It's almost time for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to come to an end! As we look forward to the closing ceremony this Sunday, February 23, we're no doubt thinking back on our favorite Olympic performances and participants.
We've been awarding medals to our own favorite skin care performers in our TIA Skin Care Olympics, and we're winding down the games with our final category: Anti-Aging Serums. These champions of skin care are some of the most effective products you can add to your skin care regimen. Their high concentration of active ingredients are absorbed instantly and penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin to provide long-term results.
Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop) — This potent serum effectively firms skin and smoothes crow's feet with top-notch actives like super oxide dismutase, copper peptides, vitamin C, Matrixyl 3000, Lipochroman-6 and our favorite mushroom compound, ergothioneine. This serum won our Best of 2013: Product of the Year. Read the full review.
E'shee Elixir of Life KI Therapy Serum ($189 in the shop) — This serum encourages the body's own stem cells to repair damaged tissue and regenerate the skin. It contains the brand’s signature FGF peptides and glutamic acid, plus the key ingredient of Far Infrared Powder (FIR), a wound healer and collagen booster. It transforms and rejuvenates aging skin, improving texture and restoring smoothness. Read the full review.
BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide ($95) — This is a light serum containing over a dozen amino acids in a hydrating base of hyaluronic acid and organic herbs. It nourishes skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and does a great job of refreshing and plumping the skin. This serum won our 2013 Five Best with Peptides. Read the full review.
The Closing Ceremony of TIA's 2014 Skin Care Olympics
Every one of our winning products (and those who competed) scored the highest marks in our books. With products of such high caliber and quality, the only real question of performance is how well-matched they are to your individual needs.
To recap, here are all our medal-winners in each category.
Day 1 - Cleansers
Gold: Ultra Clear Facial Cleansing System
Silver: Red Flower Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque
Bronze: Nutra-Lift Glycolic Cleanser
Day 2 - Facial Oils
Gold: Your Best Face Private Reserve Antioxidant Oil
Silver: Red Flower Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil
Bronze: Snowberry Soothing Facial Massage Oil
Day 3 - Sagging Skin Solutions
Gold: Ultra Renew Plus
Silver: Your Best Face Control
Bronze: La Vie Celeste Eclairage Restorative Serum
Day 4 - Moisturizers
Gold: La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Cream
Silver: Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift
Bronze: Eslor Active Night Cream
Day 5 - Eye Creams
Gold: AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum
Silver: Your Best Face Correct
Bronze: Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream
Day 6 - Beauty Tools
Gold: Ultra Renew PLUS Ultrasonic LED
Silver: Myotone Facial Toning Device
Bronze: Riiviva Microderm Device
Day 7 - Anti-Aging Serums
Gold: Medik8 Firewall
Silver: E'shee Elixir of Life KI Therapy Serum
Bronze: BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide
Ingredients in Medik8:
Aqua, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclomethicone, isopropyl palmitate, stearic acid, polyacrylamide, isopropyl myristate, superoxide dismutase, copper glycinate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, L-ergothioneine, N-acetyl cysteine, polyolprepolymer-2, proply gallate, sodium metabisulphate, copper ferment, copper gluconate, niacinamide, trehalose, saccharide isomerate, tocopheryl acetate, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, dimethylmethoxy chromanol, cetearyl alcohol, colloidal copper, C13-14 isoparafin, portulaca oleracea extract, panax ginseng extract, centella asiatica extract, triethanolamine, ceteareth 20, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, dimethicone, polysilicone-11, aminobutyric acid, aloe barbadendsis leaf juice, laureth-7, jojoba seed oil, copper PCA, allantoin BP, sodium benzoate, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazoline
Ingredients in E'shee:
Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glyceryl Diisostearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hexylene Glycol, Fructose, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycereth-25 PCA Isostearate, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Hyaluronic Acid, Far Infrared Ceramic Powder, Fragrance (Parfum), Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 19140, CI 16035, aFGF (Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor)
Ingredients in BRAD:
Biophotonic Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Hyaluronic Acid, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L- Pyrrolidonecaboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-Threonine, L- Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2- Amino-5-Guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol