The following are the 5 major types of alpha-hydroxy acids found in skincare products and their sources:
- glycolic acid – sugar cane
- lactic acid – milk
- malic acid – apples and pears
- citric acid – oranges and lemons
- tartaric acid – grapes
BB Cream: also known as Blemish Balm, Blemish Base, Beauty Balm – an all-in-one cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. Can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.
CC Cream: also known as Complexion Correcting Cream, Color Correcting Cream, Color Control Cream – Boasts all of the benefits of BB cream with a few added bonuses. An all-in-one cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. Will also include skincare ingredients to treat and cover uneven skin tone and dark spots.
Ultimately, a CC cream is a primer on steroids. Thinner, and lighter than a BB cream, CC creams are used to brighten, neutralize, reduce dark spots and take out redness. Most of the original CC Creams do not come in a tint or concealer form. They are pigmented white, pink or beige to neutralize skin tone. A CC cream sits more comfortably in the skincare category, than the make-up category – a BB cream straddles the two.
Smashbox‘s Camera Ready CC Cream was created to diminish dark spots, sun spots and post-acne marks while providing flawless facial coverage. Equipped with the same formula as the ever popular Camera Ready BB Cream, the CC Cream is infused with dark spot correcting ingredients.
Camera Ready CC Cream does a great job evening out skintone. The coverage is light to medium and blends beautifully on the skin. I have not used the product long enough to see any lightening effects, but the formula feels nice on the skin – more like skincare than makeup. After trying several ways to wear this product, I feel it works best as a primer with a light dusting of mineral powder/powder on top. Mattifies the skin and lasts all day. Available in five shades, Smashbox’s Camera Ready CC Cream can be worn alone or worn under foundation.
Celebrity adorned Kinara Skincare was created by renowned facialist and skincare expert Olga Lorencin-Northup. Located in Los Angeles, Kinara Skin Clinic and Spa is frequented by celebrities as well as individuals who understand good skincare. Meaning “on the edge” in Hindi, Kinara combines old world recipes with cutting edge cosmeceutical ingredients.
This month, Kinara launches a powerful antioxidant-packed primer – Weightless Infusion Antioxidant Primer. This serum/gel is the only product that successfully combines fourth generation peptides, powerful antioxidants, and skin lightening agents to create an oil-free lightweight primer. The results leave your skin rejuvenated and healthy with a radiant appearance.
♦ Firms skin by building collaged and elastin.
♦ Preserves the skin from oxidative stresses.
♦ Improves DNA protection.
♦ Protects against glycation damage.
♦ Brightens and lightens skin tone and prevents discoloration.
Kinara Weightless Infusion Antioxidant Primer will be available January 2013 at Kinara Skin Clinic and Spa, independent spas and retailers nationwide, and online at kinaraspa.com.
As a renowned facialist and skin care expert, Olga Lorencin-Northup has spent years studying and perfecting skin, client-by-client, hour-by-hour, and pore-by-pore.
A native of Yugoslavia, Olga was classically trained in the European tradition. Rigorous regimens and timeless ingredients shaped attention to every detail.
Moving to Los Angeles, Olga worked in the prestigious Ole Henriksen salon where the ability to achieve immediate and long-lasting results for her clients soon captured the attention of Hollywood’s most famous faces. Feeling the desire to share her skin care philosophy with even more people, Olga opened Kinara Skincare Clinic in 2001 and her product line was invented – in the treatment room, not the board room.
Combining old world recipes with cutting edge cosmeceutical ingredients resulted in a concise line of must-have products designed for the good of the skin delivering dermatological change with unapologetic pleasure.
3floz.com is a website featuring luxurious (TSA-approved) travel sized beauty products. When relying on hotel-provided shampoo and conditioner or drugstore travel products does not cut-it, this website offers an amazing selection of high-end brands.
3floz.com was started by two well-traveled women, Kate Duff and Alexi Mintz, who spent hours scouring websites in search of 3oz versions of their favorite products. When nothing could be found, 3floz.com was born.
This is a great website for not only travel, but experimenting with new brands. If you do not want to commit to buying a full-sized product, try a travel/sample-sized. Also, this site ships internationally, directly to hotels, and if you submit your itinerary showing travel within 72 hours, the site upgrades you to overnight shipping for the cost of ground.
3floz.com carries over 50 luxe brands, so you never have to be without your swanky beauty products again.
ALEXIS BED HEAD KIT – Haircare Essentials
Shampoo/Conditioner/Toning Mist/Texturizing Mist/Hair Spray
SOMME INSTITUTE MOBILE TRAVEL KIT – Skincare Essentials
Nourishing Cleanser/Transport/Serum/A-Bomb/Double Defense
HELP I NEED A LOT OF HELP – First-Aid Kits
Help I have a… Headache/Can’t Sleep/Aching Body/Allergies/Cut/Blister/Sniffles
BEACH BAG ESSENTIALS – Sun & Skin Essentials
Sunscreen Spray/After-Sun Cream/SPF Towelettes/SPF Lip Balm/Facial Towelettes/Facial Mist