Beauty & Beyond: Fabulous Skin Savers

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I took stock of my physique the other day. I was asked to walk in a charity fundraiser fashion show in two weeks, so I thought it might be a good idea to check out the bod before the parade. Not that I could do anything about any mishaps in 14 days, but at least I'll know where I stand when I walk.

Legs are good. Arms are mediocre. Stomach. Oops. Guess we'??re looking at modeling something with an empire waist.

Make no mistake'?¦this isn'??t a new realization. I'??ve never had a really flat stomach, but after gaining 70lbs (?!) with the small child, it'??s never been the same. Totally my fault because I hate sit-ups. But I have to do them if I ever want to think about regaining my figure 100 percent. Or let's face it, I would settle for 82 percent.

Although exercise and diet are really the only way to maintain a trim figure, things like having a cupcakebaby and aging can make firming and refining the skin around the waistline difficult, especially for us ladies.

Vichy Laboratories introduces a new solution with last month'??s launch of Destock Stomach, a treatment created for active women who want to target the stubborn ab area. Read: your skin is still droopy. Can I get an amen?

Destock was developed with a sports physician, but do not think that just because you slather this stuff on you'??ll get rock hard abs. You won'??t. And that'??s not what they claim. I'??ll still have to do those annoying sit-ups. But when used in conjunction with regular exercise, your skin will appear firmer (up to 70% than with exercise alone in 28 days, according to their in-house trials...this would be great timing if my fashion show was in four weeks, not two). The package even comes with an insert that has five easy exercises to help you on the path to a thinner waist.

The main ingredient is 5% pure caffeine'?¦because really what'??s better than an energetic zing? And you can feel it as it melts into your skin--a nice warming sensation, also a result of the menthol and camphor. Other ingredients: Green Coffee and Yerba Mate to improve micro-circulation, and pro-firming peptides to refine skin.

Massage this cream twice a day into the skin onto your stomach, and you can stop wasting time on getting a firmer waistline.

Vichy Destock Stomach is available for $36.50 at CVS and Walgreens stores, as well as vichyusa.com.

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I wrote an article a while back about the red light strategy against battling aging. As we all know (those who don't are clearly in denial), our skin decreases its collagen production as we age. Originally studied by NASA as a means of increasing plant growth, red light has been shown to gently stimulate those same skin cells to grow 150-200 percent faster than unexposed cells. The purported benefits read like a "yes please" anti-aging check list - minimizing of fine lines, improved skin tone, increased circulation, blemish healing, and sun-damage repair. Sign me up, right?

But to shlep to a red light salon is expensive and, TBH, not very convenient. As we know, I loves me some convenience. Enter Tanda Luxe Skin Rejuvenation Photofacial Device. This new revolutionary handheld device uses a super-luminous LED array to deliver concentrated beams of red light for phototherapy effect (no worries, it's FDA-cleared). Just plug it in next to all your other "get pretty" plug-ins, like your Clarisonic and your Philips Satin Perfect. Wait. I think I need a bigger countertop.

First, cleanse your skin. Then treat the targeted areas (usually your crow's feet) for three minutes, twice weekly with Tanda. Not too shabby on the time suck, now is it. Or you can give yourself a full facial by gliding the device over your entire mug for 12 minutes. Once you're done, go about your skincare routine as you would normally. But know that your skin is actually going to absorb your typical topicals a lot better after the treatment. Another win. It also has a sonic vibration and gently warms your skin with its massaging head, so it feels like you're giving yourself an actual facial.

It comes with eye goggles, so there are no worries about any light exposure where you don't want it.

A couple no-nos: This isn't for pregnant women, or if you're taking something like Retin-A that might make you sensitive to light. But if you just want to stomp out fine lines like crow's feet, then walk towards the light.

Tanda Luxe is available at Tanda.com, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and Sephora.com for $195.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.'?¨

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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