We have two new products from Dermophisiologique: the Xomega body cream and Optyma Lip ($23 in the TIA shop).

The first thing to love about Xomega is the texture. It is really silky, thick enough to imply that it is going to be deeply moisturizing and absorbs quickly. As the name might imply, omegas 3 and 6 (olive and soy oils) feature strongly in Xomega. There are also a few of my newly found favorite ingredients, especially hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans, which bind with water efficiently and increase depth hydration, improving the elasticity and firmness of the skin. The handful of botanicals include black currant seed oil, which promotes healthy cell respiration and stimulates microcirculation, and borage oil, with proven antaging effects. Borage is one of the richest known source of the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Fatty acids such as GLA serve as essential components to the structure, elasticity and lipid barrier of the epidermis, and borage oil is believed to help retain moisture and revitalize the skin.

Optyma Lip Perfect is rich, but not greasy texture and immediately soothing and hydrating. What makes this standout amongst other lip balms is something called Tinosorb. The thing that makes Tinosorb (its chemical name is bemotrizinol) special is that it is extremely stable (98.4% intact), whereas many other sunscreen actives are decidely not. An interesting ingredient is phytosphingosine. These lipids inhibit micro-organisms and their second-messenger function, and are therefore considered part of the body’s natural defense system, and have bacteria-killing properties. Not only does this enable Phytosphingosine to prevent acne from forming, but recent studies in France have also shown it to act as an anti-inflammatory at concentrations as low as 1%