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What's Working For Me Now: Spring 2016

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Crow's Feet, Dull Skin, Fine Lines, Wrinkles
April 12, 2016 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments

My attention has recently been focused on three things: how to get my glow back; mimimizing my crow’s feet, which seemed have deepened into ravines; and what to do about a vertical line that seemed to be forming on my left side between my mouth and ear. I am happy to say that real progress has been made on all fronts and, as always, when I take stock of what’s working for me, I am struck by the mix of old faithfuls and new finds that have become fixtures.

Perhaps the most surprising success has been revisiting Benir BV-9 Platinum Provectus Super Serum ($195 in the shop). I had a hunch that some of the peptides might be helpful for crow’s feet that I was starting to worry about. Potentially, there was a trifecta of expression inhibiting peptides, collagen building peptides (copper and Matrixyl 3000) and bee venom. I was right. I started to see the lines fanning from my eyes fade a little within just over a week and now five weeks on, I am in a very different place than I was when I started this experiment. I am definitely going to continue as I am impressed with what Benir is capable of – at least for the expression lines that I have honed in on.

The other product that I have been very happily reunited with is Sciote Peptide+Defense Firming Youth Serum ($105 in the shop). I was asked by Aldo, Sciote’s founder, to give it a try again as it has a new, improved pump. Although I am happy to confirm that the pump is working well, I was more interested in whether the serum’s combination of amino acids, hyaluronic acid, vitamin A and Matrixyl 3000 would help me get my glow back. I typically do well on amino acids and with morning use of this serum, I am looking dewy. I couldn’t be more pleased.

As I get older (and possibly wiser), I am increasingly aware of the benefits of a proper night regimen. I had been testing Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum ($88 in the shop) and quickly realized that it was going to be a keeper. I really think this night serum with ferulic acid, retinol and niacinamide has turbo charged my regimen. I am appreciating improved radiance, clarity and smoothed out fine lines. I should note tbat I have decreased my beloved Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel ($88 in the shop) to every other day in the interest of not over exfoliating, as there are several alpha hydroxyl acids in the Overnight Serum as well as the retinol. Nonetheless, these transformative pads are now indispensible and I am on my fourth box.

As the DDG products are having a visible impact on my skin tone, my enthusiasm for trying to fade a dark spot below my right has been renewed. I have gone back to dabbing it with Medik8 White Balance Click ($80 in the shop) and, for the first time ever, I think it has lightened to an extent that has gone beyond subtle.

For moisturizer, I have incorporated Difinsa53 Skin Protectant Lotion ($62.50 in the shop) into my life with ease. I like that it hydrates, provides antioxidants, settles any skin flare ups and gives me some sun protection. I also fall back on I Pekar Moisturizer ($78 in the shop) when my skin seems extra thirsty and I want to keep things simple with good natural ingredients.

As far as eye serums go, I am having a break from testing and am giving my eyelids a firming lift with AQ Eye Serum ($99 in the shop). I only use it in the morning as I find I wake up with slightly puffy eyes if I use it at night. Evening eye creams of choice are SkinOwl Eye+ ($46 in the shop) or I Pekar Eye Cream ($68 in the shop).

A recent decision was to augment my Lux Renew treatments by dabbing on some of Deciem NIOD Copper Amino Acid Isolate Serum 1% ($60 in the shop). Although the name is a bit of mouthful, it basically copper peptides with a couple of other interesting peptides. I put it on before the Truth Vitality Treatment Gel as the ultrasound helps collagen-building ingredients penetrate. After removing the Gel at the end of the session, I like to spritz with a little of Your Best Face’s Uplevity toner/mist.

If I have a day off Lux Renew but a few minutes to enjoy a mask, then I reach for I Pekar’s Hungarian Thermal Mud Mask ($98 in the shop). Absolutely guaranteed to get my glow back on.

  • April 20, 2016

    by Sunnymay

    I love Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Peel and use it 1 to 2 times a week and make it go further by cutting each pad in half. The Ferulic Acid really sinks in better after doing the peel.

  • April 12, 2016

    by john

    Great write up, very informative! Very helpful towards future purchases as well.


  • April 12, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi Joyce, if you are interested in whether I have reviewed something then you should be able to find it by typing the name in the search tool at the top of every page. Here is a link to my review if NuFace:
    Basically, I didn't love it and much prefer ultrasound for its impact on collagen production. Nuface's explanation of how microcurrent works isn't quite accurate. Microcurrent works at the muscular level. Mirocurrent uses a subsensory electric current that delivers a pulse to the facial muscles and stimulates them along with the surrounding tissue. The result can be firmer skin, but not as a result of collagen production, this would happen with LED and ultrasound.

  • April 12, 2016

    by Joyce

    Greetings! I have personally bought the Tria Laser and have used the Illuminage as well! I have a fundamental understanding of how you have to break down to stimulate new cells..... I have used red light therapy and different spectrums of light from their attacking baceria to the encoragement of new collagen etc.... I am presently looking into the NuFace micro-current device? Description: The NuFace Microcurrent Device emits harmless low-level currents into your facial muscle stimulating blood flow. This increase in blood flow facilitates cell reproduction which in turn creates collagen, elastin and connective tissue. It is the reproduction of collagen, elasin and connective tissue that will rid your face of unwanted lines and wrinkles and leave your face feeling softer and smoother. What is your take on this?

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