What’s Rockin’ My World (12.4.2019)

What’s “trending” at Chez Rock Vixen…

  1. This video of actress & TV host, Tracee Ellis Ross (47) shows Tracee performing her skincare routine, and it is amazing! As she proceeds you can visibly see the change in her skin – all without makeup (If applied, face makeup will look its best if your skin is in optimal condition to begin with.). There’s one instrument she uses which has been praised by a number of actresses and models (some of whom have also mentioned Tracee’s video):  Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar ($195). (I’ve put it on my must-purchase list.)
  2. I’m not particulary fond of commercials – except, of course, any that have cats in them. But there are three in particular I will always stop what I’m doing to watch and they all have something in common.

    Here they are beginning with my favorite by VISA, “Passing the Torch”:

  3. This one by Facebook Groups always brings a tear to my eyes…Dads with Daughters.

    Finally, one starring BEEFCAKE Roman Reigns and his daughter.

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Hyaluronic Acid – Part 2

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Part 1:  Hyaluronic Acid serum by The Ordinary.

Researching Hyaluronic acid, I discovered that:

  • HA supplements can help your skin look and feel more supple.
  • Doses of 120–240 mg per day for at least one month have been shown to significantly increase skin moisture and reduce dry skin in adults.

In Part 1, I said I’d be trying HA supplements for a month in the hopes it would improve my on-going issues with dermatitis. The bad news is that I’ve seen no improvement in my dermatitis; however, this may change the longer I take the supplements.

I have hereditarily dry skin and The REALLY GOOD NEWS is that (along with continuing to topically apply HA serum to my face and neck) my skin is significantly more hydrated. PLUMPED. This is especially noticeable on my face. YAY!

Bottom line:  I was skeptical but this regimen is working! I recommend for anyone who is predisposed to dry skin.

After due diligence, I found NusaPure had the best price for 200mg (Note: Each capsule is 100mg – take 2 daily), made in the USA, AND is Non-GMO!
$19.90 for a bottle of 180 veg caps.

(Hyaluronic acid supplements can be found just about anywhere that sells quality supplements.)

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RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Moisturizer

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WebMd:
When you first use retinoids, you may notice redness, peeling of your skin, or worsening of your acne. You can minimize this by using the product every other day until your body gets used to it, or mix it with moisturizer.

Allure:
Prescription formulas contain retinoic acid, the magic ingredient that fights visible aging; nonprescription alternatives need to be converted into retinoic acid by the skin at the cellular level. “In off-the-shelf formulas, the ingredient called retinol is the only derivative of vitamin A worth using…while retinol is more gentle than retinoic acid, biochemically it does exactly the same thing — it may just take longer to see results.”

Retinoids work…by affecting gene expression and causing enhanced collagen production, skin smoothing, and an evening of pigmentation.

“…it takes an average of 12 weeks for retinoic acid to produce noticeable changes in the skin….”

Of all the skincare products I use on my face & neck, I’ve used RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Moisturizer for the longest period of time (over 30 years). Although it didn’t give me revolutionary results, the changes were significant enough for me to become a loyal customer. I clearly saw a reduction in uneven color and improved skin texture. In fact, I had an Esthetician comment on the softness of my skin and asked me what I used! RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Moisturizer is one of the products I credited.

On the days I don’t exfoliate* I apply RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Moisturizer to my face after the Hyaluronic Acid serum and before applying my moisturizer. I do this twice a day, morning and night.

Obviously, the bottom line is:  I recommend adding any RoC® Retinol products to your skincare routine. Amazon sells it for $17.93; but you can find it pretty much everywhere and the price varies from store to store.

*The next product up for review!

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Hyaluronic Acid serum by The Ordinary.

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I am not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics on this site. The views and opinions expressed herein are purely my own. If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic, product, or service, I will only endorse products/services that I believe (based on my expertise) are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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Vogue published an article about the use of Hyaluronic Acid as part of one’s daily skincare routine. I remembered seeing this ingredient on some of the eczema-specific products I use – as well as in Meaningful Beauty® Youth Activating Melon Serum (Here’s my review of this product) – and decided it was worth trying.

From Wikipedia:
Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in skin-care products.
The average 70 kg (154 lb) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesized) every day.

Of the suggested products Vogue listed, I chose one by The Ordinary. mainly because of the price:  $12.98 on Amazon.

No matter how often I use lip balm, I have perpetually dry lips so I thought that area would be THE perfect place try it out. I used the serum for a month and was delighted with the results! My lips are chap-free for the first time in decades. So I began applying it to my face and neck twice a day.

The directions said to apply a few drops before creams. The Hyaluronic Acid serum plumped up my skin – making it feel soft, smooth, and ready for my moisturizer (I found that I needed to use less moisturizer, too.)

Bottom line:  Buy it now!!!! In addition to Amazon, you can find The Ordinary. Hyaluronic Acid serum at Ulta Beauty and Sephora.

Regular visitors to this website know I research topics as thoroughly as possible.
(To be honest, I can research things to death…)

Doing research for this Post, I discovered the following on healthline.com:

Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body.
The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes.
Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist.
Hyaluronic acid supplements can help your skin look and feel more supple.
Roughly half of the hyaluronic acid in your body is present in your skin, where it binds to water to help retain moisture.
However, the natural aging process and exposure to things like ultraviolet radiation from the sun, tobacco smoke and pollution can decrease its amounts in the skin.
Taking hyaluronic acid supplements may prevent this decline by giving your body extra amounts to incorporate into the skin.
Doses of 120–240 mg per day for at least one month have been shown to significantly increase skin moisture and reduce dry skin in adults.
Hydrated skin also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, which may explain why several studies show that supplementing with it can make skin appear smoother.
When applied to the surface of the skin, hyaluronic acid serums can reduce wrinkles, redness and dermatitis.

As I’ve recently had bouts of dermatitis I was very excited to read this,
as I still have on-going issues with my skin.

I’ll be trying these supplements (200mg per day).
After a month, I hope to see a noticeable difference.
(As in NO dry, inflamed, and itchy patches.)
Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for the results…

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Meaningful Beauty® Youth Activating Melon Serum

Disclaimer
I am not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics on this site. The views and opinions expressed herein are purely my own. If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic, product, or service, I will only endorse products/services that I believe (based on my expertise) are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This site does not accept any form of paid advertising, sponsorship, or insertions.

While I’ve seen the Cindy Crawford’s infomercials on Meaningful Beauty®, the idea of trying it never occurred to me until a month ago when I was searching on Amazon for specialized skin care items. I saw that the line offered a “travel size” of the Youth Activating Melon Serum at a reasonable price and decided to take the plunge.

First off, I absolutely LOVED the bottle! Instead of a standard removable cap, the whole top swivels causing the pumping mechanism to raise up. This pump is designed to deposit one application’s worth of the serum, after which you “swivel” it back down into the cap. What an elegant design. (I wish more merchandisers would pay attention to their “packaging”.)

According to meaningfulbeauty.com:  “Melon leaf stem cells are encapsulated for maximum potency” (there are hundreds of these melon-colored orbs). The instructions said to apply “one pump” of serum to the face both morning and evening. The serum’s applied before your moisturizer and feels silky on the skin – and does it smell heavenly!

The trial size bottle was good for 30-days’ worth of applications. However, at the end of 30 days I didn’t see any difference in my skin tone. (Since I already use retinol creams and exfoliate regularly, these may be the reasons why.) Using their complete line of products might’ve made a difference, but I’m not ready to make that commitment monetarily.

Bottom line:  For $38 on Amazon I would recommend giving it a try yourself.

meaningfulbeauty.com
(They offer a 60 day money-back guarantee on all their products.)

The next product I’ll be reviewing:  Hyaluronic Acid (The Ordinary.).

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