Is Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate For Deep Wrinkles Gentle Enough For Sensitive Skin?

murad time release retinol concentrate for deep wrinkles

Retinol is one of my all-time favourite ingredients and a staple in my skincare routine. It can really improve the signs of aging and help you age gracefully. But there’s a catch. It can be irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin. But not all retinol serums and moisturizers are created equal. Some are gentler than others and can be used by everyone. Like Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate For Deep Wrinkles:

What Murad Says:

This Anti-aging triple-action wrinkle-fighting formula softens and smooths on contact, reduces the appearance of deep wrinkles, supports natural cell turnover and helps boost natural resilience.

Ingredient Analysis

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Glycine Soja (Soybean ) Oil

Glycine Soya Oil is an oil derived from soybeans. It is rich in fatty acids, a group of substances that have emollient properties. They help keep skin moisturized, smooth, and soft. Soybeans also contains antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, which can fight free radicals and help prevent the formation of premature wrinkles.

retinol

Retinol

Retinol is an anti-aging superstar that boosts collagen production, which helps firm skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discolourations. But retinol can also be irritating, especially for sensitive skin. To prevent this, the retinol in this serum is time-released. What does it mean? Rather than getting the full force of retinol all at once, the ingredient is slowly released over a several hours period. That way, you’ll still get the benefits without the side effects.

Palmitoyl-tripeptide-38

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, also called Matrixyl® synthe’6® is a peptide developed by Sederma. According to the company, it “fills in wrinkles from the inside both on the forehead and the crow’s feet for a visibly smoother and plumper skin.” It works by stimulating “6 major constituents of the skin matrix and the dermal–epidermal junction”. I couldn’t find any independent studies confirming this which is not surprising considering it is quite a new ingredient. So, while I would never purchase this moisturizer because it contains this peptide, it’s good to know it’s there, just in case.

Further considerations on the formula

This moisturizing formula also contains humectants, such as Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate, which can attract water from the enviroment into the skin, thus helping to keep it hydrated; emollients like Cetyl Alcohol, a good type of alcohol, and Shea Butter, that keep skin soft and smooth for hours; and silicones, like Polymethylsilsesquioxane, that create a protective but breathable barrier on the skin, help fill in fine lines and wrinkles temporarily, and give slip to the cream. The formula is also fragrance-free, and so suitable for sensitive skin too.

Full Ingredient List

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycine Soja (Soybean ) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Lauryl Lactate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Retinol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Laureth-23, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Triethanolamine, Ceramide-3, Punica Granatum Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Gluconate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Propyl Gallate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5

Avaibility

Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles is packaged in a 0.5 oz opaque tube. Available at Sephora, it retails at $65.00 (but you can find it at a much cheaper price on Amazon ;) ).

The Bottom Line

Although there is only so much a topical cream can do for deep wrinkles, Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles contains ingredients that can improve them (and other signs of aging too). And it is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

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Looks: Midnight Plum

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Dark lip colours intrigue me as much as they scare me. I’m always afraid they will look too harsh against my pale skintone, which is why I rarely buy them. But, recently, a friend of mine has given a dark purple lipstick and I couldn’t wait to put it to the test. It looks more like a dark berry than a deep plum in photos, but I still like the result.

Here’s how you can recreate this look:

Products used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Sleek Makeup I-Divine Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek Makeup I-Divine Lagoon Eyeshadow Palette
Neve Cosmetics Pastello in Liquirizia
Sleek Makeup I’m Conditional Mascara
Dior Diorskin Nude Foundation
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose
Benefit High Beam
– Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Midnight Plum

EYES
1. Apply an eyeshadow primer. My favourite is Too Faced Shadow Insurance
2. Apply a shimmering white shade (I used Bad Girl in the Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette) on the lid.
3. With a pencil brush, apply a matte black shade (I used Noir in the Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette) on the outer V and blend. Apply it on the lower lashline as well.
4. Sweep a pale shimmer lilac (I used Reflection in the Sleek Makeup Lagoon Eyeshadow Palette) on the crease.
5. Apply a shade that’s very similar to the colour of your skin (I used Paraguaya in the Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette) on the browbone.
6. Apply a reddish brown shade (I used Au Naturel in the Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette) on top of the black eyeshadow both in the outer V and lower lashline to feather it in.
7. Line your upper lashline with a black pencil eyeliner (I used Neve Cosmetics Pastello in Liquirizia). If you want to make the look darker and more intense, apply the eyeliner on the upper and lower waterlines too. I chose not to do this because it would have made my small eyes look even smaller.
8. Apply mascara.

FACE & LIPS
1. Apply foundation and concealer as needed.
2. Sweep a medium rosy pink shade with slightly blue undertones and an almost matte finish (I used Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose) on your cheeks.
3. Apply a white highlighting shade (I used Benefit High Beam) on top of your blush.
4. Apply a dark plum lipstick (I used Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Midnight Plum) on your lips.

What do you think of this look?

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4 Ways To Stop Emotional Eating

I am an emotional eater. For years, whenever I felt sad, lonely, or anxious (which was very often), I would reach for some chocolate biscuits, a packet of crisps, or a Mars bar. They were my crutch, a way to distract me and ignore what I was feeling inside. For a while, I’d feel much better. But those negative feelings would always come back.

Comfort food wasn’t working. It just made things worse, and was harming my health too. While I’ve been never fat or very overweight, emotional eating caused me to gorge on too much junk food and chomp on too few fruits and vegs, which isn’t good for you. I knew I had to change. It wasn’t easy, and, every now and then, I have a relapse and eat a sweet treat when I am feeling down, but for the most part, I managed to get my emotional eating under control. Here’s how:

1. Identify your triggers

The first step in overcoming emotional eating is to figure out what triggers it. Are you turning to food to numb feelings of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, or shame like I did? Do you eat more when you’re stressed out? Or maybe you indulge in some sweet or salty treats to reward yourself when you’ve accomplished a goal? Or you often find yourself, maybe because of work or an active social life, in situations where food abounds? Or do you eat when you’re bored, just to have something to do? Or is there another reason?

Whenever you feel the urge to eat too much or reach for your favourite comfort food, stop a moment and figure out what’s causing it. To better identify the triggers, keep an emotional eating journal. Write down the mood you’re in when you eat, what you ate, at what time of the day, on what occasion, how you felt while eating, and what you felt afterwards. After a while, you will see a pattern emerge. Once you’ve found the cause, you’ll finally be able to fix it.

2. Experience your feelings – even the bad ones

Tackling your feelings head on, especially when they are negative, is downright scary! That’s why many of us turn to food, so that we can numb the pain rather than experience it. But that doesn’t really help, does it? Our feelings are a window into our soul. Fear, anxiety, loneliness, and other bad feelings help us to understand what is wrong in our life, what we are frustrated and stress about, what we dream about and makes us happy. By ignoring them, you’re just prolonging your unhappiness.

Instead, whenever you feel the urge to emotional eat, try to experience the feeling that’s causing it. Take a deep breath and, remember: although it may feel like your feelings will overwhelm you if you let them flow, they subside relatively quickly when you let them run their course and don’t obsess about or ignore them. It won’t be pleasant, but by staying mindful and experiencing what you’re feeling, you’ll realise that you can tolerate those negative emotions. And then, you’ll be able to fix the issues that are triggering your bad eating habits.

3. Find healthy ways to cope

Learning to manage your emotions takes time, especially if you’re used, before you even realize it, to reach for a slice of cake or a box of cookies whenever you feel bad about something. Breaking the habit is hard and, one of the best ways to do it, is to substitute foods high in fat and/or sugar with a healthier alternative. I’m not just talking of substituting cake with a healthier snack like an apple or yogurt. Whenever you feel the urge to emotional eat, do something else that makes you feel good both in the short and long terms, like playing with a pet, listening to your favourite songs (as long as they’re positive ones), exercising, taking a bath, reading a good book, or talking to a friend.

4. Adopt healthy lifestyle habits

A lot of people are able to lose weight only when everything is going well in their lives. At the first sign of stress or problem, they once again head to the refrigerator. Problem is, life is full of surprises, and a lot of them aren’t nice at all! To keep your weight down and overcome emotional eating, you need to learn how to deal with the curveballs that life throws at you. And that’s a lot easier to do when you’re strong, healthy, and relaxed. That’s why it is important to adopt healthy lifestyle habits that will keep in good physical and emotional shape:

Exercise daily: even going for a short walk with your dog helps. Exercising keeps you fit, releases feel-good endorphins, and reduces stress.

- Take a few minutes a day to relax: I know it sounds selfish to take some time for yourself every day, especially if you’re juggling a job, kids, a husband, and a social life. But you won’t be able to take care of your loved ones and do your job well if you’ve always burnt out and exhausted. Find the time to take at least 20-30 minutes each day to unwind. Meditate, take a long bath, read, or do anything else that relaxes you.

Get your beauty sleep: did you know there is a link between sleep and overeating? When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite, and less leptin, the one that tells the brain when you are full. So, the less you sleep, the more food your body craves. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night.

Socialize: Create a positive environment around you that supports health and wellbeing. Surround yourself with positive thoughts and spend time with positive people. They will help you see the positive side of things, put them in perspective, and allow you to relax. They will also be there for you whenever you need help or just someone to talk to.

I hope these tips will help you as much as they’ve helped me. :)

Are you an emotional eater? Do you have any more tips on how to overcome emotional eating?

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Product Review: Blissoma Citrus Natural Deodorant

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Name: Citrus Natural Deodorant
Brand: Blissoma
Size: 2.5oz
Price: $14.99

From Blissoma’s website:
Medium strength odor protection, pleasant aroma, can be used after shaving, no white, oily or dusty residue and will not stain clothing, great for men, women and teens.
The handy travel-size, nonbreakable bottle means you can carry it with you everywhere and freshen up as needed

What I liked:
– keeps you smelling good for hours
– fresh and sparkling citrusy scent
– scent is neither too strong nor too subtle
– gentle, can be used even after shaving
– doesn’t stain clothes
– the packaging

What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t last all day

Did you know that sweat itself doesn’t smell? And yet after a work out session our bodies gives off an unpleasant odour. It’s easy to blame our sweat glands, but the real culprits are the bacteria that feed off our perspiration. The greedy little critters break down sweat into aromatic fatty acids that stink.

One of the most effective ways to prevent this is to use an aluminium-based deodorant. But the controversy that surrounds this ingredient has put lots of people off it, leaving brands to look for a natural alternatives. One of the most popular, which is used in Blissoma Citrus Natural Deodorant, is Triethyl Citrate.

But, while Triethyl Citrate is safer, there is some controversy over its efficacy. In 1980, R. Osberghaus found that a deodorant containing 1% triethylcitrate, by inhibiting the enzymatic breakdown of sweat into smelly acids, worked better than one containing 0.16% triclosan. But a 1991 study contradicted these results. According to this newer study, Triethyl Citrate has no effect on odour.

So, does this mean that Triethyl Citrate is useless and Blissoma Citrus Natural Deodorant doesn’t work? Well, while we wait for science to come up with a definite verdict on Triethyl Citrate, I can tell you that Blissoma deodorant kept me smelling nice and fresh for about 7 hours. Whether this is due to Triethyl Citrate, the natural extracts, such as green tea extract which has been shown to have antimicrobial and deodorant effects, or simply to the gorgeous scent that covered body odour is hard to tell. Still, its performance, for a natural deodorant, is not bad at all, if you ask me.

Besides, I’d buy this deodorant just for the scent. I’m a sucker for anything citrus, and this one is so good! Blissoma Citrus Natural Deodorant smells like a basket of ripe and juicy mandarins and limes. Their fresh and pungent aroma, which is neither too subtle nor too strong, just makes your mouth water. But if citrus scents aren’t your cup of tea, fret not. The deodorant is also available in Juniper and Lavender.

The deodorant is also very gentle on the skin. Because the formula doesn’t contain neither alcohol nor other harsh ingredients, you can spray it even on your just-shaved armpits. No stinging. No irritation. How wonderful is that? Oh, and did I mention it doesn’t stain clothes either?

Ingredients:
Infusion of Foeniculum vulgare* (fennel) and Camellia sinensis* (green tea), Hamamelis virginiana* (witch hazel), Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil*, Triethyl Citrate (Ecocert approved natural ester of citric acid), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) Extract*, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Grain Alcohol*+, Glyceryl Caprylate/Caprate, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) Oil*, Nigella sativa (black cumin seed) Oil*, Essential oils of Citrus reticulata (mandarin), Litsea cubeba, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) FCF, Citrus aurantifolia (lime), Boswellia carterii (frankincense), and Cedrus atlantica (cedarwood), Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone essential oils in this product contain: linalool**, limonene**, citronellol**

Available at: Amazon and Blissoma

Summary
Blissoma Citrus Natural Deodorant has a natural and gentle formula that can be used even after shaving and keeps you smelling good and fresh for 7 hours. The fresh and sparkling citrusy scent is delicious!

Rating: 3.5/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration.In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.
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New Holiday 2014 Collections: Butter London Steampunk Ball, Deborah Lippmann Fantastical, & Orly Sparkle

Hello gorgeous,

what are you going to wear on your nails this holiday season? Here are some ideas from Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, and Orly:

Butter London Steampunk Ball

butter london steampunk

At the intersection of fantasy and couture lies the wondrous world of Steampunk, where visions of industrial mechanics and Victorian romance weave a tale of fashionable fiction. The Steampunk Ball Collection takes you on a journey through this mysterious genre. Discover bespoke looks designed with opulent textures and colours to evoke classic elegance with a twist of intrigue.

The collection features 6 shades, which can be purchased separately ($15.00) or in a set ($39.00):

Full Steam Ahead: opaque, grey creme
Pinkies Up: opaque, pink shimmer
Brass Goggles: semi-sheer, black and gold foil glitter
Baroness: opaque, burgundy metallic
Barkers: opaque, grey with magenta-green shimmer
Bric-A-Brac: full coverage, flaring shimmers in saffron red gel-like base

The collection is already available at Butter London’s website.

Deborah Lippmann Fantastical

deborah lippmann fantastical holiday collection 2014

Bewitching. Mystical. Mesmerizing. An exotic illusion of the nails. Let your creativity run wild with the unexpected colors that are beautifully whimsical. The only limit is your imagination.

The collection features 6 uniques shimmer and glitter shades that can be used on their own or layered for a more stunning effect:

Dear Mr. Fantasy: magenta (shimmer)
Dream Weaver: stone (shimmer)
Magic Carpet Ride: ebony (glitter)
Marrakesh Express: spiced sienna (glitter)
Weird Science: chartreuse (shimmer)
Xanadu: celestial cerulean (glitter)

The collection is already available at Deborah Lippmann’s website. The shimmer shades cost $18.00, while the glittery ones $20.00.

Orly Sparkle

orly sparkle holiday collection 2014

Glitters, shimmers, holographic effects, and lots of colourful. For the upcoming holiday season Orly has created a fun and sparkling collection that won’t make your nails go unnoticed. The six shades available, which can be bough separately ($8.50) or in a set ($21.50), are:

Mirrorball: holographic silver
Tinsel: a mixture of green and red glitter
Bling: dark gold
Explosion of Fun: electric shimmering pink-purple
Steal the Spotlight: shimmering turquoise
Glitterbomb: multicolored glitter

The collection is already available at Trans Design.

Which collection is your favourite?

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Does The Clarisonic Help Or Harm Skin?

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It’s one of the very few innovations in skincare devices. It made Ophra’s list of favourite things. And yet, many experts caution about its use. I’m talking about the Clarisonic (although, everything in this post is true for its many clones as well). What is it, and why is it so controversial?

What is Clarisonic?

Put it simply, the Clarisonic is an electric toothbrush for skin. Developed utilizing the same technology previously used to cleanse teeth, it features a soft and gentle brush that oscillates back and forth over the skin at sonic speed. According to a 2006 study (done by the makers of Clarisonic), “the net result is the inelastic comedones become loosened and detached from the infundibular wall and are then cleared from the acroinfundibulum,” which is just a fancy way of saying it can dislodge impurities in the pores. The brush can also remove dirt, makeup, and dead skin’s cells.

A cleansing or an exfoliating system?

Clarisonic is marketed as a cleansing, rather than an exfoliating, tool. That’s probably why they recommend using this device twice a day, in the morning and at night. They’re trying to make you change your cleansing habits, and replacing your usual cleanser with their brush. But while the Clarisonic can cleanse skin well, it also removes dead skin cells, which is what an exfoliant does. And exfoliating too often, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin, can do more harm than good to the skin.

Why overexfoliation is bad for skin

Exfoliation has many benefits for the skin. By removing the superficial layer of dead skin cells from its surface, you expose the newer, brighter, smoother, and even-toned skin underneath. It also makes fines lines and wrinkles appear smaller. As a result, skin looks younger and healthier. That’s not all. Exfoliation also allows skincare products to better penetrate into the skin, enhancing their efficacy. Plus, keeping skin and pores clean also helps prevent breakouts.

But those dead cells are there for a reason. They protect the red and raw skin underneath that’s not ready to come to the surface yet. If you remove too much of this protective layer, you’ll be exposing it, and that can be very painful! Even if you don’t reach raw skin, overexfoliation can disrupt the skin’s protective barrier, allowing moisture to escape from the skin, causing dryness. Or worse. When this barrier is damaged, skin is more prone to both irritations and infections.

How often should you use the Clarisonic?

The Clarisonic should be used as an exfoliating device. And not everyone can exfoliate skin manually daily. If you have pretty thick skin, you may be able to use this device twice a day without experiencing any side effects. But if your skin is normal, dry, or sensitive, then using it 2 or 3 times a week may be best. For some people, though, even that is too much. It’s all about experimenting to find out what frequency is right for you.

Problem is, this stuff is too expensive for experimentation. You don’t want to splurge on it only to discover it’s too harsh for your skin! Oh, and be careful what you use it with too. If you use it with a AHAs or BHA based exfoliant (whether during the cleansing process or afterwards), you may be getting too much exfoliation as well. Pay attention to how your skin responds and discontinue use at first sign of imitation.

Can anyone use the Clarisonic?

The brand of course says yes. Their website features several studies claiming the device is gentle and safe for use for everyone, including those affected with mild to moderate acne and rosacea. However, these studies were all commissioned by Clarisonic, and were conducted on a small group of people. Only 14, for example, took part in the rosacea study. Also, they don’t provide much information on how the Clarisonic was used or how the results were measured, making it impossible to accurately review the findings.

Experts, though, are cautious. Dr Leslie Baumann, for instance, believes that, while people with thicker skin can safely use the Clarisonic, “anyone with sensitive skin – and acne-prone skin is indeed sensitive – should actually avoid these vigorous scrubbing products, which can exacerbate inflammation. Rosacea and the tendency to experience skin allergies are further indications that you should not be using an abrasive exfoliant or a vigorous cleansing brush. Similarly, anyone with very dry skin should avoid exfoliating, which may compromise an already impaired skin barrier and worsen dryness.”

Is the Clarisonic the best way to cleanse and exfoliate skin?

Let’s say your skin is not too dry or sensitive, and can take being exfoliated regularly with the Clarisonic. Should you invest in it? The cheapest model costs $99.00, while the brush heads, which must be cleaned and replaced regularly, $25.00. That may be worth it if studies showed it worked better than AHAs, such as Glycolic Acid, or Salicylic Acid. But, as far as I know, no such study has been performed yet.

Clarisonic has, however, commissioned a study to test the cleansing ability of its device. The results showed that the Clarisonic Brush removes 6 times more makeup than manual cleansing. That’s both impressive and scary! It makes you wonder how much makeup we have trapped in our skin. Well, if you feel the urge of giving your dirty face a good scrub to remove it all, don’t. You don’t need to.

The Clarisonic Brush removes 6 times more makeup than manual cleansing indeed. But manual cleansing, according to the study, simply means removing makeup by hand with only water! Everyone who has ever used makeup knows that many products, especially longlasting and waterproof ones, are best removed with oil-based rather than water-based makeup removers. And none of us would dream to take makeup off with water alone! It’s just not that effective. Any cleanser would remove makeup better than water only. And was the Clarisonic tested against other cleansers and makeup removers? Of course not! Makes you think, doesn’t it?

The Bottom Line

This post is pretty negative, but I don’t think the Clarisonic is bad. Not for everyone anyway. Like other exfoliants, it can remove dead skin cells, revealing the brighter, younger-looking skin underneath, and enhancing the penetration of skincare products. But does it do it better than other exfoliants and cleansers on the market? We don’t know. What’s certain is that using it often, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin, can lead to dryness and irritations. If you’re not sure it’ll work for you, try a cheaper option, like Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, which is only $30. Personally, until I see scientific studies confirming it works better than other exfoliants, I’ll stick to glycolic acid.

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