Skin Care

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

You gotta love wintertime. Pretty white frosting on all the trees, warm snuggles on the couch as the flakes fall outside your windowpane, bulky sweaters for hiding those extra few pounds. Ahhhh. How nice. But short of wearing a bag over your head and going for multiple paraffin baths every day, combating the dryness caused by harsh winter air can be challenging. Fortunately, I had the pleasure of sampling some of the best eye creams and face moisturizers on the market today and suffice it to say, I kicked some harsh winter ass this year!

Josie Maran Argan Day + Night Eye Cream

I absolutely loved using the innovatively packaged Josie Maran Argan Day + Night Cream. In one convenient double sided package, you can look younger during the day and fight aging while you sleep. This ultra-lightweight Argan-oil infused Day Cream diminishes the appearance of darkness and fine lines. Perhaps people were trying to be be subtle about my looking preggers (I’m not) but people were literally stopping me to tell me I was ‘glowing’. The added bonus is the fact that it helps hold eye makeup in place for the entire day. Its alter-ego, the intensely hydrating Argan Night Cream, reduces puffiness, sagging and wrinkles in the eye area while antioxidants protect the delicate surrounding eye tissue from further damage. Visit http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com or http://www.sephora.com to purchase.

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm

I literally had flakes and dry patches all around my eyes a few months ago and applying concealer underneath my sleep-deprived eyes was next to impossible. Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm completely changed all that. This rich yet lightweight moisturizing and soothing balm for the eye area, formulated with the revolutionary antiaging ingredient alguronic acid, diminishes signs of aging and fatigue while rejuvenating and hydrating the eye area. Allow me to get technical…it’s formulated with advanced skin bioactives, including caffeine, vitamin C, cucumber extract, and alguronic acid, a unique, patent-pending compound from microalgae. This rare ingredient was discovered unexpectedly by a biotechnology laboratory in San Francisco, CA, focused on researching renewable energy solutions. Yada, yada…it really works. Visit http://www.qvc.com.

Immunocologie

Snake Venom anyone? The folks at Immunocologie aren’t messing around, and when it comes to anti-aging, they mean serious business. Their new, revolutionary Treatment Crème VenoMax™ contains VenoMAX™, a complex that actually mimics snake venom activity. This proprietary complex of anti-inflammatory ingredients synergistically inhibits the activation of NF-kB, a key mediator in inflammation and aging. Enhanced by their exclusive Bio-Fermentation™ process, this luxurious, ultra-rich crème allows skin to take on Immunocologie’s signature glow. The price tag might widen your eyes a bit but your skin will be so velvety soft, radiantly glowing, even-toned and young looking, you simply won’t care. To learn more, visit http://www.immunocologie.com or Warren-Tricomi Salon in Manhattan.

Orlane Eye Makeup Remover Lotion

When I complained to the lady at the makeup counter that the skin around my eyes was flaking up, she surprisingly didn’t whip out any eye creams. Instead, she rushed me over to a selection of eye makeup removers (and yelled at me for using…gasp….water and face wash to take off my shadow, liner and mascara). And when it comes to eye makeup remover, you really can’t get much better than Orlane. This mild lotion gently removes all traces of make-up from your lashes and eyelids. And unlike other eye makeup removers, Orlane’s leaves the delicate skin around your eyes soft. It’s enriched with cornflower and chamomile floral waters for their soothing properties and the witch hazel decongests the area, making eyes look bright and refreshed. It’s fragrance-free, ophthalmologically tested and suitable for contact lens wearers. Visit http://www.orlane.com.

I used to retreat into a cocoon during the winter months, with 5 extra pounds, chapped hands and flaking skin around the eyes. But with this new arsenal of eye creams that actually work, I won’t have to wait till springtime to emerge as a butterfly.

Originally published February 2012
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