Skin can get too oily, blotchy from the sun or dry from sunburn during summer. So I really try to take care of my skin this time each year. Here are some amazing skin care ideas to help with your skin troubles.
We’ve heard that certain things don’t mix, with oil and water being at the top of that list. In the first step toward beautiful skin, BABOR Cosmetics has a tried and true method that mixes the two perfectly. The brand successfully combines the natural cleansing power of oil and water to create a unique signature bi-phase system that ensures a mild but thorough deep-cleansing experience.
HY-ÖL ($32 USD), the brands signature product first introduced in 1955, is a gentle plant-based hydrophilic (water loving) cleansing oil formulated with pure herbal ingredients and free from preservatives. Suitable for all skin types, this cleansing oil base contains vitamin E to help trap free radicals while bisabolol calms the skin. This multi-purpose product can be used as an eye makeup remover and is meant to be paired with a Phytoactive (a water-soluble cleanser) such as the one designed for combination skin.
Phytoactive Combination ($28 USD) is the second-phase of the BABOR CLEANSING experience formulated to regulate and normalize oily and combination skin. When applied with the HY-ÖL, this herbal extract works to refine pores, regulate sebum production and calm irritation. Elderberry and witch hazel calm and soothe skin while sage and guaiazulene inhibit bacteria and inflammation.
PHASE 1: Massage three pumps of HY-ÖL onto the skin.
PHASE 2: Immediately apply two pumps of Phytoactive Combination on top and massage the two cleansers together. Add water, massage and rinse off. A wash cloth may be used, if desired.
What I think: I for one love a good cleansing oil. Some people can be afraid of using oil on the face, but it is great for all skin types (even oily). I love this system. I follow the steps above, and after a few weeks of use I find that instantly, my face is clean and refreshed without being too dry. The HY-ÖL is also wonderful by itself as an eye makeup remover! Available at www.babor.com and select spas nationwide.
Radical Skincare ‘s Age Defying Exfoliating Pads ($95 USD). Summer heat often has extreme effects on the skin, either causing dry flaky patches or nasty oily pores. Radical Skincare founders Liz and Rachel Edlich have created the Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads designed to help you remove that run-down top layer of skin, exposing soft beautiful skin. The Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads also combat summers’ effects on aging skin resulting in improved skin firmess and texture. Exclusively sold at Barneys, Radical Skincare ‘s Age Defying Exfoliating Pads are an extreme answer to and extreme problem.
What I think: This is a gentle, but effective exfoliator. I use one each night and it makes my skin glow without any irritation! This is for the person who doesn’t want a harsh exfoliator, but needs one that works! After a couple of weeks using this, my skin looks clearer and my enlarged pores look smaller! Visit www.radicalskincare.com to learn more!
Kate Somerville CytoCell P299 Oil Free Anti-Wrinkle Serum ($95 USD) — This concentrated treatment serum utilizes P299™, a scientifically advanced stem technology Polypeptide, to diminish the look of wrinkles and help fight the signs of aging by activating the natural renewal process that strengthens skin. Additional anti-aging ingredients—including Hyaluronic Acid and Marine Algae Extracts—not only even out the appearance, but also restore essential hydration. The result is a healthy-looking, radiant complexion that is unbelievably smooth.
- P299™ is a scientifically proven active ingredient that helps stimulate the production of healthy skin
- A blend of three advanced Peptides is designed to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles
- An advanced Moisturizing Complex maintains optimal hydration levels and helps restore the skin’s natural capacity to retain moisture.
- Oil-free formula is ideal for all skin types.
Results from an Independent Clinical Study include:
- In just 2 weeks, 77% of women showed improved skin elasticity and firmness
- In just 4 weeks, 91% of women showed a significant increase in moisture
- In just 4 weeks, 77% women said their skin’s overall appearance was improved and healthier-looking
- In just 4 weeks, CytoCell is proven to refine skin texture, improving the smoothness and luminosity of the skin
What I think: This is an extremely moisturizing serum, but is not heavy at all. I have been using it every night for a few weeks and really have seen a difference in my skin! The dry parts of my skin are more moisturized and my skin looks clearer and brighter. I also think it has been helping with my fine lines on my forehead. You can purchase it at www.katesomerville.com.
Avon ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate ($45 USD) — ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate,with patentedYouthGen™ Technologyis a skincare breakthrough serum that helps you look up to 10 years younger.* Genics Treatment Concentrate can be used with any skincare regimen.
Avon is the first with patentedYouthGen™ Technology– designed to stimulate the Youth Gene to help skin cells act younger.** Anew Genics Treatment Concentrate is also designed with carrot and soy extract to help stimulate a youth protein.
ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate is formulated with 2X the YouthGen™ Technology of Genics Treatment Cream and provides the following dramatic results:
• Skin looks and feels firmer*
• Boosts skin’s moisture by up to 165%
• Expressions lines appear softer*
IN 2 WEEKS:
• Plumps the look of wrinkles*
• Dramatically reduces the appearance of discolorations*
IN 8 WEEKS:
• Look up to 10 years younger
*Based on a consumer perception study of women 45-59. **Based on in vitro testing.
What I think: This has been my morning serum for that past couple of weeks because it is very light and soaks right in. I love the instant brightness my skin receives when I use this. My skin has been looking plumper and smoother lately, too. I also love the price of this amazing serum. I highly recommend it!
To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visitwww.avon.com.