New and exciting skincare ingredients are what I live for! They breathe life into my beauty blogger existence when I’m near comatose from being sent yet another face oil. So you can imagine my excitement when new organic skincare line, Gaelle Organic, popped into my inbox and I discovered after reviewing their ingredient deck that two of their products contain bovine colostrum (aka cow colostrum); an ingredient I’ve never seen in skincare before. I tested out the Gaelle Organic Ultra Sensitive Creme which contains bovine colostrum, but before I get into my full review, read on for more about what colostrum is…

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ReFa Carat Review Best for: Firming, lifting and toning the facial muscles and skin; improving circulation and detoxifying the skin. How it works: The ReFa Carat is a handheld, wireless microcurrent device and facial massager created by the renowned Japanese company, MTG Co.,Ltd. The device has a built in solar panel on the handle where, when exposed to light, the low-level microcurrent is activated and transmitted between the two nodes. Each node has a 360-degree rotation and is capable of kneading the skin and muscles similarly to how an aesthetician would to stimulate lymphatic drainage and promote increase blood flow to the…

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Terms that describe botanical skincare: plant-based, nontoxic, chemical and synthetic-free, locally sourced, and eco-friendly. All apply to spa-born, San Francisco based botanical line, Botnia, with one kicker: customization. “With our back-bar items (Botnia skin care used during spa services) especially, we can be specific to the skin’s needs,” explains aesthetician and founder, Justine Kahn, who developed her line like a deconstructed palette with plant biologist, Clayton Coker, while he was working at Stanford. The Botnia skin care back-bar items, now used in more than 30-spas nationwide, soon to be fifty (there’s a long spa waiting list), can be mixed and matched; stir…

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Biologique Recherche P50W Best for: Gentle exfoliation, refining pores, smoothing texture and subtle brightening Skin type: Sensitive Review: While the Biologique Recherche P50W is the gentlest of the Biologique Recherche P50 toners, as someone with sensitive skin, I still found the toner to be a tad strong for every day use as directed. There was no burning or itchy sensation, but after three days of daily use, I started to get tiny red bumps all over. Aestheticians well versed in Biologique Recherche products advised me that this was part of the “purging” process associated with the first month of using a P50…

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Three months ago, celebrity aesthetician, Angelina Umansky, put me on the path to my best skin ever with one piece of advice, “Stop using foaming cleansers and switch to milk cleansers.” Her reasoning: If your skin is dehydrated, dry and/or crepey – which mine is – it desperately needs its natural oils to maintain a strong, healthy skin barrier. And foaming cleansers are capable of stripping away skin’s natural oils. Cleansing milk on the other hand, she explained, gently removes makeup, dirt, debris without stripping the skin. (*read full interview with Angelina here.) But what about gentle foaming cleansers, I wondered. Well,…

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