When Cher crooned: “If I could turn back time” she was singing about the regrets she had about things she wished she hadn’t said to a former lover, not about her skin. It’s a bit ironic, since the talented diva has been the topic of countless discussions about how she manages to look almost ageless at 68.
Most of us don’t have Cher’s amazing bone structure or lucky genetics (Cher’s Mother, Georgia Holt looks eerily gorgeous, and she’s in her late 80’s). But we can all take advantage of great anti-aging products to help keep whatever we’ve got, looking good, longer. Here are several that can possibly work some wonders for you and perhaps, turn back time, at least, a little:
Looking for something new to deal with those pesty, under-eye circles that just won’t quit no matter what you try? There’s something new and luxurious that might just do the trick: Darphin’s luxurious Ideal Resource Anti-Dark Circle Eye Illuminator ($60.00 0.5 fl. oz). This is a lightly tinted (but it disappears into your skin so no worries if your skin tone is on the deep-ish side)moisturizing cream that has “Illuminating Translucent Optic,”, Peptide and Vitamin C to immediately help reduce the look of tired eyes and dark circles, and to reduce the look of dark cricles and fine lines, longer term.
One of the things I really like about this product is the delivery and application system — you don’t have to stick your hand into a jar or pump anything out of a tube. This product is an all in one tube with a slanted, metallic cooling tip (inspired, so the web site says, by the delicate touch of Darphin’s beautician’s fingertip) . You never have to touch the tube with your fingers, reducing the chance of contamination.
When your eyes look tired from dark circles, the first thing you want is immediate correction. This product has translucent optics featuring key ingredients of Vitamin C, Mulberry, Scutellaria, Siegesbeckia Orientalis, Oligopeptide, Olive Extract, Linoleic Acid, Green Tea, Caffeine. Vitamin, Mulberry root and Scutelleria extract help to stimulate microcirculation when massaged into the skin which in turn helps to reduce the look of fine lines ahd help the eye zone recover its “glow”. Siegesbeckie extract and oligopeptides support and stimulate collagen production and olive extract helps to restore barrier function which means your eye area will be nourished and in time become more supple and firm and look less tired. Green tea extract and caffeine help to sooth and depuff. It’s odorless, and abosrbs into your skin so you can go about your day, apply foundation, etc. The tube iss small enough to pop into your purse or pocket for more get up and go during the day if you need it.
*If you want to get maxi-benefits out of this product, here are the steps Darphin suggests you use to apply this serum: Use it first thing in the morning to awaken the area. Simply squeeze the tube to release a pearl-sized dab of cream, apply under the eyes, smoothing from inner corner to outer corner in a back and forth motion, repeating three times. Do the same movement just below the brow bone. Apply a quick press-release motion beneath the eyebrow one pressure point at a time for a total of four pressure points. Do the same below the eye area. You can also finish by smoothing the applicator top from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye area using a small zig-zag wave motion. Then gently massage to remove any excess product. For more information visit the Darphin Web Site
Surely spa owner Marlene Katz ought to know about spa products as she bills herself as having launched one of the first NYC day spas in 1983. She is the creator of Intelligent Skin Sense, a skincare line that uses a holistic approach to skincare, along with traditional botanical herbs along with scientific and *clinically tested ingredients to create products for at-home use, One product that I discovered at a Beautypress event and tried recently and that I’m excited about is LINEAGE Eye & Lip Line filler, $58.00 1.15 fl. oz. The Eye & Lip Filler is a balm that claims to create new collagen for firmer skin with action oriented peptides; moisturizes and renews the skin with power-house vitamins and botanical extracts; plumps and fills in lines on the brow furrow, mouth and eye area; nourishes lips and reduces the appearance of vertical and horizontal lines; smooths crêpey skin around the eye area; and corrects chapped lips to help lipstick from bleeding. Some of these claims I can substantiate and others, I can’t, but it does appear to help deal with a lot of lip and eye issues and I like the multi-tasking nature of that in one jar. But it’s the jar that I don’t appreciate. The cream is thick and a bit sticky, and that is the most reasonable explanation for why the product is not in a pump or a stick, but if you stick your finger in a jar and apply the product to lips and eyes, all I can imagine is contamination and lots of it. Getting germs and contamination on lips and eyes are sensitive areas, You might apply it with a disposable wand (not included) , but I seriously doubt most people are going to do it. So the cream is going to have a limited shelf life and if you have a lip or eye infection, or you are sick, well….. anyway, I would have much much preferred a pump or stick.
There are “two smart technologies” in this little jar to help increase collagen in your skin, to reduce puffiness and to reduce wrinkles. An unusual ingredient is something called “Reg Uage” which is made with soy and rice proteins specifically to improve micro-circulation, protect the integrity of collagen and elastin, and reduce free radical damage (claims are for “noticeable improvement in just four weeks but what that means, I can’t really say). Aside from this, the cream does soothe and smooth well but I’d like better packaging and more information. You can learn more on the Intelligent SkinSense Web Site
One of the things that make skin look older, is age spots and discoloration, but it is really difficult to treat these skin issues. However, a few years ago a company called elure™ Advanced Skin Lightening Technology developed a trio of products that are made to work together to help deal with this problem: Advanced Lightening Lotion daytime 1 fl. oz – SRP $150; Advanced Lightening Night Cream 1.7 fl. oz. –SRP $150; Advanced Facial Wash 1 oz.– SRP $35
elure™ Facial Wash: elure™ Advanced Facial Wash lathers into a rich and creamy foam that removes dirt and dead skin cells, preparing the skin for application of either elure Lotion or elure Night Cream. elure’s Advanced Skin Lightening Technology works best when used in combination with elure’s Advanced Facial Wash. There is no stinging, no redness, and no scent. In fact, there is nothing irritating about this product (but don’t get it in your eyes). It works on all skin tones and is tolerated by the most sensitive of skin. I have sensitive skin and from a personal standpoint, it was fine.
elure™ Lotion: elure™ Advanced Lightening Lotion is a re-balancing skin lotion with Melanozyme™ that works to reveal a brighter and more even‐toned skin appearance in just 1 month. Appropriate for day and night use. It is also recommended to use a sunscreen with a SPF of 30, when using elure products. The Daytime Advanced Lightening Lotion for face and neck is housed in an impressive, two-barreled pump with clear outer covering. you Press pump one and spread it on your face and neck, then pump some the pump two and apply and equal amount on your face and neck. I didn’t rtealize this at first and tried to pump them both together — wrong, wrong, wrong! (it pays to read instructions).
elure™ Night Cream: elure™ Advanced Skin Lightening Night Cream is a moisture rich, recovery hydration complex, with Melanozyme™ that works to reveal a brighter, softer and more even-toned skin appearance in just 1 month. It is Formulated to moisturize throughout the night. The Night cream is too thick to package into a pump, but, alas, at $150 per 1.7 fl. oz. jar, I dislike the fact that it is ripe for contamination. Open the jar and you’ll see to separate wells and a place for a spatula applicator. The right way to apply this product is to first take a scoop of the product in compartment 1 and smooth it on your face and neck, then take an equal amount of product from compartment 2 and apply it, The key to improvement is based on a patented natural enzyme, Melanozyme™ which acts to temporarily reduce the dark‐colored pigment in your skin, instead of using the traditional skin lightening ingredient, hydroquinone which can be difficult for some people to tolerate. The day and night regims are unusual in that you are required to first apply the elure Melanozyme and then the activator in two separate steps. The main ingredient, lignin peroxidase is a “naturally occurring enzyme derived from a tree fungus. Some trials say that it is safe up to 17,000 times the recommended human dose, but it reduces discoloration by gently reducing melanin in the skin, resulting in a lighter and brighter, more radiant complexion. According to the press materials I perused, clinical studies showed that elure produced a brighter and more even toned skin appearance for most subjects in a remarkably short period of time — just 1 month. The formula is gentle and can be used by people of all ages.
Brightening products need to be used properly and regularly, and like any skincare, although there are success stories, everyone’s skin is different, and your results may vary in terms of time or other parameters. You can’t expect miracles and you really have to be patient. Topical products like these can do a lot, but they are not going to completely re-surface your skin or make it look completely different if it is very damaged.
The Bottom Line: These products have ingredients that should be able to help deal with blotches and dark spots, but as with all products, everyone’s skin and skin condition is different so the amount of time it takes and the results you can expect, will differ. If you want dramatic improvement quickly, more invasive procedures that are even more pricey than these products are probably the only thing that will satisfy you. elure products will help but you have to have a budget for them and commit to using them for some time ( $335.00 per month or so for the trio of products you’ll need). To keep your skin from further damage, be sure to wear sunblock at all times while you are using these products and continue to use SPF 30 or above afterwards, as well.
The elure™ Advanced Skin Lightening range is available exclusively through dermatologists, plastic surgeons, aesthetic practitioners and medispas, but you don’t need a prescription. You can use the Clinic Finder available at the elure™ website.
Kate Somerville’s name is synonymous with glitterati and celebrities who flock to her LA Medi-spa for skin treatments, and who demand, expect and get,the very best TLC for their skin can money can buy. But everyone can purchase Kate Someville products, and there’s one in particular that I wanted to try — a high tech treatment for at-home use called Kate Somerville Age Arrest Anti Wrinkle Cream ($90.00 1 fl. oz.’ $185.00 5 fl. 0z.). The list of ingredients in this product is so long, I’m not going to even try and explain every single one of them, but according to the information on the product, it’s the first anti-aging treatment with Telo-5™ Technology, based on Nobel Prize* winning research on the youthful benefits of prolonging the life of telomeres.
What’s a Telomere? The simple explanation, if there really is one, is that a telomere is a region of DNA at the end of a chromosome. It protects the end of the chromosome from deteriorating (getting worse) or fusing (joining) with other When skin cell telomeres shorten and critical youth information is lost, over time, this leads to wrinkles, dryness, and sagging skin —and no one wants that!
Age Arrest’s advanced formula works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase skin firmness and elasticity, improve the appearance of skin discoloration, and significantly hydrate. The Telo-5™ Technology is designed to combat the comprehensive signs of aging and deliver a younger-looking complexion. Also packed into this signature grey jar jar with push-delivery system (an all in one top so you don’t have to touch the product with your fingers –love this) is an age-defying Peptide, with anti-glycation properties which helps to reduce the degradation of collagen and improve the appearance of firmness, a ferment Extract of Laminaria Kelp that works synergistically with skin’s natural Hyaluronic Acid to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles, and a proprietary blend of Sea Whip Extract and Algae Plasma that provides immediate and lasting soothing of sensitive skin.
This product really does have a lot of anti-aging powerhouse ingredients both traditional and high tech, plus ingredients that soothe and hydrate. After four weeks the clinical studies (that Kate Somerville quotes) showed that 90% of women showed highly significant improvement in skin firmness and elasticity and 93% of women showed highly significant improvement in skin discoloration and skin tone evenness and after 6 weeks: 93% of women said their skin felt hydrated and moisturized and their crow’s feet and fine lines were significantly improved. I didn’t use it that long, but I liked the silky texture, and I did start to see improvement, quickly. As with all of the products I am suggesting, not everyone’s skin is going to produce the same results. Used regularly and as directed, your skin may improve even more, or less, depending upon your own, personal condition and factors. But I do like the fact that it is clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin, which many anti-aging products are not, and you can use this on your neck and decollete area as well. Apply Age Arrest Cream morning and evening (after a serum, if you use one). Just remember to use SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, or you’ll do more harm that good, overall. For more information visit the Kate Somerville Web Site.
Another skin-smoothing product that is serious skincare is Exuviance from Neostrata. Their Gentle Cleansing Creme ($25.00 7.2 fl. oz. )is a soap-free formula with polyhydroxy acid and botanicals that nourish your skin while they smooth your skin’s texture, yet the product also removes diret and makeup and other impurities, and lightly hydrates and soothes. You can use this as a cleanser, and wash it off, or simply use it as a multi-tasking makeup remover and tissue if off along with all that makeup! It[ is also dye-Free. Paba-Free.,dermatologist and allergy tested, so it’s good for dry or sensitive skin. But even though it’s all these good things and gentle, because it exfoliates, leaving skin vulnerable to the sun’s damaging rays, you really need to be careful and use sunblock every day to keep your skin protected, if you use this product (you should be wearing SPF 30+ on a daily basis anyway, but if you use products that exfoliate like this, you absolutely must do so). And I have just the perfect partner! Exuviance Age Repair Day Repair Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Spf 30 ( $72.000 1.75 fl. oz.) When I first saw the price of this, I really did a double-take , but then I realized that this was much, much more than just a sun block. This is a mulit-tasking treatment that firms and plums wrinkles, targets uneven pigmentation, helps to firm skin, protects and repairs and has SPF 30 for daily use. No wonder it was part of the 2014 Good Housekeeping Beauty All-Star Awards. This powerhouse of a Triple Firming Complex of NeoGlucosamine® Retinol and Peptides in a pump tube combined with an antioxidant complex of pomegranate and Vitamins A and E help reverse the signs of aging skin while fending off free radicals during the day. UV filters and a triple antioxidant complex of Pomegranate, Vitamins A and E fend off free radicals and shield skin from daily environmental aggressors. Triple firming complex of Peptides, Retinol and patented NeoGlucosamine® boost collagen and its surrounding support matrix. Retinol and NeoGlucosamine® lightly exfoliate, increase cell renewal, diminish the appearance of uneven pigment. The sunscreen actives include 3% avobenzone, 7.5% octinoxate and 5% octisalate. This might not be a formula that sensitive and super-dry skin types handle perfectly (you may have to work up to a full regimen and do it slowly) but for those who can manage it, this could be the multi-tasking twosome of your dreams. For more information visit the NeoStra Company Web Site
If you’ve read this far in my review, you’ve probably wondered if there are any organic and natural anti-aging skincare lines. Well yes, there are. I have been reviewing beauty products for decades, and I have my own, personal feelings about natural and organic products. Just because something is manufactured in a lab or isn’t from a botanical, that is is necessarily a bad thing. And, just because something is called natural and/or organic doesn’t necessarily make it a better thing. In fact, some of the preservatives in those products are just as or more harmful than the ones in the other products. But there are natural and/or organic lines that are effective, and good. One product that I’d like to suggest in this anti-aging feature, is from Juara. Their products are 100% Vegetarian, Paraben-free, Sulfate-free, Phthalate-free, Gluten-free, and also free of harsh chemicals and artificial colorants . The products are safe for sensitive skin, and they focus on using time-honored active botanicals which are also tested to be safe and effective. With a balanced ph, their facial products are dermatologist tested. They also are cruelty-free.
Now that I’ve said all this, there’s a product I really like from Juara — the Clover Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum ($65.00 1 fl. oz.) . Two pumps of the serum, dispensed from an attractive, lightweight, brown plastic bottle amply covers both face and neck. The product is oil and fragrance free, and it works to deal with the visible signs of premature skin aging, boosting radiance, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and helping to increase firmness. This is accomplished with a combo of turmeric, clove flower, watermelon extract, sea algae, hyaluronic acid, goji fruit and palm peptides. Clove flower and turmeric help brighten and even out the appearance of the skin. Goji berry and palm peptide help smooth, lift and firm the appearance of the skin. Fresh sea algae, watermelon extract and hyaluronic acid plump the look of the skin and infuse skin with immediate vitality and hydration. A I didn’t use this for weeks, but I did use it long enough to see that it does make skin smoother, and improved and it even worked to even out skintone and reduce redness. Juara is a good option for everyone, but especially for those who want vegetarian and /or natural skincare products. For more information, visit the Juara Web Site
I’ve (or should I now say, eye’ve) been a fan of Skinn by Dimitri James for a few years now. I’ve really liked his color makeup palettes and cosmetics that use highly active, concentrated natural ingredients avoiding excess water, fillers or packaging. The products are high end, but still, modestly priced. Dimitri is a makeup artist and he put the quality and cost into the products, not the packaging. However, the one that I’m suggesting in this feature has the kind of packaging I really love, an all in one, oxygen-free pump jar with a pump-top that you simply press down on to get the proper dosage, no sticking your hands in the jar to get the cream out. This means you won’t contaminate the product, While I did try a lip product in a lip care review back in 2013 called Colagenesis Stem Rejen, I haven’t tried any more of the skincare, until now. Collagenesis by SKINN Crème Reverse Eye Creme Reverse $52.00 0.5 fl. oz. Eye Crème Reverse is an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle treatment that is very rich, and what I like about this (besides the jar) is that it is both a day and a night cream (no need for separate ones). It has a complex of active ingredients including superior collagen, hyaluronic acid and fibronectin-boosting properties to help stimulate and provide reinforcement for the vital functions of aging skin. There are a lot of ingredients in this little jar of eye cream and a lot of them are hydrating and antioxidant, but I’d have appreciated a bit more information about some of the specific functions so I could pass those along to you. Like most eye treatments, this one should ehlpes boost the ability of your eye area to look more radiant, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help condition the skin around that delicate area, in general. Given the modest price, the great packaging, the rich texture and the cocktail of hydrating, anti-aging and soothing ingredients, and past, personal experience with Dimitri James products, I’d say “give it a try.” You can find Dimitri James SKINN cosmetics on some of the shopping channels, and also on the Dimitri James SKINN website.