Back when I started in the skin care biz our focus was on classic methods of touch that were used for healing and cleansing the skin to keep it healthy, today it seems that the skin trade is growing at the speed of sound… one can barely keep up with all of the advances. Even with all the newfangled ingredients, treatments and procedures I still like to err on the side of caution and treat skin kindly after all it is the only one we’ve got!. Lately I notice that most of my clients who partake in major peels elsewhere or who were applying various cocktails of skin sloughing ingredients had far more issues with their skin than the ones who were using gentler products I recommended to treat what ailed them. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t exfoliate, but be sure that you do your research and don’t overdo- meaning if you are looking red or feeling burning, itching, dry, or scaly… step away from the exfoliator!. Recently a whole new crop of anti-aging ingredients and products are making their splash here’s a run down.
By now you have heard of Resveratrol the latest anti-oxidant compound found in wine, peanuts, blueberries, mulberries and grapes that promises to stimulate collagen production and increase skins firmness. It’s being touted as a wonder ingredient, though the jury is still out, you can try it for yourself in Caudalie’s Premier Cru La Crème. www.sephora.com
Quercetin is another powerful anti-oxidant that improves tone and firmness. It derived from the bark of oak trees and is said to help encourage the growth of healthy cells to keep skin looking younger longer. Try Korres Quercetin & Oak night cream. www.korresusa.com
One of the hottest enzymes for repairing sun damage or acne scarring is Activin Boosters. By adding a bit of boosters to a topical product it will help speed up the healing process so that the body rids itself of the damaged cells faster than usual. Try Avon Anew Reversalist Serum. www.avon.com
Though it’s been around for a bit, Prevage’s latest- Ultra Protection Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 combines the powerful anti-oxidant Idebenone with spf’s to help neutralize free radicals and counter act the suns rays all at the same time! Saks Fifth Ave
Over the summer the big buzz in the skin care trade was the new Blinc microdermabrasion stick for at home use, though I gave it a whirl I was concerned about the abrasiveness on my lily- white skin now Reversital 3 in 1 Microdermastick has come out with a compact stick in a hydrating cream base that’s gentle and not messy, it’s a good DIY substitute when you can’t get an appointment with your regular skin professional. www.reversital.net
So when it comes to trying some of these latest and greatest skin innovations proceed with caution… and remember you can have too much of a good thing!