May 4, 2011

Skincare for Moms

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I know many of us are thinking about what we should get Mom.  And while I don't know that I'd recommend buying a skincare product for Mother's Day because it might just be taken the wrong way, a gift card to somewhere where mom could purchase one of these great items might be a hit.

For the non-stop busy mom: First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Restore Cream - $36, available at Sephora, and
FAB 5-in-1 Restore Cream is a rich, multi-action moisturizer formulated to help prevent and combat the signs of aging while moisturizing, brightening, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, correcting skin tone, and combating free radicals. This do-it-all cream provides skin with the TLC it needs to stay radiant, youthful and perfectly hydrated.  Free of parabens, harsh chemicals and colorants, and safe for even the most sensitive skin.

My thoughts:
I loved this product.  It's so creamy and leaves my skin feeling sooo smooth without feeling oily.  My 3 year old has some skin issues on his legs that leave him dry and itchy and I even used this on him with great results!  You can use this at night OR in the morning which I've found you can't always do with a good thick moisturizer.

For the mom that wants to preserve her youth: Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% - $103, available at doctor’s offices nationwide or online at
Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% formulation uses stabilized ascorbic acid, the only form of Vitamin C that can be effectively absorbed by the skin. With a concentration of 20% ascorbic acid, this specific formulation offers the deepest level of penetration available. L-ascorbic acid neutralizes free radicals that would otherwise damage your skin, helps stimulate collagen synthesis, provides sun protection, and remains in the skin for up to 72 hours. Professional-C Serums are absorbed into your skin quickly, so you benefit almost instantly after application. Obagi Professional-C Serums offer maximum antioxidant protection you won’t find in other Vitamin C products.

My thoughts:
For me application of this product was a little tricky as it comes in a dropper and is a sort of oily liquid consistency.  But other than it being a little messy I did get great results. Some of the warnings (about burning w/over use or sensitive skin) made me a little nervous but I used it daily without any burning or irritation.   It left my skin feeling healthy and I think it improved the fine laugh lines I have starting.

For the busy mom who needs a little pick-me-up: Freeman Vita-K Professional Dark Circles- $15, available at mass merchandise stores nationwide or online a
Professional Vita-K Solution Dark Circles is a clinically proven professional skin treatment that minimizes the appearance of dark circles. The professional formula with unique ProVita-K Complex significantly improves the appearance of tone and elasticity, and dramatically reduces the appearance of dark circles using light diffusing properties.

My thoughts:
Of the three this was my FAVORITE, mostly because it was something different than I've ever tried.  It's just been in the last year or two that I've been bothered by dark circles under my eyes. It was if they just popped out of nowhere one day and although I am usually running on slightly less than 8 hours a day of sleep, they don't improve even if I'm allowed a very full nights sleep.  And for some reason despite my MANY other skin issues, this in the one that makes me the most crazy.  So I was excited to try this product.  I have used it daily for two weeks and see a great improvement.  The circles aren't GONE but they are much lighter and when I actually wear makeup you can't see them anymore, which was not the case before.  If you are bothered by dark circles, I'd highly recommend this product, especially for such a great price.  I will be continuing to use this one for sure!!

Disclosure: I was supplied with all three of these complimentary products for review purposes.  However, all opinions expressed are my own honest, personal feedback.


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