Online articles, beauty guides and product descriptions are filled with scientific-sounding buzzwords, but rarely do those translate to a description of what actually works, and what doesn’t. Here at NDDA, we’re committed to giving you simple, easy to follow guidance on how to look your best and take care of your skin. This month, we’re diving into our top five products. They’re best sellers for a reason . . .
1. Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen
Colorescience makes makeup that does more than conceal. “Think of it as your treatment makeup,” says Dr. Mary Hurley, NDDA President. “It’s such an easy product to have with you. If you get stuck out in the Texas sun you can throw it in your bag and it won’t melt. I even use it on my five kids.” Colorescience mineral makeup includes four high quality ingredients with pure minerals and sun protection in shades for all skin types that are designed to camouflage and correct skin imperfections. The cosmetics are a marriage of color and science featuring ingredients that help to repair and protect the skin such as peptides, antioxidants, vitamins, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They were created to help achieve a flawless, even complexion and protect from the damaging effects of the sun and environment with SPF 20, 30 and 50. The high quality, pure minerals won’t clog pores or exacerbate current skin conditions, and they provide excellent coverage for a variety of skin conditions.
These days, it’s easy to assume that someone with enviably thick eyelashes is sporting extensions. And getting there – maintaining lash salon appointments and dealing with the hassle of a set of falsies – just seems like too much work. That’s where the groundbreaking Revitalash product comes in. It helps you get the real deal with a growth serum that’s enriched with fatty acids and growth peptides to help your eyelashes grow longer and thicker. “My favorite product is definitely Revitalash,” says NDDA MA Diana Charoutanh. “I love it because I have very short eyelashes and it really works to lengthen them. It’s also very easy to apply and it’s a big plus that you don’t need a prescription to use it. I’ve been a Revitalash fan for about a year now, and my friends definitely notice a difference!”
SkinCeuticals Anything (but specifically C and E Ferulic, Phloretin CF and Triple Lipid Restore.)
SkinCeuticals is the rare beauty brand that is actually based on real breakthroughs in the research lab. The brand was developed as a result of knowledge gained through decades of skin cancer research. One of the key discoveries? The importance of high potency antioxidants concentrated at optimal levels and proven to penetrate the skin for maximum results.
Not surprisingly given its science-backed lineage, this clinical skincare line is frequently used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons as part of recommended skin care regimen for patients to use at home. And no wonder — these products mean business when it comes to covering all the bases of an effective skin care routine. While products cover a range of skin types, the strategy remains the same: prevent, protect, and correct.
3. C E Ferulic serum
If you’re looking to prevent the appearance of accelerated skin aging, a daily topical antioxidant is critical. SkinCeuticals’ range of antioxidant serums are probably the brand’s most celebrated and well-known products. Devotees swear by the effectiveness of its Vitamin C serums to prevent age-accelerating free radicals generated by UV rays, pollution, cigarette smoke and alcohol. The standout product here is the C E Ferulic serum which features a synergistic antioxidant combination of a high 15 percent concentration of pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1 percent vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), and 0.5 percent ferulic acid. These work together to enhance protection against environmental damage. Not only that, the powerhouse serum also improves signs of aging and photodamage and the appearance of lines while firming and brightening the complexion.
4. Phloretin CF
SkinCeuticals research has done a good job showing the beauty world that specific combinations of antioxidants, when effectively formulated, provide superior results to each single antioxidant alone. The company’s Phloretin CF Gel is a topical vitamin C antioxidant suspended in a gel delivery system. In a comforting texture, this vitamin C gel has been shown to provide powerful environmental protection due to a synergistic combination of 2 percent phloretin, 10 percent pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), and 0.5 percent ferulic acid.
5. Triple Lipid Restore
Lipids, a natural compound found in skin, decline as we age, leading to dullness, uncomfortable tightness and loss of fullness. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 helps with these problems by providing a formulation with maximized concentration of lipids: 2 percent pure ceramides, 4 percent natural cholesterol and 2 percent fatty acids. This unique formulation utilizes an optimized concentration of ingredients to work synergistically on restoring skin’s external barrier, supporting natural self-repair, and nourishing skin for improvement in signs of accelerated aging.