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If it was acceptable to write a two-word review, it would go like this:

Buy this!

As much as I can't stand taking pictures of myself (and trust me, my kids have had a field day with my phone and these pictures), I knew it was necessary for me to document my progress. And boy, was there progress.

Let me begin by saying, the NEWA is more of an investment in time than money. Clearly, this technology is worth every penny. NEWA is the first home use, over-the-counter RF wrinkle reduction device to receive FDA clearance. It's easy to use and provides effective and noticeable results in reducing facial wrinkles, in addition to tightening skin.

Regimen
For the first 30 days, it's a commitment — approximately 30 minutes (between washing and using the device) 5 days a week. There are 3 areas on each side of the face that are targeted for 4 minutes a piece — cheekbone to temple, underneath cheekbone and under chin/neck line — gliding in circular motions. The device heats up quickly. Once the blinking blue light turns to a blinking green, the technology is actively working to renew collagen. There are two settings, though I used level 2 right out of the gate. The device automatically shuts off after 4 minutes, which is brilliant. I used the app for the first treatment until I realized it wasn't necessary. Before each 4 minute session, apply the 3Deep Lift activating gel. Do not skimp on the gel, as you will need this barrier for the heat. Ensure the metal prongs are covered completely. The tube of gel will last longer than 30 days. Before and after each treatment, cleanse your face. You can apply your skin care products once your treatment is complete.

While I will sometimes do the treatments in the morning (which is definitely doable, I'm not red for long), I prefer doing the treatments at night before bed.

Results
I must state for the record, I take very good care of my skin. I always have. And another contributing factor is how I eat. While it's uncomfortable looking at pictures of myself, I am proud of how my resting face looks for my age. Now, if only my expression-full face could follow suit! Oh, but wait, that's actually improving, too.

At the onset of my treatments, my skin immediately felt firmer. Within days, looked plumper. It was quite exciting. However, it wasn't until my 30 day pictures that I really witnessed what was happening. Below, I have circled areas that showed significant improvement. You will notice in the first picture a decrease in depth of my parenthesis line, to point of almost non-existence. It's so smooth and plump now. In the second picture, again the depth and length of the line is decreased, in addition to a smoothing of the skin directly to the right of the line. In the third picture, I just had to do it. I wanted to see if my boney face would relax a bit with expression. Not only are there less lines to the side of my mouth, the lines aren't as deep. And check out the cheekbone. Definite wrinkle reduction.

Even aside from where I circled, redness is reduced, my cheekbones appear to be lifted and my neck line looks smoother.

Now that I am just past the 30 day mark, I can reduce my treatments to 2-3 times a week. Honestly, I am looking forward to what the next 30 days will bring. This truly is an advancement in skin technology that I believe everyone can benefit from.

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All photos were taken at the same time of day (end of day) and in the same place.

jenuplusI love a good skin care tool. And the simplicity of this one got me.

JeNu is all about absorption. The tool itself uses ultrasonic technology to help your skin care products penetrate the dermal layers more effectively. The beauty of this particular tool is the ability to use your own products. And let's be honest, who doesn't have a linen closet full of skin care products.

The JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser System is designed with two vital components working together — the Infuser Wand and the MicroSphere Conducting Gel. After you cleanse your face and apply your skin care products, simply go over your face with the wand in a circular motion (use a pea size amount of the conducting gel for each location). It shuts off automatically after one minute. I use it all over, however, I especially target my eyes and the area around my mouth. It is so easy to travel with and holds a charge for weeks, depending on use.

Says Dr. Sonia Batra, dermatologist and lead medical advisor of JeNu,

"When it comes to delivery of active ingredients, products do need a bit of a nudge. Much of the ingredients that we apply topically continue to sit atop the skin before they evaporate. That’s why results you see from your topical products often take so long, and often fall short. JeNu utilizes painless ultrasound technology — something that’s been used in a medical setting for decades — to increase the skin’s ability to absorb treatment products. And it’s been clinically proven to do so by six times."

As for my personal results, I have noticed a huge difference in skin hydration. And because of that, my skin looks smooth and supple. Have I noticed wrinkle reduction? Not yet. However, I am pleased with how my products are absorbing into my skin, enabling my products to work harder than on their own.

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What a pleasant surprise today was.

I walked into my favorite boutique (Jeffre Scott) and found the gorgeous Ada Polla there! Within seconds, we were off to the back room, immersed in conversation. I just love seeing Ada when she is in town.

And I love her products.

The Alchimie Forever skin care collection is dermatologist-tested and designed to solve immediate and long-term skin concerns. Alchimie Forever originated through the practice of using skincare as a post-procedure supplement — effective, yet gentle anti-aging formulas.

Like this lightening serum.

Packaged in a luxurious airless pump-tube, this serum imparts a youthful appearance to the face by targeting uneven pigmentation. A cocktail of powerful anti-pigmentation actives, specifically alpha-arbutin, vitamin C and citrus extract, rejuvenates the skin by preventing sun damage, evening out pigmentation and lightening brown spots. 

Yep. It's mine now.

I am smitten. Actually, more like full-on in love.

Two years ago, my sister, Kelly, introduced me to the phenomenal Omorovicza skin care line. With the help of my favorite ladies (and true aficionados) at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend, Maria Hanna and Denise Brown, I have been hooked ever since.

While I was sad to miss the big Omorovicza event in Dallas last month with founder Margaret de Heinrich, my mom and sisters enjoyed every second. And I celebrated from afar with two of my most recent purchases for the body, Gold Sugar Scrub and Body Cream. From the ingredients to the science to the delivery, Omorovicza's got it going on. 

The Gold Sugar Scrub uses fair-trade cane sugar to refine the texture of the skin by eliminating dead skin cells, and it contains gold (a powerful anti-inflammatory) and a unique blend of floral oils. The Body Cream is rich and nourishing, and it seriously hydrates the skin. In addition, the formula restores the skin’s elasticity and protects it from environmental damage encountered on a daily basis. Omega 6 Ceramide tightens the lipid matrix to strengthen the skin's barrier function, while peptides help boost collagen to restore a youthful elasticity and firmness.

Both body products are a must! In addition to every single product in the Omorovicza line up, of course!

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Photo left to right: Charlene Boynton, Jennifer Boynton, Kelly Boynton, Margaret de Heinrich

ElementalEmulsionLast spring, I wanted to add a super lightweight, yet hydrating, moisturizer into my daily routine. I chose Elemental Emulsion, as Omorovicza is one of my favorite skin care lines.

Not only was this oil-free lotion exactly what I was looking for, it has become my favorite product in the entire line! Containing marine extracts and hyaluronic acid, it delivers long lasting moisture to the deep layers of the skin while controlling shine on the surface. It turns skin into velvet. It not only looks gorgeous on skin, it feels like heaven.

While Elemental Emulsion can be used as a moisturizer, it can also be treated as a serum. I plan to layer over it from fall into winter. I am seriously in love with this product.

I will never be without it. Once you try it, you'll feel the same.