Product Review: Heliocare supplements

The Heliocare company reached out to me to try their antioxidant supplements, and as I had seen them before in the vitamin and nutrition aisle in my local Walgreens, I was intrigued to give them a try. They sent me a full bottle, and after doing a bit more research on my own, I decided to incorporate a once-daily capsule into my usual vitamin and supplements mix that I take every morning. Before I talk about how my body and skin felt after 2 months worth of trying them, let me share a bit more about what Heliocare is and how it works. You can also refer to Heliocare’s website for more information.


Per their product information, Heliocare is a vegetarian daily supplement that contains a proprietary antioxidant blend that helps your skin, and body, defend itself against free radicals. When taken daily over time, this helps protect your skin against UV damage, and also assists the cell’s structure in being stronger to resist the effects of aging. When I graduated beauty school back in 2000, I remember learning that up to 90% of how we age is based on environmental and lifestyle choices – antioxidants play a huge role in helping to prevent and reverse the aging process, based on the decisions you make on a daily basis. Sun exposure, daily diet, activity, and sleep all play a factor into those environmental and lifestyle choices. The remaining 10% of the aging equation is your own genetic makeup and heritage – or essentially the things you cannot control. Being a hyper-sensitive skin person, susceptible to sunburns, and an allergy sufferer, I wanted to ensure that I understood all of the ingredients before taking them, as some herbal supplements do give me reactions. But after learning more about their patented Fernblock® PLE Technology, which utilizes the fern Polypodium leucotomos, I understood that it wouldn’t counteract with any of the allergy medications or vitamins that I take on a regular basis. I also knew from the product information, and my research, that it does take your body a full year to incorporate the full benefits of the antioxidant blend, but I wanted to take some time to review how I initially felt after taking this daily for 2 months.

First off, I didn’t feel like the supplement upset my stomach, or made me feel any different than I normally do. After a few weeks, my skin didn’t have any reactions or breakouts, nor did my allergies seem any different. But what I started to notice, especially as I was outside more due to summer starting, was that I felt my skin wasn’t as flushed as I normally get in warmer weather and looked a bit brighter. I do wear sunscreen everyday on my face and arms (even in winter), as it’s built into my daily moisturizer. But I was happy to see that my skin seemed to be a bit calmer, especially after being out on the water sailing for a few hours. I also didn’t feel that it affected my sleep in any negative ways. Now, I do admit that I take very good care of my facial skin everyday, so my main focus was actually my body skin and appearance – to me, that will be more of the test from this product over time. The bottle contains enough for 2 months (60 capsules), and so I decided to take a a few weeks off after finishing all capsules to see if I felt differently, or noticed anything big. And I can say that I felt my skin looked a little bit dull in about week’s time, but my stomach and allergies didn’t seem to be affected. So, if my skin was on a better track to defending itself, and also was seemingly a bit more vibrant, then to me this is a beauty product that also has the overall benefits of total body health.

Bottom line, I’ve ordered 2 more bottles of Heliocare from Walgreens, as I’m encouraging have my husband start taking it. He and I have similar skin types, is prone to sunburns, and has also mentioned that he wants a supplement to start tackling aging. There a lot of other anti-aging supplements out there, especially targeting the HGH (human growth hormone) production topic. And a lot of them are very pricey to be taken daily, all year-round, and have stricter usage guidelines. To me, I’d rather take a plant-based supplement that I can easily incorporate into my daily routine, and that won’t break my bank account. I also visit my dermatologist next February, as I have my annual skin-check appointment – he and I chatted before about this supplement before, and I’ll be talking about this again with him at my appointment. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s imperative to take good care of it to help you age gracefully, plus stay in good health. In my opinion, if this supplement can help do that, then I consider this part of my daily beauty routine.

I do recommend that you do your research on any supplement before taking any of them, and also consult with your physician. I appreciate the Heliocare company for allowing me to try their product, as I was curious about it before and am glad to have been able to experience it first hand.

© 2017 28daysbeauty


Product Review: Altchek MD skincare picks

Do you have sensitive skin? Do you want anti-aging formulas? Well then check out these picks of mine from the NYC-based brand Altchek MD. Dr. Altchek is a real-life dermatologist that developed this line of anti-aging skincare, designed to work with most skin types. The reason I really like it for sensitive skin is that there’s zero  added fragrance, and the formulas are gentle yet high-powered. I selected a few of their products to try myself, and I’ll admit that I was pretty impressed with the results I got. For me, that is high praise – not trying to sound snobby, but having worked in this industry for years, I have seen (and tried) a lot. The formulas do what they say, and my reactive skin didn’t have any irritation.


anti-aging, skincare, altchek md
altchek md anti-aging skincare picks

The first product I tried was the Daily Exfoliating Cleanser. I got the travel-sized version for my gym bag. This cleanser has exfoliating beads within it, and I tested this to see if it would replace my separate cleanser and scrub in my gym bag. Success! I really like how it polishes the skin, and provides a good clean. However, don’t use it around your eye area due to the beads.

The second product I tried is the pack of Glycolic Renewal Pads. I like these as an alternate to serums, when you want a peel effect to soften fine lines, purify, and brighten skin tone. I use them only at night, as that is the optimum time for the skin to renew itself, and you won’t risk any sun exposure damage. Glycolic acid increases photo-sensitivity, so I don’t recommend using these during the day. For as high-powered as these are, my skin still felt soothed and non-irritated. Use after cleansing, and before moisturizer. 

Lastly, the Depuff Eye Pads are a great way to soothe tired, dry, and puffy eyes. I loved wearing these while I was relaxing in bed, right before going to sleep. Also, it’s a great way to hydrate the eye area, which will naturally minimize fine lines. The pads are cooling, one-time use per pack, and can be worn up to 30 minutes. 
People also usually ask “when should I start using anti-aging skincare products?” Well…that varies per person. So, ask yourself, what are my top 3 concerns? If discoloration or fine lines are within your top 3 concerns, then yes, make the switch to start using anti-aging formulas. Most anti-aging formulas will also help fight adult acne too, since they often contain the same alpha and beta hydroxy acids within acne-fighting products. 

This brand is also a great introduction into an anti-aging line, if you are new to these types of products. Enjoy!

© 28daysbeauty 2015

Beauty Topic: Anti-aging & Acne

Most people think that acne is just a thing that teens deal with, and that is simply a rite of passage into young adulthood. Sadly, a lot of us still deal with acne far into our 30’s, 40’s, or even older. And for men, acne may take different forms, such as ingrown hairs. And truth be told, acne doesn’t immediately mean that you have that skin type forever. It could mean a lot of things, so let’s talk about some of the most common causes:

1) Hormones – so yes, this is one of the common reasons why teens suffer from acne. However, it’s also one of the reasons why women also suffer from it, due to our own fluctuations in hormonal balance as we age. Lucky us. 

2) Skin care regimen – many of us misinterpret our own skin, and therefore can create our own skincare issues by using the wrong products. Plus, take a look at your skin care product ingredients…is there added fragrance? Mineral oil? Make sure that the products you are using are proven products to be effective, or recommended by your dermatologist. Do your research.

3) Rosacea or sensitive / reactive skin – this is one of the hardest to treat, since sensitive and irritated skin can often “breakout” as a reaction. But then, people think that they need to be treating an acne breakout, rather than simply switching up their regimen to be more suited for hyper-sensitive skin. Make sure you see a dermatologist for this, as it is tricky to treat correctly on your own.

4) Lifestyle – this is another culprit that is often a teen issue, but can also trickle into adulthood. Are you making sure that you are washing your face twice a day? Are you taking the time to exfoliate regularly? How about washing your bed sheets and pillowcases regularly? Not picking at your face? And drinking enough water, or consuming too much sugar? I know a lot of these things can sound like your mother nagging at you. But believe it or not, they do make a difference in your health and condition of your skin.

As we age, we get bombarded with advertising and promises of products that will reverse the clock. But how do you select a few that really will work, especially if you still deal with breakouts? Luckily,  the answer is that many of the anti-aging products out there will actually also combat acne because they encourage exfoliation and cell-renewal. Both promote cell turnover, which will natually purge out clogs and dead skin cells. Plus, salicylic acid (beta-hydroxy acid) is a common ingredient in both types of products, which also kills bacteria and reduces inflammation. Bonus! 

Here are two of my favorite products that can help combat acne, and help you age gracefully by refining skin texture:

clean & clear
salicylic acid-based anti-acne treament
  • Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot treatment: I really like this because it’s salicylic acid-based, and doesn’t contain benzoyl peroxide. It’s a much gentler, but very effective, treatment and can be worn daily under makeup. My husband really likes it too for treating ingrown hairs. I use it anywhere on the body I have a breakout – and it’s especially effective as a thin film applied daily to keep breakouts at bay.
cerave serum
gentle yet effective retinoid serum
  • CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum: this serum is newer to the market, but it is already a staple product in my skincare arsenal. CeraVe has the sensitive skin care needs down pat, and this serum contains retinol (form of vitamin A) to combat fine lines and wrinkles by encouraging cell-turnover and exfoliation. Plus, the formula contains ceramides to help cushion the active ingredient of retinol. Many dermatologists prescribe stronger versions of retinoid creams, but I like this because it is so gentle, yet effective. I only use it it at night, when my skin won’t have exposure to UV Rays. I also use it on my chest and back to help smooth and brighten skin, and fight minor breakouts.

Bottom line is that you don’t need a very complex routine to achieve results, but the biggest tip is to be strategic about it. Using products that have multi-use properties also help save you time and money! Reach out if you have any recommendations of your own, too!

© 28daysbeauty 2015