The reasons? Glycolic acid helps to exfoliate, while vitamin C and Indian fig free help protect the complexion from free radicals. And thanks to the addition of collagen-boosting myrtle extract, skin gets a surge of rejuvenation. The peel smells amazing, too, like an orange and grapefruit stand on a warm, sunny day. Don't be frightened by the tingling sensation that occurs almost immediately after application, though. It's just the ingredients doing what they're supposed to be doing. How's that for a little clarity?
Formulated with glycolic acid to help exfoliate and tone, along with Glyco Firming Complex to increase the firmness of the skin and beta carotene to help fight fine lines, the product does all of the above, but without leaving behind any tightness, pilling, or shininess. Think of it as an instant de-dullifier.
Thanks to its light texture, it goes on very evenly, and it feels amazing as you're putting it on, almost like your skin is waiting to just soak it all up. It's also weightless on the skin and has just a hint of subtle citrus aroma, so you won't be smelling (or feeling) it all day long.
While you'll still likely want to put a moisturizer on after for extra hydration, you can get away with using this treatment on its own in a pinch. It won't solve each and every one of your skin problems, but for its ability to illuminate the skin, improve its texture, and leave it fresh and rejuvenated, Complete Reform comes highly recommended.
"This is my favorite moisturizer by far. I've tried a lot of them, and this is the lightest, airiest lotion, but it still does its job and makes your skin feel silky smooth and quenched. I worry about occasional zits and oil, and since using this lotion, my skin has been almost blemish free. Being without it for even a few days, I can feel and see a difference in the smoothness of my skin."
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Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Howard Murad, who shared his advice on achieving healthy skin. And now, through his Inclusive Health Center, he has more sage words about the correlation between how your health and appearance are affected by your emotional state. Here are some of my favorites:
- Breakfast: Don't skimp on the most important meal of the day. Eat a metabolism- and appearance-boosting balanced breakfast of grains, whole oats, eggs, and fresh fruit.
- Sleep: Get your eight hours in, and "use topical and internal products with ingredients such as melatonin and GABA that add depth to your sleep and your skin’s sleep repair cycle," says Dr. Murad.
- Flax seed and fish oil: Not only should you moisturize your skin in the AM and the PM, but take supplements with hydrating essential fatty acids, like flaxseed and fish oil, too.
- Three good things: At the end of the day, write down three good things that happened that day. "This is my #1 recommendation to improve emotional self-care," he adds.
- Supplements: Take glucosamine, which helps to increase the water content in your body. For production of collagen and elastin, look to amino acids. "Think of your daily supplements as insurance that guarantees you’ll maintain the nutrient levels you need to look and live your best," advises Dr. Murad.
Which of these tips do you use?
There's no way about it, the recession is depressing. If you need a bit of good news to combat the doom and gloom, here you go: Murad is giving away free samples of its Sleep Reform Serum. The anti-aging treatment promises to moisturize and firm skin while you sleep, using topical melatonin to calm your complexion while you snooze. I haven't tried it, but my mom and I are both fans of Murad's Intensive Wrinkle Eraser — and really, if it's free to try out, why not do it?
One of the best ways to brighten your skin is to incorporate a product with glycolic acid into your skin care regimen. You're probably tired of hearing about my Jan Marini cleanser, but its pH-balanced, 12% glycolic formula has done wonders for me. But even if you don't want to use a glycolic product every day, the occasional one-off treatment can exfoliate dead skin and produce a healthier glow.
After my dinner with Dr. Murad, I went home with a sample of his Intensive Resurfacing Peel ($165). The pricey product contains glycolic and salicylic acids to reveal smoother skin; the formula is contained in 16 separate ampoules to use over a four-week period. But I found that after leaving it on my face for about 10 minutes, I already saw smoother, softer, glowier skin; to make the product last, I get two uses out of each ampoule, which makes the hefty cost a little more justifiable.
Of course, a drugstore version promises to deliver amazing results, too. To find out whether it lives up to the marvy Murad product, read more
This weekend, I joined dozens of lovely ladies in LA for Total Beauty's beauty blog summit. One of the highlights was a day-long tour of some of the city's poshest primping places, including the top places where the A-list get gorgeous. Read on to see some of the best sites from the day.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not having some sort of fantastical beauty dream. Last night was one of those times, as I was invited to a dinner with Dr. Howard Murad. Yes, that Dr. Murad. He was in town to fete the opening of the spa at the InterContinental Hotel, where his products and techniques are incorporated into skin-care treatments. (Never have I sat at a table among people with skin that beautiful. Never, ever.)
After meeting Dr. Murad, it's easy to understand why he's such a popular dermatologist. He's a gentleman, he's friendly, and he sincerely loves talking about skin. While enjoying beet salad, I asked him what we can do to have healthier skin. For a few of his tips for a beautiful complexion, read more
Welcome back to my series on firming beauty products. Today's topic is body creams. Before we go any further, you need to know that no cream can actually remove cellulite. By following a healthy lifestyle you can shrink lipids, but topical creams will only work to stimulate your skin and temporarily help smooth the appearance of cellulite. Below are three that I've tried.
Benefit Jiggle Gel ($26) is a toning, firming, and hydrating moisturizer for your hips, thighs, tummy, arms, and booty. It claims to act as an "invisible girdle." I can't attest to it being quite that effective, but the mental image definitely worked to help me feel firmer. Simply smooth it onto your body and allow it to dry. I just read that it's also recommended to help reduce swelling after long flights, so it might be good for frequent fliers.
For two more body firming creams, read more