Natural Skin Products Chosen by Celebrity Experts

I am loving the website OpenSky where you can connect to over 60 pros, experts, and celebrities including Mariel Hemingway, Padma Lackshmi, The Juds, Guy Fieri, and Kelly Rutherford to name just a few and get access to their favorite products. Alicia Silverstone, author of The Kind Life Diet and The Kind Life blog, shares her favorite cruelty-free, eco-friendly products, from home and health, to natural skin products and baby.

How Does OpenSky Work?

Join OpenSky and select the experts or celebrities you would like recommendations from or click on a favorite category and begin shopping. Once you see someone or something that interests you, add them to your curator list. You will than be able to purchase their favorite products up to 60% off. Most of these products would be hard to find on your own.

Of course I was interested in what these pros have to say about natural skin products and there is no shortage of them. Most are chemical free, paraban free, cruelty free and give back in some way. Click on Health, then Beauty. Here are my faves…….. (more…)

How to find the best night cream reviews

Be Careful About Night Cream Reviews You Find Online

Nowadays the Internet has become so saturated with review sites that it’s become increasingly difficult to find the truth about personal care products especially teeth whitening, weight loss and skin creams. Read my articles here and here. There are many sites that use articles with the word “review” after certain products you are searching for and if you scroll down there is a list of their own top rated products.

First and foremost, I am not bashing the products recommended however I find most night cream review sites very misleading. If you have been shopping on the Internet for some time, you will notice that there are hundreds of these sites and they all look the same. They were built that way to make you believe that they know the top rated products and you will buy from the site for that reason alone. Worse still, you may get sucked into the “trials” that are almost impossible to cancel.

I sometimes review products here and yes, I sometimes get reimbursed. I will never talk about “top rated products” Who rated them? how many people rated them? and have these people tried them? Where are they getting their info?

Night creams are not cheap so how can you find honest night cream reviews?

Or any honest product reviews for that matter? My favorite place to get honest skin care reviews is Amazon. When I find a night cream that I have heard about as the next best thing, I head over there, type in the product name and read all of the reviews that people posted. People like you and I who have tried the product.

It is by far the easiest way to learn about products, their effectiveness and the side effects if any. I learn about night creams, anti aging creams, eyelash enhancements, diet pills, and even books before I throw my money on the table. Sometimes I am disappointed, as you will be.

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Best Body Lotion For Aging Skin

Most of us are so obsessed with finding the best anti aging cream that we spend thousands on various skin care products, lotions, potions, and expensive spa services including botox. We spend little on our aging bodies even though the entire body becomes dry, saggy, wrinkled and dimpled. So why are we not buying the best body lotion to keep our skin soft, supple and smooth?

Ask any man and he will tell you that he loves to touch the soft skin of a woman. And every woman, no matter what age, longs for young, firm, soft skin……skin that doesn’t move by itself.

So, where do you find the best body lotion? One that will smooth wrinkles, restore your skins youthfulness and reveal silky soft skin? Of course I found the perfect company that offers natural body lotions loaded with real tropical fruit extracts, shea butter, retinol, collagen, pomegranate and more.

Mineral oil free, alcohol free, lanolin free, PABA free, Pevonia Botanica Tropicale De-Aging Body Balm was voted “The best overall body cream sold at a spa” by NewBeauty Magazine. It is available in papaya-pineapple or mango-passion fruit meant to tighten, tone, brighten and repair your aging skin.

Pevonia Botanica offers an entire de-aging body line. Try the De-Aging Mist to boost hydration any time of day. Ingredients include Pomegranate, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe, Chamomile, and other natural ingredients.

The De-Aging Saltmousse removes impurities and toxins by gently polishing your skin. As the salt dissolves, negative ions and repairing tropical fruit extracts are quickly absorbed. Your body emerges velvety-smooth.

Finding the best anti aging cream is not only important for your face but just as important for your neck, body and hands.

While Pevonia Botanica is an elite natural skincare brand offered by prestigious spas worldwide, it can be purchased on line at shoppevonia.com.

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Best Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

For years, I have been searching for the best teeth whitening toothpaste believing the promises of whiter teeth without resorting to harsh whitening strips and whitening trays. Teeth sensitivity is a proven problem and the jury is still out as to whether using these teeth whitening products are harmful to tooth enamel.

According to Science Daily, teeth bleaching products contain solutions of either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which provide the whitening effect. They bleach teeth by producing unstable free radicals that attack pigment molecules in the organic parts of enamel. The reduction in pigment means the molecules no longer reflect light, so the teeth appear whiter.

As more and more research is completed regarding the negative side effects of teeth whitening products, manufacturers will continue to reformulate these products only making them better. In the meantime, I will stick with my favorite and in my opinion, the best whitening toothpaste, Luster White 7 Toothaste.

Most of you, I am sure, have never heard of this product as it is rarely advertised and not found in all stores. I happened to spot it at Target and the packaging caught my eye. It also had a logo that stated, “ Voted best whitening toothpaste by Real Simple Magazine”. The best part…it costs only $6.99.

It was one of the best purchases I have made. Using all of the other teeth whitening products for years, such as Colgate, Crest, even Vivid White (which showed a small improvement), I was pleasantly surprised when after just one week, my teeth were truly whiter and brighter than ever. My sis laughed when she videotaped me on the dance floor and all you could see was my white teeth! (more…)

Natural Skin Products-How Do You Know?

USDA Organic, NATRUE, BDIH, NPA.….what do all these certification labels on natural skin products and natural beauty products mean? Why is certification important and what if the products I purchase do not have any certification?

Years ago, the demand for organic and natural skin products was minimal and therefore not important for beauty product companies to be clear of the facts and ingredients and so easy to misrepresent their products. As the demand for organic and natural products continue to grow, so do the number of products, manufacturers and suppliers, making it necessary for third party certifications.

These certifications make it easier for the “natural” consumer to differentiate fact from fiction. As many of you already know, just because a product has organic in its name or organic ingredients in the advertising DOES NOT mean it’s organic. Even more confusing, just because a product is not certified, does not mean that it is not organic and natural. (more…)

Treat Eczema And Dry Itchy Skin in 4 Simple Steps

Dry, itchy skin can consume your life, especially if you are prone to Eczema. It’s difficult to wear certain clothes, causes rashes and sores and most annoying to me, makes it difficult to sleep. While someone with severe eczema may have to resort to a doctor or a prescription, there are simple ways that treat eczema and mimimize dry, itchy skin. This article provided by Ageless Beauty and MyPureRadiance.com, featuring the best in natural beauty secrets and anti-aging solutions, offers 4 simple steps to help you manage dry skin. I agree with the author when she insists on using a natural treatment exclusively. Natural works!  Get amazingly fast relief from ECZEMA, PSORIASIS and DRY SKIN. 100% Guaranteed or your money back…

Manage Dry and Itchy Skin in 4 Simple Steps

August 9, 2011 by Kamila Fiore ARNP

Eczema is an itchy, inflamed skin condition that affects more than 15 million Americans. Unfortunately, the cause of eczema is still unknown, but factors like the environment, genetics, allergies, stress, and skin sensitivities can trigger the condition.

What does eczema look and feel like? Eczema sufferers struggle with dry, cracking, and itchy skin. They also commonly have rashes on the arms, legs, and cheeks, as well as red bumps on the skin. What’s even worse is that eczema flares up in colder weather when there’s less humidity in the air, causing the skin to naturally become drier and more irritated. (more…)

More Great Vitamins For Skin

My posts have slowed down a bit this summer because, well, I live in New England and summer is most important to me. In New England, we try to squeeze as much fun as we can into just a few short months. Boy, am I having fun! Anyway, I just learned of some new vitamins for skin that I wanted to quickly share with you.

I am a big fan of vitamins for my overall health but keeping my skin healthy from the inside with vitamins for skin is just as important to me. You can find many skin vitamins at your local health food store however there have been new, advanced skin care vitamins recently launched that are available for purchase through spas and the Internet.

Most Exciting, Eminence Organics, winner of the best of the Best Of The Best Consumer Choice Award, has launched a line of skin care supplements. VitaSkin Vitamin Solutions are available in 3 categories. Calm Skin Vitamins for all skin types but especially for rosacea, calms and soothes skin. Flaxseed nourishes the skin with Omega 3 fatty acids, Milk Thistle which promotes healthy liver function and controls inflammation, Blueberry prevents free radical damage, Pine Bark Extract said to improve hyperpigmentation, age spots and blisters, Garlic Oil, and Lecithin which hydrates and nourishes. (more…)