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By Courtney Kretchman

As one might expect, the BNLA closets are filled with all the latest beauty products – ranging from eco-friendly to iconic classics to pheromone-enhanced. The thing is, when we’re actually asked to pick out our favorites, the piles diminish greatly and our picks aren’t necessarily the newest on the market.

West coast seasons change more than people think. There’s a pretty big difference between the moisturizers we need in January and the ones that work for July.

Being that July is here, it’s time to discuss. For those of us who want the SPF protection and armor against aging, it can be hard to find products that won’t sweat off within the first hour of a BBQ.

To be fair, a few of the below suggestions had some close competition, but overall these scored highest on our “BNLA’s Best Ways to Face L.A.” summertime poll…

BEST DAY CREAM:

Zelens Skin Science Cellular DNA Protection Day Cream, SPF 15
Only a little dab is needed of this potent day cream. We love how it absorbs and protects against the UVA/UVB rays out here. It evens out our skin, provides a clean brightened slate for makeup. Pick it up at Space.NK in Bloomingdales Century City or http://www.blissworld.com.

BEST NECK/DECOLLETE CREAM:

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle™ Neck
Even though the fresh fragrance was popular, it was the quick-absorbing, light-weight feel of this formulation that put it over the top for us. Wearing a lot of white in summer can cause women to be weary of décolleté creams and those dreaded seat belt cleavage marks. Un-Wrinkle Neck targets the delicate skin where we’re most susceptible to sun damage and “crepe paper” texture, leaving skin smooth & toned. Available at Larchmont Beauty Center in Los Angeles or http://www.peterthomasroth.com.

BEST MIRACLE NIGHT CREAM:

ReVive Sensitif Cellular Repair Cream
This might be intended for daytime, as there’s an SPF 15 infused, but we like it for nighttime. It’s said to be “the most effective reparative cream available for fragile and dry skin.” It’s perfect on delicate skin and if used post-operatively or on recently lasered/chemically peeled skin, it helps the healing process up to 40% faster. Within weeks, we saw younger brighter skin blooming. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills Hills or http://www.saksfifthavenue.com.

BEST EYE CREAM:

Top Ten Eye by Natura Bissé
No matter what season it is, we always need effective eye cream in our beauty arsenal. Top Ten is made with Natural Elastin Amino Acids and Mucopolysaccharides to restore elasticity, reduce moisture loss and promote deep hydration. Great for any skin type, day or night. For more serious dark circles and puffiness, try Natura Bisse’s Diamond Bio-Life Eye Contour Cream. Sold at Barneys in Beverly Hills or http://www.barneys.com.

BEST TREATMENT FOR LIP LINES:

ReVive Lip & Perioral Renewal Cream
We tried not to include multiple products from the same brand, but this product is just too good not to pay our homage. A small drop of this cream blended into and around lips at night is remarkable for repairing irritations and diminishing those fine vertical wrinkles. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills.

BEST FACE SCRUB:

ExfoliKate Gentle
Kate Somerville’s scrub works gently but effectively on all skin types. It doesn’t leave our faces dry afterward or cause irritation. Cellular turnover is accelerated with Retrinyl Palmitate, leaving us looking radiant and ready to moisturize. Available at Nordstrom in The Grove, Los Angeles or http://www.katesomervile.com.

BEST ACNE SPOT TREATMENT:

iQ Derma’s Acne Spot Treatment lotion from the Clear Remedy collection
In every summer, a little zit must fall. For a targeted quick-fix, this Spot Treatment uses concentrated Benzoyl Peroxide and fruit acids to zero in on blemishes and accelerate healing. Spread a thin layer on 1 to 3 times daily for quick relief. Small enough to keep in your purse, pick up a tube at http://www.dermstore.com.

BEST HAND REVIVAL:

ZO Skin Health Oraser™ Microderm Hand Renewal
Formulated with shea and mango butter, sugar crystals, retinol and salicylic acid, this hand exfoliator quenches hands and returns them to a younger time. Just warm a dollop between palms to melt the shea butter, then scrub over hands, fingers and wrists for 30 seconds. Let it absorb for a minute – then rinse, pat dry and admire your healthy, conditioned hands. Available at Nordstrom in West Los Angeles.

Originally published July 2009
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