Cucumber extract is an ingredient found in my products, such as Pigment Formula and SPF-40 Lotion Mist, because it has many soothing and regenerative qualities. It’s also a great addition to a healthy diet that will help you achieve beautiful skin. Cucumbers are incredibly low in calories and carbs, and have no fat, cholesterol or sodium. They are high in fiber and provide vitamins A, C, K, B6, folate and thiamin and several essential minerals, including zinc and potassium. Cucumbers are perfect for a summer salad and great for your skin.
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We’ve invited Cita, a beauty blogger from Chic Critique to try some of our products, and a few weeks into the trial, she reports that things are going well. Here is her first post, which outlines her interest in acne treatments. Cita makes a good point about my Advanced Acne Solution, which is formulated to be very strong without drying. It is helpful to apply it by spraying it onto a cotton ball and then applying to your skin
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We all know that tanned skin is unhealthy skin, yet it’s hard to resist the glow that a little sunshine gives the skin. Did you know that it’s possible to have a healthy glow without exposing yourself to harmful cancerous UV rays with my Sunless Tanning Bronzer? It is the only sunless tanning product with SPF-15, antioxidants and vitamins to leave your skin smooth and supple. You can achieve radiant skin within an hour that will last approximately one week. For best results, first exfoliate the skin with AHA Body Smoothing Lotion and then apply the Sunless Tanning Bronzer. Your friends will wonder where you got your golden glow and you’ll have the benefits of a winter tan without the risks.
The beginning of a new year is always a time to resolve to take better care of ourselves. Gyms are busier than at any other time and we have cleared out all of the holiday sweets and treats. I developed my Ten Commandments of Skin Care that fit right in with spirit of renewal, so it’s a good time to take a look at them and at products that can help you keep your resolutions this year.
2. Thou Shalt clean your face at least once a day – try Daily Cleanser.
3. Thou shalt not subject yourself to extremes, whether excessive UV exposure, binge drinking and eating, or wildly fluctuating water temperatures.
6. Thou shalt eat a healthy, balanced diet – and drink a lot of water – I’ll give more tips on this in a few days.
8. Thou shalt not be afraid of pigment-reducing cream: use them daily – Pigment Formula after exfoliation will bring results in a few weeks.
10. Thou shalt not smoke.
It’s exciting to read in the Wall Street Journal that recent studies on Resveratrol (which is also known as grapeseed extract and is found in red wine) are supporting its early promise. In 2006, I was one of the very first leaders in skin care to recommend this ingredient, and I’ve included it in Rewind Age-Defying Cream and other products in my skin care line ever since.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Resveratrol has found been found in animal studies to prevent or slow progression of illnesses from cancer to cardiovascular disease—and even to extend the life span of some organisms. Since 2008, at least five human studies have been presented at scientific meetings showing human benefits, ranging from improved blood flow to the heart to better control of diabetes.” Read more http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704304504574610151045580782.html
I’ve seen how Resveratrol, as an active ingredient in my products, can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and I’m pleased to see that research is proving that the ingredient may also help people live longer, more active lives.
Kellie Stone is an online skin care product reviewer who wrote about one of the downfalls of her job: “product hopping.” It’s a bad habit we can all fall into. Here is an excerpt from her article.
“One of the perks of writing for my own women’s blog and several others is I get to try a lot of health and beauty products for free. Though I appreciate this job, I’ve noticed one downfall of subjecting my face to various formulas: My skin hates it! The glowing, creamy skin that I once had is breaking out, lackluster, and downright dry.
What gives? According to Dr. Michelle Copeland, M.D., D.M.D, author of The Beautiful Skin Workout: Eight Weeks to the Smoothest, Healthiest Skin of Your Life and Change Your Looks, Change Your Life, if you frequently hop from one product to the next in search of something better, you won’t be happy with the results. “Daily or weekly alternation of your topical serums and lotions is a form of skin abuse. The tissue reacts by becoming irritated or breaking out. All that back-and-fourth shocks the skin; it gets revved up because it’s not sure what’s going to hit it next,” says Copeland.”
Read more at http://www.chic-critique.com/2009/12/product-hopping-blues.html
Yesterday we discussed the effect of cold weather on skin and I promised some tips for the season’s other big assault on beauty: holiday parties. Of course we want to look our best but sometimes with all of the stress and running around, we are not feeling it! As always, hydration is key. It’s typical to become dehydrated during the holiday season if you are attending parties where you will be exposed to dry air, smoke and any spirits you may enjoy. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages. Use moisturizer frequently and remember to first cleanse, tone, and exfoliate – now is not the time to skip any steps. A good regimen to follow is to use my Daily Cleanser, followed by AHA Face Cream and Daily Moisturizer.
Finally, focus on eyes and lips. Sleep deprivation and stress can lead to dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. There are many fine topical products with ingredients like argireline and biopeptide (or pentapeptide) that help reduce wrinkles and promote firming of these sensitive areas. To protect lips from chapping, use a good moisturizing product with high SPF protection. Lip enhancing products with argireline and pentapeptides reduce fine lines; and nicotinic acid and cinnamon provide immediate plumping to give your lips a fuller look. My three holiday season must-haves contain these ingredients and are formulated to show improvement immediately with long-lasting results when used on a regular and frequent basis: REWIND Eye Formula, Ageless Skin Undereye Concealer, and Lip Enhancer. Follow these steps to look your festive best!
Tomorrow I’ll have some last minute quick fixes in time to welcome the New Year…
The cold weather we had this past week reminds us that we have to be extra attentive to skin in the winter, when cold air outside and hot air inside can wreak havoc on our faces. Staying hydrated and using moisturizer are critical steps to protecting skin during the winter.
You may have read about mountain climbers smearing their faces with Vaseline to protect their skin. While making your way down a windy street may feel as cold as ascending Mount Everest, skip the thick goos. Petrolatum-based ointment works by forming an occlusive layer on the skin – nothing gets in or out. Even if you apply Vaseline only to your chapped lips, the product can spread and fill up the pores outside the lip line, causing breakouts. So except in the most extreme cold (like climbing Mount Everest) use a quality moisturizer that will protect and hydrate allowing pores to “breathe”. Look for products with non-oil-based moisturizing ingredients and antioxidants, such as lipoic acid, and Vitamins A&E to keep skin soft and supple. To protect lips from chapping, use a good moisturizing product with high SPF protection.
There are 3 essential products I recommend to “winterize” your skin: Daily Moisturizer with SPF 20, Lip Protector, and Body Moisturizing Lotion. If you use these three faithfully, you can brave the winter winds with confidence.
The other challenge to skin during the winter is all of the holiday parties we go to. Tomorrow I’ll have tips for keeping skin as radiant as the holiday lights – but for now – keep applying that moisturizer!
Style Apothecary reviewed my AHA Face Cream. Here’s what they had to say:
Just another in a long line of great and effective products from Dr. Michelle Copeland. I had pretty much stayed away from AHA creams after a bad experience with one that irritated the heck out of my face – it felt so sore and almost sunburned after using. So when I started with this AHA cream, I treaded lightly and only applied a small amount… I should have known I had no need to worry. What this does to my skin is like what an exfoliater would do – except without the beads. The cream just magically lifts off dead and lifeless skin leaving behind a fresh and glowing face that’s ready for moisturizer and makeup. I apply it liberally, and It takes mere seconds to absorb into my skin. The softness is incredible. The AHA cream has also allowed me to alternate my use of Retin A. I like so much what the cream is doing that I can switch off and get the same level of effectiveness. The AHA cream adds the added benefit of Vitamin A& E and Kojic Acid for brightening and evening your skintone. There is a product in Dr. Copeland’s line for everyone – no matter what your skin issues are, she has you covered. Highly recommend this product.
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