Skin Care

By Candice Sabatini

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Lancome scientists haven’t been resting on their laurels since the success of their Collaser-48 serum. No-sir-eee….devotees will be super psyched with the improvements of the new High Resolution Collaser-5X face and eye serums. This latest technology utilizes rice peptides, co-enzyme R and vitamin Cg to help stimulate the many types of collagen our skin has and improve skin tone. The Eye Serum also features vitamin P and caffeine to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. A winning pair!

Available: Fine Department stores and


For over 2000 years, the privileged have flocked to Hungary to enjoy both the beauty and health benefits of its healing mineral waters. Yes…. 2000 years! The Romans erected bath houses on the hot springs of Buda. (that’s the other half of Pest), which has a unique geological situation that creates thermal waters extra rich in minerals and trace elements which are soooo good for the skin.

The Hungarian skin care line, Omorovicza is the creation of two lovebirds whom when dating in Budapest, would go to the city’s most beautiful bath houses and soak up the waters. After noticing how wonderful their skin looked, research ensued, and now a collection of skin care utilizing the properties of these special waters along with today’s latest mineral cosmetology is born. The Deep Cleansing Mask provides a deep cleansing due to calcium, magnesium and clay which draws out impurities and provides antioxidants to protect skin.

Available: Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and


As long as we’re diving into thermal waters for beautiful skin, we have to tell you about Blue Lagoon skin care products. It’s no coincidence that Iceland has so many good looking people and that most of them spend time soaking in all the unique minerals of the Blue Lagoon. On my trips to Iceland, I never came home without some for myself and friends. Now available here is the complete range of Blue Lagoon products utilizing the geothermal seawater, unique silica and algae extracts to cleanse, purify and help prevent premature skin aging. Take the plunge!

Available: Exclusively at Sak’s Fifth Ave, and


As time marches on skin gets thinner, loses its radiance and brown spots appear which are all telltale signs that a woman is of “a certain age” as the French say. Brand new and just for mature skin is Nuxuriance from Nuxe which will help combat these problems with their botanically based products. These latest patented formulas created with Araucaria seeds, Bakau plant cells, Maca Root and the tetrapeptide Dermican enhances collagen levels to make skin denser, brighten skin tone which creates a younger luminosity. Three simple products, Concentrated Serum, Day Cream and a Night Cream will help reveal a more radiant you…or Mom.

Available: Henri Bendel, NYC, Beauty Collection LA, or


Alaska Glacial Mud Co.’s Glacial Facial is a purifying mineral mud masque that uses mineral-rich Alaskan mud from the Copper River Delta to detox, exfoliate and soften skin. Available in unscented, lavender-peppermint and lavender-vanilla, this gentle & natural mask left my skin feeling soft and looking refreshed, with a pesky pimple visibly reduced in size after just 20 minutes. We’ll take it!

Available: Henri Bendel or


Shiseido’s new White Lucent Eye Brightening Treatment targets dark circles with a proprietary complex chock-full of Asian plant extracts, Vitamins C & E and a luminizing powder. The effect is immediate – skin around the eye is visibly brighter though the promised lasting effects were sadly nil. Use this as a necessary pop on painful mornings and fool them all into thinking that you had a full night of beauty sleep or when re-doing makeup before a night out.

Available: Sephora stores or

Originally published May 2008

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