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: 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.