Monday

How I started using Perricone products

I was on business in January of 2002. Working like a mad dog in Dallas... I happened to go shopping one Friday evening and was in the cosmetics section of Nordstrom when I saw the counter, and a friendly lady, "Lynn" was there and she started talking to me about the products. I really had nothing much more to do. It was too early to talk to my boyfriend, and well, I was doing the worst possible thing on earth, "Killing time". Lynn gave me a product overview and told me about how Dr. Perricone specializes in slowing the ageing process. I'm 42 at the time, and had a bad problem with my eyes. My lids were kinda what the doctor called falling, the fold of the lid was on the lash line, and I had some fine lines around the eyes, that were like crows feet. I was fascenated with the prospects of reversing the ageing process, especially being the total skincare queen I was. Anyhow, Lynn showed me the products and demonstrated them on me. As I stood there trying to find a product to buy, I thought about my sagging eyelids and crows feet. The two eye products were not so expensive, together they were about 90 bucks. So I thought I'd buy them. I headed back to my hotel room and began using them the next morning, twice a day. In this blog, I will be documenting my experiences with the products I have used and try to also share what the items are supposed to do. I'm not making this date specific since this is a chronology of my use of the products.

Friday

Dr. Perricone 28 Day Perricone Promise

I am in the process of documenting the 28 day diet on my other blog that is devoted to the 3 day and 28 day Perricone Diet. If you're interested in reading, please feel free to take peek. The URL is http://3-day-perricone-diet.blogspot.com

Tuesday

Perricone Nutritional Supplements

What I tried

I have tried both of the supplement systems listed here. I must say one thing I noticed was that I did not get nauseated from these supplements like I do from most. That is a really big deal to me since I've never been able to take stuff like this without feeling queezy. I felt very energetic while taking them as well which was an unexpected side effect.

So here's some information on the supplements.

Dr. Perricone - Weight Management System

These easy to use packets contain all the necessary supplements needed that can help your body while it experiences the Perricone Diet.

The packets contain a synergistic blend of 8 powerful nutrients and vitamins that can help increase the efficiency of cellular metabolism, transport fats into the mitochondria and provide potent protection from oxidative stress (free radical damage).

This 30-day program includes a diet, exercise, and supplementation plan to help reduce fat body mass and increase lean body mass. Supplements may increase cellular metabolism and enable the body to better utilize stored fat for energy.

Each Packet Contains: 1 Q-Gel 15 mg Softgel: Coenzyme Q-10 & Vitamin E, 1 DMAE 75 mg Softgel: DMAE & Nutriene (tocotrienols and tocopherols complex), 1 Tyrosine & Alpha Lipoic Acid Capsule: Biotin (Chromium Polynicotinate), L-Tyrosine (sustained released Alpha Lipoic Acid), 1 Acetyl L-Carnitine 167 mg Capsule, 1 Borage Oil 1000mg Softgel: Gamma linolenic acid 200mg, Palmitic Acid 100mg, Stearic Acid 30mg, Oleic Acid 150mg, Linoleic Acid 450mg, 1 CLA 1000 mg Softgel, 1 L-Carnitine (Furmate) 250mg Capsule, 1 Physician's Super Antioxidant Vitamin, Mineral & Phyto-Nutrient Formula Caplet - more than 56 ingredients combined.

Dr. Perricone - Skin and Total Body Nutritional Supplements

These packets contain an advanced, comprehensive dietary supplement support program to help maintain healthy skin, joints, bones, hair, and nails. Specially formulated to work from the inside out, this nutritional system combines synergistic powerful antioxidants, B-complex energy enhancers, macrominerals, lipotropic factors, enzymes, and herbal extracts.

The program contains 60 packets equaling a 30-day supply. Each individual packet contains: Two (2) Physician's Super Antioxidant Vitamin & Phyto-Nutrient Active Formula, One (1) Liquid Calcium/Magnesium, One (1) Skin & Joint Essentials, One (1) Omega-3 "MLC" Fish Oils, One (1) Derma-Glo, One (1) Rejuvenate.

Monday

Perricone Prescription - 28 day diet

If you're interested in the Dr. Perricone / Perricon 3 day diet, check out the Perricone Prescription diet at perricone-diet.com. One of the big things that Dr. Perricone suggests is that you eat a diet high in Wild Salmon from Alaska (The only place where farming of salmon is illegal). When I first started eating the Perricone Prescription way, I really was afraid to eat the salmon, but I was committed to trying it. Anyhow, I bought salmon from Vital Choice.<

Thursday

Dr. Perricone - Alpha Lipoic Acid Eye Area Therapy

Continuing with what skincare products Dr. Perricone recommends for use during the 28 day diet, the next two are separate products but related. Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C Ester Eye Area Therapy. These two products alone got me started using Dr. Perricone's products in January 2002, and to this day I use them faithfully.

My experience with ALA Eye Area Therapy and Vitamin C Ester Eye Area Therapy

I started with two products, the first being Alpha Lipoic Acid Eye Area Therapy and Vitamin C Ester Eye Area Therapy. This post will concentrate on my experiences with the eye products (which were nothing short of miraculous!).

The Eye treatment contains Vitamin C Ester, NTP. This Vitamin C Ester and Tocotrienol solution is formulated to provide care to the delicate tissue surrounding the eye. Using this unique serum, especially when used in conjuction with Alpha Lipoic Acid Eye Area Therapy, helps to provide complete eye care. The appearance of fine lines and puffiness are diminished with continued use.

For my regeme, I put a dab of the Alpha Lipoic Eye area treatment on my hand, then put 1-2 drops of the vitamin C Ester, mixed them up and applied this mix to the eye contour following carefully the eye bone above and below. I tried to be careful to avoid getting it in my eyes and on the eyelid.

Now this product is different because you mix the two products to get the best effect. The ladies at the Perricone counters insist that you mix this in the little skin between the index finger and the thumb. There is a little pouch there that is perfect because the skin there will not absorb the products in that area. Then when applying to your face, please do not rub it in hard!. It drives me crazy when I see people rubbing their delicate face and eye skin. Understand that it is NOT necessary because once you apply it to the skin, it is absorbed and your cells will move the chemicals thru the inter-cellular fluid. So be gentle people!

Alpha Lipoic Acid Eye Area Therapy

This treatment provides intensive care to the delicate tissue surrounding the eye. The NTP Complex (containing DMAE) and alpha lipoic acid, are suspended in a rich phospholipid base that helps to ensure the appearance of restorative and hydrating effects. The appearance of puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines are diminished with continued use.

I used this twice daily and as mentioned above, I put a couple drops of the Vitamin C Ester in it and then applied it to my eyes.

My Results

Well I followed my regeme every day for 3 months. After the first couple of weeks I noticed the crepieness on the lid was much diminished, also, the dark circles were fading. I tend to have puffy under eyes, and that was much more dramatic. The puffieness seemed to be so diminished I couldn't believe that.

That kept me going, so faithfully I used the 2 items. You would not believe, one day in March, I noticed, my lash line was lifted. I was so stoaked, dancing around the room because man, it really opened up my eyes.

Then I was really frustrated, because geez, I should have used the other products in his line all along! I would be 3 months ahead of the game had I just started everything at the same time.

Summary

I love these eye products. I have referred many of my friends, who are experiencing similar results as these. Also, my eyes look very nice now. I highly recommend these products for your eyes.

My eyes have never looked better in my life!

Dr. Perricone - Lip Plumper

Ok everyone, I have tried probably every single lip plumper on the market. Some were okay... but this one is the BOMMMMMMB!! First, I love the creamcicle taste.. Remember when we were kids the orange popcicle thing with ice cream in the middle. Well this tastes like that. (I guess you'd call it like orange sherbert). So its a nice treat to taste.... But its also a nice treat for the delicate skin on your lips. For some reason we don't take very good care of our lips, and they do so many wonderful things for us. It is really painful when they are dry, chapping, or cracked, and its simple to nourish them with this product by Dr. Perricone. This product will create a youthful fullness to your lip area. For me, I have had thinish lips my entire life, and they look a lttle darker and a lot more defined since I have been using this product. I apply this about 4 to 5 times daily (just the tiniest bit by the way, you don't need a lot of it) on lips and around lip contour for maximum benefits. This lip treatment is fortified with alpha lipoic acid and NTP Complex (containing DMAE). These ingredients synergistically work to foster a moist and full lip contour. With continued use, this treatment smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while enhancing the lips natural color. Inside the container is a combination of alpha lipoic acid and Dr. Perricone's patented NTP Complex (that has DMAE -- which really does the plumping magic) and selected amino acids which help the lip tissue hold more moisture. This along with the DMAE is what really helps make your lips look more plump. These ingredients synergistically work to foster a moist and full lip contour. If you keep using it you will notice the fine lines and wrinkles around your lips will greatly diminish and your natural lip color will start coming back. In addition, it helps your lipstick last. This gives YOU both therapeutic and cosmetic benefits. This is definitely one of my all time favorites for the lips!

Wednesday

Dr. Perricone - Face Finishing Moisturizer

Face Finishing Moisturizer

This is a moisturizer that contains Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester, and DMAE. This has such an incredible gentle Rose scent. I believe they use real rose essential oil in this product. Appropriate for all skin types, but recommended for normal/dry skin.

This lightweight formula is effective in restoring the appearance of health and beauty to the skin. In addition, it is one of the most popular hydrating products used by newscasters and models. Alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin C Ester, and wheat proteins are combined in this unique formulation. Provides the appearance of advanced moisturization to all skin types. You get 2 oz. in jar.

How I used this product

I was euphoric when I first smelled this product due to the scent of real rose. Not the phony soapy imitation rose scent that you often smell with candles and popouri, but real pure rose essential. If you are interested in essential oils, please see my Rose Oil blog that I am beginning. (I wish I could do everything at one time, however good things and information take time! So if you click the link and there is not anything in it yet, please check back or email me!). I love this moisturizer. It made my skin feel so moist but not oily. The only thing that I had a problem with was that I had two bottles of it, and opened both. This product does not have a preservative in it and it started changing scent. Therefore with this one, please keep it in a cool dark place and don't open more than one at a time! The Perricone counter lady was happy to exchange the one that changed, she gave me a new bottle so I did not lose any product. I'm not sure but I think refrigeration of this might be even better.

My Results

I enjoyed the feeling of my skin not feeling tight, and not feeling too oily. You know the perfect balance of the skin is happy and so is your makeup, things don't slide off you! I have a few different moisturizers, but I will talk about them another time. Thanks for reading.

Dr. Perricone - Amine Complex Face Lift

Dr. Perricone - Amine Complex Face Lift

This product features Vitamin C Ester and DMAE. It is considered a morning treatment.

This lightweight formula with efficient hydrators helps to balance the skin's natural moisture level and aids in improving the appearance of elasticity and luminosity to the skin. The NTP Complex (containing DMAE) enhances the contours of the face and jawline. Should be combined with a moisturizer/sunscreen.

How I used this product

I used this product every morning, after washing and toning my face and after applying ONE pump (you really don't need more than that) of Face Firming Activator and one pump of the Amine Complex Face Lift and spread it all around my face, neck, and chest area. This product goes a long way so you don't have to use tons of it! The product size is a generous 2 ounces and if you use it right by not using too much, it will easily last 8 or more months.

What I discovered

Well, the clarity of my skin really improved. In addition, I had a red flush to my skin which was always there and that has toned down tremendously. I have been pleasantly surprised about this!

Dr. Perricone - Phosphatidyl - E Face Lipid Replenishment

This one product has to be one of my all time favorite skin care items. My skin feels great when I use this moisturizer. It is very hydrating and helps repair all the cell damage, and it has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. It really is quite soothing on the skin.

Dr. Perricone Pore Refining Moisturizer

Dr. Perricone now introduces the Outpatient Therapy Line, a collection of unique products that combine proven acne treatment with Dr. Perricone's proprietary skin products and skin management techniques.

I have heard nothing but great results from Dr. Perricone's Pore Refining line. The moisturizer is lightweight, oil free and is perfect for oily or acne prone skin. It is non-comedogenic and contains powerful anti-inflammatory benefits and mositurizing ingredients that will leave your skin feeling hydrated with a matte finish.

Dr. Perricone Face Firming Activator

Face Firming Activator

This is the other morning treatment I used containing ALA, glycolic acid, and DMAE. This should be combined with a moisturizer/sunscreen. Apply 1-2 pumps to the entire face and neck, avoiding contact with eyes. 2 oz. pump bottle.

This daily lotion, which unites the benefits of alpha lipoic acid, NTP Complex (containing DMAE) and glycolic acid, improves the appearance of the skin's resilience, tone, and texture. The appearance of enlarged pores, scaring, and discolorations of the skin are minimized with continued use.

Apply 1-2 pumps to the entire face and neck, avoiding contact with eyes.

How I used this product

I used this product every morning, after washing and toning my face. Again, I used one pump (only one pump, you don't need more than that!) and spread it all around my face, neck, and chest area. This product goes a long way so you don't have to use tons of it! The product size is a generous 2 ounces and if you use it right it will easily last 8 or more months!

My Results

Well, I must say that this product really works. First, I had some dark discolorations that were cleared up pretty readily and my skintone has been amazing. My cheeks feel so full, and don't look loose and stuff like 45 year old faces generally do. (Especially fair skinned!).

This product seems to be perfect for normal-dry and combination skin, the alpha lipoic acid and gentle alpha hydroxy acids work to minimize enlarged pores, while reducing the appearance of scarring and discolorations in the skin (this aspect was especially noticable on me since I had a hugely red tone to my skin.

Sunday

Dr. Perricone's Apha Lipoic Acid Firming Facial Toner

Sheez, being the skin care queen that I am, I've tried dozens and dozens of toners. None of them were treatment products like Dr. Perricone's Alpha Lipoic Acid Firming Facial Toner with DMAE. As I said in my prior post, the Kuatie (did I spell that right) lady that I told my story to purchased this product and the cleanser and she was so thrilled with the results. About Alpha Lipoic Acid Firming Facial Toner With DMAE A clarifying toner infused with the anti-oxidant benefits of alpha lipoic acid. This unique formulation helps reduce excess oil and debris on the skin's surface, while helping the skin appear more firm.

Perricone Alpha Lipoic Acid Nutritive Cleanser

Here's the cleanser I started with. I find the pump pumps way too much to use at any one time, so be careful to just pump 1/4 of the way down! I really love this stuff. I remember being at the Nordstrom's Dr. Perricone sales counter talking to Olivia when this Kuaitie woman came by with her daughter. She was in a wheelchair and her skin was quite blotchy and dull. I began to tell her daughter my story of how I got started using Dr. Perricone's products (see below) and in turn, the daughter translated to her Mom.. Anyhow to make a long story short, there was a special gift with purchase when buying the cleanser and toner together. So, she bought the set and well... I happened to be there 2 weeks later when she came by with her daughter in tow. She looked incredible. Her skin was radiant and not so blotchy looking. She didn't speak much english but she grabbed my hand and put her other hand on her face touching it all over smiling. She was very very pleased. In fact so pleased, her whole family (Husband, son daughter and herself) signed up for the facials and started using his products. The Alpha Lipoic Acid in the Nutritive Cleanser is very powerful anti-ageing product by itself!

About Alpha Lipoic Acid Nutritive Cleanser

Gently and thoroughly cleanses your face and neck area without over-drying. This dual-purpose cleanser and toner is formulated to be mild. The anti-inflammatory properties of alpha lipoic acid help to eliminate the redness and blotches often associated with more abrasive deep-cleaning formulas. While suitable for all skin types, it is particularly good for normal to dry skin.

Dr. Perricone has created the perfect prescription for those whose #1 skincare concern is loss of tone, poor skin texture, age spots and/or discoloration.