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Before the truffle was hailed as a culinary delicacy, this “diamond of the kitchen” was considered a product of witchcraft. Perhaps, explained Skin & Co Roma founder Gabriel Balestra, because it was often harvested during a full moon. Balestra is a third-generation member of a family widely known for its cultivation of the high-priced fungus. The plot of land his grandfather purchased in Montecastrilli (a town in Umbria) from the Italian government more than one hundred years ago is still used for farming truffles, which are sold worldwide by the food division of the now global business, Sabatino & Co. (A name you might recognize from Oprah’s Favorite Things list—she’s a fan of its truffle oil sprinkled on popcorn.)
Balestra, however, decided to follow in the footsteps of his grandmother, who instead of consuming the truffle, used it in conjunction with other natural extracts to create her own botanical oils. Her products became so famous that women from far and wide would journey to Umbria to purchase them. In 1950, Balestra’s nonna would open a store in Rome, which garnered international attention when Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck visited while filming Roman Holiday. News of the botanical oils would quickly spread throughout Hollywood and be used by the likes of Grace Kelly and other silver-screen stars. The shop would stay open until the late eighties, when Balestra’s grandma passed away—her journals filled with secret recipes would be locked in a cardboard suitcase.
They would remain untouched until Balestra uncovered them during a trip home from New York. From that point on, he made it his mission to bring his grandmother’s beloved formulas back to their former glory. After years of research with universities in both Italy and England, he found out that the extract his nonna used was from no ordinary truffle—it was obtained from a variety that grew under specific conditions and could only be harvested on the night of the thirteenth full moon, a phenomenon that occurs once every three years. The enzyme extracted from this truffle, known as superoxide dismutase, is a powerful antioxidant that reduces free radical damage to skin. Balestra built his entire line around this discovery—the newest product being the Truffle Therapy Face Serum that launched today. Combined with muscle-relaxing hibiscus extract, this blend helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles while it moisturizes. I always enjoyed the ingredient sprinkled on top of pasta or mixed in with macaroni and cheese, but I can’t wait to see it work some magic on my fine lines. And at under $80, that’s a hell of a lot less than a truffle-topped dish at Nello.
Here, a peek into Balestra’s family scrapbook:
Grandma in the fields.
In front of her store.
Actors from Roman Holiday visit the family farm.
Today’s above-freezing temps feel like the tropics in comparison to what we’ve endured all month—and on Sunday, the mercury is expected to climb as high as 52 degrees. Despite the heat wave, your skin is likely in need of some weekend repair. Here, five soothing and moisture-boosting essentials to help salvage chapped lips and a wind-burned complexion before the fashion month marathon begins.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer: The original formula is beloved backstage by makeup artists everywhere, but this lavender-scented gel combines petrolatum, shea butter, dimethicone, and vitamin E for next-level hydration.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care: Besides the ultrachic black-and-white pot, this fast-absorbing formula is laced with camellia alba PFA (a patented active) and oil from the house’s signature flower, which continues to bloom throughout the winter months.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Soft Cream in Vanilla Bouquet: Despite the fact that our bodies will likely be bundled up in multiple layers, we’ll be treating our dehydrated arms and legs to this gourmand-scented lotion made with 10 percent fair-trade shea butter.
Avène Antriougeurs Calm Redness Relief Soothing Repair Mask: Rich in thermal spring water, this clear mask repairs irritated skin in less than 15 minutes. Bonus: Medical-grade ruscus extract (derived from an evergreen-like shrub) reduces inflammation by promoting microcirculation and minimizing the appearance of blood vessels.
Dove DermaSeries Intense Repair Rough Patch Treatment: This nongreasy balm targets arid elbows, knees, heels, and hands minus any parabens or fragrance.
$18.99; available at drugstores in spring
CALENDULA (kuh-len-juh-luh) / n./ 1./ Most commonly known as the marigold, this perennial plant is a member of the daisy family and can be found throughout the world, from southwestern Asia to the Mediterranean. / 2./ Traditionally, it was used as a medicinal herb to treat wounds, cramps, and constipation. / 3./ The petals of this flower are edible and make a colorful topping to your salad. Dried, it can be used in lieu of saffron or as a colorant for cheese. / 4./ Topically, this ingredient helps relieve redness and soothe sensitive skin—e.g., “Counteract the complexion-ravaging effects of a Polar Vortex with calendula.”
Try it: Jurlique Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream, $46; jurlique.com
Few marketing ploys, no matter how well-conceived, can beat a bit of good old-fashioned, consumer-generated, frenzy-inducing hype. Such was the case with Pixi’s Glow Tonic, a chemically exfoliating, champagne-hued toner that became a cult favorite in Britain. Initially available only through the brand’s Carnaby Street London boutique or over the phone, all but U.K. skin mavens were out of luck. Praise for the potion spread far and wide across the blogosphere, and bottles sold on eBay at pricier-than-retail rates. It was even purported to be a dupe for Biologique Recherche’s much costlier P50 Balancing Exfoliators. Glow Tonic’s alcohol-free formula boasts an impressive cocktail of complexion-enhancing ingredients: antioxidant-rich ginseng, brightening fructose, refining witch hazel, and calming aloe vera. The resulting elixir, with its lightly fruity scent, is worth fighting for—though with its recent stateside debut, you won’t need to.
As part of your post-New Year’s Eve plan, pick up a box of Chantecaille’s new Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Masks along with your standard day-after-the-ball-drops supplies (i.e., a bottle of Advil and a gallon of electrolyte-rich coconut water). Not only will these cooling pads laced with a complex containing matrikines and flavonoids help diffuse dark circles, but a blend of 24-karat gold serum and silk reduces inflammation and ramps up collagen production. In addition, a bionymph peptide (said to activate the DNA repair system), moisturizing sodium hyaluronate, plumping hyaluronic acid, and antiwrinkle hexapeptides help hydrate and minimize the appearance of fine lines in only twenty minutes. Now that’s something we’ll toast to at midnight.
$195 for eight sets, chantecaille.com
Tomorrow we’ll be wearing these while taking a twenty-four-hour break from Beauty Counter. We suggest you do the same. See you Thursday—same time, same place…new year.