From leading Brazilian cosmetics company, NaturaBrasil, comes Chronos, an #AgePositive skincare line.  Launching now in the US, Chronos focuses on the needs of the skin at every life stage.   The line melds Brazil’s rich biodiversity with advanced science.  The star product of the line is the Daily Revitalizing Face Oil, a lightweight, enhanced blend of natural oils and esters (including five essential oils with powerful anti-oxidant properties) which restore vitality and radiance to dull, stressed skin caused by daily aggressors such as excess sun and pollution. The second category of the Chronos line is a trio of life stage specific moisturizers which offer streamlined multi-benefit skin treatments:

  • Energizing Face Cream, 30+ – lightweight, multi-tasking moisturizer hydrates, energizes and protects skin to ease the look of stress and fatigue, using Jambu Extract and polyphenols with 9.5% active ingredients.
  • Firming and Radiance Face Cream, 45+ – charged with amino acids and Brazilian Jatobá Extract, a natural collagen booster, deeply moisturizes and firms skin, visibly reduces wrinkles and restores radiance with 11.1% active ingredients.
  • Lifting and Volumizing Face Cream, 60+ — visibly firms and contours skin with Caseria Extract, a natural skin filler, which improves skin’s density, plumps the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with 14.4% active ingredients.

As our Undercover Agents are unique in their beauty regiments, we thought that we would let you choose your favorite product based on life-stage.  NaturaBrasil is offering a limited number of Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG their choice of Chronos Daily Revitalizing Face Oil or Moisturizer (retail $40 – $62) simply by following them on Instagram (or, if you do not have, liking them on Facebook) 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 (no PO Boxes, please!).  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks from notification.

SWAG ALERT: BEAUTY FOR YOUR LIFE STAGE!


No matter our politics, most of us regarded Barbara Bush as a true First Lady.  The wife of one president and the mother of another, Mrs. Bush’s beauty was always defined by her honesty and generosity.  With no fillers, Botox, or plastic surgery to enhance her natural beauty, she rarely went out without a colorful lip and a beautiful smile. The Washington Post referred to her as “the antithesis of of glamour and excess,” saying, “She endeared herself to many with her droll frankness, boasting about her trademark triple-strand faux pearls and joking about her prematurely white hair.”

An early advocate for AIDS awareness (during a time in which the disease was horribly stigmatized), family literacy, and racial equality, Mrs. Bush was a pioneer in many issues.  Bill Clinton called her “a remarkable woman.”  “She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like,” he said, adding, “Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.”  Barbara Pierce Bush passed away on Tuesday, April 17th at the age of 92.

BARBARA BUSH: AN AMERICAN BEAUTY!


Scientists at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada have developed a new tool to protect women from HIV infection.  The vaginal implant (pictured above) decreases the number of cells that the HIV virus can target in a woman’s genital tract.  Unlike conventional methods of HIV prevention, such as condoms or anti-viral drugs, the implant takes advantage of some people’s natural immunity to the virus.

HIV infects the body by corrupting T cells that are mobilized by the immune system when the virus enters a person’s body. When the T cells stay resting and do not attempt to fight the virus they are not infected and the HIV virus is not transmitted between people. However, when the T cells stay resting, it’s referred to as being immune quiescent.

“We know that some drugs taken orally never make it to the vaginal tract, so this implant could provide a more reliable way to encourage T cells not to respond to infection and therefore more reliably and cheaply prevent transmission,” said Emmanuel Ho, a professor in the School of Pharmacy at Waterloo. “What we don’t know yet is if this can be a stand-alone option for preventing HIV transmission or if it might be best used in conjunction with other prevention strategies. We aim to answer these questions with future research.” Read more of this story »

WOMEN AND HEALTH: BREAKTHROUGH HIV PROTECTION!