Skin Care

By Amanda Vasilikos

Mom will go wild over all these delightful spring picks in our skincare goody bag – our biggest yet! And each one of these treats is perfect for you to show off the best item in your wardrobe: your birthday suit. Yes, happy skin is beautiful skin.

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Apparently, the word on the street is that Cleo, the indigenous Italian skincare line that has reared its pretty head in the United States, is on the verge of a sell out on drugstore.com. So, of course when I tried the Red Fruits Shower Cream, I was intrigued. But true to its reputation, the line did not disappoint. I instantly loved the frothy lather that seemed endless, and the lovely aroma. Plus the moisturizing effects of the yogurt formula were as palpable as clear weather. Get your Cleo fix at drugstore.com. It’s really economical on the wallet too!

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Now, how sweet is your sweet spot? No, really, I ask you. Your sweet spot. AKA, your betty. If you’re embarrassed to answer, you should log on right away to the company that is making women’s sweet spots much “sweeter.” Special Ph-balanced washes, spritzes and wipes scented with the alcohol-free oils make Sweet Spot Labs a pioneer and treasure in its field. After showering with the Citrus Galbanum gentle wash, I was a convert. Now my betty’s not looking back! www.sweetspotlabs.com.

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If you want one of the best anti-aging skincare sets on the market (yes, we realize the word “anti-aging” is as common as H2O these days), turn to Erno Laszlo’s transforming TranspHuse Surgiceutical™ Skincare set, launched exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue this month. The set includes the new TranspHuse pHixation, a concentrated formula that attacks those pesky wrinkles, and TranspHuse Lip pHixation, which is a powerful lip enhancer and reparative (Angelina Jolie fans, take note. This works!). The set contains my favorite product too: an undereye cream par excellence. In three days, my puffy eyes and dark circles disappeared like a bad dream. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue or at www.ernolaszlo.com.

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Like a visit to an herb garden, Elemis Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow will lift your spirits, exfoliate your skin, and send you into a zone of truly exotic aromas. The unusual combination is calming, moisturizing and exfoliating. Try it after a particularly stressful day at work or or with the kids. www.timetospa.com.

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Of all the shower creams and gels that my bathtub has seen over the years, the Bath and Body Works’ Ile de Tahiti line is probably in my top three. The Moana Body Wash in Coconut Vanille transports you to the icy blue waters of Tahiti in an instant; plus the cool blue bottle captures the azure shade of the seas better than words can. Drench your skin with the Inu Body Lotion with Tamanu nut and Monoi oils post shower, and finally, dress your skin in a delicate shimmer from the Pearl Shimmer spray. The essential oils are moisturizing, and the fragrance is subtle without being overpowering. If I could, I would buy a lifetime’s supply!
www.bathandbodyworks.com.

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Ice cream while you shower? Sure! A scoop of cranberry fig that relaxes you without giving you calories? Sign us up. Products from ME! Bath ended up delighting the kid in us. A scoop of bath ice cream fizzes in the water and releases essential oils that soothe and moisturize the skin, plus the delicious exfoliating Shower Sherbert turns bath time into candy land. For mom, the ME! Bath Ice Cream Gift Set will let her forget her stress completely. Visit www.mebath.com for more ice cream flavors and indulge!

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The Warming Eucalyptus & Ginger Body Scrub by Molton Brown may carry a scent reminiscent of Vicks VapoRub products but the body treatment will leave your skin feeling tingly and warm all over. The scrub consists of eucalyptus oil, exfoliating sea salts and root ginger. www.moltonbrown.co.uk.

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East African Shea Butter by Sheaterra Organics is an exotic and olfactory treat for your skin. Organic and rich, it contains only vitellaria paradoxa, or pure African shea butter. The Moroccan Mint Vanilla body lotion is so unique in its fragrance, you’ll really want more than a bottleful of its goodness. Log onto www.sheaterraorganics.com or call (877) 427-6627.

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Nivea’s Q10 Gentle Spa Microdermabrasion Kit is perfect for the woman on the go. This simple three-step process contains the Pre-Treatment Cleanser (delicately purifies skin for microdermabrasion), Microdermabrasion Gel (gently removes impurities), and Post-Treatment Balm (revitalizes skin’s youthful appearance. We recommend using the system morning or night, two to three times a week. Results are not as instant as a magician’s trick, but your skin will feel refreshed after each use. Available at www.drugstore.com

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The results are in. Wine is good for you, in every sense! d’vine vinotherapy’s light Chablis moisturizer is the perfect example: it contains wine and grape seed extracts. Use once or twice daily on clean skin and reap the benefits of this antioxidant-rich blend that stimulates collagen production while preventing aging.

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The Rosé Champagne gel, with its fragrant notes of wine, tones and tightens the skin. On lighter skin tones, this product gives a rosy hue to the skin. Ingredients include whey protein powder and aloe, a great cocktail that protects skin and promotes tissue elasticity.

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The Apéritif mist is especially geared toward dehydrated skin and like other d’vine vinotherapy products, has the fragrance of a graceful glass of wine. Use once or twice daily on clean skin (indulge both your face and neck). Visit www.dvineinc.com for more information.

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Earth Therapeutics’ Peace Potion Salt Scrub is chock full of relaxing chamomile and lavender. The herbal exfoliant contains mineral rich salts in an oil base which nourishes the skin while washing away impurities and dead skin cells.

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And what nude body would be completed without perfect hands? Earth Therapeutics re-introduced their famous Gardener’s Hand Repair, and we’re so happy they did. Living up to its triple promise to moisturize, repair and protect dry skin, this rich cream contains a blend of plant extracts, therapeutic oatmeal and shea butter and alpa-hydroxy acids. www.earththerapeautics.com.

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A totally fresh approach to anti-aging is what ULTIM.k brings to the beauty closet with its new killtime line that uses sunflower pollen extract in its formulation. The anti-wrinkle cream offers a bounty of goodness, from hydrating, firming, toning and oxygenating the skin. Plus the really zingy sensation the cream leaves on your face is terrific. www.beautyexclusive.com/ultimk.html

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Bikini season has a new best friend: Dermelect’s Lipo-Contour Body Toning Cream. The intensely pleasing fragrance combined with a no-nonsense cellulite fighting cocktail of vitamins makes this cream a real winner. In one week, I found a definite difference in the tone of my skin and with continued use, my cellulite condition improved tenfold. Plus, this blend doesn’t tingle the skin like other cellulite creams. Visit www.dermelect.com.

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MD Skincare’s Hydra-Pure Body Cream enhances collagen production in layers of the skin and glides over smoothly, giving your skin that luxurious feeling. Ingredients include Oenothera Biennis (evening primrose oil), which is usually used to alleviate symptoms of PMS, eczema and arthritis, and Vitamin A (Retinol), which plays an important role in vision and cell division of the body. The body cream increases water content in the skin and gives your largest organ one oasis of a thirst quencher. www.mdskincare.com.

Originally published May 2007
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