Friday, August 31, 2018

Why Cosmetics Need To Be Gluten Free: My Struggle With Dermatitis Herpetiformis & Celiac Disease


You guys, making this video about what happens to me when I get ANY kind of contamination from gluten was one thing. Posting it and thinking about how serious it is for me and others like me was another. It has weighed on me for almost six years. In one respect, a burden was lifted in sharing it and not trying to hide anymore and in another, it's such a hard struggle on the daily that I got a little depressed after I posted.

I have celiac disease and a rare skin complication from it called Dermatitis Herpetiformis. It's not herpes as the name implies; it's literally a blistering dermatitis. I have to take a very risky medicine that has a potentially deadly side effect and it's very scary. If it goes bad, it's fatal. There's no recovery so they don't like to use it. However, the pain and itching of the condition becomes intolerable.

I recently had a gluten contamination from a cosmetic product. My outbreaks last at least 10 months of constant itching and sores. After that time, it takes a few more months to heal. It takes great restraint not to scratch the heck out of my face. I wake up at night with my fingers dug into my skin and blood on them. I've tried to wear gloves at night but apparently I take them off so I can scratch. It's ruthless. It's torture. So I take the medicine for a month at a time and have my blood tested every two weeks and I'm scared to death thruout the duration.

For someone like me, gluten in any cosmetic product can cause an outbreak of DH, which means I'll need the medicine and I could die. And that's not even me trying to be dramatic, it's the truth. It's frightening. It is my hope that one day, no one will ever use gluten in a shampoo, a skincare product or makeup again.

Thank you for watching.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly!

Prime Beauty loves products that do double-duty and these stunning Sterling Silver Necklaces from Lilu Lip Care do just that!

The Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Glowing Skin Palette, a Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusive, is an absolute must-have for Charlotte Tilbury enthusiasts, and Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has swatched and compared this gorgeous gem to other Charlotte Tilbury face products to help you decide whether you need to add it to your cart before it sells out! #CharlotteTilbury #nsale

Kate Loves Makeup shares her review of the new Drunk Elephant D Bronzi Sunshine Serum. See why she returned this much raved about product!

Enter to Win: Pammy Blogs Beauty is giving away a Georgia fragrance gift set from Dr. Phil's wife Robin McGraw!

Do you have a good neck cream in your skincare bag? Polarbelle has tested Image Skincare the Max Stem Cell Neck Lift and feels it is worth considering as your neck cream of choice.

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom had her question addressed in this month's Oprah Magazine. Read about how she deals with her fears to live her best life.

Finding a foundation online can be a drag! Read how Shipra of Taneja's Bride met her ColourPop No Filter Foundation match and what she thought of the finish.

Beauty Info Zone is taking part in a 14 blog Sweet Summertime Giveaway Hop. Not only do you want to enter for the $90 worth of cosmetics on Beauty Info Zone but you want to see what other prizes you can win.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Image Skincare The Max Stem Cell Neck Lift Review



Skincare and I were slow getting to know each other.  I had a casual relationship with exfoliation until my mid-30's.  I craved good exfoliation for my dry skin which eventually motivated me to start courting retinol and moisturizer.   Proper skincare, anti-aging regimens, brightening and tightening weren't even in my imagination at the time.  I didn't realize that good products can delay some obvious signs of aging and help to correct others.  One of the basic skincare facts I found out over the next several years was that facial skincare can and should be used on the neck and chest as well.  Granted, I was slow to learn about the beauty side of life, but I honestly had no idea!!  It was life changing information.  Fast forward to the present where you all know my skincare relationship status is "committed til death do us part".  That means good neck and decollete treatments are a must have!!


Recently, I've been using Image Skincare the MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift, (2 fl oz / $89).  If a brand wants to test a neck cream, my neck is the place to do it.  It's been physically ravaged by two major surgeries and a full year in a neck brace following the second one.  My two surgical scars join together at the base of the front of my neck and form an ironic smile line.  The year in the brace aged my neck rapidly causing sagging and atrophy beyond my years.  It was all pretty horrifying to see when the brace came off. I was using retinol on it as my only skincare for a few years, having to take major breaks in skincare treatment for the surgeries and the extended recovery treatments.

I thought all was lost when I could no longer use my retinol on my neck due to a sensitivity I developed.  Was I doomed to spend the rest of my life in black turtlenecks?  Perish the thought!!!  The Max Stem Cell Neck Lift came at a time that I was really discouraged about what to do with my neck.  So I started using it.  And I was pleasantly surprised.

My neck had been looking at least 15 years older than I am.  I think it looks much better now.  A lot of the dropping and sagging has firmed up and the lines are diminished.  I have seen progress.  It's been 4 years since I got out of the neck brace and this is definitely the best my neck has looked since then.  The sag is so much less....my turkey waddle is diminished by quite a bit!  I'm pretty happy with what I've seen.

These are the claims made by the company:

WHY IT WORKS
+ Supports elasticity to maintain firmness and support

+ Improves the look of neck sagging and jawline contour

+ Brightens and tightens skin

+ Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crepey skin

CLINICALLY PROVEN TO
+ Improve firmness

+ Improve elasticity

+ Improve skin hydration

It is my experience that the cream lives up to the claims.  I don't know about brightening, myself, because my neck is pretty white with no discoloration anywhere except in the scarring, also very white also.  I feel like my neck is about as bright as they get, unless I self tan, so I really have nothing to say about that claim but I definitely have had noticeable results that correspond to the others.

Before we part, I want to tell you what is in this product that brings such remarkable results. The main ingredients include skin strengthening peptides and plant stem cells as well as VECTORIZE TECHNOLOGY® (anti-aging complex), BV-OSC (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate), Camellia Sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Guarana Extract.

You can learn more about Image Skincare by visiting their website.  Follow along on social media via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Do yourself a favor and if you're not already drawing your facial skincare down your neck,  start today!  It will make a world of difference as you get older.  Remember that neck skin is often more sensitive than facial skin so start a little slowly and build up.

What are you using to tone and take care of your neck?

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