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Alina’s Advice As A Beauty Advocate

Christine Chin Perfect Hydrating Crème August 9, 2008

Perfect Hydrating Crème

This Perfect Hydrating Creme has a lightweight, dual-moisturizing formula that actually “re-programs” your slightly dry and dehydrated skin to measurably retain more moisture for immediate, long-lasting comfort. 2 OZ costs $39.

It really is a perfect moisturizer. It’s great for oily or combination skin since it’s so lightweight; and if you’re applying makeup afterwards it will glide on, and stay on – flawlessly.

 

Christine Chin Soothing Hydration Masque

Soothing Hydration Masque

Christine’s Soothing Hydration Mask is a cooling gel of soothing herbs, hydrating panthenol and a calming licorice complex. It brings relief to sensitive, dehydrated or acne-prone skin within minutes. Fragrance-free. 2 OZ costs $34.

When applying this mask, it literally feels as though it has been refrigerated – it feels so so refreshing! And after 20 minutes, once you wash it off, any redness, irritation, flakiness, and dryness is gone from your skin. And it’s not temporary – use it once a week, and the results last that long!

 

Christine Chin Herbal Blemish Gel

Herbal Blemish Gel

This Herbal Blemish Gerl is fast-drying, invisible gel that helps clear breakouts quickly by forming a film to seal the skin’s surface. You can apply makeup over it within minutes, so your blemish can heal under the seal and be irritated by foundation, cover up and also dirt and environmental irritants. 1.2 FL OZ costs $35

 

Christine Chin Resurface Exfoliating Scrub

Resurface Exfoliating Scrub

Christine Chin Resurface Exfoliating Scrub buffs away fine lines, diminishes coarse and/or enlarged pores and helps to slow signs of aging with gentle micro-grains suspended in a moisturizing cleansing cream. 2 OZ for $28.

It was formerly called “The Ultimate Scrub” for a reason – it’s the best exfoliating scrub ever! It de-flakes refines your skin and visibly softens tiny line. Your skin will be left totally refreshed! And the 2oz container lasts forever!

Christine Chin advises to exfoliate once per week.

Tell me what you think…

 

Christine Chin Nourishing Toner August 8, 2008

Nourishing Toner

Christine’s Nourishing Toner is made of Vitamin C and plant bioflavonoids help reduce signs of redness in coupe rose skin. Soothing aloe and nourishing hydrators restore skins moisture balance after cleansing. It helps reduce redness and softens rough areas. 4.5 FL OZ costs $28.

I use this toner after every time I wash my face – and the hydrating, fresh feeling it leaves all day is amazing. It leaves my skin feeling fresh, dry, not oily but still moisturized. I never used a toner before this – and now I don’t think I could ever go without using it again!

And if this toner doesn’t sound right for your skin type, check out Christine Chin’s website for other toners and products made for all skin types! Click here.

 

Christine Chin Retinol Smoothing Fluid

Retinol Smoothing Fluid

This Retinol Smoothing Fluid is the purest form of anti-aging Vitamin A blends, combined with a skin-renewing non-acid sugar complex to gently smooth surface wrinkles, even skin tone and restore your skin’s youthful texture within days. 1.12 FL OZ cost $79.

Christine has me using this once per day, only at night, after I cleanse my face, apply  my toner and the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum -then I apply the Retinol.

Don’t forget: Christine says that the combination of the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum and the Retinol Smoothing Fluid, when used daily, has a similar effect on your skin as her micro treatments.

Try it – you’ll love it! Tell me what you already swear by Christine Chin like I do ;)!

 

Christine Chin Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum

Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum

This serum limits the signs of aging, reveals fresh skin, lightens away discolorations, and minimizes pore size. 1.7 FL OZ costs $69.

Christine advises me to apply this on a clean face, after toner, twice per day – in the morning and before bedtime.

Christine says that the combination of the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum and the Retinol Smoothing Fluid, when used daily, has a similar effect on your skin as her micro treatments.

Try it! Tell me what you think!!

 

Christine Chin Products

Christine Chin is INCREDIBLE!

Her facials are the BEST in the business. She’s a cosmetologist – but I would (and I have) replaced every dermatologist I ever had in exchange for Christine’s services, i.e., facials, and now her products. She flaunts the longest list of celebrity clients I have ever seen – such as Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Rachel Weisz, Mariska Hargitay,  Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Helena Christensen, Kimora Lee Simons, Carmen Kass, and – if you can believe it -even more!

Christine is located in New York City (the lower east side – Orchard bw Grand and Broome) so unfortunately if you live outside the NY area she won’t be unclogging your pores anytime soon. And even if you’re in the city – the outrageous prices she charges ($250 per facial plus $250 per microdermabrasion – although well worth it – and she has packag plans for savings) and her months in advance overbooked schedule might stop you from making an appointment with her.

Here’s the good news:she recently launched her own product line, named after herself, so everyone can benefit from her skin expertise. There is a wide range for all skin types, and it’s priced fairly- compared to her in-office service costs and in comparison with other Sephora-worthy products).  I have exchanged every single fancy, brand name, high end, designer product I used to use – from Lancome to DDF to Murad to Chanel to La Mer to La Prairie, and so on – in exchange for a mirror vanity filled with Christine Chin! Why, you ask? Because THEY WORK!!!

Christine even says that the combination of the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum and the Retinol Smoothing Fluid, when used daily, has a similar effect on your skin as her micro treatments. Try it! It works for me – I’ve never had more clear, radiant skin than since I’ve started using her products.

Here are my personal favorites from Christine:

These are just some of my favorite products for my skin type (I have oily/combination skin that’s acne prone) – but she carries products for all skin types so click here to check out her website for her full product line. The clearest way to judge is by looking at her client roster above! Check it out – and tell me what you think!

 

Glucosamine Supplements

Glucosamine is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage

Glucosamine studies were originally conducted for the benefits of patients suffering with arthritis. However, once the studies found that glucosamine can help increase hyaluronic acid (“HA”) in joints, dermatologists and rest of the beauty industry started to listen.

Since hyaluronic acid is one of the components of your dermis (one of the deeper layers of your skin beneath your epidermis), then increasing hyaluronic acid in your dermis with glucosamine supplements could improve absorption of moisture in the skin and body, resulting in smoother, more radiant skin.

In 2003, the FDA approved hyaluronan injections (made from hyaluronic acid) for filling soft tissue defects such as facial wrinkles – and Restylane and Juvederm were born (both are dermal filler injected into wrinkles to plump [or fill] the soft tissue thereby erasing the wrinkle).

A recommended dosage of 1500 mg of glucosamine in the form of a supplement may potentially give you results in the form of decreased wrinkles or increased fullness in your skin.

Products lines like Murad are marketing their glucosamine supplements claiming that the supplements will “reduce lines and wrinkles by 34% in five weeks while increasing elasticity with this clinically proven complex. Glucosamine, amino acid complex and Vitamin A work to boost collagen production and stimulate healthy cell function while promoting skin clarity and tone.”

Do you believe it? Will you try it? Have you tried it??? I haven’t tried it. But I’d love to hear about your experiences with it! Please share your thoughts…

 

The New Face Lift

I LOVE this quote: “Plastic surgery should whisper, not scream. Today, instead of tightening the neck, there is a re-suspending of the muscles in the face,” said Dr. Darrick Antell, a New York City plastic surgeon.

The face lift trends of today are more about re-filling and re-surfacing – and much less about tightening, pulling and tucking the skin. “The result is a much more natural look that’s fresher and younger, rather than lifts of days gone by that scream tight, frozen, and emotionless (think Joan Rivers!). Although personally, while I think the naturalization of face lifts is great; the overabundance of Botox is filling in for the tight, taut, frozen look.

So smaller, more frequent, nips and fills are being replaced by the grand face lifts of yesterday. The other benefit of this is the recovery time, since there are less bruising and lower complication rates.

The “midface” is the focus – the midface starts at the corners of your mouth, up diagonally towards the corners of your eyes. Think *cheekbones.*

When your face ages, fat is loosening and descending to sit lower in your face, resulting in facial features that look longer and squarer in shape. Younger faces tend to look angular or tapered. That’s why the most important aspect of a facelift is to improve facial shape while limiting signs that a surgical procedure has been performed. How do you do this? By manipulating both fat and muscle – the focus has significantly moved away from skin tension (although of course it is still important – no one wants a sagging face plumped with fat) and concentrates on contouring the face.

The best plastic surgeons are the ones that have mastered manipulating both the muscle and the fat in the face. The muscle in the face (musculoaponeurotic system [SMAS]) is addressed by repositioning underlying facial muscles as well as reducing excess skin. Fat and tissue contribute almost equally to your facial appearance as does the underlying muscle and the overlying skin. So depending on your face, fat will have to be added (via a fat transfer), reduced, or redistributed.

On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dr. David Rosenberg, a plastic surgeon, has a goal for the face lifts he performs – to give his patients “an age appropriate rejuvenation where they look absolutely fabulous for their age.” Dr Rosenberg continues, “It’s not as much a pulling back of the skin as it is a muscle correction. In the cheek, I go under the fat pad and re-support it to a place where it was earlier in time to recreate a younger looking cheek. I go under the muscles along the jaw line and neck, and re-support them back to a more youthful position.”

Current reports are saying face lifts are up 14% this year. What do you think? Are you one of the people that will inflate these statistics in the years to come?