The great thing about multi-tasking beauty products is that you are getting more bang for your buck, as well as solving multiple problems. Many of my beauty products do double duty with an off-label solution that makes me feel that my money is going further. So here’s a roundup of some of my favorite twofers. Heck, some of these even qualify as threefers!
Moana Instant Lifting Mask ($106) has got it all. Firstly, it instantly lifts and tightens the skin, while improving skin tone and texture. Secondly, it reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Thirdly, it even helps reduce the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags. Formulated with Moana’s signature New Zealand red seaweed, which is packed with marine glycans that aid communication between cells, manuka honey and extracts from exotic New Zealand native plants, this multi-tasking mask leaves skin restored, plump and hydrated.
Skinfinite The Balm ($45) is a soothing, anti-aging gel with perfluorodecalin, an ingredient that delivers oxygen to the skin, and several antioxidants. It can be used as a daily moisturizer, or to target areas that require some TLC. The Balm is especially kind to dry, sensitive and stressed skin. It reduces redness, inflammation and discomfort and is ideal for use after sun. The Balm even makes light work of recovering insect bites. It’s rather good as an after shave, as well, so don’t be surprised if the man in your life makes a grab for it.
Osmotics Skin Rescue Nourishing Oil ($58) can be used on the face, hands, body and just about anywhere that is damaged, chapped or dry. Nourishing Oil also works wonderfully as a cleanser and makeup remover, tackling even hard-to-remove mascara. Hands and knees respond especially well to this luxurious oil, and you’ll never need to buy another cuticle cream. As a facial oil, it works best overnight for a dewy glow the next morning. Testers report that it plays nice with other products and can be worn under makeup.
Truth Vitality Treatment Gel ($49 in the shop). I designed Truth Vitality Treatment Gel as a water-based treatment for use with ultrasound and microcurrent devices. But I wanted it to be pleasant to use and stuffed full of goodies for your skin — so much so that it can be used on its own as a facial mask. The key ingredient is perfluorodecalin, a perfluorocarbon that mimics the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to the skin cells. There’s also antioxidant green tea and vitamin C, milk thistle that protects against cell damage, and hydrating hyaluronic acid. All the ingredients have been chosen because they enhance the ultrasound and LED technologies, as well as contributing to great skin in their own right.
Innarah Treatment Solution ($150). This is an unusual product because it hydrates and exfoliates at the same time. It is really a skin-brightening serum that will obviate the need for a toner, or any other AHA-type exfoliator, and a moisturizer. It’s kind of cool — Innarah says it can be used daily, but my skin copes with it only about twice a week, so experiment and see what works for you. There’s glycolic acid, lecithin and, on the skin-lightening front, there is arbutin and alpine rose. All of Innarah’s plant extracts go through a unique fermentation process that is supposed to render them as potent as if they were raw and completely fresh.
Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Co-Wash ($20 in the shop). Co-washes are trending these days as our busy lives make a shampoo and conditioner in one increasingly attractive. In general, I’ve never like shampoo/conditioner combos as they aren’t much good at either. Briogeo has figured it out, and Co-Wash is a gentle cleanser and effective conditioner. Briogeo goes as far as to call it a “4 in 1 treatment that cleanses, conditions, detangles and nourishes hair”. Talking of trending, it has this year’s kale in it. Yep, quinoa extract.
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek. At first blush, this is a lip and cheek stain. And a perfectly good multi-tasker at that. For a girl on the go, this little pot of prettiness gives a creamy pink and natural glow to cheeks and lips. It can also be dabbed on the temples and bridge of nose as an overall highlighter. Made with natural oils and butters, Lip2Cheek is also hydrating and nourishing.
LiftLab Lift + Perfect ($250). This is an all-purpose serum that can be used for face, neck and décolleté. What I really like about it is that it does a great job of licking lip lines — one of skin care’s tougher challenges, in my experience. Active packed, it has a fish protein that increases fibroblast proliferation, several peptides, a fish enzyme that is an exfoliator and a daisy extract to reduce hyperpigmentation.
Marta Wohrle is an anti-aging skin care and beauty expert and the founder/CEO of Truth In Aging. Marta is dedicated to uncovering the truth behind anti-aging product claims.