Dr. Brandt's Blemishes No More Exfoliating Cleanser ($25) will beat blemishes into oblivion, without sending your skin into a tailspin. Willow bark extract gently clarifies, flaxseed extract wipes out oil, and cucumber extract works to reduce inflammation. It's a winning formulation, especially for women with occasional breakouts who don't require constant medication for potential pimples. Plus, the jojoba-filled exfoliating beads disappear when it's time to stop scrubbing, so you don't have to worry about timing your face washing routine — or exacerbating already-riled up skin. But most of all, this cleanser proves that you don't need to use strong chemicals on your face to achieve clear results.
Kate Spicer was pushing 40, and like so many women, she wasn't crazy about her appearance. So she did a little gonzo journalism by diving into the world of cosmetic treatments for an upcoming BBC America documentary called Super Botox Me. After a bull semen hair treatment in London, she jets off to the United States for a beauty prescription of Botox, Restylane, Fraxel, and more.
You can check out a preview clip online. In it, Spicer goes to see Dr. Fredric Brandt, the dermatologist rumored to treat celebrities including Madonna. (He also injects his own face with Botox, which blows my mind.) "It's no different from getting a haircut," he tells Spicer as he injects her neck with Botox. If you've ever wanted to know what that or Restylane injections (yowch!) look like, consider your wishes granted. "I'm a total Botox slut," Spicer quips after her second round of Botox in a 24-hour period.
The show premieres March 26 at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America, and I'd say it's required viewing for anyone considering Botox — or anyone who just wants to peek inside the world of extreme beauty.
I'm a skeptic when it comes to ingesting beauty-related supplements. I've tried the Phytophanere Dietary Supplements For Hair & Nails, which were supposed to make my nails and hair grow faster and stronger, but instead they gave me nothing but blemishes. So when I learned about this Antioxidant Water Booster ($35) from Dr. Brandt, I sort of dismissed the product altogether.
However, lately I've been reading lots of positive reviews about the blueberry flavor, so I decided to give it a go. Supposedly, the antioxidant content in one dose is the same as you'd find in 15 cups of home-brewed green tea.
My guess it that it's getting attention because there has been so much written about the powerful effects of antioxidants lately. They help protect your cells from free radical damage, keep your organs healthy, and they may even contribute to fighting cancer and heart disease.
As it turns out, the Water Booster is indeed delicious. I did a taste test to see what I was getting into before I drank the full glass of water. It's flavorful and sweet, but it doesn't contain any calories or even one iota of caffeine or sugar.
Each bottle (there are five different kinds) contains enough for 60 servings. All you have to do is shake it, add one dropper to eight ounces of water, mix, and chug. I've only had three cups and I don't notice a difference in my skin, but as the saying goes, you look better if you feel better. Knowing that I am doing something good for my body definitely makes me feel better, too.
Did you get some gift cards this holiday? If so, Dr. Brandt has a thick and luxurious antiaging, complexion-boosting lotion called Contour Effect ($185) that might be up your alley. It was developed as a last-ditch effort for Dr. Brandt's patients, who asked him for a firming fountain-of-youth product to try before undergoing cosmetic surgery.
Made with antioxidants and other powerful ingredients such as mamaku essence (to stimulate and tone skin tissues), calmosensine (to relax the skin), and bacocalmine (an antistress herb to calm irritations) skin should look more even toned, firmer and supple. It also enriches seriously dehydrated or dry skin, as well as stimulates cells and promotes increased regeneration. To use, just apply a small amount to a clean face and neck in the morning. If your skin is excessively dry, you can also use it in the evening.
While I doubt that this topical cream can work miracles to turn back the hands of time, it does have peptides to help slow down the aging process. And on the off chance that you've got an extra $185 burning a hole in your pocket, I hope you'll try it and let everyone know how well it works!
Do you, like us, obsessively inspect your skin in the mirror, and at the site of a new blemish, wrinkle,or age spot, lament, "Why? Why me?" Sephora is here to tell you exactly that. From the "whys" to the "hows" to the "what-ifs," they're answering all of your frequently asked questions—even those you're embarassed to ask. Even better, every day we're giving away one product to help you implement their expertise. Congratulations to Lamombo, who won yesterday's giveaway for a Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser.
Today's question: My pores look huge and my t-zone is eternally shiny! What will help?
The answer: Fortunately for us, the doctor is in: Dr. Brandt, that is. Dr. Brandt Pores No More is a smart multi-tasker. First, it's infused with microspheres that diffuse light, minimizing pores for a smoother finish. Plus, it absorbs oil and reduces skin's oil production over time. That means fewer breakouts in the long run. Pores No More is also an excellent makeup primer; just put it on before applying foundation and you'll see more even application.
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