Thursday, September 27, 2007

Atlantic pine bark, Pinus maritima Or Pycnogenol

Source Naturals Pycnogenol® 25mg 60Tabs

Source Naturals Pycnogenol® 25mg 60Tabs

Pycnogenol is a natural plant product made from Atlantic pine bark, Pinus maritima. This powerful antioxidant is rich in proanthocyanidins, a special class of water-soluble bioflavonoids. Proanthocyanidins are potent antioxidants that effectively scavenge both water- and lipid-soluble free radicals. Proanthocyanidins also support the integrity of elastin and collagen, important constituents of connective tissue.

Pycnogenol: Health, Beauty or Both?

Pyonogenol is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant that also recycles vitamin C and regenerates the free radical fighting power of vitamin E. First heralded for its ability to protect travelers from deep vein thrombosis, a growing number of studies show that Pycnogenol also does the following:

* Taken orally, prevents skin inflammation, fades age spots, improves smoothness and prevents wrinkles by protecting collagen and elastin.

* Used topically, protects the skin against sun damage.

Research on people with type 2 diabetes has found that Pycnogenol lowers blood sugar levels and improves the lining of blood vessels, which can help prevent atherosclerosis. Pycnogenol was also recently shown to protect against the formation of blood clots in the legs during long airplane flights. An analysis of clinical trials in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics notes that Pycnogenol modulates the immune system, dilates the small blood vessels in people with heart disease and is effective for preventing and treating chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI occurs when the valves in the legs that pump blood through the veins back to the heart become damaged, leading to swelling and varicose veins.


Look for a standardized Pycnogenol Supplement confining 85-95 percent proanthecyanidins. The typical oral dosage used in studies range from 150-600mg daily. If you opt for a Pycnogenol skin cream, look for one containing 0.5-2 percent of the extract.


To maintain an effective antoxidant level, divide the amount of Pycnogenol you take into two or three daily doses.

Better Nutrition. April 2007.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Zero Calorie Treat! Jeannine's Bakery Gathering Kit

JAQUA Jeannine's Bakery Gathering Kit
JAQUA Jeannine's Bakery Gathering Kit YUMMM! A no calorie treat! Gather the Girls for fresh baked treats for face, hands and feet! Kit Contains: 4 oz. jar Pumpkin Papaya Puree Enzyme Face Masque 6 oz. tube Peach Parfait Exfoliating Body Polish 6 oz. jar Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter 3 invitations A hexagon-shaped box whimsically designed to look like our favorite bakery.

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FDA: SPF four-star rating system

Under a new regulation, the agency has proposed that sunscreen labeling be expanded to provide
  • a four-star rating system that informs consumers how well the product protects them against "Ultraviolet A" (UVA) light.

  • Information on other ways people can limit their risks to dangers posed by overexposure to sunlight.

  • What do "UVA" and "UVB" stand for?

    UVA and UVB are types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by the sun. Although the atmosphere's ozone layer shields us from most of this radiation, the UV light that gets through can cause problems.

    UVB light is primarily responsible for sunburn. UVA light penetrates the skin more than UVB light does, and causes tanning. Both types of UV light contribute to premature skin aging, skin cancer, and other types of skin damage.

    Currently, sunscreen labels are required to carry a "Sunburn Protection Factor" (SPF) value that informs potential users how well the product protects against UVB light.

    The Four-Star System

    Under the proposed regulation, a UVA star rating would be prominently displayed on sunscreen labels, near the SPF rating.
    "For more than 30 years, consumers have been able to identify the level of UVB protection provided by sunscreens using only sunburn protection factor or SPF values," said Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drugs. Under this proposal, "consumers will also now know the level of UVA protection in sunscreens, which will help them make informed decisions about protecting themselves and their children against the harmful effects of the sun."

    With the proposed UVA rating system

  • One star will represent low UVA protection

  • Two stars, medium protection

  • Three stars, high protection

  • Four stars, the highest UVA protection available in an over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen product.

  • If a sunscreen product does not rate at least one star, FDA is proposing that its labeling bear a "no UVA protection" marking on the front label, near the SPF value.
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    Kiss My Face's Sun Care Oat Protein Screen SPF 30

    Kiss My Face's Sun Care Oat Protein Sun Screen SPF 30

    Kiss My Face's Sun Care Oat Protein Sun Screen SPF 30 Kiss My Face combines Oat Protein and Oat Beta Glucan, a dynamic duo of patented ingredients reduce irritation and inflammation and also fight against damaging free-radicals as they lubricate and moisturize your skin. Talk about hard workers! Oat Beta Glucan has been clinically proven to reduce burn cells by 80%. But that's only half the story. Kiss My Face starts with a base of Titanium Dioxide to block out dangerous rays and Microat E to act as a cooling agent. It’s easy and quick to apply, water resistant, fragrance-free, and as natural as possible. Protects Against UVA & UVB. As always, our products contain no animal ingredients, artificial colors, or unnecessary chemicals and were not tested on animals.

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    FDA: New Regulation on SPF; the level of UVA protection

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new regulation that sets standards for formulating, testing and labeling over-the-counter (OTC)sunscreen drug products with ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) protection.

    "For more than 30 years, consumers have been able to identify the level
    of UVB protection provided by sunscreens using only sunburn protection factor
    or SPF values," said Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs. "Under today's proposal, consumers will also now know the level of UVA protection in sunscreens, which will help them make informed decisions about protecting themselves and their children against the harmful effects of the sun."

    Sunlight is composed of the visible light that we can see, and ultraviolet
    (UV) light that we can not. There are two types of UV light, UVA and UVB. UVA
    light is responsible for tanning and UVB for sunburn. Both can damage the skin
    and increase the risk of skin cancer.

    The proposed regulation creates a consumer-friendly rating system for UVA
    products designed to help consumers identify the level of UVA protection offered
    by a product. The FDA proposal provides a ratings system for UVA sunscreen
    products on a scale of one to four stars. One star would represent low UVA
    protection, two stars would represent medium protection, three stars would
    represent high protection, and four stars would represent the highest UVA protection available in an OTC sunscreen product. If a sunscreen product does not provide at least a low level (one star) of protection, FDA is proposing to require
    that the product bear a "no UVA protection" marking on the front
    label near the SPF value.

    Ratings would be derived from two tests the FDA proposes to assess the effectiveness of sunscreens in providing protection against UVA light. The first test measures a product's ability to reduce the amount of UVA radiation that passes
    through it. The second test measures a product's ability to prevent tanning.
    This test is nearly identical to the SPF test used to determine the effectiveness
    of UVB sunscreen products.

    In addition, a "Warnings" statement
    in the "Drug Facts" box will be required
    of all sunscreen product manufacturers. The warning will say: "UV exposure
    from the sun increases the risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging, and other
    skin damage. It is important to decrease UV exposure by limiting time
    in the sun, wearing protective clothing, and using a sunscreen." The
    warning is intended to increase awareness that sunscreens are only one part
    of a sun protection program.

    "Many consumers incorrectly believe that the only way to protect themselves
    from skin damage caused by the sun is to apply sunscreens," said Douglas
    Throckmorton, M.D., deputy director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation
    and Research. "The labeling being proposed today strengthens the existing
    labeling for sunscreens by educating consumers on the added importance of limiting
    their time in the sun and wearing protective clothing as part of a sun protection

    When finalized, the proposed regulation would amend the existing OTC sunscreen
    rule published in 1999 that established regulations related to UVB light and
    mandated that OTC UVB sunscreen products be labeled with a SPF. FDA also is
    amending its existing 1999 rule to increase the SPF from SPF30+ to SPF50+.
    Previously, FDA had recognized SPF values up to 30+. Under the proposed amendment,
    the range would be SPF2 to SPF 50+. SPF50 provides more UVB protection than
    lower SPF values. Additionally, the proposed rule:

    • revises
      the existing SPF (UVB) testing procedures;

    • allows new combinations of active ingredients; and

    • asks for comments on the issue of nanoparticles.

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    Cheap Kisses, Kiss My Face's Gift Pack

    Kiss My Face's Gift Pack Cheap Kisses Assorted 7Pcs
    Kiss My Face's Gift Pack Cheap Kisses Assorted 7PcsAn assortment of hot products sized perfectly for travel, for presents, or to take to the gym(great for guys too!). Packaged in a sassy, reusable zipper bag that fits perfectly anywhere.Contains: 4 oz Bar Soap and 6 Assorted Trial Sizes. Kit Contains:

  • Honey & Calendula Moisturizer, 1 fl oz
    • For Extra Dry, Chapped Skin.
    • pH balanced.
    • 100% biodegradable.
    • Ingredients: Water, Stearic Acid*, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol*, Glyceryl Stearate*, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Honey, Extracts of Calendula, Chamomile, Sage, Yarrow, Orange Flower, Lavender, Sambucus & Fennel, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Aloe Vera Gel, Allantoin, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate**. *Coconut or vegetable derived waxes, **Vegetable derived preservative.
  • Early to Rise® Exhilaration, 1 fl oz
    • Natural Shower Gel & Foaming Bath.
    • Aromatherapeutic®.
    • Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (from Palm and Coconut Oil), Cocamide MEA (Coconut Oil Derived Cleanser), Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Essential Oils of Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Lemongrass, Wintergreen, Bay, Eucalyptus, Basil, Juniper, Grapefruit, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
  • Early to Bed® Relaxation, 1 fl oz
    • Natural Shower Gel & Foaming Bath.
    • Aromatherapeutic®.
    • Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (from Palm and Coconut Oil), Cocamide MEA (Coconut Oil Derived Cleanser), Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Essential Oils of Clove, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Chamomile, Wintergreen, Bay, Eucalyptus, Basil, Juniper, Neroli, Jasmine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
  • Moisture Shave, 1 fl oz
    • Kiss My Face Fragrance Free Moisture Shave.
    • "Never a dull moment".
    • "Cool, clean and close...with moisture added".
    • A fresh idea in shaving without aerosols or artificial colors.
    • Enjoy the smoothest, coolest shaving experience ever!
    • Fragrance free.
    • Ingredients: Water, Potassium Myristate (derived from vegetable oils), Sodium Myristate (derived from vegetable oils), Propylene Glycol, TEA Stearate, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A & D, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Lecithin, Extracts of Lime, Lady's Mantle, Soapwort, Peppermint, Horsetail, Watercress, Lemongrass, Sage, Goldenseal, Orangeflower (and) Arnica, Hydroxyethylcellulose (plant source), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Benzoate.
  • Moisture Soap, Pear, 1 fl oz
    • pH Balanced.
    • 100% Biodegradable.
    • Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Coconut Oil Derived), Cocomide DEA, Glyceryl Stearate (naturally derived wax), Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Vitamin A Palmitate (Retinyl Palmitate), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Allantoin (from Comfrey), Lecithin, Extracts of: Chamomile, Marigold, Sage, Yarrow, Orange Blossoms, Lavender, Elder Flowers and Fennel, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.
  • Olive Oil Bar Soap, 4 oz
    • A natural moisturizing soap. The richness of Olive Oil has been used for centuries to nourish and moisturize the skin, while Aloe Vera has long been acclaimed the "healing plant". We have combined these to create a unique cleansing and softening bar. As pure and simple as a soap can our ingredients.
    • Ingredients:Saponified Olive Oil, Water, Aloe Vera, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid (a natural pH balancer), and Fragrance.
  • Liquid Rock, Roll-On Deodorant, 1 fl oz
    • Fragrance-free
    • pH Balanced
    • 100% Biodegradable.
    • Kiss My Face has succeeded in liquefying crystal deodorant stones which are 100% effective in preventing body odor.
    • Ingredients:Water, Potassium Alum (Natural Mineral Salt), Lichen & White Willow Bark Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
    • As always, our products contain no animal ingredients, artificial colors, or unnecessary chemicals and were not tested on animals.

  • Friday, August 17, 2007

    Jennifer Lopez' Makeup Guy Gives Out Young Makeup Secrets

    jennifer lopez PRNewsFoto/Scott Barnes, Eric Liebowitz
    Tips and tricks from El Cantante makeup artist Scott Barnes on how to
    convincingly lie about your age

    >) Unlike many other actresses, the 30-something Jennifer Lopez actually
    plays every version of herself. How? Makeup artist Scott Barnes wielded a
    magic brush to make the always radiant J-Lo take on the even more youthful
    looking glow of a teenager
    and then again to transform her into an older
    woman. Here, his secrets to turning back the clock and the makeup mistakes
    that unwittingly advance it.
    Say I Dew:
    "Ever notice how children have that sort of pretty sheen
    about their skin all the time?" Barnes asks. "That's because their skin has
    optimal amounts of water, fat, and oil-all of which keep their faces
    looking plump and radiant." As we age, our production of these things
    declines and skin gets drier and more drawn looking.
    To create a vibrant looking complexion:
    - Choose moisturizing foundation and lipstick formulations over matte
    ones, which can "suck the life right our skin."
    Get Even: Redness, brown spots, and an uneven skin tone are just as aging as lines and wrinkles, so a good foundation is essential.
    - Choose a dewy formulation that's not too heavy. "Your skin should look
    and feel like it's breathing," he says. "If it doesn't and it's not,
    you're adding years to your face," he says.

    Be cheeky: Shade and placement are crucial. "Young skin isn't just tighter
    skin, it's plumper and rosier skin, especially on the tops of the cheeks,"
    Barnes says. Here's how you can fake that fresh, youthful looking flush:
    - Apply blush directly onto the apples of the cheeks to help round them
    out and create a more youthful looking "fleshy" effect.

    - Choose a healthy-looking, natural shade. "Too bright or too dark blush
    not only looks fake but can also wash you out," Barnes says, "There's a
    reason people speak about the beauty of a peaches and cream
    complexion," he continues. "A peach radiates good health and vibrancy.
    It's firm, plump, round, and its skin is that perfect combination of
    pink, gold, and peach."
    - Get your cheekbones gleaming. "I love to use a shimmery highlighter on
    the tops of Jennifer's cheekbones" he says. "It makes the face look
    more lifted and adds a fresh radiance. When she had to look older, we
    skipped that step."

    Lash out:
    "I always tell my older clients to use less eyeshadow and
    more mascara," Barnes says. "Too much eye makeup can make the eye look
    heavier. And as we age our lashes get sparser and don't grow as long as
    they used to. When Jennifer had to look older, I didn't give her lashes any
    extra attention." To up your batting average:
    - Apply two-three light layers of mascara, versus one heavier one to
    create naturally longer and thicker looking lashes without clumping.

    Lips "When Jennifer's character was older we gave her an extra matte, drying purple lipstick and it definitely did the trick." The best lip tints,
    Barnes notes, are the ones that closely match your lip's natural color
    pumped up a notch or too.
    Celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes has worked on numerous films and
    covers for magazines, such as Marie Clare, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and
    Harper's Bazaar. He is the creator of the Scott Barnes Cosmetics Line,
    which is sold on QVC, at select Saks Fifth Avenues, and Holt Renfrew. The
    first specially created Scott Barnes beauty boutique in the U.S. was
    recently installed at Equinox Fitness Clubs' West Hollywood location. His
    first book is due out in early 2008.

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    Friday, May 04, 2007

    Unleash your inner Super Model!

    Skin-friendly cosmetics
    No other foundation is clinically proven to increase oxygen. Enhanced airflow slows aging.
    "Dermacia covers my blemishes without making them worse. My skin looks flawless and feels great!"

    Dermacia promotes Collagen production

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    Thursday, May 03, 2007

    Iraq Star: Plastic Surgery for a Good Cause

    Iraq Star ( a charity founded by an R.N. that has spent many years in the cosmetic surgical industry.
    Her charity serves those who are damaged in the Iraq war who were merely slapped back together in the heat of battle but who arent functioning like they should be.

    Maggie Lockridge, R.N., has been administering to the needs of the cosmetic surgical patient for the past eighteen years. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Elizabeth''s Hospital in Boston, MA in 1963. Maggie worked in the operating room of Sloan Memorial Cancer Research Hospital in N.Y.C. She joined the U.S.A.F.N.C. in 1966 and married a fighter pilot in 1967. They were blessed with two beautiful children and raised them in Hawaii.

    In 1986 she moved to LA and spent the next seven years as Charge Nurse and then Administrator of Le Petit Ermitage, what was then Beverly Hills leading cosmetic surgery recovery retreat, located in the exclusive L''Ermitage Hotel

    In 1993 Le petit closed it''s doors and Maggie opened Chantique in 1994, Maggie put together a warm and nurturing staff to tend to her guests'' every need, Chantique offered its services to the patients of more than sixty cosmetic surgeons, Maggie oversaw the needs of guests from around the country and from every corner of the world. Some of Maggie''s Beverly Hill''s guests stayed with her several times over the eighteen years and she was referred to by writers as "The most recognized and least acknowledged woman in Beverly Hills."
    Over the course of the next five years she kept notes on the various experiences she had while Administrator of her business. Some days she went home still laughing from the days events. Other evenings she would crawl home after a fourteen hour day of one dramatic situation after another requiring her skills as a nurse, negotiator, mediator, problem solver,
    Etc. Maggie found herself retired with enough notes to format a very funny, dramatic, educational, and informative book.

    Maggie took the knowledge of her eighteen years of caring for the Beverly Hills
    cosmetic surgeon’s patients and compiled data on her favorite surgeons. She provides you with their education, certifications, and exactly what procedures they excel at. No where else could you obtain this information in one source. Read and benefit.

    She named her book “Facelift Hotel” because the title made her laugh and she hopes it will make you laugh too.

    Sales of her book "Facelift Hotel" are 100% donated to the Iraq Star ( charity for wounded soldiers.

    Monday, April 30, 2007

    Restore Youthful Elasticity to the Skin on Your Body.

    MD Skincare® Firming Body Lotion with Vitamin C Sunscreen SPF 8

    MD Skincare® Firming Body Lotion with Vitamin C Sunscreen SPF 8

    Improves skin firmness and suppleness with a triple-delivery of Vitamin C complex, essential skin nutrients, and advanced conditioners.
    Retexturizes skin with superior moisturizers and gentle Beta Hydroxy Acid.
    Helps re-build collagen to reverse visible signs of aging.
    Improves skin density, firmness, and elasticity with regular use.
    Protects against destructive free radicals with maximized Vitamin C and E.
    Provides non-irritating, PABA-free, low-level sun protection.

    Restores youthful elasticity to the skin on your body. Provides your skin with performance ingredients to promote a smoother, firmer feel.

    Sun Anyone?

    The negative effects of sunlight include the more frequent or earlier development of skin cancer and degenerative changes in the skin, and the occurrence ofphotodermatoses. - However, sunlight also has a favourable effects; specifically, it may inhibit the development and progression of diseases of the bones, muscles and skin, of various malignancies (carcinoma of the prostate, breast, colon and ovary, non-Hodgkin lymphoma), and may prevent certain autoimmune diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis. - This protective effect is ascribed to an increased synthesis of vitamin D, which is important for bone metabolism and is also able to regulate cell proliferation and differentiation, apoptosis, tumour invasion and angiogenesis.
    - The possible consequence of this new information is that public information regarding exposure to sunlight must continue to include a warning against excessive exposure to the sun, while at the same time stimulating regular although limited sunbathing.

    Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2007 Jan 13;151(2):118-22

    Serious Skin Care A-Cream SPF 30 2 Million IU Vitamin A Sunscreen with Retinol and Triple Peptides

    Serious Skin Care A-Cream SPF 30 2 Million IU Vitamin A Sunscreen with Retinol and Triple Peptides
    Serious Skin Care A-Cream SPF 30 2 Million IU Vitamin A Sunscreen with Retinol and Triple Peptides

    Serious Skin Care's best-selling A-Defiance line has just gotten better! When used as directed, this improved Age-Defiance line can help diminish the effects of premature aging, providing you with a more youthful look.What are peptides? Generally speaking, peptides are small fragments of proteins, short chains of amino acids (amino acids and proteins are key building blocks of most living tissues). Peptides are a big buzz in the skin care industry because of their ability to trick older skin into looking and acting younger.
    The youthful effects we have seen on the skin from using peptides have been really exciting. There are hundreds of different peptides, some are natural, some synthetic, some custom made. We called on our team of skin experts to help navigate us through this world of peptides. Three different peptides were chosen and added to the core A-Defiance products at percentages the manufacturer's research showed to be effective. We chose an oligopeptide, a tetrapeptide and a hexapeptide. Each peptide has been independently studied by the manufacturers and shown in their reports to have positive cosmetic benefits to the skin's appearance.It helps protect skin from sunburn while charging your complexion with a mega-dose of moisturizers, antioxidants and 3 different peptides. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines

    UV or not to UV- That is the Question

    We and others have shown that strict sun protection causes vitamin D deficiency in risk groups. In the light of new scientific findings that convincingly demonstrate an association of vitamin D deficiency with a variety of severe diseases including various cancers, the detection and treatment of vitamin D deficiency in sun-deprived risk groups is of high importance.

    It has to be emphasized that in groups that are at high risk of developing vitamin D deficiency (e.g., nursing home residents or patients under immunosuppressive therapy), vitamin D status has to be monitored. Vitamin D deficiency should be treated, e.g., by giving vitamin D orally. Dermatologists and other clinicians have to recognize that there is convincing evidence that the protective effect of less intense solar UV radiation outweighs its mutagenic effects.
    There is no doubt that solar ultraviolet (UV) exposure is the most important environmental risk factor for the development of non-melanoma skin cancer. Therefore, sun protection is of particular importance to prevent these malignancies, especially in risk groups.

    However, 90% of all requisite vitamin D has to be formed in the skin through the action of the sun- a serious problem, for a connection between vitamin D deficiency and a broad variety of independent diseases including various types of cancer, bone diseases, autoimmune diseases, hypertension and cardiovascular disease has now been clearly indicated in a large number of epidemiologic and laboratory studies.

    An important link that improved understanding of these new findings was the discovery that the biologically active vitamin D metabolite 1,25(OH)(2)D is not exclusively produced in the kidney, but in many other tissues such as prostate, colon, skin and osteoblasts.

    Prog Biophys Mol Biol. 2006 Sep;92(1):9-16. Epub 2006 Feb 28

    "Instant face lift" chemical DMAE damages skin cells

    Dr. Francois Marceau of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Quebec (as told to Reuters Health) and his team tested 2-dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) in cultured rabbit and human skin cells. As the researchers predicted, applying the product caused a massive and rapid swelling of the cells as they filled with DMAE and water, leading to a thickening of the epidermal layer. They also found that DMAE was toxic to the skin cells, halting cell division, inhibiting secretion, and killing some cells after 24 hours of exposure.

    Editors note: Isnt this what Dr Perricone is basing his famous skin care on ? or is it some other combination of letters?

    This isnt a product I've done much with, but I would research it more. I did try an eye firming product with DMAE in and I liked the results. I didnt use it long term however. I switch my skin care by season & it was more of a summer product.

    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    Seeking Beauty through Nutrition

    Sales of oral beauty supplements to consumers accelerated at a phenomenal rate between 2000 and 2005 at an average annual growth rate of 17.0% across Europe and the US.
    Future growth will remain strong as more consumers become convinced of the benefits of seeking beauty through nutrition.
    French consumers spend the most per head on oral beauty supplements due to a traditionally stronger acceptance of the beauty from within concept.

    BB Editor: More about how French women are so beautiful sigh... first they weren't fat - now
    they are more supplement savvy. When will it end?

    Mirenesse Skin Smooth As Velvet

    Mirenesse Skin Smooth As Velvet Makeup KitMirenesse Skin Smooth As Velvet Makeup Kit
    Does your skin look and feel imperfect? Mirenesse's Skin Smooth As Velvet Makeup Kit helps provide a flawless appearance with a velvety soft, color-correcting finish that lasts all day. Mirenesse Velvet Line Smoothing Collection Includes:
    .4 oz. Velvet Skin Line Minimizing Dual Powder - this is a color-correcting and moisturizing powder that helps provide the look of flawless, velvet-textured skin. It can be used wet or dry, and comes with a foundation brush and makeup sponge. 1 oz. Absolutely Smooth Treatment Primer - contains Australian Botanical Peptisome Complex, which helps smooth the appearance of tired, lined skin. It helps fill in lines and reduce the look of uneven skin tone. Velvet Lip Lift Moisture Shine - provides glamorous glossy shine and lips drenched with moisture. Self-renewing color pigments adhere to lips for long-lasting wear in our versatile Nude color. Luscious Lips Duet - award-winning Vitamin Capsule lipstick paired with a perfectly matched, long-wearing and anti-feathering lip liner in one sleek, easy-to-carry case. This beauty treatment duo is formulated with Vitamins C, E, F and phytosphingosine ceramide to help leave lips looking plump and perfect all day. The color is Bonnie & Clyde (soft brown). .05 oz. Secret Weapon Black Mascara - exclusive breakthrough formula for really full, curly, lush, thick, sexy lashes. Secret Weapon is extremely long-wearing, smear-proof, sweat-proof, smudge-proof, flake-free and water-resistant - no more panda eyes! Power Lift - a sample foil packet of our beauty treatment that helps hydrate, smooth and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, helping your skin look younger from the first application

    About Mirenesse...Advanced pharmaceutical technology created from 3 to 5 years of product research helps set apart this beautifully-packaged cosmetics and skin care line.

    Skinny Models Given The "Pink Slip"

    According to a global study, two-thirds of women strongly agree that the media and advertising set an unrealistic standard of beauty that most women can't ever achieve. Inspired by these findings, Dove launched the Campaign for Real Beauty in September 2004. This campaign, featuring six brave women who faced the world in nothing but their underwear and a lot of "sassy attitude," was launched with the hopes of changing the way women perceive their bodies, and their beauty, by widening the definition of what it means to be beautiful. Dove's "real women with real bodies and real curves," were embraced by women worldwide.

    BB Editor: We need more than Dove to step up to this plate (no pend intended). Maybe sending those skinny anorexic models packing will help. Giving new meaning to the words "Pink Slip" in the fashion

    Multivitamin Power Concentrate by Dermatologica

    Dermatologica Multivitamin Power Concentrate 45capsDermatologica Multivitamin Power Concentrate 45caps
    Key Ingredients: Vitamin A increases elasticity and moisture content. Antioxidant Vitamin C stimulates natural collagen synthesis to restore suppleness. Antioxidant Vitamin E promotes healthy tissue regeneration.
    Essential oils of Grapefruit, Lime, Orange and Mandarin Orange soothe and calm the skin. Fragrance free. Includes Free Travel Container. For External Use Only.

    Ashanti - Beauty From The Inside Out

    Ashanti revealed her beauty secrets on how to maintain a youthful complexion and health-conscious lifestyle within a routinely hectic work schedule to Market America independent distributors. The R&B icon live on-stage, in front of this capacity crowd, pioneering a new vision of "wellbeing" and product development.
    The Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter, actress and author, announced the launch of her innovative OPC-3(TM) Beauty Blend with the company.
    Ashanti's OPC-3 Beauty Blend is a technologically advanced combination of unique ingredients from the Market America Isotonix Dietary Supplement range, to provide optimal skin health and "Beauty From The Inside Out." Ashanti worked with Market America's scientific affairs division to create a unique powdered formula derived from the company's best-selling product OPC-3 - an isotonic-capable food supplement containing a combination of grape seed, red wine and pine bark extract, to help replenish essential vitamins and minerals for the skin, and to provide an improved antioxidant defense. Ashanti's OPC-3 Beauty Blend is priced at $67.95

    Loving Philip B Lovin' Leave-in Conditioner

    Philip B Lovin' Leave-in Conditioner 6.5 ozPhilip B Lovin' Leave-in ConditionerA leave-in hair conditioning creme that revitalizes hair from roots to ends. Restorative Soy and Wheat Proteins together with strengthening Amino Acids rejuvenate your hair with every application. Protects your hair color from fading without weighing it down. Philip B® Lovin' Leave-in Hair Conditioning Creme moisturizes and soothes dry brittle ends, adds lustrous shine, and supple smoothness. With nurturing extracts of Aloe, , Nettle, Chamomile, Horsetail and Henna ,Lovin' Leave-in is ideal for all hair textures and types.

    Professional Stylist Profile: Sharz Din

    SIENNA MILLER and Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O have the sexiest hairdos, according to top stylist Sharz.
    Sharz, 39, from Glasgow, has worked for Vidal Sassoon for 17 years and spends much of his time jetting round the world looking at the latest hair trends.
    The job: I am creative director at Vidal Sassoon in Glasgow. My job is to give the rest of the staff direction plus I am in charge of training and fashion work.
    How I did it: I swept floors at my local barber in Wimbledon before getting a traineeship with Chris Sorbie in London. I spent the next two years as a creative director with Alan Stewart in Glasgow, where I got a lot of experience doing show work.
    I was working for Vidal Sassoon in London when the Princes Square store opened in Glasgow.
    I jumped at the chance to come up. Vidal Sassoon are the best company to work for. They nurtured my career and taught me all about technique and communication, which is vital if you are to become a rounded worker. We run a hair school which does an NVQ with additional training. We take 10-12 people on every year. You can take that training and work in a salon anywhere in the world.
    I have done shows in Madrid and Russia and I am off to Rome in a couple of weeks. They are a great way of getting inspiration for your work.
    Perks: Being able to blend creativity with business

    From Eye Shadow to Liquid Liner in Just A Drop

    Paula Dorf Transformer 0.33 oz Paula Dorf Transformer Transform your eye powder from shadow to liquid liner with this unique product from Paula Dorf. Just put a few drops of the Transformer liquid into the lid of your eye color container, then dip the Eye Transformer brush first into the liquid, then into the color. Transfer the color to eyes by pressing the Transformer brush on the upper inside root of your lash line. Now, use an eye liner, angle liner, or eye definer brush to line your lashes for a dramatic look. Great for use with mineral makeup powders.

    Professional Beauty Profile: Paula Dorf

    Paula Dorf is one of the most sought-after makeup artists in television, film, and music. Inspired at a young age by her mother's love of fashion & beauty, Paula pursued a career in makeup artistry and eventually, created a basic color line of shadows, blushes, and lip colors that are easy to use and whose vibrant colors compliment a variety of skin tones. The collection is a smash hit and has been embraced by celebrities, fashionistas, beauty authorities and every day makeup lovers, and Paula leads the beauty industry with her mainstay, easy to apply colors and products that allow everyone to become their own makeup artist.

    BB Editor: So don't be afraid of your "girly girl " girl. She may grow up to be the next Paula Dorf or possibly push you into being a little hipper. :) Either way its all good.

    Smooth Start with Paula Dorf Perfect Primer

    Paula Dorf Perfect Primer OilyPaula Dorf Perfect Primer Just like you would prime a wall before painting, it is essential to start with a smooth and perfect surface. - Paula Dorf (Normal/Oily Skin): Even skin tone and stop oil and shine with this exclusive formula with special oil-inhibitors and micronized cotton powder, nature's perfect shine- stopper. (Normal/Dry Skin): Keep foundation and makeup colors dewy-fresh hours longer with this primer nourished with mango butter, rosemary leaf extract and cotton powder to minimize lines, even skin tone, and keep colors fresh all day.

    Vitamin D : The FAT Thats Good for Skin

    It is well known that an adequate supply of vitamin D, either from the diet or from the skin, is important for maximum bone health throughout life.

    "An evaluation of surgically obtained skin (age range, 8-92 yr) revealed that there is an age-dependent decrease in the epidermal concentrations of provitamin D3. To ascertain that aging indeed decreased the capacity of human skin to produce vitamin D3, some of the skin samples were exposed to ultraviolet radiation and the content of previtamin D3 was determined in the epidermis and dermis. The epidermis in the young and older subjects was the major site for the formation of previtamin D3, accounting for greater than 80% of the total previtamin D3 that was produced in the skin. A comparison of the amount of previtamin D3 produced in the skin from the 8- and 18-yr-old subjects with the amount produced in the skin from the 77- and 82-yr-old subjects revealed that aging can decrease by greater than twofold the capacity of the skin to produce previtamin D3.

    Recognition of this difference may be extremely important for the elderly, who infrequently expose a small area of skin to sunlight and who depend on this exposure for their vitamin D nutritional needs."-J MacLaughlin and M F Holick

    "Research also suggests that vitamin D may help maintain a healthy immune system and help regulate cell growth and differentiation, the process that determines what a cell is to become.
    Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is found in food and can also be made in your body after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Sunshine is a significant source of vitamin D because UV rays from sunlight trigger vitamin D synthesis in the skin"

    The Twelve Colors of Avanya Mineral

    Avanya Mineral Foundation FoundationAvanya Mineral Foundation Foundation
    Avanya's mineral foundation provides flawless coverage without leaving you feeling like you're wearing makeup. It covers common skin disorders such as acne and rosacea while providing your skin with the benefits of the cosmeceutical properties of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, both of which are known to calm inflammation and protect the skin from harmful UVB and UVA rays. It is free of any talc, perfumes, dyes, or preservatives and is scientifically designed to be water resistant, even under extreme conditions such as exercise. It can be applied wet or dry.
    Plus it has great range of colors that you dont normally see in mineral makeups. Now that's better.

    Ivory (fairest complexion with a light pink undertone)
    Porcelain (fair complexion with yellow undertone)
    Nude (medium complexion with pink undertone)
    Natural (light complexion with a deep yellow undertone)
    Natural Beige (medium complexion with yellow undertone)
    Rose Beige (medium complexion with pink undertone)
    Deep Beige (tanned complexion with yellow undertone)
    Light Tan (tanned complexion with a reddish/pink undertone)
    Medium Tan (dark complexion with a reddish/brown undertone)
    Hazelnut (dark complexion with reddish brown/yellow undertone)
    Mocha (dark complexion with a dirty brown/yellow undertone)
    Chocolate (very dark complexion with a reddish/blue undertone