New York City is in election mode, but while results are still months away, we already have the winners of the TIA Readers' Choice Awards. The TIA community, which is vital in maintaining the integrity of the site voted on its favorite products in more than 10 categories. We tallied up the votes and are ready to present you with the winning products. Check back daily as we'll be announcing the winners over the next couple of days.
Anti-Aging Facial Serums
1st place: AQ Skin Solutions Active Serum ($149 in the shop) consistently tops the 'best-of' lists. The product fights damage accumulated over the years such as sun spots and wrinkles and reveals young, healthy looking skin.
2nd place: Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum ($29.99) is an excellent value antioxidant blend formulated to brighten, tighten and smooth. It has a highly stable and non-irritating form of vitamin C, Stay-C 50, vitamin E and ferulic acid.
3rd place: E'shee Elixir of Life KI Therapy Serum ($189 in the shop) E'shee has done it again. Marta says the serum proves astonishing results on skin smoothness, tone and even on stubborn lines. The formula combines growth factors (FGF 1 peptide) and Far Infrared Powder (FIR) to rejuvenate and restore damaged or aging skin.
1st place: Your Best Face Advanced CE Concentrate ($50 in the shop) For Marta the Your Best Face's Concentrate series (which includes Antioxidants and Hydrate B) are genius. This product is a lightweight, non-irritating facial lotion with high concentrations of vitamins C and E.
2nd place: La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Cream ($75 in the shop) is a game changer in the world of moisturizers. The cream feels luxurious while hydrating and moisturizing without ever feeling too heavy.
3rd Place: Arcona Magic White Ice ($40)
Say hello to the moisturizing for those with oily skin. Mark says Arcona Magic White Ice is a hydrating gel ideal for oily and acne-prone skin. The product does not clog pores and works to prevent breakouts.
1st place: La Vie Celeste Exfoliating Mother of Pearl Cleanser ($40)
La Vie Celeste Exfoliating Mother of Pearl Cleanser is a unique cleanser that uses Mother of Pearl and pink and white clays to gently cleanse and exfoliate. The creamy texture allows it to be massaged into the skin while the clays work as gentle exfoliators.
2nd place: Red Flower Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser ($42)
This product serves double duty as a soft, gentle cleanser and a masque boosted with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients. With all natural ingredients Red Flower's cleanser is calming and moisturizing, says Marta.
It's a tie!
3rd place: Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser ($27)
Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser is rich in antioxidants and botanical ingredients, which protect the skin while moisturizing deeply. The result is a bright, clear complexion.
3rd place: suki exfoliate cleanser Amy B. said she noticed smoother, brighter skin with suki exfoliate foaming cleanser. The cleanser resurfaces skin, unclogs pores and exfoliates dead cells.
3rd place: Arcona Toner Tea ($42) Marta was initially skeptical of using a soap bar, but was pleasantly surprised with this product. It seems like soap bars have been cleaning up their act! This cleansing and toning bar is rich in antioxidants and is formulated with black, white and green teas and witch hazel that lives up to its expectations.
1st place: Hair Vitality Shampoo ($35) Marta's goal was to create a shampoo that cleanses gently, imparts ingredients that encourage healthy hair growth, rinses out completely and complements Hair Vitality Conditioner and Hair Vitality Complex.
2nd place: Mukti Botanique Shampoo ($43) Marta says this is by far one of her favorite shampoos. She says it foams up like a treat and leaves her hair feeling clean and soft. She's even noticed less shedding.
3rd place: Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo ($12-55) Raise your hairs' volume and lower your carbon footprint with this luxurious shampoo. The preservatives are all essential oils such as sage and rosemary. Then there is plenty to love amongst the botanicals, Marta says.
1st place: Hair Vitality Conditioner ($44) is formulated to give you smoother, shinier hair with fewer tangles, improved fullness and decreased hair shedding.
It's a tie!
2nd place: Yarok Feed Your Volume Conditioner ($12-55) has warm and earthy aroma and is free of chemicals, alcohol, sulfates, parabens or animal testing.
2nd place: Mukti Botanique Conditioner ($43) Just like the shampoo, the Mukti Botanique Conditioner is one of Marta's favorites. She says it conditions without weighing the hair down.
3rd place: Get Creamed Body Naked Decadence Conditioner ($20) Tiffany says this conditioner left her hair lightly fragranced and in perfect donation. The conditioner defined her waves and balanced out her dry and greasy spots. It also left her hair untangled and full of volume throughout the day.