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The Times – Top skincare products

Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2009 by LPB

My personal views on Times fashion team’s picks:

1) Prescriptives Super Line Preventor

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Protective barrier serum that helps to give the skin an even texture; cocktail of targeted antioxidants that diminishes the look of lines and wrinkles by up to 54%.

Armed with Super Antioxidant System (SAS), it defends against the visible aging effects of free radicals triggered by environmental assaults both immediately after exposure and again up to 72 hours later. It helps strengthen skin and boost its natural defenses by helping skin bolster its collagen production to improve visible skin tone, radiance and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

I prefer Estee Lauder’s  Advance Night Repair.

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This comprehensive, high-performance anti-aging serum ( inspired by groundbreaking DNA research ) helps continuously repair the appearance of past damage, prevent future damage and deliver high levels of hydration.

This advanced formula – with 20 patents worldwide – includes Chronolux™ Technology, neutralizes up to 90%* of environmentally generated free radicals before they can affect skin’s appearance ; creates the optimal environment for repair with nature’s long-proven moisture magnet – Hyaluronic Acid ; soothes daily irritation and builds a rich anti-oxidant reserve to help replenish skin’s natural protectants.

2) Neal’s Yard rose water toner

Inexpensive, natural toner that helps to freshen up and tighten the skin.

Rose water  is an effective, exhilarating freshener that not only tones the skin but also lifts the spirit. Neal’s Yard is the most economic i had tried ; Aromatherapy Associates has a damask rose facial toner ;  Amanda Lacey & Chantecaille  both have luxurious rose tonics ( almost pure rose distillate ).

Neil’s Yard rose water contains alcohol and strictly speaking, it’s aloe juice with rose essential oil.

3) Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

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Helps to reduce the depth of wrinkles and hydrates the skin to give the face a plumped-up, youthful glow.This revolutionary Anti-Ageing cream uses the Marine extract Padina Pavonica to transform the complexion in just over 2 weeks. Trials proved that the appearance in wrinkle depth was reduced by up to 78% and that hydration was increased by up to 45%. Skin firmness and elasticity are dramatically increased, whilst providing superior free radical protection.

Collagen is a great moisture magnet, but i don’t believe topical application of collagen enriched skin cream could revive/enhance collagen production in the dermis. I prefer creams with retinoids, peptides, alpha hydroxy acids.

4) Jurlique Biodynamic Beauty Serum

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A lightweight serum made from biodynamic ingredients ; Rich in the living energy of organic Black Elder and Licorice, this serum helps fade discolorations and brightens skin for increased radiance ; Beech Tree Buds, Hibiscus and Yeast help strengthen the skin.

Jurlique’s biodynamic serum leaves a matt finish due to the presence of starch and i don’t find it nourishing enough. Biodynamic? Sounds more like a marketing scam.

5) Eve Lom Kiss Mix

Compact lip treatment which moisturises lips and gives a dewy, subtle sheen. One application lasts a long time.

My favorite! ( at least one of ) – dense enough for protection and nourishment , yet light enough for comfort; It’s also quite “minty” on application; The only complaint is you have to dip your finger into the pot……

6) Natura Bissé facial cleansing gel + AHA

A refreshing, wash-off, gel cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids that leaves your face clean without any drying effects.

I prefer Dermalogica’s age smart version.

7) Vaishaly night cream

A light yet very nourishing night cream that is easily and hygenically dispensed from a nifty press pump.

I enjoy using Vaishaly’s product; no hypes, simple rituals, delicate scents, good enough to eat ingredients……

8) Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Extremely gentle exfoliant that can be used every day for a brighter-looking appearance.

As I use Eve Lom’s cleanser with polishing cloth, i find this unnecessary ; However, powdery paste like Dermalogica’s  daily microfoliant  is less abrasive when skin is blemished/irritated/inflammed. Calmia has a similar version ( skin bright micro polish ), both containing fruit enzymes and acids to renew the skin.

9) Chanel Précision Lait Confort creamy cleansing milk

A light, everyday cleaning milk which is soft on the skin and effectively removes the day’s grime.

There are plenty of equally efficient cleansing milk out there, which your bank manager will agree……

10) Dr Sebagh creme Extreme Maintenance

Ultra-rich cream specifically designed for very dry or sensitive skin. Absorbs easily.

Great cream, worth every penny, in my opinion.

11) Estee Lauder DayWear Plus multi-protection antioxidant creme SPF 15

An easily absorbed daily moisturiser with antioxidants and the bonus of an inbuilt SPF 15.

This kind of formulation might be a breakthrough in the 90’s, but what’s so special about it nowadays? I demand my day cream to have antioxidant properties and sun screens ( including sufficient UVA protection )

12) Ila face mask for revitalising skin

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Clay-based mask infused with Damascene rose otto and Argan oil that draws out impurities without drying the skin. Gives the face a bright glow.

Best mask i had ever used! Even outdone Eve Lom’s……

13) Lancôme Flash Bronzer

Idiot-proof bronzer that quickly develops an even, natural, sun-kissed glow.

I prefer Dior’s or Guerlain’s.

14) The Organic Pharmacy Honey and Jasmine mask

Organic mask that is deeply hydrating for dry, parched skin. Use as a mask or leave on overnight.

Runny upon application + sticky when dry = messy

15) No7 Protect and Perfect night cream

The legendary cream from Boots: this restorative, replenishing cream delivers long-lasting hydration and a smooth, fresh appearance.

Never try this before! I prefer Olay’s

16) Spiezia organic facial cleanser

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A 100% organic product that is approved by the British Soil Association. A deep cleanser that removes heavy make-up, leaving your skin feeling super-soft.

Addictive! An effective yet nurturing cleanser, nice texture, soul soothing aromas. I almost replace my Eve Lom’s with this!

17) Dr Haushka Rose Day Cream

Deeply nourishing day cream made from biodynamic ingredients. Great for dry skin or for very cold climates.

I find this a rather basic moisturizer, not worth the hypes/claims.

18) YSL eye make-up remover

A gentle yet highly effective remover that doesn’t sting the eyes. Also contains pro-vitamin B5, which coats and strengthens the lashes.

Lancome has better versions.

19) Guinot Anti Fatigue Yeux eye gel

Relaxes and soothes heavy and swollen eyelids and helps to reduce the appearance of fatigue.

I had never tried Guinot’s product.

20) Darphin Purifying Balm

Gorgeous-smelling, plant-based balm that helps to prevent breakouts.

I prefer blemish sticks by Clarins or Clinique. Tea tree oil does the trick as well.

21) Garnier Ultra Lift eye cream

Visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.

I use La Mer.

22) SK-II skin refining treatment

Lifts away layers of dead skin cells to leave radiant, clear-looking skin. A discernible improvement can be seen after a month’s use. No added fragrance.

Overpriced cream that has a very tiny portion of BHA – save your money. Dr Sebagh’s masque once a week delivers better result than daily use of this marketing gimmicks.

23) Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Revitalising, creamy gel that tightens the skin and adds a natural glow. Great as a base before applying make-up.

It may be a great product in the 80’s…… We have better and deserve better!

24) Sisley Broad Spectrum Facial Sunscreen, SPF 30

Colourless, high-protection sunscreen which absorbs easily and is non-greasy.

Pricey sunscreen, i would rather spend the money on air ticket.

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Skin resolutions

Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by LPB

Make this year the year for beautiful skin with these 10 MUST-DO Skin Resolutions, from Dallas-based skin care expert, Renée Rouleau.

1. Always wash your skin and moisturize at bedtime. Research indicates that the skin repairs itself most effectively at night, so you want to put your skin in the best possible condition for its repair. For those who are too tired to wash off their makeup at night, try this! Your nighttime routine doesn’t have to be done minutes before you hit the bed. Wash your face when you get home from work, or even after dinner. Do it earlier rather than later! So, washing off the day’s dirt and grime and nourishing it with good moisture and nutrients will give your skin a chance to renew while you sleep! And remember, quality moisturizers that do not contain clogging ingredients, will not suffocate your skin.

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I remember reading some advice regarding putting your face cream on before 8pm, so that your skin will have enough time to absorb all the nutrients before its peak renewal period (10pm – 2am)

2. Wear a sunscreen in your moisturizer daily. Studies indicate that 78% of the sun exposure you get in a lifetime is incidental exposure. You may say, “I’m not out at all during the day.” Just walking to your car, even driving in your car will give you unnecessary sun damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays! And we know that sun exposure is the #1 cause of aging!!!! A minimum of SPF 15 should be used every day, winter and summer. Don’t forget to apply it to the neck and ears.

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I prefer sunscreen that contains molecules that are  stable (under UV irradiation), provides broad spectrum screening and has antioxidants (for free radical protection). On the day that i dont wear a sunscreen, i try to make sure i use a foundation/powder will SPF.

3. Use a topical stable vitamin C product daily. In addition to using a moisturizer containing antioxidants, topical applications of high amounts of Vitamin C have been shown to prevent premature skin aging by fighting free radicals, lighten skin discoloration and actually increase the sun protection in a sunscreen! However, most Vitamin C products out on the market use the acid forms of the Vitamin (like Ascorbic Acid or Alpha Lipoic Acid). These are in fact, acids, which is why you can feel a stinging sensation on the skin.

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The new research on skin aging indicates that daily use of skin irritating acids actually encourage free radical formation, which counteracts the reason why you’re using Vitamin C in the first place! Plus, the problem with these acid types of Vitamin C is that they are highly unstable and break down every time you open the bottle and oxygen gets to the product. If your Vitamin C starts to turn brown half way through the bottle, that’s a sign that it is oxidizing and is losing its effectiveness. (Think of an apple that turns brown 20 minutes after taking a bite.)

I personally prefer products that have a combination of vitamins, like  A,C & E.

4. Use the latest ingredients to address certain skin conditions.

  • Peptides-collagen stimulating ingredient for firming the skin
  • White Tea– the most calming antioxidant of all teas, for soothing redness.
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate– stable Vitamin C that not only provides powerful antioxidants to the skin, but works to lighten pigmentation (brown spots).
  • Pomegranate– a highly potent antioxidant.
  • Shea Butter-ultra-moisturizing to alleviate dry skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid– helps retain the skin’s natural moisture. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water resulting in enhanced elasticity, lubrication, plumpness and moisture of skin. Also has healing properties.

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    5. Don’t pick at your skin. The life of a breakout is just 3-5 days, but when you pick at a blemish, the red mark that lingers can be there for 1-2 months! We know it’s tempting, but you can make problem skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further breakouts. 

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    I use blemish cream/drawing paste/spot gel to get rid of blemishes. Choose those that contains sulphur (smelly but effective), benzylperoxide (again,smelly), tea tree oil ( medicinal) or salicylic acid.

    6. Clean your cosmetics brushes once a week. Bacteria and oil can build up on your cosmetic brushes, which can lead to clogged pores and break outs. Using a mild liquid dish soap and cold water, carefully wash out your brushes and rinse thoroughly. Comb the bristles to prevent tangling. Stand brushes upright in a glass to let dry. Cosmetic sponges should be washed with mild soap and rinsed thoroughly after each use.

    I use baby shampoo to clean my brushes after wiping them with eye make up removal ( dont use waterproof eye make up removal as it will leaves oily residue )

    7. Throw out your bar soap and exchange it for a liquid cleanser. The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance) which will strip all the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy, and without water, acne conditions, sensitive and dry skins will be aggravated. 

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    8. Exfoliate. Exfoliation is the key to untrapping clogged pores, fading post-break out red marks, smoothing the skin and stimulating new and healthy skin cell growth, but people forget to make exfoliation a regular part of their routine. Keep your facial scrub in the shower, that way it’s staring at you and your most likely to then use it. 2-3 times a week is a must for healthy and smooth skin!

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    I use topical retin A a few times a week underneath my night cream, so i couldnt be bothered with manual exfoliation.

    9. Always use an eye cream. This delicate area is the first place to show aging and also contains the fewest oil glands on the face. Daily use of an eye cream applied in a patting motion with your ring finger keeps this area moist and plump resulting in a lesser appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Be sure to avoid eye creams that contain Mineral Oil or Petroleum as these ingredients will weight down the skin tissue resulting in premature sagging of the skin. And always apply eye cream with your ring finger. It’s the weakest finger and won’t unnecessarily tug at the skin tissue.

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    10. Avoid drinking out of straws.  We know that the reason for lines and wrinkles is from sun damage, but it’s also caused from facial expressions. (Think smiling as the cause of crow’s feet around the eyes.) So when drinking out of a straw, you have to purse your lips which causes unnecessary wrinkles and lines around the mouth. If you’re concerned about lines and wrinkles, then drinking directly from the glass is a much better option. Save that expression for kissing!

    Dr Sebagh Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum

    Posted in skincare with tags , , on January 11, 2009 by LPB

     

    A youth-boosting miracle serum to increase radiance and make you look at least ten years younger!

    For Dr Sebagh looking ageless is about smoother, firmer skin, a brighter complexion & an increase in elasticity and tone.

    This wonder product promises to do all that and more. It also offers excellent protection against environmental pressures on the skin, fighting the causes of ageing whilst at the same time rejuvenating the complexion for a youthful glow.

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    It’s designed for use on the face, neck and decollete and boasts the highest concentration of active ingredients available on the market, a whopping 95%. 

     

    Dr Sebagh Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum infuses the skin with the most vital and nourishing ingredients including the famous “Youth Molecule” Resveratrol, Vitamin C, three anti-ageing peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Mineral Radiance Booster and anti protection film complementing each other in perfect synergy.

    Under the silky veil the skin is rejuvenated, its radiance, firmness and elasticity renewed. 

    Other benefits of the Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum are :

    • Oil Free, non clogging formula.
    • Improves skin’s softness and smoothness.
    • Improves skin’s radiance, tone and clarity.
    • Improves skin’s tightness and elasticity.
    • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Protects Rejuvenates, Hydrates, Firms, Replenishes and Retexturises your skin.

     

    I had used this serum for more than a week now, i had fallen in love with it since the 1st application. This ultra nourishing serum  feels feather light, leaves no residue ( yes, it is absorbed instantly ) &  yet manage to keep my skin hydrated & rejuvenated.

     

    It’s is the best i had ever had, million years in advance of the rest on the market in terms of formulation, texture & results.

    2008 Top 10

    Posted in beauty, fragrance, makeup, skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by LPB

    10 new products that make it to my favorite list!

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    1) Chanel Eau Premier – classics for the new mellinium

    2) Chanel Sycomore – reviving the by gone glamourous

    3) Chanel Kaleidoscope – unsurpassed fabulousness

    4) Dr Sebagh Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum – skin saver, bank robber

    5) Jo Woods Organic EDT – 95% organic, 100% gorgeous

    6) Armani Face Fabric – the art of less is more

    7) Armani Lip Wax – matt-ximal marvelousness

    8) Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadows – superb shades selection, fabulous finish

    9) Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation – 1/2 weight, 2x in perfection

    10) Estee Lauder Ultimate Youth Cream – innovative, indispensible

    Dr Sebagh Crème High Maintenance

    Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , on September 10, 2008 by LPB
    7 PATENTED ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
    1 – POLYSACCHARIDE E.P.F.*
    2 – GREEN COFFEE EXTRACT ESTER
    3 – CERAMIDE-LIKE AND LINOLEIC ACID
    4 – OLIGOPEPTIDES
    5 – HYALURONIC ACID
    6 – NATURAL PHYTOHORMONE COMPLEX
    7 – SESAME PROTEIN COMPLEX 

    Intense Repair and Protection
    Réparation Intense et Protection

    This highly sophisticated cream is specially formulated to work like a protective shield, including 7 breakthrough active ingredients to protect, moisturise, rejuvenate, replenish and firm. 
    Providing complete protection.

    Scientific studies of 7 active ingredients show:
    • A significant decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
    • Firmer looking skin
    • Even skin tone and texture
    • Brightens the look of skin
    • Maintains collagen levels in the skin

    Suitable to use throughout the year, apply morning and evening to face and neck on thoroughly cleansed skin. Immediately the skin is hydrated, softer more supple and energised.

    1 – POLYSACCHARIDE E.P.F* 
    *Environmental Protection Film
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-4:
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FILM 
    Polysaccharide patented film, a real scientific breakthrough. Coat the skin with a new shield of defence against environmental pollution (UV rays, heavy metals , air conditioning …).

    2- GREEN COFFEE EXTRACT ESTER 
    (30 % CHLOROGENIC ACID)
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: PALMITOYL COFFEA CANEPHORA ROBUSTA EXTRACT
    THE NEW POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT
    Green coffee extract new anti-ageing powerful antioxidant, second line of defence, scavenge and eliminate free radical inflammatory reaction caused by exposure to environmental pollution.

    3- CERAMIDE-LIKE and LINOLEIC ACID
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: CETEARYL WHEAT BRAN GLYCOSIDES
    REPLENISHING SKIN’S BARRIER FUNCTION
    Ceramide-Like obtained by biotechnology from stabilised (Omega 6) makes up about half of the structural lipids in the skin barrier. Applied topically ceramide replenishes the skin with natural lipids, smoothes the rough, dry surface cells, and seals the skin barrier.

    4- OLIGOPEPTIDES 
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: HYDROLYZED HAZELNUT PROTEIN 
    IMPROVE SKIN FIRMNESS, TONE AND TEXTURE.
    Hazelnut oligopeptides, rich in arginine, proline, glutamic acid and aspartic acid, is a veritable vegetal growth factor, that increases collagen neosynthesis and epidermal lipids, helping to restore firmer, better-toned skin tissue.

    5- HYALURONIC ACID 
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: SODIUM HYALURONATE
    PROVIDE YOUR SKIN ESSENTIAL MOISTURE
    Hyaluronic Acid, naturally present in the skin is a powerful Hydrator. Like a biological sponge it is capable of both attracting and retaining moisture within the epidermis.

    6- NATURAL PHYTOHORMONE COMPLEX
    (Isoflavons + Phytosterols)
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA (DATE) SEED EXTRACT
    IDEAL FOR DAMAGED SKINS SENSITIVE 
    AND DRY SKIN TYPES
    An intensive moisturising treatment brings immediate improvement to sun-damaged sensitive and prematurely aged skin. Contains a Natural phytohormone complex (Isoflavone + Phytosterol) to replenish skin weakened by the depletory of younger hormones.

    7- SESAME PROTEIN COMPLEX
    I.N.C.I. EEC / USA: HYDROLYSED SESAME PROTEIN 
    PG-PROPYL METHYLSILANEDIOL
    RAPID WRINKLE REDUCER WITH SESAME PROTEIN PATENTED 
    An original, patented molecular combination containing sesame to instantly and visibly smooth the skin. Rejuvenation, firmness, moisturization and comfort guaranteed!

    I am head over  heels with the high maintenance cream; it has a bouncy, pasty texture which tones & lifts skin upon application, leaves skin well nourished & protected. It reminds me of Cream de La Mer, without the greasiness & occlusion.