Bet You Had No Clue These 9 Superstar Ingredients Could Treat Your Skincare Concerns

untitledFinding the right product to fight off your unwanted acne, redness, irritation, and lackluster complexion can seem overwhelming. Believe me, I’ve been there! But the cure to your acne and skincare ailments can be found in some unlikely places . . . like your kitchen cabinets. Crazy, right? You may be surprised by what ingredients make up your skincare products. Here are nine of the most “OMG, I didn’t know that did that” skincare products that will pave the way for a brighter complexion.

Turmeric and Cranberry Seeds

The Product: Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask ($39)

This two-in-one game changer pulls out all the stops! If your skin is anything like mine — lackluster and dull — this mask is for you. Formulated with turmeric (brightening) and cranberry seed (exfoliating) extracts, this mask works to restore your skin over time by evening out your skin’s texture.

Garlic and Honey

The Product: Lush Cosmetic Warrior Mask ($10)

This whipped cream mask delivers all the cosmic feels and more. Its creamy and jelly-like texture makes it easy to apply, so you don’t have to use a lot of product to get the job done. The garlic and honey cleansing properties work together to stop irritation of the skin, calm redness, and reduce blemishes over time.

Witch Hazel, Green Tea, and Lemon

The Product: The Creme Shop 2-in-1 Facial Foam: Witch Hazel + Lemon + Green Tea ($10)

This cleanser is unlike any other I have ever tried. Its creamy texture turns straight to foam as soon as you apply it to skin with little water added. Your skin will be left as smooth as ever after rinsing.

Aloe Vera

The Product: Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser ($12)

This powerful cleanser truly works to calm, moisturize, and heal the skin. This cleanser works best with oily or blemish-prone skin. Its foaming texture is paired with aloe vera, which works to soothe and calm the skin without stripping and dehydrating the skin.

Yogurt

The Product: Korres Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Mask ($36)

Your skin deserves dessert, too! This is an advanced night facial designed to nourish the skin with proteins found in yogurt to combat dryness and dehydration.

Azelaic Acid

The Product: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel ($36)

Weekly facial peels are one of the hottest skincare trends to date. Although finding the perfect one for your skin can be tricky, this two-part medi-spa peel (a one-month supply) by Dr.Dennis Gross is the answer to all of your skincare worries. Infused with azelaic acid, which is proven to aid in treating acne, brightening the skin, and gently reversing impurities, this professional product allows you to experience a two-part facial without having to leave your home. I am a huge fan of this product because you can see results within the first week! My skin looks brighter and my complexion is completely glowing. Skincare win!

Chia Seeds

The Product: Perricone MD Chia Serum ($85)

They’re not just good to throw in your pre-workout smoothie; chia seeds also provide clarity to unwanted blemishes, dehydration, and blackheads. After using this product, your skin will be left with a velvety finish that not only feels amazing but looks even better.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The Product: SW Basics Toner ($22)

The last-minute part of any nighttime skincare routine, toner has been dubbed one of the most essential bedtime necessities for a clear complexion. Now imagine adding apple cider vinegar into the mix. What you may not know about the ingredient is that it works to even out your skin’s complexion and neutralize your skin’s acidic deck. This product works best for oily, irritated, and acne-prone skin.

Niacinamide

The Product: Glossier Super Pure Serum ($28)

This serum is super potent and fast absorbing, and its number one ingredient — along with the ever-so-popular vitamin E — is niacinamide. Niacinamide helps calm redness and irritation of the skin, dullness, and breakouts. Without any questions or hesitations, this serum has been amazing on my skin, and it’s been added to the lineup with my other serum miracle workers.

– Gianna Visconti as seen on POPSUGAR

Get Valentine’s Day-Ready With These Beauty Must-Haves

Blog ImageValentine’s Day is right around the corner and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season of love than by treating ourselves to some of the best in beauty. Whether you’re looking to achieve soft, kissable lips, silky smooth and sexy skin, or the ultimate glam look — or, all of the above — we’ve got you covered with our head-to-toe guide.

This Valentine’s Day, take your beauty routine to the next level and indulge in some our must-have products, ahead.

ReVive Light Therapy Lip Device

Want kissable lips for Valentine’s Day? Swap your lip masks for the power of light therapy. Clinically proven to improve collagen production, increase firmness, and provide the lips with a natural plumping effect, the ReVive Light Therapy Lip Device is your hot ticket to a plumper, more youthful-looking pout.

LALICIOUS Birthday Cake Sugar Scrub

Want to know the secret to glowing skin? An exfoliating bath and body product that not only polishes the skin by getting rid of dry, dull dead skin cells, but also leaves behind a trace of shimmer. Formulated with nourishing coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and pure sugar cane crystals, the birthday cake-scented sugar scrub leaves behind sexy soft, kissable skin.

Butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a festive coat of red nail polish. And we love Butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Her Majesty’s Red for the ultimate V-day manicure. Formulated with ingredients that promote stronger, healthier, and brighter-looking nails, the 8-free nail lacquer is uses Shock Resisting Polymer Technology for a gel-like, chip resistant finish that lasts up to 10 days.

 The Honey Pot Company Normal Feminine Wipes

Don’t forget to prep down there. Formulated with powerful active ingredients like aloe, cucumber and matricaria flower extracts, as well as cucumber water and sunflower seed oil.  The Honey Pot Company Normal Feminine Wipes work to maintain pH balance and help keep your lady parts fresh and clean throughout the day.

emerginC Scientific Organics Body Firming Serum

Prep your body skin this Valentine’s Day with emerginC Scientific Organics Body Firming Serum. Formulated with soothing aloe, firming coffee seed oil, grape stem cell extract, and kombucha tea extract, the lightweight body serum works to target cellulite, firm the look of loose skin, and massage the body with a unique glass roller ball tube application system.

Lit Cosmetics Lit Kit

For a show stopping lip that wows, reach for the Lit Cosmetics Lit Kit. Complete with loose color, liquid adhesive, and a brush for flawless application, the high-sparkle lip kit is the ultimate Valentine’s Day lip.

Lash Star Lash Sculpting Mascara 

Bat your lashes this Valentine’s Day with Lash Star Lash Sculpting Mascara. Inspired by professional techniques, the breakthrough formula features two formulas and brushes designed to deliver gorgeously sculpted, sexy lashes.

– Jessie Quinn

These 3 Skin-Care Products Literally Erased My Hormonal Acne Scars

Even if you conquer a pizza face full of pimples, you’ll be left battling the scars. This is the story of how I got rid of mine.

The teenage years are when most adolescents suffer from acne flare-ups and cystic pimples. Lucky for me, I had clear, porcelain, glowing skin. I never even used skincare products! Yep, not a drop—true story.

I remember how lucky I felt to not have to suffer the emotional stress and embarrassment of having a face covered in craters, redness, hyperpigmentation, and dry flakey skin… until it happened to me.

Around the time I went to college, I started noticing small breakouts along my jawline and had no idea why. I wasn’t doing anything different than I had been doing my whole life. And ironically, the better care I took of my skin, the more acne I got. I was embarrassed and depressed.

Naturally, I ran to the local pharmacy and purchased cult-favorite skin care products, including Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser paired with Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15which resulted in nothing. Nada. If anything, my skin looked and felt worse.

That’s when I got serious and made an appointment with a dermatologist, who put me on topical and oral medications to treat what turned out to be hormonal acne, due to the fact that I had stopped taking birth control. Board certified dermatologist Debra Wattenberg, MD, explains, “Hormonal acne tends to develop post-teenage years and is commonly distributed along the jawline, neck, and cheeks. It often presents with cysts that are caused by fluctuations in hormones, specifically increases in androgens like testosterone.” Causes of hormonal acne, according to Dr. Wattenberg, founder of NY Skin RX, include irregular periods, discontinuation of birth control pills, and menopause. The cysts that develop from hormonal acne are deep and hard to treat, so Dr. Wattenberg commonly recommends antibiotics, birth control pills, and anti-androgens such as Spironolactone, which dials down male hormone expression in the body. These are the clear signs you probably need prescription acne treatment.

Unfortunately, that’s not the happy ending to the story. Although my acne slowly cleared up, it left behind terrible scars, including hyperpigmentation and discoloration of the skin, which is usually caused by excessive picking at areas of irritation, popping pimples the wrong way (here’s the right way to pop a pimple, if you must), and picking away at pimples as they are healing.

I struggled to find the solution to correct my damaged skin. I tried Sephora’s top picks for scarring from holy grail dermatologists and celebrities such as Kate Somerville, Dr. Dennis Gross, Dr. Jart, and more. Once again, I was left feeling hopeless that my skin would ever be the same.

After months of research on powerful skin care ingredients such as Vitamin C, turmeric, and retinoids, I finally found my skincare saviors: Peter Thomas Roth’s Acne Clearing Wash and Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum mixed with a K-Beauty staple, Skin & Lab’s Red Serum, have worked their magic to completely clear my hyperpigmentation, scarring, and redness. This product combination is a skin care miracle like I have never experienced before.

Here’s how they work: The Acne Clearing Wash has 2 percent salicylic acid, which helps eliminate the breakout cycle while removing excess oil, makeup, and bacteria. “Salicylic acid helps to destroy the attachments between skin cells, which allows exfoliation of the skin and helps to unclog pores,” explains Dr. Wattenberg. “It also has anti-inflammatory properties.” The formula soothes and conditions the skin with allantoin and pro vitamin B5, leaving it thoroughly clean and residue-free.

The star ingredient in Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is obviously Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps to destroy cell-damaging free radicals, according to Dr. Wattenberg. It decreases inflammation from acne and helps to reduce redness, scarring, and pigmentation. This particular formulation has rose extracts to hydrate the skin, and it adds its own anti-inflammatory properties to decrease the chance for discoloration.

Skin & Lab’s Red Serum has one of the most powerful super-fruit products to slough away dead skin and prevents pore congestion. “These products exfoliate the skin, increasing cell turnover, preventing pigmentation, and scarring,” Dr. Wattenberg explains. “The anti-inflammatory effects of the vitamin C prevent superficial reddening of the skin. Salicylic acid can dissolve the keratin plug that causes a blackhead—it dissolves oil and dead skin cells, making pore look smaller. It also decreases oil production because it’s lipophilic, or water-loving, and has the ability to penetrate the pore, destroy the oil and unclog the pore.”

With this trio of products, my skin has not looked and felt this good since 2008. (Yes, that is an accurate number).

I wish I could tell you that the road to finding the products that work best for your skin ailments is quick and easy, pain-free, and not at all emotionally draining, but everyone’s experience is different. Luckily, you’re one step closer to trying something that your skin and soul will thank you for!

– Gianna Visconti

Beach break on the fly?

Blog Post 2Trying to unlearn my ways….

There are two kinds of travelers. Those who pack light and those who wished they had. As I start to pack for a quick beach trip, I am trying to challenge myself and pack strategically, for the first time in my life. With becoming a total lightweight in mind, I found some amazing multifunctional beauty and fashion items to share!

The Honey Pot Company’s Wipes are compact, natural and biodegradable and can be used from head to toe and places in-between! They are also portable enough to fit in a beach bag or purse. I am also taking them on board to wipe down the tray and arm rest, cited as the dirtiest places on the plane.

I am obsessed with Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel softening salve which has a formulation rich in vitamins and essential oils that smells luxurious and combats dryness everywhere. I put a dab under my nose before takeoff, which I swear helps ward off germs on the plane.

LALICIOUS’s The Oil provides a powerful anti-aging punch and contains a rich blend of plant extracts to restore skin’s elasticity and luminosity, before, during and après the sun. You can also add it to your bath and use it on your hair to make it shine.

Lastly, Bogner’s stylish tunic can take you from the beach to the bar in style. I throw in a sash that hikes it up and can therefore alter its look to go from the yacht club to beach bash or from naughty to nice.

– Woods