the treatment head marked “precision,” which is intended for smaller places like the nose and eye areas. I plugged in (the ReVit only works while plugged in, so make sure you are in a spot where you have enough slack to manipulate the machine) and got to work.

Because the ReVit uses vacuum stimulation, you have to keep the tool moving so your skin doesn’t get sucked into it for a long period of time. (I did this accidentally on my hand and it ended up looking like I had spent time in my car at Look Out Point. Keep it moving fluidly over the area you are treating to avoid this.)

The major game changer is that the ReVit doesn’t use any crystals on the treatment heads. They are diamond tips only. Why is this a big deal? Because traditional microdermabrasion heads use crystals that leave behind debris on your fresh skin. Then that debris get stuck in your pores and when your new cells form, it gets trapped under your skin causing acne or even scars. Yikes.

The bottom line: This tool is pretty amazing. I was definitely skeptical at first, but after about two-weeks of use, I can see a difference in my pore size and the amount of bumps I get in the summer time from all the sweat, oi, and free radicals. It’s affordable at less than $100, convenient and will absolutely remain part of my beauty routine. I hope this has assuaged your fears about microdermabrasion and that you try it out for yourself!

This post was contributed by the team at Momtrends.

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I have had short hair most of my life, but a little over a year ago, I decided that I wanted to grow my hair out. Now, a year later, my hair is the longest that it has ever been in my life. It’s not super long, but it’s long for me. Today, I wanted to share some of my tips for growing long healthy hair with you. There is no magic pill or remedy that makes your hair grow fast — sorry, ladies! — but there are things you can do to keep your hair healthy to encourage it to grow.

7 Tips for Growing Long & Healthy Hair

7 Tips for growing healthy hair

1. Be patient

The key to growing your hair out is patience. It’s not going to happen overnight or in a week or in a month. Like I said previously, it’s taken a good year for mine to grow a significant amount. My hair does not grow fast at, all hence the reason I have always had shorter hair.

2. Ease up on the washings

Do not wash your hair every day. At the beginning, this was really hard for me. I am typically the girl who has to wash my hair every day, because if I didn’t it was a hot greasy mess. I have learned that you hair will get used to not washing every day. Every time you wash your hair you strip your scalp of oils so it sends a signal to your brain that you need to produce more oil. So the less you wash, the less your hair produces oil. I try and go at least 2-3 days in between washes. Now, on day two, my hair is just fine as before it was a greasy mess.The Best Dry Shampoos for Keeping Dirty Hair Under Control

Dry shampoo will become your best friend, but beware that not all dry shampoos are the same. For me, it took trying out a lot to find one that worked best for my hair. I am currently using Rochaholic by Bed Head (Amazon, $14). Mine is in a pink bottle, as pictured below, but it usually is in a black bottle with a green lid. This is a more expensive one, but the cheaper ones tend to dry my scalp out and make my head itch like crazy! My friends rave about Batiste Dry Shampoo (Amazon, $10), so if you’re on a budget give that one a try.

Secrets to Healthy Hair: Hair La Vie Revive Deep Hydration Masque

3. Find a deep conditioning hair mask

On one of the days I wash my hair, I like to use a deep conditioning hair mask and let it set on my hair for a good 10-15 minutes. When I apply the product to my hair, I focus more on the ends to make sure they get super hydrated. I am currently loving the Hair La Vie Revive Deep Hydration Mask ($35 for a 30-day supply). It smells amazing and really hydrates my hair, even living in the desert where I need extra hydration for my hair and skin due to the dry conditions. I love that it’s all natural, full of 11 different vitamins, essential oils and nutrients and that it has Keratin protein to help rebuild any damaged hair as it grows.

4. Book those hair appointments

It seems counter intuitive to cut your hair in order to make it grow, but it’s true! Just ask your stylist! Keeping dead ends away and getting a trim on a regular schedule will not only help keep your hair looking healthy, but it will help it grow, too.

5. Ditch the blow dryer

Limit the amount of heat you apply to your hair to help it grow healthy and strong. I used to be the type to blow dry my hair everyday or every time I washed it, but as much as you’re addicted to your blow dryer, the heat can be really damaging to you hair. If you do use heat on a daily basis, make sure and use a heat protecting product on your hair first..

6. Go natural

I found that the less I colored my hair, the better it grew. I don’t know if that is the case for everyone, but I have seen a difference. I have only colored my hair once in the last year as I’ve been growing it out and I think it made a positive difference.

7 Tips for Healthy Hair: Hair La Vie Supplements

7. Get strong with supplements

Lastly, you can give your hair an extra boost if you take hair supplements such as Hair La Vie ($39 for a 30-day supply). These have 5000 mcg of biotin in them, which people swear will help your make your hair grow. Plus, they are free of snythetic fillers, buffers and addictives with 20 all-natural ingredients, so you can feel confident that they’re safe. After taking them for 30-days, didn’t necessarily think that my hair grew any faster (hard to tell after just one month!), but I do think they helped keep my hair (and nails!) healthier and stronger, which makes a difference for me.

7 Tips for Growing Healthy Hair: Before & After

Please excuse my car selfie, but I had to go back on my Instagram account and find a picture! These two pictures were taken 56-weeks apart. Look at how much just my bangs grew! 

This post was contributed by Krystal Hansen who is part of the Savvy Sassy Mom Product Scouts program. You can find more from Krystal on her blog, Simply Girly.

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I love having my nails painted and always feel a little more stylish and put together with them done. What I don’t love is when my polish starts to chip and peel after about a day. It’s completely frustrating and time-consuming when I am constantly having to re-do them.

I’ve tried the gel nails that last 2-3 weeks and while it was great while they were on, getting them off was another story. I hate the soaking and the filing and the peeling and the awful damage they it did to my nails. It left them looking worse off than before I started.

Imagine how pleased I was when I discovered the ability to create custom nail wraps from Make Me Nails using their new app.

Nail Wraps from the Make Me Nails App

These are called nail wraps, but think of it like a sticker for your nails. A sticker that stays on through showering, doing dishes, gardening, bathing kids, swimming, and everything else busy moms do that ruins our nails. One of the best things about these wraps is, when applied correctly, they will stay on for 10-14 days!

I have tried nail wraps previously, but the fun thing about Make Me Nails is that using their app you can literally design your own nail wraps and personalize them in anyway you want. They have a number of patterns and designs you can choose from, or you can upload a picture and create something totally unique and customized.

I chose not to go this route, but you could very well create a set of nail wraps with a picture of you and your kids. Too much? Maybe. But, it could be done.

I ended up taking a picture of one of my favorite dresses and used that pattern to create my nail wraps. I love the pattern, but also the bright colors and thought it would be perfect for summer. Designing unique nail wraps was literally as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Make.Me.Nails.PicAfter selecting a photo you can zoom, crop, and preview just how the nail wraps will look. You can also select a size before placing your order.
How to use the Make Me Nails App

When my nail wraps arrived I was so excited to apply them and was pleasantly surprised by just how easy it was to put them on myself. I loved them so very much that I just kept staring at them and smiling. Remember how when you first got engaged and you couldn’t stop staring at your ring? Yep, that was me, but I couldn’t stop staring at my nails! I also got tons of complements everywhere I went and everyone that noticed them wanted to know how they were done.Make Me Nails Custom Nail WrapsTo learn more about Make Me Nails and their unique nail wraps you can follow them on Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to visit their website to view how-to videos on using the app and applying your unique nail wraps.

This post was contributed by The Magnolia Mamas who are part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout program.  You can find more at The Magnolia Mamas.

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