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Friday, August 8, 2014

NeoCell: Beauty and HEALTH...Review and Giveaway! (Closed)

My latest foray into beauty products takes me into the health arena as well. I got to try products from NeoCell's premium quality collagen-based supplement line!

Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews in Fruit Punch flavor, Liposomes Collagen Replenishing Beauty Gelle, Alpha Cell Exfoliator, and Refreshing Herbal Mist.

A bit about Neocell from their website:

Neocell was started in 1998 by founder and fearless leader Al Quadri after an extraordinary personal experience. Following a heart attack, Al endured triple- bypass surgery and a recovery that was slow and difficult. His muscles atrophied, and his usual energy disappeared. To recover Al understood that his future health depended on re-engaging his body’s own potential for healing and rejuvenation. It was during his investigation of holistic therapies that he happened upon the unlikely remedy of collagen. Al learned of the integral role collagen plays in strengthening and rebuilding lost muscle mass and connective tissue. Within a few weeks, Al began to rapidly recover and regain his lost vitality.

Once fully recovered, a reinvigorated Al set out to understand the means by which collagen had stimulated his own regenerative systems, thus enabling his rapid recovery. For Al, this wasn’t just a miracle. It was his life’s calling- to make the same health and vitality Al experienced in his recovery accessible to everyone.
His goal was to create products that allowed people to live younger, longer lives with abundant energy and wellbeing. And so Neocell was born, as a family-owned, research oriented business committed to introducing the world to a premium quality collagen-based supplement line.

Here's me before embarking on my beauty journey. Note the blotches, pimples, and redness.

The Beauty Bursts intrigued me. I'm a big fan of supplements, and I only recently found out that you can get beauty on the inside, too.

As you see, they're a fruity take two a day. They're not bad flavor-wise, but there is a bit of a vitamin taste. They go down quite easily, though.  The claim is that they strengthen hair, nails, and skin.

The most noticeable effect for me was my skin. I first noted that it felt firmer. Then I noticed an interesting side effect. I'm a magnet for mosquitoes. They love me. Hence, I always have a couple of bites somewhere, and they often get scratched open. I had noted that they took a long time to heal. 

After I had taken the Beauty Bursts for three days, I noted that the bites were almost healed. They weren't scarring like they used to, either. Even new marks were going away. I also could see that my skin texture all over was smoother and softer, even without lotion, and the redness was fading.

As far as hair and nails, my hair did seem to break less, but I didn't notice any real effect on my nails. That may take a bit longer use.

I used the Liposomes Collagen Replenishing Beauty Gelle and Alpha Cell Exfoliator as part of my daily skin regimen.  I normally use a liquid exfoliator and oil-free facial moisturizer, so they fit right in.

 The Alpha Cell Exfoliator is applied with a cotton ball, like an astringent. I felt a bit of stinging on the dry areas of my combination skin, but there was no irritation. My skin felt smoother right away. I let it dry on my skin, then applied the Replenishing Beauty Gelle.

It goes on very smooth and light, and again, a bit of stinging on the dry parts of my face, but no irritation. The most immediate effect I saw was that my skin appeared tighter, even with the very first use.

Here's me again, after a week of using these products:

I did not retouch this photo. Acne gone, redness smoothed, skin texture improved. Even the dry patches on my cheekbones were softened. My skin felt stronger and tighter, and healthier.

But what of the Refreshing Herbal Mist? I didn't forget it, never fear. I wasn't sure exactly what it was at first. In case you're also confused...

Description: Collagen Herbal Mist is a refreshing cool mist that leaves a layer of moisturizing collagen, essential vitamins, balancing herbs, free radical scavengers, and soothing aloe vera on skin and hair to keep them hydrated and revitalized.

Something new for me, and guess what...I love it. It's the perfect size to slip into my purse, and it really perks you up on those humid days that make you wonder why you bothered to shower, adding just the right amount of moisturization. It's also great for taming flyaway hair without making it greasy or heavy. It's oil free, lanolin free, and has no artificial fragrance, but smells AWESOME. Herbal with a bit of floral, but not musky or heavy. It would work well with a lot of scents.

Jealous? Well, you don't have to be. NeoCell is cool enough to offer one of my lucky readers a $50 credit to buy these cool items, or anything else on their site that their heart desires. So what are you waiting for?

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I received products from NeoCell for testing and review purposes. My opinions and results are my own. 

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