The Skin You're In
As those hot, dry Santa Anas blow across the valleys, your skin
gets parched. And then when the weather gets cold, you get chapped.
Drinking water, avoiding the sun and seeing a dermatologist for
pricey procedures will all help, but there's a new generation of
quick fixes as close as your beauty bar.
Once of the most celebrity-touted products is Dr. Fredric
Brandt's Vitamin C body lotion, which the Miami dermatologist says
is a favorite of Giorgio Armani, Faith Hill, Cher and Natasha
Richardson. The velvety lotion with a grapefruit scent only promises
to make your skin look better -- not remove wrinkles -- which is a
refreshing change after years of alpha-hydroxy product promises.
Included in the collection is Poreless, a gel to help minimize
the size of your pores, as well as a variety of exfoliators and
cleansers. You can learn about Brandt's products and surgical
procedures in his new book, "Age-less: The Definitive Guide to
Botox, Collagen, Lasers, Peels and Other Solutions for Flawless
Skin" (William Morris; $19.95).
For ultra-sensitive skin that rejects anything with
preservatives, check out Boscia cleansers, creams and dietary
supplements made with natural ingredients ranging from the
anti-oxidant jojoba to the calming willow herb and green tea. For
more information on the Irvine-based Boscia company, call (888)
635-8884 or see www.boscia.net.
Actress Robin Wright Penn has been moonlighting as a consultant
to her brother Richard Wright to create Ethix, a line of oxygen-rich
skin-care products. What immediately sets them apart is the
application: You spray a mist on your face instead of applying a
cream. Then apply foundation and finish with a second misting if
your skin is extra dry -- or you plan on spending the day in an
The new products are being launched in the San Fernando Valley at
beauty boutiques, priced at $35 and up. For more information, see
OK, so you've now heard about citrus, water, oils and herbs, but
wait, there's more. Kinerase is working its magic with No. 6
furfuryladenine, a laboratory-produced ingredient to slow down the
cell aging process (which speeds up when you lay on the beach all
day and spend hours in tanning booths). It doesn't require a
prescription, but you have to ask for it at pharmacy counters, where
you need to hold on tight so you don't suffer from sticker shock.
It's $140 for a 3.8-ounce bottle.
When face cream alone isn't enough, try rolling it into your
pores with a little roller made of real jade, which is supposed to
increase circulation. The Cool Jade kit includes the jade massager
modeled after one used by Empress Dowager, with refining tonic and
collagen cream packaged in a decorative box for $70 from the New
York-based Ling Skin Care Spas. To order, call (888) 815-5464 or log
Or try heat. Wahl's new Warm Lotion Massager is an awesome little
appliance that dispenses warm lotion as it massages your skin. It's
meant to be used on almost all body parts, but it's exceptionally
good for rough heels and sore feet. However, the cordless
rechargeable massager doesn't have enough electrical oomph to relax
tense neck and shoulder muscles. The cordless Warm Lotion Massager
with a recharger is sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and WalMart stores
For more help, turn to Pure Beauty. It's a new Encino-based
company with skin spas in Studio City, Encino, Northridge, Glendale,
Santa Clarita and Newbury Park, and celebs Benjamin Bratt, Katie
Sagal and Teri Hatcher already have been seen there. At Pure Beauty,
they'll rub the creams and vitamins into your skin for you during
luxurious facials. They also sell the supplies, including
Dermalogica skin-care products and vitamin tonics, for home
Jo Malone, who first applied her signature philosophy of
fragrance-combining skin care in England, is now at Neiman Marcus
and Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills and she's brought all of her
beauty tricks for depuffing, rebalancing and rehydrating with her.
Her star product, priced at $90, is simply called Vitamin E gel, and
it really is a standout. It melts into your skin and makes rough
cuticles and heels instantly soft, although Malone says she uses the
Vitamin E gel on her lips and face and even on her baby's bottom.
Hopefully she washes her hands between applications.
-- Barbara De Witt.
BRAIN TUMOR INFO:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurological
Institute will host "Surviving With a Brain Tumor," a free
conference on Saturday for brain tumor patients, their families and
caregivers. Surgeons and researchers will discuss new treatments as
well as methods for coping with emotions that follow diagnosis. To
reserve a seat, call (800) 233-2771.
-- Mariko Thompson.
The newest self-help trend is Ayurveda, the healing side of
yoga that involves colors, sounds, aromas and herbs for optimal
health. Actually, it's a 5,000-year-old healing tradition steeped in
Eastern Indian culture and brought to the United States by Deepak
Chopra, and you can hear all about it at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bodhi
Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. The introductory
program will be presented by Marc Halpern, founder and director of
the California College of Ayurveda. Fee is $15 and the number to
call is (310) 659-4428.
GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS:
"Asana" is a yoga term that can be translated as "to sit
with," yoga instructor and author Cyndi Lee. tells us. It's an
appropriate term, as you'll enjoy sitting with Lee's book, "OM Yoga:
A Guide to Daily Practice" (Chronicle Books; $19.95). The book's
design is particularly impressive. "OM Yoga" is spiral-bound in
order to lie flat on the floor, illustrated in bright, eye-catching
colors; and divided into tabbed sections with a program for each day
of the week. The stick-figure drawings for each posture are
surprisingly effective. Lee's guide is a worthy alternative on those
days when you can't make it to yoga class.