New and novel skin care treatments have created a buzz since the dawn of time. You might have recently read about nightingale droppings being used in high-end brightening facials, nibbling carp that exfoliate dry skin during pedicures or even heard about leeches applied to skin for health and wellbeing back in the days of yore. While some of these treatments were rumored to have been beneficial, generally unproven protocols tend to be risky or simply ineffective. Before you go off the deep-end testing the wild and wacky, hoping to generate some buzz for your own practice, know that nothing speaks louder than real results.
For that reason, we’ve gotten right down to the basics this issue and ranked the top 10 buzz-worthy (and for good reason!) ingredients that you can trust will help your clients ring in 2009 in fresh, glowing style. They range from high-tech to organic, from homegrown to exotic, and from brand-new to new-and-improved. And the best part? No droppings, nibbling or blood-sucking in sight.
1. argan oil
the buzz: The argan tree, indigenous to dry, southwestern Morocco, and with a lifespan of 200 years, produces a fruit whose seeds can be pressed for the oil that has been used for cooking, medicine and cosmetics by the local Berber people for generations. Because the argan tree is found only in a small region, its supply is limited and cost can be high. But it’s worth the price as skin care companies the world over are discovering that the age-old benefits stack up to even the most modern skin care developments.
the benefits: Rich in linoleic acid, essential fatty acids and vitamin E, the all-natural oil’s properties renew, firm and moisturize skin. It’s particularly effective on dry, damaged or aging skin.
the biz: Aveda’s Green Science line, formulated with organic argan oil sustainably harvested by Moroccan women, is offered at Aveda salons and spas around the world.
the buzz: With all the things you put on your skin everyday, you might not think about the water in your shower. But tap water may contain heavy metals such as lead, iron and copper that build up on skin—causing irritation and inflammation, leading to conditions like acne, rosacea and aging. Even calcium, which seems harmless, can actually cause “hard water” that results in dull, dry skin and hair. Other chemicals, such as chlorine and pollutants, further degrade the water and harm skin. To the rescue? Chelators, or organic compounds added to water that neutralize heavy metals while absorbing the minerals that keep skin healthy.
the benefits: Purified water that nourishes and protects skin and hair, while increasing the efficacy of other beauty products.
the biz: MD Skincare’s Detox Duo comprises Purifying Bath Crystals with chelators that detoxify, and Antioxidant Enzyme Buff for subsequent exfoliation and renewal.
3. kakadu plum