Ever since it’s cameo appearance in George Cukor’s 1939 film The Women, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa has been a worldwide icon for the best in skincare. Now, under the guidance of Cornelia Zicu, global chief creative officer for Red Door Spas, the venerable brand is launching its first spa-based skin and body care collection.
Comprising 42 face and body items, the Red Door Spa Professional® formulas are conceived as an extension of the services offered at the spa’s 30 nationwide locations. The goal is to help consumers extend the results of their treatments at home.
Cornelia Zicu says that this line has been decades in the making, and involved culling information from the spa’s many experienced estheticians. The result is a comprehensive collection that features three categories: Intensive Solutions, Customized Daily Essentials, and Body Renewal.
This features 16 concentrated products that target specific skincare concerns from premature skin aging to redness and discoloration. One of the range’s stars is Age Defense Multi- Peptide Moisturizer, which contains peptides to help relax wrinkle formation and liphophlic vitamin C to moisturize, improve skin tone, and stimulate collagen production. One of my favorite products is the Age Defense Hyaluronic Intensive Serum, a veritable waterfall of moisture for thirsty skin. In addition to hyaluronic acid, the humectant or all humectants, the serum contains vitamins A, C, and E, as well as beta glucan, which stimulates the functioning of the immune system and acts as a UV protectant. The prices of the Intensive Solution products range from $26 to $120.
Customized Daily Essentials:
With targeted systems for sensitive, oily, normal, and dry skins, Customized Daily Essentials offer cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks, and sun protection as the basic building blocks of a personalized skincare regimen. Each of the specialized systems contains a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and mask. The Sensitive Skin System draws on soothing botanicals like chamomile, willow extract, and kola nut extract to calm and restore. Prices for Customized Daily Essentials range from $26 to $120.
This is one of my favorite line-ups in the collection, with extremely luxurious products ranging from three different body creams (a must!) to body washes, scrubs, balms, gel, and sprays. There are 10 luxurious body care products in all, and actually are the exact products used in the Red Door Spa’s treatments and services, which means both luxury and professional expertise in a jar. The idea behind these products is a healthful, youthful and toned appearance. It is the most affordable of the Red Door Professional categories, with price ranges from $22 to $45.
The Red Door Spa Professional collection is available exclusively at Red Door Spa locations nationwide.
Whether aiming for the smoothest of legs to show off flirty skirts and short shorts, or readying your body as a canvas for self-tanner, smooth and silky is a summer skin must.
B. Kamins, the excellent cosmeceutical brand from our neighbors to the north in Montreal, is, as I write, launching two new products to get skin warm weather ready.
B. Kamins Rice Body Polish ($26) is a creamy exfoliant so easy to use you’ll forget your are spending time on body prep. Apply in the shower or bath and massage gently with a circular motion, then rinse off. The gentle buffing will stimulate circulation for a healthy glow, dead skin will be removed, and fresh smooth skin revealed. It’s the perfect prep for self-tanning to ensure even application, and great to use just before shaving.
The polish’s exfoliating action comes from rice beads, recommended for the body, but a little too harsh for the face. Like all B. Kamins products it also contains the company’s BioMaple™ Compound, a proprietary blend featuring AHAs derived from Canadian maple trees. Jojoba oil and rice bran extract are added as moisturizers.
For those tough to keep smooth areas, like elbows, feet, hands, and knees, try B. Kamins Maple Butter Body Wrap ($24). It’s a super-hydrating cream for dry, parched skin. Winter is not the only cause of dry skin; too much time in the water, sun, or even playing sports can leave skin rough and flaky. In addition to the BioMaple Compound, the body wrap features the hydrator of all hydrators, shea butter, as well as cocoa butter and vitamin E.
Maple Butter Body Wrap can be used all over the body or just on super parched spots. But remember not to apply the butter wrap until your self-tanner has completely dried and the color has developed.
If you suffer from dry skin, you’ve probably learned to separate the wheat from the chaff. Lightweight scented body lotions may be delicious to smell and apply, but are often over loaded with alcohol to make them absorb quickly, ultimately drying out your skin even further.
True dry skin sufferers seek out clinically driven brands, many of which began life as products intended for physician and hospital use only. Case in point: AmLactin® and the new AmLactin® Cerapeutic™ Restoring Body Lotion (7.9 oz., $18.99 suggested retail price).
Dry skin can be a challenge even in the summer if you live in a dry climate like the US southwest or even southern California. And swimming, the most summer of summer activities, can wreck havoc on your skin. Take it from Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic medalist and AmLactin brand ambassador. “When I was swimming daily, I created a moisturizing routine to keep my skin from drying out,” she told BeautyInTheBag.
One way to make skin more receptive to moisturizers is to exfoliate and remove dry, dead skin layers. AmLactin lotions and creams feature alpha-hydroxy acids, natural and gentle exfoliators derived from lactic acid, which encourage new soft skin cells to reveal themselves, and help draw water to the skin to hydrate it.
The new Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion also contains ceramides, lipids found naturally in the skin’s outer layer. Spending a lot of time in water or using harsh soap among other reasons causes skin to lose ceramides, which leaves skin vulnerable to irritants. The ceramides in the body lotion help heal, protect, and replenish the skin.
Cerapetuic Restoring Body Lotion joins three other AmLactin body moisturizers sold at drugstores and pharmacies. Cerapeutic helps repair extremely rough, flaky, dry skin. Moisturizing Body Lotion is ideal for everyday; Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion is for dry areas that need extra attention; and Foot Cream helps eliminate rough skin and callouses. Amlactin is also a favorite of dermatologists.