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Experiencing NeoStrata Anti Aging Skincare

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One of the fun things about blogging is getting the opportunity to try new products I might not discover on my own, and as an extra bonus I get to share them with you.

Today I have another product I’ve been testing out that I want to share with you: NeoStrata.


Neostrata products are widely popular and highly recommended by dermatologists in various parts of the globe. What makes this product popular among dermatologists and surgeons is that it features a potent yet clinically proven safe AHA concentration in the product itself.

While we all want young and flawless looking skin,  as we age, we experience having wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging that start to appear on our face. As years pass by, the quality of our skin simply starts to diminish. At 48, I might not be able to avoid totally aging, but at least I can reduce the signs of aging and slow down the aging process.


I was very excited to try NeoStrata’s products. Although I’m close to 50, this is my first time using a product that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). Yes, it’s true. Luckily I did not experience any peeling or tingling sensation. I guess these products have a high enough level of AHAs to cause the skin to turnover without irritating it.


NeoStrata Skin Active Dermal Replenishment

Formulated to optimize hydration and help visibly reverse all the signs of aging, for skin that is intensely hydrated, lifted, firmer, and more luminous.
  • Patented Aminofil® technology helps build skin’s natural volume
  • Prodew® helps cushion skin with vital moisture and strengthen the skin barrier and reduce moisture loss
  • Enriched with Chardonnay Grape Seed Extract to help prevent damage from daily environmental stressors

It’s deeply hydrating without a heavy feeling. At my age I need all the hydration I can get. I have been using this cream for almost three weeks now. I apply it in the evening (one pump is enough for the entire face) after cleansing my face with olive oil. It smells a bit like cucumber and it gives my face a nice “glow”. My skin also looks more even-toned.


NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream

This anti aging neck cream is formulated to help reverse visible signs of aging in the neck and décolletage for skin that is firmer, more lifted and younger looking.
  • Pro-Amino Acid helps target collagen
  • NeoCitriate® helps to target collagen
  • NeoGlucosamine gently exfoliates skin to help reduce the appearance of uneven pigment


This is my very  first time using a neck cream. I love that the cream has a gentle exfoliant that helps reduce the appearance of uneven pigment and age spots that often appear in the décolletage. I have already noticed an improvement; My neck looks better after only three weeks. I’m excited to see more results in the following weeks.

Again, the product is very hydrating without a greasy feeling or heavy scent. I apply it in the morning and evening. One small pump is plenty for the entire neck. I even apply it to the top of my hands where I noticed some hyperpigmentation. Don’t forget to apply sunblock to your neck.


Target aging skin with this multi-mechanistic formula to help lift and firm skin while helping to reduce oxidative damage.
  • SynerG Formula helps rejuvenate skin
  • Apple Stem Cell Extract helps protect and maintain skin’s essential cells* (*in vitro test)
  • Peptides target collagen* and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles (*in vitro test)
  • Glycolic Acid is clinically proven to target collagen

I use this serum twice a week as it helps enhance exfoliation. One pump  covers my entire face. It does not irritate my face and leaves it soft and hydrated.


I did some research and learned that glycolic acid is the gold standard in AHAs. It is the most researched acid and has the best track record of impressive results for all ages and all skin types.

According to skin care experts, glycolic acid is special because of its size and ability to penetrate the uppermost layers of built-up skin to reveal the better-looking skin hiding beneath.

We are not able to avoid aging but keeping the skin looking younger longer is all about prevention ( inside and outside.) The 40’s are a good time to introduce potent formulas to visibly slow down aging skin. NeoStrata’s smoothing ingredients like peptides and acids will help boost cell metabolism, plump skin and stimulate new collagen.

Homemade Berry Compote

fruit compote

This speedy berry compote is full of wonderful flavors and equally delicious served with yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, french toast, and pancakes.

All you need is fresh or frozen berries and sugar.

fruit compote

This Berry Compote is so easy to make. Just take fresh some berries and sugar, and cook them until the berries soften and their juices become wonderfully thick and syrupy (about 10 -15 minutes). You can also add a splash of orange juice for a fresh citrus touch. I like to mash the berries with the back of my spoon while they’re cooking.

The compote is more of a method than a recipe, and the sky is the limit in terms of what fruit combinations you can come up with.

It can be stored in the refrigerator and warmed up as needed.

fruit compote

I love this compote with my plain whole milk yogurt. It’s my go-to snack and I pack it in my lunch.  So much better and cheaper than store-bought fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts, which are usually full of sugar. Some have as much as 20 grams of sugar and lots of artificial this and that.  With the homemade version, you can control the sweetness and save some money.

How about some creamy steel-cut oats topped with this berry compote? It’s all I’ve been eating for breakfast lately. Helps me start the day on a great note. This breakfast is the perfect combination of warm, fruity, sweet, simple, nutritious and good for me.

Give this berry compote a try. It barely takes any effort and you’re going to feel so good about knowing exactly what’s in it and save some money in the process.

The compote is more of a method than a recipe, and the sky is the limit in terms of what fruit combinations you can come up with.



Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake

My grandmother (Oma) was an amazing cook. Everything this woman prepared, was delicious. She cooked with all her heart and fed anyone that came through her door.  Oma didn’t own a single cook book, instead, she cherished a few handwritten recipes from her mother. She prepared simple dishes with simple ingredients. We never had a fancy meal. Roasted chicken, oven potatoes and carrots was our Sunday meal. Occasionally, we had apple strudel or plum cake for dessert. Frosting was reserved for birthday cakes, and she never sweetened whipping cream.

My grandmother’s grocery shopping looked very different than what’s in the typical grocery cart today.  Once a month, Oma and Opa did their “big” shopping. Their cart was filled with sugar, flour, olive oil, lettuce, apples, dry beans, fresh carrots, potatoes, milk, eggs,  fresh bread and fresh meats.  Today’s grocery shelves are packed with all kinds of boxes and bags, pouches and cans.  I’m not judging here, just noticing the changes.

Olive Oil Cake

This olive oil cake reminds me of the simple cakes my grandma used to bake. It’s quick and easy to make, without any “fancy” ingredients. The cake is so moist and delicious and tastes even better the second or third day. I love it with a cup of coffee. Never say no to cake for breakfast, right?!

You could frost it or add things like chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts, etc., but to me,  this cake is pretty in its own simple way.

Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake


2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup whole milk

2 tsp grated orange zest

Juice of one orange (about 1/4 cup)



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch springform pan (or a regular 9-inch bake pan) with a thin layer of olive oil. Line  the bottom with parchment paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl mix sugar and eggs until creamy, about 3 minutes.

Add olive oil, milk, orange zest, and juice.

Fold in flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until the top of the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted into center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Olive Oil Cake