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Here it is – my last and final peel on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin. For my grand finale, I decided to use the 70% glycolic solution. I was worried about how my skin would react to such a strong concentration of glycolic acid, but I’m glad to report that I didn’t end up like Nicolas Cage in Face/Off! I seriously recommend building your tolerance up before using the 70%. I feel like my first peel (30%) was more irritating than my last peel (70%) – go figure!

I removed all my makeup with a makeup removing wipe (I like to use the Biore wipes), then I thoroughly washed my face with a washcloth and Cetaphil cleanser. I dried my face and swiped my face with a cotton round dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Next I applied the medicated numbing spray; I made sure to cover every inch of my face and neck. I was so scared that it would burn! Finally I soaked another cotton round with 70% glycolic acid and went to work. I left the solution on for a full five minutes. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. It never got uncomfortable and I only felt a slight itching sensation after three minutes.

Once time was up, I rinsed and washed my face. I patted it dry and immediately applied my moisturizer. Two days have passed, and I only had a small amount of peeling in my chin and nose. I’ve been washing my face morning and night, so I think that’s helping remove the flakes.

I really enjoyed The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin. It was simple to do and very effective. My skin looks so much better now that when I first started. My skin is smoother, clearer, and more even-toned. It has helped keep my blemishes at bay and with the help from Cetaphil’s DermaControl line – my excess oil is also gone. I am visiting my parents for the holidays, and the first thing my mom said to me was how great my skin looked! I plan to do a maintenance peel ever so often to keep my skin looking and feeling great. I recommend this peel to anyone who wants beautiful skin!

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit TheSkinRegime.com – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

The Skin Regime

Welcome to the 5th peel of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin! It’s been a few weeks since my 4th peel, but I was brave and decided to use the 50% glycolic acid.

I washed my face and made sure to remove any dirt and makeup from my skin. I then moistened a cotton round with rubbing alcohol and swiped it all over my face. Once my face was dry, I used the medicated spray to numb my skin. I think I finally figured out the most effective way to use it. I sprayed a large amount on my hand first; and then wiped it all over my face. Next I applied the 50% glycolic acid to a cotton round and swiped it all over my face and neck area.

I set the timer for six minutes. While the clock was still ticking, I dipped a cotton swab into the 70% glycolic acid solution and applied it to the top of my cheeks (where I have the most sun spots) and over the freckles on my nose. Once time was up; I rinsed and washed my face, then applied CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM.

Again, I was surprised it did not burn nor sting. So either I grew tough skin (but it feels softer) or the medicated spray really does help.  I didn’t experience much redness or dryness, so I’m curious to see what my face will look like in the morning. I’ll update this post if I notice extra peeling or irritation tomorrow. In the past I’ve noticed that my skin only really starts to shed on the second or third day after the peel, so I have a feeling this might also be the case this time.

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit TheSkinRegime.com – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

 

Hey guys, sorry it took so long for an update on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp For Beautiful Skin Challenge. In the past two weeks  I’ve dealt with a cold and then Hurricane Sandy decided to hit the northeast! Things are slowly getting back to normal and I am happy to say that I my home didn’t suffer any damage.

Since I took a week off from the regime; I was worried that the 50% glycolic peel would be too much for my skin to handle. With that said, I decided to only keep the solution on for four minutes.

I prepped my skin as I always do – read about the first peel here – I also made sure to use the medicated spray to help numb my skin.  I applied the 50% glycolic acid to my entire face and neck area. With a cotton swab, I applied extra solution to my trouble spots.

My skin was not as irritated as I thought it might be. I did have extra peeling around my chin and upper lip area. For my next peel, I might apply a 50% glycolic acid solution to my entire face and then apply a 70% solution to my trouble spots. I think this would speed up the spot clearing process.

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit TheSkinRegime.com – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

It’s week three of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin Challenge and I already see results. My skin is much smoother and  even-toned. For my third peel I decided to do another 50% glycolic acid. I prepped my skin as I normally do and this time I made sure to apply to medicated spray properly. I sprayed it directly onto my skin and waited about a minute until it dried completely. I was able to feel the numbing sensation from the spray, especially above my lip.

During the six minutes, the skin under my eyes and on my cheekbones showed the most irritation. My skin was red afterwards and slightly itchy. The next day I woke up with a small scab on my right cheekbone. At least I know it’s working! Bye-bye sunspots!

Next week I’m taking a break because I have an event to attend and I don’t want to go with red flakey skin! I’ve  upped my moisturization to three times a day and I have been using a BB cream  instead of regular foundation.

My skin really started to peel on the third day. To remove the flakes, I made sure to wash my face with my washcloth using a gentle circular motion. I noticed I shed a lot more skin this time around. I’m excited to see more results!

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit TheSkinRegime.com – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

So here goes, week 2 of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp For Beautiful Skin Challenge. I started off with a 30% glycolic peel, but this week I decided to up it up a notch and do a 50% glycolic peel. Yikes! I’ll admit, I was a little scared to try a stronger formulation – but I know I needed to in order to see results.

I prepped my skin the same way as I did before. You can read about my first peel here and read my interview with the author here.

Since this peel would be stronger, I added an extra step to my prep. After prepping my skin with the alcohol, I sprayed Harmon First Aid Medicated Spray ($4.49, harmondiscount.com) on a cotton round and applied it to my face. Benzocaine is the active ingredient that helps numb the skin.

Next, I swiped the 50% glycolic acid with a cotton round all over my face, neck, under eye and left it on for six minutes.

This peel burned more than the first  and I’m so glad I used the spray. I experienced a burning and tingling sensation and this time around it was more intense. I was still able to handle it, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. No telling if the benzocaine really helped or not, but I think it did.

After rinsing my face and applying my moisturizer I noticed reddish patches on my face. This time the tingling/ irritation lasted longer. I applied it about one hour before heading to bed and my face was still itchy by bedtime.

The next morning, I had red spots on my cheekbones and forehead. The itching was gone and my cheeks were slightly sensitive. By midday my chin had started peeling and I had applied moisturizer at least twice by then. I’ve noticed that the solution is most active on my trouble spots which is a huge plus for me. I’m excited to see this working, can’t wait for next week’s peel!

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit TheSkinRegime.com – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

(Photos courtesy of The Skin Regime and Harmon Face Values)

After reading The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, I accepted the challenge to whip my skin into to shape. As I embark on this six-week skin boot camp challenge, I can’t help but wonder what my results will be and if I will finally get rid of the small sun spot on my cheek that started developing a few years ago.

The Skin Regime is a series of weekly/bi-weekly glycolic acid peels. The book recommends what products to use, and when and how to use them according to your unique skin type.

My first glycolic acid peel – ever! I didn’t know what to expect so I wanted to start with a milder peel, I decided to begin with a 30% glycolic acid solution.

My Skin Regime Boot Camp Kit

First I cleaned my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash ($11.99, drugstore.com) and a washcloth. I made sure to really get in there and remove all the makeup and dirt from my face. The washcloth helped work the product in and exfoliate my skin. Click here to get a $1.00 Cetaphil coupon just by liking their Facebook page!

After cleaning my face, I prepped my skin with a some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. This step ensures that your skin is completely disinfected and ready. Just like an aesthetician would do at a medispa.

Next I applied the 30% glycolic peel. I used  a cotton round soaked in the solution and swiped it all over my face, under eye area and neck. I left it on for six minutes.

During the six minutes, I felt a slight tingling sensation around my eyebrows, cheeks, and above my lips. The tingling eventually turned into a slight itching sensation. I was relieved to find out that it was a very mild sensation – nothing I couldn’t handle!

Once the six minutes were up, I rinsed my face and washed the solution of with the Cetaphil face wash. Then I moisturized my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. ($16.99, drugstore.com)

After the peel, my skin felt and looked normal. The 30% glycolic peel was very mild for me. Next week I think I’ll take it to the next level and do a 50% glycolic peel.

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit TheSkinRegime.com – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

Here’s to new skin! Follow me as I take The Skin Regime Boot Camp Challenge.

(photo courtesy of TheSkinRegime.com)

Ready to get glowing youthful looking skin? There’s a new book that promises to show you exactly how get your skin back into shape! The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin reveals the truth about beauty products and skin care. The book guides you to the right and effective ingredients and what to look for in products.  It also helps you create a personalized regime based on products and advice most dermatologists recommend for their patients.

I had a personal interview with Dana Ramos, the creator and author of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin. Here’s what she had to say about her new book and the regime.

What motivated you to write your book The Skin Regime? Can you tell us your story and what made you write this book? 

“I wrote this book for you, for myself, and for good causes.  I came up with The Skin Regime concept because people were asking me how, at my age, I had such great and youth­ful-looking skin. I began spending a lot of time chatting with people about my skin story and how to get great skin. Sometimes I would simply say, “Just go see a good derma­tologist.” But a lot of people didn’t want to spend the time and expense for a doctor if they could do something on their own. They just wanted to know my personal regime. Finally, a light bulb went off and I figured I might as well write down everything I learned over the years from my own doctors and let the average person make their own decisions on what they want to try, or not try.”

Your book discusses a skin care boot camp, can you share more about it?

“The book tells the truth about what really works (and doesn’t) for skin care, and what are the basics for everyone – and the truth is, for basic skincare, a simple soap like Dove and a moisturizer like Lubriderm is all you need.  However, most people have more needs, so the “boot camp” phase is the 6-8 week phase where , if you decide you need it, you can whip your face into shape with the glycolic peel regime I describe in detail (and how to obtain the substances on the web).  You see, just like it takes 6-8 weeks of body “boot camp” to whip an out-of-shape body into shape, it takes about the same amount of dedicated time to whip the skin into shape–but the skin “boot camp” is FAR easier and quicker!”

What are the worst trends/habits you currently see people doing to their skin? What should they be doing instead?

“The single worst thing you can do for your skin–as every skin professional and dermatologist will tell you–is exposure to the sun.  I love the sun, but I use full-spectrum sunscreens to protect my skin.  The second worst thing–smoking.  These facts are well researched and documented.”

What makes The Skin Regime different from a number of skincare systems in the market?

“Ohhhh a lot.  For one, it tells the truth:  you don’t need a million different and/or expensive products.  There are no such things as “special ingredients,” – the stuff that works, that almost every dermatologist knows, is very simple.  Such as mild soap and moisturizers, sunscreens, Retin-A, glycolic peels, lasers if necessary, hydroquinone cream for melasma (discoloration).  There is no such thing as a facial-lift in a jar, and The Skin Regime exposes the baloney in the beauty industry.  And no one has ever made the kind of challenge to the beauty industry that The Skin Regime does on the first page of the book.”

What are the most difficult “switches” you have to make on The Skin Regime, if they are any?

“Learning to respect your skin by using makeups or other products with sunscreen in them.  And realizing that you might as well discard 90 percent of the stuff in your bathroom because they either don’t do anything, or might even work against you.”

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 16-year-old self about skincare?

“PUT DOWN THAT BOTTLE OF BABY OIL, YOU IDIOT and put on sunscreen instead!  I grew up in Los Angeles, and surely did myself no favors on the beach, but luckily, I got smart in my late 20′s and started using Retin-A to help reverse the damage.”

What made you decide to team up with Dr. David Bank?

“Dr. Bank is my personal dermatologist for 15 years.  I have found him to be incredibly knowledgeable, full of integrity, very honest about the truth of what can and can’t be done.  When I took my first draft of the book to him, he loved it, which I found very encouraging.”

What changes would you like to see be made to the Skin Care industry?

“I want them to stop all the false advertising.  No industry is so rampant with false claims, and people are wising up–actually filing some lawsuits.  I mean, they hire a teenager or movie star with already-great skin, then put 20 layers of makeup on them, THEN air-brush the photos, and the ad will say, “Use our product and you’ll look like this…”  Hell, even the models and movies stars don’t look like that!   I’d feel that 99 percent of the beauty industry is right alongside of sham companies that claim a cream will “melt away fat,” or “enhance your breast size.”  Pul-leeeeeze!”

What’s next? Are you working on anything new?

“Oh yes.  The Body Regime is next.  Of course, I would like to expand The Skin Regime into its own product line of glycolic peels and makeup–with the very basics, no “secret” baloney ingredients, and the very lowest price possible…. which will be very inexpensive, as high-content glycolic products are not that expensive.  (Which is another thing that irritates me…. those high-end beauty companies that put ineffective levels of glycolic in their products and jack the price up ridiculously!”

Would you like to add anything else that I might have missed?

“A few things.  The Skin Regime is not just for women–men can use it as well.  It covers the entire body, not just the face–for instance, those little bumps on the back of arms that never go away?  Simple fix in The Skin Regime.  Cracked heels and dry hands?  I include a hand and foot “regime” that is as simple as the face regime.  Bottom line:  Simple and inexpensive.  Everything, even the book, which I insisted be priced below ten dollars!  Everyone can – and should – be able to afford great skin care!”

After reading The Skin Regime, I couldn’t wait to try it for myself! Follow me as I test out The Skin Regime during the next couple of weeks. I accepted the challenge, will you? Enter below for your chance to win The Skin Regime Prize Pack worth $50! Two lucky winners will win a copy of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, a free t-shirt, a free  drawstring bag, and a free glycolic peel sample! Good Luck Beauties!

Official Rules:
This giveaway will end Sunday September 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. It is  open to anyone over the age of 18. All entries will be verified. Winners will be chosen using Random.org. Winners will be announced on Monday October 1, 2012 both on this post and on the Facebook page and will be immediately contacted via email. Once notified, winners will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.

(Photos courtesy of The Skin Regime)

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