Aug 20, 2014

Finding Misscha Cho Bo Yang BB Cream to thick and matte? Give this a try...

I have already written an article on the Misscha Cho Bo Yang  BB cream which is a full coverage, thick textured with a more 'matte' finish which can be read here
Since starting on the Japanese BB cream band wagon a little over a year ago I have not been able to return to  what was my once 'holy grail' Makeup Forever HD Foundation at all. Personally I find there is nothing to compare to a Japanese BB cream, The reason I emphasize 'Japanese' is due to the fact that European/US 'BB creams' are nothing more than a tinted moisturizer, hence as to why so many cannot get along with the European version and then revert back to their foundation creams/liquids etc.
Compared to many other Japanese BB creams the Missccha Cho Bo Yang does have a thicker consistency and I have received numerous emails saying as to how many of you love the coverage but not the 'matte that got me thinking as to how we could still get the benefits of the coverage but create a more 'dewy' effect, and so the trials began!
I decided to jump straight in with the 'obvious' choice of adding a highlighter to the BB cream and was pleasantly surprised as to the overall effect taking into consideration the desired 'glow' can easily turn into a 'shine' which is not a pretty look!
I tried numerous highlighters including but finally settled on Revlon age defying face illuminator
which gave me the finish I was looking for without compromising the coverage.
The highlighter does come in 4 shades and I found #2 Pink Light to be the best as it is glitter free (thank goodness) and translucent creating the smooth dewy finish I was looking for. This product does have a brush on the end which I find to be cumbersome and unnecessary but can easily be removed with a pair of pliers.
There is a learning curve when first trying this out as you can easily turn into a shiny greasy mess and I found the ratio of one third highlighter worked best but of course this will be different for each individual considering we all have different skin textures. 
Since using this technique I have had numerous comments as to the appearance of my skin such as 'flawless' 'porcelain' and 'glowing' so I am presuming this is working for me!

Feb 21, 2014

!!Using Estriol and Estradiol cream to soften wrinkles!!

After researching for many many weeks in regards to the pro's and con's of using
estriol/estradiol creams topically and being satisfied that it is safe to do so (in my opinion) I thought I would give it a try and give my thoughts on this somewhat controversial subject.

First, let's talk about the three major naturally occurring estrogens in women which are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3)

Topical Estrogen Creams are available in two formulations, Estradiol and Estriol. It is claimed that applications of both will show visibly dramatic results; however, Estriol is the ‘good’ estrogen, and will have no undesirable side effects.Estradiol and estriol are typically used in gels to treat vaginal dryness in post menopausal women. 

Estriol has been widely used in Europe for many decades but is not used much in the US mainly due to pharmaceutical companies in the US not having any interest in a medicine that cannot be patented, no matter how safe and effective it is.

As far as their success with dry, wrinkled skin is concerned there is one much-quoted study from the University of Vienna Medical School, Austria. The trial was conducted with 0.01% estradiol or 0.3% estriol on 59 postmenopausal women. 
After treatment for 6 months, elasticity and firmness of the skin had markedly improved and the wrinkle depth and pore sizes had decreased by 61 to 100% in both groups with the best and most noticeable results being under the eye area. Furthermore, skin moisture had increased and the measurement of wrinkles using skin profilometry, revealed significant, or even highly significant, decreases of wrinkle depth in the estradiol and the estriol groups, respectively. Estradiol 0.01% did appear to work faster than the Estriol 0.03% and had more positive result with scaring caused by acne etc. However the overall results after 6 months trial in regards to wrinkles was identical. 
As to hormone levels no systemic hormonal side effects were noted and the tiny amount used daily (or every other day) will not raise your blood estriol levels.
I started using the Estriol 0.01% (as this is what I happened to have at hand), and even though this is 0.02% lower than the estriol used in the studies I am pleasantly surprised. I found it be non irritating (unlike Retin A) with fairly quick results. It does not leave my skin with a greasy residue and has not caused any breakouts or dry patches. After using it for as little as one week I noticed an improvement in the clarity of my skin. My skin appears slightly 'plumper' and the fine lines underneath my eyes are less pronounced. I use a very small amount and apply to the areas I specifically want to improve and/or want to keep smooth and wrinkle free.
I will continue to include this as a part of my nightly skincare routine and alternate its use every other night with Retin A and will introduce the 0.03% (which apparently is the best for optimum results) and will update the results on this page. 
I want to state that this is just my opinion and I would advise anyone considering using it topically to read the many available articles on line.