neutrogena-light-therapy-acne-mask-cartonLeave it to our friends at Neutrogena to come up with the hottest prosumer (professional-consumer) beauty tool on the market!  The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is an innovative LED device that treats facial acne by sending both red and blue wavelengths directly into the skin, literally at the speed of light — using the same clinically-proven light technology we found our dermatologist’s office!  Red and blue lights work differently to combat two of the major culprits of acne:  bacteria and inflammation.  Blue LED light bulbs destroy bacteria by damaging its own cell membranes, causing it to self-destruct; red LED light bulbs calm inflammation and even reduce hyperkeratinization, one of the pore-clogging factors associated with acne.  Each ten-minute soothing and relaxing daily reatment is 100% UV and chemical-free.  Simply wash your face, slip on the mask (like you would a pair of sunglasses), then power on the Activator.  Give yourself the ultimate treat!  Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask is designed to deliver a minimum of 720 sessions, with additional sessions available for purchase.
     Neutrogena is offering a limited number of lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG its Light Therapy Acne Mask (retail $39.99) simply by commenting on how you treat yourself once a day and entering through the on-line form here. This SWAG Alert is open to Subscribers 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address only.  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks from notification.



hair-extensions   Its hard for us to imagine iconic beauties, such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani or Selena Gomez, appear on-stage or walk the red carpet without a full face of makeup or a luscious head of hair.  “Hair extensions are so ubiquitous in Hollywood these days, it’s almost more shocking when somebody doesn’t wear them,” says Glamour, “It’s like spotting a unicorn in the wild—still with an incredible mane, of course, because these are celebrities we’re talking about.”  Hair integration, more commonly known as hair extensions, adds length and fullness to human hair.  Extensions can be sewn in, bonded, braided or clipped in. and are made from artificial hair or natural hair collected from other individuals.  But did you ever wonder where this natural hair came from?
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dark-chocolateIt has always been our guilty pleasure, and now we can step out of the shadows and celebrate!  Researchers at Brown University have concluded that dark chocolate has proven cardio-vascular benefits.  Their study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, focused on nineteen separate randomized clinical trials  and more than 1100 test subject to evaluate the specific compounds found in cocoa, called flavanols.  According to Dr. Simin Liu, professor and director of the Center for Global Cardiometabolic Health at Brown, “We found that cocoa flavanol intake may reduce dyslipidemia (elevated triglycerides), insulin resistance and systemic inflammation, which are all major subclinical risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases.”  This is not to say that dark chocolate has been proven to reduce type 2 diabetes or heart attacks (neither has been studied yet); however, there were statistically significant improvements among the test subjects who ate the flavanol-rich cocoa products.  Those who ate more (between 200-600 milligrams of flavanols daily), benefitted most, seeing declines in blood glucose and insulin, an increase in HDL (or “good” cholesterol), and a drop in triglycerides.  Those who ate a smaller amount only saw a increase in HDL.