Sometimes my quarterly “What’s Working For Me” update seems more like a list of what I am using. This time it really is a roll call for what is working — actually working. From an energizing vitamin C serum to a strong yet gentle retinol (I see the oxymoron, but trust me), the treatments in my current routine are delivering results I am thrilled about — radiance, smaller pores, less pronounced lines. Click over to my latest article to learn more about the products I’ll be slathering on through spring.
Top of the list is the new — for both me and Dr. Dennis Gross — C+ Collagen Brighten and Firm Vitamin C Serum($78 in the shop). I recently tested this and knew within a couple of weeks that I had a keeper. It gives two results that I love: a refreshed glow and firmer skin. The formula is supposed to address what Dr. Dennis Gross calls “tired skin” by targeting the mitochondria, the source of energy in our cells. There is DDG’s all-time favorite vitamin C, but there is also a new collagen amino acid and “energy complex” with niacinamide, CoQ10 and superoxide dismutase. It is certainly giving my skin a wake up call.
I was also testing the companion Dr. Dennis Gross eye cream, but have to admit that it didn’t suit me at all. My full review will come soon, but suffice it to say that after a few weeks of uncomfortable stinging, I reached out for my old favorite — the super gentle, but highly effective I Pekar Eye Cream ($68 in the shop). It has gluconolactone, an ingredient that protects cell lipids and 100 percent raw honey. The latter makes this a very healing little cream that I use off label sometimes if my skin is irritated.
My cleanser is a new one and also has a dab of honey. Expurtise Effective Anti-Aging Ultra Purifying Cleanser ($36 in the shop) cleanses with gentle, natural surfactants and makes use of botanical extracts, such as detoxifying moringa and soothing milk thistle. After cleansing, I am using the Ayelet Lavender Chamomile Calming Face Toner ($32 in the shop). It is really good at removing any residual dirt, balancing, closing pores and all without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Plus, I learned the other day that chamomile mends broken veins.
I never thought a retinol would become a permanent feature in my regimen, but Ao Skincare Rewind ($119.95) has become just that. It’s formulated with retinal, potent derivative of vitamin A, and bakuchiol. Together, they are a powerful duo against aging skin but have proven not to have any undesirable effects like sensitivity. I use Rewind judiciously and to target my lip lines and scaly neck. It has really had an impact on both.
There are two things that I have become a devotee of and have found that by committing to regular use over time, they really deliver. Your Best Face Define ($70 in the shop) has given me lips that are fuller and darker — and since I have the lips of a lizard, that is really something. The other is Brow Empower ($39 in the shop). I’ve always used it on an off, but for the past six months, I have been sure to give my brows a swipe every other day. The result is that my brows have gone from sandy and sparse to dark and thick.