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Why You Can't Trust Skincare that's Too Cheap to Be True

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 12/27/2017 to Blogs

The market is saturated with anti-aging skincare '“ everywhere you turn on the web there's another product touting its effectiveness in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Or, claiming to literally rewind the clock and eliminate aging spots' crow's feet' forehead wrinkles' you name it. The truth is, only the products with advanced actives at maximum strengths are going to make a real difference in your appearance.  Professional products. 

Our products here at Makeup Artists' Choice and BellEvolve include the highest quality advanced skincare actives, used by professionals, at maximum recommend percentages on the market. You'll find ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid' Vitamin C' Glycloic Acid' Mandelic Acid' ceramides and peptides' Niacinamide' Retinol' Lactic Acid' Argon Oil' Vitamin E' antioxidants' plant stem cells' Salicylic acid' and the list goes on. You're also going to find our lines at affordable and sustainable pricing while knowing you're getting what you pay for. The results show themselves in our thousands of testimonials on product pages, and within our Blog.

We cannot stress enough that the professional quality of what we deliver to you within our entire product line can't be found on mega-sites like Amazon or Ebay. So many companies CLAIM that their products are FDA 99.9% pure, or top notch' but, the truth is' it wouldn't be possible to sell them at such cheap pricing if they were of the highest quality. That's a FACT. With us, you can rest assured you're getting the best skincare there is, at pricing that's pretty tough to beat. AND, we offer sample sizing for the majority of our products. Simply click on any product and go to the sizing options to select your sample size, then add to your cart.

Products to Always Pair Together

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 10/23/2017 to Blogs
When browsing the MUAC/ BellEvolve website, you'll notice that we suggest companion products to many of our items on the product pages to help you select appropriate items and take away some of the guess work. But there are some rules when it comes to making perfect matches'

 

Here are some to keep in mind for the future!

 

Pair Acids with Non Acids
This may sound super obvious, but when purchasing an acid serum or a chemical peel, we always suggest a gentle cleanser, toner and moisturizer to use during the time you're under 'œthe influence' of acids. Using too many acidic products at once will cause stress and sever redness, even burning of your skin. It's always critical to combine soothing, gentle non-acidic products during the days you're using chemical peels or serums. Some of our suggested products are:

 

Sensitive Skin? Pair a Soothing Cleanser/Toner with an Enzyme Peel
Let's face it, some acids and retinoids are just too harsh some skin, especially super sensitive skin.Thus, pairing gentle products with enzyme based products is a very good idea. That's because enzymes offer gentle exfoliation for skin that can't handle acids. Our MUAC Triple Enzyme Peel is an excellent choice for sensitive skin, paired up with our Papaya Enzyme Cleanser our soothing Cucumber Toner.

 

Pair Acne Products with Argan Oil (or similar moisturizers)
Often times, acne sufferers are pretty harsh to their skin as they use many strong products to treat the acne (such as our MUAC TCA Peel ). But, skin also needs to be soothed and moisturized especially during acne treatments so that it doesn't actually product MORE oil/ more breakouts. Skin can actually undergo an overdose of harsh acids and go haywire, which causes even MORE breakouts. Thus, we always suggest an oil free non-comodogenic moisturizer such as Argan Oil, coconut oil, or our MUAC Green Tea-Pomegranate Moisturizer (which is oil free) to sooth skin and protect it.

 

We hope you enjoyed these suggestions and learning about why certain products are fabulous companions.  If you have any questions or concerns about ANY of our products, or just need a skincare regimen, you can always write to us directly at info@makeupartistschoice.com

Tuck in Your Skin at Bedtime with Our MUAC Enzyme Night Cream

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 6/16/2017 to Blogs

'œNighty night skin' sleep tight. Wake up more smooth, toned and bright!'  

That's right, you can wake up with a brighter, smoother, more toned complexion every morning with thanks to our Enzyme Night Cream.

While you sleep, this versatile product goes to work increasing your cell turnover rate, exfoliating, moisturizing, firming and soothing your skin.

Enriched with papaya enzymes, multi fruit acid complex, collagen amino acids, biotin, sodium hyaluronate, malic acid, and more' this night cream is one that should definitely be added your skincare arsenal.

Order a 3 gram sample size for just $4!

The "Acid that's Always Safe to Use And A Magnet for Healthy Moisture

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 6/16/2017 to Blogs
You may have seen it on the ingredients list of many skincare products' HA or Hyaluronate' or Hyaluronan: all represent Hyaluronic Acid. Although the word 'œacid' is part of its title, this 'œacid' is an anomaly compared to others; the difference being, HA is a super moisturizer/humectant that creates a gel-like framework for collagen, elastin and skin cells. Many report their skin plumper and 'œdewier' after using it.
You cannot overuse HA, and you can never harm yourself using it (unless of course you have a specific allergy to HA). What makes HA so effective is that it can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. So, unlike Lactic, Glycolic, and Mandelic acids' Hyaluronic stands alone.
HA is effective for treating burns and sun damage as well for its humectant properties, and has also been deemed 'œthe key molecule involved in skin moisture.'

 

Many of our best products use HA for anti aging, as well as skin repair:
If you have not tried these outstanding products, we offer samples sizes for all. Click on any of the links above, then select 'œChoose a Size' '” you'll see the sample option.

Keep Your Skin Surprised Know When to Switch Up Your Skincare

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 6/16/2017 to Blogs

Do you have products you swear by that may have worked wonders for your skin for awhile, but then started to dwindle in results? This is a very common occurrence that we like to call 'œproduct fatigue.'

In a nutshell' your skin gets used to it. Just like a workout when you're trying to stay in shape, if you continue to do the same routine weeks and weeks at a time, muscle memory kicks in, and your efforts become less effective. The trick is keeping your body on its toes and muscles surprised with new moves. Well, the same goes for skincare.

So, when you're beginning to see dullness and a shortage of results from skincare you might be using for at least 60 days, it's likely time to switch it up. 8-12 weeks is a great baseline give or take, and not all products will need rotating. It really depends on your skin.

But if you do notice 'œproduct fatigue,' you want to maintain the same family of products, just switch the actual product. Usually, the products that need rotating are the specialized serums and creams.

For instance, say you're been using our MUAC Phytocell Renewal Serum '“ With Apple Stem Cells' a great alternative to switch to for the next 8-12 weeks '“ and in the same product family '“ would be our BellEvolve Duo Stem Cell Serum. Both increase the rate of skin cell turnover and offer many of the same benefits, but with some different active ingredients.

Or, let's say you've been using our BellEvolve Gly-Luronic Acid Serum for brightness, smoothness, dimished wrinkles, etc. A great alternative there would be our Peptide Serum with Botanicals to take over the job. You can always switch back and have these products in rotation.

The same goes for acne treatments, eye serums, you name it. When you're unsure about what to switch to, we are always available to answer any questions regarding product rotation.

Reviews on Mentioned Products:

Phytocell Renewal Serum '“ With Apple Stem Cells
Can't live without!
This product is a miracle in a bottle. I use it every morning after cleansing my skin and it magically tightens my skin. My skin looks refreshed . I have been using over a month and my skin has never looked better. Fine lines around eyes and not there. I had fine crows feet lines starting and they are gone! This and the eye cream are my arsenal to have beautiful, firm skin around my eyes. Thanks MakeupArtistsChoice! Reviewed by: Momadmac from New jersey. on 2/19/2017

Truly unbelievable
I've been a big fan of MUAC products for years, so I decided to try this one. I'm 36 years old and had begun to get small, fine lines around my mouth and on my forehead. I had previously used both fillers and Botox to take care of them. Since I began using this serum I haven't had to use EITHER. It's honestly amazing. I'd recommend this for everybody. Reviewed by: Lindsay W from Atlanta, Georgia. on 4/29/2015

 

This keep my skin clear, fades scars and redness and keeps me glowing. I am blessed to have found this product! There are times I've tried other serums and broken out from them, this fixes those mistakes fast! This serum will stay in my regime for years to come. Reviewed by: Andreya S from NY. on 2/10/2017

MUAC Peptide Serum with Botanicals
Amazing Product!

I am 50 years old and I am addicted to this product! This is the only product (and I have tried them all) that drastically improved the lines and crepey appearance on my decollete and neck. My skin looks literally 15 years younger. And bonus the more I use it, the more my skin keeps improving. I have also started using it on the back of my hands and I am noticing an improvement in the skin texture and dryness. Highly recommend this product. Reviewed by: Selena from Southeast. on 5/17/2017

Why You Should Add Some Charcoal to Your Skincare

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 4/25/2017 to Blogs
Simply put, activated charcoal acts as a mega sponge for impurities and toxins including bacteria' chemicals' dirt' and poisons. It leaves your skin detoxed and refreshed.

In fact, activated charcoal powder can hold 1,000 times it's weight in toxins. It's no wonder charcoal has made its way into skincare products, especially masks.

All skin types can benefit from charcoal for a good detox, particularly those with oily skin to really absorb and detox all that extra oil and sebum. Normal skin types can certainly benefit as well, but shouldn't overuse.

Here are two of our charcoal products in our MUAC line that you won't want to miss:

Provide Your Skin with A Good Detoxing
Our MUAC Glow Mask is just the product to detox and decongest your pores. Great for ANY SKIN TYPE. The thermal charcoal formula within this mask activates with water to create a warming sensation, while helping to melt away debris.

The Best Face Mask for My Very Sensitive Skin
The mask effectively does what it is designed for: it unclogs the pores, without irritating the skin. I could see my face looking healthier and 'œglow' right from the first application of the mask. I also love the warming sensation of the activated thermal charcoal on my face. Thank you dear MUAC team for this very good product '“ Anissa from Mauritius
Keep Oil and Sebum at Bay
Our MUAC Blemish Busters Cleanser uses activated charcoal, along with Tea Tree oil and other fabulous ingredients, to absorb excess oil and sebum. Use it two '“ three times a week rotating with a gentle cleanser to maintain your skin's natural hydration. You won't want to over dry your skin even if it's 'œoily', as too much drying can produce more oil. A great cleanser to use in between our Blemish Busters is our Wild Oat and Honey Cleanser.  Those with oily and acneac skin should absolutely order their sample bottle asap if they haven't tried it already.
WOW!!
I am an African-American woman with a chocolate brown complexion and combination skin. I have to say that I am so thankful that I found this website. I have been using the blemish buster cleanser and toner for the past few weeks and I have to say that my breakouts have been kept at a minimum especially in my t-zone area. This product leaves my skin feeling clean without feeling too dry. I will definitely be continuing to use this product. '“ Megan W from Washington DC

Yes, Your Majestem C

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 8/27/2015 to Blogs

For face and neck lifting, Majestem wears the royal crown

Those who struggle to find the products that REALLY make a difference in the appearance of neck and facial sagging can finally rejoice. Majestem, a plant-cell based ingredient created by manufacturer Sederma, now exists within our upgraded BellEvolve Uplevity Serum (with SynHycan and now' Majestem!)

This addition to our already powerful lifting formulation, takes the product from outstanding to outrageous due to how quickly and effectively it works.

Sederma, the manufacturer of Majestem, states that it helps recreate dermal matrix tension through mitochondrial dynamism repair and extracellular matrix maintenance, neutralizing the oxidative stress caused by pollution and irradiation.

Check out these photographs released by Sederma during their clinical six week study for Majestem. These images show results just after THREE WEEKS'

Before Majestem:

After three weeks:


(photographs originally published by cosmeticsbusiness.com)

Sederma also reports that in just three week sagging neck skin significantly tightened (surface -10.6% up to -56%) and neck folds evened out. After six weeks, the cheeks visibly lifted and crow's feet wrinkles smoothed out (surface -11% up to -75%).

Our BellEvolve Uplevity Serum can now deliver the power of Majestem to your face, while showing you'

* Improved cell support, better firmness and dermal structure

* Renewed firmness and flexibility

* Increased skin tonicity and resistance to the test of time

* More defined facial sculpting and contour

* Strengthened supporting elements of the skin

* Additional assistance to counteract gravity

* Increased production of elastin and collagen

Our BellEvolve Uplevity Serum can be viewed and purchased directly on our website' simply click here.

Why Am I Breaking Out After My Chemical Peel?

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 6/28/2015 to Blogs

Have you experienced breakouts shortly after applying a chemical peel?

If so, consider it not only normal' but a very good thing.

You see, the process of a chemical involves reaching deep into the skin's layers and accelerating cell turnover. All the gunk lingering in deeper layers of the skin gets brought to the surface faster. Consider it a purging of deep bacteria and sebum, and rest assured that this post-peel phase will pass. With continued use of your chemical peel for 6-8 weeks, the skin persistently improves and clears. Ideal results appear around this time as the acids from your peel continue to accumulate in the skin.

It's important in between peels to use a proper skincare regime for your skin type. Here at MUAC, we customize skincare for our clients on an individual bases when our clients write to us. If you're unsure of the proper skincare routine for your skin type, simply write in to info@makeupartistschoice.com and tell us your concerns.

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Niacinamide Serum

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 2/25/2015 to Blogs

Our Niacinamide Serum (Vitamin B3) is an excellent addition for *all* skin types, including acneic skin. If you are fighting both acne and wrinkles, this serum is for you.

What is Niacinamide?

Known as Vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a powerful cell communicating ingredient. It offers *multiple* benefits for aging skin. Niacinamide improve's skin elasticity, enhances its barrier function, helps to erase discolorations, and revives the tone and texture to more healthy, rejuvenated skin.

If you fight both acne and wrinkles, this is a *must* for your skin care regime.

Benefits:
Increases ceramides and free fatty acid levels in the skin
Prevents the skin from losing water content
Reduces skin oiliness
Reduces pore size
Improves Rosacea
Stimulates skin circulation
Treats uneven skin tones
Mitigates acne and the red marks acne leaves behind (PIH)
Excellent for clients struggling with both Wrinkles and Acne
Improve skin's elasticity
Helps to erase skin discoloration

A 12 week study showed a 16.3% improvement in facial evenness, 41% reduction in wrinkles, 10% less skin redness, 15.9% fewer pores, 16.7% increase in hydration of the stratum corneum (surface layer of the skin) and 6.8% fewer spots.

Available in a 2 dram sample (1/8 oz), 1 oz airless pump bottle, or a 1.7 oz airless pump bottle.

Hair Growth Serum

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 2/25/2015 to Blogs

It works. Let's say that again. It works.

You must use this serum daily, so be consistent with your applications. Initially, you'll see some 'œpeach fuzz' and you'll feel it on areas where hair is thinning. And as the days and weeks go by, you'll see hair growth where hair follicles are still present. Initial 'œpeach fuzz' can be felt and seen within 10-14 days.

This serum cannot grow hair unless you have a hair follicle' it helps awaken dormant follicles and aging follicles for more vibrant, thicker hair.

Formulated with the trademarked name of Baicapil „¢, this synergistic combination of three plants fights hair loss with incredible visible results.

Baicapil „¢ INCI: Propanediol, water, arginine, lactic acid, glycine soja (soybean) germ extract, triticum vulgar (wheat) germ extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract.
Benefits:

Stimulating hair follicle growth
Delaying aging of existing hair follicles
Recovery of younger, thicker looking hair
Increasing blood circulation to the scalp
Delivering necessary nutrients for follicle growth
Strenthening hair from root to tip

Studies:
Hair loss reduced by 60.3% after 3 months of use
Increases hair density 59.3%

Also in our formulation:

Malus Domestica (Apple) Stem Cell Culture for hair growth:
Apple stem cells delay the aging of hair follicles, thus providing for a long hair follicle life. Malus Domestical Stem Cell cultures, formulated with Propacil, make for a clinically effective and natural way to grow hair where follicles are still present.

The "Phytic Acid Buzz is Growing

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 1/14/2015 to Blogs

The 'œPhytic Acid Buzz' is Growing

Best known for skin lightening, phytic acid serves many beneficial purposes within the skincare industry. Although the name may sound foreign compared to the more popular acids, such as glycolic and hyaluronic, the 'œphytic buzz' is growing.

The most popular use for phytic acid is for skin lightening. For instance, it's extremely effective at reducing the appearance of discoloration, sun spots, and or micro-pigmentation. All the while being one of the most gentle of the acids.

This antioxidant derives from rice, grains, and bran '“ scientifically known as a 'œphytate.' When used within peels and toners, the strength varies from product to product; however, one variable remains constant' and that's the reduction of melanin. How so? By impeding the entrance of iron and copper into the skin.

When used in conjunction with glycolic acid for instance, a phytic acid peel serves as an excellent exfoliant and skin lightener.

The NEW MUAC PhytX Peel uses the combination of phytic, glycolic, mandelic, lactic and hyaluronic acids to serve as an exfoliating, skin-tone evening, brightening, wrinkle reducing, and hydrating peel.

Access the product page right here to learn more.

https://makeupartistschoice-com.myshopify.com/products/muac-phytx-peel

BellEvolve DNA Triple Peptide Repair/Protect

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 8/29/2014 to Blogs

Our intensive BellEvolve DNA Triple Peptide Repair/Protect brings emergency treatment to exhausted skin damaged by external factors and free radicals. Three advanced peptides, along with hyaluronic acid, will target fragile zones and help to rebuild skin to a healthy glow.

As we age, the regenerative process just can't keep up against all the years of exposure to UV damage and environmental stressors.

Our BellEvolve DNA Triple Peptide Repair/Protect helps your skin repair DNA damage and will protect your skin, thus dramatically improving the quality of your appearance and alleviate the visible signs of aging. Wrinkles will be reduced and your skin will look much more youthful.

Fights multiple factors of aging
Reinforces DNA system integrity
Reduces Wrinkles
Moisturizes
Fights DNA damage from UV exposure and environmental stress
Skin looks more youthful

Specs:
Juveleven '“ DNA Repair and Protect
Pepha Protect '“ DNA Repair and Protect
Preventhelia '“ DNA Repair and Protect
Hyaluronic Acid '“ humectant/moisturizing
Paraben Free
Store in a cool, dry place, avoid light

Juveleven  (INCI: Butylene Glycol, Water, Acetyl Hexapeptide-51, Amide) '“ designed to enhance the natural mechanisms to diminish the DNA damages that several factors produced along with the years, protecting genomic integrity. reduces existing cellular DNA damages and increase protection from their negative visible effects, therefore helping to obtain a younger skin aspect for longer.

Pepha Protect INCI: Water (and) Glycerin (and) Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract
Pepha„¢-Protect is a highly purified Watermelon extract with the ability to protect the DNA in skin cells from damage caused by UV-light induced free radicals. Pepha®-Protect is a preventative ingredient of choice to protect the skin against the breakdown of the DNA caused by UV-light and pollution.

Preventhelia  INCI: Water (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Diaminopropionoyl Tripeptide-33
Ability to inhibit the formation of carbonyl proteins as a result of oxidative stress by scavenging RCS.
Has a significant photoprotective effect on human epidermal keratinocytes and humal dermal fibroblasts.
Protects skin cells from UVA-induced DNA damage.
Able to promote DNA repair system capacity.
Results in overall complete skin protection to minimize the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic aging.
The clinical studies for Preventhelia are impressive:

92% increase in cell viability for skin that has had UV damage when using Preventhelia„¢
Preventhelia„¢ increases cell viability by more than 13,000% respect to irradiated cells (yes' 13,000%)
3 hours after skin was irradiated, repair capacity increased with the presence of Preventhelia„¢

Stop Droopy, Sagging Eyelids, Puffiness, Crow's Feet, Undereye Circles

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 8/16/2014 to Blogs

BellEvolve's Beautifeye„¢ Serum contains an award winning active from Sederma' the first active ingredient of its kind demonstrated to have a lifting action on the sagging upper eyelid. Beautifeye„¢ is a non-invasive alternative to surgery and will fulfill the desires and expectations of women and men around the world.

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Based on a dual-action approach Beautifeye„¢ treats the global contour of the eye:

'“It lifts the fold of the eyelid at the top, lessens eyelid wrinkles, and crow's feet wrinkles on the sides by strengthening the dermal structure and increasing its contractile properties.

'“It fades dark circles and diminishes puffiness at the bottom by consolidating the microvascular network and reducing the pigmentation.

Clinical studies have demonstrated the positive effects of Beautifeye„¢ on the drooping orbital surface and the fold-height, both of which were reduced respectively by up to 61% and 91% after two (2) months of treatment. In addition to this breakthrough action, Beautifeye„¢ smoothes crow's feet wrinkles, decreasing their volume up to 34% and depth up to 33% and fades dark circles, lessening the intensity of redness by up to 32% and blueness up to 30% in coloration.

 

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Photo courtesy of Sederma.
Our formulation also contains the powerful peptide Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2. This innovative peptide works at the cellular level to reinforce your skin's immune defenses and to stimulate the growth of new skin cells. Improved skin tone and texture can be seen in as little as five days.

Summary of benefits:

'“Lifts sagging, droopy upper eye tissue.
'“Reduces crow's feet and eyelid wrinkles.
'“Reduces puffy eyes.
'“Reduces undereye circles, brightens entire eye-orbital area.

Packaged in a roller-ball bottle, massage your eye-area with this fabulous product and see a more youthful, brightened and toned eye area. This is truly an innovative product which will provide you with great results the more you use it. Always be consistent with applications for optimal results.

BellEvolve Vitamin C 20% Professional Serum

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 8/16/2014 to Blogs

Our BellEvolve Vitamin C 20% Professional Serum is a *potent* anti aging product. This advanced formulation contains L-ascorbic acid enhanced with Vitamin E, Hyaluronic and Phytic acids. Phytic acid, derived from natural plants, is an antioxidant that helps to block new formation of melanin.

Benefits:

'“Stimulate collagen synthesis
'“Fades age spots
'“Reduces acne and acne scars
'“Defends skin against free radicals and environment damage
'“Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
'“Reduces general skin discolorations
'“Excellent for sun damaged skin
'“This product should be a staple in your anti aging regime.

Concentration:

Maximum tissue levels are obtained at 20% L-ascorbic acid. Any amount higher or lower than 20% is not an optimal concentration. You will see some companies market their serums at 20%, however they may be using other acid combinations to achieve this level. The L-ascorbic acid in our serum is exactly 20%. Additional ingredients are enhancements to maximize effectiveness and stability.

This product does *not* need to be refrigerated. Store in a cool, dry place and away from light.

pH: Many Vitamin C preparations are not pH adjusted for optimal biologic activity and penetration. The optimal pH of an L-ascorbic acid formula is between 2.5 '“ 3.0. Anything higher than pH 3 can reduce the ability to penetrate efficiently and lose overall effectiveness of the vitamin. Anything lower than pH 2.5 can cause irritations and very dry skin.

Compare to Cellex C, Skinceuticals and CRX.

BellEvolve Duo Stem Cell Serum

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 8/10/2014 to Blogs

If you're unfamiliar with the extraordinary benefits of apple and citrus stem cells, our new BellEvolve Duo Stem Cell Serum will familiarize you quickly' and have you glowing in no time.

You see, scientific research proves time and time again that such stem cells can restructure your skin. Consider them 'œarchitects' of dermal youth.

Studies prove that with Citrustem„¢, a major ingredient in our BellEvolve Duo Stem Cell Serum, your skin can regain the elastic properties of 12 years ago. 12 YEARS AGO! You heard me right.

Of course, that's far from all'

With this scientifically revolutionary duo of apple and citrus stem cells, you'll also see'

Renewed skin
Smooth velvety texture
Reduction of wrinkles and fine lines
Firmer skin
Stronger skin
And youthful skin!

Are you ready to look younger??

The Sunshine Vitamin D Dilemma: How to find your fill without risk

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 7/1/2014 to Blogs

It's no secret that the sun is the #1 cause of photo aging to the skin' but it's also the bodies' best source of Vitamin D. Most of us know that. But what may not be known is how much you need from the sun' while still protecting your health' to get your dose of the big 'œD' '“ the mega vitamin responsible for strong bones, a mighty immune system, cancer prevention, heart health, and mental soundness.  It's not a vitamin you want to lack.

Deficiencies in the vitamin lead to ugly side effects and health issues. Think about winter '“ when the darkness sets early and the dreaded side effects follow: sluggishness' low mood' lethargy.  Even depression and 'œseasonal affective disorder' are linked to low D levels.

That's why summertime is so important for filling up on the critical vitamin.  BUT what level of sun exposure is considered dangerous now a days? Here are some answers to questions you may be asking:

  • How much time is safe in the sun before I'm at risk for sun damage? There's a period of time for safe sun exposure '“ enough to fill your 'œD' tank before damage begins.  US News Health Reports, if you're fair skinned, experts say going outside for 10 minutes in the midday sun'”in shorts and a tank top with no sunscreen'”will give you enough radiation to produce about 10,000 international units of the vitamin. 

    Those of a tanner origin need about 15-20 minutes to absorb the same amount' and those with extremely dark skin can probably go beyond 30 minutes without sun damage. One you've reached your limit, Dr. Mercola recommends: The rest of the day, you can spend in the shade, wear clothes, and, if you still want to be in the open sun, use a non-toxic lotion with SPF15 for uncovered skin. Just be sure to be on the safe side of burning! 

  • What if I already have on sunscreen? Will I still be able to absorb any vitamin D? YES. You can wear sunscreen and STILL benefit. A recent study conducted in London concludes that subjects wearing SPF 15 versus sunscreen-free subject absorbed plenty of Vitamin D '“ although not as much as the non-sunscreen group. HOWEVER, researchers still don't know if a higher level of SPF would inhibit the vitamin more so.

A Product that Fits the Bill' MUAC offers an outstanding product to fight the detrimental effects of UV radiation in human skin, protecting and *repairing* DNA, thus preventing premature photo-aging: Our Anti Aging Day Protect with Preventhalia.  It provides the skin with a complete system of protection from intrinsic and extrinsic aging.  And, that' quite simply' is remarkable. Simply click here to review it for yourself.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Those of you using anything chemical, i.e., chemical peels, retinoids, or any acids are required to wear an SPF of 30 on your face or body where you're using the products to protect from sun burning. These ingredients create ultra-sensitivity to sunlight within the areas used. The FDA requires sunscreen usage of at least an SPF 30 with these products.

As always we appreciate your readership and business. At MUAC, we strive to be your #1 source for skin health and beauty.

 

40% Mandelic Acid Peel

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 6/19/2014 to Blogs

This NEW Peel Packs a Results-Punch!

NEW: 40% Mandelic Acid Peel

For those of you who've needed a stronger line of mandelic acid attack, we've got you covered. Our new 40% Mandelic Acid Peel packs a punch' so it's NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

Mandelic Acid penetrates skin slower than other alpha hydroxides, due to a larger molecular structure' meaning a less irritating experience. Derived from bitter almonds, Mandelic acid goes to work doing the following:

'“Loosens blackheads'
'“Rapidly exfoliates the skin'
'“Deeply cleanses and decongests pores'
'“Brings antimicrobial and antibacterial properties'
'“Super effective for acne sufferers'
'“Inhibits the growth of melanin, meaning discoloration reappears more slowly'
'“Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles'
and can reverse sun damage upon continued use.

Additionally, those with darker skin tones don't have to worry about this acid bleaching their natural skin tones, as other AHA's might.

NOTE:
Only those who've successfully used our 25% Mandelic Acid Peel for 6-8 weeks should consider using the 40% Mandelic Acid. A beginner 'œpeeler' must always start at the lowest strength and work up the chain slowly. We take this matter quite seriously, so always read our instructions within your peel packet.

Blur Those Skin Imperfections

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 6/18/2014 to Blogs

Time getting the best of your face? Sometimes you just have to blur out the lines and pores for a quick appearance fix.

Our BellEvolve Aura-Sphere Blurring Gel encompasses the latest in optical illusion technology, literally scattering light to veil the appearance of wrinkles, large pores, and even scars.

Apply it directly to clean skin for a matted silky smooth finish. This solution must be allowed to dry completely before applying your moisturizer or makeup. This only takes several minutes' but in a hurry, use your blow dryer to speed up the process. Make sure your face is completely dry before applying makeup.

And then LOOK OUT! Once you smooth your makeup over our BellEvolve Aura-Sphere Blurring Gel, you'll see one of the most flawless faces since your 20s! In fact, if you click here right now, scroll down mid page to see a before and after picture of this product's abilities.

BellEvolve Vegan, Gluten-Free Lipsticks and Lip Glosses

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 6/18/2014 to Blogs
Want natural, vegan, gluten free lipsticks and glosses?  Visit our BellEvolve pages (below) to find great colorations that are good for your lips!  We're adding new colorations soon!

.50 Retinol Lotion Our Strongest Retinol Product

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 6/18/2014 to Blogs

Our Most Powerful Strength' Yet Gentle Enough for 80 Year Olds!

A research study at the University of Michigan tested retinol lotions on 36 elderly, healthy people' most around the age of 80. After six months of applying retinol lotion on a small area on their upper arms, results showed considerable decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. However, even more interesting is how quickly effects decreased upon discontinuing use of the lotions.

Now consider the skin of the elderly for a minute'
It's thinner. Looser. Usually dryer. If these retinol lotions can effect and improve the skin of 80 year olds, imagine what it can do for younger skin'

Mind you, our .50 retinol lotion is an advanced strength and only for those who have worked up to that level. Any 'œretinol rookies' need to begin with a .10% strength to ensure skin safety and minimal irritation.

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Stop Over-Dosing and Start Balancing

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 10/8/2013 to Blogs

Opposites attract for a reason' to achieve that ying and yang of harmony between two forces. Skincare requires the same approach for optimal skin health and appearance.

Yet, it's easy to over-treat skin within the same families of products' and that's when balance is lost and problems occur.

For instance, with dry skin you might use multiple moisturizing products all in the same day. You believe it's helping you fight dry skin. But instead of achieving healthy moisture, you overdosed on hydrating products' and possibly clogged your pores. Where did you go wrong? Not balancing your regime.

OR' say you're combating oily skin. You attempt to dry it up with acid cleansers, toners and creams. You may even throw in a chemical peel to finish the job. But your end result shows very irritated skin with breakouts and dry patches all at the same time. How does that happen? By overdosing and not balancing.

So we've simplified balancing skincare with two rules:

Rule #1 '” Balance Acids with Non Acids

Any harsh acids or retinoids should always include nourishing, non-acid partners. A gentle cleanse such as our Green Tea/Pomegranate Cleanser, along with a nourishing non-acid toner, and THEN balancing with the stronger acid product, ensures you're not over treating.

OR' if you're using an acid cleanser, such as our Mandelic Acid cleanser and toner, be wary of applying an acid serum on top of those products or adding a retinoid cream. Instead, balance by using an acid and retinoid-free, nourishing moisturizer. Our Green Tea and Pomegranate Moisturizer, or one that's aloe based, are great options.

Rule #2 '” Never Overdose!

Don't apply an acid toner, followed by a retinoid cream, and then a chemical peel later in the same day. Yikes! Practice moderation with acid products. Try one at a time, and don't attack your skin with multiple acids. Your skin will fight you back, and you will not like what you see.

The same goes for moisturizing products. Balance heavy moisture cleansers and moisture creams with a balancing toner that's oil free. OR, a moisturizing toner with an oil free moisturizer. If you need to add deeper moisture, you can do so product by product. Just do it slowly to avoid skin congestion.

Conclusion

Learning how to balance products can take a little patience. If you practice the two rules above, you'll be on the right path to achieving your best skin yet. Never hesitate to ask us for help if you're not sure which products to match up. We are always happy to assist you.

H20: Ensure Your Face Gets its Fill

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 9/27/2013 to Blogs

It's no secret that water is 'œTHEE' quenching elixir for optimal body function.

We hear all the time to drink more of it. But did you realize that when it comes to your face, proper hydration can literally 'œmake or break' your complexion?

No matter how many products you slab on with dehydrated skin, nothing holds a candle next to the systemic, hydrating effects of H20.

If you're not getting your 8-10 glasses a day, here's more about why your face and your body need you to:

Achieve that dewy, healthy, natural glow
Nothing compares to a naturally hydrated face. Skin '“ the body's largest organ '“ needs water for its cells to properly cleanse, turnover, and 'œplump', which reduces sagging skin. Dehydrated cells, no matter how much topical cream, reveal themselves through dull, dry, and more wrinkled skin. Be sure to get hydrated from the inside out.

Experience more effective skincare products
You spend a lot of money on quality skincare, so help it work at its best. Hydrated skin evenly and thoroughly absorbs your favorite products. Dry skin doesn't. It creates a barrier between your product and deeper skin layers. Don't let your dollars go to waste! Give your toners, moisturizers and serums their best shot, and drink more water.

Enhance the elimination of toxins
If your digestive system struggles to eliminate toxins, the face doesn't lie. Stressed, dull, and congested skin could be a sign that toxins are lurking in excess. Water lubricates and flushes the colon of impurities more efficiently' thus reducing the evidence on your face.

Transport proper nutrition to your entire body
Water is the key transportation for all nutrients. What you eat or take in supplement form need water to properly permeate the body. Dehydration inhibits proper delivery of vitamins and nutrition to your skin.

Once you're properly hydrated from the inside, topical products work significantly better. A helpful companion for maintaining hydration all day is a moisturizing facial mist. Our MUAC Rosewater Hydrosol Mist does the trick beautifully.

 

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Rosewater Hydrosol Mist

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 10/4/2011 to Blogs

Rosewater Hydrosol
98% organic content
6 oz Mister Bottle


This is a super-hydrating facial product with the delicate scent of Roses.

Packaged in a Pink aluminum mister bottle for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Six (6) ounces.
Super Hydrating. Mist throughout the day as moisture is needed.

OR

Mist Rosewater onto a cotton ball or cotton pad. Wipe entire face to balance the skin's pH level, hydrate and freshening.

Suitable for all skin types, but especially for sensitive/reactive skin types and dry skin.
Soothes irritated skin and contains antiseptic values.


Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Rosa damascena (Rose) Distillate, Vegetable Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid

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Green Tea/Pomegranate Moisturizer

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 10/4/2011 to Blogs
Green Tea/Pomegranate Moisturizer
Green Tea/Pomegranate Moisturizer

This product was formulated by customer request. Many of you asked for a suite-of-product that contained these two actives.

Benefits:
'“good for all skin types, including acne prone skin '“Green Tea is a powerful topical antioxidant.
'“Green Tea calms sensitive/reactive skin.
'“Green Tea fights free radical damage'so vital to keeping skin young looking.
'“Green Tea promotes skin cell regeneration.
'“Green Tea is helpful in the treatment of psoriasis, rosacea and actinic keratosis.
'“Pomegranate is considered a 'œsuper fruit' loaded with antioxidants, both systemically and topically.
'“Pomegranate helps the skin retain moisture. '“Pomegranate helps the skin maintain proper circulation.
'“Pomegranate brightens the skin and promotes collagen/elastin production which helps to strengthen the skin and aid in anti-aging.
'“Pomegranate aids in wound healing, acne, and has been known to help minimize the risk of skin cancer.

Directions for use:
Apply twice daily, after cleansing.

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Safflower Oil, Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Cyclomethicone, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, BHT, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Methylisothiazolione

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Fade Peel

Posted by Makeup Artists Choice on 9/9/2011 to Blogs

FADE PEEL

Our Fade Peel is appropriate for all types of skin discolorations. Formulated with Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid and Malic Acid, this is the product to choose to:

'“Fade Acne Marks
'“Fade Age Spots
'“Fade Melasma
'“Fade Sun Damaged Skin
'“Even-out Skin Tones
'“Resolve general hyperpigmentation issues
'“Brighten dull skin tones

Additionally this peel provides:

'“Superior Exfoliation
'“Little-to-no down-time

We formulated this peel for those of you with busy lives who don't want the down-time produced by stronger peels, such as our TCA line.
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In addition to Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid and Malic Acid, this peel also contains botanicals which are beneficial in fading topical skin discolorations.

Use it weekly for beautiful skin.  Use our Argan Oil post-peel for superb moisturization.