Tuesday, February 9, 2021

10 Tips to Get a Great Pedicure

get a great pedicure

It is so luxurious to go to the salon or spa for a nice relaxing great pedicure. 

I've been giving people pedicures for more than 30 years and I want to give you some tips  to make your pedicure experience a great pedicure experience! I included some Amazon Affiliate links to help your find the product to make your pedicure the best!

10 Tips for a Great Pedicure

1. Wear the right shoes
Wear the right shoes to the salon when having a pedicure. Be sure that all of your toes stick out of the shoe. 

A flip flop or any thong type sandal works the best. 

Putting a closed toe shoe on just after a pedicure just doesn't work out. It will smoosh or make prints in nail polish that isn't dry all the way. 

There is an oil and plastic wrap trick we use at the salon if it's the dead of winter and you want to put your Uggs on to head outside. But, we usually say to wait at least 2 hours before putting any closed toe footwear on after a pedicure.

Toeless Yoga Socks are a great option during cold weather. You can wear them with your flip flops to help keep your feet warm and your toes pretty while they dry. 

The yoga socks that fit around each toe also help keep your toes separated while nail polish is applied.

Toeless yoga socks

It's fine to put any type of shoe on if you have had light cured gel polish applied during your pedicure. It is instantly cured dry from the light.

2. Put those flip flops on before polish
Put your flip flops or sandals on before your polish is applied. 

That way you won't wreck your polish trying to put your shoes on and you don't have to wait hours at the salon for your polish to dry.
zoya maren in boho thongs


3. Avoid shaving before a pedi
This is important! 

Don't shave your legs before a pedicure. I know, you want nice smooth legs for your pedicurist but, shaving may cause a tiny nick for bacteria to enter it.

This is especially important when you are having a pedicure in a whirlpool pedicure bath. Those inner pipes and jets may not be as clean as they should be. They may be harboring bacteria, fungus and more.


We only use foot baths with disposable liners at the salon to provide the cleanest, safest pedicure.

Besides the infection threat, your skin may be sensitive to any scrub used on your legs.
foot bath with liner


4. Try a Toe Waxing 
Have your toes waxed during your pedicure for a super clean hair free look that lasts. 

Shaved toes can feel stubbly and dark hairs show through the skin. Not so with waxing. The hair is pulled out from the root so the skin is super smooth and there is no hair to show through the skin.

A toe waxing is an inexpensive add on service that is well worth it. No Hobbit Feet, Please!

5. Mention your Health Issues 

It is important to tell your pedicurist if you are diabetic or have any other circulatory problem.

You need extra special care such as the appropriate water temperature and an extra gentle touch!

6. No Foot Fungus! 

Do not get a pedicure if you have athletes foot!!!

It is contagious fungal infection plus, your feet will most likely feel sore from the infection. The scrubbing involved in a pedicure will only cause more irritation.

See your podiatrist for the appropriate anti fungal treatment. You will be free to get a pedicure after the infection clears.
zoya walker
7. No Ovals 
Have your toenails trimmed straight across with smoothed corners to help prevent ingrown toenails.

Oval shaped toenail may look pretty but ovals increase the chance of the sides of the nails growing into the skin.

8. No Razors!

Do not let your pedicurist use a razor on you. 

A razor may be great for removing calluses but, a razor can also cause serious injuries and they are illegal for salons and spas to use in most states.

Have your callouses smoothed with a foot file or disposable pumice. Better safe than sorry.

9. Pick a Color that Looks Great on You 

There are so many great colors to express your individuality. But, choose a fun nail polish color that flatters your skin tone. 

Warm skin tones look best wearing warm colors such as warm yellow greens, coral, orange, orange red, warm reds, peach, yellow, tan, warm browns, gold and warm plums. 

Cool skin tones look best wearing cool colors such as blue toned pinks, blue reds, blues, blue greens, purple, wines, cool browns, and silver.

My favorite nail polish brand is Zoya. It is a 10 free healthy polish with tons of amazing colors. I have lots of posts on Zoya's beautiful collections and polish color swatches.
Zoya Harbor


There are so many gorgeous colors it's hard to choose one!

10. Get a Quick Drying Top Coat

Have a quick dry top coat applied for a super glossy finish. It speeds up drying time and reduces the chance of smudges.

My very favorite fast dying top coat is Seche Vite. There's nothing better for a super fast drying, glossy top coat! $5.99 on Amazon.

Take good care of your feet! I find most of us take our feet for granted. When they hurt, it makes us feel miserable.

I hope these 10 tips to get a great pedicure help you get your best, safest pedicure ever! 

Stay Healthy and Beautiful! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Home and Fashion Color Trends for 2021, The Pantone Color of the Year

I always look forward to seeing what the folks at Pantone choose as the color or colors of the year. It is always interesting to see how fashion, nail color, makeup and home decor follow the Pantone color trend.

pantone colors of the year 2021

There are 2 Pantone colors for 2021, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. I just love the combination of yellow and gray!

Ultimate Gray is a warm, rock solid gray representing strength.

Illuminating is sunny yellow representing positivity. 

Thank you Pantone. We certainly need lots of strength and positivity for 2121!!! 

See the Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Let's get into the colors and how to use them in your home and on your person. I have included Amazon Affiliate Shopping links in this post to help you find the perfect items to add strength and positivity your life!

The Gray Color Trend for 2021

Gray has been a huge home decorating color for years now and it shows no signs of stopping especially with the farmhouse decorating style remaining so popular. 

gray furniture

Gray is always right on point for clothing and nail color, too. Who doesn't love a cozy gray oversized sweater?

oversized gray sweater

My clients have been loving their gray nail polish for years. They will be happy to know gray is trending for 2021.

Zoya Dove, Zoya Bee, Zoya Tao
Here are Zoya Dove, Zoya Bee, and Zoya Tao. 
These favorite nail polish colors are right on trend.

The Yellow Color Trend for 2021

As for yellow, it is the best accent color in home decorating to instantly create a happy vibe. Color psychology shows us that colors can cause certain emotions. The properties of yellow include warmth, 0ptimism, brightness, energy, and attention. 

Yellow stimulates the left side of the brain bringing clarity to decision making. Add it to your home decorating to help create a happy environment for your family.

I saw this happy garden stool at Homegoods. It's so bright and cheery!

yellow garden stool

In fashion, you can never go wrong with a bright, sunny yellow T shirt or a pop of yellow jewelry for an instant pick me up. 

great yellow t shirt

I have to admit, I also love some yellow polished toes in the summertime!

zoya bee on toes

Lots of lovely colors, such as blue, green and coral, pair beautifully with both yellow and gray so you don't need redo everything in your house to get with the trend, unless you want to!

If you want to change everything and get a fresh start, I recommend using a professional interior designer to help you create your dream home using just the right colors.

Andrea Krill Interiors LLC

Easy Yellow and Gray Home Decorating Ideas on a Budget

It's easy to do a quick trendy color update in your home. A visit to your local Homegoods or Amazon will provide you with tons of inexpensive home accessory options to instantly change the look of your home. 

Here are my favorite home decorating ideas on a budget.

Pillows 

Pillows are my very favorite way to update the look of my living room. We love pillows at our house! These pillows from Amazon are absolutely perfect!!! $18.99

yellow and gray pillows

Fake Flowers

Fake Flowers are the ultimate home accessory to add an easy pop of color. These beauties are $16.99.

fake yellow tulips in vase

Buy on Amazon

Throws

Add a soft furry throw to your sofa, chair or bed to add some quick trendy color. 

furry yellow and gray throws

Area Rugs
Area rugs are another great way to incorporate color into your home. I love this Moroccan Trellis Area Rug in yellow, white and gray! $99.54

Art
Change out the art on your walls to get with the color trend inexpensively. 

yellow and gray art

yellow and gray art

Or Add these cool rattan balls to a vase for $8.99,

 Or add a unique yellow vase. $15.99
yellow heart vase

I love these silicon flower trivets! Remember Spirogragh? That's what these remind me of. So fun! I might just hang them on a wall! $11.99
yellow silicone trivets
 
There you have it. Some fun trendy items for you and your home.

I hope this year's Pantone Colors of the Year inspire you to decorate and brighten your home and freshen up your fashion looks with these inspiring colors for an optimistic 2021. 

        Here's to Fresh Starts and Optimism! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Do eye creams work?

The hands of time keep ticking away as we desperately search for that magical cream to make us look young again. Is there such a cream? 
best eye cream
We are bombarded with ads on TV, magazines and social media that claim their product will perform that magic. 

I have seen videos on facebook for one cream that is applied to the eyes and within minutes bags, puffiness and wrinkles are gone. Amazing! It tempts me to order it but logic (and reviews that say it doesn't work!!!!) take over and I resist the urge to click that order button.

Can an eye cream really make us look younger?

Do we need a special cream for the eye area? 

Many dermatologists will tell you that any moisturizer will work around the eyes, even Vaseline. But, who wants that thick gloppy stuff around their eyes or anywhere else on their face for that matter? 

As an esthetician, I find using a heavy cream or oil on the delicate skin around the eyes can cause puffiness and white bumpy clogged pores under the eyes. 

For example, I like to remove stubborn mascara with olive oil. It works great, but my eyes will be puffy in the morning if I don't cleanse it off well enough.

Read about milia & clogging under eye area

Eye creams are formulated for use around the eyes. They may contain oils but they are light weight oils and are unlikely to cause puffiness. 

Eye creams are moisturizing and they can contain anti aging ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and antioxidants to treat lines and wrinkles. 

Eye creams can also contain ingredients that stimulate drainage of fluids, such as rosemary, caffeine, or cucumber extract, to reduce the puffiness of bags under the eyes. 

An eye cream may not do major miracles, but it will hydrate, make lines and wrinkles less noticeable and be gentle on the delicate eye area. Apply eye cream to the upper and lower eye lids. They also work great around the mouth to reduce lines and wrinkles.

Most eye creams claim they will reduce the look of dark circles. I have never had a cream reduce my dark circles unfortunately. That's a topic for another day.

Makeup Tip: 
Always allow your eye serum and eye cream to absorb into the skin before applying foundation and concealer. Makeup will slide around or clump on serum or cream that hasn't absorbed.

Let's go over eye cream packaging, some effective ingredients for making the eye area look younger and some highly rated, cruelty free, paraben free eye creams and eye serums that will help improve the look of your under eye area. I have included my Amazon Affiliate Links in this post to help you to find the perfect product for you.

There are so many brands of eye cream and they tend to be expensive. The good thing is, you only use a tiny bit for each application so one tube of it lasts a long time.

The Best Cruelty Free Eye Creams that Work


Not only do you need an eye treatment product with effective ingredients, you need an eye cream with the best packaging to keep the ingredients fresh and effective.

The Best Eye Cream Packaging

It is better to find a cream in a tube or a pump bottle rather than a jar. The tube or pump bottle reduces product exposure to the air keeping the ingredients fresh and potent. 

The challenge is to find a good eye cream that works for you. I hate to buy an expensive product that I'm not sure I'll like. I have tried many eye creams and will, no doubt, continue to try more! There are some ingredients that do more than others to improve the look of the eye area.

Eye Cream Ingredients

There are some specific anti aging cosmetic ingredients that are especially effective for improving the skin around the eyes.
Retinol, Bakuchiol, Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and Peptides are the big time ingredients. 

There are also many amazing antioxidant botanical extracts used in eye treatment products that condition, hydrate and fight off free radicals making skin look younger and smoother.

One eye treatment product may use more than one of these anti aging ingredients to address the various issues the skin around the eyes may have such as puffiness, lines, wrinkles, lack of firmness, dark circles and sensitivity.  

Retinol 
Retinol is a great ingredient for reducing wrinkles. It can't get rid of them, but it can lessen them. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative. It's is found in prescription skin care creams such as Retin A and Renova. It is also found in non prescription skin care creams in a lower concentration.

Retinol increases cell turnover and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the skin making the skin younger and firmer looking. Retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, retinyl aldehyde, and retinal are some of the forms of retinol used in anti aging creams.

Retinol loses its strength when exposed to air. The best packaging for a retinol product is a tube or airless pump. A jar is the least desirable packaging for retinol because a jar allows too much contact with air. 

Be sure to use a sunscreen when using a retinol product. Retinol can make the skin more sensitive to UV Radiation causing it to burn easier.

Retinol can be irritating to the skin causing dryness and a burning sensation. Look for retinol palmitate and retinol linoleate on the ingredient list if your skin is sensitive.

Use your retinol eye cream everyday unless you are sensitive to it. If you are sensitive and get irritated, try using it every 2-3 days. It is a good idea to use a soothing nourishing eye cream on the days when you are not using the retinol cream to keep the eye area hydrated.

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex
Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex
This eye cream uses microencapsulated retinol to smooth and firm the eye area. Microencapsulating the retinol optimizes the potency of the retinol. Microencapsulated niacinamide, ash tree bark extract, vitamin C, peptides and botanical extracts condition the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Use morning and evening. $80.00

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Diglycerin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate PEG-100 Stearate, Isohexadecane, Propanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Algae Extract, Retinol, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Dunaliella Salina Extract Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Dipeptide-2, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bisabolol, Caffeine, Glucosamine HCL, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Silanetriol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Ceramide 3, Lecithin, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Dimethiconol, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Pantolactone, Ceramide NP, Sodium Lactate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Laureth-23, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Urea, Polyglycerin-3, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Oleth-20, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Isostearic Acid, Steareth-20, Polysorbate 20, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, BHA, Potassium Citrate, Citric Acid, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.


Or, you can try an eye treatment product that contains Bakuchiol.

Bakuchiol
Bakuchiol is an alternative plant extract to retinol. This vegan Ayurvedic ingredient is derived from the leaves and seeds of the psoralea corylifolia plant aka the bakuchi plant. This ingredient is used by many clean beauty brands. Bakuchiol is perfect for people who are sensitive to retinol but want to enjoy the anti aging properties of retinol.

Bakuchiol has many amazing properties. It is an antioxidant. It anti inflammatory and antibacterial. It increases skin cell turnover which stimulates collagen production just as retinol does without causing sensitivity to the sun.
Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Eye Cream
Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Eye Cream
The lightly scented Burt's Bees eye cream uses the retinol alternative bakuchiol to firm the eye area. It also contains fruit extracts, botanical extracts to gently smooth and hydrate. I find it to be light and moisturizing at a bargain price. Use morning and evening. This product is contains ingredients that are of 99% natural origin. $19.99

Ingredients: water, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, beeswax, bakuchiol, tocopherol, beta vulgaris (beet) root extract, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) fruit extract, lens esculenta (lentil) fruit extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, scutellaria alpina ower/leaf/stem extract, trifolium pratense (clover) leaf extract, adansonia digitata fruit extract, hibiscus sabdariffa ower extract, chlorella vulgaris extract, plankton extract, phragmites communis extract, poria cocos extract, stearic acid, ribose, xanthan gum, lecithin, hydrolyzed corn starch, citric acid, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, p-anisic acid, potassium stearate, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, lactic acid, magnesium aluminum silicate, sodium lactate, sodium PCA, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol

Hyaluronic Acid
Don't let the word acid scare you! Hyaluronic acid is an anti aging superstar ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient which holds moisture and plumps up the skin making lines less noticeable. You will see it listed as Sodium Hyaluronate on the product label ingredient list.

It is a glycosaminoglycan, which is a type of molecule composed partly of sugars and it is a natural part of the connective tissue in our bodies. It helps hydrate the skin, make it more flexible and to strengthen the skin's natural protective barrier. It is a non irritating ingredient good for all skin types.

yonka excellence code contours
Excellence Code Contours Creme
Excellence Code Contours Creme is designed to gently treat the delicate eye and lip areas. It smooths lines around the mouth and eyes plus reduces puffiness and dark circles under the eyes with hyaluronic acid and Persian Silk Tree extract. It contains 95% natural ingredients and contains light reflecting particles to brighten the under eye area.

This is one of the best luxurious eye creams I've tried! I did find it for less on Amazon. It's packaged in a tube with an extreme precision applicator that has a cooling effect to help reduce puffiness. 

Apply it twice a day, morning and bedtime, to the upper and lower eyelids and around the mouth using light gentle circular motions. $90.00

Key ingredients: 
Hyaluronic acid with high and low molecular weight, konjac : wrinkle filler- smoothing - hydrating

Complex of white lupin and alfalfa; Persian silk tree and St Paul's-wort : anti-puffiness - anti-dark circles - upper eyelid-lifting effect

Natural light-reflecting pink pigments, organic "soft focus" powder : illuminating - instant soft focus effect

Red algae, garden nasturtium : clear and even complexion

Organic thistle, vitamin A, avocado and grape seed oils, mango butter, bisabolol : repairing - soothing

Co-enzyme Q10, vitamin E : anti-free radicals

Essential oils of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rose, tonka bean and guaiac wood : refreshing and calming

Other ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Myristyl Esters, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Mica, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Bisabolol, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Onopordum Acanthium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Guaiacum Officinale Wood Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citrus Limon Peel Oil/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Darutoside, Dipteryx Odorata Bean Extract, Ubiquinone, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Glucomannan, Parfum/Fragrance, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Trihydroxystearin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491/Iron Oxide, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Eugenol, Geraniol Tocopheryl acetate 0.21%

*Ingredients may be subject to change. The most accurate and up to date product ingredient list can also found on the product packaging.


Peptides
Eye treatment products containing peptides, particularly copper peptides, can stimulate collagen production and make the skin look younger. Polypeptides are small chain amino acids that are used to build proteins, like collagen, in our bodies. A peptide applied to the skin tells the cells to make collagen. 

Since peptides are pieces of a complete protein, they can penetrate through the skin. Palmitoyl pentapeptide, aka Matrixyl, is a commonly used peptide in many skin care products.


Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream
Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream
This powerhouse eye cream from Murad contains a variety of effective anti aging ingredients. Peptides- palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, retinol, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, mango butter, and botanical extracts all work together to reduce puffiness, minimize lines and wrinkles, minimize dark circles and firm the under eye area. This product continues to receive high ratings year after year. Use morning and evening. $82.00

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Pentylene Glycol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Dimethicone, Cetyl Phosphate, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Dipeptide-2, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Oleyl Alcohol, Steareth-20, Lecithin, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) 


Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs are naturally derived acids that occur in foods such as apples, grapes, citrus fruit and milk. They are sometimes called fruit acids. Glycolic acid is a widely used AHA. It is derived from sugar cane.

These acids are used in skin care products to remove dead cells, improve the appearance of the skin and encourage firming of the skin by thickening the deep layers of the skin making them perfect for improving the look of the eye area.

AHAs are used to treat wrinkles, acne and acne scarring. AHAs cause a mild irritation and exfoliate the skin. They also cause sensitivity to the sun. Always use a daily sunscreen to protect the skin from UV radiation.
Juicy Beauty Green Apple Brightening Eye Cream
This eye cream is designed to brighten the under eye area and reduces dark circles with AHAs, emollients and antioxidants. It contains apple extract, aloe, peptides, CoQ10, green tea, vitamins and botanical extracts. This cream should not be used on sensitive skin and those with rosacea due to the AHA content. Use morning and evening. $42.00

Ingredients: Pyrus malus (organic apple juice/jus de pomme bio) *, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice/jus d’aloès bio)*, cetearyl alcohol†, glycerin†, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil/huile de graines de tournesol bio)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil/huile de graines de jojoba bio)*, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam seed oil/huile de graines de limnanthe), sorbitan stearate, coconut alkanes, coco-caprylate/caprate†, borago officinalis (organic borage seed oil/huile de graines de bourrache bio)*, oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil/huile d’onagre bio)*, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed seed oil/huile de lin bio)*, persea gratissima (organic avocado oil/huile d’avocat bio)*, daucus carota sativa (carrot seed oil/huile de graines de carotte), ubiquinone(CoQ10), thioctic acid (alpha lipoic acid/acide alpha-lipoïque), dimethylaminoethanol tartrate (DMAE bitartrate), dipeptide-2, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, gluconolactone†, sodium benzoate, calcium gluconate, potassium sorbate, potassium hydroxide, sodium citrate, citric acid, cucumis sativa (cucumber extract/extrait de concombre), camellia sinensis (green tea leaf extract/extrait de feuilles de thé vert), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C/ vitamine C), tocopherol (Vitamin E), hesperidin methyl chalcone (Vitamin P), squalane†, cetearyl glucoside†, xanthan gum. *certified organic ingredient / ingrediént certifié bio † plant derived / origine végétale

About Eye Serums
Eye serums are light weight and more fluid than eye creams. They are applied to clean fresh skin to allow the product to penetrate into the skin then, an eye cream is applied on top of the serum to hydrate the eye area. 

A serum can be used alone but may not give you enough lasting hydration. Using a serum along with an eye cream gives you a double anti aging treatment.

I will show you three best selling serums from three high quality skin care brands. Two contain retinol. One does not.

 Best Cruelty Free Eye Serums That
Work 

Dr Dennis Gross ferulic and retinol triple correction eye serum
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum
This serum is a like a cream but it is a thinner lighter fluid that can be applied before an eye cream. Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream contains retinol to firm and reduce wrinkles, the anti oxidant ferulic acid to fight aging free radicals, licorice root to reduce puffiness and caffeine for draining. Use morning and evening. $68.99

Ingredients: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Propylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ferulic Acid, Retinol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Arbutin, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Quercetin, Caffeine, Ubiquinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Phospholipids, Tetrapeptide-21, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Urea, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).


Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
Murad's Eye Serum contains Retinol Tri-Active Technology meaning it contains a fast acting retinoid, a time released retinol and a retinol booster. It also contains marine kelp complex for a lifting effect. This serum minimizes lines and wrinkles, hydrates, firms and evens skin tone. Use morning and evening. $85.00
 
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Retinyl Propionate, Retinol, Swertia Chirata Leaf Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lecithin, PVP, Hexylene Glycol, Capryl Glycol, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, PEG-8, Carbomer, Sodium Bisulfite, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Titanium Dioxide (CI 7 7891), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)



Dermalogica BioLumin-C Eye Serum
Dermalogica BioLumin-C Eye Serum
This serum gets it's anti aging power from Vitamin C, Arjun Tree Extract, Chia Seed Oil, Tremella Mushroom, Poria Mushroom and Micro-Algae. These ingredients brighten, firm, hydrate, increase collagen production and boost the skin's natural luminosity. It also contains Papain to gently exfoliate and peptides to increase collagen production. Use morning and evening. This product contains no retinol for those who have a sensitivity. $70.00

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, C15-19 Alkane, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Poria Cocos Polysaccharide, Papain, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Terminalia Arjuna Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytosterols, Algin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Phytosteryl Oleate, Tocopherol, Serine, Oleic Acid, Inositol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Betaine, Carrageenan, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylpropanediol, Proline, Xylitol, Calcium Gluconate, Pantolactone, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyacrylate-13, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Polyisobutene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Gluconolactone, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.

So do eye creams work? 

I say yes! Eye creams are formulated for us
to use on the delicate eye area to improve the look of the skin around the eyes without causing puffiness, clogged pores or irritation.

You will certainly see improvement in the hydration of the skin around the eyes and wrinkles will be softened especially when using an eye cream that contains anti aging ingredients.

If you expect wrinkles and dark circles to go away when you use an eye cream, you will be disappointed. Eye creams improve the eye area but they do not perform miracles no matter what the eye treatment product ads tells you.

        Have a Beautiful Younger Looking Day! 
xo
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