The 5 Best Products to Minimize the Look of Pores

Friday, May 26, 2017

One of the most common questions estheticians are asked is, “How can I make my pores look smaller?”

Large pores can wreak havoc on a person’s self esteem. If you could banish your pores with ease, I think it’d be on pretty much everyone’s wish list. The idea that you can shrink pores, sadly, is just a myth. The size of your pores is largely determined by your genetics. You can temporarily minimize the look of large pores, but there is nothing that can be done to permanently shrink them, no matter how tempting ad copy makes a product sound.

So just what can you do to minimize the appearance of large pores? There are many steps you can take.

  • Exfoliate the skin. Just lifting out excess bacteria and sebum by exfoliating can help minimize the look of pores. Look for products with beta hydroxy acid (also called salicylic acid) to help unclog pores, leaving them cleaner and smaller. Glycolic acid, mandelic acid, and fruit enzymes are other effective exfoliants. While they cannot penetrate the pores the way salicylic acid can, just the act of a thorough sloughing goes a long way.
  • You can visit the dermatologist’s office or your favorite skin therapist for a chemical peel. Peels can help refine and resurface an uneven texture, making pores look less visible.
  • When searching for skincare treatments, look for products containing Retinol. This ingredient is derived from Vitamin A and, when applied topically, can help slow down and minimize sebum production. Less oil production equals less visible pores.
  • Be sure you are using a broad spectrum sunscreen. UV damage affects the pores, which is a little known skincare fact. The sun’s rays weaken cells and decrease elasticity, making your skin looser with larger pores.
  • When you apply makeup, be sure to apply a skin smoothing primer. These silicone-based products help to minimize the appearance of pores while creating an even surface. Today’s primers can make even the largest pores look nearly invisible.

There are so many well-formulated products on the market to help with this skin concern. Which pore minimizer is best for you? We’re sharing 5 favorites:

1. Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum is the perfect recipe for those who are looking for both anti-aging and pore minimizing benefits. Featuring Vitamin A and Vitamin C to lessen the appearance of fine lines, this serum also contains reparative ingredients to help improve overall texture and tone. These include Argan Oil, gotu kola, and other tropical extracts.

2. Make pores disappear before your eyes with Dr. Brandt Pores No More Refining Primer. Apply to cleansed skin under makeup to help blur imperfections and provide an even canvas for selfie-ready makeup all day long.

3. Aloette Aloe Pure Restorative Enzyme Peel is a gentle, yet effective exfoliant that helps to brighten dullness as it exfoliates lackluster, flaky skin that gets trapped in the pores and leads to breakouts. Natural fruit enzymes, such as papaya and pineapple help reveal smoother, silkier skin as it lifts away the dead skin cells that make pores appear larger.

4. If your skin could use a moisture boost, Skinceuticals Daily Moisture plumps the skin with hyaluronic acid, to help repair collagen. Natural thyme, horsetail and licorice increase hydration while reducing the appearance of pores.

5. Beautycounter No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask is your best choice for oily skin. Naturally astringent activated charcoal helps to purify, detoxify, and reduce oil as it minimizes the appearance of large, deep pores. Salicylic acid helps exfoliate and kaolin clay draws out excess moisture.

New Subscription Boxes from Seed Body Care

Monday, May 8, 2017

You guys, guess what? Seed Body Care recently launched a body care subscription box and I could not be more pleased with the contents! My May Beneficial Blends Box just arrived today and I wanted to share the contents. The theme of this month's box is Dream Land. Before I continue, though, time is of the essence, as the special introductory pricing ends the day after tomorrow.

Just how does this subscription beauty box differ from others?

  • You always get at least 1 full sized Seed product
  • You always receive 2 to 3 products that are the blend of the month
  • Freebies! A gift! More!
  • Gorgeous, gift-worthy packaging
  • Neat info cards to explain the blends and the products

How much does the Beneficial Blend Box cost?

  • 6 months for an intro price of $17.95 per month (free shipping, regular price is $19.95)
  • 3 months for an intro price of $19.95 per month (free shipping, regular price is $22.95)
  • 1 month for an intro price of $22.95 per month (regular price is $24.95)

What is in the May box? Watch my video for more details.


Review: Jane Iredale Mineral Quad Bronzer

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Let's talk about the Jane Iredale Mineral Quad Bronzer today.

I have been a Jane Iredale fan for years now. Everything from their BB cream to lip gloss to powders and face mists have all been beautifully formulated with exquisite packaging and with a luxurious feel. My newest product from the company is no exception. Love, love, love this product.

Okay, ladies. My skin is very fair. I am equal parts Irish and Greek and I definitely reflect my Irish ancestry as far as my complexion goes. When I "get some color", it isn't a golden glow or beachy tan. Nope, it's somewhere between salmon and lobster.

I have trouble with bronzers. They tend to show on my skin looking orange a la Donald Trump.

What's a girl to do when she wants to have some color, but to have it look natural? Jane Iredale Rose Dawn Bronzer was made for girls like me. It gives a color boost without saying, "OMG, why did Karley dye her skin orange?" 

Ingredient bonus: A bronzer with pine bark extract? Sign me up!

The ingredients are amazing, the texture is luxurious, and a little goes a long way. The best part? You rarely see this ingredient in color cosmetics, but this bronzer contains Pine Bark Extract, which is anti-aging and rich in bioflavonoids. I have written before at length about the beauty benefits of pine bark, including in a recent magazine article.

If you are looking for a new bronzer, I highly recommend checking out the Mineral Quad Bronzer, which come in 4 shades, from Jane Iredale.

The 5 Best Drugstore Makeup Products

Monday, April 24, 2017

My makeup collection is a mix of drugstore, Indie beauty brands, and high end. You're just as likely to grab a Yves St. Laurent product as a NYX when blindly reaching into my bag. What I love about makeup is that, in 2017, you are very able to find super affordable products, but with beautiful textures and decent ingredients.

Here are 5 stand out products that I highly recommend

1. The Wet N Wild Au Naturel Bare Necessities Palette is awesome. The colors are true, blend beautifully, are soft & highly pigmented with very little fall out. $5 and this is a great dupe (but higher quality!!!) for the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette!

2. My FAVORITE new find! Eek! I love the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Foundation. My shade is Linen. It is super thin, like the old Lancome Eau de Teint -- like a watercolor paint. Anyway, the Bare Minerals is $29.50 & the bottle runs out fast. The e.l.f. Cosmetics  Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum is a dead ringer. Trust me. They are nearly identical. My shade is Fair/Light. Retails for 8 bucks. Get it! I apply it with a damp e.l.f. Selfie Ready Stipple Brush.

3. Another e.l.f. favorite of mine is the Lavender Brightening Primer. My two go to primers- Stila and Laura Mercier - have gone ununsed since I started using this one. $6

4. Brows on fleek are easy peasy with the NYX Sculpt & Highlight Brow Contour. It is so soft, but firm. It stays put, looks natural, and is perfect. My two most favorite brow products are from Milk Makeup and It Cosmetics. This one is just as good, if not better. Oh, and it blows Anastasia Beverly Hills out of the water. True story.

5. Last, but not least --> my new Holy Grail lipstick!!!! I love Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick. Always have. The Iced Amethyst is my new go-to shade! Here it is on me --

10 Timeless Beauty Favorites

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Oh my goodness, I first started using Lancome Modele Sourcils when I was freelancing for Lancome as a college junior. Over the past 20+ years in the beauty industry, I have used countless brow groomers. Modele Sourcils in Taupe is my go-to to keeps these brows in place.

I first started using Bi-Facil to remove eye makeup with my very first Lancome gift with purchase. Yes, you can use more affordable options, from natural beauty brands to high end -- even plant-based oils in your kitchen. Bi-Facil is magical. A little goes a very long way and it thoroughly and gently removes even the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras.

Estee Lauder Double Wear is in my top 5 foundations of all time. I started using this back in 1998 while working for Estee Lauder. Bone is my shade. They now have a couple different versions of Bone (I get the warmer toned to neutralize the pink in my skin) and it is a perfect match. Double Wear is fragrance free, won't budge, and looks as flawless at 9pm as it did at 9am. It has beautiful texture, too. This one won't rub off on your collar, nor does it fade throughout the day. It is my favorite higher end long-wearing formula.

Another Estee Lauder favorite of mine is Advanced Night Repair. I have used Advanced Night Repair on and off since 1997. This is the best higher end anti-aging serum on the market and has only gotten better over the years. I especially appreciate that this one is a fragrance free product. When I was working for Lauder, this was ALWAYS first on my list of gratis products because I loved it so much. It really, truly works when used consistently.

I recently repurchased the blush shade that I wore on my wedding day: Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blush in Plum Gorgeous. Oh my, how I had forgotten what a beautiful product this was. I hadn't worn it in so many years. Since I have been much more flexible with what I use (because of acknowledging science over fear when it comes to ingredients), I have started falling in love again with some really lovely products from my past. Yes, there are more "sexy" or "trendy" brands and I use them and love them, but there just some really amazing products I am so happy to be using again.

Speaking of Clinique, this is the very first Clinique product I ever purchased. I was in high school and it is still in my makeup bag (not the same tube, of course). Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is a cult favorite -- and with good reason. It's nourishing and it's sheer, yet when you apply it to your lips it just transforms to a beautiful wash of plum.

My first full-time job out of college was as a Clarins Counter Manager. That is when I was first introduced to the concept of using oils on the face to help balance oily skin. It went against my esthetics training. I thought it was crazy until I tried it myself. I had pretty oily skin back then and I was apprehensive about trying the oil. I was sold after the first couple of applications. Clarins offers other oils, but Lotus Face Treatment Oil is my favorite to help balance excess sebum and keep it in check.

Another Clarins favorite is Beauty Flash Balm. I have been purchasing it on and off for 2 decades. It truly adds a boost of radiance and health to your skin. It was an essential for me when I was in my early 20s working at Clarins after long nights out so I looked wide-eyed for work, and it was a must when I was a sleep-deprived mom to two babies. It continues to be an essential for me now at 41. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm actually works best OVER your makeup. If you dab it on, it doesn't disturb your makeup and gives a wonderful radiance.

I will never forget my introduction to *magic Liquid Powder from Prescriptives. I was in my 20s working as a makeup artist at Estee Lauder at the Eastview Mall Kaufmann's store. On my lunch break, I wandered over to visit my friend at the Prescriptives counter, which was located by the women's fragrances. I thought she might be ready to head to the food court, but she was busy unpacking a box of the latest Prescriptives release -- *magic Liquid Powder. I remember her telling me about it and then she offered to let me try some. I almost laughed at the idea that a powder could be a liquid. I mean, it looked just like regular old loose powder to me. When I felt it applied with a brush, I was in awe. It felt like liquid. And when I looked in the mirror, my face was absolutely radiant. I bought my first jar. Now, 18 years later, I am still using it. There were years I did not -- but there really was never anything out there that was the same concept.

Absolutely underrated these days is the skincare brand most loved by my grandmother: Elizabeth Arden. Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant has been around FOREVER. Well, not forever, but since 1930! Yes, it has petrolatum. It isn't cutting edge or glamorous, nor does it possess the "it factor". Do you know something, though? It is a darn good product for weathered, chapped skin. I like to keep one of these tubes with me in the wintertime to really protect my skin from low humidity and dehydration. 

It's Not Easy Being Green (Oh, but it is!)

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's not easy being green... Actually, it was easy to put this beauty collage together for St. Patrick's Day today! 🍀

The Best Peel Ever!

Aloette Pure Enzyme Peel Girls, this is the most fan-freakintastic facial enzyme peel on God's green earth. Click here if you want to try it and I'll hook you up!

You need this in your life. Aloe vera is the #1 ingredient to calm and soothe, plus there is papain, a fruit enzyme to slough off dead skin cells. You will also find
hyaluronic acid, cucumber fruit, lemon to brighten and lighten age spots without harsh chemicals, as well as pineapple. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. This helps reveal a natural luminosity and glow. There is NO better peel, no better aloe face product out there. 

Restore pH with Seed

Next, we have Seed Body Care Lemon Balm toner. I have talked about this one before. Soothing, calms hypersensitive skin, cools, balances pH🍃

Bargain Skincare 

Who doesn't love a bargain?💲 Now, I know you are going to be skeptical about this. Just trust me, my friends. Let me preface this by saying, the scent is strong. Ugh. Thankfully, it isn't floral and it dissipates quickly. Do yourself a favor: RUN, don't walk, to ALDI and find this on an endcap by maxi pads and the acetaminophen. 

One of the best kept secrets in all of the beauty industry is Lacura skincare, which is like a mix of the old Orlane and LaPrairie high end brands. Lacura is under FOUR BUCKS, but the products are quite lovely! The last time I ran into Aldi to grab some berries, I noticed the Q10 Day Cream for $3.99. What is in this paraben-free, American made, cruelty free moisturizer? There is antioxidant Coenzyme Q10, bioflavonoids, aloe, panthenol, soy, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, papaya, jojoba and elderberry. You will love how lightweight, yet rich, this feels!

The 5 Best Lemongrass Beauty Products

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lemongrass is one of my most favorite essential oils. I have been using some really fabulous products with lemongrass lately and wanted to share them with you.

What is lemongrass?

Also known as Cymbopogon Citratus Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil has a really delightful herbal lemon aroma. In skincare, lemongrass is beneficial for those with oily skin and congested pores because of its antibacterial properties. It offers some antiperspirant properties and is anti-inflammatory, too.

Karley's favorite lemongrass skincare products

Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray -- Refreshing, invigorating, cleansing. These are the three words that best describe this mist. It leaves the pores feeling clean as it cools and enlivens the skin. I love ALL of Jane Iredale's various sprays, but this one is my favorite. Hurry, though, as this one is limited edition. Your purchase of this Jane Iredale product benefits Living Beyond Breast Cancer. VEGAN

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin**, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemon Grass) Oil*, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemon Grass) Extract*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Alcohol*

Seed Body Care Lemongrass Custom Blend Body Lotion -- Have you ever wished for a pure lemongrass lotion? I am not talking about one with lemongrass fragrance oil, but one with 100% natural lemongrass essential oil. I love the Custom Blend option at Seed. You can pick up to 3 essential oils to create a personalized blend, or you can choose just 1 or 2 oils. If you love lemongrass, you MUST try their Lemongrass Body Lotion. It's a beautiful scent -- layer it by adding lemongrass to your body oil, lip oil or body wash. VEGAN

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Tapioca Starch, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil

Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soap Lemongrass Handmade Soap -- No one makes handmade soap like Nan's. I have been using her soaps for almost a decade and they just are second to none. I think that some people are still hesitant to try a good bar soap. Do NOT confuse the likes of Dove, Zest, Ivory, etc. with true handmade soap. A well formulated handcrafted soap will be creamy, nourishing and feel amazing on the skin. If you are looking for lemongrass soap, this is a must-have. Take a look at the ingredients list, too. It is stellar! VEGAN

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, grapeseed oil, rice bran oil, avocado oil, lemongrass essential oil, green clay, green oxide

Clover & Bee Lemongrass and Poppyseed Body Polish -- If you have been following along with me here on the blog over the past decade, you will know that I love a good body scrub. I don't like them to bee too dry or too oily. It's hard to get it just right. Clover & Bee is one of my new favorite brands. I am currently using the Lemongrass and Poppyseed Body Polish and am swooning over it. At first, I thought it might be a bit too dry, but once I tried it on my skin, I was hooked. This is a really unique scrub. Most body scrubs are sugar, salt or feature nut shells, but the #1 ingredient in this one is actually granulated honey. I am a sucker for products made with honey because of the myriad skincare benefits. This scrub smells like heaven and leaves skin soft and silky without feeling oily.

Ingredients: Granulated Honey, Granulated Sugar, *Babassu Nut Oil, *Macadamia Nut Oil, *Lemongrass Essential Oil, *Poppyseeds. *denotes certified organic ingredient

EVOLVh SmartVolume Leave-in Conditioner is a staple for me. EVOLVh is in my top 3 favorite natural hair care brands and may just be my MOST favorite (Original Moxie and Briogeo are the other 2). Without a doubt, though, the EVOLVh SmartVolume Leave-in Conditioner is the best leave in I have ever used. Next week, I will be writing a longer post on the 4 products from this brand that I am currently using, but right now I need to mention this one. It helps my hair feel super soft without weighing it down. Plus, after a long day, you can spritz a bit into your hair to give it some more oomph. The smell is just lovely -- a blend of lemongrass, citrus, patchouli and more. VEGAN

Ingredients: Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Flax, Rice Bran Extract, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Lecithin, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Red Grape Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Citrus Orange Peel Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Lavender Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Patchouli Oil, Cinnamomum Oil, Geranium Flower Oil, Thyme Leaf Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol Vitamin E, Grape Seed extract

Top Products for Acne

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Acne is a skin condition that can have a profound effect on a person’s self confidence. Unlike other issues, acne is something which is highly visible and people who suffer from it often tend to seek out every advertised "miracle" product in order to clear up their skin.

Acne Myths

Let’s talk about some acne myths. There are so many surrounding this condition and people with acne often blame themselves for their breakouts. Perhaps the biggest myth is related to food.  Eating greasy foods, chocolate, and drinking coffee do not cause acne. Another myth is that your face isn’t clean enough.  People with acne tend to wash their faces multiple times a day in an attempt to get cleanse away the oil, but this actually causes more harm and results in more acne breakouts.

The Key Cause of Acne

Those with acne have pores that have become clogged by trapped oils, or sebum.  The trapped sebum collects in the pores and will eventually develop bacteria.  This combination of clogged pores and bacteria results in acne. The buildup of bacteria in the pores will ultimately result in inflammation and that is when the red pimples become visible and sore.

Skin Care Tips for Acne

  • Wash your face with a gentle, fragrance free cleanser twice daily.
  • Use a cotton pad to apply an alcohol-free toner designed for sensitive skin to remove any traces of cleanser and help calm redness. Look for one with cucumber on the ingredients label. My go-to is Seed Cucumber Facial Toner.
  • Exfoliate regularly with an oil soluble exfoliant such as salicylic acid. This ingredient is able to get right into the pores to help purge the sebum and bacteria. If you do not clear your clogged pores via exfoliation, your battle with acne will continue.
  • Use a spot treatment containing Tea Tree Oil, a natural essential oil, rather than harmful benzoyl peroxide.  Studies show that it is just as effective as the chemical alternative.
  • Moisturize daily with a light, oil-free moisturizer. It is important to keep your skin hydrated and soothed while it is healing from acne.

Be patient! There is nothing more you want than to be rid of your acne, but please remember that it will take at least 2-3 weeks of a consistent skin care routine to help repair your skin.  If you do not notice any results, then we recommend you make an appointment with a dermatologist because a prescription topical cream may be in order.

Favorite Skincare Products for Acne:

Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser is an exceptional cleanser for hypersensitive skin. Acneic skin is inflamed skin and it needs something truly gentle. Avene is top-notch.

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is one of two 2% BHA products I adore. Believe it or not, the other is a pad from Stridex. This one, though, is gentler and I love that it is in liquid form. It's one of my most recommended products for those suffering from acne.

Lancome Pure Empreinte Masque is a 5-minute mask with kaolin and montmorillonite to help deep clean the pores. It is a tried and true, timeless skincare mask and you will adore it.

Belif Tea Tree Oil is not just tea tree. Science tells us that spot treating with tea tree is just as effective as harsh benzoyl peroxide. I love this one, as it combines pure tea tree oil with soothing chamomile, bergamot, sunflower oil and more.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion is one I recommend if you are desperate for extra moisture but have really oily skin.

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream Review

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Let's talk eye cream for a long overdue edition of What's in it Wednesday on The Beauty Blogger.

 I usually use the eye creams I am sent for editorial purposes, with the exception of the First Aid Eye Roller and 100% Pure Caffeine Eye Cream. I was out of the Beautycounter one I was sent and didn't like it enough to repurchase, so I was at Target and decided to read ingredients labels and purchase one there.

After 10 years (almost) of blogging, I can tell you that I have found what I would call my Holy Grail eye cream. Not only are the ingredients fabulous, but the price is super affordable!

The product will set you back ten to twelve bucks and it is really pretty priceless: CeraVe Eye Repair Cream. I will continue to repurchase this cream because I have never been happier with an eye product. It works. It is affordable. It has proven ingredients.

First, let's look at the packaging.

This is the perfect package for a skincare product. It is in a tube that is opaque so the ingredients won't be degraded by light. It is hygienic because it is in a tube -- jars are breeding grounds for bacteria and moisture. Yes, you can use a scoop or mini spoon or Q-tip, but not many people do. They just stick their fingers in the jar to get the product only to leave behind germs. The tube that this is in is really ideal for a skincare product.


Purified Water, Niacinamide, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideGlycerin, Propanediol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Jojoba Esters, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-ll, Ceramide 1Hyaluronic Acid, Zinc Citrate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) OilAloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Tocopherol, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sorbitol, Triethanolamine, Laureth-4, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum

There are no parabens in this formula. My stance on parabens has shifted over the ten years I have been blogging, more than 7 of which were spent as a pretty strict green blogger. I no longer consider myself a green blogger, nor do I only seek out "clean" "green" or "natural" products. I just want a product that will work and to have proven ingredients. that are backed by science.

Let's look at 10 standout ingredients here in the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream:

  1. Niacinamide - Also known as Vitamin B3, nicinamide is anti-inflammatory, which makes  it useful at treating acne, plus it is a powerful anti-aging ingredient. It has firming properties, may help to brighten the skin, and penetrates deeply, making it effective at fighting wrinkles.
  2. Hyaluronic Acid - One of my most favorite ingredients in skincare, HA can hold 1,000  times its weight in water, Impressive! In other words, it is a fabulous hydrator. It is also a remarkable skin restoring ingredient and antioxidant.
  3. Ceramides - A naturally occurring lipid that replenishes and restores the skin. In skin care, the ceramides are plant-derived or lab created. Ceramides help improve skin texture and are tried and true anti-agers.
  4. Almond Oil - Moisturizing, plumping firrming
  5. Aloe Vera - Soothing, healing, anti-inflammatory
  6. Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract - This one is Golden Chamomile. It is known for its ability to help calm the redness associated with Rosacea. Additionally, it is a lovely skin softener.
  7. Tocopherol - Vitamin E is skin protective and one of the best known antioxidants.
  8. Equisetum Arvense Extract - Horestail -- don't worry! This isn't from animal, but rather a perennial herb with natural silicon. It is a great skin brightening ingredient, making it ideal for the under eye area.
  9. Asparagopsis Armata Extract - This is another ingredient that you don't often see. It is a form of wild seaweed and is emollient and a protective antioxidant. 
  10. Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract - Another species of seaweed, this is both emollient and antioxidant.

The Bottom Line: I give this product an A+. Quite simply, it is the best eye cream I have tried in any price range!

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