Products to Help You Look Your Best
Are you a lipstick lover or face cream fanatic? Then you’re in the right place. Every issue, we give you the lowdown on fabulous fragrances, luxurious lotions, must-have makeup and everything in-between. Because whether you’re a laid-back surfer babe or a
Looking for a new scent? Ralph Lauren’s Romance Rosé ($96$98) is a new addition to its popular Romance line. Building upon a floral blend of rose de Mai, the fragrance includes top notes of bergamot, red apple and black currant combined with musk and patchouli base notes. You can pick it up at Macy’s at Edison Mall in Fort Myers (239-477-3300; macys.com).
For another option, try Princess Noir ($45), the latest scent in Vera Wang’s bestselling Princess line. It’s feminine meets sensual, with florals like jasmine and freesia combined with top notes of mandarin, pear and black currant and base notes of patchouli, amber and chocolate. Find it at Kohl’s in Fort Myers (239-275-3667; kohls .com) and Cape Coral (239-573-9037).
( VITAMIN) C FOR YOURSELF
You may already turn to vitamin C to fight a cold or wake you up in the morning. But did you know it can also help protect your skin from pollutants and other stressors and reduce the signs of aging? That’s why Vichy Laboratories included 15 percent pure vitamin C from ascorbic acid as the star ingredient in its new LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector ($28.50). It’s combined with other ingredients, including natural-origin hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and plumps skin, and the company’s proprietary mineralizing thermal water, which also helps protect the skin from the effects of fatigue, pollutants and other stressors. Apply in the morning before your moisturizer and SPF to help brighten, firm and smooth your skin. Pick up the new serum at local Target stores or at Ulta at the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers (239-334-0659; ulta.com), Coconut Point in Estero (239-992-0361) and Coralwood Center in Cape Coral (239-458-3522).
A TROPICAL TREAT
Want to smell like you spent the day on a tropical island (whether you actually did or not)? Try Antica Farmacista’s body moisturizer or hand and body wash ($26 each) in scents such as Lush Palm or Orange Blossom, Lilac and Jasmine. The body lotion helps smooth skin with moisturizing ingredients—aloe vera, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil and shea butter. The hand and body wash produces a rich lather that cleanses without stripping skin of essential oils, thanks to ingredients such as silk amino acids, chamomile and honey. Add a coordinating candle or diffuser to complete the fragrance fantasy. You can find these Antica Farmacista goodies at Jennifer’s in Fort Myers (239-481-8582, jennifersfortmyers.com).
EVEN IT OUT
If brown patches or other discolorations on your face have got you down, there’s something new to try. SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense ($98) features a combination of tranexamic acid, niacinamide and kojic acid to reduce pigmentation and even out your complexion. How? The ingredients work together to fight some of the causes of pigmentation, like the formation of melanocytes (cells that create the brown pigments that lead to discoloration). Find the high-potency serum and other SkinCeuticals products at the offices of local dermatologists and skin-care professionals such as the Woodruff Institute in Bonita Springs (844-485-0104; thewoodruffinstitute.com), Florida Skin Center in Fort Myers (239-319-4648; floridaskincenter.com) and the Laser Lounge Spa in Estero (239-728-1234; thelaserloungespa.com).
FUN IN THE SUN
The Sunshine State knows a thing or two about sunscreen. So, when you need protection from harmful UV rays, reach for Florida Sunscreen, made by the Boca Raton company behind the popular Florida Salt Scrubs line. The broad-spectrum spray sunscreen features coconut oil and a cheeky sense of humor. Its Florida Grown variety offers SPF 15 protection, because, according to the company website, “many locals tend not to burn like a tourist but still maintain a healthy respect for the powerful Florida sun.” Florida Snowbird offers SPF 30, because the state’s winter residents have some experience with the sun here. SPF 50 Florida Cruiser “was crafted with the Florida tourist in mind,” who needs a higher level of protection while vacationing on the beaches here. Once you determine which group you fall into, you can find all three formulations ($16 each) at Suncatchers’ Dream on Sanibel (239-472-7860; suncatchersdream.com). TOTI Media, Inc. and/or its affiliates cannot be held responsible for price changes, writing mistakes or products out of stock.