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January Grooming : Five Products to Beat the Cold

by Mark Thompson
EDGE Style & Travel Editor
Thursday Jan 6, 2011
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So it’s back to the grind - and back to the cold. The holidays are over and so is your sugar rush.

There’s slush on the sidewalks and your lips are chapped and your skin is scratchy. It’s too hot in the office; it’s too cold on the street. It’s the start of a new year and your list of resolutions is long enough to have its own reality show.

First things first: focus on the face. Even while wearing this year’s ubiquitous trapper hat, you can still give good face.

Start by drinking lemon water, three liters a day. That’s right: three liters of lemon water daily - because lemon detoxifies your liver and water hydrates your skin.

And use good product. Here’s a list of five of our current favorite emollients designed to keep your skin as radiant and crystal clear as freshly-fallen snow.

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CellCeuticals® Biomedical Skin Treatments: CerActive Active Moisture + Barrier Repair Skin Treatment

One minor irritant in our holidays was running out of our favorite CellCeuticals® product - in the middle of the blizzard. Trust, we used a cotton swab to wipe out every last drop. You’ve never seen such a clean container: we almost served olives in it.

Fortunately, CellCeuticals has another product that is perfect for treating winter skin. Introduced in January 2009, CellCeuticals® CerActive Moisture + Barrier Repair Skin Treatment is a deep penetrating moisture treatment that replenishes essential barrier lipids to help defend against cold and wind (while you’re skiing or snowboarding - or out slogging for groceries...).

With aloe leaf juice for conditioning and moisturizing, licorice root for its soothing properties, and sodium hyaluronate for skin barrier repair, CellCeuticals® CerActive Moisture + Barrier Repair Skin Treatment is also non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t block your pores).

Founded in 2007 by plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher, CellCeuticals® Skin Care, Inc. has quickly become an industry leader in the development of biomedical technology products that target skin aging. As one devotée of CellCeuticals® CerActive Moisture + Barrier Repair Skin Treatment put it, "Whenever I wear this outside, I can deal with Mother Nature’s hissy fits."

We’re feeling her, too; in fact, we keep this one in the manbag. Best of all, this one comes in a generous two-ounce tube, so you don’t have to scrape out a pot.

PRICE: $47.50 / 2 fl. oz.
LINK: CellCeuticals® Biomedical Skin Treatments: CerActive Active Moisture + Barrier Repair Skin Treatment

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Murad: Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer SPF 15

Remember studying Ponce de Leon, the 16th-century Spanish explorer who went in search of the Fountain of Youth? He should’ve stayed in bed, eating pomegranates.

Here, in the 21st century, everyone knows the power of the pomegranate. Grocery shelves and drugstore shelves are bursting with products featuring the elixir from the antioxidant-rich, red fruit. The pomegranate’s strength comes from polyphenol, which strengthens your skin cells’ membranes while also neutralizing the free radicals that age your skin faster than a tanning booth.

Murad’s line of pomegranate-infused products are nearly as potent as squashing the fruit on your face - and a lot less messy. The lightweight, oil-free Murad Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer SPF 15 not only protects against free radicals, but also wards off the sun’s evils - because, yes, even though it seems three blizzards away, you will go on vacation again, to a sunny beach with tropical drinks, wearing hardly any clothes, the salt air... Never mind.

Furthermore, this all-day hydrator also features artemia, which stimulates cell function - and of course, pomegranate extract, which is like kryptonite to those free radicals.

The truth is, both Allure and Real Simple love this product, too, for its ability to boost your skin’s antioxidants while giving your skin a radiant glow. Old Ponce de Leon would’ve loved it, too.

PRICE: $33 / 2 fl. oz.
LINK: Murad: Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer SPF 15

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