September 2011 Beauty Round-Up ‘Must Haves’
By April MacIntyre
The last month has been a busy windfall of some excellent new skincare items, mostly all made in the USA that addresses acne to aging and more.
These products were the best of what we tested and loved, so take us shopping with you for the best in September 2011 beauty.
Eraclea Hydrating Day Lotion for Normal to Oily Skin 1 oz.
Made in USA
My favorite day combo of the lot is this ingenious twist top pump that delivers the right amount of this lightweight but intensely hydrating and firming lotion. I combine two pumps of this lotion with two pumps of the Hydrating Day serum noted below and cover my entire face and neck with it.
The product has a vitamin C orange scent and absorbs quickly, really firming the skin as it is absorbed. Perfect dispensing, unfussy product that works amazingly.
The lotion is a blend of peptides, extracts and vitamins forms a protective equilibrium barrier or elastic “second skin” to nourish and protect the skin. It obliterates fine lines, firms and brighten the skin. The formula continues to retain and deliver water even when it feels dry on the surface of the skin. I prefer to combine this with the Pure Hydration for a daytime combination under makeup base.
Eraclea Intensive Repair and Protect Serum/Vitamin C 1 Fl. Oz. (30 mL)
For me, this is a nighttime serum. Lightweight greaseless gel that is a power punch of antioxidants to correct skin's signs of aging. The product is loaded with vitamin C and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate to deliver a weightless wrinkle fighting and firming treatment that will not break out the oilier skins and those who are sensitive to glycolics. Fantastic trio of serums/moisturizer. You feel these three Eraclea lotion/serums working and firming the skin as they are absorbed. Expensive but highly recommended.
Eraclea Pure Hydration Serum/Zinc 1 Fl. Oz. (30 mL)
This is the juice that I add to the Eraclea lotion every day. It calms stressed, irritated skin, and is a moisture-intensive serum (also in a twist pump that swivels up and down) draws on the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of zinc to promote healing while reducing redness. The serum is meant to be used after the nighttime repair serum, but for me the results were when I combined with the daytime lotion for under makeup. It is perfect for rosacea inflamed skin, or anyone who is using strong glycolics or skin peeling salicylics. Fab stuff. Pricey, but it does work.