6 posts tagged "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
JAPANESE KNOTWEED (ja-pe-nez nat-wed) / n. / 1. Scientific name Fallopia japonica, the meandering perennial plant can be found in North America, Europe, China, Korea, and, of course, Japan, where it is called itadori; / 2. / Considered one of the world’s most invasive species because of its extensive and strong root system, it can disrupt other plant life and cause damage to buildings, foundations, and roads; / 3. / This herbaceous plant’s flowers are often used by beekeepers as nectar for their honeybees; / 4. / The stems, which are edible and share a similarly slightly sour taste to rhubarb, can be used in soups, jams, or for baking; / 5. / Packed with vitamins A and C, potassium, and zinc, knotweed, when consumed in large quantities, is also thought to have a gentle laxative action; / 5. / Chock-full of resveratrol—the same antioxidant extracted from the skin of grapes—this plant helps lower bad cholesterol and, when used topically, stimulates the natural production of collagen; e.g. “Avoid it in the garden; instead, make use of this pesky weed in a tangy compote or slather on the skin to help smooth fine lines.”
Try it: Darphin Ideal Resource Overnight Cream, $90, www.darphin.com.
And…breathe. Fashion month is officially over, which for many of us means the end of a three-week trek around Europe, plenty of jet lag, aching feet—and skin that has been put through the wringer; there’s nothing like air travel, late nights, and early call times to bring out the worst in your complexion. Compounding this is the fact that we’re coming up on a seasonal transition. Despite last night’s lashing of snow and rain on the East Coast, the first day of spring is just two weeks away, which should mean a whole new host of concerns, from dryness and flaking to redness and irritation. So it goes without saying that your skin could use a little R&R right about now, and luckily there are plenty of skin savers just hitting the market to help you repair, renew, and—fingers crossed—relax.
Clé de Peau Eye Contour Balm Anti-Wrinkle
This extra-creamy, soothing lotion contains pure retinol, super-bio-hyaluronic acid (an intense moisturizer), and an illuminating complex to tighten fine lines, rehydrate, and prevent the signs of aging around the eyes. It also happens to be the perfect base for concealer, and can be applied on top of makeup, too, for an instant pick-me-up.
A Pore Thing
Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid
The fast-absorbing, hydrating ingredients in this silky formula are ideal for those of us with combination skin. Mattifying mineral extracts work to visibly minimize pores while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and increasing cell turnover. The fact that it’s lightly scented with a delicate white flower essence certainly doesn’t hurt.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair
Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream is a cult favorite among beauty editors and makeup artists such as Pat McGrath, who regularly pulls it out backstage at the shows. This season, the multitasking wonder balm has been specially redesigned for pouts. Bolstered by ingredients like arnica-flower oil, honey, and watercress extract, it works to soothe extremely chapped lips on contact.
Sisley Botanical D-Tox, Detoxifying Night Treatment
Sisley’s newest night treatment is packed full of powerful ingredients like rice peptide extracts and ginkgo biloba, which have an anti-asphyxiation action on cells, working to draw toxins out from the skin. The superlight lotion instantly refreshes, and after some quality shut-eye, you’ll awake to a noticeably brighter appearance.
Le Métier de Beauté Ultra Hydrating Eye Mask Duo
Le Métier de Beauté’s new under-eye mask is a favorite for in-flight pampering, although it works just as well as an at-home indulgence. With these two self-adhesive gel patches that contain a patented calming seaweed ingredient, fifteen minutes is all you need to get a good dose of nourishing hydration that helps eliminate dark circles and puffiness. Editor’s note: Pop these into the refrigerator for an extra-soothing experience.
TURKEY TAIL / (ter-kee tayl) / n. / 1. / Also known as Trametes versicolor, a fungus that is most common in the North American woods, where it is found virtually anywhere there are dead hardwood logs and stumps; n. / 2. / A mushroom known for its flayed-out ridges that resemble a turkey’s plumage; n. / 3. / A member of the polypore family with a tough and chewy consistency that is typically steeped in a tea and consumed for medicinal purposes, most commonly to boost the immune system; n. / 4. / A potent skincare ingredient that can break up dark spots to help micronize pigmentation and reduce its visibility for a clearer complexion, e.g., “Reverse the signs of sun damage with turkey tail.”
Try it: Darphin Melaperfect Anti-Dark Spots Perfecting Treatment, $95, www.neimanmarcus.com.
Lipstick colors, eyebrow shapes, and cult haircuts come and go, but if the beauty industry has learned anything over the past few years, it’s that greener production practices and lower price points never go out of style. Darphin has reconciled these facts with two product launches that adhere to its high standards of luxury while opening it up to a whole new crop of consumers. Its first order of business was to add Orange Blossom to its collection of Aromatic Care oils. A detoxifying blend of emollient carrot, lemon, lavender, and cranberry essences, the sweet-smelling elixir brightens dull complexions, reinforces the skin’s barrier functions, protects it from external aggressors, and is 100 percent organic, a first for the brand. Perhaps more impressively, Darphin has also released a new addition to its popular Hydraskin line at a fraction of the cost of the rest of the range. Hydraskin Essential packs a lightweight, moisturizing punch for $50 and is enriched with fair-trade organic shea butter from IDEAL Providence Farm, a women’s cooperative in Ghana. This marks another first for the Paris-based company, which intends on upping its social responsibility over the next few years. As a starting point, Darphin has launched www.50littleluxuries.com, a micro-site that invites you to celebrate Hydraskin Essential’s accessible price tag and its shea butter sourcing partner by uploading your own $50 indulgences. Every submission equals a $2 donation to IDEAL and could possibly win you a New York City spa getaway. Click here for more information.