Etude House Sun Blind UV Cushion

So Cushions have become a major thing in the US – maybe not quite as massive as the impact from their originating countries, but they’ve definitely taken off in the last couple of years.  The formulations cover the gamut of beauty and color cosmetics, to skincare, so you can bet at least a few of your favorite products can be found in this format.

Take UV protection for example… How adorable is this Etude House Sun Blind Cushion? It’s nod-to-nautical stripes and bright white base make the compact itself something you wouldn’t mind pulling out.  What I love is that this precious little package packs an SPF 50+ / PA +++ punch.

In case you aren’t sure of the designations (let me say first, I am not a dermatologist, but this may help at least explain the terminology!):

  • SPF refers to the protection from the sun’s UVB rays
  • The PA rating refers to the UVA protection level
  • UVA = Long wave Ultraviolet A rays. These can penetrate deeply into the dermis (our skin’s thickest layer.) UVA therefore can lead to photo aging – premature wrinkling and aging of your skin – as well as immune system suppression.  No thanks!
  • UVB = Short Wave Ultraviolet B rays. These can burn the surface of the skin (superficial), potentially contributing to conditions like skin cancer

The PA is not regulated by the FDA, and is a Japanese and Korean designation.  These days the best way to be sure you have both covered is a “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum” on the label.  Still, it does indicate that the product offers at least some UVA protection – PA +++ is the highest grade of UVA protection available, with a Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) rating of more than 8.)

 

In any case, the Etude House packaging makes taking care of your skin – in Summer or any other season – a cinch.  It’s incredibly easy to tote around, making for quick and easy reapplication.  With skincare, ease of use always helps makes applying the proper amount more a habit, and less of a chore. NICE.

The Magnetic Mask

I don’t know if I can keep up with the facial and skin masks out there – it’s kind f overwhelming!  That said, I tend – no matter the hype and hullabaloo – to dismiss sheet masks because I just don’t have the wherewithal to lie down for 20 minutes with a sheet on my face!  Not my thing.  Cream masks, however, I can handle.

This newbie – Dr. Brandt Skincare’s MAGNETIGHT Age-Defier –  is designed to age-defy with the power of “attraction.”  Yep, that’s what it says.  The formula is made with iron, whose magnetic properties help to (so they say) “reduce signs of aging skin and reduce the appearance of stressed skin.”  Hmm.

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

The mask has all skin types in mind, but especially those looking to target fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity, and dulness and uneven texture.  I feel like I could use help – current AND proactive – in those departments, but I’m not sure the description satisfies my need to hear more about how it actually works.  Curious to hear reviews…

Interested in masks?  Or this one?!

NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide

Superoxiwhat?!  I know…that’s a mouthful… But NIOD has some really awesome products and this one is worth a mention.

I love mists and facial sprays – not only in summer when the heat index is driving upwards, but also after workouts, after washing my face, even just after a bath.  Mists can offer a little extra hydration, element protection, oil control, calming effects, you name it.  The NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist is, however, a super-charged skin-saver…

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nod.com

This unique “dermal treatment” is designed to protect your precious peau (skin!) from “many forms of oxidative stress, dermal water loss and inflammation, all of which contribute to loss of visible skin quality over time.”  In other words, this is meant to be used OFTEN as a preventative protection, maintaining the beauty of your skin now, and staving off nasty age-causing aggressors.

Deciem, the parent Company, always goes well above and beyond with explanations – sometimes it is a bit much to read but I would rather err on the side of knowing more, than less.  The key technologies used include the below (and please do reference the link above for a full description of each):

  • Yeast-Derived Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
  • Purified North American Four O’ Clock Flower
  • Marine Exopolysaccharides

The potent stuff is at the top of the ingredient list, which is always a wonderful thing…though again, I’m not surprised – this Company’s products are no-nonsense and definitely deliver. (PS: My OWN reviews – I have used some of their products and really felt they did what they intended – no one asked me to say that, nor would I boost a brand I didn’t really like!)

The bottle is apparently quite large, so you do get a lot for the money. Personally, I LOVE the ease of use of mists, and anything that might help ward off unseasonably early wrinkles and skin damage is GREAT by me!  Healthy, happy skin! 🙂

Palmer’s Eventone Suncare

I can’t express how important sun protection is – whether you are training outdoors regularly, or someone who just has exposure on a regular basis.  It isn’t just about aging – pesky lines and spots – either!  It is about being preventative with you skincare so as to avoid dangerous conditions as much as possible.

I used to train (figure skating) on an outdoor rink all winter as a child – for YEARS.  I was also a rollerblader who would frequent the beach trails or 10-mile outdoor paths in one go.  We didn’t know as much at the time, and I’d not be surprised if I had forgone my sunscreen back then.  These days, I still need to be better about arms, neck, shoulders, ears (the generally exposed areas when it’s warmer), but I ALWAYS have at least 30 SPF on my face.  Even then, I could reapply more frequently, but I definitely do make an effort.  

IT MATTERS.

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I recently saw this new Sincere products from Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula at Target.  I love their regular Cocoa Butter (the scent reminds me of cookie batter!), so I was excited to see that SPF has been added to these.

I also love sprays because they are much easier to maneuver for the tough-to-reach spots like the back, back of neck, back of shoulders etc.

Whether or not you like THIS brand, or others, it’s worth checking out the sunscreen aisle – yes, ALL times of the year.  Your epidermis will thank you, as will your body down the line.

Soap & Glory Speed Plump

Oh my!  Speed Plump Overnight Moisture Mousse sounds like a cross between a super spa treatment and a frothy, cake-batter-scented concoction from a kitchen preparing for a birthday party!

It is not, alas, edible, but…it is apparently promising miracles enough to make up for that.  It is a “Super-light, yet astonishingly potent” cream created for dry, dehydrated, or dull skin. The texture is a soft, “uniquely bubbly” mouse that contains a variety of active boosters promising to rehydrate and smooth (er…plump!) your fine lines by morning.  

Hmmmm… It sounds pretty fabulous, so I am keeping my eyes peeled for reviews!

If you were down and out that this product was for overnight, and desperately wanted a daytime version…well…meet the All-Day Super Moisture.

A light-weigh, fast-absorbing fluid for dehydrated skin, made up of “oxygenators, a super-hydrating watermelon extract, a wrinkle-smoothing marine plant and elasticity-promoting raspberry stem cells.”  

Per the site:

WHAT DOES IT DO?
– Gives skin a miracle moisture makeover 

– Instantly plumps up moisture from within 
– Smoothes fine lines & wrinkles 
– Energises & refreshes skin 
– Locks in moisture for 24hrs 
– Gives skin a youthful dewy healthy glow

So you have two options…or two to combine for a double-punch to dry, winter skin!  Perfect for the colder months coming up, I’d say! 😉

Kiko Milano Fusion Serums

Kiko Milano is rolling out three new, limited edition facial serums promising to hydrate, firm and brighten your peau:

  • Crystal Fusion
  • Nutri Fusion
  • Energy Fusion

I love the look of the bottles – since I have an arsenal of products, I often have several on my bathroom countertop.  These are picturesque enough to keep out! 🙂

I also love serums, though the texture isn’t for everyone.  The formulas contain such ingredients as hyaluronic acid, plant sugars and vitamin C and retail for $19 each.

All About The Essence

Well, it’s official… Asian skincare is no longer fringe-y or trend…it’s becoming part of the routine her in the USA. I mean full-fledged…as in mass market, like ULTA et al.  

I’m kind of jumping for joy because I L ❤ VE Asian skincare – I’d track it down long before blogs, and American versions for sure!  In a way, I think I will continue to purchase the Asian products I like (with eBay and tons of e-Tailers, it’s become a cinch!)  But…it will be nice to see and try out some of the State-side versions!

There are a few sites which aim to decode the sometimes confusing lingo of Asian skincare, but it’s still a bit blurry – in the United States, “3 step” regimens are most common.  In Japan and Korea, 5 to 10 step programs are more the average, so the list of product types can be overwhelming.

The point of an essence is generally to enrich and (generally) to add some hydration to the skin – to be used after classing and toning, but prior to your regular (or more fortified) moisturizer or serum. It is *kind* of like a watery serum in a way…

While some suggest it is more in the essence vein, Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water is going by “facial water,” which indicates to me that you will still need to use whatever moisturizer you do, but that this will give a little bit of a boost (the Clary Sage is the key “tout” in this range.)  It has been put up on the Ulta site (though not yet available).  (PS, I have the night cream and it’s amazing – definitely thicker and rich.)  

I am curious to hear user reviews, for those who were sent trials to post…or when it is ready to buy!

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ulta.com photo

ulta.com photo

ulta.com photo