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28 Aug

FREEZE 24-7 SKIN GLACÉ ($65.00)

We’d love to have Jennifer Aniston’s hair and body, but we’d settle for her flawless complexion. Besides good genes, the actress relies on this two-in-one facial cleanser and mask to unclog pores and calm irritated skin. Oh and by the way, it’s so soothing and gentle, we’ve even been using it as shaving cream.

Want gorgeous skin fast? Use the daily self-foaming cleanser to dissolve impurities, sweep away imperfections and get smooth, supple skin on contact. Use as a daily mask to take average skin from ‘so-so’ to stunning in two minutes flat.

  • Contains a proprietary complex of Bio-transformed Rice Bran and Hydrolyzed Soy Protein for deep cleansing, maximum skin purification, detoxification and hydration
  • Effectively unclogs pores, removes excess oil and impurities
  • Leaves skin visibly soft, supple, and healthy
  • Replenishes skin’s natural moisture balance
  • Calms red, irritated skin
  • Dissolves make-up and other impurities
  • Can be used as an effective shaving cream for men and women
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal by-products.
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-Sensitizing
  • Allergy Tested
  • Clinically Tested
  • Non-irritating

Give Your Thighs A Rubdown

13 Aug

“Massage boosts circulation and plumps the skin, creating a smoother look that lasts for days,” says Shelly Bawiec, director of spa education for Aveda. Her fast D.Y.I technique: In the shower apply a body scrub like Bliss Hot Salt Scrub ($36) in vigorous, sideways bak-and-forth motions. After you’ve dried off, use a body oil (try Neutragena Body Oil, $9.99) for a two-minute deep massage: First, smooth your plams in long strokes donw the backs of your thighs, then use your fingers to apply pressure in slow , circular motions.

Cellulite: Use A Firming Cream

13 Aug

Let’s get this out of the way: there is no miracle cure in a jar for cellulite. But “a firming cream that contains caffeine and hyaluronic acid may help disguise the cellulite for up to eight hours,” says dermatologist Doris Day, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center. She says her patients love Estee Lauder Body  Performance Firming Body Cream, $40.

Cellulite? Try The Angel Trick

13 Aug

Victoria’s Secret models seem immune to cottage-cheese syndrome, but makeup artist Stephanie Flor, who preps them at the brand’s runway show, says even they get a little help: “if you attact light to the rest of the legs, cellulite is less obvious.” Dust a shimmery bronzer like NYC New York Color Bronzer ($4.99), down the front of your legs. For medium or dark skin, use a body oil instead.

The Best Face Cleansers

23 Jul

When it comes to the art of face washing, us ladies take it pretty seriously. We carefully select our skin care products and practically give ourselves a facial in the morning and night. We do this ritual in the morning to look and feel refreshed and awake (even when we likely got less than six hours of sleep). And then we wash the day off of our faces in the evening, removing all traces of makeup, as well as any dirt and excess oil.

But a cleanser is a cleanser, right? Don’t they all do the same job? Hardly. There are formulas for all different skin types from sensitive to acne-prone to combination to dry to oily and even those of us with rosacea. You can choose from bars or pumps, mild or deep cleansing and take your pick from exfoliating, creamy, foamy, or even frothy. You’ll see that these skin care products will help you put your best face forward every day.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, $15

Average rating: 8.7
Why: “I have tried many, many facial cleansers and now have been using this exclusively since I first tried it a couple of years ago. I have combination skin that is prone to both dry patches and blackheads/clogged pores. This is the only cleanser I have found that does a wonderful job of keeping my pores clean, but does not strip my face and leave it crepey or scaly looking. It is by far the best that I have tried. I am totally satisfied with it!”  Betty P.

Mary Kay Creamy Cleanser 2, $12

Average Rating: 8.8
Why: “Until I found Mary Kay Creamy Cleanser 2, I thought I had dry skin. My face used to feel tight after washing it, but since [I started using this], my skin is always soft and moist. In fact, I have combination skin type. I’ve always been very allergic so before I found Mary Kay Creamy Cleanser 2, I couldn’t use anything without getting ‘itchy.’ I’ve been using it for at least 24 years now and I’m now 50 and everyone thinks my 14-year-old daughter is my sister!” Claudia P.

 Ambi Complexion Cleansing Bar, $1.99

Average Rating: 8.9

Why: “This cleanser leaves your face refreshed and revitalized without removing your natural moisture. An excellent product with a great fragrance also.” Shanita

 Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, $20

Average Rating: 9.1

Why: “The size of a dime is all you need to dispense from the bottle in order to remove every trace of makeup, dirt and the most stubborn, sometimes hard-to-remove, waterproof eye makeup. This cleanser has never failed me. It always leaves my skin feeling totally clean, fresh and not dry or stripped in any way. I try different cleansers, well, because I am a beauty blogger, but always go back to Purity. The scent is very light, and I truly look forward to using this at the end of the day to help my skin feel totally refreshed and totally clean.” MakeupSearcher

 Dermalogica mediBac Clearing Skin Wash, $33

Average Rating: 9.1

Why: “After the first use I could tell a difference in my skin. It is awesome! I have extremely oily adult acne skin and after using this wash, the tone and texture of my skin was fabulous. The smell is pretty awful, but with results like these how can I hold that against the best cleanser I have ever used? And trust me I have used them all.” Kate L

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar, $4.49

Why: “I have VERY sensitive skin — prone to dermatitis, redness, dryness, etc. You’d never know it, though, because of my skin care regimen. This is the only brand that lets me keep my skin smooth and dewy every day.” — Rachel Moran


The 9 Best Rated Face Scrubs

23 Jul

Newsflash: If it’s glowing, radiant skin you’re after, you need to exfoliate.

According to doctors Gina and Sid Dinesh, dermatologists in Beverly Hills, Calif., adding exfoliation to your skin care routine helps the natural shedding process of skin and encourages healthier, smoother, more even-toned, and clearer skin. Some of the big beauty benefits? Acne prevention, smaller pores, wrinkle reduction, and it even helps all those fancy moisturizers actually absorb into the skin.

However, it can be overwhelming to sift through the hundreds of scrubs and exfoliation products out there to find the best one, so we’ve done the work for you. We rounded up a complete list of the best face scrubs according to Total Beauty readers. Now you can say hello to that gorgeous skin just waiting to be revealed.

No. 6: Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, $25 average reader rating: 9.0
Why: A reader that dubs herself the “exfoliating queen” calls this the “microdermabrasion scrub that takes the cake,” helping with everything from acne discoloration to dry, rough patches on skin. Readers say this product diminishes sunspots and fine lines, and one woman noticed that the pink in her cheeks returned, putting an end to her “blush-wearing days.” One reader calls this the “equivalent of microdermabrasion, minus the suffering” while another admits she would have paid twice the amount this product costs, because she is thankful to have “finally found a product that makes me swoon.” Turns out the men can have at this product too: One reader’s husband uses it shame-free.

No. 5: Clinique Exfoliating Scrub, $18.50 average reader rating: 9.1
Why: Readers bestow a bevy of compliments on this product, referring to it as “a perfect 10,” and a “superstar scrub” that offers results in as little as two weeks. It reportedly “has more exfoliating beads than any other scrub” and takes care of everything from getting rid of dead skin to removing “nasty flakes.” One reader gives it this fairytale description: “It magically dusts away dull-looking skin and transforms your beautiful face into a masterpiece.”

No. 4: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, $35 average reader rating: 9.2
Why: Readers love this product for its ability to “exfoliate without redness or irritation” and call it “a super product to whisk away dead skin cells.” An added bonus? Several reviewers have noted that it also helps aid in the prevention of breakouts, and as one woman points out, “It leaves skin with a glow that people notice all day.”

No. 3: Benefit “honey…snap out of it” Scrub, $21 average reader rating: 9.5
Why: Some readers refer to this as the “best exfoliator on the market” because it offers “just enough roughness to get the job done without being uncomfortable.” One woman even uses it as a face mask after she finishes with her exfoliating routine, making her skin “softer and smoother.” Several readers also say that it “smells good” and is “moisturizing,” while others applaud it for being “not too abrasive.”

No. 2: The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator, $14.50 average reader rating: 9.6
Why: If oil is your enemy, our readers say this is the exfoliator for you, as it helps skin “stay matte longer than usual” while reducing pore size and leaves “skin glowing.” It’s the “perfect pick-me-up to dull skin” as one reader puts it, while another says that it’s “gentle enough to not completely rip your skin to shreds but does its job,” ultimately leaving you with “soft and velvety clean skin.”

No. 1: Cosmedicine Medi-Morphosis Self-Adjusting Exfoliator, $24.99 average reader rating: 9.8
Why: This scrub is nicknamed “grains with brains” by one reader, who saw her pores shrink by twelve percent after using it. This product is reportedly so thorough that one woman even says, “I can literally feel the air in each pore.” The good news, according to our readers, is that one can’t over-exfoliate with this scrub because the beads will start to dissolve before that even happens, yet results are “highly effective without feeling like you’ve used a brillo pad on your skin.” One celebrity makeup artist says this exfoliator is a hit among his model clientele for being “gentle” and “silky.” The only complaint one reader has? “I want to use it every day, not just the recommended twice a week.”

6 Must Have Beauty Secrets From Around The World

23 Jul

From Brazil to India, it turns out the fountain of youth is often found in the kitchen. Here are some of celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella’s favorite beauty secrets from around the world.

Secret No. 1: Coconut oil Coconut oil is super moisturizing and can be used as a deep cleanser for skin pores as it contains natural antibacterial ingredients to help clear up acne. Women in Belize have long used it to ease fine lines and wrinkles and to soften dry skin. Coconut oil also acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting skin even further. Ingesting this amazing food improves circulation in the skin, restores elasticity and can even banish under-eye circles.

You can pick up unrefined, organic coconut oil from almost any grocery store. Dr. Bronner’s Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil can be purchased online for $10.99.

Secret No. 2: Noni juice The Polynesians use noni juice for its powerful anti-aging properties that help you feel younger and make your skin glow. Noni juice also can help lower inflammation throughout your body.

You can find Lakewood Organic Noni Juice at stores and online for $9.29.

Secret No. 3: Ginger Throughout India women of all ages take a few moments each morning to lovingly shred a little ginger and mix it with a spoonful of honey. After adding water, they savor the sweetness of the honey combined with the gentle warmth of the fresh ginger. These two simple ingredients are believed to reduce lines in the skin.

You can buy whole ginger roots at most grocery stores.

Secret No. 4:  Guanábana (Soursop) The Guanábana fruit, native to the Caribbean and South America, is known for its rich, aromatic flavor and nourishing benefits. Guanábana contains a healthful blend of nutrients, intended to help promote more beautiful skin. It’s rich in vitamins B and C, which help boost immunity and nourish the skin.

If you’d like to give guanábana a try, you can buy Borba Slimming Chocolate Chews for $19.99 or Borba Smart and Sexy Omega-3 Bursts for $14.99.

Secret No. 5: Black cumin seeds Native to south and southwest Asia, black cumin seeds are a powerful antioxidant. They’re beneficial for strengthening hair and nails and treating skin conditions like psoriasis, acne and eczema. The seeds contain a rich variety of vitamins including A, B1, B2, B6, C and Niacin, as well as an array of minerals including calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, phosphorus and zinc.

Intelligent Nutrients’ Intellimune Tablets contain black cumin seed meal and cost $45.

Secret No. 6: Grape-seed extract Regularly used by French women to keep their skin beautiful and ageless, grape-seed extract contains powerful antioxidants. Wine and grape-seed oil cannot compare in antioxidant potency to grape-seed extract. For example, you would need to eat 1 to 1.5 pounds of seeded table grapes to receive the antioxidant benefits you would get from 50 mg of grape-seed extract.

Murad’s Youth Builder Dietary Supplement contains grape-seed extract and costs $49.50 for a 30-day supply.

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