Though my background would lead you to believe I am a golden sun goddess (1/2 Greek and 1/2 Italian) – I am actually more from the school of skim milk (1/2 translucent and 1/2 blue). With that said, I am exceptionally psychotic about my skin and my skincare regime.
Having been a publicist for luxury beauty companies for what seems like 100 years, I have grown great disdain for the “claims” new products are always exclaiming off their ads, boxes and editorial blurbs…action words like “revolutionary”, “first on the market”, “groundbreaking”, and “breakthrough technology” to me, are just that – ACTION WORDS. A bit of fluff to help spice up a press release with little active results.
Until this past January, when I learned about a little thing called ASTAXANTHIN (courtesy of the “it” surgical dermatologist, Dr. Kenneth Mark). A bit of a skeptic, I listened to what the good doctor said about this ingredient he uncovered and blended into an award winning cream (KMMD Antioxidant Hydrating Cream with Astaxanthin). 1000 times more potent that Vitamin E -200 times more potent than Vitamin C….hmmmm…my wheels started to spin indeed. I mean, Dr. Mark is 1 of 800 fellowship-trained Mohs’ Skin Cancer Surgeons in the world. He certainly has the credentials to make a non-believer TRULY back that this product has the power it boasts. Not to mention I came across a quote in Shape and New Beauty Magazine from him, so my beauty editor friends back him as well – now it was my turn.
So my trial began. Instantly, I adored this cream – just for the color that appeared from the pump – PINK! Yes, perhaps it is a bit childish, but just the way a red inner heel of a stiletto screams out to me and makes me love the shoe just a bit more – I feel the same way about my beauty products. I digress…so out comes this wonderfully soft pink cream – no scent (another plus). The texture was creamy, without being heavy and seemed to instantly hydrate my skin (though not greasy – I have some major issues with excess…ummm…sebum as we call it in the PR world…OILY SKIN in layman’s terms).
I followed Dr. Mark’s instructions – apply after my shower and before bed. I committed myself to two weeks…I just want to see some difference in my skin in two week (which is what most good skin creams claim). Well, IT JUST DIDN’T HAPPEN! Now, don’t go blog bashing Dr. Mark…it was actually quite the contrary. It happened in just two days! Ok, so I don’t look 18 again, but my skin felt instantly like a baby’s bum, my rosacea hit the road and a blemish that looked as though it was going to erupt at any given moment seemed to retreat back to the depths of hell where it formulated. Could it be that THIS cream really works?
Well, all I have to say is this…it worked (and continues to work) for me! I cleaned out my other skin creams and passed them out at my last girls night to my friends in what I call my bi-annual “Beauty Pinata” night. All but one – Dr. Kenneth Mark Antioxidant Hydrating Cream with Astaxanthin (perhaps a mouthful, but worth memorizing, I promise!). I think I am having a bit of a love affair with this new cream…please don’t tell my boyfriend.
Available for $95.00 at kennethmarkmd.com – so is the little guy in the photo above (it is his newest product Tighten and Lighten Eye Cream with Peptides – I got carded last night…could it be this cream working her magic!? I think YES!)
If you are lucky enough to live in the super fabulous Hampton’s this summer – you can not only get your hands on his products in person (and skip having to get them shipped to you via their website) but you can get this “it” doc to work on your skin from a menu of dermatological services…and then hop on over to Saks Fifth Avenue on Main Street and do a little shopping 🙂
Dr. Kenneth Mark – Southampton Office
365 County Road 39A, Suite 14
Southampton, NY 11968