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July 22 2014

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Éminence’s Head Is in the Clouds

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CLOUDBERRY (kloud-ber-ee)/ (n.)/ 1./ Scientific name rubus chameaermorus, and sometimes referred to as a knotberry or salmonberry, the herb that produces a golden-colored fruit grows wild in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including Europe’s Nordic countries and northern parts of the United States and Canada. / 2./ Often found in mountainous areas, the plant is able to withstand extreme cold but suffers in very dry conditions. / 3./ Rich in vitamin C (four times more than an orange offers), they are an ancient natural remedy for protecting against scurvy and for treating urinary tract infections. / 4./ Their immune-boosting properties make cloudberries efficient wound healers, and they have also been found to help anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cardiovascular and kidney issues. / 5./ When ripe, the berries have a sweet flavor and are used in many traditional jams and other delicacies, as in Finland where leipajuusto sees them served warm with local cheese, cream, and sugar, or in lakkalikoori, a strong and sugary liqueur. / 6./ Packed with antioxidants, omegas, carotene, and vitamins, cloudberries are hugely beneficial for the skin, helping to nourish, strengthen, and combat the signs of aging; e.g., “Slather your cloudberries on buttered toast for a sweet fix or on your complexion for a radiance boost.”

Try it: Éminence Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System, $130, eminenceorganics.com

Verso Says Out Damn Spot

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verso-dark-spot-fixCURCUMA LONGA (kur-kyoo-muh lohng-ga)/ (n.)/ 1./ Commonly known as turmeric and originating in southeast India, the plant’s Sanskrit name is haridra, meaning “yellow wood.” / 2./ The herbaceous perennial plant is part of the ginger family Zingiberaceae, and its sunshine-colored powder is utilized frequently in South Asian cuisine. / 3./ Relied on by Ayurvedic and Chinese doctors for thousands of years, it is used to address issues of the liver, stomach, and digestive organs, aiding metabolism and nutrient absorption. / 4./ Traditional healers utilize it to reduce menstrual cramps, combine it with neem leaves to address ringworm, or cook the root with milk to treat asthma. / 5./ Considered by some to have magical properties, turmeric is thought to help boost fertility and can also be worn as a protection charm. / 6./ The most active component in turmeric is curcumin, a potent antioxidant that is being studied as a potential cancer preventive and gives the plant strong anti-inflammatory properties both when ingested orally and applied topically; e.g., “Reduce cholesterol levels, treat digestive ailments, and brighten and protect the skin from free radicals with Curcuma longa.”

Try it: Verso Dark Spot Fix, $150, beautyhabit.com, Sephora, and Barneys New York locations.

Darphin’s Heart of the Ocean

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darphin SEA EMERALD (sea em-er-uhld) / n./ 1. Binomially known as caulerpa lentillifera, this edible algae is found throughout tropical areas of the Indian and Pacific oceans. / 2./ Because of its tiny spherical beads and caviar-like texture, it is sometimes called green caviar, sea grapes, or umi-budo and is considered a delicacy in places like the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. / 3./ In traditional medicine, it is used to treat muscular rheumatism and high blood pressure. / 4./ Part of the Caulerpaceae family, this rare species of seaweed cannot be massively cultivated and grows only at temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. / 5./ Rich in iodine, fatty acids, and vitamins A and C, this ocean botanical activates an essential skin adherence protein and speeds up collagen production to firm and smooth the face; e.g., “Sprinkle sea emerald over a salad in the East, or massage it into your complexion in the West.”

Try it: Darphin Stimulskin Reshaping Divine Serum, $310; darphin.com

Pureology’s Pillar of Strength

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ASTAXANTHIN (as-ta-zan-thin) / n./ 1./ A carotenoid and antioxidant from marine algae that gives salmon eggs their coloring. It’s also the reason crabs, lobsters, and shrimp turn pink when cooked. /2./ A diet rich in astaxanthin is what lends the feathers of flamingos, born white, their rosy hue. /3./ Taken orally by humans, it can support brain function, vision, and joint and bone health, as well as protect from UV damage. /4./ Previously, it was used to preserve the light-sensitive particles in photographic film. /5./ Applied to hair, it can strengthen its integrity and prevent oxidative damage to color—e.g., “Spin damaged, dry strands into satin with a regimen rich in astaxanthin.”

Try it: Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo, $27, Condition, $29, Restorative Masque, $50, Fabulous Lengths Treatment, $28, and Split End Salve, $28; pureology.com

Brad’s Berries? In a Word, Sublime

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brad-berriesRASPBERRY SEED OIL/ (raz-ber-ee seed oil)/ n./ 1: The edible fruit comes from a shrub that is part of the family rosaceae and genus Rubus, or the rose family, and is now cultivated all over the world;/ 2: The sweet berries are a significant source of fiber and antioxidants, and rich in vitamins A, C, and E and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids;/ 3: The oil derived from their seeds is being studied as a treatment for obesity, since their compound rheosmin has been found to speed up metabolism;/ 4: Their anti-inflammatory phytonutrients are also believed to have anticancer benefits;/ 5: Raspberry seed oil is prized for its highly moisturizing properties; can protect the skin from damage caused by UVB radiation; and, because it is rich in alpha linolenic acid, can be effective in treating inflammatory conditions like eczema and psoriasis; e.g., “Sprinkle the berries on your morning yogurt and use the oil to create a protective moisturizing barrier for the skin.”

Try it: Brad Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Radiance Concentrate, $125, bradskincare.com