Do you like your skin care high-end and high-tech? If you live for the sleek packaging and save up for months to buy a little pot of perfect, silky emulsion, you’re in luck. There are lots of new things out there, from anti-aging to moisturizing to calming angry skin. And skin care companies are throwing everything but the kitchen sink into their new formulations. Read on for a mini round-up of what’s new in a beauty department near you.
Lift Lab: This recently launched line of high-end skin care was started by a biotech entrepreneur who worked with a protein found in subarctic fish. The substance, Cell Protection Protein (CPP), protects cells from injury. Its original commercial purpose--once it's outside the fish, of course--was to preserve human organs that were headed for transplantation. Trippy.
With its documented protective and cell regenerative properties, CPP makes a perfect skin care ingredient. With the addition of other active ingredients, a small four-product line was born.
The signature potions are the Lift and Fix High Potency Solution (designed for post-procedure angry skin to enhance healing) and Lift and Repair Treatment Serum (loaded with peptides and proteins). A posh moisturizing cream and eye cream complete the line. The packaging is minimalistic and the scent is clean and pleasant. The Lift and Fix seems to have an immediate effect. I’ve been trying to make the drops in my little sample last through the winter.
SK-II: SK-II is known for its signature Pitera, the active ingredient found in most of the
Philosophy: It’s not as expensive as the other brands profiled here, but don’t assume that their products aren’t as effective. There’s a lot of science and active ingredients in there.
The new line, Keep The Peace, is formulated to treat redness and sensitivity, whether you have it on a temporary or permanent basis. The mini-line has a serum, a moisturizer, a mask, and a yellow color corrector with SPF 20. Lavender, a calming ingredient, is the only fragrance in the products. The mask is the stand-out here. It contains a clay that doesn’t make your skin dry and tight--it moisturizes and calms redness. It feels fantastic on the skin. Keep The Peace launches in March exclusively at Ulta, then will be available in April at other retailers.
Kate Somerville: Kate’s products are the greatest. She has something in her various lines for absolutely every age and skin ailment. Because she actually works with real patients, she gets to see first-hand how everything works.
New products: Her Cytocell Dark Circle Corrective eye cream will be available in April. It will treat that triumvirate of evil eye annoyances: dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. It contains peptides, vitamin C, and “light diffusing pearls” which make the dark circles look, well, less dark.
The KateCeuticals Multi Active Repair is an “extreme age-defense cream.” Heavy duty peptides, moisturizers, brighteners, and sugar beet extract are meant to restore firmness and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This one is meant for a more *ahem* mature client and will be available in April as a Neiman Marcus exclusive.