refresh or repair

Do you need a heavy hitter or will a lightweight essential do? At 54, I certainly need the heavy hitters, but I can eke out the more expensive versions by having a maintenance product on hand to alternate with. After several months with a heavy hitter, I can sometimes afford a little break — I will invariably end up going back to the heavy hitter, but at least my credit card gets some respite. Here are some of my refresh and repair combos (and be assured that even my lightweight essentials punch above their weight).

Eye serums

Heavy hitter: E'shee Clinical Esthetic Alpha and Omega Gene Therapy Eye Cream ($284 in the shop)

This is pretty much the best eye cream I have come by. Lines fade and my delicate eye area skin feels thicker and firmer. The recently launched eye serum has a new peptide that reduces sagging and slacking, Far Infrared Ceramic Powder and E’shee’s signature epidermal growth factor, FGF1.

Lightweight essential: Sciote Peptide+Defense Firming Eye Crème ($65 in the shop)

I am always being asked to recommend a really good eye cream at around the $60 mark, and now, finally I can. Sciote’s is hydrating and anti-aging, keeping the eye area skin smooth and wrinkles at bay. It exfoliates (gently, in my experience) with glycolic and lactic acid and has plenty of antioxidants.

Body lotions

Heavy hitter:The Organic Pharmacy Body Lotion ($79)

With a decadent rose scent, this is one of life’s little luxuries. Formulated with 95% organic ingredients, this body lotion is dominated by emollient oils and shea butter. It also contains one of my favorite ingredients: phospholipids, a wonderful hydrator and antioxidant bilberry.

Lightweight essential: Mirai Purifying Body Serum ($29)

It is a high-quality and effective anti-aging body lotion at a decent price. It has one of my favorite ingredients, astaxanthin, a super powerful antioxidant that eliminates free radicals, prevents sun damage and reduces melanin.

Face serums

Heavy hitter: Innarah Line Smoothing Treatment Serum Oxygenated Moisture Serum ($175 in the shop)

A current favorite, Innarah Line Smoothing is a product that lives up to its name, making a visible impact on fine lines. It has also brightened my skin, giving it a refreshed tone. A really interesting line-up of ingredients, its formula includes lactoferrin, a pack mule protein that transports iron, copper and zinc to the cells.

Lightweight essential: Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin C Serum ($68 in the shop)

An all-natural skin brightener with organic green tea and sea buckthorn oil, plus vitamins A, C, D and E, this product gives my skin a nice dewy look.

Face moisturizers

Heavy hitter: Benir Beauty BV Nine Platinum Anti-Aging Bee Venom Cream ($136 in the shop)

With bee venom and copper peptides, this is indeed a very good moisturizer and wrinkle repair cream. There’s thioctic acid, which is readily transported through cellular membranes and helps to recycle other antioxidants and nourishing avocado oil.

Lightweight essential: Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift ($55 in the shop)

In addition to bee venom and manuka honey, there’s avocado, vitamin E, apricot and rose hip. I like the inclusion of marshmallow, as it has an inhibitory effect on hyaluronidase, the enzyme that degrades hyaluronic acid in our skin tissue.

Sunscreen

Heavy hitter: Amarte Ultra Veil Sunscreen ($45)

I usually avoid chemical sunscreens, but here Amarte’s combines two relatively benign ones with two mineral sunscreens to create a powerful SPF50. Epidermal growth factor stimulates skin repair and collagen production, while purified elemental sulfur calms irritation, balances sebum production and brightens skin. For a touch of luxe, there’s also caviar extract, which is rich in fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Lightweight essential: Snowberry Every Day SPF15 ($36)

Natural and organic skincare lovers will find this perfect for daily use. Intriguing ingredients include a member of the ginger family that contains a sunscreen active and can also boost the efficacy of other sunscreen ingredients. And there’s also ferulic acid, an antioxidant that prevents sun damage and works even harder when exposed to sunlight.


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.