5 Worthy Skincare Splurges
The world of high-end skincare can be overwhelming, full of big price tags and even bigger promises. Our instincts draw us toward jars of creams that look beautiful, feel silky, and smell heavenly. Using this tactic, however, will lead us to waste our hard-earned money. As Dr. Zein Obagi famously says, “If you want to feel good, have a martini…. real skin health takes work!”
A higher price tag does not necessarily mean a more effective anti-aging product. Rubbing a $300 luxury French crème onto your aging skin can be the equivalent of covering an old worn-out mattress with expensive Egyptian cotton sheets. When you choose to lay down some serious cash for the sake of your skin, it is important to know that your money is going towards scientific research and development rather than fancy packaging and advertising.
So, if you are looking for something new to add to your top shelf of skin care products, here are 5 luxury items that truly live up to their claims as well as their price tags:
#1 Daily Power Defense by ZO Skin Health ($150) This powerful antioxidant serum is designed to rebuild skin barrier functions and speed the natural repair functions of the skin. It is ideal for all skin types, providing balance to acne-prone skin and reducing the need for heavy moisturizers in dryer skin types. It includes two specific peptides — palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 — to firm and re-densify aging skin without causing irritation.
#2 Daily Restorative Facial Serum with M-007® by Omni Bioceutical Innovations ($187) This scientific, cell building serum reduces inflammation and supports the regeneration of collagen and elastin by utilizing targeted human growth factor proteins. The M-007® is a patented delivery molecule that binds and transports human growth factor proteins below the surface of the skin, so they become more bio-available. Due to its incredible healing properties, this serum is especially recommended for use between clinical treatments such as chemical peels and microneedling.
#3 CE Ferulic by SkinCeuticals ($166) This well-known serum is a favorite of dermatologists and plastic surgeons around the globe. It features a synergistic antioxidant combination of 15% pure vitamin C, 1% vitamin E, and 0.5% ferulic acid (a natural antioxidant found in all plant life) to protect against environmental damage caused by free radicals. This serum helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA/UVB, infrared radiation, and ozone pollution, which may lead to visible signs of accelerated skin aging. In addition to antioxidant protective benefits, CE Ferulic reduces signs of aging and photodamage, the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and the loss of firmness, while brightening your complexion.
#4 Restorative Eye Treatment by Alastin Skincare ($85) This delightful new eye cream utilizes Tri Hex technology, a special brew of peptides that work to flush the skin of old, damaged collagen and elastin while encouraging the growth of new, and improving the appearance of skin firmness around the eyes. This well-rounded eye product also reduces puffiness and evens skin tone, improving the look of tired eyes and dark circles. This product won the In Style Magazine Best Beauty Buys Award for Best Eye Cream in 2019.
#5 Growth Factor Serum by ZO Skin Health ($148) This lightweight gel for all skin types strengthens skin and supports skin rejuvenation while protecting against future signs of aging. It utilizes a plant-derived growth factor to improve overall appearance of skin, reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin firmness and elasticity, and restore hydration and reinforce the skin's protective barrier. As a bonus, this product offers a luxury feel and smell, making it the perfect way to end each day.