Shopplr » Beauty http://www.shopplr.com Fashion, beauty, style and shopping Thu, 04 Jun 2015 02:08:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer review http://www.shopplr.com/2015/06/make-up-for-ever-skin-equalizer-smoothing-primer-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2015/06/make-up-for-ever-skin-equalizer-smoothing-primer-review/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2015 02:04:32 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2165 This is a review of Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer. There are 10 new pre-foundation primers from Make Up For Ever, some of which are designed to address dryness, large pores, fine lines, and oiliness; others are designed to address the underlying skin tone (too red, too sallow, and so on). I […]

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This is a review of Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer. There are 10 new pre-foundation primers from Make Up For Ever, some of which are designed to address dryness, large pores, fine lines, and oiliness; others are designed to address the underlying skin tone (too red, too sallow, and so on).

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I am reviewing the Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer whose goal is to diminish the appearance of large pores and fine lines. It has the added benefit, at least in my case, of making my skin look less oily. Below are the before and after photos of my cheek.

BEFORE PHOTO: Nothing on my skin – you can see shininess and large pores, quite horrible actually.

AFTER PHOTO: You can see that my skin looks less shiny and that a lot of pores (not all) have been covered. The result is quite dramatic! I wore this primer for 5 hours today without foundation and I found that it kept my face from being shiny and the pores from being too obvious. I applied a thin layer only and yet the result is very good.

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Before applying Make Up For Ever primer: shiny face, large pores

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After applying Make Up For Ever primer: less shine, smaller pores

The Make Up For Ever smoothing primer is a beige-coloured light cream (see photo below) that, when spread over skin, dries down to an almost invisible finish. The colour isn’t visible. It blurs the pores and fine lines. I got a sample from Sephora. Please get samples before you commit to buying the product. At Sephora, they’re very good with giving you samples and the stores are well-lit or have windows, so you can see in natural light how your face looks. They have small hand-held mirrors, too.

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Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer

At Sephora USA, you can buy the full sized Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer or a travel size version ($16) or the full product ($36).

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Where to shop in Kyoto 2015 edition http://www.shopplr.com/2015/06/where-to-shop-kyoto-2015-edition/ http://www.shopplr.com/2015/06/where-to-shop-kyoto-2015-edition/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 22:20:37 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2161 I have written an article on where to shop in Kyoto (spring 2015) for Hakuhodo brushes, Ippodo tea, Imabari towels, Shoyeido incense and home wear/room wear (Gelato Pique). Japan has become a fantastic place to shop because the yen keeps going down in value against the US dollar. Don’t forget to take your passport to […]

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I have written an article on where to shop in Kyoto (spring 2015) for Hakuhodo brushes, Ippodo tea, Imabari towels, Shoyeido incense and home wear/room wear (Gelato Pique). Japan has become a fantastic place to shop because the yen keeps going down in value against the US dollar. Don’t forget to take your passport to the stores — you get a tax-free refund. Most shops require that you spend 10,000 yen ($80 at the exchange rate of 124 yen to $1) but others, like Tokyo Hands, give you a 5 percent off card when you show your passport and it applies to ANY purchase in the store regardless of amount.

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Bare Minerals Prime Time BB primer cream review http://www.shopplr.com/2015/06/bare-minerals-prime-time-bb-primer-cream-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2015/06/bare-minerals-prime-time-bb-primer-cream-review/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 22:09:17 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2145 This is a review of the Bare Minerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 product. Like many BB creams, the Bare Minerals Prime Time BB cream gives the skin a more uniform tone by diminishing imperfections and the appearance of large pores. Advantages of the BareMinerals BB cream over other BB […]

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This is a review of the Bare Minerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 product. Like many BB creams, the Bare Minerals Prime Time BB cream gives the skin a more uniform tone by diminishing imperfections and the appearance of large pores.

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Advantages of the BareMinerals BB cream over other BB creams:
– it has broad spectrum sunscreen protection of SPF 30;
– it does not contain alcohol;
– it has a silky texture that does not feel sticky or oily on the skin (great for normal to oily skin in the summer);
– it lasts several hours; and
– it is travel friendly (30 ml./1 fl. oz in a small plastic tube means you can take this in your carry-on bag).

I recommend that you use this alone, not under a liquid foundation. When I applied my liquid foundation over it, I felt like I was wearying a lot of makeup. Perhaps if you wear the BareMinerals original (powder) foundation or some other powder foundation over this, it might work for you. If you want just a sheer veil of color to cover minor imperfections, this is a terrific product. The broad spectrum SPF sunscreen is definitely a plus.

There are only four shades: fair, light, medium and tan. I wear medium shade which is just right for me. The tan shade is too dark. If you fall in between shades, too bad. It’s best to try the shades in a store.

Price: US$26 for 30 milliliters (1 fluid ounce). Available at BareMinerals stores, Sephora and other outlets.

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Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream review http://www.shopplr.com/2015/04/bare-minerals-complexion-rescue-tinted-hydrating-gel-cream-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2015/04/bare-minerals-complexion-rescue-tinted-hydrating-gel-cream-review/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:57:25 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2137 Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (US$29) is essentially a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. The “complexion rescue” part of its name probably refers to the presence of a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Although it claims to increase hydration after just one week, I found that it’s not that moisturizing. If you have […]

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Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (US$29) is essentially a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. The “complexion rescue” part of its name probably refers to the presence of a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Although it claims to increase hydration after just one week, I found that it’s not that moisturizing. If you have dry skin, you will definitely need to wear a moisturizer before applying this product. I have normal-to-oily skin and I find that on days when the air is dry, I have to wear a light moisturizer underneath this product. This tinted moisturizer is formulated without silicone, oil, parabens or fragrance.

bare minerals complexion rescue gel cream

What does it look like on my skin? It gives my face me a luminous, fresh finish. Coverage is sheer, but it does minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections.

How to apply it? With fingers or with the Bare Minerals Smoothing Face Brush (US$28). This is a dome-shaped dual fiber synthetic brush that allows you to apply foundation (including this tinted moisturizer) to give a smooth, airbrushed effect. If you want more coverage, apply with your fingers. If you want a more natural, sheer look, use this brush.

bare minerals smoothing face brush

Verdict: I am very pleased with Bare Minerals tinted gel cream and have taken it with me on a long voyage in Europe. It’s 35 ml/1.8 fl.oz. and packaged in a tube, so it’s travel-friendly. I have also taken the brush and find that it has become an indispensable tool for applying foundation. Considering the price, it’s cheaper than many other tinted moisturizers on the market but it’s better: it has a broad spectrum sunscreen and no nasty fragrance, parabens or silicone.

Here the the ingredients of the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream:

Active Ingredients: Titanium dioxide 6.2%
Inactive Ingredients: water, coconut alkanes, propanediol, squalane, trehalose, isostearic acid, glycerin, silica, agar, caprylic/capric triglyceride, globularia cordifolia callus culture extract, salicornia herbacea extract, melilotus officinalis extract, coco-caprylate/caprate, butylene glycol, lauroyl lysine, sodium hyaluronate, succinoglycan, polysorbate 60, cellulose gum, polyglyceryl-4 laurate/succinate, sorbitan sesquiisostearate, magnesium stearate, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol. may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides.

 

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Top 5 new Spring 2015 foundations http://www.shopplr.com/2015/02/top-5-new-spring-2015-foundations/ http://www.shopplr.com/2015/02/top-5-new-spring-2015-foundations/#respond Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:38:13 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2121 Springtime is always a good occasion to change one’s makeup repertoire and there’s no better way to do this than to buy a new foundation. There’s quite a bit to choose from among the new spring 2015 foundations. I’ve selected the five foundations that I think you should try at the cosmetic counter (you MUST […]

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Springtime is always a good occasion to change one’s makeup repertoire and there’s no better way to do this than to buy a new foundation. There’s quite a bit to choose from among the new spring 2015 foundations. I’ve selected the five foundations that I think you should try at the cosmetic counter (you MUST absolutely try them in person because you need to match the foundation shade as close as possible to your skin tone and feel its texture before you buy).

(1) Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation: medium-to-full coverage foundation with a lot of colour choices, feels like you’re not wearing makeup, lasts through the day, no fragrance, gorgeous finish, covers pores.

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Read: ReallyRee reviews Nars foundation and Beautypedia Nars foundation review

(2) Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum: This serum-oil foundation with SPF 20 sunscreen is lightweight and comes in 8 shades. Reminds me of the Armani Maestro Fusion foundation because it uses the same dropper-style applicator and it purports to give medium to full coverage using a thin fluid. See ReallyRee Dior foundation review.

(3) Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue tinted hydrating gel cream: tinted moisturizer (with SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen), lightweight, sheer coverage, good range of colours, best for drier skin. This is a good everyday tinted cream for people who actually hate foundation but don’t want to go bare-faced. See Beautypedia review of Bare Minerals gel cream.

(4) Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening BB Creme and Brightening Balm: This new Estee Lauder BB cream has SPF 50 and purports to whiten and brighten your skin. BB creams are great for those who don’t want to wear heavy foundation but still need some coverage. I don’t know how the new Crescent White line of Estee Lauder differs from their Cyber White line but it doesn’t matter.

(5) Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer: This new foundation from Clinique gives you medium to full coverage and claims to be a foundation and concealer in one. In reality, most people who need to cover very dark eye bags will need a separate concealer. Nevertheless, Clinique offers 20 shades so it won’t be difficult to find your perfect match.

HOW TO BUY FOUNDATION:

(1) Go to a store (and bring a hand mirror). Try the foundation on your face, preferably close to your chin so you can see if the colour is very different from your neck. I prefer to go to Sephora because its stores are usually at ground level. This makes it easy for you to check how it looks in daylight (by the window or outdoors using your hand mirror). Department stores are awful places to buy foundation. I have made too many mistakes buying the wrong shade because the light in department stores is terrible!

(2) When you decide on the matching shade, apply it all over your face and wear it for one day BEFORE you purchase the full product. This test will allow you to determine if the foundation: (a) changes colour (note: some foundations oxidise and become darker); (b) settles into your pores and fine lines, making them more visible; and (c) produces an allergic reaction.

(3) SPF or no SPF?: If you will be wearing the foundation mostly at night, you don’t need one with SPF. If you will wear it during the day, you need one with SPF or you need to wear SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen/moisturizer under your foundation.

 

 

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More top cool things to buy in Japan 2014 edition http://www.shopplr.com/2014/12/more-top-cool-things-to-buy-in-japan/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/12/more-top-cool-things-to-buy-in-japan/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:28:22 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2101 I spent another month in Japan this year and discovered more cool things to buy in that wonderful country. Two developments make shopping this year better than last year: (1) The yen has dropped in value against the US dollar (in October 2013 it was around 95 yen to the US dollar; in October 2014, […]

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I spent another month in Japan this year and discovered more cool things to buy in that wonderful country. Two developments make shopping this year better than last year:

(1) The yen has dropped in value against the US dollar (in October 2013 it was around 95 yen to the US dollar; in October 2014, it was around 109 yen to the US dollar); and

(2) Tax-free shopping has been extended to cosmetics and other perishables such as food and drink. Bring your passport to the department store. In most cases you have to spend a minimum of 10,000 yen in one day.

Here are my 2014 top things to buy in Japan.

(1) Porter Union backpack (shopping bag style as shown below).

Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku has a huge selection of Porter bags (made by Yoshida & Co.). I love these bags because they’re stylish and reasonably priced (under US$130). This is an excellent backpack for people who don’t want to look like they’re carrying a school backpack. If you don’t want to carry it on your back, it doubles as a tote bag. I’m a huge fan of Porter bags and I don’t understand why you don’t see them so much outside Japan. Great design, great quality, reasonable price.

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Porter Union backpack

 

(2) Kontex Imabari Towels

These are the most absorbent bath towels I have ever owned in my life. Better yet, they’re lightweight and thin, but they get you dry in seconds. Kontex towels don’t take up a lot of space in your washer and dryer or in your closet, unlike those big thick heavy towels. They’re beautiful and inexpensive. I bought my Kontex towels at Isetan in Shinjuku (Tokyo). Next time I go to Japan I might just take a train to the town of Imabari where Kontex makes these towels and buy a pile of them for bath and kitchen.

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Kontex Imabari Towels

 

(3) Shoyeido incense

I went to the atmospheric Shoyeido store in Aoyama (Tokyo) and wanted to buy every kind of incense they had. They sell exquisite incense holders, too. If you want to take home presents for yourself and others, nothing beats incense and incense holders because they’re small and lightweight. The main store of Shoyeido is in Kyoto.

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Shoyeido incense set

 

(4) Vintage fountain pens

If you are looking for vintage fountain pens, the place to go in Tokyo is Eurobox. It’s a bit difficult to find because it’s hidden in an old building on a side street in the Ginza district. Fountain pen collectors from many countries go to Eurobox because of the amazing selection and the reasonable prices. Mr. Eizo Fujii, the owner, speaks English. He carries Japanese, American and European vintage fountain pens.

Eurobox fountain pen store Tokyo

Aurora Europa special edition fountain pen

Eurobox is located at:
Okuno Building 4F
1-9-8 407 Ginza
Chuo, Tokyo 104-0061
Hours: Thursday: 11:30-19:00 and Saturday: 11:30-18:00 (best to call to make sure)
Phone: 03 3538 8388

(5) Shiseido Maquillage True Powdery UV Foundation

If you have even slightly oily skin and large pores, this powder foundation from Shiseido’s Maquillage line is all you need. For once, the advertising copy does not lie: they say it hides large pores and looks fresh for hours and it does! When I bought this foundation, it came in a special package with a small tube of the Maquillage Perfect Multibase BB cream and the sales woman instructed me to wear the powder foundation on top of the BB cream for maximum effect. It was quite miraculous. My pores disappeared, my skin looked even-toned, but natural. It does not feel heavy at all. You can buy Shiseido Maquillage products from drugstores all over Japan.

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Shiseido Maquillage True Powdery UV foundation

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See the 2013 Top Cool Things to Buy in Japan.

For a short primer on cosmetics shopping in Japan, read my post about Lunasol products and shopping for makeup.

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Top 5 Lunasol makeup products: primer, foundation, powder, concealer, blush http://www.shopplr.com/2014/10/top-5-lunasol-makeup-products-base-makeup-foundation-powder-concealer-blush/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/10/top-5-lunasol-makeup-products-base-makeup-foundation-powder-concealer-blush/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:08:33 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2050 If you are shopping for Japanese cosmetics you can’t find in the US or Europe, check out Lunasol. Lunasol is sold in department stores across Japan. Lunasol is a premium Japanese cosmetics and skincare brand made by Kanebo and sold primarily in Japan, Korea, China and southeast Asia. It is best known for the fine […]

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If you are shopping for Japanese cosmetics you can’t find in the US or Europe, check out Lunasol. Lunasol is sold in department stores across Japan.

Lunasol is a premium Japanese cosmetics and skincare brand made by Kanebo and sold primarily in Japan, Korea, China and southeast Asia. It is best known for the fine quality of its powders (pressed and loose powder, blush, eye shadow) and its foundation. Based on the advice of two beauty bloggers (A Touch of Blusher and My Women Stuff) who review extensively Asian makeup and skin care products, I decided to give Lunasol a try. I went to the Isetan department store in Shinjuku (Tokyo) to try Lunasol’s products.

When you go to a cosmetics counter in Japan, expect the full treatment. The sales woman will sit you down, place a protective cover over your clothing and spend time with you to make sure you get the right product and the right colour. Here is my review of the Lunasol products I ended up buying at Isetan:

(1) Lunasol control base: I bought the Lunasol Control Base in 02 Clear because I have normal to oily combination skin and I need a base makeup (also called “primer” in the US and Europe) to hide large pores and provide a base for the foundation to adhere to, especially in a humid climate. Lunasol base makeup has sunscreen SPF 27 PA++. It is a light creamy yellow liquid that blends easily into the skin and provides a good base for foundation and powder; it covers the large pores on my nose and cheeks very well. It dries down to a lovely finish — not too dry or too moist. Within a few seconds, I can apply foundation.

(2) Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation: This is Lunasol’s foundation for normal to oily skin and claims to have 55 percent water. It has SPF 21 PA++ sunscreen.  The Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation gives a sheer to medium finish. Compared to my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, Lunasol skin modeling liquid foundation is more sheer and glowy (not as powdery as Chanel’s) but it does a fine job controlling oil. The finish is absolutely gorgeous especially when topped with Lunasol’s pressed powder. When I sat down at the Lunasol counter to get tested for foundation colour, the sales woman pressed what looked like a sci-fi ray gun to my cheek and my neck and showed me, on the computer screen, my ideal foundation shade. Not surprisingly, the computer suggested that I get the darkest shade: OC04 (ochre 04). As it turns out, it is the perfect shade for me and after wearing it for several days, it did withstand the Tokyo humidity (although I did wear it over the control base). Lunasol has another foundation for drier skin called the Skin Modeling Water Cream foundation.

**Side note about Japanese foundation shades: I cannot understand why Japanese cosmetic companies offer very few foundation shades, mostly for very fair skin. Lunasol in Japan sells only four ochre (OC) shades (somewhat yellow-based) and two yellow-ochre (YO) (very yellow-based) shades. Other Japanese companies are not any better. They assume that everyone in Japan has very fair skin, but after having traveled around Japan for a month this year and a month last year, I can tell you that there are many Japanese women who are even darker than me (and I’m not that dark  — I am half Chinese, half Filipino). I don’t bake myself in the sun, I wear hats and SPF 50 sunscreen everyday, but I am at the end of the colour spectrum here. I spoke to a Japanese sales woman at a department store in Ginza who was selling makeup brushes and she looked Malaysian-Chinese (she was a shade or two darker than me). I asked her where she buys her foundation and she said she can’t find any foundation shades among the Japanese cosmetic companies so she uses MAC (the Estee Lauder owned company that offers dozens of shades of foundation from lightest to darkest). Another thing: there are a lot of Thai, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, and Singaporean tourists in Japan buying Japanese cosmetics. If there were more foundation shades available for them, the Japanese makeup industry could see higher revenues.

(3) Lunasol micro-finish pressed powder N (02 natural beige): This is Lunasol’s pressed powder in a natural beige colour (meaning, a very light beige) and it consists of an extremely finely milled powder that gives the skin a matte finish. If you prefer a translucent powder, get 01. I opted for the 02 natural beige (shown below) because 01 translucent made my skin look a bit too pale. You can buy the loose powder, but I like pressed powders because I travel so much and pressed powders are more convenient for people who travel a lot. I would say that the Lunasol powder is comparable to Shiseido translucent powder, except Shiseido does not have a beige colour with the same finely milled quality. Result: an absolutely beautiful natural glow that lasts for many hours. Lunasol has lived up to its reputation as one of the best powder makeup companies in the world, if not the best.

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Lunasol Micro Finish Pressed Powder N in 02 Natural Beige

**Side note about Japanese pressed powder and blush powder: In Japan, you buy the compact and powder pan separately. Shiseido does this as well even in Western countries. The advantage is that you just buy a refill when your powder is finished. The compacts sold in Japan are really beautiful, whether it’s a premium brand like Lunasol or a drugstore brand like Shiseido Maquillage. The prices are very reasonable and in some cases, you get the choose the kind of compact you want to carry around.

(4) Lunasol Coloring Cheeks N in 05 Soft Rose: I got one of the shades from the N powder blush line instead of the Coloring Cheeks Glow (which is the other Lunasol blush line) because it provides an ethereal bright glow to the cheeks without the glitter. There are 3 colors in the pan: a large rose shade and two smaller shades to complement it. The Lunasol sales woman instructed me to swipe my blush brush up and down across the shades and apply the powder in rounded strokes around my cheeks.

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Lunasol Coloring Cheeks N in 05 Soft Rose

I found the Coloring Cheeks Glow to have a bit too much shimmer for my taste. If you are very young and have no wrinkles when you smile, you can get away with the Glow line.

Lunasol has 5 shades in the Coloring Cheeks N line: 01 Light Pink, 02 Light Coral, 03 Soft Beige Red, 04 Medium Beige and 05 Soft Rose. Because I already have a Shiseido blush in a coral-like shade, I opted for the Soft Rose which is not too pink for my skin tone. This is the best blush powder I have ever owned, much better than Shiseido or Clarins or MAC. The powder is so finely milled and seems to have been infused with some secret glow that your cheeks look naturally flushed. The powder does not sink into lines or pores.

(5) Lunasol Under Eyes concealer in 02 Dark Beige: Lunasol under eye concealer is a winner in every way. Unlike other concealers I have tried, it does not sink into the fine lines under my eyes and it dries down quickly (does not stay sticky) to a lovely fresh finish that effectively hides the dark circles under my eyes. The concealer comes in 5 shades.

Lunasol

Left to right: Lunasol pressed powder, blush, foundation, primer and concealer

**A few more tips about makeup and skincare shopping in Japan:

  • There are 3 categories in Japanese makeup and skincare: Base Makeup (makeup base or primer, foundation, face powder and concealer), Point Makeup (eye shadow, eyebrow pencils/powder, blush, eye pencils, lip colour) and Skin Care.
  • Eye shadows in Japanese cosmetic lines are invariably very sparkly and shimmery. This means if you are over 40 and have any lines at all, they will emphasize those lines and make you look older. I tried Pola, Lunasol, Suqqu, Cle de Peau, Maquillage, Three, Cosme Decorte, etc. and none of them had anything that I could wear. Shiseido does have a better selection but even there, you need to be careful. I did not buy any of Lunasol’s stunningly beautiful eye shadows because of the amount of shimmer. If I were 20 years old again, I would collect them. The Lunasol eye shadows are just exquisite but I can’t wear them.
  • All the main cosmetics manufacturers — Kanebo, Shiseido, KAO — have drugstore brands that are quite amazing and cost much less than their department store brands. Drugstores in Japan do NOT look anything like Walgreens, Duane Reade, CVS, or French/Dutch/German drugstores. There are pharmacies (which sell only prescription drugs) and there are “drugstores” which sell soap, toothpaste, baby products, shampoo and the less expensive cosmetics lines such as Maquillage (Shiseido), KAO Sofina, Benefique (Shiseido), Coffret d’Or (Kanebo) and more. I bought a Maquillage Powdery UV foundation from one of these drugstores in Kyoto three weeks ago and it was a truly fantastic product: powder foundation that withstood a humid Kyoto climate, covered my pores, provided good sun protection and gorgeous finish that looked natural. The “drugstores” look like a chaotic jumble of stuff: there are thousands of items crammed into the tiniest of shops and it’s bewildering to try to find anything in there. But rest assured if you ask the sales person for what you want (Shiseido Maquillage, for instance), they will lead you to the product shelf.
  • Natural/organic cosmetics: a relatively new phenomenon in Japan which is late to the game when it comes to natural/organic skincare and cosmetics, there is one Japanese company called Three which has a gorgeous shop, spa and cafe-restaurant in Aoyama (near Omotesando) in Tokyo. Three Cosmetics Skincare reminds me of Trilogy (the New Zealand brand). Its skin care and makeup lines contain plant-derived ingredients unlike other Japanese brands that have mostly synthetic ingredients.
  • TAX FREE for cosmetics (read this carefully): Beginning 1 October 2014, cosmetics and skin care products in Japan qualify for tax-free refunds for tourists. You must bring your passport to the department store AND you have to spend at least 10,000 yen in one day at that store. Some stores such as Isetan charge a 1 percent “handling” fee, which is a bit like cheating, but others do not. Some stores like Matsuya in Ginza require that you spend at least 50,000 yen in cosmetics (within your 10,000 yen threshold for the day) to qualify for the tax-free refund. You get it right in the store at the tax-refund counter usually in the basement or one of the upper floors.

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MUST READ: Top 5 things to buy in Tokyo, Japan

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Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup review http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/estee-lauder-perfectionist-makeup-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/estee-lauder-perfectionist-makeup-review/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:55:37 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2031 Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup is the latest foundation from Estee Lauder, released in the United States in July 2014. There are 21 shades for cool, warm and neutral skin tones. When you shop for this foundation, pay attention to the labeling where W means warm, C means cool (more pink undertones) and N means neutral. For […]

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Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup is the latest foundation from Estee Lauder, released in the United States in July 2014. There are 21 shades for cool, warm and neutral skin tones. When you shop for this foundation, pay attention to the labeling where W means warm, C means cool (more pink undertones) and N means neutral. For example, 4W1 Honey Bronze has a warm tone (hence the W), 4N2 Spice Sand is neutral, and 4C3 Softan is cool. The numbers refer to the darkness of the foundation with 1 as the lightest and 6 as the darkest.

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup Claims and Ingredient Analysis

The company claims that this foundation firms, brightens and hydrates. It is supposed to offer medium to full coverage. It contains a broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen; it is oil-free and fragrance-free. As you can see from the ingredients below, the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup foundation shares many of the same ingredients as the serum (e.g. sodium hyaluronate, peptides, and antioxidants that do brighten and hydrate your skin) but it has an additional advantage in that it has SPF 25 sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup Ingredients

Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide 1.90% and Octinoxate 7.5 % (these are UVA and UVB sunscreens)

water\aqua\eau • cyclopentasiloxane • isododecane • dimethicone • butylene glycol • phenyl trimethicone • polysilicone-11 • polymethyl methacrylate • coco-caprylate/caprate • peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone • silica • polyglyceryl-4 isostearate • sigesbeckia orientalis (st. paul’s wort) extract • boswellia serrata extract • chlorella vulgaris extract • artemia extract • hydrolyzed fish (pisces) collagen • whey protein\lactis protein\proteine du petit-lait • acetyl hexapeptide-8palmitoyl oligopeptidecholesterol • sodium chondroitin sulfate • caffeine • glycerin • sodium hyaluronate • glycine soja (soybean) protein • aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate • decarboxy carnosine hcl • cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone • sodium pca • disteardimonium hectorite • c12-16 alcohols • dimethicone silylate • caprylyl glycol • triethyl citrate • palmitic acid • hydrogenated lecithin • hexyl laurate • methicone • glyceryl polymethacrylate • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate • peg-8 • hexylene glycol • triethoxycaprylylsilane • magnesium aluminum silicate • sodium chloride • lecithin • alumina • xanthan gum • disodium edta • phenoxyethanol • [+/- mica • titanium dioxide (ci 77891) • iron oxides (ci 77492) • iron oxides (ci 77499) • iron oxides

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Serum ingredients

Dimethicone, Water, Polysilicone-11, HDI/Trimethyl Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Coleus Forskohli Rott Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Artemia Extract, Pantethine, Aglae Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Cholesterol, Squalane, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Caffeine, Whey Protein, Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Phytosphingosine, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Polysorbate-40, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Lauryl PEG-9, Polydimethylsiloxethyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isohexadecane, PEG-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate-80, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Laureth-12, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Beta-Sitosteryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

Experience with Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup

The foundation glides onto skin and does not settle into pores. The finish is sheer to medium, NOT full, contrary to the company’s marketing claims. In fact, I love this foundation because it is not heavy and you can apply it to give your skin a sheer, natural glow. The SPF 25 sunscreen is a great addition. Although the company recommends it for all skin types, I would not recommend this foundation for oily skin. I have combination (normal-to-oily) skin and after two hours, I could see that my nose and forehead were a bit shiny. You should apply a mattifying powder on top of this foundation, if you have combination skin. After wearing this foundation for four hours, I noticed that my skin still looked very good, the fading was minor, my skin felt moisturized, but not sticky or greasy.

VERDICT: Because this foundation contains ingredients that are found in the Perfectionist Serum, this is, in essence, a treatment foundation and you are getting far more for your money than a foundation that just covers your skin and makes it look good. The SPF 25 UVA/UVB sunscreen makes this foundation especially appealing for daytime wear. I highly recommend Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup.

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Bakel THIO-C serum review http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/bakel-thio-c-serum-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/bakel-thio-c-serum-review/#respond Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:48:12 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2017 This is a review of the Bakel THIO-C serum. According to the company, the Bakel THIO-C Revitalizing Glowing Serum “firms the skin and reduces fine lines with its concentrated formula. Packed with vitamin C and glutathione, skin feels firmer and looks fresh and revitalized. Glycerin and sugar extracts hydrate and face immediately appears smoother and […]

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This is a review of the Bakel THIO-C serum. According to the company, the Bakel THIO-C Revitalizing Glowing Serum “firms the skin and reduces fine lines with its concentrated formula. Packed with vitamin C and glutathione, skin feels firmer and looks fresh and revitalized. Glycerin and sugar extracts hydrate and face immediately appears smoother and more radiant.”

Ingredients of the Bakel Thio-C Serum; how to open and use it

Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Glycerin, Glutathione, Hydroxyethlcellulose, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCI.

The Bakel Thio-C serum comes in a small clear glass container with a white cap and a plastic dropper. You remove the white cap, press down firmly on the red button to dispense a white powder (Vitamin C) into the clear liquid in the glass bottle. You shake it to dissolve the Vitamin C, remove the cover and replace it with the dropper. You apply the serum in the morning and in the evening after cleansing for 3 days.

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Results after 3 days of Bakel Thio-C serum: very effective

I am truly impressed. After the first day, my skin was glowing! My pores were smaller and the texture of my skin was much better. It did not dry my skin at all. I applied moisturizer after the serum only in the morning. After 3 days of using this serum, it seemed as if my face had undergone a transformation. I have only 2 vials of Bakel Thio-C serum and I have used one of them. They came to me as samples. If you buy the kit, it contains a 30-day supply. After 30 days, your skin will probably look better than ever. I did not have any allergic reaction to the serum. It feels very comfortable on the skin — not sticky or gummy like other Vitamin C serums I have used.

The science behind Vitamin C for skincare

For many years now, Vitamin C has been known to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by diminishing hyperpigmentation, protecting skin from UV damage, promoting collagen production, and reducing inflammation. Vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid as used in Bakel Thio-C serum) is effective, but it has to be kept away from air and light. It oxidizes quickly and loses its potency. That’s why Bakel has chosen the packaging for its serum: each vial is good only for 3 days and must be kept in a dark place while it is being used.

Below is an article published in the journal, Experimental Dermatology, in 2003 showing that Vitamin C applied topically improves the appearance of photoaged skin.

Exp Dermatol. 2003 Jun;12(3):237-44.
Topical ascorbic acid on photoaged skin. Clinical, topographical and ultrastructural evaluation: double-blind study vs. placebo.
Humbert PG, Haftek M, Creidi P, Lapière C, Nusgens B, Richard A, Schmitt D, Rougier A, Zahouani H.

(Humbert PG is affiliated with the Department of Dermatology, Hospital Saint Jacques, University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France)

Abstract

Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant potential and activity in the collagen biosynthetic pathway. Photoprotective properties of topically applied vitamin C have also been demonstrated, placing this molecule as a potential candidate for use in the prevention and treatment of skin ageing. A topically applied cream containing 5% vitamin C and its excipient were tested on healthy female volunteers presenting with photoaged skin on their low-neck and arms in view to evaluate efficacy and safety of such treatment. A double-blind, randomized trial was performed over a 6-month period, comparing the action of the vitamin C cream vs. excipient on photoaged skin. Clinical assessments included evaluation at the beginning and after 3 and 6 months of daily treatment. They were performed by the investigator and compared with the volunteer self assessment. Skin relief parameters were determined on silicone rubber replicas performed at the same time-points. Cutaneous biopsies were obtained at the end of the trial and investigated using immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. Clinical examination by a dermatologist as well as self-assessment by the volunteers disclosed a significant improvement, in terms of the ‘global score’, on the vitamin C-treated side compared with the control. A highly significant increase in the density of skin microrelief and a decrease of the deep furrows were demonstrated. Ultrastructural evidence of the elastic tissue repair was also obtained and well corroborated the favorable results of the clinical and skin surface examinations. Topical application of 5% vitamin C cream was an effective and well-tolerated treatment. It led to a clinically apparent improvement of the photodamaged skin and induced modifications of skin relief and ultrastructure, suggesting a positive influence of topical vitamin C on parameters characteristic for sun-induced skin ageing.

Bakel philosophy

Bakel is an Italian skin care company based in Udine, whose products include as few ingredients as possible in order to minimize allergies and irritation among users. The company’s philosophy is to eliminate “useless substances” and include only active ingredients that actually do something for your skin. Bakel products do not contain alcohol, fragrance, preservatives, artificial coloring, parabens, animal derivatives, or sulfates. It does not test on animals. The founders of the company are Raffaella Gregoris and Francesca di Lenardo.

Where to buy Bakel Thio-C serum

In the United States, you can buy the Bakel Thio-C serum from Dermstore, Space NK online and at Bloomingdales and at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Bakel Antioxidant Serum Review http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/bakel-antioxidant-serum-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/bakel-antioxidant-serum-review/#respond Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:21:58 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2002 This is a review of the Bakel Antioxidant Serum. Bakel is an Italian skin care company based in Udine, whose products include as few ingredients as possible in order to minimize allergies and irritation among users. The company’s philosophy is to eliminate “useless substances” and include only active ingredients that actually do something for your […]

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This is a review of the Bakel Antioxidant Serum. Bakel is an Italian skin care company based in Udine, whose products include as few ingredients as possible in order to minimize allergies and irritation among users. The company’s philosophy is to eliminate “useless substances” and include only active ingredients that actually do something for your skin. Bakel products do not contain alcohol, fragrance, preservatives, artificial coloring, parabens, animal derivatives, or sulfates. It does not test on animals.

The founders of the company are Raffaella Gregoris and Francesca di Lenardo.

The Bakel Antioxidant Serum contains only three ingredients: vegetable glycerin, lactobionic acid and gluconolactone (see further below for the science behind lactobionic acid and gluconolactone, both of which are polyhydroxy acids, claimed to be less irritating but as effective as alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs). Vegetable glycerin is a humectant (prevents dryness).

Bakel Antioxidant Serum claims

According to Bakel, this serum “restores, rejuvenates, tones and tightens the face, neck, eyes and chest area with an innovative complex of 3 anti-aging ingredients. Antioxidant-rich lactobionic acid neutralizes free radicals and promotes firmness while hydrating vegetable glycerin revives dull, dry skin. Toning gluconolactone protects skin from environmental aggressors for a radiant and revitalized complexion.

Effects of Bakel Antioxidant Serum on my skin

I used the serum for 7 days. I applied it in the morning and in the evening after washing my face. I did not use anything else after applying the serum. Because I have normal-to-oily combination skin, I did not feel the need to add more moisture to my face. You have to massage the serum gently into your face until it is fully absorbed. I am sensitive to AHAs: they give my skin that prickly, stinging sensation, and some AHA products cause my face to break out in red splotches. That is why I was so eager to try this product.

Fortunately, Bakel Antioxidant Serum caused no tingling, no irritation. After the first night of use, I woke up next morning with skin that felt softer and looked smoother. After only two days of use (4 applications), the large pores on my nose and cheeks looked smaller and tighter. Best of all, I had a radiant complexion and the few small red spots and discolorations on my face were gone. After 7 days of use, my skin looked and felt better than ever.

The Bakel Antioxidant Serum is a thin, clear liquid that comes out of a pump bottle (3o ml). Because Bakel has added no preservatives, the serum must be kept as airtight and protected from light as possible. One pump of the bottle was enough to cover most of my face.

I applied foundation (Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua one day, and La Roche Posay tinted mineral sunscreen, the next day) right after the serum and both applications were smooth (no balling up). The foundations lasted many hours.

People who have dry skin will most likely need to apply a moisturizer after the serum.

VERDICT: I like the Bakel Antioxidant Serum based upon the results I’ve seen on my face. It is gentle (no stinging, unlike AHAs) and delivers the results I expected (hydrated radiant complexion with smaller pores).

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You can buy Bakel Antioxidant Serum at the following locations in the United States: Space NK at Bloomingdales (and Space NK US website), Bergdorf Goodman, and Dermstore.

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The Science Behind Lactobionic Acid and Gluconolactone

Lactobionic acid and gluconolactone are polyhydroxy acids (PHAs). It is claimed that they are as effective as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) at exfoliating skin, but are less irritating. People who cannot tolerate AHAs have been advised to use PHAs. However, there are those who contend that PHAs are less effective because they are larger molecules than AHAs and cannot penetrate the skin as deeply as AHAs. Below are articles supporting the contention that PHAs are as effective as AHAs (but with decreased risk of skin irritation).

(1) Lactobionic acid in a natural alkylpolyglucoside-based vehicle: assessing safety and efficacy aspects in comparison to glycolic acid published in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 3–10, March 2010 (authors: Marija Tasic-Kostov BSc, Snezana Savic PhD, Milica Lukic BSc, Slobodanka Tamburic PhD, Milos Pavlovic MD and Gordana Vuleta PhD):

Summary

Background/aims Lactobionic acid (LA) is a newer cosmeceutical active belonging to the class of alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs), showing advantages over them. The aim of part I of this study was to compare efficacy and irritation potential of LA vs. glycolic acid (GA) from two types of vehicles – gel and emulsion. In part II, effects of LA-containing emulsions based on a new, natural emulsifier of alkylpolyglucoside (APG) type were evaluated.

Methods  Skin bioengineering was used on 77 healthy volunteers to assess: color as erythema and melanin (MI) index, transepidermal water loss, electrical capacitance and pH of the skin. In part I of the study, the parameters were measured after occlusion and periodically during 2 weeks of test samples application; in part II parameters were measured periodically during 4 weeks.

Results/conclusion  LA-containing samples has produced better skin performance when compared with corresponding GA-containing ones, particularly the lack of both skin irritation and skin barrier impairment. When used in vehicles based on a new APG-emulsifier, LA and GA have shown better efficacy, emphasizing the importance of vehicle on the effects of topical actives. LA (6%) in the emulsion based on APGs could be proposed as an alternative to low-molecular AHAs in cosmeceuticals.

(2) Effects of Cosmetic Formulations Containing Hydroxyacids on Sun-Exposed Skin: Current Applications and Future Developments (2012) by Andrija Kornhauser, Sergio G. Coelho, and Vincent J. Hearing.

Summary

This paper describes recent data on the effects of various skin formulations containing hydroxyacids (HAs) and related products on sun-exposed skin. The most frequently used classes of these products, such as α- and β-hydroxyacids, polyhydroxy acids, and bionic acids, are reviewed, and their application in cosmetic formulations is described. Special emphasis is devoted to the safety evaluation of these formulations, particularly on the effects of their prolonged use on sun-exposed skin. We also discuss the important contri- bution of cosmetic vehicles in these types of studies. Data on the effects of HAs on melanogenesis and tanning are also included. Up-to-date methods and techniques used in those explorations, as well as selected future developments in the cosmetic area, are presented.

(3) Below are the abstracts of two articles in Cutis (a peer-reviewed clinical journal for dermatologists, allergists and general practitioners) which claim that PHAs provide antiaging effects comparable to AHAs and that PHAs are effective in addressing the damage in photoaged skin.

Note, however, that one of the authors of these two articles (Edison BL) is affiliated with Neostrata, a company that sells AHA and PHA products. The scientists who discovered that AHAs are effective antiaging substances (and who own the patents to the use of AHAs for antiaging purposes) are the founders of Neostrata.

(a) Title: A polyhydroxy acid skin care regimen provides antiaging effects comparable to an alpha-hydroxyacid regimen
Cutis. 2004 Feb;73(2 Suppl):14-7

1NeoStrata Company, Inc, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Abstract

There have been numerous clinical studies conducted to evaluate the beneficial effects of the polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) in skincare. Although there is significant evidence that PHAs provide antiaging effects to skin, a direct comparison between alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs) and PHAs for these effects has not been conducted. This 12-week clinical study evaluated gluconolactone-containing products (PHAs) in comparison with glycolic acid-containing products (AHAs). Clinical grading of photoaging, as well as objective and subjective irritation, was conducted on the face at baseline and after 6 and 12 weeks of product use. Pinch recoil, silicone replicas of the crow’s-feet area, and self-assessment of product efficacy and tolerance were also collected. Both regimens showed significant antiaging benefits to skin as measured by silicone replicas, clinical grading, and pinch recoil for skin resiliency. There were only 2 statistically significant (P < .05) differences between the regimens in antiaging benefits: (1) sallowness showed greater improvement with AHA use at week 12 only (AHA, 17. 1%; PHA, 12.4%), and (2) pinch recoil showed greater improvement with AHA use at week 12 only (AHA, 13.5%; PHA, 10.2%). Irritation grading and subject self-assessment showed that the PHA regimen was better tolerated than the AHA regimen. Stinging and burning were significantly worse for subjects in the AHA treatment group at both week 6 and 12, and degree of sensitivity was rated worse for the AHA regimen as well. The present study shows the enhanced mildness of PHAs and their equivalence in providing antiaging benefits compared with an AHA regimen.

(b) Title: The use of polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) in photoaged skin
Cutis. 2004 Feb;73(2 Suppl):3-13.
Grimes PE1, Green BA, Wildnauer RH, Edison BL.

1Vitiligo and Pigmentation Institute of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

Abstract

The beneficial effects of alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs) on skin were discovered by Drs. Van Scott and Yu in the early 1970s, including exfoliation, skin smoothing, and antiaging effects. A new generation of AHAs, called polyhydroxy acids (PHAs), was discovered that provide similar effects as AHAs but do not cause the sensory irritation responses that can limit the use of classical AHAs. PHAs have been found to be compatible with clinically sensitive skin, including rosacea and atopic dermatitis, and can be used after cosmetic procedures. PHAs provide additional humectant and moisturization properties compared with AHAs and can enhance stratum corneum barrier function, therefore increasing the skin’s resistance to chemical challenge. Most PHAs also possess antioxidant properties. PHAs such as gluconolactone or lactobionic acid may be used in combination with other products, ingredients, or procedures such as laser and microdermabrasion to provide additional benefits to therapy or to enhance the therapeutic effect. Several studies were conducted in support of this, and methods and results are discussed. In summary, PHA-containing products were used in combination with retinoic acid in treating adult facial acne and were found to be well tolerated. PHAs plus retinyl acetate (pro-vitamin A) in a cream base exhibited significant antiaging skin benefits such as skin smoothing and plumping. PHAs plus hydroquinone showed excellent improvement in antiaging and skin lightening parameters. Finally, PHA-containing products were shown to be compatible with African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic/Asian skin and provided significant improvements in photoaging in these populations.

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Other comments regarding Bakel’s products: It is commendable that Bakel reduces the number of ingredients in its products. This decreases the chances of getting an allergic reaction. However, one must ask whether the company is eliminating substances that could improve the penetration of the active ingredients into the skin. There is also a question of whether witch hazel water (hamamelis virginiana), which Bakel uses in several serums, is a potential skin irritant.

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