Anti-Aging Must-Haves for Your Desert Island

What if you were stuck on a deserted island? Food and water may be scarce, but you want to look your best for the helicopter rescue crew. I have rounded up my Anti-Aging Must Haves, or in other words, the essential kit. These are the anti-aging staples that I would not want to be without.

A cleanser

suki exfoliate foaming cleanser that packs a punch by gently but efficiently exfoliating, and its tangy scent will lift your spirits when escape from your paradise prison seems hopeless. This deep cleansing complexion rejuvenator contains alpha hydroxy acids to smooth and resurface skin, unclog pores and exfoliate dead cells. It will also clarify blemishes and is great for sensitive skin.

A toner and some

So much more than a toner, Sevani Rose Hyaluronic Age Defying Tonique ($39 in the shop) is a moisturizing, antioxidant spray mist with pomegranate and rose extract to reduce redness, puffy eyes, dryness, free radical damage and the appearance of broken capillaries. This mist also contains MSM to encourage collagen production, as well as hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated. The waft of rose scent as you spritz is divine. It you could only pack a single item, this might be the one to go with.

A good neck cream

I’m still scouting the world for a great neck cream, but will settle for really good one in the meantime with Osmotics Necollete Age Reversal for Neck & Chest ($63). It is as luxurious as it is powerful. Made with neck targeting anti-ager Essenskin, which is mostly calcium and essential amino acids, this active stimulates lumican, a lycoprotein that is important for firming skin. It also features Syn-Hycan tested it on women women aged 56 to 65 years with loose skin on face and forearms and claims that it “induced a significant decrease in sagging in 74% of the subjects after 56 days of twice-daily use”.

A serum with growth factors

We need to keep it simple on our desert island and cling to the anti-aging active you can trust – growth factors. There are several good ones to choose from, and a great one with a refreshingly simple formula is Medik8 Growth Factor ($160), which features the potent growth factor Sh-Oligopeptide-1. With hyaluronic acid and not much else, this is a serum that stays focused. 

A skin-firming mask

I’m always a little blown away by how good Royal Nectar Bee Venom Mask ($68 in the shop) makes me look. Royal Nectar is super hydrating and leaves skin feeling lovely and soft. A quick reminder on bee venom: it contains at least 18 active substances and seems to be a powerful anti-inflammatory. There are other good things here, too. It also has something new to me called Easyliance. This is made from acacia (a tree indigenous to Africa) and rhizobian gum and it is supposed to make the skin feel smoother and tighter. See the video and read my review of Royal Nectar Bee Venom Mask.

A hydrating moisturizer

Packed with good for you oils, as well native New Zealand ingredients such as red algae, mamaku and harakeke, Moana Moisturiser ($78 in the shop) makes even the driest skins come back to life. And this isn’t just one of those all-natural but doesn’t really work products – even the anti-aging skeptics have been won over by it.

A night cream

At night, you can go for the efficient anti-aging effects of retinol. Here in BRAD Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Radiance Concentrate ($125 in the shop) there is a patented, encapsulated retinol complex to promote cell turnover without increasing photo-sensitivity (pretty handy on a desert island). This serum, which is all about improving the complexion, also contains a tripeptide-5 blend.

An eye cream

Innarah VenoDefense Eye Treatment Sèrum($150) is a hydrating eye serum that strengthens the connective tissue around the eye area while firming skin and smoothing fine lines. Its signature ingredient, apolactoferrin, is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and amino acids and it is a natural stimulant of hyaluronic acid production.

Note: This article was last updated on February 3, 2015.