My trip to Paris introduced me to a variety of great skincare lines, some that are gaining popularity here in the states. I loved going into the pharmacies, where myriad cosmetic lines glowed from their shelves. Like a kid in a candy store (or just a bookworm like me in a bookstore) I could have sat there for hours just looking over all the products. Because they are pharmacies, most of the products are of the "budget" variety (but still quite expensive, in my opinion, considering the weak exchange rate!). Beauty is taken very seriously in France, especially when cosmetic sections completely take over large shopping centers, featuring some of Paris' most-loved brands.

One brand that I have always been attracted to is Guinot, famous for designing the first skin device using galvanic current in 1963, defining the procedure for the beauty treatment called Cathiodermie (catio: electrodes; derm: skin). Celebrities caught on and the rest is history. The brand kept hammering out great product after product, mostly within the realm of nature meets biology (as advocates of the environment, Guinot uses active ingredients derived from plants and renewable resources).

The men's line, Tres Homme, is your run-of-the-mill, skincare line for men. It's not flashy and it's not cheap. For me, the Revitalizing Face Care (Longue Vie Homme) is a little too fragrant (it smells like something you would buy at the corner store) but it's more for the "sporty" guy, who prefers to have this scent after the gym. It's refreshing, especially after the show. The product itself is quite nice. It uses Guinot's signature Longue Vie Cellulaire Complex (Cellular Life Complex), which comprises 56 active ingredients: 20 amino acids, 14 vitamins and 15 biological actives, along with 7 trace elements and mineral salts to recreate healthy cells and prevents moisture loss. This "complex" is used in hospitals to "recreate" skin notable for serious burn victims but in skincare, revitalizes the epidermal cells. So it's definitely something that hooks men (and women) wanting that youthful glow.

Basically, the CLC stimulates the vitality of three different types of skin cells. The cells in the basal later are stimulated to revitalize the skin (making it appear more youthful); the epidermal cells are strengthened to provide more cohesion and vitality (giving the skin a suppleness); and the cells responsible for the skin's elasticity and tone smooth away the wrinkles.

Another interesting ingredient is ederline, which is used in anti-aging products. It's extracted from apples, and is known to stimulate the production of collagen and reduce the depth and number of wrinkles.

Pentavitine is another ingredient I should note. It contains Hydra Structurine, a new generation of hydrating active which mimics the skin's own hydration actions, mean to give more effective moisture absorption and retention properties without actually competing with the skin's natural mechanisms. So, in simple terms, provides long-lasting hydration !

Hmmm...lots to think about. .. especially when the list continues to calendula extract, avocado oil, etc , etc. Available from

Guinot Longue Vie Homme Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexyldecanol, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Cellulose Gum, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Trideceth-6, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium EDTA, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Glucose, Polyquaternium-51, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Coumarin, Glutamic Acid, Sodium Phosphate, Leucine, Glutamine, Magnesium Sulfate, Arginine, Lysine, Aspartic Acid, Threonine, Tyrosine, Alanine, Glycine, Phenylalanine, Serine, Sodium Acetate, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Methionine, Histidine, Tryptophan, Hydroxyproline, Adenine, DNA, RNA, Adenosine Triphosphate, Adenosine Phosphate, Cholesterol, Ascorbic Acid, Cysteine, Glutathione, Inositol, PABA, Pyridoxine HCl, Retinyl Acetate, Biotin, Calcium Panthothenate, Folic Acid, Menadione, Niacin, Niacinamide, Riboflavin, Thiamine HCl, Tocopherol.