Skin Care

By Candice Sabatini

I love it when I can not only do good things for my skin, but I can do a world of good at the same time. And so, my sisters in skin care, I proudly present you with some terrific products from companies who want to help make the world a better and healthier place while helping make us a little more beautiful at the same time. Sometimes shopping is a really good thing!

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The Lauder Foundation of Estee Lauder, a most charitable beauty company, is hosting a round of events this fall with one goal – to “Win the Fight Against Breast Cancer”. Events will include illuminating hundreds of famous landmarks in pink lights and engaging corporate partners, government officials, celebrities and the media to spread the word about the life saving importance of early detection. Additionally, La Mer and Origins, two Estee Lauder owned company’s, will create special editions of their products next month and a portion of all sales will go towards to the Breast Cancer Awareness fund.

The famous Creme de la Mer has its own cult following and now its devotee’s can help a great cause by stocking up on their favorite Miracle Cream. The fabulous crème has amazing properties that moisturize, firm and make lines and pores less visible and I love that it’s gentle enough for the eye area as well. If you’re one of the few who has never tried it, you can’t consider yourself an official skin care aficionado. So this is the perfect time to indulge! Available at fine department stores like Saks Fifth Ave, Bergdorf Goodman and www.cremedelamer.com

Lend a helping hand while you soften your own with Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment by Origins. With ingredients like meadowfoam seed oil, oceanic flora and rose of Jericho, your hands will be smooth and the skin tone will be evened out. The 2.5 ounce plastic tube is the size of my cell phone and fits nicely into my overstuffed handbag. Available at fine department stores like Bloomingdales and at www.origins.com.

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Every fall, I walk five miles in Central Park for Breast Cancer prevention and afterwards, my tootsies can use some TLC. This year, I’ll use Foot Works by Avon for that. This combo package of foot cream paired with a pair of cute socks with the breast cancer awareness pink ribbon logo trim is adorable and budget friendly. The socks are a perfect stocking stuffer that will keep you from sliding across the room, while the foot crème softens tired feet overnight. The cost for the set is only $7.50 and a very generous donation of $5.10 will go to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Charity. www.AvonFoundation.org www.Avon.com.

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Take Sonya Dakar with you on your next flight (Gwyneth and Drew do!) and she’ll make sure your skin doesn’t look as leathery as those new airline seats. Sonya’s created a handy Pink Jet Set Travel Kit – available for normal, sensitive and problem skin – and a portion of its sales will go to Breast Cancer Research. In FAA approved bottles, this limited edition set in a sweet pink travel bag contains a Facial Wash, Seaweed Liposome Gel and Hydrasoft Lotion. The zippy kit is roomy enough to hold some of your other travel essentials too. www.sonyadakar.com

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Skin care is not only the lotions and potions we slather on ourselves sweetie, but also it’s the Neutraceuticals we consume that contain vitamins and minerals necessary to make us gorgeous from within.

Well, no one has yet to come up with a cosmetic cupcake yet (though I’m still hoping) but Ecco Bella comes pretty darn close to giving a warm, fuzzy feeling with guilt free sweets. These yummy chocolate bars are chock full of nutrients and portions of sales from their Bliss Bar (healthy skin), Beautiful Bones Bar (calcium) and Women’s Wonder Bar (for that time of the month or menopause) will go towards the Friends of Animals Foundation. Available at health food retailers or www.eccobella.com.

Who said soda was bad for you? The bubbly, delicious airforce Radiant Nutrisoda in a trendy pink can is flavored with pomegranate and blackberry, and jam packed with vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and nutrients which help make skin beautiful. What is doesn’t contain is calories, sodium or aspartame. A portion of the sales from Radiant go to the Dress for Success Program which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged women achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, support networks and career development skills. I’ll drink to that! www.nutrisoda.com.

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Calm down…. and make peace with your skin. Sensitive skin that gets ruddy, has roseacea, eczema or is dry and scaly will feel a lot better when Epoch Calming Touch by Nu Skin is applied. It’s formulated with many plant based ingredients, like jewelweed and yarrow, which has been used for centuries by Native American Indians. A portion of each purchase is donated to Nu Skin’s Force for Good Foundation whose mission is to create a better world for children by improving their lives and continuing indigenous cultures and protecting fragile environments around the globe. www.nuskin.com.

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Using ocean water as a key ingredient, Kenreki Crème by C’Watre Oceanic Skincare helps even out complexions, minimize discolorations and promote collagen production while hydrating and smoothing skin with over 70 minerals from the sea. C’Watre supports the Make A Wish Foundation and the Coalition for Clean Air. Oh and some of its swimmingly famous users are Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Oh and Jennifer Hudson. Available in NYC at Spa Ja www.spaja.com and online www.cwatre.com.

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Organic cosmetic lovers unite! Avalon Organics is committed to creating organic, paraben free cosmetics at stay-within-the-budget prices. Avalon Organics has always supported the Breast Cancer Fund and this year is creating the Avalon Organics Heroes Challenge which is a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Their COQ10 Cleansing Milk with lavender is good for normal to dry skin. It removed all traces of my make-up, including mascara, without irritating my eyes and left my skin nice and soft. www.avalonorganics.com

Now, get out there and shop…..and make the world a better place while you make yourself more beautiful!

Originally published September 2007
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