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Whey Good Snacks From Protein Bakery – Review

The Protein Bakery is Whey way Delish! *wink* What a tasty review!

Rachael Ray, Oprah Winfrey and Me? Yes we have something in common, a favorite WHEY to enjoy Baked Goods and it’s from Protein Bakery!

Protein Bakery LogoThe Protein Bakery makes luscious Cookies, Brownies, Blondie’s and Mini’s. My husband and I shared the products that I received for a review. I received a Black and White Blondie and a Double Chocolate Brownie (not pictured in the review, these were the first victims consumed by hubby and I, unfortunately the pictures didn’t turn out), Peanut Butter Cookies (package of 2), Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies (package of 2), Peanut Butter Blondie Mini and a Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini.

Protein Bakery Assortment for ReviewThe full sized Brownie and Blondie that we tried were really filling, we split them in half and exchanged halves so that both hubby and I had part of that Black and White Blondie and the Double Chocolate Brownie. These were really made for a big appetite. The chocolate, wow! Very very sweet and rich… this was when I discovered that I really loved the Blondie, not quite as sweet and yet so very tasty. Hubby is normally the Brownie guy, I thought for sure he’d go nuts over the brownie, however, I truly was surprised when hubby came over to the lighter side with me.

I couldn’t believe that even splitting the products in half with hubby we found ourselves so very satisfied with our share of Protein Bakery’s Baked Goodies. Our taste buds fell instantly in love and our tummies were so quickly satisfied.

Protein Bakery knows how to treat their customers right as their products are:

  • Gluten Free
  • Trans-Fat Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Wheat Flour Free
  • Kosher
  • High in Dietary Fiber

The products are full of such goodness as rolled oats and the finest chocolate… and so much more.

And they bake small batches from scratch daily and they have been doing this since they opened in 1999! Happy 15th Birthday Protein Bakery! 🙂

Protein Bakery Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini
Protein Bakery Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini

What can I say? I haven’t tried anything nearly as delicious and satisfying as the baked goods that I was fortunate enough to receive from these wonderful folks. And I don’t know how else to describe this, from the mouth happy goodness to the tummy crave crushing satisfaction, to knowing how healthy these baked goods are for you, the experience makes me feel truly sexy! Yes, I said it… I have never been so fully satisfied by desserts like I tried for this review! And I couldn’t believe it, my favorites were not the brownies! Yes, chocolate, yes the brownies where decadent… but boy oh boy I have Blondie Lust for the Black and White Blondie and the Peanut Butter Mini Blondie.

Protein Bakery cookies chocolate chip in handAnd I don’t DARE forget to mention Cookies… oh yes, cookies! The Peanut Butter Cookie was my favorite!

Okay so you get the idea, I am in LOVE with Protein Bakery and all their offerings and I surprised myself as I found that I loved some products more so than the chocolate ones.

The Founder of Protein Bakery is, Stephen Charles Lincoln and this man had lost 80+ pounds and became a fitness instructor. And trust me, he has great taste in making products that are both good for you and satisfying at the same time… gourmet flavor and good for you may sound too good to be true, but it’s TRUE! And I remember that I read somewhere about Mr. Lincoln placing his Protein Bakery Products in the Freezer, and he said that his products make “The Worlds Best Ice Cream Cake”… it was also suggested that they can be eaten frozen! Yummy, what a great idea for a Hot Summer Day Treat!

I found that The Protein Bakery is not only in the US, but they are now in the UK as well now! Congrats to The Protein Bakery!

I wish to thank the Protein Bakery for entrusting me with their luscious products to sample for this review. YUM!

Disclaimer: I, Mariah Lockwood, personally reviewed this product. I received baked goods from The Protein Bakery for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by The Protein Bakery and me.
 

 

One Day Giveaway! Pure Raspberry Ketones- Review & Giveaway


Hi there friends, I received, some Pure Raspberry Ketones to review and giveaway to one of you lucky people. These raspberry Ketones don’t have any binders or fillers and are all natural… so I jumped at the chance to try them out, especially since I know that you, my readers, love to win products like these to help you lose weight.

I am always on the lookout for dietary supplements that help me lose or maintain and healthy weight. I had heard a lot by watching (for a while) one of my Mothers favorite Shows Dr. Oz. and I gave up about a year ago when I realized that people would be buying some of the products he recommended left and right and possibly had no success. I don’t know if you saw the latest news reports where the Dr. was questioned by the US Senate about his weight loss claims… but basically he recommends about anything that can possibly help you lose weight and safely. This is what I got out of the clips of Dr. Oz speaking to the Senate and although his recommendations may not work for everyone, this is not a reason to not give some products a try. We do have an obesity problem in our country right now and we need to do whatever we can to help ourselves out.

close up of Pure Raspberry Ketones LabelI received my order from Amazon in no time at all. I opened the package and was stunned by how beautiful the color is on these capsules… then my heart sank for a moment as I worried about my allergies to Red Coloring. Then I read the side panel on the container to myself, “No fillers, binder or artificial ingredients….. 1 Vegetarian Capsule (Serving Size)… ” no where on the label could I find where the red in these capsules came from, so with Benedryl in hand I braved taking one. WHEW I was relieved I didn’t react like I do to the red food coloring in the Cinnamon Red Hots and in some Red Velvet Cakes. I was safe for me and I could use this!

Here is what the Company has to say about their Raspberry Ketones:

Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones (Not Synthesized in Lab, It is extracted from Natural Sources), No Additives, No Fillers or Artificial Ingredients

– Where it is Manufactured- Made in USA, with FDA Approved cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Highest Quality Standard for Manufacturing Supplements).

Why Our Products – Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones, 500 MG, 12O capsules, No additives, No Binders, No Fillers or No artificial Ingredients. Quality is Tested and Standardized against the Monographs in USP/NF.

How it Works- Proven Fat Burner and Appetite Controller. In Vivo and In Vitro studies, it shows that it increases the Fatty Acid Oxidation; stimulate Adiponectin, which is a protein involved in regulating Glucose Level and Fatty Acid Oxidation. It burns the Body Fat and Converts it into Energy when Body needs it and that is how it helps Body to Control Appetite; as a result it is Appetite Suppressant. Raspberry Ketones Works as an Efficient Weight Loss Supplement when it combined with balanced diet and Regular Exercise. When one does Exercise, it require body to burn extra energy and also burn extra calories, and if you are taking Raspberry Ketones, it burn the Existing Body fat to convert it into Energy which is required for Exercise. As a result one doesn’t need extra nutrition to get energy for exercise

Clinical Studies/Results – Ushiki et al. conducted an acute, single administration study to examine the anti obesity effects of raspberry ketone in healthy adults (N=5) (22). Healthy males aged 24-50 years were included in this study. Following acute administration, raspberry ketone was also shown to significantly reduce arteriosclerosis index score ([total cholesterol – HDL cholesterol] / total cholesterol) compared to control (p<0.05). Limitations of this study included a lack of randomization and blinding

I also viewed a Certificate of Analysis for the Pure Raspberry Ketones before I applied for this review and giveaway:

http://www.amazon.com/raspberry-additives-artificial-ingredients-controller/dp/b00dxnxg2u/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=utf8&qid=1402352668&sr=1-1&keywords=summit+nutritions
Click to view full size Report.

Did your Mother teach you to share?

My Mommy taught me to share, and with my husband’s 4 heart stints put in last year and his under Dr.’s orders to lose weight. I decided to share the Pure Raspberry Ketones with my hubby, and he’s never tried anything like this before. So I figured he was a good candidate for helping me see what this does for a man too and since I was using it too, I was sure that the supplement would be taken by him if I handed him the supplement as I was making us a meal.

I have tried some other brand for Raspberry Ketones in the past and they helped me. However their Mg. per serving were not nearly as high, if I recall correctly. And I don’t believe they were as pure a product as these are either.

Using the Product:

pure raspberry Ketones pretty red capsulesWhen we first took the supplement, we noticed that there is a distinctive raspberry like flavor left in your mouth…. quite pleasant! Tastes great to swallow them with some coffee! lol

I want to be upfront here and tell you all that we haven’t used the whole bottle as of yet. The dosing is for 2 times a day and sometimes we used it only once a day and we skipped some days here and there. I am sorry we can’t give a full report on what this would be like taken religiously, our minds have been elsewhere with our working on the hail damaged siding on the garage. BUT I have to say with about a half a bottle gone, we’ve lost weight and that was done without altering our diet!

My husband has lost 4 pounds and I have lost 3 pounds!

And yes sometimes my husband was working on the garage or out of the house when he would have taken the supplement with me, so I’ve taken more of it and he has taken less. Men are so lucky that they lose the weight so easily. lol

I find it amazing, that with our not taking the Pure Raspberry Ketones capsules religiously during the course of our testing, that we’ve lost weight! I also admit that we weren’t minding our diet, as we had desserts too. lol

pure raspberry Ketones in bottleWould I recommend it, YES! However if you have problems with Red Coloring, you may want to think twice, I know I did, but first of all my reaction to some red food colorings was not major it was slight case of the hives, I was prepared with benadryl at my side and my body was okay with it. That doesn’t mean that you won’t react to the red color of the pills though. Will these supplements help you lose weight, I don’t know, but it is certainly worth a try, right?

Now enter the Giveaway to win some Pure Raspberry Ketones for yourself!

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His & Hers Tommie Copper Review & $50 GC Giveaway

 

Tommie Copper has once again honored me with the chance to review some more of their products on my blog.

Lets start off with a little history first, shall we? 🙂

Just like me, the inventor of Tommie Copper (Tommie Kallish) tried all sorts of support wear for his arthritis only to find that the products were bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Mr. Kallish then proceeded to try all sorts of fabrics out for himself until he found the one that worked best for him and his arthritis, the rest is history… Tommie Copper was born in 2010.

Tommie Copper New Logo
Tommie Copper New Logo

And just like any great company Tommie Copper keeps expanding and perfecting their line. The logo has recently changed, but the product is still as fantastic as ever, and I see some new and improved innovations in the new items offered. They now have “Innergywear”, their newest development in their compression line and an Active Fit Exercise Apparel line. Both of these have some amazing features, all of which you can look at on their page HERE.

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Our Pain History:

Both my husband and I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Arthritis as well as Sciatica, including pain in hips and lower back. My husband injured his back about 7 years ago and became disabled. I have been disabled for many years with bad discs in my neck and back, as well as Lupus SLE. So we are quite the pair… together we may make one whole healthy person. lol Any-who these are the things that we are trying to address with Tommie Copper.

Experiencing Tommie Copper For Ourselves:

Several Months ago we received products to try out, yes this time hubby was included! Hubby was excited to receive his own Tommie Copper to try out and yet he had his doubts. My husband, like many of us, needs to experience the results for himself. Here was his chance, hubby received the Tommie Copper Men’s Short Sleeved Crew Neck Shirt and the Men’s Shorts to test out. I picked these for him, knowing how these could easily be worn year round, the material and the compression make these items easy to put underneath clothing when it gets chillier outside.

I already knew how wonderful Tommie Copper is. I have been wearing Tommie Copper since shortly after the company started in 2010. I already had the Women’s Short Sleeved V-Neck Top (from my first review) and the Women’s Tights (from my second review). The products I received for this review where, for my ankles and my hands and wrists. I received the Women’s Half Finger Gloves and the Women’s Ankle Sleeve. By the way the past reviews can be found in a search on my blog for Tommie Copper.

Having Experience Tommie Copper Before, I still check to make sure the compression wear is as great as ever. In the past I know that the stitching is perfect. The hems on the sleeves, neckline and bottom of the shirts and the tights are perfect too. They don’t cut corners, at least not in the past. As I wait for the items to come in the mail, I want to make sure that I check everything out as soon as the items arrive so that I can tell you how their products are today.

Important Note on Sizing your Tommie Copper:

men's top sizing chart via tommie copperIt is worth while to take out the measuring tape to make sure you get the correct fit. If you don’t have a measuring tape, use a piece of string or yarn to measure with. Place the string or yarn around the area as instructed to measure and keep your fingers in place where the string or yarn meet. Then grab a ruler, yard stick (whatever you have to measure with) and line up your yarn or string and you should have your measurements.

Experiencing Tommie Copper for the first time (my husband):

men's top sizing chart via tommie copperThe Mail Man came with my husband’s Tommie Copper, my husband brought in the bag containing his products and all he could say was, “this can’t be it, the package is far too light!” lol I had to laugh, as I recalled that this was my exact statement when I received my shirt from them years ago.

The package was opened and the shirt he was wearing instantly got thrown aside, as he tried on and modeled his new shirt for me. Mighty handsome shirt, he was amazed at how soft and lightweight the fabric was and how comfortable the compression in the shirt is. And of course the fit was perfect… *I type this as a pat myself on the back*. The shipment also included the shorts and he tried them on a little later.

I examined the men’s shorts, these shorts are a lot like bicycle shorts, the stitching is still perfect on them and the stretch at these hems and seams are great too… doesn’t feel like their will be any pinching on any areas with the items. Nice to see that Tommie Copper hasn’t cut any corners in the 4 years they’ve been in business, everything looks fantastic.

As time went on, I noticed that my husband is wearing his Tommie Copper shorts a lot, the shorts have become his favorite item for sleeping in. I asked him what he thought after several months of wear and he commented that the shorts really help him sleep as they help with the hip pain (he has an injured back and it has resulted in sciatic nerve pain and pain in the hips). He also wears the shirt, but not as often, he wears it when his shoulder (he broke it about 2 years back) is acting up and it helps his shoulders too.

Hubby is now sold on Tommie Copper for his arthritis pain, his injured shoulder, his back and hip pain. I am so glad to see he is having a great experience with Tommie Copper just as I have in the past.

My Experiencing Tommie Copper Again:

My turn now, I received my packages in the mail a day or so later and I was tickled pink to receive not just one ankle sleeve but 2 and a special order of one in blue. Their line has been updated since our products had arrived, they now have new colors and a new logo on their ankle sleeves. The timing of my receiving the offer to review Tommie Copper was perfect as I had had my ankles acting up for just over a month at that time.

resting my ankle again this time sideways
Resting my ankle after working on the siding on the garage. Tommie Copper helps with the bad ankle a lot.

As soon as I received my Tommie Copper, I put on the ankle sleeves right away and realized that it was indeed helping my ankles, but something was still wrong on one foot. I thought I would tough it out and wait to see if this would help…I finally saw a specialist and the problem wasn’t Tommie Copper, it was that I was aiming the compression wear at the ankle and my problem apparently (on the right foot) was from the Achilles Tendon.  At that point and time I learned that the compression wear for the ankle wasn’t going to help the Achilles Tendon as the Foot Specialist said I needed full compression there… Tommie Copper didn’t hurt the Achilles Tendon, I did a while back as I heard a strange pop sound as I stood up on my tip toes to get something off a shelf. Because the compression wasn’t were I thought I needed it, it wasn’t helping much either.

Lesson learned, there is such a thing as heel pain that feels like it’s in the ankle but if the pain goes up the back of your lower leg, it could be Achilles Tendon problem. If this is the case it would be best go with Tommie Copper Compression socks for heel pain.

Elevating my Ankle in the garage after working on siding
top picture of my swollen ankle in the tommie copper ankle support. I sure helps me.

Now I did need the other compression Ankle Sleeve, I was over compensating with the other leg and foot for the injured one and that ankle was getting mighty “Angry” as I was told. So my Ankle Sleeve was indeed helping and it also helped that ankle as I wore the cotton-pickin Walking Boot on the other leg. The Ankle sleeve stabilized the other ankle that was now compensating for the walking boot being taller than any of my comfortable shoes. I could have worn a heel on my other foot, but what if I sprained that ankle? lol Yup, I could see it now! Yikes!

front side of tommie copper gloves while caulkingMy half finger gloves have been a God send, my hands and wrists act up easily and I’ve had to wear my wrist braces on my wrists many times over the years. The strain of typing takes it’s toll over time as does all the work we’ve been doing on the garage replacing siding etc. I worked and helped out hubby as we hauled Hardie Board, cut and put up the new siding together… I realized my hands didn’t want to grip anymore and so I excused myself and ran in getting my Tommie Copper Gloves.

Silicone gripper palms  close up of tommie copper womens gloves palm side
here is a close up of my caulking with the Tommie Copper Compression half finger gloves on. These gloves help me survive all the work on the hail the damaged garage… from hauling Hardie Boards, to replacing siding, caulking and even painting.

The rubberized lines on the palm of the gloves helped me grip when my hands felt like otherwise giving up. And once again, hands acting up I slipped on my gloves to work with caulking and painting the garage, the gloves have continued to helped support my hands and wrists. And the garage is not an easy task, it has a man-cave on one side and storage area on the other… it’s about as big as our house, without Tommie Copper and a bit of rest between doing work on the siding of the garage, Tommie Copper has once again come to my rescue and saved me a lot of pain.

Would I recommend Tommie Copper?

Yes! I am so pleased to see the latest expansion and additions to the Tommie Copper Line and can’t wait to see what comes next. They now have Sun Protection with zinc on some of their products too, the wicking action of their products make them all so easy to wear in the hot sun. I love the fact that their items can easily be worn under anything, I even wore the gloves under plastic gloves while painting.

The Gloves from Tommie Copper have more than helped me realized that although these products are great for pain, they are also great for preventing pain too… I would recommend this for anyone who is getting older, folks who are doing some manual labor that they aren’t (or are) used to, for me it prevented further injury and decreased pain. This is the same with our Tommie Copper Shirts, my tights and hubbys shorts from Tommie Copper… we’ve found it helps with nerve pain from sciatica, fibromyalgia, bad or injured spine and my lupus sle (a painful illness).

I would recommend this to Construction workers too! Check out the gloves if your hands cramp up or get painful, wrists as well!  Not that I am a Construction Worker, but with my experiences as we continue to fix up our large Garage/Man-Cave/Storage Room exterior, I have see how much they can help prevent pain and I suspect prevent injury as well.

Tommie Copper continues to put out a wonderful product still today, they haven’t cut any corners on the products since the beginning. All seams, hems are wonderful, the stitches are great without gaps or bad tension. The stretch is still wonderful, the material is still lightweight, soft (softer than most t-shirts) and attractive as ever. No pinching or binding on any of the items we tried for this review.

In the end, Tommie Copper is perfect for me and my husband too. Thank you Tommie Copper!

I thank Tommie Copper for their patience with me as I got to their review, things have been nuts here (more so than usual) and I am so thankful to have their products supporting my body, hands and feet with their soft comfortable compression as it embraces my body.

Now folks, it’s time to enter the giveaway, please make sure that your mandatory entry is placed in the comments below, so that I don’t have to disqualify you. Thank you for being my loyal readers!

~Mariah

 

 

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed these product with the assistance of my husband’s in put on the products we received for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Tommie Copper and me.

 

Dead Sea Salt Soap – Review


Oh how I loved testing out the Dead Sea Salt Soap for this review. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I have loved Dead Sea Salt products that I have used in the past, well this product is no different!

The bar of soap arrived to my house from my Amazon order and I opened up the box to see a lovely blue colored bar of soap. The fragrance of the soap is quite refreshing, though a little more fragrance than I usually enjoy in my soap. The texture of the bar of soap is unusual, in that it feels a little bit textured to the touch especially while washing with it, the bar is not shiny like most commercial bar soaps, the look and texture is like a good bar of homemade soap.

dead sea salt soapHere is what Adovia Skin Care says about their Dead Sea Salt Soap:

Item description:
– Infused with 100% Pure Dead Sea Salts from the Dead Sea
– Dead Sea Salt Contains over 21 Minerals Key to Skin Health and Beauty
– Deeply Moisturizing and Hydrating Soap great for Dry and Normal to Dry Skin
– Dead Sea Minerals Essential to Skin Function Contained in the Soap Include Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc and More.
– Great Value and Benefits for A Daily Moisturizing Facial Cleanser

My thoughts about the description above and the claims:

dead sea saltDead Sea Salt does contain a lot of minerals and the Dead Sea has been though to have many health and beauty benefits for ages, even Cleopatra loved the benefits of the Dead Sea thousands of years ago. Today we are lucky as products come out with Dead Sea Salts in them so we can experience some of the benefits without traveling to the Dead Sea ourselves. The problem is some of the products that claim to be Dead Sea Salt products don’t contain enough of the Dead Sea Salt to make a difference at all in your skin.  With this Soap, I find that their claims are not only believable but that is has helped to settle down some of my skin problems, yes my recent flare has my rash back on some of my body and my face right now, however the Dead Sea Salt has seemed to settle down the Lupus skin flare up. 🙂

dead sea saltNow I did use the Dead Sea Salt Soap on my face once in the shower and I have to say that it did leave my face squeaky clean to the touch and with a very light moisturized feeling. However my preferred, since my face is so very highly sensitive to fragrance, is to use it on my body. I really loved sudsing up my washcloth with this bar of soap, the resulting suds were small, soft and had a very gentle fragrance. After rinsing, just like on my face, the result was squeaky clean yet lightly moisturized.

Now usually after using anything with Dead Sea Salts in it, I recommend rinsing well and then applying moisturizer… with this soap I recomend rinsing well and the moisturizer is your choice. The Dead Sea Salt Soap is made for Normal to Dry Skin  (and of course skin in between). For me? I rinsed well and the I still did moisturize, most of the time. When I didn’t moisturize my terribly dry skin on my legs showed dry flaking, so just when too worn out to bother moisturizing, I just hid those legs. lol

Thank you to Adovia Skin Care for allowing me to review their Dead Sea Salt Soap, I am so in love! Thank you again!
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Derma Roller – Review & Amazon GC Giveaway


Hi friends, I have a really unique review for you, it’s for the Derma Roller… hey and there is a Couple of Amazon Gift Certificates to Giveaway too! Yay! Now I see both pro’s, and to be honest, cons with this product, so take it or leave it my friends.

What is the Derma Roller? It is a tiny little roller that you roll across your clean skin and it is reported to help with Collagen Production as well as Cellulite and more. The Derma Roller is also called a Micro Needle Roller System and also called by some Skin Needling.

skin secret derma roller roller in use on womans faceI received my Derma Roller in great condition from my order on Amazon, I looked at this little device and wondered what I was thinking! I ordered a little device with little rolling needles on it to roll across your clean skin. Now you cannot roll it across skin with Rosacea, Lupus Rash or broken out in any way. I didn’t think about any of the above when I applied for the review, between my rashes on my face, breakouts from being peri-menopausal and then my thinking about the needles, I cannot and will not use the product at this time. I couldn’t even use it for my cellulite as there again I have skin issues.

The great features about the product is that, in concept it should work. The teeny tiny needles will indeed help you develop more collagen and elastin, also help you absorb more of your moisturizers and those products that help with collagen & elastin. As the extremely limited damage (if you don’t go hog wild and over do it) that it does to the skin will indeed cause your body to build more collagen and elastin.

skin secret derma roller roller close upHere is what Skin Secret, the maker of the Derma Roller, has to say about the features of their product:

Product Description

  • STIMULATES COLLAGEN PRODUCTION Collagens have great tensile strength, and provide these body structures with the ability to withstand forces that stretch them. Collagens consist of three polypeptide chains arranged in a triple helix, and are bundled together in fibers. This can be used with collagen creams, collagen lotions, collagen supplements to amplify the collagen production and improve skin quality
    HELPS ELIMINATE SCARS INLUDING ACNE SCARS scars will become less vissible over time, including acne scars. This is a good alternative to invasive laser surgery. This product works with othe acne treatments by allowing product to penetrate skin
    REDUCES APPEARANCE OF FINE LINES AND WRINKLES this will help eliminate bags under the eye, skin discoloarion, large pores. The skin will appear firmer. Works well with skin lotions, skin creams and skin serums like ascorbic acid vitamin e hyalurunic acid.
    REDUCES CELLULITE AND STRETCH MARKS. Reduces the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. This is without liposouction or other invasive procedures.

My problem with the product is that I know, from my husband owning a tattoo business years ago, that any kind of a needle should be autoclave sterilization in between uses. Okay with that bit of information out of the way (I hate to post a review of a product that I won’t use), I want to tell you that you really MUST keep the product clean and to reuse, well that is a worry. The product comes in what looks like an autoclaved/sterilizer type sealed bag, so it looks as though it should have been properly prepared for usage and reading the label it’s been sterilized when you receive it, by UV/Gamma Sterilization. This is good to start with, however I repeat, I am wondering about repeated use as it has no instructions as to what you should do with more than one use. I also wonder about the fact that in the tattoo industry sterilized products that sat in their bags for anything over 6 months (this means unused & unopened), had to be sterilized all over again… so wouldn’t this product have an expiration date? Nope, I couldn’t see one on the bag nor the box. Okay so I still wonder about the product and with Lupus SLE…I don’t want to think about this.

skin secret derma roller in trayNow what is my worry about sterilization of this product? I worry about blood born pathogens, which could be transmitted using this product, DO NOT SHARE! Also I worry about air born pathogens like common cold and more, if the hands that come into contact with this have anything on them from touching doorknobs to your having someone else touch the handle or the needles etc you may make yourself sick… not to mention setting it down on an unclean surface in your bathroom for instance! I also have been worried about people doing this at home and going wild with it, you could damage perfectly healthy collagen and elastin as well as make your skin suddenly sensitive to your cosmetics and skin care treatments… even the stray hairspray mist or perfumes. And, of course the more little holes you put in your skin, I would think the higher the risk of getting any sort of infection.

My advice, if you really want to test one out, do so, but also remember the above precautions & please consider my concerns… oh and for heaven sakes please seek advice from your doctor or better yet a dermatologist before you try this on yourself.

skin secret derma roller in trayOkay so there you go a review of a product that I decided not to use after some research and talking to my former tattooist husband. I am sorry Skin Secret, but your Derma 540 is not my cup of tea and I have to be honest in my reviewing products, even if means that I leave negative information and warnings in my review.

100 dollar amazon gift card win it or 1 of 2 25 dollar gcNow a Great Giveaway for you all thanks to Skin Secret: This is for $100 Amazon gift card and 2 $25 gift cards. In addition, the blogger who brought in the $100 winner gets a $25 gift card! Please help me and enter here to win! Yay!
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