Harvest Themed Products: OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers “Crisp Apple” Review

I am having so much fun trying all the latest harvest themed products out there this holiday season. Avojuice Crisp Apple Skin Quenchers LotionToday will be no different as I’ll be sharing my thoughts on O.P.I.’s Avojuice skin quenchers. Let’s just say that if you’re already a fan of OPI – you’re going to love this stuff.

I received a sample of Avojuice – (Crisp Apple) Skin Quencher lotion from OPI a few weeks ago and was blown away by the similarities between the scent of a real crisp (green) apple and that of the lotion. From the second this lotion touched my skin, I knew I was going to fall head over heels for this stuff. It’s true; I’m in love and I know you’ll feel the same way once you try it.

We all know OPI for having top-of-the-line nail products. Their shades last for, sometimes, weeks at a time without chipping. Now imagine trying their new skin quenchers; they’ve got that irresistible blend of fruity smells along with the goodness of healing extracts and moisturizers your body needs to maintain elasticity and softness.  You can’t help but know you’re getting your money’s worth.

Avojuice skin quenchers come in eight different scents that are sure to be the highlight of your lotion collection. Think of it as drink for your skin. It’s nourishing, great smelling, and enriched with the good stuff your skin needs to maintain its healthy feel. The cool-cool thing about the skin quenchers, as I mentioned earlier, is that they’re jam packed with moisturizers and nourishing avocados. They’re also loaded with aloe extracts (aloe, by the way, is known for its healing agents). When you use Avojuice from OPI, you know you’re getting everything you need for your skin plus the really great fruitful smells you want in a lotion.

If you’re interested in purchasing any OPI products for those last minute gifts, visit www.opi.com. Also, take a moment to click on the “where to buy” tab to find the closest retailer in your area. I just know that whomever you decide to buy these for, whether for yourself or as a gift, you’re going to be glad you did.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: Please note that a product sample of OPI’s Avojuice Skin Quencher was sent to me, for FREE, via OPI for the purpose of my review. Because this review is based on my opinions, I bare no responsibility for anyone who may feel differently. Thank you.

Harvest Themed Products: Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask

Yes, we’ve got another themed product for you folks. This time we’re focused on Murad’s Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask because who wouldn’t want to experience fresh, energized looking skin with only a few uses?

I received this product about four weeks ago (maybe a short time longer), and although I should have written this review a while back, I wanted to make sure it worked.

I read about how this exfoliating mask gives drastic changes to the overall appearance of your skin. Well, I can now confirm – it does work. Four weeks and a few uses later (twice a week) I can honestly say that it works. The impurities in my face seem to have diminished and the feel of my skin is so much nicer. As for people noticing the change, yes – they do. I’ve had a few people ask me if I’m happier because my face is glowing. I’ve also had a few others ask if I’ve “changed” something in my diet because my face looks so much clearer; not that I’ve ever had any real issues with acne, I have however, had issues with blackheads and it’s been an eyesore a time or two in my adult age.

Murad is one of those online stores that I like to frequent. They have great products (that work) and the prices seem to stay in my budget. They also have sales and offer free samples and at times, you can find them gifting customers with free products with a purchase. Plus, they always have a 60-day money back guarantee (which is always nice in my book).

About the Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask: it comes in a box of six treatments and has an ARP of $22.50 (with free shipping). That’s (if you only use it twice a week) 6 to 12 weeks worth of product use. How do I come up with that? Well, each little packet is enough to use two times (maybe three, depending on how much you use). I have a paper clip on the folded lid of each pack to ensure its freshness until the next time. It just works for me that way.

Each time I use Murad’s Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask I feel better. I know it is working because I’m already getting the results I was hoping for and people notice – that’s a big deal to me.

Would I recommend this? ABOSLUTELY! The stuff works and gives you that fresh feeling each time. The smoothness of your skin is apparent even after the first use and, overtime, others see the difference, too. For what you’re getting, the price is great.

Well, think about it. To go to a spa and get some sort of facial treatment done would cost you a fortune. IF you use the Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask twice a week for six weeks, that’s twelve treatments. That equals $1.88 per treatment for a great one at that. Now, where can you go and spend less than two dollars on a facial?

I highly recommend trying out this product. With a few treatments, you too can be noticing a difference in your skin.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: This product was sent, FREE, via Murad for the purpose of my review. The opinions in this post are mine and I shared them based on my experiences. I do not claim any responsibility or liability for anyone who feels differently or who receives different results. Thank you.

How to Get Super Soft, Sexy Feet that Look and Feel Great

No matter what the season, soft and smooth feet are a trend that will never change. Regular pedicures can help to keep your feet soft, smooth, and touchable. There are plenty of other tips to help you keep your feet looking and feeling great, and we’ve teamed up with Life Love Beauty readers to share some smooth feet tricks with you.

1.    Apply lotion regularly for soft and touchable feet.

“I apply a lot of lotion, and slip socks onto my lotioned feet, sit in a chaise, and let the lotion work its magic!”
–    Carol Dziuba, NJ

“I’m very careful to keep my feet moisturized. Most often I use Udder Cream from Wal-Mart. I also wear shoes whenever my feet are on the floor, or outside my home.  Pedicures are just as important as manicures.”
–    Beverley Justice, NC

“I keep my feet great by creaming my feet every night and covering with an old pair of socks.”
–    Barb Devine, FL

“I have a special trick that seems to work for me.  I work out at the gym five to six days per week.  I lather on a moisturizer before I don my gym socks.  The heat from the workout seems to help the cream penetrate well.  Despite hard workouts, my feet stay soft and buttery and callus-free.  I treat them to pedicures once a month, or more in the summer.  My tootsies are very happy indeed.”
–     Jean Hepburn

“I use lotion on my feet at least one time per day and don’t go barefoot ever (and I love going barefoot!). I usually always have soft feet.”
–    Sherry Milstein, CA

2.    Use a foot scrub or pumice stone to exfoliate and remove dead skin and keep feet soft.

“To keep my feet beautiful I start by using a foot scrub to take away all the dead skin. Then I moisturize my feet with a foot lotion (preferably peppermint).  Every day I make sure I put some lotion just to keep my feet soft.  I also like to paint my toenails (red) for the sexy factor.”
–    Carolyn Gonzalez, NC

“I keep my feet super soft and sexy by soaking them in warm water, Epsom salts, and peppermint oil. After I dry them off, I pumice them, clip my toenails, and moisturize the heels with Vaseline.”
–    Viv Sicherman, NY

“I use Kerasel on my feet.  In the tub the dry skin just rubs off to leave soft and smooth feet.  Then I apply lotion.”
–    Donna Kozar

3.    Get regular pedicures for smooth, soft, and sexy feet.

“The first thing I do to keep my feet smooth and sexy is to get a pedicure every 4-6 weeks.  In between, I use A & D ointment (for baby’s bottom) and slather it on my feet and then wear a heavy weight pair of socks.  Works great – just don’t wear thin socks or go barefoot until it is absorbed.  I learned the hard way that it will leave foot prints on hard wood floors (until you treat your floors again).”
–    Deb Collett, MI

“I like to keep my feet soft and feeling great with regular pedicures. Often times, at night I’ll apply moisturizer all over my feet, slip on a pair of comfortable cotton socks, and go to sleep with the socks on, leaving my feet extra soft and looking great in the morning.”
–    Anne Sicherman, NY

4.    Wear comfy socks to bed.

“In the winter I rub Vaseline into my feet and night and sleep with cozy socks on. To keep my feel feeling great I go to the chiropractor regularly to keep everything in alignment. It has made all the difference in the world.”
–    Joni

“After I soak my feet, I slather them with cocoa butter and sleep in a pair of nylon socks….works great to keep your feet nice.”
–    Kathy Swenson, NY

“My trick for super soft and sexy feet
is an easy one that can’t be beat.
It keeps my feet looking, and feeling, great!
Want to know my secret? Just can’t wait?

Every night before to bed I goes
I lotion-up my heels and toes—
like sleeping bags, my socks go on
my feet, and stay there ‘til the dawn!”
–    Daphne Rice, OR

EOS: Ultra Moisturizing Shaving Cream Product Review

By show of hands, who here regularly shaves their legs, under the arms or bikini area (I know I do)? If you raised your hands, then you’re going to find the information in this post very interesting.

I have here, with me, one amazing product that will literally change the way you feel about shaving. It’s called the Evolution of Smooth (AKA: EOS) Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream and let me assure you that this is no ordinary shaving cream; in fact, I don’t believe you’ve ever tried anything like it.

I’ll have to admit that I was a skeptic (at first) about trying a new shaving cream. I’ve been a user of the typical foaming stuff for the past 15 years and I wasn’t sure what to think of this, new-to-me, non-foaming type. So, being a creature of habit, and not at all a fan of change; I summoned up the courage to test it out. As it turns out, I have never been this impressed with my legs after a shave!

When I observed the back of the pump (for directions on how to use), I found that you can use this particular shaving cream wet or dry. Now, this may surprise some of you, but in all my years of shaving, I have never shaved “dry”. I’ve heard of it being done, I was sure it could be done, but I’d never tried it – far too many horror stories!

Intrigued by the information and quick to prove a product wrong, I decided to try the dry shave first (on one leg). Now, afraid of what was going to become of my legs – I began shaving, with one hand crossed behind my back!

With the first swipe of my razor I was sold. I was more impressed with how non-irritating it really was then how awesome it smelled. My only regret was thinking that it wouldn’t work and I really thought I’d suffer dire consequences for doing this (dry-shaving). Thankfully I was wrong because honestly, I have never-ever experienced a closer shave than this.

With one leg smooth and the other still hairy, I decided to continue my review in the shower. I did this only because I felt obligated to try it wet and dry; after all, I was already impressed with the first shave and convinced of the product’s performance.

Again, it came to the call of duty. It was virtually impossible to resist rubbing my legs long after the experience of using this cream was over, in fact, the shave was so great (equally, mind you), so close that I found it hard to keep this little indulgence a secret from friends…and you! I hope you enjoyed.

If you’re interested in trying EOS’s Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, please visit www.evolutionofsmooth.com/products.html. EOS products can be purchased either online or visiting a local retailer (to find a retailer; click on the “find retailer” tab at the official website). Products include the ultra moisturizing shaving cream, organic lip balm (stick and/or sphere) and soon to come- moisturizing body lotion.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: I was given a product sample, for free, via EOS for the purpose of my review. This review is based on my experiences and may differ from others therefore I take no responsibility for anyone who feels differently. Please be aware that results may vary. Thank you.

The Fabulous Fine Fragrance Collection from Degree Women

Degree Fine Fragrance Classic Romance Anti-Perspirant ReviewIf you are a fan of Degree products, and even if you have yet to try them, you are in for a treat. Degree recently released the new Fine Fragrance Collection, which features sexy and delightful fragrances in the same reliable no-show antiperspirant and deodorant we all know and love. An interesting twist, Degree also offers body mists in the same pleasant scents as the antiperspirants.

The three pretty fragrances in the Degree Fine Fragrance Collection are Delicious Bliss, Classic Romance, and Sexy Intrigue. Each fragrance in the collection features its own color scheme, from sunny goldenrod Delicious Bliss to seductive lavender Sexy Intrigue to pretty pink Classic Romance.

For a little background, the nose behind these fabulous fragrances is world-renowned fragrance expert Ann Gottlieb. Gottlieb is also involved in creating many other successful scents in the fragrance industry. She designed the Degree Fine Fragrance Collection scents to be very much like perfume, boasting top notes, middle notes, and base notes.

The Degree Women Sexy Intrigue fragrance reminds me of something warm and delicious, perhaps a tempting, home-baked dessert or a vanilla treat, yet the fragrance itself is not that of baked goodie. The scent of Sexy Intrigue also infuses the aroma of rose and jasmine, not to mention a touch of baby powder, giving it a delicate combination of soothing fragrances.

The Degree Women Delicious Bliss fragrance is playful and refreshing. A fruity introduction of apple, raspberry, and peach blends nicely with floral notes of hyacinth and magnolia. This fragrance is gentle and subtle and perfect for work or play. The flirty, lingering scent of Delicious Bliss is especially enjoyable.

Degree Fine Fragrance Body Mist Review

The Degree Women Classic Romance fragrance is feminine yet sweet and light. I can’t quite put my finger on the keynotes in this dreamy fragrance, but whatever it is, I love it! The pretty fragrance is perfect for a date or even a quick spritz after working out. You can really enjoy this body mist and antiperspirant fragrance any time day, any time of year. This is probably my favorite fragrance of the three.

Product provided free to writer for reviewAs you would expect from Degree, the antiperspirants keep you dry and smelling great. When used together, the antiperspirant’s fragrance adds a subtle yet pleasant scent while the body mist offers the lingering finale. These products by Degree are sheer genius!

Nourish Your Body with the New Softsoap Nutri Serums Body Wash

Softsoap Nutri Serum Body Wash ReviewAnytime you step out of the shower, you’re supposed to feel clean, right? Well, sometimes soaps or body washes can leave a grimy film of who knows what all over your body. You can actually feel somewhat filthier after that shower than you did before. The reason for this is the added, not so necessary, ingredients that companies add to these products in order to make them “smell good”.

There’s been a few times in the past when, after buying a common body wash, I’d step out of the shower only to see little flakes of – I don’t even know what it was, staring back at me – like some sort of residue on my skin. Often times, I’d end up having to step back in the shower just to scrub again.


The point I’m trying to make is: wouldn’t you prefer a body wash / soap that really cleans your body, nourishes the skin, and gives you added “good stuff” (like vitamins and minerals) without adding the stuff you don’t?

Softsoap’s new Nutri Serums body wash will excite you in every way possible. It won’t leave you filmy, but it will leave you feeling extraordinarily clean, refreshed, and nourished (from head to toe and everywhere in between).

Product Review of Softsoap Nutri Serums by Barbara BakerWhen I received the new Softsoap’s Nutri Serums body wash for review, I couldn’t help but feel antsy to take my evening shower. The reason: I wanted to feel those floating softening serum pearls on my skin, I wanted to smell the extraordinary smells that came from within the bottle, and most importantly, I wanted to soak up those much needed vitamins and nourishing minerals I knew my body needed.

You see, the new Nutri Serums body wash isn’t your average “body wash”; it’s loaded with Vitamin E and moisture retaining Omegas 3 & 6. The rich, fragrant lather from the serum pearls will powerfully nourish skin and rinse off to an impeccable clean. The formulas deliver essential nutrients (like Shea Butter and Flax Seed Protein) and hydrators through the innovative Serum Pearl technology that will completely nourish your body from within.

If you’re looking for affordable, advanced skin care benefits for half the cost of those other brands, Softsoap brand Nutri Serums body wash is what you need. It’s the first of its kind because it contains vitamins your body needs as well as nutrient-rich softening serum pearls for soft, healthy-looking skin. It’s everything your body asks for and then some!

My take on the new Nutri Serums body wash (by Softsoap) is simple; I love it! I use it daily and have since purchased another bottle for my kids and another one for me. I recommend the use of this new body wash to everyone. Once you try it, you’ll see for yourself how great this product is!

Availability Information
Available at mass retail and grocery stores nationwide

Softsoap brand Nutri Serums body wash 15oz. has a suggested retail price of $3.50 (Mass), $4.50 (Food/drug).

For more information on Softsoap’s New Nutri Serums body wash; please visit the official Softsoap website.

DISCLOSURE: This review was made possible by Softsoap. I received a bottle of each new Nutri Serums fragrance (2) in order to give you my full and honest opinion. Therefore, I claim no responsibility for those that feel differently.

Top 10 Acne Myths and the Truth about Living with Acne

In case you were wondering what’s true and what’s a myth when it comes to acne and the causes of acne and pimples, we’ve polled the experts for a clear explanation of acne myths and truths. Knowing the acne myths and truths can help you to protect your skin from breakouts and to know what to expect if you do suffer from acne.

Living with acne can be a frustrating experience and a problem that doesn’t necessarily go away on its own. You can try a number of techniques to alleviate severe acne or consult your physician for medical grade acne remedies. In the meantime, consider learning as much as you can about living with acne, its causes, and all the acne myths to help you best deal with the condition.


Acne Myth 1:  There is a cure for acne.
The Truth:

“There is no cure for acne,” says Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski, CEO of Herborium Group, Inc., a Botanical Therapeutics® Company. “However, through the consistent use of treatment and remedies acne can be controlled or prevented.”

Acne Myth 2: Acne is caused by poor hygiene.
The Truth:

“If you believe this myth, and wash your skin hard and frequently, you can actually make your acne worse,” explains Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski. “Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. Although excess oils, dead skin, and a day’s accumulation of dust on the skin looks unsightly, they should not be removed by hand scrubbing. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. The best approach to hygiene and acne: Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry — and use an appropriate acne treatment for the acne.”

Acne Myth 3: Insurance won’t cover a cosmetic issue like acne.
The Truth:

“No, acne is a medical condition which is usually covered by most insurance companies,” says Dr. Joshua Fox. “It is a condition that can affect the way people look and feel. There are many potential complications including infection, pain, skin discoloration and scarring. Fortunately, it is not a serious threat to a person’s physical health.”

“Yes, acne does affect the way people look and is not otherwise a serious threat to a person’s physical health,” says Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski. “However, acne can result in permanent physical scars — plus, acne itself as well as its scars can affect the way people feel about themselves to the point of affecting their lives.”

Acne Myth 4: Acne must run its course.
The Truth:

“The truth is, acne can be cleared up,” Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski shares. “If the acne products you have tried haven’t worked, consider seeing a dermatologist. With the products available today, there is no reason why someone has to endure acne or get acne scars.”

Acne Myth 5: Better facial cleansing can alleviate acne.
The Truth:

“Facial blemishes are not caused by dirt,” notes Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski. “Contrary to what you may have seen in commercials, pores do not get blocked from the top down due to ‘impurities’. Rather, the walls of a pore stick together within the skin, starting acne formation. Far from preventing acne, frequent washing may actually irritate pores and cause them to become clogged. A washcloth can add even more irritation. The best bet is to wash very gently with bare hands, and only wash twice a day.”

Acne Myth 6: Stress triggers breakouts…. and four more acne myths.


VOTRE VU Skin Care 2.0 – The next Evolution of the Beauty Industry

Skin care is one of the top sought after items for women. We crave great products that will enhance our overall personality and confidence because let’s face it; clothes do a lot for a woman, but fragrances and skin care will do so much more when it comes to feeling spectacular.

When we find a great skin care product, we can’t help but tell our friends the when’s, where’s and how much; am I right? I know that when I try something new, something exciting, I have to tell the first person I see and I really don’t care if it’s my husband, my friend, my sister or my mother; they’re going to hear all about it. Luckily they all get just as excited when I show them something new.

Today though, I’m not just sharing it with my friends, I’m screaming it out to the world! I have never-ever tried anything more exhilarating than the VOTRE VU TARTE D’ AMANDE rich Soufflé body lotion. It was sheer and utter enjoyment from the minute I took it out of the box to the minute this body lotion touched my skin. I covered myself from head to toe and… well; I couldn’t help but do it again. The smells will drive you absolutely crazy because they’re just that good.

VOTRE VU offers many products for the likes of everyone. From Royal Treatment gentle pearl scrubs to Balanced Skin Gel cleansers for oily skin, they have everyone covered when it comes to products that will transform your body from within.

I personally enjoyed my experience with the body lotion. The fragrance is Almond Pie and, need I say more, it was out of this world. When it says on the bottle that it’s, “Never heavy or greasy, just divine”, they’re not fibbing here. It was that good – it was that remarkable! It literally felt like silk going on, but once absorbed, it left my skin feeling so smooth and touchable including the fact that I smelt so delicious.

The Almond Pie lotion for your body can be used day or night. It offers moisture protection and has healthy ingredients perfect for every skin type. VOTRE VU combines French traditions and American ingenuity to create some of the best beauty products in the world. The products utilize time-honored European methods and now, through E-commerce and consultant opportunities (yes, I said consultant opportunities); you’ll have a chance to pamper your senses in pure self-indulgent products.

The VOTRE VU TARTE D’ AMANDE body lotion comes in a 6.76 fl. Oz. bottle, and has a $48.00 suggested retail price.

The difference between VOTRE VU and other skin care lines is that they not only offer skin care, but also beverages that help repair, restore and re-balance your body’s internal systems. If used daily, Snapdragon will give your skin a more radiant, beautiful glow. It may even boost your overall vitality when added to your daily beauty regimen. So, not only are you nourishing your skin from the outside through the use of their wonderful skin care products, but also from the inside out through the use of their beverages. You really have to take a moment and see for yourself.

If you’re interested in the consultant opportunity, preferred member details, or would like to see other great products from VOTRE VU, please head over to www.votrevu.com to learn more.

Product Review: Gentle Face Cleanser by Kimberly Sayer of London

If you want that fresh and aromatic, spa-at-home facial, Kimberly Sayer’s got it. The Gentle Face Cleanser by Kimberly Sayer of London offers a truly aromatic fragrance that makes washing your face a pleasurable experience every day. Gentle Face Cleanser by Kimberly Sayer of London definitely is one of those skin care products that is worth trying at least once, although you might just fall in love.

Gentle Face Cleanser by Kimberly Sayer of London comes in a stylish, clear cylindrical bottle with a pump that is easy to use. The bottle contains 5 oz of product, which dispenses easily. Two or three pumps seem to be the right amount for a little lather when washing my face.

If you have dry skin, sensitive skin, or normal skin, Gentle Face Cleanser by Kimberly Sayer of London is formulated for you. This luxurious face wash product is very gentle on the eyes and can be used as a makeup remover.

My very favorite feature of this skin care product by Kimberly Sayer is by far the fragrance. The lavender oil adds such a luxurious element to each and every time you use Gentle Face Cleanser by Kimberly Sayer of London. Soy-based, this Kimberly Sayer skin care product also contains seaweed, coconut, Japanese honeysuckle, and more.

After using Gentle Face Cleanser by Kimberly Sayer of London, my skin feels very soft and more oil-free than with most other products I’ve used. While this Kimberly Sayer skin care product removes the oil from my face, it’s nice that it does not leave my skin feeling dried out. This facial cleanser is gentle enough to use twice a day. Please note that it has a one-year shelf life.

Kimberly Sayer skin care products are made with certified organic ingredients. Kimberly Sayer of London does not test skin care products on animals.

Gentle Face Cleanser by Kimberly Sayer of London retails for $25. For more information about Kimberly Sayer or to purchase Kimberly Sayer skin care products, please visit http://www.kimberlysayer.com. You can also buy this Gentle Face Cleanser online at Amazon.com.

Product Review: Tisserand Aromatherapy Organic Tea-Tree Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Stick

If you’re looking for a miracle acne relief product that can zap your zits in a snap, we might have found it. The Tisserand Aromatherapy Organic Tea-Tree Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Stick has shown us amazing results in anywhere from a single application to a few applications of this fabulous aromatherapy acne-fighting, anti-blemish stick. The Tisserand Aromatherapy Organic Tea-Tree Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Stick is one you surely won’t want to miss!

If you are a fan of all things aromatherapy, you will most likely love this handy little acne treatment marvel. The Tisserand Aromatherapy Organic Tea-Tree Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Stick offers an aromatic fragrance that is especially pleasant right before bed, but equally enjoyable any time of day. Use Tisserand anti-blemish stick during the day as needed for accelerated healing of acne blemishes.

According to Tisserand product labeling, the Tisserand Aromatherapy Organic Tea-Tree Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Stick is naturally antiseptic to detoxify, soothe, and defend your skin from pimples and blemishes. This organic product contains no parabens and no synthetic fragrances – everything is natural and organic!

This product features organic tea-tree oil to purify skin, wild crafted kanuka oil to protect skin, and witch hazel to cleanse skin. Tisserand products contain only pure, natural essential oils. The Tisserand product lines and their ingredients are not tested on animals.

The Tisserand anti-blemish stick is a screw-top vial with a wand and sponge applicator, and offered in the perfect size to fit in your purse for blemish treatments on the go. The color scheme of the product’s packaging is a pretty spring green and the anti-blemish potion itself is virtually invisible. Tisserand products feature the ultimate experience in aromatherapy, with decades of experience in formulating aromatherapy products that simply work.

I am quite convinced that this product by Tisserand is even more effective than most over-the-counter acne treatments and anti-blemish products. I’ve used the Tisserand Aromatherapy Organic Tea-Tree Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Stick on several occasions, and especially on those instances where I used the product overnight, I truly do notice a major improvement in the healing process of the blemish THAT quickly. While every product on the market may not work equally for every person who tries it, I could not be happier with this excellent beauty and skincare find!

To apply Tisserand Aromatherapy Organic Tea-Tree Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Stick, simply unscrew the cap and remove the wand, making sure the stick contains a bit of anti-blemish product. Then, just apply the fragrant and healing anti-blemish potion to the affected area as needed.

Tisserand product creator Robert Tisserand found inspiration in aromatherapy from his mother at an early age. He decided to act on his insight and created the Aromatic Oil Company, which would allow Tisserand to share health benefits and happiness with others through selling hand-bottled essential oils. Robert Tisserand published his first book, The Art of Aromatherapy, in 1977, and in 1985, Tisserand formed a new company, Tisserand Aromatherapy Products Ltd.

Tisserand Aromatherapy Organic Tea-Tree Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Stick retails for $8 and is available at stores like Ulta and www.ulta.com. For more information or to buy Tisserand products, please visit online at www.tisserand.com.

Stay tuned for our upcoming giveaway featuring the Tisserand Aromatherapy Organic Tea-Tree Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Stick!

Top 10 Skincare Tips for Great Skin

Great skin isn’t necessarily something you are born with or something you grow into throughout life. A good diet, healthy intake of water, and practicing proper skincare techniques can all contribute to getting great skin. If you would like to try to get a better complexion and healthier skin, consider these top 10 skincare tips for great skin.

Some people are lucky to have relatively problem-free skin while others suffer acne and other blemishes for many years at a time. The following skincare tips are meant to help the average person to maintain a healthy and balanced complexion, but please be advised that prescription acne medication may be required if suggested by your doctor.

Consider these top 10 skincare tips for great, healthy skin:

1.    Wear sunscreen often and even on overcast days. Many times people don’t expect to get a sunburn if the sun isn’t fully visible, but that can be the worst kind of day. Also, try use sunscreen that is meant for faces to prevent breakouts.

2.    Find a cleanser that matches your complexion.
You can find oil-free facial cleansers and special solutions meant for combination skin, oily skin, dry skin, and normal skin.

3.    Moisturize your skin, especially in the winter.
If you get dry skin on a normal basis, find a moisturizer suited to your skin type.

4.    Don’t touch your blemishes other than to gently cleanse and apply products meant to treat them. Apply a product containing 10% benzyl peroxide for good results.

5.    Remove your makeup before bed.
Many of us don’t do this, but makeup can clog your pores if you leave it on too long, causing skin irritation and pimples.

6.    Eat less chocolate. While it’s not proven, avoiding chocolate around big events like weddings and graduations may help to prevent surprise breakouts.

7.    Drink more water. Water helps to flush the toxins from your body, so make sure you get enough water in your system daily.

8.    Remember, all things in moderation. Take good care of your body and your skin by trying not to indulge too much in salty snacks, alcoholic beverages, etc.

9.    Cleanse, Tone, Exfoliate, Moisturize. Practice a regular facial cleansing routine to keep your skin balanced and healthy.

10.    Try facial mud masques to soak up excess skin oils.
If used once a week, you’ll notice a true difference in the softness of your skin and a real decrease in the oils on the surface of your skin.

Top Foods that Trigger Acne

Try to avoid foods that trigger acne.It’s common to think that if we could just identify which are the foods that trigger acne, that we could reduce breakouts and clear up our skin. Discovering the causes and triggers of acne can help us to prevent acne and pimples rather than simply feeling helpless. If you’ve ever searched for the top foods that trigger acne, chances are you may have found inconclusive evidence and differing opinions.

“It’s possible that the modern diet may also play a role in the formation of acne,” explains Adelaide Hebert, M.D., professor of dermatology and pediatrics and director of pediatric dermatology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

In one study seeking factors and foods that trigger acne, investigators researched inhabitants on an island where no fast food existed and found that those who lived there had no acne at all. Hebert says that other factors still may have come into play.

“I’m not going to say that fast food is 100 percent correlated with acne, but today, there are more hormones in the milk that our children drink, more antibiotics and other chemicals in products that children consume,” she says, “so, it’s a different era than perhaps 50 years ago, and it may have some influence.”

Despite some evidence suggesting that fast food can be one of the foods that triggers acne, possibly when combined with other factors, some skincare experts still find that there are no foods that trigger acne specifically.

According to Dr. Ramzi Saad, a board certified dermatologists at South Shore Skin Center, “Acne is caused by overproduction of sebum (oil), which is regulated by hormones, coupled with the obstruction of the pores. People can get acne at any age, but teens are most likely to experience it because it is triggered by hormone changes. Stress and some prescribed medications can contribute to hormone fluctuation. Acne is not caused by foods such as chocolate and greasy French fries. In fact, severe acne is hereditary.”

Q. What are some kinds of foods that trigger acne? Why?


Do french fries cause acne?A. Erika Schwartz, MD, Medical Director of Cinergy Health: “While there are not specific foods that trigger acne, it is safe to say that if you eat sugary, fried, starchy, heavy dairy and processed foods frequently, your skin will not be as smooth and clear as it should be. The ingredients in processed, chemical laden foods are toxic to our bodies and as they work their way through our digestive system instead of being absorbed and disposed of through the gut and urinary tract, they become toxic to our skin.”

Q. Many doctors and scientists say chocolate doesn’t cause acne, but if I stop eating chocolate, my skin clears up. What gives?

A. Erika Schwartz, MD, Medical Director of Cinergy Health: “Chocolate may not cause acne on its own. If you eat chocolate every day in combination with other unhealthy, processed, nutrient free foods then it would make sense that you are breaking out. If you maintain a daily balanced diet with protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lots of water and have your sweets in moderation, then your skin should not be affected.”

Q. Anything else you would like to add about acne and foods that trigger acne?

A. Erika Schwartz, MD, Medical Director of Cinergy Health: “Acne and pimples are caused by hormone changes and fluctuations that are often not under our control. The best way to keep hormones in balance is to be conscious of what you put in your mouth every day. Eating poorly, drinking alcohol, caffeine, smoking cigarettes, and ingesting other toxins will have a detrimental effect on your skin, on your mind, and on your body. Take care of yourself; no one else can. Eat well, sleep at least eight hours a night, exercise regularly and be happy.”

About the Experts:
Erika Schwartz, MD, Medical Director of Cinergy Health is a general internist, an authority on preventive health and a patient advocate. She is a 25-year health industry veteran, working in both an ER as well as a private practice. For more information on Cinergy Health, please visit www.cinergyhealth.com.

Adelaide Hebert, M.D. is professor of dermatology and pediatrics and director of pediatric dermatology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Dr. Ramzi Saad, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist at South Shore Skin Center, which cares for thousands of patients south of Boston. Founded in 1984, South Shore Skin Center is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services.