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The Fab Five: Treat Your Skin to a Round of Drinks



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

The Fab Five: A Ginseng Revival


Ginseng is by no means the new ingredient on the block. In fact, the knobby hobbit-like plant is downright old: It’s been used, and prized, in Asian culture for centuries, as an immune-system booster and mood lifter, and it’s also thought to help improve concentration and even lower blood-sugar levels. Of late, the little root that could has been cropping up in a slew of antiaging skincare products. It seems that when applied topically, its circulation-stimulating abilities have a detox-like effect on the skin, curbing puffiness and imparting a natural, healthy glow. Here, five of our favorite ways to bring a little ginseng into your skincare routine.

The Skin Reboot-er
Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer, available May 2013 at
Designed to have the kind of effect on skin that a peppermint shampoo has on the scalp—think refreshing, reinvigorating, eye-opening. Even the type of ginseng (Panax) in the lightweight moisturizer’s formula is thought to help with signs of fatigue.

The Tight Stuff
Soap & Glory Super Sit Tight Intense XS.
Just as ginseng can de-puff your face, so too can it help your backside. Soap & Glory’s latest innovation makes ginseng the star of its Detoxyboost technology, which, along with plenty of caffeine, has a firming effect on your lower half. A pre-swimsuit-season essential.

The Extreme Essential
SK-II Essential Power Cream, available May 2013 at
“Radical firmness.” That’s what the newest Essential Power Cream from luxe skincare brand SK-II claims to achieve, with the help, naturally, of plenty of Siberian ginseng. A bonus: the velvety moisturizer blends seamlessly into the skin. Radical.

The Eye-Opener
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream
Whenever we’re exhausted, you can see it in our eyes…literally. This rich cream with concentrated amounts of ginseng is an antidote for tired, sagging eyes—and gentle enough to be used on the eyelids.

The Daily Plumper
Naturopathica Beech Tree & Ginseng Daily Moisturizer
Natural-spa go-to brand, Naturopathica, also relies on the Panax ginseng variety to fatten up gaunt, dull complexions. As they like to say, the corrective moisturizer made for regular use is akin to a “natural Botox.”

Photo: Courtesy of SK-II, Sulwhasoo, Soap & Glory, Origins, and Naturopathica