The first signs of aging varies for every woman, however, typically the 30’s are the starting point.  Small lines start to show around the mouth and eyes and the skin starts to lose its perfect fullness and rosy color.

It is both obvious and refreshing when a face cream works wonders and brings that youthfulness back to a thirty year old face. Below are some of the best face creams for those who are beginning to show the first signs of aging.

Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream1. Clarins Multi-Active Jour (Multi-Active Day Cream):

This cream is a perfect balance of moisture replenishing without being greasy.

Clarins Multi-Active day cream is made with light reflecting pigments to give a rosy glow to the skin and antioxidants including an ingredient made from oranges to fight off signs of aging .

Shiseido Bio-Performance Cream2. Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer Cream:

A great skin cream that manages to give you super hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid without feeling heavy and greasy.

The best part about this cream is that is great for night and day. It is balanced to give you a deep penetrating moisture for the night, but  lightweight enough to wear under makeup.

La Roche-Posay Redermic Cream3. La Roche-Posay Redermic Anti-Wrinkle Firming Care (For Normal to Combo Skin or Dry Skin):

La Roche-Posay skin care is well respected by both Dermatologists and beauty critics in general.

Their Redermic line is perfect for 30-somethings with early signs of aging who  are looking for a skin care that fits their needs.

La Roche-Posay’s Anti-Wrinkle cream is packed with great ingredients like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid and is made for different skin types like dry or normal and combination skin.

I love the fall and winter season, but my skin and my hair do not. This time of year brings on dry, itchy, flaking skin that irritates us and even ages us. Below are three steps to bring back youthful, supple skin and hair and prevent the yucky dry weather from taking its toll:

Ojon Restorative Hair TreatmentStep 1: Stop frizzy, dried out hair: During this time of year I often make the mistake of using a heavier conditioner to keep my strands soft. Ultimately, I end up with greasier, weighed down hair.

Solution: Hair mask! You can apply a hair mask once a month or as often as once a week depending on your strands. I love Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. I coats your hair in a grainy, greasy, strange smelly mess, but then ends up giving you perfectly soft, shiny healthy hair without a trace of greasiness.

Prevage by Elizabeth ArdenStep 2: Prevent flaky skin and exaggerated wrinkles on your face: The dry weather sucks out all the youthful soft and suppleness of my face. This is really two steps in one. You have to get rid of the dry skin by exfoliating and then prevent it by moisturizing. Many experts suggest using a facial cream with alpha hydroxy acid which acts as a two in one step process by exfoliating the top layer of the skin while moisturizing it. This can be an effective solution, however using a moisturizer with alpha hydroxy acids on sensitive skin can cause further redness, flakiness and irritation. Therefore I suggest using separate products for each step.

Solution: Use a mild exfoliant (not something with large beads that scrape the skin!) like Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant made with lactic acid, salicylic acidlavender and aloe vera which combined help gently remove dead skin and sooth irritation. Then use a deep moisturizer at night like Prevage Anti-Aging Night Cream or take it one step further and use a 24 hour cream.

Kiehls-creme-de-corps-body-washStep 3: Stop using soaps in the shower that dry out your skin and make you itch all over! Often times I find myself using a bar of soap in the shower and find myself lathering lotion on my dry skin afterwards. It’s messy, sometimes downright greasy, and even gets on my clothes. Oh yeah and it takes forever to rub in.

Solution: Use a moisturizing body wash like Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream which uses mild glycerin soap to cleanse and jojoba oil and shea butter to moisturize the entire body. Using a creamy body wash prevents itchy, flaky skin and gives you a break from slathering on loads of moisturizer after the shower.

Josie Maran Tinted MoisturizerTwo celebrities that are bringing you safe, non-toxic beauty products are Josie Maran and Stella McCartney.

Josie Maran, former supermodel, has created a makeup line which embodies green beauty. She uses organic botanical ingredients like Vitamin E, Coconut Oil and Aloe.  Natural ingredients along with eco-friendly packaging create the perfect line of beauty products. You can find Josie Maran’s green makeup line at department stores and Sephora. Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer shown above.

Stella McCartney Care 5 Benefits Moisturizing CreamCare, an organic skin care line from Stella McCartney, is an environmentally friendly approach to skincare. Stella McCartney keeps the environment at the forefront by combining a natural skin care line and a recycle program. Her green beauty products are free from chemical preservatives and parabens without sacrificing luxury. Stella’s Care line includes a three step program to cleanse, tone and rescue & revitalize using ingredients like Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin C, and Green Tea. You will be able to find Stella McCartney Care at Sephora.

Five Benefits Moisturizing Cream by Care by Stella McCartney shown above.

Free Clinque Makeup BagTrina Turk and Clinque team up with Nordstroms to offer a stylish new cosmetic bag packed with Clinque goodies like their Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy and a 0.5 oz sample of their Superfit Makeup.

This little bonus bag is free with any $25 of Clinique exclusively at Nordstroms.  

With a value of $65, this hot little summer bag is stuffed with all favorite beauty products that Clinque has to offer. 

Looks like summer is off to a beauty-full start!

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3 Best Skin Toners

April 17th, 2009

Murad Hydrating TonerBest Facial Toner for Dry Skin: Murad Hydrating Toner

Murad’s Hydrating Toner helps to combat hormonal aging and keeps the skin balanced and supple. Ingredients include chamomile and cucumber which help to keep skin feeling both soothed and rejuvenated.

Dermalogica Multi-Active TonerBest Facial Toner for Normal Skin or All Skin Types: Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner

Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner has won rave reviews from beauty critics and gained popularity with magazines like Elle and Instyle Magazine. This toner is great for all skin types and includes great toning ingredients like aloe vera, lavender, cucumber, and arnica.

Read more about why Bravadora loves Dermalogica here! Or read Bravadora’s review on Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant here!

Proactiv Revitalizing TonerBest Facial Toner for Oily or Acne-prone Skin: Proactiv Revitalizing Toner

Proactiv Solutions 3 Step Program for acne treatment includes the very popular Proactiv Revitalizing Toner which was Instyle Magazine 2009 Best Beauty Buy for Oily Skin. This toner works to eliminate acne by preventing dead skin from your pores. Ingredients include witch hazel, which combats oiliness and aloe vera which soothes the skin and removes bacteria causing dirt.

Read more about Rosewater toners here!

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