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What’s working for me- summer 2013

June 5, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments

My skincare regimen’s focus is very much on lifting and firming these days – as many of you won’t be surprised by given my recent new finds in Five Best for sagging skin. This preoccupation and the transition from winter dry skin to slightly oily has been dictating some changes that I am extremely pleased with.

Cleansing and toning

My slightly oilier summer skin is less happy with a creamy cleanser, so I have transitioned from using Red Flower’s most days to a couple of times a week and have reintroduced my favorite Snowberry product, the Remineralising Toner. This does double duty as both a cleanser and toner, and keeps my skin refreshed and conditioned. It is an unusual and excellent product. On the odd day that I use a richer cleanser, I follow with Arcona Cranberry Toner ($32).

Of course, the big shift in my cleansing regimen has been the introduction of Ultra Clear, which I now use exclusively as my power facial brush. Because it has so many micro-rotations I am able to hold it gently against my face without scrubbing, brushing or even moving the device and it effectively clears out blocked pores – it has even tackled a couple that former brushes failed to and that I thought I was stuck with.


Back in March, when I reviewed E’shee’s latest serum, the Multi-Tensor Extreme Face Lift Serum ($159), I was impressed by its lifting and wrinkle erasing, but found I needed to layer a light moisturize over it. Not anymore. The warmer weather means that it is now just right for my skin. I’ve been making special use of it around my jaw, lip lines (where, along with ultrasound and LED, it is finally making me believe I am getting the upper hand) and marionette lines. I am so happy with the results that I will be soon buying a second bottle. There are a bevy of sulfates here, starting with magnesium sulfate, an anti-inflammatory; manganese with antioxidant properties; zinc, an anti-immune booster; and copper. Another key ingredient is whey protein.

I tend to interchange it with Medik8 Growth Factor ($160), which has a noticeable lifting and tightening. The key ingredient, an epidermal growth factor (EGF) is bioidentical to human EGF, but synthetically produced.

I am still a big fan of E’shee KI Therapy Serum ($189 in the shop)and use that especially when I want a radiant and glowing look and in the evening I use BRAD Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide ($95) or Your Best Face Control ($160 in the shop), which features skin-firming ChroNoLine, depending which is at hand. Both settle in well for the night to leave me looking rested.

And now for a sneak preview of a new find that I think is excellent: Medik8 CE Tetra ($115 in shop). I haven’t got around to writing my full review yet (expect it in the next week or so), but I can tell you that it is a keeper. Vitamin C rarely does much for me, but this serum goes straight to work on scaley, sun-damaged skin.   


I’m back toYour Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop) as my daytime eye cream, as it is always so reliable at lifting lids and smoothing crepey under-eye skin. Much to my own surprise, I’m sticking with Amarte Eyeconic ($51) well beyond my trial period. It has retinol, which is usually a no-go for me, but Eyeconic is extremely comfortable to use and has an excellent smoothing effect on crow’s feet. Because of the retinol, I use it only at night.

Special targeting

I remain devoted to Your Best Face Define ($70 in the shop). 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.

Any skin sensitivity and/or dryness issues seem to be put right by Arcona Wine Hydrating Mask ($38) and on the days when I need a little extra moisturizer (most days, serums are enough for me), I reach for Arcona Desert Mist($32), as this lightest of lotions is deceptively hydrating.

Of course, Ultra Renew Plus with its combination of LED and ultrasonic still merits – even for this short-attention-spanned person – 10 minutes of my time four to five days a week. It has saved my jawline from becoming jowls.

For sunscreen, I use MD Solar Sciences Mineral Lotion SPF 50 ($34) for sporty outdoorsy activities (passes the melt test). And Prana Natural Defense SPF 25 Moisturizer($39 in the shop) is my new cosmetically acceptable sunscreen (no chalky residue) for day-to-day – light and pleasant to use, with tons of botanical extracts.

  • June 10, 2013

    by mc

    Thanks, Marta - my order for the Multi-Tensor will be in! Yes, I definitely did read your "intense neck regimen" post. I am thinking of trying the Medik8 Ferma serum. I am currently using Osmotics Necollete. I do like it, but I seem to always go back to my favorite, Dermelect Neck firming lift. For me, it doesn't do very much for wrinkling, but it certainly does firm and I've been very happy with it. When I run out of both of the above, tho, I think I will go for trying the Medik8 Ferma!

  • June 8, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi MC, without a doubt I would say the Multi-Tensor. Regarding the neck issue, I'm right with you on that one. Did you read my "intense neck regimen" post? You might get some ideas from there:

  • June 7, 2013

    by mc

    Hi Marta,

    Which product do you think would be the best for firming - the Multi-Tensor serum or the Medik8? And I do have to add something: I have been using the Sheer Miracle Firming Serum for almost 3 months now. And I have to tell everyone, nothing has firmed my face like this product. I feel I still could use a little more "firming" ( gee, we really do look for miracles in products, I guess!) but this product has made more of a difference than anything I have ever used. I only used it in the morning and layered Skinn Crease Release over it. (I have used the Crease Release before on it's own, and while I liked the effect on my skin, I did not have these results with it alone). After only a few weeks, a co-worker commented on how soft and "glowing" my skin looked, and an acquaintance I hadn't seen in 2 months said "Wow, you look great" when I ran into her. After a couple of months of using this combination, I was checking my hair sideways in the bathroom mirror - and was caught by the difference in the tightness at my jawline. Not COMPLETELY "lifted up" mind you, but the difference stopped me short for a second. You know, I wish I had taken pictures before and after, but gee, it just never occurred to me. I just buy something and start slathering it on and hope for the effects the product promises! Anyway, it seems so funny to say, but I am actually hesitant to stop using a $25 serum to try one of the above! But I have been curious to try the Multi-Tensor and the now Medik8 also, and the 15% off sale is my little "push"! So Marta, since the firming is my main goal ( as if no one could guess after this post, ha ha!) which do you recommend? Thank you again!


  • June 6, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Terri, we give personal consultations and advice via email. Please feel free to contact us at and we will be delighted to make some specific recommendations

    In the meantime, you may find these articles specifically helpful: a regimen for 50-somethings and for neck and decollete -

  • June 6, 2013

    by Terri Batchelor

    I wish you had personal shoppers as Jane Iredale does.
    I regularly get on your site and end up so confused which
    products to order I end up empty handed. it would be
    wonderful to get some assistance, I have made such
    a huge ivestment in hundreds of products only to
    find they are ineffective and you appear to have so
    many seemingly wonderful products, I almost just
    did as usual and take my chances, I would get items
    appropriate for my skin. this is what challenges me,
    I have alot of red in my skin tone.. In addition I have
    a very bad problem with broken cappilaries all across
    my nose, cheeks and other smaller areas om my face.
    I have yet to find a product to conceal these. I use
    Jane Iredale exclusively as it's suppose to sooth the
    skin as well as great coverage, Unfortunately, that
    hasnt been the case. I would greatly appreciate any
    suggestions, to any products you think may be helpful.
    I should also mention this doesnt cause any physical
    irratation and other than what I mentioned my skin is
    in quite nice condition, I'm in my fifties..One last question,
    do you have a list of products that would be good for my
    skin as I'm ordering the Ultra Renew I'm getting
    that turkey neck, creppy and wrinkled. It looks awful,
    as the skin on my face looks many many years younger.
    I hope you can advise me. Thamk you for taking the time
    to read my lengthly email and addressing my skin issues.
    Greatly looking forward to hearing back from you soon, and
    finally be educated to be confident in ordering all the items
    Ive been eager to try.. Again, your help is greatly appreciated,
    Terri Batchelor

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