What's working for me now March 2013

After some prompting, I realize that it has been a while (five months!) since I posted on what’s working for me. Re-reading it, I am impressed by the stayers and – given how all of us love to find the new next thing – the latest additions to become my new go-tos. I must say that, despite some detours with samples that require testing, I am very, very happy with the way my skin is looking.


Back in October, I described E’shee’s KI Therapy Serumas my “current facial serum of choice.” Well, it still is. I am on my third bottle (and let it be known that I paid for them, full price at $189 in the shop) and I just love it. Wrinkles are being kept at bay and the overall texture of my skin seems to be about as good as it ever was (at least within the last 20 years).

In the evenings, I reach for BRAD’s Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide (1.7oz/$95 in the shop). The following morning, my skin is soft, supple and re-energized – even my husband has felt compelled to comment. Like KI, it seems to be very compatible with my skin. This BRAD product is mostly amino acids, the building blocks of the body and essential for health.

I do not need an additional moisturizer with these serums.

Eyes and lashes

I’ve recently been distracted by testing eye cream samples (good and bad, with reviews to come), but my fallback is AQ Eye Serum ($99 in the shop). Nothing beats it for lifting and tightening the eyelids and under-eye area (crepey skin, in my experience responds really well to Your Best Face Correct, but that is less of an issue for me right now – no doubt due to YBF’s success in the past).

AQ Eye Serum is based on growth factors (fortified with ingredients to help with dark under-eye circles and puffiness). Some of the growth factors proved to be helpful at eyelash growth and this is a happy side effect of using the eye serum. I am also addicted to the extra boost my lashes get from the recently launched AQ Lash ($135 in the shop); they are longer, darker and thicker.

Special targeting

I increasingly believe that the heavy lifting, particularly for forehead, crow’s feet and lip and marionette lines, is carried out by LED and ultrasonic therapy and I am a faithful user of my Ultra Renew ($89) and Ultra Renew Plus ($159), using whichever comes to hand first.

I have been a devoted user of Your Best Face Define ($70 in the shop) since it launched in 2009 and just bought my umpteenth bottle. It helps keep my lips looking darker (which equates to younger) and smoother (even younger). It is packed with peptides and YBF’s favorite antioxidants.

Although it can be used anywhere on the face, neck or décolleté, I’ve been focusing Osmotics Micro Peel Skin Resurfacing System ($86) on my lip lines with very good effect. I use it at least three times a week and consider it to be one of my favorite Osmotics products.

Two Sevani products come to the rescue when needed: Sevani Advanced Complexion Corrector ($39 for 2oz in the shop) takes down redness and inflammation in a matter of minutes and frequently does its duty on my rosacea prone cheeks; Sevani Rapid Renewal ($68 in the shop) is very helpful for closing pores and helps even out skin tone.

For sun-damaged areas, I like BRAD Ultra White Intensive Lightening ($175/1oz). I’ve been testing it for the past month or so and have decided that it is a keeper. I am hopeful that with more months of use it will impact those stubborn patches of hyperpigmentation.

Cleansing, masks and toning

My favorite cleanser these days is Red Flower Phyto Lymphatic Cleanser and Masque ($42 in the shop), which has so many nice, natural ingredients that I love to use it as a mask as well. Another multitasker is Arcona Cranberry Toner ($32/3.67oz), which tones, cleanses, removes makeup and is fruity and refreshing.

Talking of masks, I love the decadence of Josh Rosebrook Cacao Mask ($60), which is almost sinfully chocolatey and leaves my skin polished and healthy looking. Royal Nectar Face Mask ($65 in the shop) with bee venom remains a firm favorite, especially on days when my skin looks dry or dull.

Finishing touches

Sunscreen tends to be Snowberry Everyday Broad Spectrum SPF15 ; it has ferulic acid and galangal to safely enhance the sun protection. I’m not much for makeup, but always use Osmotics Inner Light Instant Complexion Enhancer ($30) as my base. Where needed (especially apples of my cheeks), I layer over La Vie Celeste Creme Foundation ($39) and because my skin is prone to a reddish tone and can get shiny, I finish with a brush of Alima Pure Color Balancing Powder.

What's working for hair and body to come in a few weeks.