Sumptuous Skin Care

Beauty products get a tasty dose of food extracts and antioxidants

The antioxidant and nutritive properties of fruits and vegetables work miracles inside the body, so it’s not a stretch to imagine they may have benefits that work when absorbed into the skin, as well.

These days, a stroll past cosmetic counters reveals blends made with ingredients that wouldn’t be out of place at a white tablecloth restaurant. As yummy as these ingredients may seem, however, these products belong on your vanity rather than the kitchen table.

To start, clean up with Strawberry Licorice Shower Gel from Dylan’s Candy Bar. Dylan Lauren, the daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, has branched out from candy-making to a Re-Treat line of bath and body products available at Sephora.

Then treat dry skin to Fresh’s Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($85). The antioxidant drink that promotes health and longevity also helps to enhance skin texture and luster with the help of lychee seed extract, a touch of skin-softening sake and jicama root juice.

As an appetizer, La Prairie Skin Caviar Crystalline Concentre ($375) uses plant and caviar extracts in a nutrient-rich serum designed to help stimulate the skin’s natural repair process and encourage optimal performance. Caviar extracts firm and nourish, while amino acids from molasses promote water retention for a firm, plump look.

For the main course, try Decleor’s Perfect Sculpt Divine Rejuvenating Cream ($88), which utilizes a phyto-firm complex containing shiitake extract. The mushrooms contain kojic acid that prevents the formation of melanin, or pigment, in the skin, resulting in a brighter, more even complexion. The cream also contains a cocktail of eight essential oils including chamo-mile, lemongrass, lemon and grapefruit.

Finish with a cooling, refreshing spritz of Shu Uemura’s Depsea Water Facial Mist ($24). The mineral-rich water is extracted from the deep waters off Cape Muroto in Japan. The water is lightly scented with such aromatic herbs as sage, mint and bergamot.

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