All posts by Sheila Walker

Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products

Vino Gold is a unique skincare line rich in anti-oxidants powered by the rich benefits of grapes. Known to be rich in age-defying ingredients, grapes have been a part of beauty regimens for centuries. Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products is one such product that takes advantage of natural ingredients as a means of producing high quality age-defying skin care products.

Created by M. Asam the unique line of Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products offers a complete line of skin care for cleaning, ex-foliating, hydrating, repairing and restoring the beauty of the skin and more. Formulated with grape seed oil, resveratrol, shea butter, wild yams, green tea and other completely natural essentials, Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products offers a line of products that can be used day and night and by individuals of all ages and skin types.

Though most of the products from Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products are sold individually, occasionally the perfect combination in the form of a set is available such as the M. Asam Vino Gold Age-Defying Grape Power Set. This unique set includes the cleansing gel, anti-wrinkle eye cream, intensive beauty serum, resveratrol power cream, a peel off mask, and night concentrate. Used as a complete skin care regimen will of course provide the optimal effects for the individual seeking an anti-aging routine.

All of the Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products are however based on the grape seed oil formula. If you prefer trying a single product a great suggestion is the Vino Gold Cleansing Gel which is perfect for all skin types. The formula is designed to cleanse, soothe and moisturize while leaving a unique and fresh lime scent. Made with aloe vera and panthenol the cleansing gel is a top choice from the collection of Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products.

The Vino Gold Anti-wrinkle Eye Cream from the collection of Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products is another very popular product. Made paraben-free and ideal for use day or night the cream is packed with antioxidants and contains ingredients such as shea butter, grape seed oil, green tea and more. Formulated to reduce the appearance of shadows and fine lines Vino Gold Anti-wrinkle Eye Cream is a must have for the individual who craves the appearance of bright eyes.

The Vino Gold Resveratrol Power Cream is one of the most popular products from the line of Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products. Formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the velvety smooth cream contains reservation which is the extract from a grapevine, in addition to jojoba seed oil, almond oil, grape seed oil and more. Definitely one of the favorites from Vino Gold Age-Defying Skin Care Products, the complete line as well as separate products can be found at HSN and the official web site for Asam Beauty.

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Clarisonic MIA with Murad Active Radiance Serum

Clarisonic features a wide range of skin cleaning machines all of which are popular among skin care lovers. One of the latest models of skincare machines, the Clarisonic MIA with Murad Active Radiance Serum offers not only a new version of a professional caliber machine, but also feature the use of Murad’s skin-brightening treatment resulting in a fresh and youthful appearance.

The high technology pairing of Murad’s skin brightening treatment with the sonic technology used in the development of the Clarisonic MIA make the combination a successful team for forming excellent skin care technology resulting in a beautiful complexion.

The Clarisonic MIA with Murad Active Radiance Serum was designed to provide the best of both in skincare technology. The Clairsonic MIA unit is a to-go sized version of the originally successful Clarisonic Brush Skincare System. With the Clarisonic MIA with Murad Active Radiance Serum , the sonic technology features a frequency that moves the brush back and forth approximately 300 times per second. This unique technology is designed to cleanse the skin and the skin surface at a phenomenal rate leaving luminous skin.

There are many skincare benefits associated with the Clarisonic MIA with Murad Active Radiance Serum including removal of makeup that proves to cleanse up to more than 6 times the rate of normal cleansing techniques. The system also is designed to clean and clear the pores thoroughly and to reduce the appearance of pore size. Other key benefits include having skin that is cleansed to the point that it better absorbs skincare products regularly used. And the regular of Clarisonic MIA with Murad Active Radiance Serum ultimately leaves the user with overall healthier skin.

Overall the Clarisonic MIA with Murad Active Radiance Serum is an excellent skincare machine. The technology behind the machine makes it an excellent choice for cleansing. The partner product, Murad Active Radiance Serum, is an ideal product for those looking for a more radiant appearance. The Murad product contains Resilient-C Complex formulated with vitamin c which promotes not only skin brightening, cell protection and collagen building.

The Clarisonic MIA with Murad Active Radiance Serum Set includes the Clarisonic Butter Yellow Mia Unit, an international charger, a sensitive brush head, and the Murad Radiance Serum. The Clarisonic MIA with Murad Active Radiance Serum Set was found for under $150 available from Ulta and Sephora.

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Four Inexpensive Self-Tanning Lotions that Work

With skin cancer becoming more and more widespread (or maybe just discussed more often), it is important to take precautions with your skin. For most however feeling washed out in the summer is not an option.

If you are looking to protect your skin but still have a glow, check out some inexpensive self-tanners that go on without streaks and do not leave an orange tone. All of these self- tanners are in lotion form which tends to look better in the opinions of most.

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer

Jergens is just a lotion that goes on very easily and gradually gives the skin a bronzed look. What is great about this product is that it is not greasy and does not leave streaks. The tone looks like a tan from the sun. This particular self-tanner also has a daily facial moisturizer so that your skin is the same all over and regular body lotion does not need to be used on the face. Jergens was one of the first companies to create a self-tanning lotion and being as such they have had time to do in depth research. The cost makes it exceptionally affordable at between $6-$8.

Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion

As one of the experts in summer products, Banana Boat decided to also make self-tanning products which is probably a nice addition to their tanning lotions and sunscreen. This offers those looking for a tan but without the UV an option from one of the leaders is summer tanning. This product is excellent. It does not leave any streaks and gives off a nice glow. For about $7 each it too is worth the money.

L’Oreal Sublime Glow Daily Moisturizer

This product has received many great reviews. It like the Jergens Natural Glow creates a gradual tan rather than an instant one making it seem more natural. The major complaint from everyone on this one is it tends to be more watery than the Jergens brand. This self-tanner can be purchased for about $10. At this price it is well worth the money.

Neutrogena Build a Tan Gradual Sunless Tanning

Neutrogena is a leader in skincare. With all of their lotions and skincare products, it is easy to trust the name when looking for a self-tanner. This lotion like the others allows for a gradual tan that looks natural and streak-free. For about $8-$10 a bottle, it is worth a shot.

So there you have it: three inexpensive but worthwhile self-tanners for those of you looking for a glow without baking in the sun. All three of these can be purchased at most drugstores or online. My personal favorite is Jergens.

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http://www.totalbeauty.com/reviews/body/self_tanner

Review of Olay Regenerist Skincare Products

Olay is a trusted name in skincare with products that are not only designed to help us look our best but also help keep our skin healthy. Our skin is our body’s natural barrier to the environment; however, our skin then suffers the abuse from sun, the environment and, unfortunately, ourselves. When we do not take care of ourselves, it shows on our face because our skin is an indication of our overall health. No matter how well we take care of our skin the effects of age and the environment will ultimately damage our skin. Olay’s Regenerist line of products is designed to improve skin’s appearance by increasing the skin’s ability to regenerate the outer layer thus giving you the appearance of younger looking skin. The combination of amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins are good for my skin and for the price, Regenerist is a pretty good anti-aging product.

Regenerist cleansers are designed to exfoliate, cleanse and moisture skin. My favorite is the Regenerist Deep Hydrating Mousse Cleanser because of how wonderful my skin feels after using it. If you are using a treatment, the Regenerist Micro-Purifying Foam Cleanser is better to use because it cleans deep down into pores so that you get the most out of your facial treatment.

Because moisture is essential to any good skincare product, Regenerist has several different moisturizing products to choose from depending on your exact needs. Because women do not have the same skin, Olay has several Regenerist products that provide excellent moisture for skin but are slightly different to meet the needs of many different women. I use the Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF50 during the summer because it is a great moisturizer that protects from sun damage.

My favorite products in the Regenerist line are those that target specific needs. I like that Olay provides quality anti-aging and skin protecting products that are affordable enough to use every day. The Regenerist Eye Make-up Remover combines a great makeup-up remover with an anti-wrinkle eye treatment for a 2 in 1 product. I use the Regenerist Regenerating Serum under my foundation each day – – it gives my skin a smooth texture that makes applying my foundation easy (and it looks great). In addition, if you need an intensive treatment the Regenerist 14 Day Skin Intervention will give you visible results by reducing wrinkles, strengthening skin and improving appearance.

Olay’s Regenerist products are available at drug stores and discount stores (Walgreens, CVS, Target, Wal-mart, etc.) and range in price from $6 to $24 depending on the product. For the money, this skincare product cannot be beat. Only one word of caution, these products may be too strong for very sensitive skin so you may want to look for samples (try www.Olay.com) or consider buying products with friends to share samples. My friends and I had a skincare party where we all purchased one product, researched it and brought it to the party to make samples for everyone. This was a great way to try Regenerist products to see which ones were the best for each of us.

Happy Face Complexion Brush by Earth Therapeutics

Ever wondered why your moisturizers or serums weren’t working as effectively as they should be according to the label? Do you often feel as though washing your face with cleanser alone just isn’t getting your skin clean enough? Or how about when you use your toner or astringent you find that you go through seemingly a thousand cotton balls until they wipe clean? These questions I ask are all examples of how your skincare routine is lacking a wonderful yet affordable tool for deep cleaning. The brand Earth Therapeutics (found at most beauty retail stores and online) manufactures a wonderfully affordable complexion brush called Happy Face. This little tool is an awesome way to ensure your skincare products are effectively absorbed properly into your skin to maximize their benefits and save you money.

One awesome thing about this brush is it’s small compact design. It’s simplistic-looks like a large toothbrush with a circular head. The bristles are made of a white colored synthetic material (synthetic hair is much more antibacterial than real — bacteria thrives on organic matter like real hair or loofahs). It appears at first glance to be too harsh to use on delicate facial skin but when you first use it you will find it is gentle enough to use even around the eye area. It works great to remove eye makeup (carefully applied pressure of course–even though tools are safe to use around the eye does not mean you should scrub vigorously!).

The second valuable attribute to this skincare tool is that using a brush such as Happy Face significantly prolongs the life of your cleansers and helps your moisturizers, serums, and toners to absorb more effectively. When your moisturizers absorb more effectively, they can properly repair and moisturize your skin! Think of all the dirt, oil, and makeup that gets piled onto your skin and down into your pores. In order for repair products to penetrate the skin’s layer it must go through all that debris. Clear away the debris with this brush so your skin will be cleaner and have a much faster turnover!

Finally, for those of you looking to improve your skin but are on a budget this is the perfect way to do so. You will find that most places sell this brush for under five dollars–I bought mine at ULTA for around two dollars on sale. You should also find (as I did) that using it becomes a little addicting. I found that when I forgot to bring Happy Face brush with me on a trip that I felt as though my skin wasn’t clean enough after washing it with just a wash cloth or my hands. I also like that the bristles foam up the tiniest amount of cleanser so that your cleansers last longer.

Earth Therapeutics’ Happy Face complexion brush is a great skincare tool. It has a compact design, it’s easier to keep clean, and gentle enough for sensitive skin. it also promotes better skin health by cleaning your skin deeper to allow your other skincare products to properly be absorbed.

Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care

Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care has been hailed as one of the leading lines of natural skincare. Made from natural ingredients the line of skin care is popular among some of other most famous people in the world. Additionally Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care has been advertised as providing excellent results for those looking for alternatives to traditional skin care.

There are several top products from the line of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care that devotees tend to rave about. The Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk is one such product. This product is formulated to cleanse and decongests the skin while promoting energy. Made from a blend of carious natural ingredients which include essential oils of lavender, pink grapefruit, aloe, sunflower, jojoba, avocado, chamomile, green tea, lemon balm and other, the Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk ultimately cleanses, purifies and soothes. A top pick from the collection of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care the Cleansing Milk was found for $55.

Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic from the collection of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care is another of the popular products that is highly recommended and known to provide excellent results. Formulated as an herbal awakening elixir for the skin, the Essential C Tonic is formulated to brighten the skin, restore the PH balance, and revitalize energy and to tone the skin. Made from a blend of all natural ingredients which include green tea leaf, kelp, essentials oils of bergamot, lavender, rosemary, kelp, lemon, orange peel, rose hips, hibiscus and more, Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic is the perfect choice for dull dry and lifeless skin. The Essential C Tonic from the collection of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care was found for $55.

Tammy Fender Epi Peel is another of the more popular products from the collection of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care. The award-winning product is formulated to exfoliate dead surface cells, refine the pores, brighten and polish the skin, and to eliminate impurities. The Tammy Fender Epi Peel has the awakening scents of rosemary and spearmint. Ingredients of the Tammy Fender Epi Peel include rosemary, soybean oil, beeswax, green tea leaf, lemongrass, orange peel, rose hips, sunflower seed, grape seed oil, kaolin clay, oat extract, spearmint and more. The combination of natural ingredients promotes circulation and increased energy supply while providing antibacterial properties. A must have from the collection of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care the Tammy Fender Epi Peel was found for $80. For more information on the complete line of products available from Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care visit the official web site for Tammy Fender.

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Apple Cider Vinegar and How You Can Incorporate it into Your Daily Life

There are many cases where an individual may have too much stomach acid. In those cases, individuals should use antacids to treat their discomfort. However, in cases where antacids are being used and the problems persist, the real problem may be that the individual doesn’t have enough stomach acid. For individuals who are unsure, drink eight ounces of water with one to two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar mixed in. If symptoms persist still, you may need to seek medical advice, but if the indigestion disappears, it’s important to understand that the individual may not be producing enough stomach acid and the vinegar will help replenish needed acid.

Drinking apple cider vinegar water may help reduce headaches in some individuals. Research shows that individuals who have headaches also produce more alkaline in their urine. Apple cider vinegar can help restore the alkaline balance in the body.

Drinking two to three tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with eight ounces of water once or twice a day can help the body absorb more calcium and magnesium, which helps to eliminate leg cramping.

To heal a sore throat, gargle with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with half a cup of warm water three times an hour. Avoid swallowing the mixture, because this may make the throat feel worse.

From weight loss to varicose veins, apple cider vinegar is known throughout the world as being an almost solve-anything-type of remedy. Drinking it in water on a regular basis can help with all sorts of ailments. It can be used both externally and internally and is a healthy alternative to cleaning with toxic products. Vinegar can be used to mop floors, wipe down walls and counters and to clean everyday products, like coffee makers and other small appliances.

Affordable Skincare with Vitamins and Over the Counter Remedies

Yes! The short answer is yes. There are vitamins and over the counter remedies that can improve the overall health and appearance of your skin without costing you a fortune. How do I know this? Because I’ve been trying them over the last few months with great results!

Like many people, I have been waging war against my skin problems since adolescence. I tried everything my dermatologists suggested from over the counter remedies to costly pharmaceuticals. Just to name a few, I’ve tried Retin-A, Tetracycline, Clindamycin, Cetaphil, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Benzoyl Peroxide, Erythromycin, and that cream the good doctor mixed up in the back room. Side effects endured included anything from red peeling skin to some hair loss. As I got older, things improved a little bit, but I was still dealing with minor acne and its skin-dulling aftermath in my late twenties. The good news is I’ve recently found some over the counter remedies that will not burn my face off while evening out my skin tone and smoothing its texture.

Two remedies in my new healthy skin arsenal came from a very unexpected source. Who knew that my eye doctor would give me better skin advice than my dermatologist? Go figure. He recommended that I start taking fish oil caplets and using OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus Pads to relieve my irritated eyes. One night, I decided to use the pad to scrub my entire face. It was amazing how much makeup came off on the pad after I had taken a shower, exfoliated my face, and scrubbed it with a washcloth. My skin felt amazing and ten times cleaner. I’ve been using them for about a month now and my skin hasn’t looked this good in years. These little miracle pads also cured by eye problems! They are not hard to come by either. You can get a thirty-day supply of OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus Pads for about $16 at Walgreens. Just be sure to rinse your face off with a splash of water after you use them.

So what’s the active ingredient in these magical little exfoliating pads? Well the main ingredient is water. Plain old water followed by Ringer’s Solution and POE-80 Sorbitan Monolaurate. There are about seven other ingredients, but I’ll just focus on the second two. From what I can gather, Ringer’s solution is used to irrigate bodily tissues during surgery and according to Encyclopedia Britannica, it can “prolong greatly the survival time of exercised [bodily] tissues.” I don’t know about you, but I find that kinda creepy. According to lookchem.com, Sorbitan Monolaurate is commonly used as an emulsifier, lubricant, and wetting agent. So what we have here is a tissue preserving lubricating little pad that you will fall in love with after a few uses.

My optometrist also suggested taking 2000mg per day of fish oil containing DHA and EPA fatty acids to promote eye health. Little did I know that they would also help me with my dry sensitive skin! I started seeing results just a week after popping a few caplets. Tiny wrinkles started disappearing and my skin was much less irritated. Now, there have been a few news stories out there warning against the dangers of heavy metal poisoning after taking fish oil supplements. Fear not, there are fish oils on the market that go through heavy metal removing processes. Those brands are perfectly safe to ingest. Look for fish oil manufacturers that advertise molecular distillation as their preferred method of decontamination. I’ve been taking two HyVee Health Market molecularly distilled 1000mg fish oil caplets per day and feel great. When I got them on sale, they were $6 for 300 softgels.

Two other vitamins I can definitely recommend are Vitamin A and Silica. When I stopped eating meat, I found my nails were breaking all the time even though I was getting plenty of calcium. Eventually, I got fed up with my weak little nails and did some vitamin research. I discovered that a small 11mg dose of Silica per day can give your skin, hair, and nails a natural boost. It turns out that Silica is the most abundant mineral on the earth’s surface and is contained within every living thing. For the skin, Silica’s main job is to help the body produce the glue like collagen that holds our skin together. What does that mean exactly? Well, Silica helps to prevent aging by encouraging the production of collagen!

The last Vitamin I can endorse is good old Vitamin A. When I went to pick up some Silica at GNC, the girl at the counter started asking me why I wanted to take it. I explained my skin and nail dilemma. Immediately she recommended Vitamin A and told me that the main ingredient in powerful acne fighting Accutane is an extremely high dose of Vitamin A. Personally, the idea of taking an extremely high dose of anything scares me. Dermatologist prescribed Accutane is not for me, but I’ve decided that a small 1000mg dose of Vitamin A per day is worth a try. Maybe a slight Vitamin A deficiency was the only thing standing between me and perfect skin all these years. Both Silica and Vitamin A will set you back about $5 per bottle for a three month supply.

For a month, I’ve been using all three vitamins, the OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus Pads, and Aveeno Daily Moisturizer on my face with outstanding results. My skin is brighter, healthier, younger looking, and acne free. Try even just one of these affordable skincare suggestions and you’ll see major improvements!

Product Review: Everyday Minerals Cosmetic Wet Wipes

I’m a really lazy person when it comes to skincare. My mum has been trying to train me into taking good care of my skin since my teens but the habits never really seemed to get hold of me. Now halfway through my twenties, I remember to do the basics but am always looking for shortcuts.

I ordered the cosmetic wet wipes from Everyday Minerals (EDM) some time ago as a friend had recommended them to me. Typically of me, I left them sitting on the shelf for about two months before I got around to using them as I wasn’t putting on much makeup at the time (just mineral powder foundation and blush) due to my newborn and my facial wash seemed to be getting most of the gunk off my face. I recently started going out more though, and so the makeup got a little more comprehensive with eye makeup and concealer.

The Ingredients

Aqua (purified water), aloe barbadensis leaf juice (aloe vera), lavender hydrosol, organic lavender essential oil, organic grapefruit essential oil, extracts of green tea, chamomile extract, phenoxyethonal, potassium sorbate, grapefruit seed extract, citric acid.

The Packaging

The wipes come in a pink and brown soft plastic package, similar to the packaging for travel packs of baby wipes. Each package contains 80 wipes. The wipes are sealed in with a stick-on seal, which works well initially, as my wipes stayed moist even after 2 months of not using them! However, the seal does lose the stickiness after repeated openings and closings, and I found that I had to add sticky tape to it to make sure it stayed closed. I would prefer a pop-top kind of seal. Lugging around the big package may also be inconvenient if you want to freshen up while you’re out. They aren’t going to fit into the cute little handcarried purse.

The Wipes

The wipes are hardy things, with a texture akin to weaved cotton. I had a hard time trying to tear on of them to see how much it would take, and trust me it wasn’t easy at all! The wipes feel good on the skin, but be careful not to scrub them too hard as the wipes, while not being hard at all, aren’t that soft either. I find the scent of the essential oils pleasant and relaxing. The lavender notes stand out especially.

My Use

I’m so glad that I ordered these wipes on my friend’s recommendation. With a baby around, some days I’m just so tired by the time I get to bed that I don’t really want to bother with going through the whole skin care routine. These wipes are a godsend for me on those days. I don’t bother with too much makeup and these wipes are good enough to take off the little makeup that I put on. Since my makeup is mostly mineral, it comes off pretty easily with the wipes, but the heavier department-store foundations aren’t so cooperative. I like that these wipes are affordable at USD3.75 per package from EDM’s online store, but considering that I live in Singapore, the shipping cost is significant and I can’t just order one pack, I have to put together a large order to make the shipping worth it.

Final Decision

These wipes are great! For light makeup, these work well to remove most, if not all, of it. For heavier makeup, these wipes would make a great addition to the makeup removal routine to ensure a cleaner face. I’d definitely order them again if I can get a few of my girlfriends to put together a big order to share out the shipping.

One thing I would suggest if looking for an alternative when dealing with skin allergies it to check out the options available at Allergy Free Me. Their array of cosmetics for sensitive skin are incredible!

How to Winter-Proof Your Skin

Temperatures just took the first plunge of the season in my area and my skin is definitely noticing the colder air! Dry, flaky, and itchy skin is an uncomfortable side effect to the dropping temperatures. It can be downright miserable. No doubt, you probably notice the ashy look as well- not cute! I have some helpful hints to somewhat “winter-proof” your skin.

The first thing you need to know is that in the winter, the air is drier; therefore it dries your skin out. The heating in our homes can also suck the moisture right out of the skin. The summer months usually bode well to our skin because the humidity in the air keeps the skin supple. So keeping this in mind, we need to “replenish” the moisture.

The first thing you should make sure you are doing is using a body lotion that has humectants. It does not have to be anything expensive. A simple drugstore lotion such as Eucerin or even Vaseline will do the trick. Humectants are actually substances added to cosmetic products that will pull water to the skin and help to keep it there.

Also, be sure you are not taking long showers. It is very tempting to stay in there for twenty minutes or more because it is so warm, but the hot water can actually strip your skin of oil, and this will throw off the natural balance of oil and water in your skin. Try to keep it to five or ten minutes. (An added bonus- you will save money on your utility bills!)

Adding a humidifier to your home can be beneficial for you, or even keeping houseplants in your room. The houseplants can also add some life and cheer up a cold house! Who knew plants could be good for your skin?

Another thing to remember is always wear your sunscreen! You need it just as much in the winter as you do in the summer. Sun damage is the number one cause of all our skin problems (dark spots, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, etc) Even if you are not planning on being outside for long periods of time, incidental sun exposure (i.e. the sun shining through your car window while you drive to work) can do just as much damage. Make sunscreen a daily habit.

Wearing jackets, gloves, scarves and hats is a way to physically guard your skin against the blustery cold winds. Gloves won’t totally protect your hands from being dry and cracked, so be sure to keep them moisturized with an extra rich hand cream. (I like Bath amp; Body Works Glove Me Tender-also has a sunscreen)

Follow these tips and I guarantee your skin will be soft, glowing and ready to take on the winter!!