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4 posts tagged "Skicnare"

Hand-Holding With Intelligent Nutrients


IN-Destress-Express-Hand-TherapyThe term “zombie hands” has been trending on social-media networks and in gossip rags a lot lately, referring to the unfortunate physical toll that the aging process can take on a woman’s hands. It’s mean-spirited, but so it goes with any catchy meme. We typically try not to participate in such blather, but we’d be lying if we said it didn’t make us scrutinize our own digits a little more closely. Aside from occasional maintenance during the brisk winter months, hand care often falls by the wayside around here—which, as we’re becoming more and more aware, is a gross oversight. Nothing tells your age more than your hands, as they’re rarely treated to the same indulgences as your face—be that retinol creams or Botox vials—a phenomenon Intelligent Nutrients is plenty aware of. The organic, food-grade, ingredient-rich product line has just added a shea-butter-, safflower-oil-, and acai-oil-packed barrier cream, called Hand Therapy, to its certified organic Destress Express collection. A signature blend of peppermint, spearmint, and rosemary oils helps soothe your mind as the extra-emollient salve treats all twenty-five joints, twenty-nine bones, and thirty muscles in your body’s hardest-working appendages to some much-needed pampering. Editor’s note: Personal experience has taught us that exfoliating the backs of hands with a cleansing brush, like the Clarisonic, will help these skin-healing ingredients absorb that much quicker, resulting in an even softer, suppler, younger-looking finish.Available July 2013 at

Photo: Courtesy of Intelligent Nutrients

Gisele Has A Spa Day


Gisele-Vogue-Italia-BeautyEvery new Gisele Bündchen shoot makes us think we’ve seen the supe’s best work yet—and then the next one comes out and has us seriously reconsidering our previous position. And so it went when images of the Brazilian beauty’s new Vogue Italia beauty supplement started circulating this morning. While the double cover was enough to immediately cause this line of thinking to commence, it’s the behind-the-scenes short film, which the glossy just posted to its Web site, that is really selling Bündchen’s latest editorial. In it, she takes us through the entire spread, in beautiful high-definition video, one beauty procedure at a time: Gisele goes tanning, gets a facial, relishes in a mani/pedi, gets a cupping treatment, and even indulges in the tabloid-favorite vampire facial that Kim Kardashian infamously tested out live and on-camera. Bündchen’s ruddy visage is the result of the impressive handiwork of face-painting legend Pat McGrath and some very believable special-effects makeup in the Steven Meisel-lensed version, but even covered in fake blood, nobody out-stuns Gisele.

A Pore Thing


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_

How do pore-reducing creams actually work? Are there any good ones you could recommend?

“We all have pores, which contain hair follicles and are outlets for perspiration and sebum. Sebum provides a natural protective layer over the body. However, some of us have larger pores than others, which occurs for two main reasons: 1) genetics and 2) them being clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, makeup, and other impurities. While we can’t change genetics, we can do everything possible to keep our pores unclogged and, in turn, minimize their appearance.

I recommend 1) using a face wash every day, especially at night to remove makeup and impurities from the day, 2) using a daily physical exfoliator to clean away the dead skin cells and reveal newer, more radiant cells, and for those who are really concerned about pore size, 3) using a pore-reducing serum. Pore-reducing creams typically contain thickeners (or waxes), various emollients, and even oils to help give them that creamy feel. However, those ingredients can clog pores and interfere with the normal sebum production. Even worse, excess oil can mix with dirt and impurities and lead to acne. Serums, however, are typically lightweight, absorb faster and don’t contain all the other ingredients associated with creams. Look for serums containing chemical exfoliators, such as salicylic acid for milder cases, glycolic or lactic acid for more moderate cases, as well as retinol, papaya enzymes, or the newest trend of wild durian fruit enzymes from South Asia. This enzyme has proven so successful, I have used it as the main ingredient in my latest PUR Attitude creation, the Wild Durian Fruit Peel, due out in January.”

With over 20 years of experience developing products for some of the most recognized brands in the skin care industry, David Pollock has become a strong voice in the “safe beauty” movement. Speaking out and educating consumers on the potentially harmful ingredients in personal care products via his own website, frequent radio appearances, and the informative book Just Stop The Lies, Pollock launched his first product line, PUR Attitude, this month.

Photo: Courtesy of PUR Attitude

Zap Your Dark Circles Into Oblivion


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail

I feel like I’ve got permanent shadows under my eyes. Makeup helps, but is there a more long-lasting solution to help get rid of them?

“From a skin product perspective, look for products containing caffeine, coffee seed extract, tea extract, and cacao extract. These ingredients serve to shrink the capillaries [in the area] therefore eliminating that blue discoloration. I have two key laser treatments I offer in my practice for under-eye dark circles, too. One targets the blue blood vessels using a pulsed dye laser that shrinks these abnormally dilated microscopic cells back to their normal size. It takes three treatments, a month apart, to see a dramatic improvement, but the effect will last for years. Sometimes dark circles are from pigment, though, and if that’s the case, I would use a pigment-removing Q-Switched laser, matching the appropriate wavelength to skin type over two monthly sessions.”

Dr. Macrene Alexiades is a Harvard-educated dermatologist and scientist with a research center and private practice in New York that focuses on laser and aesthetic dermatology. She is the creator of the cult favorite antiaging skincare line 37 Extreme Actives.

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