The London 2012 Olympics officially kicks off (wrong metaphor since first up is archery), and I have been noticing that it seems to be a watershed for women athletes with so many grabbing the limelight (and not just for competing whilst eight months pregnant). All that girl power inspired me award Truth In Aging medals for the best skincare and each day of the games we will have a new category, so be sure to check back in.

The TIA Olympics starts with cleansers – as all good regimens must. The Gold Medal goes to La Vie Celeste’s lovely cleanser that is a two-year Five Best winner. Relative newcomer, ReLuma, was a first-time Five Best cleanser this year and collects the Silver Medal. Hydropeptide’s exfoliating cleanser, with glycolic acid, snaffles the Bronze Medal. Details below:

La Vie Celeste Exfoliating Mother of Pearl Cleanser ($40 in the TIA shop).  This is hands down my favorite cleanser – and, according to commenter Joe, it is great for shaving as well. I think that is down to the unique (well unusual) use of clays in this cleanser. It doesn’t foam, but has a creamy consistency (thankfully, not in the overly-unctuous way that most are). It cleans well and leaves the face smooth as the clays have a gentle exfoliating action. The key ingredient is Mother of pearl a source of the protein conchiolin, which acts like the protein keratin (which is found in skin, bones and hair), and has the ability to hydrate skin cells and facilitate repair of damaged skin cells. In addition, there are antioxidants in the form tea, apple, gingko biloba and ginseng extracts. More on the LVC cleanser.

ReLuma Cleanser ($35 in the TIA shop). This heavy hitter has ReLuma’s key anti-aging active, human conditioned media. This cleanser does foam a little on contact with water and the soapy stuff is provided by quillaja saponin, a Chilean tree that provides a natural surfactant. It is given a hand by coca betaine, another gentle cleansing agent. There’s also a spot of calendula (marigold), an anti-inflammatory. The only controversial ingredient is, inevitably, a preservative: methylisothiazolinone. Men will also like this scent-free formula. Read the full review.

Hydropeptide Anti-Wrinkle Exfoliating Cleanser ($38). There’s no shortage of active peptides, including neuropeptide acetyl hexapeptide-8 as well as tripeptide-1 and tripeptide-10 citrulline, targeting skin renewal through the regeneration of collagen. Like the other HydroPeptide products, it is also good value for the money and a bottle should easily last a few months. You can even skip the cleansing brush when using this effective exfoliant. This is an especially good exfoliator for those with sensitive skin. It’s hard to believe this gentle exfoliant has 10% glycolic acid because it is so well buffered. Read the full review.

All TIA Olympics winners will be 15% OFF until the end of the Olympics. Go to the special page in our shop and at check out use the code: Olympics

Ingredients in La Vie Celeste: Aqua (Purified Water), Sclerotium Gum, Mother of Pearl (Pteria Margaritifera), White Clay (Kaolin), Kaolinite (Pink Clay), Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis), Marshmallow (Althea Officinalis) Extract*, Apple (Pyrus Malus) Extract*, Gingko Biloba Extract*, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng)*  Chamomile (Anthemis Nobillis) Flower Extract*, Cosmocil CQ (Polyaminopropyl Biguanide), Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Paradisi) Extract*.

Ingredients in ReLuma: Human adipose derived stem cell conditioned media, decyl glucoside, cocamidepropyl betaine, sodium PCA, quillaja saponin, calendula extract, methylisothazolinone, caprylyl glycol, distilled water

Ingredients in Hydropeptide: Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycolic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Glycol Stearate, Jojoba Ester, C12-C15 Alkyl Benozate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Citrus Aurantium (Orange) Dulcis Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium EDTA, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Methylisothiazolinone