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My facial regimen- December 2009

December 21, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments

Urged by a lovely letter from Junko, I am inaugurating a new series of posts called Marta This Month, in which I will give an update on what products I am currently using. Even though I am always testing out new things, there are always products that I gravitate back to and new finds that I am really pleased with make it into my regular routine. I'll give updates on face, hair, neck/decollete and body products, kicking off with potions and tools for my face.

The last update on my skincare picks was last May and, while I am pleased to say that there are still some old faithfuls in my routine, it really has changed quite dramatically. I am still a devotee of the Clarisonic Brush and, of course, the Baby Quasar (available in the TIA store and currently being tested against the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa). I haven't yet found a glycolic serum to beat IMAGE Skincare's Ageless (although I have found some alternatives good enough for a Five Best collection). I have, however, found that I don't need to use IMAGE more than once or twice a week these days as my skin is fairly clear and I don't want to over exfoliate (I am still using it almost daily on the rougher, neglected skin of my neck).

My serums of choice these days include Cellbone Hyper-Peptides. This has four neuropeptides that are supposed to work by sending signals to cells to limit the formation of expression lines. Matrixyl 3000 is boosting the formation of new collagen. Gotu kola (centella asiatica), idebenone and bilberry are providing the antioxidant role. Then there are several alpha hydroxy acids – cane and maple sugars and citrus fruit extracts (another reason to cut back on the IMAGE).

Cellbone Hyper-Peptides is an excellent team player and I like to smear Skin Nutrition's Cell CPR over it. Skin Nutrition’s philosophy is that skin cells are complex things made up of phospholipids, proteins (enzymes, oligopeptides, amino acids), oligosaccharides, oxygen, vitamins and minerals. And so, therefore, is Cell CPR with a whopping 70 or so ingredients. Nonetheless, it is a light and moisturizing serum that I have no doubt that I will buy when this bottle runs out.

I happily alternate Cell CPR with another excellent find. Osmosis Replenish packs a powerful antioxide punch with nothing at all from the Truth In Aging nasties list. There is phosphatidycholine, and always worth a shout out is one of my favorites, spin trap. A signature ingredient of the Your Best Face range, it is a very effective radical scavenger. So too is catalase. This enzyme is super useful in that it is the catalyst that turns hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen, which is naturally occurring but builds up over time. One of the real superheros in Replenish could well be chlorella vulgaris extract. A bright green algae (pictured), it is loaded with amino acids such as lysine, proline, glycine, and alanine.

I am now regularly targeting the lip area with Your Best Face's Define, a new product that we have on sale (at a great discount) in an exclusive TIA bundle with, amongst other things, the eye cream Correct. And, yes, Correct is still my all time favorite eye cream, closely followed by Dermophisiologique's Optyma (also in the TIA store). I also have a new can't live without in the form of Osmotics Lipofill, another new product that, this time, targets the labial nasal lines and does a great job at smoothing them out (and an even better one when used with the Baby Q). It has just been recruited to the TIA store.

I have developed an eccentric habit of using a toner in the early evening, followed by Your Best Face's Restore. This has alpha arbutin to lighten skin tone is great at making the skin look refreshed. It has now become my staple night cream. Finally, sunscreen's of choice are Abella Colorshade and Chella's intelligent Anti-aging Formula.

  • February 11, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Christopher. I wouldn't worry about wrinkles - life is too long! Still its never too early to start some preventative measures. Here are a few ideas:

  • February 9, 2010

    by Christoper

    I'm an African American male in my 20's; should I be worrying about the expression lines that the cellbone hyper peptides targets?

  • February 1, 2010

    by Junko

    Wow, Cellbone Hyper-Peptides is amazing. I'll often ravage my skin during the week with SuperCop x2 over use, lacking patience to spot treat. Cellbone restores tone, texture and smooths fine lines within 24 hours!! A little afraid of the Argireline, but this is an AMAZING serum !

  • December 24, 2009

    by SusanG

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this monthly mini diary of what you're using, what stays dear to your heart, etc. It's a very useful guide for those of us trying to navigate the maze of beauty/antiaging products out there.

  • December 22, 2009

    by marta

    The new Correct is probably better (at least at reducing puffiness).

  • December 22, 2009

    by marta

    Julie, I forgot about cleansers. I think the honest answer would be to direct you to the <a href="" rel="nofollow">most recent Five Best</a> as I am pretty much rotating all of them depending on how I feel.

  • December 22, 2009

    by JulieK

    Marta, thank you! I've been waiting for this offering since it's you who really got my boat afloat and on track. Cellbone sounds fabulous. Do you use a cleanser? And are you finding YBF's new Correct as effective as the prior formula. Happy Holidays to you and all at TIA! ~jk

  • December 21, 2009

    by Junko

    Thank you so much for adding Marta This Month, and putting an end to some of the chapters & older posts I had been reading :) I think the community as a whole is always curious as to what you are using every month, or every day for that matter. Your regime reflects an up-to-date, who's, who of products for the month. For me, it's the ideal starting point for the track-backwards to reading previous posts. I always come to TIA to see what everyone's raving about or recommending before I buy. Based on Marta This Month & previously posted raves, Cellbone is my next new try!

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