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Shiso Pretty! Here’s Why


SHISO/(Shee-Soh)/n./ 1. An ancient, green-leafed Japanese medicinal plant typically used in a variety of Asian cuisines and commonly called Aoshiso, or Perilla, as it is known in North America; /n./ 2. A popular garnish for sushi; /n./ 3. A potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic agent that can brighten skin by fending off free radicals and enhancing collagen production, e.g., “A chic, exotic spice akin to basil or mint, shiso’s real kick is its ability to increase skin radiance and promote smooth texture.”

Try It: Zelens Radical Defense Serum, $200,

Photo: Courtesy of Zelens Skin Science

Take A Break For Tea Time; Your Skin Will Thank You


GREEN TEA/(Green Tee)/n./ 1. The unfermented leaves of a magnolia-related evergreen tree with the botanical name Camellia sinensis; /n./ 2. An ancient herbal drink rich in polyphenols, known for its high antioxidant levels and a reported ability to fight free radicals and prevent photo aging caused by the sun, e.g., “So much more than a cathartic experience, sipping a hot cup of green tea can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Try It: 100% Pure Peach Pigmented Natural Concealer with green tea, $20,

Photo: Courtesy of Rae Cosmetics

The Superfruit That Everyone’s Sweet On


ACEROLA/(as-uh-roh-luh)/ n./ 1. The cherrylike fruit of the small tree Malpighia glabra, common to the West Indies and adjacent areas; / n./ 2. Also known as the Barbados cherry, this emerging superfruit is said to be 20 to 30 times richer in vitamin C than the orange and is becoming prevalent in the beauty industry for its ability to even skin tone, boost collagen and elastin levels, and defend against the damaging effects of free radicals, which can age skin prematurely, e.g., “Acai is so three years ago. To maintain a youthful appearance and your trendsetting status, get your antioxidant rush from acerola.”

Try it: Nude Skincare’s Advanced Smoothing Complex, $90,

Photo: Bernd Euler

Behold, The $1,000 Wonder Cream


Known for quality skincare that is above all a testament to pure luxury, La Prairie has already pioneered a caviar-extract range and a Radiance collection that uses liquid quartz crystals, drawing a customer base that is unafraid to open its minds (and its wallets) for better skin. The Swiss company’s latest innovation is Cellular Cream Platinum Rare, an antiaging formula that uses negatively charged microscopic particles of pure platinum suspended in water to help maintain electrical balance in the skin. Working in synergy with peptides, vitamins, antioxidants, and firming/lifting agents to significantly reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and lines, the precious metal apparently acts as an electron donor, balancing unstable molecules such as free radicals and creating an electrolyte and fluid balance that allows skin cells to perform efficiently and maintain optimal energy levels. Also included in its bewildering list of abilities is a whole host of trademarked terms such as “Climate Activated Moisture Matrix,” which provides immediate and prolonged hydration to the skin depending upon humidity levels; “Smart Crystals,” which protect DNA in the nucleus of skin cells to improve circulation; and “Soft Splendor,” a new phrase that had to be coined in order to describe the revolutionary results as yet unseen by any other (less expensive) cream on the market. If you still aren’t sold on its $1,000 price tag, consider the applicator. No, it’s not made of platinum, but it does comes studded with a Swarovski crystal. So, you know, there’s that.

Photo: Courtesy of La Prairie