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Posted by 07.16.14

It’s rare to see an established beauty company launch a completely new brand, but that’s what Pond’s Institute has done with Iluminage, a concept that incorporates devices, skin care, and even an anti-aging pillow case.

The Iluminage Skin Firming Laser, the first at-home laser that is FDA-cleared to reduce wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, is a cornerstone of the launch. It’s clinically proven to deliver results, but at $595, this laser may be out of reach for some. Thankfully, the brand has developed the complementary Iluminage Youth Cell Skincare collection.

The 4-product range draws inspiration from a new discovery by Pond’s Institute scientists who have decoded DNA pathways that give epidermal cells their renewing power. The products boast anti-aging ingredients like peptides (including a youth cell bodyguard), fatty acids, alpha hydroxyl acid, retinol, and retinol boosters.

When used as a comprehensive system, the range is formulated to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, laxity, and even crow’s feet and eye puffiness and shadows. The products comprise:

Iluminage Youth Cell Concentrate ($95): offers the highest concentration of the range’s five anti-aging powerhouse ingredients in a turbo-charged serum that you apply before your moisturizer. It goes on beautifully on the skin and acts also as a primer. In a 12-week clinical study, 96% of women demonstrated a significant reduction in the visual signs of photo-damage.

Youth Cell Eye Cream ($55): my favorite of the bunch because it delivered the best results for me. The concentrated cream provides 24-hour hydration for the under eye area, while it decreases signs of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. It harnesses the power of additional ingredients, including tetrapeptide, caffeine and zinc oxide, to help reduce the look of puffiness and dark, under-eye circles. In an 8-week consumer study, 85% of women reported that eye contour skin felt firmer.

Youth Cell Day Cream ($70): this 24-hour hydrating cream offers the added benefit of broad spectrum UVA/UVB filters and vitamin E and vitamin B3. It looks thicker than most day creams and it takes a bit more effort to rub it into the skin until it is well absorbed, but the upside is that it offers better hydration for a longer period of time. In a 4-week consumer study, 90% of women noticed smoother skin texture.

Skin Prep Gentle Cleanser ($25): this a great way to start the day by removing dirt and grime. Suitable for all skin types, this cleanser also contains high quality glycerin and aloe vera, and is ideal for the summer months.

If you can afford the splurge, try the skin care in conjunction with the Skin Firming Laser. Alternately, Iluminage has also launched the creative Skin Rejuvenation Pillowcase ($60), which is infused with copper oxide to keep wrinkles at bay. Plus, its silky smooth and luxurious to sleep on.



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Posted by 07.15.14

True or false: women in their 40s like the way they look? The BITB team votes for a resounding “True,” noting that women in their 40s know who they are and possess the type of confidence that makes them strong, beautiful, and often in the best shape of their lives.

The challenge is staying that way. Enter the new Lierac Magnificence skin care line. Formulated to fight wrinkles, loss of firmness, and lack of radiance, the four-product collection has been created specifically for women in their 40s, and targets a process called glycoxidation.

Glycoxidation is a combination of two biological processes: glycation and oxidation. Part of natural aging, glycation occurs when sugarsbuild up in the body and basically paralyze certain proteins. This leads to the creation of Advanced Glycation End-Products (AGEs), which slow down the metabolism of skin cells and ultimately cause skin to loose its elasticity. Combine that with oxidation, the bombardment of free radicals, and skin loses its support structure, wrinkles appear, and skin becomes less firm and radiant..

Magnifience targets glycoxidation with the patented D-Glyox complex, which comprises three key ingredients: pomegranate flower, silk tree and liposome peptide. Together they help reduce the appearance of visible signs of aging by encouraging the elimination of glycated proteins and AGEs.

The Magnificence range includes:

Red Serum Intensive Revitalizing Treatment ($86): Actually red in color, this concentrated serum adds hibiscus flower to the D-Glyox complex for a pore refining effect.

Day & Night Cream for Dry Skin ($78): A daily anti-aging treatment that is formulated with shea butter, marula oil, and D-Glyox.

Day & Night Gel for Normal to Combination Skin ($78): D-Glyox complex in a cream-gel texture that instantly mattifies oilhy-prone skin.

Precision Eye Care ($49): 7% D-Glyox, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E work to diminish lines, puffiness, and dark circles.

Clinical studies show that after four weeks use of the Serum and Day & Night Cream, subjects showed a 40% reduction in wrinkles and 33% improvement in firmness.

Sugar—not so wonderful for the hips, and now we know not so wonderful for the skin.


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Posted by 06.19.14

Your eyes see a lot of action. Between squinting and smiling and crying and a thousand and one different expressions there’s a lot of movement going on. Combine that with loss of collagen due to aging and sun damage and you’re looking at eyes that look older than they need to—sometimes a lot older!

Your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can offer you options to remedy the situation, but there are also some amazing eye masks that smooth lines, lighten, brighten, de-puff, and help you look rested (even when you’re not).

Home Fix:

  • Give yourself a gentle pressure massage using your fingertips on the bones around your eyes to help stimulate circulation and reduce excess fluid.
  • Place chilled cucumber slices over your eyelids for five minutes to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling.
  • Run cool water through tea bags and place over eyes. The temperature will help reduce puffiness and the caffeine will tighten.
  • An old-school eye mask like Earth Therapeutics Soothing Beauty Mask ($6.99) is still effective. Chill this gel-based mask in the refrigerator and relax for 15 minutes. Blood vessels will constrict and give quick relief from strained, puffy eyes and even headaches.

Home remedies work fast, but the results can be short-lived, which is why we’re crazy about eye masks. They can actually help reverse the cumulative damage and have you bright-eyed in no time.

10 Amazing Eye Masks:

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask ($63) addresses corner crinkling, under eye wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Pure Retinol Micro-Infusion Technology delivers ultra-small particles of retinol in an easily-absorbed formula. Apply under the eyes and leave on for 15 minutes before peeling off. Then gently pat in remaining essence for additional skin smoothing benefits.

SK-II Signs Eye Mask ($110) immediately revives the eye area and improves dullness, dryness, and firmness. The mask is soaked in ultra-hydrating moisturizers, an anti-aging vitamin complex, and skin-brightening pitera. Leave on for 10-15 minutes before gently patting in excess.

Glam Glow BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment ($69) does it all in very little time. The powerful, active ingredients are designed to work in as little as 3 minutes to brighten and hydrate your eyes. Nitroffeine™,  Juvelane™, and Peppermint Leaf™ absorb toxins, deliver nutrients and minerals, and minimize puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. To use, tap-on and then wipe-off, leaving a micro layer of actives for extended results.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift ($75) will dramatically transform your eyes thanks to its 2-step system insuring your product is as potent as possible upon application. Just combine the Stem Cellular Activator Fluid with antioxidant and nutrient-rich pure marine algae and apply for brighter, lifted, less lined, and de-puffed eyes.

BioBliss Micro-Current Anti-Wrinkle Patch Eye Treatment ($80) is proof-positive you can get a tech-advanced treatment in the privacy of your own home. This anti-wrinkle eye patch kit takes eye masks to a whole new level as a micro-current delivers hyaluronic acid, peptides, and anti-oxidants directly where you need it.

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads ($45) keep you looking like your younger self. They’re formulated with concentrated lactobionic bcid (10%), which hydrates while it stimulates cell renewal and supports the dermal matrix, firming the skin, and diminishing fine lines.

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches ($18) are rich in soothing cornflower and decongesting arnica to quickly and instantly reduce signs of fatigue and refresh the eyes. Use for 20 minutes once a day as a 7-day treatment for a long-term soothing, smoothing, anti-aging effect.

Dr. Hauschka Eye Revive ($32.95) is a quick fix for tired, red, irritated eyes. These compresses are loaded with soothing extracts of eyebright, anthyllis, chamomile, and black tea. Ideal for travel or any time your eyes need to refresh and reboot.

Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads ($18) are 100% pure collagen, super-hydrating gel pads that visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness.

Clairvoyant Beauty Cooling Cucumber Mask ($30) can be used all over the face, including the eye area. A blend of cooling cucumber and antioxidant-rich cranberry seed oil will  soothe skin and reduce puffiness.

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