Ever since it’s cameo appearance in George Cukor’s 1939 film The Women, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa has been a worldwide icon for the best in skincare. Now, under the guidance of Cornelia Zicu, global chief creative officer for Red Door Spas, the venerable brand is launching its first spa-based skin and body care collection.
Comprising 42 face and body items, the Red Door Spa Professional® formulas are conceived as an extension of the services offered at the spa’s 30 nationwide locations. The goal is to help consumers extend the results of their treatments at home.
Cornelia Zicu says that this line has been decades in the making, and involved culling information from the spa’s many experienced estheticians. The result is a comprehensive collection that features three categories: Intensive Solutions, Customized Daily Essentials, and Body Renewal.
This features 16 concentrated products that target specific skincare concerns from premature skin aging to redness and discoloration. One of the range’s stars is Age Defense Multi- Peptide Moisturizer, which contains peptides to help relax wrinkle formation and liphophlic vitamin C to moisturize, improve skin tone, and stimulate collagen production. One of my favorite products is the Age Defense Hyaluronic Intensive Serum, a veritable waterfall of moisture for thirsty skin. In addition to hyaluronic acid, the humectant or all humectants, the serum contains vitamins A, C, and E, as well as beta glucan, which stimulates the functioning of the immune system and acts as a UV protectant. The prices of the Intensive Solution products range from $26 to $120.
Customized Daily Essentials:
With targeted systems for sensitive, oily, normal, and dry skins, Customized Daily Essentials offer cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks, and sun protection as the basic building blocks of a personalized skincare regimen. Each of the specialized systems contains a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and mask. The Sensitive Skin System draws on soothing botanicals like chamomile, willow extract, and kola nut extract to calm and restore. Prices for Customized Daily Essentials range from $26 to $120.
This is one of my favorite line-ups in the collection, with extremely luxurious products ranging from three different body creams (a must!) to body washes, scrubs, balms, gel, and sprays. There are 10 luxurious body care products in all, and actually are the exact products used in the Red Door Spa’s treatments and services, which means both luxury and professional expertise in a jar. The idea behind these products is a healthful, youthful and toned appearance. It is the most affordable of the Red Door Professional categories, with price ranges from $22 to $45.
The Red Door Spa Professional collection is available exclusively at Red Door Spa locations nationwide.
On May 2, the members of the FDA’s General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel gave their nod to Allergan’s Juvéderm® Voluma® XC for the correction of age-related volume loss in the midface. Although Voluma still has to get through the FDA clearance phase, a recommendation from its advisory panel is a good sign. Voluma is well positioned to be the first NEW wrinkle filler to be launched in the US market in 2013, although it is already approved in 65 countries, including Canada.
So what’s new about Voluma? The name says it all. Voluma is intended to add volume to creases, deep folds, and areas in need of enhancement, such as cheeks and chins. It is used in Canada and Europe to restore facial volume that diminishes with age, for example, in the cheekbones. Having seen Voluma injected in the UK and France, the results are very impressive. If you have already had Juvederm, Voluma is like Juvederm on steroids. It is injected with a cannula or needle, and while Juvederm is great for lines, wrinkles, and lip contouring, Voluma is more robust. It is more commonly used to plump up regions of the face, in a similar way to fat grafting.
“The next generation of HA fillers is the latest development from Allergan with new technology and improved characteristics. This includes Voluma, a product that has been already approved and widely acclaimed in Europe, South America, and Canada. The main advantages of Voluma include its use in larger quantity facial volume restoration ,similar to the uses of autologous fat, while enjoying the ability to mold and sculpt with greater precision,” says Steven Fagien, MD, an oculoplastic surgeon in Boca Raton, FL.
Like Juvederm, Voluma contains 0.3% lidocaine to ease the sting of the injections. You may get some redness, swelling, or bruising after treatment. but ice compresses help. Makeup can be worn right away. Results can be subtle and natural, or dramatic because the injector can turn it up or down depending on what look you are going for. The major advantages of Voluma are that a little goes a long way, and it lasts well, up to 18 months.
According to Lisa Donofrio, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, “We have all been anxiously awaiting the FDA approval of Juvederm Voluma. Those of us that have been volumizing with fat for years feel that this will be the closest approximation of the dramatic results we can achieve with fat transfer. I have patients on a waiting list to be called first!”
Matchy-matchy is so Mad Men when it comes to shoes and bags. But when we’re talking fingers, toes, it’s more like celebrity statement and runway style. Subtly coordinated, yet full of breakout color, DKNY Spring Must Haves Lipstick and Lacquer ($45) is a limited collection of three covetable lip and nail duos that go hand in hand with flirty sun dresses and open toe sandals..
Follow Rihanna’s lead and try the “Urban Fashionista” duo, featruing Runway Red lipstick and Empire Red nail lacquer. Match your red lips with red nails for a sexy and sophisticated look—absolutely flawless for a night out on the town.
“Whimsical Romantic” is a dreamy duo of Pink Power lipstick and Pink Perfection nail lacquer. If you want to channel a daytime fantasy look, this is perfect for you.
And lastly, “Boho Chic” pairs In the Buff lipstick with Blushing Beige Nail lacquer. Fair warning though— Blushing Beige is more blushing than beige. If you’re looking for a coral with blue undertones, this one is right up your alley.
All the lipsticks are long-lasting with a creamy formula. You’ve coordinated your handbag to your shoes and now you can perfectly coordinate your lips with your shiny glossy nails. These effortless duos will make you fashionably on point this spring and summer!