First and foremost, I cannot believe I am actually posting a picture of my awfully old looking hands.

handpostneriumBut I have to do it. Because NeriumAD has changed my life, er, my hands.

In all honesty, my hands have always looked at least 10 years older than my age (judging from this picture though, I'd say 20!!). They are veiny, bony and thin-skinned. Nothing pretty about them. At all.

However, within 45 days, I've gotten at least half of those years back. I'd say my hands look younger. And with each day, they continue to look better. So I'm thinking, in another 45 days, those 10 years will be a wash! And while we're at it, another 45 days I'll swing into the negative.

What is NeriumAD? It's a skin care line that was initially developed in research for cancer patients, involving the extraction of the Nerium oleander plant. The unique properties of Nerium oleander provide remarkable age-defying results when applied to the skin. Results that are easily detected.

Now I realize the lighting isn't exactly the same and the angle is slightly different in the pictures. However, the texture of my skin and pore size is evident and astonishingly improved. My scar (white line) even looks less severe. I am super happy with the results. And seriously, if I am willing to post a picture of my hands, that is really saying something.

Take the hand challenge with NeriumAD. You won't believe the results (don't forget to take baseline photos). Or, better yet, put it to the test somewhere else, like your face. Unfortunately, I cannot use it on my face as the skin on my face does not agree with botanical-based products. This saddens me tremendously after seeing the before/after pictures on the Nerium site.

I'm now on a mission to improve the skin on my décolleté and stomach. And no, I'm not posting pictures. However, I will check back in to spout off the results. Stay tuned!

While we can't turn back the hands of time, we can certainly incorporate great tips and products into our everyday beauty routine to help wipe years away from our face. By eating foods rich in Omega-3 and antioxidants, and avoiding sugar, we can positively affect our skin from the inside out. Look for key ingredients in skin care products to help provide your skin the support it needs.

Products used in this segment:
Suki Targeted Bio-Brightening Face Serum
BCBG Savvy Sunglasses
Marc Ecko Cut and Sew Disruptor Sunglasses
Naila MD Wrinkle and Acne Reducer
Kumani Shea Restore
Naila MD Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer

Beautiful skin is your best accessory. It's what gets noticed first. Why wouldn't you take the very best care of it that you possibly can?

Due to my profession, it's important that I stay abreast of the latest advances in technology. I speak with dermatologists and I do my research. And yes, I review a lot of products. However, there is something to be said about a simple routine.

carolineskinpicTo keep your skin healthy throughout your life, it’s important to follow some key steps in caring for your skin. There are three types of products, in particular, that can make a huge impact in the overall health of your skin, including skin tone, texture and elasticity. Those three items for your skin care arsenal are: sunblock, antioxidant and retinoid.

Dermatologists will tell you that the #1 preventative action you can take for your skin's health is avoiding the sun's harmful rays. While we can't stay out of the sun altogether, proper ingredients in your SPF will make all the difference. Using a sunblock that contains Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide or Mexoryl (physical blockers) — every single day — will help prevent UVB and UVA rays from penetrating the skin. This step is a non-negotiable in my book. And my skin will thank me 20-30 years down the road.

Another anti-aging game changer is a topical antioxidant. Antioxidants help slow down the aging process, enable skin cell turnover and build collagen. In addition, antioxidants prevent and repair damage done by free radicals. Vitamin C, for instance, is a great antioxidant layered underneath your sunblock.

And the third step, which happens to be the number one anti-aging treatment, is a retinoid (Vitamin A derivative). Retinoids unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth skin.

I am a huge proponent of visiting a dermatologist. It's your opportunity to get educated. So, ask a lot of questions to learn about your exact skin type to ensure you walk away with the right information, and the right prescriptions based on your diagnosis. Proper care today will ensure a healthy tomorrow.


Photo by C.Horgan Productions

Every now and then, something truly special comes along. So special, that I feel the need to shout it from the rooftops!

As a skin care enthusiast (yes, and skin care addict), there is nothing that excites me more than coming across a product that pushes the technological barrier in skin care. Circ-Cell R.E.M Masque-Serum has done just that.

R.E.M. Masque-Serum is an innovative energy-activated mask/serum proven to renew skin within five weeks. The product uses low electrical stimulation to activate the frequencies produced by the human brain during skin renewal and restoration. The mask/serum is packaged into 2 separate containers, a powder and a liquid. When mixed together, they form a creamy serum. Once applied to your face and neck, you can feel a tingling sensation, confirming that the product is going right to work. The great thing about this mask/serum, is that you can easily integrate it into your skin care routine. However, the most amazing thing I realized about this product is its ability to provide and maintain a high level of hydration. I have never, to this day, experienced such a phenomenon! Just this one fabulous 3-in-1 (mask/serum/moisturizer) product is needed nightly and you are golden.

Speaking of golden, my skin glows like never before! I have personally witnessed smoother, firmer skin. The texture has improved, as has the tone of my skin. After a recent trip where I packed the bare minimum, I recognized the mistake of leaving my R.E.M. behind within hours of taking off. Let me tell you, my skin missed it.

Of course I am in awe of the 51 active ingredients, sourced from the most potent, scientifically valid sources in the world. A stellar cast — including tourmaline, amethyst, plant-based stem cells, Vitamin E, Pycnogenol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coffee berry and watermelon seed, to name of few. Every form of each ingredient remains stable throughout the life of the product and is formulated in its most effective form. This is an accomplishment!
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Melanie Simon, a licensed esthetician practicing in Montecito, CA and Jackson Hole, WY, is the brainchild behind the patent-pending process of R.E.M. Masque-Serum. She's been referred to as the 'cell whisperer' and I know why. By developing Circ-Cell Skin Care, Melanie's clients can maximize results at home and in between professional facial treatments. And for those of us not currently on Melanie's client roster (though, you can be), we still have this amazing skin care product to thank her for.

Whether you understand the technology behind the product or not, you will notice a change in your skin. A very welcome change.
ACRSnudeYou know you've stumbled upon a brilliant serum when you shed a tear over the last drop. That's how my day started. And now, my focus is on getting my hands (or face) on more!

NUDE's Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum is a phenomenal new product with bioactive peptides that help stimulate collagen, hyaluronic acid and fibronectin production, all to restructure the cellular matrix to firm skin and reduce the depth of wrinkles. It smells delightful, goes on smooth and covers well (just a drop, morning and night). Japanese sea kelp (antioxidant) helps to protect against the breakdown of hyaluronic acid, which results in highly moisturized skin all day long.

This serum is a stunner. My skin loves it! Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum is responsible for a ton of compliments over the last two months. And I'm happy to report that NUDE products are free from Parabens, Sulphates, PEGs, TEAs, DEAs, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, GMOs, Mineral Oils and Silicones.

Time to get some more!