Skin Care

By Charu Suri

The Midas Touch: La Prairie’s Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold

Goldfinger loved it. Fort Knox protects it. King Tut is buried with it. The allure of gold spans centuries and has spawned countless tales of love and greed. Now La Prairie has set the gold standard by infusing their Radiance Technology with 24 karat gold. The $525 serum is for the lover of glamour, the woman who wants her skin more radiant than her Tiffany diamonds.

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The microemulsion also contains quartz and liquid crystals that let the skin radiate with a glow originally privy to poster actresses like Dietrich and Garbo. The serum has microspheres that deposit Hyaluronic Acid to fill wrinkles and re-plump the skin in an hour (and that’s a fact!); and peptides that lessen wrinkles caused by facial expressions.

We can’t speak more highly of this uber-gilded skincare serum. Wrinkles diminish with the speed of light, and your skin glitters. Sure, it costs a pretty penny, but isn’t your face priceless?

Skincubed: Three’s a Charm

One of the much talked about new skincare wonders on the market is Skincubed. The three products in the line use ingredients imported from Switzerland, France and Spain to create a peptide-based age-control skin care line.

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Peptides are used in several highly effective skincare products, from Olay to Neutrogena. Copper peptide is thought to be the most effective in skin regeneration, because it stimulates collagen and elastin production while acting as an anti-oxidant.

Skincubed’s Age-Defying Formula has cell-repairing peptides that boost collagen production and dramatically reduces the depth of fine lines and wrinkles. The Instant Eye Repair Formula reduces puffiness and dark circles while also stymieing fine lines and wrinkles. The Instant-Lift Peptide Formula is a botox substitute that contains GABA which immediately relaxes the skin by tapping the skin’s natural muscle relaxers. It promises instant and long-term benefits, and at $150, it sure beats botox prices!

The company is so confident in the effectiveness of their products that they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. So there’s no excuse for you not to try them. www.skincubed.com

Extra, Extra: Clinique All About Eyes Rich

Clinique’s new under-eye baggage combater offers extra hydration and a new combination of ingredients that help de-puff the thin skin beneath your eyes. Ingredients include Eyebright (an age-old plant treatment to maintain eye health), green tea extract and vitamins.

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The cream also contains lipids including cholesterol, potassium sulfate and special lipid blend that mimic the natural lipids found in the skin. The cream worked well on my puffy undereye area, and I started to observe results in three days. Clinique recommends that you use All About Eyes Rich in conjunction with All About Eyes (they are not substitutes, but complements). With this combo, you can likely kiss your dark circles and eye bags goodbye.

All About Eyes Rich will be available at Clinique counters in February 2007. www.clinique.com

Epionce Gentle Foaming Cleanser

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I love a gentle cleanser that gets rid of makeup without a fuss. And that’s why I immediately took to Epionce’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser like a fish takes to water. There is no fragrance in this friendly blend that contains natural ingredients including apple and date fruit extracts.

It contains willow bark extract that treats blemishes naturally (instead of a synthetic like salicylic acid) and helps promote cell turnover. There is also shea butter that improves hydration. The best part is that it removes makeup (especially my stubborn eye makeup) in seconds without leaving the skin feel really taut and dry. Which, on a winter’s day, is more irritating than a bad joke.
www.epionce.com

Originally published January 2007
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