Tag Archives: antiaging skincare

Avoiding Sun Exposure – Sunny Sleevez Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Avoiding Sun Exposure is at utmost importance for all of us.

UV Rays and your skinI just that I cringe at sunbathers and those that go to those nasty sunbeds to get that golden glow. I was one of you once, really I was… and I have to say that correcting what you’ve done to yourself can be difficult and sometimes not only can the damage done be irreversible but it can be life threatening as well.

With the risk of skin cancer we all should be very cautious with the sun. Long gone SHOULD be the days of sunbathing to get that golden sun-kissed glow. The natural appearance of the paler skin should be the desired look! I must say that, to me, this look is a sign of someone who cares for themselves and their skin… maybe it’s because I am a Former Cosmetologist and know the effects of the sun on the skin, but I really do believe that if you love yourself, you should love the skin that you are in!

As some of you know I suffer from Lupus SLE and as a result of this Autoimmune Arthritic illness, I need to be cautious with the sun. Cloudy days, rainy days, snowy days, I am stuck wearing sunscreen on all exposed areas… yes even indoors now, as the new CFL bulbs expose you to UV rays now and soon those of us that are sensitive will be in sunscreen forever as the government bans the incandescent bulbs.

To top it off I am a pale skinned person, living in an area that is over a mile high, and 20 minutes of sun exposure can create quite a burn and/or make me feel very sick. What is a person to do?

Lets, face it, I feel trapped in the sticky goop of sunscreen a lot and I don’t like applying and paying constantly for this heavy feeling permanent coating on my skin all day and all night long. I wear this goop on my skin from when I wake up to just before going to bed at night. And I admit I get lazy at applying it at times, either not bothering to apply it to my skin at all or not carefully catching the ears, back of my neck or just inside the hems of sleeves.

Along came my invite to test out the Sunny Sleevez.

sunny sleevez plus pkg hangtagPLEASE NOTE: There is a Memorial Weekend Sale going on at Sunny Sleevez through Monday May 26th, 2014 Use the Code SUMMER and get 20% off your order!

Before I received my Sunny Sleevez, I was impressed that Sunny Sleevez have a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+ which blocks 99% of the suns rays, that is so very much better than a white cotton t-shirt that only have a UPF of 10 to 15! And Celebrities have reportedly been enjoying their own Sunny Sleevez, for instance they are a favorite of Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman & Colin Firth!

The sleeves come in sizes from petite to large and they come with hand cover or no hand cover, I chose the hand cover in a size medium. I also chose the pink sleevez with the purple ribbon on them. They are so pretty!

sunny sleevez on armI have to say that I used these beautiful sleeves first while outside picking up “doggie presents” (dog poop) and the sleeves where such an enormous break from sunscreen on my arms. I went without sunscreen on my arms and only applied sunscreen to feet, ankles, fingers and my face. The rest of me was covered and I was surprised that I felt cool in the hot sun here while wearing them.

When I was done cleaning up after the dogs, I felt it was time to clean them for the first time… the instructions on washing & drying them are quite simple. Wash in the machine with cold water and line dry. The air drying time on the sleeves took less time than I expected and that was nice to know since they dried well overnight, which let me put them on right away the next morning.

sunny sleeves closeup handcoverSunny sleeves do come in many designs and colors, mine are a beautiful pink with a purple ribbon on it, which is the ribbon for Lupus SLE as well as Fibromyalgia (which I have both), so this design was the obvious choice for me.

The sleeves fit very nicely, they felt a little snug at first, but I quickly adjusted to them, they didn’t slip down and in seconds I didn’t even feel like I was wearing them. Occasionally I would look at these bright pink sleeves with the purple ribbon on them and I found myself smiling, hey I may have illnesses but the illnesses don’t have me! 🙂

And I cannot forget to mention the convenience of using you Sunny Sleevez, compared to sunscreen,  I don’t have to wait 20 minutes for the sun protection to occur, I just put them on and go. Also, and I don’t have to keep re-applying the product to my skin. The Sunny Sleevez are just an easy on and off and this will help to bring down my bill for sunscreen.

In Conclusion:

I love my Sunny Sleeves and recommend them for everyone, you know that I often say “use your sunscreen” to you all in many of my beauty related posts… well don’t forget that the aging from the sun will happen to your arms and hands too. The quickest way to tell someones age is to look at those hands & arms folks and taking good care of your skin would hinder that age check.  Check out Sunny Sleevez and when you buy yourself a pair, you too will want another pair, so you are never without while you wash one, you will have another to wear!

What would I change with Sunny Sleevez? Only one thing, I would ask that they make some a wee bit shorter for shorties like me that have short arms but heavy arms.

Looking around their site, I know that I also must invest, someday in their shrugs and I wish, oh I wish they had cute sun-hats for Adult Women, their baby sun hat is so adorable!!! I want one, smaller flower and bigger brim… lets make it look Victorian, shall we? Lol And I may be back soon as I can to order their Butterfly Tattoo Sleeve in white, I love that style too!

OH and a wishlist! They have a wishlist and I am putting almost everything they have on my wishlist there… if any of you are feeling generous, take a look and send me something off the list, would you please? Hey and I could review those products too! lol Can you blame a girl for asking?

I recommend that you check out their site and be sure to put items on your wishlist and let people know that you have a wishlist there when they are buying you gifts! And what a great gift any of these items would be for your friends and family, not only a stylish gift but a gift that really does show you care! 🙂

I have to thank the people at Sunny Sleevez for freeing up my arms from sticky goopy heavy feeling sunscreen and letting me see how in love one could be with their Sunny Sleevez. Thank you too for being so wonderfully patient with me as life took a toll on me and my blogging for a time. Thank you so much for understanding, you’re Awesome Sunny Sleevez! 🙂

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:


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).


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.


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.

Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Skin Cream – Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Introducing Ageless Derma Anti-Wrinkle Cream, the cream that has Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore and Helen Mirren in common… yes they all use it (according to Vogue Magazine).

I have been so excited to have been chosen to run this review for you, the package with the Ageless Derma arrived to my house safe and sound. Unfortunately I was away helping out my parents up in the mountains at the time, although my husband did call me and let me know I had a package arrive. Next of course, I was dealing with heel pain that I couldn’t take any longer and the package sat and sat, finally back at the blog here and although I am late with the review… I am still excited about the product.

Here is a quote from Ageless Derma:

Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti Wrinkle Cream incorporates an apple stem cell extract called PhytoCellTec that has demonstrated 100% effectiveness in measurably reducing facial wrinkles.

Even celebrities, who have access to any skincare product they wish, depend upon PhytoCellTec to maintain their luminous complexions…

With confidence, we invite you to dare to dream of smoother, silkier, firmer, brighter skin. Ageless Derma Anti-Wrinkle Cream will revitalize your skin’s health and recapture your youthful radiance.

Unfortunately, once I tried to use the Ageless Derma I found that my bottle wouldn’t pump up this precious product for me into the hole in the lid. I kept pumping and pumping… granted I don’t know how these things suck up the last dregs into the tops. But as I opened up the jar to look in, to my surprise it had hardly any of the product in it.

Mariah's Ageless Derma JarNow I continue with my arthritic hands (lots of bad weather here in Colorado) and still nothing comes up. Okay I’ve had enough, I wrote the sponsor of this review and gave them both an apology (for the lateness of the review) and explained about the goings on with family and personal health issues and of course my internet and blog problems (does anyone believe that all this stuff can go on at once? I don’t know, I sure wouldn’t lol, but it’s the truth) and this was on the 6th and still I have heard nothing. Well, I guess it’s time for the review anyway as it’s late. Sigh

Mariah's Freshly Opened (unused) Ageless Derma jar inside there is hardly any productI have used the cream while opening up the jar and picking up a little from the jar’s top, using a q-tip (you don’t EVER want to use your fingers inside product containers, no matter if you just washed your hands). The first thought was there is hardly any product in the jar, secondly the product seems highly scented, looking at the ingredients, I notice that it contains lavender oil, orange peel oil and jojoba oils… these are the ingredients that jumped out at me that could be the cause of the scent.

Now after some use, I did see a better improvement in my skin that other creams have given me! I can see why this is the choice of creams by some major stars! I love the scent and grew used to it, no allergic reactions on this Lupus sensitive skin.

Ageless Derma Pump Top lidGoodness, while examining the bottle and putting my finger by the hole in the lid, I noticed that it was plugged… why oh why couldn’t they tell me this? Nor could they include a little mention of this on the box? Lol I felt foolish as a result and removed the little rubber plug (could they have used a colored rubber plug to make it obvious that it was there?) well some 50 to 100 pumps later, I stopped with my hands hurting, and still no product coming up. Ah well, I found myself still a little embarrassed, but not as much.

The product just doesn’t want to come up, I don’t know if I have a defective jar top (pump) or I ruined it while trying and trying to get the product out the way it was supposed to or what? But I do have to say that for someone that is showing her age through eyesight (I need to wear reading glasses at times) and though my hand problems are linked to my Lupus SLE and/or Mixed Connective Tissue Disease… these are my complaints about the product, it’s not age friendly. BUT the product does it’s job and once you get used to the strong smell you are well on your way to hiding, plumping up those lines, wrinkles, and firming up the skin. The other thought? If the pump worked on this beautiful little jar, how long does the product last? Well for me it won’t last as long as for those that get this product with a working pump top on it as the Q-tip will soak up some of the product.

All in all a product that does what it claims, but has a few flaws in the packaging… it’s up to you to decide if you wish to try this for yourself. Be careful if you have allergic skin types, but you can always try to write them with your complaints if the product fails to meet your expectations or if the pump lid doesn’t work for you too… maybe you will get a refund or a replacement from Ageless Derma… Hey it could happen. 🙂


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.

Add Vitamin C Serum to your Anti-Aging Arsenal

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Vitamin C Serum Perfect for Anti-Aging

 Mariah's Lets Talk Beauty, Vitamin C Serum by La Beaute Pure

Hi all, I was lucky enough to receive Vitamin C Serum, from La Beaute Pure, for hubby and I to use. I have so say that the shipping was very speedy and the packaging was secure in bubble wrap, no breakage at all (like some products I received in the past in glass containers)… so I was happy when I opened up the package and saw to my surprise the container is nice brown glass.

bubblewrapped Vit C Serum
bubblewrapped Vit C Serum

The brown glass of the bottle, as with any product, is an indication of a product that is best kept out of the light and should be placed in a closed cabinet, cupboard, draw, you name it. Why is it perfect for this product? Vitamin C can be unstable, but it’s one of the newest products in our Anti-Aging Arsenal, as finally they found a way to stabilize vitamin c for skin care.

This product comes with a dropper… now careful about exposure to the air, close tightly and when you go to squeeze the bulb of the eyedropper, squeeze it outside of the bottle before you dip it in to have is suck up the product… The Air (namely Oxygen) can diminish the effectiveness of the product, just like exposure to light can


Though this product is not advertised for this purpose, I believe that this product also helps with Adult Acne, as I’ve been using products with the same Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) in them and it seemed to help my Adult Acne, as my system has decided to go into Peri – Menopausal, the hormone changes (as well as the sweats) seemed to make me break out for a while, this changed a few months ago when I started using products with Vitamin C in it on my skin. And since Vitamin C is anti-bacterial, I know that it should help with the skins inflammation caused by the bacteria in acne.

Vitamin C Serum bottle & dropper
Inside the bubble wrapped I found individually wrapped Vitamin C Serum and a Dropper.

While using Vitamin C, it may take a while to see improvement, but it is said to help with your production of Collagen and Elastin, which helps with wrinkles, firming the skin, and fading skin discolorations (such as dark spots, freckles, liver spots, age spots) from sun exposure too. Basically help your skin recover from sun exposure and help reverse the signs of aging. And more pluses, Vitamin C has been shown to be an Anti-Oxidant for the skin.

What does La Beaute Pure Say about their product? Here is a quote:


Organic Vitamin C Serum: Dr. Oz Recommended for Healthy Beautiful Skin

You eat an organic diet, use an organic skincare
-Fades sunspots, dark spots & discolorations
-Prevents free radicals
-Helps Collagen tighten skin
-Fine lines & wrinkles are less noticeable within 2-6 months (results vary)
-Works for up to 72 hours: Does not wash off

Vitamin C Serum with dropper in it.

Now I haven’t used this product long enough to tell you how it works for me, or for my husband. But what I can tell you is that the Vitamin C Serum is 98% Naturally Derived & 72% Organic! Nice! The Vitamin C is #3 on the list of ingredients so it seems not to be overly diluted (I would tell you what % the Vitamin C is, but I failed to ask the company, sorry, but if I receive this information, I will include in a review of results on my skin as well as my husband’s in a few months.) I love the fact that this product has Aloe in it… I believe that this is why, when I am using it, it didn’t sting like the skin care line I’ve been using for several months does.

Vitamin C Serum Picture

How to use The Vitamin C Serum:

Make sure that prior to use that you read the instructions on the bottle. You should use this product on freshly washed and toned skin. Wait until you Vitamin C Serum is dry to apply your moisturizer. And a side note, WEAR SUNSCREEN every day… it’s important to be careful in the sun while using this product. I recommend an SPF higher than a 15… best be careful and not be sorry. With using Vitamin C Serum your skin may become susceptible to sunburn & sun damage, counter productive to what you are trying to do with the Serum… so wear that Sunscreen my beauties!

Oh and another note, I picked up my Vitamin C Serum by La Beaute Pure on Amazon.com! 🙂

Thank you to La Beaute Pure for letting me try your product and entrusting me with this review of your product.

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.

NeoStrata Exuviance Peel CA10 – Review

I am sure all your beauty nuts, like me, have heard of NeoStrata. If you haven’t you should look them up, they have wonderful products for aging and for acne prone skin. They have a reputation out there for really knowing skin and having brilliant scientists working on their team, all to greatly benefit us, the users of their products.

before and after enhanced radianceI was lucky that I was invited to test out Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10, and I tell you that even though I knew their reputation and as a former Cosmetologist, I still was skeptical but excited at finally trying their products on my aging skin. Hey I “aint no spring chicken here,” but that doesn’t mean that I will give in or give up on trying to do and look my best no matter how much time passes me by, after all who would believe a former Cosmetologist would ever give up or give in to the ravages of time on her skin? Nor would you understand my not trying to deal with my past sins of smoking and sun on my skin.

When I was younger I was of the sun worshiping breed, slathering on babyoil from head to toe to start off a “tan” with a burn on my pale pale skin. And then in my 20’s while working in industry I bought memberships to use the tanning beds when my job didn’t allow for days in the sun. I am the type that is difficult to tan, I am fair and sensitive skinned, burning first and then starting to freckle, which I called “blending freckles.” Was my so called “blending freckles” a tan? well,  no… but I knew that the freckles were joining up together, little did I know or think of the future and that I was causing premature age spots on my skin.

Luckily I finally listened to the warnings about the sun when I was forced to by the diagnosis of Lupus SLE, so by my early 30’s I was covering up from head to toe while out in the sun and slathering on the sunscreen, but the damage was already done.

Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 box insertNow my trial of NeoStrata’s Exuviance, this daily antioxidant peel comes into play in my story. The box includes a blue bottle with the peel contained in it, so that it stays really fresh until you are ready to pour it into the included container with the application pads in it. This is a great comfort since Citric Acid is known to be hard to stabilize and can quickly lose its effectiveness, but I have to say that for the duration of my treatments that the citric acid still felt very stable as NeoStrata is again known for the brilliance of their scientists.

The product tingles some on my skin, but I have to say that I adjusted to that tingle in no time at all. I admit it, I actually liked the feeling that something was happening to my skin and upon first use, I saw my pores look smaller in my mirror. I didn’t experience dryness do to my use of the product, like some may think would happen, quite the opposite was true, the peel seemed to prepare my skin for better absorption of my moisturizer.

before and after smoother texture with a more youthful look from Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10I love knowing that this product fights aging as it’s a stong antioxidant, this is actually made to be accompanied by the use of their Performance Peel AP 25 for even more enhanced experience, use both and I am sure you will see not only fine lines and wrinkles lessen in appearance but you are sure to see a much more even skin tone.

brighter more even skintone Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10Will the Exuviance Daily Peel help without using the above? Yes, it did with me, the antioxidants did a nice job sheltering my skin from pollutants and I even noticed a difference in my age spots as they softened. Also, once again I noticed that my pores showed up less, looking smaller (though no product will change the actual size of our pores, they can cleans them out well giving them a smaller appearance) and my monthly breakouts with this product even seemed to have become less of a problem for me. To top it all off, the moisturizer seemed to better penetrate my skin too.

Before I forget, please remember whenever you use a product like this, you MUST remember to use your sunscreen and I recommend you use at least an SPF 30, others may say SPF 15, not me… I prefer SPF 30 at the very least and even better an SPF 50, make sure that it also blocks UVA & UVB rays!

Good health and a fresh youthful glow is what we all strive for with our skin, I recommend the Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10, I hope this helps some of you to decide whether or not you will try this product and I hope that you do. I know I am satisfied with my trial and sold on the product, I hope to give you more tests for you (and myself, I have to admit) in the future from NeoStrata.

You can find NeoStrata on

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NeoStrataCompany

Twitter: @NeoStrataSkin


Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, NeoStrata provided me with a free sample of this product to test. 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 for the free product.. 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 reviews, before and afters are from NeoStrata Website and the Exuviance box by sink picture is my own.