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What's working for my face this month

November 1, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 12 Comments
It has been a testing time for me this summer and fall. So many new products came our way that had my work cut out keeping up with them. And so did my skin. I got to the point where I felt that while I had made some good new discoveries (and some bad ones), my skin wasn’t looking its absolute best. I started thinking about the times when I’d been happiest with it over the past year and came to the conclusion that I was going to have to go back to Skin Nutrition’s Cell CPR.

At $173 (in the TIA shop), this is not a decision to be taken lightly. After all, what if my memory was playing tricks on me and in my job its always tempting to wait for the next new thing to come along. A month later after forking out my own hard earned, I know that I made the right decision and Cell CPR is my default facial serum. Somehow, my skin really responds well to it and looks smoother and almost dewy.  

Last time around, I used Cell CPR over Osmosis Replenish. This time I am using it with Collametics vitamin C serum. This also seems to be well suited for my skin and I think it is helping keep my freckles/hyperpigmentation under control. This is the first vitamin C product that I’ve been able to use with any frequency. Although it is pricy at $85 in the TIA shop, I think it will also be a bathroom cabinet mainstay.

The eye creams that I tend to keep going back to are, of course, Your Best Face Correct and Dermophysiologique Optyma. But, I must say, that I can see SenZen’s Double Dose joining them as a hydrating crow’s feet eliminator ($84 in the TIA shop).  For lip lines I use YBF Define ($70 in the TIA shop).

As far as cleansers go, La Vie Celeste’s ($40 in the TIA shop) has pretty much elbowed all others out of the way. I use it after dry brushing with my Clarisonic and follow it with La Vie Celeste’s toner ($35 in the TIA shop).  When I feel the need for a bit more of a deep cleanse, I also really like SenZen’s facial scrub called Slough It Off ($42 in the TIA shop) and am happily using up KaplanMD’s Microfoliant ($55 in the TIA shop).

Depending on how my skin is looking and what I feel in need of, I reach regularly for the following face masks (all of which are permanent fixtures now): Your Best Face Prep Microdermabrasian ($80 in the TIA shop) especially for my neck, Tilvee’s fruit powder mask ($27 in the TIA shop) for a pick me up, and about twice a week I use La Vie C Celeste’s glycolic mask.
  • November 15, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Junko, funnily enough I have just started using it agin. My lip area lines are getting a bit out of control and so I am experimenting with E'shee's Bota Therapy serum and Chella's Master Protocol. Only just started though but I'll check back in with results if any.

  • November 14, 2010

    by Junko

    Marta, are you still using E'shee's Repair Serum?

  • November 4, 2010

    by Marsha

    I'm looking forward to it!

  • November 4, 2010

    by marta

    Great idea for a post Marsha. We will get on to it.

  • November 4, 2010

    by Marsha

    You may have covered this somewhere, but can you please tell me what is the best order to put serums, peptides, antioxidants, vitamin C etc. on your face? I have all these wonderful products recommended by TIA but I would like to make sure I am applying them correctly. Thanks!

  • November 4, 2010

    by Junko

    I'm not Marta but I want to put in my 2 cents on Susan's query of Faitox 25. It didn't do anything for me and I thought it was a total waste of money. I know many others have posted results. At the time I had Cellbone Hyper Peptides too and thought it was a much better buy.

  • November 4, 2010

    by Susan


    Have you tried Faitox 25 on your face?

  • November 3, 2010

    by ruth

    this was a wonderful, well thought out (and tried and true) practical guide to follow. Thanks!

  • November 3, 2010

    by Kerry

    With all the stuff out there it is nice to know what you would go back to. Hearing that you would reach for slough It Off again just makes me what to try it more; I love hearing what works keep up the great work!
    Oh, I also have to brag that I picked the trifecta in the Melborne cup!

  • November 3, 2010

    by deborah rodell

    I always look forward to your recommendations Marta. It is easy to just feel overwhelmed with all the choices out there. I trust your judgement and find I follow your results closely. You have the same light hair and skin as I do and it is nice to know you really try the products and give them a balanced critique. I like that you took the picture of your "pantry" of skin goods! Your decisions always help me make mine. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Keep up the great work!

  • November 2, 2010

    by L

    Thanks for letting us know which ones
    you keep using qnd go back to. This helps a lot.

  • November 1, 2010

    by Junko

    Thank you Marta! There's always so many products being reviewed at TIA, which is a good thing, but I'm always curious thru it all, what products you do end up to like the most.

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