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Alaur

Devotee of the Alaur Skincare Range

Reviewed by Marta October 30, 2007 4 Comments

You can read about my friend's 3-step peeling treatment (including the Parisian Peel) in the previous post. She has also generously shared her skincare regime.

The range she is devoted to is called Alaur and was developed by Dr. Albert Lefkovits:

Virgin Skin: This moisturizer is gentle enough to be used after peels.

Vitamin C Serum: This is a serum that is strong in vitamin C (25%) but uses willowherb extract to counteract irritation that can usually result from this high a concentrate.

Undereye Therapy: For puffy eyes and dark circles. It includes vitamin K (which I have, incidentally, found is very helpful for calming rosacea).

Rederma: A serum that is supposed to speed up the cellular reproduction. It contains green tea polyphenols plus caffeine, and soy phospholipids.

The secret sauce in many of Alaur's products is something called Meristem. There's the usual blurb about being "known to the ancients as an antiseptic and astringent...and as a skin care component, it is an extraordinary anti-aging ingredient". Now, I've never heard of this and not one to take things at face value, I thought it worth doing a little digging around to determine whether Meristem has any real validity as an anti-aging ingredient.

Meristem is a reproductive cell found in all plants, according to Wikipedia where there is no mention of any medicinal or even cosmetic uses. Most of the uses I could find on a Google search were for the propagation of infertile plants. I think (I'm no botanist) this is because that Meristem actively divides cells. Alaur's Meristem is extracted from the root of a particular oak tree (Quercus Robur). After wading through hundreds of references on plant propagation in scientific papers. I turned up something on Meristem and the Quercus Robur oak tree on, of all things, the Clarins website.

Then a breakthrough: fightaging.org reports that scientists are working to understand the triggers of these cells. If they succeed, age-damaged or injured tissue? No problem, just grow a fresh, undamaged replacement in culture from your own healthy cells.

Bottom line: although it is in the early days for science to validate the anecdotal evidence, these products seem worth a try.

  • April 8, 2008

    by Elizabeth

    <p>Has anyone used the <br />
    MF111 ovine placenta plus softgel capsels from Switzerland manufactured in USA. for the wellbeing of both men and woman and anti/aging. Are they any good</p>

  • November 15, 2007

    by carole

    <p>Quercus Rubra:</p>

    <p>Try this link to see what Nicholas Culpepper wrote in his herbal in 1652 - so nothing new then!<br />
    <a href="http://www.bibliomania.com/2/1/66/113/frameset.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.bibliomania.com/2/1/66/113/frameset.html</a></p>

    <p>This is quite amusing and a cheap altenative</p>

    <p><a href="http://www.usg-service.com/megasol-care-creames-meristem-night.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.usg-service.com/megasol-care-creames-meristem-night.htm</a></p>

    <p>Used this stuff when I was in Oz and this link might prove useful to all you skin obsessives.</p>

    <p><a href="http://www.sanctumaustralia.com/products-glossary.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.sanctumaustralia.com/products-glossary.html</a></p>

    <p>Keep creaming, Carole</p>

  • October 31, 2007

    by Marta

    <p>Thank you so much Leslie. My hope in starting this blog is that readers will contribute their own experiences and research.</p>

  • October 31, 2007

    by Leslie Wayne

    <p>In researching the Parisian (Passion) Peel on Dr. Lefkowitz's site, I found www.parisianpeel.com and clicked on their link to find practitioners in my neighborhood, with the goal to find out what they charge.</p>

    <p>First I started by calling Dr. Lefkowitz's office, who could not tell me what they charge without asking him first. Apparently they have no set price, and said they would call me back when they have a chance to talk with him. </p>

    <p>I then went down the list on the first page provided by this link and found a fairly wide range of charges for this. Here are a few:</p>

    <p>Dr. Elizabeth Almeyda on 75 CPW charges $150 for one, $699 for 5.</p>

    <p>Dr. Wattenberg on 36 E. 36th St. charges $275 for one.</p>

    <p>Dr. Mandel on 116 E. 86th St. charges $175 for one.</p>

    <p>Dr. Brian Forley charges $200 for one, $600 for 4.</p>

    <p>You can put in your own zip code and research practitioners in your area, and I'd say it's worth it to do a little comparison shopping unless your devoted to someone already.</p>

    <p>Cheers, Leslie</p>

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