When it comes to personal care products, I tend to follow the less is more philosophy. Rather than shelves of different options, I like to find what I think is the best product for me — and then stick to it. This sets the bar pretty high and a new formulation has to be unique to find a spot in my medicine cbinet. I’ve not added to my Fabuous Fifteen in more than ayear but with newly sensitive skin, I needed new options:
1. Anti-Redness Foaming Cleanser ( Alaur, $50) — When it comes to skin care it seems that most people start with a moisturizer. Not me. I think that the right cleanser is the foundation of any treatment plan. When my skin developed a type of rosacea, I needed to change cleansers. Anti-Redness Foaming Cleanser is a gentle product that not only avoids irritating ingredients, it contains sulfosuccinate which deals with the organisms which contribute to redness. Its applied all over the face and gently massaged into the skin, then rinsed off with cool water. It leaves my skin smooth and refreshed and keeps redness at bay. It is only available from the offices of Dr Albert Lefkovits ( 212- 861-9600). You can call and place an order to be sent out to you.
2. Sunforgettable SPF50 ( Colorscience, $60)
When I’m asked for my single most important anti-aging tip, its a no-brainer. A daily sunscreen is both the easiest and most affordable way to prevent signs of early aging. But finding a sunscreen that works for sensitive skin can be challenging. Chemical sunscreens like Helioplex are super-effective but can be irritating to rosacea or acne prone skin. Physical sunscreens like titanium dioxide work well but their creamy base can provoke problems. Since developing a tendency to blossom with red splotches, I’ve been using mineral make-up which contain physical sunscreens but offer only a 20SPF. Its better than nothing, especially when applied every two hours, but its really not enough coverage for a day at the beach.
When I discovered Colorscience Sunforgettable at Cosmoprof in Las Vegas, I felt like the mothership had called me home. This brush on powder is packaged in a brush topped vial and is uber easy to reapply during the day. I used it on vaca around a pool, on a picnic and playing tennis and not a single freckle or splotch appeared. This is pretty significant since about 80% of people with rosacea report that sunlight is the biggest redness trigger.
Sunforgettable is not inexpensive, but totally worth the money. Not available in stores, it can be purchased online, and from physicians and spas. I don’t usually like to buy color-based products online because its hard to find the right shade. I have fairly light skin tones and ordered the medium shade. I usually buy lighter shades, but I thought it might give me a bit of summer color. Medium turned out to be fairly light and neutral, and looked quite good. I am so attached to this product that I’ve added it to my ” leaving the apartment check list: eg keys, wallet, phone and now Sunforgettable.
3.Sugar Lip Polish ( Fresh,$22.50)
I love when a little idea produces a big result. Sugar Lip Polish just works. This gritty paste gently removes old, dry lip skin and makes lips look fresher and lipstick applies more smoothly. Not only does the sugar as as a scrub, its also rich in glycolic acid– a great anti-aging ingredient. Its available at the Fresh counter in department stores and in Sephora– both instore and online. This little tub is worth the real estate in even the most crowded medicine cabinet shelves.
Note: I purchased all the products used in this review.