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Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging System and 10 Ways to Transform Your Skin Now!

In The Beauty Editor: Obsessions & Addictions! NEW on June 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

M-Teen Magazine – Beauty Editor’s Anti-Aging Obsession!

M-Teen’s beauty editor is obsessed with Paula’s Choice RESIST skin care system. After consistently applying the RESIST Anti-Aging System she has seen fabulous results including improved texture and amazingly smooth, hydrated skin! RESIST is formulated for all skin types, is fragrance free and loaded with ingredients to increase healthy collagen, prevent moisture loss and repair damage.

M-Teen’s Beauty Editor is addicted to RESIST and will be stocking up on products thanks to this limited time offer:

15% Off RESIST Anti-Aging Products* / FREE Shipping on $50+ / 3 Free Samples

*Promotion expires 9pm PT, July 5, 2011.


10 Ways to Transform Your Skin Now!

By Paula Begoun

The Cosmetics Cop


Trying to figure out the best way to take care of your skin is confusing: Do you need a firming cream, antiwrinkle serum, sun protection, nighttime lotion, and daytime moisturizer? Do you need separate products for the neck, chest, and eye areas?

If you rely on advertising claims or on the explanations you get from cosmetics salespeople about how to take care of your skin, you will almost assuredly end up missing some of the vital steps for achieving radiant, age-defying skin (and will likely be even more confused).

Instead, follow this checklist for 10 ways to transform your skin now and start seeing instant results!

1. Exfoliate with BHA or AHAs (not with a scrub!)

Without question, everyone can benefit from a well-formulated exfoliant, whether it is an AHA product (alpha hydroxy acid, such as glycolic and lactic acids) or a BHA product (beta hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid). Healthy skin naturally sheds millions of dead skin cells every day, but sun damage, dry or oily skin, genetics, and other skin disorders can block this process, resulting in clogged pores, blemishes, white bumps, dull or flaky skin, and uneven skin tone.

AHAs and BHA gently get rid of the built-up dead skin cells, unclog pores, reduce breakouts, rebuild collagen, smooth out wrinkles, and allow dry skin to heal!

Recommended Exfoliants:

• Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir ($29.99 for 1.7 fl. oz.)

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid ($24.95 for 1.7 fl. oz)

• Cosmedicine Speedy Recovery Acne Treatment Daytime Blemish Lotion SPF 15 ($40 for 2 fl. oz.)

Paula’s Choice Exfoliating 2% BHA Liquid($18.95 for 4 fl. oz.)

Why shouldn’t you use a scrub? Scrubs deal only with the very top, superficial layer of the skin, so most of the built-up dead skin cells are beyond their reach. Even worse, many scrubs contain particles with a rough, coarse, or uneven texture that can damage the skin as it abrades away the surface, causing tiny tears that damage the skin’s barrier, which is not good for any skin type!

2. Eat Right

The amount of research showing that a diet rich in antioxidants can help skin is astounding! Dark berries, fresh salmon, avocadoes, butternut squash, and green tea are just a few of the anti-aging superfoods you should add to your grocery list.

Which foods should you avoid? Sweets and salty foods. Too much sugar (even honey) can lead to collagen deterioration, loss of elasticity, and increased likelihood of wrinkling. A diet overloaded with salt also will take a toll on your skin, resulting in bloating and puffy, tired-looking skin.

3. Wear Sunscreen Every Day

We know,… you’ve heard it before, and it’s really boring,… but we know you’re not doing it! Only 10% of people wear sunscreen on a regular basis and most still get a tan. Many also continue to use tanning beds, which might as well be called wrinkle-beds.

Sun protection is by far the most important tool in preventing skin damage and helping in the anti-aging fight. Nothing else in your skin-care routine matters if you leave out this critical step. Using an antiwrinkle cream and not using sunscreen is like eating broccoli in hopes of reducing the effects of smoking cigarettes.

You must wear sunscreen 365 days a year! Even on cloudy days, and even if you’re inside. The sun’s damaging rays do penetrate the clouds and they do come right through the window. Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean your skin is protected.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and your skin will thank you in the years to come. It is the only way to look younger than your friends!

Recommended Sunscreens:

• Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 ($26 for 4.2 oz.)

Paula’s Choice RESIST Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25 & Antioxidants ($24.95 for 2 oz.)

• Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunblock Mineral Protection, Fragrance Free SPF 30 ($9.95 for 4 oz.)

4. Remove All of Your Makeup (It’s more important than you think!)

Left on overnight, any amount of makeup can clog pores, prompt skin-damaging irritation, and cause puffy eyes! Start with a gentle, fragrance-free, water-soluble cleanser, and then remove the last traces of eye makeup with a colorant-free, fragrance-free, irritant-free makeup remover.

Recommended Makeup Removers:

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($12.95 for 4 oz.)

• Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($15 for 3.75 oz.)

• Sonia Kashuk Remove, Eye Makeup Remover ($9.99 for 4 oz.)

5. Don’t Rely on Only One Product

There is no single magic bullet ingredient or product for your skin; it takes more than one product to provide the full range of results. Some products do perform multiple tasks, but—let me repeat—your skin needs more than just one product. Here is what your skin needs:

• Gentle cleanser

• Toner loaded with antioxidants and skin-healing ingredients

• Sunscreen loaded with antioxidants for daytime

• Moisturizer—in serum, gel, lotion, or cream form—loaded with antioxidants for night

• AHA or BHA exfoliant

• Treatment products for skin discolorations, blemishes, oily skin, or blackheads

Visit Beautypedia for our science-based reviews on thousands of skin-care and makeup products.

6. Don’t Pull at Your Skin

Repeatedly rubbing, tugging, and pulling at your skin stretches the skin’s elastin fibers, causing sagging and drooping! Whether it’s from pulling on your skin to remove waterproof mascara, getting a facial, or rubbing your eyes, you’re helping gravity take a toll on your face. Stopping this now will benefit your skin down the road.

7. Consider a Foundation with Anti-Aging Ingredients

There are some wonderful new foundations on the market with state-of-the-art ingredients (e.g., sunscreen, antioxidants, and cell-communicating and skin-identical ingredients) that really can improve your skin. If you already wear foundation, this is an easy way to get extra benefit without adding another step to your routine. If your foundation contains an effective sunscreen, that’s even better!

Recommended Anti-Aging Foundations:

• Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 ($24.50)

• Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup SPF 15 ($36.50)

• M.A.C. Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation ($29.50)

8. Antioxidants, Antioxidants, and More Antioxidants!

Topically applied antioxidants are essential for skin, just like they are for your diet. Given that your skin is your body’s largest organ, it needs many of the same healthy substances the rest of your body needs. Antioxidants prevent some of the free-radical damage that causes skin-destroying inflammation over time. They also help skin heal and produce healthy collagen. What’s not to love about that?

Among the dozens and dozens of brilliant antioxidants for skin, there is no single one that is best for skin. Don’t believe the ads suggesting otherwise. In fact, skin needs a blend of potent, stable antioxidants to really start acting and looking younger, and the more the better.

Recommended Antioxidant-Rich Products:

Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum($24.95 for 1 oz.)

• MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel ($45 for 1 oz.)

• Avon for Goodness Face Antioxidant Skin Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 ($18 for 1.7 oz.)

9. Save Up for a Dermatological Treatment

People often decide that dermatological treatments, such as Botox, dermal fillers, lasers, intense pulse light procedures, FRAXEL, or chemical peels, are beyond their budget or that a skin-care product can achieve relatively similar results.

Fact: There is nothing in the world of skin-care products that comes close to giving you the results you can get from medical cosmetic corrective procedures.

Fact: Following our advice—products we recommend and products we warn you about—may allow you to save enough money over time to afford the procedures mentioned above.

That doesn’t mean that skin-care isn’t important. Without question, your skin will benefit from using well-formulated products on a consistent basis, but your skin still ages. Just remember, skin-care products have limitations, no matter what the ads tell you.

10. Give Up Bad Habits

Don’t underestimate the role your lifestyle plays when it comes to the condition of your skin. You could do everything else right, but if you’re smoking, tanning, or irritating your skin with bad ingredients, your skin will pay! It’s easy to think that you aren’t hurting your skin if the negative impact doesn’t show up immediately, but the cumulative damage adds up—and it isn’t pretty!


tarte cosmetics – Limited-Edition QVC Exclusives on 5.27.11!

In The Beauty Editor: Obsessions & Addictions! NEW on May 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

M-Teen Magazine HOT Beauty Exclusive!

The M-Teen beauty editor is obsessed with tarte cosmetics and is over-the-top excited about the QVC exclusives on 5.27.11.

M-Teen Magazine Beauty Editor Faves:  smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder in original and bronze & Amazonian clay 12-hour blush! The bronzer is THE perfect natural shade of summer glow in a micronized powder which glides across your skin. The blush has an incredibly silky smooth texture which makes application matte and flawless.

M-Teen Tip: Try blending a small amount of smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder in bronze with the original smooth operator™ micronized finishing powder. Apply this luxurious powder mix to face and sweep cheeks with Amazonian clay 12-hour blush to achieve a gorgeous “touch of  bronze” glow – and a totally perfected looking complexion….we promise!!

Amazonian clay 12-hour blush

For those who want an alternative blush to tarte’s award-winning gel and cream cheek stains, tarte is now offering Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in 8 shades. Inspired by tarte’s best-selling cheek and lip stains, shades range from soft pink (dollface) to deep berry (flush). Used alone or with tarte’s best-selling natural cheek stains, this blush is sure to give you that natural glow.

smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder – bronze

Like the original, this micronized clay finishing powder mattifies skin, minimizes the appearance of pores and replenishes all skin types, now while adding a natural touch of bronze to your complexion. This silky smooth finishing powder glides on evenly and imparts a healthy, natural warmth while the intuitive and skin smart Amazonian clay, nature’s most perfect ingredient, acts as a total skin balancer by reducing dryness and flakiness, improving clarity and texture, and removing surface oil to mattify skin for a soft and flawless lit-from-within finish; all while replenishing and rehydrating skin.

smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder

smooth operator™ micronized clay finishing powder with PM20™ perfects and mattifies skin, while reducing the number and size of pores by 20% after 4 weeks.

tarte — Beauty—QVC.com.

Bobbi Brown Event – Enjoy 20% Savings!

In The Beauty Editor: Obsessions & Addictions! NEW, Values, Sales & Savings on April 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm


M-Teen Magazine Beauty Savings Event!


Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

April 11th – April 13th

Friends & Family Event  –  Enjoy 20% Savings

Friends & Family – Enjoy 20% off your order.

Wildly Effective Sun Care! Kiss My Face

In The Beauty Editor: Obsessions & Addictions! NEW on April 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm

M-Teen Magazine Beauty Editor’s Best Sunscreen!

We are always searching for the very best products to keep our skin healthy and protected from the sun. M-Teen’s Beauty Editor is obsessed with the Kiss My Face line of  UVA/UVB sunscreens that contain natural mineral sun blocks, antioxidants, soothing agents, emollients, cell-communicating ingredients  –  are fragrance free and water resistant! Thank you Kiss My Face…. search OVER!


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M-Teen Beauty Editor’s Kiss My Face Faves:

Sun Screen SPF 18 with Oat Protein Complex

Sunspray Lotion SPF 30

Face Factor SPF 30 / SPF 50 Face and Neck



Kiss My Face, a natural beauty and personal care products company, is a pioneer in the natural and organic industry.  The brainchild of Bob MacLeod and Steve Byckiewicz, two long time vegetarians searching for healthy body care alternatives, Kiss My Face was founded in 1981 on a 200 acre organic farm in New York’s beautiful Hudson River Valley and has been operating out of a converted barn and feed store ever since.  From moisturizers to liquid soaps, shave creams to oral care, Kiss My Face has a natural, crueltyfree product for you.

Natural Sun Care – screen and lotions by Kiss My Face.

Paula’s Choice – 25% Off Antioxidant Serums!

In The Beauty Editor: Obsessions & Addictions! NEW, Values, Sales & Savings on January 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm


M-teen Magazine’s Beauty Editor’s Hot Pick!

Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Serums are an absolute must for beautiful skin! OK, I confess…I am totally obsessed with this product, have used it for years, and was thrilled to see it 25 % off!  You can choose serum according to your skin type, but  I have very dry skin which practically drinks  Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum w/ Retinol. I love the silky texture and the way it glides over my skin leaving it moisturized and smooth….truly “recovered”!





Final Week! 25% Off Antioxidant Serums + Free Shipping on orders of $75 + 3 Free Samples! Ends Monday, January 31! Shop Now >>


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