Beauty bargain for your lips!

_chAPIf you love lip balm, it is time to take another look at ChapStick. 

Chapstick’s newest addition, Hydration Lock, contains advanced moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients. Hydration Lock keeps lips hydrated for a full eight hours with ingredients that lock in your lips’s own moisture. Hyaluronic Spheres can also draw in moisture from the air. Lips stay moist, so they look and feel soft and plump. 

Hydration Lock also contains an anti-aging complex of ingredients that includes antioxidant CoQ10, ultra-hydrating Hyaluronic Spheres, Vitamin E, and Fumed Alumina. Fumed Alumia is a high-tech light-reflecting agent that helps give lips a gloss. These are the same ingredients found in many pricey lip balms and primers. 

Hydration Lock has very faint Vanilla Crème flavor that is not strong or cloying. 

It is a true beauty bargain for under $3 at most drug stores and online.



Serious age prevention in a compact!

Pure mineral sun screen SPF!
Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 combines serious sun protection with natural looking makeup coverage in a handy compact.  Dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf recommended it in the science blog Blush and Beakers saying, “It is formulated for sensitive skin and has Pre-Tocopheryl, a form of Vitamin E – perfect for someone who wants high sun protection (SPF 50) and full matte coverage.”  
There are two shades that should work for most skin tones. I am very fair and the sable/beige blends perfectly on my ivory skin but  also works for my friends who wear slightly darker foundation. The honey shade will work on medium to
medium-tawny skin tones. Tan and olive skin ladies should try before they buy as  the shades may not work for them.
Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 is a pure mineral sunscreen with powerful antioxidants. It provides protection against both UVA (we think of it them “Ageing- Rays”) and UVB (We call the “Burning-Rays”).  The Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50  also carries the  Skin Cancer Foundation Active Seal of Recommendation! 

Simple beauty

I don't hide behind a hat and parasol everyday but I do use sun screenWhen women ask me the “secret” behind my relatively wrinkle-free skin, many of them are somewhat disappointed to find out it is so simple. My number one skin care secret is sunscreen. For years top dermatologists have told patients the same thing; that regular use of sunscreen was the most important way to avoid premature aging.
Now we have an Australian study that proves it. Dr. Adele Green and her team at Queensland Institute of Medical Research studied 903 randomly selected adults under the age of than 55. The study ran four-and-a-half years, from 1992 and 1996.
The group was divided in half. One group was directed to apply a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher, to their heads, necks, arms, and hands daily. They were also told to reapply it regularly. The other group was allowed to use sunscreen as they desired.
At the end of the study the sunscreen group showed no detectable increase in skin aging. When measured against a base-line, the skin of the group who used sunscreen had aged on average 24 percent less than those in the group that used sunscreen at their own discretion.  Beta carotene, which was also tested, was not seen to have an effect on skin aging.
Photoaging happens after years of sun exposure. Along with an increase
hyperpigmentation or “age spots,” it also speeds the skin’s loss of collagen, which leads to loss of firmness.
So the first step in any anti-aging skin care regime is a good sunscreen used with anti-oxidants. Many popular sunscreens now contain anti-oxidants to help reverse free radical damage from the environment which includes sunlight. Many of the sunscreens from La Roche Posey, Murad, Obagi, Neutrogena, and Avène contain anti-oxidants. I like and use all of these brands. I also apply additional anti-oxidants, letting them absorb fully in to my face before applying sunscreen.
If you are sensitive to sunscreen or it makes you break out try one made of minerals. On my face I use only pure natural mineral sunscreens that contain a high concentration of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. I have sensitive skin, and mineral sunscreen is gentler especially if I will be outside and need to reapply frequently. But for my body I find a spray sunscreen is the easiest way to get quick and complete coverage. As a safety precaution, I avert my face and hold my breath to avoid breathing in the spray. (I also do this with hair products.)
The first step to keeping your skin youthful, beautiful, and healthy can be simple. Find a sunscreen you like and use it daily. Cover all your exposed skin. Never skip or skimp on sunscreen and you will look years – 24 years according to the latest study – younger.
Next week DolceDolce will review some of our favourite sunscreens.

Choose the right sunscreen to slow aging!

Sun screen the ultimate anti-aging product!Darlings, we have lotions and potions and lasers to help us look younger and more vibrant. They are fabulous! And don’t let anyone tell you today’s beauty products and treatments don’t work, because many of them do. But any expert will tell you the best weapon we have against premature aging is good sun protection!
For sunscreen to work you have to apply it daily and often. Finding the right sunscreen can be tricky! Some are too sticky or feel greasy. If you have sensitive skin or are acne-prone, you may break out from the wrong sunscreen. Don’t despair, and whatever you do, don’t go bare and age your face!
We have reviewed samples of some of the newest and best sunscreens available. There is something for everyone!
Sensitive Skin
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion is an effective broad-spectrum UVA /UVB sunscreen that will not irritate sensitive skin. The formula includes potent antioxidants to fight damaging free radicals. A combination of effective sunscreen ingredients with Vitamin E and white grape polyphenols are a winning anti-aging formula.
This lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen is gentle and non-irritating. It is even safe for children and reported to be water-resistant for 80 minutes.
It is also available in SPF 30 and SPF 45. $30.50
Tropical-scented botanical rich spray
The light banana and coconut scent of Australian Gold Sheer Coverage Continuous Spray is delicious. The first spritz will make you feel like a sexy beach babe. The light spray dries quickly and makes touchups a breeze. Water babies will be glad to know that the company has determined it is water resistant for up 80 minutes. $10.49
Two dematologist favourites for anti-aging sun protection
Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray with Cell-Ox Shield is a sheer spray that contains a combination of sunscreen ingredients for UVA/UVB effective sun protection. The ultra-light spray also includes powerful anti-oxidants including “Senna Alta,” also known as “Candle Bush,” a tropical plant with medical and anti-aging properties.
Also available in SPF 30. $30.50
OBAGI Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 contains 10.5 percent zinc oxide and 7.5 percent octinoxate, making it one of our favourite go-to sunscreen for serous anti-aging sun protection. It is part of the respected Obagi skin care line, recommended by many dermatologists. The micro-fine zinc oxide is ultra-sheer and non-greasy. This is perfect for under makeup, or very hot days.  $46
Water babies
If you hate the greasy feeling of sun protection, try a dry-touch spray. Aveeno Hydrosport Sunscreen Spray with SPF 50 is one of our favourites. It is full of antioxidants from skin-pampering botanicals. It feels light and dry going on. Aveeno Hydrosport will even adhere towet skin, so it is great at the beach or at the pool. Aveeno says it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It is also available in SPF 30.
$8.99. Available at drugstores and online.
The natural alternatives
Yes to Carrots Hydrating Body Lotion with SPF 30 sun protection contains Dead Sea minerals, vitamin A, and antioxidants. According to the company it is 97.4 percent all natural. It is also contains no petroleum products, SLS, and parabens. This rich, thick body cream is a way to protect and moisturize your skin in one easy step. $15 (only available in the U.S.)s
Jill Stacks’ Gold-N-SPF is an alternative for anyone with sensitive skin who wants a natural sunscreen and doesn’t require a high SPF. It is an herbal vegan sunscreen infused with gold water, lavender essential oil, and other botanicals.  It has an SPF of 15 and smells fabulous.
According to the company, Gold has rejuvenating and healing properties. This lavender-scented lotion feels fabulous, and it can be used as an all natural insect repellant, too!

Sweet face

Raw honey is good for the skinA masque is one of my regular beauty pick-me-ups. It has been since I was a beauty-crazed teen. A sweet honey masque in one of my all-time favourites because it works for all skin types and leaves skin soft, dewy, and calm. Honey has antibacterial properties. Because of its ability to kill bacteria, it has been traditionally used to treat wounds and prevent infection. Its antibacterial properties come from propolis and naturally-derived hydrogen peroxide. Propolis is a thick mixture that bees retrieve from trees and flowers. The hydrogen peroxide in honey is released slowly when it is mixed with fluids, including the natural ones on your skin. Scientific studies show that honey reduces inflammation and increases blood flow, too.

Make a fabulous honey masque by mixing two teaspoons of rawhoney with cosmetic clay or ground oatmeal. The clay or oatmeal helps absorb impurities from your skin and keep the honey from running all over your face.  You can grind a small amount of oatmeal in your blender and keep it in a jar. Otherwise, you can use colloidal oatmeal from the drug store or cosmetic clay.
Raw honey is essential. I like Gaia Medicinal Honey. Gaia makes some of my favourite high-quality herbals.
Try this masque. If you love it as much has I do, it will become part of your regular regime. I like to do it a few times a week, as the seasons change.




Décolleté can be chic

Bust Lift from Lierac ParisSexiness in France is subtle and sophisticated. Chic Parisian women learn to make the most of their natural assets. The cult of French beauty is not based on plastic surgery or heavy make-up, but on a holistic approach of pampering with lotions, potions and elaborate rituals. The best French products are a marriage of high-tech science and botanicals.

The ideal bosom is not determined by size, but on maintaining a lovely firm breast. Bust Lift from Lierac Paris is an anti-aging formula for the bust. It contains biotechnical oilopeptides and plant extracts to help firm the bust and help reduce brown spots. Used consistently, the result is a firmer whiter, more beautiful décolleté.

Bye bye lines

Dermaglow Advance Eye TherapyI love the feeling of a rich unctuous eye cream, but many women dislike any “slip” in their eye creams. They want instant absorption. Others complain that richer eye creams cause breakouts or eye swelling. Demaglow Nuvection Advanced Eye Therapy is a well-priced, high performance eye cream that sinks right into the skin. The pump bottle dispenses the right amount each time.  

The formula contains four effective peptides that help reduce deep wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and under-eye bags. Used morning and night, it gives visible results. Nuvection Dermaglow is a sophisticated skin care line based on sound science. It is perfect for a value-conscious result-oriented beauty.



Anti-aging care for sensitive skin

 Dr. Patricia Wexler Skincare guru and dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler understands the concerns of sensitive skin sufferers. “Because I have had sensitive skin my entire life, I have always developed my products with an eye to delicate complexions,” she explains. “However, my new Anti-Aging Sensitive Skin collection is the first developed expressly for sensitive skin, with the added benefits of the potent anti-aging effects Wexler fans have come to expect. Now there is no reason to compromise when it comes to treating sensitive skin”.
Experts now know that irritation and inflammation can lead to premature aging. So gentle but effective skin care is the way we all want to go. I like this line a lot. It feels fabulous and offers great ingredients at a great price.
Dr. Wexler Anti-Aging Sensitive Skin collection Dr. Wexler has long been known as one of the top go-to beauty experts for celebrities and socialites who have petal-like complexions. How fabulous to have access to her regime at The Bath and Body Works at prices that range from $34.50 to $55.
The line consists of only four products: The Gentle Exfoliating Peel to gently uncover fresh skin; The MMP1 Comfort and Renewing Serum to help skin regenerate and diminish signs of aging; Calming Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 30 to protect skin from environmental aging; and Soothing and Renewing Night Cream that soothes the skin and restores the moisture barrier.
All these products contain a sophisticated blend of botanical antioxidants, as well as Dr. Wexler’s patented peptides and MMPi20, a super skin protector that blocks collagen-destroying enzymes.
This is a fabulous option for sensitive ladies who are serious about anti-aging. I tried all these products and they did not aggravate my sensitive skin. Actually, it looked great after a good dose of Wexler’s potions.
Darlings, you know what I always say: you are never too young or too old to look fabulous. This line is great value for money.