I love coming across a brand that works really hard to deliver the most potent anti-aging ingredients while also keeping it effective for those with sensitive skin. Radical Skincare does just that. Founded in 2011 by Rachel and Liz Edlich, who have worked for over 20 years in the beauty industry creating skin care lines for celebrities and companies, Radical came about when these sisters started playing with formulas to tackle their own skin care woes and saw unbeatable results.
All of the seven core products (ranging from $49 to $190) are infused with the highest level of active ingredients and antioxidants such as green tea, acai, pomegranate, red wine extract, and coffeeberry. Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75 for 60 pads) are brimming with AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) and BHA (beta hydroxyl acid) fruit acids to de-gunk pores, brighten skin, and create healthy new skin cells. Each pre-soaked pad contains the brand’s signature Trylacel technology, which works to maintain anti-oxidant potency and deliver maximum results. Other ingredients include willowbark and salicylic acid to clean pores and reduce oil production, chamomile to soothe sensitive skin, malus domestica to protect from UV damage, and oslifit to immediately firm skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The company says that in two weeks there will be a 50 percent reduction of coarse crow’s feet.
I’ve been using these exfoliating pads after cleansing every for two weeks and notice that my skin is clearer, more even tone and my pores look less clogged, especially around my nose. My crow’s feet look smoother, too, and I don’t need to apply as much makeup. Each pad has enough solution for the face and neck and you can even use them on other areas such as the décolletage or hands to brighten and shed dull skin.
Incorporate these age-defying exfoliating pads into your spring beauty routine and your skin too will look more radiant and smooth.
Among this season’s crop of new eye creams, Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift ($150) stands out like a rose among the daisies.
This slim, slightly larger than a cigarette eye lift offers much more than your average jar of cream. It’s a contouring eye lift with a super silky finish that glides underneath the eye with a cool tip (perfect for the summer months). The formula contains Black Tourmaline gems as well as proprietary Life Re-Newing Molecules™. In clinical trials, 92% of women said that they felt an instant tightening.
The tightening effect is thanks to a blend of three advanced polymers including acacia Senegal tree, sweet almond, and goji berry extracts. Advanced lifting technology also helps the ingredients to penetrate better and to boost collagen prouction. The tightening technology works with the skin’s natural “mechanical tension” or cellular attachment.
What would an eye cream be if it did not address puffiness? The formula is infused with refined gold, which helps prevent irritation. There is a special soothing de-puff complex with algae and golden chamomile extracts that help lessen those inflated eyes over time. As though the tourmaline was not enough, the formula contains South Sea pearls to provide extra radiance reflect light.
You can find many depuffing eye treatments on counter, including Clinique All About Eyes, Perricone Firming Eye Cream, and Do Not Age with Dr. Brandt Triple Peptide Eye Cream. What is different about Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv is the contouring benefit, its precious ingredients, and extra radiance formulation.
For $150, it might put a dent in your wallet but a smile on your face.
What should top your to-do list when it comes to reversing the visible signs of skin aging? Dermatologist Zein Obagi says, it’s to get skin ready. To make it easy for you, his skin care range, ZO® Skin Health, Inc., recently introduced two new GSR™ Systems (an acronym for Get Skin Ready), home care kits designed for normal to dry and normal to oily skin types.
These convenient new systems from ZO Skin Health, Inc. are essential regimens developed to normalize skin function during treatments and help to maintain healthy skin. Each is delivered in an easy-to-use 3-step system for day and night time use. Just add an SPF and you’re good to go.
ZO® Medical GSR™ System-Normal to Dry: Designed to strengthen dry, weak skin and improve the effectiveness of any ZO® treatment program. For normal to dry skin, Step 1 is cleanser twice daily. Step 2 is a scrub to be used daily. Step 3 is oil control pads. $88
ZO® Medical GSR™ System-Normal to Oily: Created to stabilize skin, mitigate inflammation, and control oil production. For normal to oily skin, Step 1 is a cleanser twice daily. Step 2 is a scrub 2-3 times per week to remove dead cells and wake up the skin. Step 3 is a toner to soothe and hydrate skin. $110
“Dr. Obagi and I believe that the first and most important step in creating and maintaining healthy skin is Getting Skin Ready,” said Beverly Hills Dermatologist Monika Kiripolsky.
Known all over the world as the “Pasha of Pigmentation,” Dr. Obagi has also introduced two new specialized treatment programs to target sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and skin discoloration.
ZO® Medical Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System: Designed to treat hyperpigmentation, severe textural damage, sun damage, pre/post laser and peel skin conditioning, and general skin health restoration, this is a prescription strength system consisting of 5 key ZO products including their bestselling Oclipse SPF 50, and is only available from dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
ZO® Medical Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System: Developed for treating hyperpigmentation without the use of hydroquinone, this system is also ideal for maintenance after being on a course of hydroquinone for 4-5 months. $265
According to Michigan Plastic Surgeon Anthony Youn, “I believe that Dr. Zein Obagi’s ZO Medical line is the cream-of-the-crop in treating hyperpigmentation. The new ZO kits make the process of removing unwanted pigment and sun spots as easy as possible and very tolerable. They are an essential component of a comprehensive skin care regimen.”
These exciting new launches center around Dr. Obagi’s philosophy of the ZO® Skin Health Circle™, which represents a continuum that addresses treatment, maintenance, prevention, and daily skincare with skin health as the main objective.
ZO Medical products are exclusively available through physicians zoskinhealth.com.