Skin Care

By Candice Sabatini

I know you’ve been taking care not to damage your skin this summer by slathering on high SPF cream daily, haven’t you? Well, sometimes, some of those nasty damaging UV rays get through, and then combined with the damage of sunny days past, plus stress and pollution, which all damage collagen and elastin, you’ve got yourself some serious aging to repair. To the rescue is the brand new Repairwear Laser Focus from Clinique. I met with the Clinique scientists at their offices and learned how UV accelerates the aging process, causing damage deep into cellular DNA and releasing free radicals. It’s not a pretty picture and results in lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. The new Laser Focus serum is a blend of UV repairing enzymes, wrinkle reducing peptides and other anti-aging ingredients such as vitamins C&E and amino acids to help fight free radicals. I’ve been using the serum for about two months now and happily report a lessening of the wrinkles on the outer corners of my eyes.

So while we’ve been lolling about in the sun for years damaging the dermis, the Clinique scientists have been hard at work in their lab figuring out how to fix it. Thanks guys!

Available: Fine department stores, http://www.clinique.com

When they said, “Everything old is new again”, they may have been referring to Eight Body Moisture. The cream, created in 1944 by Wanda Burns, a Rosie-the-Riveter type heroine whose dry skin really suffered due to all the hours she worked in an airplane hangar during WW11 supporting our troops. Now, her daughter Vicki has tweaked the emollient formula and gave it an upgrade which is now a skin softening system that consists of first dry brushing the skin all over with the special brush, showering with the body wash, exfoliating with the sugar scrub and finally, slathering the body lotion on all over. It contains a host of oils such as jojoba, vitamin E, aloe vera, and evening primrose, amongst many others. Your skin will feel incredibly soft to the touch, and the dry brushing increases circulation and gets you revved! And for those of you that use self tanners, Eight Body Moisture will make sure there’s not a flake left on ya’ which will ensure an even application. Select in either lavender or ginger lime scent.

Available: http://www.eightbodymoisture.com

What’s better than a plain moisturizer with SPF 30? How about one that also contains hyaluronic acid which attracts water to the top layer of the skin keeping it hydrated, along with other ingredients that aid essential fatty acid production, and is sold inexpensively at your local drugstore? Here it is, from CeraVe, the new AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion that gives skin UVA and UVB protection from the sun and other UV radiation, such as your computer screen, using micronized zinc oxide. I like that is absorbs quickly, isn’t sticky or shiny and doesn’t interfere with makeup application.

Available: Major drugstore chains and http://www.cerave.com

So you’re careful to apply the SPF on your face – good job! But did you forget something? What’s the point in insuring a young looking smooth complexion if you’re not doing the same thing for your hands? You do know that our hands give away age as much as our faces do, don’t you? This summer, I’m addicted to Artistry Essential Hand Treatment SPF 15. This broad spectrum UVA/UVB protective cream melts into skin quickly and hydrates, yet doesn’t leave my hands sticky. It contains antioxidants and a brightening complex to keep hands looking bright. Keep a tube in your handbag and use often!

Available: http://www.artistrybeauty.com

Originally published August 2010
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