Alba Botanica AcneDote Review

Alba Botanica

The first time I tried Alba Botanica AcneDote Clean ‘n Treat Towelettes was when I received it for review from the Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit. Alba Botanica I loved that the Alba Botanical AcneDote was cruelty free, 100% Vegetarian, had no Parabens or Phthalates, and was Leaping Bunny certified. Alba Botanica After I finished the sample size, I purchased the full size package of the Alba Botanica acne-fighting towelettes, which contains thirty. As advertised, they are terrific at removing make up and grime; and I was sold on the fact that the towelettes are free of parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances. The towelettes feel very soft, and are at a good price point (approximately $6.oo).

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Because there are ingredients that can be drying to your skin, the directions are to use one application per day, and then gradually you can increase to using the towelettes two or three times a day. If you have too much dryness or any peeling, check with your doctor and reduce how often you use it! I have only used this once a day, and I never use it anywhere near my eye area. I just think it’s great for my cheeks, forehead and neck area, and excellent after working out– before I get to the shower. Cons?  The Alba Botanica towelettes have 2% salicylic acid, which is great to fight acne, but there is also witch hazel, which can be really irritating on some guys and gals skin. Also, learn from me: if you’re not careful to make certain you have tightly resealed the package, they will very quickly dry out! Alba Botanica

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alba botanicaThe Alba Botanica towelettes are also available in a pack of ten, which is great to throw in your handbag or gymbag. While the thirty pack is easy to find, the pack of ten has been difficult for me to locate, so I’ve had to order that size online.

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Mario Badescu Skin Care Review: Solve Acne Problems!

Mario Badescu Skin Care is a cruelty free range first introduced in 1967 in New York.  Mario Badescu is named after the founder, Mario Badescu, a chemist and a cosmetologist, who developed his botanically-based skin care product line. The Skin Care line is designed to provide customers with a personal plan of their own customized treatment plan for beautiful and healthy skin.

Mario Badescu skin care line has continued with the original goal to have skin care products at great prices because he believed everybody deserves good skin care.

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Relogy natural skincare to clear up acne

What is Relogy?

Relogy,  pronounced,  rel-oh-jee, is a new skincare line that is formulated to clear up acne in two steps. Relogy is botanically-based, and the three products are 95-100% derived from natural ingredients; and they are benzoyl peroxide free. Relogy is also 100% vegan, which means that there are no animal by-products, and it is cruelty free. There is absolutely no animal testing, as certified by PETA.

Although I have not yet tested it, I wanted to bring this new skincare line to my readers attention as Relogy states that.. “It’s the easiest, fastest, most effective acne care treatment you can find. If you don’t agree, we’ll give you your money back!”


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How is Relogy different from other acne products on the market?

Relogy has products that are quick and easy to apply, as they know that adults are busy and want to spend as little time as they can treating their acne!

Relogy has a Dual Action Treatment Foam is different from other acne care products because it can be used just like a topical acne treatment, that does not require rinsing, or it can be used as a treatment cleanser, with rinsing.

Relogy also has active ingredients that are different than other acne care products. They are botanically based ingredients and have no harsh chemicals.

Relogy has a 100% Natural Skin Balancing Lotion with Coconut Milk, that is to prevent side effects, and keep your skin well hydrated and nourished.

Relogy also has a product for acne flare-ups, called the Targeted Spot Treatment, which has Seaweed Extract. This is a rollerball applicator and is very cooling.

The goal is to have your blemishes fade quickly and completely, and to do so as quickly as possible.

More information about Relogy:

Relogy has two steps, and there are three products. It is used once a day for acne prevention, and twice a day for those who have moderate to severe acne.

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A Cruelty Free acne drying serum!

Could this be a “solution for that occasional third eye?” Yes! Sircuit Cosmeceuticals (Sircuit Skin) sent an 1/8 oz. amber vial sample ($9.00 US) of Fixzit™ +, an acne drying serum, for me to decide. Fixzit™ is an acne (blemish) drying serum to help fight against ongoing conditions that can occur with blemished skin.

Easy to use!

Simply spot-treat your blemished areas. 

Who can use?

This is suitable for all skin types to reduce the appearance of breakouts and blemishes. However!  If you are allergic to aspirin (which is salicylate based) or you are pregnant, do not use this serum. 

Fixzit+ is free of phthalates, artificial preservatives, colors, or fragrance and, of course, is cruelty free.

Featured Ingredients:
Azelaic Acid – brightening, blemish fighting.
Retinol – 2% Cavamax® (encapsulated Vitamin A, INCI: cyclodextrin, retinol) for cell turnover, infection fighting, and improved skin condition.

From Sircuit Skin:

  • Retinol addresses acne. Retinol is widely used for the treatment of acne, but it is also used to combat skin damage that results from the sun and aging. While Retinol works to help reduce telltale signs of aging, it also treats “acne-ridden” skin. Adult acne is common, affecting 50 percent of women and dealing with both aging and acneic skin, and it can be particularly depressing. Fortunately, because of Retinol’s exfoliating benefits, it can also help in the treatment of acne by helping to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores, ultimately helping to prevent breakouts.
  • Retinol is less irritating than Retinoic Acid. Pure Retinoic acid is only available by prescription from your dermatologist. Though considered more potent than the over-the-counter counterparts, they are also more irritating to the skin with potential side effects like peeling and redness.

Salicylic Acid – helps keep the pores clear, exfoliation.

Banana Extract – antioxidant, helps speed healing.

Wine Extract – antioxidant.

Biotin (D) – chirally correct form, part of the Vitamin B complex, has healing properties for blemish-prone skin.

Lactic Acid (L) – Chirally correct form, exfoliant, skin softening.

Astaxanthin – powerful antioxidant.

Limonene (L) – has antiseptic properties, helpful for blemish-prone skin, Chirally correct for skin care, a bioflavonoid found in citrus rinds, and is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.

Watch out! Sunburn Alert: This product contains a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.

Here are all the benefits to Fixzit +:

Fixzit + can’t stop your acne, but it did quickly minimize a breakout I had.

Absorbs sebum and gently exfoliates to decongest pores.

Antimicrobial action combats the spread of breakout-causing bacteria.

Reduces inflammation.

Fades the visible redness of current and past blemishes. This was not immediate, but it most certainly did work!

Any further notes? Be extra cautious about getting sun exposure. To store: Fixzit should be kept out of sunlight and stored away from any heat source, in a cool, dark place. The smell is not great, but fixzit+ kept my skin soft and smooth, and I recommend this as a solution!

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Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer Skin Care Tips, is a copyrighted article by Stephen Strassler, President and Founder of Reviva Labs. I have received permission to post this. 

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Phone:  800-257-7774

With the multitude of skin cancer cases reported by the National Cancer Institute, it appears that sun damage to human skin is reaching epidemic proportions. Sunscreens are important but they work only on the surface.  Some degree of free-radical ultra-violet rays (particularly UV-A…the aging rays) often get through.

A few years ago, Reviva Labs stressed that a strong anti-oxidant cream formulated for absorption deeper than the sunscreen cream or lotion, and applied under the sunscreen, could offer an important extra level of protection against sun damage. Such an antioxidant cream could “zap” free radicals that get through the sunscreen.

Reviva Labs offers two such antioxidant creams formulated for deeper absorption.  One is Reviva’s Ultra C Cream which features a unique vitamin C component from cabbage juice (ascorbigen) in addition to standard vitamin C (of course, Ultra C’s usual usage is under make-up). 

The second is Reviva’s popular Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream. Both creams are not sunscreens but their outstanding anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities—used under a sunscreen cream—offer a valuable double layer of defense against skin aging and skin cancer.

We also suggest that these creams should be used after sun exposure.

To summarize, Reviva asks you to remember that there is no total sunblock. So when some free radicals get past your sunscreen (as has been proven they do), Reviva’s antioxidant Ultra C Cream or Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream can “zap” them before they do their damage.

Other Tips and Questions about Summer Skin
Do you need a sunscreen on lips?  Absolutely!  Melanin isn’t present in the lips, so no matter what your skin type, your lips need sun protection. The lower lip, in particular, burns easily and can even be affected by skin cancer.  So, use a sunscreen with SPF #15 on lips.  Reviva’s Vitamin E Stick offers SPF #15 sun protection and is also used under eyes.

Watch out for sunburn!  If you’re sunbathing and see a blush of pink skin, it’s time to cover up.  A sunburn takes 4-6 hours to maximize and can be a painful red by the evening.  If you do burn, here are a few natural aids:
*Cold compresses.  Example—add ice cubes to a bowl with equal parts water and milk, soak a cloth and apply.
*A cool bath can also help.
*Slices of raw potato will help lessen the heat.
*For the face, Reviva’s Cream Hydratante or Willard Water Gel has been reported to offer excellent relief.
*A towel soaked in iced tea is another soother (the tannic acid helps).

Puffy Eyes?  Cold chamomile tea bags help soothe, as well as cold cotton pads with milk.  For de-puffing, you’ll be delighted with Reviva’s new 100 percent Collagen Fibre Eye Pads, contour cut for the under eye area. They also feature myoxinol for special anti-wrinkle action.

Is sun a great treatment for acne or blemishes?  The answer is no, on a long-range basis, but let us explain.  Many acne or blemished skin individuals have been told that sunbathing is an excellent remedy. And the sun does offer quick improvement but alas, it doesn’t last. Our experience in professional skin salons has shown that a month or less after sunbathing the blemishes again erupt.  Here’s why: the sun has an antiseptic effect on blackheads and pimples, but while the good is happening, sun is also thickening the epidermis. As a result of the thickening, pores often become blocked and the sebum gets clogged—doesn’t flow to the surface.  So clogged pores mean new breakouts.

To help avoid the problem, blemished skins should continue at least once a week exfoliating with a mild exfoliant like Reviva’s Light Skin Peel.  Also, Reviva’s Oily Skin Night Cream to help soften the skin, and softening masks such as Reviva’s Hydrogen Peroxide Green Papaya Mask. Light peeling, incidentally, won’t take away your tan.  A tan is formed in the lower levels of the epidermis and peel just removes surface dead cells.

Tanning without sun. If you want a rich attractive tan—but don’t want to sunbathe—you’ll be surprised at how remarkably effective, how easily, Reviva’s Tan Without Sun produces the look you’ll love. This is nothing like those quick bronzers in the past—the kind that may have been blotchy, orangey or stained your clothes.  Reviva’s formula produces a smoother, more even, more attractive tan than most of us could possibly get from a week of sunbathing.  Even very fair skin or skin sensitive to sun generally responds beautifully.  The color lasts for days and does not wash off—just fades away like a regular suntan.   

What can I do to offset sun and air-conditioning taking moisture out of my skin? There are several good moisturizing creams but the most potent in the Reviva line is concentrated Hyaluronic Acid Serum in its one-ounce bottle.  You can use it alone, under make-up and under night cream.  Of course, you should also drink eight glasses of liquids (water or juices) a day.  If your skin is severely dehydrated, you might try the Hyaluronic Acid Serum under Reviva’s new TGF Beta-1 Growth Factor Cream at night.

Do you need protection on non-sunny days or under a beach umbrella?  The sun’s UV-B rays, although filtered by clouds, do pass through. Therefore, the fact that we normally would not take the same protective measures in cloudy weather means that long exposure could definitely cause a burn. And, did you know that sand reflects about 30 percent more ultraviolet light than grass? So you still need sunscreens under the beach umbrella. Water, too, reflects sunlight and the sun’s rays pass right through water. So if you’re swimming or just standing in shallow water, use a water-resistant sunblock and cover-up with a cotton pullover, if you’re standing.  

copyrighted article by Stephen StrasslerPresident and Founder of Reviva Labs


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