Velvety rose petals

Velvety skin; what more can a girl aspire to. OK, so on a bad day my undereyes bring to mind “crushed velvet”, but mostly I’ve been finding some great products for improving the skin’s texture and meeting the rose petal-soft objective.

Get a silky glowing body

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body ($45 in the shop) is an incredible multitasker that smooths bumpy skin (say goodbye to keratosis pilaris) with alpha hydroxyl acids, controls body acne with BHAs, magically minimizes hair growth with a new ingredient called Capislow (made by the people that brought us Matrixyl) that is an extract of a South American plant, and gives you a tan that is surprisingly long lasting. Plus there’s the vitamin D that we all need. You get all of this with the swipe of pre-soaked towel. A great addition to my lovely legs campaign. 

Take cleansing to the next level

This goes beyond the brush (sooo 2013).  Trophy Skin's Labelle Ultrasonic Skin Spatula ($149 in the shop) uses ultrasound (and you know how much we love this technology) to combat acne, unclog pores, clear polluted or blackhead-prone skin and polish skin's texture. Regular use brings brightness and smoothness to the face and neck. A nice bonus is that the products that you apply afterwards will absorb much more efficiently.

Turbo charge your exfoliation

You only have to see our reviewer’s before and after pictures to appreciate microdermabrasion. Trophy Skin Microderm MD ($299 in the shop) is about as professional-level as an at-home device gets. At the same time there’s nothing intimidating about it. It is easy to use and takes just a few minutes to do the whole face and neck. Diamond tip exfoliation retexturizes the skin (and it's nothing like sandblasting), while  removing even stubborn hyperpigmentation.

The serum that says velvety

The first thing I noticed when I tested Stemulation’s newest creation, Hi-Impact ($185 in the shop) was that my skin was getting velvety. Luminous also came to mind. This serum is the answer to dull, boring and dry skin. It is also good to know that long-term there’s powerful anti-aging going on with epidermal growth factor, hydrating sodium hyaluronate and marine bacteria, and skin brightening Madonna lily.

"My skin became radiant, soft and dewy", said reviewer Karen of her experience with Benir BV9 Platinum Provectus Super Serum ($195 in the shop). And that was only day three. This unique serum has a combination of peptides, including Matrixyl 3000, copper ferment and bee venom.

Reliable retinol

Retinol is an obvious go-to for smoothing the skin. If you one of those sensitive types, you’ll find Prana Reverse A ($48 in the shop) to be a good option. It has just under 1% retinyl palmitate and a slew of anti-agers including alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant that produces energy in cells, and l-Carnosine, which flushes toxins from the body and may extend the longevity of cells and Prana’s fave ingredient, the moisture retaining NaPCA.

Tired of retinol creams that are just glorified moisturizers? M.A.D Youth Transformation Retinol Complex Serum 1% ($79 in the shop) is definitely not one of them. The 1% retinol palmitate imparts softness and brightness. Plus it is backed by amino acids, vitamins E and C, and some great botanical extracts such as fennel, hops and mistletoe.

C that dewy glow

With 15% vitamin C, plus vitamin E and glutathione, Medik8 CE-Thione Rechargeable Vitamin C Serum ($150 in the shop) takes a clever approach by using the glutathione, a super antioxidant, to “recharge” vitamin C and vitamin E. The glutathione regulates the vitamins so that they are more stable and renders them more potent, ultimately helping protect the skin against free radicals. Reviewers report more even, dewy skin.

Regenerate with antioxidants

Vitamins C, B5, B3 and E, rub shoulders with rosehip , calendula and chamomile in Kat Burki Rose Hip Revitalizing Serum ($165). This formula belies the notion that natural products are less than effective. This serum gives visible results for texture and tone.

The brightening serum for any age

A bestseller and popular with all ages from 30-something to 60-something, Sevani Rapid Renewal Resurfacing Crème ($68 in the shop) brightens with sugars and fruit acids, willow bark and licorice. I like that the hyaluronic acid - a principle hydrator, along with the olive and sunflower oils - comes from mushroom. There are absolutely no synthetics here.