Green tea has long been known as a powerful antioxidant when consumed as a tea or supplement but many new studies indicate that green tea offers numerous beauty benefits when used in skin cream. The active ingredients in green tea skin care are flavanols, polyphenols, and epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG for short). EGCG is a potent antioxidant - between 20 - 100 times more powerful than vitamin C and A.
Green tea extract, which you can find in revolutionary new products like belisiRX, fights free radicals - those rogue molecules that cause aging, tissue damage, and possibly even disease.
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Ah, the joys of being a woman. We get to unabashedly spoil ourselves with spa treatments and beauty products delicious enough to eat. While men tend not to go to such lengths, they don’t have to. That’s right — they get to grow old gracefully with that thick skin of theirs and plentiful collagen reserves. And nobody lets us forget it.
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Admit it or not but we’re all secretly hoping for a magic potion to keep Father Time at bay. While I won’t give up hope, I realize there really isn’t a fountain of youth. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit back and age “gracefully”.
Retinol has been around for a while—available originally through dermatogolists to treat hyperpigmentation, photodamage, and pore size. Today, many products include retinol. Great, right? Saves a trip to the dermatologist. Unfortunatley, not all Retinol products are created equally.
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Celebrities know all the great beauty tricks for looking younger and hiding flaws. Now you can too.
Younger looking skin
In Hollywood skin regimens, it’s all about prevention. But let’s face it, sometimes Nature has its way with our skin before we realize what’s happening. Stars like Felicity Huffman rely on super serums like Leaf & Rusher Active Serum to stave off the signs of aging. In this heavy-duty beauty product Retinol and vitamin C join forces to battle fine lines and wrinkles and boost collagen production.
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At-home LED machines turn back the clock
Without light we’d all be hollowed out—not to mention pasty—versions of ourselves. Plants wouldn’t grow and the earth would be blanketed in depressing darkness. But unlike those nasty tanning beds, a new kind of light is good for our skin, as much as our psyches. LEDs (light emitting diodes) have been available in dermatologist and cosmetic surgery offices for some time but treatments aren’t cheap and the progress is slow.
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Ultra hydrating mask leaves skin smooth
If you live in a seasonal climate, you’re skin is taking a beating from the harsh winds and the super dry air. Even if you live in a warm climate, you still need to feed your skin to keep wrinkles and blemishes at bay. One easy to get extra moisture is with a moisture mask like the Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Mask ($45). Slather on the hydrating mask and 20 minutes later your skin is left feeling soft and revitalized.
You use toner for your face, why not the rest of your body? Get your blood flowing again with Dr. Hauschka Rosemary Leg and Arm Toner ($32.95). Ingredients like Rosemary essential oil and castor oil (don’t worry, you don’t have to drink it!). Just rub some in and restore that healthy glow—especially on those bitter winter mornings when your skin looks as dewy as a bag of ragweed.
It's a New Year and a new you! It's time to take your beauty regimen seriously. If you haven't had time to formulate your beauty resolutions for 2008, we've done it for you:
I resolve to take care of my hair
It’s not pleasant to think about but our hair becomes a dead protein as soon as it emerges from our scalp, which means we need to take extra good care of it to ensure it continues to look shiny and lustrous as long as possible. Styling tools, harsh water, chemicals and products wreak havoc on your hair. Make a resolution to take better care of it and you’ll enjoy a New Year with fewer bad hair days, guaranteed.
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Get a party girl glow
While all the late night parties and yummy holiday cocktails are fun, they can take a toll on your face. With New Year’s celebrations right around the corner, a little preparation will help you save face—literally.
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Skincare Worthy of a Feast
This holiday season, a moment on the lips doesn't have to mean a lifetime on the hips. With a cornacopia of delicious smelling products, it’s okay to pass the pumpkin pie and pile on the souffle. We even dare you to throw back a few margaritas. Guilt free!
If you’re in a giving mood, all of these skincare and beauty products make great stocking stuffers and gifts.
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