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Skin care: face value

Cassie PenceVail, CO, Colorado

BEAVER CREEK – One of the reasons Victoria Mastrogiovanni became an aesthetician is because she grew tired of trying thousands of different skin care products, bleeding her wallet dry, and still not finding one that works.What she has learned in her tenure as a skin care specialist is that it boils down to active ingredients. “If you can’t pronounce it, if the ingredient list is this long,” Mastrogiovanni says, holding her fingers apart two inches, “that’s an ingredient you really don’t want in your body.”The biggest difference between products, whether it’s dermatologist prescribed or over the counter, she says, is the ratio of active ingredients to fillers, ingredients that really have no purpose, other than to preserve or make it smell nice. The difference between prescription and over-the-counter products, are that prescription products have submitted drug applications through the FDA, Dr. Karen Nern of Vail Dermatology says. Cosmetics can make much more far-reaching claims without providing hard evidence.Here Mastrogiovanni, fellow Allegria Spa aesthetician Monique Arsenault and Dr. Nern weigh in on their favorite product lines for the face.

Using raw materials, and no dye, perfumes or unnecessary fillers, Epicuren is Mastrogiovanni’s personal favorite skin-care line. “It’s the state-of-the art way they combine ingredients, and I find that it works very well,” Mastrogiovanni says.Stand-out sun block: Epicuren’s Zinc Block SPF 20. All these ladies agree, mineral-based sunblock, featuring zinc, is better for your skin than chemical sunscreen, which uses chemicals that filter the sun’s rays, not necessarily blocks them from the skin. “I like sunscreens that contain zinc and other broad spectrum chemicals like Mexoryl and Helioplex,” Dr. Nern says.Magic in a bottle: Arsenault loves Epicuren’s Instant Lift. It plumps, or fills in fine lines, for 24-48, giving skin smooth texture and firmness. “If you’re going to a party and want to look refreshed,” Arsenault says. Mastrogiovanni’s swears by Epicuren’s Alpha Lipoic Omega, an anti-aging night cream.

Started by Australian scientist and naturopath Dr. Jurgen Klein with his wife, Ulrike, a botanist, Jurlique is 100-percent pure, 100-percent organic. “What’s so great about Jurlique is you can even use it on a baby, and a couple of the products you can even eat,” Mastrogiovanni says. It’s a line perfect for ultra-sensitive skin.Mountain moisturizer: Jurlique’s Herbal Recovery Gel. “I don’t believe in very thick creams, because I think they tell the brain to shut down oil production,” Mastrogiovanni says.Magic in a bottle: Jurlique’s Eye Gel. “Great for dark circles and puffiness,” Mastrogiovanni says.

“If you can do anything for your skin,” Arsenault says, “get on Cellex-C.” This product line is result driven, using vitamin C and its patented Hydrolyzed C to make the skin look younger.Magic in a bottle: Cellex-C’s Advanced-C Serum. “It lightens, brightens and tightens. It helps hyper-pigmentation. It shrinks larger pores, and it helps with the aging process,” Arsenault says.

For those who require a product with power, “I like the Obagi line,” Dr. Nern says. Magic in a bottle: “Studies show that vitamin A containing products, like prescription Tretinoin, promote collagen production and decrease wrinkles,” Dr. Nern says.Power procedures: To address skin texture, wrinkling, skin tightening, brown spots and redness, doctors can perform Fractional Resurfacing, Photofacial, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal. Injectable procedures to relax lines and fill in deeper lines or address veins include Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra and Sclerotherapy.

“There are really good products that are sold over the counter, that are not expensive,” Mastrogiovanni says. “But what mainly those are, are cleansers.” She likes Cetaphil. Dr. Nern recommends Neutrogena and Oil of Olay.


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