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30 Day Skinade Challenge – Love the Skin You’re In

When the multi-award winning skincare collagen drink brand, Skinade, reached out to me to see if I was interested in trying a 30 day trial of their product, I thought how much more fun and better to track “real” results, if I was able to do a challenge with a few of my clients.  I pitched my idea back to the company, and as a result they agreed to partner with me and sponsor the challenge!  This article provides an in-depth review of our Skinade experience.

Four very different women, of different ages, with different skin care goals and desired results.

I first learned about Skinade during a special Mask-querade media event hosted by Argentta Spa at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC back in October.  What is Skinade? Skinade is a once daily collagen drink that improves skin from within. Skinade boosts​ the body’s natural production of collagen in as little as 30 days. Our body’s production of collagen decreases as we grow older, and can be depleted through environmental and biochemical changes.  Beyond, anti-aging and overall skin appearance there are so many other amazing benefits to taking collagen:

  • Trigger​s the body’s production of hyaluronic acid to leave skin hydrated, plump, smooth, and glowing.
  • Strengthens​ hair​, nails and teeth​​ (reduces inflammation of the gums as well).​
  • H​elps ​to ​reduce the appearance of cellulite, can help with other skin conditions as well such as acne and eczema
  • R​educes joint pain
  • Boosts metabolism, muscle mass, energy output
  • Improves liver health

I chose the month of love, February, to kick off a challenge that embraced LOVING THE SKIN YOU’RE IN – STARTING WITH BETTER SKIN FROM WITHIN!  On February 14th, a total of four (4) participants (including myself) committed to the 30 day challenge.  Four very different women, of different ages, with different skin care goals and desired results. Each participant was given a 30 day supply of Skinade (20 days worth of ready-mixed 5 FL OZ bottles and 10 days worth of 0.5 FL OZ travel sachets), and we all took no filter, no make-up selfies on Day 1, so that we could monitor any progress over the 30 day timeframe.

“I would like to take this challenge hoping to find a product that will improve my skin, especially my face. I hope the product will help me reduce the lines around my cheeks and the dark circles under my eyes.” – Renee

To support each other on our journey, I created a private Facebook messenger group chat, so that participants could communicate with each other about our skin goals, beauty rituals, and Skinade results throughout the process. Now, let me introduce the four participants, so that you can learn a little bit about their skin care goals before starting the 30 Day Skinade challenge.

The Challenge Participants*

Renee – Age 60 –  Biggest Skin Problem: Dark circles under the eyes.  “I have always had problems with my skin; breakouts all over my body which will leave  marks. I also suffer from dark circles around my eyes. I’ve used several products and spent hundreds of dollars. I have yet to find help other than concealer. I’ve seen several dermatologist receiving creams and medication that don’t work. I would like to take this challenge hoping to find  a product that will improve my skin especially my face. I hope the product will help me reduce the lines around my cheeks and the dark circles under my eyes.”

Anne – Age 43  – Biggest Skin Problem: Cellulite and usual age related changes.  “I’d like to do the challenge to see if I can improve my skin overall. Im especially interested in seeing if the skin on my belly and thighs improve or reduce the appearance of cellulite as well.  My goal is to just see any improvement in my skin overall. I don’t have any problems with wrinkles and stuff as of yet.”

India – Age 38 – Biggest Skin Problem:  Puffiness under eyes. “My puffiness/bags under eyes and hyperpigmentation in some areas on my face are my biggest skin challenges. Also, with the winter months, my skin seems dull, and I experience occasional redness under my nose. Otherwise my skin is pretty healthy and clear right now.  I’m hoping the product will bring some vibrancy back to my skin, and reduce the puffiness under my eyes”.

Erica – Age 32 – Biggest Skin Problem: Acne.  “I wanted to do the challenge because as a makeup artist I know your makeup is only as good as your natural skin. When the Spa Bunny introduced me to Skinade, I was happy to try it out as one of the perks was aiding in acne, which I suffer from often in my adult life. With other benefits such as energy boost and speeding my metabolism… This product falls right in line with my new lifestyle for working out. I will be adding Skincare to my daily routine before the gym in the mornings.”

*All ladies have natural nails and hair.  

The Commitment:  Use product for 30 consecutive days. No caffeine within an hour of taking Skinade. No major changes to your current beauty routines.
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Photo courtesy:  Skinade

The Drink:  You may be wondering, so what does a collagen drink taste like?  Skinade is flavored with natural peach and mangosteen, and does not contain gluten, dairy, lactose, bovine or porcine products, hormones, genetically modified organisms (gmos), artificial flavors or artificial colors.  What were the challenge participants first thoughts on the Skinade drink?

R: “The drink was refreshing, I liked the color.”

A: “I was glad it was more like a thin juice than a thick shake.”

I: “It tastes good chilled. I finished the bottle in no time and was still thirsty for more!” 

E: “Mine was slightly chilled but good to taste!!”  

Spa Bunny Skinade Tip #1:  When using the Skinade travel satchet (also in a liquid form), recycle by reusing an old Skinade bottle.  This helps you mix the contents with just the right amount of water.

The Results:  Challenge participants experienced at least one or more of the following results during the 30 day period.

Day 10 – Skin a bit more vibrant.

Day 20 – Nails growing, less visible bags under eyes, clearer and brighter skin.

Day 30 – Reduced appearance of cellulite, acne less visible, more energy, stronger nails, hair stronger and shinier.

Spa Bunny Skinade Tip #2: Incorporate dry brushing into your routine, it helps exfoliate the skin and reduces appearance of cellulite when done regularly. A great addition for improved results with your collagen shots.

Watch our 30 Day transformation and Skinade journey in the video below:

Post-Challenge Survey Results:

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“Im especially interested in seeing if the skin on my belly and thighs improve or reduce the appearance of cellulite” – Anne

In a post-challenge survey, when asked if Skinade helped to improve any of the skin problems they identified during the challenge, each participant responded favorably that Skinade produced visible results in resolving some of their issues.  100 percent of participants indicated they would likely take Skinade in the future and would recommend the product to others.

“I can see the difference. We look more alive or something… I see the glow.” – Erica

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“I admit I was skeptical at first, but definitely a product I can vouch for 100%.  I loved it so much, I’ve committed to another 30 days!” – India

The 30 Day Skinade Challenge was a huge success.  I admit, I was skeptical at first, but the product delivered on many of the benefits advertised, and all challenge participants were pleased with their results.  I loved it so much, that I’ve committed to another 30 days!

Want to try Skinade for yourself? Use code “confess10” at skinade.com and get 10 days free with your purchase of a 30 day Skinade regimen.  Offer good until the end of April 2018.

 

Article By:  India K. Robinson
“Confessions of a Spa Bunny”
spabunny@hisincorporated.com

 

 

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Cherry Blossom Event with Shea Yeleen at MGM National Harbor

Video highlights from the DMV beauty & wellness influencer event at the Spa & Salon at MGM National Harbor, as we celebrate the Cherry Blossom season and learn more about the sustainable side of beauty/wellness industry with Shea Yeleen founder, Rahama Wright.

An evening of delectable delights, networking, and mini-hand treatments with the Shea Yeleen Cherry Blossom Body Polish & Butter, an exclusive at the MGM Spa & Salon.  The 2-level 27,000 square foot luxury spa setting features 11 treatment rooms, 1 Couple’s Room, 1 Vichy Shower room, and 3 Skin care rooms.  The spa also houses a Beauty Studio, Co-ed Reflection Lounge, Barber Lounge, and Spa Boutique.

Head on over to my Instagram page @confessspabunny for details on how to win your very own Shea Yeleen Cherry Blossom Gift Set.  Winner announced on April 10, 2018 on the @sheayeleen Insta-Story.

BONUS BENEFIT:  As an additional bonus, The Spa & Salon at MGM National Harbor is extending spa discounts to all my clientele and followers!  When booking a treatment or service, use my special code MGMSPACB1 to receive 15% off all retail products and services.  Don’t miss out, take the time to take a “time-out”.  Offer valid until December 31, 2018. #promotionforfollowers

 

ISPA and Beauty Changes Lives Partner for the “Get Your Dream Job” Campaign

This year during the International SPA Association (ISPA) Conference in Las Vegas, ISPA Chairman Todd Shaw, announced a new partnership with the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and launched the “Get Your Dream Job” Campaign during the opening General Session.

This nationwide call to action brings together both the professional spa and salon industries to build awareness on the extraordinary job opportunities, and career growth this sector has to offer.  With nearly 33,000 open positions for service providers, as reported in the 2017 ISPA U.S. Spa Industry Study, the job demand for licensed beauty and wellness professionals is at an all time high.

Have you ever dreamed of pursuing a career in the spa, beauty, and wellness industry? Do you have a need for more qualified talent at your spa/salon? I sat down with Lynelle Lynch, President of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and Bellus Academy, during the 2017 ISPA Conference to learn more about this new initiative.  Check out the video interview below to learn more.

 

As a part of the campaign, education grants and scholarships are available for prospective students to help them attend an American Association of Cosmetology School  (AACS) and become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to serve clients in the beauty and spa industry.  In addition, participating spas, salons, and clubs will receive a myriad of marketing and online resources to assist with promoting the campaign.

For more information on the “Get Your Dream Job” campaign, please visit: http://www.getyourdreamjob.com/

 

Story by: India K. Robinson, “Confessions of a Spa Bunny” coverage from 2017 ISPA Conference, October 16, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas.

Contact:

India K. Robinson
“Confessions of a Spa Bunny”
spabunny@hisincorporated.com

Confessions from Ada Polla – Alchimie Forever

I raised my face to the beaming Tucson sun with confidence that my skin was protected from its energizing and warming rays. With daily outdoor activities, and gazing at the morning sky, it only made sense to pack one of my travel essentials, Alchimie Forever’s Daily Defense Cream, during my trip to Arizona last Fall.  A botanical UV ray defense and moisturizer packed with Vitamins C and E, and Alchimie’s signature ingredient, the blueberry.   

I first met Alchimie Forever’s CEO, Ada Polla, during a Washington Spa Alliance event in Washington, DC.  Our paths have crossed several times since then, and her welcoming spirit and warm smile are just as inspiring as the poetic messages that grace the packaging of her skin care products.

With 2016 being the best year yet for Alchimie Forever, and after trying the products and learning more about the brand, I just had to get Ada’s “confessions” on business, skin care, lifestyle choices, beauty misconceptions, and more!

 al·che·my (feminine noun):
a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination

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“Confessions from Ada Polla”

There are a lot of skincare companies out there, what is the most unique thing about Alchimie Forever that sets you apart from the crowd.

What sets Alchimie Forever apart from other brands is first and foremost my father, Dr. Luigi L. Polla, Switzerland’s top dermatologist. The products are based on his 30+ years of clinical experience treating skin, and his very anti-inflammatory approach to skin aging. Our formulations are results-oriented, but always anti-inflammatory (this is from our post-procedure origins). Inflammation accelerates aging, and aggressive skin care products lead to inflammation. Our products are effective and results-driven, but also feature calming ingredients. The second thing that sets our products apart is our commitment to clean formulations. Rather than being 100% natural (after all, poison ivy is natural, do you want that on your skin?!), we feature formulations that are free of the ingredients you don’t want to see on a label, and also gluten-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, and cruelty-free.

“Rather than being 100% natural (after all, poison ivy is natural, do you want that on your skin?!), we feature formulations that are free of the ingredients you don’t want to see on a label, and also gluten-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, and cruelty-free.”

 

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Ada Polla, CEO of Alchimie Forever|Photo from Adamant About Beauty

Some consumers want quick fixes, instant results, and perfect skin overnight.  While ideal, this is not always practical. Yet, consumers may move on from product to product looking for that instant gratification.   What length of time do you suggest individuals give a new skin care regimen time to work before anticipating visible results?

One of my favorite quotes is “Overnight success takes 20 years.” I feel the same about skin care. There is no such thing as perfect skin overnight. Perfect skin comes from daily skin care practices. I always recommend people to approach skin care the way they do oral care. You don’t wait to have cavities to brush your teeth twice daily; you don’t wait to have rotting teeth to go to the dentist at least annually. Skin care should be the same – don’t wait to have bad skin, old-looking skin, to take care of it. Don’t wait to have skin care issues to go see your dermatologist and aesthetician. Prevention is the name of the game.

Which Alchimie products would you say provide the most immediate results (that instant gratification) versus those that require more long-term use for lasting results?

All of our products provide instant gratification – the gratification of using a product that feels good, smells good, and makes you feel better. Some results are immediate (cleansed skin, hydrated skin, more supple or softer skin), while other results take more time (4-8 weeks), such as filling in fine lines and minimizing a brown spot.

 

“There is no such thing as perfect skin overnight. Perfect skin comes from daily skin care practices.”
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Photo courtesy Alchimie Forever|www.alchimie-forever.com

I received several weird emoji’s and comments from friends/followers when I posted pics of the Alchimie Forever’s “Pigment Lightening Serum”.  I think the product name raised a few eyebrows and led individuals to make misleading assumptions. With a disheartening and controversial trend of darker skinned individuals bleaching or using harmful chemicals on their skin in order to become “lighter” or fit into a false sense of what beauty is based on skin color, this raises concern on the intent behind certain products offered in the beauty industry.   Could you speak on your thoughts regarding skin lightening/bleaching/whitening, and clear up any misconceptions about what the Pigment Lightening Serum is for versus what “it is not”?

Honestly, while I understand this question, it also makes me sad. Overall, we have always marketed our skin care line to all skin types, and all skin tones, and believe in being inclusive, not exclusive. Specifically, the Pigment lightening serum is meant to even out pigmentation and minimize brown spots – this regardless of skin tone. This is not a product to whiten the skin (it on purpose does not say whiten or bleach), but to deal with uneven pigmentation. All skin types and all skin tones suffer from uneven pigmentation. The non-hydroquinone ingredients that help with brown spots (including vitamin C, alpha-arbutin, and citrus extract) work specifically on areas with higher-than-normal melanin concentrations – so that you are minimizing dark spots exclusively. This is however a product to use on the entire face and neck, not “just” on brown spots, as we all have brown spots forming under our epidermis, there but not yet visible to the naked eye.

“We have always marketed our skin care line to all skin types, and all skin tones, and believe in being inclusive, not exclusive.”

If someone is new to Alchimie Forever and wants to find the best “starting line-up” for their skin, what would you recommend? 

My favorite start is always: cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream. These three products are the foundation of any good skin care regimen. I would recommend the following, based on skin type:

Normal – dry skin: Gentle cream cleanser, Kantic calming cream, Rejuvenating eye balm

Normal – oily skin: Purifying facial cleanser, Daily defense SPF23, Tightening eye contour gel

And then you add the extra steps, including our Pigment lightening serum daily, and our Gentle refining scrub and Kantic brightening moisture mask once per week.

 

Alchimie (feminine noun): 
the art of purifying the impure by imitating and accelerating the operations of nature in order to perfect the matter
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Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask|Photo courtesy Alchimie Forever

Skincare routines and products can be hindered, or even sabotaged by other lifestyle choices.  What lifestyle choices or daily habits do you feel individuals should make (or not make) to better enhance/improve the effects of a skincare regimen?

I just wrote about my favorite 15 Beauty Rules here: www.adamantaboutbeauty.com/15-beauty-rules/ . This addresses many of the lifestyle questions people always ask about. The most two important ones really are no smoking and no sunning / tanning. But everything makes a difference. No matter your lifestyle, however, a great skin care routine will always help!

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Interested in learning more about Alchimie Forever and trying their fabulous products for yourself?

Visit alchimie-forever.com and enjoy 20% off your shopping cart by using promo code“spabunny” at checkout! You also get free shipping and skin care samples with each order.

 

 

*Definition sources from:  Google and Dictionnaires de Francais Larousse