It's About Time
How fast time flies. One
moment you are a gangly, pimple-faced teenager with
nary a care. Nowadays, you look in the mirror and still see an image of
yet, at 30, you no longer feel time is on your side. You know that
you will see the beginnings of fine lines around your eyes, around your
and on your forehead.
You hit your 30s and you
start losing collagen and bone mass. If you don't
drink plenty of water, exercise and eat a balanced diet, one day you
in the mirror to find the years written right there on your face.
We know that oxidative
damage, the process of death and aging at the cell
level, is caused by an invading molecule called a "free radicals."
These invading free radicals are part of our environment --- that puff
cigarette smoke, the chemical preservatives in our foods and water---
that is foreign to the body can, potentially, become a free radical.
Free radicals also could
be formed in our body including our skin whenever
immune- system becomes active, for instance, during infections or
Within the body, if the
antioxidants are abundant enough they can neutralize
free radicals. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and green tea are
of antioxidants. Five to eight servings of vegetables everyday, regular
exercise, avoiding overexposure to sun and avoiding smoking are ways to
free radicals. These are ways to combat aging at the cellular level
which by the
way, translates to a youthful, healthy glow. Combine this with an
beauty regimen and you can turn back the clock, so to speak..
It is inevitable and yet
there are women who seem to have found success in
defying the signs of aging, the direct result of years of cellular
Every product you see on the market today is backed by the much touted
"cell technology," coupled with a complex understanding of vitamins
and minerals that, when combined, can halt oxidation and aging.
Alpha hydroxy acids are
natural exfoliants that rid your skin of dry skin
cells, as well as boost cell turnover. So do moisturizers that keep
and sunblock to fight of the damaging UVA and UVB rays from the sun. A
regenerating night cream before sleeping can also hasten cell repair
sleep. Here are a few products may want to try:
Skin care supplements in pill form, such as Imedeen, keeps skin younger
while protecting it from damage caused by free radicals. A pop of
Perfection, the breakthrough skincare product in tablet form, twice a
give you healthier skin in no time. Imedeen Time Perfection has a
formula that helps defend and improve skin from within.
"Imedeen works on the
skin from within. Think of it as the fourth step
in the cleanse, tone, moisturize skincare regimen. Your skincare is
approached from both the inside and out," says Dr. Lars Lindmark, vice
president for Scientific Affairs of Ferrosan A/S.
Independent US global
researchers Stephens & Associates in Dallas, Texas
had shown in a clinical study that continued use of the supplement
improves the skin's moisture balance, visibly reduces the appearance of
lines and wrinkles, diminishes visibility of capillaries and wrinkles
the skin with a brighter, more youthful and even complexion.
Furthermore, the clinical
study and self-assessment also confirmed that
Imedeen Time Perfection significantly improves skin firmness, reduces
pores, improves skin smoothness on both face and body and diminishes
bags and dark circles. Results are visible within 12 weeks of regular
Launched in response to
the changing skincare needs due to the growing
presence of free radicals that damage skin, Imedeen Time Perfection
exclusive Biomarine Complex and the patented complex LycoPhence GS,
the antioxidant properties of tomato and grapeseed.
Biomarine Complex helps
nourish the dermis and improves basic skin structure
where the process of aging starts, as well as the skin's natural
The highly potent and
US-patented complex LycoPhence GS with antioxidants
Lycopene and Grape Seed extracts helps defend the skin's vital building
from damage caused by free radicals and slows down future degradation
creams and facials
'I have devoted my life to making healthy skin available for everyone,'
Howard Murad once said.
Since he started his
medical practice in 1974, that's just what this
revolutionary doctor has been doing. With the great insights he gained
treating a diverse clientele over the years, he went on to develop his
skincare line and later on, the Murad Spas, which forever changed the
From internal supplements
for reducing wrinkles and acne, to Vitamin C
infusion and a line of anti-aging suncare, Murad products stay true to
Murad's vision of making beauty achievable for anyone. Murad's Eye
Complex SPF 8 reveals smoother skin. It's patented formula contains
acid and patented Advanced Performance Complex™ to gently
encouraging cell renewal and reducing the appearance of fine lines and
Provitamin B5 repairs and protects to recapture a more youthful look.
Filipinos have been
benefiting from these innovations since Rustan's made the
Murad skincare line available to the local market in November 2002.
Now, one can
enjoy more of Murad's wonders as Rustan's presents Murad's professional
services. They offer Vitamin C Absolute Facial and Clarifying Enzymes
treatments that make tremendous changes in your skin.
The Vitamin C Absolute
Facial gives the skin antioxidant vitamin C, which is
one of the most effective ingredients for repairing and preventing the
radical damage resulting from environmental exposure. Experience this
technology as the most powerful formulation of pure vitamin C is
the skin to restore elasticity, firmness, hydration and even tone.
For skin experiencing
breakouts, the Clarifying Enzyme Express is ideal.
Exfoliating natural enzymes of papaya and pineapple dissolve impurities
clean pores, improve skin clarity and reduce acne blemishes. This
combination of antiseptics and anti- inflammatories soothes redness and
irritation, leaving the skin with a healthy, vibrant glow.
The legendary Creme de La
Mer has gained quite a following since its entry
into the Philippine market, even though it has chosen to continue with
inventor Max Huber's practice of relying heavily on word of mouth
by satisfied customers to attract new users.
Creme de La Mer means
"Cream from the Sea" -- referring to its main
ingredient, fermented sea kelp. Minerals, vitamins and botanical
such as alfalfa, sunflower and eucalyptus are other ingredients added
broth to strengthen the brew. This combination of ingredients also
minimal preservatives are needed. Finely textured, it is instantly
skin, nourishing skin and maintaining moisture in cells. Used twice a
morning and evening on the face and throat.
The La Mer Facial Spa
Experience, spa sessions exclusively organized for
select guests who get to experience the full-range of the La Mer
working in synergy together -- maximizing the benefits of the
recently introduced the the much-awaited Eye Balm, a particularly
formulated with three times the amount of the legendary broth that
makes La Mer
a "miracle in jar."
The miracle broth is
created using Huber's unique bio-fermentation process,
incorporating both sound and light technologies. The cream is created
temperature application, which preserves the integrity of the organic
ingredients (as does the hand packing). Each jar takes about three to
months to make due to this extensive process and the fact that it has
The Eye Balm is also
infused with finely ground particles of Brazilian
Malachite, a luminizing mineral which absorbs natural light,
re-emitting it as
beneficial green light, which is especially helpful in correcting the
The Eye Balm dramatically
helps diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles
as it smoothes and softens, and its lightweight formula also contains
specialized marine extracts and advanced botanicals to reduce the
dark circles. Complementing long-term benefits with immediate
unique photonic complex harnesses and directs light to promote a more
appearance. Another La Mer product is the Face Serum with Deconstructed
a refining facial and eye mask.
La Prairie Cellular Time
Release Moisture Intensive Cream moisturizes the
skin up to 16 hours. It's age fighting anti-oxidants help revitalize
natural repair system. It improves, firms and intensifies skin. It's
Firming Complex is a "mini facelift" in a bottle. In one minute lines
fill in and the face is gently lifted. Makeup glides on faster and
Recently, this Swiss
luxury skin care brand introduced its latest innovation:
the Cellular Microdermabrasion Cream, a state-of-the-art exfoliating
resurfacing scheme that employs highly refined natural diamonds,
pearls and crystal quartz in an exclusive bio-engineered formula to
regenerate the skin.
This luxurious, two-part
treatment polishes and perfects the skin on the face
and body, diminishing lines and stimulating micro circulation. Cellular
Microdermabrasion Cream comes with three specialized sponge
gentle white one for the face, the pink one with medium texture for the
and the black for the most rigorous problem areas.
The Cellular Softening
and Balancing Lotion is the important second step. It
helps restore an optimum pH balance in the skin, improves suppleness
provides anti-inflammatory benefits. An advanced Moisture Complex
moisture retention by forming a barrier film on the skin; a Vitamin
functions as an anti-oxidant; plant extracts of arnica, calendula and
botanicals enhance the soothing, smoothing action; and La Prairie's
Cellular Complex energizes and nourishes the skin. Together, these go
conventional toners to leave the skin soft, smooth and radiant.
La Prairie's skincare
experts recommend performing microdermabrasion before
shower or bath every other day for a five-day period -- massaging no
one minute on dry facial skin, and two minutes on other areas of the
let your skin rest for five days before undertaking a once-a-week
program. At P10,500, it comes out less expensive than getting a series
treatments at skin clinics or spas, which usually prices
P2,500 and up per session.
The balancing lotion is packaged in a frosted bottle of 250 ml with
graphics and a silver wedding band. It retails for P5,900.
Recognize that the eyes
are an important beauty asset, La Prairie's Cellular
Radiance Eye Cream, the latest to come out of the La Prairie stable of
eye care products, tackles such eye problems as puffiness, dark
lines and the crepe-like texture around the eyes, visibly improving
and texture. The silky cream is packaged in a silver glass jar
an elegant gold wedding band. It costs P10,200. Used morning and
jar can last for several months.
Intensive Night Cream and Lotion, a luxurious,
super-hydrating night-time treatment helps repair and prevent the
wrinkles. It greatly increases skin's firmness and elasticity and
skin's dehydration throughout the night Clinique has likewise
introduced a new
moisturizing cream for day that also serves as an anti-aging product
protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This three-in-one cream -
SPF 15 Intensive Cream - was created with the same innovative Repair
found in the previously introduced Repairwear Intensive Night Cream and
MulitVitamin Power Concentrate helps reduce the signs of
premature aging with this daily dose of topically-applied pure vitamins
contains 45 capsules) while its MultiVitamin Power Firm (for eye and
combat visible lines around the eye and mouth area with this powerful
Eye Repair is an ultra-rich cream that helps diminish
dry lines and repair skin damage around the delicate eye area.
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv
Intensive Lifting Eye Cream for dry/delicate skin
intensely hydrates, smoothes fine and dry lines, leaving skin looking
Awake, the premium beauty
brand under Japanese corporation Kose, has come up
with its latest item: The Awake Skin Renovation Concentrate Serum
30g), to tackle the problem of "stress aging," which results to induce
fine lines, sagging, dullness and similar skin problems. The
effective natural extracts including Poria, a herbal medicine made from
certain mushroom that revitalizes cells, promotes metabolism and
skin; Majoram, which promotes production of baby collagen and
processing function; and Potentilla, which has an astringent effect,
revitalizing effect and antioxidant effect.
Use it as a last step to your skin care regimen in the morning and
Skin Renovation Series includes cleansing and washing products: Skin
Cleanse and Skin Renovation Wash.
Other products that are
making waves in antiaging technology but may not be
available locally are:
Skinmedica TNS Recovery
Complex (Face Cream) promises younger skin within
three-six months, the most advanced formulation available that takes
complexion beyond Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Retinols, and Topical
and improves the health and appearance of sun-damaged and aging skin
improve appearance of firmness without burning, peeling or irritation.
Appropriate for all skin
types, TNS is the first product in the world to
contain naturally found human growth factors, proteins, amino acids,
antioxidants, matrix proteins, and soluble collagens that our bodies
stimulate the skin to repair itself when damaged by the sun.
TNS helps restore what
time takes away by helping to diminish the visible
signs of aging, including wrinkles, fine lines, uneven texture, and the
appearance of age spots and blotchiness. TNS is the Recipient of the
"Allure Editors Choice Award" and has been recommmended on major
television shows, including Oprah Winfrey and The View.
Freeze 24/7 Anti-Wrinkle
Cream is a natural and powerful alternative to Botox
and other cosmetic procedures, Freeze 24/7 Anti-Wrinkle Cream works to
wrinkles and dramatically reduce fine lines within 10-20 minutes of
and has a lasting effect of up to 24 hours.
This cream reverses the
signs of aging and can be used on the forehead, eye
area, crow's feet, cheeks, laugh lines, lip area, and stretch marks on
In clinical studies, 100% of the respondents experienced a 50-90%
the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within 10 minutes of
Freeze 24/7 has been
featured on the Today Show and is reportedly used by
celebrities including Kim Catrall and Madonna (In Touch Magazine,
Klein-Becker was originally developed as a stretch mark
reducing product, StriVectin SD (Striadril) has been clinically proven
to be effective as a wrinkle reduction, antiaging cream that reduces
length, depth, volume, and surface area of fine lines, facial wrinkles,
crows feet. StriVectin also increases skin firmness, increases collagen
I and IV
synthesis, and improves the appearance of age spots and dark circles
eyes. StriVectin is also a deep penetrating, bio-active topical stretch
repair formula clinically proven to reduce existing stretch marks on
AlphaDerma CE contains a
superior blend of 8 of the most powerful anti-aging,
clinical ingredients available including Argireline, Alpha Lipoic Acid,
C Ester, and DMAE, AlphaDerma CE is ideal for reducing fine lines and
of wrinkles on the face, under and next to the eye area (crows feet),
frown lines, and other areas where fine lines and wrinkles are
can be used to diminish stretch marks and scars, as
well as to firm sagging skin due to weight loss and pregnancy.
repairs your present skin and restores it back to its youthful
rejuvenating, rehydrating and replenishing the skin. The application of
Alphaderma prevents future skin damage and also provides sun protection
UV-A and UV-B rays.
Alphaderma goes on silky
smooth, with no oily feeling or odors, and absorbs
instantly. Best of all, you can see and feel the results almost
visible results may be seen after just one treatment
So there you have it, a
plethora of antiaging creams, facials and lotions
that promises eternal youth without having to go under the knife (now
another subject worth delving into some other time).
Articles, comparisons and product reviews to help you choose and buy
reducers, antioxidant antiaging skin care creams, nonsurgical face
cosmetics and more.