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I am in lust. I can’t help it. No matter how hard I try to restrain myself, I am currently coveting some very exciting new beauty finds. Some of Truth In Aging’s reviewers have been testing stuff that I just want to get my hands on. And if that wasn’t enough, there are some old flames that are positively demanding to be reignited. Here’s my irresistible lust list.
I have to start withMichael Todd Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift Serum ($150). Tina, our reviewer, had me at “genius gem” and I am won over by an anti-aging serum that gives both instant gratification and real results over time. Perversely, it is the snail slime that really has me itching to pick up my credit card. Seriously – this will be my first serum with snail secretion filtrate as the dominant ingredient. Snail slime contains glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which play an important role in the connective tissue between cells, are a component of moisturizing hyaluronate and may help acne. Michael Todd’s Knu serum is also supercharged with top tier ingredients such as epidermal growth factor, peptides, Matrixyl 3000 TM and DMAE. Read Tina’s full review of Michael Todd Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift Serum
A beauty review that quotes Aristotle is guaranteed to get my attention. Our reviewer, Gunilla, is not normally prone to hyperbole so I was totally grabbed by this line: “This product is amazing! In my opinion, it ranks right up there with the best serums I've ever used!” The serum in question is Astara Age Defying Complex ($85). Astara makes one of the best masks ever (and I mean, ever) for calming irritating skin so, this glowing review notwithstanding, I already have a good feeling about Astara’s serum. I really like that this elasticity-improving serum has phospholipids, an amazing ingredient that retains lots of moisture, can improve and protect cells and membrane damaged by free radicals and is sometimes called a “second skin”. I feel the buy button calling. Read the full review of Astara Age Defying Complex
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about Chella Master Protocol 7 Cellular Defense Serum ($135). I first encountered it in 2010 and was terribly impressed by it – enough to lead to several repeat buys. It went off my radar about a year ago until the other day when I mused to myself about various neck creams (I tend to use serums off label as neck creams) and remembered that Chella Master Protocol was one of the best. Over time, it made my skin smooth enough to be considered “buttery”. It is one of the few serums that has einkorn, a strain of wheat that contains a peptide with potent antioxidant properties. The dominant ingredient is thermus ferment, which scientists think plays a “fundamental role in DNA replication and repair” – it actually activates our bodies natural antioxidant enzymes. I just bought myself a new bottle of Master Protocol and very much look forward to being reunited. Read the full review of Chella Master Protocol 7 Cellular Defense Serum
Having been converted to microdermabrasion at home by the PMD Personal Microderm, I am now lusting after the Riiviva Microderm ($299). Which isn’t to say that I am discontented with my trusty PMD. It’s just that it is the Prius to Riiviva’s Tesla. The Riiviva is equipped with medical-grade diamond-tip technology. The kit comes with seven different tips depending on skin tolerance. And the cool thing is that the device has three levels of suction and it is chargeable allowing it to be used untethered. All in all, pretty sophisticated and the price is justified by fewer trips to a professional salon. Read the full review of Riviiva Microderm
Effective cleansers for sensitive skin are one of my Holy Grail’s and BRAD Biophotonic Skincare's Sea Minerals Purify Cleanser ($45 in the shop) has my name on it. With BRAD’s signature herbal and sea mineral ferments, amino acids and vitamins. I am always drawn to borage oil since I came across German research that found it reduced redness (a blight of my sensitive skin). Reviewer, Denise promises that this cleanser is almost hydrating enough to skip moisturizing afterwards. Read the full review of BRAD’s Sea Minerals Purify Cleanser
I get compliments on my skin. I say that not to boast, but more to point out that this was not always the case. For my entire adult life, until a couple of years ago, I was never, ever complimented for my skin. There’s was nothing to compliment – until I started Truth In Aging, I had the gray complexion of an ex-smoker, wrinkles and was prone to breakouts. A few years of tracking down the best products that I can, along with a fairly good diet has done wonders. But I really do think the clincher has been E’shee KI Therapy Serum - Elixir of Life ($189 in the shop). With regular use, my skin has never looked better. I am coming to the end of my third bottle and was hoping to give it and my wallet a bit of a break. However, I fear vanity will get the better of me. Read the full review of E’shee KI Therapy Serum
If there is a reason to jump on the BB cream bandwagon, then Amarte's Natural Finish BB Cream ($57) is it. Our reviewer was told that it gave her the “immaculately even skin of a 12 year old.” I want this. Although not formulated for purists it is not half as bad as most BB creams out there and it does have epidermal growth factor, macadamia and argan oils, caviar and other good things. Discover With Marta subscribers gave Amarte’s BB cream a lot of love after receiving it in their collections. For childlike skin, I could be talked into turning a blind eye to silicones and propylene glycol. Read the full review of Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream
Anything with the words “comforting” and “mask” has got my name on it. Eslor Comforting Mask ($38). With seaweed extracts, aloe vera gel, kaolin, glycerin, zinc oxide, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and ginseng extract, this looks to be a great treatment for harried skin. The promise of a good skin day followed by many more (if our reviewer’s experience is anything to go by) has me hooked. Read the full review of Eslor Comforting Mask