Skin Care

By Candice Sabatini

Back in the day, Erno Laszlo Skin Care was the preferred brand of the rich, famous and beautiful such as Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Jackie O and Cary Grant. Fast forward to today and the line is still an iconic favorite with celebs such as Madonna, Barbra Streisand and even Sting. Though as cosmetic technology has changed and advanced, so has Laszlo. However, one item that’s always been at the core of its essence is water. Clients were advised to splash their faces 30 times which not only cleansed, but also accelerated cell renewal, aided natural exfoliation and plumped the skin. Today the tradition continues with the latest products.

Laszlo Blue is based on the concept of water attraction and two of the newest products are Firmarine Lift Serum which contains a high 5% concentration of Spirulina Maxima, a bio-marine ingredient that has over 70 amino acids as well as essential minerals, powerful antioxidants, lactic acid, vitamin A, and too many others to list here. Not only does this quickly absorbing serum hydrate and smooth, it also increases circulation, and encourages new collagen production. And I’ll take all the collagen I can get thankyouverymuch. Firmarine Eye Therapy also contains Spirulina Maxima, along with vitamins E and C, lactic acid, lysine and glycerin just to name a few.

These smooth as silk serums dry really quickly and I love how my skin feels tightened and plumped after application. I also love the new packaging which is not only pretty, but easy to use and keeps the product fresh and bacteria out.

Available: Saks Fifth Ave, and http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Weather-wise, February is the cruelest month. It’s just too damn cold. Looking at spring clothes doesn’t inspire me as I schlep the streets in either rubber or shearling boots, and my skin cries out for moisture, moisture and more moisture. The only shining star is Valentine’s Day, and while for some that means chocolate, for me, it means caviar. I could consume it by the pound if the budget allowed. Now, thanks to Elizabeth Grant’s Caviar Skin Mask, I can have moisturized skin and a little caviar too. Okay, I can’t eat it, but this little jar of creaminess hydrates and smoothes my face so beautifully, I’m thrilled even without my fave snack. The mask a perfect pre-bedtime ritual – apply, wait 20 minutes, and watch an episode of Gossip girl. Kelly Rutherford keeps her dry, sensitive skin in check with this mask too! Along with caviar, which contains lots of omega 3 fatty acids, the cream contains natural olive and avocado oils, vitamins A, B, D & E and other ingredients which will make your skin forget it’s icy cold out there. We’ve got another eight weeks of winter; don’t let your skin suffer!

Available: http://www.elizabethgrant.com

Dr. Gram Skin Care, created by Dr. Bernard Gramlich, has been keeping my skin super soft and hydrated this winter. Don’t be fooled by the simple regimen of cleanse, scrub and moisturize. As a compounding pharmacist, he has worked with many physicians and dermatologists to create prescription skin care products for their patients, and then took that experience to create his own line of skin care that combines natural, organic and pharmaceutical grade ingredients that deliver results. My skin likes the products in the Daily line, and those with acne will want to try the Clarifying products. His formulas are created using antioxidants, vitamins and moisturizers that support collagen and elastin production, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, are anti-inflammatory and protects skin from premature aging. The line is perfect for you as well as the man in your life!

Available: http://www.dermstore.com

Originally published February 2011
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