What I'm Testing Now


I usually post my latest reviews every week on Mondays. As I am not quite through all my testing just yet, I thought I’d share a sneak preview of what’s on the testing shelf of my medicine cabinet and what you will be seeing in my reviews in the weeks to come. It is an exciting and interesting line-up with some new, as well as familiar names.

First up is my new sunscreen by Dr. Dennis Gross. I was fortunate to recently meet Carrie Gross, the business brains (and beauty) behind her husband’s skin care line. We discussed a very exciting program, which will involve me—and several lucky NYC-based members—getting an in-office peel at the Dr. Dennis Gross clinic, followed by a skin care regimen from the product line. The regimen would include, for example, the Triple C Peptide Firming Oil ($62) and the Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution ($88).

In the meantime, I have embarked on the sunscreen, which as you might expect, is like no other. Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50 ($42) is a physical (not chemical) sunscreen that is formulated to not only protect the skin from UV light, but also to reduce dark spots and even out skin tone. I am very excited by the idea of a sunscreen that will also help fade my areas of hyperpigmentation. The ingredients include three forms of vitamin C, vitamin E, a peptide, black rice extract and melatonin. The latter is a very interesting ingredient that helps to counteract the harmful effects of UV, as well as acts as a buffer to protect the skin from internal and environment stress. More details to come in my upcoming review.

As you know, I’ve been wowed by Your Best Face’s new mist, UpLift ($22 in the shop), a fatigue-fighting spritz of antioxidants. Right now, I’m trying another mist, this time by iS Clinical and I am super excited that it has copper PCA. This is natural salt of copper and helps regulate the skin’s sebum. Plus, there is kola seed and the botanical extract pullinia cuppana seed, which are both sources of caffeine.

iS Clinical is a line that I am looking forward to getting to know. As well as the Copper Firming Mist ($38), I am also testing an intriguing vitamin C serum with an “advanced” olive leaf extract. It is supposed to be good for rosacea, acne, minor skin trauma, as well as reducing fine lines. I can check off a few of those symptoms so I am putting iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advanced+ ($82) through its paces.

I recently heard from an old friend of Truth In Aging, Justin Dotterweich, who used to be at the skin care company, Hydropeptide. He is starting his own line called ExPürtise. I am really enjoying the Eye Serum ($65). It has a really impressive line-up of natural ingredients, from passion flower to gotu kola, and heavy hitters such as Matrixyl 3000, hyaluronic acid, Matrixyl Synthe '6 and vitamin K. I am about two weeks in to my test and have a strong inkling that the results are going to be good.

Summer rescue may be mine in the form of Organic Beauty Now Green+Glam Waves Sea Spray ($26.99). This styling aid gives lift, controls frizz and keeps soft waves in place. I just started using it, but it met the challenge of days that were windy and humid. There’s no sulfates or parabens, corn starch gives the hold and there’s some nice botanicals. Green+Glam reached out to us recently and described themselves as “small and growing’ with natural hair and body products. I’m also testing a body butter with lavender and marjoram.

Finally, I’m just getting started with my trial of SimySkin Gel Cleanser ($45). It has some great ingredients, but my favorite is moringa. This extraordinary ingredient is so efficient at getting rid of pollutants that it is used in India to clean up wells. Its pods and flowers have more vitamin C than oranges and more vitamin A than carrots. It is also a powerful antioxidant with copious amounts of a cytokinin called zeatin.

I’ll be back over the coming weeks with full reviews.