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Phytoceramides Review – Weeding Thru the Lies to find the Truths

Phytoceramides for Dummies
Okay so this is a Joke Cover… but read on to find out what lies to be aware of and what the truth is about Phytoceramides

Phytoceramides Review – Weeding Thru the Lies to find the Truths

As a former Cosmetologist I have sorted through Phytoceramides Lies & Truths. I have also tried out the Phytoceramides for myself and so this post also contains my honest review of Phytoceramides (I reviewed Phytoceramides by Purely Holistic). My review can be seen at the end of this post.

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The Truth, The Lies and a Honest Review

Phytoceramides, has been said, by Dr. Oz to be “The Natural Facelift.” So many people are seeking out Phytoceramides and unless they do careful research they are bound to find misleading posts about this supplement. I hope to help you sort through this information and as always, if you have questions please do comment and I will try my best to answer them for you.

First off what got me (a former Cosmetologist) interested in Phytoceramides?

I first heard of Phytoceramides through Dr. Oz and his show. I had written down the word “Phytoceramides” online and read up on it after seeing the Dr. Oz show and I told myself to remember that I MUST try it someday. Well we all know how the “Somedays” can go, don’t we? Things get set aside, forgotten and if it’s online (and if you are like me) it is added to your ever growing list of bookmarks in your browser. Where do you save those things that you want to try out someday? Mine go into my Wish List & Gift List Folder in my bookmarks and it gets buried in with all the other things that I wish to explore further one day.

The Lies:

Don’t Trust Everything You Read Online (Claims from some brands and online posts/reviews etc):

These Claims Could not be verified by me: While doing my research, I had read repeatedly, that Ellen Degeneres, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, and Kelly Ripa all were claimed to use Phytoceramides and it was told to some magazine (mysteriously left out of all articles saying this) by a dermatologist, Dr. Richard Peters. But strangely enough all the sites used the same wording and didn’t reveal the magazine.

Strange dramatic, Photoshopped pictures: Almost all of them had pictures of wrinkles, some the exact same one, even showing drastic improvement in 5 days! Oh, come on, 5 days and wrinkles almost gone? Nope!

And this always makes me feel uncomfortable: Basically each of these suspicious sights had two other things in common.

  1. The same article written over and over, on different sites (just changed ever so slightly).
  2. On some pages, you had to click a little pop up asking you if you were sure that you wanted to leave!

 

Now here is the Truth:

HonestlyMariah Beauty Lady wwwhonesltymariahcomWhat Lies (above) upset me the most?

They are out and out lying that the results could be seen within a few days!

The results take about 27 days to be seen. This former Cosmetologist isn’t fooled by the false claims of results within days and Photoshopped pictures that those sites show. For a supplement like this that helps support your skin by binding moisture to your skin to work, it has to start from the inside outward. You have multiple layers of the skin that come up to the surface as the natural regeneration of the skin takes place. On average it takes 27 days to regenerate the skin  and as you age the regeneration of skin cells (the turn over rate) can take longer.

Information I found from the FDA’s Report on Photo-derived Ceramides   (http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/95s0316/95s-0316-rpt0240-05-Udell-vol175.pdf):

If a certain amount of Phytoceramide is ingested every day, the following benefits could be attained.

  • Because ceramide suppresses free radicals, ceramide can enhance the protection of tissues from external harmful effects (pollution, sunshine and stress).
  • Ceramide moisturizes the skin by its hydration capability.
  • Ceramide achieves wrinkle prevention by its elastase suppression and collagen protection.

My Review Phytoceramides for Purely Holistic

I was fortunate enough to be one of the chosen people to receive a chance to review this product, yup, sometimes dreams really do come true!

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy SupplementI received my bottle of Phytoceramides from Purely Holistic on Amazon in no time at all and still a bit skeptical about all the benefits that I found online… but, you know me by now, I am a sucker to fact check left and right, especially when it comes to beauty products.

About This Product, by Purely Holistic, Just the Facts First:

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  • 100% Pure
  • Capsules

They DO NOT Contain:

  • GMOs
  • Additives, fillers, artificial ingredients or preservatives
  • Stearates (a toxic ingredient, and is said to be put in our supplements to keep capsule contents from sticking to machinery)
  • Silicon Dioxide, or Titanium Dioxide

The DO Contain:

  • 100% Daily Value of Vitamins A, C, D & E
  • Ceramides (providing glycolipids, phytoceramides & glycolipids)

The Phytoceramides Contained in this product, sold by Purely Holistic, is derived from rice… so you don’t have to worry about wheat based/gluten allergies.

What do I think of Phytoceramides?

Here is how my 51 year old Peri-menopausal Skin has responded to the Phytoceramides.

My skin has been breaking out with my hormones going wild and nothing had been helping. I couldn’t believe that while using product I woke up to find my skin had cleared up.

As I look in the mirror, carefully and judging my skin… it’s been a month and I have finished my bottle. My skin looks and feels smoother. And I see better results than using my usual facial care routine alone! The skin looks firmer and the wrinkles, that have been creeping into my skin, have softened now. What more can I say, I smile and walk away, ready to share with the world that I am pleased with the results I see.

I need to get my hands on more Phytoceramides from Purely Holistic as I heard (somewhere) that it can take up to 3 months of taking the supplements to see the fullest results of taking the supplement.

Mariah of HonestlyMariah dot com and her Phytoceramides supplementMy Advice to you:

I know this sounds cliche but here it goes, don’t be fooled by a lot of dishonest companies and affiliates out there! There are a lot of lies out there as well as phoney reviews.

What to watch out for:

  • Claims of results within days accredited to the supplement.
  • Pages that has the exact same results pictures, wording or claims as other articles (posts or reviews) that you have seen elsewhere.

PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THE COMPANIES OR REVIEWERS THAT LIE OR MISLEAD YOU BY BUYING FROM THEM!

Who I DO TRUST is Purely Holistic and their Phytoceramides. But remember, this is only my opinion and my results, folks yours may vary. Please do your research before you trust that any supplement may work for you and check with your doctor to make sure Phytoceramides are right for you… I haven’t heard of any problems with these products, except for Gluten & Wheat Allergies (no worries with Purely Holistic’s Phytoceramides, they are rice based), but you never know.

Thank you to Purely Holistic for allowing me the wonderful opportunity to both try out their Phytoceramides and to run the recent massive giveaway! I have seen the results and I am sold and I want to continue using your product to watch for further enhancements to my skin with  your Phytoceramides.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I am not currently affiliated with the sponsor. I received above mentioned product 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. Your results may vary from my own and 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 sponsoring company and me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

48 Hours Only! – Exclusive Phytoceramides Skin Care Supplement Free Giveaway

This offer has now ended! I want to thank you all, for the wonderful turnout we had for the free supplements! We gave out over 300 bottles! Wow, what a fun time we had with this giveaway and the turn out was tremendous! There seems to be a lot of demand for this wonderful product, and Purely Holistic (the makers of this supplement) are amazed at the turn out we had. If you got your free bottle, please be sure and thank Purely Holistic for the wonderful freebie in an honest review of their product on Amazon. 🙂

Thank you Purely Holistic for entrusting me with this fun project, I had a blast getting your free offer out to the masses. 🙂 And I am truly honored that you allowed me to Exclusively run this offer, just for my readers!

250 Bottle Free Giveaway is Open for this Exclusive Phytoceramides Skin Care Supplement!

You have only 48 hours to enter so go enter right away!

US ONLY! This Starts Noon Pacific Time 8/27/14 – Ends when bottles run out (or Noon on 8/29/14)

Welcome to Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement Giveaway
From 100 free Bottles to 250! Thanks to the Generosity of Purely Holistic!

Thank you to Purely Holistic, the makers of this Supplement, for offering this Exclusively to my Readership!

Within a couple of days of my trying this product, I was still so excited about my having the opportunity to try it, that I asked the company for a favor… “could I please give a couple of these away on my blog, my readers will go nuts!” And the rest is history, this generous company was as excited as I am and said yes… they even said that they saw most giveaways were only for one product and offered to make this a WONDERFUL EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY for 250 of MY READERS! I am so excited!

We have 250 bottles to give away, but you must be quick, it’s first come first serve basis! – US ONLY PLEASE

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement

Have you heard of Phytoceramides Supplements?

If not, Dr Oz has called these supplements “The Natural Facelift!” As you know, I love Dr. Oz and for many things his advice has helped me out. And I have been testing out this supplement from Purely Holistic and I am loving the way it is caring for my skin. This product nourishes your skin from the inside out and helps support and plump up those problem areas that arise as you age. This is even great to maintain your natural youthful look before too many signs of aging start to appear on your face.

And this is not your typical Phytoceramides Supplement, this is the superior type since it is rice based! Here is what Purely Holistic has to say about their product:

Purely Holistic Phytoceramides use rice based Phytoceramides which have been clinically PROVEN to be SUPERIOR to Liowheat based Phytoceramides. CLINICAL STUDIES proved that rice based Phytoceramides were up to 33% more effective at improving the signs of aging skin than Wheat Phytoceramides.

Please be nice and give the product a try and post an honest review on their Amazon Sales page! Leaving a review will let others know what you think about this product, be honest and leave an unbiased review!

To Claim Your Free Product From Amazon.com With Free Shipping Simply Click Here

 

Disclaimer: I am fortunate enough to have this exclusive giveaway to offer all you wonderful readers! I am not affiliated with Purely Holistic. But Purely Holistic and I am running this giveaway together, to give you all the wonderful opportunity to  try out this supplement. I did receive a free bottle of Phytoceramides Skin Care Supplement for a review through Tomoson, and not in exchange for this giveaway… this is just one of those special events for my readers.

Exclusive Skin Care Supplement Giveaway (100 Winners) – Coming Up Tomorrow!

 

Update: This Massive Winner Giveaway will run from noon PDT Wed August 27th to noon PDT Friday August 29th

Howdy there folks, every now and then there is a product that really helps me and I like to contact those Companies to see if we can offer a giveaway. The people at Purely Holistic are my kind of people, they have offered us the most wonderful of Giveaways, we will have 100 winners. This will be an exclusive giveaway, only for my readers! Can you tell that I am doing the HAPPY DANCE right now?

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Dancing the happy dance for this skin care supplement giveaway! Hey 100 Winners, for my readers and followers only! Get Ready!

The product we will be giving away is for the very same supplement I’ve been using for several weeks now, it’s:

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement from Purely Holistic

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy SupplementThis supplement nourishes your skin from the inside out!

Dr Oz has called Phytoceramides “The Natural Facelift”! So you can see why a 51 year old like myself is excited not only to be giving this product away with the makers of this supplement, Purley Holistic, but to also have the product myself to review! So far, a couple of weeks into using the product, I feel that my skin has improved! Watch for the review to be posted tomorrow, just so you remember, subscribe to my blog, and keep an eye on my facebook and Twitter Feeds for the start of this HUGE Giveaway for my readers/followers ONLY!

Purely Holistic asks that if enter to win this giveaway, you promise that you will try the product and leave an unbiased review it on Amazon, please! With an exciting product like this in your hands, others need to know if it seems to help you! 🙂 Please, do not apply for the giveaway if you do not plan to leave a review on Amazon!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Purely Holistic or their product Phytoceramides. I wrote Purely Holistic and knowing the reports of how great Phytoceramides were, and being fortunate enough to receive a bottle for a review through Tomoson, I asked them if I could run a giveaway for my lovely readers and they said yes. Yes, as simple as all that… I feel very fortunate that my request was not only answered with a yes but I was offered the biggest best giveaway ever for my blog as an exclusive! Yay.

Colloidal Gold Skin Care by Jolie Femme 24K – Review & Giveaway


I was lucky enough to receive the opportunity to run a review and a giveaway of Colloidal Gold Skin Care products by Jolie Femme 24K.

I received my package from this Luxury Line of Skin Care and I could have jumped for joy! Previous to receiving these Colloidal Gold containing products, I had heard about and studied up on Colloidal Gold Treatments for skin and all the wonderful properties of using this in skin care.

Here are just a few facts about Colloidal Gold:

  • It helps to bring blood to the skin area, which in return speeds up your cellular regeneration.

  • It is an anti-inflamatory

  • restores elasticity

  • and more

Review on HonestlyMariah.com Jolie Femme 24k Gold Skin CareTo read more about Colloidal Gold check out the Benefits of Gold at Jolie Femme.

I love the fact that, Jolie Femme 24K Products:

  • has active ingredients that work rapidly to give you immediate results

  • has a stable texture that has the ability to penetrate the skin fast, resulting in full absorption and no residues left behind.

  • has a gentle scent

  • No Animal Testing

  • valid for 24 Months after opening

  • Appropriate for all skin types

The products I received from Jolie Femme 24K:

Review on HonestlyMariah.com Jolie Femme 24K Gold 24K Deep Facial Peeling24K Deep Facial Peeling –  the product feels slightly warm on my skin as I rub it in. The products make my face feel soft, firm and yet not dry… it feels as smooth as can be. This product not only helps aging skin, but helps stop breakouts, smoothing the skin, reduces wrinkles and gets rid of dry patches and evens skin tone (including sun damage).

Note: I had problems charging my Camcorder, so I tried using my laptop to record. First Recording I forgot to turn on the microphone, redo  and reapply the deep facial peeling. Second Recording after rinsing off the product, I checked the video and the sound was tinny sounding. third video, done without sound… was third application of the Deep Facial Peeling and my face became ruddy. I only recommend using this once a week. lol

With the Deep Facial Peeling, remember to wear your sunscreen!

Review on HonestlyMariah.com Jolie Femme 24K Gold Extraordinary Effective Eye SerumReview on HonestlyMariah.com Jolie Femme 24K Gold Extraordinary Effective Eye Cream

The Extraordinary Effective Eye Serum and Eye Cream – these help with dark circles, discoloration, light infusing, firms the delicate eye area and more.

Here is a video where I show the products and show how to use the Jolie Femme 24K Gold products that I received.

Please note, it’s almost 1 am and I started this early this morning, multiple problems including trying to find a way to adjust the volume of the microphone headset so I wasn’t yelling at you, and the one sound video I recorded had to be dumped, the video was far too long. So voice over was my final solution. I would have given up, had it not been for the request of a video by Jolie Femme and the fact that I LOVE these products. 🙂
 
 
 


*Sorry Folks, I have been having technical difficulties it appears that Muvee, doesn’t like voice-over on my PC… I perfected it on my computer and it shows up in the program, but I try to save or upload it and the voice-over disappears. And yes I even tried it without the music… nothing is going my way with 2 days (and 3am of the 3rd day right now). I hope to have this fixed soon so I can do Jolie Femme Justice and have the voice over fixed by Muvee soon.

Update 6am and I did yet one more Voice-Over for the Review, I hope you like it… the new video is posted (above)! And Muvee contacted me, within a short while after I fixed this video, they will be online helping me repair the problem. 🙂 NICE!

Okay that all done, Come and enter the giveaway!*** (please read my disclaimer below)

***Disclaimer: I don’t know what to say to you all of you, but…  Please don’t count on getting the item Pictured in Jolie Femme’s Giveaway Widget above.  When I applied for this review, I counted on getting the item first mentioned by Jolie Femme when I agreed to all the terms for this review, as (just like above) they mentioned the product & showed the picture below first on the review ad. What I received where the products listed above, however they were skimmed upon in the ad for bloggers, so no biggie. But I worry that you all may wish to have the item pictured and talked about in the widget. I wanted you to know, not to count on it. This is not my giveaway widget, so I am not responsable for what they giveaway. But, trust me, if you win the same products that I received, I think you will enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Skincare to Fight Aging With Vitamin C Serum – Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I have been so fortunate lately as I try out Valentia Skin Care’s Vitamin C Serum, called Even Glow Serum, for this review, I love to fight aging with vitamin C serum. As I’ve continued testing out Vitamin C Serums, I decided it was time, as a Former Cosmetologist, about the benefits and how to fight aging with Vitamin C Serum. Here I have tried to make the facts about Vitamin C Serums and the benefits you can expect, the strength of the serums and review my newest test subject from Valentia Skin Care.

In all my tests of Vitamin C Serums for the skin I have never seen such a golden beauty as this product, nor have I smelled such a lovely orange scent! And this product being 20 percent, is pure perfection in it’s dosage for the skin (for Vitamin C skincare products to be effective the percentage must be at least 10%).

pictures combined for even glow serumValentia’s Vitamin C Serum is  98% Natural, 75% Organic and MADE IN USA and Made for ALL SKIN TYPES!

What are the supporting ingredients in Valentia’s Vitamin C Serum? Here are some Quotes from Valentia:

KEY INGREDIENTS

Vitamin C: With a 20% concentration does more than boost the body’s immune system; it also provides many benefits to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of aging, Vitamin C is essential for everyday maintenance to strengthen and smooth out the skin, as well as neutralizing free radicals before they can damage the skin.

***Our additional Key Ingredients below were all selected for their ability to enhance and support Vitamin C’s effect on the skin.

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil & Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil – These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend – Vitamin C

Resistem (Plant Stem Cells) – This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical) – Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

Green Tea Extact– The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

Mariah's box Even Glow Vit C SerumI love the stabilized Vitamin C Serums in the dropper bottles like this, using the dropper you can easily control the amount applied to the skin. And being the Vitamin C Serum from Valentia Skin Care is at 20% you know it’s going to help the collagen in your skin by not only supporting it but helping to build it.

As we age, our Collagen in the skin weaken and it takes a formula of 10% or higher to support and increase your collagen production, which helps with Anti-Aging skincare regime.

Vitamin C not only supports the Collagen, but it helps brighten up the skin as it helps get rid of that nasty ol’ skin discolorations (call them what you may, liver spots, age spots, sun spots etc). Vitamin C is a great antioxidant. With Vitamin C you can expect to see tightening, smoothing and softening of your fine lines and wrinkles. AND Vitamin C helps your skin better absorb your moisturizers. This is why Vitamin C is known as one of the BEST Anti-Aging products out there.

How to use this Vitamin C serum:

Be careful not to let your Vitamin C Serum be exposed to Sunlight or Air as even in a stabilized formula, like Valentia’s Vitamin C, there are vulnerabilities.  Here are the cautions you should take to treat the product well:

  1. When using the eye dropper, don’t squeeze the bulb while in the bottle, as this will add air to the product. Instead squeeze the bulb then place in the bottle to suck up the product.
  2. As always with anything that is applied to the skin, try not to touch the product, nor the applicator (in this case the eyedropper) to you skin. This will help keep the product pure and no worries of contamination
  3. Keep this bottle closed tightly and close it as soon as you can, this will help to further prevent air exposure.
  4. Keep the bottle out of sunlight, direct or indirect… instead keep it in a cool, dark place.

Using the Vitamin C Serum on your Skin:

  1. Wash your face and leave the skin damp
  2. Valentia recommends you shake the bottle, I recommend (to avoid incorporating too much air) that you treat the bottle gently to mix the product. And just like us Cosmetologists and Manicurists were taught, place the bottle between your palms and roll for a minute or two. If you are in a hurry and the gentle technique for mixing is too time consuming for you, don’t let it scare you from using the product, go ahead and shake as Valentia recommends, it’s just my personal preference in keeping the products strength.
  3. Use the dropper and drop the Vitamin C Serum onto your Facial Fingers… your facial fingers are the best fingers to use whenever you touch your face, it’s the middle finger and the finger next to your pinky finger.
  4. Gently apply the product to your face, neck and even your decollete (the upper part of your chest area).
  5. Let the product dry completely on your skin before you apply your moisturizer and makeup.

Mariah's Bottle Even Glow SerumNow I have used this product, but not long enough to tell you what it does deep down inside my skin or tell you much about what it does to the surface of the skin… although I can say that it has helped reduce the appearance of my pores (remember that nothing truly reduces the size of your pores, but it can clean them out and make the appearance less noticeable).

Cons:

This Vitamin C Serum isn’t in separate single use capsules. Why would I prefer that? Because Vitamin C needs to be handled with great care, avoid exposure to air as much as possible.

Pros:

The Cost! Most of us wouldn’t be able to purchase the capsules with Vitamin C serum as the cost goes way up and you can (as long as your careful) get the same satisfaction with the dropper bottles for much less. The prices on Vitamin C Serums over 10% tend to be in the $70 to $200 range and when I picked up mine (At Amazon) it only cost $35! It’s on sale now, what a true bargain!

At 20% Vitamin C, this serum is stronger than most on the market.

 

I thank Valentia for entrusting me with this review, I love your product with the scent and what I’ve seen, so far, with my skin. Even my sensitive skin handled well with your product, no breakouts, no rawness and I love the way my moisturizers soak into my skin.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.