Skin Care

By Yelena Moroz

Drink lots of water, apply moisturizer and lip balm with spf…blah, blah, blah. When it comes to protecting your skin against aging, you are armed with the basics. But did you know that around the age of 25, collagen production starts to dwindle? And since collagen makes up 75% of our skin, you want to do everything possible to keep its production going. So if you’re still smoking, now is the time to call it quits. Each puff depletes your body of valuable Vitamin C that works wonders when it comes to skin immunity and renewal.

Your lifestyle is the key to staying young – eat well, exercise and avoid stress, and, of course, take care of your skin with these finds!

Start each morning with a glass of OJ, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster and Lumene Vitamin C+ Invigorating Eye Serum – all three are packed with immunity boosting, collagen-building Vitamin C. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum’s invigorating citrus-scented formula uses grapefruit and orange extracts to brighten complexion, while the 10% Vitamin C helps smooth out lines and works hard to prevent wrinkles. Antioxidants green tea extract and Vitamin E help fight free radicals and improve hydration. The serum feels a bit slippery, so a little goes a long way. Apply both morning and night, and don’t forget the often neglected neck.

Thinning of the skin is another sign of aging, the last place you want to start sagging is the already delicate skin around the eyes. We give Lumene A++ for its Vitamin C+ Invigorating Eye Serum. Its main ingredient, Arctic cloudberry is super (one berry contains twice then Vitamin C of an orange 10 times its size!). The roller applicator reduces dark circles and puffiness. Try their Day Cream SPF 15, as well.

Ole Henriksen available at sephora.com and http://www.olehenriksen.com
Lumene available at CVS stores, http://www.ulta.com and http://www.cvs.com

No doubt you’re leading an eventful life, but the last beauty regime you want to skip is sun protection. Fear not, busy girl, Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster works as primer, sunscreen, and even face mask. This multifunctional anti-fatigue cream preps your skin by moisturizing, lifting, and minimizing lines. Not only will it set your makeup, the SPF 15 formula protects against UVA/UVB rays; and since 80% of skin aging is linked to photoaging from sun exposure, you want to keep this Beauty Booster in your bag at all times.

Available http://www.Bloomingdales.com and http://www.Nordstrom.com

The sun’s UV light actually damages elastin, the fibers responsible for skin’s ability to snap back, as it breaks down, wrinkles forms and sagging increases. Then there is gravity…clearly, all the natural forces ganged up against you. Don’t fret, La Fresh will wipe these worries away with Sunblock SPF30 Towlettes. Apply wipes all over, but especially to neck, chest and upper arms area. The convenient packets are perfect for on-the-go adventures. And at $1 a piece, you have no excuse to slack on sun protection.

Available http://www.lafreshgroup.com

Sing A Hard Days Night as you apply Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Skin Firming Night Creme and fight aging with antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract that protects the skin with polyphenols. By now you know that sleep is key to repairing the body, why not optimize the recovery process by making sure that you restore skin’s firmness along the way (thank white birth bark that’s in the formula). Unlike many night creams, Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless is not at all greasy, in fact, it absorbs right away leaving only a sweet scent to lull you into beauty sleep. Best of all, it’s 98.99% natural.

Available: http://www.burtsbees.com and http://www.walgreens.com

Drum roll, please. The makers of infamous nose strips have unveiled, Bioré Skin Preservation, a new line dedicated to address “transitional skin” i.e. skin care for the 20s and 30s. Boost your glowing factor with Bioré Even Smoother Microderm Exfoliator, which slathers off dead skin, leaving a polished look. The alumina crystals work like a tiny army to remove dull cells. Ingredients shea butter and white tea extract add the final touches to a healthy, restored look. Most importantly, a clean surface is vital for absorption of serums and moisturizers mentioned above. That said, don’t forget to take care of the rest of your body. Incorporate Noah’s Natural Body Acai Body Polish and Cream. The benefits of this exotic Brazilian super fruit go beyond drinking it in smoothies: when applied topically, acai has amazing renewing and antioxidant properties (10 times more than red wine!) Start of with Noah’s Acai Body Polish that uses coconut oil to smooth and hydrate skin. Then finish off with the body cream that will leave your skin supple and deliciously scented.

Noah’s Naturals available at http://www.noahsnaturals.com
Bioré available at Duane Reade

Originally published June 2009
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