How to Improve Your Skin Texture and #GLOWUP

The quest for soft, smooth skin is a never-ending one. There are plenty of products and services on the market today that all promise soft, smooth skin, but not all of them deliver. If you’ve been struggling with rough skin, here are a few things you can do to improve your skin texture:

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Get a Chemical Peel

If your skin feels rough and impossibly flaky, with what seems like a hundred little bumps lurking just beneath the surface, a chemical peel is like getting a complete refresh or restart. It may sound intimidating, but it is actually quite a straightforward procedure. A chemical solution is applied to your skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off, revealing fresh new skin underneath. To avoid burning or irritation, it’s important to get this procedure done by a reputable provider, such as Coastal Skin Solutions, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.


If your skin isn’t just rough and flaky, but also scarred and blemished from battling with acne, a micro-needling treatment can help address these deeper skin problems. This is a non-invasive procedure that uses dozens of tiny needles to prick your skin, which helps it generate new collagen and skin tissue. The result is smoother, firmer and more toned skin. It can very effectively minimize the appearance of deep scars and acne marks.

The thought of dozens of little needles pricking your skin may be an unpleasant one, but most patients who have undergone the procedure report feeling little to no discomfort or pain. The best thing about this treatment is that it also involves no downtime, so you won’t have to miss work or other personal activities after getting the procedure. You may need to have several sessions to achieve optimum results, so be sure to consult with an experienced professional to find out how many sessions your skin needs.

Exfoliate Regularly

If you aren’t quite ready yet to get these beauty treatments done, you can tweak your skincare routine and habits to address your skin texture issues and improve them. Skin naturally renews itself about once every 28 days, but this process inevitably slows down as we get older. Dead skin cells that remain on the surface of your skin can make it look dull and ashy, and make it feel rough and flaky. This can also lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Get rid of these dead skin cells by regularly exfoliating your skin.

You can use either physical or chemical exfoliants or a combination of both. Physical exfoliants include scrubs, peeling gels, microfiber washcloths, konjac sponges or cleansing tools and devices such as silicone pads or cleansing brushes. These can get the job done quickly and easily, but using them too often or with a heavy hand can also sensitized or irritate your skin.

Chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and beta hydroxy acid work by getting deep into your pores to dislodge dead skin cells and gunk, clearing them out. They are very effective and can significantly improve your skin texture when used consistently over a period of time. There are plenty of different types of chemical exfoliants, so choose one that is best suited for your skin type.

Rough, textured skin can be frustrating to deal with, but fortunately, there are plenty of different options available to you to help you address it. Choose one that best suits your lifestyle and budget, and with patience and consistency, you will soon notice a big improvement in your skin.

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Stay Hydrated This Winter with Jergens, Josie Maran, and Curel

Although we tend to think of it as a summertime problem, dropping temperatures and drier conditions during the cold winter months leave our skin dull and dehydrated.

This means changing up a few things in your skincare regime, Jergens and Curel offer ultra-nourishing and intensely hydrating options to keep your skin feeling smooth and looking healthy all season long:

1. Exfoliate This season, exfoliating is a crucial, non-negotiable step in your morning shower routine. Using a delicate but effective sugar scrub like the Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, allowing moisturizers to be more effective as they penetrate deeper into the skin. Plus, this soothing scrub is formulated with shea butter, argan, and coconut oil so it nourishes the skin while it exfoliates!
2. Moisturize
When it comes to hydration, a high-quality moisturizer is a must-have. Jergens Shea Butter Wet Skin Moisturizer is applied to wet skin right after showering, maximizing hydration when skin is most receptive to moisture. The water activated formula absorbs right away as vitamin-rich shea oil leaves you feeling smooth and soft – and without the heaviness and greasy residue of a traditional lotion.
3. Repeat
Sometimes, slathering on moisturizer once a day simply isn’t enough, and that especially applies for people who deal with dry, flaky skin. Think of Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion as your go-to hydration boost, and apply as needed throughout the day. Made with skin-soothing ingredients like olive oil, this hard-working formula aids in your skin’s natural exfoliating process, and then delivers much-needed hydration, restoring the moisture barrier to prevent dry skin in the future.
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Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula – Product Review

Palmer’s has a new formula for skin care enthusiast!  They’ve expanded beyond the cocoa butter ingredient and infused a new product line with coconut oil.


There are so many benefits to using coconut oil such as anti-aging and anti-viral properties.  This natural ingredient smells great and works on all skin-types.  I decided to review the new Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula due to my personal use of the oil substance.  My results are below:

Product Review – 

  1. The Coconut Oil Formula smells amazing!
  2. My face, hands, legs, and feet received an instant natural glow.
  3. The texture blends nicely on the skin’s surface.  This is not a greasy substance!
  4. After application, the formula doesn’t easily stain other objects.
  5. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula gives an appearance of skin rejuvenation through the it’s natural agents.

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula

The product line also come in various sizes (and quantities) which helps small skin care touch-ups.  For example, I keep the Coconut Oil Hand Cream in my purse to moisturizer the cuticles.  It’s also stated to have No Dyes, Sulfates, Mineral Oil, Parabens, and Gluten.


On a scale of one to ten, I give the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula a TEN and suggest everyone try this product for their summer beauty regimen!

ORS Black Olive Oil Repair 7 – Healthy Hair

Regardless of hair type or texture, all women will experience a form of hair damage at some point in life. Often times, it’s a result of poor thermal and daily styling routines all for the desire to remain on hair trend while managing busy lifestyles.

For DIY home stylists, maintaining vibrant and healthy hair is often a challenge. With the introduction of Black Olive Oil Repair 7™, ORS is meeting the need for healthy hair head-on with a full maintenance line designed to moisturizer, strengthen and protect hair from future damage. This premium product line features Sulfate Free Shampoo; Rinse Out Conditioner; Leave-In Conditioner; Leave-In Treatment; and Oil Elixir–all formulated to address 7 signs of hair damage.


“We aim to meet the needs of the ever evolving home stylist with quality hair solutions that address real hair issues,” said Candace Cage, Senior Brand Manager, Namaste Laboratories, makers of ORS brand products. “The Black Olive Oil Repair 7 system revitalizes damaged hair leaving it stronger, healthier and ready for versatile styling.”

Rich in Vitamin E, anti-oxidants and Omega 3, the black olive hydrates, nourishes and protects the hair. The Repair 7 benefits include thermal protection, shine, frizz control, anti-breakage, strength, reconstruction and volume which leaves hair shiny, strong and beautiful.


ORS™ Black Olive Oil Repair 7 ™ is now available at select Target stores, on and

Product Range & Key Benefits

Sulfate Free Shampoo (12.5 oz.) SRP $7.99

Thoroughly cleanses hair leaving hair feeling moisturized all while preparing hair for conditioning treatments.

Rinse Out Conditioner (12.5 oz.) SRP $8.99

Penetrates and rebuilds hair damaged by thermal styling improving overall hair health, shine and elasticity.

Leave-In Conditioner (8.5 oz.) SRP $8.99

Two phase conditioning spray that improves hair strength protects against thermal damage and adds shine and moisture. Great for use before blow drying.

Leave-In Treatment (4.5 oz.) SRP $10.99

This miracle leave-in treatment, instantly addresses the 7 signs of damage. Perfect for use after conditioning to help protect hair from environment and thermal appliances.

Oil Elixir (4.5 oz.) SRP $10.99

Highly potent oil elixir that transforms dry, damaged hair back to vibrant health. Hair instantly looks glossier, shinier and silkier.


ORS™ (formerly Organic Root Stimulator™) is a leader in the ethnic hair care market. Trusted, true and the “original,” our hallmark is exceptional quality, performance and integrity – qualities which we employ to develop and deliver the best products for relaxed and natural hair.

Our Mission:

To meet the unmet needs of the health-conscious, style-seeking, multicultural consumer with new and natural solutions for hair, skin and body.
To be based on a philosophy of quality, performance and integrity.
To use only the highest quality of natural ingredients in our products that will be of the highest benefit to the consumers.
To extend the power of the brand to help uplift communities and support forward thinking.

Dr. Brandt 3-D Filler Mask at Sephora

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brandt® skincare is excited to announce its collaboration with Kristofer Buckle, a celebrity makeup artist beloved by Hollywood’s A-list. To kick off­ this exciting initiative, Buckle – one of the most sought after contour experts in the business – will star in a how-to video that highlights the newest trend in beauty: contouring without makeup. A game-changing technique made possible by dr. brandt skincare’s latest innovation, needles no more™ 3-D Filler Mask, it allows you to reshape, revolumize and fill facial contours, for a more youthful look.

THE INSPIRATION: Dr. Brandt believed that the convexities and concavities of the face – and the way light reflects off them – play a major role in revealing our true age. By changing the way light bounces off the face, needles no more™ 3-D Filler Mask makes it look naturally younger and more attractive. The formula melts into skin to enhance cheekbones and create dewy highlights. It’s what the art of contouring is all about, yet works without layers of product.

THE TECHNOLOGY: A unique, skin-plumping formula inspired by the latest injectable fillers, needles no more™ 3-D Filler Mask restores lost volume and fills in wrinkles and folds for a softer, lifted, more youthful look. Packed with Adipofill’in a revolutionary plumping complex, combined with hyaluronic acid (the key ingredient in dermal fillers, which absorbs its own weight in water to pull moisture into the skin), and rejuvenating peptides, the self-sculpting blend counteracts the classic downward droop that comes with age. Use it daily for a noticeably smoother, softer, more refreshed look — or anytime you want to lend your face youthful dimension and a healthy glow.

JUST IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR: Filled with invaluable contouring and anti-aging tips that anyone can use, the new Kristofer Buckle/dr. brandt skincare video will premiere on youtube and at Now available at drbrandtskincare. com, needles no more™ 3-D Filler Mask will launch at Sephora in January 2016.


The Jojoba Company Australian Jojoba Review – Must Have Product


There are so many wonderful uses for the natural moisturizer Jojoba Oil.  This is considered to be a liquid wax that’s proven to work wonders on the hair, skin, and nails.

My first introduction to Jojoba Oil was through a routine hair appointment.  My hair is in a natural state (relaxer free) and my beautician suggested using JoJoba Oil on my scalp for nourishment.  I was excited to try this product because it’s important to understand your individual hair and follicle needs.

Jojoba Oil this is the perfect product for moms because pregnancy can often alter the skin.  For example, some women experience dryness or even worse stretch marks.  It’s suggested that you simply place a small amount in your hand (a little goes a long way) and massage into the skin.  The oil can be used on your face, legs, stomach area…basically the entire body.  It works as an all – over body moisturizer so don’t hesitate to apply as needed.


Lastly, I am someone who has dry cuticles and nails.  My beauty regime includes adding moisture to the hands and feet.  When visiting the nail salon, my manicurist always applies two coats of olive oil to my nails.  But when I’m at home, I like to use two drops of Jojoba Oil on my cuticles before bedtime to serve as an all natural product with no chemicals.

The Jojoba Company’s 100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil is reasonably priced and can be purchased at

Additional Tips –

Visibly balances and soothes the skin

Is a great way to gently cleanse off makeup

Helps smooth lines, wrinkles, or stretch marks

100% paraffin free

Caress Forever Collection Body Washes: Fragrance Touch Technology

Caress has created the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology.  What does that mean? The Caress Forever Collection releases bursts of perfume with every touch of the your skin for up to 12 hours.

NEW Caress Love Forever Body Wash

NEW Caress Adore Forever Body Wash

From my personal experience of using the body wash, the fragrance is very soft (feminine) and doesn’t overpower the senses.  While some body washes require a lot of product to lather, this isn’t the case with the Caress Forever Collection.  Also, the body wash is sensitive to the skin with little irritation while cleansing.


Caress Forever Collection can be purchased at your local drugstore or target nationwide.  For more updates about the product follow them on social media with the hashtag #CaressForever or #12HourTechnology.


The Caress Forever Collection is the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls™ releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The collection combines sensual floral notes to create a fine fragrance for up to 12 hours.


An award winning perfumer, Loc Dong has close to two decades of experience crafting more than 40 renowned scents for major fashion and fragrances houses. Inspired by the confident and sensual modern woman, Loc Dong captured the widely coveted scent of the mysterious scarlet red rose with breakthrough Living Rose technology for the Caress Forever Collection.

In addition to Loc Dong, it took more than 25 scientists across 4 continents to come up with this technological breakthrough in beauty.



 Love Forever

  • Top Note: Mandarin Orange and Peach

  • Heart Note: Scarlet Red Rose, Peony and Freesia

  • Base Note: Sandalwood and Vanilla Musk


Adore Forever

  • Top Note: Raspberry and Cassis

  • Heart Note: Angel Face Rose and Muguet

  • Base Note: Amber, Honey and Vanilla


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