Considering that our hands are one of the first places to show signs of aging, using a hand cream that's more like serious skin care makes sense. In the Amore Pacific Time Response Intensive Hand Renewal Creme ($80), the brand harnesses the luxury and efficacy of its skin care products into a lovely hand treatment that smells like a spa. It's packed with green tea seed, olive, and jojoba oils for hydration and antioxidant protection. Plus, mango seed and shea butters give the formula a nice nourishing texture, while licorice root controls melanin production to help prevent age spots. The hefty-size tube is the next best thing to slathering your anti-aging moisturizer directly on your hands.
Spring will be here before you know it, but whether the sun is out or not, you should be covering up . . . with SPF, that is. SPF 30 is widely considered the absolute minimum you should wear on a daily basis, and we have everything you need to keep your skin gorgeous from head to toe — plus, a new CC cream launch! On Kirbie: Forever 21 top.
1. Sephora Ultra Soothing Fiber Mask ($6): This calming mask is made to instantly soothe stressed-out skin with mallow extract, while hydrating ingredients soften and moisturize.
2. AmorePacific Luminous Effect Brightening Masque ($120): Packed with Asian botanicals like ginkgo, magnolia, and Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle), these microfiber masks help to stop dark spots before they have the chance to form. Plus, antioxidants protect your skin from environmental stress.
3. Lancome Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask ($80): Originally only available in Asia, this treatment features a high amount of the brand's famed Génifique Concentrate to improve the health of your skin and minimize the signs of aging.
Ever wonder what, exactly, is in Creme de La Mer, or what justification Creed has for the high price of its fragrances? The world of beauty is full of wild stories about how companies get some of their most exclusive ingredients, and you might be surprised by them. So to find out what makes Chanel No. 5's floral scent unique, and why SK-II has sake in it, just keep reading.
If you're like me, you probably look at the price tag of Amore Pacific Time Response Pure Essence 100 Skin Renewal Serum and sloowwwly back away from the cosmetics counter. The spendy serum has a price tag of $500 for a one-ounce bottle. Yowza.
Fortunately, a story explains why the serum costs what it does—and consults experts to see if it's worth the cash. For instance:
Vegging out: More than 100 botanical ingredients fill every bottle. Yes, extracts of broccoli, grape and carrots may read more like a salad-bar menu than the components of an antiaging serum, but they help other active compounds penetrate the skin and counteract the effects of UV rays.
Expert opinion: [University of Alabama dermatology researcher] Santosh Katiyar supports using fruits and veggies on the face, but, he adds, they’re not exactly hard to come by and therefore shouldn’t be so costly.
Another dermatologist weighs in, too, and while both experts agree that the serum is a good one, the final consensus is that "the benefit of these ingredients doesn’t necessarily warrant the product’s cost." I can't say I'm surprised—what about you?
I have just discovered this amazing new brand of skin care called Amore Pacific. This ever popular brand in Asia has arrived in the U.S. with a bang. The signature ingredients are three Asian botanicals: pure homegrown Korean green tea, bamboo and red ginseng.
The secret behind the green tea is that it is specially grown for the company in farmland located at the foot of Halla Mountain on Jeju Island. It is there that fresh water and volcanic soils lie and the climate is ideal for the growth of the tea. The elements in the products reach the deepest layers of the skin and are intended to help increase the rate at which your cells reproduce themselves.
The Research and Development center at Amore Pacific is one of the largest in the world for cosmetics companies. They are constantly testing new Asian botanicals to help innovate the world of skin care.
Their most notable product is their Time Response Skin Renewal Creme, $400. This anti-aging therapy helps restore skin to its optimal youthful, hydrated and elastic state.
Although the products are rather costly, those who have tried them truly love them. They have also just opened up a beauty gallery and spa in downtown New York City where the treatments are inspired from five different Eastern traditional elements: water, metal, earth, fire, and tree. Sounds fabulous!