Benefits of Red Light Therapy with RejuvaliteMD

Shannon Smyth

Disclosure: This post is Sponsored by Trophy Skin. All opinions on their RejuvaliteMD are my own.

How many times have you said in complete and utter exasperation, "I just need 5 minutes to myself" as you get asked to taxi your children for the hundreth time, are the "finder" for all of the lost things in the house, or when you find yourself having to actually "schedule in" a shower?

And exactly how many times have you actually taken those 5 minutes? Well, it's time to take care of you, mom. And it's something that can be done in 5 minutes. Don't get me wrong, I love being a mom and I love my children, but often times our needs get put by the wayside and one day you look at yourself in the mirror and you barely recognize the person staring back (literally and figuratively.)

It's surely happened to me and I more aware than ever of my age spots and wrinkles from sun damange and acne scars from all of those years of pimple popping. Ugh.

When Trophy Skin approached me to review their RejuvaliteMD, without reading much about it, I thought, "Great, I'll have to find more time in my day for yet one more thing," but quickly learned that their red light therapy only needs 5 minutes of your time daily. (Twice a day if you are super ambitious - and I am!)

If you are not familiar with red light therapy, the benefits are numerous. It stimulates collagen, therefore minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Since collagen re-plumps your skin, this also helps if you have indented acne scars. It can help to prevent breakouts by using UV-free wavelengths to kill acne-causing bacteria. It helps to improve skin texture and tone, and it's known to also help with depression.

How RejuvaliteMD works: With 120 bulbs omitting UV-free wavelengths of red, yellow, amber, and infrared light, you simply cleanse your skin, put on the white goggles (included) and position the bulbs 4 inches from your face for 5 minutes.

RejuvaliteMD has a built-in timer, so all you do is simply sit there and relax. That sounds too easy, right? It is honestly that simple. I chose to use my RejuvaliteMD in my bedroom by placing it on my bedside table. I laid down for those 5 minutes when starting my day and after my kids went to bed.

Since I couldn't use my phone to scan social media, couldn't talk on the phone or text, couldn't watch TV, it literally gave me 10 minutes a day of complete solitude and chance to literally clear my mind. IT.WAS.AWESOME. For the above photo, it's not positioned 4 inches from my face just so that the photo could be taken. You'll have the lights closer than this. I wanted you to be able to see how focused the lights are on areas of your face.

The lights so close to your skin are not hot, your skin won't feel any tingling or any sensation at all. You almost feel guilty that you're not really working for the anti-aging benefits of this skin treatment because you feel more pampered than anything else. Something to note is that 3 rows of lights will not appear lit - however that is the light that is not visible to the human eye. I'll be using RejuvaliteMD for a full 8 weeks to give you a complete review (I've already been using it for about 3 weeks.) So be sure to subscribe to my blog to be notified when that happens. I'll have before and after pics for you. For now, here is my before pics, which takes a lot of courage to post with flaws and sans makeup. To sum it up - 5 minutes daily is all it takes to see anti-aging benefits from red light therapy - but also to take time for yourself. You deserve it and you deserve to feel good in your own skin.

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Lighten Dark Spots with Dermalogica PowerBright Trx Trio

Shannon Smyth
Fade dark spots with @dermalogica PowerBright TRx Trio via @agirlsgottaspa I'm paying for the skin sins of my youth in hyperpigmentation and an abundance of dark spots from both acne and lack of sunscreen usage. Over the years I've learned how to best conceal them with makeup in order to fake a great complexion. However, when the makeup comes off nightly, reality sets in and it is not pretty. There are plenty of times when I am simply makeup-free (due to lack of time, exhaustion or simply not feeling it) and I'd really rather not have my face look like a leopard. Or, as they say, "Showing my age." Your skin is your canvas, if it looks great, you'll need much less makeup in order to conceal imperfections. I think of my skin as an investment and makeup should be just to dress it up - not to fix it. Now there's nothing out there that will completely undo all of the photodamage, acne scars and marks, but there are skin care products that will do a substantial amount of work to help minimize the appearance of the damage done. Designed to be layered onto the skin for optimum efficacy and integrated into any existing Dermalogica regimen, the PowerBright TRx Trio are silky-smooth, peptide-rich formulas that work around the clock for the brightest, most even skin tone. In the trio are the PowerBright C-12 Pure Bright Serum, Pure Light with SPF50 moisturizer and Pure Night overnight treatment cream. I've been using it for over a month now to treat the dark patches on my skin and the ruddiness I tend to get around my nose and across my cheeks. There's nothing I want more than to even out my skin tone and spend less on cosmetics. C-12 Pure Bright Serum: This is an odorless, lightweight serum that isn't greasy and quickly absorbs into the skin. Use it twice a day after cleansing and prior to the day or night PowerBright skin treatment. Pure Light with SPF50: This daytime skin treatment is a creamy white moisturizer that has the initial scent of Noxema, however that scent disappears once applied to the skin. For the first two weeks of using this moisturizer my skin would tingle, but then I noticed it stopped happening with repeated use. The tingling didn't hurt, it was just noticeable as my other moisturizers have never done that. This treatment isn't greasy, is of medium weight and has a strong SPF of 50, which is great as UV rays are what activate melanin production and cause the photodamage to begin with. (This is why in the Summer months when you are outdoors more, your age spots get darker.) My skin felt super soft and supple using both the Pure Bright and Pure Light together. Pure Night: This overnight treatment has the consistency of a gel-cream mix with a citrus fragrance. I love how hydrating it is while containing potent dark spot fighting ingredients to really combat the signs of aging while you sleep. So did I see a difference? Yes! Mind you, it was not immediate and nor should you expect a miracle transformation from any product right away, but there is a definite noticeable difference in my face after a few weeks of using it. Typically I have to use both a liquid concealer and CC powder just to make my skin look even-toned. However, since using the Dermalogica PowerBright TRx Trio, I've been able to skip the concealer entirely and only use a minimal amount of CC powder. To me, this spells improvement. Not to mention, the big Melasma patch on my forehead has faded significantly. I'm happy with the results and will continue using it. Have you tried it? Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram and G+. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! Disclosure: Sample and affiliate links

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