October 22nd, 2012
When a facialist recently pointed out some sunspots on our face, we cursed the sunshine and went into (productive) panic mode: time to reverse that damage.
Our skin savior is SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator ($80), a serum that contains hard-to-pronounce but highly effective ingredients (we’re looking at you, Hydroexythyl urea and Aminosulfonic acid) to promote cell renewal, smooth skin, improve radiance and replenish moisture.
We’re halfway through our bottle and a makeup artist recently commented on our complexion. Plus: zero burning, redness or irritation, just incredibly soft and smooth skin.
Sun spots? What sun spots? —Christine Laroche
At Etiket, 1832 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-687-3886, www.skinceuticals.com/Canada
October 18th, 2010
We thought we’d be flying our jetpacks to work and ordering robot maids around by the time we had to deal with wrinkles. But the truth is… the future is now.
Lierac’s Extreme Age Defense Lifting Cream ($95) uses infrared technology to lift and firm skin, combining pomegranate extracts with micronized tourmaline crystals to boost natural collagen production. We’re not exactly sure how this infrared technology stuff works, but we tried this softly scented ultra-rich cream for a month with glowing results.
And that’s not science fiction.
At Jean Coutu and Pharmaprix, www.lierac.ca
July 19th, 2010
If dozing on your back prevents wrinkles, does that mean side-sleepers are destined to look like Shar-Peis?
Get wrinkle-free rest with a V-shaped enVy pillow ($200). Developed by registered nurses, its ergonomically designed memory foam cradles the head so no neck pain and no unsightly sleep lines. We like that it’s covered in bamboo cotton and comes with a carrying case so you can tote it along to sleepovers. And yes, smooth-skinned back sleepers can use it too.
Too bad about the snoring.
At Murale, 1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, 514-875-1593, www.murale.ca
April 12th, 2010
It has seduced Eve and put Snow White to sleep. Now the apple might be the secret to eternal youth.
Yves Rocher’s new Sérum Végétal3 Wrinkles and Radiance line features anti-aging properties extracted from the heart of apples. We love the anti-inflammatory Dazzling creams (from $39) for face and eyes but the real star is the Smoothing Action Cleansing Wipes ($20). Rehydrating with cornflower, they’re perfect for lazy post-party nights so we wake up glowy
An apple a day keeps the Botox at bay.
At Yves Rocher, Plaza Alexis-Nihon, 1500 Atwater St., Montreal, 514-939-1526, www.yvesrocher.ca
October 19th, 2009
Puffy eyes in the a.m.? Cover ‘em like a crime scene.
Our latest accomplice is RoC’s new Lifting Eye Roll-On ($34). Cool and soothing, it spreads the perfect amount of serum with little muss and fuss while the massaging metal ball does wonders to reduce our bags post-late night revelry. After an instant lifting sensation, your entire eye area will feel firmer, hydrated, and ready for a cover-up.
Now apply your blackest mascara and know you’ve gotten away with the perfect crime.
At Pharmaprix stores, www.pharmaprix.ca
June 1st, 2009
Marilyn said it best: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
We’ve found a new best pal in Sérum Diamant ($396.00) by Eisenberg Paris. This sparkling anti-wrinkle serum contains genuine diamond powder that stimulates circulation and makes our skin sparkle. Follow it up with energizing and firming Énergie Or ($324.00) day treatment cream with pure gold, and you’ve got a million dollar glow.
Too bad it doesn’t come with a proposal.
At Ogilvy, 1307 Ste-Catherine W., Montreal, 514-842-7711.
May 11th, 2009
John Malkovich, Colin Firth, and Ryan Phillipe: Each sexy actor has played the role of womanizer, Vicomte de Valmont.
But our latest Valmont crush is Cyto Complex Eye Cream, which we’ve been using to erase pesky laugh lines. Choose the Factor I ($195) to relax and smooth expression wrinkles, Factor II ($225) to lift and firm, and Factor III ($250) to add density to thinning skin.
Choosing between John, Colin and Ryan is a little more difficult.
At Valmont Lounge De La Beauté, 446 Ste-Helene, Montreal, 514-510-6850, www.evalmont.com
September 8th, 2008
Deepening crow’s feet are making you squawk with despair, but going under the knife just doesn’t cut it for you.
Take the pain-free route with Aculifting, a new technique developed by Quebec acupuncturist Pauline Simard.
A transparent mask is made from a personalized cast of your face, sporting up to 40 magnets that are then applied to strategic pressure points. Wearing it half-an-hour per day helps to improve complexion, boost skin tone and reduce the appearance of pesky wrinkles.
You might feel like something out of Halloween, but the results will make you scream with delight.
Available at Clinique St-Lambert, 4 D’Artois St., St-Lambert, 514-523-6161, www.aculifting.com
February 18th, 2008
Frown lines got you down? Cancel that Botox appointment and turn to Mother Nature instead.
Juice Beauty’s organic Green Apple skincare line keeps skin in prime shape without relying on parabens, petroleum or added fragrances. Using ingredients including organic apple, lemon and white grape juice, its Green Apple Antioxidant Serum ($51) and Green Apple Antioxidant Moisturizer ($49) leaves skin looking soft, smooth and downright youthful.
Now, that’s one serving of fruit we can’t get enough of!
Juice Beauty, www.juicebeauty.com
Available at Sephora, www.sephora.com
December 3rd, 2007
The creases in your forehead are deep enough to be considered crevasses. Unfortunately, thanks to your fear of sharp objects, Botox isn’t an option.
Thankfully we’ve discovered a pain-free solution to keep those pesky wrinkles at bay. Slather on a little Athena 7 Minute Lift Cream (US$89) and it amazingly tackles things like crow’s feet and frown lines in (you guessed it!) seven little minutes.
Made from 12 different organic Greek essential oils including avocado oil and sesame oil, the miracle cream is being snapped by some of Hollywood’s smoothest faces including Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox.
Order online at www.7minutelift.com