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Clear Skin…A Pillowcase Away

In Saving Face on March 17, 2009 at 11:11 pm


Have you tried everything to keep your skin clear? In The Makeup has found a new trick! Change your pillowcase every night. Bacteria only takes one to two nights to grow in your pillowcase.

We all know that too much sebum and too many dead skin cells will clog your pores. But did you know that bacteria getting trapped inside the pores and multiplying is what causes a lot of the swelling and redness that you see in a blemish? Bacteria is so much a part of blemishes that antibiotics used to be a popular method of treating acne, but fell out of favor because the body develops a resistance to antibiotics, making them ineffective.

So get yourself 5 or 7 pillowcases so you can use a new one every night.


Age Perfect Re-Cushioning Serum

In Beauty Spy, Saving Face on February 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm


L’Oreal Paris is rolling out a serum designed for menopausal and post-menopausal skin, and its called Age Perfect Re-Cushioning Serum.

The serum is so lightweight it comes in a dropper. It contains soy seed proteins combined with jasmine extract to stimulate production of natural collagen fibers to reinforce the skin’s supporting foundation. It promises to help restore and refine skin’s spring and resilience within four weeks of use.

The patented Ceramide-5 found in the serum helps repair skin’s moisture barrier to prevent moisture loss and to provide hydration all day. It also features skin-brightening enhancers to add radiance to the complexion for more even-toned skin. The suggested retail price is $16.59.

Icelandic Relief Eye Cream

In Saving Face on February 26, 2009 at 2:59 pm


Ingredients gathered from Iceland’s air, land and water make this eye cream visibly reduce shadows, puffiness and overall dryness while soothing, strengthening and stabilizing stressed skin.

Now, Skyn Iceland has turned its Icelandic Relief Eye Cream into a convenient, on-the-go treatment with the new Icelandic Relief Eye Pen. Via a soft-tip pen applicator, the Icelandic Relief Eye Pen delivers immediate relief to the delicate under-eye area and diminishes the symptoms of chronic stress around the eyes.

In The Makeup will be stashing this product in our purses for touch-ups.

The new skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen will be available in May exclusively at Sephora for $20.

Boots No7 Re-Launch

In Saving Face on February 2, 2009 at 4:36 am


In The Makeup Says: Remember almost two years ago (March 2007), a near riot broke out in Yorkshire, England over No 7 Protect & Perfect Serum after it was featured on a BBC Horizon program. The Boots web-site experienced a virtually instant sell-out, the news was that 13 bottles were being bought each minute, and On eBay, the cream began selling for twice the official price. The dermatology team responsible for the sudden popularity of Protect & Perfect  said that they had spent ten months testing a variety of anti-aging products, many of them far more expensive.

Now, Boots has reformulated the range (day Cream, night Cream and a night eye cream product).

The formulation focuses on No7’s patented anti-oxidant complex, which includes gingko biloba, emblica, liprochraomn and vitamin C. Of particular note in the range is the reformulated eye cream, which, according to Boots Skincare scientific advisor “surpasses even our expectations” during the extensive testing that was carried out on the new range.

“In three separate scientific studies on over 230 real women, dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness around the eyes were noticeably reduced in 12 weeks,” Long said.

He believes that the big boost for the eye cream is the inclusion of a new ingredient, Haloxyl, which has never been used in the No7 range before.

Note: The cream sold as Boots N07 Restore & Renew in the U.S., but the British formula was sold on Zitomer – one of our favorite on-line beauty resources.  They were also selling La Roche Posay Mexoryl sunscreen before it was available in the U.S.

8 Ways To Attack PhotoAging

In Field Manual, Saving Face on January 26, 2009 at 2:25 am


In The Makeup Says: We all know that  its not just wrinkles that make you look older; photoaging is to blame too. So we diligently stay out of the sun; until someone invites us on a beachy vacation.

With beachy vacations in mind, here Are 8 Ways, each with its own pros and cons, to take the spotlight off a spot:

Hydroquinone: The gold standard for topical skin lightening in the United States remains hydroquinone. This substance is controversial and has been removed from the OTC markets in Europe and Asia partially because it damages melanocytes (melanocytes make melanin). While hydroquinone can produce results, even the maximum concentration of hydroquinone (4%) will not lighten pigment that is deep in the skin. Current hydroquinone preparations are unable to reach the middle-to-deep dermis where post-inflammatory acne pigmentation may lie.

Find Hydroquinon in: Murad Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel

Mequinol. At present, mequinol is only available by prescription. It is unknown exactly how mequinol lightens skin, but it is a competitive inhibitor in the formation of melanin precursors. It does not damage the melanocyte like hydroquinone. However, prescription skin lighteners containing mequinol also contain 0.01% tretinoin as a penetration enhancer; vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid; and ascorbyl palmitate, to enhance skin lightening.

Find Mequinol in: Prescription Solage

Retinoids. Many dermatologists combine hydroquinone with prescription tretinoin to improve skin-lightening results. Tretinoin has an effect on skin pigmentation as seen by a decrease in freckling. Although this effect is more dramatic with topical prescription tretinoin, topical OTC retinol has been thought to provide similar effects. Although Retinoids can help lighten dark spots, they also make the skin more vulnerable to new photoaging, so diligent use of sunscreen is necessary.

Find Retinoids in: Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment

Ascorbic Acid. Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, is used in OTC pigment-lightening formulations. By itself, low-concentration ascorbic acid is a poor skin-lightening agent, and is often combined with hydroquinone. In higher concentrations, ascorbic acid can be a strong skin irritant due to its low pH, but may induce pigment-lightening by providing skin peeling in lighter-skinned individuals. High concentrations of ascorbic acid must be avoided in people of color, because the irritation paradoxically will darken the skin.

Find Ascorbic Acid In: JASON C-Lite Skin Tone Balancer

Licorice extract. Licorice extracts are used in many OTC products to lighten skin. It must be applied to the skin in a dose of 1 g/day for four weeks in order to see a clinical result. This may not be practical in OTC formulations because of the expense of such a high concentration. Because the licorice extract is an anti-inflammatory, unlike with hydroquinone, retinoids and ascorbic acid, where irritation is the dose-limiting problem.

Find Licorice Extract In: Godiva LicoWhite Cream

Alpha lipoic acid. Alpha lipoic acid is found in some OTC pigment-lightening preparations. However, its ability to lighten skin is doubtful because it is a large molecule with questionable penetration.

Find Alpha Lipoic Acid In: Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Night Cream

Kojic acid. Kojic acid is one of the most popular skin-lightening agents found globally in OTC skin-lightening creams.  Some studies indicate that kojic acid is equivalent to hydroquinone in pigment-lightening results. The problem with kojic acid is again the ability to penetrate the skin and reach its target. It is possible that penetration-enhancers might overcome some of this difficulty; however, damage to the skin barrier and product irritation are common side effects.

Find Kojic Acid in: Lancome Absolue Skin Care Line

Arbutin. Arbutin is obtained from the leaves of the lingonberry and other related plants. Arbutin is not toxic to melanocytes and is used in a variety of pigment-lightening preparations in Japan at concentrations of 3%. Higher concentrations are more efficacious than lower concentrations, but a paradoxical pigment-darkening may occur due to skin irritation. Synthetic versions of arbutin, such as deoxyarbutin, may offer enhanced efficacy.

Find Arbutin In: Shiseido Whitess Intensive Skin Brightener


In Beauty Spy, Saving Face on January 23, 2009 at 3:02 am


Cetaphil facial care products is expanding with the February launch of the new Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50.

The product is designed to provide broad spectrum SPF protection with a blend of five filters and is infused with micronized titanium dioxide to block UVA/UVB rays without leaving a white residue.

The product, which is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, is suitable for people with acne, rosacea, melasma and other skin-related conditioners where a hydrating formula with SPF protection is recommended. The formula hydrates skin for 8 hours.

The average price will be $13.99

In The Makeup Says:’s 2008 Beauty Awards named Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanser as reader’s choice for best cleanser, Allure magazine recommends this “dermatologist favorite” and “drugstore classic”, according to E! News, screen star Natalie Portman relies on Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanse, and the accolades go on and on. With Cetaphil’s track record, we feel confident in betting that the upcoming UVA/UVB SPF 50 will be a winner too.

Simply Remove

In Saving Face on January 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm



Simply Remove is an eye makeup remover that does three jobs. It takes away eye makeup (of course), it moisturizes (the company says there’s no need to apply another eye moisturizer, but we still do anyways), and it repairs skin with antioxidants.

Plus, the formula is free of alcohol, oil and parabens.

In The Makeup Says: This eye makeup remover needs time to work. Hold the pad over the eye for 60 seconds to allow the makeup to dissolve completely before trying to wipe away. A common mistake made with gentle eye makeup removers is not giving the product enough time to work. What we love most about this product:

The scent: its like aromatherapy eye makeup remover

The packaging: Pink and cute enough to be bathroom decor

The formula: Paraben free! Also, since its oil free you can use a bit on a Q-tip to correct any mistakes during your makeup application, let it dry, and continue applying makeup. Rinsing this product off isn’t necessary at all. In fact, it has ingredients that are good to leave on the skin.

Since Mirabella is carried only at salons and spas, we can’t name an easy place for everyone to find it. But you can look up local retailers at Mirabella Beauty.


In Saving Face on January 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm



Beauty And The Blog recently posted Pierce Mattie’s prediction that turmeric will be a major skincare player in 2009 as an antiseptic to aid in preventing and removing blemishes, in hair removal products to help slow down the re-growth of hair, and in the formulation of sunscreens.

In The Makeup scoped out this list of Turmeric-full products:

In France, Skeen + Vegeticals created Vegetical Milk Infusion, which claims to cleanse and purify skin from pollution and makeup, even around the eyes. The product contains a high concentration of turmeric, enriched with rosemary floral water and sweet almond oil. Vegeticals is a new line of ECOCERT plant-based skin care made with plant roots from traditional medicine.

Khadi Sandal Herbal Face Pack for dry skin is said to remove fine lines, blackheads and dark circles under the eyes, while conditioning the under-nourished skin. This product should be mixed with fresh milk (honey or water) to make a paste. It can be applied to face, neck and hands.

In Japan, Clinique introduced Derma White Protect & Brighten Eye System. This two-step eye treatment contains separate day and night creams for the eye area. The brightening (night) cream claims to hydrate and lighten the appearance of dark spots over time. The protective (day) cream contains SPF 15/PA++ and helps seal in brightening benefits and prevent new darkening.

Origins Conditioning Lip Balm With Turmeric. This lip treatment highlights turmeric’s rejuvenating characteristics. The company’s Cyber White EX range uses concentrated turmeric extract to help reduce the appearance of “barely visible dark spots just beneath the skin’s surface.”

Dr. Andrew Weil Mega-Mushroom Skin-Calming Face Mask. It contains a blend of mushroom extracts with ginger, holy basil and turmeric. The mask is designed to reduce redness and is recommended for use after exposure to stresses such as excessive sun, windburn and waxing in order to quickly calm dry and damaged skin. It also claims to revitalize and restore radiance to stressed skin and rebuild a protective barrier against future irritation.

Liérac’s sun care range contains turmeric for its antioxidant benefits. The Solaire Anti-Wrinkle Eye Contour Sun Cream features SPF 30 sunscreen to protect the eye area and prevent wrinkles from appearing. The formula also contains mineral sun filters, sweet almond extract and prickly pear.

Korres Natural Products Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturizer is an oil-free, SPF 30, high protection, lightweight cream. It is formulated with watermelon extract, vanilla and Turmeric extracts. It claims to prevent photo-aging, decrease erythema (redness of the skin caused by capillary congestion) and provide antioxidant protection.

In The Makeup Says: We’re so used to anti-acne products being drying – we’re thrilled to discover that turmeric does the job while also preventing dryness. Turmeric has also been shown to slow the aging process and wrinkle formation. We’ve been adding a pinch of it to lunch or dinner too – eating turmeric can assist in remodeling of damaged skin and aid in fat metabolism.

Best of Skintentions

In Beauty Spy, Saving Face on January 17, 2009 at 3:30 am


Drum roll, please! Bliss has just come out with a new fantastic moisturizer.

Bliss Says: Even a global recession shouldn’t cause anyone to let their skin go.

And they’re putting their money where their mouths are, with a lower-priced new moisturizer called…Skintentions.

In The Makeup Says: This moisturizer has multi-vitamins, minerals, omegas, and SPF 15. This is what “saving face” is all about. While “saving money” is not an In The Makeup category (yet) we think Bliss deserves major credit (excuse the pun). The product costs $35 which is a Bliss bargain.

Ageless Minerale

In Saving Face on January 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm


Lancome introduces Ageless Minerale – an ultra fine mineral loose powder foundation with slip and creaminess.

Ageless Minerale’s claim to fame? White Sapphire Complex – a combination of alumina (to reflect light for a soft focus effect), Bismuth Oxychloride (to provide slip, creaminess, and long wear), Mica (for more light reflection), Vitamine E and SPF 21 (to protect skin from environmental damage), and Aloe (to soothe and moisturize).

How To Snag It: Ageless Minerale began selling at select Lancome counters in January, but in February Lancome will release a limited edition set that will sell for $64.00 and will  include 2 mineral shades, the mineral veil (to set foundation and create a radiant finish), and the brush. Purchasing each item separately would add up to over $150.00

More Inside Scoop: The brush will normally retail for $36, but limited quantities will sell for a promotional price of $26.00

In The Makeup Says: The brush that comes with this product feels AMAZING. It is truly one of the most luxurious-feeling brushes we have ever used, so we were surprised to learn that it is synthetic. Lancome designed this brush with synthetic bristles so that it would release product more easily – making coverage fast and buildable. As for the mineral foundation itself, its aesthetic performance and packaging is similar to that of other department store mineral foundations.