Would You Ever Take Skin Care Advice from Your Husband? Vol. 2
Hey everybody, this is Joshua T. Berglan coming to you from Laguna Niguel, California. This is Volume 2 of Would You Take Skin Care Advice from Your Husband (or spouse, boyfriend, or even just a guy). I should tell you know that you may want to read this in 2-3 parts because I got a little excited reviewing skin care and talked about several things I am excited about.
So this all kind of started because, you know, I have now been in medical aesthetics for the last three years and by some random stroke of God’s genius I have become to go to guy for honest, raw and pure advice when it comes to skincare and even beauty advice.
It’s now become a bit of joke in my family that my mother is this beautiful woman that’s still modeling in her 60s, was formerly Mrs. America and she always pestered me about starting a skin care routine and now I am the expert pushing products on her. In fact, she always took care of her skin, taking precaution from the sun and has always done things correctly it seems when it came to a proper skin care regimen.
Even though she was not an “expert” people have always looked at her as a symbol of beauty, class and an ideal woman to borrow a look or style from. She used to tell me all the time that I needed to be wearing sunscreen, quality skin care and eating a clean diet. She especially expressed (maybe she pushed it on me???) my need for Botox and eye serums and as much as I tried to blow her off, the magic box finally got to me. This magic box is a box of hundreds of half used skin care products from all over the world and it had been offered to me over and over until I finally gave in.
It took my father really going downhill in his fight against melanoma, eventually dying that made me look into that box and apply my first skin care product and let’s just say it smelled like foreskin and I was not to enthused about this new experiment. I was not even sure what skincare was supposed to feel like but I assume that if I am going to put $300 serums and lotions on my face that I should enjoy it right? Itching, during and smelling like 20-year-old foreskin is not part of the process, is it? So, like anyone who is turned off by an experience, I tried again. The most puzzling thing about my experience was that I could actually see what most of these overpriced products were half used by my mother and wanted to find something I enjoyed using. That curiosity led me on a life altering path and down the rabbit hole of the beauty industry that has now become my sole passion in life. Ok, that is a little dramatic but I have become obsessed with finding the most cutting edge products on the planet and bringing them to the masses.
You see, the beauty industry is a lie. Outside of Beer, the beauty industry has the most clever and brilliant marketing people in the world and you are the victim. Yes, a victim too your own desire to look like the covers of the magazines you read. Look, I know you know that the celebrities on those covers really do not look like the pictures in the magazines but you should know this, seriously. Most of those celebrities truly have horrible skin and before you think I am making fun of them I am not at all. The amount of makeup and time spent under harsh lights takes its toll on the celebrities skin and it is also unfair. Fits bit of advice, please do not compare yourself to a magazine cover. 2nd piece of advice? Most of the ads or “science” you read in magazines is worse than taking love advice from the horoscope section of an XXX magazine. (I heard that they have those sections, never seen it, promise.)
Look, the industry as a whole knows that regardless of how much you are struggling financially you will forgo paying rent to purchase beauty products. Knowing that, they know they can find a funky looking flower or snail, put up some before and after pics, and then convince you that using this Bee’s semen that has mutated through the Japanese lotus nectar filtration process, has produced the most potent growth factor (stem cell) product in the world. You will buy it. Hell, you may be looking at amazon.com right now trying to find this product. You see, these are some of the things that have ignited my passion for being the go-to guy for the latest and truly greatest products and also be the guy you can come to find out which lasers or micro-needling devices are best, is this the right product for me or for my medical practice.
Believe it or not, this is my career. I do not have a job, I do not work for anyone, yet I am paid by doctors, manufacturers, small businesses and even celebrities for consulting them on the products and services they should sell, use or get rid of. Why? I am trying to answer the question still to this day however because I became so passionate about ensuring the safety of the consumer and I am widely against 98% of what happens in the aesthetics industry I have been given a tremendous amount of access to products and services all over the world. I come home almost on a daily basis to skin care products and devices at my door for me to try and give my opinion on.
Seriously. I have so many skin care products I could start a swap meet with half and a luxury goods store with the other. It is really funny to me yet extremely humbling. I take it this responsibility very seriously because I respect the need, yes need, to want to feel beautiful. I have been insecure about my looks my entire life. Horrible acne growing up, bad teeth, struggles with my weight and even thinking my hair cut sucked, caused me to struggle with self-confidence issues to the point it was crippling. So, admittedly finding out what products are the best is not just about you, it is personal for me too. I mean, how many of you have paid for a device you saw on TV for an “amazing introductory cost of 5, $49.99 payments” to only give yourself secondary burns?
One day my fiancée – as I was pulling out of the driveway one day, (I had just gotten this massive shipment of skin care products: peels, different Vitamin C – there’s like 15 different Vitamin C supplements, growth factors from everything that you could possibly imagine, including Wale semen. I’ve just about seen a little bit of everything come to my house. )I stopped, rolled down my window and said, “Hey, Honey? When we get home tonight, would you want to try some of these new peels?” She laughed and said, “Well, I was going to drink a beer and watch Sports Center, but sure, we can do that.”
Needless to say, this is kind of what it’s like around my house is that I get skin care sent to me from all over the world. Today alone, I spoke with a company out of Italy who is wanting me to bring their product to the United States. It is the most amazing experience ever to have this opportunity but it’s so strange. I mean, here I am. You know, I played college football, (was also a college cheerleader – do not laugh ) I am a masculine guy for goodness sakes! I should not be playing with skin care!!! Should I??!?!?
The point is I’m a big guy; I played linebacker and I used to throw girls up in the air and catch them while they were doing acrobatic stunts. Yes, I really did that but I’m still a very masculine guy. I like monster trucks, mud wrestling, football – I do like art galleries, I have enjoyed the ballet too and I like to cook. Okay, this is not a Match.com profile. I’m sorry. Anyway, the point is it is very odd for someone like me – you would think – to get into this industry and also be very, very passionate about it.
It’s funny working with disabled people for 18 years, I have this strange vision for the aesthetics industry and somehow applied that knowledge that I learned for 18 years to now apply into the aesthetic world, and somehow have carved out this little niche for myself that, you know what? I do things just a little bit differently than most and that works for me. Somehow I’ve taken what was not a job and turned it into a job and that is literally by being the go-to guy when it comes to wanting real skin care advice because no one is paying me off. Yes, I get paid by people but no one is paying me to say anything. In fact, the payments I get are from telling the truth and that’s the pros and cons of every product.
Now, one of the advantages that I have over the population – even over other people in the industry – is this: I don’t work for anybody. I don’t have a job. I don’t have a job, and yet I get paid from people to present and show different products or connect people with two different companies. People come to me because they know that I’m going to show the pros and cons of every product or service that’s on the market. Somehow again, I am blessed enough to be able to call that my career.
It is also a little awkward that my mother and my fiancée both come to me for skincare advice but it’s becoming now just this funny thing. Nonetheless, I’m really, really excited today to tell you guys about some products that you may not have known about. In fact, odds are you’ve never heard of a couple of them. Others you have and you’re like, “You know, I didn’t really know if it would be that good,” and I’m going to show you some things that may hopefully open your eyes a little bit to other brands.
Again, I’m just going to be brutally honest with you about everything. I’m going to show you some professional slides but then, of course show you actually what the products look like, too. So with that said, here we go.
The first product that I want to talk to you guys about is Liquid Biocell. Now, Liquid Biocell is actually a nutraceutical that you drink. In fact, you swish it in your mouth a little bit before you consume it. Why that is is that Liquid Biocell is a matrix of collagen Type-2, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate. It’s all in a polypeptide molecule, so it’s not your typical collagen drinks that when you drink them, you either kind of waste it out – you know what I’m saying – or your body is just not going to absorb it. This is different. The absorption rate of this product is off the charts. In fact, they created a product called Biocell Collagen that was a pill and it was getting such amazing results it became the number one selling collagen supplement in the world.
That’s exciting, right? Well, they decided to turn it into a nutraceutical. Other skincare companies have tried to do nutraceuticals in the past and they failed. The reason why is it’s very challenging to have Liquid Biocell sit on the shelf and people go, “Oh…” to really get the story because there’s so much more to it than that. This is the first product that you can actually say absorbs into the bloodstream, you’re getting maximum absorption, you can actually feel the product working much, much faster than other products.
Again, it’s because it’s getting into your bloodstream and cycling through within a couple of hours. You do two shots in the morning which look like this. You consume – cheers [demonstrating product]. It really tastes good. Okay, so real life here. As I swish that, I can feel it tingling the inside of my gums; it’s hydro stimulated. Somebody asked me before like if this is something you should brush your teeth before, and I made the comment that no, I drink this before I brush my teeth. I do my quiet time before I brush my teeth and do everything so I can just be as filthy as possible when I talk to God. The same thing applies for the Liquid Biocell and I’ve got to tell you, I think it probably works better if you brush your teeth first.
Maybe a clean mouth is better – huh, that just happened. I’ve been telling people it didn’t matter but now I need a change, see? Brush your teeth first and notice a little bit of difference. Let’s say I feel a little more of a tingle. So anyway, what’s beautiful about this is it’s not only great for your hair, your skin, your nails, and your eyes, but it’s also amazing for your joints. And if you have chronic inflammation issues or you have joint pain, let’s just say you’re somebody that is using a walker. If you’re somebody with joint pain that is struggling that may have to have a shoulder, back, or knee surgery, you will find that this product works amazingly for joint health. I have lots of cancer patients and lots of infectious disease doctors that sell this product to their patients.
To me, it is the overall best skincare product in the world because what it would do for your skin that you pay $400, $500, or more a month for, this does is naturally on its own but it does it for your entire body. It’s an absolutely amazing product and I recommend this to anyone that really just wants better skin, wants better hair, or frankly if you’re just having overall health problems.
Here’s the thing: not many people know about the product because of how it’s sold. As I mentioned before, you walk into the doctor’s office and you see products sitting on the shelf, or you go to the grocery store and see products. There’s so many that it’s really hard to know what’s good. But when you see something different like this where looking at the brochure of this product is not going to do it justice. You really need somebody to look at you face-to-face and talk to you about it and listen to them tell you about what it’s done for them, and that’s the power of that product.
Here’s the flip side: it’s sold through network marketing primarily. Now, there’s other people that have it, sell it, and treat it like a normal business. Look, I am involved with it, I treat it like a normal business, and it’s fine. But I just genuinely love the product and there’s a 90-day money back guarantee on that.
The other product I want to tell you about is Benev. It’s funny because most of you do not know about Benev. They’ve made it in the United States for the last 16 years. They’re well known in China, Korea, Europe, Southeast Asia and even the Middle East!!! They are so well-known, especially for the growth factors, their GF Hydrating Mask, their Vitamin C around the world that it is a shock they have not become a hit in the United States. Oh my gosh, they have a Retinol that’s absolutely amazing too! They just have an amazing product line but no one really knows about them.
A lot of it is based on Korean science even though they’re made in the U.S., it’s Korean-owned and it’s a lot of the Korean skin care philosophy. You know, there’s some similarities with the other Korean products out there. However, this product line has been absolutely amazing. The product that I really love with Benev – again, I mentioned the GF hydrating mask. Golly, they have a gel that’s really good. But they’re an FDA-licensed facility, so that means they’re also regulated by the FDA in a pretty dramatic way because they also do contract manufacturing. What that means is they equal private label or they will make products for other lines. The irony about Benev is that they actually make products for their competitors that are more well-known than them, so that’s kind of nutty but that’s the way it works and they are very successful lines.
But me personally, the Vitamin C 20% and the GF Hydrating Mask – absolutely terrific when you put it on. Not only is it like putting on silk, it’s safe to put on underneath your eyes – I put it everywhere, it absorbs nicely and it’s probably the best Vitamin C made. Believe it or not, there are a ton of Vitamin C products out there and look, there are some good ones. There really are. But Vitamin C is one of those tricky things, like it’s capabilities for your skin are far greater than what most understand or what a lot of people want to understand, so I highly recommend this one.
The price point is awesome too! lovelyskin.com is running a special on the Benev line starting September 2nd in celebration of the product being featured on The Doctors TV show! But if you go to LovelySkin.com/Benev or LovelySkin.com/TheDoctors15, you’re going to see a special that starts on the 2nd and it will run until December, so it’ a fantastic way to get the product at an affordable price. They’re going to be doing some other specials too that’s worth checking out. That way, you’re not paying the full retail price.
Again, Benev is an FDA-licensed facility. A lot of Korean science is what motivates or what drives them to make the quality of products that they do. They love results, they love science, and in fact they really are more of an education company than they are anything. But they make quality products that you should know about for sure.
The next product I’m going to show you is pH Advantage. Have you guys heard of this yet? Okay, this is – I’m not even kidding you. I’m sure you’ve heard the term pH before, alkaline water, and things like that. But pH Advantage is a line of cosmeceutical skin care products developed by Dr. Barry J. Cohen, a renowned plastic surgeon practicing in Washington, DC. Dr. Cohen feels very strongly about the importance of proper skin care after many years of seeing just how effective medical grade products are pre- and post-surgery. He was inspired to develop a range of medical grade topical skin care and make it available to all.
Anyway, the pH Advantage line is a direct result of Dr. Cohen’s years of experience and provides a no-nonsense, easy to use skin care regimen for beautiful skin or whatever your concern is. This is the basics: the acne treatment, the control regimen. Look how this is just all set up; it’s the basics. Fantastic antioxidants, SPF – best freaking sunscreen I’ve ever used in my life. They have the full product line and it’s just absolutely terrific. Ever put on a skin care product that your skin thanked you for applying? Well, this is it.
They also have a Growth Factor product. Now, you know what? There’s a lot of controversy on growth factors and I’ve seen growth factors do amazing things but at the same time, the science, research, and studies are showing that it’s probably not the growth factors that are actually making changes to your skin; it’s something else. That said, the Pyronase product, which is their growth factor feels amazing and there is great science behind it. It’s great for post- and pre-treatments. They are also getting ready to come out with a brand new product that is actually scientifically proven to fill in coarse lines and fine lines! This is the first of its kind and the price point is supposed to be really amazing.
The growth factor mystery – and I don’t want to go off on a tangent that is not necessary, because I’ve represented so many growth factor products in my day. Look, I’ve seen them perform almost modern miracles, but the science is still so all over the place and inconsistent, I wouldn’t hang my hat on betting on this growth factor being this end-all be-all skin care product. I personally think that you can get those same kind of results with the products. That said, whether it’s the growth factor or not that’s working, I know several growth factor products that are absolutely great and they have changed peoples’ skin for the better. I’ve also seen it change peoples’ skin for the worse, but that’s another topic.
They have a face wash, the glycolic gel cleanser that is great for removing makeup (from what Karen says) and on top of that, it’s just a really nice product – I like how well it washes off and how clean my face feels after I’ve used this product. It’s really fantastic but what I love the most is the sunscreen. The sunscreen has legitimately been used by my entire neighborhood. If my neighborhood is a good case study, then this will be the top-selling sunscreen in the world! It’s only a 30 SPF, but I’m not a dermatologist, so you can have this conversation with your dermatologist, but everything I know about sunscreen, after 30 it’s kind of pointless, but you’re not going to believe that, so you’re going to go buy an SPF 90 – more power to you, you just do not need it. So the pH Advantage is 30 SPF, amazingly moisturizing, has tons of antioxidants, and is just a great, great product.
Guys, I’ve been blogging about this product nonstop and I might as well tell you guys about it too. Fillerina! Have you heard about it yet? It was just featured on The Today Show and it is a game changer, potentially. I have never had more people just come out of the woodwork and want to see, touch, feel, smell and play with this product. Do not get me started on the sample request! This is all from the first day I got the product to try!!! I’ve never seen a product take off like this and I’ve seen it all.
Fillerina is a great alternative to fillers and Botox with results last 4 months after using the product for 14 straight days. In fact, it can make your Botox last twice as long. Fillerina is made up of 6 different types of hyaluronic acid, all different sizes or molecular weights that are designed to penetrate all levels of your skin. Does it work? Well, I am on day 9 of trying the product and what I can tell you is this, it is fun to use, the science is legit and it definitely serves a need of many people needing an alternative to fillers. Fillerina would not be such a huge global hit if not! It just arrived in the states a few months ago and if the distributor manages this product correctly it could be a multi-million dollar product here! They have amazing take home products like the day and night cream and the lip plumper.
I do not have a definitive opinion on the Fillerina filler treatment yet however, the feedback on the lip plumper is outstanding. I think the product line as a whole is great and depending on which direction the owners of the company go, the price point is also perfect for those not wanting to pay Botox prices. Typically most of the products I try out are what is considered “Physician only” meaning you need to go to your doctor or lovelyskin.com (physician owned dermatology store) to purchase the items however, this product can be found on amazon.com and various department stores. It is really simple to use this product however it is advised to have a professional teach you to apply it because odds are you will shoot hyaluronic acid in your eye the first time you attempt to apply it.
Okay, so I told you about Liquid Biocell and now I want to tell you about Stromaderm. Now, this is a topical product with the same patented ingredients that Liquid Biocell has in their product….Here is a hint, it is made by the same people. Stromaderm and Liquid Biocell has Collagen Type 2, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate in the product lines and it really does make up the fastest acting anti-aging product on the market today, especially used together. Again, really hydrating – the studies on this product were so good that they stopped them after eight weeks. This is legitimate – they stopped the studies basically saying in the studies – and I can show them to you – that it was basically pointless to continue going on with the study because the results were so polarizing. That’s ridiculous, in a good way 🙂 Although it is my belief that Liquid Biocell is the best product on the planet there will people who do not believe that drinking your skin care will not work. They are wrong, and that is their right. This is the perfect alternative for them.
Benev Pro LASH
Oh, so I was supposed to tell you about this: I don’t really need lashes, but the ProLash made by Benev, Karen loves this product. It’s a great alternative to Latisse, but also it can be used alongside Latisse because what this is doing is strengthening the roots of your eye lash hair. I’m a guy – eyelash hair. Is there another name for it? Oh, eyelashes. So this will make your existing eyelashes thicker and fuller, so you may not need Latisse, but you can use it in combination with it, because I’ve heard some horrible Latisse stories – I don’t have an issue with that product however I have met many women who have had to deal with miserable side effects. Benev Pro Lash is an awesome alternative for you.
So this is the next one – this is another line that you probably don’t know about, but you’re going to. I promise you. Have you heard of Tizo? H to the Tizo? No, that’s not funny, I am sorry… Okay, so Tizo Photoceutical PM Restore – I’m obsessed. It’s so weird that every once in a while, like sometimes you just put something on your skin, kind of like the Vitamin C 20%, where it just has this unique feel and it’s almost like your face is saying thank you when you’re putting it on. This is that product and may even be that product line. I tried it Friday night for the first time and I’m obsessed. The problem is that Karen is obsessed too and we’re just going to have to fight over this product. In fact, I cannot find it which means she stole it. Jokes on her, she took the PM version.
I am in heaven with this because I am of the belief that growth factors may or may not work. I think that it’s other ingredients that cause people to feel like stem cells/growth factors change their skin. I think that retinol’s, your Vitamin C, your Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid – those are just the staple of what you know is going to work and it depends on the quality that you buy. But this product – the Tizo photoceutical PM Restore is just terrific and you will thank me for buying this product. The PM Restore serum with antioxidants and retinol in the product is a game changer. TIZO is known for being the finest sunscreen company on the planet and based on the studies I have seen it is hard to argue.
I think the Liquid Biocell is something that’s for everybody because it is something that works for everybody. The Vitamin C 20 with Benev, you know what? I can’t say it’s for everybody because some people have a reaction to Vitamin C and if you do, this will probably give it to you, even though this is made differently than most Vitamin C’s. If you do not have a Vitamin C sensitivity, this is a must try! I think pH Advantage is for everybody. I think the Stromaderm is for everybody. Fillerina, made for everybody too.
These products seem to me to be able to just work with everybody’s skin. Vitamin C seems to be a tricky one, though. That is something that I’ve seen people have problems with. You know, this sunscreen line – I say it’s for everybody because I’ve seen about every skin type use this and love it and, you know, my skin likes it. You know, I don’t like wearing sunscreen usually but this has been unbelievable how well it’s done for me, even a 30 [SPF], being out in the sun all day long, it’s absolutely protected me from getting burned or irritated at the end of the day. The ProLash, it’s your eyelashes and I have not heard of anyone having a bad reaction to it. It is a massively successful product overseas, it’s just not many people know it exists here.
Anyway, so thank you for all of your time and God bless you guys. And if you have any questions or if you have any products that you would like for me to try out, to give you my opinion, or if you want to know my opinion on something – whatever – I love feedback from people. Even if you want to call me a moron, that’s okay. Call me a moron and we can have a discussion about how my moron-ness can help you. God bless