Skin Care

By Betsy Aaron

In Chinese astrology, I’m a snake. In addition to a natural propensity for being content to lie about curled up until the urge to explore strikes, I like to shed my skin. Skin is the largest organ of the container we call a temple and, in addition to ridding us of toxins, when neglected acquires the superficial characteristics of dried fruit.

Exfoliation gives us the feeling of a fresh start. I learned to practice this process under the tutelage of my mother who used coarse kosher salt in the shower and scrubbed herself from top to toe. If you enjoy the sensation of being scraped raw by bits of glass, this simple, all-natural regimen is for you. However, I say a little luxury in this department yields a great sense of well-being, which in my book means happiness.

Melvita’s Extra-Soft Body Scrub, a marmalade of orange, cane sugar and apricot transports you to the sunny day when the apricots reached their peak of ripe perfection. The honeyed-texture is thick enough to remain undiluted by errant sprays of shower water yet is not overly goopy. It is finely grained, just enough to get the job done, and leaves you feeling like you live inside satin. This super gentle scrub, which smells good enough to eat, is made of natural and organic ingredients certified by ECOCERT France.

Availability: http://www.melvita.com

I applied the appeal of fruit to my face with Eminence’s Organic Skin Care Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. Oh yum: it has a luscious consistency that is midway between mousse and puree, and the delightful aroma of a savory autumnal kitchen. After ten minutes I uncovered a light, bright face that felt smoothed and soothed. Something was missing and I realized it was the normally apparent pores on my nose.

Availability: http://www.eminenceorganics.com

Juice Beauty’s Age Defying Solutions is a value-packed kit containing Green Apple Cleansing Gel, Green Apple Peel, Green Apple Antioxidant Serum, Green Apple SPF15 Moisturizer and Green Apple Antioxidant Moisturizer. The products are light, readily absorbed and deliver results: firmness that feels soft rather than tight. The scent is light apple juice –which makes sense since the main ingredient is antioxidant-packed organic juice. Feeding your face with this diet of green apples might be the easiest way to pack the power of fruit into your daily routine.

Availability: http://www.juicebeauty.com

Emerge Labs Swiss Apple Stem Cell Serum and Grape Solar Stem Cell Protection Cream with SPF 30 are creamier in consistency and therefore feel a bit more indulgent though the white packaging makes the inside of your bathroom cabinet look lab-like. Both products are readily absorbed, feel comfy on and do leave your face looking firm and glowing. I don’t have a degree in biochemistry so I can’t explain exactly how stem cells perform, I can only attest to the fact that they definitely do.

Availability: http://www.emergeskincare.com and at Metamorphosis Day Spa

If you can, invest in gold. Chantecaille Nano Gold Firming Treatment is deeply moisturizing without leaving any greasy residue. The treatment promises to reduce deep wrinkles by 45% and hydrate skin for up to 24 hours. In addition to the energizing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties of gold, hydrating ingredients include botanicals like linden tree extract and anti-aging Swiss Apple Uttwiler Spatlauber stem cells. Though I was raised on the simplest of natural ingredients, I would make this treatment my gold standard in an instant.

Availability: http://www.Chantecaille.com and at Barneys New York.

Originally published October 2010
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