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November Grooming Guide: Fortify Your Skin

by Mark Thompson
EDGE Style & Travel Editor
Thursday Nov 3, 2011

Ready, set, go: we’re in the holiday season now - and you know what that means. A race to the finish line marked by the new year, with stops along the way for excessive drinking, binge eating, frantic shopping, and a roundelay of parties that leaves you spinning like a top.

What you need is some calm. What you want is an hour to relax and breathe deeply. Take it; find it. Make it yours. Make that hour your holiday gift to yourself. Regain your sanity and serenity with some of the season’s more therapeutic products.

Then toast to beautiful skin with a glass of bubbly.


Primavera: Lavender Vanilla Body Wash

If you’re like us, your beauty regimen on the weekends is far more leisurely than the way you slam through the bathroom during the workweek. On Saturdays and Sundays, it’s all about you - so why not start your toilette with a body wash that helps relax the mind?

The German skincare line, Primavera, captures that weekend sense of well-being in their collection of all-natural aromatherapy products. Formulated with organic lavender and vanilla essential oils, Primavera Lavender Vanilla Body Wash is a foaming body wash that is as creamy on the skin as it is calming to the mind. Evening primrose seed oil helps to ease dehydrated skin, while aloe vera oil and lavender water relieve skin irritation.

Founded twenty-five years ago in southern Germany, the development of Primavera was, in the words of the co-founder, "rooted in a desire to share our collective knowledge of healing plant therapy - and a deep love for nature and humanity."

In keeping with the company’s holistic approach to beauty, Primavera uses the highest percentage of certified organic ingredients available, utilizing fair-trade partnerships with 18 growers from around the world who supply the company with their 125 organic ingredients. Favored by Europeans for the products’ effective, natural formulas, Primavera is now available for the first time in the States.

Why not shower this weekend with a calming, creamy German?

PRICE: $20.00 / 5.1 fl oz / 150 ml
LINK Primavera Lavender Vanilla Body Wash


Blissoma: Restore Deep Moisture Oil Serum

You know how it is when you open a perfect avocado, one that you’ve placed in your cupboard to ripen for a couple days, and the fruit is that gorgeous spring green, as beautiful to look at as it is to taste? You know you’re doing your body right eating something so delicious.

That’s the same kind of feeling that swept over us when we applied Blissoma Restore Deep Moisture Oil Serum under our eyes. Fortified with more than ten cold-pressed, unrefined seed oils, this regenerative serum nourishes that delicate eye area with a hydrating boost of natural vitamins and phytonutrients.

A veritable protein smoothie for your pores, Blissoma Restore features the oils of organic cranberry seed, grapeseed, rosehip, sea buckthorn berry, evening primrose, pomegranate, red raspberry, tamanu, and hemp, as well as neroli and helichrysum. How could you not love something so loaded with good stuff? Best of all, you only need a little dab - and the one-ounce container will probably last a couple months, even with daily usage.

Founded in 2005, Blissoma uses only natural essential oils and a majority of certified organic ingredients. Blissoma Restore Deep Moisture Oil Serum is 100% vegan and 100% natural, which is maybe why we thought of that perfect avocado. As Blissoma’s mantra has it, "Health is beautiful" - and so are our eyes after using Blissoma Restore.

PRICE: $29.99 / 1 oz.
LINK: Blissoma Restore Deep Moisture Oil Serum


Kinerase: Pro+Therapy C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment with Kinetin and Zeatin

Some products are like superheroes. That’s how we feel about Kinerase Pro+Therapy C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment with Kinetin and Zeatin. Look at those K’s and Z’s; it’s like a litany of superpowers.

A powerful yet gentle serum, Kinerase Pro+Therapy C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment with Kinetin and Zeatin is a little trade secret for those amongst us who utilize physician-administered injectables. Used as a complement to injections, this anti-aging treatment restores and evens skin tone while filling in fine lines and wrinkles.

Kinerase’s eponymous signature ingredient, kinetin (0.1% N6 Furfuryladenine), is a plant-based antioxidant. Horticulturists realized that kinetin prevented plant leaves from drying out and withering. Think of those little sacs of powder that the florist gives you to keep your bouquet looking fresh. Then think of your face like a rose in full bloom. Okay, so it’s a stretch - but the point is, kinetin has serious anti-aging properties.

This super serum also contains zeatin, derived from plant DNA, for slowing the aging process, as well as powerful anti-oxideants such as green tea and vitamin E. Formulated with sweet almond and orange peel oils and camellia leaf extract, Kinerase Pro+Therapy C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment with Kinetin and Zeatin keeps you looking as beautiful as a fresh bouquet.

PRICE: $119.00 / 1 fl. oz.
LINK: Kinerase Pro+Therapy C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment with Kinetin and Zeatin


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