Sunday, December 11, 2011

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

I love this product!  I deceided to put it to the test and take before & after photos.  I was thrilled with the results in only a 2 week period.  I applied every evening for 2 weeks.  Some days I applied during the day time.  My skin has heavy discoloration from past acne and a bad peel (not done by me).  My clients always come to with their frustrations using lightening products and this is my new top pick.  This serum is suitable for hyperpigmentation: sun damage, acne scarring, sun spots, age spots, melasma, uneven skin tone.  You will love the results!

  • Clinically proven to restore clarity and even skin tone by  reducing the appearance of sun spots and age spots by 33% in 1 week.
  • Helping prevent the development of new pigmentation.
  • Hydroquinone fades existing dark spots, age spots and freckles.
  • Hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin lightening peptide, complements the results of Hydroquinone and prevents future damage/scarring by helping prohibit pigment formation.
  • Glycolic Acid exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, helping the active ingredient penetrate more quickly for faster results.
This product does all that it claims.  The Glycolic Acid effectively exfoliates skin and allows the Hydroquinone to penetrate skin and goto WORK!  I had a significant amount of hyperpigmentation around my mouth and it is almost gone.

A normal side effect of using Glycolic Acid on a daily basis is dehydrated skin.  My skin felt a little dehydrated (but far less then other lighening gels/serums), I suggest layering on moisturizer after applying this serum.  Allow the serum to absorb1-2 minutes first.  After moisturizer apply your SPF 30 to protect your skin and prevent skin from further darker pigmentation from occurring.   SPF 30+ is a necessary for lightning to occur and prevent darkening from reoccurring.  I will continue to use this product to even my skin tone and look forward to even better results.  TIP: Use with Clarisonic for even better results!  This will allow better penetration of the active ingredients like Glycolic acid and Hydroquinone.  Murad delivers with another fantastic product!

Active Ingredient: Hydroquinone (2.0%)

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-10, Nonoxynol-10, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rice Amino Acids, Lysine Lauroyl Methionate, Zinc Aspartate, Chitosan Ascorbate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Chitosan PCA, Allantoin, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Hydroxide, BHT, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA

1 Oz.
Available at

Product provided by Murad.  This review is my honest opinion.





Accelerated Spot Removal Set

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Beauty Obsession of the Day: Audrey Tautou

I became a instant fan of Audrey Tatou after seeing Amelie.  Audrey is charming, funny, sweet, always has a sharp haircut and her skin is gorgeous!  Catch her in Beautiful Lies, it's a favorite of mine. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

How to choose a Cleanser

 Cleansing is the first step in your skin regime.  The benefits of skin cleansing include:
  • Removes makeup, dirt, debris, oil and bacteria from skin.
  • May contain emollients that soften skin.
  • May contain ingredients to treat various skin conditions.
  • Offers a clean slate for other products to penetrate skin better.
The first step to choosing a cleanser is know your skin type. Cleanser formulations include: gel, cream, lotion, and oil.

Gel Cleanser is a foaming cleanser that dissolves oil.  Perfect for oily and acne prone skin, but do not overuse it can dry skin out causing irritation.  If oily skin becomes dry, it can stimulate oil glands, causing them to overcompensate for loss of oil.  Medicated cleansers are also available for acne prone skin.

Cream Cleanser contains mainly oil and is great for mature and very dry skin.  Cream dissolves makeup & dirt and should be removed with a washcloth, tissue or sponge.  Follow up with a toner to remove any residue. 

Lotion Cleanser is a water based cleanser for normal and combination skin.  For dry skin, choose a "milky" cleanser containing emollients or oil to soft skin.  Skin will feel comfortable and does will not strip skin of its pH balance. 

Oil Cleansing is very popular now.  It is used to remove makeup and attracting oil from the skin.  Oil attracts oil.  Follow with another cleanser to remove oil residue and thoroughly cleanse skin.

Review: Everyday Minerals High Quality Cosmetics at Super Affordable Prices

I was attracted to Everyday Minerals because they offer high quality mineral cosmetics at affordable prices. Everyday Minerals is a vegan and eco-friendly cosmetics line based on the facts of being healthy and saving money. Their products contains all natural ingredients and will not break the bank.  Everyday Minerals Products are free of:
  • Nanotechnology
  • Carmine
  • Dimethicone - A sillicone.  Coats skin, traps anything underneath it and does not allow skin to breathe.  Non-biodegradable, known tumor promoter and accumulates in the liver and lymph nodes.
  • Fragrance - Can indicate up to 4,000 separate ingredients, many carcinogenic and toxic.
  • Animal by products
  • Bismuth Oxychloride
  • Silicone
  • Lake Dyes
I tried the Mineral Blush $9 (.17 oz )in Disco Inferno & New Car Smell and eye shadows $7 (.06 oz ) Add to you Pearl Eyes & I do declare shimmer eyes.  The mineral makeup lasted well through the day with pigment rich colors.  The pigment looks great on darker skin and really pops.  Disco Inferno is a rose shade blush and great on all skin tones.  New Car Smell is a very light pink, great for fair skin tones.  The blush has a sliding cover over the sifter opening to prevent you from losing product.  Add to you is a moss green shade, very pretty with I do declare a chocolate color.  I did NOT breakout from the blush, thank you Everyday Minerals!  I look forward to trying their foundation!  I am extremely excited to try this line and am a life long fan with their super affordable prices!  I recommend everyone try Everyday Minerals, especially sensitive & acne prone skin types.

Blush Ingredients: Mica & Lauroyl Lysine.  May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron oxides, Ultramarines, and Manganese Violet.

Eye Shadow Ingredients: Mica & Lauroyl Lysine.  May Contain: Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides.

Everyday Minerals has a No Animal testing policy.

Available at

UPDATE 1/20/13: I believe this blush has contributed to irritation and breakouts, as it has Lauroyl Lysine (a coconut derivative).  Coconut oil/butter/deravatives are highly comedogenic.  If you experience the same, discontinue use for a  few weeks and see how you skin reacts.

Products provided by Everyday Minerals.  This review is my honest opinion.

Basic Skincare

A skincare regime is very important for the health and appearance of your skin.  Here are the steps you should be taking to a healthy complexion morning and night.

1. Cleanse morning and night. Pick a cleanser appropriate for your skin type.  Wash your face with a Clarisonic brush or clean washcloth.  Be sure to remove all traces of makeup before going to bed.  This will prevent accumulated makeup, oil, debris and bacteria from causing breakouts.

 2. Tone.  This balances skins pH, removes cleanser residue and excess debris.  Choose a toner without alcohol, which can strip skin of its acid mantle.

3. Treat. Apply serum or corrective skincare & eye cream.  Target your areas of concern.  Apply when skin is still moist, products will penetrate better and work better.

4. Hydrate.  Moisturize your skin, even if its extremely oily.  Oily skin can will overcompensate for loss of moisture and produce even more oil.

5. Protect (day only).  Wear a minimum SPF 30 EVERYDAY.  No one is immune to skin cancer, protect yourself.  Olay Sensitive Skin SPF 30 is a great option without irritation.

Weekly Skincare
1. Exfoliate.  Exfoliation is extremely important, sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy skin cells.  Acne prone skin and oily skin must be exfoliated up to three times a week to clear & prevent clogged pores.  Everyone should be exfoliating at least 2x week. I do not suggest using St. Ives Apricot Scrub, it is too aggressive for facial skin, will irritate skin and create micro-tears (it's better suited for feet).  Instead try a enzyme, AHA/BHA or Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.  Exfoliate after cleansing.

2.  Mask.  A mask can treat blemishes, draw out impurities, brighten, rejuvenate, nourish, calm & soothe, tighten & tone skin, and hydrate skin.  Use a mask 1-2x a week.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Beauty Obsession of the Day: Gossip Girl Leighton Meester

I'll just say it-I'm obsessed with gossip girl.  I wish I started watching it sooner, its that good.  I love that Leighton always has a huge smile on her face.  A smile is so beautiful to me.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Review: Neutragena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 30

 SPF is very important.  It protects your skin from damaging free radicals, skin cancer, UVA/UVB rays (must be broad spectrum to protect from both), aging, burning, hyperpigmentation (over production of pigment/uneven skin tone), capillary damage, and weakens collagen & elastin.  I read plenty of reviews before purchasing.  It seemed to be favorite among oily skin types.

"Neutragena Ultra Sheer Sunblock is a breakthrough in sun protection. Dry Touch technology to provide an ultra-light, non-shiny finish. This lightweight sunblock absorbs quickly and has a light, fresh scent. The non-oily formula is enriched with anti-oxidant vitamins A, C, and E to help fight against environmental damage."-Neutragena
  • UVA/UVB Protection 1789.
  • Ultra-light, clean feel.
  • Fast-absorbing, leaves skin soft and smooth.
  • Light, fresh scent.
  • Waterproof, sweatproof, rubproof.
  • Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores).
  • PABA-free. 
The Good
A Broad Spectrum SPF that protects against both UVA/UVB rays.  The spf has a light feel and does not feel greasy or heavy; making it a great option for oily skin and humid weather.  My skin feels light and looks matte after applying.  My skin feels soft and smooth after application and absorbs quickly without a trace of white.  I did not breakout, which is a breakthrough for my skin.  I have had terrible experiences with SPF clogging my pores in the past.

The Bad
Loaded with chemicals eek!!  This product is super irritating and dehydrates skin.  It is missing a physical spf like Zinc Oxide or Titanium dioxide, which is ideal for preventing hyperpigmentation.  Physical blockers reflect UV Rays instead of absorbing them with a chemical spf.  The scent bothered me, I immediately started sneezing.  My oily skin felt dry after applying, which is not good.  I also made the mistake of applying too close to my eyes and ended up tearing up, which wasn't fun.  I would not say it "resists rub -off", because it does rub off and can be irritating.  I hope I can find something affordable without the irritation.  Bottom line, I am not a fan of Neutragena, because the number of irritating chemicals in their products!  If you have allergies, skip this SPF.  I will not repurchase.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (2.0%), Homosalate (7%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (3.0%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Silica, Adipic Acid/Diethylene Glycol/Glycerin Crosspolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Oat Kernel Extract (Avena Sativa), Squalane, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) (Vitamin C), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), BHT, Cetyl Dimethicone, Bisabolol (L-Alpha), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root) (Licorice Root), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

3 fl oz.
Available at CVS

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Services offered by LadyJskincare

For those interested in stopping by for a facial or waxing service in West Hollywood, CA, here is a list of services offered.  If you have any questions or would like to make a appointment Sunday, Monday, Tuesday please email or call (310) 601-7633.


Gentle Hydration Facial 30 minutes
This treatment is for the basic visual maintance of unwanted skin imperfections. The light exfoliant and gentle hydration protects you from daily exposure to pollutants that clogs your pores. Walk out of our day spa with a sense of refreshment and vitality!

Signature Facial 50 minutes
If you're looking to sooth and hydrate your skin and take away the redness, this is the facial for you.  A gentle yet effective exfoliant soothing facial massage with essential oils will visibly calm irritated skin followed by a hydrating and calming vitamin masque.

Deep Pore Cleanse Facial 50 minutes
This is designed to alleviate your skin of impurities which leads to blackheads, breakouts and acne. The deep cleansing with an enzyme peel, blackhead extractions, and a pain free high-frequency electrode to kill bacteria will leave your skin fresh, clean with a new feeling of confidence!

Deluxe Galvanic Facial 50 minutes
To achieve a dramatically smoother skin refinement, we start you off with a glycolic or lactic peel depending on your skin type.  It's then followed by the use our ionizing galvanic current with a balancing thermal masque to stimulate cell turn over.  Indulge in a hand, arm, and shoulder massage while the multi vitamin, hydrating facial masque soothes your face and produces even supple skin tones.


1) Galvanic Facial Machine $20
Utilizes alternating positive/negative ions to maximize product absorption deep into the dermis.  It stimulates collagen, boosts elasticity, and tightens.
2) Green Tea Lactic Peel $15
Anti-oxidant peel evens out skin tone and reduce pigmentation by smoothing and lightening the skin.   Sensitive enough for all skin types.  Great for hyperpigmentation or first time peels. 
3) Glycolic Peel $15
Reduces scarring, fine lines, wrinkles and is deeply exfoliating.  Leaves skin looking refreshed with immediate dramatic anti-aging results.
4) Microdermabrasion $25
A mechanical exfoliation that removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells.  It leaves skin fresh, younger, polished and glowing.
5) Neck/Chest $10 each

Galvanic + Peel= $30

Waxing (Hard & Soft Wax)

Lip : Chin : Nose - $15

Brows : Ears - $20

Full Arms : Half Legs : Bikini - $32

Back : Chest : Booty - $45

Full Legs and Brazilian - $62

Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: Clean & Clear Persa Gel 10 Zaps Zits

Now here is a great product that works.  It is rare for me to find drugstore brand that works effectively.  I chose to purchase after reading Paula Begoun "The Cosmetic Cop" website,  I trust her product recommendations and my skin is grateful.

"This acne medication contains maximum strength benzoyl peroxide.  The micronized benzoyl peroxide formula goes to work immediately, releasing the medicine deep into the pores where pimples begin.  It's the same prescription formula prescribed by doctors and dermatologists for over ten years, available without a prescription. "-Clean & Clear

Clean & Clear Persa Gel 10 contains 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, which releases oxygen that kills bacteria, sterilizes the follicle, irrigates and sloughs out acne impactions.  It works rather quickly and some maybe sensitive to BP. 

I struggle with comedones on my forehead and chin.  I am sure to wash hair products from my skin asap and keep my skin extremely clean.  My skin is also very oily, sensitive and acne prone.  This cream has kept my skin smooth and blemish free.  I also should give credit to Neostrata Anti-bacterial Facial Wash.

Clean & Clear Persa Gel 10 is actually a cream.  I am happy to have found a acne product that works and is very cheap at $5.99.  If you have sensitive skin, I suggest using once a day in the evening before bed.  Your pimple will shrink overnite.  For skin that is not easily irritated, you can apply up to three times a day.  I only apply two times a day.  My skincare regime is below.

My PM Regime:
1)  Cleanse with Neostrata Anti-Bacterial Facial Wash. Warm water +washcloth.
2) Weleda Pomegranate Eye Cream.
3) PCA Skin Pigment Gel (for hyperpigmentation)
4) Spot treat with Clean & Clear Persa Gel 10.
5) Moisturize with Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion or Weleda Pomegranate Night Cream.
6) Extra dab of C&C Persa Gel 10.

My AM Regime:  
1) Cleanse with Neostrara Anti-bacterial Facial Wash.  Warm water+washcloth.
2) Weleda Pomegranate Eye Cream.
3) Spot treat with Clean & Clear Persa Gel 10.
4) Moisturize with  Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion or Weleda Pomegranate Day Cream.
5) Protect skin with Neutragena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch spf 30.

 I have seen a huge difference in my skin after 4 weeks use.  My skin has completely cleared during this time and has remained clear.  My #1 Pimple cream!  Be sure to properly moisturize skin while using benzoyl peroxide, it can cause dryness.  Drink plenty of water and wear spf 30 everyday rain or shine.  I recommend this product for acne prone skin.

1 oz.
Available at CVS

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Review: Weleda Pomegranate Firming Facial Care

I have been meaning to try Weleda products for a while and finally had the opportunity recently.  Weleda truly regenerates your skin.  I tested the products over a 3 week trial and after each application, my skin looked instantly brighter and healthier.  My skin stayed moist and supple, not heavy and oily  and my firm skin felt very smooth. and soft.  I enjoyed each and every product from the Pomegranate line and continue to use Weleda products.  Woman see wrinkle reduction of 29%, experienced a 23% increase in cell renewal and enjoyed a lasting moisture increase of 39%, while using this line.  I am really enjoying natural skin care!

Benefits of Weleda Pomegranate Firming Line
  • Works in harmony with your skin to improve elasticity and firmness
  • Helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Tightens and moisturizes your skin
  • Activates the skin processes and helps the skin to actively regenerate
  • The ideal companion to the skin’s natural aging process
  • Utilizes organic pomegranate seed oil, organic argan kernel oil and organic jojoba seed oil among other key ingredients
  • Dermatologically tested
  • 100% certified natural by NaTrue

Pomegranate Firming Serum ($45, 1 oz.) – "An antioxidant-rich intensive treatment that helps reduce wrinkles while deeply moisturizing and firming the skin. Contains a blend of highly effective, concentrated natural ingredients, including organic pomegranate juice and golden millet seed, which greatly improves skin elasticity as it strengthens and supports skin regeneration. Use before the Pomegranate Firming Day Cream or Pomegranate Firming Night Cream for best results."-Weleda 
All the products smell delicious, like pomegranate.  This serum works hard so you skin can looking healthier and younger.  The non sticky serum comes in a pump and is a light gel.  Fantastic firming, smoothing ability and hydrating. 

Pomegranate Firming Day Cream ($33, 1 oz.) – "A rapidly-absorbed, antioxidant-packed facial cream that intensely nourishes aging skin, reduces wrinkles, stimulates skin renewal and protects skin from damaging environmental influences. Suitable for use under makeup."-Weleda
I love this day cream!  It smells amazing, brightens my skin and actually makes it look healthier.  When my skin is dehydrated from acne treatments I apply Cetaphil moisturizer and layer on this cream.  The firming cream is light on skin, comes in a tube and is a creamy.  My skin is already quite firm, but this cream makes it even tighter.

Pomegranate Firming Night Cream ($37, 1 oz.) – "A rich cream, with borage seed oil and sunflower seed oil, that nourishes skin during its nightly regenerative cycle. It aids in the reduction of wrinkles and results in skin that is firm, renewed and refreshed upon awaking."-Weleda
A great cream for nourishing and keeping skin hydrated while you sleep.  I literally wake up with glowing skin.  All the products make my skin incredibly smooth and soft.  A great addition to your skin regime.

Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream ($33, 1 oz.) – "A luxurious, fragrance-free cream that boasts skin softening, nurturing and smoothing properties. Protects and firms the delicate eye area from damaging environmental elements, and contains ruscus root extract for anti-inflammatory action."-Weleda
My first eye cream and I love it!  It does not sting or burn.  This non sticky cream hydrates the delicate under eye area very well.  Great for tightening, moisturizing, smoothing and puffy eyes.  

Overall, I love all the products.  The products are well made, results oriented and they deliver on their claims.  I would recommend this line to anyone wanting to undo free radical damage from sun exposure, aging skin, prevent fine lines, tighten skin or pomegranate fans!  I'm in love with Weleda products!  Weleda products are available at CVS and

Products provided by Weleda.  This review is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: PCA Skin Perfecting Protection SPF 30

 I always tell my clients the importance of wearing  SPF 30 everyday.  Protect your skin from sun damage, collagen & elastin deterioration (prevent wrinkles), free radical damage, environmental pollution, and most importantly, skin cancer.   I came across a light spf that promised to aid in treating hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin caused by increased melanin from sun damage or acne) and not cause breakouts.  I was very excited to try a SPF with Bearberry, Licorice Root Extract, Kojic Acid, Mulberry Root Extract, and Lactic Acid.  

"This revolutionary broad-spectrum UVA/UVB product combines the superior protective benefits of Z-Cote and other potent sunscreen agents with five melanogenesis inhibitors. This unique blend of ingredients works to reduce existing skin discoloration while preventing future hyperpigmentation. In addition, potent antioxidants caffeine and silybum marianum extract, commonly referred to as milk thistle, work to fight damaging environmental free radicals, inflammation and the formation of sunburn cells. perfecting protection spf 30 is suitable for all skin types and is also recommended following peels, lasers, other in-office procedures for its skin-soothing properties and inhibition of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. "-PCA Skin

I thought I could really knock out my hyperpigmentation faster (plus a lightening gel) with these lightening/brightening ingredients.  I found that the 9.8 % Zinc Oxide never fully absorbed into my skin, creating a white cast and bringing out my acne scars even more.  The lightening ingredients had no affect on my skin.  I avoid the sun, wear hats and sunglasses to prevent further darkening of my uneven skin tone, but no success with this SPF.  My uneven skin tone became darker, not lighter.

After trying many sunscreens with Zinc Oxide, I believe it is a culprit of my clogged pores.  I discontinued Zinc Oxide for a week and my congested skin dissipated.  I had high hopes for this product, but it did not work for me.

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (9.8%), Octinoxate (7.5%). Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40-B, Polyacrylate-13, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Morus Alba Root Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caffeine, Silybum Marianum Extract, Arginine, Microcrystalline Cellulose, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alcohols, Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

1.7 oz.
Available at

Review: Control Corrective Salicylic Wash The Answer for Acne

I have been using this cleanser for only 3 days and the texture of my skin is already smoother, softer, and my blemishes are shrinking.  I have not had any new blemishes!  These are great results for my skin.  I am ecstatic with these results!  

"Sweep away dead skin cell build-up so blackheads and whiteheads don't stand a chance. By dissolving sticky pore-clogging oils and cellular debris, exfoliating Salicylic Wash creamy gel helps reduce congestion and improve skin texture on the face, back, shoulders and arms."-Control Corrective

The cleanser is a gentle soft pearl solution, is not overstimulating, does not smell like harsh chemicals, does not irritate my skin and a little product goes a long way.  2% Salicylic Acid dissolves dead skin cells and pore clogging oils, preventing clogged pores.  Aloe Vera Juice and Chamomile calm irritated skin.  The cleanser feels silky on my skin,  leaves my skin feeling extremely clean, without stripping my skin of moisture.  After cleansing my skin feels great, not tight, but comfortable.  This cleanser delivers on all its claims, I am sold.  I Love it!  Recommended for normal, combination, oily and acne-prone skin types.

6.7 oz.
5/5 Available at Meridian Day Spa (310) 601-7633

Review: Feed Your Skin with Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food

I was drawn to this line, because I have seen it in numerous magazines and its “plant derived products”. I agree with there motto, “A Healthy skin is beautiful skin”. My skin is very sensitive, so I have been looking for a line that does not have irritating chemicals, dyes, GMO's (genetically modified organisms), and synthetics. Dr. Alkaitis says, “If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin.” I did not eat the products, but I found this statement pursuasive.

Facts about Dr. Alkaitis Products

-Includes my listed requirements in a skincare line above, including no transfats.
-All products are raw health food for the skin.
-All products are edible & easily absorbed into the skin.
-Natural & made fresh (never older then 2 weeks prior to shipping).
-Not tested on animals.
-100% Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel is the base of all products (instead of water).
-All products are formulated and manufactured by Dr. Alkaitis.
-All products are biologically active.
-Certified Organic Alcohol (the drinkable kind).
-All products adapt to your skin's needs.
-All products are gender neutral.

This line has made my skin look and feel “normal”, instead of oily. My skin is smoother and softer. I like this result, because other products tend me dry out my oily skin making it uncomfortable and counteract by producing more oil. The products smell like light essential oils, including sandalwood and rosemary to name a few. I did however, experience a some redness from the essential oils, alcohol and seaweed ingredients.

Organic Purifying Toner

Acts as an astringent, a toner, a skin balancer; an anti-inflammatory, and heals burns; excellent for after-sun treatment.”-Dr.Alkaitis
One of my favorite from the line! It left my skin soft and moisturized. I use the product from the palm of my hand, dab onto fingertips and press into skin. My skin was a tiny bit pink, but it subsides after about 10 minutes. This product made my oily skin feel like a normal skin type, leaving my skin shine free.
I would recommend this toner for all skin types, especially oily skin types.

Ingredients: Into a base of organic Aloe Vera gel*, Witch Hazel and organic grain alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grains), the following organic and wild-crafted herbs are blended: Greater Nettle*, Wild Chamomile flowersº, Myrrhº, European Elder blossoms*, Marsh Mallow*, French Lavender flowers*, Curacao Orange*, Benzoinº, Rosemary*, Wild Fennelº and Balm Mint*. Grapefruit* and Lemon* extracts. Sea Oakº, Atlantic Kelpº and Pearl Mossº. Also added are natural vitamin B and vitamin C complexes and 100% pure Essential Oils. * - Signifies certified organically grown. º - Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

4 oz.

Organic Soothing Gel

A moisturizing gel, that leaves your skin soft and refreshed; an anti-bacterial tonic, perfect for sensitive just shaved-face, excellent after waxing, electrolysis or other hair removal procedure, great for inflammatory conditions such as acne and eczema.”- Dr. Alkaitis

I used this product immediately following the toner. I would not use it following hair removal, it would burn. My skin was a little flushed after using this product, which dissapeared after about 10 minutes. I believe the organic grain alcohol, atlantic kelp and red seaweed are the cause of redness. I would not use on imflamed acne nor eczema (I suffer from both) it will burn. Recommended for normal skin.

Ingredients: Into our base of Organic Aloe Vera Gel* and Witch Hazelº the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended: organically grown grape alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grains). Greater Nettle*, Wild Chamomileº, Myrrhº, European Elder*, Sweet Weed*, and French Lavender*. Curacao Orange*, Benzoinº, Rosemary*, Olibanumº, Wild Fennelº, Balm Mint*, Sea Oakº, Atlantic Kelpº and Red Seaweedº. Also added are natural vitamin B and vitamin C complexes and 100% pure essential oils. * - Signifies certified organically grown. º - Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

4 oz

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil

This nourishing treatment oil is truly amazing! It seals moisture and absorbs quickly into the skin and has a heavenly smell. A must for after-bath, shower and sauna and makes a excellent massage oil and skin tonic. Great for your face. Excellent as a scalp and hair tonic.”-Dr. Alkaitis

I applied this product to my face and scalp. It smells nice (sandalwood), is not heavy and doesn't leave skin shiny or oily. I absolutely love it on my scalp and hair to keep it moisturized. My skin seemed to like it, but I broke out. Not necessarily meant for acne-prone skin. Too pricey for me. I recommend for all skin types, except oily and acne-prone. Makes a great scalp treatment.

Ingredients: Into a base of virgin cold pressed organic oils (organic Jojoba*, St. John's Wort* and Andean Mountain Rose Hip seed* oils), the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended: Indian Madderº, Country Sarsaparillaº, Amazon root* and Liquorice*. Country Mallowº, Turmeric*, China rootº, Costusº, and White Sandalwoodº. Cuscus Grassº, Olive*, Eagle Woodº, Nut Grassº, Bermuda Grassº and Ashwagandhaº. Also added are natural vitamin E complex (D- alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols) and 100% pure Essential Oils. * - Signifies certified organically grown. º - Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

4 oz.

Organic Enzyme Exfoliating Mask

Employs a broad range of enzymes and is a active and effective anti-aging mask; rejevenates the complexion by gently yet thoroughly removing all accumulated cellular and microbial debris from the skin.” Dr. Alkaitis

I really like this mask, it delivers on all its claims! My skin looked fantastic after removing this mask, refreshed, glowing, and smooth. The mask supplies skin with essential phytonutrients, antioxidants, minerals and immune support. Bromelain and papain (just to name a few) work together to exfoliate, while bilberry, strawberry, raspberry, turmeric exfoliate and brighten skin tone. I mixed each powder mask into a paste with a TINY amount of water. Too much water and it will be too runny to apply. It is suggested to use twice a month, but for oily and acne prone skin, I would recommend once a week. I recommend all skin types try this mask!

Ingredients: Organic Oat Buds*, Blueberry*, Bilberry*, Strawberry*, Raspberry*, Grapes* and Blackberry*; Extracts of Barley Grass*, Turmeric* and Cat's Claw; Enzyme Exfoliating Complex consisting of Cellulase, Lipase, Lactase, Protease Complex, Xylinase, Amylase, Bromelain, Papain, Maltase, Beta-Glucanase, Invertase, Pectinase, Mannanase, Phytase, Alpha-Galactosidase, Arabinosidase and Glucoamylase. * - Signifies certified organically grown.
4 oz

Organic Cellular Repair Mask

This is a excellent mask for environmentally damaged and aging skin. One of its ingredients is strawberries. If you are allergic to strawberries, do not use this mask.”-Dr. Alkaitis

I agree that is a great mask for aging and damaged skin. The mask provides the skin with active antioxidants, essential for the regeneration and repair of damaged and traumatized skin. All Dr. Alkaitis mask's can be mixed with plain yogurt for soft and smooth skin. My skin looked refreshed after using this mask.

Ingredients: Raspberry*, Blueberry*, Blackberry*, Oat Buds*, Grapes*, Strawberry*, Bilberry*.
4 oz.

Organic Universal Mask

Is the ultimate therapeutic health food for the skin; excellent for use after peels, microdermabrasion, ect. It is the only mask that contains an animal product ; Certified Organic Goat's Milk Protein.”-Dr. Alkaitis

Dr. Alkaitis mask's are by far my favorite products from the skincare line. I like to call this mask, “Skin Food”. I has a variety of vegetables: broccolli, carrots, sweet potatoe, cauliflower, cucumber, beets, tomatoe and brussels sprouts. The mask is full of vitamins A, B, C, F, K, live enzymes, proteins, anti-oxidants, and mineral complexes. I mix with yogurt or organiz honey for a smooth, nourished, revitalized result. Recommended for sensitive, inflamed, damaged or troubled skin.

Ingredients: Organic Grass Juice Complex (Kamut Grass*. Alfalfa*, Oat Grass* and Wheat Grass*), Oat Buds*, Sea Vegetable Complex (Chlorellaº, Dulseº, Spirulinaº, Sea Palmº and Sea Willowº), Goat's Milk Protein*. Vegetable Complex (Carrots*, Cabbage, Sweet Potato*, Kale*, Broccoli*, Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Cucumber, Ginger*, Onions, Cauliflower, Beets*, Tomatoes* and Parsley*). Organic Seed Complex (Pumpkin*, Sesame*, Amaranth*, Flax*, Soy*, Oats*, Rye*, Buckwheat*, Millet*, Barley*, Brown Rice*, and Sunflower*). *- Signifies certified organically grown º- Signifies ethically wild-crafted

4 oz.

Organic Purifying Cleanser

It cleans the skin gently, deeply and thoroughly; removes old skin cells and leaves the skin moist, soft and refreshed. It also makes a terrific shaving gel; should not be used as an eye make-up and/or mascara remover.”-Dr. Alkaitis

I liked the smell of the cleanser, but my sensitive skin turned a little pink. The cleanser is a amber color paste (same color as the toner, soothing gel, and treatment oil.) The lather is very minimal and leaves a squeaky clean feeling. This after cleansing feeling made my skin feel sticky and unclean. I would prefer a product that does not leave a residue. I chose to cleanse with another product to remove the film. It removes mineral makeup, but not heavy foundation/concealer. I did not feel it exfoliated nor left my skin refreshed. My oily skin felt tight and heavy from the filmy residue.  I love the line, but this product was not for me.

Ingredients: Added into Dr. Alkaitis' Organic Castile Cleansing Base (compounded from virgin, cold pressed organic Olive*, organic Shea*, Organic Jojoba*, organic Coconut*, organic Sesame*, organic Castor* and organic Borage* oils), the following ingredients are added: Organic Aloe Vera Gel *, Organic Herbal Skin Repair Complex (made up of Chamomile*, Plantain*, Black Elder*, Greater Nettle*, Myrrhº, Bitter Orange*, Rosemary*, Marsh Mallow*, Benzoinº, Marigold*, True Lavender*, Sea Wrackº and Atlantic Seaweedº), Vegetable Glycerin, Citrus seed extract, Natural vitamin A complex, Natural vitamin C complex, Natural vitamin E complex (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols), 100% pure Essential Oils. * - Signifies certified organically grown. º - Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

4 oz

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All product provided by Dr. Alkaitis. This review is my honest opinion.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Review: Neostrata Saves Acne Prone & Oily Skin!

 Oily Skin Solution: 

 Neostrata is a dermatology developed skincare line recommended and highly regarded by skin care experts around the world. The Oily Skin Solution is a liquid solution, with 8% glycolic acid that treats oily and acne prone skin. This is a miracle product. My stubborn micro-comedones on my forehead have disappeared, my oily skin is under control, looks more healthy and exfoliated, and is much more smoother! I did not experience any irritation, tingling or burning with this product! I cleanse, rinse, apply with my fingers to my chest, neck, face and follow with Dermalogica Active Moist+ Solar Defense Booster SPF 30. 
Clear clogged pores and remove excess oil from oily, acne-prone complexions with a skin toner solution formulated with Glycolic Acid for non-sensitive skin.”-Neostrata
The Dermatologist developed solution removes excess sebum from oily and acne-prone skin, contains 8% Glycolic Acid, plumps, hydrates, smoothes fine lines, wrinkles, helps clear pores, fragrance–free and ideally for non-sensitive skin. After using this solution, I have a very smooth canvas to work with prior to applying foundation. My skin does not feel tight, but light and hydrated (not heavy or oily). A absolute must for oily skin types. I suggest anyone with oily skin or acne try this product. Your skin will feel clean for once and not dirty by noon. Also perfect for those living in humid climates. 
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Alcohol denat., Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-10, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA. 
3.4 fl oz.
Available at Ulta &
Antibacterial Facial CleanserA Lady J Favorite!

A light foaming cleanser that, “Reduces potentially problematic bacteria on the skin.”-Neostrata
The cleanser contains 0.3% Triclosan (anti-bacterial), Gluconolactone (a PHA offers anti-aging benefits), soothing chamomile, Pro-vitamin B5 (panthenol), fragrance-free, soap free and Dermatologist-Tested. It is suitable for all skin types including acne, rosacea and rinses off easily. It left my skin feeling very clean, comfortable (not tight), soft, and smooth (without a film). I experienced no irritation with this product.  Perfect for removing makeup. 
Great for skin sensitive to other acne fighting ingredients, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, and sulfur.  This cleanser is suitable for those using prescription retinoids for acne.  Gluconolactone (a active ingredient in the cleanser ) also provides light exfoliation, hydration, is a anti-oxidant and provides a smoother texture for those using glycolic acid products.  This boosts the results of other products combined with gluconolactone.  I also experienced a brightened complexion.
I would recommend this product for all skin types, especially those struggling with acne or oily skin.
Skin Update October 30,2011:  After continuous use of this cleanser, my skin has been extremely clear!  I can count on one hand the number of tiny pimples I have gotten since using this cleanser.  This is amazing results for my extremely oily skin.  My pores LIKE to clog up.  I had stubborn forehead breakouts that cleared and remained clear.  My cheeks, chin and jaw are clear and smooth!  This is hands down, my favorite acne cleanser.  This cleanser dissolves oil, does not strip skin making it feel tight and uncomfortable.  My skin is noticeably less oily during the day!  No more greasy skin two hours after washing my face.  My skin feels more balanced and clean, even while living in Los Angeles. 
Ingredients: Triclosan 0.3%. Inactive: Ammonium Chloride, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Gluconolactone, Glycine, Lauryl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Panthenol, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-10, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Triethanolamine.
6 fl oz.
Available at Ulta &
Products provided by Neostrata.  This review is my honest opinion.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beauty Obsession of the Day: Freckles!

I have always been a fan of freckles.  They should not be covered or concealed, wear your freckles proud =)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

5 Skin Friendly Blushes

As a person that has struggled with acne for over 10 years, I have learned my skin is picky, when it comes to cosmetics. My skin is acne prone, oily, sensitive, reactive and flushes easily. Most people tend to breakout in the cheek area from blush. Learning ingredients has helped me and I have put together a list of blushes that have beneficial ingredients for your skin. Yes, makeup should look good, but these products are made without harsh chemicals and dyes that would potentially cause skin irritations and breakouts. Blush naturally!

1) Bloom Powder Blush 0.11 lbs/ 0.2 oz. $28
Bloom is natural & certified organic, contains no synthetic chemicals, reducing exposure to chemicals and toxins. This blush gives cheeks a lovely luminous glow, never oily. No irritants here.

2) 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Blush 9g/ .32oz $25
Blush with fruit pigments full of vitamins and antioxidants minus synthetic dyes & minerals. 100% natural and vegan. Gluten free. Truly blushing naturally.
3) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush 0.2 oz $25
A skin nourishing blush, contains Vitamin A & C, Amazonian Clay, and beeswax instead of synthetic wax. Amazonian Clay minimizes oily skin, hydrates dry skin, improves clarity of dull skin, and balances combination skin. This vibrant blush is formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate. A great choice for humid weather!

4) Physician Formula Organic Wear 100% Origin Blush .19 oz/ 5.5g $11.95
Italian powder gives a natural blush color, contains jojoba seed oil and cornstarch. 100% free of synthetic fragrances, harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens, synthetic colors, cruelty free, and GMO's.  Available at CVS, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.

5) Korres Zea Mays Blush 0.21 oz $24
Made with jojoba seed oil, this blush gives skin a luminous finish. Korres uses safe and gentle ingredients for the skin, without synthetic ingredients: propylene glycol & ethanolamines, mineral oil, petrochemicals, and paraffin.