I Try Out the Konjac Sponge

Konjac spongeAt  the recent ( and huge) Cosmoprof Beauty Show  in Las Vegas, it seemed like every third booth was offering the Konjac sponge.

Developed in Japan, it is produced from  the Kojac plant which has been used for centuries in Japan for health and beauty.  The plant  contains elastic fibers and is packed with protein, minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids.  The sponge ia actually made from  dried and powdered Konjac root that  has been mixed with water to form a paste. This goo is mixed with calcium hydroxide, poured into molds and  heated to solidify the mixture.  The plum size Kojac balls are then frozen for 24 hours then slowly dried to evaporate moisture.   The final sponge has a pliable, bouncy texture and can be used with and without a cleanser.

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Choosing A Microdermabrasion Device

microdermabrasion is the key to beautiful skinHome  microdermabrasion is  IMO one of the great skin care developments in the last  ten  years.  Its well known that men appear to age more slowly than women– and  some experts believe  that it  may be due to their daily shave.  When  men scrape off a fresh crop of bristles each morning, they also take off the top layer of dead dry skin cells, stale  oil,  and ground-in dirt.  Lifting this top layer signals the lower level  to start producing a new supply of healthy young cells.  But we can defy  gender  and get the same benefits by using a home microdermabrasion device to  gently and throughly exfoliate the skin.  The rotating head and cleanser will take off the top layer of dead cells that muddy  the complexion and slow down cell growth.  These tools … Continue Reading…

Budget Beauty Guide– The Daily Plan

Over the past few weeks, I’ve  posted my lists for recommended affordable  anti-aging products covering cleansers,  treatments, exfoliators, moisturizers and sun protection.   Now comes the fun  part- how to use them.

The Theory Behind the Practice

When you strip away all the inflated promises and pseudo science, great skin care  has four key goals:

* take off the top layer of dry dead skin cells

* stimulate growth of collagen

* help the skin  maintain a healthy water balance

* protect against UV rays

Morning:

In the morning you want to clean the face gently and protect it from the sun.

* On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday use your basic mild soap or cleanser.  Wet the face first and work  up a lather on  your skn.  Rinse off with lukewarm water.  Too … Continue Reading…

Budget Beauty Guide– Anti-Aging Options

One  of  my pet peeves are  fashion layouts that show you how to  use  the same  pair of shoes in three different  outfits– but  each outfit then requires  more than  $1000 in additional   clothing and accessories.  Money  is  money and  if you are trying to  cut fashion  or beauty costs,   the choices  need to  be genuinely  affordable AND effective.  To bottomline it, I’m not going to use supermarket bar soap to buy a $300  moisturizer.

With   the steady stream  of bad economic news and at  least one friend   laid off every week, I decided to get serious about  cutting skin care costs but without compromising  results.  So here is the first section of my anti-aging  budget beauty guide.  My goal: to   deliver  cleansing, exfoliation  renewal and protection  at less than one dollar a day. 

Cleansing:

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Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week  Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40 is the host of Fashion Flash.   I have to admit that I am intimidated  by descriptions of  celebrity fitness programs. The intensity, the  pit crew of specialists to assist them,  the amount of  time and energy is overwhelming– and way above my pay scale.  What I love about Shawna’s  blog and DVD’s  is  that not only  are  the exercise programs  so doable, but  she shares real time success stories.  When a fifty something   schoolteacher works  diligently to lose weight  for a wedding, now that is something that  inspires  me.  I can relate to  the  people  who have worked her method and if they can do it, then   I can too. 

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Question: What can I do to look fabulous in less than a week?

Question: I just found out that my old crush is coming to the holiday office party this week. I want to look  amazing.  Would you suggest  IPL or Botox?

Answer:  Both  procedures are very effective, but I would be concerned about doing them right before an important event, especially if its the first time you’ve had them.  Although its called the “lunchtime laser”, IPL can leave red splotches and scabs  that will take a few days to heal.  Botox injections can  hit  a little blood vessels and produce  pretty big bruises.   Rather than doing a full court  press on your face,  If you need to look amazing immediately I would start with  a home microdermabrasion kit  from Clarisonic, DDF, or Neutrogena.  They will polish and refresh your skin and make an incredible difference, especially  if  its not something  you do everyday.    Then  make certain that  you hair … Continue Reading…

Clarisonic Opal Eye Infuser-Week One

I’ve been using the Clarisonic Opal for a week  and at first I was all thumbs.  I  had to read the instructions several times before I felt comfortable to try it.  It is not  like any other device that I had used and I’m especially anxious about using anything around my eyes.

The oval device  has a little nubbin that you fill with serum. This pale amber gel  had a number of interesting ingredients which had  some good science behind them.  These included world class antioxidants including green tea and resveratrol and marine peptides, vitamin C to brighten the skin and glycosaminoglycans ( what a mouthful)  for firmness.

The Clarisonic instructions were very specific to follow the rim of the eye socket  and not to use the device on the … Continue Reading…