I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be a year of discovery and growth. Interesting new products have been arriving at the TIA office and what’s even more exciting is that some of them are still evolving as their makers – for example Collametics, Dermagenics, Your Best Face, SenZen – listen to the marketplace. Look forward to reviews of all new products and brands in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, I have made some skin and hair breakthroughs that I’d like to share and as I embark on testing lots of new products, it seemed like a good idea to have a reset and remind myself of what is working for me.

First off, I’ve made some great progress on my neck and décolleté (some of you were kind enough to notice on our recent YouTube video). It’s pretty simple, I designated SenZen’s Infinity Never Ending Moisture ($95) as my neck cream. It has done a great job of plumping, hydrating and smoothing. We aren’t done yet, but I have reached the first breakthrough of really visible results. It has taken a couple of months, but fortunately, a little of this cream goes a long way and I have still at least a month’s worth left. About once a week, I use La Vie Celeste’s Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the TIA shop) with glycolic acid, and every day I dry brush the area with my Clarisonic.

My hair has taken on the appearance, in a good way, of a thick winter pelt. I attribute this mostly to my new hair regimen. I’ve transitioned to a “I can’t live without” relationship with Shielo’s leave in, antioxidant-rich conditioner and SenZen’s Drenched & Quenched ($42), a kind of scalp serum that I also use on my dry hair as a frizz tamer. For shampoo, it’s either Nutra-Lift Simply Superb ($18) or new find Real Purity’s Moisturizing Shampoo, which I think I marginally prefer.

After some bad eye cream experiences, I ran back into the arms of YBF Correct and recovered enough to embark on new trial with a cream that seems to be pretty good by Sarah Chapman. Its funny – and alarming – how the wrong eye cream can make my under eye area revert to dry and crepey in only a few weeks. I’ve put my beloved E’shee serum to one side while I try out ReLuma, another serum with a growth factor is the active (more on that in a few weeks) and layer some Skin Nutrition Cell CPR to give my skin some hydration and something familiar. Cell CPR is definitely suited to my skin and I am now on my second bottle (although a wayward pump has sent more of it than I would like in the direction of the light fittings).

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