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Retinol: A Rundown

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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_ ellenberg@condenast.com.

Why is retinol such a lauded ingredient—and why do most creams recommend using it during the night and not during the day? Are there any forms of retinol that can be used in sunlight?

“Doctors Kligman and Fulton are credited with the discovered uses for Retin-A, which is more commonly used in cosmetics in its over-the-counter adaptation, called retinol. First used for acne, it was later discovered as effective in an even larger market: antiaging. Retinol is a prescription vitamin A derivative that has shown to stimulate blood flow, increase collagen synthesis, and promote cell turnover. But as part of this process, the skin can become quite irritated and dry. Of more concern is that the newly revealed skin cells are delicate and should not be exposed to the sun, which is why it is recommended for nighttime use only—and even when used at night, retinol-treated skin is still sensitive and requires an SPF during the day.

I am not aware of any effective form of retinol that could or should be used during the day. As a matter of fact, if any product claims it, I would want to look into the true level of the ingredient and the effectiveness of it. Remember the mechanism: If the product is effective, by nature, you should not use it during the day. Retinol is also susceptible to light and air (oxygen), causing it to oxidize. There are very few over-the-counter retinol products I would even suggest using, although I know SkinCeuticals has one that is encapsulated with a time-release form of retinol to protect its efficacy and minimize irritation.”

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 Skinceuticals

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

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We believe in the power of eye cream—always have, always will. Long before we began taking any other preventative skincare measures against the inevitable onset of aging (think: antioxidant-charged serums, retinoids, etc.), we relied on that little jar. There’s just something about the act of patting it on that has always made us feel instantly better. And according to dermatologist Dr. Doris Day, our devotion is not without merit. “Lines around the eyes are often one of the earliest signs women notice of aging,” she says. “The skin there is the thinnest on the body and, as a result, this delicate area is more prone to aging than other areas of the face. Additionally, over time, the skin under the eyes loses elasticity and what we begin to see is loose skin called bags. Couple this with manual stress like rubbing and pulling and an eye cream is extremely important.” The sooner you start using one, the better, as far as Day is concerned. “Studies show that signs of aging around the eye area can occur in your early twenties,” she points out—a revelation that is a little disheartening. But it’s never too late to get on the right track. Here, our five favorite new launches to help keep crow’s feet, dark circles, and puffiness at bay.

What: Skinceuticals AOX+ Eye Gel

Why: This gel-serum hybrid uses phloretin, Butcher’s Broom extracts, and caffeine (a favorite ingredient of Day’s—”it works well as an anti-inflammatory”) to seriously diffuse swelling.

$85, www.skinceuticals.com.

What: Eve Lom Eye Cream

Why: “Products with ingredients like vitamins and peptides can help moisturize and strengthen the skin around the eye as well as improve discoloration,” says Day, and Eve Lom’s first foray into eye cream happens to be peptide-packed.

$75, at www.spacenk.com.

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Skinceuticals Is Spot-On

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Blemishes and aging are perhaps the skin’s two most reviled foes. Targeting them separately is one thing, but taking them on at the same time is an even more daunting task. That hasn’t stopped SkinCeuticals from trying, though. The complexion-focused brand that has brought you the free radical-fighting CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF is launching a two-pronged attack on breakouts and fine lines and wrinkles with the release of its latest skincare innovation: the Blemish + Age oil-free serum. A unique combination of the salicylic acid derivative LHA (Beta-Lipohydroxy Acid), smoothing glycolic, and alpha and beta hydroxyl join forces in the new elixir to combat skin roughness, reduce excess oil, and even out and brighten lackluster tone, all while helping to reduce the visible signs of aging. Here’s to hoping that it will make our teenager-y skin finally grow up.

Photo: Courtesy of Skinceuticals

Checking In At Merge, The Anti-Hotel Spa

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When pampering impresario Margaret Lora was tapped to create the new Merge Spa at the Hilton hotel in midtown, she knew what it wouldn’t be: a “lone hotel spa on the eighth floor.” Instead, Lora, the former director of the revered Ajune Spa, positioned the 4,5000-square-foot relaxation destination on the ground floor—with its own entrance—to give it its own identity. Her next order of business was to strip away the bland hotel decor, wrapping the interior in dark wood, edging the rooms with low-lying leather furniture, and injecting a few measured splashes of lavender and sage here and there. The spa takes its name from its ethos, the “merging of science and nature,” and its menu is designed for the modern breed of sybarite who not only wants the latest wrinkle-fighting gizmo, but also the simplicity of a paraben-free night cream. Symbols on the menu cleverly indicate if a particular service is more science-driven (a chemical peel with high-tech Skinceuticals products, say), nature-oriented (an aromatherapy massage with pure Naturopathica oils), or a combination of both. Its Ultimate Merge Facial is an impressive mash-up that features the reparative powers of a highly trained dermatologist and Mother Nature. The 90-minute skin overhaul begins with a plant-based mask, followed by a round of orbital dermabrasion to exfoliate away dead cells. LED light therapy combined with microcurrent stimulation to hydrate and plump the skin from within completes the experience. Next week, Lora will unveil the spa’s summer menu, which features beauty services like glycolic pedicures, scalp treatments to cleanse salt- and chlorine-drenched strands, and bikini grooming with six different types of wax to choose from. Extraneous hairs, beware.

Photo: Courtesy of Merge Spa

antioxidants, the next generation

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Thank SkinCeuticals for adding the word antioxidant to your daily vernacular. When the brand introduced vitamin C in its topical form back in 1997, patting on a thin layer of environmental protection every morning became an integral part of the wash, rinse, moisturize routine. Eleven years later, SkinCeuticals has essentially done it again, pioneering phloretin, a powerful molecule extracted from the root bark of fruit trees that has anticancer, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Recognizing that specific combinations of antioxidants often provide better results than single formulations alone, the company’s skincare brain trust added phloretin to vitamin C and ferulic acid for the potent trifecta that is SkinCeuticals’ new Phloretin CF serum, which reduces the signs of aging while improving hyperpigmentation and refining the skin’s overall texture. It’s less sticky than the brand’s popular C E Ferulic serum, too, which is good news for oily skin types who are also interested in slowing down the aging process.