Get Results with Skincare Superstars

by Kezia on April 22, 2008

Many of you have asked me for additional product recommendations-in particular anti-aging and calming serums. One of my favorite beauty resources is Paula Begoun, author Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me and purveyor of the Paula’s Choice cosmetics. She just wrote about A and B-list anti-aging products that’s full of helpful information and product suggestions for every budget.

If you’re like me, you want results over hype. However, one person’s skin-save is another’s skin destroyer. That said, I’ve heard good things about these products for sensitive and reactive types:

  • eplenix Serum CF by Replenix, Active ingredient: 90% polyphenol isolates, from green tea
  • Neova Calming Green Tea Serum, Active ingredient: Green tea, licorice root
  • Mychelle Hydrating Serum, Ultra Hyaluronic, Active ingredient: L-Sodium Hyaluronate; paraben and pthalate free

Sometimes the cure to what ails your skin is hiding in your medicine cabinet or kitchen

Zap it with Zinc, Cool it with Calamine

I’m a big proponent of inexpensive home and folk remedies. Sometimes the cure to what ails your skin is hiding in your medicine cabinet or kitchen. Here are two to try:

1. Zinc Ointment

If you’re a baby mommy, you surely have some of this super salve. Zinc oxide is the active ingredient in diaper rash ointments like Balmex and is used to reduce redness and prevent rashes from getting worse. Zinc soothes combats inflammation while also providing a barrier against wetness. Hey, if it’s good enough for a baby’s butt, it’s good enough for me.

2. Calamine Lotion

Calamine lotion isn’t just for poison ivy or poison oak. This strong-smelling pink skin protectant soothes and protects the skin. I’ve used it on hives and random blights of dermatitis. It contains camphor, which is cooling and drying. You can also use to heal zits overnight and as a post-waxing soother. However, do NOT apply calamine lotion to your, um, internal nether regions after a Brazilian wax. Ouch!

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July Stars April 22, 2008 at 8:05 am

This is really interesting. I’d read on many occasions that green tea promotes anti-aging but had yet to find a product containing the substance. And I didn’t know that it could calm skin too.
Great post! Thanks!

Kez April 22, 2008 at 11:49 am

Thanks, July Stars! You know, I neglected to add that drinking green tea us good for your skin as well! Also, when my face is puffy, I apply cold, brewed green tea-bags. Works every time!

May April 22, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I agree that there are home remedies that help the skin BETTER than expensive products. I put sliced cucumbers over my eyes after a hard day at work and I am instantly refreshed. A friend’s mom (who has gorgeous skin), swears by brown sugar and lavender oil as a natural exfoliant for her face.

gail April 22, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Green tea bags on your face reminded me of how years (and years and years) ago we used to put really strong tea (like lipton)on our face to stain it so it looked like we had a tan. I don’t remember how we did it so it didn’t streak or look blotchy, but I remember it not looking too bad! Its good to know about the green tea bags and puffiness, thanks for the tip. Do you just lay them all over your face?

meli April 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Kezia I love all the lovely info you provide! thanks mucho.
Gotta try that Kiehls’ nite cream (from the A/B list link).
Im a big fan of nite/eye creams. xo.

Kez April 23, 2008 at 11:30 am

Awww…thanks for all your lovely comments. Glad I can be of service! I usually just put the green tea bags over my eyes (this is where I experience the most puffiness). I imagine you could soak a face-size square of guaze (or a washcloth) in cold green tea and apply that to your face!

gail April 23, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Thanks Kezia!

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